The Moscow Ballet prides itself on bringing its talent to an international audience with its annual North American and the Great Russian Nutcracker tours. As the largest Russian ballet tour in North America, the Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker show averages 100 performances during the holiday months of November and December, stopping in major cities such as Los Angeles, San Francisco, Detroit, Dallas, Baltimore and Chicago. The company engages the local communities of international cities by offering up to 60 children a chance to join Moscow Ballet dancers on stage and perform in walk-on roles. In addition to the Great Russian Nutcracker, the Moscow Ballet presents major narrative ballets during it tours including Sleeping Beauty, Romeo and Juliet and quite possibly the most famous Russian ballet Swan Lake.
Christina Perri is a tattooed singer-songwriter from Philadelphia who came into the professional spotlight in 2010 when Billy Bell and Kathryn McCormick, two contestants on So You Think You Can Dance, did a brilliant performance set to her song "Jar of Hearts". Perri has a definitive rocker's personality when it comes to writing songs like "Bang, Bang, Bang" where she lets a bit of grit come out of her voice during the bitter choruses when she sings a story about a girl shooting her ex-boyfriend "Bang she shot you, karma tastes so sweet". Live, Christina Perri often plays acoustic guitar, even though on her albums she favors a heavy piano sound.
Rusted Root is an alternative rock jam band from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania that is best known for its members' strong ear for fusing several disparate styles of music into a cohesive improvised show. Held together by a percussion section that is influenced by several styles world music, the band's music was first captured in the studio on its debut album Cruel Sun, in 1991. Rusted Root has since released release a series of successful rock albums, but since the band is at its best during its improvised shows, bootleg recordings of its live shows are often referred to as the band's premier recordings.