So, I'm sort of bummed out. Why, you may ask? Well, I totally missed an opportunity to play on the phrase "April in Paris." Which meant that if I would have been a tad more on top of things, I could have done a whole show in April with just French music. But alas, It's May, and though I missed the boat, I do have a bit of French music to start this week's World Music Show (5/17).
We hope you’ll join us this week (5/17/14) on Time For The Blues as Henry and I are playing some fantastic music and have more than a few surprises just for fun. If you only listen to one blues show Saturday nights at 11 – make sure it’s Time For The Blues! We have some classic Stevie Ray Vaughan and a sampler from Stax's 50th Anniversary set!
Look. This a redo. Computer glitches happen. It's just the nature of the world we live in. So, this is par deux for this blog about the World Music Music Show (5/10). I wrote a spectular blog last week. Really, it captured everything. But alas, I didn't save it on a separete platform and when the glitch happened, the orginal blog for The World Music Show (5/10) left this Earth. Ah, live and learn.
Capitol Opera Richmond is a relatively new all-volunteer organization here in town. This weekend, they’ll finish out their second season by presenting Aaron Copland’s “The Tender Land” at the Henrico Theatre. Performances are Friday and Saturday evening, both at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are just $12, $10 for seniors and students.
They say music is a family affair. Or perhaps maybe I'm confusing that slogan with another one. In any event, the point is that families bond over music. Whatever was on your parents or siblings turntable, 8-track, cassette or radio station when you were a kid probably holds some special memory in your heart now as an adult.
Maestro Benjamin Zander is coming to Richmond! His TED talk about the transformative power of classical music has more than 6 million views. Ben has two infectious passions: classical music and helping us all realize our untapped love for it — and by extension, our untapped love for all new possibilities, new experiences, new connections.
Hope you plan on joining us this Saturday (4/26/14) on Time for the Blues as Henry Cook and I will be bringing in some great late night music and really bad jokes to cap off the day. Consider this your invitation to the best after hours party going. And we're serving up new Savoy Brown, Bob Corritore and our last episode of our chat with local harpmaster Li'l Ronnie Owens!
Don't worry. This week's World Music Show (4/26) won't be entirely dominated by men. But in looking over this week's playist, I noticed that the male voice does take prominence this week (which means in the coming weeks, I'll have to reverse this particular menu--it's only fair). The good thing is that the "Men of Meaning," as the title refers to, come from an array of locales and all have unique and distinct sounds.
If you’ve ever seen the documentary on RUSH called Beyond the Lighted Stage, what I have to say will not surprise you. Alex Lifeson is the real deal. Amicable, prompt, enthusiastic, funny, accomodating--a class act. He had told a mutual friend he wanted to do The Electric Croude--and so he did--even on his vacation. For someone who has been through the media for 45 years, you’d never know it. Thoughtful to every question posed--even one I’d been waiting to ask for nearly 30 years!
On April 18th, saxophonist J. Plunky Branch celebrated forty years of leading his ensemble “Plunky & Oneness” with a gala affair at the historic Hippodrome Theatre in Jackson Ward. Plunky’s music is expansive, reflecting a wide range of influences including rhythm and blues, African music, avant garde jazz, go-go, hip-hop, and funk. Over the last four decades, he’s composed hundreds of songs, recorded more than two dozen albums and has performed for audiences all over the world.