Music News: McNally Smith students to throw benefit concert for laid-off teachers


McNally Smith College of Music.
McNally Smith College of Music on Dec. 15, 2017. (Jay Gabler/MPR)

With McNally Smith College of Music closing on Wednesday, faculty have been asked to work without pay to ensure their students finish fall courses with credit. In gratitude, the St. Paul school's students are organizing a benefit concert to support their teachers — who now find themselves without jobs. The concert will take place Wednesday night at Gluek's Restaurant and Bar in downtown Minneapolis, and will feature performances by alumni as well as former McNally faculty Adam Levy and Erin Schwab. "Everybody at McNally is out of a job, and it's the holiday season," co-organizer Elyse Barnard told the Star Tribune.

Brazilian DJ dies in stage collapse

A stage collapse at a music festival in Brazil on Sunday claimed the life of artist D.J. Kaleb, who was performing in front of a reported 5,000 people. It's unclear what led to the collapse, but there were strong winds at the time of the accident. "We're sorry, we lost a friend, an artist," said the Atmosphere music festival in a statement. "Our priority is to assist the wounded and their families." (New York Times)

ICP lose Juggalo suit

Despite this fall's Juggalo March on Washington, Insane Clown Posse have lost a court battle to rescind the FBI classification of their fans, "Juggalos," as a potentially dangerous gang. The hip-hop duo and their co-plaintiffs — including "several Juggalos and the ACLU," notes Rolling Stone — argued that the designation led to Juggalos being treated unfairly, but the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals held that even if so, the FBI was not legally liable for those consequences.

Did you catch the Beastie Boys reference in Last Jedi?

There's a super-obscure Beastie Boys reference in the new Star Wars film, The Last Jedi. An alien character played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt is unnamed in the script, but the credits list him as "Slowen-Lo." That sounds a lot like the 1986 Beasties track "Slow and Low."

Not convinced? Consider that the previous entry in the Star Wars saga, 2015's The Force Awakens, had characters named "Ello Asty" and "Ilco Munica." (Billboard)

Donna Summer musical gets Broadway date

Summer: The Donna Summer Musical has a premiere date on Broadway: April 23 at the Lunt-Fontanne Theater, starring three different actors as the disco queen and featuring songs like "Hot Stuff," "Last Dance" and "She Works Hard for the Money." As the New York Times notes, "a flock of divas is circling Broadway": "a musical about Cher, also using three actresses, will hit Broadway next fall. And Tina: The Tina Turner Musical will arrive in London in March."

Darlene Love sings "Christmas" with the Roots

How do you top the Roots (and Jimmy Fallon) playing "All I Want for Christmas Is You" on toy instruments with Mariah Carey? Enlist Darlene Love to sing her timeless classic "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)." (Anna Kendrick is there too, promoting Pitch Perfect 3.)

As Rolling Stone notes, "Love is resurrecting a late night-TV tradition: Year after year, Love performed the track on Late Show With David Letterman."

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