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48 - The Michigan Daily Weekend
Buddy Guy (right) and Beau Jocque (far
right) will appear at the Ann Arbor
Blues and Jazz Festival this weekend.
Guy headlines tomorrow night's lineup
at the Michigan Theater, and Jocque
will play with the Zydeco High Rollers
at Gallup Park on Sunday.
Magazine - Thursday, September 4, 1997
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By James Miller
Daily Arts Writer
Tradition is a fine thing. Perhaps
even the best of things. It gives con-
sonance to the dissonant and direc-
tion to the lost and formless. In
music, so much of what is popular
and regularly performed depends on
the fussy and unpredictable winds of
Tradition is hard to form. Grunge
one day, punk-pop the next, trip-hop
sometime next week.
The Ann Arbor Jazz and Blues
Festival exists as a monument against
short attention spans and T-shirt rock
'n' roll. This weekend, gloriously
spanning tomorrow, Saturday and
Sunday, the venerable festival beast
celebrates its 25th birthday.
Blues and Jazz
September 4-7, 1997
With music festivals these days
breeding like Mormon rabbits, it is
easy to forget what an outdoor con-
cert should be like. But this festival
changes all that.
From the delicate smoke of the Mr.
Rib tent to the Schoolkids Records
outpost to the frisbee-chuckers to the
kids in the Ann Arbor Art
Association, the stream of acts and
artists feels less like a harangue to sell
$18 CDs and more like a blessing.
This year, traditional blues artists
like the 82-year-old Honeyboy
Edwards and Big Jack Johnson repre-
sent the festival's more traditional
roots, while folks like Beau Jocque
and Don Byron (fresh from the
"Kansas City" soundtrack) carry the
torches of world music and
Headlining the festivities this year
are Buddy Guy, tomorrow at 8 p.m. at
the Michigan Theater. Anyone who
doubts that modern blues has urgency
and fire needs to get hit with a few
inches of the Buddy Guy stick.
Saturday and Sunday boast uber-
hipsters Medeski, Martin and Wood
and Marcia Ball, respectively.
Sunday's lineup also includes local
boys Transmission and Ann Arbor
staples The Paul Keller Sextet. On the
classier tip, Kurt Elling and his group
will be playing at the Bird of Paradise
on Ashley Street tomorrow and
Tickets are available at
TicketMaster outlets, Schoolkids
Records and PJ's Used Records.
Blues lovers, jazz fans, purists,
anarchists, sun-worshippers, dope
fiends and those who wish to start off
the year with a igiteou;ldnky good
'time afead~vised t itfe1.
~ According to Premiere Magazine,
teen heartthrob Leonardo DiCaprio
(pictured below) has been slated to star
alongside Kenneth Branagh, Drew
Barrymore and Kim Basinger in the
next not-yet-titled Woody Allen film.
The young Romeo is currently wrap-
ping up "The Man in The Iron Mask" in
~ Speaking of Mr. Branagh, Premiere
also reported that the talented direc-
tor/actor is shooting "The Theory Of
Flight," a drama about a friendship
between a young woman with motor-
neuron disease and a troubled artist.
The script for the film (by first-time
screenwriter Richard Hawkin) is the
screenplay to be
accepted by the BBC
in 20 years.
~ Director Terrence
Malick pulls out ther
big guns in his first.
film in 20 years,
"The Thin Red Line."
The movie's all-star
cast includes Sean
Penn, Nick Nolte,
George Clooney and
Premiere notes that British actor Ben
Chaplin, best known as the sensitive
stud in "The Truth About Cats and
Dogs," was recently slated to play a
major role in Malick's adaptation of a
James Jones World War II novel. The
movie is currently shooting in Australia.
V "ER" star George Clooney has
dropped out of a starring role in Warner
Brothers' big-screen version of "Frosty
the Snowman," according to
Entertainment Weekly. The actor had
previously showed interest in working
on a live-action version of the classic
children's character directed by Sam
Raimi (the "Evil Dead" series). But due
to delays caused by complications with
the screenplay, Clooney has dropped the
project, claiming that his rigorous film-
ing schedule will not allow him to work
on this film. The latest word is that the
role has been offered to John Travolta.
~ Actor Christian Slater, who can be
remembered as viciously duking it out
with Travolta in "Broken Arrow," has
apparently been viciously duking it out
off screen as well. The latest incident
involves Slater being arrested for
assault with a deadly weapon on Aug.
11 in Los Angeles. Police say that the
actor bit the stomach of a man who
tried to break up a fight between Slater
and his girlfriend at a party. It was not
stated what the deadly weapon was, but
presumably, body parts like fists can be
cited as deadly weapons.
V People Magazine recently reported
that executives at Carsey-Werner
("Roseanne," '"The Cosby. Show") have
Smith has recently fin-
ished work on a new
track, titled "Wrong
Number," which will
be included on the
V Green Day's fifth
album, "Nimrod," will
also be released in
October, but will sup-
posedly be a bit of a
departure from the
group's three chord
Lead singer / guitarist
Billie Joe Armstrong
told ATN that "there's
people probably aren't
much, because we did
been trying to persuade Cher to star in
her own sitcom. They presented her
with the concept of the show as reincar-
nation, and the possibility of her return-
ing each week as a different character.
Cher rejected the premise when some-
one suggested that her first character be
a divorced real estate agent living with
her mom in San Diego.
V The still untitled singles compilation
by the Cure will be released on Oct. 28,
according to Addicted to Noise. This
follow-up to "Standing On The Beach,"
which covered Cure singles from 1979-
1985, will include songs from 1987
through the present. In fact, Robert
some stuff that
gonna like too
stuff with acoustic guitars, and strings
and horns." The first single, "Hitching.
A Ride," also features the horn section
from No Doubt.
V Speaking of No Doubt, the band's
label, Interscope Records, has terminat-
ed its partnership with Trauma Records.
Trauma had sued Interscope for $100
million, charging the label with "fraud,
extortion and the unfulfillment of a
two-year promise to assign ska-punkers
No Doubt to Trauma's roster," accord-
ing to ATN. Trauma's owners will
reportedly receive $3 million, but
Interscope will keep the very profitable
No Doubt, which has sold more than 10
million copies of its album "Tragic
Kingdom." In addition, Interscope will
receive distribution rights to the next
album by Bush, whose lead singer,
Gavin Rossdale, is coincidentally the
boyfriend of No Doubt's Gwen Stefani.
~ Finally, in a band that is never out of
the news for long, Oasis' fashionable
frontman, Liam Gallagher, recently
spent about $6,000 on 18 sunglasses at
the trendy Eye Contacts store in
Camden, England. He wanted to stock
up because he's always sitting on them
or losing them, especially when he's
had a few beers," according to the Be
Here Now webpage.
- Compiled by Daily Film Editor
Julia Skih and Daily Music Editor
Top 10 movies
(Aug. 29 to Sept. 1) 0
1. "G.I. Jane," $10.3 million
($26.3 million, 2 weeks at theaters)
2. "Money Talks," $9.4 million
($23.7 million, 2)
3. "Air Force One," $8.5 million
($154.2 million, 6)
4. "Hoodlum," $8.1 million ($10.2
million, 1 1/2)
5. "Conspiracy Theory," $6.9 mil-
lion ($63 million, 4)
6. "Excess Baggage," $6.3 million
($6.3 million, 1)
7. "Mimic," $6.2 million ($16.9
8. "Cop Land," $5.8 million ($36
9. "Kull the Conqueror," $3.5 mil-
lion ($3.5 million, 1)
10. "Men in Black," $3.4 million
($235.1 million, 9)
Source:The Associated Press
Top 10 albums
(week ending Sept. 6, 1997);
1. Fleetwood Mac, "The Dance"
(1 week on chart)
2. Puff Daddy & The Family, "No
Way Out" (5)
3. Spice Girls, "Spice" (29)
4. "Men In Black" Soundtrack (8)
5. Matchbox 20, "Yourself or
Someone Like You" (25)
6. Hanson, "Middle of Nowhere"
7. Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, "The
Art of War" (4)
8. Jewel, "Pieces of You" (80)
9. Billy Joel, "Greatest Hits
Volume III" (1)
10. Sarah McLachlan, "Surfacing"
Source: Billboard Magazine
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