Slightly Stoopid is an American band based in Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, who describe their music as "a fusion of folk, rock, reggae and blues with hip-hop, funk, metal and punk." As a band, they have released 10 albums (three live), with their seventh studio album entitled Top of the Worldon August 14, 2012. The band was originally signed by Bradley Nowell from the band Sublime to his label Skunk Records while still in high school. In 1996 the band released their first studio album, the punk-tinged “Slightly $toopid” (featuring a guest appearance by Nowell on the song “Prophet” – later covered by Sublime and released on their box set, “Everything Under the Sun”) and 1998's surf-inspired “The Longest Barrel Ride.” Slightly Stoopid will perform with Stephen Marley and G Love & Special Sauce at the nTelos Wireless Pavilion in Portsmouth on August 9 at 6:30 p.m. Enter now to win a pair of tickets!
KISS, best known for its members' face paint and flamboyant stage outfits, rose to prominence in the mid to late 1970s with their elaborate live performances, which featured fire breathing, blood spitting, smoking guitars, shooting rockets, levitating drum kits and pyrotechnics. Counting the 1978 solo albums, Kiss has been awarded 28 gold albums to date, the most of any American rock band. The band has sold more than 40 million albums in the United States, and their worldwide sales exceeds 100 million records, making them one of the world’s best-selling bands of all time. Def Leppard is an English rock band formed in 1977 as part of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal movement. The band's strongest commercial success came between the early 1980s and the early 1990s. Their 1981 album “High 'n' Dry,” and the album's stand out track "Bringin' On the Heartbreak" became one of the first rock videos played on MTV in 1982. The band's next studio album ‘Pyromania” in 1983, with "Photograph" as the lead single, turned Def Leppard into a household name. Def Leppard's fourth album “Hysteria,” released in 1987, spawned seven singles, "Love Bites," "Pour Some Sugar on Me," "Hysteria," "Armageddon It," "Animal," "Rocket" and "Women." KISS and Def Leppard will be at Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach on August 8 at 7 p.m. Enter now to win a pair of tickets!
Nine Inch Nails is an industrial rock band, founded in 1988 by Trent Reznor. As its main producer, singer, songwriter, and instrumentalist, Reznor is the only official member of Nine Inch Nails and remains solely responsible for its direction. Nine Inch Nails' music straddles a wide range of genres. After recording a new album, Reznor usually assembles a live band to perform with him. On stage, Nine Inch Nails often employs visual elements to accompany performances, which frequently include light shows. Soundgarden was one of the seminal bands in the creation of grunge, a style of alternative rock that developed in Seattle. Soundgarden was the first grunge band to sign to a major label, though the band did not achieve commercial success until they popularized the genre in the early 1990s with Seattle contemporaries Pearl Jam, Nirvana, and Alice in Chains. The band achieved its biggest success with the 1994 album “Superunknown,” which debuted at number one on the Billboard charts and yielded the Grammy Award-winning singles "Black Hole Sun" and "Spoonman." Nine Inch Nails and Soundgarden will be at Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach on August 5 at 7 p.m. Enter now to win a pair of tickets!
Since the release of his 2004 critically acclaimed CD “When I Fall In Love,” trumpeter Chris Botti has become the largest-selling American instrumental artist. His success has crossed over to audiences usually reserved for pop music and his ongoing association with PBS has led to four No. 1 jazz albums, as well as multiple Gold and Platinum records, and multiple Grammy Awards. Most recently, his latest album, “Impressions,” won the Grammy for Best Pop Instrumental Album at the 2013 Grammy Awards. Performing worldwide, and selling more than three million albums, he has found a form of creative expression that begins in jazz and expands beyond the limits of any single genre.Opening the evening is Forte Jazz Band. Hailing from Smithfield, Va., this eight-piece ensemble’s style is a blend of smooth jazz, jazz standards and jazzy R&B, with original music comprising most of their repertoire. Botti and the Forte Jazz Band will be at the Ferguson Center in Newport News on August 8 at 8 p.m. Enter now to win a pair of tickets!
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