The US Open is officially underway in New York City! The annual Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day on Saturday kicked things off with a day full of games, music, and of course tennis. Kids of all ages enjoyed activities around the grounds like face painting, balloon artists, dance offs, juggling, and of lots of chances to test their tennis skills!
The AAKD show inside Arthur Ashe Stadium featured performances by some of the hottest names in music along with appearances by tennis stars like Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, and Sloane Stephens. The event is in celebration of tennis legend and humanitarian Arthur Ashe and promotes the USTA’s flagship program, the National Junior Tennis and Learning Network (NJTL), which Ashe co-founded. Players from local NJTL chapters had the chance to show off their skills on court in a series of agility and tennis drills.
The show was co-hosted by Radio Disney’s Morgan Tompkins, Meg Donnelly, and JD McCrary. Radio Disney’s Next Big Thing JAGMAC kicked off the show with a high energy performance that set the tone for the whole show. They definitely brought the party with them! We’re sure you’ll be seeing much more of them in the future! Radio Disney is celebrating 10 years of NBT artists this year, and past honorees include Shawn Mendes, Camila Cabello, and Kelsey Ballerini.
Austin Mahone returned to Kids’ Day (he was also a featured performer in 2013!) to perform his new single “Dancing With Nobody” live for the first time. Austin showcased his signature smooth dance moves on the court, complete with a moonwalk across the service line. He also shared that he will be dropping a new album next year!
Co-host Meg Donnelly did double duty and performed “With U,” showing off her dance moves and high kicks across the court in style. We love her fun pop sound and can’t wait for her album to drop! Meg is also a Radio Disney Next Big Thing alum!
The always talented and lovely MAX sang his hit single “Love Me Less,” with a special appearance by Quinn XCII. Watching these two perform together is so much fun and we loved seeing them rock it on center court!
Ava Max’s infectious sound and unique style have already won over the hearts of many. Ava got the stadium rocking with her hit “So Am I.” We are so excited to see and hear what’s next, and are looking forward to her debut album coming soon!
The show ended with a big finale that had everyone doing #TheGitUpChallenge! Blanco Brown sang “The Git Up” from up in the crowd, as the court was filled with dancers, the Blazer Fresh squad, Net Generation players, and even a drumline! Current world #1, Novak Djokovic, never turns down an opportunity to dance at Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day, so of course he was right in the middle of it all!
Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day is always such a blast and the best way to get the last slam of the year underway!
Make sure you watch our interviews with MAX and Quinn XCII, JAGMAC, Ava Max, Austin Mahone, and JD MCCrary to learn more about the artists and what’s coming next.
The Qualifying Tournament for the US Open kicks off on Monday, August 19th in NYC! As usual, admission to watch the qualifying matches is FREE and open to the public. This year the US Open is introducing an expanded US Open Fan Week that includes happy hours, concerts, exhibition matches, stadium tours, and much more!
We’re most excited about the Chase Sound Check Concerts! LANY will be performing on August 21, Brett Eldredge on August 22, and Leon Bridges on August 23! The concerts kick off at 8pm and are free and open to the public like the rest of the US Open Fan Week activities!
Head over to the US Open Fan Week website to view the full schedule of activities – every single day is stacked with fun stuff to do. And did we mention that it’s FREE? Come experience the grounds of the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, watch some incredible professional tennis up close, and catch one of your favorite artists … all in one day!
US Open Fan Week – Chase Sound Check concerts
August 21 – LANY
August 22 – Brett Eldredge
August 23- Leon Bridges
8pm to 9pm
USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center More Info
Fan Week wraps up with the annual Arthur Ashe Kids Day celebration! AAKD will feature performances by MAX, Austin Mahone, Ava Max, and more! Learn more about AAKD and the family festival here!
Sam Setton is New York’s newest face in music. His dreamy pop sound is exactly what we need on our Summer playlist. A self taught singer-songwriter with influences ranging from pop to hip-hop to electronic, Sam is blending the best of every genre to create his own unique sound. We love his smooth vocals and lyrics.
After releasing his debut EP last Summer to rave reviews, Sam is gearing up to have another Summer filled with new music! His new single “Santiago” is dropping next week and you can see Sam live on June 18th at Elsewhere in Brooklyn. Tickets are on sale now!
While we wait for new music, watch Sam’s music video for “My City” below!
You can pre-save Sam Setton’s new single “Santiago” on Spotify and pre-order your copy on iTunes or Amazon now.
Hoodie Allen is all about his fans and this year he’s really taking his love for them to the next level. Hoodie just announced a special two night event called “Fansgiving” where the fans pick the entire set list and every one gets a meet&greet with Hoodie! Now that is how it’s done!
Hoodie took to Twitter to make the special announcement and to let his fans know how much he appreciates them. Every single person who buys a ticket will have the opportunity to make their dream Hoodie Allen set list which is something that we’ve always wanted to do! Tickets to Hoodie Allen’s “Fans-Giving” 2016 shows go on sale Friday, October 21st at 10am EST. Check out the video from Hoodie below and don’t miss these shows!
Hoodie Allen’s Fans-Giving 2016 Shows
Nov 23rd – Middle East Downstairs – Boston, MA – Buy Tickets
Nov 25th – Gramercy Theater – New York, NY – Buy Tickets
NYC indie band The Ugly Club are ones to watch! They just released a brand new single called “The Lonely” and we can’t wait to add it to our summer playlist.
The Ugly Club write groovy pop music that’s sure to stick in your head for days. One listen of “The Lonely” and you’ll remember the catchy melody with a light tone on the synths and bass that feels just right. Smooth vocals float in and out of falsetto throughout the chorus of the track while the drum hits are defined but not overbearing on the song as a whole.
“The Lonely” will be available iTunes and Amazon as well as streaming on Spotify next Tuesday, March 24th. For now, listen to the single below!
Pick up a copy of The Ugly Club’s single “Passengers” on iTunes now!
Connecticut’s own Alec Chambers recently released his debut single “Whole Again” and announced an EP coming in early 2015. The EP was produced by Robbie Gauriglia (Oh Honey) and features songs co-written by Lee Groves (Black Eyed Peas.) At 19, Alec is being hailed as a “teen virtuoso,” having understood chord charts well before he could drive. He taught himself how to play guitar by learning to play his favorite songs by ear.
Each song on the EP was co-written by Alec, who has written dozens of songs, many with platinum selling songwriter-producer Sara Nagourney. Alec is a talented multi-instrumentalist with a guitar driven pop sound. His debut single is one of those tracks you just want to put on repeat, and we can’t wait to hear more!
Listen to his single “Whole Again” below and be sure to pickup a copy on iTunes now!
Alec Chambers will be playing a few shows around the New York City area in the new year! Check out the dates below.
Alec Chambers 2015 Tour Dates
January 5th – The Bitter End – New York, NY
January 14th – Rockwood Music Hall – New York, NY
February 3rd – The Bowery Electric – New York, NY*
*EP Release Show
Austin the one-man-boyband Mahone just announced he is going on a tour to support the release of his book, “Austin Mahone: Just How It Happened.” He’ll be in New York, Chicago and San Antonio signing copies of the book. Check with your local bookstore for more details on the event, and what you’ll need to do to meet Austin!
Z100’s Jingle Ball is by far one of the biggest concerts of the year – and one of the hardest to score tickets to. If you didn’t manage to snag a pair, you still have the chance to see some big names perform at the Z100 All Access Lounge before the concert – for free! The party will take place from 12pm to 6pm at Hammerstein Ballroom, on December 12th. The All Access Lounge features performances throughout the day, interactive games, and a chance to win Jingle Ball tickets or meet and greets with some of the artists.
Since it’s a free event, we’re sure it will fill up fast so be sure to get there early! The first 200 people in line with a Coca Cola product (specifically a 16 or 20 oz) will be able to cut the line and enter first. Sounds like a fair trade, especially since you’ll need the caffeine! Check out the lineup and all the info below.
Z100 Jingle Ball All Access Lounge
Friday, December 12th
12pm to 6pm
311 West 34th Street NYC More Info
The Vamps have been busy celebrating the US release of their debut album “Meet The Vamps,” and we’re so excited that they will be making their long awaited return to NYC next week!
You can buy a copy of “Meet The Vamps” at Lucky Strike in Times Square…and then get to actually Meet The Vamps! That’s right – Brad, James, Tristan and Connor will be signing copies of their album for fans who purchase the album at Lucky Strike beginning at 2pm on Monday, November 17th. The album signing/meet and greet with the band will begin at 5pm, for fans who purchase the albumat Lucky Strike that day.
Meet The Vamps NYC Meet & Greet
Monday, November 17th
2pm: Album on sale
5pm: Signing for those who purchased the album at Lucky Strike Lucky Strike New York
624-660 West 42nd Street
(near 12th Avenue)
Australian singer and Secret Fangirl fave Cody Simpson will be at the Macy’s in Roosevelt Field Mall on Long Island this Saturday, November 8th, for a special meet & greet and acoustic session! If you purchase $40 or more of American Rag brand items, you get a special VIP meet & greet with Cody after his performance. Full event details are available HERE.
Watch Cody Simpson’s video for “Surfboard” below, and pretend it’s still summer.