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  • Heritage Distilling Company Presents: Music At The Ballroom October 16
    8/24/2015

    Pickwick is an American indie rock, garage rock and R&B band from Seattle. The band released a series of singles in 2011 that led to sellouts in Seattle venues such as the Neptune and the Showbox at the Market. The band’s debut album, Can’t Talk Medicine, was released in 2013. Reviews of the album compared the band to The Black Keys, Alabama Shakes and Sam Cooke.          

    Bryan John Appleby recently released his new album, The Narrow Valley. The album is a combination of baroque California pop and Appleby’s deep sense of the cinematic. Appleby, along with producer Sam Anderson, traveled the Pacific Northwest enlisting friends from local bands, Seattle orchestra members and veteran session players to create this album.    


  • Shinedown and Breaking Benjamin in Everett October 26
    8/10/2015

    Known worldwide for their unparalleled streak of hits, Shinedown is without question one of the most successful rock bands of the 21st century. The multiplatinum group’s forthcoming fifth studio album Threat to Survival arrives September 18 and features the chart-topping, lead single “Cut The Cord,” which stands tall at #1 on the Active Rock radio chart for its third consecutive week.  The band’s unmatched ascendancy over multi-format rock radio commenced with their 2003 debut Leave a Whisper and the 2005 follow-up, Us and Them. Together, both albums yielded seven consecutive top 5 radio hits, including the #1 blockbuster, “Save Me.”  Released in 2008, The Sound of Madness proved to be Shinedown’s mainstream breakthrough, debuting at #8 on the Billboard 200 before spending 120 consecutive weeks on the chart. The album made rock history, with each of its six singles reaching #1 on the airplay rankings, including the double-platinum certified crossover smash, “Second Chance,” which also went to #1 on the Hot AC chart and top 3 at Top 40.  Amaryllis followed in 2012 and immediately entered Billboard’s Rock Albums chart at #1 while also coming in at #4 on the overall Billboard 200  - the multi-platinum group's biggest chart debut thus far. The album spawned a trio of massive hits in “Bully,” “Unity,” and “Enemies,” all of which reached #1 at Active Rock radio, bringing Shinedown’s tally of consecutive chart-toppers at the format to an amazing nine and counting. In addition, two additional singles from Amaryllis – “I’ll Follow You” and “Adrenaline” – both reached the top five at Rock radio, furthering Shinedown’s extraordinary streak of top-charting singles.  Hailed by fans as an explosive and exciting live act, Shinedown have toured hard throughout their career, including countless headline treks and high profile festival appearances. In 2009, Shinedown received an American Music Award nomination for “Best Alternative Rock Band.” 

    Over the past decade, Breaking Benjamin has amassed a sizeable and diehard fan base, both through their chart-topping music, as well as their electrifying live performances. Their discography includes 2002’s Saturate, 2004’s We Are Not Alone, 2006’s Phobia, and 2009’s Dear AgonyWe Are Not Alone spawned a pair of No. 1 radio hits (“So Cold” and “Sooner Or Later”) and sold 2.3 million units. Phobia debuted at No. 2 on Billboard’s Top 200, hit No. 1 on the Rock Album Chart and was one of the top 50 selling rock albums of 2006. It featured one No. 1 and two Top 5 rock radio hits (“Breath,” “Diary of Jane” and “Until The End”) and sold 2.8 million units. 2009’s Dear Agony debuted #4 on the Billboard Top 200 chart on one of the busiest release days of the year and #1 on the iTunes Rock Album Chart.  Dear Agony also spun off the platinum selling and #1 song Active Rock single “I Will Not Bow” where it stayed #1 for five weeks straight while the album itself was certified Gold, selling over 500K copies.  Known for their incendiary live performances, Breaking Benjamin returned to the road earlier this year with a sold out club tour, U.S. headline dates and performances at this year’s biggest rock festivals including Rock on the Range, Carolina Rebellion and Rocklahoma!


  • Mannheim Steamroller - Christmas Performance On Sale Friday
    7/20/2015

    America’s favorite holiday tradition for over three decades is making its way to XFINITY Arena to kick off the Christmas season in style. Mannheim Steamroller Christmas is a show that features the beloved holiday hits of Mannheim Steamroller as well as astounding multimedia effects all performed under one roof. The distinctive sound of Mannheim Steamroller is sure to bring the holiday season to life with magical effects and songs the whole family can enjoy.  

    This year marks the 31st anniversary of “Mannheim Steamroller Christmas”, an album that revolutionized the music industry and changed the pace for holiday music everywhere. Chip Davis, the mastermind behind all of the success, is the number one selling Christmas music artist of all time, beating out none other than Elvis Presley.

    Now with a total of 13 holiday albums, the group continues to rule Billboard’s “Top Seasonal Chart” each year and performs to sold out crowds throughout the country. The group has also performed many times at the traditional Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade. The group has sold over 40 million albums, 27 million of which were holiday albums, making them one of the 50 bestselling artists over the past twenty years.

    The group is also featured on its own PBS program, “Mannheim Steamroller 30/40” which celebrates 30 years of holiday music as well as features interviews, behind-the scenes footage and live concerts as pieces of the broadcast. Aside from that, Mannheim has also been featured in a variety of well-known media outlets such as The Wall Street Journal, Business Week and Nightline News.
  • Wheelmobile "Wheel of Fortune" Contestant Search
    7/7/2015

    Wheel of Fortune’s Wheelmobile, the show’s promotional vehicle, will be in the Pacific Northwest in search of good game players who are energetic, enthusiastic and fun. Viewers interested in being a contestant on an upcoming episode are invited to attend. Fans will have the opportunity to fill out an application, have his or her name drawn at random to play a simulated version of the game onstage, win unique prizes and be evaluated as a potential contestant for the broadcast version of the show.

    Wheel of Fortune’s Wheelmobile, the show’s promotional vehicle, will be in the Pacific Northwest in search of good game players who are energetic, enthusiastic and fun. Viewers interested in being a contestant on an upcoming episode are invited to attend. Fans will have the opportunity to fill out an application, have his or her name drawn at random to play a simulated version of the game onstage, win unique prizes and be evaluated as a potential contestant for the broadcast version of the show.  Visit this page for more information.
  • Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents Built to Amaze!
    6/17/2015

    Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Presents Built To Amaze!, an extraordinarily engineered circus experience custom-built for family fun where Children Of All Ages®  find out what it takes to construct The Greatest Show On Earth®. The visionary blueprints have been assembled with a contemporary toolbox of unparalleled imagination that will be unleashed from shipping crates right before the audience’s eyes for the all-new circus spectacular Built To Amaze! at the XFINITY Arena at Everett October 1 – 4.

    Ringmaster Andre McClain takes the Ringling Bros.® reins accompanied by his horse Comanche, as the skilled circus supervisor (alongside award-winning comedic clown Davis Vassallo) to construct a fantastic design of high-energy and wondrous performances sure to amaze and thrill audiences.  Featuring more than 40 of the world’s best artists and athletes representing 13 countries along with numerous exotic and domestic animals assembled together, Built To Amaze! is highlighted by several unique acts this year including:

    • The popular King Charles Troupe hailing from New York City brings one-wheeled b-ball excitement to the ring with a spirited and comedic basketball competition featuring ten whirling unicyclists.
    • Crossbow Casanova presents an insanely accurate crossbow act shooting arrows through a thin piece of paper and the stem of a flower held in the mouth of his lovely assistant Ashley Vargas plus ending the act shooting off eight crossbows at once shooting the last arrow at an apple on top of his head.
    • Supersonic Skyscrapers aerial casting act will stun audiences as they toss and flip through the air only by the catch and release of each other’s hands while standing on a stilt-like platform.
    • Single Trapeze act featuring a solo female aerialist named Electra performing remarkable high-flying release moves.

    Be sure to come out one hour early to each performance to meet the performers and animals on the show floor, try on costumes, learn circus skills and more at the interactive All Access Pre-Show, FREE admission to all ticket holders.

    New this year, ticketholders can purchase an upgrade and go backstage with a VIP Behind the Scenes Tour of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey. To take advantage of this exclusive interactive experience, just log on to ringlingbros.expapp.com from your iPhone or Android smartphone, and provide your name, e-mail and phone number to become a VIP circus insider.


  • XFINITY Arena Hosts Nearly 60,000 Guests at Record Number of Graduations
    6/17/2015

    As the school year comes to a close, high school and college seniors everywhere have already walked across the stage, turning their tassel from left to right, symbolizing the end of an era; otherwise known as graduation. Earlier this month, XFINITY Arena at Everett hosted the graduations for eight local school districts as well as two community colleges in a celebration of dedication, hard work and persistence put forth by the students. In all, 59,959 guests attended the graduations throughout the eighteen total ceremonies. The list of schools that held graduations at XFINITY Arena were as follows:                       

    • Western Governors University  
    • Mariner High School
    • Kamiak High School
    • Monroe High School
    • Snohomish High School
    • Glacier Peak High School
    • Lake Stevens High School
    • Marysville Pilchuk High School
    • Marysville Getchell High School
    • Edmonds Community College
    • Cascade High School
    • Jackson High School
    • Everett High School
    • Shorewood High School
    • Shorecrest High School
    • Woodinville High School
    • Bothell High School
    • Inglemoor High School

    This was the twelfth consecutive year the Arena has held graduations for schools in the area, this year hosting a record of 18. The celebrations brought patrons from across the state to watch their family and friends receive their diplomas. 

    The staff of Spectra at XFINITY Arena and the Everett Public Facilities District would like to congratulate the Class of 2015 on their accomplishments and wish them the best of luck with what the future may hold! 


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