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Jeff Dunham is returning to the Silver Spurs Arena

Posted on Friday, September 22, 2017 at 10:18 am




By Peter Covino

A&E Editor

Comedian Jeff Dunham returns to the Silver Spurs Arena with his zany cast of characters April 22.

Tickets for the show go on sale Nov. 6.

It is part of his 60-city North America Passively Aggressive tour.

Dunham just released his latest standup special, Jeff Dunham: Relative Disaster, on Netflix this month. Dunham, a Guinness World Record holder for “Most Tickets Sold for a Stand-up Comedy Tour,” has built an entertainment empire over years of non-stop touring and innovation. With over a million YouTube subscribers amassing over a billion views, he has carved out his own unique space in the comedy world leading to record-breaking viewership with his comedy specials on Comedy Central and NBC, according to a press release.

Adding to his list of recent accomplishments, Dunham’s contribution to the world of show business and comedy will be recognized today, Thursday, Sept. 21 when he receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, commemorating over two decades of superstardom.

Said Dunham recently, “When I moved to Los Angeles in 1988 with a car full of clothes and a couple of dummies, never in my wildest dreams did I imagine that one day I would be tripping over my own star on the Walk of Fame. It’s truly fantastic and a great honor; I just hope it’s not in front of an adult store. Okay, actually, that would be hilarious.”

More ticket information will be released soon.

The Grateful Dead is a memory, but the world’s most popular touring band lives on with Dead & Company, featuring original members of the band and other all-stars, continuing in that great tradition.

Dead & Company has added a fall leg to its 2017 tour beginning with two shows at Madison Square Garden on Sunday, Nov. 12, and Tuesday, Nov. 14, and running through Friday, Dec. 8, at the BB&T Center in Sunrise. The band comes to the Amway Center, Thursday, Dec. 7.  Tickets are on sale now for all shows.

The celebrated group features original Grateful Dead members Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann and Bob Weir alongside singer/guitarist John Mayer, Allman Brothers’ bassist Oteil Burbridge and Fare Thee Well and RatDog keyboardist Jeff Chimenti. The band continues in the tradition of the Grateful Dead, drawing from the Dead’s vast catalog of songs. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster.

In Orlando and Sunrise, American Express Card Members can purchase tickets before the general public through Friday, September 22, at 10 p.m.

Other new tour /music announcements include 1990’s boy band, 98° coming to Florida in December along with the group’s first full-length Christmas album in 18 years.

The group will be playing at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg, as well as other Florida locations. The St. Petersburg stop is Dec. 8.

With more than 10 million albums sold, multi-platinum 98° (Nick Lachey, Drew Lachey, Justin Jeffre and Jeff Timmons) will release their first full-length Christmas album in 18 years, Let It Snow, on Oct. 20. Their new original song “Season of Love,” is available now to stream or as a digital download when you pre-order the digital album. Recorded this summer in Los Angeles, the album features the group’s signature R&B-tinged, four-part harmonies. To celebrate their new album, the band embarks on a 31-city tour kicking off Nov. 9 and concludes Dec. 23.

Concert-goers can expect a high-energy 98° show featuring holiday songs from their new album, as well as their hits. Along with classics like the title track, “Let It Snow,” the 12-song collection includes a newly penned and recorded song, “Season of Love,” their take on “What Christmas Means To Me,” the standard that was popularized by Stevie Wonder and an interpretation of Joni Mitchell’s “River.” The guys also put their own spin on the classic carols, “The First Noel.” The band recruited Grammy-nominated music, TV and film producer Adam Anders to oversee the project who is best known for his work as executive music producer for Glee who has written and recorded with some of the biggest names in contemporary pop music including Miley Cyrus, Selena Gomez, Backstreet Boys and the Jonas Brothers.

Let It Snow is their second Christmas title, their critically-acclaimed This Christmas was a million-selling, platinum album in 1999. “As a group, our favorite record, hands down, is [This Christmas],” said Drew, in a press release. “We’re proud of the music, the harmonies, the production. It’s a Christmas record that every year people can put on and enjoy.” “We have primarily a female audience, but we’ll have guys come up to us and say, ‘You know what? I love the Christmas album; my mom bought it for me.’ It’s bro code that the Christmas album’s allowed,” Timmons jokingly added. Plus, “it’s a special year for us – it’s the 20th anniversary of our first release on Motown Records,” says Nick. “So, it just seemed like the perfect moment to revisit that and do a Volume Two.”

Over the past 15 years, all four members have enjoyed other careers outside of music. Nick, who is currently appearing on Season 25 of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars, has launched a successful solo music career and hasstarred on TV shows both as an actor (The WB’s Charmed and One Tree Hill) and as a television host (VH-1’s Big Morning Buzz Live, NBC’s The Sing-Off). Drew was crowned season two winner of Dancing with the Stars, been on Broadway, and both brothers opened Lachey’s Bar (A&E). Timmons joined members of Backstreet Boys and ‘NSYNC for VH-1’s Mission Man Band and Nick Carter’s Sci-Fi feature, Dead Seven. Jeffre is involved in various media and cause related projects stemming from his foray into politics as a mayoral candidate of Cincinnati.

98° has sold a staggering 10 million records, scored a chart-topping single, “Thank God I Found You,” with Mariah Carey and Joe, and collaborated with their collective idol, Stevie Wonder, on “True to Your Heart,” for the 1998 animated Disney film, Mulan. Their four-million-selling album, 98° and Rising (1998, Motown) , spawned the top-5 favorites “Because of You,” “I Do,” and “The Hardest Thing,” while 2000’s Revelation (Universal Records), which sold two million copies, peaked at number 2 on the Billboard 200 and yielded a trio of hits, “Give Me Just One Night (Una Noche),” “My Everything” and “The Way You Want Me To.”

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