What events have onsales this week? See below for a selection of them. Click the images for more information.
The soul singer-songwriter is getting ready for his "Songs in the Key of Life Performance" tour. It begins November 6 and runs until December 5. After having initial onsales earlier this week, tickets for four more Stevie Wonder shows are up for grabs next Monday. The cities include D.C., Atlanta, Vegas, and Oakland.
The NBA is one of those sports that you never feel like you leave for long, given its championship games are in early to mid-June. This year was no different, and that feeling of basketball all year was only extended as LeBron James announced his return to Cleveland. The league has its initial onsales next week, with dozens of games between the Hawks, Bulls, Grizzlies, Bucks, Knicks, Thunder, Magic, and Spurs.
Stevie Wonder will embark on a multi-city U.S. tour starting Nov. 6 in New York, NY, at Madison Square Garden. Songs in the Key of Life Performance is scheduled to visit major cities like Washington, D.C., Boston, MA, and Chicago, IL, over the course of five weeks, before concluding Dec 5. in Oakland, CA.
This tour will be feature songs from Wonder's iconic album, Songs in the Key of Life. This album — which was the 18th in Wonder's career — features songs like "I Wish," "Sir Duke," "As," and "Isn't She Lovely."
See below for a selection of tour dates and visit the Stevie Wonder page for more information on tickets.
According to The Guardian, rock pioneer Chuck Berry, whose contributions to music set the scene for an entire generation of the art form, was made a laureate of the Polar Music Prize, the Swedish award founded in 1989 by the late Stig Anderson, who managed ABBA.
Up until now, I had never heard of this award, but I really like the idea. Like the Nobel, it is awarded for overall contributions, but this one fills a gap in recognition that other music organizations don't consider. For example, the big music academies tend to award for specific songs, albums, or artist/band achievement. There are also several lifetime achievement awards out there. Then there's the Germany-based Ernst von Siemens Music Prize, which is similar in nature but seems to focus more on orchestral and symphonic music and not modern popular music, though composers and conductors of these forms have been among Polar Music Award recipients.
Berry was joined this year by opera director Peter Sellars. Past recipients include Paul McCartney, Paul Simon, B.B. King, Yo-Yo Ma, and Elton John.
On Sunday's VMAs, Usher performed his latest single, "She Came to Give It To You" alongside Nicki Minaj and now, he's announced an upcoming album and tour. Yesterday, the singer tweeted the first round of cities for The UR Experience Tour (or #URXTour, if you're on Twitter). Usher is scheduled to visit Seattle, WA; Los Angeles, CA; Dallas, TX; Chicago, IL; New Orleans, LA; New York, NY; Atlantic City, NJ; and Orlando, FL.
Update: 8/27/14 9:30 a.m. The second round of U.S. cities has been announced: San Jose, CA; Memphis, TN; Detroit, MI; Uncasville, CT; Philadelphia, PA; Washington, D.C.; Miami, FL.
He also released a 30-second teaser trailer, which you can see below. The remainder of his tour, plus concrete dates, have yet to be announced. But Usher did drop a second single, "Believe Me," as well as his own ALS Ice Bucket Challenge video.
See below to watch the trailer for The UR Experience Tour and be sure to check back on the Usher page for more information on tickets!
There are several big onsales this coming week, including some major concert tours as well some theater shows.
First up, Garth Brooks has his Atlanta, GA, show going on sale Friday. This will be one to keep a keen eye on as Brooks might release more dates in the city throughout the day as he did for Chicago. We'll also be keeping watch, and if any more go on sale, we'll get them up as quickly as possible.
Then, on Saturday, Aussie pop punk band 5 Seconds of Summer has its first major tour on sale. Following its guest spot with One Direction, the freshman band will begin its tour with a few dates in November. It will then pick things back up in May in Europe and Australia, before heading back stateside next July.
Other acts with tickets up for grabs in the coming days include Ray LaMontagne, Chicago, and The Fresh Beat Band.
In theater, Phantom of the Opera has 16 shows onsale for Atlanta, GA, on Sunday. Following it on Monday are eight more shows for the NYC production of Aladdin and on Tuesday eight shows for the Ringling Bros. circus in Pittsburgh, PA.
Finally, in sports, the Cleveland Browns have 10 games on sale this coming Tuesday.
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