In honor of the fact that this weekend marks the 30th anniversary of Madonna’s first hit song, “Holiday”, Boston Globe writer, Scott Kearnan, has written a tribute post, The 30 Ultimate Madonna Singles.
It would be tough for me to decide what would be in my top 30 list but the very fact that she has more than 30 legitimate hits is a testament to her longevity and success as a performing artist. I can’t think of a significant milestone in my life that occurred without Madonna’s music somewhere there in the background; it is probably why she’ll go down as my favorite artist of all time.
Pop music radio station, MIX 104.1, has announced their line up for this year’s free concert which takes place this Saturday at the DCR Memorial Hatch Shell along the Esplanade.
Schedule of Performances:
4:15PM MIX’s 15 Seconds of Fame Winner
4:25PM Gavin DeGraw
5:45PM Backstreet Boys
6:45PM Of Monsters and Men
More information about Saturday’s free concert is available here.
With the start of the academic year, the city of Boston has come back to life with an influx of tens of thousands of college and graduate students. In the weeks that follow a series of free music concerts / festivals will take place. Here are a few you may want to check out.
Following the success of the first Boston Calling Music Festival in May, a second show, featuring 18 artists / bands over two days returns to City Hall Plaza on Saturday, September 7th and 8th.
More information about the artists / bands can be found on their website, www.bostoncalling.com.
Although The Boston Freedom Rally on The Boston Common is all about legalizing marijuana, there is more than just a haze of pot to take in at this two day festival on September 14th and 15th.
Venture down to The Boston Common and check out the more than a dozen bands that will perform.
Details about the two day rally and music acts can be found on the organizer’s website, masscann.org.
The Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival celebrates its 13th season.
Head down to the South End on Saturday, September 28th along Columbus Avenue between Mass Ave and Burke Street in the South End from noon to 6 PM to check out this festival.
Outdoor performances are open to the public and free of charge. More information about the artists / bands can be found on their website, http://www.beantownjazz.org.
The massively successful two-day music festival, Boston Calling, that was hosted this past May returns to City Hall this weekend on Saturday and Sunday.
To celebrate the return of the music festival, Gilt City is hosting a kick off party called Better Than Backstage the night before on Friday, September 6th at Royale, located at 279 Tremont Street in Boston.
Friday, Sept 6th at Royale 7:30 – 10:30 PM
The Gilt City party looks to be a lot of fun and will include cocktails and bites, as well as great music that includes a live performance by cult indie-rock favorite Okkervil River, who will also be performing at the festival on Saturday.
Purchase your tickets in advance here.
How cool is this? Starting on Friday, September 27th 75 pianos will be installed in public locations across Boston, Brookline, Cambridge and Somerville and made available for anyone to play. The “Street Pianos Boston: Play Me I’m Yours” public piano installation by British artist Luke Jerram will commemorate the 75th season of the Celebrity Series of Boston. The pianos will be hosted from Friday, Sept. 27 through Monday, Oct. 14, and local artists and community-based organizations will decorate the pianos.
More about the Street Pianos Boston: Play Me I’m Yours public art installation program can be read here.
Macklemore with Ryan Lewis featuring Mary Lambert won video with the best social message at the MTV Music Awards tonight. I’ve loved this song since I first heard it and cannot be happier for the recognition it received tonight.
Toderick Hall who created the very funny, Mean Gurlz video earlier this year, now has a new video out called, Cinderonce. The video is Hall’s creative interpretation of the fairy tale classic, Cinderella, as told through Beyonce’s music. I love the video, but I recognize your appreciation is directly related to how much you like Ms. Sasha Fierce.
Earlier this summer Christina Bianco sang Bonnie Tyler’s 1980s hit ‘Total Eclipse Of The Heart‘ at 54 Below – a Midtown cabaret bar in NYC. Unlike past covers you may have heard, Christina sings the Bonnie Tyler hit as nearly 20 different divas. Check it out. She impersonates some divas better than others but I have to give her props.
Did you happen to catch Broadway superstar Kristin Chenowith on the Jay Leno Tonight Show on Tuesday? She was hilarious as usual, but her performance at the end of the show really had me laughing out loud. Singing to the tune of Popular from the Tony Award winning musical, Wicked, Ms. Chenowith schools Anthony Weiner on how to be the “right kind of popular.”
Just a few days ago I was reminded by Joe.My.God that Madonna’s first album was released three decades ago. Want to make me feel old – keep reminding me of that fact. I have to admit over the years I’ve taken flak for my fascination with Madonna, but I really don’t care. I still love her music.
Rolling Stone had a bunch to say about the album, but this is the line that stuck with me “Madonna issues an irresistible invitation to the dance.” The amazing thing is I think she still does even though her contemporaries are all but gone.
Here is one of my favorite songs from that album.
If you are like me, it seems like every summer there is a song that you hear so often you can’t help but associate it with the season. From the first moment I heard this song by Daft Punk I was hooked.
Check out French choreographer Yanis Marshall as he takes over the streets of Paris with this Spice Girls tribute.
According to the article, Marshall and friends dance in 9″ heels to a medley of Spice Girls hits.
Much thanks to Queerty for sharing this video.
Source: Rhett Price Facebook page
Back in April I posted a write up about Rhett Price and Josh Knowles who make a living busking in and around Boston. Check out Rhett and Josh’s latest video Can’t Hold Us by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis – filmed on the pedestrian bridge in the Public Garden.
busk (busk) busked, busk·ing, busks To play music or perform entertainment in a public place, usually while soliciting money.
Boston’s Music Festival – Outside the Box - has been hosting dozens of shows each day since the festival started last week. Later tonight the Adam Ezra Group will take the main stage in City Hall Plaza at 7:30 pm. If you get there earlier, you can also see award-winning recording artist and native Bostonian Adam Jensen who comes on stage at 6pm.
Here’s a song I’m fairly certain the Adam Ezra Group will perform tonight for everyone. Note it’s not exactly work safe.
Performing June 30th – September 7th
Are you visiting Provincetown this week or later this summer? Do yourself a favor and go see a show while you are there. The town is full of incredible talent, like these guys – WELL STRUNG – who are back for their 2nd season in Ptown.