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Feature: The Real Nina Lombardo

Houston Karaoke Queen Nina Lombardo (Photo: Donald Trahan)
Houston Karaoke Queen Nina Lombardo (Photo: Donald Trahan)

“New Kids On The Block” she said with a smile when asked the first concert she ever attended. “And I’m proud of that.”  She sat across the room on a couch drinking hot tea. The doctor diagnosed her with strep throat. In between questions I tried to count the tattoos. She has more than 30 piercings, all over!

At 32 years old, the ‘Queen of Karaoke’ has big plans for 2016. She has a new look, and is ready for a change. It’s the year of Nina, Nina Lombardo.

“ I am in a new jean size, the smallest I’ve been in six years,” she exclaims.

012216-cover-copy-198x300 Feature: The Real Nina LombardoYou most likely have seen her Thursdays, Wednesdays or Sundays at Jr’s Bar and Grill, hosting karaoke or Pearl Bar hosting The Sushi Show every 3rd Wednesday of the month. Sadly there is no ‘sushi’ involved!

Looking at Nina, one might think she is super hardcore, a ‘fearless girl’. And believe it or not, that’s somewhat true. Sorta! She describes herself as “Tattoos, Dreadlocks, Music, Moxie, Crafty, Queer, and a Virgo.” But…there are a few exceptions. “People seem to always be surprised to learn how many silly little phobias I have.” Nina said. She refuses to get in water where she can’t see her feet and don’t dare attempt to drive in a tunnel with her in the car. It’s not gonna happen! And for those clowns? “Supper uncomfortable.”

But she’s also a cook and a lover of designing and decorating. “I have a thing for baking. And my personal theory is that if I’m sharing the sweets with those around me it makes life sweeter”. Nina explained. She also loves glitter, was a finalist in the 2010 Pride Superstar singing competition, and in December 2015 she became Entertainer of the Year at the FACE Awards. Nina is a community favorite!

Her love for music comes from her favorite Aunt. “I remember growing up hearing my Aunt Felicia sing beautifully,” Nina recalls when she was younger.

“I wanted to sing along.” Nina said. Since then ‘people pretty much can’t get a word in if I’m in a vehicle — because I will FIND a song to sing.’

‘When I was younger and all of my friends were talking about how excited they were to turn 21. All I could talk about was how excited I was to turn 18, so I could get tattooed.” Nina said after noticing me looking at her tattoos!

“ I got my first on my 18th birthday. Each piece that I have means something to me.”

“Being tattooed has helped me work through some of the hardest times in my life, and now I have something beautiful in place of the pain.” Nina told me she is always in the state of evolution, becoming a better version.

Madonna Salutes David Bowie With Performance Of His Classic Song

Madonna was  apparently devastated by the death of iconic superstar David Bowie, who’d had a huge influence on her life and career.

During her Rebel Heart Tour in town last night, the singer paid tribute Bowie, who died of cancer January 10 at age 69.

“I want to pay tribute to a man who inspired my career,” she announced to the audience. “If you haven’t heard of David Bowie, look him up motherfuckers. He was one of the geniuses in the music industry, one of the greatest singer-songwriters of the 20th century and he changed my life when I went to see him in concert in Detroit. He showed me that it was OK to be different. And he’s the first ‘rebel heart’ that I laid eyes on.”

Madonna then performed a spirited rendition of Bowie’s 1974 hit “Rebel, Rebel.”

Bonnie McKee Premieres Official Video For “Wasted Youth”

Bonnie McKee Premieres Official Video For

Today, one of the most influential pop writers of the millennium, and artist in her own right, Bonnie McKee premiered her brand new video for her infectious new single and sure-to-be-pop-anthem-of-2016, “Wasted Youth.”

The 8 millimeter, bubblegum, teen inspired music video was directed by the talented Darren Craig (The Uprising Creative ) and premiered today via The FADER Magazine. “Wasted Youth” is taken from Bonnie’s latest EP “Bombastic” and is available today on iTunes and Spotify. Watch and share the official video here.

Currently, the multi-award winning, Grammy nominee Bonnie McKee — who has already penned an impressive nine #1 singles in the US and sold more than 30 million copies worldwide — is working on new material and plans to take her signature sound and live band on the road later this year.

Stay tuned for more exciting news to come.

Bombastic’ EP is available now on iTunes and Spotify.

 

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Rodeo Houston 2016 Concert Line Up Announced

The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo sets the stage for 21 of music’s hottest stars to perform during the 2016 Show, March 1 – 20.

“The variety in this year’s entertainer lineup makes it one of the most exciting in RodeoHouston history! These stars, as a group, have won everything from Teen Choice and Latin GRAMMY® awards to all of the country music honors,” said Joel Cowley, president and CEO of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. “And with our family friendly ticket pricing, our fans can enjoy the full spectrum of entertainment at our legendary event.”

Tickets go on sale Saturday, Jan. 16, at 10 a.m. through AXS Ticketing via rodeohouston.com. The online Waiting Room opens at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, and the store opens at 10 a.m., with fans chosen at random to purchase tickets, no matter what time they entered the Waiting Room. To make the process easier on Saturday, ticket buyers can register any time at axs.com/rodeohouston_registration.

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2016 RodeoHouston Lineup
The following 21 entertainers slated to perform during the 2016 Show have garnered 14 GRAMMY® awards, two Latin GRAMMY® awards, 88 Academy of Country music awards and six Teen Choice Awards. Four of the 2016 entertainers are members of the Grand Ole Opry — Little Big Town, Brad Paisley, Darius Rucker and Keith Urban.

Tuesday, March 1 —  The Band Perry
Wednesday, March 2 —  Chris Young
Thursday, March 3: Jason Aldean
Friday, March 4 —  Jason Derulo
Saturday, March 5: Cole Swindell 
Sunday, March 6: Shawn Mendes
Monday, March 7: Miranda Lambert
Tuesday, March 8: Pitbull
Wednesday, March 9:Brett Eldredge
Thursday, March 10:Luke Bryan 
Friday, March 11: Darius Rucker 
Saturday, March 12:Billy Currington
Sunday, March 13 —Los Huracanes Del Norte | Banda Los Recoditos
Monday, March 14: Kenny Chesney
Tuesday, March 15: Kid Rock
Wednesday, March 16: Jake Owen
Thursday, March 17: Florida Georgia Line
Friday, March 18: Little Big Town
Saturday, March 19 — Brad Paisley
Sunday, March 20 — Keith Urban