Jury: Concert Promoter Not Negligent In Jackson Death

But seeing seven or eight Arlo Guthrie concerts doesn’t mean I’m one of those fans with 27 different 8-by-10 color glossy pictures with a paragraph on the back explaining what each one was. Im just a guy who has happily punctuated his life with Arlo Guthrie concerts. What I came to tell you about. They got a building up in Carmel. Its called the Palladium. I went up there to see Arlo in concert and I walked in, sat down, and said hello to a man and his wife who had moved their seats because a fellow next to them had been talking to himself too loudly. Arguing even. I thought it was a good idea that they did move their seats and promised Id keep my self-conversations to a minimum. And then he said Kid, have you ever seen an Arlo Guthrie concert? And I proceeded to tell him about the eight or nine other concerts but not about the young ladies and the Greek and the irate dad. And then Arlo Guthrie and his drummer Terry a La Berry (who I remembered from the first time I saw Arlo) and Arlos son, keyboardist Abe Guthrie, bounded on stage and proceeded to play a set of primarily Woody Guthrie tunes including 1913 Massacre and Do Re Mi and Pretty Boy Floyd and Oklahoma Hills. Arlo seemed tentative at first like something about the birthday cake colors of the hall or the relatively sparse crowd was making him uncomfortable. But then he found his groove and the stories got more casual and comfortable and the smiles of his musical partners seemed more sincere and by the time The Motorcycle Song was sung and intermission came everyone seemed happy there. In the lobby at intermission there were Woodstock wannabees and twentysomething outsiders and hippy seniors. Hippy seniors right there in the lobby next to me.

Celebration concert at Grizzly Peak Saturday for Eyes to Burma

“We, of course, are not happy with the result as it stands now,” Boyle said. “We will be exploring all options legally and factually and make a decision about anything at a later time.” Jackson’s lawyers depicted the company as being more concerned with the profits a successful concert run could generate than the singer’s well-being. Brian Panish, lawyer for Jackson’s mother, urged the jury to find that defendant AEG Live LLC and Jackson shared responsibility for hiring Murray, who is serving a prison sentence. AEG Live contends it was pressured by Jackson to hire Murray as his personal physician. Attorneys for the promoter argued that Jackson and Murray deceived the promoter by concealing that Jackson, who complained of chronic insomnia, was receiving the anesthetic propofol nightly in his home as a sleep aid. Panish urged the jury to find that AEG hired Murray without considering whether he was fit for the job. “Propofol might not be the best idea,” Panish said. “But if you have a competent doctor, you’re not going to die.” Panish contended that AEG executives including CEO Randy Phillips and co-CEO Paul Gongaware disdained Jackson and pointed to an e-mail in which an AEG attorney referred to Jackson as “the freak.” “They’re a money-making machine,” Panish said. “All they care about is how much money is this freak going to make for them.” Both executives were initially named as defendants but were dismissed from the case during the trial. Panish showed jurors details of a contract that was drafted by AEG Live but only signed by Murray. He said it proved that AEG wanted to control the doctor. AEG Live attorney Marvin Putnam told jurors that Jackson insisted on hiring Murray despite objections from AEG Live. The company told Jackson there were great doctors in London, where his concerts would be held, but the singer insisted, Putnam said.

AP Jackson-AEG -What-ifs

Since 2008, Stockwell has dedicated his life and meager Social Security income to bringing medical care, water and education to 400 refugees fleeing the civil wars in Myanmar, also known as Burma. The all-volunteer Eyes to Burma group directly aids men, women and children who struggle to support themselves by shifting through garbage in search of recyclable plastic. Ashland resident Kara Lewis, who visited Stockwell in Mae Sot, Thailand, says he spends almost every day at the dump, where people have erected makeshift shelters. In August, when there were record-breaking floods, he fed and housed the homeless in the Blue Sky School that he supports with donations he receives after his presentations, she says. Progress has been made every year that Fred has been helping this group, granting them access to health care, housing and a weekly food parcel program, says Lewis. Each October, volunteers with Stockwells one-man Peace Corps-like operation organize events in the Rogue Valley to announce the group’s efforts and raise money for Eyes to Burma . All monies go directly to help the refugees. From 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 4, there will be a free Meet & Greet photography exhibit at the Ashland Art Center, 357 E. Main St., Ashland. The next day, Saturday, Oct. 5, there will be benefit concert from 5 p.m.

RIVERSIDE FOX: Concert powerhouse Live Nation’s contract comes with strings

City officials are hoping the new operator can lift the fortunes of the historic Fox, which reopened in 2010 after a $32 million renovation, and provide solid management of the Riverside Municipal Auditorium. Audiences, performers and most city residents love the Fox, but complaints about unresponsive management, limited bookings and a lack of diversity of shows have been pervasive since the opening. Although the city expected to subsidize the theater, it also has cost more than expected. The agreement doesnt include the Fox Entertainment Plaza, a new venue that opened earlier this year next door to the landmark theater on Market Street. A report to the council notes the plazas flexible black box theater space is being booked by city museum officials and the remainder of the space is standing in for the convention center, which is closed for an expansion. Malone was paid $200,000 a year to run the Fox since it opened. Until the municipal auditorium closed in 2010 for renovations, Malone had booked it through a separate contract that required him to pay a $12,000 annual lease fee and allowed him to keep any profits. Now the two historic venues the Fox first opened in 1929, the same year the municipal auditorium was dedicated look likely to be run under one contract, and at a significantly greater cost to the city. Under the proposal, the city would pay Live Nation $500,000 a year to run the Fox, plus an increasing amount for the auditorium that would start at $50,000 the first year. Five- or six-figure performance bonuses for the Fox and profit sharing with the city at the auditorium also are included. Live Nation also could sell naming rights to the Fox and the auditorium, subject to approval by the City Council.

Concert hall celebrates 10th anniversary

USC Thornton Symphony orchestra manager Josh Roach is excited to work with Conlon. Its a great opportunity for the students to work with a world-class conductor, James Conlon, gain exposure to one of the great choral-orchestral repertoire pieces of the 20th century, and perform in two fantastic venues: Disney and Segerstrom, Roach said. The Los Angeles Philharmonic will be playing this concert as a part of their Sounds About Town series, one of their many concert series of the season. Another event that is sure to excite is the Tchaikovskyfest. An eight-part concert series, Tchaikovskyfest will include various educational events in Los Angeles and end with a grand finale with both the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela. With larger-than-life intensity, music director Gustavo Dudamel will conduct Tchaikovsky symphonies with the L.A. Philharmonic. As a young boy, I discovered Tchaikovsky through great recordings and he has had a very special place in my heart ever since, Dudamel said. In light of the L.A. Philharmonics 2012 Mahler Project, the orchestra will collaborate with partner orchestra Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra to bring to life the work of Tchaikovsky during their series beginning in February 2014. On top of a star-studded season, the Walt Disney Concert Hall is going a step further and is offering $10 tickets for select concerts throughout the season. Some of the selected dates include an All-Beethoven concert, an organ recital by Hector Oliver and a special Halloween treat: live organ accompaniment to the film The Phantom of the Opera. With some of these special offer concerts already sold out, these tickets are sure to be a hot commodity in the community. Elisa Ruiz, a graduate student studying opera performance, feels theres plenty to be excited about.

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