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Ralphie Report: The making of “Amy”

Ralphie Report: The making of “Amy”

As chronicled in the new documentary, “Amy,” almost anyone who came in contact with the late Amy Winehouse experienced some type of very intense, dark time with her, especially the later part of her 27 years alive. Yet it takes almost no effort for her first manager Nick Shymansky to recollect brighter moments he spent […]

Ralphie Report: An inside look at Boys of Zummer tour

Ralphie Report: An inside look at Boys of Zummer tour

By Ralphie Aversa | For Weekender Ralphie Aversa http://www.theweekender.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/web1_Ralphienew2.jpgRalphie Aversa http://www.theweekender.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/web1_wiz1.jpg The “Boys Of Zummer” Tour starring Fall Out Boy, Wiz Khalifa and Hoodie Allen took over The Pavilion at Montage Mountain on Saturday. I was in attendance at the show, and here is what I noticed from my perspective. – I attended the meet-and-greets […]

Ralphie Report: Kendall Schmidt doesn’t like fried Oreos

Ralphie Report: Kendall Schmidt doesn’t like fried Oreos

By Ralphie Aversa | For Weekender Ralphie Aversa Kendall Schmidt The band Heffron Drive returned to State Fair Meadowlands in New Jersey for a second-straight year on Tuesday, before a show this Friday in Philadelphia. Last time around, there wasn’t a whole lot of new music from the Kendall Schmidt-fronted group. He and Dustin Belt […]

Ralphie Report: Friends in big places

Ralphie Report: Friends in big places

Ralphie Aversa Perhaps it was not merely a coincidence that on the week I turned the big 3-0, I interviewed a gentleman who gave me one of the biggest breaks of my young career. Of course at the time, he wasn’t trying to throw some 20-year-old know-it-all living in Wilkes-Barre a bone; rather he was […]

Ralphie Report: Tony Awards bring stars to the main stage

Ralphie Report: Tony Awards bring stars to the main stage

Ralphie Aversa It’s big business – billion dollar business, to be exact. Perhaps that explains why so many big stars from across entertainment continue to flock to Broadway for producing and/or starring roles in productions. But as evidenced in last Sunday’s Tony Awards broadcast, there is obviously more to the boom than just dollars and […]

Ralphie Report: Third Eye Blind and Lady Gaga share more than just a tour bus

Ralphie Report: Third Eye Blind and Lady Gaga share more than just a tour bus

Ralphie Aversa Stephan Jenkins of Third Eye Blind Third Eye Blind and Lady Gaga have more in common than you might think. For starters, both care deeply about their respective fan base’s experience at a live concert. Hearing 3EB front man, Stephan Jenkins, talk about the band’s live set conjured up thoughts of Gaga looking […]

Ralphie Report: Rozzi Crane and ZZ Ward — these ladies mean business

Ralphie Report: Rozzi Crane and ZZ Ward — these ladies mean business

Ralphie Aversa Rozzi Crane Could you imagine hanging out at a Cinco de Mayo party with friends, sipping on a beverage and then checking your phone and finding out that you have an email from Adam Levine? Rozzi Crane doesn’t have to “imagine” that scenario because it happened to her in real life. “I was […]

Ralphie Report: Ludacris returns to host the 2015 Billboard Music Awards

Ralphie Report: Ludacris returns to host the 2015 Billboard Music Awards

Ralphie Aversa Ludacris will co-host the Billboard Music Awards which air on May 17. If you are creating a seating chart for the 2015 Billboard Music Awards, there are two artists that should be assigned prime real estate near the stage: Taylor Swift and Sam Smith. Finalists were revealed for the BBMAs last week, with […]

Ralphie Report: Destiny’s Child opens 2015 Stellar Gospel Music Awards

Ralphie Report: Destiny’s Child opens 2015 Stellar Gospel Music Awards

The 2015 Stellar Gospel Music Awards aired on TV One Easter Sunday. Taped the previous week in Las Vegas, the telecast kicked off with a surprise reunion of Destiny’s Child. “You know what; Michelle (Williams) was up for some awards. She told us that she was opening the show, and we wanted to be there […]

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