Spencer Davis, ’60s rocker behind ‘Keep on Running,’ dead at 81 – CNN

Spencer Davis, bandleader of The Spencer Davis Group who produced the hits “Keep On Running” and “Gimme Some Lovin’,” has died at the age of 81.

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Stage Right plans outdoor, circus sideshow-inspired ‘Rocky Horror Show Live’ | TribLIVE.com

Get ready to do the time warp again.

Stage Right Theatre Company will stage “The Rocky Horror Show Live” under a big top tent on Oct. 23-24 and 30-31.

There will be a few pandemic-driven changes to the company’s long-running Halloween season production, including the outdoor venue, said director and Stage Right founder Tony Marino.

“What won’t change is the blast people are going to have,” he said.

The 40-by-80-foot “glorious, giant circus tent” sheltering the production will be set up in Stage Right’s parking lot at 105 W. Fourth St., Greensburg.“It was really important to us that if we were going to do this (that) we did it safely,” Marino said. “So the tent is huge and will have sides rolled up to provide airflow, (and) we are only selling 200 tickets per show.”And where there’s a circus tent, there should be a circus atmosphere, he said.Members of the show’s ensemble will be costumed as iconic sideshow and circus freak characters.“That seems to fit 2020 more than anything,” Marino said. “More than being a Halloween staple, that seems to fit the intersection of where we are now.”

Source: Stage Right plans outdoor, circus sideshow-inspired ‘Rocky Horror Show Live’ | TribLIVE.com

Eddie Van Halen Dead at 65 from Cancer

Source: Eddie Van Halen Dead at 65 from Cancer

Mac Davis, country singer known for writing popular Elvis Presley hits, dead at 78 | Fox News

Country musician Mac Davis, known for writing enduring Elvis hits like “A Little Less Conversation” and “In the Ghetto,” has died at age 78.

His longtime manager Jim Morey said in a statement on Facebook that Davis died on Tuesday in Nashville, Tenn., after heart surgery and was surrounded by family and friends.

Davis had a long and varied career in music for decades as a writer, singer, actor and TV host and was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2006. In addition to penning Presley hits, he was responsible for his own track “Baby Don’t Get Hooked On Me.” He was named 1974’s entertainer of the year by the Academy of Country Music and has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

“Thank you, dear Lord Jesus, for letting us know the man to whom you gave the most incredible talent,” said Reba McEntire in a statement. “He entertained and spread joy to so many people. What a wonderful legacy he left all of us with his music. Mac was one of a kind. I’m so blessed to have been one of his many friends.”

Source: Mac Davis, country singer known for writing popular Elvis Presley hits, dead at 78 | Fox News

Helen Reddy, Voice of the Feminist Anthem ‘I Am Woman,’ Dies at 78

“I Am Woman” became the unofficial anthem of the Women’s Liberation Movement, and Reddy said in a 2013 interview that she was just trying to represent the women in her life with the empowering song. “There were a lot of songs on the radio about being weak and being dainty and all those sort of things,” she told the Chicago Tribune. “All the women in my family, they were strong women. They worked. They lived through the Depression and a world war, and they were just strong women. I certainly didn’t see myself as being dainty.”

A biopic about Reddy titled after her signature hit debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival last fall, and I Am Woman star Tilda Cobham-Hervey spoke with Billboard at the time about the song’s staying power. “As much as this song is so relevant today, I think it will always be relevant to women,” the actress said. “It’s a really empowering song. It talks about the future and it’s really about bringing people together. I hope it’s a song that’s really inclusive of all people, of all gender identities. I also think that as much as there’s still a long way to go, it’s amazing to look back and see how far we’ve come too. She had to live through a lot of things that I know today I don’t have this struggle with.

Jamie Lee Curtis took to Twitter to remember introducing Reddy at the Women’s March back in January 2017, calling the moment “the honor of my life.

Source: Helen Reddy, Voice of the Feminist Anthem ‘I Am Woman,’ Dies at 78

Pittsburgh teens get launched in the music biz thanks to the Reimagination Project – NEXTpittsburgh

When Na’Chelle Simone submitted a song to WYEP’s Reimagination Project, she hoped it was good enough to be released on the compilation album featuring young musicians from the area.

Na’Chelle, an 18-year-old  from Homewood, had no idea “Rise Up” would earn national attention through a story featured on National Public Radio. But the most significant benefit was how the song ameliorated a family issue: “Rise Up” became a bridge back to her mother, with whom Na’Chelle had been having difficulties.

“It was just a misunderstanding between me and my mom,” Na’Chelle says. “But once she heard the song and liked it, we talked about it. I feel like it helped us.” (Listen to it here, along with other Reimagination Project songs.)

Source: Pittsburgh teens get launched in the music biz thanks to the Reimagination Project – NEXTpittsburgh

Pittsburgh Ballet And Opera To Be Seen On Pittsburgh’s CW | Newsradio 1020 KDKA

PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) The Allegheny County Summer Concert Series, presented by BNY Mellon, has moved to Pittsburgh’s CW for this year.

The concert series continues this Sunday Aug. 16, with the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre and Pittsburgh Opera.

Tune in to the CW this Sunday at 7:00 p.m. to catch the weekly concert series.

You can watch a replay of every concert on the Allegheny County Parks’ Facebook page or the Allegheny County YouTube channel.

To see the full concert lineup or to replay past shows, visit the the Allegheny County website.

Source: Pittsburgh Ballet And Opera To Be Seen On Pittsburgh’s CW | Newsradio 1020 KDKA

Local DJ’s Take Party On The Road, Host Mobile Dance Parties Throughout Pittsburgh Communities – CBS Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Pittsburgh area DJs had a change of tempo on Saturday.

Truck beds became DJ booths with generators, laptops, and turntables strapped to the back.

Almost 40 local DJs hit the streets laying beats down in about 50 neighborhoods for a mobile DJ dance party.

“We host parties we host events and help people have the most amazing time with their families but we haven’t been able to do that,” said DJ Willie T, who was participating in the parade in the Elizabeth Township neighborhood.

By the looks of it, the message was well-received.

Residents emerged from their homes and onto their porches. They danced along from their stoops and lawns while maintaining social distancing.

The parade came as a total surprise for the family of little Finnegan Connors of Elizabeth Township, who was celebrating his 4th birthday with a block party when the mobile DJ booth rolled passed his house.

“We had a DJ and it turned into a dance party and it was amazing,” said Courtney Connors, Finnegan’s mom.

Shyheed Hatch was one of the DJs mixing it up on Saturday.

He told KDKA, music has helped him get through some tough times. He’s hopeful the community had the same reaction.

“I love music. Music is everything to me. It saved me a lot but today it’s for the community. It’s bigger than ourselves. That’s what we’re here to do,” said Hatch.

Source: Local DJ’s Take Party On The Road, Host Mobile Dance Parties Throughout Pittsburgh Communities – CBS Pittsburgh