Friday, November 28, 2014

Cuban Country Stars Hits Chicago, IL on December 6


NASHVILLE, Tenn. – (November 12, 2014) – Dubbed by The Miami Herald as "The next artist to emerge on the Country music scene from Miami since The Mavericks," Cuban Country artist Sammy Arriaga followed his release of his debut single “Lighter Up,” by hitting the road with big-name Country acts including Trace Adkins, Cassadee Pope, Love and Theft, Corey Smith and Jana Kramer. Returning with his Latin-infused style to Chicago, IL., Arriaga is set performance at Bub City on Saturday, December 6, 2014 at 10 p.m..

Through his partnership with Eckrich meats, Arriaga is also giving fans the opportunity to experience his unique Country sound by releasing free downloads of songs from his upcoming EP accompanied by a live acoustic video. His single, “Lighter Up,” was the first of these to become available for download on May 13, and on September 23 he released his newest single "Lets Keep it Rolling." His song "That's What I'm Talkin' Bout" will also become available through Eckrich next week. Fans can download the singles by liking Eckrich’s Facebook page.

Who: Sammy Arriaga
What: Sammy Arriaga at Bub City
When: Saturday, December 6, 2014 at 10 p.m.
Where: Bub City in Chicago, IL
Tickets: Additional information about the show and venue may be found here

About Sammy Arriaga:
Bringing his Miami heat to Music City, TN in 2011, South Florida native Sammy Arriaga has quickly become a young, rising Country music sensation. Now calling Nashville home, Arriaga integrates his Latin roots and influences into today’s Country sound, creating a unique style all his own. Though young, Arriaga is certainly no stranger to the music industry, as America witnessed his unique voice and style earn him a golden ticket to Hollywood during Season 10 of American Idol.

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Thursday, November 27, 2014


Featuring Special Guests Brett Eldredge and Brothers Osborne

NASHVILLE TN (Monday, August 25, 2014) – GRAMMY award-winning country group Little Big Town—consisting of members Karen Fairchild, Jimi Westbrook, Phillip Sweet, and Kimberly Schlapman—will be launching THE PAIN KILLER TOUR on November 8, 2014 in Youngstown, OH.  Today the foursome also unveiled the album cover of Pain Killer, their upcoming sixth studio release, on the band’s Instagram page (  Pain Killer is set for release October 21st and features current hit single, “Day Drinking.” All tour dates except Mt. Pleasant, MI will be produced by AEG LIVE/The Messina Group.

THE PAIN KILLER TOUR will feature special guests Brett Eldredge and Brothers Osborne and will hit over 13 cities nationwide, wrapping in Rockford, IL on December 13th.

“We are so excited to share Pain Killer and get on the road for this tour,” said Fairchild. “Kimberly, Phillip, Jimi and I are thrilled to have such amazing openers in Brett and Brothers…we're big fans.”
"The band is so stoked about this record that we've been playing new songs all summer," added Westbrook. "We can't wait to play the whole thing, along with our hits the fans know and love this November."
For the very first time the band is offering their fans a unique VIP experience on THE PAIN KILLER TOUR. Choose from 2 limited packages including meet and greets, pre-show soundcheck, exclusive merchandise, and more. For more information on all VIP packages and pre-sale tickets head over to

11/8               Youngstown, OH                    Covelli Centre
11/9               Cincinnati, OH                       Bank of Kentucky Center
11/13             Roanoke, VA                         Salem Civic Center
11/14             Knoxville, TN                         Knoxville Civic Coliseum
11/15             Atlanta, GA                           Fox Theatre
11/20             Denver, CO                           1st Bank Center
11/21             Wichita, KS                           Hartman Arena
11/22             Dallas, TX                             Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie
12/4               Detroit, MI                            Masonic Temple Detroit
12/5               Chicago, IL                           Rosemont Theatre
12/6               Mt. Pleasant, MI                    Soaring Eagle (Brett Eldredge Only)
12/12             Rochester, MN                       Mayo Civic Center Arena
12/13             Rockford, IL                          BMO Harris Bank Center
About Brett Eldredge
With two consecutive No. 1 hits “Beat of the Music” and “Don’t Ya," Atlantic recording artist Brett Eldredge is thrilled to join Little Big Town on THE PAIN KILLER TOUR in support of his debut album Bring You Back. Celebrating his album release with performances on Today, Live with Kelly & Michael, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and Late Night with Seth Myers, Eldredge also earned New Artist nominations for the CMA and ACM Awards, a CMT Award nod for "Breakthrough Video of the Year," a performance on Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and rave reviews from noted tastemakers. Eldredge was recently named by People Country Magazine and Us Weekly as one country music's sexiest men. People reported “Patience, passion, personality, a whole lot of talent and an insane work ethic are already in Brett’s favor to position him as a star in country music.”

About Brothers Osborne
Brothers Osborne hail from Deale, Maryland; a water town on the Chesapeake Bay. Upon moving to Nashville, Brothers Osborne began writing and playing every open-mic in town that they could. In 2012 the brothers signed to EMI Nashville (part of the Universal Music Group Nashville). Brothers Osborne mark the first duo signed to the EMI Nashville imprint.  Their current single at country radio is the feel-good song "Rum," a song that the New York Times says "…is elegantly structured, sinewy country passing as back-porch folk." In addition, Rolling Stone also listed Brothers Osborne as one of 10 Artists You Need To Know. Furthermore Country Weekly listed Brothers Osborne as one of their "ONES TO WATCH IN 2014" and Paste Magazine listed the brothers on their "Best Of What's Next" list.

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Wednesday, November 26, 2014






 Top Recording Artists Demi Lovato, Iggy Azalea, Calvin Harris, and Rita Ora -Lead All-Star Lineup

Celebration to Benefit The Ryan Seacrest Foundation

Chicago, Ill. – October 9, 2014 – 103.5 KISS FM, Chicago's #1 Hit Music Station, today unveiled the star-studded lineup for its annual holiday concert, 103.5 KISS FM’s Jingle Ball 2014, taking place on Thursday, December 18, at 7:30 p.m. CST at Allstate Arena. 103.5 KISS FM’s Jingle Ball 2014 is part of the national iHeartRadio Jingle Ball Tour, the season’s biggest annual music event that captures the holiday spirit of the iHeartRadio app, in Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Philadelphia, New York, Boston, Washington D.C., Miami and Tampa, with additional Jingle Ball concert events in Dallas, Seattle, Atlanta and Columbus.

103.5 KISS FM on-air personalities Fred + Angi of “Fred + Angi In The Morning,”officially announced the all-star performers for 103.5 KISS FM’s Jingle Ball 2014 which will include Demi Lovato, Calvin Harris, Fall Out Boy, Iggy Azalea, OneRepublic, Meghan Trainor, Nick Jonas, MAGIC!, Charli XCX, Jessie J, Rita Ora, Becky G, Shawn Mendes and Kiesza.

Tickets will be sold exclusively to 103.5 KISS FM’s “KISS VIPs” and Facebook Fans via Ticketmaster outlets starting Thursday, October 16, at 10 a.m. CST until Saturday, October 18, at 9:59 a.m. CST.  Fans can register for free to become a 103.5 KISS FM “KISS VIP” or Facebook Fan by logging on to and Any remaining tickets will be available for public purchase starting Saturday, October 18, from 10a.m. CST via

“We are thrilled to welcome back Chicago’s 103.5 KISS FM’s Jingle Ball and to continue this exciting musical tradition,” said Tommy Austin, 103.5 KISS FM's Program Director. “With the festive atmosphere and stellar lineup, Jingle Ball is the perfect way to celebrate the holidays with our listeners.”

Every year, 103.5 KISS FM’s Jingle Ball gives back to the community to celebrate the holiday season.  This year’s official charity for 103.5 KISS FM’s Jingle Ball 2014 is the Ryan Seacrest Foundation – $1.00 of each ticket sold will be donated to the non-profit organization, which is dedicated to inspiring today’s youth through entertainment and education focused initiatives.

“The Ryan Seacrest Foundation is excited to be a part of Jingle Ball again this year, collaborating with iHeartMedia to help us raise funds and awareness for our work with pediatric hospitals across the country,” said Meredith Seacrest, Executive Director & COO of the Ryan Seacrest Foundation.  “It’s really fun to be a part of the concert filled with the greatest pop stars of today, and we are extremely grateful for iHeartMedia’s ongoing support of our cause.”

Proud partners of this year’s national iHeartRadio Jingle Ball Tour event(s) include: Macy's and The CW Network. Multimarket partners include: Allstate Insurance Company and ULTA® Beauty.

For up-to-minute information on 103.5 KISS FM’s Jingle Ball 2014 log on to keyword: Jingle Ball or listen to 103.5 KISS FM on-air or online via the station’s website, as well as on and the iHeartRadio mobile app, iHeartMedia’s all-in-one music streaming and digital radio service. iHeartRadio is available across web, mobile phones, tablets, automotive partners, smart TVs, gaming devices and more. iHeartRadio is always free for listeners to use, with no capped hours or monthly subscription fees. It delivers everything listeners want in an all-in-one platform: Instant access to more than 1,500 radio stations from across the country, user-created Custom Stations inspired by a favorite artist or song, thousands of curated digital stations "Perfect For" any mood or activity, and a Shows & Personalities feature giving users access to the best on-demand news, talk and entertainment content available today.  To see all available platforms and to download the app, visit
Artists and/or event subject to change or cancellation without notice.

About iHeartMedia Chicago:

iHeartMedia Chicago owns and operates WGCI-FM; WGRB-AM; WKSC-FM; WLIT-FM; WNUA-FM; WVAZ-FM and 97.5 ESPN Deportes; and is part of iHeartMedia.  With 245 million monthly listeners in the U.S., 97 million monthly digital uniques for iHeartMedia Digital and 196 million monthly consumers of its Total Traffic and Weather Network, iHeartMedia has the largest reach of any radio or television outlet in America.  It serves over 150 markets through 859 owned radio stations, and the company’s radio stations and content can be heard on AM/FM, HD digital radio, satellite radio, on the Internet at and on the company’s radio station websites, on the iHeartRadio mobile app, in enhanced auto dashes, on iPads and smartphones, and on gaming consoles.iHeartRadio, iHeartMedia’s digital radio platform, is the No. 1 all-in-one digital audio service with over 345 million downloads; it reached its first 20 million registered users faster than any digital service in Internet history and reached 50 million users faster than any digital music service and even faster than Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest.  The company’s operations include radio broadcasting, online, mobile, digital and social media, live concerts and events, syndication, music research services and independent media representation.  For more information visit our website at

About Ryan Seacrest Foundation:

The Ryan Seacrest Foundation (RSF) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) dedicated to inspiring today’s youth through entertainment and education-focused initiatives.  RSF’s first initiative is to build broadcast media centers—Seacrest Studios—within pediatric hospitals for patients to explore the creative realms of radio, television and new media. Founded in 2009, RSF currently has Seacrest Studios at hospitals in Atlanta, Dallas, Charlotte, Cincinnati, Denver, Orange County, Calif. and Philadelphia. The foundation has plans to expand throughout the nation, and is currently working to launch in Boston in 2014. For more information, visit More at |

Monday, November 24, 2014

Tom Keifer Standing on “Solid Ground” at Fiesta Day

Story and photos by Anita Lande-Brodersen

Singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Tom Keifer rolled into McHenry, IL to shake things up a bit at their annual Fiesta Day’s concert series. Keifer, who is best known as the founder of the rock band Cinderella, punched together a new band in support of his solo debut “The Way Life Goes”
. Taking nearly nine years to complete, Keifer introduced many of the new songs off the new album while driving into many of his hits from his band Cinderella.
With threatening skies above the outdoor show opened with Keifer launching into “Night Songs” which could be his signature song with his former band Cinderella then tore it up introducing his fans to a few new songs like hard hits “It’s Not Enough” “Solid Ground” and “A Different Light”. During his set his wife Savannah, who co-wrote many of the new songs, joined him to sing back-up on “Ask Me Yesterday”, “The Flower Song”, and “Don’t Know What You Got (Till Its Gone)”.
The blend of Keifer’s classic rock hits with his new songs proved a simply flawless set. With throat issues over the years and many surgeries later, Keifer delivered a picture-perfect performance during a slightly rainy evening in July.
The crowd was pumped hearing other classics like “Somebody Save Me”, “Shake Me”, and “Nobody’s Fool”.
Keifer, the ultimate rocker, has proven that his solo debut was well worth the time he spent on it. Check out his new album and tour schedule and you just might need a shot of gasoline!


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Sunday, November 23, 2014

Twelve Foot Ninja Play The House of Blues in Chicago 11/09/2014

Twelve Foot Ninja Rock The House of Blues

Story by Michael Romcoe

 Photos by Dan Locke

 Twelve Foot Ninja opened for In This Moment on their Black Widow Tour with their mellow, quirky metal which they like to infuse with moments of reggae and latin music.  They played several songs off their first full length CD Silent Machine which was released in November 2012, including Mother Sky, Kingdom, and their biggest hit,
Coming For You, a grungy metal standard that switches to a latin lounge tune in several places during the song.  Formed in Melbourne, Australia in 2008, the group consists of Kin as vocalist, Russ on drums, Stevic and Rohan on guitar, and Damon on bass.  The band members have a lot of energy and are fun to watch.  They have gained a strong following in Australia, and their Chicago audience showed their appreciation as well with a lot of banging of heads.   Despite the moments of reggae and latin, Ninja’s music is good, edgy metal with both thrashing and ballad tracks and occasional refreshing synth effects thrown in.  Check online for information about their new Project 12 CD, which includes all the tracks from their Silent Machine CD plus 12 comic strips to match each track by acclaimed UK comic artist Keith Draws. --- More at |

Wilco To Play Six December Shows In Chicago

Photo by Dan Locke

Jeff Tweedy and Co. will play six shows in The Windy City this December.

Wilco's Chicago performances will take place at The Riviera Theatre on December 5, 6, 8, 9, 11 and 12. The concerts are this year's XRT Holiday Concerts For The Kids and have been dubbed the "Wilco Winterlude."  Wilco will change up the setlist each night and present material spanning their 20-year career. In keeping with the Holiday Concerts For The Kids theme, those attending are asked to bring a new toy or book that will be given to kids at Chicago area children’s hospitals. Tickets will go on sale this Friday, October 17 at 10 a.m. CT via More at |

Slipknot is Coming to Chicago for Thanksgiving

Slipknot have also announced the Prepare For Hell Tour - a major North American headline tour with very special guests Korn and openers King 810 - kicking off October 29 in El Paso, TX and traversing North America through December 7.

"We've been waiting a long time for this," stated Slipknot’s Corey Taylor. "Not only do we get to tour with friends who we respect, we've also chosen a band that represents the fury of the future. Slipknot is coming to your town. And hell's coming with us."

Slipknot emerged at the tail end of the Twentieth Century and quickly established itself as the most enigmatic, provocative and aggressive collective of the modern era. 1999’s SLIPKNOT stands as a true milestone, named by Metal Hammer as the “Best Debut of the Last 25 Years.” The album fast earned 2x RIAA platinum certification, with each of Slipknot’s following releases – including 4 video albums – all receiving additional platinum in the US and around the world. All told, the band have 11 Platinum and 38 Gold record certifications around the world. Slipknot's fanbase is unwavering and they are global - the band’s most recent studio effort, 2008’s platinum certified ALL HOPE IS GONE, debuted at #1 in seven countries including the U.S.

Surely as iconic as any band in the annals of rock, Slipknot has starred on the cover of innumerable national and international publications, from Rolling Stone, SPIN, and Alternative Press to Guitar World, Revolver and Billboard. What’s more, Slipknot has received myriad honors, awards and nominations, including a GRAMMY AWARD® for “Best Metal Performance” as well as six further GRAMMY nods, multiple Kerrang! Awards, Revolver Golden Gods Awards, NME Awards and Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards as well as nods for both MTV Video Music Awards and MTV Europe Music Awards.

Slipknot has ruled live stages across the planet since their beginning, and currently headline tours and international festivals including Mayhem in the US, the UK’s Download Festival, Brazil’s Monsters of Rock and Rock In Rio, Australia’s Soundwave Festival, and the bands own Ozzfest and Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival. 2012 saw the inaugural KNOTFEST draw over 45,000 fans to a pair of daylong festival events headlined and curated by the band.


25 San Bernardino, CA Knotfest
26 San Bernardino, CA Knotfest
29 El Paso, TX El Paso County Coliseum
31 Dallas, TX Gexa Energy Pavilion

1 Corpus Christi, TX American Bank Center
2 San Antonio, TX AT&T Center
4 Little Rock, AR Verizon Arena
5 Oklahoma City, OK Chesapeake Energy Arena
6 Omaha, NE CenturyLink Center
8 Madison, WI Alliant Energy Center
9 Sioux Falls, SD Denny Sanford Premiere Center
11 Denver, CO Denver Coliseum
19 Baltimore, MD Baltimore Arena
21 Nashville, TN Bridgestone Arena
22 Lexington, KY Rupp Arena
23 Ft. Wayne, IN Allen County War Memorial Coliseum
25 Moline, IL iWireless Center
26 Kansas City, MO Sprint Center
28 Rosemont, IL Allstate Arena
29 Detroit, MI Palace of Auburn Hills
30 Toronto, ON Air Canada Centre

2 Reading, PA Santander Arena
3 Camden, NJ Susquehanna Bank Center
5 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun
6 East Rutherford, NJ Izod Center
7 Boston, MA Paul E. Tsongas Arena

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