Legendary Bluesman Johnny Winter Dies in Switzerland at Age 70

Johnny Winter
Johnny Winter
By A.D. AMOROSI

This summer has not been kind to musical legends. In June, we lost heavenly vocalist Jimmy Scott and New Age pioneer Paul Horn. In the first weeks of July we've seen the deaths of jazz bassist extraordinaire Charlie Haden and drummer/producer Thomas Erdelyi, a man known best by his stage name Tommy Ramone. To hear now that Texas bluesman Johnny Winter died on July 16 in Zurich, Switzerland, is yet another devastating loss. We are saddened by the passing of all of these of musical greats.

Serrano Restaurant and Ranch Road Taco Shop Join Forces for Pop-up

Pomegranate Guacamole from Ranch Road Taco Shop
Pomegranate Guacamole from Ranch Road Taco Shop
By REESE AMOROSI

Meghan Carnevale may have learned to love food while hanging in her Italian grandmother’s kitchen, but it was while living in the South of France for a year that she took her craft to the next level. That Carnevale successfully experimented with Mexican tastes and spices (at the urging of her Texas-born husband) while in France set the stage for her Philly-based food truck, Ranch Road Taco Shop. Starting on July 16, she brings Ranch Road's Mexican street food to Old City Philadelphia’s Serrano Restaurant with drink pairings to go with her cuisine.

America Celebrates National Fried Chicken Day - Sunday, July 6

Fried chicken from Federal Donuts in Philadelphia, PA
Fried chicken from Federal Donuts in Philadelphia, PA
By A.D. AMOROSI

With Sunday, July 6 being National Fried Chicken Day, it’s hard to think about much of anything else. Good weather. Great friends. Wild entertainment. Fantastic health and wealth. Nah. Our thoughts are with deep fried birds and whatever we can find to eat with it.

Cliff Richard Playing Free NYC Show in Place of Canceled Morrissey Gig

Sir Cliff Richard
Sir Cliff Richard
By A.D. AMOROSI

Morrissey hasn’t had the best time, as of late. After bouts of pneumonia in 2013, he canceled an upcoming US tour on the eve of releasing his new World Peace is None of Your Business and re-releasing 1994’s Vauxhall and I due to a wicked cold he caught from his longtime opening act Kristeen Young. To add insult to injury, Young and producer Tony Visconti wrote mean Facebook posts dissing their old pal. But several of Morrissey’s friends came to his defense, including two band members (Jesse Tobias and Boz Boorer) and, more importantly, Sir Cliff Richard, who steps into the breach June 21, speaking with podcaster Phillip Silverstone and playing a free show in NYC that was supposed to be his opening gig for Morrissey.

MoMA Announces Multi-media Björk Exhibition for 2015

Björk
MoMA will launch a Björk exhibition in March of 2015
By A.D. AMOROSI

New York City’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) and Icelandic composer, vocalist and artist Björk have announced a full-scale retrospective exhibition dedicated to the breadth of her career in music, film, costume, performance and computer graphics. The MoMA exhibition opens on March 7, 2015, and runs through June 7, 2015.

Jennifer Weiner Launches Tour for New Book 'All Fall Down'

Author Jennifer Weiner
Jennifer Weiner
By A.D. AMOROSI

Jennifer Weiner made her name with her first two novels, Good in Bed (2001) and In Her Shoes (2002), the latter made more famous by its film version starring Cameron Diaz. Although the Philadelphia native's immediate follow-ups Little Earthquakes (2004) and Goodnight Nobody (2005) didn’t earn similar critical acclaim, they were popular with readers and made the New York Times Best Seller lists. The prolific Weiner (with six more books after those first four) just released her newest and possibly best novel, All Fall Down (Atria Books, June 17, 2014), and is touring both coasts starting with June 19’s twin events at the Princeton Public Library at noon and the Philadelphia Free Library’s main branch at 7 PM.

Federal Donuts, Broad Street Ministry Launch Rooster Soup Co. Kickstarter

Chef Michael Solomonov
Chef Michael Solomonov
By A.D. AMOROSI

Nationally renowned, James Beard Award nominated, Philadelphia-based chef Michael Solomonov is launching a Kickstarter campaign to fund Rooster Soup Company, a gourmet soup restaurant with Philly’s Broad Street Ministry’s Hospitality Collaborative. The joint venture between Solomonov – known for Zahav and his Federal Donuts chain – and Bill Golderer’s Broad Street Ministry (BSM) will be the first crowd-funded restaurant in Philadelphia directing 100% of net profits to a nonprofit partner. “This story is about business and dreamers, Jewish and Christian, everyone,” says Golderer. The Rooster Soup Company Kickstarter begins June 11, and the target is $150,000.

Interview - Steve Landes of 'Rain: A Tribute to The Beatles'

Steve Landes as John Lennon in Rain: A Tribute to The Beatles
Steve Landes as John Lennon in Rain: A Tribute to The Beatles
By A.D. AMOROSI

RAIN: A Tribute to the Beatles has long been a favorite of fans of the Fab Four with its sonic and visual recreations of the band’s finest moments. During this, The Beatles’ 50th anniversary of its American stage debut, RAIN ups its game even further with new set pieces, new LED hi-def screens, streamlined video content, and newly added classics. Starting June 10 in Newark, NJ (New Jersey Performing Arts Center), before heading to Philly (June 11 to 15 at The Academy of Music), Providence, RI (June 18 at Providence Performing Arts Center) and additional stops across the country, the RAIN shows with Steve Landes as “John Lennon” never cease to amaze.

King Crimson Announces Tour Schedule for Fall 2014

King Crimson graphic
King Crimson will tour in the Fall of 2014
By A.D. AMOROSI

When King Crimson returns to the stage this autumn after six years of being away, its shows won’t be a run-of-the-mill reunion of a one-time super-group touring to rehash old memories; innovative guitarist Robert Fripp wouldn’t hear of it. Instead, Fripp, the mind behind the King since 1969, wrote in his public diary that “King Crimson VIII is… a very different reformation to what has gone before: seven players, four English and three American, with three drummers.”

Caleb Johnson Crowned American Idol Winner; Album Scheduled for August

American Idol winner Caleb Johnson
American Idol winner Caleb Johnson's album will be released on August 12, 2014
By REESE AMOROSI

In a showdown that host Ryan Seacrest dubbed the "Wild Card versus the Wild Child," Ashville, NC rocker Caleb Johnson, age 23, was crowned the winner of American Idol season 13. The 1st runner-up was Farmington Hills, MI's Jena Irene, age 17, who was the show's second "Wild Card" contestant to make it to the grand finale, the first being Clay Aiken in season 2 (Aiken made news this week when he won the NC Democratic congressional primary). Following his win, Caleb has a full schedule including television appearances, American Idol's 41-city tour and the release of his self-titled album (19 Recordings/Interscope Records) on August 12.

Maks Chmerkovskiy and Meryl Davis Win 'Dancing with the Stars'

Maks Chmerkovskiy and Meryl Davis, winners of Dancing with the Stars
Maks Chmerkovskiy and Meryl Davis, winners of Dancing with the Stars
By REESE AMOROSI

Pro dancer Maksim "Maks" Chmerkovskiy and his celebrity partner, Olympic champion Meryl Davis, have been crowned the winners of Dancing with the Stars (DWTS) season 18. Pro Derek Hough and athlete Amy Purdy took second place; pro Mark Ballas and actress Candace Cameron Bure came in third. Maks and Meryl, who were noted throughout the season for their technical prowess and smoldering "are-they-or-aren't-they" chemistry, were awarded the coveted Mirrorball Trophy at the end of the show's star-studded, two-hour finale. Maks has competed on 13 seasons of DWTS; this was his first win.

With Made in America Festival Lineup Coming Soon, Rumors Abound - UPDATED

Made in America graphic
2014's Made in America festival is in Philly and LA over the Labor Day weekend
By A.D. AMOROSI

When we last reported news about the 2014 Made in America festival – the newly bicoastal Labor Day weekend concert started by Jay Z, Live Nation and Budweiser – rumors about the lineups for Philadelphia and Los Angeles were rampant, and Glamorosi Magazine sources hinted that an Eminem and Rihanna pairing, OutKast, and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers might be in the mix. Now, with the Made in America 3 (MIA3) lineups coming soon, additional rumors find names like Frank Ocean, Coldplay, Foo Fighters and Wu-Tang Clan at the top of the list.

Lee Daniels' Upcoming 'Empire' TV Series for Fox Inspires Rally

L to R - Robert X. Golphin, Sharon Pinkenson, Lee Daniels
L to R - Robert X. Golphin, Sharon Pinkenson, Lee Daniels
By A.D. AMOROSI

Lee Daniels' work as film producer and director on The Butler, Monster’s Ball and Precious made him a household name. To Philadelphians though, he’s a native of this city and a local guy who made good. Daniels is continuing his successful run in 2014 as his dramatic, hip hop business television series Empire, starring fellow local Terrence Howard, just got picked up by the Fox network and is currently filming in Chicago, despite its Philly back-story. With that, the Greater Philadelphia Film Office (GPFO) – spearheaded by Sharon Pinkenson – held a rally on the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art on May 13 to ask Daniels to film Empire in his hometown.

Interview: Kandi Burruss on Mama Joyce and 'A Mother's Love'

Kandi Burruss (center) and the cast of A Mother's Love
Kandi Burruss (center) and the cast of A Mother's Love
By A.D. AMOROSI

Kandi Burruss is having a great season. Along with being known as the most successful and sensible member of Bravo’s The Real Housewives of Atlanta cast, Burruss – a Grammy-winning songwriter and the CEO of the Bedroom Kandi line of sex-related products – held an invitation-only press conference to discuss the first release from her Kandi Koated Entertainment: the DVD and CD soundtrack to her musical stage show A Mother’s Love. Also, this week it was announced that her new Bravo network series, Kandi’s Wedding, will debut on June 1.

International House to Host Global Gala 'Colors of Brazil'

Glamorosi Magazine edit of Colors of Brazil poster
International House will host the Colors of Brazil gala on May 17
By REESE AMOROSI

Over the past year, Brazil's government has been participating in trade missions with American cities in order to raise its profile as a business and tourist destination. That’s perfect timing considering that Brazil will host soccer’s 2014 FIFA World Cup this June and July, and the Summer Olympics in 2016. To celebrate these trade missions, International House Philadelphia (IHP) hosts its 53rd Annual Global Gala, Colors of Brazil, on Saturday, May 17, with other Brazilian-themed events to follow. In conjunction with the Gala, an arts exhibition, “From Rio to Brotherly Love” is open at IHP now through June 30.

Dance Moms' Abby Lee Miller to Guest Judge Dancing with the Stars

Dance Moms star Abby Lee Miller
Dance Moms star Abby Lee Miller will judge on Dancing with the Stars
By REESE AMOROSI

On Monday, May 5, Dancing with the Stars (DWTS) will welcome Dance Moms star Abby Lee Miller to the panel where she'll rate the competitors along with regular judges Len Goldman, Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tonioli. Miller, one of the world's most famous dance instructors, is known for tough critiques of the girls in her Abby Lee Dance Company, and will no doubt add some lively discussion to the proceedings. It will be particularly interesting to hear her thoughts on DWTS pro dancers Derek Hough and Mark Ballas; in 2012 they posted statements on Twitter in which Hough called Miller's style "child abuse," and Ballas wrote, "Dance is meant to be fun and inspirational, not abusive."

'Dance Moms' Recap S4 E18 Girl Talk Reunion: It's a Girl Party

Chloe Lukasiak, star of Dance Moms on Lifetime TV
Chloe Lukasiak, star of Dance Moms on Lifetime TV
By REESE AMOROSI

Previously on Dance Moms, studio owner Abby Lee Miller and the adult cast sparred at a reunion show hosted by executive producer Jeff Collins. This week on Dance Moms season 4, episode 18 titled "Girl Talk," it's the dancers' turn to tell their stories and there are no moms allowed. This reunion features regulars from the Abby Lee Dance Company (ALDC) – Nia Frazier, Chloe Lukasiak, Kendall Vertes, Maddie Ziegler and Mackenzie Ziegler (Kalani Hilliker wasn't shown) – plus recurring cast members Payton Ackerman, Asia Monet Ray and Vivi-Anne Stein. This episode showcases their favorite routines, and marks the video premiere of "It's a Girl Party," the new single from Mackenzie Ziegler (aka Mack Z).

Stephen Starr Considers Opening Serpico Restaurant in NYC

Chef Peter Serpico
A.D. AMOROSI

Barely one year after getting his own first restaurant in partnership with restaurateur Stephen Starr, Chef Peter Serpico may be ready to take the plunge for a second location. This time, Serpico and Starr will venture back to Manhattan (that’s where Starr found Serpico, cooking famously for David Chang’s Momofuko), rather than the location of their first joint restaurant, Serpico on Philadelphia's world famous South Street.

Beyoncé and Jay Z Announce 'On the Run' US Stadium Tour Dates

Beyonce and Jay Z On the Run Tour Photo
Beyoncé and Jay Z will launch their 'On the Run' tour in June 2014
By A.D. AMOROSI

Several weeks ago, Glamorosi Magazine made a splash, not only with well-placed rumors about Jay Z’s upcoming Labor Day weekend twin Made in America festivals in Philadelphia and Los Angeles, but the word that Hova and his wife, Beyoncé, would start their own tour. On April 17, 2014, Glamorosi Magazine dropped potential concert dates, and then on April 28, found our reports coming true when the moneyed marrieds announced their On the Run stadium shows.

Food Network Pilot Shoots at Spitalieri's for New National Show

Joanna Spitalieri of Spitalieri's Restaurant
Joanna Spitalieri of Spitalieri's Restaurant
By A.D. AMOROSI

The Food Network just announced several new shows for 2014 including two new efforts from Bobby Flay (Flay Fit and Bobby’s Grilling Guide), Rewrapped with host Joey Fatone from N'SYNC, Rachel Ray’s The Big Tip, and The Valerie Bertinelli Project starring the "Hot in Cleveland" actress and her family’s recipes. One new program that the Food Network didn’t present during its up-fronts is an as-yet-unnamed pilot by the producers at Matador for a show following new restaurants and their openings. One of their initial pilot efforts stars Spitalieri‘s at 613 East Passyunk Avenue - right off of Philadelphia’s world famous South Street - which is due to open on April 29.

'Dance Moms' Recap S4 E17 "Seeing Red" Reunion Show

Abby Lee Miller on Dance Moms S4 E17 Seeing Red
Abby Lee Miller on Dance Moms season 4, episode 17, "Seeing Red"
By REESE AMOROSI

Previously on the Dance Moms midseason finale, we said "hello" to studio owner Abby Lee Miller's new "Junior Select Ensemble," and "goodbye" to the tumultuous first half of season 4. It didn't end with a bang though – it was, despite the mama drama (I'm looking at you, Kira and Christy with a Y) – a softer show, with members of the Abby Lee Dance Company (ALDC) offering Abby hugs following her mother's death. This week on Dance Moms season 4, episode 17 titled "Seeing Red," executive producer Jeff Collins hosts, Abby discusses her mother, the wronged moms rehash, and Christi talks about former cast member, Kelly Hyland. The ALDC performs, and rival dance teacher Cathy Nesbitt-Stein visits.

Bryan Ferry Announces Tour Dates, Plans New Album

Bryan Ferry
Bryan Ferry
By A.D. AMOROSI

Bryan Ferry – elegant front man of Roxy Music and avant-pop’s most sartorially correct singer throughout his 40-plus years in the limelight – has decided to grace North America and Europe with his presence, touring throughout the U.S. this spring (including a just-passed Coachella gig), moving on to Germany, Ireland, Denmark and Great Britain this summer, and the USA again this autumn. Plus, Ferry is bringing a string section for these gigs.  Ferry's tour dates are listed below.

Miley Cyrus Announces 'Bangerz' Tour Dates Rescheduled Due to Illness

Miley Cyrus
Miley Cyrus
By A.D. AMOROSI

Whether you love her or hate her, it's truly sad that Miley Cyrus is having the worst month ever. Along with losing her beloved dog, Floyd, Cyrus reportedly had what her publicity reps call “a severe allergic reaction” to a series of antibiotics taken to treat a sinus infection. After suffering an allergic attack on April 15, Cyrus was hospitalized and had to cancel a slew of April live dates for her platinum-plated Bangerz album, and is rescheduling them for August. On the plus side, demand for Miley is so massive, she’s added two additional dates, one in Pittsburgh, PA, and one in Chicago, IL. Cyrus' new tour schedule is listed below.

Prince Signs New Warner Brothers Deal, Releases Single 'The Breakdown'

Prince
Prince
By A.D. AMOROSI

Nearly twenty years ago, Prince wrote “SLAVE” on his forehead to protest that his longtime label, Warner Brothers, wouldn’t allow him to own the original masters (for albums like the multi-platinum Purple Rain) or release music on a more regular basis. Prince was so chuffed, he stopped recording for Warners, became "The Artist Formerly Known as Prince," and adopted a glyph in place of his name.  On April, 18, Prince and Warners kissed-and-made-up with a fresh agreement that sees the release of previously unheard music (including  a new album in 2014) and a re-mastered catalog, while giving him ownership of his master recordings. To celebrate, Prince dropped a new single, “The Breakdown,” on April 19.

UPDATED: Lifetime to Debut 'Abby's Studio Rescue' with Abby Lee Miller on June 24

Abby Lee Miller, star of Abby's Studio Rescue on Lifetime TV
Abby Lee Miller, star of Abby's Studio Rescue on Lifetime TV
By REESE AMOROSI

Dance teacher Abby Lee Miller, star of the Lifetime TV hits Dance Moms and Abby's Ultimate Dance Competition, is hitting the road for her third series, Abby's Studio Rescue. Each week, Miller will visit a dance studio facing closure, assess the situation, and then offer no-nonsense advice regarding choreography, staffing, dealing with stage moms and even renovation to help them save their business. The series currently encompasses seven one-hour shows; the first episode will premiere on Tuesday, June 24,  9 PM ET/PT (previous press releases from Lifetime had the premiere scheduled for June17, but new releases list it as June 24).  A new episode of Dance Moms will also air on June 24 at 8 PM - it appears to be a clip show in which Abby will reveal her top 10 dances. The regular season of Dance Moms begins on July 29.