Singer Darius Rucker Retweets photo of 3-year-old Halloween version

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There was no real science behind why I choose to dress my three-year-old son Brooks as country and pop icon of laidbackness Darius Rucker. Brooks just started learning to play guitar, has taken a shine to Rucker’s style, and Rucker is part of a series of cute brown-skinned guitar-playing men that my son could play with a few accessories and a swirl of creative eyeliner. Also, I just thought it was funny.

You know who else thought it was funny? The actual Darius Rucker, or whoever runs his Twitter. The former Hootie and the Blowfish lead singer and now mega country star Retweeted my post about Brooks and his costume, and so far it’s been Retweeted about 17 times and liked more than 150 times. It’s sweet as a parent, particularly an adoptive mom who was not allowed to even post photos or his name online for more than two years after Brooks came to live here. Next year, he’ll want to pick his own costume. I hope that maybe he’s going to pick Mr. Rucker again. A lot of material to cover, you know.

More on Halloween costumes here.

Video: Vanilla Ice speaks about upcoming “Dancing With The Stars”

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“Hanging With The Stars: Electric Boogaloo”

Vanilla Ice, aka Rob Van Winkle, admits that he’s not a ballroom dancer – “I’m a break dancer. I know the old school,” he says, breaking into an impromptu pop and lock situation in the massive master suite in the Manalapan home he renovated for DIY Network’s “The Vanilla Ice Project” a few years back.

Alas, there is no official “Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo” night on ABC’s “Dancing With The Stars,” on which Wellington’s favorite rapper/home renovator finds himself a contestant next month. So, at a press conference today, Vanilla explained that he’s relying on his base  – “Hopefully they’re a lot of ‘Ninja Turtle’ fans voting,” he says. Nice, nice, baby!

 

 

Vanilla Ice joins “Dancing With The Stars,” will dance, collaborate and listen

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Since Vanilla Ice has eleventy-three of his own reality shows, it’s high time he makes another appearance on someone else’s. The Wellington rapper/house flipper/ninja about town will be paired with professional dancer Witney Carson for the upcoming season of “Dancing With The Stars,” airing Monday, Sept. 12.

We know that Ice can dance, of course, because of this.

So how many episodes until he does this? I’m thinking it’s his first dance. I’m not putting money on it or anything. But it’s a guess.

Other exciting additions: Babyface, who wrote every song written between 1988-1999; Ryan Lochte, because Ryan Lochte; Marilu Henner, who must be good because she’s with Derek Hough and he only gets ringers, and RICK PERRY, because I have no idea why a former Texas governor is on this show but wouldn’t it be awesome if he were good? Like older man sexy beast good? WHY DO I NOW NEED RICK PERRY TO BE A SEXY BEAST OLDER MAN DANCER?

 

Melissa Etheridge, Chaka Khan, “Dirty Dancing” all part of Kravis Center’s new season

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Summer’s coming to a close, no matter what the thermometer says, which means looking forward to the cultural season. Around these parts, that means the announcement of the Kravis Center‘s season. And it’s a good one, with not only an impressive selection of Broadway favorites, but a varied list of rock, soul, country, crooning and Chaka Khan, who is every woman and therefore a category all of her own. Here are five I’m looking forward to:

Melissa Etheridge’s Holiday Trio, Nov. 28: I’m not sure what songs the Grammy-winning singer/songwriter and activist is going to be crooning for your Christmas spirit, but I really want her to adapt “Come To My Window” into something Yuletide-like. (“Come Through My Chimney?”)

“Dirty Dancing,” Jan. 3-8: It’s always humbling to have a project dating back to ones adolescence described as a “classic story.” (Millennials, I guarantee you that when “Taylor Swift: The Musical” happens, you’re going to take pause.) But I’ll be there, carrying a watermelon, practicing my lifts and having the “Time Of My Life.”

Kenny Rogers’ Final World Tour – The Gambler’s Last Deal, Jan. 18: Wherein the legend reminds that he knows when to fold ’em…which would seem to be right now.

“Beautiful: The Carole King Musical,” Feb. 1-5: This stage tribute to one of the most prolific singer/songwriters of our time looks like an emotional and sing-along stunner. I imagine I’ll be weeping by the time “So Far Away” starts.

Chaka Khan, Feb. 18: Before Whitney, before Beyonce, before Rihanna, there was Chaka. And that billowing mane. And that voice. She’s the queen.

 

 

 

 

Here’s the full lineup.

Graffiti artist’s ‘tribute’ mural for Taylor Swift goes viral

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 20: A mural by Melbourne graffiti artist Lushsux is seen in Hosier Lane on July 20, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. The mural was painted in response to the current social media spat between Taylor Swift and Kim Kardashian. Kardashian released a recording this week of her husband Kanye West speaking to Swift about his lyrics referring to her in his song 'Famous.' Swift has denied she approved the lyrics about her. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)
An Australian graffiti artist painted a mural in response to the current social media spat between Taylor Swift and Kim Kardashian. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

We all know that 2016 has been a rough one for losing beloved performers, and now an Australian graffiti artist has paid “tribute” to Taylor Swift. Don’t panic Tay Tay isn’t dead, but according to lushsux, the singer was “murdered” (as they say in the social media sphere) during her recent feud with Kim Kardashian.

To catch you up, Kim (a.k.a. Mrs. Kanye West) lit social media on fire on Sunday night when she released video of a phone call in which Swift gave her consent to West to use her name in a song lyric.

Prior to Kardashian’s reveal, Swift repeatedly denied consultation with West took place, but Kim called her out — prompting lushsux to “pay his respects” to Swift with a mural. However, if you look closely, the artist seems to have misspelled Swift’s name.

The Daily Mail points out that the last name scrawled on the mural looks more like “Smith” than “Swift,” which could be a spur-of-the-moment typo or an attempt to avoid litigation. lushsux told Melbourne newspaper The Age that “defamation lawsuits are quite costly.”

And according to his Instagram account, he may be about to find that out for himself.

Ariana Grande, Boca Raton native, releases uplifting song in response to Texas, Baton Rouge, MN.

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Boca Raton’s Ariana Grande, just cast as Penny Pingleton in the upcoming TV production of “Hairspray Live,” has released a song with singer Victoria Monet called “Better Days,” in response to the police-involved shootings in Minnesota and Louisiana, as well as the ambush of police officers in Dallas, according to Rolling Stone.

On her Instagram page, Grande wrote “During this challenging time, we have to remember that the only way we will progress is if the overruling force is #Love. Too many precious lives were taken from us this week, this month, this year. Rest in peace #AltonSterling. Rest in peace #PhilandoCastile #BlackLivesMatter. And the police that were peacefully guarding the #BlackLivesMatter rally in Dallas…. Rest in peace. #LorneAhrens, #MichaelKrol,#MichaelJSmith, #BrentThompson &#PatrickZamarripa.”

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Surfer Blood to play Jupiter show Saturday in honor of late guitarist

The band plays a local show in honor of late guitarist Thomas Fekete (center)
The band plays a local show in honor of late guitarist Thomas Fekete (center)

Last month, Thomas Fekete, former guitarist for West Palm Beach-based phenoms Surfer Blood, lost his battle to cancer. On Saturday, his former bandmates, who head out soon for a tour of China, will play a show at Jupiter’s Guanabanas on Saturday in his honor. Fekete, who left the group to seek treatment, passed away May 30.

The Guanabanas show, at 960 North A1a in Jupiter, is at 9 p.m. on Saturday night.

SunFest 2016: Andy Grammer plays radio show before SunFest set

He’s set to play SunFest Sunday afternoon, but Andy Grammer, of “Honey I’m Good” fame, played a brief set at the iHeartRadio Theater in West Palm Beach before that, to meet and greet fans and answer questions. Among the interesting tidbits he spilled: That he has a hard time choosing whether to go see his wife or his dog when he comes home off tour; that his “Dancing With The Stars” experience was enriched by his varsity sports background, and that “Honey I’m Good,” about refusing a drunken bar hook-up to honor your true love, “could have been written about Florida” with its myriad of drunken hook-up opportunities. He’s charming. Looking forward to seeing more.

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Andy Grammer.

Prince dead: Fond memories of his 2007 South Florida show

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“Why is he playing all these covers, when he could be playing hits?” my friend whispered to me, as Prince launched into Gnarls Barkley’s “Crazy.”

His Royal Badness had just started the encore of his approximately 90 minute set at Hollywood’s Seminole Hard Rock in 2007, a week before he was to headline the Super Bowl. That night he would pay tribute to the Beatles, Aretha Franklin and now Cee Lo Green, but had not, as my frustrated friend pointed out, gotten to so many of the highlights of his then-30-year long career.

“Because he’s Prince,” I whispered back, “and he can do anything he wants.”

And that, right there, pretty much sums up not only that frustratingly too-short funk spectacle at the Hard Rock, but the late Prince Rogers Nelson’s entire raison d’être. For his entire career, he did exactly whatever the hell he wanted to do, and dared you to say something. In fact, he seemed to prefer it if you did – not for nothing did he name his fourth album “Controversy.”

Prince was an anomaly, his own category. He was a brown man playing blistering electric guitar at a time when neither R&B or rock radio knew quite what to do with it. He gleefully championed androgyny, pairing an Errol Flynn mustache with a purple hat so ornate he looked like the surrey with the fringe on top. He possessed an amplified, almost operatic sexual openness – His “Darling Nikki,” getting up to naughty business in a hotel lobby, was one of the lyrical sprites that sent Tipper Gore over the edge into parental advisory sticker territory. And he backed all that up with a majestic, prolific musical talent.

So forgive my friend – and, if I’m being honest, me – for craving wall-to-wall live versions of that shockingly original stuff that made all of our mothers terrified that we’d ask for Prince tapes for Christmas. (I got all mine discreetly mixtaped by my friend Nikki, who loved Prince but vaguely resented having “Darling Nikki” sung at her by high school morons.)

The show began with a New Orleans brass band version of the spiritual “Down By The Riverside,” with Prince himself playing conductor.  He then visited his then-recent “3121” album, as well as the aforementioned covers and a few of the must-haves, like “You Got The Look” and “Kiss.” But we wanted the other stuff, the “Diamonds and Pearl,” the “I Wanna Be Your Lover,” the “Controversy,” the things that took you back while setting your hair on fire. The showstopper was, of course, the lilac back-lit “Purple Rain,” during which he dropped to his knees and pleaded like James Brown. I think I screamed. I’m sure I did.

A week later, Prince would perform that same song to epic dramatic heights at the Super Bowl, backed by the horns of Florida A&M University and bathed in a misty downpour that combined with the lights to literally create purple rain at that exact moment, a confluence of such perfect synergy that I wondered how he could have scheduled it. If anyone could, it was him.

But that night in Hollywood, even as we pleaded in our hearts and in the tingly points beneath our skin for more, it was clear that he was not there to have a greatest hits party, at least not his own. At the time, I described it as “a hot, sweet date, starting with polite pleasantries  that transformed without warning into naughty requests for a kiss, an amorous tour of the kitchen counters and other sensual shenanigans. And much like a date, it was a pleasure over much too soon.”

He was there to be Prince, and that was going to have to be enough. And ultimately, it was.

More Prince coverage here.

Related: In memoriam – We remember the 20th anniversary of Prince’s movie, “Purple Rain”

 

 

SunFest 2016: ZZ Top cancels performance due to injury

 

 

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ZZ Top, the Texas guitar blues-rock legends, have canceled their scheduled April 30 performance at SunFest after bassist Dusty Hill fractured his shoulder. Meanwhile, organizers are looking for a replacement act.

“Our first thought is with Dusty,” said Paul Jamieson, SunFest Executive Director. “I am sure I speak for all the fans on this. While we were looking forward to the show, we are sorry to hear of the circumstances of this cancellation and send Dusty our wishes for a speedy recovery. For us, the show goes. The Saturday lineup remains a full day of great music including G-Easy, Fitz and The Tantrums, Capital Cities, The Roots, Flogging Molly, Rick Springfield, Salt N Pepa, Goldfinger and another ten acts performing.”

Check out our full coverage of Sunfest 2016, includes music lineup, new food offerings and more

Meanwhile, the cancellation has caused some shuffling that night’s schedule. G-Easy will now be appearing on the Ford Stage and Fitz and The Tantrums and Capital Cities will appear on the JetBlue Stage. The as-yet unannounced replacement for ZZ Top will play at the Tire Kingdom Stage.

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