FREE tickets to see NBC’s America’s Got Talent 7 taping live in Los Angeles & San Francisco in February!

NBC’s America’s Got Talent Season 7 is taping live at the Bill Graham Auditorium in San Francisco & in Hollywood! Join host Nick Cannon and celebrity judges Howard Stern, Howie Mandel, and Sharon Osbourne in the live television audience!

Be a part of the star-studded audience and watch the country’s best performers compete live on television. The show is in San Francisco and Los Angeles on select dates in Frebruary. ALL TICKETS ARE FREE. The minimum age to attend is 14. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to be part of a primetime, television event. For more information and to print free tickets, please CLICK HERE.

Also, the show is looking for groups! If you have a team, organization, or group of 20 or more you may be able to attend the show as a fundraiser and earn money!! For more information and to book your group, please call us at 818-880-8200 and ask for Howard or Daisy.

LA Auditions:
CBS Television City-Genessee gate
7800 Beverly Blvd.
Hollywood, CA 90036

San Francisco Auditions:
Bill Graham Civic Auditorium Tickets
99 Grove Street, San Francisco, CA  94102

About the show:

“America’s Got Talent” was the #1 non-sports telecast on ABC, CBS, NBC or Fox in total viewers every week it aired over the summer of 2011, making it the #1 summer series in total viewers for a sixth year in a row. Last summer, “America’s Got Talent” delivered its highest-rated cycle ever.

“America’s Got Talent” is the only talent competition show that is open to any age and any talent. Auditions for season seven kicked off in October with upcoming open calls set for Austin, Texas, Charlotte, N.C. and San Francisco, Calif.

Concert Review: Gin Blossoms Bring Tempe-rature Up In Barnstable; Inundates Audience with Nostalgia (Photos/Videos)

Gin Blossoms Live in East Falmouth, MA |
July 16, 2011Robin Wilson

We rarely review concerts, despite attending many, but we have decided to start after positive feedback on our review of the Counting Crows disaster at the Cape Cod Melody Tent last season. We had paid $70 a pop to see this band destroy their concert in a drunken flurry of forgotten lyrics and faulty delivery.

We were delighted to get an opportunity to see another classic band, the Gin Blossoms, perform on the stage in East Falmouth, MA. The cost was a modest $10 admission to the Barnstable County Fair. And unlike the lead singer Adam Duritz and the Counting Crows’ disappointing performance, the Gin Blossoms delivered a concert that was worth vastly more than the small amount charged.

Relevance is fleeting in the world of music. An absence from the scene or a single album that fails to make the charts can, for most, decimate all chances of ever having another successful music release.

Of course, we have all heard of the one hit wonders, those bands or individual artists that seem to possess the ability to hit the radio with one, and only one, hit song. Many later know the hit, but cannot remember the band from whence it came.

The Gin Blossoms from Tempe, Arizona are no one hit wonder. Their first album was monstrous and generated hit after hit for the band going platinum four times over. The album had an array of memorable and captivating songs like “Hey Jealousy”, “Found Out About You” and “Allison Road”. The mix and flow of the album promised these would be absolute superstars.

Behind the scenes, circumstances were not as bright. The co-founder and guitarist that had written the two biggest hits on the album had been forcefully terminated from the band by A&M Records. In 1993, shortly after the release of this phenomenal work, Doug Hopkins committed suicide.

As often happens when a great first album is released, the sophomore album determines the fate of the band. A moderate success is not enough. It is almost expected that the second album be as good as or better than the first. Fatefully and unfortunately, this was not the case for Gin Blossoms without Doug Hopkins. Their second album, “Congratulations, I’m Sorry” went platinum, but it was baron of hits except for “Follow You Down” and did not have the impact of the first. The smash hit song “Until I Hear It From You”, was released before the album for the “Empire Records” soundtrack. Had the song been on this album, it may have spelled the difference between a huge success and the mixed reviews it instead received at the time.

In 1997, one year after the release of “Congratulations, I’m Sorry”, the group disbanded, and it appeared, sadly, that what started as a powerhouse addition to the music scene was to be just a memory.

In 2001, after 4 years, the band reunited to tour the nation. We had a chance to see them perform in Barnstable. And we are here to tell you all, if you are a fan, you will be hooked and thrilled with their performance. If you are not, you will likely be a fan after you watch them perform. They still possess their captivating sound and grab your attention from the outset.

As the concert progressed, we watched around us as young and old alike danced and screamed with joy to song after song. The lead singer, Robin Wilson, immediately got the audience to move forward and stand, and the audience never returned to a sitting position. This is something so few bands possess, the ability to maintain an audience’s attention throughout a performance, over the gravity that draws their derrieres to their seats.

Yet, despite getting the audience excited and enthused, Robin remained totally personable. He exchanged tambourines with some audience members and commented on their musical prowess. When he requested an audience member throw him back the tambourine, however, another fan was beaned on the noggin. He gracefully ensured she was well and gifted her the tambourine adding his personal autograph. (Video 5, during “Learning the Hard Way” song.)


Videos from the concert. Complete set

The play list is below and was a fantastic mix of old and new. At first, the band somehow seemed lethargic on the first oldie song – “Follow You Down”. Scott Johnson, one of the two lead guitarists, skipped over the famous guitar lick we have come to love in the song and that is a signature of its greatness. Robin’s signature vocal was left to carry the song and made it seem like a solo performance. Great still, but not quite enough to get the audience pumped up just yet.

This changed dramatically as the concert progressed and the band captured the audience’s hearts. As the audience gained enthusiasm, so did the band, and the lead guitars began to belt out the riffs we have come to love. And the bassist, Bill Leen, added that background sound we all recognize. Bill’s stage presence is muted by Robin, but his intensity is obvious and makes a major impact on their performance. He playfully fiddled with Scott’s guitar right before the encore, leaving Scott to quickly get his Gibson retuned.

Jesse Valenzuela
, also with the band from nearly the beginning, seemed rather subdued. He appeared happy to hide behind the lights and just play music. Jesse was the original lead singer of the band and has written many of their songs. including Mrs. Rita and their more recent single, “Learning The Hard Way”. Jesse appeared to be more enthusiastic when belting out recent tracks than the older classics.

The band’s signature sound was maintained throughout and is still as engaging as ever. In a later conversation with Scott, he was quick to agree that it is this signature sound that identifies any band and makes them successful. Sometimes it is just the voice of the lead singer. And with Gin Blossoms, there is no question that Robin has a unique and distinctively familiar voice. But this band has a sound well beyond Robin’s vocal ability, and that sound is not only their own; they only make it as a band of five. So we were ecstatic when, by the third song, the band was playing as a tight unit, and the concert really took hold over the audience.

By the end of the concert and the finale, the audience was screaming for more. The band obliged. For the encore, they first performed a classic Eddie Money song, “Think I’m In Love,” in which Robin proved he still has great range with his vocals. Then they finished with “Hey Jealousy” and left an audience dazed with satisfaction at having come to see this classic band live.

The band has had two major studio album releases since reuniting. There were released singles, like “Learning the Hard Way” and “Miss Disarray”, but neither has been hugely successful. The songs they performed from those albums, however, are strikingly Gin Blossoms in their sound and quality. Any one could be a top of the charts hit song and each had the audience bobbing with glee. But promotion appears to be what is lacking. And perhaps the band’s relevance is doubted by a fickle industry inundated with fleeting talent. Our only comments on the more recent singles is they do not capture Robin’s familiar vocal sound in the same fashion as the earlier hits and they seem to miss the clever lyrics like “If you don’t expect too much from me, you might not be let down”.

This concert is not one to miss. The opportunity to see this classic band perform with almost all the members of the band that participated in the “New Miserable Experience” is just too good to pass up. It is not an opportunity missed by the band’s earlier break up because their performance is still stellar. And the cost is modest in a world of unaffordable musical extravaganzas that tend to never live up to the hype.

Gin Blossoms performed as a tight unit and delivered a solid performance that will rekindle the love of their music by every fan, and that will likely make fans out of those that do not know how great they are. We want more.

Gin Blossoms

Gin Blossoms Set list :: Falmouth, MA

“Follow You Down”
“Allison Road”
“Somewhere Tonight”
“Miss Disarray”
“Found Out About You”
“Until I Fall Away”
“Goin To California”
“I’m Ready”
“29”
“Long Time Gone
“Don’t Change for Me”
“Wave Bye Bye”
“‘Til I Hear it From You”
“Learning The Hard Way”
“Think I’m in Love”
“Hey Jealousy”

Fashion Star: Tickets to NBC’s new fashion show with Elle Macpherson, Jessica Simpson and more!

If you have ever wanted to attend a real runway show with celebrities, this is your chance… tickets are FREE.

Elle Macpherson is bringing the glitz and glam of fashion to NBC PRIME TIME television. Jessica Simpson, Nicole Richie, and John Varvatos have been named as the show’s celebrity mentors!!

All across America, students, soccer moms, accountants, and people from all walks of life are sewing in their basements, selling jewelry at small town conventions and creating incredible works of fashion. And even though they all may come from different walks of life, they all share the same burning desire… to be discovered and expose their designs and creations on a national level, and most importantly, to see their dreams become a reality.

This show will inspire them to do just that. In this new competition series, Elle Macpherson – model, successful businesswoman, and an icon in the fashion world – is searching for the next big fashion star. In every episode, designers will be faced with challenges specifically crafted to further develop their fashion lines. With the help and guidance of Elle, they will present their new creations to a team of buyers and expert designers who will ultimately decide who stays and who goes each week. In the final episode, only one designer will be crowned the winner and their collection will be showcased in several major department stores across the nation for all of America to buy.

GET YOUR FREE TICKETS HERE. Schedules are subject to change and tickets run out fast so schedule right away. Open dates available as of this writing: July 13- July 29 and August 5th.

Culver Studios
9336 Washington Blvd
Culver City, CA 90232-2600

Minimum Age:18+

Free Tickets! See Family Game Night live and get priority tickets to any show of your choice!

Be in the studio audience of Family Game Night, hosted by Todd Newton. See all the action, strategy and teamwork. Fun for all ages!

Family Game Night, the very first game show on The Hub Family Network, features all the fun of family game night at home…but, it’s bigger, better, and more exciting! See families compete against other families in life-sized twists on familiar games. Min. age is 8, so make it a family outing!

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Family Game Night, the HUB network’s hit game show is back taping for two weeks only and you and your family can attend the show as part of the live studio audience. The show, based on the super popular video and board games, is one of the few shows for the entire family…the minimum age to attend is 8! The show features families of all ages competing in various HASBRO games for points and prizes and it is high-octane fun for the live studio audience.

If you can attend a WEEKDAY taping between June 17th and June 29th and at least one member in your party is between the ages of 8 and 14, we will give your entire party priority tickets to ANY of the shows we ticket (age restrictions apply as all shows have various minimum ages). The show lasts approximately 4-5 hours and you must stay for the entirety of the taping.

Once the taping has concluded we will ask what show you would like to attend and then email you a priority ticket for any of our shows in 2011!

There are still tickets available for June 17 to June 29th. To see the complete schedule and to print a free ticket, please CLICK HERE.

STUDIO Location:
Sunset Bronson- Bronson Gate
5800 Sunset Blvd
Hollywood, CA 90028

Wanna be on The Price is Right? Come and watch the show live!

If you haven’t been to The Price is Right, you simply have to see the show in person at least once in your life so you can scratch it off of your bucket list….It’s an institution. It’s an experience. It’s The Price is Right.

This is your chance to be a part of television’s longest-running game show! Drew Carey hosts the show.

Many dates are still available but hurry! OPEN TAPING FROM MAY 11, 2011 to AUGUST 10, 2011!!

GET YOUR FREE TICKETS HERE.

Some general rules do apply.

Eligibility Information: Due to eligibility requirements, no one under the age of 18 will be admitted to the studio. If you want to be considered as a contestant you MUST:

*Bring TWO forms of identification to the studio such as a driver’s license or DMV I.D. AND something with your Social Security number on it, such as an insurance card, pay stub, tax return or actual SS card. Or, provide us with the last four digits of your SS number. If you don’t have proof of your SS number with you it must be supplied within 30 days in order claim any prizes. If you are from outside of the USA and do not have a SS card, this will not be required as part of your I.D. A passport can be a substitute for the driver’s license.

*As of Nov. 12, 2007, anyone who has not been a contestant on the show in the last 10 years is eligible to be chosen.

Also, you must:
*Never have been on any other game show, local, syndicated or network, within the past year.
*Never have been on more than two other game shows in the past 10 years.
*Not be affiliated with anybody employed by CBS Corporation, including any parent, subsidiary or entity affiliated with the CBS Corporation.

Dress Code: No costumes are allowed or any national advertising on any garments or hats. You might bring a jacket or sweater as the studios are kept cool.

ARRIVAL AND SHOW TIMES:
There are two tapings each day.
You must arrive no later than 8:30 AM for the first show and the show time is 12:20 PM. You must arrive no later than 12 PM for the second show and the show time is 4:10 PM.

STAND-BY TICKETS:
If a show taping is full we recommend requesting tickets for a different taping. If there is only one taping you can attend and it is full, then you may show up for the taping as a “Stand-by” audience member. If you are on “Stand-by” you must arrive no later than the arrival time and you must understand that your admission is NOT guaranteed. We will admit all ticket holders first and then, if there is room, we will begin admitting “Stand-by’s” on a first-come, first-served basis.

UPCOMING SPECIALS:

FATHER’S DAY SPECIAL:
Wednesday, June 1st, 2011 at the 8:30 AM arrival: “The Price is Right” is celebrating America’s dads! We’re taping a special Father’s Day show and dad and one of his offspring may be called to come on down to win cash, cars, trips and other spectacular prizes! (everyone must be over 18). If you are chosen as contestants, the two of you will be competing as a team. All the same eligibility requirements apply as they would if you came on down as an individual. There is one set of prizes per team. For prizes that cannot be divided, there will be a selection process for the team which will be explained following taping.
So bring your kid and get ready to bid!

ENGAGED COUPLES SPECIAL:
Wednesday, June 1st, 2011 at the 12 PM arrival: It’s “The Price Is Right” ultimate wedding giveaway with prizes provided by WeddingChannel.com.
The Price Is Right is producing a special show for engaged couples! From the dress to the honeymoon, you and your fiancé may be called to Come On Down together to play as a couple for all your wedding must-haves! All the same eligibility requirements apply as they would if you came down as an individual. If you are chosen as contestants, you will be competing as a team. There is one set of prizes per couple.
Your magnificent dream wedding could come true, but only if you Come On Down and win!

BACK TO SCHOOL SPECIAL:
Thursday, June 2nd, 2011 at the 12 PM arrival: Hey college students! Wouldn’t it be cool to win a new car to drive to school? Or maybe score some cash to help pay your tuition? Well you could, because The Price Is Right is taping a Back To School Special just for you! You could win all kinds of great stuff for college! Everyone must be over 18, and all eligibility rules apply, so Come on down to CBS in Hollywood so you can be a winner!

CBS Television City
7800 Beverly Blvd.
Hollywood, CA. 90036

See Simon Cowell and Paula Abdul reunited Watch the X-Factor live auditions taping!

Tickets are FREE and admission is GUARANTEED.

The X Factor is here! HAS YOUR CITY GOT IT? WE ARE LOOKING FOR 4,000 MUSIC FANS TO BE IN THE AUDIENCE FOR THE X FACTOR LIVE AUDITIONS!

Simon Cowell is back as judge on the highly anticipated US premiere of his global television phenomenon, THE X FACTOR. The show is auditioning both solo artists AND vocal groups and the acts that survive will compete for a $5 million recording contract with Sony/Syco! It’s the biggest guaranteed prize in TV history.

THE X FACTOR LIVE AUDITIONS will be visiting cities across the country auditioning both solo artists AND vocal groups. The auditions will be in front of the judges and a live audience.

Tapings happening from Los Angeles, Chicago, New Jersey to Miami and Seattle! Check for dates here and to print out tickets. Hurry, seats are extremely limited!

Dancing With the Stars Winter Live Tour Full Schedule

Dancing with the Stars is bringing together 4 Stars and 10 Professional Dancers in a live tour all across North America in 38 days covering 37 cities beginning December 17, 2008 in California and culminating in Pennsylvania on February 8, 2009.

If you’re a fan, this is your chance to see the cast perform the show’s highlight of dances- unfortunately, you won’t get to see 2008 reigning champion, Brooke Burke in the tour.

The Cast

Lance Bass, Maurice Green, Toni Braxton and Marlee Matlin are the only stars performing. Multi-Grammy winner Toni Braxton promises not only to dance but sing her biggest hits as well. That should be a treat for the aficionados! We wonder if N’Sync member Lance Bass is singing too?

Maksim Chmerkovskiy leads the cast of professional dancers alongside Mark Ballas, Cheryl Burke, Derek Hough, Kym Johnson, Alec Mazo, Fabian Sanchez, Edyta Sliwinska and Karina Smirnoff- all of whom are stars in their own rights.

New this season Lacey Schwimmer, best known as a reality TV contestant herself from Season 3 of So You Think You Can Dance (SYTYCD) completes the roll. She is expected to attract not only DWS fans but fans of SYTYCD as well. She will be a refreshing addition to the tour with her unique style and choreography.

Date

Wednesday, December 17

Thursday, December 18

Friday, December 19

Sunday, December 21

Monday, December 22

Saturday, December 27

Sunday, December 28

Monday, December 29

Tuesday, December 30

Friday, January 2

Sunday, January 4

Monday, January 5

Wednesday, January 7

Thursday, January 8

Friday, January 9

Sunday, January 11

Monday, January 12

Tuesday, January 13

Thursday, January 15

Friday, January 16

Saturday, January 17

Sunday, January 18

Tuesday, January 20

Thursday, January 22

Friday, January 23

Saturday, January 24

Sunday, January 25

Tuesday, January 27

Wednesday, January 28

Thursday, January 29

Friday, January 30

Saturday, January 31

Monday, February 2

Tuesday, February 3

Wednesday, February 4

Friday, February 6

Saturday, February 7

Sunday, February 8

Venue

San Diego Sports Arena

Citizens Business Bank Arena

HP Pavilion

Reno Events Center

ARCO Arena

Staples Center

Jobing.com Arena

Orleans Arena

E Center

BOK Center

American Airlines Center

AT&T Center

Sprint Center

i wireless Center (Mark of the Quad Cities)
Allstate Arena

Joe Louis Arena

Air Canada Centre

Wolstein Center

Conseco Fieldhouse

Scottrade Center

US Bank Arena

Nationwide Arena

Sommet Center (Nashville Arena)

St. Pete Times Forum

BankAtlantic Center

Amway Arena (TD Waterhouse)

Gwinnett Center

Greensboro Coliseum

RBC Center

Verizon Center

Mohegan Sun Arena

Mohegan Sun Arena

Dunkin Donuts Center

Wachovia Arena

Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum

Prudential Center

Boardwalk Hall

Wachovia Center

City

San Diego, California

Ontario, California

San Jose, California

Reno, Nevada

Sacramento, California

Los Angeles, California

Glendale, Arizona

Las Vegas, Nevada

Salt Lake City, Utah

Tulsa, Oklahoma

Dallas/Ft. Worth, Texas

San Antonio, Texas

Kansas City, Missouri

Moline, Illinois

Rosemont, Illinois

Detroit, Michigan

Toronto, Ontario

Cleveland, Ohio

Indianapolis, Indiana

St. Louis, Missouri

Cincinnati, Ohio

Columbus, Ohio

Nashville, Tennessee

Tampa, Florida

Sunrise, Florida

Orlando, Florida

Atlanta, Georgia

Greensboro, North Carolina

Raleigh, North Carolina

Washington, DC

Uncasville, Connecticut

Uncasville, Connecticut

Providence, Rhode Island

Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania

Uniondale, New York

Newark, New Jersey

Atlantic City, New Jersey

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania