The hip sounds of Patti Austin, Elvin Jones, Dianne Reeves, and Ramsey Lewis will be the focal point of a slate of New York benefit concerts. Sponsored by the HIP Health Plan of New York, the HIP Jazz Concert Series will present the artists across two shows March 4-5 at Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall.
Sen. Russ Feingold (D-Wisc.) yesterday (Jan. 28) reintroduced his Competition in Radio and Concert Industries Act, which he says will help consumers, small and independent radio station owners, and indie concert promoters by prohibiting anti-competitive practices in the radio and concert industries. The Eagles' Don Henley will be among the witnesses at a hearing tomorrow in Washington, D.C.
Priority/Capitol will release expanded versions of Ice Cube's first four album in coming weeks. On Feb. 25, "Amerikkka's Most Wanted" and "Death Certificate" will be issued, with "The Predator" and "Lethal Injection" to follow on March 11. Additionally, the label will release "Ice Cube: The Video Collection" on DVD on April 1.
Rock The Vote will honor Peter Gabriel, Alanis Morissette, and Public Enemy frontman Chuck D next month at the organization's 10th annual awards ceremony. On Feb. 22 at New York's Roseland Ballroom, Morissette and Gabriel will be bestowed with Patrick Lippert Awards, named for Rock The Vote's late executive director. Chuck D, meanwhile, will be honored with the group's Founder's Award.
Pearl Jam has drafted Sleater-Kinney, Sparta, Idlewild, and the Buzzcocks as the support acts for its 2003 North American tour. Sleater-Kinney will support beginning with the April 1 Denver tour opener through April 18 in Nashville, with Sparta taking over from April 19 in Atlanta through May 3 in State College, Pa.
The Yardbirds -- featuring original members Jim McCarty (drums) and Chris Dreja (bass) recently completed a new album, "Birdland," featuring an extraordinary cast of guest guitarists. That Brian May, Jeff Baxter, Joe Satriani, Slash, and Steve Vai (whose Favored Nations label will release the set on April 22) have all contributed their fretboard skills to this project simply underlines the enormous influence the 1960s band has had on succeeding generations of musicians.
Coldplay, Faith Hill, Norah Jones, Nelly with Destiny's Child's Kelly Rowland, and Bruce Springsteen are the first performers confirmed for the 45th annual Grammy Awards, to be handed out Feb. 23 at New York's Madison Square Garden. These acts have 18 Grammy nominations among them, with Nelly, Springsteen, and Jones boasting five each. Meanwhile, the Recording Academy has paired with the Warner Music Group for the Feb. 11 release of the "2003 Grammy Nominations" CD.
Tim McGraw & the Dancehall Doctors will kick off a 52-date U.S. tour March 7 in Birmingham, Ala. Dubbed the One Band Show, the run will feature the artist and his band performing for more than two-and-a-half hours each night, with no opening act on the bill.