Since 2017, Southwest has been a Partner of Musicians On Call (MOC), a nonprofit organization that brings live and recorded music to patients bedsides in healthcare facilities across the country. Through this partnership, we’re able to help bring the healing power of music to those who need it most.
Through our partnership, we’ve hosted several visits at hospitals that are a part of the Southwest Medical Transportation Grant Program in Denver, Los Angeles, Nashville, New York City, Phoenix, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C. Following the tragic events in Las Vegas on October 1, 2017, we worked with MOC to pull together last-minute flights to Las Vegas so musicians could visit victims recovering in the Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center, and perform for the patients, nurses, and doctors, bringing a much-needed respite to those dealing with the tragedy.
“Southwest Airlines has been an incredible partner of Musicians On Call and given us opportunities to bring our Volunteers across the country,” said Pete Griffin, President & CEO. “As we celebrate 20 years delivering the healing power of music, Southwest has allowed us to reach even more patients, families and caregivers than ever before.”
This year, we brought our partnership to new heights – literally! Earlier this month, we welcomed Curb Records Recording Artist and MOC Celebrity Supporter Filmore to perform both Live at 35 on his way to California and in patients’ rooms at Good Samaritan Hospital in San Jose, where MOC just set up a new volunteer musician program. Check out the video to see Filmore as he surprised Customers on a flight and brought smiles to hospital patients.
To learn more about our work with Musicians On Call and to see past Live at 35 concerts, visit Southwest.fm.
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This past Sunday, we began our service from Oakland to Kahului, Maui, and our inaugural flight was nothing short of special. Through our Employees who are from Hawaii and our Partners, we have learned so much about the beautiful culture of the Islands and we have enjoyed celebrating their rich history. As we began our first flights, we wanted to celebrate the rich music community that is on Maui. We invited Lily Meola, an artist born and raised in Maui, to perform Live at 35 (a live performance at 35,000 feet) to be among the first to welcome our Customers to her hometown.
At Southwest Airlines, our Purpose is to connect People to what’s important in their lives. We know our Customers and Employees are passionate about music, and we love to support up-and-coming musicians throughout their journeys. We combine these passions through Live at 35, our inflight concert series that brings artists onboard to perform live.
Lily is a local favorite in Maui and often plays shows at Charley’s Bar in Paia to serenade the crowd with her powerful vocals. She has been performing since the age of 11 and had steady gigs by the age of 16. Lily has even performed at the Luck Reunion, which Southwest is the presenting sponsor, and she’s considered part of the Luck Reunion family. Her music is inspired by stories of the people around her and stories from her life. She will even release her debut album on Interscope Records later this year.
The inaugural OAK-OGG flight was filled with excited Customers ready to begin their trip to Maui. Shortly into the flight, Lily and her band performed “Daydream” and “Give Me That” at the front of the aircraft. Our Customers onboard enjoyed the surprise performance, clapped along, and recorded the moment to show off to friends to share their special flight experience.
We also hosted a Community Appreciation event at Charley’s Bar in Paia, Lily’s neighborhood, to celebrate and connect with our Customers and the community. There were giveaways and drink specials, and Lily performed in front of a packed house. The night was full of music and laughter, and we were honored to be welcomed by this amazing community.
You can visit Southwest.fm to view additional photos and videos from Lily Meola’s performance, as well as past Live at 35 performances.
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The following blog post was co-written by Tena Griffith and Debbie Wafford.
Last year, Southwest Airlines began a partnership with Musicians On Call, a nonprofit that brings live and recorded music to the bedsides of patients in healthcare facilities. Through our work together, we have hosted live performances at hospitals across the country that are also part of our Medical Transportation Grant Program.
The first performance of 2017 was at Vanderbilt University Medical Center with a special music performance from Broken Bow Recording Artist Brooke Eden. Next, Judah and the Lion played for patients at Children’s National Health System in Washington, D.C., and the final visit of the year took place at Phoenix Children’s Hospital, where patients enjoyed a performance from Nils Lofgren, who was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the E Street Band in 2014.
We’ve continued our support of Musicians On Call in 2018 by bringing three live performances to hospitals throughout this year. Our first performance took place at the Children’s Hospital of Colorado. Singer Brandon Ray performed for children in the hospital’s Ryan Seacrest Studio, as well as, in their hospital rooms, bringing the healing power of music to their bedsides. For our second visit, we hosted a visit with Barry Zito, a former professional baseball pitcher, who just released his first EP, “No Secrets,” at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital in San Francisco.
Check out the video below from Barry’s performance, and head to Southwest.fm to see other videos.
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At Southwest Airlines, our Purpose is to connect People to what’s important in their lives. We know our Customers and Employees are passionate about music, and we love to support up-and-coming musicians throughout their journeys. We combine these passions through Live at 35, our inflight concert series that brings artists onboard to perform live at 35,000 feet.
Photo by Devon Lancaster Our most recent Live at 35 performer was Australian-born rising country artist Morgan Evans, who is a regular Southwest flier. He already has a top 10 hit on country radio with “Kiss Somebody”—his debut U.S. single with Warner Music Nashville. The track has surpassed 34 million on-demand streams. Evans kicked off his 10 In 10 Tour on June 21, but first he joined us onboard a flight from Nashville (BNA) to Los Angeles (LAX) for a special performance.
Evans sang two of his singles, “Day Drunk” and “Kiss Somebody,” for Customers onboard the aircraft. Our Passengers loved the concert, and many had the opportunity to get autographs from Evans after his performance.
Photo by Devon Lancaster It’s not every day you get to experience a live concert in an airplane, let alone while cruising at 35,000 feet! Southwest builds relationships with some of today’s most talented upcoming musicians, and we’ll continue to bring these artists to a sky near you as we support them along the way. We hope to see you onboard soon!
You can visit Southwest.fm to view additional photos and videos from Evans’ performance, as well as past Live at 35 performances.
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Country Artist Drake White
“Southwest opens up options. You can buy back some time with family and friends.”
— Drake White , Musician
Drake White’s passion has always been music, and he uses it to drive his sense of adventure. A country artist, Drake spends about 200 days of the year on the road. For some, that would be challenging, but for Drake, that’s where Southwest’s Rapid Rewards program comes in. His Companion Pass and Rapid Rewards points allow his wife to be a part of the magic with him. Through his points, Drake can have his family join him on the road, where they create new memories that can spark inspiration for his music. Southwest makes it easier for him to maintain a work–life balance while allowing him to stay grounded to his musical roots. We’re so glad to be a part of your journey, Drake!
The Right Notes “Music has always been the thing I couldn’t walk away from—its gravitational pull is too much. I’m not happy unless I’m creating music, growing it, and sharing it.”
Small Wonders “The true magic is in smaller cities. Get out of the limelight and learn new cultures.”
Hit the Road “I’m currently on my first U.S. headlining tour, The Spark Tour, through the summer. I hope to give everyone an experience worth remembering!”
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For the past ten years, Southwest has proudly provided complimentary air travel to benefit medical patients and their families that must travel for life-saving or life-changing medical care through Southwest Airlines Medical Transportation Grant Program (MTGP). We have been honored to work with a network of nonprofit hospitals and medical organizations nationwide that support this mission. In celebration of this milestone tenth anniversary, we will donate 10,000 roundtrip flights this year to families who need to travel for specialized medical care.
We also are extending a healing hand through a partnership with Musicians On Call (MOC), which is a nonprofit that brings live and recorded music to the bedsides of patients in healthcare facilities. Through our partnership with MOC, musicians will have the opportunity to connect with patients through the healing power of music—truly medicine for the soul. As part of the celebration of our new partnership announcement, yesterday we hosted in-airport concerts at three locations: Kenli Mattus and Maggie Szabo in Los Angeles (LAX), Aubrey Wollett in Nashville (BNA), and Tim Campbell and Steven Derrick in Atlanta (ATL).
Musicians On Call volunteer musician Aubrey Wollett performs for Customers at the Nashville Airport.
Later this year, we will partner with Musicians On Call to bring music into the hospitals that are recipients of the MTGP.
Since we began the Southwest Airlines Medical Transportation Grant Program in 2007, we have donated more than 59,000 complimentary roundtrips—valued at more than $23 million—to 109 nonprofit hospitals and medical organizations in 28 states. Visit https://www.southwest.com/medicalgrant/ to view a full list of participating partners and for more information about Musicians On Call, visit www.musiciansoncall.org.
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At Southwest Airlines, we love to provide unique experiences for our Customers—whether at the airport, on our aircraft, or in one of the communities that we serve.
One such example is Live In The Vineyard, an intimate, three-day festival in Napa Valley that pairs together food, wine, and some of today’s biggest names in music. The year’s fall event will feature exclusive live performances by top recording artists including Rob Thomas, Adam Lambert, Barenaked Ladies, A Great Big World, James Bay, Leona Lewis, and many more.
As the Official Airline of Live In The Vineyard, Southwest is sending one lucky Customer to Napa for a once-in-a-lifetime experience full of delicious food, amazing music, and of course, wine. Enter now for your chance to win a Live in the Vineyard All-Access package with exclusive access to these artists’ performances, including:
Two VIP tickets to “Live In The Vineyard” events in Napa, Calif. (November 5-8, 2015)
Three-night hotel accommodations at a Napa hotel
Roundtrip air travel for two to San Francisco International Airport or Oakland International Airport
See official rules at www.southwest.com/liveinthevineyard.
In anticipation of the November festivities, Southwest hosted a Live at 35 inflight concert with Barenaked Ladies onboard the official Live In The Vineyard-decaled Boeing 737 aircraft. During the surprise concert, Barenaked Ladies performed their new single, “Duct Tape Heart” from their album Silver Ball to 143 unsuspecting Customers! Take a look at their performance below.
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This is a guest blog post from Denver resident Brittany Borgard, who is among a group of winners who won a radio promotion from Live in the Vineyard and Southwest Airlines to attend a Live at 35 inflight concert with NEEDTOBREATHE and attend the band’s dress rehearsal for the second leg of their tour.
On my drive home from work, I received a phone call from a local radio station with some great news! I won a trip to LA to see NEEDTOBREATHE rehearse for their new tour AND see them perform on a Southwest Airlines flight for a Live at 35 experience! What. Is. Life?!
For quite some time, I’ve seen Live in the Vineyard teaming up with Southwest Airlines to do concerts in the air. It seemed almost too good to be true until I got the opportunity. Not only would I see a Live at 35 concert, but I would also see the incredibly talented NEEDTOBREATHE perform.
I started the morning by heading to the airport with my roommate, Laney, getting our boarding passes, and meeting NEEDTOBREATHE! WHAT?! They came right up to us and introduced themselves (of course we already knew who they were!) Bo, Bear, Josh, and Seth were all incredibly down to earth. Walking throughout the airport with NEEDTOBREATHE was unreal. I’m still having a difficult time believing I had so many casual and fun conversations with one of my favorite bands.
After boarding the plane with the other radio winners and the band, we were off! Laney and I eagerly awaited the concert at 35,000 feet and about 30 minutes into the flight, it began. NEEDTOBREATHE stood in front of the curious passengers and performed “The Heart” and the one and only, “Brother”! They got all the passengers to clap, sway, and sing along, making our flight an upbeat and unique ride!
The next day, we got to meet up with NEEDTOBREATHE as they rehearsed for the next leg of their tour. We went into a sound studio and watched as they ran through part of their set list. It was like being front row at their concert. I have a huge passion for music and I loved seeing the “behind-the-scenes” part of a tour!
Never in a million years did I think I’d see a concert at 35,000 feet in the air, or even meet NEEDTOBREATHE! I’m so thankful for my local radio station, Live in the Vineyard, and Southwest Airlines for such an amazing opportunity. Hopefully I’ll get lucky again. ;)
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Are you the ultimate NKOTB Fan? If so, we have a treat for you!
When we got the call that New Kids On The Block wanted to partner with us to host the Official NKOTB Party Plane Experience, we couldn’t believe it! We’re so excited to have this opportunity to offer our Customers and Fans this once-in-a-lifetime experience, to fly with Donnie, Joey, Jordan, Jonathan and Danny to Las Vegas for the ultimate NKOTB Fan Experience. Check out the contest details and rules below to find out how you can be one of our lucky winners!
NKOTB Party Plane Contest
Simply follow Southwest Airlines and NKOTB on our social channels (Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter), to receive information on how you can enter our NKOTB Party Plane contest! You can win one of two pairs of tickets given away via Southwest Airlines’ Facebook Fan Page. Go to Southwest Airlines’ Facebook Fan Page www.facebook.com/southwest and comment on the NKOTB post for a chance to win! For a second chance to win, visit www.NKOTB.com
Sweepstakes Rules – Facebook® Sweepstakes
"NKOTB Party Plane" Sweepstakes Rules & Regulations
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCE OF WINNING. VOID IN PUERTO RICO AND WHERE PROHIBITED.
How to Enter the Sweepstakes
b. During the Sweepstakes Period, enter the Sweepstakes by going to Southwest Airlines Fan Page on Facebook® at www.facebook.com/southwest and “comment” on the NKOTB Party Plane post and be directed to the official rules on the Nuts About Southwest blog.
All entries submitted will not be acknowledged or returned. Use of any device to automate entry is prohibited. Proof of submission of an entry shall not be deemed proof of receipt by Southwest Airlines. Southwest Airlines’ computer is the official time keeping device for the Sweepstakes. Southwest Airlines is not responsible for entries not received due to difficulty accessing the internet, service outage or delays, computer difficulties or other technological glitches. By entering this Sweepstakes, you agree to abide by these Official Rules and acknowledge that this Sweepstakes is in no way sponsored, endorsed, or administered by or associated with Facebook® and you agree to hold Facebook® and each of its parent, subsidiary and affiliated corporations, and the officers, shareholders, directors, employees, agents and representatives of same harmless against any and all claims or liability arising directly or indirectly from use or misuse of a prize or participation in the Sweepstakes.
c. One entry per person is permitted. Any person found using multiple Facebook accounts to enter will be found to be ineligible.
2. Eligibility Restrictions
a. The Sweepstakes is open to all legal residents of the 48 contiguous United States and the District of Columbia who are 18 years of age or older and the age of majority in their place of residence and have a valid e-mail address and Facebook account as of June 29, 2014. Void in Puerto Rico and where prohibited or restricted by law. The Sweepstakes is offered only in the United States. Employees of Southwest Airlines, AirTran Airways, NKOTB II, Inc., and the members of their immediate families (spouse and parents, children and siblings and their spouses) and individuals living in the same households of such employees are ineligible to enter or win. The Sweepstakes is subject to all applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations.
b. Only one winner per household is permitted in any Sweepstakes administered by Southwest Airlines.
c. Entrants are required to provide truthful information and Southwest Airlines will reject and delete any entry that it discovers to be false or fraudulent. Southwest Airlines will disqualify any entry from individuals who do not meet the eligibility requirements, and Southwest Airlines will also delete any entry received from persons under the age of 13 in compliance with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act.
a. Grand Prize: Two (2) one-way tickets for the winner and one guest from the closest major airport to winner’s residence served by Southwest Airlines, on Southwest Airlines published, scheduled service (subject to Southwest Airlines terms and conditions; certain restrictions may apply) to Chicago-Midway on or around Wednesday, July 9, 2014; two one-way tickets for the winner and one guest from Las Vegas, NV (LAS) to the closest major airport to winner’s residence served by Southwest Airlines, on Southwest Airlines published, scheduled service (subject to Southwest Airlines terms and conditions; certain restrictions may apply) on or around July 11, 2014; two one-way tickets for the winner and one guest from Chicago-Midway to Las Vegas on Wednesday, July 9, 2014, on the Official Southwest NKOTB Party Plane; one-night hotel stay (double occupancy) in Chicago, IL on Tuesday, July 8, two-night hotel stay (double occupancy) at Planet Hollywood Las Vegas, Check-in on July 9, checking out on July 11, 2014; and two (2) NKOTB After Dark concert tickets on Thursday, July 10.
If the winner resides within 50 miles of Chicago, IL, the winner will not receive two (2) one-way tickets for the winner and one guest to Chicago and will not receive one-night hotel stay in Chicago. If the winner does not live in a city served by Southwest Airlines, he/she is responsible for transportation to the nearest airport served by Southwest Airlines. No substitutions are allowed. Valid government i.d. is required to travel.
Approximate Prize Value is $1,750.00.
Southwest Airline tickets are subject to Southwest Airlines terms and conditions and must be used on or around the 2014 NKOTB Party Plane dates. Tickets will not be refundable or redeemable for cash or credit at any time, nor will tickets be replaced if lost or stolen. Tickets may not be sold to a third party. Tickets valid on Southwest-operated, published, scheduled service only from the airport nearest the winner's residence served by Southwest Airlines. No prize substitutions, cash equivalent, or transfer of prizes permitted except at the sole discretion of the Sponsors. Prize subject to availability and the Sponsors reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to award a prize of greater or equal value if the advertised prize is unavailable. Taxes and any travel or other expenses not mentioned above are solely the responsibility of the winner. Tickets are subject to Southwest Airlines terms and conditions. Tickets are not valid on code-share or AirTran operated service, or any international service. Certain restrictions may apply. Use of tickets is subject to airline’s conditions and tariffs, and to all applicable federal regulations. Winner and guest must travel on the same itinerary. . If travel guest is a minor, winner must be his/her parent/guardian, or be accompanied by his/her parent/guardian.
b. In the event that a prize or prize certificate is mailed to the winner, it will be with the prior written consent of the winner and therefore, winner assumes the risk of its loss. Sponsors are not responsible for the safe arrival of a prize or prize certificat
4. Selection of Winner
On or about June 30, 2014, a random drawing from all eligible entries received during the entry period will be conducted by Sponsor. Sponsor’s decisions are final on matters relating to this Sweepstakes. Prize is guaranteed to be awarded. Sponsor reserves the right to substitute prize of equal or greater value. Odds of winning depend on the total number of eligible entries received. Potential winner will be notified vie either Facebook® or via e-mail. Entrants need not be present to win.Potential winner notification will be made on or about June 30, 2014 by the Sponsor via Facebook. The potential winner will be asked to contact Southwest with a given e-mail address provided via comment on the entrant’s Facebook. Prizes will be awarded only after eligibility has been determined. This shall include, but not be limited to, entrants satisfying all of the elements of the registration eligibility criteria after a review of documentation and determination of Sponsor in its sole discretion, such determination which shall be deemed final. In addition, entrants shall have fulfilled all of the conditions and accurately completed the documentation required herein. Potential winner must execute and return any required affidavit of eligibility and/or liability/publicity release in which they agree to hold Sponsor, Facebook, and each of their parent, subsidiary and affiliated corporations, and the officers, shareholders, directors, employees, agents and representatives harmless against any and all claims or liability arising directly or indirectly from use or misuse of a prize or participation in the Sweepstakes. Guest of winner, or if minor(s) their parent(s)/legal guardian(s), must execute a Liability Release, and where legal, a Publicity Release prior to the issuance of travel documents. Affidavits will be mailed or emailed based on the potential winner’s preference beginning July 1, 2014. Affidavits must be executed and returned within seven (7) days or prize will be forfeited and an alternate winner may be chosen. If a potential winner cannot be contacted, is unable to accept the Grand Prize as awarded, fails to sign and return the required affidavit of eligibility and liability/publicity release within the required time period, or if a prize or prize notification is returned as undeliverable, potential winner forfeits prize and it will be awarded to an alternate winner. Upon timely completion of required affidavits and release, winner should expect to receive their prize in the mail by July 7, 2014.
a. Payments of all federal, state and local taxes are solely the responsibility of the winner. Winner may be required to sign an IRS Form W-9 or the equivalent.b. By participating in the Sweepstakes, the winner agree to have their name, voice, or likeness used in any advertising or broadcasting material relating to this Sweepstakes without additional financial or other compensation unless prohibited by law, and, where legal, to sign a publicity release confirming such consent prior to acceptance of the prize.
c. Southwest Airlines and NKOTB II, Inc. are not responsible for lost, stolen, mangled, miss-delivered, postage due, illegible, incomplete or late entries, telephone service outages, delays, busy signals, equipment malfunctions and any other technological difficulties that may prevent an individual from entering or claiming a prize.d. Southwest Airlines and NKOTB II, Inc. in their sole discretion, reserve the right to disqualify any person tampering with the entry process, the operation of Southwest Airlines website, or otherwise in violation of the rules. They further reserve the right to cancel, terminate or modify the Sweepstakes if it is not capable of completion as planned, including infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention or technical failures of any sort.e. Sponsors reserve the right to make changes in the rules of the Sweepstakes, including the substitution of a prize of greater or equivalent value, which will become effective upon announcement.
f. Failure to comply with the Sweepstakes rules may result in a participant’s disqualification solely at the discretion of the Sponsor.
g. The Sponsor is not responsible for typographical or other errors in the printing, the offering or the administration of the Sweepstakes, or in the announcement of a prize.
h. Copies of the written Sweepstakes rules and a winner list (when complete) are available during regular business hours at Southwest Airlines, P.O. Box 36611, Dallas, TX 75235-1611. For a winner list, send a self-addressed return envelope, after June 30, 2014. All requests must be received by August 1, 2014.
i. Each entrant or participant fully releases and holds harmless Facebook against any and all claims or liability arising directly or indirectly from participation in the Sweepstakes, and each entrant acknowledges that by entering the Sweepstakes they are providing information to Sponsor and not to Facebook.
6. Limitation of Liability:
Neither Southwest Airlines Co., AirTran Airways, Inc., nor their affiliated entities, are responsible for printing or typographical errors in any sweepstakes related materials; or transactions that are processed late or incorrectly or are lost due to computer or electronic malfunction.
Winner and guest assume all liability for any injury or damage caused, or claimed to be caused by participation in this sweepstakes, redemption of any prize, and use or misuse of any prize.
By entering, entrant agrees to hold harmless and indemnify Southwest Airlines Co. and its parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, directors, officers, employees, and agents against any and all liability, damages, or causes of action (however named or described), with respect to or arising out of (i) entrant’s participation in the sweepstakes, (ii) the receipt of the prizes, and/or (iii) use or misuse of the prizes awarded herein.
7. Construction and Disputes:
All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules, or the rights and obligations of any entrant and Sponsor in connection with the Sweepstakes, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of Texas, without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules or provisions (whether of the State of Texas, or any other jurisdiction) that would cause the application of the laws of any jurisdiction other than the State of Texas. The invalidity or unenforceability of any provision of these rules shall not affect the validity or enforceability of any other provision. In the event that any such provision is determined to be invalid or otherwise unenforceable, these Official Rules shall be construed in accordance with their terms as if the invalid or unenforceable provision was not contained therein.
the EXCLUSIVE JURISDICTION for any dispute shall be in THE FEDERAL OR STATE COURTS LOCATED IN DALLAS COUNTY, TEXAS.
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Recently we had special guests, O.A.R., with us at the Baltimore/Washington Airport. Marc Roberge, Jerry Depizzo, and Richard On traded in their guitars for boarding passes and received a round of applause from our Customers and Employees. Customers were excited to see the guys assist Southwest Employees with taking Customer tickets and marshaling in an aircraft; they then boarded their flight to Orlando where they performed our next installment of Live at 35® with “Live In The Vineyard!”
Once flight #3782 departed and reached the altitude of 35,000 feet, O.A.R. performed Live at 35®singing “Shattered” and their new single “Peace.”
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Wow … what A Great Big surprise for Southwest Customers at Chicago Midway and the Passengers onboard a recent flight from Chicago to Vegas. The band, A Great Big World, traveled from the ir hometown of New York to Las Vegas for an event to bring in the New Year.
Customers passing through Chicago Midway's Terminal B were stunned to hear the amazing voices of I an Axel and Chad Vaccarino warming up for their Live at 35® concert. While en route to Vegas, more than 140 unsuspecting Customers experienced a live music performance by AGBW that included “Say Something” and “Shorty Don’t Wait,” both singles included in AGBW’s debut album, Is There Anybody Out There?, being released next week on January 21. Another BIG surprise came when AGBW selected two Passengers to attend their concert while in Vegas!
It is A Great Big World out there so keep exploring and maybe you’ll find a Live at 35 on your next Southwest Airlines flight!
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At Southwest, we LUV surprising our Customers with live entertainment at 35,000 feet and who knows where we’ll show up next year ... maybe on your flight! Here’s a look at our favorite Live at 35 moments from 2013:
1) Gavin DeGraw flew with us Aug. 21 from Phoenix to Los Angeles and it was one of the Best Times WE Ever Had!
2) Plain White T’s spent time with our crew in Burbank before boarding for their Live at 35 to Oakland on Nov. 1
3) It was Christmas in July when acclaimed a cappella group, Straight No Chaser, serenaded Customers at 35,000 feet from Nashville to New York.
4) This past May, Taylor Hicks performed live from Las Vegas to Denver with a custom Southwest Airlines Taylor guitar.
To see video footage of these five moments and a year full of jet-setting performances visit, www.southwest.com/entertainment. This year’s Live at 35’s included performances by (in chronological order):
Good Ole War
Straight No Chaser
Bronze Radio Return
Plain White T’s
And to wrap up the year, stay tuned December 29 for a great BIG finale to our 2013 Live at 35s!
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After a fall calendar full of Live at 35 performances on Southwest aircraft, Live In The Vineyard once again produced an incredible event in the foothills of California's famed wine country. Watch the video for behind-the-scenes access to some of the great artists who performed in these fun venues!
Unforgettable performances from emerging artists and fan favorites rocked the beautiful Uptown Theatre Napa this fall, and what was even more special was the intimate setting and performances in the vineyard at Peju Province Winery for Southwest's Rapid Rewards Members who bid points to go on the trip. The artists’ stripped-down sets made way for storytelling, favorite moments, and smash hits!
Live In The Vineyard gives attendees exclusive access to rare events, where they get to experience artists’ acoustic talents, and taste sips and snacks from top-tier wine makers and world-renowned chefs during a three-day event.
This spring, don't miss your chance to be included in this total immersion of music, wine, and food. Follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook to stay up to date on your opportunities to attend!
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Southwest Airlines hosted Live In The Vineyard alumni, Five for Fighting, on a beautiful September afternoon, just a day after releasing the sixth album, Bookmarks. What better venue to perform live the hit new release, “What If,” than from the Southwest Porch at Bryant Park? John Ondrasik of Five for Fighting was one of Live In The Vineyard’s first headlining artists and returns again this fall to the event in Napa for an intimate acoustic performance at Sutter Home Winery for Live In The Vineyard contest winners.
The Live In The Vineyard sweepstakes and contests have ended and the winners selected, but be sure to “bookmark” www.southwest.com/entertainment for a variety of entertainment with Southwest Airlines!
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That is unless you’re pulling an 83,000-pound Southwest Airlines 737 aircraft half the length of a regulation football field! Today, at Southwest Airlines in Dallas, Employees put their game faces on for the annual Southwest Airlines Pigskin Plane Pull to kick off the TX/OU weekend!
The event has taken place for 12-consecutive years as Southwest Employees, adorned in their favorite school’s colors participate in this festive, yet competitive, pep rally, alongside the cheer teams and mascots from each university.
This year, sixteen Employees pulled for either the Texas Longhorns or Oklahoma Sooners to see what Team could pull the fastest for a chance to win Red River Rivalry game tickets and, of course, bragging rights!
Special guests Junior Miller and The Great Donovan, The Musers from local Sportsradio 1310 The Ticket, along with two of their listeners, joined the fun by pulling with our Employees.
Congratulations to team Oklahoma for winning this year’s Pigskin Plane Pull, with an impressive time of 37 seconds!
We wish both Teams luck in this weekend’s big game!
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Southwest Airlines is kicking off another season as the Official Airline of “Live In The Vineyard.” Held twice a year in Napa Valley, “Live In The Vineyard” is a private, once-in-a-lifetime, three-day festival filled with music, food, and wine. The event spotlights both emerging recording artists and established marquee bands. Tickets for this special event can’t be purchased; in fact, attendees can only win access through radio giveaways or online sweepstakes. As the Official Airline of “Live In The Vineyard,” we’re proud to give our Customers the chance to win a “Live In The Vineyard” All-Access package, including:
Two VIP tickets to “Live In The Vineyard” events in Napa, CA (November 1-4, 2013)
Three-night hotel accommodations at The Westin Verasa, Napa, CA
Roundtrip air travel for two to San Francisco International Airport or Oakland International Airport
See official rules at www.southwest.com/liveinthevineyard
“Live In The Vineyard” attendees are introduced to Napa wineries, amazing food in intimate settings throughout the wine country, and acoustic performances from some of today’s top emerging artists. The Fall line-up of artists includes: American Authors, Andrew Ripp, Atlas Genius, Delta Rae, Five for Fighting, Gavin DeGraw, James Blunt, Kevin Rudolf, Lee DeWyze, and many more!
Live at 35® has also taken off with this season’s inaugural inflight concert with Gavin DeGraw. Gavin surprised 143 unsuspecting Customers with a performance they’re sure to never forget, as he signed autographs, took photos with the passengers, and sang his new single, “Best I Ever Had.” Taking the sky on Monday, Sept. 10 will be American Idol winner Lee DeWyze, flying Dallas to Albuquerque. Our decaled Boeing 737 aircraft is the stage for these surprise inflight concerts at 35,000 feet so don’t be surprised if live music fills the cabin onboard your next Southwest Airlines flight!
Visit www.southwest.com/liveinthevineyard to enter to win--cheers!
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On Friday, March 30 th , passengers loaded one of our canyon blues in Indy, bound for the Magic Kingdom. Not to be outdone by the mouse, there was some magic in store for these Customers on our flight, as those who spied the official Live in the Vineyard decal could have guessed.
The decaled Southwest plane serves as a concert venue in the sky for our Live at 35 concert series.
Truly, the best seat in the house on one of our Live at 35 flights is not sitting at all; it’s when you’re the one holding the intercom up so the artist can sing into it. I had the great honor to do just that on our recent Orlando-bound flight with singer/songwriter Jon McLaughlin.
Jon performed “Beautiful Disaster,” and his new single, “Summer is Over,” which we were lucky enough to capture in the video below. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did, and are lucky enough to see a concert Live at 35. And be sure to check out our Live In The Vineyard Spotify playlist!
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Southwest Airlines Flight Attendants from our Orlando Base were one of the first to preview Flying on Manta. They found out what it’s like to spin, glide, skim and soar like a giant ray as they experienced the only flying roller coaster of its kind in the world. A seamless blend of up-close animal encounters with a head-first, face-down thrill ride, Manta is an adventure only SeaWorld could create. Manta opens May 22. To discover more, visit DiveDeepFlyHigh.com.
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As many of you know, we love celebrating around here at Southwest Airlines, and this is the time of year to Celebrate Moms. We’ve partnered with Disney and Macy’s to send 51 deserving Moms on a coast-to-coast celebration that includes royal treatment from Disney. To enter and learn more, go to www.macys.com/mom. As a mom myself of three awesome kids, many of our joyous vacations have been to Disney so would someone please tell my husband and kids to enter this contest?
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