The Big Sur Food and Wine Festival

September 3, 2014 on 2:44 pm | In California, Festivals, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Webbandstand | Comments Off

Gateway to Big Sur presented by Hyatt Carmel Highlands and The Big Sur Food and Wine Festival To Kick Off on Thursday, November 6, 2014, at the Hyatt Carmel Highlands.

CARMEL HIGHLANDS, CA — Hyatt Carmel Highlands, located at 120 Highlands Drive in the Carmel Highlands, long known as the legendary location for culinary talent and host of the world famous Masters of Food and Wine will serve as the lead sponsor and host of the opening event of the Big Sur Food and Wine Festival.

Tickets will be on sale through EventBrite on August 15th. Tickets purchased between August 15th and September 15th will be $105 per ticket. From September 15th to the November 6th tickets will be $125.00. Tickets can be purchased at

Join us on Thursday, November 6th from 5:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. for the Gateway to Big Sur presented by the Hyatt Carmel Highlands and Big Sur Food and Wine Festival. The Gateway to Big Sur entices the palate in a celebration of local flair and regional flavor in the epicenter of culinary innovation.

Here is a preview of some of the top caliber restaurants that will be participating:

· 1300 Fillmore – SF

· Andres Bouchee

· Bernardus Vineyards

· Big Sur Roadhouse

· Black River Caviar

· Carmel Valley Ranch

· Cuvaison

· Dosa San Francisco

· Esalen

· Grasings

· Hitching Post Buellton

· Jennini

· La Balena

· Aubergine

· Mundaka

· Hyatt Carmel Highlands

· Passion Fish

· Porters in the Forest

· The Cheese Shop

· The Preserve

· Treebones

Wineries include:

· Albatross Ridge

· Banshee

· Birichino

· Calera Wine Company

· Chanin

· Chanin

· Chappellet Vineyard

· Cold Heaven Cellars

· Continuum (Carlo Mondavi)

· Crocker & Starr

· Dirty & Rowdy

· Domaine Select – 1st Winery

· Domaine Select – 2nd Winery

· Foxen

· Galante Vineyards

· Hartley Ostini

· Kunin

· Liquid Farm

· Madeleine Winery

· Maison Marques and Domaines – Roederer Champagne

· McIntyre

· Morgan Winery

· Mount Eden

· Paso CAB Collective

· Paul Lato Wines

· Perception

· Pisoni


· Shared Notes

· Tablas Creek Vineyard

· Talbott Vineyards

· Talley Vineyards

· Vineyard Brands

· Wedell Cellars

· Wind Gap Wines

Hyatt Carmel Highlands will be donating a portion of the proceeds from this event on November 6th to our charity partner the Big Sur Health Center.

The 2014 Big Sur Food and Wine Festival takes place November 6 – 9 throughout the coast of Big Sur. For more information, please contact Toby Rowland-Jones at 831-667-0800 , or visit

Background on Pacific’s Edge:

Pacific’s Edge is an award winning, glass-walled restaurant with spectacular ocean vistas. Our “California Coastal” cuisine provides the freshest local ingredients, meats and seafood, with dishes that meld a seasonal focus with sophisticated comfort food in a convivial ambiance that makes it appealing for everyday dining or any special occasion. Pacific’s Edge has received AAA 4 Diamond awards year after year, and has been named one of the Top 100 Restaurants in the United States by Zagat and one of the Top Ten Restaurants with a View by USA Today. Wine Spectator has lauded our wine list throughout the years with both Grand and Best of Award of Excellence awards.

About Hyatt Carmel Highlands, Overlooking Big Sur Coast

Perched on the hillside of the Carmel Highlands with breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean, Hyatt Carmel Highlands combines true Carmel luxury with an approachable and sophisticated spirit. A haven for artists and discerning travelers since its opening in 1917, Hyatt Carmel Highlands features 48 luxuriously renovated guestrooms, including 11 suites, 32 Ocean View rooms and 5 Garden View rooms. In addition, Hyatt Carmel Highlands offers spectacular dining at the award-winning Pacific’s Edge restaurant and California Market, 4,800 square feet of meeting space, in-room spa services, heated outdoor swimming pool, three spa tubs and a StayFit fitness facility. Situated only four miles from downtown Carmel, Hyatt Carmel Highlands idyllic setting and personalized service has attracted families, weddings, honeymooners and privileged travelers for nearly a century. Hyatt Carmel Highlands is recognized among the world’s finest hotels as part of Condé Nast Traveler’s 2010 Gold List and Travel + Leisure’s 2009 “T+L 500” World’s Best Hotels.

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LV Philharmonic Opening Night Sept. 27 with Music Director D.Cabrera‏

September 3, 2014 on 2:41 pm | In Las Vegas, Webbandstand | Comments Off

Las Vegas, NV  – The orchestra’s 16th season opens with Donato Cabrera’s debut as Music Director of the Las Vegas Philharmonic at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday, September 27th at 7:30PM with a concert featuring arias, overtures, and Broadway classics. The orchestra will be accompanied by guest soprano Deborah Voigt, internationally renowned opera superstar.

Cabrera’s inaugural concert will be a homecoming for the conductor who lived in Las Vegas until the age of 10, before moving to Reno. He graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno and pursued additional studies at the University of Illinois, Indiana University and the Manhattan School of Music. Maestro Cabrera conducted the Las Vegas Philharmonic’s Battle Born-Nevada Proud Masterworks concert in January 2014 and was appointed Music Director of the Las Vegas Philharmonic in April. When asked about his first season with the Las Vegas Philharmonic, Cabrera said, “I’m looking forward to beginning a new journey with this great orchestra and enthusiastic community, achieving a level of trust and adventure between the orchestra, myself, and the audience that will propel us into new and exciting directions for the future.” Other positions currently held by Cabrera include Resident Conductor of the San Francisco Symphony and Wattis Foundation Director of the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra, Music Director of the California Symphony and Music Director of the New Hampshire Music Festival.

The Las Vegas Philharmonic’s opening night concert will feature leading dramatic soprano Voigt. Voigt is known for her performances in operas composed by Wagner and Strauss yet demonstrates her virtuosity in popular Broadway standards as well. For her first time performing on the Reynolds Hall stage, Voigt will sing Du bist der Lenz (“You Are the Spring”) from Die Walküre, Wagner’s second opera from Ring of the Nibelungen and Abscheulicher (“Abominable One!”) from Beethoven’s opera, Fidelio. In addition, Voigt will perform Broadway classics including Kern and Hammerstein’s Why Was I Born from Sweet Adeline, Can’t Help Lovin’ That Man of Mine from Show Boat, and My Man’s Gone Now from Porgy and Bess. The New York Times applauded Voigt’s performance in Annie Get Your Gun with this review, “Her timorous sweetness and…spitfire sassiness come across as affectingly authentic. … Why shouldn’t a Wagnerian soprano who has been smitten with musical theater since childhood fulfill a fantasy? … Ms. Voigt was delightful.” Voigt is a regular performer and host of the Met’s “Live in HD” series and returns to the title role of Strauss’s Salome this October at the Dallas Opera.

In the first half of the concert, the program opens with Wagner’s spirited Overture to Der fliegender Holländer (“The Flying Dutchman”) and ends with Beethoven’s Leonore No. 3, a magnificent overture typically performed during Act II of the opera Fidelio. The second half opens with contemporary composer, Mason Bates’s Attack Sustain Decay and Release and concludes with Ravel’s tumultuous La Valse.

The Las Vegas Philharmonic’s opening night celebration includes a pre-concert Cocktail Party in The Smith Center’s Founders Room at 6:00PM. Cocktail party tickets are $50 per person and are available when purchasing concert tickets through the box office at 702.749.2000. All Masterworks Series concerts feature a pre-concert conversation with the conductor at 6:45PM in Reynolds Hall open to all ticketholders.

The Las Vegas Philharmonic will perform 10 concert programs during its 2014-15 season at The Smith Center through May 2015. The season is a blend of Masterworks programs and Pops Series presentations. The first Pops Series concert of the new season will be “Aloha from Las Vegas” on Saturday, November 15th, a celebration of Las Vegas’s Hawaiian community featuring traditional and popular Hawaiian music led by guest conductor, Matt Catingub, Founder & Artistic Director of Hawaii Pops, and guest vocalist Amy Hānaiali’i.


The Las Vegas Philharmonic offers four different ticket price levels, $26, $46, $66, and $96 at all of its concerts. Tickets are available from The Smith Center Box Office, phone 702.749.2000 or online from A 50% student discount is available on all single ticket purchases (ID required) and groups of 10 or more receive a 20% discount. Group sales are available by calling the Las Vegas Philharmonic office at 702.462.2009.

2014-15 Season Subscription Packages

Subscribers can purchase tickets to the Las Vegas Philharmonic’s complete 10-concert season or to the five-concert Masterworks Series or the five-concert Pops Series. In addition, patrons can create their own three or four-concert mini series subscription package. Subscription packages begin at $68.10 for a three-concert balcony section subscription through $960 for a 10-concert, A section subscription. Full details are available online at

Saturday, September 27, 2014, 7:30PM

Masterworks Series I


Reynolds Hall, The Smith Center for the Performing Arts, 361 Symphony Park Drive

Las Vegas Philharmonic

Donato Cabrera, conductor

Deborah Voigt, soprano


WAGNER Overture to Der fliegende Holländer
WAGNER Du bist der Lenz from Die Walküre
BEETHOVEN Abscheulicher from Fidelio
BEETHOVEN Leonore No. 3


MASON BATES Attack Sustain Decay and Release
KERN/HAMMERSTEIN Can’t Help Lovin’ That Man of Mine
GERSWHIN My Man’s Gone Now from Porgy and Bess
RAVEL La Valse

Opening Night Cocktail Party 6:00PM in the Founders Room (additional ticket required; $50 per person)

Pre-concert conversation 6:45PM in Reynolds Hall open to all ticket holders

Tickets $26, $46, $66 & $96 available from The Smith Center Box Office, phone 702.749.2000 or online at

Bus Service

The Las Vegas Philharmonic offers shuttle buses to The Smith Center from Summerlin (Starbright Theatre, 2215 Thomas Ryan Blvd) and Henderson (Anthem Center at Independence Center, 2460 Hampton Road.) Bus passes must be purchased in advance and can be obtained when purchasing concert tickets, or by calling The Smith Center Patron Services at 702.749.2000. Each bus pass costs $15 roundtrip per concert.

Accommodation for the Las Vegas Philharmonic’s conductor and guest artists is provided by MGM Resorts at The Signature Hotel at MGM Grand.

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31st National Cowboy Poetry Gathering Welcomes Baja Vaqueros‏

September 3, 2014 on 2:38 pm | In Southwest, Webbandstand | Comments Off

Elko, Nevada—The 31st National Cowboy Poetry Gathering will celebrate a little-known corner of Mexico—Baja California Sur—and its rich ranchero culture. From January 26-31, 2015, the small high-desert town of Elko, Nevada, will welcome Baja’s vaqueros, who will share with their American cowboy counterparts the traditional acoustic music, ranch cuisine, local art and craftwork, traditional lore and humor of their Californio roots.

For nearly 300 years, ranching families have carved out an existence in the rugged, arid environment of the sierra of the lower California (Baja) peninsula. These ranching families are the direct descendents of Spanish missionary soldiers, and continue to maintain their horseback traditions, using riding equipment patterned after the horse gear of their Spanish ancestors. They are a living link between Spain and the American buckaroo.

The National Cowboy Poetry Gathering has a long history of organizing cultural exchanges with people from around the globe who work with cattle, horses and other livestock. The goal of these exchanges is to build understanding, awareness and appreciation for how other cultures in the same occupation operate. Past exchanges have brought to the Gathering gauchos from Argentina, gardiens from southern France, butteri from Italy, csikos from Hungary, and herding cultures from Mongolia, Australia, the British Isles, Colombia, Brazil and Mexico.

Produced by the Western Folklife Center, the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering is an annual celebration of the ranching and rural West. Through poetry, music and stories, ranch people express the beauty and challenges of a life deeply connected to the earth and its bounty. Every year, thousands travel to rural Elko, Nevada, in the heart of winter, to listen, learn and share. At the 31st Gathering, more than 55 poets, musicians and musical groups from the U.S., Canada, Australia and Mexico will perform on seven stages at four different venues. The line-up includes poets Baxter Black, Jerry Brooks, John Dofflemyer, Linda M. Hasselstrom, Yvonne Hollenbeck, Wally McRae, Waddie Mitchell and Paul Zarzyski. Musicians and bands include Gretchen Peters, Tom Russell, Ian Tyson, The Western Flyers, Wylie & The Wild West, Eli Barsi, Cowboy Celtic, Don Edwards, Corb Lund & The Hurtin’ Albertans, Gary McMahan and many more! See below for a full list of artists and their hometowns. Visit  for bios and audio samples.

The keynote address at the 31st National Cowboy Poetry Gathering will be delivered by ethnobotanist, nature writer and food activist Gary Nabhan. Gary’s unique perspective on the intersection of human culture and agriculture, as well as his ability to fuse deep scholarly research with respect for traditional ways of knowing, offers a welcome sense of hopefulness for rural America. The Gathering also features hands-on workshops in traditional western arts, western dances, films, discussions and open-mic sessions.

Tickets to the 31st National Cowboy Poetry Gathering can be purchased online at, or by calling 888-880-5885. Western Folklife Center members can purchase tickets beginning at 9:00 am Pacific Time, September 2, 2014, and non-members can purchase tickets beginning Thursday, October 2.

The 31st National Cowboy Poetry Gathering is supported by NV Energy, Barrick Gold of North America, Newmont Mining Corporation, Nevada Humanities, Nevada Arts Council, National Endowment for the Arts, Elko Convention and Visitors Authority, the City of Elko and many more foundations, businesses and individuals.

The Western Folklife Center is dedicated to exploring, presenting and preserving the diverse and dynamic cultural heritage of the American West. We celebrate the wisdom, artistry and ingenuity of western folkways through exhibitions, educational programs, national radio and television programs, research and preservation projects, our website, and our premier event, the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering. We nurture connections among rural and ranching cultures globally, exploring universal themes in working traditions and artistic expression, which we believe are vital links to the past, present and future of the American West.
31st National Cowboy Poetry Gathering Poets and Musicians
Wally McRae by Jessica Brandi Lifland.

Eli Barsi, Moosomin, Saskatchewan,
Mike Beck, Monterey, CA
Baxter Black, Benson, AZ
Dave Bourne, Agoura Hills, CA
Jerry Brooks, Sevier, UT
Cowboy Celtic, Turner Valley, Alberta,
John Dofflemyer, Lemon Cove, CA
Elizabeth Ebert, Lemmon, SD
Don Edwards, Hico, TX
Thatch Elmer, Bear River, WY New!
Dick Gibford, New Cuyuma, CA
DW Groethe, Bainville, MT
Kenny Hall, Tropic, UT New!
Linda M. Hasselstrom, Hermosa, SD
Chuck Hawthorne, Manor, TX New!
Andy Hedges, Lubbock, TX
Carol Heuchan, Cooranbong, New South Wales, Australia
Brenn Hill, Hooper, UT
Yvonne Hollenbeck, Clearfield, SD
Ross Knox, Midpines, CA
Corb Lund & The Hurtin’ Albertans, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Deanna Dickinson McCall, Timberon, NM
Gary McMahan, Bellvue, CO
Wally McRae, Forsyth, MT
Doc Mehl, Westminster, CO New!
Augie Meyers, San Antonio, TX New!
Chuck Milner, Reydon, OK
Waddie Mitchell, Twin Bridges, NV
Andy Nelson, Pinedale, WY
Joel Nelson, Alpine, TX
Rodney Nelson, Almont, ND
Wayne Nelson, American Falls, ID
Kay Kelley Nowell, Alpine, TX
Glenn Ohrlin, Mountain View, AR
Sharon Salisbury O’Toole, Savery, WY New!
Ed Peekeekoot, Crofton, British Columbia, Canada
Gretchen Peters & Barry Walsh, Nashville, TN New!
Shadd Piehl, Mandan, ND
Vess Quinlan, San Acacio, CO
Henry Real Bird, Garryowen, MT
Brigid Reedy, Boulder, MT
Pat Richardson, Merced, CA
Randy Rieman, Dillon, MT
Kent Rollins, Hollis, OK
Tom Russell, Canutillo, TX
Sandy Seaton Sallee, Emigrant, MT
Georgie Sicking, Kaycee, WY
Sourdough Slim & Robert Armstrong, Paradise, CA
Gail Steiger, Prescott, AZ
Caitlyn Taussig, Kremmling, CO New!
Charis Thorsell, Burbank, OH New!
Ian Tyson, Longview, Alberta, Canada
The Western Flyers, Burleson, TX New!
Wylie & The Wild West, Conrad, MT
Paul Zarzyski, Great Falls, MT


September 3, 2014 on 2:34 pm | In New England, Webbandstand | Comments Off

Granite State offers a variety of seasonal happenings perfect for family vacations

CONCORD, NEW HAMPSHIRE– Travelers are invited to New Hampshire ( this Fall to experience a full schedule of annual events and activities that show the Granite State’s “true colors” as the landscape bursts with the sights of harvest season. New Hampshire’s classic small towns, robust cities and charming countryside have made New Hampshire one of the quintessential fall destinations. Thanks to the state’s breathtaking foliage views, signature New England charm and distinct slate of events that makes it easy for visitors to “Live Free and Fall For” New Hampshire. Please see below for a full list of happenings:

Warner Fall Foliage Festival

Warner, N.H. – October 11th – 12th

One of the Granite State’s traditional fall events, the 67th annual Warner Fall Foliage Festival ushers in the season with a vibrant street festival that features road races, crafts, a pie baking contest, oxen competitions as well as family-themed entertainment throughout the weekend. Since 1947, the people of Warner have come to host the Warner Fall Foliage Festival and to welcome old and new friends to our community. The Festival is Warner’s invitation to share the natural splendor of New Hampshire’s vibrant autumn colors while enjoying the entertainment and events on Warner’s main streets. For more information, please visit

Keene Pumpkin Festival

Keene, N.H. – Saturday, October 18th

Three hundred and sixty-four days a year, Keene is a quintessential New England community with a pristine church at the head of a welcoming town square. On October 18, that square will abound with jack-o-lanterns. The bandstand will come alive with entertainment and a tower of pumpkins so spectacular it is called “spell-binding” will rival the church steeple. Delectable items in the Food & Craft Court send forth aromas of apple crisp and maple cotton candy throughout the pumpkin-lined city streets, creating a classic New England atmosphere. After reclaiming the Guinness Book of World Records in 2013 with 30,581 lit jack-o-lanterns, Keene is on top of the world and has gained worldwide recognition as one of the premiere Autumn events in the United States. Admission is a suggested donation of $5 per adult plus a carved pumpkin. For more information, please visit

River Fire & Horror Fest

Northern Forest Heritage Park in Berlin, N.H. – Saturday, October 18th

The Great North Woods region is home to one of the state’s marquee events as River Fire & Horror Fest features a full day of seasonal events that ends with its trademark lighting of Jack-O-Lanterns on the park’s walking bridge at dusk. Additional events of the day include a Zombie ATV Poker Run, Horror Fest Haunted Logging Camp, duck race, River Fire 5K, a bouncy house village, hay rides and much more. For more information, including a full schedule of events, please log onto

White Mountain Storytelling Festival

Waterville Valley, N.H. – September 27-28

Back for its fourth year, this festival provides stories for people of all ages, including children’s stories, ghost stories and more. The event runs Saturday through Sunday morning, featuring nationally known storyteller Odds Bodkin. Nearly 15 experienced storytellers will entertain audiences in various venues, separated by age groups/genres. For more information, please visit

27th Annual Return of the Pumpkin People Tour

Jackson, N.H. – October 1 – 31

From October 1-31, look for quirky unique and often down right hilarious Pumpkin People displays at businesses throughout the Mount Washington Valley. Only in Mount Washington Valley will see Pumpkin faced people doing things never thought possible, from cooking, rocking, talking, driving, being tall, short, chunky, skinny, eating, skiing, running, diving, singing and so much more. Return of the Pumpkin People is Self-guided tour of more than 100 properties displaying pumpkin people, animals, and more in interesting fun imaginative scenes. Participants use an official Return of Pumpkin People Map, available at participating entities and on the Jackson Chamber of Commerce website beginning September 15th, to find the properties who are official host properties. Maps and “People’s Choice” ballots will be available at all participating properties. For more information, please visit

New Hampshire Snowmobile Association’s ’s “Race Into Winter”

Peterson’s Brookvale Farm in Fremont, N.H. – October 10 – 12

Travelers who aren’t ready to deal with winter weather just yet but enjoy snowmobiling are invited to experience the NH Snowmobile Association’s “Race Into Winter” event. Over the course of three days, visitors will enjoy an antique & vintage snowmobile display, a freestyle snowmobiling trick show, one of the biggest “swap meets” in the region, side-by-side drag racing and water cross racing. Participants can use the available on-site camping area as lodging and enjoy the region’s culinary offerings from vendors as well as savings on winter clothing and accessories. Admission prices start at $15 per person on Friday (2:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.) and $20 on Saturday and Sunday (open 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. each day). A three day pass is available for $40. For more information, please visit

Peterborough’s 275th Anniversary Celebration

Peterborough, N.H. – Saturday, October 11th

The classic New England town of Peterborough celebrates its 275th anniversary on October 11 starting with a parade, followed by Revolutionary and Civil War encampments, re-enactments, musket firings, band concerts, food vendors, children’s activities, special recognition of William Diamond, historic Spirit of ’76 drummer; and ending an event filled day with downtown fireworks. All activities are free unless otherwise noted. For more information, please log onto


The Division of Travel and Tourism Development, as part of the New Hampshire Department of Resources and Economic Development, works with the state’s seven travel regions to increase visitation, travel and visitor expenditures in order to expand business activity and employment throughout the state. The division is responsible for domestic and international advertising and public relations, literature publication and distribution, administration, grant administration and research to monitor and measure the impact of travel and tourism to the state. For more information about New Hampshire tourism, call 603-271-2665 or visit

Denver Hotel Package that includes VIP Admissions to the Denver Art Museum’s Brilliant: Cartier in the 20th Century Exhibition

September 3, 2014 on 2:23 pm | In Museums, Plains States, Rockies, Webbandstand | Comments Off

Hyatt Hotels of Denver Downtown, downtown Denver, Colorado hotels Grand Hyatt Denver and [Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Convention Center, welcome BrilliaCartier nt: in the 20th Century November 16, 2014-March 15, 2015 with value-added packages that make seeing the highly anticipated exhibition easy. Located only blocks from the Denver Art Museum, each of these AAA Four Diamond Hyatt packages include an overnight stay in a newly refreshed accommodation and two VIP quick admissions. As official hotel partners of the exhibition, the tickets are untimed and undated and allow immediate access with no standing in line and no advanced reservations required.

Hyatt Regency Denver’s Brilliant Cartier Package includes two VIP admissions to the exhibition and two cocktails in the hotel’s 27th floor Peaks Lounge overlooking the Mile High City and the Colorado Rockies.

Grand Hyatt Denver’s Grand Cartier Package includes two VIP admissions to the exhibition and complimentary hotel valet parking for one car.

These Denver hotel packages are offered November 16, 2014-March 15, 2015 starting at $153 per room. Reservations may be made by calling toll-free (800) 233-1234 or by visiting the hotel’s Offers page at . (The packages are subject to availability; the Denver Art Museum is closed on Mondays.)

About Brilliant: Cartier in the 20th Century
From czars to American heiresses, from aristocrats to business leaders to stars of the stage and cinema, literally the “who’s who” of the 20th century, Cartier’s rise took place in the context of an increasingly cosmopolitan cultural scene. The Denver Art Museum is pleased to present a worldwide exclusive exhibition that is a chronicle of seven decades of design, from the 1900s through the Roaring ‘20s to 1975. It is comprised of 250 pieces of jewelry, timepieces and objects. A special section focuses on masculine items offering a rare look at pieces Cartier created just for men. The renowned exhibition brings together an assortment of Cartier’s greatest works in the midst of the era’s most historical events.

About Hyatt Regency Denver
Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Convention Center is one of the region’s largest hotels. Sleek and contemporary in design, it is adjacent to the Colorado Convention Center. The recently completed $23 million guest room refresh was designed with a décor that captures the essence of being where the mountains meet the plains. With special emphasis on state-of-art technology, each accommodation features the convenience of LCD Smart 46 inch televisions and high-speed Internet along with comfortable work stations. A 6,700 square foot fitness center is further enhanced by Spa Universaire, an indoor lap-pool and outdoor sun deck and whirlpool. In addition to Altitude Restaurant, Hyatt Regency Denver provides two lounges: Strata Bar located in the lobby and the 27th floor Peaks Lounge overlooking the Colorado Rocky Mountains. Perks Coffee & More provides the convenience of being open 24-hours. The hotel features over 60,600 square feet of versatile meeting and event space.

About Grand Hyatt Denver

Grand Hyatt Denver has also recently completed a $28 million renovation. Its unique lobby features lineal stacked fireplaces set in chiseled stone on a 29 foot high wall, a focal point for arriving guests. Grand Hyatt Denver provides 516 spacious, newly redesigned accommodations. Each boasts high-speed Internet access, well-lit work stations and the Hyatt Grand Bed. Grand Hyatt Denver offers one of downtown Denver’s only rooftop jogging tracks and tennis courts, a complement to its indoor pool that adjoins a 24-hour health club, all of which are free to Hyatt guests. [Pub 17 on Welton Street, a Sunset Magazine Editors’ Pick, serves breakfast, lunch and dinner and features “Happy Hour” daily along with a selection of over 50 Colorado microbrews. In-room dining is available around the clock. Grand Hyatt Denver’s over 52,600 square feet of flexible meeting and event space features five large ballrooms including the renowned Pinnacle Club. From its lofty perch on the 38th floor of the adjoining office tower, the entire Rocky Mountain front range is clearly visible through floor to ceiling windows.

Both hotels are ideally located one short block from the 16th Street Mall, a well-known pedestrian promenade in the heart of the Mile High City. Hyatt Hotels of Denver Downtown are each recipients of numerous recognitions including Trip Advisor’s Certificates of Excellence and Meetings and Conventions Magazine Gold Key Award.

For news and information, visit the Hyatt Hotels of Denver Downtown press blog at:

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Sting, Cunard Line, Bring ‘The Last Ship’ to Tyneside, England

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Goddess Swimwear from Today ShowFamed singer Sting will perform songs from “The Last Ship,” the name of his latest album and also his new Broadway musical, on April 24 and 25, 2015 at the Tyneside shipyard in England to benefit the Sage Gateshead 10th Birthday Appeal. These will be the only UK performances of their kind and are both supported by Cunard Line, which has historic links to the shipyards of the Tyne.

Inspired by and set in Sting’s hometown of Wallsend, The Last Ship tells a universal story. Drawn from the singer’s childhood growing up beside the Swan Hunters shipyard, The Last Ship is very personal to Sting yet also echoes the experiences of those working in shipyards along the Wear, Clyde, Mersey or any Northern port, as well as post-industrial communities the world over.

The play was originally workshopped with local musicians and actors at Newcastle’s Live Theatre – ahead of its upcoming Broadway debut – but for Sting, it was never in doubt that the songs of The Last Ship should be performed for a North East audience.

“The Last Ship is a musical allegory set in Wallsend, the town where I was born and raised,” said Sting. “The demise of industry – not only in shipyards like Tyneside and Gdansk, but also great manufacturing centres like Detroit – has been well documented and the effect of that demise on the identity and future of local communities particularly resonates with me. I’m very much looking forward to bringing these songs and stories home.”

Sting will be joined onstage at Sage Gateshead by many of the region’s best loved musicians, including fiddle and Northumbrian pipe player Kathryn Tickell and The Wilson Family from Billingham, Co. Durham.

This homecoming of The Last Ship has generated great excitement and support from partners, particularly relating to the North East’s shipbuilding heritage. Leading the support is Cunard Line, the world famous cruise company, with its historic links to the Swan Hunter shipyard in Wallsend.

David Dingle, CEO of Cunard Line, said, “We’re delighted that in 2015, Cunard’s175th Anniversary year, we will be able to commemorate through this show that two of our most famous ships were created on the Tyne. ‘The Last Ship’ has songs that go to the heart of this country’s shipbuilding industries, and reflect Cunard’s own proud heritage with the North East. This great partnership saw legendary liners like Mauretania and Carpathia built at Swan Hunter on the Tyne and then serve Cunard for many years.”

Norma Redfearn, elected mayor of North Tyneside, commented, “We are pleased that the shipbuilding tradition of the area has been recognized by Sting with ‘The Last Ship.’ We are very proud of him. He is a credit to North Tyneside and these performances highlight the great history of our borough and the Swan Hunter yard, which is so important to the people of Wallsend and the wider area.

“We are working hard to ensure the iconic Swans site continues to generate work for our residents and leads the way in innovation – just as the Swan Hunter shipyard did – so we can develop our advanced manufacturing sector and help secure the future of our young people,” continued Redfearn.

In benefitting the Sage Gateshead’s 10th Birthday Appeal, proceeds raised from the April 24 and 25 performances will ensure that its vital work in the region will continue.

Sting added, “The North East has a great creative atmosphere and legacy. Sage Gateshead sits proudly at its cultural heart and I’m always happy to support it.”

Tickets for The Last Ship performances will go on sale to the general public beginning Monday, Sept. 1 2014, from 10 a.m. BST (5 a.m. EDT) at and also at Sage Gateshead’s ticket office on 0191 443 4661.

For more information and to book a cruise aboard Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria or Queen Elizabeth, contact your Travel Agent, call Cunard toll-free at 1-800-728-6273, or visit

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UNLV Performing Arts Center & Dept. of Music Present “Beethoven, Brahms & Schumann”

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part of Chamber Music Series – Sept. 17

Las Vegas, Nev. – The UNLV Performing Arts Center debuts the first concert of the 2014-15 season with the Chamber Music Series performance of “Beethoven, Brahms & Schumann” at 7:30pm on Wednesday, September 17. The concert – also sponsored by the UNLV Department of Music – features Oleh Krysa, esteemed violinist and professor at the Eastman School of Music, performing with UNLV faculty Timothy Hoft, Taras Krysa, Mykola Suk, Bill Bernatis, Andrew Smith, and Jason Bonham.

Tickets to “Beethoven, Brahms & Schumann” are $25 and can be purchased at the Performing Arts Center Box Office at 895-ARTS (2787) or by visiting Student rush tickets are $10 each (not inclusive of the facilities fee), and available one hour prior to each event, based on availability and with valid student I.D. UNLV faculty and staff discounts also are available. A $1.25 facilities fee, in addition to the ticket price, is charged on all Performing Arts Center tickets. The box office is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. Information about all of the season’s performances can be found on the Performing Arts Center website, located at

For information on purchasing a season subscription, please call 895-ARTS (2787) or visit


* Arts organizations, like the Desert Chorale, Las Vegas Master Singers, and Southern Nevada Musical Arts Society, have longstanding traditions here.
* With productions by the College of Fine Arts, including productions presented by the Nevada Conservatory Theatre and the dance and music departments, Southern Nevadans can enjoy the arts nearly every day of the year.
* The PAC continues to be good community citizens:

– hosting more than 50,000 Clark County School District students yearly for productions, concerts, and festivals;
– donating over $100,000 in production costs to the CCSD Fine Arts division to give students a quality performance experience at limited expense;
– and granting fellow not-for-profit organizations major discounts on facility rental fees.

Founded in 1976, the Performing Arts Center at UNLV is Southern Nevada’s original performing arts venue. Located on the north end of the UNLV campus, the PAC hosts a variety of performances and is home to the Charles Vanda Master Series.

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The Osmonds Bring Fifty Years of Hits to The Suncoast Showroom October 4-5

September 2, 2014 on 2:54 pm | In Gaming Resorts, Las Vegas, Webbandstand | Comments Off

Goddess Swimwear from Today ShowLas Vegas—Veteran performers The Osmonds – brothers Merrill, Jay and Jimmy – will return to Las Vegas at the Suncoast Showroom October 4-5

The brothers got their start as a barbershop group in 1958, performing around their hometown of Ogden, Utah, before moving to California and working at Disneyland. It was there that Andy Williams heard The Osmond Brothers and invited them to perform on his show. That single appearance led the young “one-take Osmonds” to seven seasons as regulars on “The Andy Williams Show.”

The Osmond Brothers dropped “Brothers” from their name and signed with MGM Records in 1971. Hits like “One Bad Apple,” “Yo-Yo,” “Down by the Lazy River” and “Love Me For a Reason” transformed the group into world-famous teen idols, thrilling millions with their close harmonies, clean-cut image and energetic pop rock sound.

Known for their versatility and for shaping musical styles to fit their talents, the Osmonds gained further exposure with the 1976 premiere of “The Donny and Marie Show.” With the Osmond brothers as executive producers, the show exposed the incredible talents of the family members, and in 1979, the show transformed into “The Osmond Family Show.”

The Osmonds transitioned their sound from pop to country music in the early 1980’s, producing the hits “I Think About Your Lovin’” and “It’s Like Fallin’ In Love (Over and Over Again).” Billboard magazine honored them with the “1982 Breakthrough Award” and acknowledged them as the “Number One New Singles Group of the Year.”

In 2003, the Osmond family was honored for their achievements in the entertainment industry with a star on the legendary Hollywood Walk of Fame. They celebrated fifty years in show business in 2007 with a European tour and a PBS special, taped at Suncoast sister property, The Orleans Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.

Showtime each evening is 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available starting from $29.95, plus tax and convenience fees. Tickets can be purchased at any Boyd Gaming Box Office, by calling 702.284.7777, or by 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

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Want To Cruise To The Aerosmith Show?

September 2, 2014 on 2:37 pm | In Cruise Boats, Webbandstand | Comments Off

Goddess Swimwear from Today ShowNova Star Cruises has partnered with Atlantic Tours and North American Traveler to offer some exciting, cost-effective packages for its guests, including a trip to Nova Scotia outdoor rock festival, Cape Fest, which will feature “America’s Greatest Rock and Roll Band” Aerosmith.

The new packages offer something for any traveler, whether it’s travelling on the Nova Star to New England to shop in Freeport, Maine, catch a Broadway production of The Lion King in Boston, or take in the breathtaking sights of Nova Scotia and Atlantic Canada.

“We’re very pleased to offer our new packages as we continuously pursue our mission to provide our guests with the most amazing experiences,” said Danny Morton, Director, Cruise Marketing & Business Development for Nova Star Cruises, Ltd. “Our partners at Atlantic Tours and North American Traveler share in our goal, and as a result, we have created some outstanding tours that are both convenient and cost-efficient for our travelers.”

New packages and on-shore excursions include:

Aerosmith at Cape Fest (Sept. 12): 3-5 Days/Nights : Double rates starting at $899, includes hotel and round-trip on the Nova Star with cabin/vehicle : Rockers can enjoy Aerosmith’s inaugural performance in Nova Scotia with this multi-day tour that includes tickets to the concert and stays in the beautiful seaport town of Halifax, Baddeck and the South or Fundy Shores.

Maritime Magic from Portland: 11 Days/10 Nights : Double rates starting at $3,289, includes hotel and round-trip on the Nova Star : Visit Canada’s Maritime Islands and pass through fields of green, dine on succulent seafood and travel the world famous Cabot Trail on this bus tour of Prince Edward Island and Cape Breton Island.

Circle the Bay of Fundy from Portland: 9 Days/8 Nights : Double rates starting at $2,719, includes hotel and round-trip with cabin on the Nova Star : Nestled between Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, the Bay of Fundy is home to the highest tides in the world. On this bus tour you will learn about the ecology and geology of the most dramatic and diverse tidal environment on the plant.

Circle Newfoundland & Labrador from Portland: 14 Days/13 Nights : Double rates starting at $3,657, includes hotel and round-trip with cabin on the Nova Star : Discover a land filled with Viking history. Travel to a land rich with culture and overflowing with natural beauty, and be the first to see the sunrise in North America!

Shopping Getaway to Freeport, Maine: 2 or 3 Nights : Double rates range between $539 – $849 depending on length of stay and hotel, includes hotel and round-trip with cabin on the Nova Star : Shop ‘til you drop at the world-class outlet stores and boutiques in Freeport, a unique coastal Maine village.

Catch the Lion King in Boston: 3 Days/2 Nights : Double rates starting at $745, includes hotel and round-trip with cabin on the Nova Star : Boston’s most eagerly awaited stage production returns to the Boston Opera House stage, and you can be there! Go round-trip on the Nova Star from Yarmouth and by train from Portland to Boston.

Visit  for more information on Nova Star Cruises, tour packages and shore excursions.

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Train Returns With Food, Wine and Music Aboard Sail Across The Sun!‏

September 1, 2014 on 12:39 pm | In Adventure Travel, Cruise Boats, Festivals, Webbandstand | Comments Off

Platinum-selling recording artists Train will deliver fans another hand-curated festival of music, food, and wine at sea with special guest Ingrid Michaelson over Valentine’s and President’s Day weekend 2015

ATLANTA GA – Platinum recording artists Train, along with industry leader in festivals at sea, Sixthman, are partnering once again for Train’s second ‘Sail Across the Sun’ event.This floating Music, Food & Wine festival will take place aboard Norwegian Pearl during Valentine’s Day weekend, February 13-17th 2015. The adventure sets sail from Miami with stops in Key West, FL, and Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas, Norwegian’s private island paradise.

Onboard entertainment features groundbreaking artists including Ingrid Michaelson, The Wailers, Yacht Rock Review, Andy Grammer, A Great Big World, Chase Rice, and more as well as celebrity chefs Chris Cosentino and Ryan Scott, along with comedian Michael Ian Black. Live music, cooking demonstrations and wine tastings are just a few of the exclusive events during this long weekend getaway. Cruisers will also enjoy an array of immersive activities alongside these artists and chefs, against the breathtaking backdrop of the Caribbean.

Train front-man, Pat Monahan, is set to perform live recordings of his highly acclaimed Patcast podcasts during the event. Cruisers will have the opportunity to watch Monahan and surprise guests chat about current events, daily life, and maybe even sing a song or two. In addition to viewing live Patcasts (which are rarely recorded in front of a live audience), fans will receive a signed poster by Train along with the opportunity to vote on questions the band will be asked during the Q&A session.

Building upon the success of their musical career, Train launched the Save Me San Francisco Wine Co. in 2009 with five different types of wine, each named after a popular song, offering fans a new way to connect with their favorite band. Save Me San Francisco Wine Co. also donates proceeds from its sales to support Family House, a non-profit organization providing temporary housing to families of seriously ill children receiving treatment at the University of California San Francisco Benioff Children’s Hospital. Save Me San Francisco Wine Co. is proud to be a guest star aboard Sail Across the Sun in 2015.

Norwegian Pearl will cruise straight to Key West, FL where guests can enjoy a day of sun bathing, shopping, delicious local fare, and sight-seeing before heading to Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas. Whether it’s bonding with the family, or a girls getaway weekend, guests will enjoy the beautiful scenery and incredible activities that both of these spectacular destinations have to offer.

Norwegian Pearl offers guests to the choice of 13 bars and lounges, 19 dining experiences, an outdoor pool, four hot tubs, a fitness center, and a well appointed spa where guests can pamper themselves before returning to the action. Guests looking for more adventurous activities can visit the outdoor climbing wall, bowl a few frames at the on board lanes, shoot hoops on the sports court or tempt lady luck at The Pearl Club Casino.

The union of music, wine, and food create an ideal recipe for the sensory-rich event that fans will experience while enjoying the spectacular Norwegian Pearl. More artists, special guests, activities, and event details will be announced soon.

For complete information and pricing about the event, please visit

For more Sixthman music festivals at sea, click HERE.


Sixthman, headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, creates festivals at sea designed to set the stage for moments that make life rock! Since 2001, we’ve pioneered themed cruise experiences for bands, brands, and their fans. We are proud to be celebrating our 13th year and the accomplishment of executing 67 full ship charters, hosting over 130,000 guests for over 600,000 days on vacation at sea with world class artists and brand partners such as KISS, Kid Rock, John Mayer, Zac Brown Band, Train, Florida Georgia Line, Paramore, Diplo, Joe Bonamassa, Lynyrd Skynyrd, 311, Alabama, Lyle Lovett, Barenaked Ladies, Sister Hazel, Turner Classic Movies, VH1, along with engaging festivals such as The Rock Boat and Cayamo.

INC Magazine recognized us as America’s Fastest Growing Travel Company and the 87th fastest growing company across all segments on the INC 500 List. Sixthman is proud to have been named one of Atlanta’s Best Places to Work by the Atlanta Business Chronicle, and to be voted Cruise Critic’s Editors’ Pick for Best Cruises for Music Lovers.


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