PATH’s 10th — Donnie Kehr and Cori Gardner’s 10th anniversary fete for their PATH fund this past Monday night was a great event; featuring some terrific performances, highlighted by Donald Webber’s “Thugz Mansion” and “People/Eleanor Rigby” from Kennedy Caughell and Max Sangerman. Also superlative was Michael Lanning’s “Let The Good Times Roll.” Lanning, who has been involved in almost every Kehr-event is now relocating to the West Coast. A former member of the great, much-missed band Jiva (on George Harrison’s Dark Horse Records for a time) is a terrific musician and artist. Much luck Michael.
Also a pleasant surprise was Daniel Reichard’s take on Mama Cass’ “Make Your Own Kind Of Music” and “City of Stars,” from Megan Rice. Before she performed, Rice said that she had been involved in these events for years now, and the rewards she got back had been enormous. We’re a fan of her from her many appearances at Rockers On Broadway and she thrilled here. The top-notch event echoed Kehr’s work with his Rockers shows; a free form evening with the stars of Broadway rocking out. Kehr recalls once being told that Broadway is not rock ‘n roll … and, years later Kehr now says that Broadway has become very rock ‘n roll oriented.
Seen in the crowd at Bar 9 in NYC, were Broadway Cares’ Frank Newman, rock ‘n roll gadfly May Pang; the event’s Jack McCoy and David Salidor and Erin Glass, from Broadway Bound, who have their own event next Monday at Le Poisson Rouge. As we go to press, Glass adds that Webber has been added to their show. Good catch for sure. Thanks so much to Tom O’Mara for the photos.
McDONALD RETURNS ––– Michael McDonald plans to snap a lengthy drought between studio albums with the release of his ninth solo LP later this year.
Titled Wide Open and scheduled to arrive on Sept. 15, the former Doobie Brother‘s new set marks his first full-length effort since Soul Speak in 2008 and his first release of new material since Unfinished Business, the EP he released in conjunction with guitarist Robben Ford in 2013. And McDonald adds: “The record’s long gestation helped produce one of his more eclectic solo collections.”
“It’s about eight years in the making,” explained the five-time Grammy Award winner. “It’s got kind of a weird, multi-textural feeling to it. Some of them are kind of rock, some of them are R&B things you would normally expect. It’s a very wide open kind of concept record.”
Wide Open‘s arrival comes in the midst of McDonald’s latest moment of rediscovery among a younger generation of artists — led by his recent work with bassist Thundercat, who featured McDonald and his longtime friend Kenny Loggins on his recent Drunk LP. He’ll take advantage of the increased attention with a run of summer and fall solo dates that includes an appearance on PBS’ Soundstage as well as a stop at Carnegie Hall.
JIMMY WEBB CAMPBELL TRIBUTE — Tonight’s the night for the Jimmy Webb/Glen Campbell tribute show at NYC’s Carnegie Hall. Performers scheduled include: Dwight Yoakam, Toby Keith, Graham Nash, Hanson, Art Garfunkel, Amy Grant, Judy Collins, Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis, Jr., Liz Callaway, Michael Douglas, Johnny Rivers, Ashley Campbell and Webb.
I still haven’t gotten a copy of Webb’s new book (The Cake and the Rain) yet (St. Martin’s appears to be a bit slow on the draw). And, Michael Douglas is MC-ing as he used to be Webb’s roommate … wow! Details to follow.
SHORT TAKES — Micky Dolenz at last night’s The Bodyguard opening in L. A. (at The Pantages) with daughters Ami and Georgia. The play stars Deborah Cox, who starred in Aida when Dolenz appeared in it as well … as Zoser. Also there, designer Philip Bloch and legendary agent Norby Walters … So, it’s Ryan Seacrest as Kelly Ripa’s new co-host. Honestly, I’ve known Ryan for years and for him, I think it’s a perfect spot. He’ll be relocating to NYC and iHeart Radio (where he’s in bigtime) is having financial troubles, so maybe this is a sign to all. I don’t think there’s anyone in the entertainment business right now more clued in than Ryan, so I think it’s a pretty perfect fit all around. He’s also been made an executive producer for the show, so I’m quite sure he came in with a huge price tag. And, you know what? he’s worth every penny. Good luck Ryan … On my way in from Long island the other day (and, boy what horrendous traffic!) I listened to Q1043’s Jim Kerr MC and special concert from John Mellancamp; tub-thumping his great new album Sad Clowns and Hillbillies. Not only was Kerr terrific, but it was a great show. I’ve been a somewhat-reluctant Mellancamp fan, but, some of the new songs, like “What Kind Of Man Am I” and “Easy Target” are stone-cold terrific. And, his single “Grandview” is amazing. What a great Q1043 show.
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