Mixed Notes: December 2021

Miley Cyrus at Music Midtown

Miley Cyrus brought the crowd to a roar headlining Music Midtown at Piedmont Park in Atlanta. Performances included “Midnight Sky,” “Can’t Be Tamed,” “Wrecking Ball” and renditions of “Maybe” by Janis Joplin and “Where’s My Mind” by Pixies. The festival wrapped with throwback single “Party in the USA” sending audiences off with a firework bang.



Eddie and Olivia Vedder at Ohana Fest

At this year’s Ohana Festival, Olivia Vedder gave her first-ever live performance of “My Father’s Daughter,” her original, Oscar-contending song from the Flag Day soundtrack, which was written by her father, Eddie Vedder, and Swell Season’s Glen Hansard, pictured.




Cat Stevens Rides the Peace Train

Singer-Songwriter, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, and humanitarian Yusuf/Cat Stevens has teamed up with Playing For Change to produce “Peace Train” around the world with more than 25 musicians from 12 countries. Featured musicians include Keb’ Mo’, Senegalese artist Baaba Maal, and Silkroad’s Rhiannon Giddens.



Whit3 Collr Battle for the Big Stage

Orange County, CA-based rock band Whit3 Collr, comprised of high school-aged musicians, won “Battle for the Big Stage: Road to Rockville Edition,” a virtual tournament-style competition held exclusively on That Space Zebra Show on DWPresents’ Twitch channel to play at the Welcome To Rockville festival in Daytona Beach, Florida.




Fugees Reunite for ‘The Score’ 25th Anniversary

Hip-hop legends Fugees reunited for their first performance together in 15 years. The trio stunned fans at N.Y.C.’s Pier 17 with a preview of what’s to come from their international tour celebrating the 25th anniversary of the The Score. Ms. Lauryn Hill asked fans to “respect the miracle” of the reunion, and Wyclef implored President Biden to grant Haitian migrants asylum.



Kawhi Leonard

NBA star Kawhi Leonard hosted the inaugural Culture Jam Sports and Music Festival at the Shrine in Los Angeles to kick off the release of his musical project: Culture Jam Vol. 1, via Virgin Music Label. Culture Jam celebrates the union of hip-hop, basketball, and community, and includes songs from: Lil Uzi Vert, Ty Dolla $ign, Wale, NLE Choppa, Yung Bleu, Gunna, Polo G and others.





Neal Casal Music Foundation

The Neal Casal Music Foundation with support from Fender Guitars donated instruments and accessories to students at Jefferson Township High School in New Jersey this past October. The late Casal is the focus of tribute album, Highway Butterfly, featuring: Bob Weir, Susan Tedeschi, Derek Trucks, Steve Earle, Warren Haynes and others. All proceeds will benefit the Foundation.