May 23rd, 2013
The Boston Red Sox host the Cleveland Indians for four games at Fenway Park starting on Thursday and including day games on Saturday and Sunday. The series pits two of the top four teams in the American League against one another, as the Red Sox currently sit at 27-18, 1.5 games behind the Yankees in the AL East. The Indians lead the AL Central at 26-17.
Cleveland will likely have revenge on its mind after Boston swept a three game series in Cleveland in April by a combined score of 19-8.
The Red Sox have been lead by the offensive output of David Ortiz, Dustin Pedroia and Daniel Nava. Ortiz is hitting .364 with seven home runs and 29 runs driven in, while Pedroia is hitting .343 with 21 RBI and 32 runs. Pedroia has also stolen eight bases. Nava is batting .298 with six home runs and 27 runs batted in.
The Indians are led at the plate by Michael Brantley and Carlos Santana. Brantley is hitting .301 with two home runs and 19 RBI, while Santana is batting .300 with seven home runs and 16 runs batted in.
Boston’s pitching staff is led by Jon Lester and Clay Buchholz, who are both 6-0 on the year. Lester has a 2.72 earned runs average and a 1.01 WHIP, while Buchholz has a 1.78 earned runs average and a 1.04 WHIP.
Justin Masterson is the ace of the Indians staff, with a 7-2 record and a 2.83 earned runs average. His WHIP is 1.13. Behind him, Ubaldo Jimenez and Corey Kluber are both 3-2, while Zach McAllister is 3-3.
The Red Sox have the second best offense in terms of runs scored in the American League, while the Indians are sixth. In terms of pitching, the Red Sox have the fifth best ERA in the American League at 3.80, while the Indians are seventh at 3.83.
Obviously these are two closely matched teams and it should be a hotly contested series at Fenway Park this weekend, so don’t miss out. Get your tickets today and enjoy some exciting summer action between the Red Sox and Indians.
May 22nd, 2013
It’s one of the tensest times in the playoffs. About halfway through the round things still stand pretty much even for most teams, with many only trailing by one very achievable game. And with this being Round 2, teams are desperate to make it to the conference finals to not only take the title within that conference, but also to play for the envied Stanley Cup.
Boston Bruins vs. New York Rangers
Boston leads 2-0
The Rangers are perhaps the team that’s in the biggest trouble right now, trailing by two in their series. The biggest problem New York’s been having isn’t their goaltending, although some were disappointed with Lundqvist’s performance in Game 2; it’s their other top producer, Rick Nash, who just hasn’t been producing. That and the fact that Boston found their groove just as these two teams prepared to face off.
Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Ottawa Senators
Pittsburgh leads 2-1
The Rangers can be heartened by this story — the Senators were also down two in their series against the number one seed in the conference, but they’ve managed to bring that up by one. With tenacity and maybe more heart than any other team in the playoffs right now, the Sens have certainly proved to be a tougher match for the Pens than many thought they’d be. Still, they’re going to need more drive than ever if they ever want to take on the offensive-heavy Penguins.
L.A. Kings vs. San Jose Sharks
L.A. leads 2-1
Last year’s champions are still looking to take the Cup once again, but this round’s going to prove difficult for them. This series will take the full seven games, and it’s all going to depend on that last game and who’s readier for it.
Detroit Red Wings vs. Chicago Blackhawks
Detroit leads 2-1
The Blackhawks undoubtedly had the best record in the entire regular season, but none of that matters now. Detroit was the serious underdog coming into this series, but Chicago will need to find new ways to win if they don’t want their superior season to be for naught.
May 21st, 2013
There’s no stopping the biggest concert tours currently traveling around the country; the top five remains just as it was last week. That should only be further evidence that these are definitely some of the best acts you could catch right now; so in case you missed it check out the highest-grossing concerts of the week, and then get your tickets today!
5.) Pink, The Truth about Love Tour
Average ticket price: $76.84
Is it a concert or an acrobatic show? It’s hard to tell, but little about Pink has changed — she’s still putting on one of the greatest live shows you could see.
4.) Kenny Chesney, No Shoes Nation
Average ticket price: $76.67
Spend a few hours with Kenny Chesney and you’ll get a taste of what real partying actually is. This is one of the most fun shows on the road right now, so be sure to catch it!
3.) George Strait, The Cowboy Rides Away Tour
Average ticket price: $83.42
Country music has lost too many legends lately, so fans aren’t wasting the opportunity to see one of the greats while he’s still on the road. This is his last tour, so make sure you don’t miss George Strait when he rides through your town!
2.) Bon Jovi, Because We Can Tour
Average ticket price: $96.53
Fans know that Bon Jovi can do just about anything, and they want to be there when they do. That’s the reason the band continues to sell out venues, and nearly reaches the number one spot for the second week in a row.
1.) Taylor Swift, Red Tour
Average ticket price: $81.34
Taylor Swift has lots of reasons to continue painting the town Red — she won 8 Billboard awards this past weekend! Taylor’s songs are some of the catchiest on earth, and you could see her perform them live!
May 18th, 2013
Fans were super excited when Taylor Swift announced at the end of last year that she was taking her “Red” album on the road for the Red tour. But quickly following that excitement was disappointment that this time around, Swiftie seemed to be keeping it strictly to the United States. Now, with months still left in her North American leg, Taylor has announced that she is in fact, going to be taking the act overseas!
According to her YouTube video announcement, which you can view here, Taylor will kick off an Australian and New Zealand leg in November and December, just about a month after she wraps things up in the States. While there she’ll be hitting Auckland, Sydney, Brisbane, Perth, and Melbourne — that’s four stadiums, and one arena. And that should be plenty to keep her Aussie fans happy for a little while!
Pre-sales for the Australian leg start on May 14, with general sales opening on May 21. Taylor’s popularity has always been huge in Australia, with all four of her albums going either platinum or multi-platinum in the country.
“Swift is a superstar globally and has repeatedly sold out multiple arenas in both Australia and New Zealand,” said Michael Gudinski, tour promoter in a statement. “She has proven herself to be one of the most significant female artists of our time and it is a natural progression to see her take her touring to the next level here.”
And she’ll most likely take it to other parts of the world as well, such as the U.K. Her Speak Now World Tour spanned the better part of two years, and it’s hard to see Taylor stopping even after these handfuls of shows are played in Australia.
May 16th, 2013
There’s something about the story of “The Lion King.” Whether it’s the prodigal son returning home, venturing out to truly find yourself, or just simply good overcoming evil, there’s something about this Disney tale that everyone can relate to. And the fact that there are cute fuzzy lions involved doesn’t hurt. Now, its success and popularity has been proven once again. This time, on Broadway.
The Lion King has been playing on Broadway since 1997 and since that time it’s grossed $853,846,062 — just edging out The Phantom of the Opera, which has grossed $853,122,062 since its opening just three months before The Lion King.
Along with being the highest-grossing Broadway show of all time, The Lion King also becomes one of the longest-running. With 514 productions in over 15 years, there are only five shows that have had a longer run on Broadway, each just as iconic as the next. They include A Chorus Line, Cats, Les Miserables, Phantom of the Opera, and Chicago.
The Lion King just celebrated its fifteenth anniversary on Broadway back in November, and it’s still playing at the Minskoff Theatre today. It’s most known for its vibrant costumes, dynamic dance numbers, and of course, that familiar song and story of Simba and his friends. Be sure to get your tickets so you can be a part of Broadway history, and see the “Circle of Life” continue right before your eyes.
May 15th, 2013
It’s only the third year for the Hangout Music Fest, but it’s quickly becoming one of the biggest music festivals of the year, and the first of its kind to ever be seen in Gulf Shores, Alabama. Indie rock, reggae, rap, rock, funk, alternative, and electronica are all parts of the festival year after year, and this year’s lineup proves that once again. Two of the biggest names in hip hop, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, are going to be there; along with a slew of other great acts, too!
Macklemore and Ryan Lewis are currently enjoying the success of their full-length debut album, The Heist, which was released last October. The album saw many singles including “Same Love” and “Thrift Shop,” and a tour that sold out multiple venues in minutes ensued. Now they’ll include along the way of that tour the Hangout Music Fest, on May 17 — May 19. With 35,000 people in attendance last year, that gives plenty of fans the chance to see this phenomenal duo live in concert!
Also appearing at this year’s festival will be Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Stevie Wonder, Kings of Leon, The Black Crowes, Kendrick Lamar, Bloc Party, Twenty One Pilots, the Trey Anastasio Band, The Shins, and more! It may only be the third year that this festival has run but it always sells out, so make sure to get your tickets today!
May 14th, 2013
After losing the opening game of the series, the Heat have bounced back to rattle off three straight wins en route to a 3-1 series lead. That means Miami has a chance to close the series out at home Wednesday night.
The most recent game was an 88-65 Miami win in Chicago, with LeBron James scoring 27 points, dishing out eight assists and grabbing seven rebounds.
The Bulls were again shut down offensively, shooting just 26 percent from the field and 12 percent from three-point range. Nate Robinson was held scoreless, going 0-for-5 from three-point range and 0-for-12 from the field.
Bulls star Derrick Rose still has not returned from a knee injury, though he has flirted with the idea by warming up before games. The Bulls were also without Luol Deng and Kirk Hinrich on Monday night.
The Heat were dominant this year, going 66-16 to post the best record in the NBA and at one point rattling off 27 wins in a row. The winner of the series will take on the winner of the Pacers and Knicks series, which won’t be wrapped up until later this week.
So far LeBron James has been impressive in the playoffs, as usual, averaging nearly 24 points and more than seven assists and seven rebounds per game. While James points are down slightly from his regular season totals, his assists and rebounds are holding steady. James has shot 55 percent from the floor in the playoffs and 33 percent from three-point range.
While the Bulls first order of business in trying to extend the series is finding a way to get their offense going, their second must be finding a way to slow down James.
Since their series opening 93-86 win, the Bulls have been outscored 307-237. That’s an average of 23 points per game, with the average scores being 102-79. That shows that the Bulls have their work cut out for them, and it seems nothing short of a return by Rose, Deng and Hinrich can keep them alive.
Don’t miss out on the potential deciding game in Miami Wednesday night; get your tickets right away.
May 12th, 2013
Currently, David Copperfield has shows scheduled through September in Las Vegas at the Hollywood Theater at the MGM Grand, which means that pretty much anytime you are in Las Vegas, you can see the illusionist at work.
Copperfield has won 21 Emmy Awards for his made for television specials and has been able to set 11 Guinness World Records. The 56-year-old has sold more than 40 million tickets throughout his career, which demonstrates how popular he is and what a draw his shows can be.
As a young magician, David Copperfield was a prodigy, performing in his neighborhood at the age of 10 and teaching a course at New York University by the time he was old enough to drive. The illusionist began appearing in television specials in the late 1970s and his career was quickly on the rise.
He’s now made appearances in movies, on television, at live events and on documentaries. He’s now got a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and has been recognized by the Library of Congress as a living legend. Numerous publications have named Copperfield the best magician of our time and he’s twice been named the “Magician of the Year,” by the Academy of Magical Arts.
Most nights of his performances, Copperfield performs two shows. The first gets started at 7:00 p.m., while the second begins at 9:30 p.m. That goes to show just how popular of a performer Copperfield is in Las Vegas, with enough demand for two shows in a night on numerous nights per week.
For those who consider Las Vegas a city of not just gambling, but also of world class entertainment, David Copperfield is a must see act. Whether you’re left wondering how he managed to pull off a particular trick or simply amazed by his talents, David Copperfield will be one of the top performers you see in Sin City.
Don’t wait until the last minute to get your tickets, as things always run more smoothly when you plan ahead. Get your David Copperfield tickets now and make sure to lock it into your vacation plans.
May 9th, 2013
After dropping The 20/20 Experience and seeing two singles skyrocket up the charts, Justin Timberlake is announcing his fall tour, which will kick off on Halloween in Montreal at the Centre Bell. The 20/20 Experience World Tour will swing through his home state of Tennessee with dates in Nashville on November 15 and Memphis on November 18.
Other big dates include Las Vegas on November 21, Dallas on December 4 and Houston on December 5. Timberlake will hit Atlanta on December 17 and Orlando on December 19.
The format of the album should make for an interesting concert, as seven of the songs on the album are more than seven minutes long, including “Mirrors,” which is currently number five on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart. One of the shorter songs on the album, “Suit and Tie,” has reached as high as number three on the U.S. charts and features Jay-Z, who Timberlake is currently on tour with.
Timberlake’s biggest career hits include “SexyBack,” “My Love,” “What Goes Around… Comes Around,” and “Cry Me a River.” Timberlake is also likely to perform “Summer Love,” “Rock Your Body,” “Dead and Gone,” “Give It to Me,” and “Ayo Technology.”
In addition to his performance as a vocal artist, Timberlake is a talented dancer and actor, which should combine to make the show a special night for all in attendance. More material for the tour will release right before the shows begin, as Timberlake will drop the second half of the 20/20 Experience album on September 30.
This is Timberlake’s first tour in six years, as he’s making his return from somewhat of a musical hiatus. Over time, Timberlake has made the transformation from a child actor and boy band singer into a pop artist with a following of teenage girls, until he finally hit his current form, as a multi-talented performer with a much wider range of followers.
That means that tickets will likely be in higher demand, so you shouldn’t wait until the last minute to pick up tickets for the show closest to you. The tour runs from October 31 in Montreal through February 10 in Omaha, with many stops in between.
May 8th, 2013
Just a couple of days into the second round of the NBA playoffs, and things are already getting tense. Will the Heat take it again? And will the Thunder once again, be the only team that stands in their way? Yes, it’s true. This year’s playoff run is looking very similar to last year’s. But now with Russell Westbrook out with injury, things may not be so certain for the Thunder this time around.
Whether or not Westbrook’s injury will have any impact on the Thunder’s performance remains yet to be seen. They do still have Kevin Durant, Ronnie Brewer, and Nick Collison still working hard for them and this trio, along with the rest of the talent on the team, could very well be enough to advance at least to the Western conference semi-finals.
If there’s any team that can give the Thunder a run for their money, it’s the San Antonia Spurs. This team is dealing with a slew of injuries right now, and getting past those will prove to be the team’s biggest challenge. Still if they can play like they did in round one against the mighty Los Angeles Lakers, they could pull it off — if they can get past the Golden State Warriors. Yes, the Warriors are the underdogs in this series, but among other championship-contender qualities they have, they also have the very dangerous Stephen Curry.
As for the East, the Miami Heat very well could take it again, if only in their own conference. They’re playing a very hurt Chicago Bulls team right now, and that as well as the fact that the Heat have outplayed the Bulls all season will work in their favor. With the New York Knicks clearly not being much of a challenge for the Heat, it could be the Indiana Pacers that take the Heat to the task to see who will move onto the Finals.
Is your team still in the playoffs? Who do you think will be in the NBA Finals, and who do you think will win the championship this year?