Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Gene Simmons Signs Copies of His book "Me, Inc for Anderson's Bookshop, Downers Grove, IL

On October 28 Gene Simmons of the band KISS signed copies of his book "Me, Inc." for Anderson's
Anderson's Bookshop at the Tivoli Theater in Downers Grove, Illinois, just west of Chicago.
Story and photos by  Rob Grabowski





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Sunday, October 26, 2014

BLUE MAN GROUP HOLDS SPECIAL AUTISM-FRIENDLY PERFORMANCE AT BRIAR STREET THEATRE SUNDAY, OCTOBER 26 AT 4 P.M. TODAY

BLUE MAN GROUP HOLDS SPECIAL AUTISM-FRIENDLY PERFORMANCE AT BRIAR STREET THEATRE SUNDAY, OCTOBER 26 AT 4 P.M. TODAY
 
Who:    Blue Man Group, the popular entertainment phenomenon

What:    Partners with Autism Speaks for a dynamic performance that will provide individuals with autism a slightly modified version of the critically hailed Blue Man Group.

Where:    Briar Street Theatre, 3133 N. Halsted St.

When:    TODAY, Sunday, October 26 at 4 p.m.
 
Blue Man Group and Autism Speaks announce a dynamic partnership that will provide individuals with autism a slightly modified performance of the critically hailed Blue Man Group. On Sunday, October 26 at 4 p.m., at the Briar Street Theatre (3133 N. Halsted Street) minor changes will be made to the performance including, the reduction of sound levels at select moments during the performance. Headphones also will be available upon request. In addition, Blue Man Group will also be creating a calming environment in the lobby with bean bags, dim lights and quiet corners for anyone seeking a sensory break from the high-energy fun of the show. All tickets will be sold at $49 with $5 of every ticket purchased donated to Autism Speaks. For more information and tickets please visit: http://www.ticketmaster.com/promo/4inhh5.

About Blue Man Group
Blue Man Group is a unique and thrilling multi-sensory experience that fuses innovative theatrical spectacle and powerful original music with hilarious comedy to create a performance experience unlike any other. The iconic, silent, inquisitive Blue Man character has remained consistent since the show’s opening, but the world he reacts to is continuously changing, allowing for a production that continuously evolves. One of the world’s most popular theatrical productions, today’s Blue Man Group is a blend of signature material that has been in the show since the opening, as well as newer passages that examine the influence of technology on today’s world with a funny and perceptive look at contemporary communication vehicles. The performance then closes with a pulsating finale that has audiences up and out of their seats, featuring an original Blue Man Group music score
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Friday, October 17, 2014

Beyond the Lights Write Up‏

 Beyond the Lights Write Up‏ 
by Tamara Jenkins 
Photos by Dan Locke


Director Gina Prince-Bythewood gives movie goers a look behind the flashing lights of fame with her latest project Beyond the Lights.



Bythewood wrote and directed this film that tells the story of music’s next big star Noni, a bi-racial young women raised by a single mother, who has the voice of an angel. On the verge of succumbing to the pressures of her stardom, Noni meets someone that helps her see who she is and helps her find her true voice.



The film screened during this year’s Chicago International Film and writer, director Bythewood was on hand to discuss how the film came to light in 2007 when she started writing it. Bythewood said Marilyn Monroe and Judy Garland served as her inspiration for Noni and the film. She said the messages she hopes people take from the film are to choose life and be true to yourself. The film stars Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Belle) as Noni, Nate Parker (The Secret Life of Bees), Minnie Driver (Good Will Hunting), and Danny Glover (Lethal Weapon). Beyond the Lights hits theaters on November 14th, 2014.
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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

The Foo Fighters Are Coming to Chicago

New York, N.Y., October 14, 2014 — The highly anticipated new HBO series Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways debuts on Friday, October 17 at 11:00pm (EST). In celebration of the premiere, HBO will collaborate with Facebook to present “Foo Fighters Sonic Highways: Live from The Cubby Bear,” a live stream of the Foo Fighters premiere party concert, which will be made available to fans in the U.S. on the HBO Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/hbo
 
Dave Grohl, Taylor Hawkins, Nate Mendel, Chris Shiflett and Pat Smear will take the stage at Chicago’s The Cubby Bear at midnight (EST) on Friday, October 17 immediately following a screening of the premiere episode. The show will feature the first ever in-concert performance of the new single “Something from Nothing” from the band’s forthcoming album, also titled Sonic Highways (out November 10 on Roswell/RCA). 

Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways is an unprecedented eight-part documentary series that digs deep into the heart and soul of America’s musical identity. Directed by Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl, each one-hour episode is devoted to a different American musical landmark, chronicling the history, cultural environment and people that define each city’s unique musical identity.
The premiere episode takes place in Chicago and prominently features The Cubby Bear, a small club with huge personal significance to Grohl, who saw his first punk rock show at the venue – an event that set him on his life’s path. 

Fans located in Chicago can attend the concert by purchasing tickets online 
at http://itsh.bo/FFChicago beginning Wednesday, October 15 at 10:00am (CST). A two-ticket limit per customer will be strictly enforced and attendees must be 21+. All tickets will be held at will-call and are non-transferable. Ticket holders and their guests must check in at the same time, present government-issued photo ID and immediately enter the venue. Doors open at 8:30pm (CST).
For fans who won’t have the opportunity to attend or catch the live stream of the concert, an archived version of the event will be made available on certain HBO platforms at a later date. 

Follow twitter.com/HBOPR for more info
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Monday, October 13, 2014

The Who Hits 50!

THE WHO HITS 50!
50th ANNIVERSARY TOUR
SET FOR NORTH AMERICA IN 2015
FIRST LEG TO KICK OFF
APRIL 15 IN TAMPA, FL
TICKETS FOR ALL SHOWS ON SALE
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 17
SET LIST TO INCLUDE ICONIC SONGS:
“WON’T GET FOOLED AGAIN,” “MY GENERATION,”
“BABA O’RILEY,” “WHO ARE YOU,”
“I CAN’T EXPLAIN,” “PINBALL WIZARD” AND
“BEHIND BLUE EYES”
THE WHO, one of rock’s most legendary and defining bands, will celebrate their 50-year legacy when they bring their “THE WHO HITS 50! tour to North America in 2015. “THE WHO HITS 50!” tour will kick off its spring run April 15 in Tampa, FL and include 20 stops throughout the east before wrapping May 30 in Forest Hills, NY. The fall leg will launch September 14 in San Diego, CA and begin with west coast dates throughout the U.S. and across Canada before concluding November 4 in Philadelphia, PA. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday, October 17 at 10:00 AM (local time) at www.thewho.com. “THE WHO HITS 50! tour is being presented by AEG Live.
Set lists on these shows will take their audience on an “Amazing Journey” through THE WHO’s entire career, from the band’s early days to classic albums including WHO’S NEXT, TOMMY, QUADROPHENIA, MY GENERATION and LIVE AT LEEDS, through the present day.
Citi is the official credit card of “THE WHO HITS 50!” tour. Citi cardmembers will have access to purchase presale tickets for the U.S. dates beginning Monday, October 13 at 10:00 AM through Citi’s Private Pass Program. For complete presale details visit www.citiprivatepass.com.
Exclusive VIP packages for the “THE WHO HITS 50!” tour includes reserved tickets with amazing seats, special access to THE WHO’S VIP preshow soundcheck, pre-show VIP parties, autographed limited edition memorabilia and much more. Additional details on tickets and VIP packages can be found at www.thewho.com. In addition, $1 from each ticket sold on “THE WHO HITS 50!” tour will benefit Teen Cancer America .
For fan club ticket presales, visit TheWho.com. THE WHO fan club members get a 48-hour exclusive window before anyone else to purchase presale tickets for the tour. For US dates, the fanclub presale begins Saturday October 11 at 10:00 AM local time and for Canadian dates fanclub presale begins Tuesday, October 14 at 10:00 AM local time. Current fan club members can log in to their fan club account to gain access to ticket presales. Not a member? Join today by visiting fanclub.thewho.com/signup.
“From the band’s first hit single ‘I Can’t Explain’ to pioneering the rock opera with Tommy, The Who is one of the most influential and storied bands of our time,” said Jennifer Breithaupt, SVP of Entertainment Marketing for Citi. “This will be one of the most anticipated tours of 2015 and we are delighted to be able to offer Citi cardmembers early access to see this legendary band perform.”
The classic songs fans can expect to hear on “THE WHO HITS 50!” tour will appear on the band’s forthcoming WHO HITS 50! collection. Set for an October 27, 2014 release on Geffen/Universal Music Enterprises (UMe), this definitive collection of THE WHO’s greatest tracks–from their very first recordings as The High Numbers right up to the present day with the brand new track “Be Lucky”–is being released to coincide with the band’s 50th anniversary tour.
The show–described by PETE TOWNSHEND as–“Hits, Picks, Mixes and Misses” will see the band play all their classic anthems as well as tackling deeper cuts from their catalog.
This is the beginning of the long goodbye,” says ROGER DALTREY of the upcoming tour.
PETE TOWNSHEND commented, “Trying to stay young. Not wearing socks. Growing a great big Woodcutter’s beard. Might even wear a check shirt on stage and get a tattoo of a Union Jack. Always a fashion victim. But under no illusions. We are what we are, and extremely good at it, but we’re lucky to be alive and still touring.”
THE WHO have sold over 100 million records since forming in 1964; they brought together four different personalities and in effect produced a musical hurricane. Each of them was a pioneer. Wildman drummer Keith Moon beat his kit with a chaotic elegance; stoic bassist John Entwistle held down the center with the melodic virtuosity of a solo guitarist; raging intellectual Pete Townshend punctuated the epic universality of his songs with the windmill slamming of his fingers across his guitar strings; and Roger Daltrey roared above it all with an impossibly virile macho swagger. They exploded conventional rhythm and blues structures, challenged pop music conventions, and redefined what was possible on stage, in the recording studio, and on vinyl. As they enter their 50th year, the band is still going strong, winning rave reviews for their performances of QUADROPHENIA in 2013.
THE WHO’s 2015 North American tour dates are as follows:
DATE

CITY
VENUE
2015 Tour Dates – Leg 1

Wed
4/15
Tampa, FL
Amalie Arena
Fri
4/17
Miami, FL
AmericanAirlines Arena
Sun
4/19
Jacksonville, FL
Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena
*Tue
4/21
Raleigh, NC
PNC Arena
*Thu
4/23
Duluth, GA
The Arena at Gwinnett Center
Mon
4/27
Austin, TX
Frank Erwin Center
Wed
4/29
Houston, TX
Toyota Center
Sat
5/2
Dallas, TX
American Airlines Center
Mon
5/11
Nashville, TN
Bridgestone Arena
Wed
5/13
Chicago, IL
Allstate Arena
Fri
5/15
Columbus, OH
Nationwide Arena
Sun
5/17
Philadelphia, PA
Wells Fargo Center
Wed
5/20
Uniondale, NY
Nassau Coliseum
Fri
5/22
Atlantic City, NJ
Boardwalk Hall
Sun
5/24
Uncasville, CT
Mohegan Sun Arena
Tue
5/26
Brooklyn, NY
Barclays Center
Sat
5/30
Forest Hills, NY
Forest Hills Stadium




*On sale Friday, October 17 at 9:00 AM





2015 Tour Dates – Leg 2

Mon
9/14
San Diego, CA
Valley View Casino Center
Wed
9/16
Anaheim, CA
Honda Center
Sat
9/19
Las Vegas, NV
Colosseum at Caesars Palace
Mon
9/21
Los Angeles, CA
STAPLES Center
Wed
9/23
Oakland, CA
Oracle Arena
Fri
9/25
Portland, OR
Moda Center
Sun
9/27
Seattle, WA
KeyArena
Tue
9/29
Vancouver, BC
Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena
Thu
10/1
Calgary, AB
Scotiabank Saddledome
Sat
10/10
Minneapolis, MN
Target Center
Tue
10/13
Milwaukee, WI
BMO Harris Bradley Center
Thu
10/15
Chicago, IL
United Center
Sat
10/17
Detroit, MI
Joe Louis Arena
Mon
10/19
Toronto, ON
Air Canada Centre
Wed
10/21
Toronto, ON
Air Canada Centre
Fri
10/23
Pittsburgh, PA
CONSOL Energy Center
Sun
10/25
Newark, NJ
Prudential Center
Tue
10/27
New York, NY
Madison Square Garden
Thu
10/29
Boston, MA
TD Garden
Sun
11/1
Washington, DC
Verizon Center
Wed
11/4
Philadelphia, PA
Wells Fargo Center
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ABOUT AEG LIVE
AEG Live, the live-entertainment division of Los Angeles-based AEG, is dedicated to all aspects of live contemporary music performance. AEG Live is comprised of touring, festival and special event divisions, seventeen regional offices and owns, operates or exclusively books thirty-five state-of-the-art venues. The current and recent concert tour roster includes artists such as Alicia Keys, Bruno Mars, Bon Jovi, Carrie Underwood, Cher, Ed Sheeran, Enrique Iglesias, George Strait, Hunter Hayes, J Cole, Jennifer Lopez, Justin Bieber, Kanye West, Katy Perry, Kenny Chesney, Leonard Cohen, Paul McCartney, Pitbull, Rod Stewart, The Rolling Stones, Taylor Swift, The WHO, Trey Songz and Juanes. The company is also currently producing residency shows at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas including Celine Dion, Shania Twain and Rod Stewart and is the exclusive promoter at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas. AEG Live is also the largest producer of music festivals in North America from the critically acclaimed Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival to Stagecoach Country Music Festival and New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. www.aeglive.com
ABOUT CITI PRIVATE PASS
Citi Private Pass, the bank’s entertainment access program, offers Citi credit and debit cardmembers access to purchase tickets to thousands of events annually. In 2013, Citi offered cardmembers more than 5,000 events, ranging from preferred tickets and early ticket access to top concert tours to curated special events with Grammy® award-winners and VIP experiences including pre-show performances and Q&A. Last year, Citi sponsored the Rolling Stones’ 50 & Counting Tour mobile app. In addition, Citi presented “Katy Perry’s: We Can Survive” benefit concert and exclusive cardmember pre-show experience at the famed Hollywood Bowl. Other experiences have featured artists such as Lady Gaga, John Legend, One Direction, Luke Bryan, and more.
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Saturday, October 11, 2014

MOLOTOV Returns to the US

MOLOTOV RETURNS TO THE U.S. FOR “AGUA MALDITA NAVIDAD TOUR” IN DECEMBER
 
October 10, 2014 – Los Angeles, CA – Latin Grammy Award winning Mexican rock band Molotov will be returning to the U.S. in December for their “Agua Maldita Navidad Tour.” Celebrating Christmas with their signature Latin rock flair, Molotov will kick off the tour in Los Angeles on December 3rd and will wrap it up in Dallas on December 21st. Tickets are on sale now!
 
After nearly 2 decades on stage, 8 albums, a documentary, 4 Latin Grammys and over 3 million+ records sold, legendary Mexican rock band Molotov has returned in 2014 with an incendiary new record, Agua Maldita. The band's latest effort was produced by Jason Perry at East West Studios in Hollywood, CA and features 10 tracks, including the singles "Lagunas Metales" and “La Raza" featuring DMC from iconic hip-hop group RUN-DMC.
 
Molotov continues to push the boundaries of their music with lyrics exploring social and political topics on one of their best records to date.
 
Catch the band on their "Agua Maldita Navidad Tour" in the U.S.A. this December.
 
For additional information on Molotov, visit www.aguamaldita.mx, www.facebook.com/molotovoficial or www.twitter.com/molotovbanda.  Tour dates are as follows:
 
Dec 3 - Los Angeles, CA - Regent Theater
Dec 4 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore
Dec 5 - Ventura, CA - Majestic Ventura Theatre
Dec 6 - Fresno, CA - Rainbow Ballroom
Dec 7 - Santa Ana, CA - The Observatory
Dec 8 - San Diego, CA - North Park Theatre
Dec 9 - Salt Lake City, UT - The Complex
Dec 11 - Chicago, IL - Concord Music Hall
Dec 13 - Washington, DC - Howard Theater
Dec 14 - New York, NY - Stage 48
Dec 16 - Atlanta, GA - Masquerade
Dec 17 - New Orleans, LA - The Howlin’ Wolf
Dec 18 - McAllen, TX - Club Ice House
Dec 19 - Houston, TX - Scout Bar
Dec 20 - Austin, TX - Mohawk
Dec 21 - Dallas, TX - Trees
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Wiz Khalifa Big Secret Tour


WIZ KHALIFA ANNOUNCES

BLACC HOLLYWOOD BIG SECRET TOUR



TICKET ON SALE BEGINS OCTOBER 4TH; TOUR KICKS OFF

OCTOBER 24TH IN SANTA ANA, CA



Los Angeles, CA (October 3, 2014) – Grammy nominated and multi-platinum selling Rostrum/Atlantic recording artist Wiz Khalifa is set to embark on his upcoming “Blacc Hollywood Big Secret Tour,” kicking off in Santa Ana, CA on October 24th and ending in Chicago, IL on November 26th. Blacc Hollywood, Khalifa’s third studio album, debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Top 200 Album Chart, with Billboard describing the album as a “strong offering, rooted in simplicity and banking heavily on Khalifa’s natural charisma.”



This summer, Wiz Khalifa wrapped the highly successful “Under the Influence of Music Tour” in Irvine, CA on August 24th.  Headlined and founded by Wiz, the third annual “Under the Influence of Music Tour” featured some of hip-hop’s biggest superstars including Jeezy, Ty Dolla $ign, and Rich Homie Quan.



Tickets for the “Blacc Hollywood Big Secret Tour” will go on sale to the general public beginning at 10:00AM on Saturday, October 4th. Tickets will be available at Ticketmaster, local venue websites and www.wizkhalifa.com.  In addition, Wiz will be answering questions from fans live at each of his shows.  Submit questions to #ASKWIZ + the date of show attending + the question (e.g. #ASKWIZ 10/25 – question).



Blacc Hollywood Big Secret Tour Dates:



Date:                           City:                            Venue:

10/24/14                     Santa Ana, CA             The Observatory

10/25/14                     Los Angeles, CA           House of Blues

10/26/14                     Los Angeles, CA           House of Blues

10/29/14                     Tallahassee, FL            D.L.T. Civic Center

10/30/14                     Atlanta, GA                  Center Stage

10/31/14                     Atlanta, GA                  Center Stage

11/1/14                       Tampa, FL                   USF Sundome

11/9/14                       Austin, TX                    FunFunFun Fest

11/10/14                     Dallas, TX                    House of Blues

11/11/14                     Dallas, TX                    House of Blues

11/13/14                     Houston, TX                 Warehouse Live

11/14/14                     Peoria, IL                     Bradley University

11/15/14                     Ledyard, CT                 Foxwoods Resort Casino – The Grand Theater

11/16/14                     New York, NY              Webster Hall

11/17/14                     New York, NY              Webster Hall

11/19/14                     Sayreville, NJ               Starland Ballroom

11/20/14                     Pittsburgh, PA             Mr. Smalls Theatre

11/21/14                     Pittsburgh, PA             Mr. Smalls Theatre

11/24/14                     Chicago, IL                  House of Blues

11/25/14                     Chicago, IL                  House of Blues



ABOUT WIZ KHALIFA:

Multi-platinum selling recording artist Wiz Khalifa burst on the scene with mainstream success with the release of his first major label debut, ROLLING PAPERS, in March 2011, which spawned the hugely successful hits “Black and Yellow,” “Roll Up” and “No Sleep.”  He has earned a career total of five Grammy nominations, including nods for such blockbuster hits as the chart-topping “Black and Yellow” and 2012’s RIAA platinum-certified “Remember You (Feat. The Weeknd).” Other nominated tracks include 2011’s “Young, Wild & Free (Feat. Bruno Mars),” Wiz’s 3x platinum-certified, top 10 smash partnership with Snoop Dogg (featured on their 2011 collaborative soundtrack, MAC & DEVIN GO TO HIGH SCHOOL), and Maroon 5’s 2012 worldwide hit, “Payphone (Feat. Wiz Khalifa).”  Wiz Khalifa recently released his newest album, BLACC HOLLYWOOD, which debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Top 200 album chart.

More than just a music powerhouse, Wiz is also a fashion-forward icon and entrepreneur. His Taylor Gang Ent. label and brand recently united with leading active lifestyle brand Neff for a 26-piece apparel collection. They also launched Freshko, a new lifestyle brand co-created by Diamond Supply Co. designer Sketch. Additional highlights include partnerships with luxury headwear designer Flat Fitty (flatfitty.com/product-category/wiz-khalifa-collection), RAW® rolling paper and Converse.

For the latest news, information and press materials on Wiz Khalifa please visit www.wizkhalifa.com, www.twitter.com/wizkhalifa, www.facebook.com/WizKhalifa, http://www.instagram.com/mistercap, and http://www.youtube.com/taylorgangent.
 
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