I just love to help young people do music. Global Gumbo Group is a joint venture between Mr. Jones and Badr Jafar, the Emirati social entrepreneur and managing director of Crescent Petroleum. Both partners have invested capital in the business, according to Mr. Jafar, and have signed an agreement with the Dubai government to bring Dubai Music Week to the emirate for five years, as well as two other festivals called Dubai Rocks and Dubai Classics, which will launch early next year. Siedah Garrett singing I Just Cant Stop Loving You at Dubai Music Week, hosted by Quincy Jones A project such as Dubai Music Week does have tremendous potential for social impact and has the potential to be profitable in the long term, says Mr. Jafar, who booked Will.i.am, Timbaland and Selena Gomez for the main concerts this year, but plans to book more niche, lesser well-known acts for Dubai Rocks and Dubai Classics. The move to offer bands or acts that have not necessarily shot to global stardom yet is a fairly new trend in Dubai, as expats and citizens have generally been viewed as having less sophisticated musical palates than other markets. Yes, many acts with blockbuster appeal have been booked in the past year Justin Bieber, Jennifer Lopez, Usher, Katy Perry and Alicia Keys but promoters are also signing smaller bands that have a more niche appeal, such as The Lumineers and Of Monsters and Men, who are supporting The Killers at the Sandance festival. When it comes to acts that are less commercial in their pull, then festivals work better, explains Thomas Ovesen, chief operating officer at Done Events, the promoter that booked The Lumineers for a new festival it is organising in February called RedFest DXB, in conjunction with Virgin Radio Dubai. Mr. Ovesen hopes to sign up more smaller acts and sell 20,000 tickets at 250 U.A.E. dirhams ($68) to AED300 over two days to break even. He says Dubai is still paying a premium for artists due to its global glitzy image. Its not like 10 years ago, when we had to explain to artists, particularly from the U.S., that Dubai is far from Baghdad, says Mr.
Music and Nightlife Capewide: Sept. 27 to Oct. 3
It was so good and I was like, Why doesnt everybody do this? Its so easy. I started thinking about it. I stewed on that for years — this was like five years ago. The music business is not doing so great and budgets are small, so two years ago it was like I had to either double down and build myself a recording studio or do something completely new. I opted for something completely new. Trombino has been working on the shop since 2011, focusing on creating a place that would be inviting and open to any sort of customer — not just the hipsters who have recently begun to infiltrate Highland Park. The shop will serve regular doughnuts as well as baked, gluten-free and vegan options. They are currently testing recipes for the coveted cronut, a combination doughnut and croissant that has recently been a sensation in New York City. Donut Friend will also serve Klatch coffee, a company local to Southern California. The preset doughnut menu items trace back to Trombinos music career and are all puns on various punk and emo band names, many of which hes worked with. Some highlights include The Starting Lime, Jimmy Eat Swirl and Rites of Sprinkles, which is Trombinos personal favorite. It was this silly concept, Trombino says. A friend and I were talking about it, and he came up with Jimmy Eat Swirl as a name for one of the doughnuts and it was just so funny. We started riffing and coming up with all these stupid names, and it stuck.
Sunday, Sept. 29 at The Cultural Center of Cape Cod, 307 Old Main St., South Yarmouth. Music at The Cultural Center of Cape Cod 307 Old Main St., South Yarmouth, 508-394-7100. Sept. 27: Thomas Pandolfi, pianist, 8 p.m., $20, $18 members. Sept. 28: Barbershop Quartet a cappella gold, 7:30 p.m., $15, $12 members. Destiny Coffeehouse Sober coffeehouse with a Christian slant, 67 School St., West Dennis, Fridays, 7-10 p.m., free admission and refreshments. Family friendly. Sept. 27: Purpose, songwriting husband and wife band. Oct.