Started this discussion. Last reply by the pigdog Jan 18, 2011.
Did you feel it? That's what everybody in Los Angeles asks each other whenever a shake or quake rattles and rolls through the valleys and flatlands. Sometimes there's just a release of pressure beneath the crust, and other times it's an up and down jolt that lasts only a second. And then you forget about it. Until the next time.
Sunday night there was a seismic shift. A movement of the tectonic plates. A tilting of the axis. Not in…Continue
Posted on July 28, 2014 at 6:00am
Missing the first night -- likely the best of the three, given my taste and interest -- is sort of a bummer. But, on the other hand there's still two more days and nights to wander around the festival site, to hopefully discover a new act or the reinvention of something old. And, to be completely honest, the music and performances will run second to just being there.
This will be my first trip to the Newport Folk Festival and, if you believe in ghosts like I do, brushing up…Continue
Posted on July 24, 2014 at 9:30am — 1 Comment
In 1992, while he was enrolled at George Washington University, Jeff Campbell had an idea that initially was inspired by a class project. The concept was to bring street musicians and other D.C. music talent together for a concert called Hungry for Music, that would benefit the Coalition Against Homelessness.
These concerts were held in 1992 and 1993, and included a food drive. Two…Continue
Posted on July 20, 2014 at 4:30pm
Could be my imagination, but it sure seems as if lately we've been seeing a resurgence of interest in music documentaries. Thanks to both crowdfunding and an insatiable audience appetite, new features and shorts seem to be popping up like dandelions. With greater accessibility from sites such as Netflix or Amazon, PBS's American Masters biographical series, and lots and lots on YouTube and various indie websites, there's much to choose from. You may recall that this years Academy…Continue
Posted on July 11, 2014 at 12:00pm
In a super-sized world where there is a notion that everything bigger is inherently better, last weekend's American Roots Music Festival at the Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts proved that less is more. Opting out of the currently popular multi-day mega-event with an audience of a half-million people, fifteen stages, forty-two headliners and two thousand musicians, what they offered instead to the appreciative audience was…Continue
Posted on July 1, 2014 at 2:00pm — 2 Comments
For the past five years, I've provided a recap here of the annual music festival that takes place at the park in Croton-On-Hudson, N.Y., that most call the Clearwater Festival but is really named the Great Hudson River Revival. It's two days of great music on multiple stages with hundreds of musicians, storytellers, dancers, activists, and craftspeople, sometimes occurring around the solstice and sometimes on Father's Day weekend.
About 25,000 people show up from morning to…Continue
Posted on June 25, 2014 at 9:30pm — 2 Comments
Last time I was in Beacon, N.Y., just an hour or so north of the lower Hudson Valley, was this past January on MLK Day. Pete was going to lead us around the block where the church sits and we were gonna sing the same songs he sang with Dr. King on the Selma-to-Montgomery march. He felt ill in the car as he made his way to where we sat waiting and had to turn back home, so we marched and sang extra loud. Just a week later we lost him.
A few Sundays ago, we drove up the…Continue
Posted on June 19, 2014 at 6:30pm — 1 Comment
The last time I earned a nickel in the music business was almost six years ago. At the time I was killing off a 34-year career with a one-year stint as the head of sales for a record label that had enjoyed great success with it's large catalog of early roots, country, and bluegrass music, and it's uncanny ability to market all sorts of tribute albums to fans who were completists. With a good 10- to 15-year run of new and expanding big box retailers (think Best Buy and Circuit City,…Continue
Posted on June 10, 2014 at 2:00pm — 8 Comments
My friend's little girl was sitting in her classroom at Sandy Hook Elementary School that morning when the bad man came and killed twenty of her classmates. They were between the ages of six and seven. The school's principal and several teachers were also killed. According to the news accounts, they weren't killed by a car. Or a knife. Nor by strangulation or a stampede. The bad man used a Bushmaster Model XM15-E2S rifle during the shooting spree. He also carried two handguns. An…Continue
Posted on May 28, 2014 at 9:00am — 14 Comments
We were looking at an old Scrabble game the other night, one that was handed down through the years. The plain brown box was in pretty good shape, with hardly any rips or tears, and the glue that they used to hold it all together hadn't come undone. It appeared from the markings to be at least 50 or maybe even 60 years old, and the colorful board was clean and crisp, the tiles and wood holders were spotless. I was told it was well used, but it obviously was also well made. It was a…Continue
Posted on May 21, 2014 at 2:30pm — 2 Comments