MUSIC NEWS: THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, 2017
FREE UNITY CONCERT - CHARLOTTESVILLE
Last month when the world looked in on Charlottesville, Virginia, the scene was anything but unifying and uplifting. But later this month, a group of musicians will try to make the city see more harmonious than it did during the white supremacist march that left one woman dead. The Dave Matthews Band is teaming up Justin Timberlake, Pharrell Williams and Ariana Grande at a free show. It will be held Sept. 24th and will be free. However, those who attend will ask to make a donation to a charity that helps victims of the August violence and the first responders who came to their aid.
KID ROCK - RACE
Is Kid Rock a ``dog whistler?'' A civil rights group in Detroit says he is and wants to see the cancellation of the musician's shows in the city next week. At issue is Kid Rock's public criticism of Colin Kaepernick the black N-F-L quarterback who generated a firestorm this time last year for kneeling during the national anthem before games. The National Action Network says Rock used an expletive to refer to Kaepernick during a concert last month. And the civil rights group says that served as a ``dog whistle'' to white supremacist groups.
HARVEY - CMT ARTISTS OF THE YEAR
They are the current Artists of the Year, as named by C-M-T. But when they get their awards this year, Chris Stapleton, Florida Georgia Line, Jason Aldean, Keith Urban and Luke Bryan will be taking a back seat to those who have helped ease the effects of Hurricane Harvey. This year's awards show will honour the artists, to be sure. But it will also focus on those affected by the massive storm and those taking part in the show will encourage fans to donate to relief efforts.
JO DEE MESSINA - CANCER
Jo Dee Messina says she is ``working closely'' with a medical team to fight her cancer. The veteran country star announced yesterday that she was ailing and as a result of the cancer, she will be postponing the rest of her shows for the year after Oct. 7th. Messina didn't specify what kind of cancer she has. She is 47 years old.
ROD STEWART, JASON DERULO - MARDI GRAS
Got plans for Mardi Gras yet? Veteran rock star Rod Stewart and pop singer Jason Derulo already do. They will team up to headline the Krewe of Endymion's (en-DIH'-mee-uhnz) 2018 Extravaganza. The event gets under way after its Mardi Gras parade rolls through New Orleans. The captain of the krewe says Stewart is to ride in the Mardi Gras parade if the weather is good. And he says Derulo will probably ride, too, Last year's Extravaganza featured rock band KISS, rapper FloRida and the 70s pop group, K-C and the Sunshine Band.
FAMED MUSIC FILMMAKER DIES
If you ever saw documentaries about Bob Dylan going electric at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival or footage of Jimi Hendrix and Leonard Cohen you may well be familiar with the work of Murray Lerner. The Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker chronicled many of the top names in music over the decades. Lerner has died.
His son says he passed away in New York City. Murray Lerner was 90.
CMT ARTISTS OF THE YEAR - HARVEY
When C-M-T hands out its Artist of the Year awards next month it won't be just about the artists. C-M-T says it will also use the telecast to put a spotlight on efforts to recover from Hurricane Harvey. The show will honor those affected by the massive storm that bullied its way across south Texas and artists will urge fans to support relief efforts. Those being honored Oct. 18th in Nashville are Chris Stapleton, Florida Georgia Line, Jason Aldean, Keith Urban and Luke Bryan.
DAVE MATTHEWS - CONCERT
Dave Matthews has close ties to the city of Charlottesville, Virginia because that's where his band got its start. So it no doubt hurt him to see the streets of the town filled with white nationalist demonstrators last month and to hear about the death of a woman protesting racism. Matthews says he wants to help the town heal by doing a concert and has brought along some of his talented buds to help. Among those taking part in the free concert Sept. 24th will be Justin Timberlake and Pharrell Williams.
KID ROCK - COLIN KAEPERNICK
A civil rights organization wants to throw some Kid Rock concerts in Detroit for a loss. It is calling for the shows to be canceled because of comments the musician made about N-F-L quarterback Colin Kaepernick. Kid Rock publicly criticized the former San Francisco 49ers signal caller for kneeling during the national anthem before games _ in protest of police brutality against blacks and other minorities. The Detroit chapter of the National Action Network says Kid Rock's comments were like a ``dog whistle'' to white supremacist groups.
(The Associated Press)