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Janet Jackson to Headline 2020 Cincinnati Music Festival

Janet Jackson Headlines 2020 Cincinnati Music Festival set for July 23-25

Multi-talented singer-songwriter Janet Jackson will headline the three-day Cincinnati Music Festival presented by P&G, to be held July 23-25 at Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati. Tickets are available now at Ticketmaster.com.

The festival starts Thursday night with Vibe’s Party with a Purpose, featuring Biz Markie and BJ the Chicago Kid. On Friday, the lineup includes Jonathan Butler, Tony Toni Tone, Fantasia, Snoop Dogg and festival favorite, Charlie Wilson.

Saturday’s lineup features Kirk Whalum, PJ Morton, Tank, The O’Jays and Janet Jackson to close out the weekend. Jackson last appeared in Cincinnati in 2018 for her State of the World tour.

Thursday, July 23 (Vibe’s Party with a Purpose): Biz Markie, BJ the Chicago Kid

Friday, July 24: Charlie Wilson, Snoop Dogg, Fantasia, Tony Toni Tone, Jonathan Butler

Saturday, July 25: Janet Jackson, The O’Jays, Tank, PJ Morton, Kirk Whalum

“This is the strongest lineup for the music festival that we’ve had in quite some time,” said Joe Santangelo, festival promoter. “Having Janet Jackson on our festival lineup for the first time ever to headline Saturday night, along with favorites Charlie Wilson and Fantasia, just makes this weekend even more exciting.” A recent study conducted by the UC Economics Center and commissioned by the Cincinnati USA Convention & Visitors Bureau shows the Cincinnati Music Festival presented by P&G provides a $107.5 million economic impact to the region, making it the largest annual driver of tourism in the tristate. Procter and Gamble returns as the presenting sponsor for the Cincinnati Music Festival. Other sponsors include the Cincinnati Bengals, Northern Kentucky CVB, AARP, Santangelo Group, The Cincinnati Region, and Vibe Cincinnati.

About the Cincinnati Music Festival
The Cincinnati Music Festival began in 1962 and is one of the largest music festivals in the United States attracting over 90,000+ people from around the country with its roster of leading R&B, jazz, soul and hip-hop artists creating an economic impact of $107 million for Cincinnati. CMF is held at Paul Brown Stadium in partnership with the Cincinnati Bengals. Procter & Gamble is the presenting sponsor for the Cincinnati Music Festival.

Benee Drops Video and Tour Dates

BENEE DROPS VIDEO FOR “SUPALONELY” FEATURING GUS DAPPERTON

WATCH HERE

ANNOUNCES NORTH AMERICAN HEADLINE TOUR BEGINNING IN APRIL

“A Kiwi Pop Star In the Making” – Pigeons & Planes

New Zealand’s indie pop sensation BENEE returns with the video for “Supalonely” featuring Gus Dapperton, today—watch HERE! “Supalonely” is featured on her latest EP, STELLA & STEVE, released to critical acclaim in November.

BENEE worked with rising Australian director, Rome, on the video. Explaining how she wanted the video to match the song’s colorful and fun mood but also convey its contrasting lyrical theme, she says, “It starts with me being a lonely teen at home then turns into this weird dreamscape, where I end up dancing around with Gus who appears through a TV screen in the lounge!”

Gus Dapperton chimes in, saying, “It was a really seamless shoot, and the final product is a great depiction of the song!”

BENEE will be back in North America this spring for the biggest headline tour of her burgeoning career. The tour kicks off on April 21st in Santa Ana at Constellation Room and makes stops in Los Angeles at The Roxy Theatre on April 24th, Brooklyn at Music Hall of Williamsburg on May 7th and more. Californian artist Remi Wolf joins BENEE for most dates on the tour, which promises to make for a riotously funky night out. See the full list of upcoming dates below. Tickets go on sale Friday, February 7th at 10:00am local time.

2019 was a monumental year for BENEE, as her music buzzed on the hippest playlists with a fervent audience growing around her groove-drenched sound and quirky lyrical-take on the world. Her latest hit “Glitter” and breakout single “Soaked” have each passed 30 million Spotify streams, with “Glitter” featured on Spotify’s “Pop Rising,” “TGIF” and “Indie Pop” and Apple Music’s “Indie Pop” and “Pop Deluxe” playlists. The song is certified Platinum in both New Zealand and Australia, while “Soaked” is now Double Platinum in her home country and Platinum in Australia.

BENEE claimed four New Zealand Music Awards in November, taking home trophies for “Single Of The Year” for “Soaked,” “Best Solo Artist,” “Best Pop Artist” and “Breakthrough Artist Of The Year.” She proved her growing domination down under by taking three places in the listener-voted Triple J Hottest 100 2020 in January. The influential Australian song poll ranked “Glitter” at #19, “Find an Island” at #25 and “Evil Spider” at #52 among the best songs of the year. BENEE also recently performed “Glitter” and her own unique take of James Blake’s “Mile High” featuring Travis Scott for Triple J’s Like A Version.

Stay tuned for more from BENEE in 2020!

ABOUT BENEE
Vi·sion·ar·y – as defined by Google – is a (noun) person with original ideas who plans the future with imagination or wisdom. With both traits in abundance well beyond her age, New Zealand’s BENEE redefines the word. Carving out a space between indie pop and R&B, she deconstructs modern “pop music” to create a sonic landscape all her own. Growing up in suburban Auckland, New Zealand among a community of creatives, BENEE was immersed in the arts from a young age, and after releasing a series of self-released GarageBand covers on SoundCloud, she was soon writing and recording at Golden Age Studio with producer Josh Fountain in her senior year of high school. Just two weeks after enrolling in university, BENEE dropped out with a now unstoppable and feverish conviction to pursue music full-time. After releasing her Double Platinum-Certified breakout single “Soaked (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ubE_ac2wYPQ) ” in 2018, what she refers to as her ‘BENEEvision’— or “the idea that all of my music, visuals and content contribute to a greater artwork.”—immediately hit home.

UPCOMING TOUR DATES:
February 4 Canberra, AU UC Hub
February 5 Canberra, AU UC Hub
February 7 Adelaide AU Laneway Festival
February 8 Melbourne, AU Laneway Festival
February 9 Fremantle, AU Laneway Festival
April 21 Santa Ana, CA Constellation Room
April 24 Los Angeles, CA The Roxy Theatre
April 25 San Francisco, CA The Chapel
April 27 Vancouver, BC Fox Cabaret
April 28 Seattle, WA Columbia City Theater
April 29 Portland, OR Holocene
May 1 Salt Lake City, UT Kilby Court
May 2 Denver, CO Larimer Lounge
May 4 Minneapolis, MN 7^th Street Entry
May 5 Chicago, IL Lincoln Hall
May 7 Brooklyn, NY Music Hall of Williamsburg
May 8 Boston, MA Brighton Music Hall
May 13 – 16 Brighton, UK The Great Escape 2020
May 18 London, UK Lafayette

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Bülow Returns to U.S. for Tour

BÜLOW RETURNS TO NORTH AMERICA FOR THREE MUCH-ANTICIPATED SHOWS

NOMINATED FOR THREE 2020 JUNO AWARDS, INCLUDING “ALBUM OF THE YEAR” FOR CRYSTALLINE

Multi-platinum, award-winning artist bülow returns to the states for a trio of North American tour dates this spring.

Touching down on both coasts, she headlines Baby’s All Right in Brooklyn, NY on April 2, Schubas Tavern in Chicago, IL on April 5, and Moroccan Lounge in Los Angeles, CA on April 7. Tickets go on sale this Friday February 7. Find tour dates with links to purchase below.

Additionally, she scored three nominations in top categories at the 2020 JUNO Awards. Crystalline garnered a nod in the category of “Album of the Year,” “Sweet Little Lies” received a nod in the category of “Single of the Year,” and the songstress was personally nominated for “Songwriter of the Year.”

bülow vaults into 2020 firing on all cylinders after a breakthrough 2019. Last year, she toured North America with multiplatinum superstar LAUV and landed a hit with “You & Jennifer,” which racked up over 17.9 million Spotify streams and welcomed Rich The Kid on a high-powered remix. Now, she’s primed to ramp up the momentum even more with music on the horizon and other surprises in store.

TOUR DATES:
4/2 Brooklyn, NY Baby’s All Right | Get HERE

4/5 Chicago, IL Schubas Tavern | Get HERE

4/7 Los Angeles, CA Moroccan Lounge | Get HERE

About bülow
German-born and Toronto-based pop-iconoclast, bülow, first burst onto the music scene with the release of EPs Damaged Vol. 1 & Damaged Vol. 2, each instantly resonating with critics and new fans alike. Damaged Vol. 1 included fan favorite and global hit “Not A Love Song” which earned praise as “beautifully crafted” (NME), “pop genius” (Noisey), and a “star in the making” (Pigeon & Planes). Damaged Vol. 2 included “You & Jennifer, “Honor Roll,” and buzzworthy “SAD AND BORED,” praised by PAPER as, “the perfect pop study in contrasts, and further confirms bülow as an artist to watch with razor-sharp wit to boot.” As well as HillyDilly calling her “one of the brightest new talents in pop.” Since then, bülow made a splash on the international festival circuit, appearing at both the Electric Picnic and Reading Leeds festivals in Europe, as well as Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, Osheaga, and SXSW in North America. 2019 was a busy year, with bülow accepting her first JUNO Award for Breakthrough Artist of the Year, joining The Chainsmokers as a feature on “Do You Mean” with Ty Dolla Sign, performing on The Today Show, and releasing two EPs, Crystalline and The Contender. Most recently, bülow has been on the road with Lauv during the Asian and North American legs of his how I’m feeling Tour. Although bülow has only just begun her musical journey her accomplishments stand tall as an impressive flag-bearer of things to come.

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Kevin Garrett: New Music Announcements

KEVIN GARRETT RELEASES NEW SINGLE “GONE AGAIN” ANNOUNCES NEW EP “MADE UP LOST TIME” SET FOR RELEASE ON FEBRUARY 21st AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER TODAY!

REVEALS TOUR DATES FOR NEW YORK CITY & LOS ANGELES

“…somewhere between James Blake and Sam Smith…” –The Fader

“Multi-hyphenate Kevin Garrett is a master of creating feels.” –Billboard

“Deeply soulful with an ear for memorable melodies…” –Flood Magazine

“…Kevin Garrett’s writing and vocal skills are shockingly deep for a musician in his mid-20s.” –Paste

(New York, NY) Pittsburgh-born and GRAMMY® Award-nominated artist, multi-instrumentalist, and producer  Kevin  Garrett  releases single, “Gone Again” today! In addition, he announces his new EP Made Up Lost Time is set for release on February 21st and available for pre-order today HERE! BUY/ STREAM “GONE AGAIN” | WATCH VIDEO HERE

Kevin said on the meaning of the song, “Gone Again is about bracing for impact with rose colored glasses on. It’s an attempt at looking at something good in your life with lowerNexpectations in fear of losing it.” Furthermore, Kevin reveals tour dates in New York City and Los Angeles in support of the new music. He will be playing at Rockwood Music Hall on February 22nd in New York City, NY and at Hotel Café on February 26th in Los Angeles, CA. Click HERE for more details!

Last year, Kevin released his much-anticipated full-length debut album, HOAX. The year also saw him make late night television debut on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, performing the lead single off the project, “It Don’t Bother Me At All.” Click HERE to watch his performance! Stay tuned for more announcements!

ABOUT KEVIN GARRETT

Kevin Garrett twists up soulful tradition with singer-songwriter spirit, lush instrumentation, and alternative adventurousness. The Pittsburgh-born GRAMMY® Award-nominated artist, multi-instrumentalist, and producer echoes the kind of grit meant to be smoothed out only on vinyl and emanates the ambition of a 21st century festival draw. In 2015, Kevin hit the road with Irish sensation James Vincent McMorrow and unveiled his debut EP, Mellow Drama, which attracted acclaim from The Fader, Complex, Vibe, and Pancakes & Whiskey. It also yielded a hit with the singles “Coloring” racking up 30 million-plus streams. Beyond gigs alongside everyone from X Ambassadors to Alessia Cara and electrifying festival performances at Bonnaroo, Latitude & Longitude, and Sasquatch, he contributed “Pray You Catch Me” to Beyoncé’s blockbuster Lemonade, sharing co-writing and co-production with the superstar and James Blake. 2017 saw him sell out his first headline tour before spending 2018 recording the new album with producer Brad Cook [War On Drugs, Bon Iver] in Durham, NC. Kevin’s brand of bold and blunt soul fully unfolded on his 2019 full-length debut, HOAX [AWAL]. Kevin is set to release his newest body of work, his Made Up Lost Time EP, on February 21st.

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Halsey, 360 MAGAZINE

Halsey: Soaring Success for “Manic”

January 28, 2020

Global Sales To Date Of HALSEY’S Manic Surpass 2.75 Million Adjusted Albums Manic Is No. 1 On Billboard’s Top Current Albums Chart Halsey Performs New Single “You Should Be Sad” – On “Saturday Night Live” – Watch HERE Tickets On Sale Now For North American Tour Download / Stream Manic HERE

Halsey’s new album, Manic (Capitol Records), has sold over 2.75 million adjusted albums globally to date. Manic entered Billboard’s Top Current Albums chart at No. 1. Earning more than 239,000 equivalent album units during its first week of release, it marks her biggest-selling U.S. debut. During her appearance as the first musical guest of 2020 on “Saturday Night Live,” Halsey  gave her new single, “You Should Be Sad,”  its television debut. She also performed an acoustic version of “Finally // beautiful stranger.”

View her performances below:

“You Should Be Sad”

“Finally // Beautiful Stranger”

“Slow Skit” featuring Halsey

“Cheerleading Show” skit featuring Halsey

Both songs are from Manic (Capitol Records). Last week, she also paid a fun visit to “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.” View highlights HERE.

Manic includes the hits “Without Me” and “Graveyard” and features interludes with guest artists SUGA from global superstars BTS, Alanis Morissette and Dominic Fike. Exclusive album/merchandise bundles are now available at Halsey’s online store. Manic is Halsey’s third studio album and the follow-up to “hopeless fountain kingdom”, her chart-topping, Platinum-certified 2017 release. The GRAMMY®-nominated, multi-Platinum artist will support her new album with an extensive headline run. Tickets are on sale now for the North American leg of the Manic World Tour. Produced by Live Nation, it will include shows at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles (June 10), Forest Hills Stadium in New York (July 15), Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena (July 24) and Colorado’s Red Rocks Amphitheatre (July 27). See below for itinerary. The supporting acts will be CHVRCHES and Omar Apollo (June 2 – July 5) and blackbear and PVRIS (July 12 – August 1).

Visit www.ManicWorldTour.com for more information. All tickets for the North American headline dates will include a CD copy of Manic.

Since 2015, Halsey has amassed over 25 billion streams worldwide and sold more than 11 million adjusted albums globally. She has played sold out dates on five continents (including New York City’s Madison SquareNGarden), been nominated for a GRAMMY® and appeared on a wide variety of magazine covers, including Rolling Stone, Cosmopolitan, NYLON, Forbes, Playboy and Billboard. Her 2015 debut album, BADLANDS, was certified Platinum by the RIAA within one year of its release. Halsey claimed the No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200 with 2017’s Platinum-certified “hopeless fountain kingdom”, which contained such hits as the 2x Platinum “Now or Never” and the 4x Platinum “Bad at Love.” The success of the 6x Platinum “Without Me” has made Halsey the first and only female artist to have at least three songs chart on the Billboard Hot 100 for 50 weeks each. Rounding out the trio of songs are the 4x Platinum “Eastside,” her collaboration with Benny Blanco and Khalid, and The Chainsmokers’ 11x Platinum “Closer,” which she featured on. “Without Me,” which took Favorite Song, Pop/Rock honors at the American Music Awards, spent two weeks at No. 1 on the Hot 100 in early 2019, marking her first solo single to reach the top spot. It now ranks as the longest-running Billboard Hot 100 top 10 hit by a female artist of thisNcentury. She is the first artist to rank at Nos. 1 and 2 simultaneously on Billboard’s Hot 100 Pop Songs radio airplay chart.

In March 2019, Halsey became the first artist in history to replace herself at No. 1 twice on the U.S. Pop Songs Airplay chart when “Without Me” returned to No. 1, bumping “Eastside” from the top spot. “Without Me” was the most-played song of 2019 at U.S. radio. She featured on BTS’ Platinum hit, “Boy With Luv,” and, more recently, alongside Future on “Die for Me,” a track from Post Malone’s new album. Halsey continues to push creative boundaries, expanding her influence and impact beyond music.

After making her film debut in the animated 2018 summer movie Teen Titans GO! as the voice of Wonder Woman, she was seen in A Star is Born, starring Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga. She continues to use her voice to speak up for causes she passionately believes in, including disenfranchised youth, women’s rights, mental health and the LGBTQ community. GLAAD honored her in 2018 as “Outstanding Music Artist.” In 2019, she has won an AMA, the Hal David Starlight Award, presented by the Songwriters Hall of Fame, a VMA and two Teen Choice Awards.        

Halsey – Manic World Tour – North American Leg

6/2 | Seattle, WA | White River Amphitheatre

6/4 | Portland, OR | Sunlight Supply Amphitheater

6/6 | Mountain View, CA | Shoreline Amphitheatre

6/7 | Sacramento, CA | Golden 1 Center

6/10 | Los Angeles, CA | Hollywood Bowl

6/13 | Phoenix, AZ | Ak-Chin Pavilion

6/15 | Dallas, TX | Dos Equis Pavilion

6/16 | Houston, TX | The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

6/18 | Charlotte, NC | PNC Music Pavilion

6/21 | Cleveland, OH | Blossom Music Center

6/24 | Atlanta, GA | Cellairis Amphitheatre at Lakewood

6/26 | Detroit, MI | DTE Energy Music Theatre

6/27 | Chicago, IL | Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre

6/30 | St. Paul, MN | Xcel Energy Center

7/1 | Kansas City, MO | Sprint Center

7/3 | Milwaukee, WI | Milwaukee Summerfest

7/5 | Boston, MA | Xfinity Center

7/12 | Toronto, ON | Budweiser Stage

7/15 | Forest Hills, NY | Forest Hills Stadium

7/18 | Holmdel, NJ | PNC Bank Arts Center

7/19 | Columbia, MD | Merriweather Post Pavilion

7/22 | Tampa, FL | MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre

7/24 | Nashville, TN | Bridgestone Arena

7/25 | St. Louis, MO | Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre

7/27 | Morrison, CO | Red Rocks Amphitheatre

7/30 | Salt Lake City, UT | USANA Amphitheatre

8/1 | Irvine, CA | FivePoint Amphitheatre

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COMMON TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM LET LOVE

GRAMMY® Award-winning rapper COMMON will release his new album Let Love on August 30, 2019, his debut for Loma Vista Recordings.

Pre-order it HERE.

In tandem with this announcement, he shared his latest single and music video entitled “Hercules” [feat. Swizz Beatz]. On the track, he serves up his sharp signature wordplay between soulful backing vocals from Swizz Beatz. Meanwhile, the music video directed by Carrick [Weezer] sees Common thwart a convenience store robbery caught on surveillance camera—in between rapping into his iPhone. Vince Staples makes a cameo as the cashier.

Watch the action unfold HERE.

“Hercules” follows on the heels of the recent single “HER Love” featuring Daniel Caesar, special guest Dwele, and an unreleased beat from J Dilla. Not only did the song amass over 1 million cumulative streams and 339K views on the Savanah Leaf-directed music video within a week, but it also received widespread critical acclaim. VIBE called the song “a State of the Rap Union as he addresses the rise and expansion of hip-hop throughout the past 25 years.” Rolling Stone added that it was “Common’s homage to hip-hop”, and OkayPlayer professed that it’s “his most impactful body of work yet.”

Download “Hercules” HERE.

About the album, he shared, “This album is inspired by the book, “Let Love Have The Last Word” which gave me a path to write about things I had never written about before. It forced me to go deeper and because I opened up about so many things in the book, I was charged to go to raw, personal and spiritual places in the music. Production-wise, I knew that the music had to have depth, soul and dimension to it. I wanted the musicianship and the spirit of what live music brings, but it also had to have something raw and basement about it. When my team said, “You should do some music revolving around the book,” I just took that energy and went running into my artistry without focusing on anything else. No movies, no commercials, no parties (well, I don’t do that too much anyway) and I just worked on music. So this album is the culmination of this journey, this passion and this Divine Love that I have for one of GOD’s greatest gifts – MUSIC.”

COMMON will kick off his Let Love Tour, which starts in Denver, Colorado at Cervantes’ Masterpiece Ballroom tonight, and continues through marquee venues in the US and Canada before touring Europe for the first time since 2014. Special guests include Nicole Bus, July 11 –July 26, and Maimouna Youssef aka Mumu Fresh, August 7 – August 29. Each pair of tickets on the second leg of tour dates will come with new music—details to be emailed to ticket holders.

Get tickets HERE.

Be on the lookout for more soon!

The official digital and CD release date is August 30, 2019, with vinyl to follow on October 11, 2019.

Let Love Track List:

1. Good Morning Love feat. Samora Pinderhughes

2. HER Love feat. Daniel Caesar w/special guest Dwele

3. Dwele’s Interlude

4. Hercules feat. Swizz Beatz

5. Fifth Story feat. Leikeli47

6. Forever Your Love feat. BJ The Chicago Kid

7. Leaders (Crib Love) feat. A-Trak

8. Memories of Home feat. BJ The Chicago Kid and Samora Pinderhughes

9. Show Me That You Love feat. Jill Scott and Samora Pinderhughes

10. My Fancy Free Future Love

11. God Is Love feat. Leon Bridges and Jonathan McReynolds

Let Love First Leg Tour Dates: 

7/11 – Denver, CO – Cervantes’ Masterpiece Ballroom

7/12 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Gallivan Center

7/14 – Seattle, WA – The Moore

7/16 – Vancouver, BC – Commodore Ballroom

7/17 – Troutdale, OR – McMenamins Edgefield

7/18 – Saratoga, CA – The Mountain Winery

7/20 – Las Vegas, NV – Reynolds Hall at the Smith Center

7/21 – Phoenix, AZ – The Van Buren

7/24 – Los Angeles, CA – The Theatre at Ace Hotel

7/26 – Newport Beach, CA – The Hyatt Regency Newport Beach

Let Love Second Leg Tour Dates: 

8/7 – Toronto, ON – Queen Elizabeth Theatre

8/8 – Detroit, MI – The Fillmore Detroit

8/9 – Cleveland, OH – Agora Theatre

8/10 – Covington, KY – Madison Theater*

8/11 – McKees Rocks, PA – Roxian Theater

8/14 – Washington, DC – Warner Theatre

8/15 – Mashantucket, CT – Fox Theatre

8/16 – Philadelphia, PA – The Fillmore Philadelphia

8/20 – Wilmington, NC – Greenfield Lake Amphitheater

8/21 – Columbia, SC – Township Auditorium

8/22 – Nashville, TN – Ryman Auditorium

8/23 – Charlotte, NC – Belk Theater

8/27 – Austin, TX – ACL Live at the Moody Theater*

8/28 – Dallas, TX – Bomb Factory

8/29 – Kansas City, MO – Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

*No Maimouna Youssef aka Fresh

9/7 – Oslo Norway – Sentrum Scene

9/8 – Copenhagen, Denmark – VEGA

9/10 – London, England – O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire

9/12 – Manchester, England – O2 Ritz

9/14 – Paris, France – Elysée Montmartre

9/15 – Cologne, Germany – Carlswerk

9/16 – Berlin, Germany – Astra

9/18 – Utrecht, Holland – Ronda

9/19 – Belgium, Gent – Vooriut

For more information and the latest on COMMON, visit:

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ABOUT COMMON:

COMMON is an artist, actor, activist and, most recently, a New York Times best-selling author with the release of his latest memoir, “Let Love Have The Last Word.” With a storied career spanning three decades, his work has been recognized with numerous GRAMMY® Awards, an Emmy® Award, a Golden Globe®, and an Academy® Award for the song “Glory,” which he co-wrote and performed with John Legend. He recently finished work on a new album, Let Love, which is slated for release on August 30, 2019.

KEY WEST FESTIVAL

Key West Festival to Tempt Appetites for Food, Wine, History and Fun
 
Creative cuisine, premium wines and unique events in a subtropical island setting await attendees Wednesday through Sunday, Jan. 23-27, at the 2019 Key West Food & Wine Festival. The 10th annual festival celebrates Key West’s rich culinary culture and historic sites. 
 
Scheduled events showcase local chefs’ artistry, indigenous Florida Keys ingredients, fine wines from around the world and intriguing food-related adventures. 
 
The festival officially begins with the Conch Kick-off Party at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23, saluting the unique food culture of Key West — whose native residents proudly call themselves “conchs” after the mollusk used in many island dishes. Seafood and Cuban-influenced treats by Chef David Fuhrman of Great Events Catering, fine wines andentertainment by The Fabulous Spectrelles characterize the gala in the garden of Key West’s Oldest House Museum, 322 Duval St. 
 
“Entree” highlights Jan. 24 include exclusive tasting strolls in Key West’s Bahama Village and Mallory Square neighborhoods, a class revealing how to make the Florida Keys’ signature Key lime pie, and a savory grilled cheese and beer tasting. 
 
Friday’s schedule stars the “Sunset on the Ingham” Grand Tasting aboard the historic U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Samuel D. Ingham, launched in 1936 and now a military museum moored at Key West’s Truman Waterfront Park. Attendees can enjoy notable vintages, island-inspired light bites from Small Chef at Large Catering, entertainment by jazz singer Libby York and a chance to enjoy Key West’s world-renowned sunset from the deck of the venerable vessel. 
 
Festival attendees can find a mile of temptations Saturday, Jan. 26, at Old Town Uncorked X 10, a sipping and shopping stroll down Key West’s renowned Duval Street. Attractions at the 2-5 p.m. event include “intoxicating” forays into galleries and boutiques. 
 
Saturday evening, a paella cook-off is to take place at the Truman Little White House, 111 Front St., where former President Harry Truman spent nearly six months while in office. The annual event supports the preservation of the property — now Florida’s only presidential museum — and includes unlimited wine tasting, cigars and live music. 
 
The festival also features an interactive blind tasting event focusing on Key West’s culinary culture and history. Staged at a secret location by event designer Francesca DeFranchis, the guided sensory experience features a six-course tasting menu and nine wines.  
 
Other festival attractions include a tropical garden tour and tasting, the “Red Socks at Rock House” spectacular featuring Eduardo’s Table, a lavish shrimp feast in the Key West Historic Seaport and the “Brunch Bucket List” series.

Exploring Western Belize in 2019

Belize has been featured as the only Central American country on National Geographic’s Best Trips 2019 List. Quickly growing in popularity as one of the best tropical vacation destinations in the world, Belize is a blend of cultures and natural attractions and is a place that fully embraces its Central American and Caribbean roots, celebrates its diversity and takes great pride in its spectacular natural beauty. The San Ignacio Resort Hotel in Western Belize provides a perfect springboard for a vacation filled with adrenaline adventures, fine dining and opportunities to experience the infamous Maya Temples.

Adrenaline Adventures

Black Hole Drop: Begin with a 2 hour hike up the Maya Mountains over the rainforest canopy at Actun Loch Tunich, “The Monster of All Caves.” Become mesmerized by incredible aerial views of jungle rainforests, then step off the ledge of the cliff for a 300-foot high rappelling adventure ride where you will have amazing visuals of the Black Hole and luscious greens. This experience is not for the faint of heart.

Actun Tunichil Muknal (ATM) Cave: This site has been featured on National Geographic, Discovery Channel, and History Channel because of its mesmerizing giant shimmering flowstone formations, stalactites, and stalagmites widely present throughout this 3-mile long cave. ATM features burial chambers, Maya artifacts, intact calcified human remains, and slate stelaes that were used for burials. The cave itself is several miles long with multiple chambers. Once inside the cave you will spend several hours swimming, climbing, and exploring.

Fine Dining

Running W Steakhouse & Restaurant: Located at the San Ignacio Resort Hotel, Running W Steakhouse & Restaurant has a new Executive Chef, Enrique Awe whose culinary journey has brought him back to his hometown of San Ignacio after working for 16 years in the USA. The Restaurant showcases an international menu with the best of Belizean cuisine and features grass fed meats from the family’s own ranch where the restaurant got its name.

Trey’s Barn & Grill: Trey Roberson grills up the freshest cuisine in Western Belize and creates cocktails that pair well with his unique dishes. You can also find him at San Ignacio Resort Hotel for special cookouts on property with live music and libations.

Maya Temples

Caracol: Located on the western edge of the Maya Mountains within the Chiquibul Forest Reserve, Caracol lies on a high plateau that drops into a deep valley to the northwest and rises into hilly terrain to the southwest. The site was discovered in 1938 by Rosa Mai, a logger looking for mahogany. Although one of the most challenging Belize ruins to reach, the trip to Caracol is also one of the most scenic drives. It is the largest known Maya center within the country and holds “Canaa” (Sky Place), the largest pyramid or man-made structure in Belize at 140 feet tall.

Cahal Pech: Located on a hill that overlooks the twin towns of San Ignacio and Santa Elena, excavations show that Cahal Pech was inhabited from 1000 B.C. to around 800 A.D. The central part of the ruins provides a beautiful panoramic view of the surrounding area. Thirty-four structures, including temple pyramids, two ball courts, and an altar fill the 2 acre area.

Five of America’s largest airlines have nonstop flights to Belize from major cities across the country, making it easily accessible for US travelers.

Off The Hook Seafood Festival

Join us this year as we celebrate National Seafood Month on the historic Santa Monica Pier this Saturday, Oct 6th and raise money for Heal the Bay to help keep our Santa Monica beaches clean. Enjoy seafood tastings from some of the city’s best restaurants, live music, beer gardens, oyster shucking competition, wine tasting, Sustainable Seafood VIP lounge and more!

This year’s restaurant’s include:

The Lobster, BOA, Sushi Roku, Herringbone, Red O, Blue Plate Oysterette, 1212 Santa Monica, The Albright, TŪMBI Craft Indian Kitchen, Del Frisco’s Grille, Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken, Enterprise Fish Co., Bubba Gump Shrimp Co., TrashFish Box, Heroic Deli, Jimmy’s Famous American Tavern, El Cholo, Seaside on the Pier, Gladstone’s, Chaya and more.

Little Fish (GA) – $50 in adv./$65 week of

Seafood Tastings

Drinks

Live Music

Beer & Wine Tastings

Games

& more

Big Fish (VIP) – $85 in adv. /$100 week of

Sustainable VIP Lounge

Access to GA tastings, Curated Cocktails &

Specialty Restaurants

Reserved Seating

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Off The Hook Seafood Festival

The 4th annual OFF THE HOOK Seafood Festival celebrates National Seafood Month on the iconic Santa Monica Pier on Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018 from 4-7 PM (VIP access at 3PM). The event features tastings from the city’s best seafood restaurants and chefs, live music, the popular oyster shucking competition, sustainable seafood VIP Lounge and more. This seafood-loving food fest is 100% free of single-use plastics and benefits Heal the Bay who help to keep our oceans, waves and beaches clean.

We are delighted to be part of this year’s OFF THE HOOK,” said Apryl Boyle, Associate Director of Heal the Bay Santa Monica Aquarium, “This event brings together the best restaurants and seafood dishes while also helping to draw awareness for sustainability and ocean friendly lifestyle practices.

This year’s festival will feature Santa Monica’s top chef’s showcasing dishes with their underwater ingredients such as oysters, baja kanpachi, ahi handrolls, shrimp mac and cheese, lobster rolls and more. Participants include Chef and Restauranteur Jason Fullilove of Barbara Jean, Barbara Pollastrani from Heroic Deli and Govind Armstrong from The Lobster, and bites from other amazing restaurants such as BOA, Sushi Roku, Herringbone, Red O, Blue Plate Oysterette, 1212 Santa Monica, The Albright,T MBI Craft Indian Kitchen, Del Frisco’s Grille, Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken, Enterprise Fish Co., Bubba Gump Shrimp Co., TrashFish Box, Jimmy’s Famous American Tavern and more.

The OFF THE HOOK Oyster Shucking Competition, sponsored by The Albright, is always a crowd favorite where competitors battle it out for “Best in Shuck.” The Heal the Bay Santa Monica Aquarium, located directly under the Pier, will also be offering free entry to VIP ticket holders.

Tickets are $50.00 in advance for general admission, which include tastings, access to beer and wine garden, spirits tasting, live music, games and more and VIP tickets are $85.00 in advance and include early entry at 3 p.m. and access to the Sustainable Seafood VIP Lounge with curated cocktails and specialty seafood dishes from FIG, Barbara Jean, and Omega Blue Seafood.

OFF THE HOOK is proudly sponsored by Peroni/Blue Moon, Odwalla, The Albright, Getaround, Kevita, Fresh Wata, Kikori Whiskey, Cheeky Plates, Get Around, Eco Eats Party Ware, Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce, Buy Local Santa Monica, Santa Monica Daily Press, LA Weekly, Angeleno, ATOD Magazine and Yelp.

A portion of proceeds will benefit Heal the Bay to help preserve our local oceans, waves, and beaches for future generations. Tickets are available now www.offthehookseafoodfest.com.

ABOUT HEAL THE BAY:

Heal the Bay is an environmental nonprofit dedicated to making the coastal waters and watersheds of Greater Los Angeles safe, healthy and clean. To fulfill our mission, we use science, education, community action, and advocacy. Learn more at www.healthebay.org.

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