4.26.2017

RECORD STORE DAY 2017 TOSHA OWENS AT FOUND SOUND FERNDALE

Miss Tosha Owens

It was a great Record Store Day yesterday at Found Sound in Ferndale, Michigan. We called Richard at the store and asked him if he would like Miss Tosha Owens and her friend Photographer Jane Cassisi to come shoot some photos to celebrate Record Store Day.

Found Sound is Tosha's favorite Record Store and that is how we chose them to profile today.



Record Store Day is an annual event inaugurated in 2007 and held on one Saturday every April to "celebrate the culture of the independently owned record store". The day brings together fans, artists, and thousands of independent record stores across the world. Click to Find out More


From Tosha:

We couldn’t have had a more beautiful day for Record Store Day this year. The weather was perfect, the fans were out and the vibe was just right so, of course, the Found Sound record store was the perfect place to be.

Tosha and Richard from Found Sound

From the moment you walk in, that old familiar smell of vinyl and album jackets hits you and takes you back to an amazing time in music. Everyone seemed to be enjoying the experience, the music and the amazing staff.


It was really a heart warming moment to see parents educating their children on our ‘record store’ culture. I love Found Sound because you are not just a customer when you shop there. You’re part of the experience. And that’s special. -TO





FOUND SOUND
234 W 9 Mile Rd
Ferndale, Michigan
Call (248) 565-8775
FOUND SOUND FACEBOOK

MANY THANKS TO TOSHA AND JANE FOR REPORTING AND PHOTOGRAPHY!

HAVE MERCY! THE JOHN STAMOS ART SHOW


A group art show celebrating the magic of John Stamos.

Riot Fest is proud to announce HAVE MERCY! The John Stamos Art Show. The walls will be covered with paintings, drawings and sketches in tribute to one of our favorite humans: The stunning, inspiring and legendary actor/musician John Phillip Stamos. It promises to be the greatest art event ever in the history of the world!

We are putting a call out to the Riot Fest community to tap into the inspiration that Mr. Stamos has shared with all of us, and to channel it onto the canvas. The result of which will be, by all accounts, the largest collection of John Stamos-inspired artwork under one roof.

We here at Riot Fest have been paying tribute to Mr. Stamos since our 2013 festival, where we proudly commissioned and displayed a life-size bust of the man using nothing but butter and love and more butter.  Read this article

While many of you got to know the actor John Stamos in the late-1900s as Blackie Parrish on General Hospital or were moved by his star-making turn as Uncle Jesse Katsopolis on Full House, many have just recently discovered his talents through roles on E.R. and Scream Queens.

The musician John Stamos has been a drummer since the age of four and has rocked out in several bands, including Blackie & The Riff Raff, The Beach Boys, and the Riot Fest booking department’s perpetual white whale, Jesse &The Rippers.


The Opening Night Gala will be at Cobra Lounge on July 14th and the show will run until July 16th.

There will be a second showing of the John Stamos art at this year’s Riot Fest & Carnival from September 15th-17th. The artwork will be auctioned or sold with all proceeds benefiting the charity of John Stamos’ choice.

A panel of celebrity judges will be evaluating the art and awarding prizes for the best John Stamos art. Our esteemed celebrity judges will include our friends Danette Chavez and Gwen Ihnat from The A.V. Club, Nihilist Arby’s, Riot Fest Twitter, Anna Cerniglia from Johalla Projects, and a very special surprise guest...

The Grand Prize First Place Best In Show winner will receive two (2) VIP passes to Riot Fest and the DVD box set of Full House. The second place winner will receive two (2) GA tickets to Riot Fest. Third place will receive one (1) GA ticket to Riot Fest.

Artwork submissions are open to anyone. Artwork will be accepted through July 7th, 2017. For more information, please see below or visit www.riotfest.org/johnstamos

CALL FOR ARTISTS:

- Deadline for Art Delivery - July 7th, 2017.
- Art can be mailed to Riot Fest, 1658 N. Milwaukee Ave #125, Chicago, IL 60647
- Only art submissions 11”x14” and smaller will be accepted
- All packages must be less than 50lbs and less than 20”x20”
- Art must be delivered framed and/or ready to hang.
- All pieces must be labeled with name, title of artwork, media, email address, phone number and an estimated price.
- Artwork will NOT be returned. All pieces will be sold at auction, with 100% of the proceeds benefitting the charity of John Stamos’ choice.

*NEW* DAVID BOWIE AND TREVOR JONES’ ICONIC LABYRINTH SOUNDTRACK RELEASE


Los Angeles – April 26, 2017 – Extending the 30th anniversary celebration of the beloved film, Labyrinth, Jim Henson’s mesmerizing and enduring fantasy classic, David Bowie and Trevor Jones’ iconic soundtrack will be remastered and reissued on vinyl on May 12 for the first time since its original 1986 release.

Long out of print, the album, which was remastered at Capitol Studios, will be available on high quality 120gm black vinyl and include the faithfully replicated original jacket and artwork, including the original EMI America logo and the printed inner sleeve featuring photos of Bowie from the film. Pre-Order below:



Praised by film critics and moviegoers alike for its astonishing imagery and distinct characters, Labyrinth has been celebrated for being wildly ahead of its time. Directed by Jim Henson and executive produced by George Lucas, the film, which stars David Bowie as Jareth, The Goblin King, is full of memorable creatures brought to life by Jim Henson’s Creature Shop™, working closely with acclaimed artist and conceptual designer Brian Froud.



In a 1986 interview with Movieline, Bowie recalled his first meeting with Henson to discuss the film: "Jim Henson set up a meeting with me while I was doing my 1983 tour in the States, and he outlined the basic concept for Labyrinth and showed me some of Brian Froud's artwork. I'd always wanted to be involved in the music-writing aspect of a movie that would appeal to children of all ages, as well as everyone else, and I must say that Jim gave me a completely free hand with it. The script itself was terribly amusing without being vicious or spiteful or bloody, and it also had a lot more heart than many other special effects movies. So I was pretty well hooked from the beginning.”

Described by The Atlantic as “101 minutes of Bowie rock opera and Hensonian spectacle,” Labyrinth was the second major soundtrack that Bowie worked on, falling between his 16th and 17th studio albums, Tonight and Never Let Me Down. He wrote and recorded five original songs for the film, including "Underground,” “As The World Falls Down” and “Magic Dance” with its famous oft-repeated opening: “You remind me of the babe/What babe?



The babe with the power/What power? The power of voodoo/Who do? You do/Do what? Remind me of the babe.” All songs were performed by Bowie except “Chilly Down” which was sung by Charles Augins, Richard Bodkin, Kevin Clash, and Danny John-Jules, the actors who voiced the ‘Firey' creatures in the film.

In the aforementioned interview with Movieline around the film and soundtrack’s release, Bowie revealed an obstacle he encountered while recording. “With ‘Dance Magic’ - the song for Jareth and the baby, sung by them and the goblins in the castle throne room - I had problems,” Bowie explained. “The baby I used in the recording studios couldn’t, or wouldn’t, put more than two gurgles together, so I ended up doing the baby-gurgle chorus myself! It’s an up-tempo song, and visually exciting.”



The 12-track soundtrack is rounded out with Trevor Jones’ memorable score. The synth-based instrumentals, described by All Music Guide as “synthesizers blended cautiously into orchestral ensembles to provide a suitably ethereal tone,” represent pivotal moments from the film and include “Into the Labyrinth,” “Sarah” “Hallucination,” “The Goblin Battle,” “Thirteen O'Clock” and “Home at Last.” Jones and Henson previously worked together on the live action fantasy classic, “The Dark Crystal.”

Labyrinth celebrated its 30th anniversary last year and the film and soundtrack have only grown in popularity since its release on June 27, 1986. Last year, a newly restored 4K version of the movie was released back in theaters with a limited engagement theatrical run in the United States giving fans the opportunity to see it back on the big screen.

On September 20th, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment released the film on Blu-ray, next-generation 4K Ultra HD™, and as a multi-format 30th Anniversary Collector’s Edition complete with unique “mirrorbox” packaging that included a mini replica of the film’s climactic and iconic final scene. All versions include a host of all-new bonus content and a gorgeous 24-page Digibook filled with rare photos and a look behind the scenes.

LABYRINTH OST TRACK LISTING

SIDE 1
1. Opening Titles Including Underground
2. Into The Labyrinth
3. Magic Dance
4. Sarah
5. Chilly Down
6. Hallucination

SIDE 2
1. As The World Falls Down
2. The Goblin Battle
3. Within You
4. Thirteen O’Clock
5. Home At Last
6. Underground

4.23.2017

INTRODUCING ALEXA VILLA!



Alexa Villa is a multi-talented singer-songwriter/musician, highlighting her talent at piano/synth in each track of the EP. Artfully blending and fusing together rock, pop and grunge, Alexa Villa relentlessly liberates the confines of both genres and flawlessly creates a sound that is both unique, eclectic and a bit quirky.

Beginning her career at the age of 7 when she started taking piano lessons and performing at her school talent shows and local recitals. At 16, Alexa started her own band, Oversoul, with her older brother where together, they played live shows all throughout Southern California and was part of The Van’s Warped Tour line-up.

Website: https://alexamusicnow.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/theAlexaVilla
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/theAlexaVilla
Twitter: https://twitter.com/theAlexaVilla
SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/alexa-music

RICK WAKEMAN LAUNCHES PRE-SALE CAMPAIGN ON PLEDGE MUSIC


Rick Wakeman Launches Pre-Sale Campaign on PledgeMusic For “Crimes of Passion” Limited Edition Deluxe Box Set

London - Keyboard legend Rick Wakeman has launched a pre-sale campaign on PledgeMusic for a very special limited edition Deluxe Box Set of his soundtrack “Crime of Passion”.

Originally released in 1984 “Crimes of Passion” was directed by Ken Russell and starred Kathleen Turner, Anthony Perkins, John Laughlin and Annie Potts. The film explores themes of human relationships and mental illness. A mix of sex and suspense.

“Working with Ken Russell was not only a highlight in my musical life but also a great learning time for me as well….Ken truly understood film and film music like no other. He knew what he wanted, but after telling you then expected you to take his ideas to another level.

“He was always involved and came to stay with me during my writing period. He would listen and make suggestions. He would always be complimentary if you did something he really liked and if he felt something wasn’t working musically he would discuss it with you and explain what he needed for the film.


“I learned so much from Ken and to this day I feel it is a tragedy that in his later years film companies didn’t give him more opportunities to show off his talents.


“ 'Crimes of Passion' is a much deeper film than it has ever been given credit for. It took many years before 'Lisztomania' became cult and recognised for the clever film it was and I class 'Crimes of Passion' in a similar way…

“With every film Ken ever made the viewer and listener has to immerse themselves into every crevice of the work and may take multiple viewings before his genius is truly absorbed.” - Rick Wakeman, New York April 2017

There will only be 250 of this deluxe edition manufactured and each will contain a signed and numbered certificate. There will also be additional signed items and exclusive experiences as part of this pre-order campaign.

Box Set Content:
CD
DVD/BluRay
Signed / numbered Certificate
8 x Repro Lobby Cards A6
Repro Japanese Press Pack
A3 Repro poster
Repro Press Release

Release date 2nd June 2017

For more information and to pre-order please visit this PledgeMusic link:
http://www.pledgemusic.com/pro jects/rick-wakeman-crimes-of-p assion

About PledgeMusic:
PledgeMusic is the leading global direct-to-fan platform dedicated to empowering artists, labels and brands to build communities, fund and pre-sell recordings, and provide unique experiences and exclusives throughout the entire music production and promotion lifecycle. PledgeMusic was named as one of The World’s Top 10 Most Innovative Companies of 2015 in Music for “Helping artists and fans get what they want”. – Fast Company

Rick Wakeman's official website: http://www.rwcc.com
(Catch Rick on tour with YES Featuring Anderson, Rabin, Wakeman - http://www.yesfeaturingarw.c om/)

1980 DIANA ROSS ALBUM, DIANA ORIGINAL CHIC MIX NOW ON VINYL!


LEGENDARY 1980 DIANA ROSS ALBUM, DIANA – 
THE ORIGINAL CHIC MIX, 
GETS ITS FIRST-EVER VINYL RELEASE, 
ON TWO-45rpm DISCS, AVAILABLE NOW

Rare Tracks Previously Appeared On 2003 diana: deluxe edition CD release

Los Angeles, CA – April 21, 2017 – Sought after by collectors and considered the rarest of Motown’s rare grooves, Diana Ross’ diana – the original CHIC mix, will make its long-awaited debut on vinyl on April 21, on Motown/UMe/UMGI, with a twist: it will be a double-LP set on pink vinyl at 45rpm for maximum fidelity. This edition of diana includes alternate-mix versions of such classics as “Upside Down” and “I’m Coming Out,” as envisioned by Chic’s Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame member Nile Rodgers and the late Bernard Edwards.

Following 1979’s collaboration with Ashford & Simpson, which produced her hit “The Boss,” Diana Ross sought a new sound and hired the hot Chic team of Rodgers and Edwards to compose, play on and produce her next release. But she and Motown were dissatisfied with the too-Chic-like results, a feeling supported by influential disc jockey Frankie Crocker, who warned Ross the record might fall prey to the disco backlash at the time. Ross turned to Motown’s house engineer, Russ Terrana, the man behind her Supremes and solo hits and much more, and he proceeded to remix the entire album, using alternate vocals or placing her vocals more upfront, creating overall a smoother, “commercial” mix. “Our concept was to make it more avant-garde,” Nile Rodgers later told writer Brian Chin, “and their concept was to make it a little bit more accessible.” The revised diana, her tenth studio album, was released – with a striking, now iconic cover image – on May 22, 1980.


Rodgers and Edwards were not informed and, protesting publicly, wished to take their names off the record. But they cooled off and saw “Upside Down” – Ross’ own description to Rodgers and Edwards as to what she wanted to do to her career – emerge a #1 smash hit.

Subsequent singles included “I’m Coming Out,” which went to #5 in the U.S. and became a LGBTQ anthem, while “My Old Piano,” was a Top 5 hit in the U.K. The album peaked at #2 on the Billboard 200, selling nine million albums worldwide. Soon after Ross moved on to RCA Records in a then-record $20 million deal before returning to Motown in 1989.

Fans now get to hear for the first time on vinyl those original Chic mixes of diana, one of four albums the duo of Rodgers and Edwards produced that year, including Sister Sledge’s Love Somebody Today, Sheila and B. Devotion’s King of the World and their own studio album, Real People. Available on two pink vinyl 45rpm discs, diana – the original CHIC mix, incorporates tracks first heard on diana: deluxe edition, originally issued July 29, 2003.

diana – the original CHIC mix vinyl track listing

Side One
1. “Upside Down”
2. “Tenderness”

Side Two
1. “Friend to Friend”
2. “I’m Coming Out”

Side Three
1. “Have Fun (Again)”
2. “My Old Piano”

Side Four
1. “Now That You’re Gone”
2. “Give Up”



SAN CISCO TO RELEASE 3RD ALBUM MAY 5TH


San Cisco To Release Third Album 'The Water' 
May 5th
First Single SloMo Out Now

April 21st, 2017 Fremantle, Australia/New York, NY: San Cisco will be releasing their third album 'The Water' on May 5th via their own Island City Records, distributed through Metropolitan Groove Merchants in America. This is the follow up to 2015's 'Gracetown' that Noisey called "the kind of thing you'll want to listen to all summer." The songs on The Water were penned by singer Jordi Davieson over a relatively short time span and in his words, are “a good snapshot of my life and headspace earlier this year”.


Production wise, The Water takes a new direction from previous releases and is more of a collaborative effort that came to life in the studio the during recording process. The result is an album that is as diverse in its sound as it is in subject matters.

The album was made over a six-month period last year, in staggered sessions that went for one or two weeks at a time. Drummer and singer Scarlett Stevens says the plan with The Water, which was written and produced with San Cisco’s long-time collaborator Steve Schram, was “to refine the San Cisco sound”. Not only has that sound been refined and enhanced by 10 deliciously upbeat pop songs, but the hook quotient has been increased significantly.

The Water features the disco tinged classic SloMo you can check out here:



Formed in Fremantle, Western Australia in 2009, San Cisco is comprised of Jordi Davieson (vocals/guitar), Josh Biondillo (guitar), Nick Gardner (bass), and Scarlett Stevens (vocals/drums.) The band released their first EP Golden Revolver in 2010, followed up by their break out hit Awkward that presently has nearly 10 million views on YouTube. The debut self-titled album followed in 2012 earning the band nominations for Breakthrough Artist - Release, Best Independent Release and Best Dance Release at the ARIA Music Awards in 2013.


Their sophomore album 'Gracetown' with a more mature sound was released in 2015 to critical acclaim: "There’s much more emotional and musical heft to their sugary sweetness as on “Magic”, “Too Much Time Together” and “Run”, but the album’s highlights come when San Cisco go for broke and head off the rails in the impressively strange “Super Slow” and slinky electro-funk closer “Just For a Minute” Rolling Stone Australia.

NME also heralded the album's sound: "As single ‘Too Much Time Together’ attests, polished follow up ‘Gracetown’ is an even poppier confection, sugared with breathless adolescent crushes on opener ‘Run’ and syrupy R&B on vocoder jam ‘Super Slow’. With The Water, the band continues to evolve and improve on their songwriting and they look forward to showcasing the tunes on an upcoming American tour, soon to be announced.

Website: https://www.sancisco.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sanciscomusic
Twitter: https://twitter.com/sanciscomusic

4.20.2017

BOB MARLEY 40TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION!


MARLEY FAMILY CELEBRATES 
40th ANNIVERSARY OF 
BOB MARLEY & THE WAILERS’ CLASSIC EXODUS

Four Separate Releases Out This June
Ziggy Marley-Curated “Restatement” Exodus 40 - The Movement Continues; Gold-Colored Vinyl of Original Release and Live Album set for June 2
4 LP Super Deluxe Version Available June 30

LOS ANGELES, April 20, 2017— Bob Marley & the Wailers’ classic Exodus album, the ninth studio album of the band, was released on June 3, 1977, featuring a new backing band including brothers Carlton and Aston “Family Man” Barrett on drums and bass, Tyrone Downie on keyboards, Alvin “Seeco” Patterson on percussion, and the I Threes, Judy Mowatt, Marcia Griffiths and Rita Marley on backing vocals, and newest member Julian “Junior Marvin” on guitar. The album was released on June 3, 1977, just six months after an assassination attempt was made on Bob Marley's life in Jamaica in December, forcing him to flee to London, where Exodus was recorded.

This June, The Marley Family, Island Records and UMe will mark the 40th anniversary of Exodus – named the “Best Album of the 20th Century” by Time magazine in 1999 – with a series of four separate reissues, three of which will feature Exodus 40 - The Movement Continues, son Ziggy Marley’s newly curated “restatement” of the original album.


As part of the celebration, Ziggy Marley has intimately revisited the original session recordings, uncovering unused and never-before-heard vocals, lyric phrasing and instrumentation, incorporating and transforming these various elements into brand-new session takes.

On June 2, UMe will release a version of Exodus 40 - The Movement Continues in a two-CD package that includes the original album and the Ziggy Marley “restatement”; a three-CD set (and digital equivalent) that includes the original Exodus, Exodus 40 - The Movement Continues and Exodus Live. A limited edition gold vinyl version of the original 1977 album will also be available.

A Super Deluxe, four-LP, two-7” single vinyl version includes the original LP, Ziggy Marley’s restatement Exodus 40 – The Movement Continues, an Exodus Live set recorded at London’s Rainbow Theatre the week of the album’s release, Punky Reggae Party LP which includes a previously unreleased extended mix of “Keep On Moving”, and a pair of vinyl 7” singles, including “Waiting in Vain” b/w “Roots” and “Smile Jamaica (Part One)” b/w “Smile Jamaica (Part Two).”


In celebration of the Exodus 40th Anniversary, fans who pre-order the Exodus 40 - The Movement Continues Super Deluxe edition via BobMarley.com or uDiscover.com will receive a digital download of the entire package as well as an exclusive Stephen Marley “Juggling” of the song ‘Exodus’ with a reimagined music bed and different lead vocalists including Beenie Man, Queen Ifrica, Tarrus Riley and more to be announced, on June 2nd in advance of the June 30th physical release date.

Following Jamaican music customs of taking a music track (known as the "riddim" or “juggling”) and have several artists record original songs with original lyric and melody on that track, Stephen Marley has recorded a “Re Likk” EP of the Exodus Riddim that will be available exclusively in Jamaica and the Caribbean.

Ziggy approached the “restatement” project with the utmost respect for his father's music and the message. Exodus 40 - The Movement Continues is his vision of how his father might have accessed these songs today. Ziggy's respectful, but experimental approach places them in a brand-new context, like listening to this classic album again, for the first time.


Ziggy uncovered 10 lead vocal outtakes for “One Love,” proceeding to piece together a dazzling, new lead vocal from the outtakes, which includes vocal booth lyric ad libs near the end of the song. He also assembled a noteworthy roster of musicians to record a new music bed for “Turn Your Lights Down Low” - which leads the song into deeper elements of R&B.

Bob's original vocals sit atop this fresh music bed, creating a new soulful experience with this iconic song. Ziggy and his hand-chosen musicians provide subtle instrumental textures throughout this knowledgeable reimagining from the multiple Grammy® winning heir to his father’s legacy.

Full details of all formats are available at http://www.bobmarley.com

Ziggy Marley will be embarking on a summer tour beginning June 12 in San Diego, CA. In addition to his own lauded catalog, Ziggy will also be incorporating music from Exodus into his set. For more information, please visit: http://ziggymarley.com/upcoming-shows/


ABOUT BOB MARLEY
Bob Marley, a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, is notable not only as the man who put reggae on the global map, but, as a statesman in his native Jamaica, he famously brought together the country’s warring factions. Today, Bob Marley remains one of the 20th century’s most important and influential entertainment icons. Marley’s lifestyle and music continue to inspire new generations as his legacy lives on through his music.

In the digital era, he has the second-highest social media following of any posthumous celebrity, with the official Bob Marley Facebook page drawing more than 74 million fans, ranking it among the Top 20 of all Facebook pages and Top 10 among celebrity pages. Marley’s music catalog has sold millions of albums worldwide.

His iconic collection LEGEND holds the distinction of being the longest-charting album in the history of Billboard magazine’s Catalog Albums chart and remains the world’s best-selling reggae album. Marley’s accolades include inductions into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (1994) and ASCAP Songwriters Hall of Fame (2010), a GRAMMY® Lifetime Achievement Award (2001), multiple entries in the GRAMMY® Hall Of Fame, and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (2001). For more information visit: bobmarley.com and facebook.com/bobmarley.

SOUL SINGING LEGEND ALFA ANDERSON PAYS TRIBUTE TO LUTHER VANDROSS!


Former Chic Member Alfa Anderson Celebrates the Life of Music Legend Luther Vandross with
New Single to be Released on the Late Icon’s Birthday

When Luther Sings Available Nationwide April 20


New York, NY (April 18, 2017) – Alfa Anderson, former member of the iconic funk soul band Chic (Le Freak, Good Times, Everybody Dance), will release a new single, "When Luther Sings," in honor of her longtime friend Luther Vandross 66th birthday. The rousing, heartfelt tribute is written by Anderson and co-produced by multi-talented Bert Price. Available nationwide on April 20, When Luther Sings is the first single from Anderson’s long-awaited debut solo album, From My Heart (set for release summer 2017).


“When Luther Sings is my homage to good friend and musical mentor Luther Vandross; the song is autobiographical in many ways,” said Anderson. “As our professional relationship grew, he taught me so much about vocal technique and stage presence. As a matter of fact, Luther is one of the co-creators of the Chic vocal sound. I am forever grateful for the doors he opened for me and for the golden friendship we shared.”



For years, Anderson was an integral member of Vandross' touring band and performed at Wembley Stadium, among many other prestigious venues around the world. Her vocals can be heard on popular Vandross albums such as Give Me the Reason and The Night I Fell in Love, which Rolling Stone Magazine voted as one of the 100 Best Albums of the Eighties.



A chance meeting at a rehearsal studio in NYC led to her introduction to Vandross while rehearsing for a Lou Courtney gig with Ednah Holt. After being introduced to Vandross, a musical bond was formed and Anderson became part of a cadre of in-demand New York session singers. It was Vandross who invited Anderson to a vocal session for Chic with Nile Rodgers, Bernard Edwards, Tony Thompson and Norma Jean Wright.



Chic went on to see commercial success with disco songs that include "Dance, Dance, Dance (Yowsah, Yowsah, Yowsah)" (1977), "Everybody Dance" (1977), "Le Freak" (1978), "I Want Your Love" (1978), "Good Times" (1979), and "My Forbidden Lover" (1979).

Throughout the '80s and '90s, Alfa sang on albums by Bryan Adams, Gregory Hines, Mick Jagger, Teddy Pendergrass, Jennifer Holliday, Billy Squier, Sheena Easton, Jody Watley, Bryan Ferry, and Jonathan Butler.


This full-length album is not Anderson’s first foray as a published musician. In the late-'90s, Anderson and her husband Tinkr Barfield formed and produced Voice of Shalom, a group that explored spiritual themes through uplifting original compositions.

They released two full-length albums, Messages (1999) and Daily Bread (2002), as well as a single called "What A Spirit" (2005), which featured guest vocals by Lisa Fischer and Keith Anthony Fluitt. Meanwhile, she continued introducing the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame-nominated group Chic’s music to younger audiences through feature films like Shrek 2, Toy Story 3, Up in the Air, 54, Roll Bounce, Spike Lee's Summer of Sam and The New Edition Bio-Pic.

For more on Ms. Anderson and her upcoming musical endeavors, visit www.officialalfaanderson.com. Also keep up with her on Twitter @alfakanderson and FB: https://www.facebook.com/alfa. anderson.7.

4.14.2017

SUNKEN GARDENS AT KENSINGTON PALACE CELEBRATE PRINCESS DIANA


The historic Sunken Garden at Kensington Palace has been temporarily transformed into the White Garden in celebration of the life of Diana, Princess of Wales.

The garden has been designed and created by gardeners at the palace inspired by memories of the Princess's life, iconic image and style and will flower through spring and summer this year.
Find out more about the White Garden here: http://bit.ly/WhiteGarden

4.12.2017

WORLD NARCISSISTIC ABUSE AWARENESS DAY IS JUNE 1


I'm really excited to announce that World Narcissistic Abuse Awareness Day is official. We've been added to the National Awareness Day Calendar, under the International Awareness Days section.


Now, we need your help to really thing-a-fy this thing. Throughout the month of May, or you can start right now, join the cause and use the hashtag #IfMyWoundsWereVisible on all social media.

On June 1st, we're going to use the hashtag on Twitter like we did last year, only this year, we hope to make an even bigger impact.



There are many other ways you can get involved and show your support. To learn how visit www.wnaad.com for more details, and for a sneak peek at the official If My Wounds Were Visible video.

You can also show your support by adding a Twibbon to your social media profile pictures: http://twibbon.com/support/narcissistic-abuse-awareness

Don't forget to friend WNAAD on Facebook for updates about this global, online event.

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THE BOX TOPS 50TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION WITH HAPPY TOGETHER TOUR!


Memphis blue eyed soul legend THE BOX TOPS celebrate their 50th anniversary and the release of their mega hit THE LETTER as a featured act on the HAPPY TOGETHER TOUR 2017. Considered the premier 60's package tour, HAPPY TOGETHER will play in almost 50 US cities between Memorial Day and Labor Day.


HAPPY TOGETHER TOUR
(Check boxtops.com for additional dates that may be added)

06/09/17 Biloxi, MS - IP Casino, Resort & Spa
06/10/17 Clearwater, FL - Ruth Eckerd Hall
06/11/17 Jacksonville, FL - Florida Theatre
06/13/17 Morristown, NJ - Mayo Performing Arts Center
06/14/17 New Brunswick, NJ - State Theatre New Jersey
06/15/17 Northampton, MA - Calvin Theater
06/16/17 Westbury, NY - NYCB Theatre At Westbury
06/17/17 Albany, NY - Palace Theatre
06/18/17 Tarrytown, NY - The Tarrytown Music Hall
06/20/17 Englewood, NJ - Bergen Performing Arts Ctr.
06/21/17 Glenside, PA - Keswick Theatre
06/22/17 Jim Thorpe, PA - Penn's Peak
06/23/17 Williamsport, PA - Community Arts Center
06/24/17 Lancaster, PA - American Music Theatre
06/25/17 Hampton Beach, NH - Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom
07/04/17 San Rafael, CA - Marin County Fairgrounds
07/06/17 Modesto, CA - Gallo Center For The Arts
07/07/17 Brooks, CA - Cache Creek Casino Resort
07/08/17 Salem, OR - Historic Elsinore Theatre
07/09/17 Snoqualmie, WA - Snoqualmie Casino
07/12/17 Saratoga, CA - The Mountain Winery
07/13/17 Agoura Hills, CA - Canyon Club
07/14/17 Santa Ynez, CA - Chumash Casino
07/15/17 Beverly Hills, CA - Saban Theatre
07/16/17 Costa Mesa, CA - Pacific Amphitheatre
07/19/17 San Diego, CA - Humphrey's Concerts By The Bay
07/21/17 Phoenix, AZ - Celebrity Theatre
07/22/17 Las Vegas, NV - Cannery Casino Hotel
08/04/17 Danbury, CT - Ives Concert Park
08/05/17 Red Bank, NJ - Count Basie Theatre
08/06/17 Boston, MA - The Wilbur
08/07/17 Wilmington, DE - Playhouse Theatre
08/09/17 Hamburg, NY - The Fairgrounds Event Center
08/10/17 Kettering, OH - Fraze Pavilion For The Perf. Arts
08/11/17 New Buffalo, MI - Four Winds Casino
08/12/17 Manistee, MI - Little River Casino Resort
08/13/17 Cleveland, OH - Jacobs Pavilion At Nautica
08/14/17 Indianapolis, IN - Indiana State Fairgrounds
08/16/17 Effingham, IL - Effingham Performance Center
08/17/17 Nashville, TN - Ryman Auditorium
08/18/17 Hot Springs, AR - Oaklawn Racing & Gaming
08/20/17 Mayetta, KS - Prairie Band Casino & Resort
08/22/17 Louisville, KY - Kentucky State Fairgrounds
08/23/17 Fort Wayne, IN - Foellinger Outdoor Theatre
08/24/17 Waukegan, IL - Genesee Theatre
08/25/17 Aurora, IL - Paramount Theatre
08/26/17 Mille Lacs, MN - Grand Casino Theatre


2016 was truly a remarkable year for the BOX TOPS. After a six year hiatus, original founding members BILL CUNNINGHAM AND GARY TALLEY joined up with their former manager (and musician) RICK LEVY for exploratory rehearsals in Nashville. Buoyed by keys, drums, and horn section, THE BOX TOPS took to the road in January 2016, and played concerts up and down the East Coast and the Midwest. They were the featured act at Las Vegas' Cannery Casino Summer Kickoff Concert, which had its biggest attendance ever.



Their authentic sound, contemporary look, and raves from audiences and promoters alike brought THE BOX TOPS to the attention of the producers of the HAPPY TOGETHER TOUR. Offered a featured and co-billing spot, they accepted. As manager Levy stated, “Strategically, there is no better opportunity to be seen by so many fans, top promoters, and buyers in such a concentrated time. The HAPPY TOGETHER TOUR 2017 will be a fantastic opportunity for fans to sample THE BOX TOPS all across the country.”

THE BOX TOPS continue to perform select shows outside of the summer tour and field international inquiries as well. Join the BOX TOPS as they celebrate their 50th anniversary all during 2017.

We Invite You To Check Out The Box Tops New Official Website: www.boxtops.com

4.11.2017

ROCKTOPIA LIVE! FISHER THEATRE ONE NIGHT ONLY APRIL 12!




THE CULT ANNOUNCE NEW TOUR DATES MAY 2017

Ian Astbury (photo credit: @kioui_pix)

THE CULT - LIVE 17 A RETURN TO THE HIDDEN CITY

In continued support of their acclaimed album 'HIDDEN CITY' THE CULT announce a run of live dates in MAY 2017.

The Cult will return to festivals & intimate venues with the same passion & intensity that drew crowds to their 2016 world tour delivering a set of iconic songs drawing on their 10 studio albums leaving no stone unturned.



One of the most powerfully compelling live bands in the world, arguably the best kept secret in rock and roll.

CULT LIVE 17 will take the band from the East Coast to the Southwest including stops in Baltimore, Atlantic City, Brooklyn, Chicago, Dallas, Houston and ending in Oklahoma at the ROCKLAHOMA Festival.

Tickets on sale Now!

Full Cult Live Dates:
WED 03 May - RAMS HEAD LIVE ­ BALTIMORE, MD
FRI 05 MAY - CAROLINA REBELLION FESTIVAL ­ CONCORD, NC
SAT 06 MAY - HARRAH¹S ATLANTIC CITY ­ ATLANTIC CITY, NJ
SUN 07 MAY - COLLEGE STREET MUSIC HALL ­ NEW HAVEN, CT
TUE 09 MAY - ZEITERION PERFORMING ARTS ­ NEW BEDFORD, MA
WED 10 MAY - BROOKLYN STEEL ­ BROOKLYN, NY
FRI 12 MAY - GOODYEAR THEATER AT EAST END ­ AKRON, OH
SAT 13 MAY - THE VENUE AT HORSESHOE CASINO ­ HAMMOND, IN
SUN 14 MAY - THE PAGEANT ­ SAINT LOUIS, MO
TUE 16 MAY - HOUSE OF BLUES ­ DALLAS, TX
THU 18 MAY - HOUSE OF BLUES ­ HOUSTON, TX
FRI 19 MAY - IP CASINO ­ STUDIO A ­ BILOXI, MS
SAT 20 MAY - JEFFERSON THEATER ­ BEAUMONT, TX
TUE 23 MAY - SELENA AUDITORIUM ­ CORPUS CHRISTI, TX
WED 24 MAY - AZTEC THEATER ­ SAN ANTONIO, TX
THU 25 MAY - STRAND THEATRE ­ SHREVEPORT, LA
SAT 27 MAY - ROCKLAHOMA FESTIVAL ­ PRYOR, OK

WEB & SOCIAL LINKS
CULT Website: http://thecult.us/HIDDEN_CITY/
Twitter: @officialcult
Facebook: facebook.com/officialcult
Instagram: @officialcult
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