In honor of Donna Summer, who was born and raised in Boston, the city in collaboration with Together Boston will host a Donna Summer Roller Disco Tribute on Friday, July 18 from 6 to 10 p.m in City Hall Plaza.
Adding to the Donna Summer celebration will be two of Boston’s loved drag queens, Frieda Fries and Nicholle Pride of Perestroika who will model the late disco queen’s iconic styles.
Rollerskates and blades can be rented on Friday free of charge at the event, and if you don’t want to skate, you can just come and dance to the classic disco tunes played by Dorchester DJ Kon and friends.
For all of you who have plans to visit Provincetown this summer, I always recommend taking in a show or two. In the summer, Ptown becomes like a gay little Las Vegas with more shows on any given night than many cities more than ten times its size. A perennial favorite is Well Strung who are performing again at the Provincetown Art House through September 20th.
Tickets to see Well Strung in Ptown
Wednesday, June 11 at 6:00 p.m.
Boston Public Library
Do you like soul, R&B and jazz? You might want to check out Wambura Mitaru, a young and passionate singer and song writer from Nairobi, Kenya who attends Berklee College of Music. She has a beautiful voice and will be performing for free Wednesday evening. Stop by and check out this brilliant singer / song writer then go grab a drink with friends in the Back Bay.
I’ve been regularly featuring Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox clips because I love how he reworks modern songs into popular styles from past decades.
Check out their latest, a cover of No Diggity with Ariana Savalas singing the 90s Blackstreet song much like Jessica Rabbit might have at the Patty Cake Lounge.
Tell me what you think. I actually prefer this to the original.
Madonna – the mother of reinvention – is driving fans crazy with rumors and innuendo. At least that is what Billboard Magazine seems to be hinting at with their riddle recently posted on their website – here.
Billboard will reveal who the artist is behind the 50-second snippet (listen to at the above link). Based on their not so subtle hints is there really any doubt? Rumors also suggest a May 26th Memorial Day surprise launch on iTunes. Check back and you can thank me latah.
Back in March I shared this retro take on Beyonce’s Drunk In Love, performed by Cristina Gatti. Here is another in that same series of remaking modern hits with a retro sound. The Tee Tones remake Pitbull’s “Timber” by putting a 1950′s spin on the cover.
Last week I wrote about The Queen’s Voice; a series of open auditions at Club Cafe that started last month and conclude tomorrow night.
Top scoring performers from all the auditions will be narrowed down to 20 semi-finalist who compete against each other next Wednesday, May 28th. Next Wednesday ten of the best will be selected to perform during Boston Pride Week on June 11th so come down to Club Cafe either to audition or support those stepping up to the microphone.
You can’t complain that there is never anything to do, if all you spend every night at home. DVR your favorite shows and come down to C.C.
More info about The Queen’s Voice here.
Do you sing in the shower? Club Café and Harbor to the Bay want you to audition for “The Queen’s Voice” tonight. The Queen’s Voice is a talent competition that seeks to discover the best vocal performers in Boston.
Top scoring performers will be narrowed down to 20 semi-finalist who will compete against each other on Wednesday, 5/28 with 10 finalists moving on to the live event held during Boston Pride Week on June 11th. The first prize is $1500! Second prize is $500!
For more information check out Queen’s Voice Facebook Page
How cool is this video? Scott Bradlee has created a vintage cover of Beyonce’s hit song, Drunk In Love with the help of Cristina Gatti who sings in front of a 5 piece band that replicates the big band sound that was so popular before rock & roll in the 1940s.
Take a listen and tell me what you think. I loved it.
You needn’t be a music lover or even familiar with classical music to appreciate this humorous and brilliant pianist’s interpretation of how Beethoven, Chopin, Brahms, Bach and Mozart might’ve performed “Happy Birthday”.
Enjoy this fantastic video and thank you Sergio for sharing this with me.
Cher may have had more farewell tours than all other bands / musicians combined but this one does have the ring of finality to it.
More info about the tour (and tour dates) here: www.cher.com.
Massachusetts native (turned New Yorker) and gay rapper who is responsible for such ditties as I seen Beyonce at Burger King and my personal favorite, Ice Cream Truck, is back with a new song called Helen Keller. Apparently Cazwell is taking the name of the famous American author and activist who was born deaf and blind and turning her name into a word that describes someone you completely cut out of your life.
Like the end of the song says, “We’re done. I don’t see you and I don’t hear you. We’re through… Buh-Bye.”
I think that Gretchen Wieners might have a better chance of making “fetch” work than this new use of an iconic American heroine, but I suppose time will tell. Until then, check out Cazwell’s latest video.
Much thanks to Brenton of Aussielicious for sharing this eerie rendition of Kylie Monogue’s Can’t Get You Out Of My Head by Lee Glasson on The Voice UK blind auditions. I thought he was amazing. What do you think?
Go out. Have fun tonight.
Have you ever been listening to a song and think to yourself, ‘wow that really sounds familiar?‘
Apparently Chad Neidt has because he’s made this rather cool 1-minute video poking fun at artists who have essentially ripped off the melody from a pop songs and repackaged it as their own.