BWW Review: PICNIC POPS SALUTE TO AMERICA! at Grand Rapids SymphonyBWW Review: PICNIC POPS SALUTE TO AMERICA! at Grand Rapids Symphony
by Brian Hilbrand - Jul 15, 2019

Twenty-five years ago in Grand Rapids, the Van Andel Arena still was on the drawing board. Meijer Gardens had opened just three months earlier, but it would be many years before an outdoor amphitheater would be built as a venue for summer concerts.   At Cannonsburg Ski Area, on a steamy evening in mid-July, the Grand Rapids Symphony launched a brand new, outdoor concert experience called the Picnic Pops.   This season The Grand Rapids Symphony celebrates its 25th Anniversary of its D&W Fresh Market Picnic Pops with a series of three shows that are all time favorites with Picnic Pops audiences plus a special event capping off four weeks of concerts at Cannonsburg. (more...)

Chris Young and Lauren Alaina Drop Duet TOWN AIN'T BIG ENOUGHChris Young and Lauren Alaina Drop Duet TOWN AIN'T BIG ENOUGH
by BWW News Desk - Jul 12, 2019

After surprising fans at Spotify House at Ole Red during CMA Music Fest last month, powerhouse vocalists Chris Youngand Lauren Alaina, have now released their collaboration, “Town Ain't Big Enough,” to digital and streaming services! The breakup anthem is written by Chris Young with Cary Barlowe, Corey Crowder and Shay Mooney, who also contributes background vocals on the track. (more...)

CMA Songwriters Series Announces Charlotte PerformanceCMA Songwriters Series Announces Charlotte Performance
by TV News Desk - Jul 10, 2019

The Country Music Association's acclaimed CMA Songwriters Series Presented by U.S. Bank has announced a performance in Charlotte at the McGlohon Theater at Spirit Square Wednesday, Aug. 7 featuring Russell Dickerson, Lindsay Ell, Jordan Reynolds and Frank Rogers. The series hosts an intimate round of performances with some of Country Music's top songwriting talent taking turns sharing the stories behind their hit songs and performing them as originally written. Tickets for the performance start at $15 plus service fees and go on sale Friday, July 12 at 10:00 AMET at Blumenthal Performing Arts. $1 of each ticket sold will benefit the CMA Foundation, CMA's philanthropic arm, which is committed to improving and sustaining high quality music education programs across the United States.  (more...)

CMA Fest Heads to ABC on August 4CMA Fest Heads to ABC on August 4
by TV News Desk - Jul 9, 2019

"CMA Fest," the Music Event of Summer, brings the hottest music acts together on one stage for three full hours of epic collaborations and must-see performances, SUNDAY, AUG. 4 (8:00-11:00 p.m. EDT), on ABC. The prime-time special, hosted by Thomas Rhett and Kelsea Ballerini with special guest host Bobby Bones, brings Country Music's Ultimate Fan Experience to a national television audience for a 16th straight year.  (more...)

Taylon Hope Secures Ongoing Performance Dates With Wildhorse SaloonTaylon Hope Secures Ongoing Performance Dates With Wildhorse Saloon
by BWW News Desk - Jul 4, 2019

West Jefferson, NC Country music songwriter and performing artist, Taylon Hope, has checked off another of her dreams since relocating to Nashville to pursue her career in Country music. Hope announced earlier this month via social media she would be playing at the world-famous Wildhorse Saloon on historic 2nd Ave North in Nashville, TN and has secured ongoing dates.  (more...)

BWW Interview: Of Purpose, Kindness, and Miracles: Michael William Nigro Brings Jim Hawkins to LifeBWW Interview: Of Purpose, Kindness, and Miracles: Michael William Nigro Brings Jim Hawkins to Life
by Carla Maria Verdino-Süllwold - Jun 23, 2019

"I would love to play an iconic adventure hero role, and this is a herculean moment for me that is incredibly gratifying. It is a beautiful story." Michael William Nigro is talking about playing the young hero of TREASURE ISLAND, Jim Hawkins, in the new musical version by Marc Robin and Curt Dale Clark, which begins a run of its East Coast premiere at Maine State Music Theatre on June 26th. The twenty-year-old Nigro, who returns to the show after having made his debut in the Fulton Theatre's world premiere in September 2018, says that not only is TREASURE ISLAND a coming of age story for Jim Hawkins, but that he, himself, has "experienced moments of huge personal growth. The experience of the show has informed me so much in this last year. And now [returning to reprise the role], I get an opportunity to connect my own coming of age experience to the character - to bring what is so real to me into the role." Nigro's journey from the New Jersey suburb of Cranford to New York and regional stages as well as to television and film began, he recalls, at age three. "My Mom took me to see LES MISERABLES at the local high school. An actor named Jonathan Schwartz caught me attention. I was enamored of his work, and I followed his career as I grew up. He was the first person in the theatre whom I looked up to; I wanted to be like him. Fast forward to when I was fourteen and about to perform in THE SOUND OF MUSIC LIVE, I received a message from him as he was rehearsing ALADDIN on Broadway," he smiles, noting the serendipitous way lives intertwine in the theatre. (more...)

SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL Opening Starring Carrie Underwood to be Filmed in NFL Stadium for First TimeSUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL Opening Starring Carrie Underwood to be Filmed in NFL Stadium for First Time
by TV News Desk - Jun 20, 2019

The new NBC Sunday Night Football show open – for the first time in the series' 14 seasons – will be filmed inside an NFL stadium, with Mercedes-Benz Stadium, home of the Atlanta Falcons, serving as the “stage.” (more...)

ABC Radio Announces Fourth Of July ProgrammingABC Radio Announces Fourth Of July Programming
by TV News Desk - Jun 20, 2019

ABC Radio will provide three, three-hour specials to affiliates over the July 4th holiday weekend: “Red, White and Rock 2019,” “Homemade Hometown Salute” and “Cherished America.” (more...)

CMA Fest Delivers Epic Surprise Performances And Sold Out CrowdsCMA Fest Delivers Epic Surprise Performances And Sold Out Crowds
by BWW Staff - Jun 10, 2019

Four straight days of sold-out shows and capacity crowds, as well as surprise performances and collaborations, made the 48th annual CMA Fest one for the record books. At Nissan Stadium, Lil Nas X created one of the festival's most talked-about moments Saturday night, joined by Billy Ray Cyrus and reigning CMA Entertainer of the Year Keith Urban for an epic surprise performance of “Old Town Road,” the No. 1 song in the country for 10 weeks and running.  (more...)

Audra McDonald Joins Seth Rudetsky's Concert Lineup on the CapeAudra McDonald Joins Seth Rudetsky's Concert Lineup on the Cape
by BWW News Desk - Jun 10, 2019

Producer Mark Cortale has announced that historic six-time Tony Award Winner Audra McDonald will return to Cape Cod with Sirius XM Radio star Seth Rudetsky as music director and host (more...)

Andy Grammer Announces New Album 'Naive'Andy Grammer Announces New Album 'Naive'
by TV News Desk - Jun 7, 2019

Acclaimed multi-platinum pop singer and songwriter Andy Grammer announces his long-awaited fourth studio album, Naive (S-Curve/BMG) set to be released on July 26. Andy also unveils a new song and video off the album, “My Own Hero” today. (more...)

Carrie Underwood Leads CMT AWARDS Winners - See Full List!Carrie Underwood Leads CMT AWARDS Winners - See Full List!
by TV News Desk - Jun 6, 2019

Carrie Underwood emerged as the night's biggest winner with two trophies at tonight's “2019 CMT Music Awards,” continuing her streak as the most awarded artist in CMT history. Winning two awards tonight for “Female Video” for “Love Wins” and “Video of the Year” for “Cry Pretty,” her overall CMT Music Awards tally now consists of 20 career wins. (more...)

Carrie Underwood, Luke Combs Among 'Video of the Year' Finalists for 2019 CMT Music AwardsCarrie Underwood, Luke Combs Among 'Video of the Year' Finalists for 2019 CMT Music Awards
by TV News Desk - Jun 5, 2019

Tonight, country music's brightest stars will be recognized at the “2019 CMT Music Awards.” With only a few hours away from the big event, CMT has unveiled the finalists for the highly coveted VIDEO OF THE YEAR award.  (more...)

Bandsintown and CMT Extend Partnership To Drive Artist Discovery In NashvilleBandsintown and CMT Extend Partnership To Drive Artist Discovery In Nashville
by TV News Desk - Jun 3, 2019

Bandsintown, the most trusted source for concert discovery, has partnered with CMT once again to help music fans discover the most exciting rising country artists leading into the CMT Music Awards on June 5th in Nashville, TN. (more...)

CMA FEST Champions Music Education Through The CMA FoundationCMA FEST Champions Music Education Through The CMA Foundation
by TV News Desk - May 31, 2019

In just two short weeks, tens of thousands of Country Music fans from around the globe will descend upon Nashville for the 48th annual CMA Fest, the four-day music festival featuring more than 300 artists performing on 11 stages throughout downtown Nashville. Artists performing at CMA Fest donate their time and talent so a portion of ticket proceeds can help fund the CMA Foundation's mission of providing students with access to a high-quality music education and providing educators the resources they need to create and sustain thriving programs. CMA Fest will feature several special events and activations during the festival that will raise awareness and help fund the CMA Foundation's social impact and unique model of giving. (more...)

2019 CMT MUSIC AWARDS Announces Ram Trucks Side Stage Lineup2019 CMT MUSIC AWARDS Announces Ram Trucks Side Stage Lineup
by TV News Desk - May 30, 2019

Today, CMT announced the latest round of performers for the “2019 CMT Music Awards,” featuring all-star acts and award nominees Keith Urban(nominated for “Video of the Year” and “Collaborative Video of the Year”); hosts Little Big Town (“Group Video of the Year”); Luke Combs (nominated for “Video of the Year” and “CMT Performance of the Year”); and Zac Brown Band (nominated for “Video of the Year,” “Group Video of the Year” and “CMT Performance of the Year”). (more...)

The McCrary Sisters And The Mother Hips Added To 6th Annual Blue Rose Music BenefitThe McCrary Sisters And The Mother Hips Added To 6th Annual Blue Rose Music Benefit
by BWW News Desk - May 29, 2019

Blue Rose Music is proud to announce that The McCrary Sisters and The Mother Hips (Tim Bluhm & Greg Loiacono) have been added to the lineup for the 6th annual Blue Rose Benefit. Taking place on June 8th at San Francisco's legendary venue, The Fillmore, the Blue Rose Benefit will once again raise money for the Blue Rose Foundation with 100% of ticket sales going towards funding pre-school scholarships for financially disadvantaged children in the Bay Area. (more...)

Keith Urban, Little Big Town Added to 2019 CMT MUSIC AWARDS LineupKeith Urban, Little Big Town Added to 2019 CMT MUSIC AWARDS Lineup
by TV News Desk - May 29, 2019

Today, CMT announced the latest round of performers for the “2019 CMT Music Awards,” featuring all-star acts and award nominees Keith Urban(nominated for “Video of the Year” and “Collaborative Video of the Year”); hosts Little Big Town (“Group Video of the Year”); Luke Combs (nominated for “Video of the Year” and “CMT Performance of the Year”); and Zac Brown Band (nominated for “Video of the Year,” “Group Video of the Year” and “CMT Performance of the Year”). (more...)

CMA Fest Announces Eric Church As Performer At Nissan StadiumCMA Fest Announces Eric Church As Performer At Nissan Stadium
by BWW News Desk - May 28, 2019

 CMA Fest has just announced Eric Church as an additional performer at Nissan Stadium Friday, June 7. Church will take the stage at CMA Fest between shows on his highly successful Double Down Tour, where he made history Saturday night setting the new attendance record at Nissan Stadium with 56,521 people in the audience. Church is the first solo artist to perform at Nissan Stadium sans an opening act, performing alone for more than three hours, with songs spanning his entire six-album catalog.  (more...)

'CMT Crossroads' Returns to Nashville with Summer Block Party Featuring Brooks & Dunn'CMT Crossroads' Returns to Nashville with Summer Block Party Featuring Brooks & Dunn
by TV News Desk - May 21, 2019

Today, CMT announced that GRAMMY Award-winning, best-selling country duo Brooks & Dunn will take the stage with some of the brightest young talent in country music during a special public taping of “CMT Crossroads,” the network's flagship music series. The hour-long show will tape in downtown Nashville on Tuesday, June 4 and will premiere on CMT on Friday, June 28 at 10 p.m. ET. (more...)

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