Ray Charles Stamp: U.S. Postal Service To Honor Music Icon With Limited-Edition Stamp
I have done this for 65 years and developed all over the world. I just love to help young people do music. Global Gumbo Group is a joint venture between Mr. Jones and Badr Jafar, the Emirati social entrepreneur and managing director of Crescent Petroleum. Both partners have invested capital in the business, according to Mr. Jafar, and have signed an agreement with the Dubai government to bring Dubai Music Week to the emirate for five years, as well as two other festivals called Dubai Rocks and Dubai Classics, which will launch early next year. Siedah Garrett singing I Just Cant Stop Loving You at Dubai Music Week, hosted by Quincy Jones A project such as Dubai Music Week does have tremendous potential for social impact and has the potential to be profitable in the long term, says Mr. Jafar, who booked Will.i.am, Timbaland and Selena Gomez for the main concerts this year, but plans to book more niche, lesser well-known acts for Dubai Rocks and Dubai Classics. The move to offer bands or acts that have not necessarily shot to global stardom yet is a fairly new trend in Dubai, as expats and citizens have generally been viewed as having less sophisticated musical palates than other markets. Yes, many acts with blockbuster appeal have been booked in the past year Justin Bieber, Jennifer Lopez, Usher, Katy Perry and Alicia Keys but promoters are also signing smaller bands that have a more niche appeal, such as The Lumineers and Of Monsters and Men, who are supporting The Killers at the Sandance festival. When it comes to acts that are less commercial in their pull, then festivals work better, explains Thomas Ovesen, chief operating officer at Done Events, the promoter that booked The Lumineers for a new festival it is organising in February called RedFest DXB, in conjunction with Virgin Radio Dubai. Mr.
Postal Service To Honor Music Icon With Limited-Edition Stamp 09/23/13 03:43 PM ET EDT Ray Charles , Ray Charles Stamp , Pop Culture , Ray Charles Music , Black Voices News Getty WASHINGTON, DC – SEPTEMBER 23, 2013: In this handout provided by the U.S. Postal Service, a stamp with the likeness of musician Ray Charles is seen as part of the Music Icons Forever Stamps Series. On what would have been his 83rd birthday, the Ray Charles was inducted into the Postal Services Music Icons Forever Stamp Series. Chaka Khan will perform at the Los Angeles first-day-of-issue dedication ceremony and Ashanti will highlight the Atlanta event. (U.S. Postal Service via Getty Images) ATLANTA The U.S. Postal Service is planning to add soul singer Ray Charles to its “Music Icons Forever” stamp series. Postal officials say the agency is releasing a stamp featuring the Albany, Ga., native on Monday along with one of the artist’s previously unreleased songs. Charles was a singer and songwriter who pioneered the soul and rhythm-and-blues genres. He died in 2004. Events are being planned in Atlanta and Los Angeles to celebrate Charles’ inclusion in the series. R&B singer Ashanti and the Morehouse College Glee Club are scheduled to perform at the Atlanta school’s Ray Charles Performing Arts Center.
What we found in Chattahoochee Hills was more than perfect, thats why we also call it our second home. We always said that if we ever expanded the festival, the venue needed to have at least the same uniqueness as in Belgium. Every festival should always start with finding the perfect location. If this [Chattahoochee Hills] would have been located in Brazil, we would probably be having the first TomorrowWorld in Brazil.” After Tomorrowland, which took place from July 26-28, it took 80 shipping containers to carry the enormous “Book of Wisdom” structures across the Atlantic Ocean to Chattahoochee Hills. Then over the course of four weeks, an international team of more than 1500 workers reconstructed the site. One look at the structures on any of the videos on YouTube , and your mind will be blown. Another aspect unique to TomorrowWorld is that it is the only 21 and up music festival of its size in the U.S. After IDs are checked the first time, they are not needed again, which is highly convenient. But for a 21 and up electronic music festival to have such large attendance numbers really says a lot about how the EDM scene has expanded and matured over the years. According to Shawn Kent, Project Director of TomorrowWorld: “This music scene, electronic music culture, is really here to stay…its maturing, …were bringing such a high quality of experiences to the market that people really take notice. That this isnt just becoming a trend of EDM; its really a culture of electronic music and…live experience.” The music–that’s what everyone is really there for, right?