"People are foreign to it, but hemp is a superfood, like almonds," Cote explains. "It's full of protein and fiber. I'm promoting industrial hemp as an eco-friendly material for clothing and a healthy food option."
Asked if he thought booking Cypress Hill and Sublime, groups that each have multiple songs about weed, could possibly lead people to believe that he was into pot, Cote said he had no say in the acts on the bill.
Tickets for the concert are available at livenation.com.
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Clarkson greets rock kids
A lucky group of students from the Let There Be Rock School of Music in Delaware County were surprised with a backstage meet-and-greet with Kelly Clarkson before her concert last Thursday. The pop star was on the bill with the Fray at the Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden.
Let There Be Rock owners John and Melissa Daley rented a bus for 16 of their students, ages 8 to 17, and surprised them with tickets to the show.
Clarkson sang some of her new single, "Dark Side," with the kids and spent a few minutes talking with them about music. She also gave them a shout-out from the stage. Melissa Daley is a former 94 WYSP spokesmodel, and her husband, John, played in Tidewater Grain and then worked in artist management.
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Nick Cannon here Thursday
"America's Got Talent" host Nick Cannon will be at the Office Depot (2400 Chemical Road) in Plymouth Meeting at 3:30 p.m. Thursday to help the Office Depot Foundation donate 5,000 backpacks for local schoolchildren. The foundation will give the "sackpacks," stuffed with school supplies, to the Caring People Alliance, Congreso, George Washington Carver Community Center, Mitzvah Circle Foundation, North Penn Valley Boys & Girls Club, Philadelphia Archdiocese Schools and the School District of Philadelphia.
'Price is Right' casting call
CBS 3 will host a "Price is Right" contestant search from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday in the Racetrack Clubhouse at the Casino at Delaware Park in Wilmington.
Two local winners will be flown to Los Angeles for a show taping, and one of them will come on down to contestants row.
You must be 21 to enter the casino and must complete an application from CBSPhilly.com.
'XPN GM joins NPR Board
88.5 WXPN GM Roger LaMay has been elected a member director of the National Public Radio Board. LaMay was chosen by authorized reps of NPR member stations ( David Dye's 'XPN show "World Cafe" is NPR-syndicated) to a three-year term starting in November. LaMay, who joined 'XPN in 2003, formerly served as Fox 29's GM and news director.
'MGK House Band finals
102.9 WMGK's Debbi Calton hosts the station's House Band finals Thursday night at Dave & Buster's (325 N. Columbus). The Sofa Kings, Mighty Pudge, Kindred Spirit and Musician Impossible will perform at the 8-to-11 p.m. event and be judged by Jennifer Corsilli, regional marketing manager at AEG Live; Drew Raison, owner of Philly Sound Studios; and veteran record-label rep Bobbi Silver. The winning group wins cash and recording time and plays every 'MGK event for a year, including the July 4 Let Freedom Rock Fest in New Jersey.
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