Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Wow, Handel's Messiah ROCKS!

...and it's going to rock out at the Fabulous Fox Theatre! I was just over on YouTube listening to a few clips and it's great. I was amazed at how they've taken this well-known classical oratorio and turned it into a fun concert that any age or music-type lover can enjoy. I think hearing Handel performed in a rock version is going to give some people who yawn at classical music a better appreciation. They definitely won't be yawning at this show!

Here's a sampling from a performance from a while back --- these might not be the same performers that they'll have at "our" Fox show, but it'll be just as good if not better!

Classic Music Meets Classic Rock: Handel’s Messiah Rocks @ Fox Theatre One Night Only: Sunday, Nov 21

“We are delighted to bring a glorious night of music to the Fabulous Fox Theatre with Handel’s Messiah Rocks on Sunday, November 21 at 7 pm,” states Christopher B. Manos, Producer of Theater of the Stars. “This groundbreaking musical event blends classical music with classic rock and breathes new life into George Fredrick Handel’s most performed oratorio. It is sure to be an unforgettable evening! Tickets are on sale NOW at Ticketmaster outlets, the Fox Theatre Box Office, by calling 800-982-2787, or online at www.ticketmaster.com.  And there are special group rates available through Fox Theatre... More

Macy Gray at Buckhead Theatre Tomorrow Night!

Macy Gray will be at Buckhead Theatre Wednesday night. Doors open at 8 p.m. She's just released her album "The Sellout". Can't wait to see her here in Atlanta!

Here's Kissed It from her new album:

and then an older tune you may remember (should!):

Arts Across Georgia

Monday, October 25, 2010

Ian McFeron and Alisa Milner Live at Java Monkey Nov 10

Wednesday, November 10th, 2010 – 8:00 pm (Free!)
Java Monkey, 205 East Ponce De Leon Avenue, Decatur, GA 30030 - (404) 378-1852

Seattle-based, singer/songwriter Ian McFeron has big plans for 2010. This year he is slated to perform over 200 shows, all while functioning as his own, independent record label, booking agency, and management company.

“The music industry and the economy at large are facing a lot of challenges right now and there is a lot of speculation about when things are going to turn around, and what that will look like. It’s left a lot of people in limbo, wondering which way to go. I figure that’s a good time for musicians to get back to basics and do what they’ve always done: travel the nation, inspire listeners, and build community.”

The age of digital sharing and declining music sales has been coupled with a receding global economy, hitting independents particularly hard as the middle class budget crunch leaves less disposable income for entertainment.

“You see a lot more people coming up in groups to buy cds, pitching in a couple bucks each to buy one album and then pass it around digitally. You hear a lot of the clubs say their attendance is down 30% or more.”

But when times get tough, musicians have always relied on their creativity to find opportunities in the midst of adversity.

“I know some folks that are excited about building an online presence through social networking; others talk about publishing revenue from the growing number of web stream music sites and how to get a buzz on YouTube. For me, music has always been about community and there’s no substitute for in the flesh live performance. I’ve always found that if I take the risk and get out there, if I play with sincerity and sing from the heart, the money works itself out somehow. If you can create those spiritual moments of intimacy with the audience they’ll encourage you to come back.”

With his first national tour under his belt, a full schedule of summer concerts and festivals, and another run of the nation planned this fall, McFeron estimates he will perform over 200 shows in 2010.

“There is something very blue-collar about being an independent touring musician, and that has always been comforting to me for some reason. I have a friend whose parents have a family farm outside Boise, Idaho, and talking with them I’m always surprised by how many parallels there are between what we do and what they do. When we break new ground in new parts of the country, I always feel like we’re out there sowing seeds, getting our roots going and nurturing strong, healthy stalks. And if we’re successful in doing that, we can come back through and reap the harvest. But you don’t get to escape the first part- you have to put your time in and take the risks and pour your heart into it first. Real success always follows some passionate gamble, I think.”

Ian McFeron takes the stage at Java Monkey on Wednesday, November 10th at 8:00pm, joined by long time musical partner Alisa Milner, a Texas-style fiddler, cellist, and harmony vocalist.

"Ian McFeron plays an earthy yet sophisticated blend of folk, rock, alternative-country and blues that belies the band's youthfulness. And it's danceable, too.” - Gene Stout, Seattle Music Critic
Arts Across Georgia

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Fran Healy - New CD

Rolling Stone mag tweeted a link to a live session they filmed at RS. I just listened to the three tunes and loved 'em all. Paul McCartney plays on one (not at RS, on the album). I think you'll like them, too!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Joe Bonamassa with Eric Clapton, Further on up the Road, Royal Albert Hall

I tweeted this a little earlier, sorry to those who're seeing it twice (although it's worth seeing a hundred times!). Wanted to post on my blog... which feeds to Twitter... which then feeds to Facebook. So you're all going to double-dip. Wonder if there's a way to turn off the feed selectively on here? Hmmm... I'm not seeing anything in the post options. Guess if I remember I'll send a suggestion to blogger. I have the ability to turn it off and on in Twitter and Blip.

Enjoy Joe Bonamassa with Clapton. Quite a combo.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

The Buckhead Theatre Presents Macy Gray

Grammy award winning, multi-platinum artist, Macy Gray will grace the stage of the Buckhead Theatre Wednesday, October 27th. For over a decade Gray has parlayed her utterly unique voice into R&B stardom offering a fresh alternative to mainstream soul. Gray’s most recent album, The Sellout, is her first album released in three years and proves that she hasn’t missed a beat. Tickets are on sale now and may be purchased at www.ticketmaster.com.

Buckhead Theatre
3110 Roswell Rd
Atlanta, GA 30305

General Info: 404-THE-BUCK
Box Office: 404-981-6168

When: Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Time: Doors open at 8:00 pm
Cost: $26 General Admission in advance
Tickets are available at www.ticketmaster.com
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