Global Superstar FERGIE Returns With Brand-New Single “L.A.LOVE (la la)”
“L.A.LOVE (la la)” GOES TO RADIO TODAY AND IS NOW AVAILABLE FOR DIGITAL PURCHASE AND STREAMING
SANTA MONICA, Calif., Sept. 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Global pop icon FERGIE returns to the music spotlight with a new single “L.A.LOVE (la la),” on will.i.am music / Interscope Records, which goes to radio today and is now available for digital download HERE and streaming on digital subscription services. Listen to “L.A.LOVE (la la)” HERE.
“L.A.LOVE (la la),” which the eight-time Grammy Award-winning multi-platinum solo artist and The Black Eyed Peas vocalist co-wrote with its producer DJ Mustard (YG, T-Pain, Trey Songz), “picks up where her debut album The Dutchess left off, complete with breathy raps and an instantly catchy chorus,” said the New York Post.
“L.A.LOVE (la la)” is FERGIE‘s first new music since “A Little Party Never Killed Nobody,” which appeared on the platinum soundtrack to the 2013 film The Great Gatsby and has sold over 1 million copies worldwide. She also co-wrote and performed on Kanye West’s 2011 track “All of the Lights,” for which she received two Grammy Awards. Recently FERGIE announced that she has been in the studio working on the follow-up to her 2006 solo album The Dutchess, which debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard Top 200 and spent 94 weeks on the chart. The Dutchess went on to sell 6.2 million copies and 28.5 million tracks worldwide and spawned three No. 1 hits on the Hot 100: “London Bridge,” “Glamorous,” and “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” as well as the Top 5 singles “Fergalicious” and “Clumsy,” while her videos have over 300 million YouTube / VEVO views.
Since The Dutchess’ release, FERGIE has also released two multi-platinum albums, The E.N.D. and The Beginning, with The Black Eyed Peas, with whom she has sold 31 million albums and 58 million singles worldwide. The Black Eyed Peas’ videos have been viewed over 1.8 billion times.
The Hartford Symphony Orchestra will present the first concert in its 2014-2015 Sunday Serenades series on Sunday, October 26 at 2:00 p.m. at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art in Hartford. The season opener “Mozart & MATRIX” will feature Mozart’s Piano Quintet, K. 452 performed in context with the current MATRIX gallery exhibition of contemporary artist Frohawk Two Feathers entitled “On Errythang (On Everything).”
Sunday Serenades chamber music concerts are presented by the Hartford Symphony Orchestra in collaboration with the Wadsworth Atheneum as a musical counterpart to special exhibitions and permanent collections of visual art. Concerts take place in the museum galleries and feature HSO Concertmaster Leonid Sigal and HSO musicians.
The visual narrative of MATRIX 170 artist Frohawk Two Feathers imagines an historical union of France and England merged as a huge colonial empire. The fictitious “Frengland” is documented by Two Feathers as a complex international saga of exploration, colonization, and world domination that took place between 1658 and 1880. A Pre-Concert Talk will be held at 1:00 p.m., prior to the 2:00 p.m. concert.
The soundscape for this concert chosen by Sunday Serenades artistic director Leonid Sigal includes Purcell’s “Golden Sonata,” Couperin’s Les Nations: “L’Impériale,” and Mozart’s Piano Quintet, K. 452. Featured performers are Leonid Sigal, violin; Lisa Rautenberg, violin; Michael Wheeler, viola; Eric Dahlin, cello; Margreet Francis, harpsichord & piano.
Hartford Symphony Orchestra
Sunday Serenades Series
MOZART & MATRIX
Sunday, October 26, 2014 at 2pm
Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art
Leonid Sigal, artistic director and violin
Lisa Rautenberg, violin
Michael Wheeler, viola
Eric Dahlin cello
Margreet Francis, harpsichord & piano
Purcell: “Golden Sonata”
Couperin: Les Nations: “L’Impériale”
Mozart: Piano Quintet, K. 452
Ticket Information: Tickets to this concert are $30 each; $25 for HSO subscribers and Atheneum members. To purchase tickets or for more information, please contact HSO ticket services at (860) 987-5900 or visit www.hartfordsymphony.org.
Season Sponsor: Travelers
The Sunday Serenades Chamber Music Series is made possible, in part, by the Helen M.
Saunders Charitable Foundation Music endowment at the Wadsworth Atheneum.
Masterworks Series Sponsors:
MetLife Foundation and The Edward C. and Ann T. Roberts Foundation
Pops! Series Presenting Sponsor: United Technologies
HSO programs are funded in part by the Greater Hartford Arts Council, the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, and with support from the Department of Economic and Community Development, Connecticut Office of the Arts, which also receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.
Shoreline 50+ Dance:Saturday Sept 27VFW Hall, Raymond Hill Rd, Montville,7:00 to 10:30 PM,ROUTE 2 BAND$10 for members, $12 for guests. For more information phone 860-739-7295 or 860-535-1771
Fall Music and Movement Programto start September 26th
Westerly, RI – The Chorus of Westerly will be offering its second season of Music and Movement classes for early elementary aged children starting on Friday, September 26th. This 8-week program for ages 5 to 7 will take place at Kent Hall on Friday afternoons at 4 pm and will last 45 minutes per session. Children enrolled in the program will be introduced to the fundamentals of music through fun activities, movement, and song. Previous experience in music is not required for children to enroll. The program is directed by Dr. Audrey Cardany, a long-time music educator and head of the Music Education program at the University of RI. Tuition for the program is $90 for the session. A second winter/spring session will also be offered starting in February 2015.
Those interested in registering their son or daughter in the program should visit chorusofwesterly.org/musicandmovement or call the Chorus office 401.596.8663 Monday to Friday, between 9 am and 5 pm.
The Chorus of Westerly, directed by Andrew Howell, is a multi-faceted performing arts organization based in Westerly, Rhode Island. Founded in 1959, the Chorus of Westerly, a fully auditioned ensemble, represents that nation’s only independent intergenerational chorus. This means that the 80 child members of the Chorus (ages 8 to 18) sing alongside the 110 adult members of the ensemble on every performance of the season regardless of work, difficultly, or demands. This is a practice that is rare in the American choral music and makes the Chorus unique among its peers. The Chorus of Westerly’s performance season now includes several ‘Classical’ concert series, a Christmas Pops series, five performances of A Celebration of Twelfth Night, an annual Summer Pops concert in Wilcox Park (with audiences annually of 20,000 to 25,000), and several choral workshop programs and camps. The Chorus, owners and operators of the historic George Kent Performance Hall, also presents annually a Collegiate Concert Series featuring the finest student a cappella concerts in the country, and the Kent Hall Masters Series which features some of the best professional musical ensembles in the world. In addition to its performance offerings at Kent Hall, the Chorus of Westerly recently launched its Community Music Program, a new music education program designed to offer more artistic opportunities to the greater Westerly region. Offerings within the program include a youth orchestra, music and movement classes for young children, vocal classes for adult and teen singers, and music theory classes at Kent Hall. The Chorus has toured internationally three times in its history, twice to Great Britain and once to Italy. The Chorus will engage its fourth international tour in July 2014 to Austria, Hungary, and the Czech Republic. For more information on programs of the Chorus of Westerly or on the George Kent Performance Hall, please visit www.chorusofwesterly.org or call 401.596.8663.
Saint Ann’s Church in Old Lyme presents the Lyra Choir from St. Petersburg, Russia
St. Ann’s Episcopal Church in Old Lyme is pleased to welcome the Lyra Choir from St. Petersburg, Russia, in concert on, Sunday, September 28, 2014, at 7:30pm. The Lyra Choir is a community of professional musicians, many of whom are students or postgraduates of the renowned Saint Petersburg Conservatoire, working in different choirs throughout the city of Saint Petersburg. Members of the Choir represent different musical professions: choir conductors, opera singers, instrumentalists, music teachers – all united by love for choir and ensemble singing.
In 2001 the Lyra Choir was awarded the Montreux (Switzerland) international choral festival diploma. In 2005 the group was also a winner of Coleraine International Choral Festival (Northern Ireland). The main goal of the Lyra Choir is to explore and popularize Russian choral music. Through their performances, they introduce the enormous musical heritage of the Russian Orthodox Church, as well as traditions of Russian folk music to all people who are interested in Russia, its history and culture.
This concert is free and open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis. Space is limited and the doors for the concert will open at 7:00pm. A free-will offering will be collected and the Choir will donate a portion of the offering back to Saint Ann’s to aid in the parish’s community outreach efforts. After the concert, Saint Ann’s invites guests to join with the Lyra Choir for a gathering of fellowship and refreshments.
Saint Ann’s is an Episcopal parish in Old Lyme, CT, and, under the direction of the rector the Rev. Canon Mark K J Robinson, invites and welcomes all visitors to attend this exciting evening in their ongoing music series. Saint Ann’s is located at 82 Shore Road (Rt. 156), two miles off I95, exit 70. Parking is adjacent to the church. For more information contact Kathy Rowe at 860-434-1621, via email email@example.com , or visit Saint Ann’s online at www.saintannsoldlyme.org.
Jewel Debuts New Song “Home to Me” to Raise Awareness for the Importance and Benefits of Public Housing
New song, in collaboration with public awareness initiative ReThink, inspired by stories from around the country
LOS ANGELES, Sept. 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Today, the ReThink initiative and four-time Grammy Award nominated singer-songwriter Jewel will unveil a new song, “Home to Me,” to raise awareness for the benefits of public housing and to encourage Americans to rethink their perceptions of public housing. “Home to Me” is available for free download at www.ReThinkHousing.org.
Once homeless, Jewel knows firsthand that a home is more than a place to live. “I’m so honored to share ‘Home to Me’ and my hope is that the song causes people to stop and rethink the importance of home. Millions of families, veterans, disabled and elderly citizens rely on public housing and I hope that through this new song people consider the positive impact of public housing,” says ReThink Ambassador Jewel.
Earlier this year, ReThink launched a contest asking Americans to share stories, photos and thoughts of why housing matters to them. Hundreds of people participated, and after a voting and judging process, ten finalist entries served as the inspiration to Jewel. A grand prize was awarded to Silvia Kearney of Akron, Ohio, and today, she meets Jewel at music venue The Mint in Los Angeles to hear a performance of the song her entry inspired.
“Americans believe that U.S. citizens deserve a safe and decent place to live, but there is little support for public housing. Public housing provides hope for a better future and it gives people a chance to get back on their feet,” says J. Len Williams, Chief Executive Officer at the Housing Authority of Columbus, Ga. “Jewel gives an incredible voice to this issue, and we’re thankful her new song ‘Home to Me’ speaks to the impact a home can have on the lives of individuals, families and communities.”
Public housing provides homes and services for approximately 2.2 million people in the U.S.; however, the need is much greater than that. At least half a million people including families, veterans, the elderly and disabled across the U.S. are waiting for public housing to become available.
ReThink: Why Housing Matters is an initiative that aims to encourage Americans to realize the benefits that public housing communities offer the greater community. Visit www.ReThinkHousing.org to hear Jewel’s perspective, and experience inspirational stories of public housing – and rethink its impact on individuals, families, and your own community.
The ReThink initiative was developed by Housing Authority Insurance, Inc. (HAI, Inc.) with the support of its trade partners in the public housing industry. HAI, Inc. is a part of HAI Group, which is a family of companies that serves the public and affordable housing community with special, niche insurance programs as well as other value-added products and services such as training and software solutions. HAI Group and its trade partners believe in supporting ReThink to further the mission and purpose of public housing to provide housing and services to millions of Americans who might otherwise be homeless.
About Housing Authority Insurance, Inc.
Housing Authority Insurance, Inc. (HAI, Inc.) sponsors programs for its membership, including insurance and risk management programs, scholarship and internship programs, and charitable activities. HAI, Inc. advocates for and supports legislative and regulatory issues that help to improve the public and affordable housing industries. HAI, Inc. is a nonprofit association incorporated in 1987.
From the remote ranch of her Alaskan youth to the triumph of international stardom, four-time Grammy nominee Jewel, hailed by the New York Times as a “songwriter bursting with talents,” has enjoyed career longevity rare among her generation of artists. Whether alone with her guitar or fronting a band of ace musicians, Jewel has always been a charismatic live performer, earning the respect of other singer-songwriters such as Merle Haggard, Bob Dylan and Neil Young, who, not only invited her to open their shows, but mentored her in the early phases of her career. After a tremendous amount of success as a singer-songwriter and over 27 million albums sold, Jewel released a Greatest Hits album in 2013. The album features a collection of her most known songs as well as two new duets with Kelly Clarkson and The Pistol Annies, in addition to a new track called “Two Hearts Breaking.” She also starred as June Carter Cash in the Lifetime biopic “Ring of Fire,” which earned four Emmy nominations. In December of 2013 Jewel joined NBC’s “The Sing Off” as a new judge as well as released her much anticipated follow-up holiday album, “Let It Snow.” Currently, Jewel is recording her 13th studio album, a follow up to her first album “Pieces of You” due in 2015.
Don’t Miss It! This Weekend!
Tomorrow – Sat. Sept. 13 3 pm – 6 pm
Tickets: GA $35 in advance/$45 at the gate;
VIP $55 advance only
Sample more than 120 craft beers from the best American Craft Breweries
Great Food, Great Music
Tickets on sale now
(This event is for ages 21-and-up only)
2 – 10 pm
Tickets On Sale Now*No glass, bottles, alcohol or beverages of any kind are allowed into the park for this event. Ives Concert Park has a number of delicious on-site food vendors to satisfy your appetite. Soft drinks, water, energy drinks, beer and wine (by the glass or bottle) are available for purchase at reasonable prices in our concession area.
DEBUT SINGLE, “COOL KID,” OUT NOW
Los Angeles-based alternative rock band The Eeries have announced that they will hit the road for a fall tour with former My Chemical Romance frontman Gerard Way on October 12th. The Eeries are currently on the road with New York’s The Last Internationale for a string of U.S. shows through October 11th. In addition, the band will perform its own headline show at Hollywood’s fabled Troubadour on September 24th, which is already sold out.
Fronted by vocalist-guitarist and songwriter Isaiah Silva, The Eeries have been building quite a buzz with their song “Cool Kid” — a bracingly urgent blend of swirling dream-pop and punk-inspired alt-rock with a willful outsider vibe that neatly captures the current cultural zeitgeist when it’s suddenly cool to be uncool.… Influential Alternative Rock Station KROQ’s afternoon DJ Ted Stryker played the song on his daily 4:20 New Music Feature. The response from that initial spin landed “Cool Kid” on Night Jock Nicole Alvarez’s listener-voted “Furious 5 at 9” later that evening (Where it has been a regular ever since). Just a few days later “Cool Kid” found itself a spot on the official KROQ Playlist (Almost unheard of for an unsigned band). With its willful outsider vibe, “Cool Kid” is an anti-elitist, anti-hipster battle cry. That’s how A.D. Disc Jockey at Rock 105.3 in San Diego, described it on Twitter after they became the first station to start playing the song in June. The Eeries signed to Interscope Records, which officially released “Cool Kid” (b/w “Love You To Pieces”) which is available now. The band’s full-length debut album is scheduled for early next year.
Silva formed The Eeries nearly two years ago with guitarist Brandon Sweeney, drummer Nadir Maraschin, and bassist Eliot Lorango — each one of them seasoned musicians. “We’ve all had our own bands and worked our asses off touring and sleeping on hardwood floors for 120 days out of the year in a shitty van, in snowy weather, with a trailer driving from Colorado to North Dakota for 15 hours, drinking NoDoz,” says Silva. “We’ve all done session work for other bands. We’ve all been hired guns. Each one of us has done it all. That’s how I knew these were the right guys. They have all cut their teeth. We’ve all lived it.”
More news about The Eeries will be revealed soon. In the meantime, please visit: www.theeeries.com
The Eeries on tour with The Last Internationale:
09/12 San Francisco, CA DNA Lounge
09/13 Sacramento, CA Monster Energy Aftershock Festival
09/16 Seattle, WA El Corazon
09/17 Portland, OR McMenamin’s Lola’s Room
09/24 Los Angeles, CA Troubadour (headline show)
The Eeries on tour with Gerard Way:
10/12 San Francisco, CA The Fillmore
10/13 Los Angeles, CA The Troubadour
10/14 Los Angeles, CA The Fonda Theatre
10/17 Philadelphia, PA Trocadero Theatre
10/19 Boston, MA Paradise Rock Club
10/20 New York, NY Irving Plaza
10/22 Sayreville, NJ Starland Ballroom
10/23 New York, NY Webster Hall
THE MEMPHIS PROJECT
Dual Drive is a project spearheaded by veteran Memphis musicians Garry Goin (guitarist) and Patrick Register (sax and flute), whose sessions credits include work with the Bar-Kays, Rufus Thomas, Isaac Hayes, Mavis Staples, et al. On this mostly instrumental outing the duo pays its love and respect to the Bluff City’s rich musical history, covering songs originally recorded in Memphis or by Memphis-based artists such as Al Green, Charlie Rich, Otis Redding, Elvis, Aretha Franklin, Sam & Dave, Booker T. & the MG’s, the Staples Singers and Bobby “Blue” Bland.
It’s Funky with a capital “F,” this Memphis Project, but it’s not all in service to the groove—soulful expressiveness is the standard here, and it’s pervasive and deriving from multiple sources: Embracing his starring role on most of the tracks, Register fashions textures on soprano-alto-tenor saxes and on flute reminiscent of the rich sound signatures we have heard on those instruments through the years from brothers Hubert and Ronnie Laws; but when you hear the heartfelt tenderness of his alto soloing on a midtempo treatment of “Suspicious Minds” or the epic hurt he emotes on Bland’s “Ain’t No Love in the Heart of the City,” it’s all Register.
Goin demonstrates impeccable taste and feel on the guitar throughout, whether he’s taking the stinging lead on “Respect Yourself”; slicing up those “Green Onions” with a razor-sharp attack way up the neck while Register goes wailing into the stratosphere over a robust horn section; or crafting a soft, dreamy lead on nylon-stringed acoustic on “Never Can Say Goodbye.”
But it’s not all Register and Goin in the spotlight. Their bandmates in Dual Drive are fabulous in acquitting themselves more than admirably at every turn: Chris Carter on various keyboards is every bit as striking a presence as Register and Goin—you’ll sit up and take notice of his work pretty much any time he shows up, but he’s especially affecting with his moody piano on “Who Will the Next Fool Be”; with his wistful piano complement to Register and Goin on the moving take on “Suspicious Minds” in which the band slows the tempo and finds a new, temperate way into the song’s howl of betrayal; and certainly with his tender glissandos and light, romantic punctuations on “Never Can Say Goodbye,” perfect textural contrasts to Register’s smoky sax and Goin’s romantic nylon-string monologues. And too praise cannot attend James Sexton’s drumming, he who brings the thunder when it’s needed (he bookends the album with powerhouse, muscular attacks on the opening cut of “Take Me to the River” and the album closer, a propulsive, horn-fueled romp through “Green Onions,” also featuring a rousing popping bass by the Bar-Kays’ James Alexander) but also knows how to reign in the intensity when the lights go down low (“Never Can Say Goodbye”).
As mentioned above, this a mostly instrumental album, which would seem to mean there is some singing on it. Oh, yes, and how. There have been some fine versions of Charlie Rich’s “Who Will the Next Fool Be” (notably by one Bobby “Blue” Bland) but Rich’s soul searing original remains king of the hill. It gets a run for its money here, however, when Register and Goin (with a tasty assist from Jason Clark’s spare, bluesy piano fills) deliver some of their finest supporting work behind Wendy Moten’s scorching, gospel-rooted testimony of falling prey to a heartless player—it all comes together on this cut, and if you don’t remember the Memphis-born Moten from her 1994 hit “Come In Out of the Rain,” you will remember her for what she does to this Charlie Rich classic and want to hear more of her. On “Ain’t No Love in the Heart of the City” Marcus Scott is wailing on vocals, but doesn’t have a spotlight moment a la Wendy Moten’s nor does Kesha Cook in his perfectly serviceable vocal turn on “Rock Steady,” but then neither of the latter two songs are arranged with lead vocals in mind.
Further emphasizing their commitment to Memphis, Register and Goin, with producer Johnny Phillips (brother of Sam), recorded the album in various studios around the city, including some where the original, legendary cuts were realized, such as the Stax Museum, on the site where the Stax studio once stood (for “[Sittin’ on] The Dock of the Bay” and “I Thank You”); Phillips Recording Studio (for “Who Will the Next Fool Be”); and the Royal Studio (formerly Hi Records, for “Take Me to the River”). Chips Moman’s American studio no longer exists, so “Suspicious Minds” went down, appropriately enough, at Phillips Studio. Hats off to Register, Goin, Phillips and all the dramatis personae of Dual Drive. The Memphis Project succeeds mightily in finding its own voice in reimagining its chosen repertoire, but at the same time does right by the history informing its music, by the city these musicians love, and by the gift each one brings to the party.
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