Lollapalooza 2015 set to rock Chicago once again

30. July 2015 09:18 by Julie Merar in Music   //  Tags:   //   Comments ()

 

Another summer is settling in Chicago and that can only mean one thing to music lovers: Another rambunctious weekend of Lollapalooza. Every first weekend of August brings hundreds of thousands of people to Grant Park, where attendees are treated to one of the most eclectic lineups of any festival operating today. This year is no exception, as Lollapalooza 2015 will feature everyone from some of the most legendary names in rock and roll to the latest up-and-comers in pop, hip-hop and EDM.

Icons set to take the stage
The first two nights of the weekend will be closed out by two acts that are both in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for revolutionizing their respected genres. It's not too often that festival attendees are treated to seeing an original Beatles member, but those in the crowd on Friday night will be serenaded by none other than Sir Paul McCartney. McCartney is not known to make too many festival appearances, but he'll be sure to make the most of this performance by rocking through one timeless tune after another.

While McCartney is making his Lollapalooza debut, it's been nearly 20 years since metal pioneers Metallica last headlined the festival. They will be thrashing the main stage on Saturday night, in what's sure to be the most rocking, and probably loudest, set of the entire festival.

Newcomers aplenty
The legends may be taking most of the spotlight this year, but it's the incredibly talented undercard of this year's Lollapalooza lineup that makes it one of the most memorable renditions in recent years. Many attendees will have to make tough decisions on who to see, as there are plenty of schedule conflicts. The Weeknd, one of the latest artists to take over today's R&B landscape, has been paired against McCartney on Friday night while recent Grammy winner Sam Smith will have to perform the same time as Metallica on Saturday night. Other notable acts that have garnered much acclaim and buzz in recent years include Tame Impala, alt-J, Alabama Shakes, Florence and the Machine, Father John Misty and much more. While three-day passes for the weekend have sold out, there are still plenty of one-day Lollapalooza tickets available for those eager to witness what will surely be one of the most eventful festivals of 2015.

Jeff Dunham gearing up for new TV special

29. July 2015 10:30 by Julie Merar in Theater  //  Tags:   //   Comments ()

The man who not only single-handedly brought back the art of ventriloquism but also turned his act into one of the highest-grossing comedy tours in the past decade is now preparing to tape his first ever hour-long special for primetime network television. Jeff Dunham has experienced an illustrious career spanning for nearly four different decades, in which audiences have witnessed the evolution of his many puppet characters transform Dunham into a household name. Now, the comedian is all set to achieve another milestone, as he ventures into realms of network television.

 

Dunham going Hollywood
The title of Dunham's upcoming special is currently set as "Jeff Dunham: Unhinged in Hollywood," and is scheduled to tape on August 19 at the famous Dolby Theater in Los Angeles. The hour-long special will be broadcast on September 17, and is looking to showcase more of a variety hour format, obviously demonstrating Dunham's ventriloquist talent. Dunham recently issued a statement confirming his involvement in the special as well as displaying his excitement for the once-in-a-lifetime project.

"NBC has been very good to me over the years, and it's a true honor to have a special on the network," Dunham said in a press release. "Walter said he's looking forward to performing again in the showbiz/divorce capital of the world."

The whole puppet gang will be on hand to join in the comedy extravaganza, including Walter, the grumpy old man, Peanut, the hyper imaginary animal and Bubba J, the NASCAR-loving, outspoken southern gentlemen. There have even been a few guest appearances announced for the special, including fellow funnyman and SNL alumni Chris Parnell, country music icon Brad Paisley and as ex-UFC fighting champion Chuck Liddell. Other sources have alluded to the program featuring new stand-up material from Dunham, as well as some behind-the-scenes features and exclusive interviews with some of Dunham's more well-known puppets.

Plenty of shows still available
While you can wait it out to watch the comedy spectacle unfold on NBC on September 17, there are still dozens of performance Dunham has lined up for the rest of the year. In addition to tickets being available to the tapings at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles, Dunham will be performing at the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino up until early October.

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