SILVER SPRING, Md.
June 20, 2013
, the only television network that celebrates the people, places, and stories of the U.S., has lined up a spectacular party for the two winning towns of the
RED, WHITE AND YOU
, and Hurricane Sandy-ravaged
Union Beach, NJ
– headlined by country-steeped garage band
. Most recently highlighted during this year's nationally televised CMT Awards, the band will be the featured musical act at both
RED, WHITE AND YOU
"We're thrilled to have The Mavericks, a band known for being one of the most exciting live performers, as part of the festivities in both of these worthy communities," said
, general manager for Destination America. "Their infectious vibe paired with the activities, food, and fireworks display will no doubt leave a lasting impression and, hopefully help strengthen the spirit, patriotism, and tradition of this all important holiday – America's birthday – in
"We couldn't be more thrilled with the opportunity to play for these two outstanding communities on this special occasion. We're honored to have been invited, and look forward to celebrating with everyone," said
, lead singer of The Mavericks.
Additional planning is in the works for each city to enjoy a tailor-made celebration.
will be treated to BBQ from stars of Destination America's hit series,
, with both
confirmed to be on location.
LAST CALL FOOD BRAWL
Next Food Network Star
) will be master of ceremonies in both towns. In
, and in partnership with Time Warner Cable, there will be a more patriotic nod to our country's armed forces: the 82
Airborne Division Chorus will perform after a traditional Posting of the Colors and remarks from Maj. Gen.
Jeffrey N. Colt
, deputy commanding general, XVIII Airborne Corps and
Destination America partnered with national weekly magazine
WEEKEND for the first-ever
RED, WHITE AND YOU
contest, awarding two deserving communities a one-of-a-kind
Fourth of July
celebration. Launched in March, the contest asked folks across the country to put their patriotism on display to prove why their respective towns were most deserving of an over-the-top
party. With more than 3,500 entries, the two grand prize winners proved to be very worthy communities:
Union Beach, NJ
, a coastal town still recovering from the devastation of Hurricane Sandy, and
, a community which zealously supports its military partners at Fort Bragg. Five runner-up towns were also awarded
each to be used toward one of the following local organizations: Parks and Recreation Department, YMCA/YWCA, or Habitat for Humanity.
ABOUT THE MAVERICKS
Forget the GRAMMYs, the CMA and ACM Awards for prestigious things like
Album of the Year
. Never mind the sold out shows in
Royal Albert Hall
or taking country to places the genre had never been. With a Cuban-American lead singer, garage band ferocity, an intense live show and a deep love of both romance and pure country to go with the polyrhythmic beats The Mavericks were raised on, they were unlikely superstars. Yet, The Mavericks distilled country's essences, bulked them up with a big, raucous sound, then broke ground for the format that saw people from all walks of life, many cultures and some surprising places lining up for hits like "Here Comes The Rain," "Crying Shame," "Dance The Night Away" and "All You Ever Do Is Bring Me Down."
Twenty years later, the little band that could returns, more soulful and innovative than ever. Again drawing on myriad influences – from
heartbreak, Ravel's eroticism to Buena Vista Social Club's infectious rhythms,
brazen emotion and that little "Mavericks' magic." For their first sessions in almost a decade, it was spontaneous combustion; literally, the band falling into step with the euphoria they were known for. And they built quite an album from there. The Mavericks released their first album,
, on The Valory Music Co. on
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ABOUT DESTINATION AMERICA
Destination America is the only network to celebrate the people, places, and stories of
the United States
. The inclusive network targeting Adults 25-54 is available in 60 million homes, emblazoning television screens with the grit and tenacity, honesty and work ethic, humor and adventurousness that characterize our nation. Destination America features travel, food, adventure, home, and natural history, with original series like
BBQ Pitmasters, A Haunting, Epic,
. For more information, please visit
. Destination America is part of Discovery Communications (Nasdaq: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK), the world's #1 nonfiction media company reaching more than 1.8 billion cumulative subscribers in 218 countries and territories.
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