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Bamajam 2012 Music Festival Features Top Music Performances, June 14-16; Ticket Prices to Rise June 4

May 31, 2012

With only two weeks to go before BamaJam 2012, organizers have revealed details about on-site entertainment and amenities that are sure to excite festival attendees. The event, to be held in Enterprise, Ala., June 14-16, will not only feature performances by some of today’s hottest music artists, including Tim McGraw, Zac Brown Band, Kid Rock, Alan Jackson, Eric Church, Willie Nelson, Sheryl Crow and more, but the premier festival will also offer a wide array of lifestyle activities including a water park, a par 3 executive golf course, ATV trails and more. Tickets for each of these individual activities will be exclusively offered to BamaJam 2012 attendees during the festival for the discounted rate of $15 per person.

With tickets going up to $159 on June 4 and the gate price being $189, buy now to ensure the lowest ticket price. For more information or to purchase tickets and all things BamaJam 2012, visit www.bamajam2012.com or Ticketfly.com or charge by phone at (877) 4FLYTIX or (877-435-9849).

BamaJam 2012 will welcome the stars of CMT’s hit reality shows “Sweet Home Alabama” and “Southern Nights,” Devin, Cody and Bubba. You can enter to win an opportunity to meet Devin, Cody and Bubba and more by “liking” BamaJam 2012’s Facebook page and following them on Twitter. 

BamaJam 2012 offers the VIP Artist Area ticket for $399. The VIP Artist Area ticket will grant you access to get up close and personal with the stars themselves while they are performing! There are a limited number of VIP Artist Area Tickets, so act fast. VIP Artist Area Tickets do not have to be purchased in addition to General Admission Tickets. Lawn chairs are permitted in the VIP Artist Area.

Due to high demand and early purchasers, the BamaJam 2012 RV Camping Central Lot is SOLD OUT. But there is still limited space available in the RV Camping North Lot ($175 per spot), RV Camping South Lot ($160 per spot) and tent camping ($85 per spot). In addition, there are a very limited number of all-inclusive RV spots available with water, power and sewer hook-ups ($1,500 per site).

BamaJam 2012 will introduce new and innovative dual-headlining stages, allowing the music to keep flowing without having delays due to set changes, resulting in three days (over 2,520 minutes) of non-stop music!

“We thought about our audience and the excitement that each act generates,” said Rendy Lovelady, executive producer of the festival. “We wanted to keep that excitement going.”

These two stages are the largest portable ones ever built. When they arrive on site, they will transform into two huge 50’wide X 40’deep X 35’ tall stages in less than a day. All together this rig is over 216’ wide and weighs in at about 400,000 lbs. A special sound system has been designed and custom built in Valencia, Spain. Production is topped off with three large high definition 11’ X 21’ LED video walls, giving even the furthest person an up-close-and-personal view of their favorite artist.

Surrounding these two stages will be VIP double decker viewing stages giving festival attendees an unparalleled view of the artists as they perform on stage. Also, the downstairs area will host a VIP lounge. To see more pictures of the stage, visit http://bamajam2012.com/ or http://www.fb.com/BamaJam2012.

BamaJam 2012 is a production of BamaJam Productions, LLC. For more information about BamaJam 2012 artists, tickets, camping, directions, parking, sponsors, jobs and vendors, visit www.bamajam2012.com.

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Top 10 Things to Do at Lake Tahoe this Summer

May 29, 2012

With its mesmerizing blue waters, tall mountains and endless activities, Lake Tahoe is immenselypopular summer vacation destination © 2012 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com

With its mesmerizing blue waters, tall mountains and endless activities, Lake Tahoe is an immensely popular summer vacation destination. With so much to do, it can be hard to pinpoint exactly how to spend your time at Tahoe, but the experts at Zephyr Cove Resort, Lake Tahoe Cruises and Heavenly Mountain Resort have teamed up to develop this list of the top ten things to do at South Lake Tahoe.

  1. Take a Cruise: “You can’t go to Lake Tahoe without getting out on the lake,” says Tony Lyle, director of sales and marketing for Lake Tahoe Cruises. The lake is home to two authentic Mississippi paddlewheel boats, the M.S. Dixie II and Tahoe Queen. Both boats offer charm, entertainment and the best views of the lake with cruises to Emerald Bay, dinner cruises, and a brunch cruise on the M.S. Dixie II every Sunday morning.
  2. Go to the top of Heavenly: The best summer views of Lake Tahoe are a 12-minute, 2.4-mile ride on the Heavenly Gondola. Stepping out onto the Mid-station Observation Deck at 9,123 feet of elevation, guests will be amazed by the fabulous views of the Carson Valley, Desolation Wilderness and a rare shore-to-shore view of Lake Tahoe. From the Deck, continue the ride up the Gondola to Adventure Peak, where you can dine at Tamarack Lodge, enjoy tubing, a rock climbing wall and more than eight miles of hiking trails.
  3. Spend a day at the beach: What is a lake vacation without a day on the beach? Zephyr Cove Beach is a regular of “Best Lakes of Lake Tahoe” lists and for good reason. The long, sandy cove is ideal for sunbathing, swimming and other beach activities. Steps from the shore, you can grab a drink and bite to eat at the Sunset Bar & Grille with its fabulous views of the lake and laid-back summer ambiance.
  4. Tour Vikingsholm: This world-famous replica of a Scandinavian castle is open daily for tours throughout summer. In July and August, you can park at Eagle Point State Park and enjoy a 1.7-mile hike along Emerald Bay to Vikingsholm for added enjoyment.
  5. Rent a powerboat: Want to accelerate the fun at Lake Tahoe? Tubing, skiing and boarding behind a powerboat is a high-octane way to see Tahoe. Explore coves, inlets and far off portions of the lake quickly and efficiently with a powerboat rental from Zephyr Cove Marina.
  6. Horseback ride through the Sierras: Enjoy the area’s serenity and beauty as you amble over forested scenic trails with amazing views of the lake and surrounding mountains. One, 1.5 and two hour guided trips are available, as are breakfast, lunch and dinner rides. Call 775-588-5664 to reserve.
  7. Explore Heavenly Village: Right in the heart of South Lake Tahoe, Heavenly Village offers shopping, dining, mini-golf, a movie theatre and access to the Gondola for a splendid afternoon or evening on the town.
  8. Kayak/paddle board on the lake: While the paddlewheel boats are a great way to see much of the lake from a high vantage point, kayaking or paddle boarding is a relaxing and intimate way to see the lake up close, observing its wildlife and gentle currents from just above the surface. Rentals are available at the Zephyr Cove Marina.
  9. Go parasailing: Get airborne for a truly unique way to see Tahoe. Parasailing will lift you 1,000 feet into the air as the lake shrinks under your feet to open up stunning views and high-flying fun. Call 775-589-4901 for information and reservations.
  10. Play a game of beach volleyball: Standing upon sun-warmed sand with the lake in the background makes for an inspiring atmosphere for a game of volleyball. Zephyr Cove Resort is host to professional volleyball tournaments due to its regulation courts and breathtaking location. Court use is free and volleyballs are available from the Sunset Bar & Grille.

For lodging and cruise packages available throughout summer, visit www.zephyrcove.com/lake-tahoe-specials-packages.aspx

Visitors can find information about Zephyr Cove’s lodging and activities at www.zephycove.com or by calling 800-23-TAHOE. For Heavenly Resort, visit http://www.skiheavenly.com/ or call 800-HEAVENLY. General information about all of South Lake Tahoe can be found at http://tahoesouth.com/

See also:

NIGHT & DAY IN HEAVENLY:
Your Inner Angel & Devil Both Get Time to Play At Resort that Straddles Nevada & California

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St Maarten Voted Top 10 ‘Best Island in the World’ by USNews.com

May 29, 2012

St. Maarten, the ‘Friendly Island,’ boasts 37 beaches, more than 365 restaurants and a plethora of day and nighttime diversions for all, making it an ideal vacation destination.

St. Maarten was voted as one of the top 10 ‘Best Island in the World’ by US News. The ‘Friendly Island,’ which boasts 37 beaches, more than 365 restaurants and a plethora of day and nighttime diversions for all, has something for every traveler, making it an ideal vacation destination.

“As a destination we are greatly honored to make the list as one of the top 10 ‘Best Islands in the World’ by US News. It is a great achievement for St. Maarten and we appreciate the support from the millions of travelers that visit us throughout the years,” said May-Ling Chun, interim Director of Tourism for the St. Maarten Tourist Bureau.

St. Maarten is the smallest island in the world to be shared by two nations, Kingdom of the Netherlands and France, creating a European-influenced vibe with a Caribbean flair. As “the culinary capital of the Caribbean,” St. Maarten offers an eclectic array of cuisine for food lovers with more than 365 restaurants to satisfy the tastes of every palate and pocketbook.

Located at the northern end of the Lesser Antilles, the island’s 37 square miles has 37 breathtaking beaches and is home to both historical and family-oriented attractions. During the day, watersport enthusiasts can enjoy the island’s scuba diving and snorkeling facilities while the capital of Philipsburg offers true duty-free shopping in a bustling Caribbean city atmosphere and 14 casinos and numerous nightclubs provide endless evening entertainment.

Accommodations are varied and include elegant private villas, family oriented resorts, quaint cottages and luxury spa resorts. Air service to Princess Juliana International Airport is available from numerous U.S. and Canadian cities as well as from Europe, South America and the Caribbean.

Find St. Maarten on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/VacationStMaarten and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/StMaartenTravel. For more information, visit www.VacationStMaarten.com.

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Luxury Link and kate spade new york Offer the Chance to Win Dream Vacation to Bora Bora

May 29, 2012

Luxury Link (www.luxurylink.com), a leading online luxury travel destination, has partnered with luxury brand kate spade new york to offer a chance to win a dream vacation to one of the most beautiful islands in the world, Bora Bora.

In celebration of kate spade new york’s newest collection, Luxury Link and kate spade new york will send a lucky winner and friend to the Tahitian island of Bora Bora for the trip of a lifetime. Known for its world-famous lagoon, stunning blue-green water and powdered white sand beaches, Bora Bora is the ultimate South Pacific Polynesian escape.

kate spade new york and Luxury Link will be sending the grand prize winner and a guest off for a five-night stay at the luxurious Bora Bora Pearl Beach Resort & Spa, where they will enjoy their own suite with a private pool, garden and terrace. The winner will also receive a $500 American Express gift card and other sweet treats from kate spade new york for a spectacular island escape.

To participate, go to http://katespade.promo.eprize.com/tahiti/ between May 15 – June 11, 2012.

For a travel guide to the Tahitian islands, check out the Fathom for kate spade new york city guides at http://www.katespade.com/city-guides/city-guides,default,sc.html. The guide features the best places to stay, shop, eat and drink in Tahiti, as well as a handy cheat sheet and island itinerary.

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Taylor Swift: Speak Now – Treasures from the World Tour Exhibition at Country Music Hall of Fame, Nashville

May 29, 2012

The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum in Nashville is dedicated to the preservation of the history of country and related vernacular music rooted in southern culture © 2012 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com.

The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum will explore superstar Taylor Swift’s record-breaking world tour with the exhibition Taylor Swift: Speak Now—Treasures from the World Tour, which opens on June 6, 2012, and runs through November 4, 2012. The exhibition will include dozens of costumes, instruments, set pieces and props from the six-time Grammy winner’s acclaimed 2011-12 Speak Now World Tour, which entertained more than 1.5 million fans over 111 shows in 19 countries spanning four continents.

“Taylor Swift’s Speak Now tour was one of the most successful tours in all of music, and she has been an ambassador for country music, raising awareness of our genre literally around the globe,” said Museum Director Kyle Young. “We are delighted to be able to bring our visitors up close and personal with many of their favorite elements from the show, from the colorful and elaborate stage costumes and beautiful instruments, to the magnificent ‘Juliet balcony’ that Taylor entered near the conclusion of each show and ‘flew’ around the circumference of each venue.

“Taylor is a dynamic live performer whose open heart and engaging personality allow her to make even the largest stadium shows an intimate experience,” Young continued. “Touring has always been a key element connecting music artists with their fans; those interactions help forge and strengthen the artist-fan relationship, and this exhibit speaks to that. And the opportunity came to us out of discussions we were having with Taylor related to our expansion—serendipity is a wonderful thing!”

Earlier this month, Swift pledged $4 million to fund a new education center at the museum. Swift’s gift, the largest capital contribution by an individual artist in the museum’s 45-year history, prompted the museum to name the new space the Taylor Swift Education Center. The center will open in early 2014. The gift was made in conjunction with the museum’s expansion capital campaign, Working on a Building: Country Music Lives Here.

Swift has for years been a generous supporter of the museum’s exhibitions, loaning the institution dresses, stage costumes and instruments for display; a free-standing, Taylor Swift multimedia exhibit has been one of the museum’s most popular attractions since its debut in May, 2010.

The Speak Now exhibition will recreate 10 vignettes from the tour, including the following artifacts:

· Taylor’s Roberto Cavalli ombre gold bugle-beaded dress and shimmering red Gibson Les Paul model electric guitar, featured during Swift’s performance of “The Story of Us”

· Taylor’s vintage ecru lace dress and Deering six-string banjo with rolled steel drum; fiddle player’s Marc by Marc Jacobs moss green crepe dress; male dancer’s soft-shoe costume including Brixton tartan plaid newsboy cap, shirt, pants, vest and oxfords; and numerous props including the 6’ x 8’ switchboard

· Taylor’s pale blue silk Marchesa gown with rhinestone bodice; and a white piano bench with tufted leather upholstery, both featured in “Back to December”

· Taylor’s red, sequined Jenny Packham slip dress and knee-high leather boots, worn during “Better Than Revenge”

· Taylor’s vintage purple silk halter dress; dancers’ costumes including a chiffon bridal gown with pearl- and bead-encrusted bodice, tulle veil and silk rose bouquet; two cotton-candy pink bridesmaids’ dresses with lace bodices and ruffled tulle skirts, and bouquets; groom’s ivory tuxedo and black pants; cleric’s vestments; and props including retro microphone, all featured during “Speak Now”

· Taylor brand koa wood ukulele with mother-of-pearl inlay, whose “happy sounds” Swift elicited during her acoustic performance of “Fearless”

· Taylor’s sleeveless, flesh-colored Reem Acra gown with sequin overlay; female dancer’s ballerina costume, comprised of a gold and ivory brocade bodice and pastel tulle tutu, embellished with pastel tulle flowers, seed pearls and beading; male dancer’s tunic and leggings; and prop trees; all featured in “Enchanted”

· Taylor’s re-worked vintage dress, featuring leather corsetry; and the mallet she used to ring the bells during her performance of “Haunted”

· Taylor’s black Jenny Packham flapper-style slip dress with rhinestone embellishments; black knee-high leather boots; and Taylor brand “sparkle” guitar encrusted with Swarovski crystals and featuring a headstock outlined in crystals and embellished with a crystal “13,” featured during “Long Live”

· Taylor’s golden Valentino ball gown, featuring layers of tulle and a sequin overlay; dancers’ and aerialists’ costumes; and the “Juliet balcony” in which Swift soared above the crowd during each performance of “Love Story.”

Accredited by the American Association of Museums, the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum is operated by the Country Music Foundation, a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) educational organization chartered by the state of Tennessee in 1964. The museum’s mission is the preservation of the history of country and related vernacular music rooted in southern culture. With the same educational mission, the foundation also operates CMF Records, the museum’s Frist Library and Archive, CMF Press, Historic RCA Studio B and Hatch Show Print®.

More information about the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum is available at www.countrymusichalloffame.org or by calling (615) 416-2001.

See also:

Nashville: Where the Heart & Soul of Country Music Beats Strong
Nashville Richly Deserves its Moniker, ‘Music City, U.S.A.’

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Palm Beach Zoo special summer programs include Zoo Camp, Friday night ‘Summer Safari’ with entertainment

May 29, 2012

The Palm Beach Zoo is one of the premier zoos in the country and a rich education program including Zoo Camp and Summer Safari nights makes it a destination attraction © 2012 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com

The Palm Beach Zoo has a host of special programs for summer.

Zoo Camp: Come for one week or the entire summer! Each week offers a unique wildlife theme as participants experience zoo keeping activities, behind-the-scenes tours, scavenger hunts, enriching conservation education activities, and interactive fountain time. Participants will enjoy up-close animal encounters, animal exhibit visits, crafts, games, and much more! Programs are offered for ages 5 – 17 years of age. (Reservations required. Weekdays – June 11 – August 17. Spaces are limited. Register Now! www.palmbeachzoo.org Click Education Programs.)

Other family education events this summer include:

Zoo Babies: Discover the different ways animals raise their young. Participants will hop out of pouches, fly from nests, and hatch out of eggs, then travel around the zoo to meet some of the zoo’s very own zoo babies.

2 year olds: 10:00—11:00 a.m. April 26 or May 5

3 & 4 year olds: 10:00—11:30 a.m. April 28 or May 19

Backyard Buddies: Come discover the zoo that’s in your own backyard! From owls to opossums, turtles to snakes, we’ll take a look at the amazing animals that call our backyards home!

2 year olds: 10:00—11:00 a.m. June 14

3 & 4 year olds: 10:00—11:30 a.m. June 23

Color Safari: How many colors can a chameleon be? Learn why color is so important in the world of wildlife, and meet some colorful animals up close.

2 year olds: 10:00—11:00 a.m. July 5

3 & 4 year olds: 10:00—11:30 a.m. July 7

Wings and Things: Flap like a bat, flutter like a butterfly, and fly like an eagle. Come discover the world of animals with wings!

2 year olds: 10:00—11:00 a.m. August 11

3 & 4 year olds: 10:00—11:30 a.m. August 18

Summer Safari Friday Nights

The Palm Beach Zoo stays open late every Friday evening beginning June 1 through October. In addition to daily operating hours of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., the Friday evening “Summer Safari” will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. These special summer hours are designed to offer families an opportunity to visit during the cool summer evenings.

Summer Safari evenings feature children’s entertainment, roving animal encounters and shows, complimentary rides on the Wildlife Carousel, live music in the Fountain Plaza, and dinner specials in the Tropics Café. Zoo Admission is free for Zoo Members. Non-members receive discounted admission of $14.95 for adults and $8.95 for children ages 3-12 during Safari Nights. The child’s admission will include a coupon for one free kid’s meal with purchase of an adult meal in the Tropics Café dining room.

The Palm Beach Zoo is located at 1301 Summit Boulevard, just east of I-95 between Southern and Forest Hill Boulevard. There is ample free parking. The zoo is open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. every day except Christmas and Thanksgiving Day. Open Fridays from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. June through October. For more information visit www.palmbeachzoo.org.

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Wintergreen Resort offers Summer Passport Sizzling with Savings

May 29, 2012

Play at Wintergreen Resort in the mountains of Virginia  this summer takes on a whole new perspective with the return of the popular Wintergreen Passport. Jump in an inner tube or Plunge down a slope, Zip line above tree tops, kayak or canoe Lake Monocan, tune up the tennis swing, and taste wines at the Mountain Inn, all for FREE with Wintergreen’s sizzling summer Mountain Resort Passport! Guests who take advantage of all the activities recognize a $400 value.

Wintergreen Resort lodging guests receive one FREE Passport (per reservation) packed with multiple activities and adventures. Each offer on the Passport is valid for one use. Additional passports may be purchased for $40 apiece.

Other complimentary activities include miniature golf at Discovery Ridge, a Sunday morning energizer hike from Discovery Ridge and Yoga class at the Aquatic Center.

For those with wanderlust, get back to nature with a FREE GPS Adventure Rental. This modern-day treasure hunt helps navigate along Wintergreen Resort’s hiking trails via the Garmin E-Trex Global Positioning System, all the while pinpointing hidden “treasures.”

Guests may enjoy 20% savings off a 60-minute private golf lesson for two at Devils Knob or Stoney Creek Golf Course. The culturally minded may consider buying one ticket for the Wintergreen Summer Music Festival (July 6-August 5) and receive 50% off the second ticket to the same performance.

Wintergreen Passport activities are weather dependent, limited to availability and subject to change at any time. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. The Passport must be presented to participate in the activity and is valid from June 15-September 3, 2012.

For more information about the Wintergreen Passport, call (434) 325-8211, or visit the property’s web site at www.wintergreenresort.com.

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Breakers Palm Beach Oceanfront Luxury Destination Resort Introduces Special Offer for Summer

May 29, 2012

The iconic Breakers Palm Beach resort is offering special summer rates and amenities provided either free or at significant savings © 2012 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com.

Here’s your chance to stay at one of the most elegant oceanfront destination resorts that America has ever produced: the legendary Breakers Palm Beach is offering summer weekday rates starting at $289 per room per night (based on standard accommodations) with a score of amenities either included or at significant savings. The rates are in effect from June 1-September 30.

Complimentary benefits for summer include:

  • Continental breakfast buffet
  • Kids’ Day Camp – Ages 3-12
  • Kids’ meals – Ages 3-12
  • Spa & Oceanview Fitness Center admission
  • Unlimited tennis
  • Unlimited fitness classes
  • WiFi & local calls

Special summer savings:

  • Reduced golf fees – inclusive cart on the Ocean Course and The Breakers Rees Jones® Course, at specially priced greens fees
    • $135 per person, per day (18 holes); $80 per person, per day (9 holes) – June 1-30
    • $60 per person, per day (18/9 holes) – July 1 – September 30
  • Overnight Valet Parking – reduced parking fees of $10 per night
  • Nine restaurants and bars
  • Spa Services
  • Bungalow Rentals
  • Shopping

For reservations or more information, visit www.thebreakers.com, call toll-free at 1-888-BREAKERS (273-2537), or contact your travel professional.

See also:

The Breakers Palm Beach: iconic American resort has relaxed, contemporary feel and slideshow

One of America’s legendary resort destinations, this 540-room, Italian Renaissance-style hotel resides on 140 acres of oceanfront property in the heart of Palm Beach. The Breakers was founded in 1896 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and continues to thrive independent of chain affiliation. Renowned for its gracious service, the resort indulges its clientele, whether couples on a romantic getaway, multi-generational travelers on a family vacation or large gatherings in celebration. With the commitment of its long-standing ownership, descendants of founder Henry Flagler, The Breakers invests $20 million each year in the property’s ongoing enhancement to ensure it remains appealing to future guests. Following a comprehensive ten-year $250 million revitalization, its timeless atmosphere — from its magnificent interiors to its artfully designed landscape — has been renewed in a style of relaxed elegance.

 

A multi-faceted destination, The Breakers features 36 holes of championship golf, including the Ocean Course and The Breakers Rees Jones® Course; 10 Har-Tru tennis courts; luxury spa; a breathtaking oceanfront with a half-mile of private beach, Mediterranean-style beach club, as well as luxury beach bungalows for daytime-rental, five pools, four whirlpool spas and a variety of water sports; a Family Entertainment Center and an extensive program of family and children’s activities. Nine distinctive restaurants, as well as an array of on-site boutiques, are all owned and managed by the resort. The Breakers is recognized as a AAA Five Diamond property and has earned numerous accolades for its commitment to the environment, community service and the quality of life it provides to its employees.

Telluride Blues & Brews Festival Announces Complete 2012 Lineup

May 29, 2012

With three days of continuous live blues, rock, funk, and gospel, and Saturday’s renowned Brews Grand Tasting, the Telluride Blues and Brews Festival is quickly gaining worldwide notoriety as the “Coolest Blues & Brews Festival in the United States.”

Phil Lesh & Friends, Gov’t Mule and The B-52s Headline Amazing Mountain Fall Festival, Sept. 14-16, 2012

The 19th Annual Telluride Blues & Brews Festival featuring Phil Lesh & Friends, Gov’t Mule, and The B-52s announced recently added musical geniuses Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Little Feat, Robert Randolph & the Family Band, Anders Osborne, Heartless Bastards, Phil Wiggins & Rev. John Wilkins, Orgone, Kelley Hunt, Pickwick, Monophonics, and Big Jim Adam & John Stilwagen to the festival lineup. Previously released acts will include peformances by The Chris Robinson Brotherhood, MarchFourth Marching Band, Tab Benoit, Little Hurricane and The Lee Boys.

Tickets for the 19th Annual Telluride Blues & Brews Festival are currently on sale now.

“September can’t come fast enough,” said Steve Gumble, President and founder of the Festival. “The Festival weekend will see longtime musical greats with some new emerging acts never to have graced the stage here in Telluride.”

With three days of continuous live blues, rock, funk, and gospel, and Saturday’s renowned Brews Grand Tasting, the Telluride Blues and Brews Festival is quickly gaining worldwide notoriety as the “Coolest Blues & Brews Festival in the United States.”

On Saturday, the premier beer tasting event features more than 150 beers from over 50 accredited national microbreweries, including Telluride Blues & Brews Festival’s official beer sponsor, Sierra Nevada Brewing Company. Aside from phenomenal beer, music is the main festival focus, and 2012 promises to be the best yet. With a variety of performances and the most talented musicians on the festival circuit today, festival-goers are guaranteed a magical, and amazing experience. There is something for everyone with main stage music all day, the Acoustic Blues Competition, Kids activities, blues with breakfast, and the famous late-night Juke Joint jams.

Three-day passes, Juke Joint tickets, and Camping passes are on sale now. Single day tickets for Friday, Saturday and Sunday go on sale June 15th. Juke Joint tickets are $25 per night, and feature late night jams at various intimate venues. Festival 4-day Camping passes are $40 per person, with camping located adjacent to the Festival grounds starting Thursday, September 13.

For festival information or to purchase tickets visit tellurideblues.com. To purchase tickets by phone call toll-free at (866) 515-6166. Like on Facebook and follow  on Twitter for up-to-date news and contest ticket giveaways.

Watch the Lineup Announcement video here.

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Sports Travel and Tours Offers ‘Insiders Look at Baseball History’ During Induction Weekend in Cooperstown, July 20-22

May 19, 2012

Sports Travel and Tours’ is offering a Baseball Hall of Fame Induction Weekend, July 20-22 in Cooperstown, New York, which gives guests an insider’s look at baseball history with an exclusive “Artifact Spotlight.” This program allows visitors to learn about artifacts not currently on display, as a Hall of Fame staff member shares the unique stories behind selected pieces from the collection.

This feature adds to the already spectacular weekend experience offered by Sports Travel and Tours. STAT recently announced its lineup of 2012 of Baseball Hall of Fame Induction Weekend Travel Packages, along with travel packages throughout the year. “In this economy, customers need to be selective when it comes to their money and vacation choices, and these travel packages afford baseball fans the best possible experience at a competitive price”, says Jay Smith, President of Sports Travel and Tours. “Our continued partnership with the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum offers fans the chance to visit Cooperstown—for Induction Weekend, or any time throughout the year”.

The July 20-22 travel package includes hotel accommodations, admission to “The Hall”, various events throughout the weekend culminating in the Induction Ceremony on Sunday, July 22. The VIP option even includes reserved seating near baseball’s celebrated heroes for the Ceremony! Shortstop Barry Larkin and Golden Era Committee electee Ron Santo will join the roster of baseball’s all-time greats. More than 50 Hall of Fame members annually make the trip to Cooperstown to be part of this special weekend, and attend the Weekends events.

Founded in 1996, Sports Travel and Tours is a national tour operator based in Massachusetts. The company features travel packages for groups and individuals for all the major sporting events. Travelers can also create their own trip with the “Any Game…Any Time…Any Place!” program. Through its partnerships with the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, Pro Football Hall of Fame, and AAA Clubs throughout the US and Canada, Sports Travel and Tours creates one of a kind, unique trips.

For more information, visit www.sportstravelandtours.com or call 800-662-4424.

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