Quincy Jones Band at the Hollywood Bowl on 7 Sep, 2011

August 25th, 2011

Quincy Jones, the maestro trumpeter, film composer, musical arranger and conductor, is performing at the Hollywood Bowl on 7 Sep, 2011. With a career of 50 years in the entertainment field, he was been nominated for a Grammy Award for a record number of 79 times. He has won 7 Grammys which includes a Grammy Legend Award that he won in the year 1991. Quincy Jones was the talented producer behind Michael Jackson’s album Thriller. Thriller sold 110 million copies the world over and is still ranked among one of the most sold music albums in the world. Quincy Jones has also been involved with “Watch the Throne,” the collaborative album of Kanye West and Jay-Z.

Quincy and Bob Russel, Quicny’s song writing partner, were the first African Americans to be nominated for an Academy Award. They were nominated in the year 1968 for Best Original Song, for the song The Eyes of Love, from the movie called Banning under the Universal Pictures banner. Quincy was nominated again for the best original score the same year, for his musical score for the movie – In Cold Blood. In the year 1971, Quincy Jones became the very first African American who was named the musical director of the Academy Awards Ceremony. He was also the first African American who won the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award. He is also one of the two African Americans who have been nominated the most number of times for an Oscar. Quincy has been nominated seven times.

This illustrious musician who has won several accolades now performs at the Hollywood Bowl. Quincy Jones is one of the most talented musicians of the century. His live concerts are rare, so when he comes to perform near you, grab hold of the tickets as early as possible. Quincy Jones Band Hollywood Bowl tickets are available now. Make your booking today!

 

 



Totally 80s at the Hollywood Bowl

August 18th, 2011

If you have grown up listening to 80s music, Totally 80s is a show you just do not want to miss. Sure, there are many great bands around, but 80s music is something else altogether. It is the music that you listened to on old tape recorders. Good stuff!

80s music includes a diverse range of musical styles. Some of them were phenomenal, some of them average and some were downright bad. But in each of these three groups, there were still songs and bands that have remained with us till now.

Here is a short list from the VH1 top 100 songs of the 80s. Totally 80s tickets are now available, get yours today.

  • Bon Jovi / “Livin’ on a Prayer” (1986)
  • Duran Duran / “Hungry Like the Wolf” (1982)
  • Michael Jackson / “Billie Jean” (1982)
  • Guns N’ Roses / Sweet Child O’ Mine (1987)
  • Madonna / “Like a Virgin” (1984)
  • AC/DC / “You Shook Me All Night Long” (1980)
  • U2 / “With Or Without You” (1987)
  • The Bangles / “Walk Like an Egyptian” (1986)
  • Cyndi Lauper / “Time After Time” (1984)
  • Michael Jackson / “Beat It” (1982)
  • Cyndi Lauper / “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” (1984)
  • Wham! / “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go” (1984)
  • Poison / “Every Rose Has It’s Thorn” (1988)
  • Aerosmith / “Janie’s Got a Gun” (1989)
  • The Clash / “London Calling” (1982)
  • The Police / “Every Breath You Take” (1983)
  • Bruce Springsteen / “Born in the U.S.A.” (1984)
  • Dead or Alive / “You Spin Me Round (Like A Record)” (1985)
  • Berlin / “Take My Breath Away” (1986)
  • Paula Abdul / “Straight Up” (1988)
  • Depeche Mode / “Just Can’t Get Enough” (1981)
  • Public Enemy / “Fight the Power” (1988)
  • Rick James / “Super Freak” (1981)
  • George Michael / “Faith” (1987)
  • Thomas Dolby / “She Blinded Me With Science” (1982)
  • Blondie / “Call Me” (1980)
  • Rob Base & DJ E-Z Rock / “It Takes Two” (1988)
  • Squeeze / “Tempted” (1981)
  • Lionel Richie / “All Night Long (All Night)” (1983)
  • Bow Wow Wow / “I Want Candy” (1982)
  • Chaka Khan / “Ain’t Nobody” (1989)
  • Tone-Loc / “Wild Thing” (1989)
  • New Kids on the Block / “You Got It (The Right Stuff)” (1988)
  • Rolling Stones / “Start Me Up” (1981)
  • Men at Work / “Down Under” (1982)
  • Bobby Brown / “My Perogative” (1988)
  • Loverboy / “Working for the Weekend” (1981)


George Benson Performing at Cache Creek Casino Resort and Hollywood Bowl

August 11th, 2011

George Benson, the Grammy winning American musician, performs at the Cache Creek Casino Resort and Hollywood Bowl. He started his career as a jazz guitarist at the age of 21. During the 1960’s, Benson came to be known for playing soul jazz along with other musicians. He later started playing solo and has experimented with various genres such as pop, jazz, R&B and scat singing.  Benson’s album, Breezin’, went triple platinum and also topped the Billboard 200 in 1976.

Benson played his first instrument at the age of 7. It was the ukulele and for his performance at the corner drug store, he earned a few dollars. by the next year, he was playing guitar at a nightclub. When he was just 10, George Benson recorded his first single record with RCA-Victor, called “She Makes Me Mad.”

This child prodigy dropped out of school before graduation and learned to play instrumental jazz. Benson recorded the album, The New Boss Guitar, when he was 21. He followed it up with “It’s Uptown” and “The George Benson Cookbook.” After he signed with CTI records, this talented musician recorded several albums which met with some success in the jazz field. Bad Benson, his 1974 album, climbed the top of the Billboard jazz chart. “Good Kind Bad” and “Benson and Farrell” were follow-ups and they reached they became the top three jazz albums.

George Benson and Ibanez had a successful long term relationship. To commemorate their 30 year collaboration, Ibanez created the GB30TH, which was released as a very limited edition model. It featured a gold foil tin finish and was inspired by the Japanese Garahaku art.

George Benson is a true artist. To watch this magnificent musician perform on stage, buy your George Benson concert tickets today!



5 Best Jazz Musicians

August 4th, 2011

Thelonious Monk (1917 – 1982)

Minimalist and deceptively child-like, Monk’s music elevates jazz to a whole new level. There is a raw complexity to Monk’s music that becomes apparent only after you listen to it for a few times.

Charles Mingus (1922 – 1979)

Mingus’ music had the energy and raucousness of dirty jazz. It is rebellious and educational, there is nothing apologetic about his jazz.

John Coltrane (1926 – 1967)

Coltrane composed perfectly modulated music which was almost divine in origin. He lifts you up through his sax.

Mary Lou Williams (1910 – 1981)

One of the most important women in jazz, Mary Lou was a jazz musician who was accepted even into the classical world. She has also played at the Carnegie Hall.

Nat King Cole (1919 – 1965)

Nat King Cole, the man with the big voice, was equally big a jazz musician. Cole’s alternative jazz showcases his immense talent.

If you are a Jazz lover, you must not miss Jazz at the Bowl: Jonis Jazz on 17 August. Get your tickets today.



Phish tickets from 5 Aug 2011

July 28th, 2011

 

Phish is an American rock band that has come into limelight for its exploration of music across many different genres. They were formed in 1983 at the University of Vermont, with Trey Anastasio (guitars, lead vocals), Jon Fishman (drums and percussion), Mike Gordon (bass, vocals) and Page McConnell (keyboards), they performed as a band for 20 long years and split in 2004. They reunited again in 2009 and have been performing on a regular basis since then.

Phish occupies a peculiar musical space which is a blend of many different genres – rock, progressive rock, jazz, psychedelic rock, funk, hard rock, bluegrass, folk, reggae, blues, country, avant garde and even classical. Each Phish concert is an entirely new experience both in terms of what songs are performed and how they perform them.

Phish has developed a large fan following, mostly by word of mouth. If you are a Phish fan, catch them in action 5th August 2011. Buy your Phish tickets today.



Dolly Parton at the Hollywood Bowl

July 21st, 2011

Dolly Parton is all set to entertain country music fans at the Hollywood Bowl on July 22-23. Parton is one of most recent among the many country acts that have been performed at the Hollywood Bowl. Other famous country artists who have performed at the Bowl include Garth Brooks, Patsy Cline and Carrie Underwood. Dolly Parton has had a career of almost half a century. This is her first full concert at the Amphitheater.

Buy your Dolly Parton tickets today.



Chris Botti at Hollywood Bowl

July 12th, 2011

Did you see Chris Botti live in concert at the Melbourne Jazz Festival in 2011? If you didn’t, catch him at Hollywood Bowl on July 13 2011. Buy your Chris Botti Hollywood Bowl tickets here.

During the Melbourne Jazz Festival, Chris Botti had electrified audience along with his band and the two guests – the violinist Caroline Campbell and amzing vocalist Lisa Fischer).

Botti is a magnificent trumpet player beyond compare. He was nominated for 2 Grammy Awards in 2007, including the Best Long Form Music Video and Best Pop Instrumental album. Chris Botti had 3 albums reach the top spot on the Billboard jazz albums chart.

Botti has established quite a reputation for himself as a musician who is versatile enough to fuse both pop and jazz music. He came into the spotlight with his 2001 CD titled Night Sessions.

He was born in Portland, Oregon. He spent two years in Italy. His mother was a classically trained pianist who also taught piano part time. She was the earliest musical influence of Botti.

Botti had toured with Buddy Rich and Frank Sinatra after his stint at the Indiana University. He moved to New York in 1985 to pursue his craft as a studio musician.

In the 1990s, he toured extensively with Paul Simon and also performed and recorded with singers such as Natalie Cole, Aretha Franklin, Joni Mitchell, Scriiti Politti, Natalie Merchant and others.

While he was touring with Paul Simon, he met saxophonist Michael Brecker. This meeting turned out to be momentous for Botti, because it was Brecker who led Botti to produce the album Brecker Brothers’ Out of the Loop, which won a 1995 Grammy for Best Contemporary Jazz Performance.

Buy your Chris Botti Hollywood Bowl tickets today to catch this phenomenally talented musician in action.



Dudamel and Lang Lang on July 12 and 14 at Hollywood Bowl

July 5th, 2011

The classical season at the Hollywood Bowl kicks off with some Russian entertainment. Gustavo Dudamel will start with Borodin’s symphonic pictures and their exquisite colors. Dudamel will then team up with Lang Lang, one of the most gifted pianists in the modern times. The duo will pair up for the very popular concerto of Prokofiev. Dudamel will finally leas the Ravel’s version of Mussorgsky’s showpiece.

The supporters of Viktor Hartmann had put on a large exhibit of his work when the artist died suddenly. Modest Mussorgsky was his good friend and he captured that experience in a powerful piano suite that has become hugely popular ever since and has been used in solo guitar and even rock band arrangements. Ravel’s orchestration of the suite is the timeless version and the most popular of all.

Dudamel is a Venezuelan conductor and violinist. He is the principal conductor of the Gothenburg Symphony of Sweden and the Los Angeles Philharmonic music director. Dudamel is also the artistic director of the Venezuelan Orquestra Sinfonica Simon Bolivar. He was born to a voice teacher and trombonist and studied music at a very early age. He was taught violin by many famous violinist and he went on to work at the Latin American Violin Academy with Jose Francisco de Castillo.

Dudamel has won numerous conducting competitions, including the Gustav Mahler Conducting Prize in Germany in 2004. He also caught the eye of great conductors such as Simon Rattle and Claudio Abbado. Dudamel is featured in the documentary titled “Let the Children Play”, a film that features his work on advocating music to help enrich children’s lives.

Lang Lang is a Chinese concert pianist who lives in New York. He is one of the most compelling pianists in the world.

For a classical night with Dudamel and Lang Lang, book your tickets today!



July 4th Fireworks Spectacular at the Hollywood Bowl

June 28th, 2011

The fireworks tradition of Hollywood Bowl began in 1969, when a fireworks display was added to the annual Tchaikovsky Spectacular concert. In 1971, the concerts and the Fireworks display on the fourth of July found permanent place in the Hollywood Bowl annual events. Ever since, the audience has been mesmerized by a spectacular display of innovative music and pyrotechnic combinations.

Whether you love Fireworks or music or both, the Fireworks Spectacular of Hollywood Bowl offers a celebration of sound and sight. Residents of California have the great opportunity to experience beautiful fireworks display all summer.

This year, Hollywood Bowl invites Daryl Hall & John Oates, the favorite pop duo of America to join the orchestra to perform their classic hits.

What better way than fireworks and good old American music to celebrate the Independence Day?

Make this July 4th evening one to remember. Buy your Fireworks Spectacular Hollywood Bowl tickets today!



AR Rahman at the Hollywood Bowl

June 21st, 2011

AR Rahman, the celebrated multiple Oscar winning composer, is performing at the Hollywood Bowl. Rahman is an internationally acclaimed music maestro and Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles, will showcase his work this summer.

Rahman was described as the most prolific and prominent film composer of the world, by the Time magazine. His works stand out with their tasteful integration of Indian classical music with electronic sounds, traditional orchestral arrangements and influence of world music genres. Rahman has won two Grammy Awards, two Academy Awards, a Golden Globe, a BAFTA Award, many Indian film awards along with several other nominations and awards. Time magazine also referred to him as the Mozart of Madras. He was in the list of World’s Most Influential People in 2009.

The musician had also performed at the Academy Awards this February. He performed his track ‘If I Rise’ from the Danny Boyle film ‘127 Hours’ which was nominated for the Awards. The performance was with the British pop star Florence Welch and it was very well received by the audience.

Rahman returns to Hollywood Bowl and will perform his movie scores with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. The performance will be a visual and aural treat because it will be enhanced by select clips from the films. The evening will also feature Bollywood dancers and traditional Indian music. The concert will benefit the Los Angeles Philharmonic Musicians Pension Fund.

The event is titled “Journey to India” and will take place on 10 July 2011. Get your AR Rahman Hollywood Bowl tickets today.