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Street Performers add to Festivities, Family Fun at 46th Festival d’été de Québec July 4-14

April 30, 2013

Festival d’été de Québec street performers, sponsored by Leclerc, are back again for 11 days of creative and original shows! This year finds them not only on Rue Saint-Jean and at Théâtre de La Bordée, but also in an exciting program of circus performances at Parc de l’Esplanade.

The 46th edition of the Festival d’été de Québec will be held from July 4 to 14, 2013.

“Street performers always give the Festival d’été de Québec a special flair. They grab our attention and make us laugh, they can inspire or astound us, but they never leave us indifferent,” says Michel Barette, who is in charge of the street arts program. “Circus is a type of performance that fascinates us the most, so we decided to give it a special place at Parc de l’Esplanade,” he added.

Parc de l’Esplanade

David Dimitri puts on a totally unique show inspired by his tours with Cirque du Soleil and the Big Apple Circus. Dubbed ‘Lord of the Wire’ by the New York Times, he is truly a one-man circus. Five Foot Fingers features five burlesque characters in a variety of stunning and daring circus cabaret acts. Vague de cirque perform their latest show, Carrousel et cordes à linge, whose highly acrobatic numbers are rooted in the tradition of travelling fun fairs. Also at Parc de l’Esplanade, audiences will love the quirky Fanfare Le S.N.O.B brass band, the antics of Rosie Volt the clown, the street music of Semèl Rebel, circus acts by Théâtre Attrape, the original mini-show by Toxique Trottoir, Kabir Percussions, and the theatre of objects performed by Elvis alAtac, the Sages Fous and the CréatureS Compagnie.

Shows at Parc de l’Esplanade: Free.
Every evening starting at 6 pm.

Smashed, at Théâtre de la Bordée

Smashed! treats festival fans to an exceptional circus performance. In a combination of high- precision juggling and theatrics, London’s Gandini Juggling pays tribute to the great German dancer, Pina Bausch. On stage, nine master jugglers transform their art into a form of dance, using everyday objects like apples and dishes. Composed of a series of live tableaux reminiscent of old photos depicting war scenes, strained relations, love and innocence lost, Smashed! promises to be a uniquely dramatic experience. The Festival d’été de Québec is putting on this show jointly with Montréal Complètement Cirque.

Smashed by Gandini Juggling: $13 phone reservation, $10 at the door or Festival pass.
Thursday July 11 to Sunday July 14 at 8:30 pm.

Rue Saint-Jean

The ever-popular street performers, sponsored by Leclerc, will be taking Rue Saint-Jean by storm from Place d’Youville to Côte du Palais. With street performers from France, the Netherlands, Spain and Québec, spectators can expect original artistic performances every evening. Festivalgoers are advised to keep their eyes and ears open if they don’t want to miss any of these wild and wacky shows! Watch for:

Street theatre in all its forms with Le Filament, Le Gestuaire, Poupées [K]rinkées, Mobile Home and NomadUrbains

The Teatro Pavana stilt walkers

Acrobatics by Bulles de Zinc

Musical street theatre with L’Aubergine

An original artistic techno creation by Marc-Andrée Goulet

Theatre of flying objects with Cal y Canto

Giant fan juggling with Shintaï JonGlo Théâtre

Shows on Rue Saint-Jean: Free.
Every evening starting at 6 pm.

Family Place, sponsored by le Lait

With something happening under the big top, at the amphitheatre or the Ephemeral Gardens, Family Place, sponsored by le Lait, is taking over the entire Espace 400e site! From Friday July 4 to Sunday July 14, there’s a great choice of free family activities to choose from every day from 10:30 am to 4:30 pm.

“We’re lucky to have this outstanding venue for our activities at Family Place. Every year, we try to come up with an exciting new program that makes the most of the site. And with even more interactive activities planned this year, the kids will love it!” reports FEQ general manager Daniel Gélinas.

The big top will feature a slew of popular kid’s stars, including Arthur l’Aventurier, La Comtesse d’Harmonia, Carmen Campagne and Koukoulia, to name just a few of the shows that will have the whole family singing, dancing and laughing along.

This year there will be a new tent just for puppet shows. Everyone loves a puppet show, and the original and inventive creations produced by Aliona Munteanu, Puzzle Théâtre, Belzébrute and many others are sure to set the imagination free.

The program at the amphitheatre opens with the Brazilian drums of Le Bloco. In the days that follow, Le Filament and Artéfacts et Artifices will be presenting their street theatre, Strada its Fanfare Monfarleau and Shintaï JonGlo Théâtre will display their remarkable fan handling techniques. More fun and exciting shows will also be taking place around the Ephemeral Gardens.

Along with all these shows, Family Place also has a wide range of activities and sports, artistic and discovery workshops planned. Kids will be thrilled with the new ÉducaZoo and Repti-Zone exhibits where they can learn all about reptiles and other cool pets or exotic animals. Also offered: an acrobatics course, a skate park, a visual arts workshop, a wooden toy-making workshop, a workshop for budding scientists, extreme face painting and much more!

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Pop Artists, Living Legends, New Discoveries and Rising Stars to Perform at 46th Festival d’été de Québec, July 4-14

April 30, 2013

The Festival d’été de Québec has released this year’s outdoor shows in a program covering a broad range of musical genres. Pop artists and living legends, names to discover and rising stars ─ for festival fans, choice is the operative word. The Black Keys, Bruno Mars, Tiësto, Wu-Tang Clan, Def Leppard, Weezer, Rush, Wiz Khalifa, MGMT, Foreigner, Bad Religion, Bassnectar, Belle & Sebastien, Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell, Passion Pit and Ellie Goulding are just some of the big names on this year’s lineup.

“Again this year, we’re proud to say that the Festival d’été de Québec is in the vanguard. The depth of talent on our program clearly puts us right up there with the biggest and the best,” said General Manager Daniel Gélinas.

As Program Director Louis Bellavance explained, “This depth can be seen in the number of shows that have a slate of big names from start to finish, and this goes for international and francophone artists, whatever the style or the venue. It’s one of the biggest plusses in this year’s programming.”

ElectroFEQ

The 2012 ElectroFEQ show was a surprise hit that drew crowds of electro fans and more than a few curious festivalgoers to the largest venue, the Plains of Abraham. ElectroFEQ is back this year even bigger and better than ever, with shows at four different venues on four consecutive nights, starting at the Impérial and reaching a crescendo on the Plains!

Kicking off at the Impérial on July 8 with Le Matos, Keys N Krates and Austra, the ElectroFEQ moves to the Hydro-Québec Stage at Place d’Youville the next day, with the world beat grooves of the Mexican Institute of Sound, 3Ball MTY and A Tribe Called Red. On Wednesday, July 10, dubstep takes over the Loto-Québec Stage at Parc de la Francophonie with Zeds Dead and Bassnectar headlining the show.

And to top off ElectroFEQ on Thursday, July 11, the Plains will be plugged into Madeon, Martin Solveig and Wolfgang Gartner, with superstar Tiësto the highlight of the show. This evening of electro house music will call for one of biggest technical deployments in the history of the Festival.

Bell Stage on the Plains of Abraham

July 4: As was announced a few weeks ago, the Festival will open in French on a grand scale with Quand le Québec chante. Five solid names in Québec song, Paul Piché, Daniel Lavoie, Richard Séguin, Michel Rivard and Laurence Jalbert, accompanied by a chorus of 400 voices, will be playing their most popular hits along with some of Québec’s best-loved standards.

July 5: Hip-hop could make history this night with the legendary Wu-Tang Clan playing here for the first time! Big name rapper Wiz Khalifa is up just before the American group, along with Classified, known for the hit single Inner Ninja. Anodajay, Dramatik, Koriass, Manu Militari and Samian, in a hip-hop celebration of the 10th anniversary of Disques 7e Ciel, will be opening the show.

July 6: Since The Black Keys’ wildly popular Festival appearance in 2011, they’ve racked up Grammy awards and hit the international scene big-time with their new album. Now on top of their game, it’s an honour to have them back on the Plains. Eagles of Death Metal and Father John Misty will be up first.

July 7: With their latest album J’aime ta grand-mère, and their concept show Les Trois Accords with a bunch of chicks, a big brass band and balls of fire, the Trois Accords embrace the absurd. And they have more than one guest artist and surprise in store for the audience! They’ll be preceded onstage by French star M, whose incredible personality and energy really shine in a live show. Caféïne will be opening in what promises to be an evening Festival fans won’t want to miss.

July 8: The announcement that pop superstar Bruno Mars was coming to the Festival really got things rolling. His fans should also go for Ellie Goulding’s world-popular electro pop, and for Toronto’s own Diamond Rings.

July 9: Passion Pit, MGMT, Weezer ─ the Festival has pulled out all the stops with this hard-hitting lineup. This will be the first time MGMT plays here in Québec City.

July 10: Rush is back with a new, highly-acclaimed super production, the Clockwork Angel Tour. Packed with impressive projections and special effects, this will be the tour’s only stop in Québec.

July 11: ElectroFEQ

July 13: The legendary Def Leppard needs no introduction, and it goes without saying that this show will bring hardcore rockers out in droves. Talented US rock band Foreigner is up first.

Loto-Québec Stage at Parc de la Francophonie

The Loto-Québec Stage has always held a special place in the heart of Festival fans as a venue where new talent is revealed and musical memories are made. With the spotlight on French music, some of Québec’s most popular artists are slated to play here this year. Cœur de pirate will be putting on her only band-style show of the summer in an evening that starts with talented young singer-songwriter Chloé Lacasse followed by promising artist Karim Ouellet, from Québec City. Lisa Leblanc, whose debut album went gold, will be onstage right after performances by none other than Bernard Adamus and Keith Kouna. And in a night to remember, look for Richard Desjardins and Ingrid St-Pierre, accompanied by a string quartet, as well as Gaële. To close the Festival, Robert Charlebois will sing hits from a career spanning fifty years, with David Giguère and Hôtel Morphée up first.

Big name indie band Belle & Sebastian is sure to draw crowds for their first ever Quebec City appearance. Here We Go Magic and Born Ruffians will set the tone for an evening of indie pop. Then punk rock takes over with Bad Religion, whose new album is making records sales. First up will be The Hunter, The Balconies and the winner of the Clic ton band contest. So get there early!

For metal fans, Parc de la Francophonie is the place to be! In their only canadian appearance and their first in Quebec City, the 15 musicians of the German band Avantasia, known for their symphonic metal sound, are here with a grandiose rock opera. Voivod will be celebrating its 30th year, up right after Never More than Less. The Festival is also welcoming folk legend Emmylou Harris and her guitarist Rodney Crowell, with songs from their country-folk duo album Yellow Moon. Bears of Legend will be opening. Look for big crowds for Canadian pop rock band Marianas Trench, who just won the Juno Award for Group of the Year. Down with Webster will get things rolling along with Quebec City’s own Final State.

Hydro-Québec Stage at Place Metro in Place d’Youville

A lively program of world beat, blues, soul, reggae, pop and electro music will have the Hydro-Québec stage hopping every evening this year!

World music fans, get ready to dance to the music of Amadou et Mariam, Kassav’, Fatoumata Diawara, Locos for Juana and the inimitable Balkan Beat Box. Afrobeat is out in full force with Femi Kuti & The Positive Force, a big name in afrofunk, and The Souljazz Orchestra.

Danakil, Reggae Meta and The Cornerstones will fill Place d’Youville with the laid-back sound of reggae, with some help from French reggae masters Alpha Blondy & The Solar System.

Soul fans will be happy to see soul funk legend Booker T. Jones in a lineup that includes The Dynamite featuring Charles Walker and Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, who lights a fire everywhere she goes. Gospel soul is also on tap with The Relatives and Naomi Shelton & The Gospel.

Blues lovers won’t want to miss James Hunter, The Slide Brothers, and Dr. John, the Night Tripper, here directly from New Orleans.

There will also be plenty of music in French at Place d’Youville, with Loco Locass playing songs from their latest album, Le Québec est mort, vive le Québec! Noir Silence and Canailles will be playing at Place d’Youville that same evening. Festival favourite Daran will also be back, with Zaz headlining.

The beating heart of the Festival, the Hydro-Québec Stage will also host Socalled, Nomadic Massive, Nick Waterhouse, Charly Yapo, Sagapool, Coyote Bill, Kodiak, Gotta Logo Project, William Sevigny, Jeanphilip and Ampli de Québec artists Julielle, Maude, Équinoxe and The Seasons.

“Year after year, the FEQ is a driving force for the local economy that helps keep the financial outlook sound. But in addition to the millions of dollars the Festival brings in, it also builds a level of technical expertise that can’t be beat,” Board Chairman Mario Girard pointed out.

Geneviève Borne, President of the 25th Prix Miroir

The Prix Miroir, sponsored by SODEC and awarded at the end of the Festival d’été de Québec, recognizes the talent of local and guest artists. Geneviève Borne will preside over the jury in this 25th anniversary year. Active in the cultural milieu for over 20 years, and co-host of Belle & Bum (a Quebec tv show), she has always been a music lover above all. And this Quebec City native has never been shy about saying that the Festival d’été de Québec is her pick! Organizers are pleased to have this outstanding communicator as the spokesperson for the 25th Prix Miroir awards.

Again this year, the Festival is looking for an avid music lover from the public to sit on the Prix Miroir jury! Interested candidates will find details on the Festival website. Go for it!

The 46th edition of the Festival d’été de Québec will be held from July 4 to 14, 2013.

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Governor, Mayor, Senator show support for Texas Thunder Music Festival efforts to raise funds for West, Texas

April 30, 2013
Texas Thunder Music Festival, May 17-19 in Gardendale, Texas, will raise money for those affected by the recent fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas. The Randy Rogers Band, The Josh Abbott Band, Wade Bowen, Stoney LaRue, Casey Donahew Band, are featured.

Texas Thunder Music Festival, May 17-19 in Gardendale, Texas, will raise money for those affected by the recent fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas. The Randy Rogers Band, The Josh Abbott Band, Wade Bowen, Stoney LaRue, Casey Donahew Band, are featured.

Governor Rick Perry lent his support to the Texas Thunder Music Festival that will raise money for those affected by the recent fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas. The music event that will host The Randy Rogers Band, The Josh Abbott Band, Wade Bowen, Stoney LaRue, Casey Donahew Band, among others will take place May 17-19 in Gardendale, Texas.

“The city of West has a long way to go to get past the grief and devastation and move on to rebuilding,” Gov. Perry said. “In the true spirit of Texas, the people of our state are coming together to help ease the suffering of individuals who lost loved ones, and help this strong community get back on its feet.”

“My thoughts are with everyone in the city of West. I am proud of the Texas musicians who are coming together for this event,” Senator Joan Huffman, Senate Republican Caucus Chairman of Houston, said. “It reinforces the well-known fact that when anyone in our state needs help, fellow Texans automatically rise to the occasion.”

“Our small town is made up of big hearts. The people of West have always given and supported,” said Tommy Muska, Mayor of West, Texas. “This event will allow the people of Texas to show their support and love to the great residents of West. We appreciate all the artists that will be giving of their time to make this event a success.”

Last week, the Texas Thunder Music Festival announced all net proceeds will be donated to the first responders and schools of West, Texas. The Odessa based firm of Johnson, Miller & Co. will oversee all the accounting and distribution of funds.

“As a fellow Texan, my heart went out to all those that were affected by the explosion,” says festival landowner Herb Graham. “We could not sit around and do nothing, so my partners and I quickly decided to donate all the net proceeds from this festival to rebuild the school and get first responders equipment.”

The first-year Texas Thunder Music Festival in Gardendale, Texas presents an all-star, all-Texas line-up, with both musicians and fans coming together to help bring support to those who need it most. Weekend passes are available for a discounted price of $65 with camping starting at $110. A very limited number of single-day tickets are available for $35.

Texas Thunder tickets are now available for purchase at Graham Central Station in Odessa, Rockin’ Rodeo Midland and Arriba Midland. For more information or to purchase tickets and camping, please visit www.texasthunderfest.com or call 855-362-0535.

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Texas Thunder Line-Up:

Friday:
3:00-4:00pm Bri Bagwell
4:30-5:30pm Curtis Grimes
6:00-7:00pm Micky and the Motorcars
7:30-8:30pm Charlie Robison
9:00-10:00pm Aaron Watson
10:30-12:00am Josh Abbott Band

Saturday:
1:30-2:30pm Kimberly Dunn
3:00-4:00pm Johnny Cooper
4:30-5:30pm Brandon Rhyder
6:00-7:00pm Whiskey Myers
7:30-8:30pm Turnpike Troubadours
9:00-10:00pm Wade Bowen
10:30-12:00am Randy Rogers Band

Sunday:
1:00-2:00pm Jake Kellen
2:30-3:30pm Kyle Bennett
4:00-5:00pm William Clark Green
5:30-6:30pm Brian Milson
7:00-8:00pm Stoney LaRue
8:30-10:00pm Casey Donahew Band

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First Great American Roots Stomp at Union Hall, Brooklyn, May 3-4

April 26, 2013
Union Street Preservation Society is performing in the First Great American Roots Stomp, taking place in the heart of Park Slope, Brooklyn, Friday and Saturday, May 3-4, at Union Hall, 702 Union Street © 2013 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com

Union Street Preservation Society is performing in the First Great American Roots Stomp, taking place in the heart of Park Slope, Brooklyn, Friday and Saturday, May 3-4, at Union Hall, 702 Union Street © 2013 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com

The First Great American Roots Stomp is taking place in the heart of Park Slope, Brooklyn Friday and Saturday, May 3-4, at Union Hall, 702 Union St. (Park Slope, Brooklyn).

Roll up your sleeves for two nights of hootin’, hollerin’, jazzin’, swingin’, foot-stompin’, barn-burnin’ revelry with ten fantastic bands from Brooklyn and the Northeast audaciously bringing Americana roots back into the spotlight.

The Great American Roots Stomp
Night One: Friday, May 3Tickets: $10
Night Two: Saturday, May 4Tickets: $10
Union Hall, 702 Union St. (Park Slope, Brooklyn)
Get your tickets now cause they’re gonna sell out at the door!

Night One: Friday, May 3
7:30pm – doors open

8:00 – Charlotte Cornfield

9:00 – The Alex Mallett Band (our bass player’s solo project!)

10:00 – The Whistling Wolves

11:00 – Union Street Preservation Society

12:00am – King Stork

Night Two: Saturday, May 4
7:30pm – doors open

8:00 – Skinny White Folk

9:00 – Seth Kessel and the Two Cent Band

10:00 – Red Hook Ramblers

11:00 – Barnyard Brothers

12:00am – North of Nashville

Texas Thunder Music Festival, May 17-19, to Raise Funds for West Texas Victims

April 25, 2013

In response to the recent tragedy in West, TX, Texas Thunder festival organizers have teamed up with fellow Texas music artists to support the West, TX community. The Texas Thunder music festival, running May 17-19 and taking place in Gardendale, Texas, will feature The Randy Rogers Band, Wade Bowen, Casey Donahew Band, Josh Abbott Band, Stoney LaRue and many more and will raise funds for those affected in the tragic explosion last Wednesday.

“For 13 years now our band has been traveling I-35 and stopping in West, TX along the way to sample the good food,” said Randy Rogers. “It’s become a staple on our tour. Now it’s time for us to give back.”

“We are disheartened by the tragedy in West, Texas. Texans are passionate about their communities and upon hearing of this tragedy, the Texas music community reached out to lend a helping hand,” says event organizer Brian Andrews. “100% of net proceeds from the Texas Thunder music festival will benefit the schools and first-responders of West, Texas.”

Texas Thunder presents an all-star, all-Texas line-up, with both musicians and fans coming together to help bring support to those who need it most. Weekend passes are available for a discounted price of $65 with camping starting at $110. A very limited number of single-day tickets are available for $35.

Texas Thunder tickets are now available for purchase at Graham Central Station in Odessa, Rockin’ Rodeo Midland and Arriba Midland. For more information or to purchase tickets and camping, please visit www.texasthunderfest.com or call (855) 362-0535.

For the most up-to-date information on Texas Thunder, like  on Facebook at facebook.com/texasthunderfest and follow  on Twitter @txthunderfest.

Texas Thunder Line-Up:

Friday:
3:00-4:00pm Bri Bagwell
4:30-5:30pm Curtis Grimes
6:00-7:00pm Micky and the Motorcars
7:30-8:30pm Charlie Robison
9:00-10:00pm Aaron Watson
10:30-12:00am Josh Abbott Band

Saturday:
1:30-2:30pm Kimberly Dunn
3:00-4:00pm Johnny Cooper
4:30-5:30pm Brandon Rhyder
6:00-7:00pm Whiskey Myers
7:30-8:30pm Turnpike Troubadours
9:00-10:00pm Wade Bowen
10:30-12:00am Randy Rogers Band

Sunday:
1:00-2:00pm Jake Kellen
2:30-3:30pm Kyle Bennett
4:00-5:00pm William Clark Green
5:30-6:30pm Brian Milson
7:00-8:00pm Stoney LaRue
8:30-10:00pm Casey Donahew Band

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Seattle Gears Up for Fremont Oktoberfest, Sept 20-22

April 23, 2013
Fremont Oktoberfest hosts an outdoor urban Tasting Garden two city blocks where revelers can sample from over 80 microbrews and raise their German beer steins in the Buxom Beer Garden.

Fremont Oktoberfest hosts an outdoor urban Tasting Garden two city blocks where revelers can sample from over 80 microbrews and raise their German beer steins in the Buxom Beer Garden.

Fremont Oktoberfest is Seattle’s fall tradition September 20-22 2013, taking over two city blocks of Seattle’s Fremont neighborhood, aka the Center of the Universe.

Fremont Oktoberfest hosts an outdoor urban Tasting Garden two city blocks where revelers can sample from over 80 microbrews and raise their German beer steins in the Buxom Beer Garden. The Buxom Beer Garden is also the place to participate in or watch Fremont’s twist on Oktoberfest pageantry, the Buxom Royalty Contest.

Voted by USA Today, Orbitz.com and Bing.com as one of the top places to toast Oktoberfest in the world, this three-day fall festival also features more than just hops! Fremont Oktoberfest hosts a full music line-up on the main stage, but without a single oompah band in sight. That’s the boompahpah!

The all-ages Oktoberfest Village brings families together with a Kids Area, a food line-up including traditional German brats, Sunday Dogtoberfest activities, and the infamous Texas Chainsaw Pumpkin Carving Contest.

The weekend also includes a brew ha-ha of a run, the Fremont Oktoberfest 5K, where runners can participate in teams or compete in the coveted beer belly division, and finish at the Village Beer Garden.

Admission to the Fremont Oktoberfest Tasting Garden is $20 and up for guests 21 and over only and go on sale August 12, 2013 at fremontoktoberfest.com. The Fremont Oktoberfest Village is free.

Fremont Oktoberfest is a benefit for the Fremont Chamber of Commerce funding local schools, art groups, community events and promoting Fremont as the “Center of the Universe.” More information about the Fremont Chamber of Commerce can be found at www.fremontseattle.com.

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Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum Unveils Exhibit Spotlighting ‘Nashville’ TV Series

April 23, 2013

The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum has just unveiled a special spotlight exhibition dedicated to ABC’s hit television series “Nashville” on April 5. “Nashville”: Like a Country Song, which will feature costumes, props and more from the acclaimed drama, will be located within the museum’s permanent exhibition on the second floor; the exhibit will run through October 31, 2013.

Artifacts on display in “Nashville”: Like a Country Song include:

  • A metallic-toned cocktail dress, with bronze paillette overlay and copper sequins and beading, and snakeskin-look platform peep-toe shoes, worn by Rayna Jaymes (Connie Britton) when she performed “Wrong Song” with Juliette Barnes.
  • A beaded, strapless mini-dress, worn by Juliette Barnes (Hayden Panettiere) when she and Rayna Jaymes performed “Wrong Song.”
  • A 2009 Gretsch G6121-1955 Chet Atkins solid body guitar and personalized strap played by Deacon Claybourne (Charles Esten) in the pilot episode of “Nashville.”
  • A Boho-inspired black lace dress with silky skirt, worn by Scarlett O’Connor (Clare Bowen).
  • A Gibson LG-2 guitar belonging to Gunnar Scott (Sam Palladio).
  • Framed art featured in the episode “You Win Again,” in which fictional record label Edgehill Republic throws a party to celebrate the platinum success of the Rayna Jaymes-Juliette Barnes duet “Wrong Song.”
  • A script of the “Nashville” pilot episode, autographed by cast members Powers Boothe, Clare Bowen, Connie Britton, Eric Close, Charles Esten, Jonathan Jackson, Sam Palladio, Hayden Panettiere and Robert Ray Wisdom.

“Nashville” airs on the ABC Television Network on Wednesdays, 10 – 11 p.m., PT/ET and is executive produced by Dee Johnson (“Boss,” “The Good Wife”), R.J. Cutler (“The September Issue,” “The War Room”), and Oscar®-winning screenwriter Callie Khouri (“Thelma and Louise”). The weekly drama focuses on the lives and careers of country music rivals Rayna Jaymes and Juliette Barnes, played by Connie Britton and Hayden Panettiere, respectively; the show also features a supporting cast of industry insiders, musicians, fledging artists and politicians. Filmed on location in Music City, the series gives viewers a realistic look inside the music industry. Khouri says the show “plays out like a country song. There’s heartbreak; there’s cryin’; there’s drinkin’. The whole notion is to live in the world of country music, so you’ll get everything that goes along with that.”

Each episode also features original songs, such as “Wrong Song” and “If I Didn’t Know Better,” performed by the actors. Executive music producer, T Bone Burnett—in league with co-producer and musician Buddy Miller—keeps the show’s tunes sounding authentic. This winning mix of music and drama made the series the most anticipated new show of autumn 2012: Among its many accolades, “Nashville” was described by the Los Angeles Times as “big, bold, wildly ambitious and great fun”; and Entertainment Weekly declared it “the best new show of the fall season, boldly soapy, seamlessly musical.”

Spotlight exhibits at the museum are narratives that supplement themes or aspects of the museum’s core exhibition, Sing Me Back Home: A Journey Through Country Music. These short-term, informal displays either provide a closer look at a particular person, group or aspect of country music, or spotlight recently donated items or special anniversaries. Rotated often, spotlight exhibits also offer a glimpse into the museum’s unique collection, which includes recorded discs, historical photographs, films and videotapes; thousands of posters, books, songbooks, periodicals and sheet music; personal artifacts such as performers’ instruments, costumes and accessories; and more.

Other current spotlight exhibits focus on Garth Brooks, Jack Greene, Minnie Pearl, Hargus “Pig” Robbins, Connie Smith and Dottie West.

Accredited by the American Alliance 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 countrymusichalloffame.org or by calling (615) 416-2001.

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Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam Adds Club La Vela As Late Night Venue for September Festival in Panama City Beach

April 23, 2013
Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam is a music festival that takes place in Panama City Beach, Florida, in September.

Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam is a music festival that takes place in Panama City Beach, Florida, in September.

Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam fans will get wet and wild at the nation’s largest nightclub, Club La Vela each night of the September festival. Club La Vela is one of the trendiest and most respected nightclubs in the world. It has evolved over the years into a major entertainment complex, located in the heart of Panama City Beach, FL and is a huge hub for the thousands of Spring Breakers that visit the city each year. The multilevel club features eleven themed rooms, forty-eight bar stations, expansive balconies, elevated catwalks, the famous pool deck and the Concert Coliseum.

The festivities at Club La Vela will begin each night after the final notes are sung by Toby Keith, Brantley Gilbert, and Trace Adkins. Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam will have free shuttles available to ticketholders to transport them between the day stages, Frank Brown Park, and Club La Vela. “Since we will have three performers on our beachfront stages playing simultaneously during the day, we are inviting many of them to play our late night venues as well,” says Executive Producer, Rendy Lovelady. “This way, if fans don’t have a chance to see all of their favorites during the day, they can be sure to catch their performances at night.”

The September lineup includes: Toby Keith, Brantley Gilbert, Trace Adkins, Eli Young Band, Kip Moore, The Charlie Daniels Band, X Factor Winner Tate Stevens, Darryl Worley, Blackberry Smoke and many more!

Lodging packages, which include tickets to the three-day event, are on sale now and can be found at http://www.gulfcoastjam.com. Beginning in May, three-day tickets that provide patrons access to all of the six stages and free shuttle passes will go on-sale to the public.

Comprised of six stages, Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam will provide the best of today’s country music for an audience of more than 15,000 people on the coast. During the day, three beachfront stages will be hosted by Edgewater Golf & Beach Resort, The Boardwalk Beach Resort and Seahaven Beach Resorts. Festival-goers will watch their favorite performers as they stand on the white “sugar sand” beach and dip their toes in the water. As the sun begins to set, patrons will ride free shuttles to the headline stage at Frank Brown Park. Once Toby Keith, Brantley Gilbert, and Trace Adkins close out their respective nights, the fun will continue at Club La Vela. Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam is a production of PCB Entertainment, LLC. For more information about Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam’s lineup, VIP & General Admission Tickets, lodging partners, directions, partnership opportunities, parking, and vendors, visit http://www.gulfcoastjam.com.

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Washboard Music Festival is One-of-a-Kind Celebration of Appalachian Culture

April 23, 2013

A one-of-a-kind celebration of America’s Appalachian culture and heritage takes place during the 14th annual Washboard Music Festival, June 14-15, 2013, in southeast Ohio’s spectacular Hocking Hills. The festival starts Thursday with a special kickoff concert and auction from 6 -10 p.m., and runs Friday and Saturday from 12 – 11 p.m. Held in downtown Logan, Ohio, this extraordinary FREE festival features ongoing live music, parades, rides, a beer garden and a wide variety of festival-style foods. A complete list of bands and events is available at http://www.washboardmusicfestival.com.

More than a dozen washboard and related bands will offer an incredible lineup of live entertainment this year, starting with the kickoff concert featuring the wildly popular Arnett Howard and the Creole Funk Band. Other talented performers from around North America will perform. Local artists will also display and sell a wide variety of folk and fine art, crafts and washboard-inspired instruments. The popular “Washer Women” will be on hand to demonstrate how washboards are used for laundry.

Families will enjoy Children’s Fair, a kid-friendly area featuring amusement rides, face painting, petting zoo and a train that circles the festival. Saturday festivities include a parade at 5 p.m. and a morning lineup of antique tractors and hit & miss engines. Another major highlight of the festival is the free tours of the 115-year old Columbus Washboard Company, the only washboard factory in the United States still producing washboards on a daily basis. Here, visitors will see the World’s Largest Washboard. Free tours of the factory are offered year ’round.

Located 40 miles southeast of Columbus, Ohio, Hocking Hills offers experiences that make every day feel like Saturday, with plenty of  free activities. The region boasts a wide variety of affordable lodging, from camping, cabins and cottages to hotels and inns. In addition to hiking trails, parks and forests, the Hocking Hills is the zipline capital of the Midwest, with 50 ziplines being offered via three distinct guide services. Gift and antique shops, canoeing, horseback riding, golf, spas add to the allure of the Hocking Hills. Complete traveler information is available http://www.1800Hocking.com or 1-800-Hocking (800-462-5464).

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Royal Caribbean offers Families up to 50% Savings for 3rd, 4th guests for bookings through May 10

April 10, 2013
The Flowrider, one of Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines' signature onboard activities. Royal Caribbean is offering families up to 50% savings for third and fourth guests for bookings through May 10 © 2013 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com

The Flowrider, one of Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines’ signature onboard activities. Royal Caribbean is offering families up to 50% savings for third and fourth guests for bookings through May 10 © 2013 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com

Bringing the whole family on an adventurous Royal Caribbean International cruise vacation is easier than ever before, with the cruise line’s new significantly reduced third- and fourth-guest fare offer. For new U.S. and Canadian bookings made from Apr. 10 through May 10, 2013 aboard select Royal Caribbean ships, the reduced third- and fourth-guest fares offer vacationers up to 50 percent savings for sailings departing on Sept. 1 through Dec. 31, 2013. The additional savings on already significantly lower fares for third and fourth guests offer families even more reason to share in a vacation only found on Royal Caribbean’s innovative ships. Reduced third- and fourth-guest fares start at $99 per guest for three-night Bahamas cruises and $199 per guest on four- to seven-night Bahamas, Bermuda, Caribbean and Europe cruises. For more information, please visit www.RoyalCaribbean.com/April34Guest.

Additionally, Royal Caribbean International is offering its valued travel agents more tools as part of the cruise line’s ongoing Loyal to You Always commitment to supporting them in growing their business and increasing profits. For all new U.S. and Canadian groups created from Apr. 8 through 21, 2013, aboard any Royal Caribbean sailing departing from Jan. 1 through Apr. 30, 2014, travel agents will earn two bonus Group Amenities Plus (GAP) points to add more value to their clients’ vacation. Travel agents can apply the GAP points toward additional stateroom amenities, such a bottle of sparkling wine, a welcome aboard fruit basket, robes to use on their cruise and more, to help secure a booking; recognize loyal clients; or acquire repeat business. Additional restrictions may apply. For more information about the Bonus GAP offer, travel agents should visit www.CruisingPower.com, the online portal dedicated to providing the most comprehensive tools and information for travel professionals selling Royal Caribbean International.

Royal Caribbean International is a global cruise brand with 21 innovative ships, calling on more than 270 destinations in 72 countries across six continents. The line also offers unique cruise tour land packages in Alaska, Canada, Europe, and Australia and New Zealand. Royal Caribbean provides a world-class vacation experience with a wide range of signature onboard amenities, entertainment, and award-winning family programming.

The cruise line has more than 40 years of history of delivering to guests the Royal Advantage – the most innovative cruise ships, exciting itineraries to popular destinations, and world-renowned friendly and engaging Gold Anchor Service. Royal Caribbean has been voted “Best Cruise Line Overall” for 10 consecutive years in the Travel Weekly Readers’ Choice Awards. For additional information or to make reservations, call your travel agent, visit www.RoyalCaribbean.com or call (800) ROYAL-CARIBBEAN. Follow Royal Caribbean on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/RoyalCaribbean or on Twitter, @RoyalCaribbean. Travel professionals should visit Vicki Freed’s Facebook page at www.Facebook.com/VickiLovesTravelAgents; go to www.cruisingpower.com; or call (800) 327-2056.

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