The Strokes, Brian Wilson and Brandon Flowers to pay tribute to George Harrison at George Fest
George Fest: A Night To Honour The Music Of George Harrison will take place at Los Angeles’ El Rey Theatre on September 28th.
Other artists taking part include members of The Flaming Lips, Weezer, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Weird Al Yankovich and Harrison’s son Dhani. Cold War Kids, Norah Jones and Velvet Revolver are also featured.
100% of the proceeds from the event will benefit Sweet Relief- a charity for musicians struggling to make ends meet due to illness or disability.
HBO will debut Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown
A new documentary about the Godfather of soul directed by Oscar winner Alex Gibney and produced by Mick Jagger. The film will air on October 27th at 9p.m.
Made with the support and cooperation of Brown’s estate, the doc features rare and never-before-seen footage, interviews and photos from throughout the musician’s career. The documentary will also include interviews with Jagger, Questlove, Chuck D, Rev. Al Sharpton, Maceo Parker, Clyde Stubblefield, Melvin Parker, Alfred “Pee Wee” Ellis, Martha High, Bootsy Collins, Fred Wesley and many more.
Mr. Dynamite comes on the heels of the new Brown biopic Get On Up, which starred Chadwick Boseman and was also produced by Jagger. Back in February Rolling Stone caught up with Jagger on the set of Get on Up, where he spoke about studying the way Brown performed, engaged the audience and, of course, danced: “The way he interacted with the audience, the timing, I was taking it all in and trying to understand the whole picture of it.”
Sam Smith, who sings “Stay with Me” covers an unlikely artist.
Sam Smith offered a tender cover of Tracy Chapman’s smash “Fast Car” during a recent session for the BBC’s Live Lounge series.
While his band slowed down the song and offered up an arrangement that veered more towards the singer’s soul and R&B wheelhouse, Smith delivered yet another potent vocal performance, bouncing beautifully between a delicate, breathy croon and big, chilling belts.
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Remembering Joan Rivers