Posts Tagged ‘Grammy’

OMG, Train Announces “The San Francisco 2012 Tour” – Six “Intimate Performances” in April – Du Nord, Slim’s, Fillmore, GAMH

Monday, February 27th, 2012

This is the one I know. (No matter how drunk the sorority girl, she could sing along with the “na-na, na-na” refrain, so that was a bonus, back in the 90′s.)

Anyway, deets below.

“Train Announces The San Francisco 2012 Tour

Intimate Shows in Band’s Hometown - New Release CALIFORNIA 37 Coming April 17

“Drive By” Video Premieres on VH1; Top 10 At Radio

Lead Singer Pat Monahan Sings National Anthem for 54th Annual Daytona 500 on February 26

NEW YORK, Feb. 21, 2012– Grammy Award-winning band Train is gearing up for the group’s San Francisco 2012 Tour, a special hometown run of club shows, in expectation of the upcoming album CALIFORNIA 37, out April 17 on Columbia Records. The band kicks off six intimate performances in San Francisco starting April 10 at Cafe Du Nord and finishing up April 15 at the Fillmore. A portion of the ticket sales proceeds will go to the San Francisco charity Family House, which provides temporary housing to families of seriously ill children. Train referenced their commitment to the Bay area and their fans where they began their illustrious career in 2009′s multiplatinum album, SAVE ME, SAN FRANCISCO. Full list of dates below. The band is also revealing the CALIFORNIA 37 cover art on trainline.com today (and attached here).

The first single from CALIFORNIA 37, “Drive By,” continues to climb the radio charts and has already entered the Top 10 at both the AAA and HOT AC formats. It is also charting at Top 40 and moving up quickly. “Drive By” has sold over 200,000 singles since its release in January. The “Drive By” video premiered on VH1 on February 18 and has gone into rotation there and with support from VEVO. Internationally “Drive By” has been embraced in the UK, Canada, Japan, France, Australia, Denmark, Germany, Hungary, Netherlands, Switzerland and other countries.

Train is heading to the premiere NASCAR event, the Daytona 500, on February 26 when lead singer Pat Monahan will perform the national anthem before thousands of fans live and millions watching on television. The Daytona 500 will air at 1:00pm EST on Fox.

The multiplatinum band TRAIN made its mark on music history with their GRAMMY-Award-winning song “Drops of Jupiter (Tell Me)” and chart-topping singles “Meet Virginia” and “Calling All Angels.” Train earned their third GRAMMY in 2011 for the worldwide smash “Hey Soul Sister” from SAVE ME, SAN FRANCISCO. “Hey Soul Sister” was the biggest selling single of 2010 and hit #1 at radio in the US and in 15 countries abroad. SAVE ME, SAN FRANCISCO has sold over one million albums worldwide and over ten million tracks. In addition to taking the sales and radio worlds by storm, Train has been all over television. They have performed on the NFC Championship Game, American Music Awards, the Grammy Nomination Concert, Crossroads, The Today Show, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Monday Night Football, A&E Private Sessions, America’s Got Talent, The View, Dancing With The Stars, and Live With Regis and Kelly, Ellen DeGeneres Show, The Bachelor,Rachael Ray and more.

TRAIN PRESENTS THE SAN FRANCISCO TOUR

APR 10 – Cafe Du Nord
APR 11 – Great American Music Hall
APR 12 – Bimbo’s
APR 13- Slim’s
APR 14 – Independent
APR 15 – Fillmore

www.trainline.com

SOURCE Columbia Records

Free Music and Dance at your San Francisco Public Library: “American Sabor: Latinos in U.S. Popular Music”

Friday, July 29th, 2011

It’s American Sabor: Latinos in U.S. Popular Music running August 27 through November 13 at your San Francisco Public Library!

All the deets, below.

See you there at the Opening Event:

“Saturday, Aug. 27, 2011 at 3 p.m., in the Main Library’s Koret Auditorium will feature Grammy-nominated and USA Fontanals Fellow John Santos and his stellar Sextet.”

“Music, Dance, Books, Films and More Highlight San Francisco Library

Exhibition on Latinos in Popular Music

American Sabor: Latinos in U.S. Popular Music, on view in the

Skylight Gallery, Main Library, Aug. 27-Nov. 13

 From free music and dance performances, to film screenings, album art and literature talks, the San Francisco Public Library will be humming with activity from August to November, thanks to more than 25 special events in support of the exhibition, American Sabor: Latinos in U.S. Popular Music.

The traveling exhibition from the Smithsonian, on view in the Main Library’s Skylight Gallery, Aug. 27-Nov. 13, presents the musical contributions of U.S. Latinos from the 1940s to the present, exploring the social history and individual creativity that produced stars like Tito Puente, Ritchie Valens, Celia Cruz, Carlos Santana and Selena.

Developed by the Experience Music Project and the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES), American Sabor travels to 12 cities through 2015. The exhibition, its national tour and related programs are made possible by Ford Motor Company Fund.

Among the exciting programs coming to the San Francisco Public Library in support of the exhibition is an opening event, Aug. 27 at 3 p.m., in the Main Library’s Koret Auditorium, featuring Grammy-nominated and USA Fontanals Fellow John Santos and his stellar Sextet.  They will perform and provide educational insights on the historical and cultural significance of Latin Jazz, as well as its aesthetic characteristics pertaining to instrumentation, rhythm, interpretation and improvisation.  Chelis Lopez of KPOO radio station will serve as the emcee.

Family and children’s programs include From Latin Beats to Tiny Feet, a free performance on Sept.24 with La Familia Peña-Govea and youth ensemble Futuro Picante. On Oct. 21, children can help build a Dia de los Muertos altar at the Bernal Heights Branch Library. And the Library’s third annual Tricycle Music Fest West has a special Latin theme this year with three free concerts featuring Lucky Diaz and The Family Jam Band. On Nov. 5, teens will participate in a special Latin dance competition at the Main Library. See a complete list of programs below.

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ZOMG! Joan Baez and Christy Turlington to Help Amnesty International Celebrate Its 50th Anniversary on March 18th!

Friday, February 25th, 2011

Have you heard the news?

“AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL ACTIVISTS CONVERGE IN SAN FRANCISCO TO CELEBRATE 50 YEARS OF HUMAN RIGHTS WORK —- Joan Baez, West Coast Co-Founder of the Organization, To Be Honored for a Lifetime of Human Rights Activism —- Model Christy Turlington, Grammy Winners Steve Earle and Saúl Hernández, Rapper Jahi and Actress Nazanin Boniadi Join Former Prisoners of Conscience to Tackle Today’s Challenges”

CT likes the Amnesty, but she doesn’t like the fur. Fair ‘nough:

All the deets:

San Francisco – Up to one thousand activists from across the country will converge in San Francisco from March 18-20 to mark Amnesty International’s 50th anniversary and tackle a range of pressing human rights concerns at the organization’s Annual General Meeting.  The conference, “50 Years: Shining a Light on Human Rights,” will take place at the Fairmont Hotel and is open to the public.  Registration fees range from $75 to $125 for the weekend and are $40 for Friday evening, which includes a tribute to human rights icon Joan Baez.

The three-day event includes a roster of noted human rights defenders who have shown enormous bravery and commitment on a wide range of human rights issues, including: Hina Jilani, former U.N. Special Representative for Human Rights, who previously had been arrested and received death threats for her legal work in Pakistan; Michael Posner, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor and former AIUSA board member; Lydia Cacho, Mexican author and journalist who was illegally arrested and beaten for her work protecting women and girls; Luis Perez, the first undocumented immigrant in the United States to earn a law degree; and Charlotte Bunch, who was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame in 1996 for her global organizing for women’s rights.

Former President Jimmy Carter will commemorate the organization’s 50th anniversary via video address.  Supermodel/maternal health advocate Christy Turlington Burns, singer/death penalty abolitionist Steve Earle, rapper Jahi, actress and AIUSA spokesperson Nazanin Boniadi, State Radio/Dispatch musician and activist Chad Stokes, Jaguares vocalist and activist Saúl Hernández, the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus, Amnesty International Secretary General Salil Shetty and others will raise their voices along with internationally known activists to carry the torch into a new era of human rights work.

“Millions of people worldwide live in fear of persecution by repressive governments or armed factions and millions more suffer extreme deprivation,” said Larry Cox, executive director of AIUSA.  “But we are not powerless against this injustice. Amnesty International has proved for 50 years that collective action is a powerful force for change. We are thrilled to come back to San Francisco, which has long been a stronghold for Amnesty International activists, and honor those who have made the movement’s success possible.”

Friday evening will open with a tribute to folk legend and human rights activist Joan Baez, who devoted a full year to help establish Amnesty International chapters in the San Francisco Bay area in the early ‘70s, stayed active with the organization as a member of the National Advisory Board and later performed during the renowned “Conspiracy of Hope” tour.  The Friday evening event at the Fairmont will feature tribute performances from Grammy winners Steve Earle and Saúl Hernández (of the Mexican rock band Jaguares) and musician/activist Chad Stokes (State Radio/Dispatch).

“Whether marching arm in arm with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., or stuffing envelopes in our first home office in San Francisco, Joan’s commitment to human rights has known no bounds,” said Cox.  “It is no exaggeration to say that many attending the annual conference are direct descendants of a human rights family that Joan created.  Her devotion is a constant reminder of what can be accomplished when one will put herself on the line to effect change.  We are truly honored to be in her presence tonight and are grateful for her lasting legacy.”

A special focus on students and activism will be the core of AIUSA’s youth summit, designed for people aged 14 to 25, at the University of California, Berkeley, on Thursday, March 17.  Attendees will hear from John Jackson, Vice President of Social Responsibility at MTV. Throughout the conference, activists of all ages will address a range of human rights concerns including the death penalty; maternal mortality; migrant rights; holding companies accountable for damage to human rights and the environment; journalists at risk; and the war on terror (for the complete program, please visit www.amnestyusa.org/agm).

The annual conference will also be the site for the launch of the Amnesty Global Ethics Series, a series of books on human rights from Amnesty International and W.W. Norton & Company, that includes some of the most distinguished scholars and writers today.  Kwame Anthony Appiah, Princeton University professor and son of one of Amnesty International’s first prisoners of conscience, is the general editor of the series and the author of the books’ forward; he, as well as Elaine Scarry, author of How to Think in an Emergency, the first book in the series, and Rory Stewart and Philip Pettit, authors of future volumes, will speak.
The weekend includes several other human rights awards. Hamza Latif, an undergraduate student at the University of Michigan, will receive the first ever Ladis Kristof Memorial Fellowship for Organizing and Activism. The fellowship was created in memory of Kristof, a founder of Amnesty International local group 48 and father of noted New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof. The conference will also showcase AIUSA’s newest high school essay competition winners, Catherine Lovrien of Minnesota and Mahsa Taskindoust of New York, who addressed the question, How Has the Promotion or Defense of Human Rights Changed Our World?  Each is the recipient of a $1500 prize and a trip to the annual conference. The annual event is supported by the Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation.

“Amnesty’s 50th anniversary is a moment to celebrate the power of grassroots activism and to renew our commitment to build toward a world in which every person enjoys universal human rights,” said Rini Chakraborty, Western regional director for AIUSA.  “Together we will continue our work to free the wrongfully imprisoned, end the death penalty and torture, promote economic justice and migrant rights and fulfill the promise of human rights for all.”

Amnesty International — today the largest grassroots human rights organization in the world with nearly 3 million members worldwide — has helped win the freedom of tens of thousands of individuals jailed for expressing beliefs or defending basic rights, shut down torture chambers, halted executions, and established laws and treaties to protect the freedom and dignity of people around the world — and in the United States. Amnesty International was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1977.

OMG, Rapper and Actor Ludacris Surprises the Students of Thurgood Marshall High – The Get Schooled Challenge 2010

Monday, November 8th, 2010

Well look who popped into Thurgood Marshall Academic High School at 2:00 PM Friday afternoon – it was Ludacris!

Check it:

“The Get Schooled Challenge Bus crossed the Golden Gate Bridge into San Francisco, bringing with it some familiar faces. The students at Thurgood Marshall Academic High School received a shock, as their guest lecturers included Grammy winner Ludacris, along with MTV’s Sway and Big Von. For nearly an hour, 800 students sat and listened (well, to be fair there was also some dancing) as this roster of urban icons explained the value of education.”

Here are the videos and here are the photos.

Supervisorial Candidates Forum Hosted by The Recording Academy a Huge Success at Yoshi’s on Fillmore

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

All you need to know about last night’s all-district candidates forum at Yoshi’s San Francisco is right here, courtesy of Ian S. Port.

Rebecca Prozan responding to a query from Jane Kim:

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1. This was a “fun” event, in that the candidates’ names were pulled out of a snare drum and then they got time signals from a dinging triangle. A bit twee if you ask me, but it seemed apropropriate given the crowd and the nature of the event.

2. Speaking of which, there was a good turnout, with the lower level of Yoshi’s biggest room almost filled to capacity.

3. I understand how there needs to be a viability cutoff – I mean Big Entertainment would like all the candidates to swear fealty of course, but you can’t have 50 people on stage, right? (In a couple of years, we’ll have six races and who-knows-how-many candidates, right?) However, it’s not clear to me what the cutoff standards were. There were no candidates on stage from District Two, for instance. Presumably, leading viers Janet Reilly and Mark Farrell blew off the questionnaire, leaving that to Kat Anderson and Abraham Simmons. Now, both of them applied to The Recording Academy but neither wound up gracing the stage last night. Additionally, bona fide D6 candidate Anna Conda was left wondering what the deal is, man.

4. I left just after the intra-district candidate-on-candidate queries began. (Not sure what the point is of having a D6 candidate question one from D8 at last night’s love-fest, but whatever.) But as far as the intros (complete with musical accompaniment) were concerned, Malia Cohen was the standout. (She finished up way before the triangle had a chance to ding. Bonus.) Rafael Mandelman (Mandelman! Mandelman!) also did well, speaking naturally and name-checking The Death of Fun,* but, OTOH, Debra Walker seemed to be reading notes, as if at a high school debate. JMO.

Energy, energy, energy from Malia Cohen:

This is a new kind of deal for me, to see Big Entertainment take this approach. I’m thinking that this event will, as designed, affect how our Board of Supes deals with nightclubs and similar whatnots  in 2011 and 2012.

*Copyright SFBG? Don’t know who coined this term. It’s a good one…

Supporting Local Music: The Recording Academy Invites Supervisorial to Candidates Forum September 27

Thursday, September 9th, 2010

[UPDATE: District 6 candidate Anna Conda takes issue with the viability test applied by The Recording Academy (our local Grammy people, basically, it seems) for the Candidate Forum. See Comments.]

Entertainment = $$$ for San Francisco. That’s the message the San Francisco Chapter of The Recording Academy is putting out today, that’s their thing.

So, if you’re running for Supervisor this year, you all ought to show up at the Candidate Forum at Yoshii’s West on Fillmore and swear allegiance to the local entertainment industry.

Check it:  

“The Recording Academy®, San Francisco Chapter announced today the launch of a sustained advocacy campaign to raise awareness of the value that the music and entertainment industry have on the economic and cultural vibrancy of the San Francisco Bay Area. The campaign’s goal is to grow this important sector by building a coalition of industry stakeholders, developing public policy strategies with elected officials, and commissioning an economic impact study.”

O.K. then.

Teal Wicks and Kendra Kassebaum are sure to included in San Francisco State University’s “Entertainment Impact Study”

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All the deets:

THE RECORDING ACADEMY® SAN FRANCISCO CHAPTER LAUNCHES ADVOCACY CAMPAIGN IN SUPPORT OF LOCAL MUSIC

San Francisco State University Entertainment Impact Study Commissioned

San Francisco Supervisor Candidates Forum, Monday, September 27, 2010

SAN FRANCISCO (Sept. 9, 2010) —The Recording Academy®, San Francisco Chapter announced today the launch of a sustained advocacy campaign to raise awareness of the value that the music and entertainment industry have on the economic and cultural vibrancy of the San Francisco Bay Area. The campaign’s goal is to grow this important sector by building a coalition of industry stakeholders, developing public policy strategies with elected officials, and commissioning an economic impact study.

The findings of the study will be presented at a San Francisco Supervisor Candidates Forum on Monday, Sept. 27, 2010, 6 – 9 p.m., at Yoshi’s San Francisco (1330 Fillmore Street). The San Francisco Chapter has invited candidates running for the five seats being contested in this year’s election to discuss their positions on the issues facing the entertainment community followed by a Q&A with community members. The event, produced in conjunction with the California Music and Culture Association (CMAC), will feature remarks from state Senator Mark Leno (D-San Francisco) and GRAMMY® Award-winning artist Ledisi, and will be moderated by Priya David Clemens, journalist: CBS Network News, KTVU.

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Broadway’s Best Musical of 2008 Hits Town – Lively “In The Heights” Debuts at the Curran

Thursday, May 13th, 2010

In the Heights debuted yesterday night at SHN’s Curran Theatre on Geary, but it’ll leave us on June 13th, 2010 so now’s the time to decide if you want to get in on the fun.

Karen D’Souza liked it as did the Yelpers. It’s a simple, straightforward show filled with music, drama and humor - I liked it too. I can see why it won the Tonies a few years back. 

Check if you can get in on some nice $25 seats. And, bonus, Famous Hat Lady Jan Wahl will host a talk-back and Q&A on Friday May 21 and Friday May 28. Deets below.

It’s quite the spectacle:

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These four performers/performances/characters [I'll get the names confirmed and then add them in], along with that of Rogelio Douglas, Jr. as Benny the dispatcher, stood out for me.

All the deets, see you there!

“IN THE HEIGHTS tells the story of a vibrant community in Manhattan’s Washington Heights – a place where the coffee from the corner bodega is light and sweet, the windows are always open, and the breeze carries the rhythm of three generations of music. It’s a community on the brink of change, full of hopes, dreams and pressures, where the biggest struggles can be deciding which traditions you take with you, and which ones you leave behind. Propelled by the rhythms of hip hop and Latin music – uncommon sounds in musical theater – IN THE HEIGHTS‘ invigorating beat belies a musical steeped in Broadway tradition. IN THE HEIGHTS follows a close-knit community of hard-working Latino immigrants as they strive for a better life; search for love; dream the American Dream; and create a haven, a home, in northernmost Manhattan. The 2008 Tony Award-winning Best Musical IN THE HEIGHTS won the 2008 Grammy Award for Best Original Cast Album, and is also the winner of four 2008 Tony Awards including Best Musical

$25 RUSH BOX SEATS AVAILABLE DAY OF SHOW AT CURRAN THEATRE BOX OFFICE
A limited number of $25 rush box seats will be available for all performances of In The Heights. These tickets may be purchased on the day of show only and are available 2 hours prior to performance at the Curran Theatre box office. These tickets are available to anyone, with a limit of two tickets per person. Cash only, these tickets will be sold on a first come, first serve basis. Valid ID must be presented at the time of purchase. Tickets are VOID IF RESOLD. Resold tickets will not be honored.

IN THE HEIGHTS, TALK BACK NIGHTS!
Immediately following the performances on Friday May 21 and Friday May 28,Jan Wahl, entertainment reporter for KCBS radio and KRON TV, will host a free talk-back and Q&A with the cast of IN THE HEIGHTS

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The 2008 Tony Awards:

  • Best Musical (winner)
  • Best Book of a Musical – Quiara Alegría Hudes (nominee)
  • Best Original Score (Music or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre – Lin-Manuel Miranda (winner)
  • Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical – Lin-Manuel Miranda (nominee)
  • Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical – Robin De Jesús (nominee)
  • Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical – Olga Merediz (nominee)
  • Best Scenic Design of a Musical – Anna Louizos (nominee)
  • Best Costume Design of a Musical – Paul Tazewell (nominee)
  • Best Lighting Design of a Musical – Howell Binkley (nominee)
  • Best Sound Design of a Musical – Acme Sound Partners (nominee)
  • Best Direction of a Musical – Thomas Kail (nominee)
  • Best Choreography – Andy Blankenbuehler (winner)
  • Best Orchestrations – Alex Lacamoire and Bill Sherman (winner)
  • Conceived by
    Lin-Manuel Miranda

    Music & Lyrics by
    Lin-Manuel Miranda

    Book by
    Quira Alegria Hudes

    Directed by
    Thomas Kail

    Choreography by
    Andy Blankenbuehler

    Music Direction by
    Alex Lacamoir

    Set Design by
    Anna Louizos

    Costume Design by
    Paul Tazewell

    Lighting Design by
    Howell Binkley

    Sound Design by
    Acme Sound Partners