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KCRW DJs and LA-based band to perform in the station's historic Ticket Concourse for two nights of summer music

On July 20 and 27, KCRW and Metro Art will team up for two special nights of music from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at the historic Union Station in downtown Los Angeles. KCRW DJs Jeremy Sole and Chris Douridas will perform dynamic sets for the first installment, while the following Saturday features a special performance by sibling-led LA-based jazz-folk band, The South Hill Experiment, amplified by KCRW DJs Raul Campos and SiLVA. Each weekend, guests can visit pop-up bars for light refreshments and alcoholic beverages while dancing the night away in one of LA’s architectural jewels.

“Guests will be treated to electrifying performances by KCRW’s renowned DJs and local band, The South Hill Experiment at Union Station as we reunite with our friends at KCRW,” shared Heidi Zeller, Senior Manager, Cultural Planning at LA Metro. “We look forward to a transcendent summer evening of energetic live music.”

“We couldn’t be more excited about partnering with Metro Art to throw an epic dance party in one of LA’s iconic locations, Union Station. And what’s almost as good as the cool music and vibes? The fact that it’s the easiest one to get to…just take Metro,” said Nathalie Hill, KCRW Chief Audience Officer and Summer Nights Field Guide Ranger.

The South Hill Experiment (S/H/E) is the band of brothers Baird and Gabe Acheson, raised in Baltimore and now based in Los Angeles. Both accomplished artists and producers in their own right, the brothers built S/H/E as a place — their warehouse studio on South Hill St., Los Angeles— and as a state of mind: making music as catharsis. Last year kicked off S/H/E’s trilogy of LPs, with MOONSHOTS…

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At just 24, Erin has quickly made a name for herself as a prolific songwriter and versatile musician. Her single “Taurus” blends…

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The GRAMMY-winning artist is revealed as godmother of the newest vacation, and fans have a chance to celebrate with her in concert through an exclusive giveaway, starting

The invitation of the summer is here: Royal Caribbean International and GRAMMY-winning artist Meghan Trainor are hosting the ultimate party and concert – and 52 fans have the chance to join the festivities. The world’s largest cruise line has named the singer and songwriter godmother of the new Utopia of the Seas, the ultimate short getaway bringing weekend energy to every day of the week, and the duo will celebrate with an exclusive 3-night celebration starting July 15. Beginning today, Friday, July 5, and until Sunday, July 7, at 11:59 p.m. EDT, fans can enter for their chance to join the celebration and find the giveaway’s official rules on Royal Caribbean’s Instagram channel.

On deck for the 3-night cruise is one party after the next, from a live performance on Utopia by the “Timeless” singer while at Royal Caribbean’s award-winning private island destination, Perfect Day at CocoCay in The Bahamas to the one-and-only naming party joined by the newly named godmother. It all takes place just days before the new vacation’s official July 19 debut in Port Canaveral (Orlando), Florida.

“It’s an incredible honor to join the Royal Caribbean family as godmother of Utopia of the Seas and…

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YouTube partners with U.S. State Department to promote peace

The U.S. Department of State introduced the U.S. Global Music Ambassadors Chuck D, Herbie Hancock, Armani White, BRELAND, Denyce Graves, Grace Bowers, Jelly Roll, Justin Tranter, Kane Brown, Lainey Wilson, and Teddy Swims.

Emmy® and Grammy® award-winning, world-renowned opera star Denyce Graves, Founder of The Denyce Graves Foundation, joins the ambassador roster in the June 24th, 2024 announcement.

By Lyor Cohen, Global Head of Music at YouTube/Google, and Leslie Miller, Vice President of YouTube Public Policy:

On June 24th, 2024, the U.S. Department of State announced that YouTube is partnering with the U.S. State Department, demonstrating the power of music as a diplomatic tool for fostering cultural understanding. This collaboration is part of the State Department’s Global Music Diplomacy Initiative, a worldwide effort to elevate music as a diplomatic platform to promote peace and democracy.

This effort will be grounded by a remarkable group of Global Music Ambassadors representing different genres of music and generations of people.

As the center of global music culture, YouTube is uniquely positioned to help amplify these voices. In addition to the new U.S. Global Music Ambassadors, this partnership will focus on several key areas:

  • Micro-grants for social impact
  • English language learning through music
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Electronic Music Pioneer Richie Hawtin Partners With Epidemic Sound to Mentor the Next Generation of Artists and Global Music Talent
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Angela Predhomme’s Upcoming Album ‘Lavender Lounge’ Features Hits From ‘Dance Moms’
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Blake Shelton Honored at 27th Annual Power of Love Gala for Raising Funds for Brain Disorder Research
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Keep Memory Alive honored Blake Shelton at the 27th annual Power of Love® gala on Friday, May 10, at MGM Grand Garden Arena. An esteemed lineup of entertainers, including Gwen Stefani, Jay Allen, Colbie Caillat, Kristin Chenoweth, Andy Grammer, Mickey Guyton, Gary LeVox, Cassadee Pope, and Jay Pharaoh, came…

DNJNBBY Drops New Single “See U Cry” Blending Dance Beats and Vulnerable Lyricism
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Record-breaking numbers had their say in this year‘s DJ Mag poll
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Tomorrowland has been voted the World’s No. 1 Festival in the DJ Mag Top 100 Festivals poll 2024. Record-breaking numbers had their say in this year‘s poll — which opened on 1st May, and closed on 12th June — with the Belgian festival coming out on top for the fourth time, and a third consecutive year.

After topping DJ Mag’s first ever Top 100 Festivals back in 2019, when the poll was voted for by top DJs, Tomorrowland returned to the No.1 spot in 2022 following the shift to a public vote for the first time. Last year, in 2023, the festival secured the triple, boasting a brand new stage and the return of its One World Radio station.

Now, in 2024, the Belgian mega-festival has retained its crown once more: a testament to its continued commitment to pushing the boundaries of production and curation. Stretching across not just one, but two, jam-packed weekends each July, Tomorrowland brings together the biggest names in electronic music, alongside groundbreaking stage design and world-building concepts.

At last year’s Adscendo event, more than 400,000 revellers celebrated love, music, and unity across 16 stages, and danced to the sounds of over 750 electronic music artists. Tomorrowland 2024 is shaping up to be equally spectacular, with over 800 artists — including headliners Armin van Buuren, Amelie Lens, David Guetta, Swedish House Mafia and Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike — set to descend on the city of Boom next month.

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