"Blaze" - ★ ★ ★ The great singer-songwriter Townes Van Zandt used to say there are two kinds of music: the blues and zip-a-dee-doo-dah. Both are on full, florid display in "Blaze," an absorbing, illuminating film about the late musician Blaze Foley. Foley isn't a household name; he's best known as the subject of Van Zandt's song "Blaze's Blues" and Lucinda Williams' "Drunken Angel." But Foley comes charmingly, maddeningly into his own by way of a masterful title performance by Arkansas-Philly musician Ben Dickey.Inspired by "Living in the Woods in a Tree," a memoir by Foley's wife, Sybil Rosen, "Blaze" chronicles the couple's love affair, Foley's promising but often self-sabotaging career and, finally, his death in 1989.Directed by Ethan Hawke from a script he wrote with Rosen, "Blaze" is structured around a radio interview in which Van Zandt (played to near perfection by Austin guitarist Charlie Sexton) and a composite sideman character named Zee (Josh Hamilton) … [Read more...] about Movie review: Ethan Hawke’s musical biopic ‘Blaze’ focuses on unsung artist
Mario Rodriguez, aka DJ Chonz, has been a staple of the Denver music scene for more than twenty years. After deejaying for artists like Dr. Dre, Eminem and Slick Rick and hosting a show on KS107.5, about three years ago he decided to give back to the community."Before [the DJ Chonz Foundation] came into fruition, I’ve been giving scholarships to CU Denver and their music industry program," Rodriguez says. "I wanted to team up with other organizations and diversify. You never know. I just didn’t want to be exclusive to one institution anymore." This is what sparked his new non-profit DJ Chonz Foundation, which gives scholarships and mentorship to Denver youth. "I wanted to help students or youth like myself that had an interest in music, arts and higher education, but maybe they didn’t have the means or the access to get a turntable, buy a record. It’s an old term because kids are not buying records like I was back then, but I wanted to give them … [Read more...] about DJ Chonz Launches Foundation to Help Youth Succeed in the Music Industry
After Miami commissioners rejected an agreement Thursday, Ultra Music Festival is in danger of losing its home at Bayfront Park. That's not a new narrative. It was formerly staged in Bicentennial Park, but the construction of Museum Park eventually forced the fest to find a new home. Nobody could have predicted it would return to Bayfront Park, considering Bicentennial was twice as big. However, by taking over a portion of Biscayne Boulevard in addition to the park, it all worked out. However, if you attended the editions at Bicentennial, one thing was obvious at Bayfront: Space to move from stage-to-stage was scarce. Also, the venue forced Ultra to remain relatively small despite its global brand recognition. Ultra's average daily attendance is 55,000; by comparison, California's Coachella draws 125,000, and Las Vegas' Electric Daisy Carnival attracts 135,000.Here are some suggestions for where the next chapter of Ultra could unfold. Langerado 2008 at Big Cypress Indian … [Read more...] about Where Should Ultra Music Festival Go?
NEW YORK (AP) — The stage musical "Dear Evan Hansen" is about a lonely young man desperate to be liked. Mission accomplished, we'd say. In addition to selling out each night on Broadway, the show is launching a 50-city national tour. The first international production is slated for Toronto and another will bow in London. A new song collection and a 390-page novel based on the story are coming out this fall. Never has a misfit been this popular. "Dear Evan Hansen" centers on an awkward teenager raised by a single mom who inadvertently becomes a social media sensation, with disastrous consequences. The show's creators hope its message of acceptance, honesty and love can resonate far from its Broadway home . That's where the various tours and the novel come in. Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. … [Read more...] about Award-winning ‘Dear Evan Hansen’ musical spreads its wings
Thomas Adamson, Ap Fashion Writer Updated 8:52 am CDT, Friday, September 28, 2018 Cara Delevingne wears a creation for Balmain Spring/Summer 2019 ready-to-wear fashion collection in Paris, Friday, Sept. 28, 2018. Cara Delevingne wears a creation for Balmain Spring/Summer 2019 ready-to-wear fashion collection in Paris, Friday, Sept. 28, 2018. Photo: Thibault Camus, AP Cara Delevingne wears a creation for Balmain Spring/Summer 2019 ready-to-wear fashion collection in Paris, Friday, Sept. 28, 2018. Cara Delevingne wears a creation for Balmain Spring/Summer 2019 ready-to-wear fashion collection in Paris, Friday, Sept. 28, 2018. Photo: Thibault Camus, AP Cara Delevingne wears a creation for Balmain Spring/Summer 2019 ready-to-wear fashion collection in Paris, Friday, Sept. 28, 2018. Cara Delevingne wears a creation for Balmain Spring/Summer 2019 … [Read more...] about Music dominates Balmain’s couture-infused Paris show