Musical Passings: dancer and Tony Award winning choreographer Peter Gennaro passed away in New York on September 28th at age 80 (read more).
Weekend Ticket Alert: tickets go on sale on Saturday morning (Sept. 30) for The Sisters In Spirit Tour (Nov. 11th at Saenger Theatre, featuring Yolanda Adams, Shirley Caesar, Mary Mary and Angélla Christie), and Widespread Panic (playing Lakefront Arena on Oct. 27, 28 and 29); see the concerts page for more info.
Louisiana at the Opry: Louisiana artists featured at country music shrine the Grand Ole Opry this weekend include Jimmy C. Newman (09/30) and Jo-El Sonnier (appearing 09/29 and 09/30); Sonnier will appear on TV's "Grand Ole Opry Live" on Saturday (TNN; 7:30 pm); you can also tune into the Opry, live on the 'net, courtesy of WSM-AM radio.
Swampstock 2000, country music star Tim McGraw's 7th Annual Celebrity Softball Challenge and Concert takes place at the Tim McGraw Sports Complex in Rayville, LA on October 22nd; musical participants at the charity event include Tim McGraw, his wife Faith Hill, Billy Gilman, Jessica Andrews, and The Clark Family Experience.
Shocking News: Pantera vocalist Philip Anselmo will open his annual Halloween extravaganza, the House of Shock, on October 6; new features at the 12,000 sq. ft. haunted house this year include a multimedia stage show and a moving torture chamber (no puns about the RTA please); the house stays open to the public through Oct. 31.
BTE Sans Label: the management firm for alt-rockers Better Than Ezra have announced that the group has "opted out" of their contract with Elektra Entertainment; J.A.I.L. Management added that the band is currently in talks with several labels; BTE signed with Elektra in 1995; they have since released three albums, including their million selling debut "Deluxe", originally released on the band's own indie label; read more.
Wake Up With The Nevilles: the Neville Brothers are scheduled to appear on WWL's Eyewitness Morning News on Wednesday morning (09/27) to discuss their new biography "The Brothers"; the show airs from 6:00 am to 8:00 am; you can catch reruns in Real Audio at WWL's online archives (note: the segment appeared circa 7:45 am).
Blues & Hard Rock: good news for musicians and music fans! the Hard Rock Cafe will begin featuring live music on a regular basis; for starters, locally based blues man John Carey will host a weekly blues party on Wednesday evenings; John will feature a special guest each week and the initial schedule is impressive ... Snooks Eaglin will sit in on Oct. 4, to be followed by Chris Thomas King, Wallace Johnson, and Sista Teedy in subsequent weeks; blues fans should also check out John's weekly blues jam, held on Tuesday's at Mid-City Lanes.
New CD Releases, 09/26: in stores today (Sept. 26th) are the latest CD's from Aaron Neville, Shane Theriot (his solo debut), Kane & Abel, and Mystikal, plus rereleases from the late great Henry "Red" Allen and New Orleans rapper Juvenile; Mystikal's CD, "Let's Get Ready", is his 4th solo album, and the first since his split with Master P's No Limit label; the CD is shipping Platinum (orders of 1 million copies), and is expected to be atop the album charts when they are issued next week.
Chicks Tix: tickets for the Dixie Chicks & Willie Nelson concert (October 29th at the New Orleans Arena) go on sale at TicketMaster on Saturday morning at 10:00 am; you can also sign up to try and win some free tickets, courtesy of MusicCountry.com.
Louisiana at the Opry: Louisiana artists featured at country music shrine the Grand Ole Opry this weekend include Jimmy C. Newman (appearing on 09/22 and 09/23), and newcomer Andy Griggs (appearing 09/23); both will appear on TV's "Grand Ole Opry Live" on Saturday (TNN;7:30 pm); you can also tune into the Opry, live on the 'net, courtesy of WSM-AM radio.
Our Sympathy goes out to the friends and family of noted jazz piano player and vocalist Phamous Lambert, who passed away on Saturday, September 16th at age 82; Lambert spent 20 years in Chicago working with many giants of jazz (Miles Davis, Charlie Parker, Thelonious Monk, Joe Williams); after his return to New Orleans, he was a longtime member of the Dukes of Dixieland, and worked with many other local artists; he can be heard on albums by The Dukes, Sammy Remington and the New Orleans All-Star Stompers; he was also featured at the 1995 Piano Night At Tipitina's; services for Lambert will be held in New Orleans on Thursday at Gaskin Southall Mortuary; a second service is scheduled for Friday at Moses Baptist Church in Thibodaux.
Local Press: in "Rhythm with a Spirit", Jason Berry pays tribute to late, great trumpeter Melvin Lastie (New Orleans Magazine); Jeff "Almost Slim" Hannusch updates us on the Swamp Pop scene with "This Should Go On Forever" (from Louisiana Life).
Internet Coalition Hosts Events: the New Orleans Internet Coalition Music & Entertainment Committee hosts two receptions this week for Brian Brinkerhoff, the VP of Content Acquisition for online music distributor, Emusic.com; events will consist of a discussion and reception at the City Energy Club on Sept. 21st and a more casual "meet & greet", followed by live entertainment at Tipitina's French Quarter on Sept. 22nd; this is a great opportunity for local musicians, artists, executives and others to learn more about the digital music revolution, so stop by and check it out; read more about Emusic.com.
New CD Releases: guitar slinger Sonny Landreth is set to release his first all new album in 5 years; "Levee Town", on Sugar Hill Records, is due in stores on October 17th; Landreth is assisted on the album by special guests including John Hiatt, Bonnie Raitt, and Jennifer Warnes; read more.
Upcoming Concerts: Louisiana native Victoria Williams is hitting the road to promote her critically acclaimed new release "Water To Drink"; tour dates will include a gig at the Uptown Tip's on October 24th; opening up the show at Tip's will be Victoria's husband (and former member of The Jayhawks) Mark Olson, with The Original Harmony Creek Dippers (a group Olson formed with Victoria and fiddler Mike "Razz" Russel in 1997); Victoria is expected to sit in on a couple of numbers with the Creek Dippers, before her own set; more upcoming concerts.
Satchmo Centennial: local music historian and author Tad Jones will discuss Satchmo's New Orleans roots at the Jazz at Lincoln Center's "Louis Armstrong Lecture Series", which begins in New York on October 23rd; see our Armstrong Centennial page for details.
Blues HoF Inductees: several Louisiana music legends were inducted into the Louisiana Blues Hall of Fame in ceremonies held in Baton Rouge on September 11; honorees included Cosimo Matassa, Allen Toussaint, John Fred Gourrier (of John Fred & His Playboys fame), Deacon John Moore, Arthur "Guitar" Kelly, Luther Kent, and late swamp blues man Cornelius "Lonesome Sundown" Green; congratulations to all on this well deserved honor.
S.F. Blues Fest: Louisiana will be well represented at the San Francisco Blues Festival, being held on September 23rd and 24th; the line-up includes New Orleans born blues man Clarence "Fillmore Slim" Sims and Zydeco master Boozoo Chavis; other acts include Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers (featuring Louisiana born sax men Jules Broussard and Herman Riley), Shemekia Copeland (daughter of late guitar legend Johnny Copeland), and Ronnie Baker Brooks (son of blues guitarist Lonnie Brooks); the entire fest will be carried live on the 'net!
Jazz On Film: the Jazz at Lincoln Center series "Jazz On Film" kicks off it's 10th season on October 18th with "Jazz Film Scores", an intimate look at the art of scoring a film, hosted by New Orleans trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard; on November 29th, the series features "Louis Armstrong on Film", to be hosted by Satchmo disciple Nicholas Payton.
Condolences to the family and friends of singer and musician Roland "Cookie" Cook, who passed away in New Orleans on September 10th at age 64; Cook, a bass player, worked with many New Orleans R&B greats including Fats Domino, Ernie K-Doe, Allen Toussaint (Cook recorded an early Toussaint penned tune titled "Long Lost Love"), Shirley & Lee, Dave Bartholomew, and others; services are scheduled for Saturday morning at the New Zion Baptist Church.
Another Mil For Britney: Britney Spears' sophmore album "Oops ... I Did It Again" has just been certified 7 x Platinum by the RIAA; the pop star's two albums have now sold in excess of 19 million copies; her 1st official home video, "Time Out With Britney Spears", has sold 3 million copies!
Billboard Albums Chart for the week ending 09/23/2000; the third album from rapper (and younger brother of Master P) C-Murder, "Trapped in Crime", is the highest debut in the chart this week, coming in at No. 9; Britney Spears' "Oops ... I Did It Again" drops one spot after 8 weeks at No. 2 (her debut album, "Baby One More Time" is at No. 77 after 86 weeks on the chart); check out more Billboard chart listings.
NIN News: Nine Inch Nails front man Trent Reznor is currently working on a live DVD/Video of their Fragility v2.0 Tour at Nothing Studios in New Orleans; the Nails have also released details of their new album, "Things Falling Apart", due for release in October; the album features remixes of tracks from "The Fragile", along with new material; art work from the CD is available at the Nine Inch Nails web site.
Straight From The Source's Mouth: most of the excitement at this year's Source Hip Hop Music Awards were the fights in the audience, which the UPN Network didn't air; visit www.thesource.com for video clips of the brawl that disrupted the original taping of the event, along with articles on the aftermath; the show, featuring a performance by the Cash Money Millionaires, repeats on UPN on Sept 29th.
Cover Boy: CMA Entertainer of the Year nominee Tim McGraw will grace the cover of TV Guide's September 23rd issue; McGraw, nominated for a total of 3 awards, will perform at the 34th Annual CMA Awards show, which airs live on CBS on October 4th.
Fiyo on the Bio: the Neville Brothers tell it like it is in their new bio titled "The Brothers" due in book stores on September 19th; in connection with the release, Barnes & Noble will be hosting an online chat session with Aaron and Charles Neville on 09/19 (4:00 pm Central); local book signings are scheduled for 09/20 (Barnes and Noble), 09/25 (Faulkner House), 09/27 (Garden District), 09/28 (Books-A-Million), and 10/01 (Beaucoup Books).
Preservation Hall on PBS: the Preservation Hall Jazz Band will be featured in a 1 hour special airing nationwide on PBS on November 29th; "Preservation Hall Jazz Band: A Night In New Orleans", produced by WYES-TV, features regulars Ben Jaffe, David Grillier, Joseph Lastie Jr., Rickie Monie, Frank Demond, Wendell Brunious and Narvin Kimball on tunes including "Tiger Rag", "Panama", "Just a Closer Walk With Thee", and "Hindustan"; see the TV page for more info.
Best Wishes go out to Preservation Hall banjo player/vocalist Narvin Kimball who is recovering from a stroke suffered earlier this year; Kimball, age 91, is back to eating Big Macs with the passion that he had before his stroke, and is also singing and able to conduct basic physical exercises; fans and friends can send their well wishes to Narvin at 3537 Calhoun Street, New Orleans, LA 70125.
Smokey Joe's Cafe on PPV: the smash hit Broadway musical "Smokey Joe's Cafe: The Songs of Leiber and Stoller" will air one time only on Pay Per View television on Sunday night (09/10); the play features New Orleans native (and Tony Award nominee) B.J. Crosby; see our TV page for details.
Louisiana Blanked at VMA's local artists came home empty handed at the MTV Video Music Awards held on Thursday in New York, as rapper Juvenile and pop queen Britney Spears lost out to others; head to our Britney Spears page for more on the VMA's.
Huey Smith Honored: New Orleans R&B legend Huey "Piano" Smith was among the honorees at the Rhythm & Blues Foundation's 11th annual Pioneer Awards held in New York on Sept. 6; performers at the event included Aretha Franklin, Smokey Robinson, Erykah Badu, Bonnie Raitt, and Dionne Warwick; Smith, making an extremely rare public appearance, was introduced by another local R&B legend, Lloyd Price; Smith also treated the crowd to a performance of his hits "Rockin' Pneumonia and The Boogie Woogie Flu" and "Sea Cruise"; read more.
Concert News: recently added to the concert page are New Orleans dates for Victoria Williams and Tom Tom Club.
Free Lisa: DreamWorks Records and Liquid Audio are offering "newcomer" Lisa Angelle's entire self-titled debut album as a free download, in 2 song bundles, every other week through October 3rd; Lisa, a native of New Orleans, has already made a name for herself in country music by writing songs for such artists as Wynonna, Trisha Yearwood, Tanya Tucker, and Kathy Mattea; she wrote and produced all of the songs on her solo album, which is due in stores on October 3rd.
Dear Britney: pop tart Britney Spears will be dishing out advice to troubled peers for two weeks, starting September 8, at BBC Online; "This is a great way of showing that pop stars are real people too," sez Britney; "Most of those logging on are probably going through the same experiences most teens go through, and it is great to share with them how I dealt with these situations."
Master P(imp): rapper Master P will appear in an upcoming episode of HBO's critically acclaimed prison drama series OZ, which is currently filming the second half of it's fourth season; Master P will play the part of prisoner Curtis Bennett, who has a history of pimping; the new episodes will begin airing in January, 2001.
Liner Notes: singer/songwriter Fred Knobloch and harmonica virtuoso Kirk "Jelly Roll" Johnson release "Live at the Bluebird Cafe" on Sept. 12th ... a new version of the long out of print "Backstage at the Grand Ole Opry" is also due in stores on Sept. 12; it includes a track by Jimmy C. Newman ... Linda Gail Lewis (sister of Jerry Lee Lewis) teams up with Van Morrison on an album of duets featuring covers of country, rockabilly, and blues standards; "You Win Again", due in stores on October 3rd, includes tracks by Hank Williams, John Lee Hooker, Dave Bartholomew (the Smiley Lewis hit "Real Gone Lover"); and others; Lewis, a native of Ferriday, LA, had a Top 10 country hit with her brother on "Don't Let Me Cross Over" in 1969 ... Fifteen year old rising teen singing sensation Rachel Lampa performs a duet with Aaron Neville on a striking ballad, "There is Still a
Dream", on his upcoming album "Devotion" (in stores on Sept. 26) ... teen singer Christina Aguilera duets with Dr. John (on "Merry Christmas, Baby") on her forthcoming Christmas album, "My Kind of Christmas", due out on October 24.
Louisiana at the Opry: Louisiana natives Jo-El Sonnier and Jimmy C. Newman will appear at the Grand Ole Opry on Friday, August 25th; you can tune into the Opry, live on the 'net, courtesy of WSM-AM radio; rising country star and Monroe, LA native Andy Griggs will appear at the Opry on September 22nd.
Source Awards Go On: the 2000 Source Hip Hop Music Awards will air on UPN as scheduled on August 29th, despite being cut short when several fights broke out in the audience during taping of the show on Tuesday ... congrats to New Orleans rap group Hot Boys, who picked up the Source Award in the "Artist Of The Year, Group" category.
New Orleans Jazz Babies: film maker, New Orleans jazz fan, and band leader Woody Allen and wife Soon-Yi have adopted a second baby girl, according to the New York Daily News; the couple's first daughter, 1-year-old Bechet, was named after Allen's jazz idol Sidney Bechet; Allen and Soon-Yi have named their new arrival Manzie Tio Allen after Bechet's bandmate Lorenzo Tio.
Source Awards Cancelled: taping of the Source Hip Hop Music Awards show at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium on Aug. 22 was halted by police after several scuffles broke out in the audience; New Orleans own Cash Money Millionaires performed at the event before it was shut down; click here for the latest updates.
Free Drifters' Downloads: the Continental Drifters have made available 4 previously unreleased live tracks recorded during their 1998 tour of Germany; the tunes ("You're Gonna Need Somebody", "Tighter, Tighter", "Down By The River", and "Dedicated To The One I Love") are available for free downloading in MP3 format at the Blue Rose Records web site.
Film Notes: the release date for the Coen Brothers film "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" (which features 20th century blues man Chris Thomas King) and it's accompanying soundtrack have been pushed back; originally set to debut nationally in October, the movie is now scheduled to open December 22 in New York and Los Angeles, and in mid-January 2001 in the rest of the country; the soundtrack, featuring tracks by King and The Cox Family, is scheduled for release on November 14 (see news archives).
Saints Draft Quint Davis: the New Orleans Saints have formed a relationship with Jazz Fest producers Festival Productions Inc. to handle entertainment for Saints' home games during the 2000 football season; Festival Productions Inc., headed by Quint Davis, will produce featured pregame, halftime and postgame entertainment, and will also reprogram the in-game music to have more of a New Orleans theme (hmm... how about Britney Spears "Oops!... I Did It Again" after blowing 4th quarter leads, or Juvenile's "Back That Azz Up" for penalty calls); the tentative schedule includes appearances by Doug Kershaw (09/24), Irma Thomas (11/05), Dr. John (12/17), and Aaron Neville (12/24); see Saints press release for more info.
McCormick Cutting Solo CD: Singer/songwriter Jim McCormick (formerly with The Bingemen) is working on his first solo CD at Ground Floor Recording Studios with engineer Mike Mayeau; musicians backing up McCormick in the studio include Tommy Malone, Anders Osborne, John Thomas Griffith, Theresa Anderson, Rob Savoy, Ray Ganucheux, Mike Barras, and Mark Whitaker; the CD is scheduled to hit the streets in Fall of 2000.
Rising Star: Shreveport-born roots rocker and songwriter Kevin Gordon is compared to Lucinda Williams and Bruce Springsteen in a review of his latest album by Country.com; the album features a guest appearance by Lucinda, and also features a cover of the Earl King classic "Time for the Sun to Rise"; visit Kevin's web site for more info.
Politix: the Democratic National Convention was opened on August 14th by 8 year old New Orleans opera singer Juan Carlos Hernandez performing the National Anthem; a native of Harvey, LA, the young Hernandez has starred in numerous musical productions, most recently Fiddler on the Roof, Jr. at the Jefferson Performing Arts Society Musical Theatre Camp.
Jammin' with Willie: homies Dr. John and Kenny Wayne Shepherd sat in with Willie Nelson during his Monday night TV special, "A&E's Live By Request Starring Willie Nelson"; the two hour special will be rerun on A&E on Saturday night; see our Teevee Guide for details.
Gold & Platinum: recent certifications by the RIAA include Britney Spears (6 x Platinum for "Oops!... I Did It Again" on August 9th), the 504 Boyz (Gold for "Goodfellas" on July 17), and Tru (Gold for "Da Crime Family" on Aug. 8)
Best Wishes go out to Cox Family patriarch Willard Cox and his wife Marie, who were seriously injured in an auto accident in mid-July; the couple was attempting to turn off a highway near their Cotton Valley, LA home when an empty logging truck slammed into the back of their car; Willard broke a vertebrae in his back and is paralyzed from the naval down; Marie suffered a broken arm, collarbone, back, and neck, but is able to walk; The Cox Family (Willard, along with children Sidney, Evelyn and Suzanne) won a Grammy in 1994 for "I Know Who Holds Tomorrow", a collaboration with Alison Krauss.
Rollin' On The River: the Hogan Jazz Archives is currently featuring an online exhibit on Riverboats and Jazz, created by archive curator Bruce Boyd Raeburn.
The Gospel According To Aaron: the latest CD from Aaron Neville will be a Gospel inspired collection, featuring a duet with son Ivan Neville; the album, titled "Devotion", is due in stores on September 26; read more.
Ladies of Soul: congrats to local Christian music trio Trin-I-Tee 5:7, who received two nominations for the 2000 Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards, being held at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium on September 2nd; read more.
Old Juvenile: D3 Entertainment is set to release an album by rapper Juvenile, recorded before his popularity exploded; the album, titled "Playaz Of Da Game", is slated for a September 26th release date; the album includes Juvenile's 1991 smash hit "Bounce For The Juvenile", considered one of the first New Orleans bounce songs, and the tune that launched Juvenile's career; read more.
Ride Your Pony: felony charges against country star Tim McGraw have been dropped by Orchard Park, New York authorities; McGraw and Kenny Chesney were arrested in June after an alleged horse-napping and assault incident ... More: Tim received 3 nominations for this year's Country Music Association awards, which were announced on Monday ... McGraw produced the new Jo Dee Messina album "Burn" released earlier this week; he also performs a duet with Messina ("Bring On The Rain") on the album.
Concert Alert: Tickets for the 2nd annual Voodoo Music Festival go on sale on Friday, August 4th; here's more upcoming concert info.
Great New Music: upcoming releases from local artists include the latest from Phillip Manuel, Irma Thomas, Victoria Williams, Branford and Wynton Marsalis, Balfa Toujours, and Cubanismo (recorded in New Orleans); preorder them now and you will receive them on the day of release!.
Southern Fried: The 4th annual "Southern Music Issue" of John Grisham's Oxford American magazine includes articles on Louisiana's singing governor Jimmie Davis and rising zydeco star Keith Frank; included in the issue is a free Southern Sampler CD, including tunes by Davis, and Frank, plus Randy Newman, Tom Petty, Wilco, Kim Richey, Doc & Merle Watson, and many others; the award winning magazine donates 10% of the proceeds from this issue to the MusicMaker Relief Foundation, which benefits indigent folk and blues musicians - yet another excellent reason to go and buy a copy!
Louis Armstrong Centennial: we've just added "Phase 1" of a Satchmo photo gallery to the Armstrong Centennial web site; check it out, and also scan the events sections for upcoming tributes and related events!
Beastie Boy Sidelined: The Beastie Boys and Rage Against The Machine have been forced to postpone the launch of their "Rhyme & Reason 2000" tour after Beasties' rapper Mike D. injured his shoulder while bicycling in New York City over the weekend; the tour was due to play the New Orleans Arena on Sept. 2; no word yet on revised dates for the tour.
Chart Notes: Britney Spears' sophomore album, "Oops! ... I Did It Again", has finally moved ahead of Eminem's "The Marshall Mathers LP", which has topped the Billboard Albums Chart for eight straight weeks; unfortunately, both were kept out of first place by the 4th release of the "Now That's What I Call Music" series, which debuted at No. 1 (making history as the first non-soundtrack VA compilation album to enter the charts at No. 1).
Mahalia Remembered: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame singer Mavis Staples will pay tribute to her mentor, idol and friend, New Orleans gospel legend Mahalia Jackson in a performance at the 7th annual Afrosolo Arts Festival in San Francisco on August 26th; click here for more info.
MTV Video Music Awards: nominees for the "2000 MTV Video Music Awards" were announced on July 25; pop tart Britney Spears received 4 nominations, and Cash Money Records rap star Juvenile is in the running for Best Hip Hop Video; local resident Trent Reznor (of nine inch nails fame) was named in the Breakthrough Video category (for "Into The Void"); winners will be announced at Radio City Music Hall in New York on September 7th; full nominees list.
The Killer Featured on Rock TV Special: Jerry Lee Lewis' 1957 appearance on The Steve Allen Show is one of the segments featured in the upcoming VH1 special "100 Greatest Rock & Roll Moments on TV"; the 5 part 5 hour series will premiere on July 31st; see TV page.
Pause For A Cause: the Classified Projects Foundation and Basin Street Records have joined forces on a specially priced compilation CD which will benefit the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA) and the Louis Armstrong Summer Jazz Camp program; "The New Music of New Orleans", featuring tracks from Kermit Ruffins, Los Hombres Calientes, Jason Marsalis, and Dr. Michael White, will be on sale in local record stores during the SIGGRAPH 2000 conference (07/23 - 07/28); after the conference, you can get your copy at the Classified Projects Foundation web site.
Juvenile In Hot Water: local rapper Juvenile (née Terius Gray) was arrested at his Mandeville home in the wee hours of July 20th and charged with three counts of simple battery and five counts of aggravated assault; the incident arose after the national rap star manhandled five "dancers" he had brought home from a New Orleans "nightclub" ... read more.
Jazz Fest Special on VH1: VH1 will air a one hour special on this year's New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival on July 27th; see the TV Page for details.
Bangles II: The Bangles discussed their reunion, new album, and more in a press conference held in L.A. on July 18th.
Bangles Reunite: popular 80's vocal group The Bangles will reunite for a brief tour that kicks off on Sept. 13th; the reunited group includes original member Vicki Peterson, who currently plays with local faves, the Continental Drifters; plans for an extended tour and a new album will be announced by the divas at a press conference in Los Angeles on July 18th; they will also be featured in an episode of VH1's "Behind the Music", premiering on July 30th.
Concert Line: loads of great concerts coming up, including Eddie Palmieri, Pearl Jam, Wu-Tang Clan, Chico Cesar and Rita Ribeiro, the Jazz Mandolin Project, Beastie Boys, Maceo Parker, and Tina Turner; here's more.
Musical Passing: retired vocalist Ronald "Green Apples" Williams passed away at his home in Tacoma, Washington on June 22nd at age 56; Williams, a native of New Orleans, was a former member of local groups The Orbiters, Swiss Movement, and Louisiana Purchase.
Young Musicians To Perform on TV: students from the Louis Armstrong Jazz Camp in New Orleans will perform on NBC's Today Show on Sunday morning, July 16th; the group will be introduced by New Orleans Mayor Marc Morial; see the TV Page for details.
Tina Returns: rock and R&B legend Tina Turner has extended her farewell "Twenty Four Seven Tour" to include another swing thru North America; stops include the New Orleans Arena on October 25th (where she performed in April); opener this time around will be Joe Cocker.
Props For Pops: Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra have announced their 2000–2001 10th Anniversary Season, which features tributes to Louis Armstrong in their ongoing 13 month celebration of the centennial of the late jazz icon's birth; events also include a live PBS special, airing on December 13th.
Gold for Griggs: rising country music star and Monroe, LA native Andy Griggs was honored with a surprise party in Nashville on July 6th, celebrating Gold certification (500,000 units sold) for his debut album "You Won't Ever Be Lonely"; read more.
Platinum for Britney: Britney Spears' new album "Oops!... I Did It Again" was certified 5 x Platinum by the RIAA on July 5th; the "Pride of Kentwood" has sold over 17 million albums (plus 3 million copies of her video "Time Out with Britney Spears") in the last 18 months!
Born on the Bayou: California born & Louisiana influenced rocker John Fogerty will feature several LA music acts on his upcoming tour, dubbed "Acura Music Festival: Destination New Orleans"; opening acts, including Aaron Neville, Irma Thomas, Marcia Ball, and Dr. John, will vary from city to city during the tour; check Pollstar for the latest dates and venues.
Cash Money Artists Nominated: congrats to local label Cash Money Records, who received six nominations for the Source Hip-Hop Music Awards 2000; the rap group Hot Boys are nominated for Group of the Year, Album of the Year (for "Guerrilla Warfare"), and Live Performer of the Year; B.G. was nominated for Single of the Year (for "Bling Bling"), Lil' Wayne is up for New Artist of the Year (Solo), and CMR guru Mannie Fresh is nominated for Producer of the Year; here's the full list of nominees; the awards show will be held in Pasadena, CA on August 22nd, and will be aired on UPN TV on August 29th.
In Good Taste: Thanks to our friends at Gambit Weekly for the mention of satchmo.com as one of their favorite bookmarks in an article titled "The House
Mouse"; this was in the June 27th issue (page 28).
R&R Hall of Fame bypasses LA: ballotting for next year's Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees has reached the semi-final stage, and no Louisiana music artists have made the cut; get the details on this and give us your thoughts in the Message Board area.
Holy Cow! Britney Spears and Tim McGraw are among the artists taking part in "World Voice 2000", a spoken-word album featuring contemporary music artists reading from Pope John Paul II's personal prayer books; the album will be released in September on Columbia Records; read more.
New Orleans in Down Beat: New Orleans musicians Kermit Ruffins, Nicholas Payton, Wynton Marsalis, Wendell Brunious, and Irvin Mayfield are featured in the July, 2000 issue of Down Beat; the issue is a tribute to jazz great Louis Armstrong.
News from CDNOW: recent items from our favorite online music store: a review of Chris Thomas King's "Me, My Guitar And The Blues" ... Editor's Pick: Clarence Gatemouth Brown's "Okie Dokie Stomp" ... Milestone: 75 Years of Clifton Chenier.
Kane & Abel Take The Rap: local rap duo Kane & Abel were sentenced to up to 24 months in jail on June 22 after changing their plea to guilty in a cocaine dealing case; the identical twins were indicted in May of 1999, accused of purchasing large quantities of cocaine from jailed pusher and convicted killer Richard Pena; as part of a plea bargain, the rappers and authors will also have to launch an anti-drug campaign; in cheerier news, the twins earlier this week inked a major distribution deal for thier Most Wanted Records label with Distribution North America (DNA), the independent distribution division of Valley Media, Inc.; DNA will distribute their next CD, "Most Wanted", which is due out on September 12th; here's more on their legal woes from the Times Picayune.
Singer Frankie Ford Assaulted: Singer and pianist Frankie Ford suffered head and eye lacerations requiring several stitches after a Fredericksburg, Virginia concert on June 17th; the attack by an unknown assailant took place at the hotel where he had just left his limousine; police and paramedics arrived on the scene and he was taken by ambulance to Mary Washington Hospital emergency room in Fredericksburg; he was discharged early Sunday morning and returned to his Gretna, LA home; Ford will perform next at a concert in Vienna, Austria this weekend along with The Dixie Cups and Troy Shondell.
R&B Foundation Names Y2K Honorees: New Orleans R&B legend Huey "Piano" Smith is among the honorees for The Rhythm & Blues Foundation's 11th Annual Pioneer Awards; the award ceremony will be held on September 6, 2000 at the Manhattan Center in New York City; other Pioneer Award honorees this year include Johnnie Johnson, Clyde Otis, Sylvia Robinson, Betty Wright, The Chi-Lites and The Impressions; special awards will be given to Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, and Ahmet Ertegun.
Young Joins Country Hall of Fame: late honky tonk legend Faron Young will be enshrined in the Country Music Hall of Fame on October 4th, along with crooner Charley Pride; read more.
Britney Does It Again: Britney Spears' latest, "Oops!... I Did It Again", was certified 4 x Platinum by the RIAA on June 13 (it was just released on May 16!); here's more on Britney.
BeauSoleil and Bois Sec Honored: winners of the 2000 Governors' Arts Awards included Alphonse "Bois Sec" Ardoin (Folk Artist of the Year) and BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet (Professional Artist of the Year); ceremonies were held in Baton Rouge on May 18, 2000.
Galactic Jam: funk-meisters Galactic were joined on stage by the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Les Claypool (of Primus), and Blues Traveler John Popper during a 2 night stint in San Francisco last weekend; Galactic will begin a nation-wide tour on July 28th (running through Sept. 3rd) as opening act for rockers Live and Counting Crows.