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Shania Twain Reigns Supreme at the Kohl Center in Madison


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The University of Wisconsin’s Kohl Center played host to the Queen of Country Pop, Shania Twain, on Tuesday night, marking her first visit to the arena in seven years. To no one’s surprise, the country superstar proved she still had the power to mesmerize audiences with her high-energy performance and show-stopping theatrics with her sold-out performance. Hailey Whitters, the evening’s opening act and a rising star in country music, warmed up the crowd with a solid set, but it was Shania Twain who truly owned the stage on Tuesday night.

Twain’s two-hour, 20+ song setlist was packed with all the catchy, country-pop anthems fans have come to know and love. From the up-beat “Waking Up Dreaming” from Twain’s latest LP which kicked off the night to her hit classics like “That Don’t Impress Me Much” and “Man! I Feel Like a Woman!” which closed out the memorable performance, Twain’s vocal prowess and showmanship shone throughout the night. And while she of course gave plenty of love to her career’s worth of hit singles, Shania also treated the crowd to a number of songs from her latest studio album, “Queen of Me,” including the catchy “Pretty Liar” and the album’s standout title track.

The elaborate visuals behind her throughout the performance added to the spectacle, featuring a mix between outer space and the Wild West. The stage design was equally intricate throughout the night. But it was Twain’s vocal performance on her power ballad “From This Moment On” that truly moved the Wisconsin crowd. Her ability to seamlessly transition from her showstopping ballads to fun dance tracks like “Giddy Up!”, is part of the reason that Shania Twain remains a star who can still sell out the biggest rooms in North America.

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Despite the flash and theatrics of her performance, Twain never lost touch with her fans, frequently engaging with them throughout the night and even kicking off her performance in the middle of the floor section of the Kohl Center. Her genuine warmth and sense of humor created an unforgettable experience for everyone in attendance.

In the end, it was hard not to be impressed by Twain’s enduring popularity and ability to put on a show that was equal parts fun and heartfelt, which is why the reasons you shouldn’t miss Shania Twain in concert are endless. Her incredible vocal talent and captivating stage presence are second to none. She effortlessly commands the stage, delivering powerful and emotive performances that leave audiences in awe. Her ability to seamlessly transition between genres, from country to pop, and infuse her songs with infectious energy is a testament to her versatility as an artist. 

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Additionally, Twain’s showmanship and attention to detail in her live performances are unparalleled. From elaborate stage designs to stunning visuals and choreography, she goes above and beyond to create a truly immersive and unforgettable experience for her fans. But perhaps what sets Twain apart the most is her genuine connection with her audience. She exudes warmth, humor, and gratitude, making every concertgoer feel like a part of the show. With her extensive catalog of hits and an unwavering commitment to delivering an extraordinary live performance, Shania Twain is undeniably a must-see artist for music lovers of all genres. And judging by the enthusiastic response from the crowd last night, it’s clear that Shania Twain will continue to reign supreme as the Queen of Country Pop for years to come.

So if you missed out on Shania’s Madison visit and you’re already regretting it, you’re in luck as she is set to return to Wisconsin for a Halloween performance this year at the Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee, to run it back for another memorable night.


Preview: Shania Twain Returns to Madison with the Queen of Me Tour



Madison, WI is ready to witness the triumphant return of country music legend Shania Twain as she takes the stage at the Kohl Center next week. Following the release of her highly anticipated sixth studio album, “Queen of Me,” and after a successful Las Vegas residency, Twain is in the middle of her 49-date tour, with a stop on the University of Wisconsin campus on May 16th.

Twain’s new album, “Queen of Me,” was released on February 3, 2023 and was her first full-length record since 2017. The album showcased Twain’s signature style and infectious energy, reminding fans why she is the best-selling female artist in country music history.

Joining Twain for her first of two Wisconsin concerts on the tour will be Hailey Whitters, just one of many talented singers supporting Twain on the tour.

Tickets for the Madison concert are long gone, but fans can purchase remaining tickets for Shania’s Milwaukee visit this fall at the Fiserv Forum here. If you didn’t already have enough reasons to catch a date of the tour, Shania Twain and Live Nation are donating $1 for every ticket sold to SKC (Shania Kids Can). Established in 2010 by Shania Twain, SKC provides valuable services to children in need, promoting positive change in their lives during times of crises and economic hardship. By attending the concert, fans will not only enjoy an incredible show but also contribute to a worthy cause.

You won’t want to miss this opportunity to witness Shania Twain’s unforgettable performance at the Kohl Center on May 16, 2023. As the queen of country music returns to the Kohl Center after seven years, Madison will come alive with her infectious hits and show-stopping stage presence. Get ready to sing along to your favorite classics and experience the magic of Shania Twain live in concert.

Check Out Our Photos from Las Vegas’ Lovers & Friends Fest with Missy Elliott, Mariah Carey, Usher & More



Sin City opened the time capsule this past weekend to deliver performances from some of the biggest names from the 200s for Usher’s annual “Lovers & Friends” Fest. With mega headlining performances from Missy Elliott, Christina Aguilera, Mariah Carey, 50 Cent and Usher himself, the star studded lineup also featured sets from names like Soulja Boy, Miguel, Jhene Aiko, Chris Brown and many more.

We were on-site at the Las Vegas Festival grounds to capture all the best moments from what was perhaps the best festival lineup of the entire year.

Check out our photos from Lovers & Friends Fest 2023 below.

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Photos: Hog Fest 2023 Brings Disturbed, Beartooth and Dorothy to the Fiserv Forum



Hog Fest 2023 rocked the Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee, WI last night, bringing together fans of hard-hitting rock music from all over the state. The show, presented by 102.9 The Hog (WHQG-FM), featured a star-studded lineup that included Dorothy, Beartooth, and the headlining performers, Disturbed. The bands brought their A-game, delivering a high-energy performance that left the crowd begging for more.

Disturbed, the band that needs no introduction, took the stage by storm, opening with “Hey You” from their 2022 album Divisive. The band then proceeded to perform some of their biggest hits like “Down With the Sickness” and “Inside the Fire,” as well as their iconic take on Simon & Garfunkel’s “The Sound of Silence.” Their set was a mix of their classic hits and the latest tracks from their LP Divisive, leaving fans on the edge of their seats throughout the entire performance. This was their latest visit to Milwaukee since their headlining set at Summerfest last summer, and the band showed no signs of slowing down, delivering an unforgettable performance that left fans buzzing for days.

We’ve captured some of the most unforgettable moments from Hog Fest 2023, featuring Dorothy, Beartooth, and of course, Disturbed. Whether you were at the show or missed out, these photos will transport you to the front row and give you a taste of the energy that filled the air at the Fiserv Forum. So, sit back, relax, and let us take you on a visual journey through one of the most epic rock shows in Milwaukee this year.

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Photos: Ed Sheeran Headlines New Orleans Jazz Fest


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A little rain wasn’t going to stop Ed Sheeran from delivering an epic performance at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival this past weekend. Delivering a career’s worth of hits, as well as selects from his upcoming studio album – (“Subtract”), Ed Sheeran proved again why he is one of the best live performers in music today.

Check out our favorite photos from Ed Sheeran’s Jazz Fest set below!

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Chance the Rapper Set to Celebrate 10-Year Anniversary of Acid Rap with United Center Performance


Chance The Rapper
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Chicago native Chance the Rapper is set to celebrate the 10th anniversary of his iconic mixtape, Acid Rap, in style this August. To kick off the festivities, Chance has announced the release of one of the project’s most popular tracks, “Juice,” on streaming services this Sunday, April 30th. Produced by Live Nation, the Acid Rap 10-Year Anniversary Show will take place at the United Center in Chicago on August 19th, and will be Chance’s first performance at the arena since 2019.

Acid Rap is widely regarded as a seminal hip-hop mixtape, featuring collaborations with Childish Gambino, Action Bronson, Twista, Ab-Soul, Vic Mensa, and more. Along with “Juice,” the mixtape features hit tracks like “Cocoa Butter Kisses” and “Favorite Song.” Tickets and VIP packages for the Acid Rap 10-Year Anniversary Show will be available for purchase starting April 28th at 10 a.m. on the Live Nation website, with an artist presale set for April 26th at 10 a.m.

In addition to his Acid Rap anniversary show, Chance is currently working on his new album, Star Line Gallery, which he has described as an immersive experience that blends music, art, and cinematography. Speaking on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon in March, Chance revealed that he has been collaborating with visual artists to create a unique, tangible piece of art to accompany each song on the album.

The Grammy award-winning artist has already released “Yah Know” in 2022 and a corresponding music video. He also bought a painting from Chicago-based artist Mia Lee that ties in with the record, saying that he was inspired by her immense talent and the conversations they had during their travels together to Ghana.

Overall, Chance the Rapper is a multi-talented artist who continues to push boundaries and explore new creative avenues, making him a beloved and highly respected figure in the music industry.

7 Reasons You Shouldn’t Have Missed Taylor Swift’s Eras Tour Stops in Houston


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Taylor Swift’s record breaking “Era’s Tour” rolled through Houston’s NRG Stadium this weekend for three sold-out performances for over 200,000 fans total.

With support from singers Gracie Abrams and beabadoobee, Swift delivered a career spanning show complete with 44 songs, multiple costume changes, top-notch production and a 3-hour and 15 minute headlining set that Houston will never forget.

As if you should ever need more reasons to see Taylor Swift in concert, an artist who has cemented her status as one of the top performers in music for over a decade, we have compiled our top reasons why you shouldn’t have missed Taylor Swift’s sold-out weekend at the NRG Stadium this weekend.

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Sold-Out Environment

The sold-out NRG Stadium created an electric atmosphere with anticipation building up as a countdown clock appeared until the lights cut off and the show began. The 70,000 screaming fans never tired, as everyone danced and sang along throughout all 9 eras, 44 songs and 195 minutes.

A Strong Opening

The concert also featured talented opening acts, providing a crystal ball into the next decade of pop. Singer-songwriters Gracie Abrams and beabadoobee warmed up the crowd with their supporting performances. Both artists are big emerging names in pop and if their star wasn’t already on the rise, their performances in support of Taylor Swift will certainly do the trick.

The Lover Era

Friday night’s headlining performance opened with Swift appearing mid-stage, surrounded by dancers wielding giant fan-like structures, and featured stand-out tracks from Swift’s 2019 LP “Lover”, like “Miss Americana & the Heartbreak Prince”, “Cruel Summer”, “The Man”, “Lover” and more. “Lover” was a perfect album to get the night started on the right foot, the first of four albums that Swift had yet to tour until The Eras Tour.

Houston Ties

Swift took time in her set to share her Houston ties for the Texas crowd. Taylor mentioned that Houston is her mother’s hometown. Swift herself was born in Pennsylvania but has called Nashville home since she turned 14.


44 Tracks

Each night was a 44-song extravaganza. The Eras Tour is a 44-song production that only artists like Bruce Springsteen can rival, the only difference being is that Taylor has to memorize the choreography throughout the lion’s share of the tracks, making the feat especially impressive.


With The Eras Tour’s Houston visit, Taylor Swift is the first artist to sell out three shows at NRG Stadium on the same tour, yet it was still one of the hardest tickets to get. If Swift didn’t have to bless other cities with her performances, one could wonder how many more shows Taylor could have sold.

A Once-in-a-Lifetime Experience

Taylor Swift’s Eras Tour is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience that should not have been missed. Her stage presence and tour’s production is unmatched. She performs a career’s worth of hits while also showing extra love to her last 4 albums, all of which were performed for the first time on The Eras Tour. Each Era felt like it’s own performance, giving fans their money’s worth throughout the night. From the 1989 Era with some of Swift’s biggest commercial hits, to the Midnights Era that closed out the show with Swift’s latest singles, everyone in attendance left the stadium blown away from what Taylor Swift was able to deliver.

Photos: Taylor Swift’s Epic Night One Performance at NRG Stadium in Houston


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Taylor Swift electrified the crowd at the NRG Stadium in Houston, TX on Friday night, with her captivating voice, stunning performances, and unforgettable hits. The night marked the first of three sold-out shows at the stadium as part of her historically successful “The Eras Tour”.

The night began with opening acts Gracie Abrams and beabadoobee, who got the crowd pumped up for the main event. Both artists delivered stellar performances that showcased their unique styles and talents. Abrams wowed the audience with her heartfelt lyrics and soulful voice, while beabadoobee had the crowd rocking out to her indie pop tunes.

As the countdown began and the audience roared, Taylor Swift took the stage in a dazzling outfit that shimmered under the spotlights. The singer kicked off the night with her hit Lovers Era, and the stadium erupted into a sea of scream fans. From there, she launched into a non-stop setlist that featured over 40 of her biggest hits, spanning her entire career.

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Swift’s performance was a true spectacle, complete with intricate choreography, stunning visuals, and powerful vocals that filled the stadium. From upbeat tracks like “Blank Space” and “ME!” to emotional ballads like “All Too Well” and “Enchanted”, Swift proved that she can command the stage and connect with her audience like no other.

Throughout the night, Swift also took time to reflect on her journey as an artist and express her gratitude to her fans. She shared stories about her songwriting process and the inspirations behind her music. These personal moments added a heartfelt touch to the show and helped fans connect with Swift on a deeper level.

With such a memorable night, we were on-site to capture our favorite moments from night one. Check out our photos below and stay tuned for our full review!

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Rolling Loud Miami Announces Star-Studded Lineup: Travis Scott, Playboi Carti & More


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Rolling Loud Miami has announced its lineup for the upcoming music festival, featuring some of the biggest names in hip-hop and rap music. The festival will take place from May 6-8 at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida.

Some of the top performers at the festival include Playboi Carti, Travis Scott, and A$AP Rocky, all of whom are known for their high-energy performances and chart-topping hits. Other notable performers include Turnstile, Lil Uzi Vert, and Megan Thee Stallion.

The Rolling Loud Miami festival is a highly anticipated event for fans of hip-hop and rap music, as it brings together some of the biggest names in the genre for three days of non-stop music and entertainment. In addition to the main stage performances, the festival also features a variety of activities and attractions, including food vendors, merchandise booths, and interactive exhibits.

Overall, the Rolling Loud Miami lineup promises to deliver an unforgettable experience for fans of hip-hop and rap music, with a diverse range of performers and activities to enjoy. If you’re a fan of the genre, this is definitely a festival you won’t want to miss!

Photos: Lil Wayne Brings the Fire to The Sylvee with High-Energy ‘Welcome To Tha Carter’ Tour Performance


Lil Wayne
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The Sylvee in Madison, WI was filled to capacity on Saturday night as Lil Wayne took the stage as part of his “Welcome To Tha Carter” Tour. The sold-out concert was a testament to Lil Wayne’s lasting impact on the music industry, as fans from all over Wisconsin and surrounding states came together to witness the legendary rapper in action.

The concert kicked off with a high-energy DJ set, followed by an electric entrance by Lil Wayne to his track “Mr. Carter”. The crowd erupted into cheers with their cellphones recording and held high as Lil Wayne stepped on stage, clad in his trademark dreadlocks and a Gucci sweatshirt with a blunt in his hand. From the first track to the last, Lil Wayne’s performance was an unforgettable experience that had fans rapping along throughout the night.


As the night wore on, Lil Wayne continued to deliver an incredible performance, keeping the energy high until the very end. In total he performed around 40 of his greatest tracks and features. Although most were not full versions, Weezy made sure everyone got to hear their favorite Lil Wayne song.

The concert at The Sylvee was a testament to Lil Wayne’s enduring popularity and influence on the music industry. His  career-spanning performance was a testament to his incredible talent and ability to keep a crowd engaged. Check out our shots from our favorite moments from the memorable evening.

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