The US Open Tennis Championship kicked off this week and already has seen shock upsets of Japan’s Kei Nishikori and Venus Williams. Men’s defending champion Andy Murray cruised into the second round with a 62 64 63 win over Michael Llodra, while woman’s defending champion Serena Williams has battled into the third round. Follow action from other tennis greats such as Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Victoria Azarenka and more as grand slam action continues in Flushing, NY, until September 9th.
Their “Take Me Downtown Tour” will keep Lady Antebellum on the road well into 2014. Adding to an already pretty intensive tour itinerary, the band now has travel plans all the way through April. They will be joined by Kip Moore and Kacey Musgraves as they come to Knoxville, Charlotte, New Orleans, Atlanta, Tulsa, Oklahoma City, Las Cruces, Phoenix, San Diego, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Fresno, Ontario (CA), Reno, Boise, Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton and more.
Sir Elton John is recovering after having surgery to remove an infected appendix. He was forced to cancel several shows but is expected to make a full recovery and begin performing again in September. Along with a return to his 2013 tour dates, Elton also added a new date in Lincoln, NE on November 23. The legendary performer also visits Las Vegas in September and October before hitting Austin on October 17.
The Avett Brothers are adding another leg of dates to their 2013 tour plans. Touring in support of their seventh studio album, last year’s “The Carpenter,” the group will be joined on select dates by Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue and “The Voice” season three finalist Nicholas David. New dates include Little Rock, Orlando, Saint Augustine, Lexington, Bossier City, Springfield (MO), Spokane and Green Bay, along with previously announced dates of Montreal, Halifax, Bangor, Philadelphia, Bloomington, Cleveland, Albuquerque, Mesa, Las Vegas, Los Angeles and many more.
Looking to advance to the World Cup finals tournament in Brazil, World Cup Qualifier: United States vs. Jamaica pits the United States men’s national soccer against Jamaica, October 11th. After dropping a qualifying match to Honduras before beating Costa Rica and forcing an important draw with Mexico, the United States is in a good position to capitalize on its most-recent success, but needs all three points the match with Jamaica has to offer. A win over Jamaica would push the U.S. ahead of Mexico. The match is hosted by Sporting Park in Kansas City, KS.
International soccer friendly Mexico vs Finland will come to Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego October 30th. It will be the first time the Mexican national soccer team will return to San Diego in two and a half years for its fifth and final U.S. friendly of 2013. Mexico has faced Finland four times, winning three. Halftime will feature a performance by pop duo Jesse & Joy, whose song “Corazon de Campeon” was written for and about the spirit of Mexican national team fans.
Actor and stand-up comic Katt Williams is looking to put his past legal troubles and erratic behavior behind him as the strikes back out on tour in September. With a recent role in “Scary Movie 5” Katt is back with a new outlook and new material. Comedy fans can catch the comedian as he comes to Honolulu, Nashville, Baton Rouge, Cincinnati, Hartford, Milwaukee, Jackson and Louisville.
Cavalia, the Canadian production company that presents large-scale equestrian and performing arts productions, has lined up a string of shows for 2013. Displaying expertise and innovation with cutting-edge technology, multimedia and special effects, along with equestrian and acrobatic performances, Cavalia has been entertaining audiences around the world. Their Odysseo production has performances planned for Somerville, Washington DC and Vancouver.
The Toronto International Film Festival has released the complete lineup of films for this year’s festival. This year’s event runs from September 5th to 15th and is considered by many to be the premiere film festival in the Western Hemisphere, second only to Cannes. Nearly every major Academy Award-winning movie of the past few years debuted at TIFF. With over 100 films, including selections in the Galas, Special Presentations, Contemporary World Cinema, Kids, and Wavelengths sections, the festival is held in theaters and halls throughout Toronto.