Brian Setzer Orchestra Announces Schedule For Annual “Christmas Rocks Tour”

Photo Credit: Russ Harrington

Photo Credit: Russ Harrington

America is currently in the grip of the dog days of summer.  But don’t tell Brian Setzer.  The veteran guitarist and performer announced this week the schedule for The Brian Setzer Orchestra’s 13th annual Christmas Rocks Tour.”

Setzer announced that this year’s edition of the group’s annual holiday tour will be presented by Sirius XM and will span a total of 32 cities beginning with a performance in Appleton, Wisconsin on Saturday, November 12th.  The band’s schedule also includes performances in Georgia, Virginia, Colorado, Oklahoma, and many other cities.  The band’s full schedule is noted below.


Catch BSO’s 13th Annual “Christmas Rocks! Tour” in the following cities:
Appleton, WI
Fox Cities Performing Arts Center
Ames, IA
Stephens Auditorium
Saint Charles, IL
The Arcada Theatre
Kalamazoo, MI
State Theatre
Northfield, OH
Hard Rock Live
Mashantucket, CT
Foxwoods Casino- Grand Theatre
Easton, PA
State Theatre Center For The Arts
Red Bank, NJ
Count Basie Theatre
Buffalo, NY
Center For The Arts
Englewood, NJ
Bergen Performing Arts Center
Washington, DC
Warner Theatre
Westbury, NY
Theatre at Westbury
Montclair, NJ
Wellmont Theater
Newport News, VA
Ferguson Center For The Arts
Atlanta, GA
Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center
Nashville, TN
Ryman Auditorium
Louisville, KY
Palace Theatre
Evansville, IN
Old National Events Plaza
Shawnee, OK
Firelake Arena
Tulsa, OK
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Thackerville, OK
WinStar World Casino
Denver, CO
Paramount Theatre
Phoenix, AZ
Celebrity Theatre
Temecula, CA
Pechanga Resort & Casino
Los Angeles, CA
Microsoft Theatre
Bakersfield, CA
Fox Theatre
Modesto, CA
Gallo Center For The Arts
Reno, NV
Grand Sierra Resort & Casino
San Francisco, CA
Warfield Theatre
Seattle, WA
Paramount Theatre
Portland, OR
Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
Santa Rosa, CA
Luther Burbank Center For The Arts

Fans can expect to hear a mix of music at every stop on the tour.  Setzer said of the shows’ set list that it will include music from the band’s most recent holiday album, 2015’s Rockin’ Rudolph, three of the band’s best-selling holiday albums, and Setzer’s own solo catalogue.  Tickets for this year’s holiday tour can be purchased online now here.  More information on The Brian Setzer Orchestra’s upcoming tour is available online now along with all of the band’s latest news and more at:










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Reckless Kelly Announces New Album Release Date, Tour Schedule

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Reckless Kelly has a new album on the way.

The veteran country act announced this week that it will release its new album Sunset Motel this summer.  The album is the band’s first since 2013’s Grammy® Award-winning album Long Night Moon and its ninth full-length studio recording.  In anticipation of the album’s release, the band premiered the album’s lead single ‘How Can You Love Him (You Don’t Even Like Him)’ via Rolling Stone Country this week, and announced a series of live dates in support of the album.  Pre-orders for Sunset Motel open July 29th and will include a free, instant download of its new single.  Rolling Stone Country writer Chris Parton said of the band’s new album, “Sunset Motel finds the band in familiar musical territory — bounding fearlessly between the sounds of jangling heartland rock and scrappy, hardscrabble country, with stories that refuse to dumb themselves down for mass appeal.”

The band’s upcoming tour in support of Sunset Motel is now officially under way.  It will see the band spending the weekend in Lubbock, Texas before moving on to Reno, Nevada to start the new week and the new month.  There are also dates in Colorado, South Dakota, and even North Carolina among many others included in the band’s roughly 14-week tour.  The full schedule for the band’s tour is noted below.

Tour Dates:

7/29: The Office Grill and Sports Bar – Lubbock, TX

7/30: Private – Lubbock, TX

7/30: Cattle Barrons Ball at V-8 Ranch – Lubbock, TX

8/2: Cargo at Whitney Peak Hotel – Reno, NV*

8/4: OK Theatre – Enterprise, OR

8/5: Crocodile Cafe – Seattle, WA

8/6: The Nashville North – Post Falls, ID

8/7: Butte Depot – Butte, MT

8/11,12,13: Braun Brothers Reunion – Challis, ID

8/18: Emerson Cultural Ctr. Park – Bozeman, MT

8/19: Pub Station – Billings, MT

8/20: Deadwood Mountain Grand Event Center – Deadwood, SD

8/21: Gothic Theatre – Englewood, CO

9/2: Bourbon Theatre – Lincoln, NE

9/3: South Dakota State Fair – Huron, SD

9/4: Silver Dome Ballroom – Neillsville, WI

9/7: Off Broadway – St. Louis, MO

9/8: Twisted Mule Saloon – Elk City, OK

9/9: Billy Bob’s Texas – Fort Worth, TX

9/10: Beyond the Pines Musicfest at Town Green Park – Spring, TX

9/17: Hardtails Bar & Grill – Georgetown, TX

9/23: Medicine Stone at Diamondhead Resort – Tahlequah, OK

9/24: Hutchinson Oil Patch Extravaganza at Crutch Ranch – Borger, TX

10/14: Hank’s Texas Grill – Mckinney, TX

10/21: City Winery – Atlanta, GA

10/22: Don Gibson Theater – Shelby, NC

10/23: The Harvester Performance Center – Rocky Mount, VA

10/24: World Cafe Live – Wilmington, DE

10/25: CIty Winery – New York, NY

10/26: Bull Run – Shirley, MA

10/27: F.M. Kirby Center – Wilkes-Barre, PA

10/28: The Hamilton – Washington, DC

10/29: Rams Head On Stage – Annapolis, MD

11/4: Madison Theater – Covington, KY

11/5: City Winery – Nashville, TN


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Cage9 Joining Lacey Sturm For “Late Summer Tour” Dates

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Courtesy: O’Donnell Media Group

Cage9 has announced its latest round of live dates.

The band announced this week that it will join former Flyleaf vocalist Lacey Sturm for a series of live dates in August.  The two-week tour launches next Saturday, August 6th in Akron, Ohio and runs through August 21st in Dallas, Texas.  The tour is largely made up of dates that will take Sturm and Cage9 throughout the Midwest.  Cage9’s new tour schedule, which is noted below, is in support of its latest full-length studio recording Illuminator.  It was released this past June via Dave Ellefsons EMP Label Group in the United States and via Triple Vision Entertainment in Japan.  Illuminator is set to be released in Europe in August.


Lacey Sturm with Cage9 tour dates:

08/06/16 Akron OH – Musica
08/07/16 Lansing MI – The Loft
08/08/16 Cincinnati OH – Bogart’s
08/09/16 Battle Creek MI – The Music Factory
08/11/16 St. Louis MO – The Firebird
08/12/16 Berwyn IL – Wire
08/13/16 Cudahy WI – City Lounge
08/14/16 St. Paul MN – Amsterdam Bar & Hall
08/18/16 Omaha NE – Slowdown
08/19/16 Lawrence KS – Jackpot Music Hall
08/21/16 Dallas TX – The Prophet Bar


The “Late Summer Tour,” as it has been dubbed is not the first time that Cage9 first performed live with Sturm.  The band performed with Sturm at her February 2016 CD release show at the famed Whisky-A-Go-Go in Los Angeles, California.  Adding another degree to the proverbial game of six degrees, Cage9 front man and guitarist Evan Rodaniche produced Sturm’s new solo album Life Screams.  More information on Cage9’s upcoming live dates is available online now along with all of the band’s latest news and more at:










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Dance Gavin Dance Announces Dates For “Mothership Tour”

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Courtesy: Rise Records

Dance Gavin Dance has announced the dates for its upcoming North American Tour.

The band’s “Mothership Tour” will launch September 22nd in Los Angeles, California and run through October 27th in Mesa, Arizona.  The tour, which is in support of the band’s upcoming 7th full-length studio recording Mothership also includes dates in New York, Michigan, North Carolina, and a number of other cities.  The Contortionist, Hail The Sun, and Good Tiger will share time on stage as support acts for the tour.  Good Tiger joins the tour in support of its own new album A Head Full of Moonlight, its debut record.  The complete schedule for the upcoming “Mothership Tour” is noted below.



Sept. 22 – El Rey Theater – Los Angeles, CA
Sept. 23 – Social Hall SF – San Francisco, CA
Sept. 24 – Hawthorne Theatre – Portland, OR
Sept. 25 – Neumos – Seattle, WA
Sept. 27 – The Summit Music Hall – Denver, CO
Sept. 28 – Granada Theater – Lawrence, KS
Sept. 29 – Amsterdam Bar & Hall – St. Paul, MN
Sept. 30 – Portage Theater – Chicago, IL
Oct. 1 – Emerson Theater – Indianapolis, IN
Oct. 2 – The Crofoot – Pontiac, MI
Oct. 3 – Mr. Smalls Theatre – Millvale, PA
Oct. 4 – Lee’s Palace – Toronto, ON
Oct. 5 – La Tulipe – Montreal, QC
Oct. 6 – The Waiting Room – Buffalo, NY
Oct. 7 – Middle East Club – Cambridge, MA
Oct. 8 – Union Transfer – Philadelphia, PA
Oct. 9 – Webster Hall – New York, NY
Oct. 11 – Baltimore Soundstage – Baltimore, MD
Oct. 12 – The Norva – Norfolk, VA
Oct. 13 – Cats Cradle – Chapel Hill, NC
Oct. 14 – Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
Oct. 15 – Orpheum Theatre – Tampa, FL
Oct. 16 – Culture Room – Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Oct. 17 – The Social – Orlando, FL
Oct. 19 – Rocketown – Nashville, TN
Oct. 20 – The Ready Room – St. Louis, MO
Oct. 21 – Diamond Ballroom – Oklahoma City, OK
Oct. 23 – Scout Bar – Houston, TX
Oct. 24 – Mohawk – Austin, TX
Oct. 26 – Vinyl @ Hard Rock Hotel & Casino – Las Vegas, NV
Oct. 27 – Nile Theatre – Mesa, AZ


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PBS Distribution Announces Release Date For ‘The Tunnel: Season 1’

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Courtesy: Public Media Distribution

PBS Distribution has announced the release date for PBS’ new political crime thriller The Tunnel.

The Tunnel will be released on DVD and Blu-ray on Tuesday, August 9th.  The movie stars Stephen Dillane (The Hours, Game of Thrones, King Arthur) as lead character Detective Karl Roebuck.  Roebucks is investigating the death of a prominent French politician who was found in the middle of the fame Channel Tunnel, straddling the border between England and France.  It is up to Roebuck and his partner Elise Wasserman (Clemence Poesy—Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part I & II, 127 Hours) to solve the mystery of the politician’s death.  Things take a gripping turn when a shocking discovery is made at the scene of the crime.  The discovery forces both French and British police to put aside their differences and work together in order to solve the case while Roebuck and Wasserman are pulled ever-deeper into the case.

The Tunnel’s run time is 450 minutes spread across 3 discs.  The DVD set will retail for MSRP of $49.99 and the Blu-ray set for $59.99.  It can be pre-ordered online now direct via PBS’ online store.  More information on The Tunnel is available online now at:










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ESPN Announces More On-Air Moves Ahead Of 2016 – ’17 NFL Season

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ESPN is making even more moves in its on-air ranks as the 2016 – 2017 NFL season nears.

It was announced this week that NFL Nation’s Giants reporter Dan Graziano has now been named a National NFL Insider for ESPN.  This means that he will have more on-air presence including appearances on NFL Insiders, NFL Live, SportsCenter, ESPN Radio,, and ESPN The Magazine.  Graziano’s first official day in the position was this past Friday, July 22nd when he broke the story about Steelers’ star running back Le’Veon Bell’s upcoming four-game suspension.  The punishment was put in place in reaction to Bell violating the leagues drug policy.  Chad Millman, Vice President and Editorial Director of Domestic Digital content noted Graziano’s contributions to ESPN in discussing his new move.  “Dan has been a strong reporter for us on so many platforms over the course of five years,” Millman said.  “He consistently breaks stories on a national level and has an understanding of what’s happening across the entire league. This new role benefits our NFL team and, most importantly, our readers and viewers.”   When he originally started out at ESPN in 2011, he served as an NFL East blogger.  In 2013 he turned his focus specifically to the New York Giants as ESPN’s NFL Nation Network grew.  He has also served as a contributor to ESPN’s NFL Insiders since its inception in 2013.

As Graziano moves upward in ESPN’s on-air ranks, he will be replaced in his previous position by Jordan Raanan.  He was most recently the Giants reporter for NJ Advance Media.  He boasts more than a decade of experience as he comes in to his new position.  He also has covered the St. Louis Rams for ESPN for three seasons.  On a related note, Nick Wagoner has been named the new San Francisco 49ers reporter for ESPN.  More information on these and other moves being made by ESPN is available online now at:










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PBS Kids’ New ‘Peg + Cat’ DVD Is In Fact Another “Out Of This World” Collection

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Courtesy: Public Media Distribution/PBS Kids/PBS

School is currently out for most students across the country.  But even with children being out on vacation, it is never too soon to instill a little education with their summer fun.  That’s where PBS Kids comes into play.  PBS Kids has already released a handful of family friendly DVDs that will both entertain and educate audiences of all ages this summer.  Earlier this month it released yet another new family friendly offering in the form of Peg + Cat’s new DVD Out Of This World.  This latest offering from the award-winning series is much smaller than its predecessors.  But it still offers plenty to be appreciated beginning with its featured stories.  That will be discussed shortly.  The lessons that are contained therein are just as important to note in the collection’s bigger picture as the stories in which the lessons are presented.  The bonus material that is included in the set rounds out the collection’s most important elements.  It brings everything full circle here and shows together with the featured stories and lessons why the DVD is, in whole yet a rather aptly titled collection.

Peg + Cat: Out Of This World is an aptly titled new collection from the award-winning PBS Kids series.  That is because it proves in whole that it is in fact an out of this world set, even as small as it may be.  This is proven in part through the stories that make up the main body of the disc.  Unlike previous Peg + Cat DVD collections, this one is much smaller than its predecessors in regards to its stories.  It features only for stories, whereas the majority of its predecessors feature twice that number.  Not every collection does.  But the majority of those collections do double up on that story count.  Even featuring only four episodes it still doesn’t detract from the collection.  That is because the stories are original and also interconnected.  Each story sees Peg and her furry, blue friend visiting their alien pal Richard, who lives on the purple planet for different reasons.  “The Doohickey Problem” sees Peg and Cat having to fix their rocket ship because it has broken.  And it is up to Richard to help them.  The duo visits him yet again in “The Long Line Problem” as he waits to get the latest new yellow gadget.  This is an especially funny episode for parents because it is obvious that the writers were poking fun at Apple and the people who wait so rabidly for the latest new Apple gadget even if they don’t know entirely what it does.  In “Richard The Third” Peg and Cat have to help motivate Richard as he competes with his siblings (who just happen to also be named Richard).  The story plays on the practice of people being called “the first,” the second,” and so on.  The set’s final episode “The T-Ball Problem” joins Richard with Peg and Cats T-Ball team in order to take on another team for the purple planet’s “world series.”  It’s a fitting way to not only entertain and educate young audiences (and even some older audiences thanks to its lesson) but also build hype over MLB’s road to the “second season” now that said annual road is being paved once again.  All four stories have their own identity separate from the others.  But they are all connected by one underlying thread—that of Peg and Cat’s visits with Richard.  The fact that the people at PBS Kids and PBS Distribution were able to connect all four episodes together all while maintaining the episodes’ identities is impressive in its own right.  It shows again that while the set boasts only four stories, they are still four stories that will keep audiences of all ages entertained and educated from beginning to end.  The stories are collectively just part of what makes this latest collection of Peg + Cat episodes so enjoyable.  The lessons that are tied into the stories are just as important to note as the stories that are featured within each episode.

The stories that make up the main body of Peg + Cat: Out Of This World are in their own right hugely important to the DVD’s overall presentation.  That is because each story has its own identity yet is connected to the others by the central thread of Peg and Cat visiting Richard in each story.  The balance presented therein makes the stories their own clearly important part to the disc’s presentation.  The lessons that are tied into each story are just as important to the collection’s presentation as the stories themselves.  The lessons presented here are not just the standard math lessons either.  The value of teamwork is taught alongside elementary level counting skills in “The Doohickkey Problem.”  “Richard The Third” presents an equally lesson about self-confidence and sense of self alongside its own elementary counting lesson.  “The Long Line Problem” and “The T-Ball Problem” are the only stories presented here that focus primarily on math.  The prior teaches a basic lesson about ordinal numbers while the latter presets a basic lesson about statistics.  Whether for the math lessons, the more personal lessons, or for both, it can be said that the lessons in whole add their own element to the collection.  It clearly shows that continued effort by The Fred Rogers Company to instill that sense of self among audiences (and do so in a way that doesn’t exactly mirror the lessons from Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood) all while also teaching valuable lessons, proving the importance of math in everyday life on a level that makes that importance accessible by younger audiences.  There is no denying the impact that this balance of education (both socially and in terms of math) plays in the bigger picture of this collection.  Together with the set’s featured episodes the two elements strengthen the DVD’s presentation even more.  They still are not its only important elements.  The bonus material that is included in the set is just as important to note as the set’s featured stories and their related lessons.

The stories that make up the main body of PBS Kids’ new Peg + Cat collection are undeniably important to the collection’s presentation.  The social and mathematical lessons that are tied into the episodes are just as important to its collection as the stories themselves.  They are not the collection’s only important elements, though.  The bonus material that is included in the set is just as important to the collection’s presentation as its stories and lessons.  That is because the bonus material is made up of lessons that drive home the concepts presented within each of the stories and lessons.  They encourage parents and teachers to work with children in order to drive home those lessons, too.  “Monster Math” is one of those bonuses.  It drives home the basic counting lesson presented in “The Doohickey Problem” and “Richard The Third” by having an adult work with a child to build a “monster”–much like the one on the purple planet, who loves all things yellow—out of an empty tissue box and construction paper.  The adult then cuts up the construction paper even more, putting numbers on each piece before giving those pieces to the child.  From there, the adult calls out the numbers for the child to find and then feed to the monster.

“Triple Addition” is another of the set’s bonus features.  It, too echoes the basic counting lesson presented in “The Doohickey Problem.”  It does so by having children and parents find household items in order to make their own patterns.  The suggested items include candy (to make the lesson educational and tasty), pasta (in its various forms), and different colored and shaped blocks just to name a few.  Parents and children can use those suggestions or find their own items.  Over time parents and children can build pattern recognition skills using any number and type of items.

“Marble Mayhem” is the last of the bonuses included in the set.  This bonus lesson uses dice, marbles, (or whatever item parents and children choose) and a cup.  It is a multi-player game that teaches counting skills by having children roll the dice and put the matching number of marbles into their respective cups.  The first child to fill his or her cup wins the game.  As is noted in the activity, younger children can use just one die while older children can use a pair of dice.  It is a simple game that is sure to entertain and educate any child.  That is not to discount “Triple Addition” or “Monster Math” either.  All three bonus activities offers its own education and entertainment for the whole family.   Those bonus activities couple with the set’s stories and their associated lessons to make this collection in whole yet another welcome addition to any family’s home DVD library.  They come together to make it a collection that truly is “out of this world” whether used in the classroom or the living room.

Peg + Cat: Out Of This World is yet another impressive collection from the award-winning PBS Kids series.  It is another welcome addition to any family’s home DVD library that is in fact rather aptly titled.  That is due in part to the interconnected stories which make up the body of the DVD’s presentation.  The lessons that are tied into each story are just as important to note as the stories themselves in noting what makes the DVD so impressive.  The bonus activities that are included with the collection round out its most important elements and bring everything full circle.  They join with the set’s stories and their associated lessons to ensure children’s (and even adults’) entertainment and education from beginning to end, proving again why this set is so “out of this world.”  It is available now in stores and online and can be ordered online direct via PBS’ online store.  More information on this DVD is available online now along with lots more Peg + Cat activities, games, printables and more at:









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