Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Inquirer Daily News


At 18, Andrew "Pop" Wansel made a promise to himself. Before he died, he'd work with both Kanye West and Alicia Keys. He did, all before his 30th birthday.
What are you doing this Labor Day weekend?
Audiences interested in a crash course in Afro-futurism had a chance to see the genre's past and future in Philadelphia last week. Founding father George Clinton played the Ardmore Music Hall on Wednesday, while current torchbearers Shabazz Palaces landed at Union Transfer on Friday, performing for a small but rapt crowd.
Philadelphia has always been a dance music haven.
Awards shows in general and MTV's Video Music Awards in particular seem to exist in universes unto themselves, so it wasn't terribly surprising that the network made no formal acknowledgment during the ceremony Sunday of the real-world shooting that day of former rap impresario Marion "Suge" Knight at a pre-party in West Hollywood.
When the Budweiser Made in America festival comes to a close in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art next Sunday night, the last band standing will be Kings of Leon.
It has been a long time since Sinéad O'Connor was both an essential artist and an expert provocateur. Her signature Prince cover, "Nothing Compares 2 U," came out in 1990, and two years later, she ripped up a picture of Pope John Paul II on Saturday Night Live.
Bow down: Beyonce was the reigning queen of Sunday's MTV Video Music Awards.
Nicki Minaj helped open the MTV Video Music Awards with a "Bang" as she brought her "Anaconda" video to life with a rump-shaking performance and had a wardrobe malfunction when she performed with Ariana Grande and Jessie J.
You don't need to wait for Christmas to hear Handel's Messiah. Jason Tramm conducts the Great Auditorium Choir and Orchestra in the choral masterpiece, with soloists Monica Ziglar, soprano, Martha Bartz, mezzo-soprano, Ronald Naldi, tenor, and Justin Beck, bass-baritone, and organist Gordon Turk, at 7 p.m. in the Great Auditorium, Pilgrim and Ocean Pathways, Ocean Grove, N.J. Admission is free. Call 800-590-4064.