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3 local country concerts in Aug. and Sept. you won't wanna miss

In August and September, we've got three great shows right in our backyard.

 

Jason Aldean

Aug. 18 at 7:30 PM  

MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheater 4802 US Highway 301 North Tampa, FL 33610

Also appearing: Chris Young, Kane Brown, and DJ Silver

 

Brad Paisley

Sept. 16 at 7:00 PM  

MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheater 4802 US Highway 301 North Tampa, FL 33610

Also appearing: Dustin Lynch, Chase Bryant, Lindsay Ell

 

Zac Brown Band 

Sept. 24 at 7:00 PM  MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheater 4802 US Highway 301 North Tampa, FL 33610

Also appearing: Darrel Scott

 

Listen live on-air to hear how to win tickets!

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BBQ 4 The Blue

103.1 The Wolf Orlando supports the brave men and women in Blue for their hard work. We're inviting all area law enforcement officers, first responders and their families to BBQ 4 The Blue - a FREE picnic-style party including food, drinks, kids games, PRIZES, and more! We know how hard you work so kick back and enjoy a day with food, music, and fun at Bill Breeze Park on Starke Lake in Ocoee!

If you would like to donate items including but not limited to drinks, food, prizes, entertainment, etc, please email chad@jvcbroadcasting.com or call 407-644-1470.

 

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NASCAR 2017 kicks off at Daytona International Speedway

Yet again, NASCAR coverage is back with Blake Shelton!

 

For the third consecutive year, "The Guy With The Girl" singer will star in NBC's opening theme for their Nascar coverage.

 

The new theme will kick off at Daytona International Speedway for the Coke Zero 400 on July 1.

 

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5-1-5-0 Bloggin' Bridge is gonna be in Dierks Bentley's music video

 

"What The Hell" ... I was cast for Dierks Bentley's forthcoming music video.

 

After Dierks Bentley announced on his Facebook that they would be taping for his "What The Hell" music video in Tampa before his show, I emailed in without hesitation (obviously). I got a phone call a couple days later, saying that my friends and I had been picked! Apparently, our tailgate set up description was up to par and we seemed ready to party?

 

 

My two best friends and I showed up to Tampa before the concert last Friday, where we were paired with a camera guy. Our camera guy and production assistant, Pietro, followed us around with a GoPro while we tailgated and during the entire concert! We basically just did our own thing, tried to seem natural and attempted to pretend that we didn't have paparazzi because that's totally normal, right? The filming will allegedly be used in the second part of the "What The Hell" music video.

 

 

Aside from feeling a little famous, the highlight of the whole thing was definitely when Dierks drove himself through the parking lot where all the party people were tailgating and hopped out of his Jeep by where my friends and I were tailgating. Dierks played drinking games, shotgunned beers and took selfies with everyone! I was next in the very disorganized line for the selfie when an adorable pregnant lady jumped in front of me and stole my one and only chance at ever meeting Dierks up close and personal. I'm really not bitter (eyeroll). 

 

Now take some advice from a music video star (HA, let's see if I even make it into video):

Always email in when you get the chance. 

 

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Oviedo 4th of July Celebration

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Mount Dora's Freedom On The Waterfront

 

We're so excited for this event!

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Country 500 at the Daytona International Speedway

Once a year, the Daytona International Speedway gives racing a break and brings A-list country music artists and country music fans to the tracks.

 

The annual music festival, which takes place this weekend, will have two stages with artists like Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert, Brooks & Dunn and more. For a full list of the lineup, click here.

 

Be sure to stop by the campground area while Chad from The Chad Show is doing a live-broadcast on Friday from 3 until 7 and again on Saturday from noon until 2!

 

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#HometownHoller

We want to hear what's going on in the community! If you are involved with a charity or community event on any Saturday, send us the details. We will give you a live shout out on-air during our "Hometown Holler" segment.
 
Submit right here!

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Central Florida's 5th annual BBQ Blowout

 

 

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.

 

Keep your ears and eyes open throughout the day and night for entertainment and live music by Jeff HowellBurt Bubba Wilson IBailey Christine, #PaulStottDuo, Michelle LambertHoot n HollerMegan Katarina, and Alexa Hope Neilen

 

Central Florida's BBQ Blowout is produced by the Oviedo-Winter Springs Regional Chamber of CommerceHelpful Hands, Inc. and City of Oviedo - City Administration. For more details visit www.bbqblowout.org or find Central Florida’s BBQ Blowout on Facebook!

 

We hope to see you there and be sure to stop by the Wolf tent!

 

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We're joining forces with Pizza Hut and Children's Home Society in Florida for something special

The Wolf and Pizza Hut are joining forces to create brighter futures for Florida's children through Children's Home Society in Florida. We want you to join us too!

 

With a little over a week left, we are very close to our goal of $150,000 with $107,031 raised as of Monday, May 15.

 

Donations can be made in Pizza Hut stores or by texting "PIZZA" to 50155.

 

Hurry though because the fundraiser ends on May 29!

 

 

 

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Taylor Swift sends graduation gift to superfan, shows she sings better than she draws

Taylor Swift has been MIA lately, hiding from the spotlight and reportedly laying low in Nashville. She's definitely still showing love to her fans though.

 

A superfan and recent UCF graduate, Ashley Silvers, invited the "Red" singer to her graduation party. Instead of attending the party, Taylor sent her flowers with a handwritten card.  

 

Ashley shared her excitment by tweeting about it.

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.

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ICYMI: Truck Yeah! draws a crowd of 1,000 and nearly 100 trucks

 

To view photos from the event, visit our Facebook page or the photo gallery on this website.

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Jake Owen's postponed music festival rescheduled

Jake Owen's Beach Town Music Festival in Vero Beach is rescheduled for December!

 

The music fest was cancelled last year due to a hurricane but is now set for Dec. 8 and 9.

 

So far, Owen, David Nail, Clare Dunn and others are set to perform.

 

More details: here.

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Blake Shelton joins Jimmy Fallon at Universal Orlando

 

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 Voice airs Mondays and Tuesdays on NBC.

 

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Lauren Alaina to headline UCFastival

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.

 

For VIP tickets or more information visit here.

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Former Songwriter Rounds finalists host concert

Some of this year's Songwriter Rounds finalists are joining forces for a concert.

 

Melissa Crispo, Bob Green and Lauren Lester will all be performing original music with their bands at The Abbey.

 

The show is April 21 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $5 and can be puchased at the door or on ticketfly.com

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UCF men's basketball team scores record breaking win

Earlier this week, the UCF men's basketball defeated Illinois 68-58 in the NIT Quarterfinals.

 

The game gathered the largest home crowd in UCF men's basketball history in addition to the first sellout in CFE Arena history.

 

Orlando native BJ Taylor, UCF point guard, scored 17 points.

 

The team will continue to the NIT final four in NYC next week. Tune in to ESPN on Tuesday, March 28, to watch the Knights play TCU.

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Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando adopts new initiative

 

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. 

 

Visit their website for more information.

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Universal Studios Orlando Mardi Gras kicks off!

Universal Studios Orlando will have their annual Mardi Gras party with live music, Cajun food, and many more themed festivies. 

 

The theme park party will be every night from Feb. 4 to March 25, and will bring some big country stars to town!

 

Trace Adkins will take the stage this Saturday, and Toby Keith will both perform on March 12.

 

Be sure to arrive early both days because we will be live broadcasting! This Saturday, Murph will be joining the fun from noon to 2 p.m.

 

Here is a list of all the other performers: 

 

2/4 – Trace Adkins

2/11 – Ne-Yo

2/18 – Collective Soul

2/19 – X Ambassadors

2/25 – Fifth Harmony

3/4 – To Be Announced

3/5 – Olivia Newton John

3/11 – UB40

3/12 – Toby Keith

3/18 – Jason Derulo

3/19 – Earth, Wind & Fire

3/25 – The All-American Rejects

Listen weekdays at 8:20 a.m., 12:20 p.m., and 4:20 p.m. to win a pair of tickets.

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Former Songwriter Rounds contestant throws EP party

 

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.

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FGL + Backstreet Boys + Florida = a dream come true

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.

 

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The beloved boy band made a surprise appearance at FGL's show in Nashville back in October which is giving fans hope that they will do it again for their upcoming Orlando show.

 

The Dig Your Roots tour kicks off this year and stops in Orlando on Jan. 28.

 

Stop by Saddle Up every Sunday this month from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. for a chance to win tickets.

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Songwriter Rounds winner heads to Nashville for co-write session

 

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’S Johnny 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.”

 

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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!”

 

Keep up with her when she gets back to Central Florida: http://www.laurenlestermusic.com/gigs

https://www.facebook.com/LaurenLesterMusic/

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McDonald's temporarily adds 'Chicken and Waffles' to menu

McDonald's is expanding their all-day breakfast menu with a chicken and waffle addition.


Until the end of April, fast-food customers in Florida locations can order the new item: a Chicken McGriddle, which is two McGriddle cakes with a McChicken in between.

 

 

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Dierks Bentley to perform at College Football National Championship

Dierks Bentley will be the pregame performance for the College Football National Championship game.

 

The game, which features the Fiesta Bowl champion vs. the Peach Bowl champion, will be in Tampa on Jan. 9.

 

Tickets are steep but if you are lucky enough to snag tickets, you'll be able to hear the "Different For Girls" singer perform live.

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Starbucks is everywhere, including Publix

Starbucks is more than just on every corner now.

 

While the widely popular coffee shop is already inside of select Target stores, Starbucks is also opening inside of select Publix locations too.

 

The first-ever Starbucks inside Publix has opened in the Winter Park Village location, according to Orlando Weekly. This location is the first of six.

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Vote for the cutest pet in Central Florida!

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_).

 

 

Happy Veterans Day to all the brave men and women who have served our country! 🇺🇸

A photo posted by Bear The Corgi (@corgibear_) on

 

Although not all of the pets participating are as strong of contentors as "Morty" and "Bear", all of the furballs are pretty cute. (photos below from Central Florida Lifestyle Magazine website).

 

 

Those are just a few but see all of the pets and vote for your favorite furry friend until Dec. 8 at Central Florida Lifestyle Magazine.

 

 

 

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LBT's Karen Fairchild starts clothing line at Macy's

No matter the occasion, Karen Fairchild is always setting a trend.

 

Now fans can shop for her trends. The Little Big Town singer's clothing line is now available at Macy's online and in select stores.

 

Karen is quite the fashionista. With her outfits, there's bound to be fringe, sparkes or both. Take a peek at her comtemporary clothing items here.

 

 

A photo posted by Karen Fairchild (@karenfairchild) on

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Best Black Friday shopping

After eating tons of turkey and proclaiming thankfulness, many Americans will wake up while it's dark the next day to push and shove for the best deals on Black Friday.

 

According to a recent study by WalletHub, here's the low down on where to shop and what to buy.

 

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Source: WalletHub

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Florida's own Jake Owen to perform at Country 500

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.

 

For more information visit http://www.country500.com/

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Ed Kelley, father of FGL's Brian Kelley, elected Volusia County Council Chair

 

 

 

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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!!!🍾🎉ðŸ'ŠðŸ¼ðŸ˜ " 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"

 

 

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On FGL's latest album Dig Your Roots, Brian Kelley takes the singing lead on "While He's Still Around". The slow song talks about making the most of the time he has left with his dad, saying

 

"So I'm gonna try to say before I gotta pray it
Hopin' that he's lookin' down
And tell him that I love him while he's still around"

 

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Mount Dora's Annual Scottish Highland Festival is almost here!

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!

 

Visit mountdoraevents.com for more information.

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UCF is bringing out Drake White

UCF Athletics has been Bringing Out The Bands all season. They are saving the best for the last home game on Nov. 19 with a country up-and-comer.

 

As a part of the 2016 UCF Tailgate Concert Series, Drake White and The Big Fire will be performing before the game against Tulsa.

 

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.

 

Visit http://ucfknights.com/news/2016/10/19/football-bringing-out-the-bands.aspx for more information.

 

 

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Country concert tickets are on Groupon!

Photo by Groupon.

 

Kane Brown's "Ain't No Stopping Us Now Tour" is doing some stopping in O'Town.

 

Brown fans are in luck because Groupon is offering discounted tickets for the House of Blues show.

 

The "Used To Love You Sober" singer's show is Nov. 25. General admission tickets are originally $35 but are being sold for $18 on Groupon.

 

Here's the link to purchase: https://www.groupon.com/deals/gl-kane-brown-4

 

 

MY FIRST OFFICIAL ALBUM IS OUT FOR PRE ORDER!!

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Reba's fashion line at Dillard's

Reba was ready for a new project.

 

The country superstar has started a fashion line at Dillard's with clothes, shoes and accessories.

 

 

 

"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."

 

Check out her stylish stuff in stores or at http://www.dillards.com/brand/Reba?trackAsSearch=reba.

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FGL + Orlando + 2017 = happy Floridian country fans!

FGL isn't quite done with their Dig Your Roots tour.

 

Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley of Florida Georgia Line have extended their tour into 2017 and are showing Florida some love with stops in Tallahasse and Orlando.

 

Dustin Lynch and Chris Lane will join the duo on tour.

 

Dates haven't been announced yet but visit their website for more information: http://floridageorgialine.com/dig-your-roots-tour-extends-into-2017/

 

 

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Big & Rich will be in Ocoee! Ocoee Founders' Day details here.

The Ocoee Founders' Day is happening again!

 

The 23rd annual event will take place on Nov. 4 and 5.

 

There will be live music with performances from Big & Rich, Pat Benetar and other artists. The venue offers preferred seating for $70 for both nights or $35 for either Friday or Saturday.

 

The free event will be held at Bill Breeze Park thanks to sponsors like E-Pass, metro PCS and Don Mealey Chevrolet.

 

 

 

For more information visit http://1031thewolforlando.com/pages/ocoee-founders-day-2016

 

 

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Billy Joel is comin' to Amway Center

Billy Joel hasn't been to Orlando for the longest time, but he's actually coming!

 

Mayor Buddy Dyer teased about a "big shot" coming to our town and finally revealed the artist in a press conference and on social media today, Oct. 12.

 

The concert will be at the Amway Center on Jan. 27 which means there is plenty of time to brush up on his tunes!

 

Tickets go on sale Oct. 21.

 

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Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood deliver four Orlando shows despite weather

 

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.

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Orlando area takes hurricane precautions - details here

As of Oct. 5, most of Central Florida is now under a hurricane warning.

 

Schools:

All Central Florida public schools (Orange, Seminole, Lake, Osceola, Brevard and Volusia counties) will be closed Thursday and Friday.

 

Colleges:

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!

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UCF football game rescheduled

The UCF football game against Tulane, which was scheduled for Friday, has been rescheduled.

 

The two teams will now play on Saturday, Nov. 5. The time is still to be determined.

 

All tickets for the Friday game can be used at the rescheduled date.

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BREAKING: Country 500 lineup announced

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:

 

Blake Shelton

Kid Rock

Miranda Lambert

Keith Urban

Brooks & Dunn

Thomas Rhett

Hank Williams Jr.

Martina McBride

Kip Moore

Dan + Shay

Jamey Johnson

Chris Janson

Chase Rice

Maddie and Tae

A Thousand Horses

Colt Ford

Easton Corbin

Eric Paslay

Kristian Bush

Pat Green

Margo Price

The Swon Brothers

Maggie Rose

Aubrie Sellers

Mark Chesnutt

William Michael Morgan

Mo Pitney

Lanco

Asleep At The Wheel

Simba Jordan

 

 

 

 

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

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Mark Wills is comin' to Old Town!

Old Town Kissimme's "End of Summer Country Concert" will bring Mark Wills to town.

 

This Saturday, the mutli-platinum country music star will take the stage at a show welcome to all ages.

 

Before the "19 Something" and "Don't Laugh At Me" singer starts, opening act Dustin Seymour will perform.

 

To purchase tickets visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mark-wills-tickets-27034956282

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Scotty McCreery rocked out at Oviedo

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.

 

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Scotty McCreery writes books apparently!

Scotty McCreery is known for his hits like "See You Tonight" and "I Love You This Big" but he's also a book author.

 

His recent book release, Go Big or Go Home: The Journey Toward the Dream, came out in May. The book tells Scotty's story of his time on "American Idol" and his musical career since.

 

Catch him in concert this weekend at the brand-new Oviedo Amphitheater and Cultural Center at Center Lake Park on Saturday, Sept. 17.

 

Win tickets by listening on air or at http://1031thewolforlando.com/pages/scotty-mccreery-oviedo

 

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Local country concerts coming to town this month

Be sure to catch these country acts this month!

 

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.

 

 

 

A video posted by Zac Brown Band (@zacbrownband) on

 

Later this month, Toby Keith will also be performing in Tampa on Friday, Sept. 23.

 

Listen on the air for how to win tickets!

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Family-friendly fun, food and Scotty McCreery in Oviedo!

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/

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R U READY 4 SOME FOOTBALL?! Labor Day weekend kicks off college football.

Ready or not, college football season is upon us!

 

This Labor Day weekend, there will be plenty of Florida State fans in Orlando. The Noles start off the season against Ole Miss on Monday, Sept. 5, at Camping World Stadium.

 

Jake Owen and Florida Georgia Line's Brian Kelley are major FSU fans and they might be excited enough for everyone about the season starting.

 

 

 

 

A photo posted by Jake (@barefootjake) on

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!

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First annual BBQ 4 The Blue brings together law enforcement officers and the community

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.

 

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The Wolf is sending a songwriter to Nashvegas - audition now!

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."

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