Joining the previously announced, headlining featherweight (145 pounds) preliminary card showdown between undefeated, rising stars Hakeem Dawodu (5-0-1) of Calgary, Alberta, Canada and Marat Magomedov (7-0-1) of Dagestan, Russia, are 8 fights stacked with a collection of 12 local upstarts.
“We have a phenomenal fight card in store for fans for our debut in Washington State, and are looking forward to touching down in Everett, and seeing some of the best prospects in the area, and potential, future World Series of Fighting athletes in action,” said World Series of Fighting President Ray Sefo.
In a featured, middleweight (185 pounds) preliminary card battle, Rex “T-Rex” Harris (9-2) will put a five-fight win streak on the line against undefeated Nicolai “Blanka” Salchow (6-0). In another middleweight preliminary card contest and rematch, Alfonso “Big Smooth” Gonzales (9-1) of Tacoma, Wash. and Thomas Hoeper (4-2) of Arlington, Wash. will revisit their first meeting that took place on September 26, 2015 and ended with Gonzales scoring a second round (1:29) TKO (punches) on Hoeper.
Following a stellar, near perfect amateur career during which he amassed an overall record of 10-1, 28-year-old Tycen “Shin To Chin” Lynn of Everett will make his highly-anticipated professional debut in a bantamweight (135 pounds) matchup with 23-year-old, fellow upstart Justin Hugo (1-1) of Everett.
Main Card (Live on NBCSN)
World Series of Fighting Bantamweight Championship Main Event: Marlon Moraes (Champion) vs. Josh Hill (Challenger)
World Series of Fighting Featherweight Championship Co-Main Event: Alexandre Almeida (Champion) vs. Lance Palmer (Challenger)
Catchweight (162 pounds): Caros Fodor vs. Phoenix Jones
Middleweight: Phil Hawes vs. Louis Taylor
Preliminary Card (Live on WSOF.com)
Featherweight: Hakeem Dawodu vs. Marat Magomedov
Middleweight: Rex Harris vs. Nicolai Salchow
Welterweight: Andrews Nakahara vs. Travis Doerge
Middleweight: Alfonso Gonzales vs. Thomas Hoeper
Heavyweight: Matt Kovacs vs. Bill Widler
Lightweight: Patrick Benson vs. Brett Malone
Lightweight: Matt Coble vs. Colt Hausauer
Bantamweight: Justin Hugo vs. Tycen Lynn
Bantamweight: Jon Marc Cortez vs. Joe Elzea
In other action on the live NBCSN telecast, costumed crime fighter Phoenix Jones (6-1-1) aka Ben Fodor of Seattle, Wash. will look to settle his rivalry with adopted brother Caros “The Future” Fodor (10-5) of Seattle in a 162-pound catchweight affair.
Unbeaten featherweights Hakeem “Mean” Dawodu (5-0-1) and Marat Magomedov (7-0-1) will square off in a preliminary card.
“We are excited to make our debut in the great state of Washington with such a spectacular affair that will feature one of the most anticipated and well-deserved rematches of the year, as well as something that you rarely see in combat sports – a matchup between family members whose competitive rivalry is so intense that, after so many years, it has resulted in the two agreeing to settle their differences in the cage,” said World Series of Fighting President Ray Sefo.
World Bantamweight Title Fight
Marlon Moraes vs Josh Hill
World Featherweight Title Fight
Alexandre Almeida vs Lance Palmer
Catchweight: Phoenix Jones vs Caros Fodor
Middlewight: Phil Hawes vs Louis Taylor
Hakeem Dawodu vs Marat Magomedov
Rex Harris vs Nicolai Salchow
Andrews Nakahara vs Travis Doerge
Alfonso Gonzales vs Thomas Hoeper
Matt Kovacs vs Bill Widler
Patrick Benson vs Brett Malone
Matt Coble vs Colt Hausauer
Justin Hugo vs Tycen Lynn
Jon Marc Cortez vs Joe Elzea
*Bouts subject to change
For more information, visit WSOF.com.]]>
Those who have already purchased their tickets for the previously scheduled May 14 date of “The Buffet Tour” at the XFINITY Arena are automatically guaranteed the same seats for the new date on October 30. However, if fans are unable to attend the rescheduled concert date, refunds are available for those who already purchased tickets directly from point of purchase until May 27. For more information, call 1.866.332.8499.
Lauded as an R&B legend, R. Kelly is one of the most successful artists of all time with over 40 million albums sold worldwide, three Grammy Awards, six American Music Awards, six Billboard Awards, and eight Soul Train Awards. His chart-topping hits range from “Bump N’ Grind” and “Your Body’s Callin” to Grammy Award winning “I Believe I Can Fly” and everything in between. In addition to recent collaborations with Lady Gaga (“Do What U Want”), Justin Bieber (“PYD”), Phoenix (“Trying To Be Cool" remix) and Bruno Mars (“Gorilla” remix), R. Kelly has scored hit songs for Michael Jackson (“You Are Not Alone”), Celine Dion (“I’m Your Angel”), Maxwell (“Fortunate”) and countless others. With a music career spanning over 25 years, R. Kelly has proven time and time again he's the “King of R&B.”]]>
Originally launched in 2005 by Warped Tour founder Kevin Lyman and John Reese (co-founder of Mayhem Festival, Oddball Festival), Rockstar Taste Of Chaos went on to hit 20 countries around the world over its five-year run, helping to launch the careers of bands like Thirty Seconds To Mars, Paramore, My Chemical Romance, Chiodos, Saosin, and more, while highlighting such fan favorites as The Used, Deftones, Avenged Sevenfold, Rise Against, Thrice, Story of The Year, and Taking Back Sunday.
About the 2016 tour re-launch, Kevin Lyman says, “It has been awhile, but I had always hoped that the Rockstar Taste of Chaos tour had a chance to come back. That time is now, and I am excited that the artists thought it was time too.”
John Reese adds, “After the very successful Taste of Chaos destination festival in San Bernardino, CA in October 2015, we felt that we wanted to bring a number of those amazing bands around the country.”
Propelled by Chris Carrabba’s intimate and emotionally raw lyrics, sweeping acoustics, and his charismatic presence, Dashboard Confessional stands as one of the biggest alternative bands of the 2000s. Critically acclaimed and embraced by a legion of fans, Dashboard’s brand of alternative rock swept through a generation who embraced their albums and sold out arenas. “One is reminded of Bob Dylan’s Blood on the Tracks, only stripped down to the bare essentials,” praised PopMatters about their debut, The Swiss Army Romance, setting the tone for the band’s massive impact on both their fans and the media alike, including SPIN, Alternative Press, and MTV, among many others.
Their breakthrough second album, 2002’s The Places You Have Come to Fear the Most, included the trademark single “Screaming Infidelities,” yielding their first gold-certified album and peaking at #5 on Billboard’s Top 200. Later that same year, the single won the MTV2 Award at the 2002 MTV Video Music Awards. Their third album, A Mark, A Mission, A Brand, A Scar, gave them their first Top Ten Modern Rock single, “Hands Down,” and reached #2 on the Top 200. To date, Dashboard Confessional has a platinum album with their live release MTV Unplugged, three RIAA certified gold-selling albums (Swiss Army Romance, The Places You Have Come to Fear the Most, A Mark, A Mission, A Brand, A Scar), and has had numerous songs featured on TV (Cougar Town, One Tree Hill, Scrubs, All My Children, Laguna Beach, NCIS, Cold Case, Clone High) and in movies (Shrek 2, Spider-Man 2, Made of Honor, Sydney White).
Taking Back Sunday have also just embarked on the recording of their seventh studio album and follow up to their 2014 Top 10 Billboard-charting Hopeless Records release, Happiness Is. Working with experienced producer and frequent collaborator Mike Sapone and engineer Mike Pepe, the band feels right at home recording in Charlotte, NC.
"During this process we've been discovering and surprising ourselves in realizing how good of a band we've become. Not to go full Kanye but none of us can believe, when we're listening back during tracking, that this is our band. It's incredible. The timing also worked perfectly, we'll basically be going straight from the studio to Taste of Chaos where we'll have the opportunity to let these new songs out of their cages," the band explains.]]>
The two hour show progresses through Beatles music history from its beginnings, to its ultimate end in 1969. The constantly evolving show is designed to evoke the excitement and passion of the Beatles influence on the shapes and sounds of the 1960s. The show is a fun, thought provoking, energized and captivating journey of the Beatles evolution and impact on pop culture in the turbulent sixties.
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 Agony. We 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!
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:
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.
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!
Beginning today, Comcast Spectacor will consist of three primary businesses: the Philadelphia Flyers, the Wells Fargo Center and the new Spectra. In turn Spectra will consist of three divisions: Venue Management (formerly Global Spectrum), Food Services & Hospitality (formerly Ovations Food Services) and Ticketing & Fan Engagement (formerly Paciolan).
Spectra in Washington
Spectra is a major provider of sports and entertainment hospitality services in Washington. One or more of the divisions is at work supporting 15 Washington venues and events, including:
These locations and events are some of Spectra’s 300-plus clients at more than 400 global properties that host millions of visitors annually.
“Spectra is all about creating unforgettable moments for fans,” said Dave Scott, President of Comcast Spectacor. “We can do that best with all services under one umbrella to provide end-to-end solutions for venues, redefining fan experiences everywhere.”
The Spectra Advantage
This proactive approach to modernizing the entire ecosystem of details involved in live event management has driven the growth in bundled relationships with clients like the XFINITY Arena at Everett which is operated by Spectra Venue Management and supplied by Spectra Ticketing & Fan Engagement.
“The successes that clients like these are experiencing with multiple services at one location is what inspired us to move from a house of brands to a branded house as Spectra. It gives clients a more integrated, streamlined and powerful resource to host extraordinary events,” Scott added.
Spectra by Comcast Spectacor is the expert in hosting and entertainment, partnering with over 300 clients at 400 global properties to create memorable experiences for millions of visitors every year. Spectra’s expertise is embodied within three main divisions: Venue Management (formerly Global Spectrum), Food Services & Hospitality (formerly Ovations Food Services), and Ticketing & Fan Engagement (formerly Paciolan). Learn more at SpectraExperiences.com.
Comcast Spectacor is part of Comcast Corporation, a Fortune 50 media and technology company that operates Comcast Cable and NBCUniversal. Headquartered in Philadelphia, Pa., Comcast Spectacor also owns and operates the National Hockey League’s Philadelphia Flyers and the Wells Fargo Center venue. Visit us at ComcastSpectacor.com, PhiladelphiaFlyers.com and WellsFargoCenterPhilly.com for more information.
Players will begin play in Everett on Monday, July 20 for an intense five day camp that includes a combine, draft, practices, video sessions, media training, game preparations, as well as public appearances to promote the Saturday night game. Also part of the weeklong event is a Youth Camp and Tournament, where young players will have a chance to learn and play Arena lacrosse which is a modified indoor game where safety, skills and fun is the motto. Players can register on the ALL website.
“Fans will see a brand of lacrosse that promotes transition and allows players to display individual skills in a team game. Exciting end to end action with lots of scoring opportunities will complement an entertaining night out for fans of all ages,” ALL spokesperson, Lance Winn.
About the Arena Lacrosse League: The ALL will operate between late May and the first week of September. The youth camp and tournament is open to four age groups U11/U13/U15/U18, each age group will be limited to four teams of 10 players and one goalie to ensure players get ample development and playing time.
The series showcases three of the most exciting and dangerous rodeo disciplines: Bareback Riding, Saddle Bronc Riding and Bull Riding. In Bareback Riding, the cowboy must keep one hand in the rigging and one hand in the air. In Saddle Bronc, the cowboy must keep both feet in the stirrups, one hand on the bronc reign and one hand in the air. In Bull Riding, the cowboy must have one hand in the bull rope and one hand in the air.
For each of the three disciplines, half of the score comes from the cowboy’s ability to ride well while the other half comes from the bucking performance of the animal. The most successful cowboys anticipate and follow the movements of the animal to perfection.
Since professional Roughstock Series’ foundation in 2001, it has become one of the fastest growing rodeo sport series. Competition between riders is fiercer than it has ever been which is sure to create an unforgettable show.
Girl Scouts will be selling cookies throughout the game and media are invited to interview a Girl Scout. When a Girl Scout sells you cookies, she's building a lifetime of skills and confidence. She learns goal setting, decision-making, money management, people skills and business ethics—aspects that are essential to leadership, success and life.
The impressive card of fighters has been announced for the February 21 event.
*Fight card subject to change
Based in Colorado, Sparta Combat League has been producing Mixed Martial Arts events since 2012. Through the organization’s events, they are able to not only create entertainment, but also raise donations and awareness for local families and communities in need.]]>