Entries tagged with: Prince
Last night on SNL. Official (high quality) video below...
"Melvoin and Peterson have put the Family back together but with a new moniker, fDeluxe. That's because of one other thing they have in common -- strained relationships with Prince, who founded the Family in 1985 and still owns the rights to the name. Melvoin was his fiancée and co-writer for a few years but eventually broke off their engagement. Peterson was a Prince protégé, plucked right from high school as a replacement in the Time for the filming of "Purple Rain" and groomed for the Family but he left for a solo career that included two national releases that didn't exactly take off.fDeluxe plays two shows at Joe's Pub in NYC on October 29th.
So when it came time to ask permission to resurrect the Family, Peterson had a long visit at Paisley Park. "It was a good conversation," he said, referring to it as more man-to-man than mentor-to-pupil. But Prince said "no" --the same message he delivered to Melvoin when she reached out to him.
The new fDeluxe album, "Gaslight" -- which also features original Family members Eric Leeds (who has worked with Prince, Estaire Godinez, Sheila E and others) on saxophone and Jellybean Johnson (who still tours with Morris Day & the Time) on drums and guitar -- is both a continuation of the Family and a journey in new directions. In other words, it's got plenty of sanctified funk, dreamy pop, soulful duets and jazzy saxophone.
"I would say we paid 20 percent [attention] to the history of the Family record and the other 80 percent was really Paul and myself putting ourselves into a fully realized band," Melvoin said.
For the concerts (including gigs in Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York), fDeluxe will feature material from both "Gaslight" and "The Family," including the R&B hit "Screams of Passion" and "Nothing Compares 2 U," which Prince wrote for Melvoin, long before he gave it to Sinéad O'Connor." [Star Tribune]
Doveman (more by Vincent Cornelli)
Rufus Wainwright has been added as a confirmed guest at the next Doveman 'Burgundy Stain Session' at Le Poisson Rouge. Tickets are still on sale.
Martha played the last one.
Jazz guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli surprised and wowed guests when his son John joined him on stage. The two were a joy to watch as they showed family love as well as an abundance of craft. Surprise guest, Norm Lewis, in from London's "Les Miz," and in town for rehearsals to an up-dated "Porgy and Bess," sang "I'd Rather Be Sailing," "Make Them Hear You" and "Bring Him Home." Jeffry Denman and Noah Racey showed why they are two of the best dancers on Broadway. The one and only Liz Callaway made "Hey You in the Back Row" come alive with her musical director Alex Rybeck, then forgetting the lyrics to "Another Hundred People" (not really), broke into the best parody of Sondheim I have ever heard. She ended her set with a song from the act she and her sister Ann Hampton Callaway are performing at Birdland this week. Tovah closed the show making 90 years of politically informative, musically innovative and electrifying cultural history begin its 91st year with a bang."Esperanza Spalding Chamber Music Society plays Town Hall on May 21st. Tickets are still on sale for the show featuring this past Grammys' Best New Artist winner. Meanwhile Esperanza can be found opening for Prince at his May 6th & 7th shows in California. A video of Esperanza, who opened one of the recent NYC-area Prince shows too, performing earlier this month in France, below...
The cover art of Derobert & The Half Truths' 2010 LP
Nashville 60's throwbacks De Robert & The Half-Truths will play their first funkin' NYC show ever at the Dig Deeper event at Southpaw on April 30th with Magic in Threes. Tickets are on sale. Though the band did not exist in the soul/funk heyday, it definitely mirrors the styles of that era much like popular retro-leaning acts like Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings and Lee Fields & The Expressions. Check out a few samples of the band below.
Speaking of Lee Fields, he has some shows coming up too.
In other funky news, funk-jazz vibraphone great Roy Ayers will team with producer/DJ/MC Pete Rock for a show at Highline Ballroom on June 22nd. Tickets are on sale. The show takes place less than two weeks before Ayers celebrates his 70th birthday at the Mainstage at Central Park on July 2nd. The FREE show features a "collective of jazz virtuosos, top MCs, singers, arrangers, and composers called The Jazz Mafia" who have "re-envisioned Ayers' classic works for this special show" which is one of many free Summerstage events that were recently announced.
BT Express will do it til you're satisfied, or at least until the endo of their set at Betsey Head Park on June 9th. They'll be joined by Felix Hernandez Rhythm Revue and the FREE show kicks off at 7PM. The Felix Hernandez Rhythm Revue will also support Harold Melvin's Blue Notes on July 29th in Queensbridge Park (also FREE, 7PM).
Jazz/funk/afrobeat trumpeter Hugh Masekela will play the Mainstage at Central Park on June 26th, teaming with Freshlyground and Somi for a FREE show. Doors open at 2PM with the show kicking off at 3.
George Clinton & The P-Funk All-Stars will hit BB King's on May 31st. Tickets are still available. Meanwhile, his former Parliament/Funkadelic bandmate Bootsy Collins will hit the same venue on June 26th as part of the month long Blue Note Jazz Festival. Tickets are still available. Collins released his new LP Tha Funk Capital Of The World on Tuesday (4/25) and will also appear at Bonnaroo 2011.
BB King's will also host dual-show evenings with Chaka Khan (June 18th, tickets), Morris Day & The Time (July 29th, tickets), and Roberta Flack (June 24th, tickets). Flack will also make a pair of private appearances in NYC in the coming months. She'll play a show as part of the Tribeca Film Festival on May 1st and the Apollo on May 19th as part of a fundraiser with Lou Reed and many others.
In semi-related news, Morris Day's former bandmate Prince is currently in the midst of a 21-night show stint at The Forum in Los Angeles with "roughly 85 percent" of the shows being only $25 with service fees. One of Prince's influences will also play NYC this summer. Larry Graham appears at BB King's on June 3rd with Funky Nights. Tickets are still available. Last time Larry played there, Prince showed up. Last time Prince played NYC, Larry opened up.
Tour dates and videos below...
"Prince calls for Kim Kardashian to dance.....
kicks her offstage for lack of know how." - Questlove
TOMEEBOY'S HIGHLIGHTS:After cancelling his Super Bowl-related Dallas charity show over the weekend, and then not showing up to a scheduled press conference at 5pm on Monday, Prince played the final show of his NJ & NYC "Welcome 2 America" tour at Madison Square Garden Monday night (2/7). Cee-Lo Green opened the show. Prince's setlist and video of the Kim Kardashian part is below...
CEELO playing full version of "When U Were Mine"
DEDICATING NOTHING COMPARES 2u TO Bobby Z Prince said
" A lot of people helped me along the way, Bobby was one of them Recover soon Bobby"
Medley portion...Prince was very into the crowd. Unlike last time...Prince teases us with the songs but actually responded to the crowds reaction and played the ones that got the big reaction...He:
Sang one full verse of Sign of the Times
One full verse of Alphabet Street
Two full verses of I would Die 4U
Two Full verses of Pop Life
First verse of When Doves Cry
Started Forever in My Life...but stopped (didnt get strong reaction)
Played "Single Ladies by Beyonce for two minutes while some guy picked from the crowd made a fool of himself dancing...Prince got a kick out of him.
MOUNTAINS...full version with Shake Your Body Down too the Ground
Most importantly he said the following:" DONT WORRY NEW YORK, WE'LL BE BACK SOON...I LOVE IT HERE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
today in NYC
* Whiplash @ UCB
* Chicha Libre @ Barbes
* Eszter Balint @ Barbes
* Swingadelic @ Maxwell's
* Metal Tongues @ Zebulon
* Cowboy Junkies @ City Winery
* Hot Tub with Kurt @ Littlefield
* Prince, Cee Lo Green @ Madison Square Garden
* Tony Scherr Trio, Milly Beau @ The Living Room
* Lost in the Trees, Harper Blynn @ Mercury Lounge
* Descender, Pristina, Vilipend, Brutal Nun @ Lit Lounge
* Jim Campilongo Electric Trio, Tony Mason @ The Living Room
* Friendly Fires, The Hundred in the Hands, FaltyDL @ Bowery Ballroom
* The Kickdrums, Trouble Andrew, The Kid Daytona, Curt@ins @ Brooklyn Bowl
Prince is also holding a press conference at MSG this afternoon before the show...
Prince continues his mission to pay forward the knowledge and pave the way for the next generation to attain its greatness. On Monday the music icon will bestow special gifts upon the Harlem Children's Zone (HCZ), The Uptown Dance Academy, and the American Ballet Theatre during a 4:45 pm press conference featuring HCZ's President and CEO Geoffrey Canada and students of the community-based educational organization. Representatives from the Uptown Dance Academy and the American Ballet Theatre (ABT) will also be on hand. Monday's concert, which will be opened by the dynamic musical artist Cee Lo Green, marks the close of the first leg of Prince's phenomenally successful "Welcome 2 America" tour, one of the highest grossing recent tours in the country.--
At the press conference, 30 students of the Harlem Children's Zone--chosen for their musical aspirations--will get to stand on the stage of the world's most famous arena. After the press opportunity, the youngsters will get to meet Prince and the New Power Generation band and to interact with make-up, wardrobe and technical professionals for the show backstage.
Prince is donating the solid gold Fender® Custom Stratocaster® guitar crafted by Senior Master Builder Yuriy Shishkov, which he has used during the "Welcome 2 America" tour, to raise money for the Harlem Children's Zone (www.hcz.org). The instrument will be auctioned off by Charity Buzz, known for its online auctions supporting nonprofits. Details about the auction and what is to be Prince's ongoing support of the HCZ, Uptown Dance Academy and ABT--whose ballerina Misty Copeland performed with Prince during the tour--will be released during the press conference. As Prince brings the tour to new cities across the nation, he plans to make similar donations to other exemplary educational and cultural institutions.
Cee-Lo @ Sundance 2011
Cee-Lo Green, who made a surprise appearance at 'Bing Bar' at Sundance on 1/23, will open for Prince at Madison Square Garden on February 7th. That's six days before he performs on the Grammys along with Eminem, Lady Gaga, Arcade Fire, Justin Bieber, Miranda Lambert, Katy Perry, Muse, B.o.B, Usher, Bruno Mars, Jaden Smith and Janelle Monae who also recently opened for Prince.
In March Cee-Lo heads to Europe for some shows after a rumored appearance at SXSW.
Check out the trailer for "Bodies", Cee-Lo's new "motion picture by Mikael Colombu Films," starring Kerry Washington, Karl Lagerfeld, and Janelle Monae, below...
"i can't win... Prince apparently at Darby. i'm in BK at Bk Bowl. maceo parker consolation prize? and i turned down Darby... #EPICFAIL" - chinisha
"Can someone explain why #Prince and Maceo Parker were serenading Leighton Meester onstage at MSG tonight? #SoWrongForSoManyReasons" -Miguel Gonzalez
Prince, Maceo & Leighton Meester @ MSG - Jan 18, 2011 (photo by NPG 2011)
Did Prince pull the ultimate con? Maceo (who played with Prince again at Madison Square Garden last night) and Questlove (who was at the Prince show at MSG again last night, tweeting pictures of his co-worker Jimmy Fallon dancing on stage with Prince) were both on the bill of a late-night show at Brooklyn Bowl last night. The Brooklyn Bowl show was set to run later than Prince's MSG show and rumors spread that Prince would play the Brooklyn Bowl show too (the bill even said "very special guests"). Prince is known for playing late-night shows after his main shows. The rumor not only made sense, it worked. Brooklyn Bowl was packed with Prince fans still waiting after 1am for the purple one to appear on stage.
Apparently it even said "Maybe Prince?" on Maceo's setlist. Maybe Maceo didn't even know if he would show up, or maybe he was in on it. Either way, by 1:15am word started to spread that Prince couldn't be playing at Brooklyn Bowl because he had arrived at the (groupie-free?) real afterparty at the Darby on 14th St in Manhattan. Those who ended up seeing Brooklyn Bowl headliner and jam band Lettuce and Dr. John instead of Prince can at least take solace in the fact that Prince didn't actually perform at Darby, though MSG opener Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings did (and of course Questlove was there to see that too).
Sharon Jones on stage w/ Prince @ MSG - Jan 18, 2011 (by Questlove)
You have another chance to see Prince at MSG in February. A picture of the 1/18 MSG setlist, another pic of Prince, Maceo & Leighton, a rough list of what he actually played, and some videos, below...
Prince & ?uestlove @ MSG
Back when we last posted those Evan Dando & Juliana Hatfield dates that Lady Lamb the Beekeeper is opening, there wasn't a Brooklyn date but at some point a Friday, January 21st show at the Bell House popped up and tickets are still available.
I bet Prince would go to Mavis Staples if his own show with Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings wasn't happening at MSG at the same time. BTW, tickets are still on sale for Prince's February 7th show at MSG if you can't make it tonight.
Maybe Prince will stop by the show at Brooklyn Bowl tonight though, at least that's what the rumor is though nobody I've asked that might know seems to know one way or the other. Lettuce, Prince collaborator Maceo Parker, Dr. John, Prince collaborator Questlove, The London Souls and "Very Special Guests" are on the bill. If Prince is your only reason for braving the weather though, go at your own "very special guest" risk.
Sharon Jones & Lee Fields at Prospect Park (more by David Andrako)
It's only been a few days since Lee Fields funked up Bowery Ballroom and already lots more Daptone updates to report on!
In addition to their previously discussed date with the purple one at MSG on 1/18, Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings have a proper set of East Coast dates scheduled a few weeks later - none in NYC, but there's the 1/29 show at Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank, NJ, and a CT show on 2/12. Charles Bradley also plays that show, and others this month with Sharon Jones. He also has his own previously discussed appearance scheduled for 1/25 at Southpaw (tickets are still on sale).
The full lineup of Charles's Southpaw show also includes the Menahan Street Band, "The Electric Sound Of Johnny Arrow" featuring Cochemea Gastelum, DJ Honeydripper, DJ Dave Griffith. Members of the Menahan Street Band also play in The Del Reys who play with Eli Paperboy Reed at Brooklyn Bowl TONIGHT (1/12). Spiritkid is also on the Finger on the Pulse-presented "Soul Bowl" show. Tickets are still on sale.
Charles Bradley recently posted a video for "The World (Is Going Up In Flames)", check out a behind the scenes video for that clip below and look for a longer version to appear on his Facebook later this week.
The Budos Band (who also share members with Menahan Street Band and The Del Reys) have various US tour dates scheduled through June. The band plays NYC again on March 11th at The Bell House. Tickets are on sale.
All tour dates and some video is below...
Sharon Jones @ Prospect Park (more by David Andrako)
Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings will open for Prince at MSG on 1/18! I don't know who will open for Prince at MSG on on 2/7 yet, but Erykah Badu will open for him at a fundraiser in Dallas on 2/4 (two days before the Superbowl in the same town).
The Black Eyed Peas are playing the Superbowl Halftime show this year. Prince played it in 2007.
Prince @ MSG on 12/29 (more by Jake Rocks Off)
Prince has added another NYC show! It happens on February 7th at MSG and tickets go on sale Saturday, January 15th at 10am. Meanwhile, tickets appear to be sold out for the January 18th show at the same venue.
It's been a weird, spread out NYC/NJ-area "concert series" for Prince whose other shows happened twice at the Izod Center in NJ, and twice at MSG (night 1, night 2), all during the last two weeks of December. There was also one NJ cancellation that coincided with the addition of the 1/18 show, and now this. Prince most recently made a surprise NYC appearance at Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi's New Year's Eve party.
Prince & Janelle Monae @ Madison Square Garden - 12/29/10 (pic by Jake Rocks Off)
Like he did on 12/18, Prince played Madison Square Garden on 12/29, but this time with help from Mint Condition, Janelle Monae and special guest Cyndi Lauper (though not Sheila E again despite an announcement by MSG that she would be there). Full setlist, a video and a few more pictures below...
My only complaint about the December 18th Prince show at Madison Square Garden was how short it felt. It was under two hours. I would have gladly taken three. I thought for sure we'd get a nice chunk of extra songs in the 2nd encore, but instead we only got a nice chunk of extra celebrities. Not that watching Sherri Sheppard of the View, Whoopi Goldberg (also on the View), opener Sinbad, Spike Lee, Spike Lee's son, Jamie Foxx, Naomi Campbell, Alicia Keys, Professor Cornel West, Tavis Smiley, opener Larry Graham (who also had his bass), Questlove (who also drummed) (and whose afro and tweeting were unmissable from where I was sitting before he left his seat to get on stage), Busta Rhymes, John Leguizamo (who I also saw on the will call line when I walked in), Sheila E (who was already up there performing), Prince's amazing band and backup singers and others dancing around on the love symbol-shaped stage wasn't fun, but I would have gladly traded it for a few more songs.
And speaking of Larry Graham whose band Graham Central Station opened, he was very worth getting there early for. Graham was the bass player for Sly & the Family Stone, and he paid that band tribute with a five-song medly that Prince himself came out to play on. For an opener, the energy in the half-packed room was huge.
Sheila E's appearance during Prince's set, especially her performance of her hit song The Glamorous Life was another serious highlight, though unlike as advertised, it wasn't the only show on the "tour" she showed up for. She didn't play at the 12/15 Izod Center show, but she did play during the second of three encores (yes, they got three) at the 12/17 Izod show, and it has been announced she will play with Prince again at MSG tonight (12/29). The full lineup for tonight's show is: 7:30 - Mint Condition, 8:15 - Janelle Monae, 9:00 - PRINCE
(w/ Sheila E). UPDATE: She didn't actually play with Prince on 12/29.
If you miss tonight's show, you still have one more chance on 1/18. Tickets are still on sale for that one (no openers have been announced yet though, that I know of). Janelle Monae and Prince were both spotted at Lauryn Hill last night, and will probably collaborate on stage tonight.
A few more mostly-encore pictures from the 12/18 MSG show, and some videos and the setlists from the last 2 shows, below...
setting up the stage @ Izod Center (via)...
"Do you want me?" Prince sang shortly into his concert at the Izod Center, his first of two shows here before he performs on Saturday night at Madison Square Garden. He knew the answer would be an affirmative roar. And his opening song was a boast: "Laydown," from his most recent album, "20Ten" (NPG), announced, "From the heart of Minnesota/Here come the purple Yoda" and matter-of-factly asserted, "Everybody wanna be me." [NY Times]Prince kicked off his "Welcome 2 America" NJ & NYC tour last night at the Izod Center in NJ. The next show is at the same venue on Friday. Last night's 2-hour setlist and a video below...
As previously mentioned, Cassandra Wilson announced she would be playing with Prince on 12/15 only, and it was unclear if Janelle Monae would actually be at more than one show. She won't...
Prince has announced his guests for the first four dates of his highly anticipated "Welcome 2 America" performances. Joining him for his first performance on December 15th at the Izod Center will be jazz bassist and vocalist Esperanza Spalding and R&B artist Lalah Hathaway. Also at Izod, Prince will be joined by Grammy winning jazz performer Cassandra Wilson and funk saxophonist Maceo Parker on December 17th. For the first performance at Madison Square Garden on December 18th, comedian Sinbad and famed bassist Larry Graham and his band Graham Central Station. That night only, Sheila E will join Prince on stage. On December 29th at MSG, fans will be treated to Twin City legends Mint Condition and recent double-Grammy nominee Janelle Monae.Tickets are still available to the two NJ shows and the January MSG show. The list of dates with openers, and some videos, below...
Due to overwhelming demand, Prince recently announced an additional date at Madison Square Garden on January 18th, the guests for this show have yet to be announced.
Janelle Monae @ Terminal 5 (more by Matthew Eisman)
With the dates announced for Prince's Welcome 2 America Tour, one of the touring acts, Janelle Monáe, spoke to MTV News about hitting the road with the legendary musician. To sum it up, she's pretty stoked to tour with someone as iconic as Prince.Though not much is really known about these shows, Prince did promise the following list of openers/collaborators when he first announced: Maceo Parker, Janelle Monae, Mint Condition, Esperanza Spalding, Cassandra Wilson, Lalah Hathaway and Sheila E. Cassandra Wilson released a statement that was slightly more specific than Janelle. She said that she, herself, Cassandra, "will be joining Prince on stage at the Izod Center in East Rutherford, NJ on December 17th." Maybe Janelle will be at all the shows, or only one too? Prince did say the shows would be different each night.
"Well, I'm excited. We're great friends," Monáe told MTV News on Monday at the Glamour Women of the Year event in New York City. "I'm honored that he had chosen me to be a part of the tour."
Monáe may be somewhat of a rookie compared to Prince, but long before stardom came her way, touring with him was on her to-do list.
"It's definitely one of the things that I wanted to do in my career, is tour with him," she shared. "And it just means a lot that he's a mentor to me and he loves the stuff that we're doing and he's going to help out every way he can to make the show phenomenal."
So, will fans see some collaborations between Monáe and Prince? "We may [collaborate], we may," she teased, adding that she doesn't have a favorite Prince song. "And when that happens, I'll be sure to let you guys know." [MTV News]
And in slightly related news, being picked to play with Prince isn't the only thing Lalah Hathaway and Janelle Monàe have in common. They're both also, like Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings, on the For Colored Girls soundtrack.
Janelle and Esperanza Spalding also have at least one prior connection. They, along with Patti Labelle and Alicia Keys, paid tribute to Prince on the 2010 BET Awards. Video of that and the full For Colored Girls soundtrack tracklisting below...
Tom Tom Club have scheduled another show, this time at Irving Plaza on January 12th and tickets are on sale.
Matisyahu just finished playing a bunch of sold out Hanukkah shows at venues much larger than Mercury Lounge where he is billed as part of "An evening with Cloud Runner (Matisyahu & Friends)." It happens January 26th and tickets go on sale at noon.
The Max Weinberg Big Band and" a Special Set By Andy McKee Plus Guests" is happening at Irving Plaza on January 7th. Tickets are now on "Live Nation" and "Music Geeks" Presales. General sale begins Thursday at 10am.
Tickets for the Scott Kelly (Neurosis) / Wino (Saint Vitus) / Man's Gin (Cobalt) show happening at Mecury Lounge go on AmEx presale at noon.
Due to overwhelming demand, Prince announced today that he is adding another Madison Square Garden show to the previously announced New York Area concerts. The two previously announced Madison Square Garden shows taking place on December 18th and December 29th sold out in less than 30 minutes. The new MSG show will take place on January 18th, 2011 with tickets going on sale December 10th at 12pm at Ticketmaster.com and LiveNation.com.Say that 10 times fast. Updated dates below...
Due to scheduling issues the first show at the IZOD Center on December 14th has been canceled. Ticket holders for the December 14th IZOD show will have several ticket options. They will automatically receive an email notification with a new seat location for the December 15th IZOD show which they can keep or receive a full refund at the point of purchase. If they prefer to buy tickets to the newly announced MSG date scheduled for January 18th, they will have access to presale tickets on Wednesday, December 8th from 10:00 am ET to 10 pm ET.
Tickets for the five NYC-area "Welcome 2 America" Prince shows go on pre-sale Friday morning at 10am (password = ALIST or lights or guitar), and general sale Saturday, October 30th at 10AM, online and at Apollo Theater's box office. Prices for individual tickets range from $26.65 to $200.70 for the shows which are taking place at Madison Square Garden and the Izod Center.
The shows are being advertised as "a different experience every night." Special guests will include Maceo Parker, Janelle Monae, Mint Condition, Esperanza Spalding, Cassandra Wilson, Lalah Hathaway and Sheila E, but details on what makes each night different don't seem to be available.
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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]
Larry Graham came to the audience to play the bass in our face!!! :) (StephenGHill)
As commenter knowYERbassGODS helpfully pointed out in Wednesday's WGO post, Larry Graham, someone who you might not know by name but definitely do by sound (slap bass? he invented it), played BB King's last night (6/16). He brought out one friend and collaborator, Prince, to cover another, Sly & the Family Stone (of which Graham is a founding member - he's also uncle to Drake, says Wikipedia).
Two videos of Prince and Larry Graham playing "Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)" at BB King's, and another pic from the show, below...
live photos by Drew Kaiser
Channy Moon Casselle, Justin Vernon & Dessa (Gayngs) @ First Avenue on Friday
Who are Gayngs? A druggy-disco supergroup comprised of the following...
Ryan Olson (Digitata), Zach Coulter (Solid Gold), Adam Hurlburt (Solid Gold), Joe Westerlund, Phil Cook (Megafaun), Brad Cook (Megafaun), Michael Lewis (Happy Apple), Justin Vernon (Bon Iver), Ivan Rosebud (The Rosebuds), Stefon LeRon Alexander (POS), Mike Noyce (Bon Iver), Jake Luck (Leisure Birds), James Buckley (James Bukley Trio, Mystery Palace), Nick Ryan (Leisure Birds), Shön Troth (Solid Gold), Danny Krzykowski, Chaney Moon Cassell (Roma di Luna), Katy Morley, Maggie Wander, Maggie Morrison (Lookbook, Digitata), Joe Mabbott (Passions), Grant Cutler (Lookbook), Xander.Their debut album, Relayted, came out May 11th on Jagjaguwar. Two songs from it are posted above. Start with the blissed out funk of "Faded High" or just stream the whole thing at 89.3 The Current.
Gayngs played their first ever show on Friday, May 14th at First Avenue in Minneapolis. The show was in Minneapolis, so naturally Prince showed up, and actually almost joined them onstage (there is even photo evidence of the funky one with guitar in hand). Gayngs all wore tuxedos in line with the night's theme, The Last Prom On Earth. The set of pictures in this post are from that show. They continue below with some videos.
The band will play their next live shows this September and October. Those include the just-announced ACL Festival, and a pair of NYC dates. They play Webster Hall on October 3rd and Music Hall of Williamsburg on October 4th. Tickets should be on sale this week. All dates below.
A video of the group at work/play, the video for their cover of Godley & Creme's "Cry," some porny teaser trailers (nothing says sexy like a clarinet), more pictures and some videos from their first gig, all dates, and much more, below...
"A previous article explored why Michael Jackson, musically, is not even in the same league as Prince. Another artist Michael Jackson can never touch is Bruce Springsteen, a far better vocalist, songwriter and singer than Michael Jackson can ever dream to be.Adding to their itinerary that included five Giants Stadium shows (that venue's last), Bruce Sprinsteen and the E Street Band have announced 25 new 2009 shows including two in November at Madison Square Garden in NYC. All dates below...
In the early 1980s, Michael Jackson might have sold more than the Boss. But Bruce Springsteen was the critical favorite. Even before his mainstream breakout album Born in the USA, Bruce was on the top of every critic's list. When Born in the USA was released, he not only overshadowed Michael Jackson, but made other stars seem irrelevant. The Boss had more dedicated fans than any artist of the 1980s." [Memphis Celebrity Examiner]