From Friday’s Weekend Look section of The Oklahoman.
Country music superstar Kenny Chesney will bring his “Goin’ Coastal Tour” to Tulsa’s BOK Center on April 2, with tickets going on sale at 10 a.m. today.
Prices are set at $79.50, $49.50 and $25. They will be available online at www.bokcenter.com, at Arby’s Box Office, at all Tickets.com outlets, or by calling (866) 7-BOKCTR.
After a hiatus from the road in 2010, Chesney, a four-time Country Music Association and four-time Academy of Country Music Entertainer of the Year, has announced the arena dates of what’s being billed as his biggest tour in five years. It will include special guests Billy Currington and Uncle Kracker.
Chesney was the second biggest ticket seller of the decade and the only artist in any genre to sell more than a million tickets for eight consecutive summers. His current smash hit, “Somewhere With You” was No. 1 for three weeks and has been certified gold.
Multi-Grammy nominee Billy Currington, who was special guest last year on Checotah native Carrie Underwood’s “Play On Tour,” has secured the highly coveted support slot on Chesney’s tour, powered by six No. 1 Billboard country singles and the success of his fourth and latest album “Enjoy Yourself.” Currington’s hit singles include “Doin’ Something Right,” “That’s How Country Boys Roll,” “People Are Crazy” and recent chart-topper “Pretty Good at Drinking Beer.” His current hit “Let Me Down Easy” continues to climb the charts.
Uncle Kracker broke through with his 2002 pop hit “Drift Away” and teamed up with Chesney on the No. 1 country hit “When The Sun Goes Down,” then scored with his biggest hit single in 2010 with the country-pop crossover smash “Smile.” Kracker’s current release is “Good To Be Me,” featuring Kid Rock.
Oscars Week continues here at BAM’s Blog, as we prepare for the 83rd Annual Academy Award, airing live from the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood at 7:30 p.m. CST Sunday on ABC. Make plans to follow my live blog of the event Sunday night! The festivities will begin with the Oscars red carpet at 6 p.m.
As the Oscars draw ever nearer, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is still adding to the star-studded presenters list.
The Academy has now added Matthew McConaughey, past Oscar winner Dame Helen Mirren and past winner and current nominee Javier Bardem to the roster of presenters for Sunday night’s ceremony. Bardem, who won the best supporting actor Oscar in 2007 for “No Country for Old Men,” is nominated this year for best actor for “Biutiful,” which is also contending for best foreign language film.
The presenters list also includes Hilary Swank, Josh Brolin, Scarlett Johansson, Russell Brand, Cate Blanchett, Reese Witherspoon, Jude Law, Tom Hanks, Robert Downey Jr. and Hugh Jackman along with best-actress nominees Annette Bening (“The Kids Are All Right”) and Nicole Kidman (“Rabbit Hole”).
Tulsa pop-rock band Hanson will be the musical guest tonight on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” which starts at 10:35 p.m. on NBC (K-FOR 4 in Oklahoma City). The group will perform a song off their 2010 album “Shout It Out,” which was one of my favorites of the past year.
The sibling trio released this the video to “Give a Little,” one of the tracks from “Shout It Out.” The video debuted at No. 1 on VH1′s Top 20 Countdown.
To check out the video to “Give a Little,” click here.
Oklahoma City singer-songwriter Graham Colton has released a new music video, “Pacific Coast Eyes.”
The song will be the title track to his new album, due out April 5. To pre-order the album, go to www.grahamcolton.com.
Colton will play a benefit show for 12-year-old cancer patient Rumer Austin at 7 p.m. Friday at at Payne County Expo Center, E State Highway 51 and Fairgrounds Road, Stillwater. For more information on that event, click here.
STILLWATER — Oklahoma City singer-songwriter Graham Colton will perform in a benefit concert dubbed “Rumer Has It” at 7 p.m. Friday at Payne County Expo Center, E State Highway 51 and Fairgrounds Road.
Proceeds will be used to cover medical treatments and hospital visits for Rumer Austin, a 12-year-old girl who has been diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma.
Oklahoma State University Varsity Revue is hosting the event.
Tickets are $15 at the door. To go to the event’s Facebook page, click here.
Shawna Russell, Stars Go Dim, Chuck Allen Floyd to play “Stars for the Homeless” benefit tonight in Shawnee
SHAWNEE – Oklahoma musical talents Shawna Russell, Stars Go Dim and Chuck Allen Floyd will perform at a benefit concert titled “Stars for the Homeless” at 7 tonight at the Shawnee Municipal Auditorium, 401 N Bell Ave.
Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. They may be charged by phone at (800) 965-9324 or online at www.itickets.com.
The “Stars for the Homeless 2011” benefit concert is a joint effort of Red River Productions, Small Pocket Poets Agency and others to raise awareness and proceeds for the homeless situation and the organizations that take care of the needs of the homeless in and around Shawnee.
A portion of the proceeds from the concert will be split among three nonprofit organizations: Central Oklahoma Community Action Agency, Shawnee Senior Center, and Shawnee Rescue Mission. All three organizations involved in various aspects of homeless care and support.
For more information, go to www.cocaa.org, www.shawneerescuemission.com or www.shawneeseniors.org.
Today’s featured event:
GUTHRIE – Watch Pollard Theatre’s production of the comedy “The Nerd” at 8 tonight at the theater, 120 W Harrison. Performances continue through March 5.
For more information, go to www.thepollard.org.
For more events, go to www.wimgo.com.
“Give a Little,” the new music video from Tulsa pop-rock trio Hanson, debuted at No. 1 this week on VH1′s Top 20 Video Countdown.
The bouncy love song appears on the band’s 2010 album “Shout It Out,” which made my personal top 10 albums list.
Just try to keep from dancing in your chair when you watch and listen to this video. I dare ya.
Oscars Week continues here at BAM’s Blog, leading up to the 83rd Annual Academy Awards, which will air live from the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood at 7:30 p.m. CST Sunday on ABC. Please make plans now to follow my live blog of the big night Sunday here at BAM’s Blog. The festivities will begin at 6 p.m. Sunday with the Oscars red carpet.
In this week’s Video Spotlight, check out the cute promo Oscar co-hosts Anne Hathaway and James Franco have made for the big show.
Franco, 32, and Hathaway, 28, are two of the youngest stars ever picked to co-host the Oscars. In addition, they are the first male-female duo to emcee the show.
In a recent Q&A with The Hollywood Reporter, Hathaway said that people shouldn’t expect her to compete with Ricky Gervais’ controversial, sharp-tongued humor at the Golden Globes.
“I can guarantee that if you’re looking for someone to call people out, we’re not your hosts. I think that humor is really difficult to pull off, and I’m not particularly adept at it. I wouldn’t feel comfortable doing it,” she told the trade publication. “Also, I don’t mean to sound overly serious, but I am the youngest host in history and I have no business being cynical or calling anyone out. I certainly haven’t earned the right to do that.”
The Hollywood Reporter also says there are some major changes in store for this year’s Academy Awards, including the elimination of the dreaded montage! That’s right, this year the telecast will not be bogged down with such brilliant, unnecessary clip mashups like “a tribute to horror movies!”
In addition, the publication reports that the Oscars will feature a virtual reality set, the return of the best original song nominees performances and the recruitment of nine of the nominees’ moms and Franco’s grandmom – AKA Mominees – to follow the telecast on their Twitter accounts.