In the Year 2010...


For me, 2010 was a year of family, friendship, and new beginnings. On this last day of the year, I'd like to share some of my favorite photos from the last 12 months.

Bonus Bowersox

Earlier this week, I shared my interview with Crystal Bowersox, as published in Toledo Business Journal's January 1 issue. Below are a few additional questions I asked Crystal, which weren't included in the printed edition.

Crystal visited Fifth Third Field in Toledo last June during her American Idol Hometown Visit

Toledo Business Journal: Are there any other artists that you hope to work and/or collaborate with that you maybe didn’t have a chance to this time around?

Crystal Bowersox: Oh yeah, definitely. I had a few different co-writing sessions, and we had good starts, but it’s such a rushed process coming off of Idol and trying to get an album out in a certain amount of time. I didn’t want to rush anything with these artists. And hopefully for another album, I can work with them again.

Linda Perry was one that we barely missed, and I’d love to have a meeting with her again. And Michael Franti. We did get to meet, but we hadn’t had time to work on songs or anything. And there’s always Melissa Etheridge, too. There’s always opportunity for co-writes in the future, and I look forward to it.


TBJ: You are active in social media, through Twitter and Facebook. Has that been an important aspect of your career so far and in your interaction with fans?


CB: As far as social media goes, Twitter is the only thing that I really am in complete control of. I have a Facebook page, but I don’t get on there and get to spend time on the website or anything. With Twitter, I definitely read everyone’s tweets. So, if you really want to talk to me, people should get on my Twitter account.


The Facebook page and website are great, and I’ve been known to check into the forums and read posts and respond to threads. I like to stay pretty active. I think it’s important to stay connected to your fans and I actually try to encourage a lot of people to be happy and do well. You have to know who’s buying your music. Who’s buying your music, it’s very important to know them.


TBJ: Does your son, Tony, have a favorite song on our album?



CB: No, I don’t listen to it too much, and he likes Thomas the Tank Engine. If that’s not on, that’s not happy.


TBJ: Have you heard about the Grammy nominations that were announced recently? I know one of your favorite artists is Ray Lamontagne, and he’s up for Song of the Year for "Beg, Steal or Borrow."


CB: Oh yeah, he should get all the Grammys. It doesn’t even matter if anybody else is nominated, it should go to Ray. That’s awesome, I love that. That makes me really happy.

TBJ: He beat out Lady Gaga for that nomination.


CB: That’s amazing and heartwarming. That’s a song that you wouldn’t think, as far as top radio play goes, but it’s a gorgeous song. The lyrics of that song are pretty prolific.

TBJ: Are there any final thoughts you'd like to leave with us?

CB: Tell Toledo I love them, I’ll be home soon.

Toledo Business Journal Interviews Crystal Bowersox

As staff editor and reporter for Toledo Business Journal, I don't get to incorporate my love of music into articles all that often. However, I got to do just that when I interviewed Season 9 American Idol runner-up Crystal Bowersox last month, just before the debut of her album, Farmer's Daughter. Because she's from the 419 (and helping to create a lot of local pride), it was a perfect fit for our business publication.

Click HERE to read my interview with the lovely and talented Crystal Bowersox.

A Night for Hope

Last Thursday was a special evening for hundreds of people, ranging from musicians to fans to children in locations spanning from a church in Nashville to orphanages in South Africa.


A Night for Hope, in Nashville, brought together a group of six singer/songwriters – each of outstanding talent and varying notoriety – for one goal: to raise as much money and awareness as possible for the Houses of Hope in South Africa and Zimbabwe. Over the course of several hours, the artists performed solo and together in one of the most intimate and amazing venues I've ever been able to experience.


Organizers of the benefit concert are hoping to make it an annual event.


For me, the benefit was a unique and rare opportunity to combine two of my greatest passions: good music and dedicated contribution (in my own small way) to the children of Africa.


As many of my close friends and family know, I visited Ghana, West Africa twice (in 2002 and 2003), and as a result have been forever changed. Similarly, A Night for Hope was the direct result of the participating artists' own life changing trips to South Africa. Witnessing children who are forced to deal with the worst kind of conditions, yet have the greatest sense of hope and love in their hearts, is something that stays with you forever.

Good Music for a Good Cause

Next week in Nashville, a group of extraordinary musicians is performing at a benefit concert organized by singer/songwriter duo, jillandkateCost of admission for the evening is just a $25 minimum donation.


Click HERE for more info.



Say a Little Prayer for Aretha

It was announced earlier this week that the brilliant Aretha Franklin was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Let's keep the Queen of Soul in our thoughts and prayers.

2011 Grammy Noms will likely celebrate the "Ladys"

Tomorrow night on CBS, nominations will be announced for the 2011 Grammy Awards. It's no doubt going to be a big year for Eminem, Lady Antebellum, Lady Gaga, and a slew of collaborations, but there are some dark horses that could grab some recognition as well (like Miranda Lambert and Florence + the Machine).


Check out my predictions for the four main categories below (I'll share my own top choices for the year in a separate, upcoming blog):

Best New Artist:
The Script
Drake
Justin Bieber
Bruno Mars
Florence + The Machine


Other possibilities: Adam Lambert, LaRoux, Mumford & Sons, Jason DeRulo, B.O.B., Taio Cruz, V.V. Brown, Orianthi, Susan Boyle, Kid Cudi, Ke$ha, and Kris Allen


Song of the Year (goes to the songwriter):
Bad Romance (Lady Gaga)
Need You Now (Lady Antebellum)
The House that Built Me (Miranda Lambert)
Empire State of Mind (Jay-Z feat. Alicia Keys)
Love the Way You Lie (Eminem feat. Rihanna)


Other possibilities: Little Lion Man (Mumford & Sons), Breakeven (The Script), Airplanes (B.O.B. feat. Haley Williams), Haven't Met You Yet (Michael Buble), Teenage Dream (Katy Perry), Nothing On You (B.O.B. feat. Bruno Mars), Hey Soul Sister (Train), F*ck You (Cee-Lo Green), Dog Days are Over (Florence & the Machine), Just the Way You Are (Bruno Mars), and Telephone (Lady Gaga feat. Beyonce)

Record of the Year (goes to the artist):
Bad Romance (Lady Gaga)
Need You Now (Lady Antebellum)
Teenage Dream (Katy Perry)
Love the Way You Lie (Eminem feat. Rihanna)
Dog Days are Over (Florence & the Machine)


Other possibilities: The House that Built Me (Miranda Lambert), Empire State of Mind (Jay-Z feat. Alicia Keys), Breakeven (The Script), Airplanes (B.O.B. feat. Haley Williams), Haven't Met You Yet (Michael Buble), Nothing On You (B.O.B. feat. Bruno Mars), Hey Soul Sister (Train), F*ck You (Cee-Lo Green), O.M.G. (Usher feat. Will.I.Am.), I Like It (Enrique Iglesias feat. Pitbull), Not Afraid (Eminem), and Telephone (Lady Gaga feat. Beyonce)


Album of the Year:
Recovery (Eminem)
Soldier of Love (Sade)
The Fame Monster (Lady Gaga)
Need You Now (Lady Antebellum)
Brothers (The Black Keys)

Other possibilities: The Blueprint 3 (Jay-Z), Live at the Troubadour (James Taylor and Carole King), Band of Joy (Robert Plant), and Revolution (Miranda Lambert)


UPDATE: Click HERE to see the actual nominees.

So Officially, So Abby

Big news today for your favorite music blog, "That's So Abby." You can now access the site using www.thatssoabby.com (applaud if you feel it).

Previous links still work, but you may be asked to click a link to be redirected. Thank you all for your support!

I'm With the Band

Many of my favorite artists have multi-talented band members working hard and building solo careers in their free time. Here are two of the best:




Javier Dunn is a indie folk singer/songwriter from California whose genuine lyrics and melodies reflect a sensitive and open-hearted soul. He has been touring with friend, Sara Bareilles, for nearly a decade, but still finds time to share solo work sure to leave your heart smiling.


Javier's full-length album, Winnetka, as well as his newest EP, Vessel, are available on iTunes. If nothing else, you must download "If You Go" and "How I Love You."

Also, check out Javier's site for updates on new music and solo tour dates. Be sure to let him know what you think of his music. 







JillandKate (Jill Pickering and Kate Rapier) have been singing background vocals for Kelly Clarkson since 2007. Legend has it they gave Kelly their music backstage at a concert, and she immediately added them to her touring band. In their free time, the duo has been mastering their harmonies and eliminating the line where one vocal begins and the other one ends.

For the past year, JillandKate have been performing an original song, cover, or mashup on the 17th of each month and sharing them online. Yesterday, they released a collection of those songs on their new album, Songs on the 17th. Key tracks include "Texas" and "Guess I better Move On".

You can find their other albums, East Coast Bound and Finding My Own Way, on iTunes as well.



GENERAL ADMISSIONS: My First Concert Ever...

...was exactly 20 years ago tonight at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit. I was an extraordinary unique enthusiastic awkward 9-year-old, and my fifth row seat was the closest I'd ever come to the early-90s sexiness that was New Kids on the Block (official fanclub pillowcase and size-of-my-head jean jacket pin notwithstanding).

I had to wait another 10 years until my next concert (Phish in Cincinnati, September 21. I'm not sure what I was doing there either, clear-eyed as I was), but I think my roaring 20s have more than made up for that lull.

DC Got Us Fallin' In Love Again

It's been a lil' while since we've seen David Cook perform live. While we wait for his upcoming sophomore album (set for an early 2011 release), here's a pretty cool video from earlier this week. DC took part in a Ronald McDonald benefit in NYC (as did Idol alums Ruben Studdard and Melinda Doolittle), performing a couple of his own songs as well as this awesome Radiohead cover.



To check out a few more of DC's acoustic performances from the event (including Light On, Livin' On a Prayer, and a Heroes/Champagne Supernova mashup), click here.

Don't You Wanna Watch?

Last night, Kelly Clarkson joined Jason Aldean onstage at the 44th annual CMA Awards to perform their soon-to-be-smash, "Don't You Wanna Stay." The song is the second single from Jason's new album, "My Kinda Party."


Slight sound problems aside (Jason's mic should have been turned up to 11 to mesh with Kelly's powerhouse vocals. I mean really, Kelly, no one girl should have all that power.), the performance was a highlight of the evening. Jason's southern rock style is a nice complement to Kelly's soulful, textured range.

Send me the miles



Drumhead used by
Josh Day,
Sara's drummer
Something always brings me back to you, Sara B.


Saturday night, I drove down to Louisville, Kentucky (a wee jaunt from Cincinnati) to see Sara Bareilles perform as part of her Kaleidoscope Heart Tour. Truly a gem of an artist and an all around human being, Sara put on a spectacular show for what was a fantastic "Loo-ville" crowd.


The set featured 15 tracks, including a mix of songs from Sara's two studio albums as well as a stunning Radiohead cover (see setlist below).


If you get the chance, definitely check out one of Sara's live shows. I promise you won't be disappointed.


Check out all of my pictures here.

Tech Firm Expands in Wood County

As published in the 11/1/10 issue of
Manufacturing & Construction News
(a Toledo Business Journal publication)


by Abby Hoicowitz

Spectra Group Limited, Inc. has been experiencing significant growth in the 5.5 years it has been located at its Lemoyne Road facility in Millbury. The company expects to increase its staff in the next few years and also rent a neighboring space to expand its existing 6,500 square feet. For now, the additional space will be used for storage; Spectra is currently working on a few projects (in the state of evaluation) that could potentially utilize the expansion for manufacturing.

$5.2M+ to be Invested in Stone Oak Business Condos / "Mancaves"

As published in the 11/1/10 issue of
Development News
(a Toledo Business Journal publication)

by Abby Hoicowitz


Area businessmen – Greg Repass and Rich Iott – are investing in a new concept for the Toledo region. Construction was recently completed on a $2.6 million Phase I project including 20 units at Stone Oak Business Condominiums near Airport Highway and Albon Road. Available for personal, business, or retail use, about half of the condos function as “mancaves,” an idea Repass and Iott are expecting will take off in the Toledo area.

FIRST LISTEN: "Don't You Wanna Stay" by Jason Aldean feat. Kelly Clarkson

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Today is a good day. Listen with me to the full version of "Don't You Wanna Stay," a duet by Kelly Clarkson and country singer, Jason Aldean. The song will be released next Tuesday, November 2, as part of Jason's new album, "My Kinda Party." Beautiful, right?


Make sure to buy your copy Tuesday!

(Thanks to the All I Ever Wanted Blog)

Nash Wednesday

It's Wednesday, and that means the Billboard Top 200 album chart has been released for the week ending Sunday night. The week was a battle of Nashville debuts, with Tennessee rockers, Kings of Leon, and country supergroup, Sugarland, each releasing their newest albums last Tuesday.


KOL performs at the DTE near Detroit earlier this year


According to Idolator, Sugarland's fourth album, The Incredible Machine, debuted on top with 203,000 albums sold. KOL wasn't too far behind, their Come Around Sundown debuting at #2 with 184,000 copies sold (the family affair's highest chart position and best sales week for any album to date).

Kickst(art)

Creative New Site Gives Fans Power

As a digital girl living in a digital world, I've been thinking a lot lately about the decline of music industry sales and the effects that trend has on my favorite artists. Just a few years ago, mainstream artists that went platinum (selling a million copies of an album in the U.S.) were viewed as more of a norm than a rarity. But, today – as a result of illegal downloading, the explosion of single track sales, and a recession – even the most famous singers and bands are struggling to reach six figure album sales.


So, it's really refreshing to discover new and revolutionary ways artists are battling the low sales trend. Just recently, I came across Kickstarter, a website that allows pretty much anybody to help fund a project. Whether it's an up and coming singer-songwriter trying to release their debut album, an independent film company trying to raise money for special effects, or a tech company trying to create a brand new product, Kickstarter allows a social network of individuals or companies to get the project off the ground.


Joe Cocker records Marc Broussard's "Hard Knocks"

On his new record, the legendary Joe Cocker released his version of "Hard Knocks," a song originally written and recorded by Marc Broussard. According to Cocker's official Facebook, the album (also called "Hard Knocks" and released overseas on October 1) entered the German album charts at #1. None of Cocker’s previous studio albums have debuted in the top spot.


Broussard is a much underrated soul singer from Louisiana who is perhaps best known for writing and recording "Home," one of the most well-written and passionate songs of the current decade. It must be a huge honor for him to hear one of his songs recorded by a legend. Hopefully Cocker's album can help bring Broussard more notoriety for his own recordings as well.


Marc Broussard performing at The Blind Pig in Ann Arbor, Michigan in 2008


You can listen to the Joe Cocker version of "Hard Knocks" here as well as the Marc Broussard version here.

Kelly Clarkson Album News



Kelly Clarkson has been hard at work in the studio and is nearing completion on her fifth, currently untitled album (slated to come out in early 2011). On Twitter this week, she shared a few details about the project:


Just finished up w/Jason Halbert [Kelly's musical director, keyboard player, and songwriting collaborator] in the studio. It's one of my favorites and it's called "you still won't know what it's like".

We've almost completed the album. We're gonna have way too many songs to pick from ....and that part sucks :(

my favorite song off of the new album is "You Love Me"

There is definitely one song that could have been on My December and it's also a duet ....and I'm not saying who yet :)

There are actually 2 duets on the new record & I have at some point sang w/both of these artists before but not on record.


[Regarding the album release date] Probably not till the beginning of the year but my single will come out before that. It takes too long. I'm bored & ready 2 tour:)



Any guesses for the duets? Kelly previously said that one is with a male and one is with a female. Other signs point to the male being Chris Daughtry (for example, they were spotted in a studio together with a producer that has worked with each of them in the past; they recorded a duet for Kelly's last album – All I Ever Wanted – that was left off the final tracklist; and they sang a live duet at a recent Daughtry concert).


Options for the female duet range from a number of former Idol contestants (such as Fantasia, Jordin Sparks, and Carrie Underwood) to Jill & Kate (Kelly's background singers and friends) to Melissa Etheridge, Michelle Branch, or even (farfetched possibilities like) Shirley Manson from Garbage and Debbie Harry from Blondie.


Hopefully we find out soon!

Live High: Jason Mraz performs at EMU



One of my favorites, Jason Mraz, performed at Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti last week. Time-wise, he's in that kind of limbo zone where he's pretty much finished promoting his last album and not quite ready to fully promote the next one. This still makes for a fun show where Jason can sing crowd favorites as well as some new tracks he's testing out that may or may not be released in the future.

My, What Big Heart You Have

Review: Sara Bareilles, Kaleidoscope Heart

Queen of piano pop, Sara Bareilles, released her sophomore album (Kaleidoscope Heart) last week and – as of yesterday afternoon – has the #1 album in the U.S. with more than 90,000 units sold. The record is impressively complex, displaying Sara's eloquent writing abilities and knack for mastering a melody. The personal and professional growth since her solid debut, Little Voice, is striking.

Sara writes much of her music as she would a storybook. Like her song, "Fairytale," from Little Voice, Sara creates relatable worlds of princesses and heroes tired of dealing with life's monsters and masked villains. In "Not Alone," a sinister sounding track that samples an Alfred Hitchcock quote about Red Riding Hood, she sings, "You're making me feel, the monsters aren't real" and "You don't have to fight the bad guys, throwing punches out into the black. If you have to tell me lies, I don't care. Just give me some good back."

Motown Monster Ball

Saturday night at The Palace of Auburn Hills near Detroit, Lady Gaga brought a gaggle of outrageously over the top costumes and a seemingly limitless amount of energy to her more than two hour set.



Gaga sang all her chart topping hits (including the entire eight-track Fame Monster album) as well as a handful of fan favorites and unreleased songs.




But, most impressive was her ability to connect with her audience on an intimate level. She may be the biggest star in the world right now, but – as she expressed to the 20,000 "Little Monsters" in attendance – even she gets lonely, and even she sometimes feels like a freak. At just 24 years old, she can be surprisingly soothing and even maternal (Seriously! Just look past the sex, blood, and glitter).





Apple Unveils $99 Apple TV and New iPod Designs

Steve Jobs is coming into your living room. 
The tech tycoon’s announcement this morning of a $99 Apple TV which will stream content from Netflix,YouTube, Flickr and MobileMe, as well as music, photos and videos from PCs and Macs to your HD TV, is a real game-changer.
That even overshadowed a live performance by Coldplay’s Chris Martin at the computer monolith’s annual San Francisco confab.
Apple TV can choose from an online selection of HD movies to rent, including first-run features for just $4.99, as well as TV episodes in HD from ABC, ABC Family,Fox, Disney Channel and BBC America for just 99 cents. The less than four-inch square device, which attaches to your home TV monitor, has built-in HDMI, Wi-Fi, Ethernet and an internal power supply, 80% smaller than its previous iteration.

Listen to the new Sara Bareilles album in full!

In stores September 7
Over the past week, we've had the chance to hear a handful of new tracks from Sara Bareilles' upcoming album, Kaleidoscope Heart. Now, I'm happy to report, the album is available to sample in full. Click HERE, and make sure to buy your copy on September 7.


After just one listen, I'm absolutely in love with the entire record. I'm incredibly excited for Sara, and I think she's delivered a masterpiece.


I'll have a full review up after the album comes out next Tuesday

American Idols Visit Holy Toledo

Each summer, the top 10 American Idol contestants travel across North America performing a mix of cover songs from the show as well as fresh cover songs they've chosen to add for the tour. For the first time in the show's nine-season history, the tour stopped in Toledo, thanks to the somewhat recent opening of the new Huntington Center and the huge popularity of local singer/songwriter, Crystal Bowersox. With the other nine singers, Crystal returned home to northwest Ohio for the first time since late May.


Crystal Bowersox


Thanks to MJ from mjsbigblog, my friend Nick and I got to sit in the best seats in the venue – front row near the joint of the main stage and the catwalk. In fact, there were only two seats in our row, and they were ours. We really couldn't have had a better view.

Sara Bareilles Shares Two New Tracks

This week, Sara Bareilles has shared links for us to stream two of her brand new songs from the upcoming album, Kaleidoscope Heart (out September 7).

Click the links below to check out the new songs, they sound great!


Hold My Heart

Uncharted

Update: A third song is up now too!


Gonna Get Over You

Review: Ray Lamontagne & the Pariah Dogs "God Willin' & the Creek Don't Rise"

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Ray LaMontagne's vocals can be destructive and healing at the same time. His reclusiveness can be uncomfortable – both for him and for the listener – yet is often counteracted by an assuring sparkle in his eye.

Ray exhibits plenty of contradictions through his music and personality that mesh together and form one idiosyncratic artist. On his first three albums, Ray often portrayed a broken yet defiant and hopeful man. His lyrics were sometimes (yet not always) autobiographical and bound effortlessly from simple to deceptively complex.


If I Ran the Silly Bandz Plant for Just One Day...

Brace yourselves Beliebers. Toledo-based Silly Bandz has announced that Justin Bieber-themed versions of the bracelet will be in stores sooner than you can say, "shouldn't he have hit puberty already?"


As you can see, the Biebz' bandz  include outlines of his pre-pubescent silhouette, his trademark gangsta' hat, a Bieberized heart tattoo, and more. So, kiddies, grab these while you can. It won't be too long before JB's Silly Bandz include a Bret Michaels bandana, a few strands of stray facial hair, and tears.


In light of this new development, I've come up with a few examples of how I would package Silly Bandz for other celebrities (and quasi celebrities), should they be so lucky to receive this prestigious honor.

Lady Gaga: Includes a microphone, piano, bubbles, cigarette covered sunglasses, a little monster claw, and a question mark
Miley Cyrus: A guitar, a blonde wig, a Jonas brother, a fake ID, and a special, limited edition dollar bill bracelet connected to a Billy Ray Cyrus silhouette (this particular bracelet is made of a special, unbreakable rubber material manufactured in Texas)
Kelly Clarkson: A liquor bottle, an outline of Texas, and a musical note that changes from pink to black to yellow depending on your mood
Barack Obama: A podium, an outline of the White House, and an outline of Hawaii. These bandz also change colors, but not the colors you want. Strong enough for billionaire kids, but made for the middle class.
The Situation: An outline of washboard abs, a fist, a washing machine, and tanning lotion (*please note that you may develop a rash if worn too long.)
Perez Hilton: A standard pack includes a laptop, pink hot pants, a rolled dollar bill, a silhouette of Will.I.Am., and pond scum (*please note that all Perez Hilton Silly Bandz come limp, shriveled, and smaller than the traditional Silly Bandz you're used to. They also break easily.)

I Know They're Watching, They're Watching

Last week, Kings of Leon made headlines after their St. Louis show was cut short by some disgruntled pigeons. However, there were no such problems Saturday night in Detroit, where they played to a large crowd at DTE Energy Music Theatre.










The Followills performed a high-energy set of 19 songs (see setlist below), which included four new tracks from their highly anticipated upcoming album (Radioactive, Mary, Immortals, and Southbound) as well as fan favorites Sex on Fire, Use Somebody, and Knocked Up.


You can check out all my photos from the KOL show here.

Let's Get Crunk Cause Lilith's Back

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This past Tuesday, I traveled to Cleveland(ish) to see Lilith Fair at Blossom Music Center. Sarah McLachlan's late 1990s vision – to celebrate women in music at a time when men dominated the industry – was revamped this year and features dozens of female artists from an array of ages, genres, and fame levels.

Ever since tickets first went on sale in March, the drama has been palpable. Ticket prices were too optimistic for a down economy and had to be reduced drastically to prevent empty venues. In addition, logistical information trickled out slowly (and sometimes not at all) and about a dozen shows (predominantly in the South) were canceled due to soft ticket sales or – in the case of Arizona and Nashville – political and societal trepidation.


Pigeons to Kings of Leon: "No"

Photo courtesy of www.kingsofleon.com


Everybody is a critic. According to Just Jared, Kings of Leon canceled their concert at St. Louis's Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre Friday night when a pigeon relieved itself a little too close to bassist Jared Followill's mouth. The band had played just three songs.

After the Nashville-based band performed “Taper Jean Girl,” the third song of their set, drummer Nathan tweeted, “So sorry St. Louis. We had to bail, pigeons sh–ting in Jared’s mouth and it was too unsanitary to continue. FULL REFUNDS 4 ALL. SO SORRY. Don’t take it out on Jared, it’s the f–king venue’s fault. You may enjoy being s–t on but we don’t. Sorry for all who traveled many miles.”


The band's publicist also released the following statement: 

The Ark looking for Part-Time, Short-Term Office Assistant

You've seen me mention previously how big a big fan I am of The Ark in Ann Arbor. It's definitely one of the best concert venues in the Midwest (and I've probably been to most of them at one time or another).


I received an email today that The Ark is looking for a part-time, short-term Office Assistant. The job is for 15-20 hours per week, starting in October and lasting 5-6 months. It seems like a great opportunity for someone looking for some work. Good luck!


Amos Lee at The Ark earlier this year

Open Up Your Plans, and Damn You're Free... To see Jason Mraz this Fall

Jason Mraz - master lyricist, singer, and mind blower - has announced the dates and venues for his upcoming fall tour. Rumor has it that he has a new album coming out soon and that there might be a few new tracks previewed at the shows. Check out the list below to see if he's coming to a city near you.



25 AUGUST 2010 GERSHWIN ACROSS AMERICA - LOS ANGELES, CA - ON SALE
(Jason will be performing three Gershwin songs on this program.)

11 SEPTEMBER 2010 BANGOR WATERFRONT - BANGOR, ME - PRE-SALE 7/21

12 SEPTEMBER 2010 LIFE IS GOOD FESTIVAL - CANTON, MA - ON SALE

13 SEPTEMBER 2010 STANLEY PERFORMING ARTS CENTER - UTICA, NY - PRE-SALE 7/21

15 SEPTEMBER 2010 SUNYAB BAIRD POINT AMPHITHEATER - BUFFALO, NY - PRE-SALE 7/27

16 SEPTEMBER 2010 EMU CONVOCATION CENTER - YPSILANTI, MI - PRE-SALE 7/21

17 SEPTEMBER 2010 WRIGLEY FIELD - CHICAGO, IL - ON SALE 7/17

18 SEPTEMBER 2010 WRIGLEY FIELD - CHICAGO, IL - ON SALE 7/17

20 SEPTEMBER 2010 CLAY CENTER FOR THE ARTS AND SCIENCES - CHARLESTON, WV - PRE-SALE 7/21

21 SEPTEMBER 2010 PEACE CENTER - GREENVILLE, SC - PRE-SALE 7/27

22 SEPTEMBER 2010 CAROLINA FIRST ARENA - CHARLESTON, SC - PRE-SALE 7/21

24 SEPTEMBER 2010 MSU BULLDOG BASH - STARKVILLE, MS - FREE SHOW!

25 SEPTEMBER 2010 BENSON AUDITORIUM AT HARDING - SEARCY, AR - PRE-SALE 7/21

26 SEPTEMBER 2010 REGIONAL SPECIAL EVENTS CENTER - MURRAY, KY - PRE-SALE 7/21

28 SEPTEMBER 2010 BOB CARPENTER CENTER - NEWARK, DE - PRE-SALE 7/27

29 SEPTEMBER 2010 THE LC OUTDOOR PAVILION - COLUMBUS, OH - PRE-SALE 7/21

30 SEPTEMBER 2010 KRESGE AUDITORIUM - INTERLOCHEN, MI - PRE-SALE 7/21

04 OCTOBER 2010 JOHN LABATT CENTER - LONDON, ON - PRE-SALE 7/21

05 OCTOBER 2010 SCOTIABANK PLACE - OTTAWA, ON - PRE-SALE 7/21

06 OCTOBER 2010 COLISEE PEPSI ARENA - QUEBEC CITY, QC - PRE-SALE 7/21

08 OCTOBER 2010 SANTA BARBARA BOWL - SANTA BARBARA, CA - PRE-SALE 7/21