Blues Heats Up

Jeff Jensen and Brandon Santini, leaders of Tennessee Redemption. Courtesy Endless Blues Records

It may still be winter, but plans are already underway for this summer’s blues-roots festivals. Playing with Fire founder and organizer Jeff Davis shared plans for the 2020 Playing with Fire concerts, announcing a new venue for this summer’s shows. In an email to The Reader, Davis said the concerts will be held at the […]

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What’s the Buzz

Rick Holmstrom, Mavis Staples

Looking back at 2019, here, in no particular order, are some shows that brought me joy. Jon Dee Graham & The Fighting Cocks played at B Side of Benson Theatre in July with Bonnie Whitmore opening and holding down the bass in the band. Graham’s rock ‘n’ roll reflections on the happy moments and challenges […]

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Ten Music Visions for 2020

I’ve been making music predictions for 20 years; never have I missed the boat more than last year’s. 2019 Prediction: Next year, crazed music aficionados will take it one step further as we see the first album released on reel-to-reel tape. Reality: While online store The Tape Project does offer a handful of reissued classics […]

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Blue Christmas

December is a big month for most of us, on the run and juggling lots of events and work or school obligations. Every year, the Toy Drive for Pine Ridge and other local events focused on giving rather than getting, put the season in perspective. Since 2003, organizer and longtime local musician Lash LaRue (aka […]

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Trans-Siberian Orchestra 2019 Winter Tour at the Mid America Center: Christmas Eve and Other Stories

From “Wizards in Winter” to “Christmas Canon,” one very iconic holiday music act has been rocking arenas for 25 years. The sounds of the Trans Siberian Orchestra have long been dominant on the holiday scene, since the formation of the band in 1996 when it debuted its iconic rock opera. A Christmas Trilogy soon followed, with seven […]

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