Written by Jon Stickler

With over 11 million worldwide sales over the past 3 years, a million in the UK alone Cascada has become one of the biggest dance acts in the World and now they return to the UK for three UK tour dates for June 2011.

See below for details on how you could win a pair of tickets to one of the UK shows.

Bonn-based Brit Natalie Horler grew up with music and got influenced by her father, an acclaimed jazz musician, who passed on his passion for music to her. From the age of four she began to perform with enthusiasm lots of Jazz and Disney songs together with her father. Later then, she was more influenced by pop music artists such as Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston than her dad’s trombone playing.

Before the 28-year-old met the Cologne-based Yann Peifer (Yanou) and Manuel Reuter (Manian) in 2004, she had already begun to perform and to play smaller gigs whilst working hard on her magnetic and soulful voice. The pair of producers invited Natalie to front their new project, Cascada.

While rocking huge crowds nightly during on her international tours, Natalie was also needed in the studio. After an efficient time of writing and recording Natalie, Yanou and Manian succeed in developing their dance-pop-style continuously.

In sum, 5 million sold copies of her albums, several international music awards and hit-singles including a No #1 Hit speak for themselves. Without any doubt nothing can stem the tide: Cascada are climbing the top of Mount Olympus of Music.

The Multi-platinum selling artist is due to release a new album later this year and you can catch Cascada live at:

Thu 16 June – Glasgow O2 ABC
Fri 17 June – Newcastle O2 Academy
Sat 18 June – Manchester Academy

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Big Bad Voodoo Daddy Coming To The Ross School In East Hampton

Join Ross School as they launch the Hamptons Summer Season with the Eighth Annual Live at Club Starlight in the Great Hall in the Center for Well-Being. The Starlight is Ross School’s major annual fundraising event. Proceeds benefit Scholarships and Programs at the School. The festivities begin with a cocktail reception and silent auction at 6:30 p.m., followed by dinner, dancing and live auctions.

Guests will enjoy a spectacular evening of swing music with Big Bad Voodoo Daddy. Playing contemporary swing revival music, their notable singles include “Go Daddy-O,” “You & Me & the Bottle Makes 3 Tonight (Baby),” and “Mr. Pinstripe Suit.” The evening will also honor David and Sybil Yurman. David founded the high-end jewelry company David Yurman, Inc.

Purchase Starlight tickets and receive 13 FREE 45-minute Swing/Big Band Dance Lessons from May 3 to June 14 at the Arthur Murray Dance Studio in Southampton. There will be two lessons per week, on Tuesdays & Thursdays from 6:30–7:15 p.m. The studio can hold up to 40 couples per evening. Babysitting will be offered. Parents and friends must sign up for lessons through the Development Office. Please email Courtney Wingate at or call 631-907-5232.



Capitol hosts Big Bad Voodoo Daddy

CLEARWATER – Big Bad Voodoo Daddy performs at the historic Capitol Theatre downtown Clearwater on Friday, April 15 at 8 p.m.

Since their arrival on the music scene in 1993 in a legendary residency at Los Angeles’ Brown Derby nightclub, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy’s irresistible live show and aggressive, musically perceptive approach has proven them over time to be the singular standout among the numerous

bands that launched the Nineties swing revival. The seven-man group forged a massively successful fusion of classic American sounds from jazz, swing, Dixieland and big-band music, building their own songbook of original dance tunes, and, sixteen years later, BBVD is a veteran force that to this day adds new fans by the roomful every time they play.

Their eighth studio album, How Big Can You Get?, A Tribute to Cab Calloway captures the essence of an American icon in a rowdy celebration of musicianship, mischief, genius, street smarts and fun. Longtime fans of “America’s favorite little big band” will immediately recognize the album as a milestone in Big Bad Voodoo Daddy’s multi platinum-selling sixteen-year career. “Making the album was one of our biggest musical moments,” says lead vocalist, guitarist and songwriter Scotty Morris, who co-founded Big Bad Voodoo Daddy (BBVD) with drummer Kurt Sodergren in southern California. Recorded in Los Angeles’ legendary Capitol Studios, located at the famous record-shaped building at Hollywood and Vine, How Big Can You Get came out of the rooms where innumerable classics had been recorded by Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Nelson Riddle, Billy May, and many others.

Using Capitol’s vintage microphones and studio equipment, “we achieved a real marriage of his music and our arrangements and the group’s voice,” says Morris.

BBVD’s originals rocketed the group into its first phase of stardom, when You & Me and the Bottle Makes Three (Tonight) and Go Daddy-O were featured in the 1996 indie film landmark Swingers. Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, named famously after an autograph by blues legend Albert Collins, sold more than two million copies of the albums Americana Deluxe and This Beautiful Life, and received national critical acclaim while the band’s music has appeared in over sixty movies and television shows.

The band’s career milestones have included appearances in the Super Bowl half-time show, writing theme music for ESPN and network television, and performing for three American presidents. They have appeared numerous times on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Night with Conan O’Brian and Live with Regis & Kelly, and wrote, performed and recorded the current theme song for the Carson Daly show after appearing multiple times as the show’s house band.

And now, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy’s songs have passed into the classic American songbook, playing alongside pop standard songs in film and television, and even on reality competitions like Dancing With the Stars.

“We just turned 16 this month. I couldn’t be more proud that this is the album we’ve made at this moment,” says Morris. “I did think it would last this long,” reflects trumpeter Marhevka, who joined BBVD more than fourteen years ago, when the band was 1 years old and still a trio. “I had played in many groups, and stopped doing everything else – I put 100% in, and never looked back. People ask: ‘Are you gonna be here in five years?’, and I say: Yeah! Every guy in the band has that feeling about it. The greatest moment is being here right now, doing this. The goals are always the same: getting better at what we do individually, and moving forward in the same direction. We’re still playing, and have something to say.”


Rock-n-Roll Hall of Fame Rapper ‘DMC’ to be Keynote Speaker at Swampscott

No one knows this better than Darryl McDaniels, who also knows that “it’s tricky to rock a rhyme, to rock a rhyme that’s right on time/it’s tricky.”
McDaniels, better known to the world simply as DMC (Devastating Mic Controller), helped pen those words as lyrics to a hit single in the 1980s for his rap group, Run-DMC.
McDaniels has lived a life that saw him rise up from inner-city New York to become a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the pioneering Run-DMC, one of the first rap acts to incorporate hard rock into their sound. He also has dealt with addiction, to both prescription drugs and alcoholism, but has overcome the odds in his life to become a valued motivational speaker who is still heavily involved in the music business.
McDaniels will talk about the values of teamwork and community to the gathered athletes at an upcoming girls basketball clinic in Swampscott known as the Spring Stretch.
The event will be held at Swampscott High School on May 15, and will feature a girls basketball clinic for girls ages 9-13, followed by a 3-on-3 basketball tournament for girls ages 14-plus.
“This is an event to be held to foster a spark for particularly girls in basketball,” said Annie Balliro, the organizer and on the Stretch Award Board of Directors. The Stretch Award, which has a scholarship amount attached to it, is named for her father Joseph Balliro III, a pharmacist in town who earned the nickname “Stretch” and was a basketball player for Boston’s old American Basketball Association team.

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Becka’s making big noises in the music business

By Jodie Jeynes
Published on Monday 14 February 2011 05:17

Singer-songwriter Becka Pimenta says of her burgeoning music career: ‘I’m always one phone call away from something bigger,’
The 21-year-old from Emsworth had been hand-picked along with nine other unsigned artists by Russell Simmons, one of the founders of US record label Def Jam, for a competition he was running on Myspace. Becka was the only artist outside America to be picked for the contest, which was to be voted for on the music-based social networking site. The winner would receive a mentoring session with Russell himself.

‘It was early in the morning for my manager, because he’s five hours behind in New York,’ explains Becka. ‘So I was surprised when he called.
‘He said: “I’ve just seen on Myspace that Russell Simmons has picked out people on his radar for a competition and number four is Becka from Emsworth”.
‘I said “No you’re lying”. I was so shocked. Then I ran into Starbucks, switched on my laptop and there was my face on Russell Simmons Myspace.
I was amazed just to be on the same page, then I realised I was the only non-US artist that he’d picked,’ she continues.
Though Becka’s spent much of the past three years traveling back and forth between the US and the UK, her home has always been in Emsworth.

Becka studied at Bishop Luffa school in Chichester and then Havant College, where she realised that singing was what she wanted to do with her life.
‘I studied law,’ says Becka. ‘But in my classes, I was always writing songs. ‘Then one day I realised that I didn’t want to go to uni and start a law career and then look back and think “what if I’d tried that”. ‘I realised I need to do it because, before you know it, life gets in the way of your dreams,’ she continues.
So Becka and a college friend who shared her ambitions of breaking into the music industry started making and sending out demos and meeting with producers.

Though she took a lot of time off college to follow her dream, Becka finished her A-levels. Then, at 17, she began focusing on music full-time and signed with Fernando Gibson, a manager who had previously represented Grammy award-winner India Arie. Label meetings in Los Angeles and Manhattan followed, and soon Becka was living a life split between LA and Emsworth.
‘They are two different worlds,’ laughs Becka. ‘I come back home and it’s really easy to forget I was ever in LA. But when I’m there I’m absorbed in the culture, the people and the sun.
‘It’s not as glamorous as everyone thinks. It’s all pretence, fakery, smoke and mirrors. And that was a rude awakening for me.’ Becka spent the whole of 2009 in LA working with established producers and writers. ‘I got quite involved in the LA singer-songwriter world,’ she explains. ‘It’s acoustic and beachy, which suits my personality in a lot of ways and it was familiar because I’d grown up by the sea. ‘But still I struggled to find an identity in my music,’ she admits.
‘I worked with award-winning producers from Nashville to New York, but no-one “got” me.
‘I was so confused. The songs were brilliant, they just weren’t right for me.’
When Becka was offered a deal with music giant Warner Bros, she turned it down.

She remembers: ‘Everyone thought I was mad, but I didn’t want them to take me on and make me someone I don’t want to be. I didn’t want to be moulded into something I’m not.
My struggle when I go away is that Emsworth encompasses who I am. I’ve lived in the same house all my life. Heaven forbid my parents should ever move, I’d be mortified, because this is home.
‘I like coming home to Emsworth. It’s quiet here. I’m not a city girl.’ Becka came home to Emsworth to record her debut EP, Barefoot Sessions. That EP took her back to New York last summer for more meetings with major labels including Universal. Then her second EP, Restless, was released at the start of this year.

‘I’m at such an exciting stage,’ explains Becka. ‘And I’m 100 per cent hands-on. The last two EPs I produced, just sitting with a sound engineer. ‘I’m involved in every step – styling, photography, video – any decision that’s made.’ Amy Winehouse’s publicist recently volunteered to help Becka. ‘She got involved for no pay. She’s just so excited about what I’m doing,’ beams Becka.
Becka is clearly teetering on the cusp of big things. But she is just grateful for what she’s achieved already. ‘Just to be picked by Russell Simmons was a big achievement,’ she says.
‘The artists who came in the top three already had millions of fans, massive followings. And I finished fourth.
‘It’s opened so many doors, just being involved.’


Source: The NEWS