July 30, 2016 |
Thousands of Democratic National Convention staffers and volunteers, a host of South Jersey politicians, and hundreds of Camden residents on Thursday took in performances by Lady Gaga and Lenny Kravitz at an event hosted by George E. Norcross III, the Democratic superdelegate often described as New Jersey's most influential power broker. The "Camden Rising" concert at the city's waterfront BB&T Pavilion was billed as an invitation-only affair, but in the days leading up to it, several community groups and Camden residents received stacks of tickets to hand out. As a result, many in the audience were Camden City or County employees, or members of well-known community groups.
July 24, 2016 |
Musicians get political when they seek to change the world around them. Politicians turn to pop music to pump up a crowd with communal spirit and underscore their message, loud and clear. It's often an unhappy marriage. Preachy pop stars risk being seen as hectoring and lecturing when they make music that aims to do more than entertain. (Exhibit A: Bono.) And when presidential candidates - particularly Republican ones - pick songs for rally sound-tracks and emphasize their populist appeal, they frequently face blowback from artists whose political sympathies lean to the left.
June 30, 2016 |
Next month, when thousands of delegates and politicians descend on Philadelphia for the Democratic National Convention, they'll be invited to cross the river. Lady Gaga, Lenny Kravitz, and DJ Jazzy Jeff will perform at a free concert for DNC attendees at the BB&T Pavilion on the Camden waterfront July 28, the last day of the convention. The invitation-only event will be held in the afternoon, hours before Hillary Clinton is expected to accept the party's nomination for president.
November 20, 2015 |
African American musicians helped create the music genre eventually called rock. Ike Turner, Wild Bill Moore, and a host of others helped usher in a kind of energized amalgam of rhythm and blues and boogie later adopted by musicians of all colors. But 60 years later, black musicians are not easily associated with whatever passes for rock today. In August, the 10th annual Afropunk Festival - a celebration of what organizers call "open-minded, nonconforming, and unconventional urban cultural acts inspired by alternative music" - was held throughout New York City, with black rockers Gary Clark Jr., Lenny Kravitz, Death Grips, Lion Babe, and Vintage Trouble making merry.
September 2, 2015 |
He's appeared in The Hunger Games film series. He dropped a solid album in 2014 ( Strut ) that came and went. The crotch of his leather trousers ripped open on stage recently. Except for all that, what has Lenny Kravitz done for you lately? Luckily, Kravitz - a surprising 51 years old - has banked enough funky, rock-soul hits in his career (starting with 1989's "Let Love Rule") that he didn't necessarily need new stuff when he hit the humid Mann Center on Sunday night. And for better or worse, wouldn't anything new have sounded like everything he's done?
February 4, 2015 |
For years, we have asked people to explain why a groundhog named Punxsutawney Phil has meteorological authority. Some studies show that his prognostications are little better than random. Anyway, on Monday, Phil said we're going to have six more weeks of winter. Which is more or less right, because he said so on Feb. 2 and the last day of winter is March 19. Good one, Phil! Oh, but look: Staten Island Chuck , Phil's woodchucky rival up north, says we'll have a short winter!
December 26, 2011
Conan (11 p.m., TBS) - Tom Hanks; BBQ chef Myron Mixon. Late Show With David Letterman (11:35 p.m., CBS3) - Katie Holmes; stupid human tricks; Gov. Rick Perry (R-Texas); Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds. The Tonight Show With Jay Leno (11:35 p.m., NBC10) - Dana Carvey; Jason Reitman; Lenny Kravitz. Jimmy Kimmel Live (midnight, 6ABC) - Regis Philbin; Paul Anka performs.