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Western Minnesota Steam Threshers Reunion 63rd

Rollag, Minnesota – Labor Day Weekend has been the tradition for thousands of admirers to come out and view the passion of many that restore steam threshers, tractors and other farm equipment.  The site was over 200 acres in size with a train around the perimeter for people to ride.  The Western Minnesota Steam Threshers Reunion celebrated 63 years of large gatherings of families with some equipment over 100 years old. 


Minneapolis was the feature this year with adding to the large existing showcasing with over 22 steam engines and the progression to gas equipment.  The weekend also was filled with blacksmithing demonstrations, threshing area, largest coal-fired Steam Shovel that is still operating, square dancing.  Each day there were two parades with a large lineup of fully operating steam threshers as well as horse-powered demonstrations.

WE Fest closes with Headliner Tim McGraw and Steven Tyler

Tim McGraw
Detroit Lakes, Minnesota – There was no doubt the closing night of WE Fest validated why multi-thousands take their vacation to attend the annual festival for a full weekend of top-notch entertainers.  Saturday evening headliner Tim McGraw came on the stage following Steven Tyler’s performance.  McGraw took hold of the fans as he came out wearing his infamous cowboy hat and showing he’s definitely working out to keep in shape and proving why he’s at the top of the charts with his music.  McGraw has been taking awards from the 1990’s to most recent 2014 from People’s Choice Awards for Country Music Icon and most recently 2016 CMT Music Awards for Video of the Year – “Humble and Kind.”


Steven Tyler an icon in the industry beginning with the rock band Aerosmith and showed his expansive talents with his first solo country album “Were all Somebody from Somewhere.”  “Steven Tyler with The Loving Mary Band” performed opening act “Sweet Emotion” from his Aerosmith side and his concert comprised of rock and country that the fans really loved.  Tyler walked out on stage pulling his long white microphone dressed with the flair and look that fans expected and unending energy that kept everyone on their feet’s dancing.  2017 Lineup announced - so far -  Headliners are Luke Bryan and Zac Brown.

WE Fest headliner Eric Church

Eric Church
Detroit Lakes, Minn. – Headliner Eric Church walked out on a full open spaced stage with intense attention grabbing lighting to a filled capacity open arena at Soo Pass Ranch in Detroit Lakes, Minn.  The crowd was on their feet the whole time embracing Eric Church as he played hits including “Mr. Misunderstood” that was nominated Album of the Year - won Video of The Year 2016 at ACM awards.  Other songs fans loved; Drink in My Hand, Give Me Back My Hometown, Springsteen and more top hits.  Last week “Record Year” was on the top Billboard’s chart making this Church’s No. 1 for the fifth time.

Earlier in the evening a great lineup of strong top-notch performers were on the main stage Lee Brice, Joe Nichols, LoCash, and Amanda Watkins.  Friday evening headliner Kid Rock will be on the main stage with earlier performers to be Billy Currington, Montgomery Gentry, Granger Smith, and William Michael Morgan. 

BOSTON 40th Anniversary Tour

Walker, Minnesota – BOSTON played to a fully packed arena at Moondance Jam 25.  The 25th anniversary for Moondance Jam 25 had a non-stop music festival for the weekend and is known as one of the top country music festivals. Multi-thousands of fans came out to hear the top musicians from all over the world.  BOSTON’s performance was cut short because of a huge lightning storm that was passing through the area after some very hot and humid days.  Safety for the bands and fans reign top priority and the right decision was made.  The crowd at the open arena was able to hear part of the performance and grasp the high quality and energy that the band brought.  The minute BOSTON walked on stage and hit their first note you knew what had kept BOSTON music still a huge game player and keeping a command on the music today.


The 1970 and 1980s brought huge success for the band Boston with Tom Scholz as an innovator, composer and lead for the group that was formed in Boston, Massachusetts.  Sales worldwide reach over 75 million records.  The first album was “Boston” and hits that remain today ranging from the iconic 1976 “More Than A Feeling.”  The 40th Anniversary Tour will be playing the country with over 50 shows in 100 days. Band members at Moondance Jam 25: Tom Scholz, Tracy Ferrie, Jeff Neal, Tommy DeCarlo, Beth Cohen, Gary Pihl.

“Chicago” at Moondance Jam 25

Walker, Minnesota - “Chicago” the band was the headliner for Friday night at Moondance Jam 25.  They came on to the stage with a strong entrance and did not stop.  The open-air venue was a perfect evening to a huge crowd that filled every spot that was available.  Earlier “Loverboy” gave a full energized performance as well “Little River Band” and “Foghat.”  Saturday evening headliner will be “Boston.”


“Chicago” was a full package with horns, Keyboard, percussion section and guitars that completed their picture for Rock ‘n’ Roll.  The band has been performing for 50 years with over 100 million records, 36 albums and over 20 Top 10 singles.  The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction took place this April.  There was no holding back as they left the stage Friday evening to thousands of fans that embraced the high energy that “Chicago” gave.  Many of the fans walked away saying “Wow!”

Moondance Jam 25

Walker, Minnesota – Moondance Jam will be celebrating “25 years of Rock” with top headliners beginning with the Pre- Jam Party July 20th.  Headliners that will rock the huge open- air arena starting Wednesday “Killer Queen,” Thursday “Godsmack,” Friday “Chicago,” and Saturday “Boston.”


Fans from coast to coast are known to attend the four-day festival.  Continual music is going on throughout each day from the Main Stage, MDJ Saloon, Lazy Moon Bar & Grill and Tiki Bar.  A large camp ground with all the necessary amenities has great friendly accommodations as well as local motels through-out the area are packed with people that make this part of their vacation destination.

WE Fest 34th Annual Country Music Festival

Kid Rock
Eric Church
Detroit Lakes, MN – The 34th Annual WE Fest three-day event is fast approaching for August 4-6.  A strong lineup has been filled for every day for fans that plan their vacations around the yearly event.  Headliners are Eric Church, Kid Rock and Tim McGraw.  Steven Tyler who has been a household name with the rock band Aerosmith will be showing his expansive talent into Country Music performing with the Nashville band Loving Mary on Saturday evening right before Tim McGraw.


Lineup on Thursday are Amanda Watkins, Lo Cash, Joe Nichols, Lee Brice and Eric Church.  Friday begins with William Michael Morgan, Granger Smith, Montgomery Gentry, Billy Currington and Kid Rock.  Saturday starts with High Valley, Halfway to Hazard, Gary Allan, Steven Tyler with the Loving Mary Band, Tim McGraw.

10th Annual Moondance Jammin Country Fest

Jake Owen
Walker, MN – Moondance Jammin Country Fest celebrated their 10th annual Fest for a weekend of jammed packed country artists.  Headliners for Friday and Saturday evening were Dierks Bentley and Jake Owen.  Jammers were able to walk up to the stage area and embrace the great shows that were performed.  There were continual music performances going on from the Main Stage to the Saloon Stage and the Lazy Moon Acoustic Stage throughout the evenings.


Saturday evening went on without any weather issue and the crowds were immense as the evening started with Chris Hawkey, followed by Neal McCoy.  Travis Tritt and final headliner Jake Owen made a complete package with fans hanging on to every moment.  Moondance Jammin Country Fest lived up to the reputation that everyone has come to expect for a fun filled weekend with top performers and a well-managed relaxed environment.

NYC Puerto Rican Parade on Fifth Avenue

Mayor Bill de Blasio
New York City – The 59th National Puerto Rican Day Parade carried forward with heavy hearts with thoughts on the Orlando, Florida mass killings.  Over 1.5 million spectators came out and lined Fifth Avenue to wave the Puerto Rican flag as 100,000 marchers and floats went by.  Governor Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio led the parade up Fifth Avenue and embraced people along the parade route from 44th street to 79rd Street.


Ednita Nazario was given the honor of grand marshal, Carmelo Anthony of New York Knicks as parade king.  Large floats went up Fifth Avenue with lots of salsa and raga music.  Dancers and bands kept the enthusiasm going as they proceeded through the parade route.  Classic cars were also used in the parade to carry dignitaries and their families.

Donald Trump at Williston Basin Petroleum Conference

Bismarck, ND – Donald Trump closed out the Williston Basin Petroleum Conference at a fully packed Bismarck Event Center with more than 7,500 devoted supporters embracing his message on energy, environment and second amendment.  Earlier Trump held a press conference with North Dakota delegates standing behind him and thanked them for placing him over the top to secure the Republican nominee.  “Today we hit the 1,237 delegates ……North Dakota, you brought us over the line” Trump said.


Donald Trump said he was in favor of the Keystone XL pipeline and would approve if elected causing a reversal of President Barack Obama.  Trump said he would push to make American energy independent and stated “imagine a world that the cartels could not use energy as a weapon.”  Trump also said, “I want the pipeline built, but I want a piece of the profits.”  “We're going to make America rich again.” Regulations needed to be reduced according to Trump because the regulations were killing the fossil fuel industry and job creation.  “Under my presidency, we will become completely energy independent,” Trump said as the audience cheered.


U.S. Rep. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D. and Harold Hamm, CEO Continental Resources introduced Donald Trump at the Bismarck Event Center.

Fargo AirSho featuring Blue Angels

Fargo, ND - The Blue Angels gave an unbelievable performance as they are noted for to a record-breaking crowd.  Weather was hot by the end show on Sunday without a cloud in the sky.  History was made this year when the Blue Angels took flight with the first time having a woman in the cockpit.  U.S. Marine Corps Captain Katie Higgins was the first female pilot in a 69-year history. 
The U.S. Navy Blue Angels flew Boeing F/A 18 Hornet fighter jets.  The Blue Angels are the national first oldest flight team and world wide the second oldest flight team.

Albuquerque Balloon Ascension and Competition

Albuquerque, New Mexico – Monday was the third day that the International Balloon Fiesta gave a go to the mass ascension.  The sky was cloudy but the winds were right to be given the green light to ascend.  Cliff Keller was the pilot of balloon “Lily” and lifted off on the second wave thinking at first the flight might be short but lasted way over an hour with a great landing that encompassed his thirty plus years of experience and teamwork with his wife Jude.  The Chase Crew was made of members that have been with the Keller's for years creating lasting friendships and trust.


Rolling Stones at TCF Bank Stadium “Satisfaction”

Minneapolis, MN - Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones rocked the TCF Bank Stadium with over 50,000 fans.  The rain stopped minutes before the Rolling Stones took the stage and fans stood throughout the two hour plus concert absorbing music that the band has been performing over 53 years.  Mick Jagger remains strong with his iconic dance form that everyone has become accustomed to seeing along with playing the harmonica to “Midnight Rambler.” 


New York Spring Spectacular 2015

Donald & Melania Trump
  New York City - The Red Carpet was lined with celebrities before Radio City Music Hall opened up a seven-week performance.  New York Spring Spectacular takes audiences on a whirlwind adventure across New York City while telling an inspiring and hopeful narrative about New Yorkers who change each other’s lives in unexpectedly wonderful ways. 
Tony Award-winner Laura Benanti, Emmy Award-winner and current pro on Dancing With the Stars, Derek Hough; Lenny Wolpe; Jared Grimes and the Rockettes will be joined by co-creative directors Diane Paulus and Randy Weiner on the red carpet.

Moondance jammin Country Fest weekend

Justin Moore
Walker, MN – A temperamental weather pattern gave way to a large double rainbow over the main arena as Moondance jammin Country Fest was in full swing with a packed arena of fans.  Friday went off like clockwork with the well-defined organization that Moondance has been noted for.  Entertainers began with Dallas Smith, Jon Pardi, Rodney Atkins and Justin Moore.  Saturday will be filled with performances by Lost Highway, Sarah Darling, Joe Nichols and Hunter Hayes.

Obama in New York Fundraising

New York – President Obama landed in New York on Air Force One and was immediately greeted by a small group of people before boarding Marine One to attend two fundraisers.  Along the route Obama made a brief stop at a Gap store to shop for his wife, Michelle and daughters Malia and Sasha.  Gap Inc. is a business that responded to Obama’s request at the State of the Union address to increase wages.


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