Earlier this week, Cyndi Lauper’s True Colors Fund confirmed that it’s going to be holding its third annual “Home For The Holidays” benefit concert later in the year.
The benefit aims to benefit the LGBT youth community by reducing their homelessness rate (40% of homeless youths identify as LGBT) through the Forty To None project, an organization seeking to “educate and engage the public and advocate within government and media, creating empowering experiences for these young people, facilitating leading research, and aiding service providers in building their capacity and creating an inclusive environment within their agencies.”
The concert line-up is set to include a veritable smorgasbord of talent, including long-time marriage equality advocate Pink, Josh Groban, Susan Sarandon and the Indigo Girls, among others.
“Home for the Holidays is once again going to be an amazing night of music and comedy in support of a cause close to my heart, homeless gay and transgender youth,” said Lauper in a statement. “I’m proud that we have built a show that not only sells out every year, but has become well-known for bringing together a stellar array of artists to help change the world through an evening of incredible performances. This year’s concert will help us to continue to move our Forty to None Project’s work forward to help these young people live happy, healthy and productive lives.”
According to a statement on the True Colors Fund website “Home For The Holidays” has been a great success since its inaugural year in 2010:
“For the past two year, the concert has played to sold out audiences of over 2,800 each year and welcomed incredible performers like Sarah McLachlan, Jason Mraz, Norah Jones, Adam Lambert, Whoopi Goldberg, Lou Reed, Wanda Sykes, Cassandra Wilson, Alan Cumming, Jon Secada, and many more.”
“Home For The Holidays” is scheduled to take place on Saturday, December 7th 2013 at the Beacon Theatre in New York.
This year’s Chastain Park Concert Series in Atlanta will feature a slew of big name artists, including Josh Groban, Harry Connick, Jr. and Sting.
This year’s series is scheduled to kick off on April 26 with an appearance by Alan Jackson, with special guest Tate Stevens. Groban currently is the last scheduled performer, and his show will be August 18.
Other artists that will appear at the Chastain Park Amphitheatre are Willie Nelson with Aaron Lewis of Staind (May 4), Smashing Pumpkins (May 10), Daryl Hall & John Oats (May 30), Joan Baez & Indigo Girls (June 14) and Heart with Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience (June 20).
Chastain Parks’s website points out that there are typically around 24 shows each season, so we can likely expect more acts to be added in the near future.
The Chastain Park Amphitheatre is divided into different sections with different types of seating. Directly in front of the stage are a series of tables, which are surrounded by orchestra seating. In the very back of the venue is lawn seating. Certain shows will be designated as “No Table Setup,” in which case the tables in front will be replaced by traditional concert seats.
Most shows allow concertgoers to bring small coolers with outside food and drink, though there is also food available at the venue at concession stands and through caterers.
The summer concert series kicks off with a hometown show of sorts for Jackson, who was born in Newnan, Ga., a suburb of Atlanta. Jackson put out his last studio album, Thirty Miles West, in June of last year. The album is his 17th studio album.
Before Jackson’s appearance at Chastain, he is scheduled to release Precious Memories Volume 2, his second collection of traditional gospel songs. The first Precious Memories collection was released in 2006.
As Josh Groban gets ready to release his sixth album next month, he’s got a flurry of new activity for fans to get excited about.
First, the new album, All That Echoes, is currently streaming on iTunes as part of “active listening parties happening across the globe.” The album will be officially released on February 5.
To celebrate, Groban will hold an album release event on February 4. The singer will perform intimate versions of songs from throughout his 12-year career, as well as tracks from the new album, at the Allen Room in New York overlooking Central Park.
But if you can’t make it to Manhattan for the release, Groban will bring it to you as the show will be broadcast live to over 500 movie theaters across the country. “Josh Groban Live: All That Echoes,” as the event will be known in theaters, will also feature songs requested from fans, and Groban will answer fan questions submitted before the show via text messages and Twitter.
“To have the chance to perform songs new and old and interact with Q&A with fans across the country is truly awesome,” Groban said in a statement. “Fathom gives me that reach using state-of-the-art visuals and sound at your local movie theater to experience a concert experience unique to any other. What a great way to kick off the album release!”
“This highly anticipated musical event will be an amazing visual and audio experience for Josh Groban fans as he serenades audiences from the Allen Room and its magnificent backdrop of New York’s Central Park,” said Dan Diamond, senior vice president of NCM Fathom events. “Movie theaters across the country will be transformed into a romantic concert as Josh debuts songs form his new album just in time for Valentine’s Day.”
Later, the singer will appear at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles July 2-4 as part of the venue’s extensive Fourth of July festivities. Other live dates likely will be announced soon.
Capitol Fourth concert, for thirty years, has provided Washingtonians with front row seats to entertainment that is first class and offers holiday fireworks from an incredible view.
This year’s “A Capital Fourth” lineup promises to deliver a rockin good time at the West Lawn of the Capitol.
Artists who are scheduled to appear include Grammy award winning vocalist Josh Groban, Little Richard, a rock ‘n roll pioneer, Steve Martin along with his award-winning banjo band Steep Canyon Rangers, “Glee” star Matthew Morrison and “American Idol” winner Jordin Sparks.
Providing their own backup and solos will be the National Symphony Orchestra.
PBS stations will be broadcasting the show live on July 4 at 8:00-9:30 pm.
For the finale of ‘The Oprah Winfrey Show’, almost every big name in Hollywood and in music showed up to bid the Queen of All Media adieu, not for good though, only in daytime network TV. From the Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin, to the currently controversial Maria Shriver, to the likes of Tom Cruise, Tom Hanks and Madonna, the star-studded guest list for the two-episode finale of the 25-year talk show is a testament to Oprah’s power and influence, and how much she will be missed from daytime TV.
Several performances filled the celebration which is why the two-part episode had to be held not in the show’s usual home at Harpo Studios, but at the United Center nonetheless, home of the Chicago Bulls! Never mind that Derrick Rose and the rest of the Bulls are battling LeBron James and the Miami Heat for the NBA Eastern Conference Finals, what Oprah wants, she gets!
The song ‘I Gotta Feeling’, as performed by Will.I.Am, started things off, followed by ‘Isn’t She Lovely’, a duet shared by Jamie Foxx and Stevie Wonder. Aretha Franklin performed the well-fitting track ‘Amazing Grace’, while Beyonce, whose new single ‘Run the World (Girls)’ has been performing poorly in the charts, used the opportunity to turn Oprah and the 20,000 members of the audience into a fan of the song, in the hopes of boosting the single’s airplay and chart performance. Another duet, ‘Somewhere Over the Rainbow’, performed by Josh Groban and Patti LaBelle caused an overflow of emotions on stage but not until Madonna, Will and Jada Pinkett Smith, Tom Cruise, Tom Hanks, Simon Cowell and best of all, Maria Shriver appeared on stage, all of them stepping out to the tune of ‘Oh Happy Day’, which Usher performed along with his 2010 summer hit ‘OMG’ for the vast crowd. If Oprah had the power to resurrect Michael Jackson and Elizabeth Taylor, they probably would have been there too, just saying.
Recently Josh Groban, the classical-pop singer, unveiled plans for his special concert tour which will precede the release of “Illuminations,” Groban’s latest studio album. The release date for the new set is November 15. Four shows played in two states will precede the release.
The bi-coastal pre-trek will start in California with shows in Palm Desert at McCallum Theatre on November 6, in San Diego at Balboa Theatre on November 7, and in Santa Barbara at The Granada on November 10. Following his run of three shows in California, Groban will be returning East for one performance in New Haven, CT at Shubert Theater on November 13.
Concert tour presales will start on October 21 with public onsales starting on October 22. The prices on tickets, according to current venue listings on the tour, start at approximately $50. “Illuminations” is being included with the price of tickets in a special offer. Upon its release the set will be shipped to ticket buyers.
It is Groban’s first headlining tour in three years. It came about due to Groban wanting to get his fans involved in what he refers to as the first step for producing a large scale tour.
On Groban’s official website he explained, there are so many steps involved in going out on tour to prepare for what eventually people see as a big production. Actually the first step that I take is very simple. I just go into my living room and sit down at my piano and start playing. I try exploring my songs in different ways and practice also as much as I can in order for the songs to get into my voice and hands. Also, I think about songs I want to play that I haven’t played in years on tour. Then I may bring my guitarist in and work on additional songs.
This all happens before moving things to a rehearsal space that is more formal with full orchestra and band. This time around, however, I wanted to try to do things differently. I am bringing You to my living room. I wanted this tour’s first step to be right in front of all of you.
It isn’t clear when Groban is planning to follow the four concerts up with a tour that is full length, or how long such a tour would be. Last time the multi-Platinum singer headlined a major tour was in 2007 when his “Awake Tour” supported “Awake,” his release from late 2006.
That tour had two legs and visited over 70 markets worldwide. For the week that ended April 29, 2007 Groban earned the No. 6 spot on the TicketNews Top Events Rankings.
2010 Josh Groban Concert Tour
6 – Palm Desert, CA – McCallum Theatre
7 – San Diego, CA – Balboa Theatre
10 – Santa Barbara, CA – Granada Theatre
13 – New Haven, CT – Shubert Theatre