On the heels of their seventh studio album and first new album in two years, Train will be headlining a free show in New Orleans on December 31 prior to the 2015 College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Allstate Sugar Bowl.
I was able to chat with Train’s lead guitarist Jimmy Stafford on the free concert he and his band mates will be performing at on December 31st that is courtesy of Allstate. We also talk about his band, coming up with songs, football and more.
If you are in New Orleans make sure you stop by the Jax Brewery Parking Lot (418 North Peters Street) at 6:15 p.m. on New Year’s Eve to check out the free Train concert.
Tis’ the season…for holiday hijinks! Chicago cornerback Charles Tillman teamed up with Courtyard to surprise guests and spread some holiday cheer at a Courtyard by Marriott in Chicago, IL.
Posed as an eccentric Scrooge-like director that was hired to film a holiday video card for Courtyard, Tillman had unsuspecting guests sing “Jingle Bells” while wearing makeup and ridiculous props all while being captured by hidden cameras.
When the disguise came off, Charles Tillman revealed himself to be the same “nice guy” that NFL fans recognize.
The show that averages 3.1 million viewers on Friday nights and beats all Friday primetime viewing on any cable network is moving to Thursday nights on Syfy beginning January 15th at 8pm ET. With more than 800 original episodes, SmackDown is the second longest-running weekly episodic program in U.S. television history, only behind WWE’s other flagship program, Monday Night Raw®.
“Quite simply, more young men watch television on Thursday night than on Fridays,” said Michael Engleman, Executive Vice President, Marketing, Digital and Global Brand Strategy, Syfy. “Among Men 18-49, PUTS are 15 percent higher compared to Fridays, expanding the potential audience for SmackDown. Since the majority of broadcast programming skews female, we’re also using Thursday nights to counter program.”
“WWE’s sizable and passionate fan base make SmackDown the #1 entertainment show on Syfy and the most-watched, regularly-scheduled program among key demographics on the network,” said Michelle Wilson, Chief Revenue and Marketing Officer, WWE. “We look forward to bringing the WWE audience to Thursday nights on Syfy.”
Over the past 15 years, SmackDown has been broadcast from 170 different venues, in 148 cities and towns, in seven different countries including the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Iraq, Japan, Italy and Mexico. The name SmackDown came from WWE Superstar Dwayne “The Rock®” Johnson’s popular catchphrase, “Lay the Smackdown®.”
The Jordan Ultimate Gift of Flight pack features the newest Air Jordan and one of the best Air Jordans ever, celebrating performance, innovation and Legend Blue.
Released back in 1996, the Air Jordan XI was ahead of its time: form and function melded perfectly for a great look on the court and off. Today, the Air Jordan XX9 is the lightest Air Jordan with a reengineered FlightPlate and one-piece woven upper that moves naturally and comfortably with your foot.
The Air Jordan XI features Legend Blue on the patent leather and smooth leather upper, and a white midsole and translucent outsole tinted in Legend Blue. The Air Jordan XX9 features Legend Blue highlights with elephant print, framed with a white upper and translucent grey midsole.
LAUNCH: Tuesday, December 23, 2014 – 8:00 AM EST – Cost $500.00
For those of you who might be lucky enough to get some Crown Royal or Captain Morgan under the tree this Christmas I have three outstanding cocktails that you should try. All of them have holiday themes to them and could be a year round drink of choice. Just make sure you enjoy them responsibly.
1 oz. CAPTAIN MORGAN® ORIGINAL SPICED RUM
0.5 oz. peppermint schnapps
5 oz. cola
Instructions: Coat rim of a Collins or rocks glass with crushed candy cane pieces. Fill the glass with ice. Add all of the ingredients and stir.
1 oz. CAPTAIN MORGAN® ORIGINAL SPICED RUM
0.25 oz. premium orange liqueur
5 oz. cola
Instructions: Combine all of the ingredients in an ice-filled rocks glass and stir. Garnish with an orange twist.
CAPTAIN’S HOLIDAY COCKTAIL
1.25 oz. CAPTAIN MORGAN® ORIGINAL SPICED RUM
0.75 oz. Fresh Lemon Juice
0.5 oz. Simple Syrup
3 Pieces Blackberry
3 Dashes of bitters
2 oz. Cola
Instructions: In a shaker, combine all the ingredients but the cola. Shake and strain into a Collins glass with cola. Garnish with an orange peel, expressed and inserted.
4 oz. Cranberry Juice
Instructions: Serve in a rocks glass over ice and garnish with apple wedge.
The good folks as PIEHOLE Whiskey challenged me to make up a new cocktail. I would have to use one of their three flavored whiskeys and two of the following ingredients, cranberry sauce, cream cheese, marshmallows, pumpkin, whipped cream, walnuts, raisins, and apple cider. This was my first time getting to taste these whiskeys and they were all fantastic.
For those who don’t know the PIEHOLE’s three varieties of whiskey are cherry pie, apple pie, and pecan pie. For the challenge I went with the cherry pie flavor whiskey. When I looked over the list of the different ingredients I immediately knew that I was going to go for a fruity concoction. So with that in mind I was looking to use cranberry sauce and apple cider.
Along with the cherry pie whiskey, cranberry sauce, and apple cider I also used ginger ale, cranberry juice, and a lime. I call this drink “Wicked Fruit Punch.” Below is the ingredient list as well as the directions you can follow to my cocktail. Plus I added some other recipes that you should try as well. Just make sure you try mine first!
Cheers and enjoy responsibly.
1.5 oz. of PIEHOLE Cherry Whiskey
1.0 oz. of cranberry juice
1.0 oz. of apple cider
1.0 oz. of ginger ale
¼ cup of cranberry sauce
1 lime wedge
Take the ¼ cup of cranberry sauce and blend it really well. Once it is near liquid form place the sauce in the bottom of an old-fashioned glass. Next pour the PIEHOLE Cherry Whiskey, ginger ale, apple cider, and cranberry juice in another cup. Add some ice and shake up those ingredients. Pour that mixture into the old-fashioned glass with the cranberry sauce on the bottom. Add a lime wedge on the lip of the glass and circle it around the entire glass. Enjoy!
Check out other fine recipes from PIEHOLE Whiskey
1.25 oz. Piehole Apple Pie
.25 oz. Stirrings Ginger Flavored Liqueur
1 dash of angostura bitters
Splash of sour mix
Glassware: Shot glass
Directions: Add ingredients to an ice-filled shaker. Shake and strain into a shot glass.
1.5 oz. Piehole Apple Pie
1.25 oz. sour mix
Splash of orange juice
Glass: Collins Glass
Directions: Add ingredients to an ice-filled mixing tin. Squeeze a lemon wedge into the tin. Shake and strain into an ice-filled Collins glass. Garnish with a lemon wedge.
Are you hosting any parties this holiday season? If so maybe you should try and add something special to your party with these Courvoisier holiday cocktails. Below are three tremendous cocktail recipes that your guest will love to try out. Enjoy!
1 part Courvoisier VSOP cognac
1 Demerara sugar cube
2 dashes of Angostura bitters
Top up with Champagne
Soak a sugar cube in bitters and drop into a Champagne flute. Cover with Courvoisier VS Cognac and slowly top with Champagne.
HOLIDAY SLEIGH RIDE
1¼ parts Courvoisier VSOP
¾ part cranberry juice
1½ parts fresh lemon sour
1 part fresh orange juice
Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into a chilled cinnamon/sugar-rimmed cocktail glass. Garnish with an orange spiral twist.
1 half-moon slice of orange
1 wedge of lemon
3 whole cloves
1 part agave nectar
In an Irish coffee mug muddle the cloves, orange, and lemon. Add nectar and Courvoisier VSOP and top with steaming hot water. Stir and serve with a cinnamon stick.
J.J. Abrams spoke with Entertainment Weekly about “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” During that conversation he opened up a collection of “vintage” Topps trading cards for Episode VII. The cards had the images of the characters we saw in the trailer complete with their specific character names. Oscar Isaac is Poe Dameron, the Sith looking figure is Kylo Ren, and Daisy Ridley is Rey.
The cards only display the first names of the characters played by John Boyega and Daisy Ridley, which some are thinking will be the lead characters. Rumors are flying around the internet that they both could be descendents of some original trilogy characters. J.J. Abrams did say to Entertainment Weekly that the numbering of the cards/characters does matter.
The brand committed to continuously pushing boundaries through partnerships with some of the biggest names in the industry, Reebok takes the fusion of music and footwear to a whole new level with Kendrick Lamar. Together, Reebok and one of the most prolific artists in music today, will inspire and empower youth to become their best selves through programs designed to provide a positive alternative to the streets. Their shared goal provides the creative foundation for a short film released to announce the partnership.
“Reebok has a history of helping kids in the community realize their potential is limitless. I saw what the brand was doing, and I wanted to be a part of it and make it even stronger. It’s as simple as that. Kids that listen to my music are looking for inspiration. It’s important that I continue that message in anything I represent,” said Lamar.
Reebok and Kendrick Lamar bring their joined vision of celebrating the limitless potential of youth through a short film created to pay homage to kids in Lamar’s hometown of Compton, CA. The video, “Reebok Presents Kendrick Lamar,” was directed by acclaimed director Anthony Mandler and was shot at locations that hold true meaning in Lamar’s life. A nod to his roots, the short film features today’s standouts at his alma mater, Centennial High School. The youth featured in this film are showcased to inspire the new generation to find their voice, and not to be afraid to become their best selves. The short is narrated by Kendrick through a powerful verse called “Kendrick Lamar – I AM” — his own personal ode to Compton.
“Reebok has a long history of working with trail-blazing music artists, but we knew a partnership with a lyricist like Kendrick had to mean something bigger for our brand. With Kendrick, Reebok truly finds a new voice, and together we look forward to launching ground-breaking projects over the coming months,” said Todd Krinsky, Global Vice President of Reebok Classics and Entertainment.
Kendrick fans will get their first glimpse of the Ventilator OG, debuting January 15th within the short film. As part of the new partnership, Kendrick will be featured in Reebok’s global campaign celebrating the 25th Anniversary of Reebok’s iconic Ventilator shoe, which will debut in March 2015.Kendrick will also create his own limited edition capsule collection for Fall/Winter 2015, which will include signature Ventilator styles inspired by the artist’s life, style, and personality and will be available as of June 2015.
A Reebok fan since he was a kid, Kendrick grew up wearing what he called “TeeBos and Rees” (white tee, Jabo jeans and Reebok Classics). Today, his Reebok shoes of choice are the Ventilator, and the Classic Nylon. “My style is simple, but with an edge – and it’s as classic as that,” said Lamar.
Multi-platinum recording artists and two-time CMA Vocal Duo of the Year winners, Florida Georgia Line will join WWE Superstars and Divas to honor the United States Armed Forces with the 12th annual WWE holiday special Tribute to the Troops, which will air on USA Network as a part of ”WWE WEEK” on Wednesday, Dec. 17, 8/7 p.m. CT, and will re-air as a one-hour special on NBC on Saturday, Dec. 27, at 8/7 p.m. CT.
In the tradition of Bob Hope, WWE brings together the best of entertainment and pop culture with celebrity appearances and performances for our servicemen and women to celebrate their dedication and commitment to our country. The holiday program is considered one of television’s most patriotic and heartwarming shows. NBCUniversal joins WWE in saluting our troops with special messages from some of the networks’ biggest names such as Seth Meyers, The Kardashians, Andy Cohen, Giuliana Rancic, Katherine Heigl, Lester Holt, Padma Lakshmi, Mark Feuerstein, Tom Brokaw, Rachel Maddow and Carson Daly, as well as the coaches of “The Voice,” Pharrell Williams, Gwen Stefani, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton.
“For 12 consecutive years, WWE has been entertaining American military personnel both overseas and domestically as a way to thank them for their commitment to our country,” said WWE Chairman and CEO Vince McMahon. “Our servicemen and women work tirelessly for our freedom and we are proud to continue our Tribute to the Troops tradition.”
WWE Tribute to the Troops will chronicle WWE’s visit to United States Army post Fort Benning, where WWE Superstars and Divas will spend two days giving back to those who serve and their families with hospital visits, career workshops and Be a STAR anti-bullying rallies. Fort Benning supports more than 120,000 active-duty military, family members, reserve soldiers, retirees, and civilian employees and has been the home of the Infantry division since 1918.
The television special will also highlight WWE’s annual goodwill visit to our troops who are fighting for our freedom overseas. WWE Chairman and CEO Vince McMahon, WWE Superstars Big Show and R-Truth and WWE Divas Summer Rae and Alicia Fox will travel abroad to spread some holiday cheer to the men and women serving our country far from home during the holiday season.
WWE’s dedication to the military is a long-standing tradition that continues year-round, through programs that boost morale for soldiers, offer free tickets for active servicemen and women, and provide workforce assistance for veterans through a partnership with Hire Heroes USA.