Entertainment

96.5TICFM To Award One Lucky Band The Chance Of A Lifetime With The “Wanted…Opening Band For Bon Jovi” Contest

Wednesday, April 6th, 2011

Winning band will open for Bon Jovi’s 4th and final show on May 7th.  Finals will be held on April 28th at Black Bear in Hartford, CT

Bon Jovi’s 2011 Tour, promoted by AEG Live, will stop at Mohegan Sun Arena for its 4th and final show on Saturday, May 7th at 8:00pm and one lucky band will get an opportunity to make a name for themselves. From now until April 28th, 96.5TIC’s “Wanted… Opening Band For Bon Jovi” contest will give aspiring unsigned Rock bands a chance to perform for thousands of fans as the opening act for Bon Jovi.

If you are an unsigned band interested in entering, log onto 965TIC.com from Wednesday, April 6th at approximately 7:20am through Tuesday, April 12, 2011 at 11:59am and submit two (2) original songs of your band performing in an actual concert setting, including a biography of your band, a JPEG picture of your band plus a YouTube.com link to your band’s performance.

Beginning on Tuesday, April 12th at Noon, twenty randomly selected eligible band entries will be selected by a panel of experts and 96.5TIC. The twenty bands will be posted on 965TIC.com beginning on or about April 15th at approximately 7:20am for voting by the general public. On April 25th, the top four finalists will be announced at approximately 7:20am on “Craig and Company” in the morning.

The final four qualifiers must attend the “Wanted…Opening Band for Bon Jovi” finals on Thursday, April 28th at 7:30pm at Black Bear in Hartford. Any band that does not register by the assigned time at the determined venue on April 27th will forfeit their chance to participate in the event and will not win a prize. 

The “Wanted…Opening Band for Bon Jovi” event requires each band to perform two original songs and a panel of experts of up to five judges will vote to select the grand prize winner. The winning band will be announced on “Craig and Company” on Friday morning, April 29th at 7:20am. For more information and additional rules, please visit 965TIC.com.

Nearing three decades of an incredible career and currently in the midst of their biggest tour yet, Bon Jovi shows no sign of slowing down. Globally, the band has sold more than 125+ million albums to date, and has performed more than 2,700 concerts in over 50 countries for more than 35 million fans.  In 2010, for the second time in just three years, Bon Jovi was named the #1 worldwide touring act, according to both Pollstar and Billboard (an honor which has only been achieved by three acts in history – Bon Jovi, The Rolling Stones and The Grateful Dead).  Bon Jovi Greatest Hits debuted at #1 around the world last November, with the band’s three-decade-spanning retrospective charting higher and selling more copies in its first week than their 1994 Cross Road release, which has sold more than 21+ million copies to date.   For more information on all things Bon Jovi, visit www.BonJovi.com.

About AEG Live

AEG Live, the live-entertainment division of Los Angeles-based AEG, is dedicated to all aspects of live contemporary music performance. AEG Live is comprised of touring, festival, exhibition, broadcast, merchandise and special event divisions, fifteen regional offices and thirty state-of-the-art venues.

The company is currently producing tours and productions including Cher at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace, Supernatural Santana: A Trip Through the Hits at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Barry Manilow at Paris Las Vegas.  The concert tour roster includes artists such as Taylor Swift, The Black Eyed Peas, Bon Jovi, Usher, Carrie Underwood, Daughtry, Justin Bieber, Leonard Cohen, Miley Cyrus, Kelly Clarkson, Wisin & Yandel, Britney Spears, Kenny Chesney, P!nk and Paul McCartney. AEG Live is the largest producer of music festivals in North America from the critically acclaimed Coachella Music & Arts Festival to Stagecoach and New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. For more information, go to www.aeglive.com.

Mohegan Sun Arena is ranked the 4th best venue by Billboard Magazine and was the 2008 recipient of a Country Music Award for “Casino of The Year.” For more information on concerts and other great events at Mohegan Sun, visit mohegansun.com.  For information on this week’s schedule, call the Entertainment and Special Events hotline at 1.888.226.7711, ext. 27163.

Mohegan Sun’s Wolf Den Headliners Announced For May

Monday, April 4th, 2011

Bell Biv DeVoe takes the stage May 6th

Vanilla Ice performs on May 7th

Jimmy Wayne is live on May 20th

Crossfade rocks the joint on May 27th

America heats things up on May 28th

The Wolf Den at Mohegan Sun has lined up a stellar list of headliners this May, beginning with R&B performers Bell Biv DeVoe on Friday, May 6th, followed by Hip Hop pioneer Vanilla Ice on Saturday, May 7th. Jimmy Wayne brings his Country tunes live in the Den on Friday, May 20th and Rock band Crossfade will bring the sounds of their latest album to the Wolf Den stage on Friday, May 27th.  Finally, Rock royalty is honored as Wolf Den Hall of Fame inductee America arrives on Saturday, May 28th.  Friday and Saturday Wolf Den shows begin at 8:00pm and Sunday shows are at 7:00pm unless otherwise noted.   Admission is free, but all guests must be 21 or over.

Bell Biv DeVoe is an R&B musical group that branched off from New Edition. It consists of three of New Edition’s previous members, Ricky Bell, Michael Bivins and Ronnie DeVoe. The group took the R&B scene by storm in 1991 with their debut album, Poison.

Vanilla Ice rose to fame with his infectious 1990 hit, “Ice Ice Baby,” but concert-goers can expect more than that from this performer. His influences range from Old School Hip Hop to underground Rock, and what fans can expect is an eclectic combination of music genres and more when he takes the stage.

Country artist, Jimmy Wayne’s remake of the Hall & Oates Pop classic “Sara Smile” is now the centerpiece of an album that showcases his formidable talents as both a vocalist and a songwriter. His soulful singing permeates every note of such soaring, powerful ballads as “All the Time in the World,” “Belongs to You” and “Counting the Days.” He rocks splendidly on “There’s a Memory” and “Things I Believe.”

Crossfade may not have conquered all of its demons, but the band is sounding a vehement battle cry. The Columbia, SC outfit’s third album delves into familiar lyrical themes of betrayal and isolation—but there’s also more than a hint of renewal and resolution. The set’s 10 tracks, produced by the band, maintain the sonic thunderclap of Crossfade’s previous efforts, while propelling its guitar-grinding signature with a tapestry of orchestration and programming, and a flourish of keyboards, thanks to the addition of Les Hall to the permanent lineup, alongside Sloan, bassist Mitch James and drummer Will Hunt.

Wolf Den Hall of Fame Inductee America rose to fame in the 1970s with a string of commercially successful albums.  The Folk/Rock band’s biggest hits include, “A Horse with No Name,” “Sister Golden Hair” and “Ventura Highway.”

For more information on the Wolf Den and other great events at Mohegan Sun, visit mohegansun.com.  For information on this week’s schedule, call the Entertainment and Special Events hotline at 1.888.226.7711, ext. 27163.

Pop Music Superstar Rihanna Brings North American Loud Tour To Mohegan Sun Arena

Monday, April 4th, 2011

Performing live on July 22nd.  Tickets on sale April 8th.

R&B princess Rihanna  will perform her chart topping hits at Mohegan Sun Arena as part of their North American Loud Tour on Friday, July 22nd at 8:00pm.

Tickets are $95.00 and $75.00 and go on sale Friday, April 8th at 10:00am through Ticketmaster.  Ticketmaster customers may log onto ticketmaster.com; call Ticketmaster’s national toll free Charge by Phone number 1.800.745.3000; or visit any Ticketmaster outlet.  Tickets will also be available at the Mohegan Sun Box Office starting Saturday, April 9th, subject to availability.

Rihanna’s current smash single, “S&M” has sold more than 1.2 million digital copies from her hit album LOUD which has given fans a string of #1 hit songs including, “Only Girl In The World” and “What’s My Name?” Rihanna has sold a collective 26 million albums and 46 million digital singles since her debut in 2005.

Mohegan Sun Arena is ranked the 4th best venue by Billboard Magazine and was the 2008  and 2010 recipient of a Country Music Award for “Casino of The Year.” For more information on concerts and other great events at Mohegan Sun, visit mohegansun.com.  For information on this week’s schedule, call the Entertainment and Special Events hotline at 1.888.226.7711, ext. 27163.