|By Marketwired .||
|July 25, 2014 10:57 AM EDT||
NEW YORK, NY -- (Marketwired) -- 07/25/14 -- Under The Sun, the annual summer festival tour celebrating the golden age of alternative pop rock 'n' roll, has unveiled details of a major worldwide live streaming special event. UTS 2014 -- which stars Blues Traveler, Sugar Ray, Uncle Kracker, and Smash Mouth -- will team with SuretoneLive.com for the unprecedented livestream, to be webcast around the world direct from the tour's eagerly awaited stop at The Paramount in Huntington, New York, slated for July 29th at 7PM ET. The first hour will feature live streaming interviews and other behind-the-scenes exclusives, with bands set to begin hitting the stage at 8PM EST. For complete details and event information, please log on to underthesuntour.com, suretonelive.com and these official Facebook pages: www.facebook.com/BluesTraveler, www.facebook.com/OfficalSugerRay, www.facebook.com/unclekrackerofficial, and www.facebook.com/smashmouth. For branded apparel and merchandise, please visit shopsuretonelive.com.
In addition, fans can use an array of Twitter hashtags to commemorate Under The Sun 2014, including #UnderTheSunTour, #UnderTheSunTour2014, and #UTS, as well as these hashtags unique to the July 29th livestream event: #UTSlive, #WatchUTS, and #CountDown2UTS. Please follow twitter.com/blues_traveler (@blues_traveler), twitter.com/mark_mcgrath (@mark_mcgrath), twitter..com/sugarrayband (@sugarrayband), twitter.com/unclekracker (@unclekracker), and twitter.com/smashmouth (@smashmouth).
Produced by Kingdom Entertainment, the Under The Sun global livestream is presented by SuretoneLive.com and powered by Cinsay's technology. Cinsay has multi-patented the ability to syndicate and integrate content and commerce in a live or VOD stream through their Video Smart Store (or VSS) technology. SuretoneLive allows users to watch the UTS 2014 event direct from each bands' Facebook page, to purchase items directly from the VSS player itself without ever interrupting their live experience, and broadcast to friends by sharing the VSS player on their own social media pages. In addition, the Under The Sun live event will be heralded by a series of exclusive teaser videos from each of the tour's starring acts, to be featured in the Video Smart Stores embedded on their own Facebook and official web pages. SuretoneLive is a partnership between Jordan Schur and Carl Stubner of Suretone Entertainment and the Austin, Texas-based Cinsay Inc., the world leader in social video commerce. For more information re: SuretoneLive powered by Cinsay, please visit suretonelive.com.
"We're looking forward to the Under The Sun show as we move forward in our new partnership with Cinsay and to leverage the world's only multi-patented video eCommerce platform for venues, festivals and artists worldwide," said Jordan Schur, founder and Chairman of Suretone Entertainment.
"It's a great night of great music," says Sugar Ray frontman and UTS co-founder Mark McGrath. "Make sure you don't miss it!"
Undoubtedly among the summer season's most popular concert treks, Under The Sun 2014 boasts a spectacular line-up that includes Blues Traveler, Sugar Ray, Uncle Kracker, and Smash Mouth, with Gin Blossoms also joining the caravan for selected dates. Please log on to www.underthesuntour.com for complete details and ticket information.
The tour has drawn raves right from the jump, with Cedar Rapids' HooplaNow praising a stormswept show at Iowa's Riverside Casino, noting "the sheer fun of the songlists and the joy that cut through the brewing breezes more than made up for the muddy mics." Columbus Underground hailed UTS as "all about bringing back a massive slab of the never ending summer of the 90′s and slapping in bang in the middle of today's folk-rock-keyboard-celebrity obsessed nation," further declaring it to be "a highly enjoyable tour that's sparked both great memories of songs gone by and a glimmer of hope that guitar based pop-rock can be popular again."
McGrath -- who co-stars in Syfy's long awaited Sharknado 2: The Second One, premiering Wednesday, July 30th exclusively on Syfy -- recently trumpeted UTS2014 with an array of high profile national media appearances. Highlights included visits to NBC's TODAY, FOX's Good Day New York and Good Day LA, the nationally syndicated Extra and The Better Show, ABC News Radio, NBC's New York Live, Artisan News Service, REELZChannel's OK! TV, FOX News Entertainment, VH1.com, CNN.com, The Dennis Miller Show, FOX Sports Radio's Jay Mohr Sports, Premiere Networks, KTLA 5 Morning News, and ABC News (whose "One on One with Mark McGrath" feature is streaming now at abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/video/sugar-ray-frontman-mark-mcgrath-24237842).
2013's inaugural Under The Sun tour was among last year's most popular and acclaimed events, earning ecstatic media attention with each stop along the way. Critical applause also came from all corners, with Entertainment Weekly officially declaring UTS13 to be "the coolest tour of the summer!" In addition to major features in such nationally read publications as Billboard and the Los Angeles Times, LATFUSA.com hailed the UTS show at Los Angeles' legendary Greek Theatre as "a nostalgic night with unbelievable energy radiating from both the stage and the audience." "If you missed this one, your loss," noted Examiner.com, "it was amazing... a great show, very energetic and a real crowd pleaser." Michigan's Oakland Press applauded Under The Sun as "an upbeat evening of '90s nostalgia... a funny four-hour package show of pop and alternative hits from the final decade of the 20th century," while the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette praised the "packed" Stage AE date, noting, "each of the groups has a sizable following that will continue to fill venues for years to come, no matter how far they are removed from their youth... Their childhood soundtracks haven't missed a beat." "What a remarkable time," raved OmahaNightlife.com, "what a happy night, what a show." ColumbusUnderground.com summed it up best, decreeing Under The Sun 2013 to be "one of the best shows I've seen on the outdoor stage... a celebration of the last great era for alternative music that delivered exactly as expected, all with the promise of another show next year that could again become one of the highlights on the summer calendar."
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For nearly three decades, Blues Traveler has taken a wide array of musical styles -- from pop, folk and R&B to psychedelic soul and Southern rock -- and transformed them into their own inimitable brand of free-spirited rock 'n' roll. In addition to worldwide album sales in excess of 13 million, the New Jersey-based band has performed close to 6,000 live shows, bringing crossover hits like the GRAMMY® Award-winning, Billboard top 10 smash, "Run-Around," to nearly 30 million ecstatic fans worldwide. Like any outfit active for more than 25 years, Blues Traveler has weathered its share of obstacles, including frontman John Popper's near fatal motorcycle accident and the tragic loss of founding bassist Bobby Sheehan. But true to its moniker, the band traveled on, maintaining an average touring pace of 250 shows each year and regularly releasing a series of compelling and creative new releases. Blues Traveler's most recent studio outing, 2012's acclaimed Suzie Cracks The Whip, saw bright new colors added to the band's already jam-packed palette, fusing a gloriously modern pop energy to their masterful musicianship and ever-expanding creativity. Blues Traveler is an ever-evolving band and continues to grow as artists. With timeless music and legendary musicianship, Blues Traveler has spent 2014 popping up on stages and in studios with a variety of high profile artists. Look out for some exciting new music from the band soon.
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Mark McGrath is a true original. Best known as lead singer/songwriter for Sugar Ray, the Southern California-native can lay claim to a stunning string of top 10 hits, including "Someday," "When It's Over," and the twin #1 classics, "Fly" and "Every Morning." McGrath and Sugar Ray proved worldwide fan favorites, with multiple multi-platinum albums (including the RIAA 3x platinum certified 14:59), countless sold out tours, innumerable TV appearances, and starring roles on the covers of such national publications as Spin and Rolling Stone. More than two decades since their foundation later, Sugar Ray remain devoted to the cause that united them, the pursuit of good times, sunshine, and great rock 'n' roll.
As if that weren't enough, McGrath has enjoyed a high profile career as a multi-faceted TV personality, including his current role as host of truTV's extreme singing competition series, Killer Karaoke. Among his many other credits are stints as co-host of the entertainment news program, Extra, and as host of the nationally syndicated Don't Forget The Lyrics! A three-time champion on VH1's Rock & Roll Jeopardy, McGrath has also appeared in such hugely successful series and films as Fox's American Idol, NBC's The Office and The Celebrity Apprentice (Season 4), ABC's Wife Swap and The Neighbors, and most recently, Syfy's Sharknado 2: The Second One.
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Initially known for his role as DJ in Kid Rock's legendary Twisted Brown Trucker band, Uncle Kracker soon staked his own claim for greatness via a unique stylistic synthesis of pop, rock, country, soul, blues, and even doo-wop. Known to his parents as Matt Shafer, the Detroit-based singer/songwriter made his stunning solo debut with 2001's #1 smash, "Follow Me," kicking off a run of top 10 multi-format hits like "In A Little While," "Smile," and of course, 2003's record-setting cover of Dobie Gray's classic "Drift Away." As if that weren't enough, the following year saw Uncle Kracker topping Billboard's "Hot Country Songs" chart for five consecutive weeks with "When The Sun Goes Down," his RIAA gold certified collaboration with country superstar Kenny Chesney.
In addition to nearly non-stop touring, Uncle Kracker has made numerous high-profile TV performances, including NBC's The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien, CBS' The Early Show Saturday Edition, ABC's Live! With Regis and Kelly, Fox's American Country Awards, and an electrifying joint performance with Kid Rock on the ABC special, CMA Music Fest: Country's Night To Rock.
Indeed, the proud Michigander has also maintained his role as one of Kid Rock's closest friends and collaborators, co-writing such blockbuster hits as "Bawitdaba," "Cowboy," "Forever," "Only God Knows Why," and 2008's #1 phenomenon, "All Summer Long." Through it all, the one and only Uncle Kracker has continued to push the musical boundaries between his beloved Detroit and inspirational Nashville, most recently earning abundant acclaim for the full-on country approach of 2012's Midnight Special.
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With their indelible, organ-powered style, Smash Mouth has long provided the sun-dappled soundtrack to summertime fun. The Southern California-based combo has earned sales exceeding six million albums in the US alone, fueled by a streak of unforgettable chart-topping hits including "Can't Get Enough Of You, Baby," "Then The Morning Comes," and the #1 classics, "Walkin' On The Sun" and "All Star." Furthermore, the band's songs - including distinctive covers like "I'm A Believer" and "Why Can't We Be Friends," performed in the inimitable Smash Mouth style - have been featured in a breathtaking array of film and TV programs, including The Simpsons, Can't Hardly Wait, Half Baked, BASEketball, Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo, and of course, Shrek.
With founding members Steve Harwell and Paul De Lisle at the helm, Smash Mouth returned in full force last year with Magic, drawing praise once again for their ever-inventive beach party anthems. As if that weren't enough, the hard touring band showed off their culinary credentials with Recipes From The Road, a rock 'n' roll cookbook/travelogue featuring contributions from such celebrity friends as Guy Fieri, Michael Symon, Sammy Hagar, and the Pittsburgh Steelers' Jerome Bettis.
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For updated tour information, log on to www.underthesuntour.com.
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