Well, the suspense is over. At around one o'clock on Tuesday afternoon, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival released the 2014 festival lineup - and it is pretty damn good! The headliners, scoffed at by Fest purists like the late cynic Johnny Gumbo, are outstanding (even given that Christina Aguilera is one of them). But it is the depth that is impressive. Forget the first weekend and Thursday of 2nd, 'cause we are not arriving until Thursday night.
On Friday, psyched about Alabama Shakes, but hoping everyone gets a chance to see locals-by-way-of-Bronx Hurray For the Riff Raff (great show at Cafe Nine last year), the legendary Alejandro Escovedo, Mia Borders, the Iguanas (hoping on a smaller stage), Lost Bayou Ramblers. And that's not mentioning Chaka Khan, Amanda Shaw and Pharoah Sanders!
Saturday will be insane with Bruce and the boys - could break records (not necessarily a good thing, viewing-wise). But beforehand we get Allen Toussaint, Johnny Winter, The Head & the Heart.
Sunday, we have Shorty closing (with our best bud Sneaky Pete on guitar). Really looking to see Delbert McClinton, Chick Corea and John Fogerty (there's a bathroom on the right). The Radiators are back! Aaron Neville, Terrence Blanchard.
16th at Three Sheets/ ex-elm bar ex-rudys for Kriss Santala's singer
songwriter nite. music STARTS 9p w/Bill Beckett, we're on second at
9:30 followed by Matt Thomas (MT Bearington) and ending with Sam
Perduta. open mic follows.
thurs 23rd the SSP !! will be opening the DressUps/Bronson Rock show at the Outer Space. music starts with us at 8pm. $5.
Speculation continues about who will show up at this year's Fest. No, we are not talking about that persistent 'Return of Johnny Gumbo' rumor, we're talking about who will be included in the official lineup release on January 14. Looks like one of my long time favorites, Chick Corea, is certain (since he posted it on his website). Hurray For the Riff Raff?
While we wait, does anyone look familiar in this Jimmy Fallon skit (Mark, you tight-pants guy)?
(CNN) -- Singer Phil Everly -- one half of the
groundbreaking, smooth-sounding, record-setting duo, the Everly Brothers
-- has died, a hospital spokeswoman said. He was 74.
During the late 1950s and
early 1960s, Phil Everly and his brother, Don, ranked among the elite
in the music world by virtue of their pitch-perfect harmonies and
emotive lyrics. Rolling Stone
labeled the Everly Brothers "the most important vocal duo in rock,"
having influenced the Beatles, the Beach Boys, Simon & Garfunkel and
many other acts. Along the way, they notched 35 Top 100 songs -- more than any other vocal pair.
The Everly Brothers'
sound -- with Don's lower register generally ringing in perfect thirds
with Phil's higher voice -- was the backbone of dozens of hits. The two began as
songwriters before signing a deal in 1957 with Cadence Records. They
became international sensations over the next five years with tunes such
as "Bye Bye Love," "Wake Up Little Susie," "When Will I Be Loved" and
"All I Have to Do Is Dream." In terms of record sales, their chief
rivals during this stretch were Elvis Presley and Pat Boone.
Their style -- a product
of their blend of rock 'n' roll with Appalachian folk, bluegrass and
other genres more closely aligned to their Kentucky roots -- helped them
earn inductions in both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Country Music Hall of Fame. (more)