That fella singing in the coffee shop…

That fella singing in the coffee shop…. My BloggyVille friend from Washington State, Sassy, has started a new grassroots music-themed blog. House concerts? Hell, yes, I say. I look forward to her first big reveal. Click over and enjoy.

Hell Yeah, That’s Ma’ Boy!

My BloggyVille friend Marissa Bergen, poetess behind Glorious Results of a Mispent Youth, posted an important non-verse story today. Her son landed a role in a music video from the band Hell Yeah. That’s cool, sure. But the best part is that the song delivers a powerful message against domestic abuse. Please click the link…

Larry Luttinger in downtown Syracuse's Jazz Central.

Keeping the music alive in Syracuse

Talk about a tough job. Larry Luttinger is executive director of Central New York Jazz. That’s an arts foundation in Syracuse that’s tied to public and private money. Government spending on the arts has dropped because of the economy. Corporate spending on the arts had dropped because of the economy. Luttinger is convinced that the…

A sparking night.

Hot April Night

Early on during his concert Saturday night in the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C., Neil Diamond asked how many people had gotten their tickets as Christmas presents. Half the 16,000 or so folks there cheered. I hollered out “anniversary, Neil!” The wait from October was worth it. My dear wife Karen can now cross seeing…

Andrew Grau, with John Entwhistle's bass at the Hard Rock Cafe in Manhattan. (From andrewgrau.com(

Andrew Grau feels the groove in hip-hop and jazz

The Grautet is about to record an album with a bunch of musicians from New York City making the most out of a day booked in a New Jersey studio. The people of upstate New York — Skaneateles and Oneonta, in particular — should take notice. The band leader of the Grautet is bass player…