August 4, 2013 |
Last weekend, instead of hanging around for the XPoNential Music Festival in Camden or the Mad Decent Block Party across the river at Penn's Landing, I headed north more than 300 miles, to the Newport Folk Festival in Rhode Island. I'd never been. Newport belongs among U.S. music festivals that were 1960s flashpoints, along with Woodstock, Altamont, and, to a lesser extent, Monterey. Joan Baez rose to stardom at Newport in 1959 (the very first year of the fest, born five years after the inaugural Newport Jazz Festival)
May 25, 2016 |
Robert Allen Zimmerman was born on May 24, 1941, in Duluth, Minn. He's better known as Bob Dylan, the man who changed popular music with his words, voice, and vision. In honor of Dylan's diamond jubilee birthday on Tuesday, here are 25 things to know about the man many consider rock's greatest songwriter. 1. He lived his first six years in Duluth, his next 12 years in Hibbing, and a year or two in Minneapolis before launching his career in New York City. 2. As a youth in Hibbing, Bobby Zimmerman listened to rhythm and blues, country and rock on late-night radio stations from the South.
July 11, 2010
10 for the Road 1. 2010 Food Network Atlantic City Food and Wine Festival. Atlantic City. July 29-Aug. 1. Paula Deen, Guy Fieri, Sandra Lee, Ted Allen, and Pat and Gina Neely are among the celebrity chefs appearing. Sample wines and foods, watch demonstrations, and shop more than 250 culinary vendors. 609-348-7100; www.acfoodandwine.com . 2. Delaware State Fair. Harrington, Del. July 22-31. Concerts by The Beach Boys and Selena Gomez, demolition derbies, children's events and much more.
July 26, 2011 |
Bill Morrissey, 59, longtime folksinger, songwriter, and veteran of the coffee-house circuit throughout the country, died Saturday, July 23, in Dalton, Ga., of extensive heart disease. Mr. Morrissey lived in New Hampshire and was a frequent performer in coffee shops and folk venues, especially in the Northeast. His music ranged from tough portraits of New England milltown life ("Small Town on the River") to good-hearted examinations of love, as in his popular tune "Birches," in which a woman dances in the light of a birch fire after her man, who prefers to burn the longer-lasting oak, has gone to bed: And she stood up in the heat.
December 18, 1998 |
The way Theodore Bikel puts it, "I'm not a specialist. I'm a general practitioner in the world of the arts. " It's hard to argue the point with this 74-year-old entertainer. There are just so many Theodore Bikels - the actor on stage, screen and television; the folksinger and guitarist; the author; the lecturer; the raconteur; the arts advocate; the activist. Bikel - who recorded his first album, Israeli Folk Songs, in 1955 and went on to cofound the Newport Folk Festival six years later - will appear Saturday night in the Superstar Theater at Resorts in the role of folksinger, which is how he still identifies himself.
October 28, 2001 |
The PBS documentary American Roots Music opens with a simple declaration: "Nearly every immigrant that came to America brought folk songs with them. " So what happened to those sounds? Did they wither or blossom - or mutate - in the new land? How did they affect American life and culture? The ambitious four-part series, which begins at 10 p.m. tomorrow and continues on successive Mondays on WHYY, answers those questions by tracing the history of the blues and gospel, country and folk, bluegrass and Cajun music across more than a century.
August 14, 2011 |
This year marks the Philadelphia Folk Festival's 50th birthday. But it's been a few years since the festival organizers' realized that the august institution, which takes place every August at the Old Pool Farm in Upper Salford Township near Schwenksville, needed to attract a younger audience to ensure that it has a future to compare with its storied past. In recent years, festival bookers Rich Hardon and Jesse Lundy have brought in marquee names like the Decemberists and Jeff Tweedy of Wilco to give the fest a contemporary buzz.
November 4, 2011 |
David Wax says there are plenty of things that set his band's music apart, most noticeably the use of Mexican instruments such the quijada - a donkey's jawbone complete with teeth that, despite its jarring appearance, provides an oddly appealing buzzing noise. "We're always striving to integrate and weave Mexican folk into our music, but it's not glaring in our overall sound," the 30-year-old Boston-based musician says. Still, he notes that the quijada - played by his musical partner, singer/fiddler Suz Slezak - and a guitar-like jarana, which Wax mastered during his many visits to Mexico, are "obvious markers" that something unique is happening sonically.
February 27, 2007 |
The dee-luxe, 2-DVD, collector's edition of Dont Look Back, famously called "one of the most influential rock films ever made," arrives in stores nationwide today. To present the Bob Dylan documentary to the public 40 years ago, legendary filmmaker D.A. Pennebaker released it through a porno distributor. "I went around to theaters, schools and universities," he said in a telephone interview, "and I couldn't get the people who dealt with that audience to even think about it. "Finally, a guy from the Art Theater Guild - they ran a lot of porn houses in the West - took it on. 'It looks like a porn film, and it's not,' he said.