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GRAMMY Museum Announces GRAMMY In The Schools Fest: H.E.R., HAIM, Charlie Puth And More Confirmed
An official GRAMMY Week event, the four-day virtual GRAMMY In The Schools Fest, taking place Monday, March 8, through Thursday, March 11, 2021, celebrates music and music education
As the world is forced to rethink learning in the COVID era, it’s more important than ever to establish music as a cornerstone of a well-rounded education. To that end, the GRAMMY Museum is leading the charge. During GRAMMY Week this year, the Museum will kick off GRAMMY In The Schools Fest (GITS Fest), a four-day virtual festival running Monday, March 8, through Thursday, March 11.
GITS Fest, previously GRAMMY In The Schools Live!, will feature GRAMMY winner and current nominee Derek "MixedByAli" Ali; current GRAMMY nominees HAIM; GRAMMY winner and current nominee H.E.R.; previous GRAMMY nominee Hunter Hayes; GRAMMY winner and current nominee Michael League of Snarky Puppy; GRAMMY winner and current nominee Manny Marroquin; GRAMMY winner and current nominee PJ Morton; previous GRAMMY nominee Charlie Puth; and Michael Sticka, President of the GRAMMY Museum.
Featuring performances by students and professionals along with engaging, educational panels by artists, educators and other music professionals, GITS Fest will truly localize the GRAMMY Week experience in cities and schools nationwide. Woven throughout the virtual festival will be lessons and other valuable information provided by top practitioners across the broad spectrum of music, music education and its connection to other school subject areas. Lesson plans and study guides will be made available free of charge to all teachers around the country who register their students to participate.
GITS Fest, presented by MusicPower, incorporates elements of various GRAMMY Museum education programs, including GRAMMY Camp, GRAMMY Career Day and the Music Educator Award. These programs also receive support from Ford Motor Company Fund as part of Ford’s commitment to music education.
The festival will be free to the public for those who register in advance here.
Below, check out the full GRAMMY In the Schools Fest schedule (all times listed are in PST):
Monday, March 8 — Thursday, March 11, 2021
Monday, March 8
- 2:00 p.m. – School Feature, Westfield Academy & Central School (NY): Creating a diverse music program and collaborating with other academic subjects to enhance it.
- 3:00 p.m. – Hot Takes on Real World Scenarios: Career Tips in Music and Beyond with GRAMMY Camp Faculty Members.
- 4:00 p.m. – Young Professionals in Music: Insights from emerging artists, songwriters, and musicians ft. GRAMMY In The Schools program alumni.
- 5:00 p.m. – Music Careers in Preservation and Research: Experts discuss careers available in these areas.
- 6:00 p.m. – Afternoon with HAIM: Insights on being a music professional ft. GRAMMY Nominee HAIM.
Tuesday, March 9
- 2:00 p.m. – School Feature, University of Central Florida (FL): Socially distanced choral rehearsal techniques.
- 3:00 p.m. – Afternoon with PJ Morton: Insights on being a music professional featuring GRAMMY winner PJ Morton.
- 4:00 p.m. – Using Music to Teach Other Subjects
- 5:00 p.m. – Afternoon with Hunter Hayes: Insights on being a music professional featuring GRAMMY nominee Hunter Hayes.
- 6:00 p.m. – Business & Performance Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation® Panel: Tips on attaining success artistically and otherwise.
Wednesday, March 10
- 2:00 p.m. – Afternoon with H.E.R.: Insights on being a music professional featuring GRAMMY winner H.E.R.
- 3:00 p.m. – Afternoon with Michael League (Snarky Puppy): Insights on being a music professional featuring GRAMMY winner Michael League of Snarky Puppy.
- 4:00 p.m. – The Art of Tech, Performance & Business: Career tips in music and beyond with GRAMMY Camp faculty members.
- 5:00 p.m. – Afternoon with TBA Artist: Insights on being a music professional.
- 6:00 p.m. – Young Professionals in Music: Musicians on the road featuring GRAMMY In The Schools program alumni.
Thursday, March 11
- 2:00 p.m. – Inside Look: Audio Recording: Explore elements of producing recorded music with multi-GRAMMY winner Derek “MixedByAli” Ali.
- 3:00 p.m. – Women in the Business of Music: Insights on being a music professional working at a record label with women from Fearless Records.
- 4:00 p.m. – School Feature, Los Angeles County High School for the Arts (CA): Preparing for a school performance on the GRAMMY telecast while maintaining a rigorous academic schedule.
- 5:00 p.m. – School Feature, Maplewood Middle School (LA): Skills learned in music that are effective in other subjects.
- 6:00 p.m. – The Art and Science of Recording, Songwriting & Performing: Insights on being a music professional with multi-GRAMMY winner Manny Marroquin and multi-GRAMMY nominee Charlie Puth.
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Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Take Over The GRAMMY Museum
Hip-hop duo discuss their career beginnings and creating their GRAMMY-nominated album The Heist
Current seven-time GRAMMY nominees Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, along with their manager Zach Quillen, recently participated in an installment of the GRAMMY Museum's A Conversation With series. Before an intimate audience at the Museum's Clive Davis Theater, the hip-hop duo and Quillen discussed the beginning of the Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' career, having creative control over their work and recording their GRAMMY-nominated Album Of The Year, The Heist.
"I met somebody [who] had the same dedication as me, [who] put everything into the music, everything into the craft," said Ben Haggerty (aka Macklemore) regarding meeting Lewis. "I wanted a career and Ryan was somebody [who] had the same discipline and sacrificed everything."
"I think it took a little while before it became clear to me who [Macklemore] was going to be," said Lewis. "I think the first indication of that was with the song 'Otherside' from the VS. Redux EP]. … That song … embodied so much. It was a story nobody was telling. … It was just somebody who was dying to be on the mike and to say something."
Seattle-based rapper Macklemore and DJ/producer Lewis have been making music fans take notice since they released their debut EP, 2009's The VS. EP. They followed with VS. Redux, which reached No. 7 on the iTunes Hip-Hop chart. The duo made waves in 2011 with the release of their hit single "Can't Hold Us" featuring Ray Dalton. The next year Macklemore was featured on the cover of XXL Magazine's coveted freshman class issue, and Rolling Stone dubbed the duo an "indie rags-to-riches" success story.
Released in 2012, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' debut studio album, The Heist, reached No. 2 on the Billboard 200, propelled by the No. 1 hits "Can't Hold Us" and "Thrift Shop," the latter of which reached multi-platinum status and remained on top of the charts for six weeks. The album garnered a nomination for Album Of The Year and Best Rap Album at the 56th GRAMMY Awards, while "Thrift Shop" earned a nod for Best Rap Performance and Best Rap Song. The duo's Top 20 hit "Same Love" featuring Mary Lambert earned a nomination for Song Of The Year and has been adopted by some as a pro-equality anthem. The duo garnered additional nominations for Best New Artist and Best Music Video for "Can't Hold Us."
Upcoming GRAMMY Museum events include Icons Of The Music Industry: Ken Ehrlich (Jan. 14) and A Conversation With Peter Guralnick (Jan. 15).
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Rosalía Announces First Solo North American Tour
El Mal Querer Tour, named after the Spanish pop star's latest album, will come to Los Angeles on April 17 in between her Coachella performances
Rosalía is set to perform at some of the most popular music festivals around the globe, including Primavera Sound in Spain, Lollapalooza (Argentina and Chile) and Coachella, but the Spanish pop star isn't stopping there when she gets to the States. Now, she has announced her first solo North American Tour with a string of dates that will bring her to select cities in the U.S. and Canada.
El Mal Querer Tour, named after her latest album, will come to Los Angeles on April 17 in between her Coachella performances. Then she'll play San Francisco on April 22, New York on April 30 and close out in Toronto on May 2.
"I’m so happy to announce my first solo North American tour dates," the singer tweeted.
Rosalía won Best Alternative Song and Best Fusion/ Urban Interpretation at the 19th Latin GRAMMY Awards in November and has been praised for bringing flamenco to the limelight with her hip-hop and pop beats. During her acceptance speech she gave a special shout-out to female artists who came before her, including Lauryn Hill and Bjork.
Rosalía has been getting some love herself lately, most notably from Alicia Keys, who gave the Spanish star a shout-out during an acceptance speech, and Madonna, who featured her on her Spotify International Women's Day Playlist.
Tickets for the tour go on sale March 22. For more tour dates, visit Rosalía's website.
Walk, Don't Run: 60 Years Of The Ventures Exhibit Will Showcase The Surf-Rock Icons' Impact On Pop Culture
The exhibit, opening Dec. 7, will feature late band member Mel Taylor's Gretsch snare drum, a 1965 Ventures model Mosrite electric guitar, the original 45 rpm of "Walk Don't Run" and more
Influential instrumental rock band The Ventures are getting their own exhibit at the GRAMMY Museum in Los Angeles that will showcase the band's impact on pop culture since the release of their massive hit "Walk, Don't Run" 60 years ago.
The Rock Hall of Fame inductees and Billboard chart-toppers have become especially iconic in the surf-rock world, known for its reverb-loaded guitar sound, for songs like "Wipeout," "Hawaii Five-O" and "Walk, Don't Run." The Walk, Don't Run: 60 Years Of The Ventures exhibit opening Dec. 7 will feature late band member Mel Taylor's Gretsch snare drum, a 1965 Ventures model Mosrite electric guitar, the original 45 rpm of "Walk Don't Run," a Fender Limited Edition Ventures Signature guitars, rare photos and other items from their career spanning six decades and 250 albums.
“It’s such an honor to have an exhibit dedicated to The Ventures at the GRAMMY Museum and be recognized for our impact on music history,” said Don Wilson, a founding member of the band, in a statement. "I like to think that, because we ‘Venturized’ the music we recorded and played, we made it instantly recognizable as being The Ventures. We continue to do that, even today."
Don Wilson, Gerry McGee, Bob Spalding, and Leon Taylor are current band members. On Jan. 9, Taylor's widow and former Fiona Taylor, Ventures associated musician Jeff "Skunk" Baxter and others will be in conversation with GRAMMY Museum Artistic Director Scott Goldman about the band's journey into becoming the most successful instrumental rock band in history at the Clive Davis Theater.
"The Ventures have inspired generations of musicians during their storied six-decade career, motivating many artists to follow in their footsteps and start their own projects," said Michael Sticka, GRAMMY Museum President. "As a music museum, we aim to shine a light on music education, and we applaud the Ventures for earning their honorary title of 'the band that launched a thousand bands.' Many thanks to the Ventures and their families for letting us feature items from this important era in music history."
The exhibit will run Dec. 7–Aug. 3, 2020 at the GRAMMY Museum.
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Alicia Keys Unveils Dates For New Storytelling Series
The artist will take her upcoming 'More Myself: A Journey' biography on a four-city book tour
After performing her powerhouse piano medley at the 62nd Annual GRAMMYs, R&B superstar, GRAMMY-winning artist and former GRAMMY’s host Alicia Keys has revealed that she will set out on a four-stop book tour next month. The storytelling tour will support her forthcoming book More Myself: A Journey, which is slated for a March 31 release via Flatiron Books and is reported to feature stories and music from the book, told and performed by Alicia and her piano, according to a statement.
Part autobiography, part narrative documentary, Keys' title is dubbed in its description as an "intimate, revealing look at one artist’s journey from self-censorship to full expression." You can pre-order the title here.
The book tour will kick off with a March 31 Brooklyn stop at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. From there, Keys will visit Atlanta’s Symphony Hall on April 5 and Chicago’s Thalia Hall with Chicago Ideas the following day, April 6. The short-run will culminate on April 7 in Los Angeles at the Theatre at Ace Hotel.
Pre-sales for the tour are underway and public on-sale will begin on Friday, March 6 at 12 p.m. Eastern Time. Tickets for the intimate dates and full release dates and times are available here.
Keys won her first five career awards at the 44th Annual GRAMMYs in 2002. On the night, she received awards in the Best New Artists, Song of the Year, Best R&B Song, Best R&B Album and Best Female R&B Vocal Performance categories respectively. She has received a total of 29 nominations and 15 GRAMMYs in her career.
This year, Keys will also embark on a world tour in support of Alicia, the artist’s upcoming seventh studio album and the follow up of 2016’s Here, due out March 20 via RCA Records.