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posted Friday, July 5, 2013 - Volume 41 Issue 27
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Sylvester anthology is a perfect Pride accompaniment

by Albert Rodriguez - SGN A&E Writer

I wished that I'd had discovered the music of Sylvester sooner than I did, but am really glad to have been exposed to it shortly after coming out. He was a powerful voice in the LGBT music community, one of the very first openly Gay artists to break through in mainstream music, back when disco ruled the charts. Sylvester (birth name Sylvester James) was a flaming, cross-dressing queen who bravely disclosed his sexuality at a time, and in an industry, when it was still broadly unacceptable. He was an instrumental voice, both as a singer and activist, during the AIDS epidemic, which subsequently claimed his life as well.

Twenty-five years after his death, his legacy goes on. Mighty Real: Greatest Dance Hits has been released not only to commemorate his career, but also to appeal to a new generation of LGBT community members who owe a great deal of appreciation to this man, a trailblazer and an icon. The 11-track album contains both the original and an extended version of 'You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real),' along with 'Can't Stop Dancing,' 'Over and Over,' and 'I Need Somebody to Love Tonight.' Mighty Real: Greatest Dance Hits is in stores now.

SWEET TWEETS
Lady Gaga, Adam Lambert, Cyndi Lauper, Ricky Martin, Audra McDonald, and Demi Lovato were among the numerous musicians who posted reactions on social media after the Supreme Court struck down DOMA. Lambert posted a tweet that read, 'Down w/DOMA! Something to be very proud of this upcoming July 4th. We are making beautiful progress for Equality!' McDonald excitedly said on Twitter, 'Ding dong DOMA is DEAD!' Even our neighboring Canadians joined the celebration, led by Tegan and Sara, who remarked, 'AND DOWN #DOMA GOES!!! WHAT A HUGE DAY FOR AMERICA !!! CONGRATS EVERYONE!!!'

UPCOMING UP-AND-COMERS
With most of the summer concerts already announced, and taking place as we speak, it's time to concentrate on the months beyond. Among the new shows coming up later this year is Gary Clark Jr., set to appear October 6 at The Neptune. The blues-inspired musician, featured in a wonderful tribute to Buddy Guy last year during the Kennedy Center Honors, continues to promote his debut album, Blak and Blu. The Austin native recently played alongside the Rolling Stones on their most recent tour. Tickets for Clark Jr. are on sale now at www.stgpresents.org. Another new listing to share with you is Keiko Matsui, who'll return to Dimitriou's Jazz Alley for a four-night residence, August 28 through September 1. The keyboardist will unveil material from her latest recording, Soul Quest. Her original compositions are dreamy, extended pieces that often take listeners on spiritual journeys, and in concert she creates a pop-atmospheric setting that simply transports you to another dimension. For tickets, visit jazzalley.com.

THE CEILING CAN'T HOLD 'EM
I hope you got your Macklemore & Ryan Lewis tickets, because their December 12 performance at Key Arena sold out in a shorter time than a Modern Family episode. It's rumored that all tickets were gone in about 15 minutes. The performance is the final show of a long-winded tour that's seen the Seattle pair play throughout North America, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand, as well as on high-profile broadcasts such as the MTV Movie Awards. Closer to the concert date, go online to www.aeglive.com for possible last-minute-released tickets.

Finally, look for an artist interview announcement next week here in The Music Lounge.

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