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Musical group STOMP in concert in March at Mesa Arts Center

Matchboxes, brooms, garbage cans, Zippo lighters and more fill the stage with energizing beats at STOMP, the inventive and invigorating stage show that’s dance, music and theatrical performance blended together in one electrifying rhythm.

See what all the noise is about at six concerts March 9-12 at Mesa Arts Center’s Ikeda Theater, 1 E. Main St. They are 7:30 p.m. March 9, 8 p.m. March 10, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. March 11, and 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. March 12.

Get tickets, which cost $38-$68, at mesaartscenter.com/stomp or by calling the box office during regular business hours at 480-644-6500.




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From Diana Ross to Snoop Dogg, here are 10 music legends who have NEVER WON a Grammy

MOSCOW, IDAHO:  The 65th Grammy Awards on Sunday, February 5, saw prominent artistes including Harry Styles, Ozzy Osbourne, Kendrick Lamar and Ozzy Osbourne take home awards, giving their fans a reason to rejoice. However, several musicians, including the K-pop group BTS, who received a nomination but failed to receive an award, causing outrage online, with several questioning the coveted ceremony. The Grammy Awards are given by The Recording Academy (formally the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, or NARAS) founded in 1957. 

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The selection process for the coveted awards involves submissions being made by both members of the Academy and record companies. Reviewing sessions by more than 350 experts in various fields are held to ensure that the recordings entered meet specific guidelines and if they have been placed in appropriate genres. After the nominations are confirmed the Academy members enter a voting process to select a winner. 

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While winning a Grammy certainly adds value to a musician’s career, it is just another award according to several artists, and does not really determine or measure the success of an artist’s career. Grammy-winning artist Ed Sheeran once told BBC, “Forget awards shows”. Keeping that in mind, here’s a list of 10 legendary musicians who have never won a Grammy but are wildly successful. 

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1. Bob Marley

The age of Reggae may have passed but everyone knows Bob Marley. Surprisingly, the legend, who brought Reggae music to the world of mainstream pop, making way for several bands and musicians, was never even nominated for a Grammy award. He has however delivered hits including ‘No Woman No Cry’, ‘Buffalo Soldier’ and ‘Rat Race’, selling over 75 million records worldwide. 

Reggae singer-songwriter Bob Marley (1945 - 1981),  in concert.   (Photo by Gary Merrin/Getty Images)
Reggae singer-songwriter Bob Marley (1945 – 1981), in concert (Photo by Gary Merrin/Getty Images)

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2. Snoop Dogg

Snoop Dogg (Calvin Cordozar Broadus Jr) is known for a lot of things, his witty commentaries, his love for marijuana and the occasional humor-filled appearances on TV shows. However, what made Snoop a real star is his music. With hit albums including ‘The Doggfather’ and ‘Reincarnated’, Snoop has had 17 Grammy nominations to his name but is yet to take home an award. 

Snoop Dogg performs during the Pepsi Super Bowl LVI Halftime Show at SoFi Stadium on February 13, 2022 in Inglewood, California.
Snoop Dogg performs during the Pepsi Super Bowl LVI Halftime Show at SoFi Stadium on February 13, 2022 in Inglewood, California (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

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3. ABBA

ABBA’s songs that include the likes of ‘I have a Dream’, ‘Thank you for the Music’ and ‘Dancing Queen’ continue to remain favorites across the world. However, despite getting being nominated at the 2023 Grammys for Album of The Year, ‘The Winner Takes it All’ composers are definitely winners in their own rights and have it all, except for a Grammy Award. 

Pop group Abba holding their golden discs. From l to r; Benny Andersson, Agnetha Faltskog, Anni-Frid Lyngstad and Bjorn Ulvaeus. A Swedish group except for Anni-Frid (Frida) who is Norwegian.
Pop group Abba holding their golden discs. From l to r; Benny Andersson, Agnetha Faltskog, Anni-Frid Lyngstad and Bjorn Ulvaeus (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

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4. Diana Ross

Diana Ross has entertained audiences for over five decades and in 2012 was given a Lifetime Achievement Award by The Recording Academy. However, despite being nominated on 12 occasions, she is yet to win a Grammy. 

Diana Ross performs during during the BBC Platinum Party at the Palace, as part of the Queen's Platinum Jubilee celebrations, on June 4, 2022 in London, England. The Platinum Jubilee of Elizabeth II is being celebrated from June 2 to June 5, 2022, in the UK and Commonwealth to mark the 70th anniversary of the accession of Queen Elizabeth II on 6 February 1952.
Diana Ross performs during during the BBC Platinum Party at the Palace, as part of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations, on June 4, 2022 in London, England (Photo by Humphrey Nemar – WPA Pool/Getty Images)

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5. Jimi Hendrix

Often called the “God of Guitar” who, till today, continues to inspire people to pick up the guitar, never won a Grammy Award during his lifetime. However, doing things that were unimaginable at the time, and earning applause and respect from the likes of Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton and Joe Satriani did eventually earn him a Grammy Award, albeit posthumously. 

American musician Jimi Hendrix (1942 - 1970) performs onstage, late 1960s. (Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
American musician Jimi Hendrix (1942 – 1970) performs onstage, late 1960s (Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

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6. Queen

Portraying Queen frontman Freddie Mercury in the critically acclaimed ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’, might have won Rami Malik an Oscar in the Best Actor category, but the band, whose song ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ is considered by many as the greatest rock song ever written, never won a Grammy during their active years. In 2018, Queen was given a Lifetime Achievement Award, and their album ‘A Night At The Opera’ was inducted into the Grammys Hall Of Fame.

British rock group Queen at Les Ambassadeurs, where they were presented with silver, gold and platinum discs for sales in excess of one million of their hit single 'Bohemian Rhapsody'. The band are, from left to right, John Deacon, Freddie Mercury (Frederick Bulsara, 1946 - 1991), Roger Taylor and Brian May.
British rock group Queen at Les Ambassadeurs, where they were presented with silver, gold and platinum discs for sales in excess of one million of their hit single ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)

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7. Lana Del Rey

Lana Del Rey has, in her own right, given alt-pop a different texture with her mellifluous voice. Despite six Grammy nominations and her album ‘Norman F*****g Rockwell!’ debuting at number three on the US Billboard 200 chart, Rey is yet to bag her first Grammy Award. 

Lana Del Rey accepts the Decade Award onstage during attends Variety's Hitmakers Brunch presented by Peacock | Girls5eva on December 04, 2021 in Downtown Los Angeles.
Lana Del Rey accepts the Decade Award onstage during attends Variety’s Hitmakers Brunch presented by Peacock | Girls5eva on December 04, 2021 in Downtown Los Angeles (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for Variety)

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8. Guns N’ Roses

From setting a trend in the world of rock to their well-known rivalry with Nirvana, Guns N’ Roses has ruled the ’90s. However, despite selling 100 million records worldwide, and being inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, they have never won a Grammy. 

Inductees (L-R) Gilbert Clarke, Matt Sorum, Duff McKagan, Slash and Steven Adler of Guns N' Roses, perform onstage during the 27th Annual Rock And Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at Public Hall on April 14, 2012 in Cleveland, Ohio.
Inductees (L-R) Gilbert Clarke, Matt Sorum, Duff McKagan, Slash and Steven Adler of Guns N’ Roses, perform onstage during the 27th Annual Rock And Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at Public Hall on April 14, 2012 in Cleveland, Ohio (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)

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9. Arctic Monkeys

With hits including ‘Do I Wanna Know’ and ‘I Wanna Be Yours’, Arctic Monkeys is not just known for their iconic musical style, but is also a favorite among lyric writers. To date, they remain among the best-ever alternate rock bands, and have six Grammy nominations to their name, but are yet to win their first award.

Arctic Monkeys perform onstage during day 3 of Lollapalooza Chile 2019 at parque O'higgins on March 31, 2019 in Santiago, Chile.
Arctic Monkeys perform onstage during day 3 of Lollapalooza Chile 2019 at parque O’higgins on March 31, 2019 in Santiago, Chile (Photo by Dragomir Yankovic/Getty Images)

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10. Robbie Williams

Despite selling over 75 million records worldwide and delivering smash hits including ‘Angels’, ‘Rock DJ’ and ‘She’s the won’, and having the maximum number of Brit Awards ever, Williams has never won a Grammy Award. He, however, has two nominations, albeit not for his solo songs.

Robbie Williams performs during the 2022 AFL Grand Final match between the Geelong Cats and the Sydney Swans at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on September 24, 2022 in Melbourne, Australia.
Robbie Williams performs during the 2022 AFL Grand Final match between the Geelong Cats and the Sydney Swans at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on September 24, 2022 in Melbourne, Australia (Photo by Cameron Spencer/AFL Photos/via Getty Images)




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West Chester prepares to host giant country music festival with big-name acts

WEST CHESTER TWP., Ohio — A new country music festival is coming to the region, slated for three days this summer in the heart of West Chester Twp. across the National Voice of America Museum of Broadcasting and Voice of America MetroPark grounds.

“We’re really excited about the Voices of America Country Music Festival. It’s going to be a great event,” said Tyler Wogenstahl, chief executive officer at Further Concepts and Investors, the festival’s organizer.

Concertgoers will experience a gathering of country music’s biggest names with three days of live performances while celebrating the region’s history.

As far as the “why” of bringing the festival to the area, Wogenstahl said, “Why not? The main factor that came to mind was, ‘why does Cincinnati not have a major music festival?’ So, for us, when we looked at Greater Cincinnati, Butler County and Ohio, we felt like it was a great fit for a large music festival like this. We know the market has a ton of country music fans, so we wanted to do an event in Greater Cincinnati, where everyone could come, celebrate and be proud of.

“The other thing is, it’s one thing to do a great music festival, but it’s another thing to do a great music festival on such an historic site as the National Voice of America Museum of Broadcasting. It’s got a great history, and it’s a story that needs to be told,” he said.

The inaugural Voices of America Country Music Festival will be Aug. 11-13. The festival will begin at 1 p.m. daily. Headliners for the event will include Dan + Shay, Old Dominion, Chris Young and Alabama.

Jo Dee Messina is another iconic name on the lineup. Lainey Wilson, one of the most popular, female country artists right now, will also take the stage in West Chester Twp.

More than 30 artists are slated to perform on three stages during the three-day event. Several more country stars will be announced closer to the festival date.

“West Chester is really excited about the Voices of America Country Music Festival coming in August. It will use quite a few township resources, but we’re prepared for that, and the organizer’s will be paying for police and fire services as part of the event, so taxpayers aren’t covering that cost, but we’re really excited to bring such a big, national event here to West Chester,” said Barb Wilson, spokesperson for West Chester Twp.

Wogenstahl said due to a high demand, a 3-day pass is being offered at this time. The daily line-up will also be released at a later date. T- date, concertgoers from 17 different states have purchased tickets for the event.

“This is the first year for the festival. We are planning for this to be an annual event with huge country artists every year. We are showcasing the biggest country artists in the industry right now. We are also highlighting local artists, up-and-coming artists and legacy acts as part of the line-up,” said Carly Adams, marketing manager for the Voices of America Country Music Festival.

Organizers said they expect 30,000 to 40,000 people a day to turnout for the festival. A portion of the proceeds from the event will benefit the National Voice of America Museum of Broadcasting and several other local charities.

“It’s a local festival, but it’s beyond local when you look at the acts. It’s just great to bring this level of big artists to West Chester. We’re just so excited,” Adams said.

In addition to the musical performances, there will also be local food and other vendors on site. Organizations like the Cincinnati Reds will also participate.

Festivalgoers are also expected to visit local hotels, restaurants and businesses in and around West Chester Twp.

“I can’t really apply dollars-and-cents to it. … But, of course, events like this, or those that MetroParks host at other parts of the Voice of America MetroPark, or our baseball complex events that bring people to our community, they always have a great economic impact. They put people in beds in our hotels, they eat in our restaurants, and they shop. So, things that bring visitors to West Chester, that’s really a positive endeavor for us,” Wilson said.

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Festival passes are on sale starting at $199. A 3-Day Main Stage VIP Pass is available for $509 and a 3-Day Super VIP Pass is available for $1,509. For more information, or to purchase a pass, or to sign up for the mailing list, go to voacountrymusicfest.com. Entry wristbands will be mailed out in July.

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Bad Bunny Performs ‘El Apagón’ and ‘Después de la Playa’ at the 2023 Grammy Awards

Bad Bunny is the Grammy Award-winning artist behind Un Verano Sin Ti, even opening the 2023 award ceremony. Here’s what we know about his performance of “El Apagón” and “Después de la Playa.”

Bad Bunny won the Grammy Award for Best Música Urbana Album

Bad Bunny performs onstage during the 65th Grammy Awards
Artist Bad Bunny performs onstage during the 65th Grammy Awards | JC Olivera/WireImage via Getty Images

Bad Bunny made history at the Grammys with his Album of the Year nomination, becoming the first artist with a Spanish-language album to be nominated in this category. Although he did not take home the award, he did snag the Grammy Award for Best Música Urbana Album.


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Legendary Rock Band Chicago Is Coming To The UIS Performing Arts Center, June 17

Legendary Rock Band Chicago Is Coming To The UIS Performing Arts Center, June 17

Multi-Grammy award winning band and Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame inductees Chicago announced today that they will be performing in Springfield at UIS Performing Arts Center on Saturday, June 17th.

Hailed as one of the “most important bands in music since the dawn of the rock and roll era, the legendary rock and roll band with horns, Chicago, came in as the highest charting American band in Billboard Magazine’s Top 125 Artists Of All Time. And Chicago is the first American rock band to chart Top 40 albums in six consecutive decades.

Chicago released their 38th studio album, BORN FOR THIS MOMENT in 2022, which included the hit single “If This is Goodbye”.

Featuring the signature sounds Chicago fans have come to love, BORN FOR THIS MOMENT, captures the true heart of this legendary band. Over the entire course of 14 vibrant new songs, BORN FOR THIS MOMENT encapsulates the unique blend of award-winning and personal songwriting, multilayered harmonic vocalizations, and world-class arrangements that have been electrifying audiences across the globe for decades.

In Fall of 2022, Gravitas Ventures released Chicago’s documentary “The Last Band on Stage” directed by Peter Curtis Pardini and narrated by the band’s longtime friend and actor Joe Mantegna. On March 14, 2020. Chicago is the last band playing in the U.S. as COVID lockdowns begin and “The Last Band on Stage” tells the incredible story of how the 55 year-old band survived a pandemic that stopped the world in its tracks.

“Chicago has faced many obstacles in lasting 55 years but the pandemic was possibly their greatest challenge. I’m excited for people to see the story of how they got back to the stage to continue performing,” said director Peter Curtis Pardini. “We’re excited to be bringing The Last Band on Stage to audiences worldwide. This funny and informative documentary offers an inside look at how the legendary band Chicago were able to produce content even during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Gravitas Ventures’ Acquisition Coordinator, Mackenzie Maguire.

Chicago received The Recording Academy’s Lifetime Achievement Award from the GRAMMYS. The Lifetime Achievement Award celebrates performers who have made outstanding contributions of artistic significance to the field of recording. A special award ceremony and tribute concert celebrating the honorees was held in 2020.
Chicago was inducted into the 2016 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. This was their first nomination. They’ve been eligible since 1994. A long time coming!
Chicago’s first album, Chicago Transit Authority, was inducted into the GRAMMY Hall Of Fame in 2014. Chicago managed to fuse pop, rock and jazz together perfectly in this double album.

Robert Lamm and James Pankow have become inductees of the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2017. These legendary songwriters wrote mega-hits such as, “25 or 6 to 4,” “Saturday In The Park,” “Feelin’ Stronger Every Day,” “Make Me Smile,” and many others.
The International Trombone Association presented its 2020 Lifetime Achievement Award to James Pankow. The Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes people who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to the trombone profession over a long career.

Chicago’s lifetime achievements include two Grammy Awards, two American Music Awards, Founding Artists of The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, a Chicago street dedicated in their honor, and keys to and proclamations from an impressive list of US cities. Record sales top the 100,000,000 mark, and include 21 Top 10 singles, 5 consecutive Number One albums, 11 Number One singles and 5 Gold singles. An incredible 25 of their 38 albums have been certified platinum, and the band has a total of 48 gold and platinum awards.

Chicago have toured every year since the beginning – they’ve never missed a year. The original three band members are Robert Lamm on keyboards and vocals, Lee Loughnane on trumpet and vocals and James Pankow on trombone. The band line-up also includes Wally Reyes, Jr. on drums, Tony Obrohta on guitar, Loren Gold on keyboards and vocals, Ray Herrmann on sax and flute, Neil Donell on vocals, Eric Baines on bass and Ramon “Ray” Yslas on percussion.

From the Signature Sound of the Chicago horns, their iconic Vocalists, and a few dozen of ever-Classic Songs, this band’s concerts are celebrations. 2023 marks the band’s 56th consecutive year of touring! Chicago continue to be true ambassadors for their beloved hometown, carrying the city’s name with pride and dignity around the world.

Pre-sale tickets will be available to members of FRIENDS of UIS Performing Arts Center as early as Wednesday, February 1st (to learn how to become a FRIEND and read about our Membership levels, visit UISpac.com/FRIENDS) all remaining tickets will go on sale to the general public on Friday, February 3rd at 10 am. To become a FRIEND call the UIS Ticket Office at (217) 206-6160. Check out ChicagoTheBand.com for a full list of tour dates and more information.

Ticket prices are $180.50, $130.50, $100.50, $80.50 and $60.50 and can be purchased at UISpac.com or by phone (217) 206-6160.


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10 Best U.S. Cities For A Day Trip

Whether a local or a tourist, one of the most satisfactory things to do is a city escape occasionally. Sometimes, people just need a day to recharge away from the country’s main cities to the best destinations. Whether someone enjoys visiting zoos and museums, indulging in outdoor activities like walking and biking, or chilling at attractive islands and lovely state parks, fascinating towns await visitors in the US. Travelers only need to hop in the car or catch a train to these sites that offer a change of scenery. To help wanderers enjoy thrilling adventures, Velotric conducted a study including 10 of the best cities in the U.S. for a flawless day trip.


Related:10 Top-Rated Places To Visit In The USA

10 New York City, New York

There is no place like New York City. It is a wonderful melting pot of cultures, beautiful small towns, neighborhoods, and unique styles, and a walk-in on any of Manhattan’s streets is always a captivating experience. Visitors indulge in more than one Broadway show, step across the Brooklyn Bridge, have a sunny day drinking outdoors, visit museums, stroll around Central Park, and wonder why they haven’t moved here yet. For food enthusiasts, NYC is full of world-renowned restaurants that are easily reached thanks to North America’s biggest public transportation system.

  • Top activities:
    Amusement park, restaurants

  • Top attractions:
    Bohemian Beer Garden, Rockaway Beach, Brooklyn Bridge, Central Park

Related: The City That Never Sleeps… In: 10 Reasons New York City Mornings Are Better Than Nights

9 Long Beach, California

Long Beach is a major location for exploring other parts of the Los Angeles region. It is close to the central freeways and boasts attractions of its own. It is an ideal destination for beach bums and marine life enthusiasts. Being very safe for biking, visitors wander around its beautiful streets, take a Long Beach Segway Tour for a whirl around the shoreline or get on a peaceful cruise around the Naples canals. Long Beach is home to popular nightlife and many clubs. For an evening drink with a view, travelers try the Observation Bar at the Queen Mary, which has outdoor dining overlooking the coastal views of Southern California.

  • Top activities:
    Museums, walking, biking

  • Top attractions:
    The Queen Mary, Aquarium of the Pacific, Shoreline Village

8 Washington, DC

Washington is ideal for an engaging weekend hang, thanks to world-class bars and restaurants, top-rated hotels, beautiful neighborhoods, green spaces, and artistic establishments. The ideal time to take advantage of DC’s wonders is in the fall when the humidity eases up and when the droves of tourists disperse in every corner. For history lovers, historic landmarks are astonishing to visit in Washington, and because it is also extremely walkable, travelers enjoy taking a walk in Washington Harbour and enjoying the Potomac Waterfront views.

  • Top activities:
    Outdoor Activities, Amusement Park

  • Top attractions:
    White House, National Memorials, Washington harbor

7 Oakland, California

Oakland is one of the best cities for day-tripping in sunny California. It is a hub of creativity with infinite attractions for art lovers and one of the most ethnically varied cities in the US. People get a culturally rich experience when visiting the city. Popular celebrities like Tupac Shakur, and Bruce Lee are Oaklanders. For attractive maritime views, Jack London Square is located at the south end of Broadway and is the ideal place to start a day across the Oakland Estuary. Oakland zoo is also very popular and is devoted to the protection of wildlife both locally and globally.

  • Top activities:
    Amusement Park, Zooz, Walking

  • Top attractions:
    NBA’s Golden State Warriors land, University of California

6 Chicago, Illinois

Beyond its food, music scene, and beautiful architecture, Chicago is famous for its rich history, culture, and thrilling things to do. The big city boasts the lively Rush Street, dedicated to drinking and dancing and a friendly vibe. Travelers visit the city’s lovely festivals, including the Taste of Chicago, the Pitchfork Music Fest, and the Lollapalooza. Travelers visit the Art Institute of Chicago, witness The Bean at Millennium Park, or wander the Chicago Cultural Center.

  • Top activities:
    Restaurants, Amusement park, Outdoor activities, Day Trip Activities

  • Top attractions:
    Buckingham Fountain at Grant Park. Lakefront Museum Campus, SkyDeck Chicago.

5 Los Angeles, California

Sun, sand, and movies are the most suitable description of Los Angeles. Whether travelers choose to go on an island cruise to discover Catalina’s rich marine life in Southwest LA, glimpse for an expansive view of the whole city at Venice’s rooftops, or explore the ocean and mountains as they traverse L.A. County, Los Angelos meets any of their requirements. Shopping lovers can visit the Rodeo Drive to find numerous boutiques at low budgets before engaging in Santa Monica Third Street Promenade to meet artists, performers, and entertainers lining the roadways.

  • Top activities:
    Amusement Park, Outdoor activities, Day Trip Activities

  • Top attractions:
    Catalina Island Day Trip, LA farmers market, Universal Studios Hollywood

4 San Diego, California

San Diego’s traditional California city boasts the best weather across America, with sunny skies all year round. On a day trip, travelers visit the San Diego zoo, one of the largest in the U.S., popular for its lush natural habitats and home to more than 3,700 rare animals and a botanical collection of plants. For people looking for quiet adventures, San Diego’s stunning bay and beaches are perfect for exploring. As for foodies, they appreciate the seafood and Mexican cuisines or hit up the massive music, art, comedy, and culinary festival.

  • Top activities:
    Restaurants, Outdoor activities, Day Trip Activities

  • Top attractions:
    San Diego zoo, Balboa Park, Seaport village

3 Seattle, Washington

Surrounded by water, mountains, and lush forests and home to thousands of emeralds parkland, Seattle is a fun location to explore on a day trip. People enjoy a vibrant atmosphere at Seattle’s Capitol Hill bars and restaurants while embracing the tranquility of Seattle’s charming streets and iconic architecture. Seattle boasts world-class restaurants and museums like the Seattle Art Museum to visit during the day or stroll around places like the Pike Place Market and the waterfront since multiple neighborhoods are car-free.

  • Top activities:
    Biking, restaurants, Amusement park, Outdoor activities, Museums

  • Top attractions
    : Capitol Hill, Gasworks Park, Museum of Pop Culture.

2 Boston, Massachusetts

Boston offers a mix of history and modernity. Being one of America’s first big cities, it is the place where federal architecture meets with ultra-modern buildings. There is plenty to do at Quincy Market, which is one of the city’s most famous tourist attractions presenting a bunch of stores, artisan carts, restaurants, and pubs. For food enthusiasts, Boston values its seafood and offers the best raw bars and lobster sheds.

  • Top activities:
    Outdoor activities, Amusement park

  • Top attractions:
    Christopher Columbus Waterfront Park, Mike’s Pastry, Old North Church, Skinny House

1 San Francisco, California

San Francisco is a lovely city built on hills and surrounded by water. Newcomers are always amazed at how chilly the city is. People visit at any time of year, ride a cable car, take a day tour to Alcatraz Island, discover the City Lights Bookstore, walk through the Golden Gate Bridge, visit the Museum of Modern Art, or laugh at the sea lions at Fisherman’s Wharf.

  • Top activities
    : Amusement park, zoos, restaurants

  • Top attractions
    : Alcatraz Island, Golden Gate Park, City Lights Bookstore, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Haight Street.


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Ozzy Osbourne takes home TWO Grammy Awards for the Best Rock Album and Performance after retiring

Ozzy Osbourne bagged two Grammy Awards at the 2023 ceremony for the Best Rock Album and Best Rock Performance.

The 74-year-old rocker, recently announced that he was retiring from the music industry because of his ongoing health woes.

It meant he was not at the star-studded event in Los Angeles on Sunday night, with producer Andrew Watt and Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo instead picking up the award on his behalf.

The pair looked in good spirits as they took to the stage to collect the golden gramophone trophy, where they read the message from Osbourne: ‘I love you all and f*** off.’

Taking the stage at the Los Angeles Microsoft Theater, Andrew and Robert also praised those who featured on the now-Grammy-winning album Patient Number 9.

Award-winning rocker: Ozzy Osbourne bagged two Grammy Awards at the 2023 ceremony for the Best Rock Album and Best Rock Performance

Award-winning rocker: Ozzy Osbourne bagged two Grammy Awards at the 2023 ceremony for the Best Rock Album and Best Rock Performance

Osbourne’s Best Rock Performance award was given for his single Degradation Rules from the same 2022 album.

Giving credit to the late Taylor Hawkins and Jeff Beck, Ozzy’s pals also gave Josh Homme and Tony Iommi from Black Sabbath a mention as well.

Last week, Ozzy retired from touring and cancelled all his upcoming shows while he recovered from spinal surgery.

The rocker was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease four years ago and has been battling various health problems recently.

However, the rock star insisted he plans to not give up and wants to get back on stage as soon as possible.

Ozzy vowed that this would not be the last time we see him perform as he thanked fans for their support after he was left with no choice but to retire from touring.

He told Billboard: ‘My fans. That’s the thing that I really miss about not doing gigs.

‘I’m a hands-on guy. I like talking to my fans. I miss them terribly. My goal is to get back on stage as soon as possible.’

Representing: The 74-year-old rocker, recently announced that he was retiring from the music industry because of his ongoing health woes - so Andrew Watt, left, and Robert Trujillo accepted the award on his behalf on Sunday night

Representing: The 74-year-old rocker, recently announced that he was retiring from the music industry because of his ongoing health woes – so Andrew Watt, left, and Robert Trujillo accepted the award on his behalf on Sunday night

Giving thanks: The pair looked in good spirits as they took to the stage to collect the golden gramophone trophy, where they read the message from Osbourne: 'I love you all and f*** off'

Giving thanks: The pair looked in good spirits as they took to the stage to collect the golden gramophone trophy, where they read the message from Osbourne: ‘I love you all and f*** off’

During the interview, he also hinted that his children Kelly, Jack, and Amy Osbourne might follow him and his wife Sharon back to the UK.

He said, ‘Our kids are over here (in America) at the moment, but it wouldn’t surprise me if they follow us back at some point.’

It comes after Ozzy had been due to kick off his tour European tour in May, initially set for 2019 and then rescheduled three times, but it has now officially been cancelled along with any more dates in the future.

Pals: Taking the stage at the Los Angeles Microsoft Theater, Andrew and Robert also praised those who featured on the now-Grammy-winning album Patient Number 9

Pals: Taking the stage at the Los Angeles Microsoft Theater, Andrew and Robert also praised those who featured on the now-Grammy-winning album Patient Number 9

Ozzy’s last tour show was in December 2018, where he performed at Ozzfest in Inglewood as part of a farewell tour, No More Tours II.

However, on a heartfelt Instagram post, the Black Sabbath rocker apologised for ‘disappointing’ his fans and admitted ‘never would I have imagined that my touring days would have ended this way.’

He confessed he was still struggling with health problems seven months after undergoing spinal surgery that saved him from paralysis amid his ongoing battle with Parkinson’s disease.

He explained: ‘This is probably one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to share with my loyal fans. As you may all know, four years ago, this month, I had a major accident, where I damaged my spine.

Decorated: Ozzy's last tour show was in December 2018, where he performed at Ozzfest in Inglewood as part of a farewell tour, No More Tours II (pictured in September 2022)

Decorated: Ozzy’s last tour show was in December 2018, where he performed at Ozzfest in Inglewood as part of a farewell tour, No More Tours II (pictured in September 2022)

‘My one and only purpose during this time has been to get back on stage. My singing voice is fine. However, after three operations, stem cell treatments, endless physical therapy sessions, and most recently groundbreaking Cybernics (HAL) Treatment, my body is still physically weak.’

Ozzy continued: ‘I am honestly humbled by the way you’ve all patiently held onto your tickets for all this time, but in all good conscience, I have now come to the realization that I’m not physically capable of doing my upcoming European/UK tour dates, as I know I couldn’t deal with the travel required. Believe me when I say that the thought of disappointing my fans really F***S ME UP, more than you will ever know.’

He continued: ‘Never would I have imagined that my touring days would have ended this way. My team is currently coming up with ideas for where I will be able to perform without having to travel from city to city and country to country.

Sad news: Ozzy had been due to kick off his tour European tour in May, initially set for 2019 and then rescheduled three times, but it has now officially been cancelled

Sad news: Ozzy had been due to kick off his tour European tour in May, initially set for 2019 and then rescheduled three times, but it has now officially been cancelled 


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