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Sunday Oct 02, 2011
Sting Celebrates 25 Years as a Solo Artist and his 60th Birthday with a Charitable Concert at the Beacon Theatre in NYC to Benefit the Robin Hood Foundation
By Oracle OpenWorld Blog Staff on Oct 02, 2011
Saturday October 1, on the eve of his 60th birthday and right before
Oracle OpenWorld commences, Sting will perform a benefit concert at the
Beacon Theatre in New York City. Then he'll perform at the Oracle Appreciation Event on October 5! The benefit is for the Robin Hood Foundation in New York City. He'll be
joined by special guest performers including Bruce Springsteen, Lady
Gaga, Billy Joel, Will.i.am, and many more. Sting said, “The show is
both a celebration and chance to give back.”
Thursday Sep 29, 2011
By Oracle OpenWorld Blog Staff on Sep 29, 2011
Get Ready to Dance to 2 Tone Ska at the Oracle Appreciation Event
The English Beat emerged into the post-punk music scene of the 80s, headed up by Dave Wakeling on vocals and guitar. Wakeling played with The English Beat through three hit albums and with General Public, which produced two best-selling albums. And now he's going to rock the Oracle Appreciation Event Wednesday, October 5.
Wednesday Sep 21, 2011
By Oracle OpenWorld Blog Staff on Sep 21, 2011
By Tom Caldecott
Rock Out at the Site of the 1939–1940 World’s Fair
When you step onto Treasure Island for the Oracle Appreciation Event on Wednesday, October 5, 2011, you'll follow in the footsteps of audiences who started visiting the island for entertainment some 72 years ago in 1939. The island was built for the Golden Gate International Exposition, also known as the San Francisco World's Fair, the theme of which was the "Pageant of the Pacific."
That pageant included entertainment by Jack Benny, Bing Crosby, Edgar Bergen and his Charley McCarthy, Tarzan legend Johnny Weissmuller, swimmer/entertainer Esther Williams, and the King of Swing, Benny Goodman. In less than a month, Benny Goodman played to more than 1 million people on the island. Visitors could also stop by "The Gayway," an amusement area with rides and shows such as the famous fan dancer Sally Rand and Sally Rand's Nude Ranch, Follies Bergère, and Robert Ripley's Believe It or Not.
The Pageant of the Pacific came and went, but some of its buildings remain, now converted into sound stages. During the Oracle Appreciation Event, the performers will play in and around the buildings used in the making of movies such as Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Robin Williams' Flubber and Bicentennial Man, as well as The Parent Trap, The Matrix, and Caine Mutiny.
Rock to the history. Rock to the music.
Thursday Sep 01, 2011
By Oracle OpenWorld Blog Staff on Sep 01, 2011
His Thoughts on Innovation and the Future
With Oracle OpenWorld only about a month away, we decided to check in with Sting, who will be performing at the Oracle Appreciation Event on October 5. Earlier this year, Sting was kind enough to answer some of our questions, and now he answers a couple more:
How important is innovation in your career as a musician?
I feel as though constant exploration keeps me from being pigeonholed into any one type of genre or sound. For me, music is all about the element of surprise. It's crucial for me to constantly grow and adapt as an artist. I remember working on the album Nothing Like The Sun in the late 80’s, and it was the first digital recording I had done. I was asking the machines to do things that hadn’t really been invented yet and think I gave the engineers white hair! But in the end, I was quite pleased with the outcome.
What’s in the future for Sting?
It’s hard to believe that this year marks the 25th anniversary of my solo career and to commemorate this, we’re putting together a special box set comprised of material from the past 25 years. I felt like an archeologist in a way, sifting through 25 years of music, photos and memories. It's been a very reflective process and I’m excited to share the end result with my fans.
In terms of what comes next, I think it’s important that I continue to learn and take risks. My audience has come to expect the unexpected, and I like to keep them guessing. I’m a very curious person, open to all possibilities.
Wednesday May 18, 2011
By Oracle OpenWorld Blog Staff on May 18, 2011
Grammy-winning musician appearing live at Appreciation Event
Oracle is excited to announce that world-renowned musician Sting will perform live during Oracle OpenWorld 2011. Sting took a few minutes from his busy schedule to answer our five questions:
Q: When were you last in San Francisco and what do you love about the city and California?
Sting: I was last in San Francisco a couple of years ago (May 18, 2009) to perform at a benefit concert for the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. It’s a great city and one I truly enjoy visiting. Like so many who grew up in England under the rain clouds, coming to California is always a breath of fresh air for me.
Q: What excites you the most about playing live and what kind of experience do you want your audience to have?
Sting: All I ever wanted to be in life is a musician. I love being on stage and seeing the audience enjoy themselves and most importantly, be surprised. The element of surprise is really the one essential in music. I think every time you perform a song you have to breathe new life into it, especially with a song like “Roxanne” that I’ve performed thousands of times. It’s my job to discover something new or some alternate meaning and to present even the smallest variation each time I sing it.
Q: Why are you passionate about protecting the rainforest—what's the one thing that everyone could do to help?
Sting: I see what’s happening in the rainforest as a universal problem that affects us all. I was fortunate enough to travel to the Amazon and meet with indigenous peoples, and that really gave rise to a passion in me to help protect these natural resources for present and future generations. Trudie and I are very proud of the work we’ve done in the Amazon and with The Rainforest Foundation. I think the most important thing to do is raise awareness and try to stir a desire in people to do whatever they can to help out.
Q: You've got a busy summer planned, capped off with your performance at Oracle OpenWorld 2011. What do you like most about touring?
Sting: There’s no way to describe the feeling of going on stage in front of thousands of people who are pleased to see you. That’s something you can’t be blasé about. I also feel as though I’m probably at my most free when I am singing, and touring gives me the opportunity to experience that honesty and candidness almost every night.
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