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


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.

Photo: Official image from CMT

REVIEW: Cassadee Pope’s Hometown Show

Photo by Sara Kauss / www.sarakaussmusicians.com

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.

Kelly Clarkson Rocks NYC for Green Mountain Coffee


The Highline Ballroom in New York City was abuzz Thursday night, due in part to the seemingly endless supply of coffee available, but largely due to the star power present. In support of October being Fair Trade Month, GRAMMY-Award Winner Kelly Clarkson partnered with Green Mountain Coffee for an exclusive concert to raise awareness for the cause.

The Highline Ballroom was equal parts chic urban concert hall and Peruvian mountainside, with colorful tapestries adorning the booths and centerpieces made of coffee beans. Photos of Clarkson’s journey to Peru flanked the tables, while the big screen flashed images and facts about fair trade.

Supported by only a pianist and 2 guitarists, Clarkson treated fans to an intimate acoustic performance that showcased some of the most powerful vocal chords in the music industry today. She kicked off the show with her classic, “Since You Been Gone,” before segueing into other favorites like “Walk Away,” “Behind These Hazel Eyes,” “People Like Us” and “Stronger.”

Clarkson’s voice was in fine form, despite her apologizing for sounding a little “Janis,’ due to a whirlwind promotional schedule that included a 4:30 AM wake-up call for Good Morning America. Highlights of her set included a stripped-down solo version of “Don’t You Wanna Stay,” proving that holograms aren’t always necessary. Another high point of her set was a masterful & emotional rendition of fan-favorite “Sober” from the unfairly maligned My December album.

In-between songs, Clarkson charmingly engaged with the audience like she was in a room full of her closest friends, lamenting the state of her toes pre-pedicure, recalling being a “mess” (but not an alcoholic) when she wrote the metaphoric “Sober,” and remarking that she was glad her tour was over so she can get married. In between her amusing banter, she recalled anecdotes from her trip to Peru, including a visit to the coffee farmers and their children.

While the concert itself was held in an intimate venue, it was streamed to fans across the Internet via Green Mountain Coffee’s Facebook page. It will re-air on October 24th and we’d recommend catching it if you have a chance. We were there, but it was so good that we just may have to watch it again.

The Band Perry Brings Country to Miami Beach

The Band Perry tour

One of country’s hottest trios, The Band Perry, is taking the stage as part of the Fontainebleau, Miami Beach’s, BleauLive performance series, on Sunday, October 13, 2013. The weekend at this upscale hotel will include a private concert, poolside party, and select lounge areas.

If you are a South Florida country music fan, this is surely a weekend and performance you do not want to miss! The performance will take place in Sparkle Ballroom at 8:00pm on Sunday, October 13th. To guarantee your entry to the show, visit the Fontainebleau’s website to book your weekend package or dinner/show package. Stay packages begin at $299 a night, while the dinner and show package is $100 per person.

Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to see one of country’s biggest acts at one of Miami Beach’s most extravagant and well-known hotels!

Keepin’ It Country Presents: JillandKate – Concert for a Cure

JillandKate Concert for a Cure

We are incredibly excited to announce the return of Nashville duo, JillandKate, to our Keepin’ It Country Presents Stage! Keepin’ It Country Presents is teaming up with JillandKate to combat cancer with our first ever “Concert for a Cure.”

This show, the first in our Concert for a Cure series, will benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS), a foundation which increases awareness for blood cancers and raises funds for research of those cancers. “One person in the United States is diagnosed with a blood cancer approximately every four minutes. An estimated combined total of 149,990 people in the United States will be diagnosed with leukemia, lymphoma or myeloma in 2013. New cases of leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma will account for 9 percent of the 1,660,290 new cancer cases diagnosed in the United States this year.”

Garth Brooks Returns to Vegas For Eight Fall Shows

Garth Wynn

Garth Brooks has announced eight additional Las Vegas concert dates for this Fall! The country music legend will return to the Wynn Las Vegas for eight shows in the Encore Theater in October and November.

Garth added these Fall dates after his Summer shows at the Wynn sold out. Tickets for the upcoming Wynn Las Vegas dates are $175, plus a service charge and tax. All eight shows will go on sale at 10:00am PST today, September 24, 2013. To purchase tickets, click here or call (702) 770-1000.

Garth Brooks Wynn Las Vegas Show Dates and Times:

10/18 — 7:30pm and 10:00pm
10/19 — 7:30pm and 10:00pm
11/8 — 7:30pm and 10:00pm
11/9 — 7:30pm and 10:00pm

VIDEO: Carrie Underwood Performs With The Rolling Stones


As we previously posted (HERE), Carrie Underwood was a special surprise guest at The Rolling Stones’ concert in Toronto last night! Carrie rocked the stage with Mick Jagger and the Stones for the classic, “It’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll (But I Like It).”

Last night, we were waiting for video of the performance and it has surfaced! Check out the awesome collab:

Carrie Underwood Joins The Rolling Stones on Stage


The legendary Rolling Stones’ 50 & Counting Tour stopped in Toronto, Canada tonight and they were joined by a very special Nashville guest… Ms. Carrie Underwood!

Carrie took the stage at Air Canada Centre to sing the classic “It’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll (But I Like It)” with Mick Jagger.

Naturally, Carrie was beyond excited to perform with the Stones. Here is some of her little Twitter spree:

I just sang with the @RollingStones! Holy cow! I walked off stage and said, “What just happened?!” Still can’t believe it! :)

@RollingStones@officialKeef@MickJagger@ronniewood & Charlie Watts: THANK YOU for having me on stage w/you tonight! You made my life! xoxo

8 years ago today, I won @AmericanIdol and tonight, I sang with the @RollingStones! Wow, so much has happened! #Thankful

What an awesome night for Carrie! If and when video surfaces, we will be sure to post it!


PHOTOS: Luke Bryan Celebrates Spring Break with 120,000 Fans

Luke Bryan Serenades Fans in Panama City, Florida

As if an upcoming gig hosting the ACMs wasn’t enough, Luke Bryan is also celebrating the #1 debut of his Spring Break…Here to Party CD. He celebrated with 120,000 of his fans for 2 days at Spinnaker’s in Panama City, Beach Florida. This was Luke’s fifth annual spring break performance.

Earlier this week, Luke topped the Billboard Country sales chart and earned his first #1 album with Spring Break…Here To Party, selling 149,515 units in its first week. This is the first full-length physical album released from Luke’s five-year “Spring Break” series. The 14-track album features two new tracks as well as a collection of songs from his previously released digital “Spring Break” EPs.

Carrie Underwood Extends Her Tour


Carrie Underwood announced today that “The Blown Away Tour” will now extend into 2013 with forty additional tour dates. Originally, Carrie’s tour was set to end in Sunrise, Florida on December 22, 2012, but the tour will now resume in Colorado Springs, Colorado on February 13, 2013 and continue for thirty-nine more shows to follow. Hunter Hayes will also continue to tour with Carrie as her opening act. The donation of $1 from each ticket sold on the North American leg of “The Blown Away Tour” will continue in 2013 to support Red Cross disaster relief.