NEW ORLEANS (AP) — It's galoshes and mud boots ahead for fans of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival as the two-week celebration of its 50th anniversary nears an end.
Satisfaction: Rolling Stones to headline 50th Jazz Fest
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival has got satisfaction: The Rolling Stones are among the headliners for the 50th anniversary festival.
Organizers on Tuesday confirmed reports that the Rock and Roll Hall of Famers will play. Also headlining the 8-day event, which runs April 25-28 and May 2-5, are Katy Perry, the Dave Matthews Band, Al Green, Pitbull, Santana, Jerry Lee Lewis, Aaron Neville and gospel great Shirley Caesar.
Aretha Franklin to be honored with tribute show next month
NEW YORK (AP) — The Queen of Soul will get a royal tribute from Alicia Keys, Patti LaBelle, Kelly Clarkson and more next month.
The Recording Academy and music mogul Clive Davis will put on the special concert — "Aretha! A GRAMMY Celebration For The Queen Of Soul" — on Jan. 13 at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. The event will broadcast later in 2019 on CBS.
President and stars join in epic farewell to Queen of Soul
DETROIT (AP) — Former presidents and preachers joined a parade of singers Friday in a hip-swaying, piano-pounding farewell to Aretha Franklin, remembering the Queen of Soul as a powerful force for musical and political change and a steadfast friend and family member.
"Aretha's singing challenged the dangling discords of hate and lies and racism and injustice," the pastor William J. Barber II said. "Her singing was revelation and was revolution."
Franklin’s funeral billed as a spiritual service, with stars
DETROIT (AP) — Organizers of Aretha Franklin's funeral insist it will be a service, not a show. Yet the Queen of Soul's final send-off on Friday certainly will encompass many elements, emotions and grand entrances that were hallmarks of her more than six decades on sacred and secular stages.
And it boasts a lineup of speakers and singers that would rival any of the hottest revues, past or present.
Ariana Grande will perform at Aretha Franklin’s funeral
NEW YORK (AP) — Ariana Grande will be among the performers who will pay tribute to Aretha Franklin at her funeral Friday.
Stevie Wonder, Faith Hill among all-star lineup for Franklin
NEW YORK (AP) — An all-star lineup that includes Stevie Wonder, Faith Hill, Jennifer Hudson, Fantasia, Shirley Caesar and many more will perform at Aretha Franklin's funeral next week.
The Queen of Soul's service will be held in Detroit on Aug. 31. Also slated to perform are Ron Isley, Chaka Khan, Yolanda Adams, Jennifer Holliday and Franklin's son, Edward Franklin.
The list was provided to The Associated Press on Thursday by Franklin's longtime publicist, Gwendolyn Quinn.
Kimberly C. Roberts Producer and songwriter Thom Bell, a pioneer of the world-renowned “Philly Sound,” is among a stellar group of musical icons being honored when “Great Performances,” in collaboration with the Recording Academy, presents “Grammy Salute to Music Legends 2017, the second annual all-star concert offering a primetime spotlight for the academy’s 2017 Special Awards recipients. Premiering at 9 p.m. Friday on WHYY, the celebration and tribute concert features rare performances by...
Raleigh pastor, viral video star to appear on NBC’s ‘Little Big Shots: Forever Young’
Shirley Caesar, a 12-time Gospel Grammy award winner and pastor of Mount Calvary Word of Faith Church in Raleigh will appear on NBC's new show, "Little Big Shots: Forever Young."
"I'm older now, but I've still for my job," she joked. "I might have a little arthritis, I might have some bouts with my gout, but I still got joy."
Caesar joins a cast of guests, people from their 60s to over 100, showing off their remarkable talents.
Grammy producer apologizes for Metallica, Caesar glitches
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The longtime producer of the Grammy Awards is offering apologies to Metallica and Shirley Caesar after a technical glitch and a misprint marred their inclusion on the show.
Gospel singer Shirley Caesar sues Georgia artist over song
ATLANTA (AP) — Grammy-winning gospel singer Shirley Caesar, whose sermon-song "Hold My Mule" went viral a few years ago, is suing a Georgia rapper over a remix of her song.
The lawsuit, filed this week in Gwinnett County, accuses Keenan Webb — known as DJ Suede — of releasing an unauthorized version. The clerk's office says the court file does not yet list an attorney for Webb.
Shirley Caesar isn’t cooking ‘beans, greens’ at Thanksgiving
NEW YORK (AP) — Shirley Caesar won't be cooking "beans, greens, potatoes, tomatoes" at Thanksgiving this year.
The legendary gospel singer, who is enjoying viral success with a remix of one of her sermon-songs featuring a line referencing food items, says she's not cooking this year during the U.S. holiday.
"I ain't cooking nothing," 79-year-old Caesar said with a laugh in a phone interview with The Associated Press on Friday. "Absolutely zilch."