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JetBlue bringing Boyz II Men to JFK T5


If you’re a fan of the singing group Boyz II Men, or of the concerts JetBlue occasionally offers in Terminal 5 at John F. Kennedy airport, then plan to be flying to or through T5 on September 24 at 5 p.m. when the GRAMMY award-winning group will be performing for free.

The concert stage is located post-security, so only those with tickets will be able to attend the concert, but there’s one more way to get access:

The band is performing at the Mirage Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas after New York, and winners of a JetBlue contest for fans in New York and Boston will get travel accommodations to see Boyz II Men at T5 and then get to meet the trio and fly with them to Las Vegas to see them perform there.

Here’s the link to enter the contest if you’re in New York.

And here’s the link to enter the contest if you’re in Boston.


SFO Airport concert: Big Brother & the Holding Company


Far out, man!

As part of the SFO Winter Music Festival, San Francisco International Airport will be offering a free concert by the iconic ‘60s rock band Big Brother & The Holding Company, which played with Janis Joplin from 1965 to 1968.

The free one-hour concert will be held at noon, on Wednesday, December 10, pre-security, in the main hall of the International Terminal – right next to the SFO Museum’s “When Art Rocked” exhibit, which features San Francisco music posters from 1966-1971; including posters from Big Brother and The Holding Company.

Big Brother

Big Brother and the Holding Company November 23–25, 1967 Artist: Joe Gomez Avalon Ballroom San Francisco. Courtesy SFO Museum

Not planning on being at SFO on Wednesday? Bummer.

But you can check out the rock poster exhibit here, see a list of other concerts in the SFO series here and and download free music by some of the performers here.

Miami International Airport presents Music in Unsuspected Spaces

Concert hall or airport terminal?

It may be hard to tell at Miami International Airport (MIA) on Saturday May 14, 2011, when the airport hosts a rare two-hour concert by the Miami Symphony Orchestra (MISO).


The 71-member orchestra, led by MISO Music Director and Conductor Eduardo Marturet and accompanied by Russian-born virtuoso Yury Shadrin on piano, will perform Music in Unsuspected Spaces, beginning at 2 pm in MIA’s Concourse J International Greeter’s Lobby.

The pre-security concert, the first in a series of MIA airport concerts, will feature Academic Festival Overture by Brahms, Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor by Rachmaninoff and Symphony No. 8 in G major by Dvorak.

A lot of new services, amenities and events have been popping up at the Miami Airport.

In March, 2011 members of the Florida Grand Opera staged a surprise performance.

And the airport’s Terminal D is now home to a branch of Shula’s Bar and Grill and the first airport outpost of The Counter, Custom Built Burgers. In addition to the zillions of build-your-own burger options, the Counter has a menu with regional dishes and is open for breakfast.

Free Straight No Chaser concert at JFK JetBlue T5

Passengers traveling though JetBlue’s Terminal 5 at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport on Wednesday afternoon (Dec 1st) will be treated to one of the airline’s “surprise” Live from T5 concerts.

The a cappella group Straight No Chaser (SNC) will perform a holiday-themed concert in the post-security Marketplace at 1:30 p.m.

The concert isn’t open to the public, but on its website SNC is offering 50 winners and their guests special access to the post-security event.

To win tickets, here’s what you need to do:

1. Tweet: “Want to win tickets to see @sncmusic’s at JetBlue’s T5 on December 1st? RT!”
2. Send an email (using the subject line “SNC T5″) with a link of your tweet to with  this information:

· Full Middle Last Name

· Date of Birth

· Male/Female

· Passport/driver’s license

· State or country the passport or license is issued in.

There’s no deadline for this contest posted on the SNC website, but if you’re a SNC fan in the New York area, don’t dawdle.

Free classical concert at Orlando Airport; free terminal tour at San Jose Airport

As part of its Liberty Weekend festivities, the Orlando International Airport (MCO) will present a free concert by the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra. The concert will take place at 8 pm, on Saturday June 26, 2010 in the atrium of the Hyatt Regency Hotel, which doubles as the public lobby area for gates 60 to 129.  All attendees will get three hours of complimentary airport parking.

Saturday June 26th and Sunday June 27th, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day, unticketed visitors are invited into Silicon Valley’s Mineta San Jose International Airport (SJC) for a sneak peek at the new high-tech Terminal B.  The new building includes seating areas with built-in power ports and public art that includes German multi-media artist’s Bjoern Schuelke’s Space Observer, an interactive, two-story tall robot-like structure with three legs and propeller-equipped arms.

San Jose Airport public art "Space Observer"

(Watch a Space Observer movie.)

Registered visitors will be able to walk through the terminal, see the art, buy a souvenir and enter drawings for prizes that will include airline tickets and travel packages.

If you plan on visiting the terminal, you’ll need to register in advance on the SJC website by Wednesday, June 23rd and pick the day and time you want to stop by.

In the meantime, here’s a link to a great photo slide show of the San Jose Airport through the years from The Mercury News.