10, 2013 in New York. McCartney will release his new album called “New” on October 15. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)The Associated Press Paul McCartney and his band give a surprise pop up concert in Times Square on Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013 in New York. McCartney will release his new album called “New” on October 15th. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)The Associated Press Paul McCartney and his band give a surprise pop up concert in Times Square on Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013 in New York. McCartney will release his new album called “New” on October 15. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)The Associated Press People gather to see Paul McCartney and his band give a surprise pop up concert in Times Square on Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013 in New York. McCartney will release his new album called “New” on October 15. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)The Associated Press
SECRET CELEBRITY WEDDINGS Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage Pharrell Williams (L) and Helen Lasichanh tied the knot in Miami. The wedding included a mini-concert by Usher and Busta Rhymes. Lasichanh, who is also the mother of the couple’s son Rocket, 4, and Pharrell were seen posing for wedding photos aboard a yacht named “Never Say Never.” The bride and groom stuck to their signature eclectic fashion sense, wearing plaid ensembles for the Terry Richardson shoot. They later tied the knot at the Kampong National Tropical Botanical Gardens in Coconut Grove, according to Just Jared. INFphoto.com The Grammy award-winning producer and his new bride matched in plaid outfits for a wedding photo shoot. “Usher and Busta Rhymes did a mini concert at the wedding,” a source told Us Weekly. “It was so fun. The little concert was amazing. It [was] the most fun wedding I’ve ever been to.” The “Get Lucky” singer previously gushed about his relationship with Lasichanh, and their family in an interview with the “Today” show. “It’s awesome,” he said. “I can’t tell anyone what to do.
Guinness concert needs a new home
The concert which marks the founding of the world-famous beer more than 250 years ago, has been held at the National Indoor Sports Centre (NISC) two years running, but with the thousands who crammed into the venue to see the stellar performances of Tarrus Riley, Bunji Garlin, Busy Signal, Aidonia and I-Octane, the Arthur Guinness Concert might just have outgrown the venue. “Already people are saying to me, ‘you have to change the venue because it’s not holding the people’. And when the artistes come like this and come this hard, imagine next year how many people are going to want to come. It’s getting huge, and I am just happy the people enjoyed it,” said Raquel Nevins, Guinness brand manager, at the conclusion of the event two weeks ago. Looking resplendent in a white flared dress, accessorised by a Guinness button over her left breast, Nevins was seen enjoying the concert as much as any of the thousands who packed inside the NISC last month. performances And like the crowd, she had high praise for the performers. “What stood out for me was that all of the artistes came out, and they came with something different. It wasn’t just a stageshow, it was a concert, musical arrangement; everybody had something different, something that you have never seen them do before,” she said. “You could see that the crowd was just loving it, and I am amazed and I am thankful and I am grateful that everything came off and that people had fun.” Outside the VIP area, hundreds of patrons were still savouring the experience, consuming the remainder of the Guinness in their buckets and enjoying the music that continued to blare from the massive speakers. Without even knowing it, they were confirming everything Nevins had just said.
Concert review: Michael McDonald, RSO set crowd to dancing
In the 1970s and 1980s, Michael McDonalds pipes were often at the top of the charts first as a standout backing voice with Steely Dan, then breaking out with the Doobie Brothers before he went into commercial high gear with his solo career. On Friday night at Salem Civic Center, McDonald showed that his chops and style have held up strongly. The Roanoke Symphony Orchestra showed its versatility, blending in seamlessly, gorgeously, sometimes powerfully behind hits from McDonald, Motown and more. McDonald, his six-piece band and the RSO put on a party for the symphonys 60th anniversary pops kickoff. Dozens in the crowd of 2,452 capacity was about 3,800 had risen to dance and clap along by the end of about 80 minutes. McDonalds own songs were at the fore. His bassist, Tommy Sims, took the James Ingram part on Yah Mo B There. The orchestras horns punched through Sweet Freedom. And by the time McDonald hit the last vocal notes of I Keep Forgetting, it was clear that his instrument was undamaged by time. The early crowd favorite was his cover of Marvin Gayes Heard It Through The Grapevine, part of McDonalds first hit album of Motown covers, from 2003. It got folks dancing and drew the biggest applause at least until he broke out the Doobie Brothers Minute By Minute. More Motown covers, including Aint No Mountain High Enough and Aint Nothing Like The Real Thing, gave backing vocalist Drea Rhenee Merritt a chance to show her substantial skill. Conductor David Stewart Wiley led the strings through lush versions of You Dont Know Me, from Ray Charles Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music, and the Gerry Goffin/Carole King cover, Hey Girl. McDonald repeatedly complimented Wiley, the symphony and concertmaster Akemi Takayama. Wiley was equally impressed with his guest performer. I wish all pops artists could be as fun, cool, laid-back, musical and versatile as Michael McDonald, Wiley told the crowd during the symphonys opening set. Wiley introduced another versatile player, mandolinist and clarinetist Jeff Midkiff, who moved to center stage to perform a couple of his compositions. Midkiffs A Visit From The Muse and the first movement of From The Blue Ridge gave the Roanoke Valley for the second consecutive night an intriguing lesson in the depth of music possible on mandolin. On Thursday night, Chris Thile had performed several Bach pieces at Jefferson Center.