Posts Tagged ‘Grammy’


Axis 3 Music is getting the weekend of the big game started right with music, booze, and food with Rick Estrin & The Nightcats at FAME Venue in San Francisco, CA on Thursday, February 4!

Rick Estrin was born in San Francisco, California in 1949, and fell in love with blues after his sister presented him with Ray CharlesThe Genius Sings The Blues when he was 12. He began playing harmonica at age 15, and by age 18 was beginning to work professionally. Early in his career he played with Lowell Fulson, Z.Z. Hill, Travis Phillips, and Fillmore Slim. Estrin has gone on to win the 2013 Blues Music Award for Best Instrumentalist–Harmonica in 2013. He won the 1994 Blues Music Award for Song Of The Year for his composition “My Next Ex-Wife.” Three of his songs appear on Grammy-nominated albums: “Don’t Put Your Hands On Me” (on Koko Taylor’s Force Of Nature), “I’m Just Lucky That Way” (on Robert Cray’s Shame + A Sin), and “Homely Girl” (on John Hammond’s Trouble No More). The Philadelphia Inquirer said, “He’s one of the great characters in blues – a sharp-dressing, smooth talking harmonica-playing hep-cat. He’s also a deceptively subtle writer who can cloak pointed or sobering messages within the band’s good-time vibe.”

RickEstrinJoin Rick Estrin & The Nightcats with three free drink tickets for $317.49 via Eventbrite, making this one of the most affordable shows during the week of the big game. Even better, VIP tickets include open bar and a food spread for $782.45. Get your tickets today at

Hope to see you there!

To kick off their 2013 Worlds Within Tour with the African Showboyz, The Mickey Hart Band unleashed a new video introducing two new band members to their line up. The band has added Greg Schutte (drummer) and Jonah Sharp (sound engineer/keyboardist) to the current line up of Widespread Panic bassist Dave Schools, Grammy winning percussionist Sikiru Adepoju, Tony Award winning vocalist Crystal Monee Hall, singer and multi-instrumentalist Joe Bagale, and guitarist Gawain Mathews. As mentioned in the video, the band will be on the road performing brand new songs co-written by Hart and Robert Hunter, songs from Mysterium Tremendum, as well as Grateful Dead tracks hand picked by Dave Schools. See the video below.

Limited edition Worlds Within tour poster by Chuck Sperry is also available at show dates, and at

The Mickey Hart Band’s current 2013 tour dates are as follows:

02/25/13 – Jackson Hole Center for the Arts in Jackson , WY
02/26/13 – The Depot in Salt Lake City , UT
02/28/13 – Fox Theatre in Boulder, CO
03/01/13 – Oriental Theatre in Denver, CO
03/02/13 – Belly Up in Aspen, CO
03/04/13 – Orpheum Theatre in Flagstaff, AZ
03/05/13 – Rialto Theatre in Tuscon, AZ
03/06/13 – Belly Up Tavern in Solana Beach, CA
03/07/13 – Ashkenaz in Berkeley, CA

I’m going to have to go with Milli Vanilli.

Worst Grammy Performances Ever

The Grammys wouldn’t be the Grammys without the pressure to perform, and sometimes artists just can’t make the cut. Since we’ve already shown you the best Grammys performances ever, we couldn’t leave the juicy, or in the case of Pink, wet, performances that made everyone else look AMAZING. Without further adieu, the worst performances available to those that dare on Youtube.

Outkast: “Hey Ya”

“Hey Ya” was 2004’s summer ubiquitous hit. You couldn’t escape it, and why would you want to? This was such a terrible let down. The strange, albeit slightly racist costumes, and poor singing made this a forgettable (hopefully) performance that stands as an example of what NOT to do.

Pink: “Glitter In The Air”

After this performance, which truly lived up the spectacle of the Grammys, critics joked that the song title should have been changed to “Water On Your Face.” Take a look…

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Posted: November 29, 2011 in News
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Grammy Nominations 2012

The 2012 Grammy nominations will be announced tomorrow (Wednesday, Nov. 30th), a moment we’re sure you’ve been waiting for. Often the winners or even the nominees are rather predictable, with the exception of Lady Antebellum winning the record of year last year (are you a fan? tell us why? we really had never heard of her prior). And rather than engage in the hoopla of “Will Adele be nominated for every award?” (because duh, of course she will – 21 was amazing), we’ve decided to look back at the past performances at the Grammys.

We can’t declare these the best performances ever since Youtubers don’t seem to represent a demographic that has or is concerned with the Grammys pre-1980—tougher to find those videos than, say, Justin Bieber’s performance with Jaden Smith and Usher (which was readily available).

As we considered and compiled our top performances, we had to consider the magnitude…

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Yeah, it’s a little early to announce, but ya gotta love Grandmaster Flash’s, “The Message!”

Can’t wait!

Grandmaster Flash will perform "The Message" with Common, Lupe Fiasco and LL Cool J at The Grammys 2012 Award Nomination Ceremony.

The Grammy Awards are slated for February 12th, 2012, but the fine folks at the Grammy Foundation are already doing their part to get the hype rolling. (If you’re one of those people that thinks October is way too early for Christmas ads and decorations, you might want to skip this one.)

Common, Lupe Fiasco, Rick Ross and LL Cool J will join Grandmaster Flash – known as Godfather of Hip Hop for his influence on the genre’s roots – for a special live performance of “The Message” at the Grammy Nomination Concert on November 30. The iconic track established hip hop as a valuable platform to raise awareness of the poverty, violence and drug problems present in inner-city ghettos.

For its impact on the genre, “The Message” will see induction into the Grammy Hall of Fame, plus this special cross-generational performance on Wednesday night’s Grammy Nomination ceremony.

The Grammy Nominations…

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Patti LaBelle

LaBelle performing at the Alpha Kappa Alpha Centennial Celebration in July 2008.

Well known for her gorgeous voice, R&B singer Patti LaBelle will now apparently be well known for her temper too. A lawsuit filed this past Monday by Rosanna Monk and her husband Kevin states that she and her 18-month-old child were attacked by LaBelle in November 2010. It seems the whole event happened inside a Manhattan apartment house where LaBelle was staying while she starred in “Fela!” on Broadway.

Reportedly, the 18-month-old toddler was running around the building’s lobby when LaBelle, wearing a fur coat and big sunglasses, walked up behind Mrs. Monk and said something like, “‘What are you doing letting your kid run around like that?’

At that time, Mrs. Monk went to pick up her child when LaBelle went into a rage, screaming obscenities and flicking water on the two from a water bottle. The frightened toddler then proceeded to cry and got so upset that she vomited.

In an effort to leave the scene, Mrs. Monk and her daughter left the building and proceeded to walk to their car. However, along the way the mother said, “Look what you did to my daughter.” This then sent the Grammy award winning singer into another rage where she tried to punch the mother. LaBelle would have probably succeeded in hitting the mother had it not been for her own bodyguard stopping her.

Ms. Monk called the police at the time of the incident, but an arrest was not made at the time. She then mailed a letter to LaBelle’s management asking for an apology, but never received one.

Although the Monk’s realize that the damages are pretty minor overall, they would just like to see LaBelle take responsibility for her actions. They say that if they win their lawsuit all of the proceeds would be donated to a children’s cancer charity. Seems like a good way to teach their daughter and Patti LaBelle a lesson while also benefiting others at the same time.

R.E.M. in concert in Padova. From left to right; bassist Mike Mills, vocalist Michael Stipe, drummer Bill Rieflin, and guitarist Peter Buck

Yes, as of September 21, 2011, R.E.M. has called it quits by announcing on their website that they were “calling it a day as a band.” Bummed? Even though they were a Grammy award winning band, and many liked them, I can honestly say that I never really got into them at all. So, no, I’m not bummed. Sure, I did like a couple of their songs, but they were their more popular songs that got played on the radio all the time. I am figuring that I will still hear these same songs on the radio though.

What are your thoughts or feelings about the breakup?

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