Month: March 2021

first_imgSometimes it’s just nice to sit back, relax with a cocktail, and simply listen to the music. This was the case on Tuesday night, where Hiromi Uehara, the prodigal jazz pianist, played two shows to a packed out BB King’s Blues Bar. Playing in support of her new album Voice, Hiromi brought along NY-native bassist Anthony Jackson (Paul Simon, Steely Dan, Chick Corea), and London-based drumming sensation Simon Phillips (Toto, The Who, Judas Priest, David Gilmour).The Japanese-born Hiromi is something of a musical enigma, not allowing herself to be defined by any one genre of music; this was evident in her live performance on Tuesday. Her vituosic technique allows her to span the musical universe, at one moment playing a classical piece, then moving on to progressive rock, and ending up in the post-bop arena of Miles Davis and Herbie Hancock. It really is quite the experience to witness the magic that she creates on the keys.A few highlights of the evening were “Now or Never”, which had this funky, cool jazz feel to it and makes you feel as if you are strolling down the street of New York on a cool, sunny, spring day. Her playing on her Korg R3 Synth/Vocoder adds a whole other element to the sounds that she can create. Her finger-work on “Temptation” is a sight to behold. So quick, so efficient, and so difficult for your eyes and ears to keep up with. Hiromi’s solo piece “Place to Be” was majestic. It strangely brings one into the confines of Woody Allen-esque movie while listening to it. Her ability to create a time, place, and emotion with her music is something that is enviable, to say the least. Quite unlike anything that this writer has ever witnessed before.Typically attending stand-up, throw-down concerts, this change of pace was something that is almost necessary every once in a while. It makes you sit down, listen, and appreciate the actual composition itself. Putting on a blazer, a decent pair of shoes, sitting down and having a martini, or a bourbon old-fashioned has never been more enjoyable. It’s nice to feel classy every now and then. And while this may not be everybody’s cup of tea, per se, Hiromi does a fantastic job of bridging that gap to make it enjoyable to those that may be all the way over on either end of the spectrum. Her youth keeps her in touch with the today’s generation, while her ability and appreciation of those that have come before her makes her relevant with generation yesterday.Hiromi Trio At Garana Jazz Festival 2011:last_img read more

first_imgSTS9 has confirmed five additional shows to their “Great Cycle Spectacles” Fall tour. They will now make stops at The Fillmore in Charlotte, NC (10/25), The National in Richmond, VA (10/30), Boston’s House of Blues (11/1), and will close out the tour with two nights at NYC’s Best Buy Theatre (11/2 & 3).Tickets for these shows go on sale tomorrow, August 15th, at 12 noon here .Here is a video from the opening night of the “Great Cycle Spectacles” tour from The Fillmore in Denver earlier this year to whet your appetite: STS9 Tour Dates• 08/25/12 Sat Mountain Winery Saratoga, CA• 08/31/12 Fri North Coast Music Festival Chicago, IL• 09/01/12 Sat House of Blues Chicago, IL• 10/24/12 Wed Ryman Auditorium Nashville, TN• 10/25/12 Thu The Fillmore Charlotte, NC• 10/26/12 Fri Fox Theatre Atlanta, GA• 10/27/12 Sat Fox Theatre Atlanta, GA• 10/30/12 Tue The National Richmond, VA• 10/31/12 Wed Tower Theatre Upper Darby, PA• 11/01/12 Thu House of Blues Boston, MA• 11/02/12 Fri Best Buy Theater New York, NY• 11/03/12 Sat Best Buy Theater New York, NY• 12/17/12 Mon Mayan Holidaze Tulum, MX• 12/18/12 Tue Mayan Holidaze Tulum, MX• 12/19/12 Wed Mayan Holidaze Tulum, MX• 12/20/12 Thu Mayan Holidaze Tulum, MX• 12/21/12 Fri Mayan Holidaze Tulum, MXlast_img read more

first_imgOn October 24, Insomniac donated $75,000 to three Las Vegas organizations, honoring the commitment to charitable giving in the communities that host its music festivals. For the third year in a row, funds raised through the annual Electric Daisy Carnival (EDC), Las Vegas, helped Insomniac contribute $25,000 each toward the Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Nevada, Injured Police Officers Fund – Las Vegas, and the University of Nevada School of Medicine, specifically for its Emergency Medicine Resident Research Fund.“Three years ago, when EDC came to Las Vegas for the first time, Insomniac made a commitment to support local organizations that do amazing work in the community, and each of these three organizations has a uniquely positive impact,” said Pasquale Rotella, Founder and CEO of Insomniac. “These contributions are only made possible by the wonderful support that we receive from our fans who love Las Vegas as much as Insomniac.”Leaders from each of the three organizations, along with 50 local area youth, came together at the Downtown Boys & Girls Club where Rotella presented each group with a $25,000 donation. Minddie Lloyd accepted the funds on behalf of the Injured Police Officers Fund; Dr. Dale Carrison was present to represent the Emergency Medicine Resident Research Fund, and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Nevada was represented by CEO Ken Rubeli, who was joined by 50 youth from the Downtown Club to accept the oversized check.The Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Nevada is a new merger of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Henderson and Boys & Girls Clubs of Las Vegas. The new nonprofit organization operates 14 facilities and three summer outreach programs in Southern Nevada, and serves more than 30,000 youth in Las Vegas, North Las Vegas, Henderson, Southern Highlands and Summerlin. Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Nevada provides every child with the essential tools needed for a successful and bright future through a variety of daily creative, fun, and educational programs. Annual membership is as little as $10 per child.The UNR Foundation’s Emergency Medicine Department has an established gift fund called the Emergency Medicine Resident Research Fund used to support resident research activities. The physicians that planned and directed the care for the Electric Daisy Carnival are local physicians that are involved in teaching and training emergency medicine residents for the University of Nevada School of Medicine. The second annual donation of $25,000 by Insomniac directly supports this program.The Injured Police Officers Fund (IPOF) was formed in October 1982 to help reduce the financial burden suffered by police officers and their families in the event of a line of duty injury or death. IPOF currently assists more than 8,000 officers in Nevada by providing monetary assistance to them and their families. For the third year, Insomniac is contributing $25,000 to the organization’s efforts.The 17th Annual Electric Daisy Carnival took place June 21-23, 2013, at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway with an estimated 345,000 attendees joining in on the fun throughout the three-day festival. The 1,000-acre complex was transformed into a fully immersive audiovisual adventure with more than 500 musical acts, theatrical performers, full-scale carnival rides, elaborate décor, state-of-the-art lighting and sound production, pyrotechnics and innovate stage designs along with nightly firework displays.Insomniac’s Charitable Giving Initiative donates $1 per ticket transaction and $10 per guest list attendee to charitable organizations in the local communities where the festivals are held. The past two years, Insomniac has donated more than $190,000 to local and regional organizations following EDC Las Vegas.last_img read more

first_imgLive Nation, either on accident or in a brilliant marketing ploy, listed a tour date for Nine Inch Nails and Soundgarden together this summer. To add to the hype, both bands released short videos of different venues across the U.S. on their social media pages. Have these once rivals burried the hatchet? Check out the teaser videos to judge for yourself:A Reddit user took up the dizzying task of identifying some venues from the clips:Toronto, Canada – Molson Amphitheatre Boston, MA – XFinity Centre Irvine, CA – Version Wireless Amphitheatre Clarkston, MI – DTE Energy Music Theatre Tampa, FL – MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre Mountain View, CA – Shoreline Amphitheatre Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Centre Virginia Beach, VA – Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach Woodlands, TX – Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion Albuquerque, NM – Isleta Amphitheater Las Vegas, NV – Planet Hollywood Theater Morrison, CO – Red Rocks Amphitheatre Wantagh, NY – Nikon at Jones Beach Theater Atlanta, GA – Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood Austin, TX – Austin360 Amphitheatre Chula Vista, CA – Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre Tinley Park, IL – First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre Philadelphia, PA – XFINITY Live!Hopefully, this one turns out to be true![via Consequence of Sound]-Brittney Borruso www.facebook.com/rockstellalast_img read more

first_imgThey’re leading the pack with six nominations including a nod for album of the year, but due to a jam-packed tour schedule, Montréal indie rockers Arcade Fire won’t be making the Juno Awards.Currently in the thick of their tour in support of “Reflektor,” Arcade Fire will be in Santiago, Chile for Lollapalooza but will appear during Canada’s music awards via a taped performance.The awards show –which will be broadcast live on CTV on March 30th—will feature a number of other live performances including Tegan and Sara, Sarah MacLachlan, Robin Thicke, The Sheepdogs and others.Presented annually by the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences to Canadian musical artists, this year’s Juno awards will take place in Winnipeg.– Sarah Compolast_img read more

first_imgComing off a year in which original bassist Dave Murphy left the band, while bringing in new powerhouse Alana Rocklin to take over duties on the bass, a newly reformed and reinvigorated STS9 has announced a full Fall tour, which will take them up and down the East Coast, and from the mid-West to Texas. The 23-date tour will see the Santa Cruz, CA-based outfit hit up venues in Pittsburgh, New York City, Philadelphia, Ashville, Birmingham, their old hometown of Atlanta, and more.The announcement was made via the band’s website and Facebook pages:“We are pleased to present to you all what will be the first STS9 tour in nearly a year!  Wow.  Well we couldn’t be happier to be hitting the road and playing some of our favorite towns and venues across the mid-west and east coast through out the fall.  Tickets go on-sale exclusively thru STS9.com this Saturday morning at 10AM local times for each stop on the tour.   Grab your tickets and let’s do it everyone.  STS9.  TOUR.  YES!” STS9 Fall Tour DatesOctober 09, 2014 :: Indianapolis IN :: Egyptian Room – rsvp/tix October 10, 2014 :: Pittsburgh PA :: Stage AE – rsvp/tix October 11, 2014 :: Detroit MI :: The Fillmore Detroit – rsvp/tix October 12, 2014 :: Grand Rapids MI :: The Orbit Room – rsvp/tixOctober 16, 2014 :: Portland ME :: State Theatre – rsvp/tix October 17, 2014 :: New York NY :: Best Buy Theater – rsvp/tix October 18, 2014 :: Philadelphia PA :: Tower Theater  – rsvp/tix October 19, 2014 :: Boston MA :: House of Blues  – rsvp/tix October 21, 2014 :: Washington DC :: 9:30 Club  – rsvp/tix October 22, 2014 :: Charlottesville VA :: Jefferson Theater  – rsvp/tix October 23, 2014 :: Richmond VA :: The National  – rsvp/tix October 24, 2014 :: Knoxville TN :: Tennessee Theatre  – rsvp/tix October 25, 2014 :: Asheville NC :: Thomas Wolfe Auditorium  – rsvp/tixOctober 29, 2014 :: Chattanooga TN :: Track 29  – rsvp/tix October 30, 2014 :: Birmingham AL :: Iron City Music Hall  – rsvp/tix October 31, 2014 :: Nashville TN :: War Memorial Auditorium  – rsvp/tix November 01, 2014 :: Atlanta GA :: The Tabernacle  – rsvp/tix November 02, 2014 :: Atlanta GA :: The Tabernacle  – rsvp/tixNovember 04, 2014 :: Oxford MS :: The Lyric Oxford – rsvp/ix November 05, 2014 :: Fayetteville AR :: Town Center  – rsvp/tix November 06, 2014 :: Tulsa OK :: Cain’s Ballroom  – rsvp/tix November 07, 2014 :: Dallas TX :: House of Blues  – rsvp/tix November 08, 2014 :: Austin TX :: Austin Music Hall – rsvp/tixlast_img read more

first_imgColorado funk outfit The Motet played a “1975”-themed set on Halloween, performing an entire show of covers from the one particular year. As our recap details, song choices included “Low Rider” by War, “Have A Cigar” by Pink Floyd, and “Kashmir” by Led Zeppelin.Now, the Motet are offering a free stream/download of that exciting performance. They have released footage from the concert through Archive.org, but you can listen to the whole set below. Enjoy!last_img

first_imgThe Schuylkill County Fairgrounds in Schuylkill Haven, PA will play host to Some Kind Of Jam 11 this April 22-24, and now festival promoters have released details about the lineup. The festival lineup includes UK funkers The New Mastersounds, a newly revitalized RAQ, Jason Ricci & The Bad Kind, and the Mike Dillon Band.Presale tickets are available through the festival’s website which can be found here and include a full weekend of camping & music. Patrons can access the grounds as early as 4:00PM, Thursday, April 21 for an early arrival party – with an additional fee of $10 per person.Check out the entire festival lineup below:last_img read more

first_imgUnfortunate news out of Camden, Maine, as beloved folk singer Don McLean was reportedly arrested on low-level assault charges early Monday morning. McLean has since posted bail, and no details have been released, but reports are indicating that the singer was transported to the Knox County Jail just after 3 AM.The news comes as a shock to longtime fans, who know McLean for his charity work with the Don McLean Foundation. The singer also recently auctioned off his original, hand-written lyrics to “American Pie” for one million dollars, saying that his motivation for selling the lyrics was to provide some additional income for his family.We will be sure to update once more information about the crime has been released.[Via NBC New York]last_img read more

first_imgA concert commemorating the 50th anniversary of one of the most monumental music events in history is reportedly in the works. Woodstock co-creator Michael Lang confirmed the news with the Poughkeepsie Journal. Lang claims that potential partners and festival sites are currently being explored.“With the prevalence of festivals out there, and all the excitement about them, maybe it’s time for that,” Lang told the Journal.Lang’s original Woodstock took place on Max Yasgur’s farm in Bethel on August 15-17, 1969. Performances from the Grateful Dead, The Band, Jefferson Airplane, Crosby Stills Nash & Young, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, The Who, Santana, Sly & The Family Stone, and just about every other influential artist to emerge from the counter-culture movement of the time made this one of the most important events to take place in music history.Previous anniversary concerts were held in ’94 in Saugerties, NY and ’99 in Rome, NY, though both ended in widespread mayhem.No word on who is expected to perform yet. The Journal also reports that an overseas edition of the festival is being considered.[H/T NYS Music]last_img read more

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