Here we are halfway through the workday and we've already posted a full day's worth of work including new dates for Blues Traveler, Chuck Prophet, Michael Bolton and Slightly Stoopid. We also have links to items about Salt-N-Pepa, Judy Collins, Rhapsody America and the world's first rock & roll theme park. Ain't Tuesdays wonderful?
Will the so-called "promoter's ordinance" up for a vote tomorrow in Chicago hinder that city's live music scene? One newspaperman thinks so - Chicago Sun-Times (registration may be required)
Trouble at Rhapsody America? - PaidContent.org
Researchers now say music can make wine taste better. This is breaking news. After all, we already know that wine can make music sound better. - Telegraph U.K.
Lady rapper who put the Pepa in Salt-N-Pepper pens tell-all book - The Star-Ledger
The world's first and so far only rock & roll theme park opens this week in South Carolina - The Detroit News
Judy Collins talks about the Fab Four - New York Post
Dates, Dates & More Dates …
We just posted new June, July and August dates for Blues Traveler. The new schedule includes stops in San Francisco (May 31), Big Flats, NY (June 13), Stamford, CT (June 19) and Jackson, WY (August 21).
Chuck Prophet fills up his July calendar with new shows on both sides of the continent. Look for Chuck on the east coast in Ellsworth, Maine, on July 9. On the west coast look for Mr. Prophet playing Seattle on July 25, Yakima on July 25 and Ballard, WA, on July 26. Other dates include a July 3 show in Ann Arbor, MI; Taos, NM, on August 8 and Billings, MT, on August 15.
Michael Bolton takes his blue-eyed soul to French Lick, Indiana, on June 26. Other new dates include Verona, NY, on June 30; Mashantucket, CT, on July 4 and Atlantic City on July 5.
And Slightly Stoopid updates today with several new dates for August. New listings include August 13 in Butte, Montana; August 21 in Boston; August 24 in Baltimore and August 31 in St. Augustine, FL.
During the last couple of hours we also updated the schedules for Coldplay, Sophie Milman, The Buckinghams, The Pink Spiders, The Zutons, The Radiators, Oppenheimer, Ian Tyson, Iggy Pop, Lupe Fiasco, Fareed Haque, Great Lake Swimmers, Dennis DeYoung, Dave Alvin & The Guilty Men, Ana Popovic, Blue Oyster Cult and Chris Garneau.
But the day is only half over here on the west coast and we have more data to post than Keith Richards has wrinkles. Don't miss Your Midday Update, scheduled for around 3 pm (PDT), from Pollstar.com!
This Day In Music History … (from Associated Press)
In 1955, Elvis Presley's performance in Jacksonville, Florida caused a riot, the first reported incident of trouble at an Elvis show.
In 1966, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band played their first professional gig at the Paradox Club in Orange, California.
In 1974, more than 50 people were injured when fans who couldn't get tickets rioted outside a Jackson Five concert in Washington, DC.
In 1985, rock star Bruce Springsteen married actress Julianne Phillips at 10 minutes past midnight in a secret ceremony in Oregon. Their marriage fell apart in 1988.
In 1988, jazz trumpeter Chet Baker, famed for his 1950's appearances with baritone saxophonist Gerry Mulligan, died in a three-storey fall from an Amsterdam hotel. He was 58. Police said Baker was using heroin shortly before his fatal plunge. Baker set the standard for the cool school of jazz with his trumpet playing, but his career suffered from a series of narcotics arrests.
In 1988, pioneer rock 'n' roll DJ Alan Freed and big band leader Benny Goodman were among the first 18 inductees into the Radio Hall of Fame in New York.