Amos Lee made a triumphant return to Tucson on a sweltering night in the desert with an epic performance at the historic Fox Theatre. The acclaimed singer-songwriter came back to the city where he recorded his Mission Bell album and invited a number of his friends to join the show, including local heroes Calexico. The 19-song concert ranged from solo showcases to arrangements for a dozen musicians, and featured highlights from Lee’s latest album, as well as some of the finest songs from his catalogue and a stunning version of Paul Simon’s “American Tune.”
While attending the University of South Carolina, Philadelphia-born Amos Lee was given an acoustic guitar by his stepfather. After graduating, Lee taught elementary school in his hometown before deciding to dedicate himself to music. A self-produced EP earned him a contract with Blue Note Records in 2003, as well as touring dates with Norah Jones. Following the release of his self-titled debut album, the singer-songwriter performed with such musical legends as Bob Dylan, Elvis Costello, and Paul Simon. Lee — who collaborator Willie Nelson has called “an exceptional artist, unique to his generation” — recently saw his fourth album, Mission Bell, enter the Billboard charts at Number One.
The Fox Tucson Theatre opened in 1930 as Tucson’s premier venue for vaudeville and film. After four decades of operation, the theatre fell on tough times, eventually closing in 1974. For the next 26 years, the Fox was left empty, falling slowly into decay through vandalism and neglect. In 1999, the non-profit Fox Tucson Theatre Foundation was able to purchase the building and start the process of restoring the Fox to its former glory. After a six year revitalization project which included recreating original seat fabric, carpet pattern, and light fixtures, as well repairing the Fox’s unique Acoustone acoustic material — the Fox reopened its doors on New Years Eve, 2005. Since then, the theatre has become a go-to location for film and live events in Downtown Tucson, as well as the cornerstone of continuing efforts to rejuvenate the area.
The Kid met The King on a snowy night in Memphis, when Kid Rock delivered an epic performance at Graceland. Following a historic, acoustic jam session with his band, Twisted Brown Trucker, in the Jungle Room at Elvis Presley’s mansion, Rock played a 15-song set in the Elvis Presley Automobile Museum. From breakthrough hits like “Cowboy” and “Bawitdaba” to his recent anthems “Born Free” and “Care” (tossing in a bit of Elvis’s “Burning Love” for good measure), the Detroit rocker gave the invitation-only audience of 300 a definitive look at a remarkable career – from inside the walls of rock and roll’s greatest landmark.
A born and bred son of Detroit, Kid Rock first burst onto the music scene in the early ’90s with a unique sound that fused hip-hop with heavy metal and country. Kid Rock gained a cult following, and in 1998 he released his breakthrough record, Devil Without a Cause, which sold 11 million copies and included the hits “Bawitdaba”, “Only God Knows Why”, and “Cowboy”. Since then, he has released six albums, including the best-selling rock album of 2008, Rock ‘N Roll Jesus, and his latest, Born Free, which he describes as an organic blues-based rock and roll record. It features a wide range of collaborations from the rock, country, and rap communities, with such artists as Zac Brown, Sheryl Crow, and T.I. contributing to several of the tracks.
Graceland, Elvis’ home in Memphis, has become the rock n’ roll pilgrimage every music fan has to take. The most famous home in the world can be found in music, movies, books and on television around the world. In addition to the mansion, the Graceland experience also includes several rotating exhibits, Elvis’ custom jets and Elvis Presley’s Auto Museum. The auto museum features over 30 vehicles owned by the king, including Harley-Davidson motorcycles, a 1956 Cadillac Eldorado Convertible, his famous Pink Cadillac and more.
The Brooklyn Museum, one of the oldest and largest museums in the country, provided a majestic setting for indie rock favorite, Death Cab For Cutie. In the midst of a tour for its latest release,Codes and Keys, the band performed for eight hundred fans gathered in the famous Beaux-Arts Court, surrounded by grand archways and classic European paintings on a rainy summer night.
Adorned, “The Most Important Modern Band in America in 2008″ by American Songwriter, indie rockers Death Cab for Cutie have managed the sizable feat of being adored by hipsters even as they’ve achieved wider and wider popular success since forming in 1997. Lead singer Ben Gibbard (whose electropop side project The Postal Service also achieved indie adoration with the LP Give Up), guitarist Chris Walla, bassist Nick Harmer, and drummer Jason McGerr make up the quartet, whose 2005 major-label debut Plans opened at #4 on the Billboard 200. Their eagerly anticipated new album, Codes and Keys, was released May 31, 2011.
The Brooklyn Museum, housed in a 560,000-square-foot, Beaux-Arts building, is one of the oldest and largest art museums in the country. Its world-renowned permanent collections range from ancient Egyptian masterpieces to contemporary art, and represent a wide range of cultures. The Museum is part of a complex of nineteenth century parks and gardens that also includes Prospect Park, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, and the Prospect Park Zoo.
On an early Autumn night, the Angel Orensanz Center, a magnificent landmark in the heart of New York City’s Lower East Side, hosted a stunning performance by multi-platinum rockers The Fray. The Denver-based band played 15 songs, a mix of such fan favorites as the Top Ten hits “How to Save a Life,” “Over My Head,” and “You Found Me” alongside new material from the forthcoming album Scars and Stories, including the current hit single, “Heartbeat.” The show marked the first time some of these songs were ever played on stage, and concluded with a powerful version of the brand-new ballad “Be Still,” performed solo at the piano by singer Isaac Slade.
The Fray gained airplay on local Denver radio with the EPs Movement and Reason (2002-2003), attracting the attention of Epic Records. Touring stints with Weezer and Ben Folds preceded the release of the band’s first single, “Over My Head,” which was followed shortly by their debut album’s title track, “How To Save a Life.” The popularity of both singles propelled the band to international success, and in 2006, How To Save a Life broke the record for highest-selling digital album. Their self-titled 2009 release hit Number One on the Billboard charts, and was nominated for Best Pop Vocal Album at the 2010 Grammy Awards. Following recent dates opening for U2, the Fray’s upcoming third album, Scars and Stories, is set to be released February 7, 2012.
The Angel Orensanz Foundation for the Arts was established in 1992 and in a short period of time has affirmed itself as a strong anchor of the visual and performing arts in New York City. The Center itself is a neo-gothic building, which was designed as a synagogue in 1849 by Berlin architect Alexander Seltzer. He drew inspiration for his design from the cathedral of Cologne and the German romantic movement of Heinrich Heine and Beethoven. Sculptor Angel Orensanz bought this venerable structure in 1986, first for use as his own studio, and then to make it again a beacon of education and culture in the city of New York.
Just days after the release of her record-breaking sophomore album, 21, British sensation Adele performed for a small group of lucky fans at the Santa Monica Bay Womans Club in Santa Monica, CA. Her powerful voice filled the elegant ballroom with hits like “Rolling in the Deep” and “Someone Like You” from 21 and “Chasing Pavements” from her Grammy-winning debut album,19, as well as a cover of the soul classic “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman.”
British singer-songwriter Adele burst onto the international music scene with her precocious debut,19, released when she was just that age, in 2009. The album won her a pair of Grammy awards including Best New Artist. But it was her sophomore smash, 21, again titled for the age of the young performer, that made her a legend: the first living artist since the Beatles in 1964 to have two titles simultaneously in the top five of both the UK singles and album charts. Dubbed timeless by Entertainment Weekly, the record is currently in its thirteenth week at #1 on the Billboard 200.
The Santa Monica Bay Women’s Club was founded in 1905 by Elmira T. Stephens with an initial group of eighty-eight members. Since its inception, the club been dedicated to .advancement in all lines of culture, welfare, service and civic affairs.. During World Wars I and II, the members were heavily involved in home-front efforts, from selling war bonds to assisting the USO and the Red Cross. Since that time, the club.s activities have included fund-raising for local charities, the sponsorship of grants and scholarships, and the organization of cultural programs for members and the community. The club has been in its current home on Fourth Street since 1914. The building, which was designed by Henry C. Hollwedel, has survived two near-catastrophic fires, and was designated an historic landmark by the City of Santa Monica in 1991. (more…)
Vampire Weekend hit the ground running, opening their performance at New York’s General Society of Mechanics & Tradesmen with “Diane Young,” the first single from the Grammy-nominated album Modern Vampires of the City. The set featured such hits as “Cousins,” “A-Punk,” and (especially fitting on a snowy winter’s eve) “Holiday.” With an audience of just 400 guests, this triumphant return to the city where the band was formed was the most intimate show Vampire Weekend has played in years.
Vampire Weekend formed in New York City in 2006 when bandmates Ezra Koenig, Rostam Batmanglij, Chris Tomson, and Chris Baio met while attending Columbia University and realized their shared interest in punk rock and African music. After graduating, the band began recording its self-titled debut. The album received positive internet buzz before its official release, with the single “Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa” making it onto Rolling Stone’s 2007 list of “100 Best Songs of the Year.” Following the album’s release in 2008, Spin chose Vampire Weekend as “The Year’s Best New Band.” The band’s second album, Contra, was released in 2010, becoming Vampire Weekend’s first album to debut at the Number One spot on the Billboard 200, and received a Grammy nomination for Best Alternative Music Album. In 2013, the band released its third album, Modern Vampires of the City, to nearly identical success. The album debuted at the top of the charts (marking the first time an independent rock band has had two consecutive Number One releases) and earned the band its second Grammy nomination for Best Alternative Music Album. The album also topped Rolling Stone’s list of the “50 Best Albums of 2013.”
The General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen was founded in New York in 1785 by 22 of the city’s skilled craftsmen. In 1820, the society opened one of the city’s first free schools and a library for the instruction of apprentice boys. The General Society Library was the largest free circulating library prior to the founding of the public library system, and is now the second oldest library in the New York City. The society’s Lecture Series began in 1837 and featured such illustrious speakers as Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry Ward Beecher, Horace Greeley, and Wendell Phillips. In 1858, the society established its Mechanics Institute in order to provide free instruction in the technical trades. The library, Lecture Series, and Mechanics Institute all continue in operation today. The society moved to its current location on West 44th Street in 1899, taking over a building originally designed by Lamb and Rich for the Berkeley School for Boys. The building was later remodeled and expanded thanks to contributions from Andrew Carnegie, one of the society’s members.
Los Angeles’ historic Orpheum Theatre hosted a dynamic performance from musician Sara Bareilles one late October evening. One-thousand guests filled the downtown theater, built in 1926, to witness the singer-songwriter’s soaring set, filmed for an upcoming episode of Live from the Artists Den. Bareilles performed several songs off her most recent album, The Blessed Unrest, including her recent hit single “Brave,” a song that champions gay rights. The singer showcased her powerful, evocative vocals on fan favorites like “Love Song” and “King of Anything,” ending the set with an emotionally compelling rendition of her breakout song “Gravity.”
Sara Bareilles grew up in Eureka, CA, participating in local choirs and theater productions before attending college at UCLA, where she joined an a cappella group and won the annual student talent show twice. In 2004, she released her first album, Careful Confessions, much of which landed on her major label debut, Little Voice, in 2007. Propelled by its hit single “Love Song,” the album reached the Number One spot on the Billboard Pop 100 chart, receiving two Grammy nominations and catapulting Bareilles into the mainstream. Her followup album, 2010′s Kaleidoscope Heart, debuted at number one and earned Bareilles another Grammy nod her song “King of Anything.” In 2011, she joined NBC’s The Sing-Off as a celebrity judge and in 2012 was included on VH1′s list of Top 100 Greatest Women in Music. In 2013, Bareilles released her third album, The Blessed Unrest. The album debuted at the number two spot on the Billboard 200 and produced the hit single “Brave.”
The Orpheum Theatre opened in downtown Los Angeles in 1926 as the final house operated by the Orpheum vaudeville circuit in the city. The Beaux Arts-style theatre was designed by G. Albert Lansburgh and houses a Mighty Wurlitzer organ, one of only three remaining pipe organs in Southern California. As late as 1950, The Orpheum was a stage for vaudeville acts, hosting such venerable names as the Marx Brothers, a young Judy Garland, comedian Jack Benny, jazz greats Lena Horne, Ella Fitzgerald, and Duke Ellington, and later, rock and roll legends Aretha Franklin, Little Richard, and Stevie Wonder. After a $3-million renovation in 1989, The Orpheum is today one of the most well-preserved historical movie palaces in Los Angeles.
On the eve of the release of her new album, Feels Like Home, nine-time Grammy winner Sheryl Crow delivered a powerhouse performance in the ornate Grand Ballroom of The Plaza. In a taping for an episode of Live from the Artists Den, Crow tore through eighteen songs at the New York City landmark, leading her six-piece band in a career-spanning set that ran from her breakthrough hit, “All I Wanna Do,” right up to her new single, “Callin’ Me When I’m Lonely.” Whether seated for a three-song acoustic set or blowing an electrifying, rocked-up harmonica solo, Crow thrilled the invited audience of 600. The episode will air on public television in early 2014.
Since the release of her first album in 1993, Sheryl Crow has become one of the most popular and critically-acclaimed artists of the last twenty years. Born in Missouri, Crow got her start as a backing vocalist for Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, and Don Henley before the release of her breakout debut album, Tuesday Night Music Club. The album garnered Crow three of her nine total Grammy Awards, including Record of the Year, while such singles as “All I Wanna Do” topped radio charts. Subsequent releases produced more hits, including “Everyday Is A Winding Road” from her 1996 self-titled follow-up album, “My Favorite Mistake” from 1998′s The Globe Sessions, the duet “Picture” with Kid Rock, and “Soak Up The Sun” from 2002′s C’mon C’mon. On September 10, 2013, Crow released her eighth studio album, Feels Like Home. The album shot into the Top Ten of both the Billboard 100 and Country Albums charts and produced Crow’s first Top 20 single in the country format, “Easy.”
The Plaza is one of the most celebrated hotels in the world and a designated National Historic Landmark. Designed by Henry Janeway Hardenbergh, the French Renaissance chateau-style building opened in 1907 on the southern border of Central Park, and originally served as a residence for wealthy New Yorkers. Since its inception, the Plaza has been the site of numerous historic meetings and events. In 1964, the Beatles stayed at the hotel during the band’s first visit to the United States, and in 1966 Truman Capote hosted his famous Black and White Ball there. From appearing in some of the most beloved works of fiction of the past century – including F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel The Great Gatsby and Kay Thompson’s series of Eloise children’s books – to such classic films as Alfred Hitchcock’s North By Northwest, the Plaza has cemented its place as an icon of New York City.
It was a school night to remember when international superstars Phoenix performed a spectacular show in the gym at LC Anderson High School in Austin, Texas. Following a main-stage set at the Austin City Limits Festival the day before, the French band played for 800 invited guests – including several hundred students – for an upcoming episode of the public television series Live from the Artists Den. They blasted through 16 songs, including such hits as “Lisztomania” and “If I Ever Feel Better” and selections from their most recent album, Bankrupt!, before singer Thomas Mars invited the audience to join them on stage at the home of the Trojans for thrilling, chaotic renditions of “1901″ and “Rome.”
The origins of French rock band Phoenix go back to the childhoods of lead singer Thomas Mars, bassist Deck d’Arcy, and guitarist Christian Mazzalai, who grew up playing music together as schoolmates in the Parisian suburb of Versailles. The group officially took the name “Phoenix” when Mazzalai’s older brother, Laurent Brancowitz, joined in 1997. After years of work and a self-released EP, the band released its debut album, United, in 2000. Its follow-up, 2004′s Alphabetical, and 2006′s It’s Never Been Like That continued to raise Phoenix’s profile, but it wasn’t until the band’s fourth album, Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix, that the band achieved widespread mainstream success. The album won the 2010 Grammy Award for Best Alternative Music Album and landed on “Best of the Year” lists in Rolling Stone, Time, Pitchfork, and Spin. In 2013, the band’s fifth album, Bankrupt!, was released and debuted at the Number Four spot on the Billboard 200 charts.
L. C. Anderson High School (then known as E. H. Anderson High School) opened in 1907 as Austin’s first school for African-American students. Named after local black educator Laurine Cecil Anderson, the high school was home to one of the most successful football programs in the state. The Anderson Yellow Jackets won four state championships before the school was forced closed in 1971 as part of desegregation. The newly-integrated Anderson High School opened in 1973 at its current location with a new mascot (the Trojans), new school colors (blue and gold), and a brand new campus. Consistently recognized for its strong academics by such publications as Newsweek and The Washington Post, Anderson has become one of the top high schools in the nation.
1. Dressed For Success
2. Sleeping In My Car
3. The Big L
4. Silver Blue
6. She’s Got Nothing On (But The Radio)
7. Perfect Day
8. Things Will Never Be The Same
9. It Must Have Been Love
10. It’s Possible
12. Fading Like A Flower
13. Crash! Boom! Bang!
14. How Do You Do!
17. Spending My Time
18. The Look
19. Listen To Your Heart
20. Church Of Your Heart
- It All Begins Where It Ends – The Incredible Story Of Roxette
- Gessle Cam: Part 1 ”So, Christoffer?”
- Gessle Cam: Part 2 ”Studio Work”
- Gessle Cam: Part 3 ”Travelling”
- Mikael Nogueira-Svensson– The secret life of a guitar tech
• Bonus CD – Roxette Travelling The World – 16 songs recorded at the Teatro Caupolicán in Santiago, Chile, on May 12 2012
1. Dressed For Success 4:32
2. Sleeping In My Car 3:45
3. The Big L 4:48
4. She’s Got Nothing On (But The Radio) 5:20
5. Perfect Day 4:08
6. It Must Have Been Love 5:38
7. It’s Possible – 3:14
8. 7Twenty7 5:14
9. Fading Like a Flower 5:02
10. Crash! Boom! Bang! 5:21
11. How Do You Do ! 3:07
12. Dangerous 4:33
13. Joyride 4:48
14. Spending My Time 6:20
15. The Look 6:33
16. Listen To Your Heart 6:25