A couple of interesting music notes to share today
Ringo Starr, who has an exhibit opening this weekend at the Grammy Museum, has announced that he is writing a children’s book based off of his Beatles tune, “Octopus’s Garden.” The question isn’t why, but why has it taken so long for this natural adaptation. By the way, Ringo’s Peace & Love exhibit is a really cool show, filled with a treasure trove memorabilia and some neat interactive features.
The quirky character comedy Waitress (directed by Adrienne Shelly who sadly was murdered before the film’s release) will be turned into a stage musical. A quite talented (and appropriately woman-centered) creative team is behind this project: singer/songwriter Sara Bareilles will do the music, Diane Paulus (who just on a Tony for Pippin) will direct and Pulitzer Prize winner Paula Vogel will do the book.
The Newport Folk Festival will head Horace Greeley’s advice and “go west.” It will stage an L.A.-based version of its festival on the Santa Monica Pier Oct. 5-6. The announced lineup for Way Over Yonder includes Conor Oberst, Neko Case, Justin Townes Earle, Shovels & Rope and more acts that add up to what would be an truly awesome musical experience. Find out more at www.wayoveryonder.net.