Jimmy Buffett has taken over Don Ho's old venue in Waikiki...and to celebrate, he and the Coral Reefers will be playing the Waikiki Shell tonight, no doubt joined by Jake Shimabukuro.
Saturday, February 28, 2009
Axl Rose: Slash is a "cancer"
An American band introduces jazz music to Vietnam
A look at Raul Malo's new album
And yet another appreciation of Snooks Eaglin
Friday, February 27, 2009
Mike Doucet and BeauSoleil pass the gumbo
Stupid Music comes to Galveston, the latest stop for "Ride With Bob"...
And more Stupid Music at iFest in Houston
R.I.P. to Detroit jazz man Lyman Woodard
And our friends in Lowell have announced some of the shows in this year's music series at Boarding House Park!
Thursday, February 26, 2009
Assuming Governors Island in NY harbor even opens this summer, the latest proposal is a beach in the parking lot behind Building 110, where I used to board my daily bus to go to Junior High in lower Manhattan. No swimming allowed!
Yet another great new band name-The Bad Plus
Well-done fish and all that jazz
Video from NRBQ's Spampinato Bros.
The 10th Cape Town Jazz Fest in London
And celebrating George Harrison's birthday with...ookeleles!
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Buddy Holly, frozen in time....
Music for The Day After in New Orleans
A new jazz fusion instrumental album...
Pretty women playing ookeleles
And it's Wednesday, which means that Uncle Tom is gabbin'
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
And last but not least, the 8 best N'Awlins places to get an adult beverage
Monday, February 23, 2009
Here's one of my college room-mates, Johnny Mac, on the beach at Molo'oa Bay on Kaua'i in 2003. John, his wife, father in law and I spent 8 days on the Garden Isle, and this was one of the highlights, as it's the exact beach where the pilot episode of "Gilligan's Island" was filmed-curiously enough, on Assassination Weekend 1963. At that time I was living about 120 miles to the east in Kailua.
John's wearing his official Little Buddy T-shirt. In the distance behind him is the platform where much of the "Gilligan" pilot episode was shot.
The majority of casual Garden Isle visitors have no idea where this beach is, as many of the best beaches on the island are off the beaten path, or unpublicized, or too overcrowded to bother with. We would have never known about this beach without having visited it on the Kaua'i Movie Tour.
Click post title for more Movie Tour info, and tell Marty from Lowell we said Aloha.
Back when my family lived on Governors Island in New York Harbor in the late 1960s, we would make weekend pilgrimages to lower Manhattan to "Radio Row", which was a densely packed area of surplus electronics and ham radio stores. Sadly Radio Row was razed to make room for the WTC Towers, which of course are now no longer there either.
We would also take the subway up to Times Square, as "Music Row" included some other electronics (and camera) stores. Music Row has since 1935 been anchored by Manny's Musical Instruments-which is about to call it quits.
A peek at the new U2 release
Blues for a new generation
Essential (Fleetwood) Mac music
Great songs about the Motor City
And the first studio album in 35 years from Little Old Tommy Rush from New Hampshire!
Sunday, February 22, 2009
A tour of the Taylor Guitars factory
Dick Dale sighting
Interview with one of the owners of the House of Blues
And a look at the first women to record blues music
Saturday, February 21, 2009
Yet another reminder that Oscar Voss has an ONO website dedicated to all of the roads and "Interstate" highways in the Aloha State. As usual, clicking on the post title should get you there.
Be sure to visit the "other Kaua'i" page, as he was kind enough to include a couple of shots I took in 2003, including one of the longest straightaways in the Islands.
Oscar is actively soliciting good quality Hawai'i road photos, so give him a hand!
12 to 18 inches now on the way...
Short term /7 am Sunday morning through 6 PM Sunday/... significant winter storm to affect the County Warning Area sun and Sunday night...as energy dives into 500mb closed trough over the Great Lakes and begins to tilt it negative and close it off over eastern New England. This will allow for development of coastal low S of Long Island Sun morning. Models in good agreement on general scenario...but differ on exact track and timing. Agree with HPC assessment that a 12z Euro/GFS blend...slightly to skewed the less intense /and lower quantitative precipitation forecast/ Euro is the way to go...as it actually captures a nice consensus of many models and ensembles. Expecting precipitation to begin across southern New Hampshire and SW ME in the late morning...and across rest of the County Warning Area midday to early afternoon. Will likely see some rain mix in on the ME coast and seacoast New Hampshire...in fact...precipitation might start as rain...and could stay rain for a few hours on the coast from Casco Bay south into coastal New Hampshire. This will keep snowfall totals down in this area...enough to only put up an advisory in these areas. For the rest of the area...the track...and rapid intensification will lead to significant...and sometimes heavy snow. In the foothills and mountains...where southeast upslope flow will enhance snowfall...a foot to a foot and half of snow is likely in some spots by early Monday. Also...once the low passes late Sun night...will see west winds kick up...with gusts of 25-30 miles per hour expected after midnight...which could lead to some blowing and drifting of snow.
Q & A with Ramsey Lewis
Pop's perpetual Old Man is back on the road
Top jazz releases of the past 7 days
Stupid Music from Sister Wilene
And a look at Samedi Gras in LA
Friday, February 20, 2009
A trumpet summit in Seattle:
The day the Muzak died
A new video from NRBQ's Terry Adams
Visiting western Louisiana for Mardi Gras
And a look at a New England band starting to make some national waves, Ernie and the Automatics.
Thursday, February 19, 2009
Singing the Blues: SF Blues Fest cancelled after 30 years.
A critic names his 5 favorite desert island albums:
Jazz mandolins in Maine
Ann Hampton Calloway sighted
And opening night at the PDX Jazz Festival in Frasier-land!
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Regular readers of this blog may have noticed that the recorded snowfall amount on the right sidebar hasn't been updated for over 3 weeks.
That's because we have had no snowfall in the past 3 weeks.
However, it has been snowing nicely this eve, so we are about to go over a hundred inches. Film at 11.
(BluesAccesss.com photo, mahalo)
Sad news-one of my music heroes, New Orleans guitarist Snooks Eaglin, left the building after a battle with prostate cancer. I first encountered Snooks in 1988 on my voyage to the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Fest, and I had lobbied the Lowell Folk Fest for years to get him up here, to no avail.
Snooks was a walking encyclopedia of American music, especially New Orleans music. Perhaps the latter was because he was right there...he started with a teenager named Allen Toussaint in the 1950s, and played gee-tar for just about every N'Awlins singer for years. He also wrote some of his own material, but was beloved for his great covers of others' tunes. He even did classical pieces on acoustic guitar.
New high-life music from West Africa
Russian jazz meets Russian classical
A forum with Vanguard jazz legends
A new marching band in the Big Easy
And talking story with Cyril Pahinui
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Previewing the Melbourne Jazz Fest
Another great new band name: Kill Van Kull
Attempting an ookelele world record
The best jazz guitar ever...
And a reunited J. Geils Band will open the new House of Blues in Beantown....
Monday, February 16, 2009
Jazz on the green in JA
Is the jazz music world recession-proof?
Yet another great new band name-Abe Vigoda!
A New England guitar maker builds a West Coast network...
How to turn your iPhone into a guitar?
And a pre-Mardi Gras throwdown in the Big Apple
Sunday, February 15, 2009
Phillip Glass' latest
Saving a college radio station
Remembering the other musician killed in the Buffalo plane crash
Looking back at Gershwin
And how to protect your iTunes library
Saturday, February 14, 2009
Taking a chisel to musical monuments
Miles and 'Trane + 50 years
R.I.P. saxophonist Gerry Niewood, who was on the plane that crashed in Buffalo...
A Mardi Gras visit to Eunice Louisiana, home of late legendary Cajun musician Dennis McGee
And your chance to win a Sponge Bob flying V ookelele!
Friday, February 13, 2009
Corky, the beloved longtime editorial cartoonist for the Honolulu Star-Bulletin, lost a battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 69, and started at the paper 40 years ago.
Samples of his 'toons can be seen here:
Jon Hassell sighted
Astral Project still tears it up
A man and his cheese
And Ookeleles and underpants in New Zealand...
Thursday, February 12, 2009
More on the Qatar Jazz Fest
Classical music from...the Brubeck Brothers?
Anger in Hawai'i over this year's Grammy award
Aretha bails on JazzFest in New Orleans
And Neil Young signs on to JazzFest in New Orleans
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Jazz meets ballet in Ohio
A new music fest in Qatar
Music review: "Where the World Ends"
And the eggheads at M.I.T. invent a new guitar!
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Just above Merrill Pond, whose headwaters are atop Saddle Hill...I actually managed to spook this turkey into taking flight a few seconds later. He ended up in a tree branch 40 feet up. Yes, they CAN fly!
We actually have some gourmet restaurants here in New Hampshire that prepare and serve these puppies, but I think I will pass.
A new book traces jazz's West African roots
Despite the economy, Festival Network keeps on going...
A New Hampshire high school band goes to Germany
Review: "The Cradle Will Rock"
And a Stupid Music neophyte discovers The Tiffany Transcriptions!
Monday, February 9, 2009
For the first time in the 30 year history of our Meredith Fishing Derby, the same fisherman won both first and second prizes. And he's a local to boot! For his trouble he won over $30,000 worth of goodies.
R.I.P. jazz singer Blossom Dearie
A look at a great radio station
A chat with the NY Times classical music critic
A challenge: record an album in 28 days!
And Stupid Music at the Grammy Awards
Sunday, February 8, 2009
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Tia Carrere and Daniel Ho won the 2009 Grammy award for Best Hawaiian Music Album. The pair collaborated to produce the album titled "Ikena."...It's the first time since the Hawaiian Grammy was introduced in 2005, that the award was not given to a slack key guitar compilation.
A timeless album called "Astral Weeks"
Louisiana nominees for Grammies
Miles College and All That Jazz
No one stays young forever...
And a John Mooney sighting!
Saturday, February 7, 2009
Our town of Meredith, NH has hatched a new neighborhood on the bay. This weekend is our annual ice fishing derby...$60,000 worth of prizes this year.
The weather is being kind-after making us all freeze our arses off in December and January, the air temp has warmed up nicely.
Glen Campbell, secret Monkee?
Etta James isn't happy:
Don't forget the drummer
Grammy predictions from Creative Loafing...
And Mardi Gras comes to Vermont
Friday, February 6, 2009
(PNW Bands blog photo)
Drummer Dewey Martin of the classic short-lived band Buffalo Springfield died January 31st of unknown causes. He was 68.
Some of the other members of that band included Richie Furay, who later went on to form Poco; bassist Jim Felder, who later joined the very first version of Blood, Sweat and Tears and then stayed with them thru their next incarnation, and last but not least a couple of guys named Steve Stills and Neil Young.
"The kill of near-shore fish over the past week in the normally pristine waters off Niihau has prompted an investigation led by both the Department of Land and Natural Resources and the Department of Health."
Day-by-day schedule for JazzFest in New Orleans announced:
Benny Golson plays Monk!
Remembering the man behind the Chuck Brown music
Movies and music merge
And roots reggae in northern California
Thursday, February 5, 2009
No, not the doctor on "Star Trek". A visit with a newly named Country Music Hall of Fame member named Charlie. He will be joined in this year's class by Barbara Mandrell and "Little Roy Halsey" from "The Beverly Hillbillies", better known as Roy Clark.
Threadgill in Vermont
Behind the scenes at Monday's Buddy Holly show
The Grammy powerhouse you've never heard of
And an Alison Krauss sighting...
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
And yet another great band moniker-Rupa and the April Fishes
Earshot Jazz Awards handed out in Seattle:
A new "southern rock track pack" for Guitar Hero
Preview of the upcoming London Guitar Show
And a visit with one of my favorite funk bands, Galactic from New Orleans
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
Swedish jazz in Beantown
R.I.P. sax great Hank Crawford
A review of "Willie and the Wheel"
Dent May and His Magnificent Ookelele
And American roots musicians battle for the elusive Grammy Awars
Monday, February 2, 2009
The Golden Ear Awards
A new teenaged jazz singer from Down Under
A poet pays tribute to "dead rock stars and dirty guitars"
Yet another great new band name-the Heartless Bastards?
And Brian Wilson wows them in his hometown of LA
Sunday, February 1, 2009
US Apache Helicopter crews were on a training mission on the morning of February 1, 2003. Their gun-camera footage picks up the shuttle as it enters the atmosphere over Central Texas...click post title for video
Auroral Corona Over Norway
Credit & Copyright: Frank Andreassen
Higher than highest communications tower, higher than highest mountain, higher than highest airplane, lies the realm of the aurora. Auroras rarely reach below 60 kilometers, and can range up to 1000 kilometers. Aurora light results from energetic electrons and protons striking molecules in the Earth's atmosphere. Frequently, when viewed from space, a complete aurora will appear as a circle around one of the Earth's magnetic poles. This particularly rare purple auroral corona occurred in 2004 high above Harstad, Norway.
Today's Don Everly's 72nd birthday. Phil hit the big 7-0 last month. We saw them live in 2003 when they toured with Paul and Artie.
Sadly they have no official website; click the post title for a link to their fan club, "The Beehive"...
First up, a 1961 clip
Late 60s, on the Smothers Brothers show
From a couple of decades later, they do "Why Worry" with a couple of special guests, including the song's composer
And here they do a tune by Sir Paul McCartney
A new album imminent from NRBQ spin-off the Rip-It-Ups
Another Top 10 List-this one is best jazz releases of 2008
Battle of the Bands at Berklee
Remembering the great Voice of America jazz show host Willis Conover
And playing the boredom blues-a new theory as to the genesis of Stupid Music