Music News Digest: Week Of August 25, 2019

September 2, 2019 by Amy Gold

During the week of August 25, 2019, PBS announced that this year's edition of "Grammy Salute To Music Legends" will be aired on October 18, 2019 as an episode of that station's "Great Performances" series. This event, which was taped last May in Los Angeles, pays tribute in concert to the 2019 recipients of the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. Among the honorees are Ashford & Simpson, Black Sabbath, George Clinton & Parliament-Funkadelic, Julio Iglesias, Sam & Dave, and Dionne Warwick.

A multi-artist tour dubbed "It Was Fifty Years Ago Today -- A Tribute To The Beatles' White Album" will take place this fall beginning September 21, 2019 in Atlantic City, NJ. This 22-date trek, which runs through October 20 in Washington, D.C., will also cover Florida, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, and most Northern and Northeastern states. Featured performers will include Todd Rundgren, Micky Dolenz of The Monkees, and other veteran acts who will perform "Rocky Raccoon," "Helter Skelter," and other songs from The Beatles' classic 1968 album.

Brian Wilson will headline the 30A Songwriters Festival to take place January 17-20, 2020 across 30 venues in South Walton, FL along the Gulf of Mexico. In addition to Wilson, other featured performers will include Don McLean and Herman's Hermits with Peter Noone.

The Ides of March recently released a new album titled "Play On" that includes 14 new songs and a remastered version of their 1970 smash, "Vehicle." The band will also perform songs from this album at a 55th anniversary concert to take place on October 26, 2019 at the Genesee Theater in Waukegan, IL.

"Santana Live At US Festival" will be coming out September 6, 2019 on Blu-ray and DVD. This video captures the guitar legend's performances at the inaugural US Festival which took place in 1982 on Labor Day Weekend. Also included are interviews with Carlos Santana in which he discusses his career and other topics.

"Somebody Up There Likes Me," a new documentary about Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood, will make its premiere on October 12, 2019 at the London Film Festival. This film covers Wood's life and career from his childhood and earliest days in music, to his time with The Jeff Beck Group and The Faces, and finally to his long tenure with the Stones.

Also that week, AXS TV announced the live broadcast of "Farm Aid 2019" on September 21, making this the sixth year in a row that the station has aired this benefit concert. Prior to this event, AXS will broadcast a number of specials that include interviews with Farm Aid founders Neil Young, Willie Nelson, and John Mellencamp.

Finally, August 29, 2019 marks the 60th anniversary of the opening of the Casbah Coffee Club, a historic venue in Liverpool, England known to fans worldwide as the "Birthplace of the Beatles." The Quarrymen, whose members at that time included John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ken Brown, kicked off this nightclub's unveiling with a series of seven weekend concerts beginning August 29, 1959 and lasting through October of that year.

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