Music company – Bastard Inc http://bastard-inc.com/ Fri, 27 May 2022 00:27:12 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://bastard-inc.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/icon-150x150.png Music company – Bastard Inc http://bastard-inc.com/ 32 32 Style Conversational Week 1490: The Style Invitational Empress on this week’s song contest https://bastard-inc.com/style-conversational-week-1490-the-style-invitational-empress-on-this-weeks-song-contest/ Thu, 26 May 2022 23:17:13 +0000 https://bastard-inc.com/style-conversational-week-1490-the-style-invitational-empress-on-this-weeks-song-contest/ Placeholder while loading article actions Yeah, nobody feels funny today. But hopefully over the next 18 days – you have that extra week – you might find something in the news to write some fun lyrics for Style Invitational Week 1490. those who often get their first Ink Invite in these contests. Like a contest […]]]>
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Yeah, nobody feels funny today.

But hopefully over the next 18 days – you have that extra week – you might find something in the news to write some fun lyrics for Style Invitational Week 1490. those who often get their first Ink Invite in these contests.

Like a contest of words that will be Lily in print (at least in the newspaper version), the Invitational places greater emphasis on rhyme and recognizable meter than it would if it were an all-video contest; and song lines cannot be repetitive because it makes reading tedious.

If you are new to Style Invitational song contests, PLEASE read this Style Conversational 2021 column which explains what works best for invitational purposes. (But remember the dates mentioned were for week 1440, last summer!) The column also includes many links to songs from previous contests.

If it’s not covered in the week 1440 column: I’m quite expansive on what constitutes “news.” It doesn’t have to be about any specific news item, but the topic should be about someone or something that’s currently being mentioned in the news. So even if you write a love song to Benedict Cumberbatch, especially if it mentions his current movies, it would be harder to justify a love song to your cat.

For the nuts and bolts of submitting an application, here’s what I write on this week’s application form, which reaffirms and expands a bit on the instructions for the invitation itself:

“In this week’s Style Invitational, Week 1490, write a satirical song about anything in the news these days, to a familiar tune (or if you’re making a video, feel free to use a tune original). Mention which song (if any) you are parodying, even if it’s obvious to you. And if there is a record of the original on YouTube or elsewhere on the internet that matches your parody, please include the URL so the Empress can listen, and if you get any ink, share it with readers.

“If you make a video a parody or your original piece, please include lyrics here but also a YouTube link to your video that the Empress could share with Invite fans. (Lyrics ON the video are best of all, but not required.) Important! If you made a video, be sure to indicate that in your entry with the link (eg, “video of me singing the song”). Want to make sure I know the link is going to a performance of YOUR song and not just a recording of the original.

“In the printed version of the invitation – including the top four winners – the parodied songs should be very widely known so readers can get to know the tunes as they read the lyrics. Online, however, we can make parodies of less iconic songs, since we can link to a clip of the original. Please do not embed links in the text; simply copy and paste the URL above or below your song; otherwise the Empress finds herself with scrambled.

“Your song may not have been released elsewhere yet, except for certain online shares or publications for a small audience; if you’re not sure if your song is eligible, go ahead and submit it with a rating, and the Empress will render a decision. (If you email pat.myers@washpost.com with this in the subject line, she’ll see your question much sooner.)

“You get an extra week! The deadline for registration is midnight or a moment before midnight on Monday, June 13, wherever you are. (However, if something terrible happens and you have to do it the next day, go for it, you won’t be locked out. Just don’t make it a regular practice.)”

I LURRRRRVE THE PARODIES.

LOL in a working day*: The results of the week 1486

*Title without inking submitted by Jesse Frankovich and Chris Doyle

I’m glad I decided to rerun our 2002 contest asking for clues of incompetence in a particular area: week 1486 drew a deluge of some 2,000 entries, of which I ran 54 in this week’s results in line, and about 40 in print (almost all were very short). Most of the inking entries featured funny quotes, though for some, only the concept did the trick (eg Kevin Dopart’s incompetent rabbi: wears a yarmulke with a propeller).

It’s the first Clowning Achievement trophy, but fifth Invites first-place win, for Rob Cohen, who nailed the quote included in the cartoon to the top of this page. Like many entries today, it beat out a few other fun entries with the same general idea. In second place, rookie Karen Lambert continues her rapid rise in Invite-fixturehood; in fact, she also came in second just two weeks ago for something you could say both at the hairdresser and when taking your car to the gas station: “Very funny, ha ha – no, I wasn’t under the influence when I did that.” This time, his inept comic asks, “There aren’t any of those hypersensitive people in the audience tonight, are there?” Hall of Famer Frank Osen hints at future Cake Wrecks affair with “Happy Birthday Brian with a Y!” And because Bob didn’t want to draw a picture of a song, Diana Oertel turns her incompetent astronaut (“Are we there yet?”) into a full-color work of art.

What Doug dug up: Ace Copy Editor Doug Norwood agreed with me on this week’s top winners, and also singled out brain surgeon Jean Sorensen”(whispers to self) “You got that!”; dairyman Tim Livengood (“I like those cows that only have one — they take a lot less time to milk”); and wine taster Coleman Glenn (“I detect notes of…grape? Yeah, definitely grape”).

Bonus: Annabeth’s bets: “Slot,” or copy desk supervisor, Annabeth Carlson gave another print prompt on Thursday, and she had various favorites, though she said she liked the whole list so much it was difficult to choose. She finally cited Kate Sammons’ accountant, who got rid of the company’s red ink with an easy trick; Howard Walderman’s doctor’s receptionist, who calls out to people by their illnesses, like “Mr. Hernia”; Fox News anchor Bill Bouyer (“I can’t read this. It’s too ridiculous”); and, from first offender Aaron Olszewski, the cat trainer (“They think their job is possible” ).

Why they call him loser of the year and other thoughts on the Hot Flushies:

Yes, the thermometer topped 90 degrees last Saturday in loser Steve Leifer’s backyard in Potomac, Maryland, but a well-spaced crowd of around 70 losers and various hangers had the usual boffo time at the 26 (!) Flushies, the annual potluck / one-on-one singing / general rejoicing loser community awards. Several of the tables were moved from the patio to more shady spots, and a few of us accepted Steve’s invitation to wallow in the pool.

The single consisted of a set consisting entirely of Style Invitational-themed parodies (plus Jonathan Jensen’s classic original “Love Me, I’m a Loser”). It was streamed live on the Style Invitational Devotees Facebook group, but alas, I couldn’t find a recording, except for “Keeper of the Stats” (“Master of the House”) by Duncan Stevens, a tribute to Ur-Loser Elden Carnahan, who maintains an indispensable database and meticulous charts – spanning the entire era of Loserdom since Week 1 in 1993 – at NRARS.org. Elden couldn’t attend on Saturday, after having people poking around in his brain and continuing to growl about the next drugs, but he – and you – can enjoy the parody here on the Devs page (the amazing lyrics by Duncan are in the comment thread).

This year’s loser of the year, Frank Mann, proved particularly fit for the title. First off, it doesn’t necessarily come down to the most successful loser of the year; it is for the loser with the highest score who has never won the title before. So while Frank scored an impressive 50 inkblots from March to March 2021-22, his totals were surpassed by former LOTY Jesse Frankovich. And former LOTY Duncan Stevens. And (ditto) Chris Doyle. And Mark Raffman. And Kevin Dopart. And Tom Witte. And Jonathan Jensen. And Beverly Sharp. And Jeff Contompasis. But stay! Pretty good company! And Frank had a lot of hilarious ink in a lot of different contests, and was certainly worthy of the Loser of the Year plaque he brought home.

Then, this very afternoon, Frank, who is a lawyer for a federal agency, sent me this note:

“Okay. That’s super embarrassing. Trying to hang my LOTY plaque. It slipped through the crack behind a 7ft cabinet that DEA thoughtfully bolted to the wall. In other words, it’s now a wonderful time capsule that won’t be unearthed for another 15 years – if so. Don’t ask me about the various steps I’ve taken to try and recover it, but you can safely say that “It’s gone until the next renovation or a massive earthquake. Is there a way to pay someone to make a duplicate? If not, I’ll happily continue as the loser (and motte) of the game. ‘year.

Yes, it’s true. Frank works for the Drug Enforcement Administration. Which seems unable to pull anything out from behind a cupboard.

We’re gonna give Frank another plaque.

See now! Loser Jonathan Jensen’s musical to open in Baltimore

Move over, “Fiorello”: The Royal Consort and I are definitely going — and we’d love to be part of a losing contingent — to Baltimore in mid-July to see “Do It Now!”, a musical on the legendary colorful city mayor of the 1970s-1980s William Donald Schaefer, with both music and lyrics by Loser Jonathan Jensen. The show has been in the works forever – there was an article about it in the Baltimore Sun in 2012 – and finally, after many redesigns, debuts at the Fells Point Corner Theater July 16-31, as part of the Baltimore PlaywrightsFestival. (tickets and info here). We are going to Niagara Falls, Ontario for the Loserfest holiday trip July 25-29, so we will want to attend one of the first two weekends. We will be putting up a list of events on the devotee page to coordinate. (Meanwhile, Pope Loserfest Kyle Hendrickson may bring a few more people into the Niagara festivities; check out the Fungenda and lots of other info here. He’s set an approximate deadline of May 31.)

So have fun writing a song (or, for many of you, taking a week off), but remember that week 1489, the contest to rearrange the words of a movie title to make it a new movie, is still in progress; deadline May 30.

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Multnomah County Fair, Stars on Ice and ‘Rent’: 10 things to do this week https://bastard-inc.com/multnomah-county-fair-stars-on-ice-and-rent-10-things-to-do-this-week/ Wed, 25 May 2022 16:02:00 +0000 https://bastard-inc.com/multnomah-county-fair-stars-on-ice-and-rent-10-things-to-do-this-week/ It’s Memorial Day weekend, the kickoff to the summer season. The Portland Rose Festival returns this year, but we also have several theatrical productions, including the beloved musical “Rent,” which begins this week, and the return of the Multnomah County Fair. Although the Statewide indoor COVID-19 mask mandate lifted, some venues or artists still have […]]]>

It’s Memorial Day weekend, the kickoff to the summer season. The Portland Rose Festival returns this year, but we also have several theatrical productions, including the beloved musical “Rent,” which begins this week, and the return of the Multnomah County Fair.

Although the Statewide indoor COVID-19 mask mandate lifted, some venues or artists still have restrictions in place. Check website information for specific COVID safety requirements.

“Vendors of Sardines Filet d’Amour”

Portland State University presents a Japanese Kabuki-style play performed by Yukio Mishima, performed in English. The popular comedy incorporates music, dance and mime, in a story about a humble sardine seller and his love for Kyoto’s most glamorous courtesan.

7 p.m. Thursday-Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday, May 26-28, Lincoln Performance Hall, PSU, 1620 SW Park Ave. ; $9 to $25; pdx.edu/japanese-studies

Stumptown Stages presents “Ring of Fire, the music of Johnny Cash”.Image courtesy of Stumptown Stages

“Ring of Fire, the music of Johnny Cash”

Stumptown Stages brings the songs of the great Johnny Cash to life in a musical about struggle and success and the healing power of home and family. The show features over 20 of Cash’s classics, including “I Walk the Line”, “Folsom Prison Blues”, and “Ring of Fire”.

Opens at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 27 and continues at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, 2 p.m. Saturday through Sunday through June 18, Winningstad Theater, 1111 SW Broadway; tickets $27.25 to $52.25; sumptownstages.org or 800-915-4698.

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The Multnomah County Fair is back for 2022 at Oaks Park in southeast Portland. Mark Graves/Staff/2019 Mark Graves

The Multnomah County Fair

It’s been two years since Oaks Park hosted a full-fledged Multnomah County Fair, but it’s back this Memorial Day weekend with all the fun in-person events you’ve come to expect. The weekend includes stage shows, small animal viewing, art and food exhibits, costumed characters, a car show and the popular Weiner dog races.

Noon-7 p.m. Saturday-Monday, May 28-30, Oaks Amusement Park, 7805 SE Oaks Park Way; free admission, ride and game tickets sold separately; multicofair.com

Best A&E Bets

2022 Stars on Ice Tour is coming to Portland this weekend at Memorial ColiseumImage courtesy of Stars on Ice

Stars on Ice

Experience the athletic power and grace of America’s Olympic figure skating medalists on this Portland stop on the Stars on Ice tour. Watch the performances of medalists Nathan Chen and pairs teams Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue and Madison Chock and Evan Bates, as well as many other members of Team USA.

4 p.m. Sunday, May 29, Veterans Memorial Coliseum at Rose Quarter; tickets start at $30; RoseQuarter.com.

“Pretty Woman: The Musical”

Hollywood’s most famous transactional romantic comedy gets a makeover. What’s new? An original score by Bryan Adams and Jim Vallance, who co-wrote Adams’ hits ‘Summer of ’69’ and ‘Heaven’. The pair pack the streetwalking-“Cinderella” tale with era-appropriate pop-rock tunes.

Opens at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 31 and continues various times and dates through Monday, June 6, Keller Auditorium, 222 SW Clay St.; tickets start at $25; BroadwayinPortand.com.

– Lee William / Special for the Oregonian

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Cast members of “Rent” at the Portland Center Stage; (left to right) Ashley Song, Delphon “DJ” Curtis Jr., Nyla Sostre, Will Wilhelm, Kailey Rhodes, Benjamin Tissell, Johnny Newcomb and Jeremiah Alsop.photo by Alec Lugo / Courtesy of Portland Center Stage

“Lease”

Jonathan Larson’s long-running, award-winning Broadway musical comes to the Portland Center Stage, telling the story of young performers fighting for justice, visibility and love during the AIDS crisis. The show will be directed by Chip Miller and musical direction will be provided by Tim Weil.

Opens 7:30 p.m. Wednesday June 1, continues 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday, 2 p.m. Saturday-Sunday with a few other varied matinees until July 10; US Bank Main Stage, 128 NW 11th Ave. ; tickets $25 to $97; pcs.org/rent-musical or 503-445-3700.

“Liberace and Liza: A Tribute”

The Southwest Washington Center for the Arts is hosting an evening of music and comedy. David Saffert as Liberace and Jillian Snow Harris as Liza Minnelli recreate the vibe of popular variety shows in the 1960s and 1970s. The show is directed by Bo Ayars, who toured with Liberace for 13 years. Enjoy the extravagant costumes and music of this cabaret-style show.

7 p.m. Wednesday, June 1, Kiggins Theatre, 1011 Main St., Vancouver; tickets $25; kigginstheatre.com

Best A&E Bets

Image from Shaun Keylock Company’s “Lovely Beautiful” performance.Photo by Alec Marchant

“Charming Belle”

Shaun Keylock Company presents a mixed repertoire dance program featuring new works created by Keylock as well as dances by Josie Mosely and Gregg Bielemeier.

8:00 p.m. Thursday, June 2 and 8:00 p.m. June 3-4, Portland Institute for Contemporary Art Annex, 15 NE Hancock St.; tickets $20 to $35; shaunkeylock.com

“Troy, USA”

Bag&Baggage Productions delivers its first in-person mainline show since 2020, a time-bending adaptation of Shakespeare’s “Troilus and Cressida” that tells a multi-layered story of strained love and civil unrest near Detroit, circa 1972. The work is a collaboration between Texas-born playwright Don Wilson Glenn and award-winning Portland actor and playwright Dmae Roberts.

Opens 7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 2 and continues at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday through June 19, Vault Theatre, 350 E. Main St., Hillsboro; pay what you want; bagnbaggage.secure.force.com or 503-345-9590.

360 degree movies

Born out of an immersive media production project that included 12 young artists who have experienced homelessness, the youth of Open Signal and Outside the Frame have created five films that invite the viewer to see the world through their eyes. A reception with the filmmakers and the various presenters of the two programs begins at 6 p.m., before the two screenings, in the hall of the OMSI.

Screenings 6:15 and 7 p.m. Thursday, June 2, Kendall Planetarium, OMSI, 1945 SE Water Ave.; donations will be split between Open Signal and Outside the Frame; tickets.omsi.edu/events

Looking for a list of Rose Festival events? We have what you need: the link goes here

– If you have any live or virtual events you’d like to see highlighted at OregonLive.com or in the weekly print A&E section of The Oregonian, please email your submissions to events@oregonian.com at least three weeks before the start of your event. Digital images or links to videos are helpful.

—Rosemarie Stein events@oregonian.com

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Conway company moves in 60 days with help from the community | KLRT https://bastard-inc.com/conway-company-moves-in-60-days-with-help-from-the-community-klrt/ Tue, 24 May 2022 03:03:51 +0000 https://bastard-inc.com/conway-company-moves-in-60-days-with-help-from-the-community-klrt/ CONWAY, Ark – A Conway business finds property in a stressful situation after being asked to move and given just 60 days to do so. “The thing is, we really had no choice,” said Preston Palmer, owner of Palmer Music Company. Palmer opened his music store on Oak Street in 2016, selling instruments and offering […]]]>

CONWAY, Ark – A Conway business finds property in a stressful situation after being asked to move and given just 60 days to do so.

“The thing is, we really had no choice,” said Preston Palmer, owner of Palmer Music Company.

Palmer opened his music store on Oak Street in 2016, selling instruments and offering music lessons.

“Music has always been a big part of my life,” Palmer said.

Last month, Palmer said he was told the property he was renting had been sold to another company.

The new owner’s intention was to demolish the space, giving Palmer 60 days to vacate.

“It was a lot of things that needed to happen like yesterday,” Palmer said.

Suddenly, Palmer had two months to find a new space, get city permits, renovate, and reopen.

“I didn’t think there was a way,” Palmer said.

Palmer says construction crews were booked for two months, and the artist he wanted to help design the space was also busy.

“I was like, I don’t have availability until July,” Conway artist Jessica Jones said.

Palmer said a move that quickly seemed impossible until it wasn’t.

“I was able to find friends of mine who were willing to bend over backwards to help me out,” Palmer said.

Today, crews hang lights and paint walls, working overtime to help open doors.

“It’s the solidarity of we’re all in this together,” Jones said.

Jones says the sacrificed time was a no-brainer, it’s part of being a local business.

“We really support each other,” Jones said.

Despite the stress, Palmer says the move was a blessing in disguise and the push they needed to grow.

The new store is scheduled to open in downtown Conway on June 1.

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Evanescence parts company with guitarist Jen Majura https://bastard-inc.com/evanescence-parts-company-with-guitarist-jen-majura/ Sun, 22 May 2022 17:38:51 +0000 https://bastard-inc.com/evanescence-parts-company-with-guitarist-jen-majura/ Evanescence has announced that it has parted ways with guitarist Jen Majura, who has been with the band since 2015. “It’s been a very special chapter in the band with our dear friend Jen Majura, but we’ve decided it’s time to part ways,” the band wrote on social media yesterday (May 21). “We will always […]]]>

Evanescence has announced that it has parted ways with guitarist Jen Majura, who has been with the band since 2015.

“It’s been a very special chapter in the band with our dear friend Jen Majura, but we’ve decided it’s time to part ways,” the band wrote on social media yesterday (May 21).

“We will always love and support her, and we can’t wait to see what she does next! We’re so grateful for the good times and great music we’ve made together around the world.

A replacement for Majura has yet to be announced, but the band assured fans that they are “working hard to rehearse our upcoming tour and will have some exciting news about new lineups to come in the coming days, so stay tuned”.

Following the group’s announcement, Majura took to social media to respond to their exit, stating “none of this was my decision”.

“I feel the need to say that none of this was my decision!” she wrote on Twitter. “I have no grudge against anyone and I wish Evanescence the best. I allow myself to carry beautiful memories of these past years, I am grateful.

Majura joined Evanescence in 2015, taking over from former Cold guitarist Terry Balsamo, who had himself joined the band after parting ways with original guitarist Ben Moody.

Evanescence and Within Temptation were recently forced to postpone their upcoming UK and European tour again.

The two bands were originally scheduled to depart for the “Worlds Collide” tour in 2020, but the tour has since been postponed several times due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The long-awaited concerts were finally due to kick off in March, but Evanescence and Within Temptation announced in February that the shows would now take place in November and December.

All existing VIP tickets and packages will remain valid for the rescheduled dates and all venues will remain the same – you can find more information about the tour here.

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“The Sound of Magic” and 2 musical K-Dramas that will have you singing https://bastard-inc.com/the-sound-of-magic-and-2-musical-k-dramas-that-will-have-you-singing/ Sat, 21 May 2022 16:16:51 +0000 https://bastard-inc.com/the-sound-of-magic-and-2-musical-k-dramas-that-will-have-you-singing/ by Netflix The sound of magic K-drama uses musical numbers to bring its whimsical story to life about an adult magician who helps a young teenage girl regain her spark. Its main actors sing the main songs from the OST to tell a story about their characters. But it’s not the only K-drama that uses […]]]>

by Netflix The sound of magic K-drama uses musical numbers to bring its whimsical story to life about an adult magician who helps a young teenage girl regain her spark. Its main actors sing the main songs from the OST to tell a story about their characters. But it’s not the only K-drama that uses musical elements to add a different melody to their storylines and has fans singing along.

Hwang In-youp in K-drama musical ‘The Sound of Magic’ | through Netflix

“Dream High” and its sequel tell the journey of high school students who want to become idols

In 2011, dream high has become the gateway drama for many young South Korean artists to gain fame. The K-drama featured some of the industry’s now-famous artists and actors like 2PM’s Ok Taec-yeon and Jang Wooyoung, Bae Suzy, Kim Soo-hyun, and IU.

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City News | Wilmington, DE https://bastard-inc.com/city-news-wilmington-de/ Thu, 19 May 2022 15:52:41 +0000 https://bastard-inc.com/city-news-wilmington-de/ Cityfest, Inc., Announces Festival Headliners and Full Festival Event Slate The Clifford Brown Jazz Festival returns to Rodney Square in downtown Wilmington, Delaware to celebrate its 35and June 15-18, 2022. This year’s headliners include Stanley Clarke, Chucho Valdés & Paquito of Rivera, Stokley, Regina Carter and the Rebirth Brass Band. Main stage performances at the […]]]>


Cityfest, Inc., Announces Festival Headliners and Full Festival Event Slate

The Clifford Brown Jazz Festival returns to Rodney Square in downtown Wilmington, Delaware to celebrate its 35and June 15-18, 2022. This year’s headliners include Stanley Clarke, Chucho Valdés & Paquito of Rivera, Stokley, Regina Carter and the Rebirth Brass Band. Main stage performances at the 2022 Jazz Festival will take place Wednesday through Friday beginning at 5 p.m. and Saturday beginning at noon with Regina Carter at 1 p.m. The festival will be co-hosted by special guest Clifford Brown Jr. To mark this momentous anniversary, the entire week will be devoted to live music and art. Pre-festival events will take place June 12, 13, and 14, and late-night Jam Sessions will take place June 15-18 from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. at various locations. For a full festival lineup and more information, please visit cliffordbrownjazzfest.org.

Pre-festival events begin Sunday, June 12 at 4 p.m. with Duke Ellington’s Best Sacred Concerts featuring Choir Director Derrick Thompson and Big Band Director Gerald Chavis. The ‘pay as you wish’ concert will be presented at the Episcopal Church of Saints Andrew and Matthew, 819 Shipley Street. On Monday, June 13, there will be a screening of Don Glanden’s film Brownie speaks: A Video Documentary: The Life, Music and Legacy of Clifford Brown at Theater N, 1007 North Orange Street, beginning at 6 p.m. and ending with a panel discussion featuring Clifford Brown Jr. and members of the Brown family. Register for the concert and the film at www.buytickets.at/cityfest. Seats for the Ellington concert and the Clifford Brown documentary will be offered first to those who have pre-registered.

Activities will continue on Tuesday, June 14 with a jazz art exhibit and live music reception hosted by the Wilmington Library, 10 East 10th Street, from 6-9 p.m.

All pre-festival activities and main stage performances are FREE and open to the public, making this the largest free jazz festival on the East Coast. All ages are welcome, and guests should be sure to bring lawn chairs or blankets to sit on. Rodney Square will be lined with food trucks and vendors throughout the week of the festival, and guests should be sure to pick up this year’s festival t-shirt with the “35and ‘Clifford Brown Jazz Festival’ logo, designed by local artist Jarret Harris (aka PosixArt). All festival announcements and updates are available on the festival website and @Cliffordbrownjazzfest Facebook page.

The Clifford Brown Jazz Festival is an annual tribute to the late jazz trumpeter and Wilmingtonian Clifford Brown, born in 1930 in the east end of the city. Also known as “Brownie”, he died in 1956 at the age of 25 in a car accident on the Pennsylvania Turnpike, leaving only a few years of recordings behind. However, Brown’s short life and limited work had a considerable influence on later jazz trumpeters such as Arturo Sandoval, Donald Byrd, Lee Morgan, Booker Little and Freddie Hubbard. Two of Brown’s compositions, “Joy Spring” and “Daahoud”, have become jazz standards.

The festival is FREE, but donations to Cityfest, Inc., a 501c3 nonprofit organization, are encouraged. Donations can be made on the Cityfest, Inc. website, www.cityfestwilm.com or by check payable to Cityfest, Inc., 800 North French Street, Wilmington, DE 19801 Attention: Tina Betz , president.

The Clifford Brown Jazz Festival is presented by Cityfest, Inc. and the City of Wilmington with the generous support of WRTI 90.1 FM, The Kenny Family Foundation, Delmarva Power, An Exelon Company, Gerald Chavis Music, The Christina Cultural Arts Center, Greater Wilmington Convention and Visitors Bureau, The Westin, Hyatt Place, Sheraton Suites, The Doubletree, Hotel duPont, Le Cavalier, Nomad Bar, Wilmington Public Library, The Episcopal Church of Sts. Andrew and Matthew, Downtown Visions and Theater N.

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Clifford Brown Jazz Festival in Rodney Square

COMMUNITY AND MEDIA INQUIRIES:

John Rago
Deputy chief of staff
City of Wilmington, Mayor’s Office
Mobile: (302) 420-7928
Email: jrago@WilmingtonDE.gov

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UK music licensing firm PPL reports 2021 revenue of $347.7m, up 12% year-on-year https://bastard-inc.com/uk-music-licensing-firm-ppl-reports-2021-revenue-of-347-7m-up-12-year-on-year/ Tue, 17 May 2022 12:03:06 +0000 https://bastard-inc.com/uk-music-licensing-firm-ppl-reports-2021-revenue-of-347-7m-up-12-year-on-year/ UK music licensing company PPL reported revenue of £252.8m ($347.7m) for 2021, up 12%, or £27.1m ($37.27m). dollars) year-on-year. The company’s results for 2021 mark its second-highest annual revenue total, having collected £271.8million in 2019. PPL reports that it saw year-over-year growth across all three revenue streams in 2021, including International, Broadcast & Online, and […]]]>

UK music licensing company PPL reported revenue of £252.8m ($347.7m) for 2021, up 12%, or £27.1m ($37.27m). dollars) year-on-year.

The company’s results for 2021 mark its second-highest annual revenue total, having collected £271.8million in 2019.

PPL reports that it saw year-over-year growth across all three revenue streams in 2021, including International, Broadcast & Online, and Public Performance & Dubbing1, with revenues of international and broadcast and online licenses reaching record annual amounts.

A closer look at PPL’s ​​results for 2021 reveals that the company collected international revenue of £94m ($129m) last year, or £8.1m ($11.14m). dollars) more than in 2020, and up 9.4% year-on-year.

This is PPL’s ​​highest annual revenue amount since international fundraising began in 2006.

PPL has entered into 105 agreements with collective management organizations (CMOs) in Africa, Asia, Europe and North and South America and, in 2021, entered into new agreements with CMOs in India and Indonesia.

The company says a number of CMOs accelerated or advanced payments in 2021, to support performers and recording rights holders impacted by COVID-19, which it says further contributed to the amount of payments. 2021 international income.

Elsewhere, online broadcast and licensing revenue rose 5.3% year-on-year, or £4.4m ($6m), to a record annual total of £86.7m. sterling ($119.25 million) in 2021.

According to PPL, this reflects the recovery of advertising revenue from the commercial radio sector in 2021, whose license fees are calculated as a share of each station’s revenue.

PPL’s ​​public performance and dubbing revenue (from live music playing in venues such as pubs, bars, clubs, shops and offices) increased by £14.6 million ( $20 million) to reach £72.1 million ($99 million) in 2021, up 25.4% YoY.

While PPL licensees have been able to trade more freely than in 2020 thanks to the easing of COVID-19 restrictions, revenues have yet to return to their pre-pandemic level of 99.6 million of pounds sterling.

Meanwhile, PPL reports that its distributions fell 15.2% year-on-year, or £31.5 million ($43.3 million), to £228.7 million (314. $5 million) in 2021, due to the impact of the pandemic on 2020 collections.

The music licensing company, however, says it paid a record number of performers and recording rights holders, with 147,000 performers and rights holders receiving at least one payment in 2021, an increase of 35,000. (31.3%) compared to 2020.

“Being able to deliver this in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, with all its negative impact on the economy, is a testament to the strength of PPL’s ​​business.”

Pierre Leathem

Peter Leathem, Managing Director of PPL, said: “2021 has been a good year for PPL. We achieved our second-highest annual revenue total and had our best year for both international revenue and broadcast and online revenue.

“Being able to deliver this in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, with all its negative impact on the economy, is a testament to the strength of PPL’s ​​business.

Leathem added: “PPL now pays more than three times as much to performers and recording rights holders as it did a decade ago when I became CEO and receives nearly double the revenue.

“We collect more international neighboring rights royalties than anyone else, and PPL PRS Ltd, our public performance licensing joint venture with PRS for Music, launched in 2018, is streamlining the collection of public performance royalties.

“PPL has been able to achieve such successful growth thanks to the talented and dedicated team I have with me at PPL. Thank you to our members, licensees and industry partners for working with us and we look forward to continuing to grow the neighboring rights industry for the benefit of performers and recording rights owners.The music industry around the world

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The 10 Best Classical Music Festivals in the US This Summer https://bastard-inc.com/the-10-best-classical-music-festivals-in-the-us-this-summer/ Mon, 16 May 2022 04:00:35 +0000 https://bastard-inc.com/the-10-best-classical-music-festivals-in-the-us-this-summer/ Summer for the city After the scourge of the pandemic, the inaugural Summer for the City festival offers New Yorkers a summer to “rejoice, reclaim and remember” with an outdoor dancefloor and free installations. Although it has less music than its predecessor, the Lincoln Center Festival, the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra will present free concerts […]]]>

Summer for the city

After the scourge of the pandemic, the inaugural Summer for the City festival offers New Yorkers a summer to “rejoice, reclaim and remember” with an outdoor dancefloor and free installations. Although it has less music than its predecessor, the Lincoln Center Festival, the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra will present free concerts starting July 6, then a series of classics paired with music by black composers.

May 14-August 14, lincolncenter.org

Ravinia

More than 100 events make up this year’s Ravinia Festival in Chicago, from world music and family-friendly performances to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in residence. Marin Alsop conducts the opening concert of the CSO on July 15. Later highlights include an Osvaldo Golijov and Bernstein duet, a focus on Mexican music, a celebration of Stephen Sondheim and concerts of two Mozart operas, Don Giovanni and Tito’s clemency.

May 20-September 18, ravinia.org

Marin Alsop conducts the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at Ravinia © Ravinia Festival

St. Louis Opera Theater

A mission to bring opera to audiences, accessible in English, has made the Opera Theater of St Louis one of America’s premier festivals. This year’s program is led by the premiere of alarm clocksbased on neurologist Dr Oliver Sacks’ moving tale of lives rediscovered, by composer Tobias Picker, and a powerful new edition by Stewart Wallace Harvey Milk. Carmen and The magic flute play side by side.

May 21-June 26, opera-stl.org

Opera Theater of St Louis creates a new opera, “Awakenings”

Spoleto Festival United States

Opening night at this year’s festival in Charleston, South Carolina is the first of Omar, a new opera by Rhiannon Giddens and Michael Abels. The story is taken from the autobiography of Omar Ibn Said, who was transported on a slave ship to Charleston in 1807. Other highlights include unholy warsa new musical theater event reassessing the crusades, a new work by Nico Muhly and music by Tyshawn Sorey, straddling classical and jazz.

May 27-June 12, spoletousa.org

Ojai Music Festival

For the first time in 75 years of history, Ojai in California welcomes a collective, the American Modern Opera Company, as musical director. One of the co-founders of AMOC was the composer of the moment Matthew Aucoin and his family dinner, a cycle of mini-concerts, is at the head of a program of six musical and choreographic creations. The festival opens with an “epic musical marathon” featuring core AMOC members.

June 9-12, ojaifestival.org

Works by Matthew Aucoin presented at the Ojai Music Festival © Annalies Van der Vegt

Tanglewood

At the heart of Tanglewood’s varied musical season are the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Boston Pops. Based in the beauty of the Berkshires, the BSO’s summer festival kicks off with high-octane Bernstein and Stravinsky. Highlights include Andris Nelsons conducting nine programmes, Beethoven’s piano concertos with Paul Lewis, a handful of premieres and two operas in concert, Mozart by Don Giovanni and George Benjamin Lessons of love and violence.

June 17-September 4, bso.org

Andris Nelsons directs nine programs at Tanglewood

Bard SummerScape

Eight weeks of music, opera, dance and theater make up the 19th annual Bard SummerScape at the Fisher Center in New York’s Hudson Valley. A rare chance to see Strauss Die schweigsame Frau is the catch of the opera program. At the center of SummerScape is the Bard Music Festival (August 5-14), an intensive two-week exploration of “Rachmaninoff and his world” in 12 concerts, talks and themed panel discussions.

June 23-August 14, bard.edu

Santa Fe Opera

As the sun approaches, nothing beats opera under a towering sky overlooking the mountains of New Mexico. David Henry Hwang’s award-winning play Mr Butterfly takes on new life as an opera, music by Huang Ruo, libretto by the author himself, getting its premiere as the last of five Santa Fe operas this year. Carmen, The barber of Siviglia, Falstaff and Tristan and Isolda all get new productions.

July 1-August 27, www.santafeopera.org

Grand Teton Music Festival

Nestled at the base of the Teton Mountain Range in Wyoming and adjacent to Yellowstone National Park, the Grand Teton Music Festival offers unparalleled access to the natural world along with eight weeks of music. Under the direction of musical director Donald Runnicles, the program will begin with a cycle of piano concertos by Beethoven with Garrick Ohlsson and end with concerts by Puccini Bohemian.

July 3-August 27, gtmf.org

Glimmerglass Festival Alice Busch Opera Theater
Classic and contemporary come together at Glimmerglass © Karli Cadel

Glass Glow Festival

Opera and musicals play side by side in New York’s scenic Cooperstown neighborhood. Classic and contemporary collide in Glimmerglass’ main novelty of the season, when highlights from Rossini’s operas are married to a comic new story from playwright Ken Ludwig in tenor at sea. The sound of music and Carmen provide the mainstays and there is a double program of new one-act operas by Kamala Sankaram and Damien Geter.

July 8-August 21, glimmerglass.org

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Kendrick Lamar returns with ‘Mr. Morale and big steps https://bastard-inc.com/kendrick-lamar-returns-with-mr-morale-and-big-steps/ Fri, 13 May 2022 04:01:05 +0000 https://bastard-inc.com/kendrick-lamar-returns-with-mr-morale-and-big-steps/ The five-year wait for a new album from Kendrick Lamar – rapper Pulitzer, voice of a generation – is finally over. “Mr. Morale & the Big Steppers,” Lamar’s fifth studio album and one of the most anticipated new albums in years, hit digital services overnight, with high hopes from fans. and big questions about his […]]]>

The five-year wait for a new album from Kendrick Lamar – rapper Pulitzer, voice of a generation – is finally over.

“Mr. Morale & the Big Steppers,” Lamar’s fifth studio album and one of the most anticipated new albums in years, hit digital services overnight, with high hopes from fans. and big questions about his next career steps.

Lamar, 34, is one of the few major figures in the contemporary music scene – where a steady stream of new content is seen as a necessity – who can keep fans waiting that long without sacrificing fan loyalty or critical prestige. . Even after Lamar’s extended absence, “Mr. Morale & the Big Steppers” is set to make an opening week splash on the Billboard album chart.

Lamar established himself as one of the most ambitious rappers of the millennial generation with his major label debut, “Good Kid, MAAd City” (2012). For his follow-up effort, “To Pimp a Butterfly” (2015), he brought in a host of players from the fertile Los Angeles jazz scene, including Kamasi Washington and Thundercat. This album, “a work about life under constant racial surveillance and how that can lead to many kinds of internal monologues, some empowering, some self-loathing,” as Times pop music critic Jon Caramanica, includes “Alright,” which has become an unofficial Black Lives Matter protest anthem.

His 2017 album, “DAMN.”, won five Grammy Awards, although it lost album of the year to Bruno Mars’ “24K Magic.” (The rapper has won 14 Grammys overall.) Lamar, who grew up in Compton, Calif., and made that region’s culture and struggles central to his music, also became the first rapper to receive the award. Pulitzer Prize for Music. “SLIM.” was cited in 2018 as “a collection of virtuoso songs unified by its vernacular authenticity and rhythmic dynamism that offers touching vignettes capturing the complexity of modern African-American life.” Lamar embraced the accolade, appearing in concert with a “Pulitzer Kenny” banner behind him.

Also in 2018, Lamar and the head of his record label, Anthony Tiffith (known as Top Dawg), were executive producers of a companion album to the movie “Black Panther.” A track from the LP, “All the Stars”, by Lamar and SZA, was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song. Visual artist Lina Iris Viktor sued, claiming her work was used without permission in the track’s video; the lawsuit was settled at the end of 2018.

Since that turbulent year, Lamar has kept a low public profile, making a few appearances on other artists’ songs and, last year, joining Las Vegas rapper (and his cousin) Baby Keem for two songs on the album. by Keem “The Melodic”. Blue,” including Grammy-winning “Family Ties.” In February, Lamar took the stage at the Super Bowl LVI Halftime Show alongside Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, 50 Cent, Eminem and Mary J. Blige, which put him in the odd position of either being the only young parent in a hip-hop oldies show or – performing songs less than ten years old – perhaps already being a bit of a throwback himself.

Last Sunday, Lamar released a new music video, “The Heart Part 5,” as a teaser for “Mr. Moral.” It has a spoken prologue stating “life is perspective” and then shows Lamar’s face merging with those of a series of black men of varying levels of cultural heroism or controversy: OJ Simpson, Kanye West, Jussie Smollett , Will Smith, Kobe Bryant, Nipsey Fight. The deepfake effects were created by Deep Voodoo, a studio of “South Park” creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, which plans further projects with pgLang, a new company founded by Lamar and longtime collaborator Dave Free.

The lyrics to “The Heart Part 5” have already been explored for their meaning, as has the image Lamar shared on Wednesday of the album cover, photographed by Renell Medrano. It shows Lamar, in a crown of thorns, holding a child while a woman on a bed nurses a baby, like an allegorical religious painting.

To some extent, these may also serve as clues for the next stage of Lamar’s career. “Mr. Morale” will be his final album for Top Dawg Entertainment, or TDE, Lamar’s home since the start of his career, which released his music in partnership with Interscope. He hasn’t announced a new label deal, but has instead embarked on new projects with pgLang, which was announced two years ago as a “multilingual service company” that will work on a range of creative and commercial projects, from video for “The Heart Part 5” to a series of new Converse sneakers.

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Sonos confirms its own voice command service will launch on June 1 https://bastard-inc.com/sonos-confirms-its-own-voice-command-service-will-launch-on-june-1/ Wed, 11 May 2022 20:05:00 +0000 https://bastard-inc.com/sonos-confirms-its-own-voice-command-service-will-launch-on-june-1/ Sonos will roll out its own voice-control assistant on June 1 in the United States. Like The edge reported earlier this month, Sonos Voice Control will be added to all of the company’s voice-activated smart speakers via an upcoming software update. Once there, owners of these devices will be able to start music playback, skip […]]]>

Sonos will roll out its own voice-control assistant on June 1 in the United States. Like The edge reported earlier this month, Sonos Voice Control will be added to all of the company’s voice-activated smart speakers via an upcoming software update. Once there, owners of these devices will be able to start music playback, skip tracks, adjust volume, and send audio to other Sonos speakers in their home using “Hey Sonos” voice commands. Sonos Voice will expand to France later in 2022, but the company hasn’t announced any rollout plans beyond those two initial countries.

Amazon Music, Apple Music, Pandora, Deezer and Sonos Radio are the supported services at launch. Some will be disappointed by the absence of Spotify, but during a recent press briefing, Sonos clarified that the assistant can still perform basic commands like pause, stop, follow commands, volume, etc for Spotify content already playing on a Sonos system. , although customers will not be able to request a song or playlist from Spotify using Sonos Voice Control.

Sonos tapped a celebrity to be the voice of Sonos Voice Control. Giancarlo Esposito, best known for his roles in Breaking Bad, you better call Saul, and The Mandalorian, lent his recognizable voice to the service. The actor went through a long recording session to give Sonos’ machine learning system enough samples to work with.

You will hear the voice of actor Giancarlo Esposito when interacting with Sonos Voice Control.
Image: Sonos

Sonos Voice Control is strictly music-focused and not intended to challenge Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant or Apple’s Siri as a full-fledged digital assistant. The company says customers will be able to use Sonos Voice and Alexa simultaneously on the same device, sticking to the latter for smart home commands and inquiries about weather, calendar appointments and phone calls. general questions that the Sonos service is not intended to handle. Google Assistant cannot be used with Sonos Voice Control.

Sonos Voice Control can quickly move music from room to room.
Image: Sonos

As well as basic music controls, Sonos Voice Control can also be used to group speakers and rooms together – you can tell it to play something “everywhere” to turn on all your speakers – or move audio around. one device to another in seconds. Sonos designed the service to be as fast as possible; the company says it limits “responses and chimes” in favor of quickly executing a voice command.

Sonos Voice Control was developed to understand common language instead of requiring specific wording. (For example, you can say “Hey Sonos, volume up” instead of “volume up.”) And as long as they’re close together, you can follow one voice command with another without having to say “Hey Sonos.” Everytime. For portable Sonos products like Move and Roam, you can also check battery life.

Sonos seems confident in the performance of Sonos Voice Control. The company says you can get granularity with commands like “stop playing in the kitchen and play in the living room instead” or “increase the volume in the bedroom only”. These very Sonos examples demonstrate why it made sense for the company to create its own voice solution rather than using resources to run this hardware through Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant skills.

The service is rooted in technology that Sonos picked up when it acquired Snips, a privacy-focused voice assistant, in 2019. After buying the company, the Sonos team continued to evolve the service before today’s intro. All Sonos Voice Control commands are processed locally on the device and are not sent to Sonos servers in the cloud.

Sonos’ Jo Dureau, vice president of voice experience, and Alice Coucke, the company’s head of machine learning research.
Photo by Chris Welch/The Verge

Sonos says a good number of consumers shy away from setting up or using voice assistant on smart speakers for privacy reasons, and it thinks Sonos Voice Control could overcome that hesitation. If it meets business performance requirements, it could definitely become a handy new feature. Sonos Voice Control is free, which isn’t surprising given its limited reach.

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