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Blues at the Crossroads 3 Set for Segerstrom Center, 2/7Blues at the Crossroads 3 Set for Segerstrom Center, 2/7
by BWW News Desk - Jan 13, 2015

Segerstrom Center for the Arts presents the third in a popular series of Blues at the Crossroads concerts on February 7, 2015 with The Soul of the Blues, a musical celebration of songs by Otis Redding, Aretha Franklin, Booker T. & The M.G.'s, Etta James, Sam & Dave, Bobby Womack, James Brown and others. Performing on the Rene?e and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall stage are 'Soul Queen of New Orleans' Irma Thomas, vocalist Lee Fields, up-and-coming star Alecia Chakour and jazz/funk guitarist Eric Krasno, all backed by The Dynamites. (more...)

TELL MAMA: THE MUSIC OF ETTA JAMES Set for FRINGE WORLD Festival 2015TELL MAMA: THE MUSIC OF ETTA JAMES Set for FRINGE WORLD Festival 2015
by BWW News Desk - Jan 2, 2015

FRINGE WORLD Festival 2015 - Tell Mama: The Music of Etta James (more...)

Aretha Franklin Wants Audra McDonald to 'Bring It Home' as Star of Her BiopicAretha Franklin Wants Audra McDonald to 'Bring It Home' as Star of Her Biopic
by Movies News Desk - Dec 16, 2014

In an all-new interview with Rolling Stone, music legend Aretha Franklin revealed that she has been in talks with producers to bring her life story to the big screen, with six-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald taking the lead role. (more...)

Great American Songbook Winner to Perform National Anthem at Colts Game, 12/14Great American Songbook Winner to Perform National Anthem at Colts Game, 12/14
by BWW News Desk - Dec 10, 2014

Maddie Baillio, the 2014 winner of the Great American Songbook Academy will perform the National Anthem at the Dec. 14 Colts game at Lucas Oil Stadium. The 18-year-old from League City, Texas was the winner in the 2014 competition, held at the Palladium concert hall in July. In addition to the Colts game performance, Baillio will debut at New York City's Birdland jazz club on December 16, performing alongside Michael Feinstein, founder of the Great American Songbook Foundation and artistic director at the Center for the Performing Arts. Baillio is the Great American Songbook Youth Ambassador, a one year title. (more...)

Kimberley Locke Launch Holiday Season at Feinstein's at the Nikko TonightKimberley Locke Launch Holiday Season at Feinstein's at the Nikko Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Dec 4, 2014

Labeled 'the Queen of Christmas' by Billboard Magazine, Kimberley Locke kicks off the holiday season with two special performances at Feinstein's at the Nikko tonight, December 4 (8 p.m.) and Friday, December 5 (8 p.m.). Locke will perform songs off her acclaimed holiday album, 'Christmas,' as well as other fan favorites. (more...)

Tovah Feldshuh, John Lloyd Young, Sharon McNight and More Set for Feinstein's at the Nikko in DecemberTovah Feldshuh, John Lloyd Young, Sharon McNight and More Set for Feinstein's at the Nikko in December
by BWW News Desk - Dec 3, 2014

Feinstein's at the Nikko is proud to announce the upcoming lineup for December 2014. Performers include Tony Award nominee Tovah Feldshuh, Tony Award winner John Lloyd Young, "American Idol's" Kimberley Locke, Tony Award nominee -- and San Francisco legend -- Sharon McNight, "America's Got Talent's" Shawn Ryan, Dave Damiani & the No Vacancy Orchestra with special guest Renee Olstead & Landau Eugene Murphy, Jr., San Francisco's favorite Russian redhead Katya-Smirnoff-Skyy, crooner Russ Lorenson, Bay Area jazz singer Yvonne Flores and more! (more...)

Barbara Morrison Set for BIG BAND BANG ON YOUR BUCK at Encore Dinner TheatreBarbara Morrison Set for BIG BAND BANG ON YOUR BUCK at Encore Dinner Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Dec 3, 2014

Famed singer Barbara Morrison will be the star performer in a full evening of entertainment running the gamut from jazz, blues, rhythm-and-blues and Motown in the 'Big Band Bang for Your Buck' New Year's Eve Musical Festival at the Encore Dinner Theatre. (more...)

SPOILER ALERT! Recap and Review: THE VOICE Says Goodbye to Three Singers, 12/Full Results!SPOILER ALERT! Recap and Review: THE VOICE Says Goodbye to Three Singers, 12/Full Results!
by Matt Tamanini - Dec 2, 2014

Tonight is a big night for THE VOICE as Carson Daly will mercilessly eliminate three aspiring superstars; not cool Daly, not cool. As I alluded to in my recap from last night, the rapid elimination of contestants on this show is one of the many reasons that it continues to trail far behind AMERICAN IDOL in terms of entertainment value and audience-competitor connection, despite the fact that THE VOICE continues to lap AI in terms of talent. (more...)

CABARET LIFE NYC: Award-Winning Singer WILLIAM BLAKE Stars at MACY's Thanksgiving Day ParadeCABARET LIFE NYC: Award-Winning Singer WILLIAM BLAKE Stars at MACY's Thanksgiving Day Parade
by Stephen Hanks - Nov 28, 2014

The New York cabaret community had something really special to be thankful for yesterday as one of its own, singer William Blake, was a featured performer in the 2014 MACY's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Cruising up to the parade's main staging area on a faux Mississippi River Boat at around the show's midpoint, Blake and three backup singers revved up the crowd with a uptempo gospel/blues song 'Give Thanks,' written by Matt Sklar and Bill Schermerhorn, with an arrangement by Blake's Musical Director Michael Thomas Murray (see video). For the 31-year-old Texas native, who came to New York just seven years ago, performing in the parade is now one of the high points of his career. (more...)

Black Ensemble Theater Extends Etta James Tribute AT LASTBlack Ensemble Theater Extends Etta James Tribute AT LAST
by BWW News Desk - Nov 21, 2014

Black Ensemble Theater Founder and CEO Jackie Taylor announces the two-week extension of its wildly popular production, At Last: A Tribute to Etta James written and directed by Jackie Taylor and co-directed by Daryl D. Brooks. At Last: A Tribute to Etta James will now run at the Black Ensemble Theater Cultural Center, 4450 N. Clark Street in Chicago, through January 11, 2015. (more...)

BWW Reviews: THE HISTORY OF ROCK 'N' ROLL IN TEN SONGS Shows Greil Marcus at His Best...Most of the TimeBWW Reviews: THE HISTORY OF ROCK 'N' ROLL IN TEN SONGS Shows Greil Marcus at His Best...Most of the Time
by John Walker Ross - Nov 20, 2014

Greil Marcus has been a big-time rock critic for over forty years. I've been reading him for the last thirty-five....I've learned to take the good with the bad. (more...)

Wells Fargo Center Welcomes The Oh Yeah! Tour with Preservation Hall Jazz Band and Allen Toussaint TonightWells Fargo Center Welcomes The Oh Yeah! Tour with Preservation Hall Jazz Band and Allen Toussaint Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Nov 18, 2014

Wells Fargo Center for the Arts welcomes The Oh Yeah! Tour featuring Preservation Hall Jazz Band with Allen Toussaint for a one-night-only joint performance tonight, November 18, 2014 at 8:00 PM at the Ruth Finley Person Theater (50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa). (more...)

DECADES OF DIVAS Set for Count Basie Theatre TonightDECADES OF DIVAS Set for Count Basie Theatre Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Nov 8, 2014

DECADES OF DIVAS makes its world premiere ahead of a national tour tonight, Nov. 8, 2014 at the Count Basie Theatre, 99 Monmouth St., Red Bank, NJ. Show time is 8 p.m. Tickets $59, $39, $29 and $19 on sale NOW at www.countbasietheatre.org or through the box office at (732) 842-9000. (more...)

SCERA Presents TRIBUTE TO MOTOWN Concert TonightSCERA Presents TRIBUTE TO MOTOWN Concert Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Nov 8, 2014

Renata Braham, the director of Motown Sounds, loved to sing but never saw herself with a microphone in her hand in front of an audience. Her husband Darryl, who played in a band, thought otherwise, and 'pushed' her onstage. She was surprised that she loved it. Fifteen years later, she is still singing, but now she has a passion to help others who love the idea of performing -- but who may lack the confidence -- get up on stage. (more...)

ECHOES OF ETTA Plays Final Performance at Joe's Pub TonightECHOES OF ETTA Plays Final Performance at Joe's Pub Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Nov 6, 2014

Echoes of Etta, the award-winning Etta James Tribute, concludes their 2014 residency tonight, November 6th, 9:30pm at Joe's Pub (425 Lafayette Street). Echoes of Etta was the winner of the 2014 MAC Award for Show of the Year. (more...)

Kimberley Locke to Launch Holiday Season at Feinstein's at the Nikko, 12/4-5Kimberley Locke to Launch Holiday Season at Feinstein's at the Nikko, 12/4-5
by BWW News Desk - Nov 3, 2014

Labeled "the Queen of Christmas" by Billboard Magazine, Kimberley Locke kicks off the holiday season with two special performances at Feinstein's at the Nikko on Thursday, December 4 (8 p.m.) and Friday, December 5 (8 p.m.). Locke will perform songs off her acclaimed holiday album, "Christmas," as well as other fan favorites. (more...)

A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN Vocal Selections Out TodayA NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN Vocal Selections Out Today
by Pat Cerasaro - Nov 3, 2014

A collection of sheet music for the recent Broadway celebration of iconic rock n roll superstar Janis Joplin titled A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN is now available. (more...)

SCERA Adds Second Show to 11/8 TRIBUTE TO MOTOWN ConcertSCERA Adds Second Show to 11/8 TRIBUTE TO MOTOWN Concert
by BWW News Desk - Oct 31, 2014

Renata Braham, the director of Motown Sounds, loved to sing but never saw herself with a microphone in her hand in front of an audience. Her husband Darryl, who played in a band, thought otherwise, and 'pushed' her onstage. She was surprised that she loved it. Fifteen years later, she is still singing, but now she has a passion to help others who love the idea of performing -- but who may lack the confidence -- get up on stage. (more...)

BWW Interviews: SABRINA DUKE's Sense of PlaceBWW Interviews: SABRINA DUKE's Sense of Place
by Tory Gates - Oct 31, 2014

Sabrina Duke sits at a raised table in her York City home. Engaging even after a long day of teaching, she is enthused and willing to talk about her music, her career, and the one thing I took away without mention: her sense of place. (more...)

Peliroja, LARGO, GOD HATES THIS SHOW, Penny Arcade and More Set for Joe's Pub This WeekPeliroja, LARGO, GOD HATES THIS SHOW, Penny Arcade and More Set for Joe's Pub This Week
by BWW News Desk - Oct 27, 2014

Joe's Pub at the Public has announced its upcoming performances from October 29 - November 9, 2014. Details below! (more...)

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