AUSTIN’S ICONIC STUBB’S IS CHANGING ITS NAME
Stubb’s BBQ in Austin has announced that it will phase out its name after a contentious legal battle with a condiment company of the same name. After an expensive and acrimonious lawsuit, the venue and McCormick & Co., which produces Stubb’s BBQ sauce, have reached a settlement that now gives the condiment company exclusive rights to the Stubb’s trademark. “While terms of the agreement are confidential, it is important to note this was a mutual resolution that allows the restaurant and venue to live on and allow the Stubb’s brand of products to expand and grow,” read a statement from McCormick’s Austin subsidiary.
NIALL HORAN LAUNCHES INTIMATE WORLD TOUR
Former One Direction singer Niall Horan has announced his 2017 Flicker Sessions world tour. The theater trek begins in Dublin Aug. 29 and closes with a North American leg that wraps Nov. 22 in San Francisco. Horan’s first solo single “This Town,” went platinum last fall. He followed up with “Slow Hands,” which has topped the charts in 44 countries. Tickets for the U.S. and Canada shows go on sale July 15 at 10 a.m. local time. Fan registration will be available here through Ticketmaster’s Verified Fan program.
SMELLS LIKE A REALLY COOL MUSICAL
This is awesome news for anybody who came of age listening to grunge in the 90s. Not that anyone at Amplify is old enough for that. Variety is reporting that the Seattle Repertory Theatre has commissioned a musical set in the city’s 1990s grunge music scene, with a fictional storyline told alongside songs by bands who gave the era its name – Alice in Chains, Smashing Pumpkins and Soundgarden. Former Nirvana manager Janet Billig Rich, who works in music licensing for shows like “Rock of Ages,” and BMG exec Elyse Cogan are both involved with the project. Wendy C. Goldberg, artistic director of the O’Neill Theater Center’s National Playwrights Conference, came up with the idea. She will direct and work on the story with playwright Matt Schatz.