Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Celebrities Cocktails

Touring is exhausting with all the traveling, screaming fans, and late nights. By the end of the night celebrities want to put their feet up and relax with a refreshing cocktail. Here are some celebrities and their favorite drinks. Do you share a favorite drink with a celebrity?

U2 front man, Bono enjoys Jack Daniels  during his down time.

Madonna’s drink of choice is the Pomegranate Martini.  

Jay-Z sips champagne, Armand de Brignac to be exact, with BeyoncĂ© and Blue Ivy by his side. 

Mark McGrath quenched his thirst with Vodka Cranberry with a splash of soda after the Under The Sun tour here at the Paramount. 

Toni Braxton indulges in Cosmopolitans to relax after a performance.

Cee Lo Green loves the refreshing 
taste of a Long Island Iced-tea.

Hanson recently brewed up MMMHop Beer to celebrate the third decade of making music together. MMMHops made its premier at the Hangover 3 after party and rightly so since “MMMBop” is played in the movie. Hanson will be performing this Sunday at the paramount. Tickets are still available and can be purchased at the box office or through Ticketmaster. Come down to the show and unwind with your favorite cocktail!

Monday, August 26, 2013

Miley Cyrus: You Should Stop

Miley Cyrus promised a ‘crazier’ VMA moment than the Britney-Madonna kiss. “We've got better in store for you guys, it's going be even crazier than the kiss,” and she delivered. She left viewers feeling violated and perplexed.

Cyrus stripped down into a nude latex bikini and did her signature twerk. After performing her hit song “We Don’t Stop,” the audience had to suffer through another song. She performed Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” alongside him. At some point during her horrendous performance she got hold of a foam finger and continuously caressed Robin’s “thick.”  

The most talked about part of her performance was the Smith’s family reaction. Willow’s jaw literally dropped, Jaden looked scared and puzzled, and Will looked disgusted. Other artists such as Rihanna and One Direction also stared blankly at the hot mess on stage.

Cyrus’ performance angered viewers at home and left people wondering what has happened with good music?

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Way Back Wednesday: Taylor Momsen

Taylor Momsen, lead singer of The Pretty Reckless, started her career in the entertainment business at a young age. At two years old, Momsen signed to a modeling agency and a year later she appeared in commercials and films. Momsen stared as Cindy Lou Who in The Grinch Who Stole Christmas, and as the president’s daughter in Spy Kids 2: the Island of Lost Dreams.  

In 2007, Momsen became a household name when she was casted as Jenny Humphrey in the CW’s Gossip Girl. When Gossip Girl finished taping in 2012, Momsen was finally able to focus on her music. “I didn’t choose acting or modeling, I got thrown into it. I liked it, so that wasn’t a problem, but music and songwriting are what I’ve always really wanted to do.”

No one pictured the blonde beauty to be a rock-n-roll chick. “Her voice is astonishing. So many artists these days let their voices be discombobulated by computers. Taylor doesn’t do that. She doesn’t need to. She can walk into a room and kick your ass,” said Phillips of The Pretty Reckless.

The Pretty Reckless is coming to the Paramount September 20. Tickets can be purchased at the box office or through TicketMaster

Monday, August 19, 2013

Ones to Watch: Jake Miller

On November 15, rapper Jake Miller will be gracing the Paramount stage. The native Floridian taught himself the drums and guitar at a young age. Throughout his high school career he posted online videos and instantly became a Youtube sensation. Before continuing his studies at the University of Miami this fall, Jake will be touring with Action Item and Air Dubai in The Us Against Them Tour.

The Us Against Them Tour is a 42 city tour across America. Jake is thrilled about the tour and says, “The Us Against Them Tour is going to be incredible. Bigger shows, bigger venues, new music, new surprises. Can't wait to party with y’all!” He is in the process of finishing his first full length album due this fall and is looking forward to touring.

The tour will be Jake’s second national headlining tour. In fact, he has toured with rapper Snoop Dog and Mac Miller. He also had a show sponsored by Miami’s pop radio station Y-100 where he performed with artists such as Sammy Adams, Austin Mahone, and J Rand. As an avid Miami Heat fan, Jake was honored when he was asked to performed at the AAA arena during the NBA championship finals in 2012.

Jake's EP "The Road Less Traveled" was the #1 album on the iTunes Hip-Hop/Rap chart 10 minutes after its release. As he rises to the top of the charts his fan base continues to expand. He currently has over 100,000 followers on Facebook and over 70,000 Twitter followers. Tickets for the Us Against Them Tour featuring Jake Miller can be purchased online with or at the box office.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Changing the Sound of Music

Since the early 90’s Keller Williams has been a solo act. Using a technique called looping; Keller creates a hybrid of alternative folk and groovy electronica. This technique allows every performance to have a different sound.

During the summer of 2010 Keller went on tour with two of his idols, former Grateful Dead members Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart. “That was a very surreal experience. We rehearsed for a few days and we were on a bus with 12 people, two of them being the original drummers from the Grateful dead.” Grateful Dead influenced

William’s own music, “I studied and learned their music and went to the shows.”  On Saturday, August 17 Mickey Hart will be performing at the Paramount.
Joining Williams on tour is Hawaiian native and ukulele player, Jake Shimabukuro.

Lead singer of alternative rock bank Pearl Jam said, “Jake is taking the instrument to a place that I can’t see anybody else catching up with.” Shimabukuro has performed on shows such as Conan, Jimmy Kimmel, and has even performed for the Queen of England.

After the success of his 2011’s “Peace, Love, Ukulele,” Shimabukuro found himself collaborating with Alan Parsons on his latest project. Parsons is best known for his work on Pink Floyds’ “Dark Side of the Moon” and The Beatles’ “Abby Road.” Parsons brought in a 29-piece orchestra and rhythm section to expand Shimabukuro’s sound. 

 “I feel really connected to this record; it was an honor to work with Alan and all those great musicians. It really felt like old friends coming together- there was so much positive energy surrounding the project- it was a magical experience that I’ll never forget,” said Shimabukuro.
Williams and Shimabukuro will be performing at the Paramount on October 26. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at the box office or through TicketMaster