Billboard Bits: Local H, Solomon Burke, VH1/Vogue Awards

News on Local H, Solomon Burke, VH1/Vogue Awards

LocalHow much would you pay to see rock act Local H in your home? Fans can answer that question through online auction site, where the band is taking bids for a live performance to be held more or less anywhere the winning bidder wants the band to play (subject to certain terms and conditions posted with the auction and available by E-mailing Bidding, which will run through July 26, began at $500, enough to cover the band's expenses; at deadline it had reached $6,000 from 64 bids.

Released in March, Local H's latest album, "Here Comes the Zoo" (Palm), debuted at No. 13 on Billboard's Top Internet Albums chart. The band is on tour, and performs tonight (July 18) in Billings, Mon., opening for Nickelback. For more on the band's current dates, visit the official Local H Web site.

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.

Tomorrow (July 19) will be proclaimed Solomon Burke Day in the artist's hometown of Philadelphia. The R&B/soul great will be in Philly to perform the next day as a part of local public radio outlet WXPN's annual Singer/Songwriter Weekend festival, which will also feature John Mayer, Nick Lowe, Patty Griffin, Suzanne Vega, Los Lobos, and others performing Saturday and Sunday. Burke is in the midst of a handful of dates in support of his Fat Possum debut, "Don't Give Up on Me," due out Tuesday. Produced by Joe Henry, the spare and simple recording features the 66-year-old musician performing songs contributed by the likes of Elvis Costello, Bob Dylan, Tom Waits, Brian Wilson, and Nick Lowe.

July 18: New York (Joe's Pub) July 20: Philadelphia (Penn's Landing) July 24: West Hollywood, Calif. (House of Blues)

Voting for the video visionary award, to be presented this fall during the 2002 VH1/Vogue Fashion Awards, is underway via . Nine artists, from No Doubt and Pink to the White Stripes and Elton John, are up for the honor, with voting set to close Sept. 4. The ceremony will take place Oct. 15 at New York's Radio City Music Hall, and will be broadcast live on VH1 beginning at 9 p.m. ET (rebroadcast at 9 p.m. PT).

No Doubt ("Hey Baby") Pink ("Just Like a Pill") Shakira ("Objection (Tango)") Alanis Morissette ("Precious Illusions," "Hands Clean") Dirty Vegas ("Days Go By") Moby ("We Are All Made of Stars") White Stripes ("Fell in Love With a Girl") Elton John ("This Train Don't Stop Here Anymore") Will Smith ("Black Suits Comin' (Nod Ya Head)")