Elvis Presley, the King of Rock 'n Roll, played four shows in three days at Madison Square Garden in June of 1972. Out of all the King's shows, not to mention all of the legendary Madison Square Garden concerts, these are regarded (in retrospect) as the last great performances put on by Presley, before he began to decline physically. Those shows have been captured and released by Sony Music in a 40th Anniversary CD and DVD combination box-set, called Prince from Another Planet.
It's Good to Be the King
The name comes from the headline of a glowing New York Times review of the '72 concerts. Vinyl albums of selected songs from that weekend were in stores in a shockingly short amount of time, but the new collection proves that the Prince from Another Planet concerts remains as relevant as Presley himself. As the box set proves, the back-story contains as much intrigue as it does music.
A Long Hiatus
His agent, Tom Parker, had kept him out of New York City for 15 years following poor reviews of his televised appearances on Jackie Gleason's and Ed Sullivan's programs in the late 1950s. When asked about it by the New York press, Elvis joked, "We had to wait our turn in order to get the building. Couldn't get a good building in fifteen years." It was an obvious nod of respect toward Madison Square Garden, one of the great entertainment venues of all time.
Elvis had evolved considerably by 1972. He still liked to mix in what he called his "hard rock" songs, like Heartbreak Hotel, Hound Dog and Blue Suede Shoes, but that MSG set list is stocked with a who's-who list of cover tunes. Elvis touched on everything from opera to country, from early blues influences like Lowell Fulsom to country contemporaries like Willie Nelson, with hints of Kris Kristofferson, Don Ho and Ike and Tina Turner mixed in as well. The DVD portion of the Prince from Another Planet box-set also includes rare footage of the MSG concert, shot from a fan's hand-held camera, bringing the King to life through the eyes of his fans.
Give something away for free and lots of people are bound to show up. Put something on national television with a few big name celebrities; and no one will miss it. DVRs around the world have tuned in to record every episode of ‘Dancing With The Stars’, ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ and ‘America’s Best Dance Crew’. People can’t wait to see their favorite sports figure, movie star, talk show host, grown up child of a celebrated pop duo, news analyst and previously unknowns in action while they strut their stuff and shake their booty for the entire world.
Even If You Never Cared For Dance
Even people that probably never would’ve turned on a dance show before are attracted to these shows. Despite the celebrities being part of the big draw there are some truly talented individuals on these shows. Everybody works hard; everybody deserves to win. But as we all know, there cannot be multiple winners. Some of those winners (and almost winners) will be appearing at the international dance festival at the closing feature of this summer’s Vail International Dance Festival entitled Dance Television. This closing feature takes place on the final day, August 11, and will be fun for all ages. That’s not the only thing going on in town. The entire area celebrates this annual summer festival. There’s something for everyone even if dance isn’t your thing!
Modern Dance; Ballet And…
As Robin Williams chanted in The Birdcage… “Martha Graham, Martha Graham”. And yes indeed, on August 9 Martha Graham’s Dance Crew will get in on the act. That and the New York City Ballet will celebrate their 40th anniversary with a tribute to their founder, George Balanchine (and his sometimes cohort Igor Stravinsky) July 31st. There will even be features on everything from ballroom dancing (Ballroom Spectacular August 10th) to hip-hop.
Tickets to this event are hard to get and have been on sale for several months; check online or you can buy tickets by phone. But get your tickets now.
Indoor music venues are nice in inclement weather and under certain circumstances. A quick night out for example is the perfect time for an indoor concert. If you’re planning on making more than just a few hours out of it however you may want to consider the great outdoors and The Gorge Amphitheater in Washington State.
Mother Nature At Her Finest
Couple music with the great outdoors and you have a winning combination. Festivals have exhibited that for a long time; and with all the amphitheaters scattered throughout the world, clearly festivals aren’t the only outdoor music venue. You can come for the concert or, if you like, do a little camping. You don’t even need a tent because you can rent one for a very small fee. Make a night of it or stay for 24 hours; it’s up to you. Since (as long as you’re on the campsite) alcohol is allowed, you may actually want to stay overnight and get a fresh, sober start in the morning. Safety first please.
Remember… You’re Outside
This part of the country can be extremely warm during the day so bring some shorts and a T-shirt just in case. But at night it can get downright chilly so be prepared. Rain gear and a warm jacket are always a smart choice if you’re staying any length of time. Use sunglasses, sunscreen and plenty of hydration during the day for that hot afternoon sun; but at night you can settle into your tent and snuggle to keep warm. No campfires are allowed. Even a little hat might not be a bad idea for the chilly evenings. If you’re more comfortable in an RV there are nearby locations where you can park your home on wheels.
You’re not exactly roughing it so don’t worry that you won’t be able to take a hot shower, have flushing toilets and potable water. All of this is provided along with security. Outdoor concerts at this location have consisted of Tom Petty; Rush; The Allman Brothers; Dave Matthews Band; Pearl Jam and many others. A schedule for concerts this year can be found on line.
Are you tired of the same boring stations you listen to daily in the car? You are not alone. Monotony will only increase your boredom. Instead of suffering, spice up your ride with diversity from some of the newest radio stations. Here are some ideas.
Pandora radio is one of the best ways to listen to new radio. You can stream Pandora from anywhere today. All you need is an internet connection. Most people like Pandora at the office or in their car. They enjoy the variety of stations and the minimal commercials. Also, Pandora is very good at finding the music you like. Each station is catered to your needs and tastes. Plus, you can choose a station by genre, song, time period, or artist. In addition, you can also combine stations for a nice custom mix.
I Heart Radio
Another way to stream new radio is with “I Heart Radio”. This is a top app on many phones today. When you download it, you can connect to the live feed from a variety of music stations. Many people love popular stations like KIIS FM. However, they cannot connect to it where they live. Thanks to the internet, connecting to this station is easy. Download this popular app today and enjoy new music instantly.
Another idea for your streaming pleasure is talk radio. There are several interesting stations on your local channels. Plus, you can get satellite radio and connect to a large variety. You can also stream pod casts from your iPhone or iTouch. Either way, you can listen to news archives, comedy shows, sports radio, and more. This type of radio is extremely popular for many people. It is easy to find a talk program that interests you. And it is often a nice change from the same song you have been hearing over and over again on the radio.
With all of the technology out there, it is easier than ever to find the music you love. Invest in the right apps and find the radio stations that will make your drive more enjoyable.
YouTube is one of the best places you can ever get exposed. If you are trying to get famous and show the entire world your talents then you need to be sure you take the time to do everything correctly. One of the first things you need to do is determine whether or not your talent is going to be good enough for you to viewers. It takes someone that is extremely talented to make the viewers of you to fall in love. So you need to really spend some time on your videos before you start to upload them to YouTube.
Getting Your Videos On YouTube
Not only do you need to get your videos on YouTube, but you also need to be sure that you are on all of the major social networking sites. Then you need to be sure everything is linked together so if you put something on twitter all of your posts get automatically posted to all of your different sites. That is the perfect way to announce that you have a video on YouTube. Then we need to do is start socializing online a few hours each day so that you can gain interest from different groups of people around the world. That is very important for your exposure. Another thing that is really cool to do is get your friends and family involved so that they can help spread the word about you and your wonderful talent on YouTube.
Getting Your Video Downloaded
Something you might take into consideration when you start out is helping people learn how to download your video. As you start getting popular on YouTube videos will start being converted into MP3s from your account. That is something that is very normal because people like to put videos on all of their electronic gadgets. Be sure you let everyone know that they need to have the videos downloaded with safe software from YouTube. That is a great way to start helping your exposure when you can inform people on how to do that because some people are pretty new to YouTube and do not know that they are able to download the videos.
It will take some time before you become a YouTube talent, but you need to stay at it and trust that your talent will take you to the top so that you meet all of the head people in the entertainment industry that are interested in your talent.
Music is a huge part of our lives. We listen to it all day long on our iPods and phones, buy and download CD’s by the millions and some people will pay any price to see their favorite artist on stage. Canada has long been a producer of some fantastic musicians as it continues to be.
The music of Canada has reflected the great diversity that shaped this country. Influences from the Aboriginals, British and the French have made unique contributions to the musical heritage of Canada. Canada’s music industry has produced many internationally renowned Canadian artists and developed quite a musical infrastructure which includes church halls, chamber halls, conservatories, academies, performing arts centers, record companies, radio stations, television music video channels. The influence of Canadian music was also shaped by American artists due to the close proximity and migration between the two countries. Since the early 50’s, Canada has produced some of the best popular and classical music in the world.
We’re here to stay
With its rich heritage in music, the Canadian music scene continues to strengthen its position in the world of music. So many famous musicians have sprung from Canada. Back in the sixties, a widely popular group known as the Guess Who; a Winnipeg band topped the charts with their song “American Woman” and many others. Not to mention acts like Bryan Adams, Neil Young and Corey Hart who was struggling to pay rent in a Montreal apartment before gaining huge success with his song “Sunglasses at Night. But who are the hot performers today? Well, how about Celine Dion, a Quebec born singer/songwriter who has not only won a Grammy but a Juno award for her pop performances as well is an accomplished songwriter and has even dabbled in acting. The ever popular crooner Michael Buble, originally from Burnaby, B.C., a suburb of Vancouver, has also won a Grammy and Juno award and his first album topped the charts in Canada, U.S. and The United Kingdom. Nickleback, a post grunge band hails from Hanna, Alberta. They are now based in Vancouver, British Columbia. Of course we can’t forget teen heartthrob Justin Bieber who was discovered by American singer Usher. Justin is originally from London, Ontario but grew up mostly in Stratford. There are so many more hot musicians like Alanis Morissette, Shania Twain and The Tragically Hip.
The great news about social media sites is that each of these sites has been designed specifically to entertain any thing you can think of especially music. Music is something that people love and it does not matter what kind of music is either. There are various types of music and all of these music artists have taken time to be sure that all of their social marketing for their brand or their production company has been promoted online. Therefore finding music is going to be a very easy task for you.
Searching For Your Favorite Music Online
The easiest way to get and share the music you want to hear online is to do a search. Using your favorite major search engine all you need to do is type in the song you want to hear or type in your favorite music artists name and you will get a huge variety of results that you can choose from. You might find social media sites and you also might find videos online. It is up to you to decide which form you would like to listen to the music.
Creating A Music Folder On Your Computer
Another cool thing about the Internet is that you are able to take all of your favorite songs and download them to your hard drive. This is great because you are able to have all of your music at your fingertips whenever you want to listen to your favorite songs. Be sure that you write positive reviews about any social media site you found that was easy to use.
Social media sites for music lovers are going up right and left all over the Internet each day. That is great for you if you love music and you are always looking forward to the newest tunes that are coming out.
Most people have heard this very popular song that has been featured not only on the radio but also in many movies as well. This song has a huge background and also a wonderful story behind its origination.
Of course there are other great gambling songs that touch upon the spirit of a Gambler more than on the actual act of gambling, for instance, "Ramblin, Gamblin Man" by Bob Seager or "Loser" by the Grateful Dead. While many of these songs tend to romanticize the gambling lifestyle, with it's epic wins and epic losses while other songs just reference gambling or use gambling as a metaphor for other things like love or even politics.
It's really no wonder the lore behind high stakes gambling games like poker have crept into our mainstream music. Some of the real life characters who play the game for a living are really larger than life and make great material for a song or two.
Planning a music festival is a huge task. One that is going to require a great deal personal effort as well as time and money. Though there are literally hundreds of details that you will be responsible for coordinating, there is one thing you must arrange at the outset of any planning. Let’s face it. No matter how wonderful the talent might be, you’ve got nothing without the money that supports a festival infrastructure. That is why it is so important for you to take care of locking in funds first. If you do not have the money part of your planning done, then you need to do a few necessary steps in order to make sure you are able to fund this amazing event.
Assuming that you choose not to go this route, then you may want to consider soliciting outside investors and advertisers to support your event. That is generally how a larger festival is funded. You simply put together a financial plan and pitch potential investors and advertisers. If you are successful, you’ll be able to secure the funding you need.
Once you have obtained the perfect loan then your music event is going to be fabulous and everyone should enjoy it greatly.
Maintaining legal rights to music and movies online has become a serious issue lately. Many artists and corporations are becoming more focused on closing the backdoor on expenditures during the recession. Many artists and companies are taking extensive measures to protect their music and content online from being resold or distributed without permission. There are many legal marketing ads online that offer assistance in these types of matters.
Taking vigilant and assertive efforts to monitor or track your music online may be the best way to stay protected. Minimizing the amount of venues or tracks you release online is also an effective preventive measure as well.