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Press Release Roundup: November 2

posted November 6, 2015, 12:29 am by Carlita | Filed Under Editorial, Music News, Press Release Roundup, Releases | comment Leave a Comment


Music journalists get hit with a steady helping of press releases every day. For the music fan without that kind of sensory overload, a lot of music news can pass by without being seen. Every Monday, we will weed through and compile a list of some of the most intriguing press releases to come across our virtual desk.

The Latin Grammys

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Current Latin GRAMMY® nominees Banda El Recodo De Don Cruz Lizárraga, Maluma, Ricky Martin, and Espinoza Paz added to stellar lineup for the 16th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards™. In addition, Jamaican-American singer Omi and five-piece female group Fifth Harmony are scheduled to hit the Latin GRAMMY stage for the first time. Mexican actress Jacqueline Bracamontes and Puerto Rican singer/songwriter and actress Roselyn Sánchez will host, together for the first time, The Biggest Night in Latin Music®, which is scheduled to air live on the Univision Network Nov. 19 from 8–11 p.m. ET/PT (7 p.m. Central) from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. A limited number of tickets are available for purchase via www.ticketmaster.com or www.mgmgrand.com

Six-time Latin GRAMMY winners Banda El Recodo De Don Cruz Lizárraga, reggaeton artist Maluma and regional Mexican singer Espinoza Paz each received one nomination. Banda El Recodo are nominated for Best Banda Album for Mi Vicio Más Grande. Maluma is up for Best Urban Performance for “El Tiki.” Paz is nominated for Best Regional Song for “Perdí La Pose.”

Three-time Latin GRAMMY and GRAMMY® winner Ricky Martin received three nominations: Record Of The Year and Song Of The Year for “Disparo Al Corazón” and Best Contemporary Pop Vocal Album for A Quien Quiera Escuchar. Previously announced performers include Julión Álvarez, Bomba Estéreo with Will Smith, J Balvin, ChocQuibTown, Silvestre Dangond, Nicky Jam, Natalia Jiménez, Natalia Lafourcade, Juan Luis Guerra, Major Lazer and mØ, Matisse, and Raquel Sofía. Additionally, the telecast will feature a special performance by 2015 Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year Roberto Carlos.

Jake Miller

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JAKE MILLER RELEASES DIY VIDEO OF ACOUSTIC VERSION OF “YELLOW LIGHTS” FROM CURRENT EP, RUMORS

VIDEO FILMED DURING HIS EUROPEAN TOUR

Jake Miller has released a DIY video for “Yellow Lights,” from his current EP Rumors, on YouTube. Miller shot the footage during his first-ever European tour and it features him taking in the sights and performing in Amsterdam, London, Hamburg, and Berlin, meeting fans in Cologne, and performing in front of the Eiffel Tower in Paris. The clip showcases an acoustic version of “Yellow Lights.” The original is included on Rumors.

Necro

Necro’s return to Los Angeles was cut short this past weekend when his headline performance at the “Twerk Or Treat” show was raided by police and shut down. The venue was forced to close early when the police responded to reports of overcrowding and forced the show to abruptly end.
“The show was a madhouse and it was so packed in there that people could barely move. Someone snitched and the cops shut it down because it was a fire hazard,” commented Necro. “While the cops were raiding the venue I got fans to scream f**k the police. i apologize to any fans that came out to the show and did not get to see the full Necro show. This was beyond my control but I will be back in early 2016.”
Necro is touring in support of his brand new single “Take HipHop Back” featuring Vinnie Paz and Immortal Technique, which can be seen online athttps://youtu.be/7bDUd74Swww. The track marks the first time that all three emcees have jumped on a track together and the song will be featured on Necro’s upcoming new album “KILLaborations” coming in early 2016 through Psycho+Logical-Records.
Necro embarks on his Terminator Tour Part 2 hitting all markets throughout Europe on his headlining tour beginning November 13th. Necro will end the year with a special holiday show in Miami, FL on December 6th with Madchild from Swollen Members, and then perform at the Fuckin’ New Years Eve Festival in Brussels, Belgium on December 31st.

Tour Dates:
Nov 13 – London, United Kingdom @ Brixton Jamm
Nov 14 – Creil, France @ La Grange à Musique
Nov 16 – Glasgow, United Kingdom @ O2 ABC 2 Glasgow
Nov 17 – Oslo, Norway @ John Dee
Nov 19 – Christiania, Denmark @ Musik Loppen
Nov 20 – Tampere, Finland @ Tampere Yo-Talo
Nov 21 – Helsinki, Finland @ Ääniwalli
Nov 24 – Paris, France @ Le Batofar
Nov 25 – Bordeaux, France @ I.boat
Nov 26 – Marseille, France @ Cabaret Aléatoire

Nov 27 – Zurich, Switzerland @ Komplex 457

Nov 28 – Wiesbaden, Germany @ Kontext
Dec 06 – Miami, FL @ Churchill’s Pub w/ Madchild
Dec 31 – Brussels, Belgium @ Fuckin’ New Year’s Eve Festival

 

Ed Prosek

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Ed Prosek’s new single, ‘Holy Water’, is a powerful and introspective reflection on the inescapable pressure that everyone feels in trying to find their place in the world, and how sometimes in order to move forward one must tear down the life they have created around themselves and start again. We all feel the need to lean on the things that make us comfortable, and hide behind familiarity in the face of change.

Ed describes this journey of shedding one’s former skin and finding the truth hidden beneath, drawing you in with beautiful, rich and enticing melody and arrangement. Ed’s style of writing has grown and developed from his previous releases, maturing into sound that transcends the singer-songwriter mold to create something powerful and unforgettable. Holy Water is the first in a series of songs that does exactly what this song says – to stop looking to the past, and allow us to face the future.

Following the success of his single, ‘Hold On Tight’ and EP, ‘The Riverbed’, Ed has been performing and touring in the UK, US and throughout Europe, including major support tours and festivals. Recently relocating to Berlin to write and record new material, he was also selected to be included on ‘The Art Of Peace II: Songs for Tibet’, alongside artists including Sting, Kate Bush and Lorde. Ed returns with his new release, ‘Holy Water’, in advance of his upcoming EP and international tour dates at the beginning of the new year

A-Trak

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A-Trak has released an EP for “We All Fall Down”, out today via Fool’s Gold including the original song with Jamie Lidell and remixes from CID, Volt & State, Jarreau Vandal and a special re-touch from Jamie Lidell. The collaboration has gained over 5 million plays on Spotify in a just over a month and is the start of a new chapter for A-Trak.

Big Grams

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Big Grams, the stellar collaboration of Big Boi + Phantogram, have shared the video for “Fell In The Sun” off their debut album BIG GRAMS. The video comes today exclusively via innovative file-sharing site WeTransfer. The striking video features the group performing amongst an array of elaborate lighting schemes and clever cinematography, simulating the trippy visual effect one often feels after staring into the sun for too long. Additionally, Big Grams debut album on Epic Records is now available on vinyl!

2015 has been a whirlwind year for Big Boi, Sarah Barthel and Josh Carter, the trio known as Big Grams. After dropping a celebrated debut in late September, Big Grams received over 4.3 millions streams on Spotify, performed on the Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and Jimmy Kimmel Live!, starred on the fall cover of FLOOD and had a pop-up shop in LA, made their live debut at Treasure Island Music Festival and are set to perform at the Atlanta Hawks game on November 7th, to be live-streamed via FOX.

Ocean Grid

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After much anticipation, six-man metalcore/post-hardcore outfit OCEAN GRID has finally released their new EP, ‘The Influence of Monsters.’ The group teamed up with New Noise Magazine to stream the EP in its entirety here!.

As a whole, OCEAN GRID stands behind a cause that they are personally connected to and truly passionate about. This comes through in all aspects of the project and is portrayed in their music, videos, artwork, and forthcoming non-for-profit. OCEAN GRID explains, “‘The Influence Of Monsters’ EP brings a positive light to all of the negativity that people deal with every single day, everything from depression and anxiety awareness, self-hurt and suicide prevention, and giving hope to those who are bullied and victimized due to any Monsters that they deal with on a daily basis.”

Mila DMNQ

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Milena Dominique (aka MILA DMNQ) is an Ecuadorian singer-songwriter from Orlando, Florida. She’s been singing her entire life but just recently started to compose and record her songs. Collaborating with Orlando artistic collective Studio 18 and multi-platinum producer Ayo, Milena is set to release four singles throughout Fall/Winter 2015. Her newest release “Throw It Back” is an Electronic Pop hybrid that will be stuck in your head for the next week.

Natasha

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Australian R&B singer,songwriter Natasha’s new song “Code Blue (Don’t Leave Me Cold)” takes you away from your lighthearted summer fling and into the realities of a cold, unrequited love. With lyrics like “please hold on tight/don’t leave me cold” and “free me from this room/hurry, hurry down the hallway” it transports you into a tumultuous, melodic ballad that you don’t want to step out of this wistful winter. Her movement “The New Renaissance” is an ode to her artistic love of the Renaissance era that aims to connect music with all forms of art while reflecting a desire for hope.

Natasha’s 2nd EP, “Into the Sun,” produced by Lady Gaga, Beyonce and Whitney Houston’s producer, Rob Fusari, is set to release November 2015. Jnay Sewell, writer of Alicia Keys’ “Empire State of Mind” and Andrea Martin, writer for Mary J Blige and Leona Lewis collaborated on Natasha’s 2nd EP. “Code Blue” follows the success of her critically acclaimed first EP, “Sending Out a Message” with a powerful anthem that demands your replay button’s attention.

Los Cenzontles

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Award winning group Los Cenzontles (The Mockingbirds) officially premiere the video “El Columpio”, from the single of their latest album ‘Alma Campirana’, on LATV.com today. This marks the third single with its corresponding video that the group presents from their latest highly anticipated album following the first two hit singles “La Rielera” and “Pelo de Oro”. “El Columpio” translates to “the swing” and it is about the ups and downs of life. It was composed by Cornelio Reyna and is a classic ranchera sung by many including Los Rieleros del Norte.

The video, which was directed by Tudor Stanley, was filmed in the recording studio Ninth Street Opus in Berkeley (California) where the album ‘Alma Campirana’ was also recorded. After having much success with their new release and winning a Silver Medal for the song ‘The Dreamer’ on behalf of the of the Global Music Awards, Los Cenzontles performed this past weekend in La Plaza de la Cultura y Artes in Los Angeles where they showcased the new songs of the album.

Los Cenzontles’ musical and cultural trajectory has earned them the respect and support of an impressive array of renowned artists including David Hidalgo (Los Lobos), Jackson Browne, Linda Ronstadt, Los Tigres del Norte, Ry Cooder, The Chieftains, Taj Mahal, and Saul Hernandez (Caifanes). To date Los Cenzontles has released 23 albums, three full-length documentaries and hundreds of videos.

The Bright Light Social Hour

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2016 Spring + Winter Tour Dates Announced!

Delighted to announce 2016 Winter + Spring Tour Dates, including select shows opening for Dr. Dog and Galactic! Full dates below

Tickets onsale NOW w/ reduced fees at tblsh.com/dates

But First – Fall tour rages on, with two weeks left in some amazing cities. Get your tix on and bring your booty shake!

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Nico and Vinz

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STREAM NICO & VINZ’ “SEAMLESS” EP CORNERSTONE AHEAD OF ITS RELEASE DATE

The Norwegian duo behind last year’s song of the summer “Am I Wrong” are back with a new EP out tomorrow, November 6th.

The 5-track EP follows Nico & Vinz’ successful full-length Black Star Elephant while taking a new spin on their signature sound, embracing pop, indie and dance for a flourishing, seamless fusion of genres.

The Wild Wild

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What does one say about a track that sounds like an instant hit? Does one focus on the fact that it’s great, hooky, memorable and brilliant? Or does one mention the fact it sounds like an electro/indie/pop anthem in the style of MGMT, Friendly Fires and Walk The Moon?

The Wild Wild is a one-man-band consisting of Benjamin Dunn, a lad who one day decided to escape Illinois and live freely along the beaches of California whilst searching for something more meaningful in his existence… And guess what… He found it somewhere along the Californian coast where the calling for music had awoken in him and hasn’t left since…

The Wild Wild’s new single is a demonstration of the electro pop anthem with the Temper Trap-like arrangements of drum beats, well executed grandiosity of pounding pedals and soaring vocals shadowed by drizzling synths. Sing flirts with both pop and rock ears and leaves a listener wanting more, and you know where it’s headed from the word ‘go’. Simply speaking it’s a great showcase of quality song writing and sonic creativity in a classy electro/indie/pop bundle, which will be out on The Wild Wild’s debut LP Friday 22nd January 2016.

Chelsea Lankes

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Los Angeles singer/songwriter Chelsea Lankes has had a whirlwind 2015, starting with two polished pop tunes “Down For Whatever” and “Too Young To Fall In Love,” a cover of one of Mötley Crüe’s earlier singles and deeper cuts. In addition, Chelsea also teamed up with Chance The Rapper to write a song for his VICE short film “Mr. Happy” as well as being the featured vocalist on RAC’s “Can’t Forget You.” With early radio support from KCRW, KXRN, and 98.7FM KYSR in Los Angeles, as well as a nod from Spotify in their New Music Playlist series, it’s safe to say that Chelsea is having a good year.

Now as 2015 comes to a close Chelsea is being featured as a BCBG “GenGirl” as she gears up for her anticipated EP in 2016 on B3SCI Records. ​In the mean time, Chelsea rounds out the year with a new track called “Home” today. ​ ​“Home” is the latest unshakeable pop gem from Texas-bred songstress Chelsea Lankes, whose not-so-shy alto floats effortlessly over a bed of twinkling electronics, as she admits “I’ve been told that I’m restless, I’ve been hurting like hell.” The tune’s frank message blooms on the pre-chorus when Lankes doubles her pace, breathily cooing, “Saw what I had broken, you put it in place, yeah I know.” But the track hits its stride fully on the larger-than-life chorus that once again showcases Lankes’ true pop star swagger, as she surrenders to the object of her affection on the hook, “now I can see, you’re my home.”​​

Elliot Maginot

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Montreal-based Elliot Maginot unveils new video for Survival, new single from his debut full length YOUNG/OLD/EVERYTHING.IN.BETWEEN produced by Jace Lasek (Besnard Lakes, Suuns). The song registers in Maginot’s peculiar brand of atmospheric folk, although the melody reveals this time a sense of urgency and spontaneity Pierre-Luc Racine, the director, was able to capture in a beautifully shot video. A brilliant and mesmerizing piece.

NEW TOUR DATES

Ever since his first album’s release only nine months ago, the singer songwriter has made his music travel across borders. With shows in San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York and a stint in France, Maginot is now getting ready to support Coeur de pirate’s Europe tour and also be part of Paris’ Festival Aurores. Building on this international reach, he will also be part of M for Montreal’s opening night on November 18 to charm industry delegates and fans alike following his two sold out shows this summer at Montreal’s International Jazz Festival.

TOUR DATES

01/11 – Jean-Jacques Bertrand, Farnham (avec Les Soeurs Boulay)
13/11 – Maison de la culture, Waterloo (avec Guillaume Beauregard)
14/11 – Grange du Presbytère, Stoneham
18/11 – Théâtre Rialto, M for Montréal (avec The Franklin Electric / Milk & Bone)
26/11 – Théâtre Fémina – Bordeaux (avec Coeur de pirate)
27/11 – Coopérative de Mai – Clermont-Ferrand (avec Coeur de pirate)
28/11 – Pop in – Paris (avec Carols)
03/12 – Bars en Trans – Rennes (avec Jesse Mac Cormack
04/12 – Le 106 – Rouen (avec Coeur de pirate)
05/12 – La Carène – Brest (avec Coeur de pirate)
09/12 – Le Kraspek – Lyon
10/12 – La Maison Sage – Paris
11/12 – Festival Aurores Montréal – Paris
12/12- Festival Aurores Montréal – Paris (avec Misteur Valaire)
17/12 – Alec & Gerard Pelletier, Sutton (avec Foreign Diplomats)
18/12 – Moulin Michel de Gentilly, Bécancour
19/12 – Théâtre Petit Champlain, Québec (avec Foreign Diplomats)
19/02/2016 – L’Astral, Montréal en Lumière (avec Jesse Mac Cormack)

Astrid

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Norwegian indie-pop darling and recent MTV EMA Award winner Astrid S premieres her highly anticipated “Hyde” music video this week on The FADER this week. The music video, starring Astrid and highly acclaimed contemporary dancer/actor Viktor Leifsson as Hyde, was shot in stunning surroundings in Reykjavik, Iceland earlier this fall and was directed by Hörður Sveinsson and Helgi Jóhannsson and produced by Atli Viðar Þorsteinsson.

“My second music video! We shot it in this beautiful house, and outside around Reykjavik in the beautiful surroundings. We used a lot of mirrors, which helped me convey the message about a person transforming into another person. It was such a cool experience to record my video on Iceland, and also with a dancer and a big film crew. Everyone was so professional and nice that everything felt like a dream (except from swimming in the ice cold water. Brrr). I hope you like it! – Astrid S

The track, produced by the raging popular Lido (The Weeknd, Alt-J, Bastille, Banks) and co-produced by the Swedish duo Cal Maui & Blisse, has already received wide critical acclaim and jumped into the top 7 on the Spotify charts in her Astrid’s native country Norway, while achieving substantial viral chart positions in other territories including the US, UK, Canada and the Nordics.

“Hyde” represents the first new music from Astrid S since her debut hit single “2AM” and her appearance on Avicii’s July 2015 “Waiting For Love” remix EP. After releasing “2AM”, Astrid has reached double platinum status in Norway, has had more than 20 million worldwide streams on Spotify, sold out her first Norwegian club tour and has been officially remixed by hot producer Matoma, amongst others. This fall she won her first MTV EMA award as Best Norwegian Act.

(Photo credit: Hordur Sveinsson)

Basecamp, Del the Funky Homosapien and Billie Black

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Nashville electronic trio BASECAMP premieres the sleek and sexy “In My Veins,” featuring Del the Funky Homosapien and Billie Black, today. BASECAMP will release In My Veins, their two-song digital single out via Red Bull Sound Select on November 13th. In My Veins features additional production by the acclaimed British soul musician Jamie Lidell.

BASECAMP will open for iLoveMakonnen on November 28 at Los Angeles’ Mack Sennett Studios as part of Red Bull Sound Select Presents: 30 Days in LA.

RED

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GRAMMY® NOMINATED ROCK BAND RED RECEIVES RIAA® GOLD CERTIFICATION FOR SINGLE “BREATHE INTO ME”
TOUR UPDATE: RED FINISHES HEADLINE TOUR “REDvolution;”
ANNOUNCED FOR WINTER JAM 2016

GRAMMY® nominated rock band RED (Essential Records) received a RIAA Gold Certification for their single “Breathe Into Me” from their album, End of Silence. This honor comes on the heels of their sixth GMA Dove Award win for “Rock Album of the Year” for their recent release, of Beauty and Rage (2015). Known for their intense live show, RED concluded the month-long run of their headline branded “REDvolution” tour on last week in Nashville at Rocketown with special guests Capital Kings, Tedashii and Wolves At The Gate. Also announced recently, RED will be on the 2016 spring Winter Jam tour hitting more than 45 arenas and stadiums across the country. For a complete list of the remaining 2015 RED tour dates along with their upcoming Winter Jam shows.

RED tour dates
12/27 – Branson, MO (Winter Xtreme Conference)
12/28 – Gatlinburg, TN (Winter Xtreme Conference)
12/29 – Gatlinburg, TN (Winter Xtreme Conference)
12/31 – Galtinburg, TN (Winter Xtreme Conference)
1/02 – Charleston, WV (Winter Jam Tour Spectacular)
1/03 – Grand Rapids, MI (Winter Jam Tour Spectacular)
1/07 – Reading, PA (Winter Jam Tour Spectacular)
1/08 – University Park, PA (Winter Jam Tour Spectacular)
1/09 – Columbus, OH (Winter Jam Tour Spectacular)
1/10 – Chattanooga, TN (Winter Jam Tour Spectacular)
1/15 – Jacksonville, FL (Winter Jam Tour Spectacular)
1/16 – Tampa, FL (Winter Jam Tour Spectacular)
1/17 – Sunrise, FL (Winter Jam Tour Spectacular)
1/21 – Council Bluffs, IA (Winter Jam Tour Spectacular)
1/22 – Des Moines, IA (Winter Jam Tour Spectacular)
1/23 – St. Louis, MO (Winter Jam Tour Spectacular)
1/24 – Kansas City, MO (Winter Jam Tour Spectacular)
1/28 – Evansville, IN (Winter Jam Tour Spectacular)
1/29 – Chicago, IL (Winter Jam Tour Spectacular)
1/30 – Pittsburgh, PA (Winter Jam Tour Spectacular)
1/31 – Auburn Hills, MI (Winter Jam Tour Spectacular)
2/04 – Mobile, AL (Winter Jam Tour Spectacular)
2/05 – Nashville, TN (Winter Jam Tour Spectacular)
2/06 – Atlanta, GA (Winter Jam Tour Spectacular)
2/11 – Augusta, GA (Winter Jam Tour Spectacular)
2/12 – Greenville, SC (Winter Jam Tour Spectacular)

2/13 – Knoxville, TN (Winter Jam Tour Spectacular)
2/14 – Fairfax, VA (Winter Jam Tour Spectacular)
2/18 – Fort Wayne, IN (Winter Jam Tour Spectacular)
2/19 – Cincinnati, OH (Winter Jam Tour Spectacular)
2/20 – Lexington, KY (Winter Jam Tour Spectacular)
2/21 – Cleveland, OH (Winter Jam Tour Spectacular)
2/26 – Columbia, SC (Winter Jam Tour Spectacular)
2/27 – Greensboro, NC (Winter Jam Tour Spectacular)
2/28 – Norfolk, VA (Winter Jam Tour Spectacular)
3/04 – Houston, TX (Winter Jam Tour Spectacular)
3/05 – Memphis, TN (Winter Jam Tour Spectacular)
3/06 – Bossier City, LA (Winter Jam Tour Spectacular)
3/10 – Springfield, MO (Winter Jam Tour Spectacular)
3/11 – Wichita, KS (Winter Jam Tour Spectacular)
3/12 – Oklahoma City, OK (Winter Jam Tour Spectacular)
3/13 – Tulsa, OK (Winter Jam Tour Spectacular)
3/18 – Indianapolis, IN (Winter Jam Tour Spectacular)
3/19 – Birmingham, AL (Winter Jam Tour Spectacular)
3/20 – Peoria, IL (Winter Jam Tour Spectacular)
3/24 – Roanoke, VA (Winter Jam Tour Spectacular)
3/25 – Raleigh, NC (Winter Jam Tour Spectacular)
3/26 – Charlotte, NC (Winter Jam Tour Spectacular)
3/31 – Tupelo, MS (Winter Jam Tour Spectacular)
4/01 – New Orleans, LA (Winter Jam Tour Spectacular)
4/02 – Little Rock, AR (Winter Jam Tour Spectacular)
4/03 – Louisville, KY (Winter Jam Tour Spectacular)

Photo Credit: Andrew Fore

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