Goldman Sachs honcho David Solomon has scored a slot to DJ at Tomorrowland — a decadent European dance-music festival known for its undulating throngs of naked, sweaty, drug-fueled revelers. Solomon — who took the CEO job at Goldman last October from longtime boss Lloyd Blankfein — moonlights as a part-time DJ, spinning dance tracks under the name “DJ D-Sol” at New York City clubs like Up & Down and Libation. The 57-year-old banker is close with Sirius XM host Liquid Todd, and last year opened up for star DJ Paul Oakenfold. In February, Solomon’s club single “Feel Alive” rose to No. 4 on the Billboard Dance music charts — briefly eclipsing Ariana Grande’s “7 Rings.” Nevertheless, the Tomorrowland gig will take DJ D-Sol’s career to a new level, according to insiders. One of the world’s biggest music festivals, the epic shindig outside Antwerp, Belgium last year attracted more than 800,000 people. … [Read more...] about Goldman CEO David Solomon to DJ at Tomorrowland music festival
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A Spanish music festival promoting peace went on the offensive against Matisyahu, booting the Jewish American reggae artist for not publicly endorsing a Palestinian state. In a highly publicized move, Filippo Giunta, the director of the Rototom Sunsplash festival in Valencia, demanded that the singer state his support for Palestine via a video or statement, according to Spain's El Pais newspaper, which broke the news. When Matisyahu, whose real name is Matthew Miller, did not respond to Giunta's order, the festival abruptly replaced him with Jamaican artist Etana as headliner for next Saturday, the final night of the eight-day festival. "The fact is that right now the Matisyahu concert is canceled and in his place is going to be Etana," a spokesman for the festival told Newsweek. "The festival said Matisyahu should sign (an endorsement) and Matisyahu didn't want to, and that's the matter of the cancellation." A Spanish-language post on the festival's Facebook page explained … [Read more...] about Matisyahu dumped from Spanish music festival for not publicly endorsing Palestinian state
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Music Subscribe Log In Subscribe Log In Today's Paper Advertisement Supported by ByAlex Marshall Aug. 17, 2018 PRISTINA, Kosovo — Last Friday afternoon, Dukagjin Lipa, 49, sat backstage at Kosovo’s first major music festival, bleary-eyed and trying to ignore the two cellphones ringing on the table in front of him. “Oh my God,” he said. “I didn’t sleep for 48 hours now.” Founding the three-day Sunny Hill Festival — headlined by his daughter, the pop star Dua Lipa — had turned out to be tough. “No promoter would willingly come to Kosovo. It’s a logistical nightmare. It’s a financial nightmare,” he said, when asked why no one had put on a similar event before. Mr. Lipa said he had hired sound and stage equipment worth $2 million from Romania, and had to call in some favors to ease its passage through … [Read more...] about Can a Music Festival Make Kosovo Cool?
As the calendar flips to August, southern Maine’s performing arts calendar flips to the second half of summer, and there are plenty of things to do, venues to visit and artists to enjoy. For the past two dozen years the Portland Chamber Music Festival has been a mainstay of our city’s August offerings, presenting a series of four top-tier classical concerts. This year marks the festival’s 25th season, and it’s goodbye for the founding artistic director, Jennifer Elowitch. The festival runs Aug. 9-18. Another August mainstay is the Friends of the Kotzschmar Organ’s annual four-Tuesday series on the mighty instrument in Portland City Hall. This year’s series, the first under the direction of James Kennerley, will open Aug. 7 with guest organist Chelsea Chen. Vinegar Hill Music Theatre has French singer Annie Royer performing a evening of cabaret tunes on Sunday, including a number made famous by French national chanteuse Edith Piaf. Portland Chamber … [Read more...] about Out & About: Chamber music festival marks 25 years
We’re approaching the end of Maine’s all-too-short summer season of arts and entertainment, but there’s still plenty to come in the few weeks remaining. Among the seasonal late-starters is the Kennebec Early Music Festival, only in its second year. Six concerts are slated for two venues along the historic Kennebec River. Deertrees Theatre is counting the days until its late-August seasonal shutdown, but there’s plenty packed into the last two weeks in Harrison. On Friday, the Heather Pierson Acoustic Trio will make a joint appearance with a duo sporting a rather extraordinary name: Ordinary Elephant. On Aug. 16 Deertrees presents “Women of Song,” a concert by three Maine singer-songwriters. The Sebago-Long Lake Music Festival wraps up its five-week run on Aug. 14 with artistic director Mihae Lee and four new faces. Kennebec Early Music Festival Readers of this page two decades ago may recall my periodic grousing about the dearth of early music … [Read more...] about Out & About: Never too late for Kennebec Early Music Festival