Rant ‘N’ Roll: Stranger In A Strange Land

MONTREAL—Hey man, everybody’s speaking French around here. And the money’s funny. At least it’s not raining. My hotel is in walking distance of the Montreal International Jazz Festival. Downtown is roped off to vehicular traffic and there’s thousands of folks with smiles on their faces grooving to every possible subgenre …

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Albert Cummings: B.B.’s Blues

When tough-ass bluesman Albert Cummings hits B.B. King’s on West 42nd Street in New York City on Sunday, Sept. 13, at 7:30, all hell might break loose. If his set is half as good as his new Someone Like You (Blind Pig), the roof might raise. This is …

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Rant ‘N’ Roll: Ironoclasts On Parade

HOLMDEL, NJ—Elvis Costello and Donald Fagen of Steely Dan are two of pop music’s most severe iconoclasts. They’re right up there with Tom Waits and Leonard Cohen. That’s why it was a rare thrill to see them both on the same stage on the same night one after another. Fagen, …

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The Honey Island Swamp Band: Out Of The Swamp

These are the guys who had to leave their New Orleans hometown in the face of Hurricane Katrina and, by pure happenstance, met in San Francisco to form this Honey Island Swamp Band. It’s a joyous sound filled with chugging rhythms, Cajun flavor and right-on-time vocals. They’ll be bringing …

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Rant ‘N’ Roll: Zappa Plays Zappa

STROUDSBURG, PA—The Sherman Theater is right next door to the hippest record shop in the Poconos, Main Street Jukebox, and down the street from the hippest bookstore ever, Carroll & Carroll. Perusing the tomes there, you might have to listen to Mr. Carroll’s unending monologue on obscure literary finds, but …

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Rant ‘N’ Roll: One-On-One With Carlos Santana

Las Vegas, Nevada—Far away from the glitz and glamour of the Strip is a non-descript area of low-ceilinged buildings that from afar look like warehouses. It’s so set off from the hub of the bub that my taxi driver had a hard time finding it. Once inside, though, the “warehouse” …

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Rant ‘N’ Roll: It’s That Time Of Year Again

No matter where I go or how far I travel, my favorite time of the year is Musikfest in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, every summer. This year from August 7 to 16, Alice In Chains, Snoop Dogg, Darius Rucker, 3 Doors Down/Collective Soul, ZZ Top, Reba, Jerry Seinfeld, O.A.R., Culture Club, The …

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Joe Bonamassa: The 3 Kings Tour

To benefit guitarist Joe Bonamassa and his Keeping The Blues Alive Foundation, the music of B.B. King, Albert King and Freddie King will take center stage at the Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden on Aug. 7 and the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel on Aug. 8. The ever-eclectic …

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Rant ‘N’ Roll: Dion Dares

“I’ve been sitting here thinkin’ ‘bout when I started in drinking and went on to dope/

I cried a tear in a beer for me I lost everything near and dear to me mainly my children and my wife/

My idea of having a good time was sitting with my …

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Rant ‘N’ Roll: In Harmony With David Crosby

BETHLEHEM, PA, July 5, 2015—Upon at first demurring at the inconsequential nature of the question posed to him by this reporter backstage in his dressing room after his one-man show at the Musikfest Café, he answered it. He was holding court, being a good sport despite his ravenous hunger, posing …

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