Hanging With Michael Moore and Occupy Friends Last Night

We saw the stage début of Michael Moore at The City Winery last night as he capped off a celebration of artists who will be appearing on the Occupy This Album 4 CD recording. He was an energizing force for the core Occupy participants who assembled in the house.

Thank You Sandi Bachom for filming this segment and adding to our memories of this historic event.

The Occupy This Album Record Release Party was a two and one-half hour celebration of the Occupy movement. Music and art now establishes an important voice for Occupy.

We witnessed a diverse cavalcade of artists with unique performing styles and textures. Reflecting today on who we saw and heard, as several performances were striking and novel.

First artist we got our groove on with was Taj Weekes & Adowa, funky reggae party, alright.  A little later we caught the legendary David Amram for the first time. His music is timeless and he is a wonderful multi-instrumentalist.

I was happy to see my Facebook friend Dylan Chambers, with his Dad, Lester Chambers of Chambers Brothers fame perform together.

Nanci Griffith did a fun song for us entitled, “Hell No (I’m Not Alright)”.

A band by the name of Ace Reporter rocked my socks off. Great energy.

Matt Pless played twice for us last night.

Much credit goes to Jason Samel, founder and executive director at Music for Occupy. We are grateful recipients of free tickets for last night’s event.

Jason, I placed our pre-order this morning, can’t wait to get the Occupy This Album 4 CD set.

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Occupy This Album Record Release Party Tonight!

History in the making!

God willing, we’ll be attending the Occupy This Album Record Release Party tonight at the City Winery at 155 Varrick St in NYC, doors open at 7PM, where we will hear live music by DJ Logic, Michael Moore, Immortal Technique, Nanci Griffith, David Amram, Richard Barone, My Pet Dragon, Matt Pless, Ace Reporter, Chroma, Fear Nuttin Band, George Martinez and The Global Block Collective, Jennie Arnau, Rejectionist Frong, Greg Smith and Broken English, Los Cintron, and a couple of surprise guests. (We wonder who they will be appearing and performing for us, this is always the fun part, anticipating who will show up as surprise guests…).

We will see the début singing performance of Michael Moore tonight. He will be performing his Bob Dylan track, “The Times They Are A Changing”. There will be lots of new artists for us to get to know and enjoy. Let’s all support this very important cause.

Artists on the album include:

Ani DiFranco, UNKLE, David Amram, Joan Baez, Tom Chapin, Willie Nelson, Rain Phoenix, Patti Smith, Anti Flag, Girls Against Boys, Garland Jeffreys, New Party Systems Featuring Kyp Malone, Yoko Ono, Amanda Palmer, Dar Williams, The Mammals Featuring Pete Seeger, David Crosby & Graham Nash, George Martinez & The Global Block Collective, Jackson Browne, Yo La Tengo, The Guthrie Family, Matt Pless, Filmmaker Michael Moore, Mogwai and More!

The event will be hosted by the DJ’s of Occupational Hazards on WBAI 99.5 FM, John Murdock and Joey Gay!

Beach Boys Appearing This Saturday at Mohegan Sun

We are excited to attend The Beach Boys 50th Anniversary Tour at Mohegan Sun Casino Arena on Saturday, May 12th. (Sold Out!)

Should be a rocking time with classic hits from America’s greatest group. Here is a snapshot of the concert poster I took on my iPhone from the Mohegan Sun Electronic Poster Board.

2012 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

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We watched the HBO Special last night, the 2012 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. The show was taped at the Cleveland Public Hall in Cleveland, Ohio on April 14th. It was a very entertaining and well-coordinated event. I like that it was held in a huge arena in Cleveland because it allowed many more fans to attend than the annual event at the Waldorf-Astoria ballroom permits.

I wanted to watch this event primarily out of respect for Adam Yauch of The Beastie Boys who had passed away on Friday. It was a sharp contrast to just see the two Beastie Boys approach the podium and accept their induction award. They read a message from Adam, MCA who was too ill to attend. It really reached my heart what he wrote for them both. So sad to lose MCA as we did.

Highlights of the event:

  • John Mellencamp inducting Donovan. I loved the enthusiasm John Mellencamp expressed for Donovan. Mellencamp brought with him to the podium his personal copy of Donovan’s vinyl album, Fairytale which I dug seeing him do. Donovan’s induction has been way over due.
  • Bette Midler inducting Laura Nyro. Her love and genuine emotion for Laura Nyro’s music affect epitomized how Laura Nyro won my heart as a music fan. So glad to see Laura Nyro finally recognized for her talent.
  • The Guns and Roses music segment hit it perfectly. “Sweet Child of Mine” with Slash playing those chords and notes on his Gibson Goldtop guitar really did it for me. Axl Rose’s decision not to attend and accept his award was truly his blunder.
  • I was moved to see the members of various groups like The Miracles, The Flames, Bill Haley and the Comets, Gene Vincent’s Blue Caps on the same stage, acknowledging their awards and admiration of their fans. You could so feel the love and mutual respect for these pioneers of music.
  • Flea’s acceptance speech was my favorite acknowledgement of the night.The Red Hot Chili Peppers live music segment was the performance highlight of the evening. They played my favorite song, “By The Way”. Their energy levels are amazing.

Occupy This Album, CD and T-Shirt

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Occupy This Album, a 4 disc compilation of music by, for, and inspired by, the Occupy Wall Street movement and the 99% available May 15th, 2012. Preorder this bundle now to receive the following: Occupy This Album CD and a MFO Shirt. 

We’ll be attending the Occupy This Album Record Release Party and Concert at the City Winery in New York City. It will be featuring Nanci Griffith, Michael Moore, Richard Barone and more on 5/8/12.

Pat Metheny’s Unity Band

One thing is certain, Pat Metheny continually reinvents himself through the music he performs either solo, pneumatically assisted with the vast electronics of Orchestrion or with his next jazz ensemble. I love the journey his creativity enables in my psyche. 🙂

Unity Band members

Chris Potter, Antonio Sanchez, Pat Metheny, Ben Williams

Pat Metheny is actively working a new jazz quartet called the Unity Band. The band consists of Chris Potter on saxophone (saw him play live with Herbie Hancock), who exudes an excellent phrasing and presence. The Unity Band features one of my favorite accent drummers, Antonio Sanchez who I have seen live twice with Pat Metheny. Antonio is a phenomenal drummer who draws me further in with his percussive stylings. Ben Williams on bass is the new musician to my ears. I am eager to hear his interplay and contributions with the Unity Band.

They have a new recording Unity Band available on June 12th from Nonesuch Records. The only way that you can hear the Unity Band right now is to pre-order the Unity Band CD. You will receive an instant download of the opening track, “New Year” and an autographed print from the album art which is suitable for framing. 😉

Pat Metheny Unity Band with Chris Potter, Ben Williams, and Antonio Sanchez

Queen Extravaganza Tour – June 9th, 2012, Oakdale

We’re going to take a chance on the Queen Extravaganza event. I like what I am reading and seeing about this Queen Tribute Show. It’s rare when original members of a rock superstar group go to this length to arrange for this level of extravaganza. Never having seen Queen when they performed together, back in the day, its nice to have this opportunity to witness this event. Plus the Oakdale Theatre in Wallingford, CT is just a stones throw away so we must attend 🙂

The pairing of Roger Taylor and Brian May with American Idol proves to be a striking combination. If this segment is just a hint at the 2 hour, 40 song tribute show, then we’re in for a fascinating entertainment experience.

Two of Queen’s original band mates and songwriters—legendary guitarist Brian May and iconic drummer Roger Taylor—are the masterminds behind The Queen Extravaganza. Roger Taylor, Queen’s drummer is the show’s producer and music director.

To guarantee that the touring show matches the fabled design and excitement of Queen at its live best, Taylor has enlisted a heavyweight production team headed by stage designer Mark Fisher. Fisher has been responsible for some of the most memorable rock concerts ever staged, including The Wall for Pink Floyd and every Rolling Stones show since 1989.

“The Queen Extravaganza will not be like a traditional tribute show,” says Taylor. “It is a brand new show specially designed to enable these new fans, together with fans of old, to celebrate the music of Queen in a heart-stopping event. It’s going to be very spectacular, it’s going to be very visual, there are going to be some shocks and some tremendous surprises. It will be a rock celebration in the Royal tradition.”