- Aretha Franklin will be busy in D.C. in the coming weeks. On Sept. 12 the Queen of Soul will be honored at the Kennedy Center, receiving the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz’s Founder’s Award. It’s part of a weekend of events celebrating the institute’s 25th anniversary. A few weeks before that she will be in town to perform at the Aug. 28 dedication of the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial. She will perform the song “Take My Hand, Precious Lord.”
- The lineup for the 2011 edition of San Francisco’s Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival is out and has plenty of highlights: Robert Plant, Steve Earle, Emmylou Harris, Robyn Hitchcock, Gillian Welch, Kris Kristofferson & Merle Haggard, Thurston Moore, Patty Griffin, M. Ward, Cass McCombs, Dr. John and dozens and dozens more over Sept. 30-Oct. 2 in Golden Gate Park. And it’s free. But there will probably be hundreds of thousands of people there, so don’t expect to stand too close.
- While recovering from a concussion, broken nose and other injuries received after a recent attack in New York, singer-songwriter Gavin DeGraw has canceled two weeks of upcoming shows. His first appearance back will be on Aug. 24 at Merriweather Post Pavilion, opening for Train and Maroon 5.
Clicky shuffle: Your random song for Thursday morning:
- Destroyer, “New Ways of Living”