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Top Weekend Events – April 22 -24

Thank goodness it’s Wednesday.  I don’t know about you, but this week has felt really long already.  The Midwest has been under a thick blanket of rain, sleet and even a little snow for far too many days in a row now.  Yuck.

Anyhoo, looking at this list, a theme jumps out.  While Country Music reigned supreme last week, Pop Music holds the title for this weekend.  It’s not all the bubblegum pop either, but a nice mixture of contemporary and urban pop as well.

Harry Connick Jr., finally gets a deserving place on the list.  He has sold over 25 million albums worldwide and is ranked among the top 60 best-selling male artists in America by the Recording Industry Association of America.  Not to mention that he’s cute as a bug and is one funny man.  He puts on quite the show.   

Then there’s Jimmy Buffet, the original Parrothead.  He has created the music genre that is now known as “Island Escapism.”   His songs “Cheeseburger in Paradise” and “Margaritaville” definitely encapsulate this along with his Coral Reefer Band.  I oftentimes feel like the Zac Brown Band has a lot of the same characteristics as Buffet.

Now for your urban pop.  Does the name Diddy Dirty Money ring any bells?  Well, it is the one and only Sean “Puffy”” Diddy” Combs.  Mr. Combs is an UBER successful businessman with a finger in nearly every pie not only including music, but fashion (Sean Jean), acting (Get Him to the Greek) and fragrance (I am King).  He is one busy man.  My one question that I have for you, Mr. Diddy, why do they call it a Jeffrey?

Kesha and her Animal and Cannibal tour and Lady Gaga and her Born this Way Tour make another appearance on the list again this week.  Continue to expect them to remain strong in their appeal through the rest of their tours.  Fans want to see these two acts live.

As for your sporting events exciting fans this week, the NBA Playoffs are heating up and getting electrifying.   What more can I say about the Bull’s MVP, Derrick Rose, other than he is phenomenal.  Keep an eye on this player, he’s going places.  The best part about Rose is that he is a humble man.  It’s really fantastic to see.

Wayne Brady is an exceptionally talented, Emmy Award Winining actor, singer, comedian and televison personality.  He has had many successful shows on TV including “Whose Line is It Anyway?”, “The Wayne Brady Show”, “Don’t Forget the Lyrics” and he is currently hosting the revival of “Let’s Make a Deal.”  Brady is very likable and very funny.

  1. Jimmy Buffet, Cruzan Amphitheatre, West Palm Beach, FL – Saturday, April 23
  2. Harry Connick Jr., MGM Grand,  Mashantucket,  CT- Friday, April 22
  3. Diddy Dirty Money, House of Blues, Atlantic City, NJ – Saturday, April 23
  4. Lady Gaga, Prudential Center, Newark, NJ – Friday, April 22
  5. Chicago Bulls Playoffs Round 1 HG 3, United Center, Chicago, IL – Sunday, April 24
  6. Kesha, House of Blues, Orlando, FL – Friday, April 22
  7. Wayne Brady, Silver Legacy Casino, Reno, NV – Saturday, April 23
  8. Kansas City Royals vs. Dallas Rangers, Rangers Ballpark, Dallas, TX – Friday, April 22
  9. Chaka Khan, House of Blues, Atlantic City, NJ – Friday, April 22
  10. Orlando Magic Playoffs Round 1 HG 3, Amway Center, Orlando, FL – Sunday, April 24

Romantic Valentine’s Day Performers

So, it’s Valentine’s Day.  Let’s celebrate the day with yet another list.  Who doesn’t love a good list?  My criteria for my lists are that they must be living AND performing now (hey, it’s my list, I can make whatever criteria I want).  I’m going to make two very distinctive lists.  The first list, being the top (in my opinion) romantic and heartwarming singers.  The other list, is for those of you celebrating “singles awareness day” and there for is hard, dark and heavy.  The lists are in no particular order.

 Top 10 romantic singers/performers  touring:

1.)    Celine Dion – Of course she’s on this list.  Every time you think about a large ship, you probably have “My Heart Will Go On” on repeat inside your head.  Luckily for everyone, she’s still on tour in Vegas.

2.)    Taylor Swift – So sure, sweet and good.  She’s every guys dream girl and every girl’s best friend.  She understands the female angst and sings all about it, but manages to make it sound sweet.

3.)    Bryan Adams – How many great love songs did this guy do?  His two most popular were probably “Have you Ever Really Loved a Woman” and “(Everything I do) I do it for you”.

4.)    Barry Manilow – Mr. Romantic songs himself!   With songs like “Mandy”, “Can’t Smile Without You”, and “Could it Be Magic?” he’s an obvious choice for this list.

5.)    Rod Stewart – With his career in its fifth decade, Mr. Stewart has been exceptionally popular with the ladies ever since.  Hehas sold over 100 million records worldwide, making him one of the bestselling artists of all time.  He’s touring with another romantic artist, Ms. Stevie Nicks.

6.)    Enrique Iglesias- Yum.  Regardless of the fact that he makes good music or not, he is exceptionally attractive.  His latest album with his Latin styling is sure to woo the ladies once again.

7.)    Justin Bieber – Ah, the Bieb.  That hair!  That smile!  The ‘tweeners  just love him, and the rest of the world does too for that matter.

8.)    Harry Connick, Jr.  – He acts, he sings, he composes.  He has enough personality to fill an entire auditorium.  He makes the ladies swoon.  Gentlemen, you should take note of this man.

9.)    Rascal Flatts – Their country songs nearly all explode with love and affection for their family and friends.  You can’t listen to any of their songs and not have warm fuzzies.  They also Thave raised and donated millions of dollars to the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt.  How can you not love that?

10.) Rush – They’re just REALLY good.  I can’t think of one guy I know that doesn’t have a “man crush” on them.

 

 

Top 10 least romantic singers/performers touring:

1.)    Apocalyptica– Yea, heavy, rock grunge music doesn’t exactly convey that loving feeling.

2.)    Lil’ Wayne – Maybe it’s just me, but I find all his tattoos to be especially offputting.  Or maybe it’s the grill….

3.)    Kid Rock – Granted, he might be slowly turning the corner from his former darker, drug and booze filled rap days, but he’s still not universally appealing on a first date.

4.)    Lewis Black – I’m surprised that man hasn’t had a heart attack yet!  He is a ball of rage!  Avoid, avoid, avoid when you want a nice romantic evening.

5.)    Social Distortion – Don’t get me wrong, I love me some Social D, but punk and romance don’t go together unless you’re Avril Lavigne.

6.)    K$sha – Someone give that girl a bath!   Her club/techno music is not good for snuggling.

7.)    Widespread Panic –  Jam Band.  You’d sooner have an urge for some munchies before looking for love at one of WP’s shows.

8.)    Dispatch – Hard Rock =/= Romance.  Sorry, it’s true.

9.)    Barney Live In Concert - Birthday Bash! – Giant Purple Dinosaur with a Baby Voice.  Need I say more?

10.) Trey Anastasio from Phish. – Pleas see description for WP.

What are some of your favorite romantic or polar opposite of romantic musicians/peformers??