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Fair and 95 F at Tuscaloosa Regional Airport, AL

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Winds are Southwest at 4.6 MPH (4 KT). The pressure is 1013.1 mb and the humidity is 43%. The heat index is 101. Last Updated on Jun 16 2019, 4:53 pm CDT.

Weather Forecast for Tuscaloosa

This Afternoon

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 93. South wind around 5 mph.

Tonight

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 10pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 72. South wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.

Monday

A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 91. Calm wind becoming south around 5 mph. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Monday Night

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a low around 72. Southwest wind around 5 mph becoming calm.

Tuesday

Showers and thunderstorms. High near 89. Calm wind becoming southwest around 5 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 80%.

Tuesday Night

A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 72.

Wednesday

Showers and thunderstorms likely. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 90. Chance of precipitation is 70%.

Wednesday Night

A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a low around 74.

Thursday

Showers and thunderstorms. High near 88. Chance of precipitation is 80%.

Thursday Night

A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 72.

Friday

A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 90.

Friday Night

A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a low around 74.

Saturday

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 91.

Saturday Night

A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a low around 74.

Sunday

A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 93.

Tuscaloosa News and Events

Tuscaloosa man charged with murder in death of 1-year-old

A Tuscaloosa man has been charged with murder in the death of a 1-year-old who may have drowned in a bath tub Friday morning.Christopher Cornelius Pearson, 27, was charged with murder in the death of Omari Jones-Pearce. Pearson is dating the child's mother, officials said.Police and paramedics were called to Creekwood Village at 6:50 a.m.Pearson initially told authorities he was giving the boy a bath when the child became unresponsive, said Capt. Kip Hart, Tuscaloosa [...]

Judge declares mistrial in fatal shooting case

A judge has declared a mistrial Thursday after jurors were deadlocked in the case of a man who claimed self-defense in fatal shooting.Jury members couldn't reach a unanimous decision in the reckless murder case against Dominique Ball, who shot and killed Christopher Rhone outside a Holt residence in 2017."I am very disappointed in the hung jury," defense attorney Joel Sogol said Thursday afternoon. "They advised the judge that it was 11 to one for acquittal, and I can only wish [...]

TUSCALOOSA 200 MOMENT IN HISTORY: Oliver Lock and Dam

William Bacon Oliver Lock and Dam is located in Tuscaloosa on the Black Warrior River. Completed in 1940, it was named after U.S. Rep.  William Oliver. The dam forms Lake Oliver and was the first modern dam to be built on the Black Warrior. It replaced and covered the first three locks built on the river, which were completed in 1895.— Moment in History compiled by Betty Slowe and Guy Hubbs [...]

TODAY IN HISTORY: June 16, 2019

Today is Sunday, June 16, the 167th day of 2019. There are 198 days left in the year.Today's Highlight in History:On June 16, 1858, accepting the Illinois Republican Party's nomination for the U.S. Senate, Abraham Lincoln said the slavery issue had to be resolved, declaring, "A house divided against itself cannot stand."On this date:In 1567, Mary, Queen of Scots, was imprisoned in Lochleven Castle in Scotland. (She escaped almost [...]

TIME TO GIVE: June 16, 2019 | Where to volunteer in West Alabama

Moundville Archaelogical ParkMoundville Archaelogical Park needs volunteers to give tours, help with special events and craft classes, and work on maintenance projects. Call 205-371-8732 or email lkminges@ua.edu.  Red CrossThe American Red Cross is looking for volunteers [...]

WISH LIST: June 16, 2019 | Where to donate in West Alabama

Youth for Christ Youth for Christ needs meals for a group of 50 high school students on Monday nights, airline miles for staff to attend training, an office desk, sports equipment, and X-box games and controllers. If you have these or other items you wish to donate, please contact us at 205-752-3361.   Parent LifeParent Life (formerly Teen Moms), a division of Youth For Christ, needs size 3 and up diapers, baby [...]

BUSINESS BUZZ: June 16, 2019

• Carrie Fitts Real Estate, LLC is excited to welcome another excellent addition to their team. Chantelle Smith is a seasoned Realtor bringing five years of selling experience in the Nashville market as well as two years here in Tuscaloosa. With a deep passion for real estate, Chantelle works with contracts, closings, and vendors to complete the vast behind the scenes work to help buyers and sellers get their dream property closed.• Simplified Medical [...]

COLLEGE NEWS: June 16, 2019

Valdosta State University• Stephanine Larkin of Livingston, has earned a spot on the Spring 2019 Dean's List at Valdosta State University in Valdosta, Ga. Students who achieve a semester grade point average of 3.50 or higher on nine or more semester hours with an institutional grade point average of 3.00 or higher are recognized by being placed on the Dean's List. Developmental studies, transient, and graduate students are not eligible for [...]

SCHOOL NEWS: June 16, 2019

Girls State• Emma Katharine Dykes, daughter of Jamie Dykes, was selected to participate in the 2019 Girls State. She represented Tuscaloosa County High School. • This week, Brianna Byrd, rising Senior at Paul W Bryant High School, joined nearly 400 of her female counterparts from across the state at The University of Alabama for the 79th Session of Alabama Girls State, sponsored by the American Legion Auxiliary. [...]

Business restrictions considered to protect historic district residents

In an effort to protect historic district neighborhoods, the Tuscaloosa City Council has advanced a series of business-related restrictions for Queen City Avenue.If adopted by the City Council on July 16, several types of business will not be allowed to operate within 75 feet of a residential building between University Boulevard and Annette Shelby Park.The restricted businesses include bars and taverns, event spaces (like a banquet or a reception hall), gastropubs, live [...]

Meteorologist James Spann tells his story in "Weathering Life"

James Spann keeps himself busy.Throughout any given day, Spann, the longtime meteorologist for ABC 33/40, could be communicating with more than 1 million of his combined followers on Twitter and Facebook, preparing weather reports for upcoming broadcasts, co-hosting his weekly "WeatherBrains" podcast or driving to the one or two schools per day he still visits."I think people would be amazed with how much he [...]

Alabama Legislature sends amendments to voters

Alabama legislators passed hundreds of new laws this year, but they also sent several decisions to Alabama voters in the form of proposed constitutional amendments.Here are the statewide ballot proposals, and some local ones, and when they’ll be on ballots, according to the Alabama secretary of state.On statewide ballots• Alabama Constitution:  Alabama’s 1901 Constitution is the longest in the nation and longer [...]

Tuscaloosa marks 100th anniversary of boating accident that left 26 dead

Outside of the descendants of the victims, not many people in Tuscaloosa know the story of the wreck of the Mary Frances.It was a Sunday afternoon 100 years ago when the 40-foot yacht overturned after taking a sharp turn in the Black Warrior River, killing 26 of the passengers — mostly children — on board.Over the years, the tragedy that shook the community has been largely forgotten. Old newspaper clippings are heartbreakingly reminiscent of the April 27, [...]

The fatal voyage of the Mary Frances

The following article appeared in Summer 2001 issue of Alabama Heritage magazine and is being used with their permission. Author Frances Tucker collaborated with retired attorney Rufus Bealle, who provided letters written by several survivors of the wreck. Tucker researched articles published in The Tuscaloosa News in the days following the disaster to compile this account.

TUSCALOOSA 200 MOMENT IN HISTORY: The Life Bridge

The lift bridge that crossed the Black Warrior River from Northport to Tuscaloosa was built in 1922 and was in use until the early 1970s when the Hugh Thomas Bridge was built. The bridge emptied traffic onto Greensboro Avenue up River Hill.— Moment in History compiled by Betty Slowe and Guy HubbsClick here for more about Tuscaloosa’s history and bicentennial celebrations. [...]

Alabama man accused in hit-and-run at country music fest

CULLMAN — An Alabama man is in custody for the hit-and-run crash at this year's Rock The South event that left a pedestrian seriously injured.The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency late Friday announced the arrest of 40-year-old Kevin Michael Talley, of Cullman. He faces a felony charge of leaving the scene of an accident.The June 1 crash happened just before 1 a.m. near the country music festival event in Cullman. Talley allegedly fled the scene after striking 30-year-old [...]

Alabama is getting 3 new license plates, some redesigns

MONTGOMERY — Three new Alabama license plates are coming online next month.The Alabama Department of Revenue says plates for Colon Cancer Awareness, Prostate Cancer Research and Thank a Lineman have exceeded the minimum number of pre-commitments and will be available for sale beginning July 1.WAFF-TV reports the plates cost an additional $50.The department says four other tags are being redesigned. They are: The Letter Carriers, Choose Life (Support Adoption), [...]

Gov. Kay Ivey approves anti-voyeurism bill

MONTGOMERY — Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey has signed an anti-voyeurism bill.The legislation signed Tuesday outlaws "upskirting." That's when a photo is taken up a women's skirt or blouse without her consent.The bill sponsored by Republican state Sen. Clyde Chambliss makes it a misdemeanor to take an image without a person's consent. It becomes a Class C felony if the image is taken and then disseminated on social media or adult themed websites.

Later gator: Multiple alligators seen in north Alabama

BIRMINGHAM — There have been several reports of alligators in north Alabama in recent weeks, including in the Tennessee River.An alligator was recently spotted by a man walking on a county road in Lauderdale County, the sheriff's office reported recently. The gator was safely relocated to another area, authorities said."This wasn't the first alligator we've seen," Lauderdale County Sheriff Rick Singleton told WAFF-TV.A few years ago, a gator was found in a pasture [...]

Tuscaloosa Target store affected by nationwide register outage

Planning a Target trip today? You may want to hold off.Social media users are reporting register outages across the country, including the Tuscaloosa Super Target off Veterans Memorial Parkway.Corporate representatives haven't said what caused  the problem or when it could be resolved.Twitter and Facebook posts show long lines of shoppers and abandoned carts.The website downdetector.com began reporting mass [...]

MARK HUGHES COBB: Don't be a rude dude with an attitude

Tell you what, I'll settle this swiftly, and fight both Tom Cruise and Justin Bieber. Simultaneously. It'll end in minutes, if not seconds. And in tears.Though I'm hardly a violent man — haven't been in an actual fight in, oh, ever — still I, like all males, am absolutely 100 percent certain of my ability to kick as much carnage as should become necessary, given zombie apocalypse or other likely scenarios.Here's a dude-secret anyone who deals with [...]

TUSK CALENDAR: Who's playing and what's happening

LOCAL MUSICTHURSDAYAndrew Hollywood: 6:30 p.m., Lookout Rooftop Bar, 111 Greensboro Ave., Hotel Indigo. www.lookouttuscaloosa.com.FRIDAYChaquis Maliq, Jus Gruv: 6-9:30 p.m., Live at the Plaza, free Friday concert series at Government Plaza, 2016 Sixth St., Tuscaloosa.Whiskey River: 10 p.m., Rhythm & Brews, 2308 Fourth St., 248-7181. www.rythmnbrews.com.SATURDAY:Royce Garrison and [...]

Every Major Grand Hotel Character, Ranked From Shady to Shady

When ABC's Grand Hotel flings open its doors Monday, guests will discover a breathtaking atrium glistening with shiny tiles, luxurious modern furniture, and the soothing blues and corals forever linked to Miami. Those who stay a while at Grand Hotel will see something else behind the fabulous facades though: lots [...]

Jessica Alba and Gabrielle Union Speak Out About the Tragic Accident on the Set of L.A.'s Finest

Gabrielle Union and Jessica Alba play two tough-as-nails detectives on [...]

HOROSCOPES: June 16, 2019

ARIES (March 21-April 19): Avoid issues in the week ahead by being considerate of collective family needs. You may have some intense ambitions, but your loved ones need to come first now. Juggle your schedule so everyone is happy. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Do your duty. You can achieve more traction by following accepted procedures than by improvising and experimenting. You and a loved one can develop a higher degree of intimacy and shared passions as this week unfolds. [...]

DEAR ABBY: Man wonders about finding fulfillment after he retires

DEAR ABBY: I have had a wonderful and fulfilling career, and a life with a few hard bumps along the road. My wife and I enjoy spending time together as empty nesters.For the last 16 years, I have built and led several not-for-profit organizations. After the last experience ended, we relocated, and I now have a less-demanding job I hope will take me into my retirement.I enjoy the position, but how do I prepare for a rewarding and fulfilling life once I'm no [...]

Pick Your Favorite Ships and We'll Reveal Your TV Soulmate

Let's be honest: Half the reason we watch TV shows these days is to see whether our favorite couple will defeat the odds and get together or end up in that sad pile of ships that just couldn't make it work. Shipping is a way of life for a lot of fans, and here at TV Guide we understand and respect the hell out of that. Who doesn't want to watch two adorable doofs fall in and then out of love and then back in love again? The ships you root for most say a lot about your [...]

PUBLISHERS WEEKLY BEST-SELLERS: June 16, 2019

HARDCOVER FICTION1. Where the Crawdads Sing. Delia Owens. Putnam2. Queen Bee. Dorothea Benton Frank. Morrow3. The 18th Abduction. Patterson/Paetro. Little, Brown4. Redemption. David Baldacci. Grand Central5. Sunset Beach. Mary Kay Andrews. St Martin's6. The Guest Book. Sarah Blake. Flatiron7. Blessing in Disguise. Danielle Steel. Delacorte8. Fire & Blood. George R.R. Martin. Bantam9. The Stiehl Assassin. Terry Brooks. Del [...]

DON NOBLE: Readers of all ages will enjoy stories of city's history

This collection of 16 stories, each about six pages long, and each illustrated with pleasing watercolors by Sharron Stough Rudowski, is described as "historical fiction" written for young people, I would guess from 8-12 years old.I enjoyed "Tuscaloosa Stories" anyway.Most of the entries are dramatized scenes from Tuscaloosa’s past, allowing for a good deal of creative license. [...]

Developer to build family entertainment center

Shindig, a family entertainment center featuring bowling, miniature golf, laser tag and arcade games, plans to open this fall on south McFarland Boulevard in Tuscaloosa.“There is no place in Tuscaloosa that is going to have what we have,” said owner and developer Steve Williams said.Williams hopes to have Shindig open in October. While he has some of his managerial staff in place, Williams said he plans to begin recruiting more staff in late August and September. [...]

HOROSCOPES: June 15, 2019

ARIES (March 21-April 19): An adaptable mental attitude can make the difference between success and failure. If you are willing to discuss issues and are willing to listen to someone else's perspective, then you can make a relationship stronger. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): People value your friendship and reliability. A significant other or a new acquaintance may wish to reveal their feelings. Unforeseen events could fall into place to make this weekend both interesting and fun. [...]

DEAR ABBY: Serial dater's love life is hard for his friend to watch

DEAR ABBY: I have a guy friend who goes from girl to girl constantly. People talk about what a player he is and say he doesn't really like the women he's dating. He has been called desperate -- among other things. None of this ever gets to him. Even though we are just close friends, he has even asked ME out.I think he's doing things all wrong, and I want to tell him so, but I know it's his life, and he's going to tell me that. I want people to stop talking behind his [...]

Missy Elliott, in tears, gets inducted into Songwriters Hall

NEW YORK — Missy Elliott, the creative mastermind who has written hit songs for a number of female acts and created camaraderie among women in the music industry for more than two decades, felt the love back from her musical sisters as she became the first female rapper inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.During a performance, breakthrough singer-rapper Lizzo brought Elliott's colorful and eccentric music videos to life in an ensemble similar to what Elliott sported in [...]

The Queer Eye's Fab 5 Love Up on Each Other in This Video and It's Too Pure

Even if you've only had the Queer Eye reboot on Netflix described to you, you probably know that the show is a love fest designed to make its [...]

Listen to Big Brother Brothers: The Ultimate Unofficial Podcast From TV Guide

Welcome to the Big Brother Brothers: The Ultimate Unofficial Podcast from TV Guide. I'm your Big Brother-obsessed host, Fox Van Allen. I'll be joined every week throughout Big Brother 21 by your boy (and my co-host), Emmy Award-winning writer Lance Cartelli, along with special guests from the world of CBS reality TV, as we dive into the strategy and fun of the summer's best guilty pleasure. [...]

Want to bring your pooch to work? Here are some of the most dog-friendly companies in the U.S.

One of the worst things about heading to work in the morning? Leavng your dog behind. But if you work for one of these companies, you don't have to leave your best friend at home during the day. A few companies are famous for their pet-friendly policies, where you'll definitely find some dogs hanging out in the office. Here are some of the most dog-friendly companies in the U.S., according to dog-care site Rover. Amazon (Seattle, [...]

Murder Mystery Review: The Real Mystery Is How Adam Sandler's New Film Is Decent

Murder Mystery sounds less like that title of a movie than a section of the video store you'd go to to find a movie. But video stores don't exist anymore thanks, in no small part, to Netflix rolling up a cement truck's worth of new content each week. [...]

Anthony Bourdain's Graphic Novel Is Being Turned Into an Animated Series

The studio behind Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse is taking on Hungry Ghosts, the acclaimed graphic novel from the late Anthony Bourdain and writer Joel Rose. [...]

7 books about fatherhood, just in time for Father's Day

Dads often get the short shrift. There’s a big focus on Mother’s Day and a much smaller focus on Father’s Day.When it comes to books on parenting, the same is true.For Father’s Day, we offer seven new books that are about fatherhood written by a dad, for a dad or in honor of a dad.Guidebooks"The Dad Lab: 50 Awesome Science Projects for Parents and Kids" by Sergei Urban ($18, [...]

Veronica and Logan Are in Trouble in First Veronica Mars Revival Trailer

Everything's self-destructing in the first full trailer for Hulu's Veronica Mars revival -- including Veronica's relationship. [...]

Missy Elliott, in tears, gets inducted into Songwriters Hall

NEW YORK — Missy Elliott, the creative mastermind who has written hit songs for a number of female acts and created camaraderie among women in the music industry for more than two decades, felt the love back from her musical sisters as she became the first female rapper inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.During a performance, breakthrough singer-rapper Lizzo brought Elliott's colorful and eccentric music videos to life in an ensemble similar to what Elliott sported in [...]

The Farr Side: Passion for music was infectious, but couldnt supplant demons

“I will be walking one day/Down a street far away/And see a face in the crowd and smile/Knowing how you made me laugh/Hearing sweet echoes of you from the past/I will remember you ...”Those amazing lyrics are from “I Will Remember You” by Amy Grant, a song that will have a totally different meaning for me from this point onward.Recently, I learned that a friend of mine, who had a passion for music and song, lost his battle with life. He was only 44.It [...]

Hank Williams Jr. returns Friday to Tuscaloosa Amphitheater

No stranger to Tuscaloosa, Hank Williams Jr., aka Bocephus, aka that country boy who can survive, returns to play the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater on Friday. Opening the 7:30 p.m. show are a pair of rising country singer-songwriters, Nikki Lane, whose third studio disc "Highway Queen" reached into Billboard country charts, and Frank Foster, whose seventh studio disc, "'Til I'm Gone," debuted at No. 2 on Billboard charts.The man born [...]

Show will feature Pink Floyd music, laser display

A July 19 show at the Bama Theatre will combine the music of Pink Floyd with a laser light show.The Paramount Pink Floyd Laser Spectacular will use lasers, lighting, video and other special effects to interpret the music of the British progressive rock band.The concert will be divided into two parts: The first half will feature the “Dark Side of the Moon” album, while the second half focuses on Pink Floyd's  greatest hits, including “The [...]

Some fab suggestions for how to prepare for the new Fab Four film

There’s always cause for celebration when a new film is released that either stars, is about, or just has something to with The Beatles. The band broke up almost 50 years ago, but most of their music remains fresh and timeless, each Beatle is instantly recognizable, those of a certain age have vivid, detailed memories of seeing them on “The Ed Sullivan Show,” and many of us still listen to them regularly.Even though they had already hit the Top 10 eight times, and were [...]

Watch the 'Sesame Street' Muppets perform on NPR's Tiny Desk

NPR's Tiny Desk Concert welcomed its most award-winning guests ever, a group with 11 Grammys, 192 Emmys and 50 years of performing under their belts. Yes, it's the Muppets of "Sesame Street."In celebration of the long-running children's show's 50th year on air, NPR hosted the cast of Sesame Street to perform in its famed Tiny Desk Concert series. Count von Count introduced his pals Big Bird, Bert and [...]

Dan + Shay spill details of the Jonas-Turner secret wedding

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — How secretive was the wedding of Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner? So secretive that even performers Dan + Shay didn't tell their own significant others."We were walking on eggshells. We didn't even tell our wives we were going there," said Dan Smyers, half of the country duo. "Getting to sing a song at the wedding was a big deal for us."Jonas and Turner tied the knot May 1 in a secret ceremony at the Little White Chapel in Las Vegas following the Billboard [...]

Russian band to stage Planned Parenthood benefit in Alabama

BIRMINGHAM — The Russian protest band Pussy Riot is planning a concert in Alabama to benefit Planned Parenthood after the state passed the nation's toughest anti-abortion law.Al.com reports that the feminist band is set to perform July 11 at a music venue in Birmingham.A tweet by the band says the show will benefit both Planned Parenthood and the Yellowhammer Fund, which says it provides funding for anyone seeking care at one of the state's three abortion clinics. [...]

'Dr. John,' funky New Orleans 'night-tripper' musician, dies

NEW ORLEANS — Dr. John, the New Orleans singer and piano player who blended black and white musical styles with a hoodoo-infused stage persona and gravelly bayou drawl, died Thursday, his family said. He was 77.In a statement released through his publicist, the family said Dr. John, who was born Mac Rebennack, died "toward the break of day" of a heart attack. They did not say where he died or give other details. He had not been seen in public much since late 2017, when he [...]

Tickets still available for June 14 Hank Williams Jr. show

Hank Williams Jr. will be in concert June 14 at the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater.Gates will open at 6 p.m. and the show will begin at 7:30.The country music star is known for hits like "A Country Boy Can Survive," "Family Tradition" and "All My Rowdy Friends Have Settled Down."Frank Foster, a former oilfield worker turned country singer, and South Carolina naitive Nikki Lane will be the opening acts.Tickets are available through the amphitheater box office, [...]

Texas singer-songwriter Granger Smith says toddler son died in 'tragic accident'

Granger Smith’s youngest son, River Kelly Smith, died after a "tragic accident," the musician said in an Instagram post on Thursday."Out family is devastated and heartbroken, but we take solace knowing he is with his Heavenly Father," Smith said of his 3-year-old. "Riv was special. Everyone that met him knew that immediately. The joy he brought to our lives cannot be expressed and his light will be forever in our hearts."Smith, a Dallas-area native, posted on [...]

The Farr Side: What will be the song of the summer?

Memorial Day weekend has become the unofficial start of the summer, although I prefer to commemorate it for its true intention - to honor those who gave their life for our country and those who’ve gone before us.But many people also use the extra day off to start their summer on the right foot.What do the following have in common? Backyard barbecues, family get-togethers, driving with the windows down, the beach, pool time, class reunions, festivals, block parties and just [...]

5 tips for enjoying summer music events with your kids

We’re in the thick of summer music season. The good news for parents? There are plenty of opportunities to introduce your kiddos to live music. The bad news? Many of them are outside in the summer heat. We checked in with a few longtime music lovers and parents for pro-tips on how to survive and hopefully enjoy an outdoor music event with your kids.1. Pack the essentials. Most festivals and events will allow you to carry in two factory-sealed bottles of [...]

Guns N' Roses, Post Malone, Beck top 2019 Voodoo Fest

NEW ORLEANS — Guns N' Roses, Post Malone and Beck have been tapped to headline the 2019 Voodoo Music and Arts Experience.WWL-TV reports this year's event is scheduled Oct. 25-27.Tickets will go on sale Thursday, June 6, at 10 a.m. CDT.Organizers say they've gathered more than 65 bands to perform across four stages for "an unforgettable Halloween weekend in New Orleans."Others scheduled to perform include Bassnectar, Brandi Carlile, The National, REZZ, Zhu, Young [...]

Randy Travis gets candid post-stroke in memoir

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — More than a month after Randy Travis suffered a near-fatal stroke in 2013, doctors were not hopeful about his recovery. Complications were piling up, including a collapsed lung and infections, and the country star was in a near-comatose state. His doctors told his then-girlfriend that it would be a matter of time before his heart stopped.Mary Travis, who would later marry Travis in 2015, described in his new memoir that she sat at his bedside and asked him if [...]

Migos' Offset has charges in phone-slapping case dismissed

SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. — Police in suburban Atlanta have dropped a felony charge against rapper Offset, who was accused of knocking a cellphone out of a fan's hands.Sandy Springs police Sgt. Sam Worsham told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Thursday that "all parties involved were able to come to an agreement." The property damage charge stemmed from an April incident at a Target, where 18-year-old Junior Gibbons said his $800 iPhone was destroyed after he tried to film the [...]

Kenny Rogers admitted to hospital, treated for dehydration

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Entertainer Kenny Rogers has been admitted to a Georgia hospital for dehydration, according to his official Twitter account.A statement posted Friday said he would remain there for physical therapy to "get his strength back" before being discharged. The statement said the 80-year-old singer and actor appreciated the well wishes from fans and wanted to assure everyone that "he plans on sticking around through the years to come."The husky-voiced [...]

Momentum builds for Druid City Music Festival

About 2,500 advance passes have been sold for this summer's inaugural Druid City Music Festival, a two-day event featuring local and regional bands Aug. 23, a band competition early Aug. 24, then Big Boi, Blackberry Smoke, Turkuaz, CDBD, Lee Bains III and the Glory Fires and more.Capacity for the Aug. 24 Government Plaza headliners' event has been set at 7,000, said Barrett Elder, marketing and communications manager for Tuscaloosa Tourism [...]

TUSK CALENDAR: May 23, 2019

LOCAL MUSICTODAYKung Fu Gripp: 6:30 p.m., Lookout Rooftop Bar, 111 Greensboro Ave., Hotel Indigo.Sqquat: 8 p.m., no cover, Druid City Brewing Co., 607 14th St., Parkview Plaza. 342-0051.FRIDAYWhiskey River: 10 p.m., Rhythm and Brews, 2308 Fourth St. 248-7181. www.rhythmnbrews.com.SATURDAYSundog: 9:30 p.m., Egan's Bar, 1229 University Blvd. SUNDAYNew Orleans jazz brunch: Brunch served at 11, with music by the Voodoo Saints [...]

Leon Redbone, acclaimed 1970s musician, dies

NEW YORK — Leon Redbone, the blues and jazz artist whose growly voice, Panama hat and cultivated air of mystery made him seem like a character out of the ragtime era or the Depression-era Mississippi Delta, died Thursday.No details about his death were provided.Redbone's career got a boost in the early 1970s when Bob Dylan met him at the Mariposa Folk Festival in Ontario, Canada, and praised his performance. Dylan said that if he ever started a label, he would have [...]