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Top Weekend Events – May 27 – May 30

Here are your top weekend events for this upcoming Memorial Weekend. There are a number of notable events going on this weekend which draw a lot of attention which are not surprisingly showing up on the list below.

The Indianapolis 500 is an annual event and is considered one of the three most significant motorsports events (others include the Monaco Grand Prix and the 24 hours of Le Mans) in the world and typically fills every seat and infield.  The race consists of 200 laps and 500 miles and the ultimate goal of the racers is to win the Triple Crown of Motorsport, but winning this race and the other two.

Of course the NBA Playoffs are still going on.  The Dallas Mavericks showed the OKC Thunder who’s boss and made quick work on them,  4 -1.  The Chicago Bulls are struggling against the Heat.  MVP, Derrick Rose, just can’t bring the team a W against forces like James, Wade and Bosh.  This is a do or die game for the Bulls.

Sasquatch! Music Festival in Washington is a huge, 3-day, outdoor event that will feature amazing acts such as Foo Fighters, Death Cab for Cutie Modest Mouse, Flaming Lips, Wilco and many, many others.

The Memorial Golf Tournament is a PGA Tournament founded by master golfer, Jack Nicklaus and held in Columbus, Nicklaus’ home town.  Tiger Woods has the most victories under his belt in this tournament, having won four times.  But he’s currently down with a unexplained leg injury.

Holding the top spot on the list this weekend is the jam band, Phish.  They’re the Grateful Dead of this generation.

Bruno Mars shows up a couple of times on the list.  His fun, quirky songs like “Just the Way you Are” and “The Lazy Song” are catchy with many age groups.  He’s not just a slacker with a good voice though.  Did you know he also wrote the hooks for the songs “Nothin’ on You” by B.o.B, and “Billionaire” byTravie McCoy. He also co-wrote the hits “Right Round” by Flo Rida featuring Kesha, “Wavin’ Flag” by K’naan, and “Fuck You!” by Cee Lo Green.  Do not underestimate this guy.

So there you have it, the top events going on this Memorial Day Weekend.  Have fun and be safe!

Top Weekend Events – Memorial Day Weekend

1.)    Phish, Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, Bethel, NY – Friday, May 27th

2.)    Indianapolis 500, Indianapolis Speedway, Indianapolis, IN – Sunday, May 29th

3.)    Bruno Mars, Aragon Ballroom, Chicago, IL – Friday, May 27th

4.)    Chicago Bulls vs. Miami Heat, United Center, Chicago, IL – Monday, May 30th

5.)    U2, Canad Inns Stadium, Winnipeg, MB – Sunday, May 29th

6.)    Sasquatch! Festival, Gorge Amphitheatre, George, Washington – Friday, May 27th

7.)    Jimmy Buffet, Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, TN – Saturday, May 28th

8.)    Bruno Mars, Uptown Theater, Kansas City, MO – Saturday, May 29th

9.)    Mexico vs. Ecuador National Soccer, Qwest Field, Seattle, WA – Saturday, May 28th

10.)  Memorial Golf Tournament, Muirfield Village, Columbus, OH – Monday, May 30th

Top Weekend Events – May 20 – 22nd

Welcome to your Wednesday.

This week’s top events list brings an odd mix of events.  It has everything from baseball to Nascar to Country Music to Wrestling to Heavy Metal.

The top even for the weekend is the Cubs vs. Red Sox game taking place at Fenway Park.  Each of these teams has die-hard, loyal fans.  The Red Sox hold a very interesting title within the MLB, one they’ve held for the past 8 years, every game since May 15, 2003, has sold out.  Recently, they have won the World Series Championship in 2003 and 2007.  Sadly, the Cubs have not been that lucky.  They haven’t won a World Championship in 102 years, the longest draught of any MLB team.  Perhaps this is the year and they can win it for the late Ron Santo who passed away late last year.

The NHRA O’Reilly Summer Nationals is full throttle drag racing.  This is the 60th anniversary season of the NHRA.  There are 22 Top Fuel, Funny Car and Pro Stock care events and 16 Pro Stock Motorcycle Events on schedule.  This is a very loud and very fun event.

For your music events, the one to take exceptional note of it the Jason Aldean show at Riverbend.  This particular show has garnered A LOT of attention on Free Ticket Classifieds.  Fans are all of sudden hankering for tickets.  Lawn Seats are of particular interest to the fans.  Sugarland has a very strong fan base, as evident by them showing up on the Top Weekend Events list for multiple weeks in a row.  This is U2’s first appearance on the list.  The shows on tour now are make-up shows from when Bono cancelled last year due to a serious back injury.  The U2 360 Tour is the highest grossing tour to date in history, beating out the $558 million earnings from the Rolling Stones tour the year previous.  Since these are make-up shows, tickets are really cheap.  I’m surprised to see System of a Down on the list because, while they have a strong fan base, it’s a pretty specific demographic that is drawn to them.  Serj Tankian, the lead singer, had great success on his debut solo Album in 2007 while the band was on hiatus.  In later 2010, SOAD announced that they would be reuniting for festival dates in Europe and a few in the States.

Glee Live! In Concert! is a concert tour featuring the members of the cast of the infinitely popular television series on Fox.  Fans are crazy about the show and the concert series as well.  Their popularity knows no bounds at this time.

Top Weekend Events – Friday, May 20th – Sunday, May 22nd

1.)    Boston Red Sox vs. Chicago Cubs, Fenway Park, Boston, MA – Saturday, May 21st

2.)    NHRA O’Reilly Summer Nationals, Heartland Park, Topeka, KS – Friday, May 20th

3.)    WWE Over the Limit, Key Arena, Seattle, WA – Sunday, May 22nd

4.)    Jason Aldean, Riverbend Music Center, Cincinnati, OH – Friday, May 20th

5.)    Sugarland, Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia, MD – Sunday May 22nd

6.)    Houston Astros vs. Toronto Blue Jays, Rogers Centre, Toronto, ON – Friday, May 20th

7.)    Glee Live!, Mandalay Bay Events Center, Las Vegas, NV – Saturday, May 21st

8.)    U2, Invesco field at Mile High, Denver, CO – Saturday, May 21st

9.)    Chelsea Handler, Beacon Theatre,  New York City, NY – Saturday, May 21st

10.)  System of a Down, Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre, Chula Vista, CA – Saturday, May 21st

NBA Eastern Conference Finals Preview: Bulls vs Heat

Derrick Rose vs Lebron James

Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose guards the Heat's Lebron James in the NBA Eastern Conference Finals!

If the 2011 NBA Playoffs haven’t already been exciting enough, the NBA Eastern Conference Finals will feature MVP Derrick Rose and his Chicago Bulls against public enemy #1 Lebron James and the Miami Heat.  This matchup has all the making of a classic playoff series with many drama filled story-lines dominating the headlines.  Chicago Bulls fans, as well as basketball fans in general, have reason to dislike the Miami Heat.  Not only did Lebron James, Dewayne Wade, and Chris Bosh all snub their noses at Chicago, Lebron James ego-maniacal choice to air his “decision” on live national television has made him the subject of much criticism.  The Miami Heat also drew scorn  for the way in which the celebrated their game 5 Eastern Conference semi-final victory over the Boston Celtics.  The Heat celebrated as if they had won the NBA championship already. Come on Lebron, act like you’ve been there before!  You actually have…

This was in stark contrast to the calm and respectful way in which the Bulls clinched a birth in the Eastern Conference Finals. This should come as no surprise to anyone who follows NBA basketball.    The Miami Heat have become synonymous with selfish, look-at-me basketball while the Bulls have done it all season with selfless, team oriented basketball.  The Bulls humble superstar Derrick Rose is the antithesis of James and Wade choosing to credit teamates rather than draw attention to himself.

This series will be a classic tale of talent (Miami) vs heart (Chicago).  There is no question the Miami have one of the most talented teams in NBA history with mega-stars in Lebron James and Dwayne Wade and their sidekick allstar Chris Bosh.  However, the Heat have struggled all season long to find an identity and to close out games.  James, as he has throughout his NBA career, has proven not to be much of a clutch performer and has had trouble differing the big shots to Dwayne Wade. The key for the Miami Heat will be how Chrissy Bosh end up playing.  Last time these 2 teams met, the Miami Heat were crying in the locker room after another loss.  Chris Bosh has been ineffective in the Heat’s 3 losses to the Bulls and James and Wade failed to perform in the clutch.  If the Heat are going to have a shot at going to the NBA finals, Bosh will have to play like an all-star.

The Bulls on the other-hand have a clear leader in Rose and a cast of legitimate sidekicks who share equally in the glory.  Center Joakim Noah and small forward Luol Deng are all key contributors on both the offensive and defensive ends.  Carlos Boozer, who despite his recent struggles is  key inside presence.  Keith Bogans is  a defensive specialist who will have the task of shutting down Wade as well as hitting an occasional 3-pointer.  For the Bulls the key to the series will be the play of Carlos Boozer.  If Boozer can play like he did in Game 6 against the Atlanta Hawks, the Heat will have their hands full.  If Boozer can’t get his act going, the Bulls know they have another solid option in Taj Gibson.  Gibson is an excellent defender and shows on occasion an offensive prowess.  As Derrick Rose said, “Taj doesn’t even know how good he is”.  Unlike the Heat, the Bulls have a cast of characters who could end up being difference makers- from Taj Gibson, Omir Asik, Kyle Korver, Ronnie Brewer to Tim Thomas the Bulls have reserves that are more than capable of contributing solid mintues.  That is why each of the Heat’s big 3 must play well each and every game.

Game 1 of the Chicago Bulls vs Miami Heat will be on Sunday Night 5/15 at the United Center in Chicago.

NBA Eastern Conference Finals Schedule:

Game 1:  Miami @ Chicago 5/15/2011 8:00 PM (TNT)

Game 2:  Miami @ Chicago 5/18/2011 8:30 PM (TNT)

Game 3:  Chicago @ Miami 5/22/2011 8:30 PM (TNT)

Game 4:  Chicago @ Miami 5/24/2011 8:30 PM (TNT)

Game 5:  Miami @ Chicago 5/26/2011 8:30 PM (TNT)

Game 6:  Chicago @ Miami 5/28/2011 8:30 PM (TNT)

Game 7:  Miami @ Chicago 5/30/2011 8:30 PM (TNT)

Top Weekend Events – May 13th – 15th

And, once again, we’ve made it to see another Wednesday.  This weekend is yet another formidable Friday the 13th.  Very frightening.  Friday the 13th however, according to the list below, seems like a great time to see some comedy or go hear some music.

Every week I’m surprised by what’s popular that week.  It’s ranged from country music, Cirque shows, hockey, baseball, you name it.  This week, Comedy is taking charge.  Mr. Jerry Seinfeld is taking top listing this week.  He has been doing stand-up shows across the country from Buffalo, NY to Oakland, CA.  His last show will be in Atlantic City, NJ on August 13th, 2011.  Obviously, Jerry Seinfeld rose to fame with his show Seinfeld and included other comedians like Michael Richards, Jason Alexander and Julie Louis-Dreyfus.

Female comedian Chelsea Handler shows up twice on this list.  She has her own raunchy and very blunt talk show, Chelsea Lately which can be seen on the E! Cable Television Network.  Not many people know that she also has her only feature column in Cosmopolitan Magazine.  The well rounded lady has even authored three books on the New York Times Best Seller List.  Her books include My Horizontal Life: A Collection of one-Night Stands, Are You There Vodka, It’s Me, Chelsea, and Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang.

Not to be outshone, Kathy Griffin is another very funny lady to make an appearance on the list.  Ms. Griffin actually gained her first recognition for two appearances on Seinfeld.  Her show, Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List, has even won two Emmy Awards.  Her comic routine usually involves heavy celebrity mockery, which has garnered her a lot of attention, both good and bad.

Country Music is also well represented on this list.  Tim McGraw’s Emotional Traffic Tour featuring opening acts Luke Bryan and The Band Perry is going exceptionally well and is playing in many venues.  Jason Aldean makes another appearance on this list. Of his single albums, five have reached the number one position on the Hot Country Charts and six more have reached top ten status.  His songs resonate with fans.  Sugarland’s albums almost fly off the shelves and their concerts are almost equally as popular.  Their latest album, “The Incredible Machine” is most popular to date.

1.)    Jerry Seinfeld, MGM Grand at Foxwoods, Mashantucket, CT   - Friday, May 13th

2.)    Long Island Comedy Festival, NYCB Theatre, Westbury, CT – Saturday, May 14th

3.)    Chelsea Handler, Comerica Theatre, Phoenix, AZ – Friday, May 13th

4.)    Kathy Griffin, Wilbur Theatre, Boston, MA – Friday, May 13th

5.)    Autism Speaks 400, Dove International Speedway, Dover, DE – Sunday, May 15th

6.)    Chelsea Handler, Pantages Theatre, Los Angeles, CA – Saturday, May 14th

7.)    Tim McGraw, Peoria Civic Center, Peoria, IL – Friday, May 13th

8.)    San Francisco Giants vs. Chicago Cubs, Wrigley Field, Chicago, IL – Saturday, May 14th

9.)    Jason Aldean, Verizon Wireless Center, Noblesville, IL – Saturday, May 14th

10.) Sugarland, First Niagra Pavilion, Burgettstown, PA – Sunday, May 15th

MVP Derrick Rose Lifts Bulls over Hawks in Game 3

Derrick Rose

The Bulls Derrick Rose scores a career playoff high 44 points in the Bulls 99-82 victory in Game 3

Newly crowned NBA MVP Derrick Rose played inspired basketball on Friday night in a 99-82 Chicago Bulls victory.  Rose scored a career playoff high 44 points on 16-27 shooting including 4-7 from 3 point land and 8-9 from the line.  Rose also added 7 assists and 5 rebounds to go along with a blocked shot and a steal.  What is most impressive about this performance is the fact that Derrick appears to finally be healthy after spraining his ankle in the Pacers series and again in Game 1.  Since the injury Rose has appeared to be hesitant to drive into the lane and draw contract and get to the free throw line.  In game 3 we saw the Derrick Rose that is the best and most complete player in the NBA- one that hits his jump shots and creates in the lane.

The Bulls victory however was not all Derrick Rose.  The Bulls stifling defense and ability to rebound also deserves a lot of credit.   The defense held 5 time NBA Allstar Joe Johnson to just 10 points on 4-12 shooting.  The only bright spots for the Hawks were Josh Smith who contributed 17 points and 13 rounds and Jeff Teague who led the team with 21.  The Bulls out rebounded the Hawks 47-34 including 18 offensive rebounds compared to the 9 for the Hawks. Despite that fact that Joakim Noah scored only 2 points he played some impressive D, grabbed 15 boards (8 offensive), and tallied 5 block shots.

Another key contributor for the Bulls was Taj Gibson who filled in nicely for the struggling, injured, and foul plagued Carlos Boozer.  Taj added 13 points and 11 rebounds in just 265 minutes of action.

The win in game 3 gives the Bulls a 2-1 advantage over the Atlanta Hawks in the best of seven Eastern Conference Semifinals.  Game 4 will be held in Atlanta on Sunday 5/8/2011.  If the Bulls win game 4 they will have a chance to clinch the series in Game 5 in Chicago on 5/10/2010.