VENUE UPDATES: NIPP SW Takes Over Arizona Venue (Click on More to view all articles)

Nobody In Particular Presents, South West (NIPP, SW) has finalized its agreement to oversee the former Red River Music Hall, newly christened the Marquee Theatre, in downtown Tempe, AZ. Located at 730 N. Mill Ave, the venue originally opened in 1993 and is located just one mile north of the ASU Campus on the corner of Washington and Mill Ave.

In the past, the venue was primarily known for jazz and country artists, such as Norah Jones, Al DiMeola and Glen Campbell. With NIPP, SW in the management and booking role, the venue will now expand its musical direction to include the best in cutting edge alternative, rock, reggae, jazz, bluegrass, fusion bands, as well as continuing with corporate events, private parties and a wide variety of rentals.

The Marquee Theatre's grand opening will be on March 21 with Ozomatli. Reel Big Fish appears on March 28, Taking Back on April 16 and Thievery Corporation on April 25.

"NIPP SW has been actively booking shows at a wide variety of venues throughout Arizona since January 2001, including Linkin Park, Avril Lavigne, George Thorogood, Michelle Branch, Paul Rodriguez, and Journey to name a few," says Jesse Morreale.

Bronco Bowl in Bankruptcy Court

For the second time since 2000, owners of the Bronco Bowl concert venue in Dallas have filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, reports the Dallas Business Journal. The concert venue is part of an entertainment center that also includes a bowling alley, which in addition to the club property, have also been taken into Chapter 1 bankruptcy.

The venue remains open and the bankruptcy filing will not affect any bookings. Upcoming shows include Audioslave/The Burning Brides, Erasure and Linkin Park/Blindside.

PS&E and CCE Plan $10 Tickets For Two Sheds

Palace Sports and Entertainment is recommitting itself to making music affordable for all concertgoers. Beginning this summer, PS&E and its promotional partner Clear Channel Entertainment will work with every band and artist to make $10 tickets available for concerts at its two outdoor amphitheatres: DTE Energy Music Theatre in Clarkston, Michigan and Meadow Brook Music Festival on the campus of Oakland University in Rochester Hills, Michigan.

These specially-priced tickets will be on sale through The Palace Box Office only, with a limit of two per customer per show. In accordance with venue policy, this price will include parking at DTE Energy Music Theatre.

"We want to reintroduce people to the outdoor summer concert experience, where they can afford to enjoy a concert under the stars with family and friends," said Tom Wilson, PS&E president and CEO. "There is nothing like an outdoor concert on a Michigan summer night. It has become a tradition at our venues, and this program will allow more fans an opportunity to enjoy it."

The Boss Plays, Performs 'Atlantic City'


ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — The Boss finally played Atlantic City — the city and the song.

Bruce Springsteen, whose bleak ballad of redemption "Atlantic City" was released in 1982, had never headlined here before Friday, when he played to a sell-out crowd of about 12,500 at Boardwalk Hall.

Taking the stage to the strains of "There She Is, Miss America," Springsteen and his eight-member band wasted no time in giving the crowd what it came to hear, playing "Atlantic City."

The show was filled with New Jersey references. Springsteen recounted the first time he visited Atlantic City as a child, when his mother took him to see Chubby Checker perform.

Springsteen, 52, a native of Freehold, has only appeared in Atlantic City once before. In 1989, he jumped on stage at the end of a Jackson Browne concert, joining Browne for the last part of "Running on Empty" and singing "Born to Run" with him.

Sign at Sinatra Tahoe Casino Taken Down

CRYSTAL BAY, Nev. (AP) — A landmark sign installed by Frank Sinatra outside the north Lake Tahoe casino he owned in the early 1960s has been taken down and replaced with a new sign.

The old sign at the Cal-Neva Resort stood for 43 years until being removed Monday. It now will be on display on a grassy knoll near the resort's parking lot.

"People enjoy history," owner Charles Bluth said. "To just destroy history doesn't make sense at all. People go out of their way to see history."

The sign was replaced by a smaller, earth-toned sign that adheres to scenic quality goals set by the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, which is charged with protecting Tahoe.

Sinatra owned the Cal-Neva from 1960 to 1963, when he lost his gambling license after mobster Sam Giancana of Chicago was seen at the resort.

Judy Garland, Marilyn Monroe, Peter Lawford, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr. were among Sinatra's guests there.

Today's guests still can spend the night in the chalet where Sinatra used to stay. A tunnel connected it to the main building.

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