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June’s Finale Shines Brightly on Gay Pride
13 hours ago

June’s Finale Shines Brightly on Gay Pride

Annual NYC LGBTQ Pride March Marks New Firsts June's finale shines brightly on Gay Pride. The final weekend of Gay Pride Month is filled with celebrations for everyone culminating in Sunday, June 25th's predominately designated day for Pride Marches and Parades around the country and across the globe. This year's theme is "We Are Proud." [...]
Zombies Jim Rodford Music Odessey: Tales of a Daddy
5 days ago

Zombies Jim Rodford Music Odessey: Tales of a Daddy

What's Your Name? Who's Your Daddy? Jim Rodford, bassist for The Zombies. Photo: Abbe Sparks The Zombies Jim Rodford has his own music odessey tale to tell. That of an up and coming musician who hit fatherhood and rock icon status simultaneously. Decades later, he finds himself in the same legendary band -- The Zombies [...]
Every Day is Father’s Day for Rock Icon Ian McDonald
7 days ago

Every Day is Father’s Day for Rock Icon Ian McDonald

British Rock Icon Ian McDonald of HONEY WEST Every day is Father's Day for British Rock icon and proud Dad Ian McDonald. The multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and producer has a new spring in his step, a new band, new album and a new father/son experience to boast about. His latest venture is the band HONEY WEST, [...]
Chicago Blues Festival Begins
2 weeks ago

Chicago Blues Festival Begins

Chicago Blues Festival begins today with three free days of exceptional blues music, festival activities and summer fun. This year’s music event has a new venue — Millenium Park— which …
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Music Rules NYC in June – NY Music Month
3 weeks ago

Music Rules NYC in June – NY Music Month

Music rules NYC in June with the first-ever New York Music Month (NYMM). New Yorkers and tourists alike are sure to find an event to whet their musical tastes with a slew of events, concerts and festivals from indie rock and pop; classic rock, blues and jazz, to rap and hip hop – and everything [...]
June Sun Brightens for Safety, LGBT, SummerFests & More
4 weeks ago

June Sun Brightens for Safety, LGBT, SummerFests & More

June sun brightens awareness for Safety, LGBT Pride, SummerFests, the Environment and more worthwhile causes and events. It is the month to celebrate the official onset of Summer, Fathers, Hunger and festivals galore. Here are five top June Events to know. 5 Top June Summer Events to Know June is National Safety Month (NSM)
Spotlight Shines on Bad Ass Blind Music Man Raul Midon
4 weeks ago

Spotlight Shines on Bad Ass Blind Music Man Raul Midon

Bad Ass Blind Music Man Raul Midon. Photo by: Blair Allen. The Spotlight shines bright on bad ass blind music man Raul Midón these days. Blind at birth, the singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist is the first to describe himself as such. But, it wasn’t always this way. Recently, we caught up with Midón to get the [...]
News of Gregg Allman’s Death Hits Hard
4 weeks ago

News of Gregg Allman’s Death Hits Hard

News of Gregg Allman’s death hits hard for fans and friends of the legendary Southern Rocker. Allman (69) died peacefully Saturday at his home in Savannah, Georgia. Co-founder of the …
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Historic Brooklyn Bridge Turns 134: Five Fast Facts
1 month ago

Historic Brooklyn Bridge Turns 134: Five Fast Facts

The historic Brooklyn Bridge turns 134 years old today and continues to spark our lives. In honor of its 134th birthday, below are 5 fast facts about the iconic Brooklyn Bridge. Historic Brooklyn Bridge turns 134 years old. BIT OF BROOKLYN BRIDGE HISTORY Erected in 1883, the mighty bridge of granite towers and steel cables [...]
Awards Season Continues with Obies Tonight
1 month ago

Awards Season Continues with Obies Tonight

62nd ANNUAL OBIE AWARDS LIVE FROM NEW YORK Obies mural by Bradley Theodore. photo by Timmy Blupe Awards season for the theatre community continues in New York City with the 62nd annual Obie Awards tonight at Webster Hall. The ceremony will be livestreamed via FacebookLive beginning at 7PM ET. This marks the second time the [...]
Farewell Ringling Bros. and Thank You
1 month ago

Farewell Ringling Bros. and Thank You

GREATEST SHOW ON EARTH Ringling Bros. Final Shows are today. Yes it's farewell to Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus with final performances today at New York's Nassau Coliseum. A travesty on so many levels. One small upside. Tonight, circus lovers and fans around the globe can watch the final Ringling Bros. show live [...]
The M Word Forever Mystifies – Madoff Film Premieres
1 month ago

The M Word Forever Mystifies – Madoff Film Premieres

Mention the ‘M’ word as in Madoff and a chain reaction of potent mixed emotions erupts around the world and simultaneously mystifies us. That dirty ‘M’ word forever mystifies us …
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15 Sizzling Summer Music Festivals from Panorama to Lollapalooza
1 month ago

15 Sizzling Summer Music Festivals from Panorama to Lollapalooza

15 Music Festivals to Spark Your Summer Plans Sizzling hot summer music festivals are kicking into high gear. One week and counting before the holiday weekend - the official start to summertime fun. Whether you fancy indie-pop or rock; bluegrass and country; hip-hop or electric dance music, there is a festival for you. Here are [...]
SOCIALLY SPARKED and HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY
1 month ago

SOCIALLY SPARKED and HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY

Happy Mother's Day Wishing all the women across the globe a Socially Sparked and ultra Happy Mother's Day. For Mother's Day Week in our Spotlight series, musician mamas and sons share how their moms Socially Sparked their lives. Here are the links to our stories: Live From Mom's House with Eliot Lewis Bill Morganfield Sings [...]
Live From Mom’s House: Eliot Lewis Born to Rock
1 month ago

Live From Mom’s House: Eliot Lewis Born to Rock

Eliot Lewis Born to Rock Multi-instrumentalist Eliot Lewis was Born to Rock. Currently on tour with Hall and Oates plus solo gigs in between, the busy rock star takes five to chat on life at mom's house and her influence on his career. Born to rock, Eliot Lewis chats about growing up in his mom's [...]
Loving Son Bill Morganfield Sings Blues Away
2 months ago

Loving Son Bill Morganfield Sings Blues Away

Spotlight with Big Bill Morganfield Singer/songwriter Big Bill Morganfield is many things but foremost he’s a loving son and grandson who sings his Blues away to heal and remember his mom in his new song When You Lose Someone You Love Bloodstains On The Wall (Black Shuck Records). Big Bill Morganfield sings his blues away. [...]
Historic Seaport Museum Rings 50
2 months ago

Historic Seaport Museum Rings 50

New York's historic Seaport Museum rings 50 with kick-off to year-long 50th birthday celebration last Saturday with free admission to all the museum's offerings within the historic seaport district. April marked 50 years since the museum received its charter from the state of New York. The Seaport Museum celebrates the immigration that built New York [...]
Top Five Grilled Cheese Memory Triggers
2 months ago

Top Five Grilled Cheese Memory Triggers

The top five Grilled Cheese memory triggers connotate youth, days of yore, comfort, warmth and good old-fashioned TLC. Top cheese of choice memory goes to American Cheese. These facts come …
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Trailblazing Musician Mavens Send March Out Like Lionesses
3 months ago

Trailblazing Musician Mavens Send March Out Like Lionesses

March may have come in like a lion, but these Trailblazing Musician Mavens sent the month of March out like lionesses. This was clearly evident at The Iridium last month …
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Sweet Home for Chicago Blues?
3 months ago

Sweet Home for Chicago Blues?

Chicago Bluesman Ronnie Brooks (son of Blues legend Lonnie Brooks) and Chicago harp man Billy Branch Sweet home for Chicago Blues? Beginning to look a lot like reality. After plans and funds raised to house a Blues Museum at Chicago's historic Navy Pier fell through, the concept of a Blues museum for the city that [...]
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