Bob Dylan's influence on popular music is incalculable. As a songwriter, he pioneered several different schools of pop songwriting, from confessional singer/songwriter to winding, hallucinatory, stream-of-conscious narratives. As a vocalist, he broke down the notions that in order to perform, a singer had to have a conventionally good voice, thereby redefining the role of vocalist in popular music. As a musician, he sparked several genres of pop music, including electrified folk-rock and country-rock. That's just the tip of the iceberg in the legendary career of the Grammy-winning, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer who will be touring to support the release of "The Basement Tapes Complete: The Bootleg Series Vol. 11."
One of reggaeton's most prolific artists, Nicky Jam has collaborated over the years with a long list of performers, including superstars such as Daddy Yankee and RKM & Ken-Y, and he has also released plenty of solo material as well, including popular albums such as Vida Escante (2004) and The Black Carpet (2007).
The Mann Center for the Performing Arts will present the North American premiere of the multidisciplinary interpretation of Igor Stravinsky's orchestral score for the 1910 ballet. "Firebird: Reimagined" will link South African and Russian traditions and integrate music, literature, and the disciplines of dance, movement, and puppetry. This performance will feature The Philadelphia Orchestra, conducted by Cristian Macelaru, Grammy award-winning, South African vocal ensemble Ladysmith Black Mambazo, and larger-than-life puppets inspired by the artistry of the Broadway sensation "War Horse" and created by Janni Younge of South Africa's renowned Handspring Puppet Company.
Phillip Phillips is an American singer-songwriter from Georgia who leapt to fame as the winner of the eleventh season of "American Idol." He capitalized on that notoriety by releasing the single, "Home," which became a Billboard Hot 100 top-ten hit. His debut album, "The World From the Side of the Moon," was released in late 2012. "Behind the Light," which features the hit single "Raging Fire," is his sophomore release.
More than just a best-selling artist, respected guitarist, expressive singer and accomplished songwriter, Bonnie Raitt is an institution in American music. Also known for her life-long commitment to social activism, Raitt is involved with the environmental movement since the mid '70s and is a founding member of MUSE (Musicians United for Safe Energy). Her 19th album, 'Slipstream' marks her return to the studio after a 17-year absence and celebrates the launch of her own label, Redwing Records.