| Feb 20, 2009
KANSAS CITY AUDITIONS
~January 14, 2009~
Day two in the rounds of preliminary auditions brought us to Kansas City, home of last year's Idol winner, David Cook. The day was full of tears, screams and cheers as a whopping 27 were sent through to Hollywood....
| Feb 11, 2008
The Rev. Al Sharpton said it best. Opening Friday's MusiCares gala honoring Aretha Franklin as person of the year, the pomaded potentate thanked God for the singer, "who, though she walked as royalty, never lost the common touch."
Amid tributes from Bill...
| Mar 30, 2008
It's been billed as a parable of successful urban revitalization, a testament to the strength of branding and a pretty groovy place to crash.
The Hard Rock Hotel San Diego is all those things, to a point. It's a modern hotel steps from Petco Park and the...
| May 5, 2009
| 5:30 PM
He's coming home!
Matt Giraud, the dueling piano player from Kalamazoo made it to the top five on American Idol.
Now, he's coming home, and West Michigan is throwing him a huge party!
It's this Thursday at Arcadia Creek Festival Place in downtown...
| May 28, 2009
Rub your eyes and pinch yourself all you want; you'll still swear that you're in the presence of Marilyn Monroe herself. "Marilyn: Forever Blonde" is playing at the Ivoryton Playhouse, and you can color this writer convinced.
"Marilyn: Forever Blonde" is...
| Nov 16, 2008
| 11:11 PM
Maybe the recession is really and truly over now. After all, a thousand and one hotel rooms have just bloomed in downtown Los Angeles amid the Kings and conventioneers.
I'm talking about the once-desolate territory just north of interstate 10 and east of...
| Dec 3, 2008
Odetta, the classically trained folk, blues and gospel singer who used her powerfully rich and dusky voice to champion African American music and civil rights issues for more than half a century starting in the folk revival of the 1950s, has died. She was...
| Dec 28, 2008
Delaney Bramlett, 69, a singer, songwriter and producer who penned classic rock songs such as "Let It Rain" and worked with musicians George Harrison and Eric Clapton, died Saturday at UCLA Ronald Reagan Medical Center in Los Angeles as a result of...
| Jan 24, 2009
Musician in Charles band
Leroy Cooper, 80, who played baritone saxophone for Ray Charles from the 1950s through the 1970s and at times served as bandleader for the R&B pianist, died of heart failure Jan. 15 at his home in Orlando, Fla., the...
| Jan 6, 2007
The four well-dressed, well-kept women have the air about them. A glance reveals these women can whip out their gold cards and buy designer clothes, not waiting for sales.
Unlike other women lunching in a Manhattan restaurant, where a meal costs what...
| Jan 1, 2008
The pop world has focused for so long on the remarkably sensual energy and excitement of Ike & Tina Turner's old live show that it is often easy to forget the duo also made some dynamic records. But even if you have wanted to go back and check up on the...