Artist Updates (1/23/14)


Luke Bryan

Luke Bryan will perform during the  Daytona 500 Budweiser Pre-Race Show, the prelude to the start of the “The Great American Race” at Daytona International Speedway on Sunday, Feb. 23 (1 p.m. – FOX, FOX Deportes, MRN Radio and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).

All race fans that purchase a Pre-Race/Sprint FANZONE access pass for the Daytona 500 can enjoy Bryan’s Daytona 500 Budweiser Pre-Race Show, as well as driver introductions.

“We’re thrilled to have a talented artist such as Luke Bryan perform prior to the start of the Daytona 500,” Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood III said. “We’re expecting Luke to put on an exhilarating show that will energize our race fans as we kick off the new NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season.”

Bryan joins previous Daytona 500 Budweiser Pre-Race Show performers including Zac Brown Band, Lenny Kravitz, Brad Paisley, Tim McGraw, Keith Urban and Bon Jovi.

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Garth Brooks

Garth Brooks and Blake Shelton will be on hand to help Jay Leno end his run on NBC’s The Tonight Show. Shelton will appear on Wednesday, Feb. 5, while Brooks will appear on Thursday, Feb. 6. Also appearing on Feb. 6 is Billy Crystal, who was Leno’s first guest on the show in May 1992. The Tonight Show with Jay Leno airs weeknights at 10:35 CT. The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon will begin Feb.12.

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Kenny Chesney. Photo: Shaun Silva

Kenny Chesney. Photo: Shaun Silva

Kenny Chesney filed a copyright lawsuit this week in federal court regarding the unauthorized use of his name and trademarked logo to sell branded merchandise, reports The Tennessean.

The suit demands that merchandising company T&M Enterprises cease producing T-shirts and other gear without the entertainer’s permission. Chesney has contracted with licensing company Latitude to use his name and logo to sell merchandise.

Chesney notified T&M Enterprises to stop producing merchandise; the two parties reached an agreement in January 2013 that allowed T&M to sell its remaining items. However, according to the current suit, the company has continued to sell merchandise after it was supposed to have ceased under the settlement agreement.

The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages and requests for a judge to require T&M, along with its designer Harneet Pasricha, to cease producing the merchandise.

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chapman11Steven Curtis Chapman will kick off the second leg of his The Glorious Unfolding Tour on Feb. 13, with opening acts The Afters and Josh Wilson. The tour will support Chapman’s recent album, The Glorious Unfolding, as well as Show Hope, an organization that promotes care for orphans.

The Glorious Unfolding Tour has been an incredible experience so far!” said Chapman. “But we didn’t get everywhere we wanted to take this new music, so we’re headed out again. I’m so honored to still be getting to do this and I look forward to seeing all of our friends that can make it out to the concerts.”

Glorious Unfolding Tour 2014 Dates

Feb. 13-Baton Rouge, La.
Feb. 14-Texarkana, Texas
Feb. 15-Austin, Texas
Feb. 16- Tulsa, Okla.
Feb. 19-Hattiesburg, Miss.
Feb. 20-Athens, Ala.
Feb. 21-Atlanta
Feb. 22 – Nashville, Tenn.
Feb. 23-Anniston, Ala.
Feb. 25 – Pensacola, Fla.
Feb. 26 – Orlando, Fla.
Feb. 27 – Jacksonville, Fla.
March 11 – Syracuse, N.Y.
March 12 – Pittsburgh, Pa.
March 13 – Grand Rapids, Mich.
March 14 – Flint, Mich.


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