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British Invasion 50th Anniversary Tour

My favorite musical influence period was The British Invasion. I have never experienced an era of music that so continually thrilled me as 1964 and 1965 did. The AM radio airwaves, Top 40 as it was known in those days brought us constant sources of brilliant melodies and well written hits. The British Invasion arrived on our shores as a series of waves. Each successive wave introduced American audiences to more creative British bands and songs. It was such an illuminating time for the listener as we became enraptured with these musicians from across the pond.

We are attending the second British Invasion concert related event this year. In February we attended The Fest for Beatles Fans 2014 in New York City.

In September we will be attending the British Invasion 50th Anniversary Tour, outlined below.

Tuesday September 9, 2014, Ridgefield Playhouse, Ridgefield, Ct.

Gerry & The Pacemakers · Chad & Jeremy · Billy J. Kramer · Mike Pender’s Searchers · Denny Laine of The Moody Blues & Wings

This tour commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ momentous arrival in February 1964. They called it The British Invasion and in the wake of this massive mop top pop explosion, all the participants in this once-in-a-lifetime concert experience dominated the music world and scored more than forty worldwide Top 40 hits. Their sound and look changed popular culture forever and now they are back to celebrate and honor some of the greatest songs of the twentieth century.  The artists (all original singers of the classic hits) will be ably supported by a four-piece backing band faithfully recreating the classic sound of the vintage recordings and a full multi-media video package highlighted by rarely seen footage and incredible archival ephemera. The experience will be complemented by a full presentation of unique clips pre-show and during intermission of other fab combos of the era, making this a full evening of entertainment.

See more at: http://www.ridgefieldplayhouse.org/event/british-invasion-50th-anniversary-tour#sthash.w99nmbq6.dpuf

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Los Lobos, “Kiko Live” Drops On August 21, 2012

I have deeply loved and admired the music of Los Lobos these past 40 years. Their sound has matured to such interesting depths of woven texture and synergy. It’s been great evolving with them over time as I never find their music boring or repetitive to listen to.

When we last saw them on tour in April, 2012 at The Ridgefield Playhouse, Louie Perez mentioned that their next music project would be a reissue celebrating the twentieth anniversary of Kiko (1992). Many people hail Kiko as Los Lobos’s watershed recording. Watershed is defined as a crucial dividing point, line or factor, a turning point (Merriam-Webster). Looking back on that period of Los Lobos’s career I would agree. 1992 is the halfway point in this cohesive group’s evolution.

Kiko LiveLos Lobos will be adding to the original studio album with previously unreleased early and alternate takes of several songs. Simultaneously, a document of the band’s 2006 performance of Kiko in its entirety will be released separately on CD, DVD and Blu-ray, with both Kiko projects coming Aug. 21.

The CD also includes three tracks the band recorded live at Capitol Records in Hollywood for a “Hollywood House Party with Los Lobos” special that aired in 1992 on National Public Radio. The album reissue and the “Kiko Live” DVD/Blu-ray are being released by the Shout! Factory reissue specialty label. Los Lobos: Kiko Live (Blu Ray/CD) [Blu-ray]

“Kiko Live” has never been released or broadcast, and includes interviews with the band members and others about the making of the album. In 2006, Los Lobos did a series of live performances focusing on it in its entirety. Here is exclusive video of the group’s performance of “Kiko and the Lavendar Moon.”

http://www.latimes.com/videogallery/69959812/Entertainment/Exclusive-Los-Lobos-perform-Kiko-the-Lavender-Moon

Instead of “segregating our influences, treating them parochially,” as band member Steve Berlin described the band’s approach before “Kiko,” for that album “whatever our unconscious minds’ response was to the stimuli, that was what we wanted. We let our imagination take over and didn’t try to control it.”

You can place a pre-order for  both the Los Lobos Audio CD and the BlueRay DVD on Amazon Here.

Keep it going my Los Lobos brothers.

Peace, Ese ;)

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Mickey Hart Band – New Album Coming Mysterium Tremendum

Mysterium Tremendum is the new Mickey Hart Band record featuring Dave Schools, Crystal Monee Hall, Tim Hockenberry, Sikiru Adepoju, Inkx Herman, Gawain Mathews, and Ben Yonas. By Howard Cohen, Galen Oakes and Justin Gelinas for 360° Productions.

I’m getting excited about what Mickey Hart and company have formulated. Take a look at the promotional video and you’ll see why :)

The Mickey Hart Band will be in the Connecticut backyard, Friday April 13 at the Ridgefield Playhouse and on Saturday July 21 at the Gathering of the Vibes festival. I am itching to see them play live.

Peace, Ese – Los Lobos

Peace, Ese our Los Lobos brothers.

Smiling that my lovely wife decided to buy us tickets for tonight’s Los Lobos concert at the Ridgefield Playhouse. We got second row seats, ain’t that cool. :)

Been a fan since 1986 ;) This will be the ninth time seeing Los Lobos play live. Hoping they switch it up for us this evening. I know we’ll love whatever they perform.

Thomas Dolby, Ridgefield Playhouse, Tonight

Time Capsule Tour 2012 - RidgefieldWhen I wrote last October about Thomas Dolby I wondered what his 2012 concert tour be like? As you can see its called Time Capsule Tour 2012. Tonight the tour stops at the Ridgefield Playhouse where we will be witnessing, listening and hopefully dancing along.

I love the inventive genius Thomas Dolby brings to the entertainment experience.

Thomas Dolby’s Time Capsule will be parked outside the venue. I hope we get a chance to record a 30 sec clip inside tonight for the future. An ingenious idea.

I perceive he will be playing selections from A Map of the Floating City among his other classics. I am liking the song Spice Train from the latest CD the most now.

I look forward to learning more about Thomas Dolby tonight.

Jefferson Starship at Ridgefield Playhouse Tonight

We’re going up on the fight deck with Jefferson Starship tonight at the Ridgefield Playhouse. It’s a special voyage to celebrate Paul Kantner‘s 71st Birthday. The Starship features David Freiberg, Slick Aguilar, Donny Baldwin, Chris Smith, and Cathy Richardson.

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They will be joined on stage by their very special guest,  Nona Hendryx. There will also be a unique tribute to the late violinist Papa John Creach. Plus many other special guests! (I wonder who they will be????)

Jefferson Starship – Thu. March 15, 2012 – Ridgefield Playhouse, Ridgefield, Ct.

 

Rosemary bought us tickets to see the Jefferson Starship Paul Kantner 71st birthday gala at the Ridgefield Playhouse on Thursday March 15th, 2012. This secures our first concert for calendar year 2012.

Jefferson Starship today consists of Paul Kantner, David Freiberg, Slick Aguilar, Donny Baldwin, Chris Smith, and Cathy Richardson.

There will also be a tribute to the late Papa John Creach who we saw play with Hot Tuna in 1970 and 1971.

I have listened to Blows Against The Empire and Planet Earth Rock and Roll Orchestra the past few days.

Nona Hendryx is listed as a special guest star. You may remember her from Labelle who had the hit “Lady Marmalade“.

The concert listing also indicates there will be other guest stars appearing with Jefferson Starship that night. My personal wish is that it will include Marty Balin but I’m not confident he will be there.

Mimi Page is the opening act.