This week in Musical Notes read the obituary for beat poet and musician David Meltzer, Blake Shelton’s tour mates, Bon Jovi band contest, and news on Graceland.
Beat poet and musician David Meltzer died January 7 in his Oakland home as the result of a massive stroke at the age of 79.
Writing since childhood, he first appeared in “The New American Poetry 1945-1960” alongside notable beat poets John Ashbery and Allen Ginsberg. Since those early days, Meltzer has published numerous books including “Ragas”, “Luna’, “When I Was a Poet”, “Two-Way-MIrror”, and “David’s Copy: The Selected Poems of David Meltzer”.
But David Meltzer was more than just a poet; he was a radio personality, a musician – with a love of Jazz, a songwriter, and a college professor.
He is survived by his second wife Julie and children Amanda, Jennifer, Margaret, and Adam.
“The Voice” coach and Country music star Blake Shelton has led five of his musical charges to victory on the singing competition show.
But Shelton has not left his singers at the gate; even after the season has concluded, Shelton continues to support and work with his various team members.
Season eleven winner Sundance Head will be a part of Shelton’s upcoming tour which is set to begin next month. Season two Shelton team member RaeLynn returns to be a part of the tour.
Speaking on joining the tour, Head said, “I’m just elated and really excited about being able to perform with a great entertainer and learn something from him while I’m on the road. It’s going to be the most fun thing I’ve ever done.”
“The Voice” will return for a twelfth season in February.
From time to time big name rock artists pay it forward by offering local bands an opportunity to be the opening act during a tour.
Bon Jovi is launching a contest to offer some bands such an opportunity to be the opening act at individual arena dates on the “This House is Not for Sale” tour.
Speaking on the contest band leader John Bon Jovi said, “every great band starts small and builds their rep one show at a time. That’s the opportunity we were given and now we want to pay it forward. If you’re ready for the arena stage, submit your audition tapes and join us in playing for the best audiences in rock music.”
Bands are invited to enter the contest by uploading their audition video at http://www.bonjovi.com/2017-opening-act-contest/ or the Facebook pages for Bon Jovi or Live Nation. Live Nation will narrow down the list of entrants to 10 bands with Bon Jovi choosing the winners.
The winners will also be featured on the Live Nation and Bon Jovi Facebook pages.
After his death, the home of Elvis Presley – Graceland – was turned into a museum. And now after many years Graceland is expanding with a 200,000 square foot entertainment complex set to open March 2.
The complex will include restaurants and exhibits dedicated to the life and career of Elvis Presley. The expanded complex is located across the street from the current Graceland.
A 450 room hotel – the Guest House hotel – opened last October as a part of the $140 million expansion project.
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