Billboard Bits: Bonnaroo SuperJam, AnywhereCD, Telluride Blues & Brews
The one-off pairing of Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones, Ben Harper and Roots drummer Ahmir "?uestlove" Thompson will team for the annual SuperJam at next week's Bonnaroo festival in Manchester, TThe one-off pairing of Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones, Ben Harper and Roots drummer Ahmir "?uestlove" Thompson will team for the annual SuperJam at next week's Bonnaroo festival in Manchester, Tenn. The group has the 12-3 a.m. time slot in the Other Tent, playing opposite the String Cheese Incident and Mago featuring Billy Martin and John Medeski.
As previously reported, Thompson will also play throughout the weekend with the Roots as well his jazz-leaning side project, the Philadelphia Experiment.
-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.
Warner Music Group and AnywhereCD have dismissed their respective lawsuits against each other and agreed to an early end to their relationship. Under the agreement, WMG will allow AnywhereCD to continue sell its music via the service -- which lets customers download DRM-free MP3 files of any physical CD they purchase from the site -- until Sept. 30.
When AnywhereCD first launched in April, it offered customers the option to pay less for just the MP3 files, and skip the CD altogether. WMG balked at this move and demanded AnywhereCD remove its content from the service (AnywhereCD only sells full albums, not individual singles). AnywhereCD responded by suing WMG for breach of contract and business defamation, among other things.
AnywhereCD was founded by Michael Robertson, who also founded the original MP3.com and continues to operate the Oboe digital music locker service.
-- Antony Bruno, Denver
Top blues, funk and gospel acts will convene in September for the 14th annual Telluride Blues & Brews Festival in Telluride, Colo. The three-day festival, which runs Sept. 14-16, will feature Los Lonely Boys, Keb' Mo' and Robert Randolph and the Family Band, with more to be announced, including an as-yet unnamed headliner for the final day's festivities.
The concert schedule will extend into the evening via a series of "Juke Joints" that feature after-hours jams from several of the concert performers. The festival also includes the renowned Blues & Brews Grand Tasting on Saturday, which will exhibit more than 100 beers from 50 regional microbreweries.
Ticket are available via the event's Web site; prices range from $55 for single-day passes to $150 for three-day passes.
-- Taylor Grimes, N.Y.