Billboard Bits: Madonna, Badly Drawn Boy, Smooth Jazz Benefit
News on Madonna, Badly Drawn Boy, Smooth Jazz BenefitMadonna will preside over a Dec. 9 London ceremony to award the prestigious Turner Prize for contemporary art. Four British artists have made the shortlist for the $30,000 prize, competition for which is open to native artists under 50 who have exhibited during the previous year.
The first two finalists are Mike Nelson, with "The Cosmic Legend of the Uroboros Serpent," an architectural installation comprising a dusty corridor scattered with discarded objects leading to a workshop; and Isaac Julien, for two video installations, "The Long Road to Mazatlan" (described by organizers as a "film that explores longing, masculinity, and homoeroticism") and "Vagabondia".
Also up for the prize is Richard Billingham, who entered two video projections -- "Tony Smoking Backwards" and "Ray in Bed, Untitled Triptych" (a home video featuring his alcoholic father reluctantly waking up as his wife brings him a cup of tea) -- and a selection of landscape photographs; and Martin Creed, for his work "227: The lights going on and off," an empty gallery whose ceiling lights flash on and off at 5-second intervals.
U.K. singer/songwriter Badly Drawn Boy (real name: Damon Gough) will premiere a selection of new songs Friday (Nov. 9) during an acoustic radio session Santa Monica, Calif.-based KCRW-FM's "Morning Becomes Eclectic" show. The session will be broadcast live at 11:15 a.m. PT in Los Angeles, and simulcast online at the station's official Web site.
The artist will also play an acoustic set the same evening as part of a KCRW benefit concert at L.A.'s Wiltern Theatre. Sparklehorse, Elliott Smith, Ozomatli, Pete Yorn, and Shelby Lynne are also on the bill. Gough has recently been working in L.A. with producer/Bong Load Records founder Tom Rothrock (Beck, Elliott Smith) on the soundtrack to the movie version of Nick Hornby's novel "About a Boy."
-- Jason Reynolds, L.A.
Al Jarreau, Natalie Cole, and Chris Botti are among the artists who will perform during the I Love NY Concert to benefit victims and families affected by the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center. Set for Nov. 14 at New York's Beacon Theatre, the smooth jazz event will also feature Kirk Whalum, Gato Barbieri, Phoebe Snow, Jay Beckenstein (Spyro Gyra), Phil Perry, Randy Brecker, Najee, Alex Bugnon, Chuck Loeb, Steve Cole, Deodato, Jon Lucien, Will Downing, Euge Groove, Richard Elliot, Russ Freeman (the Rippingtons), Jeff Golub, and Wayman Tisdale, as well as dancer Savion Glover.
Sponsored by local Emmis Communications radio outlet CD 101.9's, the concert donate its net proceeds to Safe Horizon, a New York-based provider of victim assistance, advocacy, and violence prevention services, for use in aiding the victims of the Sept. 11 attacks.
For more information, visit the station's official Web site.
-- Barry Jeckell, N.Y.
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