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Celebrating Earth Week 2019

Celebrating Earth Week 2019: Thinking Global, Acting Local

While consumers around the world are embracing sustainability and the environment more than just one day a year, Earth Day celebrations this week unify consumers in their efforts to make a positive impact on our planet and act as responsible global citizens. And while being a good global citizen takes center stage during the week of Earth Day, we see consumers taking an active stance on helping the planet throughout the entire year. So how are Americans embracing an eco-friendly mindset in individual cities across the nation?

To find out, we analyzed Nielsen Scarborough data to understand how Americans 18 and older are adopting eco-friendly activities on a regular basis. We looked at an array of market behavior and spending preferences on a designated market area (DMA) basis, including purchasing eco-friendly household cleaning products, driving less, donating money and participating in energy-saving programs.

When it comes to thinking global but acting local, consumers in Seattle/Tacoma, San Francisco/Oakland/San Jose (27%) are the most active buyers of eco-friendly products and services, followed by Boston (22%), and Austin, Portland, and Washington, D.C. (21%).

The West Coast is Most Focused on Buying Eco-Friendly Cleaning Products

To keep things clean and eco-friendly, consumers in San Francisco/Oakland/San Jose lead the way in terms of purchasing eco-friendly cleaning products on a regular basis. Seattle/Tacoma came in at a close second, followed by Portland, Ore.

Using Reusable Shopping Bags

While it’s great to purchase eco-friendly products, it often comes with the need for something to carry those purchases home in. The Golden State reigns as the DMA with the most users of cloth and reusable shopping bags. San Francisco/Oakland/San Jose, and San Diego came in first at 79%, followed by Sacramento/Stockton/Modesto at 77% and Los Angeles (74%).

The Golden State is No. 1 in Electronic Recycling

San Francisco/Oakland/San Jose also came in first in electronic recycling of batteries, cell phones, and computers (62%) followed by Syracuse at 57% and Portland, Ore. (55%). Seattle/Tacoma, San Francisco/Oakland/San Jose also ranked high in usage of rechargeable batteries (31%).

Shopping Organic and Local

Organic food buyers are most highly concentrated in San Francisco/Oakland/San Jose (41%), with East and West Coast cities New York and Los Angeles tied at 29%. Local food buyers are most concentrated in Hawaii’s state capital of Honolulu (58%).

Using Eco-Friendly Transportation

When getting around the green way, Portland, Ore., Salt Lake City,  San Francisco/Oakland/San Jose are the leading cities where people drive less and use alternative transportation.

As marketers and advertisers continue to engage eco-conscious consumers, knowing where those consumers live, understanding their habits and what’s important to them, can provide deep insights into how to reach them from an advertiser and merchandiser perspective.

 

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Julia Michaels Announces Second Tour Leg

JULIA MICHAELS ANNOUNCES SECOND LEG OF THE INNER MONOLOGUE TOUR

DATES KICK OFF OCTOBER 16 IN TEMPE, AZ AND RUN THOUGH NOVEMBER 2019

CURRENTLY ON THE BEAUTIFUL TRAUMA WORLD TOUR WITH P!NK THROUGH MAY 2019

Listen to Inner Monologue Part I HERE

On the heels of multiple sold out shows, GRAMMY® Award-nominated multi platinum singer and songwriter JULIA MICHAELS will extend her first-ever headline show—THE INNER MONOLOGUE TOUR—with a month of dates this fall. Given the widespread fan demand, she will once again canvas North America with headline gigs coast-to-coast. The next leg kicks off October 16 in Tempe, AZ at the Marquee Theatre and concludes November 16 at Vogue Theatre in Vancouver, BC. Tickets go on-sale this Friday!

Get them HERE.

In March, THE INNER MONOLOGUE TOUR showcased her power as a live performer and solidified her as an impressive concert draw. She sold out venues in Chicago, Seattle, San Diego, Boulder, and Tulsa, to name a few. MICHAELS is also currently supporting P!NK on the U.S. installment of The Beautiful Trauma World Tour.

On a nightly basis, she’s bringing her debut, INNER MONOLOGUE PART I, to life on stage—and bringing fans closer than ever.

GRAMMY® Award-nominated singer and songwriter Julia Michaels has transformed the pop music landscape not only from behind-the-scenes as one of the most in-demand songwriters, but in the spotlight as a solo artist as well. Her rapid rise can be attributed to identifiable honesty in every lyric, as exemplified in her triple-platinum selling debut single “Issues”.  In 2018, she garnered GRAMMY® Awards nominations in the categories of “Best New Artist” and “Song of the Year” for “Issues,” which amassed nearly 2 billion streams worldwide. Continuing that success, “Issues” notably became “the top-selling debut single by an artist in 2017,” and placed as the only solo female composition on Variety’s “30 Most Consumed Songs of 2017.”

As a songwriter, MICHAELS has co-written 21 titles that have charted on the Billboard Hot 100, eleven of which have hit the Top 40, including “Issues.”  Those songwriting credits include smashes like Justin Bieber’s “Sorry,” Selena Gomez’s “Good for You” [feat. A$AP Rocky] & “Hands To Myself,” and Hailee Steinfeld’s “Love Myself.”  She’s also written titles for Britney Spears, Gwen Stefani, Linkin Park, Ed Sheeran, John Legend, P!NK, Maroon 5, Jessie Ware, Janelle Monae, Keith Urban, Shawn Mendes and more.

Since her debut as a solo artist, MICHAELS has built an enviable touring resume, joining artists like Maroon 5, Keith Urban, Shawn Mendes, Niall Horan, and P!NK- who she is currently touring the U.S. with through May 2019, around the globe.

MICHAELS most recently surprised fans with the release of INNER MONOLOGUE PART I.  Upon arrival, the EP debuted at #1 on the iTunes Pop Albums Chart and #5 Overall iTunes Albums Chart. The success of the EP prompted MICHAELS first-ever headline tour, “The Inner Monologue Tour,” which has sold out dates across the country.

THE INNER MONOLOGUE TOUR DATES

10/16 Tempe, AZ – Marquee Theatre

10/18 Austin, TX – Emo’s

10/19 Dallas, TX – House of Blues Dallas

10/20 Houston, TX – House of Blues Houston

10/22 Atlanta, GA – Buckhead Theatre

10/23 Nashville, TN – Marathon Music Works

10/25 Philadelphia, PA – Theater of Living Arts

10/26 Boston, MA – House of Blues Boston

10/27 Washington, DC – The 9:30 Club

10/30 New York, NY – Webster Hall

11/2 Columbus, OH – Newport Music Hall

11/5 Milwaukee, WI – Turner Hall Ballroom

11/6 Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue

11/8 Englewood, CO (Denver) – Gothic Theatre

11/9 Salt Lake City, UT – The Depot

11/11 Los Angeles, CA – The Fonda Theatre

11/13 San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore

11/15 Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom

11/16 Vancouver, BC – Vogue Theatre

P!NK’s BEAUTIFUL TRAUMA WORLD TOUR DATES

4/26 Detroit, MI – Little Caesars Arena

4/27 Detroit, MI – Little Caesars Arena

4/30 Indianapolis, IN – Bankers Life Fieldhouse

5/2 Milwaukee, WI – Fiserv Forum

5/4 Fargo, ND – FargoDome

5/5 St. Paul, MN – Xcel Energy Center

5/7 Omaha, NE – CenturyLink Center

5/9 Lexington, KY – Rupp Arena

5/11 Columbus, OH – Schottenstein Center

5/13 Toronto, ON – Scotiabank Arena

5/14 Toronto, ON – Scotiabank Arena

5/17 Montreal, QC – Bell Centre

5/18 Montreal, QC – Bell Centre

5/21 New York, NY – Madison Square Garden

5/22 New York, NY – Madison Square Garden

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HRE Wheels Unveils Series P1SC

HRE WHEELS UNVEILS NEW SERIES P1SC

HRE Performance Wheels launches the new Series P1SC with a variety of forged Monoblok styles with custom fitments for everything from the 2019 Ford GT to the Lamborghini Urus.

HRE Wheels has added a new line of Monoblok performance wheels to its catalog known as the Series P1SC.

Designed around HRE conical forgings for a more aggressive look and fitment, the Series P1SC wheels feature four different styles including a mesh wheel (P101SC), V-spoke (P104SC), split five-spoke (P107SC) and Y-spoke phone dial (P111SC). The Series P1SC wheels will be available in 19”-23” diameters, with the 21-inch to 23-inch diameters, also load rated for SUVs.

“The Series P1SC is the latest evolution of our best-selling Series P1,” said HRE President/CEO Alan Peltier. “The original Series P1 is iconic for HRE. They are lightweight and elegant in their design and have proven themselves to be the perfect street performance wheels. The new P1SC had to be better in every way; more purposeful, lighter, stiffer and much more aggressive in their design language to more readily complement today’s latest exotic cars.”

With efficient I-Beam structures on all spoke sides and lightweight lug pockets, the P1SC has increased stiffness and reduced mass. Particular attention was given to spoke details, including intersection points and the outer lip surface. These areas further reduce mass but also increase visual interest to create the latest in HRE Forged wheel design. P1SC is specifically designed to improve aesthetics and driving dynamics on the latest exotic cars, coupes, sedans and SUVs.  

Prices for the Series P1SC wheels start at $2,400 each and are available now at www.HREWheels.com and at authorized HRE dealers.

All HRE wheels, including the Series P1SC, are engineered to maximize stiffness and minimize unsprung mass and rotational inertia for optimal acceleration, handling, and braking performance. Each wheel is build-to-order and there are nearly infinite fitment, color and finish options available for the ultimate custom-tailored wheel buying experience.

About HRE Performance Wheels

HRE designs, engineers and manufactures 3-piece and 1-piece forged aluminum alloy wheels for Racing, Performance & Luxury cars and SUVs in their San Diego, California-based, TÜV-approved facility. HRE’s build-to-order wheel sets offer a customized choice of offsets, widths and finishes, resulting in a uniquely personal style and performance solution for each customer’s application. HRE wheels are sold through select high-end car dealerships, specialty retailers and performance companies worldwide. For more information, visit www.HREWheels.com or call an HRE wheel expert at (760) 598-1960.

Conan Gray Headline Tour

Don’t miss Conan Gray on his headline tour, making stops at LA’s El Rey on March 14th & 15th, Bowery Ballroom on March 27th and Music Hall of Williamsburg on March 28th!

Also Conan will be joining Panic! At the Disco on select dates! See itinerary below

Panic! At The Disco tour dates

2/15 Inglewood, CA

2/16 San Diego, CA

2/19 Oakland, CA

2/20 Sacramento, CA

 

2019 HEADLINE TOUR DATES: 

3/10     Seattle, WA                

The Crocodile (SOLD OUT)

3/11     Portland, OR               

Wonder Ballroom (SOLD OUT)

3/13     San Francisco, CA    

August Hall (SOLD OUT)

3/14     Los Angeles, CA        

El Rey (SOLD OUT)

3/15     Los Angeles, CA        

El Rey (SOLD OUT)

3/16     Santa Ana, CA           

The Observatory (SOLD OUT)       

3/18     Phoenix, AZ               

Crescent Ballroom

3/20     Austin, TX                  

Emo’s

3/21     Dallas, TX                  

House of Blues- Dallas

3/22     Houston, TX               

House of Blues- Houston

3/24     Atlanta, GA                

Terminal West (SOLD OUT)

3/27     New York, NY             

Bowery Ballroom (SOLD OUT)

3/28     Brooklyn, NY              

Music Hall of Williamsburg (SOLD OUT)

3/29     Washington, DC        

U Street Music Hall (SOLD OUT) 

3/30     Philadelphia, PA        

The Foundry at The Fillmore (SOLD OUT)

4/2       Cambridge, MA         

The Sinclair (SOLD OUT)

4/4       Montreal, QC             

L’Astral

4/5       Toronto, ON               

Mod Club (SOLD OUT)

4/6       Ferndale, MI              

The Loving Touch (SOLD OUT)

4/8       Chicago, IL                 

Bottom Lounge (SOLD OUT)

4/9       Minneapolis, MN        

Fine Line Music Café

4/10     Kansas City, MO         

Record Bar

4/12     Denver, CO                

Bluebird Theater (SOLD OUT)

4/13     Salt Lake City, UT       

Kilby Court (SOLD OUT)

Kamala Harris, Here’s A Taste of Your Own Medicine

By M. Marie Brown

Another snake slithers out of the swamp. If you wanted an antidote to Mr. Trump, this creature is not it. Please, someone over the age of 35 with ethics, step up!

In the meantime, in the interest of determining fitness for the job and as you say, “the American public deserves to know the character of someone who will serve” in an important federal office. We will follow the lead of your heraldedblunt” style that includes proudly publically reeling off George Carlin’s Seven Words You Can Never Say on Television” with the favorite being mother*****.

Let the questions begin!

1. Are you aware of the perception in certain communities that you got ahead by having sex with a married man twice your age?

It was a wide open secret that you were corrupt San Francisco politician Willie Brown’s “new steady” despite the fact that state assembly “Speaker for Life,” the “Ayatollah of the Assembly” was married, 60 (to your 29 years). What kind of person comes out publicly as his date at his 60th birthday party, despite his wife of 36 years being in attendance? Do you believe having your paramour’s wife discuss your affair with her husband would “offer a clearer picture into who you really are”? “Listen, she [Harris] may have him at the moment, but come inauguration day and he’s up there on the platform being sworn in, I’ll be the b***h holding the Bible.”

Just for the record, Brown appointed Harris—a young deputy district attorney in Alameda County—to high-profile, lucrative patronage positions on the state’s Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board (at $97,088 annually for two meetings a month) and the California Medical Assistance Commission netting her more than $400,000 between 1994 and 1999. And a shiny new BMW!

2. Are you aware of the perception by many political observers that your narrow win in the race for California Attorney General was, shall we say, questionable? Despite registered Democrats outnumbering Republicans statewide by thirteen percent, Los Angeles District Attorney Steve Cooley (endorsed by the Sacramento Bee, the state capitol’s newspaper) led you by 34,000 votes after more than 7 million were counted. Some observers believe there is “reliable information” that you spoke with someone in Sacramento and magically enough provisional ballot votes for you to eke out at 0.2 percent win appeared? Wait. “I think you’re thinking of someone and you don’t want to tell us.” “Be sure about your answer, ma’am.”

3. Are you aware of the perception by some that you were either a poor manager of the San Francisco DA’s office or amazingly willfully ignorant? We can take the word of a judge’s 26-page ruling that found that while San Francisco DA you violated defendants’ rights by hiding damaging information about a police drug lab technician suspected of stealing portions of cocaine samples that later led the San Francisco police to shut down an entire section of the lab.

One wonders about your honesty when asked about your knowledge of a top aide of yours for 14 years made a $400,000 gender harassment settlement: “I did not.” “Nope.” You never answered whether you believe the accuser since you had “not talked to her directly.” Her name was not Christine Ford, thus not to be believed unconditionally.

4. In a “search for the truth” would it be beneficial to hear the testimony of former San Francisco DA and State Justice Department employees who are undoubtedly credible and honest because they have nothing to gain? These deputies attorney general don’t see you as particularly committed to the work of the office. You were rarely sighted in Sacramento, where much of the Department of Justice is located. You spent much of your time in Los Angeles and San Francisco running for higher office.

5. If you are “For the people”, why would consumer advocates say, “She has no presence.” “She has no involvement. She has no leadership. You have no sense of her being out there on the front saying we’re charging forward to do what’s right.” Or those who think you are soft on public corruption because it might cause “friction” with fellow Democratic politicians or that you avoided privacy issues for fear of losing Silicon Valley support.

6. Were you aware that some people have the perception that you are a partisan tyrant who does not follow the will of the people? Like when without explanation, you did not enforce a citizen initiative passed by 70 percent of voters barring paroled sex offenders from living within 2,000 feet of schools and parks. And by assigning “egregiously unfair” descriptions to voter-sponsored citizen-driven initiatives that cast them in a bad light when they run counter to certain Democratic special interests. Propositions from pension reform to limiting tax increases that the people will never see because the sponsors withdrew them after you deceptively entitled them. Or that you demanded that conservative-leaning nonprofits file with your office unredacted donor lists—confidential information typically submitted only to the Internal Revenue Service—exposing supporters of such groups to the risk of disclosure and retaliation. Remember, as the ACLU said, the first target is rarely the last.

7. Surely, being fearless, you wouldn’t avoid the press. We know giving a straight answer regarding sanctuary cities is tough: “To be honest with you, San Francisco’s policy has changed in the last few years; I haven’t looked at the details, so I can’t comment on it. On the infamous illegal immigrant killer of Kate Steinle: “My reluctance to answer these questions [about Kate Steinle’s infamous killer]…is that I don’t actually know what happened…you’re talking about important details…and I don’t have any knowledge about what actually occurred.”

8. Were you aware that some people in the blogosphere have this perception about you? No dignity. No self-respect. Just naked ambition. She is vulgar, unprofessional, deceitful, two-faced, ambitious to the extreme. I pray to God that I never stoop to this level to either: A.) keep a man or B.) get power/money.

It was good of you to leave the posh Los Angeles Brentwood neighborhood where the median price of a home is $3,136,500 and has a black population of 1.7 percent and pose as an Obama wannabe by giving your big speech your “birthplace” Oakland although most of your youth was spent in Canada.

So we have a potty-mouthed incompetent phony who learned tricks at the knee of a California politician who is famous for being corrupt. If she were a white male she would be vilified. Sadly, in today’s world of check the right identity politics box, her greatest attribute is that she is an ethnic female.

But to this ethnic female, she is a total disgrace – not what our young women should aspire to.

*The opinions expressed in this article are those of the author’s.

Platinum Recording Artist Leroy Sanchez

Critically acclaimed singer-songwriter Leroy Sanchez will embark on a 14-city tour, kicking off October 17 in Los Angeles, CA in support of his new single and video, “Preacher,” set to release in partnership with BroadbandTV (BBTV) on all digital streaming platforms October 19. Select dates are in support of multi-platinum recording artist Andy Grammar’s national “The Good Parts” tour. Tickets are now available at www.leroysanchez.com. 

I have never felt so strongly about a song or the vision for it. It shows a very personal side of me that I’ve never shown before. It’s not easy to be vulnerable in front of an audience, but being honest and facing our weaknesses is what makes us stronger,” says Sanchez.

Preacher premieres on YouTube on October 19 and is now available to pre-save on Spotifyand Apple

Sanchez’s 2017 debut EP “Elevated” has garnered over 10 million digital streams (and growing), earning him two Teen Choice Award nominations and an opportunity to perform with Clean Bandit on the 2017 broadcast. The release of his debut single Man Of The Year received praise from Billboard and People.

In addition to having over 3.8 million subscribers on YouTube, Sanchez’s accolades include two Platinum-certified singles in Spain – Blas Canto’s “El No Soy” and Malu’s “Invisible.”

Over the past 18 months Leroy has grown a devoted fan base performing 100+ shows in over 20 countries, including sold out headline shows in Los Angeles, New York City, Chicago, Toronto, Amsterdam, London, San Francisco, Cologne, Madrid, and San Diego. Additionally, he has toured and worked with many notable industry hit makers, including Machine Gun Kelly, where he’s featured on the rapper’s track “Gone”, and now multi-platinum recording pop artist Andy Grammar. 

Leroy Sanchez

Critically acclaimed singer-songwriter Leroy Sanchez will embark on a 14-city tour, kicking off October 17 in Los Angeles, CA in support of his new single and video, “Preacher,” set to release in partnership with BroadbandTV (BBTV) on all digital streaming platforms October 19. Select dates are in support of multi-platinum recording artist Andy Grammar’s national “The Good Parts” tour. Tickets are now available at www.leroysanchez.com.

“I have never felt so strongly about a song or the vision for it. It shows a very personal side of me that I’ve never shown before. It’s not easy to be vulnerable in front of an audience, but being honest and facing our weaknesses is what makes us stronger,” says Sanchez.

“Preacher” premieres on YouTube on October 19 and is now available to pre-save on Spotify and Apple.

Sanchez’s 2017 debut EP “Elevated” has garnered over 10 million digital streams (and growing), earning him two Teen Choice Award nominations and an opportunity to perform with Clean Bandit on the 2017 broadcast. The release of his debut single Man Of The Year received praise from Billboard and People.

In addition to having over 3.8 million subscribers on YouTube, Sanchez’s accolades include two Platinum-certified singles in Spain – Blas Canto’s “El No Soy” and Malu’s “Invisible.”

Over the past 18 months Leroy has grown a devoted fan base performing 100+ showsin over 20 countries, including sold out headline shows in Los Angeles, New York City, Chicago, Toronto, Amsterdam, London, San Francisco, Cologne, Madrid, and San Diego. Additionally, he has toured and worked with many notable industry hit makers, including Machine Gun Kelly, where he’s featured on the rapper’s track “Gone”, and now multi-platinum recording pop artist Andy Grammar.

Follow @Iamleroysanchez.

Tour Dates:

*supporting Andy Grammar’s “The Good Parts” tour

10.17 – Los Angeles, CA – Hotel Cafe

10.27 – Memphis, TN – Minglewood Hall*

10.28 – Oklahoma City, OK – The Jones Assembly*

10.30 – Omaha, NE – Slowdown*

11.01 – Boise, ID – Knitting Factory Concert House*

11.03 – Stateline, NV – South Shore Room at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe*

11.05 – Sacramento, CA – Ace of Spades*

11.06 – Las Vegas, NV – House of Blues Las Vegas*

11.08 – Anaheim, CA – House of Blues Anaheim*

11.09 – Ventura, CA – Majestic Ventura Theater*

11.10 – Phoenix, AZ – Crescent Ballroom*

11.12 – Dallas, TX – House of Blues Dallas*

11.13 – Austin, TX – Emo’s*

11.14 – Houston, TX – House of Blues Houston*

Bryan Mitchell Goes 8.2 Innings, Gets Win

By Reid Urban

Bryan Mitchell is making his case to be in the Padres rotation come 2019, and Monday night in SF was probably his best case yet.

Mitchell came close to securing his first shutout of the season, but settled for 8.2 innings of work as the Padres shut out the Giants 5-0 on Monday night at AT&T Park.

Despite the disappointing season as a whole for Mitchell, he has been pretty impressive in his last few games, and that could be enough for him to secure his place heading into next spring. He would still have to compete with a bunch of other starters for a spot in the rotation.

Despite that, though, he had some arm trouble, posting a 7.08 ERA before doing on the disabled list in early June with elbow impingement. Tonight was an example of Mitchell when he is great. He went after the strike zone and regularly threw 94-95 mph fastballs regularly in the later stages of the game.

The Padres were hoping for this when they acquired him from the Yankees last offseason. Though it didn’t work out at first, the long wait seems to be paying off.

Kandace Springs

“Prince’s protoge spreads her wings on breathtakingly eclectic second album

An accomplished pianist with a sensuous, smoky voice”

MOJO

the soulful pianist and vocalist is self-assured, distinctive and strikingly contemporary.

WALL STREET JOURNAL

Singer and pianist Kandace Springs has released her remarkable second album Indigo (Blue Note), a 13-track LP of originals and choice covers that showcases the full breadth of Kandace’s artistry from smoldering R&B (People Make the World Go Round , 6 8) to gorgeous jazz ballads (Unsophisticated, featuring Roy Hargrove) to the pop songcraft of “Breakdown” and Don’t Need The Real Thing. All but two tracks are produced by drummer/producer Karriem Riggins (Common, Erykah Badu) with additional production by Jamie Hartman (Rag’n’Bone Man), Jimmy Hogarth (Amy Winehouse, Corinne Bailey Rae), Jimmy Harry (Madonna, P!nk), and Evan Rogers and Carl Sturken (Rihanna). Indigo is available on vinyl, CD, download, and streaming services.

For Kandace it boils down to a question that connects past to present: “What would Nina Simone do if she had the technology of today? You could never put Nina in a boxߞshe would do a blues followed a classical piece, a jazz standard and then a Beatles cover. This LP took a lot of inspiration from that it’s a mix of everything that I am.” Indigo offers a fairly plausible answer to that impossible query: songs that swirl classical composition with quiet-storm cool, jazz poise with hip-hop swing, tropical warmth with soulful depth, and earthen groove with airy psych.

Given that diverse palette, Karriem was exactly the right person to work with Kandace to catalyze the best parts of various interests into something new. “I love crossing genres and the direction on Indigo was to marry all the different things to tell her story”, says Karriem, who tracked his drums at various studios while on the road with Diana Krall, and chopped and reassembled his and Kandace’s recordings into what you hear. “It sounds organic because everything was built around the songwriting. She says so much on the piano, and her voice is amazing it’s the focal point of the whole sound.”

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Kandace will embark on a U.S. headline tour beginning September 28 that includes album release shows in Los Angeles (Troubadour, October 1), New York (Sony Hall, October 28), and a hometown Nashville show (City Winery, November 4), followed by performances in Europe and Asia. See below for a full list of tour dates and visit kandacesprings.com for ticket info.

Kandace Springs ߝ Tour Dates:

September 28 Musical Instrument Museum Phoenix, AZ

September 29 Voodoo Room @ House of Blues San Diego, CA

September 30 – The Parish @ House of Blues Anaheim, CA

October 1 The Troubadour Los Angeles, CA

October 2 Swedish American Hall San Francisco, CA

October 4 The Jack London Revue Portland, OR

October 5 Benaroya Hall Seattle, WA

October 7 – Vancouver International Jazz Festival Vancouver, BC

October 24 City Winery Boston, MA

October 25 Daryl’s House Club Pawling, NY

October 27 – Iron Horse Music Hall Northampton, MA

October 28 – Sony Hall New York, NY

October 29 World Cafe Live Philadelphia, PA

October 30 The Hamilton Washington, DC

November 2 Stage Door Theater Charlotte, NC

November 3 City Winery Atlanta, GA

November 4 City Winery Nashville, TN

November 13 Forum Leverkusen Leverkusen, Germany **with WDR Big Band**

November 16 New Morning Paris, France

November 17 Queen Elizabeth Hall London, England

November 19 Paradiso Amsterdam, Netherlands

November 20 Quasimodo Berlin, Germany

November 27 Tokyo International Forum Tokyo, Japan

November 28 Sankei Hall Breeze Osaka, Japan

December 1 Blue Note Beijing Beijing, China

December 2 Blue Note Beijing Beijing, China

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Prince once said that Kandace “has a voice that could melt snow.” The music icon heard her cover of Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me” online in 2014 and invited her to perform with him at Paisley Park for the 30th anniversary of Purple Rain, becoming a mentor to the young singer and pianist. Kandace’s 2014 self-titled EP turned even more heads and led to performances on Letterman, Kimmel and Fallon, as well as the Afropunk and Bonnaroo festivals. Okay player called her as “a vocal force to be reckoned with” and Afropunk dubbed her “a versatile and vital artist”

Kandace draws much of her musical inspiration from her father, Scat Springs, a respected session singer in Nashville. It was due to him that Kandace grew up surrounded by music, and he encouraged her to take piano lessons after he watched her peck out melodies on the instrument when she was 10. Yet as a girl, she was equally interested in other creative outlets, especially visual art and, more unexpectedly, automobiles. “My dad gave me a Matchbox car, and my mom gave me a Barbie,” she says. “I drew a mustache on the Barbie and never played with it again, and I still have the Matchbox car.” (Her obsession with cars, which she collects, rebuilds, and resells, continues to this day.)

Something deeper in the young musician was sparked when she heard Norah Jonesߣ 2002 Blue Note debut, Come Away With Me. “The last song on the record is ߢThe Nearness of Youߣ and that song really inspired me to learn to play piano and sing. It was just so soulful, simple and stripped down. That really moved me and touched me. It’s when I realized, This is what I wanna do.”

Kandace began gigging around Nashville, and eventually an early demo she recorded caught the ears of Evan Rogers and Carl Sturken, the production team who have written hits for Shakira, Christina Aguilera, and Kelly Clarkson, and are best known for discovering Rihanna as a teen and signing her to their production company SRP. Rogers flew to Nashville with an offer to sign Kandace. Still only 17 years old at the time she and her family decided that it wasn’t the right time to pursue a recording career, instead taking a job at a downtown Nashville hotel where she valet parked cars by day and sang and played piano in the lounge at night.

A few years later, Kandace was talking about going to automotive design school, but her mother suggested that she get back in touch with Rogers and Sturken. She instead moved to New York and started working seriously on new songs and demo recordings. She eventually landed an audition with Blue Note President Don Was at the Capitol Records Tower in Los Angeles, winning him over with a stunning performance of Bonnie Raitts “I Can’t Make You Love Me” (the original of which he had coincidentally produced).

If you listen closely to Indigo, you’ll hear a nod to Prince in the lyrics of “Fix Me” but the best tribute she could pay to him, Ms. Simone, and the humble legacy of the man who introduced her to music, her father, is by, as Karriem words it, “creating something that adds to the art form.” With Indigo, an album that couldn’t have been made by anyone but her, Kandace Springs does exactly that.

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Beth Ditto × Sam Smith Tour

Today, Beth Ditto announces that she will be direct support for Sam Smith on the upcoming leg of The Thrill Of It All Tour. Ditto will join Smith starting August 14 at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, MN through September 13 at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, AB. Following that run, Ditto will also join Florence + the Machine for two special shows at The Anthem in Washington, D.C. on October 5 and 6. Full routing can be found below.

On July 17, Ditto will appear as a guest on NBC’s Late Night with Seth Meyers to discuss her role in the new Gus Van Sant film, Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far On Foot, which will be released this Friday. After the film’s Sundance Film Festival premiere this year, Vulture wrote, A first-time actress, the 36-year-old musician Beth Ditto, all but takes over as the large and lovably extroverted member of the group.

Last year, Ditto released her debut solo album, Fake Sugar. The New York Times praised Ditto as a powerhouse singer and noted that the album’s songs have stomp and girl-group melodies, Southernisms in their lyrics and garage-rock swagger. The Wall Street Journal included Fake Sugar in its round-up of The Best Music of 2017 and observed, Great pop for grownups is a rare commodity Beth Ditto delivers. Paper christened Ditto rock’s homecoming queen while People highlighted Fake Sugar as one of its Picks, observing, Whether it’s a glittering stomper (Oo La La) or stripped-down Stevie Nicks homage (the title track), Ditto shines throughout.

Beth Ditto Tour Dates with Sam Smith

8/14 | St. Paul, MN @ Xcel Energy Center

8/15 | Chicago, IL @ United Center

8/17 | St. Louis, MO @ Chaifetz Arena

8/18 | Kansas City, MO @ Sprint Center

8/21 | Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center

8/22 | Salt Lake City, UT @ Vivint Smart Home Arena

8/24 | Sacramento, CA @ Golden 1 Center

8/25 | Anaheim, CA @Honda Center

8/29 | Los Angeles, CA @ Staples Center

8/31 | Glendale, AZ @ Gila River Arena

9/1 | San Diego, CA @ Valley View Casino Center

9/4 | Oakland, CA @ Oracle Arena

9/5 | San Jose, CA @ SAP Center @ San Jose

9/7 | Portland, OR @ Moda Center

9/8 | Seattle, WA @ KeyArena at Seattle Center

9/10 | Vancouver, BC @ Rogers Arena&#a0;

9/12 | Edmonton, AB @ Rogers Place

9/13 | Calgary, AB @ Scotiabank Saddledome

Beth Ditto Tour Dates with Florence + The Machine

10/5 | Washington, D.C @ The Anthem

10/6 | Washington, D.C. @ The Anthem

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