Santana @ Forest Hills Stadium

Carlos Santana was born in Autlán de Navarro, Jalisco, Mexico. There he learned to play the violin at age five and the guitar at age eight under the tutelage of his father, a mariachi musician. The family moved to Tijuana, Mexico, and then San Francisco, California, and Santana became a …

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Larry Campbell & Teresa Williams @ City Winery

Larry Campbell was born in New York, New York, and Teresa Williams is from rural Peckerwood Point, Tennessee. They met when he was hired to play pedal steel guitar behind her at a New York gig over 25 years ago. They married in 1988 but did not perform together until …

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Blind Boy Paxton @ Lucille’s Grill

MANHATTAN, NY—Jerron “Blind Boy” Paxton’s grandparents moved from Louisiana to California in 1956, and Paxton, born in 1989, grew up loving the old Cajun and country blues his grandmother sang. He started formal music training when I was 12, when his grandmother let him enroll in music school to learn …

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Social Distortion @ Stone Pony Summer Stage

ASBURY PARK, NJ—In the pantheon of alternative music, there has to be a celestial throne for Social Distortion because no other group draws such over-the-top, frenzied love and passion from the crowds as they do. By now, and in the conclusive pinnacle of their career and after seven albums stretching …

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Gathering Of The Vibes @ Seaside Park

BRIDGEPORT, CT—At the 20th annual Gathering Of The Vibes fest, Allman Brothers alumni ruled the roost for yet another glorious celebration to the life and music of Jerry Garcia, whose birthday was also celebrated over the weekend. Warren Haynes was the bridge from the Allman’s camp to the Dead’s as …

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Castle Party 2015 @ Bolkow, Poland

BOLKOW, POLAND—This year, the annual Castle Party in Bolkow, Poland—the 22nd annual edition of the event—announced itself be a “Dark, Independent” music festival. This Eastern-Central European gala takes place in a small town in the region of Lower Silesia, an area adjacent to the Czech Republic on the country’s southwestern …

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Neil Young @ Jones Beach

WANTAGH, NY—Neil Young and Promise Of The Real sandblasted Jones Beach amphitheatre with a powerful set of eco-rock that thundered across the South Bay against a threat of rain for a mind-blowing three hours. Nelson brothers Lukas and Micah tweaked, grinded and churned at Young’s stew of countrified rock that …

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Van Morrison @ Forest Hills Stadium

QUEENS, NY—Born and raised in postwar Belfast, Ireland, George Ivan Morrison, later to be known as Van Morrison, grew up listening to his father’s vast collection of American blues, jazz, folk, country and gospel records. Morrison’s father bought him his first acoustic guitar when he was 11. A year later, …

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Bryan Adams @ Bethel Woods Center For The Arts

BETHEL, NY—I wrote a review of the Bethel Woods Performing Arts Center as a venue many issues ago. My impression of the place hasn’t changed a bit. The location shines in every regard, from the manicured grounds to the Woodstock Museum and, of course, the excellent acoustics and seating of …

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Bonnaroo @ Great Stage Park

MANCHESTER, TN—It was a muggy three days at the 14th annual Bonnaroo where an incredibly eclectic lineup of bands and babes offered up the ear and eye candy at the five stages that encircle the farmland located and hour-plus from Nashville. Everything from classic rock to bluegrass to electronica was …

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