Michael Dorf, founder of the iconic Knitting Factory music venue in New York, became one of the earliest pioneers of innovative live music in the 1990s.
He later launched a wine-making facility in Manhattan for patrons who could also have dinner in a cozy three-hundred-seat venue. They could watch concerts by artists such as Elvis Costello, Steve Earle, and Esperanza Spalding.
Michael Dorf discovered that his City Winery concept worked beautifully so he expanded it into a national network of clubs. His venues are sold out nearly every night, from Boston to Nashville. Patrons are eager for the visceral and sensory experiences he offers them.
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Frank Zappa’s Hot Rats album was released 50 years ago today, October 10, 1969. A magnificent recording that compels us to listen to it over and over again.
December 15th, The Hot Rats Book by Bill Gubbins and Ahmet Zappa launches via Backbeat Books celebrating the 50th anniversary of Zappa’s Hot Rats album.
The commemorative book will feature previously unpublished photographs by Gubbins. He was the only photographer permitted to document the record’s studio sessions.
The book also includes an interview between Ahmet and Gubbins about the album. It also covers the last Mothers Of Invention US show. That event took place on August 10, 1969, at Cleveland’s Musicarnival.
Ahmet says: “These books provide another way for fans to connect with Frank Zappa. They give a fascinating window into Frank’s mind and the ideas he came up with throughout his career.”
Produced by Emmy award-winning Banger Films,ZZ TOP: THAT LITTLE OL’ BAND FROM TEXAS, a story of how three teenage bluesmen Billy Gibbons, Dusty Hill, and Frank Beard became the biggest, most beloved band on the planet. ZZ Top maintains a surrealist mystique that continues to intrigue fans and entice onlookers 50 years on.
The film in addition has an intimate performance at legendary Gruene Hall shot exclusively for this documentary. “That Little Ol’ Band” above all runs the gamut, from squalid Texas bars to MTV heroics. This documentary in conclusion is the extraordinary tale of a band whose image we know and story we don’t.
Experience Hendrix L.L.C. and Legacy Recordings, a division of Sony Music Entertainment, are proud to release Songs For Groovy Children: The Fillmore East Concerts by Jimi Hendrix, on CD and digital November 22, with a vinyl release to follow on December 13. This collection assembles all four historic debut concerts by the legendary guitarist in […]