Monster Jam is 100 Percent for the Kids

Monster Jam brings world-renowned drivers and 12,000-pound trucks from arenas and stadiums across the nation for exciting racing and freestyle competitions.

Each event includes a timed race, two-wheel skills challenge, donut competition and freestyle event; audiences decide the winners by scoring using mobile devices.

The History of Monster Jam

Monster Jam has since grown into an annual spectacle seen by millions worldwide, but it didn’t start this way. Monster Jam originated during the lifted truck craze of the 1970s when owners modified factory four-wheel-drive pickup trucks by raising them up on lifts and installing massive 48″ farm tires to mud bogging and tractor pulling competitions.

Freestyle competition provides drivers with 2 minutes to show their strength and dexterity by performing gravity-defying stunts that show off both physical and mental prowess. Fans love this controlled chaos that allows fiberglass bodies to fall, axles to break, and sometimes cars even catch fire!

Monster Jam fans were also once able to witness Monster Jam drivers compete in a points series; this feature was discontinued in 1999 before later making a comeback (though not currently part of any USHRA tour). Each Monster Jam event still hosts its own official World Finals championship event.

The Trucks

Monster Jam events and their trucks may look staged, but monster truck racing actually dates back to when lifted pickup owners would jack up factory four-wheel-drive trucks and fill them with giant tires – before Monster Jam even existed!

At each event, trucks compete in three separate events: head-to-head racing, freestyle and skills challenge – each winner receiving their own trophy for their victory.

Freestyle competition is judged annually, and drivers use their trucks to perform tricks for audiences and earn points. Each year the tour crowns a champion for freestyle–not necessarily Grave Digger or Bigfoot but other drivers like 2023 World Finals Champion Tristan England have their own rides that they use during freestyle performances.

Monster Jam’s success can be credited to its hundreds of employees who work together seamlessly to keep it running, from choreographing drivers’ entry into the hot pits (where 47 trucks are staged between rounds with two entering and leaving at all times) and maintaining trackside repairs to making sure fans enjoy themselves and remain engaged – its passionate fan culture fueling its rapid expansion.

The Arena

Monster Jam events feature an arena-style setup that gives fans a close-up view of the trucks and drivers competing. This format has played an instrumental role in Monster Jam’s incredible growth – now offering over 350 shows annually in 30 countries!

Last week, the traveling crew responsible for turning the Dome into a monster truck arena arrived to start its work. They blocked off a section of parking lot between Dineen Hall and Campus West before setting up five of the company’s nine monster truck haulers capable of accommodating two trucks each.

Track construction begins one week prior to fans filling the Dome for fans to watch the action. Excavations takes place from an open field on Syracuse University’s campus and dirt is brought directly into the arena via truckloads; quality monitoring of each load of dirt ensures optimal conditions.

The Audience

Children form a large portion of Monster Jam audiences – no coincidence there. Monster Jam caters solely to children, and that shows. With ATV obstacle races, two-wheel skills competitions, donuts and their signature freestyle monster truck show event all taking place within its pages, kids will love this show!

Trucks roar into life and roll across the arena floor as their fans cheer with enthusiasm. Some have come prepared with earplugs or headphones for hearing protection; most seem delighted to be witnessing such destructive machinery up close and personal.

Monster Jam stands out from other sports events by appealing to an inclusive audience. While camo clothing and American flags might dominate attendance at Monster Jam events, there are numerous female spectators present and pro drivers take upon themselves the responsibility of creating an inclusive environment – Tom Meents of El Toro Loco fame and an early candidate for Greatest Of All Time (GOAT), runs Monster University as training program that fosters new drivers.

Cardi B maps out 2019 summer tour, first-ever arena shows

After becoming a first-time mother, Cardi B was largely absent from the summer touring circuit last year. Now, with a new album supposedly on the way, New York’s new queen of hip-hop has packed her 2019 summer schedule with a number of festival appearances in addition to her first-ever headlining arena shows.

After taking the stage at Miami’s Rolling Loud, Barcelona’s Primavera Sound, and Bonnaroo, Cardi will play a string of arena shows during the month of July. For the leg of dates, she’ll be joined by Kevin Gates, as Complex reports.

Check out Cardi’s upcoming tour schedule, and grab tickets here.

Cardi B 2019 Tour Dates: 03/13 – South Padre Island, TX @ Beach Bash Music Festival 05/03-05 – Memphis, TN @ Beale Street Music Festival 05/04 – Bonner Springs, KS @ Providence Medical Center Amphitheater (Flyover KC) % 05/10-12 – Miami, FL @ Rolling Loud Festival 05/16 – Gulf Shores, AL @ Hangout Music Fest 05/17 – Phoenix, AZ @ Pot of Gold Music Festival 05/18 – Montreal, QC @ Metro Metro Festival 05/24 – Baltimore, MD @ Royal Farms Arena (92Q Spring Bling Festival) # 05/31 – Barcelona, ES @ Primavera Sound 06/01 – Warsaw, PL @ Orange Warsaw Festival 6/08-09 – Manchester, UK @ Parklife Festival 06/16 – Manchester, TN @ Bonnaroo Music Festival 06/22 – Los Angeles, CA @ Staples Center (BET Experience) ^ 06/30 – Lommel, BE @ Vestiville 07/03 – Roskilde, DK @ Roksilde Festival 07/05 – London, UK @ Wireless Festival 07/06 – Frankfurt, DE @ Wireless Germany 07/07 – Rathfarnham, IE @ Longitude Festival 07/11 – Fraunfeld, CH @ Openir Frauenfeld 07/23 – Tulsa, OK @ BOK Center * 07/24 – Wichita, KS @ Intrust Bank Arena * 07/26 – Lincoln, NE @ Pinnacle Bank Arena * 07/27 – Minneapolis, MN @ Target Center * 07/30 – Indianapolis, IN @ Bankers Life Fieldhouse * 07/31 – Charlottesville, VA @ John Paul Jones Arena * 08/08-10 – Gothenburg, SE @ Way Out West Festival

% = w/ 21 Savage, Lil Baby, G Herbo, Lil Mosey, and YBN Cordae # = w/ Yo Gotti and Blocboy JB ^ = w/ Migos, Lil Yachty, Lil Baby, and City Girls * = w/ Kevin Gates

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Maroon 5 struggling to find acts to join them at Super Bowl Halftime show

Some might argue that politics and sports should be separate as church and state, but that’s a reality for the NFL.  The team ’s stance against a player’s right to protest during the National Anthem has been a thorn at their aspect, and yet one which ’s beginning to draw blood since the Super Bowl nears.

According to sources at Page Six, Maroon 5 is now having a hard time finding acts to combine them throughout their forthcoming Halftime show for Super Bowl LIII, that can be set to occur on Sunday, February 3rd at Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

The band has reached out to more than a functions to combine them to their functionality that was mid-game, only so much, no one ’s game to hit the field, pun intended. As one insider tells the publication, “Nobody wants to be connected with that. ” After all, it is ’t even be for a lack of talent, especially local gift, watching how Atlanta is a mecca for music.

1 such outlet is label and management company Quality Control, who confessed rsquo they &;ve been talking with representatives but declined to discuss. It needs to be noted their top clientele, namely Migos, Lil Yachty, along with Lil Baby, are going to be in the town for the Bud Light Super Bowl Music Fest on January 31st, that will also contain local personalities Ludacris along with Lil Jon.

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Also in the town for shows leading to the Big Game include other blockbuster talents like Cardi B, Post Malone, along with former Super Bowl Halftime show veteran Bruno Mars.

A lot of the radio silence boils down to timing. Reportedly, Mary J. Blige had been approached but had to turn it down due to prior commitments. And there’s the above Cardi B, who featured on Maroon 5’s hit “Girls Like You”. She’s scheduled to look at the Grammy Awards a week afterwards on February 10th, although sources indicate she remains a addition.

André 3000 has also reportedly been approached, as have luminaries like Usher, Lauryn Hill, and Nicki Minaj, that ’s no stranger to the match (see: Madonna’s 2012 Halftime series ).

All this likely explains why Maroon 5 has not yet been officially declared. This ’s hoping for the ring ’s sake, that their call is answered by somebody and stops wasting turning out the lights. Alright, we’ll stop.

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Nicki Minaj is dating a registered sex offender and convicted murderer

Nicki Minaj hasn’t exactly kept the best business the last few months. The Queen rapper recently emerged on Dummy Boy, the newest album from Tekashi 6ix9ine, who’s now confronting 32 years in prison for armed robbery, conspiracy to commit murder, and medication supply. It appears Minaj is dating Kenneth “Zoo” Petty”, a convicted sexual offender and murderer.

Both were spotted cozying up soon after Thanksgiving. Minaj published a pair of Instagram pictures of them hanging out, among which features exactly what fans speculate is a engagement ring. Yesterday, Minaj all but confirmed the dating rumors by posting two pictures.

In accordance with public documents , Petty was detained in 1995 of first-degree attempted rape of a 16-year-old; TMZ notes he employed “a sharp object” during said incident. Petty, who was 16 at the moment, ended up serving four years in prison. In the mid-2000s, Petty was convicted, that the time of first-degree manslaughter. He served a seven-year sentence and was released in 2013.

It’therefore thought the Minaj and father-of-five Petty know each other from Queens, where the “Chun-Li” rapper was raised. In the latest photo of the bunch, Minaj included a caption quoting Adele’& s & “Hello”, and that seems to reference their shared hometown: “Did you ever make it out of that city where nothing ever happens? ”

BET reports that just a week before linking up using Minaj, Petty was seen dating another girl. Back in September, Minaj had been rumored to be involved using Lewis Hamilton, a 33-year-old Brit and Formula One driver.

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BROCKHAMPTON announce “I’ll Be There” North American tour

Last Sunday, BROCKHAMPTON announced they’d be dropping a new album called Iridescence following month. Now, the hip-hop boyband has scheduled a North American fall tour in support of that release.

Spanning 27 dates, the “I’ll Be There” tour goes off October 3rd at Mesa, Arizona prior to making its way through Houston, New Orleans, Philadelphia, New York, Toronto, Chicago, Seattle, Denver, and Las Vegas, one of the cities. The itinerary also includes festival looks at Austin City Limits along with Tyler, the Creator’s Camp Flog Gnaw at Los Angeles.

This newest run of dates follows BROCKHAMPTON’s most stint over in Europe. In addition, it comes after the group decided to part ways with manhood Ameer Vann following accusations of misconduct and psychological and sexual abuse by women.

Iridescence, which appears to be separate from the previously declared the best years of our lives, is going to be the group’s first album since last season ’s most impressive SATURATION III.

Find the rap collective’s full tour program below, and catch tickets here.

BROCKHAMPTON 2018 Tour Dates: 09/21 — Auckland, NZ @ Logan Campbell Centre 09/22 — Melbourne, AU @ Listen Out Melbourne 09/23 — Perth, AU @ Listen Out Perth 09/25 — Melbourne, AU @ The Forum 09/26 — Sydney, AU @ Enmore Theatre 09/29 — Sydney, AU @ Listen Out Sydney 09/30 — Brisbane, AU @ Listen Out Brisbane 10/03 — Mesa, AZ @ Mesa Amphitheatre 10/05 — Austin, TX @ Austin City Limits Festival 10/06 — Austin, TX @ Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater 10/07 — Houston, TX @ Revention Music Center 10/09 — Kansas City, MO @ Arvest Bank Theatre in The Midland 10/10 — Dallas, TX @ South Side Ballroom 10/12 — Austin, TX @ Austin City Limits Festival 10/13 — New Orleans, LA @ Orpheum Theater 10/14 — Atlanta, GA @ Coca-Cola Roxy 10/16 — Washington, DC @ The Anthem 10/17 — Philadelphia, PA @ The Fillmore 10/20 — Boston, MA @ Agganis Arena 10/21 — New York, NY @ Terminal 5 10/22 — New York, NY @ Terminal 5 10/25 — Toronto, ON @ Coca-Cola Coliseum 10/26 — Detroit, MI @ The Masonic Temple 10/28 — Chicago, IL @ Aragon Ballroom 10/30 — Minneapolis, MN @ The Armory 11/01 — Denver, CO @ The Fillmore Auditorium 11/03 — Seattle, WA @ WaMU Theater 11/05 — Vancouver, BC @ PNE Forum 11/07 — Boise, ID @ Revolution Concert House 11/08 — San Francisco, CA @ Bill Graham Civic Auditorium 11/10-11 — Los Angeles, CA @ Camp Flog Gnaw 11/28 — Los Angeles, CA @ Shrine Exposition Hall 12/01 — San Diego, CA @ Valley View Casino 12/06 — Las Vegas, NV @ The Chelsea

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