Friday, July 22, 2016

10 Things You Don’t Know About Ted Nugent

Whether you refer to him as “The Nuge”, “Ted”, or “The Motor City Madman”, the one thing you can’t call Ted Nugent is timid. Though he is widely known for his influence on the American music-scene, the Detroit rockstar has made an overwhelming impact on society as well. In honor of his August 23rd performance at The Paramount, we’ve compiled a list of interesting facts you may not know about Ted Nugent.

The Lourds, Nugent’s first band, was given the opportunity to open for Diana Ross and The Supremes in 1962.  The band was given the chance after winning a local battle of the bands contest. At the time, Nugent was only 13 years old.

By the age of five, Ted Nugent had already learned how to hunt with a bow. Nugent didn’t begin learning how to play guitar until three years later. To this day, the rocker continues to specialize in bow-hunting.

On April 7th, 1968, a few days after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Nugent’s band, The Amboy Dukes, were invited to play at a folk, rock and blues jam session at a small New York City club. Artists who participated in the impromptu jam session included legends such as Jimi Hendrix, B.B. King, and Janis Joplin.

Ted Nugent’s hit song, “Stranglehold”, has been widely used in the media. The guitar-driven song has appeared in movies such as Dazed & Confused, Superbad, and Invincible. “Stranglehold” can also be heard in television shows, including Freaks & Geeks, Entourage, and Friday Night Lights. The eight-minute track’s famous guitar solo was also recorded in a single take.

On July 4th, 2008, the rockstar marked his 6,000th concert in his hometown of Detroit.
Aside from his hit song, “Stranglehold”, being featured on several television shows, Ted himself has guest starred on “The Simpsons” twice. Ted appeared in Season 19 and 23 of the hit Fox cartoon. During one of his appearances, Homer Simpson even endorses Ted for the Republican presidential nomination!

Ted Nugent is a national spokesperson for Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E). He’s also an ambassador for Big Brothers Big Sisters.

“The Motor City Madman” also has his own brand of coffee. The blend, “NugeJava”, can be purchased on his website

“Uncle Ted” has been known to ride a live buffalo on-stage during his concerts. Though his buffalo-riding days are past him, Nugent’s animated character in Guitar Hero World Tour is featured riding a buffalo. His song “Stranglehold” is the longest track on the video game. 

In 2003, Ted was the host of a VH1 reality television program. “Surviving Nugent’ was a program in which city natives moved into Nugent's Michigan ranch in order to survive "backwoods" activities such as building an outhouse and skinning a boar. The reality show was a success, which led to a 2004 spinoff. 

Don't miss Ted Nugent LIVE at The Paramount this Tuesday, August 23rd at 8 pm. Tickets for are on sale now through Ticketmaster or visit us at the box office open daily from 12 noon-6 pm. Keep up with us this summer by liking us on Facebook, following us on Twitter and signing up for our FREE online newsletter found on our website.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Where Do You Know Eric Stonestreet From?

Eric Stonestreet’s face seems like quite a familiar one, doesn’t it? He has certainly made his mark throughout film and television. You may not have even realized, but his face – and even his voice – has appeared way more than you might’ve originally thought! Here are five places where you’ve definitely seen Eric Stonestreet before:

1. Modern Family
You probably know him best as Cameron Tucker from Modern Family. Cam’s upbeat and hilarious persona seems like the perfect role, and has even won him two Emmy Awards out of three nominations. You go, Eric!

2. The Secret Life of Pets
This new, computer-animated comedy movie is downright adorable! In this must see movie, Eric plays the voice of Duke - a massive, mangy and seemingly reckless Newfoundland. Two paws up for this role!

3. American Horror Story
In the thriller American Horror Story, Eric Stonestreet appears as Derek, a psychiatric patient. Horrified of the urban legend of “Piggy Man”, he seeks help from Ben Harmon (a main character). Don’t worry Eric, Piggy Man sounds pretty scary to me, too.

4. CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
When it comes to investigating, Eric knows what to do. His role as Ronnie Litre, a questioned documents technician, landed him on CSI for five seasons –and he’s always up for a challenge in court.

5. Malcom in the Middle 
Appearing on the first season of Malcom in the Middle, Eric plays Phil, an exterminator when Malcom’s family’s house needs to be fumigated…  Eric to the rescue!

Don't miss your chance to see him LIVE at The Paramount this Sunday, July 17th at 8 pm. Tickets for Eric Stonestreet are on sale now through Ticketmaster or visit us at the box office open daily from 12 noon-6 pm. Keep up with us this summer by liking us on Facebook, following us on Twitter and signing up for our FREE online newsletter found on our website.

-Intern Rachel

Friday, July 8, 2016

Flashback Friday: These 20 Hits are Turning 20 This Summer

Now that summertime is in full swing, join us for a moment of silence for the dearly departed summers of our youth. It’s hard to believe that the Summer of ’96 was 20 years ago. Now that most 90’s kids have grown up, it’s hard not to be nostalgic of those carefree days. We’ve traded in our boom boxes and mixtapes for Bluetooth speakers and iPhones. Days we used to spend in the arcade are now spent “Adulting.” A lot about life in general has changed over the course of two decades. In honor of “The Good Ol’ Days” we’ve compiled a list of the Top 20 Hits that are turning 20 this summer, because taking a trip down Memory Lane never hurt anybody.

1) Wannabe - Spice Girls

Every 90’s girl learned a valuable lesson thanks to this song: “If Your Friends Say No, He’s Gotta Go”

2) Macarena - Los del Rio

Before the Whip/Nae Nae and The Soulja Boy there was the Macarena. You still hit this dance at every wedding you attend (don’t lie). 

3) Only Wanna Be With You – Hootie and the Blowfish
The song of every summer romance. 

4) I’m Just a Girl – No Doubt
 The first time we were introduced to Gwen Stefani. 

5) California Love – 2Pac

This song made everyone want to party on the West Coast at least once. 

6) Gangsta’s Paradise – Coolio

There’s no paradise quite like a Gangsta’s Paradise. 

7) Til I Hear It From You – Gin Blossoms

“I don't want to take advice from fools. I'll just figure everything is cool until I hear it from you.”

8) Because You Loved Me – Celine Dion

Even after this song was released, nothing could prepare us for “My Heart Will Go On” and Titanic just a year later. 

9) Sweet Dreams – La Bouche

The ultimate club song for the Summer of 1996. 

10) Ironic – Alanis Morrisette

Every 90’s kid learned what irony was thanks to this song. 

11) Give Me One Reason – Tracy Chapman

“Give me one reason to stay here, and I’ll turn right back around.” 

12) Always Be My Baby – Mariah Carey

If “Only Wanna Be With You” wasn’t the first song on your summer love mixtape then this song surely was. 

13) Wonderwall – Oasis

The first of many hits from Oasis. 

14) Un-Break My Heart – Toni Braxton

This music video made you shed a tear every time. 

15) No Diggity – Blackstreet (Feat. Dr. Dre)

The beat that automatically got you bopping your head.

16) If It Makes You Happy – Sheryl Crow

If you didn’t belt out the chorus to this hit, you were doing it wrong. 

17) Theme From Mission: Impossible – Larry Mullen & Adam Clayton
Everyone became a secret agent when they heard this song. 

18) C’mon N Ride It (The Train) – Quad City DJ’s

The coolest thing to happen to trains. 

19) Hey Lover – LL Cool J

LL Cool J + Boyz II Men = a winning combination.

20) Name – Goo Goo Dolls
No 90’s Hit List could be complete without the Goo Goo Dolls

- Intern Brittney

Jay-Z and Beyoncé Call Fans to Action after Recent Shootings

Americans across the nation began this week celebrating their independence. Unfortunately as this week comes to an end so have those initial feelings of elation. Fireworks have given way to firearms and holiday tweets have evolved into solemn hashtags mourning the lives lost to recent police brutality and gun violence.

In this week alone, two African-American men have been shot and killed by police officers. Alton Sterling’s confrontation with police and death was recorded by an eyewitness parked outside of a Baton Rouge convenience store. Merely 24-hours later Philando Castile of Falcon Heights, Minn. was shot and killed during a traffic stop. The entire ordeal was streamed live on Facebook by Castile’s girlfriend. These killings have prompted Black Lives Matter protests nationwide. Hysteria only increased after five police officers were killed and seven others were wounded at a Dallas protest late Thursday night.

The frightening regularity of police brutality and gun violence has prompted responses from politicians and celebrities alike. Two of the most notable figures speaking out are Jay-Z and Beyoncé. Jay-Z released a song, titled “Spiritual”, on Tidal late Thursday night. The track was inspired by the imprudent handling of high-profile instances of police brutality. The new single certainly has fans excited, considering this is the mogul’s first project as a lead artist in three years. The raw lyrics of “Spiritual” give listeners a small look into Jay-Z’s anger with the treatment of young black men in America. This is most directly seen in the track’s hook when he states “Yeah, I am not poison, no I am not poison / Just a boy from the hood that / Got my hands in the air / In despair, don’t shoot / I just wanna do good, ah.” Unlike most songs found on Tidal, “Spiritual” is currently streaming for both subscribers as well as non-subscribers.

A letter from Jay-Z was also attached to the song. The letter explains the inspiration behind the track and calls her serious social reform. Jay-Z confesses the song was initially recorded and meant to be released in 2014 after the death of Michael Brown, however at the time he didn’t have enough time to complete it.  The note concludes with a quote from abolitionist Fredrick Douglass: “Where justice is denied, where poverty is enforced, where ignorance prevails, and where any one class is made to feel that society is an organised conspiracy to oppress, rob and degrade them, neither persons nor property will be safe.”

Beyoncé has also made her stance on recent events very clear. During her concert in Glasgow, Scotland on Thursday, Queen B had a moment of silence to honor all of those who have been killed by police brutality. The moment became even more solemn when the names of victims of police violence were displayed on giant screens behind the pop star.

After her Glasgow performance, Beyoncé posted a letter on her website. Like her husband, the artist expressed her anger for the events which have unfolded of the course of a week. The letter ended with Beyoncé encouraging her fans to contact their local politicians in order to protest on behalf of Sterling, Castile, as well as the other victims of gun violence.

The power couple is only two of the countless artists who have expressed their anger and frustration for recent events. On Wednesday, Canadian-rapper Drake released a statement of his own. In the statement he calls the United States his “second home”. The rapper also added “No one begins their life as a hashtag. Yet the trend of being reduced to one continues.” Chris Brown has also expressed his pain as well. On July 7th the RnB singer released “My Friend,” a song which he states is intended for those who are “dealing with injustice.” Brown has also been vocal about his anger on social media. In a series of images and videos on Instagram, he urges celebrities to “use their power and voices” in order to enforce change within our society. 

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- Intern Brittney

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Lettuce: Vegetable or Funk Party?

Don’t be fooled by the name, for Lettuce is not simply the produce you may think it is.

Since originally budding in Boston, Massachusetts in the early ‘90s, the band Lettuce has blossomed into something special. The band spoke for itself through live performances, and through mostly word of mouth to thank for their growth, they have thrived into something we can all bite into.

Essentially, you can think of Lettuce as a melting pot of a jam band. Each of the seven notable musicians, of which Lettuce is made up of, no doubt fills the group and their live concerts with energy, creativity and soul. With inspirations rooting in bands like Earth, Wind and Fire and Tower of Power, Lettuce is certainly worth the hype. 

Act after act, they have become an incredibly popular and prominent band, specifically in the jam band community. Appearing at many festivals with bands like Umphrey’s McGee, the Motet, Lotus, STS9, the Floozies and tons more, they have succeeded at creating a noteworthy name for themselves.

Just this summer so far they have already racked up a pretty impressive lineup. Making appearances at Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Fool’s Paradise, Summer Camp Music Festival and many more, they are eager to still hit even more events this summer. Headed for, to name a few, Camp Bisco, Lollapalooza, LOCKN’, they are ready to blow you the funk away!

Each member’s individual talent and passion contribute to the funk party that they bring. Sound pretty groovy so far? Well it doesn’t stop there. Not only do they come with strings and drums, but horns and keys, too! The blend of all these joyous deep sounds with the groups love for music and performing will put you on your feet so bring your groove shoes and prepare to dance.

Why would you want to miss a night full of dancing and Lettuce’s first time headlining a Long Island concert? Come get your dose of funk this summer at the Paramount on Friday, July 8th and get up to get the funk down. 

Tickets for Lettuce are on sale now through Ticketmaster or visit us at the box office open daily from 12 noon-6 pm. Keep up with us this summer by liking us on Facebook, following us on Twitter and signing up for our FREE online newsletter found on our website.

-Intern Rachel

Sleep With Kanye And You'll Be FAMOUS

Just when you may have thought Kanye West was simmering down after his release of The Life of Pablo, back in February, and his recent concert tour announcement; you thought wrong. West, aside from his prominence through talent and music, is also commonly known for his controversial public displays, tweets and apparently now his music videos.

As his mantra states, “Just do it big,” many of us can come to agreement that he is doing just that. Whether it is negative or positive attention, the renowned artist has once again managed to remain “big” and assume his position of front and center in the spotlight.

Talking about big, Kanye West premiered his new music video, Famous Friday, June 24th. All friends, fans and everyone apart of the KarJenner crew eagerly anticipated this premier. The music video was inspired by the piece, “Sleep”, by painter Vincent Desiderio. However, Kanye put his own little dramatic spin on it. West’s video revealed a shocking twelve nude bodies of famous celebrities in bed, and right smack in the middle, Kimye, themselves! Bodies surrounding the couple include Taylor Swift, Donald Trump, Chris Brown, and a bunch more!

It’s no surprise that this suggestive and explicit video came from Kanye, now is it? Aside from the video itself, the reactions and attention that it has gotten are a whole other story. Desiderio, painter of “Sleep,” gives his approval and claims West “…deserves his due for producing a beautiful and compelling video.”

Chris Brown responded with a shot of him commenting on his “plumbers butt” and posted an additional picture of a Barbie doll edition.

Ray-J, ex of Kim Kardashian, along with others, was in deep shock. He opened up and explained that he was offended and confused as to why he’d be included in something like this. Wanting nothing to do with Ye’s nonsense, he made a brief statement about how it affected his relationship with his fiancée. Ray J told Entertainment Tonight that he is "just trying to stay positive."

During an interview with Hollywood Life, a source also leaked that Rihanna’s only complaint was being sandwiched between Trump and Bush, and claimed “she’d rather lay next to the devil while drink boiling hot water in hell than to share sheets with either of those two.”

Lena Dunham, writer of Girls, referred to the video as “sickening” and disturbing”. Even former president of the United States, George Bush, had a rep who made sure it was clear that Bush was not actually in the video, and that he’s in better shape than pictured; thanks for the update George. Kayne West is certainly stirring up the pop-culture community. Photos and meme’s mocking the audacious rapper’s video are everywhere. Chris Brown wasn’t the only one to poke fun.

Ironically enough, just as Kanye West claims to have made Taylor Swift “famous,” Paris Hilton actually did have quite an influence over Kim Kardashian. Hilton explains in a 2015 interview that she feels responsible for Kardashian’s rise to fame. With this being said, maybe you’ll find this meme a bit ironic, as we shouldn’t forget who made West’s wife famous.

Kanye is boldly welcoming any lawsuits, even encouraging them. Kanye reportedly tweeted, but within two days deleted, “Can somebody sue me already “I’llwait,” obviously referring to his music video.

Can this open invitation mean potential legal issues for the daring big shot? Kanye, it’s time to lawyer up.

-Intern Rachel

Monday, June 27, 2016

Tom DeLonge of Blink-182 Responds!

Fresh off their appearance at the Firefly Music Festival, Blink-182 is gearing up to release their 7th studio album titled “California”. This time around, the Blink-182 lineup looks a bit different with founder/lead singer/guitarist Tom DeLonge out of the band, and Alkaline Trio singer Matt Skiba, in. Bad blood is nothing new to the band since they have already experienced a breakup that lasted from 2005-2009.

Earlier this week, reports began circling that DeLonge had left Blink to ‘search for UFO’s’. By now it is no secret that DeLonge has been fully invested in his extraterrestrial studies. He has a book titled Sekret Machines which discusses potential extraterrestrial life. We also got a glimpse of his obsession when he wrote the catchy Blink anthem ‘Aliens Exist’. However, DeLonge was not too fond of the reports about him and he wasted no time to comment on them. DeLonge took to his Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook to show his frustration with the media reports writing “Quitting the band to search for UFOs? Hahhaha WTF is wrong with you media. I’m actually talking to Travis [Barker] about us right now… Never did quit, remember?” 

Still standing by his previous claims that he did not quit the band, DeLonge then goes on to say that he was even talking to Blink drummer Travis Barker! The two even exchanged tweets which were sure to get the Blink-182 fandom riled up. Tom stands by his decisions and insists that he has not quit the band, he simply has a lot going on with his side projects and he wants to focus on them for the time being.

With an album  dropping July 1st and a massive summer tour in place, Blink-182 fans shouldn’t stress too much about the drama. Matt Skiba has shown he can handle the expectations of replacing Tom DeLonge and has adapted to the intensity that is playing at Blink-182’ live shows. And who knows? A Tom DeLonge reunion with Blink-182 might come sooner than later; for DeLonge has shown every implication that he is still the same punk rocker at heart that we all know and love.

-Intern Hunter

Friday, June 17, 2016

The Song of Summer for 2016 Has Been Foreseen and We Have Science to Thank

There’s no need to keep your ears glued to the radio in order to find out which song will define your upcoming summer. In fact, Shazam has completed most of the hard work for you. The mobile app has been observing raw numbers and global trends of its 500 million users for the past few months. Through its prediction and ranking process, the music identification app has compiled a list of songs which will surely become the soundtrack of every BBQ, beach trip and backyard party you attend. So what do the numbers have in store for us in the months to come?

Coming off the monster success of their EDM hit “#Selfie” and indie-flavored “Roses”, The Chainsmokers didn’t disappoint with their latest single. The collaboration with Pittsburg-native, Daya, has received an overwhelming amount of positive commercial reception both domestically and internationally. “Don’t Let Me Down” has dominated Shazam’s music charts with over 2 million musical fingerprints. The song currently sits at No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart and has been on the chart for 17 weeks.

Musical newcomer Kent Jones goes proves to listeners that language barriers won’t hinder his romantic pursuits in his debut single, “Don’t Mind”. The hip-hop artists’ ode to women of all ethnicities has been experiencing an enormous surge in popularity. The song has received close to 2 million hits on Shazam and is quickly climbing up the Billboard Hot 100 Chart, where it’s currently ranked at No. 11. The single has spent a mere six weeks on the chart, leaving plenty of room for this hit to grow.

Receiving island treatment from Sean Paul, “Cheap Thrills” has provided Sia with her sixth No.1 hit on Billboard’s Dance Club Songs Chart. The second single from the critically acclaimed album, This Is Acting, has made a swift climb up the Billboard Hot 100 Chart as well. Over the past week the song has jumped from No. 19 to No. 13 as well received the largest gain in air play and performance of any song on the chart. The single had received over 6 million Shazams worldwide since its release.

The title song for the movie “Trolls” accumulated over 10,000 Shazams withing 24-hours of its release. The song’s fun and effervescent nature provide the perfect recipe for a windows-down summer jam. “CAN’T STOP THE FEELING!” has already peaked at No.1 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart in its five-week appearance and hasn’t strayed very far from the top spot. 

Calvin Harris and Rihanna have proven to be a winning combination, providing us with smash-hits like “We Found Love”. The EDM track has been a commercial success since its release, debuting at No. 9 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart. The single has received over 2 million Shazams and has dominated every musical chart it’s appeared on. If the early reception is any indication, this song will surely be played at clubs, parties and dance floors alike all summer long.

It’s no surprise that this tropical hit is in the running for “the song of summer”. Since its release, Drake’s first No.1 single has danced its way to the top of every music chart. The song is currently sitting pretty at No.1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 Chart and shows no signs of slowing down. The track has reached 3.5 million worldwide Shazams.

- Intern Brittney

Friday, June 10, 2016

Festival Fever: How Day-Long Events Have Changed the Way Artists Tour

In recent years, festivals have reclaimed their title as the premier music event of the summer. Following in the footsteps of Woodstock, events such as Coachella and Governor’s Ball have revolutionized the way music is released, produced, and experienced. What began as a modest trend has surged into a global phenomenon, with over 800 events slated to take place in the U.S. this year. The recent surge in music festival popularity is largely driven by the overwhelming amount of top performers who choose to attend. These large multi-day events have proven to be profitable for the concert and event promotion industry, often selling out within hours of tickets sales launching. Music listeners aren’t the only fans of these large-scale events.

In recent years, artists have increasingly begun to choose touring via the festival circuit over touring on their own. Popular bands such as The Arctic Monkeys and Modest Mouse will often play at multiple festivals a year. An event’s reputation and endorsements have resulted in high profits for musical performers. In 2014, Rolling Stone released an article breaking down the business behind music festivals. According to the article, hip-hop duo Outkast made $60 million from playing 40 festivals that year. Festivals have become such a dominant force by requesting artists to sign a radius clause, which prevents the artist from performing within a specific geographic radius and time range. Although this complicates the booking process for tour dates, artists will often sign the radius clause anyway and simply tour along the festival circuit.

Aside from the profits, artists will opt to perform at music festivals because they enjoy playing at open-space venues. Short bursts of tents, sunshine and a large standing audience provide a nice change of pace amid a tour that consists of stadiums and clubs. Festivals also provide a great opportunity for small-scale bands to receive high-profile exposure. For these bands, being discovered by festival patrons and the social media buzz which occurs as a result will often provide the fuel necessary to launch their career to the next level. Electronic music artist Pretty Lights gained a tremendous social media following as a result of his 2010 performance at Coachella. During music festivals, fans saturate their social media feeds with photos, videos, and posts highlighting the performances they see. This year, fans posted over 5 million tweets in the Coachella’s first weekend alone.

The festival environment also provides a revival of music sales for bands who’ve released little to no new music.  Hard-rock band Guns N’ Roses, who received $14 million for their reunion at Coachella this year, experienced  surge in sales on iTunes as patrons prepared for their performance.

With Coachella grossing over $84 million in ticket sales with an attendance of over 200 million last year, it comes as no surprise that artists have begun to gravitate towards a more festival-based tour circuit. Coachella and Governor’s Ball are only a few of the several music festivals which will take place within the next four months. Some other notable festivals include Electric Daisy Carnival, Lollapolooza, Bonaroo and Firefly Music Festival.

- Intern Brittney

Friday, April 29, 2016

6 Music Videos That Will Stop You In Your Tracks

There are many music videos out today and most seem like they’re all the same. Here are a few of the music videos that break the mold.

If you haven’t been living under a rock or stranded on a desert island with no WiFi for the past year, you’ve probably seen this video. The build up to its release was that of a movie and it did not disappoint. 

A female cupid that just wants to find love for herself...can this please be a full length movie? This video is perfection. Things do get pretty weird at the end, though. Not to mention, Ed performed “Give Me Love” at the Paramount in 2014.

This music video is iconic. The seamless combination of live action and animation is captivating.

OK Go is no stranger to unique music videos. I thought “Here It Goes Again” was a super unique music video, and then I stumbled upon their 2016 video for “Upside Down & Inside Out,” which they shot in ZERO gravity. Both of these videos, filmed a decade apart, are expertly choreographed and shot in one continuous take. Fun fact: it took 8 tries to get the video for “Upside Down & Inside Out” right.

Throwback to Yellowcard at the Paramount in 2013! This video is probably what would have happened if Groundhog Day was an action movie.

Brendan Urie dancing alone in a motel parking lot probably would have been enough to make it onto this list. Fortunately for us the rest of the video just gets weirder....someone call CSI: Las Vegas.

-Intern Michaella

Thursday, April 28, 2016

County Craze Hits Long Island

You don't have to be from the heart of Nashville, Tennessee to enjoy good ol' country music. Country music has lassoed the hearts of Long Islanders with a strong glass of whiskey and a pair of cowboy boots. Featuring festivals, concerts and various radio stations on Long Island; it’s no wonder why everyone is obsessed with southern charm. Singers including Carrie Underwood, Sam Hunt and Luke Bryant have the ability to dominate country radio as well as pop stations.

While Long Island doesn’t have local honky tonks, many festivals and concerts for country music will be going on this summer. The Paramount has jumped on the band wagon by hosting artists including Kelly Pickler, Thomas Rhett, Dustin Lynch, ZZ Top, Brothers Osborne, Willie Nelson, and Marshall Tucker Band. Kick off your summer right by seeing Thompson Square at The Paramount on May 6th. 

Grab your cowboy hat and your favorite flannel and get ready for a wild hoedown! Tickets are available for Thompson Square through Ticketmaster or visit us at our box office open daily from 12 pm-6 pm. 

-Intern Victoria 

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Gone But Not Forgotten: RIP Prince

Music legend Prince Roger Nelson, commonly known as Prince, has passed away this morning in his home in Minnesota. The cause is believed to have been from flu like symptoms, he was 57 years old. The American singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and actor was well known for 1984’s Purple Rain. He was known as an innovator with combining rock, R&B, soul, funk, hip hop, disco, pop, and jazz. His album Prince went platinum making him well-known for his sexual lyrics, and ability to incorporate funk, dance, and rock music. His last concert performed was on April 14th at Fox Theater in Atlanta, Georgia. Prince released 39 albums, won seven Grammy awards, a Golden Globe and an Academy Award. He was inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004. Prince is gone, but he will not be forgotten. At his last show, he told the crowd, “Wait a few days before you waste any prayers.”

-Intern Victoria 

Friday, April 15, 2016

6 Artists That Prove Women Should Run The World

In recent years musicians, such as Beyoncé, have become more vocal about their feminist ideals. The feminist discussion has blown up on social media. Here are some of the musicians contributing to that conversation.

Charlie XCX, in collaboration with BBC, recently released a documentary on what it is like to be a woman in the pop music industry. The documentary featured Charlie interviewing other pop musicians on the festival circuit. Her interviewees included Marina and the Diamonds, Jack Antonoff, and Ryn Weaver, who is very outspoken about feminism on social media.

Jenny Lewis’s “Just One of the Guys” has been hailed as a feminist anthem. The video features Brie Lawson, Kristen Stewart, and Anne Hathaway who are all outspoken feminists.

Pat Benatar rejected the image that was forced on her at the beginning of her career. She wanted her music to be the focus rather than her body. Pat will be at the Paramount with her husband, Neil Giraldo, on May 10th, 2016.

Janelle Monae has been outspoken about feminism and her song Q.U.E.E.N. has come to represent intersectional feminism.  “And as women I think we should be in control of our body, whether we’re naked or whatever. But let that be your decision, not, ‘these are the standards, you are a woman, you need to do this.” –Janelle Monae

From a young age, Joan Jett made waves in the male dominated music industry. “People don't want to see women doing things they don't think women should do.” –Joan Jett

-Intern Michaella