October 11, 1996 |
It's true. John Scofield, long known for his intense brand of electric-guitar playing, turned to a nylon-stringed classical guitar for his latest album, appropriately titled Quiet, released on the Verve label a few weeks ago. But don't get the idea that Scofield is about to abandon the electric instrument. "Oh, no, I'm playing both acoustic and electric on this tour, but I still consider myself basically an electric guitarist," Scofield said prior to an appearance Sunday night at the Blue Moon Jazz Cafe and Restaurant.
October 12, 1995 |
If you weren't convinced that MTV's "Unplugged" takes itself just a bit too seriously, maybe the upcoming release of the series' companion coffee- table opus - a 184-page, hardback look at the show which has revived acoustic music - will persuade you. Plop down $50 and you get - yawn - set lists, taping dates, band lineups and plenty of big photos. Or you could goout and buy three or four CDs and, like, listen to music.
February 25, 2015 |
THERE'S a lot of buzz (not all favorable) over high-res sound, trumpeting new music-delivery services and devices that offer a sharper, crisper, you-are-there listening experience. Credit the explosion in sales of high-end headphones and the boom in acoustic music - both trends are tuning listeners in to the joys of "real" music. It's what they've been missing in the age of $10 ear buds and highly compressed MP3 files. Improvements in music coding, Internet connectivity and storage are also pushing the high-res cause, kicking yesteryear's steely sounding, low-res MP3 files to the gutter.
January 13, 1994 |
Folk musicians Lee Jones and Kolleen Bowers are hoping to open the eyes and ears of listeners this Sunday afternoon. They have organized a free, open-house concert featuring eight acts at the Twentieth Century Club in Lansdowne. "We hope to get the community involved with folk, acoustic and blues music," Jones said. "Plus January is national folk music and dance month. " The concert is being sponsored by two local music clubs - the Lansdowne Folk Club and the Metronome Coffeehouse.
February 29, 1996 |
Philadelphia's longest-running rock 'n' roll party is finally calling it quits. J.C. Dobbs, the South Street landmark where George Thorogood, Nirvana, Green Day, Smashing Pumpkins and Pearl Jam got their local start, will close in late April. The spot will be reborn under new management as the Pontiac Bar and Grill, where acoustic music will be the side dish, not the main event. Dobbs owner Kathy James said: "I don't think the '90s have been what the '80s were. There are neighborhoods like Manayunk and 2nd Street that are hotter.
January 15, 1989 |
After a business year that was virtually wiped out by a fire that damaged its concert site, the Perimeter II Coffee House is back and anticipating a full season of Friday night acoustic music concerts in 1989. The organization is once again holding shows in the Jaycees Community Hall at 143 E. Ormond Ave. in Oaklyn. The Coffee House, which will celebrate its 23d anniversary on May 5, was founded by a group of students at Rutgers University-Camden, where the organization was located through 1980, said Anne Deeney, the manager of the Perimeter II. In 1981, the Coffee House moved its concert site to an old railroad station in West Collingswood, but renovations to the building forced it from there and into the Jaycees Community Hall in fall 1987, Deeney said.
June 30, 2011
_ George Washington - yeah, the man who commanded the Continental Army and served as our first president - also knew his way around a still and a mash tun. He owned one of the largest, most successful commercial distilling operations of his day and brewed his own beer during the Revolutionary War. Salute this lesser-known but side to the Father of Our Country at General George's Beer Garden on the outdoor terrace at the National Constitution Center...
December 4, 1998 |
From the night it first opened in 1964 at 874 W. Lancaster Ave. in Bryn Mawr, the Main Point coffeehouse was the right club in the right place at the right time. Riding the crest of the acoustic music boom, the club gave folks of all ages a pleasant place to hang out together, and introduced them to a zillion great young talents - Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt, James Taylor, Bruce Springsteen . . . Thirty-four years later, a new Bryn Mawr establishment just two doors away (880 W. Lancaster)
October 28, 1993 |
The coffee aroma wafted up the stairwell to the second floor of the Twentieth Century Club. Music fans milled into the smoke-free hall and into a dimly lighted, bookshelf-lined living room. The mood was right for listening to acoustic tunes. It's just not a city thing anymore. Coffeehouses are popping up all over the suburbs featuring music of the unplugged variety. "I wanted to open a comfortable place to listen to this kind, or any kind of acoustic music," said Lee Jones, founder of the Lansdowne Folk Club.
March 6, 1998 |
It's just not possible to judge the Artist Formerly Known as Prince by the same standards used to judge other recording artists. After all, how many musicians can boast of releasing seven CDs in two years? It's well known by now that Prince has a cache of hundreds of unreleased tracks, many of which show up regularly on bootlegs and are speculated about on his numerous Web sites. "Crystal Ball," the Artist's new release on his own NPG Records, is four CDs of unreleased music (though P. Control from "Emancipation" is repeated here, as well as alternate versions of "So Dark," a remix of "Love Sign," and "Tell Me How You Want to Be Done")