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Wednesday
Jun192013

Cher to Perform at Major NYC Gay Pride Event

Cher.comCher made her first live TV performance in more than a decade Tuesday night on The Voice finale, and now she's lining up more appearances to get fans hyped for her upcoming album...especially her gay fans.

On June 30, the Oscar-winning diva will perform at Dance on the Pier, a major New York City Gay Pride event.  Cher will be performing her new single, "Woman's World," as well as her other hits.

In a tweet, Cher says she's "honored" to be able to perform at the event.

Dance on the Pier, now in its 27th year, raises funds for local LGBT charities, as well as New York's annual Gay Pride events.  Among the stars who've performed at the event in the past are Whitney Houston, Janet Jackson, Jennifer Lopez, Jennifer Hudson and Cyndi Lauper.  For tickets visit NYCPride.showclix.com.

Cher's new album is due September 24.

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Wednesday
Jun192013

Why Everyone Thinks John Mayer's New Song Is About Taylor Swift

Facebook.com/JohnMayer; ABC/Lou RoccoJohn Mayer's new single "Paper Doll" was released on Tuesday, and immediately, speculation began that the song was John's response to Taylor Swift's alleged song about him, "Dear John."  Why?  Let's look at the evidence.

First of all, people are pointing to the line in "Paper Doll" where John sings "Here's a dress of gold and blue/sure was fun being good to you."  This is significant, they say, because in "Dear John," Taylor referred to herself as "the girl in the dress."

Next, in the chorus, John sings, "You're like 22 girls in one/ And none of them know what they're running from."  Not only did Taylor release a song called "22" not long ago, but in "Dear John," she sings, "I'll look back and regret how I ignored when they said run as fast as you can."

Finally, in "Paper Doll," John sings, "And if those angel wings don't fly/ Someone's gonna paint you another sky."  People say this is an answer to Taylor's line in "Dear John" where she sings, "You paint me a blue sky and go back and turn it to rain."

Of course, all of this is pure guesswork.  Taylor herself won't even admit that "Dear John" is about John, and called him "presumptuous" in Glamour magazine for thinking that it was.  Last year, John told Rolling Stone that "Dear John" "humiliated" him.

"It made me feel terrible," he said at the time.  "Because I didn't deserve it.  I'm pretty good at taking accountability now, and I never did anything to deserve that.  It was a really lousy thing for her to do." He added, "It's abusing your talent to rub your hands together and go, 'Wait till he gets a load of this!'"

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Wednesday
Jun192013

Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhat is Keith Urban's middle name? Lionel.

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Wednesday
Jun192013

Alicia Keys Streaming "VH1 Storytellers" Selections This Week

Facebook.com/AliciaKeysAlicia Keys' VH1 Storytellers performance is coming to CD, DVD and Blu-ray on Tuesday, and in anticipation, she's releasing audio from her live set.  Alicia even has a special VH1 website, where fans can check for new selections.  

Earlier this week, she released renditions of her songs "No One" and "Not Even the King."  Next up, Alicia's unleashing audio for "Fallin'," "If I Ain't Got You" and "Brand New Me."  The tracks will only be available on the day they're posted, but on Monday, all five songs will stream at once for 24 hours of listening.

Alicia's VH1 Storytellers was filmed and recorded at New York City’s Metropolis Studios and first aired last November 12.  The collection is available for pre-order at Shop.vh1.com.

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Wednesday
Jun192013

Listen to Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros New Single, “This Life”

Vagrant RecordsEdward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros’ upcoming self-titled record won't hit stores until July 23, but you can hear a little preview of the album now. The band is currently streaming one of the new cuts from the release, “This Life,” at RollingStone.com.

Frontman Alex Ebert says that while he’d like to keep the inspiration behind the track a secret, he's very happy with the way it came out. "I hesitate to give away too much, for it's got an O. Henry ending, as my mom calls it," he tells the magazine, apparently referring to the late American writer known for his surprise endings.  "But I can thankfully say that we may now have recorded a song that I can count among my favorite recordings of all time."

Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros are currently out on a North American tour. Visit EdwardSharpeAndTheMagneticZeros.com to view the full itinerary.

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Wednesday
Jun192013

KISS' Concert This Thursday in Switzerland to Air Live on AXS TV

Al Soluri/KISS Catalog Ltd.This Thursday, KISS will be rocking Zurich, Switzerland, as part of the European leg of the band's Monster tour, but fans all over the world will be able to enjoy the show.  AXS TV will air the concert live at 3 p.m. ET, and also will host an encore screening at 11 p.m. ET.

The program also will mark the first time KISS' new stage, lighting and pyrotechnics display will be seen on television.  In addition, fans who visit AXS TV's official Facebook page and the @AXSTVConcerts Twitter feed can enter a contest for a chance to win a guitar autographed by the band.

KISS' European trek winds down this Saturday with an appearance at Hellfest in Clisson, France.  The rockers will then launch a North American tour leg that kicks off with a run of Canadian dates that start July 5 in Victoria, British Columbia.

Visit AXS.tv to find out more about the band's Zurich concert screening.

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Wednesday
Jun192013

Kanye Slammed for Parkinson’s Disease Lyric in New Song

Def Jam RecordsKanye West is being criticized by the American Parkinson Disease Association for a lyric in his new song, “On Sight.”  The tune is featured on his new album, Yeezus.

The song includes the lyric, “A monster about to come alive again. Soon as I pull up and park the Benz. We get this b*tch shaking like Parkinson’s.”

Kathryn Whitford, the vice president of the American Parkinson Disease Association, tells TMZ, “We find these lyrics distasteful and the product of obvious ignorance.”

Kanye has not responded to the group’s criticism.

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Wednesday
Jun192013

Mary J. Blige Sued for Allegedly Cancelling Concert for Rolling Stones Appearance

Facebook.com/MaryJBligeMary J. Blige has been sued by a company that claims she cancelled a concert appearance, scheduled for Dallas in December 2012, at the last minute.

According to TMZ.com, Vision Entertainment Worldwide says Blige was supposed to perform in Dallas on December 9, but bowed out because she was invited to make a cameo at the Rolling Stones show in New York held the day before.

VEW alleges that Blige has not returned a 145-thousand-dollar deposit it paid her for the Dallas date, despite the cancellation. It seeks at least that amount in damages.

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Wednesday
Jun192013

Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj Performing at BET Awards

BETIt'll be an American Idol reunion at the BET Awards later this month.

BET announced Tuesday night that former Idol judges and sparring partners Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj will perform at the ceremony, as will Ciara and India.Arie.

They join previously-announced performers Chris Brown, R. Kelly, Miguel, and Kendrick Lamar.

BET Awards '13 will be held at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles on June 30. Chris Tucker will host.

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Wednesday
Jun192013

The Allman Brothers' Warren Haynes Discusses Just-Launched Jerry Garcia Symphonic Tour

JerryGarcia.comWarren Haynes has long had a strong connection to The Grateful Dead, having performed with the band's surviving members when they reunited as The Dead and toured and recorded with founding Dead bassist Phil Lesh's side project Phil Lesh & Friends.  Now, the Allman Brothers Band guitarist has hit the road as part of a unique tribute to late Grateful Dead frontman Jerry Garcia.  The Jerry Garcia Symphonic Celebration Tour, which kicked off Tuesday in Pittsburgh, features Haynes performing specially arranged versions of Garcia's songs accompanied by different orchestras at each stop.

The trek was sanctioned and curated by Garcia's estate and family, and Haynes tells ABC News Radio that he jumped at the chance to participate in the musical extravaganza when he was asked.

He reveals that when he started compiling a list of songs that would be performed at the shows, he considered material that not only he "would enjoy singing and playing but, most importantly, would really be brought to life in a symphonic way."

Warren also says he contacted Lesh to ask for his help in suggesting people who could help with orchestral arrangements for Garcia's music, noting that Phil was "quite the expert in classical music and symphonic music where I'm just not."

Haynes tells ABC News Radio that he wanted to make sure that the arrangements reflected improvisational and exploratory nature of Garcia and The Grateful Dead.

"I just didn't want to see, like, a normal version of a band with a symphony," he notes.  "I thought it's got to be a little bit left of center, it's got to be a little avant garde.  So, choosing the arrangers and then working together on the arrangements in a way where a lot of the Grateful Dead philosophy shows up [was important]."

Keeping true to the spirit of Garcia and The Dead, Haynes promises that "the set list won't be the same from show to show…We'll try and vary it to whatever extent we can." 

A total of nine dates have been confirmed for the Jerry Garcia Symphonic Celebration Tour, which is scheduled through an August 4 concert in Los Angeles.  The next stop takes place Friday in Raleigh, North Carolina, and will feature Haynes accompanied by the North Carolina Symphony.

Here are all of the upcoming dates on the trek, according to JerryGarcia.com/Events:

6/20 -- Raleigh, NC, Red Hat Amphitheater (with the North Carolina Symphony)
6/22 -- Lenox, MA, Tanglewood Music Center (with The Boston Pops)
6/25 -- Philadelphia, PA, The Mann Center for the Performing Arts (with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra)
6/26 -- Vienna, VA, Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts (with the National Symphony Orchestra)
7/30 -- Morrison, CO, Red Rocks Amphitheater (with the Colorado Symphony)
8/1 -- San Francisco, CA, Davies Symphony Hall (with the San Francisco Orchestra)
8/2 -- San Francisco, CA, Davies Symphony Hall (with the San Francisco Orchestra)
8/4 -- Los Angeles, CA, Greek Theatre (orchestra to be announced)

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Wednesday
Jun192013

Miley Cyrus Denies Singing About Ecstasy, Says Alcohol's "Way More Dangerous" than Pot

Facebook.com/MileyCyrusAs Miley Cyrus premieres the video for her new single "We Can't Stop" Wednesday across VEVO, fans are still speculating about whether or not she's really singing about Ecstasy -- the drug, not the feeling --  in one of the song's lyrics.  For the record, she says she's not.

Speaking to Rolling Stone magazine, Miley says that the line in "We Can't Stop" where she sounds like she's singing "dancing with molly" -- "molly" being slang for Ecstasy -- is really just her Southern twang coming through. 

"I have an accent! So when I say 'Miley,' it must sound like 'molly,'" she tells the magazine. "You're not allowed to say 'molly' on the radio, so it obviously says 'Miley.' I knew people were gonna wonder what I'm saying in that song."

As for another drug -- marijuana -- Miley doesn't deny smoking it, but she doesn't come right out and say it, either. 

"I did a song with Snoop Dogg called 'Ashtrays and Heartbreaks,' so people can put it together for themselves," she tells Rolling Stone. "I think alcohol is way more dangerous than marijuana -- people can be mad at me for saying that, but I don't care.  I've seen a lot of people spiral down with alcohol, but I've never seen that happen with weed."

Noting that pot is legal in California, she adds, "So I'm happy to live in California, a place where you can be whoever you want to be."

The full interview with Miley is in the upcoming July 4 double issue of Rolling Stone.

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Wednesday
Jun192013

Rihanna Officially Most Viewed Artist on YouTube

Meredith Truax/FOXMove over, Justin Bieber...there's a new queen in town.  Rihanna has officially passed The Bieb as the most-viewed artist on YouTube.

Billboard reports that at some point on Tuesday morning, Rihanna pulled ahead of Justin;  the 78 videos on her official VEVO channel have a combined 3.784 billion views -- around two million more than Justin's 79 VEVO videos

As for how this happened, Rihanna has 3.7 million more YouTube subscribers than Justin, so even if Justin's fans are watching his videos more, Rihanna can get more view counts because she has a larger subscriber audience to pull from.

Rihanna also has a much larger fan base on Facebook: her page has more than 72 million likes, while Justin's has only 54 million.  However, Biebs does beat Ri-Ri on Twitter, where he's surpassed 40 million followers; she has 30 million.

In other Rihanna news, she's now officially launched her summer cosmetics collection for MAC. It's called RiRi Hearts Mac Summer, and you can buy it now at MACCosmetics.com.

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Wednesday
Jun192013

Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockLittle Big Town performs "Your Side of the Bed" on ABC's The View Wednesday.

Hunter Hayes, Kacey Musgraves and Lauren Alaina are among the artists who made the cut on Seventeen magazine's new Hottest Country Singers! list at Seventeen.com.

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Wednesday
Jun192013

Thompson Square's Keifer Thompson on the Road to Full Recovery from Vocal Problems

Stoney Creek RecordsThompson Square's Keifer Thompson is recovering nicely from some vocal problems that forced the duo to cancel several shows. A hemorrhage and polyp on Keifer's vocal cords has sidelined the duo for the last few weeks, but his doctor says he's making big strides in his recovery after two weeks of total silence.

Keifer says, "I had a really bad hemorrhage, and it's completely healed, resolved, and the polyp is about 70 percent down, so they don't want to do surgery now."

His vocal problem had been mounting for the last 10 months, but Keifer ignored the pain in his throat on night after night thanks to the energy he got from the fans.  Eventually, Keifer said the pain got so bad after a full concert, it felt like someone was stabbing him in the throat after a show.

"I've never had any formal training or anything like that," Keifer explains. "So, I've kinda just done it on what my heart felt like, and it wasn't always right, apparently.  After doing it for so many years and so many hours and songs, it just catches up with you, you know?"

Keifer is now working on getting rid of a few bad vocal habits and learning to sing properly.

He says, "You can still sing soulfully and with power and not scream and grow polyps."

Fortunately, Keifer had a few singing friends like Keith Urban and Gary Allan who have been through similar vocal issues.  Their advice and encouragement helped him through this rough patch, and he's grateful to them for reaching out.

Living with Keifer while he was silent for two weeks was quite an adventure for his wife and duo partner, Shawna Thompson.  They even had a system in place in case they got separated from each other in a big place like the grocery store.

Shawna says, "He would be far away from me, and I couldn't find him 'cause he couldn't speak, and I couldn't call him.  So, we had this whistle thing that we would do as we walked around the store to find each other."

Keifer says with a laugh, "It was like Marco Polo."

Ironing out disagreements was interesting in the two weeks Keifer was silent as well.

He explains, "What's fun is fighting when you can't talk.  That's pretty funny.  You get really animated."

Keifer expects his doctor to tell him Wednesday when he can perform again.  We'll keep you posted when Keifer and Shawna return to the road.

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Wednesday
Jun192013

Mumford & Sons to Kick Off Season Six of "Live from the Artists Den"

Glassnote RecordsMumford & Sons will kick off the sixth season of the popular PBS television series Live from the Artists Den next month. Each episode includes an intimate performance filmed in front of a live studio audience.

Mumford & Sons’ episode features a performance that the group recorded earlier this year at the Belasco Theatre in Los Angeles, California. It’ll air during the week of July 4th at different times in different markets.

Other rockers who will be seen this season on Live from the Artists Den include Soundgarden, The Killers, Two Door Cinema Club, The National and Imagine Dragons. Check your local listings or ArtistsDen.com to see what time the concert airs in your area.

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Wednesday
Jun192013

Keith Urban Working Feverishly to Finish New Album, "Fuse," Before Launching Light the Fuse Tour

Capitol NashvilleKeith Urban is a busy, busy man these days. He's feverishly working to finish his new studio album, Fuse, before going into tour rehearsals for his Light the Fuse tour, launching July 18 in Cincinnati. Wrapping up the recording process isn't just a matter of Keith buckling down and getting it done: he has to coordinate a lot of other musicians' schedules too.

Says Keith, "The challenge has been in trying to finish an album that is complex in its collaborative, in the amount of people that I've collaborated with. I've got to land the plane."

Luckily, Keith has great people on his team to make sure the tour rehearsals go smoothly in the next few weeks.

"My musical director, Chris McHugh, is fantastic," Keith says. "Travis Shirley, who is the production designer for this tour, is excellent. We just toured Australia together, so he has a lot of components that we had in that tour that we can use in this one."

Even though Keith worked out a lot of elements for his U.S. tour while Down Under, he still leaves room to add new elements to his show, right up until he hits the stage.

Says Keith, "Historically, we put something together, and I'm like, 'That's the tour. It's perfect.' And then a week before the tour, I get some crazy idea that I want to do this, or do that and do this. So, I've learned that it's best to have a malleable production that can accommodate those things at a moment's notice."

Little Big Town and Dustin Lynch join Keith on the Light the Fuse tour this summer. The lead single from Fuse, "Little Bit of Everything," is now climbing the country chart. The album will be in stores September 10.

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Wednesday
Jun192013

Backstreet Boys Debut New Single, "In a World Like This" Album Track List

Facebook.com/BackstreetBoysThe Backstreet Boys' new album In a World Like This will be in stores July 30, but the group has just made the title track, an upbeat pop song, available for streaming online.

Speaking to MTV about the significance of the title In a World Like This, AJ McLean explained, "I think...both in a pop world that we've been living in for the past 20 years, and just the world that we live in, with all the different things, positive things [and] negative things going on in this entire world, we're still here 20 years later, living in this world that we've created. And I think it's positive actually. It does kind of sound a little dark, but I think it's positive."

The group also revealed the track listing for the new disc on their official website

"In A World Like This"
"Permanent Stain"
"Breathe"
"Madeleine"
"Show 'Em (What You're Made Of)"
"Make Believe"
"Try"
"Trust Me"
"Love Somebody"
"One Phone Call"
"Feels Like Home"
"Soldier"

On August 2, Backstreet will kick off a summer tour in support of the new album. Joining them on the road will be Jesse McCartney and DJ Pauly D.

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Tuesday
Jun182013

"The Voice" Recap: Danielle Bradbery Wins Season Four

Trae Patton/NBCDanielle Bradbery was named the fourth-season winner of the NBC singing competition The Voice on Tuesday night.

The 16-year-old country artist from Texas, who was coached by Blake Shelton, received more votes than runner-up Michelle Chamuel, the eclectic, bespectacled pop contestant who was a member of Team Usher.

In a brief speech after host Carson Daly made the announcement, Danielle said she was "so thankful" for the experience.

With her victory, Danielle earns a recording contract. She'll also appear on NBC's The Tonight Show on Wednesday night.

This marks the third consecutive season of The Voice in which Blake coached the winning artist.

Danielle was a stand-out in the competition from the moment she auditioned for Blake, Usher, Adam Levine and Shakira. She shocked them all by telling them she'd never had a vocal lesson and had never performed publicly before.

Danielle wasn't the only success story for Blake on The Voice this season. Blake, who turned 37 on Tuesday, also guided Oklahoma country duo The Swon Brothers to a third-place finish.

Daly said at the start of the telecast that the results were determined via what he described as "unprecedented voting."

Michelle and The Swon Brothers did not leave the finals empty-handed. In a prerecorded segment, Daly surprised Danielle, Michelle, and the Swons with new cars from Kia Motors.

Each of the three remaining acts performed multiple times during the two-hour results show. Danielle joined young country star Hunter Hayes for a rendition of his song "I Want Crazy." She also invited eliminated contestants Amber Carrington, Caroline Glaser and Sarah Simmons onto the stage for a cover of Carrie Underwood's "All-American Girl."

After she was named the new champ, Danielle reprised her performance of Sara Evans' "Born To Fly" from Monday night.

Michelle teamed up with one of her favorite bands, OneRepublic, for a live version of the group's tune "Counting Stars." She also sang Stevie Wonder's version of the Beatles song "We Can Work It Out," alongside eliminated artists Cathia, Josiah Hawley, and Vedo.

The Swon Brothers shared the spotlight with Bob Seger for Seger's "Night Moves." You may recall the Swons played Seger's "Turn the Page" on the show earlier this month. The brothers were also joined by eliminated artists Amber Carrington, Holly Tucker and Justin Rivers on "Stars Tonight," by Lady Antebellum.

Aside from the aforementioned collaborations, the musical guests included Cher, who performed her new single, "Woman's World"; Bruno Mars, who sang "Treasure"; Pitbull and the soon-to-be-returning Voice coach Christina Aguilera, who duetted on their hit "Feel This Moment"; and Florida Georgia Line and Nelly, who performed "Cruise."

This season of The Voice marked the first for Usher and Shakira, who filled in for Christina Aguilera and Cee Lo Green. Christina and Cee Lo will return to The Voice this fall, though Shakira and Usher will be back for the spring 2014 season.

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Tuesday
Jun182013

U2's Bono and Wife Lunch with Michelle Obama and Her Daughters in Ireland

Timur Emek/ Getty ImagesU2 frontman Bono and his wife, Ali Hewson, reportedly had a VIP lunch with first lady Michelle Obama and her daughters on Tuesday at a pub outside Dublin, Ireland.

Bono and Ali were spotted shortly after 1 p.m. local time entering Finnegan's of Dalkey, supposedly one of the couple's favorite restaurant spots in their hometown just south of Dublin.

Moments later, the first family -- minus the president -- arrived to enjoy a final meal of traditional Irish fare before departing for Germany later on in the day.

Mrs. Obama and daughters Malia and Sasha have been taking in the sites on the Emerald Isle while President Obama is busy in G8 Summit meetings in Belfast, Northern Ireland.  The first family received a private tour earlier on Tuesday of Wicklow Mountains National Park and the famous monastic sites at Glendalough.

The White House has not commented on the first family’s luncheon.

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Tuesday
Jun182013

Journey to Play Atlanta's Music Midtown Festival in September

Photo: Jane RicheyJourney is among the many artists who will hit the stage at the 2013 Music Midtown Festival, which will take place September 20-21 in Piedmont Park in Atlanta.  Other bands set to perform at this year's edition of the annual event include such popular rock acts as Red Hot Chili Peppers, Jane's Addiction, Queens of the Stone Age, Weezer, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, CAKE and Arctic Monkeys.

Tickets for the Music Midtown Festival start at $90 and will go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. ET.  Citi cardmembers will have access to presale tickets beginning Wednesday at 10 a.m. ET.

To see the full lineup and to get tickets for the festival, head over to MusicMidtown.com.

Journey's appearance at the event comes at the tail end of a busy summer tour schedule for the band.  The veteran rockers' upcoming itinerary kicks off with a June 28-29 engagement at Hard Rock Live in Hollywood, Florida.  Here are all of their upcoming dates:

6/28 -- Hollywood, FL, Hard Rock Live
6/29 -- Hollywood, FL, Hard Rock Live
7/19 -- Cheyenne, WY, Cheyenne Frontier Nights
7/20 -- Minot, ND, North Dakota State Fair
7/24 -- Windsor, Canada, Colosseum @ Caesars Windsor
7/26 -- London, Canada, Harris Park
7/27 -- Belleville, Canada, Empire Square Live
7/29 -- Rama, Canada, Casino Rama
8/1 -- Hershey, PA, The Star Pavilion
8/3 -- Gilford, NH, Meadowbrook
8/4 -- Atlantic City, NJ, Boardwalk Hall
8/15 -- Kinder, LA, The Pavilion at Coushatta
8/16 -- Lampe, MO, Black Oak Mountain Amphitheater
8/18 -- Springfield, IL, Illinois State Fair
8/20 -- Highland Park, IL, Ravinia Festival
8/21 -- Highland Park, IL, Ravinia Festival
8/23 -- Tulsa, OK, The Joint, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
8/26 -- Albuquerque, NM, Sandia Casino
8/28 -- Las Vegas, NV, The Pearl Concert Theatre
8/29 -- Las Vegas, NV, The Pearl Concert Theatre
9/1 -- Snowmass, CO, Snowmass Town Park
9/20-21 -- Atlanta, GA, Piedmont Park

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