Dubway kicked off the new year with the legendary Ringo Starr and an episode of Live from the Artist Den. The former Beatle performed a handful of his many hits along with tracks from his new album Y Not, on Hip-O Records/Universal Music. Ben Harper was the opening act and special guest Joan Osborne joined Starr on stage to sing backup vocals on “A Little Help From My Friends.” The live concert was recorded by Dubway Studio’s staff engineer Mike Judeh. The show will air later this year on PBS.
Apple’s Live from Soho series for iTunes hosted the brilliant modern-classical-minimalist composer Philip Glass and his Glass Chamber Players. The concert featured Philip Glass, Wendy Sutter, Tim Fain, and special guest Ira Glass who performed for a packed house in the theater at the Apple Store in Soho. Dubway’s Chief Engineer Jason Marcucci tracked the concert and Mike Judeh assisted.
Also this month on the Live from Soho stage was the wonderful Corrine Bailey Rae. Ms. Bailey Raeperformed songs from her new album The Sea and is currently in the midst of a heavy tour schedule promoting the new release on EMI Records. Jason Marcucci tracked the concert and Mike Judeh assisted.
RCA recording artists The Script were guests this month on the long-running hit show MTV Unplugged. The band performed songs from their self-titled debut release and is currently on tour. Another Unplugged guest this month was the headline-grabbing Adam Lambert. The second-place winner of American Idol is currently on tour promoting his RCA album For Your Entertainment.
The much heralded Chinese classical pianist Lang Lang was in New York City to play a benefit concert for the children of Haiti at Carnegie Hall. The artist serves as a “UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador” and is raising money to help with relief efforts after the recent devastating earthquake. Dubway Studios was asked to record a private pre-show performance by Lang Lang in a small New York theater for television & Internet promotional spots to bring attention to the evening fundraiser. Dubway Chief Engineer Jason Marcucci tracked the performance and Chris Montgomery assisted.
Downtown in Soho on Apple’s Live From Soho stage, Grammy Award-winning Musical Artist Angelique Kidjo performed for a packed house. The Beninoise singer-songwriter is well-know for her diverse musical influences and activism. She campaigns for women’s rights in Africa and founded The Batonga Foundation, which gives girls a secondary school and higher education. Her long list of musical collaborations include Dave Matthews, Bono, Carlos Santana, andPeter Gabriel to name just a few. Dubway Chief Enginer Jason Marcucci tracked the performance and Mike Judeh assisted.
Also downtown, songstress VV Brown graced the Live from Soho stage performing songs from her Universal Records release Traveling Like the Light. Ms. Brown, whose songs have been featured in TV shows such as Desperate Housewives, Ugly Betty, and 90210, played to an enthusiastic crowd and included her hit song “Shark in the Water.” Jason Marcucci tracked and Mike Judeh assisted from Dubway.
Grammy-nominated R&B artist Trey Songz was the featured guest on MTV Unplugged this month and performed a stripped down set before an intimate studio audience in New York. The Virginia native showcased a number of the hits from his latest album, Ready, including a mash-up of “I Invented Sex” and Marvin Gaye’s classic “Let’s Get It On.” Dubway Studios Chief Engineer Jason Marcucci recorded the performance and Mike Judeh assisted.
Another MTV Unplugged guest this month, Grammy-winners Phoenix. The band performed songs from theirWolfgang Amadeus Phoenix album along with songs from 2006’s It’s Never Been Like That including a new take on “Long Distance Call.” Jason Marcucci tracked the taping and Mike Judeh assisted.
Dubway engineer Mike Judeh stopped byJanet Jackson’s Manhattan apartment to record an interview promoting her new film with Tyler Perry, “Why Did I Get Married Too?.” Ms. Jackson discussed the film and her upcoming concert tour.
Australian-born pop singer Daniel Merriweather was the featured guest on this month's Live From the Artists Den. Merriweather is currently on tour promoting his debut album “Love & War” on RCA/Jive. The taping took place in front of a small live audience and will air later this year on PBS. Chris Abell recorded the concert.
Over on the Live From Soho stage for Apple iTunes was the hip-hop duo Reflection Eternal. The duo are currently touring to promote their new “Revolutions per Minute” release on Warner Brothers Records. Another duo and guest of the series this month, Nuttin but Stringz. Juilliard School of Music trained brothers Tourie and Damien Escobar play a unique blend of classical, pop, rock, & hip-hop with strings. Jason Marcucci tracked the performance and Mike Judeh assisted.