Folk/Pop/Classical Cello Rocks!

For my review of this marvelous show by Mike Block at Club Passim, see No Depression.

Mike Block

Mike Block

Mike Block

Barry Rothman

Mike Block

Mike Block

A Weekend Of Traditional Music In Brooklyn

I would not have known the Brooklyn Folk Festival existed were it not for the publicist. I might have known if I lived in New York, but I do not. I am grateful to that publicist because I was introduced to some fine people – musicians, a writer, and a filmmaker – who enriched my life.

Eli Smith, founder of the Brooklyn Folk Festival

This three-day festival celebrated its ninth year with a large diverse crowd, ranging from families with babies to older people who lived through the folk revival movement of the 1950s and 1960s.The musicians were as diverse as the audience; there was an 11-year old girl playing a mean banjo and there was Jim Kweskin who was part of the folk revival movement.

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Red Dirt Country Music Strikes Again!

“Red Dirt” music refers to the specific style of country music from Oklahoma and refers to the color of the soil there. The Turnpike Troubadours are one of the best known bands of that genre touring today, and they sold out Brighton Music Hall recently.

The Turnpike Troubadours

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The Lowell Summer Music Series Lineup Is Now Complete

Another personal and crowd favorite returns to the Lowell Summer Music Series and I am excited that he will appear for the third time on Friday, August 18th! I cannot see Buddy Guy too often and if you have not yet seen this living legend, make it a point to be at Boarding House Park this night.

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This New Blues Album Is Worth Your Time – And Money!

I have had the privilege to see Dan Whitener, the terrific banjo player with hip-hop bluegrass band Gangstagrass as well as with the newgrass band Man About a Horse, a number of times (only with Gangstagrass) and thoroughly enjoy his style and versatility. I am thrilled to review his new solo album, Crossover.

Crossover Album Cover

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The Midnight Songster Strikes Gold

I was recently introduced to musician Jake LaBotz, whose new album, Sunnyside, was released on May 12; it was produced by Jimmy Sutton who also produces JD McPherson and Pokey LaFarge.

Jake La Botz Sunnyside album cover

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A Crowd Favorite Returns To The Lowell Summer Music Series For The Fourth Time!

Bruce Hornsby has delivered three excellent performances at the Lowell Summer Music Series and I am excited that he will appear for the fourth time on Thursday, August 31st! He is a consistently fine performer and you should take this opportunity to see him again if you have seen him in the past and if you have not, you should see him for your first time at a venue he enjoys!

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The Lowell Summer Music Series Scores With A Rare Show By Randy Newman

Randy Newman will perform on Friday, July 7th for his first time at the Lowell Summer Music Series! He rarely performs so this is a fabulous score by the Series.

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Wow, The Newport Folk Made Amazing Additions To The Lineup

The Newport Folk Festival continues its amazing lineup announcements!

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Lowell Summer Music Series Season Pass On Sale Now!

Although there are still three concerts remaining to be announced, the Lowell Summer Music Series has set the price for the season pass and it is now for sale!

What a deal it is! The average price of the shows is $44 but with a season pass it is under $29. The pass is priced at $488 and is available here.

Join me for my 11th consecutive year as a season pass holder. This year’s lineup is spectacular!

 

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