An Indiana native, Bennett got his start in the music business in the late-70s, as a roadie with “Carry On My Wayward Son” classic-rockers Kansas, through a deejay pal. “They were playing clubs but they’d come to Lafayette and because of (the deejay’s) support play the 2,000-seat concert hall. So they got him a job in the studio. And I was home for the summer farm-handing, which is a job I used to do, and I got home for lunch and this guy calls and he’s like, ‘You want a job?’ And I was like, ‘Mom, I’m out of here.’” Eventually, Bennett moved into sound and lighting, including work at the New Orleans Convention Center and Huntsville’s Theatrical Lighting Systems. When Bennett brought the Alabama Rising idea to Flying Monkey manager Anna Sue Courtney, she thought it sounded like an ideal fit for the venue, known for its superb acoustics and warm, intimate vibe. “We try to support local and regional musicians and artists as much as we can,” Courtney says. “And I’ve known Doug for a while and he has really perfect taste in music.” Pretty much a classic-rock and singer/songwriter fan, Bennett says to do Alabama Rising justice he, “had to kind of step out of what I like, and think about what everybody likes.” If shows already scheduled through late-January go well, Bennett can see the series continuing further. “I’m just having a ball with it. It’s the best thing I’ve taken on in years.” Oct. 5: The Great Book of John/ Shaheed and DJ Supreme (Birmingham) “The Great Book of John is Wilco-y, Radiohead-ish … sort of dreamy,” Bennett says.

5 Memorable Moments From The ‘Inside Llewyn Davis’ Concert, ‘Another Day, Another Time’

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I now remember how crazy my Australian fans are.” The reaction did not seem to bother Rihanna, who thanked the fans on Twitter, and hyped her next performance. #ADELAIDE Thank you so much!!! Rihanna is currently on the last stretch of her Diamonds World Tour, hitting cities in New Zealand, South Africa, and Puerto Rico, before wrapping in New Orleans on Nov. 15. Loading Slideshow Justin Bieber (2013) Location: Dubai What happened: A fan suddenly rushed the stage toward Justin Bieber as he played a grand piano, prompting security guards to dash after the person. The scene escalated as they halted the fan onstage, knocking the piano on its legs in the process. A young man claiming to be the overzealous fan called into Virgin Radio Dubai the following day, saying he only wanted to “hug him and maybe take a picture.” Danny Brown (2013) Location: Minneapolis What happened: Rapper Danny Brown invited female fans to join him onstage during a concert, and one used the opportunity to get a little closer than expected. The woman pulled down Broan’s pants and attempted to give him unsolicited oral sex while he continued to rap, although no official confirmation has emerged regarding the activity that took place between the two. Tim McGraw (2007) Location: Lafayette, La. What happened: A fan groped Tim McGraw’s crotch during a concert on his and wife Faith Hill’s headlining tour, prompting Mrs. McGraw to speak out about the incident when she took the stage. “Somebody needs to teach you some class, my friend,” she told the fan.

Alabama Rising concert series bringing some of state’s most-promising young bands to Huntsville (photos)

29, 2013 in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP) Marcus Mumford, Oscar Isaac Musicians Marcus Mumford, left, and Oscar Isaac perform together during “Another Day, Another Time: Celebrating the Music of Inside Llewyn Davis” at The Town Hall on Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013 in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP) Gillian Welsh, Rhiannon Giddens, Carey Mulligan Singers Gillian Welsh, left, Rhiannon Giddens and actress Carey Mulligan, right, perform together during “Another Day, Another Time: Celebrating the Music of Inside Llewyn Davis” at The Town Hall on Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013 in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP) Marcus Mumford, Oscar Isaac Musicians Marcus Mumford, left, and Oscar Isaac perform together during “Another Day, Another Time: Celebrating the Music of Inside Llewyn Davis” at The Town Hall on Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013 in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP) Marcus Mumford, Oscar Isaac Musicians Marcus Mumford, left, and Oscar Isaac perform together during “Another Day, Another Time: Celebrating the Music of Inside Llewyn Davis” at The Town Hall on Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013 in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP) Marcus Mumford, Oscar Isaac Musicians Marcus Mumford, center, and Oscar Isaac, right, perform with members of the Punch Brothers during “Another Day, Another Time: Celebrating the Music of Inside Llewyn Davis” at The Town Hall on Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013 in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP) Marcus Mumford, Oscar Isaac Musicians Marcus Mumford, center, and Oscar Isaac, right, perform with members of the Punch Brothers during “Another Day, Another Time: Celebrating the Music of Inside Llewyn Davis” at The Town Hall on Sunday, Sept.

Naples Concert Band Kicks Off 42nd Season with Memorial Concert

at the Cambier Park Bandshell. The Naples Concert Bands (NCB) first concert of the season is dedicated to William Eriksen, Conductor Emeritus, who passed away on June 5, 2013. Songs and soloists that Bill introduced during his conducting tenure will be featured. The Paradise Brass Quintet will pay tribute to Bill with Thats A Plenty, and Amazing Grace. Vocalist, Jenny Bintliff, will present A Judy Garland Medley. Tuba soloist, Joe Choomack, will also be featured in Carioca from Rio de Janeiro. Two of Bills favorite arrangements, Pilatus, by Steven Reineke and Stevie Wonders Sir Duke will be performed. Marches, Oktoberfest Polkas, Broadway Show Tunes, and the Rimsky-Korsakov Classic, Scheherazade will round out the program. Special thanks to NCB entertainer sponsor, Sun Reality, Diane J. Brennan, GRI. Guests are encouraged to arrive early with lawn chairs and blankets for seating. Admission is free, with donations appreciated.

 

Grand Opening: Models portraying Adam and Eve at the Genesis-themed opening of London’s JW3 Jewish community center.

If so, please share on iReport. (CNN) — People had to leap into the River Thames on Sunday after the amphibious tour boat taking them around London caught fire near Parliament. “There were flames, and there was lots of black smoke,” Phil Beasley-Harling, an eyewitness, told CNN affiliate ITV. “At one point, it looked as though the boat wasn’t going to survive.” Amateur video showed several passengers jumping into the water as flames and smoke billowed out from the windows at the front of the London Duck Tours boat, a bright yellow vehicle that takes sightseers around the British capital by road and river. After reports of the fire were received late Sunday morning, firefighters, a police helicopter and paramedics rushed to the scene. Several people were pulled from the water, and the blaze was eventually extinguished. Police said all 28 passengers and two crew members on board the vessel were safe. No one was seriously injured, and three people treated at a London hospital for “minor smoke inhalation ailments” have all been discharged, London Duck Tours said. Most of the people on board the boat were foreign tourists, ITV reported. The company and the London Fire Brigade both said the cause of the blaze, which damaged one third of the vessel, was so far unknown. River tours suspended Borough Cmdr. Alison Newcomb of London’s Metropolitan Police said that the maritime coast guard is investigating. “At the conclusion of that investigation, I anticipate they will make a decision with regards to future tours,” she told ITV.

Sorry, Im embarrassed, but weve only just moved into our offices, says Simonson, the 40-year-old boss of Londons first American-style JCC, which opened Sunday. Now the article will say New CEO cant even answer his own phone. With his credentials, Simonson can afford to be self-deprecating. The former director of the Jewish learning fest Limmud, Simonson steered the organization through the 2008 financial crisis, helping it to emerge as a vibrant global brand with an annual budget of $1.6 million that scholars of British Jewry call the flagship of a communal renaissance. Now he wants to do something similar with the new community center, a centrally located four-story behemoth called JW3 a play on the local postcode, NW3 which was built with a one-time $56 million grant by a single donor, the philanthropist Vivien Duffield. But with Duffield now stepping back from the organization, Simonson has to build a constituency among Londoners for a kind of Jewish institution with which they are largely unfamiliar. This is now for the community to decide if they truly want to keep the gift, Simonson told JTA. Duffield, the daughter of the late business magnate Charles Clore, initiated the project after visiting the JCC in Manhattan a decade ago and deciding that Londons approximately 200,000 Jews also should have a one-stop shop for all things Jewish. The London center has space for a kindergarten, movie theater, sports facilities, kosher restaurant and a library. All that space requires a paying customer base, and for the past two years, JW3s staff of 45 has been working to build one. A huge banner that says JW3 The New Postcode for Jewish Life hangs from the buildings facade. Simonson, a chummy Londoner who takes pride in his ginger facial hair (his Twitter handle is FatSideburns), aims to enroll 60,000 members the first year at a cost of $72 annually. JW3 has limited cash reserves, so if JW3 fails to attract a significant amount of paying members, Simonson says the organization will run out of money in about two years.