Children of Bodom News
Essence Music Festival New Orleans, Louisana 7/4/2010
Celebrating her 39th birthday this weekend, Grammy-Award winner Mary J. Blige wowed concert-goers at Essence Music Festival this Independence Day. This is the ninth year in a row that the powerful performer has headlined at the festival. Looking fabulous as always, the Queen kept the crowd enthralled with her soulful voice and unstoppable energy. She even performed two duets with surprise guests, T.I. (“Good Love”) and Trey Songz (“We Got Hood Love”).
MJB is promoting her latest album, Stronger With Each Tear, released in December of last year. The album debuted at the top of the R&B charts and features singles “I Am” and “I Can See in Color.” To date, she has sold over 50 million records, recorded eight multi-platinum albums, won nine Grammy Awards, and has been named one of Rolling Stone magazine’s 100 greatest singers of all-time. She also writes, produces, acts, and raps, which makes the singer a force to be reckoned with.
Louisiana Superdome New Orleans, LA 7/3/2010
Charlie Wilson former Gap band frontman, performed large and in charge of the main stage space with his oversized persona during the opening night of the 16th Essence Music Festival.
Led onto the stage by a train conductor and locomotive dancers, Wilson said “don’t miss this party train.’’ After an early technical difficulty with a dead microphone, Wilson powered through an hour-plus set of old- and new-school R&B. His fine backing band and-sexy dancers kept the Charlie Wilson Train steamrolling through the sold out Superdome.
On and off stage, Wilson speaks openly about his life challenges. Charlie has risen above homelessness, drug addiction and most recently a bout with prostate cancer.
1992 You Turn My Life Around
2000 Bridging the Gap
2005 Charlie, Last Name Wilson
2008 Uncle Charlie
7/4/10 Macon, GA Twiggs/Macon National Dragway
7/17/10 San Dimas, CA Bonelli Park
7/30/10 Cincinnati, OH Paul Brown Stadium
7/31/10 Detroit, MI Chene Park
8/1/10 Milwaukee, WI Henry Maier Festival Park
8/2/10 New Orleans, LA (Private Event)
8/14/10 Thackerville, OK Winstar Casino
8/27/10 Las Vegas, NV Mandalay Bay Casino
9/10/10 Tunica, MS Harrah’s Casino Event Center
9/11/10 Atlanta, GA Chastain Park Amphitheater
9/18/10 Cary, NC Koka Booth Amphitheater
10/23/10 Winston-Salem, NC Winston-Salem State University
11/26/10 Las Vegas, NV Las Vegas Hilton
11/27/10 Las Vegas, NV Las Vegas Hilton
Essence Music Festival New Orleans, Louisana 7/3/2010
Keri Hilson gave a breath-taking performance on the main stage at Essence Music Festival, proving yet again that her vocal talents are just as developed as her celebrated songwriting skills. Looking beautiful as always, she captivated the audience with her catchy hip-hop rhythms and smooth melodies. The crowd went wild as she performed her Grammy-Award nominated smash hit “Knock You Down.”
We can expect big things from this up-and-coming artist, who started honing her craft at age twelve. Singing and composing her own songs by eighteen, she began songwriting and collaborating as a backup vocalist with big names like Beyonce, Lil Wayne, Timbaland and more. She has yet to announce the name and release date for her second studio album, but her fans are anxiously awaiting to hear what Keri has up her sleeve.
Superdome, New Orleans, LA - 07/02/2010
Multiple Grammy Award-winning recording artist, actress and songwriter Janet Jackson headlined the opening night at the ESSENCE MUSIC FESTIVAL over the Fourth of July weekend in New Orleans to a sold out Louisiana Superdome.
Without question, Janet is a Jackson as she looks and sounds very much like her deceased brother Michael, “The King of Pop.” Janet was up to the task in her first and only concert appearance for 2010. She made the most of it with a spectacular opening number featuring herself in triplicate… dancing with holograms of herself in a very tight routine. Gifted, gorgeous and extremely talented, Janet is also known as an actress in addition to her ten studio albums that she’s released since the early 80’s. Following the success of “Why Did I Get Married Too?” and while working on Tyler Perry’s next film, “For Colored Girls…,” Janet Jackson directed her own romantic drama and cast sexy “CSI: Miami” star Adam Rodriguez as her co-star.
Janet Jackson is an Academy Award nominee who has sold over 100 million records worldwide and is one of the best selling artists in contemporary music. Ms. Jackson also graces the cover of the August 2010 issue of Essence Magazine.
1982 Janet Jackson
1984 Dream Street
1989 Rhythm Nation 1814
1997 The Velvet Rope
2001 All for You
2004 Damita Jo
2006 20 Y.O.
North America’s longest-running touring festival kicked off the summer celebration on Friday, June 25 in Carson, CA at the Home Depot Center. Now in its 16th year, the VANS WARPED TOUR® brought in music lovers by the thousands and saw the largest crowd yet at the Mountain View, CA date (June 26).
On Friday in Carson, over 12,000 fans took in the sights and sounds of All-American Rejects, Street Sweeper Social Club, Alkaline Trio, Sum 41, Andrew W.K., Mike Posner, Dillinger Escape Plan, The Rocket Summer, The Pretty Reckless, Confide and many, many others. Saturday’s Mountain View show brought out a record 16,000 attendees and Ventura (June 27) on Sunday drew over 11,000.
Off to a stellar start, 2010 promises to be the most memorable jaunt yet for the annual punk rock extravaganza. The tour has its finger on the pulse of the hottest acts in diverse genres from punk and metal to rock, pop and hip-hop; a sampling of the artists on this year’s trek includes: AM Taxi, Anti-Flag, Artist Vs Poet, Attack Attack!, Beachers Madhouse, Bring Me The Horizon, Call The Cops, Closure in Moscow, Cobra Skulls, Dropkick Murphys, Everclear, Every Time I Die, Eyes Set To Kill, Face To Face, FEAR, Fake Problems, Fight Fair, Haste The Day, Hey Monday, Hot Chelle Rae, Jack Grisham and the West Coast Dukes, Manic Hispanic, Mike Posner, Motion City Soundtrack, NeverShoutNever, Of Mice and Men, Pennywise, Pierce The Veil, Polar Bear Club, Reel Big Fish, Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band, Riverboat Gamblers, Set Your Goals, Suicide Silence, Sum 41, The Adolescents, The Bouncing Souls, The Cab, The Casualties, The Dillinger Escape Plan, The Pretty Reckless, The Summer Set, VersaEmerge, Voodoo Glow Skulls, We The Kings, Whitechapel, You Me At Six and so many more. Visit http://www.vanswarpedtour.com/warpedtour/bands.asp for a full list of bands performing at each show.
Here’s some early praise from the opening weekend of the VANS WARPED TOUR:
“More than 90 bands erupted beneath an overcast sky, as new acts and established names like All-American Rejects and Andrew W.K. made for another intense sampling of hard rock, punk and hip-hop…hip-hop/rock duo 3OH!3 bounced to the main stage with a full band, igniting tough, tuneful riffs and raps to a big crowd of fans holding up the two-handed 3OH!3 salute…Andrew W.K. delivered 30 minutes of straight-ahead hard rock & roll…On another stage, Attack Attack mutated sludgy metal riffs with sudden shifts into bright pop melody, as band members bounced to the beats. The guttural death-metal roar of singer Caleb Shomo balanced with melodic, vulnerable vocals from guitarist Johnny Franck…Over on the ‘Legends Stage,’ a lesson in punk-rock history unfolded from the likes of the Adolescents, GBH and other loudfastrules veterans…The 40-minute Rejects set was a high-energy finish, as singer Tyson Ritter shouted and paced the stage like a twitchy rock & roll revivalist. On a break from writing for their next album, the band cranked the rock hooks up high.”
—Steve Appleford, ROLLING STONE.COM, June 28, 2010
“The Vans Warped Tour blew out 16 candles Friday, making it older than a good portion of the 12,000 fans who attended the opening date on the 42-city summer tour. The sun-splashed Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., was a sea of colorful Mohawks, tween screams, father-and-son moshers, F-bomb-laced T-shirts, and vendors hawking every imaginable article of punk gear. Oh, and you can bet your $5 pair of sunglasses there was music too.”
—Kevin Bronson, SPIN.COM, June 28, 2010
“After 16 years, most music festivals would be played out but the annual Vans Warped Tour has managed to simultaneously expand and refine itself while staying true to its punk roots.”
—Andrew Lentz, DRUM!, June 29, 2010
“Mom and Dad, the aggression was modest…there were no marijuana cigarettes seen floating around audiences, and security was tight, responsible and respectful, like one clean machine.”
—Colin Stutz, LA WEEKLY, 6/28/10
“If there was one thing the first day of Warped Tour 2010 proved, it was that the real action this year was to be found on the tour’s many side stages, with so many promising acts that have yet to break into the mainstream….Unlike past rosters that have been loaded with more heavy hitters, this year might have one up on those ones because he best bands are going to be new to most audiences, which is really the core of what this tour is all about.”
—Brien Overly, CAMPUS CIRCLE (Los Angeles), 6/30-7/13/10
“Now 16 years old, trumping most contemporary music festivals in terms of consecutive years running, the annual Vans Warped Tour might rightly be considered an old-school shindig. Yet the average age of Warped fans (more than half seem to be under 18) paired with often equally fledgling bands beckons a different description: trendy, hip … a scenester’s paradise, perhaps? Certainly, the festival boasted far fewer of the purists who birthed both punk and this annual tour itself during Friday’s kickoff at Carson’s Home Depot Center. But thousands of teens still got their jollies via headlining sets from power pop groups such as The Rocket Summer, Sum 41 and the All-American Rejects.”
—David Hall, THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER, 6/26/10
“There were plenty of notable sets from such bands as Motion City Soundtrack, Alkaline Trio and others, but it was pretty clear that All American Rejects were the main draw Tuesday, taking the stage just a little before 7 p.m. to a thunderous reaction from easily the biggest audience at this year’s show. Front man Tyson Ritter showed his charisma early on and easily won over the audience as the Rejects performed their hits ‘Swing, Swing,’ ‘Dirty Little Secret’ and ‘Gives You Hell’ much to the delight of the crowd.”
—Michael Escoto, ARIZONA REPUBLIC (Phoenix) June 30, 2010
“This 16-year-old festival, known to insiders as the ‘punk rock summer camp,’ is stronger than ever and rolling through the so-called downtrodden music industry without feeling financial repercussions….Indie artists, veterans and new comers performed with amazing exuberance, excitement, and pure adrenaline, which instigated the audience to unleash their inhibitions and enjoy this breezy summer day.”
—Michele McManmon, EXAMINER, 6/27/10
“You know summer has truly started when the Warped Tour swings into town. Still the show many look forward to the most after all these years, kids flocked down to the Home Depot Center in Carson to check out the bands and vendors. The selection of bands this year ranged from electronic pop, old school punk rock, all the way through to brutal heavy metal. There was certainly something for everyone this year, as promoter Kevin Lyman presented one of the strongest, most varied lineups the Warped Tour has seen on quite some time.”
—Ken Morton, HIGHWIRE DAZE (Southern California), June 26, 2010
Catch the rest of the VANS WARPED TOUR all summer:
DATE CITY VENUE
Thu 7/1 San Antonio, TX AT&T Center
Fri 7/2 Houston, TX The Showgrounds at Sam Houston Race Park
Sat 7/3 Dallas, TX Superpages.com Center
Mon 7/5 St. Louis, MO Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
Tue 7/6 Indianapolis, IN Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
Wed 7/7 Pittsburgh, PA First Niagara Pavilion
Thu 7/8 Cleveland, OH Time Warner Cable Amphitheatre
Fri 7/9 Toronto, ON Arrow Hall
Sat 7/10 Montreal, QC Parc Jean Drapeau
Sun 7/11 Hartford, CT Comcast Theater
Tue 7/13 Mansfield, MA Comcast Center
Wed 7/14 Darien Center, NY Darien Lake PAC
Thu 7/15 Scranton, PA Toyota Pavilion
Fri 7/16 Camden, NJ Susquehanna Bank Center
Sat 7/17 Uniondale, NY Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
Sun 7/18 Oceanport, NJ Monmouth Park Racetrack
Tue 7/20 Columbia, MD Merriweather Post Pavilion
Wed 7/21 Virginia Beach, VA Virginia Beach Amphitheatre
Thu 7/22 Charlotte, NC Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
Fri 7/23 St. Petersburg, FL Vinoy Park
Sat 7/24 West Palm Beach, FL Cruzan Amphitheater
Sun 7/25 Orlando, FL Firestone Amphitheatre @ The Lot
Mon 7/26 Atlanta, GA Lakewood Amphitheater
Wed 7/28 Cincinnati, OH Riverbend Music Center
Thu 7/29 Milwaukee, WI Marcus Amphitheatre
Fri 7/30 Detroit, MI Comerica Park
Sat 7/31 Tinley Park, IL First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
Sun 8/1 Shakopee, MN Canterbury Park
Mon 8/2 Bonner Springs, KS Sandstone Amphitheatre
Thu 8/5 Edmonton, AB Northlands Grounds
Sat 8/7 Salt Lake City, UT Utah State Fairgrounds
Sun 8/8 Denver, CO Invesco Field
Tue 8/10 San Diego, CA Cricket Amphitheatre
Wed 8/11 Pomona, CA Pomona Fairplex
Thu 8/12 Marysville, CA Sleep Train Amphitheatre
Fri 8/13 Nampa, ID Idaho Center Amphitheatre
Sat 8/14 George, WA Gorge Amphitheater
Sun 8/15 Hillsboro, OR Washington County Fairgrounds
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