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Jack DeJohnette at the Byrdcliffe Barn, Woodstock, N.Y

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Jack DeJohnette Byrdcliffe Barn Woodstock, NY August 13, 2016 When the lights went out, the power came on. Drummer Jack DeJohnette was scheduled to give a solo piano concert at the Byrdcliffe Barn--a century-old wooden structure-turned-concert venue--that had been part of the original Byrdcliffe Arts Colony in Woodstock, N.Y.--but ten minutes before show time, following an ear-splitting crack like a boxful of M-80s exploding at once, the barn was flooded ...


Davy Knowles at Higher Ground

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Davy Knowles Showcase Lounge, Higher Ground South Burlington, Vermont August 19, 2016 Davy Knowles took more than a few chances during his two-hour set at Higher Ground August 19th, but to his great credit, he made them all pay. Granted the audience was on his side, but their lust to cheer him on (right from the opening notes) was no greater than the precocious guitarist's determination to meet their expectations. In fact, it's ...


Benny Golson Quartet at Duc des Lombards

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Benny Golson Quartet Duc des Lombards Nous N'Irons Pas a New York (We're Not Going to New York) Festival Paris, France August 10, 2016 Tenor saxophonist Benny Golson showed no negative effects of his 87 years during the opening set of two nights at Duc des Lombards in Paris. His breathy style purred like the engine of a vintage Rolls Royce, his vibrato-edged style poured out as enticing as a gently cellared French Bordeaux. ...


David Grisman Sextet at Chautauqua Auditorium

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David Grisman Sextet Chautauqua Auditorium Boulder, Colorado August 12, 2016 Wag More, Bark Less. That's a popular bumper sticker, but it could also be a theme, a motto, a catch phrase or even the guiding philosophy for the David Grisman Sextet whenever it unleashes its very own “Dawg Music." Friday night at the Chautauqua auditorium in Boulder, there was no barking. And if the musicians had been lucky enough to have tails, the wagging would ...


Blink-182 at Nikon at Jones Beach Theater

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Blink-182 California Tour Nikon at Jones Beach Theater Wantagh, New York August 13, 2016 On the hottest day of 2016 so far, with temps that felt like 110 degrees, Blink-182's California Tour rock and rolled into the Nikon at Jones Beach Theater in Wantagh, NY. While the breeze helped provide some relief for the crowd at this sold out show, the palpable energy of the acts onstage and enthusiastic fans could have easily been ...


Goo Goo Dolls & Collective Soul at the Nikon at Jones Beach Theater

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Goo Goo Dolls & Collective Soul with special guests Tribe Society Nikon at Jones Beach Theater Wantagh, NY August 12, 2016 The Goo Goo Dolls came together in 1986 in Buffalo, NY when guitarist and vocalist John Rzeznik and bassist Robby Takac along with drummer George Tutuska joined forces. The trio picked its name from an ad for a toy in True Detective magazine. In 1987, the Goo Goo Dolls released its first ...


The Tierney Sutton Band at SFJAZZ Center

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The Tierney Sutton Band SFJAZZ Center Summer Jazz Festival San Francisco, CA July 17, 2016 When Tierney Sutton holds a note it sucks the listener in like the gravity of an object slowly accumulating mass. Breaking the rhythm of her spare, surgically precise vocal brushwork, Sutton occasionally freezes on a certain pitch, taking the audience captive until they are forced to regard the intricacies of her timbral landscape. After a second or two, the ...


Amethyst at McHughs, Belfast

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Amethyst McHughs Belfast, N. Ireland August 10, 2016 With an increasing number of talented Northern Irish jazz musicians recording and gigging both home and abroad, jazz is this corner of the world seems to be in fairly robust health. Add to that Belfast's own jazz festival of international standing, Brilliant Corners- -making waves since 2013--and there's plenty to be excited about. Amethyst, a straight-ahead quintet featuring local and foreign-based musicians, is the latest group ...

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