Assorted declarations from Editor Tom Graham


It was announced earlier this week that Grammy award-winning singer, songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist Kristian Bush from Sugarland will perform the Keystone Grand Ballroom in the Convention Center at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs on Saturday, April 19 at 8 p.m.
Leaving his mark on music for more than two decades, Bush is currently on the road with his 2014 “Put Your Soul In It Tour,” backed by a five-piece band including Rebecca and Megan Lovell of roots duo Larkin Poe. Bush is currently narrowing down 300 plus songs for his debut solo album, due later this year.
Tickets for Kristian Bush are $25 and are on sale now. Ticketmaster customers may purchase tickets by logging on to ticketmaster.com; calling Ticketmaster’s national toll free charge-by-phone number 1-800-745-3000; or visiting any Ticketmaster outlet. Tickets are also available at the Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs box office.

Mayday Payday
The Faction official Mayday warm-up show takes place at The Other Side located on South Main Street next to Bart & Urby’s, Wilkes-Barre, this Saturday, March 8 at 10 p.m.  DJs  Evil Bee, Newspy Hundo and Gary Jamze will be spinning deep house, funk house, garage and other dance selections. The $4 cover will go directly to the 7th annual Mayday Music Festival, a free all ages event that will take place from noon until 10 p.m. on May 24 and 25, at Kirby Park in Wilkes-Barre.

The Hall for All
For the first time in the history of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the annual induction ceremony will take place in an arena, at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center. The ceremony concert will be held at 7 p.m. on April 10. In previous years, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremonies were held at the Waldorf-Astoria hotel, but this year will mark the very first time that the concert tickets will be sold to the public. About 10,000 Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame induction tickets went on sale and promptly sold out in minutes. The primary market face prices range from $66 to $576. There are now over 5,000 tickets is available on the secondary market with an average price of $357 and a get-in price of $108. The most expensive ticket available is priced at $3,030.
Inductees include KISS, Cat Stevens, Hall and Oates, Nirvana, Linda Ronstadt, Peter Gabriel, Andrew Loog Oldham and The E Street Band. Peter Gabriel is one member of this year’s class that is actually already in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, as a result of his work with Genesis. Gabriel will become the 19th performer to be inducted more than once, joining such artists as Paul McCartney, John Lennon, Michael Jackson, Neil Young and Eric Clapton, who is the only member to be inducted three times. He was first honored as a member of the Yardbirds in 1992, then with Cream in 1993 and finally as a solo artist in 2000.

Here’s what’s in my headphones this week: Glen Phillips Abulum (PMRC, Brick Red Records) 2001