In The News: CBGB's new tenant, Music Rising's big auction and more

VENUES

Fashion designer John Varvatos’ menswear boutique has opened in the former home of CBGB. Flyers from the 1970s are preserved behind glass on one wall, and the stage has been replaced by a tailoring shop encased with gold Alice Cooper records. CBGB closed in October 2006… A jazz collection that, before Hurricane Katrina, was housed in the Old U.S. Mint in New Orleans will be overhauled, updated, and in about two years, moved back into its historic French Quarter home…

AUCTIONS

U2 guitarist The Edge will donate two Gibson guitars and other items from his personal collection to the “Icons of Music” auction to benefit Music Rising. The May 31 sale, hosted by Julien’s Auctions, features guitars played by Kurt Cobain, Slash and Johnny Cash; a trumpet played by Miles Davis; and handwritten notes by Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney and Janis Joplin…

AWARDS AND HONORS

Janet Jackson received GLAAD’s Vanguard Award during the organization’s media awards… Casting Crowns took home group of the year awards at the Gospel Music Association’s Dove Awards

BUSINESS NOTES

Sony BMG is joining Universal Music Group in allowing users of select Nokia mobile phones access to its entire music catalog later this year as part of Nokia’s “Comes With Music” program… Fontana, the independent distribution division of Universal Music Group, and AudioStreet.net have teamed up. AudioStreet will provide Fontana news, music, tour info and artist content at its Web site. Labels distributed by Fontana include Vagrant Records, Telarc, VP Records, American Gramaphone, Quango, Mad Science Recordings, Six Degrees, Angeles Records, Nitro, SMC, Upstairs Records, Warcon, Rendezvous, Big Vin, Delicious Vinyl and IpecacClive Davis has been replaced by Barry Weiss as chairman and chief executive officer of the BMG label group; Davis will become Sony BMG’s chief creative officer…

CHARITY

Barbra Streisand has donated $5 million to Los Angeles’ Cedars-Sinai Medical Center for cardiovascular research…

GIGS

Taylor Swift is the sole country artist on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine’s “The Best of Rock 2008” issue. Also featured: Madonna, Bono, Robert Plant and Bruce SpringsteenRodney Atkins, Dolly Parton and Carrie Underwood are among the stars lined up to perform at this year’s Academy of Country Music Awards show on May 18, 2008…

LAW AND ORDER

Capitol Records is appealing city-approved plans for a 16-story condominium and office tower next to the label’s landmark building. Capitol says an underground garage will damage underground echo chambers where Frank Sinatra, Brian Wilson and other greats have recorded&hellip

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