Christmas in July? Sure, ther's a saying for that. I know I've read it somewhere. And I'm guessing it's retail related. However, in this case of this week's World Music Show (7/4), the title is apropos. You can say that it's my clever way of relating that I have a slew of new music to unwrap. We'll check out bands from Buenos Aires and Chile as well as from South Africa and Kinshasa--it'll be like the bow around this week's show. And inside the box we'll hear what rap music sounds like when it comes from Brazil and Senegal.
First off--they are not a hotel band. There is a fascinating story behind John Vento’s project called The Nied’s Hotel Band and that’s explained in this third volume Notes from America--my new open ended mini-series detailing real music--real musicians--across the country.
If you’re new to this, in the first two volumes, we travelled to Texas and in our last round--right here in good ’ol Richmond, Virginnie.
On the menu for this week's World Music Show (6/27), it'll be a Cuban & Latin feast of sorts. We'll sample some live music from Buena Vista Social Club, some film music from Mario Grigorov and some classic Cuban beats from the one & only Desi Arnaz. Plus, thrown into the mix will be desert blues music and some upbeat Brazilian music from the legendary man pointing a finger at you—Tom Ze.
Henry and I wish we could bring you the blues 24/7, but since that’s not possible we’re going to try and keep you up on some of the best CDs we receive and play. You know we love discovering new artists and playing them for you, but it’s often difficult to get them much air play, so this is one way we can alert you to some great new releases.
World Music--Father's Day/Kids-who also play music Show (6/20)... and to run several stereotypes into the ground, us Dads are busy (but aren't we all)--and we're also lazy (no, not really--again, stereotypes). So, because I myself am both busy and sometimes lazy, I think this week's blog will be a bit brief. Besides, sometimes it's good to just look at pictures and read the highlights.
We hope you’ll join us this week (6/13/15) for a very special edition of Time for the Blues. I know that sounds like an advertisement for just about every cheesy 80’s sitcom, but in our case it’s absolutely true. Except for the cheesy part, we’re going to leave that out in the lobby.
Yes, it's getting to be that time of year again. You know, when the daylight likes to stick around for just a tad longer and the warmth (or in some cases, extreme humidity), makes it ok to stay out late into the night. It's times like these that make me think about live music--not that I don't like to think about it during the Fall or Winter, but it's this pre-Summer time time that makes me think of going out, under in the dusk, to hear some live music.
Here's the thing about friends, sometimes they do pretty cool things, like when they travel to faraway places, like Ecuador, and bring back music for your show. Or when they partner up with you on a reggae duet (yes, I'm talking about the lead pictuare featuring Mick Jagger and Peter Tosh, not me). On this week's World Music Show (6/6), we'll delight in some of that friendliness. And with these two examples, you could say that I am vicariously living through friends, in one form or another.