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KVPI FM-2015 Louisiana Association of Broadcasters Radio Station of the Year

Members of our staff accepting the award: Cheryl DeBaillon, Ville Platte Broadcasting President Dr. Rhonda Pucheu, Bonnie Fontenot, Mark Layne, Becky Vidrine, Stephanie Ware, Louisiana Association of Broadcasters Executive Director Polly Johnson and Jennifer Meylian.


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New photo of part of the KVPI Staff: From left in the front, Bonnie Fontenot, Jenn Meylian, Becky Vidrine and Mark Layne. In the second row, from left, Emily O, Annona Balfa, Josh Godwin, "Swabby" Soileau and Stephanie Ware. Be  looking for more of these new photos on our website and Facebook pages compliments of Emily Rose Photography.


Happy New Year From All of Us at KVPI AM/FM


Fox News Radio comes to Classic Hits 92.5 KVPI Beginning December 15


Join the legendary Scott Shannon hosting the new "America's Greatest Hits" Sundays 2-6pm on Classic Hits 92.5 KVPI

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Have you subscribed to The 2 Non-Blonde's Cafe' on YouTube?

                                 

  The 2 Non-Blonde's Cafe' with

Jenn & Steph on YouTube!

 

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Candice Bennatt, Miss Ville Platte USA!

 

Candice Bennatt, Miss Ville Platte USA, joined Jenn & Steph in the

2 Non-Blonde's Cafe' this morning.  Her interview will be posted on their YouTube page soon so be sure to check it out!  

Thank you for stopping by, Candice!  

You are making Ville Platte proud!

 

 

 


Nina Blackwood's "Absolutely 80's Spotlight" is Coming to Classic Hits 92.5 KVPI

Join original MTV Host Nina Blackwood as she spotlights a certain 1980's song weekday mornings at 11:30am on the 2 Non Blonde's Cafe on Classic Hits 92.5 KVPI beginning Sept. 22.


Pine Prairie High Cheerleaders record Cheers at KVPI Studios

Classic Hits 92.5's Jenn Meylian welcomes members of the Pine Prairie High School Cheerleading Squad as they record special cheers we will air throughout football season.


American Top 40-The 80's will be heard on Classic Hits 92.5 Sundays at 10:00am


The Basile High Cheerleaders Visit KVPI Studios

KVPI DJ's Josh and Micah welcome the Basile High Cheerleaders who came to our studios to record special cheers that our listeners will be hearing throughout football season.


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The McNeese State University Women's Volleyball Team visited Jenn & Steph in the Cafe' this morning!

These young women volunteered their time to help with the 

Boys & Girls Club in Ville Platte.

Pictured above...

Members of the Women's Volleyball Team, Coaches, t

heir Trainer, Mayor Jennifer Vidrine, Jacob "Timbo" Fontenot 

along with Jenn & Steph.

Thank you all for coming in to visit!

Best of luck to you in the upcoming Volleyball Season!


KVPI AM/FM is looking to hire Sales Account Representative

We are growing!  

 

Ville Platte Broadcasting Company, the parent company of legacy stations KVPI AM/FM, is now seeking a sales account executive to join our sales team. We offer solutions to our business clients through local radio, web and live events. KVPI radio has been serving the Acadiana  area for more than 60 years in providing news, weather, sports and music programing .

 

We are looking for an experienced, outgoing, organized, responsible creative outside  advertising sales person .Your primary duty will be to develop new business by being the primary client contact in the Eunice, Opelousas, Crowley areas of our listening area.

 

The ideal candidate will possess the following: outside sales experience, good communication skills and a strong work ethic, dependable transportation and an eagerness to work hard and be part of a growing sales team dedicated for success.

 

Benefits include a monthly base salary plus a generous commission based on sales. You will have the opportunity to work for a great company who treats its employees as members of their family. Most of our employees have been with the company for more than 20 years.

Please apply in person with General Manager Mark Layne at 809 West Lasalle in Ville Platte, phone 337-363-2124 or email your resumes to kvpiamfm@gmail.com.  KVPI AM/FM is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


KVPI will cover the Ville Platte 8u girls All Stars in the National Pony League Tournament

KVPI Sports will follow the Ville Platte 8u girls All Stars in the National Pony League Softball Tournament in Youngsville. The team includes:Carlee Soileau, Aubrey Vidrine, Harlie Arnaud, Gracie McCauley, Lyndsey Vallet, Emily Stagg, Kaisyln Lafleur, Victoria Chaddrick, Peyton Guillory, Lilly Fontenot, Madison Monier and Sophia Scully. Manager is Lance Vidrine and Coaches are Chad Arnaud, Nasen Soileau and Walter Mire. The team's overall record on the summer is 20-4. Best of luck to our all stars in this tournament!


Arrest has been made in fatal shooting that took place on Monday, July 28 in Ville Platte.

 

 

Teamwork and quick response has resulted in an arrest for yesterday’s homicide.

 

The Ville Platte Police Department responded to an armed robbery call on July 28, 2014 which ended in a homicide.  Upon arrival at K&T Grocery Store on West Lincoln Road, detectives learned that the female business owner had been shot multiple times and had died as a result of her injuries.

 

The Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s Office, the Ville Platte City Marshals’ Office and the Louisiana State Trooper working the Evangeline Parish Area and the Evangeline Parish District Attorney’s Office responded to assist in the investigation. Working from leads, evidence, witness information and informants, the suspect was identified and located attempting to leave the area.  Coushatta Police and the Allen Parish Sheriff’s Office  assisted in locating the suspect and the arrest. The Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s Office placed the suspect under arrest at approximately 2:30 a.m. July 29, 2014.  

 

With the joint efforts of these agencies was a valuable tool in solving this case quickly and he appreciates those who stepped up and worked alongside the detectives and officers of the Ville Platte Police Department.  “Without being asked these agencies showed up and jumped in to gather information as quickly as possible and help solve this case.”  “Their assistance is greatly appreciated.”

 

 

Arrested was Samuel Anderson, 30 of Laran Street, Ville Platte.  Anderson was booked into the Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s Office Jail on charges of armed robbery and first degree murder.  Anderson is currently being held without bond.


KVPI Sports is covering the Mamou 8 Year old All Stars in the State Dixie Youth Tournament

KVPI Sports will be in Pineville covering the Mamou 8 Year Old in the State Dixie Youth Pitching Machine Tournament. Best of luck to our All Stars!


KVPI Sports will cover the Ville Platte Super Ten's in District Tournament Play


James Dupre Visits KVPI Studios

Country Entertainer James Dupre visited KVPI studios today just before his performance at the 2014 Smoked Meat Festival. He was interviewed by our own Stephanie Ware.


Ugliest Tie Father's Day Contest

 

Congratulations to our winners: Grand Prize-Mike Cloud, winner of the $400 recliner from Cester Youngs Furniture; Second Place-Junior Perrodin, winner of a $100 gift certificate from Ace Hardware and Third Place- Ernest Anderson, winner of the $50 gift certificate from Ace Hardware. Happy Father's Day from Classic Hits 92.5!!


KVPI-FM Named 2014 Radio Station of the Year

 

    The Louisiana Association of Broadcasters awarded KVPI-FM the prestigious “Radio Station of the Year” award on Wednesday during their Prestige Awards luncheon held in Baton Rouge. KVPI-FM, Oldies 92.5, was recognized for its dedication to community service programming to Ville Platte, Evangeline Parish and all of South Central Louisiana.

     In 2013, KVPI-FM aired 53 “Let’s Talk about It” community service interview shows of 15 minutes or more. The shows ranged from the 4-H Livestock Show with County Agent Todd Fontenot in January to a special interview show featuring local ministers airing on Christmas Day.

     KVPI-FM was involved with many community events in 2013. Among the live remotes we covered include: 4-H Livestock Show in January, Swamp Pop Museum and the Mamou Mardi Gras in February; Boggy Bayou Festival, Autism Walk and the Folk Roots Festival in April; Election Returns and Senior Day remote in May; Live all day radio auction for Dixie Youth, Smoked Meat Festival  and the French Showcase in Chataignier in June; Mamou Cajun Music Festival in September; Cotton Festival, High School Career Day and the St. Edmunds Radio Auction in October; Swine Festival in Basile in November and the Food for Families Food Drive in December.

    The Louisiana Association of Broadcasters also noted that KVPI-FM continues its tradition of local Cajun French language programming including local newscasts, La Tasse De Café live call-in shows and the Tradio program all conducted in French.

    KVPI-FM continues to promote and support our unique form of South Louisiana rock and roll known as “Swamp Pop”. We program Swamp Pop music all day on Fridays. Every year, we co-sponsor a Swamp Pop dance for the benefit of the Louisiana Swamp Pop museum located in Ville Platte.

    During 2013, KVPI Sports was very busy covering local sports. We covered more than 175 local sporting events in 2013 including high school football, basketball, baseball and softball, LSU Eunice basketball, baseball and softball along with Dixie Youth baseball and Pony softball. Our coverage also included LSU football, baseball and basketball. Travel wise, KVPI-FM was again all over the state and the country. We followed the LSU Eunice softball team to Mississippi and Texas, LSU Eunice baseball team to Oklahoma and the Mamou and Ville Platte Pony softball teams to Texas. KVPI-FM followed the Fairview Lady Panthers basketball team to the state tournament where they won another state championship

 

  • Norman Greenbaum of “Spirit in the Sky” Fame Critically Injured in Car Accident

    Photo by GAB Archive/RedfernsNorman Greenbaum, the 72-year-old singer-songwriter best known for the 1969 hit “Spirit in the Sky” was hospitalized Saturday after being critically injured in a Northern California car accident that killed a motorcyclist, the Press-Democrat reports.

    Greenbaum was still in critical condition as of Sunday afternoon, a nursing supervisor told the newspaper.

    Greenbaum was a passenger in a Subaru Outback that failed to yield to a motorcycle at an intersection in Santa Rosa, California Highway Patrol officials told the newspaper.

    CHiP officials said the motorcyclist, 20-year-old Usama Halaweh, crashed into the Subaru and died at the scene.  A passenger on the motorcycle was critically injured.

    The driver of the Subaru, identified as Bonita Perea, 63, was not injured, CHiP officials said.

    “Spirit in the Sky” has been featured in dozens of TV shows and movies over the years. It was part of the soundtrack of last year’s box office hit Guardians of the Galaxy.

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  • Eric Clapton Turns 70 Today

    Credit: George ChinHappy Birthday to Eric Clapton, who celebrates his 70th birthday today.  The blues-rock guitar legend has been one of the most influential and successful musicians to emerge from the 1960s British music scene, and is the only person ever to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame three times -- in 1992 as a member of The Yardbirds, in 1993 with Cream and in 2000 as a solo artist.

    Clapton's music career began more than 50 years ago with The Yardbirds, and he quickly earned a reputation as one of the best guitarists in the U.K.  Unhappy with the group's pop direction, he left in 1965 to join John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers.  The following year, he teamed up with one of his fellow Bluesbreakers, singer/bassist Jack Bruce, and jazz-influenced drum virtuoso Ginger Baker to form Cream.

    Cream combined improvisational blues-rock and psychedelia for a sound that influenced countless hard rock bands.  During his time with the short-lived supergroup, Clapton began to develop as a singer and songwriter, and was responsible for co-writing such classic songs as "Sunshine of Your Love," "Strange Brew" and "Badge."

    After Cream broke up in 1968, Clapton joined forces with Steve Winwood to form another supergroup, Blind Faith, which only released one self-titled album in 1969.  He then took part in a brief collaboration with the American rock/soul duo Delaney and Bonnie Bramlett before beginning an extremely successful solo career.  In 1970, the year Clapton released his self-titled solo debut, he also put out Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs, the landmark album he recorded as Derek and the Dominos, a group that also featured Duane Allman.

    Clapton scored his only #1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1974 with a cover of Bob Marley's "I Shot the Sheriff," which helped introduce the music of the reggae legend to many music fans around the world.  Eric's many other enduring solo tunes include "Lay Down Sally," "Tears in Heaven," "Wonderful Tonight," "I Can't Stand It," "Change the World" and his classic covers of the J.J. Cale songs "After Midnight" and "Cocaine."

    To mark his 70th birthday, Clapton has scheduled a pair of concert at Madison Square Garden in New York City on May 1 and 2, as well as a seven-date engagement later that month at the Royal Albert Hall in London.  He also is releasing a two-CD compilation titled Forever Man on April 28 that focuses on his solo work.

    Meanwhile, in honor of the milestone, the Where's Eric! website has gathered input from fans around the world to help put together a list of the "70 Reasons Why Eric Clapton Is an Icon."

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  • Queen's Brian May Says Sacha Baron Cohen/Freddie Mercury Announcement Was a "Small Joke"

    Photo: Neal PrestonSacha Baron Cohen has NOT been confirmed to play Freddie Mercury in a biopic about the flamboyant Queen frontman.

    Queen guitarist Brian May posted on his website that the band’s manager, Jim Beach, was just making “a small joke” last Thursday at the Artist and Manager Awards when he said Cohen had officially signed on to the long-delayed project.

    Entertainment Weekly.com reported the story on Saturday, quoting Beach as saying, “You have probably followed the saga of the famous Queen-Freddie Mercury biopic which has been developing in Hollywood for the last seven years. An important breakthrough is that we have now managed to persuade Sacha Baron Cohen to write, produce, and direct this movie, and he has also agreed to star.”

    May said Beach was just joking. "I'm afraid some folks might have taken it seriously," wrote May.

    The biopic about Mercury, who died in 1991 at the age of 45 due to complications from AIDS, has been in the works since about 2010. However, sources told EW the project has been stalled due to Cohen “not seeing eye to eye with the remaining members of Queen who have script and director approval."

    According to EW, Cohen desired a “gritty R-rated tell-all," while the band apparently preferred a PG-version of Mercury's life.

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  • Led Zeppelin Concert Film Screenings Taking Place Tonight Across the US

    Credit: Ian DicksonJust a reminder that tonight's the night that special screenings of a newly created Led Zeppelin concert film will be held at more than 300 theaters across the U.S.  The movie, titled simply Led Zeppelin, includes footage from select performances spanning the group's entire 1970s heyday.

    The film includes footage from concerts the band played at London's Royal Albert Hall in January 1970, Australia's Sydney Showground in February 1972, New York City's Madison Square Garden in July 1973, London's Earl's Court in May 1975, and the U.K.'s Knebworth Festival in August 1979.  The performances featured in the flick also appear on the Led Zeppelin DVD collection that was released in 2003.

    Among the classic songs featured in the film are "Communication Breakdown," "Immigrant Song," "Black Dog," "Misty Mountain Hop," "Going to California," "Stairway to Heaven," "Rock and Roll," "Kashmir" and "Whole Lotta Love."

    The movie, which has a running time of an hour and 45 minutes, will begin at 7:30 p.m. local time at all theaters.  Led Zeppelin is the latest installment Fathom Events' "Classic Music Series," a monthly series of one-night-only concert-film screenings that began in February with Aerosmith Rocks Donington 2014.  Visit FathomEvents.com for more information and to buy tickets.

    Here is the full list of performances features in the film, as well as the venue and the date that the footage was shot:

    "Communication Breakdown" (from Royal Albert Hall -- 1/9/1970)
    "Bring It On Home/Bring It On Back" (from Royal Albert Hall -- 1/9/1970)
    "Immigrant Song" (from Sydney Showground -- 2/27/1972)
    "Black Dog" (from Madison Square Garden -- 7/28/1973)
    "Misty Mountain Hop" (from Madison Square Garden -- 7/27/1973 & 7/28/1973)
    "The Ocean" (from Madison Square Garden -- 7/27/1973 & 7/29/1973)
    "Going to California" (from Earls Court -- 5/25/1975)
    "In My Time of Dying" (from Earls Court -- 5/24/1975)
    "Stairway to Heaven" (from Earls Court -- 5/25/1975)
    "Rock and Roll" (from Knebworth 8/4/1979)
    "Nobody's Fault but Mine" (from Knebworth -- 8/4/1979)
    "Kashmir" (from Knebworth -- 8/4/1979)
    "Whole Lotta Love" (from Knebworth -- 8/4/1979)

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  • Prince Sued over Work with Former "Voice" Contestant

    Warner Bros. RecordsPrince has been sued for working with former Voice contestant Judith Hill in alleged violation of a recording contract she has.

    Entertainment Weekly reports producer Jolene Cherry filed the suit, claiming Hill -- a backup singer who competed on The Voice in 2013 and was featured in the Oscar-winning documentary 20 Feet from Stardom -- has a deal with her and Sony, but she worked with Prince in what amounted to a breach of her contract. Hill recently released an album, Back in Time, as a free download.

    The lawsuit argues, "[T]he people who paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to develop her career and album and worked to position Hill for her first release (as well as those who co-wrote many of the songs) are sitting dumb-founded on the sidelines while Prince gives away their investment for free."

    Hill's lawyer told Entertainment Weekly that the lawsuit is "nothing but a publicity stunt." He said, “Judith Hill was and is absolutely free to perform her music as she has done. She sued in New York on March 25 to confirm that she was free and to stop Cherry from continuing to bother her. Now in response Cherry counter-sues, in Los Angeles — improperly — even though a case is already pending against Cherry in New York. The Los Angeles suit is nothing but a publicity stunt.”

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  • Bruce Springsteen Releases Recording of 1980 New Year's Eve Concert as Part of Archival Series

    Credit: Frank StefankoThe latest installment of Bruce Springsteen's series of archival concert recordings is now available for purchase at Live.BruceSpringsteen.net.  The new release documents an epic show the Boss and his E Street Band played on New Year's Eve 1980 at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, New York.

    The concert, which took place during Springsteen's tour in support of The River, was nearly four hours long and included 38 songs.  All of the performances from the show are previously unreleased except for two, a rendition of "4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)" that appeared on the Live 1975-1985 box set, and a version of "Rendezvous" that was featured on the 1996 Tracks compilation.

    Interesting songs that Springsteen and the E Street played at the show include covers of Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Who'll Stop the Rain?," Woody Guthrie's "This Land Is Your Land," Wilson Pickett's "In the Midnight Hour" and such seasonal tunes as "Auld Lang Syne" and "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town."

    The concert was recorded on 24-track tape using the Record Plant Remote truck, and the original recordings were newly mixed this month after being transferred to digital and restored.  The album can be purchased now online in multiple digital formats, including MP3, high-resolution 24-bit and CD-quality FLAC.  In addition, a three-CD set of the recording is available for pre-order, and will be shipped in late April.

    The previous concerts released as part of the Bruce Springsteen Archives series include a March 2012 performance at New York City's Apollo Theater, an August 1978 show at The Agora in Cleveland and a December 1975 concert at the Tower Theater near Philadelphia.

    Here is the full track list of Bruce and the E Street Band's December 31, 1980, concert at the Nassau Coliseum:

    Set One:
    "Night"
    "Prove It All Night"
    "Spirit in the Night"
    "Darkness on the Edge of Town"
    "Independence Day"
    "Who'll Stop the Rain?"
    "This Land Is Your Land"
    "Promised Land"
    "Out in the Street"
    "Racing in the Street"
    "The River"
    "Badlands"
    "Thunder Road"

    Set Two:
    "Cadillac Ranch"
    "Sherry Darling"
    "Hungry Heart"
    "Merry Christmas, Baby"
    "Fire"
    "Candy's Room"
    "Because the Night"
    "4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)"
    "Rendezvous"
    "Fade Away"
    "The Price You Pay"
    "Wreck on the Highway"
    "Two Hearts"
    "Ramrod"
    "You Can Look (But You Better Not Touch)"
    "Held Up Without a Gun"
    "In the Midnight Hour"
    "Auld Lang Syne"
    "Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)"

    Encore:
    "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town"
    "Jungleland"
    "Born to Run"
    "Detroit Medley"
    "Twist and Shout"
    "Raise Your Hand"

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  • Boz Scaggs Adds Summer Dates to 2015 North American Tour

    Credit: Danny ClinchBoz Scaggs' busy 2015 schedule just got a lot busier.  The soulful pop-rock singer, whose new album, A Fool to Care, will be released this Tuesday, has just announced a series of North American summer concerts that will follow the spring U.S. trek he'll embark on starting next month.

    The newly added run of dates kicks off on July 3 in Marysville, Washington, and is mapped out through an August 9 show in Ridgefield, Connecticut.  Other major cities the trek will visit include San Diego; Minneapolis; Milwaukee; Atlantic City, New Jersey; and Charlotte, North Carolina.  Scaggs' spring tour gets under way April 8 in Gainesville, Florida, and runs through a May 24 gig in Modesto, California.

    Meanwhile, Boz is scheduled to appear on NBC's The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Friday, April 3.  He'll sit in with the show's house band, The Roots.

    As previously reported, A Fool to Know currently is streaming online at Amazon.com through this Monday.

    Here are all of Scaggs' confirmed North American tour dates:

    3/30 -- Los Angeles CA, Brian Fest - Fonda Theatre
    4/8 -- Gainesville, FL, Curtis M. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
    4/9 -- Sarasota, FL, Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
    4/11 -- St. Petersburg, FL, Tampa Bay Blues Festival
    4/13 -- Ft. Lauderdale, FL, Broward Center - Au Rene Theater
    4/15 -- West Palm Beach, FL, Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts
    4/16 -- Orlando, FL, Universal Orlando's CityWalk - Hard Rock Live
    5/1 -- Biloxi, MS, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino - Hard Rock Live
    5/2 -- Peachtree City, GA, Frederick Brown Jr. Amphitheater
    5/4 -- San Antonio, TX, Tobin Center for the Performing Arts
    5/6 -- Baton Rouge, LA, River Center Theater
    5/7 -- Stafford, TX, Stafford Centre Performing Arts Theatre
    5/9 -- Grand Prairie, TX, Verizon Theatre
    5/10 -- Austin, TX, Austin City Limits Live at The Moody Theater
    5/12 -- Tucson, AZ, Fox Tucson Theatre
    5/13 -- Las Vegas, NV, The Smith Center for the Performing Arts - Reynolds Hall
    5/15 -- Temecula, CA, Pechanga Resort & Casino - Indoor Theater
    5/16 -- San Francisco, CA, The Masonic
    5/17 -- Dana Point, CA, Doheny Blues Fest
    5/19 -- San Luis Obispo, CA, Christopher Cohan Performing Arts Center - Harmon Hall
    5/20 -- Santa Rosa, CA, Wells Fargo Center for the Arts
    5/22 -- Carmel, CA, Sunset Center
    5/23 -- Stateline, NV, MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa - MontBleu Theatre
    5/24 -- Modesto, CA, Gallo Center for the Arts
    7/3 -- Marysville, WA, Tulalip Casino
    7/4 -- Coquitlam, BC, Canada, Hard Rock Casino - Vancouver
    7/7 -- Saratoga, CA, The Mountain Winery
    7/9 -- San Diego, CA, Humphrey’s Concerts by the Bay
    7/10 -- Newport Beach, CA, Hyatt Regency – Back Bay Amphitheatre
    7/11 -- Chandler, AZ, Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino
    7/13 -- Boulder, CO, Chautauqua Auditorium
    7/18 -- Minneapolis, MN, State Theatre
    7/19 -- Milwaukee, WI, Potawatomi Bingo Casino
    7/21 -- Huber Heights, OH, Music Center at The Heights
    7/22 -- Interlochen, MI, Kresge Auditorium
    7/24 -- Niagara Falls, ON, Fallsview Casino Resort
    7/25 -- Cohasset, MA, South Shore Music Circus
    7/26 -- York, PA, Strand-Capitol Performing Arts Center
    7/28 -- Verona, NY, Turning Stone Resort Casino – Showroom
    7/29 -- Morristown, NJ, Mayo Performing Arts Center
    7/31 -- Atlantic City, NJ, Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa – Music Box
    8/1 -- Lincoln, RI, Twin River Casino – Event Center
    8/2 -- Portsmouth, NH, The Music Hall
    8/4 -- North Bethesda, MD, The Music Center at Strathmore
    8/5 -- Charlotte, NC, NC Knight Theater
    8/6 -- Durham, NC, The Carolina Theatre
    8/8 -- Westhampton Beach, NY, Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center
    8/9 -- Ridgefield, CT, The Ridgefield Playhouse

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  • Update: Jefferson Starship's Paul Kantner Recovering After Suffering a Heart Attack

    Credit: Mike ThutSome new information about Jefferson Starship singer/guitarist Paul Kantner's health scare has been revealed on the band's official Facebook page.  A message posted Thursday reports, "Paul did indeed have a heart attack," adding that "he had a procedure [Thursday] afternoon and he'll be recovering in the hospital the next few days before heading back to San Francisco to recuperate."

    The group also thanks fans "for all of your incredible support."

    News of 74-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer's illness was first reported on Wednesday, when it was revealed that Kantner had been hospitalized and was undergoing tests to find out what was wrong.  The Jefferson Starship has decided to continue its current tour while Kantner recuperates.  The band's show takes place tonight in Uncasville, Connecticut.

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  • Stevie Wonder to Be Presented with Braille Baseball Bat Tonight in Louisville

    Image Courtesy of Louisville SluggerStevie Wonder will be presented with a unique gift tonight to commemorate his concert at the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, Kentucky.  The Louisville Slugger company has created a special baseball bat featuring a message engraved in Braille in honor of the Motown legend's show.

    The message, which appears both in Braille and regular lettering, reads: "STEVIE WONDER, SONGS IN THE KEY OF LIFE TOUR, MARCH 27, 2015, LOUISVILLE, KY."  The bat boasts a maple finish and features orange and white accents to represent the prominent colors on the singer's classic 1976 album, Songs in the Key of Life, which he's performing in its entirety on his current tour.

    To make the Braille inscription, a laser engraver was employed that used a special computer file made by Louisville's American Printing House for the Blind.

    "This is the first time we've made a Braille bat in our 131 years," says Louisville Slugger executive Rick Redman.  "We aren't aware of any other company making a Braille bat.  It's great that laser technology allowed us to do it, and we're honored to be able to provide this special bat to the one and only Stevie Wonder."

    Replicas of the Braille bat currently are being displayed at the Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory.  The company previously has created special bats to celebrate other famous music stars' shows at the KFC Yum! Center, including Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen, and Beyonce.

    Wonder's Songs in the Key of Life Tour is scheduled through an April 14 concert in Newark, New Jersey.

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  • Report: Rolling Stones Now Planning to Announce North American Tour Next Week

    Credit: Brian RasicAs Rolling Stones fans know, the band intended to announce details of a 2015 North American tour on Thursday, March 19.  Those plans were delayed, reportedly because of ticketing issues involving the trek's promoters.  Now, Hits Daily Double is reporting that, according to insiders, The Stones will make the tour announcement sometime next week.

    The same sources tell Hits Daily Double that the trek will visit stadiums and other large venues in 16 cities and, as previously reported, will kick off over the Memorial Day weekend at San Diego's Petco Park.  The insiders also claim the tour will feature shows May 30 at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio; June 6 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas; June 10 at Vanderbilt Stadium in Nashville; June 13 at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Florida; June 30 at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California; July 4 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway; and July 1 at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Buffalo, New York.

    Sources say tickets for these concerts will go on sale to the general public on April 13, with pre-sale tickets being made available starting April 8.

    Meanwhile, The Rolling Stones recently launched a contest offering a trip for two to an undisclosed location, where the winner apparently will get the chance to introduce the band prior to a concert.  The contest winner also will receive and a commemorative video of the event shot by the band's official videographer.  Fifty runners-up will receive a collection of Stones vinyl.  You can enter the contest now until April 2 at JustAKissAway.rocks.

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  • INDUSTRY NEWS

    HUGH JACKMAN CONFIRMS THIRD 'WOLVERINE' FILM: Hugh Jackman took to Instagram on Saturday (March 28th) to confirm that he will be playing Wolverine one more time in a stand-alone film. He shared a photo showing three of Wolverine's iconic claws jutting out and wrote, "WOLVERINE ...ONE LAST TIME. HJ" Hugh has played Wolverine in all of the X-Men films and two solo movies.

    ELLEN DEGENERES DOCU-SERIES COMING TO NBC: NBC has ordered eight episodes of a new docu-series from Ellen DeGeneres called First Dates. The show follows eight couple who meet for the first time and decide whether they have enough chemistry to go out again. Production will begin in Chicago in July. It is based on a series that launched in the UK.

    MASI OKA JOINS 'HEROES REBORN': Heroes star Masi Oka is returning for NBC's upcoming limited series, Heroes Reborn. He was nominated for an Emmy and Golden Globe for his role as Hiro Nakamura -- a man with ability to control time and space. Masi said in a statement, "I’m excited to return to my 'Heroes' roots. Hiro Nakamura was such an inspirational role to play, and I'm hoping the fans will enjoy seeing him back on TV."

    JULIA LOUIS-DREYFUS IN TALKS FOR AMERICAN ADAPTATION OF 'FORCE MAJEURE': Veep star Julia Louis-Dreyfus is negotiating a deal to star in the American remake of the award-winning Swedish drama Force Majeure. She will be playing the wife of a man who deserts his family during an avalanche that hits their resort in the French Alps. Julia is also expected to have a producer credit on the adaptation.

    'THE BFG' ADDS BILL HADER: Bill Hader has been added to the cast of Steven Spielberg's The BFG -- based on the children's book by Roald Dahl. The story involves a young girl who teams up with the Queen of England and a giant to capture evil, man-eating giants who are invading the human world. Bill will be playing one of the giants. The BFG is scheduled to hit theaters on July 1st, 2016.

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  • TARAJI P. HENSON APOLOGIZES FOR SAYING HER SON WAS RACIALLY PROFILED

    Taraji P. Henson has issued a public apology to the police department in Glendale, California for accusing them of racially profiling her 20-year-old son, Marcel Johnson. Video footage obtained by TMZ revealed that nothing out of the ordinary went down when the incident occurred last October when he was pulled over for failing to yield at a crosswalk.

    The Empire star posted to Instagram on Friday (March 27th,) "I would like to publicly apologize to the officer and the Glendale Police Department. A mother's job is not easy and neither is a police officer's. Sometimes as humans we over react without gathering all of the facts. As a mother in this case I overreacted and for that I apologize."

    • Taraji originally called out the cops in Uptown magazine for illegally searching his car even though the video revealed he actually admitted to having weed in the vehicle. He was given a citation for possession but got a pass for the original violation which would have required him to attend traffic school.
    • Henson also said that Marcel was stopped by police on campus at USC just for having his hands in his pockets.
    • The two incidents prompted her to transfer her son to Howard University.

    The Footage:

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  • BETHENNY FRANKEL HAS A PERSONALITY COACH

    Bethenny Frankel is allegedly hoping to revamp her image with the help of a personality coach. According to Page Six, the 44-year-old is hoping that the hired help could help her "tone down."

    Bethenny is reportedly under the impression that the ongoing drama of her divorce and her failed talk show brought on the need for a little personality makeover. A source said, "She's turned herself into a victim and been told by these coaches to be much more demure, and not be as harsh as she was."

    • Frankel is rejoining the Real Housewives of New York this season after leaving the show in 2010.

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  • 'AUSTIN & ALLY' AND 'HUNGER GAMES' ARE THE KIDS' CHOICE

    Former Disney actor Nick Jonas briefly became a Nickelodeon star to host the Kids' Choice Awards on Saturday night (March 28th.) The singer kicked off the show by serenading the audience with his songs "Chains" and "Jealous" while back by the teen metal band, Unlocking the Truth. The night also included performances by Jennifer Hudson and Iggy Azalea singing "Trouble" and 5 Seconds of Summer covering "What I Like About You" by The Romantics.

    Emma Stone took home the first award for Favorite Movie Actress. The cast of Modern Family had the honor of being the first winners of the night to have buckets of slime dumped on them. Angelina Jolie made her first public appearance since revealing her preventative cancer surgery last week. She was joined by daughters Shiloh and Zahara who cheered their mom on while she accepted the award for Favorite Villain.

    • Disney Channel's Austin & Ally was the favorite in the TV categories taking home blimps for Favorite Kids TV Show, Favorite TV Actor, and Favorite TV Actress.
    • On the movie side, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay -- Part 1 also took home three awards -- Favorite Movie, Favorite Male Action Star, and Favorite Female Action Star which Jennifer Lawrence won for both Hunger Games and X-Men: Days of Future Past.
    • Jennifer Lopez made a cameo to present the award for Favorite Male Singer to Nick who thanked all of his fans before getting drenched in slime.
    • The cast of The Thundermans were the first people ever to go through the human slime car wash.

    The Winners:

    TELEVISION
    Favorite Talent Competition Show: The Voice
    Favorite Family TV Show: Modern Family
    Favorite Kids TV Show: Austin & Ally
    Favorite TV Actor: Ross Lynch, Austin & Ally
    Favorite TV Actress: Laura Marano, Austin & Ally
    Favorite Cartoon: SpongeBob SquarePants
    Favorite Reality Show: Dance Moms

    FILM
    Favorite Movie: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay -- Part 1
    Favorite Villain: Angelina Jolie, Maleficent
    Favorite Movie Actor: Ben Stiller, Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb
    Favorite Movie Actress: Emma Stone, The Amazing Spider-Man 2
    Favorite Animated Movie: Big Hero 6
    Favorite Male Action Star: Liam Hemsworth, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay -- Part 1
    Favorite Female Action Star: Jennifer Lawrence, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay -- Part 1 and X-Men: Days of Future Past

    MUSIC
    Favorite New Artist: Fifth Harmony
    Favorite Music Group: One Direction
    Favorite Male Singer: Nick Jonas
    Favorite Female Singer: Selena Gomez
    Favorite Song Of The Year: "Bang Bang" Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj

    OTHER CATEGORIES
    Most Addicting Game: Minecraft
    Favorite Book: Diary of a Wimpy Kid series

    SOUND FROM THE SHOW:

    In clip one, Angelina Jolie accepts award for Favorite Villain.

    • "Thank you so much for all the kids who voted. I want to say when I was little, like Maleficent, I was told that I was different. I felt i was out of place, I was too loud and too full of fire and never good at sitting still, never good at fitting in and then one day I realized something. Something I hope you realize. Different is good. So don't fit in. Don't sit still. Don't ever try to be less than what you are and when someone tells you that you are different, smile and hold your head up high and be proud. And as your villain, I would say cause a little trouble. It's good for you."
    AUDIO: KIDS CHOICE AWARDS 2015 ANGELINA JOLIE ACCEPTS AWARD FOR FAVORITE VILLAIN
    AUDIO: KIDS CHOICE AWARDS 2015 EMMA STONE ACCEPTS AWARD FOR FAVORITE MOVIE ACTRESS
    AUDIO: KIDS CHOICE AWARDS 2015 NICK JONAS ACCEPTS AWARD FOR FAVORITE MALE SINGER
    AUDIO: KIDS CHOICE AWARDS 2015 NICK JONAS INTRODUCES THE SHOW

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  • LENA DUNHAM UNDER FIRE FOR OFFENSIVE QUIZ IN NEW YORKER

    Lena Dunham has come under fire once again. The Girls star is receiving backlash from a piece she wrote for the New Yorker called "Dog or Jewish Boyfriend? A Quiz" about her boyfriend, Jack Antonoff.

    The article includes quips such as "He doesn't tip," "He has hair all over his body, like most males who share his background," and, "He comes from a culture in which mothers focus every ounce of their attention on their offspring." The Anti-Defamation League released a statement slamming the piece saying, "Some will certainly find Lena Dunham's stereotypes about cheap Jews offensive. Others will take issue with the very idea of comparing a dog and a Jewish boyfriend. While we understand that humor is its own special brand of expression and always try to give leeway to comedians, we wish that she had chosen another, less insensitive way to publicly reflect on her boyfriend's virtues and vices. We are surprised that the New Yorker chose to print it."

    • New Yorker editor-in-chief David Remnick addressed the controversy saying, "The Jewish-comic tradition is rich with the mockery of, and playing with, stereotypes. Anyone who has ever heard Lenny Bruce or Larry David or Sarah Silverman or who has read 'Portnoy's Complaint' knows that. Lena Dunham, who is Jewish and hugely talented, is a comic voice working in that vein. Richard Pryor and Chris Rock do the same about black stereotypes; Amy Schumer does it with women and gender. I don't mind if one reader or another didn't find the piece funny. People can differ on that. But considering all the real hatred and tragedy in the world, the people getting exercised about the so-called anti-Semitism of this comic piece, like those who railed at Philip Roth a generation or two ago, are, with respect, howling in the wrong direction."
    • Twitter users have been on both sides of the argument and many critics have bashed the piece for just not being very funny.

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  • TWO MORE WOMEN ACCUSE BILL COSBY OF SEXUAL ASSAULT

    Two more women have accused Bill Cosby of sexual assault. Lawyer Gloria Allred held a press conference on Friday (March 27th) with Sunni Welles and Margie Shapiro. Shapiro has claimed that her incident with Cosby occurred in 1975 when she was 19.

    According to Gawker, Shapiro has claimed that Cosby had invited her to dinner but they ended up at the Playboy Mansion guest house instead. Shapiro says she and Cosby played a game of pinball and he said that whoever lost would swallow a random pill. Shapiro lost, took the pill and when she came to, the first thing she noticed was "Bill Cosby's face not far above me and we were both naked. He was inside me and touching me and I was so grossed out, I can't find the words to express my disgust."


    Meanwhile, Welles said that when she was 17 back in 1960s, Cosby took her to a jazz club and she blacked out after drinking a soda. She said that Cosby allegedly told her that she had gotten drunk on champagne and must have stripped herself. She said that a second outing with Cosby ended the same way. Welles explained, "I remember drinking a Coke and again I awakened in the same room alone and naked. This time I didn't call him and I never heard from Bill Cosby again."

    Over 30 women have accused Bill Cosby of sexually assaulting them.

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  • CELEBRITY GOSSIP

    KIM KARDASHIAN KEEPS GETTING DENIED FROM SOHO HOUSE: Tim Geary, the former membership director of L.A.'s Soho House has revealed some of the big names who have not made the cut to join. He revealed to The Hollywood Reporter that Kim Kardashian and other reality stars have been denied access to the private club. Tim said, "We denied access to every Real Housewife who applied. Kim Kardashian has unsuccessfully tried numerous times. Kobe Bryant showed up and chose not to join. We didn't let him up. There was debate over Britney Spears. Not sure how that played out. We tried not to give membership to people who would fuel paparazzi or bring press." Geary added, "The hardest memberships to deal with, though, were the headmistress of the school you want your kids to get into and the coaches of my sons' baseball and soccer teams."

    PRINCE HARRY ATTENDS HIS EX'S SHOW: Prince Harry showed some love to his ex, Cressida Bonas, by attending a performance of the play she is acting in. The royal attended opening night of The Importance of Being Earnest last Wednesday (March 25th) but sources say people shouldn't read too much into it. One insider told Us Weekly, "They're not back together or getting back together. Him going to the Importance of Being Earnest was him supporting someone who has been an important part of his life. They both still talk and support each other's work." Harry and Cressida split up last September.

    SAM WORTHINGTON WELCOMES FIRST CHILD: Sam Worthington is a dad for the first time. His wife, Lara Bingle, gave birth to a baby boy last week. It is unclear what they named him. Lara's pregnancy was first reported back in September.

    MICHELLE RODRIGUEZ LOVES CAVIAR: Fast & Furious star Michelle Rodriguez has an expensive taste for caviar. Sources say she has been known to hit up restaurants in L.A. where she supposedly pays up to $700 to feed her craving. According to Us Weekly, Michelle often dines alone and asks to be seated in a back corner to while she enjoys her favorite food.

    'SNL' CAST MEMBER ACCUSES NATASHA LEGGERO OF STEALING HIS JOKE: Comedian Natasha Leggero appeared on @Midnight on Friday (March 27th) where she made a joke that ripped off something Saturday Night Live's Pete Davidson said during Comedy Central's Roast of Justin Bieber. Pete joked during the roast that Jeff Ross looks like someone microwaved Seth Rogen. Natasha's joke on @Midnight was "Jeff Ross looks like someone put a butter sculpture of Mr. Clean in the microwave." Pete tweeted on Sunday (March 29th,) ".@natashaleggero how the f**k u gonna do a joke on @midnight that I did on the Bieber roast that we were on together?" Natasha responded by writing, "@petedavidson @midnight OMG so sorry I would never intentionally steal your joke- we had similar jokes and I forgot about yours." He wrote back, ".@natashaleggero it's all good. I believe it was unintentional. Just passionate about the jokes cause we all worked so hard on it."

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  • WEEKEND MOVIE WRAP-UP

    Pop royalty beat out two kings of comedy at the weekend box office. Rihanna's animated film, Home, nabbed the top spot with 54 million with Kevin Hart and Will Ferrell's Get Hard debuting in second place with $34.6 million.

    20th Century Fox exec Chris Aronson addressed the success of Home saying, "When a movie clicks, there's a confluence of events. There were several linchpins that made Home work. There was a stellar voice cast who believed in the film and worked it professionally." The film also features the vocal talents of Jennifer Lopez, Steve Martin and Jim Parsons.

    • Ferrell and Hart nabbed the highest R-rated openings of their careers with Get Hard.
    • The success of It Follows in limited release has prompted RADiUS studios and Dimension Films to open the critically acclaimed horror film in more theaters next weekend and postpone its VOD release.
    • Divergent sequel, Insurgent, dropped into third place making 58% less at the box office in its second week.
    • Focus, Chappie, and The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water fell out of the top 10 to make room for the week's new arrivals.

    THIS WEEKEND'S TOP TEN MOVIES -- MARCH 27 - MARCH 29

    1. Home, $54M
    2. Get Hard, $34.6M
    3. Insurgent, $22M
    4. Cinderella, $17.5M
    5. It Follows, $4M
    6. Kingsman: The Secret Service, $3.05M
    7. Run All Night, $2.2M
    8. The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, $2.185M
    9. Do You Believe?, $2.15M
    10. The Gunman, $2M

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  • SCOTT DISICK PLANS TO GO BACK TO REHAB

    Scott Disick claims that people have it all wrong regarding his recent week-long stint in rehab.

    The Keeping Up With the Kardashians star opened up about the experience to People saying, "The funny thing is, a lot of people were under the impression that I was going to this rehab facility in Costa Rica for a month, when the truth was, I was going for a week for one treatment that they have there. I'm not done. I plan to go back to this place." Scott continued, "It's an amazing place. It's beautiful and I love it, but I wasn't able to spend three or four weeks there right now. I never planned on it, and everyone keeps telling me that I dropped out early. I wanted to actually Instagram or tweet a photo of my tickets that showed that I never intended to stay any longer than I stayed...I'm a work in progress and anything that I can do to better myself, I'm trying."

    • The father of three also discussed his time at the Rhythmia Life Advancement Center saying, "It kind of resets the receptors in your brain and kind of helps you kind of remember and look at your childhood and gain knowledge on what's gone wrong that makes you want to either drink or do drugs or whatever it may be that compensates for what you're not getting. It helped me dramatically to see some of the things that have troubled me in the past, but I'm not done. I plan to go back and I hope it helps me even more to get to a point where I'm fully cured of some of things that I struggle with."
    • Scott was photographed partying at a club in Costa Rica the day after leaving Rhythmia. He also hosted a party at 1OAK in Vegas last Friday (March 27th.)
    • It is rumored that Scott was actually paid to stay at Rhythmia.

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