The Closing Bell

Before we raise the drawbridge and unleash the rabid guard poodles we would like to leave you tonight with new dates for Dar Williams, Rick Springfield, The Von Bondies and Kentucky HeadHunters, and links to items about Anthony Hamilton, Amy Winehouse, actors who moonlight as singers and record labels luvin’ YouTube.

Overnight Sensation …

The following items are scheduled to post sometime during the next 16 hours and are reserved for all the good little boys and girls.

Christian Songwriters Give Back – Michael W. Smith, Steven Curtis Chapman and Chris Tomlin are just three of a dozen Christian songwriters who have contributed songs to CompassionArt: Creating Freedom from Poverty.

Photo: Joh Davisson
St. Augustine Amphitheatre, Fla.

‘Gimme Shelter’ Highlights Congo Crisis – The United Nations is getting a little help from its friends Ben Affleck and Mick Jagger, who’ve joined forces to release a short film “Gimme Shelter,” in efforts to raise $23 million for 250,000 refugees driven from their homes.

Thumbs Up For Fujiya & Miyagi – U.K.-based electro quartet Fujiya & Miyagi has announced dates for a month-long winter tour of the U.S. behind latest release, Lightbulbs.

Link-O-Rama …

Looks as if at least one major label is making money from YouTube.  Plus, the other majors expect to cash in soon – CNET

Can you name 10 actors who have side jobs as singers? – The Arizona Republic

One of Amy Winehouse’s more bizarre addictions might not be drugs, but a TV show – The Sun U.K.

Photo: AP Photo
Glastonbury Festival, England.

Anthony Hamilton does the Q&A – Associated Press

Dates, Dates & More Dates …

The Von Bondies update today with a short list of February gigs. Stops include the 13th in Toronto at The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern; the 15th in Montreal at Les Saints; the 16th in New York at Mercury Lounge; the 17th in Vienna, Virginia, at Jammin’ Java; the 18th in Philly at The Khyber; the 20th in Cleveland at Grog Shop and the 21st in Ann Arbor, Michigan, at Blind Pig.

Dar Williams slots new ones for January, February and March. Details include January 22 in Boston at Paradise Rock Club; January 30 in Athens, Georgia, at Georgia Theatre; February 3 in Fort Lauderdale at Culture Room and March 15 in Ridgefield, Connecticut, at Ridgefield Playhouse.

Rick Springfield adds dates all the way through New Year’s Eve 2009. New listings on Dr. Drake’s calendar include February 13 & 14 in Nashville at Wildhorse Saloon; April 2 in Morristown, New Jersey, at The Community Theatre At Mayo Center For The Performing Arts; May 30 in Stateline, Nevada, at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe; September 19 in Primm, Nevada, at Primm Valley Resort; October 23 in Biloxi at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Biloxi and December 31, 2009 in Temecula, California, at Pechanga Resort & Casino.

Photo: Janae Wilkinson /
House of Blues, Dallas.

Finally, we received several new listings for Kentucky HeadHunters, including March 20 in Milwaukee at Northern Lights Theater; June 6 in Greensburg, Pennsylvania, at Westmoreland Co. Fairgrounds; July 18 in Gaylord, Michigan, at Alpenfest and August 22 in Maryville, Tennessee, at The Shed.

During the day we also updated the schedules for LA Riots, Joshua Radin, Juice Newton, Merle Haggard, J.D. Souther, Eilen Jewell, Damien Rice, Cheap Girls, Blitzen Trapper, Ben Folds, Antony & The Johnsons, Agent Orange, plus thousand and thousand of bands and artists. Unfortunately we don’t have enough space to list all of them, but we can tell you that you should see each and every one of them. This weekend, if possible.

That finishes off Thursday’s journey through the land of concert data. Thank you for visiting us today and we hope to see your face eyeballing our news and data tomorrow. G’night!