Wednesday, February 10, 2016

The Monkees set to celebrate 50th anniversary with new studio album, tour

Hey, Hey, it's the (return of) the Monkees!


For years, yours truly has been somewhat upset by the way the majority of the music press has overlooked the music and contributions of the Monkees. With the group's 50th anniversary having arrived, details on a new Monkees studio album (the aptly-named GOOD TIMES!) and tour set for this year, perhaps the band members (the late Davy Jones, as well as Micky Dolenz, Michael Nesmith and Peter Tork) will get a second and more objective look in 2016. I, for one, firmly believe the Monkees deserve to be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Here are some highlights pulled from the official media release:


  • GOOD TIMES! will mark the Monkees' first new album in nearly 20 years, and will include tracks written by Rivers Cuomo (Weezer), Ben Gibbard (Death Cab for Cutie, the Postal Service) and Andy Partridge (XTC).



The Monkees, from left, Michael Nesmith, Micky Dolenz,
Davy Jones and Peter Tork.

  • The album will also feature previously-unreleased 1960s recordings of songs written by Neil Diamond ("Love To Love"), Harry Nilsson and others that have been "revisited and completed" in new Monkees studio sessions.



  • GOOD TIMES! will also feature the Nesmith-penned "I Know What I Know" and at least one track written by Tork. The album will be available on CD and digitally on June 10, while the album will arrive on vinyl on July 1, 2016. Produced by Emmy-winning songwriter Adam Schlesinger (of Fountains Of Wayne fame), the album is also set to feature a new song co-written by Noel Gallagher and Paul Weller. This sounds like it is going to be a truly amazing album.


I've been fortunate to review the Monkees, as well as solo appearances by Dolenz and Nesmith over the years and have been reminded each time that the strength of songs and strong winning personality of each of the members did make them something special beyond the roles they forged on their NBC-TV series (that ran from 1966 to 1968). You can read my review in the Orange County Register of the group's performance at The Greek Theatre in Los Angeles, CA in November 2012. Click here to read my review of the group when they performed with Davy Jones in one of his final shows with the Monkees at the Greek Theatre in July 2011. 

For more information on all things Monkees, go to the troupe's official Web site: http://monkees.com/

Robert Kinsler

Friday, February 05, 2016

Star-Studded Videos From Forthcoming George Fest: A Night To Celebrate The Music Of George Harrison

I thought we could go into the weekend with a reminder to check out several fantastic videos ("Handle With Care" and "I Me Mine") off the forthcoming George Fest: A Night To Celebrate the Music of George Harrison multi-format release coming later this month...


The day after what would have been George Harrison's 73rd birthday, February 26, 2016, Hot Records Ltd. and Vagrant Records are proud to present George Fest: A Night To Celebrate The Music Of George Harrison. Recorded and filmed on September 28, 2014 at the The Fonda Theater in Los Angeles.  To see what you can expect, check out the video for 'Handle With Care,' featuring an epic lineup consisting of Brandon Flowers of The Killers, Norah Jones, Wayne Coyne of The Flaming Lips, Britt Daniel of Spoon, "Weird Al" Yankovic, Dhani Harrison, Jonathan Bates of Big Black Delta and more Of Harrison, Brian Wilson praises "Well I always liked him when he was in The Beatles. And then when I heard "My Sweet Lord" I just about croaked. I couldn't believe it. It was one of the most unbelievable pieces of music I've ever heard. Oh, it means a lot to me. I'm very proud to be apart of it and to express my feelings about his music by singing his song. "George, I cannot tell you how much your music has meant to me and it's an honor to sing it."  Conan O'Brien confesses "He was such a craftsman on guitar that he intimidates to this day."  You can watch the video here! 

From the star-studded George Fest lineup, you should also check out Britt Daniel's rendition of 'I Me Mine.' This fantastic performance pays tribute to George Harrison's memorable Beatles hit.

Produced by Dhani Harrison and David Zonshine, Harrison stated, "I've always imagined a small club show where my generation of musicians could cut loose on some of the deeper tracks from his career... So, in a totally new and vibrant way, I once again found myself taking the stage with some of my most treasured musical heroes to the sound of the most familiar music in my life... I hope you enjoy listening to these as much as I do. They are some of the best interpretations of my father's songs I could have ever thought possible."
To see a trailer of the film go here
On top of the concert footage the DVD has interviews with the musicians backstage and at rehearsals talking about George Harrison's influence on their art.
Below is the song list:

DISC 1
1. Introduction
2. Old Brown Shoe Conan O'Brien
3. I Me Mine Britt Daniel from Spoon
4. Ballad of Sir Frankie Crisp (Let It Roll) Jonathan Bates with Dhani Harrison
5. Something Norah Jones
6. Got My Mind Set On You Brandon Flowers from The Killers
7. If Not For You Heartless Bastards
8. Be Here Now Ian Astbury from The Cult
9. Wah-Wah   Nick Valensi from The Strokes
10. If I Needed Someone Jamestown Revival
11. Art of Dying Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
12. Savoy Truffle Dhani Harrison
13. For You Blue Chase Cohl with Weezer's Brian Bell on guitar
14. Beware Of Darkness Ann Wilson from Heart
DISC 2
1. Let It Down Dhani Harrison
2. Give Me Love (Give Me Peace On Earth) Ben Harper
3. Here Comes The Sun Perry Farrell from Jane's Addiction
4. What Is Life  "Weird Al" Yankovic
5. Behind That Locked Door Norah Jones
6. My Sweet Lord Brian Wilson with Al Jardine
7. Isn't It A Pity The Black Ryder
8. Any Road Butch Walker
9. I'd Have You Anytime Karen Elson
10. Taxman Cold War Kids
11. It's All Too Much TheFlaming Lips
12. Handle With Care Brandon Flowers, Dhani Harrison,Jonathan Bates"Weird Al" Yankovic, Britt DanielandWayne Coyne
13. All Things Must Pass Ann Wilson,Dhani Harrison, Karen Elson and Norah Jones
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Thursday, February 04, 2016

Sights and Sounds: Maurice White, Jeff Lynne's ELO, Ramones' 40th Anniversary, Rusty Anderson

Another fast-moving day in the music-related universe...

First, on a sad note (haven't there been too many of those sad notes lately?), Earth, Wind & Fire founding member Maurice White has died after losing a long-time battle with Parkinson's disease. He was 74.

The Recording Academy® Statement regarding Maurice White
Feb. 4, 2016
"We are very saddened to learn of the passing of seven-time GRAMMY® Award winner Maurice White. A founding member and leader of Earth, Wind & Fire, who are receiving our Lifetime Achievement Award this year, Maurice was the guiding force behind the group’s success and helped create hit songs such as "Shining Star," "September," "After The Love Has Gone," and so many memorable others. His unerring instincts as a musician and showman helped propel the band to international stardom, influencing countless fellow musicians in the process. While he will be greatly missed, Maurice’s contributions to music will live on. We offer our condolences to his family, friends and creative collaborators."  
Neil Portnow
President/CEO
The Recording Academy


I have seen Earth, Wind & Fire a number of times (sadly, White had retreated from public performances before I started attending the group's concerts a decade or so ago), and you can click here to read my Orange County Register review of the troupe's February 2011 concert at the Honda Center in Anaheim. Click here to read an article posted today on the legendary White and the lasting influence of Earth, Wind & Fire.

On a much more positive note, Jeff Lynne's ELO has announced a trio of dates at the Hollywood Bowl (Sept. 9, 10 and 11, 2016). Read the article posted today in the Los Angeles Times for all the details.


The Ramones. Photo: Danny Fields
The GRAMMY Museum and Queens Museum are set to celebrate the Ramones' 40th Anniversary with a new two-part exhibition. "Hey! Ho! Let's Go: Ramones and the Birth of Punk" is set to debut April 10, 2016 at Queens Museum in New York, and then come to the GRAMMY Museum in Los Angeles on Sept. 16, 2016.

The two-part exhibition, co-curated by the GRAMMY Museum at L.A. LIVE and the Queens Museum, in collaboration with Ramones Productions Inc., will commemorate the 40th anniversary of the release of the Ramones' 1976 self-titled debut album and will explore the lasting influence the punk rockers had on their hometown. The GRAMMY Museum is located at 800 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90015.

For more information, visit the official Queens Museum Web site here or the GRAMMY Museum Web site here.


Rusty Anderson, best known as the long-time lead guitarist for Paul McCartney, is coming to the Coach House in San Juan Capistrano on Wednesday, March 16, 2016. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the Coach House Web site here. You can check out Anderson's artful single "Effortless" via a great video available on YouTube. It is embedded below:

Additional performers announced for the 58th Annual Grammy Awards

More breaking news, this time as it relates to the upcoming Grammy Awards (to be held on Monday night, Feb. 15, 2016 - Presidents' Day). I can't say I'm excited about Justin Bieber being on the bill, but I am more than cool with the inclusion of Chris Stapleton honoring the late great B.B. King - with the musical support of the great Gary Clark Jr. and Bonnie Raitt. It will be interesting to see the Hollywood Vampires with Alice Cooper, Johnny Depp and Joe Perry too...

JUSTIN BIEBER, DIPLO, AND SKRILLEX TO TAKE THE GRAMMY® STAGE
IN THEIR FIRST LIVE TV PERFORMANCE

NOMINEE CHRIS STAPLETON TO PAY TRIBUTE
TO BLUES LEGEND B.B. KING WITH GRAMMY WINNERS
GARY CLARK JR. AND BONNIE RAITT

NOMINEE PITBULL TO COLLABORATE WITH
TRAVIS BARKER, ROBIN THICKE, AND SPECIAL GUESTS
IN AN UNFORGETTABLE PERFORMANCE
                                                                    
ALICE COOPER, JOHNNY DEPP, AND JOE PERRY OF THE HOLLYWOOD VAMPIRES MAKE TELEVISION DEBUT
ON THE 58TH ANNUAL GRAMMY AWARDS®

Music's Biggest Night® — Hosted By LL COOL J — Airs Live On CBS, Feb. 15, 2016

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (Feb. 4, 2016)  Music's Biggest Night® just got bigger with can't-miss moments and more than 11 new performers just added to the star-studded lineup. Nominee Justin Bieber will join fellow nominees Diplo and Skrillex to perform their GRAMMY®-nominated hit "Where Are Ü Now," marking the duo known as Jack Ü's first live television performance. Album Of The Year nominee Chris Stapleton will be joined by GRAMMY winners Gary Clark Jr. and Bonnie Raitt to pay tribute to legendary blues artist B.B. King. Nominee Pitbull will light the GRAMMY stage in collaboration with Travis BarkerRobin Thicke, and surprise special guests. Alice CooperJohnny Depp, and Joe Perry promise an electric television debut with their rock supergroup The Hollywood Vampires.

Previously announced performers include AdeleJames BayAndra DayEllie Goulding, the Broadway cast of "Hamilton," Sam HuntTori Kelly, Lady GagaKendrick Lamar, Little Big TownCarrie Underwood, and The Weeknd.

Entertainment icon and two-time GRAMMY winner LL COOL J is set to host Music's Biggest Night for the fifth consecutive year. Taking place at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, the 58th Annual GRAMMY Awards® will be broadcast live in HDTV and 5.1 surround sound on the CBS Television NetworkMonday, Feb. 15, 2016, at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PTAdditional performers will be announced shortly.

Justin Bieber is currently nominated for Best Dance Recording for "Where Are Ü Now" with Diplo and Skrillex.

This will be the first performance on the GRAMMY Awards telecast for Diplo, who is nominated for three awards this year: Best Dance Recording for "Where Are Ü Now" with Justin Bieber and Skrillex; Best Dance/Electronic Album for Skrillex And Diplo Present Jack Ü with Skrillex; and Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical.

Pitbull is nominated for Best Latin Rock, Urban Or Alternative Album for Dale.

This will be the first performance on the GRAMMY stage for six-time GRAMMY winner Skrillex. Skrillex is up for two awards this year: Best Dance Recording for "Where Are Ü Now" with Justin Bieber and Diplo; and Best Dance/Electronic Album for Skrillex And Diplo Present Jack Ü with Diplo.

Chris Stapleton is up for four awards this year: Album Of The Year and Best Country Album for Traveller; and Best Country Solo Performance and Best Country Song for "Traveller."

A rock collective founded by heavy metal powerhouse Alice Cooper, The Hollywood Vampires are past GRAMMY-nominees Cooper and Johnny Depp, and GRAMMY-winner Joe Perry. Joining the Vampires will be GRAMMY-winner Matt Sorum on drums, Guns N' Roses' Duff McKagan on bass, Tommy Henriksen on guitar, and Bruce Witkin on piano and guitar. Artist proceeds from the Hollywood Vampires' self-titled album will benefit The Recording Academy's health and human services charity, MusiCares, which provides emergency financial assistance and addiction recovery resources for music people in need.

Legendary blues guitarist, 15-time GRAMMY winner, and Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award recipient B.B. King died at age 89 in May 2015. King's discography totaled more than 50 albums, including 1965's Live At The Regal, one of four King recordings to be inducted into the GRAMMY Hall Of Fame®.


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Rich Robinson expanded re-imagined catalog releases: PAPER, LLAMA BLUES out Feb. 27; THROUGH A CROOKED SUN, WOODSTOCK SESSIONS coming April 15

This year has already seen the release of a number of strong reissues, and today brings news of several anticipated catalog reissues from Rich Robinson...

EAGLE ROCK ENTERTAINMENT TO RELEASE NEW EXPANDED VERSIONS OF
 
RICH ROBINSON
 
PAPER, LLAMA BLUES
~FEBRUARY 26, 2016~
 
THROUGH A CROOKED SUN, WOODSTOCK SESSIONS
~APRIL 15, 2016~
 

ON CD, COLORED VINYL, AND DIGITAL FORMATS
 
~NEW ALBUM IN MAY 2016~

New York, NY (February 4, 2016)—Rich Robinson, the celebrated guitarist and co-founding member of The Black Crowes, will issue new expanded catalog releases from his solo career via Eagle Rock Entertainment. These CD, LP, and digital formats will lead up to the May 2016 release of Robinson’s new solo album.
 
These newly re-imagined albums -- PaperLlama Blues (February 26), Through A Crooked Sun, and Woodstock Sessions (April 15) – include previously unreleased tracks and penned essays from Robinson himself. The LP versions will be issued as colored vinyl: Llama Blues in blue, Paper in red, Through A Crooked Sun in white, and Woodstock Sessions in brown.
 
In the aftermath of the Black Crowes dissolution in 2001, Robinson set out to realize his first solo album. Originally recorded in New York City in 2002, Paper was released in 2004. With its release – complete with an original painting by Robinson serving at its cover artwork – Paper showcased an array of diverse musical influences and superb guitar world. Eight years later, the 2” master tapes for Paper, which were housed at Robinson’s New Jersey storage facility along with his gear, fell victim to Hurricane Sandy. When the opportunity came to include the album as part of this catalog initiative, Robinson approached the restoration of these masters with fresh ears: he recorded new vocals, changed the sequencing, and remixed / remastered the album. Packaged with three previously unreleased tracks from these 2004 sessions, the February 26 release is the completely re-imagined version of Paper.
 
Robinson’s second full-length solo album, Through A Crooked Sun, was conceived amidst an extended break from the Black Crowes, and was released in 2011. Recorded at Applehead Studios in Woodstock, NY, this recordenjoyed wide acclaim from Robinson’s worldwide audience and represented a progression in his direction as a solo artist.
 
The Llama Blues EP, which boasted blues-based songs, was previously limited to 1,000 CDs when it was released in 2013. This album quickly became a prized commodity for Robinson fans who reveled in the guitarist’s embrace of the blues idiom. Robinson captured the spirit of the blues pioneers who had inspired him, recording the sessions in a small room with one vintage RCA ribbon microphone.
 
The Woodstock Sessions, originally released in November 2014, captures Robinson and his band performing live before an intimate audience at Applehead Studios. The album was recorded over two days, with two sets per day – one acoustic, one electric. Through the recording, the fans were just as much a part of the album’s creation as the band. They interacted with the band, and witnessed the artist’s creative process in a manner that most never get to experience. Robinson deftly mixed staples from his solo career with superb rendition of such signature classics as “Got To Get Better In A Little While” (which makes its debut on this expanded edition) and the Velvet Underground’s “Oh! Sweet Nuthin’”. This experiment, breaking down the barriers between musician and fan, is what makes The Woodstock Sessions so special.
 
Additionally, a limited edition 7” of Oh! Sweet Nuthin’ press on blue vinyl was released on Black Friday Record Store Day and quickly sold out.
 
This line-up of releases is the perfect lead-up to Robinson’s upcoming new studio album this Spring.
 
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Wednesday, February 03, 2016

Sights and Sounds: Super Bowl 50, Grammy Awards update, Okeechobee Music Fest

Whew, is there music news or what? While it has been long publicized that Coldplay will headline at the "Pepsi Super Bowl 50 Halftime Show" this coming Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016, there is more news as it relates to Super Bowl 50. Here is a roundup (as best I can!) of all kinds of music happenings...



Seal gearing up for Super Bowl 50 festivities in the Bay Area 
MULTI-PLATINUM ARTIST TO HEADLINE PREGAME SHOW AT LEVI'S STADIUM ON FEBRUARY 7TH ALONG WITH SAM HUNT, AS WELL AS ONE-OFF SHOW AT THE FOX THEATER IN OAKLAND ON FEBRUARY 5TH
SEAL FEATURED IN NFL'S SUPER BOWL 50 "SUPER BOWL BABIES" CAMPAIGN

February 3, 2016 - (Burbank, CA) - Seal is gearing up for a very busy weekend in the San Francisco Bay Area where he will participate in the Super Bowl 50 festivities.
First up, the multi-platinum, Grammy-winning singer-songwriter will perform a one-off show at the Fox Theater in Oakland on February 5th, the start of Super Bowl weekend. Tickets are available for purchase online at TheFoxOakland.com and Ticketmaster.com or in person at the Fox Theater Box Office, located at 1807 Telegraph Avenue on the 19th Street side of the building, as well as by phone at 1-800-745-3000.
The National Football League (NFL) has also announced that Seal, along with Sam Hunt, will headline the Super Bowl 50 pregame show at Levi's Stadium in the San Francisco Bay Area on Sunday, Feb. 7th as the Denver Broncos meet the Carolina Panthers. Seal and Hunt will perform at the NFL Tailgate Party and part of each performance will be televised live as part of CBS's Super Bowl Sunday pregame show.
And finally, Seal stars in the NFL's "Super Bowl Babies" campaign that features a :60 TV commercial slated for Super Bowl Sunday. The campaign launched with a long-form music video this past Monday - watch here. In the anthemic commercial, Super Bowl Babies of all ages were recruited from the markets of eight Superbowl champion teams to form an NFL choir. In the film, the choir sings a specially written song set to the music of Seal's classic international hit "Kiss from a Rose." Seal also makes a cameo standing on a hilltop overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge with San Francisco 49ers Super Bowl Babies.
"I was honored to be part of one of the biggest sporting events on the planet and to work with the NFL on such a fun family campaign," Seal says. "An event like this brings so many people together and to have a song I wrote 25 years ago still be so loved is very special for me. I can't wait to be at Super Bowl and be a part of Super Bowl 50 with the NFL.''

Metallica to live stream Saturday's 'The Night Before' concert in San Francisco on February 6, 2016


SAN FRANCISO, CA - FEBRUARY 3, 2016 - On the eve of the nation's most anticipated sporting event, Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame inductees and Grammy® Award-winning rock band Metallica will headline CBS Radio's The Night Before, a one-of-a-kind concert experience the evening prior to Super Bowl 50 at AT&T Park in the band's hometown of San Francisco, CA. The concert marks the band's first performance of 2016.
Metallica fans around the world will be able to tune in to a live webstream direct from the historic show. The webcast will be a free 1080p FullHD stream live from AT&T Park, available on mobile and desktop devices at http://webcast.livemetallica.com, delivered by nugs.net. Metallica will take the stage at approximately 8:30p PST. Fans can watch the show live for free and pre­order professionally mixed audio recordings of the show as downloads and collectible CDs.
"We can't wait to play our first show of 2016 and there's nowhere we'd rather kick off the festivities than in our own backyard," said Metallica's Lars Ulrich. "Even though the show has been sold out for months, Metallica fans around the world will be able to join in on the madness."
"We've released audio recordings of every Metallica show for the past 12 years at LiveMetallica.com, so naturally we're excited to deliver the band's first live HD stream from their hometown on their own web site," says nugs.net founder and CEO Brad Serling.
The free Metallica webcast follows a string of highly successful pay­per­view webcasts for nugs.net, including four nights of Phish at Madison Square Garden over New Year's, and last summer's Grateful Dead "Fare Thee Well" shows at Soldier Field. 

Broadway cast of 'Hamilton' returns musical theater to the Grammy® Stage

Music's Biggest Night® — Hosted By LL COOL J — Airs Live On CBS, Feb. 15, 2016

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (Feb. 3, 2016)  The GRAMMY®-nominated musical "Hamilton" ushers Broadway back to the GRAMMY Awards® stage after a more than five-year hiatus. GRAMMY winner Lin-Manuel Miranda and his extraordinary cast will perform a number from the acclaimed musical on the 58th Annual GRAMMY Awards®, directly from the legendary Richard Rodgers Theatre in New York, marking one of only four times that the GRAMMY telecast has featured a performance live via satellite. Watch a video of the "Hamilton" cast announcing their upcoming GRAMMY performance.

Previously announced performers include AdeleJames BayAndra DayEllie GouldingSam HuntTori Kelly, Kendrick Lamar, Lady Gaga, Little Big TownCarrie Underwood, and The Weeknd. Entertainment icon and two-time GRAMMY winner LL COOL J is set to host Music's Biggest Night® for the fifth consecutive year. Taking place at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, the 58th Annual GRAMMY Awards will be broadcast live in HDTV and 5.1 surround sound on the CBS Television NetworkMonday, Feb. 15, 2016, at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT. Additional performers will be announced shortly.

"The 'Hamilton' cast and crew are absolutely thrilled to be a part of this year's GRAMMY Awards," said Miranda, "Hamiltoncreator, writer, and lead performer. "The music community's response to our cast album has been overwhelming, and we're honored to be a part of such a special night. To perform from our home at the Richard Rodgers Theatre is a dream come true."
Catch an exclusive interview with Miranda as he talks about his musical influences, the inspiration behind "Hamilton," and how he hopes the show will expose hip-hop and musical theater to new audiences.

The "Hamilton" segment also marks the fourth time that a performance will be broadcast live via satellite on the GRAMMY Awards. The last time the awards telecast included a performance from another location was when Amy Winehouse performed "You Know I'm No Good" and "Rehab" in London during the 50th Annual GRAMMY Awards in 2008, the same year Winehouse earned her five GRAMMYs®.

"Melding contemporary hip-hop into a musical set in the year 1776, 'Hamilton' reimagines the traditional musical in a unique and extraordinary way that has brought Broadway — and our nation's history — to new audiences," said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy. "With the GRAMMY Awards on a Monday this year, we have a wonderful opportunity to highlight this important musical art form on an even bigger stage for our millions of viewers worldwide to experience."

Current nominees for Best Musical Theater Album from the Original Broadway Cast recording of "Hamilton" include: principal soloists Daveed Diggs, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Jonathan Groff, Christopher Jackson, Jasmine Cephas Jones, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Leslie Odom, Jr., Okieriete Onaodowan, Anthony Ramos, and Phillipa Soo; producers Alex Lacamoire, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Bill Sherman, Ahmir Thompson, and Tarik Trotter; and composer and lyricist Lin-Manuel Miranda. Miranda, Lacamoire, and Sherman are previous winners in this category for "In The Heights" (2008).


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John Oates Joins Miguel and Win Butler for Live Superstar Mashup "PoWow!" at Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival 



OTHER PERFORMERS INCLUDE KAMASI WASHINGTON, THE METERS’ GEORGE PORTER, JR. & ZIGABOO MODELISTE, AND THE PRESERVATION HALL JAZZ BAND HORN SECTION 
John Oates to perform at
Okeechobee Music Fest in March.
February, 3, 2016, NASHVILLE, TN...Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival will make musical history with “PoWoW! A Live Superstar Mashup,” a once-in-a-lifetime collaborative concert that will, for the first time ever, unite acclaimed GRAMMY Award-winning superstar vocalist Miguel with visionary frontman Win Butler of GRAMMY Award-winning Arcade Fire. Together they will lead a genre-busting band of master musicians that include the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame guitarist/singer/producer/songwriter John Oates (of Hall & Oates), Kamasi Washington, George Porter, Jr. and Zigaboo Modeliste, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Chris Karns, and Eric Krasno & Neal Evans. 
Oates notes, "I am really honored and stoked to be the musical director for the first PoWow at Okeechobee; the 2013 Superjam at Bonnaroo was one of my favorite experiences as a musican and this PoWow is going to take it to another level. Looking forward to working with Paul Peck again and can't wait to collaborate with Miguel, Win Butler, and all the other incredible players and performers to see what we'll come up with, it's going to be a one time only crazy groove experience."  
”PoWow! A Live Superstar Mashup” has set the stage for an historic moment for artists and audience alike. Miguel and Win Butler will share the spotlight as co-creative directors, while John Oates will serve as the music director of this virtuoso group. Longtime Bonnaroo SuperJam director Paul Peck will produce the show. Peck and Oates also worked together on the legendary Bonnaroo 2013 Rock & Soul Dance Party SuperJam that paired the Hall & Oates vocalist with Jim James (My Morning Jacket), and Brittany Howard (Alabama Shakes), and also included Zigaboo Modeliste and Preservation Hall. 
Major special guests – both announced and unannounced – will take the stage for PoWow at Okeechobee, guaranteeing an unforgettable evening of surprises, invention and excitement. 




OKEECHOBEE PoWoW! lineup below:
Miguel & Win Butler (Arcade Fire)
John Oates (Hall & Oates)
George Porter, Jr. & Zigaboo Modeliste (The Meters) Kamasi Washington
Preservation Hall Jazz Band
Eric Krasno (Soulive)
Chris Karns
Plus Very Special Guests