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Coachella concertgoer dies

concertINDIO, CA – A concertgoer from Oakland has died from an apparent overdose while attending the wildly popular Coachella Valley Music Festival in Southern California.

According to the Riverside County Coroner, 24-year-old Kimchi Truong of Oakland was at the festival on Saturday when she collapsed. She was rushed to the hospital and died yesterday.

Officials are working with the coroner’s office to determine the cause of death, but concert promoter Goldenvoice issued a statement claiming Truong died of “an apparent overdose.”

The cause of death is pending an autopsy and toxicology test results.

Thunder Valley Summer Concert Series heats up

LINCOLN, CA – Thunder Valley Casino Resort just announced three more shows to their Summer Concert Series, adding to the already stellar line-up.

Just added:

Saturday, June 19 at 6 p.m. – The Go-Go’s with; Patty Smyth and Scandal; Martha Davis and the Motels; Cutting Crew and Naked Eyes with Pete Byrne.

Friday, August 8 at 7 p.m. – Deep Purple with Blue Oyster Cult.

Eddie Money Photo: Randy Miramontez

Eddie Money
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and in an odd pairing . . .

Friday, September 5 at 7 p.m. Foreigner with Grand Funk Railroad.

Previous shows already announced:

Rick Springfield, Loverboy and Eddie Money all on one stage.

Get your groove on with V101’s Summer Jam with Keith Sweat, Tony! Toni! Tone! and Salt-N-Pepa.

How about a little country? Country band Alabama is back on the road and will be stopping by Thunder Valley with Sacramento’s award winning Rachel Steele and Road 88.

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Howard Jones wearing his Ray Bans
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Tired of music and just want a good laugh? There will be plenty of laughs with George Lopez on June 13 and Larry the Cable Guy on July 18.

Brian McKnight

Brian McKnight

Step back in time with Jack FM’s third annual Rewind Festival with the Thompson Twin’s Tom Bailey, Howard Jones, Katrina ex Katrina and the Waves and The English Beat.

Get your romance on with Charlie Wilson and Brian McKnight, for what is bound to be a soulful night of love.




Rick Springfield, Loverboy and Eddie Money Saturday, June 7 – 6:30 pm
George Lopez Friday, June 13 – 8:00 pm
V101’s Summer Jam w/ Keith Sweat, Tony! Toni! Tone! and Salt-N-Pepa Saturday June 14 – 6:30 pm
The Go Go’s with Patty Smyth, Martha Davis and more Saturday June 19, 6:00 pm
Gregg Allman, Leon Russell and Blackwater Saturday, June 28 – 6:30 pm
Larry the Cable Guy Friday, July 18 – 8:00 pm
New Edition Friday, August 1 – 7:30 pm
Deep Purple with Blue Oyster Cult Friday, August 8 at 7:00 pm
Credence Clearwater Revisited w/38 Special Saturday, August 9 – 7:00 pm
Charlie Wilson with Brian McKnight Friday, August 29, 7:00 pm
Alabama with Road 88 Saturday, July 12, 7:30 pm
Yes Saturday, August 23, 7:00 pm
Rewind Festival w/ Tom Bailey, Howard Jones, Katrina, The English Beat Sunday, August 31, 6:00 pm
Foreigner with Grand Funk Railroad Friday, September 5 at 7:00 pm


Promoter for Big Wake Weekend arrested for fraud

Robert Richards Courtesy Placer County Sheriff

Robert Richards
Courtesy Placer County Sheriff

FOLSOM, CA – The promoter for last summer’s Big Wake Weekend on Folsom Lake was arrested by Placer County Sheriff’s detectives this week on charges of defrauding people out of hundreds of thousands of dollars.

According to the Placer County Sheriff’s Department, on Tuesday afternoon, detectives arrested 54-year-old Robert Richards, Jr. at his Folsom home.

Richards is accused of defrauding by false pretenses and for passing bad checks.

big-wake-weekendAfter receiving complaints from vendors about not getting paid following last year’s event, the Placer County Sheriff’s Department kicked off an investigation leading to Tuesday’s arrest.

One man was owed nearly $200,000 and Richards paid him with checks that bounced. During the investigation, detectives discovered more vendors who had been defrauded by Richards.

Richards was booked at the Placer County Jail and his bail was set at $10,000. He posted bail late Tuesday.

It’s unclear what type of impact this will have on Big Wake Weekend 2014, which is scheduled to kick off on May 30 at Camp Far West in Lincoln.

Lead singer for heavy metal band GWAR dead at 50

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RICHMOND, VA – Founder and lead singer for heavy metal band GWAR was found dead in his Richmond, VA home on Sunday.

According to Police, the body of 50-year-old Dave Brockie, who performed under the name of “Oderus Urungus” for the hardcore band known for their grotesque performances, was found at his home just before 7 p.m. Sunday.

At this point investigators do not believe there was any foul play. An autopsy is scheduled to determine the cause of death.

Gwar is a satirical heavy metal band formed in Richmond, Virginia, in 1984. The band is best known for its elaborate science fiction/horror film inspired costumes, obscene lyrics and graphic stage performances, which feature humorous enactments of politically and morally taboo themes.

“My friend Dave Brockie, AKA Oderus Urungus, the singer of GWAR, has left the building & taken off back to his home planet,” Randy Blythe, frontman for Lamb of God, posted on Instagram, “Dave TRULY WAS ONE OF A KIND — I can’t think of ANYONE even remotely like him…My band learned how to become a real touring band from GWAR — they gave us our first shot at this thing.”

In 2011 Cory Smoot, lead guitarist for GWAR, was found dead on their tour bus following a concert in Minneapolis. Smoot has been performing with the band since 2002 under the name “Flattus Maximus” and produced their last two albums.

The band is expected to release a statement today (Monday).

2 killed, 23 injured at SXSW

SXSW2014AUSTIN, TX – A drunk driver is facing two counts of capital murder after plowing through a crowd of people, killing two and injuring over 20 others at the opening day of the South by Southwest festival in Austin.

According to the Austin Police Department, the intoxicated driver was attempting to flee police after he was driving his car the wrong way down a one-way street. In his failed attempt to get away from officers, the driver plowed his car into a crowd of people killing a man and a woman who were riding scooters and then he continued to mow down more festival goers.

The suspect was arrested and faces two counts of capital murder and 23 counts of aggravated assault by vehicle.

Witnesses said it looked like something out of a movie as the car was tossing people into the air and knocking people down, leaving a bloody trail of destruction.

Photos posted to various social media sites showed people lying in the streets with emergency responders trying to help the injured.

Austin Police are requesting anyone with photos or videos to turn them over to police for evidence.

South by Southwest is an annual event featuring film, interactive and music festivals, drawing large crowds to area every year.

TESLA to begin recording new album

(LR) Dave Rude, Brian Wheat, Jeff Keith, Troy Luccketta and Frank Hannon Click for more images

(LR) Dave Rude, Brian Wheat, Jeff Keith, Troy Luccketta and Frank Hannon

Jeff Keith (R) and Frank Hannon proudly display their song list

Jeff Keith (R) and Frank Hannon proudly display their song list

SACRAMENTO, CA – On Monday rock band TESLA will be entering the studio to begin recording a number of songs for their upcoming album.

As band members started working out the list of songs, they posted several pictures to their Facebook page, including a list of potential songs for the album.

TESLA’s latest song, “Taste My Pain,” which was released last summer on Amazon and iTunes will be featured on the new CD, complete with scorching guitars.

Read: Tesla 2012 concert review

Troy Luccketta electrifies! Click for more images

Troy Luccketta electrifies!
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The band includes original members Jeff Keith (vocals), Frank Hannon (guitar), Brian Wheat (bass) and Troy Luccketta (drums), along with newcomer Dave Rude (guitar).

Dave Rude, who replaced Tommy Skeoch, recently had his guitars stolen out of a TESLA gear truck. The thieves made off with two Epiphone Masterbilt acoustic guitars, including the single cutaway model that he used in the full page Epiphone ad that ran in guitar magazines in 2011 and 2012.

Read: Dave Rude has guitars stolen

TESLA gets the key to the City of Sacramento! Click for more images

TESLA gets the key to the City of Sacramento!
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2011 was a big year for TESLA. In July the band released their latest album, “Twisted Wires And The Acoustic Sessions.” The CD featured six songs that were recorded back in 2005 at bassist Brian Wheat’s J Street Recorders studio — which also served as the last recordings with original member Tommy Skeoch — and six newly recorded tracks, including acoustic remakes of songs from TESLA’s entire catalog and two brand new songs, “Second Street” and “Better Off Without You”.

Read: 12+7+2011=TESLA

Later that same year TESLA received the key to the city of Sacramento from Mayor Kevin Johnson, who also declared December 7 TESLA day.


Trace Adkins enters rehab

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Country singer Trace Adkins has checked himself into a treatment facility after being sober for over 10 years.

According to reports, the 52-year-old singer supposedly took his first drink in over 12 years while on the Country Cruising cruise that began on Sunday. The cruise also features Montgomery Gentry, Wynonna Judd, Neal McCoy and Craig Morgan and was scheduled to stop in Cozumel, Jamaica and the Grand Cayman Islands. All of Adkins’ performances on the ship have been canceled.

Several reports state that Adkins was involved in a fight with an impersonator who was doing karaoke onboard the cruise. Their argument turned physical and when the cruise ship docked in Jamaica, Adkins left the cruise.

A spokesperson for the singer has confirmed that he has checked himself into a treatment facility.

“As he faces these issues head-on, we ask that his family’s privacy will be respected,” his spokesperson told Country Weekly.

In December 2002, Adkins completed a 28-day alcohol rehabilitation program at the Cumberland Heights Alcohol and Drug Treatment Center near Nashville. At the time he said it was a positive experience and something he needed to do for himself, his family and his career. One year earlier, he pleaded guilty to DUI charges.

Clear Channel unleashes new country station in Sacramento

B925_LogoSACRAMENTO, CA – Clear Channel Media and Entertainment Sacramento announced today the debut of The New B92.5, Today’s Country.

The New B92.5 will begin broadcasting today at 5 p.m. PST.

According to a statement released by Clear Channel, B92.5 will play “today’s hottest country hits,” and they will be kicking off with 10,000 songs in a row, commercial free.

Sacramento’s new country station will broadcast The Bobby Bones Show weekday mornings from 5-9 a.m. PST. The morning show will feature on-air personalities Bobby Bones, Lunchbox and Amy, with special guest appearances. As with most morning shows, The Bobby Bones Show will entertain B92.5 listeners with a unique mix of pop-culture, news and crazy stunts.

“Country music is the most exciting format in America today. Stars like Blake Shelton, Keith Urban, Jason Aldean, Taylor Swift and Florida Georgia Line make it a must have format for listeners and advertisers alike,” said Dave Milner, President and Market Manager, Clear Channel Media and Entertainment Sacramento. “Pairing great music with the new Bobby Bones morning show and our exciting events like the iHeartRadio Country Festival, which we will be giving listeners exclusive opportunities to attend, allows us to bring a unique spin for Sacramento’s huge country fan base.”

Listeners will also have the opportunity to listen B92.5 via the station’s website,, as well as on iHeartRadio, Clear Channel’s all-in-one digital radio service.

Clear Channel Sacramento owns and operates NewsRadio KFBK, Talk 650 KSTE, V101 KHYL and 93.7 JACK-FM KQJK.

Coachella 2014 lineup announced



COACHELLA, CA – Headlining this year’s Coachella Music & Art’s Festival will be Outkast, Arcade Fire and Muse.

The lineup was announced on Wednesday and the festival is to take place the second and third weekend in April. This marks the second year the festival will span two weekends.

Outkast, the popular rap duo consisting of Andre Benjamin (Andre 3000) and Antwan “Big Boi” Patton, have not recorded or toured together in recent years. Both have been working on solo projects and Benjamin has been pursuing an acting career.

Arcade Fire will perform just a few months after releasing their latest album “Reflektor.”

Grammy -nominated Muse is currently touring in support of their latest album ‘The 2nd Law.’

Other acts scheduled to perform are Beck, new and emerging artists Lorde and Haim, and a number of rap and electronic acts including Nas, Kid Cudi, Alesso and Duck Sauce.

The lineup has more rock and alternative acts than past years and fewer high-profile DJ’s.

Tickets go on sale Jan. 10. See the full lineup here.

Lead singer of Lostprophets sentenced to 29 years

Ian Watkins Courtesy South Wales PD

Ian Watkins
Courtesy South Wales PD

LONDON – A British judge has sentenced the former lead singer of the rock band Lostprophets to 29 years behind bars, followed by 6 years of strict probation for a string of sexual offenses.

Founding member and lead singer 36-year-old Ian Watkins was sentenced after pleading guilty last month to 13 charges, including attempting to rape a baby, sexually touching a 1-year-old, encouraging a fan to abuse her child and making child pornography.

Judge Roger John Royce told Watkins he had “plumbed new depths of depravity” as he handed down the sentence on Wednesday in a Cardiff Crown courtroom.

Lostprophets are a Welsh rock band from Pontypridd. They formed in 1997 by Watkins, Mike Lewis (guitar), Mike Chiplin (drums) and Lee Gaze (guitar).

The band had two top ten hits on the UK Singles Chart (“Last Train Home” and “Rooftops”), one number one single on the Alternative Songs chart (“Last Train Home”), several Kerrang! Awards and nominations, and sold around 3.5 million albums worldwide.

The band released a total of five studio albums. Soon after the release of their last album ‘Weapons,’ which was released in April of 2012, Watkins was arrested for multiple sexual offenses against children. The band cancelled all tour dates and in October of this year announced the breakup of Lostprophets.

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