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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Reverb Fest, Snug 600 announce lineups

Posted By on Tue, Mar 31, 2015 at 12:07 PM

Here's a quick rundown of recent concert announcements for the Charlotte area:

* Reverb Fest, a benefit for Drums for Cures, will be held at the Neighborhood Theatre on May 16. The lineup includes Beach Fossils, Elvis Depressedly, Yardwork, Jackson Scott, The Mineral Girls, Family Bike, Aggrocragg and Shell.

* The Snug 600 taking place at Snug Harbor on May 22 and 23 has announced its lineups. The Poontanglers, Viajando, No Anger Control and the Gore Gore Luchadores will perform on Friday night. Jesse Clasen, Zack Mexico and Spirit System will perform on Saturday night.

* Rob Thomas will perform at the Uptown Amphitheatre with Plain White Ts on July 28. Tickets go on sale on April 3.

* Ariana Grande will peform at Time Warner Cable Arena on July 21. Tickets go on sale on April 4.

* Van Halen will perform at PNC Music Pavilion on Sept. 11 with Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band. Tickets on sale April 3.

* Michael Franti & Spearhead at the Fillmore on June 25. Tickets on sale April 3.

* Primus with Dinosaur Jr. at the Fillmore on July 20. Tickets on sale April 3.

* 106.5 The End's Big Birthday Bash will be held at the Uptown Amphitheatre on June 6 featuring Cake, New Politics, Flagship and Big Data.

* 311 will perform at the Uptown Amphitheatre on July 24 with The Green. Tickets on sale April 10.

* Nicki Minaj announced her only Carolinas concert which will take place on Aug. 4 at PNC Music Pavilion. Meek Mill, Rae Sremmurd, Tinaashe and Dej Loaf are also on the bill.

* The Rolling Stones' closest concert will be in Raleigh on July 1. Tickets are expected to range from about $60-350 and go on sale April 13.

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Monday, March 23, 2015

N.C. Music Hall of Fame announces 2015 inductees

Posted By on Mon, Mar 23, 2015 at 3:37 PM

Eric Church, Warren Haynes and Nappy Brown are among those who will be inducted into the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame this fall.

This year's ceremony will be held on Oct. 15 in Kannapolis. The full list of inductees, all born in North Carolina, is R&B singer Gerald Alston of the Manhattans, country singer Eric Church, R&B singer Chuck Jackson, Southern rock guitarist Warren Haynes of the Allman Bros. and Gov't. Mule, Carolina beach music artists The Fantastic Shakers, musician Jay Spell, blues singer Nappy Brown and gospel singer/songwriter the Rev. F.C. Barnes.

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Monday, February 9, 2015

Chris Brown's Charlotte concert rescheduled for March 14

Posted By on Mon, Feb 9, 2015 at 11:05 AM

The Chris Brown concert scheduled for tonight, Feb. 9, at Time Warner Cable Arena has been rescheduled for March 14. Brown hasn't performed any of the scheduled dates for the Between the Sheetz Tour yet because of ongoing legal issues.

He originally delayed the tour to complete a stint of community service (at least eight have been postponed), but on Friday announced that he has completed it and was looking forward to the tour. Hollywood Life is reporting that the tour will resume on Feb. 12.

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Friday, December 5, 2014

57th Annual Grammy Awards nominees announced

Posted By on Fri, Dec 5, 2014 at 2:41 PM

Nominees have been announced for the 57th Annual Grammy Awards being held on Feb. 8, 2015. Sam Smith and Beyonce are each nominated in five categories with the announcement for Album of the Year set to be announced tonight.

Among the nominees are a few Charlotte connections:

* Marsha Ambrosius & Charlotte singer Anthony Hamilton were nominated for the song "As" under the Best Traditional R&B Performance category.

* Jay Joyce was nominated for Producer of the Year, Non-Classical category. Among the listed credits for Joyce is Charlotte band Matrimony's major-label debut, Montibello Memories.

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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

New album benefits local musician Luke Hill

Posted By on Tue, Dec 2, 2014 at 12:19 PM

A new compilation album has been put together to help benefit Luke Hill, a local musician who was the victim of a hit-and-run on Nov. 4, 2014.

A benefit show was held on Nov. 15, but now a digital download has been put together as the fundraising continues. Artists featured on the album include Hill's band Animals along with Junior Astronomers, Flagship, The Business People, Jeremiah Wilde, Warsong, Soils, One Amazin Kid and Deep Sky.

Hill was struck by a car while walking home from work and suffered a broken arm, fractured ribs and a brain bleed. The last update posted says Hill is out of the hospital and headed to rehab to work on speech and his motor skills.

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Who are the 10 richest recording artists in the world?

Posted By on Tue, Dec 2, 2014 at 11:17 AM

If someone asked you to name the top 10 richest recording artists in the world, who would be at the top of your list? Jay Z? Madonna? Taylor Swift? Paul McCartney?

You might be surprised by a couple of names on this list, compiled by Wealth-X.

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Killer Mike gives emotional speech about Ferguson

Posted By on Tue, Nov 25, 2014 at 10:35 AM

In the wake of the grand jury's decision not to indict police officer Darren Wilson in the Aug. 9 killing of Michael Brown, Killer Mike, who was performing in nearby St. Louis last night, gave an emotional speech to the crowd after hearing the news. Mike is one-half of the hip-hop duo Run the Jewels.

... very grateful that everyone in this room is here. I would like to say, 'Rest in peace' to Michael Brown. ... I would like to give all thoughts and prayers to the people out there peacefully protesting. I also give thoughts and prayers to the people who could not hold their anger in because riots are only the language of the unheard. We usually come on to Queen’s ‘Champion,’ and I just got to tell you today, no matter how much we do it, no matter how much we get shit together, shit comes along that kicks you on your ass and you don't feel like a champion. So, tonight, I got kicked on my ass when I listened to that prosecutor. I'm gonna tell you. You motherfuckers got me today. I knew it was coming. I knew it when fuckin' Eric Holder decided to resign. I knew it wasn't gonna be good. I gotta tell 'em, 'You motherfuckers got me today.' You kicked me on my ass today, because I have a 20-year-old son and I have a 12-year-old son, and I’m so afraid for them. You motherfuckers... You motherfuckers... (unintelligible)... you motherfuckers that we vote for... (unintelligible) You motherfuckers got me today.

When I stood on the bus, and I cried, and I hugged my friend and he came and he hugged me, right there, and I said, ‘These motherfuckers got me today.’ When I stood in front of my wife, and I hugged her and I cried like a baby, I said, ‘These motherfuckers got me today.' You motherfuckers will not own tomorrow, we will not live in your fear, we will not accept your pain, we are not going to keep playing that race card, because we know, we know you don’t value my skin. We know you do value his (El-P), but you know what, we’re friends and nothing is going to devalue that.

Before I came out here, there was no peace in my heart and I wanted to walk out to ‘Burn This Motherfucker Down.’ But I got to tell you, I’m from Atlanta, Georgia, something said, ‘Just look for something Martin King might have said.’ So I googled Martin King and Wikipedia popped up, and he was 39-years old when you motherfuckers killed him. He was the same age as I am, the same age as El. He was a young man when they killed him.

But I can promise you today: If I die when I walk off this stage tomorrow, I’ll let you know this: it is not about race, it is not about class, it is not about color. It is about what they killed him for. It is about poverty, it is about greed and it is about a war machine. It’s about a war machine that uses you as a (unintelligible). So as I go tomorrow, I might go the day after, but the one thing I want you to know it is us against the motherfucking machine!

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