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Gasparilla Music Festival Preview

Gasparilla Music Festival Preview / Line-Up

At RARAs Farm, we’ve hit a slew of Florida festivals over the few years that we’ve been in existence, but 2015 will be the first time that we walk through the gates at one of the state’s premier events, The Gasparilla Music Festival.

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This year’s event, scheduled for March 6th and 7th, is the fifth incarnation for the acclaimed festival, situated on the shores of the Hillsborough River in Downtown Tampa. It has quickly grown in national prominence, and the line-up is typically top-notch, and this year’s is no exception. Modest Mouse, The Gaslight Anthem, Gogol Bordello, Dale Earnhardt Jr Jr, and Mutemath headline the national acts, and there’s a great cross-section of local acts, as well.

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Click on this line-up snapshot to purchase Festival tickets.

One of the special features about the Gasparilla Music Festival, or GMF, is their continued focus on supporting local musicians. This year, we’ll get to see RARAs Farm favorites The Hip Abduction, Thomas Wynn and The Believers and UNRB among the slew of talented local bands. The Hip Abduction are just dripping with potential and always offer an engaging show, spotlighted by diverse catchy music – do not miss these local artists.

You can check out the line-up and set times here: GMF 2015 Line-up, where you’ll see that Saturday is jam-packed with a fantastic slate of alternative rock bands spread out over four stages and twelve hours.  Excellent West Coast indie rockers Modest Mouse close the night as the headliners on the Soulshine Stage but the band performing just before them may be the most entertaining on the bill, The Gaslight Anthem, an energetic and talented hard-rocking foursome from New Jersey.

Sunday is a shorter day featuring a much more diverse line-up.  The headliner, Gogol Bordello, are one of the most entertaining bands touring today. Their music is eclectic rock, sort of a gypsy, punk, dance thing, that is guaranteed to leave a lasting and positive impression.

Aside from the wonderfully refreshing focus on supporting local music, the festival has a few other features that truly make it special.  It’s a community funded and supported charitable endeavor, not a huge Corporate event, they feature all local food vendors, cater to children (in fact it’s free admission for kids 12 and under), and they’re eco-friendly – all fantastic benefits, but the music rules the day, and this line-up is top notch.

Tix for the event are very reasonable, with options to purchase by the day, or for the full festival. If you buy in advance, full festival General Admission tickets are only $60, or you have the option to buy by the day ($40 Saturday, $30 Sunday).  Get Advance Purchase Tickets Here.

Rock On!

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Details for Carbon Leaf’s Ragtime Festival

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Carbon Leaf Performing their Ragtime segment in Orlando

Carbon Leaf Announces Ragtime Carnival 2015

Well, as they hinted about in their recent Florida visit, these Virginia-based rockers are going back home for their second annual Ragtime Festival.

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Carbon Leaf’s unique festival will take place over two days, May 15 & 16 at Pocahontas State Park. The headliners will offer-up three distinct sets, and will be joined this year by 13 bands on two stages.

Some useful links:
Carbon Leaf Concert Review
RARA’s Farm’s Festival Survival Guide
Barry Privett Interview
Event Information
Park Camping Information

From the press release:
Carbon Leaf will perform three sets over the weekend, an acoustic set Saturday morning, and full-band performances closing out each night. Additional artists performing at Ragtime Carnival include actor/director Jeff Daniels with the Ben Daniels Band, Trigger Hippy feat. Joan Osborne and former Black Crowes members Jackie Green and Steve Gorman, as well as Sons of Bill.

SCHEDULE

FRIDAY, MAY 15 (Doors 5:30pm)

MAIN STAGE
6:00pm – People’s Blues of Richmond
8:15pm – Carbon Leaf

ACOUSTIC STAGE
7:30pm – Ben Daniels Band

SATURDAY, MAY 16 (Doors 10:45am)

MAIN STAGE
11:30am – Sons of Bill
1:00pm – Scythian
2:30pm – Red Wanting Blue
4:15pm – Jeff Daniels & the Ben Daniels Band
6:15pm – Trigger Hippy
8:15pm – Carbon Leaf

ACOUSTIC STAGE
11:00am – Carbon Leaf
12:30pm – TBA
2:00pm – Ian McFeron
3:45pm – Marie Miller
5:30pm – von Grey
7:30pm – Mandolin Orange

TICKETING

Friday, May 15 – $10 Advance / $15 Door (General Admission)
Saturday, May 16 – $25 Advance / $30 Door (General Admission)

Tickets go on sale Friday, February 20th at 10am through , Brocks Bar-B-Que in Chester, and the Pocahontas State Park office.

ACCOMODATIONS

Tent camping for Carbon Leaf’s Ragtime Carnival can be reserved through www.pocahontaslive.com. Camping rates are $12 per person for one night or $20 per person for both nights.

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Blaine The Mono Interview

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Blaine The Mono: Eric Joseph, Chris Culverwell, Randi Stickles and Clifton Garner

Blaine the Mono Chats About Their New Album

When we naively started this website a few years ago, one of our first reviews was Vices And Verses from local Orlando rockers Blaine The Mono. Since that time, we’ve grown up a bit, and as we see on their excellent new album Jellyfish, this quartet is maturing into one hell of a band.

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On a chilly Florida night, I recently had the chance to sit down with this affable and talented group at Rock & Brews in Oviedo. Huddled around an outdoor heater, we sipped a drink or two, talked about music and life and then took a deep dive into the new album.

Today, I’ll share the early conversation, and provide a deeper look into “Capsize,” the first single and first track from the album, and then follow it up with a deep song-by-song look into the entire album on the day it is released in Orlando, February 28th. It should be a cool accompaniment for you as you take your first tour through the seven new rocking tracks. Make sure you Like our Facebook page so you don’t miss a thing.

We started out talking about the songwriting on the album. As it turns out, and as you’ll read in our track-by-track immersion, this is a true collaborative effort. Many of the songs start off with a riff from guitarist Eric Joseph. From there, they go through an evolution as all of the band members provide their input, before vocalist Randi Stickles polishes it off by penning the typically provocative lyrics, leaving all of the band members sharing songwriting credit.

We chatted for about an hour, and these four are all passionate about the excellent music that they’ve created, and it was nice to see the way they interacted. They like each other and truly seem to enjoy their time working together.

Cretin: So, we’re sitting here at Rock & Brews, where the walls are plastered with images of larger-than-life legendary rockers. Were any of these artists influences for you?
Eric Joseph – Guitar: Zeppelin, Stones and The Beatles, I really came up on The Beatles. I liked the 60s and 70s, and a lot of 50s stuff and the 90s obviously. But, I kind of skipped a lot of stuff in the 80’s, the New Wave rock.
Clifton Garner – Drums: Doors, Hendrix. For the 80’s, I only really liked the Cars, and somebody bought me a Warrant album once.
Randi Stickles – Vocals: (smiling) I really liked the Scooby Doo soundtrack in the 80’s. My dad listened to the Box Tops and stuff like that, but nothing that really stuck out; I listen to a lot of Nirvana and The Distillers.
Joseph: The Used, Deftones, The Yeah, Yeah Yeahs.
Stickles: Royal Blood is a new one I listen to a lot.

Cretin: That was one of our Top 5 albums of the year last year. (See our list here)
Stickles: They’re awesome.
Joseph: That’s a major break out band. Truly awesome.
Garner: When we went to South By (Southwest), they were all over the place. I think they played eight or nine shows in five days, it was great. I’ve got to throw Primus in there, because Irv is one of the greatest drummers. Everybody just thinks of Les Claypool, but in order to play with a bassist of that caliber, you have to be the greatest drummer in the world.

Cretin: Chris, what about you?
Chris Culverwell – Bass: Classic stuff? I’m a big Pink Floyd guy, Doors, Zeppelin, Hendrix. I’m the only Floyd fan here.
Stickles: That’s weird shit. I feel you need to be high, I don’t know.
Culverwell: (unfazed) As far as newer stuff, I’m a big Tool and Radiohead fan.
Joseph: (as “Somebody To Love” plays in the background) I’d like to add Queen to my list
Garner: Yeah, yeah.

Cretin: You guys need to go on-line and look at my Top 25 albums ever, a lot of these bands are included. There’s no Primus on there, though.
Stickles: (sarcastically) best drummer in the world.

Cretin: So switching over to your new album, Jellyfish, do any of you have a favorite song from the album?
Garner: “Get Me Right”
Stickles: Me too, that’s what I end up listening to the most.
Joseph: I listen to “The Slip” the most.
Culverwell: Probably “Blue.”
Stickles: I think “Get Me Right” is one of the newest, and it’s got more of that sing-songy feel which is why I like it.

Cretin: Thinking about your creative process, what was the first song you created for the album?
Garner: I think “Tides” was the oldest, then “Blue.”
Stickles: I just remember playing “Blue” around the time we were recording Vices (and Verses, their last album).” We were like “why don’t we add this?”
Joseph: I remember when we were recording Vices playing a scratch track for “Blue.” Yeah, so the first song we recorded is the last song on the album.

Cretin: Which was the last one you worked on?
Garner: “Get Me Right,” we recorded it on this last tour in the van. That one’s fresh.
Culverwell: The last one we perfected, though, was “You’re A Ghost.”
Garner: Yeah, that’s probably actually the oldest song. You wrote that before we started recording Vices.

Cretin: Which was the first you recorded for the album?
Joseph: “Blue.” We actually recorded them in alphabetical order, because that’s the way the engineer had created the session…

So, let’s begin our song-by-song voyage with “Capsize” (OK – I’ll stop the corny sea references)

Capsize

Cretin: Why did you choose this one as the first track on the album?
Stickles: Crowd response. The best crowd response for our songs.
Joseph: We wrote it before we went on tour, and it wasn’t on that album we were touring for. In all of the cities we went to we got a really good crowd response. I think we all felt it was more upbeat – kind of dancy, punky, high energy. And, it just seemed to have that nice strong chorus. I was into a lot of Arctic Monkeys at the time and I thought I’d write an Arctic Monkeys song that’s not an Arctic Monkeys song. (We drifted off on a brief tangent about the Arctic Monkeys. I won’t cover the dialogue here, but it’s safe to say the band members are big fans)
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Cretin: The opening guitar on this one does not sound like the Blaine The Mono I heard on the first album. What was the inspiration for that?
Joseph: Just something different. Going and performing at South By Southwest really opened my eyes. A lot of the riffs I wrote for Vices, I wrote before I even met Randi. It was a lot of music that Cliff, Chris and I had and then she filled in a lot of stuff and I really wanted to do some music that I felt was more the four of us at the time. That’s how the whole albums is. I just think this is what we actually sound like as a foursome.
Culverwell: Your songwriting changed a lot. He played in an old band before called Atrophy and everything had that grunge vibe to it, and it’s less of that now.
Garner: It’s more Alt now, and less grunge. I think there’s still plenty of metal influences, though.
Stickles: Especially in the breakdowns.

Cretin: I also thought it was a really good drum song.
Joseph: Oh, yeah, it totally is. Love the drums. Absolutely.
Garner: When he wrote that riff, the first thing I heard was Arctic Monkeys and I wanted to make sure we had a really dancy song that you hear that hear that opening and you immediately want to have fun with it.

Cretin: What about the lyrics? They actually confused me a bit.
Garner: She’ll do that.
Stickles: It’s kind of a one night stand perspective and then somebody taking it further than a one night stand and just becoming ridiculously obsessed with you and you have no idea why.
Joseph: I hate when that happens,
Garner: (chuckling) It happens all the time, right?
Stickles: It happens all the time. Something’s got me locked inside your head and you keep that person a secret because you don’t want other people to know how obsessed they are. It’s embarrassing.
Cretin: Do you want to reveal the person?
Stickles: No, no, I’m good.

Well, that’s it for now – a little sample from our walkthrough of the Jellyfish album. Check back soon as we take a similar walk through every song on the new album on February 28th, the date it is released in Orlando.

Rock On!
Cretin

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Motley Crue’s Final Trip on the Wild Side

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Motley Crue’s Final Tour and Some Free Music

The bad boys of California rock are headed “Home Sweet Home” for their last ever live show.

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Earlier today, Motley Crue announced the final leg of their much publicized Final Tour. After signing a formal agreement to end their touring (an idea that is actually kind of appealing these days), they’ve meandered around the world for a year, raking in buckets of cash. But now with bank accounts sufficiently augmented, the end date has been clarified.

They’ll close the tour in their hometown of Los Angeles, on New Years Eve at The Staples Center – that’s pretty damn cool, and made even better by the fact that the four original members will all be together for the last time in the city where it all started. The band will be celebrating the big announcement with a performance on The Tonight Show this Thursday.

“In some of the cities, we could only reach a fraction of the fans who wanted to come see us play last year because of ticket demand so we’re coming back to those places to bring them our full production including the Crüecifly drum coaster, as well as all pyro and every other bell and whistle. Even despite the overwhelming fan demand we can only add so many new cities in North America because of our commitment to take the Final Tour global on our final year.” says Nikki Sixx. Legendary rocker Alice Cooper will be opening shows on the tour.

See the full listing of tour dates below.

Audiences can also expect a high-energy performance from very special guest Alice Cooper, who joined the band for the Final Tour in 2014. He will be tearing up the stage for crowds across North America once again. The pairing has been roundly praised as a must-see by fans and media alike.

To give back to the fans for their support over the years, Mötley Crüe will give away their best selling GREATEST HITS album for free in partnership with Google Play for one week only beginning at 12PM PST today. Download the album through Tuesday, 1/27 here: http://goo.gl/3hg3Qw. The compilation album includes classic hits like “Dr. Feelgood,” “Home Sweet Home,” “Kickstart My Heart.”

THE FINAL TOUR 2015
Japan
2/11/15 – Kobe, JP – Kobe World
2/12/15 – Nagoya, JP – Nagoya Gaishi Hall
2/14/15 – Tokyo, JP – Tokyo Super Arena
2/15/15 – Tokyo, JP – Tokyo Super Arena
2/17/15 – Fukuoka, JP – Fukuoka Kokusai Center

North America
(with Very Special Guest Alice Cooper except dates marked with *)
7/22/15 – Eugene, OR – Matthew Knight Arena
7/24/15 – Tacoma, WA – Tacoma Dome
7/26/15 – Billings, MT – Rimrock Auto Arena at MetraPark
7/28/15 – Boise, ID – Taco Bell Arena
7/29/15 – Salt Lake City, UT – EnergySolutions Arena
7/31/15 – Denver, CO – Pepsi Center
8/3/15 – Winnipeg, MB – MTS Centre
8/5/15 – St. Paul, MN – Xcel Energy Center
8/7/15 – Milwaukee, WI – BMO Harris Bradley Center
8/8/15 – Chicago, IL – Allstate Arena
8/9/15 – Detroit, MI – The Palace of Auburn Hills
8/11/15 – Hershey, PA – Giant Center
8/12/15 – New York, NY – Barclays Center
8/14/15 – Philadelphia, PA – Wells Fargo Center
8/15/15 – Worcester, MA – DCU Center
8/16/15 – Uncasville, CT – Mohegan Sun Arena
8/18/15 – Cleveland, OH – Quicken Loans Arena
8/19/15 – Cincinnati, OH – U.S. Bank Arena
8/20/15 – Indianapolis, IN – Bankers Life Fieldhouse
8/22/15 – Toronto, ON – Air Canada Centre
8/23/15 – Ottawa, ON – Canadian Tire Centre
8/24/15 – Montreal, QC – Bell Centre
8/26/15 – Baltimore, MD – Royal Farms Arena
8/28/15 – Raleigh, NC – PNC Arena
8/29/15 – Charlotte, NC – Time Warner Cable Arena
8/30/15 – Atlanta, GA – Philips Arena
9/2/15 – Miami, FL – American Airlines Arena
9/4/15 – New Orleans, LA – Smoothie King Center
9/5/15 – Houston, TX – Toyota Center
9/6/15 – San Antonio, TX – Alamodome
9/8/15 – Monterrey, NL – Arena Monterrey
9/10/15 – Mexico City, DF – Arena Ciudad de Mexico
12/31/15 – Los Angeles, CA – Staples Center

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Distinctive New Rock from Soko

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SOKO – Who Wears The Pants Single Review

Simply put, she’s one of the most fresh, diverse, unpredictable artists gracing today’s musical landscape, and she’s about to release her most rock-infused music of her blossoming career.

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French born Soko has proven herself a successful (award winning) actress, an accomplished producer, the intriguing subject of a hugely popular viral kissing video, and quite the diverse self-taught musician – and she’s just getting started!

Today, she announced the forthcoming release of My Dreams Dictate My Reality, her second full-length album, which will be released on March 3rd. The album which promises to be brimming “with angst, shouts, and beautiful chaos,” was produced by Ross Robinson who has previously worked with her favorite band The Cure. The album will be released on Soko’s record label Babycat Records and will feature a hypnotic duet, “Lovetrap,” with Ariel Pink.

Today, we get our first taste of what we’re in store for on My Dreams Dictate My Realities and the first tasty sip is intoxicating. “Who Wears The Pants” is an edgy upbeat rocker, boasting poignant lyrics about sexuality. Her vocals are reminiscent of raw, gritty garage rock, while the masterfully produced music is a mixed tempo joyride. It’s captivating stuff that leaves me thirsting for the full album release.

For folks interested in pre-ordering the album, she is offering the most creative pre-order packages that I’ve ever seen. Yeah, the normal perks like vinyl, or autographed copies are available, but you’ll also have the chance to tack on a shopping trip, a home-cooked meal, a pajama party and a whole lot more. Check it out here: Pre-Order Bundles

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Parrotheads Will Flock To Orlando This Spring

Jimmy Buffett Announces Florida Tour Dates

Good news for Orlando’s passionate Jimmy Buffett fan base, as the timeless, barefooted guitarist is headed back to the city for a night of his unique, addictive blend of fun island rock.

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Buffett and his Coral Reefer Band return to the Amway Center on Thursday, April 16th, with tickets going on sale this Friday at 10:00 AM.  This year’s This One’s For You Tour celebrates the 40th anniversary of his first Top 40 album, A1A, which includes the classic hit “A Pirate Looks At Forty.”  For a fans in West Palm and Tampa, he hits the Gulf Coast on the 9th and 18th respectively.

The shows are always a blast, featuring fun songs, an engaging performer backed by a tight band, and the most entertaining fun crowd you will see all year.  If you’ve never been to a Buffett show, there’s almost as much fun outside the arena as inside. For proof, check out Cretin’s Tailgating experience the last time Buffett came through The City Beautiful: An All Day Buffett

 

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More info from the Amway Center press release:

“…Among the 30+ albums Buffett has released, eight are gold albums and nine are platinum or multi-platinum. His latest album, “Songs from St. Somewhere,” was released last August. In 2003, Buffett won his first Country Music Award (CMA) for his song, “It’s 5 O’clock Somewhere,” with Alan Jackson and was nominated again in 2007 for the CMA Event of the Year award for his song, “Hey Good Lookin,” featuring Alan Jackson and George Strait.

This year’s tour celebrates Buffett’s 40th touring season. The popularity of his trademark Key West and laid back atmosphere at his live shows gained a devoted following of fans, called Parrottheads. Buffett consistently earns a spot on Billboard’s highest grossing tours. In 2014, he ranked number 32 as music’s top 40 money makers.

TICKETS: $34, $84, $133.50. Buy tickets at amwaycenter.com, Chase Box Office at Amway Center, Ticketmaster retail locations, charge-by-phone at 800.745.3000 or at Ticketmaster.com. All dates, act(s) and ticket prices are subject to change without notice. All tickets are subject to applicable taxes, service, handling and facility fee charges. For Amway Center box office and ticket information, visit amwaycenter.com (phone purchases are not available through the Amway Center box office). The Amway Center is located at 400 West Church Street and the box office is located on the north side of the Amway Center, near the intersection of Church Street and Hughey Avenue.”

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Buffalo Sunn – Releases New Music

New Music with a Classic Rock Vibe

Scotland’s Buffalo Sunn has released a captivating new single with a decidedly old school feel. It’s definitely a song worth a listen or twelve…

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“Ocean” is a delicious new alternative rocker with distinct 60’s classic rock influences. The six-piece outfit from Dublin, Ireland boasts a unique feel that’s both old and comfortable, and fresh and new at the same time.

The song is the first single off of their new album By The Ocean, By The Sea, nicely produced by Grammy Award winner Pat McCarthy (U2, Counting Crows, R.E.M.).  The track features luscious harmonies, catchy guitar riffs and just a bit of well-balanced distortion. It’s garage rock meets theatre rock – a hopeful song with intoxicating guitars and drums and it’s just a blast to listen to.  

The music seems like it will translate nicely in a live setting, but for now, if you’re not in Europe you are out of luck. Hopefully the song will find its way to US radio and the band will make their way over to the States.

Grab the song here on iTunes: Ocean (Radio Edit) – Single

Linkin Park Will Kick Off Tour in Orlando

 

Linkin Park, Rise Against Open Tour in Orlando

Linkin Park has announced the tour dates for their 2015 The Hunting Party Tour, and fortunately for those of us in Central Florida, they’ll be kicking off the tour with a show here at Amway Center, and their support acts are fantastic, as well.

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(See full tour dates below)

Linkin Park will be joined on the tour by two other hard rock stalwarts, Of Mice and Men and Rise Against. We caught Rise Against just a few months ago, and they put on a fantastic show, in front of their ardent area fans. See the review here.

“After crossing paths with these guys at festivals around the world over the past decade, we’re excited to finally share the road with Linkin Park,” adds Tim Mcllrath, lead vocalist/ guitarist of Rise Against. “We think this will be a great experience for all our collective fans.” Tickets for this killer line-up go one sale this Friday, November 7th at 10AM.

Here are the details from the Amway Center Press Release:

Austin Carlile, of, Of Mice & Men recently joined Linkin Park on stage in Los Angeles during the band’s hugely successful Carnivores Tour this past summer. “We are really excited to be joining Linkin Park on The Hunting Party Tour. I performed the song ‘Faint’ with them recently at The Hollywood Bowl and it was incredible. Can’t wait to bring that experience to all of our dedicated fans across America,” said Carlile. “The opportunity to tour with a band that inspired me to pursue music is mind-blowing, and that’s exactly what we want fans to experience when they see us together on tour.”

Linkin Park begins their sold-out European tour tonight with Of Mice & Men in Zurich, Switzerland. Members of the Linkin Park fan club can access an exclusive pre sale on www.lpunderground.com. Visit linkinpark.com and ticketmaster.com for further information.

Linkin Park is a Grammy® Award-winning, multi-platinum alternative rock band comprised of co-lead vocalist, Chester Bennington, drummer/percussionist, Rob Bourdon, guitarist Brad Delson, bassist Dave ‘Phoenix’ Farrell, DJ, programmer Joe Hahn and Mike Shinoda – co-lead vocals, keyboards, guitar. The band has sold over 50 million albums worldwide, and is the biggest band on Facebook – with over 65 million fans and counting.

Since 2000, when Linkin Park debuted on the Billboard 200 – no other artist has had more top 10 singles on the Alternative chart, and no other band has achieved more number one albums during this century. Their sixth studio album, “The Hunting Party” reached number one in the iTunes store of 67 different countries. On their most recent touring cycle, the band played to over a million people, in 79 shows, on six continents.

In 2005, Linkin Park founded Music For Relief, a 501 © (3) non-profit organization dedicated to providing aid to victims of natural disasters and the prevention of such disasters. Since its inception, Music For Relief has raised over six million dollars for victims of multiple disasters across four continents. The organization was recognized by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, for the Download to Donate program to raise funds and awareness in the aftermath of the Haiti earthquake. In recognition of its humanitarian work, Linkin Park received a 2011 Global Leadership Award from the United Nations Foundation.

After 15 years and six incendiary albums, Rise Against has become one of the most successful, challenging and revered punk rock bands on the planet. Rise Against has sold four million albums globally across their last four releases – with 2011’s “Endgame” debuting at number one in Germany and Canada, and number two on the U.S. Billboard album chart. Their current album “The Black Market,” was released the past September via Interscope Records and debuted at number three on the Billboard Top 200 chart.

Since the 2010 release of their self-titled debut, “Orange County,” the California-based quintet Of Mice & Men, has blanketed rock radio airwaves, garnered critical acclaim, and amassed over 20 million YouTube views and close to five million social media followers on the strength of an electrifying sound and live show. They have played to packed-house crowds on headlining tours around the world and key slots on top fests, including this year’s Reading & Leeds Festival, where they were part of a star-studded lineup that included artists such as Queens of the Stone Age, Arctic Monkeys, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and many more. They’re touring in support of their latest album, “Restoring Force,” which hit number four on the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart and number one on both the Billboard Top Independent and Top Rock Albums Charts.

TICKETS: $36, $46, $56 & $76. Buy tickets at amwaycenter.com, Chase Box Office at Amway Center, Ticketmaster retail locations, charge-by-phone at 800.745.3000 or at Ticketmaster.com.

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Tour Dates
JANUARY
15 Orlando, FL – Amway Center
17 Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena
18 Indianapolis, IN – Bankers Life Fieldhouse
20 Pittsburgh, PA – Consol Energy Center
21 Albany, NY – Times Union Center
23 Atlantic City, NJ – Boardwalk Hall
24 Providence, RI – Dunkin Donuts Center
25 Brooklyn, NY – Barclays Center
27 Hershey, PA – Giant Center
28 Greensboro, NC – Greensboro Coliseum
30 Uncasville, CT – Mohegan Sun Arena
31 Manchester, NH – Verizon Wireless
FEBRUARY
3 Hamilton, ON – FirstOntario Centre
4 Grand Rapids, MI – Van Andel Arena
6 Des Moines, IA – Wells Fargo Arena
7 Lincoln, NE – Pinnacle Bank Arena*+
11 Saskatoon, SK – SaskTel Centre
12 Calgary, AB – Scotia Bank Saddledome
14 Edmonton, AB – Rexall Place