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Charlie Daniels Band at the NYCB Theatre at Westbury

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Charlie Daniels Band, Molly Hatchet and the New Riders of the Purple Sage NYCB Theatre at Westbury Westbury, NY September 13, 2014 Charlie Daniels is an American treasure. The 77-year-old singer/guitarist/violinist, who will celebrate his 78th birthday in late October 2014, has been writing and performing since the '50s. In 1964, Daniels co-wrote Elvis Presley's “It Hurts Me." During the early part of his career, he was a working Nashville session musician, playing on albums by, among others, Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen. In 1971, he recorded and released his first solo album, Charlie Daniels ...

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Live From Birmingham: Benjamin Booker, Grey Wolf & Blondie

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Benjamin Booker O2 Academy September 6, 2014 Usually, audience demographics are spread closely in line with the age of a performer, but such things were not predictable at Stateside bluesman Benjamin Booker's gig. Although born in Virginia, this 25-year-old singer/guitarist now dwells deep down in New Orleans, adopting many of the traits commonly exhibited by gnarled oldsters three times his age. The crowd in the venue's smallest room (Academy 3) looked to be three-quarters in the forties-and-above age range, with the remainder being around the late-teens or early-20s mark. Curious. Or maybe not ...

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The Meter Men at the Ogden Theater, Denver

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The Meter Men Ogden Theater Denver September 11, 2014 Funkify your life Get on down You can be the funkiest one In your town That pretty much sums up the philosophy of the Meters and now the Meter Men. In the song “Funkify Your Life," they seem to be offering a suggestion for a lifestyle, or at least an attitude. And a noble suggestion it is. Certainly, we could all use a little more funk and a little less... uptightness, or something. Get syncopated, baby! Just keep in mind, ...

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Salif Keita at Yoshi's San Francisco

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Salif KeitaYoshi'sSan Francisco, CA September 7, 2014 Any opportunity to see Salif Keita, the 65-year-old “Golden Voice of Africa" is a special occasion indeed. Keita, a 40-year-plus veteran of the music scene, is one of Africa's top musical stars, one who travels all over the world. He sings in Malinké, a dialect of the Manding group of languages--prevalent but not predominant in many West African nations including Mali, Guinea, Senegal and the Ivory Coast but a language incomprehensible to most of his audience. Keita must hold his own through the command of ...

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Chris Isaak at NYCB Theatre at Westbury

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Chris Isaak NYCB Theatre at Westbury Long Island, NY September 7, 2014 Chris Isaak likes to make a splash. The perpetually youthful musician burst onto the stage the way he burst onto the music scene 30 years ago, when he signed to Warner Brothers and subsequently released the CD Silvertone (Warner Brothers, 1985). The crowd at the NYCB Theatre in Westbury spanned multiple generations and was clearly there for a rock and roll show. Isaak delivered. In a resplendent, vibrant blue suit with embroidered silver patterns, white button down and a ...

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John Handy at Yoshi's San Francisco

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John Handy Yoshi's San Francisco San Francisco, California August 31, 2014 If one thinks of iconic Bay Area musicians, saxophonist John Handy immediately comes to mind. Born in 1933 in Dallas, Texas, Handy is an accomplished horn player who, while best known for his work on alto, also plays tenor and baritone sax, oboe, clarinet and saxello. Due to his age, Handy plays only infrequently in public (most notably with visiting luminaries such as Randy Weston) so his recent gig at Yoshi's San Francisco drew a full house. Given John Richard ...

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Miguel Zenon Quartet at 36th Annual Chicago Jazz Festival

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Miguel Zenon Quartet Millenium Park, Jay Pritzker Pavilion 36th Annual Chicago Jazz Festival jny: Chicago, IL August 31st 2014 The last evening of the festival was pleasantly warm and mild and the millennium park, around the Jay Pritzker Pavilion band shell was packed with people. The Frank Gehry designed signature stainless steel headdress with its custom designed sound system to replicate impeccable indoor acoustics has been the new home of the festival for the past two years. It is here that that alto saxophonist and composer Miguel Zenón lead his quartet for 55 awe ...

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Live From Birmingham: The Ghost Of A Saber Tooth Tiger, Danny Bryant & The Delegators

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The Ghost Of A Saber Tooth Tiger The Hare & Hounds September 1, 2014 Sean Lennon expressed seemingly genuine surprise at the room's crowded nature. After all, GOASTT don't really push the knowledge that Lennon is frontman to this deeply psychedelic miasma-orientated combo. The gig's local publicity was extremely and supposedly deliberately low key, but at the very least, mere curiosity alone would have been sufficient to gather a reasonable number of Beatles obsessives, at the beginning of this rare UK tour. Fortunately, this outfit doesn't require such associations to deliver a striking ...

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American Jazz Festiv’Halles at Sunside-Sunset

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American Jazz Festiv'Halles at Sunside-Sunset Sunside-Sunset Jazz Club Paris, France July-August 2014 The 23rd annual American Jazz Festiv'Halles at Sunside-Sunset in Paris had another long and strong lineup of concerts during two summer months of 2014. Sunside opened in 1983 on the Right Bank's narrow pedestrian street, rue des Lombards, expanding in 2001 by converting its underground restaurant Sunset into a second jazz venue, with jazz nightly in both venues since then. American-French pianist Jacky Terrasson brought thrilling energy to Sunside from his New York City base. His sequential piano form often started ...

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Jeff Bridges & the Abiders At the Paramount

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Jeff Bridges & the Abiders The Paramount Huntington, NY August 29, 2014 Most people know Jeff Bridges because of his films, from his Ocsar-winning turn as down-and-out country music singer-songwriter Otis “Bad" Blake in Crazy Heart to his roles in The Fisher King, The Fabulous Baker Boys, Tron, True Grit and as “The Dude" in The Big Lebowski. On Friday, August 29th at the Paramount in Huntington, NY, the actor explained that as a young man he had expressed his desire to be a musician. His father Lloyd talked him out of it by telling ...

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The 2014 Retro Futura Tour at the Pennysaver Amphitheatre at Bald Hill

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Katrina (ex-Katrina & The Waves), China Crisis, Midge Ure, Howard Jones & Tom Bailey from the Thompson Twins Pennysaver Amphitheatre at Bald Hill The 2014 Retro Futura Tour Farmingville, NY 11738 August 23, 2014 On a pleasant Saturday evening in late August, The Retro Futura Tour, featuring five of the '80s biggest modern rock acts, touched down in Farmingville, NY. The small outdoor Long Island amphitheater sits on the location of the former Bald Hill Ski Bowl and has been compared to New Jersey's PNC Bank Arts Center because of its extensive ...

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Lyle Lovett & His Large Band at the NYCB Theatre at Westbury

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Lyle Lovett & His Large Band NYCB Theatre at Westbury Westbury, NY August 17, 2014 In the quarter century plus since his debut in 1986, Lyle Lovett has taken his place as one of the most original and unique singer/songwriters of his, or for that matter any, generation. His lyrics are smart, insightful, witty, literate, sardonic and eclectic covering a myriad of topics from his home state of Texas, to love, to loss, to yearning, to life and to death. The multi-layered music, that serves as both a vehicle for and a catalyst to propel ...

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Midge Ure at the Iridium

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Midge Ure Iridium New York, NY August 19, 2014 Midge Ure is a Scottish guitarist, singer, keyboard player, and songwriter. He has achieved worldwide success as a member of Slik, The Rich Kids, Thin Lizzy, Visage, Ultravox and as a solo artist. During his career, he has won many awards including a Grammy® while recording a number of gold and platinum albums and singles. Ure is also famous for having along with Bob Geldorf, written “Do The Know Its Christmas?" and for co-organizing Live Aid and Live 8. Touring behind Fragile (Hypertension, ...

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Eric Harland's Voyager at The Highline Ballroom

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Eric Harland's Voyager Highline Ballroom Vipassana CD Release New York, NY September 2, 2014 The CD release show for Vipassana (GSI Records, 2014)--the sophomore album from drummer Eric Harland's Voyager--didn't play out like a typical club set or concert; it was more like a spiritual journey through songs, segues, and seas of rhythm. Harland and his expandable/contractible outfit delivered a ceaseless flow of music for an hour and forty-five minutes. Mantras were intoned, voice was given up to the heavens, stuttered beats morphed into steady grooves, and a sense of atmospheric sound gave way ...



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