Iconic motorsports brands stp and martinsville speedway join forces

first_imgAbout Martinsville:Founded in 1947 by the late H.Clay Earles, Martinsville Speedway is the only track remaining on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule from its inaugural season in 1949. Purchased by International Speedway Corporation in 2004, Martinsville Speedway is famous for incredible short-track racing action and unmatched fan-friendly service.Martinsville Speedway has three major race event weekends each year. The track annually hosts the STP® Gas Booster 500 and Goody’s Fast Pain Relief 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup races, the Kroger 250 and Kroger 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races, and the Virginia is for Racing Lovers 300 NASCAR Late Model Stock Car race. About Richard Petty Motorsports   A performance and marketing driven company, Richard Petty Motorsports, co-owned by NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Petty and successful business entrepreneurs Andrew Murstein and Douglas Bergeron, is one of the most recognized brands in all of motorsports. With a history of over 200 wins and business partnerships with national and global leaders, today the race operation fields two teams in competition in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Aric Almirola pilots the famous No. 43 Ford Fusion with primary partners Smithfield Foods, U.S. Air Force and STP and Marcos Ambrose drives the No. 9 machine with primary partners Stanley and DEWALT. In addition, Michael Annett wheels the No. 43 Pilot Flying J Ford Mustang full-time in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. The team is headquartered in Concord, N.C. “STP® and Martinsville Speedway have both been a part of the NASCAR family for decades. To work with a company that has such legendary status in our sport is exciting to me,” said Martinsville Speedway President Clay Campbell. “Bringing together two companies that have so much history and such fan recognition is going to be a winning combination for everyone, especially the fans.” The Martinsville Speedway entitlement is the latest addition to the STP® brand’s motorsports portfolio which includes entitlement sponsorships of NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide events at Kansas Speedway and Chicagoland Speedway, respectively, and the entitlement sponsorship for the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series.In addition to sponsoring the race, the STP® brand will be a co-primary sponsor of Richard Petty Motorsports and the No. 43 Jani-King STP Ford Fusion driven by Aric Amirola at the Martinsville spring race. The paint scheme will be commemorative of the first time the STP® logo was on Petty’s car at Riverside in 1972.”STP®, Richard Petty Motorsports and Martinsville Speedway were made for each other. It is surprising this hasn’t happened sooner! Everyone at the STP® brand is very proud to support Martinsville Speedway, the fans and Richard Petty Motorsports,” said Jamie Kistner, Brand Director, STP®. “The sponsorship is a perfect way to introduce our latest product innovation, STP® Gas Booster™ Concentrated Fuel System Treatment. This is the first time that we’ve leveraged an entitlement sponsorship to launch a new product. The STP® brand continues to develop innovative technology and believes NASCAR provides a perfect platform to share the news with fans.”STP® Gas Booster™ is a modern approach to fuel system treatments. One treatment of STP® Gas Booster™ starts working immediately to help restore lost power and performance, and this unique formulation also helps to restore fuel economy by cleaning the fuel system. The STP® brand continues to develop breakthrough technology to help consumers keep their engines running better longer. “It is hard to believe my relationship with STP® started more than 40 years ago, and here we are today announcing yet another chapter in the brand’s history with me, Richard Petty Motorsports and NASCAR,” said Richard Petty. “During my time with STP® I’ve watched the brand become a fan favorite with products that give them The Racer’s Edge® and this partnership is yet another example of their commitment. I can’t wait to see the ’72 Riverside STP car paint scheme back on the track.”Richard Petty and the No. 43 STP® machine have a storied history at Martinsville: Petty has the most wins with a total of 15Petty has the most grandfather clocks, awarded to the winner, with a total of 12Petty has an amazing 67 starts, the most of any driverPetty has the most top-10 and top-five finishes In 1960, Petty won the spring race at the age of 20, becoming the youngest winner at MartinsvilleThe last “ride” by Petty came on the side door of the famous No. 43 STP® car with John Andretti driving him to Victory Lane in April of 1999; that year also marks the last time the No. 43 STP machine won thereThe STP® Gas Booster™ 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is scheduled for Sunday, April 7, the day after the Kroger 250 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race. Pole Day is Friday, April 5. Ticket prices for the STP® Gas Booster™ 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race start as low as $37. Tickets for the STP® Gas Booster™ 500, the Kroger 250 and Martinsville Pole Day may be purchased by calling 877.RACE.TIX or by visiting www.martinsvillespeedway.com.More information about STP® Gas Booster™ Concentrated Fuel System Treatment can be found at www.STP.com and for the latest news visit www.Facebook.com/STP.Armored AutoGroup:Armored AutoGroup Inc., headquartered in Danbury, Conn., is primarily comprised of the Armor All®, STP® and Tuff Stuff® brands. The current Armor All product line of protectants, wipes, tire and wheel care products, glass cleaners, leather care products and car washes are designed to clean, shine and protect interior and exterior automobile surfaces. The STP product line of fuel and oil additives, functional fluids and automotive appearance products have a broad customer base ranging from professional racers to car enthusiasts and “Do-it-Yourselfers”. Tuff Stuff cleaning products are formulated to tackle the toughest jobs. Armored AutoGroup has a diversified geographic footprint with direct operations in the United States, Canada, Australia and the U.K. and distributor relationships in approximately 50 countries.center_img MARTINSVILLE, VA (February 21, 2013) – Martinsville Speedway and the STP® brand announced a multi-year entitlement sponsorship agreement today at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla. The sponsorship kicks off with the STP® Gas Booster™ 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race scheduled for April 7, 2013 at the historic Virginia track.  The STP Gas Booster 500 Will Run on Sunday April 7, 2013No. 43 Will Run STP/Jani-King Sponsorship “STP®, Richard Petty Motorsports and Martinsville Speedway were made for each other. It is surprising this hasn’t happened sooner!”—Jamie Kistner, Brand Director, STP®last_img read more

Members Of Lettuce, Snarky Puppy To Play Michael Jackson Vs. Stevie Wonder Jazz Fest Late Night

first_imgThere’s nothing quite like Jazz Fest after hours. From once-in-a-lifetime collaborations to special themed nights and tributes, the late night scene in New Orleans is a gumbo of musical adventure around every corner. On Sunday, May 1st, the festivities will culminate with a Michael Jackson vs. Stevie Wonder throwdown at the Howlin Wolf featuring Nigel Hall, Eric “Benny” Bloom (Lettuce), Cory Henry (Snarky Puppy), Adam Deitch (Lettuce), Wil Blades, and Adam Smirnoff (Lettuce) presented by Live for Live Music. Get tickets here.The influence that Michael Jackson and Stevie Wonder’s music has had on just about every musician across the board is undeniable. These legendary artists set the cornerstone for the future of pop and funk music. The opportunity to see some of our favorite artists pay homage to their musical heroes is truly special.From Nigel’s powerful pipes to Cory Henry’s incomparable keyboard playing, this all-star lineup is sure to be a highlight of Jazz Fest. Take a look at a video recap from last year’s wildly successful MJ vs. Stevie show in NYC, and see why this is a can’t-miss event!Zigaboo Modeliste of The Meters will get things started with the 18th Annual Zigaboo’s Funk Revue.SHOW INFOMichael Jackson vs. Stevie Wonder ft. Nigel Hall, Eric “Benny” Bloom (Lettuce), Cory Henry (Snarky Puppy), Adam Deitch (Lettuce), Wil Blades, and Adam Smirnoff (Lettuce) presented by Live for Live MusicThe 18th Annual Zigaboo’s Funk RevueThe Howlin Wolf // 907 S Peters St. New OrleansMay 1, 2016 // 10 PM18+Get Tickets HereEnter To Win Tickets:last_img read more

Bassnectar Will Play Electric Forest Every Year As New Resident DJ

first_imgIn an interview with Night Owl Radio, hosted by Insomniac founder Pasquale Rotella, Bassnectar has announced that he will officially be named “Resident DJ” of Electric Forest, and will now play the festival each year alongside original anchor band The String Cheese Incident. The bass-heavy star DJ had this to say about the new arrangement:“After last year, you asked if I would come in as an official resident, just to play each year, and I haven’t really done that officially for any festival yet, but I just kind of felt like there was nowhere else that felt like home for that.”This is exciting news for the Bassnectar community, since String Cheese’s yearly celebrations at The Forest have shown us that the host artists at Electric Forest always deliver amazing production, fun surprises, and a unique experience.  We are eager see what Bassnectar has in store for the first year of his residency!Listen to Bassnectar and Pasquale trade stories about Electric Forest, the 90s rave scene and more in the interview below (fast forward to 39:03 for Bassnectar’s interview)[Photo via Dave Vann]last_img read more

Widespread Panic Covers Joe Cocker, Traffic With Dirty Dozen In Vegas Finale

first_imgBeloved jam band Widespread Panic hit Sin City for a much-hyped three-night run, playing The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel. The band had announced that the Dirty Dozen Brass Band would be joining them for the run, and much to the fans’ delight, members from the NOLA contingency joined in for all three nights of music.The brass band came out in full force for the end of set one, joining in for a three song run that included “Weight of the World,” “Tail Dragger,” and “High Time We Went.” Later on in the show, trumpeter Gregory Davis and Efrem Towns returned for two songs in the second set, including Traffic’s “Low Spark Of High Heeled Boys” and “Big Wooly Mammoth.” Having the horns on stage really added quite the extra dimension to the music!Check out the full setlist below, courtesy of PanicStream!Setlist: Widespread Panic at The Joint, Hard Rock Hotel, Las Vegas, NV – 7/11/16Set 1: One Arm Steve, Machine > Barstools & Dreamers, The Last Straw > Mountain Jam > Let’s Get The Show On The Road, Steven’s Cat, Weight of the World*, Tail Dragger*, High Time We Went*Set 2: Pigeons, Solid Rock, Sell Sell, Porch Song > Low Spark of High Heeled Boys**, Big Wooly Mammoth** > Drums^ > Cease Fire > Blue Indian, Protein Drink / Sewing MachineEncore: Expiration Day, Climb To SafetyNotes:* w/ Dirty Dozen Brass Band** w/ Gregory Davis, Trumpet; Efrem Towns, Trumpet^ Duane onlyCheck out photos from the run, courtesy of Erik Kabik. Load remaining imageslast_img read more

Listen To Gary Clark Jr.’s Stripped Down New Song, “Take Me Down”

first_imgGuitar slinger Gary Clark Jr. continues to showcase his mastery of blues rock music, and recently turned heads among jam fans at Lockn’ Festival. The vocalist/guitarist breathes passionate energy into all of his music, so it’s no surprise that his newest single is a great one.Recorded for the new movie Deepwater Horizon, the new single “Take Me Down” is centered around an emotional bluesy shuffle. The climax of the song comes in the middle, when Clark Jr. lets loose with a powerful electric guitar solo.Fortunately, full audio of the new song is available for streaming. Tune in to check out “Take Me Down,” below.last_img

Metallica Brought Their Biggest Hits To Webster Hall For An Instant-Classic Intimate Performance [Gallery]

first_imgEdit this setlist | More Metallica setlists Coming off a successful performance at last weekend’s Global Citizen Festival, heavy metal superstars Metallica had some time to spend in NYC before their appearance on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon this Thursday night. So, the veteran rockers decided to add a last-minute, fan-club only show at the intimate Grand Ballroom inside Webster Hall. Metallica are one of the biggest bands in the world, constantly playing large-scale venues like stadiums and arenas with giant pyrotechnic displays; however, at Webster Hall, they performed without all of the bells and whistles that they’re used to, leaving James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Kirk Hammet, and Rob Trujillo with nothing else to do but rock out like the legends they are. The band brought with them a hit-packed 90-minute show that rocked Webster Hall to its core, with a setlist almost entirely made up of songs written in 1991 or earlier.Taking the stage just before 9:00pm, the band was greeted with huge roars by the excited crowd. The show then kicked off with a cover of “Breadfan” by Budgie, a song that Metallica has been playing live since the late 80s, but hadn’t played in concert since 2013. The band then dusted off another track for the first time since 2013, “Holier Than Thou”, a track from their beloved self-titled 1991 album known as “The Black Album”, and the energy really picked up during this song, with lots of crowd surfing and fist-pumping from the crowd. The night had a “holy shit” feeling throughout, as seeing Metallica in a 1,000 person room, at this point in their career, is beyond rare. “Holier Than Thou” transitioned directly into one of their first hits, the speed-metal “Battery” from their 1986 album Master of Puppets.After the trio of faster opening songs, the band “slowed things down” with a pulsing version of “Harvester of Sorrow” from 1988’s …And Justice For All. The band kept the favorites coming, as Hetfield’s guitar tech brought out his acoustic guitar so he could play the famous opening from “Fade to Black”. Hammet’s lead guitar playing remains terrific, mixing classic rock, metal, and thrash guitar playing into his own unique style. “Fade to Black” was tremendous, with the band nailing all of the composed sections, with Hetfield, Hammet, and Trujillo eventually linking up to create a triple harmony rock-star moment. The band followed up these oldies with a debut performance of their new song “Moth Into Flame”, which is the lead single from their forthcoming album “Hardwired… To Self Destruct”.Following the lone new track, Metallica started a set-closing six-song run through their most beloved material. The band started this segment off with a raucous “Sad But True”, which once again gave Hammet a moment to showcase his awesome guitar prowess. Next up was “Orion”, one of the band’s most revered compositions, and they certainly delivered a powerhouse version of the instrumental favorite. The band played “Orion” for the first time since 2014, busting it out in honor of the late Cliff Burton, their original bass player who played on the Master of Puppets record, who tragically passed away thirty years ago during Metallica’s 1986 tour of Europe. Hetfield made sure to say a quick word about Burton as the rest of the band geared up for another absolute classic in “One”. The band moved through the track gracefully before turning up the heat when they reached the song’s thrash-metal breakdown.The crowd was going absolutely wild for “One” when Metallica kicked off their magnum opus, “Master of Puppets”. The audience ate it up, pumping their fists along with the song’s “Master! Master!” chant, followed by Hammet’s ridiculous guitar solo that whipped the crowd into a frenzy. Metallica kept the classics coming with a powerful version of Ride The Lightning‘s “For Whom The Bell Tolls”, before they brought the set to a close with perhaps their most famous song, “Enter Sandman”.After a short break, Metallica returned to the stage for an encore, starting things off with their cover of the traditional Irish song “Whiskey In The Jar”, which was made famous in the 70s by Thin Lizzy. Metallica followed up the cover with another new song in “Hardwired”. “Hardwired” surprisingly fits in with their older tunes, with a mix of speed metal and catchy riffs that could easily have come from one of their albums in the 80s or 90s. The band then brought things to a close with another classic oldie, “Seek & Destroy” from their 1983 debut record Kill ‘Em All.All in all, the audience at Webster Hall was treated to a beyond special night of hard-rocking music. During their 90-minute set, Metallica played material from six of their albums, five of which were released in 1991 or earlier, and they threw in two of their oldest covers. Hetfield spoke to the crowd directly, and the larger-than-life rockstar personas were dropped for what truly felt like a more intimate experience with Metallica. With that in mind, the night had a throwback vibe, harkening back to the days of long hair, mosh pits, and leather jackets. Metallica doesn’t mess around in the live setting; they deliver, insisting on playing their biggest hit songs each night, while also constantly mixing up the setlist to include rarities and requests. Metal may not rule the world anymore, but Metallica certainly does, and they showed their command of the stage with last night’s incredible performance at Webster Hall. Ulrich took the microphone at the end of the night and mentioned that the band would be back in the area in 2017, so, if you have the chance to see Metallica next summer, make it a priority to be there!See below for a few videos from the show, including the live debut of “Moth Into Flame.”Watch Metallica perform “Holier Than Thou” at Webster Hall, courtesy of YouTube user john erigo.Watch Metallica perform “Moth Into Flame” at Webster Hall, courtesy of YouTube user Metal Injection.Watch Metallica perform “For Whom The Bell Tolls” at Webster Hall, courtesy of john erigo.Watch Metallica perform “Seek And Destroy” at Webster Hall, courtesy of YouTube user SuburbanAntiChrist.Thanks to photographer Jeremy Gordon, we can live through these spectacular moments through the gallery below. Load remaining imageslast_img read more

Gorillaz Continue Phase Four With “The Book Of Russel” Video Compilation [Watch]

first_imgAnticipation for an upcoming Gorillaz album is at an all-time-high. The group started chronicling their entire history on social media two weeks ago, posting videos and clips from all of their releases and performances over the years. Then, ten new pages from The Book of Noodle released last week, confirming the start of their fourth phase. With no official announcement of an album release date, a recent report revealed that that the new record is just two weeks away from completion. While they’re still in the studio, these social media spasms have us thinking the actual release is near.Today, the Internet flared up with another story from Gorillaz: The Book of Russel, which sees characterized drummer Russel Hobbs on a quest to rescue his bandmate Noodle after an attack on Plastic Beach. As The Book of Russel concludes, “The band was getting back together.” #TheBookofRussel pic.twitter.com/7mm9lidrTB— gorillaz (@gorillaz) October 7, 2016[H/T CoS] A few days later… #TheBookofRussel pic.twitter.com/BsK3I4kVNh— gorillaz (@gorillaz) October 7, 2016center_img Read the entire series below, and rejoice for the return of the Gorillaz! With Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett at the helm, we can’t wait to see what this future release has in store.last_img read more

Phish’s Trey Anastasio To Judge NPR’s Tiny Desk Contest Submissions

first_imgMost music fans are familiar with the NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert series, highlighting talented musicians in the intimate setting of a desk in the NPR studios. Some of our favorite artists have recorded Tiny Desk shows, including Anderson .Paak, Chick Corea, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Steve Kimock, Common, Wilco and so many more! Even Phish guitarist Trey Anastasio has been featured on the acclaimed series.At the end of every year, the Tiny Desk staff hold an open contest to artists everywhere, entreating them to submit their own Tiny Desk Concert videos. The Tiny Desk Contest requires bands to film themselves around a desk, performing an original composition for their submissions. This contest was just announced today.Interestingly enough, Anastasio is featured as one of the judges for the contest. This means that, essentially, Phish fans can directly submit their original songs straight to Trey Anastasio. Maybe that’s an oversimplification, but either way it’s a fun opportunity to share music and potentially gain some national exposure.You can read about the contest here, and watch Trey’s Tiny Desk Concert in the video below.last_img read more

MarchFourth Celebrates 14th Anniversary With New Vinyl Album And Tour With Pimps Of Joytime [Track Download]

first_imgMarchFourth will be releasing the vinyl version of their latest record, Magic Number, this Friday, March 3rd. The album, which constitutes the massive marching ensemble’s fourth release, was completely crowd-funded and released independently at the tail end of September last year. You can check out some footage of the making of the record below, courtesy of the band.However, that’s not all that MarchFourth has cookin’ up for fans. The vinyl record release coincides with their fourteenth anniversary, which they’ll celebrate with a giant party spanning two nights on Friday and Saturday at the Crystal Ballroom in Portland, Oregon. Following this celebration, MarchFourth will settle into their recently announced tour with Pimps of Joytime. You can download a track off of MarchFourth’s Magic Number and check out the band’s upcoming tour dates below or via the band’s website.[Photo Credit: Matt Adamik] MarchFourth 2017 Tour Dates2.28 Pink Garter – Jackson Hole, WY3.1 Top Hat – Missoula, MT3.2 Showbox – Seattle, WA3.3 Crystal Ballroom – Portland, OR3.4 Crystal Ballroom – Portland, OR (Matinee & evening show)*3.7 Hi-Fi Music Hall – Eugene, OR3.8 Arcata Theatre – Arcata, CA3.9 Miners Foundry Cultural Center – Nevada City, CA3.10 Crystal Bay Club and CasinoCrown Room – Crystal Bay, NV3.11 Fillmore – San Fran, CA3.12 Redding Veteran’s Memorial Hall – Redding CA*No Pimps of Joytimelast_img read more

The Grateful Dead Jammed With Ornette Coleman 25 Years Ago Today [Listen]

first_imgOrnette Coleman was exactly the kind of musician you’d expect to sit in with the Grateful Dead. As a pioneer of the free jazz movement, Coleman—like the Dead—helped push music into uncharted territory during the 1960s and beyond. Furthermore, Jerry Garcia was a longtime fan of the forward-thinking saxophonist, who himself became a fan of the Dead after witnessing a show at Madison Square Garden in 1987 (Garcia also contributed his chops to three tracks on Coleman’s 1988 album Virgin Beauty).“I was so overwhelmed by the audience,” Coleman told Rolling Stone in 1989. “They have total dedication. They’re 100-percent Dead fans. They could have done anything up there and those people would have screamed.” The saxophonist added that it was refreshing to see “a successful band playing in a way where whatever they decided to do, that audience wasn’t going to walk out. I thought, ‘Well, we could be friends here.’ Because if these people here could be into this, they could dig what we’re doing.”Coleman finally got his chance to get in on the magic a few years later when his band Prime Time supported the Grateful Dead during one of the band’s annual Mardi Gras concerts at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on February 23, 1993. Prime Time’s two-drummer format and penchant for far-out improvisation made them a top-notch opening act, but it was Coleman’s second set collaboration with the group that stole the show.In keeping with his avant-garde roots, Coleman made his first appearance during a heady “Drums” > “Space” segment that also featured some interesting work from didgeridoo master Graham Wiggins. That madness was followed by a mesmerizing “The Other One” that went off the rails for a solid six minutes before the song even came into focus, eventually giving away to a truly unique “Stella Blue”. Finally, a set-closing rendition of Bobby Bland‘s “Turn On Your Lovelight” gave Coleman a chance to turn up the heat with some more conventional, though no less refined, playing. Throughout all of it, the free jazz pioneer refused to play it safe or fall into the background, making for a special collaboration worthy of celebrating a quarter-century later.You can give the full show a listen below, though Coleman doesn’t join the fray until “Drums”:<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>[Audio: Jonathan Aizen]last_img read more