Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014


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If the Monterey Pop Festival was the precursor to Woodstock, then the Monterey Jazz Festival is the outdoor concert pioneer. In its 57th year, the 2014 Monterey Jazz Festival (MJF) brought together something old and something new to the 30,000 plus people in attendance.

I’ve seen Cheap Trick in concert 10 times in the last decade, and nine of those performances were in different ZIP codes. Why? Because they’re one of the best live acts out there.

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Absent from the American live scene since the late ’70s, the British pop-art band played its first New York date in 35 years at the Concert Hall this past July.

With the Maiden England world tour kicking off just six days ago in Charlotte, the group was rested and ready to deliver its signature, galloping brand of aggressively intricate, massively influential music that they’ve been assaulting the world with since their 1980 recording debut.

I always knew that for me to absorb the full impact of Pink Floyd’s music required a live stage with instruments, singers, and visual effects; so when the opportunity to see The Australian Pink Floyd Show (TAPFS) in New York City came to fruition I just had to be there.

People often say that my music reminds them of the music of Jack Johnson, John Mayer, Jason Mraz and sometimes Nick Drake, but with my own unique twist (hopefully)

For three decades the Brooklyn Botanic Garden has been home to the Sakura Matsuri festival, a two-day festival comprised of both traditional and contemporary Japanese arts and culture, including dance, costume play (“cosplay”), workshops, demonstrations, and guided tours of the Garden’s Japanese plant collections.