SAN DIEGO, CA – July 17, 2017 – IMDb, the world’s most popular and authoritative source for movie, TV and celebrity content, today announced that for the second year in a row, writer/director/podcaster Kevin Smith will host three days (July 20-22) of original celebrity video interviews, the IMDboat party, a 90-minute live show (IMDb LIVE at San Diego Comic-Con, Presented by XFINITY) and other exclusive convention coverage aboard the IMDboat (#IMDboat) at San Diego Comic-Con® International 2017. Celebrities who are scheduled to appear include the casts of Arrow, Doctor Who, The Flash, Vikings, The Walking Dead, Preacher and more.

IMDb’s expanded Comic-Con 2017 presence includes the following: the addition of a massive LED screen located on the back of IMDboat so that fans on the street can watch live as Kevin Smith interviews leading celebrities; IMDb street teams who will will give away swag bags to fans at Comic-Con; and more off-boat editorial coverage, such as breaking news from the Convention Center floor, trending stories and daily recaps.

“IMDboat was the epicenter of Comic-Con 2016 and I’m excited to be the sweaty, sunburnt master of ceremonies again this year, talking with some of my favorite stars and filmmakers on the top deck,” Kevin Smith said.

“For the second year in a row, IMDb will create unique, multi-platform Comic-Con coverage that celebrates, chronicles and broadcasts the action from the world’s biggest celebration of fandom,” said Rob Grady, IMDb’s COO. “IMDboat is a floating video set for interviews and coverage, a hub for exclusive fan experiences and sponsor activations, an oasis for talent and an industry meeting and networking space. Our goal is to create unique experiences that make IMDb an even more engaging daily destination while empowering hundreds of millions of IMDb customers all over the world to virtually attend Comic-Con.”

About IMDboat at San Diego Comic-Con 2017
IMDboat, which is accessible by invitation only, will serve as a gateway to top entertainment brands and properties including Comcast’s XFINITY, Activision’s Call of Duty WWII, EuropaCorp’s
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets distributed by STXfilms, LEGO® Star Wars™ and Amazon Rapids by creating a must-stop destination for talent, industry VIPs and fans. The boat will be docked at Fifth Avenue Landing, immediately behind the San Diego Convention Center, and opens to invited guests on Thursday, July 20.

Events on and around the IMDboat at Comic-Con include:

• From Thursday through Saturday (July 20-22), IMDb will produce original video coverage on the open-air top deck, including Kevin Smith’s interviews with the casts of Arrow, Doctor Who, The Flash, Vikings, The Walking Dead, Preacher and more.

• On Thursday (July 20) from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. PDT in room 6A in the San Diego Convention Center, Kevin Smith will moderate IMDb’s first-ever Comic-Con panel, “Kevin Smith’s Comic Book Movie Trivia Mayhem Panel, Presented by comiXology and IMDb.” Kevin will be joined by a panel of pop culture expert contestants (including: Fatman on Batman’s Marc Bernardin; Julie and Shawna Benson, writers of The CW’s The 100; and DC Comics’ Batgirl and the Birds of Prey) who will play a competitive round of comic book movie trivia. Col Needham, IMDb founder and CEO, and comiXology CEO David Steinberger will judge the panel, awarding points based on the creativity of the answers.

• The second-annual IMDboat Party, Presented by XFINITY will take place on Friday (July 21) from 7:30 to 11 p.m. PDT. Special guests include: Kevin Smith; notable celebrities; industry influencers; IMDb, Amazon Studios, Amazon Rapids, XFINITY, Atom Tickets, LEGO® Star Wars™, Twitch, STXfilms and SModCo executives; and more. This is an invitation-only event.

• Thursday through Saturday (July 20-22) from 2 to 4 p.m PDT, select fans will have the opportunity to come aboard the IMDboat to relax and unwind in the IMDb Fan Lounge as space allows. The IMDb Fan Lounge will offer fans early (beta) access to play the new Call of Duty WWII before it hits stores and other special experiences. While aboard the IMDboat, fans can also get a closer look at Amazon Rapids, a children’s reading app featuring illustrated short stories told through the lens of characters chatting with each other. To be eligible for entry at check-in, fans can show a social post on one of their social media accounts that features the #IMDboat hashtag. Information about how to access the IMDboat will also be provided by IMDb street teams as they distribute swag bags and interact with fans. Additionally, affiliate restaurants in downtown San Diego will be distributing IMDb coasters that display trivia questions. Fans who post the correct answers to these questions on their social media accounts (along with the #IMDboat hashtag) will also be eligible for entry. Space is limited and during this time frame, fans will be admitted on a first-come, first-served basis. In addition, for the first time, convention goers can watch Kevin Smith’s celebrity interviews and other exclusive IMDb Comic-Con coverage on a massive LED screen mounted to the IMDboat (facing the Convention Center).

• On Saturday (July 22), beginning at 3:30 p.m. PDT, Kevin Smith will host IMDb LIVE At San Diego Comic-Con, Presented by XFINITY, a 90-minute live-streaming show broadcast on IMDb, Twitch (, and Twitter. The show will feature Kevin Smith’s wrap-up analysis of the convention and conversations with special celebrity guests.

• To celebrate the July 1, 2017, launch of IMDb Ticketing, Powered by Atom Tickets, IMDb street teams will be in heavy circulation in San Diego, giving away swag bags to fans. In addition to other fan-favorite items, the swag bags will contain Valerian and The City of a Thousand Planets-themed special offer cards (including a “buy one, get one free” ticket offer or a $5 off ticket purchase discount which fans can redeem when they purchase Valerian and The City of a Thousand Planets tickets on IMDb’s website or mobile apps).

To follow IMDb’s exclusive Comic-Con coverage, which includes breaking news, expert analysis, original celebrity interviews, trending information, a 90-minute live show, field pieces shot around the convention (featuring fans, cosplay and top stories of the day), daily Comic-Con recaps, and more, visit, follow #IMDboat on Twitter or visit IMDb’s official Facebook (, Snapchat ( or Instagram ( pages. Coverage will be accessible by IMDb’s more than 250 million unique monthly visitors worldwide via IMDb’s website, mobile apps and social media accounts (including Snapchat and You Tube). IMDb’s2017 San Diego Comic-Con special section, located at, features preview coverage, a welcome video message from Kevin Smith, a Comic-Con events schedule and more.

To watch video highlights of IMDb’s original celebrity interviews aboard the The IMDboat at Comic-Con 2016, go to:

About the Launch of IMDb Ticketing, Powered by Atom Tickets
On July 1, 2017, IMDb (the #1 movie website in the world) and Atom Tickets (the cutting-edge mobile movie ticketing platform) launched IMDb Ticketing, Powered by Atom Tickets. Fans in the U.S. and Canada can now conveniently purchase movie tickets on, on IMDb’s mobile optimized website and on IMDb’s leading iOS and Android mobile apps.

IMDb Ticketing, Powered by Atom Tickets, offers fans the most convenient way to plan a night out at the movies. With this new service, fans can login and pay via their Amazon account, browse showtimes for movies in their area and skip the lines by purchasing tickets and preordering concessions (where available).

“We are thrilled to team up with Atom Tickets, who share our spirit of innovation and customer obsession, to offer fans our new, convenient and fun online movie ticketing solution,” said Rob Grady, IMDb’s COO. “The launch of IMDb Ticketing, Powered by Atom Tickets reflects our commitment to being the daily destination fans rely on when deciding what to watch and where to watch it. We will continue to collaborate with Atom Tickets, innovative studios and top exhibitors to provide IMDb customers with exclusive movie-going experiences and special offers tied to the hottest new releases, like our current Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets nationwide promotion.”

“IMDb is the global authority for everything movies, and we’re honored to provide fans with a seamless ticketing experience,” said Ameesh Paleja, CEO and co-founder, Atom Tickets. “Whether you’re using the IMDb app, mobile site or desktop site, you’re going to enjoy the fast, easy ordering process users have come to expect from Atom. We’re looking forward to serving new and loyal IMDb users through the exclusive offer to see Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets.”

To celebrate IMDb’s new movie ticketing service, Atom Tickets and IMDb are providing fans who buy tickets to Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets through IMDb Ticketing, Powered by Atom Tickets (on or IMDb’s mobile apps) with a discount of $5 off the ticket price at participating theaters beginning on July 17, 2017. This nationwide discount will be automatically applied at checkout, while supplies last. To participate, go to:

To learn more about IMDb Ticketing, Powered by Atom Tickets and to buy tickets, go to:

About Kevin Smith
Kevin Smith first came to attention as the writer/director of a film called Clerks. It’s been all downhill ever since.

About IMDb
IMDb is the world’s most popular and authoritative source for movie, TV and celebrity content. The IMDb consumer site ( is the #1 movie website in the world with a combined web and mobile audience of more than 250 million unique monthly visitors. IMDb offers a searchable database of more than 185 million data items including more than 4 million movies, TV and entertainment programs and more than 6 million cast and crew members. Consumers rely on the information IMDb provides — including local movie showtimes, ticketing, trailers, critic and user reviews, personalized recommendations, photo galleries, entertainment news, quotes, trivia, box-office data, editorial feature sections and a universal Watchlist – when deciding what to watch and where to watch it. IMDb’s portfolio of leading entertainment apps ( includes its popular “Movies & TV” app for iPhone, iPad, Kindle Fire, Android phones, Android tablets and its mobile-optimized website. To date, there have been more than 115 million downloads of IMDb’s mobile apps worldwide. IMDb’s X-Ray for Movies & TV Shows ( is a feature that revolutionizes the viewing experience by bringing the power of IMDb directly to Kindle Fire HD, Fire TV and Fire TV Stick. IMDb’s Facebook page ( and official Twitter account ( are followed by more than 10 million passionate entertainment fans. IMDbPro ( is the essential resource for entertainment industry professionals. This membership-based service includes comprehensive information and tools that are designed to help entertainment industry professionals achieve success throughout all stages of their career. IMDbPro offers members the following: detailed contact and representation information; IMDb profile management tools; exclusive STARmeter rankings that are determined by page views on IMDb; a casting service to post breakdowns and apply to roles, a mobile optimized website and more. Additionally, IMDb owns and operates Withoutabox (, the premier submission service for film festivals and filmmakers, and Box Office Mojo (, the leading online box-office reporting service. is operated by, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) ( To learn more, go to:

About Atom Tickets
Atom Tickets is the first-of-its-kind theatrical mobile ticketing platform. Through its patent pending recommendation and personalization technology, Atom Tickets allows consumers to search for films instantly, invite friends, buy tickets, pre-order concessions and more. Enabled on more than 16,500 screens across the U.S., the platform’s innovative marketing capabilities help studios, exhibitors and brands maximize revenue opportunities. Atom Tickets is available as a free app in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store and online at For detailed information about participating theaters, go to:

by Traci Mondragon

The Baller ATX crew was thrilled to be invited back to Louisville this weekend for the 15th Annual Forecastle Festival!  We enjoyed incredible hospitality and amazing music, art, and food last at last year’s fest (not to mention quite the storm!) so we are beyond excited to be heading back. The fest takes place this weekend, July 14-16 in Louisville, KY, and Baller ATX will be bringing you photos and experiences from Forecastle.

Beginning as a small neighborhood event in 2002, focusing on music, art, and conservationism – Forecastle has grown into one of the largest music festivals in the country, and draws tens of thousands attendees from all over the world. This year’s headliners include LCD Soundsystem, Weezer, ODESZA, and Sturgill Simpson.  Along with Phantogram, newcomer K.Flay, Charles Bradley, the energetic Capital Cities, and so much more… Forecastle’s eclectic mix will surely have something for everyone.

Austin’s own Spoon will also be lending their talent to the amazing list of artists rocking Waterfront Park this weekend.

Featuring local eats, a Bourbon Lodge, and the Hunter S. Thompson-inspired Gonzo Bar, Forecastle’s unique style makes it a can’t-miss for festival lovers. We can’t wait to bring you coverage from the weekend, so stay tuned to Baller ATX for more!

Come see Originator Studios and celebrate the opening of Austin’s first VR Arcade!
Get your virtual swords ready…for this free one night only event, they want you to take a slice at FRUIT NINJA VR!

All ages are welcome to join, and they will have a free Austin East Cider for the adults.
They will be tracking high scores throughout the night. Who knows, you may even take home a prize!

Tomorrow at 6 PM – 10 PM

If you would like information on booking a session at the VR Arcade, please visit or email them at

Originator VR Arcade
718 Northwestern Ave
Austin, TX 78702

Acl Fest 2017 Lineup

by Dominic Mondragon

While i’ll admit, ACL Fest is nowhere close to free, it is one of my favorite fest. I am one of the rare few who went to the First ACL fest back in 2002, and I have actually been to every day of every ACL Fest since then (Except that one year it rained out on that Sunday).. ACL Fest has come along way since the dust fests, the dillodirt barefoot poopmud fest that came out of the dust fest, and I remember one Sunday that it hit 107 when the fest was still in September.

Regardless of what you think of ACL fest, it is one the best bang for your buck fest if you are open to different genres of music. The average ticket to a show at ACL’s Moody theater seems to go for around $70 these days. so with the fest at $255 a weekend this year, you basically make your money back after after 4 top tier bands.

Traci at ACL Fest 2002.

Check out the line up BELOW and get your tickets at 10AM (May 4th) on the ACL Fest site.

JAY Z (added late)


Pecan Street Festival

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Pecan Street Festival

by Dominic Mondragon

The first time I “legally” drank on the street (not in a bar) on sixth street, was at Pecan Street Festival. The festival’s name comes from the previous name of the world-renowned and twice renamed “Dirty Sixth.” Fun Austin fact… all the numbered streets used to be named after trees downtown, and all the cross streets are named after Texas rivers, in geographical order, from north to south (with the exception of Congress Ave.).

The fest is held twice a year, Spring and Fall, and this Spring it is going to be held the weekend of May 6th (11AM – 10PM) and May 7th (11AM – 8PM).

Now in its 40th year, this is an all ages event and free to the public. Besides the 300+ arts and crafts booths, vendors also sell food and alcohol, which you can legally drink on the street while you walk around, within the fest limits.

One of the biggest attractions is the free music. There are usually 3 stages, and the music starts at noon each day. The headliners are not as big as they have been in previous years, but there are a ton of great local bands showcasing their talent for those who care to stop by. You can see the full music line up here!

One of my favorite things about this fest, is that a lot of bars open up early. You can grab a drink, take a seat by an open window of your least favorite Austin bar, and people watch. The event is dog friendly, and you will see tons of them.

Parking can be a bitch, but it is downtown on a weekend, and we all know this already. I suggest getting there early to get a good space, or even better use public transportation and ride share so you can drink a little more and maybe make a day of it.

For more information, please visit the official website. 


The cutest little music festival ever…

by Traci Mondragon
Photos by Dominic Mondragon


As a first-time Old Settler’s festival attendee, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. I figured it would be laid-back, fun, and friendly, but upon arriving, I quickly realized that it would become one of all-time favorite festival experiences.

Nestled in the hill country between Dripping Springs and Wimberley, Driftwood, TX is probably most well-known for a little BBQ joint called The Salt Lick. The smoked meat scent permeates the air for at least a 2 mile radius. But each April, the air is filled with more than just the aroma of brisket and sausage… the sweet sounds of folk, bluegrass, and country rock. You just immediately feel at home at Old Settler’s.

Me by the creek!








We started the day with a little stroll down to the creek, and ended up being drawn over to catch the last of the California Honeydrops set on the Hill Country Stage. Their upbeat horns and vocals brought a little California sunshine to the (rather large) crowd on this grey and cloudy Texas day.

We then meandered through the trees on the trail to the Bluebonnet Stage to catch Wood & Wind (an apparent festival favorite) for their set. As we walked, we passed several artisan vendors selling everything from incense to leather goods, as well as a few delicious smelling food and beer vendors. I made a mental note to stop for a funnel cake later.

California Honeydrops (by Dominic Mondragon









Wood & Wind (by Dominic Mondragon)

We made our way back to the Hill Country Stage just in time for Elephant Revival, and ended up staying for The Lone Bellow and the legendary Del McCoury Band.

L-R: Elephant Revival, The Lone Bellow, Del McCoury Band (all by Dominic Mondragon)

As the evening grew colder, nothing could warm up the crowd like the smooth and sultry voice of Sarah Jarosz. Her music fills your heart and soul with joy and sadness all at once.

Sarah Jarosz (by Dominic Mondragon)

We ended the night with one of our favorite bands on earth… The Old 97’s! Their high energy and upbeat country-rock sounds were definitely the best way to end an amazing Old Settler’s Music Festival experience. Lead singer Rhett Miller never fails to entertain a crowd and start a party.

Old 97’s (by Dominic Mondragon)

This little hill country music and camping festival is one of the best we’ve been to, and we will definitely be back. From the family-friendly, chill atmosphere to the amazing food and incredible music… Old Settler’s was an incredible experience.

Blues on the Green 2017

Austin’s largest FREE concert series is back for its 27th season at Zilker Park for 4 shows:

May 24th, June 14th, July 12th, & Aug 2nd

The first show has been announced for May 24 and features Jamestown Revival with Walker Lukens!

All shows start at 8pm, but we suggest getting there no later than 6pm so you can park, get a good seat, and enjoy the view before the show starts at 8pm!

Bring your dog, sunscreen, a blanket, plenty of water, friends, money for food and drinks, and low back chairs.


Save the dates. Instead of announcing the line up all at once like they do every year, this year they will be announcing each show one at a time.

For more information including where to park, check out the official website.



        This past month on 4/20, I was lucky enough to be invited to attend the 1st annual 4/20 on the block celebration in Denver, Colorado. A one day celebration of Denver’s thriving cannabis community that took place at 6 different music venues in downtown Denver. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect other than a bunch of stoners hanging around downtown. However I was pleasantly surprised by the amount of hard work, talent and dedication I observed while enjoying some great music and meeting cannabis entrepreneurs. The festival kicked off at (what other time could it be?) 4:20 pm, I then spent most of my time in a two story venue called City Hall.

Inside, there were about 25-30 different vendors representing many different facades of the growing cannabis industry. From clothing designers to travel guides and accountants to candy makers , I was quite impressed with the number of cannabis related occupations that have come about since the state legalized.





Later in the evening began the music portion of the festival with headliners such as Blockhead, Cut Chemist and Del the funky homosapien. The way the acts where scheduled reminded me of sxsw where multiple venues in same block where host of the acts. There where 6 venues on the block and between each venue where consumption buses, a legal place to consume and smoke cannabis products. Public consumption is still a no no under their new law, however that just made way for a new industry, the consumption bus. It’s legal to consume cannabis inside private, for-hire vehicles (as long as you’re not the driver). Colorado’s “open container” rules for marijuana, enacted last year, track those for alcohol. Both make exceptions for motor homes and for “the passenger area of a motor vehicle designed, maintained, or used primarily for the transportation of persons for compensation.”

There where also visual artist and comediennes at one of the venues. Perhaps my only complaint was that it was a little much just for one day and would have been better suited as a two day festival. 420 on the Block was defiantly a postive eye opener into the growing cannabis industry, most importantly it was a ballin event.


Get ready to bust out your pastels and floppy hats because we’re giving one lucky winner a pair of hospitality passes to Victory Cup Derby Day & Polo Match on Saturday 5/6! See below for the deets!

Invite only

A kid friendly and pet friendly event, the invite only Tasting Tent pass includes the General Admission Pass plus gives you access to the Wine & Food Festival Tasting Tent.

With this invite only pass you will enjoy dozens of tastings of wine, beer and liquor from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm and also enjoy a day of thrilling polo, intense rivalry, fashion and luxury automobiles.

Food, drinks and alcoholic beverages will be available for sale all day.

How do you win?
1) Like Ballin’ On A Budget & this post
2) Comment on this post and tag a friend
3) Like The Victory Cup

Winner will be announced on Friday. See you on the polo field

Float Fest 2017

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Float Fest 2017

by Dominic Mondragon

Although only 4 years young, I am pretty sure you have heard of Float Fest. This annual music festival has grown substantially over the last two years, and has now become a beast. The fest takes place off Scull Rd in Martindale, just east of San Marcos. It is a two day fest and takes place July 22nd and 23rd this summer.








This year’s line up includes:

Zedd, Weezer, Cage the Elephant, MGMT,  Passion Pit, Mac Miller, Girl Talk, Snakehips, Neon Indian, Moon Taxi, Mike Jones, Lil Flip, Wild Child, and more!


This year the price of admission also includes camping so you don’t have to worry about drinking and going home and coming back. You can stay on site, and party into the night both nights of the festival!

And besides for the camping and music, there is of course the float part. You can buy a 1 or 2 day pass to float the river during the day. That is the only part of the fest that we haven’t tried yet, and plan to do this year. They have also added a Carnival to the festival. I am excited to see what that is going to be like!

For more information on the festival, including ticket purchase (buy them before prices go up June 7th), you can visit