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KVPI FM-2015 Louisiana Association of Broadcasters Radio Station of the Year

Members of our staff accepting the award: Cheryl DeBaillon, Ville Platte Broadcasting President Dr. Rhonda Pucheu, Bonnie Fontenot, Mark Layne, Becky Vidrine, Stephanie Ware, Louisiana Association of Broadcasters Executive Director Polly Johnson and Jennifer Meylian.


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New photo of part of the KVPI Staff: From left in the front, Bonnie Fontenot, Jenn Meylian, Becky Vidrine and Mark Layne. In the second row, from left, Emily O, Annona Balfa, Josh Godwin, "Swabby" Soileau and Stephanie Ware. Be  looking for more of these new photos on our website and Facebook pages compliments of Emily Rose Photography.


Happy New Year From All of Us at KVPI AM/FM


Fox News Radio comes to Classic Hits 92.5 KVPI Beginning December 15


Join the legendary Scott Shannon hosting the new "America's Greatest Hits" Sundays 2-6pm on Classic Hits 92.5 KVPI

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Have you subscribed to The 2 Non-Blonde's Cafe' on YouTube?

                                 

  The 2 Non-Blonde's Cafe' with

Jenn & Steph on YouTube!

 

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Candice Bennatt, Miss Ville Platte USA!

 

Candice Bennatt, Miss Ville Platte USA, joined Jenn & Steph in the

2 Non-Blonde's Cafe' this morning.  Her interview will be posted on their YouTube page soon so be sure to check it out!  

Thank you for stopping by, Candice!  

You are making Ville Platte proud!

 

 

 


Nina Blackwood's "Absolutely 80's Spotlight" is Coming to Classic Hits 92.5 KVPI

Join original MTV Host Nina Blackwood as she spotlights a certain 1980's song weekday mornings at 11:30am on the 2 Non Blonde's Cafe on Classic Hits 92.5 KVPI beginning Sept. 22.


Pine Prairie High Cheerleaders record Cheers at KVPI Studios

Classic Hits 92.5's Jenn Meylian welcomes members of the Pine Prairie High School Cheerleading Squad as they record special cheers we will air throughout football season.


American Top 40-The 80's will be heard on Classic Hits 92.5 Sundays at 10:00am


The Basile High Cheerleaders Visit KVPI Studios

KVPI DJ's Josh and Micah welcome the Basile High Cheerleaders who came to our studios to record special cheers that our listeners will be hearing throughout football season.


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The McNeese State University Women's Volleyball Team visited Jenn & Steph in the Cafe' this morning!

These young women volunteered their time to help with the 

Boys & Girls Club in Ville Platte.

Pictured above...

Members of the Women's Volleyball Team, Coaches, t

heir Trainer, Mayor Jennifer Vidrine, Jacob "Timbo" Fontenot 

along with Jenn & Steph.

Thank you all for coming in to visit!

Best of luck to you in the upcoming Volleyball Season!


KVPI AM/FM is looking to hire Sales Account Representative

We are growing!  

 

Ville Platte Broadcasting Company, the parent company of legacy stations KVPI AM/FM, is now seeking a sales account executive to join our sales team. We offer solutions to our business clients through local radio, web and live events. KVPI radio has been serving the Acadiana  area for more than 60 years in providing news, weather, sports and music programing .

 

We are looking for an experienced, outgoing, organized, responsible creative outside  advertising sales person .Your primary duty will be to develop new business by being the primary client contact in the Eunice, Opelousas, Crowley areas of our listening area.

 

The ideal candidate will possess the following: outside sales experience, good communication skills and a strong work ethic, dependable transportation and an eagerness to work hard and be part of a growing sales team dedicated for success.

 

Benefits include a monthly base salary plus a generous commission based on sales. You will have the opportunity to work for a great company who treats its employees as members of their family. Most of our employees have been with the company for more than 20 years.

Please apply in person with General Manager Mark Layne at 809 West Lasalle in Ville Platte, phone 337-363-2124 or email your resumes to kvpiamfm@gmail.com.  KVPI AM/FM is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


KVPI will cover the Ville Platte 8u girls All Stars in the National Pony League Tournament

KVPI Sports will follow the Ville Platte 8u girls All Stars in the National Pony League Softball Tournament in Youngsville. The team includes:Carlee Soileau, Aubrey Vidrine, Harlie Arnaud, Gracie McCauley, Lyndsey Vallet, Emily Stagg, Kaisyln Lafleur, Victoria Chaddrick, Peyton Guillory, Lilly Fontenot, Madison Monier and Sophia Scully. Manager is Lance Vidrine and Coaches are Chad Arnaud, Nasen Soileau and Walter Mire. The team's overall record on the summer is 20-4. Best of luck to our all stars in this tournament!


Arrest has been made in fatal shooting that took place on Monday, July 28 in Ville Platte.

 

 

Teamwork and quick response has resulted in an arrest for yesterday’s homicide.

 

The Ville Platte Police Department responded to an armed robbery call on July 28, 2014 which ended in a homicide.  Upon arrival at K&T Grocery Store on West Lincoln Road, detectives learned that the female business owner had been shot multiple times and had died as a result of her injuries.

 

The Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s Office, the Ville Platte City Marshals’ Office and the Louisiana State Trooper working the Evangeline Parish Area and the Evangeline Parish District Attorney’s Office responded to assist in the investigation. Working from leads, evidence, witness information and informants, the suspect was identified and located attempting to leave the area.  Coushatta Police and the Allen Parish Sheriff’s Office  assisted in locating the suspect and the arrest. The Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s Office placed the suspect under arrest at approximately 2:30 a.m. July 29, 2014.  

 

With the joint efforts of these agencies was a valuable tool in solving this case quickly and he appreciates those who stepped up and worked alongside the detectives and officers of the Ville Platte Police Department.  “Without being asked these agencies showed up and jumped in to gather information as quickly as possible and help solve this case.”  “Their assistance is greatly appreciated.”

 

 

Arrested was Samuel Anderson, 30 of Laran Street, Ville Platte.  Anderson was booked into the Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s Office Jail on charges of armed robbery and first degree murder.  Anderson is currently being held without bond.


KVPI Sports is covering the Mamou 8 Year old All Stars in the State Dixie Youth Tournament

KVPI Sports will be in Pineville covering the Mamou 8 Year Old in the State Dixie Youth Pitching Machine Tournament. Best of luck to our All Stars!


KVPI Sports will cover the Ville Platte Super Ten's in District Tournament Play


James Dupre Visits KVPI Studios

Country Entertainer James Dupre visited KVPI studios today just before his performance at the 2014 Smoked Meat Festival. He was interviewed by our own Stephanie Ware.


Ugliest Tie Father's Day Contest

 

Congratulations to our winners: Grand Prize-Mike Cloud, winner of the $400 recliner from Cester Youngs Furniture; Second Place-Junior Perrodin, winner of a $100 gift certificate from Ace Hardware and Third Place- Ernest Anderson, winner of the $50 gift certificate from Ace Hardware. Happy Father's Day from Classic Hits 92.5!!


KVPI-FM Named 2014 Radio Station of the Year

 

    The Louisiana Association of Broadcasters awarded KVPI-FM the prestigious “Radio Station of the Year” award on Wednesday during their Prestige Awards luncheon held in Baton Rouge. KVPI-FM, Oldies 92.5, was recognized for its dedication to community service programming to Ville Platte, Evangeline Parish and all of South Central Louisiana.

     In 2013, KVPI-FM aired 53 “Let’s Talk about It” community service interview shows of 15 minutes or more. The shows ranged from the 4-H Livestock Show with County Agent Todd Fontenot in January to a special interview show featuring local ministers airing on Christmas Day.

     KVPI-FM was involved with many community events in 2013. Among the live remotes we covered include: 4-H Livestock Show in January, Swamp Pop Museum and the Mamou Mardi Gras in February; Boggy Bayou Festival, Autism Walk and the Folk Roots Festival in April; Election Returns and Senior Day remote in May; Live all day radio auction for Dixie Youth, Smoked Meat Festival  and the French Showcase in Chataignier in June; Mamou Cajun Music Festival in September; Cotton Festival, High School Career Day and the St. Edmunds Radio Auction in October; Swine Festival in Basile in November and the Food for Families Food Drive in December.

    The Louisiana Association of Broadcasters also noted that KVPI-FM continues its tradition of local Cajun French language programming including local newscasts, La Tasse De Café live call-in shows and the Tradio program all conducted in French.

    KVPI-FM continues to promote and support our unique form of South Louisiana rock and roll known as “Swamp Pop”. We program Swamp Pop music all day on Fridays. Every year, we co-sponsor a Swamp Pop dance for the benefit of the Louisiana Swamp Pop museum located in Ville Platte.

    During 2013, KVPI Sports was very busy covering local sports. We covered more than 175 local sporting events in 2013 including high school football, basketball, baseball and softball, LSU Eunice basketball, baseball and softball along with Dixie Youth baseball and Pony softball. Our coverage also included LSU football, baseball and basketball. Travel wise, KVPI-FM was again all over the state and the country. We followed the LSU Eunice softball team to Mississippi and Texas, LSU Eunice baseball team to Oklahoma and the Mamou and Ville Platte Pony softball teams to Texas. KVPI-FM followed the Fairview Lady Panthers basketball team to the state tournament where they won another state championship

 

  • Annie Lennox's Concert DVD Gets a Release Date

    Blue Note RecordsAnnie Lennox's new concert film, An Evening of Nostalgia with Annie Lennox, is set to be released on DVD, Blu-ray and digitally on May 4.

    The film features Lennox, backed by a 19-piece band, performing a series of classics songs from her album Nostalgia, including "Summertime," "Georgia on My Mind" and "Strange Fruit."  Also included is her powerful rendition of "I Put a Spell on You," which she sang at the Grammys this year and which was featured on the Fifty Shades of Grey soundtrack.

    The concert concludes with a four-song selection of Lennox's own solo and Eurythmics hits: "Here Comes the Rain Again," "No More I Love You's," "Why" and "Sweet Dreams."

    An Evening of Nostalgia with Annie Lennox was filmed on January 28 at Los Angeles' Orpheum Theatre. In addition to standard DVD, Blu-ray and digital formats, the film will be available for purchase as part of a deluxe package that includes the Nostalgia album.

    Fans will get a first look at Lennox's concert film when it premieres April 3 as an episode of the PBS series Great Performances.

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  • The Who's Roger Daltrey Talks Farewell Tour, Possibility of a New Album

    Rick Diamond/Getty Images for The WhoAs The Who gear up for the first of its two scheduled North American tour legs this year celebrating the band's 50 anniversary, frontman Roger Daltrey is insisting that this will indeed be the British rock legends' final major trek.

    "I do know this is the last big tour we'll ever do," he tells Rolling Stone.  "We have to be realistic.  I want us to stop at the top of our game when we are still really good at what we do."

    The 71-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer has struggled with voice problems over the years, but he says he's currently in fine shape thanks to "the genius Dr. Steven Zeitels up in Boston," who also has treated Aerosmith's Steve Tyler, KISS' Paul Stanley, Lionel Richie and other stars.

    "My vocal cords are better now than they've ever been!" Roger maintains.

    Meanwhile, Daltrey says that as the end of The Who's touring years near, he finds that he's savoring performing all the more.

    "I've always tried to sing as though I'm singing a song for the first time," he explains, "now I sing it as though I'm singing the song for what might be the last time."

    For The Who Hits 50! Tour, the band's sets are made up mostly of classic songs, but the group also is adding in a number of rarities it hadn't performed in many years, "to please our hardcore fans," as Daltrey points out.  Among these are "So Sad About Us," "I Can See for Miles," "Pictures of Lily," "Slip Kid" and the mini rock opera "A Quick One, While He's Away."

    The Who has more than 50 dates on its 2015 tour itinerary, which currently is scheduled through a November 4 concert in Philadelphia.  Daltrey does not rule out extending the trek being, but he says it won't go on indefinitely.

    "If people want to add shows and we still feel great, then it will go for a while longer, but not that much longer," he notes. "It might last two years."

    Roger also says a new Who album could be in the offing.

    "Pete [Townshend] wants to make another record," he tells Rolling Stone.  As for the status of the project, Daltrey says Townshend is "just talking about it.  He adds, "I've heard a couple of tracks, which are great."

    Daltrey notes that once The Who stops touring, he can envision working with his longtime band mate on a variety of projects.

    "This bit of our career is closed, but maybe two more doors open up," he explains.  "Pete is an incredibly vibrant musician.  I could see us playing acoustically in some ways."

    The Who's U.S. tour gets under way on April 15 in Tampa, Florida.  Check out the band's full schedule at TheWho.com.

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  • Ringo Starr Says Beatles Could Have Reunited "If We Had Just Relaxed Behind It Long Enough"

    Mark Seliger/Courtesy of Rolling StoneThis week, Ringo Starr will be featured on the cover of Rolling Stone by himself for the first time since 1981.  Among the topics the former Beatles drummer chatted with the magazine about are his sobriety, and why the Fab Four never reunited prior to John Lennon's death in 1980.

    On the latter subject, the 74-year-old rock legend says he believes a reunion might have happened if he and his ex-band mates had been better at communicating with each other.

    "With the [technology] you have now, I think we could have got it together," he maintains.  "I think the stumbling block was just sitting around and saying, 'OK, let's do it.'  And we never got to that.  You know, we did in twos, we talked about it.  But I think if we had just relaxed behind it long enough, we still had the songs, and we still could play.  We could have put it together."

    Ringo also points out that had The Beatles reunited, they "could have done 'A Day in the Life,'" a song they never performed live.  He adds, "Of course, it's ended now.  John and George [Harrison] are gone."

    For many years following the band's breakup, Starr was known for being a heavy partier, abusing both alcohol and drugs, but that changed in 1988 when he got clean and sober.  He tells Rolling Stone about his decision to give up his bad habits, "It gets really lonely, you know…It's a miserable disease, in the end.  There's a crowd of you, and it's lonely.  Because that's all you're doing is getting f**ked, you know.  But I haven't been that lonely since."

    The article also focuses on Ringo's forthcoming induction as a solo artist into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame April 18, and how the honor came about thanks to his old band mate, Paul McCartney.  McCartney explains he decided to pull some strings after The Band's Robbie Robertson pointed out to him that late Beatles manager Brian Epstein had been inducted into the Rock Hall, but Starr hadn't.   Sir Paul explains that he then spoke with Bruce Springsteen and Dave Grohl, who both agreed Starr deserved to be in the Rock Hall as a solo artist.  McCartney adds, "And I said I'd do the induction.  That took care of it."

    You can check out a video of Starr taking part in a photo shoot for the magazine at RollingStone.com.  The issue will be available Friday.

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  • KISS' Gene Simmons Accuses The Rolling Stones and U2 of Using Backing Tracks at Their Shows

    Credit: Brian LoweEveryone knows that KISS offers up a lot of bells and whistles during its concerts, from pyrotechnics to lasers to fake blood, but Gene Simmons insists that there's one thing the band's shows won't feature -- backing tracks to augment the music.  In a new interview with Australia's news.com.au, Simmons maintains that his group is among the only rock acts who don't use pre-taped recordings to help fill out their live sound.

    "There's nobody with a synthesizer on our stage, there's no samples on the drums, there's nothing," he declares.  "There's very few bands who do that now -- AC/DC, Metallica, us.  I can't even say that about U2 or The [Rolling] Stones."

    Talking further about his aversion to the practice he claims is so common, Simmons says, "I have a problem when you charge $100 to see a live show and the artist uses backing tracks…It should be on every ticket -- you're paying $100, 30 to 50 percent of the show is [on] backing tracks and they'll sing sometimes, sometimes they'll lip synch.  At least be honest."

    Simmons, of course, isn't known for holding his long tongue when it comes to sharing his opinions.  Last year, he upset quite a few rock fans when he declared during an interview published in Esquire that rock music was "finally dead."

    KISS recently announced plans to tour Australia this October.  Prior to that, the band is scheduled to embark on a South American trek in April, and also has a European outing lined up from late May to late June.

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  • Jefferson Starship Leader Paul Kantner Hospitalized with Suspected Heart Attack

    Image Courtesy of Jefferson StarshipSome disconcerting news has emerged about founding Jefferson Starship singer/guitarist Paul Kantner.  A message on the band's official Facebook page reports that the 74-year-old musician has been hospitalized and is "undergoing tests to find out exactly what's going on," adding that doctors suspect he suffered a heart attack.

    The message says Kantner is in stable condition and is "in the best possible care."   The band adds that "we are sending him all of our best wishes, good thoughts and healing vibes."

    The Jefferson Starship also reveals that it plans to continue touring without Kantner.  As the note explains, "[W]e have to honor our contracts and our fans who bought tickets and put on the best show possible.  We will dedicate every show to Paul until he is well enough to rejoin us onstage."

    During its 2015 tour dates, The Jefferson Starship has been celebrating the 50th anniversary of its predecessor group, The Jefferson Airplane.  Kantner, of course, also is a founding member of that band, and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with the group in 1996.

    The Jefferson Starship's next concert is scheduled for tonight in Londonderry, New Hampshire.  Here are all of the band's upcoming dates, according to JeffersonStarshipSF.com:

    3/26 -- Londonderry, NH, Tupelo Music Hall
    3/27 -- Uncasville, CT, Mohegan Sun Casino
    3/28 -- Norfolk, CT, Infinity Music Hall
    3/29 -- St. Charles, IL, Arcada Theater
    4/10 -- Florence, OR, Three Rivers Casino
    4/11 -- Florence, OR, Three Rivers Casino
    4/24 -- Melbourne, FL, King Center
    4/25 -- Ponte Vedra, FL, Ponte Vedra Music Hall
    4/27 -- Little Torch Key, FL, Little Palm Island
    4/29 -- The Villages, FL, The Savannah Center
    5/23 -- Seneca, SC, Norton Thompson Park
    6/6 -- San Mateo, CA, San Mateo County Fair
    6/20 -- Craig, CO, Loudy Simpson Park
    6/27 -- Gulfport, MS, Island View Casino
    7/17 -- Walker, MN, Moondance Jam
    7/18 -- Springfield, OH, Turner Pavilion
    7/21 -- Springfield, IL, Convention Center Plaza
    7/23 -- Truro, MA, Truro PAC
    7/24 -- Hartford, CT, Convention Center
    7/25 -- Stockton, NJ, Stockton Rocks Hamilton Township
    7/31 -- Costa Mesa, CA, Orange County Fair
    8/27 -- Santa Monica, CA, Santa Monica Pier

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  • Listen to New Ringo Starr Song, "Confirmation," Online Now

    Universal Music EnterprisesRingo Starr fans wanting to get a little preview of what the ex-Beatles drummer's upcoming solo album, Postcards from Paradise, sounds like can head over to Billboard.com now.  The website is hosting an exclusive stream of the song "Confirmation," one of the new record's 11 tracks.

    The tune is a funky, soulful and upbeat love song that features Starr accompanied by female backing singers and a bright horn section.  Ringo tells Billboard that he began working on the song at his home studio with his engineer Bruce Sugar, and that the tune originally was going to be called "Memphis," "because it had that Memphis feel."

    He explains that he then called hit-making songwriter Glen Ballard "to come on over and make a record, and I gave him a choice of two of my basic tracks I cut at home with Bruce…Glen chose this one and we turned it into 'Confirmation.'"  The original name for this track was 'Memphis' because it had that Memphis feel."

    Postcards from Paradise, Starr's 18th solo studio album, will be released this Tuesday, March 31.  As previously reported, it features contributions from his current All Starr Band members -- Steve Lukather, Todd Rundgren, Gregg Rolie, Richard Page, Warren Ham and Gregg Bissonette -- as well as from Joe Walsh, Peter Frampton, Benmont Tench, Dave Stewart, Richard Marx and Nathan East, among others.

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  • Recent Brian Wilson Concert Celebrating His New Album to Air on PBS' "Soundstage"

    Image Courtesy of Capitol RecordsA special episode of the long-running PBS performance series Soundstage celebrating Brian Wilson's latest solo album, No Pier Pressure, will premiere shortly after the record's April 7 release.

    The program, which according to Wilson's official Facebook page will begin airing on April 9, will features performances from a concert held his past December at the Venetian Theatre in Las Vegas.  At the show, the Beach Boys mastermind was joined by many of the artists who lent their talents to No Pier Pressure, including Brian's longtime band mate Al Jardine, former Beach Boys sidemen Blondie Chaplin and Ricky Fataar, fun. singer Nate Ruess, jazz trumpet player Mark Isham and Sebu Simonian of the indie-pop act Capital Cities.

    Several videos showing highlights from the concert have been posted on Soundstage's YouTube channel, including a trailer for the special.  The clip shows snippets of a variety of songs being performed, including a few tunes from No Pier Pressure, the Beach Boys classics "Sloop John B" and "Good Vibrations," and a couple of lesser-known tunes by the band such as "Wild Honey" and "Our Prayer."  The preview also includes a snippet of a pre-taped segment capturing Wilson and actress/She & Him singer Zooey Deschanel in a studio performing their No Pier Pressure duet "On the Island."

    A few full-length live performances from the special also are viewable at the Soundstage YouTube page, including renditions of the No Pier Pressure tunes "The Right Time" and "Sail Away," and The Beach Boys' "Wild Honey."

    No official announcement has been made about Wilson's Soundstage episode, but you can check PBS.org closer to the show's April 9 premiere to find out the air times and dates in your area.

    In other news, Wilson is taking part in a new fan Q&A on Thursday, March 26, that will be hosted by his Facebook page starting at 4 p.m. ET.  Visit Brian's Facebook site now to submit your questions.

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  • Las Vegas Declares Thursday Diana Ross Day to Celebrate Her Birthday & Upcoming Residency

    Metropolitan PresentsThe city of Las Vegas has come up with the perfect gift for the woman who has everything. The city has declared this Thursday, March 26, Diana Ross Day. 

    It's the former Supremes singer's 71st birthday, but the declaration, which the city announced on Twitter, also celebrates Diana's upcoming mini-residency at The Venetian.

    The nine-show engagement, dubbed The Essential Diana Ross: Some Memories Never Fade, runs from April 1 through April 18.

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  • Boy George Announces Rescheduled North American Tour with Culture Club

    Credit: Dean StockingsAfter canceling his tour with Culture Club last year due to vocal issues, Boy George has announced dates for a new North American summer trek with the band.

    The iconic '80s group will visit 12 states plus a couple of venues in Canada, playing some of their greatest hits as well as songs from their upcoming album, Tribes.  The tour will kick off July 20 in Denver and is mapped out through an August 16 show in Orlando, Florida.  No announcement yet about when tickets will go on sale.

    Culture Club's North American tour was supposed to have started last November, but was scrapped after Boy George discovered a polyp in his throat.  Doctors ordered him not to sing so as not to exacerbate the condition.  The group's U.K. tour was also canceled.

    Rescheduled dates in the U.K. and other countries will be announced soon, according to Boy George's website.  Here are the new North American dates:

    7/20 -- Denver, CO, Denver Botanic Gardens
    7/24 -- Los Angeles, CA, Greek Theatre
    7/25 -- Berkeley, CA, The Greek Theatre UC Berkeley
    7/27 -- New York, NY, Beacon Theatre
    7/28 -- New York, NY, Beacon Theatre
    7/31 -- Mashantucket, CT, MGM Grand Theater at Foxwoods
    8/1 -- Atlantic City, NJ, Etess Arena
    8/2 -- Boston, MA, Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
    8/4 -- Newark, NJ, NJPAC
    8/6 -- Rama, ON, Canada, Casino Rama
    8/7 -- Windsor, ON, Canada, The Colosseum at Caesars Windsor
    8/8 -- Bethlehem, PA, MusikFest Main Stage
    8/10 -- Vienna, VA, Wolf Trap
    8/11 -- Cary, NC, Booth Amphitheatre
    8/12 -- Atlanta, GA, Fox Theatre
    8/14 -- Miami, FL, Klipsch Amp at Bayfront Park
    8/15 -- Tampa, FL, Madeira Beach Waterfront Park
    8/16 -- Orlando, FL, Hard Rock Live

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  • Listen to Boz Scaggs' Upcoming Album, "A Fool to Care," Online Now

    429 RecordsBoz Scaggs' upcoming studio album, A Fool to Care, will be released next Tuesday, March 31, but the soulful singer is treating fans to a full preview of the record online now.  The entire standard version of the album is streaming through Monday, March 30, at Amazon.com.

    A Fool to Care was recorded over four days at Nashville's Blackbird Studio, and includes guest appearances by Bonnie Raitt and lauded alt-country artist Lucinda Williams.  Raitt lends her slide-guitar and vocal talents to an original tune titled "Hell to Pay," while Williams duets with Scaggs on a version of The Band's "Whispering Pines."  Accompanying Scaggs on A Fool to Care are such respected session musicians as bassist Willie Weeks, guitarist Ray Parker Jr. and drummer Steve Jordan. Jordan also produced the album.

    The 12-track record finds Scaggs tastefully blending rock, soul, blues, R&B and jazz influences on the record, which is made up mostly of cover tunes, along with a couple of a his own new compositions.  A deluxe version of A Fool to Care boasting three extra tunes can be purchased exclusively at Best Buy stores and BestBuy.com.

    Scaggs has lined up a spring U.S. tour in support of the album that runs from an April 8 concert in Gainesville, Florida, through a May 24 gig in Modesto, California.  Boz also is one of the many stars who will perform at the recently announced Brian Wilson tribute show, Brian Fest, this Monday at the Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles.

    Here is Scaggs' full forthcoming itinerary:

    3/30 -- Los Angeles CA, Brian Fest - Fonda Theatre
    4/8 -- Gainesville, FL, Curtis M. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
    4/9 -- Sarasota, FL, Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
    4/11 -- St. Petersburg, FL, Tampa Bay Blues Festival
    4/13 -- Ft. Lauderdale, FL, Broward Center - Au Rene Theater
    4/15 -- West Palm Beach, FL, Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts
    4/16 -- Orlando, FL, Universal Orlando's CityWalk - Hard Rock Live
    5/1 -- Biloxi, MS, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino - Hard Rock Live
    5/2 -- Peachtree City, GA, Frederick Brown Jr. Amphitheater
    5/4 -- San Antonio, TX, Tobin Center for the Performing Arts
    5/6 -- Baton Rouge, LA, River Center Theater
    5/7 -- Stafford, TX, Stafford Centre Performing Arts Theatre
    5/9 -- Grand Prairie, TX, Verizon Theatre
    5/10 -- Austin, TX, Austin City Limits Live at The Moody Theater
    5/13 -- Las Vegas, NV, The Smith Center for the Performing Arts - Reynolds Hall
    5/15 -- Temecula, CA, Pechanga Resort & Casino - Indoor Theater
    5/16 -- San Francisco, CA, The Masonic
    5/17 -- Dana Point, CA, Doheny Blues Fest
    5/19 -- San Luis Obispo, CA, Christopher Cohan Performing Arts Center - Harmon Hall
    5/20 -- Santa Rosa, CA, Wells Fargo Center for the Arts
    5/22 -- Carmel, CA, Sunset Center
    5/23 -- Stateline, NV, MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa - MontBleu Theatre
    5/24 -- Modesto, CA, Gallo Center for the Arts

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  • 'DOWNTON ABBEY' IS OFFICIALLY ENDING AFTER SIX SEASONS

    Downton Abbey is officially saying goodbye after six seasons. Masterpiece and PBS announced the news on Thursday (March 26th) after months of rumors and comments from the cast.

    Executive producer Gareth Neame said in a statement, "Millions of people around the world have followed the journey of the Crawley family and those who serve them for the last five years. Inevitably there comes a time when all shows should end and Downton is no exception. We wanted to close the doors of Downton Abbey when it felt right and natural for the storylines to come together and when the show was still being enjoyed so much by its fans. We can promise a final season full of all the usual drama and intrigue, but with the added excitement of discovering how and where they all end up." He told reporters after the announcement, "I think our feeling is that it's good to quite while you're ahead. We feel the show is in incredibly strong shape...the show is so popular globally, but the danger with this sort of thing is to let them go on forever. The danger is if you run to seven, eight, nine, 10 years, it's very addictive to want to do that. But I think it's more important to us to make a perfectly formed show, in our opinion, that we bring to an end when they think the timing is right and that people will love and remember that show for many, many years to come and not feel that there was any sort of drop off -- we outstayed our welcome."

    • Gareth also revealed that they are discussing the idea of bringing the Crawley family to the big screen.
    • PBS president Paula Kerger also releases a statement which read, "PBS and our member stations have been so proud to be the home of Downton Abbey on Masterpiece in the United States. We, like the fans, simply cannot wait to see what will happen to the Crawley family and their beloved staff as this incredible series culminates in Season 6. The series has enjoyed such success over the past five seasons and we'll certainly be working alongside Carnival, Masterpiece and PBS member stations to make Season 6 the biggest yet. Until then, Sunday nights on PBS continue to offer fans a full slate of must view British and, soon, American historical drama."
    • The show has earned three Golden Globes and 11 Emmys since it premiered in 2011.

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  • JON HAMM BREAKS SILENCE ON RECENT REHAB STINT

    Jon Hamm made his first public appearance following his stint in rehab at a Mad Men event sponsored by AMC where he broke his silence about his treatment.

    The 44-year-old told Australia's TV Week, "Life throws a lot at you sometimes, and you have to deal with it as much as you can. I've been very fortunate that throughout the most recent 24-hour period, I've had a lot of family and friends support me. I've said in varying ways that acting can be a difficult endeavor, certainly not as difficult as the recent example I used of being a baby heart surgeon. It does present its own challenges...and so does life." Jon added, "I understand it constitutes news these days, but it's between me and my family and not something for public consumption."

    • Jon also addressed whether his issues with alcohol have anything to do with playing booze-loving Don Draper saying, "Obviously there can be a lot of discussion about how much of this is related to that, and honestly I don't have much to say about that either."
    • Jon spent 30 days at Silver Hill Hospital in New Canaan, Conn. at the end of February.

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  • INDUSTRY NEWS

    'SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE' TAPS TARAJI P. HENSON TO HOST: Taraji P. Henson has been announced as an upcoming host of Saturday Night Live. The Empire star will be featured on the show on April 11th with Mumford & Sons as the musical guest. The episode will mark Taraji's first time hosting. It was also announced that Michael Keaton will host on April 4th with Carly Rae Jepsen.

    WENDY WILLIAMS LANDS NEW SHOW: Wendy Williams has landed a new show on the Investigation Discovery network called Death by Gossip with Wendy Williams. The show will explore crimes that were fueled by gossip, rumors, and sordid half-truths. It is expected to premiere later this year.

    HISTORY CHANNEL RENEWS 'VIKINGS': The History Channel wants more Vikings. The network has renewed the drama series for a fourth season. Production is expected to begin in Ireland in the spring. The third season finale will be airing on April 23rd. The network said in a statement, "Vikings has raided the hearts of both audiences and critics, establishing itself as one of the most compelling, visually stunning dramas on television. We are so proud of our immensely talented cast and crew led by Michael Hirst, whose intriguing storylines and pivotal arcs have the perfect balance of scope, smarts and bloodshed to keep our loyal fans watching and wanting more."

    WHO IS REPLACING ROSIE O'DONNELL ON 'THE VIEW'?: Producers for The View have reportedly narrowed down their search for someone to replace Rosie O'Donnell. A source told Radar Online, "They really like Raven-Symone. And comedian Mario Cantone could get a recurring contract." The insider continued, "They will have a more in-depth selection process than last time. The panel that debuts in the fall will be the panel for the year."

    'BARBERSHOP 3' IN THE WORKS: New Line is teaming up with MGM to release a third Barbershop film. According to Deadline, the studios are ironing out details for Ice Cube and Cedric the Entertainer to bring back their characters from the first two films. They are also reportedly in talks with Queen Latifah and Nicki Minaj to round out the cast. Malcolm D. Lee will direct.

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  • KERRY WASHINGTON TWEETED ABOUT 'SCANDAL' WHILE IN LABOR

    Apparently going into labor couldn't even keep Kerry Washington away from social media. The Scandal star reveals in the new issue of Net-A-Porter.com's The EDIT that she actually live-tweeted an episode of the show as she waited for her baby girl to arrive.

    Kerry tells the magazine, "Every Thursday within three weeks of my daughter Isabelle's due date, I loaded up pre-tweets based on the episodes and what I would want to say. I tweeted in the very early stages of my labor. I figured that if I went completely silent on social media, then people would know I was in the hospital!"

    • She also discusses Shonda Rhimes' vision for the character of Olivia Pope saying, "She never wrote Olivia Pope to be a role model; she wrote her to be a human being, and part of what people identify with so much is that she is conflicted. In some ways, she's so aspirational -- you want to walk like her, dress like her, command attention like her and control a situation like her. In other ways, she's a warning of what not to be. Not to say that I have it all together, but I think I have a little bit more awareness about my behavior patterns and I do the work it takes to get out of them."

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  • CELEBRITY GOSSIP

    KATE HUDSON WILL KEEP MAKING WINE WITH MATT BELLAMY: Kate Hudson is staying in the wine business with ex-fiancé Matt Bellamy despite their breakup last year. She discussed their business venture, Hudson Bellamy Wines, with Wine Enthusiast magazine saying, "We're family for the rest of our lives, we have a beautiful baby and we love making wine. We'll continue doing it." Kate added, "What's very different from making movies is that everything in wine is connected to nature. Your grapes can only be as good as your year. That is one of the things that make it very special and incredibly unique. You are at the mercy of your crop, and I love that." The former couple started the company back in 2011.

    BEN STILLER NEVER SQUASHED HIS BEEF WITH JOAN RIVERS BEFORE HER DEATH: Ben Stiller and Joan Rivers never made peace before her death last summer. Joan bashed him in her 2010 documentary by calling him an "arrogant, lucky guy." Ben discussed their beef in a radio interview on Thursday (March 26th) saying, "She had a thing about it. She didn't like me. She was great. I feel bad that we never got to work that out. It is sad. My parents were really friends with her and spent a lot of time and worked together with her, and she had an amazing career."

    KIM KARDASHIAN GOES BACK TO BRUNETTE: Kim Kardashian appears to have gotten rid of her blonde hair. She was spotted out and about with North West on Thursday (March 26th) rocking the darker locks again. Kim dyed her hair during Paris Fashion Week earlier this month and was accused of ripping off a popular Serbian singer's style with the look.

    SHAILENE WOODLEY EATS INSECTS: Shailene Woodley has previously sung the praises of eating clay and bone broth soup but she also enjoys insects every once in a while. She reveals in the new issue of Nylon magazine, "I've eaten ants and that was great. And June bugs, that was great. I think the future of food is in insects, so we'll see what happens." Shailene also urges people to be more environmentally conscious saying, "Everyone could and should do a lot for the planet. I think you should find one small thing that works for you and dedicate and commit to that one thing every single day. When you leave the house just unplug your toaster, coffee machine, your TV, which doesn’t need to be on all day. Don't ask for a straw in a restaurant. Make it a goal not to drink out of plastic as much as possible. Turn the shower off when you're washing your body and don't waste the water. There are a lot of small things out there, you just find the one that works for you."

    GILLIAN ANDERSON IS OPEN TO ANOTHER GAY RELATIONSHIP: X-Files star Gillian Anderson is ready to find love again and doesn't mind if it's with a man of a woman. She revealed to UK's Telegraph, " To me a relationship is about loving another human being; their gender is irrelevant." Gillian continued, "I'm so lucky to have such great work. I've got a fantastic life, I have a wonderful relationship with my kids, and there's nothing lacking, but I'm leaning towards the idea that it's time for somebody to be brave enough to ask me out."

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  • JULIA LOUIS-DREYFUS ADMITS IT IS DIFFICULT TO AGE IN THE SPOTLIGHT

    Julia Louis-Dreyfus admits that it hasn't been easy aging in the spotlight. She appears in the spring/summer issue of NewBeauty magazine discussing getting old in entertainment industry.

    The 54-year-old reveals, "You've seen me age. I've been in showbiz for so long. From the first time people saw me on Saturday Night Live until now...it's no secret that I've gotten older. I've gotten older in front of you and that is odd -- it is still so strange to me that everyone has seen me age on a public stage. It's totally changing and difficult." Julia goes on to reveal how she maintains her appearance saying, "I have a lot of guilty pleasures -- wine and chocolate, in particular -- but when I cut them out completely, I get into a lot of trouble. My mantra is moderation. One thing I learned in the past 15 years, is if you aren't sure about how you look, take a picture of yourself. Sometimes looking at yourself in the mirror is not a true evaluation; sometimes, you need that distance of the camera. I know that sounds crazy, but I think it's true."

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  • MICHAEL LOHAN REACTS TO DINA LOHAN'S DATING SHOW APPEARANCE

    Michael Lohan isn't happy about the allegations that his ex-wife, Dina Lohan, made against him on Bravo's Millionaire Matchmaker. Lindsay Lohan's dad chatted with Radar Online to address some of the claims made on the show.

    He told the website, "I'm really scratching my head at Patti's comment that Dina needs to break the cycle of being with losers when it takes a real loser to make that kind of a comment. Wasn't she a call girl/madam?" Michael continued, "As a matter of fact, I went to jail for criminal contempt for not telling on people and then for going to see Lindsay when she was sick without my probation officer's permission. So, tell me, is that a loser or a man with integrity? For starters, out of 19 years of marriage, I was in jail for 4 years -- that's documented."

    • The 54-year-old also said of his ex, "Dina describes her perfect match as 'successful, ambitious, funny and a guy who loves his family' -- so I guess she's looking for someone like me. The only difference is she'll never find another me or father to our wonderful children. Try again Patti, you aren't finding any match with this one."

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