31st National Cowboy Poetry Gathering Begins January 26

January 21, 2015 on 11:00 am | In Rockies, Southwest, Webbandstand | Comments Off

(ELKO, NV)— The 31st National Cowboy Poetry Gathering is January 26-31, in Elko, Nevada. The Elko Gathering is the nation’s oldest and largest annual celebration of the cultural traditions of the ranching and rural West. Every year, thousands travel to this high desert town in the heart of winter, to listen, learn and share. Through poetry, music and stories, ranch people express the beauty, humor, creativity and challenges of a life deeply connected to the earth and its bounty.

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! The Gathering also features hands-on workshops in traditional western arts, exhibitions, western dances, films, discussions, open-mic sessions and more. Tickets to the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering can be purchased at www.westernfolklife.org, or by calling 888-880-5885.

The 31st National Cowboy Poetry Gathering will also celebrate a little-known corner of Mexico—Baja California Sur—and its rich ranchero culture. The Gathering 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 31st National Cowboy Poetry Gathering is produced by the Western Folklife Center and supported by NV Energy, Newmont Mining Corporation, Barrick Gold of North America, 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.
31st National Cowboy Poetry Gathering Poets and Musicians

Eli Barsi, Moosomin, Saskatchewan, Canada
Mike Beck, Monterey, CA
Baxter Black, Benson, AZ
Dave Bourne, Agoura Hills, CA
Jerry Brooks, Sevier, UT
Cowboy Celtic, Turner Valley, Alberta, Canada
John Dofflemyer, Lemon Cove, CA
Elizabeth Ebert, Lemmon, SD
Don Edwards, Hico, TX
Thatch Elmer, Bear River, WY
Dick Gibford, New Cuyuma, CA
DW Groethe, Bainville, MT
Kenny Hall, Tropic, UT
Linda M. Hasselstrom, Hermosa, SD
Chuck Hawthorne, Manor, TX
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
Augie Meyers, San Antonio, TX
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
Ed Peekeekoot, Crofton, British Columbia, Canada
Gretchen Peters & Barry Walsh, Nashville, TN
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
Charis Thorsell, Burbank, OH
Ian Tyson, Longview, Alberta, Canada
The Western Flyers, Burleson, TX
Wylie & The Wild West, Conrad, MT
Paul Zarzyski, Great Falls, MT

Western Folklife Center • 501 Railroad Street • Elko, Nevada • 89801 • 775.738.7508



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Las Vegas Motor Speedway Unveils Rascal Flatts as its National Anthem Talent for Kobalt 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series

January 21, 2015 on 10:49 am | In Gaming Resorts, Las Vegas, Motorsports, Webbandstand | Comments Off

Rascal Flatts will headline its first-ever, nine-show residency, Rascal Flatts Vegas Riot!, at The Joint inside Hard Rock Hotel & Casino from February 25 to March 14

LAS VEGAS  – Award-winning country group Rascal Flatts will sing the national anthem at the Kobalt 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Sunday, March 8 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The performance will take place in the midst of the band’s first-ever, nine-show residency, Rascal Flatts Vegas Riot!, at The Joint inside Hard Rock Hotel & Casino from Wednesday, Feb. 25 to Saturday, March 14.

Rascal Flatts will sing “The Star-Spangled Banner” in front of more than 100,000 race fans to kick off Nevada’s largest sports event. With eight consecutive studio albums debuting at No. 1, the trio remains the most-awarded country music group of the past decade. Since its musical debut in 2000, the group has sold more than 22.9 million albums, 30 million digital downloads and has earned more than 40 trophies from the American Country Awards, Academy of Country Music Awards, American Music Awards and Country Music Association Awards. In 2012, the band reached a new milestone with more than 7 million concert tickets sold.

“We’re pleased to have one of the top country music groups of the 21st century perform the national anthem for the Kobalt 400,” said Las Vegas Motor Speedway President Chris Powell. “Rascal Flatts joins a long list of A-list celebrities who’ve participated in our NASCAR Weekend over the years. We look forward to the band’s upcoming residency at The Joint inside Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, and we can’t wait to hear Rascal Flatts perform the anthem here at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 8.”

The 18th annual Kobalt 400 headlines a race weekend that includes Stratosphere Pole Day on Friday, March 6 and the Boyd Gaming 300 NASCAR Xfinity Series event on Saturday, March 7. For more tickets and information on the Kobalt 400 or Las Vegas Motor Speedway, please visit www.lvms.com or call 1.800.644.4444.

The Rascal Flatts Vegas Riot! residency marks The Joint’s first country residency since creating the concept years ago. Tickets to the shows start at $39.50 (plus applicable service fees) and can be purchased at the Hard Rock Hotel Box Office, online at www.axs.com/rascalflattsvegas or by calling 1.888.9.AXS.TIX.

About Las Vegas Motor Speedway

Las Vegas Motor Speedway is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Speedway Motorsports, a leading marketer and promoter of motorsports entertainment in the United States. For more information, visit www.speedwaymotorsports.com.

About The Joint

The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas is a 4,500-person capacity venue that serves as a sophisticated, intimate and unparalleled entertainment destination. The Joint features seven luxury suites, a VIP studio level, state-of-the-art sound system, superior video system and a production package tailor-made for artist comfort. It has received numerous accolades including “No. 1 Hottest Club in America” award by Billboard Magazine, “Best Live Music Venue in Las Vegas” by MetroWize.com, “Best New Major Concert Venue” at the Pollstar Awards, “Best Live Music Venue” in AOL City’s Best awards, “Best Rock Residency Program” by Las Vegas Weekly, “Best Concert Venue” by Las Vegas Review-Journal and more.The Joint delivers unforgettable live music experiences with performances by both legendary and groundbreaking artists including Paul McCartney, the Killers, Bon Jovi, Kenny Chesney, Nine Inch Nails, The Who, Imagine Dragons, Prince, Arcade Fire, Muse, Drake and No Doubt. The venue has been home to successful residencies with Carlos Santana, Mötley Crüe, Guns N’ Roses, Def Leppard, KISS and Tiesto. In 2015, it will add two new residencies when it hosts Rascal Flatts in February and Journey in April. Follow The Joint on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for the latest news and updates.

About AEG Live

AEG Live, the live-entertainment division of Los Angeles-based AEG, is dedicated to all aspects of live contemporary music performance. AEG Live is comprised of touring, festival and special event divisions, seventeen regional offices and owns, operates or exclusively books thirty-five state-of-the-art venues. The current and recent concert tour roster includes artists such as Alicia Keys, Bruno Mars, Bon Jovi, Carrie Underwood, Cher, Ed Sheeran, Enrique Iglesias, George Strait, Hunter Hayes, J Cole, Jennifer Lopez, Justin Bieber, Kanye West, Katy Perry, Kenny Chesney, Leonard Cohen, Paul McCartney, Pitbull, The Rolling Stones, Taylor Swift, The WHO, Trey Songz and Juanes. The company is also currently producing residency shows at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas including Celine Dion, Rod Stewart, Mariah Carey opening May 6 and Reba, Brooks & Dunn opening June 17 is the exclusive promoter at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas. AEG Live is also the largest producer of music festivals in North America from the critically acclaimed Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival to Stagecoach Country Music Festival and New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. www.aeglive.com

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Idyllic Painting Holidays with Chiesa del Carmine, Umbria‏

January 21, 2015 on 10:44 am | In Adventure Travel, Italy, Webbandstand | Comments Off

Goddess Swimwear from Today ShowBrush up your painting skills in the green heart of Italy

The enchanting Italian hideaway, Chiesa del Carmine, is delighted to offer guests a fabulous opportunity to brush up on their painting skills whilst enjoying a lovely spring or autumn break in the glorious Umbrian countryside. The week-long Painting Holidays will take place from 9th – 16th May 2015 and again from 3rd – 10th October 2015. Under the expert eye of Alan Reed, a specialist in landscape and cityscape watercolours and oils, guests will explore the surrounding villages and towns, as well as enjoying ample time to capture the stunning scenery surrounding Chiesa del Carmine.

An ancient 11th Century church, Chiesa del Carmine has been beautifully returned to its former glory, together with its adjoining 18th century farmhouse, to create a thriving farm complete with ancient olive groves, vines and the estate’s very own truffle wood. Following a magnificent restoration process, the property is now a luxuriously chic country house sleeping up to 14 guests.

After enjoying a delicious breakfast together at Chiesa del Carmine, a typical day will be spent visiting one of the nearby towns like Cortona, Assisi, Spello or Perugia where painting guests will be able to paint on location under the tuition of Alan Reed. Alan, who has 30 years’ experience teaching Art and Design, will be painting similar scenes so that the pupils can see first-hand how to tackle the subject matter. After lunch in the town, the group will meet for further drawing and painting if desired and sightseeing. Non painting guests are welcome to explore the towns at their own leisure.

Luggage ProsThe holiday will include a couple of more restful days at Chiesa del Carmine allowing painting guests to tackle more rural subject matter, as well as being able to enjoy the property’s fabulous grounds and swimming pool. Each view is as stunning as the next; from Monte Subasio to the south, to the sun-lit ancient castle of Antognolla to west, and the Appenine Mountains on the horizon. An absolute joy for anyone who loves to paint “en plein air”. Non painting guests will relish a chance to enjoy their beautiful surroundings, take lovely walks in the Umbrian hills, relax by the pool or play golf at a nearby course.

Evenings are convivial gatherings, with pre-dinner drinks taken on the terrace, followed by a delicious Italian evening meal either at Chiesa del Carmine or at a nearby restaurant.

The May 2015 and October 2015 painting holidays cost £1050 per person which includes seven nights’ luxury accommodation, a substantial continental breakfast, delicious Italian four course dinner each day and painting lessons daily with Alan Reed, for those who would like to take part.

Chiesa del Carmine (www.chiesadelcarmine.com; 0039 075 9414219). Standard weekly rates at Chiesa del Carmine start from €4,500 (*£3,433) villa only.* Ryanair (www.ryanair.co.uk/ 0871 246 0000) offers return flights from London Stansted to Perugia from £150 in March 2015. British Airways (www.ba.com/0844 493 0787) offers return flights from London Heathrow to Bologna from £230 in March 2015.

*As calculated by www.xe.com, January 2015.

Visit www.chiesadelcarmine.com or call +39 075 9414219 for further information.

German Traditions & Customs: 27 Traditions Added to Intangible Cultural Heritage‏

January 21, 2015 on 10:14 am | In Germany, Webbandstand | Comments Off

Germany’s ‘Traditions and Customs’ are the focus of the German National Tourism Board’s (GNTB) worldwide tourism campaign for 2015. The inclusion in a nationwide inventory, of 27 traditions or living expressions inherited from our ancestors and passed on to our descendants, reveals the importance and appreciation of this almost imperceptible aspect of Germany’s intangible cultural heritage, which corresponds with selected themes being communicated by the GNTB as part of its campaign.

“According to the GNTB quality monitor, ‘Traditions and History of the Region’ is one of the top ten reasons tourists decide to visit Germany. With this new campaign, the GNTB has seized this trend to inspire foreign visitors to come and experience these elements of Germany’s intangible cultural heritage” explains Petra Hedorfer, Chief Executive Officer of the GNTB.

Christoph Wulf, Chairman of the Expert Committee for Intangible Cultural Heritage of the German Commission for UNESCO adds: “The GNTB’s new ‘Traditions and Customs’ campaign will play an important role in passing on this indefinable part of Germany’s cultural heritage, ancient fascinating knowledge and skills from person to person. These living traditions are an expression of Germany’s creativity and the ingenuity down the years. The GNTB’s worldwide marketing activities will help to enhance appreciation of intangible cultural heritage such as this, which is cherished in Germany.”

The Swabian–Alemannic carnival, the Rhineland Carnival in all its local variants, the Charcoal Burner’s Craft and the Tar Distillery, the Social Customs and Festivals of the Lusatian Sorbs, the Biike Burning, the Salt Panners’ Fraternity in the Valley of Halle, plus the Passion Plays of Oberammergau, German Bread Culture, Organ Construction and Organ Music are all significant examples of living customs. All have been assessed by UNESCO’s Experts Committee and approved for the nationwide inventory by the Conference of Cultural Ministers of the Federal States and will be promoted by the GNTB.

The ‘Traditions and Customs’ campaign encompasses three themes: “Culinary Specialities,” “Living Traditions” and “Arts and Crafts” linking the welcoming and modern travel destination Germany of today with the country’s living, authentic traditions. The GNTB, together with Federal State Marketing Organisations and regional partners, created a campaign that reflects the variety of Germany’s cultural heritage that will be attractive for the travel trade and appeal to visitors from the different source markets. Another main element of ‘Traditions and Customs’ will be international blogger tours within the three different campaign themes. In addition to live reporting on social media platforms, there will be a designated “Social Wall” accessible via the hashtag #JoinGermanTradition. Classic marketing and PR, plus activities on social media channels, are likewise components of the campaign.

For further information on ‘Traditions and Customs’ go to: www.germany.travel/tradition

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Mexico’s New Cirque du Soleil Show

January 20, 2015 on 12:05 pm | In Beachbooker, Cancun Cozumel Yucatan, Caribbean, Mexico, Theme Parks Zoos Aquariums, Webbandstand | Comments Off

Goddess Swimwear from Today ShowJoya, the new Cirque du Soleil show that opened in Mexico’s Riviera Maya in November, is meeting with rave reviews, with seats virtually sold out for each performance, said Karen Collado, a Joya spokeswoman.

The show, which represents Cirque du Soleil’s first permanent production outside of Las Vegas and Orlando, is also the most intimate show ever produced by the company, featuring just 600 seats in a theater-in-the-round setting. “There’s no bad seat in the house,” said Collado.

In still another first, Joya is the first Cirque du Soleil show to offer dining experiences. “Clients who buy tickets with dining options will have dinners with dishes made with amazing Cirque-style presentations one hour prior to the show,” said Collado.

As for the 70-minute show itself, the performance proffers up an artistically rendered tale about a defiant girl named Joya who is transported into a mystical Mayan jungle by her grandfather. “The creators of the show actually traveled all over Mexico to capture different kinds of natural and cultural elements that show a different side of the country,” said Collado. Somehow, the show manages to weave monarch butterflies, the artists Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo, mariachis, masked wrestlers and pirates into the story.

Home General 160 600The theater is situated in a free-standing complex in front of the Vidanta’s Grand Mayan resort, which also includes a restaurant and bar, from which visitors can view the theater.

To date, Collado said the show has been attracting virtually all types of visitors, from singles to couples to families. “We have a lot of families traveling to the Riviera Maya and Cancun area who were looking for an activity where they could spend time together at night,” she said.

Guests can choose between four packages, including two that include dinner and champagne, one with champagne, and another for just the show.

Cirque du Soleil’s partner in the Joya project is Grupo Vidanta, a resort developer.

In 2018, the two companies will open a Cirque du Soleil theme park in Nuevo Vallarta, the details of which have yet to be released.

Read more travel news at www.TravelPulse.com

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January 15, 2015 on 1:56 pm | In Adventure Travel, Beachbooker, Festivals, Hawaiian Islands, Surfing Resorts, Webbandstand | Comments Off

Goddess Swimwear from Today ShowHawaiian Legacy Tours is offering a new “Earth, Wind and Fire” tour in partnership with Paradise Helicopters on Hawaii Island. Guests will have the opportunity to view natural landmarks by air including active lava flows and cascading waterfalls and stop at the Hawaiian Legacy Forest to plant a koa legacy tree. A two-hour flight and planting experience is included in the six-person charter tours and all-day charters are also available. LegacyTrees.org and ParadiseCopters.com

Princeville Makai Golf Club introduced a new “Sunset Golf Cart Tour” for guests to experience the scenic vistas of the famed Makai Course and Kauai’s spectacular North Shore. Starting at 5 p.m. daily, guests can explore the course at leisure in a 2014 Club Car Prestige electric cart and follow the cart paths meandering through 18 holes, stop and linger to take photos, and watch the sun set over Hanalei Bay. Information on wildlife and scenic points is provided for this self-guided cart tour, with ninety minutes alloted on the course. MakaiGolf.com

Agricultural tourism initiatives in North Kohala on Hawaii Island are expanding with the launch of the “North Kohala Eat Locally Grown Campaign.” The campaign works with local agricultural producers and chefs in the regional community to produce and market a variety of tours and farm-to-table dining experiences that are distinctive to its unique agricultural hub. Guided walking tours include visits through bountiful farms and culinary events like al fresco (outdoor) dining in picturesque Kohala. FarmToursNorthKohala.com

As part of an island-wide effort to revitalize Kauai’s rich cultural heritage, Kauai Nui Kuapapa was launched to identify key moku (landmark) and provide prominent signage, website support, and resources to highlight the island’s five major land districts, with Niihau as the island’s sixth district. Also identified are Kauai’s 54 ahupuaa (subdivision within a moku), as well as waterways touching the island’s main roadways. The project was developed by Na Hoku Welo LLC, in conjunction with the Office of the Mayor of the County of Kauai to educate visitors and residents about place names, stories, and cultural aspects found on Kauai. KauaiNuiKuapapa.com

To celebrate its 125th anniversary, Bishop Museum unveiled a one-of-a-kind exhibition titled “CHANGE: 125 Years Through the Eyes of Bishop Museum,” offering a dynamic portal through time in which visitors can explore Hawaii’s transformation over the course of 125 years. More than 1,000 historic photographs and cultural artifacts from Bishop Museum’s archives and collections are on display. The exhibition will run through March 16, 2015. BishopMuseum.org

The Honolulu Museum of Art presents Doris Duke’s Shangri La: Architecture, Landscape, and Islamic Art from Feb. 12 to June 7, 2015.

Home General 160 600The exhibition showcases objects of Islamic art from the Honolulu home of philanthropist and art collector Doris Duke and new work from eight contemporary artists of Islamic background, all of whom have participated in Shangri La’s artist in residency program. Notable art and objects on loan from Shangri La, range from ceramic vessels and tiles from 11th-20th century Iran to enameled gold and ruby bracelets, necklaces, and earrings from Mughal India. HonoluluMuseum.org

Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea is taking a holistic approach to wellness with the launch of “Wellness Your Way,” a curated program designed to help guests achieve optimal energy-sustainable lifestyles through vitality-focused spa treatments, fitness classes including ocean-view yoga, and healthy culinary options. Initiated by the resort’s award-winning spa and led by an elite team of wellness experts, the program can be customized to each guest or available on an à la carte basis, with all components recommended under the guidance of the resort’s house doctor. FourSeasons.com/Maui

New locally inspired spa treatments and wellness services are available at Four Seasons Resort Lanai, The Spa at Manele Bay. The island-influenced menu includes Royal Hawaiian Facial featuring JK7, Macadamia Sugar Polish, Hawaiian Spa Rituals, and Makakii Kalo/Taro Honey Mask. In addition to treatments, the Spa now offers a collection of wellness services, from private life coaching to mediation. FourSeasons.com/ManeleBay

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January 15, 2015 on 1:46 pm | In Beachbooker, Festivals, Hawaiian Islands, Webbandstand | Comments Off

Hosted by the Maui County Farm Bureau in partnership with the Office of Economic Development, the annual Maui County Agricultural Festival on April 4, shares, celebrates, and educates residents and visitors about Maui’s local agriculture and the growing importance of made in Hawaii produce and products in the Hawaiian Islands. Held at Maui Tropical Plantation in Waikapu, the Ag Fest includes cooking demonstrations, livestock exhibits, entertainment, Maui-centric food booths, and provides an opportunity for guests to meet and talk story with local farmers, ranchers, and food producers. MauiCountyFarmBureau.org

The Kau Coffee Festival on Hawaii Island rejoices its award-winning brew with a multi-event filled 10-day celebration from April 24 to May 3 in the agricultural town of Pahala. The 7th annual festival includes farm and mill tours, coffee tastings, stargazing, rainforest hikes, Miss Kau Coffee pageant, and competitions for best coffee recipe. KauCoffeeFestival.com

Paying homage to Hawaii’s music, hula, and culture, the 5th annual Mele Mei celebration features a series of workshops and demonstrations, live events, and performances held at various hotels and venues statewide.

Goddess Swimwear from Today ShowThe entire month of May will be dedicated to highlighting some of Hawaii’s best musicians including Na Hoku Hanohano award winning artists and Lifetime Achievement Award honorees, as well as new generations of musicians, representing a broad musical landscape from traditional Hawaiian to contemporary, ukulele to the steel guitar, and reggae to rock-n-roll. MeleMei.com

The Banana Poka Roundup celebrates 26 years of forest fun on May 24 at Kokee State Park’s Kanaloahuluhulu Meadow on Kauai. The free event educates residents and visitors about the invasive pest from South America, the Banana Poka vine that threatens the health and diversity of Hawaii’s forests. Additionally, the roundup features basket making, exhibits by environmental organizations, family-friendly activities, live music, hiking, and painting from nature. Kokee.org

Lantern Floating Hawaii takes place on May 25 on Oahu’s south shore to honor loved ones and generate collective hope towards the future. Thousands of visitors and residents from around the world attend the ceremony to cast afloat candlelit lanterns at sunset affixed with messages of remembrance and prayers and thoughts for peace. All lanterns are collected from the ocean at the conclusion of the ceremony and restored for use in upcoming years.

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Grammy-Winning Bluesmen Robert Cray Band Return to The Orleans Showroom February 28-March 1‏

January 15, 2015 on 1:34 pm | In Gaming Resorts, Las Vegas, Webbandstand | Comments Off

LAS VEGAS— Renowned rhythm and blues musician Robert Cray and his band will perform at The Orleans Showroom February 28 and March 1.

Originally formed in 1974, the Northwest-based Robert Cray Band played gigs in Portland and Eugene, Ore., before branching out to Seattle and the San Francisco area. Early on, the band toured with guitar great Albert Collins, and by 1983, they were sharing the stage at Carnegie Hall with the likes of John Lee Hooker and Willie Dixon.

Credited by Rolling Stone with reinventing the blues with his “distinct razor-sharp guitar playing,” rock blues icon Robert Cray “introduced a new generation of mainstream rock fans to the blues” with his album “Strong Persuader” in 1986.

Since then, Cray has recorded sixteen Billboard-charting studio albums and received 15 Grammy Award nominations, of which he won five. His most recent album, “In My Soul,” was released in 2014 and spent 20 weeks on the Billboard Blues Albums chart, peaking at #1.

Not only known for his guitar skills, this multi-talented singer, songwriter and producer has played with a cross-section of legendary musicians, including Chuck Berry, Keith Richards, Eric Clapton and Tina Turner.

Cray was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 2011. At 57, he was one of the youngest living recipients of the prestigious honor.

The members of The Robert Cray Band include Les Falconver on percussion, Dover Weinberg on keyboards and Richard Cousins on bass guitar.

Showtime is 8 p.m. Tickets are available starting from $29.95, plus tax and convenience fees, and can be purchased at any Boyd Gaming Box Office, by calling 702.284.7777, or visiting www.orleanscasino.com.

About The Orleans Hotel and Casino
Located at 4500 W. Tropicana Ave., The Orleans offers more than a dozen restaurants, an 18-screen movie theater, 70-lane bowling center, 827-seat showroom featuring theater-style seating, and a 9,500-seat Orleans Arena. The property has more than 1,800 guest rooms and a 135,000-square foot casino with 60 table games including Blackjack-21, Roulette, Baccarat, Craps and Pai Gow. Guests will also find more than 2,800 slot and video poker machines. Additionally, The Orleans includes a poker room, keno lounge and race and sports book. More information on The Orleans Hotel and Casino can be found at www.orleanscasino.com, on Facebook (www.facebook.com/orleanscasino), and Twitter (@orleanscasino). The Orleans Hotel and Casino is a property of Boyd Gaming. Headquartered in Las Vegas, Boyd Gaming is a leading diversified owner and operator of 22 gaming entertainment properties located in Nevada, New Jersey, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana and Mississippi. Additional news and information on Boyd Gaming can be found at www.boydgaming.com. Boyd Gaming and Orleans press releases are available at boydgaming.mediaroom.com

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Train, Food, and Wine This February on Sail Across The Sun‏

January 15, 2015 on 10:50 am | In Cruise Boats, Webbandstand | Comments Off

Goddess Swimwear from Today ShowPlatinum-selling recording artists Train serve up another hand-curated festival of music, food, and wine at sea this Valentine’s and Day weekend.

ATLANTA GA – Join Train, self proclaimed foodies and wine enthusiasts, and Sixthman, the industry leader of festivals at sea, for Sail Across the Sun, cruising from Miami to Key West and Great Stirrup Cay February 13-17th 2015. A treat for all of the senses, this event features live music from Train and other groundbreaking artists in addition to delicious food demonstrations and decadent wine tastings throughout the voyage.

Sail Across the Sun isn’t your average floating festival. Music lovers, foodies, and wine aficionados alike will come together for an experience that will only leave them craving more. Winemaker James Foster from Save Me, San Francisco Wine Co. will be on board offering guests the opportunity to sample an array of different collections. For those that favor eclectic cuisine, Chefs Chris Cosentino and Ryan Scott will provide food demonstrations, preparing delicious fare that will surely delight all palates. The sweet, finishing touch to a lavish experience is one that Ghirardelli Chocolate will provide, giving guests yet another taste of sensory satisfaction.

Sail Across the Sun offers guests a Caribbean cruising experience like none other. No matter what the occasion may be: a romantic Valentine’s getaway for two, a trip on the high seas with your best friends, or your next family adventure, we’ve set the stage for the perfect vacation. Come Sail Across the Sun with us aboard Norwegian Pearl this February!

For complete information and pricing about the event, please visit www.sailacrossthesun.com.

To check out the Sail Across The Sun Festival At Sea experience, click HERE.

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LIGHT Nightclub In Las Vegas Announces 2015 Talent Roster‏

January 15, 2015 on 10:12 am | In Las Vegas, Webbandstand | Comments Off




2015 is going to be an exciting year for LIGHT at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. Today, the state-of-the-art nightclub turned on by the creative minds behind Cirque du Soleil and The Light Group, have announced their talent roster for the coming year which features some of the most in-demand producers and DJs in electronic, dance and hip-hop. Ranging from the iconic to the emerging, clublife connoisseurs can expect a wide variety of music for their Las Vegas experience at LIGHT. The full 2015 line-up is listed below and click here to view the teaser video unveiling this year’s talent roster.

Returning to LIGHT in the New Year is Alesso. A club resident since its conception, Alesso is a rising star who in 2015 will be a major pinnacle in the dance music space. His track “Heroes (we could be)” with Tove Lo raced up the charts in late 2014 and was just a taste of what to expect as he will release his debut studio album on Def Jam this year. Also returning to LIGHT is DJ pioneer and music legend Carl Cox, whose pioneering ways have not only paved the way for dance music to be where it is today but also endeared him to generations of electronic music fans worldwide. In addition, Axwell along with Ingrosso who together are releasing an album on Def Jam in 2015 are returning; Baauer, who will continue to host his massively popular Studio B monthly residency; GTA, who have been blowing up the festival circuit with their Miami bass productions; and dance music favorites A-Trak; Bassjackers; Clockwork; Norman Doray and Grammy nominees Sultan + Shepard.

New at LIGHT, as the club ventures into its third year as one of the most sought after destinations on the Vegas strip, is U.K. talent Disclosure. Known more as a live act, at LIGHT their appearances will be a rare DJ set. Having previously taken place in New York City, San Francisco and Chicago, LIGHT will serve as the Las Vegas home for Disclosure’s specially-curated shows titled “Wild Life.” Called a “joyous and masterful” show by ConsequenceofSound.net, the “Wild Life” shows will feature performances with Disclosure’s friends and the artists they like. Also onboard is EDM pioneer Fatboy Slim; American producer and Grammy nominee Morgan Page; and hip-hop megastar adventurers Macklemore & Ryan Lewis; and will.i.am, known for his incredible tracks with the Black Eyed Peas and accomplished producer in his own right. There is also DJ Mustard who is making major moves in hip-hop production circles having already created major hits for the likes of Wiz Khalifa, Trey Songz, Kid Ink and 2 Chainz just to name a few.

True to its mission of being a laboratory for inspired experiences, LIGHT has been experimenting since it’s opening with new artistic content on a monthly basis. In 2015, LIGHT is bringing a fresh look to the club with its new Artistic Director Maximiliano Torandell. The Argentinean producer and performer will soon unveil new moments and performances for a sexy and avant-garde LIGHT 2015 show. What makes a Cirque performance at LIGHT different than any of the other Vegas shows? “LIGHT is a nightclub, not a stage show and therefore the requirements for the performances are different,” says Torandell. “We want the performers be capable of seducing and captivating our audience without separating them from the club experience. We don’t want people sitting down and watching a show, we want a flawless integration of the performance and the party.” Watch for more on LIGHT’s new artistic direction.

The complete talent roster for LIGHT Nightclub in 2015 is here (alphabetical order):

Carl Cox
DJ Mustard
Fatboy Slim
Macklemore + Ryan Lewis
Morgan Page
Norman Doray
Steve Powers
Sultan + Shepard
Tony Arzadon

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About LIGHT Nightclub:

LIGHT, the first nightclub turned on by Cirque du Soleil, merges cutting-edge creativity with incredible music to produce a new nightlife experience. Headlining DJs and performers lead the charge, coupled with exclusively built performance elements and visuals, innovative video mapping, lighting, sound and special effects, as well as avant-garde costumes and unique choreography imagined by Cirque du Soleil. Designed as an experience to play with your senses, LIGHT offers far more than the traditional nightclub. The chic, fashion-forward 38,000-square-foot venue features state-of-the-art production, theatrics, and, of course, world-renowned DJs and performers turn on a new kind of passion and creativity, redefining a “night out.” LIGHT was recently named “Best Local’s Party” and “Best GoGo Dancers” in Las Vegas Weekly’s “2014 Best Of Vegas” issue and included in USA Today Travel’s 10Best.com list of the “Las Vegas’ 10 Best Dance Clubs” and on InTheMix.com’s list “15 clubs in North America that DJs rave about.”

About The Light Group:
The Light Group, a leading hospitality development and management company, is renowned for shaping the nightlife landscape on the Las Vegas Strip. Founded by Andrew Sasson and Andy Masi, The Light Group’s portfolio includes the management of over 25 food and beverage venues worldwide – five within the AAA Five Diamond Bellagio Resort & Casino, ARIA Resort & Casino, The Mirage Hotel & Casino and Monte Carlo Resort and Casino. Boutique hospitality innovators Morgans Hotel Group acquired a 90% stake in The Light Group in 2011. In its first of many partnerships with Morgans Hotel Group, The Light Group has introduced five new food and beverage outlets including its Italian eatery Bianca and nightlife venue FDR at the iconic Delano in South Beach. With several innovative projects underway, The Light Group will continue to expand and introduce new hospitality concepts worldwide.

About Mandalay Bay:
Mandalay Bay, a AAA Four Diamond Award-winning resort, is set on 120 lush acres featuring the award-winning Mandalay Bay Beach, a tropical pool paradise with real sand and the only climate-controlled, poolside gaming in the city. The Mandalay Bay Events Center, award-winning restaurants, exhilarating entertainment, unique shopping, Shark Reef Aquarium and the 1.7-million-square-foot Mandalay Bay Convention Center combine to make Mandalay Bay a distinctive Las Vegas destination. In September 2014, Delano Las Vegas, a stand-alone all-suite hotel, came to life in place of THE hotel. Mandalay Bay is a wholly owned subsidiary of MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM). For more information and reservations, visit mandalaybay.com or call toll free at (877) 632-7800 or find us on Facebook and Twitter.

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