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15,000 miles down

January, 25th, Canton, PA-  *Apologies for not having any pictures this time around folks!  I'll make up for it next time!* So, I haven't been fair to you guys and gals.  I've been pulling my punches because it's difficult to talk about your life in the first person, without either A.) Incriminating yourself in shenanigans that your Grandma (well, mine at least) wouldn't approve of or B.) Sounding like a pompous twerp.  I've been waiting to get to a new area and then writing the article for the one before.  It's been fun but I haven't wanted to be too insightful, for fear of hitting B, and I haven't talked about the nights of partying I've had, for fear of hitting A.  I've also been cheating myself out of the outlet that this can be.  For those of you who know me, you know who I am, how I get and what an incredibly wonderful or irritating human being I can be.  I try my best to leave folks happy to have met me and I can honestly say that I've made and met quite a few family and friends (new and old) along the way. What I'm going to attempt from here on out is to make sure that the people who do read all of this stuff are up to speed and I'm gonna come clean about what and how I do.  The idea was to travel the country, while broke and at least have a good time.  Well, shit.  I've done it.  I went and accomplished it.  It went by pretty quickly, in hindsight.  I had to do some things that felt like work but all in all...what a friggen blast.  My budget never got outrageous and I found that there were good people, everywhere, who were all willing to help, encourage and house me.  My biggest problem has been money, all the trip through, but to be honest there were only a handful of places where money was an obstacle.  California was tough.  Los Angeles has a job market that's tough to be competitive in.  Seattle was expensive but the wages that they pay offset it enough that it works.  Upstate, NY isn't the best place to find work when it's under 4 feet of snow and 22 degrees below 0.  Most of these things are common sense but where I was and when I was there wasn't entirely dictated by me. Leaving your comfort zone and going somewhere new only takes adaptability.  It's really just about survival.  You need food, water, shelter and some way to maintain those things.  I've slept on beds, floors, couches, chairs, "day beds" and even just a mat, outside on the ground, at Bonnaroo.  The point I'm making is that if your comfort levels are, shall we say, flexible, there's a huge amount of opportunity that you can take advantage of. Last I wrote here, I had just left Washington and arrived back in Arvada, CO, just outside of Denver.  I still had money from working the Puyallup Fair but there was no way that I could live lavishly.  I got to catch up with some friends and I had a good time but it was more of a vacation than anything.  I didn't do much and I wouldn't have had it any other way.  The pacific northwest had hit me in a really good way and I actually needed to decompress and put it all in perspective.  Northern Lights Cannabis Company in Edgewater, Colorado and Pub on Penn in Denver are definitely a great way to put things in perspective. Northern Lights has been open as long as any other recreational dispensary in the state and for all intents and purposes, appears to be doing good business and is hurtling the obstacles that stand in the way of being on the ground floor of what promises to be a growing industry.  It is something else to walk into a pot store and be able to ask any questions and get exactly what you're looking for.  Should someone who had no experience with pot go in, they could feel completely comfortable.  The staff is knowledgeable and friendly would be an understatement.  There are laws that control how and when you can partake (public smoking will get you a ticket as fast as drinking in public) but it's a great way to enjoy Denver's aquarium or parks. Pub on Penn on a Wednesday night is something you see and wish you were a part of.  They have 5$ all you can eat wings and cheap pitchers of domestic beer.  Don't get me wrong, I like to think I'm a bit of a beer snob and given my choice of brew with no pricetag, I'll gladly look for a good microbrew IPA or stout but it's normally a "bang for the buck" kind of operation.  For the money, you will not find a better place to be.  Knowing that, you can assume that the place is going to be completely full of people.  Not like "25-minute wait" completely full but rather "standing room only, get there early or have comfortable shoes" completely full.  The wait staff is very obviously busy and you should know what you're looking for.  It's easy, get wings with Gator Dust and a pitcher of Coors.  When that shows up, order your next round of wings.  They come in orders of 5 but over the course of a few pitchers of beer, a table of 4 can go through hundreds of wings. I left Denver for northern Virginia, right outside of DC.  I was still in vacation mode and had even less money than I had in Denver.  My sister and I got to spend a couple of weeks together and I cooked a pretty decent turkey for Thanksgiving.  I spent a night getting drunk in Washington but I honestly don't remember too much about it.  Some family stuff had started happening at that point and we decided to head back down to Wilmington, NC to see about how it was going.  Things were serious and it was nice to both have the time and the ride to be there. I decided to stay behind when Sara left for Virginia and it turned out not to have been the best decision. Spur of the moment visits from me don't normally work out unless I'm sure about the place that I'm staying.  Nobody had really signed up to "host" me during the holidays and the folks who were expecting me were 600 miles away.  When things got shaky with where I could stay, I decided that Wilmington wasn't my best option.  I spent two weeks or so making sure that things were as good as I could leave them and I caught a ride up to Sneads Ferry. I hadn't seen my old roommates and friends, JJ and Danae, in months and I needed to get reacquainted with their living room.  They've been a power couple for as long as I've known them but they got engaged while I was there.  I didn't have much money (Loreleis still got some of it...lol) and I didn't have access to a transit system so I was pretty well stranded for a little bit.  It was great.  I drank a ton of coffee and got completely caught up on movies and TV.  I played a New Year's Eve show at The Brass Pelican but afterward, I started to feel a bit eager to get out of town.  You can only watch so much television and play so many hours of video games before you start to go a little stir crazy. My Dad was passing through NC so I jumped in the truck with him and headed for PA. I was originally supposed to be in Pennsylvania, specifically Canton, for Christmas.  I actually just got here a couple of weeks back.  This is as good a place as any for me to settle in and try to reload for a bit.  So far I don't have much planned for this year but that's been intentional.  I can go where life takes me.  I have some irons in the fire but for the moment I'm gonna take work at a fast food place one town over.  It's definitely a trade down from my normal kitchen gig but work is work. From now on, these articles won't be put off until I've left somewhere.  It seems I'll be spending a good bit of time in PA, so I'll do my best to keep you folks abreast of what I'm doing.  In the meantime, leave your own comfort zone and go somewhere you've never been before.  Even if it's in the same city or town you're in right now.  Things are what you make them, not what you expect them to be.  Adapt to the situation around you because the world doesn't owe anyone anything.  Keep looking for things that make you smile and go outside and play.

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2015 Megaticket on sale date announced for Raleigh & Charlotte!

PNC MUSIC PAVILION CHARLOTTE & WALNUT CREEK AMPHITHEATRE RALEIGH ON SALE SATURDAY JANUARY 31 AT 10AM! COLUMBIA, SC Jan. 23, 2015 - The 2015 PNC MUSIC PAVILION CHARLOTTE COUNTRY MEGATICKET & the 2015 COUNTRY MEGATICKET AT WALNUT CREEK AMPHITHEATRE - a multi-show package featuring the summer’s hottest country shows in Charlotte & Raleigh. Available only online through megaticket.com, the 2015 COUNTRY MEGATICKET gives you the opportunity to buy your tickets first for the 2015 stellar lineup of country shows! Several different packages are available for a limited time only, and orders will be accepted online beginning Saturday January 31 at 10am, several weeks before individual show tickets are available! The 2015 COUNTRY MEGATICKET includes the same seats to all of the hottest country shows! 2015 Country Megaticket   Visit beachcarolina.com/events/ for show dates, prices, updates, and to purchase as tickets become available.  

CHARLOTTE
HEADLINER SUPPORT SHOW DATE
Brad Paisley Justin Moore + more Sunday, May 31, 2015
Tim McGraw Billy Currington + Chase Bryant Saturday, July 11, 2015
Dierks Bentley Kip Moore + Maddie & Tae + Canaan Smith Friday, July 17, 2015
Rascal Flatts Scotty McCreery + RaeLynn Saturday, July 25, 2015
Lady Antebellum Hunter Hayes + Sam Hunt Friday, August 07, 2015
Florida Georgia Line Thomas Rhett + Frankie Ballard Friday, August 14, 2015
Toby Keith Eli Young Band + more Friday, August 21, 2015
Darius Rucker Brett Eldredge + Brothers Osborne + A Thousand Horses Saturday, August 29, 2015
Jason Aldean Cole Swindell + Tyler Farr Friday, September 04, 2015
Luke Bryan Randy Houser + Dustin Lynch Thursday, September 24, 2015
RALEIGH
HEADLINER SUPPORT SHOW DATE
Brad Paisley Justin Moore + Mickey Guyton Saturday, May 16, 2015
Dierks Bentley Kip Moore + Maddie & Tae + Canaan Smith Friday, June 05, 2015
Tim McGraw Billy Currington + Chase Bryant Friday, July 10, 2015
Toby Keith and Friends Friday, July 17, 2015
Rascal Flatts RaeLynn + more Sunday, July 26, 2015
Lady Antebellum Hunter Hayes + Sam Hunt Saturday, August 08, 2015
Florida Georgia Line Thomas Rhett + Frankie Ballard Thursday, August 13, 2015
Darius Rucker Brett Eldredge + Brothers Osborne + A Thousand Horses Friday, August 28, 2015
Jason Aldean Cole Swindell + Tyler Farr Saturday, September 05, 2015
Luke Bryan Randy Houser + Dustin Lynch Fri 9/25 & Sat 9/26, 2015

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Elton John & His Band 2015 Tour at Bon Secours Wellness Arena March 13th

Friday, March 13 Bon Secours Wellness Arena – Greenville, SC GREENVILLE, SC Jan. 15, 2015 – Elton John and his band return to Greenville on Friday, March 13 as part of the “All The Hits” tour. The tour will feature iconic hits and classic album tracks from throughout his incredible five-decade career, including a selection of songs from his highly acclaimed remastered album, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, which recently celebrated its 40th anniversary. Elton John and his band Tour 2015 Elton John’s band includes Davey Johnstone on guitar, Matt Bissonette on bass, John Mahon on percussion, Nigel Olsson on drums, and Kim Bullard on keyboards. “Elton John is one of the greatest artists of all time, and we are honored to welcome him and his band back to Greenville after over 7 years," said Beth Paul, General Manager for Bon Secours Wellness Arena. "Elton John concerts are unforgettable events and this will be a historic night that no one should miss.” Tickets go on sale to the public Friday, January 23rd at 10 a.m. Visit Ticketmaster.com for more information. Undeniably one of the most acclaimed and adored artists of all time, Elton's spectacular stage shows are sought after by audiences worldwide. Since his career began in 1969 he has played more than 3,500 concerts in over 80 countries.

Elton John playing piano

Elton John playing piano

Elton is one of the top-selling solo artists of all time, with 37 gold and 27 multi-platinum albums as well as 58 Billboard Top 40 singles, and he has sold more than 250 million records worldwide. Elton holds the record for the biggest-selling single of all time, Candle in the Wind 1997, which sold 33 million copies, as well as for most appearances on Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart with his 2013 single "Home Again" marking his 69th entry. He has also written the music for stage and screen successes Billy Elliot: The Musical, Elton John and Tim Rice's Aida, and The Lion King, which was recently named the highest grossing stage show or film release in the world. Among the many awards and honors bestowed upon him are five Grammys, a Grammy Legend award, a Tony and an Oscar, a Best British Male Artist BRIT Award, induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame, the Kennedy Center Honor, Legend of Live Award, 12 Ivor Novello Awards and a knighthood from HM Queen Elizabeth II for "services to music and charitable services." TICKETS ON SALE FRIDAY, JANUARY 23RD AT 10 AM Tickets will be available online at Ticketmaster.com, at Ticketmaster outlets or charge-by-phone at (800) 745-3000. A service charge is added to each ticket. There is an 8 ticket limit per customer.

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Expanded Queen Anne's Revenge Exhibit Opens at the North Carolina Maritime Museum

BEAUFORT, NC Jan. 22, 2015 - Blackbeard returns to the North Carolina Maritime Museum in Beaufort as a newly expanded exhibit opens to the public on Saturday, January 24. The exhibit includes new artifacts from Blackbeard's ship, Queen Anne's Revenge and a new Conservation Laboratory. Staff members from the Queen Anne's Revenge Conservation Lab in Greenville will be at the Museum conducting lab demonstrations on the conservation of artifacts from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Large fragments of a cast-iron, 3-legged, 2-handled pot or cauldron recovered  from Blackbeard's Queen Anne's Revenge.

Large fragments of a cast-iron, 3-legged, 2-handled pot or cauldron recovered
from Blackbeard's Queen Anne's Revenge.

One of the highlights of the new exhibit is a Conservation Laboratory where visitors can view and interact with conservators as they prepare QAR artifacts for eventual exhibition. The lab will provide visitors with a better understanding of the work that goes into preparing these- artifacts as they come from the "ocean floor to the museum door." The lab has been designed to support a wide range of conservation activities from opening concretions and cleaning to photography and documentation. It has both wet and dry cleaning stations, an air scribe booth, and examination areas. Broad windows on two sides of the lab will allow visitors to easily observe the work in progress and interact with the conservators. The lab will be manned by a combination of students, professional conservators, and museum staff. The newly expanded Queen Anne's Revenge exhibit is made possible through the generous donations from Beaufort Wine & Food and the Friends of the North Carolina Maritime Museum. The funding for entire exhibit was approximately $40,000. "Beaufort Wine and Food is thrilled to be able to fund the conservation lab addition to the Queen Anne's Revenge exhibit at the North Carolina Maritime Museum," stated Lindsay E. Parker, Executive Director of Beaufort Wine & Food. The donation of $31,000 from Beaufort Wine & Food went to cover the entire cost of the Conservation Laboratory and any additional funding needed to complete the exhibit. Considered one of the premier culinary events in North Carolina, Beaufort Wine and Food combines a series of carefully crafted events to create an unforgettable cultural experience. Their events are scheduled for April 22-26, 2015. The Friends of the North Carolina Maritime Museum continue to provide ongoing support to the Museum. Through donations from their membership during the 2013 Annual Appeal, the Friends have donated $10,000 to the QAR exhibit. "We believe this expanded exhibit continues to showcase the unique story of the pirate Blackbeard and will attract many new and repeat visitors to the Museum, as well as Beaufort," stated Brent Creelman, Director of Operations for the Friends of the Museum. The Conservation Laboratory gives the North Carolina Maritime Museum a unique opportunity to bring the "behind the scenes" elements of the QAR Project to a wider public audience. The Blackbeard's Legacy Case contains an expanded version on modern day piracy materials that are now on display, and an entirely new exhibit on how Blackbeard and his contemporary pirates are viewed in the modern world. The exhibit will also have a virtual Queen Anne's Revenge program for visitors as well. "The association of Blackbeard and the artifacts from Queen Anne's Revenge makes this of primary importance to the history of Beaufort and North Carolina," stated Joseph K. Schwarzer, Director of the North Carolina Maritime Museums. "We are thrilled to be able to preserve this remarkably unique and important piece of history through an expanded QAR exhibit with the support of Beaufort Wine & Food and the Friends of the Museum," he stated. Events scheduled for the opening of the new exhibit on Saturday include: At 11 a.m., a ribbon cutting of the new Queen Anne's Revenge exhibit will take place with non-other than by Blackbeard himself in attendance. Following the ribbon cutting, children will be invited to participate and work on their own "concretions" (cookies) and see how many "artifacts" (chocolate chips) they are able to successfully recover. Guided tours of Queen Anne's Revenge exhibit will take place at 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. These tours are limited to just 25 people and are expected to fill up. They are on a first come, first serve basis. You can call to make reservations in advance at 252-728-7317. Museum volunteers will have a Discovery Table with touchable props for visitors to see from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. At 3 p.m., Baylus C. Brooks will discuss his new book, Quest for Blackbeard: Edward Thache and his Family of Spanish Town, Jamaica. Brooks is a colonial maritime historian of North Carolina studying in East Carolina University's Maritime Studies Program. On Friday, January 23, the Friends of the North Carolina Maritime Museum have planned a "Preview Party" of the newly expanded QAR exhibit for donors. To become a member of the Friends of the North Carolina Maritime Museum, contact Gina Holland at 252-728-1638. In 1718, the notorious pirate Blackbeard lost his flagship, the Queen Anne's Revenge, when it ran aground in Beaufort Inlet. For more than 270 years, it was hidden by water and sand - a mystery to archeologists around the world. In 1996, private company Intersal, Inc. discovered the shipwreck. The Museum became the official repository for all Queen Anne's Revenge artifacts and has offered a small exhibit of them since 1997. The legend of Blackbeard continues with this newly expanded Queen Anne's Revenge exhibit. About the North Carolina Maritime Museum in Beaufort The N.C. Maritime Museum in Beaufort reflects coastal life and interprets lighthouses and lifesaving stations, the seafood industry, motorboats, and more. Studies in marine life, science, and ecology are available for all ages. The Beaufort museum is the repository for artifacts from Blackbeard's wrecked flagship, Queen Anne's Revenge, among them cannons, grenades, belt buckles and beads. The Harvey W. Smith Watercraft Center teaches boatbuilding for all ages. The N.C. Maritime Museum in Beaufort is open Monday thru Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Free admission. Donations appreciated. About the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources The N.C. Department of Cultural Resources (NCDCR) is the state agency with a vision to be the leader in using the state's cultural resources to build the social, cultural, educational and economic future of North Carolina. Led by Secretary Susan Kluttz, NCDCR's mission is improve our state's quality of life by creating opportunities that promote economic development, stimulate learning, preserve the state's history and spark creativity to experience excellence in the arts, history and libraries in North Carolina. NCDCR was the first state organization in the nation to include all agencies for arts and culture under one umbrella. Through arts efforts led by the N.C. Arts Council, the N.C. Symphony and the N.C. Museum of Art, NCDCR offers the opportunity for enriching arts education for young and old alike and spurring the economic stimulus engine for our state's communities. NCDCR's Divisions of State Archives, Historical Resources, State Historic Sites and State History Museums preserve, document and interpret North Carolina's rich cultural heritage to offer experiences of learning and reflection. NCDCR's State Library of North Carolina is the principal library of state government and builds the capacity of all libraries in our state to develop and to offer access to educational resources through traditional and online collections including genealogy and resources for people who are blind and have physical disabilities. NCDCR annually serves more than 19 million people through its 27 historic sites, seven history museums, two art museums, the nation's first state-supported Symphony Orchestra, the State Library, the N.C. Arts Council and the State Archives. NCDCR champions our state's creative industry that accounts for more than 300,000 jobs and generates nearly $18.5 billion in revenues. For more information, please call (919) 807-7300 or visit www.ncdcr.gov.

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RUSH announces 40th Anniversary Tour - on sale date announced soon for Greensboro concert

RUSH ANNOUNCE R40 LIVE 40TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR - Rush To Visit 34 Cities Throughout North America in 2015 - - Tickets On Sale In Select Markets Beginning January 30 at LiveNation.com -

Rush R40 Live Tickets

LOS ANGELES, CA Jan. 22, 2015 – Celebrating 40 years, Rush and Live Nation confirmed today that the R40 LIVE Tour will visit 34 cities throughout North America this summer beginning May 8 in Tulsa, Okla. and finishing Aug. 1 in Los Angeles, Cali.  These not to be missed concerts will highlight four decades of the band’s music. RUSH will play Greensboro Coliseum on May 28th.  Tickets for the RUSH: R40 LIVE TOUR will go on sale starting Jan. 30 in select markets at Ticketmaster.com and LiveNation.com (complete itinerary follows). Rush R40 Live Tour Over the course of their amazing career, Rush has lived a lifetime together, providing an influential soundtrack to many of their fans’ lives. Some have been with them since the start, while others have discovered them along the way and delved into their incredible body of work. To quote Dave Grohl from their momentous induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, “Rush built their following the right way. No hype, no bullshit, they did it from the ground up. Their legacy is incredible and their influence undeniable.”   After 40 years together and 20 gold and platinum studio albums – Rush is ready to celebrate with the most loyal fans in the world by embarking on their 21st tour, one which will most likely be their last major tour of this magnitude. Celebrate four decades of music with three incredible musicians – all in 1 night.   Rush’s vast catalogue includes such classics as 1974’s self-titled debut, 1976’s 2112, 1981’s Moving Pictures, 1996’s Test For Echo, and 2002’s Vapor Trails. Rush released their 20th studio album, Clockwork Angels in 2012 via Anthem/Roadrunner Records. The critically acclaimed collection marked their first studio recording since 2007’s Snakes & Arrows, and debuted at #1 in Canada and #2 on the Billboard 200 matching the highest chart debut of the band’s career. Known for their energetic live shows, the most recent Rush release was the R40 collector’s boxset including live footage spanning all four decades of the trio’s career, including over two hours of unreleased material and a rare performance of the seven-part version of “2112” packaged in an impressive 52-page hardcover book.   Their longevity has served a pop culture renaissance, with the band’s rare television appearance - their first in over 30 years - on Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report, tributes on South Park and a memorable cameo in the film “I Love You, Man.”  A live review from their most recent Clockwork Angels tour boasted “the power-trio interplay could put guys half their age in the burn ward,” while The Globe & Mail declared Rush as “one of the few bands anywhere that just keeps getting better.” A career-chronicling Rolling Stone feature summed up the renowned rock trio’s continuing artistic vitality by observing, “It’s true that Rush doesn’t mean today what it did in ’76 or even ’96. It may mean more.”   Rush has been recognized with eight Juno Awards, seven Grammy nominations, including one for the acclaimed documentary “Rush: Beyond The Lighted Stage” that also won the Audience Award at the Tribeca Film Festival. The band members were inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame in 1994, made Officers of the Order of Canada in 1996 and inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2010. They have received a star on both Canada’s Walk of Fame (1999) and Hollywood Walk of Fame (2010). In 2012, Rush were bestowed with the highest artistic honour in Canada when receiving the Governor General’s Performing Arts Award. To the elation of their fans, Rush were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2013.   Tickets for the RUSH: R40 LIVE TOUR will go on sale starting Jan. 30 in select markets at Ticketmaster.com and LiveNation.com.  Citi® card members will have access to pre-sale tickets through Citi's Private Pass® Program beginning Jan. 27 in select markets. For complete presale details visit www.citiprivatepass.com.   Exclusive Rush ticket packages are available, please visit http://vipnation.com for package details.   For complete tour and ticket information, visit: www.rush.com.   RUSH: R40 LIVE TOUR NORTH AMERICAN ITINERARY   May 8               Tulsa, OK                      BOK Center                                           On Sale Fri. Jan. 30 May 10             Lincoln, NE                   Pinnacle Bank Arena                              On Sale Soon May 12             St. Paul, MN                 Xcel Energy Center                                On Sale Fri. Jan. 30 May 14             St. Louis, MO                Scottrade Center                                   On Sale Soon May 16             Austin, TX                     360 Amphitheater                                  On Sale Soon May 18             Dallas, TX                     American Airlines Center                        On Sale Fri. Jan. 30 May 20             Houston, TX                  Toyota Center                                       On Sale Fri. Jan. 30 May 22             New Orleans, LA            Smoothie King Arena                             On Sale Soon May 24             Tampa, FL                    Amalie Arena                                         On Sale Soon *May 26            Atlanta, GA                   Verizon Amphitheater                             On Sale Soon May 28             Greensboro, NC            Greensboro Coliseum                            On Sale Soon May 30             Bristow, VA                   Jiffy Lube Live                                      On Sale Fri. Jan. 30   June 8              Columbus, OH              Nationwide Arena                                  On Sale Soon June 10             Buffalo, NY                   First Niagara Center                               On Sale Fri. Jan. 30 June 12             Chicago, IL                   United Center                                        On Sale Fri. Jan. 30 June 14             Detroit, MI                     The Palace of Auburn Hills                     On Sale Soon June 17             Toronto, ON                  Air Canada Centre                                 On Sale Fri. Feb. 6 June 19             Toronto, ON                  Air Canada Centre                                 On Sale Fri. Feb. 6 June 21             Montreal, QC                 Bell Centre                                            On Sale Sat. Feb. 7 June 23             Boston, MA                  TD Garden                                            On Sale Fri. Jan. 30 June 25             Philadelphia, PA            Wells Fargo Center                                On Sale Fri. Jan. 30 June 27             Newark, NJ                   Prudential Center                                   On Sale Fri. Jan. 30 June 29             New York, NY               Madison Square Garden                        On Sale Fri. Jan. 30   July 9               Kansas City, MO           Sprint Center                                         On Sale Soon July 11              Denver, CO                   Pepsi Center                                         On Sale Fri. Jan. 30 July 13              Salt Lake City, UT          Maverik Center                                      On Sale Soon July 15              Calgary, AB                  Scotiabank Saddledome                       On Sale Fri. Feb. 6 July 17              Vancouver, BC              Rogers Arena                                        On Sale Fri. Feb. 6 July 19              Seattle, WA                   KeyArena                                              On Sale Soon July 21              Portland, OR                 MODA Center                                        On Sale Soon July 23              San Jose, CA                SAP Center at San Jose                        On Sale Fri. Jan. 30 July 25              Las Vegas, NV              MGM Grand Garden Arena                     On Sale Soon July 27              Phoenix, AZ                  US Airways Center                                 On Sale Soon July 30              Irvine Meadows, CA       Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre               On Sale Soon   August 1           Los Angeles, CA           Forum                                                   On Sale Soon *Atlanta tickets sold through usual outlets, not a Live Nation event   For Rush VIP packages, fan club memberships and complete tour and ticket information, visit: www.rush.com.

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Jesus Christ Superstar at Greenville Little Theatre

GREENVILLE, SC Jan 22, 2015 - The Greenville Little Theatre (GLT) is thrilled to present Jesus Christ Superstar, February 27 - March 15. The greatest story ever told is brought to life by the composer of Phantom of the Opera and Cats. Centering on Jesus' final days and his betrayal by Judas, this passion play features live contemporary music and illuminates Jesus' transcendent power. The incredible score by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice includes, "I Don't Know How To Love Him,"  "Gethsemane,"  "Heaven On Their Minds," and "Superstar." Jesus Christ SuperstarDirected by Allen and Suzanne McCalla, a phenomenal 34 member cast has been assembled including Josh Broome as Jesus, Christopher Rose as Judas, Beth Martin as Mary Magdalene, Bob Dellert as Pontius Pilate, and Jerry Witty as Caiaphas. Hank Hinnant will serve as Musical Director and Kimberlee Ferreira will choreograph. Tickets prices are $30 with discounts available for seniors, children, and groups of ten or more. Show dates are Feb. 27-28, Mar. 5-7, 12-14 at 8 pm and Sundays, Mar. 1, 8, and 15 at 3 pm. Please phone the Box Office, 864-233-6238 or visit our website, www.greenvillelittletheatre.org for more information. Greenville Little Theatre Box Office is located at 444 College Street on Heritage Green, and is open Monday through Friday from 10-5. Greenville Little Theatre, founded in 1926, is the Upstate’s oldest and largest locally-producing arts organization. A tradition of excellence in community theatre.   ###   WHO: Greenville Little Theatre WHAT: "Jesus Christ Superstar" WHERE: Greenville Little Theatre 444 College Street Greenville, SC 29601 WHEN: Feb 27-28, Mar 5-7, 12-14 at  8 pm Mar 1, 8, & 15 at 3 pm HOW: Call the GLT Box Office (864) 233-6238 or on-line at www.greenvillelittletheatre.org For more information, visit www.greenvillelittletheatre.org or call GLT at (864) 233-6238, or e-mail: info@greenvillelittletheatre.org

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Wine, Chocolate, and Music!

Live Music at Ted's Fun on the River Sunday, January 25 | 7-9 p.m. Ted's Fun on the River, 2 Castle St, Wilmington

Nicole Thompson, Vocalist

Nicole Thompson, Vocalist

Come on down to the river for some music, spirits and a few laughs! Bring a friend or make new ones! Jazz standards mixed with some cool Broadway tunes and nostalgic pop music.  www.tedsfun.com Wine & Chocolate Festival Performance Saturday, January 31 | 11 a.m. - 12 noon Coastline Conference & Event Center, 503 Nutt St, Wilmington, NC Join Nicole Thompson at the Wilmington Wine and Chocolate Festival for some jazz standards, and LOVE songs to celebrate Valentine's Day a little early!  www.wilmingtonwineandchocolatefestival.com

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N.C. Oyster Summit Planned to Promote Healthy Coastal Environment, Economy

OCEAN, NC Jan. 16, 2015 - Maybe oysters won't make you live longer, as folklore suggest, but there's no doubt that a happy oyster means a happy coast. That's why recreational and commercial fishermen, shellfish growers, scientists, engineers, elected officials and others will gather at the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh on March 10 and 11 to chart out future oyster management and restoration programs for the N.C. coast. North Carolina Coastal Federation A new report prepared by the Research Triangle Institute International that has been commissioned by the N.C. Coastal Federation will be released at the N.C. Oyster Summit.  This report assesses the economic values of oyster restoration and other forms of coastal environmental restoration and clarifies how promoting environmental restoration is an important economic development strategy. The summit will also focus on key strategies for ensuring healthy populations of oysters, including protecting and restoring coastal watersheds to maintain healthy growing waters, expanding programs that build oyster reefs to promote sustainable fisheries, establishing fully functioning oyster sanctuaries to provide abundant levels of baby oysters, increasing commercial mariculture and ensuring that recreational and commercial harvest of oysters from public trust areas are properly managed. Rowan Jacobsen, the award-winning author of A Geography of Oysters, will speak at the Tuesday evening legislative reception.  His talk will be followed by a legislative reception at the museum that will allow summit participants to educate lawmakers about oysters in N.C. Registration is now open for the N.C. Oyster Summit. Sign up at www.nccoast.org. Early bird registration is $35 for both days and ends Feb. 10. Regular registration is $45 for both days and closes Feb. 27. Travel assistance and registration waivers are available for qualifying individuals. The summit is sponsored and organized by the Albemarle-Pamlico National Estuary Partnership, N.C. Sea Grant, N.C. Coastal Federation, The Nature Conservancy, N.C. Catch and the Campbell Foundation. About the North Carolina Coastal Federation: "Working Together for a Healthy Coast" The N.C. Coastal Federation is the state's only non-profit organization focused exclusively on protecting and restoring the coast of North Carolina through education, advocacy and habitat restoration and preservation. The federation's headquarters office is located at 3609 N.C. 24 in Ocean between Morehead City and Swansboro and is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The federation also operates field offices in Wrightsville Beach and Manteo. For more information call 252.393.8185 or check our website at www.nccoast.org.

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Train announces Picasso at the Wheel Summer Tour with The Fray and Matt Nathanson

TRAIN SET TO TAKE HIT ALBUM BULLETPROOF PICASSO ON PICASSO AT THE WHEEL SUMMER TOUR 2015 WITH SPECIAL GUESTS THE FRAY & MATT NATHANSON June 9 – PNC Music Pavilion Charlotte June 10 – Walnut Creek Amphitheatre Raleigh Train - Bulletproof Picasso – Tour Kicks Off May 21 with Tickets on Sale Jan. 24 at LiveNation.com – – Band Announces New Single, “Bulletproof Picasso,” and Accompanying Music Video with Guest Stars Emily Kinney (The Walking Dead) and Reid Ewing (Modern Family); Premieres Jan. 23 on VEVO –  

Train

Train

Jan. 16, 2015 Chart-topping San Francisco-natives Train are taking their latest hit album Bulletproof Picasso on the road with a 40+ city summer tour across North America with special guests The Fray and Matt Nathanson. The Picasso At The Wheel Summer Tour 2015, promoted by Live Nation, begins Thursday, May 21 at the Sleep Train Amphitheatre in Sacramento, Calif. and will conclude in Quincy, Wash. on Saturday, July 25 at The Gorge Amphitheatre for the band’s first ever Picasso Music, Food and Wine Festival. Fans across the country in cities such as Los Angeles, Dallas, New Orleans, Atlanta, Toronto and Nashville will have a chance to witness the band perform tracks from the new album—including the Top 10 radio single “Angel in Blue Jeans,” “Cadillac, Cadillac” and their new single “Bulletproof Picasso”—along with their many enigmatic, signature hits from the past 20 years.   Train with special guests The Fray and Matt Nathanson will play PNC Music Pavilion Charlotte on June 9 and Walnut Creek Amphitheatre Raleigh on June 10. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Saturday, January 24 at 10:00AM at livenation.com, via the Live Nation app, the venue box offices, Ticketmaster outlets or charge by phone 800-745-3000.   Fans are also encouraged to show up early for the Patcast Tailgate tent, where Pat Monahan will periodically make an appearance throughout the tour. Located in the venue parking lot each night, ticket-holders can tailgate and enjoy classic rock DJ, give shout-outs to friends on the Patcast (Pat's weekly podcast), and enter to win various prizes. The Patcast tent will also be the place for fans to register for the Mermaid Costume Contest and a chance to be brought onstage.   VIP bundles and experiences will be available through Train’s fan presale beginning Tuesday, Jan. 20 at 11:00 a.m. local time - information on how to purchase will be available on all of Train’s social media accounts. Citi® cardmembers will have access to pre-sale tickets beginning Wednesday, Jan. 21 at 11:00 a.m. local time through Citi's Private Pass® Program. For complete pre-sale details, visit www.citiprivatepass.com. General tickets for the tour go on sale Saturday, Jan. 24 at 10 a.m. in select cities on www.livenation.com.   Train also announced today their new single “Bulletproof Picasso” and its forthcoming music video, which will feature guest stars Emily Kinney (Beth on AMC’s The Walking Dead) and Reid Ewing (Dylan on ABC’s Modern Family). The band performed the title track this morning on LIVE! with Kelly and Michael in its television debut, and the video will premiere on VEVO on Jan. 23.   Bulletproof Picasso—the band’s 7th studio album—debuted at #5 on the Billboard Top 200 in September 2014 and earned rave reviews. USA Today’s Elysa Gardner remarks that “the best tracks… are the driving and high-spirited ones, where Pat Monahan’s sweet, keening tenor – evoking cative here of a Wings-era Paul McCartney – rides meaty but crisply percussive arrangements” and Billboard’s Richard Bienstock says the band’s “wholehearted embrace of pop has unshackled Train, allowing it to revel in anything-goes stylistic tourism” that all feels “oddly cohesive, with the band’s rocker roots showing an impressive pliability to move within pop’s boundaries.”   Train has successfully traveled the nearly-unnavigable path of a contemporary, hit-making rock band while keeping their heads. The climb to the top began in San Francisco in 1994. The original 5-member band tenaciously built a loyal following, leading up to their own self-titled debut album, released by Columbia in 1998.  The tumbling wordplay of “Meet Virginia” gave them their first unlikely radio hit, with 2001’s Drops Of Jupiter garnering multi-platinum status thanks to the double-Grammy winning title song that spent 10 months in the Top 40.  In their typical ‘you-gotta’-nail-it-down-motherfucker’ style, the quixotic song snared the Best Rock Song trophy by beating out Coldplay and two U2 songs.   The group won another Grammy in 2011 for their global hit “Hey Soul Sister,” the #1 best-selling smash and most downloaded single of 2010, from their multi-platinum album Save Me, San Francisco.  Their most recent album, 2012’s California 37 launched the hit “Drive By,” which reached the Top 10 in 13 countries.  They’ve sold more than 10 million albums worldwide, more than 30 million tracks, with multiple platinum/gold citations, including 3 Grammy Awards, 2 Billboard Music Awards and dozens of other honors. Additionally, Train's award-winning Save Me, San Francisco Wine Co. has recently released their 6th varietal, 'Bulletproof Picasso' sauvignon blanc. Proceeds from the wine support Family House, a San Francisco charity that supports families of children with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses.

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Elton John & His Band Tour 2015 at Crown Coliseum in Fayetteville, NC

Wednesday, March 11, 2015 Crown Coliseum – Fayetteville, NC FAYETTEVILLE, NC Jan. 15, 2015 – Elton John and his band return to Fayetteville on Wednesday, March 11 as part of the “All The Hits” tour. The tour will feature iconic hits and classic album tracks from throughout his incredible five-decade career, including a selection of songs from his highly acclaimed remastered album, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, which recently celebrated its 40th anniversary. Elton John and his band Tour 2015 Elton John’s band includes Davey Johnstone on guitar, Matt Bissonette on bass, John Mahon on percussion, Nigel Olsson on drums, and Kim Bullard on keyboards. “We couldn’t be more excited to have Elton John perform at the Crown Coliseum,” said Jim Grafstrom, Global Spectrum General Manager. “This is the largest musical event to come to Fayetteville in the last 15 years. A show of this magnitude is tremendous for our market and we are thrilled to have him." Tickets go on sale to the public Friday, January 23rd at 10 a.m. Visit Ticketmaster.com for more information. Undeniably one of the most acclaimed and adored artists of all time, Elton's spectacular stage shows are sought after by audiences worldwide. Since his career began in 1969 he has played more than 3,500 concerts in over 80 countries.

Elton John playing piano

Elton John playing piano

Elton is one of the top-selling solo artists of all time, with 37 gold and 27 multi-platinum albums as well as 58 Billboard Top 40 singles, and he has sold more than 250 million records worldwide. Elton holds the record for the biggest-selling single of all time, Candle in the Wind 1997, which sold 33 million copies, as well as for most appearances on Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart with his 2013 single "Home Again" marking his 69th entry. He has also written the music for stage and screen successes Billy Elliot: The Musical, Elton John and Tim Rice's Aida, and The Lion King, which was recently named the highest grossing stage show or film release in the world. Among the many awards and honors bestowed upon him are five Grammys, a Grammy Legend award, a Tony and an Oscar, a Best British Male Artist BRIT Award, induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame, the Kennedy Center Honor, Legend of Live Award, 12 Ivor Novello Awards and a knighthood from HM Queen Elizabeth II for "services to music and charitable services." TICKETS ON SALE FRIDAY, JANUARY 23RD AT 10 AM Tickets will be available online at Ticketmaster.com, at Ticketmaster outlets or charge-by-phone at (800) 745-3000. A service charge is added to each ticket. There is an 8 ticket limit per customer.

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