Billboard Bits: Tom Waits, On The Bricks, Keiko Matsui

News on Tom Waits, On The Bricks festival, Keiko Matsui

Tom WaitsTom Waits was honored with the Founders Award at the 18th annual ASCAP Pop Music Awards, held Monday in Beverly Hills, Calif., Billboard Bulletin reports. The song of the year award went to "I Knew I Loved You," the Savage Garden hit penned by its members, Darren Hayes and Daniel Jones. Swedish songwriters Max Martin and Andreas Carlsson shared the songwriter of the year award. The pair co-wrote three of the night's honored singles: Backstreet Boys' "I Want It That Way," 'N Sync's "It's Gonna Be Me," and Celine Dion's "That's the Way It Is."

-- Jill Pesselnick, L.A.

TantricModern rock acts Tantric, Powderfinger, Poe, and Ours will on Friday (May 25) inaugurate Atlanta's On the Bricks free weekly concert series. As previously reported, the concerts will take place each Friday through Aug. 10 in the city's Centennial Park, and are sponsored by local radio outlet WNNX (99X).

Here is the full On the Bricks line-up:
May 25: Tantric, Powderfinger, Poe, Ours
June 1: Staind, Brand New Immortals, Cold
June 8: Better Than Ezra, Rehab, Six Against Seven
June 15: Vertical Horizon, Will Hoge, Modern Hero
June 22: Our Lady Peace, Doves, Tender Idols
June 29: They Might Be Giants, Joydrop, Travisty Theory
July 6: Tonic, G Love & Special Sauce, Lotustarr
July 13: Cowboy Mouth, Grand Theft Audio, Left Front Tire
July 20: Sister Hazel, Dexter Freebish, Marathon, Chrystina Lloree
July 27: Special guest TBA, Josh Joplin Band, Drive-By Truckers
Aug. 3: Marvelous 3, Mars Needs Women (plus Atlantis Music Conference showcasing artists TBA)
Aug. 10: Special guest TBA

For more information, visit the official On the Bricks Web site.

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.

Keiko MatsuiSmooth jazz artist Keiko Matsui will release her 12th album, "Deep Blue," July 17 on the Narada Jazz label. Produced by her husband, shakuhachi flutist Kazu Matsi, the sweeping 10-track album is said to have been inspired by the Mediterranean Sea.

The Japanese-born Matsui's last album, 2000's "Whisper From the Mirror," peaked at No. 17 on Billboard's Top Contemporary Jazz Albums chart, as did her 1999 concert album, "Keiko Matsui Live." Her highest charting albums to date are 1998's "Full Moon and the Shrine," which debuted at No. 2 on the chart, and 1997's "Dream Walk," which peaked at No. 3, and earned her designation as Billboard's No. 1 contemporary female jazz artist that year.

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.