The W's win at the Basilica Block Party this summer: Weezer will headline the July 10 lineup for the 21st annual rocking church fundraiser, and Jeff Tweedy's Wilco will top it off July 11. Radio sponsor Cities 97 announced the full 2015 schedule on air Thursday afternoon with a few familiar names, pleasant surprises and up-and-coming newcomers.
Joining Weezer on the Friday night bill will be Nate Ruess of the "We Are Young" hitmaking band Fun; Basilica regulars O.A.R. and Mat Kearney; '90s alt-rocker Matthew Sweet, and Twin Cities-bred Warped Tour stalwarts Motion City Soundtrack. Wilco will be joined on Saturday night by a couple of fellow Americana music favorites, Jason Isbell and Jenny Lewis; plus party favorites Fitz & the Tantrums; "Cool Kids"-singing pop upstarts Echosmith, and newcomers Fly Golden Eagle and Rachel Platten.
Tickets go on sale May 2 at 10 a.m. through eTix.com, 1-800-514-3849 or Electric Fetus record stores at $50 per day, or $90 for a two-day pass. Held on the grounds of the Basilica of St. Mary in downtown Minneapolis, the event benefits the church's historic preservation.
Special send-off for Letterman
David Letterman is getting a prime-time goodbye from the folks at CBS. The network said that comic Ray Romano will host a 90-minute tribute to Letterman's career. It will air on May 4. Letterman will retire May 20 after 6,028 late-night shows over 33 years on CBS and NBC. CBS said the special will "mine the video vault" of highlights from some of his best interviews and comedy, including his signature Top Ten lists and stupid human and pet tricks.
Narrator: Harper Lee's upcoming novel, the year's most talked about literary release, will have some added star power for the audio edition: Reese Witherspoon. The Oscar-winning actress will narrate Lee's "Go Set a Watchman," HarperCollins announced Thursday. Lee, 88, stunned the world by agreeing to the release of "Go Set a Watchman," scheduled for July and her only published work besides "To Kill a Mockingbird," which came out in 1960. Witherspoon, a Louisiana native, said in a statement that she considered it "an honor and privilege to give voice to the Southern characters" she had loved since childhood.
Deleted: Ben Affleck's great-great-great grandfather Benjamin Cole owned 25 slaves, according to a deleted segment of the PBS show "Finding Your Roots" that Affleck himself requested be squashed. Cole was a wealthy Savannah, Ga., landowner and sheriff of Chatham County. E-mails from the Sony hack revealed that Affleck asked Henry Louis Gates, the academic and host of "Finding Your Roots," to refrain from including the portion of the show that talked about his slave-owning ancestor.
Walkout: A group of American Indian actors walked off the set of an Adam Sandler movie over complaints about stereotypes and offensive names. Actor Loren Anthony said that he and eight others quit the satirical Western "The Ridiculous Six" after producers ignored their concerns.