Roundup: Jagger/B.B. King At White House,Gov’s Ball, Blur Win Brit Award, New Wilco Dates

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Mick Jagger, B.B. King, Jeff Beck, Buddy Guy, Keb Moe and more teamed up at The White House last night to celebrate the blues. The White House jam was part of the Obama Administration’s ongoing initiative to honor a variety of genres of music. First Lady Michelle Obama called the blues an “art form that stirs our souls, and it helps us rise above all our struggles.” The blues concert will air on PBS February 27th in recognition of Black History Month.

Governor’s Ball, the two-day music festival at Randell’s Island in New York City, has announced its lineup with a smorgasbord of indie rock including: Beck, Modest Mouse, Santigold, Built to Spill, Passion Pit and a bunch more. Tickets for the June 23, 24th blowout go on sale today.

Wilco have a slew of US dates going on sale today.

Fiona Apple has announced a six date U.S. tour with stops in: Chicago, DC, Brooklyn, Atlantic City, NY, and Boston. Tickets go on sale this week for these shows.

The reunited Blur played five songs at last night’s Brit Awards including their stadium anthem, “Song 2”. Blur picked up the award for Outstanding Contribution to Music. More big news from Blurworld, they’ll be headlining a special Olympic closing show on August 12th in Hyde Park. Roadtrip?

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Pat Ferrise grew up loving ”the punk rock” and “new wave.” His years at one of the nation’s top college radio stations ultimately led him to a 15-year run as music director of alternative music icon WHFS Washington/Baltimore. Rolling Stone magazine named him of the most influential programmers of the 90s. He’s recorded two albums under the moniker Trampoline for the now defunct SpinArt label. He lives in Baltimore and takes no credit for writing this bio.