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2nd Annual Tortuga Music Festival announces Lineup

Posted in Entertainment by sceneandheardblog on December 10, 2013


Luke Bryan and Eric Church are beach-bound in APRIL;

will headline 2nd Annual ROCK THE OCEAN’S Tortuga Music Festival




Fort Lauderdale, FL – December 10, 2013 – Multiple award-winning recording and performing artists Luke Bryan and Eric Church will be hitting the beach this spring as headliners when Rock The Ocean’s Tortuga Music Festival returns to the sands of Fort Lauderdale Beach Park in Florida on April 12th and 13th.

As tens of thousands of fans enjoy the sun, songs, sand and surf at the unique oceanfront event, Bryan and Church will be joined by fellow first-wave lineup artists including San Francisco multi-platinum act Train, nine-time Grammy Award winner Sheryl Crow, country chart-topper Billy Currington, rock, folk, reggae and funk beach fusion pioneers Slightly Stoopid, reggae legend Ziggy Marley, powerhouse vocalist Brett Eldredge, folk singer-songwriter Brett Dennen, inventive roots rockers Delta Rae, “Chillin’ It” singer and celebrated songwriter Cole Swindell, Nashville rockers Moon Taxi, genre-jumping septet The Revivalists, folk/funk band White Denim, “Helluva Life” hit-maker Frankie Ballard, Paste’s Best of What’s Next sibling duo Brothers Osborne, “How She Rolls” singer Chase Rice, “Booze Cruise” hitmakers Blackjack Billy, modern folk rockers Sons of Fathers and blues-infused rock band Quaker City Nighthawks. Additional top-name talent will be revealed in the coming weeks.

“We’ve been incredibly excited to announce our 2014 lineup,” says HUKA Entertainment co-founder and CEO A.J. Niland. “We set out to build on last year’s foundation by putting together an amazing weekend at the beach with an incredible group of country, rock and roots acts. We feel we we’ve done exactly that, and hope our lineup brings just as much sunshine to our fans’ holiday season as it has to ours.”

A limited number of Advanced-priced tickets go on sale this Friday, December 13, at 10am EST at Two-day general admission festival ticket prices start at $155. Complete festival pricing, including Advance and Regular prices for GA, VIP and Super VIP tickets, can also now be found at

CMT will partner with Tortuga Music Festival for its 2014 event, providing content and contests across its television, internet, social and radio network platforms. Details will be revealed shortly at and

Produced and promoted by HUKA Entertainment and created with the Rock the Ocean Foundation, Tortuga Music Festival serves to celebrate the event’s oceanfront setting while raising awareness of issues impacting the world’s oceans and also support marine research and conservation. This year’s festival will once again include a one-of-a-kind Conservation Village on site, with nearly two dozen organizations and exhibitions to provide attendees with information and tools to help protect the world’s oceans and marine resources.

Last year’s inaugural festival drew more than 25,000 music fans from all over the world and raised more than $70,000 from ticket proceeds and donations for the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation and other marine  conservation organizations.

“It just feels great to be able to support our Conservation Village partners with funding for their important work,” says Rock The Ocean founder Chris Stacey. “To know that we played some small part in making sure that our coral reefs are better protected, or that scientists at Nova and the University of Miami might be able to learn a little more about shark behavior, just gives me an amazing feeling of pride.”

For additional information, updates and offers, visit Rock The Ocean’s Tortuga Music Festival on the following platforms:


Twitter: @FestivalTortuga




Posted in Entertainment by sceneandheardblog on December 10, 2013

Louisville, KY – Atlantic recording artist Christina Perri has announced details of her eagerly awaited new album. “HEAD OR HEART” – which features the brilliant new single, “Human” – is slated for release on March 11th. “HEAD OR HEART”will be available to pre-order at iTunes beginning December 31st.

Perri will celebrate the arrival of “HEAD OR HEART” with a highly anticipated North American headline tour. The dates get underway Friday, April 4th at Denver’s Ogden Theatre and then continue through late May, with highlights including a two night stand at New York City’s famed Irving Plaza on April 16th and 17th , a hometown show at Philadelphia’s Electric Factory April 19th

.“HEAD OR HEART” – which follows the acclaimed singer/songwriter’s breakthrough 2011 debut, “lovestrong” – was recorded over the past year with production from Martin Johnson (Avril Lavigne, Gavin Degraw), Jake Gosling (Ed Sheeran, One Direction), John Hill (P!nk, Mayer Hawthorne, Santigold), and Butch Walker (Taylor Swift, Fall Out Boy,Panic! At The Disco). The album was mixed by GRAMMY® Award-winning engineer Manny Marroquin (Kanye West,John Legend, Alicia Keys).


“HUMAN,” the recently released first single from “HEAD OR HEART,” is available now at all digital retailers. Hailed by Billboard as a “delicate alt-pop ballad that should delight supporters of (Perri’s) breakthrough single ‘Jar of Hearts,’” thetrack can be heard now at In addition, Perri will perform “HUMAN” on NBC’s TODAY with Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford Thursday, December 12th followed by a performance on VH1’s Big Morning Buzz Live with Carrie Eagan Friday, December 13th.

Named as iTunes’ “Breakthrough Pop Artist of 2011,” Perri earned critical applause and an increasingly fervent fan following with her extraordinary debut, “lovestrong.” Highlighted by the 3x-platinum certified smash, “Jar of Hearts,” the album – produced by GRAMMY®-winning producer Joe Chiccarelli (The White Stripes, My Morning Jacket) – entered the SoundScan/Billboard 200 among the top 5 upon its initial release, while also proving an unqualified international sensation with top 5 success in Australia and Ireland as well as top 10 sales in Canada and the United Kingdom.

Perri followed “lovestrong.” with the RIAA 4x-platinum certified hit single, “A Thousand Years,” exclusively featured on Summit Entertainment/Chop Shop/Atlantic’s “THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN – PART 1 & 2– ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACKS.” The track was a multi-format radio favorite, with top 10 airplay at Hot AC and top 25 spins at CHR/Top 40 outlets nationwide.

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Forecastle 2014 Presale: Get Yours! • Win a Mint Julep Tour • Book Your Weekend in Louisville

Posted in Entertainment by sceneandheardblog on December 9, 2013


We love our fans, and to show our appreciation, we’re excited to share that a limited allotment of Forecastle 2014 passes will be going on sale this Friday, December 13 at noon EST just in time for the holidays! The presale will feature a limited allotment of GA weekend passes available for only $119.50 while supplies last! These passes will ensure your spot at Forecastle 2014, with extra savings no less. Get ready!



Want to take your Forecastle 2014 weekend experience even further? Here’s your chance! Tell us why you’re a #FriendofForecastle on Twitter and Instagram and be entered to win an exclusive Mint Julep tour, redeemable for the weekend of Forecastle! We’ll announce the winner in the coming weeks – so get to it! The more creative, the better! Read up on the full rules here.


Just in time for the presale, we’ve secured some seriously stellar hotel fan rates for your stay in Louisville. Now’s the time to make sure your weekend is locked in – book your hotel today!

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Posted in Entertainment by sceneandheardblog on December 9, 2013

Intimate Fan Friendly Venue
To Open In April

Upcoming Performance Schedule To Roll Out In January At

(Louisville, KY – December 9, 2013)  Mercury Ballroom is the new name of Live Nation’s House of Blues Entertainment division’s spectacular new intimate music venue scheduled for an April opening in the heart of downtown’s historic theatre district.

Featuring state-of-the-art sound and lighting systems, great site lines, and the booking strength of the world’s largest live entertainment company, Mercury Ballroom will showcase many of the music world’s biggest tour names that have performed at HOBE’s other clubs including such acts as Imagine Dragons, Third Eye Blind and one of the first names planned for Mercury Ballroom in Louisville, Christina Perri.

“Mercury Ballroom is going to be all about being true to Louisville,” said HOBE President Ron Bension.  “We’re excited to bring the best artists and shows into this great new club and to the best music fans in the country.  We’re really proud to be coming to Louisville and honored to be working with Bill Weyland and his great team at City Properties Group to bring this historic building to life.

“We have a long history of bringing entertainment to the city at the  Palace Theatre and The Yum! Center and we hope to continue  to play a key role in Louisville’s civic commitment to unique entertainment.” 

In addition to a special VIP lounge with highly personalized service and premium balcony with seated service, the 900-capacity facility located in the historic Wright-Taylor Building at Fourth and Chestnut, will feature space for both live music and private events with leading industry audio, lighting and video technology.

Clay Commons, developed around the renovated Henry Clay Building, the Wright-Taylor Building, the Guthrie-Coke Building, and future hotel site at Fourth and Chestnut, provides a unique urban experience at the heart of the Theater and Arts District on the southern edge of downtown Louisville.

These properties currently offer residential condominiums and apartments, a theater, and catered event spaces with grand ballrooms restored to their original stunning beauty. A new 330-space parking structure supports the events and visitors to the Fourth Street corridor. A planned boutique hotel will complete the corner presence and the activity center atmosphere, offering a unique overnight location for event guests and downtown patrons.

About House Of Blues Entertainment
With 100 owned/operated and affiliated clubs and theaters, The House of Blues Entertainment portfolio, a division of Live Nation, is wide-ranging including the legendary Fillmores and the intimate House of Blues clubs throughout the United States. House of Blues Entertainment is the country’s pre-eminent live music venue collection featuring state-of-the-art sound and lighting technology in one-of-a-kind custom designed environments aimed to bring fans and artists together in unparalleled musical environments.







Wanee festival 2014 announces Early Bird tickets this Thursday!

Posted in Entertainment by sceneandheardblog on December 2, 2013




On Sale Dec. 5th through Dec. 12th Only!

Supply is Limited!


The highly popular 2014 Wanee Music Festival, held April 10th to 12th at Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park in Live Oak, FL, is putting Early Bird Tickets on sale Thursday, December 5th at 10AM.  3-Day General Admission Tickets, which include primitive camping, are just $175.00 (plus applicable fees) and will be available through and Music Today.  They are on sale through Thursday, December 12th at 6PM, however the supply is limited, so get them quick because they will most likely sell out before the December 12th cut off!  Please note that the Early Bird sale is for General Admission 3-Day Tickets only!

The line-up for the 2014 Wanee Music Festival, the ten-year anniversary, is shaping up to be one of the most exciting yet!  The group of star-studded acts joining The Allman Brothers Band April 10th through the 12th will add energy and excitement to what is fast becoming one of the most popular festivals in the country. 

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