Scene and Heard

David Gray at Iroquois Amphitheater

Posted in Entertainment by sceneandheardblog on July 2, 2012

David Gray at Iroquois Amphitheater

David Gray visited the Iroquois Amphitheater, Louisville, KY, on  a 103% Friday evening. The record breaking heat didn’t seem to slow down Gray or his audience as he ran through his arsenal of popular songs while wearing his trademark suit. Performing to his second consecutive sold out audience Gray may have set another record by filling the amphitheater.

The high temperatures didn’t seem to bother his voice or the audience as they sang together on “Sail Away and many other of their favorites. Although still over 90 degrees after sundown no one seemed to care as they watched Gray move between piano and guitar during the show.

Yuna  open the show with an entertaining set that highlighted her beautiful voice and showcased her talent on guitar and the ukelele.

 

Yuna started out as a solo MySpace artist in 2006, singing in both English and Malay.Yuna’s meteoric rise in the Malaysian indie music scene is largely due to the strong following she gained via Myspace. Having played at many gigs since the release of her Demo, EP and then two local albums, she is now focusing on promoting and performing music on her debut US Album.Yuna also will be a part of Lollaplooza 2012 line up.

In 2008,she released her self titled EP which become a massive hit in Malaysia most notably the single ‘Deeper Conversation’
Yuna was nominated as one of MTV Iggy’s Best New Bands in the World. She performed at the historic MTV Studios in Times Square New York singing “Decorate”, “Come As You Are” and her new single “Live Your Life”, which is produced by Pharrell Williams of N.E.R.D.

Even Mayor Greg Fischer, a great supporter of  the Louisville music scene aved the heat to introduce David Gray but not before plugging all local upcoming Louisville music shows.

Gray’s set list

Fugitive

First Chance

Sail Away
You’re The World To Me
Nightblindness
Kathleen
Lately
Snow In Vegas (new song)
Silver Lining
Draw The Line
This Years Love
My Oh My
Money (That’s What I Want)
The One I Love
Please Forgive Me
Encore:
Babylon
Nemesis

Yuna at Iroquois Amphitheater

David Gray at Iroquois Amphitheater

Yuna at Iroquois Amphitheater

David Gray at Iroquois Amphitheater

Charlie Pride Plays Horseshoe Casino

Posted in Entertainment by sceneandheardblog on July 2, 2012

 

 

Charlie Pride

Country Music Hall of Fame member, Charlie Pride performed at Horseshoe Casino Southern Indiana to a full house on Saturday. The 74 year old still has an excellent voice and overcame a brief sound problem at the start of his set to show he is still a viable entertainer. Pride moved effortlessly around the stage and joked about the location. as well as staring and checking his watch when two latecomers walked in during his third song. Pride covered his collection of hit songs during the show.

Since his signing with RCA records in 1965. His first two releases in 1966 did not chart.  Management did not release his photo for two years to avoid  the fact country music was considered a white medium. The success of “Just Between You and Me”  his third single ( #9 on the country charts) was enormous. He won a Grammy Award for the song the next year.In 1967, he became the first black performer to appear at the Grand Ole Opry since harmonica player DeFord Bailey. Bailey was a regular cast member of the Opry from 1925 through 1941, and made a final appearance in 1974.[14] Pride also appeared in 1967 on the American Broadcasting Company’s “The Lawrence Welk Show

 

Between 1969 and 1971, Pride had eight single records that simultaneously reached #1 on the US Country Hit Parade and also charted on the Billboard Hot 100: “All I Have to Offer You (Is Me)“, “(I’m So) Afraid of Losing You Again“, “I Can’t Believe That You’ve Stopped Loving Me“, “I’d Rather Love You“, “Is Anybody Goin’ to San Antone“, “Wonder Could I Live There Anymore?”, “I’m Just Me“, and “Kiss an Angel Good Mornin’“. The pop success of these songs reflected the country/pop crossover sound that was reaching Country music in the 1960s and early 1970s, known as “Countrypolitan“. In 1969 his compilation albumThe Best of Charley Pride sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc.

Pride sang the Paul Newman directed film Sometimes a Great Notions main soundtrack song “All His Children” in 1970.The film starred Newman and Henry Fonda and received two Oscar nominations in 1972, one being for the song that Pride sang.

In 1971, he would release what would become his biggest hit “Kiss an Angel Good Mornin'”, a million-selling crossover single that helped Pride land the Country Music Association’s prestigious Entertainer of the Year award, as well as Top Male Vocalist. He won CMA’s Top Male Vocalist award again in 1972.

“Kiss an Angel Good Mornin'” became Pride’s signature tune. Besides being a five-week country #1 in late 1971 and early 1972, the song was also his only pop Top 40 hit, hitting #21, and reaching the Top Ten of the Adult Contemporary charts as well.

During the rest of the 1970s and into the 1980s, Pride continued to rack up country music hits. Other Pride standards of the 1970s and 1980s include “Mississippi Cotton Picking Delta Town,” “Someone Loves You, Honey,” “When I Stop Leavin’ (I’ll Be Gone),” “Burgers and Fries“, “I Don’t Think She’s in Love Anymore“, “Roll On Mississippi”, “Never Been So Loved (In All My Life)” and “You’re So Good When You’re Bad.” Like many other country performers, he has paid tribute to Hank Williams, with an album of songs that were all written by Hank entitled There’s a Little Bit of Hank in Me, which included top-sellers of Williams’ classics “Kaw-Liga,” “Honky Tonk Blues” and “You Win Again“.

Pride has sold over 70 million records (singles, albums, compilation included).

He stayed with RCA Records until 1986. At that point, he grew angry over the fact that RCA began to promote newer country artists and didn’t renew contracts with many older artists who had been with the label for years.He moved on to 16th Avenue Records, where Pride bounced back with the #5 hit, “Shouldn’t it be Easier Than This.” He had a few minor hits with 16th Avenue, as well.

Pride’s lifelong passion for baseball continues; he has an annual tradition of joining the Texas Rangers for workouts during Spring Training. A big Rangers fan (Dallas has been his home for many years), Pride is often seen at their games.

In 2008, Pride received the Mississippi Arts Commission’s lifetime achievement award during the organization’s Governor’s Awards for Excellence in the Arts.

On October 4, 2000, He was honored with the highest country music award, he was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. Charley wept when his name was announced by Hall of Famer, Brenda Lee.

Charlie Pride

Charlie Pride