1. YAHOO AND LIVE NATION ANNOUNCE YEAR OF STREAMING CONCERTS: Beginning tonight with a Dave Matthews Band concert in Jacksonville, Florida, Yahoo and Live Nation will kick off 365 days of live-streamed concerts featuring artists such as Justin Timberlake, Usher, and Kiss. The New York Times: “If successful, the program will help establish Screen, Yahoo’s video site and competitor to YouTube. And for Live Nation, the world’s biggest concert promoter, and the rest of the music industry, it could create a franchise for online concerts, which have long been promoted as the next big thing, but, despite many attempts, have never quite caught on with consumers.” http://nyti.ms/1oDArxY
2. AUSTIN CITY LIMITS DEBUTS EXCLUSIVE LUXURY PORTA-POTTY: Festival bathrooms don’t have the best reputation, but Austin City Limits Music Festival will change that for winners of a contest to use a new “Golden Porta Potty,” a blinged-out stall with some major perks: Wi-Fi, a live feed of the festival, air-conditioning, a phone charger, and a crystal chandelier. The fest is sponsoring a contest to win 10 passes to the golden-hued bathroom, along with 10 single-day tickets. See a Robin Leach-esque video of the bathroom on the fest’s website: http://www.aclfestival.com/gpp/
3. HOTEL SERVES COCKTAIL FROM GLASS LOUBOUTIN SLIPPER: The Ritz London debuted a new cocktail in homage to actress Tallulah Bankhead, who once sipped champagne from her own footwear at a press conference at the hotel. Women’s Wear Daily: “As part of its summer menu, the legendary Mayfair hotel has introduced a new concoction, The Tallulah, presented in a striking black shoe with a glass heel designed by Christian Louboutin. … Blending Piper Heidsieck champagne with jasmine pearl tea, geranium essence, Cinzano Bianco and shochu (a distilled Japanese spirit), The Tallulah is available at The Ritz London this season for 20 pounds, or $34 at current exchange.” http://bit.ly/1nrO3uZ
* INDUSTRY NEWS *
The International Special Events Society announced the 2014 ISES Esprit Awards nominees. Winners will be announced at a ceremony August 20 at the Westin Seattle. A full list is available on the organization's website: http://bit.ly/1nzwBcz
* LOCAL NEWS *
BOSTON: Interior designer Adam Tihany is handling design for Bar Boulud at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel. The Boston Herald spoke to Tihany about the soon-to-open venue, which he bills as “a comfortable, convivial kind of space.” Boston Herald: http://bit.ly/1madiBN
CHICAGO: The Taste of Chicago food festival was shut down on Saturday due to excessive rain and flooding on festival grounds. This is the second time the festival has closed in its 34-year history; the first time was in 1992. Fox 32 News: http://bit.ly/1mOdzPc
LAS VEGAS: Cowabunga Bay Waterpark kicked off its opening day in Henderson on July 4. The family-owned $26 million water park covers 23 acres.
LOS ANGELES: The Television Academy will present the 66th Los Angeles-area Emmy awards on July 26 at the Leonard H. Goldenson Theatre in the NoHo Arts District.
Local event listings from Masterplanner: http://www.masterplanneronline.com/losangeles
MIAMI/SOUTH FLORIDA: In October the City of Miramar will break ground on a new entertainment complex in Miramar Regional Park. The complex will have a 5,000-seat amphitheater, a promenade, and a corporate pavilion.
NEW YORK: Minus5 Ice Bar, located at the New York Hilton Midtown, has installed new ice sculptures in time for its one-year anniversary.
Local event listings from Masterplanner: http://www.masterplanneronline.com/newyork
ORLANDO: Mills Brewpub & Eatery is a new restaurant and bar in the Mills 50 District in the space that was formerly Bananas Diner.
TORONTO: The inaugural China Now festival took place over the weekend at Habourfront Centre. The event featured paper-cutting performances, “dumpling duels,” kite-making, and more. Global Post: http://bit.ly/1qY3kJI
WASHINGTON, D.C.: The French Wine Society has named Tracy Ellen Kamens as its first membership director. She will focus on member retention and growth and programming events.
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By Beth Kormanik Posted July 15, 2014, 8:09 AM EDT