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Merle Haggard at the NYCB Theatre at Westbury

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Merle Haggard NYCB Theatre at Westbury Westbury, NY June 26, 2015 Merle Haggard is a true American original. The multiple-time Grammy Award winner (for Best Country Vocal Performance in 1984, Best Country Collaboration with Vocals in 1998 and the recipient of the 1999 Grammy Hall of Fame award) is also a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Oklahoma Music Hall Of Fame. Merle Ronald Haggard, who is now ...


AWOLNATION at Irving Plaza

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AWOLNATION Irving Plaza New York, NY June 27, 2015 AWOLNATION grew out of the ashes of frontman Aaron Bruno's former bands Under the Influence of Giants, Hometown Hero, and Insurgence. The band started out as a solo project for Bruno, who was searching for an outlet for his songs that weren't quite right for his other musical outlets. The project allowed Bruno to create freely, mix genres and “break the rules."


TD Toronto Jazz Festival 2015

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TD Toronto Jazz Festival Various locations Toronto, Canada June 18-29, 2015 With festival season in full swing, it's always an opportunity to see what the state of jazz is and to hopefully discover something new. The challenge is of course that there are always many choices and one might be guided by personal choice and on a whim as to what to see. This year's Toronto Jazz Festival had a rich collection of performers from ...


Joyce Moreno at Nighttown

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Joyce Moreno Nighttown Cleveland Heights, Ohio June 23, 2015 Many folks entranced by the magic of jazz also find their tastes gravitating towards artists form the Latin and Brazilian musical worlds as well. These musical styles actually share more in common with jazz than what might seem possible at first glance. The legacy and language of the music is something passed down over the years and placed at a high value by musicians and fans ...


The Downeast Jazz Trio at H.D. Moore Library and Community Center

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The Downeast Jazz Trio featuring Ann Delaney H.D. Moore Library and Community Center Jazz & Dessert Gala Steuben, ME June 20, 2015 The only thing edgy about the experience of hearing live jazz in Steuben, ME was the sugar rush I got from greedily sampling four desserts from an impressive array of homemade concoctions at the Jazz & Dessert Gala, prior to the start of an hour plus set. In contrast to witnessing ...


Melissa Etheridge at The Paramount

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Melissa Etheridge The Paramount Huntington, NY June 18, 2015 Melissa Etheridge is an open book. The whole world knows about her battle with breast cancer and her indomitable spirit. She even wrote a song about it as “I Run for Life" which was released in 2005 on Greatest Hits: The Road Less Traveled (Island Records) was inspired by that battle. Her personal and family life is known the world over. She released an album called ...


Dashboard Confessional at the Nikon at Jones Beach Theater

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Dashboard Confessional Nikon at Jones Beach Theater Wantagh, NY June 14, 2015 Chris Carrabba is the driving force behind Dashboard Confessional. As the alternative, emo, indie rocking band's lead singer/chief songwriter, Carrabba has been called the posterboy for his musical genre and generation. Many of Carrabba's songs are filled with a large amount of angst and are about love, life and failed (but also occasionally fulfilled) romance. In his songs, he definitely wears his heart ...


Anthony Braxton's Sonic Genome at Turin's Jazz Festival 2015

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Egyptian Museum Turin Jazz Festival Turin, Italy May 28, 2015 Someone might ask: “Why is an African-American saxophonist from jny: Chicago performing inside the Egyptian Museum in Turin? Where is the connection between “da jazz" and Ancient Egypt?" Sorry, but it isn't a legitimate question. If you still don't make the connection, take the Sun Ra 101 course including mandatory listening of recordings by Earth, Wind and Fire... The context Torino's ...

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