Music Continues To Bring Magical Moments

I’m watching a heartwarming music special on PBS CPTV, Ethan Bortnick: Generations of MusicEthan Bortnick’s enthusiasm is magical. I am honored to discover and share him. He is equally vibrant and charismatic. I love his mission and accomplishments. He has raised over $50,000,000 for charities[4]

I believe that children are our future. A future anchored and secured through Ethan’s artistic vision.


TIDAL X Baltimore: Mother’s Day Rally 4 Peace Benefit Concert

This is why I subscribe to TIDAL. They offer meaningful exclusives that touch the music of our heart.

Tune into TIDAL at 8 p.m. E.T. on Sunday, May 10, 2015, for a live audio broadcast of Prince & 3RDEYEGIRL’s Mother’s Day Rally 4 Peace benefit concert. TIDAL will be the exclusive destination to hear this historic live concert — available to subscribers and non-subscribers alike.

Following a month of unrest, the Rally 4 Peace is meant to be a catalyst for pause and reflection after the outpouring of violence that has gripped Baltimore and areas throughout the U.S.

What happened in Baltimore, Maryland was tragic and wrong. Here’s our opportunity to lend assistance to Baltimore and its youth.

Alongside the free hour-long audio stream, TIDAL’s homepage will feature a “match funds” donation button to support local Baltimore youth charities.

TIDAL is also providing the opportunity to support and give to The Baltimore Justice Fund, whose mission it is to end racial discrimination, create schools that are welcoming and safe, reduce the impact of drug addiction and eliminate police brutality in Baltimore. All can donate at

“I am honored to join Prince in his mission to inspire through the uniting power of music and be able to offer a platform where this moment can be shared globally.  We invite all to experience the music and contribute in their own way to promote peace, tolerance and understanding,” added JAY Z.  “Our prayers go out to Freddie Gray’s family and every family affected by brutality and senseless violence.”

27th Annual Bridge School Benefit – 10/26 & 10/27

Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young will reunite for the first time since 2006 for the 27th Annual The Bridge School Benefit concert

Tickets for the 27th annual Bridge School Benefit concerts go on sale Friday, September 13th at 10am at, the Shoreline Amphitheatre box office, all Ticketmaster outlets, or by calling (800) 745-3000. Tickets are $150 and $75 for reserved seats and $35 for general admission lawn plus applicable charges. There are a limited number of general admission lawn 4-packs available for only $99 plus charges.

Proceeds from these concerts benefit The Bridge School, a program for the communicative and educational development of children with severe speech and physical impairments. Past performers at the Bridge School Benefit Concerts have included Paul McCartney, Arcade Fire, Metallica, Pearl Jam, Bruce Springsteen, Jack White and Green Day.

Tickets on sale Friday, September 13th at 10am 

Thankful To Jack White, Sound Saviour

Jack White @ Firefly Music Festival

The ethnomusicologist in me is thankful for the contributions from Jack White. I dub him Saviour of Music and Sound. He works quietly yet powerfully behind the scenes as champion of analog sound, concert venues (Detroit’s Masonic Temple, renamed the Jack White Temple)and now sound preservation.

Today I learned Jack White, ardent enthusiast of old recording methods, is sharing his resources to save actual old recordings. He contributed $200, 000 to the The National Recording Preservation Foundation. White is on the board of directors for the charity.

“He doesn’t take advantage of the speed and utility of digital methodology, and loves the warmth and immersive character of analog.”

Press Release

The gift means the foundation, based in Washington, D.C., can begin awarding grants and processing delicate old recordings, many of which are in perilous condition.

If you want to help preserve sound for future generations why not make a donation as I did today to the National Recording Preservation Foundation. They are the independent, nonprofit charitable corporation established by the U.S. Congress for the purpose of supporting archives, libraries, cultural institutions and others committed to preserving America’s radio, music and recorded sound heritage.

The foundation is the third element of the National Recording Preservation Act. The first two established a registry of important recordings, and created a board to decide which ones to prioritize saving.

In the music of our heart it’s all about preserving invaluable works of art heritage for the generations ahead to stimulate their knowledge and creativity.

Happy Birthday Bob Marley and Mystic Bowie – One Love

I tuned the FM dial in the car to WPKN-FM 89.5 for the morning commute. I quickly discovered that tomorrow February 6th would be Bob Marley‘s 68th birthday. Steve di Constanzo the morning DJ was doing his Radio Basecamp show, playing some cool stuff.

He announced that starting at 1 p.m. WPKN would begin a Bob Marley 36 Hour Marathon. The radio celebration would be complemented by the annual Bob Marley and Mystic Bowie Birthday Bash on Stage One by the Fairfield Theatre Company. It was at that moment I said to myself this event can’t miss. Woah, Woah…. Stop the Clock! Our two favorite reggae superstars, Mystic Bowie and Bob Marley with special guest stars at this intimate venue. I purchased the tickets online pronto 😉 The concert will be broadcast live over WPKN this evening!

It has been a One Love celebration ever since. I plugged into WPKN-FM this afternoon where I have been actively engaged and entertained ever since.

We love Mystic Bowie’s energy, its so infectious! Can’t wait to dance the night away.

A Song From Sandy Hook – Over The Rainbow

We are blessed to have such compassionate music neighbors to the south of us in Connecticut. Tina Weymouth and Chris Frantz (Tom Tom Club, Talking Heads) of Fairfield opened their hearts and studio to produce a special song from Sandy Hook.

A Song From Sandy Hook – Over The Rainbow

Most of the children were students at Sandy Hook Elementary, survivors of the horrific school shooting in December. With guidance from the project’s executive producer, CBGB co-owner Tim Hayes, along with Newtown-based music teacher Sabrina Post, the group recorded “Over the Rainbow,” accompanied by singer-songwriter Ingrid Michaelson on ukulele. The song will make its debut on Good Morning America this morning and is available on iTunes and Amazon. All proceeds from the project will go to the non-profit Newtown Youth Academy and the United Way of Western Connecticut.

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Tina Weymouth, Ingrid Michaelson and Chris Frantz

Occupy This Album – Record Release Party – City Winery, May 8, 2012

I am excited to share with my blog readers that we have been invited to attend the Occupy This Album Record Release Party in New York City at the City Winery on Tuesday, May 8th. I entered the record release party contest on their Web site and was informed today that we will get two free tickets (worth 99.99 each). I am psyched to win this contest and to be able to witness this historic event.

This is a cause I strongly believe in and support. As a music journalist and activist I can’t wait to see & hear some of the 99 songs on Occupy This Album by the original artists. The City Winery in SoHo is a great venue. We have had dinner with our son there in the past. The owner of City Winery, Michael Dorf, founder of the iconic Knitting Factory, wanted to create a space in Manhattan where he could combine his shared passions for wine and music. He has accomplished that and more. He has hosted and coordinated some great music events in NYC.

Dorf has became one of the most prolific independent promoters in New York and main presenter of music in “downtown” New York. In November 2005, Mr. Dorf was lauded by The New York Times as “one of New York’s most important music impresarios.” He has produced the opening celebration concert for 7 World Trade Center, the first new building on theWTC site. Michael Dorf Presents has produced hundreds of concerts including the Music Downtown Series, Music of Series at Carnegie Hall, The Annual New York Jewish Music & Heritage Festival, Jewzapalooza, the “Downtown Seder”, as well as several significant private corporate events. The successful series of tribute concerts at Carnegie Hall and Avery Fisher Hall includes the Music of Joni Mitchell, Music of Bob Dylan, Music of Bruce Springsteen, Music of Elton John, Neil Sedaka’s 50 years of Hits, The Music of R.E.M., and the The Music of the Who.

The Line Up (So far)*

DJ Logic
Taj Weekes and Adowa
Grammy Award winning Nanci Griffith accompanied by Pete and Maura Kenedy and the Clap Brothers
Michael Moore accompanied by Tom Chapin, Dave Dreiwitz, David Amram, and Kevin Twigg
David Amram
Matt Pless
Mike + Ruthy
Jennie Arnau
Joel Rafael
Rejectionist Front
Aliza Hava
Ace Reporter
Los Cintron
Fear Nuttin Band
George Martinez And The Global Block Collective

Richard Barone

My Pet Dragon

Greg Smith and Broken English

Surprise guests…

*Subject to change

Major Showtime at the Apollo Lately

Apollo Theater anniversary: Celebrating 78 years of classic performances (SLIDESHOW)The Apollo Theater in Harlem has been the showcase venue of late. The blues are getting the much due respect and attention it deserves as is rock and roll.

Howlin’ for Hubert

Last month, on the evening of February 24th, there was an event held that honored the late blues great Hubert Sumlin.

The evening was a benefit for the Jazz Foundation of America, which supports 6,000 musician emergency cases each year. A fund has now been established in Hubert’s name which will help jazz and blues legends in crisis. It was Hubert’s wish that no musician need to go through what he did – die in poverty due to lack of health care.

One look at this poster shows you why this was the hottest ticket in town last month.

From what I have read around the Web and watched on YouTube there were several great collaborative sets. The collaboration that pleased me the most was James Cotton on the mouth harp, Eric Clapton on guitar and Keith Richards on guitar, handling the vocals on Spoonful. It was Richards’ first major musical performance since the last Rolling Stones tour ended five years ago.

Robert Johnson at 100

Next Tuesday, March 6th, the Apollo hosts the event, Robert Johnson at 100.  A musical tribute to Robert Johnson with various artists celebrating his 100th birthday.  This special evening is a fundraiser to assist with the building of the Blues Hall of Fame by the Blues Foundation in Memphis, Tennessee.

The Robert Johnson at 100 tribute at the Apollo Theater March 6 will include Macy Gray, Chuck D, Living Colour, James Blood Ulmer, Savion Glover, Pedrito Martinez Group, Otis Taylor, Sarah Dash, Dough Rollers, Sugar Blue, The Harlem Blues Choir, and The Rev. Steven Johnson, grandson of Robert Johnson. They’re joining previously announced artists The Roots, Shemekia Copeland, Bettye LaVette, Taj Mahal, Keb’ Mo’, Sam Moore and Todd Rundgren. Directed by Joe Morton, the night will be led by Musical Director Steve Jordan and special guest Jeffrey Wright.

“Robert Johnson’s story is the fabric of myth,” comments producer Joe Morton. “His music continues to weave its way, beyond the blues, into and through almost every other popular genre today. Our concert is a celebration of the man, the myth, and the omnipresent influence of his music.

Sirius XM Presents Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band

Later on the same week on Friday March 9th, in celebration of its tenth anniversary, SiriusXM Radio presents Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band live in concert at the Apollo Theater, performing songs from the forthcoming albumWrecking Ball.  The concert airs live nationwide on Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Radio, Channel 20.

This show is exclusive to Sirius XM subscribers only (which we are…). Due to finances and situation we are limited to listening to the broadcast on SiriusXM. But we doubt the show will have any limitations that night 😉

Record Store Day 2012 & Music That Changes The World from David Lynch Foundation Music

Yesterday I posted that Iggy Pop will be the Record Store Day 2012 Ambassador. Today I am writing about the first vinyl item I have discovered that will be sold as part of Record Store Day 2012. This year marks the 5th anniversary of Record Store Day and it will be held on Saturday April 21, 2012.

The Official Record Store Day Web site will serve as the announcement and event coordination location for all the details about this great annual event. I look forward to it every year. 2011 saw two Record Store days and that was a very cool surprise.

The only record I have seen announced (so far) for Record Store Day 2012 is the Limited Edition Music Changes The Word Vinyl Box Set from the David Lynch Foundation. It’s a fantastic cause that I intend to support and get more directly involved with. You can read more here.

Monday, February 6, 2012 – The David Lynch Foundation announced plans to release the physical version of DOWNLOAD FOR GOOD: MUSIC THAT CHANGES THE WORLD as a SPECIAL LIMITED EDITION BOX SET to celebrate Record Store Day, Saturday April 21, 2012.

Originally released in mid-July 2011 via iTunes as DOWNLOAD FOR GOOD, the MUSIC THAT CHANGES THE WORLD, SPECIAL LIMITED EDITION BOX SET is a wonderfully eclectic, star-studded vinyl music compilation benefitting the David Lynch Foundation—a non-profit educational organization founded by iconic filmmaker DAVID LYNCH. The compilation has been re-mastered for vinyl, and includes a previously unreleased bonus track from Sean Lennon’s “Ghost of the Saber Tooth Tiger,” as well as an exclusive new release from Julio Iglesias Jr. via digital download.

The MUSIC THAT CHANGES THE WORLD, SPECIAL LIMITED EDITION BOX SET boasts performances from 34 top musical artists spanning Pop, Latin, Electronic, Rock, World, Indie, Hip-hop, and Classical who have come together to express their support for the foundation and its visionary director. Artists include Donovan, Alanis Morissette, Tom Waits, Amanda Palmer, Ben Folds, Iggy Pop, Maroon 5, Neon Trees, Dave Stewart, and more.

“It is my great pleasure to announce the vinyl release of MUSIC THAT CHANGES THE WORLD on Record Store Day,” said Donovan. “As head of the Musical Wing of The David Lynch Foundation Music Label, I wish to thank all the amazing artists who have contributed. From the beginning, when The Beatles and I were writing songs to promote Maharishi’s meditation, it was always my dream to bring all the musical fraternity onto one great label to Promote True Peace. This day has arrived and now the world can know as we knew then, that Change Begins Within.”

The SPECIAL LIMITED EDITION BOX SET features a gorgeous 42-page color book with an introduction by David Lynch. The book is illustrated by Romio Shrestha, who has been called “a modern master of the Indo-Nepali-Tibetan Buddhist traditions of enlightenment art,” and New Jersey artist Davel Hamue. All songs were re-mastered for this project by Gavin Lurssen, a three-time Grammy award winner and one-time Latin Grammy award winner, whose mastering credits include the music of Elvis Costello, Eric Clapton, Alison Krauss and Robert Plant to name just a few. His Grammy’s include mastering for the soundtrack of the movie, Oh Brother Where Art Thou, and for his work on the box set accompaniment to the acclaimed PBS series, Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues. His most recent award, the Latin Grammy, was for the Best Engineered Album, Distinto by Diego Torres. Reuben Cohen is a Latin Grammy award winner whose mastering credits include the music of Bruno Mars, the Far East Movement, Snoop Dogg, Sean Kingston, Common, and Ingrid Michaelson. and Reuben Cohen from Lurssen Mastering. Cohen is a Latin Grammy award-winner who has mastered such artists as Snoop Dogg, Sean Kingston, Common, The Cranberries, Dev, Rob Zombie, and Ingrid Michaelson.

The MUSIC THAT CHANGES THE WORLD, SPECIAL LIMITED EDITION will also include a digital version of “Meditation, Creativity, Peace”, a compelling new documentary film featuring exclusive, candid footage from David Lynch’s 16-country tour around the world when he spoke to government leaders, film students, and the press during 2007 and 2008. (For additional information, and link to trailer, “Meditation Creativity Peace:”) click here.

MUSIC THAT CHANGES THE WORLD is being distributed to retail stores across in the U.S. and globally by Altavoz Distribution, a full-service distribution company committed to leveraging the sale of music and entertainment products to support good causes and make a difference. The Box Set will be available in stores as part of Record Store Day, on Saturday, April 21, 2012. Since it’s start in 2008, Record Store Day has been instrumental across the globe in bringing millions of fans to record stores on one day each year. Only 2,500 units of the Box Set will be released worldwide, makingMUSIC THAT CHANGES THE WORLD an instant collector’s item.

I’d better start saving my pennies now 😉

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