If there’s something Latinos are known for, it’s partying. When it comes to letting loose and living a little, nobody comes close. The food, the drinks, the dancing, the people¦ it all just seems so fantastically exotic yet incredibly tangible. In an effort to describe this magical experience for you, we’ve prepared a simple analysis of the typical post-college level party by juxtaposing the main elements of both Anglo and Latino social gatherings. See the difference? Additionally, we’ve provided you with a premier sampling of some of our Latino artists here at OurStage to get you in the mood”you’ll be able to find this and much, much more over at the Tr3s Latin Music Channel.
Anglo “ List only, please. Make sure you RSVP!
Latino “ List only, but it’s OK to bring significant other(s), siblings, close friends, second cousins, classmates, coworkers, neighbors and pets.
Madonna, others join Hope for Haiti Now concert
Jesus Luz’s favorite cougar lady will join an endless roster of stars for the Hope for Haiti Now: A Global Benefit for Earthquake Relief, which airs this Friday at 7 p.m. CT/ 8 p.m. ET. The event will be telecast from New York, Los Angeles and London, and features musical performances by Haitian artists Emeline Michel and Wyclef Jean as well as Bruce Springsteen, Jennifer Hudson, Mary J. Blige, Shakira, Sting, Alicia Keys, Christina Aguilera, Dave Matthews, John Legend, Justin Timberlake, Stevie Wonder, Taylor Swift, Keith Urban, Kid Rock, Sheryl Crow, Beyoncé, Coldplay, Bono, The Edge, Jay-Z and Rihanna. Or, to put it another way, every musician in the world.
For more information on how to get involved, call 877-99-HAITI, text GIVE to 50555 or mail Hope For Haiti Now Fund, Entertainment Industry Foundation, 1201 W. 5th St., Suite T-700, Los Angeles, CA 90017.
OurStage will be streaming the Hope For Haiti Now telethon live Friday, January 22 at 8 p.m. ET.
PS22 chorus does it again
Sometimes it seems like the only news is bad news. If life starts getting you down, know that you can always turn to the kids at PS22 Elementary School on Staten Island to put a smile back on your face. Here they are singing Jay-Z’s Empire State of Mind. Enjoy.
Courtney gets maternal
You know you’re in trouble when your actions leave Courtney Love feeling like a mother. Forget worrying about her own spawn, Love is more bugged out about pop’s sloppy party girl, Ke$ha, who’s just a few years older than her own daughter. In a long series of tweets on her Twitter page, Love voiced her concern that Ke$ha was being molded into something not her that will fail, and that she wants to save her. Frances Bean, say it with us: Physician, heal thyself.
Killers announce hiatus
The Killers have announced they will go on indefinite hiatus after wrapping up their tour in Australia in February. Citing exhaustion after 6 years of steady rocking, the group will take some time to focus on other areas of life that we normal people take for granted: watching Jersey Shore marathons in our living room with no pants on.
John Mayer’s Rolling Stone interview
Listen to John Mayer as he spins a long and self-gratifying yarn about his near misses with Vegas strippers, how it broke his heart to dump dear old Jen (again) and his love for Rosie Palmer. Put it this way, when he’s not stroking his own ego, he’s stroking something else.
Sharing the spotlight is something very few superstars are willing to do. Unless of course, you’re a country singer gearing up for an unforgettable duet. In an industry that celebrates teamwork with awards like “Musical Event of the Year,” “Duo of the Year” and “Group of the Year,” synergy is an art form that always succeeds in the ears of country fans.
In what I see as the pinnacle of duet dynamite, we have Brad Paisley and Alison Krauss‘s Whiskey Lullaby. The combination of Krauss’s soft, melodic voice with Paisley’s sharp but complementary vocals made this duet memorable long after its 2004 release. Whether it was the blend of two finely tuned voices, or the devastating lyrics that could draw a tear from the toughest cowboy, this song rose all the way to Number 3 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart, and won CMA awards for Musical Event of the Year and Best Music Video. Krauss, who is often credited as the accompanying pipes on many a’ country duet (like When You Say Nothing At All, a duet that emerged after layering her solo version with that of the original singer, Keith Whitley), truly has the voice of an angel, able to capture emotion and beauty with as single note. Alison released a compilation CD of both her most successful solo performances, and the plethora of duets she has contributed to, called A Hundred Miles or More: A Collection. Paisley is no stranger to stellar duets either. Brad worked with icon Dolly Parton on When I Get Where I’m Going, a song about what they each hope happens when they reach the afterlife. Most recently, Brad earned another CMA nomination for Musical Event of the Year for his 2009 duet Start a Band with country rocker Keith Urban. It seems whatever song either one of these Nashville hit-makers touchs is sure to turn to Billboard and award show gold.
How about picturing this kind of musical gold”a bad-boy rocker breaking down in a song of heartbreak with one of Nashville’s most beautiful voices. That’s what happened when Kid Rock teamed up with Sheryl Crow for their chart-topper Picture. Both of these artists are a little bit country and a little bit rock ‘n’ roll, so the song is a butt-kickin’ ballad chock full of gritty voices and raw emotions. The track was the first country single either had released, and it proved to be more successful than any either had achieved before. Peaking at Number 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 and being nominated for a CMA Vocal Event of the Year in 2003, the song received accolades for its vocal and instrumental perfection. Clearly this duet was the missing piece to the puzzle of both Kid Rock and Crow’s burgeoning country careers, as both have taken off and continue to produce amazing singles that carry on their legacies as Nashville success stories.
The Nashville hit-making title may belong to Mr. Kenny Chesney. So what happens when you
combine his signature style with that of fan favorite Dave Matthews? You get a laidback duet that screams Number One of course. I’m Alive has been hitting the airwaves in full force recently, and not only are the vocal stylings inspiring, but lyrics like And today you know, that’s good enough for me. Breathing in and out’s a blessing can’t you see. Today’s the first day of the rest of my life. And I’m alive and well truly make this a song anyone can stand behind. You can always leave it to Kenny to remind us what is important in life, and paired with Dave Matthew’s songwriting chops, this song reaching the top spot is inevitable.
It seems that no matter who these stars pair themselves with, hits are sure to follow. From country legends to novices on the charts, teamwork is proving to be a sure-fire way to success. We all know that two heads are better than one, and these country duo’s are proving that two voices are clearly better as well.
The folk legend, Pete Seeger is having a birthday party at Madison Square Garden. The fact that the environmentalist crusader and pioneer of protest music is turning a spry 90 is a big reason to celebrate on its own, but when the guest list includes, Bruce Springsteen, Dave Matthews, Eddie Vedder, John Mellencamp, Ben Harper, Billy Bragg, Emmylou Harris to name just a few of the 50 plus artists scheduled to pay their respects on stage, it’s time to kick up your heels and grab a ticket.
The proceeds for what is being billed as a “Sing-along Celebration” will go towards Seeger’s Hudson River sloop, Clearwater, which aims to help “create the next generation of environmental leaders” through research, education and advocacy efforts to preserve and protect the Hudson River.
The event takes place May 3rd at Madison Square Garden in New York City: more info can be found at www.Seeger90.com.
Article courtesy of Jay Sweet, OurStage’s Editor at Large