Overnight Sensation …

The weekend will arrive much faster if you read the following two items scheduled to post sometime during the next 14 hours. Promise!

Galactic Has Brass Ones – The hard-touring Nola funk/jazz ensemble is turning up the heat this fall with five-week club and theatre tour.

Push Play Launches Headlining Run – The New York City teen quartet, think Jonas Brothers minus the common DNA, is gearing up for its first U.S. headlining tour.

Link-O-Rama …

Independent record labels global rights agency Merlin isn’t too thrilled about MySpace Music, claiming the new music service treats indies like second class citizens – Reuters

For some concert-goers the best surprise is no surprise as more bands and artists turn to playing their most famous albums, track-for-track, onstage – The Christian Science Monitor

Look who’s blogging on ESPN.com – it’s … Lil’ Wayne? – ESPN.com

Country Music Association donates $1 million to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s “Words & Music” program – The Tennessean

Barefoot – Shakira’s Colombian children’s foundation – will begin helping children worldwide later this syear- The Canadian Press

Hope you’re not holding your breath in anticipation of that big Savage Garden reunion tour. Apparently the group’s stars – Darren Hayes and Daniel Jones – haven’t spoken to each other in years. And they have no plans to start – The Brisbane Times

Dates, Dates & More Dates …

The Saliva / Drowning Pool co-headline updates today with new shows for November slotted for Texas. Look for them on the 5th playing Scout Bar in San Antonio. On the 6th it’s the thriving community of Pharr and the venue is Graham Central Station. November 7 puts ’em in Beaumont at Scout Bar. For the 8th it’s Houston’s Scout Bar. November 9 is Corpus Christi at The Pavilion @Concrete Street, and November 11 is Lubbock at Wild West Lubbock.

Michael McDonald tunes his December calendar with new shows for Pennsylvania, Florida, Indiana and Wisconsin. On December 4 Mr. McDonald will play Easton, Pennsylvania, at State Theatre Center For The Arts. December 6 has him in Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, at H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center. Boca Raton gets the ex-Doobie Brother on December 9 for a show at Centre For The Arts At Mizner Park Amphitheatre. On December 11 it’s Elizabeth, Indiana, at Caesars Indiana. December 13 is Baraboo, Wisconsin, at Ho Chunk Casino, and it’s back to Indiana on December 15 for a gig at Fort Wayne’s Embassy Theatre.

New Kids On The Block head south of the border in about eight weeks playing Guadalajara on November 30, Mexico City on December 2 and Monterrey, Mexico, on December 4. The boys also add a February 4, 2009, date in Paris.

And surprise, surprise! We surely weren’t expecting to see any new dates for Queen + Paul Rodgers this afternoon, but there they are – November 19 in Santiago, Chile, at San Carlos De Apoquindo, and November 26 & 27 in Sao Paulo, Brazil, at Via Funchal.

During the day we also updated the schedules for Buddy Guy, Kittie, Russell Brand, Todd Snider, Cheap Trick, Camper Van Beethoven, Cracker, Kylie Minogue, Bryan Adams, Cut Copy, Russell Peters, Chris Tomlin, The Coffin Daggers, Eagles, B.B. King, Gang Gang Dance, Savoy Brown Feat. Kim Simmonds, Tech N9ne, plus all the bands and artists that matter. In this timeline anyway.

And that’s going to do it for Thursday, September 25, 2006. Thank you for being our companion on today’s journey through the concert landscape and we hope you’ll join us again tomorrow. G’night and happy trails!