Friday, September 19, 2014
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POSTED: Thursday, September 18, 2014, 12:24 PM
Filed Under: Music & Nightlife
DOVER, DE - JUNE 22: A general view of atmosphere during day 4 of the Firefly Music Festival on June 22, 2014 in Dover, Delaware. (Photo by Michael Loccisano (Getty Images for Firefly Music F)

Despite two of the country’s leading music festivals, Coachella (held in April in Indio, Calif.) and Firefly (taking place in Dover, Del. in June), taking place on opposite sides of the country, they’ve just gotten a bit closer — at least in organization.

Goldenvoice, the group behind Coachella (whose parent company is AEG, second only to Live Nation in event promotions), has just reached an agreement with Red Frog Events, who put on Firefly, to organize and promote the latter festival.

The Stagecoach Festival, New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival and FYF Festival, in addition to Coachella, are all operated under Goldenvoice’s watchful eye.

POSTED: Wednesday, September 17, 2014, 10:21 AM
Filed Under: Music & Nightlife
How To Dress Well performing in the basement of the First Unitarian Church on Monday, March 24, 2014. (Rocco Avallone / Philly.com)

It’s the end of an era. Or perhaps the waning of one.

Since 1996, R5 Productions, a local DIY show promotions agency, has been putting on super intimate, low-key and unique shows in the basement of the First Unitarian Church of Philadelphia (2125 Chestnut St.), allowing crowds to see up-and-coming bands and artists in a way they’d likely never experience again.

Case in point: The church has hosted monumental artists like Arcade Fire and Mumford and Sons for crowds of merely hundreds. These bands now sell out stadiums on current tours.

POSTED: Saturday, September 13, 2014, 1:28 PM
Filed Under: Music & Nightlife
American pianist, keyboard player and composer Joe Sample performs during 'The 5th Annual Jazz In The Gardens' at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens. (WENN.com)

LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - Legendary jazz pianist Joe Sample died on Friday morning in Houston. He was 75.

The iconic musician, who revolutionized jazz fusion in the '60s and '70s, was also a keyboardist and composer for more than five decades, having worked with the likes of Marvin Gaye, Anita Baker, Joni Mitchell and Canned Heat.

Sample's family announced the news on Facebook, but didn't mention the cause of death. The pianist was hospitalized last year with pneumonia after suffering from ongoing health issues, including heart attacks in 1994 and 2009.

POSTED: Friday, September 12, 2014, 3:54 PM
Filed Under: Music & Nightlife
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 07: Singer Cher performs onstage during the "Dressed 2 Kill" tour at Staples Center on July 7, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter (Getty Images)

Earlier this week, it was announced Cher’s acute viral infection diagnosis had her bedridden and would delay her tour stops in New York and New Hampshire, with performances picking up again on Monday in Allentown, Pa.

Well, it appears that things aren’t exactly going as planned.

The 68-year-old singer tweeted on Friday a link to updated concert dates, with a slew of postponements, including Monday, Sept. 15’s Allentown show.

POSTED: Thursday, September 11, 2014, 4:59 PM
Filed Under: Music & Nightlife
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 26: Singer-songwriter Smokey Robinson attends the 56th GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on January 26, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt (Getty Images)

The Valley Forge Music Fair — a local theater-in-the-round that played host to performers like The Beach Boys, Richard Pryor, Dionne Warwick and more — which officially closed its doors in 1996, gets a modern-day revisitation at the Valley Forge Casino Resort.

The King of Prussia resort announced a series of performances — aptly named the Valley Forge Casino Resort Music Fair — to be held at the venue’s newly renovated convention center and ballroom. This time, there are no plans for an end date.

R&B legend Smokey Robinson does the honors of kicking things off with a headlining performance on Saturday, Dec. 13 — tickets will be available in October.

POSTED: Wednesday, September 10, 2014, 3:56 PM
Filed Under: Music & Nightlife
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 29: Stevie Wonder (Born Stevland Hardaway Morris) performs on Day 2 of the Calling Festival at Clapham Common on June 29, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Ben A. Pruchnie (Getty Images)

“Isn’t She Lovely,” “Sir Duke,” “I Wish” — all from Stevie Wonder’s 1976 landmark album “Songs in the Key of Life,” which will be getting the live concert treatment on Wonder’s upcoming tour.

Adapting the legendary album for the road, Songs in the Key of Life Performance brings the Grammy, Oscar and Golden Globe winner to the Wells Fargo Center on Sunday, Nov. 16, the fifth stop in an 11-city trek.

Purchase your tickets starting at 10 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 22, or if you’re a Citi card member, get your presale, beginning at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 16.

POSTED: Wednesday, September 10, 2014, 1:21 PM
Filed Under: Music & Nightlife
Ariana Grande performs onstage at the iHeartRadio Ultimate Pool Party presented by VISIT FLORIDA at Fontainebleau's BleauLive at Fontainebleau Miami Beach on June 27, 2014 in Miami Beach, Florida. (Getty Images for Clear Channel)

She’s definitely got one less problem now. Nickelodeon star turned pop princess Ariana Grande announced her first headlining tour, making a stop locally at the Wells Fargo Center on Thursday, March 12.

Set your alarms for 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 20 — that’s when tickets for the Honeymoon Tour officially hit the market. Though, if you’re an Ariana Grande fan club member or Live Nation VIP member, you’ll have access to a presale running Monday, Sept. 15 through Friday, Sept. 19. Citi card members get their own presale on Tuesday, Sept. 19 starting at 4 p.m.

This announcement follows the release of her sophomore album, “My Everything,” currently sitting at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, a Best Pop Video VMA win and performance, and two Teen Choice Award category triumphs: Choice Female Artist and Choice Single.

POSTED: Wednesday, September 10, 2014, 9:54 AM
Filed Under: Music & Nightlife
AUSTIN, TX - APRIL 11: John Mellencamp performs onstage at ACL Live on April 11, 2013 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Dustin Finkelstein/Getty Images)

Get your 2015 concert calendar ready: John Mellencamp is coming to town. The Grammy winner embarks on an impressive 80-date tour starting in January but won’t make it to Philadelphia until next summer.  

The Plain Spoken tour makes a stop at the Merriam Theatre on Tuesday, June 16, with tickets up for sale on Friday, Sept. 19, at 10 a.m.

Citi card members can get their hands on presale tickets from 10 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 16 through 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 18.

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