Music

Paula Abdul is one of the most celebrated pop icons in the world. Recognized as an award-winning choreographer, dancer, singer, actress and television personality, she began her career as a cheerleader and choreographer for the Los Angeles Lakers, then her talents were utilized by artists such as Janet Jackson and George Michael.

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The Verve Pipe needs no introduction. Led by singer/songwriter Brian Vander Ark, the Michigan band took the music world by storm in 1996 with their first major release Villains on RCA Records, which contained monster singles “Photograph,” “Hero,” “Never Let You Down,” “Cup of Tea” (one of our personal favorites) and the No. 1 single — “The Freshman.”

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Generation X is known as being the generation of slackers, the cynical and the disaffected, but they’re also the MTV Generation, and they demand excellence in their music. As a new rock music culture emerges, one defined by fans and artists rather than labels and MTV, Loudwire presents the Gen-X Summer concert tour featuring performances from Buckcherry, P.O.D., Lit and Alien Ant Farm inside the Golden Nugget’s on Friday, Aug. 10, in Lake Charles, Louisiana.

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The music of Tracy Byrd never gets old. With more than 30 hit singles, a dozen reaching country’s Top 10 and several climbing to No 1, Byrd was country when country music was actually cool.

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The “25 Years and Counting Tour” featuring +LIVE+ and Counting Crows is set for the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion north of Houston on Sunday, July 22 as gates will open at 5:30 p.m.

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Madison’s on Dowlen in Beaumont will host the return of Podunk along with special guests Six String Mafia and Curse & The Cure on Saturday, June 16, at 8 p.m. Tickets for the show are $10 for general admission and $13 for reserved. They can be purchased at the venue or by calling (409) 924-9777. Music fans should instantly know the name Podunk. They formed in 1992, and members include Jason Touchette (guitar, lead vocals), Duncan Isenhower (guitar, vocals), Paul Soroski (bass) and Brian Hays (drums).

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Mike Zito

Local favorite guitar guru Mike Zito and band are set to perform at Dylan’s in Port Arthur on Friday, June 15, at 8 p.m. For reservations, call (409) 722-1600. Zito began performing at the age of 5 and has played all over the world and earned numerous awards including Song of the Year for “Pearl River” at the 2010 Blues Music Awards. His song “Roll On” was also used on an episode of the FX television hit series Sons of Anarchy.

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Burlesque has seen its highs and lows. After it declined in the 1970s, many thought it would never return to fashion but that has since changed thanks to the International Queen of Burlesque — Dita Von Teese.

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Most know Creed Bratton for starring as a fictional version of himself on nine seasons of NBC’s award-winning television series The Office, which won five Primetime Emmy Awards as well as a Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild Award, and Peabody Award. Fans worldwide grew to love Creed as Dunder Mifflin’s quality assurance director who unapologetically forgets the names of his own co-workers, and says bizarre confusing statements on a regular basis.

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Ford Park announced that country music sensation Toby Keith along with special guest Granger Smith will perform outdoors at Ford Pavilion on Saturday, June 30, to celebrate Ford Park’s 15th anniversary and the rejuvenation of the Pavilion. This year, Keith honors the 25th anniversary of the release of his debut single with his aptly named tour “Should’ve Been A Cowboy XXV Tour,” presented by Ford F Series and Beaumont Emergency Center.

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