May 12, 2011
POP MUSIC Ric Ocasek's defining New Wave band the Cars helped set the tone of the '80s with their synth-slicked guitar pop. They haven't done much recording or touring since 1987, but an unexpected new album finds them in overdrive, deploying the same tricks that made them essential listening. Hollywood Palladium, 6215 W. Sunset Blvd., Hollywood. 7 p.m. Thurs. $48.50. http://www.livenation.com.
October 9, 2012 |
With Kid Rock on the road stumping for Paul Ryan and a variety of other musicians having tacitly endorsed President Obama by asking the Romney campaign not to play their music for campaign events , jazz artists have joined in the political season with a fundraising concert planned for Tuesday night. Scheduled to kick off at 7:30 p.m. at Symphony Space on the Upper West Side in New York City, the Jazz for Obama concert features a lineup of jazz heavyweights that includes Joe Lovano, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Gretchen Parlato and Christian McBride, as well as a pair of longtime veterans of the music in guitarist Jim Hall, bassist Ron Carter and drummer Roy Haynes.
August 24, 2012 |
It's not nice to trash-talk Staples Center, and certainly nobody in their right mind would diss the Hollywood Bowl. But if you're a pop star searching for a dramatic performance venue, it would be hard to beat the Castillo de San Cristóbal in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The massive fortress, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is one of the largest built by the Spanish colonizers in the New World, and it commands a majestic oceanside view. So it should supply a remarkable visual backdrop when pianist-singer-songwriter Arthur Hanlon and a formidable lineup of Latin pop stars come together for the "Encanto del Caribe" (Caribbean Fantasy)
February 7, 2013 |
Marilyn Manson has come down with the flu and collapsed onstage during a concert in Canada. According to reports, about an hour into his Wednesday performance in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan's TCU Place, the shock rocker began vomiting several times then passed out during his song "Beautiful People. " Manson, whose concerts are chock full of theatrics, was helped off the stage when the band and stagehands realized that the incident was not part of the performance, Billboard reported . TMZ added that the 44-year-old was not taken to the hospital but rather was taken to his hotel room to rest.
May 15, 2012 |
Now entering its 16th year, the Skirball Cultural Center's Sunset Concert series has been a reliable source for intriguing sounds from around the globe (and a pretty great way to wait out the Thursday evening 405 commute). The series opens July 26 with a concert from Congolese singer Samba Mapangala & Orchestra Virunga, a summer-ready ensemble centered around upbeat vocal harmonies and bright guitar that appeared at last year's WOMAD Festival in Britain. With roots closer to home, the six-piece, L.A. - based band La Santa Cecilia will also perform on Aug. 23, bringing a mix of Brazilian music, Afro-Cuban rhythms and flourishes of jazz and rock.
August 31, 2012 |
Here's a second example of empty chairs throwing off planned conservative convention festivities this week. A planned anti-President Obama concert, " Rock the Red ," had been scheduled as counter-programming to the Democratic National Convention next week. Country artists including Travis Tritt, Charlie Daniels and Lee Brice were booked at the 11,000-seat Bojangles Coliseum for a show organized by Jason Lambert, a North Carolina Republican consultant. Though not an official Republican event, the set was planned as a conservative riposte to the DNC festivities. But the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority , which operates the Coliseum, pulled the plug on the event Thursday. Kimberly Meesters, the director of marketing for the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority, told Talking Points Memo that organizers "didn't meet their financial obligations by the deadline we require," which appears to be shorthand for very low ticket sales. In a post on their Facebook site , organizers for Rock the Red stated " Bojangles claims the change was due to low ticket sales on Ticketmaster.
May 29, 2013 |
Music pairs well with wine, according to the folks at Wente Vineyards , one of the nation's oldest, continuously operated family-owned wineries. That's why the winery, near Livermore, Calif., is kicking off its 27th season of summer concerts . Among this year's headliners: Martina McBride (June 26), Chicago (Aug. 5) and REO Speedwagon (Sept. 12). “The Wente Concerts bring together a mixture of artists from all genres including rock 'n roll, country and the classics,” said Carolyn Wente, the company's chief executive.
August 21, 2010
A man jumped from a roof onto the stage during a Swell Season concert in Saratoga, Calif., on Thursday night, in what was apparently a suicide, according to news reports and witnesses. Glen Hansard had just finished a song and was chatting with the band's guitarist when an unidentified concert-goer jumped from the rooftop of Saratoga Mountain Winery, west of San Jose, leaving behind his friend who had come with him, according to Santa Clara County sheriff's Sgt. Rick Sung.
July 19, 2013 |
This post has been updated. See note below for details. Sunday night's performance by Tucson, Ariz.-based pop-folk vocal quartet I Hear Voices! at McCabe's in Santa Monica is more than just another gig for guitarist, songwriter and singer Bobby Kimmel, the group's nominal leader. Kimmel played a crucial role in getting live music started at the venerated folk club more than 40 years ago. At that time, Kimmel was a member of the Stone Poneys, the L.A. country-rock group that was the springboard to stardom for its lead singer, Linda Ronstadt.
September 25, 2013 |
Justin Timberlake and Jimmy Fallon know just how #ridiculous the hashtag frenzy has become. Timberlake, 32, who's all over the media this week promoting the next installment of his album "The 20/20 Experience: 2 of 2," out Monday, appeared in a pre-recorded segment for "Late Night" on Tuesday just to have a little hashtag conversation about what he and his "History of Rap" collaborator have been up to. The kicker? They utilized the overwrought social media colloquialism in an everyday verbal repartee.