Monday, August 31, 2015

Dylan Fest AC 2015


100.7 ZXL, Formica Brothers Bakery, an Atlantic City Institution in their own right, welcomed a great night of BOB DYLAN music, pop culture and the history of the legendary artist and his original ties to Southern New Jersey!

While it may be common knowledge the former Robert Zimmerman was reared in the northern tundra of Duluth, Minnesota and would later stake his claim..and acclaim as Bob Dylan. you may not be aware that this icon of early folk and electric controversy had intimate ties to South Jersey. This night was a celebration of that connection!

Bob Dylan was first to plug in electric at the Newport Folk Festival in August, 1965. It nearly caused a riot to the accoustic sensibilities of the promoters, performers and fans alike. It would change the idea of the recorded message forever.  Bob would endure ridicule and threats to his person for bucking the system. Turning up the decibels would launch the former Robert Zimmerman into the stratosphere.

Opening Act: Peter Stone Brown, artist, songwriter and composer and a holdover audience member at the Bob Dylan Forest Hills, New York concert in 1965, Bob's first electric offering since plugging in at Newport, performed Bob's opening setlist of that night: This man was channeling Dylan in emotion, looks and sound.
Mr. Tamborine Man was stellar and brought favorable response from a sold out crowd at the intimate Dante Hall, Atlantic City.  Brown was a serious musician and a quiet yet friendly, soft spoken soul. We were thankful for the complete package of Mr. Brown. A

Headliner: The Five Believers led by guitarist-vocalist Jeff Schwachter powered out a full-on Dylan setlist of his best works! From Highway 61 Revisited, the iconic album released August 30, 1965 (50 years ago) to Rainy Day Women #12  & #35 and All Along The Watch Tower, fans really appreciated the trip back into the 1960's time machine!   A++ 

Dante Hall/ What a fantastic venue for special commemorative presentations and performances like Dylan Fest AC 2015. The crowd, a mature mixture of young and old mingled well together and appreciated the Dylan wall art, books and records on display in the foyer as fans entered the showroom. Stephanie Clineman, Executive Director of Entertainment for Stockton University was a delight and welcomed dignitaries such as the President of The University and others. It was a total fun experience for all. A+

Special Presentation: Dylan Fest AC 2015 was as much about Bob Dylan's discovery of a group of musicians playing the local Tony Marts Nightclub in Somers Point as it was about the 50th Anniversary of all things Bob. The Hawks would delight south jersey patrons of The iconic Tony Marts Club by the late 1960's. The Hawks blew the roof off the place to the delight of fans and Bob Dylan himself, who requested these musicians for himself and his road warrior detail. The HAWKS would later transform into THE BAND. Dylan Fest AC would welcome family members of the late great bass player Rick Danko to the stage. Danko niece Danielle Cockburn and son Justin Grafton Danko would accept a commemorative plaque of the Hawks/ The Band influence on our great area. C  

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

SO..You hate your JOB??? Try working in the music business..

 Reality Check: 8/11/15

SO..YOU hate your job. THIS is NOT what you signed up for! I am overqualified. I am under paid. I need 2 more jobs to pay for stuff. I have ideas. NOBODY is hearing me. WHO am I? HOW did I GET HERE???  It could be could be a RoCK STAR:

Columbia House Files Bankruptcy: A look back from the inside by former employees!

Monday, June 22, 2015

Paul McCartney: The Out There Tour 2015

June 21st: The Wachovia Center, Philadelphia, Pa

June 21st is officially the first day of summer and the arrival of the summer solstice, the longest day of the year. Yes, Sir Paul McCartney would need all the extra minutes! RoCKING out a 39-song playlist in just over 2 hours including a seven song encore, should have been no easy feat for a 43 year old, never-mind a 73 year old, but the icon proved us wrong. Well into his sixth decade of rock dominance both in pop culture and Live' performance, Paul McCartney showed us why he is the master of the musical universe.

Kicking off the night with a Beatles classic Eight Days A Week and alternating a meaty playlist of Fab Four and Wings songs, Sir Paul engaged us with storytelling and keen musicianship. He rocked a guitar, a mandolin and piano to woo the crowd. He spoke of sharing the stage with a young Jimi Hendrix during a 1960's Beatles concert in London.. He spoke of loving thoughts he wanted to share with his former songwriting partner in late 1980, but never got the chance due to his untimely death. He spoke of riding the school bus as a youngster with a future band mate, George Harrison. George would first introduce the mandolin instrument to young Paul and they would jam regularly.
Storytelling and stage presence: A+ 

Setlist: Sir Paul demonstrated how 73 is the new 33 as he sealed us all in the time machine for a memorable journey. Songs we remember and have emotional ties to our youth were brought to life, one after another, Sir Paul showed us the power of music. The power of his music. A standing room crowd from 17-70 became one, with no generational divide.  From Blackbird from the White Album to 1974's multi million seller Band On The Run, McCartney provided the sizzle for all. Pyrotechnics included multiple flame torch explosions front and back of stage while Sir Paul tickled the Ivories and held his ears during Live And Let Die!  It way my personal treat of the night!
Song rotation: A++