Billboard Bits: Hollywood Bowl, Basement Jaxx, and more
News on Disco Biscuits, Basement Jaxx, Stevie Wonder, Marilyn Horne, Hollywood BowlRenowned opera star Marilyn Horne and legendary R&B musician Stevie Wonder will be honored by the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association (LAPA) at the organization's second annual Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame induction ceremony. Set for June 29 at the Hollyw ood Bowl, the gala affair will benefit Music Matters, the LAPA's children's education programs.
The event will feature the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, led by principal conductor John Mauceri, as well as performances by Wonder and Horne, the latter of whom first performed at the venue in 1947 at the age of 13. Tickets for the concert ($15-$75) are available via Ticketmaster; tickets for the gala (including a reception and dinner) and concert ($200-$1,250) are available by calling 213-972-3051.
Last year's inaugural event inducted composer John Williams and country superstar Garth Brooks into the Hall of Fame, which was established to pay tribute to artists whose unique achievements embody the spirit of the world-renowned venue.
-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.
U.K. techno duo Basement Jaxx will release its sophomore Astralwerks album, "Rooty," on June 26. The set is the follow-up to 1999's runaway smash "Remedy," which spawned three No. 1 hits on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart: "Rendez-Vu," "Red Alert," and "Bingo Bango." Touring plans are in the works for this summer.
The Disco Biscuits are in the midst of a U.S. tour in support of their third album, "They Missed the Perfume," released last week by Megaforce/Hydroponics. The tour stops tonight (April 10) at the Tralf Music Hall in Buffalo, N.Y., and winds up with a May 11 show at San Francisco's legendary Fillmore.
Recorded in a makeshift studio in an electrical power plant, "They Missed the Perfu me" melds pieces of the various genres of electronic music and jam-heavy psychedelia. The band's official Web site features clips from the album, and is giving away autographed copies, as well as concert tickets, T-shirts, and more through an ongoing cont est.