Billboard Bits: Grammy Auction, Crespo, Cash

Online auction benefits Grammy charities, Elvis Crespo to perform during La 2da Edicion de Premios Fox Sports and Rosanne Cash slates third and final acoustic concert at New York's Rubin Museum of Art

MMemorabilia from the likes of Madonna, Aerosmith, Beyoncé, U2 singer Bono, Melissa Etheridge, the Foo Fighters, Annie Lennox, Dave Matthews, Carlos Santana and more is on the block beginning today (Nov. 29) to raise money for two Recording Academy charities, the Grammy Foundation and MusiCares. The Hope for the Holidays online charity auction will be open through Dec. 9 via

In addition to items from an array of music artists, a handful of VIP experiences will also be up for grabs. Among the offerings are trips to the 47th annual Grammy Awards and 2005 Montreaux Jazz Festival, as well as a private tour of Flyte Tyme recording studios with producer Jimmy Jam (Janet Jackson, New Edition)

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.

ECElvis Crespo has been tapped to perform during La 2da Edicion de Premios Fox Sports, Dec. 15 at Theater of the Performing Arts in Miami Beach, Fla. The second annual event will honor the achievements of U.S. Hispanic and Latin America athletes. Crespo joins a bill that also includes Belinda, Sabrina, Diego Torres and Pablo Montero.

La 2da Edicion de Premios Fox Sports will be taped for Jan. 9 broadcast on Fox Sports en Espanol in the United States and Fox Sports for Latin America and Mexico.

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.

RCSinger/songwriter Rosanne Cash will be joined Friday (Dec. 3) by Black 47 frontman Larry Kirwan for her third and final acoustic concert at New York's Rubin Museum of Art. The duo will concentrate on "Gods and Demi-Gods," a segment of "The Wheel of Life," one of the prize paintings in the museum's collection of Himalayan art.

Cash's performances have come as part of a Friday night acoustic series, itself part of the Rubin's "Chelsea Connection," which taps artistic residents of the museum's immediate Manhattan neighborhood. Others who have taken part include jazz musicians Roswell Rudd and Andrew Sterman, photographers Todd Eberle and Kenro Izu, caricaturist Robert Risko and filmmaker Charles Atlas.

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.