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John Oates Produces Aspen Songwriters Festival with the Wheeler Opera House March 21 – 25, 2012, Aspen, Colorado

Legendary singer-songwriter John Oatesproduces the third annual 7908 Aspen Songwriters Festivalin the picturesque ski resort of Aspen, Colorado, March 21 – 25, 2012. Having quickly grown into one of the premier songwriters festivals in the country, this year’s event features thirteen performances over five nights with genres from Americana to Alt-Rock to Pop.

Artists scheduled to appear include: Matt Nathanson, Kenny Loggins, Gary Burr, Matt Scannell (Vertical Horizons), Sophie B. Hawkins, James McMurtry, JD Souther, Adam Aijala and Ben Kaufmann (Yonder Mountain String Band), Marc Broussard and many others. Each night is magical as legendary writers perform side-by-side with the next great generation of songwriting talent.

The festival, which Oates created in partnership with the City of Aspen, takes place in the historic Wheeler Opera House. A member of the Songwriters Hall of Fameand one half of the most successful duo in the history of rock and pop, Oates will also perform at the event’s grand finale with Sam Bush on Sunday, March 25. Proceeds from the non-profit festival support the mission of celebrating the art and craft of songwriting while mentoring and developing a new generation of talent.

In addition to producing the festival, John Oates has never been busier touring both with Hall & Oates and his solo project, The John Oates Band. Hall & Oates just returned from a two week tour of Australia and are enjoying a new generation of fans experiencing their music. Since the formation of their partnership in the early 70’s, Hall & Oates have sold over 80 million albums. Their influence on modern pop music has been cited by numerous contemporary bands like the Gym Class Heroes, the Killers, and Hot Chelle Rae, who reference the duo’s musical inspiration in shaping their sound.

Over the past decade, John Oates has continued to explore his musical roots. In 2011, John’s album “Mississippi Mile” delivered a fresh and unexpected sound. Since 1999, John Oates has recorded four solo albums: “Phunk Shui“, “100 Miles of Life”, “Mississippi Mile” and, most recently, a live album called “The Bluesville Sessions” set to be released in 2012.

February 15, 2012 Posted by | Blogroll | Leave a comment

Dave Mustaine Signed iPad Giveaway on Dean Guitars’ LIVE from NAMM Webcast

TUNE IN to the Dean Guitars’ “LIVE from NAMM” webcast for a chance to win an iPad signed by Megadeth frontman, Dave Mustaine. One lucky viewer will be randomly selected from the chat room.

The iPad will be pre-loaded with Dave Mustaine: Guitar Prodigy, an interactive application that teaches fans how to play Megadeth songs on ANY guitar. The app uses real master tracks and listens to every note played, providing instant feedback on your performance; it’s like taking private lessons with Dave.

Dean Guitars is the only company to date to give the global guitar community an all-access ticket to NAMM with a multi-camera, real-time HD webcast. Exclusive technology partnerships with and NewTek TriCaster will allow viewers to interact via Facebook and Twitter with the Dean crew.

Dave Mustaine, widely regarded as one of the greatest metal guitarist in the world, is the founder and front man of Megadeth. With ten Grammy nominations under their bullet belts and having enjoyed five consecutive Platinum and multi-Platinum certifications, as well as seven Gold certifications during their career, Megadeth is easily one of the most recognized and culturally significant names in hard rock music for the past three decades. They’ve essentially written the book on heavy metal and hard rock, gaining momentum with each critically lauded release. For more information, visit

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January 24, 2012 Posted by | Blogroll | | Leave a comment

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum Announces its Newest Featured Exhibit: Grateful Dead: The Long, Strange Trip

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum is proud to present a major exhibition devoted to a truly unique American rock and roll band, Grateful Dead: The Long, Strange Trip. The exhibit will open to the public on Thursday, April 12, as a part of the 2012 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Week events. The Mickey Hart Band, featuring the Grateful Dead drummer, will perform on the Rock Hall’s Main Stage for an exhibit opening event on Wednesday, April 11.

“The Grateful Dead is a band that is identified with a remarkable era in American history, and, inasmuch as they embody that era, their work is timeless,” says Jim Henke, vice president of Exhibits and Curatorial Affairs. “They’ve inspired many performers and bands, but none has exhibited their musical depth and cultural resonance. In a 30-year career, this group wrote their own rules and created a community unlike any band before or since.”

Grateful Dead: The Long, Strange Trip explores the band from a non-linear point of view. Individual sections within the exhibit will be devoted to Grateful Dead as a recording group and a touring band, the fans who devotedly followed them, tapers and fellow travelers (people who were important to the band). It will include finished and working manuscripts for classic songs, handwritten notes from legendary taper Dick Latvala, artifacts from original sound designer Owsley “Bear” Stanley, and promoter Bill Graham’s Father Time robe and Grateful Dead Hotline answering machine.

Art and design have always been closely associated with Grateful Dead, and this exhibit will include an unprecedented collection of original artwork that is immediately recognizable from the band’s album covers and posters. It will feature numerous instruments used by the Grateful Dead over the years, including keyboards, drums, percussion, guitars and elements from the legendary Wall of Sound PA system. The Grateful Dead Archive at the University of California-Santa Cruz has loaned a significant number of items from their extraordinary collection, which will open to the public in Spring 2012.

Additional highlights include:

Five Jerry Garcia guitars, including his Travis Bean TB5
Mickey Hart’s custom-painted drum kit
Two Bob Weir guitars, including his first Ibanez “cowboy” custom guitar
Several original lyric manuscripts, including “Truckin’,” “Box of Rain” and “Sugaree”
Several original Grateful Dead-related artworks, including images from Workingman’s Dead, Without a Net and Fillmore Auditorium poster art
Bill Graham’s “Father Time” robe

Formed in Palo Alto, California, in 1965 from a previous incarnation as a bar band called the Warlocks, the Grateful Dead were at the epicenter of the sweeping cultural event that was San Francisco in the Sixties. Their music was informed by a diverse set of influences – contemporary classical composition, bluegrass, rhythm & blues, free jazz, rock and roll and the blues. Fueled by a cultural underground of writers, poets and bohemians that stretched from Oakland and Berkeley in the East Bay to Palo Alto on the peninsula, the Grateful Dead developed an ethos that embraced true artistic pursuits over commercial concerns, improvisation over rote arrangements and mind expansion through the use of psychedelic drugs.

At the exhibit opening event on the 11th, Mickey Hart Band will perform new songs from his forthcoming album to be released this spring as well as Grateful Dead classics. Hart will be touring this spring in support of his new album which he told Rolling Stone features samples of “light waves from the cosmos, starting 13.7 billion years ago with the Big Bang.”

This exhibit will be open through December 2012.

January 21, 2012 Posted by | Blogroll | , | 1 Comment

Berklee College of Music Unveils Exclusive Music Network For Students, Alumni, and Faculty

Berklee College of Music, the world’s premiere institution for the study of contemporary music, and Berkleemusic, its award-winning online extension school, today announced the launch of the Berklee Music Network, a first-of-its-kind music network, exclusive to Berklee students, alumni, and faculty, as well as select partners and music industry professionals.

The Berklee Music Network is an online community of the “best of the best” in music. Over 75,000 Berklee-trained and affiliated individuals, including Amy Ellis from Karmin, Stefan Lessard from the Dave Matthews Band, and many other noteworthy composers, producers, managers, performers and music industry professionals who are actively moving the business of music forward. The network provides a platform by which these professionals can collaborate, advance their careers through education and a robust job board, and get exclusive gear discounts from some of the industry leaders in the music business: Guitar Center, SoundCloud, IZotope, and many more.

“Berklee College of Music has an unparalleled track record in producing and educating the world’s best musicians, entrepreneurs, producers, and songwriters,” says Dave Kusek, CEO of Berkleemusic. “The Berklee Music Network is a destination where these top-tier musicians can continue their musical and professional growth in a supportive and collaborative environment. Our exclusive job boards and partner deals, coupled with the ability to personally interact with other Berklee-trained musicians, is a huge advantage to being part of Berklee, and it exists no where else online.”

Although current Berklee affiliates—students, alumni, faculty, and staff—have exclusive access to the Berklee Music Network, new members can join the network by enrolling with Berklee College of Music in Boston, or by taking an online course with

January 18, 2012 Posted by | Blogroll | , | Leave a comment

“Live Music Night – Night of Sweet Relief” Annual Event

This weekend, October 14, 15 &16 marks the inaugural event for “Live Music Night”/ “Night of Sweet Relief” The planned event, spread out across the U.S. and several international locations, focuses on live music performance and the partnership of musical artists, venues and music fans.

This fall, every weekend throughout the United States, millions of people will attend some form of live entertainment. It may be one of 15 professional football games or a few hundred college ball games. There might be a thousand theatre productions, hundreds of motor sports events and a few dozen extreme sports gatherings. But when it comes to a total number of entertainment options, live music outweighs them all. On any given Saturday there are tens of thousands of musicians, singers and djs playing out in clubs, bars, theatres, restaurants, schools, churches, garages, arenas and stadiums.

“Live Music Night” is being organized by national non-profit charity, Sweet Relief Musicians Fund in conjunction with hundreds of music venues, promoters, artists and ticketing companies. One of the premiere shows slated for this weekend is the legendary Grammy winning guitarist Peter Frampton at Houston’s House of Blues. The timing couldn’t be more appropriate as Mr. Frampton’s album, “Frampton Comes Alive!”, recognized as one of the bestselling live album of all time, celebrates its 35 year anniversary. Regarding this weekend’s event, Frampton said “Music and playing it live is my passion. It is both gratifying and a pleasure to be able to share what I love to do and partner with fellow musicians, concert-goers, and an organization that helps support developing and emerging artists.”-. In 2010, Frampton was also instrumental with Sweet Relief’s assistance for fellow artist, the late Richie Hayward, drummer for four decades with Little Feat.

Paul Barrere and Fred Tackett of Little Feat are headlining WeberFest in Kokomo IN, also in support of “Night of Sweet Relief” Mr. Barrere worked with Sweet Relief intimately for over a year helping to organize events, fundraising and support during his band mates yearlong illness. Paul Barrere commented “Playing our music live for fans across the country has been and is a joyful and rewarding experience. I like the idea of a celebration that connects the musicians, venues and fans and includes some solution for suffering artists” “After all the support that Sweet Relief showed for Richie Hayward I would do anything for these folks – they are simply the best – Fred and I are proud to be part of this special weekend!!!” he added.

“Sweet Relief owes much of our effectiveness to the assistance of established artists like Peter Frampton & Paul Barrere” said Sweet Relief’s Executive Director, Rob Max. “Musicians who have toured for their whole lives know how rewarding and difficult it can be. When illness or disability takes an artist off the stage there is often no safety net beyond charities like ours” he added.

Over 200 shows are scheduled for “Live Music Night” 2011 with details available at Major Partner/Sponsors include Billboard Touring Conference & Awards, ReverbNation, Heil Sound, IM Radio, New Music Tipsheet and Record Store Day . Ticket company partners include TicketMaster, TicketFly, TicketBiscuit, TicketWeb,and Ticket Alternative.

October 16, 2011 Posted by | Blogroll | | Leave a comment

What I’m thinking about music

I’d much rather be a siren than a fire alarm.

September 29, 2010 Posted by | Blogroll | Leave a comment

Slash in 3D

The first video off of Slash’s #1 Rock Album SLASH, which hit retail in April and has received rave reviews worldwide, has been converted into full 3D, it was announced today in a joint statement by San Diego-based 3D Production & Conversion studio PassmoreLab & Slash.

The 5-minute rock music video, “By The Sword”, is the first single off the album and the first video ever from Slash to be released in 3D. It features the vocals of Andrew Stockdale of Wolfmother, and the ever-present blistering guitar work from Slash. The 3D video was released internationally today.

Slash, currently on tour promoting the album, has been on top of every aspect of the album and video process.

“Everything was cool, start to finish,” said Slash. “From Andrew’s vocals, to Vance directing me again, to PassmoreLab doing the 3D, it has been a killer experience and I am thrilled with it.”

Vance Burberry, Director of the video in 2D, said the video was a “wonderful, four month collaboration” between he and Slash. Burberry has a long history with Slash from his Guns ‘N Roses days, where he was Director of Photography on the band’s “Sweet Child o’Mine”, “Paradise City” and “Welcome to the Jungle” rock videos.

“On this one, we created a kind of post-apocalyptic future, where people are starved for music,” says Burberry. “We end up underground in this dark, deserted power plant bunker, where Slash and the band are mesmerizing an audience. When I found out that we were doing the conversion with PassmoreLab, I thought that environment was perfect for 3D.”

PassmoreLab began work on the project in May, and found the underground setting of the video was actually quite demanding. The conversion took about four weeks to complete, using PassmoreLab’s proprietary conversion technology.

“It’s edgy, dark and fast — everything you would expect from Slash,” said Steve Glum, PassmoreLab’s head of Branding & Distribution. “Everybody in the video is hypnotized by this murky hunger for rock n roll, and the quick camera cuts, sweeping movement, and low lighting gave us a real conversion challenge. But the final 3D product is very cool.”

SLASH hit the charts on April 6. Featuring an incredible lineup of rockers and vocalists like Kid Rock, Dave Grohl, Myles Kennedy, Fergie, Adam Levine, Chris Cornell, Ozzy Osbourne, Iggy Pop, and more, the album has been critically-acclaimed all over the world.

“We were very excited to do it,” continued Glum. “If you are going to produce an artist’s 3D rock video, Slash is definitely on the top of that list.”
SLASH is Slash’s first album as a solo artist, having previously recorded and toured most recently with Velvet Revolver from 2003-2008. One of the most recognizable rockers of all time, with his signature top hat, he is also critically recognized as one of the all-time best guitarists ever to play. In August 2009, Time Magazine ranked him #2 on its list of the 10 Best Electric Guitar Players of All-Time.

Always on the cutting-edge of music, art and technology, PassmoreLab has a solid background in rock and 3D music videos, working with New York garage-glam phenoms Semi Precious Weapons on the award-winning “Magnetic Baby”; with punk-rockers Osaka Popstar & the American Legends of Punk on “Wicked World”, with Rock ‘N Roll Hall of Famer Sammy Hagar on “Loud”, and LA art noir group Miss Derringer on “Black Tears”. PassmoreLab also delved into the rock-and-roll archives of famed photographer Bob Gruen to produce the first-ever 3D conversions of images from the Rock, Punk, and New Wave eras. Working together with Gruen, PassmoreLab developed an innovative new process to convert many of Gruen’s well-known images to a format that can be viewed on stereoscopic displays.

“By The Sword, in 3D!” will be seen in VOD on various network locations in Italy, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Australia, Japan & Canada; at the 3D Experience Entertainment & Technology Festival as the pre-roll to U23D in Times Square, New York City; and at Hard Rock Cafes in Barcelona & Madrid; additional locations to be announced.

September 2, 2010 Posted by | Blogroll, Heavy Metal, Music, Music News, Progressive Metal, Progressive Music | Leave a comment

Gaga in the room

I’m a lot like Truman Capote if I dare may say. He was always himself no matter who his muse of the moment was. So I am. I’m the girl in the ultra trés mini and drag queen makeup whenever I’m forced to be in some conservative spot. Always a show girl. It’s theatre. It’s art, baby. Naturally, it was only fitting that I would be dressed in a maxi pink floral dress with appropriate matching cardigan for Lady Gaga’s Monster Ball concert at the Pepsi Center in Denver last Wednesday night. Huh!
Wannabes – as we called them in my teeny bop days – were dressed in their glitterati. Adorable little minions. I couldn’t do it. I would fit in. How un-apropos. My daughter didn’t even dress up. I guess a knock off the old block eh! Aesthetics aside there’s more to Lady Gaga to get me stirred up. Huh!
If you ask what does Gaga have to do with progressive music, then you have not allowed yourself to be exposed to her Gaganess. However, I find the woman intriguing since I’m a lover and participant of the theater and performance art. I’m surprised her music hasn’t been labeled “art rock” but I would never support labeling anything anyway. Huh!
Her show was an invitation for us to join her at the Monster Ball. We – being her little monsters. I’m not a subject of the monster family; however, I am an Italian-American from New York just like Lady Gaga. Maybe that’s why the 24 years old has captured the adoration of this 43 years old. Huh!
Seeing her on stage sent me back in a time capsule to another life I had. One that I still cling to. I’ve been reawakened. Lady Gaga says she’s “letting the freaks outside and locking all the fucking doors.” This freak has been inside for too long. Time to let her out. Huh!
I’ve perceived and received a lot of smack for taking my ten year old daughter to see the super-sonic iconic for gays. Well…I say “back off” in the utmost respectful way. My neighbor professed that my daughter will be exposed to all the “gay people making out” and acting in lewd ways. What? I didn’t see anyone sucking face or otherwise. The audience included all the colors over and under the rainbow Awesome, I say. It was one of the most polite audiences I have been with in quite a while, especially considering that I’ve never been a good audience member always wanting to be on stage or backstage. I’m at home there. Huh!
Did she drop the f-bomb? Of course! Don’t all of us New Yorkers? My daughter is not immune from it and ironically, abhors the word. I was proud to hear Lady Gaga tell her monsters to be themselves no matter what. I hope my daughter embraces those same words I constantly tell her. It was a great mother-daughter experience. Critics – take that back to your mundane objective worlds. As Lady Gaga preached, “I’m a free bitch, baby.” The party is here. Let’s go. Huh!

August 5, 2010 Posted by | Music, Music News, Progressive Music | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Sting with the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra come to the 1-800-ASK-GARY Amphitheatre in Tampa Saturday, July 3, 2010

Grammy-award winning artist Sting will perform in Tampa with the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra during his “Symphonicity” World Tour at 8 p.m. Sat., July 3 in the 1-800-ASK-GARY Amphitheatre at the Florida State Fairgrounds. Sting will play his biggest hits re-interpreted as symphonic arrangements backed by his orchestra.

Prior to starting his solo career, Sting was the principal songwriter, lead singer and bassist of The Police. As a solo musician and member of The Police, Sting has received sixteen Grammy Awards for his work, his first for Best Rock Instrumental Performance in 1981, in addition to an Oscar nomination for best song. He is a member of both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

The Symphonicity World Tour will be a one-of-a-kind performance of Sting’s best-known songs from his decades as a top performer. Order your tickets for Sting at the 1-800-ASK-GARY Amphitheatre on Sat., July 3 by visiting today.

Sting with the with the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, 8 p.m., Sat., July 3, 1-800-ASK-GARY Amphitheatre at the Florida State Fairgrounds, 4802 US Highway 301 North, Tampa, (813) 740-2446 or, $44.50-$157

July 1, 2010 Posted by | Blogroll | Leave a comment

Roger Waters The Wall Tour a Rare Opportunity for Music Fans

Released in 1979 to critical acclaim, Pink Floyd’s The Wall was rated Billboard’s #1 album in 1980. Containing well-known classic singles such as “Hey You”, “Mother” and “Comfortably Numb”, The Wall is among the five best-selling albums of all time in the United States. Yet in the past 30 years it has only been performed live in two U.S. cities, until now. This fall, former Pink Floyd bassist Roger Waters, who wrote The Wall, will be performing the entire album live on tour. This unique opportunity to experience one of the most popular albums of all time is making Roger Waters The Wall Tickets ( hard to come by in 2010.

When Pink Floyd’s The Wall tour came to the US in 1980, they limited performances to New York and Los Angeles. The live show was such an elaborate production that all the trucks required to transport the equipment used to build the wall made it impossible at the time to tour. That means for almost the entire country, the 2010 Roger Waters The Wall Live Tour marks their first opportunity to see The Wall performed in concert.

“In my 31 years in business I have seen concerts ranging from Sinatra to Led Zeppelin. I was at the Nassau Coliseum show in 1980 and The Wall is one of top 3 shows both musically and theatrically I have ever been to. The production was unbelievable. I have never seen a show staged like this before or since. This concert is going to be unlike any other,” says Tom Patania, CEO of Select-A-Ticket.

The production of the 2010 show is reportedly going to be spectacular, with a huge 240 foot wide, 35 foot tall wall that will be built before each performance and torn down afterwards.

The Wall was released to loads of critical acclaim, and is considered by many to be one of the greatest albums ever released. The album focuses on a young musician facing a personal crisis, which has been described as Roger Waters’s state of mind at the time he wrote it.

The massive theatrical production setting the atmosphere for one of the best selling albums of all time, plus the fact only two U.S. cities have seen this show in the past 30 years all combine to make Roger Waters The Wall Tickets ( the most talked about concert ticket of the year.

May 27, 2010 Posted by | Blogroll | , , , | Leave a comment