Fun in Phoenix, Scottsdale – Arizona Entertainment this summer

Prepare yourself this fall with a schedule full of music festivals, Italian pop-opera, concerts, comedy specials, and more. Spoil yourself with some of the best entertainment in the Phoenix area. Box Office Hero has many tickets available for a wide variety of shows, whether you would prefer an evening of wrestling entertainment or live music.

To start off, Box Office Hero will have tickets for the Red Rocks Music Festival, taking place in Scottsdale. The Red Rocks Music Festival is a great event for any young, aspiring, or music-loving individual. This festival brings together a variety of musical styles and techniques. This event is also great for young adults interested in the arts. Tickets are available for a three day pass with the event starting August 23rd. Tickets will also be available for an event on September 7th to see Steinway Artists Yuki and Tomoko Mack – they will for sale starting June 18th. The Red Rocks Music Festival will be taking place at ASU Louise Lincoln Kerr Cultural Center.

Perhaps you have a taste for Italian opera? Another performance you can really sink your teeth into is Il Volo. This trio has a unique style of music combining Italian opera with a modern pop style. The music is relaxing, while still catchy and fun. Take your girlfriend to her first opera; it will make a great romantic evening event! The event will be taking place in the Comerica Theatre in Phoenix on September 1st. Box Office Hero has tickets for Il Volo in Phoenix available for purchase at this very moment

If you are looking to grab some laughs, grab some tickets for the comedy show Funny or Die. Funny or Die will be presenting an Oddball Comedy and Curiosity Festival. The entertainers will be including parody songs by Flight of the Conchords, as well as many comedians, including Dave Chappelle, Al Madrigal, Hannibal Buress, Kristen Schaal, and Brody Stephens. This is the perfect evening event for a group of friends looking for some great laughs. The event will be taking place at Desert Sky Pavilion; be sure to snatch some tickets before they sell out!

Maybe you’re more interested in something more intense? Catch some tickets for WWE Monday Night Raw. WWE is one of the most famous, highly anticipated, and intense of all professional wrestling competitions. WWE is the perfect entertainment source for any hardcore wrestling fans looking to blow off some steam. Box Office Hero has tickets available for an event located in US Airways Center in Phoenix -The event takes place August 26th 2013.

Stop by the US Airways Center again on October 24th to see Jimmy Buffett perform live. Let Buffett’s music take you to an island far far away with his catchy, and occasionally humorous, music. This concert makes for a great anniversary gift. Tickets are on sale now. Try to snag some before they are sold out!

Lastly, wander into the depths of industrial rock with Nine Inch Nails’ Tension & Explosions in the Sky. Nine Inch Nails’ will be performing live in concert at the US Airways Center. Dive head first into their intense, rock-style music. This event is perfect for any diehard rock fans. The event will be taking place on November 9th. Be sure to pick up your tickets here!

Wicked in New York – Good for Kids?

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It is important to make the right choice when you take your kid or kids to their first Broadway show for the first time. Make the wrong choice and they will be put off theatre for life, you want the visit to be magical, enthralling and most of all fun. What broadway shows are good for kids?

Kids are introduced to the world of entertainment from an early age through mother reading bedtime stories and the childrens TV shows that has them glued to the screen and there is nothing nicer than the sound of childish laughter as they spot something funny.

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Fathers day Weekend in Jacksonville

The city of Jacksonville, Florida offers visitors a wide variety of high quality entertainment and activities to choose from. Many of the attractions in the area are free of charge; however, you’ll need to acquire tickets for the premium events. From family fun to a romantic getaway, this dynamic city has it all.
Here you’ll enjoy palm trees, beautiful beaches, waterfront restaurants, impressive theaters, interesting museums, exclusive golf resorts, night clubs, water parks, and more. In addition to the popular sites of the area, there are plenty of activities to participate in that include: surfing, kayaking, sport-fishing, first-class shopping, and more. Additionally, Jacksonville hosts several sporting events, live concerts, outdoor music festivals, art walks, and surf contests throughout the year.

Theater Events

Are you looking for something fun to do with your Saturday night in Jacksonville?

Well look no further – Bill Engvall will be performing his hilarious comedy routine at 7:00 pm on Saturday, June 22nd at the Florida Theater in Jacksonville. Bill Engvall is known for his ability to connect with the audience, and his comedy centers around humorous daily occurrences that everyone can relate with. His hysterical performance is certain to have you rolling with laughter, and it’s an excellent way to spend part of your Saturday night. The historical Florida Theater is located at 128 Forsyth Street in downtown Jacksonville. For additional information and to purchase tickets, click here.
You should begin the evening with a pleasant waterfront dinner at the downtown Jacksonville Landing Entertainment Center located along the banks of the Saint Johns River. The Jacksonville Landing contains an assortment of restaurants and bars to satisfy all of your cravings, and this area will place you within a few minutes’ walk to the Florida Theater, which is where you’ll attend the show. These convenient locations make getting around the area trouble-free and straight-forward. Simply park your vehicle in the provided parking areas and walk from place to place.

Sporting Events

If you love the game of football, you can attend an arena football game between the Jacksonville Sharks and the Cleveland Gladiators at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena. Many football fans simply can’t wait for the NFL season to begin, and arena football provides an exciting alternative that puts an interesting twist on the game. The playing field in arena football is half the length of a regular football field, and the sidelines are lined with padded barriers. Tight nets are placed next to the goal posts, and any missed field goal attempts spring the ball back into play. The ball is considered “live” during a missed field goal kick; this combination makes for a thrilling, fast paced competition. Game time is Saturday June 22, at 7:00pm. The Jacksonville Memorial Arena is located at 300 A. Philip Randolph Blvd. in Jacksonville, and it’s within close proximity of several restaurants and entertainment venues.
There’s really no better way to spend time with family and friends than by attending an entertaining baseball game together. If you’re visiting Jacksonville Florida this upcoming weekend, you can enjoy an all American classic by taking in a game at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville. You’ll have three separate opportunities to watch the Jacksonville Suns battle the Huntsville Stars throughout the weekend of June 21st. Game times begin at 7:05 pm on both Friday and Saturday, and 6:05 pm on Sunday. The Jacksonville Baseball Grounds are located at 901 A. Philip Randolph Blvd. Tickets range from $4.50 to $22.50 per game, but there are season tickets and other promotional options as well.

Beaches Area

If you want a change of pace from the downtown area, simply head east for a few miles until you reach the spectacular sandy beaches of Jacksonville. Jax Beach, as the locals call it, also hosts a wide variety of events throughout the summer. There is an outdoor amphitheater at the Seawalk Pavilion where many festivals are held, and it’s home to a new fishing pier that stretches a quarter mile out over the Atlantic Ocean. The Jacksonville Beach Fishing Pier features a number of fish cleaning stations, a bait shop, a concession area, and restrooms. It’s open from 6:00 am until 10:00 pm during the summer months, and it’s a fantastic way to view the coastline. For more information about the Fishing Pier and the beaches area, click here.

These are just a few of the countless attractions found in the area. Place Jacksonville, Florida on your list of places to visit, and discover for yourself the many attractions of this unique area – have fun this weekend!

 

This Weekend in Detroit

Detroit Tigers

 

Making plans for Father’s Day should be easy with this weekend’s batch of festivals, concerts, and plays. There are events to thrill and entertain people of all ages as the summer season kicks into gear.

Here are just a few of the events planned for this weekend, June 14-16, in the Detroit area:

Detroit Festivals

Utica Riverwalk Festival

Utica, MI

Wednesday, June 12, 3 pm – 11 pm

Thursday, June 13, 3 pm – 11 pm

Friday, June 14, 3 pm – Midnight

Saturday, June 15, 9 am – Midnight

Sunday, June 16, 10 am – 8 pm

Adults and children of all ages are invited to enjoy carnival games, rides, and the Old Mill Arts and Crafts Show at downtown Utica’s annual Riverwalk Festival. This year’s festival boasts two stages for entertainment, a fireworks show on Saturday night, and a classic car show and parade Sunday afternoon.
Admission is free; individual event pricing may vary.

 

Jazzin’ on Jefferson

www.jazzinonjefferson.com

Detroit, MIFriday, June 14, 4 pm – 9 pmSaturday, June 15, Noon – 9 pm
Live jazz, blues, and gospel music will enliven downtown Detroit as this street festival celebrates the renaissance of the East Jefferson Neighborhood. This free event will also feature an artist’s market, ethnic foods, and waterfront tours.

Admission is free; individual event pricing may vary.

 

Belleville National Strawberry Festival

www.nationalstrawberrfest.com

Belleville, MI
Friday, June 14, 4 pm – 11 pm
Saturday, June 15, 10 am – 10 pm
Sunday, June 16, 9 am – 7 pm
This year’s event boasts two midways filled with carnival rides and games, a parade, and strawberry-themed foods. With a special car show on Sunday afternoon, this festival will be a very sweet treat for Father’s Day weekend.
Admission is free; individual event pricing may vary.

 

Sporting Events

ARCA Racing Series Patriot Pumps 200

Brooklyn, MI

Friday, June 14
This day of practice laps by Tony Stewart, Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Jeff Gordon and others will be capped by the ARCA race. With sponsor displays and food available, the more relaxed atmosphere and free admission for children will cater to families.
Admission is free for children 12 years old and younger; ticket pricing varies.

NASCAR Nationwide Alliance Truck Parts 250

http://www.mispeedway.com/Events/2013/June-Michigan-400/Alliance-Truck-Parts-250.aspx

Brooklyn, MISaturday, June 15
After 250 miles of Sprint Cup leaders will racing Nationwide Series regulars, a free post-race concert will light up the night.
Ticket pricing varies.

 

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Quicken Loans 400

http://www.mispeedway.com/Events/2013/June-Michigan-400.aspx

Brooklyn, MISunday, June 16
After a year of anticipation, the Sprint Cup Series returns to the Michigan International Speedway. Driving on NASCAR’s fastest track, defending winner, Dale Earnhardt, Jr., will face Tony Stewart, Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon and 40 other drivers for 200 laps.
Ticket pricing varies.

 

Concerts

Riverfest, featuring Metric, Family of the Year, Serena Ryder, and Jessica Hernandez and The Deltas

The Fillmore – Thursday, June 13, 6 pm

93.9 The River presents indie rock favorites, Metric and Serena Ryder, in this all ages show.
Ticket pricing varies.

 

Peter Frampton, with special guest Robert Cray

Windsor, Ontario

The Colosseum at Caesars Windsor

Thursday, June 13, 8 pm
Legendary guitarist, Peter Frampton, will rock both sides of the border in this concert hosted by Caesars Windsor.
Ticket pricing varies.

 

The Noise Tour, featuring Marianas Trench and Air Dubai

Detroit, MI

The Fillmore – Friday, June 14, 6 pm

Marianas Trench and Air Dubai (one of the Alternative Press’ 100 Bands You Need To Know) will rock the Fillmore in this summer concert.
Ticket pricing varies.

 

Jack Oblivian Plus The Sheiks / Silent Lions

Detroit, MI

The Majestic Cafe

Friday, June 14, 9 pm
Called one of Memphis’ most influential rock artists, Jack Oblivian will be headlining this single-night engagement at the Majestic Cafe.
Ticket pricing varies.

Queensryche, featuring Geoff Tate

Detroit, MI
The FillmoreSaturday, June 15, 7 pm
Fans of heavy metal will thrill in the live performance of this award-winning band.
Ticket pricing varies.

DMX, with special guests Too Short, Mystikal, Juvenile, 8 Ball and MJG

Detroit, MI

The Fillmore  Sunday, June 16, 7 pm

The Legacy of Hip Hop tour comes to Detroit in this one-night show.
Ticket pricing varies. Check Ticket Prices Here

 

Leon Russell

Ferndale, MI

Magic Bag

Sunday, June 16, 8 pm
One of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s newest inductees will be performing his genre-crossing mix of rock, country and blues live in concert
Ticket pricing varies.

 

Plays

‘Ernie’, the stage play

Detroit, MI

The City Theatre

Saturday, June 15, 4 pm
Returning for a third season, this two-man play recounts the life of Detroit Tigers’ broadcaster Ernie Harwell. Proceeds from “Ernie” merchandise sales will benefit the Ernie Harwell Foundation.
Ticket pricing varies.

Risky Dodgers Bet is Paying Off – Could Puig Make the difference?

Yasiel Puig Diving for a Catch
Yasiel Puig Diving for a Catch

Yasiel Puig Diving

The Dodgers haven’t had much luck in the last year with all of the injuries its players have been suffering. The $216 million dollar payroll just didn’t seem to be paying off.

That is, until Yasiel Puig came on board. Yasiel Puig is a breath of fresh air for the Dodgers. Even Vin Scully was taken aback by Puig’s performance in last Thursday’s game against Atlanta.

Puig hit an 8th inning grand slam, leading the Dodgers to a 5-0 victory that night.

According to an article in the New York Times, Scully was quoted in an interview saying,

I’ve never seen a player who is a five-tool player show all five tools in three games.

Puig’s first week in the major leagues has been nothing less than impressive.

He has thrown out two base runners, hit a total of four home runs, drew an intentional walk, and made a dive into first base ahead of a short hit. His major league baseball career began last Monday, June 3, 2013.

Puig plays again June 15th, 2013 for the Dodgers in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Fun Fact: Puig had an uncommon entry to the MLB. While most players are judged according to their playing history and long in person training sessions in which they have time to show their prowess, strength, and speed. Yasiel Puig, however, had defected from Cuba just days before new U.S. restrictions concerning new international players would take effect. He had only 3 days to show the scout director what he was made of.

Puig pulled it off, and was signed on to the Dodgers on June 28, 2012.

That was almost a year ago. Logan White, the Dodgers scouting director, made the risky call to sign Puig and gave him a seven-year contract totaling $42 million.

Yasiel Puig needed to show his new owners that he could pull his own weight in season, and that’s exactly what he has done in his first week on the job.

How Does ScoreBig Save you money | ScoreBig Savings on Tickets

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We love ScoreBig and feature many of their offers on our in our email updates and in the deals section of our event browser – have a look.

New and Exciting – 2 Click Calendar Reminders!

Don't Sleep through tickets going on sale.. get a reminder (Free)

Don’t Sleep through tickets going on sale.. get a reminder (Free)

BoxOfficeHero new lets you save calendar reminders to buy tickets directly into Google CalendarsOutlook, and even your iPhone!

– no registration required –

– no sms messages, no email to receive –

5 minutes before it’s time to buy tickets – your calendar app alarm will ring

Best of all – this new feature is available to everyone, if you’ve joined BoxOfficeHero or not. Since we DON’T send this reminder by email it won’t get lost or delayed – and you won’t feel silly since you WILL remember to buy your tickets as they go on sale.

 

Have a look at how it will help you remember to buy tickets

So let’s say you find an event that’s interesting and you’re really hoping to get tickets when they go on sale -so far so good!

If you’re a genius with a schedule and can remember every detail, perhaps you can remember to come back to your computer and open up the right page at 9:55 in the morning…

The rest of us need a bit of help – fortunately there are calendar programs that are widely used – Outlook, Google Calendar, Hotmail and yes – even iCal (On Macs, iPhones, iPads etc).

This new feature doesn’t require registration – just click twice!

 

Now if you find an event that has tickets that aren’t on sale yet, look over on the right sidebar and you’ll see this:

Clicking or tapping on that calendar button will bring up a list of services that you can create an event in. For you Yahoo Calendar users please be patient – we’re working out some bugs that make the on-sale time off by hours, but so far everything works well in the calendars we are supporting right now:

  • Outlook
  • Google Calendar
  • Hotmail Calendar
  • iCal Calendar

A menu will appear and you can choose which calendar service you want to add  the reminder to. 

Put reminders into your iphone for when tickets go on sale in two taps

Pick a calendar service and we’ll put the public on sale into your calendar in no time at all!

 

One more click or tap and your calendar service will appear and let you confirm the event details. The system should include the name of the event, a link to BoxOfficeHero, as well as the date of the show.

 

By putting calendar reminders only a few clicks away we’re hoping to help more people get their tickets at face value – so they can avoid the sting of going to brokers or eBay for tickets.

 

Plus as an added bonus if you want to share the event or invite other people to buy tickets with you – you can use the invitation functions in your calendar program to share the event, and invite others!

 

Yes – we did also take into account timezones and so the reminder *should* be timed correctly regardless of where you are and where the event is going on sale – you should have about 5 minutes to get ready once the timer goes off.

What do you think – useful? Boring?

To see the new button in action: click here for events Going On Sale Soon and find something interesting.

 

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How to get your ebay listings to appear on BoxOfficeHero (oh yeah, we do that now)

Another example of how BoxOfficeHero is helping to get you better deals on tickets

BoxOfficeHero now locates ebay auctions that match an event you’re looking at and will show you ticket prices IF there are matching auctions on ebay. This is being done to give you another source of tickets you can use to help find better selection, access to sold out events and to help make all your options appear as quickly as possible.

Sadly, it’s not perfect – yet.

Since Sellers can set their own titles for auctions, and we’re *still* waiting for approval to use the ebay API to get more detailed listing information, we had to settle for searching for the Event Name, City and Date in mm/dd/yy format. Surprisingly this covers a fair number of the tickets being sold on ebay right now – and so if you’re browsing tickets for an event and see something like this, don’t be surprised:

 

One example of how ebay listings for tickets will appear on BoxOfficeHero

An Example Listing

 

 

Now, you might notice that we’ve included a small warning on each ebay ticket listing: double-check event details before purchasing on ebay.

Just because we *think* the listing is for the same event does NOT make it so – always verify with the seller to ensure that you are getting the tickets you expect to be getting. Don’t take it on faith that if we linked to the auction, the tickets must be real, the seller is legit and the event is still upcoming.. in the course of our testing we found active listings for Madonna tickets where the event has been over and done for MANY months.. which is confusing to us, and a potential problem for you.

Another example of how BoxOfficeHero is helping to get you better deals on tickets

Another example, this one without the current price

So – remember to check to make sure you know exactly what you’re buying – and hope you enjoy the additional ticket options!

For ebay sellers who want to have their inventory featured – make sure your auction has the city and date in the description and we *should* pick it up automatically. The system does cache content for a little while to make things faster – but you should see your auction appear in about an hour, sometimes less.

 

So what do you think – does anyone still use ebay when buying tickets?

 

What services besides the box office and ebay would you like to see us integrate with next?

What this affiliate wants in a ticket datafeed/api – besides clean data

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I was asked recently to spell out what ticketing agencies and companies can do to help make our job easier for integrations, and after smiling (since nobody ever really ASKS how they can help), I started rambling on and on about data formats and relationships.

 

This was originally going to be a closed email, but instead I figure it will make a better blog post.

If you’re an event data aggregator, programmer, or just like to have an opinion, please make sure you read everything before posting comments. That said, if you feel I missed something or if YOU have a better idea, we’re always open to suggestions.

 

The Problem is always a lack of good data.

Every site and service we integrate with has certain oddities lurking in their data. It could be venues with missing or incorrect addresses, artists with incorrect names, or multiple different artist IDs representing the same act (I’m looking at you Ticketmaster/Livenation). These inconsistencies are oftentimes easy to see, but many times become apparent only after the integration is completed and are sometimes very subtle and hard to track down.

The first thing I’d ask for in a data feed or API from a ticketing partner is consistently good data. Don’t provide me with complete data on 99% of items and sometimes blank out a critical field of data, just give us the same stuff all the time and we will be very happy campers.

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