Entries tagged with: Apollo Theater
photos by Luis Ruiz
"Well, Janelle Monae at the Apollo was one of the best concerts I've ever seen." - Isaac Butler
"Janelle Monáe tore it up Apollo Theater - What a fantastic Concert! She is definitely the #1 #ElectricLady" - Tracy Iglesias
"Words can't express everything that truly happened in Harlem @ The Apollo Theatre last night. Thank you from the heart." - Janelle Monae
While many of us were caught up in the craziness that is CMJ this past week, there were some other big NYC shows going on too, like Janelle Monae's tour stop at legendary Harlem theatre The Apollo on Friday (10/18). The forward-thinking funk/R&B singer is out supporting her new album, The Electric Lady, the worthy followup to her imaginative debut, The ArchAndroid. Pictures from the Apollo show, including opener Roman Gianarthur, are in this post.
This weekend (10/26), Janelle will be the musical guest on Saturday Night Live with host Edward Norton. The week after that (11/2), Eminem will appear with Scandal star Kerry Washington. Eminem recently released a new song, "Rap God," from his upcoming MMLP2, and also announced he'd be touring Australia with Kendrick Lamar (who tours North America with Kanye West).
More pics from Janelle's Apollo performance below...
PHJB @ Voodoo 2010 (more by Alysse Gafkjen)
The legendary Preservation Hall Jazz Band are on the road, hitting the Bing Concert Hall in Stamford, CT on 9/29 before returning to the Voodoo Festival in their hometown of New Orleans on 11/1, and then coming back to NYC to headline the legendary Apollo Theater on 11/16 (tickets to the Harlem show are still available). All tour dates are listed below.
Back in March, the Jazz Band played a couple of NYC shows in Williamsburg at Brooklyn Bowl. The March 6th show was captured on video and we have a premiere of the footage of them playing the title track off their first album of original compositions in FIFTY YEARS. Check out the live version of "That's It!" and the song's official fan-made video with the dates, below...
photos by P Squared, words by Wyatt Marshall
I hope someone's figured out time travel at this point, because I need to hightail it back to the mid-nineties and high five ten-year-old me--space-time continuum be damned. Seeing Metallica would have been cool as hell then, but seeing them in a venue like the 1,500 cap Apollo would have had me more amped than clearing out a pantry-full of Squeezits.
Metallica played the Apollo Theater Saturday night (9/21) for a Sirius XM sponsored show, a celebration of the new limited-run Sirius XM (9/13-10/6) Mandatory Metallica channel and part of the continuing drumroll for the forthcoming action/concert IMAX 3D movie Metallica Through the Never. That film and Metallica's trajectory over the past twenty years leaves many fans of classic Metallica shaking their heads, and for good reason. But one thing that was made abundantly clear at the Apollo was that Metallica still delivers one hell of a performance, and they know to lean on the early portion of their discography.
The crowd at the Apollo was mostly older, and there were a number of dads with their teenaged or younger sons. Those kids were lucky--they're unlikely to have the chance to see Metallica in a venue smaller than a stadium again. People were aware of that, and some Craigslisters were offering up to $600 for a ticket. Given that the tickets were given away to Sirius XM subscribers, it was a hell of a return for whoever decided to let theirs go.
Metallica opened the show, which aired live on Mandatory Metallica, the same way they opened Kill 'em All. "Hit the Lights" gave way to a classic back-to-back of "Master of Puppets" and "Ride the Lightning," and it was then, with Kirk Hammett masterfully soloing while Hetfield riffed-out and Lars pummeled the kit like, well, Lars, that it sunk in that Metallica was playing the same venue where James Brown and Etta James used to bring the house down--which, to be honest, is kind of weird. Hetfield even joked about it early on, after "Ride the Lightning," when he said, "I can't believe they're letting us play this place." Jokes aside, Metallica seemed genuinely proud to play the Apollo. Hetfield was beaming throughout, and the band looked like they were soaking it all in.
Metallica, if you haven't seen them live, sound great on stage. The songs from the band's early years are bigger and richer than the tinny production on the original albums--there's a whole lot of charm in those relatively lo-fi recordings, but the classics take on a different nature live. Though inevitably someone has gripes with some of the choices on the setlist at the Apollo it was, on the whole, pretty damn good. Sure, I may have gone for a beer when "The Day That Never Comes" off of Death Magnetic came on (and ran into a friend from another music website seizing the same opportunity), but hey, it gave me the opportunity to get a beer without missing something I really wanted to see.
The show was long--over two hours--and throughout the entire performance, Metallica didn't skip a beat. That's what almost 35 years of touring will get you. Inevitably, at the end of the set we got "Nothing Else Matters" and "Enter Sandman." The nearly half-hour encore, though, was back to basics--"Creeping Death," "Battery" and "Seek and Destroy." Full, fast and pummeling, Metallica sounded awesome in Harlem.
The next day (9/22), Metallica played "Enter Sandman," Yankees pitcher Mariano Rivera's entrance music, at Sunday's Yankees game to honor Rivera's retirement (not the first time they played Yankee Stadium). Video of that below.
Continuing their media blitz, Metallica played "One" and "Enter Sandman" on The Howard Stern Show on Sirius XM this morning (9/23). Howard was in attendance at the Apollo, and caused a minor sensation when he had to walk through a beer line to get to his seat.
More Apollo pictures, along with video and setlist from the show, the Yankee Stadium video, and a clip of "Master of Puppets" from Metallica's "Through the Never" movie, below...
Janelle Monae was doing the forward-thinking R&B thing a couple years before it blew up, and now her new album The Electric Lady is set to drop in the midst of all the rage. (September 10 via Wondaland Arts Society/Bad Boy Records, to be specific). It includes tracks with Erykah Badu, Miguel, Prince, Solange, Big Boi, Cee-Lo Green, and Esperanza Spalding.
Janelle recently announced an extensive tour in support of the album which previously didn't include a NYC date, but now one's been added: October 18 at The Apollo. Tickets for her show at the legendary venue go on Live Nation/Ticketmaster/Apollo A-List presales today (8/29) at 10 AM (password for Live Nation presale is "summer," for Ticketmaster presale is "electriclady," and for Apollo A-List presale is "apollo") and the general on-sale begins Thursday, September 5 at noon.
All dates are listed, along with streams of two tracks from her new album and the tracklist, below...
Like Paul McCartney before them, Metallica is playing the Apollo! More details on the 9/21 SiriusXM show and the film they're realeasing around the same time, below....
Preservation Hall Jazz Band at GoogaMooga 2012 (more by Chris La Putt)
Surrounding the release of their new album, That's It (stream it), My Morning Jacket collaborators Preservation Hall Jazz Band will be doing a week-long residency with "surprise special guests" at McKittrick Hotel, home of Sleep No More. The residency kicks off tonight (7/7), and continues every night through Saturday (7/13). Tickets, which include a copy of the new album, for each night are available.
The band were also initially supposed to play the legendary Apollo Theatre (7/11) this week too, but that show has been rescheduled for November 16. Tickets for that show are available, and all tickets purchased for 7/11 will be honored.
They're also going to be on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon this week, performing as the musical guest on July 8. And, members of the band will appear with house band The Roots on the July 9 episode, for which Mudhoney will be the musical guest.
All PHJB dates are listed below...
As mentioned, The Muffs are coming to NYC for a show on July 26 at The Bell House (tickets). Since we last wrote, they also announced that they'll play another NYC-area date a day earlier (7/25) at Maxwell's. Tickets for the Maxwell's show are on sale now.
photos by Dominick Mastrangelo
Phoenix @ The Apollo, 5/13/2013
While Phoenix prepare for a much bigger tour that will include a stop at Brooklyn's Barclays Center in October (tickets), the French band wrapped up their post-Coachella tour of smaller North American venues at Harlem's historic Apollo Theatre last night (5/13). The band played a slightly longer set than their Sirius-sponsored show at Music Hall of Williamsburg last month, adding "Too Young" from their first album and "Fences" from Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix to the mix. And like at MHOW, frontman Thomas Mars got into the crowd to sing as well.
Opening was Blood Orange, an increasingly rare sight from Dev Hynes who is spending more and more time in the producer's chair these days. Photos from the Apollo are in this post.
In other news, Phoenix's next single from Bankrupt! is "Trying to Be Cool" and the band have released the individual "stems" from the track so that anyone can have a go at remixing it. You can download them here and check out a Silver Swans remix below.
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
How to destroy angels_ at The Apollo - 4/29/13
Trent Reznor's band How to destroy angels_ brought their tour with DIIV in NYC last night (4/29) at The Apollo after hitting Coachella, Chicago, Montclair, NJ, and other cities. Like on their other dates, the band was complemented by elaborate on-stage visuals, and you can see pictures of the spectacle in this post.
How to destroy angels_ wrap up their tour tonight (4/30) at The Fillmore in Silver Springs, MD. It won't be too long until they return to the stage though, because How to destroy angels_, along with Trent's other band Nine Inch Nails, were both just announced for Asheville's Mountain Oasis Festival. More pictures and the setlist from the Apollo below...
As mentioned, Trent Reznor's project, How to destroy angels_ will be going on a tour this April around the time they play Coachella. The tour comes to the NYC-area for shows on April 28 at Wellmont Theatre in Montclair, NJ and April 29 at Apollo Theatre in Harlem, and ticket info for the shows has been posted. Tickets for both the Apollo show and the Wellmont show go on sale Friday (3/1) at 10 AM. Presales begin Wednesday (2/27) at the band's tour page. More info on the presales is still forthcoming, but that tour page will be updated with new info as it comes and you may want to keep tabs on their Facebook as well..
The new How to destroy angels_ album, Welcome oblivion_, will be out on March 5. The band have also added a pre-Coachella show to their tour schedule, and updated dates are listed below.
In related news, Trent Reznor's other band, Nine Inch Nails plan to tour in 2013 and 2014 with a lineup that includes Eric Avery (Jane's Addition), Adrien Belew (King Crimson, Talking Heads, David Bowie, etc), Josh Eustis (Telefon Tel Aviv), and Reznor's NIN bandmates Alessandro Cortini and Ilan Rubin. No dates for that tour are announced yet, but Lollapalooza might be one of them.
Updated Htda dates are listed below...
Charles Bradley at Firefly 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
As mentioned, soul singer Charles Bradley will release his new album, Victim of Love, on April 2 via Daptone Records, and is set to support it with a tour that hits NYC on May 16 at the Apollo Theater. When we first mentioned that show back in January, there was no ticket info, and now there finally is: Tickets go on Ticketmaster/Fan Club presale today (2/21) at 10 AM (password: "CBRAD") and general sale begins Saturday (2/23) at noon. We're also giving away a pair of tickets to the Apollo Theater show, and details on how you can enter to win are below.
Charles' tour has been expanded a bit since we last spoke, and it now also includes a trip to Austin for SXSW, where he will play the first ever DapTone Records Super Soul Revue SXSW showcase on March 14 at ACL Live at the Moody Theater with Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, The Budos Band, Menahan Street Band, The Sugarman 3, and The Como Mamas.
The flyer for the SXSW show, an updated list of dates, contest details, and a stream of "Strictly Reserved For You" from Charles' new album, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Passion Pit at Governors Ball in June (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Some good news and some bad news. The bad first: Passion Pit recently expanded their tour to include a NYC show scheduled to happen on July 23 at Apollo Theater (which sold out immediately) three days after they were scheduled to play Firefly Music Fest in Delaware. Unfortunately, both of those dates, and many others have been cancelled. Frontman Michael Angelakos posted this message to the band's website:
Hello all,Everything in July is affected, but the August and September dates, which include Lollapalooza, Osheaga, and Made in America in Philly, are still on. No word yet on ticket refunds for the Apollo show but check ticketmaster for updates. Bummer, but feel better soon Michael.
On behalf of the band and myself, I would like to greatly apologize for the show cancelations. In order for me to ensure that there will be no further disruptions, I am going to take the time to work on improving my mental health. For now, I'd like to thank all of our fans for their understanding. I hope to see all of you very soon in a much different light.
The tour page on our website currently reflects all upcoming tour dates.
On the bright side, the band are streaming their sophomore LP, Gossamer, on NPR. If you've had any doubts about this album, whether it be a distaste for their mainstream attention (and thus, tween fanbase) a feeling of "people still listen to Passion Pit?" or "who cares? Passion Pit sucks! (but I secretly have 50+ plays for Manners on my iTunes)," then let it be known that Passion Pit have more than succeeded in following up their debut and Gossamer is definitely worth a listen. Check it out for yourself.
Updated dates are listed below...
by Andrew Sacher
Passion Pit at Governors Ball in June (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Modest Mouse aren't the only band who recently played Governors Ball, will play Firefly Music Fest in Delaware, and just announced a NYC area gig around that fest. Passion Pit have followed suit, and will play Apollo Theater on July 23, after Firefly Fest wraps up. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (7/13) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (7/11) at noon.
Passion Pit's sophomore LP, Gossamer, is due out on July 24 via Columbia. They've already revealed two great and very different tracks from the album -- "Take a Walk" and "I'll Be Alright" -- and now they've got a third cut out, "Constant Conversations," which as just as solid and just as different. In case you haven't been keeping up, "Take a Walk" has got big vocals and Beach Boys-y drums, "I'll Be Alright" is a spastic, glitchy pop song with pitch-shifted vocal clips that aren't too different from Purity Ring (whose new album comes out the same day as Passion Pit's), and now on "Constant Conversations," the band are crossing into chilled out R&B territory with clap snares and a toned down, smooth vocal delivery from Michael Angelakos. In an interview with Pitchfork, Michael himself compared the song to James Blake, saying, "he does this really soft, serious stuff; I make a mockery out of it, because I make a mockery out of myself."
Stream that song below, along with a list of updated dates.
Yasiin Bey (formerly Mos Def) is playing the Apollo Theater on June 14 as part of the month-long Blue Note Jazz Festival (which originally announced the Mos Def show as happening on June 29). Tickets are on sale.
Today, 5/21, would have been Biggie Smalls' 40th birthday. In tribute to Biggie and Malcolm X, Yasiin Bey released a new song called "Bey", part of his continuing "Top 40 Underdog series". Hypetrack points out that the song is Bey rapping over the instrumental of Lil Tunechi's single "John (If I Die Tonight)". Listen to that, along with some just-uncovered footage of Christopher Wallace performing with Jay-Z, below...
The Jacksons (Jackie, Jermaine, Marlon and Tito Jackson) are touring together this summer for the first time since 1984, when they toured their Victory LP. According to a press release, they'll be playing all the band's classics, and Jackie Jackson is quoted saying, "I know at each concert, MJ's spirit will be in the house with us."
The tour takes place in June and July and hits NYC on June 28 at The Apollo before the band plays two NJ shows in Atlantic City (7/29) and Englewood (7/30). Tickets for the Apollo show are on Live Nation presale now and go on sale to the general public on Saturday (tomorrow, 4/14) at 10 AM.
All dates and some videos of the Jackson 5 below...
by Andrew Frisicano
Bruce Sprinsteen @ the Apollo (Springsteen.net)
For those who were lucky enough to get tickets (a mix of celebrities, press and SiriusXM staff and subscribers), the show was a chance to see the E Street band play a two-plus-hour set in a venue a fraction the size of its upcoming stadium shows. Their show on Friday, March 9th included a couple of firsts for Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band. The gig a private show hosted by SiriusXM Radio and streamed on their E Street Radio channel (which BrooklynVegan Blog Radio host Nick Masi also hosts a show on), was their first at the Apollo Theatre. It was also the first full show with new sax player Jake Clemons, Clarence's nephew. The presence of the recently-departed Clarence and that of the stage's past stars were felt throughout the night. Those touches added some weight to the event, which otherwise focused on prepping the band for their tour behind the new, somewhat uneven Wrecking Ball.
The show started with a nod to James Brown's Live at the Apollo, with a version of its opening fanfare delivered by Springsteen (who called himself "the hardest working white man in show business"). Before the end of the night the band further paid tribute to the Apollo's legends by playing the Smokey Robinson-penned Temptations song "The Way You Do the Things You Do," Wilson Pickett single "634-5789" and Sam and Dave's "Hold On, I'm Comin.'" For the latter, the last song of the night, Bruce kneeled down while Steven Van Zandt draped a black towel over his shoulder and began to lead him off stage a la Brown's legendary cape routine. Bruce rushed back to the center to sing a few more rousing bars.
During "The Way You Do the Things You Do," which began as an a cappella number that brought the group's numerous backup singers to the front of the stage, Bruce flubbed a cue, which he joked about, clearly embarrassed, remarking "Aw I fucked it up." That segued into "634-5789," during which the boss ventured into the theater's boxes and balcony (video below).
Bruce Sprinsteen @ the Apollo (ChuckGarfien)
Being a warmup show for the Wrecking Ball tour, and promotional show for the album, the set was naturally heavy on songs from that record. Some, like the title track "We Take Care of Our Own," and the Irish-inflected "Death to My Hometown," sounded quite good, with a shimmery Stax-like horn sound. Others--"Jack of All Trades," "Shackled and Drawn"--were patiently weathered by the crowd. But the vintage Bruce morsels were worth the wait: Darkness on the Edge of Town highlights "Badlands" and "Promised Land" and Born to Run classics "Thunder Road" and "Tenth Avenue Freeze Out" (sadly, the fever pitch highs of some of those songs were also accompanied by crippling feedback).
Personally, the highlight for me was "Mansion on the Hill," a quiet song off Nebraska, which Bruce fingerpicked, harmonizing with wife Patti Scialfa (Soozie Tyrell added some violin color, too).
Bruce stopped several times to shout out Clarence, beckoning the crowd to cheer the missing member during a roll call. Again at the end, he called for cheers after stopping "Tenth Avenue Freeze Out" after the line "When the change was made uptown/And the Big Man joined the band."
He also joked about his recent Fallon performance, remarking "This is our first non-televised gig. Wiggle wiggle wiggle."
The band has another tour warm-up show in Austin next week at SXSW, where Bruce will give the keynote speech which you'll be able to stream online. They're back in the NYC area for shows at the Izod Center and MSG starting on April 3rd (and another at Newark's Prudential Center on May 2nd).
Videos from the show, including Bruce venturing into the theater's balcony, and the set list are below...
Bruce Sprinsgteen & the E Street Band play a private SiriusXM show at the Apollo tonight (3/9). If you're not one of the lucky that got, or won, a ticket from the satellite radio provider, you can always listen on E-Street Radio (if you are a subscriber).
Lionel Richie (!) will be honored at the same Harlem venue on June 4th as part of the Apollo Spring Gala 2012. As you can imagine, tickets are not cheap. They go on sale to the general public Sunday morning.
Lionel Richie is also playing SXSW this month. So is Bruce (and both at ACL Live's Moody Theater where Radiohead just taped an episode of the Austin City Limits TV show). Jay-Z plays there during SXSW too.
The Roots on the Intrepid (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
The Roots and "special surprise guests" will celebrate the holdays at their 5th Annual Okayplayer Holiday Jam, which goes down at Brooklyn Bowl on Thursday (12/15), followed by the usual Questlove DJ stint shortly thereafter. The show is private, but you (and a guest) can win a special invite by signing up for the Okayplayer newsletter. Further details are at the Okayplayer site.
The Roots will also celebrate legendary delta blues musician Robert Johnson's 100th birthday at the Apollo on March 6th, joining a lineup that includes Shemika Copeland, Bettye LaVette, Taj Mahal, Keb Mo, Sam Moore, Todd Rundgren and more TBA. Tickets are on sale, and the show will double as a benefit for the construction of the Blues Hall of Fame by the Blues Foundation in Memphis.
The Roots recently celebrated the release of their new LP Undun and inddirectly called Michelle Bachmann a "Lyin' Ass Bitch" (and will no longer have carte blanche on the songs they play as a result).
Video of Questlove and Black Thought from Power 105 this morning discussing the Michelle Bachmann incident, as well as the concept behind Undun is below...
Stevie Wonder will be inducted into the Apollo Legends Hall of Fame at this year's Apollo Theater annual Spring Gala. The Gala Benefit Concert and Awards Ceremony brings together the best and brightest in business and entertainment to raise funds in support of the non-profit theater's remarkable legacy and its initiatives for emerging artists and community and educational programs in New York City and beyond. Stevie Wonder joins past inductees into the Apollo Legends Hall of Fame including Michael Jackson, Aretha Franklin, Quincy Jones, Patti Labelle, Smokey Robinson, James Brown, Gladys Knight and the Pips, Little Richard, and Ella Fitzgerald.Tickets for the June 13th event are on presale now (password = ALIST). General sale starts March 31st (it's a very long presale).
This star-studded concert and award show will feature music performances by some of the industry's hottest entertainers. Special guests who have appeared in the past include Jamie Foxx, Chris Tucker, Mariah Carey, Prince and many others. Sometimes the audience won't know who will show up until they walk out onto the famous Apollo stage!
Oh and speaking of Prince, he plays NYC again THIS MONDAY (with Cee-Lo).
photos by Ryan Barkan
"His band is the same it's been for most of the last decade, with the guitarists Rusty Anderson and Brian Ray, the keyboardist Paul Wickens, and the drummer Abe Laboriel Jr.; in a way their canned grimaces and corny gestures seem perfect, because they illustrate how much of the audience might dream of playing if given the chance to get on stage with Mr. McCartney, showing off but hitting all the marks. It's a machine that doesn't change arrangements from year to year, mostly replicating the original versions, down to the string parts on "Eleanor Rigby" as recreated by Mr. Wickens' synthesizer. It's also a loud, clear, efficacious, and sometimes bashing band, aiming to the back rows." [NY Times]Paul McCartney played the legendary Apollo last night, 12/13, to a house filled with Sirius XM subscribers and celebrties. If you are a satellite radio subscriber but didn't have a ticket, maybe you listened at home. Some pictures from the show and the full setlist below...
"On December 13 at 8:00 pm ET, history will be made. For the first time in his legendary career, Paul McCartney will perform at Harlem's world famous Apollo Theater, at an exclusive live concert event for SiriusXM listeners. This very special, invitation-only concert will celebrate SiriusXM reaching 20 million subscribers, a milestone the company expects to achieve shortly. As a thank you to its loyal subscribers, SiriusXM will broadcast the concert LIVE nationwide, as well as offer a few lucky subscribers the opportunity to attend this historic event in person." [SiriusXM]Meanwhile, as you probably heard. "The Beatles dominated the iTunes chart on their first day of digital sales, with Hey Jude proving the most popular download." A press release they sent out about that on Tuesday can be read below...
Prince on stage @ the Apollo, October 14, 2010 (Stephen Hill)
Today, Prince headed to Harlem to the iconic Apollo Theater to announce he would be serving as Master of Ceremonies for a new concert series called 'Welcome To America,' which will be kicking off this December.I don't know if "concert series" means he'll play one venue multiple times, or if this is just a regular tour with openers. Details are sparse, but I'm excited either way. Stay tuned for more as it's announced.
Though he was mum on details like dates and tour stops, the 52 year-old singer/songwriter told the crowd that 'Welcome to America' will showcase some of his favorite artists including Maceo Parker, Janelle Monae, Mint Condition, Esperanza Spalding, Cassandra Wilson, Lalah Hathaway and Sheila E.
The Minnesota native also confirmed that he and the New Power Generation would also perform nightly alongside featured acts.
"If you've been to one of my shows, then you know what time it is," the usually media shy artist joked. "You need to come early and come often because every time we play it's always something new. I got a lot of hits. Bring friends, bring children, and bring foot spray because it's gonna be funky."
"I didn't want to talk too much but how many have seen 'Waiting for Superman,' " he asked before bringing out Harlem Children's Zone head Geoffrey Canada who also spoke briefly about how grateful he is Prince chose Harlem as the venue to announce the series.
Prince will play a special guitar for the duration of the concert series and then auction off the guitar for the benefit of Harlem Children's Zone. [Prince.org]
Paul Weller at the theater previously known as Nokia (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)
Though tickets are still available for his November 7th show at Best Buy Theater (formerly Nokia), Paul Weller has added a November 6th NYC show at Apollo Theater. Tickets for the new gig are currently on "AEG", "Venue" and "Fan Club" presale(s) (password = NOTEARS) and go on general sale Friday at noon (9/24). The NYC shows are two of three US dates scheduled for the ex-Style Council/The Jam member.
Speaking of The Jam, the band's 1980 album Sound Affects will be re-released on 11/1 in celebration of its 30th anniversary. The two-disc edition will feature 22 bonus tracks, as well as as demos, covers, b-sides and alternative versions. Tracklisting is below.
Paul Weller's Wake Up The Nation didn't win the Mercury Prize (that honor went to The xx), but Paul has another chance to win something. Q Magazine recently released its nominees for their annual "Q Awards" and Paul Weller was nominated for the "Best Male Artist". The list of nominees (and all Paul Weller tour dates) are below... some interesting choices...
The Apollo Theater's Spring benefit is taking place at The Apollo on June 14th. "The benefit includes special appearances by ANGELA BASSETT, DANNY GLOVER and CHRIS TUCKER and performances by SHARON JONES, ESTELLE, LESLIE UGGAMS, DONNIE MCCLURKIN, MARSHA AMBROSIUS of Floetry and Amateur Night winner CLARK KING. Music Director for the evening is RAY CHEW." Tickets range from $100 to $250 to way more.
N.E.R.D. are playing a free show at Brooklyn Bowl on June 16th. RSVP is Necessary.
Lee Scratch Perry returns to Highline Ballroom on August 17th. Tickets are on sale.
ZZ Top are playing the Beacon Theatre on September 12th. Tickets are currently on Internet Presale (password = HETOP). General sale starts Saturday at 10am.
photos by Ryan Barkan
"This past Saturday night it was a trip to the Apollo Theater on 125th Street in Harlem. The act was Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings. After three albums and 10 years they are an overnight sensation. For the obvious reasons seeing this show at the Apollo was completely appropriate.Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings played two shows at the Apollo last weekend. The review above is from Saturday (5/1). If you missed them and still need to knock Sharon off your bucket list, your next NYC chance is in Prospect Park this summer. More pictures from the Friday Apollo show (4/30), video from Fallon (4/28), and Letterman (5/5) (already posted Colbert), below...
Let me just say that if you have not caught this act put it on your bucket list. Sharon Jones is a combination of the great funk-soul singers of years gone by. Names like Mavis Staples, James Brown, Aretha Franklin and Tina Turner come to mind.
Sharon and the 18 piece band put on a fabulous show. Everyone in that band are top level A team players. Sharon and the Kings do a soulful version of Woody Guthrie's "This Land is Your Land' which had the entire audience up and dancing - rocking the Apollo...."
[Harry Sandler Productions]