Archive: July, 2012
At long last, more acts have been named to the Jay-Z and Pearl Jam headlined Budweiser Made In America Festival to be held on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway on Sept. 2 and 3.
Canadian rapper Drake, who is also the top MTV VMA nomination getter, along with Rihanna, is the biggest added draw. That's his picture. He'll be joined by Philadelphia's Jill Scott, Swedish garage-rockers The Hives, Soundgarden main man Chris Cornell, reuniting old-school rap heroes Run-D.M.C., and blues man festival fave Gary Clark Jr.
Also rounding out the bill, and fortifying the electronic dance music aspect of the fest are beat makers Alesso, Nicky Romero, Michael Woods, Otto Knows, and the great DJ Shadow, doing a DJ set.
A reunion of rap legends RUN-DMC, Drake, Philly's own Jill Scott and Soundgarden front-man Chris Cornell are among artists just added to the lineup of the Jay-Z curated Made in America festival taking place Labor Day Weekend on the Parkway. Drake was previously announced, then unannounced from the bill (as LiveNation wanted to sell tickets for his June Susquehanna Bank Center show) but was always expected to take part in the multi day festival which runs Sept. 1 and Sept. 2.
RUN-DMC's performance is the first for Joseph "Run" Simmons and Darryl McDaniels since the 2002 murder of their longtime DJ Jam Master Jay.
Single day tickets go on sale at noon Friday, starting at $75 through Ticketmaster.com where two-day passes are also still available.
The Skyline Stage at the Mann Center for the Performing Arts could hardly have made a more stunning debut then it did on Sunday, when Icelandic ambient experimental ensemble Sigur Ros opened its U.S. tour with the first show of a sold-out two-night stand.
With the moon peaking through the clouds and yes, the Philadelphia skyline visible through the trees on a balmy summer night, Sigur Ros – whose four main members are bassist GeorgCQ Holm, guitarist Kjartan Sveinsson, drummer Ori Pall Dyrason and singer-guitarist Jon Por Birgisson, know to the world as Jonsi - were making their first appearance anywhere since 2008.
That would have qualified the appearance in support of its sixth album Valtari by the band - whose core quartet was augmented by seven other musicians, including trios of string and horn players - as an event, even if it didn‘t inaugurate a pretty-much-idyllic new concert space that puts a 4000 capacity field at the top of the Mann’s grounds in Fairmount Park to creative use.
Apparently, we can't get enough Kenny Chesney around here. The cowboy-hatted country beach bum played Lincoln Financial Field with Tim McGraw in June on their Brothers of the Sun tour, then came back and did a free Jonathan Demme-directed YouTube show on the beach in Wildwood a few days later.
Now, Chesney has been added to the bill for Farm Aid at Hersheypark Stadium on Sept. 22, as the principal marquee attraction in addition to the formidable foursome of Neil Young, Willie Nelson, Dave Matthews an John Mellencamp, who play the benefit every year. Chesney' new album, Welcome To The Fishbowl, hit #1 upon release last month.
Tickets are available for Farm Aid, which was founded in 1985 and returns to the area after playing Camden in 2008, at LiveNation.com.
Rufus Wainwright's show scheduled for tonight at the Great Plaza on Penn's Landing with Josh Ritter has been postponed. No official reason has yet been given. A Live Nation spokesman said a new date would be announced soon.
Above is a picture of Wainwright performing at WXPN's Non-Comm conference this spring. Below is the video for the title track to Wainwright's new Mark Ronson-produced album Out Of The Game, starring Helena Bonham Carter.
Before beginning their Sunday evening set at the Firefly music festival on Sunday in Delaware, Wayne Coyne of the Flaming Lips gazed out on the idyllic grounds of The Woodlands of Dover International Speedway.
"Steven, this is going to be a beautiful night," Coyne said to Steven Drozd, his Lips collaborator, as thousands gathered before them on the fest's Lawn stage. "Look out there. This is just perfect. I hope this festival is successful and they can do it again. This is special."
With that, Coyne, Drozd and the Lips launched into "Race For The Prize," confetti and beach balls flew, and one of two simultaneous penultimate sets were under way on the final night of Firefly. (Girl Talk, the one man unstoppable perpetual motion party band that is copyright flouting DJ Greg Gillis, began playing at the same time on the other side of the trees on Firefly's Backyard stage.)
The video for North Philly rapper Meek Mill's lead single "Amen" (featuring Drake) debuted yesterday, including some nice shots on the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Rappers Jeremih and Travis Porter also joined in on the fun. According to Dan Gross, they shot the video back in June.
Mill has been the subject of some controversy as of late. Jenice Armstrong has written extensively about Mill's dealings with Rev. Jomo K. Johnson, who disaproves of Mill's invocation of god alongside vice. Mill recently responded to Jomo, saying he was looking for fame.
Mill's debut album, "Dreams and Nightmares," hits stores Aug. 28.
Riot Fest East, scheduled for next Thu., July 19 at the Festival Pier, has been postponed due to "unforeseen circumstance." Refunds will be available at point of purchase. More information about the new date will be made available soon.
Riot Fest feature such bands as the Promise Ring, Refused, BOYSETFIRE and August Turns Red.