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Taylor Swift makes surprise appearance at Nashville club

Patrons at the iconic Bluebird Cafe in Nashville got a big surprise Saturday night when singer Taylor Swift dropped in during country singer Craig Wiseman’s set, The Tennessean reported.

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About 40 patrons at the 90-seat venue were getting ready for an Easter eve concert when Swift walked on stage. Wiseman met Swift at a charity show when she was a teenager and knew about the surprise appearance, the Tennessean reported.

Swift’s performance was filmed as part of a documentary honoring the Bluebird Cafe’s 35th anniversary.

“I wanted to say a big thank you to the Bluebird Cafe," Swift said. “I think any songwriter in town would echo my sentiments and say that this is kind of the only place where this exists -- this particular place where you get to come and hear the writer's take on the songs they've put out into the world.”

Swift and Wiseman traded stories between songs, including one about a CMT afterparty that included plenty of Fireball Whisky.

"Should we play another song?" Swift said, changing the subject. “Did you want to hear music tonight or did you want to hear about CMT afterparties?”

"I'll tend the bar," Wiseman quipped. "I'll be ready for you."

After singing “Better Man,” Wiseman and Swift did shots of Fireball out of tiny bottles, the Tennessean reported. Wiseman wore bunny ears.

Frank Stallone slams Parkland shooting survivor David Hogg in expletive-laden tweet

Actor and musician Frank Stallone is facing backlash after he reportedly slammed David Hogg, a gun control activist and survivor of the deadly school shooting in Parkland, Florida.

>> UPDATE: Frank Stallone apologizes to Parkland shooting survivor David Hogg for profane Twitter rant

>> Laura Ingraham takes week off from show amid David Hogg-led ad boycott

"This David Hogg [expletive] is getting a little big for his britches," Stallone wrote Saturday in a now-deleted tweet, according to Newsweek. "I'm sure someone from his age group is dying to sucker punch this rich little [expletive]. Watch him run home like the coward he is. He's the worst rep for today's youth headline grabbing punk."

>> NRA donations triple in February, soaring after Parkland school shooting

Hogg recently made news after organizing an advertiser boycott against conservative TV host Laura Ingraham when she mocked him over his college rejections.

>> Ted Nugent says Parkland shooting survivors attacking NRA 'have no soul'

The tweet by Stallone, who is Sylvester Stallone's younger brother, quickly sparked backlash. Here's what people were saying:

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Stallone has since made his Twitter account private.

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Ted Nugent says Parkland shooting survivors attacking NRA 'have no soul'

Musician Ted Nugent is facing backlash after he reportedly said survivors of the deadly Parkland, Florida, school shooting who are pushing for tougher gun laws "have no soul."

>> March for Our Lives: Emma Gonzalez stands in silence for Parkland victims, stuns crowd

According to The Associated Press, Nugent, a National Rifle Association board member, called the teens who have attacked the NRA "mushy brained children" Friday on "The Joe Pags Show."

>> NRA donations triple in February, soaring after Parkland school shooting

“The dumbing down of America is manifested in the culture deprivation of our academia that have taught these kids the lies, media that have prodded and encouraged and provided these kids lies," Nugent said. "I really feel sorry for them because it’s not only ignorant and dangerously stupid, but it’s soulless. To attack the good, law-abiding families of America when well-known, predictable murderers commit these horrors is deep in the category of soulless. These poor children, I’m afraid to say this and it hurts me to say this, but the evidence is irrefutable: They have no soul."

>> Who are the Top 10 recipients of NRA money?

Responding to a video that showed Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School senior Emma Gonzalez criticizing politicians for taking "blood money" donations from the NRA, Nugent added:

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"The level of ignorance goes beyond stupidity. Again, the National Rifle Association are a bunch of American families who have a voice to stand up for our God-given, Constitutionally-guaranteed right to keep and bear arms. We have no blood on our hands. No NRA member has ever been involved in any mass shootings at all; in fact, the National Rifle Association is the lone organization that has taught firearm safety in schools, and for law enforcement, and for military, and for children's organizations and family organizations around the country for 100 years. So once again, this poor, pathetic individual is a liar."

>> School district arms students, teachers with rocks in case of school shooting

Stoneman Douglas students and their supporters flocked to Twitter to slam Nugent's comments:

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Minnesota cemetery is newest live concert venue 

Talk about the grateful dead. There will be rock ’n’ roll music blaring at a Minnesota cemetery, and it’s a good bet the residents won’t be complaining about the noise.

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A new monthly series, Music in the Chapel, will debut at Minneapolis’ historic Lakewood Cemetery Memorial Chapel on April 8, the Star Tribune reported. 

Tickets will cost $10, and the first act booked is the all-women vocal group Anonymous Choir, which plays rock, soul and folk music.

“We simply think it’s a good way for people to come in and enjoy this beautiful setting,” Lakewood Cemetery president Rob Gjerde told the Star Tribune.

The cemetery was founded in 1871 and has an eclectic mix of famous people interred on its grounds, including former Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey, basketball Hall of Famer George Mikan, Pillsbury founder Charles Pillsbury, former Minnesota Twins owner Carl Pohlad and Herbert Khaury -- who was known as 1960s falsetto singer Tiny Tim.

Future concerts scheduled include David Huckfelt on May 6 and Dusty Heart on June 10. The chapel, built in 1910, holds 160, the Star Tribune reported.

Concerts at a cemetery are not new, but it is the first time Lakewood is attempting a musical event. 

“Lakewood is reimagining the role of cemeteries in everyday life, and we think this is a great way of doing that,” Gjerde said. “The venue itself is a perfect fit for shows like this.”

The concerts will held on Sunday afternoons, and alcohol will not be permitted.

Anonymous Choir leader Nona Marie Invie has a personal stake in playing the debut concert, as her great-grandmother is buried at Lakewood, the Star Tribune reported.

“I enjoy performing in non-traditional spaces, and the I think the natural reverb of the chapel will make Anonymous Choir sound really beautiful,” Invie told the Star Tribune. “I don’t have any hesitation at all about performing in a cemetery setting, It will hopefully be a beautiful spring day with the sun shining, lessening the chance of a ghoul sighting for sure.”

Sunshine on a spring day beats a touch of gray, as most Deadheads would attest.

Elton John donates to Leon Russell Monument Fund

Rock ’n’ roll legend Elton John made a $5,000 donation through his charitable organization to the Leon Russell Monument Fund.

Organizers of the monument made the announcement on its website Friday.

John’s donation brought the fund within $3,600 of its $42,000 goal.

John and Leon Russell collaborated on a 2010 album, “The Union.”

Russell, an Oklahoma native, died in Nov. 13, 2016 at the age of 74.

Ex-Beatle Ringo Starr knighted by Prince William in Buckingham Palace ceremony

With a little help from a prince, Ringo Starr has a new title.

After this week’s knighthood ceremony at Buckingham Palace, he will now officially be known as Sir Richard Starkey, NBC News reported.

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Ringo, who used his real name for the honor, was knighted by Prince William during the ceremony Tuesday.

This isn’t the first time he’s been given honors by a member of the Royal family. 

It’s been 53 years since the Beatles were all given the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire. They were given the MBE medals by Queen Elizabeth II in 1965, Ultimate Classic Rock reported.

The drummer said it was a bit different this time, missing the other three lads from Liverpool.

“I was a bit shaky today on my own,” Starr told the BBC.

He’s the second of the Beatles to be knighted, NBC News reported.

Sir Paul McCartney received his knighthood in 1997.

“I had dinner with him last week and we were both actually laughing about where we came from, and we’ve ended up in the palace and it’s now Sir Paul and Sir Richard,” Starr told NBC News.

>>Read: Ringo Starr, Barry Gibb to receive knighthood honor from Queen Elizabeth

Starr’s knighthood was announced late last year. Barry Gibb is also set to receive the honor.

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Blue Ivy Carter, Tyler Perry get into $20K bidding war over painting at art auction

Blue Ivy Carter may only be 6 years old, but she's already an art connoisseur.

According to USA Today, the daughter of Beyoncé and Jay-Z got into a high-priced bidding war with media mogul Tyler Perry on Saturday at the Wearable Art Gala in Los Angeles. 

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Blue Ivy reportedly bid $17,000 on a piece, described by E! as "an acrylic painting of a young Sidney Poitier," before Perry fired back with an $18,000 offer. Not one to be outdone, Blue Ivy bid $19,000 "as Jay-Z jokingly tried to take her arm down," according to USA Today. Perry ended up paying $20,000 for the painting.

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Beyoncé's mother, Tina Knowles, and her husband, Richard Lawson, organized the gala.

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The Roots' SXSW show canceled after bomb threat; man arrested

Update, 2:14 a.m. CDT Sunday: Austin police have arrested a man in connection with a bomb threat that led to the cancellation of The Roots’ show Saturday at South by Southwest. 

The city of Austin tweeted the following statement early Sunday:

Trevor Weldon Ingram, 26, was arrested on charges of making a terroristic threat, a third-degree felony, the release said.

Police also tweeted Ingram’s booking photo:

ORIGINAL STORY: A South by Southwest performance by The Roots at Fair Market in Austin, Texas, was canceled Saturday night due to a “security concern,” event organizers said.

>> Visit Statesman.com for the latest on this developing story

A police spokesman said around 9:30 p.m. that more information would be released via Twitter, but nothing had been posted by 11:30 p.m. CDT.

However, the Austin Chronicle reported that it had two staffers at the event. One staffer heard event workers discussing the concern as a bomb threat, according to a report the weekly posted online, and "a second Chronicle staffer spoke with someone working at Fair Market tonight, who confirmed that Austin police were canvassing the property to determine whether there is any validity to the threat."

The cancellation of the show on the final night of the South By Southwest Festival comes at a time of heightened concern in the city following three deadly package bombs – two on Monday – that have exploded in East Austin this month, killing two people and seriously injuring a third.

>> Austin package explosions: 3 blasts appear connected, claim 2 lives, police say

Representatives for the event issued the following statement Saturday night after the cancellation

“Due to a security concern, we have made the difficult decision to cancel tonight’s Bud Light x The Roots SXSW Jam. After working proactively with SXSW, the Austin Police Department, and other authorities, Bud Light believes this is the best course of action to ensure the safety of our guests, staff, and artists, and appreciate your understanding. We are truly sorry to have to cancel the event, but we felt it was necessary to take all safety precautions.”

>> Austin package bombings: Friends remember victims Draylen Mason, Anthony House

In an Instagram post, Fair Market representatives said Anheuser-Busch made the call to cancel the event.

In a tweet that was later deleted Saturday night, frontman Questlove wrote, “Uh, welp can’t say much but for those in Austin waiting in line to see us tonight. Tonight’s show has been cancelled. They’ll make official announcement but I’d rather save y’all the trouble of waiting in line.”

>> On Austin360.com: Complete coverage of SXSW

In response to fans who were upset after waiting in line for hours, Questlove also tweeted:

Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani shop in Greensboro before concert

Country singer Blake Shelton and his girlfriend, singer Gwen Stefani, were in North Carolina wrangling for bargains Saturday, WFMY reported.

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The couple stopped at a Wrangler Pop-Up Shop in Greensboro. Shelton was set to play a concert Saturday night at the Greensboro Coliseum.

Wrangler documented the visit on its Twitter account, tweeting that “Sherpa suits you, Gwen.”

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