Archive | May, 2008

In the Arena, 5/30

29 May

BY TODD HUNT

It’s busy here at the Arena – we have a lot of activities coming up as well that should be to your liking. For starters, the Mudcats will be wrapping up the home portion of their regular season this Saturday night at 7 p.m. The team has all kinds of ticket specials available, including tickets priced as low as $5. Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey’s circus will be coming to Tupelo June 19-22. And finally, Disney Live will present a stage show featuring Winnie the Pooh on Friday, September 26.

We also have a few shows in the works that aren’t quite ready to be announced. We’re working on two different rock shows, another pop/r&b show, and a comedy show for later this year. Hopefully we’ll be able to announce more details soon. Unfortunately, the odds that any of these shows are by a band named Radiohead are somewhere between slim and none…

Until next week,

Todd

Carrie Underwood, Little Big Town at BancorpSouth Arena

29 May

Country star Carrie Underwood is performing at the BancorpSouth Arena Dec. 9.
Underwood won “American Idol” in 2005 and is known for her hit singles like “Before He Cheats,” “Jesus Take the Wheel” and “Wasted.”
Little Big Town will open the concert. The quartet has hits like “Boondocks” and “Good as Gone.”
Tickets go on sale Friday, June 28 at 10 a.m. and are $47.75 and $37.75.
For more information, call the Arena at (662) 841-6528.

Here’s a video of Underwood performing her new single, “Last Name,” on this year’s “American Idol” finale.

What’s Going On – David Cook, Spiderman, Ouija Boards

29 May

Happy Thursday, Scene cats.

  • Can you vague that up for me? New “Spider-Man” flick will be released sometime around 2010 or 2011.
  • Michael Bay’s making a movie based on the Ouija Board. Will it be a bad idea to see the movie, since it’s also kind of a bad idea to actually play the game (so they say; I’ve never tried)??
  • The Decemberists’ drummer, John Moen, will release a CD with his side project, Perhapst.

Check back later to see who’s the first-ever Local Artist of the Week!

Scene Picks

29 May

Here are some events happening this weekend…

  • Jake Owen (above) will perform in Calhoun City this weekend as a part of the Ace Cannon Festival. Owen performs at 9 p.m. Friday; Ace Cannon performs 8 p.m. Saturday.
  • “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull” is playing across NeMiss this weekend. M. Scott Morris and the Wizard crew loved it.
  • Scott Chism is performing at the Stables Saturday night.
  • “All My Sons” will be staged by the Corinth Theatre-Arts this weekend; check Scene for more.

Fashion: Buy it – Drew Barrymore says so!

28 May

This topic is a little late in the works, but I started thinking about it recently after it came up in two different conversations with my friends.

Above is an ad for CoverGirl LashBlast Volume Blasting Mascara, and that’s Drew Barrymore in the ad.

You’re probably very aware of Drew Barrymore – she’s the star of such flicks like “The Wedding Singer,” “Never Been Kissed,” “Charlie’s Angels” and, my very favorite, “Scream.”

About a week after seeing Barrymore’s ad for LashBlast, and even though I still had some of my old mascara (also by CoverGirl) left, I picked up my own tube of LashBlast. When I took it up to the counter, the sales clerk said LashBlast had been selling like crazy. I figured everyone else was picking it up for the same reason I did – simply because Drew Barrymore said it was awesome.

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What’s Going On – T.I., ‘Twilight,’ Flash Gordon

28 May

Merry Wednesday, my dear Scene cats…

  • Earle Hagen – better known as the guy who wrote and whistled the “Andy Griffith Show” theme – has died.
  • Leave it to MTV to make community service look glam: They’ve ordered a reality show that follows T.I. as he repays his debt to society.
  • Speaking of MTV, that channel always finds a way to make me watch its award shows. Why will I be watching this year’s Movie Awards? They promise to show the first fully completed scene from “Twilight” sometime during the broadcast. OK, OK, I’ll watch!!
    And the channel has announced “‘Twilight’ Tuesdays,” where they’ll talk “Twilight” on, well, Tuesdays. Just don’t slip in any Tila Tequila and we’ll be good…
  • Want to know when your favorite FX shows will come back? Check out this story.
  • She & Him is going on tour…but the closest date is in Nashville.
  • The lead singer of Alabama, Randy Owen, is releasing a solo CD.

Billy Bob Thornton on tour

27 May

If you’re a super-huge Billy Bob Thornton fan or if you troll Pollstar.com more than I do, this post won’t be news to you.

So, sorry if this is a bit late, but I wanted to let you cats know about a special tour that’s coming through the Southeast later this year.

Billy Bob Thornton (“Sling Blade,” “Monster’s Ball,” “Mr. Woodcock,” and, a lot more) and his band, The Boxmasters, are releasing a CD on June 10 and then touring the Southeast later this year.

Close dates include:

Birmingham, AL – Zydeco – July 29

Jackson, MS – Hal and Mal’s – July 30

Huntsville, AL – Merrimack Hall Performing Arts Center – Aug. 1-2

Memphis, TN – Hi-Tone – Aug. 6

Click here to learn more about the tour and to buy tickets.

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