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Mercury Ballroom announces Opening Lineup

Posted in Entertainment by sceneandheardblog on January 14, 2014

General Admission Tickets Go On Sale, Friday, January 17 At 10:00 A.M.

Intimate Fan Friendly Venue To Open April 4

(Louisville, KY – January 13, 2014) Live Nation’s new intimate music venue, Mercury Ballroom, has announced an April 4 opening date for the spectacular music hall in the heart of downtown’s historic theatre district and has released its opening line-up with tickets on sale Friday, January 17 at 10:00 a.m.


Texan-bred indie folk-rockers Okkervil River are the opening night headliners joining the previously announced April 25th performance by Christina Perri in support of her new album “Head Or Heart.”


Also scheduled through June are Corey Smith, Here Come The Mummies, Booker T. Jones, Excision, Toadies With Supersuckers And Battleme, Aaron Lewis, Rebelution With Common Kings, Blackberry Smoke, Lindsey Stirling, and the launch of the Mercury Rising Concert Series featuring local favorites, The Tunesmiths.


“We’re really pleased with some of the industry’s top acts that are excited to kick things off at Mercury Ballroom,” said Live Nation’s Michael Grozier, Executive Vice President of Clubs & Theatres.  “We’re proud to bring the best artists and shows into this great new club and to the best music fans in the country.”


Live Nation’s Dan Kemer, Vice President of Midwest Music, said 

“To be able to open with some of today’s best young stars in rock, pop and country, along with Grammy lifetime achievement award winner and Rock Hall member Booker T. Jones is exactly the kind of dream lineup we were hoping for when we started to put the calendar together last year.”


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 Live Nation’s other clubs.


The new 900 guest capacity music hall revitalizes the historic Wright & Taylor Building.  It will also host special events throughout the year.


In addition to special VIP lounge with highly personalized service, and premium balcony with seated service, the intimate facility located at Fourth and Chesnut, will feature space for both live music and private events with leading industry audio, lighting and video technology.


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 – The Texan-bred indie folk-rockers Okkervil River recently -released, retro-tastic album

The Silver Gymnasium, which finds them travelling back to those glory days (for some) of the 1980s!

The Silver Gymnasium was not only salivated over by critics but also reached No 7 in the US Billboard 200, Okkervil River’s highest place to date by a considerable margin. Doors open at 7pm and the music starts at 8pm.


With an ever-expanding fan-base and hundreds of sold-out performances to date, CoreySmith is making his mark on the country music scene. Amassing acclaim as an independent artist, Smith has sold over 1.8 million digital singles and 250,000 albums. He has been recognized as one of country music’s hottest new artists by Country Weekly and Music Row Magazine and featured on the cover of Pollstaras a Hotstar Top Artist. Doors open at 7pm and the music starts at 8pm.



 A 5000 year old foul smelling, well-endowed, and manly tribe, capable of infinite funkiness. Here Come the Mummies: Terrifying Funk From Beyond the Grave. Best known for their live performances in which band members perform in full mummy attire bandages. Doors open at 7pm and the music starts at 8pm.



Booker T. Jones stands tall in the American legacy of rhythm & blues as a GRAMMY Lifetime Achievement Award recipient. In the ’60s, his band, Booker T. & The M.G.s, was a staple of Top-40 radio with hit instrumentals. With the revival of interest in the Hammond B-3 sound, Booker T. carves out another chapter in his illustrious career. His latest CD finds Jones  at his most soulful in years. Doors open at 7pm and the music starts at 8pm.



Excision shows are like no other- a virtual apocalypse of twisting and morphing sounds turn massive crowds into a frenzy, as virtual walls of bass are relentlessly impaled time and time again upon their fragile bodies and ears. Doors open at 7pm and the music starts at 8pm.



 Rubberneck , the 1994 full length release from TheToadies, is being reissued onto vinyl by Kirtland Records. The pressing will be on 180-gram vinyl and a few bonus tracks will be included. The band will also be playing the album from front-to-back on their upcoming tour. Doors open at 7pm and the music starts at 8pm.



 If you want to get to know Aaron Lewis, just listen to The Road. On his first full-length album, the Grammy Award-nominated, multi-platinum singer, songwriter, and guitarist tells one story after another. Echoing traditional country, some of those tales are hilarious and heartwarming, while others are pensive and personal. For Lewis, The Road  continues to wind and surprise like it always has. Doors open at 7pm and the music starts at 8pm.



Rebelution has developed into a front-runner for grassroots, independent and tour driven music groups.Peace of Mind, was recently awarded the iTunes “Best Crossover Album”.The album builds upon the band’s signature style while venturing into new musical genres from the lush stringsincorporated into the gentle “Route Around” to the driving guitar and synths throughout “Lady In White”. Doors open at 8pm and the music starts at 9pm.



 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. Doors open at 7pm and the music starts at 8pm.




 The Mercury Ballroom is excited to announce “Mercury Rising”, an all new concert series showcasing the best & most exciting bands Louisville has to offer. One of the first installments of this series features The Tunesmiths, Graffiti & The Debauchees on Saturday, May 10. Doors open at 8pm and the music starts at 9pm



You can call Blackberry Smoke’s music southern rock and you wouldn’t be wrong. Or you could call it country and you wouldn’t be wrong, either. But you would be selling both the band and its legion of fans short. With influences that run the gamut from country to bluegrass to gospel and yes, southern rock, Blackberry Smoke is more than the sum of its diverse parts. Doors open at 6:30pm and the music starts at 7:30pm.


YouTube sensation Lindsey Stirling is perhaps the first – and only – artist in the world to blend classical violin, modern dance, and The Legend of Zelda?! On September 19th, Lindsey released her self-titled debut album, Lindsey Stirling, coming off the heels of an incredibly successful presence on iTunes. Lindsey has already sold over 300,000 songs, several of which have hit the iTunes Top 100 as well as the top of the digital electronic charts.


Doors open at 6:30pm and the music starts at 7:30pm.



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Posted in Entertainment by sceneandheardblog on January 14, 2014

A Very Special Evening With Dave Matthews Band” Will Feature

The Group Performing Two Sets Each Night

Cincinnati, OH (1/14/14)  – In 2013, Rolling Stone put Dave Matthews Band on its list of the “50 Greatest Live Acts Right Now,” observing, “Two decades in, DMB still know how to surprise their fans.” The group’s 2014 North American summer tour may be its most surprising yet.

“A Very Special Evening with Dave Matthews Band” will feature the group delivering two sets per evening, performing songs from throughout its career. Dave Matthews Band will wind through numerous configurations – from electric to acoustic, from full-throttle numbers featuring the entire band to more intimate moments featuring small groups of band members – including a stripped-down pairing of Matthews with guitarist Tim Reynolds, performing as an acoustic duo, as they occasionally do when the band is off the road. A variety of guests will join the band throughout the summer.

“I was talking to Carter about how much I still like just sitting around playing music together. It’s how we started – in the basements of Carter’s and my mom’s houses,” says vocalist/guitarist Dave Matthews. “Our shows are loose, but we started thinking that maybe this summer we should make them looser and bring some of that feeling to the stage. It seems like the opposite of a safe plan, so why not?”

“Everyone was really psyched about the idea, so we’ve been busy figuring out how to turn it into the best possible experience for our fans,” says drummer Carter Beauford.

The extensive North American outing will kick off on May 16 at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion in Woodlands, TX and include a stop in Cincinnati, OH at Riverbend Music Center on Wednesday, July 9.

An online presale for all shows will begin on Thursday, January 16, at 10:00 AM ET at for members of the DMB Warehouse Fan Association. Citi is the official credit card of the Dave Matthews Band Summer 2014 Tour. Citi cardmembers will have access to presale tickets through Citi’s Private Pass Program beginning on Monday, February 3, at 10:00 AM local time for all shows except the August 29-31 dates, which will be available beginning on Monday, February 17, 10:00 AM local time. For complete presale details visit

Tickets for the Cincinnati show will go on sale to the general public beginning Friday, February 7, at 10:00 AM.  For further details visit

Last summer’s Dave Matthews Band run topped Billboard’s Hot Tours chart in September 2013. The Dallas News noted, “the band’s musicianship deserves undivided attention…For nearly three hours that organic blend of instruments, voices and songs swept through a crowd eager to spend all night with the Dave Matthews Band.”

“The only reliable Dave Matthews Band set list is a dart board with the group’s entire 22-year-old discography. And that, my friends, is a good thing – for the fans and the band,” said Cleveland’s Plain Dealer. “Each night is a new night, a new beginning for us all…Like life, which really has no straight roads, a DMB show is a journey down twisting and turning byways. The difference is that there are no speed bumps, no orange barrels, but there ARE plenty of fascinating side roads.”

Dave Matthews Band has sold a collective 37 million CDs and DVDs combined. The group has teamed up again with Rob Cavallo, who produced 2009’s Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King, to record a new album that will be released later this year. With Away From The World entering the Billboard 200 at No. 1 in 2012, Dave Matthews Band became the first group in chart history to have six consecutive studio albums debut atop the chart. The band ranked as the biggest ticket seller worldwide of the past decade and has sold over 19 million tickets since its inception.

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Widespread Panic announces Wood & Spring Tour 2014

Posted in Entertainment by sceneandheardblog on January 14, 2014




Wood Tour is back! The band will kick off the new year in March with six totally acoustic shows at The National in Richmond, VA, The BJCC Concert Hall in Birmingham, AL and the legendary Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN.

Following the Ryman shows, the band will plug in for four nights at the Hard Rock Hotel in the Dominican Republic for Panic en la Playa Tres. A limited number of rooms are still available:

After returning stateside, the band hits the West Coast with more electric shows in Seattle, Portland, Oakland, Reno, Santa Barbara and Los Angeles. The tour wraps with the band’s first-ever appearance at the Azalea Festival in Wilmington, NC.

Azalea Festival tickets are available now. Tickets for the rest of the tour start go on sale this weekend! For details check out the Tour Dates on

Wood Tour Dates:
March 6th – Richmond, VA – The National
March 7th – Richmond, VA – The National
March 8th – Richmond, VA – The National
March 11th – Birmingham, AL – BJCC Concert Hall
March 13th – Nashville, TN – Ryman Auditorium
March 14th – Nashville, TN – Ryman Auditorium

Spring Tour Dates:
March 17th – Punta Cana, Dominican Republic – Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
March 18th – Punta Cana, Dominican Republic – Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
March 19th – Punta Cana, Dominican Republic – Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
March 20th – Punta Cana, Dominican Republic – Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
March 25th – Seattle, WA – Moore Theatre
March 26th – Portland, OR – Schnitzer Concert Hall
March 28th – Oakland, CA – Fox Theatre
March 29th – Oakland, CA – Fox Theatre
March 30th – Reno, VA – Grand Sierra Theatre
April 3rd – Santa Barbara, CA – Arlington Theatre
April 4th – Los Angeles, CA – Orpheum Theatre
April 5th – Los Angeles, CA – Orpheum Theatre
April 11th – Wilmington, NC – Azalea Festival
April 12th – Wilmington, NC – Azalea Festival

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Chicago & REO Speedwagon Set to Launch Co-Headlining Summer 2014 Tour

Posted in Entertainment by sceneandheardblog on January 14, 2014


AUGUST 13, 2014

Tickets on sale January 17 at 10am

CINCINNATI, OH (January 13, 2014)  –  Legendary rock bands, REO Speedwagon and Chicago, announced today they will kick off a co-headlining tour this summer.  The 15-date summer tour will take the bands through major metropolitan areas across the United States including a stop in Cincinnati, OH at Riverbend Music Center on Wednesday, August 13 at 7:30pm.

Tickets for the Cincinnati show, $37.50* – $87.50* Reserved Pavilion, $26.00* General Admission Lawn and $79.00* Lawn 4-Packs, go on sale to the public beginning 10am on Friday, January 17 at, and all Ticketmaster outlets including select Kroger stores. Charge by phone at 800.745.3000.

SPECIAL $10* LAWN TICKET OFFER – ON SALE WEEKEND ONLY: A limited number of $10* Lawn tickets will be available beginning 10am on Friday, January 17th thru 11:59am on Sunday, January 19th.

*All tickets include parking and are subject to applicable fees.  No refunds or exchanges. All events rain or shine.  $10 Lawn tickets available during the on sale weekend only and while supplies last.

Citi® cardmembers will have access to presale tickets beginning Wednesday, January 15 at 10:00 AM local time through Citi’s Private Pass® Program.  For complete presale details, visit  All presales end at 10:00 PM EST on Thursday, January 16.

“It’s ironic, that these two legendary bands, who both have roots in Illinois, were label-mates (Columbia/Epic) in the 70’s, and experienced waves of immense success in the 80’s and 90’s, and have somehow continued to consistently make compelling music, both in-studio and on tour…. have never before performed together!” says Chicago’s Robert Lamm.  “This situation is about to change, as Chicago and REO will perform together during the concert’s encore and present a finale that will thrill their audiences. As a musician who has always respected REO’s skills, I look forward to our first rehearsals early this summer.  This will be fun!”

“With so many personal connections between various members of REO and Chicago, it is amazing that we have never actually toured together. I love it that the Chicago guys feel the way we do about truly playing together when you tour together,” says REO Speedwagon’s Kevin Cronin.  “Can you imagine the Chicago horn section on ‘Roll With the Changes’? That would blow my mind! This tour promises to deliver some unique music from two bands who have made a ton of hit records, share that Midwest work ethic, and still refuse to sit back on their past accomplishments. We both keep raising the bar, challenging ourselves, and rocking hard… and the audience is the ultimate winner. We are psyched… I can’t wait for this tour.”


About Chicago

Hailed as one of the “most important bands in music since the dawn of the rock and roll era” by President Bill Clinton, the legendary rock and roll band with horns, Chicago, is the first American rock band to chart Top 40 albums in six decades.

In March of 2013, Chicago’s multi-platinum two-disc bestseller, The Very Best Of Chicago, Only The Beginning charted at #1 on two Billboard charts: the Catalog Chart, and the Digital Catalog chart.  In Billboard Magazine’s list of Top 100 artists of all time, Chicago came in at #13, the highest charting American band.  Chicago will be performing on the GRAMMY stage for the first time in 2014, and their album The Chicago Transit Authority was inducted into the GRAMMY Hall Of Fame this year.

Formed in 1967 in Chicago, Illinois, the group produced a steady stream of hits Formed in 1967 in Chicago, Illinois, the group has produced a steady stream of hits throughout their career, including “25 or 6 to 4”, “Saturday In The Park”, “Hard Habit To Break”, “If You Leave Me Now” & many more.  Lifetime achievements include a Grammy Award, multiple American Music Awards, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, a Chicago street dedicated in their honor, and keys to and proclamations from an impressive list of US cities. Record sales top the 100,000,000 mark, and include 21 Top 10 singles, 5 consecutive Number One albums, 11 Number One singles and 5 Gold singles.

The line-up includes original band members Robert Lamm on keyboards, vocals, Lee Loughnane on trumpet, James Pankow on trombone and Walt Parazaider on woodwinds, as well as Jason Scheff on bass, vocals, Tris Imboden on drums, Keith Howland on guitar, Lou Pardini on keyboards, vocals and Wally Reyes on percussion.

From the signature sound of the Chicago horns, their iconic vocalists, and a few dozen of ever-classic songs, this band’s concerts are celebrations. The band is now in their 46th consecutive year of touring, without missing a single concert date!

Chicago continue to be true ambassadors for their beloved hometown, carrying the city’s name with pride and dignity around the world.  Chicago is currently recording new songs. Fans are being offered clips of works in progress on the band’s website,


About REO Speedwagon

Formed in 1967, signed in 1971, and fronted by Kevin Cronin since 1972, REO SPEEDWAGON has rocked to the top of the charts with a RIAA-certified 22 million albums sold in the U.S., 40 million around the globe, and a string of gold and platinum records.  The group’s nine-times certified platinum Hi Infidelity spent 15 weeks in the #1 slot. Thirty–plus years later, Cronin and bandmates Bruce Hall (bass), Neal Doughty (keyboards), Dave Amato (lead guitar) and Bryan Hitt (drums) are still electrifying concert audiences across the nation.  Live at Moondance Jam – the band’s hit-filled performance from the country’s premier classic rock festival, was released in both a Blu-ray and a deluxe edition (containing a CD and DVD in a glossy digipak) on November 19th.  REO unveiled the band’s “Great Chicago Fire Hydrant” as part of a citywide Chicago public art installation project to benefit  the 100 Club Chicago. Recently, REO SPEEDWAGON and STYX organized Rock To The Rescue Extends A Hand To Those In Need, a benefit concert to raise funds for central Illinois communities that were affected by the recent devastating tornadoes. This concert raised in excess of $400,000 and REO Speedwagon continues to raise funds for Rock To The Rescue at headlining shows in the Midwest.

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