Sunday, February 28, 2010


ARTIST NEWSFLASH
■ JUST IN: Although his run on Brad Paisley’s 2010 AMERICAN SATURDAY NIGHT Tour doesn’t conclude until next weekend, Justin Moorehas already been invited back to join the superstar’s 2010 H2O Tour, kicking off later this Spring!  Announced during CRS this week in Nashville, Brad Paisley will bring Darius Rucker, Justin Moore, Josh Thompson and Steel Magnolia out on the road with him on what is sure to be another successful amphitheater trek.  Stay tuned for tour dates and markets to be announced shortly.

■ FROM MUSIC TO FASHION, REBA HAS LEARNED YOU HAVE TO BE COMFORTABLE DOING IT: Reba is a superstar in every sense of the word—her illustrious career has taken her to every arena of the entertainment word—but the constant in her career has always been her music, and now her product lines, most notably her REBA fashion collection, are just as time consuming.  "If I don't do it someone else will," Reba told The Wichita Eagle as to why she has tried so many different things in her career.  "I've done a lot of things but it always goes back to singing.  I still love to sing. I can't imagine not singing."  But when the superstar isn’t on the stage or in a recording studio, she can be found designing and developing her REBA product lines, available at Dillard’s.  "I've had some doozy looks.  I wore some wild things I probably shouldn't have worn.  I've also worn some very expensive clothes, which just weren't real comfortable for me,” notes Reba, acknowledging that being comfortable with what she wears has been a process.  “[But now] I found that clothes don't have to be very expensive.  I learned a lot.  I've been around fashion and stylists for so long that I should know a little about what to wear."

■ WHETHER ON HIS WALK FOR HOMELESSNESS OR AT HOME, JIMMY WAYNE LOVES HIS COFFEE: “I've gotta have my coffee in the morning; sometimes even in the evening!” exclaims Jimmy Wayne, who is in Oklahoma on his Meet Me Halfway walk to raise awareness for homelessness.  “I love the taste of GoodBean coffee.  I order it from the GoodBean coffee shop in Jacksonville, OR.  I was doing a charity event and stopped into this shop, which is from the 1800's, ordered a cup of joe and sat outside and stared at the old town.  I fell in love with this place and especially the coffee.  I ponder a lot when I'm just sittin' and sippin'.  I carry on a conversation sometimes even when it’s just me.  It’s like priming the well; clearing my mind.”  Although Jimmy has had lots of time to think lately on his walk—and lots of opportunities to drink coffee—we’re thinking he’s anticipating the day he can smell the aroma of GoodBean coffee again! 

Saturday, February 27, 2010


NEW GARTH BROOKS CONCERTS
SOLD OUT
LAS VEGAS, February 27, 2009—Tickets for the second series of Garth Brooks concerts at the Encore Theater at Wynn Las Vegas have sold out! Tickets for 20 confirmed concert performances went on sale on Saturday, February 27 at 8 a.m. PT and were completely sold out within hours.
Unprecedented demand for Garth’s concerts continues to overwhelm as the Wynn Las Vegas Web sites and phones were inundated with traffic for concert tickets this morning. The resort phone lines received more than 75,000 calls and the Web site received more than 2.1 million page views. While every effort was made to thwart the activity of scalpers, they persistently besieged our systems with cyber attacks during this ticket sale and our systems were at times slowed.
The concerts will take place on March 26, 27 and 28; April 9, 10 and 11; June 25, 26 and 27; July 16, 17 and 18 and August 6, 7 and 8. Show times are 8 p.m. Fridays, 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. on Saturdays and 8 p.m. Sundays. The show on Friday, April 9 will be at 10:30 p.m. Tickets are $125 plus a $5 service charge and a $13 tax to equal a total of $143.
Future Garth Brooks concert dates will be announced again in the next few months, but fans still stand a chance to obtain tickets for sold out concerts. Returned or unclaimed tickets will be released to a stand-by line that will form at the Wynn box office on show days. Sign up for access to exclusive information and offers in the entertainment section on www.wynnlasvegas.com.  

Friday, February 26, 2010



 


JACK INGRAM SETS OFF FOR FIRST-EVER AUSTRALIAN TOUR

Special Show “Rollin’ With Jack Ingram” Scores High Ratings on Country Music Channel (CMC) 
 






NASHVILLE, TN – Feb 26, 2010 -
 After playing thousands of shows from roadhouses to arenas in nearly every corner of the U.S., award winning singer/songwriter Jack Ingram is about to embark on his first Australian tour kicking-off at CMC Rocks the Snowys on March 6 in Sydney.
 
“I hear that Australian’s love their music, love their beer and love to have a real good time…I think we’re going to have a lot in common,” says Ingram. “The opportunity to go over to Australia, play my music and meet a bunch of new people is something I’m very much looking forward to.”
 
From Sydney, Ingram will hit the road with international country stars Doc Walker (Canada) and Steve Forde (Australia) as part of CMC ROCKS.  The rockin’ country crew will make stops in various cities, culminating with a show in Brisbane.
 
In preparation of his Australian run, Ingram caught up with CMC in Nashville at the CMA Awards, the historic Ryman Auditorium and more.  The show, “Rollin’ With Jack Ingram,” was one of the most watched shows on the Australian network for the month of February and will air again today.
 
Upon his return stateside, the road warrior’s “Acoustic Motel” tour will pick back up in Atlanta, Ga. on March 23 at Eddie’s Attic before heading up the east coast. 
 
 
For more information and a complete list of tour dates, visit www.jackingram.net.
 

BLAKE SHELTON IS EVERYWHERE IN SUPPORT OF NEW ALBUM RELEASE HILLBILLY BONE OUT MARCH 2

Multiple National TV Performances And Print Features In Support Of New Album


Nashville, TN – Reprise/Warner Music Nashville Records Recording Artist Blake Shelton is building a lot of excitement for his sixth studio album, Hillbilly Bone, set for release on March 2, with multiple national TV performances and print features in support of the new album. In the month of March, Shelton will appear on several national TV shows, performing the Top 10 title track from the album.
Shelton’s media packed week of release schedule is highlighted with TV appearances that include performing his fastest rising single of his career, "Hillbilly Bone," and co-hosting the 45th Annual Academy of Country Music Award nomination announcement with Reba McEntire on CBS’ “The Early Show,” and an appearance on NBC’s “The Today Show” on March 2; Performing on Fox News Channel’s “FOX & Friends” and appearing on “Hannity’s America” on March 3; performing on Good Day New York On March 4 and appearing on E! Entertainment Television’s “Chelsea Lately” in late March.
Shelton will be featured on the cover of Country Weekly and Nashville Lifestyles' Magazines on stands March 1. Other print and online highlights include ACM Tempo, AOL's The Boot, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, CMA Close-Up, Entertainment Weekly, The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, People Magazine, Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia News, Roughstock, Salt Lake Tribune, the9513.com, Toldeo Blade, USA Today, The Washington Post and Yahoo! Music, to name a few.
Billboard Magazine already did a feature on Shelton’s new album and the new SIX PAK strategy in its Feb. 13, 2010 issue, and in US Weekly’s March 8 issue (on newsstands today), they give Hillbilly Bone 3 out of 4 stars.
For more information on Blake Shelton, you can visit www.blakeshelton.com


Fan Tips for Those Attending the Kobalt Tools 500 Race Weekend

HAMPTONGa. (Feb. 26, 2010) – Below are some tips that will help ensure fans have a memorable, exciting visit to Atlanta Motor Speedway during the March 2010 Kobalt Tools 500 NASCAR race weekend.

Ø      Gate Openings – Various gates will be open each day for fans to access the facility. The following is the schedule with opening times and gates available that day: Friday (noon), Saturday (9 a.m.), and Sunday (9 a.m.).
Ø      Important Note: For fans, Atlanta Motor Speedway provides a free shuttle and tram service from all parking lots to each grandstand.
Ø      Fan Assistance Program – The Fan Assistance offers golf cart transportation and general assistance throughout the Atlanta Motor Speedway parking areas. This service is limited to the Atlanta Motor Speedway facility only, providing patrons with the ability to move to and from almost any area on the property.  Patrons may inquire about any of these services at the Information Booths located throughout the Atlanta Motor Speedway property.
            Atlanta Motor Speedway provides tram service between the campgrounds and the entrance gates before and after events and will depart regularly from the designated tram stops. Tram passengers under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Trams are provided as a courtesy service to speedway guests. Due to the demand for this service, continuous riding (joyriding) is prohibited
Campground tram route:
Runs along inner perimeter road through all public parking and most camping areas.
Infield tram route:
Runs from the guard house at the new tunnel into the infield along the road course.
Ø      Fan Assistance Information Stops –Atlanta Motor Speedway is hosting three Fan Assistance Information Stops with two locations near the Display Lot on the Speedway’s perimeter road and one location in front of the Ticket Office.  
Ø      ATM Machines – Bank of America will have 10 ATM machines at various locations throughout the property.  You will find ATM machines at gates 13 and 15 (will call).  There are also locations in the Champions, Earnhardt, Petty and Elliott Grandstands, as well as near the infield concessions area.
Ø      Camping Guidelines  Quiet time in all camping areas is from midnight to 7 a.m. (except Family Campground) although we do allow the use of generators, we ask that you respect your neighbors and only use them when necessary. Also, no flatbed trucks (over 10 feet long), flatbed trailers, box trucks, or portable storage containers are allowed.
Ø      Traffic Reports – Traffic information will be provided by WKHX Kicks 101.5 FM and WSB 750 AM. Tune in throughout the weekend for the latest traffic news. Georgia DOT urges travelers to call 511 for updated information about road/lane closures or construction projects. Georgia 511 is a free phone service that provides real-time traffic and travel information statewide, such as traffic conditions, incidents, lane closures, construction, and delays due to bad weather. Callers can also reach live operators to request assistance or report incidents 24 hours a day, seven days a week. More information is available at www.511ga.org.
Ø      Outside Food- While we pride ourselves on providing an excellent variety of food and drink options for our guests, visitors are welcome to bring their own items if they prefer. Coolers larger than 14”x14”x14” and glass bottles are not allowed inside the gates of the speedway.  Planning ahead will make your entrance to the speedway much simpler for both our visitors and security officers alike.
Ø      Handicapped Parking Enforcement – Handicapped parking areas will be strictly enforced for the Kobalt Tools 500 race weekend and misuse could result in being fined and/or towed. These areas are reserved for those fans with a handicap, not for those who plan to use a friend or relative’s handicap permit to gain access to these areas. The person who is the owner of the handicapped parking sticker is required to be in the vehicle.
Ø      Ticket Resale – No tickets may be resold on Speedway property.  This will be strictly enforced. Fans can also utilize TicketExchange, Ticketmaster's new online service that enables safe and secure fan-to-fan ticket transactions. Buyers simply select the tickets they want based on price and seat location, without having to bid against other buyers, without having to coordinate delivery from anonymous sellers, and without the gamble that the tickets are fraudulent. Sellers are guaranteed payment for tickets sold, without having to collect payment or deliver the tickets to the buyer. For more information on TicketExchange, visit www.ticketmaster.com.
Ø      Directions to Atlanta Motor Speedway: Directions to AMS, including traffic patterns and facility maps can be found by visitingwww.atlantamotorspeedway.com
Ø      First- Aid: During race weekend, Atlanta Motor Speedway has Emergency Assistance locations in each grandstand as well as the Infield. Should you or anyone in your party require Emergency Assistance while you are on AMS property, please visit one of those locations or, if needed, dial 911. 
Ø      As with any large event, there is going to be increased traffic come race weekend, so Atlanta Motor Speedway would also like to encourage all fans coming to any event throughout the weekend to come early and stay late. All General Parking lots at AMS open at 6 a.m., so fans should feel free to get here early to beat the traffic and check out everything the Speedway has to offer come race weekend.
Ø      For more information on race weekend or to answer any questions you may have please visit www.atlantamotorspeedway.com or call (770)-707-7904.



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SEE KENNY CHESNEY AT COUNTRY THUNDER FOR $99



Join the party of the summer at Country Thunder 2010 in beautiful Twin Lakes, Wisconsin July 22-25!

Kenny Chesney has a limited number of engagements this summer, and one of them is Country Thunder! Don't miss your opportunity to see the 4-time "Entertainer of the Year" artist, Kenny Chesney, along with many others this year at Shadow Hill Ranch!

Get your TICKETS!

The 4-day, $99 Early Bird Special is still going on, but ONLY until March 2nd, so lock in your low rate today atCountryThunder.com. There is also an easy-pay option, to allow you to extend your payments into 4 monthly installments!

You asked and we delivered! Single Day Tickets will be going on sale as of March 3, 2010! Have to work and can't attend all 4 days? Purchase a Single Day ticket online at CountryThunder.com or call 1-866-802-6418.

Check out the LINEUP!

We have outdone ourselves in 2010! This year's lineup includes top names such as; Kenny Chesney, Sugarland, Miranda Lambert, Jason Aldean, Sawyer Brown, Billy Currington and Jo Dee Messina. Williams & Ree will be hosting the festival with their off-beat sense of humor and stellar style! Be sure to visit CountryThunder.comfor the full lineup.

Don't forget about CAMPING!

Campsites are selling fast, so go online to purchase the best locations! Get your front row, Preferred Camping now, before they sell out!! Who doesn't want direct access to the festival by choosing a prime location! If you have questions about camping or require further information, please call 1-866-802-6418.

Questions?

If you have any questions regarding Country Thunder, please email april@countrythunder.com.

REO SPEEDWAGON AND PAT BENATAR ANNOUNCE
“LOVE ON THE RUN” SUMMER TOUR


Los Angeles, CA…Feb. 26, 2010 – Two legendary rock voices, REO Speedwagon and Pat Benatar, team up for their “LOVE ON THE RUN” co-headline summer tour. The first 20 dates of the cross-country tour have been announced today, along with the first on-sale date of Wednesday, February 24th for the Gilford, NH stop at US Cellular Pavilion.  The tour will kick off at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT on June 24th

“REO and Pat Benatar toured together in 1995 and we all had a blast. I ran into Neil Giraldo in the neighborhood last year, and we talked about getting the bands together again…so here we are,” said Kevin Cronin, lead singer of REO Speedwagon.  “Both REO and Pat Benatar share a history of hits, a family oriented approach, and a continuing desire to rock hard and have fun doing it. We embrace and take pride in our past achievements, while we are all about growing as artists and keeping our standards high. We intend to prove it every night on stage with the ‘Love On The Run’ tour.”

“I'm looking forward to touring with REO again,” said Pat Benatar. “It's been 15 years since the ‘Can't Stop Rockin'’ tour. These are a great bunch of people and it should be a blast for us as well as the audience."

LOVE ON THE RUN will bring the songs of these two historic rock bands to stages all across America.  Their music will take fans back to their early ‘80s explosion onto the Billboard charts, where both artists enjoyed #1 and Top 10 positions for the better part of the decade; and will carry on through their career with music that continued to define their excellence in song craftsmanship and performance.  Edwin McCain and Keaton Simons will each be joining these two legendary acts on various stops along the tour.  Additional tour dates and on-sale dates will be announced shortly.

American Express Early On Sale opportunities will be available for most “LOVE ON THE RUN” tour dates. 

REO Speedwagon has teamed up with I Love All Access on the “LOVE ON THE RUN” tour  to offer the ultimate fan experience, which features a variety of VIP ticket packages, some of which include the chance to meet REO Speedwagon at their shows. For more details go towww.iloveallaccess.com.

“LOVE ON THE RUN” is dedicated to raising awareness about hunger among American school children by partnering with “Blessings in a Backpack,” a non-profit organization that provides weekend meals to school children in need. During their recent “Can’t Stop Rockin Tour,” REO Speedwagon and Styx raised over $300k for school kids, helped to open 20 schools and helped feed nearly 4k children a weekend for a full year as a result of their partnership with Blessings in a Backpack.  Benatar and REO Speedwagon hope to add to these accomplishments and help more school children along this tour.  For more information, please go to www.blessingsinabackpack.com .
  
LOVE ON THE RUN Tour Dates:

Jun 24             Uncasville, CT                                    Mohegan Sun Arena                           On Sale 3/19
Jun 25             Rutland, VT                             Vermont State Fairgrounds                On Sale TBD
Jun 26             Atlantic City, NJ                      Caesar’s Atlantic City                         On Sale 3/6
Jun 29             Vienna, VA                              The Filene Center                               On Sale TBD
Jul 1                Atlanta, GA                             Chastain Park Amphitheater              On Sale 3/7
Jul 2                St. Augustine, FL                    St. Augustine Amphitheatre                On Sale TBD
Jul 3                Orlando, FL                             Universal Studios Florida                    On Sale TBD
Jul 8                Lampe, MO                             Black Oak Mountain Amphitheatre    On Sale TBD
Jul 9                Memphis, TN                          Memphis Botanic Gardens                 On Sale TBD
Jul 10              St. Louis, MO                          Verizon Wireless Amphitheater          On Sale TBD
Jul 11              Kansas City, MO                    Starlight Theatre                                 On Sale TBD
Jul 15              Council Bluffs, IA                    Harrah’s Council Bluffs                       On Sale 4/15
Jul 16              Walker, MN                             Moondance Jam Fairgrounds                        On Sale TBD
Jul 17              Red Wing, MN                                    Treasure Island Resort & Casino        On Sale TBD
Jul 18              Chicago, IL                              Charter One Pavilion                          On Sale TBD
Jul 21              Morrison, CO                          Red Rocks Amphitheater                   On Sale TBD
Jul 23              Las Vegas, NV                        Thomas & Mack Center                     On Sale TBD
Jul 24              Phoenix, AZ                            Dodge Theatre                                    On Sale TBD
Jul 27              Saratoga, CA                          The Mountain Winery                         On Sale TBD
Jul 31              Los Angeles, CA                     The Greek Theatre                             On Sale TBD
Aug 27             Gilford, NH                              US Cellular Pavilion                            On Sale 3/5

Additional dates and ticket on-sale information will be announced shortly.  The following are the on-sale dates for the I Love All Access special packages:  Uncasville on March 16th, Atlantic City and Gilford on March 3rd, Atlanta on March 4th, Council Bluffs on April 8th.

Kevin Cronin, lead singer and principle songwriter; bass player Bruce Hall; Neal Doughty, keyboard player and founding member; lead guitarist Dave Amato, and drummer Bryan Hitt, are REO Speedwagon.  Since the release of their first record in 1971, the band has produced 17 critically acclaimed albums including the monumental 10 million seller, Hi Infidelity, had scored 13 Top 40 singles, including the Number One hits “Can’t Fight This Feeling” and “Keep On Loving You,” timeless classics including "Roll With The Changes", "Ridin' The Storm Out", "Take It On The Run", "Time For Me To Fly" and "Keep Pushin."  In 2009, they released Find Your Own Way Home, featuring the radio favorites “I Needed To Fall” and “Smilin’ In The End.” Most recently, they released a Christmas album Not So Silent Night with an REO production spin on the classics including “The First Noel,” “Winter Wonderland,” “Little Drummer Boy,” and “Happy Xmas (War is Over).”  REO Speedwagon has sold more than 40 million albums to date.
More than three decades ago, Pat Benatar began breaking rules and blazed a new trial for female rock stars.  Pat was bold, self-assured, and independent.  She was alluring but not exploitive.  She was vulnerable but not weak.  She was strong-minded without being hardhearted. Songs such as “Love Is a Battlefield,” “Hit Me With Your Best Shot,” “We Live For Love,” and “Heartbreaker” became anthems for a new attitude.  At the dawn of MTV, Benatar was the image of the female rocker for an entire generation of young woman, and the young men who loved them. That generation has grown up with her and others have walked down the path she helped pave. Still going strong, Benatar has been married for 28 years to guitarist, songwriter producer, collaborator and soul mate Neil Giraldo . Pat and Neil have been touring almost non-stop for over three decades. Benatar is acknowledged as the leading female rock vocalist of the ‘80s.  During this time she was nominated nine times for Grammy Awards for Best Rock Vocal Performance (female), winning an unprecedented four Grammy Awards in consecutive years from 1980 to 1983.  Benatar has also won three American Music Awards.  Of the sixteen original and compilation albums released during her 30+ year career, seven were certified platinum and three were certified gold.  One of the most popular performers in rock, she is also one of the most recognized and admired female artists.

For more information on REO Speedwagon, please visit the band’s official web page at www.speedwagon.com for more information on Pat Benatar, please visit her website at www.patbenatar.com

DON’T MISS YOUR CHANCE TO SEE GARTH BROOKS!

Tickets on Sale Tomorrow, February 27 at 8 a.m. PT

LAS VEGAS, Feb. 26, 2010 — Don’t miss your chance to see Garth Brooks at the intimate Encore Theater! Tickets for the next series of in-demand concerts go on sale tomorrow, Saturday, February 27 at 8 a.m. PT. Tickets are $125 plus service charge and tax ($143 total). Brooks performed to sold out crowds and rave reviews at his previous concert series at the Encore Theater.

Concert Dates: 
March 26, 27, 28
April 9, 10, 11           
June 25, 26, 27
July 16, 17, 18           
August 6, 7, 8

Concert times:
Fridays 8 p.m., Saturdays 8 p.m. & 10:30 p.m., Sundays 8 p.m.
 
Tickets may be booked by calling 702.770.1000 or online at www.wynnlasvegas.com/boxofficePlease note that the name for each individual ticket holder must be provided at time of purchase for the transaction to be completed. Tickets will not be available for purchase at the Wynn Box Office on February 27. 

Garth concert-goers are invited to make a priority reservation for rooms and suites at Wynn │Encore. Room rates start a $209.00/night and include a $100.00 resort credit. 
 
UNAUTHORIZED TICKET SALES
Specific measures have been put in place in an effort to ensure that the tickets for concerts are accessible to fans at face value and through authorized sales channels exclusively. Fans are discouraged from purchasing tickets through unauthorized channels as these tickets will be cancelled. Wynn is committed to developing and implementing new and improved measures to combat scalping until such a time that the illegal activity ceases. Suspect activity will be investigated and forwarded to authorities for prosecution.  

Please note the following booking procedures and rules and regulations: 
  • At time of purchase, the full name of each person attending the concert must be provided in order to complete the transaction. No changes will be permitted after completion of the order. 
  • Limit 4 concert tickets per order or per person or per credit card.
  • Tickets will be available for pick-up at Will Call at Wynn Las Vegas after 1 p.m. PT on the day of the concert.  Tickets are not available in advance.
  • Purchaser will be required to show valid photo ID, confirmation number and actual credit card used for payment. Each individual ticket holder must be present with purchaser to collect tickets upon presentation of valid photo ID. Individual names will be printed on each ticket.
  • Tickets must be picked up no later than one-hour prior to show time or will be subject to cancellation with no refund.
  • The age limit for concerts is five years or older; anyone under 16 years must be accompanied by an adult.  
  • Cellular phones, cameras, flash photography and audio/video recording devices are not permitted inside the theater.  If you use any of these devices you will be escorted out of the theater.
  • All ticket sales are final and are non-refundable and non-transferable.
  • Visit www.visitwynn.com/terms/garthtickets for a complete list of terms and conditions.

About Garth Brooks
Certified by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) as the #1-selling solo artist in U.S. history, Garth Brooks has sold in excess of 128 million albums. He is the only solo artist in RIAA history to have six albums top the 10 million mark. His most recent release, The Ultimate Hits, has been certified five times platinum. Garth became the first artist to put out a simultaneous edition of his latest collection for a charitable cause. November 6, 2007 saw the launch of the pink edition of The Ultimate Hits, available only at the Susan G. Komen Web site. His body of work — including the groundbreaking No Fences, Ropin’ The Wind, The Hits and Double Live — propelled country music as a genre to the front pages of newspapers worldwide and the covers of magazines, to the point where Forbes declared on its cover, “Country Conquers Rock,” and featured Garth in a major music piece. According to the RIAA, Garth Brooks is the top-selling solo artist of the 20th century.

The key to his record-setting success lies within the personality and talent of Garth Brooks. It has been said that through the 1990s, Garth’s only real competition was himself. He brought daring individualism and a love of music to the table. His wide range encompasses a variety of styles which include working-class blues, honky tonk, bluegrass and arena rock. His easy-going, approachable charisma was matched only by his fearless willingness to take chances and step outside the lines. He has had an unprecedented run so far, and opened the doors for many more country artists to follow.

Garth has received every accolade the recording industry can bestow on an artist, including  two Grammys, 17 American Music Awards, 11 Country Music Association Awards, 18 Academy of Country Music Awards, five World Music Awards, 12 People’s Choice Awards and 36 Billboard Music Awards. He was named “Artist of the ‘90s” at the 1997 Blockbuster Entertainment Awards, received the Artist Achievement Award at the 1997 Billboard Music Awards and was named “Artist of the Decade” at the American Music Awards in 2000 and the Academy of Country Music Awards in 1999.

In the midst of one of the most successful careers in music history, Garth retired in 2001, delivered his last record for Capitol Records and moved back to Oklahoma to raise his children. While in retirement, when called upon by events greater than his own self-interest, he returned to the stage. The latest of these was when the President himself requested that Garth headline President Obama's Inaugural Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial. He performed as Barack and Michelle Obama, their girls, Joe and Jill Biden and a crowd of over 300,000 lined the mall from the Lincoln Memorial all the way to the Washington Monument. It was a moment in history when all did the "wave" to Garth's performance of "Shout" while the President sang along. Once again, Garth was called upon by the network to perform for President Obama’s very first late night TV appearance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. When the Governor of California asked for Garth's help, he responded by performing five concerts in two days, where proceeds from 83,000 tickets sold were donated to efforts to prevent fire catastrophes. Portions of the live concerts were shown as a TV special, "Garth Brooks: Live in L.A.” where viewers donated to the organization Fire Intervention Relief Effort (FIRE).

Oct. 15, 2009, Brooks announced that he was out of retirement: "I am naturally nervous, but it feels good to be out from under the low ceiling of ‘retirement’ I put on myself."  Brooks has entered a five-year “relationship” with Las Vegas resort developer, Steve Wynn.

For more information visit garthbrooks.com.

About Wynn Resorts
Wynn Resorts, Limited is traded on the Nasdaq Global Select Market under the ticker symbol WYNN and is part of the S&P 500 and NASDAQ-100 Indexes. Wynn Resorts owns and operates Wynn Las Vegas (www.wynnlasvegas.com), Encore (www.encorelasvegas.com) and Wynn Macau (www.wynnmacau.com). Wynn Las Vegas, a luxury hotel and destination casino resort located on the Las Vegas Strip features 2,716 luxurious guest rooms and suites, an approximately 111,000 square foot casino, 22 food and beverage outlets, an on-site 18-hole golf course, approximately 223,000 square feet of meeting space, an on-site Ferrari and Maserati dealership, and approximately 74,000 square feet of retail space.

Encore, the new signature resort in the Wynn collection, opened December 22, 2008. Encore is located immediately adjacent to Wynn Las Vegas and features 2,034 suites, approximately 72,000 square foot casino, 12 food and beverage outlets, a night club, a spa and salon, approximately 60,000 square feet of meeting space and approximately 27,000 square feet of upscale retail outlets.

Wynn Macau is a destination casino resort in the Macau Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China and currently features 600 deluxe hotel rooms and suites, approximately 205,000 square foot casino, casual and fine dining in five restaurants, approximately 46,000 square feet of retail space, a health club, pool and spa, along with lounges and meeting facilities.


DIERKS BENTLEY RIDES TO DALLAS-FORT WORTH FOR NATIONWIDE "MILES & MUSIC FOR KIDS" BENEFIT SERIES
 
TOP-NAME TEXAS ARTISTS TO JOIN BENTLEY FOR POST-RIDE CONCERT AT
BILLY BOB’S TEXAS
 
Tickets Go On Sale Monday, March 1
 



NASHVILLE, TN – Feb 26, 2010 - Multi-platinum country music star Dierks Bentley is continuing his nationwide "Miles & Music for Kids" celebrity motorcycle ride and concert series with a stop in Dallas-Fort Worth on Sun., April 25. Presented by Nationwide Insurance, proceeds from the event will benefit both the Children’s Medical Center Dallas and Cook Children’s in Fort Worth.
 
The hour-long ride will depart Harley-Davidson of North Texas (1845 North Interstate 35e in Carrollton) and travel to the famous Billy Bob’s Texas (2520 Rodeo Plaza in Fort Worth). The trek will culminate with a special concert featuring Bentley and a handful of surprise Texas music heavyweights.
 
“I’m going to try and keep all my special guests a secret for as long as I can…I’ll just say that they are five of my favorite Texas country artists, and you better get there early because if you don’t, they will drink all the beer,” says Bentley.
 
Tickets for the family-friendly event go on sale March 1 through Ticketmaster. Prices start at $20, with special VIP packages also available.  
 
Last year, Bentley joined forces with Nationwide Insurance, CMT ONE COUNTRY and the Children's Miracle Network to expand the successful "Miles & Music for Kids" event to six cities across the country in 2009 and 2010, with all proceeds benefiting Children's Miracle Network hospitals in those areas.  Since it began in 2006, "Miles & Music for Kids" has raised over $1 million.
 
For the latest news, visit www.dierks.com.

Thursday, February 25, 2010



Danny Gokey’s My Best Days Album Releases Tuesday as He Returns to American Idol on March 4

Cross-Country Release-Week Schedule Includes Idol Performance of Single,
“My Best Days Are Ahead of Me”

Nashville, TN – Millions of viewers got to know Danny Gokey as a finalist on Season Eight of American Idol, and next week, he’ll not only celebrate the March 2 release of his debut album, My Best Days, but also a return to the Idol stage on March 4 for a performance of his feel-good single, “My Best Days Are Ahead of Me.”

Currently, “My Best Days Are Ahead of Me” is climbing the country airplay Top 40, and fans anxious to hear more of Danny’s new music have an exclusive chance to preview his album online now on the Rhapsody player at CMT.com.

Gokey’s American Idol performance is one part of a cross-country album release week filled with media and personal appearances beginning Monday in WashingtonD.C., and rolling through AtlantaSan JoseLos Angeles, and Minneapolis, before visiting Danny’s Milwaukee hometown on Saturday.

Fans can keep up with Danny’s appearance schedule online at dannygokey.com, where they can also pre-order My Best Days.  The exclusive pre-order will include the CD, an instant download of “My Best Days Are Ahead of Me,” and an autographed CD booklet (while supplies last).

Catch Danny’s American Idol guest performance on the live results show Thursday, March 4 (8:00-9:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) on FOX.

About Danny Gokey:  Danny Gokey became a favorite of millions of fans nationwide as a finalist on Season Eight of American Idol, and the Milwaukee native and 19 Recordings/RCA Nashville recording artist is now poised to release his debut album, My Best Days.  Danny credits his late wife, Sophia, with the inspiration to pursue his musical dreams on Idol, and he continues to honor her with the charitable work of the Sophia’s Heart Foundation, founded in her memory.  For more information and all things Danny, visit him online at dannygokey.com.    


ENTERPRISE, AL – Today, the 3rd Annual Verizon Wireless BamaJam Music & Arts Festival announced additional performers to the ever-growing star-studded lineup. 2010 Grammy award winning Zac Brown Band [pictured],multi-platinum hit-makers Travis Tritt andTrain, Nashville Star winner Chris Young, RFD-TV host and Grand Ole Opry member Marty Stuart & his fabulous Superlatives, ACM award winner Rodney Atkins, and American Idol alum Danny Gokey join the dozens of fellow Grammy award-winning, platinum selling artists in Country, Rock, Bluegrass and Alternative music, all at one one-of-a-kind jam packed 3-day festival taking place, June 3-5 in Enterprise, Alabama.

More than 40 entertainers are set to appear on Verizon BamaJam’s four stages during the 3-day extravaganza. To date, organizers had announced superstars Jake OwenMiranda LambertLoCash CowboysDierks BentleyRandy HouserJamey JohnsonColt Ford and Blackberry Smoke, along with country newcomers Matt Kennon and Houston County. Multi-award winning entertainer Kenny Chesney will headline the 3rd annual event, offering a rare opportunity to catch Chesney in one of just 10 appearances he’ll make in 2010! The one and only Hank Williams, Jr. will also appear at BamaJam in what will be his only Alabama appearance in 2010! Are you ready for some BamaJam?!

Purchase your tickets now and take advantage of special early bird pricing before it is too late! Purchase 3-day festival tickets now until March 13 for $99. One day flex tickets are available only until March 13 for $49. Note the dates and changes below on pricing:
  • Beginning March 13 – May 1, 3-day tickets: $130 general admission
  • Beginning May 1 – June 2, 3-day tickets: $160 general admission
  • June 3 – 5, gate prices: $179 general admission
  • Youth (ages 7-15) 3-day tickets: $99 general admission
  • Children 6 & under: free
Three-day, Premium Preferred seating is being offered for the first time. “We wanted to offer fans an opportunity to purchase a guaranteed seating location,” says festival executive producer Tony Conway. The Premium Preferred purchase will include a logo chair which fans may take home after the event, and a great up close view of the stage. Drink vendors and special parking are also part of the package. The special limited Premium Preferred seating area will be called THE PEANUT GALLERY, as the festival site sits on a former peanut field.  Three-day reserved seats are $365.
 
To order three-day tickets, along with camping packages, and the Peanut Gallery Premium Preferred seats are available for purchase by calling 877-422-6252 or visiting www.bamajamfestival.com
 

Taylor Swift at 10 million sold!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



Carrie Underwood and Luke Bryan among first celebrities to line up for City of Hope's 20th annual Nashville Celebrity Softball Challenge, Monday, June 7, 2010

Tickets for benefit game on sale now atTicketmaster.com 




Nashville, TN, Feb. 25, '10.....Grand Ole Opry member,Carrie Underwood, and 2010 Academy of Country Music Award Newcomer nominee, Luke Bryan, sports celebrities and popular personalities will return to Nashville's Greer Stadium to bat for City of Hope at the 20th Anniversary Nashville Celebrity Softball Challenge Monday, June 7, 2010, at 7 p.m. Rival teams Grand Ole Opry Live andAfter MidNite with Blair Garner will challenge each other in a fun-filled evening of softball stunts and pranks. Tickets are available now for $20 per person or $60 for a "Family Four Pack" at www.cityofhope.org/softballtickets or by calling Ticketmaster at 615-255-9600. Group prices are also available. All ticket sales will be donated to City of Hope.

This year marks 20 years of dedicated support from country music stars and celebrities who have joined together to benefit City of Hope, one of the nation's leading cancer research, treatment and education centers. The Celebrity Softball Challenge in Nashville is the unofficial kickoff to the four-day CMA Music Fest, which began in 1972. In addition to Carrie Underwood and Luke Bryan, other players in the all-star line up for the game will be announced in the coming months. An online auction of exclusive autographed memorabilia will be posted after the game at www.auctionsforhope.org.

"Game day is always packed with excitement and anticipation, knowing that everyone is coming together to support City of Hope's lifesaving research and treatment programs," said Blair Garner, creator, After MidNite with Blair Garner. "This year, After MidNite is back in the game and ready to take on Grand Ole Opry like we have never before."

"We're proud to support City of Hope's efforts to make cancer a curable and ultimately preventable disease," said Pete Fisher, vice president and general manager, Grand Ole Opry. "We'll show our fans how much we appreciate their support in helping us win the battle against cancer - by keeping our team's winning title."

For more information or to inquire about sponsorship opportunities for the
Nashville Celebrity Softball Challenge, visit www.cityofhope.org/softball.

About City of Hope
City of Hope is a leading research and treatment center for cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases. Designated as a comprehensive cancer center, the highest honor bestowed by the National Cancer Institute, and a founding member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, City of Hope's research and treatment protocols advance care throughout the nation. City of Hope is located in Duarte, Calif., just northeast of Los Angeles, and is ranked as one of "America's Best Hospitals" in cancer and urology by U.S.News & World Report. Founded in 1913, City of Hope is a pioneer in the fields of bone marrow transplantation and genetics. For more information, visit www.cityofhope.org.

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