Top Three Country Music Festivals in USA

by on February 25, 2011
in Music festivals

Country Music Festivals in USA

It is said that around 2,500 Music Festivals are held in USA alone. The nation enjoys all genres of music but country music is very popular. Nearly in every state Country Music Festivals are held which are attended by music lovers in large numbers.

The WE Fest is one of the leading country music festival held in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota. The event started in 1983 and lasts for around 3 to 4 days in August. Fans from all over the US gather to attend this event where big names in country music frequently perform. More than 50,000 fans come to watch their favorite stars perform live and also to boost the emerging talents. You can camp or come in your RVs. Bathroom, potable water; showers and hand wash stations are provided for the convenience of the fans. Some big names who will be performing this year are Brad Paisley, Jerrod Niemann and Blake Shelton.

You can watch Martina McBride perform live in the Country Thunder Music Festival this year in Florence Arizona. This 4 day annual event will start from 7th April. This event is more than a festival; it is carnival with scrumptious food, 6 different camping sites to choose from, local arts and crafts and non-stop music. Although campers are advised to bring in their own supplies, food and beverages are also available onsite. Children 12 and under are allowed free of charge.

The humble town of Nebraska plays host to many grand music festivals in the country. Comstock Country Music is one of such events. The event has recently undergone a facelift and now focuses solely on country music; previously it showcased rock and Christian music as well. The three day event takes place in August and besides the big stars, local musicians and stars also perform in the Comstock.

Academy Awards

by on February 25, 2011
in Film Festivals

Academy Awards

The Academy Awards are popularly known as the Oscars and are held every year in North America to honor the efforts and hard work of those who have entertained the audience with their brilliant work.    How Academy Awards got the name Oscars is a mystery which has not been solved to date. The award is extremely prestigious and is considered to be the ultimate recognition of talent in the world of cinema. Winning an Academy award is supposed to be the best thing that can happen to an actor/actress. Even a nomination is a big honor itself.

The Academy Awards were first held in 1929 amongst 270 guests and from a small dinner time award have over the years emerged as the most awaited event of the year televised live in many countries and watched buy millions of people round the globe. The first Academy Award ceremony was aired on the radio and after 1953; it was broadcasted on the television. Now the awards ceremony is watched in 200 countries. The ceremony lasts for four hours.  In the first ceremony, only 15 awards were given out and now the list of categories is pretty long and at a guess 34 awards are given out in various categories including science and technology, foreign films etc. The voting process is fair and foolproof and only two employees know the result prior to the ceremony.

The statuette awarded at the Oscars is 13 ½ inches tall and weighs 3.85 kg. It is in the shape of a gold covered britannium knight standing on a black metal base shaped as a reel of film. The statuette is the property of the academy and not of the recipient; this rule was formed in 1950 and so those who have won this award or inherited it, cannot sell it.  The event is glamour personified and stars try to out do each other in costumes.