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NBA and NHL Playoffs Driving Ticket Sales in May

NBA PlayoffsSpringtime is typically one of the slowest times of the year in terms of ticket sales.   We are still a few months away from the summer concert season, warm baseball games, and the start of both college and NFL football.  However, spring is also the time when both the NHL and NBA are conducting their annual post-season tournaments.  Although both the NBA and NHL are largely struggling to fill their arenas, the playoffs are a different story as fans are eager to gobble up often sold out tickets- especially in major sports markets like Philadelphia, Washington DC, New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami, Atlanta, Boston, Dallas, and Denver.

The 2012 NBA Playoff have just begun and there has already been some major headlines as teams are vying for the NBA Finals.  The biggest news thus far has been season ending knee injury to reigning MVP Derek Rose.  Without Rose the Chicago Bulls chances for a rematch with the Miami Heat seems unlikely.  With the Bulls less than full strength the Heat seemingly have an easy path through the NBA East.  Here is a look at the 1st round matchups for the 2012 NBA Playoffs.

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Chris Brown F.A.M.E. Tour Dates

Chris Brown just announced his new tour, F.A.M.E., which will start next month.  Brown released an album under the same name in the middle of March.  Joining him on his tour includes T-Pain, Kelly Rowland (formerly of Destiny’s Child) and Tyga.  Presales already began last week, but public onsales started today.

According to Mr. Chris Brown, “”This tour will allow me to paint a picture musically. I want to bring a lot of energy and excitement to all the fans. It’s going to be a great show.”  Some of the songs on his album include “She Ain’t You”, a song that samples Michael Jackson’s “Human Nature” and “Next to You”, featuring Justin Bieber.  The man sure knows how to surround himself with popular people!

Unfortunately, Chris is also most notoriously famous for his altercation with then girlfriend, Rihanna where he pled guilty to felony assault.   While his career did take a major blow after this incident, a solid core of his fans helped the F.A.M.E.  album sell about 270,000 units, earning Brown his first No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200.

Chris Brown itinerary:
(Dates are subject to change.)

September 12 Toronto, ON Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
September 14 Darien Center, NY Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
September 16 Holmdel, NJ PNC Bank Arts Center
September 17 Washington, DC Verizon Center
September 18 Detroit, MI Joe Louis Arena
September 21 Cleveland, OH Cleveland State University
September 23 Tinley Park, IL First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
September 24 Maryland Heights, MO Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
September 25 Noblesville, IN Verizon Wireless Music Center
September 28 Baltimore, MD 1st Mariner Arena
September 30 Uniondale, NY Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
October 1 Raleigh, NC Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion
October 2 Mayfield, KY Lakewood Amphitheatre
October 7 Tampa, FL 1-800 Ask-Gary Amphitheatre
October 8 Charlotte, NC Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
October 9 Virginia Beach, VA Farm Bureau Live
October 12 Kansas City, MO Sprint Center
October 14 Dallas, TX Gexa Energy Pavilion
October 15 New Orleans, LA New Orleans Arena
October 16 The Woodlands, TX The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
October 18 Phoenix, AZ Ashley Furniture HomeStore Pavilion
October 20 Los Angeles, CA Staples Center
October 22 Concord, CA Sleep Train Pavilion
October 23 Wheatland, CA Sleep Train Amphitheatre
October 26 Memphis, TN FedExForum
October 28 Philadelphia, PA Wells Fargo Center
October 29 Pittsburgh, PA Consol Energy Center
October 30 Hartford, CT XL Center

Top Weekend Events August 5 – 7

 Wow, can you believe it’s August already??  What happened to July?

As people soak up the last month of summer, fans are still coming out for all the hot concerts and sporting events.

Phish, once again, holds the top position.  Phish like Dave Matthews Band are pretty much the epitome of summer tour bands.  They are to be expected.

According to Redbook Magazine, Taylor Swift was the top concert people wanted to see this summer.  Her concert sales, even on the secondary ticket marketplace certainly correlate with this.

The Vans Warped Tour is on the list again for their Denver tour dates.  Some of the notable bands playing at Invesco Field include A Day to Remember, Against Me!, Attack Attack!, Gym Class Heros, Less Than Jake, Relient K, The Devil Wears Prada, The Expendables and We Came As Romans.

Lollapalooza in Chicago’s Grant Park is another big draw this weekend.  The top headliners for this weekend’s tour include Eminem, Foo Fighters, Coldplay and Muse.  Other tops acts playing in Perry Farrell’s 20th anniversary vision include My Morning Jacket, Deadmau5, A Perfect Circle, Cee Lo Green, Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley & Nas, The Cars, Ween, Bright Eyes, Arctic Monkeys, Big Audio Dynamite, Deftones, Beirut, Explosions in the Sky, Death from Above 1979, Ratatat, Crystal Castles, Flogging Molly, Atmosphere, Cold War Kids, Lykke Li, Cage the Elephant, OK GO, Local Natives, The Kills, White Lies, Portugal. The Man, Two Door Cinema Club, Ellie Goulding, Delta Spirit, Beats Antique, The Mountain Goats, Sleigh Bells, Manchester Orchestra, Smith Westerns, Best Coast, Grace Potter & The Nocturnals, The Drums, Black Lips, Fitz & The Tantrums, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, City and Colour, Cults, Ryan Bingham & The Dead Horses and more.  Chicago is the place to be this weekend for music lovers.

The Gipsy Kings music has been described as “Spanish flamenco and Romani rhapsody meet salsa funk.”  The band started in Southern France in the 1970’s and have been rising in popularity ever since.

Once again, the European soccer teams have shown up again on the top weekend list.    Like Manchester United and Real Madrid earlier this summer, expect  FC Barcelona to show the American team who the real soccer champs are.  Fans are still very excited to have these matches on their home turf and are wanting to see them live.

 

Top Weekend Events August 5th -7th

1.)   Phish, Gorge Amphitheatre, George, WA  –  Saturday, August 6th

2.)   Gipsy Kings, Chateau Ste Michelle Winery, Woodinville, WA  – Sunday, August 7th

3.)   Taylor Swift, Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, PA – Saturday, August 6th

4.)   Cincinnati Reds vs. Chicago Cubs, Wrigley Field, Chicago, IL – Friday, August 5th

5.)   Katy Perry, LA Nokia Live, Los Angeles, CA – Friday, August 5th

6.)   Vans Warped Tour, Invesco Field at Mile High, Denver, CO – Friday, August 5th

7.)   Janet Jackson, PNC Bank Arts Center, Holmdel, NJ – Saturday, August 6th

8.)   Sade, United Center, Chicago, IL – Friday, August 5th

9.)   Lollapalooza, Grant Park, Chicago, IL – Friday, August 5th

10.) FC Barcelona vs. Club America Soccer, Dallas Cowboys Stadium, Dallas, TX – Saturday, August 6th

 

Top Weekend Events July 22 – 24

Yay, the weekend is almost here!!

Is it as hot where you are as it is in the Midwest?  Ugh, it is blistering here.  On this top weekend list, I am seeing a lot of outdoor events.  Stay cool, everyone!

Well, the hot, hot, hot event of this weekend is the soccer match between England’s Manchester United and the Chicago Fire.  This particular event came up numerous times on the list.  These EU vs. America matches are sponsored in conjunction with the MLS and CAA Sports.  Manchester United is one ot the world’s most recognized clubs, winning 18 English Premier League Titles, four Carling Cups, three European Cups and an amazing 11 FA Cups.  Manchester United was also in Chicago last year, training at the Fire’s soccer-specific home (Toyota Park) then commencing on its four-stop North American Tour in 2010.

Sir Paul McCartney is another hot event, once again, this weekend.  This time he’s taking on the Tiger’s Comerica Park in Detroit.  Expect his remaining concerts in Chicago, Montreal and Cincinnati to also score big on the top weekend list for their respective weekends.

In the Pop music genre, Katy Perry and her Teenage Dreams tour is hot in Boise, ID.  There are usually too many large concerts that roll through Idaho, so I’m sure this is a big deal in their community.  Rihanna and her Loud tour finally made it to the list.  Her recent songs “S&M” and “California King Bed” are rapidly achieved top positions on the Billboard Hot 100 list.  She’s recently come under much scrutiny for her comments and recent relinking with former flame, Chris Brown, which ended disastrously.

The ladies of country and folk music have overthrown the menfolk this week.  Jennifer Nettles, Hillary Scott of Lady Antebellum and Amy Ray and Emily Saliers of the Indigo Girls prove that they’re just as popular in this genre as their male counterparts who have been making the top weekend list all summer long.

Even a couple rock bands are making the list.  Founded in 2009, Further is a band composed of former Grateful Dead members Bob Weir and Phil Lesh.  The band also includes former members of other bands including Dark Star Orchestra, RatDog, Benevoto/Russo Duo and until recently Primus.  A Perfect Circle is another Rock supergroup started in 1999.  The current line-up includes former members from Puscifer, Ashes Divide, The Smashing Pumpkins, Nine Inch Nails, Devo and the Vandals.  A Perfect Circle will also be playing at Lollapalooza in Chicago.

Top Weekend Events July 22- 24

1.)    Manchester United vs. Chicago Fire, Solider Field, Chicago, IL – Saturday, July 23rd

2.)    Paul McCartney, Comerica Park, Detroit, MI  – Sunday, July 24th

3.)    Sugarland, California Mid-State Fair, Paso Robles,  CA  – Friday, July 22nd

4.)    Further, PNC Bank Arts Center, Holmdel, NJ – Sunday, July 24th

5.)    Rihanna, Well Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA – Saturday, July 23rd

6.)    San Diego Padres vs. Philadelphia Phillies, Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia, PA – Saturday, July 23rd

7.)    Katy Perry, Taco bell Arena, Boise, ID – Saturday, July 23rd

8.)    Indigo Girls, Mountain Winery, Saratoga, CA – Sunday, July 24th

9.)    Lady Antebellum, Great Jones Country Fair, Monticello, IA – Friday, July 22nd

10.) A Perfect Circle, Freeman Coliseum, San Antonio, TX – Friday, July 22nd