Billboard Bits: True Experience, VH1 Hip-Hop Honors, National Geographic
3 Doors Down, Cowboy Mouth, Michael Tolcher, Dishwalla's JR Richards, Dan Dyer, Peter Searcy and Bain Mattox are among the acts confirmed for True Experience: The Keys.3 Doors Down, Cowboy Mouth, Michael Tolcher, Dishwalla's JR Richards, Dan Dyer, Peter Searcy and Bain Mattox are among the acts confirmed for True Experience: The Keys. The event will be held Aug. 17-20 in Duck Key, Fla., and will also include performances from comedians Steve Burr and Marianne Sierk.
Bands are expected to perform in a variety of settings, including acoustically, and will also participate in Q&A sessions with attendees. For more information, visit TrueExperience.net.
-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.
Ice Cube has been added as an honoree for VH1's third annual Hip-Hop Honors. The rapper/actor joins previously announced honorees Wu-Tang Clan, Afrika Bambaataa, Russell Simmons, MC Lyte, Rakim, Beastie Boys and Eazy E.
Hosted by Ice T, the Hip-Hop Honors will take place Oct. 7 at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York and will air on VH1 Oct. 17 at 8 p.m. The event pays tribute to hip-hop pioneers through special performances and collaborations.
-- Clover Hope, N.Y.
National Geographic has expanded its representation of global cultures by creating a music exploration and purchasing site.
National Geographic World Music blends a music store, powered by Calabash Music, with extensive context provided by videos, maps, photos and features from National Geographic magazines, the National Geographic Channel and other editorial activities of the National Geographic Society.
Among the artists featured at launch are Tinariwen, former Tuareg rebels who exchanged their guns for guitars; Sidestepper, a collaboration of British and Colombian talent that meshes salsa, cumbia, vallenato and drum 'n' bass; and Seu Jorge, a unique voice in Brazilian samba who has appeared in such films as "City of God" and who produced the music for films like "The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou."
-- The Hollywood Reporter staff