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  • Music Legend Joe Walsh at Majestic Theater San Antonio

    Grammy winner and legendary guitarist Joe Walsh who is also on many top lists for best all-time guitarists- stopped by San Antonio on his current 2017 Solo Tour. Walsh was also inducted into the RockandRoll Hall of Fame with his Eagles bandmates in 1998 (read more at Hall of Fame)

    final-02075.jpgWe’ve had the privilege of recently shooting other Eagles members Don Felder, and Don Henley (sadly Glenn Frey died last year in a horrible year for music losses). The Eagles recently announced they will be performing together again on a limited (so far) tour with Glen’s son Deacon Frey.  Although they started as a country band, their fame came from 1970s rock n roll. Their first was Their Greatest Hits (1971-1975) released in 1976 and is among the best-selling albums of all time, having sold more than 26 million copies. It was the first album to be certified platinum. Top hits include “Life in The Fast Lane”, ‘Life’s Been Good’ ‘Tequila Sunrise’, ‘Hotel California’ and more (many of which Walsh wrote or co-wrote). Joe helped the Eagles develop a more rock, less country sound.

    Joe’s guitarsmanshipfinal-02136.jpg and music style have evolved much over the years with a key era in the Rocky Mountains where he moved to create his own new music and recorded at the now famous Caribou Ranch and where you can picture the landscape as he sings “Rocky Mountain Way”. Joe has been so consistent as a musician, writing and recording new music after the breakup of each of his bands. Music has apparently been in his home and in his blood- his middle name is Fidler, and his wife’s last name is Bach! 

    There appears to be a current resurgence and demand for great rock n’ roll music. Walsh is in high demand these days in a variety of roles. Kicking addiction since 1994, his stock just keeps going up. He’s been quoted as saying “My message is there is life after addiction, and it’s really good,” he said. At almost 70, he doesn’t seem to be letting up anytime soon. He’s played with so many great bands and loved by so many great musicians including Jimmy Page and is now an honorary member of the Foo Fighters. Earlier this year he played with another amazing guitarist, Gary Clark Jr. in Clark’s hometown, Austin.
    See our full concert photo gallery and more on Austin 101.

    After touring in 2016, co-headlining with Bad Company, he decided to embark on his solo tour. His tour has been very successful with standing ovations and sing alongs to some of the best music ever. In today’s crazy world, we long for younger days and amazing music and this show gave us that escape. The Majestic Theater in downtown San Antonio is one of those special places to see an icon like Walsh- it’s smaller than many venues on his tour -it seats less than 2,300 and Seattle’s Safeco Field is where the Seattle Seahawks play and seats almost 48,000- but is such a cooler show and vibe filled with important historic and cultural diversity. Only die-hard fans allowed.

    joeWalsh has over forty years of touring to draw from. He performed many long solos during the show still jams like the good old days and despite his occasional brain fart on some lyrics (which he admitted)–he sounds great. Seeing him live was so epic and emotional, we couldn’t help look at each other and say “Oh my God” or “Holy crap!”. At other times fans were completely speechless in awe of what they were witnessing. There are still times when he appears to be so deep in playing that he almost forgets he’s on stage.

    The set list pleased everyone who wanted to hear the Eagles Greatest Hits, some original songs, and major guitars skills and long solos. You know the show is epic when the merchandise table sells out of all the shirts and no-one leaves before the encore to beat the traffic. If your curious to see all the songs in the show, see the full setlist.

    Walsh still has some show dates on the tour, his House of Blues shows in Vegas, and the new Eagles shows starting in October in Greensboro, then Atlanta, Louisville, Detroit. Go to Events . If you still can’t get enough of Walsh these days, you can hear him on The Beatles Channel on Sirius XM telling stories of the band and his favorite songs.

     

  • Ed Sheeran Concert Review at AT&T Center

    by Jerri Starbuck and Michael Mullenix

    When Sheeran took the stage, he was met with a roaring cheer from the sold-out AT&T Center in San Antonio. Launching into the hit song ‘Castle On The Hill’ from his latest album Divide (2017), his stage lit up with lights and cameras and electrified the room.

    Ed Sheeran - AT&T Center 2017 10Watching Grammy & Brit Award winner, singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran spin an intricate and elaborate melody with looping sounds, and mostly a sole acoustic guitar is a new level of genius. The musics’ simplicity and relatability is a huge part of his success. A large portion of his set was focused on Divide with new hits such as ‘Eraser’, ‘Dive’, ‘Galway Girl’, and of course the ‘Shape Of You’ (which broke records for most weeks on Billboard Hot 100 Top 10-over 14 weeks at No.1) making it’s spot in rousing encores.

    Ed Sheeran - AT&T Center 2017 4See our full photo gallery from the show on Austin 101 Magazine.

    According to Billboard Magazine, in addition to its Hot 100 reign, “Shape” topped the Radio Songs chart for 12 weeks, Digital Song Sales for 10 weeks and Streaming Songs for four frames. It has drawn 813 million on-demand U.S. audio and video streams and sold over 2.3 million downloads according to Nielsen Music, while its cumulative radio audio audience reach has surpassed over 4.6 billion impressions. It’s already the top selling Album of 2017 (and was after just one week after the debut). He’s only 26 years old, folks.

    Ed also peppered in some mainstays like ‘Bloodstream’ and ‘Thinking Out Loud’ from the 2014 album X. Remember Sheeran’s music video where he went all in and took dance lessons and starred in it? So memorable and shows he’s adventurous and willing to try new things.

    A notable moment in the show came when one gentleman in the audience used the song ‘Photograph’ as the moment to propose to his girlfriend (SHE SAID YES!). The moment drew enough attention that even Ed noticed, congratulating the recently engaged couple and dedicating the next song, ‘Perfect’ to them.

    Curious what the set list looks like on his tour? Here are some statistics and the actual setlist from San Antonio. It’s hard to pick Sheeran’s top songs since he’s had so many over his brief years. See if you agree with Billboard’s best songs.

    Sheeran’s success as a top selling artist is also partly due to his likability- he’s a down to earth, humble kid from Suffolk, UK who is personable and relatable. He’s adorable like a teddy bear (with gnarly tattoos). His two year break -and distancing from social media (Check this) -is just one of those things that make fans love him even more. The fact that he’s had a cameo on TV’s top-rated Game of Thrones (HBO) doesn’t hurt either.

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    Setting the tone of the night James Blunt took the stage and immediately started in on a set of songs from his new album, ‘The Afterlove‘. Making a joke about the crowd being a test audience for his new material he played through ‘Time Of Our Lives’, ‘Someone Singing Along’, and ‘Don’t Give Me Those Eyes’. Blunt has a tremendous voice and between songs was no stranger to self-deprecating humor about his popularity in America compared to Sheeran’s, which usually was met with a cry of “You’re Beautiful” from the audience-the hit song he played shortly after.

     

     

     

  • Ed Sheeran Tore it up in San Antonio
  • Zac Brown Band at ACL Live Taping Review

    by Michael Mullenix
    On August 3rd, the Austin City Limits Moody Theater welcomed the Zac Brown band-one of music’s biggest live bands- to celebrate their latest record Welcome Home with a live taping of the PBS Tv show (the longest running music show). This was the band’s ACL TV debut and they came to enchant the crowd with hit country ballads (and some rock n’ roll). Grammy-award winning, multi-platinum Zac Brown Band has been a huge force since the 2008’s album, The Foundation.  The front row fans were treated to a huge show that we can’t wait to see air next season on PBS in the fall.

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    Photo by Scott Newton

    From the beginning of the show, the mood was set when the band
    opened up on Homegrown, invoking the spirit of the American southland. The show then shifted over to the new single Family Table the new album.

    Zac Brown continues to separates himself from the majority of his current country music contemporaries. He’s able to craft pop anthems from more folk-ish influences reminiscent of artists like The Allman Brothers and Neil Young.

    The band performed Free that transitioned into Van Morrison’s “Into the Mystic,” which seemed to be a great tie-in to Brown’s music. He poured through incredible gems of his
    short career such as Quiet Your Mind, Sweet Annie, and Roots. If there is any downside in his set list, it’s the way his momentum is somewhat unable to
    bounce back from his slower more emotional songs. After more tearful entries like
    My Old Man, Goodbye In Her Eyes, and Colder Weather, the set list is unable to really
    regain an upwards direction and recover in renditions of Roots and even 2 Places At
    1 Time. All in all though, it seems like a petty complaint that his songs “have too
    much heart behind them.”

    Zac Brown closed out the encore on his definitive hit Chicken Fried, and
    strangely a cover of Metallica’s Enter Sandman. The cover reflected the more
    metallic version, and though fun, definitely seemed like the odd send-off to a truly
    heart-felt country evening. Probably due to the televised nature of a live tv-show
    taping, that certain hits were omitted such as Loving You Easy and Toes.
    The entire set went on for an hour and a half it was an incredible collection
    of his career and only speaks to the depth of talent that such omissions are still even plausible.

    The fact that he honored our American veterans by bringing one vet on stage to honor them, is a testament to Brown’s heart, passion, and patriotism. It makes us love him even more. Stay tuned for our coverage of the upcoming concert at Circuit of the Americas (COTA) in Austin in September.

    Read the full show recap at acltv.

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  • Summer X Games Preview: Minneapolis!

     

     

     

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    Leticia Bufoni

    We’re excited for the new X Games venue for 2017- it’s a big move from Austin to Minneapolis but it will be epic! It will surely be cooler temps and better for the athletes. The event includes world-class action sports competition, musical performances, interactive elements and more. For key info, read the FAQ Watch this ESPN Preview Video

    The X Games Minneapolis telecast officially kicks off on ESPN, Thursday, July 13th, U.S. Bank Stadium in Downtown Minneapolis, to compete for X Games gold and prize money.  New this year- VR lovers can watch via Live VR 

    X-Games-400x310RETURNING ATHLETES-Athletes are coming again from many countries-France, Brazil, Australia -and many from all over the U.S. from California to Boston.

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    Not sure who to watch? Start with a couple of the most popular Skate athletes, Brazils’ Leticia Bufoni  and  Ryan Sheckler – Did you know Ryan & Chelsea Castro were in Justin Bieber’s music video for “What Do You Mean”? Also Check out Minnesota’s local athlete Alec Majerus (Rochester, Minnesota, USA). 

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    Top BMX Riders to watch include veterans Garret Reynolds, Kyle Baldock, Jamie Bestwick- Of course we’ll have our eyes on Texas athlete Morgan Wade.

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    Riders to watch include returners Jackson Strong, Josh Sheehan, Jarrod McNeil, Ronnie Renner.

    In addition to sponsor activations, interactive courses, concessions, athlete meet ‘n greets and giveaways, X Fest will also be home to the X Fest Stage, installations by local Twin Cities visual artists, Sour Punch Next X Parks and the FACEIT X Games Rocket League Invitational Esports competition. As an added bonus, X Fest will offer guests free Wi-Fi provided by Comcast Xfinity.

    HOW CAN I WATCH X GAMES MINNEAPOLIS?
    X Games Minneapolis 2017 is streamed through ESPN’s online streaming service (ESPN3, WatchESPN), with portions also streaming on the X Games YouTube Channel. For the latest information on tuning into streams of X Games Minneapolis, check out the latest schedule here.

    (Outside of North America)
    EuropeESPNPlayer.com
    Latin AmericaESPNPlay.com

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    X GAMES MUSIC

    X Games Minneapolis will host performances from A Day To Remember, Flume and Minneapolis’ own Atmosphere. All three musical performances will take place at the Commons stage, located outside U.S.Bank Stadium. Performances will begin Friday, July 14 at 10:45 p.m., Saturday, July 15 at 10:45 p.m. and Sunday, July 16 at 5:30 p.m. (all times CT) You can find the full music info and line-up on the website.

    Events will be located in the Medtronic Plaza at U.S. Bank Stadium and The Commons across the street in downtown Minneapolis.

    iTICKETS-Additional details on tickets, and full music and competition schedules are available at XGames.com

    Check out our photo galleries from Austin X Games 2016 and get ready for next week! Highlights and more on Austin101Magazine.com.

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    Not Enough Whiskey Tour

    Austin– Playing the sold out intimate 3TEN Venue at the legendary Austin City Limits (ACL), Kiefer connected with the crowd by chatting, telling stories about his music, and whiskey-drinkin’.  His stories include meeting Merle Haggard decades ago, channeling Johnny Cash, and loving Austin legend Willie Nelson. His stage presence even reminds you of Johnny- boots, hat, white shirt with black vest, humble personality and signature moves between chords. The deep raspiness of Kiefers voice fits his slightly weathered good looks. It sounds of hard livin’, heartbreak, and solitude. He seems to connect with Cash in that outlaw/bad-ass way.  It becomes more evident covering Tom Petty’s song, “Honey Bee” He often comments on the influence of Petty-“he’s never written a bad lyric”-the simplistic lyrics, sound & style. Watch Not Enough Whiskey to get a glimpse.final-5690

    See our show photo gallery HERE

    Sutherland is the real thing -definitely not an actor ‘trying to be a musician’ that people only come to see because you’re famous. He shared much of his inner self, “I rarely wake up feeling great”.. (to be in a great mood for song-writing). The songs he writes are deeply personal and of hard times or his relationships. He talked of a broken heart at an early age that affected him deeply.final-5449

    Good genes and great talent, Sutherland excels at anything he does (daughter, Sarah, currently stars in the hit HBO series, VEEP). Sutherland is mostly known for his starring role in the new ABC series “Designated Survivor”-a great prime-time political drama- and the Fox series “24,”. He also starred in epic movies, “Stand By Me,” “The Lost Boys,” “Young Guns,” “Flatliners,” “A Few Good Men,” “A Time to Kill”.

    The New albumDOWN IN A HOLE includes 11 co-written tracks by Sutherland and producer Jude Cole.

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    Sutherland’s tour has sold out many shows, adding more due to demand. He’ll finish the North American leg in Asbury Park, N.J.,and head to more shows in Europe while his tv show is on hiatus. Check his website for tickets.

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