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B96 Pepsi Jingle Bash

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Dec 15, 2012

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6920 North Mannheim Road
Des Plaines, IL 60018

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Performers:

  • Justin Bieber
  • Pitbull
  • 5 More
    • Carly Rae Jepsen
    • Austin Mahone
    • Calvin Harris
    • Afrojack
    • Psy

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The B96 Pepsi Jingle Bash is coming to the Allstate Arena on Saturday, December 15th, featuring performances by Justin Bieber, Pitbull, Carly Rae Jepsen, Calvin Harris, Austin Mahone, Afrojack and PSY!

Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday, October 26th at 10AM. Click here to get the scoop on the Home Run Inn pizza ticket presale now and get everything Jingle Bash at b96.com/jinglebash!

Performer Info

Justin Bieber: Justin Bieber is the first artist ever to have seven songs from his debut album chart on the Billboard Top 100. He had both Usher and Justin Timberlake clamoring to sign him, and after signing with Usher’s label, now counts the superstar as a close friend. He has performed for U.S President Obama and worked with Ludacris, Kanye West and Miley Cyrus amongst others. Oh, and he’s only 18 years old. Right here at Eventful is where you can keep track of all the latest Justin Bieber tour dates and concerts.

Justin Bieber's story is nothing short of amazing--especially when you consider that he really only started singing five years ago. In 2007, merely a couple of years before tickets for Justin Bieber tour dates became worth their weight in gold, the boy star entered a local talent content in his native Ontario, Canada. Competing against peers who, unlike himself, were vocally trained and preened for the stage, Justin Bieber beat the odds, showcasing a natural talent which was impressive enough to win him second place overall.

Wanting to share his success with friends and family, Justin Bieber posted videos from the competition on YouTube. Encouraged by the enthusiasm of those in his inner circles, he followed up with videos of him singing covers of well-known songs by the likes of Stevie Wonder, Ne-Yo and Usher. In 2008, he was officially signed to Island Records and just four years later, Justin Bieber tour dates are amongst the most anticipated events on the pop music calendar.

His fan base reaches to all four corners of the globe, and the demand for Justin Bieber tour dates is an international one. However, he has youth on his side, which might explain why in his ‘spare time’, when he isn’t busy touring, the young heartthrob chooses not to take it easy. Rather, he likes to explore performance of another variety. In 2010, Justin Bieber guest-starred in the season premiere of "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation".

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Pitbull: The rapper known as Pitbull is currently the biggest name in Latin hip-hop. Having been on the scene for over seven years, his career has been blowing up recently due to the success of his 2009 album, Rebelution, and his 2010 Spanish-language album, Armando. He's collaborated with some of the biggest names in hip-hop, including Lil Jon, Usher, and T-Pain. Fans are eagerly awaiting the release of his latest album, Planet Pit, as well as any possible 2011 tour dates that could follow the album's release.

Armando Christian Pérez was born on January 15, 1981, in Miami, Florida. After graduating high school, he made some important connections after meeting Irv Gotti and Luther Campbell. It wasn't until Pitbull met Lil Jon that he made his first recorded appearance on the East Side Boyz' album, Kings of Crunk. Pitbull experienced huge mainstream success when his song "Oye" was featured in the film 2 Fast 2 Furious in 2003. By early 2004, the rapper had signed with TVT Records and was recording his debut album, M.I.A.M.I., which released later that year. The album received favorable reviews and peaked at #14 on the Billboard 200; not bad for the rapper's debut album. The record was full of club and party hits, in particular the lead single "Culo," which packed the dance floor on tour dates. Pitbull followed up his debut with El Mariel in 2006, which featured a mixture of club tracks and politically conscious songs. His 2007 album, The Boatlift, featured a harder crunk, gangsta feel to it and was well received by music critics.

Pitbull hit it big in 2009 when he released Rebelution on his own Mr. 305 Inc. record label. The single "I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho)" became the rapper's most popular song, as it reached #2 on the Hot 100 earned the artist massive tour dates. In late 2010, Pitbull released a Spanish-language album, entitled Armando after his real first name and his father's name. The album shot to #2 on the US Billboard Latin Albums and the singles "Maldito Alcohol" and "Bon, Bon" have received considerable airplay on Latin radio stations, but less play on tour dates.

Pitbull's latest album, Planet Pit, will be released on June 21 and the singles "Hey Baby (Drop It to the Floor)" and "Give Me Everything" have already been praised by critics. The album will feature such artists as T-Pain, Chris Brown, Akon, Kelly Rowland, Enrique Iglesias, LMFAO, and many others. While Pitbull doesn't have any scheduled tour dates in 2011, fans can expect a busy concert schedule once the album has been released. For all the latest information on any upcoming concert schedule, make sure to check Eventful.

Carly Rae Jepsen: Carly Rae Jepsen knew she was pushing her luck as Canadian Idol 2007 rolled on - choosing songs that were a nightmare in terms of clearance, like Rickie Lee Jones’ “Chuck E’s In Love”, and then shoving her retroussé nose into the arrangements more than any contestant before her.

“I got a reputation for that on Idol,” she giggles, sheepishly. “I‘m a stubborn girl. And it caused some headaches.”

It was during a post-finalé dinner with the band and musical director that the 22 year-old Mission, BC native was quietly told, “It was challenging, but you’re a true musician, because you know what you want.”

One year down the line, a vindicated Carly comments, “You gotta push to get what you want, but as long as you do it politely and treat people well, there’s no wrong in that.”

Indeed. Carly is endlessly polite as she pursues what she wants, not to mention effervescent, levelheaded, and unpretentious. But pursuing what she wants seems to be an essential part of her DNA. The real Carly Rae Jepsen was destined for a career in music with or without the chicken run we lovingly call Canadian Idol – which in any event was no more than a passing challenge suggested to her by an old high school teacher. Carly was, by her own admission, “skeptical”. She figured she’d use the free trip to Toronto as a way to find work.

With Carly’s debut Tug Of War, one gets the sense we’re hearing an album that would have shimmered into existence with or without the blue-lit over-exposure native to a nationwide talent contest. As Carly points out - without a hint of self-aggrandizement - there can’t be too many Idol-survivors whose first album contains nine self-penned originals.

Or for that matter, nine self-penned originals that are quite this good. Jepsen's unfussy debut plays like a middle passage through the stealth pop gloss of Nelly Furtado and the more adult concerns of Feist, whom Carly adores. Her childhood diet of James Taylor, Ella Fitzgerald, and Van Morrison serves her well on Tug Of War, from the smartly built, double-edged title track, to the sense of drama that invigorates the record’s centrepiece, “Sweet Talker”. Canada has already been exposed to Carly’s sensibilities through a nimble, sparkling cover of John Denver’s “Sunshine” (providing plenty of musicians with a forehead-slapping “Why didn’t I think of that first?” moment), but her intuitive grasp of simplicity as a musical force in and of itself is total, and it informs the entire album. In short, Tug Of War is a million miles away from the bubblegum factory.

But if you really knew Carly, you wouldn’t be surprised. This is the Carly who scored a bartending job at Vancouver's Media Club by singing to the manager; who instituted a still-running acoustic night at a local coffee shop; and who was in the midst of assembling a swing band when opportunity sent a certain TV show knocking. And it’s the Carly who raves about Cat Power’s The Greatest, sighing, “Eat your heart out with a bottle of wine. It’s awful. But wonderful. It’s wonderfully awful, but hurts in the best way.”

In other words, the Idolatory seems almost irrelevant now, when you stack it beside the self-possessed natural, triple-threat beauty, and all-round heart-melter who still cries at concerts because she loves music first and foremost, who found the perfect foil in producer Ryan Stewart, who took aggressive charge of the career she was always built for, and who emerged with an album that vibrates with the possibilities of the long arc ahead.

Tug Of War is no less than the album Carly Rae Jepsen wanted to make. And that’s all that need be said in the end. Although she should probably have the last word.

“I want to play good music that lasts a lifetime. You don’t need to be known by everybody. You just reach out to the people who feel what you’re doing, you know?

Spoken, as somebody once said, like a true musician.

Austin Mahone: It's becoming more common for the next generation of musicians to be discovered on Myspace and Youtube, but one that stands out from the rest is Austin Mahone. While comparisons between the 15 year old Texas native and Justin Bieber have been made, Austin is actually a huge fan of Justin's and his first few YouTube hits were covers of "Never Say Never" and "One Time." Austin Mahone's melodic, ranging voice transfers well between pop, hip hop, and country, and his raw talent is paving the way for an extremely promising career.

If you haven't yet heard of Austin Mahone, chances are you've already seen him on YouTube: That's him with the sweet voice, backwards hat, and pukka shell necklace. Austin uploaded his first video on YouTube, a cover of Justin Bieber's "Never Say Never", in 2010 which was quickly followed by his rendition of Chris Brown's "With You." While the singer said he is greatly inspired by both Bieber and Brown, his vocal range and teen heartthrob persona have set him apart from his idols, and his potential has caused many to believe that he could surpass them.

In addition to star quality vocals, the artist is also getting pretty good at the guitar and piano, as seen in recent videos. While thousands of Mahomies are eagerly waiting for Austin Mahone to be signed to a label, they are watching new YouTube videos, chatting with Austin on Ustream, and following his Twitter. Austin Mahone hasn't performed a proper concert yet, but you can bet that when he does it will be the start of an excellent career.

Calvin Harris: Calvin Harris invented disco. No, Calvin Harris reinvented disco. He was Marks & Spencers' champion shelf-stacker two years running. He made his debut album fuelled by chicken breast fillets. He knows the whereabouts of Alex Kapranos' secret studio-hideaway-laboratory-home cuz it's quite near his own place in Dumfries.

Calvin Harris's debut album, with the subtle title "I Created Disco", cost 0p to record. He fashions future-disko using an ancient Amiga computer and is, right now, (literally) knocking together a stonking live set using MDF and 204 samples. "My live band's gonna be even more rocking than the tunes. I'll be singing, but only because no one else in Dumfries can sing. I've got an extremely limited range. But I will be wearing a top hat made from the skin of a tiger."

Calvin Harris is one of those 'myspace sensations' you keep reading about. He was wildly popular amongst The Kids and on The Club Scene, a cult producer-slash-singer-slash-bedroom-knob-twiddler who can make the banging-est of pop-dance tunes out of bugger-all kit. The last time he spent any money on gear was three years ago, when he bought a voice processor for £200. "I'm not the kind of dude who buys Sound On Sound. I know if something sounds nice. If it does, I'll keep it. If not, I'll try and make it nice. You don't need to splash out on technology."

Calvin Harris has big plans for summer 2007: a debut album, of course, and then a single called 'Colours', which contains a dash of Visage's proto-electronica classic 'Fade To Grey' and is about girls' clothes. "Chicks who don't wear colours annoy me because there are many wonderful colours in world - and those women who are not utilising them make me very upset. Although black and white does look good. But if you're gonna go out I wanna see someone in a big canary-yellow hoodie. And big baggy pink jeans."

Calvin Harris's first release will be a limited edition 10-inch featuring the turbo-funky 'Acceptable In The 80s' and the robo-pop jitter of 'This Is The Industry'. What are they about? "The song titles say it all. My tunes aren't supposed to invoke deep thought within people; they're just to get you dancing. But musically it is for the brain - it's not music for stupid people. I take great pride in my productions. It's not knocked out in a few seconds." And if you can't track down a copy of 'Acceptable In The 80s' on 10-inch, don't worry. It'll be coming out properly as a single in March too.

Calvin Harris will make you jump around like a silly-billy - the slamming likes of 'The Girls' and 'Merrymaking At My Place' (the latter soon to be found on a second 10-inch) will meet you on the dancefloor now. But if you let him, he might also make you cry. "I've made a lot of miserable tunes - I've got an album worth of depressing chords. I've not got any lyrics, like."

Calvin Harris has his own label, FlyEye, and a manifesto, innit. "Disco disappeared, didn't it? Everyone got sick of it. Now I'm reviving it, with space goggles, or something."

Calvin Harris only made some of this stuff up.

Afrojack: Leading the Dutch house movement, Afrojack, emerged in 2010 and immediately became one of the most in-demand DJs and producers in the game. He released his debut album, Lost & Found, in 2010 and has been on the road ever since to promote his music. Don't miss a date on the Afrojack concert schedule (2011); Use Eventful as your source for Afrojack tour dates and venue information.

The Spijkenisse, Netherlands native broke out on the Euro dance scene with his single "Take Over Control". It featured singer, Eva Simons, and took over the clubs across Europe. Afrojack reached mainstream worldwide success when he was featured on Pitbull's track, "Give Me Everything". The single hit #1 in the US, UK, and the Netherlands and made Afrojack an international star.

In 2010, DJ Mags, listed Afrojack as the #19 best DJ on their list of the world's top 100 DJs. In only a short amount of time, Afrojack has been invited to remix some of the world's hottest tracks including "Rude Boy" by Rihanna and "Revolver" by Madonna. While we wait in anticipation to see what Afrojack has in store for us, check out an Afrojack performance. Afrojack tour dates are currently scheduled internationally. He will be spinning at some of the world's hottest clubs throughout 2011. Stay on top of the Afrojack concert schedule (2011) and use Eventful as your source for Afrojack tour dates and all of your favorite events.

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