Billboard Bits: Hurricane Ivan, Hagar, AMAs

News on Hurricane Ivan, Hagar, AMAs

KevinKevin Lyttle and Bounty Killer have signed on to perform at the hastily organized Hurricane Ivan Relief Concert. As the massive storm churns out of the Caribbean towards the Gulf of Mexico, promoter G. City has pulled together talent for a benefit on Sunday (Sept. 19) at Newark (N.J.) Symphony Hall.

Also on the bill will be reggae and dancehall artists Spragga Benz, bez Kartel, Capleton, Chuck Fender, Richie Spice, Assassin, Macka Diamond and KC Jockey. Ticket proceeds and donated non-perishable items will aid storm victims in Grenada, Jamaica and the Cayman Islands. Tickets are available at the Newark Symphony Hall box office (973-643-4550 or 973-374-5360).

In a separate effort, the non-profit organization Upliftment Jamaica has launched a relief fund and is collecting cash and donations in New York and Chicago. More info can be found at the group's Web site.

According to reports, Ivan is responsible for more than 60 deaths in Jamaica, Grenada, Venezuela, Tobago, Barbados, Haiti and the Dominican Republic. The storm is projected to reach the U.S. mainland sometime Wednesday, most likely hitting Louisiana and the Florida panhandle.

HagarKenny Chesney, Van Halen's Michael Anthony and Smash Mouth will appear at Sammy Hagar's annual birthday celebration at his Cabo Wabo club in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.

The festivities begin with the Oct. 8-9 Cabo Wabo Meltdown, which will feature performances by Hagar and his band the Waboritas, Anthony, Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith, former Alice In Chains guitarist Jerry Cantrell, former Cult guitarist Billy Duffy and Silvertide, which has supported Van Halen's fall tour. Both nights will also feature a set by the to-be-determined winner of the "A Shot at the Cabo Wabo" unsigned band contest.

Hagar's extended bash runs Oct. 10-13, the latter being the off-again, on-again Van Halen singer's 47th birthday. Country superstar Chesney will be on hand for the first night, while subsequent nights will include Smash Mouth and Los Tres Gusanos, a trio made up of Hagar, Anthony and Waboritas drummer David Lauser.

No advance tickets will be sold for the first-come-first-served events. For more information, visit the Cabo Wabo
Web site.

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.

JimmyComedian Jimmy Kimmel will return for his second stint as host of the American Music Awards. The 32nd annual show is slated to take place Nov. 14 in Los Angeles and will be broadcast live on ABC.

"It is an honor to be nominated and I promise that my duet with Christina Aguilera will be a performance that will not be soon forgotten," Kimmel says. Nominees in 19 categories will be announced tomorrow (Sept. 14). Winners are selected through a national poll of approximately 20,000.

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.