Over the course of 50 years in music, first as one half of folk-rock duo Simon & Garfunkel and later as a solo performer, Paul Simon has earned praise for his intelligent yet accessible songwriting and for introducing elements of world music to American listeners. His songs defined a generation and gave hope to people during the tumultuous ‘60s. Simon & Garfunkel often found themselves in the No. 1 spot on the U.S. singles charts with hits like "The Sound of Silence," "Mrs. Robinson," and "Bridge Over Troubled Water." After the duo split in 1970, Paul recorded a string of highly acclaimed solo albums, most notably 1986’s “Graceland.” Paul has earned 12 Grammys, including a Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2001, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Earning a massive grassroots following with their infectious sound and underlying message of positivity, 311 has sold over 9 million albums. The band from Omaha, which fuses rock with hip-hop and reggae grooves, is made up of Nick Hexum, SA Martinez, Tim Mahoney, Chad Sexton and P-Nut. 311 have released eleven studio albums. 9 of their albums have reached the Top 10 on Billboard's Top 200 Album Chart and nine of their singles have reached the Top 10 on Billboard's Alternative-Rock Radio Chart (including the #1 singles Down, Love Song & Don't Tread On Me, Amber, All Mixed Up, Come Original, Creatures For Awhile, Hey You and Sunset in July). Singer Nick Hexum ends each show with the words, “Stay positive and love your life.”
Unlike many of their contemporaries, 98 Degrees was no cookie-cutter boy band. The group formed all on their own, with no label bigwig or record exec pulling the strings, and they personally wrote most of their own music. Consisting of singers Nick and Drew Lachey, Justin Jeffre, and Jeff Timmons, the quartet first broke through in 1997 when they signed with Motown Records (a testament to the band’s R&B legitimacy) and soon delivered a successful self-titled debut album. The band’s second album, “98 Degrees and Rising,” solidified them as a leader in the pop-R&B sound of the early 2000s. Powered by massive hit singles like “Because of You” and “The Hardest Thing,” the album would go on to be certified 4x platinum. In 2012, 98 Degrees reunited for a one-time performance at the Mixtape Festival in Hershey, PA, which eventually led to a brand new album. In 2016 the boys turned up the heat once again for the first ever MY2K Tour, with guests Ryan Cabrera, O-Town, and Dream. Last year they embarked upon their 98 Degrees At Christmas Holiday tour with a new Holiday record, and they'll be going out again this 2018 holiday season.
Aaron Carter is a singer, actor, and dancer who became one of pop music’s most recognizable teen idols in the late ‘90s and early 2000s. Performing since he was just 7 years old, Aaron hit worldwide stardom after opening for his brother Nick Carter and The Backstreet Boys. His second album, “Aaron’s Party (Come Get It),” sold three million copies and was certified platinum three times over. In 2001, he followed up his success with “Oh Aaron,” which reached #7 on the Billboard 200. After several years of one-off performances, in 2015 Aaron announced he had begun work on his highly anticipated fifth studio album, “LØVË.”
After wowing the world during his time on American Idol, Adam Lambert released his debut album ‘For Your Entertainment’ which saw him get his first Grammy nomination. His second album 'Trespassing' broke records as he became the first ‘out’ artist to hit number 1 on the Billboard chart in the US, and his latest album ’The Original High’ was a top 3 worldwide album which took his career sales to over 3 million and was supported by a worldwide tour. Adam's side by side career as Queen’s lead singer has seen him tour the world with the legendary British band garnering rave reviews worldwide.
The band Against Me! began as an anarchist solo act in Gainesville, Florida in 1997. A few years later, after transforming into a traditional four-piece and establishing themselves as a driving force in the punk scene, Against Me! has elevated their musical success with the collaboration of vocalist Laura Jane Grace, guitarist James Bowman, bassist Inge Johansson, and drummer Atom Willard. After the release of their album “White Crosses,” vocalist Grace went through an intense soul-searching phase and eventually decided to transition, going public with the gender dysphoria she had been dealing with since childhood, with the release of the band’s sixth album, “Transgender Dysphoria Blues,” which was met with critical and commercial acclaim. In 2017, Against Me! can be seen touring in countries across Europe and major cities across the U.S.
Alan & Marilyn Bergman
Few American lyricists have experienced the sustained success of Alan and Marilyn Bergman. Married for over 60 years and writing music together for over 50, the duo has created themes to numerous acclaimed TV shows, musicals, and films. Their original compositions have been sung by the likes of Frank Sinatra, Rosemary Clooney, Tony Bennett, and Fred Astaire. Alan and Marilyn have won three Academy Awards for Best Original Song, including for 1974’s “The Way We Were" made famous by Barbra Streisand. It was ranked No. 8 on AFI's list of the top 100 greatest songs in American cinema. In 1980 they were inducted together into the Songwriters' Hall of Fame.
Alexander Jean is the moniker of BC Jean and Mark Ballas, a singer-songwriter duo from Los Angeles. The latter is a musician and two-time champion on “Dancing with the Stars,” and the former famously wrote Beyonce’s hit single “If I Were A Boy.” Together, Alexander Jean is making some of the most sincere music in pop today. The group recently released their debut EP “Head High,” which opened at number one on the iTunes chart. Their first single, the power pop ballad “Roses and Violets,” hit number one on the same chart and landed in the Top 20 on Billboard’s Hot 100 “Bubbling Under” chart. This summer they’ll wrap up their highly successful Head High tour.
Singer, Song-Writer & Producer
Alicia Keys is a 15-time Grammy® Award-winning singer, songwriter, and producer, a New York Times best-selling author, an entrepreneur and a powerful force in the world of philanthropy and in the global fight against HIV and AIDS. On November 4th, 2016, Keys released her powerful and critically-acclaimed new sixth studio album, HERE, on RCA Records. Keys became a Coach on NBC’s The Voice for its 11th season and returned as a Coach on the hit show’s 12th season with Gwen Stefani, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton. As a devoted and influential activist, in September 2014, Keys launched We Are Here, a movement that empowers the global community around a host of issues and initiatives building a better world where all people are heard, respected, equal, and treated with dignity. Alicia is also the co-founder of Keep a Child Alive (KCA), a non-profit organization that partners with grass-roots organizations to combat the physical, social, and economic impact of HIV on children, their families and their communities in Africa and India.
On July 18, 2015, over two dozen of rock’s most accomplished musicians gathered for one epic night of music. The All-Star Jam rocked the Redballs Rock And Roll Pizza in Los Angeles with performances from Bon Jovi guitarist Phil X, former Megadeth drummer Nick Menza, Ace Frehley drummer Matt Starr, original Anthrax vocalist Neil Turbin, Dennis DeYoung guitarist August Zadra, and more. Money was raised for the Rock Against MS Foundation, helping to provide daily care, quality of life needs, and emergency funding for people with multiple sclerosis.
ALT 98.7 Summer Camp Concert
The third annual ALT 98.7 Summer Camp Concert kicks off on August 19, 2017, at the famous Queen Mary Events Park in Long Beach, CA. Featuring the most talked-about new artists from indie rock to electronic, this year’s event brings together performances from Foster The People, The Head And The Heart, HAIM, Bleachers, Lord Huron, Sir Sly, Vance Joy, Magic Giant, Youngr and Beth Ditto.
A multimedia powerhouse, Angie Martinez is the reigning queen of radio and quickly becoming an empire in her own right. With nearly 20 years of on-air experience, the Power 105.1 host is also a New York Times best selling author, actress, television host, recording artist, brand spokesperson and activist for youth and health awareness.
Ani DiFranco is a Grammy-winning singer-songwriter and feminist icon. Since the early ‘90s, she has written and played songs at intimate shows, attracting a loyal fan base through word of mouth. She has also become an indie hero, having founded her own company Righteous Babe to distribute her songs and to retain her creative freedom. Over the last 25 years, Ani has released more than 20 studio albums. Many of her songs confront racism (“Trickle Down”) and address topics including gun control (“In or Out”) and sexual freedom. Outside of her music, Ani is a dedicated activist, supporting causes ranging from abortion access to gay rights.
Singer & Actress
Few teen stars emerge from their early successes as self-driven and naturally gifted as Ariana Grande. After breaking out as Cat Valentine on the Nickelodeon show Victorious (and its spinoff Sam & Cat), Ariana found her calling as a pop diva. And what a voice it is—when synced with her blend of electronic dance music and contemporary soul, it puts fans into a dance frenzy. Ariana’s second album, My Everything, spent 34 continuous weeks in the top ten of Billboard Hot 100 and had the most Top 10 singles of any artist in 2014. This August, Ariana released her fourth studio album Sweetener, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200.
Ashlee Simpson & Evan Ross
America fell in love with Ashlee Simpson the moment she stepped into the spotlight. In 2004, she became one of the biggest names in pop music with the release of her debut album “Autobiography.” It debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 album chart and went on to sell over five million copies worldwide. Just a year later she would release her second album “I Am Me,” also a No. 1 hit. At the same time Ashlee appeared in her own reality series on MTV, “The Ashlee Simpson Show.” Now a mother of two, Ashlee is back to conquer pop music. Alongside her new husband Evan Ross she currently stars in “Ashlee + Evan” on the E! network. The duo will release their debut album together in 2019.
Evan Ross is an actor, singer, and son of Supremes legend Diana Ross. He has appeared in several films and TV shows, including “ATL” alongside rapper T.I., “CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story,” and “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1” and “Part 2.” For his role in “96 Minutes,” he received the SXSW Competition Award for Breakthrough Performance. In 2014 he married singer-songwriter Ashlee Simpson. The duo, who currently star in the E! reality series “Ashlee + Evan,” will release their debut album together in 2019.