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December 2018

Q&A: Jo Koy

After getting his start in Las Vegas, Jo Koy has become one of today’s most in-demand comedians with his takes on American-Filipino family life and what a true functional family looks like.

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Donna Leahey
December 2018

Q&A: Jon Pardi

Between his debut "Write You a Song" and subsequent hits, Jon Pardi continues to prove that as pop-oriented as country music has become, there’s always room for a classic-country-leaning artist.

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G.K. Hizer
November 2018

Q&A: Frankie Valli

Frankie Valli has been the muscular voice and the talent behind hit music for six decades and shows no sign of slowing down.

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Donna Leahey
November 2018

Q&A: Scotty McCreery

The road from the 10th season of "American Idol" led straight to a No. 1 debut album for Scotty McCreery, who has taken more control of his recordings and Elvis influence.

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G.K. Hizer
October 2018

Q&A: Garbage

Garbage’s smart fusion of alt-rock with electronica and hip-hop sampling techniques, and Shirley Manson’s magnetism as a frontwoman, earned them success that still defies classification.

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Donna Leahey
September 2018

Q&A: Clint Black

Clint Black has remained one of country music’s most talented stars as a multi-instrumentalist who continues to write his own songs and achieve success without trading his attitude for soulless hits.

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G.K. Hizer
August 2018

Q&A: Ken Jeong

A classic scene stealer (remember Mr. Chow jumping naked out of the trunk in "The Hangover"?), doctor-turned-actor Ken Jeong still has the perfect prescription for the monotony of life: laughing.

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Donna Leahey
July 2018

Q&A: The Oak Ridge Boys

The Oak Ridge Boys, who crossed over from gospel music into country and on into pop in the mid-1970s, have returned to their roots with an album Elvis would be proud of: 17th Avenue Revival.

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Donna Leahey
June 2018

Q&A: Howie Mandel

Howie Mandel has proven to be as versatile an entertainer as there is in the business, but doing stand-up comedy is still what brings him the most joy.

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G.K. Hizer
May 2018

Q&A: I Love the 90's

The “I Love the 90’s” hip-hop-heavy lineup featuring Vanilla Ice, Young MC, Salt-N-Pepa and Rob Base brings familiar songs and familiar vibes, creating the perfect nostalgia trip to The Joint: Tulsa.

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G.K. Hizer
May 2018

Q&A: ZZ Top

One of the few bands with the same lineup for nearly 50 years, ZZ Top’s blues rock shows continue to prove they’re more than just a pair of cheap sunglasses.

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Donna Leahey
April 2018

Q&A: Foreigner

The latest incarnation of Mick Jones’ Foreigner, with former headbanger Kelly Hansen on vocals, is still “Hot Blooded,” displaying a youthful energy that drives 40 years of hits.

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Donna Leahey
April 2018

Q&A: 38 Special

Southern rockers 38 Special are still “Rockin’ into the Night” with their red-blooded and blue-collared songs that blend melody and harmony with just enough grit to take you “Back to Paradise.”

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G.K. Hizer
March 2018

Q&A: Chicago

From its Windy City beginnings in 1967 to its adult contemporary dominance in the '80s and '90s, no other rock band has done it better with horns despite lineup changes and over 50 years of touring.

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Donna Leahey
March 2018

Q&A: Olivia Newton-John

Aussie songbird Olivia Newton-John revisits her enormous hit catalog with a voice that over the decades has lost none of its ethereal sweetness and emotional intimacy.

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G.K. Hizer
February 2018

Q&A: Peter Cetera

Peter Cetera’s setlist balances material from both his solo albums and time in Chicago, while helping the audience put a “face” to the songs that probably jump-started plenty of relationships.

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G.K. Hizer
January 2018

Q&A: Brothers Osborne

The rootsy sibling duo Brothers Osborne are building success avoiding trendy sell-our-soul songs, instead focusing on a range of styles from southern rock to country and a side of blues.

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Donna Leahey
January 2018

Q&A: Criss Angel

The Mindfreak brings his famous sleight of hand, street magic, mentalism, and even some of his most iconic illusions to life in an intimate, raw setting.

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G.K. Hizer
December 2017

Q&A: LeAnn Rimes

Whether singing holiday classics or her country and pop hits, LeAnn Rimes will be helping fans get into the spirit as part of the “Today is Christmas” tour.

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Donna Leahey
December 2017

Q&A: Roots and Boots

Sammy Kershaw, Aaron Tippin and Collin Raye are proving their boots still have plenty of “sole” as they deliver the hits that bolstered ‘90s country music to the top of the charts.

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G.K. Hizer
November 2017

Q&A: Starship Featuring Mickey Thomas

A fixture on the classic rock tour, Mickey Thomas’s band sounds as youthful as ever while continuing to prove that nothing’s gonna stop Starship from laying it on the line for fans.

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G.K. Hizer
November 2017

Q&A: Eddie Money

With blue-collar rock hits such as “Shakin’,” “Two Tickets to Paradise,” and "Baby Hold On," the raspy-voiced rocker Eddie Money is still giving fans their money’s worth.

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G.K. Hizer
October 2017

Q&A: Lynyrd Skynyrd

The pioneering Southern rock group Lynyrd Skynyrd continues to flex its staying power muscle behind classic-rock staples like “Sweet Home Alabama,” “Gimme Three Steps,” and the iconic “Free Bird.”

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G.K. Hizer
October 2017

Q&A: Chase Rice

Separating himself from some of the Nashville flock, Chase Rice is ready to roar with a new album, Lambs & Lions, while continuing to reach higher to defy a Survivor-type music industry.

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Donna Leahey
September 2017

Q&A: Chris Isaak

With that haunting voice, fierce guitar playing, swaggerific outfits and a few dance steps, Chris Isaak promises a concert party and a few bad, bad things.

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Donna Leahey
September 2017

Q&A: Cole Swindell

Cole Swindell has graduated from selling tour merchandise for Luke Bryan, writing songs for Florida Georgia Line, and opening for Kenny Chesney, to “Chillin’ It” at the top of the charts on his own.

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G.K. Hizer
August 2017

Q&A: Ralphie May

The fearless funnyman with a renewed Las Vegas residency may be tired of the politically correct boo-hooing, but his standup act is helping fuel a national comedy boom.

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G.K. Hizer
August 2017

Q&A: Gary Allan

A modern day musical outlaw, Gary Allan continues to churn out metallic hits through his smoky-voiced songs and jewelry.

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Donna Leahey
July 2017

Q&A: Santana

Refusing to be imprisoned by any one musical genre, guitar virtuoso Carlos Santana and his band, Santana, continue to churn out significant and meaningful music that comes from his heart’s center.

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Donna Leahey
June 2017

Q&A: Sammy Hagar

With over four decades of music to select from, the nearly 70-year-old Sammy Hagar is still proving there’s only one way to rock.

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Donna Leahey
May 2017

Q&A: Kristin Chenoweth

The petite performer with the powerhouse pipes, Kristin Chenoweth, returns home to share a love letter.

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Donna Leahey
February 2017

Lipshtick Laughs

With an honest, raw and usually no-holds-barred act that helps her work out personal issues, Whitney Cummings has no capacity for embarrassment.

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Donna Leahey
January 2017

Soul Survivor

From the highest of highs as an electric funk pioneer with his brothers in The Gap Band to the lowest of lows, Charlie Wilson’s personal and professional resurrection has been “Supa Sexy.”

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Donna Leahey