Entries tagged with: Stevie Wonder
photo: Rachael Pazdan at The Hum in October (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Rachael Pazdan, who started her own concert promotion company called Hyponocraft, has been a fixture in the NYC music scene for a while. Her most notable endeavors include starting The Hum music series, which just wrapped up its October installment (check out pictures), and At The Inn (ditto). Both of those series took place at Brooklyn's Manhattan Inn (632 Manhattan Ave), the same venue that Rachael has just been named the new booker of (or "talent buyer" as they say in the biz).
The Hypnocraft-presented shows begin this month, and it looks like she already has some cool stuff coming up. On Sunday (11/8) there's a Stevie Wonder tribute with EMEFE, Kendra Morris and more; a show with Ryan Seaton, Indigo Street + Shahzad Ismaily and more on Nov 16; one with Joan As Police Woman on Nov 18; a Nina Simone tribute on Nov 22 with Nick Hakim, Xenia Rubinos and more; and an Invisible Familiars show on Nov 23 with Superhuman Happiness. Show posters for the November calendar and most of those individual shows can be found below.
Rachael's new position should continue to bring many talented women to Manhattan Inn, which was something 'The Hum' specifically focused on. As she told Brightest Young Things, "I started seeing concerts almost every night of the week and realized there was a huge gender gap in the live music scene. It was the reverse gender gap that existed in dance. As a woman, I think I was curious about that and why it existed. The more I thought about it, the more I wanted to see a night of all women musicians." Mashable put out a mini-doc on The Hum this week. it talks about how it began and the impact it's had. You can watch that below.
photos by Greg Cristman
The legendary Stevie Wonder, aka DJ Tick Tick Boom, brought his Songs in the Key of Life tour to the Prudential Center last night (10/14) for his first of two NYC-area shows on this run. He had about 30 members up on stage, including horns, backing vocalists, percussionists, drummers, keyboard players, guitars, bass, strings and more. Ed Sheeran, who was first given a tour of the NJ Devils locker room and some or their swag, provided guest vocals on three songs (Chris Rock was apparently in the audience, possibly in his own custom Devils jersey). They didn't play Songs in the Key of Life front to back but they did play all or most of it, and unlike other recent shows, there was no encore (though the show did start about a half hour late). Pictures are in this post.
Last week Stevie stopped by The Late Late Show with James Corden where he and James did some "carpool karaoke", talked and sang about veganism, and more. Watch the video of that with more pictures from the Prudential Center below...
Stevie Wonder announced yet another round of his Songs In the Key of Life shows, going down from late September through late November.
This leg includes two more NYC-area shows: October 14 at Prudential Center and November 24 at MSG. Tickets go on sale Friday (8/21) at 10 AM with Citi/VIP presales starting Tuesday (8/18) at noon and Facebook/Live Nation/local presales starting Thursday (8/20) at noon.
BUT FIRST: Stevie will play a free show at Central Park SummerStage TONIGHT (8/17) at 7:30 PM. It's a pop-up show to promote the newly-announced tour and will only include a few songs. He did the same thing in DC this morning and in Philly less than an hour ago. Though tonight's Central Park show is free, you do need tickets which become available at 4:30 PM.
All dates are listed below...
Patti Smith & Lou Reed
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony happens April 18 in Cleveland this year, and performers have now been announced. Beck, Dave Grohl, Tom Morello, John Legend and more are set to perform, and presenters include Stevie Wonder (inducting Bill Withers), Patti Smith (inducting Lou Reed), and Paul McCartney (presenting Ringo Starr with the award for musical excellence). HBO airs the ceremony on May 30.
Other performers include Joe Walsh, Jimmie Vaughan, John Mayer, and Fall Out Boy, plus still more TBA.
photo: Fleetwood Mac at MSG, 1/22/2015 (more by Gretchen Robinette)
Sunday night (2/8) many thousands of people gave up watching the Grammys live to catch the reunited Fleetwood Mac play the Prudential Center. Like at MSG, they played two dozen songs to a packed house. Unlike at MSG, Stevie did not return to the stage after the last song, but Mick Fleetwood did supply the closing remarks again. Prudential Center setlist and videos below.
Stevie Wonder was not in the audience. We know this for sure because he was seen on TV all the way on the other coast, helping out Usher with some harmonica for Songs in the Key of Life classic "If It's Magic." Then Stevie and Jamie Foxx (who offered up a bit of his Oscar-winning Ray Charles impersonation next to Stevie) presented the final award of the night, Record of the Year to Sam Smith who won four total. Stevie will be visiting the Prudential Center soon though, on April 14, two days after the "Songs in the Key of Life" tour hits Brooklyn's Barclays Center (4/12). Tickets are on Citi/VIP package pre-sales now (as of 10am). A Facebook pre-sale starts Wednesday (2/11), and then a Live Nation/Mobile App pre-sale starts Thursday. Who has the password?
On Monday (2/16), CBS airs Stevie Wonder: Songs In The Key Of Life -- An All-Star GRAMMY Salute, a two-hour special with performances by Janelle Monáe, Chris Martin of Coldplay, Willie Nelson, Ed Sheeran, Lady Gaga, Usher, and more. You can watch the commercial, along with Fleetwood Mac Prudential Center videos, below.
Stevie Wonder already announced a handful of tour dates celebrating his classic 1976 double LP, Songs in the Key of Life, including Brooklyn's Barclays Center (4/12), and now he's added a second NYC-area show. The newly-announced date happens April 14 at Prudential Center, two days after the Barclays Center show. Tickets for Prudential Center go on sale at 11 AM on Saturday, February 14 with Citi/VIP package presales starting 10 AM on Tuesday (2/10) and a Facebook presale starting Wednesday (2/11). Barclays Center tickets (same link) are still available.
Updated dates are listed, with a video from his MSG show in November, below...
Stevie Wonder's Songs in the Key of Life tour had its kickoff show in NYC back in November at Madison Square Garden. More tour dates have been added, and the whole thing looks to wrap up back in NYC, this time at Barclays Center on April 12. Tickets for the Barclays show go on sale January 24 at noon with a Citi Cardmember presale on January 20 at 10 AM, a Facebook presale beginning January 21 at 10 AM and a Live Nation presale beginning January 22 at 10 AM.
All dates are listed below...
by Andrew Sacher
Snoop Dogg and Puff Daddy (he's going by that again) have announced a Hot 97-presented one-off NYC show happening February 12 at The Theater at MSG. Tickets for that show go on sale at noon on Saturday (1/10). Snoop's only other shows that we're currently aware of are all festival appearances. Dates are listed below.
Snoop Dogg also announced that he'll be releasing a new album, Bush, entirely produced by Pharrell, this March, as Rap-Up points out. The first single will be called "Peaches N Cream," and the record will also feature appearances by Stevie Wonder and Charlie Wilson. You may remember that Pharrell produced Snoop's unstoppable 2004 single "Drop It Like It's Hot," so this could be something to look forward to.
Revisit the video for that song, with his list of dates, below...
Steve Wonder's 1976 double album Songs in the Key of Life contains some of his best-loved songs -- "Sir Duke," "I Wish," "Isn't She Lovely," "As" -- and he'll be performing the album on tour this fall. The tour kicks off in NYC at Madison Square Garden on November 6. Tickets for the MSG show go on sale September 22 at 10 AM with a Citi Cardmember presale beginning September 16 at 10 AM.
All dates of the "Songs in the Key of Life Performance" tour are listed, along with a Rdio stream of the album, below....
"There was a certain amount of science to it. An entire week of work experience students left the office thinking that cutting-edge music journalism in 2014 mostly involves calculating which bands have been mentioned most in NME in the past two years, then hunting out references to the bands that influenced those acts online and finally adding up the number of times each influence came up. This gave us a rough list which our editorial team - heads swimming with all of the bands that Wolf Alice (or whoever) have raved on about over 4am ciders - then took to the pub, tore into shreds, fought and shouted about and finally reconstructed in the rundown of 100 you see in the mag today. The Beatles didn't make it. Sorry." [NME[NME went ahead and listed who they think the 100 most influential musicians and bands are (their latest cover story). Radiohead topped the list. Read the rest with justifications at NME, or just look at their full list below...
As discussed, Daft Punk are among those scheduled to perform at the 56th Grammy Awards ceremony, and since we last spoke, it's been announced that the robotic duo will be joined by some pretty impressive guests. They'll be with Random Access Memories collaborators Pharrell and Nile Rodgers, in addition to RAM session musicians Chris Caswell, Nathan East, Omar Hakim, and Paul Jackson Jr. And perhaps most interesting of all, their performance will feature Stevie Wonder as well.
Daft Punk are up for four Grammys, and the engineers of Random Access Memories are up for Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical.
Kendrick Lamar and others are set to perform at the ceremony as well. It takes place on January 26 at Staples Center in LA and airs on CBS at 8 PM EST.
A year after names like Neil Young, Foo Fighters, The Black Keys, and others took to Central Park, Global Festival (not to be confused with the Global Fest which hit Webster Hall last year) is back, this time rechristening itself Global Citizen Fest.
The free, ticketed festival will go down on the great lawn at Central Park on September 28, and featurea the incomparable Stevie Wonder along with Kings of Leon, Alicia Keys and John Mayer. The show will be held in coordination with the meeting of the United Nations General Assembly, the goal being to "to give world leaders a clear mandate to end extreme poverty by 2030." Be selfish and selfless in one fell swoop by earning points toward a free ticket by signing up for the movement and taking action against poverty. Details are on the Global Citizen website.
Needs more punk rock. Check it out on Spotify and listed below...
Paul Simon, Stevie Wonder, Sting, Edie Brickell, Tina Fey, Tom Hanks, Steve Martin, James Taylor, and more are playing the Children's Health Fund 25th Anniversary Concert at Radio City Music Hall on October 4. Tickets for that show are very expensive and on sale now.
Prong is playing Rocks Off cruise during CMJ on October 19 with Eminence and For Sleeping or Jumping. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Sam Sparro plays Webster Hall on November 30. Tickets go on sale at noon.
BAIO (aka Chris Baio of Vampire Weekend) is playing Glasslands on October 26 with Germany Germany. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Iggy Azalea and Havana Brown are opening for Rita Ora at Highline Ballroom on October 30. Tickets for that show go on sale today at noon.
Theophilus London is playing Gramercy Theatre on October 20 with Chip Tha Rippa and Phony PPL. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Tickets to the Owen shows at Mercury Lounge and Union Hall go on sale today at noon.
Sam Mickens also plays as a duo with Mike Pride at Death by Audio on October 14 with Aurora and Glockabelle.
As the NY Times says:
During a recent interview with The Guardian, Stevie Wonder was asked if he was surprised over the uproar caused by Mr. Ocean's revelations, since no other mainstream R&B artist had so openly embraced their homosexuality. Mr. Wonder responded: "I think honestly, some people who think they're gay, they're confused. People can misconstrue closeness for love. People can feel connected, they bond.''Frank Ocean's upcoming gigs include Saturday Night Live and ATP NY.
Over the weekend, however, Mr. Wonder issued a statement to MTV News: "I'm sorry that my words about anyone feeling confused about their love were misunderstood," he said. "No one has been a greater advocate for the power of love in this world than I; both in my life and in my music. Clearly, love is love, between a man and a woman, a woman and a man, a woman and a woman and a man and a man. What I'm not confused about is the world needing much more love, no hate, no prejudice, no bigotry and more unity, peace and understanding. Period."
"Another Planet Entertainment, Superfly Presents and Starr Hill presents, in a partnership with the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department, are proud to announce the lineup for the fifth annual Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival. The world's only gourmet music festival will once again take place in San Francisco's historic Golden Gate Park August 10 - 12, 2012. Tickets will go on sale Thursday April 19 at 12 noon PDT via www.sfoutsidelands.com. A significant portion of every ticket sold will directly benefit San Francisco's Recreation and Park Department."Pretty massive lineup for the San Francisco festival this year. Check it out below....
photos by Tim Griffin
Arcade Fire / The Antlers
Rain showers fired up crowds for the second day of the Austin City Limits Music Festival, even as much of the excitement Saturday was for headliner Stevie Wonder, who had fans claiming spots by the main stage throughout the afternoon.Pictures from the second day of Austin City Limits 2011 are in this post. They include pics of Sunday night headliner Arcade Fire, at an Austin City Limits TV show taping which took place downtown at the new Moody Theater on Saturday.
Out-of-towners might not have understood the joyful reaction -- which included singing and dancing -- that rain got throughout Zilker Park. "I say, 'God bless the rain,' and we need it," said Austin photographer Greg Davis, who for the fifth year was selling his photos in the fest's art market. "It's bad for business but great for the community."
Some people used shelters put up for extra protection from the sun to escape the intermittent showers, while others didn't let a little water keep them from staking out spots early around the stage where Motown legend Wonder was to perform. The periphery filled so quickly that by the time R&B singer Cee Lo Green took the stage at 6 p.m., several hundred fans had planted chairs in nondesignated areas, causing security to ask them to move so the expected throng of people would have space to approach the stage.
"Our whole plan today has been to scope out a spot so that we don't have to fight the crowds," said Joelle Barnes of Austin, who along with her husband, James, were among the people asked to move their chairs. Although Barnes and her husband had enjoyed Alison Krauss and Union Station, Cee Lo and other performers they had seen on Saturday, the day was all about Wonder. "He's a legend -- you can't argue with that," James Barnes said. "This is such a rare opportunity"... [Austin360]
The 10th Anniversary ACL Festival line-up is on the books. Stevie Wonder, Arcade Fire, Kanye West, Coldplay, My Morning Jacket, Fleet Foxes, Alison Krauss and Union Station, Nas & Damian "Jr Gong" Marley and Cee Lo top the bill of the over 130 bands. Bright Eyes, Social Distortion, Empire of the Sun, Santigold, Pretty Lights, TV On The Radio, Skrillex, Big Boi and Randy Newman are also on tap to rock September 16-18.3-Day passes are sold out. 1-Day passes go on sale at 10am. Full lineup 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).
Paul McCartney in Mexico City
"Terrified Sir Paul McCartney had to be rescued by cops after a mob attacked his tour bus in a dodgy no-go part of Mexico City.Paul played two shows while in Mexico City. Both setlists are below. The White House concert takes place Wednesday June 2nd, and will be aired on PBS later this summer...
Youths forced his driver to stop then started jumping up and down on the roof as the Beatles legend, 67, cowered inside.
A source said: "At first his security team thought it was just swarms of fans but when people started scaling the bus, the situation changed in a flash." They called cops who raced to the rescue. "Paul and the team were shaken up," the source added.
It happened after his gig at the Foro Sol stadium on Saturday at 1am. His management team are now reviewing security.
The program, to be taped by WETA Washington, D.C., as part of the "In Performance at the White House" series, will air on PBS stations nationwide on Wednesday, July 28, 2010, at 8 p.m. EDT (check local listings) as "Paul McCartney: The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song In Performance at the White House."Paul's other upcoming dates include Salt Lake City and San Francisco. All dates below...
The concert will feature a tribute by major stars, many of whom will perform the songs that propelled McCartney to legendary status in music and humanitarianism around the world. The lineup of performers includes Stevie Wonder, Faith Hill, Jonas Brothers, Dave Grohl, Jack White, Elvis Costello, Emmylou Harris, Herbie Hancock, Corinne Bailey Rae and remarks by Jerry Seinfeld.
The Gershwin Prize for Popular Song was created by the Library of Congress to honor artists whose creative output transcends distinctions between musical styles and idioms, bringing diverse listeners together, and fostering mutual understanding and appreciation.
After a hectic day of updating the constantly updating Bonnaroo lineup page, the entire thing has been announced. Gwar, Norah Jones, and the rest of the lineup below...
by Ryan Barkan
Tracy Morgan & Stevie Wonder (picture via Hipster Runoff)
Super Bowl XLIV (44) took place Sunday night in Florida between the Indianapolis Colts and the New Orleans Saints. The Saints semi-upset the Colts to win the big game for the first time in the franchise's history. This post is a special edition of the long lost "Week In Music Licensing" post and as such, that's the last you will hear about the game. Grizzly Bear, Arcade Fire, many videos and more below...
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...
Bruce Springsteen @ Izod Center in May (more by Tim Griffin)
Reports on the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 25th Anniversary show have been confirmed. The two-night event will be happening at Madison Square Garden on October 29th & 30th. The lineup for those shows will include...
October 29:"Stay tuned for more information on special guests yet to be announced."
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band
Simon & Garfunkel
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Friends
"American Express cardmembers have access to advance tickets Monday, July 27 at 9AM to Sunday, August 2 at 9PM, before they go on sale to the general public on Monday, August 3 at 9AM. For once-in-a-lifetime VIP Benefit Packages priced from $25,000 to $100,000, email firstname.lastname@example.org. For other Special VIP Benefit Packages priced from $750 to $5,000, go to ticketmaster.com." The cheapest ticket price is $79.50.
More info on the show's various sets and collaborations from Rolling Stone, who is helping to produce it, below...
I previously mentioned the big Mandela concert going down at MSG on July 18th. Well, that show was moved to Radio City Music Hall. Tickets are still on sale. The lineup includes Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Alicia Keys, Whoopi Goldberg, Gloria Gaynor, Will.I.Am, Dave Stewart, Angelique Kidjo, Jesse McCartney, Josh Groban, Wyclef Jean, Queen Latifah, and Baaba Maal.
Another upcoming show at Radio City involves the music of Lord of the Rings.
Andrew Bird plays there tonight (6/18).
Ted Leo has been added as the opener for the State Radio show happening at The Stone Pony's Summerstage on July 10th. Tickets are on sale. Make that his third upcoming NJ show, plus he's playing one this summer in NYC too. Chris Leo is reading on Friday night.
The Pietasters and Catch 22 are opening for the Mighty Mighty Bosstones at The Stone Pony Summerstage on August 16th. Tickets are on sale.
No tickets necessary to see Thee Oh Sees at the Siren Festival.
Tickets are still on sale for the Black Crowes show Levon Helm is opening at Central Park Summerstage on September 2nd.,
The 7th annual Brian Setzer Orchestra "Christmas Rocks!" Extravaganza takes place at Hammerstein Ballroom on November 30th. Tickets are on sale. Video of the Stray Cats, Live at Fridays, below...
Doveman plays with members of The National at Le Poisson Rouge tonight (6/18). La Blogoteque video of Doveman below...