Arts and Entertainment
Following perhaps the most embarrassing June performance by a General Assembly that I can recall, at least we have some great tunes to help us turn the page.
9-0? That’s the official score when a baseball team forfeits. Which is pretty much what the GA did. Fortunately, the artists didn’t. Not even close. Best music month of the year so far…
Quality over quantity this month. Or maybe I get more jaded as the year goes on. Good stuff’s still really good, though. Unless you’re Jason330…
When The Walking Dead first aired I didn’t pay much attention. Hello? Zombies aren’t really my thing. I was a Game of Thrones addict. Loved Dexter. Orange Is The New Black is sooo good. Rome is still one of the best series I’ve seen. Everyone on House of Cards is scarier than TWD zombies. Sherlock is one of the most perfect, amazing, wonderful series EVER. (If you haven’t watched Sherlock I strongly suggest you do.)
I started watching The Walking Dead (TWD) with my son as a sorta mother-son bonding thing. He liked all things zombie and I’ll admit to rolling my eyes when he suggested we start the series on Netflix. Now, I can’t get enough. This series draws you in. So much so that I’m writing about tonight’s season finale.
If you’re not interested in TWD, I understand. But if you are, share your thoughts, hopes, dreams in the comments!
Note: I have not read the comics. Everything written below is just me guessing.
Wow. A lot of great music this month, including several songs that are guaranteed to make Best of the Year lists. At least one contender for the top spot and, no, I’m not gonna tell you which one. Which is why I’m presenting them in alphabetical order. Memo to Jason330: If the rest of the […]
The Holmes Brothers, and the world, have lost the great Popsy Dixon. Passed away of cancer at the age of 72. His butterscotch tenor/falsetto and drumming style will resonate in my mind and heart until the day I die. Also, he, Wendell and Sherman were the nicest artists I ever brought to the Arden Gild Hall. A very sad day for me. Please remember him along with me….
I really hope you guys scope out some of these songs. So much great music falls under the radar. That was certainly the case this year. I almost guarantee you that you’ll find something great that you haven’t heard before. Enough proselytizing. Let’s let the music speak to you: 20. 19. Don’t let the name […]
Inducted as an ‘Early Influence’, they’re so good that they should have gone in long ago. An extremely important link between early r & b, soul, and gospel. Led by a neglected genius in Lowman Pauling, who wrote songs that you know, and created a guitar style that was far ahead of his time. Please listen, you will enjoy these……
The older brother of the Temptations’ David Ruffin (one of the greatest soul singers of all time), Jimmy Ruffin recorded one of Motown’s most unforgettable hits. When I saw “Standing In the Shadows of Motown” at Theatre N, this was the song that closed the movie, and this was the song that we ALL sang as we left the theatre…
Best stuff to hit my ears last month, lotsa diversity:
Melaena Cadiz: Neon Drag
Elliot Bronson: New Pain
American Wrestlers: I Can Do No Wrong
Madisen Ward & the Mama Bear: Live By Water
Circa Waves: So Long
Leonard Cohen: Almost Like The Blues
Amber Run: I Found
What’d you like? What great stuff have you heard lately?
Shameless plug, and I’m totally not ashamed. I’m presenting a superb concert tonight at the Arden Gild Hall. If you show up, first drink’s on me.
Charlie Hunter is an amazing instrumentalist and plays a hybrid guitar/bass that has seven strings. Yes he plays both the bass and guitar parts at the same time! He and drummer Scott Amendola have extraordinary telepathy with each other that can only happen after years of playing together. They have been called the ‘jazz scene’s funkiest duo’ for good reason. Come inside for more information….
Wilmington City Council pays $1000 so that Councilman Mike Brown can fly back from Florida on the city’s dime to cast the deciding vote to override the Mayor’s veto of cuts to the Fire Department budget only to come up…TWO VOTES SHORT.
Oh, and for reasons that not even Mike Brown can explain, he lied about where he was vacationing. Why? I have no idea. Apparently, neither does he. From Amy Cherry’s WDEL story (watch and listen)…
Two serious soulful performers gone. A guitar god who sometimes placed speed (in both ways) ahead of pitch or accuracy, and one of the most galvanizing stage performers (for whom pitch was thankfully never the point) I’ve ever seen with a particular penchant for the music of Stephen Sondheim….