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Rah-Rah for Lady Gaga in Las Vegas

Right now Lady Gaga and her world-class 30 piece band perform two different shows – Enigma and Jazz & Piano through May 2020, inside the Park MGM Theater in Las Vegas. Music brings joy to Gaga’s heart, and throughout her Jazz & Piano show, she shares stories about the century old songs discovered inside The Great American Songbook, and some of her contemporary hits. Her other show Enigma is more theatrical highlighting many of her award winning songs. A few years ago when Tony Bennett approached Gaga to sing a collaborative jazz album together, she jumped at the opportunity...

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Small Town Vibes And The Bonds Of Family In Black Mountain, North Carolina

About 15 miles east of Asheville, North Carolina is a little gem nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains: Black Mountain. Voted ‘Best Small Town In Western North Carolina,’ Black Mountain is famous for its art, crafts, music, and beautiful scenery. But the area is special to me for more personal reasons. Black Mountain (and the unincorporated town of Ridgecrest) is where my maternal grandparents lived for a significant portion of their lives. Our visit this past weekend was a bittersweet one; we were meeting to pay tribute to my grandmother at her memorial service, as she passed away this...

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The Edgewater Announces New Pearl Jam Suite and Revamped Beatles Suite

Celebrating “The Year of Roll ‘n’ Roll” The Edgewater, the iconic Noble House Hotel and the only over-the-water hotel in Seattle, has announced today the addition of a new, luxurious suite paying tribute to legendary Seattle-based band, Pearl Jam. Additionally, the hotel is also revamping its famous Beatles Suite having hosted the band in its heyday and being widely known for the famous image of the band fishing out of a window at the hotel. The Edgewater has also created a comprehensive music program as an ode to the hotel’s distinct music history. The foundation of the music program focuses on...

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Don’t Suck, Don’t Die: Giving Up Vic Chesnutt

Don’t Suck, Don’t Die: Giving Up Vic Chesnutt by Kristin Hersh University of Texas Press Reviewed by Christopher Klim, The US Review of Books. “Hope’ has always stuck in my head. You hated hope, said it was misguided.” If your introduction to Vic Chesnutt was the benefit album Sweet Relief II, you quickly moved past the great celebrity performances and asked: Who is this songwriter and why haven’t I heard of him before? If you still haven’t heard of Chesnutt—or the author of this book for that matter—you’d better go record shopping this afternoon before someone spots your musical...

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10 Great Places to Discover Art and Culture

Have you ever wondered what the best places are for art and culture experiences? This is our list of the top 10 places to visit for all you art gurus out there. 1. Fredericksburg, Texas “What makes it so special – and I’m not just talking about the folks from San Antonio and Austin who love to make Fredericksburg a weekend getaway – is that it is one of the fastest growing wine destinations in the country. And it has art galore: Over a dozen galleries with collectible art, local artists, national and international artists, and various mediums.” -Karin Leperi. Full...

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Ed Sheeran’s Australia Tour Keeps Getting Bigger

Ed Sheeran was recently filmed surprising a teenage fan in a Canadian shopping center to perform a duet with the aspiring teenage singer, but that’s just the latest in a number of surprises Sheeran fans have experienced lately. In particular, Ed Sheeran’s Australian presence just keeps getting bigger. First, the British troubador announced a new Australia tour after already touring the country once this year. Then, Sheeran’s fellow Brit, the singer Passenger, joined the new tour. Finally, they announced a second date in Melbourne. The New Tour Sheeran’s Australia tour was announced back in April, and tickets have been...

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Island Magic: A Welcome Cruise Addition

My wife Maralyn and I have always loved cruising. During our most recent Caribbean trip on Holland America’s ms Eurodam, in March, 2015, we were delighted to watch the steel drum quartet from Trinidad known as “Island Magic.” On a week’s cruise, during evenings after dinner, we usually plan to see two sessions of the ship’s singers and dancers. This time, we decided to take a fling and also see an unknown band, the Island Magic. We weren’t sure whether this was reggae or calypso. Either would be okay, though reggae wasn’t our first love, as Broadway-style singing and...

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From Hemingway to Cash: Arkansas’ Literary and Musical Past

Arkansas usually is short-shifted when it comes to recognizing cultural geniuses of the past. What most Americans do not realize is that Ernest Hemingway came to Arkansas via his second wife Pauline Pfeiffer. In the 1930s, Pauline’s parent converted the barn on their property into a place where Hemingway could write while visiting. He completed parts of A Farewell to Arms and several short stories here. Johnny Cash and his family moved from Kingsland to Dyess, Arkansas in the 1935, and occupied a house in the Dyess colony through 1953. Arkansas was the influence and roots of his budding beginnings as a musician and singer.

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Poetry and the American Popular Song: What a Combo!

“Poetry? Poetry? YECH! Poetry is for girls!” This was yours truly talking, as an acne-dripping, unhappy teenager. What changed my mind so drastically and “shaped up,” so to speak, my world view? Maybe it started with words from a freshman English teacher. Although she was not particularly likable, her argument has always  stayed with me: “You ask yourself, ‘Why study Literature when I’m surely going to be an engineer?’ Well, if you do, you’ll be a better engineer.” But more than her assertion, however relevant, my turnaround came with my interest in music. This would be the popular variety,...

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Palace Resorts Hosts Performances from REO Speedwagon and Creedence Clearwater Revisited

Moon Palace Golf & Spa Resort hosts performances from REO Speedwagon and Creedence Clearwater Revisited March 21, 2015 and April 24 and 25, 2015. Palace Resorts, the company that sets the standard in five-star, all-inclusive resort accommodations, is pleased to announce its all-star entertainment lineup for 2015. Legendary super group REO Speedwagon and Creedence Clearwater Revisited will take the stage at the brand’s signature property, Moon Palace Golf & Spa Resort in Cancun. The leader in awe-inclusive vacation experiences and world-class entertainment, Palace Resorts is offering guests who book a stay of five nights or more, at any of the brand’s Cancun...

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Vienna’s Ringstrasse Celebrates 150th Anniversary

Vienna’s Ringstrasse celebrates its 150th anniversary by hosting events throughout 2015. From military grounds to showpiece boulevard: Vienna’s Ringstrasse celebrates the 150th anniversary of its opening in 2015. The largest construction project in Vienna’s history marked the capital’s transformation from an imperial capital to a truly European metropolis. Throughout the year the Ringstrasse provides the backdrop for a diverse range of large-scale events that play out in the buildings lining the boulevard and its squares and parks. Cultural highlights include the world-famous New Year’s Concert by the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra at the Musikverein, the Music Film Festival on Rathausplatz...

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