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Moondance Jammin Country Fest 11th Annual

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

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

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.

Marketing Automotive Honorees 2017

Tim Mahoney, Automotive Marketer of the Year
New York City – The Javits Center held the New York International Auto Show with a luncheon recognizing the Marketing Automotive Honorees.  The seventh consecutive year in sales gains with marketing playing a huge role informing the consumer of the up-to-date features of all the automobile innovative changes.


Automotive Marketer of the Year; Tim Mahoney, CMO Chevrolet.  Automotive Agency of the Year (Traditional); Commonwealth/McCann for Chevrolet.  Automotive Agency of the Year (Digital); Ansible for Kia.  Best Integrated Campaign; Nissan Rogue from Nissan Direct.  Best Social Campaign; Carmichael Lynch for Subaru Zero Landfill Initiative.  Best Minority or Interest Group Campaign; Walton Isaacson for Lexus RX.  Best Viral Marketing Execution or Campaign; SapientRazorfish for Mercedes-Benz.  Best Interactive Execution or Campaign; Spark44 and Mindshare for Jaguar Land Rover.  Best Campaign for a Dealer Group; Goodby Silverstein & Partners, Doner, Society and Mosaic for Chrysler Pacifica

Garden of Dreams Talent Show

Dionne Warwick & Garden of Dreams
New York City – Radio City Music Hall was filled from top to bottom to support the amazing talent of children that have met challenges head on through their lives and have come out to amaze everyone.  The positive energy and excitement overflowed when Alumni Choir took the stage at Radio City Music Hall.  Afterward the Dancing, singing, instrumental performance of the children took the stage and were at the top.  Even if these amazing talents did not have such medical challenges, poverty and other issues in their past and present life they would be at the top of the list; they knew their instrument and rocked it.
  Hosted by MSG Networks; Jill Martin and At Trautwig and appearances by Dionne Warwick, Ansel Elgort, Steve Schirripa, Anne Burrell, Toby Leonard Moore, Patina Miller, Mack Wilds, Lion Babe, John Franco, Darryl ‘DMC’ McDaniels, Shyrley Rodriguez, Amirah Vann, Chris Distefano, Damaris Lewis, WNBC’s Chris Cimino, WCBS’ Kristine Johnson, NY1’s Stephanie Simon, FOX 5’s Christal Young, The Radio City Rockettes and more were all there on stage supporting the performers.

The Library After Hours

Janet Mock & Bob Bland
New York City – The strength of Women’s History Month came through powerfully at “The Library After Hours” even with the heavy downpour of rain and wind that enveloped New York City.  The umbrellas were up as the line of people waited for the doors to open and they filled the library to view the uniqueness of the event and one-of-a-kind exhibition and speakers. 


The Stephen A. Schwarzman Building; New York Public Library located on 5th Avenue and 42nd Street was an evening filled with atmosphere, music, food and beverages. A conversation with Bob Bland, co-president of Women’s March and Janet Mock, author of “Redefining Realness & Surpassing Certainty” was held in the Celeste Auditorium.  A highlight of the evening was the curators arranging to have One-Of-a-kind exhibition showcasing feminist archival photography, artwork and books.

Greek Independence Day Parade 2017

New York City – The Greek Presidential Guard began the parade up Fifth Avenue in Manhattan from 64t to 79th Street. The rain held off with a bit of chill in the air as the thousand of parade participants and the floats made the parade route.
Grand Marshals were Ioannis Savvidis a member of the Presidential Council of International Relations and  Dr. George Yancopoulos who is President and Chief scientific officer of the pharmaceutical company Regeneron.  This year’s theme of the Parade was Greek Tourism.  2017 Greek Independence Day Parade Commemorated the 196th Anniversary of Greek Independence 1821.  Bill de Blasio, Mayor of New York City and Senator Chuck Schumer marched in the parade.

Architectural Digest Design Show Winners Announced

New York City – Displayed this year were over 400 brands at Piers 92 and 94 in New York City featuring the best in the design and luxury lines.  The New York Chapter of the American Society of Interior Design (ASID) announced the “Best of” Awards exhibitors for their creativity, innovation and sustainability from both an installation and products perspective.  Best of Show Award was Benjamin Moore exhibit, designed by Darrin Varden.  The Best of MADE Award; Borealis Studio by glass artist Devin Burgess and ceramic artist Jerilyn Virden.  Zavar Design received Best Innovation Design Award.  JM Lifestyles was chosen for Best in Sustainability Award.


The jury was President-Elect Bjorn Bjomsson, Past-President Robin Baron, ASID NY Designers Asler Valero, Bonnie J. Steves, Kim Radovich and Arlene Angard.  This was the 16th annual Architectural Digest Design Show.  The ASID has over 1800 members in the New York Metro Chapter.

St. Patrick’s Day Parade NYC

Michael Dowling, Grand Marshall
New York City – The route along Fifth Avenue in New York City stretched from 44th to 79th streets.  Over 150,000 people were marching in the parade included politicians, firefighters, police, military, marching bands, colleges, plumbers-steamfitters and many other professions.  The route was lined with green hats and Irish flags with over two million spectators for the 256th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

This year’s Grand Marshall was Michael Dowling.  Eminence, Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Archbishop of New York was outside Saint Patrick’s Cathedral on Fifth Avenue waving to the participants in the parade and blessing those that came over to him.   NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill celebrated his Irish heritage.  Mayor Bill de Blasio and Gov. Cuomo marched in the parade were among the politicians. The parade was dedicated to New York State Police and the Catholic charities as they recognized their 100th years.  The St. Patrick’s Day Parade recognized and honored NYPD Detective Steven McDonald who died last year and members of the FDNY honored EMT Yadira Arroyo who was killed Thursday evening.

President Trump first week

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.

Flight of the Nations – Balloon Fiesta

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

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.” 


BOSTON 40th Anniversary Moondance Jam
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.
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.


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