Monday, April 27, 2015

50th Academy of Country Music Awards and Festival

Limelight Imaging was honored to be on hand in Arlington, Texas the weekend of April 17 thru April 19 as many of the biggest names in country music gathered to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Academy of Country Music Awards. Many parties and galas took place in and around Arlington and Dallas, Texas that weekend. We were fortunate to be able to attend the daytime events of the two-day "Party For A Cause" held at Globe Life Park, the beautiful baseball complex of the Texas Rangers.

The "party" served as a fundraiser for ACM Lifting Lives. One of the charities benefiting from this event was Segs 4 Vets, an organization providing Segways and similar vehicles for severely disabled vets returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.

The daytime party was held on the north lawn of the stadium and featured two stages.

Friday's performers included many talented young and up-and-coming acts:  Dan + Shay, Mo Pitney, Kelsea Ballerini, Cole Swindell, Michael Ray,  and The Josh Abbott Band.

Kelsea Ballerini

Mo Pitney

Cole Swindell

Michael Ray

Josh Abbott

Of course, a few more experienced performers where also on hand to show the younger generation just how it is done: Kristian Bush from Sugarland, and Montgomery Gentry, to name a few.

Kristian Bush

Montgomery Gentry

Saturday's performances included: Maddie and Tae, Frankie Ballard, Sam Hunt, Brett Eldredge, Kip Moore, Old Dominion, and The Gatlin Brothers.

Chase Bryant

Dylan Scott

Frankie Ballard

Kenny Foster

Kip Moore

Old Dominion

Sam Hunt

Tyler Farr

Larry Gatlin of The Gatlin Brothers

Each of these two evenings brought out even more stars for a special concert of duets which were recorded for broadcast by CBS television in May. Unfortunately, Texas weather can be very unpredictable in the spring and major thunderstorms rolled in each evening just as the concerts began, resulting in 2 to 3 hour delays in the shows. Because of the taping, we weren't able to photograph these performances, so we are looking forward to the upcoming broadcast.

On Sunday evening, we attended the red carpet arrivals for the Academy of Country Music awards show. The 50th ACM awards show was held in the AT&T Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys. A record breaking crowd of more than 70,000 people attended the live show.

Clint Black and Lisa Hartman Black

Rascal Flatts

The Band Perry

Keith Urban

Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood

Steven Tyler

Mickey Gilley

Scotty McCreery

Dan + Shay

Kellie Pickler

Martina McBride

Dierks Bentley

Luke Bryan

Kacey Musgraves and grandfather

Lady Antebellum

Hunter Hayes

Lynn Anderson

After the red carpet arrivals, photographers and news crews were ushered into the  press room set up in the stadium where we awaited award winners wishing to share their excitement with the world.

Milestone Award recipient -  George Strait 

Milestone Award recipient - Reba McEntire

Vocal Group of the Year - Little Big Town

Newcomer of the Year - Cole Swindell

Song of the Year - Lee Brice

Milestone Award recipients - Brooks and Dunn

Multiple award winner - Miranda Lambert

Duo of the Year - Florida Georgia Line

Entertainer of the Year - Luke Bryan

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

WWE Monday Night RAW

Fists flew and bodies flung through the air on Monday, April 6, 2015 as the WWE brought Monday Night RAW to the Frank Erwin Center. Champions as well as newcomers put on an exhibition of power and showmanship, each trying to garner the enthusiasm of the crowd to help their cause.

WWE ring was center court at Frank Erwin Center

Jim Noble, Kane, Seth Rollins, Joey Mercury, and Big Show fire up the crowd.

Kane and Randy Orton

Neville and Seth Rollins

John Cena proudly displays his championship belt 

John Cena and Stardust

The Bella Twins

Brie Bella, Naomi and Paige

Luke Harper and Ryback

The Lucha Dragons

Big Show and Roman Reigns

Damien Mizdow and The Miz

Randy Orton, Roman Reigns, and Ryback

Roman Reigns, Big show, Ryback, Jim Noble, Kane, Seth Rollins,
Randy Orton, Joey Mercury