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Lawsuit: Ultra refuses refunds for canceled music festival

May. 27, 2020 7:11 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Two men are suing organizers of Ultra Music Festival, claiming they were denied refunds after the the three-day electronic dance music festival in Miami was canceled in March because of the coronavirus pandemic. Samuel Hernandez, of Miami, and Richard Montoure, of Washington state, filed the...

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Review: John Prine sideman steps out as reflective balladeer

May. 27, 2020 1:59 PM EDT

Jason Wilber, "Time Traveler” (WilberTone) Lucky man, Jason Wilber. For 24 years he traveled the world with a stage pass to every John Prine concert. Wilber was Prine's lead guitarist, and a terrific one at that. “Time Traveler” features the sideman doing his side gig as a singer-songwriter...

Singing the Blues: Music venues crippled by virus rules

May. 24, 2020 11:09 AM EDT

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) — It’s the time of year when Brian Jarvis at Tidball’s and Larry Deaton at The Warehouse at Mt. Victor would normally be welcoming an eclectic mix of musicians to those live-music venues. Americana, country, rock and other genres should be rattling the walls as...

Charleston to hold drive-in music, movies this summer

May. 22, 2020 10:33 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's capital city will hold a series of free drive-in movies and live music this summer after it was forced to cancel an annual festival because of the coronavirus pandemic, officials said Friday. Charleston Mayor Amy Shuler Goodwin said the city will hold the events in...

FILE - In this Jan. 1, 2018 file photo, Italian Maestro Riccardo Muti conducts the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra during the traditional New Year's concert at the golden hall of Vienna's Musikverein, Austria. Riccardo Muti will conduct a youth orchestra in an open-air concert launching the annual Ravenna Festival next month in what organizers billed Friday May 22, 2020, as Italy’s first live classical music performance since its strict lockdown to stop the spread of coronavirus. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak, File)

Muti to conduct classical music's return to Italian stage

May. 22, 2020 5:51 AM EDT

SOAVE, Italy (AP) — Riccardo Muti will conduct a youth orchestra in an open-air concert launching the annual Ravenna Festival next month in what organizers billed Friday as Italy’s first live classical music performance since its strict lockdown to stop the spread of coronavirus. The Italian...

Tennessee reaches highest ever monthly jobless rate

May. 21, 2020 5:09 PM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee reached its highest monthly unemployment rate ever in April as the state managed public safety concerns raised by the new coronavirus outbreak by closing nonessential businesses, a move that has led to more than a half-million jobless claims. The Tennessee Department of...

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Review: Victor Wainwright starts a party on 'Memphis Loud'

May. 20, 2020 11:48 AM EDT

Victor Wainwright and the Train, “Memphis Loud” (Ruf) Here’s an hour-long set to help fill the void created by all of those canceled summer music festivals. “Memphis Loud” was tracked live in the studio by Victor Wainwright and the Train, creating a vibe suitable for a crowd...

FILE - This Oct. 9, 2014 file photo shows The Eli Young Band performing during halftime of an NFL football game in Houston. The band will perform as part of the Concert in Your Car series at the new Texas Rangers stadium ,Globe Life Field, in Arlington, Texas starting June 4. (AP Photo/Patric Schneider, File)

Socially distant concerts signal a reopening for live music

May. 19, 2020 11:46 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The last time bassist Jon Jones played a concert with his country group Eli Young Band was March 8. He hopes to hit the stage again in June to launch a new drive-in concert series in his first return to live music with fans since the devastating coronavirus. “This is going to...

S Carolina musicians spread cheer with neighborhood concerts

May. 16, 2020 12:01 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — It was like a scene at the opera. Gathered on rows of balconies, onlookers peered down, some with binoculars, at two powerhouse singers and a pianist below. Instead of sporting tuxedos and gowns, as if they were seated in boxes at the Gaillard, audience members wore baseball caps...

This image released by Guitar Monkey Entertainment shows Keith Urban, center, performing for first responders at the Stardust Drive In Theatre in Watertown, Tenn. on Thursday, May 14, 2020. The private show was set up exclusively for more than 200 doctors, nurses, emergency medical technicians and staff from Vanderbilt Health, part of Vanderbilt University Medical Center. (Andy Snyder/Guitar Monkey Entertainment via AP)

Keith Urban hosts drive-in concert for medical workers

May. 15, 2020 4:37 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Country star Keith Urban is used to playing massive stages full of lights, speakers and screens in front of tens of thousands of screaming fans, but his latest gig was mostly just him and two other musicians playing on a flatbed truck in front of about 125 cars. Urban played the...