Can The Santa Monica Pier Become A Great Concert Venue?

Concert photos by the L.A. Times

| Getty Get Entertainment Newsletters: Subscribe Follow: Ed Sheeran , Ed Sheeran You Oughta Know , Matt Nathanson , The Lumineers , VH1 You Oughta Know , Emeli Sande , Haim , Johnnyswim , Lorde , Lorde You Oughta Know , The Lumineers You Oughta Know , You Oughta Know , You Oughta Know Concert , You Oughta Know Show , Entertainment News NEW YORK — NEW YORK (AP) The Lumineers, Lorde and Ed Sheeran will perform at a concert Nov. 11 to celebrate VH1’s “You Oughta Know” campaign. “You Oughta Know” highlights emerging musicians and launched in 2005. VH1 announced Friday that Scottish R&B singer Emeli Sande and rock sister trio Haim also will perform at New York’s Roseland Ballroom for the event. The concert will stream live online and will premiere Nov. 21 on VH1. Singer-songwriter Matt Nathanson and married duo Johnnyswim also will hit the stage. Past “You Oughta Know” artists include Adele, Bruno Mars, Amy Winehouse and Mumford & Sons. New Zealand singer Lorde currently has the No. 1 song on the Billboard Hot 100 chart with “Royals,” and Sheeran and the Lumineers earned nominations in top Grammy categories earlier this year. ____

“Tourists are here all day long, but otherwise it’s underutilized.” Added Frank, another promoter hired by the nonprofit group that oversees the pier, “The mandate was to bring content here.” PHOTOS: Concerts by The Times Content in the form of musical performances isn’t unheard of on the pier, which last month wrapped its 29th annual Twilight Concert series with a free show by the reggae star Jimmy Cliff. The gig drew 30,000 people, according to some estimates. But this year the promoters expanded the menu with a slate of ticketed festivals, including All Bands on Deck! (with indie acts such as Poolside and Yacht) and September’s Beach Ball (featuring Aloe Blacc and Sly & Robbie). This weekend the pier is to host Way Over Yonder, an inaugural two-day roots-music event connected to the venerable Newport Folk Festival with performances Saturday and Sunday by Neko Case, Conor Oberst and Calexico. And Oct. 19 will bring the comedy-based Festival Supreme, assembled by Jack Black and his mock-rock band Tenacious D. The shows are part of what pier official Jay Farrand called “a larger effort to get people to take a second look at the pier to think of it not just as somewhere you take Grandma from Kansas.” But for Frank and Fleischmann whose respective companies, Spaceland and Rum & Humble, put on concerts at the Echo and the Hollywood Bowl, among other spots the activity also reflects their desire to establish a new home for music on the Westside, where a dearth of large and mid-sized venues intensified with the closing this summer of the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium. PHOTOS: Unexpected musical collaborations “People here need a place where they can gather in large numbers for music,” said Fleischmann, who pointed to high rents and restrictive permitting as reasons the Westside generally lacks such spaces. The century-old Santa Monica Pier, an instantly identifiable but historically significant landmark, makes for a complex solution to that problem. Jay Sweet, who supervises the Newport Folk Festival, said the pier appealed to him for Way Over Yonder because it’s an “iconic place that’s not a traditional music venue” similar to Fort Adams State Park in Rhode Island, where Newport has taken place since 1959. “There’s an overall vibe there,” said Cliff’s manager, Ernie Gonzalez, who added that the pier attracts an audience more diverse than at other venues. “I went to a show recently at the Greek Theatre with an artist who’s been around for as long as Jimmy,” he said. “And it was kind of the obvious demographic.

Fiona Apple Leaves Concert Crying In Tears – NewsOXY

The singers battle with the press and public over her image has been an epic one in recent weeks. Just over a month ago, she made headlines following an incident at a Fashion Week event in Tokyo in which she reportedly walked off stage when the crowd refused to, in her alleged words, shut the f**k up. Apple, 36, doesnt seem so out-of-character in the latest incident. Over an hour into the set, a fan in the first balcony shouted, Fiona! Get healthy! We want to see you in 10 years! Stereogum explains what happened next: Apple, understandably, looked aghast, then hurt, then furious. She unleashed a torrent of vitriol at the unseen member of the peanut gallery. I am healthy! Who the fuck do you think you are? I want you to get the fuck out of here. I want the house lights on so I watch you leave! The venue obliged and the offending fan left, but not without escalating. As she left, the heckler had a parting shot: I saw you 20 years ago and you were beautiful! As Apple reportedly became more emotional, The Oregonion reports that an unkind man also shouted, Youre a has-been! She then apparently said she was done, but muscled through Waltz (Better Than Fine) while sobbing. With only one song left scheduled for the set (I Know), she in tears, apologized and walked off, calling it a historically stupid night. Which is set, notably, to be the first of 15 nights in an October tour called Anything We Want. On the website for the Apple and Mills tour, the Largo-affiliated duo writes, Fiona Apple & Blake Mills (thats us), are doing a little tour as a duo. We know itll be something special, and we arent being coy here. Unfortunately, it seems the uncertainty that comes from beyond the stage (arguably about 96 percent of any given shows uncertainty quotient) is a bit less inspiring.

Live Broadcast: Osmo Vanska’s Farewell Concert

Ted Mann Concert Hall at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. (Courtesy of University of Minnesota)

4, and two on Saturday, Oct. 5. Tickets to the concerts quickly sold out. Classical Minnesota Public Radio has been given permission to broadcast the concert at 8 p.m. CDT on Saturday, Oct. 5, live from Ted Mann Concert Hall. Brian Newhouse will host. The Musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra will be joined by pianist Emanuel Ax in a program that includes works by Beethoven, Mozart and Stravinsky. In an interview with MPR News Arts Reporter Euan Kerr, the orchestra’s principal trombonist, Doug Wright, said it was likely to be an emotional evening. “We are honored that [Vanska] is joining us,” Wright said. “And at the same time, we are heartbroken it will be for the last time.” Wright said it has been therapeutic for the musicians to sit and play together, indicating the sessions had an air of normality to them.