A number of spectacular shows are on deck this week at the Hollywood Bowl kicking off Aug. 12-13 with a salute to the XXXI Olympiad in Rio de Janeiro.
Grammy winner Sergio Mendes, celebrating the 50th anniversary of his influential band, Brasil ’66, fronts an electrifying evening of samba, capoeira, Bloco-Afro drummers and fireworks. Special guests for the festivities include music mogul Herb Alpert, his wife, vocalist Lani Hall and songstress Dianne Reeves.
The following evening, Mexican guitar heroes Rodrigo y Gabriela return with their virtuosic mix of epic licks and intimate instrumentals for a magical collaboration with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra.
On Aug. 17, beloved saxophonist Maceo Parker, known for his work with James Brown and Prince, and over 25 years of solo work, leads the Ultimate Tribute to Ray Charles with the Christian McBride Big Band and special guest Philip Bailey of Earth, Wind & Fire. For tickets and info, visit HollywoodBowl.com.
IMPRESSIVE: The music from one of the most viral videos of Prince’s illustrious career is being released this week in royal fashion. Time Life is commemorating the iconic musician with a limited-edition run of the Billboard chart-topping vinyl album, “Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Live, Volume 1,” pressed in purple. This collectible features Prince’s blistering and unforgettable three-minute-long guitar solo on “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” from his 2004 induction.
Aside from that selection are gems from Al Green, Chuck Berry, Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, Cream, Steve Winwood, Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page, Green Day, James Taylor and more. It will be available on Aug. 12 for $25.98 wherever vinyl albums are sold.
SPOTLIGHT: The 23rd Little Miss African American Scholarship Pageant will be held on Aug. 14 at 5 p.m. at the Barnsdall Gallery Theatre. Claudia Jordan (“The Real Housewives of Atlanta”) and Sherre Fletcher (“Hollywood Exes”) host, with an appearance by James Pickens Jr. (“Grey’s Anatomy”) and celebrity judges including Ella Joyce (“Roc) and Debra Wilson (“MADtv”).
“Within each girl, is the promise of unlimited possibilities, and the pageant is a vehicle for bringing that potential to the forefront,” says actress/founder Lisa Ruffin. For more info, visit littlemissafricanamerican.org.
CED LOVES THE KIDS: Anthony Anderson, Bo Jackson, John Starks, Mike Woodson, George Lopez, Eric Dickerson, Alan Thicke, Julius “Dr. J” Irving, Marcus Allen, Salli Richardson, DL Hughley and many more are set for the fourth annual Cedric “The Entertainer” Celebrity Golf Classic, Aug. 15 at the Spanish Hills Country Club in Camarillo. Proceeds from the event benefit the Kyles Family Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to teaching life skills to urban youth and the Boys & Girls Club of Camarillo.
CLIPPETTES: The 29th annual Long Beach Jazz Festival (Aug. 12-14) returns to Rainbow Lagoon Park with Jeffrey Osborne, BWB featuring Norman Brown, Kirk Whalum and Rick Braun, Dave Koz and David Sanborn, Kenny Lattimore, Michael Franks, Euge Groove, Stanley Jordan, and Sax Pack featuring Jeff Kashiwa, Steve Cole and Kim Waters, to name a few …
“Martha [Stewart] & Snoop [Dogg]’s Dinner Party” has gotten the go from VH1 for a late fall premiere promising to answer whose brownies recipe is better …
Sundance NEXT Fest is being held at the Ace Hotel Downtown, Aug. 13-14, with world premieres, a talent show hosted by Craig Robinson, a conversation with “Coming to America” director John Landis, and twerking by Big Freedia …
Playbill reports that a new musical on the life of civil rights leader Rosa Parks is in development in London …
K. Michelle will be performing her hits on Aug. 14 at The Novo …
Despite a tumultuous hiatus that saw the murder of a family member and Miss Robbie Montgomery taking legal action against son Tim Norman, OWN has renewed the hit reality series “Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s” for 13 episodes …
Reggae performer Ziggy Marley brings his new tour for an all-ages audience to the Belasco Theatre on Aug. 16 …
Ironically, Tasty Clips enjoyed the Barack Obama-inspired True Colors Theatre Company performance of the aptly titled “Smart People,” on the President’s birthday. Danielle Deadwyler (“The Haves and the Have Nots”) had a gasp inducing moment, and co-stars Neil Ghant, Joe Knezevich and Julie Cerda showed tremendous chops. One of our favorite plays of the year!
TASTY QUIP: “99 percent of rap out now is bad demos, but since there’s so much out there, people are getting used to it. You get hypnotized or programmed. I can never critique another person’s creativity, but what I’m saying is this: If you are going to play a record about a guy saying use a gun, the very next record, especially for the hip-hop audience, should be a record about not using a gun. If you’re going to play a record about going to a strip club, everybody don’t go to strip clubs. Where’s the music for the people who don’t go to strip clubs?” – Run DMC’s DARRYL McDANIELS on SiriusXM’s “Tell Me Everything”
TC ON TV: Aug. 12 – “The Get Down” (Netflix): The first six episodes of visionary director Baz Luhrmann’s 70s New York City based music-driven drama premieres with contributions from writer Nelson George, and hip-hop pioneers Grandmaster Flash, DJ Kool Herc and Afrika Bambaataa, each of whom will also be portrayed on the series. The cast includes Shameik Moore (“Dope”), Jimmy Smits, Giancarlo Esposito and Jaden Smith. “Mysteries at the Museum” (Travel): Muhammad Ali Saves the Day
Aug. 13 – “Summer in the City” (Hallmark): Vivica A. Fox and Natasha Henstridge star in this story of a small town southern woman given a chance to manage a store in the Big Apple. “Oprah: Where Are They Now?” (OWN): Sir Mix-A-Lot, Kevin Jonas and Barbara Eden (“I Dream of Jeannie”) kick-off the ninth season.
Aug. 14 – “Celebrity Conversations” (Ovation): David Alan Grier
Aug. 16 – “Black Market” (Viceland): The Tunnels of Gaza
TASTY QUIP: “I choose to feel optimistic, because I don’t think I could get out of bed if I didn’t. The key will be when we stop allowing our otherness to separate us. Whether it’s immigrant’s rights, women’s rights, civil rights or LGBT rights, we’re all under attack, because none of us belongs to that small group who have held power for a very long time.” – KERRY WASHINGTON on the prospect of positive change to InStyle
“Tasty Clips” is an entertainment column published in The Wave to update readers on the activities and accomplishments of black celebrities and artists in television, in music and at the movies. To reach Bill Vaughan, send email to firstname.lastname@example.org. He can also be reached on Twitter @tastyclips.