Archive for March, 2010

Robert Lawson, Kentucky Music Hall of Fame Executive Director along with Connie Hunt, event ceremony executive producer, announced March 17, 2010, Keith Whitley, Patty Loveless, Steve Wariner, John Michael Montgomery, The Goins Brothers, Molly O’Day and, Larnelle Harris as the newest inductees into the prestigious Kentucky Music Hall of Fame.

“This year’s inductees include some of the most recognizable music artists in the world,” says Lawson of the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame. “The ceremony taking place in April 2011 will feature performances by this year’s class as well as some of this state’s greatest music achievers.”

The 2011 Induction Ceremony will be held in the Lexington Center Bluegrass Ballroom in Lexington, Kentucky on April 7, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are on sale now at the Hall of Fame.

The 2011 Kentucky Music Hall of Fame induction ceremony is sponsored by RockCastle Regional Hospital and UK Health Care. (more…)

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Legends of folk and klezmer music will perform at Kisses Sweeter Than Wine: The Guthrie Legacy Concert.  A benefit concert for the Woody Guthrie Foundation and The Sloop Woody Guthrie, the concert will take place on Saturday April 24th at 8:00 PM at the Tarrytown Music Hall.

The Klezmatics, Work o’ the Weavers, Pete Seeger and Fred Hellerman will pay tribute to trailblazing American singer-songwriter Woody Guthrie and others that followed in his wake with musical performances throughout the evening.  Actor/singer Rob Tepper will perform a scene from “When the Curfew Blows,” his one-man-show about Guthrie’s life and times and Toronto’s Theresa Tova will join Frank London for some contemporary Yiddish jazz.  Tickets are $85, $65 and $45 and available at tickets.tarrytownmusichall.org. (more…)

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First Lady of Pennsylvania Judge Marjorie Rendell recently announced this year’s Governor’s Arts Awards Honorees, and Del McCoury has been named Artist of the Year.  The Award will be presented April 8 in Del’s hometown of York, PA.

The annual awards are a 29-year gubernatorial tradition honoring outstanding Pennsylvania artists, arts organizations and patrons who have made significant contributions to the advancement of the arts.

Del McCoury began his illustrious career just 50 miles from York in the bars of the Baltimore waterfront.  Now, more than 50 years later, the one-time farm boy has taken Bluegrass music across the country and around the world, earning widespread acclaim as its foremost ambassador by balancing a profound immersion in its traditions with a wide-open appeal to listeners young enough to be his grandchildren.  A staple of the mid-Atlantic bluegrass scene for decades, he built a reputation and influenced up-and-comers like Alison Krauss while raising his family in the same area where he grew up.  Starting in the early 90s, Del blasted onto the national scene, earning dozens of awards from the International Bluegrass Music Association and NARAS, appearing at venues as varied as Carnegie Hall and the Bonnaroo Music Festival with his own band and with artists ranging from Phish to Dierks Bentley, and accepting induction into the world-acclaimed Grand Ole Opry cast in 2003.

Yet whether he’s entertaining a youthful audience numbering in the hundreds of thousands, appearing at a hard-core traditional bluegrass festival or presiding over his own freewheeling DelFest, McCoury has become universally acclaimed as a bluegrass patriarch whose commitment to musical excellence is surpassed only by his geniality and easy rapport with listeners.  And though his career has led him to reside near Nashville, TN, Del remains proud to call York County home, and still maintains his Civil War era farmhouse a few miles out of town, where he sneaks away when his schedule allows.

Here’s a full list of the awards Governor Rendell will present at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 8, at the Strand-Capitol Performing Arts Center in York: (more…)

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Mac Rebennack, known to music aficionados as Dr. John, has long been known as “one of New Orleans’ most passionate ambassadors” (USA Today) who “carries the city’s lore in his fingers, his scratchy voice and his memory” (New York Times).

This year, “Big Easy icon” (Time Out New York) Dr. John will be honored at the 12th Annual Jazz & Heritage Festival and Foundation Gala, which will take place on Thursday, April 22, at 7 pm at the Hilton Riverside Hotel in New Orleans. The evening will feature a lifetime tribute to and performance by Dr. John. Proceeds from the Gala will support the Don Jamison Heritage School of Music, a free after-school program of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation.

On the evening of Friday, April 23, Dr. John and the Lower 911 will be one of the featured acts on the bill at the Fair Grounds Race Course, which is located at 1751 Gentilly Boulevard in New Orleans. On Saturday, April 24 at 10:00 pm, Dr. John and the Lower 911 will be the headliner at the House of Blues, 225 Deacatur Street, New Orleans.

Submitted by Shore Fire Media

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That fancy guitar of yours isn’t cheap and neither is that sparkly drum set your drummer uses. So…why don’t you have a case to protect that investment?  Gator Cases is ready to reward you for your insanity with its “Nation’s Messiest Band” Contest. One lucky band will be completely outfitted with Gator cases and bags for all of their precious gear up to a total retail value of $2500! (more…)

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Nacional Records is proud to announce this week’s release of Fuerza Chile, a digital-only Chile benefit album. The album displays the strength of the country’s thriving music scene with 11 tracks from Chilean artists across Nacional’s catalog. It is available for only $5.99 and all the proceeds are being donated.

Nacional founder Tomas Cookman was in Chile with management and label artist Los Fabulosos Cadillacs for the Vina del Mar Festival when the earthquake occurred. Fortunately no one in the band was injured but Cookman suffered a bruised leg. The group ended up taking a van across the Andes Mountains back to Argentina and were able to witness the devastation firsthand.

Chilean mixmaster Latin Bitman was DJing a massive party when the earthquake occurred. He escaped but within minutes, Bitman noticed that the ceiling had caved exactly where he had been spinning.


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On May 6th, 2010 at the 31st annual Blues Music Awards, The Blues Foundation will publicly honor blues legend Buddy Guy with a Lifetime Achievement Award.  The Foundation has commissioned for this special occasion a one-of-a-kind award from Patterson & Barnes, who also created the original artwork that serves as the basis for the 2010 poster. There will also be an oral and video presentation, as well as a special musical tribute, all in the legend’s honor.  Buddy Guy will be at the ceremony to receive this honor. (more…)

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“Music From the Crooked Road: Mountain Music of Virginia” a national tour of old-time, bluegrass, mountain gospel and flatfoot dance, will embark on a 13-city Mid-Atlantic tour from April 9 – 25, 2010 that celebrates the vibrant, living musical culture of Southwest Virginia.  The tour features NEA National Heritage Fellow and Appalachian guitar master Wayne Henderson, bluegrass banjo virtuoso Sammy Shelor, family old-time string band The Whitetop Mountain Band, old-time fiddle and banjo masters Kirk Sutphin and Eddie Bond and, representing the next generation of Blue Ridge musicians, the up-and-coming bluegrass band Amber Collins & No Speed Limit, and a young keeper of ancient mountain ballads and songs, Elizabeth LaPrelle. (more…)

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Music of Ireland – Welcome Home tells the definitive story of contemporary Irish music, focusing on the Emerald Isle’s greatest musical exports, their influence on America and the music’s global impact. Hosted by Clannad’s Grammy Award-winning Moya Brennan, the performance documentary features six Grammy Award winners, Academy Award and Golden Globe winners, and three Rock& Roll Hall of Fame inductees. Produced by the Elevation Group’s Denny Young- an American music and television production veteran who has produced special concert events for Duran Duran, Seal, LeAnn Rimes, Counting Crows,and many others, Music of Ireland – Welcome Home premieres nationwide March 2010 on public television (check local listings). New York metro area viewers will get a sneak preview of the program during WLIW21’s exclusive broadcast premiere Wednesday, February 17 at 9:30pm. The program is a presentation of WLIW21 in association with WNET.ORG and is sponsored in part by Tourism Ireland. (more…)

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Afropop Worldwide has released the Beta version of its media-rich new website to the public, a bold step towards expanding the non-profit organization’s mission of connecting Americans and the global on-line community to Africa and the world through new digital and social media. The website is dedicated to the humanities-themed series, Hip Deep that is part of the Afropop Worldwide weekly radio series hosted by Georges Collinet and distributed by Public Radio International to over 110 stations in the U.S. (more…)

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