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The Red Rocker Sammy Hagar & Special Guest Michael Anthony Sign On for Moondance Jam 24

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Walker, Minnesota - Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Sammy Hagar will be joining forces with Michael Anthony for a special show on Thursday, July 16 at Moondance Jam. Fans will have a rare opportunity to experience music spanning more than 40 years of Hagar’s career.

Sammy Hagar, also known as The Red Rocker, is a Grammy award-winning vocalist, guitarist, songwriter and musician, who in 2007 was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Van Halen. From breaking into the industry with the seminal hard rock band Montrose to his multiplatinum solo career and his ride as the frontman of Van Halen, he’s set the tone for some of the greatest rock anthems ever written—with songs like "I Can't Drive 55," "Rock Candy," "I'll Fall in Love Again," "There's Only One Way to Rock," "Your Love Is Driving Me Crazy," "Finish What Ya Started" "Right Now," and "Why Can't This Be Love." Throughout his prolific 40 + year career, Hagar’s solo and group albums have globally amassed 25 Platinum certifications on sales surpassing 40 million.

The Selfie Stick

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Testing out The Selfie Stick with small and large crowds turned out to be easy and fun.  Fans at a recent Country Fest were very willing to join in on the pictures and partake of the test.  As photographers the majority of the time pictures are of others and to try to include oneself is difficult.  The Selfie Stick created the ability to be included with very easy use with the Bluetooth Selfie Stick. 

 

Pairing with the cellphone was quite simple and eliminated carrying all kinds of other equipment.  The Stick had a shutter button and very quick charge that is long lasting.  The new stick that is made for traveling is so compact and can fit in a purse or small briefcase.  The stick that reaches up to 40 inches is expandable and very manageable with allowing a larger crowd and also making a wider expansion of background when trying to include oneself into a panoramic view.

9th Annual Moondance Jammin Country Fest

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Walker, Minnesota –  Moondance Jammin Country Fest Friday had concerts going on at a continual pace with Acoustic Stage, Saloon Stage and the Main Stage.  Management had everything running efficiently and smoothly with great teamwork.  The amphitheater for the Main Stage was fully packed with fans for the performances by Old Dominion, Clare Dunn, Thomas Rhett and headliner Florida Georgia Line.
  Weather can always be a factor for outdoor entertainment but the weekend for Moondance Jammin Country Fest has held out for a beautiful and comfortable weekend for everyone at the shows and campgrounds.  Saturday evening performers will be William Michael Morgan, Chris Lane, Phil Vassar, Chris Young as headliner for Main Stage and many more. 

WE Fest 2015

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Detroit Lakes, Minnesota – WE Fest Country Music festival dates are August 6, 7, 8.  The impressive lineup for 2015 is expected to bring in record-breaking numbers of fans and campers to the Soo Pass Ranch.

 

Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert, Rascal Flatts, Dierks Bentley, Hank Williams Jr., Jake Owen, Big & Rich, Eli Young Band, Tyler Farr and more will be making their appearance at the outdoor amphitheater.  There are still a limited number of tickets available but expectations that they will be going fast with only a few more days before the festival

Puerto Rican Parade at NYC

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Rita Moreno & Cardinal Timothy Dolan
New York City – About One million spectators lined Fifth Avenue for the annual Puerto Rican Parade for the 58th time.
  Over 20,000 marchers of bands, music, dancers, politicians, policeman, firefighters were amongst the groups stretching from 44th Street to 79th Street.

 

Roman Catholic Cardinal Timothy Dolan stood in front of St. Patrick’s Cathedral embracing some of the participants and shouting out a welcome to the huge crowd that was waving flags.  Rita Moreno was the grand marshal and when she saw Cardinal Dolan she got out of the convertible and did a small dance with the Cardinal.  Cardinal Timothy Dolan wore a straw hat over his normally red skullcap.

Rolling Stones at TCF Bank Stadium “Satisfaction”

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Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones
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.” 

 

The iconic rock ‘n’ roll band combination of Mick Jagger Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood, Charlie Watts proved why they have remained one of the greatest bands.  Wednesday evening was packed with timeless songs; Jumpin' Jack Flash,  It's Only Rock 'n' Roll (But I Like It), Moonlight Mile, Brown Sugar and more.  Minneapolis choral group VocalEssence came on stage for the Encore joining in on the performance of; You Can’t Always Get What You Want.  The evening wouldn’t be complete without Mick Jagger’s performance of (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction.

 

The opening act was Grace Potter and the Nocturnals.

Academy of Country Music Awards

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Jason Aldean,Male Vocalist of Year-ACM
Arlington, Texas – The AT&T Stadium was the stage for the 50th anniversary of the Academy of Country Music Awards (ACM).  Winners announced:  Entertainer of the Year – Luke Bryan.

 

Male Vocalist of the Year – Jason Aldean, Female Vocalist of the Year- Miranda Lambert, Vocal Duo of the Year – Florida Georgia Line.  Vocal Group of the Year – Little Big Town, Album of the Year – Platinum – Miranda Lambert, New Artist of the Year – Cole Swindell.

 

Single Record of the Year – “I Don’t Dance” – Lee Brice, Song of the Year – “Automatic” – Miranda Lambert.  Video of the Year – “Drunk on a Plane” – Dierks Bentley, Vocal Event of the Year – “This Is How We Roll” – Florida Georgia Line featuring Luke Bryan.

New York International Auto Show 2015

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New York City – The newest and most innovative design vehicles are on display at the Javits Center through April 12th.  Over one million people are expected to see the 1,000 vehicles being showcased. 

 

Mark Fields, CEO Ford introduced the revival of the Lincoln Continental Concept car with all refinements of a top luxury vehicle from the exterior design to the quality interior of wood and leather.  John Mendel, executive Vice President, Automobile Division American Honda Motor Co., Inc. introduced the new redesigned Civic Honda as a sporty Civic with a new turbocharged engine and refined design.

 

Expensive luxury vehicles showed their perfection to details like a fine aged wine.  Continual competition at this high level draws out the best from the designers.  McLaren’s showcased their first ever entry sports car 570S.  The 570S is available as a Coupe and is 287 pounds lighter than the nearest competitor and a top speed 204.  Bentley’s two- seater, 2016 Porsche Boxster Spyder sports car and the spectacular Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe coveted the exquisite details of perfection to admire.

New York Spring Spectacular

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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.

Miss P a Beagle wins Best in Show at 139th Westminster Kennel Club

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New York City – Miss P a 15 inch Beagle wins Best In Show at the prestigious Westminster Kennel Club dog show.  Competition was fierce all week with the top of breeds showing at the New York City Piers and the final at Madison Square Gardens.  Tuesday evening the field was narrowed down for the seven groups with Miss P taking top honor Best In Show at the 139th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.  Miss P is the second beagle to ever win Best in Show and is the grand niece of the winner 2008 named Uno.  Skye Terrier, call name Charlie was named Reserve Best in Show with registered name Cragsmoor Good Time Charlie.

 

The 15-inch beagle Miss P’s name is short for Payton and registered name Tashtins Lookin For Trouble.  David Merriam was the judge and is a dog breeder and former state trial judge in California.  Miss P is from Vancouver, British Columbia, handler Will Alexander and owners are Eddie Dziuk and Lori Crandlemire (breeder) and Kaitlyn Crandlemire.  Will Alexander said at the news conference  “Miss P is hungry and enjoys eating liver and she just never let me down.”  David Frei, co-host of Westminster dog show said that the media tour begins with a visit to the TODAY show, top of the Empire State Building, a steak lunch at Sardi’s in Manhattan, meeting Donald Trump and a walk-on appearance in the Broadway musical Kinky.

 

















 
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New York Spring Spectacular 2015

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  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.


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Moondance jammin Country Fest weekend

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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.


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Obama in New York Fundraising

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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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15th Annual Super Bowl Gospel Celebration

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Passion and excitement filled the press conference room at the Sheraton Hotel in Manhattan for the upcoming Friday night 15th Annual Super Bowl Gospel Celebration.  Rev. Jesse Jackson gave the opening prayer of thanks to the players and talked about that there will be no losers with players that give of their talents.  St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital will be the recipient of the proceeds.

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Times Square Rings in 2014 with Miley Cyrus

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New York - Times Square may have had freezing temperatures but that didn’t stop over a million people from ringing in the New Year.  Miley Cyrus helped to ring in 2014 with a gold-sequined two-piece and a full-length white fur coat.  Midnight countdown was lead by Justice Sonia Sotomayor as the 2,688 pieces in a triangle shape Waterford Crystal ball dropped.  Anderson Cooper and Kathy Griffin hosted the evening for the seventh year in a row.


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