Comic Con Review – Wizard World Brings Family Fun to All !

Cleveland, Ohio – The event was held last weekend in the North Coast , but the city is of little importance as Wizard World brings the fun across the  United States and to the hearts of many . Featuring  games, music , celebrities and every variation of popular culture , no part of fandom is left untouched .Due to a previous commitment we were only able to attend the Friday night festivities but with Wizard World every day is a party for the eyes , ears and mind .

Cos-players at Wizard World
Cos-players at Wizard World

The cosplayers were on hand to show of their hard work and dedication and the professionalism was on display .

Cos-players at Wizard World
Cos-players at Wizard World

In addition, the medium of  art had a strong presence with local icons John Sloboda and Ted Sikora displaying their work for the comic industry .

Local art celebrity John Sloboda and his family
Local art celebrity John Sloboda and his family.
Ted Sikora and his creations at Wizard World
Ted Sikora and his creations at Wizard World

The new medium of Burtonizing is sweeping the country and Emily  Szalkowski of My Asylum art is on the forefront of it .

 

Emily Szalkowski of My Asylum
Emily Szalkowski of My Asylum

The celebs were not just there to pose for pictures and sign autographs , some performed for the fans like Thomas Nicholas of American Pie fame who is at genuine as he is talented  .

Thomas Nicholas performing on stage .
Thomas Nicholas performing on stage .

Amazing props were there from several high profile movies so fans could pose with them and on them .

 Fans with props
Fans with props
Fans with Props
Fans with Props

Wizard World is a huge production , taking many hours and personal to set up and maintain for the enjoyment of visitors , here is what the event looked like before the Saturday and Sunday crowds .

An overview of Wizard World
An overview of Wizard World

Other cons are always going on across the country and the fine folks at Wizard World allowed the personal of Dark X Mas to show off their upcoming Horror convention flyers.

Check out Dark X Mas coming in the fall
Check out Dark X Mas coming in the fall.

If you see Wizard World coming to a city by you, make sure you check it out , it wont be a weekend you will soon forget  !

 

Artists Announced for Warped Tour 25th Anniversary Events

THE VANS WARPED TOUR PRESENTED BY JOURNEYS

ANNOUNCES 25TH ANNIVERSARY LINEUPS

 
Los Angeles, CA, March 1, 2019 – The Vans Warped Tour, presented by Journey®, announces the lineups for its bi-costal 25th Anniversary events that celebrate the final showcase of the tour’s iconic culture. The unique music experience will stop in three locations including Cleveland, Ohio, Atlantic City, New Jersey and Mountain View, California and caps off 25 years of history of the Vans Warped Tour.
“The Vans Warped Tour holds a very special place in our hearts and in our history.” explains Steve Van Doren, vice president of global events and promotions at Vans. “It was through the annual tour that we were able to bring music and action sports to youth across the globe for over two decades. We are really excited to partner with Kevin and the Warped team to put on a once in a lifetime experience to celebrate the tour’s final year.” 

“Through the years the Vans Warped tour has always tried to bring you something extra, this year we have gone through the past archives and dug up many of our old friends to join us for these special events.” says producer Kevin Lyman. “The curated art experience will showcase our favorite moments over the last 25 years. So, dust off the old Vans and lace em’ up since you won’t want to miss a thing!”

Female Athletes Reign Supreme at Arnold Sports Festival !

Columbus, Ohio- The approximate 22,000 plus athletes that attended the 31st annual Arnold Sports Festival proved one fact , sports is universally loved and embraced by athletes of all ages and sexes. The old  adage of ” You throw a ball like a girl ”  is not considered an insult but a compliment because these girls were some of the toughest competitors I have ever met.

A competitor at the Arnold
A competitor at the Arnold

I met a family  that competes in Baton and yes it is a  real sport .It requires the ability of dance ,martial arts, gymnastics and ballet. With ages ranging in elementary school to collage there is room for all to enjoy this sport.

Baton at the Arnold
Baton at the Arnold
Baton at the Arnold
Baton at the Arnold

In recent years , pole dancing has left the clubs and exploding into the sports arena . A great use as a stress release and stamina builder this is one sport that is gaining world wide attention .

Pole Dancing Competition at the Arnold
Pole Dancing Competition at the Arnold
Pole Dancing Competition at the Arnold
Pole Dancing Competition at the Arnold

Fitness has long been a staple at the Arnold , and doing back flips, dance moves , push ups and handstands prove it requires dedication and plenty of hard work .

 Fitness at the Arnold
Fitness at the Arnold
Baton at the Arnold
Fitness at the Arnold

Professional athletes were on hand including Miss Kelly Klein a professional wrestler with the sports entertainment show ” Ring of Honor ” proving that hard work does pay off .

Kelly Klein
Kelly Klein professional wrestler

Team sports were on hand as well with dance teams being represented from across the country with judging from the prestigious US Spirit Cheer and Dance Organization .

DSC07312 copy.jpg arnold
Dance Teams At The Arnold
Dance Teams At The Arnold
Dance Teams At The Arnold

To prepare for next year event  please see  Arnold’s  official website at  https://www.arnoldsportsfestival.com/

Live Review- Neal Morse Band Thrills Crowd at Sold Out Show !

Cleveland, Ohio – I was walking up to the venue this last Saturday  for the show and for some reason the crowd was outside , not just outside but down the street and  past a few other buildings .I am thinking to myself what is going on here I have covered many shows at the Beachland Ballroom and I have never seen a crowd like this . I inquire to some of the others in line what is going on and they say simply two words ” Neal Morse”  My curiosity got peaked as I have never seen them before and I asked , have you been to many shows and  almost in unison they uttered ” are you kidding ? ” and that was lesson I soon learned .

Neal Morse Band live on stage
Neal Morse Band live on stage

I had about an hour wait in line to learn why people traveled far and wide to see them and why, and what I learned was simple . You don’t need constant radio airplay to have legions of rabid fans . What you need is good songwriting , excellent musicianship and memorable songs and guess what the Neal Morse Band has it in spades .

Neal Morse Band live on stage
Neal Morse Band live on stage

The show opened with a dark and mysterious lighting and sounds , almost like a Broadway musical and soon burst into a night of theatrics , musicianship and an very appreciative crowd .

Neal Morse Band live on stage
Neal Morse Band live on stage

I asked fan ” Sue”  and her husband what they favorite songs that night were and they stated  ” A Momentary Change “, ” Freedom Calling “, ” Vanity Fair ” and ” A Love That Never Dies “.I have to concur with them .

Neal Morse Band live on stage
Neal Morse Band live on stage

The band  members are singer/guitarist/keyboardist Neal Morse, drummer Mike Portnoy, bassist Randy George, keyboardist Bill Hubauer and guitarist Eric Gillette

Neal Morse Band live on stage
Neal Morse Band live on stage

The band is in support of the latest release called THE GREAT ADVENTURE now available at your favorite outlets .

Neal Morse Band live on stage
Neal Morse Band live on stageI highly recommend you check out this exciting band and to learn more please see the official website at http://nealmorse.com/
Neal Morse Band live on stage
Neal Morse Band live on stage