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Ode to Guitar Legend Les Paul August 15, 2009


Since his death Thursday, Les Paul has been eulogized as an innovator and visionary who influenced modern music like no one else.

That influence is still being felt today among guitar players of all ages. We asked several local musicians to talk about Les Paul and what his life and accomplishments mean to them.

Here’s what they had to say:


Rashied Ali, free-jazz drummer, dies in NYC at 76

This is from a musician friend: “I am very saddened to inform you that the great Rashied Ali left us yesterday.” (August 12):

rasheidRead more about Rasheid Ali …

Read AP News story …


Guitar #133: More on 200 Guitars August 12, 2009

Guitar #133, Photo by Marilyn Ward Schatzberg

Guitar #133, Photo by Marilyn Ward Schatzberg

As a follow-up to my friend Joe’s 200 guitars concert:

Lincoln Center Out of Doors, Saturday night: 200 electric guitars circle Damrosch Park—individually amped. It’s “The Crimson Grail.”
Here’s the finale (Part 7/8) on YouTube: <;feature=related>

Here are a couple of accounts of the concert:


Daichi for Beatbox Battle Wildcard August 10, 2009

This guy’s a real artist and pretty darned amazing:


Free Wordless Music: 200 Electric Guitars at Lincoln Center Out of Doors August 8, 2009

rhys_chathamFree tonight at the Lincoln Center Out of Doors series. My friend Joe is Guitarist #133 (soprano), a shredder among shredders. His recommendation: “Bring earplugs.”

Wordless Music:
Liquid Liquid
Rhys Chatham: A Crimson Grail for 200 Electric Guitars

For club-music mavens, the return of New York’s seminal breakbeat artistes Liquid Liquid is a reminder that in the beginning freestyle dancers romped and stomped to the rhythms of percussionists. Two hundred electric guitars and basses line the park and plug in for the world premiere of Rhys Chatham’s A Crimson Grail for 200 Electric Guitars.

Saturday, August 8, 2009 at 7:30 pm

Damrosch Park Bandshell

Presented in collaboration with Wordless Music. Commissioned by Lincoln Center for Lincoln Center Out of Doors.

Learn more … 


Electric MJ Moonwalk July 7, 2009


RIP Michael Jackson June 30, 2009

I was wedding-swamped over the weekend, as you may have noticed from the shortage of posts, but a Michael Jackson tribute dance at the wedding put me in the mood for tributes to a fine artist from my childhood. The following was produced by inmates at a prison:


5th Annual Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival in DUMBO today June 20, 2009

12-8 PM

Who’s Going To Be There?
Pharoahe Monch, DJ Premier, Styles P, dead prez, Smif N Wessun, Grand Puba, J Period, Torae and Marco Polo, Tanya Morgan, Tiye Phoenix, Keys N Krates, Brown Bag All Stars, DJ Parler, DJ Misbehaviour, Metermaids

Special Guests: Chip Fu, Kel Spencer, Homeboy Sandman and Shawn J Period
Donny Goines Nyle Eagle Nebula Brokn.Englsh Children Of The Night

Hosted by Ralph McDaniels

June 20th After Party: Uncle Ralph McDaniels, Buckshot, Tanya Morgan, Mr. Cheeks, 8thw1, DJ JS-1

How Much Is It?
We’re asking for a $10 donation offset the cost of putting on the festival. You  you can pick up tickets at:

Fat Beats
406 Avenue of the Americas # 1
New York, NY 10011
(212) 673-3883

57 Pearl St
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(718) 260-9299

Concrete Jungle
70-15 Austin St., Forest Hills
NY (718) 261-6101

How Do I Get to the Festival?

By Train: Take The F train to York St. Walk east along Jay St. towards Front St. Turn left on Plymouth St. and the entrance will be at intersection of Plymouth and Main St.

Take A,C to High St. and Cadman Plaza E and walk down Cadman Plaza E towards York St. Turn left on Plymouth and the entrance will be at the intersection of Plymouth St. and Main St.

Take the 2/3 to Clark Street. Walk down the hill of Henry Street. Make a right on Cranberry Street and follow directions from Cadman Plaza

For more info …


Ya gotta love a gal with an accordian June 14, 2009

pezDiscover the amazing music of Milwaukee-based Pezzettino, singer-songwriter, Margaret Stutt.  Trained in classical piano at the local convent and self-taught on her father’s accordion, she began writing her own material in 2008.  That year she self-released her debut album, “Because I Have No Control …” and launched herself into the touring circuit.  Just six months later, Pezzettino released her sophomore album, “Lion.” Listen to Pezzettino’s music here.


Something About What Happens When We Talk (Lucinda Williams) May 29, 2009