The Commodores help raise money for Camp Hometown Heroes

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"It was a flashback to the 1970s and 1980s last weekend at the Wisconsin Center as the legendary band The Commodores helped raise more than $100,000 for Camp Hometown Heroes at the seventh annual Grand Slam Charity Jam. Check out the attached slideshow put together by Milwaukee Business Journal freelance photographer Kenny Yoo to see photos of the popular event."

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Why Has This One Bassline Been Sampled Seventy Seven Times?

"What links Snoop Dogg, Hot Since 82, and William Pitt? No, it's not the possibility that the unlikely trio might find themselves tangled up in a particularly torturous Only Connect question. No, William Pitt's never appeared on Snoop's YouTube channel huffing on a joint with Seth Rogen and Chris Tarrant, and Hot Since 82's only connection to the pair of them is that his grandad's called Will, and he once tried to rap "Gin and Juice" at a student house party before collapsing from shame. What brings a balearic icon, everyone's favorite stoner, and a bloke I'm pretty sure lives on a permanently-sailed boat party just off the Croatian coast is Dennis Edwards, The Temptations Review featuring Dennis Edwards' frontman."

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Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum inducts Philly's finest

Inductee Jimmie Williams, who has been recording and touring with Rock and Roll Hall of Famers the O'Jays for approximately 40 years, is "proud to be able to represent from a great field of musicians from Philadelphia and New Jersey," saying, in an exclusive interview with the Philadelphia Tribune, "I felt overjoyed! I felt as though it was a very big achievement. I was trying to grasp the idea of even going into somebody's hall of fame.

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White House Senior Staff Host the Concert Across America to End Gun Violence Organizers for Discussion on Gun Violence Prevention

The Concert Across America to End Gun Violence Will Include 350 Events and over 1,000 Artists Nationwide on Sept. 25 Featuring Prominent Musicians such as Jackson Browne, Eddie Vedder, Rosanne Cash, Ryan Cabrera, Vy Higginsen's Gospel Choir of Harlem, Sam Harris, Kenny Loggins, Don Felder, the Gay Men's Choir of Los Angeles and Many More

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BWW Review: “A Brick House with a New Attitude” The Commodores & Patti LaBelle Meet Ravinia Festival with 'Praise'

"As The Commodores came out on stage, they proved once again that they still know how to party and work a crowd even without Lionel Ritchie. Even though they only played a 45-minute set, they breezed through as many hits as possible. Comprising of original members Williams King, singer and drummer, Walter Orange, who sang the infamous "Brick House," and J.D. Nicholas; together, they are keeping the legacy and the spirit of The Commodores alive."

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Chuck Negron Steals the Show At IP Casino Resort in Biloxi

BY: JEFF CLARK

The 60s pop-package “Happy Together Tour” opened a summer run of 50-something shows Friday night at the IP Casino Resort in Biloxi.

The tour was started by “Flo and Eddie” (Howard Kaylan and Mark Volman) of The Turtles in 1984. This year’s incarnation featured The Turtles, The Cowsills, Mark Lindsay of Paul Revere and the Raiders, Gary Puckett and Billy J. Kramer filled in for the absent Spencer Davis Group.

While all of the acts played their hits to an enthusiastic crowd, former Three Dog Night vocalist Chuck Negron stole the show.

How do you top Negron belting out “Joy to the World?” You don’t. You have The Turtles come out and do their thing, and do it quite well, and then you bring Negron back on stage for another chorus of “Joy” and then let him sing the refrain of “Happy Together.”

In full-disclosure, Negron is one of my favorite singers and “Joy to the World” is the first song I remember hearing on the radio as a young child.

Negron went through four Three Dog Night songs -- “Shambala,” “One,” “Mama Told me Not to Come” and “Joy to the World.” His voice was in excellent shape and as powerful as ever. I only wish there had been more as Negron’s portion of the show was over as soon as he started to hit his stride. I’m hoping he will add Biloxi to his next solo tour.

It’s interesting that Negron was on a pop tour, as I’ve always considered Three Dog Night a rock band. If you need proof of their rock credibility, give “Three Dog Night Captured Live at the Forum” a spin. Recorded in 1969, the album is a great testament to the band’s live shows, with Jimmy Greenspoon, Michael Allsup, Joe Schermie and Floyd Sneed killing it as their famous backup band.

It is worth noting that Negron is an author. His autobiography “Three Dog Nightmare” tells his tale of a life-threatening addiction to heroin and how Negron fought through his addiction and put his life back together. He has been sober 25 years.

Negron, who tried in vain to help Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain with his heroin addiction, still works with alcoholics and addicts.

Sweet! Hollywood recently unveiled a new candy bar in Negron’s honor. The Three Dog Nightmare bar retails for $7.99 and the proceeds from its sales with benefit Cr-Help in Los Angeles, the rehab center where Negron found sobriety.

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The Happy Together Returns To Asbury Park In 2016

(ASBURY PARK, NJ) -- The Happy Together Tour returns to the historic Paramount Theatre, on the Asbury Park Boardwalk, on August 13th at7:00pm.  This summer tradition, to benefit the Light of Day Foundation, celebrating the music of the 60's and 70's delivers the biggest hits of the era by the original artists.  One evening featuring over 50 solid gold hits!  This year's unparalled line up includes your hosts The Turtles featuring Flo & Eddie, along with Chuck Negron - formally of Three Dog Night, Mark Lindsay - former Lead Singer of Paul Revere & The Raiders, Gary Puckett & The Union Gap, The Cowsills, and The Spencer Davis Group- starring Spencer Davis. The Happy Together Tour began back in 1984 with mainstays, The Turtles. 

Starting up again in 2010 and now in it's 7th consecutive year.  The overwhelming response and love for the music has endured and The Happy Together tour has become a summer staple in Asbury Park, bringing us back in time, celebrating the soundtrack of the 60's and 70's.

The Turtles featuring Flo & Eddie are the signature headliners of the tour and act as your musical hosts with their antics, satire and number of hits.  Led by vocalists Howard Kaylan and Mark Volman, known as Flo & Eddie.  Hits include "Happy Together," "She'd Rather Be With Me," "Elenore," "It Ain't Me Babe," and "You Showed Me."

Chuck Negron, formally of Three Dog Night, is thrilled to be on the tour and brings some of the group's biggest hits to the stage. Hits include "Joy To The World," "Mama Told Me Not To Come," "Shambala," "One," and "Easy To Be Hard."

Mark Lindsay, former lead singer of Paul Revere & The Raiders, was the cofounder and lead singer of this seminal act from its inception in 1963 through 1975. His voice is heard on all 16 of the band's Top 20 hits like "Kicks," "Hungry," "I'm Not Your Stepping Stone," and "Indian Reservation."

The Cowsills were the surprise of last year's tour, wowing the crowds with their effervescent pop magic. Bob, Paul & Susan Cowsill are a singing family and the inspiration for television's 'The Partridge Family.'  Songs include "The Rain, The Park & Other Things," "Hair," "Indian Lake," and "Love American Style."

Gary Puckett & The Union Gap is on Happy Together by popular demand.  Puckett's big signature voice will be belting out his hits one more time! Hits include "Young Girl," "Over You," "Woman Woman," and more.

The Spencer Davis Group starring Spencer Davis marks the band's first appearance on the Happy Together tour. A stalwart of the British Invasion, The Spencer Davis Group personified swinging London and British coo of the 1960's with songs like "Gimme Some Lovin," "I'm a Man," and "Keep on Runnin'."

The Light of Day Foundation, Inc., utilizes the power of music to raise money and awareness in its continuing battle to defeat Parkinson’s disease and related illnesses such as PSP and ALS within our lifetime.  The Foundation’s mission is to fund research into possible cures, improved treatments and support for patients who suffer from those illnesses, their families and their caregivers to help improve their quality of life. For more information visit: http://www.lightofday.org.

Tickets available through the Stone Pony Box Office:  732-502-0600, TicketMaster & TM Charge By Phone: 800-745-3000.  For more information visit www.apboardwalk.com

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