Reggae legend Jimmy Cliff will open this summer's Celebrate Brooklyn! concert series on June 5. Get the whole lineup here, which also includes Ghostface Killah, Angélique Kidjo, Mission of Burma, Yo La Tengo and Lyle Lovett.
Mick Jagger will test his comic chops later this month as host of the "Saturday Night Live" season finale.
People Get Ready is part of Crossing Brooklyn Ferry, a three-day music festival that kicks off on Thursday in Brooklyn. Combining dance with infectious pop music, the band is feast for the eyes and ears. Watch People Get Ready perform "Uncanny" in WNYC's Soundcheck studios.
A Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist, the first female secretary of state, a former astronaut and a musical pioneer are among this year's recipients of the Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor.
President Barack Obama will award the medals at the White House later this spring.
Pete Fornatale, 66, died on Thursday after suffering a brain hemorrhage earlier this month. He was one of those DJs who came along at a time when the popular culture was throbbing with change and the music both drove it and reflected it back.
Hundreds of friends and fans of Levon Helm, who died last week of cancer, are traveling to his Woodstock home and barn where he held his Saturday night Midnight Ramble concerts to say goodbye to the influential singer and drummer for The Band.
Greg Scholl, who oversaw a portfolio of NBC Universal properties, will be the non-profit's new executive director beginning on June 1. Adrian Ellis left the post in January to work for an arts consultancy company he founded.
A 100-year-old brick sawdust factory in Williamsburg, Brooklyn is being reborn as a 13,000-square-foot music venue and studio. The new rehearsal, recording and performance space, located at North 6th St. and Wythe Ave, will open in late 2013 and will be run by a non-profit group called Original Music Workshop.
Chicago prosecutors created a buzz by calling Oscar-winner Jennifer Hudson as their first witness during the trial of the man accused of killing her mother, brother and nephew. But the hard part starts Tuesday, when they'll have to get down to the nitty-gritty of their case.
Soul legend Bobby Womack, hip-hop artist Big Daddy Kane and improv troupe The Upright Citizens Brigade are among the artists who will be performing at this year's SummerStage. The free outdoor performance series, now in its 27th year, will feature more than 110 shows, including 16 theater and dance premieres, at 18 city parks this summer.
A Hudson Valley organization hopes to change the rhythm of life for senior citizens in nursing homes through the collective spirit of a drum circle.
In a German airport, an Israeli pianist and a Malian guitarist crossed paths, changing both of their musical destinies. Idan Raichel, the pianist, had already been a huge fan of Vieux Farka Toure, the guitarist, so it did not take him long to suggest playing together. The resulting album is called The Tel Aviv Sessions. Watch a video of the Toure-Raichel Collective performing "Azawad."
The dedication in the liner notes of Trampled By Turtles' new album reads: "Dedicated to the ones we lost, and the ones we gained." The album does have a slightly quieter feel, as captured in the song "Alone." Watch Trampled By Turtles perform "Alone."