Forever tied to the sunny shores of California, the music of Sublime has inspired a generation of artists and listeners since its release throughout the 1990s. The band only existed for a short time, but their music lives far beyond its time, powered by the iconic vocals and guitar playing of the late great Bradley Nowell.Nowell was primarily responsible for bringing the reggae/ska influences to band members Eric Wilson and Bud Gaugh during the band’s formative years. Over years of organic growth, Sublime built a strong following in California. Their debut album release 40 Oz. To Freedom continued that trend, and local radio station KROQ picked up the song “Date Rape” to give the band their widest reach yet.While the band’s experimental second album, Robbin’ The Hood, was a commercial flop, the work done for the album cemented their fusion sound. With elements of rock and rap infused in their reggae sound, the Sublime phenomenon would soon take hold nationwide. Though they were invited on Van’s Warped Tour, the group was kicked off after a week for their unruly behavior.Still, the group was pressured into putting out a new studio album. In early 1996, the band began recording what would be their third studio album. The self-titled work has become their most identifiable, despite its tragic ending. On May 25th, 1996, Bradley Nowell succumbed to a heroin overdose and passed away at the age of 28.With the material recorded for the album, Sublime was released posthumously, and has since gone platinum five times over. It won the band national, and international, recognition, and propelled Sublime into the spotlight. With songs like “What I Got,” “Santeria,” “Wrong Way,” “April 29, 1992 (Miami),” and more, it’s no surprise that Sublime was destined for greatness. It’s tempting to speculate as to where Sublime would have gone had Nowell survived, but the pages of rock and roll history have unfortunately already been written.It’s hard to believe that 20 years have passed since Bradley Nowell left this Earth. In honor of the late legend, you can enjoy the band’s classic Sublime album, and watch some interview footage of the whole group just months before Nowell’s death. RIP Bradley Nowell.
Simply the best! Adrienne Warren, who received a Tony nod this year for Shuffle Along, has been tapped to lead a workshop of a Tina Turner bio-musical, Tina. The legendary singer will attend the December 16 industry event, which will be performed by a cast of 14, the Daily Mail reports. Phyllida Lloyd (Mamma Mia!) will direct the project, which features a book by Olivier winner Katori Hall (The Mountaintop).Turner told the Mail that “one of the most surprising and wonderful discoveries for me in this process has been that my songs tell my story.” Some of her famous numbers include “Proud Mary,” “Nutbush City Limits,” “Private Dancer,” “What’s Love Got To Do With It,” and “Simply The Best.” No word yet on which tunes will make the cut; the musical is aiming to open in London 2018.Born Anna Mae Bullock in 1939 in Nutbush, Turner rose to fame in the 1960s alongside her husband Ike. She later revealed in her autobiography that she had suffered domestic abuse at his hands—they separated in 1976 and divorced two years later. Turner later made a massive comeback in the 1980s. The Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll has sold 180 million records worldwide and been honored with eleven Grammy Awards. Adrienne Warren (Photo: Emilio Madrid-Kuser) Adrienne Warren View Comments Star Files
Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on February 10, 2014 at 12:30 am Contact David: [email protected] | @DBWilson2 On Monday against Notre Dame, it was C.J. Fair who was human. When Syracuse hosted Clemson on Sunday, it was Tyler Ennis.“Once in a while,” SU head coach Jim Boeheim said, “he needs to show that he’s human and have a bad game.”The Tigers managed to hold the star freshman to just six points on 3-of-11 shooting. He still led the No. 1 Orange with five assists in its 57-44 win on Sunday in the Carrier Dome, but he wasn’t the dominant point guard that teammates and coaches have grown used to — not that he needed to be.Ennis scored a bucket early in the game, but vanished for most of the first half. He limited his shots — essentially only forcing up shots when the shot clock was winding down — but he wasn’t threading his pinpoint passes through the defense like he usually does, either.Sunday marked the second straight game that he was held to single digits, but neither time mattered. Syracuse has enough other playmakers that can step up and run the offense.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“When we can run our offense through C.J. (Fair) when he’s hitting and then have Jerami (Grant), Rak (Christmas), Trevor (Cooney) and whoever else is able to score out there, it makes it so much easier,” Ennis said.But once again, Ennis emerged at the end of the game — although this time that outcome was essentially decided.He made a layup with less than seven minutes remaining to cap a 6-0 run and extend the Orange’s lead to 48-37.Four minutes later, he hit another layup. And two minutes after that, SU emptied its bench.“We didn’t play great offensively in the second half, but we made big plays when we had to,” Boeheim said. “That’s what this team is all about. We are aware that these next coming games are hard and will keep working and getting better toward the end of the year.” Comments
Love and Harmony Cruise By Howard CampbellOrganizers of the second Love and Harmony Cruise have long launched their promotional campaign for the March 24-29 gig, but some of their best publicity has come without spending a dime.Ultimate Caribbean Experience“Advertising and marketing has really taken on the same approach as last year, but what we have noticed is that word of mouth has impacted our sales. So, people are recruiting their friends and family to come and be a part of the ultimate Caribbean experience aboard the Love and Harmony Cruise,” said Ronnie Tomlinson, the event’s publicist.Tomlinson told Caribbean National Weekly that the cruise is scheduled to leave Fort Lauderdale on March 24 and make stops in Montego Bay and Georgetown, Cayman.This year’s maiden voyage took place in February/March, and had stops in Miami and Ocho Rios.Targeting dancehall and lovers-rock reggae fansOnce again, promoters are eyeing markets that are strong on dancehall and lovers rock reggae as the main source of clientele.“We are trying to engage lovers of all music especially lovers of reggae and dancehall. Therefore, we know there is a vast array of people who love reggae and dancehall globally, so we definitely take that into consideration this year in our marketing and promotions as well as we target the Caribbean, US, UK and Canada,” she said.Beres Hammond the main featureLovers rock king Beres Hammond is again the mainstay. Vocal quartet, LUST, and deejay Elephant Man are also on the return trip which will have an added attraction for passengers who get restless at sea.“Last year we learned that the patrons loved the idea of playing dominoes and we didn’t have enough dominoes. Therefore, this year we will have the first official domino tournament hosted by Beres Hammond, and a winner will be declared,” said Tomlinson.Larger shipA much larger ship, the Caribbean X Summit, will host Love And Harmony Cruise 2018.Another diverse cast of acts will perform. They include Marcia Griffiths, Beenie Man, Sanchez, Mr. Vegas, Chaka Demus and Pliers, Kevin Lyttle, Rupee, Patrice Roberts and Kerwin Dubois. Comedy duo, Ity and Fancy Cat, are also billed.Brain child of DJ JabbaThe Love and Harmony Cruise is the brainchild of DJ Jabba, best known as a Disc Jockey and sound system selector alongside Bobby Konders in New York. His partner in the venture is Miami businessman Joey Budafuco.Following this year’s event, Jabba said the cruise was 90 per cent booked with most of the fans being Jamaicans who live in the United States. Fans also came from The Bahamas, Bermuda, Haiti, Guyana, Canada, Nigeria and Australia.