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Usher: The UR Experience Tour Announced

 

With his new songs "Kisser" and "She Came to Give It To You" and his performance at the MTV Awards recently, it was inevitable that Usher Raymond gave the fans exactly what they wanted...A Tour! Announced yesterday, The UR Experience will be in 28 cities this fall starting September 9th in Brooklyn for Fashion Rocks at the Barclays Center. Other artists on the bill include DJ Cassidy and August Alsina. Well I guess if Trey Songz and Chris Brown didn't scoop August Alsina up on their upcoming tour, Usher would (smart move on both camps). Check out this concert in your city coming soon and purchase your tickets! We all know Usher is going to give us a great stage show!

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DATE CITY VENUE EVENT
9/9/2014 Brooklyn, NY Barclays Center *Fashion Rocks
9/19/2014 Las Vegas, NV MGM Grand Garden Arena *iHeartRadio Music Festival
11/1/2014 Montreal, QC Centre Bell Centre  
11/2/2014 Toronto, ON Air Canada Centre  
11/4/2014 Auburn Hills, MI The Palace of Auburd Hills  
11/5/2014 Cleveland, OH Quicken Loans Arena  
11/7/2014 New York, NY Madison Square Garden  
11/10/2014 Washington, D.C. Verizon Center  
11/11/2014 Philadelphia, PA Wells Fargo Center  
11/13/2014 Boston, MA TD Garden  
11/14/2014 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun Arena  
11/15/2014 Atlantic City, NJ Boardwalk Hall  
11/17/2014 Chicago, IL United Center  
11/18/2014 St Paul, MN Xcel Energy Center  
11/22/2014 Las Vegas, NV MGM Grand Garden Arena  
11/24/2014 San Jose, CA SAP Center @ San Jose  
11/26/2014 Seattle, WA Key Arena  
11/27/2014 Vancouver, BC Rogers Arena  
11/30/2014 Edmonton, BC Rexall Place  
12/2/2014 Broomfield, CO 1st Bank Center  
12/4/2014 Dallas, TX American Airlines Arena  
12/5/2014 Houston, TX Toyota Center  
12/6/2014 New Orleans, LA Smoothie King Arena  
12/8/2014 Memphis, TN FedEx Forum  
12/9/2014 Atlanta, GA Philips Arena  
12/12/2014 Orlando, FL  Amway Center  
12/13/2014 Miami, FL  American Airlines Arena  
12/14/2014 Tampa, FL  Tampa Bay Times Forum  

 

Maxwell gives us a little Sumthin Sumthin at Summer Soulstice Tour

 

Orlando is showing out this summer with bringing hot musical acts to the area. On August 2nd, we got a chance to check out Maxwell's Summer Soulstice Tour at the Bob Carr Performing Arts Center. Attendees from all over Central Florida came out, dressed for a night out of feel good music and entertainment.  Maxwell's opening act, Kevin Ross (@krossonline) was definitely a pleasant surprise. Honestly we had never heard of him before but by the end of his performance, he got you very intrigued on his upcoming EP. When the light hit the stage and Maxwell came out in his all white, the crowd went wild and he didn't even sing a single note yet. But when he did, he gave us a show! Check out scenes from the Summer Soulstice Tour and let us know what you think! We had a BALL!

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Respect the Media... My Macy's Music Festival Experience

You know, I am usually the cool, calm and collected one when *ish hits the fan in any situation. I have an amazing game face and I try to resolve the issue and get things back on track. In this instance, I wasn't so cool.

I attended the Macy's Music Festival in Cincinnati, OH during the National Urban League Conference and at first I was pretty excited that I got word that I was approved for covering the event. This was my 2nd major festival outside of the state of Florida and I would get to see some of the artists that I was curious to see (K. Michelle... which by the way did a great job) and admired. 

I arrived at the media entrance with one of my newest contributors Kamilah (after walking around for 15 minutes trying to find it) and was greeted by the Media manager. We got our "tickets" and was escorted by two volunteers to one of the suites. Now why we went to the suite was beyond me but we went there. After 5 minutes, I along with the rest of the media that came in at that time left the suite and headed to the stage area (which was a maze in itself). Now this is where it get's interesting... 

We get to the gate near the stage as we were preparing to set up in front of the stage but come to find out per security we needed 1) a wristband and/or media pass to get into the area and 2) a professional camera. At that time, we did not have either and had to convince this security guy (who was just doing as he was told) what I do and why my iphone would suffice. If I had known I needed my professional cameras, I would of brought them no questions asked.

Anyway, so we still had to get this wristband from the area we entered from to make sure we were identified as a media outlet (and yes, I did have my own media credential just in case). One of the crews that walked in with us walked into the office and within minutes and no questions asked, they got their band and walked on out. When it was my turn to get mine, the show producer just got word some attendees were not happy with their seats and wanted their money back, etc. Now at this point I switch to event planner mode and can empathize on the situation she had to deal with so I stay quiet for a minute so she can handle her business. In the midst of that, I introduce myself to her and let her know the situation about the bands and how we needed it to be in the area. She says ok but she needs to talk to her media manager and she will be right back (she had to escort the mayor to the stage).

So we waited about 7-10 minutes and when she arrived back she said I am waiting for my media guy to contact me back and I will let you know what he says. Now at this point I got a little suspicious... why do you need to talk to him when the other crew came in with no problem and got their stuff and no credentials needed to be verified. By this time 30 minutes roll around and I am getting anxious. I have already missed a good portion of Chaka Khan's performance and I need to see the rest and this STILL has not been resolved. 

In the midst of the time we had been waiting, another media outlet person came up to get their band and with no hesitation they get the special band and continue to cover the event. So by this time I am pissed. I walked in and said "hey look we have been here for over 30 minutes and I still need this band." The lady snaps at me and says "You are going to have to wait. I have not heard from him yet. Can you wait outside?" I looked at her like "did she just SNAP at me?" By this time I could care less who was on that stage and I was ready to go off. But the professional that I am said to self "Karen just walk away before you show out!"  

After another 5 minutes, Mr Media Manager comes around and he gets an earful from me about how I was treated, given the run around, and how I have missed part of the concert because of this foolishness. He finally went in to talk to this lady and within 2 minutes he granted us these bands. 

I write this post to say this, treat the folks that are going to talk about you and share their experience with others with enough respect regardless of how big or small they are. You have no idea who they know nor who will actually read what they have to say. My whole intent was to talk about how great the performers were and how they showed out on the stage but its showered by the experience as SOON as I arrived at the Paul Brown Stadium. 

Live Nation & Yahoo Launch New Live Concert Streaming

Now this is definitely a way to entice the avid music lover! Live Nation & Yahoo partner up to launch live concert streaming, showing one concert per day. Starting tonight, Dave Matthews Bands kicks off one of 25 scheduled concerts at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena. From KISS to Common to Panic! At the Disco, we are definitely anticipating this new wave of attending concerts from the comfort of your own home. Trust me, I will have my lights off, surround sound up and laptop connected to my TV to be in the mix. Check out the listing of concerts already confirmed.

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Artist/ Band Day Time Timezone
Dave Matthews Band 7/15/14 7:20pm ET
The Fray 7/16/14 8:30pm  ET
The Neighbourhood 7/17/14 10:55pm ET
Michael Franti & Spearhead 7/18/14 9:45pm ET
KISS 7/19/14 9:40pm ET
Chevelle 7/20/14 9:15pm ET
Common 7/21/14 9:00pm ET
Everclear 7/22/14 11:00pm ET
Jurassic 5 7/23/14 8:30pm  ET
311 7/24/14 8:45pm ET
Wiz Khalifa 7/25/14 9:35pm ET
Ray Lamontagne 7/26/14 8:45pm ET
Three Days Grace 7/27/14 10:45pm ET
Jesse McCartney 7/28/14 6:30pm ET
Gogol Bordello 7/29/14 9:15pm ET
Panic! At The Disco 7/30/14 9:30pm ET
Toad the Wet Sprocket 8/1/14 10:15pm ET
Rixton 8/2/14 9:15pm ET
Daughtry 8/3/14 9:35pm ET
Sick Puppies 8/4/14 8:00pm ET
Gavin DeGraw 8/5/14 8:45pm ET
MKTO 8/7/14 8:45pm ET
The Kooks 8/8/14 10:30pm ET
David Gray 8/9/14 10:00pm ET
OneRepublic 8/10/14 9:20pm ET
Lila Downs 8/11/14 9:30pm ET
Emblem3 8/13/14 10:00pm ET
OK GO 8/14/14 8:30pm  ET
3 Doors Down TBA TBA ET
Airborne Toxic Event TBA TBA ET
Andrew McMahon TBA TBA ET
Better Than Ezra TBA TBA ET
Cherub TBA TBA ET
How to Dress Well TBA TBA ET
John Legend TBA TBA ET
Justin Timberlake TBA TBA ET
Kodaline TBA TBA ET
Matt Nathanson TBA TBA ET
Moon Taxi TBA TBA ET
New Politics TBA TBA ET
Pepper TBA TBA ET
R5 TBA TBA ET
The Gaslight Anthem TBA TBA ET
The Ready Set TBA TBA ET
Timeflies TBA TBA ET
Usher TBA TBA ET
Ziggy Marley TBA TBA ET 

 

Will you be watching? Stay tuned and we will keep you in the know. Like us on Facebook HERE

 

 

ABFF Moves to NYC for 18th Annual Film Festival

Jeff Friday     

Jeff Friday, ABFF Founder       Morris Chestnut, ABFF 2014 Celebrity Ambassador

The ABFF (American Black Film Festival) is a four-day event dedicated to showcasing quality films by and about people of African descent. Committed to the belief that Black content creators and artists deserve the same opportunities as their mainstream counterparts, ABFF founder Jeff Friday conceived the festival in 1997 as a vehicle to promote diversity in the film and television industry. Today it serves as the preeminent pipeline to new Black talent in front of and behind the camera, and is regarded as one of the leading film festivals in the world. The 18th annual ABFF will be held in New York City, June 19-22, 2014.

The festival annually attracts a core audience of artists, entertainment executives, A-list celebrities and upscale film enthusiasts. Top-tier corporations engage in partnerships with the ABFF to promote their brands, services and multicultural initiatives to consumers, tastemakers and industry influencers in attendance. The ABFF also receives support from networks, film studios and the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), all working to identify and cultivate relationships with multicultural talent. The festival supports artists in unprecedented ways, and has generated a tremendous amount of goodwill in the Hollywood community. The ABFF partners are essential to its long-term success, which in turn contributes to the growth of a more diverse America. 

For more information on passes, event, events, movie screenings, master class schedules and travel info, visit www.abff.com

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Off to the Races...AKA Kentucky Derby Soiree || May 3, 2014

On Saturday, May 3rd, 2014 Central Florida will be decked to the nines for the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc.’s Kentucky Derby Soiree. The ladies of the Nu Iota Omega chapter have been putting on the finishing touches to what is going to be an event to remember. From entertainment, food and atmosphere to the best dressed and best hat competitions, folks around town have been searching for weeks for the best ensemble to step onto the Pink Carpet.  The I.W. Phillips House at the Courtyard at Lake Lucerne definitely sets the tone of a very swanky daytime event where we watch the most exciting 2 minutes in sports. Here are some of the details for the Soiree:

Dress Code:

            Women- Express your inner Southern Belle! Hats not required but highly encouraged.

Men- The Derby is one of the few times that gentlemen can stand out more than the ladies.

Cost:

Early Bird (until April 21, 2014)- Turf Club $50 (open seating on a first come basis)/ Trophy Club $75 (reserved seating, one (1) complimentary cocktail, & valet parking)

Regular Pricing (after April 21, 2014)- Turf Club $65/ Trophy Club $85

**All tickets include complimentary beer & wine and lunch buffet**

The Nu Iota Omega Chapter, in conjunction with Ivy Tea Rose, Inc. hosts this highly anticipated event for their scholarship fund where they give scholarships to deserving high school senior girls entering college or women pursuing their law degree at The Florida State University in honor of their beloved chapter members Connie Joyce Davis & Robin Lynn Young. 

Purchase your tickets here:  http://www.ivytearoseinc.org/kd_tickets.html

Get ready, get ready, GET READY! The K’s are headed to the races! 

In Case You Missed It…9th Annual Jazz in the Gardens RECAP

BER took Miami by storm this past weekend as we attended the 9th Annual Jazz in the Gardens in Miami Gardens, FL at the Sun Life Stadium.

First of all, you couldn't ask for better weather. It was in the high 70s/low 80s and just cool enough in the evening to jam the night away comfortably.  Attendees were dressed in their springtime fashions, from sundresses to the urban sophisticate ensembles to the all-white linen sets, these folks were dressed for a good time! Guests were greeted by friendly vendors selling everything from custom pieces of jewelry to signing people up for high education. You can’t forget about the row of food vendors which gave off aromas of BBQ to Caribbean and soul food.

So here are some highlights from this weekend’s music festival:

·         Surprising special guests like Gabrielle Union, Dwayne Wade, Kevin Hart came on stage to introduce headliners such as LL Cool J and Trey Songz

·         Artists like Tank, Doug E Fresh and Nelly made appearances on stage for duets and unexpected performances

·         Our award for the “I Am Impressed” Award goes to Mr Trey Songz…now the last time we saw him was a few years back at the Essence Music Festival. We were passing by the main stage while he was on to see Chrisette Michele in the Super Lounge.  This weekend truly reminded us that 1) He is a pretty decent performer and 2) He has some hits under his belt. Not to mention that he started doing some remixes to some current songs and you would have thought that they were his songs to begin with. We are going to need to keep an eye out on Mr Steal Your Girl!

·         Top 3 performances: LL Cool J (DUH!), Mint Condition (tears up the stage every time), and Anthony Hamilton (overall performance was great, background singers can SANG, band was amazing); Honorable mention: Maze featuring Frankie Beverly (BECAUSE WE HAVE TO & THEY ARE LEGENDS!)

 Our personal favorite moment was when LL Cool J invited the media photographers to get on stage with him and take some awesome pictures of him and the 25,000 festival goers. OF COURSE we were the first photographers to get on stage and even though we remained professional and jammed with him on the stage, we (well Karen) was screaming “L L!!!!” inside! J

 

This was definitely an #BERApproved event and if this was any indication on what #JITG10 is going to look like, I need to book my hotel NOW! Good job City of Miami Gardens & the rest of the Jazz in the Gardens team! Check out photos from this years show:

Miami Gardens host 9th Annual Jazz in the Gardens presented by Music Choice

 

As you know, BecauseEventsRock.com loves a good concert! We can’t even explain how excited we are to travel to Miami Gardens this weekend for the 3rd year in a row to experience the 9th annual Jazz in the Gardens. One of the most anticipated music festivals in the South, Music Choice brings to you the hottest artists in Jazz, R&B/Soul, and Hip Hop. 

So as we expected, they constructed a unique lineup that anyone who likes music period would enjoy. From old school to new school, Jazz in the Gardens did it again! From LL Cool J, Jamie Foxx, Trey Songz & Kelly Rowland to Mint Condition, Boney James, Anthony Hamilton, Rachelle Ferell and you can NOT forget Maze Featuring Frankie Beverly…tell us you are not hype to be there!!! (We Dare You!)

The amazing atmosphere, the beautiful Florida weather (temperatures will be in the high 70s, low 80s this weekend), the food vendors, attendees is their spring ensembles and I am sure on Sunday night there will be a plethora of folks in their white linen as Maze closes out the weekend of events!

There is still time to pack your weekend bag and head on down to Miami Gardens for an eventful 2 days at the Sun Life Stadium. Visit www.jazzinthegardens.com for more information and to purchase tickets. Don’t just meet us there, beat us there!

 

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