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Carrie Underwood

Carrie Underwood

Carrie Underwood

  • By Dennis Petrone

Seven-time Grammy Award winner and country music ally Carrie Underwood takes the stage this month at the Staples Center in her Cry Pretty Tour 360 with special guests Maddie and Tae, and Runaway June. Coming off the back of the 53rd CMA Awards that Underwood hosted and the Country Music Association themed a celebration of women in country, we’re loving this all-female line-up and long overdue moment for the genre.

This is Underwood’s sixth studio album and tour since her national breakout moment back in 2005 on American Idol, and she’s shown no signs of slowing down. In addition to her seven Grammys, she’s also won 11 Billboard Music Awards, 14 Academy of Country Music Awards and 13 American Music Awards among others. She’s regarded as one of the most successful artists of any musical drama having sold more than 65 million records worldwide.

With Cry Pretty, Underwood continues to share her message or love. Her vocal support of gun legislation and gay marriage in her songs “The Bullet” and “Love Wins” has brought the artist under heat with traditional country fans. But the devout Christian maintains her position. “I do think that we as humans are inherently good and we need to remember that,” she said in a recent radio interview. “Because we’re different, that doesn’t make somebody else bad, it just makes us different.”

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Barry Manilow

Barry Manilow plays the Hollywood Bowl Sept 6-7

Barry Manilow

  • By Arlene Winnick

Two legendary entertainers bring their sold-out concerts to the Hollywood Bowl this month guaranteed to have audiences cheering and singing along.

Emmy, Grammy, and Tony Award winner Barry Manilow, the ultimate showman hands down brings his spectacular music to the Bowl on September 6 and 7.  He has sold more than 75 million records as a solo artist worldwide with too many hits to list – my favorites (and I have danced to them all) include “Copacabana,” “Mandy,” “I Write the Songs,” “Even Now” and “Could It Be Magic.” To make the night even more amazing (and for the first time), Manilow will be joined onstage by Lorna Luft, daughter of Judy Garland, who will perform material from her mother’s songbook. The LA Philharmonic will accompany the performers.

Next up on September 13 and 14, is Earth, Wind, & Fire, the iconic band whose multicultural music has transcended categories and helped shape the musical landscape of generations.  Their hit songs span five decades from “Shining Star” and “Boogie Wonderland” to “Got to Get You Into My Life” and “After the Love has Gone.” With more than 20 albums, 90 million records sold, and too many awards to count (the band will be a Kennedy Center honoree this December), this legendary group will have the crowd cheering as the Bowl’s season finale fireworks light up the sky.

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Roy Orbison & Buddy

Roy Orbison and Buddy Holly The Rock ‘N’ Roll Dream Tour (presented by Base Hologram) Sept 27 at Saban Theatre

Roy Orbison & Buddy

  • By Cynthia Lum

ROY ORBISON & BUDDY HOLLY: The Rock ‘N’ Roll Dream Tour coming to the Saban Theater in Beverly Hills on September 27, 2019.  This will be a very special night of classic Rock in a classic theater.  The Saban, formerly known as the Fox Wilshire Theater is a classic Art Deco structure that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

This one night only show features Rock legends Roy Orbison and Buddy Holly in cutting edge hologram, along with a live band, backing singers, and remastered audio of the musicians’ greatest hits. Singer, songwriter, musician Roy Orbison known for his impassioned singing style, complex song structures, and dark emotional ballads, boasts 6 Grammy Awards, including a Lifetime Achievement Award. Both Orbison and Holly are Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees. When Holly was inducted the Hall of Fame remarked that the singer, songwriter “made a major and lasting impact on popular music.”

Orbison’s son and President of Roy Orbison Music said in an interview, “My father’s music meant the world to not just us Orbison’s but to millions of fans worldwide…Dad jammed with Buddy in Lubbock Texas and helped change music history by turning Buddy on to Norman Petty Studios; Buddy later returned the favor by recording two of Dad’s songs on his first Cricket’s album. How beyond cool and special that these two great friends, now get to tour the world together.”

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La Bohème

LA Opera presents La Bohéme Sept 14-Oct 6 at Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

La Bohème

  • By Ken Werther
  • Photo Courtesy of LA Opera

The facts: La Bohème is an opera in four acts, composed by Giacomo Puccini to an Italian libretto by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa. It is based on the novel Scènes de la vie de Bohème by Henri Murger. The world premiere of La Bohème took place on February 1, 1896 at the Teatro Regio in Turin, conducted by a 28-year-old Arturo Toscanini. Since then, La Bohème has become part of the standard Italian opera repertory and is one of the most frequently performed operas worldwide. The tragic love story sweeps you into the bustling cafés and hidden corners of 19th-century Paris to follow the triumphs and toils of a band of struggling young artists as they search for life, love, and laughter. Is this the most romantic of all operas? Discuss!

La Bohème has been recorded many times. The earliest commercially released full-length version is thought to have been recorded in 1917 and there are several other critically acclaimed versions of particular note (1946, actually conducted by Toscanini; 1972, featuring Luciano Pavarotti; 1973, featuring Plácido Domingo; 2008, featuring Anna Netrebko and Rolando Villazón). In 1996, the late Jonathan Larson based his Pulitzer Prize-winning musical Rent on La Bohème and in 2002 Baz Luhrmann brought his production of the opera from Australia to Broadway (and later to the Ahmanson). This month, LA Opera presents a new-to-LA production at the Music Center. Great love stories, it seems, are timeless.

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