March 8, 2014 |
Veteran New Orleans pianist, songwriter and producer Dr. John will be the honoree at a star-studded tribute concert during the city's 2014 Jazz & Heritage Festival , with friends and admirers paying tribute on May 3. Mavis Staples, Allen Toussaint, Irma Thomas, Lucinda Williams, Gregg Allman and at least a dozen others will take part in the concert, dubbed “The Musical Mojo of Dr. John: A Celebration of Mac and His Music,” to...
January 2, 2013 |
Kenny Chesney, Elton John, Juanes, John Legend and Sting are just a few of the artists who have been tapped to pay tribute to Bruce Springsteen on Feb. 8 in Los Angeles. The MusiCares Person of the Year, staged by the Recording Academy two days before the organization hosts the Grammy Awards, has a reputation for gathering some of the biggest names in pop. It's a high-priced gala full of one-of-a-kind performances, and this year's crop features young...
September 17, 1989 |
Mavis Staples, famous as part of the gospel-cum-secular soul group the Staple Singers, had met and sung with Prince on a number of occasions. But she was wholly unprepared last year when her father, Pops Staples, called and told her that the Purple Batguy's manager was trying to track her down to offer her a solo contract with his Paisley Park Records.
January 15, 1994 |
Now may be a more appropriate time than ever for mainstream music fans to tune in to that annual celebration of gospel, "The Stellar Awards" (at 11 p.m. Sunday on KCAL-TV Channel 9). Not because black gospel has been making inroads commercially, but because R&B as a genre has so been tipping its hat to its roots lately--and, conversely, gospel growing so contemporized--that a lot of this stuff won't sound all that foreign to anyone who skips church to listen to hit radio.
April 22, 2007 |
What you should be talking about: New music from old friends. Even our pop critic Ann Powers couldn't explain why there are so many albums actually worth buying being released this week (though she suspects that it could be because "many releases are timed to big tours and the spring touring season might be kicking people into gear"). Whatever the reason, we're not complaining.
March 2, 1996 |
If either Mariah Carey or Joan Osborne was feeling that she didn't get due Grammy Award recognition, she would have done well to have stopped in at the Hollywood Palladium on Thursday to see some musicians who really haven't gotten their due. But that's just what the Rhythm & Blues Foundation's Pioneer Awards show is designed to rectify--at least in small and belated measure.
June 24, 1994 |
The Scene: The gala pre-opening of B.B. King's Blues Club at Universal Citywalk, which will open in mid-July. Co-sponsor, Northwest Airlines, flew in an impressive lot of musical talent as well as a heap of southern barbecue from King's original club in Memphis. The evening was a benefit, raising at least $20,000 for the T.J. Martell Foundation, which funds research on leukemia, cancer and AIDS.