Mike Love, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, lead singer and founding member of the group The Beach Boys, talked to us from the airport while he was en-route to Austin to play the 55th Annual Firefest to benefit Austin Firefighters. The event is this Saturday, October 6th at The Backyard in Bee Caves and will include a 5K run, a BBQ cook-off, and culminates with The Beach Boys performance at 9 p.m.
A hard-working man, Mike has not had a summer off Read more
MONTBLANC PRESENTS THE 21ST ANNUAL MONTBLANC DE LA CULTURE ARTS PATRONAGE AWARD, HONORING QUINCY JONES
(LOS ANGELES) Jan Patrick Schmitz (CEO, Montblanc North America), Quincy Jones (Honoree), Morgan Freeman (The Dark Knight Rises, The Shawshank Redemption), Rashida Jones (Parks and Recreation), Viola Davis (Won’t Back Down, The Help), Teri Hatcher (Desperate Housewives), and Lang Lang (Concert Pianist, Montblanc cultural ambassador). Montblanc presented the 2012 Montblanc de la Culture Arts Patronage Award to Quincy Jones for his lifetime commitment to the arts at an exclusive reception at the Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles. The Montblanc de la Culture Arts Patronage Award annually honors individuals who have dedicated their lives to the support of the arts. After dominating the music industry for over 50 years, Jones joins the prestigious ranks of previous winners of Montblanc de la Culture Arts Patronage Award including, HRH Charles Prince of Wales, Yoko Ono, and Queen Sofia of Spain.
The award was presented to Quincy Jones by Montblanc North America CEO Jan Patrick Schmitz, longtime esteemed friend Morgan Freeman, and daughter Rashida Jones.
Montblanc will donate $20,000 to the Jazz Foundation of America, a nonprofit organization dedicated to assisting aging jazz musicians in New York City, on Quincy Jones’ behalf.
Five-time Grammy nominee and 2012 Living Blues Award Winner (Female Blues Artist of the Year, Most Outstanding Musician, and Best Blues Album 2011) Marcia Ball is a living legend. She’s been inducted into the Gulf Coast Music Hall of Fame, the Lousiana Music Hall of Fame, and is the recipient of no less than 9 Blues Music Awards. She was featured in a movie with Clint Eastwood, and has appeared on numerous national television and radio shows like Late Night With David Letterman, A Prairie Home Companion, Austin City Limits, CNN, and the Today Show. She’s performed at the White House with B.B. King and Della Reese, a show that was broadcast on PBS in 1999. It’s exhausting just trying to list her accolades.
“A sensational, saucy singer and superb pianist… where Texas stomp-rock and Louisiana blues-swamp meet” – USA Today
LOS ANGELES, Sept. 18, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — P!nk, Grammy Award winning singer-songwriter and pop culture icon, announced that she will tour North America for the first time in four years, beginning on February 13, 2013. P!nk is known around the world as one of the most captivating live performers of her generation. The recently named COVERGIRL has confirmed 25 dates for The Truth About Love Tour presented by COVERGIRL in support of her new album, The Truth About Love, available today. The Live Nation produced arena tour is scheduled to begin on February 13, 2013 at the US Airways Center in Phoenix, Arizona with dates confirmed through March 28, 2013 at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. Tickets go on sale to the public beginning September 29th at LiveNation.com
Austin Creative Alliance (ACA) and Texas Accountants and Lawyers for the Arts (TALA) are proud to present Austin attorney Chris Castle’s “Four Nights of Music Rights” seminar series in September and October 2012 hosted by the Long Center. The series consists of four evening seminars that will cover intermediate and advanced-level music business rights and protections and related legal issues for managers, music industry businesses, lawyers, artists, songwriters, and music technology companies. CLE credit is offered for each seminar through TALA.
A large concert is only as good as it’s sound and lighting crew, no matter who’s performing. AMFM Magazine caught up with one of the best, West Coast Sound & Light’s Paul Doty, a sound engineer who doubles as both the tour manager and sound engineer for CIRCA and Yoso, the super bands comprised of Yes and Toto members. West Coast Sound & Light was founded 1986, and is a multi-faceted sound and light production company as well as a major AV installation company. Paul told us about the development of his company, what it’s like to work with legendary musician Billy Sherwood (Yes, Toto, Air Supply, Paul Rodgers, Todd Rundgren – that’s just for starters). Their corporate offices are in Northern California, one hour East of San Francisco in Modesto. Paul, who works closely with his wife Leslie, also told us about how his team makes the largest one day Rock Festival in California ( XFest ) happen.
Paul Doty in his “Office” Read more
ARC Music regularly provides music for Hollywood blockbusters from their rural home in the English countryside
ARC Music is a small company in the countryside in England that is becoming increasingly more popular with large filmmakers as a supplier of music for major films. With only eleven employees, ARC, which started as a record label for ethnic music in 1976, has become a respected player in the music for film placement business. In the last few years, they have placed music for NBC, The National Geographic Channel, Walt Disney and MTV. Some of the larger films of the last few years have music placed by ARC, including Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter, The Prince of Persia, Indiana Jones & The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, James Bond “Casino Royale,” Burn After Reading, the Forty Year Old Virgin and many others. We spoke with Public Relations Director Chris Tomsett and here’s what he had to say about the company’s success:
AMFM: Tell me a little about ARC
CHRIS: We were established in 1976, and we are the oldest and longest running of all the world music labels. Read more
PHOTO BY BILL BERNSTEIN COURTESY OF FOREIGNER
Foreigner, the iconic British-American rock band, has withstood the test of time. With 14 #1 hits like “I Want to Know What Love Is,” “A Girl Like You,” “Double Vision,” “Head Games,” “Juke Box Hero,” “Urgent” and many other, they are known world-wide as one of the favorite rock bands of all time. They aren’t slowing down. They fill arenas, and continue to forge new musical peaks like the critically-acclaimed 2009 release “Can’t Slow Down.” Read more
Bruce Springsteen will be honored as the 2013 MusiCares Person of the Year on Feb. 8, 2013, it was announced today by Neil Portnow, President/CEO of the MusiCares Foundation and The Recording Academy, and Scott Pascucci, Chair of the MusiCares Foundation Board.
Proceeds from the 23rd annual benefit gala dinner and concert — to be held in Los Angeles during GRAMMY Week two days prior to the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards — will provide essential support for MusiCares, which ensures that music people have a place to turn in times of financial, medical and personal need. Read more
VICE and Intel’s The Creators Project Returns to Sao Paulo, Holding Monster Arts and Technology Festival
The award-winning technology and arts initiative revisits Brazil on August 4th and 5th at the cultural hub, Moinho, showcasing performances and works from Tanlines, AraabMuzik, Karol Conka + Naves, Leo Justi, Chris Milk, Zigelbaum + Coelho, Minha Yang, SuperUber, Cantoni e Crescenti, Doug Carmean and Social Print Studios, Raquel Kogan, Moto e Lima, and more
Sao Paulo, Brazil (July 12, 2012) – The Creators Project, Intel and VICE’s global arts and technology initiative dedicated to supporting creativity, returns to Sao Paulo for a weekend festival featuring a marquee lineup of live performances and Studio works by pioneering tech, audio, and visual artists, in close collaboration with Intel and its engineers.
After hosting cultural festivals in San Francisco and Paris in 2012, The Creators Project returns to South America August 4th and 5th to launch the third leg in its annual global event series. Read more