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An American Rock & Road Story (Pt.5)

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The fifth part in a series Submitted By Bill King
Author of Bill King’s“In Concert !” Essays, Images and Interviews

Spring and summer 1967 saw young Americans free themselves and travel by any means in caravans across of America in search of liberation; political, social and sexual. It saw the birth of ‘Love’ins,’ the power and influence of emerging musical super groups and a belief change was now in the hands of college-age activists. My account of that year starts with trips north to Hollywood by any means. At first with the Sabori Brothers of Westminster, CA, hitchhiking and walking. Throughout the series music is the backdrop to a summer of innocence, occurrences, mishaps and a final face to face collision with reality; an ending and a new beginning on the streets of New York’s Greenwich Village.


We ended up landing a job in a pizza parlor; Magoo’s and played our brand of psychotic nonsense for three weeks. The freaks and geeks all dropped by. We pocketed $600, enough for food and a place to stay.

The house we inhabit was a vacant building condemned for the wrecking ball. It still had running water but no electricity. It was a crash pad of some sorts, taken over by a group of young people intent on saving it from an encroaching highway.

The Gospel According to Me

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Submitted by Michael Williams
Photo at right: Aretha Franklin

My first music experience in the world I remember is gospel music.

My musical biography features my earliest memories of music, it goes like this!

I was under five years old and living with my mother in Los Angeles, California where my mother worked as a maid for a Mr. Fudderman. He was a lawyer for Dan Blocker who played Hoss on Bonanza.

While my mother worked during the day I was watched by my native aunt Ms. Cherry, Uncle Bobby who played Hammond B-3 Organ in his living room or Aunt Beatrice aka Aunt Bea. Aunt Beatrice was my favorite because on certain Sundays early before the traditional Black Baptist Church Service my Aunt would take me to her choir practice. This was more exciting than anything else because I got to be right in the thick of it sitting next to all the choir performers in the pews. When they moved I moved, when they marched I marched and when they sang or tried to sing, I would sing.  The timing of these older ladies were impeccable…. It was all a great performance orchestrated by the Lord. It was the birth of rock ‘n’ roll and soul all in one as the spirit in the dark took hold and the congregation let out a joyous noise unto the Lord weekly. For the slaves days, which I am constantly reminded is not that far behind us in thought and deed, religion was used as an opiate to control the Black Masses of Slaves…us, promising a better life in the by and by while never telling us why we had to wait.

An American Rock & Road Story (Pt.4)

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The fourth part in a series Submitted Bill King

Author of Bill King’s“In Concert !” Essays, Images and Interviews

Spring and summer 1967 saw young Americans free themselves and travel by any means in caravans across of America in search of liberation; political, social and sexual. It saw the birth of ‘Love’ins,’ the power and influence of emerging musical super groups and a belief change was now in the hands of college-age activists. My account of that year starts with trips north to Hollywood by any means. At first with the Sabori Brothers of Westminster, CA, hitchhiking and walking. Throughout the series music is the backdrop to a summer of innocence, occurrences, mishaps and a final face to face collision with reality; an ending and a new beginning on the streets of New York’s Greenwich Village.

The concert hall was definitely a large mess area. Tables had been removed and everyone one was in a frenzy decorating for the night’s social event. We arranged instruments in a central locale near where our imagined adoring fans would gather. I thought – this ain’t so bad. Good pay – decent room and fair sound system.

Faith, Hope and Love The Reason for the Season

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Submitted by Don Graham

“They say that there’s a magic chord, that David played and it pleased the Lord….”  Great lyrics from the hugely popular song ‘Hallelujah’ written by Canadian icon Leonard Cohen.  And as we approach the Easter holidays it’s a reminder that Easter has nothing to do with chocolate eggs and fuzzy bunnies with cotton tails but is really about faith, hope and love.  If you are a Christian you believe that at this time Jesus Christ was crucified and rose from the dead and ascended to be with his Father in Heaven and that He died to absolve you of your sins. If you’re not a Christian you still believe in faith, hope and love so it’s still a reminder of those things in life you are blessed with.

2nd Annual ACM Party for a Cause at the LINQ in LAS VEGAS

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Special Report by Joey Cee (Courtesy of Hot Spots America Network)

It was a party to be remembered and the weekend that Las Vegas was taken over by thousands of loyal country music fans from across the country. From the Linq and the Freemont Street Experience to the stage at the MGM Grand, country music was in the air. Presented by ACM Lifting Lives the star studded lineup included Rascal Flatts, Keith Urban plus Kellie Pickler, Lee Brice, Florida Georgia Line, Luke Bryan, Justin Moore, Vince Neil, Jewel and more.

On Friday, April 4th, the 2nd Annual ACM Party for a Cause Festival, hosted by Outnumber Hunger, kicked off at The LINQ featuring headliner Rascal Flatts. This event was part of The Week Vegas Goes Country® leading up to the 49th Academy of Country Music Awards held on the following Sunday night. The “Outnumber Hunger Live!” concert  featured country hit-makers Florida Georgia Line, Justin Moore, Thomas Rhett, Cassadee Pope, Danielle Bradbery, and The Cadillac Three. Plus Will Hoge, Chase Rice and Charlie Worsham who performed on the Party Stage. The surprise guest of the evening was legendary rock musician Vince Neil who performed with Justin Moore on the Motley Crue hit “Home Sweet Home.”

BTW-starring Black Lips, We Are Scientists, Emm Gryner, Gord Downie, The Sadies and The Conquering Suns, The Heavyweights Brass Band and Aretha Franklin

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Submitted by Lenny Stoute

This week’s big indie guitar showdown happens Tuesday Apr. 22, putting Black Lips (Phoenix Concert Theatre) up against We Are Scientists (Lee’s Palace). Breakups, breakdowns and a death in the band has not slowed down Black Lips. Eleven years on, these Atlanta garage legends continue to provoke and freak out audiences all over with their live show. This is, after all, the band which recorded their major label debut album, Los Valientes del Mundo Nuevo, live off the floor of a dive bar in Tijuana, Mexico, that the band solemnly described as "absolutely nuts." Then there was India 2009, where the dudes got up to some onstage “antics’ which so outraged the audience, the Lips fled the city and eventually the country, abandoning the tour on account of the very real fear they’d be busted and thrown in the slammer for "homosexual acts". The band’s view: “Ian and Cole kissed, some weiners got pulled out, people lost their shit.”

Black LipsBlack LipsOh yeah, the music’s a bar or two above the usual garage rock tropes, a rough mashup of blues/rock, country/punk and Fifties white soul, so even if no weiners emerge, a good time is guaranteed. Check for new stuff off Underneath The Rainbow, their first album in three years and a stormer.

An American Rock & Road Story (Pt.3)

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Submitted Bill King
Author of Bill King’s“In Concert !” Essays, Images and Interviews

Spring and summer 1967 saw young Americans free themselves and travel by any means in caravans across of America in search of liberation; political, social and sexual. It saw the birth of ‘Love’ins,’ the power and influence of emerging musical super groups and a belief change was now in the hands of college-age activists. My account of that year starts with trips north to Hollywood by any means. At first with the Sabori brothers of Westminster, CA, hitchhiking and walking. Throughout the series music is the backdrop to a summer of innocence, occurrences, mishaps and a final face to face collision with reality; an ending and a new beginning on the streets of New York’s Greenwich Village.

The 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees

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Submitted to Cashbox Canada

The 29th annual Induction Ceremony of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will take place at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York on Thursday, April 10 at 7 p.m.

The 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees are:

Performers:
Peter Gabriel – Peter is performing; Inducted by Chris Martin
Daryl Hall and John Oates – Hall and Oates are performing; inducted by Questlove
KISS - Inducted by Tom Morello
Nirvana – Inducted by Michael Stipe
Linda Ronstadt – Inducted by Glenn Frey; Musical tribute from: Bonnie Raitt, Stevie Nicks,  Carrie Underwood, Emmylou Harris, Sheryl Crow
Cat Stevens – Performing; Inductee to be announced

KissKissAhmet Ertegun Award (non performers)
Brian Epstein
Andrew Loog Oldham

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Award for Musical Excellence
(previously the Sidemen category):
The E Street Band – Performing:  Inducted by Bruce Springsteen

The 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be televised on HBO on Saturday, May 31 at 9 p.m. EST.

Troiano Releases New CD ‘Inner Battles’

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Submitted by Michael Williams
Photo Credit Marcelo Wong

At 23 with debut his launch party at the Orbit Room April 9th 2014, already sold out, the expectations have always been high for Dominic Troiano’s nephew Julian, once he got serious about the business of music.

He sought education to augment his natural God given talent with voice lessons in L.A, garnering him a scholarship from the Slaight Foundation for the Metal Works School for Music Performance, Music Technology, Engineering and Production.  He loved it!

I recently caught up with him to talk about his launch and career.

MW: how old are you?
JT: 23

MW: when did music get serious for you?
JT: about 17, 18 when I started to write music, that is when it got more serious for sure. Piano I started teaching myself at 15, the last few years have been more development so that things are where they are now and sound good to me.

MW: influences would be?
JT: Gershwin, Donny Hathaway, Stevie  Wonder, Jason Mraz….I definitely have  jazz and soul influences in the way I hear things move  musically and melodically . I have always been a fan of Motown and Stax.

MW:  what roll does your family play in the your getting to this point?
JT: after I got finished high school they were and have always been super supportive of my goals in music but when I got the call from Gil Moore of Metalworks  about the scholarship they perked up and said maybe this is something he can do.

An American Rock & Road Story (PT.2)

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The second in a series Submitted Bill King

Author of Bill King’s“In Concert !” Essays, Images and Interviews

Spring and summer 1967 saw young Americans free themselves and travel by any means in caravans across of America in search of liberation; political, social and sexual. It saw the birth of ‘Love’ins,’ the power and influence of emerging musical super groups and a belief change was now in the hands of college-age activists. My account of that year starts with trips north to Hollywood by any means. At first with the Sabori brothers of Westminster, CA, hitchhiking and walking. Throughout the series music is the backdrop to a summer of innocence, occurrences, mishaps and a final face to face collision with reality; an ending and a new beginning on the streets of New York’s Greenwich Village.

I loved Hollywood!

By 1968, The Hullabaloo quickly changed marquee and morphed into the Kaleidoscope. I lucked in catching a new band making their debut called, The Chicago Transit Authority. The band led by keyboardist Robert Lamm was everything I admired in a group -- superb musicianship, great vocals, great songs and limited attachment to the erratic poser-bands that kept Los Angeles ten-steps behind San Francisco. The evening ended with a midnight screening of Marlon Brando in the Chase.

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