4 Musical Divas on Tour This Year

What else can compare to a experiencing a musical artist live in concert in her prime? If you’re the type who loves the pop music and female singers, we have a list for you! There are four women in particular who are touring this year, and each one is a musical powerhouse in her own right.

Some may even call these four people ‘divas’, but in the most complimentary of ways. Let’s define a musical diva as a woman pop star singer who sell millions of records and sells out concert venues whenever they tour. Four such people are all touring this year and there’s a good chance one or more will be performing in a city near you.

Celine Dion

Celine Dion

The Canadian pop diva Celine Dion just finished a residency in Las Vegas and announced a world tour for 2019-2020. The name of it is the ‘Courage World Tour’ and will be stopping in cities across Canada and the U.S.

The Courage World Tour is the fourteenth concert tour by Canadian singer Celine Dion, in support of her upcoming English-language studio album, Courage, scheduled for release in November 2019. This will be Dion’s first world tour in over a decade, since her Taking Chances World Tour and will mark her long-awaited return to North American arenas. The tour will begin in Quebec City, Canada on 18 September 2019. Other notable cities Celine will be in include Charlotte, Houston, Tulsa, and Montreal.

Jennifer Lopez

It’s My Party is the fourth concert tour by JLo. The tour was announced during her appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show of February of 2019. The North American leg of the tour began on June 7, 2019, in Inglewood and is scheduled to end on July 27, 2019, in Miami, after performing 31 shows in Canada and the United States. Lopez will then perform five international shows, starting in Tel Aviv on August 1, 2019, and ending in Saint Petersburg on August 11, 2019.

Madonna

Madonna

One of the truest of true divas alive today is Madonna, the diva’s diva. And she is still going strong with her decades-spanning career. Madame X Tour is the upcoming eleventh concert tour by  Madonna, in support of her fourteenth studio album Madame X (2019). Currently consisting of 81 dates, the all-theatre tour is scheduled to begin on September 12, 2019, in New York City, and end on March 4, 2020, in Paris. The tour is managed by Maverick and Live Nation Entertainment.

What’s different about this tour is that Madonna is setting up shop so to speak in each city, playing numerous shows in a row before packing up and going to the next city. So there are precious few cities on this tour in America (right now). They include: Brooklyn, Chicago, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Boston, Philadelphia and Miami Beach.

Ariana Grande

Ariana Grande

The youngest diva on our list, and one some may argue is not in the same ‘diva’ category, is pop singer Ariana Grande. And now fans can see her in concert on her new 2019 tour. The Sweetener World Tour is the fourth concert tour by Ariana Grande, in support of her fourth and fifth studio albums, Sweetener (2018)[ and Thank U, Next (2019). The tour began on March 18, 2019 in Albany, New York, and is set to conclude on December 21, 2019 in Inglewood, California. Here is a setlist from Ariana Grande’s Sweetener Tour thanks to PopBuzz.

Ariana Grande Sweetener Tour Set List:

1. raindrops (an angel cried)
2. God is a woman
3. bad idea
4. break up with your girlfriend, i’m bored
5. R.E.M.
6. be alright
7. sweetener
8. successful
9. Side to Side
10. bloodline
11. 7 rings
12. Love Me Harder
13. breathin’
14. needy
15. fake smile
16. make up
17. Right There
18. You’ll Never Know
19. Break Your Heart Right Back
20. NASA
21. goodnight ‘n go
22. in my head (Interlude)
23. everytime
24. One Last Time
25. the light is coming
26. Into You
27. Dangerous Woman
28. Break Free
29. no tears left to cry
30. thank u, next

Going to a Concert in the Autumn .

When the air is cooler and smells like crisp sour apples, you will know that fall has arrived. Fall season starts in September and ends in December. There are plenty of activities that you can do, and that includes going to a concert.

Here’s a brief guide to attending a Fall concert. To view a complete guide to seeing and planning a concert in the Fall of 2018, go here.

Planning Your Fall Concert

It can be hard deciding which concert to attend so here are some tips.

Decide which musical genre and artist you like first. Go to your favorite artist’s website. It will show you the upcoming concert tour and schedule (if they are planning on touring). You may also want to check out your favorite artist or band’s social media presence such as their Twitter feed or Facebook page for upcoming tour information. You can also check out the top 20 autumn national concert tours in 2018 here.

What To Bring and Not Bring

To Bring:

  • Tickets – Without this, there will be no concert for you.
  • Wallet and ID – You must have these in case of emergency situations.
  • Fully charged phone – You will be taking a lot of pictures, so make sure you have a fully charged phone.

Not to Bring

  • Jewelry
  • A large bag
  • Dangerous Objects
  • Weapons

What to Wear

  • Comfortable and fashionable – hit that sweet spot and you’re good to go!

Fall Festivals

Here are some of the festivals this Fall 2018.

  • Austin City Limits 2018 – October 5 – 7 and 12-14 in Austin City, Texas
  • Grandoozy – September 14-16 in Overland, Denver
  • Hear.Now. Festival – September 29-30 at North Beach of Asbury Park, Asbury, New Jersey.
  • Voodoo Music + Arts Experience – The Voodoo Music + Arts Experience is now in its 17th year in New Orleans.

Halloween Night Concerts

There are a lot of things to do on Halloween. Usually people go trick or treating or go to a party. Maybe even a costume party? But did you ever consider going to a concert on Halloween night? It can be the perfect night out. Dress up and enjoy Halloween night in a unique way by seeing a live show.

You will definitely look forward to your next Halloween once you attend a Halloween Concert. These are the artists that will be performing on Halloween Night on October 31.

  • Backstreet Boys at Planet Hollywood’s Zappos Theatre in Las Vegas
  • Celine Dion at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas
  • Danzig at the Fillmore in Denver
  • Phish at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas
  • Lady Gaga at Park Theater, Park MGM, Las Vegas.

For a full list of concert tours and festivals this fall, go here.

James Taylor and The Beatles, the Connection

When you see James Taylor in concert, you’ll be experiencing more than a performance from a great talent.

You’ll be seeing one of the bestselling artists of all-time and a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of fame.

You’ll get to hear one of popular music’s best male voices.

You’ll be seeing the man who didn’t invent, but defined and popularized the “singer-songwriter” meme. You know that guy who sings and plays guitar at your local coffee shop? He’s doing James Taylor.

Bottom line, you’ll be seeing a living legend.

James Taylor Carly Simon, Yoko Ono and John Lennon in New York City on January 18, 1977. From http://www.meetthebeatlesforreal.com/2014/09/john-james-carly-and-yoko.html

You’ll also be seeing a performer who has a direct connection to the greatest popular music act the Earth has ever known, The Beatles.

In the late 1960s, drugs, depression, and vocal cord surgery forced James Taylor to seek a change of scenery. The North Carolinian moved to England.

There, he recorded a demo. A friend of a friend was able to get that demo to Peter Asher. At the time, Asher was the head of A&R (artists and repertoire) at Apple Records.

For those of you who don’t know your Fab Four history, that was The Beatles record label.

Asher played Taylor’s demo to Paul McCartney and George Harrison. They loved what they heard and James Taylor became the first non-British artist signed to Apple Records and Peter Asher became his manager. James Taylor has been performing live concerts and making albums ever since.

The Beatles

Taylor recorded what would be his first album in late summer and early fall of 1968. He was recording the album at the same time The Beatles were recording The White Album—no pressure there.

McCartney played bass and Harrison added backing vocals (although he didn’t receive a credit) on Taylor’s classic “Carolina in My Mind.”

During the recording of his debut album, Taylor began using heroin and methedrine… again. He went back to rehab and eventually into a psychiatric treatment facility located in Stockbridge, Massachusetts.

He was hospitalized when Apple released his album (December of 1968 in the UK and February of 1969 in the United States). Critics loved his debut platter but his inability to promote it, because he was hospitalized, hurt sales.

Then, in late 1969, he broke both hands and feet in a motorcycle accident. Despite the injury, and being unable to perform, he signed with Warner Bros. Records.

His association with The Beatles was over.

There’s another direct Taylor-Beatles connection. One of the songs on the demo given to Paul and George was “Something in the Way She Moves.”

George used the title as the first line of his song “Something.” George’s song eventually went to number one.

Taylor never thought George plagiarized him. He also says the ending of “Something in the Way She Moves” borrows from the ending of The Beatles “I Feel Fine.”

In the words of JT, “What goes around comes around.”

James Taylor in the seats at Fenway Park

It’s not a direct connection to The Beatles but it is a connection to John Lennon and the darkest day in rock history.

In December of 1980, Taylor lived in the building next to John Lennon and heard the five shots fired during the assassination. Even more disturbing, Taylor had a run-in with Lennon’s killer, Mark David Chapman, the day before.

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