March 8, 2013 |
Nothing endears Mexican diva Paquita la del Barrio to her fans more than the knowledge that, like them, she has suffered in life. Despite having recorded more than 30 albums that have sold a collective 20 million copies, Paquita manages to convey the attitude of a woman scorned but still bravely smiling through her smeared mascara. When Paquita belts out a ranchera, then turns to male members of her audience and asks, "Are you listening to me, you good-for-nothing?," there's an obvious camp value.
February 21, 2013
Quiet storm standard-bearers 94.7 The Wave presents a Smooth Night Out led by the mirror-glossed sound of saxophonist Boney James. Spencer Day, Norman Brown with Kirk Whalum and others will also be on board for a funk and R&B-infused evening that flirts with jazz in the way that vermouth flirts with a martini. Nokia Theatre at L.A. Live, 777 Chick Hearn Court. Sat., 8 p.m. $45-$89.50. http://www.ticketmaster.com .
February 20, 2013 |
A memorial service for Lakers owner Jerry Buss is scheduled to be televised live Thursday at 3 p.m. PST by Time Warner Cable's SportsNet and Deportes channels. After the memorial at the Nokia Theatre, the networks are to offer further coverage of Buss, including reflections from some who attended the service. Chris McGee is to host the telecast from Time Warner Cable studios, and Lakers play-by-play announcer Bill Macdonald is to report live from the Nokia. Ricardo Celis is to be the host on Deportes, with Adrian Garcia Marquez and Francisco Pinto at the Nokia.
February 18, 2013 |
It's impressive enough for a charismatic guy with a British accent, a pirate's hat and an acoustic guitar to bring a theater full of excited teenage girls to a frenzy of screams worthy of Justin Bieber or the Beatles, as Ed Sheeran did on Sunday night. But at the Nokia Theatre on what the 22-year-old described as his biggest American gig to date (on his birthday, no less), Sheeran achieved a more amazing feat. Using a crowd control method he dubbed “the universal shush,” the supremely talented artist asked this hormonal mass to remain quiet for the softer songs.
February 16, 2013 |
Ed Sheeran had plenty to be proud of Sunday night at the Grammy Awards, where the English singer-songwriter's "The A Team" was nominated for song of the year. Not only that, but Sheeran performed the tune - a sympathetic ballad about a troubled woman who turns to drugs and prostitution - on the telecast as an intergenerational duet with Elton John. Reflecting on the experience the day after the ceremony, however, Sheeran seemed less than satisfied. The problem wasn't that he'd lost the award to "We Are Young" by Fun., but that he'd attended Justin Timberlake's late-night post-Grammy concert at the Hollywood Palladium.
February 5, 2013 |
Planning on tuning into the Grammys on Sunday to see what on earth a collaboration featuring Rihanna , Bruno Mars and Sting will look like? Or perhaps how Justin Timberlake 's return to the stage will shape up? Or maybe even who will walk away with album of the year? Who are we kidding? Of course you will. But, will you join the Grammy party four hours before all that to watch the awards and performances that won't be part of the big show? For those of you attuned to awards in categories such as album notes, jazz and recording packaging, this is the show to watch.