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Central Florida's BBQ Blowout, presented by Sonny's BBQ and #OviedoRoofing, is almost here! The fifth annual and free event will be held at Oviedo Mall on May 27 from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. Festival go-ers can purchase barbeque from 10 pro pitmasters and local venders. There will be crafts and a kids area with water rides, bounce houses and a KidQue Cooking Competition.
On the card, Taylor drew a picture and wrote "Ashley! Hi love! I'm so sad I can't make it to your graduation party! The New York theme, the photo booth, it being on the 13th... that's my kind of party. I'm so proud of you, your hard work and dedication, your excitement and ambition. I'm very lucky that a girl like you cares about me. Sending you my love and hugs, (and to your family!). Love, Taylor"
I've learned two lessons from this super sweet situation.
One being that you should always send invitations and letters to your celeb crushes or inspirations because maybe they will respond. Secondly, Taylor Swift cannot draw very well. Her talent and artistic ability does have a limitation.
Although Blake Shelton seems like he would be the ultimate tough guy, he does have one fear: roller coasters.
Girlfriend Gwen Stefani shared his secret fear a few months back, and yesterday he got pretty close to conquering it.
The "Guy With The Girl" singer joined Jimmy Fallon at Universal Orlando for the opening of the late-night comedian's simulated ride "Race Through New York."
The pair poked jabs at one another before throwing on 3-D glasses and trying out the new ride.
“Clearly they wouldn’t give you a real ride so we’re going to go sit in and look at a movie screen," Shelton said.
The country crooner admitted to underestimating the ride, saying “I hope you’ve got good insurance on that ride you built… That’s pretty damn close to being a rollercoaster. I’m not kidding, I thought I was going to throw up.”
The second UCFastival will be before UCF's spring football game on April 22.
Former American Idol contestant, Lauren Alaina, will be headlining a free concert. The "Next Boyfriend" singer will take the stage at 4:45 p.m after both opening acts Trickle Down and Justin Grimes perform.
There will be plenty of other activities, like Food Truck Wars, starting at 11 a.m., leading up to the game which kicks off at 6:30 p.m.
Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando celebrated their 80th anniversary last week a big announcement. The leading animal nonprofit broke news about a ground-breaking initiative for the new year in the video above.
Former Songwriter Rounds contestant and finalist, Melissa Crispo, is ready to release her EP "Tomboy." If you attended the competition at Mikki V's then you know the title-track was a crowd favorite.
The release party for the four-song album ($8) will be at Copper Rocket Pub on Feb. 4.
The local singer-songwriter most recently was given the opportunity to perform on the Melissa Etheridge Cruise, and then was added to the Country Cruising Cruise lineup with Chris Young, Kelsea Ballerini, Montgomery Gentry and more.
To see all of her scheduled shows, visit her Facebook page.
Florida Georgia Line and the Backstreet Boys have been teaming up together lately, and it's closer to home than we realize!
After the iconic boy band and Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley of the country duo recorded a song together "God, Your Mama and Me" for FGL's latest album, Dig Your Roots, they collaborated again to create the music video for the love song. From the looks of Instagram, they were in Florida somewhere.
Nashville is where the music magic happens which is why Lauren Lester, winner of 103.1 The Wolf’s songwriter rounds and local singer-songwriter, is headed to Music City!
Thanks to Mikki V’s and all the people who made songwriter rounds a success, Lauren, who last traveled to Nashville about eight years ago, is “so excited to go back” for a short-songwriting trip next weekend. While there, she will have a co-write session with LOCKHART’SJohnny Bulford.
“I'd always loved singing and playing, but didn't really start exploring the process of making up my own stuff and sharing it until I was 18 years old,” Lauren said.
Now she will have the opportunity to write with Bulford, who co-wrote Lee Brice’s “A Woman Like You” and Chris Young’s hits “Flashlight” and “Lonely Eyes.”
Lauren admits she is still a newbie when it comes to official songwriting sessions though.
“I've never been a part of an official Nashville co-write opportunity so I'm excited to see the process. I'm looking forward to soaking in the atmosphere and culture,” Lauren said. “My hope is that we write a smokin' hit song that Blake Shelton or Thomas Rhett will record and release!”
While Lauren is comfortable sharing her original songs now, she wasn’t always that confident and said that joining a group of musicians who met weekly encouraged her to write and play original music for others.
“I write a lot about my own experiences and people I know... you know the usual, love lost, love found, and all that's in between,” Lauren said. “I always try to be honest in my writing because we really are so much alike and I think the more authentic we can be, the more others can relate.”
As seen from the songwriter rounds, her sound has a light, country and folk feel.
“I'm thankful to use music for expression. It's definitely the most comfortable way I've found to express my thoughts and feelings,” Lauren said. “I'll be sure to have a toast for The Wolf, Mikki V's and all the people that came out in support of the songwriter rounds event!”
No need to scroll through social media to find the cutest pets, they can all be found in one place now, on Central Florida Lifestyle Magazine's "Cutest Pet Contest".
The contest, open to fan voting now, includes nearly 200 cats, bunnies and dogs. Not only does the winner receives major bragging rights of having the cutest pet in Central Florida, they also receive a $500 prize.
Bob Page, owner of the adorable Havanese pup "Morty" who is currently in third place and has his own Instagram page (@mortymoments), is taking the contest pretty seriously.
Page has been creating campaign posters and using social media to spread word about voting for his furry friend using hashtags like #MortTheVote, #NotInItForTheMoney and #MortyMoments. "I've never had a pure bred dog in my life. We recently lost our 14-year-old, born blind dog Albert, and now we have Morty. He's taken over our lives, as any pet does," Page said.
Another Top-10 parent pup is Gail Schwam, owner of the almost 1-year-old Pembroke Welsh Corgi "Bear" (@corgibear_).
Florida native Jake Owen has been officially added to Country 500's already star-studded lineup featuring Blake Shelton, Keith Urban, Miranda Lambert and more.
The music festival at the Daytona International Speedway features about 32 country artists including newcomer and "I Met A Girl" singer William Michael Morgan and legends like Brooks & Dunn and Martina McBride.
Early bird tickets for a 3-day general admission pass are only on sale until Friday, Nov. 18 for $185 which is $15 cheaper than the regular price. The general admission tickets provide re-entry priveleges and early admission each day.
There are also other tickets available like VIP, camping and more without early bird discounts.
Congrats are in store for Ed Kelley, the father of FGL's Brian Kelley, who was elected Volusia County Council Chair on Tuesday night.
BK's pops thanked his supporters shortly news of his big win. "Thanks Mary Margaret Kelley first of all and the support from everyone who helped make this possible ...Its for you." He wrote on his campaign Facebook page. "It appears that we have won the County Council Chair. Thanks"
During his campaign, the former Ormond Beach mayor of six years focused on homelessness, transportation, environment and efficient spending.
"Victory!!!! @mayorek daddy you're the man! So so so proud of you!!! Congrats on County Chair!!!🍾🎉👊🏼😁 " BK wrote on Instagram. "Mom you're a warrior, and dad couldn't have done it with out you! What a team! Love you both so much! Can't wait to celebrate! #Volusia"
Throw on a kilt and head out to Mount Dora for the 4th Annual Scottish Highland Festival.
The two-day Scottish fest will have a golf tournament, live performances and more.
There will be a Mount Dora Scottish Highland Golf Classic on the first day, Nov. 18, at the country club. Registration must be completed online in advance. Later that afternoon, there will be performances from 'A Night for the Celt' with Enter the Haggis, Cu Dubh and special guests The Irish Echoes and The Breakers.
The following day, Nov. 19, will have live music, dancing, Scottish reenactment camps, vendors and more at Gilbert Park. Admission for this day is free!
The concert featuring the "Simple Life" singer is free. Tickets for the Bud Light Tailgate can be purchased for $40 (adults) and $20 (youth). This VIP experience provides closer seats, food and beverages.
"For me fashion is a combination of comfort and style. I don't think you should have to sacrifice one for the other," Reba wrote on Dillard's website. "I believe when your shoes feel good and look good, you can go wherever your day takes you with confidence."
Despite hurricane weather only a day earlier, Garth Brooks and nearly 20,000 of his super fans packed the Amway Center this past weekend. The best-selling solo artist gave thousands of fans a chance to see him with a four-show stop in Orlando.
His Saturday afternoon show started the Garth filled weekend on a high-note, lasting nearly two and a half hours. Even though, Garth has been away from Central Florida for 18 years, his fans held no grudges and welcomed him back with loud voices and erupting applause after each song. He told concert go-ers he remembered playing at the Strawberry Festival in Plant City and at The Barn in Sanford many years ago, and by the sound of the crowd's response, his Central Florida fans remembered that too. There was no shortage of singing and shouting throughout the duration of the show. Concert go-ers knew every word to the songs and tried to keep up with his howling, powerful voice as he sang his biggest hits.
“You’ve treated each song like it was your favorite,” Garth told the crowd and indeed, they did. Garth, with help from the crowd, belted out rowdy songs like “Papa Loved Mama” “Rodeo”, “Friends In Low Places” and tender tunes like “Shameless”, “The Beaches of Cheyenne” and “The Dance” along with countless other classics.
His wife and touring mate, Trisha Yearwood, joined him on stage for thier popular duet “In Another’s Eyes”. The couple sang the ballad together before The Queen (as Garth calls her) sang songs of her own like “She’s In Love With The Boy”, “XXX’s and OOO’s”, “How Do I Live” and “Prizefighter”. The country star also sang a cover of “Somewhere Over The Rainbow”, dedicating it to Orlando and the city’s recent hardships. “When we knew we were going to go to Orlando, I just wanted to make sure that the people of Orlando knew that we still think about them every day,” Trisha told People.
Garth was welcomed back on stage after his wife departed, singing a few more hits before the encore which took the show in a very different direction. Garth’s band exited the stage while he played acoustic songs based on the poster boards he spotted in the audience, like “Standing Outside The Fire”, “Wrapped Up In You”, “Wolves” and his versions of Bob Dylan’s “To Make You Feel My Love” and Dave Loggins’ “Please Come to Boston”.
During the encore, he even gave a special shout out to a young fan with her mother. He took his black cowboy hat off, thanked her for being there and asked her to bring the hat back to him in a year.
After experiencing the show, there is no question why Garth Brooks has received "Entertainer of the Year" ten times between both the CMA and ACM Awards. The combination of his energy illuminating through the crowd and his natural ability to form a personal connection with the crowd acted as key ingredients for the unforgettable show. Not to mention, there were other elements adding to the entertainment like his clearly captivating vocals, a cage constantly lighting up in different colors, fake rain for “The Thunder Rolls” and Garth continously moving around the stage so there wasn't a bad seat in the arena.
As of Oct. 5, most of Central Florida is now under a hurricane warning.
All Central Florida public schools (Orange, Seminole, Lake, Osceola, Brevard and Volusia counties) will be closed Thursday and Friday.
Valencia - closed Thursday through Sunday
Seminole State - closed Wednesday through Sunday
Florida Institute of Technology - closed starting Wednesday at 1 p.m., Thursday and Friday
UCF Main Campus - closing start Wednesday at 5 p.m. until Saturday
Rollins - closed starting Thursday at noon, Friday
As for events...
The Thursday concert for Garth Brooks has been rescheduled to Sunday at 3 p.m.
Beach Town Music Festival in Vero Beach with headliners Jake Owen and Bret Michaels has been postponed. The new date will be announced on their website at a later time.
The UCF vs. Tulane game (which was scheduled for Friday) has been postponed until Nov. 5.
Tickets for both events will be good to use at their respective rescheduled times. No official word has been given on whether the tickets will be refunded to customers who can't make the event's rescheduled date.
103.1 The Wolf's block parties on Church Street before the Garth concerts are still happening! Come hang out with the crew before any and all Garth shows this weekend!
The countdown to Memorial Day weekend has begun! The Country 500 lineup was announced yesterday.
The second annual country music fest at the Daytona International Speedway will have even more artists than last year. However, the price seems about the same with a three-day general admission ticket costing $200. Early bird tickets are available now through Oct. 28 for a cheaper rate of $185.
There will be current and new stars like Blake Shelton, Keith Urban and Chris Janson but also country stars who have been around since the 90's like Hank Williams Jr. and Travis Tritt.
Here's the full lineup:
Brooks & Dunn
Hank Williams Jr.
Dan + Shay
Maddie and Tae
A Thousand Horses
The Swon Brothers
William Michael Morgan
Asleep At The Wheel
Aside from giving concert go-ers more artists to hear, the venue is now giving all three-day ticket holders re-entry privileges.
For more information on camping or VIP passes, visit country500.com
Scotty McCreery and Bailey Callahan attracted nearly 1000 music fans at the Ovideo Amphitheater this past weekend.
On Saturday night, the two artists claimed the roles as the first performers at the brand-new amphitheater.
Before Scotty began his set, 16-year-old Bailey Callahan opened for him with original songs and covers of hits by Shania Twain and Bruno Mars.
Once Scotty took the stage, his deep, southern voice was enough for the crowd to smile and sing along.
Stretching his arms apart, Scotty belted out his first single "I Love You This Big" and spoke about how he can't forget where he came from. That same song was what he sang on his finale performance of American Idol.
He switched gears, singing newer hits like "Southern Belle" and "Blue Jean Baby".
Nearing the end of his set, he had the entire crowd enjoying throwback tunes by Johnny Cash and Merle Haggard. He also performed a twangy version of Frank Sinatra and John Mayer songs.
Scotty ended the night with an encore but not before he gave the concert go-ers news that he is working on his fourth album.
Both Scotty McCreery and Zac Brown Band will be performing in the area this weekend. Scotty McCreery will be playing at the Oviedo Center Lake Park Amphitheater. Before the "See You Tonight" singer takes the stage, concert go-ers can take advantage of the brand-new venue's features like swan boats, playground and splash pad. There will be food and drinks and Bailey Callahan will take the stage as Scotty's opener.
Also performing close by this weekend is Zac Brown Band who will be performing at the Midflorida Amphiteater on Sunday.
Mark the calendar because Scotty McCreery is comin’ to town!
The brand-new Oviedo Amphitheater and Cultural Center at Center Lake Park will be filled with family, food and music on Saturday, Sept. 17.
McCreery, former American Idol winner, will follow local singer Bailey Callahan who will take the stage at 7 p.m.
There will be plenty of family-friendly activities to enjoy during the day like a splash pad, swan boats and a playground. Everyone is welcome to get there early for a day of fun before seeing the “Feelin’ It” singer perform.
For more information: https://www.facebook.com/events/1663720267287483/
To buy tickets: http://www.getoffthebusconcerts.com/
I'll go out a limb and say the die-hard Noles fans didn't plan their tours around the first football game but it just so happens they both do not have concerts that day. BK, former FSU baseball player, will be in Kentucky the night before with Tyler Hubbard, FGL's other half, but then doesn't have a show until Sept. 8, according to duo's website.
As for Jake Owen, he will be in Panama City two nights before the game but doesn't have a concert for another two weeks. So are these Florida boys making a trip home for the big game?!
I'm not saying get your hopes up, but I am curious if these country stars will be watching the game close to home or closer than we think.
Regardless, Orlando folks (even non-football fans) are getting a treat this weekend. Brad Paisley is coming to town. AND, it's free. The "Mud On The Tires" singer is kicking off his 2016 Country Nation College Tour on Sept. 4 outside City Hall at 7 p.m.
As for the country music world in general, the garnet and gold fans definitely have Ole Miss fans outnumbered. The only country artists who support the Rebel Black Bears are songwriter River Ruth, co-writer of Kenny Chesney's "Living in Fast Forward" among other top 40 hits, and Tim McGraw's Blind Side character.
All in all, enjoy a free Brad Paisley show and be on the look out for BK and Jake Owen this weekend!
Despite the warm weather, nearly 250 people came out to support local law enforcement for the first annual BBQ 4 The Blue this past weekend.
“One thing I have noticed lately is a lot of people are going out of their way to say thank you. It’s just nice to see support,” Brett Schacht, an Ocoee Police Department officer, said.
With help from our sponsors and volunteers, law enforcement officers got to enjoy an afternoon of food, family time and of course, plenty of country music and concert giveaways at Bill Breeze Park in Ocoee.
“It’s good to get the community together and let police officers know how thankful we are for them,” said Brandi Stinson, the wife of a Kissimmee Police Department officer.
The event “definitely” made officer Schacht feel appreciated. “It’s not why we do the job, but it is nice to feel appreciated.”
Officers can count on another day dedicated to thanking them at next year’s BBQ 4 The Blue!
See all the photos from this past weekend on our website or on our Facebook.
Local musicans have a chance to compete in this year's Songwriter Rounds and a shot at winning a co-write session with LOCKHART's Johnny Bulford.
In addition to getting a co-write session with songwriter Johnny Bulford, the winner also gets a roundtrip flight from Orlando to Nashville, and hotel and transportation accomdations to co-write with the man who played a part in writing Lee Brice's "A Woman Like You" and Chris Young's "Flashlight".
To enter, fill out the form on 1031thewolforlando.com/pages/songwriter-rounds-2016. If selected to compete, the writer will be placed in one of the rounds which are happening every Thursday from Sept. 8 through Oct. 27 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Micky V's in Oviedo. The semifinals will be Thursday, Nov. 3, and Friday, Nov. 4, and the finals will be Saturday, Nov. 12.
Past contestant, Sean Holcomb, went into Songwriter Rounds thinking "I'll have fun with it and whatever happens, happens." Holcomb ended up winning the competition last year and getting to co-write with Bridgette Tatum, who co-wrote Jason Aldean's hit song "She's Country" in 2009.
"She was one of the most fun songwriters I have had the pleasure of writing with. The intensity she has in the writing room is incredible so it takes a lot of energy trying to keep up with her," Holcomb said. "It’s really great to have that connection and network with her from this experience."
Nearly a year after his participation in the competition, Holcomb is releasing a self-written album in November.
"I would say to anyone who has the drive and passion for writing, just believe in it and put yourselves out there. Getting out of that comfort zone is important," Holcomb said. "Just having that faith in your own writing is important. You can surprise yourself."