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Virtual Music Festival

Cincinnati Music Festival presented by P&G (CMF) won’t skip a beat in 2020. Through a marathon of new and previous music content, consumer engagement opportunities and digital presence, CMF is creating the #FEELSLIKECMF Virtual Weekend Experience, July 23-25. The innovative free event, to be available on cincymusicfestival.com, will focus on celebration, community and local impact and is also supported by AARP.   

“Music provides hope, comfort and determination during uncertain times,” said Joe Santangelo, producer of CMF. “Leading up to and during #FEELSLIKECMF Weekend, we will strategically work to uplift our neighbors, support local black artists and musicians and drive commerce to local Black owned businesses and restaurants. This event promises to grow awareness of regional organizations that support the African American community, and share the positivity and history of our Cincinnati Music Festival presented by P&G.” #FEELSLIKECMF.

Schedule of Events

THURSDAY, JULY 23  

Triiibe recorded live at Corporate  

Aprina Johnson recorded live at Black Coffee 

 DJ Vader recorded live at Revel DJ Ellery    

Special appearance: The State of Black Culture featuring Rev. Al Sharpton from the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center

FRIDAY, JULY 24 

Lauren Eylise recorded live at Paul Brown Stadium 

Kathy Wade & Joe Santangelo 

DJ Baby Rome recorded live at Paul Brown Stadium 

Regina Belle   

Special attraction: Cincinnati Music Festival Outdoor Art Museum at Washington Park    

SATURDAY, JULY 25

DJ DNICE LIVE from Club Quarantine Additional weekend entertainment will include shout-outs from The O’Jays’ Eddie Levert, Biz Markie and more. 

The Cincinnati Music festival presented by P&G returns to Cincinnati’s Paul Brown Stadium, July 22-24, 2021. The lineup features multi-talented singer-songwriter Janet Jackson and will also include an expanded and exciting Thursday lineup at the Andrew J. Brady ICON Music Center at The Banks. Tickets are on sale at CincyMusicFestival.com

Cincinnati Music Festival: Largest Tourism Weekend of the Year in Cincinnati A recent study conducted by the UC Economics Center and commissioned by the Cincinnati USA Convention & Visitors Bureau shows the Cincinnati Music Festival presented by P&G provides a $107.5 million economic impact to the region, making it the largest annual driver of tourism in the tristate. 

Cincinnati Music Festival began in 1962 and is one of the largest music festivals in the United States attracting over 90,000+ people from around the country with its roster of leading R&B, jazz, soul and hip-hop artists creating an economic impact of $107 million for Cincinnati. CMF is held at Paul Brown Stadium in partnership with the Cincinnati Bengals. Procter & Gamble is the presenting sponsor for the Cincinnati Music Festival. 

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OTR × “Moon”

OTR SHARES NEW SINGLE, “MOON” FT. VANCOUVER SLEEP CLINIC

“Moon” Is From His Debut Album, Lost At Midnight, Set For April 24 Release On Astralwerks

Download / Stream “Moon” HERE

Astralwerks released OTR’s new single, “Moon” ft. Vancouver Sleep Clinic. The Australian artist’s luminous vocals float over OTR’s lush, euphoric production, creating an uplifting, transcendent track.

Ryan Chadwick – the 26-year old aerospace engineer-turned-producer behind OTR – says, “Tim [Vancouver Sleep Clinic] and I first met during an Astralwerks writing camp at Shangri-la, the historic Malibu studio now owned by Rick Rubin. It only took 30 minutes for us to click and find the hook. After that weekend, I spent a lot of time thinking about what it was like to be at that iconic studio. I sort of felt like an imposter and wanted to make something truly worthy of the history there. ‘Moon’ is the result of me pushing myself to rise to the occasion, and challenging my sound to be greater.” Vancouver Sleep Clinic’s Tim Bettinson grew up in Brisbane, Australia. His new album, Onwards to Zion, was hailed by Ones To Watch as an “ambient playlist staple…a collective of refreshing guitar melodies, frosty synths, and angelic vocals that have a way of gliding into the spirit of a listener and settling into the crevices of their bones.” “Moon” is from OTR’s full-length debut, Lost At Midnight, which will be released on April 24. He will support the album with a North American summer tour – his first headline outing. Tickets are on sale HERE.

The Lost At Midnight Tour will include shows at Vinyl in OTR’s adopted home of Atlanta (June 27), Rough Trade in New York City (July 18) and The Echo in Los Angeles (July 24).

Lost At Midnight is now available for pre-order at all DSPs HERE. Fans who pre-order the album in digital format will instantly receive “Moon” ft. Vancouver Sleep Clinic plus “Midnight Sun” (with Ukiyo), “Stay” (with WYNNE), “Heart” (ft. Shallou) and “Drive” (with Panama). The vinyl and digital editions are available for pre-order at http://store.musicbyotr.com.

“Moon” is the follow-up to the single “Midnight Sun” (with Ukiyo), which has proven to be OTR’s most reactive track to date. Heard in the opening scene of the Netflix global hit film To All The Boys: P.S. I Still Love You, which was released last month, “Midnight Sun” has already attained nearly one million cumulative streams worldwide.

This Song Is Sick said, “[OTR & Ukiyo] deliver a four-minute emotional experience packed with soft, atmospheric soundscapes, ghostly vocal chops, skittering arpeggios and crisp, booming drums.” Ones To Watch premiered the official video and noted, “OTR…Captures a Moment of Serene Bliss.” Watch the video HERE.
“Heart” feat. Shallou climbed to #1 on the Sirius XM Chill chart and has amassed nearly 12 million cumulative streams to date. Earmilk said, “To unite the sonically soul-kindling abilities of OTR and Shallou is to create something truly sublime.” The follow-up to OTR’s independently-released 2018 EP Unfold, Lost at Midnight also features collaborations with Saint Sinner, LOWES, Au/Ra and Emerson Leif. Chadwick uncovered his passion for music in 2012, when he began tinkering on a dusty, run-down piano in his college dorm lobby. Taking an internship in Japan in 2014, he found himself living in the small town of in Kurashiki, with no friends and a major language barrier. To combat the isolation, he purchased a keyboard and a train pass and spent all his free time making music and traveling to bigger cities. Upon returning to the University of Cincinnati, Chadwick kept up with his music and began releasing his material under the name OTR – a nod to Over-the-Rhine, a recently revitalized area on the outskirts of downtown Cincinnati. Now based in Atlanta, he recorded most of Lost at Midnight in his apartment, slowly uncovering certain signature elements that now define his sound.

ABOUT ASTRALWERKS:
Established in New York City and now finding its new home in the historic Capitol Records Tower in Los Angeles, Astralwerks was the brainchild of staffers at Caroline Records who saw an opportunity for a label focused on the emerging electronic and ambient scene. Having reached a milestone of 25 years, Astralwerks has quickly become a modern, artist-first label with a true focus on nurturing talent across the electronic genre and beyond. Acting with a scalable, independent and global thinking mentality with the capability to tap into the resources of a major label, has allowed Astralwerks to retain and sign up-and-coming artists such as Illenium, Jonas Blue, Alison Wonderland, EDEN, Sigma and Axwell /\ Ingrosso. As a testament to this pioneering approach, Astralwerks has amassed 34 GRAMMY® nominations, taken home eight GRAMMY Awards and had historic releases from the likes of The Chemical Brothers, Swedish House Mafia, Halsey, Porter Robinson, Phoenix, Eric Prydz, Fatboy Slim and many more.

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Janet Jackson to Headline 2020 Cincinnati Music Festival

Janet Jackson Headlines 2020 Cincinnati Music Festival set for July 23-25

Multi-talented singer-songwriter Janet Jackson will headline the three-day Cincinnati Music Festival presented by P&G, to be held July 23-25 at Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati. Tickets are available now at Ticketmaster.com.

The festival starts Thursday night with Vibe’s Party with a Purpose, featuring Biz Markie and BJ the Chicago Kid. On Friday, the lineup includes Jonathan Butler, Tony Toni Tone, Fantasia, Snoop Dogg and festival favorite, Charlie Wilson.

Saturday’s lineup features Kirk Whalum, PJ Morton, Tank, The O’Jays and Janet Jackson to close out the weekend. Jackson last appeared in Cincinnati in 2018 for her State of the World tour.

Thursday, July 23 (Vibe’s Party with a Purpose): Biz Markie, BJ the Chicago Kid

Friday, July 24: Charlie Wilson, Snoop Dogg, Fantasia, Tony Toni Tone, Jonathan Butler

Saturday, July 25: Janet Jackson, The O’Jays, Tank, PJ Morton, Kirk Whalum

“This is the strongest lineup for the music festival that we’ve had in quite some time,” said Joe Santangelo, festival promoter. “Having Janet Jackson on our festival lineup for the first time ever to headline Saturday night, along with favorites Charlie Wilson and Fantasia, just makes this weekend even more exciting.” A recent study conducted by the UC Economics Center and commissioned by the Cincinnati USA Convention & Visitors Bureau shows the Cincinnati Music Festival presented by P&G provides a $107.5 million economic impact to the region, making it the largest annual driver of tourism in the tristate. Procter and Gamble returns as the presenting sponsor for the Cincinnati Music Festival. Other sponsors include the Cincinnati Bengals, Northern Kentucky CVB, AARP, Santangelo Group, The Cincinnati Region, and Vibe Cincinnati.

About the Cincinnati Music Festival
The Cincinnati Music Festival began in 1962 and is one of the largest music festivals in the United States attracting over 90,000+ people from around the country with its roster of leading R&B, jazz, soul and hip-hop artists creating an economic impact of $107 million for Cincinnati. CMF is held at Paul Brown Stadium in partnership with the Cincinnati Bengals. Procter & Gamble is the presenting sponsor for the Cincinnati Music Festival.

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NEW YEAR’S TRADITIONS AND CELEBRATIONS WITH MARRIOTT HOTELS

Three, two, one… Happy New Year! From parties lasting late into the night to day-time celebrations for the entire family and more, the country’s Midwest cities are hotspots for some of the greatest New Year’s traditions and events. Forget watching the ball drop in Times Square from your hotel room – the Midwest Marriott properties allow travelers and locals alike to ring in the New Year at their choice of festivities with convenient proximity. Whether looking to have an intimate New Year’s Eve with close friends or attending the largest gala, guests need not look far for the best lodging accommodations, some even with popular celebrations all their own.

Chicago,Illinois

• Travelers looking for an upscale celebration in the Second City have options aplenty. The JW Marriott Chicago offers its own NYE Soiree, boasting two concurrent events throughout the hotel. Featuring Chicago’s hottest live music cover bands and DJs, multiple rooms of entertainment and a four-hour all-inclusive premium package available, JW Marriott Chicago invites guests to leave the worries of the past year behind and embrace 2020 with full enthusiasm. Gala fans may enjoy “NYE 2020” at the W Chicago – City Center, an extravaganza with over-the-top entertainment, all-inclusive packages, pre- and post-parties and more in the heart of Chicago, near the Magnificent Mile. For guests looking to enjoy Chicago’s Navy Pier, the Chicago Resolution Gala, which is held annually in the Aon Grand Ballroom, is a lively option, while those traveling with children may prefer the spectacular display of Navy Pier’s Fireworks or enjoy time together at Lincoln Park Zoo’s Zoo Year’s Eve and the Chicago Children’s Museum Noon Year’s Eve. Several top Marriott properties are located just steps from these events, including The Ritz-Carlton, Chicago, AC Hotel Chicago Downtown and The Westin Chicago River North.

Minneapolis,Minnesota

• Those visiting the Twin Cities have prime pickings for luxurious and comfortable Marriott properties to stay at, no matter what their plans. All within walking distance or short driving distance from some of downtown Minneapolis’ most popular celebrations, Hotel Ivy, Elliot Park Hotel, Aloft Minneapolis, Le Meridien Chambers, W Minneapolis – The Foshay, Minneapolis Marriott City Center, Emery and Moxy Minneapolis Uptown are in the center of the action. One of the most notable events for New Year’s in Minneapolis is the Crystal Ball, which offers guests 21 years of age and older the opportunity to dance, sing, laugh and play the night away, with live DJs, Piano Karaoke Lounge, an arcade game room with interactive LED games and more. In a similar fashion, Countdown Minneapolis is held annually at The Minneapolis Club, the extravagant festivities occur on multiple levels of the club with top DJs and a midnight countdown. For music lovers, the Snowta NYE Festival is a must at the famous music venue, The Armory.

Detroit,Michigan

• New Year’s in Detroit often comes with its own Motown Twist. The luxe Aloft Detroit at the David Whitney is the perfect on-site hotel for those looking to attend the annual New Year’s Eve celebration at the historic David Whitney Building, which known for beautiful art deco architecture stylings and an enclosed five-story atrium covered in marble with a skylighted roof. The party features Epicurean catering, a champagne toast, balloon drop, hors d’oeuvres and live music for the evening. For travelers and locals looking to explore the city elsewhere, top celebrations include the classic Detroit Princess Riverboat New Year’s Eve Motown Dinner Cruise, which allows guests to “rock the boat” on the Detroit River, the Resolution Ball at The Fillmore Detroit, which is billed as the most exclusive NYE party in the Midwest, and NYE Bleuout at Bleu Detroit, all convenient celebrations under three miles from Courtyard Detroit Downtown, Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center, The Westin Book Cadillac Detroit and The Henry.

Kansas City and St. Louis,Missouri

• Whether in downtown Kansas City, the Crossroads Arts District or beyond the locals and visitors know how to celebrate. At the iconic Union Station, thousands of people gather each New Year’s Eve to countdown at the New Year’s Swingin’ Eve, big band style. Kansas City Marriott Downtown, Sheraton Kansas City at Crown Center and The Westin Kansas City at Crown Center each offer a relaxing haven after an evening out, just a mere seven minute drive from Union Station and within walking distance of the Power & Light District, which hosts NYE! Live at the KC Live! block of the popular neighborhood. A fan favorite for individuals looking to get their party on into the early hours of the New Year, The View hosts a premium event with gourmet food options, DJs and a see-and-be-seen environment. Children and adults of all ages are invited to enjoy Zoo Year’s Eve at the Kansas City Zoo and Noon Year’s Eve at Science City, which is also conveniently located at Union Station.

• Across the state in St. Louis, similar festivities are held including NYE Live! At Ballpark Village in the dining and entertainment district downtown that attracts thousands of tourists each year. The Marriott St. Louis Grand and Magnolia Hotel St. Louis are each conveniently located less than a mile from the heart of Ballpark Village and the Courtyard St. Louis Downtown West is about 10 minutes from the action.

Columbus, Cleveland and Cincinnati,Ohio

• The three “C Cities” in Ohio are each hotspots for New Year’s Eve, boasting their own can’t-miss bashes. The Renaissance Columbus Downtown Hotel’s New Year’s Eve Party is held every year until 2 a.m. With several rooms each with their own vibe and entertainment, attendees have their choice of live band entertainment, DJs and the opportunity to enjoy a premium open bar, while being on-site at the beautiful hotel, keeping the evening safe and fun.

• In Cincinnati, visitors may enjoy a “Happy Zoo Year” at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden, which is ideal for “party animals” of all ages, and the Fountain Square New Year’s Eve Blast, which welcomes thousands of attendees each year for a family-friendly, free day featuring goofy games, dancing, delicious food, musical performances, an ice skating rink and celebration finale of fireworks. Adults may prefer New Year’s Eve at Winterfest or a pre-fixe dining experience at Nicholson’s Palomino, The Palace and more, with the Renaissance Cincinnati Downtown Hotel close by to rest before and after the festivities. The city’s Courtyard Cincinnati Blue Ash and Courtyard Cincinnati Covington hotels offer comfortable accommodations a short drive from the hustle and bustle of downtown celebrations.

• Upscale travelers looking for an elevated New Year’s Eve should make their way to Cleveland’s top events including the New Year’s Eve Gala on the Nautica Queen, which never fails to sell out each year due to extreme popularity and the Decades and Diamonds at The Vault, an upscale cocktail bar in the heart of downtown. After the night of lavish fun concludes, The Westin Cleveland Downtown and The Ritz-Carlton, Cleveland offer accommodations sure to match the satisfaction of celebrating the start of a new year.

Marriott Hotels, Cincinnati, 360 MAGAZINE

GIVE BACK THIS HOLIDAY SEASON WITH MARRIOTT HOTELS IN THE MIDWEST

With the holidays right around the corner, travelers will be presented with numerous occasions to donate their time, items or money for the greater good. From chances to volunteer to specials benefiting local organizations, each Midwest city offers its own unique traditions to help those in need. Marriott Hotels across the Midwest are providing prime opportunities for guests looking to open their hearts and give back while vacationing during this joyous time of the year.

Chicago, Illinois

●        The 42nd Annual Chicagoland Toys for Tots Motorcycle Parade, hosted on Sunday, December 1, attracts between 40,000 and 50,000 motorcyclists each year and provides thousands of toys to children and families in need during the holiday season. For those who do not own a motorcycle, the Chicagoland Toys for Tots organization is always looking for parade volunteers to assist in the smooth execution of the event through toy collection, photography, security, and more. Those traveling to Chicago for this event may stay at either Sheraton Grand Chicago or The Westin Michigan Avenue, which are both a 35-minute drive from the celebration. Patrons looking to purchase a brand-new toy to donate to the organization may stay at the Residence Inn Chicago Downtown/Magnificent Mile, which is located within walking distance of all the stores on the iconic Magnificent Mile.

Green Bay, Wisconsin

●        The Hotel Northland, Autograph Collection is teaming up with the New Community Shelter, an organization that addresses homelessness and hopelessness through education and supportive services, to supply holiday turkey dinners for the shelter’s residents. Throughout the month of December, the property will also donate one dollar from every turkey special ordered to the New Community Shelter. Additionally, hotel staff will ask visitors if they would like to match the dollar donation.

Detroit, Michigan

●        Serving 1,500 children annually, The Children’s Center of Detroit’s Holiday Shop provides less-fortunate parents with the ability to surprise their families with gifts under their Christmas trees. Free of charge, guests may shop a wide-array of brand new, donated items. Following “purchase,” gifts are wrapped on-site and ready for the holiday festivities. Those in the area that are looking to donate their time or never-been-used items to this organization can stay at the Aloft Detroit at the David WhitneyDetroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center or the Courtyard Detroit Downtown, which are all located just 20 minutes via car from the center.

Minneapolis, Minnesota

●        The Twin Cities Salvation Army offers aid to its community through all seasons of the year with a diverse range of programming. Those visiting this area during the holiday season may volunteer with the organization to assist with coat distribution, meal service, food distribution and more. With multiple donation centers in and around the city, travelers throughout Minneapolis have many opportunities to make a difference. Guests staying at the Courtyard Minneapolis- St. Paul Airport or Delta Hotels Minneapolis Northeast are just a short drive away from the multiple Salvation Army locations in St. Paul and Minneapolis including 2024 N. Lyndale Ave. and 3740 S. Nicollet Ave. Additionally, Moxy Minneapolis Uptown is located just a 15-minute drive to the Salvation Army on 1604 E. Lake Street.

Cincinnati, Ohio

●        The holiday season is one of the busiest times of the year for food banks and as they try to accommodate the rise in demand, volunteers become a major asset to these organizations. The Freestore Foodbank, a local Cincinnati organization, provides food insecure individuals and families with nutritious meals and programs that encourage stability. Visitors at the Courtyard Cincinnati Covington and Renaissance Cincinnati Downtown may volunteer to assist in packing meals in boxes, sorting food donations and much more, as these properties are located 10 minutes away from the food bank.

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About Marriott Bonvoy

Marriott Bonvoy is the new travel program replacing Marriott Rewards, The Ritz-Carlton Rewards and Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) starting February 2019. Comprised of a portfolio of 30 hotel brands and home rental offering Homes & Villas by Marriott International, members can earn and redeem points for stays and accelerate the points they earn with co-branded credit cards from Chase and American Express.  The program offers 120,000 destination tours and adventures on Marriott Bonvoy Moments. When members book direct on Marriott.com they receive perks including free and enhanced Wi-Fi and exclusive member-only rates, and on the Marriott app they enjoy mobile check-in and checkout, Mobile Requests and, wherever available, Mobile Key. To enroll for free or for more information about Marriott Bonvoy, visit MarriottBonvoy.com. To download the Marriott app, go here. Travelers can also connect with Marriott Bonvoy on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

Kings Island's Newest Roller Coaster, Orion, 360 MAGAZINE

Kings Island’s Newest Roller Coaster

Thrill-seekers will experience a new level of excitement when they visit Kings Island in 2020. Joining the world-class line-up of coasters at the park is Orion®, one of only seven giga coasters in the world, a class of coasters having a height or drop of 300-399 ft.  The park makes the announcement in honor of National Roller Coaster Day, August 16th.

Orion will plunge riders down an exhilarating 300-foot drop before sending them on a high-speed journey over seven more hills at speeds of up to 91 mph. Racing along 5,321 feet of track; it will be Kings Island’s tallest, fastest and longest steel coaster.

OTR Releases “Heart”

OTR MAKES HIS ASTRALWERKS DEBUT WITH NEW SINGLE “HEART” FT. SHALLOU OUT TODAY

“OTR produces complex summer tinged pop that begs to be danced to”

The Line of Best Fit

Download / Stream “Heart” Ft. Shallou HERE

View Visualizer HERE

Indie artist OTR has signed to Astralwerks, who released his new single, “Heart” ft. Shallou, today. Shallou’s searing vocals paired with OTR’s evocative piano create a poignant yet ultimately transcendent track with the indelible refrain “We get out alive/in your heart.”

Download / stream “Heart” HERE. View the visualizer HERE.

Shallou an independent artist who has earned SiriusXM #1 spots with tracks like “Lie” and “Begin” and landed on the Billboard Dance charts played “Heart” live for the massive crowd that gathered in the Sahara Tent for his set at both weekends of Coachella 2019.

Ryan, the 26-year old aerospace engineer-turned-producer behind OTR, uncovered his passion for music in 2012, when he began tinkering on a dusty, run-down piano in his college dorm lobby to break up the routine of classes and studying. Shortly thereafter, he picked up a guitar and began experimenting with Logic on his MacBook Pro. Taking an internship in Japan in 2014, he found himself living in the small town of in Kurashiki, with no friends and a major language barrier. To combat the isolation, he purchased a keyboard and a train pass and spent all his free time making music and traveling to bigger cities. When he returned to the States, Ryan moved into a neighborhood on the outskirts of downtown Cincinnati known as “Over-the-Rhine” or OTR. The once-neglected area had undergone a renaissance that mirrored his own journey of discovery as music went from hobby to career goal, so it became the ideal name for his project.

As an independent artist, OTR has released a series of singles and the 2018 EP Unfold, racking up more than 7 million cumulative streams across DSPs. The Line of Best Fit observed, “OTR produces complex summer tinged pop that begs to be danced to.” NYLON noted, “A song called Bliss has a lot to live up to. Luckily [it] achieves just that-tenfold.” Praising his 2018 collaboration with Blondage, “Cold Facts,” Ones To Watch said, “we’re confident with just one push of the play button, you will become an instant devotee.” Last week, Thissongissick premiered OTR’s remix of RKCB’s “Know Love”, and noted, “he has really outdone himself another incredible release.”

ABOUT ASTRALWERKS

Established in New York City and now finding its new home in the historic Capitol Records Tower in Los Angeles, Astralwerks was the brainchild of staffers at Caroline Records who saw an opportunity for a label focused on the emerging electronic and ambient scene. Having reached a milestone of 25 years, Astralwerks has quickly become a modern, artist-first label with a true focus on nurturing talent across the electronic genre and beyond. Acting with a scalable, independent and global thinking mentality with the capability to tap into the resources of a major label, has allowed Astralwerks to retain and sign up-and-coming artists such as I Illenium, Jonas Blue, Alison Wonderland, EDEN, Sigma and Axwell /\ Ingrosso. As a testament to this pioneering approach, Astralwerks has amassed 30 GRAMMY nominations, taken home six GRAMMY Awards and had historic releases from the likes of The Chemical Brothers, Swedish House Mafia, Halsey, Porter Robinson, Phoenix, Eric Prydz, Fatboy Slim and many more.

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12th Annual VIZIO Top Value Performer Award

Today, VIZIO announced the finalists for the 12th Annual VIZIO Top Value Performer Trophy, an award given to the NFL player who’s on-field performance most-exceeds the value of their contract. This year’s program features 5 strong candidates who have all had incredible performances on the field this year. From an undrafted rookie running back who lives in his parents’ basement to a young defensive stalwart helping turnaround the defensive of one of the league’s most popular teams, each of these players provided a tremendous amount of value and not only contributed to their teams’ success in 2018, but showed that the future is bright for each of them and teams they play for.

Here is the full lists of nominees for this year’s award:

  • Tyler Boyd, Bengals
  • Chris Carson, Seahawks
  • Kenny Golladay, Lions
  • Phillip Lindsay, Broncos
  • Blake Martinez, Packers

The Top Value Performer is completely decided by fan votes, allowing fans to really rally behind their favorite candidate and vote as often as they’d like at VIZIO.com/TVP.  Voting is open now, until Sunday, Jan 20 at 11:59 PM PT.

Previous Winners:

2017 – Alvin Kamara

2016 – Spencer Ware

2015 – Allen Robinson

2014 – Kenny Stills

2013 – Russell Wilson

2012 – Russell Wilson

2011 – Victor Cruz

2010 – Stevie Johnson

2009 – Steve Smith

2008 – Matt Cassel

2007 – David Garrard

MORE ABOUT THE 2018 FINALISTS

Tyler Boyd, Wide Receiver, Cincinnati #83

Now in his third season, Tyler Boyd has emerged as one of the focal points of this year’s passing attack in Cincinnati. After missing games last year due to injury, Boyd has bounced back in 2018 and is showcasing why he is one of the league’s top young wideouts. This season, Boyd was the most targeted receiver in Cincinnati and produced a career-high in receptions, yards and touchdowns. A second-round pick in the 2016 Draft and with a salary of $787,179, Boyd is a TVP candidate to keep on your radar. 

Chris Carson, Running Back, Seattle #32

In his second season, Chris Carson has quickly developed into a star for Seattle. After playing in just four games as a rookie, Carson burst on to the scene this year and established himself among the league’s top running backs. With multiple games this season over 100 rushing yards, Carson has been an integral part of Seattle’s offense and ranks among league leaders in total rushing yards. As a seventh-round draft pick in 2017 with a base salary of $550,000, Carson is very strong candidate for this year’s TVP award.

Kenny Golladay, Wide Receiver, Detroit #19

In just his second season, Kenny Golladay has proven that he is one of the most dangerous wide receivers in the league. A major part of Detroit’s passing attack, Golladay posted impressive numbers and set career-highs in nearly every receiving category. With multiple games of at least 100 receiving yards, the gifted receiver is on track to record his first career 1,000-yard season. A third-round pick in the 2017 draft and with a base salary of $586,000, Golladay is a candidate to keep an eye on for this year’s TVP award.

Phillip Lindsay, Running Back, Denver #30

Born and raised in Denver, Phillip Lindsay is not just an amazing story playing for his hometown team, but one of the league’s most dangerous running backs in 2018. With incredible speed and quickness, Lindsay continues to lead Denver’s rushing attack as he is on pace to eclipse 1,000 rushing yards in just his first season. An undrafted rookie, Lindsay is also a major threat in Denver’s passing attack. With a base salary of just $480,000, Lindsay is a definitely a TVP candidate worth consideration.

Blake Martinez, Linebacker, Green Bay #50

In his third season, Blake Martinez is already making his case as one of the best linebackers in the league. With a knack for being around the ball and making plays, Martinez continues to lead the much-improved Green Bay defense. With multiple games of having 10 or more tackles, Martinez has easily eclipsed 100 total tackles this year and is on pace to finish among the league leaders in that category. With a base salary of just $630,000, the 2016 fourth-round pick is a worthy candidate to capture this year’s TVP award.

The Greeting Committee

“This band needs to be on your radar.” – Idolator

The Greeting Committee share a new song, “You’ve Got Me”

LISTEN HERE.

This is the newest teaser from the critically acclaimed Kansas City quartet’s upcoming debut album. They recently shared their single “17”.

Idolator wrote, “The Greeting Committee exudes youthful abandon on [their] shimmery new single.”

Stay tuned for more details soon.

Kicking off September 6 in Indianapolis, the band will join Jukebox The Ghost for upcoming North American tour dates. Amidst that run, they will also perform at WEQX PearlPalooza in Albany, NY on 9/15 alongside White Reaper, Superorganism, and KITTEN.

Full routing can be found below.

With their recent U.S. run, their energetic live show captured the attention of audiences across the country. After their Pittsburgh set, AXS wrote that The Greeting Committee “quickly won over the crowd with their energy and catchy songs.” Twin Cities Media praised, “If every band had the amount of energy that Addie had last night I would never have a complaint about a live show there’s no denying the power behind The Greeting Committee’s live shows”, while Music In Minnesota agreed, “The Greeting Committee put on one of the best performances from an opening act Iߣve ever seen in my life.”

Between high school classes in their native Kansas City, The Greeting Committee quietly stirred up a following with their 2015 debut EP It’s Not All That Bad, which caught the attention of Lazlo Geiger, a radio personality from 96.5 The Buzz. The lead single “Hands Down” impressively generated 10 million-plus streams as the band went on touring with the likes of MisterWives, Tennis, The Mowgli’s, Saint Motel, and Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness, as well as making a splash at Lollapalooza and SXSW. “17” is their first new release since their 2017 sophomore EP Meeting People Is Easy.

Photo credit: EILZABETH MIRANDA

The Greeting Committee are: Addie Sartino (vocals), Brandon Yangmi (guitar), Pierce Turcotte (bass), and Austin Fraser (drums).

THE GREETING COMMITTEE TOUR DATES WITH JUKEBOX THE GHOST:

9/6 • Indianapolis, IN @ HiFi

9/7 • Cincinnati, OH @ Taft Theatre

9/10 • Nashville, TN @ The Basement East

9/11 • Charlotte, NC @ Neighborhood Theatre

9/13 • Richmond, VA @ The Broadberry

9/14 • Baltimore, MD @ Rama Head Live

9/15 • Albany, NY @ WEQX PearlPalooza*

9/17 • Toronto, ON @ Horseshow Tavern

9/19 • Syracuse, NY @ The Lost Horizon

9/20 • Pawtucket, RI @ The Met

9/21 • Holyoke, MA @ Gateway Arts

9/22 • Portland, ME @ Port City Music Hall

* not a Jukebox The Ghost date with White Reaper, Superorganism and KITTEN

“We Ain’t Homies”

Interscope Records’ R&B artist Arin Ray is proving that he’s what R&B has been missing. A powerful nuanced blend of new and old school sounds, his debut album, Platinum Fire, was not only adored by fans but praised by critics. Directed by Dad, Arin Ray is releasing his first visual of the year for “We Ain’t Homies” featuring YG. The video for this track takes a simple and stylized approach that compliments the complexities of Arin’s vocals. Check out the visual for “We Ain’t Homies” HERE.

The Cincinnati native released his debut EP, Phases, in 2016; four years after first gaining popularity on the hit show X Factor. Platinum Fire has received raves from VIBE, Billboard Magazine, and Hot New Hip Hop and has marked the beginning of a busy year for Ray. With big plans for the rest of 2018, only time will tell what success Arin Ray can aspire to.