The summer festival and concert season bookings are underway! In the last week, we have received offers for Little Texas, Craig Morgan, Sawyer Brown, Diamond Rio and Here Come The Mummies! While we are juggling a number of offers for Craig Morgan, he remains busy with not just one but two television programs, as well as writing and recording his new album set for a fall release. Check out the UP Network for ”Morgan Family Strong” as well as his outdoors program on the Outdoor Channel, “Craig Morgan’s All Access Outdoors.”

Luke Bryan and Sam Hunt just announced a co-headlining concert at Target Field July 21 with up and comers Jon Pardi and Morgan Whallen. American Idol judge and coach Bryan returns to Minneapolis after headlining the inaugural concert at U S Bank Stadium in 2016.

According to Pollstar, Bruno Mars continues his incredible track record of being the #1 concert draw in North America, with gross numbers averaging between $2.9 and $3.9 million! George Strait hangs right in there with recent grosses above $3.4 million.

If you were lucky enough to be near the Barcelo Maya Beach Resort in Quintana Roo, Mexico around January 19, the “Crash My Playa” concert featured such diverse artists as Justin Lynch, Gwen Stefani and Maren Morris.

Back here in Minneapolis, The Debut of the city’s newest concert venue, The Armory, hosted Jennifer Lopez, Pink, Imagine Dragons and Sean Combs, formerly know as “P Diddy.” Each night was sold out at the 8400 capacity venue.

One of two iconic guitar brands, Gibson (the other being Fender) is again making news as it faces bankruptcy later this year. Factors involved include venturing into home and studio audio (Pioneer, Onkyo, Teac and Phillips) and the blunder of the decision to place its G-Force automatic string tuner in its 2015 model electric guitars. Widely considered just a gizmo, it was touted as a must have feature but performed haphazardly and players rejected it. Gibson last made news when its manufacturing facilities were raided by U S Authorities and confiscated Madigascar wood alleged to have been imported illegally. Gibson settled, and the wood was returned. The Gibson Brand, with its iconic Les Paul and SG models, will certainly live on.


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