Entries tagged with: John Legend
Kanye West at The Box last night
Kanye West popped into the 200 capacity club The Box on the LES last night for a 1:30 AM surprise set:
An e-mail went out to a select group late Thursday evening, alerting recipients that West and John Legend would be holding a function. If not quite a black-tie affair, the invite asked guests to be suited and booted. No exceptions. Also noted in the message was a phone number to call to learn the address of the venue, which was Manhattan's Chrystie Street club, the Box. The stage set-up was pretty simple: a baby grand piano at which Legend sat, two microphones (one just for Auto-Tune), an 808 beat machine and a keyboard. -[MTV]The fully-suited Mr. West crooned through favorites like "Homecoming", "Flashing Lights", "Heard 'Em Say", "Love Lockdown", "Power," "Good Life", and "Can't Tell Me Nothing" and even ventured into new territory like "Moma's Boyfriend", an unheard Billy-Joel's-"Moving Out"-sampling track viewable in the video below. Besides John Legend, who contributed with his hit "Ordinary People", Estelle was in the house (and joined him for a rendition of "American Boy") as well as A-Trak, Consequence, and his "latest signing to G.O.O.D. Music" Pusha T (of Clipse).
Some video from the show (which was also an afterparty for Rihanna's MSG show), is below...
The full schedules for this year's Asser Levy/Seaside concerts and MLK Wingate Field shows are posted below. The Seaside series in Coney Island will go on despite the debate over the bandshell's renovations. There's still one TBA on the Seaside schedule (which we have some hints about).
Full schedules for both are below...
Tickets are on sale now for a show John Legend and The Roots are playing at Brooklyn Bowl on June 17th (6 days from now). They'll be performing songs from their upcoming album Wake Up!.
John Legend was one of the performers at the World Cup kickoff concert.
A whole bunch of other tickets went on sale today too.
The Roots Picnic 2009 (more by Tim Griffin)
The Roots will be hosting two night of "The Jam" back at Highline Ballroom on June 15th (tickets) and June 21st (tickets). If the shows are anything like their residency shows at the venue last year, there will be special guests.
The band's ninth studio album, How I Got Over, comes out June 22nd (one day after the 2nd NYC show) on Def Jam. Guests on the record include Joanna Newsom and Jim James/Monsters of Folk. The latter's contribution is actually a reworked version of a MoF song, dubbed "Dear God 2.0." You can check it out, along with the video for the album's title track, "How I Got Over," below. Questlove also recently tweeted a video of Dirty Projectors members (friends of the Roots) in the studio with the band. That's below too.
The Highline shows are in addition to the other shows the group has lined up for the summer (with more coming most likely). They're hosting their second annual Roots Picnic in Philly on June 5th. They have a free Celebrate Brooklyn show on July 11th with Talib Kweli and others.
Meanwhile, Questlove has extended his Thursday night DJ residency at Brooklyn Bowl through July. Tickets are on sale for all dates. He's also going to be DJing the free and BV co-presented Fela! On Broadway Original Cast Recording Release Party on Monday, June 7th, along with performances by Fela! co-leads Sahr Ngaujah and Kevin Mambo and members of the cast (more on that later). Questlove will be at the rescheduled Erykah Badu/Janelle Monae show at Roseland on June 5th.
More album info (include the "not final" tracklist) and streaming tracks are below...
Live Earth and Dow have partnered to create the largest solutions based global initiative in history aimed at solving the water crisis. The efforts are to increase awareness of the global water crisis and it solutions, inspire and engage individuals to join the cause, and raise funds to support the project efforts. All event locations including Prospect Park in Brooklyn, NY will be implementing Live Earth Green Event guidelines.NYC's event will take place in Prospect Park. John Legend and The Roots will perform after the 6K run/walk. The price is $40 and you can register now. More information in a video below...
On April 18, 2010, more than 100 countries will be participating in a series of 6km races will take place over the course of 24 hours in support of the global water crisis. Through a cross-platform global fundraising effort all donations raised by the Dow Live Earth Run for Water will be used to fund sustainable and scalable water programs. Through a cross-platform global fundraising effort, all donations raised by the Dow Live Earth Run for Water will be disseminated to fund sustainable and scalable water programs. A growing global network of NGO partners including Global Water Challenge, A Child's Right, Akvo, Fondo Para La Paz, Indonesia Water Partnership, Lien Ad, Pump Aid, Wildlands Conservation Trust and many others who will successfully implement water and conservation projects around the world. For the comprehensive list of Live Earth's NGO partners around the world, please visit http://liveearth.org/runforwater/partners.
Bruce Springsteen & Tom Morello @ MSG (BMoreSweet)
U2 closed the second night of the MSG Rock & Roll Hall of Fame shows on October 30th. At the first (10/29), it was Bruce Springsteen & Billy Joel (before one big group sing on Jackie Wilson's "Higher and Higher")...
After "Badlands" much of the drained audience began leaving and then rushed back to their seats when Billy Joel sat down at the piano and launched into "You May Be Right," "Only The Good Die Young" and "New York State Of Mind." (The pair were uniting the kindred spirits of New Jersey and Long Island, Springsteen explained.) "Higher and Higher" wrapped up the night. The official set list had the show ending at 11:36:55 (yes, they thought they had it down to the exact second), but the final notes rang out at 1:31 a.m. Six straight hours of music, and that was just the first of two nights. [Rolling Stone]Bruce was actually there both nights (one of many possibly "filling in" for Eric Clapton, who canceled last minute on the second). Those in attendence on the 30th got to see U2, Bruce Springsteen and Patti Smith sing together on "Because the Night." (And U2 + Mick Jagger (another unannounced guest) + Fergie + Will.i.am sing "Gimme Shelter"...). Ray Davies, Lou Reed, and Ozzy Osbourne all performed with Metallica. Many played with Stevie Wonder. Full setlists below.
HBO will be airing four hours of highlights on Thanksgiving weekend.
(November 29th at 8PM ET).
Bruce's current tour wraps up November 22nd in Buffalo. He was at Giants Stadium earlier this fall, playing the last concerts ever there. U2 also played the venue for two nights in September, and will be back in Jersey in 2010 as part of their just-announced tour.
Set lists for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame shows are below...
MSTRKRFT @ the 2009 Rothbury Festival (more by Graeme Flegenheimer - NSFW)
Last weekend I finally made it out dancing on a day other than Sunday for a change. Saturday night I headed to the Tribeca Grand's basement where Fixed was making its welcome return. I caught the last two songs of Free Energy's set. It was my first time seeing the band, and as much as two songs aren't much to go by, they at least made me want to hear more. Following Free Energy, Dave P deejayed a bit, playing Fixed's typically awesome mix of very current dance tracks from a variety of genres, while the stage was set up for Lemonade.
I have nothing against Lemonade, but have never really gotten into their music so I sat tight during their set, patiently waiting for Riton to begin his. He finally went on somewhere around 2/2:30 and to the degree I really wasn't too familiar with his music to begin with (save for a remix here & there), his selections were very unexpected. It's all a bit of a blur now...lots of current stuff, with a lot of really random tracks thrown in (ie Abba's "Voulez Vous") that worked beautifully and had everyone who had stuck around getting down. The early ending (3:30) left things a little bittersweet (I wanted that last half hour!), but overall it was a great night.
While there is no Fixed party happening this week, there are lots of other great events sure to have you dancing through your weekend. Here's what's going on, starting with Thursday (7/30):
!!! is playing ACL 2009 (more by Chris Graham)
"The 2009 Austin City Limits Music Festival will showcase a diverse blend of acts both fresh and familiar at the eighth edition of the event in Zilker Park October 2-4. Pearl Jam, Dave Matthews Band, and Beastie Boys are performing for the first time at the Festival, with Kings of Leon, Ben Harper and Relentless7, and Thievery Corporation returning to Zilker Park once again. John Legend, The Dead Weather, and The Levon Helm Band will also make their ACL Festival debut, while Austin's own Ghostland Observatory will no doubt deliver another memorable set for festival goers.The entire 2009 lineup is below...
With over 130 artists on this year's bill, the list of acts awes at each note with the likes of Sonic Youth, Mos Def, Toadies, Flogging Molly, The B-52s, Lily Allen, Citizen Cope, Arctic Monkeys, The Decemberists, Coheed and Cambria, Andrew Bird, Girl Talk, and many more.
In the tradition of the TV show from which it was born, the Festival has always aimed to offer musical discovery for the fans. The 2009 lineup is rich with pop, country, folk, bluegrass, blues, reggae, indie rock, hip-hop, and gospel, to name a few, spanning cultures and countries from New Orleans to Venezuela to France."
Video of her David Letterman performance below.....
Cat Power and John Legend share a bill in Chicago....
The tour kicks off in Chicago and will continue throughout the month of April with stops in New York, Miami, Dallas and Los Angeles.yes, Cat Power and John Legend are on the same bill in Chicago.
Singers/songwriters Cat Power, Colbie Caillat and John Legend will perform at the historic Vic Theatre in Chicago on April 3, the first stop in the five-city tour. Rappers Busta Rhymes and Missy Elliott will headline the next stop at Webster Hall in the heart of the East Village, New York, on April 9. The tour continues on to Miami with Latin artists Kat Deluna, Ozomatli and Pitbull performing at the recently remodeled Fillmore Miami Beach at the historic Jackie Gleason Theatre in the heart of the city's renowned Art Deco district. Rap-rocker Kid Rock takes the stage at the Granada Theatre in Dallas on April 23. The tour concludes in Los Angeles on April 30 with dance-pop vocalist Seal and rapper Sean Kingston at the Avalon in Hollywood.
Al Green and ?uestlove
British R&B newcomer Estelle crashed onto the U.K. chart at No. 1 yesterday (March 23) with her single featuring Kanye West, "American Boy" (Homeschool/Atlantic). It's the 28-year-old's first domestic top 10 hit. Meanwhile, Duffy's "Rockferry" (A&M/Universal) started a third week as Britain's best-selling album. [Billboard]Estelle is playing Highline Ballroom in NYC on April 28th. Tickets are on sale. Estelle's last NYC show was at Joe's Pub (and John Legend showed up). The #1 song in question can be heard in the video below.....
photos by Ryan Muir
DOWNLOAD: Estelle - American Boy (w/ Kanye West) (MP3)
Estelle Swaray (born 18 January 1980), most widely known as Estelle and formerly Est'elle, is a female English hip-hop artist, singer and producer.Tickets are on sale for a February 21st show at Joe's Pub......
The first artist signed by US soul sensation John Legend, to his new Homeschool Records label, Estelle's new album features collaborations with Wyclef Jean, will.i.am, Swizz Beats, Mark Ronson and Kanye West, as well as a beautiful duet with John Legend. 'Shine' is a joint venture with Homeschool and Atlantic Records.She's also playing House of Blues in LA on February 8th. Knaye is touring soon w/ w/ Rihanna. Estelle video below...