A look ahead at some of the most-anticipated concerts in western and central Massachusetts and Connecticut.Little Big Town: July 7, 7:30 p.m. – Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, Conn.Kansas: July 7, 7 p.m. – Foxwoods Casino – Mashantucket, Conn.Phish: July 9-10, 7:30 p.m. – Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, Conn.The Alchemystics/Dorren Pierre: July 11, 7 p.m. – MGM Springfield PlazaMatt Maratea: July 12, 8 p.m. – MGM Springfield Plaza Sublime With Rome: July 11, 7:30 p.m. – Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, Conn.Green River Festival: July 12-14, times vary – Greenfield Community CollegeWiz Khalifa: July 13, 6 p.m. – Xfinity Theatre, HartfordQueen Latifah: July 13, 8 p.m. – Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, Conn.Blues Traveler, moe: July 17, 5 p.m. – Look Park, NorthamptonBruce Hornsby: July 18, 7:30 p.m. – Foxwoods Casino, Mashantucket, Conn.Michelle Brooks Thompson: July 18, 7 p.m. – MGM Springfield PlazaWeird Al … [Read more...] about Upcoming concerts: Little Big Town, Kansas and more
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This list was originally published before the 2018 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony. It’s been updated (with new interviews with nominating committee members) and revised for this year’s ceremony, which takes place this week at the Barclays Center on March 29. This year’s inductees — the Zombies, Janet Jackson, Radiohead, Roxy Music, Def Leppard, and Stevie Nicks — have been added to the list. There shouldn’t be a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The idea of a bunch of self-satisfied music-industry fat cats in tuxedos having rock stars assemble for a command performance once a year is precisely the sort of thing rock was created to be the antidote to. There is nothing less rock and roll than a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. That said, it does exist. The question is, how well has the hall functioned? Has it done its job well, within its ridiculous premise? What follows is a list of all of the regular inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of … [Read more...] about Every Artist in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Ranked From Best to Worst
Culture and Congress Centre Concert Hall, Lucerne, Switzerland This is a modern auditorium – opened in 1998 and right next to Lucerne’s railway station – to rival the best classical halls. While venues might be designed for a resident orchestra, without pop concerts and comedy shows many would struggle to balance the books. The long reverberance that enhances the orchestral sound can turn pop music and speech into a muddy cacophony. Most halls therefore have some way of changing the acoustics. In Lucerne, this is done via a giant reverberation chamber that wraps around the outside of the hall. For organ and choral music, the access doors are opened to mimic the acoustic characteristics of a cathedral. • +41 41 226 7777, kkl-luzern.ch. The venue offers a range of guided tours – lasting around one hour – covering its architecture and technology. Reservations can be made on +41 41 226 7950; tickets £10.30 adults, £6.20 children (6-16yrs) and … [Read more...] about 10 of the world’s best concert halls
You wait decades for a city to get a world-class concert hall and two come along at once. Last month plans were revealed for the Centre for Music in the City of London by the New York architects Diller Scofidio + Renfro. But there is now another project to build a 1,250-seat venue in the suburb better known for its tennis – Wimbledon – to be designed by the celebrated Los Angeles architect Frank Gehry. The plan is driven by Anthony Wilkinson, founder and director of the annual Wimbledon international music festival, which in the past 10 years has hosted around 200 concerts, held mostly in local churches. He felt that the area could do better, while also addressing the capital’s notorious shortage of acoustically outstanding large concert halls. The Albert Hall and the Royal Festival Hall are both flawed. “After rehearsing for half an hour in the Royal Festival Hall,” the conductor Simon Rattle once said, “you lose the will to live.” Gehry, who … [Read more...] about Will Frank Gehry’s Wimbledon concert hall outshine £300m City rival?
Facebook Twitter Google+ LinkedIn Photo tour: The world's 25 biggest cruise ships Fullscreen Posted! A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. 1. Royal Caribbean's Symphony of the Seas. Unveiled in March 2018, Symphony measures 228,081 gross tons, a new record for a cruise vessel. Royal Caribbean Fullscreen Symphony of the Seas is the fourth vessel in Royal Caribbean's groundbreaking Oasis Class series, which began debuting in 2009. Slightly bigger than the three other ships in the class, it features several new-for-the-line features including a two-deck-high 'ultimate family suite.' Royal Caribbean International Fullscreen Symphony also is home to a massive water slide complex on its top deck called Perfect Storm. Royal Caribbean just began adding water slides to its ships in 2016. Gene Sloan, USA TODAY Fullscreen Among other amusements, Symphony features the tallest slide at sea, called Ultimate Abyss. It drops nine decks … [Read more...] about USA TODAY’s guide to cruise ship service charges and gratuity fees