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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 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.

China Town NYC The Year of the Rooster

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New York – Thousands lined the parade route in China Town.  The winding route was filled with jubilant families celebrating The Year of the Rooster.  The parade was filled with colorful floats, firecrackers and vintage cars.  The lion dancing was a definite highlight on the winding route with a well-coordinated team dancing with a head that could weigh more than 30 pounds and the body following.  The lion dance was thought to bring good luck and was followed by the large sound of cymbals, gong and a drum. 


The parade route headed down Mott Street and ended at Sara Roosevelt Park. The tenth in a 12-year cycle in the zodiac Chinese calendar is the Rooster.  2017 is the sign of The Rooster signifying  “Fortune and Personality.”

Times Square New Year’s Eve 2017

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New York - Times Square was filled with approximately two million revelers.  A large presence of security was throughout the celebration with all New York City departments involved in some way to maintain safety for all that came out.  Mariah Carey was the headliner and held her head up high even with all the malfunctions that occurred when trying to perform.  Carey summed it up with “I’m trying to be a good sport.”  Performers that were on stage for “Rockin Eve” include Gloria Estefan, Joe Jonas with DNCE, country singer Thomas Rhett and many others.  The other performances went throughout the evening without an issue as the countdown proceeded to welcome in the New Year.


Times Square was kept at a high level of protection with 7000 police, heavy weapon officers and aerial coverage.  65 Sanitation trucks were filled with sand and lined the perimeter plus 100 blocker vehicles.  Video monitors were in place throughout Times Square as the Waterford Crystal Ball dropped at midnight.  The Ball for 2017 New Year’s Eve was signifying the gift of kindness with 288 new crystals weighing nearly six tons, 32,000 LED lights for glowing.  The descent was 141 feet and this all began back with the first drop in 1907.  By 8 a.m. the area was cleaned up with over 44 tons of debris.

Heights & Lights –Stamford

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Stamford, Conn. – Heights & lights was presented by Reckson.  From 22 stories above Stamford Downtown thousands viewed Santa’s team rappelling.  General Manager, NY Yankees was the Elf that rappelled down Sunday evening.  Mrs. Claus:  Heather Franc, Rappel Team, Grinch was played by Jason Teitelbaum, Rappel Team, Rudolph:  Ron Markey, Rappel Team, Santa:  Brian VanOrsdel, Rappel Team Captain.


The evening was fulfilled by the annual lighting of Stamford’s Holiday Tree.  Santa and his helpers took a decorated fire-truck up Bedford Street to Latham Park.  Christmas music was performed and hot chocolate was served at the two local churches afterwards.

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