Wednesday, August 9, 2017

A new feature at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

One of the perks of having in-laws in the Cleveland area is that I get to hit the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame pretty much on a yearly basis.

I’ve been going since it opened and the first visit was a full day, we are talking from opening of the doors until being told the place was closing. 

These days I can get in and out in about 2.5 hours.

Keep in mind that items are on constant display from artists, with a little change.  For example there is a pretty large section devoted to Elvis Presley and much of it has been the same, but they’ve put in a car, or a motorcycle (the TV with the bullet hole in the screen is/was my favorite).  So, when I go to the museum sometimes it can be a “walk on by” vs slow down and read. 

To cut down on time I skipped a lot of the “films” they played.  I had seen them.  There was one they had that would lead in to the actual “wall of fame” as I called it.  A darkened hallway with signatures of band members that had been inducted.  Its “neat” but I felt it took a lot of space.  The big thing is that at the end of that portion was a few displays of memorabilia from that year’s class of inductees, so that was never one to miss.

The museum switched things up, the new class is now in one of the main levels and the lit up all is gone.

What replaced it was a film that I initially was going to pass on, but decided to go through it.

It was great.  It opened in July so it’s really new (and smells new still!!)   You wait in a small lobby area and see past inductees thank the audience and most of them would sort of elude to that “making speeches is/was not their thing” and they just wanted to “jam”.  That that is what this film was, you went in, sat down and were blasted to the back of the room with segments from the all-star jams.  It had concert hall lights and volume.  Heck the floor shook…it was great.

95% of the film is 15/30 seconds of artists playing.  The final probably two minutes is the solo that Prince did during “While My Guitar Gently Weeps”.  It went on long enough that I thought, there is NO WAY they can cut this short…and they didn’t.  It was high def, with concert hall sound and lights etc.  It was awesome.  Below is the suit that Prince wore that evening as well as the clip to remind you just how awesome the moment was.  Video included that goes right to the solo…..  The gentle smiles, the awe of the other players is a great nod to a player being in “the zone”.  What I like the most is that a few times Prince sorta looks over and is like “I can wrap this up now…or I can keep going”.  Thankfully he kept going.


Check out the solo right here

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Some Free Live Music in Boston!

The Revivalists, American Authors and New Politics to Headline ALT Rocks Boston 2017


ALT 92.9, Boston’s Alternative Radio announces The Revivalists, American Authors and New Politics will headline ALT Rocks Boston 2017.

The radio station’s free summer concert series, presented by RCN, will include two shows at Copley Square Park on August 17th and August 31st as well as a first time performance at the SoWa Art & Design District Market on September 9th, 2017.

Line up and Venue (take note!!!)

  • Thursday, August 17, 2017, 5:00PM - The Revivalists
Copley Square Park, Boston


  • Thursday, August 31, 2017 5:00PM - American Authors
Copley Square Park, Boston


  • Saturday, September 9, 2017 11:00AM - New Politics
SoWa Open Market, 530 Harrison Ave, Boston


Alt Rocks Boston 2017 is presented by RCN.  Opening acts for all three concerts will be announced in early August.  For more information on Alt Rocks Boston 2017, visit http://alt929boston.com

Thursday, June 29, 2017

...and we are back!

So I had some free time at work and was able to hammer out about a summers worth of "Forgotten Disc Fridays".  I was able to circle back some some records and write down some thoughts.

Hope you'll check it out!

http://forgottendiscfriday.blogspot.com/


Thursday, May 4, 2017

Festival at the Farm - Canton Ma, September 16 and 17


YES!!  Have a look at all the information by clicking right here

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Guster - On the Ocean - August 11-13, 2017


"Guster On The Ocean"
Set for August 11-13, 2017

August 12 Concert at Thompson's Point Highlights Weekend of Music and Activities

Tickets On-Sale Friday, May 5
Twenty-five years ago, a group of college students first performed onstage at Tufts University.  In 2017, Guster is celebrating this 25th anniversary with a series of signature events and concerts.  Following sold-out shows at the Beacon Theatre in New York City and a four-night run at Boston's Paradise Rock Club, the Guster 25 celebration moves to Portland, Maine in August, with a full weekend of activities, highlighted by an August 12 concert at Thompson's Point.  Tickets go on sale Friday, May 5 at 10:00AM by calling 1-800-745-3000, in person at the Port City Music Hall Box Office Wednesdays - Fridays from 10am-5pm and online at www.statetheatreportland.com

Guster On The Ocean kicks off on Friday, August 11th aboard a ferry that will cruise with just 200 fans on board!

On Saturday August 12 the band headlines Thompson Point where the Maine Youth Rock Orchestra will join the band for part of the set!

The weekend concludes on Sunday, August 13th with a kayaking trip from the Portland waterfront to a secluded location on the Casco Bay where Guster will perform an intimate acoustic set.  


Tickets for the harbor cruise and the kayaking trip are very limited and will be available by lottery exclusively to individuals who purchase tickets to the Thompson's Point show by Friday June 30, 2017.  
For fans wishing to travel from Boston to Portland for the show on Saturday night, the band has teamed up with AMTRAK to create the Guster Express, a private rail car filled with Guster Fans.  A $84 ticket includes round trip passage on the Guster Express and a concert ticket. Tickets for the Guster Express also go on sale Wednesday May 3rd at 10:00 AM. Get tickets and more info at: www.downeasterpackages.com/gusterexpress
Guster On the Ocean  Concert at Thompson's Point, Portland, ME
Dates: Saturday, August 12, 2017
Time: Gates at 5:00PM. Concert begins at 6:00PM.
All tickets are general admission and are just $40. Ages (children under the age of 3 are free)

Tickets to Guster On the Ocean Concert at Thompson's Point go on sale Friday, May 5 at 10:00AM and are available by calling 1-800-745-3000, in person at the Port City Music Hall Box Office Wednesdays - Fridays from 10am-5pm and online atwww.statetheatreportland.com

For more information about Guster on the Ocean visit www.ontheoceanfest.com

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Reflecting on Nirvana for some reason....

Been on this Nirvana kick the last few days. Occasionally when I listen I reflect on the fact they were a band I never saw live. The band didn’t make it easy to see them locally.  In my research, between 87 and 94 the band played in MA 9 times.  4 of them were before September of 91, which I’ll toss any ‘indie cred’ aside and admit I didn’t know of them until Nevermind began to break (the fall of 91).  In 91 the band did two shows as part of WFNX birthday.  On the 23rd  (a Monday) I drove in to Boston to try and get in.  The station didn’t pre-sell tickets, and the idea was you could go from club A to club B (there were 3 in a row).  By the time I arrived the line to get in was BEYOND the Cask and Flagon, and for those that know the area Axis/Avalon/Venus DeMilo was in the area that House of Blues now occupies.  This was a few hundred yards, with people not in single file line…groups of 6-8 all wondered if the line would even move. The venues were at that point of “one in one out”. I walked down towards the doors of Axis, heard the Smashing Pumpkins play for 2-3 minutes then moved on.  The following day the band did another show that was all ages at the same venue (I had no idea at the time this was happening).  The 25th was my best shot, the band was playing Club Babyhead in RI.  Again, in the car I went and I headed south.  Just as I was about to turn on to 95 south I had an ‘adult’ moment.  I had an exam the next day in school.  I was going to turn around and study.  So…I turned around.  I didn’t go see them.

The band didn’t tour the US much at all in 92 and in 93 the band was touring for In Utero and the fan base had exploded.  They played Springfield on the 10th (a Wednesday, had to be in work for 7am in Boston the next day) of November and then Fitchburg on the 12th. I tried like crazy to get tickets for Fitchburg and never lucked out.  I remember calling both lines from work trying to get in to the ticketmaster phone queue.  None of my friends had much luck, and looking back probably not a ton of interest.  That was it.  Cobain died a year later.


Just got me thinking and doing some web surfing last night.  I guess if you read this far my only “life lesson” is “don’t turn around”. 

If you really care here is the dates in MA/CT/RI
7/15/89  Green Street Jaimaca Plain
4/18/90  Man Ray, Cambridge MA
4/21/90   MIT, Party.
4/27/90   Hampshire College
-------------------- (knew who they were)
9/23/91   Axis Boston
9/24/91  Axis Boston
9/25/91  Club Babyhead
9/26/91  New Haven CT
11/10/93  Springfield MA
11/12/93  Fitchburg MA

Thursday, March 23, 2017

On the music player...

I can't really say turntable, and if I say on the iPod or CD player people roll their eyes..but a few records have caught my fancy as of late.

The latest from elbow "Little Fictions" is very good.  Also the newest record from The Shins "Heartworms" and the Japandroids "Near to the Wild Heart of Life".

All of them are worth your time.