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O.A.R. and Phillip Phillips will play Red Hat Amphitheater in Raleigh on July 13.

Tickets are on sale at:, all Ticketmaster outlets or charge by phone at 800-745-3000.

Duke Energy Center box office

Belk box office at Walnut Creek Amphitheatre

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O.A.R. is renowned for their incredible live shows and sell-out performances at massive venues such as Red Rocks and Madison Square Garden.  The band has just wrapped up production on a brand new album – The Rockville LP – which is set for release June 10th on Vanguard Records.  The anthemic song “Peace,” the debut single from The Rockville LP, is climbing the charts and has already become a mainstay on radio station playlist across the country.

Since their formation in 1996, O.A.R. (singer Marc Roberge, drummer Chris Culos, guitarist Richard On, bassist Benj Gershman and saxophonist Jerry DePizzo) has logged millions of miles on the road and released seven studio albums, spawning such hit singles as “Shattered” “Heaven” and “Love and Memories.”

Phillip Phillips is also in the midst of a hit single with “Raging Fire,” the first track from his highly anticipated Behind The Light album, set for release on May 19th on 19 Recordings/Interscope.

Behind The Light is Phillips’ follow-up to his hugely successful debut album, which spawned the single “Home,” one of the biggest tracks of 2012, selling more than 4 million copies.  That debut album, The World from the Side of the Moon, sold well over a million copies and debuted at #4 on the Billboard Top 200 Album chart and #1 on the Billboard Rock Album chart.  Successful tours both as a headliner and with such artists as Matchbox 20 and John Mayer followed.  Phillips just wrapped his first headlining tour of Canada.


Boston – Red Hat Amphitheater

Posted: March 31, 2014 by MichaelSmithNC in All, Concert, Music
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Boston will play Red Hat Amphitheater in Raleigh on Friday, August 22.


Tom Scholz’ band, Boston, will embark on a highly anticipated summer tour following the successful release of their latest album, Life, Love & Hope. The tour will kick off on June 5 at the Seminole Hard Rock Live in Hollywood, FL.  Always a huge crowd pleaser with their high-energy stage show, out-of-this-world sound, and remarkable musicianship and singing, Boston will feature the personnel and music from their highly acclaimed 2012 tour with some exciting additions.  The band prides itself on performing a totally live show without the use of prerecorded music or technical enhancements, delivering the exceptional sound that is faithful to their studio recordings.

Tickets on sale at:
Duke Energy Center box office
Belk box office at Walnut Creek Amphitheatre
Ticketmaster outlets, and by phone  800-745-3000.

Boston burst onto the music scene with their eponymous best-selling debut album in 1976, and never looked back.  With over 17 million copies sold, Boston generated hits such as “More Than a Feeling,” “Peace of Mind,” and “Smokin’,” rock staples that are still in heavy rotation today.  Their second effort, Don’t Look Back was another chart-topper that confirmed their place in rock history, followed by Third Stage, which hit #1 on the charts, with the top single of 1986, “Amanda.”  With over 31 million albums sold to date, their music has stood the test of time, as evidenced by live Boston audiences that span generations.

Last December, Boston released their newest studio album, Life, Love & Hope on Frontiers Records. More than a decade in the making, Life, Love & Hope features 11 tracks embodying the classic and beloved Boston sound, as well as the latest in the evolution of Tom Scholz’ musical artistry.

Scholz has been a longstanding advocate of the vegetarian lifestyle, and prevention of cruelty and suffering to animals both nonhuman and human.  This summer, at selected concerts on the tour, there will be a promotional sale of the Boston CD, Greatest Hits.  Every CD sold comes with a chance to win an Epiphone guitar signed by Tom Scholz.  The winner from each show will be announced later that night.  Net proceeds of the guitar contest will be split between Sea Shepherd Conservation Society and the Shriners Hospitals for Children.

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New Edition – Red Hat Amphitheater

Posted: March 31, 2014 by MichaelSmithNC in All, Concert, Music
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New Edition will play Red Hat Amphitheater in Raleigh on Thursday July 17.


Tickets on sale at:
Ticketmaster outlets or charge by phone at 800-745-3000.
Duke Energy Center box office
Belk box office at Walnut Creek Amphitheatre.

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Captain America: The Winter Soldier


Outback Concerts Presents:


Friday, May 9 at Booth Amphitheater


Tickets can be purchased at Booth Amphitheatre or through By phone call (800) 514-3849

Etix hours: Monday-Friday/ 9 a.m.-8 p.m. EST

Saturday/10 a.m. – 8 p.m. EST & Sunday/12 p.m. – 8 p.m. EST

For complete concert information go to or call (919) 462-2025.

Reserved & Tables/$85
Lawn increases to $55 the day of the show


Gavin DeGraw and Matt Nathanson will play Red Hat Amphitheater in Raleigh on August 5.
With special guest Andrew McMahon

Multi-platinum, Grammy nominated recording artist Gavin DeGraw and acclaimed singer-songwriter Matt Nathanson have announced their co-headlining 2014 North American tour with special guest Andrew McMahon. Kicking off on Saturday, June 14th in Tucson, AZ, the tour will include a slew of dates in major US markets including San Diego, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia and Boston.

Tickets are on sale:
Ticketmaster outlets or charge by phone at 800-745-3000
Duke Energy Center box office
Belk box office at Walnut Creek Amphitheatre.

 Fans can expect to hear DeGraw perform songs from his acclaimed fourth studio album, Make A Move, including the hit single “Best I Ever Had” and his latest smash “Make A Move.”  The album has garnered rave reviews since its October 15th release with People Magazine describing the album’s first single “Best I Ever Had” as “the kind of switch-up that brings fresh energy…”  while Entertainment Weekly raved about DeGraw’s “intricate piano hooks and seductive, gravelly voice.”  DeGraw is also scheduled to open a number of dates this summer for legendary performer Billy Joel.

Matt Nathanson has long been a fan favorite with his vivid songwriting, infectious melodies and dynamic live shows.  His latest album Last of the Great Pretenders has been hailed as the ‘Album of the Week’ by USA Today adding “he has a way of drawing people into his stories.” The album features the song “Heart Starts,” the catchy theme to Lifetime’s Series Celebrity Bucket List – of which Nathanson was recently featured – as well as the hit single “Kinks Shirt which continues to climb on the HAC chart and is also being heard on America’s Top 40 with Ryan Seacrest, The Billy Bush Show and Rick Dee’s Countdown.  The video for “Kinks Shirt” which premiered on Rolling was directed by actor/comedian Bobcat Goldthwait.

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Draft Day – Review

Posted: March 28, 2014 by MichaelSmithNC in All, Movie Review, Movies
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Draft Day

Rated PG-13

for brief strong language and sexual references

Every year the National Football League uses its annual draft to invite 224 young men to join its ranks. To be drafted into the league you have to be one of the best football players in the world. If you want to be drafted in the top 10 you have to be one of the best of the best. If you think you are good enough to be number 1, you had better be….perfect.

Draft Day is a day in the life on a fictitious Cleveland Browns General Manager named Sonny Weaver Jr; played by Kevin Costner. Weaver is tasked by the owner of the team, played by Frank Langella, to “make a splash” in the 2014 draft or face being fired. Weaver must navigate personal and professional obstacles to focus on the task of building the future of the Cleveland Browns football team while giving the owner the flashy moves and impact he so desperately desires.

Draft Day is a movie endorsed by the NFL; that is a detail that cannot be ignored. If you know anything at all about Roger Goodell, and his run as the Commissioner of the NFL, then you know he will not allow any “bad” light to be shown on the league. He is going to “protect the shield” at all costs. That should be warning enough to temper your expectations for what you can expect from this movie.

There are two audiences that this movie is trying to capture, the football fan and the casual movie viewer. The football fan is going through a bit of withdrawal right now; there is no football on TV to satisfy the hunger. The casual movie goer just got treated to a baseball movie, that is somewhat similar, that turned out to be pretty good, Moneyball. Draft Day is in prime position to come in and offer a taste of football to the hungry fan, it can also give the casual movie goer an interesting story; sadly Draft Day fails to do a good job at accomplishing either. If it was a draft pick, it would be the “bust” that the main character Sonny Weaver is trying to avoid.

How does a movie about the NFL Draft go wrong? We are a football crazed society after all.

Here’s how you do it:

  • You make the General Managers of the NFL look like poorly informed gamblers who rely on stooges that can barely tie their shoes for guidance.
  • You take one of the GMs that you have already mentally crippled, throw in some mommy and daddy drama, a pointless love interest, and then cram all of that into a story that takes place in 13 hours.
  • Oh yeah, don’t forget to include some of the most asinine draft moves of all time; it is supposedly about the NFL Draft and all.

Yep, sounds like a cluster to me too.

If there is a “good” part of the movie, it is in the actors themselves. They all did a good job in the roles that they were provided. Kevin Costner, Jennifer Garner, Denis Leary and Frank Langella make up the bulk of the cast. That lineup should make you go, “hey, this movie can be pretty good.” Sorry, it isn’t.

In the end, this movie should be nothing more than a marketing lead in for the real 2014 NFL Draft that is coming up later in the year. The story is too watered down with Lifetime Channel BS to be taken seriously as a movie about one of the most anticipated days in the manliest of sports. I say, re-edit the movie and eliminate all the hot garbage about secret romances and daddy issues and insert more “behind the scenes” perspective on the draft process itself. You might end up with a good movie.


Bad Words – Review

Posted: March 27, 2014 by MichaelSmithNC in All, Movie Review, Movies
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Bad Words

Rated R

for crude and sexual content, language and brief nudity

Guy Trilby is an arrogant, foul mouthed, bad tempered, emotionally scarred 40 year old alcoholic with an ax to grind; he also just happens to be a total genius. Trilby’s tool of choice for achieving the revenge he is after; the national spelling bee circuit

Right from the start, Bad Words goes for the jugular in an effort to surprise the audience with the levels that a vengeful man will stoop to for that revenge. The shock and awe campaign of dialogue will both make you uncomfortable and cause you to laugh out loud. The sheer complexity of the insults that are doled out will keep your jaw hanging in disbelief.

“Why don’t you take your potty mouth, go locate your pre-teen cock sucker son and stuff him back up that old blown out sweat sock of a vagina and screw it off to whatever shit-kicking town you came from?”

(Trilby to the mother of a kid he just crushed)

Jason Bateman plays the role of Guy Trilby, a man who has been granted a near photographic memory but also cursed with an inner anger that dictates his every action and word. The portrayal of Trilby by Bateman solidifies his stature as a high caliber comedic actor. I say that hoping and praying that Bateman had to really try to be that outright mean as he delivered some of the most vitriol insults ever said on film. If that type of thing came naturally, then Kent and Victoria Bateman have to come to grips with the fact that they may be the parents of the Anti-Christ.

Trilby is a spelling genius; he could easily win any spelling bee with just his skill alone. Even though he doesn’t need them, he uses some of the cruelest, most underhanded tactics imaginable to make his path to the win over the fellow competitors as easy as possible. The 10 year olds that share the stage with him during competitions are subjected to psychological warfare that would easily take down adults.

Trilby is bad enough on his own, but he does have help in his mission in reporter Jenny Widgeon. Kathryn Hahn plays the role of Trilby’s sponsor and pseudo-willing accomplice. She aids him in his quest with the hope that he will give her the access she needs to write the story that can make her career.

Rohan Chand plays the role of 10 year old Chaitanya Chopra. Chopra is one of the many children that Guy is out to crush in his quest. Along the way, Chopra tries to befriend Guy and a relationship is formed that you know is not going to go well.

In addition to playing a starring role, Bateman also directed this film. He did an excellent job of emphasizing just how morally bankrupt the characters of this movie are. At no point in the movie are you ever allowed to settle in on a character being “good” or “bad”. All that is constant with Bad Words is that it is shocking and very funny. Leave the kiddies at home and go out and see this movie for a good night of guilty pleasure funny.



In addition to, Michael Smith is also a regular contributing writer for the Fayetteville, NC weekly newspaper, Up and Coming Weekly.

This week’s edition of Up and Coming Weekly features an article about the upcoming Junior League of Fayetteville Women’s Conference on March 29th.

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Coming Soon: Movies In Theatres This Week

Posted: March 24, 2014 by MichaelSmithNC in All, Movies, Trailers
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Bad Words