Friday, July 17, 2015

Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga: Cheek To Cheek LIVE! Receives Emmy Nominations for OUTSTANDING VARIETY SPECIAL

Critically Acclaimed Television Event Showcased 19 Songs with 39-Piece Orchestra and Stunning Set Design
"In Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga: Cheek to Cheek Live!, this musical odd couple with 60 year age differences take on the Great American Songbook and prove again that the classics can bridge many divides" – The New York Times
"We’ll just remind you they’re actually both divine live performers and they’ve got great chemistry."  - The Washington Post
  Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga took the stage for their first full live concert appearance in New York City in July of last year and performed a special evening of songs from their Grammy winning  #1 album, Cheek To Cheek.  The broadcast of the concert, Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga: Cheek to Cheek LIVE! on PBS Great Performances this past October received critical acclaim and the Television Academy has announced today that it has received an Emmy Nominations in the Outstanding Variety Special category.
     Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga, who are currently on a sold out world tour and are in Europe, commented today, “Filming the PBS Great Performances special was the first time we had a chance to perform these incredible songs from the Great American Songbook for a live audience."  It was a huge thrill and we are so honored to be nominated for an Emmy along with the stellar production and creative team that put their all into the special.”
     Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga: Cheek To Cheek LIVE! was taped at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall on July 28, 2014 and premiered on PBS’s award winning series, THIRTEEN’s Great Performances in fall 2014.  The concert featured classic selections from the Great American Songbook, each handpicked by the artists, including “It Don’t Mean A Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing),” “Sophisticated Lady,” “Lush Life,” “Anything Goes,” and “Cheek To Cheek.”  The DVD and Blu-Ray editions include additional songs not originally aired on television including, “They All Laughed,”  “Lady’s In Love With You,” “Goody Goody,” “Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered,” “Don’t Wait Too Long,” and “Ev’ry Time We Say Goodbye.” Throughout the concert, Bennett and Gaga demonstrated a strong camaraderie and affection belying the six-decade age differential, inspiring widespread critical praise upon its initial airing.
     Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga: Cheek To Cheek LIVE! was filmed in stunning 4K Ultra High Definition (HD) before a live audience of fans and invited guests, with set and lighting design by Robert Wilson, the stars are joined by a 39-piece orchestra conducted by Jorge Calandrelli, soloists Chris Botti on trumpet and David Mann on tenor sax, and jazz musicians associated with both artists including members of Bennett’s quartet, Mike Renzi, Gray Sargent, Harold Jones and Marshall Wood, and Lady Gaga’s quintet, including Brian Newman, Paul Francis, Steven Kortyka, Michael Scott Ritchie, and Alex Smith. A Co-Production of THIRTEEN Productions LLC and Interscope Records, “Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga: Cheek To Cheek LIVE!” was directed for television by David Horn and produced by Mitch Owgang.
 The album, Cheek To Cheek, debuted in September at #1 on the Billboard 200 Album chart and also hit #1 on the Jazz Album and Traditional Jazz Album charts. Cheek To Cheek won a Grammy Award in the “Best Traditional Pop Vocal” category earlier this year. With the release of “Cheek To Cheek,” Bennett broke his own record, set in 2011 when “Duets II” debuted at #1 at the age of 85. Now at 88, Bennett remains the oldest artist in music industry history to have an album at the #1 spot on the Billboard charts. “Cheek To Cheek” marks Lady Gaga's third consecutive #1 album release in just over three years, making her the only female artist this decade to achieve this feat; this is the second time in Bennett's career that he has had an album debut at #1 in both Billboard's Pop and Jazz Album charts.  The DVD of Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga: Cheek to Cheek LIVE! is available everywhere now in a variety of formats including DVD, Blu-Ray and digital download.
     Tony Bennett is a multiple Emmy Award winner  and his last prime time special "Tony Bennett: An American Classic" won a total of seven Emmy awards making it the most honored program at the Emmys in 2007.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

13th Annual Lucie Awards - Ticket Presales! (New York)

Fab4MusicFestival ONE MONTH AWAY - last call for discounted tickets (Danbury CT)


Chicago Detours will celebrate its five-year business anniversary with a special launch of a new "Big Shoulders Bar and Food Bus Tour
" and a reception in a Gilded Age mansion in Bronzeville. Two primary facets of news are here: the new historic bar tour and the anniversary party.

"Big Shoulders Bar and Food Bus Tour" connects with Chicago's roots in Bridgeport, a neighborhood steeped in history. At casual neighborhood bars, tour guests will hear the history of drinking culture in Chicago and insider stories culled from longtime barkeepers. All the while, they will enjoy the local fare with beers and good company.

The luxury 38-passenger coach whisks guests between fascinating experiences, including a driving tour of the area's history of industry and stockyards and
classic Chicago hot dog joint stop. Additional food options are corned beef and cabbage, an expression of Irish roots, and salty chocolate cookies for dessert.

The brief driving tour of the neighborhood explores its transition from an industrial past and to a more artistic present. Tour guests see the old Wrigley factory, former warehouses for Spiegel’s Catalog, the Bridgeport Art Center, and the old “Bucket of Blood.

For the anniversary party, guests will experience an abbreviated version of the new "Big Shoulders Bar and Food Bus Tour" to allow time for a special reception at a Gilded Age mansion in the Bronzeville neighborhood, famous for cultural greats like Gwendolyn Brooks, Louis Armstrong, and Mahalia Jackson.

At the reception, guests can explore the many rooms of the house, mingle, enjoy cake, and experience a brief presentation on the journey Chicago Detours has taken over the last five years.

The Chicago Detours Anniversary Bash will be held August 8, 5:30pm-9:00pm. The tour starts and ends at the Berghoff Restaurant, 17 W. Adams St. Guests meet in the bar, through the left entrance. Tickets for this premium experience are $90 and include luxury coach transportation, tour guide commentary, three servings of beer, server gratuities, Chicago-style fast food dinner, Bridgeport driving tour, reception in a Gilded Age mansion, dessert, special gifts and access to the invite-only after-party at the mansion. Online reservations are required. Space is very limited.

Since starting five years ago, Chicago Detours has grown from a solo operation to a team of six and has developed more than 15 public and private group tours of architectural interiors, jazz and blues, Chicago neighborhoods, and historic bars. It is one of very few Chicago tour companies to continuously maintain five stars on both Yelp and TripAdvisor.

Other accomplishments include having designed a Pedway map, received press from around the world, had numerous public speaking engagements including a PechaKucha, supported community initiatives, and explored fascinating nooks and crannies of Chicago history and architecture. 
High resolution photos available.

About Chicago Detours:
Chicago Detours offers guided tours of architecture, history and culture that bring curious people to explore stories and places locals don't even know. The tour company is a team of educators, historians, artists and storytellers, founded five years ago by Amanda Scotese
, who honed her skills as a tour professional during her work as a tour guide and guidebook researcher with Rick Steves.

Amanda Scotese, Executive Director and Tour Curator

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Get Ready for NATIONAL DANCE DAY 2015!

Nigel Lythgoe To Lead Los Angeles Celebration at The Music Center
Adam Shankman And All Star Alex Wong to Kick Off
New York City Event at Lincoln Center
SYTYCD Alumni Cyrus “Glitch” Spencer To
Lead National Dance Day Event at the Kennedy Center In D.C.
Nigel Lythgoe Co-Creator, Executive Producer and Judge of the hit FOX TV show – “So You Think You Can Dance (SYTYCD)” – is proud to announce that the 6th annual National Dance Day will take place on Saturday, July 25 and his Dizzy Feet Foundation’s Celebration of Dance Gala will take place the following week, August 1 in Los Angeles.   Continuing the tradition of last year’s ground-breaking alliance of the nation’s leading cultural organizations in Los Angeles, New York and Washington, D.C., National Dance Day is proud to also partner with Eventbrite to help encourage Americans of all ages to incorporate dance into their lives.
In Los Angeles, The Music Center is partnering with The Dizzy Feet Foundation to present the west coast’s flagship free celebration of National Dance Day for the fourth year in a row, featuring an all-day dance extravaganza with both performances and participatory elements.  Dancers of all skill levels and ages are invited to join So You Think You Can Dance creator Nigel Lythgoe who will lead the crowd in the official National Dance Day routines.  The day continues with the opportunity for audiences to learn repertoire from some of Los Angeles’ best dance companies and enjoy interactive performances by some of the finest young dance talent in Los Angeles.  This includes San Pedro Ballet, which will showcase both its children’s group as well as its more advanced dancers, and also lead a demo at the event for National Dance Day participants.  San Pedro Ballet’s most well-known former student is Misty Copeland, who was just named American Ballet Theatre’s first African American principal. The Music Center National Dance Day event also includes performances and a workshop by Invertigo Dance Theatre, which promotes physical and artistic empowerment by making dance accessible and fun for many underserved communities; as well as a workshop by Brisbane, Australia-based Bust A Move, an inclusive dance program for teens and young adults with disabilities.  Bust A Move will also be dancing in Los Angeles as part of the Special Olympics World Games.
In New York, Dancer/Choreographer and SYTYCD Judge Adam Shankman will lead the festivities in front of Lincoln Center’s iconic Revson Fountain, and will also be joined by SYTYCD All Star Alex Wong in teaching dancers of all ages and abilities various dance routines as part of the New York celebration of National Dance Day.
 This year’s celebration in Washington D.C. is in collaboration with the Kennedy Center’s 25/40 Celebration, commemorating the 25th anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act and the 40th anniversary of VSA. A variety of artists will headline the festivities at the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage, including Baakari Wilder, tap dancer famous for his Broadway role in Bring in da Funk, Bring in da Noise; Antoine Hunter, Deaf African American choreographer; Culture Shock, a D.C. based hip-hop crew; Evan Ruggiero, one-legged tap dancer, singer, and guitarist and AXIS Dance Company, one of the world’s most acclaimed physically integrated companies, along with SYTYCD Season 9 Alumni Cyrus “Glitch” Spencer. More information can be found online at
As its official contribution to NDD, each year DFF produces and distributes instructional videos featuring dance routines for the public to learn. DFF encourages anyone and everyone to learn the routines and perform them on NDD.  DFF also encourages the public to submit videos of themselves performing the routines. Select videos may be included on SYTYCD and can be submitted via DFF’s Facebook page (
).  This year, DFF partnered with Eventbrite, the largest self--‐service global registration and events marketplace, to provide a place for anyone to create and promote their own NDD event. Those interested in creating a NDD event can visit Eventbrite (
) to access an official NDD online event template and be featured in the nationwide 2015 NDD events directory. More information on how to become an official National Dance Day event can be found on DFF’s website (
 About National Dance Day
Celebrated each year on the last Saturday in July, National Dance Day raises awareness about and encourages Americans to embrace dance as a fun, positive way to maintain good health and combat obesity. National Dance Day achieved national recognition when, in 2010, long-time proponent of healthy lifestyles, American congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, introduced a National Dance Day resolution to promote dance education and physical fitness.
 About The Dizzy Feet Foundation
The Dizzy Feet Foundation was founded in 2009 by producer Nigel Lythgoe and director Adam Shankman, among others to support, improve, and increase access to dance education in the United States. Guided by a board representing all aspects of the American dance community, the foundation provides scholarships to talented students to support the next generation of professional dancers. The Dizzy Feet Foundation also strives to support, improve and increase access to dance education through the community dance programs they fund that expose children in low-income areas to the life-long benefits of dance. The Dizzy Feet Foundation is a nonprofit, tax-exempt 501(c)3 charitable organization. For more information, go to
 About The Kennedy Center Millennium Stage
The Kennedy Center is the only U.S. institution that presents a free performance 365 days a year. Created in 1997 and underwritten by James A. Johnson and Maxine Isaacs, the Millennium Stage features a broad spectrum of performing arts each day at 6 p.m. Brought to the public by Target Stores and The J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation, the Millennium Stage helps fulfill the Center’s mission of making the performing arts accessible to everyone. In the past 17 years, more than 3 million visitors have seen 6,000 groups with performances as varied as: jazz, ballet, storytelling, popular music, contemporary dance, opera, choral music, tap dance, theater, chamber music, symphonic music, puppetry, stand-up comedy, and cabaret. Of the more than 43,000 performers who have appeared on the Millennium Stage, approximately 25,000 have been Washington-area artists and more than 4,500 have been international performing artists representing more than 50 countries. The Millennium Stage has also hosted artists representing all 50 states, and has presented more than 15,000 artists in their Kennedy Center debuts. Since 1999, each night’s performance has been broadcast live over the Internet, and more than 4,430 of these performances have been digitally archived on the Kennedy Center’s website,


Award-winning Restaurant Expected to Bring
200 New Positions to the Area when its Doors Open in Early Fall

  Yard House, the award-winning dining destination known for its menu of American favorites, crafted cocktails and endless fleet of tap handles featuring the best American craft beers and imports, will open a 403-seat restaurant in early fall at Chicago’s NewCity in Lincoln Park where North Avenue, Clybourn Avenue and Halsted Street meet on the city’s northside.  

More than 200 jobs will need to be filled, including front of the house positions, from servers and bartenders to front desk, as well as “heart of the house” positions including prep and line cooks.  To learn more about job opportunities, potential applicants should visit  Yard House will also take part in the NewCity Job Fair this Saturday, July 18, from 8am-5pm at CICS ChicagoQuest School located at 1443 North Ogden Avenue.  

 “It’s been more than a decade since we first came to the Greater Chicago area when we opened our Glenview location,” said Craig Carlyle, president of Yard House.  “For many years we have wanted to have a presence in the heart of the city, but it needed to have the right location and elements.  We think NewCity, with its tenant mix and energy, will add a lot to Chicago’s northside and we’re excited to be part of it.” 

Open daily for lunch, dinner and late-night dining, the new Yard House will span more than 11,500 square feet with seating for nearly 370 guests both inside and on the patio with  nearly three-dozen seats encircling the restaurant’s signature island bar.  The spacious floor plan, which is lofty and open, has an industrial vibe with a mix of warm woods and stainless steel accents as well as an original collection of thought-provoking art by California artist Jerome Gastaldi. 

Yard House’s calling card is its draft beer, and the NewCity location will include 110 taps with several handles reserved for local and regional brewers.  The beer is delivered fresh and perfectly chilled from a glass-enclosed keg room that houses hundreds of steel barrels.  It’s then transported through miles of overhead tubing which feeds into the collection of taps displayed at the island bar.  The keg room maintains a consistent 34-36 degrees and can house as much as 4,000 gallons of beer at any given time.  Beer is served by the half-yard, traditional pint glasses and goblets with 9-ounce shorty and six-pack sampler options.  Yard House is also known for its Chalkboard Series, which features a selection of small, limited releases from mostly craft brewers that rotate frequently keeping the selection both innovative and fresh.  These featured beers are listed on a digital chalkboard prominently displayed above the island bar. 

The menu of American favorites includes a selection of globally-inspired flavors, from salads and grilled burgers to seafood, steak and ribs.  Guests can also enjoy an array of gluten-sensitive options plus a menu of vegetarian dishes made with gardein™, a blend of garden vegetables and protein that have the look, taste and texture of chicken.  Happy Hour, which will take place Monday-Friday from 3-6pm and Sunday-Wednesday from 10pm until closing, features select full-portion appetizers from $5. 

As with every Yard House location, music will play a pivotal role at the NewCity location as a continuous playlist of classic rock, including ‘80s and ‘90s alternative, promises to fill the space.  Each Yard House has its own distinct playlist pulling from a library of about 5,000 songs with no two locations playing the same song at the same time.

In addition, a collection of flat screen monitors viewable from nearly every seat will be strategically placed throughout the restaurant displaying the latest sporting and world events.

Yard House is slated to open at Chicago’s NewCity in Lincoln Park in early fall.  For more information, visit  Like us on Facebook at or follow us on Twitter @YardHouse.

About Yard House

When Yard House opened in 1996 in Long Beach, California, it revolutionized the restaurant industry by creating a 250-tap draft beer system.  Nearly 20 years and 59 restaurants later, Yard House still leads the way with great food, classic rock and a vast selection of draft beer while evolving into an award-winning dining destination known for its menu of American favorites, crafted cocktails and endless fleet of tap handles featuring the best American craft beers and imports.   The exhibition kitchen creates more than 100 items made from scratch infused with quality ingredients and globally-inspired flavors.   The menu includes everything from shareable plates and appetizers to grilled burgers, steaks and seafood.  Each Yard House has its own distinct beer list with a handful of taps reserved for local and regional brewers along with an offering of seasonal and small-batch selections as part of its rotating “Chalkboard Series.”  The glass-enclosed keg room showcases hundreds of steel barrels containing some 4,000 gallons of beer that flow to the center island bar through an extensive network of tubing positioned overhead.  From there the beer is fed to the taps where it’s served ice-cold by the pint, 9-ounce shorty, goblet or half-yard glass container.  Yard House is also well-known for its classic and alternative rock boasting a library of 5,000 songs with each location having its own distinct playlist.  Yard House is open daily for lunch, dinner and late-night dining.