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Here’s a look at what’s in the limelight for the week of February 21 in local arts news.
Lil Wayne To Perform At IU For Little 500
Tickets go on sale this week for IU Bloomington’s annual Little 500 concert on April 12, which this year headlines the rapper Lil Wayne, whose multiplatinum 2008 album sold more than 10 million copies in its first week. The show, which is co-sponsored by the Indiana Memorial Union Board and IU Auditorium, is the only student-presented show on Lil Wayne’s North American “I Am Music” tour, which also features the hip-hop artists Nicki Minaj, whose debut album recently went platinum, and Rick Ross, whose latest album debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200. A portion of the concert’s proceeds will go to Malaria No More, an organization working to end malaria-related deaths in Africa by 2015.
- Read the news release.
Jazz Week In Indy
It’s Jazz Week at the University of Indianapolis. Performers who will play this week at the University’s Lilly Performance Hall at the DeHaan Fine Arts Center include the tenor saxophonist Rich Perry and the alto saxophonist Bobby Watson, who toured with Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, and Brazilian-born trumpeter Claudio Roditi, who was a founding member of Dizzy Gillespie’s United Nations Orchestra. The Midcoast Swing Orchestra will perform on Friday night.
- Read the article in the Indy Star.
Jacobs School Takes Practical Approach To Graduates’ Futures
Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music is teaming up with the Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, of the Kelley School of Business, and independent music career specialist Angela Myles Beeching for a year-long program they’re calling Project Jumpstart, a series of workshops, lectures, and ‘schmoozathons’ that aim to offer student musicians an alternative approach to entrepreneurial and career development. Angela Myles Beeching is the author of “Beyond Talent: Creating a Successful Career in Music,” a practical guide to developing an independent career as a musician; her book been used as a textbook in more than twenty schools.
- Learn more about Project Jumpstart.
Diana Ross Surprises Guests At Opening Of Downtown Indianapolis Hotel
The thousand-odd guests at the opening of the new JW Marriott hotel in Indianapolis had a musical surprise last week: Diana Ross. The legendary singer, whose appearance was kept a secret from her audience, performed a number of her most well-known songs, including “Stop! In The Name Of Love,” “Baby Love,” and “Love Child.” At 33 stories tall, with more than a thousand rooms, the new hotel is the last building to be constructed in the $450 million dollar Marriott Place complex in downtown Indy.
- Read the article by the Associated Press in the Chicago Tribune.