Billboard Bits: Sting, 'One Unwired Day,' 'Great Joy'

News on Sting, 'One Unwired Day,' 'Great Joy!'

StingAs tipped here last week, Sting will play a free concert Oct. 7 in Chicago's Grant Park. The show will serve to herald the launch of American Express' new Blue Cash credit card. Guitarist Jonny Lang will open.

Beginning today (Sept. 23), fans can win entry via promotions on Chicago radio station WXRT-FM. Starting Monday, "Blue Cash Roadies" will blanket the Chicago area offering fans the chance to win tickets. VIP tickets will be available for sale from the event's official Web site.

Sting's new A&M album, "Sacred Love," is due Sept. 30. The artist will also play a benefit concert Oct. 4 at New York's Hammerstein Ballroom. Tickets are being auctioned on

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.

RedmanSeveral free concerts will take place around the country Thursday (Sept. 24) as part of Intel's One Unwired Day. Among those slated to play are Robert Randolph & the Family Band at Chicago's North Riverside Plaza, Michael Buble at New York's South Street Seaport and Big Brother & the Holding Company and Joshua Redman in San Francisco's Justin Herman Plaza.

Events touting wireless computing and Web surfing will also be held in Portland, Ore., and Seattle, and free PC access to exclusive content will be available in more locations around the country. For full details, visit Intel's
Web site.

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.

Cast members from such Broadway shows as "The Producers," "Rent," "Cabaret," "Aida," "Chicago," "Hairspray" and "The Lion King" have contributed their talents to "Great Joy! A Gospel Christmas." Due Oct. 21 via Sh-K-Boom Records, the disc features Broadway Inspirational Voices (aka the BIV Choir), led by Michael McElroy ("Big River"), performing traditional songs like "Little Drummer Boy" and "Joy to the World."

Among the BIV Choir members is actress/singer Phylicia Rashad, and featured soloists include Broadway favorites Gavin Creel, Billy Porter, Darius De Haas and Sara Ramirez.

Along with the disc, the BIV Choir will stage a Oct. 19 show at New York's Town Hall to benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and a Dec. 15 concert (details TBD) to support the Actors' Fund.

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.