Wednesday, July 31, 2013

The Blues Brothers: Still in Harmony

The Blues Brothers started out on Saturday Night Live in 1978. Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi did a rendition on Sam Dave’s classic “Soul Man”, but their performance became a classic of its own.  Dan stared as Elwood Blues while John stared as the lead vocalist, Jake Blues. They went on to have two platinum albums and stared in the film, The Blues Brothers.

On March 5, 1982, John Belushi died of an overdose at the young age of 33. After the tragic passing of John, the show has continued to go on. John’s younger brother Jim Belushi has picked up were his brother left off. Jim stares as the long-lost brother Zee with a South Memphis accent to spice things up. Together Dan and Jim continue to perform as The Blues Brothers in honor of John.

On August 9, The Blues Brothers are taking over the Paramount. Come down to the Paramount and enjoy Elwood and Zee Blues perform live. If you missed them back in 1978 on SNL, now is the perfect chance to catch them again! Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at the box office or through TicketMaster.

Monday, July 29, 2013

Bringing back the 90’s

The Paramount is bringing back the 90’s with the Under The Sun Tour with Sugar Ray, Smash Mouth & Gin Blossoms Featuring; Vertical Horizon & Fastball. Doors open at 7pm tomorrow, July 30!

Under the Sun will be performing in 36 cities nationwide all summer long. Gin Blossoms’ Jesse Valenzuela said, “If we don’t win the Nobel Peace Prize, we’re not gonna be amused!”  Gin Blossom is best known for their songs “As Long As It Matters,” “Hey Jealousy,” and “Follow you down.” The band continued to tour into the 2000’s after a short hiatus. They even gave back to the troops in 2010, putting on a five city tour in Kuwait. Gin Blossoms helped change the soound of rock music along with Smash Mouth and Sugar Ray.

1998’s Sexiest Rock Star, Mark McGrath will be making girls scream like they are teenagers again. He is the lead singer of Sugar Ray and has had multi-platinum albums. Their hit singles include “Someday,” “When It’s Over,” “Fly” and “Every Morning.” More than two decades later, McGrath continues to stay relevant. He has made appearances on shows such as Celebrity Apprentice and Don’t Forget the Lyrics!

No one can forget the lyrics to Smash Mouth’s rock anthems in the late 90’s; their hit singles include “All Stars,” “Can’t Get Enough of You Baby,” and “Then the Morning Comes.” Not only are they continuing to write music, but they even wrote a cookbook called “Recipes from the Road: A Rock ‘n’ Roll Cookbook.” The book features other recipes from celebrity chefs Guy Fieri and Michael Symon; rock star Sammy Hagar, and the Pittsburgh Steelers’ Jerome Bettis.

Come to The Paramount tomorrow and party like 1998! Three of the 90’s best rock bands will be performing live and this is a concert you’ll regret missing. Tickets can be purchased through TicketMaster or visit us at our box office. 

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Inside Celebrities Closest: The Most Outrageous Looks

Celebrities have a lot of things ordinary people wish they had. They travel with an entourage of makeup artists, hair dressers, and a personal stylist. Fashion designers from all over the world lend their extravagant designs to celebrities. They are trend setters, world travelers, and are on the pulse of high-end fashion. When their jet lands and the tours come to an end, celebrities fend for themselves without the aid of a stylist.

Miley Cyrus first captured the attention of the American public as the cute Hanna Montana on Disney Chanel. Fast forward a couple years and Miley was caught smoking a substance out of a bong, baring it all for Vanity Fair, and recently seen running errands with her mom wearing a skirt and top made out of money. I personally can think of other ways I’d spend my money, but when you’re young, rich, and famous designer brands can seem mundane.  She has made it clear she is no longer the little girl people idolized.

Miley’s outfit choices are normal compared to the always outrageous Lady Gaga, but according to Gaga there is meaning behind her outfit choices. For the 2010 MTV Music Video Awards she wore a meat dress complimented by a meat beret and purse. She left the audience wondering why she was wearing raw meat and praying that she doesn’t get E. coli. Later, it was reported that she wore the outfit because "If we don't fight for our rights, pretty soon we're going to have as much rights as the meat on our bones." The meat outfit might have upset animal lovers, but these ladies aren’t the only ones with a strange sense of style.

 Some male artists including Justin Bieber and Cee Lo Green have been repeat fashion offenders. 

Justin Bieber has always been made fun of the way he looks, but recently he has been an easy target for the media. His tattoos include a tiger; the word ‘Believe’; an owl; a fish; an angel, who happens to look like his ex Selena Gomez; a castle with a man in armor; an ‘X’ and just this week his mom’s eye all on one arm. As his body art continues to spread all over his body because one arm can only fit so much; his pants are beginning to look like a baby’s dirty diaper. All his reported drug use is killing his brain cells that control his fashion sense.

Cee Lo Green is a coach on NBC’s The Voice and is best known for his song “F&%$ you." While millions of viewers tune in to watch the competition unfold; they can’t help but notice what Cee Lo Green is wearing. He has been seen in a zebra button down and matching pants, Elvis inspired bodysuit with a wig to complete the outfit, and a knitted American Flag inspired poncho with a matching cap. These are only some of the outfits Cee Lo has worn over the years.

As celebrities continue to rise to fame, their sense of style continues to change. Money can buy expensive designer brands and bizarre costumes, it can’t buy style.


Monday, July 22, 2013

Dickey Betts Fights Back

Dickey Betts, founding member of The Allman Brothers Band, found out via fax that he was no welcomed in the band back in 2000.  “I received a fax notifying me that I would not be performing this summer with ABB. It said, 'You have not been performing well and our shows have been repeatedly disappointing to both us and our fans as a result.' The implication was that I was suffering from some sort of health or drug problem. THIS IS TOTALLY, ABSOLUTELY, UNFOUNDED!” Dickey had spent 30 years making music with the band and although it was hard, Dickey kept creating music on his own.  

Like most brilliant musicians, Dickey suffered from an alcoholism and drug abuse. In 1994, Dickey was unable to tour with the band due to his problem. Since his last stay at a rehab center in Florida, Dickey has cleaned himself up. 70 year-old Dickey has continued playing music at his own pace and enjoys waking up with nothing on his schedule. As for the Allman Brothers Band, they continue to tour and play at large venues. They have replaced Dickey with Jimmy Herring, who is almost as good as the original.

Come support Dickey at the Paramount this Saturday, July 27. He will be performing in the Rock the Blues Summer Jam along with The Fabulous Thunderbirds, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band & Beverly McClellan. To purchase tickets go to or visit us at the box office!