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Tickets for Garth Brooks' first World Tour stop in Chicago went on sale this morning.
So far, he's only announced a Thursday, September 4 date at Allstate Arena, but fans can expect more shows to be added once that show sells out.
As it stands now, Garth's show is the only event taking place at the Allstate Arena for a three-week period, starting August 24 and running through September 16.
That means Garth's Chicago engagement could potentially turn into a mini-residency.
Garth will announce future tour cities individually. His wife Trisha Yearwood is set to open all shows.
A new single from Garth is expected at radio in the coming weeks, with a new double-album coming out around Thanksgiving.
The Band Perry and Miranda Lambert will celebrate the connection between style and music when performing at this year's Fashion Rocks concert on CBS.
The show airs live from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Tuesday, September 9.
Jennifer Lopez, Pitbull, Usher and KISS are among the other stars on the bill.
Ryan Seacrest will host. Look for even more stars to join the lineup in the coming weeks.
Taylor Swift is one of the stars of the much-anticipated movie The Giver, in which she appears opposite such acting heavyweights
as Jeff Bridges and Meryl Streep.
Not only did she bond with Bridges on set, but according to the Oscar-winning actor, they got to spend some of their downtime jamming.
The Giver is Taylor's third film: her first was 2010's Valentine's Day.
She also voiced a role in the 2012 animated film The Lorax. On TV, she's appeared on CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and New Girl,
and has hosted Saturday Night Live.
Chase Rice will perform "Ready Set Roll" on NBC's Late Night with Seth Meyers Wednesday, August 6.
The appearance marks Chase's late-night TV debut.
His full-length album, Ignite the Night, comes out August 19.
Montgomery Gentry's new single, "Headlights," hits the airwaves next month.
and the lineup includes all the usual suspects, plus one new face: Jack White.
White will join Farm Aid board members Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Dave Matthews and Neil Young on the bill at the event, which takes place at Raleigh's Walnut Creek Amphitheater. Tickets go on sale August 1 at 10 a.m. ET. Others on the bill include country star Jamey Johnson, the Preservation Jazz Hall Band, and the group Delta Rae.
The first Farm Aid concert was held in Champaign, Illinois, with a massive lineup of performers, including Bob Dylan, Mellencamp, Nelson and Young, plus Bon Jovi, Bonnie Raitt, Lou Reed, Carole King, Huey Lewis, Roy Orbison, Billy Joel and dozens more.
Since then, Farm Aid events have raised $45 million to support family farmers.
Alan Jackson's new exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville opens August 29. "Alan Jackson: 25 Years of Keepin' It Country" gives museum visitors a look at memorabilia including the water skis Alan wore in the "Chattahoochee" video, the guitar he played on the 2001 CMA Awards debuting "Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)" and the Harley-Davidson he posed with on the cover of his 1992 album A Lot About Livin' (and a Little 'bout Love). Alan will also perform a few Artist-in-Residence shows at the Country Music Hall of Fame later this year. His exhibit runs through March 2015.
Randy Travis will explore his musical influences again.
The singer, who had a major health scare in 2012, is out with "Influence Vol. 2: The Man I Am" on Aug. 19 on Warner.
Fans who pre-order the album will get "Don't Worry 'Bout Me" as an instant download.
Two more songs will be available each week following the pre-order, including "Only Daddy That'll Walk The Line" on July 29
and "That's The Way Love Goes," on Aug. 5. People can also download the full album online on Aug. 12.
Influence Vol. 2: The Man I Am features Randy's take on classics from Waylon Jennings, Merle Haggard, Ray Price, Johnny Cash, Vern Gosdin and more.
Carrie Underwood is playing both shows at the Grand Ole Opry this Friday night.
Jerrod Niemann is 35.
Pam Tillis is 57.
Brett Eldredge had a pretty cool meeting with a U.S. soldier on a Southwest flight Tuesday.
Brett posted a picture on Instagram of himself sitting beside Army infantryman Chance Turner on the plane as the soldier made his way to serve in Kuwait.
It just so happens Chance was in the audience when Brett performed at his army base, Fort Riley in Kansas, earlier this month.
Country musician and songwriter George Riddle died at the age of 78, ending his battle with throat cancer.
Riddle was well known as the original Jones Boy.
When George Jones got started in the industry, Riddle was the first and only one backing the legend in his band. Riddle's impact on country music also includes his role as a regular fiddle player on the stage of the Grand Ole Opry.
In addition to playing music, the songwriter also wrote 13 songs for Jones, as well as tunes for many established country acts.
Riddle was born in Marion, Ind.
After spending time in the US Army between 1958 and 1960, he moved to Nashville to pursue music, and met and formed a friendship with Jones
Mandolin player Neil Perry of The Band Perry is 24.
Alison Krauss is 43.
Jason Aldean New Music "Burnin' It Down"
Jason Aldean just released a new single today from an upcoming album.
The new single, "Burnin' It Down," was released and will be on his upcoming sixth CD due out later this year.
The Band Perry, Brantley Gilbert and Justin Moore will perform at events
surrounding the Crown Royal Presents the John Wayne Walding 400
at the Brickyard NASCAR race this weekend at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Zac Brown Band's "All Alright" video premieres Wednesday on CMT.
Eli Young Band performs their latest single, "Dust," on CBS's The Late Show with David Letterman.
Don Henley (The Eagles) turns 67.
Trout and salmon anglers are reporting action for chinooks and lake trout in water depths greater than 100 feet of water. Spoons have been the hot bait. Out of Michigan City and Portage, near shore boat anglers reported some action for steelhead late last week. Again, spoons were the top producing lure according to anglers. Jointed J-11 and J-13 Rapalas are always a good bet for summer steelhead as well.
Yellow perch fishing picked up late last week with limits caught both east and west of the Michigan City Lighthouse in water depths to 33 feet of water. Portage boat anglers are also reporting limits in water depths up to 27 feet of water. Over on the western side of Lake Michigan, it's been hit or miss in the Cal Park area. Minnows have been the top producing bait suspended just off the bottom. The soft-shell bite is starting to pick up as well.
Smallmouth bass action continues to be very good, especially on the western side of Lake Michigan where structure is present. Tube jigs that resemble gobies, crankbaits and spinnerbaits are effective lures for catching summertime bass on Lake Michigan.
A few steelhead have been caught by shore anglers off the Michigan City Lighthouse Pier this past week. Shrimp suspended under a bobber has been the top producing bait. No steelhead action reported out of Portage. Channel catfish are plentiful, especially in the harbor of Michigan City. Shrimp, nightcrawlers or any commercially prepared catfish bait fished on the bottom has proved successful. Bass and panfish are providing action for anglers who fish any of the marina fishing platforms or Public Access Sites on southern Lake Michigan. Minnows or a tube jig have been productive for both smallmouths and rock bass while worms have been catching panfish. Water temperature in the harbor of Michigan City was 70° F as of this morning.
Stream Fishery Update
We have seen an increase in skamania steelhead numbers over the last week in Indiana tributaries to Lake Michigan. Steelhead are scattered throughout Trail Creek while fish are concentrated in the lower sections of the East Branch Little Calumet River and Salt Creek. Water temperature of Trail Creek at Springland Ave. was 63° F. As far as baits, anglers had the best luck floating shrimp or spawn bags just off the bottom through the deeper holes and runs. Orange, brass and silver spinners also caught aggressive fish in the same areas.
Notes to Anglers
Just a reminder to all anglers fishing Trail Creek that no fishing is allowed within 100 feet upstream of the Trail Creek Sea Lamprey Barrier or downstream to the Pottawatomie Country Club Golf Course property line located adjacent to Springland Ave in Michigan City
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