Artist Ticket Picks: Jazz Icons, Greek Burlesque, Musical Shakespeare and more!

GERALD_1_Ben_WolfWelcome to this week’s Artist Ticket Picks! The Artist Ticket program gives our customers a way to donate to causes that we care about.

If you’re an event producer, you can allow your ticket buyers to purchase limited-edition tickets printed with original artwork in your event settings. The ticket buyer will pay a small, additional charge of $0.25 and receive a limited edition, collectible ticket imprinted with original artwork. The current charity of our choosing will receive 100% of the additional charge. Physical tickets must be enabled on the event.

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So, without further ado, here are this week’s Artist Ticket picks:

Thursday, November 14 I The Gerald Clayton, Ben Williams, Kendrick Scott TrioSeattle, Washington   NEXT pianist Gerald Clayton and bassist Ben Williams will perform at the Experience Music Project in a trio setting with the sensational drummer Kendrick Scott, all leaders in a new generation of jazz. A combo of Seattle High School Jazz All-Stars will workshop with the artists and open the concert. Presented in collaboration with Icons Among Us: Jazz in the Present Tense with support from The Argus Fund.


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The Mid-Week Beat: Marco Collins Documentary, Bonnie Prince Billy, Cloud Cult, Shook Twins and more!

283488-250Hey there music fans! Welcome to another Mid-Week Beat.

I was perusing our music listings this week and was blown away by all the great shows we got coming up around the country this weekend. As a result, I thought it’d be wise to feature a little smattering of some of them.

The majority of these are celebrated singer/songwriters and that’s appropriate since today just happens to be some pretty legendary songwriters’ birthdays, namely John Lennon, who would have been 73 today and, strangely enough, his son Sean Lennon, who turns 38 today. Also, John Entwistle, songwriter and bass player for The Who would have been 69, PJ Harvey turns 44, Al Jourgensen of Ministry is 55 today, James Fearnley of The Pogues turns 59, Jackson Browne turns 65 and though not technically a songwriter, legendary 1960s French-pop singer France Gall turns 66 today.

So, in celebration of great songwriters and great music, check out these upcoming events:

Friday, October 11

The Glamour & The Squalor Benefit ConcertSeattle, Washington

Come enjoy an evening of Northwest music curated by legendary Seattle DJ, Marco Collins. Marco was a DJ for 107.7FM “The End” (KNDD) radio station here in Seattle during the grunge explosion of the early 90s and is responsible for catapulting the careers of many of the bands from that era. He is considered by many to be the last great commercial DJ and is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Attendees will get an exclusive sneak peak of The Glamour & The Squalor, a documentary film about Marco. This will be the only opportunity to preview scenes from the film before it premieres in 2014.

The show will be hosted by El Vez, the Mexican Elvis and will feature live performances by Mary Lambert, The Young Evils, Sean Nelson (The Long Winters/Harvey Danger), Fences (feat. Jen Ghetto of Carissa’s Wierd), Nacho Picasso, Tilson XOXO, Ra Scion & Daniel Blue (motopony), IG88, Ruler and DJ Action Jackson (Fly Moon Royalty). There will also be an art exhibit by P Smoov (Fresh Espresso/Mad Rad) and Danny Bland will read from his new book In Case We Die.


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25 Years of Def Jam Records!

Hard to believe that Def Jam Records has been around for 25 years! I remember the first time I heard of Def Jam, it was when I discovered The Beastie Boys classic debut “Licensed To Ill” a release that managed to bring hip-hop, punk, rock and mainstream audiences together with the universal call to “Fight for Your Right to Party!” Something any 13 year old (my age in 1986) can stand behind, even though I really didn’t know what “partying” was yet.

The label was started by the now-infamous record producer Rick Rubin in his dorm room at NYU and its first release was a single by his punk group Hose. Shortly after that, Vincent Gallo introduced Rubin to Russell Simmons. The label would then focus more on hip-hop and urban music but would also count thrash-metal band Slayer among its ranks, proving its diversity and desire to bring the rock and hip-hop communities together. Throughout the late 80s and early to mid 90s, Def Jam would dominate the pop charts with ground breaking releases by Public Enemy, LL Cool J and EPMD and then into the new millennium with chart-toppers Rihanna, Jay Z and Kanye West.
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