Hunter Hayes at Fremont Street Experience March 30, 2012

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Academy of Country Music Awards Weekend in Las Vegas

This weekend, Vegas goes country.  The Academy of Country Music Awards is on Sunday and the party starts tomorrow night at the Freemont Street Experience with a two-night concert event.  Here is the schedule for the concerts:

DETAILS:    Friday, March 30, 2012

7:00pm        Love and Theft    (Vocal Duo of the of the Year Nominee)            1st Street Stage

7:55pm        Hunter Hayes  (New Artist of the Year Nominee)                        1st Street Stage

8:50pm        Brantley Gilbert     (New Artist of the Year Nominee)                   3rd Street Stage

9:45pm        Scotty McCreery (New Artist of the Year Nominee)                    1st Street Stage

10:45pm    Luke Bryan                                                                                   3rd Street Stage

Saturday, March 31, 2012

7:00pm        Jana Kramer                                                                                          1st Street Stage

7:55pm        Craig Campbell                                                                                      1st  Street Stage

8:35pm        Eli Young Band                                                                                      3rd Street Stage             (Vocal Group of the Year Nominee, Single Record of the Year Nominee & Song of the Year Nominee)

9:50pm        Laura Bell Bundy                                                                                    1st Street Stage

10:45pm    Eric Church (Album of the Year Nominee & Video of the Year Nominee)     3rd  Street Stage

Then on Sunday is the ACM Awards hosted by Reba McEntire and Blake Shelton.

To conclude the celebration on Monday night, Lionel Richie and Friends take the stage at the MGM Grand Garden Arena for a concert to be taped for CBS airing on April 13.

I, of course, will be getting pictures of all the artists that are in Las Vegas for these weekend events.  Stay tuned to this blog.

COUGAR TOWN Viewing Party at Palms

Tonight I experienced my first star-studded premiere.  I was one of the lucky few to see the Cougar Town Season 3 premiere and an additional episode at the Palms Casino.  The best part of the premiere was that I met most of the cast of Cougar Town.  Courtney Cox (Jules Cobb), Christa Miller (Ellie Torres), Josh Hopkins (Grayson Ellis), Ian Gomez (Andy Torres), Brian Van Holt (Bobby Cobb), and Robert Clendenin (Tom) were in attendance at the viewing party and I talked to them and got my picture taken with all of them except Christa Miller.

The season three premiere of Cougar Town was excellent.  It had many hilarious moments and one big romantic moment.  I’m not going to spoil it because the episode is going to be on ABC on Valentine’s Day at 8:30 (Eastern and Pacific)/ 7:30 (Central), but needless to say it is one of the best episodes of the show so far.  The second episode shown was an episode focusing on Bobby’s new love interest played by Sarah Chalke from Scrubs.  During the end credits of this episode, there was a mini-Scrubs reunion that was so comical.  After the viewing of the two episodes, a sizzle reel for Season 3 of Cougar Town was shown and this season looks to be the best season yet.

Pop Culture Redefined Year in Review 2011

2011 has been an interesting year for this blog.  The first couple of months of 2011 were devoted solely to commenting on events that happened in pop culture.  Events like Charlie Sheen’s meltdown and the disappointment in MTV.  Things changed slightly when I moved to Las Vegas in April.  While making the transition from east coast to west coast had its challenges, it was interesting to make a cross-country trip to start a new life in one of the world’s most visited cities.

In the eight months I have lived here in Sin City, I have seen some amazing things from the iconic Las Vegas Strip to the incredible landscape that surrounds Vegas.  From a photographer’s perspective,  this part of the country has a wealth of subjects to capture in both still photography and video.

Moving to Las Vegas has also been interesting because I have been able to get close to celebrities and take their picture.  Even though I was with the rest of the general public at the Billboard Music Awards and the Daytime Emmy Awards, I managed to get some excellent pictures of some well-known celebrities.

In November, I was fortunate to attend two more events that were amazing.  The first one was seeing Max Brooks, author of World War Z, speak at the Clark County Library.  This guy is very interesting and hilarious.  After his speech, he signed books and spoke to the fans in attendance.  During my time with him, I got him to sign a couple of books, took my picture with him, and shamelessly gave him the address to this blog in the hopes he would read it and maybe tell some people about it.

The other highlight of November was attending my first press conference.  I have to tell you it was an amazing experience to see my blog’s name on an official list of news organizations approved to attend.  The press conference was to announce the partnership of fashion designer Marc Ecko and urban Latin/ reggaeton duo Wisin y Yandel on a men’s apparel line called Los Lideres, which is based on the style of Wisin y Yandel.

What does 2012 hold for Pop Culture Redefined?  Hopefully more coverage of some major pop culture events here in Las Vegas.  Maybe some interviews with some well-known celebrities will happen for this blog.  The one thing that is certain is that I am going to try to become more of a presence in the pop culture industry.  It may not happen right away but it will happen eventually and during the journey to there, I am going to bring you some great articles on pop culture.  Happy New Year to everyone.

Only in Las Vegas- The Showgirls Are Angry: Find Out Why

Thought I would start a new theme on my blog called Only in Las Vegas.  Here is where you find things trending in Las Vegas.  In this article, I thought I would share a You Tube Video that is being tweeted numerous times on Twitter by Las Vegas PR reps and local celebs.  The stars in this video are the Jubilee! Showgirls and they are angry over resort fees.  If you are familar with staying at popular hotel here in the Sin City, you know that there are resort fees tacked on to your bill.  This video is promote getting rid of resort fees.  This Thursday at 9 am local time, the Jubilee! Showgirls will be marching  up the Strip in a show of solidarity for the conusmers.  For more information, go to facebook.com/NoResortFees!