Garth Brooks performs surprise St. Patrick’s Day show in Texas

Published: Saturday, March 18, 2017 @ 2:58 AM

Country singer Garth Brooks played a surprise show Friday night at The Broken Spoke in Austin, Texas.
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Garth Brooks doesn’t officially take the stage at the Auditorium Shores in Austin, Texas, until Saturday, but he capped a day that included a South by Southwest keynote and the reveal of his new single with a surprise acoustic show at the Broken Spoke Friday night.

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Strolling on the stage promptly at 11 p.m. wearing a Lone Star Beer T-Shirt with a flannel and a Garth Brooks hat, the country superstar immediately launched into “Friends in Low Places.”

What followed was a speedy 40-minute set that included 17 songs, mostly his, that the capacity crowd of old fans and young Spring Breakers was all too happy to sing along and dance to.

Brooks looked ecstatic on stage, and some fans in the crowd happily lucked into the St. Patrick’s Day show, arriving without knowing he was even going to be there.

After closing with early hit “The Dance,” he returned to do a quick rendition of “Callin’ Baton Rouge.”

“If the honky tonks were like this that I was in, I never would’ve left them,” he said as he left the stage.

Brooks plays Saturday night. Tickets are sold out.

Kenny G serenades Delta passengers mid-flight for charity

Published: Saturday, April 22, 2017 @ 4:12 PM

UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - SEPTEMBER 30:  Musician Kenny G performs at the 2015 LA's Promise Gala at Universal Studios Hollywood on September 30, 2015 in Universal City, California.  (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
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With tempers flaring on recent flights, perhaps a little music to soothe the soul is appropriate.

Enter Kenny G. and his soprano saxophone.

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TMZ reported that the legendary musician performed Saturday while walking up and down the aisle of a Delta flight from Tampa to Los Angeles, in support of the Relay for Life charity.

When a flight attendant announced that the crew was raising money for charity in support of a crew member, Kenny G agreed to perform if $2,000 could be raised on the flight. The goal was met and Kenny G. kept his promise, according to TMZ.

Iggy Pop turns 70, takes on jazz

Published: Friday, April 21, 2017 @ 1:26 PM

NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 16:  Musician Iggy Pop performs at the Tibet House US 30th Anniversary Benefit Concert & Gala Celebrating Philip Glass's 80th Birthday on March 16, 2017 in New York City.  (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for Tibet House US)
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Rock music icon Iggy Pop is still reinventing himself, even as he turns 70.

The prolific musician talked to Rolling Stone about turning 70 and collaborating on a project with Jamie Saft's jazz trio.

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Henry Rollins penned a tribute to Pop in LA Weekly, calling him the "Undisputed Heavyweight Champion of Rock & Roll." 

Pop doesn't show signs of slowing down anytime soon.

Watch: Kacey Musgraves joins Zac Brown Band on John Prine classic 'All the Best'

Published: Thursday, April 20, 2017 @ 10:53 AM

AUSTIN, TX - OCTOBER 02:  Recording artist Kacey Musgraves performs on the Samsung Stage during day 3 at Austin City Limits Music Festival 2016 at Zilker Park on October 2, 2016 in Austin, Texas.  (Photo by Rick Kern/Getty Images for Samsung)
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Anticipation is building for the Zac Brown Band’s new album, "Welcome Home," which will be released May 12.

The Zac Brown Band is releasing a new single Friday, a cover of John Prine's "All the Best,” and it features a special guest appearance.

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Kacey Musgraves joined the band in the studio to record the song. A clip from the session was posted on Facebook as a preview. The single will be available for purchase on Friday.

Honoring Prince: 6 memorable tributes

Published: Tuesday, April 18, 2017 @ 11:35 AM

Nearly a year after the death of Prince, fans across the world continue to celebrate the legacy of the fallen musician. 

Just one week before his death on April 14, 2016, the legendary singer performed his last show at Atlanta's Fox Theatre, and the venue has plans to honor The Purple One in a grand way for the one-year anniversary of his death.

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From 9 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. on Friday, April 21, the Fox will post a rolling rotation of lyrics from Prince’s iconic song “Purple Rain” on its marquee, said Cindy Stoltz, spokeswoman for the Fox. 

The concert hall isn’t the only one singing his praises. Many Atlanta admirers and Prince lovers from all over have paid tribute to the icon since he died. From shrines to musical performances to social media dedications, here are some of the most memorable Prince tributes.