Thursday, June 9, 2011

Preservation Hall Jazz Band and Del McCoury Band Create Official Bonnaroo Theme Song

It's Bonnaroo Time!  PHJB and The Del McCoury Band continue the "American Legacies" Tour, this time in Manchester, Tennessee for the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival. While on tour together in Lawrence, Kansas the McCoury Bus broke down and Del's band hopped on the PHJB Bus. While on the bus, Clint Maedgen, Ronnie McCoury, and Alan Bartram jammed a bit and the result - "Bonnaroo (Feel The Magic)" - The Official Theme Song for Bonnaroo!!!

Here's the official word from Bonnaroo:

"Superfly Presents and AC Entertainment are excited to announce that Bonnaroo now has an official theme song. The song, titled "Bonnaroo (Feel the Magic)," was written by the Del McCoury Band and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band. This will hereby serve as the festival's National Anthem, its howl of joyous pride, its exclamation of exuberance, its own rally cry of sorts.

The video below was actually captured the third time this song was ever performed by the artists and was taken backstage at a gig on their "American Legacies Tour" that Del McCoury and Preservation Hall are currently in the midst of. The official studio version of the single is available for download at iTunes.

Legendary hip-hop producer Mannie Fresh (Lil' Wayne, Juvenile) is currently working on a hip-hop remix of the song.

This is the way the song was written as recounted by Preservation Hall Creative Director and Tuba Man Ben Jaffe:

"Del's bus broke down outside of Chicago at 3am following our 'American Legacies' gig. Pres Hall turned around, picked up the stranded McCoury's on the side of the highway in the snow. Once aboard the bus, Ronnie McCoury presented the idea that the two groups work together to create an original Bonnaroo theme song in celebration of the 10th year anniversary. The melody and lyrics came to Preservation Hall vocalist Clint Maedgen as if the song had already been written.  An hour later, the first version of it was recorded on an I-Phone and this video was recorded backstage the following night."

The festival is very proud of its new theme song, and considering that Del and the McCoury's performed on the very first Bonnaroo as well as the festival's close connections to New Orleans, this song could not be more appropriate."

Catch Preservation Hall Jazz Band & The Del McCoury Band at Bonnaroo on the "The Other Stage" on Friday, June 10 at 7:30pm!


Irvin Mayfield to Open Music Club at JW Marriott New Orleans in July 2011

The JW Marriott New Orleans is set to open an upscale music club that will feature jazz music the Big Easy is known for in July 2011. The hotel in the New Orleans French Quarter has partnered with Irvin Mayfield, a Grammy Award and Billboard Award-winning trumpeter, composer, arranger, University of New Orleans professor and businessman, who has made a commitment to expanding the city's cultural economy.

The new Irvin Mayfield I Club is meant to be a sophisticated music venue "where music is art". The music club will be found in the former Henri restaurant space of the New Orleans, LA, Canal Street hotel and will feature live music Wednesdays through Saturdays from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. It will offer exquisite cocktails, fine-dining small plates prepared by JW Marriott's executive chef, Lou Sander, and stellar service for the discerning guest.

The Irvin Mayfield I Club will present a diverse musical format from Blues, to Zydeco, to Gospel, to Funk, singer songwriters, Cabaret performers, DJs and more. Guests also can receive numerous VIP perks, such as concierge services, priority access, special offers and select New Orleans hotel deals and benefits, with the "I-nner Circle" membership program that will be available at the club.

For more information or to make a reservation, call 888-364-1200, or visit

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

The Script to play Mahalia Jackson Theater - October 4, 2011

Hot off the heels of a notable No. 3 debut for their recent studio album, Science & Faith, and currently touring the U.S. on a string of sold out dates – The Script clearly have no plans to slow down. This fall, the Irish rockers will return stateside for a 31-city headlining tour, kicking things off August 30th in Minneapolis, MN.

Tickets for The Script's U.S. Fall headlining tour will become available to the public on June 10th beginning at 10AM local time immediately following the band's performance on NBC's Today Show Summer Concert Series (see and

"For The First Time," the hit single off Science & Faith is approaching Top 10 at Pop Radio and holding the #3 spot at Hot AC, while the video for the single – which debuted at #1 on VH1 around release - is currently in heavy rotation at MTV. The band recently appeared on VH1's Big Morning Buzz Live show, and participated in VH1's Best Cruise Ever at the end of April.

The album, which was also released overseas, immediately garnered interest from critics and debuted at #1 in Ireland and the UK. Written and produced by The Script frontman Danny O'Donoghue and guitarist Mark Sheehan Science & Faith was recorded in both London and Los Angeles and is once again a testament to what The Script do best; pen emotion-packed songs that contain fluid melodies, haunting hooks and Danny's soulful vocals riding high over huge, anthemic choruses.

Critics on U.S. soil have followed suit. USA TODAY awarded Science & Faith a stellar review, The New York Times bestowed the album a "critic's choice review," while Entertainment Weekly described "the band's sunny lyrics, tuneful riffs, and build-build explode! – choruses nail a VH1 catnip niche."

The Script have appeared on NBC's Today Show, The Late Show with David Letterman, Live! With Regis & Kelly, Ellen DeGeneres, Jimmy Kimmel LIVE, and most recently on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and Lopez Tonight.

The Script is Danny O'Donoghue (vocals/keys), Mark Sheehan (guitar) and Glen Power (drums).

For more information on The Script please visit:

The Following Tour Dates Are Confirmed:

Aug 30 Minneapolis, MN - Orpheum Theatre (rescheduled from June 7)

Sep 01 Washington, D.C. - D.A.R. Constitution Hall (rescheduled from June 5)

Sep 03 Syracuse, NY - NY State Fair

Sep 04 Pittsburgh, PA - Stage AE

Sep 06 Columbus, OH - LC Pavilion

Sep 07 Detroit, MI - The Fillmore

Sep 09 Nashville, TN - Ryman Auditorium

Sep 10 Cincinnati, OH - PNC Pavilion at Riverfront Music Center

Sep 11 Indianapolis, IN - Murat Theatre

Sep 13 Louisville, KY - Louisville Palace Theatre

Sep 14 St. Louis, MO - The Pageant

Sep 16 Park City, KS - Hartman Arena

Sep 17 Kenosha, WI - Table Athletic Center - Carthage College

Sep 18 Denver, CO - Ogden Theatre

Sep 20 Portland, OR - Crystal Ballroom

Sep 21 Seattle, WA - Paramount Theatre

Sep 23 Oakland, CA - Fox Theatre

Sep 24 Los Angeles, CA - Palladium

Sep 25 Tempe, AZ - The Marquee

Sep 27 Oklahoma City, OK - Riverwind Casino

Sep 28 Tulsa, OK - Cain's Ballroom

Sep 30 Austin, TX - Stubbs Waller Creek Ampitheatre

Oct 01 Houston, TX - House Of Blues

Oct 02 Dallas, TX - Palladium

Oct 04 New Orleans, LA - Mahalia Jackson Theater [ tickets ]

Oct 05 Clearwater, FL - Ruth Eckerd Hall

Oct 07 Miami, FL - Fillmore Miami Beach

Oct 08 Orlando, FL - Hard Rock Live

Oct 09 Atlanta, GA - The Tabernacle

Oct 11 Charlotte, NC - The Fillmore Charlotte

Oct 13 New York, NY - Roseland Ballroom   
SOURCE Epic Records

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Lil Wayne Releases "How to Love," Second Single from Tha Carter IV

Grammy Award-winning, multi-platinum recording artist Lil Wayne has released "How To Love," the second single from his hotly anticipated upcoming album, THA CARTER IV, to be released by Cash Money/Universal Motown on August 29, 2011.

Lil Wayne

Now available at iTunes and, "How to Love" is the No. 1 most-added song at crossover radio, where it garnered more than 350 spins during Memorial Day weekend. As it awaits an official add date at crossover radio, "How to Love" will be added to urban radio on June 6 and June 7. "How to Love" follows the release of "6 Foot 7 Foot," the first single from THA CARTER IV, featuring Corey Gunz, which peaked at No. 9 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and No. 2 on Billboard's R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart as well as its Rap Songs chart.

Co-produced by Detail (Sean Kingston, The Game) and Tha Drummahz (Wiz Khalifa, Travie McCoy), and featuring Lil Wayne on acoustic guitar, "How to Love" is an unexpected departure from the New Orleans rapper's signature high-octane party anthems such as "Lollipop," "6 Foot 7 Foot," and "John." The shockingly romantic new single is an insightful and melodic hip-hop ballad that finds Lil Wayne exposing a rare glimpse of his softer side as he sings, "See, you had a lot of crooks tryna steal your heart / Never really had luck, couldn't never figure out / How to love." In an interview with Sway Calloway from MTV News, Lil Wayne said "How to Love" gives him "goose bumps" and that he has "never had a single like it."

Leading up to the release of THA CARTER IV on August 29, Lil Wayne's upcoming episode of MTV Unplugged will premiere on June 12 and the second leg of his headlining I Am Still Music Tour will kick off on July 13 in Hartford, CT. THA CARTER IV is the highly anticipated follow-up to Lil Wayne's ninth album, 2010's I Am Not A Human Being. Propelled by the No. 1 platinum hit single "Right Above It," featuring Drake, I Am Not A Human Being soared to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, in addition to topping Billboard's Digital Albums chart, Rap Albums chart, and R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart.

Lil Wayne recently capped off an outstanding decade that included selling more than 10 million records and earning eight Grammy nominations for his multi-platinum 2008 album, Tha Carter III, which shattered records by selling over one million copies in its first week of release. The New Orleans native who hails from the rough streets of Hollygrove is a veteran artist who released his first tracks at age 12 after he was introduced to Cash Money CEOs Ronald "Slim" Williams and Bryan "Birdman" Williams. He released the first installment of Tha Carter series in 2004, which added to his ever-expanding collection of platinum plaques, followed by Tha Carter II in 2006, which further solidified Lil Wayne's status as one of the best MCs in the hip hop game. But it was 2008's critically acclaimed Tha Carter III that gave Lil Wayne his iconic stature in popular music, paving the way for his advisory role to grow as CEO of Young Money Records.


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Bootsy Collins Brings 13-Piece All-Star Band to Tipitina's on June 15th

"Funk U-Nity" Band Includes Members Of P-Funk, Public Enemy And More

Bootsy Collins has assembled a phenomenally funky 13-piece band for his first U.S. headlining tour in 16 years, which launches this Friday with a show at Club Nokia in LA. Collectively dubbed "Funk U-Nity," the band includes members of P-Funk, Public Enemy and legendary session players, and promises to deliver the earth-shaking groove Bootsy's live shows are known for. See complete lineup below.

Bootsy Collins image by Michael Weintrob

Bootsy and Funk U-Nity's set will mix songs from his acclaimed new album Tha Funk Capital of the World with classic jams and tributes to Bootsy's musical idols.

Tha Funk Capital of the World features contributions from George Clinton, Snoop Dogg, Chuck D, Ice Cube, Samuel L. Jackson, Bela Fleck, Rev. Al Sharpton, Dr. Cornel West, Buckethead, and more, many of whom will pop up as surprise guests at various stops on the tour. Full list of dates below.


Bootsy Collins - bass & vocals
Colonel Hardgroove - bass & vocals (Public Enemy)
Blackbyrd McKnight - guitar (P-Funk, The Headhunters)
Bernie Worrell - keyboards (P-Funk)
Razor Sharp Johnson - keyboards (P-Funk)
Frankie Kash - drums (P-Funk)
TM Stevens - bass & vocals (The Pretenders, Shocka Zooloo)
Keith Cheatham - guitar
Gary Winters - horns
Randy Villars - saxes
Sarah Morrow - trombones
Candice Cheatham - vocals
Razzberry White - vocals
Kyle Jason - vocals


6/03 - Los Angeles, CA @ Club Nokia
6/04 - San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore
6/06 - Boulder, CO @ Boulder Theater
6/09 - Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
6/10 - Chicago, IL @ The Congress Theater
6/11 - Manchester, TN @ Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival
6/15 - New Orleans, LA @ Tipitina's (DJ Soul Sister opens)
6/16 - Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live
6/17 - Dallas, TX @ Palladium Ballroom
6/19 - Austin, TX @ Austin City Limits Live
6/22 - Asheville, NC @ The Orange Peel
6/23 - Annapolis, MD (Baltimore) @ Rams Head Tavern
6/24 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE - Indoor Stage
6/25 - Glenside, PA (Philadelphia) @ Keswick Theatre
6/26 - New York, NY @ B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
6/29 - Worcester, MA (Boston) @ The Palladium
6/30 - Rochester, NY @ Party In The Park