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8 Must See Country Concerts in 2016

November 20, 2015
8 must see country concerts

In case you didn’t already know, 2016 has some big country music concerts in the works! Country Music concerts draw in some of the biggest crowds of any live event and tickets sell fast which is why it’s never too early to make your 2016 concert plans. With so many concerts to choose from we’ve decided to put together a list of must see country concerts -- so get ready to mark your calendars because you don’t want to miss what’s in store!


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Better Belieb It

November 17, 2015
Better Beliebe It

Love him or hate him, Justin Bieber is here to stay! Don't Belieb it? After a 3-year hiatus, Justin recently became the youngest male artist to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with "What Do You Mean." Coupled with a No. 1 album (Purpose) and ticket sales through the roof, it's safe to say Bieber Fever is alive and well.


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Maroon 5: Looking Back

November 12, 2015
Maroon 5: Looking Back

Few bands have ever reached the popularity level of Maroon 5, selling almost 30 million albums worldwide. From sold out tours to fashion show award performances, Maroon 5 has done it all!

In celebration of the Maroon 5 Tour next fall we're taking a look back at a timeline of successes, accomplishments, and even failures of the the American pop-rock band. The 2016 Maroon V Tour will kick-off the North American leg on September 3, 2016 in San Antonio, TX at the AT&T Center. Tickets go on sale this Saturday!


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Peyton Manning: Best of the Best

November 6, 2015
Manning Up

Peyton Manning returns to Indianapolis for a potential historic homecoming! The future hall-of-famer needs one more win to eclipse Brett Farve's all-time record and to make things even more interesting, he can surpass Farve's all-time career passing mark with 284 yards. Considering that’s only 10 more yards than his career average, I’d say it’s more than possible.

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5 Seconds of Summer

5 Seconds of Summer seized the No.1 spot for the second time on the Billboard Top 200 Chart. The band's sophomore album, Sounds Good Feels Good, sold 195,000 units, just beating out country music star Carrie Underwood. The new album was led by the single "She's Kinda Hot," the sixth Top-40 hit for the Australian band. 5SOS' second single, "Hey Everybody," was released in early November.

The future certainly looks bright for the pop-punk band. With two No. 1 albums and One Direction taking a hiatus in the near future, it appears 5 Seconds of Summer will take the reigns as the biggest boy band around. According to Ticketliqidator.com, tickets to their "Sounds Live Feels Live Tour," are selling fast which why you want to secure your seats now.


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Celebrity Comeback: Tracy Morgan

Tracy Morgan is back! The former 30 Rock star will hit the road for the first time since his tragic car accident.

On June 8, 2014 Tracy Morgan was returning home from a performance in Delaware when disaster hit. According to the police report, a tractor trailer struck the limo bus carrying Tracy. The multi-vehicle accident that left one dead, five others in critical condition and Tracy with a broken nose, femur, and several ribs. Initially, doctors weren't sure if Tracy Morgan would ever walk again but after undergoing extensive surgery and rehabilitation, he would return to the limelight.

His first big appearance since the accident came during the 2015 Emmy Awards as a surprise presenter for Outstanding Drama Series and just last week, hosted Saturday Night Live. This was the first time Tracy performed on stage in over 16 months. Judging by his performance, the New York native is more than ready to make his return. The comedian seamlessly slipped back into character -- proving he hasn't lost his touch.


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2015 MLB World Series Preview: Kansas City Royals vs. New York Mets

15 years ago the Mets smashed their way into the World Series, losing only two games throughout the postseason. Unfortunately they ran into Derek Jeter and the New York Yankees, losing the series in 5 games. Again in 2015, the Mets will enter the World Series with only two losses. Will 2015 be the year the tables finally turn for the Mets?


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Mets Made It

Six home runs in six games, a new Mets record! And no, we are not talking about the team -- the scorching hot bat of Daniel Murphy left the Cubs with little chance. The New York Mets easily routed the Chicago Cubs 4-0 thanks to their balanced pitching and hitting. With a healthy line-up and rotation, the Mets have the tools they need to bring home a championship. It's been almost 30 years since the Mets last won a World Series title and fans will not be satisfied until the Commissioner's Trophy is brought back to Queens. 2015 may very well be the year!


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Fall 2015 Preview: Must-See Broadway shows

China Doll

This fall, Oscar Award winner Al Pacino will make his return to Broadway in David Mamet's China Doll. Directed by Tony Award winner Pam Mackinnon, the play tells the tale of a retiring wealthy businessman, his beautiful fiance and an airplane. The story picks up with Pacino's character leaving the office after his final day of work, but before exiting he gives his assistant some instructions and takes one last phone call. Fran Kranz who has acted in Broadway hits such as Death of a Salesman and Dollhouse, will star alongside Al Pacino, playing the assistant.

Pacino has a successful history with writer David Mamet. Most recently Al Pacino starred in Mamet's 2012 Broadway hit, Glengarry Glen Ross and the HBO film, "Phil Specter." Al Pacino is one of the biggest acts on Broadway this fall so don't miss the show everyone is waiting to see! China Doll will be playing at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theater in New York City beginning October 21st. Tickets are available now!



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The Night I Didn't Meet Madonna

September 9, 2015
Madonna

In the early 80's, I worked in a store that sold stereo equipment and big screen televisions, which the young-and-hip staff kept tuned to MTV all day. That's when the newly-launched station was all music videos, all the time. Music videos were brand new and some artists had a harder time than others adapting to the medium.

For Madonna, the timing was perfect.

As soon as I saw the video for "Lucky Star" I knew she was going to be huge. Within weeks of the song's release, half the teenaged girls in town were wearing fingerless gloves, letting their bra straps show and learning how to "rat" their hair. The characteristic clunky dance moves started to appear in the clubs.

I moved to California in the mid-1980s. I soon learned celebrity spotting is SoCal's own version of bird-watching. They really are everywhere – driving on the highway, shopping in stores and eating in restaurants, walking on the beach and, most especially, showing up in clubs. There is an intricate etiquette involved, in which the spotter tries to figure out a way to interact with the celebrity, while behaving as if it's no big deal to be seated at the next table over from Tom Cruise, or when Donald Sutherland asks you for the baseball game's score in a restaurant bar.

Shell-shocked by the housing costs, I rented a room in the home of an aspiring pop musician who went by the professional name Louie Louie. He later went on to release several albums, and one of his songs, "Sittin' in the Lap of Luxury," peaked at #19 on the Billboard Hot 100 and was performed on The Arsenio Hall Show. When we were roommates, however, Louie was still financing his own recording by doing work on other artists' songs and videos. Today, Louie is a popular Las Vegas performer, but his first claim to fame was his appearance as Madonna's boyfriend in the video for "Borderline."



To showcase his new material, Louie managed to set up a showcase at a popular Los Angeles nightclub. It was the kind of place I'd normally never think of going, where waitress/model/actors trolled for people "in the industry" and everyone looked like they hadn't eaten a square meal in years. I was seated at a prime table with some of Louie's friends and family.

Louie was a superb performer, with a kind of androgynous sexiness that had both men and women almost (and sometimes actually) tossing undergarments at the stage. A few minutes into the first set, a woman wearing a bulky jacket, baseball hat and dark glasses sat down at an empty spot at our table, immediately to my right. In those days of cheap and available club drugs, it wasn't unusual to see sunglasses in a dark nightclub—she wasn't the only person wearing them that evening. The woman nodded to everyone—it was too loud to speak—and the other people at the table nodded back. I quickly turned my attention back to the show, not wanting to miss hearing Louie perform songs I'd witnessed him writing.

When the set ended, Louie had to work his way through a herd of admirers, but he eventually made it over and greeted the woman with a kiss on the cheek. They spoke for a few seconds, and she left. Someone commented that it had been really nice of her to come. I was only mildly curious why one woman's attendance was so important, and I forgot all about it when Louie took the stage for the second half of the show.

The woman was, of course, Madonna.

I was still in the earliest stages of celebrity spotting and Madonna was, by far, the most famous person I'd even been close to. AND I'D MISSED THE WHOLE THING.

What would I have done differently if I'd recognized her? I'd probably have acted as if nothing unusual was going on. The difference was, I would have been pretending that everything was normal, making an enormous effort not to stare, while internally screaming, "Oh, my GAWD I am sitting next to FREAKING MADONNA."

Probably just as well.

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To see Louie's biggest hit on YouTube, click HERE.

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