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 

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 and 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, delivered by 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, so naturally we're excited to deliver the band's first live HD stream from their hometown on their own web site," says founder and CEO Brad Serling.
The free Metallica webcast follows a string of highly successful pay­per­view webcasts for, 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 

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


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