• Mother of founders of The Allman Brothers Band dies at 98

    Updated: Sun, Jul 26, 2015

    DAYTONA BEACH SHORES, Fla. (AP) — The mother of the founding members of The Allman Brothers Band has died in Florida at the age of 98. Gregg and Duane Allman were raised by their mother, Geraldine, in the Daytona Beach area. Gregg Allman has credited his mother with helping him buy his first guitar. Allman's publicist, Ken Weinstein, said Sunday that Geraldine Allman died Friday of natural causes. She still was living in Daytona Beach Shores. There was no additional comment from Allman, according to Weinstein. Duane Allman died at age 24 in a 1971 motorcycle crash in Georgia. The brothers played together in a series of bands before The Allman Brothers Band came together in 1969. The band was inducted into the Ro

  • Newport Jazz Festival to mark Miles Davis' 60th anniversary

    Updated: Sun, Jul 26, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — Miles Davis wasn't even listed in the program book when he appeared for the first time at the Newport Jazz Festival in 1955, but he made his presence felt with a career-reviving performance. This year's program book is Miles-centric as the festival, which begins Friday, celebrates the 60th anniversary of the late jazz legend's historic Newport debut. Newport festival founder George Wein recalls that weeks before the 1955 festival, he ran into Davis at a New York jazz club. Wein had created the first-ever outdoor jazz festival in the Rhode Island seaside resort the year before, and Davis asked if he was going to do it again.

  • Summer-long fundraiser to benefit Holocaust center

    Updated: Sun, Jul 26, 2015

    ORR'S ISLAND, Maine (AP) — A summer-long fundraiser on Orr's Island will support programs at the Holocaust and Human Rights Center of Maine. The event kicked off Saturday with an open house and live music at Captain Morrill's, a community arts center on the island. A silent auction includes artwork, gift certificates and products from many Maine businesses. The silent auction concludes with a benefit concert on Sept. 5. The Holocaust and Human Rights Center of Maine is based at the Michael Klahr Center at the University of Maine at Augusta. It presents a wide variety of films, discussions, exhibits and special events that reflect its mission of using the Holocaust to fight "prejudice and discrimination in Maine and be

  • Summer symphony concerts scheduled in Bloomington-Normal

    Updated: Sun, Jul 26, 2015

    NORMAL, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Symphony Orchestra will present two concerts as part of its "Around the Town" series this summer. A harp trio featuring symphony members Mackenzie Danner on flute, Julia Jamieson on harp and Nicholas Jeffery on viola will perform at 7 p.m. Friday at University Galleries in Uptown Normal. On Aug. 15, a string trio of Violetta Todorova on violin, Nicholas Jeffery on viola, and Eric Lenz on cello will perform at 7 p.m. at the David Davis Mansion in Bloomington. Along with hour-long concerts, the events include refreshments provided by the Illinois Symphony Guild of Bloomington-Normal and time to meet with the musicians.

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  • Newport Folk Festival continues for 2nd day

    Updated: Sat, Jul 25, 2015

    NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — The Newport Folk Festival continues with a second day of music with a special guest: the guitar Bob Dylan used to go electric. Dylan's performance happened 50 years ago Saturday, and is considered one of the most important moments in rock history. The three-day festival is marking the anniversary with special performances and surprises, including Dylan's guitar, which is now owned by the owner of the Indianapolis Colts. Festival organizers say they hope some of the musicians can play Dylan's guitar. It hasn't been played in public in 50 years. Big acts playing Saturday include The Decemberists and Sufjan Stevens, as well as an unannounced act playing the main stage.

  • Jeezy celebrates 10-year anniversary of album with concert

    Updated: Sat, Jul 25, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) — Grammy-nominated rapper Jeezy will be celebrating the 10-year anniversary of one of his albums with a concert event in Atlanta. Jeezy will be performing his entire album, "Let's Get It: Thug Motivation 101," for the first time at the Fox Theater on Saturday night. The album debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 in 2005 and sold nearly 2 million copies. The album included multiple hit singles from "Go Crazy" featuring Jay Z, "Soul Survivor" with Akon, and the Mannie Fresh-assisted "And Then What." "Thug Motivation" was Jeezy's third studio album and first major label debut with Def Jam Recordings. The Atlanta-based rapper has released seven albums in total, including his latest "Seen It All: The Autobiog

  • Appalachian String Band Music Festival set July 29-Aug. 2

    Updated: Sat, Jul 25, 2015

    CLIFFTOP, W.Va. (AP) — Thousands of musicians and fans are expected to come to Fayette County for this year's Appalachian String Band Music Festival. The five-day festival is scheduled to start Wednesday at Camp Washington-Carter in Clifftop. The festival will feature concerts, dancing, workshops and contests that will reward the top musicians and dancers up to $700. A Saturday workshop will feature seven-time national fiddling champion Megan B. Lynch Chowning. She'll also perform at the festival. Daily admission is $15 for adults, $10 for visitors age 60 and over and children ages 6 to 17. Admission is free for children ages 5 and under. Campsites also are available. ___ Online: www.wvculture.

  • Bayreuth's Wagner festival kicks off with new 'Tristan'

    Updated: Sat, Jul 25, 2015

    BERLIN (AP) — Bayreuth's annual opera festival is kicking off with a new production of Richard Wagner's "Tristan and Isolde" by the composer's great-granddaughter, festival director Katharina Wagner. German Chancellor Angela Merkel and her husband, Joachim Sauer, were among the guests at Saturday's opening performance in the Bavarian town. Merkel and Sauer are well-known opera fans and have regularly attended the opening show. The new "Tristan and Isolde," conducted by Christian Thielemann, is the second opera Katharina Wagner has directed at Bayreuth and the first since she became co-leader of the festival along with half-sister Eva Wagner-Pasquier in 2008. Wagner-Pasquier will step down after this year's event, leaving th

  • Ne-Yo, Monica to perform at Car and Bike Show in Atlanta

    Updated: Sat, Jul 25, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) — Some of music's top acts will be performing at the 12th annual Car and Bike Show in Atlanta. Singers Ne-Yo and Monica along with rapper 2 Chainz are expected to take the stage at the 12th annual event on Saturday at the Georgia World Congress Center. The event is hosted by WVEE, a radio station known locally as V-103. Singer-producer The-Dream will also perform and Rich Homie Quan is returning for his second straight year as a performer. Around 200 extravagant cars and bikes will be on display. More than 30,000 attended the show last year. It featured T.I. and the Hustle Gang, Doug E. Fresh, T-Pain and Da Brat.

  • Audra Mae playing Oklahoma City benefit show tonight

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Sat, Jul 25, 2015

    Singer-songwriter Audra Mae, an Oklahoma native now based in Los Angeles, will play a hometown benefit show at 7:30 tonight at Will Rogers Park Amphitheater, 3312 N Portland. Proceeds from the show will benefit the Backstage Players, the alliance support group for children who participate in the Northwest Optimist Performing Arts Center. For more information, go to www.facebook.com/BackstagePlayers. Tickets will be available at the door for a minimum donation of $5 for adults and $3 for children. A Putnam City High School graduate, Mae not only performs and records her own music but also has written songs recorded by Miranda Lambert, Avicii, Kelly Clarkson, Joy Williams and Celine Dion. For more information,

  • What to do in Oklahoma on July 25, 2015: Celebrate National Day of the American Cowboy at National Cowboy Museum

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Sat, Jul 25, 2015

    Today's featured event: The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, 1700 NE 63, is hosting festivities today for the National Day of the American Cowboy, a day dedicated to honoring, celebrating and preserving cowboy culture and its contributions to the American West. This year’s festivities will honor the life of legendary cowboy, entertainer, songwriter and artist Chris LeDoux (1948-2005).   “Chris LeDoux was the best of the American West, and we look forward to celebrating him as a cowboy and recognizing his diverse body of work,” said Museum President Steven Karr in a news release. “Museum visitors will have the opportunity to see his art, hear his music and relive his

  • 50 years later, Dylan's electric guitar returns to Newport

    Updated: Sat, Jul 25, 2015

    The guitar that Bob Dylan used to go electric at the Newport Folk Festival 50 years ago is back in Newport. "Dylan's guitar is home," festival producer Jay Sweet said through a spokeswoman Friday, the opening day of this year's three-day outdoor festival. Dylan used the Fender Stratocaster in his performance on July 25, 1965, when he strode on stage in a leather jacket and launched into the song "Maggie's Farm." The performance drew a mix of boos and cheers from the audience, from some who were thrilled by the performance and others who felt abandoned by someone who until then had been best known for singing protest songs with an acoustic guitar. The moment is considered one of the most important moments in rock history

  • NYPD: Parking attendant gave away Grandmaster Flash's car

    Updated: Fri, Jul 24, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — New York City police have launched an investigation after hip-hop heavyweight Grandmaster Flash's car was given away at a Manhattan parking garage. A New York Police Department spokesman says Friday that the incident happened July 16 around 7:30 p.m. Police say Grandmaster Flash, whose real name is Joseph Saddler, parked his 2014 Dodge Charger in the garage in Chelsea. When he returned more than an hour later, the attendant told him he had given the car away to someone else. Police say the attendant said he "made a mistake," thinking the person he turned to car over to was Grandmaster Flash. Detectives are investigating the incident as grand larceny. The car has not been found.

  • 50 years later, Dylan's electric guitar returns to Newport

    Updated: Fri, Jul 24, 2015

    The guitar that Bob Dylan used to go electric at the Newport Folk Festival 50 years ago is back in Newport. "Dylan's guitar is home," festival producer Jay Sweet said through a spokeswoman Friday, the opening day of this year's three-day outdoor festival. Dylan used the Fender Stratocaster in his performance on July 25, 1965, when he strode on stage in a leather jacket and launched into the song "Maggie's Farm." The performance drew a mix of boos and cheers from the audience, from some who were thrilled by the performance and others who felt abandoned by someone who until then had been best known for singing protest songs with an acoustic guitar. The moment is considered one of the most important in rock history.

  • Philippine church accusing Chris Brown faces own legal probe

    Updated: Fri, Jul 24, 2015

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A politically influential and secretive Christian church that's involved in a legal dispute with American R&B singer Chris Brown has been caught in a rising tide of its own legal troubles. The Philippine government on Friday opened an investigation into allegations that the advisory Council of Iglesia ni Cristo, or Church of Christ, was responsible for abducting ministers critical of church leaders and misusing funds. The announcement by the Justice Department caps months of swirling rumors about corruption and internal feuds in the church, which has been controlled by the founder's family for two generations.

  • Shelton, Lambert tweet playfully after announcing divorce

    Updated: Fri, Jul 24, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Just because Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert are getting divorced doesn't mean they can't have some fun on social media. The country stars, who announced the end of their marriage earlier this week, shared friendly banter on Twitter Friday, even joking about pregnancy rumors. After initially touting fellow singer Ashley Monroe, the former couple got playful with their posts. Lambert shared a photo of Shelton with a stroller and joked he was pregnant. He responded by saying he was "busted" and not just fat. The couple released a statement Monday saying they are ending their four-year marriage. Shelton, 39, is a host of NBC's "The Voice" whose hits include "Lonely Tonight" and "Boys Round Here.

  • Chris Brown leaves Philippines after ordeal over legal issue

    Updated: Fri, Jul 24, 2015

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Chris Brown finally left the Philippines and performed at a night club in Macau, but not without last-minute complications at the end of a three-day ordeal. The 26-year-old R&B artist sang at a packed concert in Manila on Tuesday, then wasn't able to leave because a fraud complaint was filed against him and a promoter for a canceled concert last New Year's Eve. In a series of social media postings during the delay, most of them since deleted, he said "I've done nothing wrong," expressed frustration over being stranded and pleaded to be allowed to leave. Late Friday afternoon, Brown was able to obtain a departure clearance from the Immigration Bureau.

  • NYC jury: Rapper 50 Cent must pay $2M in sex-tape lawsuit

    Updated: Fri, Jul 24, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — Rapper 50 Cent must pay an additional $2 million in punitive damages to a woman featured in a sex tape posted online, a jury decided Friday. The decision came two weeks after jurors ordered the multiplatinum-selling artist to pay $5 million to Lastonia Leviston. Leviston's invasion-of-privacy lawsuit argues that 50 Cent, born Curtis Jackson III, posted online a crudely narrated 13-minute sex-tape she made with a boyfriend in 2008. In the video, he taunts rival rapper Rick Ross, who isn't featured in the video but has a child with Leviston. After the jury's verdict, Jackson filed for bankruptcy protection in Connecticut. A lawyer for Leviston had urged jurors to award her $15 million. Jackson's at

  • Theater victims were popular student and outgoing artist

    Updated: Fri, Jul 24, 2015

    LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — One was a popular student studying to be a radiology technician, while the other was an outgoing artist who ran retail boutiques in two Louisiana cities. The two people slain by a gunman who opened fire Thursday in a crowded Louisiana movie theater, Jillian Johnson and Mayci Breaux, had promising careers and the love of friends and family. "They had a face, they had a name. They had a future. It wasn't to die in this theater," said Col. Michael Edmonson, head of Louisiana State Police. As friends and family tried to make sense of the tragedy, they also shared memories of the two victims. Below are their stories.




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