• I Love the 90's - The Party Continues Tour

    I Love the 90’s – The Party Continues Tour is set to kick off Friday, July 7th at XFINITY Arena. TLC will take the reins on a nostalgia-driven blast from the past joined by a stellar cast of 90’s hit makers including Naughty by Nature, Biz Markie, Montell Jordan, C+C Music Factory with Freedom Williams and SNAP! for a massive night of 90’s music.

    As the best-selling American girl group of all-time, TLC became the voice of a generation, racking up an incredible nine top-ten hits on the Billboard 100, four of which were consecutive number-one hit singles, as well as five Grammy Awards, five MTV Video Music Awards, four American Music Awards and five Soul Train Awards. The group has sold over 65 million records worldwide, including their classic sophomore album CrazySexyCool, certified 11 times platinum and becoming the only album by a female group to reach diamond status in the history of the Recording Industry Association of America. Over 20 years later, the group is still one of the most successful acts in music, as they promise their long-awaited return with a new album this summer. The girls will then take their new album on the road, touring for the first time in 15 years with new music while also promising fans their favorite hits like “Creep,” “Unpretty,” “Waterfalls” and “No Scrubs”.

    “We’re so excited to get back on the road this summer and give our fans some new TLC music along with our original hits,” says TLC. “Being able to headline this tour with our friends and peers from the 90’s is SO AMAZING!”

    Iconic hip hop group Naughty By Nature will perform their notorious party anthems including “O.P.P.” and “Hip Hop Hooray”. The three will be joined by an all-star cast of the 90’s biggest stars in music, including Biz Markie, Montell Jordan, C+C Music Factory with Freedom Williams and SNAP!

    I Love the 90’s Tour is represented by Universal Attractions Agency (UAA). Universal Attractions Agency’s Jeff Allen and Jeff Epstein, co-creators of the I Love the 90’s Tour, say, “The Party Continues is an arena sized dance party, creating an evening of memories with friends, dancing and partying the night away to the last great decade of music”.
  • Meet Executive Chef A.J. Macasadia

    Spectra Food Services and Hospitality’s Executive Chef, A.J. Macasadia, is the mastermind behind the food served at XFINITY Arena, Edward D. Hansen Conference Center and XFINITY Community Ice Rink.

    Macasadia was born and raised in San Diego, California. His Filipino heritage is what originally inspired his interest in cooking. Helping out his in mom in the kitchen and taking cooking classes in high school is what led him to attend the San Diego Culinary Institute. After he graduated from culinary school, he began an internship at Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina where he worked for seven years, eventually moving up to Banquet Chef.

    In 2014, Macasadia and his wife relocated to Miami, Florida where he started his career with Spectra Food Services and Hospitality, formerly known as Ovations. He stayed in Miami for two years running the concessions and restaurant at Jungle Island. He then went on to help with spring training in Arizona where he was approached with the Executive Chef position here at the XFINITY Arena.

    Macasadia has been at XFINITY Arena for almost a year now and oversees more than twenty employees including cooks and dishwashers. “This venue is the best of both worlds,” said Macasadia, “I get to create food for the catering side on the conference center and concessions for the arena side.” To try some of his creations, stop by the Arena Grill during one of the upcoming Everett Silvertips playoff games.

    Macasadia says that many of his favorite meals consist of meat and potatoes and has shared one of his ribeye recipes. 

    - Prime 1" thick ribeye
    - 2 cloves garlic
    - 2 sprigs thyme
    - 3 tablespoons butter
    - 2 tablespoons grapeseed oil
    ​- Salt and Pepper

    - Pull Ribeye out of refrigerator 15-20 minutes prior to cooking
    - Heat cast iron skillet on high
    - Dry steak with a paper towel to remove moisture
    - Season with salt and pepper to your liking
    - When ready, oil pan and lay down the ribeye into the cast iron skillet
    - DO NOT MOVE the steak for at least a minute and a half
    - Flip steak and again do not move it for a minute and a half
    - Turn the steak again and add in crushed garlic clove, butter, and thyme
    - Turn steak after 30 seconds and baste the steak with the melted butter for another 30 seconds
    - If you have a thermometer, stick it in the middle of the steak. Medium rare 120 - 125 degrees is ideal
    - Pull the steak out and let it rest for 5 minutes before serving
    - Slice the steak and serve with roasted potatoes and roasted veggies

  • MercyMe Brings Lifer Tour to Everett on May 12

    MercyMe is an American contemporary Christian music band founded in Greenville, Texas. The band consists of vocalist Bart Millard, keyboardist James Bryson, percussionist Robby Shaffer, bassist Nathan Cochran and guitarists Michael Scheuchzer and Barry Graul. The band formed in 1994 and released six independent albums prior to signing with INO Records in 2001. The group first gained mainstream recognition with the crossover single, "I Can Only Imagine" which elevated their debut album, Almost There, to double platinum certification. Since then, the group has released six additional studio albums (four of which have been certified gold) and a greatest hits album, 10. The group has also had 13 consecutive top 5 singles on the Billboard Christian Songs chart, with 7 of them reaching No. 1. MercyMe has won 8 Dove Awards and has had many Grammy Award nominations.

    Hawk Nelson is a Canadian Christian rock band from Peterborough, Ontario. The band has become very popular in the Christian music scene and was voted "Favorite New Artist" by CCM Magazine in their February 2006 Reader's Choice Awards. In 2006 Hawk Nelson won a No. 1 spot on VH1's top 20 video countdown with "The One Thing I Have Left" music video. The band recently released their most current album Diamonds in 2015.

    Micah Tyler is from Buna, Texas and is now the latest pop artist to sign a national record deal and release his debut EP, Different. The lead single from that project, “Never Been a Moment”, is not only one of the biggest radio singles from a breakout act in 2016, it turned out to be more autobiographical in context than he even planned.

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