Aldean concert a full-on Saddledome shaker
19 will bring the comedy-based Festival Supreme, assembled by Jack Black and his mock-rock band Tenacious D. The shows are part of what pier official Jay Farrand called “a larger effort to get people to take a second look at the pier to think of it not just as somewhere you take Grandma from Kansas.” But for Frank and Fleischmann whose respective companies, Spaceland and Rum & Humble, put on concerts at the Echo and the Hollywood Bowl, among other spots the activity also reflects their desire to establish a new home for music on the Westside, where a dearth of large and mid-sized venues intensified with the closing this summer of the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium. PHOTOS: Unexpected musical collaborations “People here need a place where they can gather in large numbers for music,” said Fleischmann, who pointed to high rents and restrictive permitting as reasons the Westside generally lacks such spaces. The century-old Santa Monica Pier, an instantly identifiable but historically significant landmark, makes for a complex solution to that problem. Jay Sweet, who supervises the Newport Folk Festival, said the pier appealed to him for Way Over Yonder because it’s an “iconic place that’s not a traditional music venue” similar to Fort Adams State Park in Rhode Island, where Newport has taken place since 1959. “There’s an overall vibe there,” said Cliff’s manager, Ernie Gonzalez, who added that the pier attracts an audience more diverse than at other venues. “I went to a show recently at the Greek Theatre with an artist who’s been around for as long as Jimmy,” he said. “And it was kind of the obvious demographic. But at the pier it was all across the board.” Yet there are also structural limitations the stage for Way Over Yonder had to be designed according to load-bearing considerations and the long-established reluctance of arty Eastsiders to travel west. Brandon Lavoie, who until recently worked as a talent buyer at Santa Monica’s Central Social Aid and Pleasure Club, remembered “literally going to the Echo on Monday night and begging the opening band to come play a headlining slot on Friday.” Still, Frank and Fleischmann say that turnout at this summer’s Twilight shows along with strong advance ticket sales for Way Over Yonder suggest that the pier is meeting a need, one they hope to cultivate with even more concerts in 2014. Farrand said he hasn’t yet decided how many gigs is the right number for a location that, unlike a club or theater, caters to a varied clientele. “We have natural visitors to the restaurants and the amusement park, and we don’t want to alienate them,” he said. But so far he’s happy with his new partners’ work.
BLOOMINGTON – A busy night for police after a sold out concert leads to dozens of drug and alcohol arrests. Local hospitals also worked well into the morning, treating an influx of patients who had overdosed. Police say the problems stem from the Bassnectar concert which played to a full house at the US Cellular Coliseum. The artist known for his electronic music and light shows also performed in Bloomington last year. Even then officers dealt with people who’d taken drugs like ecstasy, acid, and bath salts. About 6,000 attended Friday night’s show. Police say fights broke out after with many sent to jail. Meantime, hospitals also kept busy treating patients who’d come from the concert. Both OSF St. Joseph and Advocate BroMenn Medical Center had extra emergency room staff on hand to provide needed care. Each facility brought in more workers for this purpose; following the aftermath of last year’s Bassnectar concert. Patients were still being treated Saturday afternoon. Copyright 2013 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved.
Concert Clean Up: Dozens of Drug, Alcohol Arrests Made Following Bassnectar Show
| Getty Get Entertainment Newsletters: Subscribe Follow: Ed Sheeran , Ed Sheeran You Oughta Know , Matt Nathanson , The Lumineers , VH1 You Oughta Know , Emeli Sande , Haim , Johnnyswim , Lorde , Lorde You Oughta Know , The Lumineers You Oughta Know , You Oughta Know , You Oughta Know Concert , You Oughta Know Show , Entertainment News NEW YORK — NEW YORK (AP) The Lumineers, Lorde and Ed Sheeran will perform at a concert Nov. 11 to celebrate VH1’s “You Oughta Know” campaign. “You Oughta Know” highlights emerging musicians and launched in 2005. VH1 announced Friday that Scottish R&B singer Emeli Sande and rock sister trio Haim also will perform at New York’s Roseland Ballroom for the event. The concert will stream live online and will premiere Nov. 21 on VH1. Singer-songwriter Matt Nathanson and married duo Johnnyswim also will hit the stage. Past “You Oughta Know” artists include Adele, Bruno Mars, Amy Winehouse and Mumford & Sons. New Zealand singer Lorde currently has the No. 1 song on the Billboard Hot 100 chart with “Royals,” and Sheeran and the Lumineers earned nominations in top Grammy categories earlier this year. ____
There are no winners. Just a deep, profound sadness. That said, the recent spat between country superstars Zac Brown and Jason Aldean over the suck level of a sucky song and the inappropriateness of pointing out its inherent suckiness when, you, yourself, have been known to attain an equally high mark of sucking on the suck scale, is a little different. No, not that it ultimately mattered a just a coupla good oila boys in a little bit of a friendly disagreement, maaam a and on that probably could have receded with little more thought save for the fact that the pair of them are currently criss-crossing the continent and wound up with local tour stops within weeks of one another. And as such, itas difficult not to want to compare the two performersa shows against one another, take a Team Brown vs. Team Aldean attack. Not musically, of course, as debating whoas more musically proficient or has a better jukebox of hits to draw upon is something that weall leave to the scholars of the nationas finest online universities or for the keepers of hillbilly history centuries down the road. Instead, letas talk bang for the buck, entertainment value, and who done did put on the bestest show on their respective Friday and Saturday nights. No contest. The Zac Brown Band show from a couple of weeks ago was a mixer. The Aldean concert Saturday night was a full-on Saddledome shaker. It was a party, one that undoubtedly launched a thousand (or 13,500) Sunday morning hangovers. It was done with every thought to entertaining the audience, no expenses spared, no stage trick left unplugged.