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Allison Christensen, 360 MAGAZINE, ILLUSTRATION, MUSIC

Gibson Presents Live Concert

Gibson, the iconic, American-made, leading instrument brand, is proud to partner with the legendary Apollo Theater for the “Let’s Stay (In) Together: A Benefit To Support The Apollo” benefit concert.

The celebration marks the launch of a partnership between Gibson and the Apollo Theater which will include collaborations on future show programming, music education initiatives, music preservation, and support established and emerging talent.

The live, free virtual benefit concert will kick off Black Music Month in June and will offer critical support to safeguard the ground-breaking institution’s future following the unprecedented cancellation of more than 100 programs due to COVID-19.

Tune in to watch the “Let’s Stay (In) Together: A Benefit To Support The Apollo” live stream this coming Tuesday, June 2 at 7:30 pm ET/4:30 pm PT at www.apollotheater.org.

“Let’s Stay (In) Together: A Benefit to Support the Apollo Theater” is sponsored by Gibson, through the Gibson Gives foundation. The free benefit concert will showcase an array of special guests delivering poems and performances dedicated to the memory of those who have lost their lives due to COVID-19.

The landmark livestream event features performances by “CAPTAIN” KIRK DOUGLAS OF THE ROOTS, KOOL & THE GANG, GARY CLARK JR., ROBERT RANDOLPH, RAY CHEW, MICHAEL MCDONALD, LIL BUCK & JON BOOGZ, KEB MO, CELISSE HENDERSON, INFINITY’S SONG, MARC BAMUTHI JOSEPH and DJ REBORN as well as special appearances from DIONNE WARWICK, DOUG E. FRESH, ROY WOOD JR. and more to be announced.

During the show, artists will perform the music of Apollo legends such as B.B. King, Patti LaBelle, and Stevie Wonder, and highlight the Apollo’s 86-year contribution to arts and culture. The “Let’s Stay (In) Together: A Benefit to Support the Apollo Theater” concert will also be available for free streaming by media partner, TIDAL. “Let’s Stay (In) Together: A Benefit to Support the Apollo Theater” is part of Apollo Sound, which celebrates Black Music Month in June and illuminates the power of music to transform, build community, and heal. DJ D-Nice–the resident DJ for the Apollo’s annual benefit for eight years–will kick-off the month-long Apollo Sound celebration on Monday, June 1 by dedicating his wildly popular Instagram Live Club Quarantine dance party to the Apollo Theater. The “Let’s Stay (In) Together: A Benefit to Support the Apollo Theater” event is part of the non-profit Theater’s campaign to raise $4 million in immediate funding support.

In addition to raising funds for the Apollo’s innovative artistic and educational programs–which serve more than 200,000 people annually–a portion of the resources raised will go towards a micro-grant initiative for local small businesses. Support for the Apollo Theater remains crucial as we all continue to navigate the negative economic effects of COVID-19 on the performing arts and entertainment fields. The Apollo Theater is committed to providing virtual programming and preparing for the next season of world-class live performances, community, and education programs. Any contribution over $75 qualifies for an Apollo Membership and supports staff salaries, teaching artists, performers, and artistic and educational programs.

To make a tax-deductible donation to the Apollo Theater, visit HERE

“For more than eight decades, the Apollo Theater’s strength and resiliency have been as constant as the talent on our stages, but like non-profit organizations around the world, we are facing an unparalleled challenge.

“Immediate additional funding is critical for us at this time, and I am incredibly grateful to the generous donors and friends who have supported the Theater since we closed our doors in March,” said Jonelle Procope, Apollo Theater President & CEO.

“I hope this online celebration inspires people across the globe to come together and enjoy the sounds of the Apollo, as well as support the Theater’s mission to champion Black culture and the arts of the African diaspora. Through such generosity, we will be able to give back directly to the vibrant Harlem community that has supported us for many years.”

“Music is one of the world’s enduring gifts, and its power to connect, transform, and heal has always been center stage at the Apollo,” said Kamilah Forbes, Apollo Theater Executive Producer.

“Although our stages remain dark, the Apollo sound has never been more vibrant, and I’m grateful to DJ D-Nice for sharing it, and to Gibson for its support in helping us amplify our musical soundtrack while also raising funds for the Theater and our neighbors in Harlem.”

“We are thrilled to shine a light on the history of the Apollo, an American institution that needs our attention and support to stay intact during these times,” says Nat Zilkha, Partner at KKR and Chairman of Gibson Brands.

“Gibson gives artists the tools they need to re-imagine American music and the Apollo gives artists the iconic space to entertain generations to come. We look forward to a long partnership with the Apollo Theater supporting their programs and the artists who inspire our entire culture.”

About the Apollo Theater

The legendary Apollo Theater—the soul of American culture—plays a vital role in cultivating emerging artists and launching legends. Since its founding, the Apollo has served as a center of innovation and a creative catalyst for Harlem, the city of New York, and the world. With music at its core, the Apollo’s programming extends to dance, theater, spoken word, and more. This includes the world premiere of the theatrical adaptation of Ta-Nehisi Coates’s Between the World and Me and the New York premiere of the opera We Shall Not Be Moved; special programs such as the blockbuster concert Bruno Mars Live at the Apollo; 100: The Apollo Celebrates Ella; and the annual Africa Now! Festival.

The non-profit Apollo Theater is a performing arts presenter, commissioner, and collaborator that also produces festivals, large-scale dance and musical works organized around a set of core initiatives that celebrate and extend the Apollo’s legacy through a contemporary lens, including the Women of the World (WOW) Festival as well as other multidisciplinary collaborations with partner organizations. Since introducing the first Amateur Night contests in 1934, the Apollo Theater has served as a testing ground for new artists working across a variety of art forms and has ushered in the emergence of many new musical genres—including jazz, swing, bebop, R&B, gospel, blues, soul, and hip-hop. Among the countless legendary performers who launched their careers at the Apollo are Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Billie Holiday, James Brown, Stevie Wonder, Gladys Knight, Luther Vandross, H.E.R., D’Angelo, Lauryn Hill, Machine Gun Kelly, and Miri Ben Ari; and the Apollo’s forward-looking artistic vision continues to build on this legacy.

About Gibson Gives

The Gibson Gives | Gibson Foundation is a 501(c)(3) committed to introduce, inspire, and amplify the power of music through guitars across all generations, genres, and genders. For over 126 years Gibson has been shaping, contributing, and supporting sound through their guitars. Gibson realized early on that getting instruments into the hands of those with a desire to make music is a truly life-changing event. Gibson Gives (Gibson Foundation) has since provided thousands of guitars and related value-in-kind in excess of $30 million. In 2019, Gibson Gives committed to donating 1,000 guitars over the next 1000 days and is ahead, having donated 160 guitars in just four months.

Gibson Gives played a lead role in supporting the ‘Do it for the Love’ Foundation, outfitted Maplewood High School in Nashville with multiple guitars for a music room—through Gibson Gives partner Give A Note –and played it forward donating 48 guitars and 19,000 string sets to Guitars For Vets to bring the power of music to returning U.S. military veterans with PTSD. Gibson Gives is off to a solid start in 2020 with 100% of all donations to and from Gibson Gives going towards giving the gift of music. The mission of Gibson Gives is to make music matter to more people in more ways…one guitar at a time!

About Gibson

Gibson Brands, the world’s most iconic guitar brand, has shaped the sounds of generations of musicians and music lovers across genres for more than 100 years. Founded in 1894 and headquartered in Nashville, TN, Gibson Brands has a legacy of world-class craftsmanship, legendary music partnerships, and progressive product evolution that is unrivaled among musical instrument companies. The Gibson Brands portfolio includes Gibson, the number one guitar brand, as well as many of the most beloved and recognizable music brands, including Epiphone, Kramer, Steinberger, and the Gibson Pro Audio division KRK Systems. Gibson Brands is dedicated to quality, innovation, and sound excellence so that music lovers for generations to come will continue to experience music shaped by Gibson Brands.

Andy Vargas Goes Solo

SANTANA LEAD VOCALIST ANDY VARGAS TO RELEASE DEBUT SOLO SINGLE

“THE BEAT” ON MARCH 29TH

ESPN “Music Of The Month” To Feature “The Beat” In April

Watch the video HERE.

Santana lead vocalist Andy Vargas struck world-wide fame over a decade ago when he became the lead-singer for the iconic rock band, led by 12-time GRAMMY Award-winning artist Carlos Santana. Twenty world tours later, Vargas is now stepping out on his own with an up-tempo, soul-rock single, “The Beat,” out March 29th on Hip Spanic & Souleros Records. “The Beat” showcases Vargas’ signature Latin R&B sound – Souleros – a blend of “soul” and “boleros” influenced by classic funk and R&B/soul music. Souleros is also the name of his band.

“The Beat” will also be featured by ESPN’s “Music Of The Month” this April. 

“It is such a privilege to be recognized by the world as the voice for the legendary Santana. For many years, I have performed alongside my mentor, Carlos, who has always taught me to reach greater lengths in my career. I have learned so much about music through world cultures and have been influenced by world class artists I’ve had the privilege of collaborating with over the years. It’s an honor to now showcase my own music, which I consider to be the sound of the ‘New Chicano Soul,’ alongside my band Souleros,” says Vargas

2019 will be an exciting and action-packed year for Vargas. In addition to releasing the English and Spanish versions of “The Beat,” he releases his full-length, solo debut album in August (date tbd), preceded by several singles (including a guest appearance from Carlos Santana on a new version of “Oye Como Va”).

Vargas also will embark on a worldwide tour with Santana in celebration of 50 years of Santana’s music, the 50th Anniversary of Santana’s Woodstock performance (including a performance on the iconic Woodstock Stage at Woodstock 50), and the 20th Anniversary of Santana’s ‘Supernatural’ album.

The “Supernatural Now” tour with the Doobie Brothers kicks off June 22 and includes headlining dates at the Hollywood Bowl on June 24th and a series of New York area dates in late August.

His masterful soul-tinged voice has also graced stages with Enrique Iglesias, Patti Labelle, Taboo of the Black-Eyed Peas and Yanni, among others.

For more on Santana’s upcoming tours: http://tour.santana.com/

Halston dare, 360 MAGAZINE

Halston Dare

Singer-songwriter and popular online content creator, Halston Dare drops new single Something Special today.

Halston Dare is not your average pop star. Growing up in a musical family to a Cuban American, immigrant father, Halston grew up with music in her blood. As a child, she grew up listening to classic 70’s, 80’s and 90’s music from the likes of Patti Labelle, Phil Collins, Bryan Adams, Donna Summer and Whitney Houston. As one of the brightest young voices in both the musical and digital influencer space, Halston is used to wearing many hats. “I want to be known as the girl who does it all. Music, fashion, make-up, sports. I want people to know that I’m a real person.”

Halston’s creative savvy and relatable personality has helped her amass a following of over 150,000 fans on instagram.

Halston started sharing covers of her favorite songs on Youtube a few years ago. She then branched out into the world of makeup, beauty and lifestyle. Her fanbase grew rapidly and when she finally released her single “Drowned Love”, it was received to much fanfare. Her fans instantly connected to the raw emotion and personal narrative. Over the years, Halston has fostered a uniquely deep and personal relationship with her fans. “Lots of fans I’m actually friends with. I rely on them as much as they rely on me. Let’s be friends, tell me about your day. Tell me about your problems.”

More About Halston:

Unlike many young musicians, Halston did not wait to get discovered. By age 11, the plucky and vivacious curly-haired preteen was googling agencies and managers and setting up her own meetings. That year, she heard an advertisement calling for aspiring young singers and Halston jumped at the opportunity. She begged her parents to attend the audition and because they saw her passion and dedication, allowed her to go. She attended the audition and the agency ended up flying her to Orlando, where she sang Whitney Houston’s “I Have Nothing” in front of 5,000 people. That’s when Halston and her family realized the stage was Halston’s home.

She then picked up piano and started vocal lessons. It was actually her first vocal coach who introduced Halston to song writers and producers and helped hone her talents. She started writing original music that she felt compelled to make. She says her lyrical inspirations come from a mix of real life and fantasy. “I love writing based on fairytales and stories I make up in my head. I love sharing my hopes, fantasies and daydreams.” Recently, Halston has been taking a much more personal approach to songwriting, writing about personal situations and real life events. Her new single “Something Special”, details a real-life situation about infatuation, dealing with ego and the misadventures of youth.

Aside from music, Halston is passionate about global issues like environmentalism, animal rights and female empowerment. Halston’s message has always been about empowering young women and making them feel important, beautiful and valued from the inside out. “In today’s Instagram world, we’re always comparing ourselves to these fake, filtered photos and that’s not really realistic. That’s just what people want them to see.” She says. “I want young girls to know that they’re beautiful the way they are and that they don’t have to look like an Instagram photo to be enough.”

For the future, Halston is excited to keep performing, making original music and connecting even deeper with her fans and followers. As Halston looks ahead she advises her followers to chase their dreams and follow their hearts, “If you want to sing, SING! Reflect you, show everyone how you can be the best you can be. If someone tells you, you can’t. Don’t listen to them. The only person who can stop you is you.”

Ryan Destiny & Quavo x “Lifetime”

Today, Republic Records and Twentieth Century Fox Television released “Lifetime” ft. Ryan Destiny & Quavo and “Spotlight”— special new tracks from FOX’s hit drama, STARBillboard premiered the “Lifetime” lyric video yesterday, which sees Quavo and Destiny laying down the track in the studio. “Lifetime” is to be featured in next week’s episode on Wednesday April 11th.

This week’s episode of STAR saw two songs enter the Top 20 on iTunes soundtrack chart, including “Oh Lord” featuring Queen Latifah, Patti Labelle and Brandy, and “My Love” performed by Jude Demorest.

Earlier this year, “Bossy” was released—a brand-new single performed by actress and singer Keke Palmer—who guest stars in season two of the show.  “Bossy” entered the Top 20 on the iTunes Top Soundtrack Songs chart and was the second “most added song” at Urban radio last week. Since its release last week, the “Bossy” companion video has been viewed nearly 3 million times across the artist’s and network’s social channels.

Created by Academy® Award and Golden Globe® nominee Lee Daniels (EMPIRE) and Tom Donaghy (“The Whole Truth”), STAR features original music and stunning performances from an all-star cast and impressive group of rising young talent. The series features Queen LatifahBenjamin BrattJude DemorestRyan DestinyBrittany O’GradyAmiyah Scott and Quincy Brown.

The second season of STAR airs Wednesdays (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.

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Star Cast f/ Ryan Destiny & Quavo “Lifetime”

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Star Cast “Spotlight”

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