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Van Hunt Takes On The Commodores

Van Hunt takes The Commodores’ 1977 classic “Zoom” and brings it into 2021. Lionel Richie’s original band released “Zoom” as a song included on their fifth self-titled album but not as a single. In Van Hunt’s hands “Zoom” becomes the transcendent “(zÅ«m).” He captures the same longing for a better and happier world that The Commodores were singing about 44 years ago. His arrangement is true to the original but he infuses it with his own personal intensity. The lyrics today could easily be a reference to the pandemic angst and by the end of the song it feels like anxiety put to rest.  There is no word yet on the Van Hunt’s follow-up to Van Hunt’s 2017 album Popular. 

 




Throwback: Lionel Richie-All Night Long (All Night)

Lionel Richie’s Caribbean-influenced “All Night Long (All Night)” was a communal pop get together. Richie’s friendly approach was inviting and the majestic horns sounded like early morning sunshine. Michael Nesmith of The Monkees produced the video which became one of the most-watched of the era. The scenes of all people dancing together was an image that fit the song perfectly and lined up with its global appeal. Can’t Slow Down was Richie’s second album and songs like “All Night Long (All Night)” helped it take home the Grammy for Album of the Year. The single also became Richie’s signature that continues to introduce him to new generations of fans. Richie’s Live From Las Vegas album was released in 2019. 

 

 

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Lionel Richie Is Producing A Sammy Davis Jr. Biopic

Lionel Richie is co-producing a biopic about the late Sammy Davis Jr. with Mike Menchel and Lorenzo di Bonaventura. The movie is based on the 1965 memoir, Yes I Can: The Story Of Sammy Davis Jr., written by Davis, Burt Boyar and his wife Jane. Davis grew up in the world of entertainment because both of his parents were vaudeville performers. At age 7 he co-starred in the 1933 21-minute film Rufus Jones For President with Ethel Waters.

By the ’50’s Davis was starring on Broadway in Mr. Wonderful and in the ’60’ s he had his own TV show and became a member of Frank Sinatra’s Rat Pack of famous actors. He made several movies during the ’60’s including the original Ocean’s 11 and became a headlining act in Vegas at the Frontier Casino. Davis was not immune to the segregation at the time even though he was a top act and he was forbidden to stay at the casino or have a dressing room. Later in his career, he refused to work at segregated venues. Davis was a supporter of civil rights and participated in the March On Washington and was a supporter of Jesse Jackson’s PUSH organization. Davis and his wife Altovise were the first African-Americans invited to spend the night at the White House courtesy of then-president Richard Nixon.

Davis died in 1990 after a 6-month battle with throat cancer but his legacy is all over pop culture. Eddie Murphy and Tommy Davidson are just two of the comedians to impersonate him and he has been mentioned numerous movies and TV shows. Don Cheadle portrayed him in The Rat Pack and Amy Winehouse sang about him in her song “Me and Mr. Jones.”

The upcoming unnamed film has the support of Davis’ heirs and Richie added, “It’s an honor for me to bring the life of one of my idols and friends to the screen. I’m so grateful to be working closely with the Davis family on this and couldn’t be happier to be moving forward on this passion project.”




Music Tourism In Las Vegas Where Does All Gambling Go

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Las Vegas is a city that is constantly reinventing itself. For years it was known as the most popular gambling mekka not only for US citizens, but players from all over the world. But with some major revenue drops appearing couple years ago the city started changing their politics. Today Las Vegas wants to be known not only for their glitzy casino parlors.

Today the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) is capitalizing on the city’s destination status for world-class entertainment, culinary offerings and most importantly – the music. Between October 2014 and September 2015 LVCVA worked on promoting the Sin City at seven most popular markets – Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Phoenix, San Diego, Dallas and Houston.

No doubt the promotion campaign was successful. There are still people who come to the Sin City for some poker and slots. But in case you are into gambling, discover the world of online casinos and poker apps. If you interested in winning good money online, visit this guide and learn all you need. And after that – plan your music trip to Las Vegas! Hopefully, there are some cool events to look forward in 2016.

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Music Residencies

Having high-profile artists moving in for the residencies along the Strip is one of the things now common for Las Vegas. John Fogerty, Elton John, Jennifer Lopez and Britney Spears return to the Sin City at the beginning of 2016. Lionel Richie has his residency at the Axis at Planet Hollywood, and you can see him in May, September, and October. Depending on your musical preference Las Vegas has artists to entertain you.

Music Festivals

In you want something more massive than one music star, you are more than welcomed to come to summer festivals.

Punk Rock Bowling 2016

The festival was started back in 1999 by ‘BYO Records’ owners. Now it is the cool way to bring together all the music community together and have great time. The legendary music event is just around the corner, it would take place on 28th-30th May. The lineup includes Flag, the Descendants, Flogging Molly and more. Five nights of club shows and punk rock poker tournament, comedy shows and hotel pool parties – everyone will find entertainment for himself.

Electric Daisy Carnival

The heat of the summer is the best time for this dance-travaganza for all the dance fans out there. It will take place on June 17-19 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The lineup promises something extra-special – they are celebrating 20th anniversary. However, the lineup is still kept in secret. As always, carnival prepares additional entertainment to enjoy between the performances.

Psycho Festival

This year the festival has finally moved to the Sin City and will be held at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino on August 26-28. The lineup includes some great bands like a can’t-miss Down, rock icons Blue Oyster Cult and legendary Sleep and Candlemass. Three stages and chopper show, three stages to visit and tattoo artists show sounds like a lot of fun.

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