Cole Swindell to Kick Off Mandalay Bay’s Concerts on the Beach 2019 Series Saturday, April 27

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cole Swindell to Kick Off Mandalay Bay’s

Concerts on the Beach 2019 Series Saturday, April 27

 

Tickets on Sale Friday, Jan. 11

 

Platinum selling rising superstar and 11-time chart-topping singer/songwriter Cole Swindell opens the 2019 season for Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino’s Concerts on the Beach series sponsored by MillerCoors and Pepsi Saturday, April 27 at 9 p.m.

M life Rewards presale will begin Thursday, Jan. 10 at 10 a.m. PT. To join the M life Rewards program or for more information, visit mlife.com. Tickets, starting at $59, go on sale to the public Friday, Jan. 11 at 10 a.m. PT and will be available at any MGM Resorts International ticketing outlet, online at mandalaybay.com and ticketmaster.com, or by phone at (702) 632-7580.

 

The Georgia-born Swindell has been riding a wave of success with his most recent album, All of It, which debuted No. 1 on the Billboard Country album chart, and his two 2018 headlining tours, “Reason to Drink” and “Reason to Drink…Another Tour.” Swindell is also the only solo singer-songwriter in the history of the Country Aircheck/Mediabase charts to top the charts with his first seven singles. The award-winning Swindell, while on his own meteoric rise, has written songs for some of country music’s most notable acts such as Thomas Rhett, Florida Georgia Line and Luke Bryan.

 

The Mandalay Bay Beach stage, which rises over the Four Diamond resort’s sand and surf wave pool, has hosted entertainment’s biggest names as part of the fan-favorite series. Concert-goers are invited to enjoy musical performances that perfectly complement the warm season as they sip on cocktails, sink their toes in the sand and wade in the water at Mandalay Bay’s guest-favorite wave pool.

 

For the third year Mandalay Bay Beach’s Concerts on the Beach series will offer The Beachfront Experience. This premier experience grants guests access to an exclusive area on the Beach which includes lounge chair seating, cocktail service, a private bar and premium viewing of the show. Guests also will receive expedited entry into the venue.

 

ABOUT MANDALAY BAY

Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino is set on 120 lush acres featuring Mandalay Bay Beach, a tropical pool paradise with real sand. The Mandalay Bay Events Center, award-winning restaurants, exhilarating entertainment, unique shopping, Shark Reef Aquarium and the recently expanded 2-million-square-foot Mandalay Bay Convention Center combine to make Mandalay Bay a distinctive Las Vegas resort destination. The resort offers three distinct hotel experiences: Mandalay Bay with 3,211 luxurious rooms and suites reflecting a modern tropical ambiance; Four Seasons Hotel, a AAA Five Diamond hotel offering 424 rooms and suites; and the luxury all-suite Delano Las Vegas.  Mandalay Bay is an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM). For more information and reservations, visit mandalaybay.com, call toll free at (877) 632-7800 or find us on Facebook and Twitter.

 

DJ Rock Headlines Weekend of NFR Entertainment at the Downtown Grand Hotel & Casino

 

DJ ROCK TO HEADLINE WEEKEND OF NFR ENTERTAINMENT AT THE DOWNTOWN GRAND

As Seen on Tour with Luke Bryan, DJ Rock Brings His High-Energy, Country-Pop Set
To The Grand Casino Floor December 14th and 15th at 10 p.m.

Las Vegas’ Own Cali Tucker (Niece of Tanya Tucker) Takes Over Freedom Beat Brunch December 9th and 16th

As an official hotel sponsor of NFR 2018, the Downtown Grand Hotel & Casino has cemented itself as the place to be on the final weekend of NFR by announcing headlining performances from DJ Rock, as seen on tour with Luke Bryan and Cole Swindell. Based in Georgia, Rock brings his mainstream fusion of country and pop to the Grand casino floor on December 14th and 15th, along with his high-energy performance style that has earned him the number one supporting slot for some of the top country music tours in the U.S.

Performances are FREE for everyone 21 and over and will begin at 10 p.m.

On Instagram at @the_djrock

Helping rodeo goers recover from the night before, The Downtown Grand continues its NFR programming with live brunch performances from Las Vegas’ own Cali Tucker at Freedom Beat on Sunday December 9th and 16th at 11:00 am.

Born into Country Music Royalty, Cali had big shoes to fill as her Mother (LaCosta Tucker) and Aunt (Tanya Tucker) both hit the country music scene in the early 1970’s, launching their careers into legendary status. After being chosen as a participant on the hit TV show “The Voice” Season 6, Cali had made her own mark as a one-of-a-kind vocalist and the former “Miss Teen All American” continues be a sought after performer nation-wide.

On Instagram at @calituckerofficial

Shows are FREE for all ages and will feature a “Rodeo Brunch” experience for just $24.99 per person. Highlighted by BBQ Brisket, Spare Ribs, and Country Fried Steak this cowboy spin on Freedom Beat’s popular all-you-can eat brunch begins every Saturday and Sunday at 10 a.m. and will offer up $2 Coors Light on tap.

Full List of NFR Weekend Entertainment:

FREEDOM BEAT LIVE (Free Shows, All Ages)

12/7/2018 | 7:00pm | Hazard & Co
12/8/2018 | 11:00am | Ryan Whyte Maloney
12/8/2018 | 7:00pm | Cory Brown
12/9/2018 | 11:00am | Cali Tucker
12/15/2018 | 11:00am | Zach Winningham
12/16/2018 |11:00am | Cali Tucker
GRAND CASINO FLOOR (Free Shows, 21 and over)

12/7/2018 | 10:00pm | DJ Greggy D
12/8/2018 | 10:00pm | DJ Greggy D
12/14/2018 | 10:00pm | DJ Rock
12/15/2018 | 10:00pm | DJ Rock

For more NFR information visit https://www.downtowngrand.com/nfr/

About Downtown Grand Hotel & Casino:
Downtown Grand Hotel & Casino is a unique hospitality and entertainment destination right in the heart of revitalized downtown Las Vegas. Located on 3rd Street between Ogden and Stewart, Downtown Grand encompasses an entire urban block of hotel, casino and dining amenities. The property features two 18-story and 25-story towers adjoined by a walking bridge elevated over 3rd Street, with 629 guest rooms and suites offering luxury accommodations that set a new standard for sophistication and style in downtown Las Vegas. Downtown Grand’s casino offerings include 25,000 square feet of gaming space with nearly 500 of the hottest slot machines, table games and a fully featured sports book powered by William Hill. Restaurants, bars and entertainment options include Freedom Beat, Furnace Bar, Art Bar, Sidebar and the award-winning Las Vegas steakhouse Triple George Grill. Partnering venues include the famous Hogs & Heifers saloon and Pizza Rock, renowned as one of the best pizza restaurants in the city. Downtown Grand features Citrus Grand Pool Deck, a rooftop pool experience with more than 35,000 square feet of entertainment and special event space, an infinity pool, restaurant and bar, semi-private cabanas, a fire pit and a grass seating area.

For more information, call (702) 719-5100 or go to DowntownGrand.com.

 

Cotton Eyed Joe Celebrates 25th Anniversary — Named The ACM 2018 “Nightclub Of The Year”

 

COTTON EYED JOE CELEBRATES 25th ANNIVERSARY — NAMED THE ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC 2018 “NIGHTCLUB OF THE YEAR”

New Owner Brings Famed Nightclub New Dance Floor, Lighting, Pool Tables, Concerts and more!

For over 25 years, the Cotton Eyed Joe has served as the hottest night club in all of East Tennessee. In fact, this year, it won the ACM (Academy of Country Music) Industry Award for Nightclub of the Year! The ‘Joe’ is already awesome, but it’s about to get a whole lot better! From complete renovations to new offerings, such as valet parking, the “Joe” will have a totally updated atmosphere, perfect for concerts. All of these changes are made possible thanks to the “Joe’s” new owner, Chuck Ward. He’s been in the real estate business for 30 years, and he’s already begun to give the club a much-needed face-lift.

READ: Knoxville’s Cotton Eyed Joe to receive at least $150K in renovations (Knox News / USA Today network)

“Everybody loves the Cotton Eyed Joe, and I’m thrilled to be the one who will make them love it even more,” said new owner, Chuck Ward. “I’m working hard to make it better than ever and more visitor friendly. Thanks to everyone who comes out to see us!”

CLUB UPDATES:
Part of the “Joe’s” renovations include new flooring, dance floors, lighting, and pool tables. Coming soon they will have updated restrooms and a permanent stage for their world-famous performances!

NEW CHANGES & OFFERINGS:
Arriving at the ‘Joe’ has never been better because the valet parking services have been enhanced. An all new menu will be making its debut sometime soon at the ‘Joe’. It will be filled with usual pub fare bar food, plus many delicious fresh food choices.

FREE Dance Lessons are held at the ‘Joe’ from 7-9pm on Thursdays and Sundays. Thursday’s Lessons consist of two stepping and line dancing, and Sunday’s lessons consist of line dancing. Cotton Eyed Joe is always teaching new and exciting dance moves!

UNIQUE FACTS:
18+ are always welcome at the Cotton Eyed Joe! CEJ has weekly specials, too, so club goers can have a good time while also saving some cash.

Each week, more than 3,000 people occupy the “Joe’s” 25,000 square foot building, and dance on the 2,500 sq ft dance floor.

One of the coolest features about the “Joe” is how it’s decorated. For example, the DJ booth is an actual semi-truck! The rest of the building is filled with signed photos, western gear, and much more.

The National Anthem is played EVERY NIGHT, followed by the club’s theme song, “Cotton Eyed Joe”.

ACTIVITIES:
In addition to dancing and enjoying your favorite cold beverage, there are many other fun things to do at Cotton Eyed Joe. From video games, to pool tables, or taking a ride on the mechanical bull, it would be impossible not to have a good time at the “Joe.” Additionally, there are also games like Jenga, darts, and Foosball.

Joe’s Closet is a shopping center located inside Cotton Eyed Joe, where t-shirts, hats, koozies, and more can be purchased. This is also the place for coat checks, and where concert tickets can be purchased.

SHOW HISTORY:
Over the years, the Cotton Eyed Joe has housed many incredible performances. Artists include Chris Stapleton, Thomas Rhett, Cole Swindell, Chris Janson, Uncle Kracker, Eli Young Band, Dan + Shay, Montgomery Gentry, Brothers Osborne, Aaron Lewis, Joe Nichols, Kane Brown, Chris Lane, Old Dominion, Chase Bryant, Tyler Farr, Morgan Wallen, Maddie and Tae, Bret Michaels, Colt Ford, Gary Allen, Lauren Alaina, William Michael Morgan, Chase Rice, Michael Ray, and many more!

UPCOMING CONCERT EVENTS:
AUG 24 – Colt Ford
SEP 7 – Randy Rogers Band
SEP 21 – Joe Nichols
SEP 22 – Confederate Railroad
SEP 26 – Josh Blue
OCT 19 – Riley Green
DEC 07  – The Lacs

For additional information and upcoming concerts and events, visit Cotton Eyed Joe’s website at www.cottoneyedjoe.com

ABOUT COTTON EYED JOE:
In 2017, Chuck Ward, a real estate investor purchased Cotton Eyed Joe as his “new project.” Less than a year later, the Joe was named “Nightclub of the Year” by the Academy of Country Music. With renovations, concerts, and special events happening weekly, more than 3,000 people occupy the “Joe’s” 25,000 square foot building and dance on the 2,500 square foot dance floor. The “Joe’s” décor includes signed memorabilia, western gear, and a DJ booth made from an actual semi-truck. Those 18+ are always welcome for shows and a good time.

Country Thunder Receives Academy Of Country Music ‘Festival Of The Year’ Industry Award

 

Country Thunder Receives Academy Of Country Music ‘Festival Of The Year’ Industry Award

Country Thunder will celebrate the win at 12th Annual ACM Honors™ Wednesday, August 22, 2018 at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium

The Academy of Country Music® has named Country Thunder West ‘Festival of the Year’ for the 53rd Academy of Country Music Awards today. Industry Award, Studio Recording Award and the previously announced Special Award winners will be honored during the 12th ANNUAL ACM HONORS™, an evening dedicated to recognizing the special honorees and off-camera category winners from the 53rd ACM Awards. ACM Honors will take place on Wednesday, August 22, 2018 at the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN. Tickets are available to the public at www.ticketmaster.com.

“It’s a great honor to be named alongside the best in the industry,” said Troy Vollhoffer, CEO and Executive Producer of Country Thunder Music Festivals. “We celebrated the 25th anniversary of the Arizona festival this year, and are continuing to grow this amazing event that began in 1993. We are all very thankful to the Academy and the voters to receive this distinguished award.”

This year’s festival in Arizona featured main stage performances from Cole Swindell, Jason Aldean, Toby Keith, Luke Bryan, Lauren Alaina, Tracy Lawrence, Big & Rich, Brett Young, Drew Baldridge, Cody Johnson, Michael Ray, Lindsay Ell, Morgan Wallen, Michael Ray and many more…

As previously announced, Lauren Alaina and Jon Pardi will co-host the 12th Annual ACM Honors.

The Academy of Country Music Industry Awards are voted on by all professional members of the Academy. The Studio Recording Awards are voted on by professional members of the Academy classified in the artist-entertainer/musician-bandleader-instrumentalist categories and the producer-engineer-studio manager sub-category.

Tickets to ACM Honors are now on sale at www.ticketmaster.com. For more information on the ACM Awards and all ACM events, visit www.ACMcountry.com. You can like Academy of Country Music on Facebook or follow on Twitter at @ACMawards and Instagram @ACMAwards for more immediate updates.

 

About ACM Honors™:
ACM Honors™ is an evening dedicated to recognizing the special honorees and off-camera category winners from the Academy of Country Music Awards, including the Special Awards, Studio Recording Awards, Industry Awards and Songwriter of the Year Award. The 12th Annual ACM Honors will take place Wednesday, August 22, 2018, at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium. The show is executive produced by Pete Fisher, and written and produced by Lisa Lee. Tickets to ACM Honors are priced from $75 – $125 and are on sale to the general public at www.Ticketmaster.com and the Ryman box office. For more information, visit www.ACMcountry.com.

About Country Thunder:
Now in its 25th year, Country Thunder in Florence, Ariz., annually hosts the biggest names in Country music onstage and a sold-out audience of tens of thousands. The festival prides itself in offering something for fans of any age. Country Thunder not only has a consistently top-notch line-up with a mix of legendary, up-and-coming and contemporary artists, but also multiple stages showcasing the best local talent, Electric Thunder, which features DJs spinning country, red dirt and rock with an EDM/club twist, numerous food and specialty item vendors, helicopter and thrill rides—including a Zip Flyte and the Slingshot—and more.

 

Luke Bryan performs at Country Thunder 2018 in Florence, Arizona. (Photo by Rick Diamond)
Jason Aldean performs at Country Thunder 2018 in Florence, Arizona. (Photo by Rick Diamond)
Big Kenny of Big & Rich performs at Country Thunder 2018 in Florence, Arizona. (Photo by Rick Diamond)

New Talent Announced for 6th ACM Party for a Cause (April 12-15 – Las Vegas)

 

ADDITIONAL TALENT ANNOUNCED
FOR THE 6TH ANNUAL ACM PARTY FOR A CAUSE® IN LAS VEGAS

MORE THAN 80 OF COUNTRY MUSIC’S MOST CELEBRATED ARTISTS AND EMERGING TALENTS
TO PERFORM AT EVENTS BENEFITTING ACM LIFTING LIVES® TAKING PLACE APRIL 12 – 15, 2018
SURROUNDING THE 53RD ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS

April 12-15! Get tix NOW! https://www.partyforacause.com

 

The Academy of Country Music® announced today that Lauren Alaina, Rhett Akins, Rodney Atkins, Kristian Bush, Cam, Lindsay Ell, Chris Janson, LOCASH, Scotty McCreery, Midland, Parmalee, Eric Paslay, RaeLynn, Cole Swindell, Chris Young and more have been added to the musical lineup for the 6th Annual ACM Party for a Cause®. More than 80 of country music’s most celebrated artists and emerging talents will all perform at select venues across the Las Vegas Strip April 12-15, 2018.

 

Portions of all event proceeds will benefit ACM Lifting Lives®, the philanthropic arm of the Academy of Country Music, which works to lift lives through the power of music.

 

This year’s ACM Party for a Cause will consist of fan events leading up to and immediately following the 53rd Academy of Country Music Awards™, Country Music’s Party of the Year®, which will broadcast LIVE from MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 15, 2018 at 8:00 PM ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network.

 

The latest schedule of events is listed below. For additional details and ongoing updates including ticket sale information and the most up-to-date lineup of country superstars set to perform at each event, please check back often at www.PartyForaCause.com.

 

6TH ANNUAL ACM PARTY FOR A CAUSE SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:
THURSDAY, APRIL 12, 2018
6:00 PM               95.5 The Bull’s 10th Annual All-Star Guitar Pull
Location: The Pearl, Palms Resort
Performers: Kelsea Ballerini, Kane Brown, Luke Combs, Russell Dickerson, Chris Lane, Midland, Justin Moore, and Tyler Rich

 

10:00 PM             ACM After Party for a Cause: Stoney’s Rockin’ Country
Location: Stoney’s Rockin’ Country
Performer: Russell Dickerson

 

FRIDAY, APRIL 13, 2018
11:00 AM            ACM Party for a Cause: Tailgate Party
Location: Stoney’s Rockin’ Country
Performers: Rodney Atkins, Travis Denning, Cale Dodds, FILMORE, Ben Gallaher, Tony Jackson, Tegan Marie, Kendall Marvel, Jackson Michelson, Josh Mirenda, Stevie Monce, Tim Montana, Kip Moore, Mitchell Tenpenny, and Aaron Watson

 

6:00 PM               ACM Party for a Cause with Old Dominion
Location: Sandbar Pool at Red Rock Casino Resort
Performers: Old Dominion, Michael Ray

 

7:00 PM               WME’s Bash at The Beach
Location: Mandalay Bay Beach, Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino
Performers: Cam, Jordan Davis, Chris Janson, LANCO, Dee Jay Silver, Granger Smith, and Morgan Wallen

 

8:00 PM               ACM Stories, Songs & Stars: A Songwriter’s Event Benefitting ACM Lifting Lives
Location: The Joint, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

Performers: Lee Brice, Lori McKenna, Midland, Thomas Rhett, Cole Swindell and ACM Songwriter of the Year nominees Rhett Akins, Ashley Gorley, Hillary Lindsey, Shane McAnally, and Josh Osborne
Hosted by: Storme Warren

 

10:00 PM             ACM After Party for a Cause: Kelsea Ballerini
Location: Stoney’s Rockin’ Country
Performer: Montgomery Gentry

 

10:00 PM             ACM After Party for a Cause: Nashville Unplugged
Location: Rhythm & Riffs Lounge, Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino
Performers: Levi Hummon, Marcus Hummon, Eric Paslay, and RaeLynn

 

SATURDAY, APRIL 14, 2018
8:00 AM               ACM Workout for a Cause: Erin Oprea Unleashed Tour with special guest Kelsea Ballerini
Location: Stoney’s Rockin’ Country
Talent: Kelsea Ballerini, Erin Oprea (Celebrity Trainer), and more

 

9:00 AM               ACM Pool Party for a Cause
Location: Flamingo GO Pool, Flamingo Las Vegas
Performers: Craig Campbell, Chase Rice

 

10:00 AM            ACM Lifting Lives Topgolf Tee-Off Hosted by Charles Kelley & Darius Rucker
Location: Topgolf, MGM Grand Hotel & Casino
Performers: Levi Hummon, Chris Lane, Tegan Marie, and Eric Paslay

 

11:00 AM            ACM Party for a Cause: Tailgate Party
Location: Stoney’s Rockin’ Country
Performers: Jimmie Allen, Kenny Foster, Walker Hayes, High Valley, Lucas Hoge, Austin Jenckes, LOCASH, Eric Paslay, Jon Pardi, Stephanie Quayle, Brandon Ray, Jake Rose, Smithfield, Scott Stevens, and Tenille Townes

 

7:00 PM               WME’s Bash at The Beach
Location: Mandalay Bay Beach, Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino
Performers: Lindsay Ell, Morgan Evans, Scotty McCreery, Parmalee, RaeLynn, Dee Jay Silver, and Chris Young

 

10:00 PM             ACM After Party for a Cause: Nashville Unplugged
Location: Rhythm & Riffs Lounge, Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino
Performers: Jimmie Allen, Kristian Bush, Adam Hambrick, and Terry McBride

 

10:00 PM             ACM After Party for a Cause: Stoney’s Rockin’ Country
Location: Stoney’s Rockin’ Country
Performers: Craig Wayne Boyd, Josh Gracin, and The Swon Brothers

SUNDAY, APRIL 15, 2018
8:00 PM               ACM Awards Official After Party
Presented by Security Benefit
Location: The Joint, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Performers: Lauren Alaina, Lee Brice, Luke Combs, High Valley, Home Free, Tracy Lawrence, Jerrod Niemann, Eric Paslay, Cassadee Pope, and more
Hosted by: Shawn Parr

 

About ACM Lifting Lives®
ACM Lifting Lives® is the philanthropic arm of the Academy of Country Music dedicated to improving lives through the power of music. Through partnerships with artists and strong ties in the music industry, ACM Lifting Lives develops and funds music-related therapy and education programs, and serves members of the community who face unexpected hardships through its Diane Holcomb Emergency Relief Fund. Generous donations and the support of artists and fans ensure ACM Lifting Lives is able to fund everything from disaster relief and helping communities in need, to music education in schools and music camps for those with disabilities, to supporting programs that use music therapy as a means to help our veterans and wounded warriors, while providing grants to help them ease back into life. For more information, please visit www.ACMLiftingLives.org.

 

DIERKS BENTLEY HITS RADIO AIRWAVES TODAY WITH NEW SINGLE “WHAT THE HELL DID I SAY”

 

DIERKS BENTLEY HITS RADIO AIRWAVES TODAY
WITH NEW SINGLE “WHAT THE HELL DID I SAY”

“With Energy Explosively High All Night Long” Bentley’s 2017 WHAT THE HELL WORLD TOUR Has
Already Entertained More Than Half a Million Fans As Summer Concert Season Kicks Into Full Gear

NASHVILLE, TN – Jun. 26, 2017 – Multi-PLATINUM singer/songwriter Dierks Bentley released “What the Hell Did I Say” today as the fourth single from his critically acclaimed and top selling album BLACK (Capitol Records Nashville). The infectious track follows three consecutive No. Ones from the album, including the GOLD certified title-track and the PLATINUM certified hits “Somewhere On A Beach” and “Different For Girls,” proving once again Bentley’s “effortless balance of radio-ready polish, traditional flavor and artistry” (Houston Chronicle).

“We named the tour after this song hoping that it would be a single this summer because it perfectly captures the anything-goes spirit out there this year,” said Bentley. “It’s crazy right now with Cole and Pardi…every night is better than the one before…just when you think it can’t get any more fun, it does. I’ve worked my whole career to have a tour like this one.”

As the song that inspired this year’s tour hits radio and summer touring season kicks off, more than half a million fans have already flooded sold-out arenas across North America in 2017 for Bentley’s “live show that tends to double down on fun.” (The Boston Globe).

The Washington Post vouches “he just gets us,” as he gives fans an array of “chances to blow off steam during his action-packed summer tour.”

“Has always been one of Country’s most engaging performers…with enough hits to fill an entire set.” – Asbury Park Press

“His fans couldn’t get enough of him. And now it appears that the feeling is mutual.” – CMT

“Promised a party…he delivered that and then some.” – Fresno Bee

“He plays to the entire crowd and has more energy than most young children.” – Parade

“With one foot planted on the country side and the other tapping along the rock and roll side, Dierks Bentley roared with a fun, solid two hours of his hits old and new.” – The Sun Chronicle

“With energy explosively high all night long….he’s startlingly theatrical and takes every opportunity he can to play with his audience.” – The Post-Standard

“Especially over the past half-dozen years, he has been one of mainstream country’s more adventurous artists. ” – Edmonton Journal

“The role of up-for-anything party-starter that has long seemed to fit him like a glove” – Tampa Bay Times

“His voice projecting all the way to the fans in the back of the venue who raised their arms up high, singing and swaying along. – OC Register

Bentley’s 2017 WHAT THE HELL WORLD TOUR with special guests Cole Swindell and Jon Pardi returns to the road with stops in Jacksonville, FL (7/13), Raleigh, NC (7/14) and Virginia Beach, VA (7/15). For more information and a full list of tour dates, visit www.dierks.com.

Video: DIERKS BENTLEY HELPS REUNITE MILITARY FAMILY AT 2017 WHAT THE HELL TOUR STOP ON SATURDAY

COUNTRY MUSIC’S “CONSUMMATE ENTERTAINER” DIERKS BENTLEY HELPS
REUNITE MILITARY FAMILY AT 2017 WHAT THE HELL TOUR STOP ON SATURDAY

Family Reconnects On-And-Off The Stage,
Embraced By Over 11K Fans at Sold Out Fresno, CA Show

 

Multi-PLATINUM singer/songwriter Dierks Bentley played a special role in reuniting one local military family during his 2017 WHAT THE HELL WORLD TOUR stop in Fresno, CA, on Saturday (4/29). During a meet & greet with Sgt. Steven Mendez’ family backstage before the concert, Bentley helped Mendez surprise his two sons after being overseas for nearly a year. Following the emotional reunion, the “consummate entertainer” (The Boot) invited the family on stage during his performance of “Home,” where the capacity crowd’s “U-S-A” chants lifted the show even higher.

“I can’t begin to imagine the sacrifice of being away from your family for sometimes years,” said Bentley. “‘I love the fact that Country music fans hold our military and their families in such high regard and always jump at the chance to say thank you. It was a really cool moment in the show, and a really special thing for me to be part of.”

Watch the heartwarming reunion here:

Bentley will continue to throw the party of the summer with “ferocious live performances” (Fresno Bee) when he launches the next leg of his 2017 WHAT THE HELL WORLD TOUR, with special guests Cole Swindell and Jon Pardi, on May 19th in Columbia, MD. With “lyrics that are compassionate and purposeful” (The Post-Standard) he has “had the audience singing along at top volume” while “working the crowd with the charismatic brand of showmanship that’s made him one of Country music’s most exciting entertainers,” (Arizona Republic). For more information and a full list of tour dates, visit www.dierks.com.

Photo Credit: Zachary Belcher

Next Round of Performers Announced for the 52nd ACM Awards (4/2 on CBS)

LAUREN DAIGLE, FAITH HILL, SAM HUNT, TIM MCGRAW, RASCAL FLATTS,
REBA MCENTIRE, THOMAS RHETT, CHRIS STAPLETON, COLE SWINDELL,
CARRIE UNDERWOOD, AND KEITH URBAN TO PERFORM ON THE
“52ND ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS™”

 

“52nd ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS” TO AIR LIVE
FROM T-MOBILE ARENA IN LAS VEGAS ON SUNDAY, APRIL 2 ON CBS

 

Click HERE for Cole Swindell Performance Announcement

The Academy of Country Music announced today additional performers to join this year’s stellar lineup for the 52ND ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS™, Country Music’s Party of the Year®. The newly added performers include Lauren Daigle, Faith Hill, Sam Hunt, Tim McGraw, Rascal Flatts, Reba McEntire, Thomas Rhett, Chris Stapleton, Cole Swindell, Carrie Underwood and Keith Urban. The ACM Awards, co-hosted by Luke Bryan and Dierks Bentley, will broadcast LIVE from T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas Sunday, April 2 (live 8:00-11:00 PM, ET/delayed PT) on the CBS Television Network.

Previously announced performers include Jason Aldean, Kelsea Ballerini, Dierks Bentley, Brothers Osborne, Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line with the Backstreet Boys, Lady Antebellum, Kelsea Ballerini, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Maren Morris, and Jon Pardi.

Additional acts and presenters will be announced in the coming days. For more information, please visit www.ACMcountry.com or http://www.cbs.com/shows/academy_of_country_music.

 

The official red carpet pre-show for the 52nd Academy of Country Music Awards will live stream exclusively on Twitter on April 2, starting at 3pm PT/6pm ET. The pre-show will be available to logged-in and logged-out audiences on Twitter and connected devices.

 

Sponsors and partners for the 52nd Academy of Country Music Awards include T-Mobile and Xfinity from Comcast.

 

About the Academy of Country Music Awards
The 52ND ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS is dedicated to honoring and showcasing the biggest names and emerging talent in the country music industry.  The show is produced for television by dick clark productions. Allen Shapiro, Mike Mahan, R.A. Clark, Barry Adelman and Mark Bracco are executive producers. Pete Fisher and Tiffany Moon are executive producers for the Academy of Country Music.

New Performers Announced for 5th Annual ACM Party for a Cause

ADDITIONAL TALENT ANNOUNCED TO PERFORM
AT THE 5TH ANNUAL ACM PARTY FOR A CAUSE® EVENTS
 TAKING PLACE MARCH 30 – APRIL 2, 2017

 

CHASE BRYANT, EASTON CORBIN, JOSH TURNER
& MORE SET TO PERFORM DURING “THE WEEK VEGAS GOES COUNTRY®”

 

ACM Launches iPhone & Android App Featuring All Event Details

 

Tickets Available NOW at www.ACMpartyforacause.com

 

 

The Academy of Country Music® announced today that Chase Bryant, Easton Corbin, and Josh Turner among others have been added to the musical lineup for the 5th Annual ACM Party for a Cause®. They join an epic lineup of performers set to take the stages at events taking place at various venues across Las Vegas on March 30 – April 2, 2017, surrounding the 52nd Academy of Country Music Awards™, Country Music’s Party of the Year®, which will broadcast LIVE for the first time ever from T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 2, 2017 at 8:00 PM ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network.

 

The 5th ACM Party for a Cause will consist of eighteen events across thirteen venues featuring performances by over eighty artists during The Week Vegas Goes Country®, including three events at the official host hotel, the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.

The ACM App, the ultimate fan guide to navigating the 5th ACM Party for a Cause events, is available NOW for download on both the iPhone via the App Store and Android via Google Play. The app offers fans the latest on performers, ticket info and concert schedules for all ACM Party for a Cause events, as well as the latest news, exclusive videos and info on nominees for this year’s 52nd ACM Awards®.

 

Additional performers and hosts include Cody Alan, American Young, Tucker Beathard, Bobby Bones, Ross Copperman, Adam Craig, Crook & Chase, DJ Bad Ash, DJ DU, Emerson Drive, Lucas Hoge, Tony Jackson, Olivia Lane, Hillary Lindsey, Shawn Parr from Nash Nights Live, Maddie & Tae, Lori McKenna, Jackson Michelson, Stephanie Quayle, Cole Swindell, The Swon Brothers, Trick Pony, Morgan Wallen and Storme Warren.

 

Previously announced performers include Lauren Alaina, Drew Baldridge, Kelsea Ballerini, Big & Rich, Lee Brice, Brothers Osborne, Kane Brown, Bailey Bryan, Scooter Carusoe, Brent Cobb, Billy Currington, Dan + Shay, Clare Dunn, Russell Dickerson, Lindsay Ell, Seth Ennis, Florida Georgia Line, Ryan Follese, Kenny Foster, Ashley Gorley, Walker Hayes, HISH, Ryan Hurd, Chris Janson, Ryan Kinder, Lady Antebellum, Chris Lane, Luke Laird, LANCO, Tracy Lawrence, Jackie Lee, LOCASH, Love & Theft, Dustin Lynch, Shane McAnally, Scotty McCreery,  Alyssa Micaela, Midland, William Michael Morgan, Kip Moore, Jerrod Niemann, Old Dominion, Jake Owen, Jon Pardi, Eric Paslay, RaeLynn, Michael Ray, John Rich, Darius Rucker, Runaway June, Dylan Scott, Aubrie Sellers, Dee Jay Silver, Chris Stapleton, Michael Tyler, Clay Walker, Aaron Watson, Hailey Whitters, Brett Young.

 

Sponsors for the 5th Annual ACM Party for a Cause are Country Rebel, Dr Pepper, Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority (LVCVA), MillerCoors, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Security Benefit, Virginia Black.

 

The full schedule of events, ticket on-sale dates, and hotel codes for the 5th ACM Party for a Cause with additional details can be found below. All events will benefit ACM Lifting Lives, the charitable arm of the Academy, which works to lift lives through the power of music.

 

For additional details and the most updated lineup of country superstars set to perform at each event, please visit www.ACMpartyforacause.com, like us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter at @ACMparty!

 

TICKET ON-SALE INFORMATION:

All tickets are available for purchase now at www.ACMpartyforacause.com.

 

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:

THURSDAY, MARCH 30, 2017:
7:00 PM                95.5 The Bull’s 9th Annual All-Star Guitar Pull
Location: Red Rock Ballroom, Red Rock Casino Resort Spa
Performers: Lauren Alaina, Jon Pardi, Darius Rucker, Chris Stapleton
10:00 PM             ACM After Party for a Cause at Stoney’s Rockin’ Country
Location: Stoney’s Rockin’ Country
Performers: Alyssa Micaela, Midland, Michael Ray, The Swon Brothers

 

FRIDAY, MARCH 31, 2017:
7:00 PM                LOCASH with Ryan Follese and Michael Tyler at House of Blues
Location: House of Blues, Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino
Performers: LOCASH, Ryan Follese, Michael Tyler
7:00 PM                ACM Party for a Cause: WME Bash at the Beach
Location: Mandalay Bay Beach, Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino
Performers: Jake Owen, Lee Brice, Brothers Osborne, Big & Rich, Maddie & Tae, Brett Young, William Michael Morgan, Dee Jay Silver

9:00 PM                ACM Party for a Cause: Songwriter Showcase presented by AIMP
Location: The Pearl, Palms Casino Resort
Performers: Ross Copperman, Ashley Gorley, Luke Laird, Shane McAnally, Hillary Lindsey, Lori McKenna, with Matthew Ramsey and Trevor Rosen of Old Dominion and more; Hosted by Storme Warren

10:00 PM             ACM After Party for a Cause at Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill
Location: Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill, Harrah’s Las Vegas
Performers: Lindsay Ell, Ryan Kinder

10:00 PM             ACM After Party for a Cause at Virgil’s Real BBQ
Location: Virgil’s Real BBQ, The LINQ Promenade
Performers: Bailey Bryan, Kenny Foster, Morgan Wallen

10:30 PM             ACM Party for a Cause: Barnival Songwriter Showcase
Location: Mizuya Lounge, Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino
Performers: Scooter Carusoe, Brent Cobb, Aubrie Sellers, Hailey Whitters

 

SATURDAY, APRIL 1, 2017:
12:00 PM             ACM Party for a Cause: Tailgate Party presented by Country Rebel at Stoney’s Rockin’ Country
Location: Stoney’s Rockin’ Country
Performers: Chase Bryant, Emerson Drive, Love and Theft, William Michael Morgan, Runaway June, Dylan Scott, Aaron Watson also including American Young, Russell Dickerson, DJ Bad Ash, DJ DU, Lucas Hoge, Tony Jackson, Olivia Lane, Jackson Michelson, Stephanie Quayle, Trick Pony

12:00 PM             ACM Pool Party for a Cause Presented by MillerCoors
Location: GO Pool, Flamingo Las Vegas
Performers: Jackie Lee, Jerrod Niemann, Old Dominion, Dee Jay Silver; Hosted by Storme Warren
5:30 PM                ACM Party for a Cause: The Joint
Location: The Joint, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Performers: Drew Baldridge, Kelsea Ballerini, Ryan Hurd, Lady Antebellum, Kip Moore, Eric Paslay, Brett Young with HISH; Hosted by Bobby Bones with Crook and Chase
7:00 PM                ACM Party for a Cause: House of Blues
Location: House of Blues, Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino

Performers: Lauren Alaina, Billy Currington, Dan + Shay, Seth Ennis; Hosted by Storme Warren
7:00 PM                ACM Party for a Cause: WME Bash at the Beach
Location: Mandalay Bay Beach, Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino
Performers: Florida Georgia Line, Cole Swindell, Dustin Lynch, Chris Lane, Tucker Beathard, Dylan Scott, Dee Jay Silver
9:00 PM                ACM Party for a Cause: Stoney’s Rockin’ Country
Location: Stoney’s Rockin’ Country
Performers: Lucas Hoge, Stephanie Quayle, Trick Pony
10:00 PM             ACM After Party for a Cause at Redneck Riviera
Location: The Grand Bazaar Shops in front of Bally’s Las Vegas
Performers: Adam Craig, John Rich, Clay Walker

 

SUNDAY, APRIL 2, 2017:
12:00 PM             ACM Pool Party for a Cause: REHAB
Location: REHAB, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Performers: HISH
8:15 PM                ACM Awards Official After Party at The Joint Presented by Security Benefit
Location: The Joint, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Performers: Kane Brown, Easton Corbin, Clare Dunn, Dee Jay Silver, Walker Hayes, LANCO, Scotty McCreery; Hosted by Cody Alan and Crook & Chase
8:15 PM                ACM Awards Official After Party at Park Theater Presented by Security Benefit
Location: Park Theater, Monte Carlo Resort and Casino
Performers: Russell Dickerson, Chris Janson, Tracy Lawrence, RaeLynn, Josh Turner, Clay Walker, HISH; Hosted by Shawn Parr

 

 

ABOUT THE LVCVA
The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) is charged with marketing Southern Nevada as a tourism and convention destination worldwide, and also with operating the Las Vegas Convention Center and Cashman Center.  With nearly 150,000 hotel rooms in Las Vegas alone and more than 11 million square feet of meeting and exhibit space citywide, the LVCVA’s mission centers on attracting ever increasing numbers of leisure and business visitors to the area. Download the virtual reality app, Vegas VR, to experience Las Vegas from your iPhone or Android by visiting http://www.vrtv.vegas/.   For more information, go to www.lvcva.com or www.visitlasvegas.com.

DIERKS BENTLEY’S “ALBUM OF THE YEAR” NOMINATED BLACK SHINES WITH GOLD CERTIFICATION

DIERKS BENTLEY’S “ALBUM OF THE YEAR”
NOMINATED BLACK SHINES WITH
GOLD CERTIFICATION

Alongside Commercial and Radio Success,
Critically-Acclaimed BLACK Garners Nine Major Award
Show Nominations Leading Into ACM Awards

 As multi-PLATINUM artist Dierks Bentley “continues to take risks that pay off” (USA Today), his eighth studio album BLACK (Capitol Records Nashville) has earned GOLD certification by the RIAA today. Validating Bentley’s ability “to combine commercial and critical success” (Nashville Scene), the new certification makes it the only ACM “Album of the Year” nominated project to reach this mark.

After garnering nine nominations from the ACM, CMA and GRAMMY Awards and debuting at the No. One position on Billboard’s all-genre Top Albums Chart and Top Country Albums chart, the praise for Bentley’s “most fully-formed LP of his career” (TIME) continues to balance “robust record sales and heavy radio play with acclaim from even those critics who had seemed allergic to Nashville’s output in the past,” (Esquire).

“Stronger and stronger with every release and is one of the few artists that can go from bluegrass to Country.” – Billboard

“We can always count on him to contribute some emotionally deft ballads and subtle bluegrass touches alongside the alcohol-fueled rousers.” – Music Aficionado

“Effortless balances of radio-ready polish, traditional flavor and artistry.” – Houston Chronicle

BLACK’s “deeply erotic title track” (Salt Lake Tribune) has been hailed as one of “the sexiest songs of his career” by the Associated Press and Rolling Stone, and is currently climbing the Top 20 on the radio charts. It follows’ BLACK’s two No. One hits, the PLATINUM certified chart-topping hit “Somewhere On A Beach” and the GOLD, GRAMMY nominated and CMA-winning “Different For Girls” featuring Elle King.

Bentley has now amassed 15 No. one songs, 13 GRAMMY nominations and continues to sustain “the role of up-for-anything party-starter that has long seemed to fit him like a glove” (Tampa Bay Times) on the road. Bentley’s 2017 WHAT THE HELL WORLD TOUR with special guests Cole Swindell and Jon Pardi continues to sell out

PHOTOS: Dierks Bentley & Elle King Take On Nashville

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DIERKS BENTLEY AND ELLE KING TAKE OVER NASHVILLE TO CELEBRATE
“DIFFERENT FOR GIRLS” WITH NO. ONE PARTY AND
EXCLUSIVE GRAND OLE OPRY PERFORMANCE

The Collaborators Perform Past and Present Hits
With CMA Nominated Song and Gritty Rendition of “Jackson”

Current four-time CMA nominee Dierks Bentley celebrated his 15th career No. One “Different For Girls” on Tuesday (10/4) during an intimate sit-down lunch at Nashville’s Moto’s with close friends and family alongside collaborator and friend Elle King. After celebrating the chart-topper with co-writers JT Harding (ASCAP) and Shane McAnally (GMR), Bentley and King performed the CMA nominated song at the Grand Ole Opry, where King made her Opry debut. Paying homage to legendary collaborations, the pair gave the audience a bluesy performance of “Jackson.”

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To watch Bentley and King perform “Jackson” on the Grand Ole Opry and backstage here: http://bit.ly/2cV7dRj

Known for “traveling his own path…Country music’s most relatable star” (Esquire) shows his depth and diversity as an artist with four CMA nominations in the Male Vocalist of the Year, Album of The Year, Vocal Event of the Year and Video of the Year categories. “The bluegrass picker, the love song singer and the stadium rocker all packaged together” (Associated Press) has been a Grand Ole Opry member for over a decade and is currently set to head into the second leg of his headlining 2016 SOMEWHERE ON A BEACH TOUR on October 13. Recently announced Bentley will embark on his 2017 WHAT THE HELL WORLD TOUR launching Jan. 19 in Dayton, OH, with Cole Swindell and Jon Pardi. For more information and a full list of tour dates, visit www.dierks.com.

MUSIC SUPERSTAR CIARA COMPLETES CELEBRITY JUDGES PANEL FOR THE 96th MISS AMERICA COMPETITION LIVE BROADCAST 

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MUSIC SUPERSTAR CIARA COMPLETES CELEBRITY JUDGES PANEL
FOR THE 96th MISS AMERICA COMPETITION LIVE BROADCAST

The Show Will be Hosted by Chris Harrison and Co-Hosted by Sage Steele

The “2017 Miss America Competition” To Broadcast Live
 Sunday, September 11th at 9:00 PM ET/PT from Atlantic City’s
Boardwalk Hall on the ABC Television Network

The Miss America Organization, dick clark productions and ABC announced today that Grammy Award winning entertainer Ciara will join the esteemed panel of judges for the live broadcast of the “2017 Miss America Competition,” which airs live from Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall on SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 11 (9:00 – 11:00p.m. ET/PT) on the ABC Television Network. The evening will be filled with glitz and glam as 52 women compete for the coveted crown and scholarships.

Ciara will join entrepreneur Mark Cuban, Olympic gold medalist Gabby Douglas, actress Sara Foster (VH1’s “Barely Famous”), musician and actress Laura Marano, singer-songwriter Cole Swindell and former Miss America Sharlene Wells Hawkes as celebrity judges for the “2017 Miss America Competition.”

The panel of celebrity judges will evaluate the contestants’ performances in the following categories during the live broadcast: Lifestyle and Fitness in Swimsuit, Evening Wear, Talent, Interview and On-Stage questions.  These young women will showcase their incredible blend of intelligence, leadership, talent, physical fitness and dedication to community service as they compete for the title of Miss America 2017.

Chris Harrison (ABC’s “The Bachelor” and “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire”) returns to host the legendary competition, with Sage Steele (ABC’s and ESPN’s “NBA Countdown”) joining as co-host.

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Ciara is a Grammy Award winning singer, songwriter, producer, actress, model and entertainer. Over her thirteen year career, she has sold over 23 million records and 16 million singles worldwide, including chart-topping hits “Goodies,” “Ride,” “Oh,” “1, 2 Step,” and “Body Party.” “I Bet,” from her 2015 album, Jackie, added to Ciara’s list of 27-charted hits. Ciara is not only known for her vocal talent and serious dance moves, but also for her fashion and beauty. A regular at New York and Paris fashion weeks, Vogue previously named her the “new fashion icon”. In May 2016, Ciara was signed to IMG Models.   Ciara was the face of the Roberto Cavalli Fall/Winter 2015-2016, the first U.S. Ambassador to TOPSHOP, and most recently, she has worked with KEDS footwear.  A longtime muse for Givenchy, Ciara has been on the cover of L’Officiel Paris, Harper’s Bazaar, L’uomo Vogue, SHAPE, and more. When Ciara isn’t working with a major fashion house or out on tour, she is a devoted philanthropist who is dedicated to improving the lives of children and empowering women across the globe.

The coveted “America’s Choice” contestant will return this year. Voting opened to the public on August 10th at 12:00pm ET and will stay open through Monday, September 5th at 11:59:59pm ET. The chosen contestant will be announced during the “2017 Miss America Competition” live broadcast with the Top 15. The remaining contestants in the Top 15 are selected by the Miss America Preliminary Judges Panel.  It is possible for America’s Choice to also be among the judges selection.

An esteemed, diverse panel of judges for the non-broadcast preliminary rounds of the “2017 Miss America Competition” will select the top 15 finalists competing for the title of Miss America 2017 during the preliminary week of competition on September 5th – 8th in Atlantic City, NJ. This year’s preliminary judges are as follows (in alphabetical order by first name): David Zinczenko, Deanna Siller, Debbie Bryant Berge, Jennifer Caudle, Katherine Bailess, Nicole Lapin and Rob Bowman.

For the latest news, be sure to follow Miss America on social and join the conversation by using the official hashtag for the show, #MissAmerica.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/missamerica
Twitter: https://twitter.com/missamericaorg
Instagram: https://instagram.com/missamericaorg
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/MissAmericaOrg
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Join the Conversation: #MissAmerica

dick clark productions and the Miss America Organization will collaborate on all creative, marketing, sponsorship, licensing, ticketing and distribution elements of this year’s show. Tony Eaton and Tall Pony Productions will produce the “2017 Miss America Competition.”

To purchase tickets to the “2017 Miss America Competition,” please visit http://www.ticketmaster.com/Miss-America-Competition-tickets/artist/834520?tm_link=edp_Artist_Name.

For more information on the “2017 Miss America Competition,” please visit Miss America Organization’s website at www.missamerica.org.

About The Miss America Organization
The Miss America Organization, a 501(c) 4 non-profit corporation, awards millions of dollars in annual college scholarship assistance making it the largest scholarship program for women in the United States. MAO is comprised of 52 licensed organizations which includes all 50 states, Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico. MAO contestants contribute over 500,000 hours of community service annually and have raised over $14 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and Miss America scholarships since 2007.

About dick clark productions
dick clark productions (dcp) is the world’s largest producer and proprietor of televised live event entertainment programming, with the “Academy of Country Music Awards,” “American Country Countdown Awards,” “American Music Awards,” “Billboard Music Awards,” “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest,” “Golden Globe Awards,” “Hollywood Film Awards” and the “Streamy Awards.” Weekly television programming includes “So You Think You Can Dance,” from 19 Entertainment, a division of CORE Media Group and dcp. dcp also owns one of the world’s most unique and extensive entertainment archive libraries, with more than 55 years of award-winning shows, historic programs, specials, performances and legendary programming. For additional information, visit www.dickclark.com.    

PERFORMERS ANNOUNCED FOR 10TH ANNUAL ACM HONORS™ 

 

JASON ALDEAN, KELSEA BALLERINI, DIERKS BENTLEY, LUKE BRYAN, CAM,
MAREN MORRIS, COLE SWINDELL, KEITH URBAN AND
HOSTS LADY ANTEBELLUM TO PERFORM AT THE 10TH ANNUAL ACM HONORS™ ALDEAN TO ACCEPT PRESTIGIOUS ACM TRIPLE CROWN AWARDACM HONORS TO MAKE ITS TELEVISION DEBUT FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 9 AT 9PM PT/ET ON THE CBS TELEVISION NETWORK*    *    *
Hosted by Multi-ACM Award®-Winning Group Lady Antebellum,
Two-Hour Special to be
Taped at Nashville’s Historic Ryman Auditorium
on Tuesday, August 30
Tickets Available Beginning August 10 at 8AM PT/11AM ET at Ticketmaster.com acm awards

The Academy of Country Music® (ACM) announced today that music superstars Jason Aldean, Kelsea Ballerini, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Cam, Maren Morris, Cole Swindell, honoree Keith Urban and hosts Lady Antebellum will take the stage to perform at the 10TH ANNUAL ACM HONORS™, an evening dedicated to celebrating the special honorees and off-camera category winners from the 51st Academy of Country Music Awards. Hosted by multi-ACM Award-winning group Lady Antebellum, the two-hour special will tape on Tuesday, August 30 at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium, and make its television debut on Friday, September 9 (9:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Tickets for the special taping are available for purchase to the general public beginning Wednesday, August 10 at 10:00am CT on Ticketmaster.com.

The Academy also announced that Jason Aldean, reigning ACM Entertainer of the Year, will be honored with the Academy’s prestigious Triple Crown Award. This award is given to those who have won New Male/Female Vocalist of the Year, Male/Female Vocalist of the Year and Entertainer of the Year. Aldean’s Entertainer of the Year win this year made him eligible for this honor, as he was previously honored with the New Male Vocalist of the Year (2005) and Male Vocalist of the Year (2012-2014). The Triple Crown Award has been awarded to only six artists, including: Brooks & Dunn (2005), Kenny Chesney (2005), Mickey Gilley (2005), Merle Haggard (2005), Barbara Mandrell (2005) and Carrie Underwood (2009).

As previously announced, the 10TH ACM Honors will honor Special Awards recipients Glen Campbell (Career Achievement Award), Crystal Gayle (Cliffie Stone Pioneer Award), Eddie Rabbitt (Poet’s Award, awarded posthumously), Tanya Tucker (Cliffie Stone Pioneer Award), Carrie Underwood (ACM Gary Haber Lifting Lives Award), Keith Urban (Mae Boren Axton Award), Jeff Walker (Jim Reeves International Award, awarded posthumously), Jimmy Webb (Poet’s Award), Little Big Town (Crystal Milestone Award) and The Statler Brothers (Cliffie Stone Pioneer Award).

Studio Recording Awards recipients include Jim ‘Moose’ Brown (Piano/Keyboards Player of the Year), Dave Cobb (Producer of the Year), Shannon Forrest (Drummer of the Year), Paul Franklin (Steel Guitar Player of the Year), Justin Niebank (Audio Engineer of the Year), Danny Rader (Specialty instrument(s) Player of the Year), Michael Rhodes (Bass Player of the Year) and Derek Wells (Guitar Player of the Year). In addition, Ross Copperman will be honored as Songwriter of the Year.

For more information on the Academy of Country Music and the ACM Honors, please visit www.acmcountry.com.

 

About ACM Honors™
ACM Honors™ is an evening dedicated to recognizing the special honorees and off-camera category winners from the Academy of Country Music Awards, including the Special Awards, Studio Recording Awards and Songwriter of the Year Award winners. The 10th Annual ACM Honors takes place Tuesday, August 30, 2016 at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium and – for the first time ever – will be produced for television by dick clark productions to be broadcast on Friday, September 9 (9:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Allen Shapiro, Mike Mahan, R.A. Clark, Barry Adelman and Mark Bracco are executive producers. Tiffany Moon is executive producer for the Academy of Country Music. Tickets to ACM Honors are priced at $60 and $100 and will go on sale to the general public at Ticketmaster.com and the Ryman box office at 10:00 AM CT on Wednesday, August 10, 2016. For more information, visit www.ACMcountry.com.

 

MARK CUBAN, SARA FOSTER, COLE SWINDELL, AND FORMER MISS AMERICA SHARLENE WELLS HAWKES TAPPED AS FIRST ROUND OF JUDGES 

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MARK CUBAN, SARA FOSTER, COLE SWINDELL, AND FORMER MISS AMERICA SHARLENE WELLS HAWKES TAPPED AS FIRST ROUND OF JUDGES
FOR THE 96th MISS AMERICA COMPETITION LIVE BROADCAST

The Show Will be Hosted by Chris Harrison and Co-Hosted by Sage Steele

The “2017 Miss America Competition” To Broadcast Live
 Sunday, September 11th at 9:00 PM ET/PT from Atlantic City’s
Boardwalk Hall on the ABC Television Network

The Miss America Organization, dick clark productions and ABC revealed today that entrepreneur Mark Cuban, actress Sara Foster (VH1’s “Barely Famous”), singer-songwriter Cole Swindell and former Miss America Sharlene Wells Hawkes will serve as celebrity judges for the “2017 Miss America Competition.” Chris Harrison (ABC’s “The Bachelor” and “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire”) returns to host the legendary competition, with Sage Steele (ABC’s and ESPN’s “NBA Countdown”) joining as co-host. Miss America airs live from Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall on SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 11 (9:00 – 11:00p.m. ET/PT) on the ABC Television Network.  The evening will be filled with glitz and glam as 52 women compete for the coveted crown and scholarships.

The panel of celebrity judges will evaluate the contestants’ performances in the following categories during the live broadcast: Lifestyle and Fitness in Swimsuit, Evening Wear, Talent, Interview and On-Stage questions.  These young women will showcase their incredible blend of intelligence, leadership, talent, physical fitness and dedication to community service as they compete for the title of Miss America 2017.

“I am honored to be a judge at Miss America this year,” said Swindell. “I love a good competition and am looking forward to helping choose a winner.”

“It is an honor to meet some of the most accomplished young women in America today. It will be tough to choose just one. It helps to know – based on personal experience – that the one selected is not necessarily the best, she’s the best representative at the time  of those coming from every corner of our great and diverse nation,” stated Hawkes.

Additional judges for the “2017 Miss America Competition” will be announced in the coming weeks.
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Mark Cuban, owner of the 2011 World Champion Dallas Mavericks and best-selling author of How to Win at the Sport of Business, was an entrepreneur from the early age of 13, when he sold garbage bags door-to-door. Today Cuban is recognized as one of the most influential people in both the cable and sports industries. He is owner and Chairman of AXS TV (www.axs.tv), the largest independently owned and operated TV network in the U.S. He takes personal responsibility for programming AXS TV, and under his vision and leadership, it is the premier destination for live events, breaking news, and as-they-are-happening trends in the worlds of pop culture, music, fashion and entertainment. Cuban also co-owns The Landmark Theater chain, Magnolia Pictures and Magnolia Home Video, along with partner Todd Wagner. In 2005 Magnolia and Landmark Theaters pioneered a “day and date” movie release, meaning the movie was released in theaters, on TV (HDNet Movies), and on DVD all on the same day. Taking this process one step further, Cuban created the “Ultra VOD” platform, releasing movies to video-on-demand on both cable and satellite up to four weeks prior to their release in theaters. Cuban also co-founded Broadcast.com, the leading provider of multi-media and streaming on the Internet, which was sold to Yahoo! Inc. in July, 1999, and MicroSolutions, a leading national systems integrator, which was later sold to CompuServe. On January 4, 2000, Cuban purchased the Dallas Mavericks. Under his leadership, the team’s home games have become a total entertainment experience. Despite initial criticism, he added much more to the usual game-day experience options like the Mavericks ManiAACs. His successful efforts have brought a sense of pride and passion to the fans. Mark Cuban also appears on the Emmy award-winning show “Shark Tank.” The business-themed show returns to the ABC Television Network for its eighth season on Friday, September 23. A graduate of Indiana University, Cuban hails from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and resides in Dallas, Texas.

Aside from a successful career as a model, Sara Foster is best known for her role as the manipulative and cunning ‘Jen Clark’ on the CW’s cult series “90210.” Foster’s most recent project is “Barely Famous,” a unique, tongue-in-cheek comedy parodying reality television, in which she created, co-stars in and executive produces with her sister, Erin, for VH1. “Barely Famous” is in its second season, which premiered on June 29th. Sara and Erin, who are the daughters of David Foster, portray sisters born into the Hollywood lifestyle who are trying to navigate their careers and dating lives while maintaining perfect public images. In 2011, Foster costarred with David Cross, Sean Astin and Michael Vartan in James B. Rogers’ comedy, “Demoted.” Additionally, Foster starred opposite Cary Elwes and Gabriel Mann in the 2010 science-fiction film “Psych 9,” which was directed by Andrew Shortell, and starred as Jesse Metcalfe’s girlfriend in 2008’s comedy, “The Other End of the Line.” In 2004, Foster turned heads as the crime-fighting lesbian spy ‘Amy Bradshaw’ in Angelea Robinson’s film “D.E.B.S.” for Screen Gems. Earlier that year she made her feature film debut as the lead femme fatale in the movie adaptation of Elmore Leonard’s novel, “The Big Bounce.” Foster also has a string of guest starring roles on TV series such as “CSI” and “Crossing Jordan” as well as a memorable appearance playing herself having a romantic tryst with Adrian Grenier’s character, ‘Vincent Chase’ on HBO’s “Entourage.”
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Cole Swindell, Platinum-selling recording artist and record-breaking five-time No. 1 hit maker, released his second album You Should Be Here and it shot to No. 1 on the iTunes Top Country Albums Chart and No. 3 All Genre within hours of release. Its lead single and title track held a four week run on top of Billboard’s Hot Country songs chart (tally of digital streams, radio airplay and sales) in addition to multiple weeks sitting at No. 1 on country airplay. His Gold-certified “You Should Be Here” already boasts over 50 million streams, 700,000 tracks sold and more than 24 million YouTube views. The song joins Swindell’s first four No. 1 consecutive singles as a solo artist (including Gold-certified “Let Me See Ya Girl,” along with Platinum-certified hits “Hope You Get Lonely Tonight,” “Ain’t Worth The Whiskey” and “Chillin’ It”) from his Platinum selling self-titled debut album. In 2015 the Georgia native won the ACM New Artist of the Year, was named to Billboard’s Top New Country Artists, awarded CMA’s “Triple Play Award” for having (at least) three No. 1 songs in the past twelve months, and was the only performer to claim the title in 2015. He was nominated for CMA Awards’ “New Artist of the Year” and named Music Row’s Breakthrough Songwriter of the Year, with celebrated songwriting credits which include not only his own five No. 1 hits but “This Is How We Roll” by Florida Georgia Line, “Get Me Some of That” by Thomas Rhett, and several songs with Luke Bryan such as his No. 1 single “Roller Coaster,” among others. He is currently touring with Florida Georgia Line’s “Dig Your Roots Tour.” This fall, Swindell will begin his headlining tour, Down Home Tour Presented by CMT, after opening for Florida Georgia Line’s Dig Your Roots Tour. The Down Home Tour coincides with the release of his third and newest EP, Down Home Sessions III.  To date, Swindell has sold over 1.4 million total album equivalents in the two years since his debut, including 4.8 million tracks sold and 330 million streams.

Sharlene Wells Hawkes was crowned Miss America in 1985 after representing her home state, Utah. Hawkes went on to be an accomplished communicator across several disciplines – from sports, to business, to the United States military. In 1987, Sharlene became one of the first women to ever sign with ESPN. There, she became an award-winning sportscaster for over 15 years, covering such events as the World Cup Soccer, the French Open and the Kentucky Derby. In 2005, Sharlene founded Remember My Service Productions, a leading publisher and producer of historical commemoratives for the Armed Forces and Veteran Service organizations. Her support of the troops has gained her notoriety, leading to her appointment by the Secretary of Defense to the Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services. Hawkes holds a masters in Organizational Communications from the University of Utah and bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University.

For the latest news, be sure to follow Miss America on social and join the conversation by using the official hashtag for the show, #MissAmerica.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/missamerica
Twitter: https://twitter.com/missamericaorg
Instagram: https://instagram.com/missamericaorg
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/MissAmericaOrg
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dick clark productions and the Miss America Organization will collaborate on all creative, marketing, sponsorship, licensing, ticketing and distribution elements of this year’s show. Tony Eaton and Tall Pony Productions will produce the “2017 Miss America Competition.”

To purchase tickets to the “2017 Miss America Competition,” please visit http://www.ticketmaster.com/Miss-America-Competition-tickets/artist/834520?tm_link=edp_Artist_Name.

For more information on the “2017 Miss America Competition,” please visit Miss America Organization’s website at www.missamerica.org.

About The Miss America Organization
The Miss America Organization, a 501(c) 4 non-profit corporation, awards millions of dollars in annual college scholarship assistance making it the largest scholarship program for women in the United States. MAO is comprised of 52 licensed organizations which includes all 50 states, Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico. MAO contestants contribute over 500,000 hours of community service annually and have raised over $14 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals since 2007.

About dick clark productions
dick clark productions (dcp) is the world’s largest producer and proprietor of televised live event entertainment programming, with the “Academy of Country Music Awards,” “American Country Countdown Awards,” “American Music Awards,” “Billboard Music Awards,” “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest,” “Golden Globe Awards,” “Hollywood Film Awards” and the “Streamy Awards.” Weekly television programming includes “So You Think You Can Dance,” from 19 Entertainment, a division of CORE Media Group and dcp. dcp also owns one of the world’s most unique and extensive entertainment archive libraries, with more than 55 years of award-winning shows, historic programs, specials, performances and legendary programming. For additional information, visit www.dickclark.com.    

Coyote CountryFest returns to the Orleans Arena Aug. 13

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Coyote CountryFest returns to the Orleans Arena Aug. 13 
Lineup features Cole Swindell, Jon Pardi, Love and Theft and more

The annual country all-star concert Coyote CountryFest (presented by 102.7 The Coyote) returns to Orleans Arena on Saturday, Aug. 13, with performances from Cole Swindell, Jon Pardi, Love and Theft, Brett Young and Sierra Black.

Georgia native Cole Swindell’s rise to fame began as a songwriter for country music stars Luke Bryan, Chris Young and Florida Georgia Line, among others. His songwriting success opened doors for him to pursue a career as performing artist himself, and in 2013, he released his debut single “Chillin’ It.” In February 2014, Swindell released a self-titled album, which debuted at #3 on the Billboard 200 and produced two more Top 10 country singles: “Hope You Get Lonely Tonight” and “Ain’t Worth the Whiskey.” In 2015, he released an EP featuring the song “You Should Be Here,” which reached #1 on Billboard’s Hot Country chart. In May 2016, Swindell released his second full-length album titled “You Should Be Here.”

Jon Pardi is best known for his high-energy performances and “rowdy” approach to country music. He hit the scene with his debut single “Missin’ You Crazy” in 2012. A year later, his second single “Up All Night” became his first Top 10 hit. He found additional success on the charts with songs like “Head Over Boots,” “When I’ve Been Drinkin’” and “Up All Night.”

Since hitting the country music scene in 2009 with their debut album, country duo Love and Theft has produced several top 10 hits and released three albums. Best known for their #1 single “Angel Eyes,” the group has also earned nominations and accolades for their singles “Runnin’ Out of Air,” “Runaway,” “Whiskey on My Breath” and more.

Country music up-and-comer Brett Young released his debut EP earlier this year, with the single “Sleep Without You” cracking the US Country Charts. Young was recently named one of Rolling Stone’s “10 New Country Artists You Need to Know.”

Las Vegas native Sierra Black hit the country music scene as an opening act for country greats like Joe Nichols, Little Big Town and more. Last year, she had the honor of performing a duet with Keith Urban, who hand-picked her for a performance of “We Were Us.” She is currently working on her debut EP and released her first single, “Heart on Ice,” earlier this year.

Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are available from $20 plus tax and fees, and can be purchased by calling the Orleans Arena Box Office at 702.284.7777 or by visiting www.orleansarena.com.

Coyote CountryFest
About Orleans Arena
The Orleans Arena, a Boyd Gaming facility located just west of the Las Vegas Strip, is one of the nation’s leading multi-purpose sports and entertainment facilities and the 2014 recipient of the Venue Excellence Award from the International Association of Venue Managers. In addition, the Orleans Arena is one of only a handful of arenas in the United States to achieve LEED Gold Certification and is part of the largest company in Nevada to achieve SHARP Certification for commitments to safe venue operations. According to Venues Today magazine, the Orleans Arena, which hosts more than 200 events each year, consistently ranks in the Top 10 for ticket sales in the United States and internationally among venues of similar size. These events include nationally touring concerts, NCAA basketball conference tournaments, family shows, motorsports and other unique events. For more information, call 702-365-7469 or visit www.OrleansArena.com. Stay connected to the Orleans Arena on Facebook (www.facebook.com/orleansarena) and on Twitter (@orleansarena). Additional news and information on Boyd Gaming can be found at www.boydgaming.com.

SUPERSTAR TOBY KEITH TO PERFORM MERLE HAGGARD TRIBUTE AT THE “2016 AMERICAN COUNTRY COUNTDOWN AWARDS”  

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SUPERSTAR TOBY KEITH TO PERFORM MERLE HAGGARD TRIBUTE
 AT THE “2016 AMERICAN COUNTRY COUNTDOWN AWARDS” Academy Award® Winner Matthew McConaughey to Introduce Tribute

2nd Annual Country Music Awards Show Airs Live Sunday, May 1, On FOX

 Superstar singer/songwriter Toby Keith will perform a heartfelt tribute in celebration of his friend and musical hero Merle Haggard at the 2016 AMERICAN COUNTRY COUNTDOWN AWARDS airing live from The Forum in Inglewood, Calif., Sunday, May 1 (8:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) on FOX. Oscar®-winning actor Matthew McConaughey will introduce the tribute to the late legendary songwriter who inspired countless musicians and who is one of country music’s greatest icons.

Haggard’s longtime back-up band, The Strangers, will join Keith as part of this memorable performance. In addition, Haggard’s widow, Theresa, will be in attendance along with other members of the Haggard family, including son Ben, who also will perform with The Strangers.

Keith joins previously announced performers Kelsea Ballerini, 2016 NASH Icon Award recipients Brooks & Dunn, Luke Bryan, Cam, Dan + Shay, Florida Georgia Line, Sam Hunt, Martina McBride, Thomas Rhett, Cole Swindell and Carrie Underwood.

From his first No. 1 smash “Should’ve Been A Cowboy” to his new album 35 mph Town, Toby Keith has been one of the most consistent self-directed hit makers of his era. His single, “Made In America” (from the album Clancy’s Tavern) topped the charts as one of the fastest rising songs in a long line of his chart burners. The second hit, “Red Solo Cup,” has become one of the most commercially successful country singles with a viral video garnering more than 30 million views while having topped the top downloaded country songs charts. The first single from 35 mph Town, “Drunk Americans,” debuted at No. 1 Most Added on both the Billboard and Country Aircheck/Mediabase charts.

At the core of Keith’s unparalleled success is his songwriting, with an astounding succession of hit songs to the tune of more than 87 million BMI performances on commercial radio stations worldwide. In June 2015, he was inducted into the Songwriters Hall Of Fame, and he has been honored by the Nashville Songwriters Association International with its Songwriter/Artist of the Decade distinction. He is a three-time BMI Country Songwriter/Artist of the Year and was named the American Country Awards’ Artist of the Decade. His albums have sold more than 40 million copies, ranking him among the top-selling all-genre artists on Billboard’s Top 200 Artists of the Decade; he is also Billboard’s No. 1 Country Artist of the Decade and No. 1 Country Songwriter of the Decade. His tours have drawn more than one million fans each year for the last decade. This year’s tour, Interstates & Tailgates presented by Ford F-Series, kicks off in May with dates scheduled throughout North America. However Keith’s most rewarding experiences come from giving back. Whether it’s helping sick children and their families in his native Oklahoma through the Toby Keith Foundation and the cost-free home OK Kids Korral, or supporting US Troops, including 11 USO Tours throughout the world, Keith has never lost touch with the most important things in life.

Matthew McConaughey will next be seen in the June 24th release of Free State of Jones, an epic action-drama set during the Civil War that tells the story of defiant Southern farmer, Newt Knight, and his extraordinary armed rebellion against the Confederacy. In 2016 he will also lend his voice to Kubo and the Two Strings and Sing as well as star in Gold, directed by Stephen Gaghan.

The AMERICAN COUNTRY COUNTDOWN AWARDS is based on country music’s longest-running radio countdown show (43 years), “American Country Countdown with Kix Brooks,” and honors country music’s biggest stars, based on album sales and radio airplay.  Finalists and winners for all categories are based on radio airplay charts, sales and streaming data from April 1, 2015 to March 28, 2016 provided by BuzzAngle Music. Touring data is from Pollstar “The Concert Hotwire.”

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Tickets for the AMERICAN COUNTRY COUNTDOWN AWARDS at the “Fabulous” Forum are on sale now at www.ticketmaster.com.

The AMERICAN COUNTRY COUNTDOWN AWARDS is produced by dick clark productions.  Allen Shapiro (CEO, dick clark productions), Mike Mahan (President, dick clark productions), Mark Bracco (Executive Vice President, Programming and Development, dick clark productions), Kix Brooks, Richard Godfrey and Tom Forrest are executive producers.

About dick clark productions
dick clark productions (dcp) is the world’s largest producer and proprietor of televised live event entertainment programming, with the “Academy of Country Music Awards,” “American Country Countdown Awards,” “American Music Awards,” “Billboard Music Awards,” “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest,” “Golden Globe Awards,” “Hollywood Film Awards” and the “Streamy Awards.” Weekly television programming includes “So You Think You Can Dance, from 19 Entertainment, a division of CORE Media Group and dcp. dcp also owns one of the world’s most unique and extensive entertainment archive libraries, with more than 55 years of award-winning shows, historic programs, specials, performances and legendary programming. For additional information, visit www.dickclark.com.

About Cumulus Media
A leader in the radio broadcasting industry, Cumulus Media (NASDAQ:CMLS) combines high-quality local programming with iconic, nationally syndicated media, sports and entertainment brands to deliver premium content choices to the 245 million people reached each week through its 454 owned-and-operated stations broadcasting in 90 U.S. media markets (including eight of the top 10), more than 8,200 broadcast radio stations affiliated with its Westwood One network and numerous digital channels. Together, the Cumulus/Westwood One platforms make Cumulus Media one of the few media companies that can provide advertisers with national reach and local impact. Cumulus/Westwood One is the exclusive radio broadcast partner to some of the largest brands in sports and entertainment, including the NFL, the NCAA, the Masters, the Olympics, the GRAMMYs, the Country Music Awards, the Billboard Music Awards and Miss America. Additionally, it is the nation’s leading provider of country music and lifestyle content through its NASH brand, which serves country fans nationwide through radio programming, NASH Country Weekly magazine, concerts, licensed products and television/video. For more information, visit www.cumulus.com.

SUPERSTAR DUO BROOKS & DUNN TO RECEIVE NASH ICON AWARD PRESENTED BY FORD F-SERIES AT THE “2016 AMERICAN COUNTRY COUNTDOWN AWARDS”

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SUPERSTAR DUO BROOKS & DUNN TO RECEIVE
NASH ICON AWARD PRESENTED BY FORD F-SERIES
 AT THE “2016 AMERICAN COUNTRY COUNTDOWN AWARDS” Legendary Duo Will Also Perform on the 2nd Annual Country Music Awards
Show
Airing Live from Los Angeles Sunday, May 1, On FOX

Previous NASH Icon Recipient Reba McEntire
to Present Award to Longtime Friends and Collaborators

Brooks & Dunn

Superstar country duo Brooks & Dunn will receive the NASH Icon Award Presented by Ford F-Series, and will perform at the 2016 AMERICAN COUNTRY COUNTDOWN AWARDS airing live from the Forum in Inglewood, Calif., Sunday, May 1(8:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) on FOX. Reba McEntire, recipient of the 2014 NASH Icon Award and longtime friend of Brooks & Dunn, will present the award, which is given to an artist whose extraordinary talent has influenced generations of musicians and honors the accomplishments and artistry of the recipient.

“Brooks & Dunn have indelibly etched their legacy as the biggest-selling duo in country music history,” said executive producer Mark Bracco. “Their outstanding career achievements have influenced legions of artists and fans alike, and we’re proud to recognize their tremendous success and ongoing musical impact with this well-deserved award.”

Brooks & Dunn join previously announced performers Kelsea Ballerini, Luke Bryan, Cam, Dan + Shay, Florida Georgia Line, Sam Hunt, Martina McBride, Thomas Rhett, Cole Swindell and Carrie Underwood.

“Many Ford customers — especially our F-Series truck customers — are fans of country music,” said Matt McDonnell, Ford Truck Experiential Marketing Manager. “Country music is part of Ford’s heritage, and we are pleased to support the NASH Icon Award Presented by Ford F-Series and this incredible showcase of talent.”

With 23 career chart toppers and 30 million albums sold, Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn of the country duo Brooks & Dunn are the best-selling duo in country music history. They have amassed more than 80 industry awards, including two Grammy® awards, 20 Country Music Association trophies and 27 Academy of Country Music honors, making them the most-awarded act in ACM history. They have been named Entertainer of the Year four times collectively by the ACM and CMA. Since their debut in 1991, Brooks & Dunn have remained among country music’s most popular touring acts, a testament both to their showmanship and to their status as one of the true bedrock artists of country music.

Reba has become a household name across music, television, film, theater and retail. The Country Music Hall of Fame and Grand Ole Opry member is one of the most successful female recording artists in history, selling more than 56 million albums worldwide and garnering 35 No. 1 singles over her illustrious 40-year career. The Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame inductee has won 15 American Music Awards, 13 ACM Awards, nine People’s Choice Awards, seven CMA Awards and two Grammy Awards, among other honors. Her latest offering, the chart-topping LOVE SOMEBODY (Nash Icon Records), solidified Reba with the most No. 1 Billboard Top Country Albums among women and scored the biggest single sales debut of her career with the lead single “Going Out Like That.”

The trio will return to The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in May for “REBA, BROOKS & DUNN: Together in Vegas,” already selling out all 18 consecutive shows for over 75,000 fans.

The AMERICAN COUNTRY COUNTDOWN AWARDS is based on country music’s longest-running radio countdown show (43 years), “American Country Countdown with Kix Brooks,” and honors country music’s biggest stars, based on album sales and radio airplay.  Finalists and winners for all categories are based on radio airplay charts, sales and streaming data from April 1, 2015 to March 28, 2016 provided by BuzzAngle Music. Touring data is from Pollstar “The Concert Hotwire.”

Tickets for the AMERICAN COUNTRY COUNTDOWN AWARDS at the “Fabulous” Forum are on sale now at www.ticketmaster.com.

The AMERICAN COUNTRY COUNTDOWN AWARDS is produced by dick clark productions.  Allen Shapiro (CEO, dick clark productions), Mike Mahan (President, dick clark productions), Mark Bracco (Executive Vice President, Programming and Development, dick clark productions), Kix Brooks, Richard Godfrey and Tom Forrest are executive producers.

About dick clark productions
dick clark productions (dcp) is the world’s largest producer and proprietor of televised live event entertainment programming, with the “Academy of Country Music Awards,” “American Country Countdown Awards,” “American Music Awards,” “Billboard Music Awards,” “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest,” “Golden Globe Awards,” “Hollywood Film Awards” and the “Streamy Awards.” Weekly television programming includes “So You Think You Can Dance, from 19 Entertainment, a division of CORE Media Group and dcp. dcp also owns one of the world’s most unique and extensive entertainment archive libraries, with more than 55 years of award-winning shows, historic programs, specials, performances and legendary programming. For additional information, visit www.dickclark.com.

About Cumulus Media
A leader in the radio broadcasting industry, Cumulus Media (NASDAQ:CMLS) combines high-quality local programming with iconic, nationally syndicated media, sports and entertainment brands to deliver premium content choices to the 245 million people reached each week through its 454 owned-and-operated stations broadcasting in 90 U.S. media markets (including eight of the top 10), more than 8,200 broadcast radio stations affiliated with its Westwood One network and numerous digital channels. Together, the Cumulus/Westwood One platforms make Cumulus Media one of the few media companies that can provide advertisers with national reach and local impact. Cumulus/Westwood One is the exclusive radio broadcast partner to some of the largest brands in sports and entertainment, including the NFL, the NCAA, the Masters, the Olympics, the GRAMMYs, the Country Music Awards, the Billboard Music Awards and Miss America. Additionally, it is the nation’s leading provider of country music and lifestyle content through its NASH brand, which serves country fans nationwide through radio programming, NASH Country Weekly magazine, concerts, licensed products and television/video. For more information, visit www.cumulus.com.

About Ford Motor Company
Ford Motor Company is a global automotive and mobility company based in Dearborn, Michigan. With about 199,000 employees and 67 plants worldwide, the company’s core business includes designing, manufacturing, marketing, financing and servicing a full line of Ford cars, trucks, SUVs and electrified vehicles, as well as Lincoln luxury vehicles. At the same time, Ford is aggressively pursuing emerging opportunities through Ford Smart Mobility, the company’s plan to be a leader in connectivity, mobility, autonomous vehicles, the customer experience, and data and analytics. For more information regarding Ford, its products worldwide or Ford Motor Credit Company, visit www.corporate.ford.com.

ELSEA BALLERINI, CAM, DAN + SHAY, SAM HUNT, MARTINA MCBRIDE AND COLE SWINDELL TO PERFORM ON THE “2016 AMERICAN COUNTRY COUNTDOWN AWARDS”

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2016 AMERICAN COUNTRY COUNTDOWN AWARDS” ADDS
 KELSEA BALLERINI, CAM, DAN + SHAY, SAM HUNT, MARTINA MCBRIDE
AND COLE SWINDELL TO STAR-STUDDED LINEUP OF PERFORMERS

The 2nd Annual Country Music Awards Show Airs Live
From Los Angeles, Sunday, May 1 on FOX

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 Country’s biggest stars and rising newcomers including Kelsea Ballerini, Cam, Dan + Shay, Sam Hunt, Martina McBride, and Cole Swindell will join previously announced powerhouse performers Florida Georgia Line, Thomas Rhett, Carrie Underwood and more on the star-studded “American Country Countdown Awards” airing Sunday, May 1 (8:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) on FOX. This year’s host and additional performers will be announced shortly.
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Breakout artist Kelsea Ballerini is the latest recipient of the 2016 ACM New Female Vocalist of the Year award with two consecutive No. 1 smashes — the Gold-certified “Love Me Like You Mean It” and the infectious follow-up “Dibs” — from her critically acclaimed debut album “The First Time.” The country sweetheart is the first solo female artist in 15 years to hit No. 1 with her first two country singles and one of only 11 women to have ever hit the top of the charts with a debut. The Black River Entertainment recording artist is a two-time 2016 ACCA finalist for Female Vocalist Of The Year and Breakthrough Female Of The Year.

Shining newcomer Cam is a two-time 2016 ACCA finalist for Female Vocalist of the Year and Breakthrough Female Vocalist of the Year. Her No. 1 smash “Burning House” was certified Platinum by the RIAA and remains the only single by a country female to achieve more than 1 million downloads the past year. When Cam’s debut album “Untamed” was released in December, it earned 2015’s best first-week sales by a debut country artist.

Dan + Shay

Critically acclaimed duo and current two-time ACCA finalist Dan + Shay (Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney) hit No. 1 on Billboard’s Country Albums Chart with their first album “Where It All Began.” Racking up more than 26 million YouTube views, they are the only new country duo in SoundScan recorded history to debut at No. 1. Dan + Shay have been nominated for both the CMA’s and ACM’s Vocal Duo of the Year for two years in a row, and were previously nominated for a CMT Music Video Award.

Sam Hunt

Standout newcomer Sam Hunt is a current five-time ACCA finalist including coveted categories Artist Of The Year and Album Of The Year. His Grammy-nominated debut album “Montevallo” topped the Billboard Country Albums Chart in its first week and remains the best-selling debut album for a country artist since 2011.

Martina McBride

Multiple Grammy® Award nominee and vocal powerhouse Martina McBride has sold over 18 million albums to date, including 20 Top 10 singles and six No. 1 hits. Recently, she released her new single, Reckless,” the title track from her 13th studio album due out April 29. She has earned more than 15 major music awards, including four wins for Female Vocalist of the Year from the Country Music Association and three Academy of Country Music Awards for Top Female Vocalist.

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Rising singer/songwriter Cole Swindell just hit the top of the country singles charts for a record- breaking fifth consecutive time with the title track “You Should Be Here,” from his forthcoming album, following four No. 1 singles off his Platinum-certified debut. The 2015 ACM New Artist Of The Year and Billboard Top New Artist has earned over 250 million streams and sold over 4 million tracks. Additionally, he has co-written eight of the biggest No. 1 songs in country music for some of the format’s hottest stars, including Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line and Thomas Rhett.

The AMERICAN COUNTRY COUNTDOWN AWARDS is based on country music’s longest-running radio countdown show (43 years), “American Country Countdown with Kix Brooks,” and honors country music’s biggest stars, based on album sales and radio airplay.  Finalists and winners for all categories are based on radio airplay charts, sales and streaming data from April 1, 2015 to March 28, 2016 provided by BuzzAngle Music. Touring data is from Pollstar “The Concert Hotwire.” The NASH Icon Award is chosen by The American Country Countdown.

Tickets for the AMERICAN COUNTRY COUNTDOWN AWARDS at the “Fabulous” Forum in Inglewood, CA are on sale now at www.ticketmaster.com.

To apply for press and publicist credentials, please visit: http://www.dickclark.com/shows/american-country-countdown-awards. Deadline to apply is Friday, April 15, 2016, 5:00 PM PT.

The AMERICAN COUNTRY COUNTDOWN AWARDS is produced by dick clark productions.  Allen Shapiro (CEO, dick clark productions), Mike Mahan (President, dick clark productions), Mark Bracco (Executive Vice President, Programming and Development, dick clark productions), Kix Brooks, Richard Godfrey and Tom Forrest are executive producers.

About dick clark productions
dick clark productions (dcp) is the world’s largest producer and proprietor of televised live event entertainment programming, with the “Academy of Country Music Awards,” AMERICAN COUNTRY COUNTDOWN AWARDS, “American Music Awards,” “Billboard Music Awards,” “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest,” “Golden Globe Awards,” “Hollywood Film Awards” and the “Streamy Awards.” Weekly television programming includes SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE, from 19 Entertainment, a division of CORE Media Group and dcp; and “World’s Funniest,” from Jukin Media and dcp. dcp also owns one of the world’s most unique and extensive entertainment archive libraries, with more than 55 years of award-winning shows, historic programs, specials, performances and legendary programming. For additional information, visit www.dickclark.com.

About Cumulus Media 
A leader in the radio broadcasting industry, Cumulus Media (NASDAQ:CMLS) combines high-quality local programming with iconic, nationally syndicated media, sports and entertainment brands to deliver premium content choices to the 245 million people reached each week through its 454 owned-and-operated stations broadcasting in 90 U.S. media markets (including eight of

the top 10), more than 8,200 broadcast radio stations affiliated with its Westwood One network and numerous digital channels. Together, the Cumulus/Westwood One platforms make Cumulus Media one of the few media companies that can provide advertisers with national reach and local impact. Cumulus/Westwood One is the exclusive radio broadcast partner to some of the largest brands in sports and entertainment, including the NFL, the NCAA, the Masters, the Olympics, the GRAMMYs, the Country Music Awards, the Billboard Music Awards and Miss America.

Additionally, it is the nation’s leading provider of country music and lifestyle content through its NASH brand, which serves country fans nationwide through radio programming, NASH Country Weekly magazine, concerts, licensed products and television/video. For more information, visit www.cumulus.com.