Looking & Booking

The seventh annual “Reggae Sunsplash Tour” will visit two continents, five countries and over 50 cities before joining 60 other artists at the Bob Marley Center at Montego Bay, Jamaica, July 15 to 20. Tour, featuring Maxi Priest, Shinehead, Andrew Tosh and Carlene Davis, begins in Tokyo May 7. William Morris books.

M.C. Hammer, Paul Simon, Peter Gabriel, Sting and Sinead O’Connor are among the acts lined up for the May 12 “Campaign For Kurdish Refugees” benefit. Five-hour show, featuring satellite linkups between London, Rotterdam, Manchester, the Hague and Innsbruck, will be broadcast on tv and radio by the BBC. Monies will go directly to the British Red Cross and will be distributed through the Red Cross and other aid agencies.

Paul Simon recently wrapped the North American leg of his “Born At The Right Time” tour, which lasted four months, played 51 shows and grossed over $14 million, per tour promoter BCL. Group is currently playing Europe.

Lynyrd Skynyrd 1991 has signed to Atlantic Records and will hit the road to tour behind its new self-titled album, set for June 11 release. Group features original Skynyrd members Gary Rossington, Ed King, Leon Wilkeson, Billy Powell and Artemus Pyle. Johnny Van Zant, brother of group’s late singer Ronnie Van Zant, handles vocals. Tour kicks off July 19 at Nashville’s Starwood Amphitheater.

Branford Marsalis, Carmen McRae, Nat Adderley, Eddie Palmieri and Mario Bauza are among the musical artists signed for the 1991 Boston Globe Jazz Festival set to run June 17 to 23. The series, celebrating its 25th anni, mixes free and paid concert events throughout Boston.

Gilbey’s Gin and the National Jazz Service Organization have teamed up in Chicago to produce the first Women of the New Jazz Festival, May 17 and 18 at Chicago’s Hot House. Artists include Jane Bunnett, Rita Warford, Myra Melford and Geri Allen.

Broadway In Concert Inc. and Pace Theatrical Group have finalized plans with the Really Useful Group and Superstar Ventures to launch “The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber,” a 6 week U.S. tour that bows June 18 at the Shoreline Amphitheater in San Francisco. “Phantom of the Opera” star Michael Crawford will appear with a 37 piece orchestra and 12 other Broadway singers in the revue of tunes from Lloyd Webber musicals.

Former Byrd Roger McGuinn, currently playing halls in support of his “Back From Rio” comeback disk, is looking to extend through summer.

Guitar virtuoso Richard Thompson tours with band this summer, courtesy Tour Consultants.

Rock-It Marketings RickArnstein has locked a deal between Bud Light and Julie Lokin’s New Audiences booking agency to create the Bud Light Classic Concert Series in New York, featuring jazz, r&b and soul in various Gotham clubs.

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