May the 4th Be With You party returns to House of Blues to celebrate #StarWarsDay‏

April 22, 2014 on 8:37 am | In Gaming Resorts, Las Vegas, Webbandstand | Comments Off


Channel your inner Jedi for a night of themed food & drinks, entertainment and prizes during #StarWarsDay

TWEET: May The 4th Be With You Party May 4 @hoblasvegas DJ, Screening, Costume Contests & more- rsvp & details (21+)

LAS VEGAS – April 15, 2014 – A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…House of Blues Las Vegas decided to celebrate Star Wars Day with a party known throughout the galaxy by the name of May the 4th Be With You….and it went so well the first time; they’re doing it again!

The galactic event, back in its second year by popular demand, will begin at 6 p.m. on Sunday, May 4, 2014 in Crossroads – the epicenter of food, art and music. A DJ will provide music throughout the night courtesy of Red Bull, and the original version of Star Wars Episode IV (where Han shot first!) will be played on the House of Blues televisions and projector screen, allowing fans to relive the epic space opera. Last year’s event drew more than 400 party padawans, raffled art from local artists benefitting the Make-a-wish Foundation – proving itself to be the best party anywhere for #starwarsday!

Costumes encouraged*! General Star Wars and ‘Slave Leia’ costume contests will give Star Wars fans the chance to win prizes from House of Blues, Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino and other sponsors. Prizes including The Dan Band and Boogie Knights, and a House of Blues package with dinner and tickets for two to a future House of Blues show, plus a one-night stay at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino.

No galactic get-together would be complete without food and drinks specials including Millennium Falcon Nachos, Dagobah Swampfish (catfish bites), Yodarita and the Han “Shot” First shot….

* Masks and face paint are NOT permitted in casino areas; please make sure those portions of costumes are kept off until you are inside House of Blues Las Vegas….

Party goers must RSVP to  and must be 21 years of age or older.

Follow event sponsors on Twitter @hoblasvegas @mandalaybay @RedBullLV @kidsintheattic for more details leading up to #StarWarsDay….

About The House Of Blues

With 38 owned/operated clubs and theaters, The House of Blues Entertainment portfolio, a division of LiveNation, is wide-ranging including the legendary Fillmores 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

RockTellz & CockTails Presents Meat Loaf returns to Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas

April 20, 2014 on 11:40 am | In Gaming Resorts, Las Vegas, Webbandstand | Comments Off

Following another incredibly-successful run on the famed Las Vegas Strip, RockTellz & CockTails is proud to announce Grammy Award-winning musician and acclaimed actor Meat Loaf will return to the RockTellz & CockTails stage at the PH Showroom inside Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. Meat Loaf will perform 21 dates, beginning Tuesday, May 6, to continue the critically-acclaimed series.

“Meat Loaf’s version of RockTellz & CockTails is blowing peoples’ minds”, said Adam Steck, RockTellz & CockTails brand creator & producer and CEO of SPI Entertainment. “They’re coming back over and over again to see him in what he calls his ‘best show ever,’ and I agree!”

“I’m having so much fun with this show and am thrilled to be coming back again”, said Meat Loaf. “It’s exciting every night for me to step on that stage with a show that draws together all aspects of my career. It really is the show I was born to do”.

A high-energy live show, which the Las Vegas Review-Journal called “theatrical rock ‘n’ roll” and “a perfect blend of Vegas and Vegas-sized personality”, RockTellz & CockTails Presents Meat Loaf is comprised of a full-on rock concert, hit songs and intimate, personal stories of Meat Loaf’s celebrated and fascinating career. Grammy Award winner Meat Loaf will once again take audiences on a once-in-a-lifetime journey through his 47-year music, stage and film career in this over-the-top production show.

Performances will incorporate Meat Loaf’s biggest musical hits like “I Would Do Anything for Love (But I Won’t Do That)”, as well as “Paradise by the Dashboard Light” from his 1977 classic Bat Out Of Hell – the 5th best-selling album of all time, as well as amazing stories that will blow your mind! Transporting his undeniable stage presence to the RockTellz & CockTails stage on the Las Vegas Strip, Meat Loaf will offer the audience a diverse and unique show like no other entertainer.

RockTellz & CockTails Presents Meat Loaf will be performed inside the PH Showroom at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from Tuesday, May 6 through Saturday, June 21. All shows begin at 7 p.m. Tickets are US$69, US$89, US$109 and US$149 plus tax and applicable fees. An exclusive meet and greet package, including a VIP ticket, signed Meat Loaf signature red scarf and souvenir photo, is available for US$750 plus tax and applicable fees. RockTellz & CockTails Presents Meat Loaf is an all-ages show. All tickets are currently on sale and can be purchased in-person at the Planet Hollywood Box Office or through Ticketmaster at For more information and a complete show schedule, visit

Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino

The hottest property on the Las Vegas Strip with 2,500 beautifully designed guest rooms and suites showcasing the best views in town, Planet Hollywood encompasses more than 9,290 square metres of gaming, several lounges, ten restaurants including Gordon Ramsay BurGR, KOI, Strip House, the award-winning Spice Market Buffet and LA’s Pink’s Hot Dogs, and the Planet Hollywood Spa by Mandara. The mega resort is also home to one of pop music’s biggest superstars Britney Spears’ brand new show, “Britney: Piece of Me”. The property is encircled by Miracle Mile Shops with more 170 specialty stores and restaurants.

Caesars Entertainment Las Vegas resorts is represented in Australia by Discover the World.

For more information, please contact Discover the World on (02) 9959 3696, or visit

Free Summer Promenade Concerts in Austria

April 20, 2014 on 11:35 am | In Austria, Festivals, Webbandstand | Comments Off

Offering delightful evening entertainment under starry skies, the Innsbruck Promenade Concerts have been a firm fixture on the towns musical calendar for the past twenty years. This summer, a number of renowned brass bands and symphony orchestras from all over Europe will be performing again in the central courtyard of Innsbruck’s Imperial Palace. This ties in perfectly with the longstanding Austrian tradition of acquainting people with musical works of art by means of light-hearted serenades, ranging from pieces dating from the 18th and 19th century, including the era of the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy, to contemporary pieces. This year, an exciting string of performances will be showcasing transcriptions and arrangements of famous pieces, skilfully complemented by popular Viennese light music and marches from the same periods and enhanced with film material and other visual components. Just like every year, the Innsbruck Promenade Concerts will bring to town a host of military and police orchestras and civilian marching bands. During the 2014 Innsbruck Promenade Concerts, audiences can look forward to as many as 30 different guest performances, all of them absolutely free of charge and offering something for all musical tastes – from rhythm and romance to jaunty tunes, from dance beats to classical works and contemporary pieces. But whatever the mood – the enchanting ambiance of the Innsbruck Imperial Palace works its magic on everyone as another endless summer’s day slowly turns into a wonderfully balmy evening.

Norwegian Adds Three Artists to Grammys At Sea Lineup

April 20, 2014 on 11:28 am | In Cruise Boats, Webbandstand | Comments Off

Norwegian announced the next three exciting artists that will perform on board Norwegian Getaway’s Grammy Experience at Sea: Sugar Blue, a Grammy-Award-winning harmonica dynamo; Carolyn Malachi, a Grammy-nominated soul-fusion artist; and Roddie Romero, a Grammy-nominated Louisiana artist.

When Sugar Blue joins Norwegian Getaway on April 12, 2014, he will dazzle guests with his incredible harmonica mastery. Known as the Jimi Hendrix and Charlie Parker of the harmonica, his style is melodically fluid and instantly recognizable. Born in Harlem, New York, Blue grew up listening to performances by some of the world’s most renowned artists at the legendary Apollo Theater.

His fate was sealed when he received a harmonica for his 10th birthday and since then he has been performing worldwide; he has recorded and appeared with Willie Dixon, the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Prince, Stan Getz, Ray Charles and many others. Blue won a Grammy in 1985 for Best Traditional Blues Recording as a featured performer on the album “Blues Explosion,” which was recorded live at the Montreux Jazz Festival. Blue feels music deeply, as part of the human experience, and he is excited to share his gift with guests sailing on board Norwegian Getaway through June 14, 2014.

Carolyn Malachi, famous for her popular brand of soul music, emerged as a star following the release of her Grammy-nominated single, “Orion,” in 2011. Her unique spoken-word meets hip-hop, R&B and jazz-fusion style of music intoxicates listeners and takes them on an inspiring musical journey.

In addition to her musical success, Carolyn is a philanthropic social activist who has used her music to become a force for good by supporting international non-profit organizations such as The School Fund, which has already funded over 10,000 classroom hours for students in Tanzania and East Africa. Guests will be delighted and inspired by Malachi’s incredible sound and inspirational lyrics while cruising on Norwegian Getaway from June 15 through August 1, 2014.

Following Carolyn Malachi, Roddie Romero, a renowned, Grammy-nominated Louisiana artist who has been performing internationally at many of the world’s most prestigious venues and festivals for over 20 years, will join Norwegian Getaway. Known for his authentic, traditional Cajun and zydeco music, this Louisiana-roots rocker puts on an energetic show that is guaranteed to make guests in Norwegian Getaway’s Grammy Experience at Sea get up and dance. Romero is also no stranger to cruising; he has recently performed on board Norwegian Pearl during Cayamo, one of the line’s music festival series events in partnership with Sixthman. Romero will perform on Norwegian Getaway from August 2 through August 30, 2014.

Carnival Live Concert Series Debuts With Styx

April 20, 2014 on 11:27 am | In Cruise Boats, Webbandstand | Comments Off

The official launch of the one-of-a-kind Carnival LIVE Concert Series kicked off last week with sold-out performances by world-renowned rock band Styx. Fans packed the show lounges on Carnival Fantasy and Carnival Fascination for an intimate, captivating live performance that brought audiences to their feet. A video recapping the debut of Carnival LIVE featuring Styx can be viewed below:

The Carnival LIVE Concert Series offers guests sailing on select Carnival Cruise Lines ships the opportunity to enjoy an exclusive onboard performance by a diverse roster of popular music artists while ships are docked at a port of call. Carnival has booked 49 performance dates for the 2014 concert series with the following artists:

· 38 Special

· Chicago

· Daughtry

· Foreigner

· Gavin DeGraw

· Jennifer Hudson

· Jewel

· Kansas

· Lady Antebellum

· LeAnn Rimes

· Martina McBride

· Olivia Newton-John

· REO Speedwagon


· Trace Adkins

Commented Tommy Shaw, guitarist for Styx, “All I know is our boats were rockin’. We had a great time and it looked like our fans loved it, too. Can’t wait to do it again in the fall in Nassau and then in Catalina Island and Cozumel.”

Added Mark Tamis, senior vice president of guest operations for Carnival Cruise Lines, “Carnival strives to provide an unforgettable vacation experience for our guests and this unique opportunity to enjoy a favorite band up close and personal in such an exciting and intimate setting is truly awesome. What an amazing way to relive memories through music and even better to create new ones with family and friends.”

Performances are scheduled on board eight Carnival ships that call in the following ports: Cozumel, Mexico; Nassau, the Bahamas; and Catalina Island, California. Artists join the ship while in port, perform in the main show lounge that evening, and debark following their show.

Tickets cost $20-40 each and a limited number of VIP tickets are also available for each show for $100-$150 each. The VIP experience includes an artist meet and greet, complimentary photo with the band, seating in the first three rows and a commemorative laminated concert pass. All tickets can be purchased through Carnival’s online shore excursion system prior to sailing, or on board participating ships at the shore excursion desk based on availability.

For additional information, call 1-800-327-9501 (individual) or 1-800-327-5782 (groups) or contact your local travel agent.

Ireland Foyle International Maritime Festival

April 19, 2014 on 8:31 am | In Festivals, Ireland, Webbandstand | Comments Off

With the return of the Clipper 2013-14 Round the World Yacht Race
21st June – 29th June 2014

Come and be part of one of the most exciting events that will be held in honour of Clipper Round the World Yacht Race 2014 – the Foyle International Maritime Festival in Derry~Londonderry!

This event will enable marine and sailing enthusiasts to enjoy a host of exciting and diverse maritime activities from visiting yachts and boats. All of our celebrations will be set to a backdrop of marvellous music including the legendary Beach Boys, fantastic food and celebratory events including the return of the Ubuntu festival of World Traditions as well as Music City Day when we will literally turn our city into one of music and singing from dawn until dusk! You’re guaranteed to leave with some magical memories.

Derry City Council has invested in a 2 race partnership with Clipper Ventures and has a yacht entry in the current 13/14 Clipper Round the World Yacht race and will again in the 15/16 race. This follows the success of the Derry~Londonderry entry in the 11/12 race and the amazing Homecoming festival in June 2012. We will host the race on a stopover in June 2014 and 2016 and host the Foyle Maritime Festival in June 2015 and beyond.

From 21-29 June this year the City will be alive for the homecoming festival when we will welcome the 12 strong fleet of Clipper 70 yachts into the Foyle including the Derry~Londonderry~Doire entry skippered this time by the City’s own Sean McCarter.

So come and see it…hear it…taste it…even dance it….just make sure you’re part of the celebrations!
Sign up below to receive updates on the festival and details of the race in a port near you. Don’t forget we need to get Derry~Londonderry~Doire supporters out in San Francisco, Jamaica and New York, The Netherlands and the race finish in London on 12 July. …………………..

Air Supply Returns to The Orleans Showroom During Memorial Day Weekend,

April 18, 2014 on 10:49 am | In Gaming Resorts, Las Vegas, Webbandstand | Comments Off

Australian Soft Rock Duo Air Supply Returns to The Orleans Showroom
During Memorial Day Weekend, May 23-25

Las Vegas—Air Supply, a staple of early ‘80s radio, is returning to The Orleans Showroom for three shows May 23, 24 and 25.

Englishman Graham Russell and Australian Russell Hitchcock met in 1975 while performing in the Australian production of “Jesus Christ Superstar.” Later that year, the duo formed Air Supply and released their first smash hit and self-titled debut album, reaching gold in Australia. After opening for Rod Stewart’s tour in the United States in the late ‘70s, Air Supply had an international breakthrough and signed a distribution deal with Artista Records in 1980.

Their album, “Lost in Love,” featured three U.S. Top 5 singles, including the title track, which was the fastest-selling single in the world; “Every Woman in the World”; and “All Out of Love.” Over the next three years, Air Supply produced hit after hit, including “Just Another Woman,” “The One That You Love,” “Here I Am,” “Sweet Dreams,” “Even The Nights Are Better” and “Making Love Out Of Nothing At All,” which reached #2 on the Billboard charts in 1983.They released “Mumbo Jumbo” in May 2010, and the single “Sanctuary” was released in December 2011.

With 30 albums and more than 15 hit singles, Air Supply is renowned around the world. In 2008, Air Supply was named #83 on Billboard’s top 100 musical acts of all time, making them the only Australian band on the list.

Showtime is 8 p.m. Tickets are available starting from $39.95 plus tax and fees. Tickets can be purchased at any Boyd Gaming Box Office, by calling 702.636.7075, or by visiting

About The Orleans Hotel and Casino
Located at 4500 W. Tropicana Ave., The Orleans includes 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 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 bingo parlor, keno lounge and race and sports book. More information on The Orleans Hotel and Casino can be found at , on Facebook ( , 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

JAZZ at KITANO – NYC’s newest jazz venue

April 18, 2014 on 10:48 am | In East Coast, Festivals, New York City, Webbandstand | Comments Off

April is Jazz Appreciation Month and the 30th has been designated International Jazz Day, uniting music lovers across the world. Would you be interested in a story angle regarding the best places to travel for swinging jazz? I’ve included brief bullets below on jazz-infused locales from its birthplace in New Orleans to NYC and even Rome, but I would be happy to share full details if this is of interest.


o JAZZ at KITANO – NYC’s newest jazz venue and the recording site of a recent Grammy-nominated jazz album; legendary artists perform on a concert condition Steinway A piano

o The Bateaux – Jazz by sea, this all-glass dining vessel has its own jazz pianist for dinner dancing alongside views of the Big Apple

- New Orleans

o Windsor Court Hotel – The Polo Club Lounge features the city’s best jazz musicians and is a favorite among celebrities

o Sheraton New Orleans – The host hotel for Jazz & Heritage Festival, it features a 100-year-old George Rodrigue painted Blue Dog Steinway piano

o Courtyard New Orleans – Guests get the ‘local’ experience in the French Quarter, a stone’s throw from Bourbon St.’s renowned musicians

- Grand Rapids

o Amway Grand Plaza – The historic hotel offers guests live jazz piano in a warm, fire lit atmosphere over local craft brews and complimentary snacks

- Rome

o Rome Cavalieri – Unlike traditional Italian locales, this hotel features live jazz performances and a Musical Brunch by the hotel’s featured musician

Photographing Africa: Botswana’s Green Season‏

April 18, 2014 on 10:47 am | In Adventure Travel, Africa, Botswana, Webbandstand | Comments Off

If you’re looking for the best-kept secret when it comes to spectacular African wildlife photography opportunities, let me share it with you: it’s Botswana’s Green Season Photo Safari!

Botswana is one of Africa’s most epic safari destinations, where wildlife flourishes in vast reserves and visitor numbers are strictly limited. And there’s simply no more beautiful time than the “green season” to capture stunning images — that’s why we’ve put together this special photography safari, at a very distinctive time of year.


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When brief rains turn the parched Kalahari Desert green, cloud formations create spectacular backdrops for photography — and glorious sunsets. This is also the time of year when new babies frolic on the plains — a photographer’s delight!

The Okavango Delta is a wildlife magnet, too. Get varied perspectives on this legendary safari mecca as you explore via canoe safaris through flooded wetlands and game drives in search of elephant, buffalo and a host of feline predators.

Our special photo adventure also includes perks not found on typical safaris: An extra-small group capped at 8 guests total; no more than 4 travelers per custom 4×4 safari truck, with a window seat for everyone; guided bush walks on private reserves; and extra baggage allowance for all your gear!

…And you don’t have to be an expert to join this trip! Photographers of all abilities will benefit from personalized coaching from our Expedition Leader, who is a superb professional photographer as well as a top naturalist guide.

You won’t find a better opportunity for photographing Botswana and its legendary wildlife at the most verdant time of the year. Call an Adventure Specialist at 1­-800­-543­-8917 to reserve your spot!

Country Fest joins Sun Peaks’ 2014 Free Summer Concert Series

April 18, 2014 on 10:44 am | In British Columbia, Canada, Festivals, Webbandstand | Comments Off

5th Annual Retro Concert Weekend tribute acts announced

Sun Peaks, BC  – Sun Peaks’ guests will have a chance to kick up their heels at the first ever Country Fest! This new festival is part of the 2014 Free Summer Concert Series, featuring one of Canada’s most played country artists, Aaron Lines. The July 19 concert will be complimented by a weekend full of country inspired events and music with details to be announced in the coming months.

Aaron Lines is one of Canada’s most well- known country artists with five studio albums and many chart topping hits including “Waitin’ on the Wonderful” in 2005, and “Lights of My Hometown” in 2006. In 2003 he was named Male Artist of the Year by the Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA) Awards and in 2008 was nominated for the Juno Award for Country Recording of the Year.

The region’s ranching roots were part of the inspiration to include a country weekend in this summer’s diverse events calendar.

“Since Sun Peaks hosted the Kamloops’ Cattle Drive in the 90’s, we have envisioned a country festival,” says Christopher Nicolson, president of Tourism Sun Peaks. “Our community is surrounded by ranches and many of our staff are from local ranching families. Western culture is an important and active part of our heritage and our today.”

“We are excited to attract a new genre of music fans to Sun Peaks,” says Janice Nankivell, events manager for Tourism Sun Peaks. “This will introduce our amazing concert weekends to a new group of people who can enjoy our one-of-a-kind outdoor music venue , plus all the other summer activities here, such as downhill and cross country biking, lift accessed hiking, golf and more.”

Later this summer, it’s a milestone for the local’s favourite Retro Concert Weekend from August 15 to 17, which is celebrating its fifth anniversary. This unique festival has continued to evolve, including an improved venue and stage location last summer and new, top quality tribute bands every year.

This year’s Retro Concert Weekend will feature four new tribute bands. Big River is four musicians from the West Coast who present the recordings of Johnny Cash in the style and with the sound of the Man in Black himself. American Rock Legends will perform a John Fogerty and a Bob Seger Tribute, two enduring rock icons. LegZZ is a polished ZZ Top Tribute band with an incredible stage show appealing to audiences of all ages. Ikons, a Kiss Tribute, has been called Canada’s Top Tribute act! Two other favourite acts, Live Rust, a Neil Young Tribute and Blaze of Glory, a Bon Jovi Tribute, will be returning for a second and third time to the festival respectively.

For more information on the 2014 Free Summer Concert Series line-up and special packages go to

Aaron Lines – July 19

Retro Concert Weekend – August 15 to 17
7:00pm – Big River – Johnny Cash Tribute

12:00pm – American Rock Legends – John Fogerty & Bob Seger Tribute
2:30pm – Legzz – ZZ Top Tribute
5:00pm – Blaze of Glory – Bon Jovi Tribute
7:30pm – Ikons – Kiss Tribute

11:00am – Live Rust – Neil Young Tribute

About Sun Peaks: Sun Peaks Resort is interior British Columbia’s largest four season destination resort, located 45 minutes northeast of Kamloops. Recently declared the 2nd Best Ski Resort in Canada and 13th Best in North America by Condé Nast Traveller Magazine readers, Sun Peaks offers spectacular alpine and Nordic skiing amidst three unique mountains which surround an intimate ski-through village. The community is both vibrant and welcoming. In warmer months, Sun Peaks offers a diverse range of leisure activities including 18 holes of golf, a legendary bike park, scenic alpine hiking as well as numerous sporting events and music festivals. Sun Peaks Resort was the first ski resort in North America and remains the sole resort in Canada to receive the ISO 14001 designation recognizing the resort’s environmental policies and practices. Sun Peaks can be accessed by two airport gateways – Kamloops (45 minutes) and Kelowna (2 1/2 hours) and by car, only a 4 ¼ hour drive separates Sun Peaks and Vancouver, B.C.

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