Carpenters Remembered” Returns to the Suncoast Showroom May 31- June 1‏

April 24, 2014 on 9:09 am | In Gaming Resorts, Las Vegas, Webbandstand | Comments Off

Las Vegas— “We’ve Only Just Begun: Carpenters Remembered,” a tribute to popular 70s music group The Carpenters, is returning to the Suncoast Showroom May 31 and June 1.

“We’ve Only Just Begun: Carpenters Remembered” is a celebration of the duo’s music, starring Michelle Bertling Brett as Karen, and accompanied by a live band of versatile Nashville musicians led by Harry Sharpe.

Grammy®-winning duo Karen and Richard Carpenter sold more than 100 million records and charted twelve Top 10 singles including “(They Long to be) Close to You,” “Rainy Days and Mondays,” “Yesterday Once More” and “I Won’t Last a Day Without You.”

Bertling Brett has performed the Standard Songbook and jazz repertoire in her own cabaret and club shows, most notably “Jazz, Torch and Ancient Pop” and “Michelle Bertling Sings Peggy Lee.”

Bertling Brett’s recent performances include, singing background vocals for Ronnie Spector, recording with music legend Ronnie Hawkins, singing with Marshall Lytle and guesting with Matt “Guitar” Murphy of the Blues Brothers”- the opening act for Little Richard at B.B. King Blues Club in New York City.

Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available starting from $15.95, plus tax and convenience fees. Tickets can be purchased at any Boyd Gaming Box Office, by calling 702.636.7075 or visiting

About Suncoast Hotel and Casino
Suncoast Hotel and Casino is a property of Boyd Gaming. Located at the corner of Alta Drive and South Rampart Boulevard, Suncoast Hotel and Casino features eight restaurants, a 16-screen movie theater, a 600-seat bingo room, a 500-seat state-of-the-art showroom and a newly renovated 80,000-square foot casino. For further information, visit, on Facebook ( ), and Twitter (@suncoastcasino). Headquartered in Las Vegas, Boyd Gaming is a leading diversified owner and operator of 22 gaming entertainment properties located in Nevada, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and New Jersey. Additional news and information on Boyd Gaming can be found at


April 24, 2014 on 9:05 am | In East Coast, Festivals, New York City, Webbandstand | Comments Off

Academy Award® winning screenwriter Geoffrey Fletcher today celebrated the premiere of the five winning short films from the Bombay Sapphire Imagination Series competition at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival.

Heavyweights from the international film community including Katie Holmes, Ryan Eggold, Toni Collette, Sophia Loren, Frankie Alzarez and Emma Watson stepped onto the red carpet to join the celebrations and share their own thoughts on what imagination means to them.

The Bombay Sapphire Imagination Series competition offers the next generation of film makers the chance to work alongside world-class talent to produce their own short film. Entrants interpreted a script written by Geoffrey Fletcher – without any direction or description – resulting in five films that transcend genres and demonstrate the power of imagination.

With such eclectic interpretations on show, including a dramatic realisation set in space, a love story with a dark twist and a fantastical world surrounded by living street art, viewers are guaranteed to be taken on an exciting and thought-provoking journey as each filmmaker’s contrasting and creative visions are brought to life on the big screen.

Having secured the accolade of the 2014 British Short Film BAFTA, for one of last year’s films, Room 8, Bombay Sapphire is looking forward to the release of this year’s films.

To view this year’s winning films visit

FUKUBURGER TO PARK AT FAME – Food·Art·Music·Entertainment

April 24, 2014 on 9:02 am | In Dine Drink, Gaming Resorts, Las Vegas, Webbandstand | Comments Off

LAS VEGAS – Fukuburger, the wildly popular food truck serving all-American burgers with a Japanese twist, will be the first to occupy the food truck station in the Asian market at FAME – Food·Art·Music·Entertainment, when it opens at The LINQ in May.

“Fukuburger has become a Las Vegas favorite since it started serving food all over the city,” said Chul Park, director of HIG Management, the parent company behind FAME. “With a parking spot at FAME, locals and visitors will have a chance to eat at Fukuburger, day or night, without having to track down the truck’s destination.”

Fukuburger will debut brand new flavorful menu selections for FAME’s customers when the restaurant opens. The local food truck will also serve the same popular menu items and will give fans, old and new, a taste of local flavor with signature bites including: Fukuburger, an all-beef Fuku-patty topped with American cheese, lettuce, tomato, onions, wasabi mayo and drizzled with Fuku sauce; Tamago, an all-beef Fuku-patty topped with furikake, teriyaki, wasabi mayo, finished with crispy onion strings and a fried egg; Naga Dog, one-third pound hot link topped with grilled kimchi, Daikan relish, wasabi mayo, spicy kabayaki and harinori; and Togarshi garlic fries served with crack sauce and ketchup, and more.

“We are very excited to be the first to take over the food truck space at FAME’s Asian Market,” said Colin Fukunaga, founder of Fukuburger. “Being stationed at one stop on the Strip will be an opportunity for us to feed a new group of ‘Fuku fans’ in the fun, energetic setting of The LINQ.”

FAME’s Asian Market, located on the lower level, will create a culinary bazaar, combining the great street foods of Japan, Taiwan, Thailand, Korea, China and Vietnam on a menu serving dim sum, stir-fry, ramen, barbecue, crepe and more. The stationary food truck will offer fusion fare and will host various vendors, beginning with Fukuburger.

In addition to the various dining options on the main level, a vast selection of microbrews from an array of Asian countries will be served in bottles and on tap. Live Asian-inspired entertainment, such as tiger and dragon dances and Taiko drum performances, along with Gangnam-style beats will keep the market festive.

The upper level will host Fōchun, serving a hybrid of innovative Asian cuisine by celebrated chef Bryan Emperor in a dynamic setting, open daily for dinner, only.

About FAME

FAME – Food·Art·Music·Entertainment will open this spring at The LINQ, Caesars Entertainment’s shopping dining and entertainment district. The 12,000-square-foot venue will include an Asian marketplace, several casual dining options and a formal restaurant all offering authentic Asian cuisine including Japanese, Chinese, Thai and Vietnamese. For more information, guests may e-mail, visit the website at or follow FAME on Facebook at , Twitter at  and Instagram @FAMEVegas.

About The LINQ

Caesars Entertainment is redefining the iconic Las Vegas skyline with The LINQ, an open-air retail, dining and entertainment district, anchored by the world’s tallest observation wheel, known as the High Roller. Located at the heart of the world-famous Las Vegas Strip, The LINQ will feature more than 30 unique shopping, dining and entertainment venues and will host special events, festivals and more. Topping out at 550 feet, the Las Vegas High Roller observation wheel will be the focal point of the unique urban entertainment district. The wheel’s 28 glass-enclosed cabins will feature an interactive experience including video and music that will fade away to unveil spectacular views of the famed resort city in the 30 minutes it takes to complete one full revolution. Each cabin will accommodate up to 40 people and will be available for individual or group experiences. For more information, visit


April 23, 2014 on 2:35 pm | In Asia, Thailand, Webbandstand | Comments Off

Thailand is developing more incentives for international film makers in a bid to further strengthen the kingdom’s reputation as one of the world’s best movie locations. Hollywood films such as, “The Coup,” starring Owen Wilson and Pierce Brosnan, have already secured the destination as their filming locations. “The Coup” was partially filmed in Chiang Mai in late 2013.

The new initiative was developed by the Ministry of Tourism and Sports’ Department of Tourism (DOT), which is collaborating with the relevant public and private organizations to streamline the often complex process of permits and permission needed in the film making process.

Pictured, is Maya Bay at Ko Phi Phi in Krabi, the set location for “The Beach,” a 2000 Hollywood blockbuster, starring Leonardo DiCaprio.

2014 BC Shellfish & Seafood Festival in the Comox Valley expands with more than 18 events

April 23, 2014 on 8:57 am | In British Columbia, Canada, Dine Drink, Festivals, Webbandstand | Comments Off

The eighth annual BC Shellfish & Seafood Festival – happening from June 13 to 22, 2014 – is expanding this year with a greater focus on expanding culinary activities, educational events and tours, helping to showcase the importance of the Valley’s role in the shellfish industry in British Columbia.

The festival expansion is driven by Comox Valley Economic Development and Tourism (CVEDS) who has taken on a greater role in supporting the development and marketing of the festival for 2014. Previously, the BC Shellfish Growers Association (BCSGA) was responsible for both coordinating the growers and the creation and management of the event. This year, their partnership with the CVEDS will allow them to focus on engagement with their membership, which has helped to foster new events for the eighth year.

“Having Comox Valley Economic Development & Tourism working to manage the BC Shellfish & Seafood Festival opens up a lot of opportunities for our growers,” says Roberta Stevenson, executive director of the BCSGA. “Bringing different industry groups together like this demonstrates the collaborative attitude that’s found in the Comox Valley. The new format will allow for an expanded events schedule and more exposure for our local products.”

Along with the partnership between the CVEDS and the BC Shellfish Growers Association, the event is assisted by a number of Comox Valley businesses and operators, ranging from growers and harvesters to wineries, restaurants and hotels.

“By helping with the marketing and promotion of the BC Shellfish & Seafood Festival, Comox Valley Economic Development & Tourism is able to work toward the long-term goal of a series of annual events throughout the Valley,” says Bill Anglin, chair of the Comox Valley Destination Marketing Advisory Committee “By increasing the number of high-quality annual events, such as the BC Shellfish & Seafood Festival and WinterBites, which was held this past January, we’re driving investment to the region through the increase in room nights at our area hotels.”

One of the biggest changes for the 2014 BC Shellfish & Seafood Festival is the move of events including the shucking and chowder competitions, tastings and demonstrations from Marina Park to Filberg Lodge & Park on the afternoon of June 21, 2014. The move is designed to allow for more participants, both local and from out-of-town, to attend the growing annual festival.

Tickets for the BC Shellfish & Seafood Festival are on sale now through or by calling 250-890-7561.

About the Comox Valley
Located halfway up Vancouver Island’s east coast, the Comox Valley is well known for its culinary bounty from land and sea. Coupled with arts, music and sporting events, and stunning alpine to ocean resorts and spas, the region is a place of supernatural beauty that offers rich culinary, cultural and outdoor experiences. Comprised of three communities: Comox, Courtenay and Cumberland, and surrounding rural areas of the Comox Valley Regional District, the Destination Marketing Advisory Committee identified in its 2014 plans, an increased focus on creating or expanding destination level events and festivals as an important building block essential for increasing awareness, visitation and economic activity in the region. For more information, visit

Norwegian Adds Magic, Cirque Dreams, to Dining Package

April 23, 2014 on 8:46 am | In Cruise Boats, Webbandstand | Comments Off

Norwegian Cruise Line has updated its Ultimate Dining Package to now include Spiegel Tent and/or the Illusionarium on embarkation day only on the Norwegian Breakaway, Getaway and Epic. The change is in effect on Getaway and Breakaway and will start May 8 on Norwegian Epic.

Both Norwegian Breakaway and Norwegian Epic have a venue called Spiegel Tent for the whimsical acrobatic shows “Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy” and “Cirque Dreams,” respectively. Norwegian Getaway’s Illusionarium features a magic show.

Guests who buy the Ultimate Dining Package can dine in any specialty restaurant every night of the cruise, including the Italian, Asian, Brazilian, French and steakhouse restaurants at a discounted price over the cover charge. The package does not include a la carte restaurants or Geoffrey Zakarian’s Ocean Blue seafood restaurants on Norwegian Breakaway and Getaway. However, the package does include a 20 percent discount at those venues.

The cost for the Ultimate Dining Package varies by cruise length. It costs $59 for three-day cruises, $119 for seven days, and $164 for 10 days. Norwegian says the savings is up to $31 for three days, $91 for seven and $136 for 10 days. Platinum-level Latitude Members receive a $20 discount off the total package price.

The Ultimate Dining Package can be purchased in advance through Norwegian’s website or onboard the first or second day (first day only on three- and four-day cruises). Dinner reservations also can be made in advance on Norwegian’s website or aboard the ship.

Waikiki Comes Alive With Food and Music for 12th Annual Waikiki SPAM® Jam Festival‏

April 22, 2014 on 11:44 am | In Beachbooker, Festivals, Hawaiian Islands, Webbandstand | Comments Off

On Saturday, May 3, one of Hawaii’s most popular festivals will return to Kalakaua Avenue from 4 to 10 p.m. in celebration of the famous canned meat and a favorite local staple — SPAM®. As a SPAM® Jam co-founder and presenting sponsor, Outrigger Hotels and Resorts will help bring the 12th annual Waikiki SPAM® Jam Festival back for another year of great food and entertainment in a family-friendly atmosphere for kamaaina and visitors to enjoy.

“Outrigger is proud to participate in such a unique and fun-filled event that our entire community can enjoy,” said Bitsy Kelley, vice president, corporate communications for Outrigger Enterprises Group. “As a company dedicated to giving back to the communities in which we live and work, we’re especially pleased that the Waikiki SPAM® Jam benefits our local families who receive support from the Hawaii Foodbank

Approximately 25,000 festival goers will head to the Waikiki SPAM® Jam to enjoy a selection of delicious SPAM® dishes from some of Hawaii’s favorite local restaurants. Admission to the event is free, and all proceeds generated benefit the Hawaii Foodbank.

Joining the fun this year will be Chef Adam Tabura, brother Lanai Tabura and Shawn Felipe, the team that won Food Network’s Great Food Truck Race. While the famous Aloha Plate food truck won’t make it to this year’s Waikiki SPAM® Jam, the winning threesome will and festival-goers can look forward to a selection of tasty “island grindz” from their team and the other participating restaurants and food trucks, which include:

· ABC Stores – SPAM® and Macadamia Nut Sundae, SPAM® & Corn Chowder

· Atlantis Steak and Seafood – SPAM® Lau Lau, Combination SPAM® Plate

· Buenos Antojitos – Mom’s Puerto Rican SPAM® Flan, SPAM® Cheesecake

· Cheeseburger Waikiki Beach Walk – Sugar-shoyu Furikake SPAM® Sliders

· Curry Café – Crispy Fried SPAM® Curry Rice

· Duke’s/Hula Grill – SPAM® Fried Rice, SPAM® Loco Moco, SPAM® Katsu

· Eggs ‘N Things – SPAM® Pancake Sliders with SPAM® Fries, SPAM® Pita Pockets with SPAM® Fries

· Gordon Biersch – Kamaaina SPAM® Street Tacos, Sicilian SPAM® Pizza, Chinatown SPAM® Won Tons, Mango BBQ SPAM® Sliders

· Hard Rock Café – SPAM® Burrito, Candied SPAM® Caramel Crème Brulee

· Jimmy Buffet’s – SPAM® Philly Cheesesteak Sandwich (winner of the Great American SPAM® Championship), SPAM® Chili, SPAM® Nachos

· Kau Kau Grill – Krazy BBQ SPAM® Fried Rice, Kau Kau SPAM® Snackers

· Mac 24/7 – Truffle SPAM® Ramen

· Mahaloa Burger – Loco Moco SPAM® Burger, Teriyaki SPAM® Burger, SPAM® Cheeseburger, SPAM® Hotdog

· Okonomiyaki Chibo Restaurant – SPAM® Okonomiyaki, SPAM® Yakisoba

· Olay’s Thai Food Express – SPAM® Pad Thai Plate

· OnoPops – Peanut Butter Ice Cream with Candied SPAM®, Brown Sugar Pineapple Sorbet with Candied SPAM®

· PF Chang’s – SPAM® Lo Mein, SPAM® Lettuce Wraps

· Seafood Village – SPAM® Siu Mai, SPAM® Spring Roll, SPAM® Manapua

· Wild Bean Espresso – 100% Ka`u award-winning Coffee and smoothies

In addition to the many flavors presented by top Hawaii chefs, the Waikiki SPAM® Jam will again offer up a wide variety of local entertainers to suit any musical taste. The following acts will perform on the Outrigger Hotels and Resorts Stage and the Shops of Hawaii Stage:

Outrigger Hotels and Resorts Stage
(fronting Outrigger Waikiki on the Beach)

4:30 p.m. Ka Hale I o Kahala Halau. Under the direction of Kumu Hula Leimomi I-Maldonado, Ka Hale I o Kahala Halau has become one of Hawaii’s most respected and beloved hula halau, offering instruction and performance to hula enthusiasts of all ages.

5:30 p.m. Kaiau – Kaiao, made up of Ku Souza, Liki Tavete and ʻEkolu Chang, is a traditional Hawaiian music group dedicated to perpetuating the music of old Hawaii. From heart pounding unison to sweet high falsetto, Kaiao strives to create a great Hawaiian sound.

6:30 p.m. Kapena. Considered to be one of Hawaii’s premier island bands, Kapena continues to be an institution that embraces what islanders fell in love with when they first heard their unique sound of their “feel good music.”

7:30 p.m. Germaine’s Luau. Take in the rich cultural heritage of the Pacific Islands, while enjoying the spectacular Polynesian show delivered to you at the ocean’s edge, under the stars and palm trees.

8:30 p.m. Manoa Madness. This 5-piece outfit place contemporary Hawaiian music that is breezy light, the perfect sound for an evening in Waikiki.

Shops of Hawaii Stage (fronting Royal Hawaiian Center)

4:30 p.m. Performance by Hula dancers from Malu Productions and Wanna Hula Productions.

5:30 p.m. Johnna Padeken Parel is a self-taught singer and songwriter from Kaneohe, Hawaii, with a unique and sultry sound that will keep your wanting more. She is a rising star here in the islands and beyond.

6:30 p.m. The Wreck is a Honolulu based alternative and indie rock band made up of four young rockers; Ian Wacksman (11) on drums, Josh Kay (13) on keyboards & vocals, Dylan Wacksman (14) on guitar, bass & vocals and Gino Romano (14) on guitar, bass & vocals. Their goal as a band is simple, to improve as musicians and entertain people.

7:15 p.m. Legends Waikiki – one of Waikiki’s most beloved stage shows, Legends Waikiki brings the music and experience of Elvis, Michael Jackson, and Britney Spears to life with electrifying performances of the artists’ biggest hit songs.

7:45 p.m. Pocket is a groovin’ dance band based in Hawaii featuring disco-funk-r&b music from the 70s to 90s.

8:45 p.m. Emke – sisters Kira and Ezri Santos along with Mari Arakawa and Payton Sekigawa, burst onto the Honolulu music scene in 2005.The band members met while attending a real life ‘school of rock’ in Hawaii (Hawaii MusicWorks). Performing cover tunes from bands like Journey, Van Halen and Bon Jovi, EMKE quickly gained accolades for wowing audiences with their mature level of musicianship and vocal abilities.

Aside from the fantastic food and entertainment, festival-goers will find volunteers collecting donations for the Hawaii Foodbank at various booths. The Hawaii Foodbank is the only nonprofit in the state of Hawaii that collects, warehouses and distributes mass quantities of both perishable and non-perishable food to 250 member agencies as well as food banks on the Big Island, Maui and Kauai.

For more information about the Waikiki SPAM® Jam, please visit

Carlos Santana extends House of Blues residency

April 22, 2014 on 11:41 am | In Gaming Resorts, Las Vegas, Webbandstand | Comments Off




Tickets for 2014 and 2014 Dates on Sale Friday, April 25 at 10 a.m.

(Las Vegas) April 21, 2014 – House of Blues Las Vegas at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino and Carlos Santana proudly announce a two-year extension of An Intimate Evening with Santana: Greatest Hits Live after a successful two-year run. Tickets for the November 2014 and January 2015 show dates go on sale Friday, April 25 at 10 a.m. Show dates are November 5, 7 – 9, 12, 14 – 16 and 18 and January 21, 23 – 25 and 28 – 31, 2015. Shows will begin at 8 p.m.

“It is an honor to call House of Blues in Las Vegas my home,” Carlos Santana said. “We love the intimacy at HOB. Every day, we look forward to create newness, freshness and connect people to their own light with what we have and who we are – The Universal Tone.”

House of Blues Las Vegas at Mandalay Bay has been home to Santana’s live concert since 2012. Fans have been able to party all night within a few feet of the musical icon with the La Zona Fiesta tickets which also will be available for all shows in 2014 and 2015. The popular VIP packages will be available for purchase with customizable experiences that include limited edition photos and specialty dining/beverage packages featuring stage-side dining.

“We’re happy to have Carlos back. We’ve had an amazing run with him — virtually every show was a sell-out. He’s the perfect superstar talent appearing in a perfect venue that gives our audiences an intimate experience that can’t be found anywhere else,” said House of Blues President Ron Bension.

Tickets for An Intimate Evening With Santana: Greatest Hits Live start at $99.50, plus applicable fees, and go on sale Friday, April 25 at 10 a.m. Tickets are available by visiting House of,, or by calling 800-745-3000. For additional information, visit A CITI presale starts Tuesday, April 22 at 10 a.m., M life, House of Blues and Live Nation presale begins Wednesday, April 23 at 10 a.m.

A portion of all tickets sold will be donated to The Milagro Foundation. Milagro (“Miracle”) is a charitable foundation supporting underrepresented and vulnerable children and youth in the areas of arts, education and health. The Milagro Foundation was created in 1998 by Carlos Santana and his family to benefit children worldwide.

Another contribution will be made to The International House of Blues Foundation ( which is dedicated to supporting youth music and arts programs, creating performance and exhibition opportunities for young and emerging artists and providing educational programs and resources that draw upon the arts to teach youth about history, culture and social change.

About Carlos Santana:

For forty years and as many albums later, Santana has sold more than 100 million records and reached more than 100 million fans at concerts worldwide. To date, Santana has won ten GRAMMY ® Awards and three Latin GRAMMY ® Awards. He won a record-tying nine GRAMMYs for a single project for 1999’s Supernatural (including Album of the Year and Record of the Year for “Smooth”). He has also received the Billboard Century Award (1996), was ushered into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (1998), and received the Billboard Latin Music Awards’ Lifetime Achievement honor (2009). Among many other honors, Carlos Santana has also been cited by Rolling Stone as #15 on their list of the “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.” Celebrating the chart debut of Guitar Heaven (Arista) in 2010, Santana joined the ranks of the Rolling Stones as the only musical act in chart history to score at least one Top 10 album in every decade beginning with the 1960s. In 2013, Carlos Santana was the recipient of the 2013 Kennedy Center Honors Award. Santana’s new album CORAZÓN (RCA/Sony Latin Iberia), due out May 6, 2014, is a collaborative effort with the biggest names in Latin music.

About House Of Blues Entertainment:

With 38 owned/operated and affiliated clubs and theaters, The House of Blues Entertainment (a division of Live Nation) portfolio is wide-ranging including the legendary Fillmore brand and the intimate House of Blues clubs throughout the United States. House of Blues Entertainment is the country’s pre-eminent live music venue collection featuring state-of-the-art sound and lighting technology in one-of-a-kind custom designed environments aimed to bring fans and artists together in unparalleled musical environments.

Counterpoint Music and Arts Festival in Georgia

April 22, 2014 on 11:40 am | In Festivals, The South, Webbandstand | Comments Off






The art for this week’s COUNTERPOINT MUSIC & ARTS FESTIVAL will not only enhance the natural beauty of the Kingston Downs festival site–wide-open, perfectly groomed green grass fields and rolling hills, with beautiful views of the Georgia mountains–but it will also serve as an interactive, creative experience for the participating artists and festival-goers as well.

One of the goals of CounterPoint’s art director Greg Mike is to not only enhance the natural elements of the festival’s site, but also to build on that, utilizing pops of color not always seen in nature. “My vision on this project was to take the beautiful CounterPoint lands and amplify it with a contemporary twist,” he says. “Working with a pop color palette, lighting effects, optical illusional sculptures mixed with a heavy influence of street and contemporary art my goal was to add visual stimulation and live elements which create movement and juxtaposition over the three-day festival.”

Some of the festival’s onsite art highlights will include sculptures, live art, lighting effects, custom environments and tree decor, utilizing the sites natural elements. Two of the on-site installations featured around the Kingston Downs site are a result of a contest staged in conjunction with the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD). The winners–Ross Hepner and Taylor Kuzma–worked as a team to develop two concepts: the #CPFLOWER, a fully immersive art installation inspired by nature and color that will provide shade during the day and illuminate during the night and a live string art installation integrating the classic CounterPoint circle logo.

Meanwhile, serving as the center point of the festival’s art scene, the Heineken House is a multi-sensory experience, featuring a Live Art Pyramid as its core. Standing over 35-feet tall, the pyramid encompasses 12 massive live art walls to be hand-painted over the three days at CounterPoint this spring. Some of the highlights include public wifi, a showcase of world class visual artists, a covered bar with four entrances, lounge seating surrounding the structure and a variety of visually stimulating lighting effects. A variety of acclaimed local and national artists including Tristan Eaton (Los Angeles), Ricky Watts (San Francisco), Christina Angelina (Los Angeles), Johnny Robles (Miami), Douglas Hoekzema (Miami), Nosego (Philadelphia), Peter Ferrari (Atlanta) and Nick Benson (Atlanta) and Trey Moseley (Atlanta) will all be on hand at the Heineken House painting live throughout this weekend.

To further their commitment to art, festival organizers commissioned Moseley to create a limited edition original print inspired by CounterPoint. “To me, CounterPoint represents that optimism and transition, a celebration of the changes in our cultural and artistic landscape that also serves as an oasis in the chaos of our daily lives. This piece is meant to be a reminder of those times of optimistic change, crystallizing the spring of 2014.”

In addition, a variety of interactive art installations are being created to engage festival-goers throughout the weekend including a custom photobooth, scavenger art hunts (concert-goers can participate in the “Counter-Kittens Scavenger Hunt” by Catlanta– Known for his famous cat “cutouts,” Catlanta spreads love one cat at a time with his “kitten drops” where his followers are alerted via social media to search for them and adopt them into their homes. During the CounterPoint weekend, Catlanta will be releasing some Counter-Kittens into the wild on the festival site) and the Heineken Community Art-wall at the Heineken House Art Pyramid, which is being designed as a collaborative piece in which festival attendees are encouraged to get inspired by the CounterPoint experience and “open their world” creatively by painting a piece that will be incorporated into a collaborative large scale installation piece.

The CounterPoint Music & Arts Festival–Friday, April 25, Saturday, April 26 and Sunday, April 27–is highlighted by the much-anticipated hometown return of Outkast, who will close out Sunday night. Foster The People will wrap up Saturday’s performances, with Pretty Lights Live Band topping the bill on Friday night. As previously announced, a special Thursday, April 24 pre-fest celebration will conclude with sets from EXMAG and Star Slinger (separate ticket required). View the festival schedule below or online here:

A limited number of weekend passes ($199 for three days GA and $224 GA with camping) and single day tickets ($90 per day) remain available at the festival’s final ticket price. VIP, camping and $20 pre-party passes (for the Thursday kick-off event) are also available. More information on all the ticketing and camping options can be found at /. Questions, comments or concerns regarding orders, please contact Front Gate Tickets or by phone, 888-512-SHOW (7469) 9:00 AM-9:00 PM (CT) Monday-Saturday.

Kick-Off Memorial Day Weekend with Legendary Entertainer Bill Cosby at Treasure Island May 23‏

April 22, 2014 on 8:50 am | In comedy, Gaming Resorts, Las Vegas, Webbandstand | Comments Off

Las Vegas— Following a sold-out performance in March, iconic funny man Bill Cosby brings his signature comedy back to the Treasure Island Theatre May 23 at 8 p.m.

Known the world over for “The Cosby Show,” which ran from 1984 to 1992 on NBC, Cosby broke racial barriers and sent a powerful message to viewers – the family unit and raising children matters most. The No. 1 rated sitcom earned six Emmy Awards, three Golden Globes and 10 People’s Choice Awards. It helped set the stage for Cosby’s career as an author, as his book “Fatherhood” remained at No. 1 for more than half of its 54 weeks on The New York Times Best Seller List. Among Cosby’s other titles are “Time Flies,” “Love and Marriage” and most recently, “I Didn’t Ask to be Born: (But I’m Glad I Was).”

In December 2013 Cosby’s first comedy specials in thirty years, “Bill Cosby: Far From Finished,” debuted on Comedy Central, and he was recently signed by NBC to star in a new sitcom.

A champion of youth, Cosby’s dedication to helping children realize their potential is evidenced through his Emmy Award-winning “Little Bill” animated series, which aired on Nickelodeon and CBS. His other television and film credits include “Obkb,” “Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids,” “The Cosby Mysteries,” “Man and Boy” and “Uptown Saturday Night.”

Few entertainers have achieved the legendary status of Cosby, who emerged from humble beginnings in a Philadelphia housing project. After returning from the Navy, Cosby went on to earn a degree at Temple University and later a master’s and doctorate in Education from the University of Massachusetts. His lifelong contributions to American culture were recognized with a Kennedy Center Honor in 1998, the Presidential Medal of Freedom in July 2002, and the Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize for American Humor in 2009.

Tickets are available starting at $59.95, plus taxes and service charges, and can be purchased by calling 866-712-9308 or 702-894-7722, or visiting

About Treasure Island
Treasure Island on the Las Vegas Strip is a privately owned hotel and casino and stands alone as the only major Strip property to claim that unique market position. Boasting nearly 3,000 guest rooms, Treasure Island is a world-class destination for headline entertainment and Mystère, the classic Cirque du Soleil performance that combines the powerful athleticism, high-energy acrobatics and inspiring imagery that have become the company’s hallmark. Upscale and casual dining choices, hip nightspots and indulgent spa and shopping experiences further complement the one-of-a-kind Treasure Island guest experience. For information visit  or follow the property on Twitter @TIVegas.

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