Jingle Ball is one of my favorite events of the year. For one reasonable price I get to see some of the year’s hot performers in one spot, in one night. The acts are on just long enough to get a taste of all the hits. I also appreciate that it’s a well run show with no downtime in between acts. This year’s Hot 99.5 Jingle Ball takes place at the Verizon Center, December 2016. The lineup includes Meghan Trainor, The Chainsmokers, G-Eazy, Fifth Harmony, Diplo, Ellie Goulding, DNCE, Alessia Cara, Tove Lo and Daya, plus a Special Guest appearance from Niall Horan. Capitol One Presale starts, Thursday, October 13, 2016 at 10am and general public on the 17th. Proceeds will be donated to the The Ryan Seacrest Foundation. Check out the Hot 99.5 website for more information.
I hate it when events are one night only. Dreamworks Animation in Concert is coming to Wolftrap tomorrow night (June 30th) and I can’t go. Whine…. I live for concerts like this. It’s a fantastic way to introduce orchestral music to people who don’t like it. The concert features favorite moments from beloved films of DreamWorks Animation with music performed by the National Symphony Orchestra against the backdrop of large projection screens.
A friend recently said that he had this running joke about Pitbull being everywhere. I didn’t notice this until he mentioned it and he’s right. I see his mug on TV or here him mentioned at least five times a week. Mr. Worldwide is coming to The Verizon Center, August 4th. Prince Royce is joining him on The Bad Man Tour.
American Express® Card Members can purchase tickets in select markets before the general public beginning Tuesday, May 10 at 10 a.m. local time through Friday, May 13 at 10 p.m. local time. Tickets for the general public go on sale Saturday, May 14 at www.livenation.com.
Following months of intense rumors, speculation and feverish excitement from rock music fans around the world, Guns N’ Roses confirmed today they will embark on a massive North American summer stadium tour as founder Axl Rose and former members, Slash and Duff McKagan regroup for what will be one of the century’s most anticipated musical events.
In case you missed the news, Janet Jackson announced new tour dates for her recently postponed Unbreakable world tour. Janet The new date for Verizon Center is August 9th. Tickets from the original March 1st show at Verizon Center will be honored for the new date. Visit JanetJackson.com for more details.
I’m attending DC’s Hot 99.5 JingleBall on Monday night. If you didn’t get tickets don’t worry Yahoo has your back. They are streaming tonight’s Madison Square Garden’s JingleBall. Tonight’s lineup includes – The Weeknd, Calvin Harris, Selena Gomez, 5 Seconds of Summer, Demi Lovato, Nick Jonas, Fifth Harmony, Zedd, Shawn Mendes, Tove Lo, Charlie Puth, Hailee Steinfeld, R. City, Conrad Sewell, and DNCE. This looks like a better line-up than what I’m seeing Monday. Festivities start at 8pm. You can watch the live stream right here on EM.
Everyone here knows of my irrational love of Demi Lovato. I saw her 4 times last year (that I gasp, paid for) and had several opportunities to interview her but could never make it work. Gah! I’m proud of myself for talking to Wilmer at SDCC without asking about Demi (I’m a professional you know). Anyway, Demi Lovato and Nick Jonas have teamed up for their next national tour. The Future Now tour is coming to DC’s Verizon Center July 26th – jeeze, I can’t plan that far ahead. Tickets go on sale Sat. Nov 7th with pre-sale on Nov 3rd. Demi will be on Good Morning America, Thursday Oct 29, and the tonight show Oct 30th. The full court press to promote her new album Confident is in full swing.
Sometimes it really is great to live in a big city like DC where there’s always something going on. This weekend Joe Walsh, Steven Tyler with his Nashville-based band, Loving Mary, Sheryl Crow, Jason Isbell, The Fray, Aloe Blacc, and John Rzeznik of the Goo Goo Dolls will be on the mall rocking for a cause!
Facing Addiction, a new, national non-profit group that will serve as a voice for the over 85 million Americans impacted by addiction, is proud to organize the “UNITE to Face Addiction” rally, a free event on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. on Sunday, October 4, 2015. To date, over 685 diverse partner organizations from around the country will join Facing Addiction to launch a first-of-its-kind campaign to let our nation know that addiction is preventable and treatable, that far too many of those affected have been incarcerated, and that people can and do get well. The concert will be held this Sun, Oct 4th, from 4 – 8pm.
Mixing the indie aesthetics and #healthgoth attitude of underground artists like Yung Lean, with the laid back beats of hip hop faves like Chance The Rapper, Allday is leading a new era in a genre all his own. The Adelaide rapper arrived with his new mixtape, Soft Grunge Love Rap via US label, Wind-up Records, with an exclusive premiere on NYLON and followed with hype from Clash Mag, AV Club, Fuse, Dazed and Confused and more.Now, the rapper makes his US LP debut on Bullett Magazine.
Here’s a little known Michelle factoid. Back in the day I worked at two local record stores Kemp Mill and the Wiz during X-mas break. We played Mannheim Steamroller and Trans-Siberian Orchastra’s Christmas albums until me ears bled. So I’m strangely excited that they are bringing their Christmas rock opera The Ghosts of Christmas Eve to the Verizon Center on December 10th. It should be an amazing show. The show is presented by The Hallmark Channel. Tickets go on sale this Friday, September 18th.
Prince’s Rally 4 Peace concert in Baltimore benefit concert is going to stream for free on Tidal tomorrow night! Dayum! Of course I laid down $230 for a nice tasty floor seat, so I’ll be getting crazy in B’More live. In case you didn’t know Tidal is Jay Z’s and Kanye’s bid to take on Spotify and other streaming music services. They hope to be different than the other services by partnering with their super star friends to offer unique experiences. One hour of the concert will stream for free and you don’t need to sign up for Tidal to view it. They are going to ask for donations. See if you can spot me in the crowd!