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The Academy of Country Music has announced the headliners and full lineup for their 2nd Annual Party For A Cause® Festival. Rascal Flatts and Keith Urban were named the festival’s headliners, taking the main stage on Friday, April 4th, and Saturday, April 5th, respectively.
This year’s star-studded lineup also includes Joe Nichols, Jerrod Niemann, Thomas Rhett, Chris Young, and The Cadillac Three. Joining them, will be the three ACM New Artist of the Year nominees and many more to be announced.
This year’s Party For A Cause® Festival will be hosted by Outnumber Hunger and ACM Lifting Lives and held at Caesars Entertainment’s The LINQ. The festival will be the first ever special event to be held in this open-air lifestyle complex at the heart of the Las Vegas Strip. Over the two days, The LINQ will transform into a country-lover’s playground with elements already tied to this ACM event, such as: multiple stages to hold ongoing LIVE country music performances, interactive games, a country marketplace, and more activities to be announced as the Festival approaches!
“We are thrilled to kick off the first of many large-scale concerts and events at The LINQ with the Academy of Country Music,” said Jon Gray, vice president and general manager of The LINQ. Caesars Entertainment has always been an industry leader in presenting top-of-the-line entertainment experiences in Las Vegas, and our space at The LINQ offers many new opportunities for us to continue to raise the bar of the city’s entertainment landscape.”
The Party For A Cause® Festival is part of The Week Vegas Goes Country® leading up to the 49th Academy of Country Music Awards on Sunday, April 6, 2014 at 8:00 PM live ET/delayed PT on CBS.
“The Academy is honored to have Rascal Flatts and Keith Urban headline two separate nights of incredible music during The Week Vegas Goes Country®” said Bob Romeo, CEO of the Academy of Country Music. “Fans nationwide plan their vacations around ACM events, and they will be blown away by The LINQ and all that Caesars has put into the property. We’re privileged to be the first event in this very special space.”
Great news, country fans… Lady A is extending their Take Me Downtown Tour!
With approximately 36 new dates added, that brings the trek to about 80 cities. The tour will now run throughout the summer with the next leg beginning on March 22 in Phoenix, AZ at Ak-Chin Pavilion.
The trio is excited to bring the show to more fans and give it their all every night. “The energy from the crowds on opening weekend was like a drug…it was totally intoxicating,” said Charles Kelley. “It felt so unbelievable to be back on stage together, and each night was better than the last. We’re going on to North Dakota this weekend and from now through the summer amphitheater shows, we’re going to try and raise the bar night after night.”
Kip Moore and Kacey Musgraves are currently out on the road with Lady A, and will continue on for the early summer shows. A combination of Billy Currington, David Nail and Joe Nichols will open for the remainder of the new dates.
TAKE ME DOWNTOWN TOUR 2014 North American Summer Dates:
Country music is taking over Las Vegas in April, as the ACM’s head to Sin City. While the coveted awards show will take place on April 7th, it’s the days leading up to the awards that will truly be “must-see” events!
Fremont Street is located in the heart of Las Vegas, and is only second in popularity to the infamous Las Vegas Strip. The Fremont Experience is a pedestrian mall downtown, which takes up a five-block radius and is well-known for being home to the world’s largest video screen (a whopping 1,500 feet long!). So, who can you expect to see at the Fremont Street Experience, performing on this monster screen? An incredible line-up consisting of co-headliners Gary Allan and Jake Owen, along with Randy Houser, Chris Janson, Jana Kramer, Kip Moore, Joe Nichols and Sunny Sweeney!
Country music crooner Joe Nichols and Showdog-Universal Records have amicably split ways, the singer announced on Twitter. Joe was given permission to find another contract that will better suit him as an artist, and there’s no hard feelings between the parties if his Tweets are any indication.
“I’d like to thank Showdog Univerisal for doing the right thing. I’m FREE!”
Joe didn’t want that taken the wrong way, and quickly clarified his tweet:
“Just to be clear, I’m VERY thankful for Showdog and what they have done for me. Our relationship has just reached its limits and I wish them luck.”
Joe’s fanclub party set for May 8th at the Country Music Hall of Fame is still on. Tickets are $45 each, and there is a wait list. Get your tickets for the wait list here.
With the days getting warmer and the date getting closer, us here at Keepin’ it Country got together to put together a list of our favorite beach-flavored tunes for the Blake Shelton Cruise. We’ll be aboard the biggest live country music event ever to set sail, and we want to help our fellow country music fans get ready for the party of the year!
The 7-night cruise leaves Miami on October 14th, then returns on October 21st after 7-nights at sea. You’ll visit San Juan, Tortola, Nassau, and St. Thomas over those fantastic seven nights. Not only will we be on-board, but so will some of the biggest stars in country music… Blake Shelton will perform twice during the cruise, and he’s bringing along some friends to perform and party with too. There’s so many great performers announced so far that it would take all day to list them here, so visit blakesheltoncruise.com to book your cabin or for more information on the country music party of the year. If you mention Keepin’ it Country when you book your cabin you’ll receive a free gift from us on-board!
Take a look at our ultimate Blake Shelton Cruise playlist below, which we’ll be playing on our iPods as we board the beautiful Norwegian Pearl in October. Leave us your suggestions and maybe your favorites might make our Cruise playlist part 2 at a later date.
Looks like it’s officially Festival Friday for country music. The brand-new country music festival, Jukebox Festival, will be launching this July with a bang. Kellie Pickler, Scotty McCreery, Alan Jackson, and Joe Nichols will all be part of the 3-day festival July 20th to 22nd at the Shasta County Fairgrounds in Anderson, California. Scotty will headline Friday night, and Kellie will headline Saturday night.
Other country music acts set to be part of the line-up include Ricky Skaggs, Pam Tillis, Mark Chesnutt, Daryl Singletary and the Western Swingmasters Asleep At The Wheel. Additional performers for all four stages will be announced as the date gets closer.
To get your tickets, or for more information on the festival, fans can visit jukeboxmusicfestival.com.
In this season of giving, Danielle Peck and some of her fellow country music stars are doing their part to help the homeless. Last month, Peck held her 4th Annual “Danielle Peck and Friends Concert” which supports the Nashville-based Safe Haven Family Shelter. She’s now following it up with an online auction featuring an awesome assortment of autographs, guitars and other collectables.
Learn about the auction, register and bid by clicking here.
Joe Nichols, Toby Keith and the Eli Young Band are the latest additions to the “American Country New Years Eve Live” line-up. The special, which will air on FOX on New Years Eve, features the best in country music live from New York City and the Las Vegas strip. Rodney Carrington will serve as host, with performances from Lauren Alaina and Rodney Atkins already announced. All performers will perform their latest hits as they help to countdown the minutes to 2012.
“American Country New Years Eve Live” airs on FOX starting at 11 pm EST, and will air tape-delayed for other time zones.
It’s only a week left for Joe Nichols fans waiting for his new album. He’ll be releasing “It’s All Good” on Tuesday, November 8th on Showdog-Universal Records. For those fans not wanting to wait, you can stream his entire album for free on his official website until Friday just by submitting your e-mail address to join his newsletter. We have the cut by cut of “It’s All Good” by the former ACM and CMA New Artist Of The Year. Read the story behind each song on the album and why he’s proud this time around:
Joe Nichols will be releasing his first effort on new home Showdog-Universal on November 8th. The record “It’s All Good” will feature 10 brand new studio tracks including his latest single “Take It Off.” It will be his first brand-new studio album since 2009. Joe just released a Greatest Hits album back in January.
“Yes, this is about commercial success, but if you want to make something that lasts, it’s about art, too. I want to bring a traditional sound into 2011 and 2012, to keep it faithful and make sure we’re still connecting with today’s listener.”
For the full track listing, and official album cover, of “It’s All Good” click the “read more” button: