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Paul Anka at the Louisville Palace this May

Posted in Entertainment by sceneandheardblog on March 18, 2013


Sunday, May 12, 2013

SHOW: 6:00PM







Louisville, KY – A new 14-song collection by pop music legend Paul Anka, DUETS, is set for release April 9th through Legacy Recordings, a division of SONY MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT.  The release coincides with the in-store date for Anka’s long-awaited life story, MY WAY: An Autobiography, co-written with David Dalton and published by St. Martins Press.


In his 55th year as a performer, Paul Anka is a national treasure (notwithstanding he was born in Ottawa) who quickly separated himself from the pack of teen idols that surfaced in the mid-to-late 1950s.  He did this mainly by virtue of writing all his own hits (“Diana,” “You Are My Destiny,” “Lonely Boy,” “Put Your Head On My Shoulder,” “Puppy Love”), and taking control of his business career (producing, buying and owning his master recordings, a practice he still employs today).  He further separated himself from the pack during the pre-Beatles era by moving into posh big city night clubs like New York’s Copacabana, that were long the province of Frank Sinatra and his generation.  Anka also graduated from early rock exploitation films (like Let’s Rock and Girls Town) into mature film roles like The Longest Day, (for which he wrote the Oscar-nominated title song).


Anka wrote the all-time classic “My Way” (recorded by everyone from Sinatra to Sid Vicious), and co-wrote Michael Jackson’s posthumous single, “This Is It.”  Anka also penned  “She’s A Lady” for Tom Jones and the instrumental theme song for The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson.  Anka charted singles throughout the 1960s, 1970s (the #1 “You’re Having My Baby” and the Kodak theme song, “Times Of Your Life”) and 1980s, and overall has maintained a distinct presence throughout the past half-century of pop culture.  He is among Billboard magazine’s Top 25 most successful recording artists, putting him alongside Elvis Presley and the Beatles.

DUETS includes heartfelt liner notes written by Anka, as an introduction to the classic songs he has chosen and his collaborators.  “Throughout the history of music,” writes Anka, “there have been all kinds of songs; to me, the classics still reign supreme. This endeavor, these songs, will be easy on your ears; they are the stuff that love and life is all about.”


DUETS presents collaborations with a ‘Who’s Who’ of entertainment royalty, including brand-new vocal recordings with Michael Bublé (“Pennies From Heaven”) and Leon Russell (“I Really Miss You”).       


Other duet partners include “Do I Love You (Yes, In Every Way)” with Dolly Parton,  “This Is It” with Michael Jackson, “Think I’m In Love Again” with Gloria Estefan, “Crazy” with Willie Nelson, “You Are My Destiny” with Patti LaBelle, “Les Filles de Paris” with jazz trumpeter Chris Botti, “It’s Hard To Say Goodbye” with Celine Dion, “She’s A Lady” with Tom Jones, “Hold Me ‘Til The Morning Comes” with Peter Cetera, and “My Way” with Frank Sinatra.


One track actually features a trio vocal performance, Anka singing “Walk A Fine Line” with George Benson and Michael McDonald.


Finally, there is “Find My Way Back To Your Heart,” a new composition sung by Anka with background vocals contributed by singer and vocal coach Tita Hutchison, and produced by Michael Thompson and Paul Anka.


DUETS provides a musical journey through the life and times of Paul AnkaAnka (born July 30, 1941) was studying piano and was a local Canadian performer (mainly an impressionist) by age 12 in 1953, which would make 2013 his 60th year as a performer.  He led his first vocal group at 13 (the Bobby Soxers), wrote his first songs at 14, and recorded his first commercial single in Los Angeles at 15 (the summer after 9th grade!).  He signed with ABC-Paramount at age 16 in 1957, igniting the pop firmament with “Diana,” “You Are My Destiny,” and all the hits that followed. 


As Anka addresses the listener in his liner notes: “I am proud of what you are about to hear, and I am grateful to those of you out there who continue to show an interest in every body of work that I create.  I have always said that success has many fathers and I thank everyone who has made this venture possible; it is always a team effort.”




Reserved Seat Tickets: $79.50 / $59.50 / $39.50 / $29.50  

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Louisville Palace announces new shows Bob Dylan/ Hall and Oats

Posted in Entertainment by sceneandheardblog on March 15, 2013

Bob Dylan w/ The Wild Feathers

Sunday, April 28, 2013


Born Robert Allen Zimmerman; (May 24, 1941) is an American musician, singer-songwriter, record producer, artist, poet, and writer. He has been an influential figure in popular music and culture for more than five decades. Much of his most celebrated work dates from the 1960s when he was an informal chronicler and a seemingly reluctant figurehead of social unrest. A number of Dylan’s early songs, such as “Blowin’ in the Wind” and “The Times They Are a-Changin’“, became anthems for the US civil rightsand anti-warmovements. Leaving his initial base in the culture of folk music behind, Dylan’s six-minute single “Like a Rolling Stone” radically altered the parameters of popular music in 1965. His recordings employing electric instruments attracted denunciation and criticism from others in the folk movement.

Dylan’s lyrics have incorporated a variety of political, social, philosophical, biblical and literary influences. They defied existing pop music conventions and appealed hugely to the then burgeoning counterculture. Initially inspired by the performance style of Little Richard,and the songwriting of Woody Guthrie, Robert Johnson,and Hank Williams. Dylan has both amplified and personalized musical genres. His recording career, spanning fifty years, has explored many of the traditions in American song—from folk, blues and country to gospel, rock and roll, and rockabilly to English, Scottish, and Irish folk music, embracing even jazz and swing.Dylan performs with guitar, keyboards, and harmonica. Backed by a changing line-up of musicians, he has toured steadily since the late 1980s on what has been dubbed the Never Ending Tour. His accomplishments as a recording artist and performer have been central to his career, but his greatest contribution is generally considered to be his songwriting.

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Daryl Hall & John Oates w/ Mutlu

Tuesday, May 28, 2013


Daryl Hall and John Oates are the NUMBER-ONE SELLING DUO in music history!

Starting out as two devoted disciples of earlier soul greats, Daryl Hall & John Oates are soul survivors in their own right. They have become such musical influences on some of today’s popular artists that the September 2006 cover of Spin Magazine’s headline read: “Why Hall and Oates are the New Velvet Underground.” Their artistic fan base includes Rob Thomas, John Mayer, Brandon Flowers of the Killers, Ben Gibbard of Death Cab For Cutie and MTV’s newest hipsters Gym Class Heroes who dubbed their tour “Daryl Hall for President Tour 2007.” One of the most sampled artists today, their impact can be heard everywhere from boy band harmonies, to neo-soul to rap-rock fusion.

Signed to Atlantic by Ahmet Ertegan in the 1970’s, Daryl Hall & John Oates have sold more albums than any other duo in music history. Their 1973 debut album, Abandoned Luncheonette, produced by Arif Mardin, yielded the Top 10 single, “She’s Gone,” which also went to #1 on the R&B charts when it was covered by Taveras. The duo recorded one more album with Atlantic, War Babies, (produced by Todd Rundgren) before they were dropped and promptly signed to RCA. Their tenure at RCA would catapult the duo to international superstardom.

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Bon Jovi at KFC Yum Center Photos

Posted in Entertainment by sceneandheardblog on March 15, 2013
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Posted in Entertainment by sceneandheardblog on March 7, 2013
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Gulf Shores, AL (March 6, 2013) – The Hangout Music Fest has announced the third headliner for its highly anticipated 2013 lineup: legendary singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and 22-time Grammy winner Stevie Wonder. Also newly added to the festival are Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Imagine Dragons, Afrojack, Big Gigantic, Holy Ghost!, Baauer, Ra Ra Riot, and The Wild Feathers. Scheduled for May 17, 18 and 19, 2013 —just miles  from the Florida border on the sugar-white sand beaches of Gulf Shores, Alabama— the festival will also feature previously announced main stage headliners Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and Kings of Leon.
MTV, VH1 and CMT will be bringing Hangout to a national audience by livestreaming from the festival. Additionally, its various news and editorial organizations including MTV News, VH1 News and CMT News, will provide fans at home with unmatched on-stage and backstage access to their favorite stars, up-to-the-minute festival news, as well as on-the-ground reporting highlighting the fashions, personalities, breakout moments and unexpected events that define the spirit of the festival.
Confirmed artists previously announced to perform include: Trey Anastasio Band, The Shins, BASSNECTAR, Kendrick Lamar, The Black Crowes, Slightly Stoopid, The Roots, Ellie Goulding, Steve Aoki, Passion Pit, Bloc Party, Gov’t Mule, Jim James Band, Porter Robinson, Public Enemy, moe., Galactic, Dirty Projectors, Grouplove, Toots and the Maytals, Lissie, The Breeders, Best Coast, Jason Isbell & 400 Unit, Twin Sister, Ryan Bingham, The Sheepdogs,  Shovels and Rope, Moon Taxi, The Revivalists, Zion I, Lance Herbstrong, Anders Osborne, Twenty Ι One Ι Pilots, Delta Rae, Nikki Bluhm and the Gramblers, The Bright Light Social Hour, The Werks, The Ton Tons, Brassft Punk, Kingston Springs, The Mowgli’s, Chancellor Warhol, Luella and the Sun, The Weeks, Space Capone, Wild Cub and Colin Lake (updates will be posted at 
General Admission tickets, plus VIP, Super VIP and Big Kahuna festival passes are on sale now at Payment plan information can be found at
The festival’s music performances will take place across five stages — including two located just steps from the Gulf of Mexico. All fans will enjoy access to extraordinary amenities including: the comfortably shaded relaxation area, Hammock Beach; the Sky Bar tower, which offers 360-degree views of the festival; amusement rides and games; diverse dining options, including fresh Alabama Gulf seafood; and much more.
VIP pass-holders will reap such prime upgrades as easy access to the site through special entrances; prime viewing areas, including swimming pools with views of the main stage; a shaded VIP Grove with complimentary beverages as well as private, air-conditioned restrooms; and more. Super VIPs will also receive 24/7 concierge services; access to a private, air-conditioned dining room and lounge featuring exclusive meals; admittance to the pre-Fest party; golf cart chauffeur service; priority on-site lodging reservations; and more.  For the ultimate experience, “Big Kahuna” pass-holders enjoy all of the above, as well as on-stage access for many performances at the main stage; and much more. Visit for specific amenities included in each level.
Gulf Shores offers a wide range of accommodations, from luxury to budget to family-friendly, many within walking or biking distance of the site.  Lodging and travel packages are available at Travel package information is available at   
Festival attendees are strongly urged to avoid traffic by taking advantage of the easy and fun way to get in and out of the festival, the Hangout Music Fest shuttles. Due to overwhelming demand, the “Golden Shuttles” will be back and offering even more exciting prizes than last year.
The inaugural Hangout Music Fest was launched on May 14-16, 2010, and featured performances from Trey Anastasio, The Zac Brown Band, John Legend, The Roots, Ben Harper and Relentless7, The Black Crowes, Alison Kraus and Union Station, and more.  The second Fest, which hosted a crowd of 35,000 concertgoers per day, took place on May 20–22, 2011, with performances from Foo Fighters, Paul Simon, The Flaming Lips, Cee-Lo Green and The Black Keys, among many others. The 2011 event was estimated to have generated approximately $30 million for the Gulf Shores area economy, and was later awarded “Music Festival of the Year” honors at the 23rd Pollstar Concert Industry Awards. The third annual edition occurred on May 17-19, 2012, and featured a diverse lineup including Jack White, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Dave Matthews Band, Skrillex, The String Cheese Incident, The Flaming Lips and many more. 
Visit the Hangout Music Fest online at:
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They Might Be Giants At Headliners Music Hall tonight!

Posted in Entertainment by sceneandheardblog on March 5, 2013

They Might Be Giants will be at Headliners Music Hall tonight

Mar 5 Tue

91.9 WFPK Presents They Might Be Giants with Moon Hooch
Doors 6:30pm / 14 +
No one under the age of 14 will be admitted, even with a parent or guardian.
Brooklyn originals They Might Be Giants are on tour with a new show. TMBG’s boundless creativity, rowdy and spontaneous performance, combined with their vast repertoire of memorable songs has made their live shows the thing of legend. With a brand new album, DVD, and iphone app, there is much for They Might Be Giants to celebrate. Don’t miss this unforgettable show. Show Time: 7:30pm

Nanobots released today via Idlewild Recordings,
full LP streaming at Rolling Stone
“You’re On Fire” MP3 revealed w/ Stereogum
On US Leg of 60-Date International Tour + Interviewed by
Comedian Eugene Mirman @ Special SXSW Interactive Panel

3/11: SXSW TMBG Interviewed by Eugene Mirman @ Long Center, 5pm

Two-time GRAMMY winning Brooklyn originals have just released an extraordinary 16th studio album Nanobots–returning with electrifying pop melodies, vivid lyrics and just enough bass clarinet. Over three decades They Might Be Giants have perfected their deliriously catchy, original sound, and Nanobots 25 startling tracks in 45 memorable minutes play to all the bands strengths. The album was created at the private studio of their long time producer Patrick Dillett (St. Vincent, David Byrne, Mary J. Blige). It’s available at all digital & physical retailers today via Idlewild Recordings, and marks the debut offering through the band’s new distributor Megaforce.
Nanobots finds the band in fine form, receiving accolades from SPIN, Alternative Press, MAGNET, Rolling Stone, WIRED, New York Magazine and more. The call and response chorus and percussive guitar line of “You’re On Fire” premiered with Stereogum and dares even the grumpiest wallflower not to dance. Download the “You’re On Fire” MP3 HERE & check out the full album streaming at Rolling Stone, AOL Spinner and MSN Music. Please post & share!
Known for recording numerous themes most notably The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, and the GRAMMY-winning Malcolm In the Middle theme, the band has 2 platinum albums, 2 gold albums and have been nominated for 3 GRAMMYs, winning two. Revered for their energized live show and love of the road, the band has kicked off a 60-date international tour and will make a special top at SXSW Interactive for an intimate one-off interview by comedian Eugene Mirman. Stay tuned for more from They Might Be Giants coming soon!
“Catch them if you can — their live shows always deliver.”
USA Today
“catchy pop heroics mixed with jingle-length songlets”
Rolling Stone
“’You’re On Fire” is a catchy and surprisingly toothy power-pop gem”
“ …devising smart, snappy, nasal-voiced songs for three decades.”
The New York Times
“Tireless art-poppers”

Forecastle Festival announces Lineup! Tickets on sale Wednesday March 6

Posted in Entertainment by sceneandheardblog on March 5, 2013

Here it is! We’re thrilled to unveil the initial 2013 lineup featuring Grammy Award winners The Black Keys, alongside The String Cheese Incident and the Avett Brothers leading the festival’s rich, eclectic offerings. 

The Flaming Lips, Alabama Shakes, Animal Collective, Old Crow Medicine Show, Grace Potter & the Nocturnals, Big Boi, Matt & Kim, Purity Ring and more than 50 others will round out the lineup. Louisville native Jim James, whose band My Morning Jacket headlined and curated the festival in 2012, will return with his new solo project. A full list of confirmed acts can be found at

In addition to performances at Waterfront Park, 2013’s festivities will feature late night shows on the historic Belle of Louisville steamboat and other landmark locations throughout downtown Louisville.  Plus, jam masters The String Cheese Incident will perform an exclusive, separately ticketed late night show at Louisville’s historic Palace Theater on Saturday, July 13!

Join us in Louisville on July 12 – 14 for three unforgettable days at Waterfront Park

Weekend passes for Forecastle 2013 will go on sale this Wednesday, March 6 at noon EST at, and all Ticketmaster outlets. Single day passes and late night show tickets, along with the daily schedule of artists and late-night events will be available in April.