June 13, 2016 |
OCEAN CITY, N.J. - Bob Rose was still in junior high school when he promoted his first music show. A few hometown Bridgeton bands were looking for gigs, and a school dance needed performers. Several years later, in 1974, Rose put together his first big outdoor concert - a five-act garage-band show at the now-defunct Palatine Race Track in Centerton, Cumberland County. Back then, social media didn't exist, so Rose had to rely on old-fashioned word of mouth and some concert posters.
October 27, 2014
ISSUE | N.J. REBATES Give us the break Gov. Christie continues to revise New Jerseyans' homestead rebates. I recently paid my property taxes and asked about the status of my rebate. The current rebate due in the second quarter of 2014 was for the year 2012. I was told that Christie has postponed this payment until mid-2015, a full three years after it is due. In 2011, he greatly reduced the amount due for the year 2009 - for me, by $1,000. The next year, he changed the system to be issued as a credit in the second quarter of the tax year, again two years behind the actual year.
September 11, 2014 |
Richard R. Wisneski, 71, of Cape May, a disc jockey and promoter of musical events, died of kidney failure Sunday, Aug. 3, at Cape Regional Medical Center in Cape May Court House. Born in Philadelphia, Mr. Wisneski graduated from Edison High School and served as an Army medic in Vietnam and in the New Jersey Army National Guard. "He started out in radio in Pottstown," Phil Pizzi, a friend and business colleague, said. At that time, "he was a DJ, a radio personality. " Mr. Wisneski soon became an entrepreneur.
September 10, 2014 |
Margaret C. Nyce Waltner, 68, formerly of Mount Airy, a blues music promoter, jewelry maker, and book editor, died Tuesday, Sept. 2, at a hospice facility in Scranton after a yearlong battle with esophageal cancer. Friends said they knew Mrs. Waltner ("Peg") as a "live wire," a woman whose enthusiasm for life carried others along with her. Mrs. Waltner and her husband, Douglas, co-founded the Philadelphia Blues Machine in 1985 to promote blues performances in Philadelphia and beyond.
March 17, 2014 |
Alan E. Lott, 67, a legendary music promoter who began his career in the Philadelphia record business, died from a heart attack Wednesday, March 5, in Pasadena, Calif. Mr. Lott climbed the industry ranks to become one of the first black record promoters, said his longtime friend Philadelphia radio personality Sonny Hopson. "He got to be one of the top promoters," said Hopson, who was a major radio personality at WHAT-AM when Mr. Lott got his start. "He was good at that. He was a likable person.
July 5, 2011 |
Before he became the legendary music promoter who helped shape the concert industry over a four-decade career, Larry Magid was a 12-year-old doo-wop fan in West Philly, infected with the music bug by a song called "Sh-Boom. " The 1954 hit by the African American rhythm-and-blues group the Chords "had this refrain, 'Sh-boom, Sh-boom,' " Magid, 68, recalls fondly as he sits in his gold-record-lined office at the Piazza at Schmidts in Northern Liberties. "It made no sense, but it was something so different, so new. And you felt a connection to the music.
February 8, 2008 |
In an interview from prison three months ago, Alton "Ace Capone" Coles said he was not the cocaine-trafficking drug kingpin a 197-count federal indictment made him out to be. "These charges are not who I am," Coles, 34, said in a phone conversation from the Federal Detention Center, where he was being held pending trial. "God willing, a jury will look at the evidence and see that. " For the last four weeks, a U.S. District Court jury has, in fact, been looking at and listening to the evidence in the drug-trafficking case against Coles and five codefendants.
August 28, 2005 |
The phone rings in Gene Shay's cramped basement in Wynnewood, which is lined with CDs and records. It's Sims Delaney-Potthoff, the founder and mandolin player of Harmonious Wail, a Wisconsin string jazz band. He is looking to book East Coast shows in February. And the first person he calls in the Philadelphia area, as a friend and professionally, is Shay. Shay is Philadelphia's legendary folk music DJ. The Folk Show With Gene Shay has been on WXPN-FM (88.5) since 1995, now heard 8 to 11 p.m. Sundays.
April 11, 2004 |
From the recording studio in the attached garage at his Willingboro home, Ed Blaze, a music promoter, hopes to share in the American dream. "I always had the passion to do music," he said. Before he eased into the music scene, Blaze said, he visited area clubs and attended parties to get a feel for what was popular. "I went to parties here to see what people liked," he said. About three years ago, he launched Active 4 All Entertainment, a promotion company that assists in bringing concerts to clubs and arenas in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, New York and Washington.