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Posted in Entertainment by sceneandheardblog on June 17, 2011




New York, NY, June 15, 2011 – Shaquille O’Neal, through his company Shaq Entertainment, today announced the launch the first All-Star Comedy Jam tour.  “I played with many All-stars on the court and laughed with these All-stars off the court,” said Shaq.  “I’m happy to present this hand-picked lineup as the first Shaq All-Star tour.” 

The tour kicks off Friday, September 9th in Memphis as part of the Southern Heritage Classic and will play in more than 20 U.S. cities this fall.  This is the first new venture following Shaq’s retirement from the NBA and is produced in association with AEG Live.  Tickets go on-sale Friday, June 17 at 10am at


The tour brings many of the hilarious comedians presented at Shaq’s All-star Comedy Jams shot during NBA All-star Weekends over the last three years.  These highly rated television specials have aired annually since 2009 and a new full hour special for tour host, DeRay Davis, will premier Friday, July 1st.   The lineup may also include All-Star comedians such as Aries Spears; Corey Holcomb; Tommy Davidson; Capone; Gary Owen and Tony Roberts. 


The tour will also be filmed live for a reality show called All-Star Comedy Jam Backstage Pass.  The filming of the show will be produced and distributed by Codeblack Entertainment.


In the last four years, Shaq Entertainment has launched the highly successful All-Star Comedy Jam brand, producing several television specials, a highly successful DVD series and also helped catapult comedian Kevin Hart into the national spotlight.   


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Date                                        City                                         Venue

September 9                           Memphis, TN                          Orpheum Theatre

September 10                         Clearwater, FL                        Ruth Eckherd Hall

September 16                         New Haven, CT                      Shubert Performing Arts Center

September 17                         New York, NY                         Best Buy Theater

September 23                         Seattle, WA                             The Moore Theatre

September 24                         San Diego, CA                        Humphrey’s Concerts By The Bay

September 30                         Richmond, VA                                    Landmark Theater

October 1                                Washington DC                       DAR Constitution Hall

October 7                                Atlanta, GA                             Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center

October 8                                Birmingham, AL                      Alabama Theatre

October 14                              Baltimore, MD                         Modell PAC at the Lyric

October 15                              Norfolk, VA                             Chrysler Hall Theatre

October 21                              Nashville, TN                          Ryman Auditorium

October 22                              Charlotte, NC                          Ovens Auditorium

October 29                              Louisville, KY                          W.L Lyons Brown Theatre

November 4                            Hammond, IN (Chicago)        The Venue at Horseshoe Casino

November 5                            Cleveland, OH                                    The Palace Theatre

November 11                          Philadelphia, PA                      Keswick Theatre

November 12                          Pittsburgh, PA                         Byham            Theatre

November 18                          Kansas City, MO                    The Midland by AMC

November 19                          Minneapolis, MN                     State Theatre                 


SHAQ ENTERTAINMENT founded by NBA superstar Shaquille O’Neal is a vertically integrated entertainment and new media company primarily engaged in the promotion and management of live urban themed stand up comedy events. Shaq Entertainment has a partnership with AEG Live to co-promote and produce its live events as well as a partnership with Codeblack Entertainment to produce, film and distribute its properties via Television, DVD, Mobile and Digital outlets.



Posted in Entertainment by sceneandheardblog on June 17, 2011




 Tedeschi Trucks Band debuts big with their inaugural album Revelator, breaking into the Billboard Top 200 Chart at #12 in their first week with 26k units sold.  The highly anticipated and critically acclaimed Revelator, marks a career milestone for both husband and wife team Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks, bringing both artists their highest first week sales and charting that either artist has had to date.


The album, available in stores and online now, has been met with tremendous excitement from the media and TTB’s fan base alike.  Praised as a “masterpiece” by Rolling Stone Magazine in a FOUR STAR REVIEW, the first single, “Learn How to Love,” has been embraced at radio consistently being one of the top most added song at AAA from week to week.

Tedeschi Trucks Band kicked off their release with a soulful and anthemic performance of the album’s first single, “Learn How To Love” on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno followed by a flurry of positive reviews.  Rolling Stone hailed the album, “a deep soul laced with Indo-slide ecstasy.”  USA Today called the album simply “Outstanding.”  The Boston Herald honored Revelator as their “Album of the Week.”  Others like the Charleston City Paper in Charleston, NC where the band recently performed describe them as “staggering, uplifting, and damn near soul-saving.”


Revelator (Sony MASTERWORKS), the long-awaited, song-oriented debut album by the husband-wife team of singer/guitarist Susan Tedeschi and guitarist Derek Trucks, is filled with smoky, blues-dipped rockers and heart-stilling ballads that show off, respectively, the gutsier and softer side of Tedeschi’s vocal ability, plus a series of emotive, story-telling solos shaped by Trucks’s uncanny agility on slide-guitar, and introduces the couple’s new, 11-piece ensemble—Tedeschi Trucks Band.


A dramatic leap forward for two of the music world’s most dynamic performers,  Revelator is a confident yet unforced triumph offering a cohesive vision: an idyllic, musical world in which the echoes of so many great traditions—Delta blues and Memphis soul, Sixties rock and Seventies funk—organically flow together, blending with an entirely original, modern sensibility.


In addition to the combined weight of Tedeschi and Trucks’ equally renowned abilities, Revelator benefits from an impressive circle of talent that the two brought together. Trucks co-produced the album with multi-Grammy-winning engineer Jim Scott, whose genre-bending credits include popular albums by the Dixie Chicks, Johnny Cash, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Both Tedeschi and Trucks co-wrote the album’s twelve new songs with an impressive list of experienced songwriters, including Jeff Trott, John Leventhal, David Ryan Harris and Sonya Kitchell; Gary Louris and Oliver Wood—of the Jayhawks and the Wood Brothers, respectively; and old friends like guitarists Doyle Bramhall II and Eric Krasno (of Soulive), and band members Mike Mattison, Kofi Burbridge and Oteil Burbridge.


Most notably, Revelator features the newly formed Tedeschi Trucks Band, an eleven-member ensemble overflowing with talent and musical familiarity. Brothers Oteil Burbridge (noted for his years as bassist with the Allman Brothers Band) and Kofi Burbridge (longtime keyboardist/flutist with The Derek Trucks Band) have joined forces with a pair of drummers J. J. Johnson and Tyler Greenwell, trumpeter Maurice Brown, tenor saxophonist Kebbi Williams, trombonist Saunders Sermons, and harmony singers Mark Rivers and Mike Mattison. (Additionally, Ryan Shaw and David Ryan Harris supplied harmony vocals to various tracks on the album, and Alam Khan adds his masterful sarod playing to “These Walls”.) The fact that this aggregation includes so many musicians related by experience—and blood—clearly adds to the notion of Revelator as a true group album, the product of a musical family.


The band will perform “Learn How To Love” on Conan on July 19.


Tedeschi Trucks Band is currently on tour, performing the music from the album as well as old favorites. For a list of tour dates and more information please visit

Horseshoe Welcomes Dwight Yoakam

Posted in Entertainment by sceneandheardblog on June 17, 2011

Dwight Yoakam is a singer-songwriter, actor and film director, most famous for his pioneering country music. Popular since the early 1980s, he has recorded more than twenty-one albums and compilations, has charted more than thirty singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts, and sold more than 25 million records. This one time performance will be held on September 2nd at 7:30 p.m. in the Showroom.  Tickets go on sale Friday June 24th, 2011 and may be purchased through Ticketmaster or the Horseshoe Box office.

Horseshoe announces it will be the Location for the Entertainer of the Year Finals 2011

Posted in Entertainment by sceneandheardblog on June 17, 2011


This competition will feature some of the nation’s finest performers with a special appearance by 2010’s Entertainer of The Year Vanessa Demornay . This event is a pageant competition where contestants will be judged in five categories.

Don’t miss this exciting event at Horseshoe Southern Indiana on July 31st, 2011 at 8:00 p.m. in the Showroom.  Tickets are on sale June 20th, 2011 and may be purchased through Ticketmaster or the Horseshoe Box office. 

To attend Entertainer of the Year ticket holders must be 18 years of age with valid ID.  Any guests wishing to visit the casino floor must be 21 years of age or older with valid ID.

Horseshoe Welcomes Jamey Johnson

Posted in Entertainment by sceneandheardblog on June 14, 2011

Jamey Johnson is an American country music artist. Signed to BNA Records in 2005, Johnson made his debut with his single “The Dollar”, the title track to his 2006 album The Dollar. Johnson was signed to Mercury Nashville Records in March 2008, releasing his second album, the gold-certified That Lonesome Song. This album has produced two more singles: the Top 10 hit “In Color” and “High Cost of Living.” In addition to most of his own material, Johnson has co-written singles for Trace Adkins,GeorgeStrait, James Otto, Joe Nichols and Jessie James. This one time performance will be held on September 16th at 7:30 p.m. in the Showroom.  Tickets go on sale Friday June 17th, 2011 and may be purchased through Ticketmaster or the Horseshoe Box office. 


THE SCRIPT to Play The Louisville Palace, September 13,2011

Posted in Entertainment by sceneandheardblog on June 8, 2011

–– Hot off the heels of a notable No. 3 debut for their recent studio album, Science & Faith, and currently touring the U.S. on a string of sold out dates – The Script clearly has no plans to slow down. This fall, the Irish rockers will return stateside for a 31-city headlining tour, making a stop inLouisville at the Palace Theatre on Tuesday, September 13.

Tickets for The Script’s U.S. Fall headlining tour will become available to the public on June 10th beginning at 10AM local time immediately following the band’s performance on NBC’s Today Show Summer Concert Series.

“For The First Time,” the hit single off Science & Faith is currently Top 10 at Pop Radio and holding the #2 spot at Hot AC, while the video for the single – which debuted at #1 on VH1 around release – is currently in heavy rotation at MTV. The band recently appeared on VH1’s Big Morning Buzz Live show, and participated in VH1’s Best Cruise Ever at the end of April.

The album, which was also released overseas, immediately garnered interest from critics and debuted at #1 in Irelandand the UK. Written and produced by The Script frontman Danny O’Donoghue and guitarist Mark Sheehan, Science & Faith was recorded in both London and Los Angeles and is once again a testament to what The Script does best; pen emotion-packed songs that contain fluid melodies, haunting hooks and Danny’s soulful vocals riding high over huge, anthemic choruses.

Critics on U.S.soil have followed suit. USA TODAY awarded Science & Faith a stellar review, The New York Times bestowed the album a “critic’s choice review,” while Entertainment Weekly described “the band’s sunny lyrics, tuneful riffs, and build-build explode! – choruses nail a VH1 catnip niche.”

The Script has appeared on NBC’s Today Show, The Late Show with David Letterman, Live! With Regis & Kelly, Ellen DeGeneres, Jimmy Kimmel LIVE, and most recently on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and Lopez Tonight.

The Script is Danny O’Donoghue (vocals/keys), Mark Sheehan (guitar) and Glen Power (drums).



Reserved Seat Tickets – $32.50* and $25.00*

 Tickets exclusively available at the The Palace Theatre Box Office,, Ticketmaster,

or charge-by-phone at 800.745.3000

*plus applicable service and handling fees

Buddy Valastro: The Cake Boss is Coming to Louisville Palace

Posted in Entertainment by sceneandheardblog on June 6, 2011

            America’s favorite baker Buddy Valastro will appear at The Louisville Palace, Saturday, November 5th at 7:30pm. Tickets go on-sale Friday, June 10th at noon at, 1.800.745.3000, or at the Palace Box Office. Tickets are $25.75, $35.75, & $45.75 plus applicable service charges. A limited number of VIP tickets are available for $75 which includes a post-show meet and greet, limited edition tour mug, a souvenir tour lanyard and backstage pass, along with a 15% discount voucher for


In this live interactive event, the baker and star of TLC’s “Cake Boss” will share the stories behind his hit TV series and his colorful Italian family, answer audience questions, and give a live demonstration of the techniques that have made him one of the most successful and renowned cake artists in the nation. Buddy will even invite audience members to join the fun on stage. The whole family is invited for a night of “bakin’ with the boss” one will not soon forget.


One of the centerpiece shows of the TLC network, a fifth season of “Cake Boss” debuts May 30th on TLC. Viewers continue to celebrate the mouthwatering desserts and not-to-be-missed Valastro family moments occurring in bustling Hoboken, NJ, home of Carlo’s Bakery, celebrating its 101st anniversary this summer. In the fall of 2010, Buddy launched a spin-off show on TLC called “Next Great Baker” which was followed by “The Kitchen Boss” in January 2011.


November 1st will bring the release of Buddy’s second book with Free Press (Simon & Schuster) , “Baking with the Cake Boss: 100 of Buddy’s Best Recipes and Decorating Secrets.” In the book, Buddy shares everything a home cook needs to know about baking as he takes readers through the same progressive training he had in his apprenticeship at Carlo’s Bakery.




Posted in Entertainment by sceneandheardblog on June 6, 2011


Additional Attendees And Presenters Include Justin Timberlake, Scarlett Johansson,

Minka Kelly, Jason Statham, Eva Mendes, “The Fighter’s” Dicky Eklund

And Micky Ward, Among Others

Fifth Annual Event Premieres Friday, June 10 At 9 PM ET/PT


NEW YORK, June 3, 2011 – Spike TV has announced that it will present two of its most celebrated honors to entertainment giants Keith Richards and Sean Penn during the 2011 “Guys Choice” event.  Rock God Keith Richards will be awarded with the shows’ Brass Balls honor for his contributions to the music industry, while Penn will reunite with cast members of “Fast Times At Ridgemont High” as the iconic coming-of-age comedy is inducted into the Guy Movie Hall of Fame.  Both honors will be presented by Academy Award winning actor Robert De Niro.  Taping Saturday, June 4th at the Sony Pictures Studios in Culver City, CA, the fifth annual event premieres Friday, June 10 at 9:00 PM ET/PT.


Posted in Entertainment by sceneandheardblog on June 6, 2011

Beijing: While the seven members who comprise Hanggai currently call this Chinese capital their homebase, the highly textured and abundantly fluent repertoire of this combo is richly steeped in their Mongolian roots. For this group, there lies a real artistic calling to preserve the music of their Mongolian culture and background, The music making, for Hanggai, is thus more than just playing. It’s a mission.

In a recent interview with NPR, Hanggai’s vocalist and principle songwriter, Ilchi stated that, “Most of our people have moved away from the old way of life…After moving to the cities, many of us have gradually been subjected to a very strong cultural invasion by an oppressive culture. So this traditional music has completely lost its space.”

But while Hanggai is palpably transporting, thus felt upon first listen, it is ironically not without its western inspiration. Ilchi, who was incidentally the frontman of a punk rock band called T9, also cites influences that stretch from the traditional grassland folk of their homeland to the likes of Rage Against The Machine, Radiohead and even Neil Diamond.

When listening to the band’s last offering, Introducing Hangaii and their current masterwork, He Who Travels Far, to be released on 4Q Records this summer, the listener can’t help but hear it all. At the center of this unique music are its folk roots, perfectly executed traditional throat singing, and all, but there are sophisticated splashes of everything from ska to prog rock to bluegrass to punk, effortless modulation from western to eastern musical scales, in most cases, within a single song, making Hanggai a Mongolian group from China, who really belong to the whole wide world.

In a very special series of events, Hanggai are set to play a handful of stateside shows this June, including a June 11th set at the Bonnaroo Festival in Manchester, TN, along with confirmed dates in NYC and Chicago’s Millennium Park (see details below).


2011 Hangout Festival

Posted in Entertainment by sceneandheardblog on June 6, 2011

The Hangout Festival

When the Hangout Festival  announced the 2011 lineup , there was little question that the festival organizers were serious about making it a major music event. With headliners such as Widespread PanicThe Foo Fighters, and Paul Simon, along with many of the music’s hottest artists brought immediate attention to the festival.

The 2010 Festival was attended by approximately 15,000 people. This year The Hangout Festival sold all 35,000 tickets including, 300 Big Kahuna ($900), and 1000 VIP ($500) which included a swimming pool along with special access to all stages.

Beautiful weather and five stages full of top acts on the white sand beaches of Gulf Shores, Alabama made for an amazing event. This event differs from many of the other festivals in the fact that there is no sanctioned camping, the festival grounds are long and not as wide open, both main stages offer large viewing screens and the grounds host a ferris wheel and tower ride.

Friday was highlighted by stellar performances by Umphrey’s McGee, the energy of Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, a soulful set from The Warren Haynes Band, a monster set by My Morning Jacket. Widespread Panic finished the day with a blistering performance followed by a fifteen minute fireworks display.

Saturday was a day full of amazing performances, including Primus, Avett Brothers, Pretty Lights, and the Flaming Lips. A surprise early set from Foo Fighters that included rock classics, “Schools Out, Queen’s “Tie Your Mother Down” and a collaboration with Cee Lo Green. The Foo Fighters evening set was a powerful display of heavy metal that left all involved exhausted.

Sunday brought another sun filled day and hot music. Matisyahu, Amos Lee, Ween, and Michael Franti revved the crowd up for a stellar  show by The Black Keys. Paul Simon was the perfect act for the final performance of the festival, his beautiful voice and legendary music was just the what was needed for the worn out sun soaked fans.

The Hangout Festival has arrived as one of the South’s top festival’s in a matter of two short years. This event should be on your bucket list. But don’t wait long to get your tickets.

Black Keys


Paul Simon

Michael Franti

The Hangout Festival


My Morning Jacket