Ray Charles, The Judds to join Country Music Hall of Fame
Music-Country Music Hall of Fame FILE - Ray Charles, performs during the taping of "Ray Charles: 50 Years in Music, uh-huh," a benefit musical gala for Starlight/Starbright Foundation in Pasadena, Calif. on Sept. 20, 1991. Charles will be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian, File) (Kevork Djansezian)NASHVILLE, Ten.. — (AP) — R&B legend Ray Charles and Grammy-winning duo The Judds will be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. Bayers is the first drummer to be inducted in the Country Music Hall of Fame. Drake, who died in 1988, is the first pedal steel guitar player to be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.wftv.com
Legoland Florida starting all-new LEGO VIDIYO music festival
An all-new, family-friendly music festival is coming to LEGOLAND® Florida Resort this Labor Day Weekend, September 4 through 6. DJ L.L.A.M.A – the musical superstar behind LEGO® VIDIYO™ – will be making a special appearance at LEGOLAND® Florida Resort for one weekend only as part of his newly announced world tour.
Inside Prince's massive collection of archives and unreleased music
"It's literally a vault. It's a room full of shelves, floor to ceiling, with tapes. You have recorded music, a video archive. Then you have a written archive," says Troy Carter about Prince's vault of archives and unreleased music.cbsnews.com
DPAC brings the magic of Disney Broadway to Frontyard Festival
ORLANDO, Fla. – The Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts is bringing Disney Broadway to its popular Frontyard Festival later this month. AdAll four performers have been to Central Florida before while performing at Walt Disney World’s Epcot International Festival of the Arts. The Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts began hosting the socially distanced Front Yard Festival in December 2020 to support the entertainment industry in Central Florida. The event features 380 metal pods spread out in the front yard of the Dr. Phillips Center. AdCurrently, the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts has several shows planned for the festival through May.
How one Lakeland-native found her path in the music industry
I can’t sing, I’m not a great guitar player, I do have guitars, I’m not amazing in that way,” the VEVA Sound president said. “And the whole back end of of the music industry is something I didn’t know about, and something I went to school for. What’s that?’”Now Fairchild, who grew up near Lakeland, is the president of music technology company VEVA Sound. AdThe Nashville music executive said there are plenty of careers in the music industry that don’t involve having a musical ability you typically think of in your favorite artists, including songwriting and sound engineering. There is always room to carve a path in the music industry for any up and coming professionals.
Central Florida DJs are beating the pandemic with new project
It’s a big change from when DJ Nasty was introduced to the business at just 15 years old. “I was just blown away,” DJ Nasty said. DJ Nasty becoming a popular radio DJ also helped them connect with stars like Ludacris. AdCourtesy of Milton Tu (WKMG)“I really love Orlando,” DJ Nasty said. “You can make it in Orlando,” DJ Nasty said.
Mary Wilson, founding member of The Supremes, dies at 76
FILE - Mary Wilson, founding member of The Supremes, appears during a portrait session at Capitol Records in Los Angeles on June 12, 2014. Wilson died Monday night at her home in Nevada and the cause was not immediately clear, said publicist Jay Schwartz. Mary Wilson of the Supremes has died suddenly. Steven Van Zandt said he spoke to Wilson before the world went on lockdown because of the coronavirus, tweeting Tuesday: “RIP Mary Wilson. AdFollowing the Supremes' disbandment, Wilson released the New York Times best-selling book, “Dreamgirl: My Life as a Supreme," in 1986.
Wait, ‘I Will Always Love You’ was written about what?
Arguably one of the most famous of love songs, “I Will Always Love You” doesn’t have the back story you might have imagined it did. What most people probably aren’t aware of, is what the song was actually written about. “There was a lot of grief and heartache there, and he just wasn’t listening to my reasoning for my going,” Parton told CMT in a 2011 interview. She went on to record her next album, which featured “I Will Always Love You.” It became a multiple-time No. It’s been one of the biggest songs ever.”AdAs much as we’d love to pick a favorite, we just can’t.
The Soul of Jazz: An American Adventure exhibit opens at EPCOT
ORLANDO, Fla. – Walt Disney World opened the new EPCOT exhibit, The Soul of Jazz: An American Adventure on Monday. The exhibit is located inside the American Adventure and introduces guests to the colorful and surprising history of jazz. Along with the rich history, guests will be able to get up-close to artifacts from legendary jazz musicians, including Louis Armstrong. Disney officials said anyone visiting the new experience can use the Play Disney Parks mobile app to interact with the exhibit and test their knowledge of the musical genre. AdFull Screen Full Screen 1 / 7 Soul of Jazz: An American Adventure“Jazz is the story of America.
The Soul of Jazz: An American Adventure exhibit coming to EPCOT
ORLANDO, Fla – Walt Disney World officials on Tuesday said that a new exhibit, The Soul of Jazz: An American Adventure will debut at EPCOT beginning next month. The exhibit will be located inside the American Adventure and will introduce and allow guests to explore the colorful and surprising history of jazz. Officials said the exhibit will feature Joe Gardner, the music teacher from the new animated Disney-Pixar film, “Soul.”Guests will experience the musical history of jazz in the cities of New Orleans, Chicago, New York City, Los Angeles and Puerto Rico. [TRENDING: Manatee found with ‘Trump’ etched into skin | Carnival says 2020 bookings are strong | Here’s how to register for COVID-19 vaccine]“Jazz is the story of America. It unites people from every walk of life, and it’s a living breathing art form that is always evolving and always changing,” said Carmen Smith, creative executive with Walt Disney Imagineering “We’re working with top jazz museums across this country from New Orleans to New York and we’re excited to have their participation in this project.”An official opening date has not been announced, but Disney officials said they look forward to welcoming guests soon.
Opera adapts to pandemic, hosts drive-thru show in a parking garage -- and the results are stunning
DETROIT – When one thinks of the opera, images of a parking garage are unlikely to come to mind, but some unexpected creativity during the pandemic allowed people to experience the opera from their vehicle. This proves it: When you can’t pack people into a theater, you find another way to perform. Michigan Opera Theatre opened its season in late December this way. Each act performed on a different level of the opera house garage. Watch nextREAD: Michigan Opera Theatre names Yuval Sharon new artistic director
‘The face of Cabrini-Green’: A lost child, a legacy of failure and a changing neighborhood
“Now, what they said (is) the music’s too loud. This is our way of life. Your way of life is on the rooftop with your wines,” he said from his office at Holy Family Lutheran Church, just north of the rowhouses. … No, I can’t pay $3,500 a month. I’m not going to pretend like I can.chicagotribune.com
Former Disney musicians get new gig with Jolly Creek Society Orchestra
KISSIMMEE, Fla. – On Oct. 3, members of the Grand Floridian Society Orchestra played their last gig together at Hollywood Studios in Disney World. [TRENDING: Puppy pried from gator’s mouth doing OK | Florida Rep says Trump should pardon himself | 15-year-old girl dies after overdosing]“Before you would call our orchestra Grand and now, I would call our orchestra jolly ‘cause we are the Jolly Creek Society Orchestra,” Davy Jones, a trumpet player, and interim band leader said about their new opportunity to bring some smiles at the Jolly Creek Festival and Marketplace in Kissimmee. Now they’re looking forward to creating new memories with guests who’ll be enjoying the Jolly Creek Festival. “It’s turned out to be a wonderful thing for us and we can’t thank the staff here at Jolly Creek enough,” Davy said. Jolly Creek has contracts with more than six Central Florida entertainment acts and production companies.
Stevie Nicks joined TikTok so she could lace up her skates, sing ‘Dreams’ and drink some Ocean Spray
You might know him as TikTok star Doggface, who now famously posted the viral TikTok of him longboarding down the street listening to Fleetwood Mac’s 1977 hit “Dreams” while sipping out of a bottle of Ocean Spray cran-raspberry drink. Because of the TikTok, “Dreams” is up in the charts, Apodaca is releasing a Halloween costume based off the video, and Stevie Nicks has joined TikTok to upload her own version of the “Dreams” video. As many of us know, Nicks is a member of Fleetwood Mac and wrote and sings “Dreams.”It’s a song she wrote when she was breaking up with fellow Fleetwood Mac member Lindsey Buckingham. For any Nicks fan, it’s incredible to just hear a snippet of her singing “live.”Oh, and don’t forget about the bottle of Ocean Spray. You can see Nicks' video below.
5 things you probably didn’t know about Jack White
After a not-so-funny opening monologue from comedian Bill Burr on this past weekend’s “SNL,” the show needed someone to save it, and guitarist and singer Jack White did just that. Backed by only a drummer (with the coolest drum kit ever) and bassist, Jack White dipped back into his extensive back catalogue of songs, and played some classics. And if you’ve been rocking out to The White Stripes since 1999, you probably already appreciate all of these things. White first saw a rise to fame with his duo The White Stripes. On the bright side, that didn’t stop Jack White from still making music.
Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Dreams’ is gaining popularity, thanks to that hilarious now-viral TikTok
Fleetwood Mac’s classic hit “Dreams,” sung by the witchy Stevie Nicks, is having a breath of new life, thanks to a TikTok that recently went viral. He’s just enjoying life and jamming out to some Fleetwood Mac. The TikTok blew up on social media, and even Fleetwood Mac’s Twitter account took notice, and tweeted “We love this!” to all of its followers. As if this story couldn’t get any better, Fleetwood Mac’s drummer, Mick Fleetwood, recently joined TikTok so he could recreate the now famous video. Now twirl, Stevie Nicks, twirl!
The Plaza LIVE will offer outdoor concerts, smaller shows
ORLANDO, Fla. – Orlando concert venue The Plaza LIVE is bringing live musical shows back but adapting its offerings in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The Thursday night events will take place outside in the parking area of The Plaza LIVE. The Plaza LIVE is also hosting a new music experience called Escape to The Palm Lounge, featuring an evening with local folk, country, jazz, blues and rock musicians. These “intimate and immersive" shows start on Oct. 30 and tickets will be sold by table seating up to four people for $150. The candlelight performances will be 60-70-minute shows with 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. showtimes.
Dolly Parton’s Christmas movie to premiere on Netflix
Dolly Parton has a new Christmas movie coming to Netflix. “Dolly Parton’s Christmas on the Square” will be out Nov. 22, the streaming service announced. The movie stars Christine Baranski, as a rich, unpleasant woman who returns to her small town to evict everyone, but she has a change of heart after encounters with townspeople and an angel, played by Parton. [TRENDING: Disney announces layoffs| Presidential debate quickly turned into a brawl| 12-year-old boy causes crash while driving mom’s stolen car]The musical features original songs by the country artist. Ahead of Netflix’s announcement, Parton released the song “Christmas on the Square” from her upcoming holiday album, “A Holly Dolly Christmas.”
‘Outdoor Distanced’ house music concert series coming to Ace Café Orlando
ORLANDO, Fla. – Ace Café is continuing to find ways to bring live music to Central Florida in socially distanced ways during the coronavirus pandemic. On Sunday, Oct. 4, Ace Café will host its first Outdoor Distanced concert with Boris as part of its new event series, according to an event on Facebook. [TRENDING: Trump supporter hit girl in face, deputies say | This Central Fla. city is the best place to live | Were 3 Orlando cops poisoned?] All parties are asked to stay socially distant and utilize sanitation stations provided throughout the concert area. Ace Café doors open at 4 p.m. at 100 W. Livingston Street in Orlando.
Get ready to rock: Godsmack, Staind frontmen to perform live together in Daytona
You will soon get that chance when Godsmack and Staind frontmen perform together live in Daytona Beach in October. For the first time ever, Sully Erna and Aaron Lewis, will perform an unplugged show on the American Drive-In Tour on Oct. 23, according to event organizers. The live concert will be a socially distanced, drive-in where up to four patrons per vehicle are allowed, event officials said. It may never happen again.”This tour promises to bring rock fans back together for a unique, socially distanced experience. The duo is also performing in cities across Kansas, Iowa, Wisconsin, Ohio, Illinois, Missouri, Mississippi, Louisiana, North Carolina, Arizona and California.
Vinyl record sales surpass CDs for first time since ’80s
New sales figures show CDs are out of style. Sales of the retro records outpaced those of CDs in the first half of this year. [TRENDING: 7 systems swirl in tropics | Oracle to acquire TikTok? Sales for the old-school format brought in about $230 million almost double that of CDs. Consumers dropped about $4.8 billion on that in the first six months of 2020.
Coronavirus cancels EDC Orlando
You have an event youre looking forward to and it gets postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic. The 10th annual Electric Daisy Carnival Orlando is the latest local event to get rescheduled into 2021, according to event officials. As you might have imagined after we moved EDC Las Vegas to May 2021, we will be shifting Nocturnal Wonderland, Escape Psycho Circus, EDC Orlando & Dreamstate SoCal to 2021 as well.Theres no word of an Orlando date for 2021, but Rotella said the extra time allows the rescheduled events more time to be better creatively and logistically. If you missed last years event or you just want to look back and reminisce, scroll through these photos. To stay up to date with the latest information, visit the events website here.
Let your creative mind explode with these incredible new LEGO sets
LEGO Super MarioThe world of Super Mario is coming to life all thanks to LEGO. We love how creative Nintendo and LEGO fans are, and cant wait for them to unleash their imaginations in how they interact with Super Mario in the real world, said Jonathan Bennink, Digital Design Lead on LEGO Super Mario. Sixteen LEGO Super Mario sets have been introduced and the set also includes an app that will help support the experience. LEGO Ideas Grand Piano SetThe grand piano set is the latest product part of the LEGO Ideas collection. LEGO said the 3,662-piece LEGO Ideas Grand Piano is made to take center stage as a spectacular display model for any room.
Drive-in style rave coming to downtown Orlando parking lot in August
ORLANDO, Fla. Have you been missing live music and dancing since bars and clubs have been closed due to the coronavirus pandemic? Theres now a new way to rave thanks to three companies who have banded together to bring a drive-in style rave to Ace Caf in downtown Orlando. The parking lot, which can hold a total of 80 cars, opens at 1 p.m. and the event runs until midnight. Event officials say dancing is permitted and encouraged but attendees should stay close to the vehicle they arrived in. Early bird tickets are on sale for $20 a person and day of show tickets cost $25 per person.
Heres how Volusia schools plan to keep the band safely playing during the pandemic
VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. Many schools have finalized their reopening plans and in Volusia County, the districts plan includes keeping the band playing in the midst of a pandemic with the help of specialized personal protective equipment. DeLand High School Band Director Monica Leimer said students have been able to rehearse over the summer and that school leaders plan to purchase tools to help them continue playing through the new school year. (Image: National Federation of State High School Association) (WKMG)It keeps the aerosols from coming out of the bell, Leimer siad. (Image: National Federation of State High School Association) (WKMG)She added that they never play inside, even though the auditorium could fit them all. Part of that guidance stems from several studies, including some from the National Federation of State High School Association.
First North American drive-in festival, is coming to Orlando
Drive-ins have become the new way for us to socialize and partake in the festivities without gathering in large groups. From churches holding drive-in services, to movie theaters showing the newest releases outside, drive-ins have become popular again. Now, the first North American festival at a drive-in is coming to Central Florida. Carnage first broke the news on his Instagram profile writing: THE FIRST EVER NORTH AMERICAN FESTIVAL IN CORONA HISTORY!! SEE YOU SOON ORLANDO , Carnage concluded.