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Pyrotechnics Guild International (PGI)

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West Fargo, ND – One of the largest firework shows in the world displayed their immense amount of power during their final show Friday evening at the Red River Valley Fair grounds.  The stands were packed by spectators to take in the large display of talent and technique that the pyrotectic showed. 

 

The exact precision of coordination of music as the fireworks went off was done with perfection and beauty.  Participants came from 50 states and over 30 countries for a weeklong convention that was filled with seminars.  Educational and scientific techniques were emphasized along with safety.  A large number of younger members were involved in creation of building a display of fireworks that were shown Wednesday evening.  Friendships have been built through the years that enthusiasts have been getting together.  Membership is over 3,500 and brings a wide range of background experience.  Tom Sklebar of the PGI said that, “many of the members donate their time, talent, skills and we have become like a family.”  Members also compete for many categories in aerial shells, ground displays, proximate shows, Class C extravaganzas and more.  PGI was founded in 1969 and each year holds the week of seminars and display in different cities throughout the country; 2018 to be held in Mason City, Iowa.

 

WE Fest 2017 lineup finishes strong Saturday night

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Luke Bryan
Detroit Lakes, Minnesota – WE Fest brought the last day of a full packed weekend plus of events at the Soo Pass Ranch to a close with headliner Luke Bryan.  The large packed arena of fans were standing throughout the performance of Bryan and earlier top line artists including RaeLynn, Kane Brown, Randy Houser, Brett Eldredge and Luke Bryan.

 

The moment Luke Bryan appeared on an elevated stage he had the fans immersed.  Bryan’s performance showed he was having fun and captivated his audience with his top hits from his albums of “Kill the Lights, Crash My Party, Tailgates & Tanlines and more.”  Bryan has received many recognition awards since 2010; most recently 2017 CMT Performance of the Year “Want to Want Me” (with Jason Derulo).

WE Fest packs open arena

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Alan Jackson
Detroit Lakes, Minnesota – Main Stage performances hit the stage beginning Thursday.  The open grounds with a combination of reserved seating and general admission area were filled to the brim with fans ready to hear some of the top performers in Country Music.  Brett Young was the opener mid-afternoon and stage performances continuing through past midnight.

 

The list was strong with other performances including Kelsea Ballerini, Alan Jackson and Lady Antebellum closing the night out.  WE Fest extended the evening after the headliner by opening up the Barn Stage with Michael Ray performing.  WE Fest will have performances Friday and Saturday with headliners of Zac Brown and Luke Bryan.

WE Fest Country Music Fest

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Luke Bryan, NYC 2017
Detroit Lakes, Minnesota – WE Fest is ready for the large crowd expected for a continual line-up of performances that will have hit the main stage starting Thursday through Saturday.  Tuesday and Wednesday will have smaller concerts as the fans get settled in the campgrounds with their motorhomes and trailers.

 

Luke Bryan in one of the headliners for the main stage on Saturday night, Zac Brown Band Friday night headliner and Lady Antebellum for Thursday evening.  Other main acts amongst others on stage; Michael Ray, Kelsea Ballerini, Alan Jackson, Logan Brill, Cody Johnson, Eli Young Band, Darius Rucker, RaeLynn, Kane Brown, Randy Houser, Brett Eldredge

Melissa Etheridge Rocks Moondance Jam 26

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Melissa Etheridge
Walker, Minnesota – Two-time Grammy Award winner Melissa Etheridge had control of the huge crowd the minute she stepped on stage at Moondance Jam 26.  A delayed start due to a weather-front built up the excitement of having Etheridge perform so when she walked out with her band she was totally embraced by all the energy.  Etheridge had a strong smoky voice and showcased her proficient control of the guitar.  Etheridge has a unique style of syncopated rhythm within her music that kept her fans engaged and displayed her talent.  Etheridge has maintained her strength as a singer-songwriter, musician and activist since she came on the scene in 1988.


Melissa Etheridge came on to the music scene with her self-titled album and has released 14 studio albums.  The most recent released album was in 2016 “MEmphis Rock & Soul.”  Etheridge has 5 Platinum albums with 3 being multi-platinum.  “Ain’t It Heavy” Nominee/work Grammy Award for Best Rock Vocal Female Performance in 1993 and “Come to My Window” in 1995. 

Moondance Jam – 26 Years of Rock ‘n’ Roll

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Walker, Minnesota
- Steve Miller Band, Peter Frampton, Live, Melissa Etheridge, Halestorm & The Pretty Reckless Featured at Moondance Jam 26 Over fifty bands set to play four stages this Wednesday – Saturday; July 19-22.  Moondance is celebrating 26 years of rock 'n' roll this week at the 300 acre Moondance Events campground and concert area east of Walker, MN. And they will have something for every rock fan. Thursday night features some of the top female voices in rock today topped off with Halestorm with Lzzy Hale and The Pretty Reckless with Taylor Momsen. Grammy award winner and singer-songwriter legend, Melissa Etheridge takes the stage on Friday in front of 90s alternative rockers LIVE who have reunited for a world tour and are celebrating the 25th anniversary of their debut album Mental Jewelry. Saturday night will cap off the festival with one of the summer's biggest classic rock tours, Steve Miller Band and Peter Frampton.  Plus bands like Better Than Ezra, Vince Neil of Motley Crue, Black Stone Cherry, Jack Russell's Great White, Starship featuring Mickey Thomas and more will be playing throughout the weekend.

 

"We are so excited for the gates to open and for our Moondance family to get settled in," said Moondance owner Kathy Bieloh, "We have such a great variety of rock music this year and so many fun events in and around the concert area. Our staff and I can't wait to see everyone again along with all of the new Jammers!"

Moondance Jammin Country Fest 2017

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Thomas Rhett
Walker, MN – Moondance Jammin Country Fest completed a successful weekend of nonstop music by great entertainers.  The evenings were down right cool but the energy of the crowd heated things up.  Thomas Rhett closed out the weekend at Moondance Jammin Country Fest Saturday evening. Rhett was named Country Music Artist for 2017 by iHeart Radio Music Awards.  Rhett made a definite entrance raised high above the stage for opening act and great lighting for a dramatic effect.

 

The lineup for Saturday night that kept the crowd on their feet throughout the evening were LANco, William Michael Morgan and Danielle Bradberry.  LANco was the opening act performing their recent single “Greatest Love Story.”  Rounding off the lineup were William Michael Morgan who just finished his tour with Lee Brice this spring and Danielle Bradbery from Cypress, Texas who had won season four of NBC’s “The Voice” in 2013. 

 

Moondance Jam is now preparing for the 26th year of Rock from July 20-22.  Headliners Halestorm, Live and Steve Miller Band plus a huge list of other great performers non-stop.

Moondance Jammin Country Fest 11th Annual

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Old Dominion
Walker, MN – The 11th Annual Moondance Jammin Country Fest started off with a Pre Jam Party with opening act Devon Worley, Maiden Dixie and Parmalee.  Thousands of fans were setting up their campgrounds area early in the day so that they could celebrate the Fest in Walker, Minnesota.  The complete weekend has a packed lineup through Saturday night.  Moondance has continual music going throughout the grounds.  Once the main lineups are done there are performances at the Lazy Moon Backstage Bar, Moondance Saloon & Grill and an additional smaller stage; music is non-stop plus multi-choices of food in the Saloon & Grill and vendors.

 

Friday evening country performers were Drew Baldridge, Eric Paslay, Dan+Shay and closing with Old Dominion.  The arena was packed to the brim as Old Dominion closed the evening.  Saturday’s lineup starts with LANco at 4pm, William Michael Morgan, Danielle Bradbery and Thomas Rhett closing at 10pm.

Poison and Tesla XXX Tour

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Grand Forks, ND – Tesla opened up for Poison at the Alerus Center for the XXX tour.  Thousands of fans packed the arena to embrace the first tour in five years of all four original Poison members.  Both bands, Tesla and Poison were popular in the 1980’s and they proved their energy and talent remained strong as fans stood the whole evening and rock ‘n’ rolled to the music.

 

Poison is an American rock band that has sold over 50 million records worldwide with 15 million records in the United States alone.  Bret Michaels, lead singer of Poison asked the crowd to be fully engaged as a recording was being made to share with the military. Poison sang, “Something to Believe In” as the performance and fans were being recorded.  The four original members of Poison performed; Bret Michaels, Bobby Dall, Rikki Rockett and C.C. DeVille.  Tesla is celebrating 30 years of music and has sold over 25 million records.

New York International Auto Show 2017

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New York – Jaguar receives the World Car Design of the Year and World Car of the Year 2017 for it’s first SUV F-Pace.  Audi Q5 and Volkswagen Tiguan were part of the top three awards with a competition of 23.  This is the only second time in 13-year history of the World Car Awards for a vehicle to win the pair of trophies.

 

Over 1,000 cars and trucks were shown at the largest auto show in North America known as “New York International Auto Show.”  The auto industry generates 7.25 million American jobs with an annual payroll of $500 Billion and $205 Billion tax revenue by the workforce of the auto industry.  The fast pace of technology with innovative ideas was presented as well as the ever-increasing changes in the autonomous systems.  There was no limit to the creative and increasing changes that will affect everyone that buys a new vehicle.  Amazing designs without compromising safety, comfort and futuristic technology were throughout the Javits Center.









 
 
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President Trump first week

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Washington, D. C. - First week after the Inaugural has begun with President Donald Trump non-stop with meetings, revisiting previous executive orders that were implemented during President Obama term.  The whole week will be a reflection of what to expect for the coming years on a national and international basis. 

Nominations are being finalized as well as Press secretary Sean Spicer held the first full White House briefing on Monday morning.  President Donald Trump signed three Executive Orders and pulled the US from Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).  British Prime Minister Theresa May will be the first face-to-face meeting with a foreign leader.

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Flight of the Nations – Balloon Fiesta

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Albuquerque, New Mexico – Mass Ascension for Flight of the Nations lifted off early Wednesday morning with nearly 600 balloons.  The winds allowed the “box” to form that Albuquerque is so famous for.  The higher elevation had stronger winds that did not allow the competition portion of the balloons to come from outside the field to complete the task for a second day in a row.
America’s Challenge Gas Balloon race launch was held off for a day because of impending weather that they would encounter as the winds would float them eastward

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Rolling Stones at TCF Bank Stadium “Satisfaction”

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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.” 

 


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BOSTON 40th Anniversary Moondance Jam
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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.
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Moondance jammin Country Fest weekend

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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.


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