Monthly Archives: February 2012
Police are investigating a deadly shooting outside the Florida home of rapper Rick Ross.
According to authorities they received a call at 7:00 a.m. Wednesday morning reporting shots fired. Upon arrival police discovered the bloodied body of a deceased forty year old male.
Ross is not a suspect and was not home at the time of the shooting. Reportedly the house is not frequented by Ross, but he allows others to use the home for recording.
Police are eager to interview the rapper.
Davy Jones of the Monkees has died of an apparent heart attack on Wednesday February 29th, in Martin County, Florida.
Davy Jones along with Mike Nesmith, Peter Tork, and Micky Dolenz, performed as the Monkees churning out hits including “Last Train to Clarksville,” “I’m a Believer,” and “Daydream Believer.”
The group was featured in a TV show called The Monkees which aired from 1966 to 1968
Jones also made a cameo appearance on The Brady Bunch as himself. His last performance was in Oklahoma on Feb.19.
The legends of rock, Chicago and The Doobie Brothers, will double the fun for fans this summer, as both bands will co-headline a 21 date U.S. tour. Sorry Sacramento ““ so far no dates have been set for Sacto, but you can catch them in Tahoe on July 13th.
The tour kicks off on July 11th in Tucson, AZ at the Anselmo Valencia Amphitheatre with confirmed dates through August 24th at the Toyota Pavilion in Scranton, Pennsylvania.
Each band will perform individual sets, playing their biggest hits, and then both Chicago and The Doobie Brothers will join together for a thrilling grand finale encore, playing each other’s songs at the end of each of their shows.
Chicago will once again allow a winning bidder to have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to sing the band’s classic hit song, “If You Leave Me Now” onstage with Chicago at every concert.
This is the third consecutive year that Chicago has teamed up with the American Cancer Society to create “Sing With Chicago,” a highly successful promotion that has raised over $130,000 to fight breast cancer. Fans in every market will be able to bid on a package that includes a meet and greet with the band, two premium tickets and a chance to sing onstage in concert with the band. Previous year’s winners were so moved by the experience that they launched the Facebook group, “I Sang With Chicago,” where they shared stories about their experiences and videos of themselves onstage singing with the band.
Northern California’s Doobie Brothers are celebrating the 40th anniversary of their propulsive roots-based, harmony laden, guitar driven style that sold an estimated 40 million records over the course of four decades. In 2010, original members Pat Simmons and Tom Johnston, and 30-year member John McFee marked a new chapter with the delivery of a potent album – World Gone Crazy (HOR Records), featuring a guest appearance by the legendary Willie Nelson.
It’s their first new album in a decade, and it produced the Top 20 track “Far From Home” and the Top 5 GAC Video “World Gone Crazy.” Their current single, “A Brighter Day,” is #22 on the AC charts, and continues to climb the charts. The band recently returned from an extremely successful tour in New Zealand. Forty thousand tickets were sold (3 shows).
Chicago & Doobie Brothers’ Tour Dates
July 11 Tucson, AZ Anselmo Valencia Amphitheatre
July 13 Lake Tahoe, CA Harvey’s Lake Tahoe
July 14 Concord, CA Sleep Train Pavilion at Concord
July 15 Los Angeles, CA Gibson Amphitheatre
July 17 Denver, CO Red Rocks Amphitheatre
July 20 Kansas City, MO Starlight Theatre
July 21 Dallas, TX Gexa Energy Pavilion
July 22 Houston, TX Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
July 24 Atlanta, GA Chastain Park Amphitheatre
July 26 Raleigh, NC Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion
July 29 Cincinnati, OH Riverbend Music Center
August 1 Detroit, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre
August 2 Pittsburgh, PA First Niagara Pavilion
August 4 Atlantic City, NJ Borgata Resort Spa & Casino
August 16 Boston, MA Comcast Center
August 18 Wantagh, NY Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
August 19 Holmdel, NJ P.N.C. Bank Arts Center
August 21 New York Saratoga Performing Arts Center
August 23 Virginia Beach Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Bch
August 24 Scranton, PA Toyota Pavilion
No K-Pop isn’t a band, it’s a music genre consisting of pop, dance, electropop, hip hop and electronic music originating from South Korea.
A group of up and coming K-Pop superstars made an appearance at Thunder Valley Casino Resort on Friday. Appearing in Pano Hall were Iammedic, Russel W, Blush, and headliner Aziatix. DJ’ing the event was Taylor Chung, better known as DJ Wednesday, which struck me kind of odd ““ it was a Friday.
Leading off the pack was the high energy group Iammedic. The trio comprised of Danny Park, Andre Harris, and Enik Lin started the concert by telling everyone in attendance to come up to the front row, and get off their butts and dance, which they kindly did.
Leading off with their hit “Shake It” Iammedic had the mostly young female crowd spilling into the aisles and front row dancing and screaming. Following their next song “Let’s Go,” they had the crowd chanting “Iammedic,” while recording the audience on their smartphone so they could load it up on YouTube.
Iammedic finished their set with “Losing Sleep” and “Spaceship”
Following Iammedic was the all-girl band Blush, another high energy group reminiscence of the Pussy Cat Dolls. Blush has skyrocketed up the Dance charts in recent weeks with their hit single “Dance On,” beating out Kelly Clarkson, Rihanna and David Guetta for the number one spot last week, only to fall to number nine this week.
Adding to their success is ex-Disney executive Jon Niermann and record producer Steve Schnurr. With those two powerhouses, Blush has been able to work with the likes of Snoop Dogg, who is featured on their single “Undivided.” They have also appeared on Fox’s “So You Think You Can Dance?” and the Disney show “Shake It Up” featured one of their songs.
It doesn’t hurt that they are incredibly hot ““ is it getting warm in here, or am I having hot flashes again?
Putting on a sizzling performance the five girls from five different continents, Angeli Flores (Phillipines), Alisha Budhrani (India), Ji Hae Lee (South Korea), Danjo Natsuko (Japan), and Victoria Chan (China), had the audience on their feet their entire performance. I even saw some guys up dancing, or maybe they were just gawking at the ladies.
Starting off with their hit “Undivided,” followed by “Make You Blush,” the ladies put on a well-choreographed show.
Blush sang “Electric,” which will be featured on their upcoming album due to be released next month. From the sound of it, I would expect to see “Electric” climbing the dance charts soon.
After “Sweet Believe Me” the audience was treated to the debut of “All Star,” which Blush planned on performing in Orlando on Saturday at the NBA AllStars.
Pretty boy Russel W followed Blush. I’m still trying to figure out where he fit into this. While the audience appeared to enjoy his performance I think he missed the mark, playing more rap music than dance/pop. Due to the mostly female audience Russell did add a bit of eye candy for the ladies.
Aziatix, Headliner and new artist of the year in 2011 for both the Asian Music Awards and Blastro Video Awards, brought the house down when they hit the stage with “Lights” and “Superstar.”
The trio made up of Flowsik, Eddie Shin, Nicky Lee, had a large contingent of Aziatix fans in the house. Known as Aziaddicts, they were on-hand to cheer on their favorite band as they kicked off their US tour at Thunder Valley Casino Resort.
A handful of Aziaddics had the opportunity to meet the group prior to the show. I spoke to Patty Diaz who, along with a number of Aziaddicts, presented the Aziatix’s with a banner that will be signed by fans at each of their stops on the US tour.
Diaz is an “administrator” and will be passing the banner off to another administrator for future concerts. She’s scheduled to go to a total of ten concerts and will be off to Seattle and San Francisco this week. She will be traveling as far away as New York and Texas. She wanted to stress that this is a group project by the Aziaddicts and she is but a small cog in a large wheel that supports the Aziatix.
That’s a true addict. You can catch up with all the various Aziaddicts on Facebook
The Aziatix went on to play “Cold” and “Slippin’ Away,” as they worked the audience into frenzy. Ending their set with “Nothing compares to You,” and “Go.” Afterward the group met with fans to sign autographs.
Produced by RedOne and featuring Justin Bieber, Far East Movement’s (aka FM) “Live My Life” exploded on the radio today and will be available on iTunes and digital retailers this Tuesday, February 28. The monumental track, which has an additional Party Rock remix version with Redfoo of LMFAO, will follow the Dirty Bass appetizer “Jello” that FM performed on Jimmy Kimmel Live SuperBowl Concert series earlier this month. A “Live My Life” music video will be filmed in the coming weeks and both songs will be released on their highly anticipated sophomore album Dirty Bass via Cherrytree/Interscope Records this spring.
“We’re thrilled to have Justin be a part of Dirty Bass,” exclaims Kev Nish. “FM has always focused on unexpected collaborations and mashing up musical genres which keeps making music exciting. ‘Live My Life,’ is a song we think both FM and Bieber fans will enjoy together.”
FM is currently touring the world while working hard to finish up Dirty Bass. They started to develop the album’s sound while on the I Am Music tour with Lil Wayne last summer. They are finishing the album on the Canadian and European Cherrytree Pop Alternative tour with LMFAO while radio airwaves continue to play their worldwide smash singles “Like A G6″ and “Rocketeer.”
“We’ve been performing the ‘Live My Life’ Party Rock remix with Redfoo on the Cherrytree Pop Alternative tour and the reaction has been met with hands in the air and hype energy,” declares Prohgress. “We’re looking forward to the song on the radio and everybody partying wherever they’re listening.”
Dirty Bass has a dynamic universal party sound that brings elements of booming trunk bass to the dancefloor. Far East Movement shaped and co-produced the sound with The Stereotypes and assistance from the above-mentioned RedOne along with other chart-topping producers Bangladesh, Dallas Austin and Cherry Cherry Boom Boom.
Big & Rich to Headline Professional Bull Rider’s Last Cowboy Standing on March 10 in Detroit, MI
Comprised of Big Kenny Alphin, and The Celebrity Apprentice winner John Rich, the duo has garnered multiple GRAMMY, ACM, CMA and CMT Music Award nominations. Their hits include their infectious smash-hit singles, “Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy),” “Comin’ to Your City” for ESPN College Game Day, “8th of November” and “Lost in this Moment.”
Big & Rich with special guest Cowboy Troy will perform at 8 p.m., prior to the world’s top ranked bull riders, and the fiercest bucking bulls taking the field for an action-packed event. Together and separately, they have raised funds for many organizations and causes. Kenny has been part of efforts to combat mountaintop removal of coal mining and been part of relief efforts in Darfur. John was declared the 2011 winner of The Celebrity Apprentice and raised $1.4 million for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
The PBR Built Ford Tough Series event will be a progressive-elimination format with all of the Top 35 bull riders in the world riding a bull in
Round 1. Riders who reach 8 seconds in Round 1 will advance to the next round, where they will each ride another bull. The elimination format continues until there is only one cowboy left. There will be a maximum of five rounds. The event winner will receive a minimum of $100,000.
It is the first visit to Ford Field for the premier bull riding organization that features the world’s highest-paid best bull riders competing against the toughest bucking bulls on the planet. Riders scheduled to compete in Detroit include 2011 World Champion and 2010 Rookie of the Year Silvano Alves, who has earned almost $1.8 million in his first 18 months competing in the BFTS, and Luke Snyder, who won the inaugural Last Cowboy Standing in front of a sellout crowd in Las Vegas in 2011, earning $216,500 – the highest one-day payout of the season, and the second-highest in history.
The event will be televised live on NBC Sports.
Prior to the show, Glenda Gonzales and Bart Ruud, co-chairs for the charity organization Arts and Kids, thanked everyone in attendance for their support. They also presented a plaque to the United Auburn Indian Community for their efforts in bringing this, the second annual, charity event to Thunder Valley Casino Resort.
Arts and Kids comprises three charitable organizations; Auburn Placer Performing Arts Center, Boys & Girls Club of Auburn, and Friends of Vinh Son Montagnard Orphanage.
Ok, enough. Back to the show!
Johnny and Dee, along with the band known as The Rhythm Riders, were flawless in their delivery of hits. The band included David Johnston (guitar), Larry Tracy (guitar, dobro), Brett Boyle (bass), and Charlie (drummer).
Starting off the show was Dee with the mostly older crowd erupting into cheers as she started singing Patsy Cline’s “Walkin’ After Midnight,” followed by “That’s How a Heartache Begins.”
Dee belted out hit after hit with her smooth, crystal clear vocals. She sounded wickedly similar to Patsy
Cline and the audience simply ate it up.
Dee performed a complete set of fifteen songs ending with “Blue Moon of Kentucky.”
After a brief intermission Johnny opened up his set with “Folsom Prison Blues.” He thanked the audience for being there for charity, pointing out the importance of organizations such as the Cinh Son Montagnard Orphanage that helps under privileged children in Vietnam.
In between songs Johnny would talk about The Man in Black and provide a bit of historical content around some of the songs. After “Folsom Prison Blues,” he explained how Cash had to introduce himself when he performed at Folsom Prison, leading Cash to introduce himself at all his performances.
As for Johnny’s vocals? In a word – perfection. If you closed your eyes you would have thought Cash himself was up there singing.
Johnny even worked in many of the mannerisms of Cash, like the way he handled the guitar and sang into the mic.
Johnny performed over twenty songs, Dee came back onstage to help out towards the end. Specifically for the song “Jackson,” which Cash originally performed with his wife June Carter Cash.
The Rhythm Riders Back in Black show is the real deal with a Vegas feel. Johnny Cash’s only drummer for 37 years, W.S. “Fluke” Holland, flew in from Jackson, Tennessee last year to join them onstage at their Thunder Valley debut.
You can catch the The Rhythm Riders starting in March, and running for 16 weeks, at Harrah’s Reno.
About Auburn Placer Performing Arts Center:
The Objective of APPAC is to raise the funds necessary for the acquisition, design and reconstruction of the State Theatre and to maintain funding for the continuing operation of a state-of-the-art regional performing arts center within the 1930-vintage State Theatre located in Historic Downtown Auburn.
About Boys & Girls Club of Auburn:
Boys & Girls Club of Auburn provides hope and opportunity to many Auburn area youth. The Club offers our members what they need and want most: adults who respect and listen to them; a safe environment where they can have fun and be themselves; and interesting, constructive activities that channel their energy into challenging pursuits.
Our Club members benefit from a broad range of programs offered daily with our trained, caring, professional staff and volunteers who help them take control of their lives, envision productive futures and achieve their goals.
About Friends of Vinh Son Montagnard Orphanage:
Raise resources (cash and in-kind gifts) to directly benefit the children. The orphanage is administered by The Sisters of the Miraculous Medal who, with our help, provide:
- Primary and secondary education
- Life skills to ensure the children become self sufficient
- A safe environment
- Food, clothing, shelter and medical care
UPDATE: Houston was found dead Saturday by her bodyguard at approximately 3:48 p.m. on February 11 on the fourth floor of the Beverly Hills hotel where only hours later she was to attend a pre-Grammy bash hosted by her longtime mentor, Clive Davis.
Houston reigned as pop music queen up until her erratic behavior, professed drug abuse, and troubled marriage to singer Bobby Brown, brought her career to a halt. The drugs ravaged her voice and she could no longer carry the high notes as she did in her earlier years.
Houston also starred in several movies including “Body Guard,” which spawned one of her greatest hits “I Will Always Love You,” written by Dolly Parton.
Just recently it was rumored that Simon Cowell had approached Houston to be a judge on the X-Factors, after letting go Paula Abdul and Nicole Scherzinger.
UPDATE: Simon Cowell has confirmed that he was considering Houston for one of the vacated judges positions on X-Factor.
In the past few days Houston was in Southern California to perform at Kelly Price & Friends Unplugged, just prior to the Grammy’s. Apparently X Factors Stacey Francis and Houston had some harsh words after their performance together onstage. As Houston was leaving she appears dazed and aggressive, yelling at the paparazzi.
was found dead Saturday by her bodyguard on the fourth floor of the Beverly Hills hotel where only hours later she was to attend a pre-Grammy bash hosted by her longtime mentor, Clive Davi
Thunder Valley has brought a diverse lineup of acts to their summer stage in past seasons and 2012 promises to be just as good, with everything from local favorites such as Tesla to cross border sensations including 3 time Grammy winner and Canadian, Diana Krall.
Krall also just recently collaborated with Paul McCartney on his latest album Kisses From the Bottom.
According to Doug Elmets, spokesman for Thunder Valley;
“Our hope is that the entertainment will appeal to a broad cross section of our patron base while also attracting people who haven’t experienced our AAA Four Diamond resort; particularly, the 14 bars and restaurants; the Spa at Thunder Valley; the luxury hotel; the expansive outdoor pool; and of course, the slot machines and table games.”
Ahhhh – Lest we forget about the gambling and other amenities that Thunder Valley has to offer.
Elmets goes on to say;
“The Thunder Valley summer concert series has helped bring much needed entertainment to the Sacramento region and we are certain that the lineup for this summer will be a “‘crowd pleaser’ too.”
And how can it not be with Tesla opening the season. While Thunder Valley hasn’t announced its entire lineup for the season, it’s bound to be a
great season with a little something for everyone.
I’m sure we’ll see an artist or two for the younger crowd, or how about a mixed martial arts (MMA) fight or two?
For the getting older crowd we have Tesla and I’m sure we’ll see other 80’s and 90’s artists throughout the season.
For the already older crowd maybe we’ll see the newly reunited Beach Boys make their way back to the Thunder Valley stage.
For the really older crowd, well, there’s always Pano Hall.
Whoever makes it to the Thunder Valley stage, it’s bound to be a great summer concert series. Check out http://www.thundervalleycasino.com/entertainment for the latest updates.
Thunder Valley Casino Resort Summer Schedule
|Tesla||Friday, May 18 – 8:00 pm|
|La Original Banda El Limon Con Carmen Jara||Saturday, May 19 – 8:00 pm|
|Creedence Clearwater Revisited||Saturday, June 2 – 8:00 pm|
|Super 70’s Soul Jam||Friday, June 8 – 7:00 pm|
|Filipino Entertainment Festival||Saturday, June 9 – 5:00 pm|
|Brett Michaels w/Night Ranger and Slaughter||Friday, June 15 – 7:00 pm|
|Trace Adkins||Friday, June 29 – 7:30 pm|
|Gabriel Iglesias (aka Fluffy)||Saturday, June 30 – 8:00 pm|
|Foreigner||Friday, July 6 – 8:00 pm|
|Steve Miller Band||Friday, July 13 – 8:00 pm|
|Earth Wind and Fire||Saturday, July 14 – 8:00 pm|
|Creed||Friday, August 3 – 7:30|
|Jeff Dunham (aka Jeff fa fa Dun Ham)||Saturday, August 4 – 8:00 pm|
|ZZ Top||Friday, August 17 – 8:00 pm|
|Diana Krall||Saturday, Aug. 18 – 8:00 pm|
|REO Speedwagon||Saturday August 25 – 8:00|
Latinos flocked to Thunder Valley Casino Resort on Friday to see Arturo Cisneros Y sus Freddy’s perform in Pano Hall.
Cisneros was wildly popular in Mexico back in the 60’s and 70’s playing Spanish versions of American hit songs and his own original romantic ballads.
I was a bit concerned that Cisneros would be playing to an empty Pano Hall, when at 8:00 the hall was half empty, or was it half full? That all changed within 5 minutes as Pano Hall started filling and by 8:05 was almost to capacity.
The crowd was somewhat subdued as the show began, but seemed to come to life as Cisneros started playing from his long list of hits.
This was an older crowd that was quite happy to remain in their seats. However, during several songs a number of people were getting up to dance.
At one point I was jarred awake by some booing. How rude! I was quite content to nap while taking in some good tunes, but I guess that just wasn’t meant to be. I realized the audience was booing a security guard for telling a couple dancing in the front row to move or sit down so others could see.
Security never gets a break.
The band was originally known as los Freddy’s until Cisneros left the group in 1994. He formed his own version of los Freddys’ touring under Arturo Cisneros Y sus Freddy’s. The new band included past los Freddy members Octavio Aguilar, Raziel de Lugo, and Ruperto Lopez
The Freddy’s that now make up the band are Octavio (keyboards), Ruperto (drums), Chall (bass), and Jorge (lead guitar).
I know, not a Fred in the lot – go figure.