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La Festa Italiana Set for Labor Day Weekend in Scranton

 SCRANTON, Pa.— Great food, live entertainment and fun for everyone are on the menu for the annual La Festa Italiana to be held Saturday-Sunday-Monday of Labor Day weekend, August 30-31, September 1, 2014, on Courthouse Square in downtown Scranton. This is La Festa’s 39th year.

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Jimi Jamison, Lead Singer for Survivor, Dies at 63

Jimi Jamison, lead singer for the group Survivor, has died, according to a post on the band’s official Twitter account.

The post reads, “Survivor is very shocked & saddened by the passing of our brother Jimi Jamison. Our thoughts,love & prayers go out to his friends & family.”

Jamison’s booking manager, Sally Irwin, tells TMZ.com that the singer died Sunday night of a heart attack at the age of 63.

Jamison was a member of the band Cobra in 1984 when he joined Survivor after the group’s lead singer, David Bickler, was forced to quit due to polyps on his vocal cords. The change came after the band scored success with the Rocky 3 track “Eye of the Tiger.”

According to Rolling Stone, Jamison recorded three albums with Survivor. He was the lead singer on the songs “Burning Heart” from the movie Rocky 4 and “The Moment of Truth” from the film The Karate Kid. The band also scored a hit with “Is This Love.”

Jamison also co-wrote and recorded the song “I’m Always Here,” which became the theme song for the TV series Baywatch.

Survivor broke up in 1989, but got back together in 1993 with Bickler as the lead singer. The band became embroiled in legal tussles when Jamison toured under the Survivor name. After a series of lawsuits, the parties eventually made amends and Survivor began touring with both Bickler and Jamison.

According to the band’s official Facebook page, the group performed Saturday night in Morgan Hill, California.

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Sting Set to Perform at NYC Concert Supporting Equality for LGBT Community

Image Courtesy of Patti HintonSting is among the stars who will perform at a September 15 fundraising event in New York City supporting organizations and activists fighting for the rights of those who identify themselves as either lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or intersex (LGBTI). Uprising of Love: A Benefit Concert for Global Equality will be held at the Gershwin Theatre, and will feature a variety of artists and speakers from around the world sharing inspiring songs and stories.

Proceeds from the show will benefit the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice’s Fueling the Frontlines campaign. The organization is committed to improvement of the LGBTI community’s rights throughout the world.

The concert, which also will feature an appearance by Broadway legend Patti Lupone, is timed to coincide with the meeting of the United Nations General Assembly and the Clinton Global Initiative to bring attention to the equality issue. Visit UprisingofLove.org for more information.

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Founding Jethro Tull Bassist Glenn Cornick Dies at 67

Jethro Tull; Glenn Cornick, far right (Chrysalis Records Ltd.)Glenn Cornick, Jethro Tull‘s original bass player, died Thursday at his home in Hilo, Hawaii. He was 67. The British-born musician’s family told The New York Times that the cause of death was congestive heart failure.

Cornick appeared on Jethro Tull’s first three studio albums, 1968′s This Was, 1969′s Stand Up and 1970′s Benefit and played on the group’s early tours. He exited the band in 1971, after forming the group Wild Turkey and before Tull recorded of its classic 1971 album Aqualung. Prior to Jethro Tull’s formation, Cornick played with frontman Ian Anderson and the band’s founding guitarist Mick Abrahams in the John Evan Band.

After Wild Turkey disbanded in 1974, Cornick played in the short-lived group Paris with ex-Fleetwood Mac singer/guitarist Bob Welch.

Anderson paid tribute to Cornick in a message posted on Jethro Tull’s official website. “Glenn was a man of great bonhomie and ready to befriend anyone — especially fellow musicians, wrote the singer. “Always cheerful, he brought to the early stage performances of Tull a lively bravado both as a personality and a musician…His background in the beat groups of the North of England and his broad knowledge of music were always helpful in establishing the arrangements of the early Tull.”

Anderson also noted that Cornick continued to play music with various groups throughout his life, and pointed out that he frequently took part in Tull fan conventions, “where he would join in with gusto to rekindle the musical moments of the early repertoire.”

Cornick is survived by his wife, Brigitte, and three children — son Drew, daughter Molly and son Alex.

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Founding Jethro Tull Bassist Glenn Cornick Dies at 67

Jethro Tull; Glenn Cornick, far right (Chrysalis Records Ltd.)Glenn Cornick, Jethro Tull‘s original bass player, died Thursday at his home in Hilo, Hawaii. He was 67. The British-born musician’s family told The New York Times that the cause of death was congestive heart failure.

Cornick appeared on Jethro Tull’s first three studio albums, 1968′s This Was, 1969′s Stand Up and 1970′s Benefit and played on the group’s early tours. He exited the band in 1971, after forming the group Wild Turkey and before Tull recorded of its classic 1971 album Aqualung. Prior to Jethro Tull’s formation, Cornick played with frontman Ian Anderson and the band’s founding guitarist Mick Abrahams in the John Evan Band.

After Wild Turkey disbanded in 1974, Cornick played in the short-lived group Paris with ex-Fleetwood Mac singer/guitarist Bob Welch.

Anderson paid tribute to Cornick in a message posted on Jethro Tull’s official website. “Glenn was a man of great bonhomie and ready to befriend anyone — especially fellow musicians, wrote the singer. “Always cheerful, he brought to the early stage performances of Tull a lively bravado both as a personality and a musician…His background in the beat groups of the North of England and his broad knowledge of music were always helpful in establishing the arrangements of the early Tull.”

Anderson also noted that Cornick continued to play music with various groups throughout his life, and pointed out that he frequently took part in Tull fan conventions, “where he would join in with gusto to rekindle the musical moments of the early repertoire.”

Cornick is survived by his wife, Brigitte, and three children — son Drew, daughter Molly and son Alex.

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Get Texts from, Tune In for Bret Michaels & Other Stars on Today’s MDA Telethon

Image Courtesy of Muscular Dystrophy AssociationJust a reminder that Poison frontman Bret Michaels is among the stars who will appear on the MDA Show of Strength Telethon, benefiting the Muscular Dystrophy Association. The two-hour broadcast starts tonight at 9 p.m. ET on ABC. But if you don’t want to sit through the whole thing waiting for your favorite celebrities, don’t worry: they’ll text you.

If you go to MDA.org right now and register at the Telethon Star Tracker, you’ll be able to select which stars you’re interested in seeing during the broadcast, and you’ll receive a text alerting you that they’re coming up so you can turn on the TV then.

Michaels is one of the many music artists that will be giving “one-of-a-kind” performances of their songs on the telecast. Other performers include Josh Groban, Aloe Blacc, Jason Derulo, Matt Nathanson, American Authors and country stars Rascal Flatts and LeAnn Rimes.

The telethon also will feature a bevy of celebrity presenters including Fall Out Boy‘s Pete Wentz, Brad Paisley, Kesha, Jordin Sparks and Ludacris, as well as Alyssa Milano, Nashville’s Charles Esten, Tom Bergeron and more. In addition, five families will share their stories of what it’s like to live with muscular dystrophy.

You can call, text or donate online at MDA.org. This is the 49th installment of the telethon: The first one aired in 1966, on a single TV station in New York City. It’s since become the most successful fundraising event in TV history.

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Turtles Hits Get Boxed in New Vinyl Singles Collection

FloEdCo/Manifesto RecordsThe music of the legendary 1960s pop-rock group The Turtles will be celebrated with a special box set featuring a series of 7-inch vinyl discs boasting the band’s biggest hits. The Turtles 45 RPM Vinyl Singles Collection, which will be released on September 16, will include eight discs boasting a total of 16 tunes.

Among the songs featured are all five of The Turtles’ top 10 singles, including the 1967 chart-topper “Happy Together”; “She’d Rather Be with Me,” which reached #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 that same year; and the group’s first hit, a 1965 cover of Bob Dylan’s “It Ain’t Me Babe” that peaked at #8.

The collection also features several gems from the Turtles catalog that weren’t hits, including the Warren Zevon-penned “Outside Chance” from 1966 and 1969′s “Love in the City,” which was produced by The KinksRay Davies.

After the original Turtles broke up in 1970, founding members Mark Volman and Howard Kaylan — a.k.a Flo and Eddie — briefly joined Frank Zappa‘s Mothers of Invention and also established themselves as premiere session singers. In recent years, they’ve been performing under the name The Turtles Featuring Flo & Eddie and headlining the annual Happy Together Tour.

Here’s the track list for the 45 RPM Vinyl Singles Collection:

“It Ain’t Me Babe”/”You Don’t Have to Walk in the Rain”
“Let Me Be”/”Love in the City”
“You Baby”/”You Know What I Mean”
“Happy Together”/”Grim Reaper of Love”
“She’d Rather Be with Me”/”Story of Rock and Roll”
“She’s My Girl”/”Can’t I Get to Know You Better”
“Elenore”/”Outside Chance”
“You Showed Me”/”Sound Asleep”

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