ON TOUR: A GUIDE TO 2015'S COUNTRY MUSIC'S BIGGEST STAR'S TOUR DATES SUMMER EDITION (PART 3)

Chris Young
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(gactv.com)
June 18th- Trail Ends Concert Park (Sheridan, WY) 
June 20th- Moondance Festival (Walker, MN) 
June 25th- Innsbrook Pavilion (Glen Allen, VA) 
June 26th- Big Barrel Country Festival (Dover, DE) 
June 27th- Whitaker Bank Ballpark (Lexington, KY) 
July 2nd- Fair St. Louis (St. Louis, MO) 
July 4th- Buffalo Hill Village (Varysburg, NY) 
July 5th- Three Rivers Regatta (Pittsburgh, PA) 
July 9th- Country Concert at Hickory Hill Lakes (Ft. Laramie, OH) 
July 10th- Centennial Terrace (Sylvania, OH)
July 11th- Windy City Smokeout (Chicago, IL)
July 12th- Hodag Country Festival (Rhinelander, WI)
July 16th- Theater at Westbury (Westbury, NY)
July 17th- Sherman Summer Stage at Mr. Airy Casino (Mt. Pocono, PA)
July 18th- Indian Ranch (Webster, MA)
July 19th- Provident Bank Park (Pomona, NY) 
July 24th- Guthrie's River Ruckus (Guthrie Center, IA) 
July 25th- Coldspring Brewing Company (Cold Spring, MN) 
July 31st- Big Valley Jamboree (Camrose, AB)  
August 1st- Rockin' River Music Festival (Merritt, BC)
August 2nd- Gorge Amphitheater (Quincy, WA)
August 7th- Bootheel Rodeo (Sikestone, MO)
August 8th- Wisconsin State Fair Park (West Allis, WI)
August 13th- Pacific Amphitheater (Costa Mesa, CA) 
August 14th- Emerald Queen Casino (Tacma, WA)
August 16th- Willamette Country Music Festival (Brownsville, OR)
August 20th- Motor Mile Speedway (Radford, VA)
August 21st- Pancho Villa Pavilion (Fredericksburg, VA)
August 22nd- Cuyahoga Country Fairgrounds (Berea, OH)
August 27th- Genesee County Fair (Mount Morris, MI)
August 28th- Emmet-Charlevoix County Fair (Petoskey, MI)
August 29th- City of Elizabethtown Summer Concert (Elizabethtown, KY)
August 30th- Hulman Center at Indiana State University (Terre Haute, IN)

Jason Aldean
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(metrolyrics.com)
June 20th- Lambeau Field (Green Bay, WI) 
June 27th- CenturyLink Field (Seattle, WA)  
July 9th- RBC Royal Bank Blyesfest (Ottawa, ON) 
July 11th- Scotiabank Saddledome (Caligary, AB) 
July 12th- Craven Country Jamboree (Craven, SK)
July 17th- First Midwest Bank Amphitheater (Tinley Park, IL)
July 18th & 19th- Target Field (Minneapolis, MN)  
July 24th- California Mid-State Fair (Paso Robles, CA)
July 25th- Rose Bowl (Pasadena, CA)
August 1st- Arrowhead Stadium (Kansas City, MO)
August 8th- Sports Authority Field at Mile High (Denver, CO)
August 13th- Darien Lake Performing Arts Center (Darien Center, NY)
August 14th- Delaware Junction Festival (Harrington, DE)
August 15th- MetLifeStadium (East Rutherford, NJ)
August 21st- Klipsch Music Center (Indianapolis, IN)
August 22nd- Hollywood Casino Amphitheater (St. Louis, MO)
August 23rd- Riverbend Music Center (Cincinnati, OH)
August 28th & 29th- Gillette Stadium (Foxborough, MA)
September 3rd- Farm Bureau Live (Virginia Beach, VA)
September 4th- PNC Music Pavilion (Charlotte, NC)
September 5th- Walnut Creek Amphitheater (Raleigh, NC)
September 10th- The Pavilion at Montage Mountain (Scranton, PA)
September 11th- First Niagara Pavilion (Pittsburgh, PA)
September 12th- Jiffy Lube Live (Washington, DC)
September 17th- Molson Amphitheater (Toronto, ON)
September 18th- DTE Energy Music Theater (Clarkston, MI)
September 19th- Blossom Music Center (Cleveland, OH)
September 24th- United Supermarkets Arena (Lubbock, TX)
September 25th- Pan American Center (Las Cruces, NM)
September 26th- Rogers Arena (Vancouver, BC)

Shania Twain
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(billboard.com)
June 15th- MTS Centre (Winnipeg, Canada)
June 19th & 20th- Budweiser Gardens (London, Canada) 
June 22nd- First Ontario Centre (Hamilton, Canada)
June 24th & 25th- Air Canada Centre (Toronto, Canada)
June 27th- Wesley Clover Field (Nepean, Canada)
June 28th- Cente Bell (Montreal, Canada)
June 30th- Madison Square Garden (New York, NY)
July 1st- Nassau Coliseum (Uniondale, NY)
July 3rd- Mohegan Sun Arena (Uncasville, CT)
July 7th- Prudential Center (Newark, NJ)
July 8th- TD Garden (Boston, MA)
July 10th- Consol Energy Center (Pittsburgh, PA)
July 11th- Van Andel Arena (Grand Rapids, MI)
July 13th- Bankers Life Fieldhouse (Indianapolis, IN)
July 15th- Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena (Jacksonville, FL)
July 16th- American Airlines Arena (Miami, FL)
July 18th- Bon Secours Wellness Arena (Greenville, SC)
July 19th- Time Warner Cable Arena (Charlotte, NC)
July 21st- Verizon Center (Washington, DC)
July 22nd- Wells Fargo Center (Philadelphia, PA)
July 25th- Palace of Auburn Hills (Auburn Hills, MI)
July 26th- I Wireless Center (Moline, IL)
July 28th- Target Center (Minneapolis, MN)
July 29th- Allstate Arena (Rosemont, IL)
July 31st- Bridgestone Arena (Nashville, TN)
August 1st- Philips Arena (Atlanta, GA)
August 3rd- KFC Yum! Center (Louisville, KY)
August 4th- Scottrade Center (St. Louis, MO)
August 6th- Wells Fargo Arena (Des Moines, IA)
August 7th- Sprint Center (Kansas City, MO)
August 9th- Frank Erwin Center (Austin, TX)
August 10th- Chesapeake Energy Arena (Oklahoma City, OK)
August 14th- Pepsi Center (Denver, CO)
August 15th- Energy Solutions Arena (Salt Lake City, UT)
August 17th- SAP Center (San Jose, CA) 
August 19th- Honda Center (Anaheim, CA)
August 20th- Staples Center (Los Angeles, CA)
August 22nd- Valley View Casino Center (San Diego, CA)
August 23rd- Save Mart Center (Fresno, CA)
September 12th- Spokane Arena (Spokane, WA)
September 13th- Moda Center at the Rose Quarter (Portland, OR)

LeAnn Rimes
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(usatoday.com)
June 13th- Wild Adventures Theme Park (Valdosta, GA)
June 26th- Bud Country Fever (Grande Prairie, AB)
June 27th- Canadian Rockies International Rodeo & Music Festival (Strathmore, AB)
June 28th- St. Louis Pride Festival (St. Louis, MO) 
July 3rd- Moapa Palute Travel Plaza (Moapa, NV)
July 31st- Hollywood Casino (Charles Town, WV)
August 2nd- Caesars Atlantic City (Atlantic City, NJ)
August 13th- All Ohio Balloon Festival (Marysville, OH)
August 22nd- Embarcadero Marina Park South (San Diego, CA)
August 23rd- Davies Symphony Hall (San Francisco, CA)
September 11th- Sandy Amphitheater (Sandy, UT)

Kellie Pickler
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(wikipedia.com)
June 26th- Roswell Park Celebration of Hope (Buffalo, NY)
June 27th- Trump Taj Mahal Etess Arena (Atlantic City, NJ) 
July 2nd- Surf Ballroom (Clear Lake, IA)
July 3rd- Summerfest 2015 (Milwaukee, WI)
July 4th- Naperville Ribfest (Naperville, IL)
July 10th- Bottle and Cork (Dewey Beach, DE)
July 11th- New England Country Music Festival (Potsmouth, NH)
July 18th- PeakFest 2015 (Cortland, NY)
July 22nd- North Dakota State Fair (Minot, ND)
August 16th- Andy Williams Moon River Theater (Branson, MO)
August 22nd- Scioto Downs Racino (Columbus, OH)
September 5th- Gulf Coast Jam (Panama City Beach, FL)

Loretta Lynn
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(billboard.com)
June 26th- FM Kirby Center (Wilkes-Barre, PA)
June 27th- Big Barrel Country Music Festival (Dover, DE)
July 4th- Remembering Conway: Loretta Lynn and Friends (Hurricane Mills, TN)
July 10th- Plaza Theater (Glasgow, KY)
July 17th & 18th- Gold Strike Casino Millennium Theater (Tunica, MS)
August 7th- Holland Performing Arts Center (Omaha, NE) 
August 8th- Prairie Band Casino & Resort (Mayetta, KS)
August 22nd- South Short Music Circus (Cohasset, MA)
August 23rd- Cape Cod Melody Tent (Hyannis, MA)
August 24th- American Music Theater (Lancaster, PA)
September 5th- Loretta Lynn Ranch (Hurricane Mills, TN)
September 12th & 13th- Loretta Lynn Gospel Festival (Hurricane Mills, TN)
September 26th- Watermelon Park Fest (Berryville, VA) 

Q and A with Audra McLaughlin!

By Lexx Fusco @SimplyEvryThing

 (nbc.com)

I recently contacted former Voice contestant and rising country star Audra McLaughlin to see if she would want to answer some questions for an interview. She responded so positively to the idea and provided really interesting insights.

 

  1. What's your style when it comes to fashion? Does it vary based on when you're just hanging out or on stage?

 

“I absolutely love clothes and shopping, it is definitely a weakness on mine that many women have in common! Depending on what I am doing and where I am hanging out at, it can vary. I love to be comfortable in a cute casual shirt paired with leggings, jeans, and combat boots or maybe some high flat boots!  I also love working out at the gym so I love wearing fitness gear and running shoes. When it is time to perform I love to get dressed up! I would say my style on stage is more cool-edgy, rock, and country mix (black leather pants, skinny jeans, and of course, cute heels).”

 

  1. Do you write your own music?

“Yes, I write my own music but I also co-write and collaborate with other writers and musicians.”

 

  1. How do you get inspired?

“I get inspired all different ways. I get ideas from watching TV, hanging out with friends, listening to music, and traveling.  Sometimes Ideas just pop into my head out of nowhere and I quickly write them down on whatever I have with me. Most of my inspiration comes when I am playing my guitar, a melody will pop into my head and I just go with it.”

 

  1. What's your debut album going to be like?

“My debut album is going to be a country album with a mix of fun up-tempo songs, inspirational songs, and a few contemporary ballads with more of a classic sound.”

 

  1. Do you have a title yet?

“No I do not have a title yet.”

 

  1. What’s your plan for 2015?

“My plan for 2015 is to start doing show-cases, presenting my demo to major labels, and continuing to play shows and write songs.”

 

  1. You were bullied in high school. Do you have a message out there for students and individuals facing the same issues?

“Yes, please don’t give up as it will get better, find something that you love and focus your full attention on it. Remember that someone loves you and that you are beautiful no matter what. Continue to always be kind to people and never stop doing nice things for others; trust me it will pay off in the end. Growing up I loved music and singing so I focused my attention on that to cope with my emotions.”

 

 

  1. If you could go on an ideal tour, where would your first show be and who would you want to open up for?

“My first show would be at the Grand Ole Opry!!  I would love to open up for any country artist, it would be an honor but If had to pick I would love to open up for  Keith Urban, David Nail or even Brad Paisley.”

 

  1. What's your favorite country song?

“Wow, this is such a hard question to answer because I love new & old country, BUT If I had to choose one song that I always catch myself singing it would be “Somewhere in my car" by Keith Urban.”

 

  1. What's your favorite song that you have written and why?

“I am really excited about the new material I have written but if I had to choose one song it would be "Toast to the Sunrise". I love this song because it's one of those “fun-summer songs” about being up all night with the people you love or with that special someone and just having a good time and not wanting the night to end. I think we all have those nights where we want them to last forever.”

(audramclaughlinmusic) 

  1. What artist influence you?

“I grew up listening to all different artists/genres and always fell in love with singers who had big voices. I loved singing along to Martina McBride, Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, and Lee Ann Rimes.”

 

  1. How do you define a role model?

“My definition of a role model is to try and be the best person you can be. I thank my parents for being the most amazing role models growing up, they always believed in me and they taught me to always be kind to others and to help people out along the way. They were always there for me when I needed them, and they always encouraged me to follow my dreams. I am not sure what I would have done without them.”

 

Audra is currently recording her album in Nashville, TN with her vocal coach and manager, Melissa Daley. Audra posted recently on Instagram, “So excited about this year. 2015 wouldn’t be possible if it wasn’t for all of my amazing family and fans who have believed in me.”

 

Audra is an example of how no matter what life throws at you, as long as you embrace your passion and believe in it, you can make it happen. It is a cliché for sure, but it is a cliché that can be attained by anyone if they work at it hard enough.

 

We are looking forward to hearing all of Audra’s new music and hope to see you at her shows!