Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Watch Donnie on Kiss 92.5

Donnie was recently interviewed at the Toronto's Wahlburgers location about his opinion of the Netflix series "Making a Murderer" and who got snubbed with the Academy Awards nominees. Watch the clip below!

NKOTB 2016 Cruise announced!

The 2016 New Kids on the Block cruise has been announced! The dates are October 20-24th. The Carnival Triumph will depart New Orleans and travel to Cozumel, Mexico!

Pre-sales for Block Nation members and past cruisers start tomorrow and the general on sale is on sale on January 28. Check out NewKidsCruise.com for all the details and to make your reservations!

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Listen to Danny Wood on the "Jump Start Your Joy" podcast

Danny recently was interviewed on the "Jump Start Your Joy" podcast. He talked about memories of his mother, how she has influenced him as a parent and as a person, helping cancer patients, his tour plans and more. Fans also share how Danny has influenced their lives for the better. Listen to the interview below

Click here to listen!

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Watch Danny Wood on NBC 6 Miami

Danny Wood joins Roxanne Vargas to discus his latest album, 'Look at Me' and they also reminisce about the first time he was on NBC 6.

Danny performs his latest single 'Hold On'.

Friday, January 15, 2016

Danny Wood and Donnie Wahlberg on Dirty Sexy Funny

Donnie and Danny were on Dirty Sexy Funny on Wednesday. Here are a couple clips of them talking about their childhood memories and their friendship.

Video couresty of Chad Zimmerman

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Donnie Wahlberg on Nancy Grace

Donnie Wahlberg was on Nancy Grace's show last night to talk about the Netflix documentary-series ‘Making a Murderer’. Here is a clip:

Video courtesy of HLN

Friday, January 8, 2016

Watch clips of Donnie Wahlberg on DSF 1/7/16 in Las Vegas

Donnie was on Jenny's Dirty Sexy Funny today and he talked about the New Kids on the Block dolls, hoverboards, New Years Eve in Times Square and they talk to Mike Tyson and Kikki Tyson at CES in Las Vegas. Here are a couple clips:

Update: Interview has been deleted, does anyone have it saved?

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Boston Magazine's interview with Jordan Knight

Boston Magazine interviewed Jordan about Novara. He talks about NKOTB's plans for 2016 (a few select dates, Rock This Boat airs in May and another cruise this fall) and more! Here is the article:

Jordan Knight on Investing in Novara, Future Plans, and What Donnie Orders
The NKOTB singer didn’t set out to be a restaurant investor, but he’s thrilled to be part of East Milton’s newest venue, Novara, which opens to the public tonight.

Jordan Knight has lived in Milton since 1997. He and his family—wife Evelyn and sons Dante, 16, and Eric, 8—are regulars at Abby Park, located a few doors down from the new establishment. Over the years, he’s gotten to know Abby Park owner Vance Welch, and when he found out Welch, partner Ajay Sadhwani, and chef Tony DeRienzo were opening a new venture in a former movie theater, Knight toured the construction site.

“While I was looking at the place, I was like, ‘Man, I wish I was involved in this thing.’ It just seemed like such a home run,” he says. “It looked like Newbury Street is coming to East Milton Square. I knew Vance and his team run a tight ship, and the chef is great.”

Knight officially signed on just a few months before Novara’s debut. We caught up with the pop star about his perspective on the restaurant industry, his future business plans, and what we should order at Novara.

This conversation has been edited for length and clarity.

What made you want to be involved with Novara? 

There were businesses [in East Milton Square], but it wasn’t a happening scene. When Abby Park came in and Starbucks, it started to become one a little bit. [The Novara team] built parking next door, and I think it will definitely be a destination. For me, I’m meeting more people from my town and other investors, and I’m learning about the restaurant business, and that’s fun.

There’s also an outside patio. It’s kind of teetering on being a sports bar as well, because there are big, flat-screen TVs and a huge, marble bar that’s just gorgeous. There’s no place in Milton that you can have that experience.

As a resident of Milton, you’re probably pleased to see something happening at the historic building.

Yeah. I just saw an old picture from 1980 or something: There was only one screen, but a lot of people would watch a couple movies in a row. I guess there was a fire there, actually, and it’s just been sitting there, vacant. I think it’s cool when people with a vision want to come in and revitalize a place and pay homage to the place.

The place is huge, but you wouldn’t know that looking from the front. It’s pretty breathtaking. At the back where the movie screen used to be, there’s huge LED screen that plays old Italian movies, or whatever the content of the day is. It’s definitely an entertaining showpiece.

Had you ever invested in the restaurant industry before?

You hear the stories about how it’s so risky. I’ve always kind of stayed away from restaurants, not that I’m a huge investor anyway. I just basically knew [Novara] was a homerun. If you’re with some people that are just starting in the business, that’s risky, but these guys have a proven track record, the food is great, it’s great location, the design is awesome, and East Milton needs it.

Were you able to see much of what it takes to get a restaurant off the ground?

It definitely reminded me a lot of putting a tour together and having opening night. It looks very chaotic when you’re doing it. Even up to the day before and the day of, you’re scrambling to get things done. You’re scrambling to put the finishing touches on. We did a friends and family gathering, and that reminded me of a dress rehearsal. You find what you’re up against, where the kinks are.

When you’re on the road and looking for a restaurant, or going to Abby Park with your family, how do you typically like to eat?

Honestly, I’m not a foodie, really. I like the basics, like pizza, spaghetti and meatballs, chicken Parmesan, which you can get all at Novara. When we’re on the road, our road manager will ask us what we want to eat from whatever restaurant we’re going to order from. Donnie is a foodie; he usually orders a lot of appetizers and different-tasting food, so I’ll just write ‘same as Donnie,’ because it’ll be awesome, and I can’t go wrong.

What’s next for you? Any other investments, maybe more restaurants to get involved with?

I’m not really trying to dive into the [restaurant] business; it’s just a fun thing for me, and [this one is] a solid investment. I am a franchisee of a fitness chain called Retro Fitness. It hasn’t hit the Boston area yet, but I’m planning to bring 2-3 gyms to the area. I have one right now in Cranston, R.I. It’s a low-budget, high value gym. I always say, if Planet Fitness is Wal-Mart, Retro Fitness is like the Target. They have over 150 gyms across the country.

[New Kids on the Block] are planning a few select dates, but that has yet to be announced, as well as another cruise in October or November. Our last cruise, we documented the whole thing and we’re doing a reality TV show based around it. That will probably be airing in May. We’re putting that together.

What should people order at Novara?

[Chef Tony DeRienzo] is an Italian guy and he grew up learning to cook from his grandmother. So, he learned in school about the new styles of cooking these days, but he learned the basics the best way: through practical experience. You get that in his food. You get the integrity, with a modern flair to it.

The pizza is amazing. The tortellini was really good, the calamari was really good. He put mustard on top of the calamari, which I thought was crazy until I tasted it.

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Danny Wood on the Today Show on January 13

Danny will be making an appearance on the Today Show on Wednesday, January 13. He will be performing during the 10AM hour.

The Boston Herald talks with Jordan Knight

The Boston Herald interviewed Jordan about his involvement with the opening Novara in Milton, MA. He also mentions briefly that the New Kids on the Block will be touring in June. Here is the article:

NKOTB’s Jordan Knight helps bring Novara to East Milton

New Kids on the Block crooner Jordan Knight bets ambitious Italian eatery Novara has the right stuff to make East Milton Square a destination dining hot spot.

“I feel like this restaurant is going to put (East Milton) over the top and become a scene,” said Knight, a partner in the project. He gave the Herald an exclusive interview Monday night while noshing with his mom, wife, sisters and pals during a private preview dinner.

Novara opens to the public tomorrow, a large and dramatic new venture from restaurateur Vance Welch and the team behind Abby Park, just two doors down on Adams Street. Abby Park was the first full-­service restaurant in decades in sleepy, once-dry Milton when it opened in 2009.

Knight grew up in neighboring Dorchester with his famous 1980s boy-band brethren. He moved to Milton in 1997, has become an Abby Park regular and invested in Novara only at the last minute. And, no, he did not consult with fellow New Kid-turned-­restaurateur Donnie Wahlberg (Alma Nove, Wahlburgers) before making the leap.

“My involvement is real­ly organic,” said Knight. “I never wanted to be in the restaurant business. But I knew the owners. I knew they operated a great business and I knew that chef (Tony DeRienzo) made great and tasty food that’s always consistent. I knew he learned to cook from his Italian grandmother at an early age. That’s the best education possible and that was good enough for me.”

Novara is named for DeRienzo’s ancestral hometown in the Piedmont region of northern Italy. His menu features modern interpretations of pan-­regional Italian comfort food classics with local New England accents. DeRienzo, a Brockton native, studied at Johnson & Wales before working for such Boston chefs as Tony Ambrose and Lydia Shire.

Kick off dinner with Tuscan white bean soup, Sicilian tuno crudo or ground chicken saltimbocca sandwich. Mangia housemade pasta, highlighted by “Nonna’s” spaghetti and meatballs — a savory pork, veal and beef recipe straight from DeRienzo’s mother Raffaela.

Entrees include whole bronzini with lemon zest tomato cream; beef tenderloin with leek gorgonzola mashed potatoes; and classic cioppino, an Italian-American seafood stew in light tomato and saffron broth. Novara also serves thin-crust Neapolitan-style pizzas.

Novara’s other star attraction is a cavernous dining room in the re-purposed former Milton Cinema, designed by Steve Todisco (best known for his work with Davio’s).

The gleaming space with bright white tiles boasts a large 50-seat Carrara marble island bar, 23-foot-high ceilings with exposed wood, steel and utilities, and a massive, 16-foot TV above the open kitchen that replicates an old movie thea­ter screen. The brick-lined patio will open when warm weather returns, offering the neighborhood’s only al fresco dining.

Knight hits the road with his old NKOTB bandmates in June “just to keep our legs oiled,” he joked.

In meantime, expect to find him dining in East Milton.

“The area is ready for this kind of scene,” Knight said. “It’s great for Milton and that’s exciting to me, because this is my town.”

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Danny Wood solo tour

Danny will be doing a solo tour! Looks like tickets go on sale on Friday. He hasn't released the complete list yet, but here are a few leaked dates:

February 17, 2016 - World Cafe Live, Philadelphia, PA
February 18, 2016 - Jammin Java, Vienna, VA
February 19, 2016 - Mercury Lounge, New York, NY
February 20, 2016 - Red Room at Cafe 939, Boston, Massachusetts

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Donnie and Jenny on New Year's Rockin Eve

Donnie and Jenny were on New Year's Rockin Eve. Here are some highlights:

Update: Video has been deleted, does anyone have it saved?