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Hip Hop artist Kanye West arrested at LAX

Google Image Grammy winning singer/songwriter/producer Kanye West was reportedly arrested today after an altercation with photographers at Los Angeles International Airport. Also arrested, West’s bodyguard/road manager, Don Crowley.   The incident occurred this morning just before West and Crowley were scheduled to board a flight for Hawaii. During the altercation with paparazzi a still camera was allegedly smashed. A videographer working for the celebrity chasing website, TMZ, reportedly recorded the incident. According to some reports, West was taken away in handcuffs, but the police did not detain the photographers involved. West is a 10-time Grammy winner.... Read More →

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More sad news in the music industry

The producer of Bob Dylan’s Grammy-winning album “Slow Train Coming” as well as great R&B hits like Aretha Franklin’s “Respect” and Percy Sledge’s “When A Man Loves A Woman,” died today – Jerry Wexler was 91. Wexler was considered a giant in the music industry because of his far-reaching influence. He helped shape the music of the 50s, 60s, 70s, and 80s by working with some of the most creative artists in the business. Wexler was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a non-performing artist in... Read More →


Soul Notes

  I got e-mails this week from Dee Dee Brown about some upcoming soulful events in the Southland.  The 4th Annual Summer Soul Jam will be kicking up a groove with a talented line-up on Saturday, August 16, from noon to 6 p.m. at the Par Three Golf Course in Compton. Scheduled to perform are Grammy-winning singer Jody Watley, Anthony Hamilton, Johnny Gill of New Edition, Charlie Wilson of the Gap Band, and “American Idol” music director/music producer, Rickey Minor and his band. Also, the get down and boogie concert will... Read More →

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Singer Isaac Hayes pronounced dead at a hospital today

The entertainment industry took another painful hit today.  Legendary singer, songwriter, and arranger Isaac Hayes reportedly was found in his home unconscious by a relative today. Attempts to revive Hayes by paramedics and later at a Memphis hospital failed.  Hayes got his big break as a studio musician at the famous Stax Records in Memphis, where he wrote songs for artists like the great Otis Redding as well as Sam and Dave. Hayes’ 1969 “Hot Buttered Soul” album went platinum and made him a star. He went on... Read More →

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The Police call it quits in New York City

Madison Square Garden Another great band has taken final bows and left the stage. The Police wrapped its reunion tour and last concert with a New York City fundraiser at Madison Square Garden on Thursday night, August 7, 2008.  Bassist/vocalist Sting, drummer Stewart Copeland, and guitarist Andy Summers got back together for the reunion tour after taking a break from performing in1986. The Police farewell tour began in Vancouver during the spring of 2007 and played more than 140 shows. Sting and company rocked The Hollywood Bowl several weeks ago on May... Read More →

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Community Calendar

“The Sounds of Summer” concert series in Burbank continues on Tuesday, August 12, with America’s Premier Doo-Wop Group, The Alley Cats. Bring a picnic, bring a blanket or a lawn chair for an evening of fun. The concert kicks off at 7 p.m. at the Northwest Branch Library, 3323 West Victory Blvd. Call 818-238-5640 for more information. Contributed by Louise Paziak, Publicity Maven for the Burbank Libraries.

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Grammy Foundation offering grants of up to $40,000

I spotted this notice in today’s Arts Funding Watch e-newsletter. The grants are being offered to organizations and individuals researching the impact of music on the human condition. Also, these grants are available for projects dealing with archiving and preserving the music and recorded sound heritage of the Americas. For application guidelines go to

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