NEIL YOUNG, WILLIE NELSON, STEPHEN STILLS, LUKAS NELSON & PROMISE OF THE REAL AT CONCERT TO BENEFIT AUTISM

Rock and roll has a fine history of staging benefit concerts, large and small. From Live Aid, Live 8 and Global Citizen productions to the myriad tiny shows around the globe, musicians ... Continue Reading →

Hansel and Gretel Delights Everyone at San Diego Opera

In his introduction to the opening of “Hansel and Gretel” David Bennett (General Director of San Diego Opera) pointed out this opera was not for kids but about kids. In other words, ... Continue Reading →

 London, Reign Over Me: How England’s Capital Built Classic Rock 

London, Reign Over Me: How England’s Capital Built Classic Rock [Rowman & Littlefield, February 2020] by Stephen Tow I wasn’t alone in thinking that nearly everything pouring ... Continue Reading →

NAMM 2020

This annual gathering brings together the folks closest to making music: musicians and the makers of musical instruments. Although I can’t play a lick of music (but for the opening ... Continue Reading →

Chris Isaak’s Christmas Show – A Jolly Time Was Had By All

Chris Isaak has been lighting up concert stages for many decades. I recall fondly his LA debut in the early 1980s at the Roxy on Sunset, replete with tiki lights adorning the stage. ... Continue Reading →

Shawn Colvin and Mary Chapin Carpenter – An Inspired Evening

It is a very astute move, pairing two sympatico artists for a tour. A dozen years ago I saw the first few shows of what became a landmark tour of James Taylor and Carole King. And more ... Continue Reading →

Wilderado – Live at Ogden Theatre, Denver

What a great thing; tracking a band’s steady upward trajectory. We first encountered Wilderado on the early bill at Ohana Festival. The quartet was in the first flush of success, ... Continue Reading →

Beatles v Stones – A Clever Non-Rivalry That Goes Back Half a Century

The rivalry goes back half a century, drummed up by a clever publicist. The bands actually enjoyed each other, Lennon and McCartney gave the Stones “I Wanna Be Your Man.” In ... Continue Reading →