Can The Santa Monica Pier Become A Great Concert Venue?

Concert Clean Up: Dozens of Drug, Alcohol Arrests Made Following Bassnectar Show

The boys voices were strangely loud enoughabove the screams. They seem to have grown more mature, with their singing showing a lot more experience and training than last time. InMomentsZayn Malik perfected his high note showing off an amazing range and capability. Liam Payne and Niall Horan’s voices have improved to an amazing extent and you could hear it inShe’s Not Afraid, Little ThingsandKiss You. There were a lot more boys in the audience who were genuine fans, too, cheering the band on and not just being pulled along by their daughter, girlfriend or best friend. Absolutely everyone at the concert was friendly and accepted me going with my dad, in a Manly Sea Eagles shirt, as we all cheered, screamed and shed tears about the boys. They have contributed a lot more then just music to our lives. *** Review by Alan Stokes (aged 50 a bit) The expectation of anyone but adoring teenagers at a One Direction concert is that you’ll walk out having seen too much of a phenomenon and heard too much of a screaming mob. They even sell earplugs at the front counter. But the first Sydney show of the 1D world tour left you wanting more – much more – of their songs. On a night with plenty of teenage fandom in theroom, the love ballads stood out in a two-hour plus show that surprised even the most cynical. When the boys dropped their often inaudible chatter which slowed the momentum, and when they stopped trying to be rock gods, one thing was clear: they doupbeat pop very welland they do love just beautifully. And when they do Ed Sheeran, they do him better than he does. MomentandLittle Thingsstood out but even they couldnt compete withMore Than This.

Concert Series at The Frick Collection to Celebrate 75th Anniversary

BLOOMINGTON – A busy night for police after a sold out concert leads to dozens of drug and alcohol arrests. Local hospitals also worked well into the morning, treating an influx of patients who had overdosed. Police say the problems stem from the Bassnectar concert which played to a full house at the US Cellular Coliseum. The artist known for his electronic music and light shows also performed in Bloomington last year. Even then officers dealt with people who’d taken drugs like ecstasy, acid, and bath salts. About 6,000 attended Friday night’s show. Police say fights broke out after with many sent to jail. Meantime, hospitals also kept busy treating patients who’d come from the concert. Both OSF St. Joseph and Advocate BroMenn Medical Center had extra emergency room staff on hand to provide needed care. Each facility brought in more workers for this purpose; following the aftermath of last year’s Bassnectar concert. Patients were still being treated Saturday afternoon. Copyright 2013 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc.

For the young and young at heart: Alan Stokes (centre) with his teenage daughter Claire at the One Direction Concert in Sydney.

Clendenin / Los Angeles Times / September 26, 2013) Also By Mikael Wood October 5, 2013, 7:00 a.m. A stiff breeze blew across the Santa Monica Pier on a recent afternoon, kicking up sand and sea spray as visitors munched fried food and watched a man paint names on a grain of rice. But sheltered inside a seafood joint, Mitchell Frank and Martin Fleischmann didn’t seem concerned with the weather perhaps because they were busy describing winds of change. “What we’re trying to do is create a destination for locals on the pier,” said Fleischmann, a veteran Los Angeles concert promoter. “Tourists are here all day long, but otherwise it’s underutilized.” Added Frank, another promoter hired by the nonprofit group that oversees the pier, “The mandate was to bring content here.” PHOTOS: Concerts by The Times Content in the form of musical performances isn’t unheard of on the pier, which last month wrapped its 29th annual Twilight Concert series with a free show by the reggae star Jimmy Cliff. The gig drew 30,000 people, according to some estimates. But this year the promoters expanded the menu with a slate of ticketed festivals, including All Bands on Deck! (with indie acts such as Poolside and Yacht) and September’s Beach Ball (featuring Aloe Blacc and Sly & Robbie). This weekend the pier is to host Way Over Yonder, an inaugural two-day roots-music event connected to the venerable Newport Folk Festival with performances Saturday and Sunday by Neko Case, Conor Oberst and Calexico. And Oct. 19 will bring the comedy-based Festival Supreme, assembled by Jack Black and his mock-rock band Tenacious D. The shows are part of what pier official Jay Farrand called “a larger effort to get people to take a second look at the pier to think of it not just as somewhere you take Grandma from Kansas.” But for Frank and Fleischmann whose respective companies, Spaceland and Rum & Humble, put on concerts at the Echo and the Hollywood Bowl, among other spots the activity also reflects their desire to establish a new home for music on the Westside, where a dearth of large and mid-sized venues intensified with the closing this summer of the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium.

Concert photos by the L.A. Times

Today October 6 by BWW News Desk Tweet The Frick Collection presents its seventy-fifth anniversary season of classical music concerts in the elegant setting of the museum’s Music Room. Debuting in 1938, just three years after The Frick Collection opened to the public; the concert series is one of the most celebrated in New York City and has delighted thousands of visitors over the years with world-class performances ranging from solo recitals to chamber music groups to early music ensembles. The Music Room, built in 1935 as part of the transformation of the private mansion into a museum and the setting for concerts since then, conveys the atmosphere of a private salon, offering performers and attendees a uniquely intimate environment and impressive acoustics. During its distinguished history, the concert program has been recognized for the special niche it fills in the highly competitive and rich world of music performance in New York. The Frick has been host to major soloists and ensembles such as legendary instrumentalists Gregor Piatigorsky, Artur Schnabel, Josef Szigeti, and Wanda Landowska; vocalists Kiri Te Kanawa , Peter Pears, Kathleen Battle , and Elisabeth Soderstrom; and the Budapest, Amadeus, Tokyo, and Guarneri quartets. In recent years, it has become prestigious for European musicians to make their New York debuts at the Frick, notable examples being Ian Bostridge, Matthias Goerne, Felicity Lott, Pieter Wispelway, Julian Rachlin, Kate Royal, Yevgeny Sudbin, the Jacques Thibaud Trio, the Carmina Quartet, and Fretwork. The Frick has also become an important venue for performances on period instruments such as Jordi Savall with Hesperion XX, Richard Egarr (harpsichord), Andrew Manze (violin), and the Quatuor Mosaiques. Highlights of the 2013-14 season include return performances in honor of the seventy-fifth anniversary: violinist Augustin Hadelich; cellist David Geringas; the early music ensemble Trio Settecento; and baritone Wolfgang Holzmair. Debuts this year include Russian pianist Anna Vinnitskaya (winner of the 2007 Queen Elizabeth Competition); renowned Swiss recorder player Maurice Steger; the award-winning Meccorre Quartett from Poland; acclaimed Swiss pianist Olivier Cave; and the internationally recognized Minguet Quartett from Austria. The Frick concert series also has a long history of reaching audiences far beyond those present for performances. Since 1939 the concerts have been broadcast on the Municipal Broadcasting System, American Public Radio, and WNYC Radio. Currently, concerts can be heard on WQXR/National Public Radio. Recent performances are posted on the station’s Web site for up to two years. In addition, since 2009, four concerts annually have been broadcast on BBC Radio 3 in the United Kingdom. For complete program information, visit www.frick.org/programs/concerts .