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Posted in Entertainment by sceneandheardblog on February 17, 2011

–Nikki Sixx To Debut Video For Sixx:A.M.’s New Single

“Lies Of The Beautiful People” On February 16–

This Will Be the First Time the New Single is Released to the Public


LOS ANGELES, February 16, 2011 – Premiere Radio Networks is pleased to announce that this month marks the one-year anniversary of Sixx Sense with Nikki Sixx and The Side Show Countdown with Nikki Sixx.  In the last year, the international rock icon, founder/bassist/songwriter of the world-renowned band Mötley Crüe and chart-topping band Sixx:A.M. (Sixx, Dj Ashba and James Michael), New York Times best-selling author, clothing designer, philanthropist and photographer has taken rock/alternative radio by storm, attracting millions of listeners as he broadcasts his unique brand of music and lifestyle programming to more than 70 radio stations across the country.

As part of the anniversary celebration, Sixx announced today that he and his bandmates James Michael and Dj Ashba will world premiere the video for Sixx:A.M’s new single “Lies of the Beautiful People” on tonight, February 16, at 9 p.m. PT/midnight ET.  “Lies of the Beautiful People” is the debut track on the companion album, of the same name, to Sixx’s highly-anticipated new book This Is Gonna Hurt: Music, Photography and Life Through the Distorted Lens of Nikki Sixx. The book is a combination of powerful prose and dramatic photographs, featuring an arresting, deeply personal look through the eyes of an artist at a stark, post-addiction world. This Is Gonna Hurt will be released April 12 and now, due to the overwhelming response and fan demand, the full soundtrack CD release has been bumped up to an earlier May 3 release date.  For more information, please visit

Top affiliates broadcasting Sixx’s radio programs include KYSR-FM/Los Angeles, KEGL-FM/Dallas/Ft. Worth, WKLS-FM/Atlanta, WWDC-FM/Washington, D.C., WRIF-FM/Detroit, WXTB-FM/Tampa, KBPI-FM/Denver, WHQG-FM/Milwaukee and KZEP-FM/San Antonio.  In addition to his success on the radio dial, the Sixx Sense with Nikki Sixx channel on Clear Channel Radio’s digital platform iheartradio launched last October and is quickly attracting mobile listeners in droves.  Available via iPhone, iPod Touch, Blackberry and Android




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devices, iheartradio has more than 12 million total unique downloads.

“Nikki dove into the radio waters head first, and his hard work, creativity and originality have made the first year of Sixx Sense with Nikki Sixx and The Side Show Countdown with Nikki Sixx a tremendous success,” stated Jennifer Leimgruber, Premiere Radio Networks SVP of Programming.  “We’re extremely proud of what we have accomplished so far and look forward to reaching many more milestones together.”

Since launching last February, Sixx Sense with Nikki Sixx and The Side Show Countdown with Nikki Sixx are fast becoming the place to hear it first for guests from all walks of life, including rock royalty, the first man on the moon, authors, actors and everyone in between.  Dave Grohl, Jared Leto, Lemmy Kilmister, Perez Hilton, Rob Halford, CSI creator Anthony Zuiker, Four Agreements author Don Miguel Ruiz, Dog The Bounty Hunter and others have joined Sixx and his Sixx Sense co-host Kerri Kasem for their special brand of conversation.  In

addition, they’ve world-premiered albums and songs for artists and bands like Buckcherry, Drowning Pool and Slash, hosted the announcement for last summer’s OZZFest and broadcasted from Rock on the Range, America’s premiere destination rock festival.

Fans online can’t seem to get enough of Nikki as he continues to relentlessly interact, and sometimes debate, with them on Twitter ( and Facebook( and keep them up to speed on all things Sixx.

About Sixx Sense with Nikki Sixx and The Side Show Countdown with Nikki Sixx

Nationally syndicated by Premiere Radio Networks, Sixx Sense with Nikki Sixx broadcasts Monday through Friday from 7 p.m. to midnight local time on Rock/Alternative music stations in the U.S. and Canada.  Each night on Sixx Sense, international rock icon Nikki Sixx discusses music and lifestyle topics as he gives listeners a backstage look at the world and mind of a rock star.  Joined by co-host Kerri Kasem, Sixx provides his unique perspective and attitude as the duo welcomes celebrity guests, recording artists and fascinating characters from all walks of life.  All this and more are coupled with the radio station’s playlist.  The show is complemented by The Side Show Countdown with Nikki Sixx, which is available for air Saturday or Sunday between 6 a.m. and midnight local time.  Each weekend, the radio host and tastemaker introduces his personal new music picks, as well as plays an array of what’s happening on the rock charts, and shares his own special brand of talk radio with celebrities and other guests.  The Sixx Sense with Nikki Sixx channel on Clear Channel Radio’s digital platform iheartradio is available on the iPhone, iPod Touch, Blackberry and Android devices. For more information, please visit Fans can also follow Sixx on Twitter at


About Premiere Radio Networks

Premiere Radio Networks, Inc., a subsidiary of Clear Channel Communications, syndicates 90 radio programs and services to more than 5,000 radio affiliations and reaches over 190 million listeners weekly. Premiere Radio is the number one radio network in the country and features the following personalities: Rush Limbaugh, Jim Rome, Ryan Seacrest, Glenn Beck, Bob & Tom, Delilah, Steve Harvey, Blair Garner, George Noory, John Boy and Billy, Big Tigger, Dr. Dean Edell, Sean Hannity, Elvis Duran, Jason Lewis, Randi Rhodes, Nikki Sixx, Kane and others. Premiere is based in Sherman Oaks, California, with 13 offices nationwide. For more information, please visit or


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On April 12, Nikki Sixx will release the follow up to the 2007 New York Times Bestseller, The Heroin Diaries, followed on May 3 by a CD of the same name, THIS IS GONNA HURT with the band Sixx:A.M. featuring Sixx, James Michael and Dj Ashba.   Sixx:A.M.’s debut, the 2007 soundtrack to THE HEROIN DIARIES sold over 300,000 copies (the book sold more than 350,000) and featured the most played rock track of 2008, “Life Is Beautiful.”

THIS IS GONNA HURT is a continuation of the brutally honest look at life through the eye and now the camera lens of rock icon and radio host NIKKI SIXX.

As we share the first bits of THIS IS GONNA HURT, please find Nikki’s diary entry for today:

I was sitting here looking at my finished book today as I started another journal entry.  What a wild ride it has been exposing my nerve endings and at the same time maybe exposing some skeletons in society’s closet too…  Nikki Sixx

Jan 2011

Well, the book and album are finally done. They fit together like a nice little puzzle yet somehow feel like the pieces were cut out of flesh with a razorblade. What I find interesting is that as much as I want them to mirror each other, they both stand on their own. They influence each other as much as possible yet each is strong and independent, from the visual stimulation in the photography to the lyrical content in the songs. To say that this project has been overwhelming would be an understatement. But the one thing that keeps tugging at my curiosity is that if I find beauty in all these places that most deem “Freakish” and “Macabre” then why do I also, at times, seek out beauty in what society calls beautiful? Am I contradicting myself or am I able to actually look beneath the surface when others sometimes can’t? This is a good question. Make no mistake when I refer to “The lies of beautiful people” I mean what I say but I am also saying look beneath the skin. I do not and will not attack the exterior of anybody but my intention is to pull back the veil on your internal truth. We need not worry if we are black, white, amputated, burned, maimed, a fashion model, or even have the face of Hollywood’s latest leading man…  We are who we are… Either poisonous and evil or honest and willing… Willing to make a difference… I haven’t led the life of a saint nor do I intend on it now.  That’s not what this is about. There were some things that needed to be said…  Unbeknownst to me, they would spread across both a book and an album. I imagine that Sixx:A.M. and the book both stand to take a few shots in the jaw, a few bricks in the face.  I know, speaking for myself, James, and DJ, that we welcome the feedback.  Maybe, just maybe, everybody will take a hard, cold, eye opening look under the hood, so to speak as we have…  Here we go…

Ps.   This morning when I looked in the mirror and I saw my own reflection, I felt like I could see my past, my present and my future all in one glance.  I wonder when other people look at me what do they see and wonder what they see when they look at their own lives. I hope this book and album will redefine how people look at not only me, themselves and most importantly others.



Posted in Entertainment by sceneandheardblog on February 16, 2011







May 9th – National Geographic ‘Music on…Photography’ – Washington D.C.

May 11th – Clic Gallery Art Opening and Book Launch– NYC

May 12th – Brooklyn Museum ‘Discussion with Moby’ – Brooklyn


MAY 12 – JUNE 26



Moby and Mute are pleased to announce details of Destroyed, a new album and book of photography set for release on May 17, 2011. Destroyed the album will be available in CD, vinyl, and digital formats and will be included with the Destroyed book of photography.  Published by Damiani/D.A.P, the book is 128 pages and features 55 photographs taken by Moby all over the world.

To celebrate the new album and his ninth studio LP, Moby is making a free digital EP available featuring three songs from Destroyed. Additionally, Moby also directed three short films to accompany each track. Visit to download and view the videos.

Destroyed takes us behind the scenes on an international journey with Moby, introducing us to the strange and disconcerting life of touring that is often not exposed; the time spent isolated in anonymous, mundane spaces like hotel rooms, airports, and backstage waiting areas. These experiences are juxtaposed with moments and places of intense beauty in the world and the excitement and connection with audiences. From the absurdly empty to the absurdly full, Moby captures the universal situation that so many musicians and artists undergo living nomadic lives. The combination of the album and book of photography, created while touring, provides an intimate look at Moby’s world and his creative process.  

Songs on Destroyed were written by Moby mostly late at night, in hotel rooms around the world when cities had gone to bed and the insomnia that worldwide travel can induce fueled his need to create. A soundtrack for empty cities at 2 A.M., Destroyed fluctuates with nocturnal feelings of anxious isolation and comfort in quiet solitude. The result is a 15-track collection that conflates the atmospheric and the disconcerting with the enveloping and beautiful – a record rich in the kind of melodies that are lodged in the brain by stealth rather than with a bludgeon.  Destroyed is an album that changes and evolves, exploring time, expectation, and ultimately the tension it creates.

Destroyed was produced by Moby and mixed by Ken Thomas (Sigur Ros, M83) on old analog equipment and mixed on a 1972 Neve analog mixing desk from Abbey Road.  A cohesive body of work, Destroyed is to be listened to in its entirety and, preferably, as it was made; late at night when your city has gone to sleep.  

Moby has been taking pictures as long as he’s been making music, or ever since he was nine years old when his uncle presented him with an A Nikon F camera.  To this day Moby carries a camera wherever he goes. “Touring is all contrasts and strangeness, and that’s what I’m trying to convey in these pictures.” The title and front cover of Destroyed, both album and book, is the product of Moby’s keen photographer eye. The eye-catching image depicts the final part of an LED security warning: Unattended luggage will be destroyed, which Moby snapped as it flashed up, one word at time, in a deserted hallway at New York’s La Guardia airport.

Events will be held in select cities to debut music and exhibit prints from Destroyed.  National Geographic will host the first event on May 9th called,  ‘Music on…Photography’, which is a National Geographic Music Live multi-media series featuring renowned personalities in the music world as they share their view of the planet from behind the camera lens. The event will be held in Washington D.C. at National Geographic Live

Clic Gallery in New York City will host “Destroyed: Photographs by Moby”, an exhibition that will run from May 12th through June 26th, featuring photos and multimedia work from Destroyed. On May 11th, the book will launch simultaneously with the exhibit opening and will include a book signing. The following night on May 12th at Brooklyn Museum, Moby will present and discuss his photographs, in addition to signing copies of Destroyed. Additional exhibitions and events will be scheduled in the U.S., including Kopeikin Gallery in Los Angeles in September, and throughout Europe this summer in conjunction with his concert tour.

Moby will appear at SXSW 2011 in Austin this March at several events to be announced. He’ll also DJ during the Ultra Music festival in Miami on March 27.

A fixture since the late 80’s New York house and hip-hop scenes, Moby has been releasing music ever since his first single, “Go” in 1991(listed as one of Rolling Stones best records of all time). To date, his records have sold over twenty million copies worldwide and he’s played well over three thousand concerts all over the world in his career. Moby has produced and remixed artists such as David Bowie, Metallica, the Beastie Boys, and Public Enemy, and his music has been used in hundreds of different films, including major motion pictures such as  ‘Heat’, ‘Any Given Sunday’, ‘Tomorrow Never Dies’, ‘The Beach’.  Additionally, “Extreme Ways” is the theme song for the Bourne Trilogy films.  More recently his music is featured in Paul Haggis’ ‘Next Three Days’ and this year’s Oscar nominated, multi-award winning documentary, ‘Waste Land’.

Bonnaroo announces 10th Anniversary Lineup

Posted in Entertainment by sceneandheardblog on February 15, 2011

Bonnaroo Has announced the 2011 lineup.

Eminem, Arcade Fire, Widespread Panic, the Black Keys, Buffalo Springfield, My Morning Jacket, Lil Wayne, String Cheese Incident, Robert Plant & Band of Joy, Mumford & Sons, the Strokes, the Decemberists, Ray Lamontagne, Bassnectar, Iron & Wine, Girl Talk, Primus, Dr. John and the Original Meters, Alison Krauss & Union Station, Pretty Lights, Florence + the Machine, SuperJam with Dan Auerbach and Dr. John, Explosions in the Sky, STS9, Gogol Bordello, Beirut, Big Boi, Scissor Sisters, Gregg Allman, Ratatat, Global Gypsy Punk Revue curated by Eugene Hütz

Robyn, Warren Haynes Band, Deerhunter, Opeth, Atmosphere, Old Crow Medicine Show, Bootsy Collins & the Funk University, Wiz Khalifa, Matt & Kim, Grace Potter & the Nocturnals, The Del McCoury Band & the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Mavis Staples, Béla Fleck and the Flecktones, Chiddy Bang, Jovanotti, Bruce Hornsby & the Noisemakers, Loretta Lynn, Cold War Kids, the Walkmen, Devotchka, Wanda Jackson, Neon Trees, Portugal. The Man, Sleigh Bells, Amos Lee, Best Coast, Dãm-Funk & Master Blazter, the Sword, the Drums, the Black Angels, School of Seven Bells, J. Cole, Nicole Atkins & the Black Sea

Wavves, !!!, Junip, Freelance Whales, Justin Townes Earle, Ryan Bingham & the Dead Horses, Deer Tick, Band of Skulls, Sharon Van Etten, Abigail Washburn, Omar Souleyman, Twin Shadow, Kylesa, Man Man, the Low Anthem, Alberta Cross, Railroad Earth, Jessica Lea Mayfield, Smith Westerns, the Head and the Heart, Karen Elson, Beats Antique, 22-20s, Phosphorescent, Clare Maguire, Hayes Carll

For more information :

Yes coming to Louisville Palace March 26

Posted in Entertainment by sceneandheardblog on February 12, 2011

Yes – The band that has defined many a generation will embark on a mini-tour of very special intimate performances, encompassing their extraordinary musical catalog. This string of dates will kick-off early March for a select number of shows. These special intimate performances will give the Yes fan the ultimate experience of an up-close, in-your-face and personal view of the Maestros at work live!

“We’re tremendously excited to be working with Yes on this incredible tour through so many of our House of Blues and other theaters,” states Michael Yerke (House of Blues Talent). “House of Blues is all about bringing music, artists and fans together in great venues. These concerts will be memorable and absolutely deliver on that promise.”

Being one of history’s greatest, legendary, progressive rock bands, Yes will feature a lineup of guitarist Steve Howe, bassist Chris Squire, and drummer Alan White, as well as Oliver Wakeman (son of Rick Wakeman) on keyboards and lead singer Benoit David. Songs that have left a deep-rooted mark on rock ‘n’ roll history and a concert spectacular that has become synonymous with Yes, make this tour one that should not be missed.

Yes’s performance will include the hugely successful and indelible catalogue of music from hit albums such as Drama, Fragile, Close to the Edge and 90125. Classics such as “Roundabout,” a seminal hit which consistently appears on “the best songs of all-time” lists, and the group’s #1 hit “Owner of a Lonely Heart” are sure to be featured for an evening of music not to be missed.

Yes’s remarkable career has served to re-define the boundaries of rock for more than four decades, Yes has played the role as a dominant driving music force selling over 30 million albums, reaching platinum status multiple times worldwide. Their symphonic use of sound and innovative musical styles has made each of the group’s player’s a virtuoso in his own right. For additional ticket information please visit

Current Lineup (no Jon Anderson or Rick Wakeman)


Rite of Spring Tour
North America 2011

Updated February 8, 2011
More dates to be announced soon

Click here for all Live Nation shows

Presales may be internal to the venue or outside vendors and not available to the public

Date Day City Venue Presale On Sale
6 SUN Houston, TX House of Blues Feb. 4 Feb. 5
7 MON Dallas, TX House of Blues Feb. 4 Feb. 5
9 WED New Orleans, LA House of Blues Feb. 4 Feb. 12
11 FRI St. Petersburg, FL Jannus Live TBD Feb 12
12 SAT Orlando, FL WMMO Downtown Concerts N/A:   Free Show
14 MON Jacksonville, FL Florida Theatre TBD Feb. 11
15 TUES Fort Pierce, FL Sunrise Theatre Feb. 11 Feb. 11
18 FRI Chicago, IL House of Blues Feb. 9 Feb. 11
19 SAT Chicago, IL House of Blues Feb. 9 Feb. 11
20 SUN Grand Rapids, MI Orbit Room TBD Feb. 11
22 TUES Cleveland, OH House of Blues Feb. 9 Feb. 11
25 FRI Charlotte, NC The Fillmore Charlotte TBD Feb. 11
26 SAT Louisville, KY Louisville Palace Theatre Feb. 11 Feb. 11
30 WED Jim Thorpe, PA Penn’s Peak TBD Feb. 12
Date Day City Venue Presale On Sale
1 FRI Hampton, NH Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom TBD Feb. 11
2 SAT Atlantic City, NJ Tropicana Casino & Resort TBD Feb. 11
4 MON Washington, DC Warner Theatre TBD Feb. 11



Posted in Entertainment by sceneandheardblog on February 12, 2011


Joe Bonamassa at Bromhart Theater, Louisville KY

Joe Bonamassa is set to release his 12th full-length solo album,DUST BOWL in the UK on March 21st and in the USA on March 22nd. The album will be promoted on Bonamassa’s forthcoming 2011 Dust Bowl World Tour that will take in America, Canada, Europe, Asia and Australia.

DUST BOWL is Bonamassa’s 9th studio release on Provogue Records in Europe and his J&R Adventures label (which he created with long-time manager Roy Weisman) in the US and his 6th collaboration with Dust Bowl’s producer, Kevin “Caveman” Shirley (Led Zeppelin, Aerosmith, Black Crowes, Black Country Communion).

Shirley most recently produced Bonamassa’s 2010 release, Black Rock, which entered the UK album chart at #14 and 2010′s self-titled debut album from Black Country Communion, the Bonamassa-helmed, British-American rock supergroup with Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple, Black Sabbath), Jason Bonham (Led Zeppelin, Foreigner) and Derek Sherinian (Billy Idol, Dream Theatre).

Recorded in sessions at Black Rock Studios in Santorini, Greece, Ben’s Studio in Nashville, TN, The Cave in Malibu, CA and The Village in Los Angeles, CA, Dust Bowl combines the gritty, blues-based tones of Bonamassa’s first albums with the fluid, genre-defying sounds he’s mastered in the years since, plus a dose of Nashville in duets with legends John Hiatt and Vince Gill

JB TV has just released a teaser of Joe’s NEW title single Dust Bowl off the album. The 2011 Dust Bowl World Tour starts 3.17.2011 and album hits stores 3.22.2011. Pre-Order your copy today! click here to watch the video


Posted in Entertainment by sceneandheardblog on February 12, 2011

NEW YORK, NY— Syndicated Radio Show Host and Rock Icon Nikki Sixx will release “This Is Gonna Hurt: Music, Photography And Life Through The Distorted Lens Of Nikki Sixx”, a follow up to his New York Times bestseller, “The Heroin Diaries” on April 12th.  The book, part photo chronicle and part journal, will be accompanied by the release of an original soundtrack from SIXX: A.M., an 11-track companion piece to the book, which will hit stores May 10th.


“I’ve always had an eye for the oddities in life. Even as a kid I saw the world in my own way and thought most things that were different were beautiful and magical. Even things that other people thought were horrifying and disgusting and weird. . . . People say I have a distorted lens. I think I see things as they really are,” said SIXX.  He continues, “I felt the need to bring my visions to life.  This project is raw, it’s what I see and feel through writing, through photos, through video and through music.”

“This Is Gonna Hurt” is part photo, part journal—but all Nikki Sixx. It is a collection of compelling snapshots and stories that capture the rage, love, optimism, darkness, and determination that shape his work. Told with the raw authenticity that defined his New York Times bestseller “The Heroin Diaries”, “This Is Gonna Hurt” chronicles Sixx’s experience, from references to his early years filled with toxic waste to his success with Mötley Crüe, his death from an OD and rebirth to his addictions to music, photography, and love along with the journey of photographing these images over the past couple of years.

“I want to take you on the journey I am on, in real time,” Sixx writes. “If you don’t deal with your demons, they will deal with you, and it’s gonna hurt.”


Sixx draws from his pain and sobriety for strength and inspiration as seen and heard in this raw and powerful project.  The accompanying similarly titled soundtrack from SIXX: A.M. is a chilling, heavy take on the concept of the book and photography.  Throughout all mediums SIXX gives us a glimpse inside his sick and dirty mind.


“This Is Gonna Hurt” will include dozens of Nikki’s images and will be the first public viewing of his photography. The book and soundtrack both incorporate the stories behind the pictures and how they came to be, including interviews with the subjects so readers can see “what life is like for those whom society has labeled as freaks.”


“This is Gonna Hurt” will roll out in an innovative multi platform release structure, similar to the multi platform release pioneered by Sixx for his first book release “The Heroin Diaries.”  The artistic endeavor pairs the new book with accompanying multimedia projects: a soundtrack, a new single, a book signing tour and select SIXX:A.M. shows.


The album is highlighted by tracks like the first single, “Lies of the Beautiful People,” which tackles contradictions in society.  Contradictions that inspired Nikki and even had Nikki questioning, “if I find beauty in all these places that most deem “Freakish” and “Macabre” then why do I also, at times, seek out beauty in what society calls beautiful? Am I contradicting myself or am I able to actually look beneath the surface when others sometimes can’t? This is a good question. Make no mistake when I refer to “The lies of beautiful people” I mean what I say but I am also saying look beneath the skin.”


The album as a whole deals with many raw, human issues.  Nikki talks about the album as “pulling back the veil on your internal truth.” Saying, “We are who we are… Either poisonous and evil or honest and willing… Willing to make a difference… I haven’t led the life of a saint nor do I intend on it now.”


The thoughtful album—produced entirely by James Michael with writing credits going to SIXX, Michael, Ashba and band friends John William Lowrey and Blair Daly— dives deep into meandering emotions through epic melodies. The resulting work is a deep, dark and intoxicatingly addictive mix of sounds and passion.


The campaign has kicked-off on Nikki’s vibrant online community with the recent releases of video teasers (links to the teasers below) and select photographic images which will be followed by the launch a new single from SIXX:A.M. The first single, “Lies of the Beautiful People,” will go to radio on March 1st, the book will hit stores April 12th and the full soundtrack CD will be available on May 10th.


“This is Gonna Hurt” the book, will be released through Harper Collins imprint William Morrow and accompanying soundtrack will be released on Eleven Seven Music. Expect SIXX: A.M., which consists of Sixx, DJ Ashba and James Michael, to announce a run of tour dates in support of the release.


Album Track Listing:

  1. This Is Gonna Hurt
  2. Lies of the Beautiful People
  3. Are You With Me
  4. Live Forever
  5. Sure Feels Right
  6. Deadlihood
  7. Smile
  8. Help Is On the Way
  9. Oh My God
  10. Goodbye My Friends
  11. Skin

Writer Credits:
This is Gonna Hurt – Michael, Sixx, Ashba
Lies Of The Beautiful People – Michael, Sixx, John William Lowrey, Ashba
Live Forever – Michael, Sixx, Ashba
Are You With Me Now – Michael, Sixx, Ashba
Sure Feels Right – Michael, Sixx, Ashba
Deadlihood – Michael, Sixx, Blair Daly
Smile – Michael, Sixx
Oh My God – Michael, Sixx, Ashba
Goodbye Dear Friends – Michael, Sixx, Ashba
Skin – Michael, Blair Daly
Help Is On The Way – Michael, Sixx, Ashba







Forecastle Founder Join forces with AC Entertainment. Forecastle resumes in 2012

Posted in Entertainment by sceneandheardblog on February 10, 2011

Mayor Greg Fischer, J.K. McKnight and Ashley Capps

The Forecastle Festival – Louisville’s premier event for music, art and environmental activism – has forged a partnership with AC Entertainment, producers of The Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, Moogfest, Big Ears, and more than 750 concerts and events throughout the country.

In addition to the partnership, Forecastle Founder JK McKnight has joined AC Entertainment as Director of National Sponsorships. In his new role, McKnight will split time between Louisville and Knoxville, Tenn., the headquarters of AC Entertainment.

While the new relationship benefits Forecastle, it also promises future expansion in Louisville. One of the first joint endeavors will be to bring new event concepts to Louisville, as early as late summer. Details to be announced.

“AC Entertainment brings a wealth of experience and resources, and opens an exciting new chapter for Forecastle and for Louisville,” said McKnight, a Louisville native who has nurtured Forecastle from a small, community gathering to one of the largest events in the region. “This is big for us, but it’s bigger for Louisville. AC shares my vision and passion for creating breakthrough festivals and events. Together we’re going to create some amazing things, both here and abroad.”

“We’re very excited to welcome JK as a part of our team,” said Ashley Capps, AC Entertainment’s founder and president. “From the moment we met, it was clear that JK’s extraordinary vision and creativity were an ideal match for AC Entertainment. JK has created something very special here in Louisville and we’re looking forward to working together with him on Forecastle and more.”

“This partnership is great news for Louisville,” said Mayor Greg Fischer. “Music and arts are important to Louisville’s vitality, appeal, economic growth, and city branding. JK and Forecastle help represent Louisville’s creative, entrepreneurial, forward-thinking spirit. The new partnership with AC Entertainment recognizes and builds on that spirit.”

At a press conference held at the Galt House today, McKnight said the 10th Anniversary of The Forecastle Festival will be held in the summer of 2012 at Waterfront Park, with the 4th annual “Halfway to Forecastle” festival July 8 – 9, 2011, at a new downtown, indoor / outdoor venue to be announced shortly. The event will expand greatly upon the footprint of previous Halfways (usually hosted in the winter) while adding key elements of the summer festival. Halfway has grown significantly since its inception in 2008, selling out for three consecutive years, attracting fans from throughout the region, while continually upgrading to larger venues.

“With all the transitions taking place right now between here and Tennessee, we decided the best move was to take our time with Forecastle and make sure our vision is perfect,” McKnight said. “The 10th Anniversary is extremely important to me, and we need time to do it right. In the meantime, we’re planning a very unique, multi-day and multi-stage Halfway festival this July. I have every certainty that revelers will find it well worth the wait.”

Forecastle, named one the “Top 15 Festivals in the Country” by Outside Magazine, is held at Louisville’s 85-acre Waterfront Park. In addition to hundreds of artists and organizations who have participated throughout the years, the festival has featured past performances from The Smashing Pumpkins, The Flaming Lips, Widespread Panic, The Black Crowes, DEVO, Cake, Spoon, The Black Keys, The Avett Brothers, De La Soul, GZA, Girl Talk, Band of Horses, Sleater-Kinney, Bassnectar, Z-Trip, and more.

Bonnaroo, held over four days each June on a 700-acre site near Manchester, Tenn. – was named by Rolling Stone as one of the “50 moments that changed the history of rock and roll.” Many of the biggest names in entertainment have performed during the festival’s history, including Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Merle Haggard, the Police, Widespread Panic, Dave Matthews Band, and Louisville’s own My Morning Jacket. The 2010 lineup included Stevie Wonder, Jay-Z, John Prine, Kings of Leon and dozens of other music and comedy acts.

For more information on Forecastle, visit:
For more information on AC Entertainment, visit:

Headliners Music Hall presents Wanda Jackson

Posted in Entertainment by sceneandheardblog on February 10, 2011
Wanda Jackson
(the queen of rockabilly)
with Dex Romweber Duo
Wanda Jackson Approved Press Photo b&w.jpg
Thursday, March 24th at 8pm
Doors 7pm
Adv $17 / Dos $20
18 and over
Buy tickets early and online and be registered to win one of two prize packages that include a signed Wanda Jackson 45 and Lithograph.
Winner will be chosen on Friday, February 18
Tickets available at,
ear X-tacy and
On sale 2/11 @ 10am

When Wanda Jackson, the justly crowned Queen of Rockabilly, recorded “Let’s Have A Party,” a tune she made into a hit of her own in 1958 even after one-time boyfriend Elvis Presley had released a version of it, her delivery of the chorus wasn’t so much a suggestion as a command. As the title – and, more importantly, the contents — of her latest album, The Party Ain’t Over, indicates, this feisty septuagenarian artist is as galvanizing as ever. Jackson was recently inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, honored with a long-time-coming, Early Influence accolade for her pivotal role in the evolution of popular music, especially where female artists were concerned. As a teenager in the mid-50s, the diminutive Jackson was the first woman to perform unadulterated rock and roll – and she one-upped the boys defining this new genre, Presley included, with her exhilaratingly forthright approach. The young Jackson, an Oklahoma native, came across as both gritty and glamorous; a playfully suggestive growl to her voice matched the daring, handmade outfits she wore, short skirts and fringed dresses that have inspired would-be bad girls for decades to come. A tireless touring artist for more than 50 years, Jackson continues to win over new, young fans, including guitarist-vocalist-White Stripes founder Jack White.
On this debut for Third Man/Nonesuch Records, produced and arranged by White at his Nashville studio, the spirited Jackson proves that brash rock and roll attitude need not have an age limit. Her trademark growl remains intact on rockers like “Rip It Up” and “Nervous Breakdown;” she opens the set with an echo-laden sneer on a rollicking version of “Shakin’ All Over” and ends it ten songs later with a plaintive take on Jimmie Rodgers’ “Yodel #6,” along the way gamely tackling country, gospel, densely worded Bob Dylan, and a little bit of Tin Pan Alley. Jackson and White are a remarkably simpatico pairing; their collaboration came together quickly, serendipitously. One of Jackson’s colleagues had originally approached White about doing a duet with Jackson for a proposed “Wanda and Friends” disc, but White demurred. Instead, he offered something better, inviting Jackson to cut a single with him for his Third Man label, and that swiftly led this kindred spirits to put together an entire album.


Bonnaroo Lineup and Ticket Information

Posted in Entertainment by sceneandheardblog on February 9, 2011


Bonnaroo announced today the following:


We are getting very excited about the 10th edition of the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival and, now, at long last, we’re ready to start sharing some of the amazing things that we have in store for this year’s festival. We’ll start with the line up! Stay tuned this coming Tuesday, February 15, as we unveil many of the great artists that will be playing Bonnaroo 2011. So, be sure to visit us at to find out some of what we have in store.

We’ll put tickets on sale Saturday, February 19th at noon Eastern. As you may recall, our special Holiday Pre-Sale back in November sold out in record time…less than 2 hours…so plan to act fast. And, of course, our special payment plans will once again be offered for both GA and VIP tickets.

The 10th annual Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival will be held from June 9-12, 2011 on our beautiful 700-acre farm in Manchester, Tennessee. Get ready for an unforgettable four-day weekend with more than 150 of your favorite bands, top comedians, art, activities, workshops, vendors and much more, as we celebrate 10 amazing years of Bonnaroo! We can’t wait to have you join us down on the farm in June!

he official Bonnaroo lineup announcement hasn’t been announced yet — a publicist with the festival tells me that Feb. 15 is a good possibility — but for these last few days, let’s oscillate/speculate wildly and/or try to sort what we know from what we wish we knew/don’t know. For instance, the other night,Robert Plant announced from the stage that he and his Band of Joy will be playing in Manchester this summer. (They’re in Nashville to play War Memorial Auditorium tonight and tomorrow night.) RP and BOJ join Big Boi, Bruce Hornsby, Gregg Allman Blues Band, Black Star, Massive Attack and Robyn (!) in theunofficially-officially-confirmed column.

Lineup Rumors from Nashville News:

As always, ‘Roo-mors abound, if not as boundlessly as in years past. This is, after all, the big 10th anniversary, and the lid seems to be on pretty tight. However, according to one historically well-placed source, Arcade Fire (aka Vincent Moon’s least-favorite band) are a lock to headline Friday night. Names making the rounds as “likely” include My Morning Jacket, some incarnation of Les Claypool and/or Primus, Mumford & Sons, Girl Talk, Scissor Sisters, Cold War Kids, Best Coast and Fitz & the Tantrums, while some of the big names being bandied about with varying degrees of Hail Mary-ness include The Rolling Stones, Neil Young, Daft Punk, U2, Pearl Jam, David Gilmour and Roger Waters, Dr. John (featuring the original Meters) and David Bowie.

Taylor Swift coming to YUM Center

Posted in Entertainment by sceneandheardblog on February 9, 2011

Taylor Swift


Taylor Swift will bring her 2011 tour to Louisville on July 2. Swift will be joined by Need To Breath. Tickets on sale Friday February 18 @ 10AM