An unprecedented collaboration of two of the musical cosmos’ most longstanding talents, Michael Bolton and Kenny G grace the Crown Coliseum for an evening of soulful swooning and Grammy-winning tunes. Social activist and musical astronomer Michael Bolton belts his treasure chest of hits into the stardust, showcasing the bulletproof voice that churned out such classics as "Love Is a Wonderful Thing" and put Cupid on the dole. Kenny G, the preeminent scientist of the soprano saxophonist, unleashes the subtly snake-charming yet Herculean notes that have blown away millions of listeners and the rest of the letters in his last name. Kenny might also strut his alto- and tenor-sax skills or indulge in a pied pipe on the flute. This romantic summer evening gives concertgoers the rare chance to catch two sonic titans sharing the stage, much like watching hydrogen and oxygen making a waterfall together or a battle of the bands between the makeup and non-makeup versions of Kiss.
Crunching metal and the sweet smell of burning rubber prevail as the Monster X Tour invades the Ocean Center, thrilling all ages in an action-packed motorsports showcase. Bigfoot, the forefather of all station-wagon smashers, leads a fleet of competitive 10,000-pound monster trucks, including Bear Foot and Black Knight, through jaw-dropping races, wheelie contests, and freestyle car composting. Transaurus, a two-story transforming robot that never learned to love, buries his woes by chomping entire cars in his massive jaws while watching reruns of Felicity. Before the show, VIP tickets also grant access to the Pit Party, where fans can have autographs signed by the drivers. During intermission, fans get the opportunity to eschew sea level with a ride inside a monster truck or visit General Lee from The Dukes of Hazzard and learn its true feelings about excessive hood sliding.
This year the Amp Tour rumbles its 10,000-pound steel Goliaths into 13 cities to dazzle audiences with car-crushing collisions, dirt-slinging antics, and high-flying freestyle motocross stunts. Before engines even begin to throttle, VIP ticket holders can slip into the pit party to obtain autographs from drivers and photos with trucks, which are typically groggy before the day’s first sip of crude oil. Inside the arena, a rotating lineup of piston-propelled stars battles in three rounds of a winner-takes-all freestyle. From the edge of the action, hear metal crumple under colossal tires, as Country Boy’s driver may find himself initiated into the monster fraternity after having memorized an entire carburetor-repair manual.
Students at Fast Track High Performance Driving School don't need to prove that they can parallel park—they're more concerned about taking a turn at more than 100 miles per hour. Most of them have never even felt the rumble of a 600-horsepower engine before. After plenty of safety debriefing from expert instructors, however, they usually are no longer intimidated by its purr. They'll then hop into the vibrant shell of an ARCA-style stock car, a former racing vehicle that's still capable of rocketing down the track at a blur-inducing speed of 165 miles per hour.
Since 1989, the school has been fulfilling speed-demon fantasies with its courses and ride alongs at racetracks throughout the country. The staff meets with everyday fans and aspiring competitors alike to cover racing protocol, safety, and appropriate postrace dance moves. Depending on the depth of their lesson, pupils might take the wheel during a four-car passing exercise or simply sit back in the passenger seat as a professional flies through three–five laps.