Category Archives: live performances

Eric Church, Toby Keith And Lady Antebellum With Stevie Nicks Added To Lineup Of Performers On The 49TH Annual ACM Awards

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Eric Church, Toby Keith, and Lady Antebellum with legendary musician Stevie Nicks have all been added to the lineup on the 49th Annual ACM Awards, as announced by the Academy of Country Music and Dick Clark Productions.

They will be joining previously announced performers Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, George Strait, Keith Urban, Florida Georgia Line and The Band Perry. The ceremony, hosted by Blake Shelton and Luke Perry, will be broadcast live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas Sunday, April 6, 2014 at 8:00 PM ET/delayed PT on CBS.

Keep on eye on KIC as more performers are announced in the weeks to come!

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Maggie Baugh Fiddles Her Way Into America’s Hearts

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Thirteen-year-old musician, Maggie Baugh, was recently brought on stage by the legendary Charlie Daniels during a show in South Florida. Maggie, a fiddle playing extraordinaire, not only assisted Daniels during the iconic song “Devil Went Down to Georgia,” but also kicked the event off with the National Anthem.

We were so impressed with Maggie (and fell in love with her stage presence and personality) that we had to share it here with all of you! Check out the videos below from the South Florida event:

REVIEW: Sarah Darling, Jenn Bostic, and Emily Brooke in South Florida

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Occasionally you go to an intimate show and are fortunate to experience an incredible performer up close and personal. Very rarely are you able to have that experience multiplied by three. On February 26th in Jupiter, Florida, Nashville recording artist, Sarah Darling; UK chart topper, Jenn Bostic; and local teenage prodigy, Emily Brooke, shared the stage at Tiki 52 for one night only … And it was a night that attendees won’t soon forget.

Emily Brooke opened the night with a bang, almost literally, as she took on Miranda Lambert’s “Kerosene.” As always, Emily charmed the crowd immediately with her soulful voice, stunning guitar playing, and adorable personality, made especially apparent by the huge smile that crossed her face when the audience joined her in a loud “HA!” during this hot opener. In true Emily Brooke fashion, she introduced almost every song, told cute little stories, made herself giggle, and, like a seasoned professional, swiftly returned to her set list seamlessly. A crowd favorite was Darius Rucker’s “Wagon Wheel,” which Emily introduced and then, elatedly, said that she heard someone in the audience say how much she loved this song. Onlookers sang and clapped along as Emily strummed the guitar and crooned this popular tune that oftentimes receives a warm reception and rave reviews. Other highlights of Emily’s set list included Hunter Hayes’ “All You Ever,” The Civil Wars’ “Devil’s Backbone,” and original song (on Emily’s Here Right Now album with a corresponding video on YouTube) “Dance Hall.”

Danielle Bradbery Teams Up With the Give a Note Foundation

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Danielle Bradbery is teaming up with the Give a Note Foundation and Disney Performing Arts for the Music In Our Schools national bus tour. From March 2nd – March 8th, Danielle and representatives from the organizations will travel across America, reminding students, parents, teachers and community leaders not to forget the importance of music education.

March is National Music In Our Schools Month, and at tour stops at high schools over a one-week period, Danielle will be a special performancer at each school. Danielle will address students and perform songs from her self-titled debut album, including her hit song, “The Heart of Dixie.”

Beginning at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California on March 2nd, the tour will visit high schools in five cities:

March 3rd – Eldorado High School in Albuquerque, New Mexico
March 4th – Cypress Ranch High School near Houston, Texas
March 5th – Classen School of Advanced Studies in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
March 6th – Antioch High School near Nashville, Tennessee
March 7th – Northwest School for the Arts in Charlotte, North Carolina

The tour will conclude on March 8th at the Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. For information about the tour, real-time updates, and photographs, visit: http://giveanote.nafme.org.

ACM Fan Jam to Include Luke Bryan

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The Academy of Country Music and Dick Clark Productions announced today that the reigning ACM Entertainer of the Year, Luke Bryan, will make a special performance at the 4th Annual ACM Fan Jam at the Mandalay Bay Events Center on Sunday, April 6, 2014. The performance is in addition to his co-hosting duties with Blake Shelton at the 49thAnnual Academy of Country Music Awards on Sunday, April 6, 2014 at 8:00 PM live ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network. 

The 4th Annual ACM Fan Jam, hosted by reigning ACM New Artist of the Year, Florida Georgia Line, is a fans-only, live concert event which gives country music fans the ultimate pass to be a part of the 49th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards. Throughout the three-hour telecast from MGM Grand, there will be live ACM Fan Jam performances, via remote, by top-tier music acts, including Bryan and Florida Georgia Line.  The ACM Fan Jam continues after the Awards telecast ends with a concert featuring Florida Georgia Line.

Tickets for the ACM Fan Jam start at $45 and are on sale NOW by visiting www.ticketmaster.com. For more information on the ACM Awards and all ACM events, visit , like the ACMs on Facebook, or follow the ACMs on Twitter.

Win Tickets to the Star-Studded Tortuga Festival

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Tortuga Music Festival, a two-day, multi-stage music festival featuring some of the biggest names in country, rock and roots music, will be held on the beaches of Fort Lauderdale, Florida on April 12-13, 2014. After months of anticipation, the Tortuga star-studded lineup has been completed and the artists have been announced, much to the excitement of Tortuga-goers everywhere.

This year’s incredible lineup consists of the following artists: Luke Bryan; Eric Church; Hank Williams, Jr.; Train; Dierks Bentley; Brantley Gilbert; Sheryl Crow; Billy Currington; Slightly Stoopid; Ziggy Marley; 38 Special; Brett Eldredge; Parmalee; Cole Swindell; Brett Dennen; Delta Rae; Eric Paslay; Moon Taxi; The Revivalists; White Denim; Frankie Ballard; Chase Rice; Brothers Osborne; Blackjack Billy; Sons of Fathers; and Quaker City Night Hawks.

And the best news of all … You can be there LIVE to experience these amazing artists, soaking up the sun in paradise! Tortuga is giving away two tickets to this unique event, benefiting the Rock the Ocean Foundation, to one lucky fan. To enter, all you need to do is donate or dedicate your status update on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter with the following message, image and #tag (bonus points if you mention the artist you are most excited to see!): “I can’t believe this lineup! Check out www.TortugaMusicFestival.com! #GetMeToTortuga” It’s that easy to get yourself one step closer to two days on the white, sandy beaches of South Florida!

Good luck to all of you who enter! We look forward to seeing you at Tortuga!

REVIEW: Lucy Hale’s Album Sneak Peek

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Lucy Hale is making her rounds doing radio station events to promote her upcoming album, and she recently stopped into 103.1 WIRK in South Florida. Lucy took the stage at country nightclub, Renegades, to give fans a glimpse at who Lucy is beyond her role as Aria Montgomery on ABC Family’s hit show, Pretty Little Liars. We were fortunate enough to be among those who were on the receiving end of four songs that will appear on Lucy’s debut country album.

Luke Bryan to Headline the DAYTONA 500 Budweiser Pre-Race Show

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This year’s DAYTONA 500 Pre-Race Show, Feb 23, will play host to 2013′s ACM Entertainer of the year, Luke Bryan!

“We’re thrilled to have a talented artist such as Luke Bryan perform prior to the start of the Daytona 500,” Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood III said. “We’re expecting Luke to put on an exhilarating show that will energize our race fans as we kick off the new NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season.”

Bryan will join a prestigious list of prior performers for this kick off Budweiser Pre-Race Show including Zac Brown Band, Lenny Kravitz, Brad Paisley, Tim McGraw, Keith Urban and Bon Jovi.

He will be performing several of his hits on pit road of the “World Center of Racing” that will be accessible to all NASCAR fans who purchase the Pre-Race/Sprint FANZONE access pass for the DAYTONA 500. Luke’s recently released studio album, Crash My Party, offered us the bona fide hits “Crash My Party,” “Drink a Beer” and “That’s My Kind of Night”, which are sure to make it into the show. Crash My Party has sold over a million copies and earned Bryan the much deserved honor of being named both Academy of Country Music Awards’ Entertainer of the Year and American Music Awards Favorite Country Male Artist.

Also, a special ticket package has been designed around Bryan that includes a DAYTONA 500 grandstand ticket, Pre-Race/Sprint FANZONE access and VIP area access to the performance. Full packages start at $164 and fans that already have race tickets can add Pre-Race/Sprint FANZONE access along with VIP area access for $99. To purchase tickets for the 56th annual DAYTONA 500 and Sprint FANZONE/Pre-Race access, go online to daytonainternationalspeedway.com or call 1-800-PITSHOP.

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REVIEW: The Swon Brothers in South Florida

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S wonderful! ‘S marvelous! That’s what rang through my head as I watched The Swon Brothers tear up the South Florida Fair stage during their “Swoncert” (try saying that … it rolls right off the tongue) in front of a rowdy crowd. After seeing The Swon Brothers live, this much is clear – these boys were born to be on stage.

The Voice Season 4 Finalists, Zach and Colton Swon, spent their show covering songs ranging from country to classic rock to classic country rock. The boys barreled through the starting line with a cover of Randy Houser‘s “How Country Feels” and quickly transitioned into the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band‘s “Fishin’ In the Dark” (much to our amazing photographer friend, Sara Kauss‘, excitement). The guys manifested their uncanny abilities to harmonize with one another without ever making evident that one brother’s vocal prowess is any more superior than the other.

REVIEW: Cassadee Pope’s Hometown Show

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For children who want to be performers when they are older, it is common to sit and dream the day away, hoping that one day they will play for large crowds. It is typical to sit in an audience and envision themselves on that stage, showcasing their talents for everybody to see. However, the painstaking rule is that the dream often never becomes a reality. West Palm Beach native, Cassadee Pope, is the exception to that rule. As a child, Cassadee attended the South Florida Fair and watched her predecessors perform, hopeful, but never expectant, that she, too, would grace that stage one day. Last night, one of Cassadee’s childhood dreams came to fruition as she stood on that very stage, looking out, rather than looking in.

Cassadee, an artist who should not be pigeonholed into one specific genre of music, is a crossover hit in the flesh who needn’t be defined. What sets Cassadee apart from the rest is that her ability to float seamlessly throughout genres doesn’t impinge upon her audience’s ability to know exactly who she is … and that is a kind-hearted, gracious, talented singer/songwriter with a strong head on her shoulders and the world at her fingertips.