Lee Brice, Jake Owen and LoCash are confirmed to play during this year’s Island Time Music Festival. The event will be held virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic in 2021. Other performing artists include Runaway June, A Thousand Horses, Vince Gill, Blackberry Smoke, Levi Hummon and many more. Kellie Pickler is set to host alongside her husband, songwriter Kyle Jacobs. The four-night festival, which is in its 12th year, will return in February 2021.
The Island Time Music Festival benefits the children of Isla Mujeres, a Mexican island off the coast from Cancun. It supports The Little Yellow Schoolhouse, a school for special needs children, enabling kids to enroll in the school free of charge. The event also helps raise money for The Little Yellow Schoolhouse through an annual auction. Past auction items have included a variety of vacation packages, trips to sports events and more.
General admission tickets for the Island Time Music Festival are available now. The four-night event will take place Feb. 24-27, 2021.
Garth Brooks has been named as one of the honorees for the 43rd Kennedy Center Honors. Along with Garth, The Kennedy Center Honors will celebrate the lifetime achievements of Debbie Allen, Joan Baez, Midori and Dick Van Dyke.
Garth shared, “I’m humble. I’m proud. I’m all the good things. Probably most excited and most proud for country music. Any chance you get to ‘wave that flag’ among the many other flags of entertainment – not only in this country, but around the world – that’s always an honor.”
Garth has been to the honors ceremony before to pay tribute to such artists as Loretta Lynn, George Jones, Billy Joel and James Taylor. Garth said about the Kennedy Center Honors, “President John F. Kennedy was a childhood hero of mine, and he has continued to be through every stage of my life. He knew that a nation is defined by its culture and a culture is defined by its arts. I have watched many of my heroes sit in that booth during their ceremony, I have even had the joyous honor of singing for some of them on their special night. The hope is to have contributed to humanity like my heroes have, to inspire us to be the most we can be as individuals, global citizens, and a part of human history. But most of all, to simply laugh, cry, love, and dream through music… I have been blessed to do just that as a fan and as an artist.”
The Kennedy Center Honors will air June 6 at 9 p.m. ET on CBS.
Cardi B has landed her first leading big-screen role in the Paramount comedy Assisted Living. The script will be penned byThis Is Uswriter Kay Oyegun, and Temple Hill and Stephen Love will produce for Paramount.
The story follows Amber (Cardi B), a small time crook, who finds herself in over her head when a heist goes wrong. On the run from both the cops and her former crew, she struggles to find anyone to take her in. Running out of options, Amber disguises herself as an elderly woman and hides out in the one place no one will look — her estranged grandmother’s nursing home.
Cardihad a small role inJennifer Lopez’s 2019 hit Hustlers, and also served as a judge on Netflix’s unscripted music competition seriesRhythm + Flow.Before rising up the charts, Cardi B got her start as a reality TV personality on the VH1 seriesLove and Hip-Hop.
Siegfried Fischbacher, the world-known illusionist who worked alongside stage partner Roy Horn, has died. He was 81. Fischbacher died of pancreatic cancer on Wednesday at his home in Las Vegas, according to a statement from his representative. Fischbacher’s long-time show business partner, Roy Horn, died last year of complications from COVID-19 at a Las Vegas hospital. He was 75.
The German native found fame as part of Siegfried & Roy, which combined illusions and rare animals in shows at The Mirage in Las Vegas. The $30-million production regularly sold out the then-largest theater in Las Vegas history, with the pair performing six shows a week, 44 weeks per year. Their run ended in 2003 after Horn’s spine was severed in an incident on stage with a 380-pound white tiger named Mantecore.
Siegfried & Roy gained international recognition for helping to save rare white tigers and white lions from extinction, and their $10 million compound was home to dozens of rare animals over the years. A street on the Las Vegas strip was named after them last year, shortly after Horn’s death.
A brand-new Sex Pistols biopic directed by Danny Boyle has been picked up by FX Entertainment, to begin production on March 7. The six-episode limited series, simply title Pistol, is based on Steve Jones’ 2018 memoir Lonely Boy: Tales From A Sex Pistol. Stars of the series will include Toby Wallace, Anson Boon, Louis Partridge, Jacob Slater, Fabien Frankel, Dylan Llewellyn, Maisie Williams, Sydney Chandler and Emma Appleton.
“It’s great to be back in business with Danny Boyle, an exceptional artist responsible for so many great feature films and TV series,” says Nick Grad, President, Original Programming, FX Entertainment. “Steve Jones was at the centre of the storm that shook the rock establishment and we’re thrilled to have Danny and the rest of the creative team tell his story as a member of one of music’s most notorious bands – the Sex Pistols.”
“The Sex Pistols changed music forever and Danny Boyle is the perfect director to tell Steve Jones’ story fuelled by raw creativity and destruction,” adds Paul Lee, CEO wiip. “We’re thrilled to be making this with our friends at FX.”
The Kings of Quarantine, consisting of members of Mastodon and Slaves on Dope, are back with some of their famous friends for a new cover track. Their rendition of Jane’s Addiction’s “Mountain Song” features Wes Borland (Limp Bizkit), P-Nut (311), Bert McCracken (The Used), Tanner Wayne (In Flames), Louise Post (Veruca Salt) and Richard Patrick (Filter).
Proceeds from the Bandcamp purchases of the song will go to the Roadie Relief fund to help some of the crew members affected by the pandemic.
Luke Combs appeared on an episode of The Big Interview with Dan Rather, opening up for the first time about his struggles with anxiety dating back to the time he was in middle school.
In an issue that’s becoming more and more commonplace in adolescents and adults, Combs told Rather: “I still have my moments here and there, but it’s something I’ve learned about and something I’ve been able to get ahold of. It’s kind of like a unique form of OCD that I have called Purely Obsessional OCD,” he explains of what is sometimes calledPure-O OCD. It’s more about mental compulsions and intrusive thoughts than the compulsive behaviors usually associated with OCD, according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America.
You can watch the episode of Dan Rather’s “Big Interview” featuring Luke Combs on AXS TV. – here.
Maren Morris and JP Saxe have debuted a new song “Line By Line,” along with an accompanying music video.
“I have always loved being contemplative of the artist vs. muse relationship in songs,” Maren says. “‘Line by Line’ acts as a promise that I’ll never be done writing about my muse in this life because he can’t be summed up in one song. Writing that day with JP was the most fluid, inspiring session. He’s a lyrical faucet. He threw out the line ‘immortalizing my sincerity’ and it blew my mind. I think all in all, we wrote the whole song in an hour and immediately recorded it.”
HBO announced will be ending the hit series Insecure after the show’s upcoming Season 5. The series, created by Issa Rae and Larry Wilmore, first debuted in 2016. In May 2020, it was revealed that the show had been renewed for a 5th season, but no premiere date has surfaced at this time.
In a statement to Deadline, Rae commented on the end of the series saying that she and co-executive producer Penny Prentice “are so grateful that HBO believed in our show from the beginning and kept faith in us to see our vision through the end.” Rae continued, “We always planned to tell this story through five seasons, but we couldn’t have made it this far without the tremendous support of our audience. I feel blessed beyond measure to bring our characters’ stories to an end, on-screen at least.”
In addition to Rae, Insecure also stars Jay Ellis, Yvonne Orji, Natasha Rothwell, Amanda Seales, Alexander Hodge and Kendrick Sampson. Past stars of the show include Lisa Joyce as Frieda and Y’lan Noel. Many other stars have had recurring or guest roles on Insecure, such as Lil Rel Howery, Neil Brown Jr. and Leon Thomas.
Ellen DeGeneres returned to her show for the first time in 2021 with a new episode on Jan. 13, in which the 62-year-old opened up about her recovery from COVID-19. In December, Ellen announced she had tested positive for the novel coronavirus. It took time for DeGeneres to recover and she kept fans updated on her condition while she was in isolation by sharing some messages and videos on social media.
In the new episode of The Ellen Show, she spoke candidly about her experience with COVID-19, saying she didn’t know how she picked up the illness because she had worn a mask and washed her hands. After finding out her diagnosis, she went home and kept her distance from her wife, Portia de Rossi, who was also tested for COVID-19. The comedian said, “I started to feel better and I’m very fortunate and very blessed. I know a lot of people are struggling with this illness right now, my heart goes out to all of them, as always.”
In the episode, Ellen also spoke with Dr. Sanjay Gupta about the new strain of COVID-19 and what we can possibly expect. They also discussed how COVID-19 cases are rising in Los Angeles, along with the rollout of vaccines.