David Perrico – Pop Strings Orchestra brings symphonic pop hits to Red Rock Resort‏

December 15, 2014 on 3:19 pm | In Gaming Resorts, Las Vegas, Webbandstand | Comments Off

Award-winning composer and arranger merges club favorites with symphonic pops at Red Rock Resort

Every Saturday beginning Jan. 10, 2015 at 11 p.m.

LAS VEGAS – Award-winning composer and arranger David Perrico is bringing his newest musical creation, David Perrico – Pop Strings Orchestra, to Red Rock Resort. The 15-piece pop orchestra will feature energetic performances of club favorites with modern orchestrations by Perrico every Saturday, beginning Jan. 10, 2015.

A celebrated trumpeter, Perrico leads the impressive 15-piece ensemble of strings, horns and rhythm section, featuring Naomi Mauro and Eric Sean’s powerful vocals. Like Perrico’s other musical venture, Pop Evolution, the Pop Strings Orchestra is comprised of the leading musicians from the city’s major productions shows and bands, including Rod Stewart, Shania Twain, Donny & Marie and Terry Fator, among others. Performances will feature Perrico’s arrangements of songs by Bruno Mars, Justin Timberlake, Rihanna, Maroon 5, Madonna, India.Arie and many more.

David Perrico – Pop Strings Orchestra will perform at Rocks Lounge inside Red Rock Resort every Saturday, beginning Jan. 10, 2015. Doors open at 10 p.m. There is no cover charge and guests must be 21 years or older. Entry is first-come, first-served and based upon venue capacity.

For more information, please visit www.sclv.com/concerts.

David Perrico – Pop Strings Orchestra personnel:

David Perrico – trumpet/flugelhorn/conductor

Naomi Mauro – vocals

Eric Sean – vocals

Otto Ehling – piano

Andrew Friedlander – woodwinds

Steven Lee – guitars

Michael J. Moreno – drums

Eric Runquist – bass


Monique Olivas

Adrianna Thurber

Sammi Ciarlo


Crystal Yuan

Hanna Suk


Lindsey Springer

Elizabeth Marshall

About David Perrico

David Perrico is one of Las Vegas’ most in-demand musicians, with the Las Vegas Review-Journal recently naming Dave Perrico – Pop Evolution a “Best of Las Vegas” award winner. In addition to leading Pop Evolution, Perrico serves as music director for David Perrico – Pop Strings Orchestra and BBR Las Vegas’ ALICE. He has also served as music director/trumpet for Stratosphere’s PIN UP, starring Claire Sinclair. Perrico spent nearly a decade performing internationally with the legendary Tommy Dorsey Orchestra and has been featured in headliner shows including Donny & Marie, Natalie Cole, Toni Braxton, Cirque du Soleil, Gladys Knight, and Zowie Bowie. As a composer, Perrico has received national awards for original jazz and symphony orchestra compositions and was recently featured on the Vegas PBS series “artScene.”

Perrico is a native of Youngstown, Ohio and has earned a M.M. degree in composition/jazz/filmscore from UNLV and a B.M. classical/jazz performance from Youngstown State University’s Dana School of Music. Perrico has serves as an adjunct faculty member for UNLV’s jazz studies program. He has 11 CDs and four DVD recordings to his credit, including The Family Guy Live DVD and the Grammy award-winning album One Voice by Gladys Knight. To hear Perrico’s work, please visit www.reverbnation.com/davidperrico . Stay up to date with Perrico on Facebook, on Twitter at @PopEvolution3, and on Instagram at @dperrico3.

About Red Rock Resort

Named by Condé Nast magazine as one of the world’s best new hotels in their 2007 Hot List issue, Red Rock Resort is one of Las Vegas’ premier off strip luxury resorts located 10 miles west of the Strip. The resort features more than 800 guest rooms and suites, a 25,000 square foot spa, a variety of restaurants, a spectacular pool area, movie theatres, bowling at Red Rock Lanes and a full array of gaming. To learn more about Red Rock Resort, please call (702) 797-7777 or visit www.redrocklasvegas.com

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What’s New in London — Christmas 2014‏

December 15, 2014 on 10:38 am | In Adventure Travel, London, United Kingdom, Webbandstand | Comments Off

The holidays are almost upon us and London is having a festive makeover! Visitors can enjoy beautiful Christmas lights, festive holiday markets, outdoor ice skating, and more. For more on what’s new in London, to go www.VisitLondon.com

For high-resolution images, please visit: www.londononview.com

You can also follow the London & Partners Media & PR team on Twitter for more London news at @London_PR


Natural History Museum Ice Rink
30 Oct 2014 – 4 Jan 2015

Experience a magical winter haven in the heart of the city. Now in its 10th year, the spectacular rink is nestled in front of the iconic South Kensington Museum, beneath 80,000 twinkling fairy lights and around a 40-foot-high tree. Visit the interactive Christmas chalet, with chocolatey treats, prize giveaways and activities. Contact press@nhm.ac.uk

Ice Rink Canary Wharf
1 Nov 2014 – 28 Feb 2015
Unlike other venues, this ice rink has an adjoining skating path that winds its way under trees lit with fairy lights. A bar is available for skaters and non-skaters who can watch all the action from the viewing terrace. Contact marketing@icerinkcanarywharf.co.uk

Skate at Somerset House Ice Rink
11 Nov 2014 – 11 Jan 2015
In partnership with Fortnum & Mason, this icy experience is open all day and well into the evening, when the rink comes alive with special club nights featuring top DJs. Enhance your experience with ‘Skate Extras’ like champagne and truffles and cream tea in Fortnum’s Lodge. Cocktails and fondue can also be savoured. On Tuesdays, enjoy late-night browsing in the pop-up Fortnum & Mason store, live entertainment and festive treats. Contact press@somersethouse.org.uk

Eyeskate at the London Eye
15 Nov 2014 – 4 Jan 2015
This spectacular ice rink on the South Bank returns for the fifth year with plenty of festive fun and wintry activities. As well as enjoying a 45-minute ice skating session in the shadow of the London Eye you can book a flight on the London Eye with a Winter Cocktail Experience or go on a Frosty Guided Experience. Contact pressoffice@londoneye.com

Hampton Court Palace Ice Rink
21 Nov 2014 – 4 Jan 2015
The Hampton Court Palace Ice Rink returns this festive period for another skating season. The outdoor ice rink at Hampton Court offers spectacular views of the magnificent palace once home to Henry VIII. Book an evening session to see the palace lit up after dark while skating under the evening stars. The Ice Bar & Café serves a selection of winter drinks and festive snacks. Contact press@hrp.orh.uk


Christmas Past
Geffrye Museum, 25 Nov 2014 – 4 Jan 2015
Each year, the Geffrye Museum’s 11 period living rooms are transformed with authentic festive decorations, lighting, music and greenery to give visitors a magical glimpse into how Christmas has been celebrated in English homes over the past 400 years. Step back through the centuries to discover the origins and meanings of rich and vibrant traditions, from feasting, dancing and kissing under the mistletoe to playing parlour games, hanging up stockings, sending cards, decorating the tree and throwing cocktail parties. Festive food is served in the café and visitors can browse for unusual gifts, cards and Christmas decorations in the shop. Contact press@geffrye-museum.org.uk

The First World War in the Air

Royal Air Force Museum, to open in December 2014

A brand new permanent exhibition opens in December 2014 in the museum’s historic Grahame-White Factory: This Grade II listed building was an active aircraft factory during World War I. The Museum site in North London has a rich history and played an important role in early British aviation (English aviation pioneer Claude Grahame-White described the area as ‘the birthplace of aerial power’). The exhibition explores the earliest days of military aviation through the story of Britain’s air services, the Royal Flying Corps and Royal Naval Air Service. The two organisations merged on 1 April 1918 to become the Royal Air Force, the world’s first independent air force. Contact media@rafmuseum.org

Small Stories: At Home in a Dolls’ House
V&A Museum of Childhood, 13 Dec 2014 – 6 Sept 2015
This exhibition reveals the fascinating stories behind some of the UK’s best-loved dolls’ houses, taking you on a journey through the history of the home, everyday lives and changing family relationships. The small stories of 12 dolls’ houses from the past 300 years are brought to life by the characters that live or work there. The exhibition encompasses country mansions, the Georgian town house, suburban villas, newly-built council estates and high-rise apartments. Contact j.bolitho@vam.ac.uk


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Edward Scissorhands
Sadler’s Wells, 2 Dec 2014 – 11 Jan 2015

Devised, directed and choreographed by Sadler’s Wells Associate Artist Matthew Bourne this delightful dance adaptation of the classic Tim Burton motion picture returns for a six- week season this Christmas. The iconic title role is played by popular Dominic North (Sleeping Beauty) and Liam Mower (Billy Elliot). Featuring the beautiful and unmistakable music of Danny Elfman and Terry Davies, this touching love story tells the bittersweet modern fairy-tale of a boy created with only scissors for hands, left alone to fend for himself in a strange new suburban world. Contact rob.james@sadlerswells.com

The Wind in the Willows
Vaudeville Theatre, 2 Dec 2014 – 17 Jan 2015

This joyful production brings to life Kenneth Grahame’s classic tale of four unlikely anthropomorphic friends – a mole, a rat, a badger, and of course, a toad – who join up to save the latter’s ancestral home from being overrun. A parable that stresses the importance of friendships, despite differences, this will be a fantastic treat for theatre fans, young or old. Contact general@nimaxtheatres.com

Treasure Island
National Theatre, 3 Dec 2014 – 19 Feb 2015

It’s a dark, stormy night. The stars are out. Jim, the inn-keeper’s granddaughter, opens the door to a terrifying stranger. At the old sailor’s feet sits a huge sea-chest, full of secrets. Jim invites him in – and her dangerous voyage begins. This winter, Robert Louis Stevenson’s story of murder, money and mutiny is brought to life on the Olivier stage in a thrilling new adaptation by Bryony Lavery. Contact press@nationaltheatre.org.uk

The Merchant of Venice
Almeida Theatre, 5 Dec 2014 – 14 Feb 2015

In a collaboration with the Royal Shakespeare Company, Rupert Goold’s production of Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice relocates one of Shakespeare’s most controversial plays to the bright lights of Las Vegas in a whirlwind of glitter, gambling and greenbacks. Former Almeida Artistic Director Ian McDiarmid plays Shylock alongside a cast that includes Jamie Beamish, Rebecca Brewer, Susannah Fielding, Scott Handy, Caroline Martin and Emily Plumtree. The production was originally presented by the RSC in 2011, and features designs by Tom Scutt, lighting by Rick Fisher, music by Adam Cork, sound by Gregory Clarke, choreography by Scott Ambler and orchestrations by Alex Baranowski. Contact info@thecornershoppr.com

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
Royal Opera House, 6 Dec 2014 – 16 Jan 2015
Joby Talbot’s score combines contemporary soundworlds with sweeping melodies that gesture to ballet scores of the 19th century. Bob Crowley’s wildly imaginative sets and costumes draw on puppetry, projections and masks. Alice encounters a cast of extraordinary characters, from the highly-strung Queen of Hearts, who performs a hilarious send-up of The Sleeping Beauty’s famous Rose Adage, to dancing playing cards, a sinuous caterpillar and a tap-dancing Mad Hatter. Contact kate.davis@roh.org.uk

Young Vic, 9 Dec 2014 – 21 Jan 2015
The danger lies not in machine becoming more like man but in man becoming more like machine. Following the smash hit The Animals and Children took to the Streets, this UK premiere from 1927 is one of the most anticipated new shows of 2014. Blending stunningly original animation with entrancing music and live performance, Golem explores one of the great questions of the modern world – what happens when mankind and machines become inextricably intertwined? Contact charlottebayley@youngvic.org

The Nutcracker
London Coliseum, 11 Dec 2014 – 04 Jan 2015
Journey back in time with English National Ballet to a frost-covered, gas-lit London and join Clara, her Nutcracker doll and the magician Drosselmeyer in this traditional, festive tale for all the family. In a world of Edwardian elegance, Nutcracker brings to life the eternally popular Tchaikovsky score featuring the Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy and Waltz of the Flowers. This classical production is a magical, memorable and unmissable Christmas treat. Contact sparsons@eno.org

The Little Match Girl
Sadler’s Wells, 13 Dec 2014 – 4 Jan 2015
Celebrated choreographer Arthur Pita brings his magical dance theatre show The Little Match Girl to the Lilian Baylis Studio this Christmas. Based on Hans Christian Andersen’s classic story, this touching tale of a young street girl’s hopes and dreams is beautifully told through dance, song and original live music. A snowy stage sets the scene for an icy cold Christmas Eve, where the little match girl paces the emptying streets, trying to sell her matches. Cold, hungry and with just one final match flame to keep her warm, she sees a vision of her beloved grandmother. Leaving her troubled life behind, she is guided up into the night sky by her grandmother. Contact contact@arthurpita.com

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SongMango.com Steps Up to Map the DNA of Rock Music – Song by Song

December 12, 2014 on 1:40 pm | In Webbandstand | Comments Off

Is rock really dead, as many music critics continue to claim? The founders of the new rock-and-roll website, SongMango.com, say those are “blowhard claims” that hold about as much water as a two-gallon bucket with a three-gallon hole.

“To claim rock is dead is ludicrous,” says SongMango’s Editor-in-Chief and Co-founder Peter Wendel. “There are still plenty of great rock songs out there, but a crowded field has made the best artists and tracks hard to find amid the mountain of clutter. We weed through it all so our audience doesn’t have to.”

SongMango’s creators take an entirely positive, celebratory look at rock music’s storied 60-year body of work – its impacts and its influences. The site’s “top shelf” approach distinguishes it from traditional online music-review outlets. There’s no negativity or pretentious critic’s eye. If it isn’t high-quality output, this site doesn’t cover it.

SongMango’s mission is “to celebrate, instigate and propagate” rock music. The site’s founders aim to cement the genre’s standing as “the height of musical creation,” and to debunk the pervading myth that rock is dead.

No doubt, there is talk that rock has lost its mojo – the once-legendary swagger degenerating into a tired amble toward the old-age home. Some say the talent pool and the audience are thinning, and that the once-steady stream of rock’s smash hits has slowed to a trickle. Some have even suggested that rock music is becoming irrelevant.

“We’re here to call bullshit,” says Creative Director and Co-founder Bob DiLallo. “If you care at all about the facts – like rock’s dominance in record sales and its majority share of the Billboard charts – the claims that rock and roll is dead are absolutely absurd, not to mention infuriating.”

In making their case for rock’s virility, DiLallo and Wendel have assembled and profiled an elite group of DNA Source Songs, nearly 200 of the best rock songs of all time – the most meaningful, most essential tracks.

A glance at the list of SongMango’s DNA songs provides an embarrassment of rock’s riches, including (in no particular order): Bob Dylan’s “Ballad of a Thin Man,” “A Day in the Life” by the Beatles, “Clampdown” by the Clash, Neil Young’s “Cinnamon Girl,” “Salt of the Earth,” by the Rolling Stones, “Voodoo Child (Slight Return)” by Hendrix, Zeppelin’s “When the Levee Breaks” and “The Rising” by Springsteen.

Although SongMango.com is steeped in the classics, it does shine a light on some newer gems, like the New Radicals’ “You Get What You Give,” “Walking In The Streets” by Mad Staring Eyes, “Frankie’s Gun” by the Felice Brothers, Fall Out Boy’s “Sugar, We’re Going Down” and “Paris (Ooh La La)” by Grace Potter and the Nocturnals.

The new site offers extensive content beyond the flagship DNA Source Songs, including:

News Muse: What’s new in the world of rock music, from album releases to artist birthdays to concert updates. Recent articles include a tribute to the late Bobby Keys, the talented Rolling Stones’ saxophonist and an update on the possible reunion of the Grateful Dead (minus Jerry Garcia).

Top ROCK 20: Picks for the best new rock songs – and they’re all rock and roll. There’s no pop, hip-hop or rap on this list. Artists in the current Top 20 include: Trigger Hippy, Parquet Courts, Jeff Tweedy, Cage the Elephant and Lucinda Williams.

On the Bus (blog): Covers mainly the Grateful Dead but billed as “the ultimate jam band experience.” Great blog for Jerry Garcia fans.

’64 and Before (blog): The rock-and-roll landscape before the Beatles. And yes, there was rock music before the arrival of the Fab Four.

Up the Country (blog): Call it “The Moonshine Effect” – along with the blues, country has had a profound impact on rock music.

From the Floor (blog): Eyewitness reports from concerts across the country with a focus on the best rock songs of the night. Posts cover recent performances of Phish, Robert Plant and Paul McCartney.

LyricsBase: The correct words to 144,000 of the best rock songs.

Tour Primer: The dope on current A-list rock tours – like the Who and the Eagles – prepares fans for upcoming shows with setlists, must-hear songs, pics, videos, concert T-shirts, and plenty of informative commentary.

Merchandise: A one-stop shop for rock merch, such as albums, MP3s, DVDs, books, posters, T-shirts and even concert tickets.

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National Blues Museum Completes Funding

December 12, 2014 on 1:39 pm | In Museums, Webbandstand | Comments Off

The National Blues Museum in St. Louis announced that it has completed financing and that construction on the state-of-the-art museum and educational facility will begin within two weeks. The Museum’s supporters include Blues icons and GRAMMY Award winners Buddy Guy, Jack White, Robert Cray and Derek Trucks.

“Finally the blues, its rich, storied history, its unique cast of characters and its mojo has a home we can all be very proud of. This genre of music which has influenced so many artists throughout the last century is so very deserving of this museum,” said Devon Allman. Allman, a member of the National Blues Museum board, is an international touring and recording artist, a guitarist and singer with the Royal Southern Brotherhood, and son of Gregg Allman of the legendary musical Allman family. Allman’s enthusiasm for the project has been echoed by many others, including leading female artists, Shemekia Copeland and Denise LaSalle, film and television star, John Goodman, and Academy Award Winner, Morgan Freeman. Freeman recently provided the Museum’s most recent video endorsement.

Opening in late 2015 in downtown St. Louis, the 23,000-square-foot National Blues Museum will include more than 16,000 square feet of highly interactive technology and artifact-driven exhibits, a theatre, special event space and classrooms. The Museum will explore and preserve the historic significance of the Blues as the foundation of American music and celebrate the musicians who both created and advance the art form.

The National Blues Museum will explore the various Blues styles and trace its history and American roots music from the Mississippi Delta through St. Louis to Chicago, its expansion across the U.S. and internationally. From the experience, Museum visitors will understand how the Blues deeply influenced Rock and Roll Hall-of-Famers including the Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, Led Zeppelin and more.

Beyond the galleries and exhibits, the National Blues Museum will host public programs and activities, already underway. Educational programming, a major component of the Museum’s mission, will focus on providing on-site curriculum-based music education as well as virtual educational opportunities accessible to all.

While additional funding is needed to enhance technology, expand exhibits, deepen the impact of community and educational programs, and create accompanying curriculum, initial exhibits will include:

Blues History: tracing the Blues from its late 19th Century origins in the Delta to cities. Experience highlights will articulate differences between major Blues cities of the 1930s, ‘40s, and ‘50s and document the arrival of Blues rock in the 1960s, its arrival in Europe, and the expansion of Blues rock in America. Connections to other historical trends will be interwoven.
The Creation of Blues Lyrics and Chord Structures: demonstrates and teaches the intricacies of the Blues, enabling visitors to create their own songs. Whether an experienced musician or exploring the basics, visitors can create a recording, preserving and carrying forward the legacy of the Blues.
Blues Legends: those who significantly contributed to Blues history and its sounds will have their stories told through sophisticated multimedia.

An additional performance area will serve multiple purposes, providing classroom and private event space, and evening programs (screenings, readings, and intimate music performances). A temporary exhibit gallery will respond to visitors’ curiosity on many levels, showcasing exhibits from collections of other institutions.

For more information about the National Blues Museum, visit www.NationalBluesMuseum.org  or email info@NationalBluesMuseum.org.

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Doo Wop Legend Sonny Turner comes to Sam’s Town Live! on January 24‏

December 11, 2014 on 2:48 pm | In Gaming Resorts, Las Vegas, Webbandstand | Comments Off

LAS VEGAS – Doo wop crooner and former front man of The Platters Sonny Turner will perform at Sam’s Town Live! on Saturday, January 24.

Turner joined The Platters at the age of 19 in 1959 and began touring with the hit doo wop band. In the 1960’s, The Platters hit the pop charts with hits “I Love You 1000 Times,” “With This Ring” and “Washed Ashore.” Turner later re-recorded hits made famous by The Platters prior to his joining the group, including “Only You” and “The Great Pretender.” The re-recorded songs appeared on multiple motion picture soundtracks, including “The Nutty Professor II” and “Hearts in Atlantis.”

Turner’s accolades include induction into The Vocal Group Hall of Fame, Beach Music Hall of Fame and The Doo-Wop Hall of Fame, as well as a Lifetime Excellence in Entertainment Award. Turner keeps the music of The Platters alive in his performances around the world.

Showtime is 8 p.m. Tickets are available from $22 plus taxes and convenience fees and can be purchased at any Boyd Gaming Box Office, by calling 702-284-7777 or visiting www.samstownlv.com.

About Sam’s Town Hotel and Gambling Hall
Located at 5111 Boulder Highway, Sam’s Town offers more than eight restaurants, an 18-screen movie theater, 56-lane bowling center, a 12,000 square foot entertainment center and the beautiful indoor atrium Mystic Falls Park. The property has a 133,000-square foot casino with 29 table games, more than 2,000 slot and video poker machines, a bingo parlor, keno lounge, poker room and race and sports book. For more information visit www.samstownlv.com,  on Facebook (www.facebook.com/samstownlv ), and Twitter (@samstownlv). 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 www.boydgaming.com

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Widespread Panic at The Joint inside Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas, March 27-28, 2015

December 11, 2014 on 2:40 pm | In Gaming Resorts, Las Vegas, Webbandstand | Comments Off

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Tickets on sale Friday, Dec. 19 at 10 a.m.

Tweet it: Popular jam band @WidespreadPanic brings special guests for a 2-night rock session @TheJointLV 3/27-28! http://bit.ly/1FUmhRW

LAS VEGAS – Widespread Panic announces the first leg of its spring tour including two shows at The Joint inside Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas on Friday, March 27, 2015 and Saturday, March 28, 2015. The group will perform with special guests Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe (Friday, March 27, 2015) and Chris Robinson Brotherhood (Saturday, March 28, 2015).

Tickets starting at $55 (plus applicable service fees) are on sale Friday, Dec. 19 at 10 a.m. and can be purchased at the Hard Rock Hotel Box Office, online at www.axs.com or by calling 888-9-AXS-TIX.

The sextet from Athens, Georgia is comprised of John Bell (guitars and vocals), John “Jo Jo” Hermann (keyboards and vocals), Jimmy Herring (guitar), Todd Nance (drums and vocals), Domingo “Sunny” Ortiz (percussion and vocals) and Dave Schools (bass and vocals). Since its formation in 1986, the band has released 11 studio albums, eight live albums, one compilation album and five archive albums, totaling more than three million records sold. By 2002, the group was one of America’s most sought-after rock acts. Widespread Panic continues to be one of the top touring bands, performing at festivals, amphitheaters and packed arenas for loyal fans all over the country.

Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe is also a jam band of its own kind. Comprised of Karl Denson (saxophone and flute), Chris Stillwell (bass), Chris Littlefield (trumpet), D.J. Williams (guitar), David Veith (keyboards) and Max MacVeety (drums), the group is a major festival and club attraction. For over three decades, Denson has pleased audiences with his electrifying performances, making him known as the modern day soul-funk icon.

Chris Robinson Brotherhood made an immediate impact on the music world with its bold debut in 2011, playing more than 50 shows in nine weeks. As a blues rock band, the group has captured the attention of fans all the way from their hometown of Los Angeles to Woodstock, New York. Its latest album, Phosphorescent Harvest, is praised by Rolling Stone as “at once quirky, trippy, soulful and downright magnetic.”

For more information on Widespread Panic, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe and The Chris Robinson Brotherhood, please visit www.widespreadpanic.com, www.karldenson.us or www.chrisrobinsonbrotherhood.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 ground-breaking 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 created the successful concept of rock ‘n’ roll residencies with Supernatural Santana: A Trip Through the Hits, Mötley Crüe in Sin City, Mötley Crüe invites you to an Intimate Evening in Hell, Guns N’ Roses’ Appetite for Democracy, Guns N’ Roses – An Evening of Destruction. No Trickery!, Def Leppard’s VIVA Hysteria! and KISS Rocks Vegas. In addition to rock residencies, The Joint was also home to Tiësto In Concert featuring electronic DJ/producer Tiësto and coming in February 2015, Rascal Flatts Vegas Riot! Follow The Joint on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for the latest news and updates.

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Las Vegas’ Ten Tenors Celebrate the Holidays at The Orleans Showroom December 20‏

December 11, 2014 on 11:31 am | In Gaming Resorts, Las Vegas, Webbandstand | Comments Off

Las Vegas’ Ten Tenors Celebrate the Holidays at The Orleans Showroom December 20

LAS VEGAS—Ten talented Las Vegas vocalists will bring beautiful harmonies to the Ten Tenors Holiday Show, returning to The Orleans Showroom December 20.

The group assembles some of the best male singers in the Las Vegas Valley – Ken Young, Bruce Williamson, Antone Dotson-Parson, Giloh Morgan, Reggie Gonzales, Mark McCuthen, Markevius Faulkner, DeShawn Horne, Nate Pointer and Mathew Goins. Joe Pigee will serve as musical director and Aaron Arrington returns as producer and creative director for the group.

The concert will feature holiday classics, jazz, Motown and more, all with a gospel twist.

Showtime is 8 p.m. Tickets start at $32 (LET included) plus convenience fees, and can be purchased at any Boyd Gaming Box Office, by calling 702.365.7075 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 www.boydgaming.mediaroom.com

Ring in the Holiday Season with BleauLive Performances at Fontainebleau Miami Beac

December 11, 2014 on 11:27 am | In Beachbooker, Florida, Miami, Webbandstand | Comments Off

Goddess Swimwear from Today ShowMiami Beach, Florida – December 9, 2014 – Fontainebleau Miami Beach is the perfect place to celebrate the holidays this winter with a plethora of hotel-wide BleauLive performances taking place during the month of December. With Deana Martin & Michael Martocci hosting Legends Night in Sparkle Ballroom, The Script rocking out in world-famous LIV Nightclub, and NERVO and The Weeknd taking the legendary hotel into the New Year, visitors will enjoy celebrating the Holidays with these magical musical performances at the most iconic hotel on the eastern seaboard.

To kick off the holiday acts, step back in time on Saturday, December 20, as Fontainebleau pays homage to its past by welcoming Deana Martin & Michael Martocci. Deana, daughter of Dean Martin, and Michael will pay tribute to The Rat Pack with an elegant performance featuring an 18-piece orchestra in the hotel’s Sparkle Ballroom. The duo will transport the audience to Fontainebleau’s golden age with hits from the Great American Songbook, including “Everybody Loves Somebody,” Ain’t That A Kick In The Head,” and “Fly Me to the Moon.”

For younger guests looking for a more contemporary concert, Fontainebleau is collaborating with Y100, Miami’s number one hit music station, to bring The Script to LIV Nightclub on the same night. The Irish rock trio, consisting of Dubliners Danny O’Donoghue, Mark Sheehan and Glen Power, will perform the group’s chart topping classics such as “Breakeven,” “For the First Time,” and “Hall of Fame” as well as the number one hit single “Superheroes” from their new album, No Sound Without Silence. Both BleauLive performances are available for purchase in five different packages – Bleau Fan 1-Night, 2-Night, and 3-Night packages and two different Dinner & Show packages – outlined below:

Bleau Fan 1-Night Package, from $549 per night

Deluxe guestroom accommodations
Welcome amenity
Two (2) passes to BleauLive presents Deana Martin & Michael Martocci OR The Script on Saturday, December 20, including 2-hour open bar featuring specialty cocktails
Access to BleauLive Lounge throughout weekend featuring discounted specialty cocktails
Dinner at choice of Fontainebleau restaurant: Blade, Hakkasan, La Cote, Michael Mina 74, Scarpetta or Vida. Enjoy a pre-show prix-fixe menu. Reserve from 6 – 7 PM.
Package based on double occupancy, $125 per each additional guest, per night (additional guest must be reserved at time of booking)

Bleau Fan 2-Night Package from $399 per night, 3-Night Package from $299 per night

Deluxe guestroom accommodations
Welcome amenity
Two (2) passes to BleauLive presents Deana Martin & Michael Martocci OR The Script on Saturday, December 20, including 2-hour open bar featuring specialty cocktails
Access to BleauLive Lounge throughout weekend featuring discounted specialty cocktails
2 PM guaranteed late check-out
Package based on double occupancy
$50 per each additional guest, for three nights (additional guest must be reserved at time of booking)
$100 per each additional guest, for two nights (additional guest must be reserved at time of booking)

Dinner & Show Package

One (1) pass to BleauLive presents Deana Martin & Michael Martocci OR The Script on Saturday, December 20, including 2-hour open bar featuring specialty cocktails
Validated discounted parking ($12)

$125 per person: Dinner at choice of Fontainebleau Restaurant: Hakkasan, Michael Mina 74, StripSteak, Scarpetta, Blade, La Cote or Vida. Enjoy a pre-show show prix-fixe menu. Reserve from 6 – 7 PM

BeachBooker Beach VillasFontainebleau BleauLive packages can be purchased online at BleauLive.com or 1800.548.8886. For the dinner and show prix fixe menu visit www.fontainebleau.com/FILE/9610.pdf

Make the most of 2014 with NERVO and The Weeknd when they host a blowout bash on Fontainebleau’s pool scape. Starting at 9:00pm on Wednesday, December 31, join electronic Australian DJs Mim and Liv Nervo and alternative R&B act Abel Tesfaye to ring in 2015 in unforgettable fashion. NERVO brings experience from the an impressive performance roster that includes opening for Britney Spears and Nicki Minaj on their Femme Fatale tour as well as DJing at famous electronic dance music festivals such as Electric Daisy, Lollapalooza, Tomorrowland, Ultra and Winter Music Conference. The Weeknd has made a significant impact in the mixtape sphere since surfacing in 2011 and continues to impress the music world with his chart-topping tracks.

To attend, fans can purchase packages ranging from the General Admission Ticket for $275 per person that includes a premium open bar between 9:00pm and 12:00am to a Stage Side Table for 30 for $50,000 that includes 30 VIP Admission Tickets with amenities to match. Purchase tickets online at www.wanticket.com/FBNYE

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LV Philharmonic Rising Star Concert – Jan. 10‏

December 11, 2014 on 11:23 am | In Las Vegas, Webbandstand | Comments Off

“Rising Star” concert to be led by guest conductor
REI HOTODA and to feature Dvořák’s Eighth Symphony

Tickets $26, $46, $66 & $96 available from The Smith Center Box Office 702.749.2000 or lvphil.org

December 10, 2014 (Las Vegas, NV) – On Saturday, January 10th at 7:30 p.m. in Reynolds Hall at The Smith Center, the Las Vegas Philharmonic will perform its annual Rising Star Masterworks concert featuring up-and-coming guest violinist, Bella Hristova, and returning guest conductor, Rei Hotoda. The program will feature three selections, Maurice Ravel’s Mother Goose Suite, Max Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1 and Antonín Dvořák’s Symphony No. 8.

Each season, the Philharmonic spotlights a young “Rising Star” in classical music. This year, the Las Vegas Philharmonic will showcase award-winning Bulgarian violinist Bella Hristova (29). Her most recent awards include the prestigious 2013 Avery Fisher Career Grant, first prize in the 2009 Young Concert Artists International Auditions, and first prize in the 2007 Michael Hill International Violin Competition in New Zealand. The Strad has praised, “Every sound she draws is superb”, and the Washington Post’s The Classical Beat has stated she is “a player of impressive power and control”. Hristova will perform Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1, one of the most popular violin concertos which brought much critical acclaim to Bruch’s career. The concerto is a beautiful work indicative of the Romantic period and includes three movements showcasing strong melodic themes.

The concert will begin with Maurice Ravel’s delightful Mother Goose Suite, a work Ravel originally composed for piano duet and later orchestrated as a ballet. The suite is composed of five movements illustrating different fairytales including Sleeping Beauty, Tom Thumb, Empress of the Pagodas, Beauty and the Beast and The Fairy Garden. The orchestra will conclude the concert with Dvorak’s magnificent Symphony No. 8, a work characterized as pastoral and uplifting with strong references to Slavic folk music.

Guest conductor Rei Hotoda will return to Las Vegas after conducting the Philharmonic’s Youth Concert Series in January 2014. Hotoda recently completed her tenure as assistant conductor of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and was also the assistant conductor of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music. As a champion of new music, she has premiered works by notable composers including John Cage, Gene Coleman, Vivian Fung, Jennifer Higdon, and Kotoka Suzuki. Hotoda has received awards including the 2006 Taki Concordia Conducting Fellowship (for women conductors), the Peabody Career Development Grant, the Women’s Philharmonic Scholarship, and the Illinois Arts Council International Arts Exchange Grant. She will deliver a pre-concert talk just prior to the “Rising Star” concert at 6:45 p.m. that is open to all ticket-holders to attend.


The Las Vegas Philharmonic offers $26 tickets for balcony seating at all of its 2014-15 season concerts. Seats in other sections are priced $46, $66 and $96. Tickets are available from The Smith Center Box Office, phone 702.749.2000 or online from lvphil.org. A 50% student discount is available on all single ticket purchases (ID required) and a 10% discount is available to seniors and military personnel Groups of 10 or more receive 20% off the ticket price by calling the Las Vegas Philharmonic.

Calendar Editors:

Saturday, January 10th, 7:30 p.m.

Masterworks Series III: Rising Star

Pre-concert conversation with Rei Hotoda at 6:45 p.m. in Reynolds Hall

Las Vegas Philharmonic

Rei Hotoda, conductor

Bella Hristova, violin


RAVEL Mother Goose Suite

BRUCH Violin Concerto No. 1


DVORAK Symphony No. 8

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

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Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage‏

December 10, 2014 on 11:57 am | In Adventure Travel, California, San Diego, Webbandstand | Comments Off





(San Diego, Calif. –December 1, 2014) – Broadway/San Diego announced today that individual tickets for the San Diego premiere of Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage are on sale now. Tickets are available at the San Diego Civic Theatre Box Office or by visiting www.broadwaysd.com. The staged musical of this worldwide smash-hit film will play at the San Diego Civic Theatre January 6-11, 2015.

“As I learned how many people watched the movie over and over and over,” said Eleanor Bergstein, screenwriter of the film Dirty Dancing and book writer for the musical, “I began to think that what they really wanted was to share more intensely in the event, to step through the screen and be there while the story was happening. And if that was true, then its natural form was the theatre – audiences watching live bodies dancing here and now in the present – on the log, on the bridge, on the dance floor and in the staff quarters at Kellerman’s. Writing it for the stage, I was also able to add more Baby and Johnny scenes, more about the family, more songs I couldn’t afford last time, and, most exciting of all – more dancing.”

“Dirty Dancing is one of our most beloved and timeless properties,” said Lionsgate Television COO Sandra Stern. “Its magic has enchanted audiences on film, television, DVD and digital platforms alike, and it remains a perennial best-seller in our film and television library. We’re delighted to participate in the latest stage incarnation that will introduce Dirty Dancing to a whole new generation of fans, and we expect the stage play to prove yet again that nobody puts Baby in a corner.”

The production’s book is written by Eleanor Bergstein and the North American tour will be directed by James Powell with choreography by Michele Lynch based on the original choreography by Kate Champion.

Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage is an unprecedented live experience, exploding with heart-pounding music, passionate romance and sensational dancing. Seen by millions across the globe, this timeless love story features the hit songs “Hungry Eyes,” “Hey Baby,” “Do You Love Me?” and the heart-stopping “(I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life.” London’s Sunday Express says “This crowd-pleasing stage adaptation hits the jackpot!”

It’s the summer of 1963, and 17-year-old Frances ‘Baby’ Houseman is on vacation in New York’s Catskill Mountains with her older sister and parents. Mesmerized by the racy dance moves and pounding rhythms she discovers in the resort’s staff quarters, Baby can’t wait to be part of the scene, especially when she catches sight of Johnny Castle, the resort’s sexy dance instructor. Passions ignite and Baby’s life changes forever when she is thrown in to the deep end as Johnny’s leading lady, both on-stage and off.

Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage was first performed at the Theatre Royal in Sydney, Australia in November 2004 before embarking upon a hugely successful tour of Australia and New Zealand. A new production opened at the Theater Neue Flora in Hamburg, Germany in March 2006 where it broke records for achieving the highest advance in European history.

The production began performances on London’s West End in October 2006 with an £11 million advance and went on to become the longest running show in the history of the Aldwych Theatre. It closed in July 2011 in advance of a two-year UK national tour and then returned to London for a strictly limited season at the Piccadilly Theatre.

The show has gone on to perform across the world in markets as diverse as Utrecht, Holland, Johannesburg and Cape Town, South Africa. It is currently represented by a new UK tour, which launched March 2014 in Bristol.

The North American tour of Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage is produced by Amber Jacobsen, NETworks Presentations LLC, Grove Entertainment and Col Joye in association with Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF), the premier next generation global content leader, and Magic Hour Productions.


Eleanor Bergstein (Book) is a novelist, screenwriter, producer and director. Her stories have been published in national magazines, ranging from Transatlantic Review to Redbook and Cosmopolitan. Her first novel, Advancing Paul Newman, about women and politics in the 1960s, was published by the Viking Press, and her first movie script was It’s My Turn, starring Jill Clayburgh and Michael Douglas. Her second novel, Ex-Lover, about sexual obsession, was published by Random House. She has worked on a variety of film projects, including the final script revision of Sister Act. She then wrote and directed Let It Be Me, which starred Campbell Scott, Jennifer Beals, Leslie Caron and Patrick Stewart. Her most famous project was one of the most successful independent films of all time, Dirty Dancing. It was the unique continuing response to the story over the years that made her decide to reimagine Dirty Dancing as a stage event. The multiple viewings by audiences all over the world made her suspect that what the audiences really wanted was to be more physically involved in the story. This would mean that its ultimate form should be one that combined dance and story and music onstage in a new way. It was also her chance to add new scenes not in the movie, as well as songs she had wanted for the movie and been unable to obtain. Ms. Bergstein, through her company Magic Hour Productions, is at work on a new stage musical set in London in the late 1960s, a new work of fiction, and preparing a film to be shot in Rome as well as film to be shot in Slovenia.

James Powell (Director) was an actor for 12 years and was appearing in Les Misérables at London’s Palace Theatre, when he was asked to take over the position of resident director in 1996. Since that time he has worked on a variety of productions and during that time he was staff director at the West Yorkshire Playhouse, assisting Jude Kelly on a number of projects including the Olivier Award-winning Singin’ in the Rain, which transferred from Leeds to the Royal National Theatre in London. On returning to London he joined Cameron Mackintosh’s production of The Witches of Eastwick at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane as resident director. He then went to Melbourne, Australia, to direct its first foreign production for Jacobsen Entertainments. James returned from Australia to take on the position of associate director on Les Misérables and oversaw the show’s move from its home of many years, the Palace Theatre, to the Queen’s Theatre on Shaftesbury Ave. He was also invited to direct a concert version of the show in Scandinavia and a full-scale production in Berlin. 2009 saw James working on Cameron’s brand new production of Les Misérables which opened in Cardiff and toured the UK and which celebrates the 25th anniversary of a show he was involved in originally as an actor and is now part of a new creative team. Whilst maintaining his position as associate director on Les Misérables, James also worked on Cameron’s new presentation Mary Poppins, originally in Bristol and then in London’s West End and on Broadway. In June 2008 he directed the UK tour of Mary Poppins and has since directed the production in Holland and been the associate of the Broadway production. James was delighted to renew his association with the Jacobsen Entertainment Group when they asked him to direct their production of Dirty Dancing in London’s West End, a partnership that has seen him direct the show in Toronto, Utrecht, Chicago, Los Angeles, Boston and Berlin. In 2010, James directed the Australian production of Mary Poppins where it opened to great success in Melbourne. He has also co-directed Les Misérables in London, at the Barbican, a tour in the UK, a production in Madrid and on tour in the United States, culminating in the25th Anniversary concert of Les Misérables at the O2 Arena. In 2011, James worked on moving Mary Poppins to Sydney and later in the year he co-directed the international arena tour of Batman which opened in Manchester and moved to London and onward internationally. Over the last two years, James has worked on Les Misérables in Spain, the US, Australia and Japan. He recently returned from Toronto and this production of Les Misérables before he directed a production of Half a Sixpence at his old alma mater at Mountview Drama School in London.

Michele Lynch (Choreography) is thrilled to be a part of Dirty Dancing. She recently choreographed Little Miss Sunshine at Second Stage Theatre as well as The Last Five Years film. Choreography Broadway credits include Everyday Rapture, The Coast of Utopia, Hairspray (assoc. choreo), The Full Monty (asst. choreo), and Urinetown (asst. choreo). She choreographed the national tours of Little House on the Prairie (also at Papermill Playhouse) and Happy Days the Musial (also at Goodspeed, receiving a Connecticut Critics Circle Award for her work). Off-Broadway she choreographed Everyday Rapture and We the People (Joe A. Calloway Award nomination). Other film credits include Joyful Noise (starring Dolly Parton and Queen Latifah) and Camp. For opera, her production of Showboat was seen at Chicago Lyric Opera, Washington National Opera, and Houston Grand Opera. Regional Theaters include Mark Taper Forum, Yale Repertory Theater, Riverside Theater, St. Louis MUNY, Capital Repertory Theater, Asolo Theater, Ford’s Theater, Stamford Center for the Arts, North Carolina Theater, and Starlight Theater. She also choreographed Dolly Parton’s Better Day World Tour.

Kate Champion (Original Choreography) is the Artistic Director and founder of the Sydney based dance-theatre company Force Majeure. She has also worked variously as a director/choreographer/performer for Sydney Theatre Company, DV8 Physical Theatre, Australian Dance Theatre, Opera Australia, Belvoir, Legs on the Wall, NIDA and The English National Opera. In 1996, Kate was awarded the Robert Helpmann Scholarship for Choreographic Excellence enabling her to create her first solo work Face Value which was awarded a Green Room and a MO Award. In 1997 she directed Under the Influence for Legs on the Wall, which premiered in Sydney and toured to the Edinburgh Fringe and Riverside Studios, London. In 2001 she created a new solo show About Face and in 2002 directed Same, Same But Different for Force Majeure. Both these productions won Helpmann Awards. Kate choreographed the world premiere of the stage version of Dirty Dancing, which opened in Sydney November 2004 and has subsequently toured to Europe, UK and USA. Since 2005 Kate has directed Already Elsewhere, Tenebrae 1 and 11, The Age I’m In, Not In A Million Years, Never Did Me Any Harm (a co-production with Sydney Theatre Company) and Food (a co-production with Belvoir) for Force Majeure. In 2010 Kate choreographed the premier production of Opera Australia’s Bliss which subsequently toured to the Edinburgh Festival and Spring Awakening for Sydney Theatre Company. Kate was Associate Director of Opera Australia’s 2013 production of Wagner’s Ring Cycle.

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