Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Stay on Top of the #Music Trend

 Are you getting tired of the same Top 40 songs that are repeatedly on the radio? Want to listen to new music and be ahead of the music trend? Well Twitter #Music is the perfect solution for you; with music samples from over 140 emerging artists you’re guaranteed to find something you’ll love. Twitter #music exposes you to different genres, artists, and musicians.

The Brooklyn based boy band, American Authors, made the Twitter #Music Top 140 emerging artists. Last week they visited The Paramount for the fifth time and opened for The Fray. Their second single, "Best Day of My Life," has brought them the attention they deserve. Their single was featured in a Lowe's television advertisement, the Hyundai television advertisement in the UK, and a trailer for the 2013 comedy Delivery Man starring Vince Vaughn.

American Authors Is one of many artists highlighted on Twitter # Music and Twitter is revolutionizing the way people share, listen, and download music. You’ll find yourself sampling dozens of songs from all different artists for hours at a time. You’re only a tweet away from finding a song that is anthem of your life.

The Paramount welcomes all upcoming artists to the stage. Visit the Paramount to eat, drink, and enjoy the music of up and coming artists. So when they make it big, you can say you saw them first at the Paramount. Sign up for our FREE e-newsletter on our website and stay updated on new show announcements. Make sure you like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter, you never know when we’ll have an up and coming artists on our stage!

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Remembering a Rock Legend: Lou Reed

Rock legend and leader of the Velvet Underground, Lou Reed died Sunday morning at age 71. Reed’s cause of death has not been released, but a statement was made confirming that it was a “liver-related ailment.” Earlier this year, he received a life-saving liver transplant after experiencing chronic liver failure. Reed died in Southampton, N.Y. in a home he shared his wife and fellow musician, Laurie Anderson, whom he married in 2008.

Reed has been influential in rock-n-roll with his dark vision and lyrical honesty, Reed will always be remembered as one of the greatest rock pioneers. Reed wrote a majority of the Velvet Underground hits and went on to having a successful solo career with singles including “Walk on The Wild Side” and “Perfect Day.” His widely provocative lyrics discussing illicit sex and drug abuse pushed the envelope of punk art, forever changing the sound of rock.

Former Velvet Underground band mate John Cale said, “The news I feared the most, pales in comparison to the lump in my throat and the hollow in my stomach. Two kids have a chance meeting and 47 years later we fight and love the same way — losing either one is incomprehensible. No replacement value, no digital or virtual fill ... broken now, for all time. Unlike so many with similar stories - we have the best of our fury laid out on vinyl, for the world to catch a glimpse. The laughs we shared just a few weeks ago, will forever remind me of all that was good between us.”

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

They’re Still an Islander to Me

This past summer fellow Long Island native, Pat Benatar, and her husband Neil Giraldo played here at The Paramount. After praising the Long Island fans who poured into the sold out venue, Giraldo said, “Long Island girls are the best” and we couldn’t agree anymore! Here are some of the famous celebrities who grew up in our neighborhoods and we’ll also include some Long Island boys too.

Powerhouse Mariah Carey was born right here in Huntington. She is known as one of the “Pop Queens” and has sold over 160 million albums worldwide. She has been seen as a judge on FOX television show American Idol, and continues to fundraise for The Fresh Air Fund, an independent nonprofit agency that has provided free summer vacations to more than 1.6 million disadvantaged New York City children since 1877.

Everyone’s favorite train wreck, Lindsay Lohan grew up in Merrick and Cold Spring Harbor. She has been seen in movies like “Mean Girls,” “The Parent Trap,” and “Freaky Friday.” Lohan has even made a breakthrough in music, staring in Disney’s Confession of a Teenage Drama Queen and released her debut album Speak in 2005. Unfortunately her pending legal issues have overshadowed her talent.

Billy Joel was born in the Bronx and later moved to Levittown/ Hicksville area where he spent his  childhood and young adult years. In 1974 his song “Piano Man” became his first top 20 single and first gold album. Years later in 1991, he was presented with the Grammy Legend Award. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame by his idol, Ray Charles. Joel says his songs, “meant something during the time in which I lived ... and transcended that time.”

Michael Kors grew up in Merrick Long Island. I know he’s not a musician, but I had to give him a shout out. He was originally born as Karl Anderson, but at age five changed his name to Michael David Kors when his mother got remarried. In 2004, Kors was asked to be a judge on Project Runway and after eight years Kors announced his retirement from the show. The series had garnered several Emmy Award nominations, among other honors.

Other celebrities who grew up on the Island include LL Cool J, Ashanti, Ralph Macchio, and the Baldwin brothers. Bayside is also a local Long Island band and are set to play at The Paramount on December 27; it is the perfect gift for the holidays and purchase a pair of tickets to see Bayside live before they sell out. Tickets available for purchase through, charge-by-phone @ 800-745-3000 or The Paramount Box Office (open daily from 12 noon - 6 pm). With this much talent who wouldn’t love Long Island!

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Long Island Hears it First

The Paramount and Walk 97.5 proudly presents The Fray for a two night event on October 23rd and 24th. The Fray, best known for tracks such as “Over My Head (Cable Car),” “Never Say Never,” “How to Save a Life,” and “You Found Me” formed in 2002 in Denver, Colorado. The original band members decided on a name after asking people to put band names on a piece of paper. They ended up picking “The Fray” randomly.

Fast forward 11 years, multiple sold out tours, 2 Grammy nominations, and worldwide success to The Fray's newest album. The album is set to drop before the end of 2013. They plan on debuting some of their newest tracks at The Paramount. Guitarist, Joe King, promises to give the audience what they want and plans on playing some of the older hits.

When the Fray sat down with Newsday reporter, Glenn Gamboa, they discussed the exciting details of their tour.  “We're excited to play these smaller shows,” said King. “Just coming from the studio, there's a nervous energy that's almost tangible -- not in an awkward way, but because this is the freshest expression of what we've been working on.”

You only have two weeks left to purchase your tickets. Go to Ticketmaster online or visit us at the box office today!

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

To the Tune of Survival

India Arie provides us with more than a catchy tune. Her music carries a real message worth listening to. She has sold over 3.3 million records in the US and 10 million worldwide. Her accolades include being nominated for a Grammy 21 times and winning 4 including Best R&B album. She has collaborated with Stevie Wonder, Elton John, Bruce Springsteen, Akon, John Legend, Adele and many others. Aries’ greatest collaboration was a song that she performed with Pink.

The song entitled “I am Not My Hair” is a song about how (Breast Cancer and Chemotherapy/Took away her crown and glory/She promised God if she was to survive/She would enjoy every day of her life). According to Arie, the original version of “I Am Not My Hair” originated from Pink's decision to do away with her locks. However, the last verse was written after Melissa Etheridge's performance at the 2005 Grammy Awards, where she appeared bald from chemotherapy to treat breast cancer.

October is Breast Cancer awareness month. Help support India Arie on November 3, as she empowers women who suffer from breast cancer. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased through Ticketmaster or at the box office.

 You can get involved in your community as well. CrossFit Rapture located on 285 Orinoco Dr., Brightwaters, is holding Barbells for Boobs on October 5. Joe Abruzzo, son of a breast cancer survivor, will be hosting the fundraiser. The charity helps raise money to provide mammograms for women. Barbells for Boobs will get you warmed up for The American Cancer Society’s Breast Cancer Walk. The walk will be held on October 6 at Dowling College, Brookhaven Campus and again on October 20, at Jones Beach State Park. Join the fight and win tickets to other events here at The Paramount.