Producers Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter, Will & Jada Pinkett Smith, and Ruth & Stephen Hendel are pleased to announce that Grammy Award-winning recording artist Michelle Williams, of Destiny’s Child fame, will join the national tour of the hit Award-winning Broadway musical Fela! beginning when the multi-city engagement kicks off at Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington, DC on January 29 and travels to Detroit, Chicago, Charlotte, Atlanta, Miami, Schenectady, Memphis, Dallas, Cleveland, and Los Angeles (full tour schedule is listed below). Williams will play the role of Sandra Isadore, activist and love interest to Fela Kuti.
“I am thrilled to join the cast of Fela!,” said Michelle Williams, “This musical journey is one that I’ve wanted to be a part of since first seeing it on stage in 2008. The sounds, the passion, and the politics of Fela Kuti have long intrigued me and speak to my heart. I am simply honored.”
Above is documentary Noisey made of Black Lips touring Lebanon, Egypt, United Arab Emirates, Cyprus, and more. In an interesting turn of events the Black Lips have agreed to play in America this year. So check them out at SXSW and more.
UPCOMING BLACK LIPS SHOWS:
Mar 13-17 Austin, TX SXSW
Mar 18 San Francisco, CA Great American Music Hall
Mar 19 Felton, CA Don Quixote’s International Music Hall
Mar 20 Santa Barbara, CA SoHo
Mar 21 Los Angeles, CA El Rey Theatre
Mar 22 Santa Ana, CA The Observatory
Mar 23&24 San Diego, CA Casbah
Apr 6 Phoenix AZ Marquee Theatre
The folks behind the Nelsonville Music Festival announced more bands for the fest’s 2013 incarnation taking place May 30 – June 2. Calexico, a band I’ve been pining to see in Ohio for quite some time, will join the previously announced headliners Wilco and John Prine, plus Reigning Sound, Cotton Jones, Nick Tolford and more.
Weekend passes for the fest are on sale now, and if you order this week, you’ll also get a free ticket to the Cabin Fever Festival at Nelsonville’s Stuart’s Opera House this Saturday (1/19), featuring the best lineup this one-night mini fest has boasted in the past four years: Freakwater, Cotton Jones, Columbus ex-pat Tim Easton and Columbus’s very own Dolfish (Cleveland isn’t allowed to claim him as their own quite yet). To take advantage of that offer, just email firstname.lastname@example.org. For Cabin Fever tickets alone it’s $15, but students (OSU, OU, CCAD, Capital, etc.) can get them for $10.
Or… want a free pair? Email email@example.com with the subject GIMME CABIN FEVER by Thursday.
Earth People, Dan the Automator’s new project Pillowfight with talented singer Emily Wells is the business if you mess with soulful pop musics. The new song Used To Think is especially good because the singer is talking shit and going in on a former lover.
This is a great snapshot of the 30-day fall tour Phil Cogley (The Saturday Giant) went on a few months ago. Admittedly, as the 17-minute clip came to an end, I was hoping to find out that this was just a trailer for a much longer film. Sadly, it’s not. But it’s an entertaining video and one that flies by.
I had the chance to ask Phil about the tour and the documentary. Check it out over at ColumbusCalling.com.
Not to overload you guys with death news, but the Dispatch Printing Company (parent company of the Columbus Dispatch) announced today that after this month it will cease publication of The Other Paper, which it acquired in the sale of American Community Newspapers back in 2011. Four more issues, then that’s it. Here’s the full release
Columbus, Ohio (January 4, 2013) – The Dispatch Printing Company announced today that it will cease publication of The Other Paper at the end of the current month. The last issue is set for distribution on Thursday, January 31, 2013.
The Other Paper was one of the Central Ohio media properties acquired in September, 2011 from American Community Newspapers. It became a second free-distribution entertainment weekly publication for The Dispatch Printing Company which already had Alive! in its portfolio of products.
“In viewing the research of who reads the two publications, and after hearing from the local advertising community, it became more and more obvious that one publication would better serve our readers and advertisers,” said Michael Fiorile, President and Chief Operating Officer of The Dispatch Printing Co.
Reader feedback indicated that The Other Paper and alive! had too much overlap between the two publications. Advertiser feedback indicated the two publications didn’t have enough differentiation in their audiences. Alive! was judged the stronger brand which led to the final decision.
This decision will allow more focus and resources to be directed toward alive! in 2013 which serves readers and advertisers in the very best way.
All media inquiries should be directed to Phil Pikelny, VP-Dispatch Digital and Chief Marketing Officer at (614) 461-5222 or firstname.lastname@example.org
It’s sad news, and it stings, given that TOP was voted Ohio’s best alternative weekly by the Cleveland Press Club in 2011 and 2012. …I’ll probably have more to say later.
The Columbus Alive made this show its Staff Pick of the week and says the “post-punk combo that taps common record nerd sweet spots — Mission of Burma, Devo, Sonic Youth, any band with a motorik pulse — with uncommon grace.”
Cover is $5. Connections, Psychedelic Horseshit, and WV White round out the lineup at The Summit.
Meek Mill is the higher profile artist and has a stronger infrastructure because he is in MMG.
What Cassidy has going for him is that he is respected in Philly as a battle emcee so he has a chance to irritate Meek in his home town.