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Jeff Bridges will perform at Livewire January 9

Livewire announces American actor, producer and country musician Jeff Bridges and his band, The Abiders, will perform at Livewire on Friday, January 9, 2015. Doors open at 7 p.m. This is an all ages event. Attendees under 18 must be accompanied by a paid adult. Tickets are on sale now at Livewireaz.com.

Bridges co-founded the indie-label company Ramp Records with singer and songwriter Michael McDonald in 2000. Along with the company’s launch, Bridges released his debut album “Be Here Soon,” and in 2011 he released his second album, “Jeff Bridges.” His self-titled major label debut features a roster of renowned songwriters and musicians and is produced by Grammy-award winner T Bone Burnett. The album is a blend of Country, Americana and Bluegrass. He recently released a live album that includes songs from the movie “Crazy Heart.” Popular hits include “She Lay Her Whip Down” and “What a Little Bit of Love Can Do.” Bridges and the Abiders have performed around the country, including appearances at Neil Young’s annual Bridge School Benefit concert and Stagecoach country music festival.

Bridges hails from Los Angeles and from a family heavily involved in show business. He has played major roles in films including “The Big Lebowski,” “Iron Man,” “Seabiscuit,” “Tron,” “Tron: Legacy” and “The Giver.” He won the Best Actor Academy Award for his role as Otis “Bad” Blake in the 2009 film “Crazy Heart” and also earned Academy Award nominations for his roles in “The Last Picture Show,” “Thunderbolt and Lightfoot,” “Starman,” “The Contender” and “True Grit.”

For more information on Livewire, visit Livewireaz.com or call 480-970-1112. Livewire is located at 7320 E. Indian Plaza, Scottsdale.

Michael McDonald, Photo: Flickr, dbking

Grammy Award Winner To Headline "Beauty of a Bonzer" Benefit Concert

WestWorld will welcome five-time Grammy Award winning singer and songwriter Michael McDonald on Saturday, October 13 for the 12th Annual Beauty of a Bonzer benefit concert, raising money for local charities, including Southwest Autism Research and Resource Center, The Real Gift Foundation and Tom Crawford’s Leadership Children’s Foundation.

McDonald’s career began singing back-up vocals for Steely Dan. He went on to become a member of The Doobie Brothers, a band that has won three Grammys.

McDonald’s well-known songs include “Real Love,” “Takin’ It to the Streets,” “Little Darling,” “It Keeps You Runnin” and “Minute by Minute.” In 1980, he won his Grammy for Song of the Year, with co-writer Kenny Loggins, for “What a Fool Believes.” The track had further success when it went on to become a No. 1 single in the U.S.

The year 1982 marked the beginning of his solo career when he wrote and performed original songs for other well-known artists such as Carly Simon, Kenny Loggins and Van Halen.

“We’re thrilled for the return of this year’s Beauty of a Bonzer and are even more excited to be bringing the community and local artists together with a Battle of the Bands contest,” says Matt McMahon, founder of the event. “The opportunity for the winning band to open for the headliner at this year’s event is something special.”

Bonzer is an Australian word for “awesome party,” which is what planners are anticipating for this year’s event. So, it only makes sense that Outback Steakhouse has partnered with Miller Coors to bring beverages to the adult attendees and delicious dinner for everyone.

Tickets are on sale now. Prices range from $30 to $50. VIP tickets are also available ranging from $60 to $80. VIP tickets come with a private area to view the concert, two drinks and appetizers.

For more information about Beauty of a Bonzer and to purchase tickets, visit beautyofabonzer.com.