November 29, 2012
KIIS' Jingle Ball is an annual winter pop explosion that this year features Taylor Swift, Kesha, Justin Bieber and your usual suspects of top 40 singles fare (along with a smattering of electronic dance music stars like Zedd, Afrojack and YouTube denizen Psy). Proof positive that pop radio is maybe the most omnivorous space in music right now. Nokia Theatre, 777 Chick Hearn Court, L.A. 6 p.m. Sat and Mon. $85.25-$185.25. nokiatheatre.com.
November 24, 2011
FAMILY A beloved kids TV show leaps from the tube to the stage with Yo Gabba Gabba Live. DJ Lance Rock and his colorful monster pals Brobee, Foofa, Muno, Plex and Toodee will dance, sing and entertain with help from hip-hop artists Biz Markie and Leslie Hall. Nokia Theatre, 777 Chick Hearn Court, L.A. 2:30 and 6 p.m. Fri.; 11 a.m., 2:30 and 6 p.m. Sat. $35-$140. (213) 763-6020. http://www.nokiatheatrelalive.com
November 22, 2012
POP MUSIC Lascivious R&B singer Trey Songz debuted at No. 1 on the U.S. pop charts this year with "Chapter V," his first No 1 album. Its pleasures are obvious – Songz has a likable falsetto and just enough balance between smooth and swaggering to make his radio-ready hits feel seductive and immediate. Nokia Theatre, 77 Chick Hearn Ct., L.A. 7:30 p.m. Sun. $50-$100. Nokiatheatre.com.
November 25, 2013 |
A toast to Imagine Dragons for snagging the award for alternative artist at the American Music Awards. The band's rendition of "Demons" at the annual show, best described as a combo dubstep-rock-Blue Man Group tribute, was truly alternative -- part Nickelback, part Vegas spectacle. The entertainment and the song suggested a brand of rebellion akin to ordering a McRib at McDonald's instead of a Big Mac. Their gig during Sunday night's broadcast of the worst music award ceremony of the year -- no small feat -- offered ample evidence.
December 22, 2013 |
The raison d'être of Stevie Wonder's annual holiday concert is the collection of toys for needy children in the Southland, something he's done enthusiastically for 18 years now, each edition featuring a different lineup of friends, musical colleagues and family members. Saturday's installment of Wonder's House Full of Toys at the Nokia Theatre, however, may have given the biggest gift of all to the audience of about 7,000: the first-ever performance of his landmark 1976 double album “Songs in the Key of Life” in its entirety.
June 16, 2011 |
Melissa McCarthy and Joshua Jackson have been tapped to announce Emmy nominations on July 14 in the auditorium of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in North Hollywood. The lists of contenders will be unveiled at 5:40 a.m. PT/8:40 a.m. ET. McCarthy stars as Molly in the CBS sitcom "Mike & Molly" and was recently seen in the feature film "Bridesmaids. " Jackson appears in the Fox drama "Fringe. " The 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards ceremony hosted by Jane Lynch will be held at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles on Sept.
June 9, 2011
MUSIC Some of us love the lusty, batty R. Kelly whose come-ons could make Prince blush. But his latest album, "Love Letter," isn't that record. Instead, it's steeped in vintage Stax and Motown. "When a Woman Loves" gracefully nods to Otis Redding's "I've Got Dreams to Remember" while giving Kells a smoky, tempered backdrop to tap decades of undeserving-man ballads. Wait for the pleading a cappella bridge, which goes on three times as long as it needs to — and it scorches. Nokia Theatre, 777 Chick Hearn Court, L.A. 7 p.m. Sat.-Sun.
August 23, 2013 |
Suffering from terminal cancer, Army Sgt. Anthony Zavala dreamed of meeting Kobe Bryant. Last week, nonprofit organization Hounds and Heroes made it happen. Visiting with Bryant and his wife, Vanessa, at Nokia Theatre prior to " Kobe Up Close Hosted by Jimmy Kimmel ," Zavala was overcome. "After being diagnosed, I've been so depressed knowing I'm going to die," Zavala said. "This is the best day of my life. " Zavala also had the opportunity to meet Robert Sacre, Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak, executive vice president Jeanie Buss and former NFL star Terrell Owens.
April 4, 2013 |
Juanes will perform two songs on a special "Latin Night" edition of ABC's "Dancing With the Stars. " The multiple Grammy- and Latin Grammy-winning Colombian rockero , who has just released his memoir, "Chasing the Sun," simultaneously in English and Spanish, will perform a Spanish-language song set on the TV program on April 29. Juanes also will be starting his Loud and Unplugged tour this spring, including a May 25 engagement at L.A.'s Nokia...