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December 8, 2011 | Times staff and wire reports
Dobie Gray, a smooth balladeer and soul singer who scored his biggest hit in the early 1970s with "Drift Away," has died. He was 71. Gray, who had cancer, died Tuesday at his Nashville home, said Charlie Andrews, his attorney. Before he adopted the name of Dobie Gray — a nod to sitcom character Dobie Gillis — the singer recorded under other names before breaking through with 1965's "The 'In' Crowd," which became a top 20 hit. He also had success that year with "See You at the Go-Go.
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April 9, 2013 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
In maybe one of the best bargains arena concertgoers will catch all year, Kid Rock has announced that tickets -- including VIP -- for his summer shows will come at the very low cost of $20. Dubbed the $20 Best Night Ever tour (in support of last year's album, “Rebel Soul”), the trek launches June 28 in Bristow, Va., and wraps up Sept. 15 in Tampa. Kid Rick is slated to bring the show to Irvine's Verizon Wireless Amphitheater on July 26. Kool & the Gang, ZZ Top and Uncle Kracker have been tapped for select dates.
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TRAVEL
February 20, 2011
MAMMOTH, CALIF. Woolly's Winter Carnival When, where: Feb. 25-27, Canyon Lodge Highlights: Plenty of snow-themed activities for children such as carnival games, sledding, shredding, snowmobile rides, snowcat demos, scavenger hunts, face-painting, roving entertainers and the chance to meet ski-patrol dogs. Cost: The children's activities are free; free lift ticket for ages 7 to 12 with the purchase of an adult ticket. Info: (800) 626-6684, http://www.
NEWS
November 26, 2012 | By Jay Jones
Visitors to Las Vegas in December had better pack their jeans, cowboy hats and boots or prepare to look out of place. The Wrangler National Finals Rodeo , one of Sin City's biggest annual events, will lure tens of thousands of cowboys and their fans to the Thomas & Mack Center from Dec. 6-15 for the granddaddy of professional rodeo competitions. Cowboy mania spreads throughout the town. Expect to find cocktail waitresses in western garb and country music bands in various lounges.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 6, 2001 | LINA LECARO, Lina Lecaro is a regular contributor to Calendar
"I'm standing in a pretty big shadow," Uncle Kracker acknowledges, talking about his sudden success. "I knew that the comparisons would happen and I don't think there will ever be a point when I will escape it, but I don't care." Kracker, a.k.a. Matthew Shafer, is referring to the shadow of Kid Rock, whose colorful persona and aggressive sound have made him one of the most identifiable figures in modern pop.
NEWS
November 26, 2012 | By Jay Jones
Visitors to Las Vegas in December had better pack their jeans, cowboy hats and boots or prepare to look out of place. The Wrangler National Finals Rodeo , one of Sin City's biggest annual events, will lure tens of thousands of cowboys and their fans to the Thomas & Mack Center from Dec. 6-15 for the granddaddy of professional rodeo competitions. Cowboy mania spreads throughout the town. Expect to find cocktail waitresses in western garb and country music bands in various lounges.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 25, 2004 | Steve Hochman, Special to The Times
Uncle KRACKER knows that even on his third solo album it will be tough to creep out of the rap-metal shadow of Kid Rock, his former boss and close friend. Oddly, he's trying to do so by following Kid's footsteps into country music. Rock's "Picture" duet with Sheryl Crow was a huge country and pop hit two years ago.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 9, 2013 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
In maybe one of the best bargains arena concertgoers will catch all year, Kid Rock has announced that tickets -- including VIP -- for his summer shows will come at the very low cost of $20. Dubbed the $20 Best Night Ever tour (in support of last year's album, “Rebel Soul”), the trek launches June 28 in Bristow, Va., and wraps up Sept. 15 in Tampa. Kid Rick is slated to bring the show to Irvine's Verizon Wireless Amphitheater on July 26. Kool & the Gang, ZZ Top and Uncle Kracker have been tapped for select dates.
NEWS
June 16, 2005
Not since Lyle Lovett married Julia Roberts in 1993 has there been a Nashville-Hollywood hookup as big as the recent wedding of actress Renee Zellweger and Kenny Chesney. So at least some of the fans at Staples Center will be watching for movie-star turnout and looking for chinks in Chesney's down-home image. The country singer shares the bill at Staples Center with Gretchen Wilson, Uncle Kracker and Pat Green. Kenny Chesney, Gretchen Wilson, Uncle Kracker, Pat Green, Staples Center, 1111 S.
BUSINESS
April 19, 2001
Total album and single sales of CDs and cassettes for the week ended April 15, compared with week-ago and year-ago levels, in millions of units: Atop the Charts Weekly and year-to-date record company market share as of April 15, based on current albums sold. This is an indicator of music-company performance. Figures do not include catalog sales. MARKET SHARE *--* Latest Year Distributor week to date Top-selling album Artist Universal 27.5% 28.2% Until the End of Time Tupac Shakur Sony 23.5 18.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 8, 2011 | Times staff and wire reports
Dobie Gray, a smooth balladeer and soul singer who scored his biggest hit in the early 1970s with "Drift Away," has died. He was 71. Gray, who had cancer, died Tuesday at his Nashville home, said Charlie Andrews, his attorney. Before he adopted the name of Dobie Gray — a nod to sitcom character Dobie Gillis — the singer recorded under other names before breaking through with 1965's "The 'In' Crowd," which became a top 20 hit. He also had success that year with "See You at the Go-Go.
TRAVEL
February 20, 2011
MAMMOTH, CALIF. Woolly's Winter Carnival When, where: Feb. 25-27, Canyon Lodge Highlights: Plenty of snow-themed activities for children such as carnival games, sledding, shredding, snowmobile rides, snowcat demos, scavenger hunts, face-painting, roving entertainers and the chance to meet ski-patrol dogs. Cost: The children's activities are free; free lift ticket for ages 7 to 12 with the purchase of an adult ticket. Info: (800) 626-6684, http://www.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 25, 2004 | Steve Hochman, Special to The Times
Uncle KRACKER knows that even on his third solo album it will be tough to creep out of the rap-metal shadow of Kid Rock, his former boss and close friend. Oddly, he's trying to do so by following Kid's footsteps into country music. Rock's "Picture" duet with Sheryl Crow was a huge country and pop hit two years ago.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 6, 2001 | LINA LECARO, Lina Lecaro is a regular contributor to Calendar
"I'm standing in a pretty big shadow," Uncle Kracker acknowledges, talking about his sudden success. "I knew that the comparisons would happen and I don't think there will ever be a point when I will escape it, but I don't care." Kracker, a.k.a. Matthew Shafer, is referring to the shadow of Kid Rock, whose colorful persona and aggressive sound have made him one of the most identifiable figures in modern pop.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 11, 2000
* D:Fuse, "Psychotrance 2001," Moonshine. The Texas DJ mixes the seventh installment in Moonshine's trance music series. * Modest Mouse, "The Moon & Antarctica," Epic. Northwest indie-rock heroes make the major-label move. * NOFX, "Pump Up the Valuum," Epitaph. The eighth album of punk with laughs from the SoCal mainstays. * P.J. Olsson, "Words for Living," C2. The oft-delayed debut of a buzz-bearing singer-songwriter. * Sons of the Desert, "Change," MCA Nashville.
BUSINESS
January 4, 2002 | Jeff Leeds
Warner Music Group has promoted Ron Shapiro and Craig Kallman to co-presidents of its Atlantic Records division, sources said. Shapiro started at Atlantic less than a decade ago as a publicist and is credited with helping transform unknown folk singer Jewel into an international star. Kallman founded famed dance-music label Big Beat in the 1980s and sold it to Atlantic a decade ago. The two executives will report to Atlantic Co-Chairmen Val Azzoli and Ahmet Ertegun.
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