Aretha Franklin, Elvis Costello and the Dixie Hummingbirds will join the Blind Boys on Nov. 5 & 6 at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame to salute Sam
Cooke. "A Change is Gonna Come: The Life and Music of Same Cooke" is the 10th annual installment of the Rock Hall's American Music Masters series.
The Blind Boys have just confirmed their performance at "Gospel Angels," a live, nationally televised benefit concert to raise money for the people torn from their homes by Hurricane Katrina. The benefit will be held on Sept. 22 at Atlanta's Centennial Olympic Park and will be broadcast on the Gospel Music Channel, the "i" network (formerly the Pax Network), and XM
Satellite Radio. The show will be hosted by CeCe Winans and also include performances by Third Day, Natalie Grant, Nicole Mullen, Barlow Girls and
Tibetan singer Yungchen Lhamo will perform at the Royal Albert Hall on October 16 to promote the UN Millennium Development Goals. Yungchen will join a diverse range of artists including Hugh Maskela, Steve Harley, The Chieftans, The Dhol Foundation and Yothu Yindi will come together under the banner of 'Music To Unite Nations'
LDA have a reputation as one of the most exciting live bands from Central America and a festival favourite with their high energy blend of ska, punk, hip hop and mariachi!
They begin their European tour in Turkey on September 29 and travel to Austria, Germany, UK and Scandinavia until the end of November. More dates throughout November in Germany, Russia, Spain and Portugal to be confirmed.....keep checking the Real World Tours listing for regular updates.
The dynamic Mexican collective will release their new album on September 26 on Real World Records. Mexico City's mezcla of ska, punk, mesitzo, hip hop, mariachi and rock have created their best album yet in colloboaration with producers Temple of Sound. Check out their new website for the background to the album and preview a track.
"Call it Tropipunk, fil eit under Explosive. It's the sound of the future, get used to it!" Mojo Magazine
Iarla O Lionaird finished a week of rehearsing his new band with a live performance on the afternoon of August 8 at Real World Studios. This was the first outing for the band which features Graham Henderson (keyboards/accordion), Steve Jones (guitars) and Liam Bradley (drums/percussion). In front a small audience of guests from the media and his record company this was a wonderful informal lauch for this new album 'Invisible Fields' which will be released on August 22. Extracts from the afternoon concert which took place at Real World Studios Big Room will appear on Iarla's website shortly.
Ben Harper fans got an unexpected treat in LA Sunday when Charlie Musselwhite sat in with Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals
during their intense, sold-out show at the Music Box at the Fonda Theater.
Musselwhite is the legendary harmonica player who, with his Southside Chicago cool and slicked back look, inspired Dan Akroyd's Blues Brother
character. Charlie was called out midway in the set and later for the encore, jamming with Ben and his band on two unreleased Harper originals,
"Dressed in Black" and "Gather Around the Stone." He also played and sang with Ben on "Homeless Child," a Harper song that Charlie recorded on his
2004 Grammy-nominated release, SANCTUARY (Real World Records).
Musselwhite, Harper and the Innocent Criminals first teamed up in the studio together along with John Lee Hooker on Hooker's BEST OF FRIENDS album. Then on Charlie's SANCTUARY, Harper performed on both the title track and
"Homeless Child." Since then they have played together a few times, including as part of Ben's three night run in Paris last November. The
amazing connection between the two artists will continue as Charlie has now joined Ben's tour for the next seven dates (through the July 27 show at New York City's Irving Plaza), after which Musselwhite has to jump ship for
European commitments of his own.
Dublin was the venue for the Ninth World Harp Congress, an international festival that takes place in a different city around the world every three years. Representing all styles of harp music, from classical and traditional to improvised and world music, the festival features over 30 concerts in venues around the city, including the National Concert Hall, St Patricks Cathedral and UCD, as well as masterclasses, lectures and exhibitions. The opening concert at St Patricks Cathedral was on Sunday 17th July and revisited the ancient collaboration between harpist and poet in a tribute to Irelands bardic history. It featured readings by Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney and performances by leading Irish harpists including Siobhan Armstrong, Grainne Hambly, Jean Kelly, Diane Marshall, Maire Ni Chathasaigh and Aine Ni Dhubhghaill. Iarla was only singer performing and had created a new song for famous harpest O'Carolan.
This July sees a rare opportunity for American and Canadian audiences to catch this rising star of West African music. Daby will be performing first in Boston on 15 July and ending his tour in Chicago on 12 July. Check out full details on the Real World Records tour listings.