President Trump Comes to Erie Insurance Arena

By Brandon Boyd, Communications and Client Relations Coordinator

Erie Events executive director Casey Wells walked into my office and shut the door.

He’s never done that before.

“This is it,” I thought. “It’s been a nice ride, but now I’m fired.”

I’ve been here about six months and I love this job. I love working for Erie Events and being able to contribute to all the happenings in Erie and making sure everything runs smoothly. I love the people, I love the atmosphere, and I love the ability I have to put my creative mind toward just about anything I want.

But enough about that. Back to my office.

My door is closed, but the floodgates of my mind are wide open. What could this possibly be about?

“I’m about to tell you something,” Casey started. “But it has to stay in this room and you can’t tell anyone.”

Sure, yeah, of course.

“The President of the United States is probably coming here next week.”

First, a sigh of relief. I get to keep my job! But then another thought – I’m really going to have to earn my paycheck with this one.

As we all know, just about any political topic in today’s society is met with a mountain of commentary. And as President Trump comes to visit Erie Insurance Arena on October 10, we’re sure to receive our fair share of that commentary.

First thing to say about that: Be civil. We understand politics are a delicate topic and we aren’t here to comment either way. We ask that if you choose to express your opinion in some way before, on, or after October 10, you do so in a civil manner.

trumperieSecond thought: If you’re looking for tickets, you won’t find them through us. All tickets must be requested through www.donaldjtrump.com. If you receive tickets, you will be able to enter Erie Insurance Arena on October 10 beginning at 4 p.m. The event starts at 7 p.m. Road closings and parking will be different than usual, so we’ll have that for you when it’s ready.

It’s not every day the sitting President makes his way to Erie. No matter which side you’re on, it’s a headline-worthy time for Erie.

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Be Careful When Buying Tickets

by Brandon Boyd, Coordinator of Communications and Client Relations

If someone came to the Erie Insurance Arena, purchased a small popcorn for $2.50, and then turned around and offered to sell it to you for $15, would you buy it?

No?

So why do that when it comes to tickets?

It seems obvious when we plug in other items, but when it comes to tickets, we find that every once in a while people purchase their ticket from a third-party vendor.

We only sell tickets at http://www.erieevents.com or in our box office. Any other website, AKA a third-party vendor, is serving as a middleman and taking money from you. They are purchasing tickets from us and reselling them to you at a higher price. Or, even more dangerously, they could be selling you a ticket they don’t actually have.

When you Google search “erie events tickets” or other similar search terms, these third-party vendors will pay to disguise themselves as the top link for the search. If you see “ad” by the listing, it’s likely not us. We are ONLY at http://www.erieevents.com

TICKETEXAMPLEwitheditsJust as an example, I pulled a ticket for Trans Siberian Orchestra (now on sale!) for the 8 p.m. showing on November 21. To keep it all equal, I even chose the same section. In this case, I chose section 208. The Erie Events price includes fees; the other sites do not.

  • http://www.erieevents.com price: $49.25
  • Bad Ticket Site 1: $73
  • Bad Ticket Site 2: $74
  • Bad Ticket Site 3: $81
  • Bad Ticket Site 4: $150

Yikes! Big difference, right?

If you’re overpaying for tickets you can get from us for cheaper, you’re getting played like the music at the concert you’re going to. If you’re extremely picky about your seats and we’ve sold the exact ones you’re looking for, perhaps it may be worth exploring your options. It’s likely we’ll be able to get you into seats you will like, however, and we recommend going through us for all your ticketing needs.

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See you soon at http://www.erieevents.com. Or give us a call at 814-452-4857. Or, if you’re nearby, just come to the box office!

 

New Menus at Erie Insurance Arena

By Beth Wilkinson, Concessions Operations Manager

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When you go to order food at the Erie Insurance Arena this year, you’ll notice a different look.

Don’t be intimidated! We feel change is a good thing, and we’ll tell you why. We’re presenting options in a clear, concise way in bright colors and text that you can read from far away. This will allow you more time to scan for your favorite option, and our hope is you’ll know exactly what you want when you get to the register. If you’re at the Club Level, in our suites, or watching the BayHawks courtside, you’ll also see a new menu.

We’re also excited about where you see the Coca-Cola ad in our example picture above. There, it will be moving video that shows several options that you will have. In that spot, we’ll be showing you items like pop, beer, and popcorn to further help you visualize some of our options.

One item of note, as well: Don’t be afraid to move around the Arena! We have specific items at each area that can’t be found in the rest of the Arena. Those items include a walking taco, root beer float, brownie sundae, gyro, philly cheese steak, chicken tenders, poutine, and more.

We look forward to serving you this year at the Erie Insurance Arena!

Country Superstar Alan Jackson Brings His 2017 “Honky Tonk Highway Tour” to the Erie Insurance Arena

Join the celebration as the 2017 Country Music Hall of Fame inductee Alan Jackson brings his 2017 Honky Tonk Highway Tour to the Erie Insurance Arena on Saturday, September 23. Multi-platinum singer Lee Ann Womack will be the special guest. Tickets go on sale Friday, April 28 at 10am.

Tickets and information are available at the Erie Insurance Arena Box Office, http://www.erieevents.com or by calling 814-452-4857 and by visiting http://www.alanjackson.com where you can find information about Alan, his tour schedule, music and more. VIP tickets and packages are also available.

Alan Jackson’s concerts find the country icon performing hits that have gained him legions of longtime fans, songs that continue to draw new crowds as a younger generation discovers his music. Jackson’s repertoire withstands the test of time; it has impacted a field of artists who cite Jackson as an influence. It’s these same songs – many of them written by Alan – that earned him his newfound place alongside country music’s greatest names and cemented his place in its history with his new membership in the Country Music Hall of Fame. Fans will hear the songs they love from the man who wrote them and made them famous, including hi debut hit, “Here in the Real World” …signature songs such as “Chattahoochee,” “Drive” and “Gone Country” … party anthems like “It’s Five O’clock Somewhere” and “Good Time” ..and many, many more.

Jackson’s recently-announced induction to the Country Music Hall of Fame has turned his upcoming Honky Tonk Highway Tour show into a night of celebration with his fans – a chance for everyone who enjoys and has been touched by his music to join the party and share in his success! “For a man who loves country music there is no higher honor,” the entertainer says. “This is the mountain top!”

Special guest Lee Ann Womack joins Jackson for his Upstate New York show. As a Jackson duet partner of long-standing, Lee Ann has appeared on several of Alan’s albums, and the two have shared a number of stages, including the Grand Ole Opry and Carnegie Hall. Lee Ann also honored Jackson at the 2014 CMT Music Awards when he received his Impact Award. In Erie, fans will hear hits spanning Lee Ann’s career to date, as well as brand new and unreleased songs.

Jackson’s 2017 Honky Tonk Highway Tour comes on the heels of the recent 25th anniversary celebration tour which found the superstar playing to sold-out crowds throughout 2015 and 2016. Jackson recently released the album, Angels and Alcohol, and is the subject of a new box set, Genuine: The Alan Jackson Story.

About Alan Jackson:

Just announced as an inductee to the Country Music Hall of Fame, Alan Jackson’s membership among country music’s all-time guests is the latest in a long line of career-defining accolades that include three CMA Entertainer of the Year honors, more than 25 years of membership in the Grand Ole Opry, a 2016 Billboard ranking as one of the Top 10 Country Artists of All-Time, induction to the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, and the Heritage Award as the most-performed country songwriter-artists of the ASCAP’s first 100 years.

The man from rural Newnan, GA has sold nearly 60-million albums worldwide and ranks as one of the 10 best-selling male vocalists of all-time in all genres. He has released more than 60-singles – registering 50 Top Ten hits and 35 #1s (including 26 Billboard chart-toppers.) He has earned more than 150 music industry awards – including 18 Academy of Country Music Awards, 16 Country Music Association Awards, a pair of Grammys and the ASCAP’s Founders and Golden Note Awards.

Jackson is one of the most successful and respected singer-songwriters in music. HE is in the elite company of Paul McCartney and John Lennon among songwriters who’ve written more than 30 songs they’ve recorded and taken to the top of the charts. Jackson is one of the best-selling artists since the inception of Sound Scan, ranking alongside the likes of Eminem and Metallica. His most-recent album, Angels and Alcohol, topped the country album charts when it was release, and he is also the subject of a new box set, Genuine: The Alan Jackson Story, available now.

About Lee Ann Womack:

Lee Ann Womack has sung for presidents, the Convert of the Nobel Price and Maya Angelou’s Celebration of Joy Rising. More importantly, the Grammy-winner has built a career singing songs that slice life wide open with a soprano that is all purity and ache. A Country Music Association Female Vocalist of the Year, Womack also won the prestigious Album of the Year for There’s More Where That Came From, plus a pair of singles of the Year.

The East Texan is a duet partner of choice for Jackson, Willie Nelson, John Prine, George Strait, and others. Her most recent album, 2014 Grammy Country Album of the Year nominee The Way I’m Livin’ – produced by Frank Liddell (Miranda Lambert, Pistol Annies) is an unvarnished distillation of Womack’s clear-eyed take on the real world. Drawing on songs fr4om Julie Miller, Brice Robison, Hayes Carll, Mindy Smith and Neil Young, USA Today called it “irresistibly teasing” with the New York Times adding “[Womack] is entrancing.”

 

KISS 2016 SUMMER AMERICAN “FREEDOM TO ROCK” TOUR

Erie Insurance Arena – August 27 – 8pm – Tickets go on sale April 15th – $125.00, $89.50 and $39.50

April 8, 2016 – Los Angeles, CA – America’s # 1 Gold Record Award Winning Group of all time KISS, has announced its 2016 Summer American “Freedom To Rock” Tour and will visit 35+ cities nationwide with more markets being announced soon. The long-awaited & highly anticipated “Freedom To Rock” Tour will kick off on July 7th in Boise, Idaho and will travel the country throughout July and August and will close September 10th in Huntington, West Virginia. Tickets will go on sale beginning Friday April 15th for all concert dates (The Grand Rapids, MI and Youngstown, OH shows go on sale Monday April 18th). Visit www.kissonline.com for more ticket information. The KISS “Freedom To Rock” Tour will bring epic rock to 25+ cities it hasn’t been to in over 10+ years and four brand new cities as well. KISS specifically wanted to take the “Freedom To Rock” Tour to its fans in markets that haven’t had the chance to see them in some time or ever at all. This 35+ city tour will rock those markets and allow fans across the country to see America’s favorite rock band of all time, KISS.

Opening for KISS will be Recording Artist Caleb Johnson (American Idol Season 13 winner) for shows July 7 – August 10 while the All-Star rock band THE DEAD DAISIES will open for KISS for shows August 10 – September 10. The “Freedom To Rock” Tour is produced by: National Shows 2 (nationalshows2.com), Frank Productions (frankproductions.com), and CMoore Live (cmoorelive.com).

ABOUT KISS: As America’s #1 Gold Record Award winning group of all time, and that’s in every category, KISS can easily be named one of rock’s most influential bands. The Rock N Roll Hall of Famers have released 44 albums and sold more than 100 million albums worldwide.  Honored by their peers, KISS received the illustrious ASCAP Founders Award in 2015.  Over 40 years of record-breaking global tours have brought KISS to their fans. They kicked off their recent world tour with 5 headlining shows in Japan and a #1 single in 2014 “Samurai Son” with pop group, Momoiro Clover Z.  Their 40th Anniversary World tour also rocked North America, South America and Australia.  Additionally,  once a year the “KISS Army” becomes the “KISS Navy” as fans from across  the globe board the KISS Kruise (this year will be  their 5th voyage). KISS teamed up with Warner Brothers in 2014 to create the well-received original movie ScoobyDoo and KISS: Rock And Roll Mystery. Other high-profile appearances have included the Super Bowl, the Winter Olympics, Rockin’ The Corps concert, a FOX alliance with KISS appearing in multiple episodes of Family Guy, plus two special guest performances on American Idol finales. KISS has been featured in major advertising and marketing campaigns for John Varvatos, Google Play, Hello Kitty— even appearing  in a Dr. Pepper Super Bowl commercial and advertising campaign in support of their Hottest Show On Earth tour. This year represents the 3rd season of the LA KISS Arena Football League team bringing professional football back to Los Angeles.  KISS founding band members Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons have also entered the culinary world by opening a string of successful restaurants aptly named Rock & Brews. KISS is dedicated to numerous Veterans Organizations including: The Wounded Warriors Project, The USO, The U.S. Chamber of Commerce “Hire A Hero”  program, The Legacy Organization in Australia, Help For Heroes United Kingdom and The Dr. Pepper Snapple Groups Wounded Warriors Support Foundations. For more information, visit www.KissOnline.com

ABOUT CALEB JOHNSON: In the tradition of rock & roll’s most iconic performers, Caleb Johnson turns his own passion and unrest into music with a fierce and gut-punching but wildly uplifting emotional power. Winner of the thirteenth season of American Idol, the 24-year-old North Carolina native has already electrified audiences of millions with his commanding vocals and a fiery energy that honors his longtime love of all things rock! Johnson’s singing breakthrough happened at a high school talent show in his hometown of Asheville, when his performance of a Creedence Clearwater Revival song left the crowd floored. “When I heard the audience erupt, it just gave me the chills and I realized that making music was what I wanted to do with my life,” he says. “After that, I started singing every day and just immersed myself in the craft of performing and tried to hone that in. It was completely my passion.” Forming his first band in 2010 and spending the next few years touring regionally and cutting an album, Johnson made his way onto the thirteenth season of American Idol and eventually seized his victory by reworking songs from the likes of Led Zeppelin, The Black Crowes, Faces, and the Rolling Stones with his deeply passionate delivery. For Caleb, this is a labor of love and a way to show his gratitude to all of the people that have supported him from his humble beginnings in Ashville, NC to winning season 13 of American Idol and beyond.

ABOUT THE DEAD DAISIES: Influenced by 70’s and early 80’s hard rock, The Dead Daisies sound is soulful and accessible – equal parts of The Faces, Bad Company and Foreigner: muscular vocals, bluesy riffs, big choruses, powerful melodies and strong hooks. With stellar musicianship and pulverizing live shows, fans across the globe are discovering the band that is bringing back Rock & Roll! Since exploding onto the scene in early 2013, The Dead Daisies have taken the Rock world by storm, releasing two albums to date & touring with the biggest names in rock including: ZZ Top, Aerosmith, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Bad Company, Judas Priest, KISS, Whitesnake and Def Leppard.  The Dead Daisies feature in their ranks some of the finest Rockers on the planet. The band has just recently announced the addition of Doug Aldrich (Whitesnake, Dio) as their new lead guitar player. He completes a powerhouse lineup that features John Corabi (Mötley Crüe, The Scream), Marco Mendoza (Thin Lizzy, Whitesnake), Brian Tichy (Ozzy Osbourne, Foreigner) and David Lowy (Red Phoenix, Mink). The current incarnation of The Dead Daisies is part of musical collective created by a rotating line-up that have individually and collectively left their mark on the high-class brand of Rock & Roll the band is known for. This includes names such as Richard Fortus (Guns N’ Roses/The Psychedelic Furs), Dizzy Reed (Guns N’ Roses/Hookers and Blow), Darryl Jones (The Rolling Stones, Sting), Charley Drayton (The X-pensive Winos/The Cult), Jon Stevens (Noiseworks/INXS), Tommy Clufetos (Black Sabbath/Rob Zombie) and many more. Rock ‘n’ Roll is alive and well!!!

Chris Young to Play at Erie Insurance Arena October 30

August 10, 2015 | Nashville, TN | On the heels of the fastest growing single of his career, Chris Young, “one of the strongest, most distinctive voices among country’s current crop” (Billboard), is unveiling his upcoming “I’m Comin’ Over” fall tour, leading up to his fifth studio album due later this year. With six chart-toppers and a hit-packed set, Young, “one of country’s most reliable hitmakers” (USA Today), will continue his headlining streak, igniting the “I’m Comin’ Over” Tour October 22 in Savannah, GA with fourteen dates continuing throughout the rest of the year as revealed by Entertainment Weekly earlier this morning.

Tickets for the “I’m Comin’ Over” Tour, presented by AEG Live, go on sale starting this Friday, August 14 at 10am local time and can be purchased at aeglive.com and ChrisYoungCountry.com. A limited number of exclusive VIP Packages will also be available for sale. These packages can include premium tickets, access to a Chris Young preshow acoustic event, limited-edition merchandise and much more. The CMA, ACM and Grammy-nominated hit-maker will welcome five-time, chart-topping breakout artist, Eric Paslay and country newcomer, Clare Dunn, to open the tour. Details for the new album, I’m Comin’ Over, will be revealed in the coming weeks. Young gave fans a sneak peek at the album cover during a Facebook Mentions Live video chat over the weekend.

ABOUT CHRIS YOUNG: At the age of 30, Chris Young has accomplished more than some artists do in a lifetime. Already a Grammy-nominated vocalist, he’s also a dynamic live performer who plays a powerhouse show packed with hits, including chart toppers “Gettin’ You Home,” “Voices,” “Tomorrow,” and “Who I Am With You.” With four albums to his credit, Young has amassed six #1 singles, seven Gold/Platinum certifications and performed for audiences ranging from Good Morning America to Australia and Dublin to The Late Show with David Letterman. The RCA Records artist is an international ambassador for his genre, a talented songwriter, and a southern gentleman who is frequently declared one of country music’s sexiest men by People and Country Weekly magazines. With the release of his most recent record, “I’m Comin’ Over,” from his highly anticipated fifth studio album due later this year, Young is just as well known for his classic baritone as he is for melt-your-heart ballads and is winning audiences across the globe. Join the conversation with Chris Young’s more than 2.5 million followers on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and get tickets to catch him on tour at www.chrisyoungcountry.com.

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ABOUT ERIC PASLAY: EMI Records Nashville breakout country artist, Eric Paslay, delivers a powerful punch as a renowned, Platinum-selling, hit songwriter and dynamic performer. Paslay has celebrated five No. 1 hits including “Even If It Breaks Your Heart” (Eli Young Band), “Barefoot Blue Jean Night” (Jake Owen), “Angel Eyes” (Love & Theft), “Rewind” (Rascal Flatts) and “Friday Night,”

the smash lead single from his critically acclaimed self-titled debut album. The Temple, Texas native earned nominations for GRAMMY Best Country Song, ACM Song of the Year and CMA Song Of The Year for “Even If It Breaks Your Heart.” A true artist’s artist, USA Today calls Paslay “flat out-brilliant” and American Songwriter names him an influencer of country music. Paslay is currently writing and recording for his highly-anticipated sophomore album.

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ABOUT CLARE DUNN: MCA Nashville singer/songwriter Clare Dunn is a dynamic new artist on the country music scene who has garnered critical praise for her impressive guitar work. Drawing comparisons to Bonnie Raitt and Keith Urban while recently on tour with Bob Seger, audiences across the country have taken notice of her ability to command a stage. Clare plays lead guitar on all of her material which includes her current debut single, “Move On.” Named as “One To Watch” by USA TodayBillboard and more, the Colorado native will also join Miranda Lambert’s Roadside Bars and Pink Guitars Tour this fall along with RaeLynn and Ashley Monroe. For more information, please visit www.ClareDunn.com.

Chris Young Photo credit: David McClister

Eric Paslay Photo credit: Eric Adkins

Clare Dunn Photo credit: Joseph Llanes

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For more information about Chris Young contact:

Cindy Hunt / Monarch Publicity / 615-429-2203 / cindy.hunt@monarchpublicity.com

Fount Lynch / Sony Music Nashville / 615-301-4373 / fount.lynch@sonymusic.com

 

DWTS Live! Tour Coming to Erie Insurance Arena June 24th

MAGIC CITY PRODUCTIONS PRESENTS:

DANCING WITH THE STARS: LIVE!  ‘PERFECT TEN TOUR’

COMES TO THE ERIE INSURANCE ARENA JUNE 24, 7:30 PM 

All-Stars Champion Melissa Rycroft to Headline Tour Dancing Alongside Witney Carson, Valentin Chmerkovskiy, Artem Chigvintsev, Keo Motsepe, Peta Murgatroyd and Emma Slater

Tickets on Sale Now at the Arena Box Office and erieevents.com.

(April 6, 2015) – Following a sold-out winter tour and the 10th Anniversary Season of ABC’s hit show Dancing with the Stars, Dancing with the Stars: Live!  is going back on the road giving fans the opportunity to see their favorite stars dance live in their hometowns, visiting over 40 cities across America.  Hosted by Dancing with the Stars All-Stars champion Melissa Rycroft, the ‘Perfect Ten Tour’ is bringing a one-of-a-kind touring production to THE ERIE INSURANCE ARENA JUNE 24, 2015 AT 7:30 PM

Kicking off this summer, Dancing with the Stars: Live! features the faces you know and love including pro dancers Witney Carson, Valentin Chmerkovskiy, Artem Chigvintsev, Peta Murgatroyd, Emma Slater, and troupe dancers Alan Bersten, Brittany Cherry, Sasha Farber and Jenna Johnson. The dancers are unleashed  in the 90-minute action packed live show, produced by Faculty Productions in association with BBC Worldwide, treating audiences to exciting and romantic performances, from choreography never before seen on the show, to some of the most memorable numbers from all ten years of Dancing with the Stars.

“I’m looking forward to dusting off my dance shoes and heading out on the road on tour with Dancing with the Stars.  My children Ava and Beckett and my husband Tye will be traveling with me in what can only be described as the greatest road trip across America, dancing from city to city and reconnecting with the fans that make Dancing with the Stars so special,” said Melissa Rycroft.

Tickets for Dancing with the Stars: Live!  go on sale Monday, April 6. For up to date information and to purchase tickets, go to dwtstour.com. VIP packages will be available through VIPNation.com, giving fans the chance to purchase premium tickets, meet and greet opportunities with the cast, exclusive merchandise and photo opportunities.

Don’t forget to tune-in to the 10th anniversary season of ‘Dancing with the Stars,’ airing Monday nights at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.

 

The Price is Right Live! Moves to the Erie Insurance Arena

The Price Is Right Live, scheduled for April 15, 2015 at the Warner Theatre, will now take place at the Erie Insurance Arena. Production needs required the show to move to the larger venue.

Tickets that are already purchased will be honored and patrons will be seated in similar areas to their location in the theatre. If a patron would like a refund due to the change in venue, the refund will be provided at the point of purchase.

The Price Is Right Live is an interactive stage show the gives eligible individuals the chance to “Come On Down” to win. Fans will enjoy the classic games from Plinko, to Cliffhangers, to The Big Wheel, and also the final Showcase. Prizes may include appliances, vacations and possibly a brand new car. Tickets are $47.50, $37.50, $29.50 and can be purchased at the Erie Insurance Arena box office, www.erieevents.com or by calling (814) 452-4857. Tickets will be available and on sale starting Thursday, March 5th.

Two Show Announcements!

“Weird Al” Yankovic is coming to Erie to perform at the Warner Theatre this summer. Yankovic will perform July 10th at 8pm at the Warner as part of his “Mandatory World Tour.” Tickets for this show go on sale January 30th.

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Plus, Slipknot with special guest Hatebreed will bring it’s epic “Prepare For Hell” world tour to the Erie Insurance Arena on May 12th. Presales are now available with general on-sale this Friday at 10am.

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Get all ticket information at http://www.erieevents.com, by calling the box office at 814-452-4857 or by visiting the box office at Erie Insurance Arena.