Thursday, July 21, 2011

Preview Screening of "David Amram: The First 80 Years"

There will be a preview screening of the documentary film, "David Amram: The First 80 Years", on Thursday August 4, 2011 at Jane Pickens theater in Newport RI. David Amram and his quartet, will perform a concert immediately after the screening.

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Sunday, March 27, 2011

Guitar Lessons from Guns n Roses Guitarist Ron Bumblefoot Thal

It looks like Ron Thal will be offering guitar lessons via skype, for a $1.50 a minute. The Guns n Roses guitarists announced via his website and twitter, that prospective students should email him with some details about the kind of music you like to play and your level of expertise. Visit his website for more details=>

It's your chance to get some guitar tips and techniques from a very accomplished and talented guitar player, who's made the big time!

Watch Ron Thal in action with his band, Bumblefoot.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Soul-Jazz Guitarist Melvin Sparks Dies at 64

The Jazz guitar world lost one of it's most cheerful voices on Sunday March 13th 2011, when guitarist Melvin Sparks passed away. Sparks was known for laying soulful, bluesy, lines over funky organ grooves. His live performances were energetic and uplifiting. Melvin Sparks soulful sounds will certainly be missed by many.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Some Pictures From Life is Good Festival 2010

Saturday September 11, 2010 my family and I hit the first day of the first Life is Good Festival in Canton MA. The festival was benefit concert, with 100% of the proceeds going to the Life is Good Kids Foundation, which helps kids kids overcome life-threatening challenges such as violence, illness and extreme poverty.

The festival took place over the course of 2 days, and had some great acts booked. For more info about the festival, or to find out how you can help the LIG cause, check out the Life is Good website.

My family had a great time at the festival, and found it to be smooth and well organized. If it becomes an annual event, we'll definitely go back for more! The parking situation was a little funky, 'cause there was no parking on site....Not being a city slicker, I hate relying on shuttle buses and what not.

The food, and beer were reasonably priced for an event like this, and the food was damned good!

It was all about the music though, and the bill was packed. There were 3 stages, with one stage dedicated to kid's performers since this was a family oriented event. Between the 3 stages there were about 14 acts scheduled for each day.

I shot a few pictures of some of my personal highlights from the Life is Good Festival.

Mavis Staples always puts on a very powerful, and uplifting show...and her guitarist Rick Holmstrom is pretty kick ass.

Mavis Staples Life is Good Festival 2010

Maybe one of the coolest pieces of art I've seen in a long time, was this giant guitar. It looked like it would really play, if you had big enough hands!

Life is Good Festival 2010 Giant Guitar

Ziggy Marley really got the crowd going, performing his own hits, and some of his father's. I'm not a huge reggae fan, but I like a little here and's definitely a must have for a festival like this.

Ziggy Marley Life is Good Festival 2010

As the sun started to go down, rocker, and powerhouse vocalist Grace Potter, really heated things up with her band "The Nocturnals" Definitely one of the high points of the show for me. Grace Potter has such a wicked good set of pipes! The first time Grace went to her Hammond organ, it was lost in the mix, but once the sound crew ironed that out her whole set was bitchin!

Grace Potter and The Nocturnals Life is Good Festival 2010

Ben Harper, was the headliner for Saturday the 11th, at the Life is Good Festival. I've been a fan of Ben for a while, but never managed to catch him live until this show. We didn't manage to get as close to the stage for Ben Harper's set, as we did some of the other acts. Things sounded great when Ben played his lap steel or a solid body electric, but his acoustic guitar sounded a little funky to me. Out door shows never sound as good as you'd like 'em to anyway...and Ben Harper and The Relentless 7 really kicked ass!

Ben Harper Life is Good Festival 2010

All and all, day one of the Life is Good Festival 2010 was a blast. You know you had some fun at an outdoor music festival, when you've got dirty feet like these!

I hope the Life is Good company continues to host this festival every year. They seem to have a great cause, and they really know how to put on a festival!

Monday, September 6, 2010

The Big Double Standard covering "Juanita" a Flying Burrito Brothers Classic

Me and my friend JamieOue, covering the Flying Burrito Brothers song, "Juanita". A classic song from the early pioneers of country rock.