Tonight and Friday, New York City will host “The Music of David Bowie,” two star-studded tributes to David Bowie at Carnegie Hall and Radio City Music Hall, respectively. The April 1 show will be streamed live and online. The two shows have almost identical lineups, but performing on April 1 will be Mumford & Sons; Blondie; Pixies; Michael Stipe; J Mascis; Rickie Lee Jones; Esperanza Spalding; Ron Pope; Jherek Bischoff, Amanda Palmer, and Anna Calvi with the Kronos Quartet; Ann Wilson of Heart; The Roots; The Polyphonic Spree; Perry Farrell; Jakob Dylan; Holy Holy; Donny McCaslin Group with Mark Guiliana, Jason Lindner, Tony Visconti and Toronto's Choir! Choir! Choir! (who perform both nights). Organizers have teamed up with charitable orgs Melodic Caring Project and donation platform ammado. For more information on how to donate and where to stream the feed, go here.
-- Music lovers can plan a trip across the pond this summer to attend the super fest known as Glastonbury. The annual has announced its June 22 – 24 line-up and, as per usual, it's killer, Among the attractions---Muse, Adele and Coldplay as headliners. Other acts on the bill include Beck, Jeff Lynne's ELO, LCD Soundsystem, PJ Harvey, ZZ Top, New Order, Earth, Wind & Fire, Fatboy Slim, Sigur Rós, Ronnie Spector, and dozens more. Canada will be repped by Grimes and Mac DeMarco.
-- Toronto's VELD Music Festival is one of the country’s biggest EDM events. This year's event will be held July 30 and 31 at Downsview Park. The biggest act announced so far is deadmau5, who’ll be joined by Steve Aoki, rapper Travis Scott, Flume, the Chainsmokers, Kygo, Martin Garrix, and DVBBS. Other to be named later.
-- Sackville, NB’s much-loved SappyFest has just unwrapped the lineup for is 11th edition, July 29-31. Topping the indie CanCon-dominated bill is buzz band Dilly Dally, TUNS, Julie Doiron and the Wooden Stars, and Little Scream. Details at sappyfest.com
-- Given the quality of the local bud, it’s no surprise that BC is something of a hotbed for reggae and ska. The Victoria Ska & Reggae Festival has just announced its performance lineup for the June 22-26 event. Top names include Kiwi faves the Black Seeds, Dub FX, Western Standard Time Ska Orchestra, Amy Winehouse Extravaganza, Dope Soda, Bocce Avocado, Sweetleaf, Tasman Jude, the Fabulous Lolo (of the Kingpins) and Entangados. More info at victoriaskafest.ca
Choir! Choir! Choir! performs Bowie's "Space Oddity" + 500 singers at the AGO a couple of nights following the singer's death. They are performing in NYC tonight and tomorrow as part of the NYC tribute David Bowie (see story above).