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PAUL SIMON: New Home for Rock Hall Exhibit
 
Words and Music will become a traveling exhibit whose next stop will be in Baltimore beginning October 11th.
 
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum's Paul Simon exhibit will soon hit the road.
 
After it ends an 11-month run on September 7th in Cleveland, it will re-locate to the Jewish Museum of Maryland in Baltimore, as the first stop on a nationwide tour.
 
Paul Simon: Words and Music will open on October 11th and run through January 18th, 2016 -- as one of several programs on noted Jewish American songwriters, also including Bob Dylan, the late Theodore Bikel and religious composer Debbie Friedman.
 
BOB DYLAN & JIMMY BUFFETT: A Tale of a Bed and Toilets
 
 
Fans raise money to buy Dylan a bed while Parrotheads leave behind portable toilets at Boston-area concert.
 
It's not known why, but Bob Dylan has himself a new bed if he wants it.
 
A few fans got together and decided he needed one, so they started a Go Fund Me campaign. And with the help of 156 folks who obviously felt the same way, they raised $1555 to buy Dylan a Sleep Number adjustable bed. A post on the page reads, "His songs have redefined genres and given voice to generations, and he has continued to crank out tune after awesome tune well into his winter years. If you have ever listened to any of Bob's music, you owe it to him to donate to this wonderful cause. Let's show him that he is not forgotten, but rather loved and feared."
 
The goal was to raise $1360,so with the extra $195, they also tossed in a "beautiful Bob Dylan duvet cover." That, along with the gift certificate for the bed, was sent to his label, Columbia Records in New York.
 
And the donors also got something. If you ponied up $40, you'll received a "drawing of what Bob Dylan might look like in the bed." For $100 you receive a phone call in which someone will whisper the entire Dylan discography to you. And for $500, you become the proud owner of the Twitter account @BobDylan4990.
 
No word if Bob needs a new toilet, but if he does, perhaps Jimmy Buffett can direct him to the right people. Police in Mansfield, Massachusetts, where Buffett performed on Saturday, say that Parrotheads left behind seven to 10 homemade portable potties in the parking lot, despite warnings not to. What is a homemade portable pottie? It's usually a five-gallon bucket with its rim lined with a foam pool noodle for a seat, placed inside a tent.
 
STEVIE WONDER: More Than Musial Memories in New York Show
 
Along with performing eight songs, he commented on several topical issues.
 
Stevie Wonder capped his Monday tripleheader of mini-concerts with a nighttime show in New York. His Central Park performance was more than just an exercise in nostalgia. Stevie was very much in the moment.
 
Along with spoofing popular rapper Kendrick Lamar, he turned topical discussing gun control, police brutality and the underprivileged. He also hinted that he might release new music before the end of the year.
 
Later, chatting backstage with reporters, Stevie got serious on such topics as judicial reform -- especially as it relates to sentences for selling marijuana -- and racially motivated killings. (Billboard)
 
DAVE CHAPPELLE: Announces Tour Dates
 
The funnyman will hit the road for the first time in years with a string of dates starting next month.
 
Dave Chappelle’s comeback continues.
 
After returning to comedy with a surprise appearance at last year’s Oddball Festival and residencies at New York City's Radio City Music Hall and Gramercy Theater, the funnyman is getting ready to take the show on the road.
 
Chappelle will visit 12 cities across the U.S. when his tour kicks off September 14th in Salt Lake City. He’ll end the run with a performance in Hershey, Pennsylvania on October 7th.
 
FOO FIGHTERS: Grohl Opens Up on Emmy Nominations
 
He says Sonic Highways' four noms didn't seem possible "because the people working on it were just music lovers and friends," not TV pros.  
 
Back in June, Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl-directed PBS series Sonic Highways scored four technical Emmy nominations, including Best Informational Series or Special and Best Directing (Nonfiction Programming). And he's still pinching himself.
 
In a 20-minute webcam interview with the TV blog Gold Derby that hit YouTube yesterday (Monday), Grohl opens up about the nominations, saying he didn't even think he would be considered "because the people working on it were just music lovers and friends," not TV pros. He says all they were trying to do was "make a show that music lovers would appreciate...something we would enjoy watching... That was it."  
 
Grohl received his Best Directing nomination specifically for an episode about the music of Washington, D.C. He recounts how, while having dinner with Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney, Ringo told him he'd been turned on to D.C.'s "go-go" music by watching that episode. An excited Grohl says "And I'm like, 'Oh my God, I turned Ringo on to go-go!'"
 
The Emmys in Sonic Highways' four categories will be handed out at The Creative Arts Emmys, which take place on September 12th in L.A. FXX will broadcast a two-hour version of the show on September 19th at 8 p.m. [ET/PT] and again at 10pm [ET/PT].
 
SQUEEZE: New Album in October   
 
Cradle to the Grave is the band’s 14th studio effort and first since Domino in 1998.
 
Squeeze has a new album on the way.
 
Cradle to the Grave is the band’s 14th studio effort and first since Domino in 1998. The lead track is "Happy Days," a bouncy summertime song that is typical feel-good Squeeze.
 
And as we've reported, Squeeze frontmen Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook will bring their storytelling acoustic shows to the U.S. this fall. The At Odds Couple tour starts on November 11th in Anaheim, California and wraps up December 18th in New York.
 
NEIL YOUNG: Fall Tour Announced
 
He'll be backed once again by The Promise of the Real, the group featuring two of Willie Nelson's sons.
 
Neil Young has announced a fall tour.
 
It will run between his annual fall benefits -- Farm Aid on September 19th in Chicago and the Bridge School Benefit October 24th and 25th in Mountain View, California. It starts October 1st in Missoula, Montana and wraps up October 17th in Berkeley, California. He'll be backed once again by The Promise of the Real, the group featuring two of Willie Nelson's sons,
 
 

 

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