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Billboard Bits: Coachella Fest, Mardi Gras, David Foster
News on Coachella, Mardi Gras, David FosterThe sixth Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival will be held April 30-May 1 at the Empire Polo Field in Indio, Calif., organizers tell Billboard.com. Ticket information has not yet been announced for the event, which last year drew record crowds of 50,000 fans to see such acts as Radiohead, the Pixies and Kraftwerk.
A handful of acts have been confirmed for this year's show, including Doves, Rilo Kiley, Fiery Furnaces, M83, the Futureheads and the Bravery. A full lineup announcement is not expected for several weeks.
-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.
Universal Studios is planning an all-star concert to kick off its 10th annual Mardi Gras celebration in Orlando, Fla. The Feb. 5 show will feature Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora, Cheap Trick singer Robin Zander, Eddie Money, Twisted Sister, Grand Funk Railroad singer/guitarist Mark Farner, AC/DC singer Brian Johnson, Three Dog Night singer Chuck Negron, guitarist Rick Derringer, former Allman Brothers Band guitarist Dickey Betts and singer Michael Bolton.
The theme park's Mardi Gras event will continue for 10 weekends with the O'Jays, Jason Mraz, O.A.R., the Go-Go's and Huey Lewis and the News confirmed to take part in weekly concerts. Mardi Gras parades, New Orleans-style cuisine and other attractions round out the package. For more information, visit universalorlando.com.
-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.
Grammy Award-winning producer/songwriter David Foster has signed a deal with Fox to star in his own reality series. The show, which is still untitled, is set to air on Fox later this year.
The focus of the show will be Foster's life with his family, including his wife, Linda Thompson, and her two adult sons, Brandon and Brody Jenner, who have moved back into the house. Fox is calling the show an "unscripted comedy series," and says Foster frequently clashes with his stepsons and their hard-partying lifestyles.
Foster has won Grammys for his work with artists such as Celine Dion, Whitney Houston and Natalie Cole. His current proteges are Josh Groban, Michael Buble and Renee Olstead, who are signed to Foster's Warner Music Group-affiliated 143 Records. Foster produced Buble's next album, "It's Time," due Feb. 8 on 143/Reprise Records. His co-arrangement of Olstead's song "Summertime" netted him a Grammy nomination for best instrumental arrangement accompanying a vocalist.
-- Carla Hay, N.Y.