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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.

WATCH WITH BER LIVE HERE 

  

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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In Case You Missed It...Unity Networking Mixer [Orlando]

In the past couple weeks, I have had the opportunity to see entities partner up in Central Florida and put on some well constructed and connected networking events. BecauseEventsRock.com and Raise Your Glass Promotions joined forces and produced the Unity Networking Mixer.

 

Thank you to everyone who supported our Unity Networking Mixer. Special thank you's to our presenting sponsors PepsiCo and BB&T and Unity Partners, African American & Caribbean American Chambers of Commerce. Looking forward to upcoming events in the future!

Video Credit: RLPJProductions.com 

 

B.E.R. & Raise Your Glass Promotions collaborate to commemorate Black History Month

 Raise Your Glass Promotions & Because Events Rock!

present the inaugural UNITY Networking Mixer

sponsored by PEPSICO and BB&T.

The event will cater to professionals who want to expand their network and create new business opportunities.  

Join us as we UNITE  members of local civic & professional organizations, corporate diversity programs and community leaders. 

UNITY Networking Mixer will promote and encourage collaborate and diverse relationship cultivation and business development.

Central Florida is a region on the move for minority entrepreneurs and business leaders but there is great opportunity for everyone to combine resources and make a true impact on the economy and in the community. 

Members of Partner Organizations will receive a discounted rate of $10 per ticket - advance purchase only.

Email - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you want us to consider your group for discounted pricing. 

Business attire is required || Purchase Tickets Here

MIAMI: Bob Marley Messenger Exhibition thru January 5, 2014

 Curated by the GRAMMY Museum® at L.A. LIVE, endorsed by the Marley family, HistoryMiami hosts the exhibition through January 5, 2014

HistoryMiami is proud to host the Bob Marley Messenger exhibition until January 5, 2014. Miami is the last stop of the traveling exhibition before it travels to the birthplace of Bob Marley, Nine Mile in Jamaica. This unique exhibition was curated by the prestigious GRAMMY Museum® at L.A. LIVE.

The exhibition brings together diverse artifacts, rare photographs and more from the private collection of the Marley family. On display, visitors will see a broad array of items, including:

  •  Marley’s famous Les Paul guitar;
  • Photographs of Marley both on and off stage;
  • Ticket stubs, concert posters,  tour books and fan memorabilia; and,
  • Interactives such as a drumming station that allows visitors to learn how to play reggae beat.

 Here are the deets for this exhibition:

What: Bob Marley Messenger exhibition visits Miami until January 5, 2014 on its last stop before it travels to Jamaica forever

Dates: Now through January 5, 2014

Venue: HistoryMiami 101 W. Flagler St., Miami, Fla. 33130, 305-375-1492

Cost: General admission for adults is $8, seniors and students with ID are $7, children ages six – 12 are $5 and children under six free

BER's Top Florida Classic 2013 Events

Central Florida is gearing up for one of the most eventful weekends this time of year! The 2013 Florida Classic is just days away and with all of the invites we have received, we have chosen our top events to attend this weekend. Although you may not be able to make everything, you have a variety of places to go.  Here are our #BERApproved events: