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DUE TO FAN DEMAND, ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC RELEASES ADDITIONAL SEATS FOR THE 50TH ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS

LIMITED VIEW TICKETS AVAILABLE MARCH 18TH AT TICKETMASTER.COM

ENCINO, CA (March 16, 2015) – The Academy of Country Music announced today that due to an overwhelming fan demand, additional seats have been released for the 50th Academy of Country Music Awards on April 19, 2015 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. The limited view tickets at AT&T Stadium will go on sale on Wednesday, March 18 at 10:00 AM CT on Ticketmaster.com for $50, and are positioned to offer fans a unique vantage point with behind-the-scenes views of the awards show.

As previously announced, performers at the 50th Academy of Country Music Awards include country superstars Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Garth Brooks, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Sam Hunt, Miranda Lambert, Reba, Thomas Rhett, Blake Shelton, George Strait, Cole Swindell, Keith Urban, Florida Georgia Line and more to be announced.

“We keep finding ways to open up seats to accommodate as many of our fans as possible, and give more locals the opportunity to attend the 50th ACM Awards. These seats will give a very unique perspective inside the stadium, while offering affordable views to all of the excitement and backstage moments,” said Bob Romeo, CEO for the Academy.

Additional ticket packages for the 50th Academy of Country Music Awards and ACM Party for a Cause Festival are available at ACMawards50.com and Ticketmaster.com. These packages became available through creative stage design to accommodate more fans on February 20, after the initial ticket allotment for the show and festival sold out in 18 minutes in April. The accumulated 60,000 tickets sold in April marked the biggest and fastest selling sales record in the Academy’s history.

The 50th ACM Awards will be broadcast LIVE for the first time ever from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX on Sunday, April 19, 2015 at 8:00 PM live ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network. ACM Award winners Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan will return to co-host this super-sized night of incredible country music performances, which will cap off three days of events, including ACM Party for a Cause Festival on April 17-18, 2015 at Globe Life Park, in Arlington, Texas. This two-day outdoor music event will include multiple stages for ongoing LIVE country music performances, interactive experiences, a family-friendly country marketplace with food trucks and vendors from around the country, and much more. All participating artists will be announced at a later date. In addition, the weekend will end with the All-Star Jam, the Academy’s “official” after-party immediately following the Awards Show in the West Plaza at AT&T Stadium.

About the Academy of Country Music Awards

The 50th Academy of Country Music Awards is dedicated to honoring and showcasing the biggest names and emerging talent in the country music industry.  The show is produced for television by dick clark productions and will broadcast LIVE from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX on Sunday, April 19, 2015 at 8:00 PM live ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network. Allen Shapiro, Mike Mahan, R.A. Clark, Barry Adelman and Mark Bracco are executive producers.  Bob Romeo is executive producer for the Academy of Country Music.

 

 

NYLO Hotels are giving you the chance to have your artwork showcased in their newest hotel, NYLO Dallas Southside. The hotel is currently under construction at 1325 South Lamar at Belleview and is due to open in July 2012.

They are holding an unique competition to showcase original artwork from the dynamic local arts scene to enhance the hotel’s interior design. Winning artwork will be displayed throughout the hotel in the guestrooms, corridors and lobby.

Not only will the winning artists have their work showcased in the hotels guestrooms, corridors and lobby, they will also get some other super perks! These include cash prizes from $150 to $2000 as well as being invited the the grand opening of the hotel and the winning artwork being displayed on the NYLO website with contact details of the artist alongside it, allowing guests of the hotel to purchase the artwork.

All submissions need to be entered before Friday March 16th 2012. Winners will be notified on or around March 23rd 2012.

The competition is open to everyone, but NYLO are especially interested in submissions  from the DFW area.

“Original art created by local artists that is reflective of the neighborhoods we serve is part of the NYLO brand’s soul and DNA. Dallas is known for its wealth of talented artists and with the NYLO Dallas South Side Art program, local artists will have the opportunity to help enrich the atmosphere of the NYLO Dallas South Side and to showcase their work,” says Michael Mueller, President and CEO, NYLO Hotels.

For more details on the judging criteria, complete details on prizes, competition rules and an entry form, please visit this website.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo Credit: Crave dfw

Hello, FORT WORTH FOOD PARK!!!

As a devout follower of Food Network’s “The Great Food Truck Race,” which recently completed its second season, I was thrilled to find out that I could scratch road trip to NYC so that I can consume a grilled cheese sandwich  bought off a truck from my to-do list (OK, I still want to do that, but you know what I mean). Heck, hitting the various food trucks in Austin (which has had its own race representative), has typically been a highlight of any of my trips down I-35.

Now, a north Texas denizen has to trek no further than Fort Worth for a moveable feast. The doors (and windows) to Cowtown’s new food truck park have officially opened.  Shoot, Fort Worth might now be considered the states food truck capital soon enough. 

For now, the park will be open for dinner on Thursday and for lunch and dinner on Friday-Sunday.  Located in a lesser urbanized area of Fort Worth, tenants are hoping to expand their services to six days a week as the spring season and even other developments move in.  Plans are also in the works for a horseshoe pit and a children’s sandbox, in hopes of creating a destination spot for families.  But for the time being, the six food trucks currently slinging burgers, grilled cheese sandwiches, tacos, and cupcakes, will create quite the destination spot for me and anyone else with a similar food truck obsession.

 Here’s some of the trucks offering up their brand of goods…

http://www.thegoodkarmakitchen.com/

 http://yestaco.com/

 http://www.jakesburgers.net/

 http://www.redjettsweets.com/Home.html

 http://www.leesgrilledcheese.com/

 http://nammitruck.com/

 

These days, there are a good many websites that aim to go beyond the normal boundaries of the standard, mp3 sharing music blog. Popular sites like Daytrotter and HearYa.com are both great examples of sites that find unique ways to create art based upon the musicians they are covering. There’s a close-to-home site on the scene and it covers predominantly Texas-based acts (Sarah Jaffe, Doug Burr) with the occasional national act (Waters, Pterodactyl) thrown in for good measure. Denton based Violitionist.com (aka The Violitionist Sessions) has been great about picking some great acts and getting some great performances out of them. Who can go wrong with getting some (Texas-based act of the year?) True Widow on film?

A recent survey in Men’s Health ranks Plano as the third best city for men based on “health,” “life” and “fitness.” Here’s the deal: it’s really hard to decipher how it is that the periodical came to this conclusion, other than they claim to have measured 37 categories.  And, I can’t tell you what those 37 categories are, because after perusing the article for a good 15-20 minutes, I gave up trying to figure out the math that went into this oh, so scientific survey. What I can tell you is that Plano finished first in weight training, based on a study in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, according to the Men’s Health article. So, there’s that cause for celebration, too!

However, according to The Business Journals, Plano does top all other Texas cities in ‘brainpower.’ This ranking came from educational statistics compiled from U.S. Census data. This stat might also come from the Men’s Health determination that Plano is considered the “most tech-friendly” city in America. Interestingly enough, this was determined by counting the number of Apple and Best Buy stores per capita, as well as the percentage of households that own tablets, notebooks, or laptops. Way to go, Amex warriors of Plano! I won’t mention that there is also an article stating that viewing nude women can boost your brainpower too (oops, I just mentioned it). Now we have a guess as to what’s being bookmarked on those laptops and tablets, I suppose? 

Plano sure seems to be the “tops” of its fair share of categories. They did miss out one one crown, however. Turns out, Plano did not top the list of “Cavity Capitals”. Alas, Dallas took home that most anti-dentite of titles.

A couple of years ago I, more or less accidentally, stumbled into volunteering for the Miracle League of Frisco. For the following several weeks, I had more meaningful Saturday mornings than I had ever had to that point in my life. I haven’t been able to devote the time needed to be a valuable contributor in the two years since, but I know that a time will come, sooner than later hopefully, where I’ll excitedly rejoin the ranks of the “Bowling Buddies” in Frisco on Saturday mornings.

If you’re scratching your head wondering what I’m talking about, let me give you a bit more explanation. In many spots throughout the state, there are private donation funded Miracle Leagues. Operating under the motto of “Because Every Child Deserves to Play,” the charity, which began in 2005, gives special needs children of many types not only a chance to participate in Soccer, Bowling and Baseball, but also the chance to grow their own self-esteem and also relationships with other kids and families who share their special sets of circumstances.

This past Thursday, at the North Texas Turkey Trot in Frisco, it was the local Miracle League that benefited financially from many of the proceeds raised by the event. While financial donations are always welcome In a scenario such as this one, the need for teens and adults who are compassionate and want to share the love of sports and community with every child are also needed.

So, before you get busy doing something else, do what I hope to do again very soon. Check out the League’s site and see where ou may fit in and lend a friendly hand to some kids and families that will be more grateful,than you can possibly imagine.

 

Max Cady “40 Nights” from Zach Warner . Zulu Whiskey on Vimeo.

I’m not going to lie and say that Dallas rock band Max Cady’s newest album, Wicked Ways, is one of my favorite albums of the year. It’s solid, sure, but it’s just not revving my motor the way in which I had hoped it would, I guess. Regardless, their video for their song “40 Nights” is cool, and definitely worth your time, you dig? Enjoy…

In this coming week or two following the Turkey Day that’s just passed, there will be some notable bands and tours cutting through our state as a part of some really major tours. Wilco will make their way into Dallas on November 29th and into Austin on December 1st, for example. That’s pretty big, right?

Well, Wilco’s great, but things get even more epic and more arena-rocking in the week after Jeff Tweedy and roll through.

Perhaps the biggest, most anticipated concert tour of the year will hit our state once Jay-Z and Kanye West bring their Watch The Throne show to town. The album of the same name is already one of the better hip-hop releases of the year, but when you combine that album with the boat-load of hits the two MCs have in their arsenal already, it’s sure to be an insane night for all. Be sure to catch them in Houston (the Toyota Center) on December 5th, and then in Dallas (where I’ll be!) on December 6th. Reviews have been more than postivie so far, so it’ll be cool to see if the duo has stepped it up even further by the time they get to Texas.

To make next week even bigger, the Kentucky-bred, rough-hewn indie heroes turned arena-rock mammoths, My Morning Jacket will laser-shoot their way through the same two towns on the following two nights. Still basking in the glow of their latest, border-broadening (and excellent) release, Circuital, the Jim James-led outfit will show Texas why they can rightfully and successfully headline ACL and any other massive festival, regardless of whether they are the household name that many think they should be or not.

Next year will bring big shows: Radiohead has already announced a March tour, Roger Waters will bring the Wall back to Texas in May with giants like Foo Fighters and Coldplay sure to announce their Lone Star 2012 dates soon. But for now, for the end of 2011, the next week and a half is going to be a great time to bring the noise.

It’s been a few weeks, but what a set of pics to come roaring back with. The seminal alt-country band The Jayhawks have got the original line-up back together and are touring behind a really solid new album, Mockingbird Time. Sadly, I couldn’t personally make it to their November 16th show at the Granada Theater in Dallas, but thankfully, our intrepid rock photog, David Heidle could and did. Enjoy the shots… 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I feel good. I’m not bragging. It’s just a fact. I am happy about it. I realize I am lucky. There are people right now that are not feeling so great. I feel bad about that. I am empathetic. I hope their situation changes. I have a friend whose back is all jacked-up and has been for months and the only thing she does is complain and I’m fairly certain that does little to provide relief. I suggested that she investigate the merits of yoga and she suggested that I investigate the endless possibilities of placing anything that comes out of my mouth into a place that never sees the sun. Fair enough.

I have stopped saying that I feel good for my age. I don’t know what someone my age should feel like. I think losing most of my hair in my 20′s prepared me for what was going to happen the older I got. So now when I run into someone I havent seen for years they remark that Ihavent changed one bit. Of course, they may be referring to the fact that I’m still a bit of a jerk and dress like an unemployed skateboard salesman. But I choose to believe they are talking about my looks. And my not too fat gut.

The only medication I take is wine. I take a few supplements: Omega 3, B-12, vitamin D. I’m not sure if they work but they sure taste great when they’re knocked back with a glass or two of red. I try as hard as I can to monitor what I put in my body. If I’m putting food that is colorful into my mouth, I believe I’m on the right track. Of course, M&M’s are rainbow colored. And Twizzlers. Not sure where they fit on the anti-oxidant pyramid of goodness. But come one, foodies, doesn’t it all even out if I alternate between popping bite-sized Snickers in my cake-hole with crunchy carrot sticks? Isn’t the way to live adhering to the phrase “everything in moderation?” It’s the same reasoning behind the flu shot, right? You give yourself the flu to protect yourself from the flu. So, the best way to make your body immune to fat is to make sure it’s supplied with the same deliciousness daily. Hey, I’m certain that I’m no doctor. But I know what I like. And I like to feel good.

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Dave Little is a Dallas-based stand-up comedian, writer, musician and actor. He’s funny for Best of Texas twice a month, but he’s funny all the time on his website www.lovedavelittle.com.