Jay Z to headline free Global Citizen Festival in September

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#TaniaOnTheScene - Jay Z will headline the Global Citizen Festival on Sept. 27 in New York’s Central Park.

Organizers announced Wednesday that fun., Carrie Underwood, The Roots, No Doubt and Tiesto also will perform.

Tickets are free for the event, but must be earned through acts meant to help end extreme poverty around the world. VIP tickets are being sold through Ticketmaster.

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Free Outdoor Concert Series

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#TaniaOnTheScene - The free concert series, “Groovin’ In The Garden”, returns To Como Park Zoo & Conservatory featuring some of the Twin Cities’ finest musicians & activities for the whole family.

While the grownups get their groove on with some of the Twin Cities best bands, the kids will be entertained by a climbing wall, bouncy house, and lawn games.

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J-Lo Returning To The Block For Free Concert In The Bronx

#TaniaOnTheScene - She may be Jenny from the block but lots of Bronx residents say Jennifer Lopez will really be Jenny of the major traffic jam tonight. The Bronx native gave out 25,000 free tickets for her first hometown concert ever in Pelham Bay Park.

But residents of city Island say even with one lane designated for them returning home from work there will still be traffic nightmares

The free concert takes place Wednesday night. The singer/dancer will perform 10 minutes away from where she grew up, at Orchard Beach.

And there are growing concerns about the chaos and problems the concert will cause.

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Essence Festival headliner Prince rocks Essence’s June cover

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#TaniaOnTheScene - Want to know what really happens at the after-party with Prince? In ESSENCE’s June issue article, “Prince After Dark,” the man forever known as Prince pulls back the purple curtain on his legacy, gives his take on mentoring and shares why creating and performing music makes him feel alive. ESSENCE’s June issue hits newsstands on May 9th. For more on this month’s issue, visit ESSENCE.com.

“I’m not putting down The Revolution, even though people would love to see us together again. I owe a great debt to them. But I’m doing something else…”—Prince

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Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival

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#TaniaOnTheScene - The 2014 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival lineup is out!

Kanye, Lionel Richie, Elton John, Lauryn Hill, Zedd, and Frank Ocean are just some of the 125+ musicians performing.

There are also more than 20 comedians set to hit one of the 13 stages.

It’s all happening June 12 - 15, 2014 in Manchester, TN.

Tickets go on sale Saturday February 22, 2014.

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Bruno Mars Injects Soul into the Super Bowl Halftime Show

#TaniaOnTheScene - Concert of the Year? That’s what the NFL claimed all week long as it hyped its halftime show with Bruno Mars. But could a relatively young artist without huge name recognition carry the day? Even one of the football commentators came out and said “There were a lot of doubters.” Once Mars was done, though, doubters should have been few.

Two stunts marked the opening of his halftime performance, one slightly less nauseating than the other. It began with a children’s choir and segued into a drum solo performed by Bruno himself. (His lookalike brother, Eric Hernandez — Mars was born Peter Gene Hernandez — took over soon after). But then it was time to break out the gold jackets and skinny ties and launch into “Locked Out of Heaven.” His jumbo band of brass, backup singers and bass put the song across nicely. Not only that, but when they broke into “Treasure,” the synchronized dance moves provided a moment straight out of the Platters, circa 1966.

Then, Bruno started to snarl. “Who you rockin’ with — you rockin’ with the best!” All of a sudden, the man was James Brown, singing “I don’t want to hurt you baby, I just want to work you baby. ” And he gave it his best JB shuffle before a segue into the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ “Give It Away Now.” Instantaneously, lamé jackets gave way to shirtless man flesh as Anthony Keidis, Flea and the rest of RHCP took the stage.

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VH1′s Superbowl BLitz with TLC

#TaniaOnTheScene - TLC will be performing live at the Beacon Theater for the VH1 Superbowl BLitz.

The VH1 Super Bowl Blitz is the ultimate music fan’s pregame party featuring today’s hottest artists making stops at six different venues, six nights in a row. Rain or shine, snow or hail, the show must go on. Nick Cannon and Stacy Keibler will join some of music’s biggest names on stage as the official hosts for the VH1 Super Bowl Blitz.

When: January 30, 2014 @ 7:30 pm
Where: The Beacon Theater
2124 Broadway
New York, NY 10023
Cost: Free

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