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Happy 67th Birthday Bob Marley! We Miss You.

Today, on what would have been his 67th birthday, we pay tribute to the great Bob Marley. Marley, sadly passed away in 1981 at the much-too-young age of thirty-six, but he still manages to have an impact and cultural presence today, thirty-one years after his death.

Marley’s ever-present message of unity and perseverance in the face of oppression has inspired indigenous communities worldwide. The Australian Aboriginals burn a flame in his honor in Sydney’s Victoria Park, Native American tribes revere his work and tributes to Marley take place all over the world from South America to India. There’s even a statue of Marley in Banatski Sokolac, Serbia! The United Nations recognized Marley’s inspirational message for the downtrodden and awarded him the Peace Medal of the Third World in 1978. For a musician to receive this honor demonstrates that there was more to Marley than a great voice and a captivating stage presence.

“Marley wasn’t singing about how peace could come easily to the World but rather how hell on Earth comes too easily to too many. His songs were his memories; he had lived with the wretched, he had seen the downpressers and those whom they pressed down.” – Mikal Gilmore, Rolling Stone

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Posted by on February 6, 2012 in Music, Seasonal

 

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Two Tributes to the Incomparable Etta James

Most of you know that the great Soul/Blues singer Etta James died last week. Today, what would have been her 74th birthday, gives us the opportunity to remember and pay tribute to one of the great voices of our time. As a singer, I can’t understate how much of an influence she’s had on me and countless others. She had the rare talent of being able to project attitude and ferocity at one moment and then turn around and sing with tenderness and vulnerability without missing a beat. Her talent was incomparable and she left us too soon.

Etta was born in Los Angeles under the name Jamesetta Hawkins on this day in 1938. Her mother, Dorothy Hawkins, who was only fourteen at the time. She never knew her father but suspected that he might be the legendary pool player Rudolf “Minnesota Fats” Wanderone, who she met briefly in 1987. Her mother, sadly, was mostly absent during her early childhood, and she was raised by various caregivers, many of whom abused her.

She began voice training at the age of five and quickly became a popular singer at her church. In 1950, her mother took her to San Francisco where she was exposed to the early doo wop sound. She formed her first group, The Creolettes, a couple of years later. The group was taken under the wing of R&B singer Johnny Otis (who, strangely, also died last week, three days before Etta) who convinced them to change their name to The Peaches. Otis got them signed to Modern Records and gave Jamesetta the stage name that she would carry for the rest of her life. Her first release as Etta James, “Dance With Me, Henry,” was released in early 1955. The song reached number one on the Hot Rhythm & Blues Tracks charts and earned Etta and The Peaches an opening slot on Little Richard’s national tour. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on January 25, 2012 in Music

 

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Hot Tickets: New York

Here are this week’s Hot Tickets in the New York area. Check back every Friday at noon, EST for stellar events that fit the interests of locals and tourists alike.

TONIGHT! Thursday, December 22 I Bing Faithful’s Very Merry Nondenominational Holiday Special  Veteran improviser Bob Kulhan (Second City, The Scene, founding member Baby Wants Candy) is Bing Faithful, a holiday crooner with a dark twist. The show also features many great, surprise guests from SNL, SC, BWC & The PIT! Moment’s before he is to take the stage with his band, The Bing Faithful 5, holiday crooner Bing Faithful learns all members of his band have died in a horrific bus accident on the way to the The PIT. Yet, Bing is a consummate professional and knows “the show must go on!” at all costs. What follows is one character’s journey through grief and agony as, alone on stage, he attempts to compensate for the bands absence by singing all 5 parts and harmonies to all the classic holiday songs, requested by the audience… and occasionally with the audience’s help! Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 23, 2011 in Hot Tickets, New York

 

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BPT’s Featured Venue: The Lizard Lounge

There’s a great little venue in Cambridge, Massachusetts that uses Brown Paper Tickets to ticket their events. It’s called the Lizard Lounge and Rolling Stone calls it an “eclectic hot spot.” It’s gained a reputation as a great place to see top-notch musicians performing in an intimate setting and by intimate we mean intimate (maximum capacity is right around 100 people). But they set the mood right with low lighting and a plush, cozy, hipster-basement vibe.

They have a Poetry Night on Sundays, an open mic on Mondays and live acts throughout the rest of the week. Upcoming acts include “Gypsy Dirge-core” band Bury Me Standing, who will be doing a 4 week residency on Thursdays in April, tickets available here. And “Morroccan-dosed dub-jazz collective” Club d’Elf, will be celebrating their CD Release with two shows on Friday, April 22. Special guests will include none other than John Medeski and other guests from their 13 year residency at the Lounge. Tickets available here.

For drinks, they boast a full bar with top notch custom cocktails like their Watermelon Margarita and the Absolut Homerun that features Absolut Boston vodka, white grape juice and a splash of ginger ale! They also have 24 beers on tap featuring a rotating selection of local microbrews and imported classics like Chimay and Guinness and a dinner menu that is available every night until midnight. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 4, 2011 in Venues

 

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