Made in America Festival is Heatin' up Philly!

31. August 2012 12:36 by Julie Merar in Music   //  Tags: , , ,   //   Comments ()

With a rich history, four professional sports teams and a thriving entertainment scene, it has always been curious why Philadelphia was not home to a standout music event. That's about to change, as the Made in America Festival is set to come to City of Brotherly Love on September 1 and 2.

Anybody who picks up Made in America Festival tickets will be in for a treat. The two-day festival has attracted some of the biggest names in the music industry, and there is something for just about everyone. Held along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, the first day of the event includes performances from the likes of Jay-Z, Skrillex, Passion Pit and Gary Clark, Jr.

While the first day is impressive, the second day more than keeps the momentum going. The closing performances include Pearl Jam, who is still rocking more than 20 years after bringing grunge to the pop scene. Fellow rock superstar Chris Cornell will also be performing along with up-and-comers Drake, Jill Scott and DJ Shadow.

While the talent may be the main attraction at the festival, there are so many more interesting points that make Made in America Festival a first-class event. The scene will be uber-green with recycling programs and other green initiatives. On the grounds will be a free filtered water program, mobile phone charging stations and gourmet food trucks … though you could get standard fare grub if that's what you're craving.

Though it's young compared to other festivals such as Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo and Coachella, there's no doubting the Made In America Festival will be a big success. If you haven't figured out what you are doing for the holiday weekend just yet, hit up the fest. Already have plans? Well then cancel them and head to Philly for a little holiday weekend phun!

Top 5 Hottest College Football Tickets

29. August 2012 14:02 by Julie Merar in Football , Sports   //  Tags: , ,   //   Comments ()

I know it's that time of year and you know it's that time of year … so break out your favorite gear to your alma mater and show a little school spirit! College football is heating up, and here are the top five games trending at TicketsNow:

Seems like all the real college football fans are already snatching up their game tickets. Consider yourself one do you? Then click on over to TicketsNow and show your alma mater the lovin' it deserves!

What's Up on The Green?

27. August 2012 14:13 by TicketsNow in Sports   //  Tags: ,   //   Comments ()

When 23-year-old golfing phenom Rory McIlroy won the U.S. Open in dominant fashion last year, some wondered whether the Northern Irishman would be a flash-in-the-pan or if he could challenge Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods on the all-time majors list. After his performance at the PGA Championship, it looks like many people have found their answer.

McIlroy won the fourth and final major of the year by an impressive eight strokes, capping off his sterling final round with a length birdie putt to finish at 13-under par. David Lynn was second at 5-under, while Justin Rose, Keegan Bradley, Ian Poulter and Karl Pettersson were all tied for a distant third at 4-under.

Watching McIlroy dominate the ocean course at Kiawah Island Resort was truly a thing of beauty. His final round 66 featured six birdies and no bogeys, and despite entering the final round with a lead he did not let the mounting pressure get to him, even when Poulter charged hard out of the gate. He striped drive after drive down the fairway, making birdie putts when he could and saving par when he had to.

Aside from allowing McIlroy to reclaim the number one spot in the world rankings, his victory at the PGA is important for a number of reasons. Chiefly, it may be indicative of a changing of the guard atop the golf world. Many fans have been looking for someone to serve as the heir apparent to Woods now that the 14-time major winner continues to struggle, and McIlroy seems to be the guy. McIlroy, at 23, is younger than Tiger was when he won his second major and is clearly not intimated by him.

On the flip side, what could this mean for Tiger? While he has certainly made strides in his game, entering into the weekend of the 2012 PGA Championship with the lead (the second time in a major for this year), it was once again the weekend that hurt his chances as he finished 11th. He struggled to sink easily makeable birdie putts on Saturday and Sunday of the championship, and by the time he teed off for his final round, he would have needed a miracle to catch McIlroy.

Now, with the final major out of the way, the golf season moves forward with its sights set on the 2012 Ryder Cup, which is set for September 28 through 30 at Medinah Country Club in Illinois.

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