Billboard Bits: Carl Wilson, LK2, Voodoo 2002

News on Carl Wilson, LK2, Voodoo 2002

NellyEric Clapton, Matthew Sweet, Sugar Ray, Van Dyke Parks, and In Bloom will join Brian Wilson for an Oct. 6 benefit concert at Royce Hall on the campus of the University of California at Los Angeles. The event will benefit the Carl Wilson Foundation, established in the memory of the late Beach Boys principal, who died of cancer in February 1998. Tickets are available via Ticketmaster and the UCLA box office; special ticket packages can be obtained by calling (310)-364-4347.

Brian Wilson will embark on a short U.S. tour Wednesday (Aug. 14) in Chicago. He will visit Hawaii and Australia in December.

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.

Following the success of "Shhh!," which after 74 weeks on the Billboard Top Latin Albums chart clocks in this week at No. 16, A.B. Quintanilla y los Kumbia Kings are in the studio in Corpus Christi, Texas, working on their upcoming album for EMI Latin. Quintanilla tells Billboard that from now on, the band will go simply by the acronym LK2, which stands for Los Kumbia Kings Segunda Etapa (The Kumbia Kings Phase Two). Unlike "Shhh!," which mixed cumbia and R&B in English and Spanish, the new disc is predominantly a cumbia album. It will also include a new brass section and a vallenato accordion that changes the sound "a little bit," Quintanilla says. Although Quintanilla continues to write with partner Cruz Martinez, he has also flown in DJ Franz from Mexico City. "Some of the songs we're putting together have a little bit more rap in them, so he's coming down and helping us with a lot of street lingo, but in Spanish," says Quintanilla, who has also spoken with Mexican duo Sin Bandera about a possible collaboration.

The fourth annual Voodoo Music Experience will be held Nov. 2, with the lineup for the 2002 edition of the multi-stage, multi-artist affair to be announced Sept. 6. On the latter evening, Voodoo tickets will go on sale via the event's official Web site (and are expected to be also be available via other still undetermined outlets). Tickets will be priced at $27.50 in advance and $40 on the day of the show. A limited number of collectible Voodoo Passes -- with parking packages and express, early entrance to venue -- will be available sometime prior to the official ticket sale only via the event's Web site. Fans who sign up for the site's "Mojo Mail" newsletter will get first word on details about the passes as well as lineup updates and other Voodoo Music Experience news. Leading up to the festival will be Road to Voodoo, a 21-date U.S. tour featuring three not-yet-revealed artists. Although dates and venues are yet to be solidified, the trek will end Nov. 1 in the Big Easy with a pre-Voodoo Music Experience bash. In addition, beginning Oct. 28, the Voodoo After Dark concert series, in conjunction with House of Blues, will present artists throughout New Orleans for a week leading up to the main event.