Here's our picks for the best of the best for streaming this summer!
Netflix has announced what is coming and going for the month of July, and we wanted to put together a little list of the streaming options that should not be missed. With all of the new series, movies, and Netflix original content, it can be a little difficult to pick your entertainment when you finally get around to all that Netflix chilling. Here is our quick little guide to take the pressure of decision making off of you!
6 Things to Watch on Netflix in July
Alright, so that is most of the summer planned. Looks like July is going to be spent on the couch!
What will you be watching this summer?
Fat City's Dusty Ramsbottom got the chance to have a chat with Brian Jones of the world famous Jones Zone!
Listen to Dusty and Brian discuss everything from the fun live events going on in the Charlotte Metro area, the new brewery in Rock Hill, the Jones Zone podcast, Brian's brother Chris who just so happens to be a stand up comedian, and they even had time to for a little Game Of Thrones talk!
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So many music streaming choices, but which one is best for you?
There are a lot of choices when it comes to streaming music, so to help you decide which is best for you, we've put together a comparison of the top 9 choices.
The Top 9 Music Streaming Options
Although the name Napster may scare some people away, the streaming music service of today is 100% legal. It was previously known by the name Rhapsody until it was relaunched in 2016 as a streaming-only service.
The streaming service has two ad-free tiers: unRadio for $4.99 per month and Premier for $9.99 per month. The Premier version comes with on-demand access to the entire library of songs and the ability to download for offline enjoyment. The lower tier has a 15 day free trial and the upper tier has a 30 day free trial.
The service has apps compatible with both IOS and Android devices, and the platform is fairly easy to use.
The biggest con is the ick factor attached to the name. Many people are still rather wary of linking themselves to Napster.
What started as a free broadcast and internet radio platform, iHeartRadio added a streaming option in order to provide a more flexible listening experience.
The streaming option is $9.99 per month, unless you plan on listening on your iOS device, then it will cost you $12.99. Your monthly fee will get you access to millions of songs that can be accessed on-demand and downloaded for off-line enjoyment. The service does offer a free trial up to 30 days depending on your device.
Compatible with iPhones, Androids, and Roku devices.
One of the biggest cons for this service is the increased price point for Apple users. Paying three extra dollars for the same exact service is a big turn-off.
Slacker Radio service is available in the U.S. and Canada and was founded in 2007. Users can create customized stations that can be shared with others.
The free tier contains ads and users cannot skip songs, but their is a $3.99 tier that is ad-free and included unlimited skips. The Premium tier is $9.99 and included on-demand and off-line listening. The service also includes stations like ABC News and ESPN radio. However, at this time it does not offer a free trial of premium services.
The platform is compatible with most devices including Sonos, Roku, and Echo.
The con for Slacker Radio is the limited range, only being available in the U.S. and Canada makes it a no-go for international audiences.
Started in 2000, Pandora Radio is a curated platform powered by the Music Genome Project. The algorithm chooses songs and artists for you based on 450 attributes.
The easy-to-use service offers three tiers: the ad-supported free tier, Pandora Plus ($4.99 per month) which is the ad-free version with unlimited skips, and Pandora Premium ($9.99 per month) the ad-free, on-demand service which includes unlimited skips and offline listening. The service offers a free trial for the paid tiers.
Just about any device you own is going to be compatible with Pandora Radio, even game consoles and home audio systems have compatibility.
Cons for Pandora include the inability to upload your own music for streaming. Also, Pandora is only available in the U.S.
Google Play Music
Launched in 2011, Google's music service app includes an online "music locker" where users can upload 50,000 songs from their own musical collections. Individual songs can also be purchased through the app.
The paid (ad-free) subscription can be purchased for individuals at $9.99 or in a family plan for $14.99. Google is currently offering a 30-day free trial, and the subscription also gets you access to YouTube Red. One of the cooler features of the service is location based playlists, for example, if you are at the gym it can suggest an upbeat workout playlist.
Cons for Google's service include the need for separate app for the music and the YouTube services.
Created by Jay-Z, Tidal is available in 52 countries and contains over 48 million songs. The service is the first to offer high-definition audio for streaming. The music is CD quality and is available offline. It also offers a lot of exclusive music, including the entire Jay-Z collection.
Tidal offers many different tiers of service including student, family, and military tiers of services. The basic service is $9.99 per month but does not include the high-def audio, you have to jump up to the $19.99 subscription if you want the premium sound. Tidal does offer a free 1 month trial.
The service is compatible with many devices, but if you are paying for the premium sound, you may want to check to make sure it is going to be worth it with whatever device you are using for listening.
There are a couple of cons for Tidal: the service is more expensive than most others if you are going with the high-def plan, the high quality audio uses up a lot of data which can add to the cost, and the music selection isn't as large as with some of the other services (unless you are a rap and hip hop fan then Tidal is definitely where you want to be.)
Launched in 2015, the on-demand streaming service offers music, videos, and a 24-hour radio station. Available in hundreds of countries, and often offers early release artist exclusives.
The service offers a $9.99 single plan, a $14.99 family plan, and a $4.99 student plan. All plans come with a 3-month free trial.
Apple Music is compatible with all Apple devices including the Apple watch as long as they are running 8.4 or later version of iOS. Some Android devices are also compatible, and you can give voice commands with the HomePod.
The biggest con for Apple Music is the poor desktop app.
Launched by a Swedish entertainment company in 2008, Spotify specializes in music and podcast streaming. It is available in most of Europe, North and South America, some of Asia, and Australia.
The service offers three tiers: the free ad-supported tier, the Premium tier ($9.99) and the family tier (14.99). All tiers include access to the 35+ million song library and includes tons of playlists and podcasts. Users can add Hulu services for just $3 per month. A 30-day free trial is currently available.
Streaming is easy with Spotify as it is compatible with many devices including most smart phones, Sonos One, Home Max, and even the PS4.
Adding your own music to the app is very difficult which can be a con for those who own large music collections already.
Amazon has two music streaming options: Amazon Prime Music which is already included in the Amazon Prime subscription and offers up over 2 million songs for streaming and Music Unlimited which the ad-free paid service that gets users access to tens of millions of songs.
Music Unlimited has two price points: $8 for those that are already subscribed to Prime and $10 for non-Prime users. They currently offer a 3-month free trial of the service.
Amazon music can be accessed via Alexa by voice command, but is also compatible with windows, iOS, and Android devices.
While still having hefty listening options, Music Unlimited doesn't have quite the range that some of the other services offer.
Finding the right music streaming service is ultimately going to come down to what you need from the service and what your listening habits are, but this list is a good way to narrow down your options. Go ahead and take advantage of some of the free trials to get a taste before picking your favorite.
What is your favorite music streaming option?
What do you like best about it?
It's official! Bill and Ted are getting the band back together.
Bill & Ted 3:Face the Music is officially being shopped at Cannes and both Keanu and Alex Winter are totally on board.
1989's iconic Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure was a science-fiction comedy starring Keanu Reeves, Alex Winter, and George Carlin. The cult classic had our two stars romping through time in order to pass a history final to keep Ted from being sent to military school in Alaska. The duo is helped by a righteous dude from the future who lends them a phone booth time machine because if the boys' band is split up it will ultimately lead to the end of the world.
The movie was followed by Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey in 1991, and now, 27 years later, we are finally getting the third installment: Bill & Ted Face the Music! The now middle-aged band mates are having trouble writing their song that is supposed to save the world, so they embark on another adventure through time. With their daughters in tow, Bill and Ted stumble across a whole new slew of historical figures and music legends.
Reeves and Winter are ready to get started on the film which is currently in pre-production. "We couldn't be more excited to get the whole band back together," said Reeves. The original creators, Chris Matheson and Ed Soloman, have reportedly been working on the script since 2010, and Dean Parisot of Galaxy Quest fame is all set to direct. With a stellar cast and plenty of talent behind the scenes, this beloved cult classic seems to be well on its way to gaining a whole new audience.
The original film grossed 40 million on a 10 million budget, which is not too shabby, before becoming a cult classic film that spawned a sequel, a TV series, a comic book tie-in, several video games, and even a couple theme park rides. It went on to be voted one of the "Best Stoner Movies of All Time" by Rolling Stone. It is safe to say that it has a bit of a following that will likely be coming out to show the love for the third installment in the franchise.
Get in the mood for the Bill & Ted reboot with a set of And Then There Was Hair Music Bingo cards! Take your bingo show back to the 80s and 90s with these radical tunes that will have your crowds playing aggressive air guitars. Oh, and don't forget:
BE EXCELLENT TO EACH OTHER!
Since Marvel's Infinity War has been breaking box office records, it inspired us to put together a little Avenger trivia! Test your knowledge, and see if you are ready to join the team. Don't worry, you won't find any plot spoilers here!
So, how did you do? Are you an official Avenger now?
Fat City Entertainment is Excited to Announce Our Newest Entertainment Line: Costumed Character Performers!
Make your little one’s birthday party truly epic this year with a Fat City Entertainment Superhero character performer!
We have recently launched our newest entertainment category: Costumed Superheroes! Our high quality entertainers are perfect for birthday parties, charity events, special occasions, and grand openings.
Every kid has a favorite superhero that they look up to and dream about meeting, and Fat City is ready to get those Spidey senses tingling! Invite a Caped Crusader or a Man of Steel to turn an ordinary birthday party into a memorable event! Party characters add such a fun element to your event, your child won’t stop smiling for days. Watch all the birthday guests’ eyes light up in amazement as the Superhero they so admire shows up to partake in the party festivities.
You can also have a costumed character on hand at your next charity event! Our costumed heroes can mingle, take photos, and sign autographs adding an element of fun and excitement to your fundraising efforts. Characters can be booked one at a time or in a group, whatever fits the needs of your organization.
Need a little buzz for your upcoming grand opening? Have a Superhero character make an appearance at your opening to wow your customers with stories of bravery and valor! Fat City Entertainment can provide high-quality costumed performers to help you achieve the awesome launch that you deserve.
Our initial launch will focus on the popular Superheroes depicted in the recent blockbuster films (but other characters and princesses can also be booked on request!) A booking will include a 2-hour visit from our costumed performer. The superhero will spend plenty of time at your party or event taking photos with guests, signing autographs, and telling Superhero stories. Your booking will also include two high energy performances that are sure to delight those in attendance. Other customized requests are available to be added to the party, things like story time, crafts, or games. We are ready to make your little ones dreams come true, just ask!
Our performers can be hired for nearly any venue! We are happy to provide you with a costumed superhero at places like your private residence, restaurants, or even a park! Just make sure to check your party venue rules to make sure you are allowed to invite outside performers! Hint: if you are planning an outdoor event, you may want to provide a backup plan in the case of inclement weather...rain is a bit like Kryptonite to our Superheroes!
Planning a big event? No worries! Our characters are ready to entertain your group no matter how large. For maximum impact, we suggest booking two characters for groups over 30. It allows your guests to have more one-on-one time with the superhero!
We are super excited to announce this new line of entertainment! Can you tell? Contact Fat City Entertainment today so we can discuss your Superhero party needs!
Why I Started Watching Football Again After A 5 Year Hiatus - A Special "Thank You" To The NFL League And Its Players.
In my early 20s, I fell in love with the kooky characters of the Tampa Buccaneers...
…Not long after that, I was blessed to actually witness my team defeat the Oakland Raiders to claim Super Bowl XXXVII. With Brad Johnson as his QB, and too-many-other-great-characters-to-mentions-in-this-short-blog, Jon Gruden took down his former team, and made me proud to be a fan. Those were the good ol’ days, full of interesting characters, and attainable statistic records.
In the years following, despite a cornucopia of games, spectacular plays, and new players to join the league, something was lost for me. There seemed to be more hype than ever, and I continued to join my friends for fantasy football drafts. However, my season ending rank gradually dropped as my interest did. For an unknown reason, and for me at least, the game had lost its luster...
Fast-forward to 2016
This season had began relatively similar for me as it had in the several years past. There were minor excitements when I got to see my old friends that I really only meet with once a year at the Saturday draft, the week before the season officially kicks off.
I couldn’t help but notice the gathering has humbled quite a bit, and there were noticeably more wedding rings and mentions of new babies at home. I think these new concepts actually drove our typical humour in a new direction, and for the better. I must admit.
When it comes to the actual “watching” of the games, it can be quite a commitment over the course of the season. I have always appreciated the NFL more than other leagues for having a more modest 16 game schedule. Compared to 82 hockey games a year, or the seemingly endless baseball season, this is much more manageable with my schedule. Having most of the games are on Sundays like clockwork, is a thing of genius.
At the beginning of the season of the past few years, I would typically watch several games. However by week 2 or 3, I would alway seem to find a more more productive way to spend my Sundays. Before long, football was on the back of my mind, and without keeping up with the players, my fantasy team would be lacking. Before I knew it, I would be out of playoff contention to those much more dedicated than I.
Something happened during this NFL season...
I can’t quite put my finger on it, but for whatever reason, I craved that excitement that I used to hold so dearly., and I definitely believe that the current state of national and international politics has at least partly to do with it.
The more turmoil and uncertainty in the world, the more we need our comfort zones, and to know that there is stability somewhere around us. This year, I found my solace with the fun and energetic youths of the NFL. (Not you, Kaepernick)
For this, I want to thank the NFL and to thank those players who have worked so hard this year to offer us some much-needed relief.
For many of us planning a Christmas party 4-5 months ahead is considered too early and a little hard to do, because of our busy work schedules. But people often ask how early should they start planning their Christmas parties? Is early Spring or the month of August too early to start thinking about having a perfect date to book the best Christmas party entertainment in town? Most employees and party organizers are busy planning Christmas parties throughout the year. If you are planning to book the best service and venue, it is high time to start your search from now.
It is important to book a perfect Christmas Party Entertainment on account of various reasons.
First of all, you have a variety of venue options to choose from. In order to make the party memorable, you would not want to compromise on anything and won’t like to leave out anything that will make your party the best of Christmas party of the year.
Planning to book a Christmas party entertainment service beforehand gives you the advantage of determining your budget. It will give you an insight on the scope of your party. Always remember that high-end venues are booked months before the actual event date. So if you are ahead of the main wave of Christmas bookings, not only will you get your hand on a perfect venue, you will be in a better negotiable place with your client, like catering, bands, DJ, etc.
Booking early will also give you the liberty of picking up the most suitable venue for you and your colleagues. While picking a date, always remember first two weeks with Fridays and Saturdays of December are most favorable time for everyone. The nearer the date of the event, the harder it is to book your desirable venue. This becomes even more difficult if you want to have your entertainment party on weekdays. Book up fast in December for Saturdays and save money on early bookings.
Most venues offer special packages in September and October. As the Christmas day gets closer prices skyrocket due to increased demand. This is the reason why they offer special discounts for early bookings them, and this includes entertainers and caterers as well.
It is essential to book your Christmas party entertainment way before so you can get time to focus on other essential things, like sending out invitations and planning everything systematically. Your entertainment event will turn out amazing when you send out invitations to your colleagues early. In the midst of the mad rush of planning, sending out invites in the last hour means plenty of people are not going to show up. This is because most people have their Christmas holidays booked in advance.
Live entertainment has the power to bring together a spectrum of people with a broad and varied range of cultures and ethnicities. It has the ability to enrich and promote community living.
Live entertainment has been growing around the world with festivals, cultural events, fairs that do not only bring people and communities together but gives a big boost to the economy.
"We are proud of those who support Live Entertainment"
Programs usually feature singers, music bands, stand up comedians, entertainers, educationists, public speakers, street performers, pub bands, buskers, and Trivia Game Shows. These live entertainment events are also packed with activities for people from fun games to music trivia, rides, art stalls to food stalls. Another main attraction of these events is its vibrant themes that attract people towards them. Because of their low cost, people belonging to all strata of society come and enjoy at these live entertainment events.
Presence of huge crowds of people under one roof not only helps the sponsors of the event, but also the community as a whole, by bringing them together.
For instance, a concert or an orchestral recital brings a wide range of audience together, united with their mutual appreciation for the recital or music. As they sing along and sway to the music. Whether it’s music, art, theatre or game shows, they all have the ability and power to bring people of all races, colors and regions together in their hearts, stimulate their senses by transcending the boundaries of their hearts and minds.
A recent example is of the World Orchestra for Peace in Abu Dhabi. Every year, the event brings together talent from 30 countries from the world of orchestra. They are selected regardless of their culture, region, religion and color, the only thing in common is their passion, talent and skill. This event connects people from around the world having a mutual love and appreciation for orchestra. Thus, live entertainment strengthens the community through its promotion and encourage of music and culture.
Countries around the world promote live entertainment events as they help people come together and have fun by participating in game shows, performances, competitions and much more.
Festival of Cultures is another live entertainment event that aims to bring people of different ethnicities together. Every year, more than eleven cultures from eleven different countries participate in this festival, including First Nations, India, Canada, Jamaica, Mexico, Ukraine, Thailand, Philippines, Serbia and United Kingdom. The event seeks to build a mutual understanding among people and their neighbors.
Raquel Salalia is the coordinator of the Festival of Cultures, who describes the event as a place to gather talented people from Yorkton and mingle with people from different cultures who have made Yorkton their home. “It is now very diverse. Yorkton, with its multiculturalism has become an adventure for people, who come across to enjoy the versatile food, delicacies, crafts and theatre.’’
The trend of live entertainment is here to stay because it helps in bringing together people of mutual interests, strengthens community and bring peace and harmony among communities.