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Top Weekend Events – July 1st – 4th

Ultimate Fighting ChampionshipWell, it’s Wednesday again.  This is the big 4th of July weekend and people for sure want to get out and see some baseball!  They have a number of excellent games to go see.

While baseball games, particularly on the 4th, are reigning supreme on the list, some other “manly” events are of note.  Taking top placement of events going on this weekend is the mixed martial arts event held by the Ultimate Fighting Championship in Vegas.  Originally, the event was set to be a rematch between B.J. Penn and Jon Fitch, but, given the nature of the sport, both competitors had to bow out due to injuries.    This started a whole ripple of injuries replacements from the event, including Evan Dunham, Jason Miller, and Cub Swanson.  The main event, Bantamweight Championship is between Dominick Cruz and Urijah Faber.  UFC 132 will broadcast it’s two preliminary fights live on Spike TV and the remaining fights will be streamed on Facebook.  How’s that for using social media?

The Coke Zero 400 Race is a 160 lap, 400 mile NASCAR Sprint Series stock car race at the Daytona International Speedway.  This particular race has been around since 1959 and usually held around 4th of July, and has held other names such as the Firecracker 250, Firecracker 400, Pepsi Firecracker 400 and Pepsi 400.  This year’s event will again be televised on TNT.

As for your top weekend concerts, the men of country seem to hold their fan’s attention.  Toby Keith will be playing at the Henry Maier Festival Park at Summerfest in Milwaukee, WI.  Mr. Keith with special guest Eric Church are the headliners for the day, but other notable (free with admission!) acts include; Girl Talk, Los Lonely Boys, Los Lobos, Anberlin, Third Eye Blind, Red Jumpsuit Apparatus an Taj Mahal.  Kenny Chesney is the other man of the weekend with his show in Pittsburgh.  There’s something about country music, fireworks, a cold beer and celebrating the 4th, isn’t there?

So, all in all, people are looking for good old fashioned events that remind folks about our American pastimes; music, baseball and having a good time.

Top Events – 4th of July Weekend

1.)   UFC 132 Cruz vs. Faber, MGM Grand, Las Vegas, NV – Saturday, July 2nd

2.)   Mets at Dodgers, Dodgers Stadium, Los Angeles, CA – Monday, July 4th

3.)   Coke Zero 400, Daytona International Speedway, Daytona, FL – Saturday, July 2nd

4.)   Toby Keith, Summerfest, Milwaukee, WI – Friday, July 1st

5.)   Royals at White Sox, Cellular Field, Chicago, IL – Monday, July 4th

6.)   Kenny Chesney, Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, PA – Saturday, July 2nd

7.)   Blue Jays at Red Sox, Fenway Park, Boston, MA – Monday, July 4th

8.)   Rockies at Braves, Turner Field, Atlanta, GA – Monday, July 4th

9.)   Phillies at Marlins, Sun Life Stadium, Miami, FL – Monday, July 4th

10.) Indians at Reds, Great American Ballpark, Cincinnati, OH – Saturday, July 4th

Paul McCartney is Coming to America!

Paul McCartney TicketsPaul McCartney is coming to America! The former Beatles band member has confirmed three event dates in July, all happening at baseball parks.

On Friday, June 17th at 10 AM, tickets will go on sale for his Sunday, July 24th show in Detroit, MI at the Tiger’s stadium, Comerica Park. Tickets will also go on sale the same day for the Cincinnati show at the Red’s Great American Ballpark on August 4th.

Happening at 11 AM on Monday, June 20th, tickets will go on sale for his Sunday, July 31st show at the Chicago Cubs ballpark, Wrigley Field, as well as his Monday, August 1st show. Tickets will also go on sale the same day for his Montreal, QB show which takes place on July 26th.

Last Friday, tickets went on sale for his New York shows taking place at Yankee Stadium on Friday, July 15th and Saturday, July 16th.

It has been rumored, but yet to be confirmed that Paul will have a show in Minneapolis, MN on September 1.

Mr. McCartney’s shows in Chicago are kind of a landmark for the city. This will be the first time since 1965 that he performed in a Chicago Stadium, when the Beatles played on a rickety stage set up in front of the center field scoreboard at the White Sox’s Comiskey Park, now Cellular Field. Sir Paul McCartney last played in Chicago in 2005 at the Bulls and Blackhawk’s United Center.

Wrigley Field has recently become a hot spot for fantastic outdoor concerts. In 2005, Jimmy Buffet started the trend. Two years later, The Police performed at the historic ball park. In 2009 Both Elton John/Billy Joel and Rascal Flatts played concerts. Late last summer in 2010, Dave Matthews Band took to the field.

According to the Guinness World Records, Paul McCartney is the most commercially successful songwriter in the history of popular music. The records book also named Sir Paul the “most successful musician and composer in popular music history.” He was a member of The Beatles from 1960-70 and Wings from 1971-81. His talent, business savvy, philanthropy work, and even his most expensive divorce in history are legendary and this man will be known and respected for many more generations to come.

Paul McCartney 2011 Tour Dates:
07/15 – Bronx, NY @ Yankee Stadium
07/16 – Bronx, NY @ Yankee Stadium
07/24 – Detroit, MI @ Comerica Park
07/26 – Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre
07/31 – Chicago, IL @ Wrigley Field
08/01 – Chicago, IL @ Wrigley Field
08/04 – Cincinnati, OH @ The Great American Ball Park
09/01 – Minneapolis, MN @ Target Field *
* = Date not yet official

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