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American Idol Live Tour arrives in Sacramento

The girls perform

The girls perform
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SACRAMENTO, CA – On Monday night the top 11 contestants of “American Idol” season 12 swooped into town to entertain fans of all ages at Sleep Train arena (Arco Arena, Power Balance Pavilion).

The struggling talent show recently aired its 12th season and sent the top 11 contestants on tour. Sacramento was their third of 30 stops, so their just getting warmed up – and it showed.

Idol winner Candice Glover

Idol winner Candice Glover

The 12th season of ‘American Idol’ saw a huge drop in ratings and at one point during the season a rerun of CBS’ “The Big Bang Theory” embarrassingly bested ‘Idol’ in ratings. This season also saw the worst selection of “guys” than any other season prior, with the “girls” fairing only a little better.

And it appears the television ratings curse of season 12 is haunting the Idol tour, as reports are the first two shows in Kent, WA and Portland, OR had less than stellar ticket sales. Sleep Train Arena looked like it fared a bit better, but definitely not a sellout crowd.

 

Kree Harrison

Kree Harrison

Read: ‘American Idol’ season 11 where are they now

“American Idol Live” 2013 was what one would expect from a season of poor vocals and lack-luster showmanship. There were some idol moments, but far and few between. It wasn’t entirely the contestants fault either as lights, song arrangements and choreography played a role in this yawn fest.

The fast-paced show consisted of the usual mix of group numbers and solos. Most of the group numbers were choreographed to a watered down step routine that anyone could perform with a few hand gestures and some swaying of the hips, yet most contestants looked uncomfortable and out of place on stage. There were a few exceptions, with Kree Harrison, Angie Miller and Janelle Arthur looking like they belonged on stage with grins from start to finish.

Angie Miller

Angie Miller

From the beginning it was difficult for the audience to get engaged. As contestants shouted out to the audience, “raise your hands” or “get on your feet” the results were the same – yawn.

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Janelle Arthor

Janelle Arthur

As the show progressed, the light show became bothersome as many times audience members would be blinded by brilliant bright white lights, blinding the few who were actually enjoying the show.

Music selection wasn’t a problem. Hits from Bruno Mars, Rihanna and Justin Timberlake made it on the set-list, but the execution had much to be desired as songs were changed up for group or solo performances, losing the songs emotional impact.

Not all was lost. Here are some of the more standout performances:

Amber Holcomb

Amber Holcomb

Devin Velez performed “Impossible,” showing the audience he can command the stage, a stark contrast from his stint on season 12.

Photos from American Idol Live Tour 2012

Kree Harrison did a fantastic job on Alabama Shake’s “Hold On.”

Idol winner Candice Glover’s pure vocals came out on The Cure’s “Lovesong.”

Aubrey Cleland did a great job with Beyoncé’s hit “Sweet Dreams.” Her sparkling pink dress didn’t hurt either.

Aubrey Cleland

Aubrey Cleland

Angie Miller did fantastic job behind the piano with “You Set Me Free.” No surprise there.

As a reminder the top 10 contestants were:

Winner: Candice Glover
2nd place: Kree Harrison
3rd place: Angie Miller
4th place: Amber Holcomb
5th place: Janelle Arthur
6th place: Lazaro Arbos
7th place: Burnell Taylor
8th place: Devin Velez
9th place: Paul Jolley
10th place: Curtis Finch Jr.
Fan Favorite:  Aubrey Cleland

Photo credit: Randy Miramontez


American Idol season 11 where are they now

American Idol contestants (LR) HeeJun Han, Elise Testone, Colton Dixon, Hollie Cavanagh

American Idol contestants (LR) HeeJun Han, Elise Testone, Colton Dixon, Hollie Cavanagh

American Idol’s season 12 is well underway, but what about the top 10 contestants from season 11?

As we all know, season 11 was to be the last season for American Idol judges Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez.

The first round of performances saw Jim Carrey’s daughter, Jane Carrey cut from the competition, as numerous contestants fell ill and collapsed in the auditorium. Contestant Symone Black actually collapsed while on stage and went on to make the cut.

Initially there were to be 12 males and 12 females, but the judges announced plans to add a 13th male semi-finalist between Jermaine Jones, Richie Law, Johnny Keyser and David Leathers Jr. The following week, after the male performances, Jermaine Jones was revealed to be the thirteenth performer, which set the stage for controversy and fueled speculation of a ratings grab.

On March 14, with only 11 contestants remaining, Jermaine Jones was disqualified for concealing arrests and outstanding warrants. Jones denied that he had concealed his previous arrests and says he disclosed them when signing up for Idol. Footage of executive producers Nigel Lythgoe and Ken Warwick confronting Jones was shown in what would have been his performance slot.

A police official in the New Jersey town where he had two arrest warrants said, “The case wasn’t big enough to merit going after him in California,” and a New Jersey legislator commented, for the show “to expose, embarrass and interrogate a young man without an attorney in front of 40 million viewers was an outrage.”

Critics accused the show of staging the disqualification in order to boost the already slumping ratings.

American Idol Live Tour 2012

Erika Van Pelt

 Erika Van Pelt

Erika Van Pelt made it into the No. 10 spot and made the requisite rounds on the various talk shows.Van Pelt currently runs her own DJ business (VP Entertainment) and performs part-time with “The Sultans of Swing”, and is a performing partner of “Fairhaven Entertainment” and “Boston Swing.”

In early 2014 Van Pelt will be hosting and performing on a Royal Caribbean cruise to Grand Cayman, Jamaica and Haiti. She’s also in the process of recording her debut album, according to her Facebook page.

In January Van Pelt wrote on Facebook, “Day 1 in the studio today tracking for the new album! I feel really blessed to be making an indie record, done my way. No label, and all the freedom in the world. I can’t wait for you all to hear it!”

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HeeJun Han

HeeJun Han

HeeJun Han

 Ninth place winner and jokester was Heejun Han who wooed the judges, and the audience, with his offbeat humor. He generally won the day with a joke, not a song.

Han made a number of appearances after the show, including The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Live! with Kelly and The Wendy Williams Show. He also performed “God Bless America” to open for the New York Mets.

He appeared as a judge in a K-Pop competition at the New York University’s Skirball Center for the Performing Arts in September, and currently has no plans for an album. Click for more images

DeAndre Brackensick

DeAndre Brackensick

DeAndre Brackensick

Eighth place winner DeAndre Brackensick hasn’t done much of anything.

The biggest news post-idol was him hooking up with runner-up Jessica Sanchez during the American Idol Live Tour. They could be seen walking hand in hand backstage, just prior to their performances.

He’s active on Facebook and has just recently started a Tumblr to show off some photos. Based on the photos it appears he’s listening to music more than he is singing.

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Colton Dixon

Colton Dixon

Colton Dixon

Colton Dixon is the contestant who didn’t even try out and ended up in seventh place. If you recall Dixon had tried out for season 10 but failed to make the cut. Season 11 tryouts found his sister trying out with him standing in the wings. The judges insisted that he come out and tryout with his sister standing by. She didn’t make the cut, but he did, and he’s been a busy little Christian ever since.

Following his elimination Dixon appeared on a number of shows including a visit to Access Hollywood where he performed a rendition of “Everything,” by Lifehouse. He was also invited to the White House Correspondents Dinner as a special guest of the Christian Broadcasting Network.

Dixon signed on to Sparrow Records, an imprint of the EMI Christian Music Group, releasing “Never Gone” and “You Are,” both hitting No. 1 on the Christian charts. On January 29 he released his debut album “A Messenger,” sending it to No. 1 on Top Christian Albums and Gospel Albums.

Dixon is currently gearing up to go on tour with Grammy winning Christian rockers Third Day.

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Elise Testone

Elise Testone

Elise Testone

Elise Testone landed in sixth place with her gravelly and soulful voice. During her time on Idol she couldn’t get a break, landing in the bottom three most weeks.

She may have had a difficult time winning over audiences, but she didn’t seem to have a problem winning over Idol guitarist Errol Cooney. Rumor has it the two may have hooked up during the American Idol Live Tour, resulting in Cooney’s wife filing for a divorce. Testone has denied doing the deed, but did admit to a close friendship with the guitarist.

Right after Idol, Testone made the rounds on all the talk shows including Good Day L.A.,The Today Show,  Anderson, and The Ellen DeGeneres Show. She also performed with fellow contestant Colton Dixon on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno

The voice coach still lives in Charleston, South Carolina and continues to actively perform in the area. She has no formal plans to release an album, but she’s been writing plenty of music.

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Skylar Laine

Skylar Laine

 

Skylar Laine

Fifth place Skylar Laine is another contestant that’s been idle since Idol, announced in November that she has signed with 19 Entertainment and has moved to Nashville, Tennessee to start work on her debut album.

She recently debut an original song called “Settle Down,” written by herself, Chris DeStefano and Anne Preven.

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Hollie Cavanagh

Hollie Cavanagh

 

Hollie Cavanagh

Fourth place Hollie Cavanagh has been pretty quiet since Idol, but has plans to begin recording her debut album early this year. Just recently she posted to her Facebook account, “Busy writing some music in the studio :) excited !!!”

She’s also started a YouTube channel for all her Holliepops, as she calls her fans, promising to “to keep everyone in the loop of whats going on and soon you’ll see some covers and original music!”

Fans can also keep updated on one of her fan pages.

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Joshua Ledet

Joshua Ledet

Joshua Ledet

In August third place Joshua Ledet appeared on iHeartRadio as he debut an original song “Sound of a Heart Breaking.” Since then the son of a preacher has been pretty idle.

There is a potential business arrangement that may be in the works for Ledet, who earned the nickname Mantasia, because he reminded Idol fans of past contestant Fantasia. It seems there is a strip club in New York City called Mantasia that is hoping to bring Ledet into the fold to help market their wares. Don’t hold your breath.

Ledet has also been seen at sporting events singing the national anthem.

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Jessica Sanchez

Jessica Sanchez

Jessica Sanchez

Jessica Sanchez was the runner up to Phillip Phillips and with the new Idol contract she was not guaranteed an album and a $175,000 advance. Instead she was only entitled to a “developmental” deal with 19 Recordings and no advance.

Sanchez has since signed with Interscope Records and has been performing at various events. She recently was featured on the cover of Mega Magazine, and plans on releasing her debut single this month, with an album later this year.

While visiting the Philippines for the American Idol Live Tour, Sanchez shot a music video for the song “Jump In” with The Black Eyed Peas members. She has also signed up to endorse Jollibee Foods Corporation and Bench, two popular brands in the Philippines.

Sanchez will be returning to television as she takes on a recurring role in the fourth season of Glee.

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Phil Phillips

Phil Phillips

Phillip Phillips

American Idol winner Phillip Phillips’ boyish charm, good looks and singing ability catapulted his American Idol coronation song, “Home,” to No. 10 on the Billboard Hot 100, the first time in four years a coronation single from an American Idol winner had reached the top 10.

“Home” went on to be used in the 2012 Summer Olympics, a Clint Eastwood trailer, and a number of commercials. The song has been bouncing in and out of the top 10 and most recently (January 2013) hit No. 6.

His album “The World From the Side of the Moon” debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard 200 charts in November 2012 and has already been certified gold.

Phillips’ will be joining Matchbox Twenty on their North American tour in 2012 and plans to do a solo tour later this summer.

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Rick Ross brings his posse to Sleep Train Arena

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Rick Ross brought his MMG Tour to Sleep Train Arena on Saturday.

This is Rozay’s (Ross’s nickname) first headlining tour as he brought a supporting cast of characters including, Meek Mill (Robert Williams), Wale (Oluboware Victor Akintimehen), Omarion (Omari Ishmael Grandberry), and Machine Gun Kelly (Richard Colson Baker).

Opening the show was MGK storming the stage and daring the fans to have fun as he dove into the crowd on several occasions. Pro-skateboarder Ryan Sheckler was in attendance for MGK’s show and was invited backstage after his performance.

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While Rozay and crew put on a great show, MGK is the real story. Bringing his high energy and lightning fast rap, which earned him the nick name Machine Gun Kelly, this kid stole the show. If anyone in attendance didn’t know him before the show, they certainly knew who he was after the show.

Following MGK was Omarion. He was met with a lukewarm reception, which may have been because he was following a blistering performance by MGK. I don’t believe Omarion brought his A-game and luckily only played a brief set.

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I thought it was strange as each performer was represented by a cardboard cutout with their name displayed on it, which was being held by a couple of stage-hands. As if the audience needed to be reminded who was onstage. Not sure what that was about.

Wale followed Omarion and was met with cheers and screams. Wale won the crowd over and had fans on their feet. Wale also performed a pretty brief set, saving some time for the big man Rozay.

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Meek Mill followed Wale with “Racked Up Shawty” and “Young & Gettin’ It”  as the crowd started getting more intense and loud. Was it Wale’s performance, or the wildly good California weed?

When Rozay took the stage it could have been independence day as fireworks were going off all around. The ruler and king of MMG ripped through his hit’s including “Hustlin’ ” and “I’m Not A Star.”

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Following Rozay’s lengthy solo set, Wale and Mill joined Rozay onstage to perform a number of songs including “Bag Of Money” and “Tats On My Arm.”

Rozay has put together quite a line-up for his first headlining tour and made a brilliant decision to include Machine Gun Kelly. I’m looking forward to seeing bigger and better things from MGK, including his own headlining act. The kids got talent!

 

 

Wheezing with Wiz

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Sleep Train Arena turned into a haven for pot smokers as Wiz Khalifa and his band of recording artists, under the record label Taylor Gang, brought throngs of fans to the arena formerly known as Power Balance Pavilion Sunday night.

Wiz Khalifa and Taylor Gang 2050 World Tour is in support of Khalifa’s latest album O.N.I.F.C.

Car alarms could be heard going off on a regular basis, as a large number of “pre-drinkers” and pot smokers were hanging out in the parking lot prior to the show.

While fans were filing into the arena, a thick cloud of smoke could be seen rising above the sold-out crowd. Wheezing was the watch word because as the crowd grew, so did the cloud.

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As Fans pushed and shoved their way to the front,  security was having to extract people who had bitten off a bit more than they could chew. There were a couple of instances where people were being pulled out of the crowd after they had lost consciousness. In fact, one fan had to have only been 10 or 11 years old.

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These concerts are not for the faint of heart, and not the type of event parents should be dropping off their kids so they can have a nice quiet dinner alone. I was shocked to see so many young kids.

Taylor Gang is a recording label established by Wiz Khalifa. The “gang” on Sunday night consisted of Tuki Carter, Berner, Lola Monroe, Chevy Woods, Juicy J and of course Khalifa.

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The audience was into the show from the start as Tuki Carter took the stage followed by Berner and Lola Monroe, each playing about 10 or 15 minutes. The short sets didn’t hamper their efforts to get the crowd excited as each came out and gave it their all.

Chevy Woods and Juicy J both performed for about 30 minutes each, followed by Khalifa who performed for over an hour.

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It was quite a night with almost the entire audience smoking freely while girls were being invited up onstage to “party.”  At times it was hard to tell where the smoke was coming from, smoke machines or the hundreds of joints being lit up throughout the arena.

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Just prior to Khalifa coming out onstage, it was obvious a few fans saved the best for last, as they were holding on to finger sized joints with lighters at the ready.

It was a smoking good concert!

Dim the lights please!

American Idol Live Tour

Erika, Hollie, Skyler, and Elise – Click for more images

 

 

The lights were anything but dim Saturday night as the American Idol Live Tour 2012 made it’s way through Sacramento’s Power Balance Pavilion.

With an arena full of fans, both young and old, the top 10 Idols of last season came out to show everyone that they have what it takes to be in the biz.

If you don’t recall the finalist for last season they were:

American Idol Tour

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Phillip Phillips (Winner)
Jessica Sanchez (Runner-up)
Joshua Ledet (3rd place)
Hollie Cavanagh (4th place)
Skylar Laine (5th place)
Elise Testone (6th place)
Colton Dixon (7th place)
DeAndre Brackensick (8th place)
Heejun Han (9th place)
Erika Van Pelt (10th place)

American Idol Live Tour 2012

Heejun, Elise, and Colton – Click for more images

 

It was quite obvious that 16 year old Jessica and 17 year old DeAndre are an item, with the two of them showing up backstage arm in arm with DeAndre’s younger sister in tow. You could tell sis was having a good time, much different from the last time I saw her on American Idol crying because her brother was voted out.

The top 10 (less Phillips) kicked off the show with Chemical Romance’s “Sing.” The entire first set went for a little over 50 minutes.

Deandre soloed with Stevie Wonder’s “Master Blaster,” followed by Hollie and Skylar singing Carrie Underwood’s “Undo It.”

You can see the entire set list below for both the first and second acts. The second act was closer to 60 minutes.

The standout in the first act was Colton singing his original song “Never Gone.” It appeared many of the fans in attendance had heard the song before since they were singing parts of the song.

American Idol Live

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After a brief intermission, act 2 started with Jessica singing three songs with supporting vocals from Deandre and Joshua.

A surprise for me in the second act was Hollie’s rendition of Adel’s “Rolling in the Deep.” She did a superb job and proved to me she’s got much more talent than I saw on the show. From the audiences reaction, most would agree.

Phillips was absent most of the show, when he took the stage he started off with Stevie Wonder’s “Superstition.” As excited as the audience was when Phillips finally took the stage, it would have been a much better experience from a fans perspective, if he would have performed at least the opener with everyone else.

Some things never change as Phillips continued his gum chewing ways. In between versus you could see Phillips chewing on a big wad of gum. As much as people like Phillips sticking to being himself, I would suggest losing the gum onstage, it just doesn’t work.

American Idol Live 2012

Jessica Sanchez

Phillips performed his original song “Home,” with Colton and Deandre providing backing vocals.

For the finale all 10 idols came out singing “Glad You Came.”

There were a few glitches with choreography, some individuals could have done better with vocals, but all in all it was a great show. Considering this was  their 10th show I would have expected some of the “glitches” to have been worked out, but I’m sure they are being run into the ground with interviews and public appearances.

ACT 1 Setlist:
Top 10 (minus Phillips) – “Sing” (My Chemical Romance)
DeAndre Brackensick – “Master Blaster (Jammin’)” (Stevie Wonder)
Hollie Cavanagh and Skylar Laine – “Undo It” (Carrie Underwood)
Erika Van Pelt – “Glitter in the Air” (Pink)
Erika Van Pelt, Hollie Cavanagh, Joshua Ledet, and Colton Dixon – “Moves Like Jagger” (Maroon 5)
Heejun Han – “Green Light” (John Legend)
Heejun Han, DeAndre Brackensick, and Jessica Sanchez – “Party Rock Anthem” (LMFAO)
Joshua Ledet, Colton Dixon, DeAndre Brackensick, and Heejun Han – “Everybody Talks” (Neon Trees)
Elise Testone – “Whole Lotta Love” (Led Zeppelin)
Elise Testone (Deandre Brackensick and Erika Van Pelt on backing vocals) – “Rumour Has It” (Adele)
Colton Dixon – “Meant To Live” (Switchfoot)
Colton Dixon – “Never Gone” (Colton Dixon)
Colton Dixon – “Piano Man” (Billy Joel)
Top 10 (minus Phillip) – “Just the Way You Are”/”What Makes You Beautiful” (Bruno Mars/One Direction)
 
ACT 2 Setlist:

HeeJun Han

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Jessica Sanchez – “Best Thing I Never Had” (Beyoncé)
Jessica Sanchez (Joshua Ledet and DeAndre Brackensick on backing vocals) – “How Come U Don’t Call Me Anymore?” (Prince)
Jessica Sanchez (Joshua Ledet and DeAndre Brackensick on backing vocals) – “Proud Mary” (Ike and Tina Turner)
Skylar Laine – “Gunpowder and Lead” (Miranda Lambert)
Skylar Laine – “Stay With Me” (Faces)
Hollie Cavanagh (Elise Testone and Erika Van Pelt on backing vocals) – “Rolling in the Deep” (Adele)
Hollie Cavanagh – “Give Your Heart a Break” (Demi Lovato)
Joshua Ledet (Elise Testone, DeAndre Brakensick, and Erika Van Pelt on backing vocals) – “Runaway Baby” (Bruno Mars)
Joshua Ledet – “It’s a Man’s Man’s Man’s World” (James Brown)
Joshua Ledet and Jessica Sanchez – “I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)” (George Michael and Aretha Franklin)
Phillip Phillips – “Superstition” (Stevie Wonder)
Phillip Phillips – “Nice and Slow” (Usher)
Phillip Phillips and Elise Testone – “Somebody That I Used to Know” (Goyte feat. Kimbra)
Phillip Phillips (Jessica Sanchez on backing vocal) – “Volcano” (Damien Rice)
Phillip Phillips (Colton Dixon and Deandre Brackensick on backing vocals) – “Home” (Phillip Phillips)
Jessica Sanchez, Hollie Cavanagh, Skylar Laine, Elise Testone, and Erika Van Pelt – “Raise Your Glass” (P!nk)
All Top 10 – “Glad You Came” (The Wanted)

 

Earth+Wind+Fire = Wow!

Earth Wind and Fire

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Six-time Grammy winner Earth Wind and Fire (aka EWF) took over Thunder Valley Casino Resort‘s outdoor amphitheater Saturday, transforming it into one big funkalicious delight of disco, R&B, soul, and a whole lotta lights!

As original members Philip Bailey, Verdine White, and Ralph Johnson, made their way on stage it was obvious the standing room only crowd was in for a treat, as lights started gearing up for an evening of dazzling displays, blazing colors, and an overpowering sense of deja vu.

Joining them onstage was an array of talent, as some members were jumping from one instrument to another. They were Myron McKinley (keyboards), Philip Bailey Jr. (background vocals), B. David Whitworth (vocals, percussion), Greg Moore (guitar, vocals), Morris O’Conner (guitar), John Paris (drums, vocals), Gary Bias (saxophone), Bobby Burns Jr. (trumpet), and Reggie Young (trombone).

Verdine White

Verdine White – Click for more images

Kicking off the show with “Boogie Wonderland,” EWF had 4,500 plus fans on their feet from the first beat to the last, as the crowd waved their hands in the air and grooved with the music.

As EWF danced their way through “Sing A Song” and “Shining Star,” the crowd remained on their feet, singing and dancing.

Towards the middle of the show, as EWF played a handful of love songs like “Love’s Holiday,” “Can’t Hide Love,” and “After the Love,” some audience members took a breather and sat down, while the majority of the crowd remained standing. Some made their way to the nearest aisle to slow dance, only to find the aisle already jammed with people swaying to the music.

As night began to take hold, the stage became a steady stream of eye-candy, as psychedelic patterns were displayed on three different backdrops, along with flashing lights and neon painted instruments.

Ralph Johnson and Phillip Baily

Ralph Johnson and Phillip Baily

EWF finished strong with “Let’s Groove,” “Mighty Mighty,” and “In the Stone.” As they finished their last song, fans reluctantly made their way to the exits. Some fans kept looking back at the stage hoping EWF would pop back up and give up one last song.

This was an awesome show, with great music, talent and lights!

Randy’s Rant (continued from last review): Now this is how an aging band puts on a performance. All their songs were hits from their heyday. While they have a few newer songs out, they stuck to the originals that made them popular back in the day, and they didn’t bother trying to introduce newer material. Every time I walked by the merchant booth, there was a line of people.

Next Friday Power Balance Pavilion and 107.9 The End brings you EndFest with Demi Lovato, Adam Lambert, and more. On Saturday, again at Power Balance, watch your favorite American Idol from last season’s show as they bring you some new and not-so-new material.

Don’t forget to check out the remaining shows out at Thunder Valley Casino Resorts Summer Concert Series, as they bring you the likes of Creed, Jeff Dunham, ZZ Top and more!

 

 

That was One Sorry Concert at PBP!

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LMFAO brought their Sorry for Party Rocking Tour to Power Balance Pavilion on Wednesday, playing to 7,000 adoring fans, most dressed in neon green and yellow, with some donning an afro wig (shoot – can I say afro?).

Before LMFAO came out to party rock, there were several starters on tap. Leading off the charge was Matthew Koma, who didn’t do it for me. Let’s just say by the time he was done, I was in a coma (that’s a joke. I really wasn’t in a coma). Apparently he’s an American Idol fan, as he add some Phil Phillip type mannerisms during parts of  his performance.

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Up to bat next was the very sexy Eva Simons who kicked some major butt. The Rhianna look-alike was energetic, sounded great, and looked even better! She sang several songs including her hit “Take Over Control” and her latest release “I Don’t Like You.” Expect to see bigger and better thing for Simons.

DJ Sidney Sampson brought his mixing skills as he weaved some great dance beats together, bringing much of the audience to their feet.

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If anyone’s seen Far East Movement (aka FM) before, you’ll understand what I mean when I say, they jumped up on stage. This crew has some wicked high energy and some real catchy tunes such as “Like a G6″ and “Round Round.”

With DJ Virman providing much of the tunes and Kev Nish providing lead vocals, FM energized the crowd in preparation for LMFAO as they bounce, hopped, skipped, and jumped on every inch of the stage. This included J-Splif and Prohgress who provided backup vocals and some entertaining moves.

In preparation for LMFAO’s appearance, several young ladies came out and threw flashing styrofoam glow-sticks to the audience. As I sat back and watched the audience you could see a sea of lime green as fans prepared themselves to party rock.

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Prior to LMFAO making their appearance, a man dressed in the wildest glowing outfit sang  “Rocking the Beat” as the Quest dance crew did their thing. Berry Gordy’s son RedFoo and grandson SkyBlu (RedFoo is SkyBlu’s uncle) arrived on stage during “Rock the Beat” at the top of a two tiered stage, making for quite an entrance.

Dressed in their signature attire they started with “Sorry For Party Rocking” right out of the chute, causing the crowd to go absolutely crazy. As they were flying around the stage several members of their crew started throwing out beach balls, inflatable zebra’s, and palm trees.

There were several costume changes throughout the show, most notable was during “Put That A$$ to Work,” when several members of the crew came out in the most outrageous workout clothes imaginable. And yes, they were neon, bright, and way too revealing.

If you don’t like their music, don’t let that stop you from going to see a live performance. These two know how-to keep an audience totally engaged and completely entertained. It’s nothing but pure fun with a whole lotta neon – let’s not forget about the inflatable toys.

 

 

 

 

Party Rock Sacramento!!

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They opened for Kesha, shared the stage with Madonna at the Bridgestone Super Bowl halftime show, and now LMFAO is ready to take their party rock anthems on the road as Redfoo and Cherrytree Present: Sorry for Party Rocking Tour Featuring LMFAO and the Party Rock Crew.

The Live Nation promoted tour kicks off May 22nd in Columbus, OH at Nationwide Arena.  Tickets go on sale beginning March 2nd at Ticketmaster.com  and Livenation.com.

I had the opportunity to see LMFAO open for Kesha last year, and they should have been headlining the show. Their show is nothing but high energy with a few blowup dolls thrown in for good measure.

Sacramento is in luck too. they will be appearing at Power Balance Pavilion on June 6th with special guests Far East Movement, The Quest Crew, Sidney Samson, Eva Simons and Natalia Kills.

Electro-hip hop quartet Far East Movement will be bringing their ‘Dirty Bass’ sound, performing their big hits “Like A G6,” “Rocketeer,” “Jello”

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and new club & radio anthem “Live My Life.”

Before becoming MTV’s America’s Best Dance Crew, Season 3, Quest Crew’s energy and charisma captured the attention of audiences with their numerous crew and individual performances on American Idol and So You Think You Can Dance?. Members of Quest Crew have been featured in LMFAO’s videos and television performances.

Sidney Samson started DJ-ing at the age of 14. Not only is he a remixer, but a producer as well, all the while keeping the dance floors packed.

Noted in Billboard’s May 2011 issue as “One To Watch”, Dutch born & bred Eva Simons is ready to take the electro-dance world by storm with a brand new album this year.  Having previously collaborated with LMFAO, will.i.am & Chris Brown, Eva gained much acclaim recently with the massive hit she co-wrote and featured with DJ Afrojack called “Take Over Control”.

Natalia creates razor-edged pop. Her debut album, Perfectionist, debuted #1 on the US Billboard Heatseekers Chart, and she has toured with Katy Perry, Black Eyed Peas, Ke$ha, Robyn, and Kelis. She is also featured on LMFAO’s hit track “Champagne Showers.”

LMFAO’s sophomore album Sorry For Party Rocking (Party Rock/will.i.am/ Cherrytree/Interscope) was recently certified gold and is quickly approaching platinum. The album has produced two #1 singles, “Party Rock Anthem” and “Sexy And I Know It,” while the third single “Sorry For Party Rocking” is climbing the Top 40 radio charts. The video for “Sorry For Party Rocking” premiered on E! last week and already has over 9 million views on VEVO. The video features LMFAO and the party rock crew in full on house party mode.

 

DATE    CITY                                  VENUE                   ON SALE DATE

May 22  Columbus, OH              Nationwide Arena                    March 2

May 23  Detroit, MI               The Palace of Auburn Hills          March 2

May 25  Minneapolis, MN        Target Center                       March 3

May 26  Chicago, IL               Allstate Arena                      March 3

May 28  Denver, CO                Red Rocks Amphitheatre              March 3

May 30  Salt Lake City, UT        Maverik Center                      March 3

June 1  Spokane, WA               Spokane Arena                       March 3

June 2  Seattle, WA               KeyArena                            March 3

June 5  Los Angeles, CA           STAPLES Center                      March 3

June 6  Sacramento, CA            Power Balance Pavilion              March 2

June 8  Oakland, CA               ORACLE Arena                        March 2

June 9  San Diego, CA             Valley View Casino Center           March 3

June 12 Houston, TX               Toyota Center                       March 3

June 13 Tulsa, OK                 BOK Center                          March 3

June 15 Dallas, TX                American Airlines Center            March 3

June 19 Charlotte, NC             Bojangles’ Coliseum                 March 2

June 20 Atlanta, GA               Philips Arena                       March 2

June 22 Miami, FL                 AmericanAirlines Arena             March 2

June 23 Orlando, FL               Amway Center                        March 3

June 25 Washington, DC           Patriot Center                      March 2

June 26 Uniondale, NY             Nassau Coliseum                     March 3

June 28 Uncasville, CT            Mohegan Sun Arena                   March 3

June 29 Newark, NJ                Prudential Center                   March 3

June 30 Philadelphia, PA          Wells Fargo Center                  March 2

July 1  Worcester, MA             DCU Center                          March 3

July 4  Toronto, ON               Molson Canadian Amph                March 2

 

Globetrotters take on the Elite at Power Balance

Globie doing his magic - Click for more images

The world renowned Harlem Globetrotters were at Power Balance Pavilion Sunday to take on the International Elite, as they went head-to-head to determine who would be the world champions.

Globie, the team mascot, came out before the show to entertain the crowd with a little bit of magic and some dance moves. As Globie set up chairs he had four boys lay flat on their back on the chair seat. Then Globie started pulling out the chairs one by one and you could hear the collective gasp of the crowd as Globie pulled out the last chair, leaving the boys laying on one another without the need for the chairs.

Afterward Globie started strutting around like Michael Jackson as the crowd went wild, with some kids jumping up to dance along with Globie.

Even though the stadium was far from sold out, the audience members made up for it in enthusiasm. Throughout the game the crowd was cheering and clapping for the Globetrotters, with a few boos thrown in for team Elite. At times the cheering was deafening with kids and their parents jumping in to help cheer the team to victory.

As with all Globetrotter games this was an audience participation sport. One couple found out the hard way, with the wife having her purse

Dad goes for a dance with Big Easy

taken, but in true Globetrotter style they were kind enough to give her a gift for participating in all the fun and games ““ her purse.

As for her husband, he didn’t fare any better. He was dragged out on the basketball court, or should I say dance floor, as Big Easy convinced him to dance along.

Kids joined in on the fun too, with several young kids competing for a team jersey. The kids were dressed up as if they were headed to bed. Their task was to dash to the other side of the basketball court, shoot a basket, dash back to the start where a makeshift bed awaited them. The first to complete the task won – In the end they all were winners.

 

Of course the game came down to the wire and with 5 seconds to go on the clock the Globetrotters made a mad dash to score at the last minute just edging out the International Elite.

Some of the Globetrotters were in town earlier last week to visit with fans. You can read all about their visit here.

 

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Globetrotters Dribble in to Sacramento

Handles Franklin and TNT Maddox of the Harlem Globetrotters - Click for more images

The world renowned Harlem Globetrotters are scheduled to appear at Power Balance Pavilion this Sunday.

As is customary, the Globetrotters have had a couple of players in town before the big event on Sunday. They were meeting with television and radio stations in the area, but more importantly they were getting out to meet their fans.

I was able to meet up with “Handles” Franklin and one of their newest members, “TNT” Maddox. TNT is only the ninth woman in 86 years to play with the Globetrotters and the first woman since 1993.

I found the two at the Project R.I.D.E. facility next to Jesse Baker Elementary School in Elk Grove. The two Globetrotters participated in a bit of horseplay “” literally. Project R.I.D.E. offers therapeutic recreational horseback riding instruction to riders with disabilities.

When it came to mounting the horse, I have to give TNT credit. She jumped on as if she did it every day. Handles, on the other hand, was a little timid getting on his horse and looked to be a bit nervous, too.

In between horsing around, TNT talked about what it’s like being one of the few female Globetrotters.

TNT Maddox - Click for more images

“Honestly, it’s unbelievable to be only the ninth woman in 86 years to play for the Harlem Globetrotters,” she said. “What they’re about is charity, and we’re allowed to go to hospitals, schools and things like that and do things that money can’t buy. That’s something that’s special to me, and I’m happy to be a part of the organization.”

As she talked, she constantly had her basketball in motion, so I asked if she did this while sitting down to watch a little television. She said she has to in order to keep up with the likes of Handles and the rest of the team. Being one of the new kids on the block, the team is continually showing her new moves,  so she’s constantly practicing to get up to the caliber of her teammates. Trust me “” she’s already there. After only two weeks of training, she said they had her playing at a junior high school.

As for the rest of the team, it looks like this will be an exciting year with 10 new players.

The 2012 rookie class has a total of three 7-footers including 7-foot-4 Jermaine “Stretch” Middleton, the third-tallest player in team history, and 7-foot Anthony “Biggie” McClain. However, Paul “Tiny” Sturgess towers over even the tallest of the tall at a whopping 7-foot-8.

Sturgess was recently recognized by Guinness World Records as the world’s tallest professional basketball player. He is also the tallest player in the Globetrotter history.

Not only do they have the tallest player in their history, but the shortest, too. Jonte “Too Tall” Hall is the shortest Globetrotter ever to play at 5-foot-2.

Other team members you may recognize are “Big Easy” Lofton and “Flight Time” Lang who, together, made their way around the world on CBS’ “The Amazing Race.”

If you’ve never seen the Globetrotters in person, you have to get off your butts and get out to Power Balance this Sunday and take in the 1 or 6 p.m. showing. These guys (and gal) are amazing to watch and extremely entertaining.

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