Performers Announced for 50th ACM Awards – April 19 / AT&T Stadium – Arlington TX

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JASON ALDEAN, DIERKS BENTLEY, GARTH BROOKS, LUKE BRYAN,
KENNY CHESNEY, ERIC CHURCH, MIRANDA LAMBERT, REBA, BLAKE SHELTON,
GEORGE STRAIT, KEITH URBAN, AND FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE
PLUS NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR NOMINEES
SAM HUNT, THOMAS RHETT AND COLE SWINDELL

TO PERFORM ON THE 50TH ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC® AWARDS

 

BROADCAST LIVE FROM AT&T STADIUM IN ARLINGTON, TEXAS
SUNDAY, APRIL 19, 2015 ON THE CBS TELEVISION NETWORK

 

The Academy of Country Music and dick clark productions announced the first round of all-star artists who will take the stage at the 50th Academy of Country Music Awards, Country Music’s Party of the Year®. The epic lineup for the Academy’s golden anniversary show includes country icons Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Garth Brooks, Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Miranda Lambert, Reba, Blake Shelton, George Strait, Keith Urban, Florida Georgia Line, plus Sam Hunt, Thomas Rhett and Cole Swindell. The ceremony, co-hosted by Luke Bryan and Blake Shelton, will be broadcast LIVE from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas on Sunday, April 19, 2015 at 8:00 PM – 11:30PM ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network.

 

Exclusive to the 50th ACM Awards, reigning Entertainer of the Year and Artist of the Decade, George Strait, will debut new music. Also, Reba will be returning to the ACM Awards to perform for the first time in five years on the telecast.

 

In addition to performing, this year Miranda Lambert leads the ACM Awards with eight (8) nominations.  Dierks Bentley follows with seven (7) nominations, while Florida Georgia Line received five (5) nominations, and Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, as well as Eric Church each earned four (4) nominations.  Jason Aldean was nominated for three (3) awards, Blake Shelton received two (2) nominations, Garth Brooks is nominated for Entertainer of the Year and Keith Urban received a nomination in the Video of the Year category.  This year’s ACM New Artist of the Year Presented By Kohl’s nominees include Sam Hunt, Thomas Rhett and Cole Swindell.

 

Ticket packages for the 50th ACM Awards are available NOW at Ticketmaster.com. Tickets to the ACM Awards sold out last spring in a record 18 minutes, but as staging changes became final for the telecast, seats to the previously SOLD OUT Awards have been added.   Additional performers and presenters will be announced in the coming weeks. For more information on the ACM Awards and all ACM events, visit www.ACMcountry.com, like us on Facebook, Instagram or follow us on Twitter at @ACMawards for more immediate updates.

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About the Academy of Country Music Awards
The 50th 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 and will broadcast LIVE from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX on Sunday, April 19, 2015 at 8:00 PM live ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network. Allen Shapiro, Mike Mahan, R.A. Clark and Barry Adelman are executive producers.  Bob Romeo is executive producer for the Academy of Country Music.

 

Performers Announced for ACM Party for a Cause Festival / ACM Presents: Superstar Duets!

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ACM PARTY FOR A CAUSE FESTIVAL TO FEATURE UNPRECEDENTED LINEUP
 

PERFORMERS FOR THE TWO-DAY MUSIC FESTIVAL TO INCLUDE
DIERKS BENTLEY, CLINT BLACK, LUKE BRYAN, KENNY CHESNEY, SAM HUNT,
MIRANDA LAMBERT, PATTY LOVELESS, RONNIE MILSAP, DARIUS RUCKER,
DWIGHT YOAKAM, ALABAMA, ELI YOUNG BAND, FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE & MORE
APRIL 17 – APRIL 18 AT GLOBE LIFE PARK IN ARLINGTON, TEXAS

 

ONCE-IN-A-LIFETIME EVENT TO BE TAPED FOR TWO HOUR BROADCAST SPECIAL
“ACM PRESENTS: SUPERSTAR DUETS!”
AIRING FRIDAY MAY 15 ON THE CBS TELEVISION NETWORK

 
Ticket Packages Including ACM Awards on Sale Now at Ticketmaster.com

 

The Academy of Country Music and dick clark productions announced that the ACM Party for a Cause Festival will feature an unprecedented lineup of country music legends and this year’s ACM Award nominees and chart-topping artists including Dierks Bentley, Clint Black, Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Sam Hunt, Miranda Lambert, Patty Loveless, Ronnie Milsap, Darius Rucker, Dwight Yoakam, Alabama, Eli Young Band, Florida Georgia Line and more to be announced in the coming weeks. The two-day outdoor music festival celebrating the 50TH ACM Awards will take place on April 17-18, 2015 at Globe Life Park in Arlington, Texas and be taped for a two hour special, “ACM Presents: Superstar Duets!,” which will air on Friday, May 15 on the CBS Television Network.

 

Ticket packages to the ACM Party for a Cause Festival INCLUDING the 50th ACM Awards are available NOW at Ticketmaster.com. Tickets to the ACM Awards sold out last spring in a record 18 minutes but as staging changes became final for the ACM Awards, seats to the previously SOLD OUT Awards were added and are now part of this package.   Additional festival performers and lineup details will be announced in the coming weeks.

 

“For the Academy’s milestone anniversary, we wanted more fans than ever to join us in our party and we thought it was a perfect fit to combine the ACM Party for A Cause Festival and our annual CBS special into one historic event,” said Bob Romeo, CEO of the Academy of Country Music. “Fans and viewers can expect a night of surprises from an all-star lineup of performers who have graced our ACM Awards stage throughout the past 50 years.”

 

The 3rd Annual ACM Party for a Cause Festival, beginning at 12:00 PM on April 17-18, 2015, will include multiple stages for ongoing LIVE country music performances, interactive experiences, a family-friendly country marketplace with food trucks and vendors from around the country, and much more, all leading up to the 50th Academy of Country Music Awards, which will be broadcast LIVE for the first time ever from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas on Sunday, April 19, 2015 at 8:00 PM live ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network. Proceeds from ticket sales for the 3rd Annual ACM Party for a Cause Festival will benefit ACM Lifting Lives®, the charitable arm of the Academy.

 

ACM Presents: Superstar Duets! is produced for television by dick clark productions. Allen Shapiro, Mike Mahan and R.A. Clark are executive producers.  Mark Bracco, Barry Adelman and Tom Forrest are co-executive producers. Bob Romeo is executive producer for the Academy of Country Music.

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Forever Charlie Tour Starring Charlie Wilson With Special Guests Kem & Joe

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FOREVER CHARLIE TOUR STARRING CHARLIE WILSON
WITH SPECIAL GUESTS KEM & JOE

Tickets Now on Sale

Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino welcomes GRAMMY-nominated artist Charlie Wilson to the Events Center Saturday, March 28 at 8 p.m. Wilson will be joined on the Forever Charlie Tour by highly regarded R&B artists Kem and Joe, both of whom will perform their individual sets.

Tickets priced at $50, $90 and $130, not including applicable tax and service fees, are now on sale and available at all Las Vegas Ticketmaster locations (select Smith’s Food and Drug Centers and Ritmo Latino). To charge by phone with a major credit card, call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000. Tickets also are available for purchase at mandalaybay.com or ticketmaster.com.

Charlie Wilson’s new album Forever Charlie was released last week. The first single off the album, “Goodnight Kisses,” was the No. 1 most added song at Urban Radio and now is Top 10 on the Mediabase Adult R&B chart. Wilson has received nine GRAMMY nominations and multiple awards throughout his career. He was named Billboard magazine’s No. 1 Adult R&B Artist and has had eight No. 1 records that topped the Billboard Urban Adult Contemporary radio chart including “Without You,” “Charlie, Last Name Wilson,” “Magic,” “There Goes My Baby,” “Can’t Live Without You,” “You Are,” “Life of the Party” and “My Love Is All I Have.” Most recently, Wilson received two 2015 GRAMMY nominations with rapper Kanye West for “Bound 2”; he also was an NAACP Outstanding Album Award winner for the album Love, Charlie and BET presented Wilson with a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2013.

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MANDALAY BAY EVENTS CENTER
The Mandalay Bay Events Center is a multi-purpose arena home to World Championship Boxing, premier concerts and special events. With seating for as many as 12,000, the Events Center offers excellent sightlines and state-of-the-art lighting and sound. Prominent events have included concerts such as Justin Timberlake, KISS, Taylor Swift, Kenny Chesney, Alicia Keys, Rihanna, Christina Aguilera, Katy Perry, John Mayer, Metallica, Ozzy Osbourne, Alejandro Fernandez and David Foster & Friends. World championship boxing events have featured fighters including Oscar De La Hoya, Manny Pacquiao, Floyd Mayweather, Shane Mosley and Bernard Hopkins. The Mandalay Bay Events Center also is home to multiple Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) events throughout the year, the annual Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas Auction and Tiger Jam hosted by Tiger Woods.

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Updated Entertainment / Nightlife Schedule

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HARD ROCK HOTEL & CASINO
UPDATED ENTERTAIMEN / NIGHTLIFE SCHEDULE

 

BODY ENGLISH NIGHTCLUB
JUST ADDED
Stassi Schroeder of BRAVO’s “Vanderpump Rules” – Jan. 9, 2015
AVN weekend with DJ Loczi – Jan. 22, 2015
Brody Jenner and William Lifestyle – Feb. 14, 2015
VANITY NIGHTCLUB
JUST ADDED
DJ Loczi – Jan. 1, 2015
AVN weekend with Taboo of The Black Eyed Peas – Jan. 23, 2015
AVN weekend with DJ Captn20 – Jan. 24, 2015
THE JOINT
JUST ADDED
Arm Melody Production presents Christmas 2014 Persian Concert with
ARASH, 25 Band and DJ Alex – Dec. 25
Arm Melody Production presents Christmas 2014 Persian Concert with
Shahram, Andy, Mansour and DJ Alex – Dec. 26
Widespread Panic with special guests Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe (March 27, 2015) and The Chris Robinson Brotherhood (March 28, 2015) – March 27 – 28, 2015
Kenny Chesney – The Big Revival Tour – April 3 – 4, 2015
VINYL
JUST ADDED
Thrillbilly Deluxe – Dec. 19 – 20
High Voltage – Dec. 27
Spandex Nation – Dec. 29
Face The Funk – Dec. 30
The Adam Carolla Show – Live Podcast – Jan. 17, 2015
Monday’s Dark with Mark Shunock – Jan. 26, 2015; Feb. 16, 2015; March 16, 2015; April 20, 2015; May 18, 2015; June 15, 2015; July 20, 2015; Aug. 17, 2015; Sept. 21, 2015; Oct. 19, 2015; Nov. 16, 2015
Indigenous – Jan. 28, 2015
Brett Scallions Unplugged: Roots to Rock – Feb. 6, 2015
Revolver Presents 10 Years: From Birth to Burial Tour with special guests
 The Glorious Sons, Luminoth and Systemec – Feb. 18, 2015
That 1 Guy – Feb. 28, 2015
UPDATED
Sevendust with special guest Silversage – Dec. 31
Empire Records – Jan. 2, 2015
Elvis Monroe – Jan. 16, 2015
Andrew Dice Clay – Dec. 19 – 21; Feb. 6 – 8, 13 – 15, 2015; March 12, 14 – 15, 20 – 22, 26 – 28, 2015; April 9, 11 – 12, 16, 18 – 19, 23, 25 – 26, 2015

 

NIGHTLIFE

 

Body English Nightclub
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino continues its history of introducing underground artists and trendsetting genres to the scene with Body English Nightclub, showcasing indie, electronic, rock and pop music. Guests enter the exclusive hideaway from the grand staircase where they are entertained and intrigued by an eclectic staff. The space features two distinct rooms adorned with lavish leathers, vintage chandeliers and rich dark woods while the private Parlor plays host to Las Vegas’ most talked about soirees.

Doors to Body English Nightclub open at 10:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. Cover charge starts at $20 for ladies and $30 for men. For table and VIP booth reservations, call 702.693.5555.

Stassi Schroeder of BRAVO’s “Vanderpump Rules” *just added*
Friday, Jan. 9, 2015

AVN weekend with DJ Loczi *just added*
Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015

Brody Jenner and William Lifestyle *just added*
Saturday, Feb. 14

Vanity Nightclub
An eclectic jewel box, Vanity Nightclub is adorned with pearls and hand-cut crystals fused with bronze and gold, surrounded by antique mirrors, rubbed brass and black chrome. The startling sumptuousness of velvets, deep satins and rich tapestries add to the gleaming textures throughout the venue, creating a perfect backdrop of reflective brilliance. The heartbeat of the nightclub is a cyclone chandelier with over 20 thousand lit crystals bringing the dance floor to life.

Vanity Nightclub is reserved exclusively for private events and special parties. For table and VIP booth reservations, call 702.693.5555.

New Year’s Eve Bootleggers Ball with DJ Pauly D
Wednesday, Dec. 31

DJ Loczi *just added*
Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015

AVN weekend with Taboo of The Black Eyed Peas *just added*
Friday, Jan. 23, 2015

AVN weekend with DJ Captn20 *just added*
Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015

 

ENTERTAINMENT

The Joint

A state-of-the-art sound system delivers an unforgettable live music experience to the intimate 4,500-capacity venue. The Joint offers seven VIP Luxury Suites and a prestigious VIP Level. A superior video system and more versatile stage enhances any production — creating an experience that surpasses all expectations and makes The Joint the most dynamic, sophisticated, and authentic venue in Las Vegas.

Shows at The Joint can be purchased at the Hard Rock Hotel Box Office, online at, www.axs.com or charge-by-phone at 888.9.AXS.TIX. For groups of 12 or more call 702.693.5220 or email groupsales@hrhvegas.com.

Arm Melody Production presents Christmas 2014 Persian Concert with ARASH, 25 Band and DJ Alex *just added*
Thursday, Dec. 25 at 8 p.m.
Tickets start at $50

Arm Melody Production presents Christmas 2014 Persian Concert with Shahram, Andy, Mansour and DJ Alex *just added*
Friday, Dec. 26 at 8 p.m.
Tickets start at $50

Katt Williams
Tuesday, Dec. 30 at 9 p.m.
Tickets start at $39.50

ANISONG World Tour – Lantis Festival
Friday, Jan. 16 at 7 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 17 at 2 p.m.
Tickets start at $50

2015 AVN Awards Show  
Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015 at 8:30 p.m.
Tickets start at $175
The 2015 AVN Awards Show is the culmination of AVN Week, a series of events produced by AVN Media Network at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. The events take place January 21 – 24 with Internext, the AVN Novelty Expo, the AVN Adult Entertainment Expo and the AVN Awards Show. Fans may purchase general admission tickets, VIP table seating options or special packages. For more information about the 2015 AVN Awards Show, visit www.AVNAwards.com.

Seether & Papa Roach with special guests Kyng & Islander
Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015 at 7 p.m.
Tickets start at $39.50

Ellis Mania 10
Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015 at 8 p.m.
Tickets start at $20

Trailer Park Boys: Ricky, Julian and Bubbles Still Drunk, High and Unemployed Tour
Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015 at 8 p.m.
Tickets start at $39.50

RESIDENT SHOW
Rascal Flatts Vegas Riot!
Feb. 25, 27 – 28, 2015; March 4, 6 – 7, 11, 13 – 14, 2015 at 8 p.m.
Tickets start at $39.50

Widespread Panic *just added*
With special guest Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe on Friday, March 27, 2015 at 8 p.m.
With special guest The Chris Robinson Brotherhood on Saturday, March 28, 2015 at 8 p.m.
Tickets start at $55 and are on sale Friday, Dec. 19 at 10 a.m.

 

Kenny Chesney

Kenny Chesney – The Big Revival Tour *just added*
Friday, April 3, 2015 and Saturday, April 4, 2015 at 8 p.m.
Tickets start at $155.
 

Sixx:A.M. with special guest Apocalyptica
Friday, April 10, 2015 at 8 p.m.
Tickets start at $35

Vinyl
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino embraces its roots and presents its intimate live music venue, Vinyl. Vinyl delivers the iconic rock ‘n’ roll Hard Rock Hotel is known for as well as genres including jazz, blues, pop and even country. The multi-functional room not only brings celebrities up-close-and-personal with their biggest fans but it also allows up-and-coming bands to come within arm’s reach of their loyal supporters and capture the interest of new ones.

Tickets for Vinyl can be purchased at the Hard Rock Hotel Box Office, online at www.hardrockhotel.com, www.axs.com or charge-by-phone at 888.9.AXS.TIX.

 

RESIDENT SHOW
Andrew Dice Clay *updated / this weekend*
Dec. 19 – 21; Feb. 6 – 8, 13 – 15, 2015; March 12, 14 –15, 20 –22, 26 –28, 2015;
April 9, 11 – 12, 16, 18 – 19, 23, 25 – 26, 2015 at 9 p.m.
Tickets start at $59
Must be 18 years of age or older with valid form of identification to attend

Thrillbilly Deluxe *just added / this weekend*
Friday, Dec. 19 and Saturday, Dec. 20 at 11 p.m.
Tickets are FREE

High Voltage *just added*
Saturday, Dec. 27 at 10:30 p.m.
Tickets are FREE

Elvis Monroe *updated*
Sunday, Dec. 28 and Friday, Jan. 16, 2015 at 9:30 p.m.
Tickets are FREE

Spandex Nation *just added*
Monday, Dec. 29 at 10:30 p.m.
Tickets are FREE

Face The Funk *just added*
Tuesday, Dec. 30 at 10:30 p.m.
Tickets are FREE

Sevendust with special guest Silversage *updated*
Wednesday, Dec. 31 at 10 p.m.
Tickets start at $67
Must be 21 years of age or older with a valid form of identification to attend

Empire Records *updated*
Friday, Jan. 2, 2015 at 10:30 p.m.
Tickets are FREE

Orianthi with special guest The Bayonets
Saturday, Jan. 3, 2015 at 9:30 p.m.
Tickets start at $22

Steve Byrne
Friday, Jan. 9, 2015 and Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015 at 9 p.m.
Tickets start at $45
Must be 18 years of age or older with a valid for of identification to attend

The Adam Carolla Show – Live Podcast *just added*
Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015 at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.
Tickets start at $40 and are on sale Friday, Dec. 19 at 10 a.m.
Must be 21 years of age or older with a valid form of identification to attend

Mondays Dark with Mark Shunock *just added*
Jan. 26, 2015; Feb. 16, 2015; March 16, 2015; April 20, 2015; May 18, 2015; June 15, 2015; July 20, 2015;
Aug. 17, 2015; Sept. 21, 2015; Oct. 19, 2015 and Nov. 16, 2015 at 9:30 p.m.
Tickets start at $20

Indigenous *just added*
Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015 at 9:30 p.m.
Tickets start at $35

Brett Scallions Unplugged: Roots to Rock *just added*
Friday, Feb. 6, 2015 at 11:30 p.m.
Tickets start at $30

Revolver Presents 10 Years: From Birth to Burial Tour with special guests The Glorious Sons, Luminoth and Systemec *just added*
Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015 at 8 p.m.
Tickets start at $22

An evening with Machine Head
Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015 at 9 p.m.
Tickets start at $23

Tiger Box
Friday, Feb. 20, 2015 at 9 p.m.
Tickets start at $25

Ellis Mania 10 After Party
Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015 at 11 p.m.
Tickets start at $10
Must be 21 years of age or older with a valid form of identification to attend

That 1 Guy *just added*
Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015 at 9:30 p.m.
Tickets start at $13

Ed Kowalczyk: Throwing Copper Unplugged – 20th Anniversary
Thursday, April 2, 2015 at 9:30 p.m.
Tickets start at $40

Nekromantix 
Saturday, April 4, 2015 at 9 p.m.
Tickets start at $20

 

About Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino is Las Vegas’ off-strip playground, just minutes and less than three miles from McCarran International Airport. The premier destination entertainment resort is owned by Brookfield Real Estate Finance Fund II and managed by WG-Harmon, LLC, a subsidiary of Warner Gaming, LLC. Built in 1995, the property completed a $750 million expansion in 2010. Hard Rock Hotel & Casino offers an energetic entertainment and gaming experience with the services and amenities associated with a boutique luxury resort hotel. The property is known for its innovative nightlife and music scene where acts such as The Rolling Stones, Bon Jovi, Paul McCartney, Incubus, Foo Fighters, Carlos Santana, Mötley Crüe and Guns N’ Roses have all performed. Features of the property include an 11-story Casino Tower with 640 guest rooms, 17-story Paradise Tower with 490 rooms and suites, and the HRH All-Suite Tower with 359 suites, eight spa villas and seven penthouse suites; 72,000 square feet of casino space featuring Peacock High-Limit gaming and Asian gaming amenities; 80,000 square feet of flexible meeting and convention space; more than $4 million in rare music memorabilia; Body English Nightclub; Reliquary Water Sanctuary, Spa & Salon; 4.5 acres of tropical pool paradise housing world-famous pool parties REHAB Saturdays and Sundays and RELAX Mondays; live music/entertainment venues The Joint and Vinyl; Hart & Huntington Tattoo Co.; restaurants Culinary Dropout, Nobu, The Ainsworth, 35 Steaks + Martinis, Pink Taco, Mr. Lucky’s Café and 福Fú; a fitness center; and trendsetting retailers John Varvatos, Affliction, Love Jones and Rocks The Jewelers. For room availability and additional information call 800.HRD.ROCK (800.473.7625) or visit hardrockhotel.com. Follow Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for the latest news and updates.

 

Last Minute Gift ~ This Is Country: A Backstage Pass to the Academy of Country Music Awards

The Academy of Country Music’s newly published book, This Is Country: A Backstage Pass to the Academy of Country Music Awards, is perfect for a last minute Holiday Gift!

In celebration of the upcoming 50th Anniversary of the ACM Awards in 2015, for the first time ever, the Academy opened their archives to publish never before seen photographs and memorabilia from some of the greatest moments in the history of country music in one retrospective book. This Is Country, written by Lisa Lee with a foreword by Reba, features exclusive contributions and/or interviews from artists ranging from George Strait to Taylor Swift, from Carrie Underwood to Kenny Chesney. It is a commemorative must-have for any country fan, rich in music and celebrity history.

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About the Academy of Country Music Awards:
The Academy of Country Music Awards is dedicated to honoring and showcasing the biggest names and emerging talent in the country music industry. The 50th ACM Awards celebrating the golden anniversary of Country Music’s Party of the Year® is produced for television by dick clark productions and will be broadcast LIVE from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX, on Sunday, April 19, 2015, at 8:00 P.M. live ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network.

 

About the Author:
Based in Los Angeles after a decade of living in Nashville, Lisa Lee has been covering country music for more than twenty years. She has written, produced, and corresponded for CMT/MTV Networks and The Nashville Network. Her credits include CMT Insider and TV news specials Controversy: Tammy Wynette and the Prism Award–winner Addicted to Addiction. A graduate of Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, Lee is currently the Academy’s Senior Vice President of Creative & Content Production and editor of the quarterly magazine, ACM Tempo.

 

About This Is Country: A Backstage Pass to the Academy of Country Music Awards:
From the first informal awards ceremony at the Hollywood Palladium in 1966 to today’s star-studded show on CBS, generations of country’s biggest superstars have graced the Academy of Country Music Awards stage. Now, for the first time ever, the ACM is opening its archive to reveal candid, never-before-seen photographs and memorabilia capturing some of the greatest moments in the history of country music.

 

Rich with backstage and performance photographs, compelling behind-the-scenes stories, and firsthand accounts from country legends and contemporary artists, This Is Country: A Backstage Pass to the Academy of Country Music Awards (Insight Editions / $50.00 / September 2014) offers a rare and intimate glimpse into the history, trends, and evolutions of the genre.

 

With contributions by Reba McEntire, Loretta Lynn, George Strait, Garth Brooks, Alabama’s Randy Owen, Blake Shelton, Luke Bryan, Marty Stuart, and many more, this book is a trove of history and celebrity, and a must-have for fans of country music. For more information, visit http://www.acmcountry.com/thisiscountry.html.

LADY ANTEBELLUM AND HANK WILLIAMS, JR. TO PERFORM ON “AMERICAN COUNTRY COUNTDOWN AWARDS”

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LADY ANTEBELLUM AND HANK WILLIAMS, JR.
TO PERFORM ON “AMERICAN COUNTRY COUNTDOWN AWARDS”
LIVE MONDAY, DECEMBER 15, ON FOX

Lady A and Williams Join Previously Announced Performers Jason Aldean,
Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Kelly Clarkson, Brett Eldredge,
Florida Georgia Line, Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood

Country trio Lady Antebellum and, in a rare television performance, country legend Hank Williams, Jr. will join previously announced performers Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Kelly Clarkson, Brett Eldredge, Florida Georgia Line, Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood on the inaugural AMERICAN COUNTRY COUNTDOWN AWARDS, airing LIVE from Nashville’s Music City Center on Monday, Dec.15 (8:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) on FOX.

Hosted by Florida Georgia Line’s Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard, AMERICAN COUNTRY COUNTDOWN AWARDS is based on country music’s longest-running radio countdown show, “American Country Countdown with Kix Brooks,” and will honor country music’s biggest stars based on album sales and radio airplay. Presenters for the inaugural show include country artists Kix Brooks, Sara Evans, Hunter Hayes, Maddie & Tae, Scotty McCreery, Kip Moore, Thomas Rhett, Chase Rice, Cole Swindell and Chris Young. NASCAR’s Jimmie Johnson, Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher and 2014 National League MVP Clayton Kershaw, actors Emily Kinney (“The Walking Dead”) and Melissa Fumero (BROOKLYN NINE-NINE) and Miss America 2015 Kira Kazantsev will also present.

The two-hour show will also honor Kenny Chesney with The Groundbreaker Award, which recognizes an artist who has consistently pushed the boundaries and is a trailblazer in the realm of concerts, musical accomplishment, creative innovation and connecting with fans across the United States. Chesney will be on hand to accept his award. Multimedia entertainer Reba will receive the first-ever NASH Icon Award, presented by Kix Brooks, which celebrates an iconic artist whose extraordinary talent has influenced generations of musicians and who has made a profound and lasting impact on country music. Kelly Clarkson and Miranda Lambert will join together to honor Reba with a special tribute performance.

Lady Antebellum recently released their fifth studio album, 747. The 11-song disc has already spawned the platinum certified, multi-week chart-topping smash hit “Bartender,” and its new single “Freestyle” is quickly climbing the charts. They have sold over 11 million albums worldwide, and have made nine trips to number one on the country radio charts. They’ve earned six Platinum singles and “Vocal Group of the Year” honors from both the CMAs and ACMs three years in a row. Lady A just wrapped their headlining TAKE ME DOWNTOWN tour, which hit 80 cities in the US and Canada over the course of the year. They delighted both fans and critics, with the Dallas Morning News declaring “Lady Antebellum shows off its warranted leap to superstardom.”

Though he began his career in the shadow of his legendary father, Hank Williams Jr. emerged as a formidable Country singer-songwriter in his own right with 1960s hits such as “It’s All Over But The Crying” and “Cajun Baby.” But things changed with the 1979 release of “Family Tradition,” where he broke the Nashville mainstream by adopting a rebel image and writing/recording in a style incorporating his Blues and Southern Rock influences. The results were staggering as 42 Top-10 hits followed, two CMA Entertainer of the Year honors, three ACM Entertainer of the Year honors, multiple Grammy nominations and a Grammy award for “There’s a Tear in My Beer,” a duet with his father using electronic merging technology. As groundbreaking as Hank Williams Jr. became, it wasn’t just his performance that people took note about, but rather his songwriting that became so notable. The driven musician penned hits songs year after year scoring 20 BMI Awards. One of the arguably most-heard Country song of modern times, the four-time Emmy award-winning “Are You Ready For Some Football?,” which was heard nationally as the theme song of ABC and ESPN’s Monday Night Football telecasts, was aired for 21 years. As the accolades kept coming, Williams sold over 55 million albums, achieving gold, platinum, and multi-platinum status along with 13 of those albums hitting the no. 1 spot on the Billboard chart. In 2008, Williams was honored with the BMI Icon Award at the 56th Annual BMI Country Awards, joining the elite group of past honorees including Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard and Dolly Parton.

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, Programing and Development, dick clark productions), John Dickey (Executive Vice President of Content and Programming, Cumulus), Richard Godfrey (“MTV Europe Music Awards”) and Tom Forrest (“CMT Crossroads”) are executive producers. Baz Halpin is co-executive producer.

AMERICAN COUNTRY COUNTDOWN AWARDS finalists and winners, other than Breakthrough Artist of the Year, are determined based on statistics and radio airplay charts from Nov. 1, 2013-Oct. 31, 2014. The finalists for Album of the Year were based on album sales from SoundScan and the finalists for Artist of the Year were based on a combination of Mediabase airplay, digital data provided by Big Champagne and tour information from Pollstar. All other award categories were made up of those with the largest audience reach, according to Mediabase.

Tickets to the event are on sale at TheACCAwards.com/tickets.

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About dick clark productions
dick clark productions (dcp) is among the world’s largest producers and proprietors of televised live event programming. dcp produces perennial hits such as the “American Music Awards,” “Golden Globe Awards,” “Academy of Country Music Awards,” “Billboard Music Awards” and “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest.” Weekly television programming includes SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE, from 19 Entertainment, a division of CORE Media Group, and dick clark productions; as well as “Rising Star” and FOX’s upcoming game show, BOOM!, from Keshet DCP, the joint venture between Keshet International (KI), the global distribution and production arm of Keshet Media Group, and DC Media, the parent company of dick clark productions (dcp). In 2014, dcp will debut the AMERICAN COUNTRY COUNTDOWN AWARDS (FOX), “Hollywood Film Awards” (CBS) and “The People Magazine Awards” (NBC). dcp also owns one of the world’s most unique and extensive entertainment archive libraries with more than 55 years of dcp’s award-winning shows, historic programs, specials, performances and legendary programming. For additional information, visit www.dickclark.com.

About Cumulus
Cumulus Media (NASDAQ: CMLS) combines high-quality local programming with iconic, nationally syndicated media, sports and entertainment brands in order to deliver premium choices for listeners, provide substantial reach for advertisers and create opportunities for shareholders. Cumulus provides exclusive content that is fully distributed through approximately 460 owned-and-operated stations in 90 U.S. media markets (including eight of the top 10), more than 10,000 broadcast radio affiliates and numerous digital channels Cumulus is well positioned in the widening digital audio space through a significant stake in the Rdio digital music service, featuring 30 million songs on-demand in addition to custom playlists and exclusive curated channels. Cumulus is also the leading provider of Country music and lifestyle content through its NASH brand. Nash serves over 90,000,000 Country fans through market leading broadcast radio short and long-form programming, NASH / Country Weekly magazine, Nash Live Events, Nash TV and soon to be announced Nash licensed apparel and home goods. For more information, visit www.cumulus.com.
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KENNY CHESNEY TO PERFORM ON FIRST-EVER AMERICAN COUNTRY COUNTDOWN AWARDS

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KENNY CHESNEY TO PERFORM ON FIRST-EVER
AMERICAN COUNTRY COUNTDOWN AWARDS21st Century’s Biggest Country Ticket Seller Gets “Groundbreaker Award”
for Innovation, Excellence and Expanding The Genre,
Presented by Vince Vaughn
Airing Live, Monday, December 15, on FOX

 

Kenny Chesney, the only country artist in Billboard’s Top 10 Touring Acts of the Last 25 Years, will perform on the inaugural AMERICAN COUNTRY COUNTDOWN AWARDS airing live from Nashville’s Music City Center on Monday, December 15 (8:00 – 10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) on FOX. Chesney, deemed “the People’s Superstar” by The Los Angeles Times, will perform his latest single, “Til It’s Gone,” before receiving the Groundbreaker Award for innovation, excellence and expanding the country music genre. The award will be presented by actor/producer/writer Vince Vaughn.

“They told me this award recognizes taking country new places and to a lot of new people,” Chesney said. “The truth is: all I did was sing songs I’d lived – and I knew people like me had lived. Show people their lives as a desirable thing, right where they are, and do a show that says, ‘We’re all here to have the best night of the summer,’ and they’re going to respond. So when I was trying to figure out what to sing, ‘Til It’s Gone’ felt right. It’s a song about being committed to the people you love, no matter what – and that’s how I feel about every single member of the No Shoes Nation.”

“Til It’s Gone” hit Billboard’s Top 5 this week. It follows “American Kids,” his Grammy Award-nominated, two-week No. 1 from “The Big Revival,” up the charts. “The Big Revival” is Chesney’s 13th Billboard Country Album Chart No. 1 debut.

“Connecting with the fans is what drives me,” Chesney explains. “Whatever we give them, they give us back double. That inspires everything we do. When I was cutting ‘Til It’s Gone,’ even though it’s a love song between two people, I always heard it as a song to the No Shoes Nation: ‘One life, one chance, one ticket to the big dance/ You and me, hanging on, right down to the last song…’ What other song would I do for an award that’s as much the fans’ as it is for me and the guys?”

The AMERICAN COUNTRY COUNTDOWN AWARDS “Groundbreaker Award” is given to an artist who has consistently pushed the boundaries of what is possible within the definitions of today’s country music. It recognizes trailblazing in the realm of concerts, musical accomplishment, creative innovation and connecting with fans across the United States. The award will be presented by actor/producer/writer Vince Vaughn.

Kenny Chesney has sold over a million tickets to each of his 11 headlining tours since 2002. An eight-time Entertainer of the Year, with four consecutive Academy of Country Music and four Country Music Association Awards, the man The Wall Street Journal crowned “The King of the Road” has also won the American Music Award’s Favorite Artist, the ACM’s Top Male Vocalist and Single of the Year (“The Good Stuff”) and the CMA’s Album of the Year (the sextuple-platinum “When The Sun Goes Down”), Video and Vocal Event Awards. With over 30 million albums sold – 7 debuting at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top 200 Albums and 13 topping Billboard’s Country Album chart, his “The Big Revival” has spawned the multiple week No. 1 “American Kids,” certified Platinum, and the Top 5 and climbing “Til It’s Gone.”

AMERICAN COUNTRY COUNTDOWN AWARDS is based on country music’s longest-running radio countdown show, “American Country Countdown with Kix Brooks,” and will honor country outstanding artists based on album sales and radio airplay. In addition to Chesney, country music stars Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Brett Eldredge, Florida Georgia Line, Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood, along with multi-platinum superstar Kelly Clarkson, are set to perform. Also, multimedia entertainer Reba will receive the first-ever NASH Icon Award, presented by Kix Brooks, which celebrates an iconic artist whose extraordinary talent has influenced generations of musicians and who has made a profound and lasting impact on country music. Kelly Clarkson and Miranda Lambert will join together to honor Reba with a special tribute performance.

AMERICAN COUNTRY COUNTDOWN AWARDS finalists and winners, other than Breakthrough Artist of the Year, are determined based on statistics and radio airplay charts from Nov. 1, 2013-Oct. 31, 2014. The finalists for Album of the Year were based on album sales from SoundScan and the finalists for Artist of the Year were based on a combination of Mediabase airplay, digital data provided by Big Champagne and tour information from Pollstar. All other award categories were made up of those with the largest audience reach, according to Mediabase.

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, Programing and Development, dick clark productions), John Dickey (Executive Vice President of Content and Programming, Cumulus), Richard Godfrey (“MTV Europe Music Awards”) and Tom Forrest (“CMT Crossroads”) are executive producers. Baz Halpin is co-executive producer.

About dick clark productions
dick clark productions (dcp) is among the world’s largest producers and proprietors of televised live event programming. dcp produces perennial hits such as the “American Music Awards,” “Golden Globe Awards,” “Academy of Country Music Awards,” “Billboard Music Awards” and “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest.” Weekly television programming includes SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE, from 19 Entertainment, a division of CORE Media Group, and dick clark productions; as well as “Rising Star” and FOX’s upcoming game show, BOOM!, from Keshet DCP, the joint venture between Keshet International (KI), the global distribution and production arm of Keshet Media Group, and DC Media, the parent company of dick clark productions (dcp). In 2014, dcp will debut the AMERICAN COUNTRY COUNTDOWN AWARDS (FOX), “Hollywood Film Awards” (CBS) and “The People Magazine Awards” (NBC). dcp also owns one of the world’s most  unique and extensive entertainment archive libraries with more than 55 years of dcp’s award-winning shows, historic programs, specials, performances and legendary programming. For additional information, visit www.dickclark.com.

About Cumulus
Cumulus Media (NASDAQ: CMLS) combines high-quality local programming with iconic, nationally syndicated media, sports and entertainment brands in order to deliver premium choices for listeners, provide substantial reach for advertisers and create opportunities for shareholders. Cumulus provides exclusive content that is fully distributed through approximately 460 owned-and-operated stations in 90 U.S. media markets (including eight of the top 10), more than 10,000 broadcast radio affiliates and numerous digital channels Cumulus is well positioned in the widening digital audio space through a significant stake in the Rdio digital music service, featuring 30 million songs on-demand in addition to custom playlists and exclusive curated channels. Cumulus is also the leading provider of Country music and lifestyle content through its NASH brand.  Nash serves over 90,000,000 Country fans through market leading broadcast radio short and long-form programming, NASH / Country Weekly  magazine, Nash Live Events, Nash TV and soon to be announced Nash licensed apparel and home goods. For more information, visit www.cumulus.com.

 

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Kenny Chesney at The Joint inside Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas, April 3-4, 2015

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KENNY CHESNEY
APRIL 3 – 4, 2015 AT 8 P.M.

Tickets on sale Friday, Dec. 12 at 10 a.m.

The Joint inside Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas will host one of the biggest names in country music history, Kenny Chesney, for a two-night concert series Friday, April 3 and Saturday, April 4 at 8 p.m.

 

Tickets start at $155 (plus applicable service fees), are on sale at 10 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 12 and can be purchased at the Hard Rock Hotel Box Office, online at www.AXS.com or by calling 888-9-AXS-TIX.

 

The household name and country musician began his road to fame in 1994 by releasing his first album, In My Wildest Dreams, and quickly rose to stardom with 14 of his 15 albums becoming certified gold or higher by the Recording Industry Association of America. Chesney has sold more tickets than any other artist of the 21st century, selling over 1 million tickets during each of his past 10 tours.

 

Chesney won the Country Music Association and Academy of Country Music’s Entertainer of the Year Award a combined eight times with more than 24 No. 1 hits topping the Billboard  Hot Country Songs chart. He has collaborated with other iconic country musicians such as Jimmy Buffet, Reba McEntire, Toby Keith and George Strait.

 

For more information on Kenny Chesney, visit www.kennychesney.com, www.facebook.com/KennyChesney or twitter.com/kennychesney.

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About The Joint
The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas is a 4,500-person capacity venue that serves as a sophisticated, intimate and unparalleled entertainment destination.  The Joint features seven luxury suites, a VIP studio level, state-of-the-art sound system, superior video system and a production package tailor-made for artist comfort.  It has received numerous accolades including “No. 1 Hottest Club in America” award by Billboard Magazine, “Best Live Music Venue in Las Vegas” by MetroWize.com, “Best New Major Concert Venue” at the Pollstar Awards, “Best Live Music Venue” in AOL City’s Best awards, “Best Rock Residency Program” by Las Vegas Weekly, “Best Concert Venue” by Las Vegas Review – Journal and more. The Joint delivers unforgettable live music experiences with performances by both legendary and ground-breaking artists including Paul McCartney, the Killers, Bon Jovi, Kenny Chesney, Nine Inch Nails, The Who, Imagine Dragons, Prince, Arcade Fire, Muse, Drake and No Doubt. The venue created the successful concept of rock ‘n’ roll residencies with Supernatural Santana: A Trip Through the Hits, Mötley Crüe in Sin City, Mötley Crüe invites you to an Intimate Evening in Hell, Guns N’ Roses’ Appetite for Democracy, Guns N’ Roses – An Evening of Destruction. No Trickery!, Def Leppard’s VIVA Hysteria! and KISS Rocks Vegas. In addition to rock residencies, The Joint was also home to Tiësto In Concert featuring electronic DJ/producer Tiësto and coming in February 2015, Rascal Flatts Vegas Riot! Follow The Joint on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for the latest news and updates.

 

About AEG Live
AEG Live, the live-entertainment division of Los Angeles-based AEG, is dedicated to all aspects of live contemporary music performance.  AEG Live is comprised of touring, festival, exhibition, broadcast, merchandise and special event divisions, fifteen regional offices and owns, operates or exclusively books thirty-five state-of-the-art venues.  The current and recent concert tour roster includes artists such as Taylor Swift, The Rolling Stones, Bon Jovi, Usher, Carrie Underwood, Daughtry, Justin Bieber, Leonard Cohen, Wisin & Yandel, Kenny Chesney, P!nk, Enrique Iglesias and Paul McCartney.  The company is also currently producing residency shows at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas including Celine Dion, Rod Stewart and Shania Twain and is the exclusive promoter at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas. AEG’s exhibition portfolio boasts the most successful exhibition of all time,Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs, which has attracted more than 8 million visitors since 2005. AEG Live is also the largest producer of music festivals in North America from the critically acclaimed Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival to Stagecoach Country Music Festival and New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. www.aeglive.com

KENNY CHESNEY TO RECEIVE GROUNDBREAKER AWARD AT THE FIRST EVER “AMERICAN COUNTRY COUNTDOWN AWARDS”

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KENNY CHESNEY TO RECEIVE GROUNDBREAKER AWARD
AT THE FIRST-EVER “AMERICAN COUNTRY COUNTDOWN AWARDS,”AIRING LIVE FROM NASHVILLE’S MUSIC CITY CENTER, MONDAY, DECEMBER 15, ON FOX
21ST CENTURY’S BIGGEST COUNTRY MUSIC TICKET-SELLER
TO BE RECOGNIZED FOR INNOVATION, EXCELLENCE
AND EXPANDING THE GENRE

 Country superstar Kenny Chesney will receive the AMERICAN COUNTRY COUNTDOWN AWARDS’ Groundbreaker Award.  The award is given to an artist who has consistently pushed the boundaries of what is possible within the definitions of today’s country music. It recognizes trailblazing in the realm of concerts, musical accomplishment, creative innovation and connecting with fans across the United States. Chesney, the only country artist included in Billboard’s Top 10 Touring Acts of the Last 25 Years, will accept the honor at Nashville’s Music City Center on Monday, Dec. 15 during the live telecast (8:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) on FOX.

“The Groundbreaker Award recognizes how Kenny has revolutionized the live music experience for Country fans,” said Executive Producer Mark Bracco. “He is a true groundbreaker, moving country music into new directions with his pioneering, record-breaking tours that have propelled him into one of the very biggest live performing artists in America. Kenny is the perfect recipient for our very first show.”

“Given what the ‘American Country Countdown’ radio show has meant to the music over the past 40 years, it’s humbling to be singled out like this,” Chesney responded. “For me, this music has always been about the fans – how we see them, what we give them and the way country moves them. It often starts with ‘American Country Countdown,’ watching that climb, getting invested. It did for me, so I’m not surprised to see them wanting to award the artists in a way that recognizes innovation and achievement.”

Chesney has sold more than a million tickets to each of his 11 headlining tours since 2002. An eight-time Entertainer of the Year, with four consecutive Academy of Country Music Awards and four Country Music Association Awards, Chesney has also won the American Music Award’s Favorite Artist Award, the ACM’s Top Male Vocalist and Single of the Year (“The Good Stuff”) and the CMA’s Album of the Year (the sextuple-platinum “When The Sun Goes Down”), Video and Vocal Event Awards. With over 30 million albums sold – 7 debuting at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top 200 Albums and 13 topping Billboard’s Country Album chart, his “The Big Revival” has spawned the multiple week No. 1 single, “American Kids,” certified platinum, and the Top 10-and-climbing “Til It’s Gone.”

AMERICAN COUNTRY COUNTDOWN AWARDS finalists are determined based on statistics and radio airplay charts from November 1, 2013-October 31, 2014. The Finalists for Album of the Year were based on album sales from SoundScan and the finalists for Artist of the Year were based on a combination of Mediabase airplay, digital data provided by Big Champagne and tour information from Pollstar. All other award categories were made up of those with the largest audience reach, according to Mediabase.

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, Programing and Development, dick clark productions), John Dickey (Executive Vice President of Content and Programming, Cumulus), Richard Godfrey (“MTV Europe Music Awards”) and Tom Forrest (“CMT Crossroads”) are executive producers. Baz Halpin is co-executive producer.

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About AMERICAN COUNTRY COUNTDOWN AWARDS
The AMERICAN COUNTRY COUNTDOWN AWARDS are based on country music’s longest-running radio countdown show, “American Country Countdown with Kix Brooks,” which has recognized the best in country radio for over 40 years. Airing live Monday, Dec. 15 (8:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) on FOX, from Music City Center in Nashville, the two-hour show will honor the year’s best country music with awards, performances, special moments and additional surprises. Superstar duo Florida Georgia Line’s Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard will host and perform. Country music heavyweights Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood, along with country’s newest star Brett Eldredge, also are set to perform.

About dick clark productions
dick clark productions (dcp) is among the world’s largest producers and proprietors of televised live event programming. dcp produces perennial hits such as the “American Music Awards,” “Golden Globe Awards,” “Academy of Country Music Awards,” “Billboard Music Awards” and “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest.” Weekly television programming includes SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE, from 19 Entertainment, a division of CORE Media Group, and dick clark productions; as well as “Rising Star” and FOX’s upcoming game show, BOOM!, from Keshet DCP, the joint venture between Keshet International (KI), the global distribution and production arm of Keshet Media Group, and DC Media, the parent company of dick clark productions (dcp). In 2014, dcp will debut the AMERICAN COUNTRY COUNTDOWN AWARDS (FOX), “Hollywood Film Awards” (CBS) and “The People Magazine Awards” (NBC). dcp also owns one of the world’s most  unique and extensive entertainment archive libraries with more than 55 years of dcp’s award-winning shows, historic programs, specials, performances and legendary programming. For additional information, visit www.dickclark.com.

About Cumulus
Cumulus Media (NASDAQ: CMLS) combines high-quality local programming with iconic, nationally syndicated media, sports and entertainment brands in order to deliver premium choices for listeners, provide substantial reach for advertisers and create opportunities for shareholders. Cumulus provides exclusive content that is fully distributed through approximately 460 owned-and-operated stations in 90 U.S. media markets (including eight of the top 10), more than 10,000 broadcast radio affiliates and numerous digital channels. Cumulus is well-positioned in the widening digital audio space through a significant stake in the radio digital music service, featuring 25 million songs on demand, in addition to custom playlists and exclusive curated channels. Cumulus is also the leading provider of country music and lifestyle content through its NASH brand, which will serve country fans through radio programming, NASH magazine, concerts, licensed products and television/video. For more information, visit www.cumulus.com.

PERFORMERS AND PRESENTERS ANNOUNCED FOR 8th ANNUAL ACM HONORS TO BE HELD ON SEPTEMBER 9, 2014

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PERFORMERS AND PRESENTERS ANNOUNCED FOR

8th ANNUAL ACM HONORS

TO BE HELD ON SEPTEMBER 9, 2014

AT HISTORIC RYMAN AUDITORIUM IN NASHVILLE

TICKETS AVAILABLE AT TICKETMASTER AND AT THE RYMAN BOX OFFICE

WHAT:  The 8th Annual ACM HONORS, as previously announced, is an evening of musical tribute performances and award presentations celebrating the non-televised special honorees and winners from the 49th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards, held earlier this year.  Tickets priced at $40.00 are available at Ticketmaster.com and the Ryman box office.

WHO: Participants include host Jake Owen, musical director Frank Liddell, performers Dierks Bentley, Clare Bowen, Shawn Camp, Kelly Clarkson, Rodney Clawson, Hunter Hayes, Will Hoge, Jack Ingram, Kacey Musgraves, Sam Palladio,Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott, Lee Ann Womack, Dwight Yoakam, Oak Ridge Boys and presenters Joe Bonsall of the Oak Ridge Boys, Kenny Chesney, Pete Fisher, Brenda Lee, Justin Moore, Thomas Rhett,  The Swon Brothers and more. 

Honorees include Special Awards recipients Bob Beckham (posthumously), Steve BuchananJack Clement (posthumously), Dean DillonToby Keith, Kris Kristofferson, Ronnie MilsapPaul Moore, Buck Owens (posthumously), Carrie Underwood and Rascal Flatts. Studio Recording Awards (formerly MBI Awards) recipients include Shannon Forrest, Paul Franklin, Dann Huff, Charlie Judge, Rob McNelley, Justin Niebank, Michael Rhodes and Bryan Sutton. Industry Award winners include Brian O’Connell of Live Nation, Nicole More of Neste Event Marketing, Austin City Limits Live at The Moody Theater in Austin, TXBilly Bob’s Texas in Fort Worth, TX, Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, TNGrand Ole Opry House in Nashville, TN, Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT and Mohegan Sun Wolf Den in Uncasville, CT.  Shane McAnally will be honored as Songwriter of the Year.  For more information on specific awards, please visit www.acmcountry.com.

Special Awards recipient Merle Haggard was previously presented with the ACM Crystal Milestone Award for his 50 years in country music on the 49th ACM Awards in April. 

WHEN:
Tuesday, September 9th, 2014                                  
          
7:00pm Show Begins

 

WHERE: Ryman Auditorium
116 5th Avenue North
Nashville, TN

ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC CELEBRATES ACM AWARDS UPCOMING 50th ANNIVERSARY WITH THIS IS COUNTRY: A BACKSTAGE PASS TO THE ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS

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ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC CELEBRATES

ACM AWARDS UPCOMING 50th ANNIVERSARY WITH

THIS IS COUNTRY: A BACKSTAGE PASS TO THE

ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS

 

RETROSPECTIVE BOOK FEATURES FOREWORD BY REBA,

PLUS CONTRIBUTIONS FROM COUNTRY MUSIC’S BIGGEST STARS

This Is Country

The Academy of Country Music is announcing that the first-ever ACM commemorative book, This Is Country: A Backstage Pass to the Academy of Country Music Awards will be available to music fans everywhere on Tuesday, September 23, 2014, at booksellers nationwide, and is available NOW for pre-order at Amazon.  Written by the Academy’s own Lisa Lee, with a foreword by Reba, the gorgeous 224 page book invites fans to peek behind the scenes of the ACM Awards.  All of the Academy’s proceeds from sales of the book will go to ACM Lifting Lives.

Featuring contributions by country music’s biggest stars from the 1960s to the present day, including Garth Brooks, Luke Bryan, Loretta Lynn, Alabama’s Randy Owen, Reba, Blake Shelton, George Strait, and Marty Stuart, and commentary from Kenny Chesney, Merle Haggard, Faith Hill, Miranda Lambert, Tim McGraw, Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott, Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood and many more, This Is Country is a must-have for fans of music everywhere.

From the first informal ceremony at the Hollywood Palladium in the mid-’60s to today’s star-studded LIVE telecast viewed by millions, generations of country’s biggest superstars have graced the Academy of Country Music Awards stage.  Now, in anticipation of the 50th ACM Awards telecast next spring, the Academy has opened its archive for the first time ever to reveal candid, never-before-seen photographs and memorabilia capturing some of the greatest moments in the history of country music. Rich with backstage and performance photographs, compelling behind-the-scenes stories, and firsthand accounts from country legends and contemporary artists, This Is Country: A Backstage Pass to the Academy of Country Music Awards (Insight Editions / $50.00 / September 2014) offers a rare and intimate glimpse into the past, present, and evolution of the Academy.

“For five decades, the Academy of Country Music Awards has proudly showcased the best in country music, to the delight of millions of viewers,” said Bob Romeo, CEO of the Academy of Country Music. “We are so excited to share some of the most candid moments in our history with music fans. ‘This Is Country’ truly is a backstage pass to the ACM Awards.”

“It’s an incredible honor to help tell the story of the Academy as well as the stories of the amazing artists and people behind the scenes who have built it over the last 50 years,” said Lee.  “To flip through the pages and watch the show evolve from a Southern California banquet to a network television powerhouse is a sight to behold.”

“It’s been a wonderful experience working with the Academy and Lisa Lee,” said Robbie Schmidt, Insight Editions’ acquisitions editor. “The ACM has an incredibly rich history and we’re excited to offer country music fans this intimate look behind the scenes. A special thank you to the iconic artists whose participation and support made this book possible.”

All of the Academy’s proceeds from sales of the book will go to ACM Lifting Lives, 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. Through generous donations and the support of artists and fans, 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 details on the book or for more information on ACM Lifting Lives, the charitable arm of the Academy of Country Music, please visit www.ACMcountry.com or www.ACMLiftingLives.org.

About the Academy of Country Music Awards:
The Academy of Country Music Awards is dedicated to honoring and showcasing the biggest names and emerging talent in the country music industry. The 50th ACM Awards celebrating the golden anniversary of Country Music’s Party of the Year® is produced for television by dick clark productions and will be broadcast LIVE from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX, on Sunday, April 19, 2015, at 8:00 P.M. live ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network.

About the Author:
Based in Los Angeles after a decade of living in Nashville, Lisa Lee has been covering country music for more than twenty years. She has written, produced, and corresponded for CMT/MTV Networks and The Nashville Network. Her credits include CMT Insider and TV news specials Controversy: Tammy Wynette and the Prism Award–winner Addicted to Addiction. A graduate of Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, Lee is currently the Academy’s Senior Vice President of Creative & Content Production and editor of the quarterly magazine, ACM Tempo.

About Insight Editions:
Insight Editions is a publisher focused on creating superlative illustrated books on photography, music, and popular culture. Lavishly produced and visually stimulating, every volume from Insight is dedicated to the skillful interplay of word and image. The books produced are unique works that combine the highest quality print production values with time-honored traditions of publishing and rich subject matter. Elegant and informative, books from Insight showcase the best of art and photography in exquisite presentations of the bookmaker’s craft. For more information, visit www.insighteditions.com.

 

This Is Country: A Backstage Pass to the Academy of Country Music Awards

By Lisa Lee; Foreword by Reba

Insight Editions | September 2014 | 9.25 x 12 | 224 pages

Music / Country

Hardcover | World | $50.00

ISBN-13: 978-1608873159

ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC® WELCOMES DEANA CARTER FOR A VISIT

ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC

ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC® WELCOMES

DEANA CARTER FOR A VISIT

DEANA CARTER

The Academy of Country Music welcomed Deana Carter to the office recently.  While at the Academy, she performed her hit “Strawberry Wine” and “You and Tequila,” a song made famous by Kenny Chesney that Carter co-wrote with Nashville songwriter Matraca Berg.

Carter currently hosts Southern Roots Movement, an acoustic music series at Sunset Marquis in West Hollywood, California.  The series began on Friday, July 11th as part of the “Live@SunsetMarquis” music series that brings in music and film industry tastemakers, hotel guests and fans.  For more information and an upcoming schedule, please visit Live@SunsetMarquis.

Watch a video from Carter’s visit featuring an exclusive interview and clips from her performance.

 

Photo: Michel Bourquard/Courtesy of the Academy of Country Music

Academy of Country Music Awards “Album of the Year” Nominee Little Big Town to Headline “Coyote CountryFest” at Orleans Arena on August 2

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Academy of Country Music Awards “Album of the Year” Nominee Little Big Town to Headline “Coyote CountryFest” at Orleans Arena on August 2

The sixth annual Coyote CountryFest brings Little Big Town, Frankie Ballard, Natalie Stovall and The Drive and more to the Orleans Arena on Saturday, August 2.

Headliner Little Big Town recently released its new single, “Day Drinking,” the first off of the upcoming album, “Painkiller.” The single debuted at number 22 on the Billboard Hot Country chart. The quartet’s musical harmonies and hit songs have led the band to recognition with 14 songs on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts, certified platinum album “The Road to Here,” and much more. The group is comprised of Karen Fairchild, Kimberly Schlapman, Jimi Westbrook and Phillip Sweet.

After winning the “Kenny Chesney’s Next Big Star” contest, Frankie Ballard went on to open shows for the famed country music artist. In 2013, Ballard released his second album, “Sunshine & Whiskey,” featuring the single, “Helluva Life,” which charted #1 on the Country Airplay chart.

Natalie Stovall and The Drive released their first single, “Baby Come On With It,” earlier this year, which hit the Billboard Country Airplay chart at #43. The group, named for lead vocalist and fiddle player Natalie Stovall, has performed “The Grand Ole Opry” and “The Oprah Winfrey Show.”

Debuting their talent with a performance of  Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’s “American Girl” on season four of NBC’s “The Voice,” The Swon Brothers accomplished a third place overall finish in the competition. Zach and Colton Swon were recognized as the first duo to make it from the Top 12 live shows to the season finale on “The Voice.” In 2013, the duo released single “Later On.” The track sold over 23,000 copies in its first week.

Showtime is 7:00 p.m. Tickets are available from $20 to $65 and can be purchased by calling the Orleans Arena box office at 702-284-7777 or by visiting www.orleansarena.com.

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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. 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 concerts by top artists such as Carrie Underwood, family shows such as Disney Live and the Shrine Circus, and other unique events such as motorsports and mixed martial arts. The arena also hosts two NCAA basketball tournaments and is home to the West Coast Conference and Western Athletic Conference basketball championships. 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).

Sweetwater Rain Makes Generous Contribution to ACM Lifting Lives®

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Sweetwater Rain Makes Generous Contribution to ACM Lifting Lives®

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(L-R): Fred Stallcup, ACM Lifting Lives President Lori Badgett, Danny Rivera, Thomas Hewlett, Curb Records VP of Marketing, Jeff Tuerff. Photo: Randi Radcliff/Courtesy of ACM Lifting Lives®

 

Rising Country music trio Sweetwater Rain recently presented ACM Lifting Lives® with a generous $10,000 donation – the second $10,000 donation the band has given to the charitable arm of the Academy of Country Music in the past year.  ACM Lifting Lives President, Lori Badgett, accepted the gift on behalf of the charity.

“ACM Lifting Lives brings the power and impact of music to people who need it through amazing programs,” said Sweetwater Rain’s lead singer, Danny Rivera. “We are so happy to be able to help in their efforts.”

Following their Top 50 Billboard hit “Starshine,” Sweetwater Rain is currently promoting their sophomore Country single “Tailspin” to radio. This catchy, up-tempo song is already receiving rave reviews from Country radio and media alike:

The rockin’ tune samples Rascal Flatts and a little bit of that Hunter Hayes charm, but is neatly wrapped in the trio’s own groovy style.This new radio-friendly pop-leaning tune is sure to get Music Row’s undivided attention.”- Jason Scott, Reporter at Nashville Gab

“Tailspin” is now available on iTunes HERE along with all other respected online retailers.

 

About Sweetwater Rain
Curb recording group Sweetwater Rain is made-up of lead vocalist and guitarist Danny Rivera, lead guitarist and vocalist Fred Stallcup, and Thomas Hewlett, who completes the trio on bass guitar and vocals. Together they have opened for celebrated music artists such as ZZ Top, Kenny Chesney, The Band Perry, Little Big Town and most recently were on the fall 2013 leg of the Rascal Flatts Live & Loud Tour. Sweetwater Rain made their national television debut on GAC’s Great American Playlist in promotion of their debut single, “Starshine” in the fall of 2013. For more information on the rising country music group and to stay up to date with tour dates, visit www.SweetwaterRain.com

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.  Each year, ACM Lifting Lives provides funding to music-related therapy and education programs, including the organization’s flagship ACM Lifting Lives Music Camp, a partnership since 2010 with Vanderbilt Kennedy Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities in Nashville, TN. ACM Lifting Lives Music Camp is a week-long residential program open to individuals with Williams syndrome, talented in music from around the nation, and has a dual purpose of studying Williams syndrome while providing music enrichment through performance and education. Other Lifting Lives giving includes serving members of the country music community who face unexpected financial hardship through the Diane Holcomb Emergency Relief Fund, and partnering with music artists to improve lives. For more information, please visit www.ACMLiftingLives.org.

Jake Owen Performs ‘Beachin’ ‘ Concert at Mandalay Bay Saturday, August 9

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Jake Owen Performs ‘Beachin’ ’ Concert at Mandalay Bay Saturday, August 9

Tickets on Sale Friday, May 30 at Noon

Chart-topping vocalist Jake Owen will bring his Days of Gold Tour 2014 to Mandalay Bay Beach Saturday, Aug. 9 at 9 p.m. The country music star’s current album Days of Gold features the hit title track and current smash “Beachin,’” which is Top 10-and-climbing on country radio.

Tickets priced at $42.50, not including applicable service charges, go on sale Friday, May 30 at Noon. Tickets will be available at all Las Vegas Ticketmaster locations (select Smith’s Food and Drug Centers and Ritmo Latino). To charge by phone with a major credit card, call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000. Tickets also will be available for purchase at Mandalaybay.com or ticketmaster.com.

Since releasing the chart-topping, gold-certified album Barefoot Blue Jean Night (RCA Nashville), Owen has emerged as one of country music’s leading vocalists. The project delivered four consecutive No. 1 hit singles: the double platinum title track, platinum “Alone with You” along with the gold-certified hits “The One That Got Away” and “Anywhere with You.” His energetic live show and captivating songs have landed him coveted opening slots for Jason Aldean, Keith Urban, Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw, among others.

Sponsored by Discover Boating, the nationwide Jake Owen’s Days of Gold Tour 2014 kicked off in March and will hit more than 75 cities. The Vero Beach, Florida native first captured the national spotlight with hits “Startin’ with Me,” “Don’t Think I Can’t Love You” and “Eight Second Ride.” Owen’s revival of “Life in a Northern Town” with Sugarland and Little Big Town in 2008 earned him GRAMMY and CMA Award nominations.

For additional information, visit Mandalaybay.com.

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The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Celebrates Five Years as One of the Country’s Leading Live Entertainment Venues on April 17

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THE JOINT AT HARD ROCK HOTEL & CASINO CELEBRATES FIVE YEARS AS
ONE OF THE COUNTRY’S LEADING LIVE ENTERTAINMENT VENUES ON APRIL 17

April 17, 2014 proclaimed “The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino” Day in honor of 5th anniversary

Today (April 17), The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino commemorates five years as Las Vegas’ premier venue for live music, comedy, sporting events and more. In honor of its 5th anniversary, Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman has proclaimed April 17, 2014 as “The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino” Day.

The Las Vegas concert experience changed forever when Hard Rock Hotel & Casino unveiled The Joint in April 2009 with five sold out shows over two opening weekends. The state-of-the-art venue revolutionized the entertainment scene, providing not only an intimate and authentic concert experience featuring some of the world’s biggest musical acts, but also hosting comedians, mixed martial arts, boxing, awards shows and more.

Booked and promoted exclusively by AEG Live, The Joint has sold more than 1,017,170 tickets to over 380 events featuring iconic talent such as the Killers, Paul McCartney, The Who, Nine Inch Nails, Paramore, Blink-182, Imagine Dragons, No Doubt, Prince, Bon Jovi, Kenny Chesney, Queens of the Stone Age, Drake, Kings of Leon, Lady Antebellum, Weezer and many more. The ground-breaking venue was also the first to debut the extremely popular concept of rock ‘n’ roll residencies, showcasing talent from legendary bands and artists such as  Carlos Santana, Mötley Crüe, Guns N’ Roses, Def Leppard as well as top-selling electronic DJ and producer Tiësto. Guns N’ Roses will return to The Joint for its second residency, An Evening of Destruction. No Trickery!, May 21 – June 7.

“From opening with the Killers and Paul McCartney to having some of the biggest artists in the world such as including Imagine Dragons, The Who, Prince and Nine Inch Nails to launching five, soon-to-be six, sold out residencies, it has been one heck of an incredible ride,” said Chas Smith, vice president of entertainment for Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. “Five years is an amazing milestone but we’re not even close to being done, we’re just getting started. The Joint will be showcasing the best talent in the world for years to come.”

“We’re exceptionally proud of what we have accomplished at The Joint in the past five years,” said Bobby Reynolds, vice president of booking for AEG Live Las Vegas. “Our goal has always been to offer top-notch entertainment while focusing on the experience of our fans and I think we’ve done that ten-fold. The fans are proof; they keep coming back because they know The Joint is the place in Las Vegas to see a live show.”

Since opening, the venue has received numerous accolades commending its achievements in live entertainment. It has been named:

  •  “Best Concert Venue” in Las Vegas Review Journal’s “Best of Las Vegas”  in 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010
  •  “Hottest Club in America” by Billboard magazine in (No. 11) 2013, (No. 1) 2011
  • “Best Live Music Venue” by guest experts Imagine Dragons in Vegas SEVEN’s “Best of the City” in 2013
  • “Best Live Music Venue in Las Vegas” by MetroWize.com in 2011
  • “Best Live Music Venue” in AOL’s “City’s Best” awards in 2010
  • “Best New Major Concert Venue” at the 2010 Pollstar Concert Industry Awards
  • “Best Live Music Venue” in 2013, 2012 and “Best Venue Sightlines” in 2010 in Las Vegas Weekly’s “Weekly Awards”
  • “Best Live Music Venue” in Las Vegas CityLife’s “2010Best of the Valley” awards
  •  “Best Live Music Venue” in KLAS Channel 8’s “Vegas Says” poll in 2010

 

Continuing to set the standard for live entertainment, the award-winning venue delivers a fearless and unrivaled lineup throughout its 5th anniversary year including The Cult with special guest Prayers (April 19); Mayweather Promotions and Golden Boy Promotions present: Ishe Smith, Mickey Bey Jr. vs. Alan Herrera and Jesus Cuellar vs. Rico Ramos (May 2); Cheech & Chong and WAR (May 16); Guns N’ Roses – An Evening of Destruction. No Trickery! (May 21, 24 – 25, 29, 30 – 31; June 4, 6 – 7); Katt Williams (May 25); Jim Jefferies (May 31); Vegas Nightlife Fights (June 12); Widespread Panic (July 2 – 4) with special guests Greensky Bluegrass (July 2), Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe (July 3) and Dirty Dozen Brass Band (July 4); Queen + Adam Lambert (July 5 – 6); The Voice 2014 Tour (July 25); BOSTON with special guest Cheap Trick (July 26); Austin Mahone with The Vamps and special guests Fifth Harmony and Shawn Mendes (July 31); YES (Aug. 15); ZZ Top & Jeff Beck (Aug. 16) and more to be announced.

For more information about The Joint, visit www.hardrockhotel.com/thejoint. Tickets to upcoming events can be purchased at the Hard Rock Hotel Box Office, online at AXS.com or by calling 888-9-AXS-TIX.

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About The Joint

The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas is a 4,500-person capacity venue that serves as a sophisticated, intimate and unparalleled entertainment destination.  The Joint features seven Luxury Suites, a VIP Studio Level, state-of-the-art sound system, superior video system and a production package tailor-made for artist comfort.  It has received numerous accolades including “Best Concert Venue” in Las Vegas Review – Journal’s “Best of Las Vegas” awards 2010 – 2013, “Best Music Venue” in 2012 and 2013 Las Vegas Weekly Awards, “No. 1 Hottest Club in America” award by Billboard Magazine in 2011 and 2013, “Best Live Music Venue in Las Vegas” by MetroWize.com in 2011, “Best New Major Concert Venue” at the 2010 Pollstar Awards, and “Best Live Music Venue” in AOL’s “City’s Best” awards in 2010.  The Joint delivers unforgettable live music experiences with performances by both legendary and ground-breaking artists including Paul McCartney, The Killers, Bon Jovi, Kenny Chesney, Arcade Fire, Avenged Sevenfold, Rise Against, Paramore, Muse, Drake and No Doubt. The venue created the successful concept of rock ‘n’ roll residencies with Supernatural Santana: A Trip Through the Hits, Mötley Crüe in Sin City, Mötley Crüe invites you to an Intimate Evening in Hell, Guns N’ Roses Appetite for Democracy andDef Leppard VIVA Hysteria! as well asTiësto In Concert, featuring the world’s No. 1 electronic DJ and producer Tiësto.

 

About AEG Live

AEG Live, the live-entertainment division of Los Angeles-based AEG, is dedicated to all aspects of live contemporary music performance.  AEG Live is comprised of touring, festival, exhibition, broadcast, merchandise and special event divisions, fifteen regional offices and owns, operates or exclusively books thirty-five state-of-the-art venues.  The current and recent concert tour roster includes artists such as Taylor Swift, The Rolling Stones, Bon Jovi, Usher, Carrie Underwood, Daughtry, Justin Bieber, Leonard Cohen, Wisin & Yandel, Kenny Chesney, P!nk, Enrique Iglesias and Paul McCartney.  The company is also currently producing residency shows at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas including Celine Dion, Rod Stewart and Shania Twain and is the exclusive promoter at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas. AEG’s exhibition portfolio boasts the most successful exhibition of all time, Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs, which has attracted more than 8 million visitors since 2005. AEG Live is also the largest producer of music festivals in North America from the critically acclaimed Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival to Stagecoach Country Music Festival and New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. www.aeglive.com

MERLE HAGGARD TO BE HONORED WITH THE CRYSTAL MILESTONE AWARD AT THE 49TH ANNUAL ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS

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WORKING MAN’S POET: A TRIBUTE TO MERLE HAGGARD
TO BE RELEASED ON BROKEN BOW RECORDS
Star-Studded Tribute Album Featuring New Recordings Of The Hag’s Classics By Some Of Today’s Hottest Country Stars In Stores On April 1st

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MERLE HAGGARD TO BE HONORED WITH THE CRYSTAL MILESTONE AWARD
AT THE 49TH ANNUAL ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS

TELECAST TO AIR LIVE FROM THE MGM GRAND GARDEN ARENA IN LAS VEGAS
SUNDAY, APRIL 6, 2014 ON THE CBS TELEVISION NETWORK

Broken Bow Records is pleased to announce the April 1st release of a star-studded tribute compilation honoring one of the greatest Country music icons of our time – Merle Haggard.  Additionally, the Academy of Country Music and dick clark productions announced today that Merle Haggard, will be honored with the Crystal Milestone Award at the 49th ANNUAL ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS to commemorate Haggard’s prolific 50 years in country music. The ceremony, which will be co-hosted by Luke Bryan and Blake Shelton, is produced for television by dick clark productions and will  be broadcast live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas Sunday, April 6 (8:00 PM-11:00 PM, live ET/delayed PT) on the CBS Television Network.

Merle Haggard became the ACM’s first Entertainer of the Year when the award was presented for 1970. That win marked the Academy’s first Triple Crown achievement, as Haggard had already accepted the Most Promising Male Vocalist of the Year award for 1965 and the first of six Male Vocalist of the Year awards the following year. Two of his most celebrated songs have also collected Single Record and Song of the Year awards from the ACM: “Okie From Muskogee” (1969) and “Are the Good Times Really Over” (1982). A winner of the ACM Cliffie Stone Pioneer Award and Poet’s Award, Haggard joined the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1994. In 2014, he will celebrate the milestone of 50years in country music.

Past recipients of the Crystal Milestone Award include Jason Aldean, Garth Brooks, Kenny Chesney, Gayle Holcomb, Jennifer Nettles and Taylor Swift.

The musical celebration, WORKING MAN’S POET: A TRIBUTE TO MERLE HAGGARD, features brand new covers of some of the living legend’s biggest hits, recorded by some of the hottest stars in Country music today.  The album includes performances by: Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Garth Brooks, Luke Bryan, Kristy Lee Cook, Ben Haggard, Randy Houser, Toby Keith, Dustin Lynch, Joe Nichols, Jake Owen, Parmalee, Thompson Square and James Wesley.

WORKING MAN’S POET:  A TRIBUTE TO MERLE HAGGARD

Official Track Listing:

  1. Misery And Gin (performed by Randy Houser)
  2. Footlights (performed by Joe Nichols)
  3. Going Where The Lonely Go (performed by Jason Aldean)
  4. Today I Started Loving You Again (performed by Kristy Lee Cook)
  5. Carolyn (performed by Toby Keith)
  6. Pancho And Lefty (performed by Luke Bryan & Dierks Bentley)
  7. Tonight The Bottle Let Me Down (* performed by Garth Brooks)
  8. You Take Me For Granted (performed by Thompson Square)
  9. Mama Tried  (performed by Ben Haggard)
  10. That’s The Way Love Goes  (performed by Dustin Lynch)
  11. Make Up and Faded Blue Jeans (performed by Jake Owen)
  12. I’m A Lonesome Fugitive  (performed by James Wesley)
  13. Workin’ Man Blues (performed by Parmalee)
  14. Are The Good Times Really Over (performed by Jason Aldean)
  15. Let’s Chase Each Other Around The Room (performed by Thompson Square)
  16. I Think I’ll Just Stay Here And Drink (performed by Dustin Lynch)
  17. The Fightin’ Side Of Me  (performed by James Wesley)
  18. My Favorite Memory (performed by Joe Nichols)
  19. Ramblin’ Fever (performed by Randy Houser)
  20. Sing Me Back Home (performed by Ben Haggard)

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The album will be available both in select stores and digitally on Tuesday, April 1st.

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ABOUT THE LEGENDARY MERLE HAGGARD:
At the age of 76, the veteran singer/songwriter/guitarist/producer/bandleader is still making some of the most compelling music of his long and storied career.  It almost goes without saying that Merle Haggard is widely regarded as country music’s greatest living recording artist.  A rugged individualist who simultaneously embodies and transcends the genre, Haggard is both a seminal superstar and an unrepentant outsider.  Over the course of a remarkably prolific five-decade career, he’s consistently shown himself to be an uncompromising creative force, far more concerned with pursuing his iconoclastic vision than with meeting the expectations of the music-industry establishment.

 

Along the way, Haggard has scored no less than 39 #1 country hits; won various Grammy, CMA and ACM awards; become the only California-born artist in the Country Music Hall of Fame; been the only country performer ever featured on the cover of the jazz bible Downbeat; as well as the only man to be invited to perform at the White House and invited to serve time in San Quentin Penitentiary.

 

His prison experiences led Haggard—who’d begun playing guitar at the age of 12 and worshipped Bob Wills, Lefty Frizzell and Hank Williams—to take stock of his life and decide to pursue a career in music.  Upon his 1962 release, he became a fixture on Bakersfield, California’s thriving country music scene, working manual labor jobs by day and playing local clubs by night.  A string of singles for the local Tally label led to a deal with Capitol Records, and in 1965 Haggard launched an incredible string of classic hits including “Swinging Doors,” “The Bottle Let Me Down,” “I’m a Lonesome Fugitive,” “Branded Man,” “Sing Me Back Home,” “Today I Started Loving You Again,” “Mama Tried,” “Hungry Eyes,” “Silver Wings,” “Workin’ Man Blues,” “The Fightin’ Side of Me,” “If We Make It Through December” and the much-misunderstood  “Okie From Muskogee.”

 

ABOUT BROKEN BOW RECORDS:
Founded by President/ CEO Benny Brown in 1997, BROKEN BOW RECORDS continues to make a name for itself in the Country music industry. The flagship label which boasts a roster of talented artists that includes multi-platinum superstar Jason Aldean, #1 chart-topper Dustin Lynch, American Idol’s Kristy Lee Cook, James Wesley and newcomer Jackie Lee, has spurned two additional labels, a management company and a publishing company – making the BBR Music Group umbrella the largest independent Country label group in the United States.  Founded in March 2009 as a continuation of the passion and determination that spawned the success of Broken Bow, STONEY CREEK RECORDS boasts a roster which includes 2x ACM and 2012 CMA “Vocal Duo of the Year” and GRAMMY nominees Thompson Square; ACM and CMA nominee Randy Houser as well as #1 chart-toppers Parmalee and newcomer Lindsay Ell.  RED BOW RECORDS, in partnership with the country’s largest independent distributor RED Distribution, a Division of Sony, was founded in October 2012 and boasts an artist roster of 4x GRAMMY nominee and CMA and ACM award winner Joe Nichols and hot Country newcomers David Fanning and Chase Bryant.  The BBR Music Group is headquartered in Nashville, TN and is distributed by Sony RED. http://www.bbrmusicgroup.com

 

About the Academy of Country Music Awards
The 49th 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 and will be broadcast LIVE from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas Sunday, April 6, 2014 at 8:00 PM live ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network. Allen Shapiro, Mike Mahan, R.A. Clark and Barry Adelman are executive producers.  Bob Romeo is executive producer for the Academy of Country Music.

 

John Mayer to Perform with Brad Paisley at the 48th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards – 4/7

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JOHN MAYER TO PERFORM WITH BRAD PAISLEY
AT THE 48TH ANNUAL ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS

GARY ALLAN, FAITH HILL, SHANIA TWAIN, TRISHA YEARWOOD,
CHRIS YOUNG AND ELI YOUNG BAND ADDED AS PRESENTERS

TELECAST TO AIR LIVE FROM MGM GRAND IN LAS VEGAS
SUNDAY, APRIL 7th AT 8:00 PM LIVE ET/ DELAYED PT ON CBS TELEVISION NETWORK

The Academy of Country Music announced today GRAMMY® Award-winning singer-songwriter John Mayer to perform with Brad Paisley at the 48th ANNUAL ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS. In addition, country superstars Gary Allan, Faith Hill, Shania Twain, Trisha Yearwood, Chris Young and Eli Young Band have been added to present. The ceremony, which will be co-hosted by Luke Bryan and Blake Shelton, honors country music’s top talent, as well as the industry’s hottest emerging artists. It is produced for television by dick clark productions and will be broadcast LIVE from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas Sunday, April 7, 2013 at 8:00 PM live ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network.

 

Performers:
Jason Aldean, Garth Brooks, Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Kelly Clarkson, Hunter Hayes, Jewel, Miranda Lambert, John Mayer, Tim McGraw, Blake Shelton, George Strait, Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood, Stevie Wonder, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, Pistol Annies and The Band Perry. Brad Paisley will headline the 3rd Annual ACM Fan Jam, along with special guests Dierks Bentley, Hunter Hayes, and New Artist of the Year Presented by Kohl’s nominees Brantley Gilbert, Jana Kramer and Florida Georgia Line. 

 

Presenters:
Country music artist Gary Allan, 2 Broke Girls star Beth Behrs, Vegas star Michael Chiklis, Grammy award-winner Sheryl Crow, The Big Bang Theory’s Kaley Cuoco, music star John Fogerty, omg! INSIDER co-anchor Kevin Frazier, country music artist Faith Hill, San Francisco 49ers NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick, country music artists Miranda Lambert, Scotty McCreery and Kacey Musgraves, Entertainment Tonight co-anchor Nancy O’Dell, country music artists Jake Owen, Reba, Shania Twain, Keith Urban, Trisha Yearwood, Chris Young and Eli Young Band, and A&E’s Duck Dynasty stars Willie & Korie Robertson.

 

 

About the Academy of Country Music Awards
The 48th 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 and will be broadcast LIVE from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas Sunday, April 7, 2013 at 8:00 PM live ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network.  Allen Shapiro, Orly Adelson and R.A. Clark are executive producers.  Barry Adelman is producer, and Bob Bardo is the executive in charge of production. Bob Romeo is executive producer for the Academy of Country Music.  For more information, please visit www.acmcountry.com.