Billboard Bits: Springsteen, Chesney, 'Dreams' & More

News on Bruce Springsteen, Chesney, 'American Dreams'

BruceBruce Springsteen and Jon Bon Jovi will join a cast of New Jersey-based rockers at the Hope Concert, set for April 29 at the intimate Count Basie Theater in Red Bank, N.J. The event will also feature performances by Southside Johnny, Bobby Bandiera, and Gary U.S. Bonds. Hosted by local radio DJ Big Joe Henry and Holiday Express founder Tim McLoone, the show will raise funds for the Rock and Roll Music Fund to benefit the ongoing care of Robert Bandiera Jr., Bobby Bandiera's son.

Tickets to the show are priced at $100, $250, and $300 and will go on sale Friday (March 21) at the Count Basie Theatre box office and its charge-by-phone line (732-842-9000). In order to prevent scalping, buyers are limited to purchase of four tickets, which will be held at the box office until the night of the show.

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.

ChesneyKenny Chesney will headline his first concert in two years in his hometown of Knoxville, Tenn., on June 7, Billboard Bulletin reports. The show will also feature Brooks & Dunn, Rascal Flatts, Keith Urban, and Deana Carter. The concert is the first at the 100,000-plus seat Neyland Stadium since the Jacksons' Victory tour in 1986.

Chesney's current North American tour touches down tomorrow (March 20) in Roanoke, Va. As previously reported, he will join Sheryl Crow, the Goo Goo Dolls, Hootie and the Blowfish, Alabama, and Brooks & Dunn for a June 28 tribute concert to late racing legend Dale Earnhardt at the Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway.

-- Ray Waddell, Nashville

RimesLeAnn Rimes, Duncan Sheik, B2K, and Vivian Green are the latest artists set to make guest appearances as 1960s pop stars on the NBC series "American Dreams." In the episode premiering March 30, Rimes will play Connie Francis performing "Where the Boys Are" and Sheik will portray Bobby Darin singing "Beyond the Sea." B2K will appear as the Temptations singing "My Girl" in an April episode (air date to be announced), while Green will portray Brenda Holloway performing "Every Little Bit Hurts" in an episode premiering April 6.

"American Dreams," a family drama set in the 1960s, features the "American Bandstand" music show as a key part of the series. Former "Bandstand" host Dick Clark is one of the executive producers of the show, which has previously featured Michelle Branch as Lesley Gore, Usher as Marvin Gaye, Ashanti as Dionne Warwick, Nick Carter of the Backstreet Boys as Jay Black of Jay and the Americans, India.Arie as Nina Simone, and Vanessa Carlton as Dusty Springfield. Art Garfunkel has a recurring role as a music store owner.

-- Carla Hay, N.Y.

DouglasThe independent trade group Association for Independent Music (AFIM handed out its 2003 Indie Awards yesterday (March 18) at a luncheon during its convention at the Orlando (Fla.) World Center Marriott. The AFIM confab was held in conjunction with the National Association of Recording Merchandisers (NARM) convention in Orlando.

Awards, determined by voting AFIM members, were given in 38 individual genre categories, ranging from acoustic blues and Americana to world, rap, and Latin. Compass, Bridge, Rounder, Definitive Jux, New West, and Green Linnet each took home a pair of awards apiece.

Jerry Douglas, dobro player for Alison Krauss & Union Station, co-hosted the event with Newbury Comics executive Duncan Browne and also performed a set; former Whiskeytown singer-songwriter Caitlin Cary also appeared.

For a full list of winners, click here.

-- Chris Morris, Orlando, Fla.