Billboard Bits: 'Iconoclasts,' Tony Bennett, Sound Tribe Sector 9
Paul Simon, Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder and Fiona Apple will be featured on the second season of the Sundance Channel series "Iconoclasts."Paul Simon, Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder and Fiona Apple will be featured on the second season of the Sundance Channel series "Iconoclasts." The program, which will premiere Oct. 26 with Vedder and big-wave surfer Laird Hamilton, features notable personalities from different fields discussing their careers.
The pairings for season two include Vedder and Hamilton, dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov and chef Alice Waters, filmmaker Quentin Tarantino and Apple, actress Isabella Rossellini and inventor Dean Kamen, Simon and producer Lorne Michaels and comedian Dave Chappelle and poet Maya Angelou.
The first season of "Iconoclasts" featured portraits of actors Robert Redford and Paul Newman, actress Renee Zellweger with journalist Christiane Amanpour and chef Mario Batali with R.E.M.'s Michael Stipe.
-- Jill Menze, N.Y.
Tony Bennett will make his only New York-area appearance of the fall Sept. 26 as part of New York radio station WLTW's "One Night With Lite" show Sept. 26 at the Theatre at Madison Square Garden. Natalie Cole will open the show; a number of the artists singing with Bennett on his upcoming album, "Duets -- An American Classic," are also tipped to appear.
Proceeds will benefit the Frank Sinatra School for the Performing Arts, which Bennett founded in 2001 in his hometown of Astoria, Queens. Lite FM Listener Club members will get the first crack at tickets via an Aug. 7 internet pre-sale, to be followed Aug. 9 by the general public on-sale.
-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.
Sound Tribe Sector 9 will release its first concert DVD, "Live As Time Changes," on Sept. 19 via 1320 Records. The footage was filmed during a three-night stand at Atlanta's Tabernacle to celebrate New Year's Eve 2006. It will be supported by a fall tour, kicking off Sept. 8 in Boulder, Colo., and running through Oct. 7 in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
In addition, the group has also begun work on its fifth studio album, which will be the follow-up to 2005's "ARTiFACT."
Here are Sound Tribe Sector 9's tour dates:
Aug. 25: Glen Allen, Va. (Innsbrook Pavilion)
Aug. 26: Myrtle Beach, S.C. (House of Blues)
Aug. 27: Charlottesville, Va. (Charlottesville Pavilion)
Sept. 8: Boulder, Colo. (Fox Theatre)
Sept. 9: Morrison, Colo. (Red Rocks)
Sept. 12: Lawrence, Kan. (Granada)
Sept. 14: Milwaukee (the Rave)
Sept. 15: Minneapolis (First Avenue)
Sept. 16: Chicago (Congress Theatre)
Sept. 18: Cleveland (House of Blues)
Sept. 20: Knoxville, Tenn. (Bijou Theatre)
Sept. 21: Norfolk, Va. (NorVa)
Sept. 22: Washington, D.C. (9:30 Club)
Sept. 23: Philadelphia (Electric Factory)
Sept. 26: Rochester, N.Y. (Water Street Music Hall)
Sept. 27-28: Burlington, Vt. (Higher Ground)
Sept. 29: Providence, R.I. (Lupo's)
Sept. 30: New York (Nokia Theatre)
Oct. 2: Charleston, S.C. (Music Hall)
Oct. 3: Atlanta (Georgia Theatre)
Oct. 5: Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. (Revolution)
Oct. 6: St. Petersburg, Fla. (Jannus Landing)
Oct. 7: Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (House of Blues)
-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.