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!
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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.
Electronic dance music (EDM) has been popular across the globe for years. In Europe, countries ranging from Belgium and Norway to Sweden and the United Kingdom became hotspots for some of the best DJs and producers in the world. Yet despite the popularity globally, EDM has only caught on in the U.S. in the last few years.
Although the U.S. was slow to get on board the EDM train, it has spread like wildfire, as evidenced by the fact that in 2012, the dance event Sensation is coming to the United States for the first time. The two-day dance party is slated for October 26 and 27, when it will hit the Barclays Center in New York. Given the event's track record across the globe, it's safe to say the Big Apple won't know what hit it.
Sensation can trace its roots back to more than a decade when it got its start in the Netherlands. From small beginnings, it quickly grew into something much larger. With everyone in attendance decked out in white, Sensation became one of the most popular house events in the country and by 2005, it had expanded to Belgium and Germany.
Eventually, Sensation established a presence in a number of other countries throughout Europe while attracting big-name DJs such as David Guetta, Tiesto, the Swedish House Mafia, Sebastian Ingrosso and Paul van Dyk - just to name a few.
While the lineup for the U.S. leg of the tour has yet to be announced, one look at the other Sensation events in Europe offer a glimpse into what you can expect if you make the trip to New York.
Earlier this summer, Sensation made a stop in St. Petersburg, Russia, and the experience would be one even the most grizzled dubstep veteran could appreciate. Heavy hitters in the EDM world Eric Prydz and Avicii both took the stage at SKK arena, and they surely spun a show to remember.
Will the U.S. ever catch up to its overseas counterparts in terms of EDM? That's hard to say, but landing an impressive dance event like Sensation is a good start. With homegrown events as the Ultra Music Festival and Electric Daisy Carnival attracting hundreds of thousands of attendees, it's safe to say the U.S. is well on its way.
Throughout the lengthy history of tennis, there have been many periods that seemed to define the sport. Jimmy Connors, John McEnroe and Bjorn Borg dominated the 1970s and 80s, while Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi claimed the 1990s. But despite all the great tennis that's been played over the years, right now the sport is arguably seeing some of the best tennis ever played, and one look at the great players dominating the court is the only proof you need.
In men's tennis, the last decade has belonged solely to Roger Federer. The Swiss star has brought a level of greatness to the sport that few people have seen anywhere else. One look at his stats as of July 2012 is all the convincing you'll need: 75 career wins, 17 Grand Slam titles, a record number of weeks spent as the world's number one ranked player and an Olympic gold medal. Perhaps the most impressive piece; he's only 30.
While Federer has brought the sport to new levels, he's done it competing against one of the best clay court players of all time in Rafael Nadal. The Spaniard has arguably been Federer's greatest rival over the last five or six years and has captured an impressive seven French Open titles, along with four other Grand Slam crowns.
Both Federer and Nadal have been challenged as of late by Novak Djokovic, who is poised to be the future of men's tennis. Just 25, Djokovic is one of the best young players in the game and already has five Grand Slam titles, including three Australian Open wins. If anybody is to unseat Federer as the greatest the game has seen - it could be Djokovic.
But it's not just the men's players that make this arguably the most exciting period in tennis history. There are many talented women's players that have helped revolutionize the sport, including Serena Williams, who has been winning tournaments for over 10 years despite taking lengthy absences from the sport. In fact, she has won three of the last four Wimbledon tournaments and her strength has forced other players to change the way they approach the game.
Of course, Williams isn't the only woman playing great tennis. Maria Sharapova, who burst on the scene at 17 when she won her first Wimbledon, has helped bring the sport to a whole new level of popularity. Regardless of who is playing where, the best is when all of tennis folds together beautifully into the U.S. Open for every player at every level to take to the courts. U.S. Open Tennis is a sight to behold for anyone attending the two-weeks of game and gala.
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When the Red Hot Chili Peppers first burst on the pop music scene in the late 1980s, they were unlike anything anybody had ever seen. With a frenzied energy led by frontman Anthony Keidis and a sound that mixed funk, rap and rock, they hopped on stage wearing nothing but tube socks on their private parts and changed the game.
The original lineup of the Chili Peppers, led by Kiedis and bassist Flea, played throughout California during much of the mid-80s, but it was not until guitarist John Frusciante joined the band in the latter half of the decade that their career began to take off.
In 1989, the band released Mother's Milk, their first album with Frusciante on guitar and Chad Smith on the drums. The foursome proved to be the formula for success, as the album was a substantial hit thanks in large part to its cover of the Stevie Wonder track "Higher Ground" along with the funk-infused single "Good Time Boys." Over the next several years, RHCP became known for their one-of-a-kind live shows that not only featured unmatched energy, but often included Flea playing on stage with nothing but his bass covering him in all his glory.
The Chili Peppers became a household name with the release of Blood Sugar Sex Magik in 1991. The album, a critical success, included what remain some of their best hits such as "Give it Away," "Breaking the Girl," "Suck My Kiss" and "Under the Bridge," which unquestionably remains the band's anthem. "Give it Away" highlighted the band's alternative rapping style that Kiedis is known for.
Despite the success, Frusciante left the band due to personal struggles and in his absence, it was hard to recreate the talent and soul he brought to the band. After making it through the 90s, Frusciante rejoined the band at the end of the decade just in time to help them release their much-heralded comeback, 1999's Californication.
Californication marked a new era for the band and included some of their most commercially successful tunes. Along with the album's title track, "Scar Tissue," "Otherside" and "Road Trippin" all were substantial hits.
During the 2000s, few rock bands were bigger than the Chili Peppers. Along with Californication, 2002's By The Way remains an underappreciated masterpiece while the 2005 double album Stadium Arcadium was one of the most ambitious projects of the decade. The 2011 effort I'm With You marks the band's tenth studio album and represents a whole new starting point.
Though Frusciante has since left the band to pursue a solo career, the core of the band (Kiedis, Smith and Flea) remains steady, and with the talented Josh Klinghoffer in Frusciante's stead, the recent Rock 'n Roll Hall of Fame inductees are hitting the road (and the air) to tour throughout Europe and the United States. So whether you reside in Gelsenkirchen, Germany; Sofia, Bulgaria or Houston, Texas, check out the RHCP's tour schedule and see when the legends are hittin' up a venue near you so that you can grab your Red Hot Chili Pepper concert tickets now.
The calendar has flipped to August, and that means one thing - college football is close at hand. This season will likely feature most of the familiar faces from the last decade, with teams like defending champ Alabama, runner up LSU and perennial powerhouse Oklahoma all set for big years. However, that doesn't mean the season won't be full of intriguing storylines. Here's a look at what to keep an eye on as the college football season progresses.
Urban Meyer's return
Urban Meyer left the University of Florida in 2010 after guiding the Gators to two national championships in five years. After a two year absence, Meyer makes his return to college football to helm an Ohio State program coming off a tumultuous season. Will he be able to return the Buckeyes to their previous Big Ten domination?
It won't be an easy task, as the Buckeyes have to sit out the postseason this year due to NCAA sanctions. However, they do return a number of talented players from last year's squad including quarterback Braxton Miller, who is looking to build off a solid freshman campaign in 2011.
Conference realignment abounds
The biggest news to hit college football in recent years has been the number of schools switching conferences. Many of the changes won't happen until next season (including Pittsburgh and Syracuse to the ACC), but some teams are making their debuts this season.
For starters, longtime Big East member West Virginia will be making the move to the Big 12, where some experts are predicting big things for the Mountaineers. TCU, who has made waves in the smaller conferences, will also be making the switch to the Big 12. Additionally, former Big 12 members Texas A&M and Missouri are making the switch to the super-competitive SEC.
Can anyone unseat the SEC?
The SEC has unquestionably been the most dominant conference in the country this past decade. The last six national champions have come from the conference, and last year's BCS Title Game featured two teams from the SEC (Alabama and LSU). Pre-season polls have the Crimson Tide and the Tigers in the 1-2 spot once again, will anybody be able to knock them off their pedestal?
Most fans' money is on USC. The Trojans, coming off a year where they were banned from the postseason, are poised for big things. Led by standout quarterback Matt Barkley, head coach Lane Kiffin is expected to make a run at the SEC this year.
Even before Christopher Nolan gave Batman a reboot with his critically acclaimed "Dark Knight" trilogy, the Caped Crusader already had risen to iconic status. Regardless of who played Batman, whether it be the campy turn of Adam West, the over-the-top portrayal by Val Kilmer or the more pensive slant offered by Christian Bale, the hooded crime-fighter still retains a place in pop culture history.
The story of Batman has been told in various types of media including movies, TV series, video games and even cartoons, but it got a new look when Batman Live launched last summer. The stage show proved to be quite popular upon its initial release and has been making its way around the globe ever since.
Batman Live offers a bit more of a unique glimpse into the story of Bruce Wayne and his secret identity. Much like how Nolan's "Batman Begins" examines his origins, Batman Live looks at how the crime fighter came to be, starting with the murder of his parents at the hands of masked gangsters.
Once he has transformed into Batman, Bruce Wayne becomes the guardian of Dick Grayson, whose parents were also murdered much like his own. Eventually, Bruce shares his secret identity with Dick, and the two team up to form Batman and Robin.
But our heroes are not the only ones with plenty of stage time in Batman Live. After all, what would the Dynamic Duo be without a long list of villains? Although the main antagonist is The Joker, fans will see everyone including Catwoman, the Riddler, the Penguin, Poison Ivy, Two-Face and Scarecrow, just to name a few.
Each production of Batman has added its own unique take on the character, whether it be Tim Burton's darkly comical version or George Clooney's more tongue-in-cheek portrayal. Batman Live also offers an unusual twist on the story by adding a few elements audiences have never seen before.
Where TV, movies and video games all focus on action, Batman Live includes more theatrical and circus elements to create a stage show that rivals similar productions such as Cirque du Soleil.
It's always good to reinvent longstanding stories, and Batman Live certainly does just that. While it provides a new look at the Caped Crusader, it still holds all the appeal of the comic book hero. The international hit had its world premier in Manchester, England, and will begin its United States tour on September 5, 2012. Debuting at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California, the acrobatics packed show will feature many of the original supporting cast members on its U.S. leg, including celebrated performer Stefan Dermendjiev. Having originally trained as a circus performer in his native Bulgaria, Dermendjiev is known for his strength high-level of acrobatic skill. He brings to the U.S. tour the experience of the whole European tour.
Whether you are looking for family fun or a date night attraction, set your sights on this amazing show! Purchase your Batman Live tickets now!
The 100 game mark came and went last week, and so far this baseball season has been anything but ordinary. Although there are some teams and players that have performed as expected, many pre-season predictions proved to be way off base. As the season reaches the home-stretch, here's a look at some of the most surprising storylines of this year.
Pittsburgh Pirates in contention
Without question, the stellar play of the Pittsburgh Pirates is the biggest surprise of the 2012 season. Coming into the year, the Pirates had achieved one of the all-time most dubious honors in sports: they had suffered through 19 consecutive losing seasons dating back to 1993, but all that has changed.
Led by the exciting play of center fielder Andrew McCutchen (the presumptive National League MVP), the Bucs have risen to become among the best teams in the league and are challenging the Cincinnati Reds for the NL Central crown with less than 60 games to go. Whether they make the playoffs or not, it's clear the era of futility is behind these Pirates.
Young talent abounds
The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim made waves this offseason by signing free agent Albert Pujols, but it is someone else who has made the biggest splash. Rookie outfielder Mike Trout, just 21-years-old, is expected to not only be the American League Rookie of the Year but also the MVP. As of August 6, he was hitting .346, with 19 home runs and 58 RBI, and with his stellar defense it is hard to argue.
Trout is not the only youngster bringing his team into playoff contention. Over in the NL, Washington Nationals wunderkind Bryce Harper has been turning heads since he first burst into the league. Just 19, what Harper has brought to the Nationals is undeniable and the former bottom dwellers of the NL East have staked a commanding lead.
Good teams gone bad
At the beginning of the season, most fans assumed both the Boston Red Sox and Philadelphia Phillies would be in the playoff hunt. Though both were not World Series favorites, they had enough talent to be in the conversation. However, after the 100 game mark, both these teams are nowhere near playoff contention.
Both teams have been plagued by injuries, with Chase Utley, Ryan Howard and Roy Halladay all missing time for the Phillies while David Ortiz, Dustin Pedroia and Carl Crawford sitting out for the Sox. As a result, the Phils are well below .500 and in last place while the Sox have been hovering around .500 and are well behind rival New York Yankees. Washington Nationals.