Rascal Flatts, Diddy and his Bad Boy labelmate Cassie will perform as part of the NFL's "Opening Kickoff" celebration, which will air Sept. 7 on NBC.

Rascal Flatts, Diddy and his Bad Boy labelmate Cassie will perform as part of the NFL's "Opening Kickoff" celebration, which will air Sept. 7 on NBC. Rascal Flatts will play from Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, the site of the NFL's season-opening contest between the Miami Dolphins and the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Martina McBride will sing the national anthem on the field prior to the game, which will also air on NBC. Diddy and Cassie will perform as part of a free concert on 7th Street in Miami's South Beach.


-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.







Rock trio Secret Machines will reprise its in-the-round stage setup for its fall tour, which kicks off with an Oct. 2-3 stand at New York's Irving Plaza. The band will perform on an elevated rounded platform in the center of each venue, in an effort "to have the audience become a bigger part of the musical experience," according to group member Brandon Curtis.

The group will be out behind its spring Reprise release "Ten Silver Drops," which debuted at No. 4 on Billboard's Heatseekers chart.

Here are Secret Machines' tour dates:

Oct. 2-3: New York (Irving Plaza)
Oct. 4: Boston (Avalon)
Oct. 6: South Burlington, Vt. (Higher Ground)
Oct. 7: Philadelphia (TLA)
Oct. 8: Pittsburgh (Mr. Smalls)
Oct. 10: Chicago (Park West)
Oct. 11: Milwaukee (the Rave)
Oct. 12: Minneapolis (First Avenue)
Oct. 13: Iowa City, Iowa (University of Iowa)
Oct. 14: Boulder, Colo. (Fox Theatre)
Oct. 17: Seattle (Showbox)
Oct. 19: Portland, Ore. (Crystal Ballroom)
Oct. 20: San Francisco (Grand Ballroom)
Oct. 21: San Diego (Soma)
Oct. 23-24: Los Angeles (Avalon)
Oct. 27: Dallas (Lizard Lounge)
Oct. 28-29: New Orleans (Voodoo Music Experience)
Oct. 31: Atlanta (Center Stage)
Nov. 3-4: Brooklyn, N.Y. (Warsaw)


-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.







Brian Eno steps away from music on the upcoming DVD project "77 Million Paintings," due Sept. 26 via All Saints/Hannibal/Ryko. The work comes with a software disc that creates a "constantly evolving painting" on computer desktops using slides of Eno's visual art as well as his music.

"77 Million Paintings" also includes an interview DVD and a 52-page hardbound book featuring Eno's essay about his parallel career in visual art. Installations of art from the project will be featured later this year as part of the Venice and Milan Biennales; plans for U.S. gallery installations are also coming together.


-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.