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Music Rules NYC in June – NY Music Month
3 years 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
3 years 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
3 years 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
3 years 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
3 years 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
3 years 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
3 years 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
3 years 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
3 years 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 [...]
Loving Son Bill Morganfield Sings Blues Away
3 years 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
3 years 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
3 years 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

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 years 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 [...]
Will Super Bowl Ads 2017 Socially Spark Our Lives?
3 years ago

Will Super Bowl Ads 2017 Socially Spark Our Lives?

Socially Sparked Top 3 Super Bowl Ad Picks   Will Super Bowl Ads 2017 Socially Spark Our Lives this year? As of today, it is reported that 50 ads in total will air at some point during February 5th’s National TV football broadcast between the Atlanta Falcons and the New England Patriots. Of the 50 [...]
NYC Second Ave Subway Station Opens
3 years ago

NYC Second Ave Subway Station Opens

 

The NYC Second Avenue Subway Station opens 100 years later. Truly amazing to see the 72nd Street Station up close and personal. The best way to describe this is …
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Internet TV: Back to the Future Part II
4 years ago

Internet TV: Back to the Future Part II

When it comes to internet TV, it really is back to the future or what’s old is new again, as first reported in last week’s post, Back to the Future …
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Back to the Future with OTT
4 years ago

Back to the Future with OTT

In some ways, the future of Over-the-Top (OTT) appears to be following in its cable TV predecessors’ footsteps. That’s how I felt after hearing a panel on The Future of …
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Troll Rewind: Old School is New School
4 years ago

Troll Rewind: Old School is New School

Rewind to 1959 and the sixties: Troll Doll, a product of the ‘60s for the baby boomers of the ‘60s became one of the biggest beloved toy crazes in the United States. Yes, that would be the Troll Doll – originally created in 1959 by Danish woodcutter Thomas Dam for his daughter. Personally, I have [...]
Baseball, Gaga, Classic Rock and Chicago Blues Hit Bleeker Street
4 years ago

Baseball, Gaga, Classic Rock and Chicago Blues Hit Bleeker Street

Gaga mania hit the west village last night as Lady Gaga returned to the place where it all began for her – The Bitter End – to perform six songs from her new album ‘Joanne’ (released at midnight). And, at the midnight hour, she treated the fans flooding Bleeker Street with more live Gaga from [...]