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April 25, 2020
(Scott LoBaido, courtesy/St. George Theatre)
Artists have been forced to come up with new ways to stay financially afloat during the coronavirus pandemic, and so have the darkened venues where they would normally be performing.
To this end, Staten Island’s historic St. G...
April 23, 2020
Everyone loves The Rascals’ many hits, among them “Good Lovin’,” “Groovin’,” “People Got to Be Free,” “How Can I Be Sure?” and “A Beautiful Morning.”
But knowledgeable fans know that the light of that morning eventually dimmed for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame group, o...
April 14, 2020
"Saturday Night Live"s tribute to Hal Willner
Most popular music producers necessarily take a backseat to the artists they produce, with but a few—Phil Spector, George Martin, Quincy Jones come to mind—establishing themselves and their names as artists in their own rig...
April 8, 2020
Ellis Marsalis with students including David Morgan (second from right)
As Wynton Marsalis posted on Facebook following the death of his father Ellis Marsalis Jr. April 1 at 85, “my daddy was a humble man with a lyrical sound that captured the spirit of place--New Orle...
Miss Tee Alston--An appreciation
August 10, 2020
Plush toy company Bleacher Creatures Kickstarting...
August 8, 2020
Wilford Brimley--An appreciation
August 3, 2020