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Springsteen, Joel Sign On For Obama Benefit

Posted by T Rex on September 30, 2008

As the race to the white house begins it’s final sprint two more big stars are showing their support for Obama. Both of these musicians can sell out Madison Square Garden for 2 weeks at a time on their own so this intimate show will be legendary.

In what is being billed as the first time they’ve ever played at the same concert, Bruce Springsteen and Billy Joel have signed on for a benefit for Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama on Oct. 16 at New York’s Hammerstein Ballroom.

Other “exciting guests” for the show have yet to be announced. Balcony tickets are $500, while premiere seats are $2,500 and lounge seats are $10,000. They can be purchased by clicking here.


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One more time…..No.

Posted by T Rex on September 29, 2008

With the constant rumors swirling around a Led Zeppelin 2009 tour Robert Plant put out a statement on his Web site, Plant says he “has no intention whatsoever of touring with anyone for at least the next two years.”

“It’s both frustrating and ridiculous for this story to continue to rear its head when all the musicians that surround the story are keen to get on with their individual projects and move forward,” he said.

“I wish Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones and Jason Bonham nothing but success with any future projects,” he added.

See you in 2011.

Plant: No Tour Or Recording with Led Zeppelin

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Happy Monday

Posted by T Rex on September 29, 2008

After a nice extended break from all things digitally media related I’m happy to be back in the groove again with RD and a new online venture that is launching this fall. More on the new gig in time but a big thanks to jroxx for holding the RD fort down and looking forward to hitting the year mark in November going strong.

Stay tuned this week for Rock Art Wednesday for a interview with Mike Dreeland the “NYC Pop Artist” who continues his reign being one of the cities most hip, innovative artists and also throwing the best art shows in town. He’ll be introducing his fall collection this Saturday 10/10 @10pm at Mansion on 530 West 28th Street btwn 10th & 11th avenues.

In other “pop/rock/life/art” news the crew over at Smash Magazine have compiled a list of 60 Concert Posters From Ten Amazing Artists.

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Friday Food-Food Friendly Events September 26-October 5

Posted by jhochstat on September 26, 2008

Via Eating in Translation

Lebanese Food Festival
Friday, September 26, through Sunday, September 28, 2:00-midnight (probably not so late on Sunday), rain or shine
Our Lady of Lebanon Cathedral, 113 Remsen St., Brooklyn Heights
The big print, you can see. The small print reads “shish kabab, shish taouk, kafta mishwi, fresh Lebanese sajj bread, falafel, tabbouli, hummus, loubiah & rice, mjadara, stuffed grape leaves, kibbe nayye, kibbe qrass, baked kibbe.” Also “beer & wine, hookah.” Free admission

Chile Pepper Fiesta
Saturday, September 27, 12:00-6:00
Brooklyn Botanic Garden, 1000 Washington Ave., Brooklyn
Music, culinary demonstrations, and vendors selling food primed for pepperheads; $8 botanic garden admission, $4 for students and seniors

Wyckoff Apple Festival
Saturday, September 27, noon-4:00
Wyckoff Farmhouse Museum, 5816 Clarendon Rd., Brooklyn
Free admission

Czech Independence Day Street Festival
Saturday, October 4, 1:00-7:00
83rd St. between Madison and Park Aves.
Live music, Czech food and drink for sale, and much more; free admission

Norwegian Christian Home and Health Center Fall Fair
Saturday, October 4, 10:00-5:00 (food served till 4)
Norwegian Christian Home Campus, 1250 67th St., Bay Ridge, Brooklyn
“Serving our famous waffles, lapskaus, pea soup and more…various Norwegian gift and food items for sale.”

Atlantic Antic
Sunday, October 5, 10:00-6:00
Atlantic Ave. from Hicks St. to Fourth Ave., Brooklyn
The 34th edition of this massive street fair offers “10 blocks of food, festivities, and fun through the heart of Brownstone Brooklyn”

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Wolfgang’s Vault Concert of the Week-The Persuasions Palace Theater Manchester, England 35 Years Ago Today 9.25.1973

Posted by jhochstat on September 24, 2008

Via Wolfang’s Vault:

Recorded on the band’s triumphant U.K. tour in 1973, this show captured one of America’s most renowned a cappella groups at the height of its career. This recording opens with the Persuasions’ take on the Del Vikings’ 1961 classic, “Come Go With Me.” A gospel blues medley provides the transition to their version of Sam Cooke’s “Chain Gang” and Bill Withers’ “Lean On Me.” When things get a little quiet they simply revive old rock gems such as “I Only Have Eyes For You,” “Creation of Love,” “Tears On My Pillow,” and “Money Honey.” A gospel arrangement of “Lord’s Prayer” is a high point, as is the title song of their 1971 hit LP, ”Streetcorner Symphony.”

When the future members of the Persuasions were growing up they were listening to the 1950s black doo-wop vocal groups that emerged from the front stoops of New York City. Formed in Bedford-Stuyvesant, N.Y., in 1966, the Persuasions were an a cappella vocal group that only had a few chart successes but managed to maintain a strong, loyal following that has continued through the early 2000s. Performing with no instrumentation at all (among their most popular albums was one named We Still Ain’t Got No Band), the Persuasions bridged the gap between the classic doo-wop groups of the 1950s and the multi-layered R&B vocal groups of the 1960s.

They were discovered when they sent a tape to none-other-than Frank Zappa in 1968, who immediately signed them to his Bizarre Records label. The group found a large pool of industry support on the west coast, where they remained for several years. The Persuasions might have been more popular (response to them from rock critics was very positive) had they not had problems with Bizarre Records.

Zappa had formed the label with his manager, Herb Cohen, and signed an odd-ball, but eclectic, roster of acts including the Persuasions, the late folk crooner Tim Buckley (father of Jeff Buckley), a strange British stand-up comedian named Lord Buckley, a then-unknown rock band named Alice Cooper, and the controversial GTOs, a vocal group made up of real-life groupies whose full name was Girls Together Outrageously.

The Persuasions fell through the cracks for a couple of reasons: They were “normal” by the standards of the other acts on the label (which the press was more inclined to cover), and because shortly after they released their debut album, Zappa and Cohen had a nasty falling out and ending up suing each other over control of the label.

Still, the group persevered and eventually landed a deal with MCA Records, who was determined to break them into the contemporary R&B market. Most of their material was classic ‘50s and ‘60s pop music, with the occasional contemporary rock song thrown in as a challenge to their ability to arrange for voice only. The Persuasions have remained together and recorded dozens of albums, many of them based around the music of a particular artist, such as The Persuasions Sing U2 or The Persuasions Sing The Beatles.

The original lineup remained intact for over two decades, until the death of Herbert Tuobo Rhoad, who collapsed and died while touring with the group in 1988. The remaining four continue on the road even today.

Jimmy Hayes – vocals
Herbert Tuobo Rhoad – vocals
Jerry Lawson – vocals
Jayotis Washington – vocals
Ray Sanders – vocals

You Can Listen to the Concert Here!

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Rock Art Wednesday-September Shows Through the Years

Posted by jhochstat on September 23, 2008

I thought I would take a different direction and feature some great Rock Art from concerts that have taken place in the month of September.

You can find all of these prints for sale at Pipe Creek Posters (here)

September 19 1993 Humboldt County CA

September 19 1993 Humboldt County CA by Pat Ryan

September 16 2003 Athens GA

September 16 2003 Athens GA by Jeff Wood

September 13 2004 Portland OR

September 13 2004 Portland OR by Gary Houston

September 6 2003 LA CA by Darren Grealish

September 6 2003 LA CA by Darren Grealish

September 3-4 2005 Chicago IL by

September 3-4 2005 Chicago IL by Johnny Thief DiDonna & Jeff Wood

September 10 & 11 2004 SF CA by Christopher Peterson

September 10 & 11 2004 SF CA by Christopher Peterson

September 12 2004 SF CA by Christopher Peterson

September 12 2004 SF CA by Christopher Peterson

September 17 2006 Austin TX by Todd Slater

September 17 2006 Austin TX by Todd Slater

September 29 2007 Portland OR by Gary Houston

September 29 2007 Portland OR by Gary Houston

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Time Magazine Names Stax Museum of American Soul Music One of the Top 50 Authentic American Experiences

Posted by jhochstat on September 23, 2008

Time Magazine via Stax Museum News Blog

There are no mummies at Memphis’ Stax Museum of American Soul Music. Just some bad muthas. Or so they promise. The museum is located on the site of the original Stax Records company, a soul pioneer that released music from greats, including Otis Redding, Isaac Hayes, Wilson Pickett and Albert King. The museum definitely puts stuffier institutions to shame with the baddest collection of memorabilia around. They’ve got a sequined stage dress from Tina Turner, Phalon Jones’ saxophone retrieved from a lake after the airplane crash that killed Otis Redding and the Bar-Kays, and Isaac Hayes’ 1972 Superfly Cadillac El Dorado, complete with a TV and fridge. Welcome to the reason America has more soul than any nation on earth.
926 E. McLemore Ave., Memphis; 901-946-2535; admission: $10.

Full list here

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Happy Birthday Boss!

Posted by jhochstat on September 23, 2008

Thanks for all the years of great music, amazing live shows and your lifetime with the E. Street Band.  You have been the soundtrack to my life and I wouldn’t trade it for anything.

Rock on Bruce for many years to come!!!

Thunder Road (1976)

The River

Jersey Girl

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54-46, That’s My Number!

Posted by jhochstat on September 22, 2008

Yes, it’s that time of the year, time for Toots & The Maytals at BB King’s New York City tonight. I’ll be there, will you?

I said yeah
What did I say?
Don’t you hear? I said yeah (yeah yeah)
Listen to what I say (what I say)

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The First Farm Aid Took Place September 22, 1985

Posted by jhochstat on September 22, 2008

Original Farm Aid Poster

Original Farm Aid Poster


The Beginning, September 22, 1985 Champaign, Illinois

Farm Aid started as an idea at the Live Aid Concert when Bob Dylan said on stage, “Wouldn’t it be great if we did something for our own farmers right here in America?” Willie Nelson, Neil Young and John Mellencamp agreed that family farmers were in dire need of assistance and decided to plan a concert for America. The show was put together in six weeks and was held on September 22, 1985 in Champaign, Illinois before a crowd of 80,000 people. It raised over $7 million for America’s family farmers. Performers included Bob Dylan, Billy Joel, B.B. King, Loretta Lynn, Roy Orbison, Tom Petty and many more.

Some videos from the original show in 1985:

Neil Young – Hey Hey My My (Acoustic)

Billy Joel – Summer Highland Falls / Only The Good Die Young

Bob Dylan – Trust Yourself

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