Female singers return with 36 dates and names
The femme gathering of tribes formerly known as Lilith Fair, which is staging a comeback after more than a decade of going MIA, has announced eight of its 36 summer dates, with tickets going on sale beginning March 27. The roster of artists for the Live Nation-produced Lilith Tour 2010 includes Erykah Badu, Cat Power, Sheryl Crow, Corrine Bailey Rae, Norah Jones, Mary J. Blige and original co-founder Sarah McLachlan. Each stop will include 11 performers, with McLachlan a constant in all the shows. The first two of the announced dates, July 2 and July 3 in Portland and Seattle, respectively, feature Colbie Caillat, Badu and Crow; while July 17 in Chicago, July 20 in Indianapolis and July 24 in Toronto tout Blige, La Roux and Kelly Clarkson, among others. Perhaps the biggest challenge of the tour will be whether its original mission statement of female empowerment to counter a man’s world of radio dominance still holds relevance, with artists like Taylor Swift, Lady Gaga and Beyonce dominating the charts and the awards show circuit. Official media sponsor is ABC, which will trumpet the tour on its shows and online via the ABC Music Lounge.
* * *The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers will honor the poster girl of CBGB’s and New York’s burgeoning punk movement, singer-songwriter-poet Patti Smith, at its 27th annual Pop Music Awards on April 21. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer will be honored with ASCAP’s Founders Award, given to music innovators who possess a “unique style of creative genius that will enrich generations to come.” Event will take place at the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel. Smith, whose works include the landmark 1975 LP “Horses” and the acclaimed 1996 collection “Gone Again,” has been in the news as of late, having just published her memoir, “Just Kids,” about her formative years in 1970s Manhattan and her relationship with the late photographer Robert Mapplethorpe.
* * *Angelenos will have a chance to get up close and personal with a man who’s won three Oscars, four Grammys, four Emmys and a Tony when the curtain rises on “An Intimate Evening With Marvin Hamlisch” on Monday at UCLA’s Freud Playhouse. Best known as the composer of the Pulitzer Prize-winning “A Chorus Line” as well as the Barbra Streisand/Robert Redford tearjerker “The Way We Were,” Hamlisch will recount stories from his career and likely will tickle the ivories with a song or two. The evening is part of the Reprise Theater Company’s Monday night tradition of presenting Broadway luminaries in concert., with past appearances by the likes of Patti Lupone, Carol Burnett, Ben Vereen and Kristen Chenoweth.
* * *Music event producer Control Room and the Federation Intl. de Football Assn. announced Wednesday that Alicia Keys, the Black Eyed Peas, John Legend, Juanes, Shakira and the Parlotones are among the entertainers confirmed to perform at the FIFA World Cup Kick-Off Celebration Concert. The event will take place on the eve of the first match at 8 p.m. local time June 10, at the newly renovated Orlando Stadium in Soweto/Johannesburg.
* * *Diana Ross, the face of the Supremes and the model for Deena in the Broadway musical “Dreamgirls” (played by Beyonce in the movie version), is embarking on her first major tour since 2004. Dubbed the “More Today Than Yesterday: The Greatest Hits Tour,” the cross-country, 17-city trek kicks off May 15 in Boston and will include dates in New York (May 19) and Los Angeles (June 9) before wrapping June 12 in Saratoga, Calif. As the lead singer of the Supremes and subsequent solo artist, the 65-year-old Ross has reportedly sold more than 100 million records.