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Janet Jackson's "Unbreakable" Is HERE!!

Ladies and Gentleman, she's OFFICIALLY Back! Janet Jackson's world tour kicked off in Vancouver this summer and now her well anticipated album Unbreakable is now available everywhere and now it's your turn to cop the album and let us know what you think. Released under her independent label Rhythm Nation Records/BMG with producers Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis and Dem Jointz, Janet gave us 19 tracks to fall in love with this time with already released hits like 'No Sleep' ft J. Cole and club banger 'BURNITUP' ft Missy Elliott. She still keeps its sultry and whimsical as she usually does but she is definitely giving you some new sound and a bit of brother Michael Jackson's flavor. I am sure the Janet Jackson fans would not be disappointed with this new album and if you are a newcomer, enjoy the ride! #CuzEventsRock 


Janet Jackson releases BURNITUP! featuring Missy Elliott

So in the midst of us waiting for the Unbreakable Album to drop October 2nd (pre-order on iTunes), Miss Janet Jackson gives us a sneak peak with the release of "BURNITUP!" featuring One of our favorites Missy Elliott. This song is definitely a club banger and we can't WAIT to check out the video (because its only like right to have a dance video for this one!). Let us know what you think!

BTW, if you have yet to see the Unbreakable World Tour, please find it in a city near you and enjoy the experience! Janet gives it to you all on the stage and more! She don't owe us NOTHING! #CuzEventsRock 

New Music Video: Tisha Campbell Martin "Steel Here"

Well look a here...if you didn't know Tisha Campbell Martin was a triple threat by now, well now you do! Mrs Campbell Martin is back on the music scene and as she states in her song "Didn't see it coming!" but happy she is "Steel Here"! Click the video and watch her new video and let us know what you think! #cuzeventsrock #newmusic 


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Allstate Tom Joyner Family Reunion...Family. Fun. Entertainment. What More Could You Ask for?

The Allstate Tom Joyner Family Reunion is an action packed, 3 day and night celebration of family, fun & education with an amazing backdrop of Orlando, FL & the Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center. If you have never attended, this is definitely the weekend for you to do so. From September 3rd through the 7th, grab your friends, family members and enjoy the FREE Expo Hall with plenty of celebrity sightings, College, Career & Community Zone, Players Zone, Sybil's Book Corner, workshops, etc.

Enjoy the theme park outings, day party, spades & bid whist tournament, check out the casts of Living Single & Good Times, and a slew of other activities. For more information on what to expect at the Tom Joyner Family Reunion, click HERE

It wouldn't be like right if Because Events Rock did not highlight the concert series happening every night of the Family Reunion. Here is who you should expect to see:

AARP Grown Folks Concert: The 90s Experience featuring Regina Belle, Teddy Riley, Dave Hollister, Wreckx-n-Effect, Kool Moe Dee and Big Bub from Today

Boost Mobile presents A Soulful Saturday starring Frankie Beverly & Maze and Johnny Gill

Walmart presents the Gospel Explosion with Yolanda Adams, Deitrick Haddon and Willie Moore Jr. followed by Kirk Franklin in the Allstate Family Expo!


Again, you do NOT want to miss this weekend in Orlando with the Tom Joyner Family Reunion. Tickets are available HERE so get them today! Don't meet us there, beat us there and ENJOY! #CuzEventsRock

L.A.'s Street Food Festival...Not Your Typical Street Food

By Michelle Merriwether (@merriwetherm), BER West Coast Rep 

Now that I have recovered from my food coma, I can tell you about our trip to the LA Street Food Festival this Saturday.

We attended this year hoping that they learned valuable lessons on timing, lines, food prep, and crowd control from last year.  With a few minor hiccups, we are happy to report, they did!

Hosted at “America’s Stadium” the Rose Bowl for the 2nd year in a row, the LA Street Food Festival brought together the best restaurants, chefs, beverages, street food vendors, and food trucks the great city of LA has to offer in one place for one fantastic price…and FREE PARKING!  Hey this is LA, we get excited about free parking!

We sprang for the VIP ticket, so we can get in a few hours early to take in all of the good eats at a reasonable pace.  The VIP doors opened at 3:00pm, the general admission opened at 5:00pm.  For the promoters, that meant 3:30-4:30 for VIP eats (allowing 30 minutes for the vendors to get prepared before the rush, and 30 minutes before general admission doors).  They were very clear about this on their website!  So were we!  However, when we arrived, we waited in the VIP line for what seemed a hot eternity.  They mentioned some issue with their scanners, and some other issue with wristbands, I don’t know.  I was HOT, and ready to EAT! So, by the time we got inside (roughly 3:45), it was GAME ON!  First up water, next a cocktail of some sort, then FOOD…lots and lots of FOOD!

The promoters said they only sold 1500 VIP tickets and were releasing 3500 general admission tickets…for some reason, I believe that was switched at “go”.  There seemed to be 3500 VIP tickets, and not much more of a crowd when the general admission doors opened. However, to their credit, the lines were manageable this year, and all of the vendors provided generous tastes, without a long wait.

Here is a list of ALL of the food and vendors


Some foodie highlights:

Thee Elbow Room Porchetta Bites (amazing…so much so at the end we walked away with an entire sandwich!)

The Church Key Pig Ear Cheetohs with Guacamole Espuma, $ Brown Better Glazed Donuts (wow!)

Scratch Bar where everything was so good, they were gone early!

Status Kuo Sticky Rice

Kneady Bakery Sea Salt Chocolate Chip Wookies

Dreamy Creations Crème Brulee Cupcake was so nice we had to do it twice!

Colorado Donuts made we want to hurt somebody over their Reese’s Croissant Donut!

Bachi Burger had by far the longest line, but well worth the wait!

Bling Bling Dumplings were delish!

And although I was stuffed, I had to have the Lobos Truck Cheesy Ranch Wachos (think seasoned waffle fries with cheese and BACON…yummy!!)

Spitz…we missed you.  I was looking forward to getting my “Spitz Fix”.

And special mention to all of the beverage and coffee vendors for keeping us “happy” and cool:  Press Brothers Juicery, Stella Rosa Wines, Singha Beer, Ludlow’s Cocktail, Midori Matcha, Hache LA and, Home Brewed Bar for the best Vanilla Iced Coffee I have ever had (sorry Starbucks)…I could go on, we drank just as much as we ate, trust me, it was ALL good, including the fabulous tequila tasting!

This year was equipped with a comfortable layout, plenty of boxed water, and an opportunity to take a break on the grass of the field of the Rose Bowl, a real treat!

Last year, I didn’t have much nice to say about the Fest, this year, with a rough start, they certainly finished strong!!!  It turned out to be a beautiful, yummy, delicious day in LA! Cheers!  Next up…Dine LA Week…someone get me my #stretchypants

#CuzEventsRock #LAFoodFest


Janet Jackson's Unbreakable Tour Dated Announced

If you are anything like us, when we got the word that Janet Jackson was FINALLY making her come back, we could not WAIT until she said she was going on tour. Well, when I woke up this morning and checked my emails like I usually do, I gasped when I saw Janet's tour announcement and immediately put it on my calendar! Well music lovers, look no further! Here are the North American tour dates for the Unbreakable World Tour (more dates to be added). Obviously this is a #BERApproved Event so you know we will be there, WILL YOU?! #CuzEventsRock


Aug. 31 Vancouver, BC  Rogers Arena
Sep. 2 Calgary, AB  Scotiabank Saddledome
Sep. 4 Edmonton, AB  Rexall Place
Sep. 8 Winnipeg, MB  MTS Centre
Sep. 11 Grand Rapids, MI  Van Andel Arena
Sep. 15 Toronto, ON  Air Canada Centre
Sep. 17 Raleigh, NC  Walnut Creek Amphitheater
Sep. 18 Charlotte, NC  PNC Music Pavilion
Sep. 20 Miami, FL  American Airlines Arena
Sep. 23 Orlando, FL  Amway Center
Sep. 24 Tampa, FL  Amalie Arena
Sep. 26 Atlanta, GA  Chastain Park Amphitheater
Sep. 27 Nashville, TN  Ascend Amphitheater
Sep. 29 Memphis, TN  Fedex Forum
Sep. 30 New Orleans, LA  Smoothie King Center
Oct. 9 Las Vegas, NV  AXS Planet Hollywood
Oct. 10 Las Vegas, NV  AXS Planet Hollywood
Oct. 16 Los Angeles, CA  The Forum
Oct. 17 San Diego, CA  Viejas Arena
Oct. 19 Phoenix, AZ  Comerica Theatre
Oct. 24 Salt Lake City, UT  Energy Solutions Arena
Oct. 25 Denver, CO  Pepsi Center
Oct. 27. Kansas City, MO  Sprint Center
Oct. 29 St Louis, MO  Chaifetz Arena
Oct 30. Omaha, NE  Centurylink Center
Nov. 1 Minneapolis, MN  Target Center
Nov. 12 Honolulu, HI  Neal S. Blaisdell Center
Nov. 13 Honolulu, HI  Neal S. Blaisdell Center