Burt will kick off his U.K. tour this summer with a newly announced concert at the London Palladium on June 25. That date is in addition to his previously announced performance at London’s Royal Festival Hall with special guest Joss Stone on July 4. The Palladium show also promises “very special guest artists,” but it appears we’ll have to wait a bit longer to find out who those special guests are.
Burt Bacharach’s summer and fall tour has expanded over the last few days with the announcement of nine additional concerts. The latest addition to his itinerary is a performance at the Curacao North Sea Jazz Festival on Sept. 3, where he’ll perform alongside stars including Tom Jones, Michael Bolton and Branford Marsalis.
As announced last week, Burt will also play the Monte Carlo Sporting Summer Festival on July 9 and Harpa Eldborg Hall in Reykjavik, Iceland, on July 12. Those two dates are in addition to his previously announced performance at the Copenhagen Jazz Festival on July 10.
In addition to the big festival shows, Burt will also perform at Belly Up in Solana Beach, Calif. on Aug. 21 and 22 (after the first night’s performance sold out, an additional night was added), at UCLA’s Royce Hall on Oct. 1, and at Seattle’s Jazz Alley from Oct. 21 to 23.
As always, for the most up-to-date list of shows, please visit the On Tour Page!
On April 5, Burt Bacharach will co-host a special free screening of the new autism drama Po at the Paramount Theater in Los Angeles.
Presented in conjunction with National Autism Awareness Month, the screening will also feature director John Asher and the film’s stars, Christopher Gorham, Kaitlin Doubleday and newcomer Julian Feder.
Bacharach, who scored the movie, has a very personal connection to the film. His daughter Nikki suffered from Asperger’s Syndrome, an autism-spectrum disorder. She committed suicide in 2007 at the age of 40.
“I was so touched by the film that scoring it was a labor of love,” Bacharach said.
The screening will take place April 5 at 7:30 p.m. at Paramount Studios, 5555 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, Calif. This special “blue carpet” event is free to the public on a first-come, first-served basis. To attend, please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The full press release is below:
Based on a true story, ‘Po’ is about David Wilson (Gorham), a single dad with the sole responsibility of caring for his sixth grade son with autism after his young wife falls victim to cancer. Patrick, who prefers to be called Po (Feder), is a gifted but challenged child who is unable to communicate his own sense of loss. As father and son struggle to deal with life after Mom, they each begin to withdraw into their own worlds. David is overwhelmed by a high pressure job he is close to losing, while Po escapes being bullied and other tough moments by drifting into his magical fantasy world where he is just a typical carefree boy with a rich cast of other worldly companions. The growing divide between father and son and the mounting challenges of single parenthood of a special needs child threaten to separate David and Po permanently. Amy (Doubleday), Po’s caring therapist, plays a critical role in keeping the family together where the bonds of love are tested in the most real way.
John Asher, whose own son has autism adds, “I am so grateful that festivals of this elite level, which are truly focused on independent films, have recognized the importance of our movie and its message.”
Burt Bacharach who scored the movie and had a daughter with Asperger’s Syndrome explains, “I was so touched by the film that scoring it was a labor of love.”
‘Po’ begins its festival tour with its WORLD PREMIERE at the Panama International Film Festival on April 10th, NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE at the Palm Beach International Film Festival April 11th, WorldFest Houston April 16th, Newport Beach Film Festival honoring Burt Bacharach April 23rd, Arizona International Film Festival, and closing night film of Albuquerque Film and Music Experience on April 24th.
The film is produced by LOFC Production, LLC.
‘Po’ – Awareness Screening
Date/Time: April 5, 2016 at 7:30pm
Location: Paramount Studios, 5555 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA
Hosted by: Burt Bacharach, Kaitlin Doubleday, Chris Gorham, Julian Feder and John Asher
Tickets: This special “blue carpet” event is FREE to the public on a first-come, first-served basis. To attend, please RSVP to email@example.com.
Media Contact:Tammy Lynn, Spotlight PR Company
SOURCE LOFC Production, LLC
Burt Bacharach’s summer tour of Europe has grown with the announcement of four additional dates in the U.K. Burt will perform on June 27 at Colston Hall in Bristol, on June 29 at the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall in Liverpool, on July 4 at the Royal Festival Hall in London, and on July 6 at Southend Cliffs Pavilion in Southend-on-Sea.
The July 4 show at Royal Festival Hall will feature special guest Joss Stone, one of the vocalists who appears on the recently released Burt Bacharach: A Life in Song (and who longtime fans may recall sang the title song in the 2004 remake of Alfie.)
The new dates are in addition to previously announced shows in Vienna, East Sussex (U.K.) and Copenhagen.
For the latest list of concerts, visit the On Tour page.
Burt was interviewed by The Tennessean’s Dave Paulson in anticipation of tonight’s show with the Nashville Symphony. Burt’s first big hit was a country song, “The Story of My Life,” a No. 1 hit for Marty Robbins in 1957, and although he never topped the country charts again, he told Paulson he still feels a close connection to Nashville’s music community.
“It’s the citadel. It’s the one place remaining where there’s a concentration of writers, an interchange of people trying get (songs written). That’s the way it kind of used to be in the Brill Building years ago. I’m very appreciative of what you do down there.”
To see the entire interview, visit The Tennessean.com.
…Sometimes, just one note makes a difference. If you take one note or one bar and put it in or take it out, it influences the whole balance of the actual song. So for me, the turning point was an A&R man out of Chicago named Calvin Carter. He was working at Vee-Jay Records, an R&B label. Good label. He called me in New York and he said, “Jerry Butler wants to record this song of yours and he wants to be able to come into New York. I want to be there in New York with him and we want you to do the date.” That means write the arrangement, set the tempos, get the musicians you want, be in the studio–everything. That was the door that opened. Once I had permission to get into the studio and was able to control the environment of that particular song and episode that was going on, how it was done, and being able to say, “No, I need another take,” things changed.
To read the full interview, visit Huffington Post.
British singer-songwriter Rumer, who recently finished recording This Girl’s in Love, an album of Bacharach-David songs, at Capitol Records in Los Angeles, will perform a benefit concert for the South Pasadena Public Library later this month. The show takes place March 26 in the South Pasadena Public Library Community Room.
Fans may recall that Rumer released an excellent EP of Bacharach songs in 2010, Rumer Sings Bacharach at Christmas, and that her husband and bandleader is Rob Shirakbari, Burt’s former musical director and keyboard player.
The full text of the announcement is below.
“An Evening with Rumer” will be presented on the “Carnegie Stage” of the South Pasadena Public Library Community Room on Saturday, March 26 at 8 p.m. The fundraising concert will benefit the Friends of the South Pasadena Public Library and Rumer’s own handpicked charity, Save Korean Dogs/NamiKim.org, a non-profit animal protection organization.
Rumer is a critically acclaimed British soft rock singer/songwriter whose debut album “Seasons of My Soul” sold over a million copies worldwide. Since then she has released “Boys Don’t Cry” (2012) and “Into Colour” (2014) and earned raves for her live shows across the globe. Rumer’s success has led to her performance for President Barack Obama at the White House, as well as for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth at Buckingham Palace.
Rumer and her husband J.R. (Rob) Shirakbari are currently in Los Angeles recording a Bacharach and David Songbook album entitled “This Girl’s In Love”. The much-anticipated album is set for release by Warner Music in 2016.
The one-of-a-kind, not-to-be-missed concert will also showcase an opening set by J.R. Shirakbari, who is the Music Director for Dionne Warwick, and for many years he was the Music Director for Burt Bacharach. Rob has recorded, or played with, many great artists, including Adele, Elvis Costello, Ray Charles, Garth Brooks, Michael Bublé, Gladys Knight, Frank Sinatra, and many more. J.R. Shirakbari will soon be releasing his first solo album, “Theme.”.
For the South Pasadena concert J.R. Shirakbari will be playing a Steinway and Rumer will be accompanied by a stellar band comprised of:
- Jon Gilutin— a keyboardist who worked with Linda Ronstadt for 18 years and served as her Musical Director.
- Mark Goldenberg—played Lead Guitar with Jackson Browne from 1994-2010.
- Jerry Watts— Bass Chair at prestigious LAMA (Los Angeles Music Academy).
- John Ferraro—Currently, he is the drummer for Burt Bacharach.
Tickets are $25 each and can be purchased at rumerconcert.eventbrite.com Admission cannot be purchased at the door. Doors will open at 7:30 p.m. and seating will be “festival style” Autographed CDs and LPs will be available for purchase at a signing table. Ample free parking for concertgoers will be available at 1020 El Centro Street, thanks to support of the South Pasadena Unified School District.
This week, over-the-air network getTV is airing Dionne Warwick’s first network TV special. The Dionne Warwick Special: Souled Out, originally broadcast Sept. 17, 1969, captures Dionne at the height of her career and features performances from Burt Bacharach, Glen Campbell, Creedence Clearwater Revival and comedian George Kirby. The special airs March 4 at 1 p.m. CST and March 6 at 9 a.m. CST. As the saying goes, check your local listings to see if you can pick up getTV in your market. (Thanks to Alec C. for the tip!)
Following last year’s mammoth tour of the UK and Italy, which included a triumphant performance on the main stage at the Glastonbury Festival, Burt Bacharach returns to Europe this summer for an encore. Burt is currently scheduled to perform at Vienna’s Jazz Fest Wien on July 1 followed by a headlining performance at the Love Supreme Festival in East Sussex, U.K., on July 3 (where he shares top billing with the legendary Grace Jones).
As always, for the most up-to-date list of upcoming concert appearances (that I’m aware of, anyway), visit the On Tour page.
On Feb. 26, Eagle Rock Entertainment will release a new concert special celebrating the life and career of Burt Bacharach. Filmed last year at London’s Royal Festival Hall and originally aired on the BBC, Burt Bacharach: A Life in Song combines live performances of classic Bacharach songs with an on-stage conversation between Burt and Michael Grade in which Burt discusses his life and the art of songwriting and shares some of the stories behind his songs. In addition to Burt and his band, the concert features live performances by Alfie Boe, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Shaun Escoffery, Rebecca Ferguson, Justin Hayward, Michael Kiwanuka, Laura Mvula and Joss Stone. Burt Bacharach: A Life in Song is currently available for pre-order on Amazon.