NEW ORLEANS JAZZFEST ADDS DAY
The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival said Wednesday its schedule for the 2003 event will include an extra day. The world-famous music festival, held annually at the New Orleans Fairgrounds, will kick off Thursday, April 24, 2003. Long speculated by Jazzfest fans, the extension gives the festival two four-day weekends to stage the event; previously Jazzfest began the last Friday in April. The dates for the 2003 music festival are April 24-May 4, with music performances, local crafts and food vendors at the Fairgrounds each Thursday-Sunday during that period.
WIDESPREAD PANIC 'LIVE IN AUSTIN'
Premier jam band Widespread Panic will release "Live From The Backyard in Austin, TX," Feb. 4, 2003, on Sanctuary Records/Widespread Records. In preparation for this new DVD, DirecTV "FREEVIEW" will air a version of "Live From The Backyard in Austin, TX" on digital cable nationally every weekend during the month of January, beginning on New Year's Day. This double-disc concert was recorded July 20, 2002, during a three-day run at The Backyard in Austin, Texas. Disc One is more than two hours of Widespread Panic performing live and offers tunes such as "Blue Indian," "Old Joe," "Little Lily" and "Imitation Leather Shoes." As a special bonus, Disc Two features a 90-minute smorgasbord of band interviews and behind-the-scenes footage. Panic headlined two of the three nights of the Bonnaroo Music Festival, which featured acts such as Gov't Mule, Trey Anastasio, North Mississippi Allstars, Dirty Dozen Brass Band and Ween. The Bonnaroo live CD, "Bonnaroo Music Festival 2002," with Widespread Panic performing "Tall Boy" with Dottie Peoples, immediately went gold.
TIMBERLAKE VIDEO GOADS BRITNEY
The New York Post reports Justin Timberlake is using the new video to "Cry Me a River" to get back at ex-girlfriend Britney Spears. The Post reports Timberlake wants vengeance because he believes Spears cheated on him with her choreographer, Wade Robson.
"The whole video is about a guy who is cheated on by his girlfriend," the Post quotes a source as saying. "The girl is a Britney look-alike. Justin gets back at Britney by taping himself with another woman in her bedroom and leaving it for her." The Post reports the video, due out Friday, is being withheld by Timberlake's company, Jive Records, because the label wants him to change it.
HEATHER MILLS UNDER THE SCOPE
England's Channel 4 TV is doing an investigative story for its "The Real" series on the life of Heather Mills, who married Paul McCartney earlier this year.
"We are looking to speak to a wide range of people from across her whole life," said a Channel 4 spokesperson in an interview with London's Media Guardian. "We have approached Heather but she said no. It will be a compelling look at her life, going back further than when she first met Sir Paul and tracing how she ended up where she is today."
DISNEY ON TV
Dream Pop singer/songwriter Pernell Disney will appear in performance on the "Larz from Mars" TV show (Cox Cable/ Arlington, Va., channel 33) Friday at 7 p.m. and 11 p.m. EST; Wednesday, Dec. 18 at 8:30 p.m. EST; and Friday, Dec. 20 at 7 p.m. and 11 p.m. EST. Disney taped the television appearance during a break from the promotional tour for his debut CD "Severn Way" (DisneyWhirl Records), and in preparation for the CD's national release in January. Often compared to Duncan Sheik, Nick Drake, Dream Academy and Jeff Buckley, Disney has crafted a collection of songs on "Severn Way" with the help of Tim Bradshaw (keyboard player for David Gray), who contributed his talents as a producer and performer, as well as use of his home studio in Rhode Island. The regional pre-release of this CD brings the music of the introspective Washington, D.C., native Disney to a broader audience.