Archive for the ‘Concert/Tour’ Category

The following is an article from Rolling Stone regarding a tour by the surviving members of the 1960’s band The Monkees (verbatim):

The Monkees are set to return to the stage this November for a 12-date U.S. tour, marking the first time Michael Nesmith, Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork have played together since 1997. The tour kicks off at Escondido’s California Center for the Arts on November 8th and finishes at the Beacon Theatre in New York City on December 2.

The trek is also Nesmith’s first with The Monkees since a brief U.K. run in 1997; and of course, it’s the group’s first outing since singer Davy Jones passed away in February. “This seems like a good time to do this – the right time,” says Nesmith. “Who knows when we will get another chance?”

The Monkees will perform a selection of their biggest hits and deeper cuts from their first five albums, as well as music from their film Head and their TV series. Accompanying the tunes will be a multimedia show filled with rare films and photographs.

Jones will be saluted “in the show’s multimedia content,” according to a statement.

Full tour dates below:

November 8 – Escondido, CA at the California Center for the Arts
November 9 – Santa Barbara, CA at The Arlington Theatre
November 10 – Los Angeles, CA at the Greek Theatre
November 11 – Cupertino, CA at the Flint Center for the Performing Arts
November 15 – Minneapolis, MN at the State Theatre
November 16 – Chicago, IL at The Chicago Theatre
November 17 – Cleveland, OH at the Lakewood Civic Auditorium
November 18 – Buffalo, NY at The Center For The Arts
November 29 – Philadelphia, PA at the Keswick Theatre
November 30 – New Brunswick, NJ at the State Theatre Regional Arts Center
December 1 – Huntington, NY at The Paramount
December 2 – New York, NY at The Beacon Theatre

You can stop by here to see the full article at Rolling Stone.

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Sarah McLachlan

The following is taken verbatim from Sony Music and Sarah McLachlan’s Official Site:

With the success of Sarah McLachlan‘s special symphony orchestra performances last summer, Sarah has announced a new symphony orchestra tour, which will be making stops throughout the United States and Canada.

Sarah is teaming up with Tickets-for-Charity.com to offer fans access to fantastic seats and a special meet & greet opportunity to benefit the Sarah McLachlan School of Music and its mission to bring music education to young people through free music programs dedicated to inspiring confidence, creativity and a sense of community among students. These VIP Charity Packages will be available exclusively here.

Here is a list of her upcoming tour dates:

6/22 – Toronto Ontario – Molson Canadian Amphitheatre – Buy Now!
6/23 – Montreal, Quebec – Centre de la Nature – On Sale Now
6/24 – Shelburne, Vermont – The Green @ Shelburne Museum – Buy Now!
6/26 – Canandaigua, New York – Constellation Brands Marvin Sands PAC – On Sale Now!
6/27 – Toledo, Ohio – Zoo Amphitheatre – On Sale here 4/13!
6/28 – Nashville, Tennessee – Schermerhorn Symphony Center – On Sale Now
6/30 – Chicago, Illinois- Ravinia On Sale 4/26
7/1 – Rochester Hills, Michigan – Meadow Brook – On Sale here 4/14
7/3 – Atlanta, Georgia – Chastain Park Amphitheatre – On Sale Now
7/5 – Columbia, Maryland – Merriweather Post Pavilion – On Sale Now!
7/6 – Boston, Mass. – Bank of America Pavilion – Buy Now!
7/7 – Mashantucket, Connecticut – MGM Grand Theater @ Foxwoods – On Sale 3/30
7/8 – Atlantic City, New Jersey – Borgata Event Center – On Sale 4/21

For ticket information, including on sale dates and times for each show, please visit her tour page here.

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Sarah McLachlan

Sarah McLachlan is teaming up with Tickets-for-Charity to offer fans access to fantastic seats and a special meet and greet opportunity to benefit the Sarah McLachlan School of Music and its mission to bring music education to young people through free music programs dedicated to inspiring confidence, creativity and a sense of community among students.

These VIP Charity Packages will be available exclusively here.

Here are the announced dates:

June 22 – Toronto ON – Moslon Canadian AmphitheatreSarah To Perform Live
June 23 – Montreal QC – Centre de la Nature
June 24 – Shelburne, VT – The Green at Shelburne Museum
June 26 – Canandaigua, NY – Constellation Brands Marvin Sands PAC
June 27 – Toledo, OH – Zoo Amphitheatre
June 28 – Nashville, TN – Schermerhorn Symphony Center
July 1 – Rochester Hills, MI – Meadow Brook
July 3 – Atlanta, GA – Chastain Park Amphitheatre
July 5 – Columbia, MD – Merriweather Post Pavilion
July 6 – Boston, MA – Bank of America Pavilion
July 7 – Mashantucket, CT – MGM Grand Theater at Foxwoods
July 8 – Atlantic City, NJ – Borgata Event Center

For ticket information, including on sale dates and times for each show, please visit Sarah McLachlan‘s site here.

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Christian Kane

Attention Christian Kane fans!!

New concert dates have been added to Christian Kane‘s current tour and they include:

May 29 in Portland, Oregon
June 12 in Nashville, Tennessee
June 18 back to Portland, Oregon
July 31 in Sweet Home, Oregon
September 3 in Las Vegas

To learn more about his concert tour, please visit here.

And, a new t-shirt has been added to the store at Christian’s official website. You can check out that item and more here.

Go here to learn more about Christian Kane.

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Two more concert dates have been added to Sarah McLachlan‘s summer tour.

Here are the details:

June 19 – Kitchener, Ontario (Canada) at the Centre in the Square (she will perform “with friends”). The tickets go on sales on May 6.

August 5 – Vancouver, British Columbia (Canada) at the Vancouver MusicFest at The Orpheum Theatre where she will perform with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. Tickets go on sale May 7.

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Glee Cast

Due to popular demand more concert tour dates and some news faces have been added to this summer’s Glee Live In Concert.

In addition to the 18-city North American tour dates that were announced previously, the following dates have been added:

May 25 in San Jose, California at the HP Pavilion

June 4 in Chicago (Illinois) at the All State Arena with a matinee

June 7 in Uncasville, Connecticut at Mohegan Sun

June 9 in Washington, D.C. at the Verizon Center

June 12 in Toronto, Ontario at Air Canada Centre with a matinee

June 17 in East Rutherford, New Jersey at the Izod Center

Tickets are available via Ticketmaster.com, by phone at (800) 745-3000, or at any Ticketmaster Outlet.

As for the new faces being added to the tour, they include actress Ashley Fink (New Directions newbie Lauren Zizes) and an unspecified number of unnamed members of the Dalton Academy Warblers, in addition to the 13 cast members previously scheduled to perform.

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Will you be in the LA area on Saturday, April 16 and want to party on the actual set of Desperate Housewives?

Honorary Chairman of The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation – James Denton (star of Desperate Housewives) – and Co-Chairs Mark, Michelle and Melissa Horak invite fans to attend a Wisteria Lane Block Party for one night only that will include an old-fashioned BBQ from Stonefire Grill and will include music provided by The Band from TV, featuring special guest appearance by Teri Hatcher, Chris Mostert and Neil Steubenhaus.

The Band From TV is comprised of James Denton, Jesse Spencer (House), Hugh Laurie (House), Jorge Garcia (Lost and Mr. Sunshine), Greg Grunberg (Heroes), Adrian Pasdar (Heroes), Gary Cole (The Good Wife), Scott Grimes (ER) and Bob Guiney.

During the block party, which will run from 6:30 PM to 11 PM on the Universal Studios backlot – fans will get to shop the super spectacular silent auction and rub elbows with celebs such as Nathan Fillion, John Huertas, Molly Quinn and Dana Delany among others [they are listed at the website below].   Please note each celebrity’s appearance is subject to availability.

For more information visit the website at Wisteria Lane Block Party.

WARNING:  Be forewarned the ticket prices are high so tread lightly if you are on a tight budget.

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Matthew Morrison

Actor-Singer Matthew Morrison (Glee) will be embarking on a concert tour of his own this summer, featuring songs from his self-titled debut album that is being released on May 30.

The full concert listing follows:

June 18 – Minneapolis at the Orpheum Theatre

June 19 – St. Louis (Missouri) at the Fabulous Fox Theatre

June 21 – Rosemont (Illinois) at the Rosemont Theatre

June 22 – Columbus (Ohio) at the Palace Theatre

June 23 – Detroit at the Detroit Opera House

June 27 – Philadelphia at the Mann Center for the Performing Arts

June 28 – Newark at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center

June 29 – Boston at the Citi Performing Arts Center Wang Theatre

July 1 – New York City at the Beacon Theatre

July 2 – Atlantic City (New Jersey) at the Caesar’s Circus Maximus

July 6 – Washington D.C. at the DAR Constitution Hall

July 7 – Greensboro (North Carolina) at the War Memorial Auditorium

July 8 – Duluth (Georgia) at the The Arena at Gwinnett Center

July 10 – Tampa at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts

July 11 – Orlando at the Bob Carr Performing Arts Center

July 13 – Boca Raton (Florida) at the Mizner Park Amphitheatre

July 14 – Jacksonville (Florida) at the Moran Theater

July 16 – Grand Prairie (Texas) at the Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie

July 17 – Austin (Texas) at the Bass Concert Hall

July 19 – Phoenix at the Comerica Theatre

July 20 – San Diego at the Humphrey’s Concerts by the Bay

July 23 – Los Angeles at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live

Mark your calendars!

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Live from the Artists Den (R)

The third season of the Emmy nominated public television music series Live from the Artists Den will air its season premiere this Friday, April 1, featuring a concert by Elvis Costello and his band The Sugarcanes recorded at the New York Public Library’s world-famous Stephen A. Schwarzman Building.

This innovative programming features music icons and rising stars in unique and intimate venues, allowing the viewer to feel as if the concert is happening right in their living room. The specials also include interviews with each performer conducted by noted music critic Alan Light, who also serves as Director of Programming for Live from the Artists Den.

In an exclusive interview with Rueben’s Ramblings, series creator Mark Lieberman explains the genesis of Live from the Artists Den. “When I was living and working in San Francisco, I became very aware that my friends were no longer going out to hear live music – shows were too late, too inconvenient, too difficult to fit into a life with a job and kids. I wanted to create a way for people to continue to experience music performances in a setting that was inviting and welcoming.”

Besides Elvis Costello being the opening act for this season’s series, Ray LaMontagne and the Pariah Dogs performed at the Don Strange Ranch located in Texas (this performance will air on April 5). Mr. Lieberman explained that this was “probably the most ambitious production we’ve pulled off so far” because the performance was held “in a barn on a ranch thirty miles outside of San Antonio”.

While artists like Ringo Starr, Alanis Morissette, David Gray, Tori Amos and The Black Crowes (among many others) have performed in previous airings of Live from the Artists Den, Mr. Lieberman acknowledged that his personal dream artist would be “someone like Neil Young, who is constantly innovating and experimenting with his music, seems like the kind of artist who would take really interesting advantage of an unconventional place to play.” He further explained “that kind of independence is close in spirit to the Artists Den’s vision”.

Among the other performers for this season’s airings are:

Grace Potter and The Nocturnals, who were filmed in New York’s Bryant Park, airing on April 15;

Robert Plant and the Band of Joy at the War Memorial Auditorium in Nashville to be aired on April 22;

The UK pop legends Squeeze reunite for a concert that was also filmed in New York’s Bryant Park, airing on April 29; and,

A special compilation recorded at Sotheby’s auction house in New York with R&B singer-songwriter Daniel Merriweather, alternative pop songstress A Fine Frenzy and folk singer-songwriter Lisa Hannigan.

When asked if he had a personal favorite among all the performances out of the three seasons, Mr. Lieberman shared that “of course (I) love them all, but the last two performances that (were) filmed—with Robert Plant in Nashville and with Adele in Los Angeles—really highlight the range of music we feature, from an incomparable rock legend to a soulful rising superstar”. Notably that is the only sneak peek Mr. Lieberman would give for the planned 4th season of Live from the Artists Den – that UK songstress Adele was filmed for the new season. He jokingly stated “I don’t want to give away any other secrets while we’re still putting this next batch together”.

But if anyone is interested in finding out how to become a part of the studio audience for one of the upcoming performances for this unique concert experience, all you have to do is sign up for the Artists Den mailing list here or ‘like us’ on Facebook because “Artists Den members are the ones who get to register for a chance to win tickets to our shows,” explained Mr. Lieberman.

In speaking about the logistics involved in arranging these unique venues and artists, Mr. Lieberman noted that “we like to have things set up weeks ahead so that everyone can breathe a little easier, but when we filmed Ringo Starr and Ben Harper at the Metropolitan Museum of Art last year, that whole shoot came together in just over a week”. He further explained that, “it was a scramble, but it’s one of our finest episodes (and) in the end, it usually comes down to a mad dash in the final few hours.”

Also, while Mr. Lieberman did not point out any specific artist who had turned down the opportunity to perform on Live from the Artists Den he did state that “it’s always complicated to line up an artist’s touring schedule with the right venue in the right city at the right time, so it’s always an ongoing process. It’s not so much a question of people turning the opportunity down as it is finding the best chance to make everything come together”.

Obviously it takes a dedicated crew to make the entire series possible and Mr. Lieberman highlighted that he “(works) closely with our Director of Programming, Alan Light, to select the performers, and everyone on our small staff gets their chance to weigh in”. He went on to say that he and his team “are dedicated to artists who are great live performers, regardless of (the) genre. We have featured performers from country (such as Dierks Bentley) to R&B (like Raphael Saadiq and Corinne Bailey Rae), to legends (like Robert Plant, Ringo Starr) and even emerging stars (such as Grace Potter and the Hold Steady)”.

One particularly special music performance was when Live from the Artists Den filmed the Swell Season. Mr. Lieberman stated it was “just after the film “Once” was released. By the time the episode aired, they had won the Academy Award for Best Song of the Year and were selling out Radio City Music Hall.” On the reverse side of that – at least in terms of difficulty with arranging the set up for a specific performance – was “when we filmed the band Fountains of Wayne a few years back. Not only did we arrange the shoot on board a 19th century tall ship docked in lower Manhattan, but the night before the shoot, a tornado swept through New York City. When it passed, the subways were flooded, and the following day was a steamy 90-some degrees. Somehow, we still got a show out of it, but that was certainly the toughest spot we have found ourselves in”. He further explained that “every single show has its own set of challenges, from weather issues (a freak snowstorm in Nashville nearly meant the cancellation of the Robert Plant show) to last minute equipment arrivals (at the Ray LaMontagne show, we had gear arriving from four cities in Texas which caused some last minute scrambling). But the excitement of that improvisational aspect translates into unique and exciting episodes each time. If we filmed everyone in the same studio all the time, the system would be a lot more reliable, but it would also be less fun for us, for the artists, and for the audience.”

Speaking of the audience, Mr. Lieberman stated that “for our shows (there) are generally only a few hundred people, so it’s never been a problem to fill the room”. With that being said I would encourage any interested music fans to sign up for the Artists Den (as stated above) or check out Live from the Artists Den’s Facebook page to learn more about how to register for your chance to win tickets to one of the upcoming shows. You won’t regret that you did.

I would like to extend a hearty thank you to Mr. Lieberman and his staff for taking the time to participate in this exclusive interview with Rueben’s Ramblings. And, for the readers, please make sure to check your local listings for when your public television network will air the upcoming performances of Live from the Artists Den.

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The members of the FOX series Glee will, once again, go out on tour this summer. It will be a 16-city North American tour.

Here is the schedule:

May 21 – Las Vegas, NV at Mandalay Bay Event Center
May 22 – Sacramento, CA at Arco Arena
May 24 – San Jose, CA at HP Pavilion
May 27 – Anaheim, CA at Honda Center
May 28 – Los Angeles, CA at Staples Center
May 29 – San Diego, CA at Valley View Casino Center
June 1 – Minneapolis, MN at Target Center
June 2 – Indianapolis, IN at Conseco Fieldhouse
June 3 – Chicago, IL at Allstate Arena
June 6 – Boston, MA at TD Garden
June 8 – Philadelphia, PA at Wells Fargo Center
June 11 – Toronto, Canada at Air Canada Centre
June 13 – Detroit, MI at Palace of Auburn Hills
June 14 – Cleveland, OH at Quicken Loans Arena
June 16 – East Rutherford, NJ at Izod Center
June 18 – Uniondale, NY at Nassau Colliseum

Mark your calendars!

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