Category Archives: Special Events

ACM Party For A Cause Festival Lineup Announced – April 4-5/Las Vegas

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Finally, what country fans have been waiting for! The ACM Party For A Cause® full lineup has been released along with the schedule!

In case you missed our previous post on this event, here is a quick recap. The Second Annual Party For A Cause will be a two-day music event that will be closing out The Week Vegas Goes Country® festival and leading up to The 49th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards on Sunday, April 6.

During these two days, the open-air venue of Caesars Entertainment’s The LINQ and feature multiple stages for ongoing LIVE country music performances, interactive games, a country marketplace, and more to be announced. This year’s Party For A Cause® Festival will be hosted by Outnumber Hunger and ACM Lifting Lives and be headlined by Rascal Flatts (Friday) and Keith Urban (Saturday). Tickets may be purchased through tickmaster.com.

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.”

Hank Williams Jr Named As Additional Headliner To Taste Of Country Music Festival

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Hank Williams Jr has been named as a headliner for this year’s 2nd Annual Taste of Country Music Festival. This iconic performer will be hitting the stage as part of a bevvy of acts that will be on at the Hunter Mountain Resort between June 13 to 15, 2014.

Williams was announced along with artists Eric Paslay, Leah Turner, The Cadillac Three and Jamie Lynn Spears. They will be joining the previously announced list that included: headliner Brad Paisley, co-headliners Dierks Bentley and Brantley Gilbert, and Randy Houser, Thompson Square, Craig Morgan, Thomas Rhett, Tyler Farr, Charlie Worsham, Chase Rice, Blackjack Billy and Gwen Sebastian.

Although a relatively new festival, only in its second year, the Taste of Country Music Festival has already become one of summer’s most highly anticipated events. The “Pretty Early” price level tickets are sold out, but y’all can take advantage, still, of the “Not So Early” pricing at www.tasteofcountryfestival.com. For a limited time, general admission tickets start at the Not So Early price of only $150.00 for a 3-day pass, and VIP packages start at $525.00 for a 3-day VIP “Outlaw Pass” with “Super Outlaw Pass” and “Ultimate Outlaw Pass” packages available as well. Information on VIP package details and pricing, hotel accommodations, mountainside camping, directions and more is available online. But, will Hank Williams Jr being announced, these tickets are not expected to last much longer!

Photo: Taste of Country Music Festival official logo

ACM Presents: An All-Star Salute To the Troops

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The Academy of Country Music and Dick Clark Productions have announced ACM Presents: An All-Star Salute To the Troops, a concert event featuring some of the biggest names in country music paying tribute to our armed forces, which will be broadcast Tuesday, May 20th, 9:00-11:00pm EST, on the CBS Television Network.

The special will be taped Monday, April 7th, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and feature performances by country music superstars Merle Haggard, George Strait, Carrie Underwood, Florida Georgia Line, Lady Antebellum and The Band Perry among others (to be announced) as a part of the all-star lineup for the event.

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.

Jake Owen To Headline “The Players” Military Appreciation Day Ceremony

Photo: Jeff Lipsky/Sony Music Nashville

The Grammy nominated and chart-topping Jake Owen will headline the Military Appreciation Day Ceremony for The Players Championship. The annual PGA tournament will run May 6th to May 11th, and Owen’s performance will take place on May 7th at the TPC Sawgrass Clubhouse Lawn. Throughout the day, there will be special activities and programs celebrating our servicemen and women as well as a military pageantry and high-profile speakers, including PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem.

Jake is proud to be a part of the event: “Performing for the military is always a true honor. I admire what these men and women do to serve our country and I can’t wait to show my support.”

The Players are providing active, retired, and reserved military members and their immediate families with complimentary admission during the tournament week. Also, veterans will be offered discounted admission. For more information, visit: http://www.pgatour.com/tournaments/the-players-championship.html.

Meanwhile, Jake is about to embark on his Days of Gold Tour in March. Special guests for select dates will include Eli Young Band, Parmalee, Thomas Rhett, and The Cadillac Three. For tour dates, check out: http://www.jakeowen.net.

*Photo Credit: Jeff Lipsky/Sony Music Nashville

Sarah Darling, Jenn Bostic, and Emily Brooke Take the Stage Together For One Night Only

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What do you get when you bring Sarah Darling, Jenn Bostic, and Emily Brooke together for one night only? An evening jam-packed with incredible talent and fun, as well as the unique opportunity to see three extremely different artists team up to entertain one South Florida crowd. Sarah, Jenn, and Emily have decided to join forces with Tiki 52 (a Jupiter, Florida restaurant/bar) and Miller Lite on Wednesday night, February 26th, for a show like no other. In one show, the audience will get a well-known, long-time country artist with charted hits and television cameos galore; a country/pop artist with a collection of awards and acclaim in the United Kingdom; and an up and coming country artist who is sure to be among the next wave of young talent entering the music industry. And, as if that isn’t enough, the concert will benefit “For the Linds,” an organization created in memory of Warner Music Nashville’s Lindsay Walleman, who passed away from Sarcoma at the young age of twenty-eight. Does it get any better than this?

Jake Owen & Friends Raise Over $200,000 For Kids Cancer Alliance

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What is better than our country music community doing good?

Country artists gathered on January 11th for “Concert for the Cause” and raised over $200,00 for Kids Cancer Alliance.

Sponsored by Morgan Stanley, “Concert for the Cause” took place at the Ice House in Louisville and was hosted by “Listening Room” owner, Chris Blair. With an intimate acoustic and in-the-round setting, Jake Owen headlined the event with special guests Frankie Ballard, Jana Kramer, Paul Overstreet, Jason Sturgeon, Ilya Toshinsky, Scotty Emerick, Josh Osborne, Ben Bradford, and Olivia Lane. In addition to the music, there was a live and silent auction with an after party hosted by Dee Jay Silver.

Kids Cancer Alliance was founded in 1981 and sought to provide a normal camping experience for children with cancer. Throughout the years, the organization continued to grow and expand into what it is today. The non-profit now offers free oncology and sibling camps, teen and family retreats, quarterly events and in-hospital programs as well as financial support.

For more information and to find out how you can help, visit: www.kidscanceralliance.org.

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.

Country Music Covers Mötley Crüe

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Legendary rock band, Mötley Crüe, announced today that they are heading out on their final tour and entering retirement. In honor of the iconic group, Big Machine Records has decided to release a Mötley Crüe tribute with some of the record label’s country music superstars covering classic songs. Among the artists already confirmed to be featured on the country tribute album are LeAnn Rimes, Florida Georgia Line, Brantley Gilbert, Justin Moore, Eli Young Band and Cassadee Pope. More artists will be unveiled as the album nears a release date this summer.

For more information on Mötley Crüe’s final tour, visit Big Machine Records’ website by clicking here.