1. New Orleans Jazz Fest / April 23-25 / Fairgrounds Racetrack

    April 27, 2010 6:00 PM EDT With three days of memorable performances by artists as varied as Simon and Garfunkel , Drake , My Morning Jacket , the Allman Brothers , and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band , the first weekend of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival (April 23-25) demonstrated just why the yearly…

  2. Pearl Jam, MMJ, Aretha Head To 2010 New Orleans Jazz Fest

    December 15, 2009 8:32 AM EST P earl Jam , Aretha Franklin and, making its first appearance since February 2009, My Morning Jacket , are among the acts set for the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, to take place the weekends of April 23-25 and April 29-30/May 1-2 at Fair Grounds Race Course. Other artists confirmed…

  3. Elvis Costello's Live Series Continues With 'Hollywood High'

    December 09, 2009 4:15 PM EST E lvis Costello 's second release in his "The Costello Show" live performance series will be "Live at Hollywood High," a complete 20-song concert recording from June, 1978. The album, which includes 11 previously unreleased tracks performed by Costello and his band…

  4. Grammy Nominations Poll Results: How Did We Do?

    December 03, 2009 11:13 AM EST So how did Billboard's predictions - and our readers' votes - stack up against the actual Grammy Awards 2010 nominees? Aside from a bombardment from Tokio Hotel fans -- who delivered nearly 40,000 votes in each of the three major categories for a band and a record that were not…

  5. Galactic Enlists New Orleans Legends For 'Ya-Ka-May'

    December 03, 2009 9:31 AM EST New Orleans' multi-tasking funk outfit Galactic is set to return on Feb. 9, 2010 with its sixth studio album, entitled "Ya-Ka-May." The 15 song set is the group's second for Anti- and features numerous collaborations, including New Orleans staples Irma Thomas , Allen…

  6. Grammy Awards 2010 Nominations Preview

    November 25, 2009 9:00 AM EST Who will nab the bids when the nominees for the 52nd Grammy Awards are announced on Dec. 2? Its been a banner year for music, so there's no clear frontrunner, but there will be plenty of familiar faces in the running for multiple awards. So far, the drama swirling around this year's…

  7. Stars Lining Up For Jerry Wexler Memorial Celebration

    October 13, 2009 4:39 PM EDT Jerry Wexler, the man who coined the term "rhythm and blues," will get a first-class memorial sendoff on Oct. 30 in New York City. Wexler died in August 2008, and it's been hard getting everyone in the same place for his service. But his kids, Lisa and Paul, have chosen the…

  8. Dave Matthews, Pearl Jam Set For Austin City Limits' 35th Season

    September 24, 2009 1:43 PM EDT For its 35th year on air, the famed public broadcast music show Austin City Limits is going big. Scheduled to perform this season are major acts like the Dave Matthews Band , Pearl Jam , Willie Nelson (performing with Asleep at the Wheel ), Elvis Costello , Ben Harper and Them Crooked…

  9. Elvis Costello Launching 'The Costello Show Series'

    September 11, 2009 1:30 PM EDT There's just no slowing down Elvis Costello . After launching his "Spectacle" TV series last December and releasing his latest studio effort, "Secret, Profane & Sugarcane," this past June, the punk icon is set to debut "The Costello Show Series," a…

  10. New Orleans Jazz Fest 40th Year Riffs On Old, New

    May 04, 2009 3:12 PM EDT Music fans old enough to have attended the first New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival 40 years ago boogied alongside those who weren't yet born when the celebration of music, food and the culture of Louisiana began. Sunday's Jazz Fest finale paid heavy homage to music's elder…

  11. Levon Helm Going "Electric" This June

    April 14, 2009 12:34 PM EDT After nabbing a Grammy for his rustic album "Dirt Farmer," Legendary drummer/vocalist Levon Helm will return June 30 with "Electric Dirt." The eleven song set will be released on Helms own Dirt Farmer Music, in conjunction with Vanguard. As with "Dirt Famer,"…

  12. Plant/Krauss, Lil Wayne Win Big At 51st Grammys

    February 09, 2009 12:00 AM EST Robert Plant and Alison Krauss were the big winners at the 51st annual Grammy Awards at Los Angeles' Staples Center, tallying five trophies, including album of the year for the Rounder project "Raising Sand" and record of the year for "Please Read The Letter." "…

  13. Recording Academy Salutes Four Tops, Autry

    February 08, 2009 2:35 PM EST One of the more emotional moments at the Recording Academy's Special Merit Awards ceremony last night (Feb. 7) occurred during the presentation of a Lifetime Achievement Award to venerable soul/pop group the Four Tops. Joined at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre by relatives of deceased members…

  14. Bon Jovi Set For First Jazz Fest Appearance

    February 06, 2009 10:46 AM EST Bon Jovi has been added to the lineup of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, which celebrates its 40th anniversary this spring. The rock act will make its first appearance at the festival on May 2. Bon Jovi joins previously announced performers Aretha Franklin, Dave Matthews Band,…

  15. Diamond, Wonder, M.I.A. Added To Grammys

    February 05, 2009 1:14 PM EST Neil Diamond, Stevie Wonder, M.I.A., Smokey Robinson, Robin Thicke, Allen Toussaint and Terence Blanchard have joined the performance lineup for Sunday's Grammy Awards at Los Angeles' Staples Center. In addition, Buddy Guy, B.B. King, John Mayer and Keith Urban will join forces for…

  16. Springsteen, Phish, Beasties, NIN Set For Bonnaroo

    February 03, 2009 12:00 AM EST Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Phish, the Beastie Boys, Nine Inch Nails, David Byrne, Wilco, Al Green, Snoop Dogg and Elvis Costello lead the lineup for the 2009 Bonnaroo festival, to be held June 11-14 in Manchester, Tenn. Bonnaroo will be Springsteen's only North American…

  17. Autry, Blind Boys Get Lifetime Achievement Grammys

    December 22, 2008 2:25 PM EST Gene Autry, the Blind Boys of Alabama, the Four Tops, Hank Jones, Brenda Lee, Dean Martin and Tom Paxton all will receive the Recording Academy's Lifetime Achievement Award at a ceremony on Feb. 7, and be acknowledged during the Grammy telecast the next evening. In addition, George…

  18. Jazz Fest Turns 40 With Star-Packed Bill

    December 16, 2008 11:21 AM EST The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival will celebrate its 40th anniversary this spring with a star-studded lineup featuring Aretha Franklin, Dave Matthews Band, Wilco, James Taylor, Wynton Marsalis, Kings Of Leon, Tony Bennett, the Neville Brothers and Sugarland. The event will be held…

  19. Toussaint Teams With Henry For 'Mississippi'

    October 03, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Legendary New Orleans artist/songwriter/producer Allen Toussaint has teamed with producer Joe Henry for his next album, a collection tentatively titled "The Bright Mississippi" due out in early 2009 o Legendary New Orleans artist/songwriter/producer Allen Toussaint has teamed with…

  20. Stevie Wonder To Receive Gershwin Prize

    September 03, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Legendary singer/songwriter Stevie Wonder has been chosen as the second recipient of the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. The award presentation will take place in the Library's Gr Legendary singer/songwriter Stevie Wonder has been chosen as the second recipient of…

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