Saturday, January 30, 2010

Weathersfield Librarian Teaches Belly Dancing


Weathersfield Librarian Teaches Belly Dancing
January 29, 2010
7 PM Martin Memorial Hall, Ascutney VT

Weathersfield librarian, Amity Aldridge taught a beginner Belly Dancing class for members of the Weathersfield Community on a very cold Friday night in January. Aldridge, 25, who grew up in Westminster Vermont, now living in Brattleboro has been studying Belly Dancing for 6 years. She studied dance in high school and attended Johnson State College and the University of Maine/Augusta with a degree in Library and Information Services.

She was hired by the Town of Weathersfield as the librarian of the Weathersfield Proctor Library, located on Route 5 in Ascutney over a year ago and has since implemented many interesting programs for the library patrons.

The class involved a brief explanation of Belly Dancing origins, the variety of styles and basic instructions on the various movements. The close to 30 attendees discovered that Belly Dancing originated as a form of folk dancing in the Middle East and is currently performed in countries including Egypt, Turkey and Lebanon. “Raqs sharqi is the term for belly dance that is performed by professionals in restaurants, cabarets, and night clubs. Raqs baladi is the term for belly dance that is more folkloric and is done socially at parties and weddings in the Middle East” said Aldridge. She goes on to explain “Despite popular belief, belly dance is not a dance of seduction. It is simply a style danced by men and women of all ages, just like Americans all have a certain way of dancing at our parties and weddings.” Aldridge had on display many of her costumes that she created herself for her performances. “The popular belly dance costume of a two-piece bra and belt was actually invented by Hollywood and was adopted in the Middle East after it was learned that Western tourists expected that type of dress. The term "belly dance" was coined by Sol Bloom, the entertainment director for the 1893 World's Fair in Chicago. But belly dance is much more than just undulations of the stomach. It involves the entire body and primarily focuses on the hips. It is great for core and arm strength” Aldridge explained to the students.

She has studied many forms of the dance including: American cabaret, Egyptian, Turkish, and Lebanese. She teaches beginner courses based on the fundamental
movements of all these styles.

Her class fees are $70 for an 8-week session and are one hour long. The first class is always free to try if you are not sure. Currently she is teaching Mondays at 7:15 pm at Twisted Fitness in Claremont, NH starting February 1st and Tuesdays at 7:00 pm at Ripples in Bellows Falls starting February 2nd.

In addition to her classes, Aldridge is available to provide entertainment for weddings, birthdays, retirement or business parties, and fundraisers. She can be contacted through her website: http://bellygramsbyamity.webs.com/ More photos can be viewed at: http://www.photosbynanci.com/proctorlibrary.html


Friday, January 29, 2010

7Days--Nate runs for Dana-Farber Boston Marathon

In just seven (7) days Nate Erwin will be running the Boston Marathon. He's half way to his fundraising goal. Help him get to 100% TODAY. DONATE to NATE NOW!!!

Nate Erwin grew up outside of Boston MA, left the area to attend college in upstate New York; and then headed west to Los Angeles to pursue a career in the film industry. While in sunny California he caught the marathon bug and has been running since. On April 19, in a little over 11 weeks, Erwin will be running the Boston Marathon the world’s oldest and most prestigious annual marathon. Erwin will not only be running for himself, he’s running as part of the Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge Team (DFMC) and he needs your help.

Like most people, Erwin’s life has been touched by cancer. When Erwin was five years old, his maternal grandmother died of pancreatic cancer. At that young age, he remembers little of his grandmother other than the cancer. His paternal grandmother battled various cancers all her life and died when Erwin was 25. To quote Erwin “My life so far has been bookended with cancer losses, and I’m sure it’s not the end of it.”

Recently, Erwin took time out of his busy day working in New York City for the Vermont based band Grace Potter and the Nocturnals to answer some questions about his run for DFMC.


When asked if he’s always been a runner Erwin’s response was: “The first time I ran, really ran, was when I was in sixth grade running the mile in gym class. I barely finished and it took me about 18 minutes. Most people can walk a mile in 18 minutes. That experience made it clear to me that I needed to change my lifestyle. I started running competitively in High School, spending my freshman and sophomore years on the cross country team. I stopped running during my sophomore year to pursue more activities in the arts.” After moving to Los Angeles, with mild winters and relatively flat terrain, Erwin hooked up with his competitive running best friend, joined a running club. And in 2009, ran his first marathon, the Surf City Marathon, Huntington Beach CA and his second the Long Beach Marathon, Long Beach CA this past October. He has also competed in two half-marathons, one in Santa Barbara CA in 2007 and the other in Pasadena CA in 2009.

When asked what it takes to train for the Boston Marathon Erwin’s response was: I used to hear people say ‘If I can run a marathon, anyone can do it’, and I wouldn’t believe it. Now I find myself saying the same thing. It’s not easy; it’s a lot of work, and mostly its dedication and sticking to your plan.” Currently living in New York City, Erwin has been able to build up his hill strength as he’ll be face with “HEARTBREAK HILL” in the Boston Marathon (From Wikipedia-Heartbreak Hill is an ascent over 0.4 mile (600 m) of the Boston Marathon course, between the 20 and 21 mile marks, in the vicinity of Boston College. It is the last of four "Newton hills", which begin at the 16 mile mark. The Newton hills confound contestants (out of proportion to their modest elevation gain) by forcing a late climb after the downhill trend of the race to that point). Erwin averages about 20-35 miles per week. When asked about a special “training” diet, Erwin said “My only special diet is (to) cut down on alcohol consumption (preferably none), and no fast food. I try to generally eat healthy and (eat) fresh food. I don’t run on an empty stomach and I load up on protein after my long runs.”


Why run for Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge (DFMC) Team? Dana-Farber is one of the world’s most renowned cancer research institutes. In 1990, the DFMC teamed up with the Boston Athletic Association B.A.A as one of the race’s first charity organizations. Since that time DFMC has raised over $43 million dollars for the Claudia Adams Barr Program in Innovative Basic Cancer Research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. In 2009, with the marathoners running through Kenmore Square, in downtown Boston, on their way to the finish line, Erwin was in attendance. “I was impressed with how many people were running for the DFMC team. I viewed my first two marathons as selfish endeavors – I really just ran them to prove to myself that I could do it. Now that I’ve done it, and done it again, I wanted to use my running to help, and the DFMC team felt like a good fit said Erwin.

There are over two dozen charitable organizations that have teamed up with the B.A.A. to run in the marathon. “I chose Dana Farber because I believe strongly in what they are doing. The particular program I’m raising money for, the Claudia Adams Barr Program, grants funds to researchers who are often denied funds from regular government and private grants because either they are new to their field or they are pursuing research considered unproven. I believe that contributing to this program in particular will help support breakthroughs in cancer research” Erwin said.

Erwin has set up a donation page at: http://www.rundfmc.org/2010/natee. You can donate to his run online or the website provides instructions for printing and mailing a donation form with a personal check. Donations can be mailed to Erwin at: Nate Erwin, Measurement Arts Management, 214 Sullivan Street, 4th Floor, New York, NY 10012. All donations are tax deductible.

Erwin also states that “volunteers are needed over the next two and a half months to support training in and around Boston, and on race weekend to help out with all of the activities. Information for volunteers is on the DFMC website: VOLUNTEERS


In closing Erwin says “I don’t know of anyone who hasn’t in some way been touched by cancer, so we are all aware of the impact it has on us. I’m afraid some times we get so used to it, as a fact of life, that we lose sight of all the work going into finding effective treatments, prevention, and hopefully, eventually eradication. It’s important to keep supporting, as it’s something that affects us all.”

Photos courtesy of Nate Erwin.

This Day in Rock History

Stevie Nicks Photos by Nanci
1983 – Stevie Nicks marries Kim Anderson in Los Angeles. They split in 1984.

"I Don't Like Mondays"
1979 – 16-year-old Brenda Spencer killed two people and wounded nine others when she fired from her house across the street onto the entrance of San Diego’s Grover Cleveland Elementary School. Spencer fired the shot’s from a .22-caliber rifle her father had given her for Christmas. When asked why she did it, she answered “I don’t like Mondays.” The Boomtown Rats went on to write and recorded a song based on the event.

More Stevie Nicks photos at: http://www.photosbynanci.com/Fleetwood2009.html

Howard Zinn, influential 20th century historian and activist, dies at 87

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Originally Published:Friday, January 29th 2010, 7:25 AM
Updated: Friday, January 29th 2010, 8:40 AMHoward Zinn, world-renowned historian, teacher, activist, author and playwright, passed away Wednesday of a heart attack while swimming in California, according to his daughter and the AP. He was 87 years old.Zinn had a kind, friendly personality, was generous with his time, and spoke easily with others. He was also relentlessly unafraid to stand up for what he believed in, and speak the truth - even if doing so could cause him distress in his personal and professional life.Over the course of his career, Zinn established himself as arguably the most influential historian in the United States. He led Americans to view their past through a more complex and often darker lens, and helped bring attention to social justice and human rights issues around the world, from Boston to Baghdad.Although he wrote a number of books, it is his seminal text, "A People's History of the United States", for which he will most likely be remembered.

"A People's History" was a finalist for the 1981 National Book Award, and has been updated in numerous editions. Over a million copies of the book have been sold.The book explores aspects of American history which are given little attention in mainstream textbooks, such as pre-Columbian life of Native Americans and enslavement of African Americans, as well the struggles of socialists, feminists, and the labor movement. Zinn was a Brooklyn boy, born in New York in 1922. His parents were Jewish immigrants from Eastern Europe. They worked in factories and the family lived in slums. At the age of 17, Zinn got an early taste of activism, when he was beaten by police at a Times Square political rally. Zinn worked as a shipbuilder in the Brooklyn Navy Yard until he joined the air force. As a bombardier during World War II, he bombed targets across Europe and was among the first in the US military to deploy napalm as a weapon, over France. Zinn came to question the ethics of his participation in the war, and those of his leaders. His military service helped shape the anti-war views he promoted for the rest of his life. After he left the air force, he put all of his military awards, photos, and papers in an envelope. In the essay Just and Unjust War, Zinn recalled that, "I wrote on the folder, without really thinking, and surprising myself: 'Never Again'". After the war, he returned to New York and earned degrees from NYU and Columbia. During the late 1950s and early 1960s, he was a Professor of History at Spelman College, a historically all-black and all-female institution in Atlanta, where he advised the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and was personally active within the civil rights movement. Zinn lost his tenured job at Spelman after he chose to side with his students during a dispute with the college and because of his involvement with the civil rights movement. He spent the rest of his career as a Professor of Political Science at Boston University, where he was an opponent of the Vietnam War and often engaged in disputes with the university's leadership. He was also a beloved teacher and colleague whose classes were sought after by hundreds of students each semester. Although Zinn was a vocal critic of both the Democratic and Republican parties. He had great faith in the power of the people and social movements. "The crucial thing, to me, is not how you vote, but whether you participate in a movement that will have an affect on whoever's elected. You have to build power outside the political process," Zinn told me, in a 2005 interview. Howard Zinn is survived by his daughter, Myla Kabat-Zinn, his son, Jeff Zinn, and five grandchildren. Zinn's wife, Roslyn, whom he loved deeply, died in 2008. They were married for 63 years.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

'Catcher in the Rye' author J.D. Salinger dies

NEW YORK – J.D. Salinger, the legendary author, youth hero and fugitive from fame whose "The Catcher in the Rye" shocked and inspired a world he increasingly shunned, has died. He was 91.

Salinger died of natural causes at his home on Wednesday, the author's son, actor Matt Salinger, said in a statement from Salinger's longtime literary representative, Harold Ober Associates, Inc. He had lived for decades in self-imposed isolation in a small, remote house in Cornish, N.H.

"The Catcher in the Rye," with its immortal teenage protagonist, the twisted, rebellious Holden Caulfield, came out in 1951, a time of anxious, Cold War conformity and the dawn of modern adolescence. The Book-of-the-Month Club, which made "Catcher" a featured selection, advised that for "anyone who has ever brought up a son" the novel will be "a source of wonder and delight — and concern."

Enraged by all the "phonies" who make "me so depressed I go crazy," Holden soon became American literature's most famous anti-hero since Huckleberry Finn. The novel's sales are astonishing — more than 60 million copies worldwide — and its impact incalculable. Decades after publication, the book remains a defining expression of that most American of dreams: to never grow up.

Salinger was writing for adults, but teenagers from all over identified with the novel's themes of alienation, innocence and fantasy, not to mention the luck of having the last word. "Catcher" presents the world as an ever-so-unfair struggle between the goodness of young people and the corruption of elders, a message that only intensified with the oncoming generation gap.

Novels from Evan Hunter's "The Blackboard Jungle" to Curtis Sittenfeld's "Prep," movies from "Rebel Without a Cause" to "The Breakfast Club," and countless rock 'n' roll songs echoed Salinger's message of kids under siege. One of the great anti-heroes of the 1960s, Benjamin Braddock of "The Graduate," was but a blander version of Salinger's narrator.

"`Catcher in the Rye' made a very powerful and surprising impression on me," said Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Michael Chabon, who read the book, as so many did, when he was in middle school. "Part of it was the fact that our seventh grade teacher was actually letting us read such a book. But mostly it was because `Catcher' had such a recognizable authenticity in the voice that even in 1977 or so, when I read it, felt surprising and rare in literature."

"Many readers were created by `The Catcher in The Rye,' and many writers, too," said "Everything Is Illuminated" novelist Jonathan Safran Foer. "He and his characters embodied a kind of American resistance that has been sorely missed these last few years, and will now be missed even more."

The cult of "Catcher" turned tragic in December 1980 when crazed Beatles fan Mark David Chapman shot and killed John Lennon, citing Salinger's novel as an inspiration and stating that "this extraordinary book holds many answers." A few months later, a copy of "Catcher" was found in the hotel room of John David Hinckley after he attempted to assassinate President Reagan.

By the 21st century, Holden himself seemed relatively mild, but Salinger's book remained a standard in school curriculums and was discussed on countless Web sites and a fan page on Facebook.

Salinger fans shared their grief Thursday on social networks. Topics such as "Salinger" and "Holden Caufield" were among the most popular on Twitter. CNN's Larry King tweeted that "Catcher" is his favorite book. Humorist John Hodgman wrote: "I prefer to think JD Salinger has just decided to become extra reclusive."

Salinger's other books don't equal the influence or sales of "Catcher," but they are still read, again and again, with great affection and intensity. Critics, at least briefly, rated Salinger as a more accomplished and daring short story writer than John Cheever.

The collection "Nine Stories" features the classic "For Esme — with Love and Squalor," the deadpan account of a suicidal Army veteran and the little girl he hopes, in vain, will save him. The fictional work "Franny and Zooey," like "Catcher," is a youthful, obsessively articulated quest for redemption, featuring a memorable argument between Zooey and his mother as he attempts to read in the bathtub.

"Everyone who works here and writes here at The New Yorker, even now, decades after his silence began, does so with a keen awareness of J.D. Salinger's voice," said David Remnick, editor of The New Yorker, where many of Salinger's stories appeared. "He is so widely read in America, and read with such intensity, that it's hard to think of any reader, young and old, who does not carry around the voices of Holden Caulfield or Glass family members."

"Catcher," narrated from a mental facility, begins with Holden recalling his expulsion from boarding school for failing four classes and for general apathy. He returns home to Manhattan, where his wanderings take him everywhere from a Times Square hotel to a rainy carousel ride with his kid sister, Phoebe, in Central Park. He decides he wants to escape to a cabin out West, but scorns questions about his future as just so much phoniness.

"I mean how do you know what you're going to do till you do it?" he reasons. "The answer is, you don't. I think I am, but how do I know? I swear it's a stupid question."

"The Catcher in the Rye" became both required and restricted reading, periodically banned by a school board or challenged by parents worried by its frank language and the irresistible chip on Holden's shoulder.

"I'm aware that a number of my friends will be saddened, or shocked, or shocked-saddened, over some of the chapters of `The Catcher in the Rye.' Some of my best friends are children. In fact, all of my best friends are children," Salinger wrote in 1955, in a short note for "20th Century Authors."

"It's almost unbearable to me to realize that my book will be kept on a shelf out of their reach," he added.

Salinger also wrote the novellas "Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters" and "Seymour — An Introduction," both featuring the neurotic, fictional Glass family that appeared in much of his work.

His last published story, "Hapworth 16, 1928," ran in The New Yorker in 1965. By then, he was increasingly viewed like a precocious child whose manner had soured from cute to insufferable. "Salinger was the greatest mind ever to stay in prep school," Norman Mailer once remarked.

In 1997, it was announced that "Hapworth" would be reissued as a book — prompting a (negative) New York Times review. The book, in typical Salinger style, didn't appear. In 1999, New Hampshire neighbor Jerry Burt said the author had told him years earlier that he had written at least 15 unpublished books kept locked in a safe at his home.

"I love to write and I assure you I write regularly," Salinger said in a brief interview with the Baton Rouge (La.) Advocate in 1980. "But I write for myself, for my own pleasure. And I want to be left alone to do it."

The mystery of the safe continued Thursday. Salinger's representative at the Ober agency, Phyllis Westberg, declined comment on whether the author had any unpublished work. Spokeswoman Heather Rizzo of Little, Brown and Co., Salinger's longtime publisher, said she had "no news on future releases."

Jerome David Salinger was born Jan. 1, 1919, in New York City. His father was a wealthy importer of cheeses and meat and the family lived for years on Park Avenue.

Like Holden, Salinger was an indifferent student with a history of trouble in various schools. He was sent to Valley Forge Military Academy at age 15, where he wrote at night by flashlight beneath the covers and eventually earned his only diploma. In 1940, he published his first fiction, "The Young Folks," in Story magazine.

He served in the Army from 1942 to 1946, carrying a typewriter with him most of the time, writing "whenever I can find the time and an unoccupied foxhole," he told a friend.

Returning to New York, the lean, dark-haired Salinger pursued an intense study of Zen Buddhism but also cut a gregarious figure in the bars of Greenwich Village, where he astonished acquaintances with his proficiency in rounding up dates. One drinking buddy, author A.E. Hotchner, would remember Salinger as the proud owner of an "ego of cast iron," contemptuous of writers and writing schools, convinced that he was the best thing to happen to American letters since Herman Melville.

Holden first appeared as a character in the story "Last Day of the Last Furlough," published in 1944 in the Saturday Evening Post. Salinger's stories ran in several magazines, especially The New Yorker, where excerpts from "Catcher" were published.

The finished novel quickly became a best seller and early reviews were blueprints for the praise and condemnation to come. The New York Times found the book "an unusually brilliant first novel" and observed that Holden's "delinquencies seem minor indeed when contrasted with the adult delinquencies with which he is confronted."

But the Christian Science Monitor was not charmed. "He is alive, human, preposterous, profane and pathetic beyond belief," critic T. Morris Longstreth wrote of Holden.

The world had come calling for Salinger, but Salinger was bolting the door. By 1952, he had migrated to Cornish. Three years later, he married Claire Douglas, with whom he had two children, Peggy and Matthew, before their 1967 divorce. (Salinger was also briefly married in the 1940s to a woman named Sylvia; little else is known about her.)

Meanwhile, he refused interviews, instructing his agent not to forward fan mail and reportedly spending much of his time writing in a cement bunker. Sanity, apparently, could only come through seclusion.

Although Salinger initially contemplated a theater production of "Catcher," with the author himself playing Holden, he turned down numerous offers for film or stage rights, including requests from Billy Wilder and Elia Kazan. Bids from Steven Spielberg and Harvey Weinstein were also rejected. In recent years, he was a notable holdout against allowing his books to appear in digital form.

Salinger so disliked fame he was willing to sue. In 1982, he sued a man who allegedly tried to sell a fictitious interview with the author to a national magazine. The impostor agreed to desist and Salinger dropped the suit.

Five years later, another Salinger legal action resulted in an important decision by the U.S. Supreme Court. The high court refused to allow publication of an unauthorized biography, by Ian Hamilton, that quoted from the author's unpublished letters. Salinger had copyrighted the letters when he learned about Hamilton's book, which came out in a revised edition in 1988.

In 2009, Salinger sued to halt publication of John David California's "60 Years Later," an unauthorized sequel to "Catcher" that imagined Holden in his 70s, misanthropic as ever.

Against Salinger's will, the curtain was parted in recent years. In 1998, author Joyce Maynard published her memoir "At Home in the World," in which she detailed her eight-month affair with Salinger in the early 1970s; she was less than half his age. She recalled an unflattering picture of a controlling personality with eccentric eating habits, and described their problematic sex life.

In 2000, daughter Margaret Salinger's "Dreamcatcher" portrayed the writer as an unpleasant recluse who drank his own urine and spoke in tongues. Actor Matt Salinger, the author's other child, disputed his sister's book when it came out and labeled it "gothic tales of our supposed childhood."

"He was a caring, fun, and wonderful father to me, and a tremendous grandfather to my boys," he wrote in an e-mail to The Associated Press.

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Associated Press writer Norma Love in Concord, N.H., and Entertainment Writer Jake Coyle and AP Drama Writer Michael Kuchwara in New York contributed to this report.

This Day in Rock History

Stevie Nicks-Photos by Nanci
1978 – The Fleetwood Mac album ‘Rumours’ went to No.1 on the UK album chart, also a No.1 in the US. The album went on to sell over 15 million copies world- wide and spent over 440 weeks on the UK chart.
1995 – Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page turns up at a Black Crowes show in London. Page plays with the band in Paris on February 4 and in 1999 they both embark on a world tour that ends when Page puts out his back.
2005 – Legendary rock drummer Jim Capaldi with U.K. folk-prog legends Traffic, dies after a brief fight with stomach cancer. He is 60-years-old.

More photos of Stevie Nicks and Fleetwood Mac can be viewed at: http://www.photosbynanci.com/Fleetwood2009.html

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

This Day in Rock History


2000 – As part of the year’s Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, Aimee Mann, Blues Traveler frontman John Popper, Lisa Loeb, and country star Dwight Yoakam perform live on a special webcast edition of VH1’s Storytellers.

Birthdays:
1951 – Keyboardist Seth Justman of J. Geils Band is born in Washington, D.C.
1951 – Thin Lizzy drummer Brian Downey is born in Dublin.

More concert Photos by Nanci can be viewed at: http://www.photosbynanci.com/concert.html

John Hiatt in Portsmouth NH THIS FRIDAY 3/5

John Hiatt Photos by Nanci
Kirschner Concerts Presents:
John Hiatt with the Combo
The Music Hall
Portsmouth NH
Fri, March 5 2010, 8:00 PM

Kirschner Concerts Presents-John Hiatt at the Music Hall Portsmouth NH.
John Hiatt’s career has spanned more than 30 years and his songs have been covered by everyone from Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton and BB King to Iggy Pop, Three Dog Night and The Neville Brothers. John Hiatt began his solo career with the 1974 album Hangin’ Around the Observatory. Hiatt’s landmark 1987 release Bring The Family received critical praise and was his first album to chart in the U.S. In 1993, Rhino Records released Love Gets Strange: The Songs of John Hiatt, which collected many of the cover versions of his songs that were recorded during the 80s and 90s. 2000’s Crossing Muddy Waters was released on the independent imprint Vanguard Records to critical acclaim.


In 2003 Hiatt joined forces with New West Records and released Beneath This Gruff Exterior. In 2005 Hiatt released the critically acclaimed Master of Disaster, of which The Washington Post declared “Hiatt has written some of the best melodies" Out New York proclaimed “...his most vibrant and soulful album in years.” In May 2008, New West released Hiatt’s latest full length album, Same Old Man. Same Old Man was recorded at Highway 61 Recordings and produced by John Hiatt. Appearing on the album are Kenneth Blevins on drums, Patrick O’Hearn on bass and Luther Dickinson on guitar, mandolin and national resonator. John’s daughter, Lilly Hiatt, sings harmony on the songs “Love You Again” and “What Love Can Do.”

Appearing at the Music Hall with "The Combo" featuring: Doug Lancio on Guitar; Kenneth Blevins on Drums and Patrick O’Hearn on Bass.
Opening Act: TBA
TICKETS: $59.50 & $45 On Sale Tuesday Dec 22 @ noon to everyone!

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More John Hiatt Photos by Nanci may be viewed at: http://www.photosbynanci.com/johnhiatt.html

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Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Mike Gordon at Lebanon Opera House, Lebanon NH

Mike Gordon photo courtesy rollingstone.com

Higher Ground presents
Sunday, March 14th, 2010 - 7:30 pm at the Lebanon Opera House, Lebanon NH
MIKE GORDON
Phish bassist Mike Gordon’s vibrant newest solo album, The Green Sparrow, is an eclectic album boasting Gordon’s skillful assimilation of free-form rock & roll, calypso, pop, and funk that showcases an unexpected side to Gordon’s songwriting.

Gordon's five-piece lineup includes longtime collaborator Scott Murawski on guitar, Vermonters Craig Myers on percussion and Tom Cleary on keyboards, and Brooklyn drummer Todd Isler.

Pricing: Section A: $35 In Advance / $38 Day of Show
Section B & C: $25 In Advance / $28 Day


TODAY 1-6 PM Casa de Sol THE GULLY BOYS ANNUAL GROUNDHOG REUNION

Bill Temple at the Local Legends Show 2009
Casa de Sol in Ascutney VT will host the annual Groundhog Day Gully Boys Reunion on Sunday January 31, 2010 from 1-6 PM. It's that time of year when the Gully Boys from all over the upper valley come out of their dens to get together for a huge jam session. There's a good chance they'll see their shadows, as this year's event is being held Sunday afternoon. For intermission don't miss Michael Zerphy's magic show. A portion of the proceeds goes to benefit Zack's Place.

You can download tunes from the Gully Boys at http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/gullyboys

Casa Del Sol, 5803 US Route 5 S Ascutney, VT 05030 (map)

802-674-5566
For more events happening this week and all through the year in the Upper Valley please visit:
Yellow House Media Calendar

More photos of Bill Temple and other Local Legends may be viewed at:
http://www.photosbynanci.com/locallegends.html

This Day in Rock History

1969Led Zeppelin play a four-hour set at the Boston Tea Party. John Paul Jones remembered, “We played four and a quarter hours I think, which, with an hour and a half act, is some going, I can tell you. …”
OK...who out there attended this MEGA-Show???

Birthdays:

1948 – Born on this day, Corky Laing, drums, Mountain, (1971album ‘Nantucket Sleighride’).
1949 – Derek Holt, bassist with the Climax Blues Band, is born in Stafford, England.
1950 – Paul Pena, a blues musician who wrote Steve Miller’s hit “Jet Airliner” and then became a Tuvan throat singer as documented in the film Genghis Blues, is born in Hyannis, Mass
1951 – Born on this day, David Briggs, Little River Band, Australian group, (1978 US No.3 single ‘Reminiscing’ plus 12 other US Top 40 singles).
1955 – Edward Lodewijk “Eddie” Van Halen (born January 26, 1955), is a Dutch guitarist, keyboardist, songwriter and producer most famous for being the lead guitarist and co-founder of the rock band Van Halen.
1957 – Born on this day, Norman Hassan, percussion, UB40, (1983 UK No.1 & 1988 US No.1 single ‘Red Red Wine’ and over 30 other Top 40 hit singles).

Monday, January 25, 2010

16-Year-Old Girl Starts Solo Sail Around Globe

by The Associated Press

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Associated Press Abby Sunderland, 16, sets sail on her sailboat Wild Eyes as she leaves for her world record attempting journey Saturday, Jan 23, 2010, in Marina del Rey, Calif. Sunderland is attempting to be the youngest person to complete a nonstop, unassisted solo-circumnavigation of the globe by sea.
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Associated Press Abby Sunderland, 16, pilots her sailboat Wild Eyes as she leaves for her world record attempting journey Saturday, Jan 23, 2010, in Marina del Rey, Calif. Sunderland is attempting to be the youngest person to complete a nonstop, unassisted solo-circumnavigation of the globe by sea.
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Associated Press Abby Sunderland's sailboat, Wild Eyes, leaves for a world record attempting journey Saturday, Jan. 23, 2010, in Marina del Rey, Calif. Sunderland is attempting to be the youngest person to complete a nonstop, unassisted solo-circumnavigation of the globe by sea.
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Associated Press Sixteen-year-old Abby Sunderland stands on her sailboat, Wild Eyes, as she leaves for her world record attempting journey Saturday, Jan. 23, 2010, in Marina del Rey, Calif. Sunderland is attempting to be the youngest person to complete a nonstop, unassisted solo-circumnavigation of the globe by sea.
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Associated Press Abby Sunderland, 16, uses a cell phone and looks out from her sailboat, Wild Eyes, as she leaves for her world record attempting journey at the Del Rey Yacht Club Saturday, Jan 23, 2010, in Marina del Rey, Calif. Sunderland is attempting to be the youngest person to complete a nonstop, unassisted solo-circumnavigation of the globe by sea.
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Associated Press Abby Sunderland, left, 16, gets a hug from friend Casey Nash, right, before leaving for her world record attempting journey at the Del Rey Yacht Club Saturday, Jan 23, 2010, in Marina del Rey, Calif. Her brother Zac Sunderland is at left. Sunderland is attempting to be the youngest person to complete a nonstop, unassisted solo-circumnavigation of the globe by sea.
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Associated Press Abby Sunderland, 16, looks out from her sailboat, Wild Eyes, as she leaves for her world record attempting journey at the Del Rey Yacht Club, Saturday, Jan 23, 2010, in Marina del Rey, Calif. Sunderland is attempting to be the youngest person to complete a nonstop, unassisted solo-circumnavigation of the globe by sea.

MARINA DEL REY, Calif. January 24, 2010, 06:46 am ET

A 16-year-old has set out to become the youngest person to sail around the world alone.

Abby Sunderland of Thousand Oaks sailed into the sunny Pacific Ocean on Saturday after being delayed a few days by a series of violent storms in California.

Her boat-builder father, Laurence, along with other family members and fiends, cheered at the Del Rey Yacht Club as they watched the 40-foot craft called Wild Eyes depart.

She plans to be at sea for five or six months. She will be alone but able to communicate via satellite telephone and a blog (at abbysunderland.com).

The current record holder is 17-year-old Mike Perham of Britain, who took the mark last year from Abby's then-17-year-old brother Zac.

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Information from: Daily Breeze, http://www.dailybreeze.com

This Day in Rock History


1963 – Janis Joplin performs in San Francisco for the first time, singing at the North Beach coffeehouse.

1971 – Beatles-inspired nutcase Charles Manson is sentenced to life imprisonment after being found guilty of seven counts of murder in the first degree and one count of conspiracy to commit murder. Three other members of his family are also given life sentences.

1980 – Following his prison ordeal in Tokyo after he was busted with a half-pound of marijuana, Paul McCartney is released and flies from Japan to … Amsterdam. Doh!

Sunday, January 24, 2010

BLUES AND LASERS CD REVIEW


Blues and Lasers

2008 Illusion Tournet Music



This Burlington VT rock quintet formed in 2007. Scott Tournet corralled a few friends while on break from Grace Potter and the Nocturnals and started the band Blues and Lasers. This debut CD was recorded in November 2007 at the Club Metronome in Burlington VT over a two day period. In this vacant club the guys threw down the tracks in a raw, swampy form then added some funky stuff over the next few weeks via computer wizardry.

While this CD was released in 2008 it could easily have been released in the late 70s. It has a classic rock sound with influences of southern rock mixed in. The dueling guitars of Scott Tournet and Benny Yurco makes you want to jump around the room, hips swaying and the solid drumming of Matt Burr and Steve Sharon keeps your head banging. You can hear influences from Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Page, The Allman Brothers. Bryan Dondero adds a great bass and some interesting sounds on the moog and theramin.

The CD has five tracks but don’t let that fool you. The guys jam and weave a solid sound on most of the tracks bringing the playing time to around 40 minutes. 40 minutes of swampy blues that will leave you longing for a live performance of this rocking outfit!

SCOTT TOURNET -- Vocals, lead and rhythm guitar, lasers
BENNY YURCO -- Lead and rhythm guitar, vocals, lasers
BRYAN DONDERO—Bass, moog, theramin, lasers

JOHN ROGONE -- Bass guitar, vocals, lasers

MATT BURR -- Drums, laser accompaniment
STEVE SHARON -- Drums, laser accompaniment


Contact Info:
Artist Management - Jen Crowell, Crow Artists (e) jen@bluesandlasers.com

Booking - Hank Sacks, Paradigm (e) hsacks@paradigmagency.com


Upcoming Performances:

· Sun, February 14 8:00 pm Blues & Lasers w/ The Eames Brothers/ See I (featuring members of the Thievery Corporation) Rusty Nail 1190 Mountain Rd. Stowe Vermont USA

· Sat, February 27 Blues & Lasers MARDI GRAS SHOW

Club Metronome Main St. Burlington VT USA


Tracks:

22 Times (1:29)

W.N.W.G.D (5:57)

Rooster (6:11)

Who Do You Think You Are? (9:52)

Devil Wrapped Around Me (12:17)








Scott Tournet Photo by Nanci

TOMORROW 2/5!!! Marc Cohn/Suzanne Vega TOGETHER in the Upper Valley

Friday February 5, 2010 7:30 PM

From the Lebanon Opera House Website:
Singer/songwriter/pianist Marc Cohn burst onto the scene in 1991 with of one of the most personal, resonant songs to make the Top 40 in the past 20 years, "Walking In Memphis", and the Best New Artist Grammy. A spellbinding on-stage performer, Bonnie Raitt calls Cohn "an incredible singer…I marvel at his ability to mesmerize every audience he plays for."

Widely regarded as one of the most brilliant songwriters of her generation, Suzanne Vega emerged as a leading figure of the folk-music revival of the early 1980s. Vega’s work, sung in a voice described as "a cool, dry sandpaper brushed near-whisper", is immediately recognizable -- as utterly distinct and thoughtful as it was twenty years ago.

Pricing: Section A: $55
Section B: $45
Section C: $35
Discounts available for Seniors & Kids

Artist's Websites:
www.marccohn.net
www.suzannevega.com

This Day in Rock History


1980 – In Los Angeles, a billboard is put up advertising Pink Floyd’s The Wall. Every day a brick is added to the billboard until the entire space is covered.

Birthdays today:
1941 – Heavenly voiced singer and, of course, Neville Brother Aaron Neville is born in New Orleans.
1941 – Neil Diamond is born in Brooklyn, N.Y.

1947 – Acerbic songwriter Warren Zevon (“Werewolves of London”) is born in Chicago.
1949 – Saturday Night Live comedian John Belushi is born in Chicago. John performed in the Blues Brothers.
1955 – Born on this day, Jools Holland, keyboards, Squeeze, Jools Holland Big Band, TV presenter on The Tube, Juke Box Dury and Later. (1979 UK No.2 single with Squeeze, ‘Up The Junction’).

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Hope for Haiti Takes over the Airwaves

"Hope For Haiti," a two-hour telethon broadcast over 25 networks, took over millions of televisions on Friday evening (January) to help in raising much needed money for the country's earthquake relief fund.

While it's still unknown how much was raised during the show, the phone lines remain open and the night's musical performances are up for sale on iTunes.

Over 100 celebrities answered phones in New York and Los Angeles, after professional operators first talked to donors.

"Thank you so much for your donation," actress Reese Witherspoon told one caller at the beginning of the show. "You can't imagine how much love and great, wonderful energy is here today. People are doing everything they can to make a difference in these people's lives."

"I'm just calling to help out," the male donor explained. "I couldn't donate a lot, but what I could I did donate."

Performers during the evening included Alicia Keys, who opened the telethon with "Prelude to a Kiss," off her third album As I Am; John Legend performed "Motherless Child" off his 2004 project, Solo Sessions Vol. 1: Live at the Knitting Factory; Mary J. Blige covered the track classic "Hard Times"; Christina Aguilera performed "Lift Me Up" off her upcoming album Bionic; Beyonce treated viewers to a performance of her hit single "Halo"; Justin Timberlake sung Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah"; Jennifer Hudson covered the Beatles' "Let It Be"; Jay-Z was joined onstage with U2's Bono and Rihanna for a recent collaboration produced by Swizz Beatz called "Stranded (Haiti Mon Amour)"; and Wyclef Jean closed out the evening with a performance of the reggae classic "Rivers of Babylon".

There were several others as well, such as Coldplay, Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder, Shakira, Taylor Swift, Sting, Sheryl Crow, Madonna, Dave Matthews, and others.

Following the performance Wyclef wrapped things up by shouting: "Enough of the moping, let's rebuild Haiti."

Actor George Clooney helped organize the event. He hopes the songs and performances can help carry the fundraiser beyond the evening and into the following weeks, months and years.

"We're gonna have some amazing performances, and I think that's gonna make it last a little longer than just a telethon," he said earlier this week.

With some of the amazing efforts from all the artists involved. A "Hope for Haiti Now" album of all the performances is available for pre-order on iTunes (iTunes.com/Haiti) for $7.99, while the full two-hour video telecast can be downloaded for $1.99. The individual performances will be available in audio as well for 99 cents each.

According to MTV, the pre-orders will be delivered in the coming days. Apple, the record labels and the artists will donate their share of the proceeds to Haiti relief funds managed by "Hope for Haiti Now" charities, including the Red Cross and Wyclef's Yele Haiti foundation.

The performances will be available on Amazon.com, and Rhapsody soon.

To donate call 1-877-99-HAITI in US/Canada, of for more information, visit HopeForHaiti.org.

Published 01/23/2010 · By Miles Bennett

This Day in Rock History


1986 – The first annual induction ceremony for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is held in New York. Among those inducted are Chuck Berry, James Brown, Ray Charles, Fats Domino, the Everly Brothers, Buddy Holly, Jerry Lee Lewis and Elvis Presley.

1973 – Neil Young is handed a piece of paper onstage in New York and reads out the message that a peace accord has been reached in Vietnam. The audience goes crazy for ten minutes. Neil then plays “Southern Man.”

1970 – The judge in the case of the Chicago Seven turns down the request of Judy Collins to sing as part of her testimony. The judge also didn’t want to hear any warbling from Pete Seeger, Phil Ochs, Arlo Guthrie and especially Country Joe McDonald.

Friday, January 22, 2010

TONIGHT: HAITI TELETHON


Stars align for Hope for Haiti Now telethon

Actor George Clooney was among the lead organizers of the Hope for Haiti Now telethon and will host the segment from Los Angeles.Actor George Clooney was among the lead organizers of the Hope for Haiti Now telethon and will host the segment from Los Angeles. (Peter Kramer/Associated Press)Some of the most famous faces in entertainment are uniting in four locations Friday evening for the Hope for Haiti Now telethon, a U.S-led, multi-network TV event to raise money for earthquake relief for the stricken Caribbean nation.

Actor and filmmaker George Clooney, who has taken the lead in organizing the two-hour telethon, will host from Los Angeles, while CNN's Anderson Cooper will appear in reports from Haiti, where officials estimate that more than 200,000 people were killed in the Jan. 12 earthquake.

Haitian-born musician and producer Wyclef Jean, who has been among the lead figures appealing for aid for his homeland, will host the segment from New York. Celebrities in London will also host a segment.

Hope for Haiti Now will include an appearance by former U.S. president Bill Clinton along with a parade of stars making appeals, answering phones and otherwise offering their time, including Muhammad Ali, Denzel Washington, Brad Pitt, Clint Eastwood, Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Will Smith, Robert Pattison, Matt Damon, Tom Hanks and Nicole Kidman.

Musical performances from the benefit will be sold via iTunes, with all proceeds to be donated to Haitian relief efforts.

Clooney has urged Americans to donate whatever they can, whether in person, by telephone, through text messaging or online.

"It's a big world out there, and we all have a lot of responsibility to help out people who can't help themselves," Clooney said in an interview with MTV, which led organization of the telethon.

Celebrities lead appeal

A number of prominent figures have set an example with their donations, including Leonardo DiCaprio, who donated $1 million US to the Clinton-Bush Haiti Fund; Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, who donated $1 million US to the Doctors Without Borders emergency effort in Haiti; and Gisele Bundchen, who donated $1.5 million US to the Red Cross.

Leonardo DiCaprio donated $1 million US to a Haiti relief fund and will take part in Friday's telethon.Leonardo DiCaprio donated $1 million US to a Haiti relief fund and will take part in Friday's telethon. (Stephen Chernin/Associated Press)Several organizations will benefit from the money raised Friday night, with 100 per cent of the funds to go specifically to immediate humanitarian relief and long-term recovery efforts in Haiti conducted by the Clinton-Bush Haiti Fund, the American Red Cross, UNICEF, Yele Haiti, Oxfam America, Partners in Health and the UN World Food Program.

Slated to begin at 8 p.m. ET, Hope for Haiti Now will be carried by nearly every broadcast and cable station in the U.S. and internationally, including in Canada, where it will be preceded by the homegrown Canada For Haiti telethon.

Canadians can give to the charities mentioned in the U.S. benefit but they must give to Canadian charities to get a tax receipt.

With files from The Associated Press

For more information about the telethon and how to donate, go to:
www.HopeForHaitiNow.org


See-I with Eames Brothers and Blues and Lasers



February 14, 2010 Get the Party Started with:
See-I
The Eames Brothers
Blues and Lasers
at the
Rusty Nail, Stowe VT.

The show is presented by 4th Cut a "small special events company located in Stowe, VT, that goes big.Really big."





From 4th Cut's Website:
SEE-I

is an 9-piece funk ‘n’ soul reggae band from Washington, DC. SEE-I comes from a 1970’s roots angle and there are many other influences that can be heard in the music ranging from blues to rock, latin, soul, funk and brazilian beats. This makes sense because of the variety of bands that the SEE-I band members hail from. 4 of the 8 members are part of Thievery Corporation and other bands represented include All Mighty Senators, Fort Knox Five, Sin Miedo, Thunderball, Wailin’ Love, Nayas, Int… (more)ernational Velvet, Soul Brazil and others. All of these experiences and influences combine on stage to create a unique sound that can best be described as a reggae jam band. SEE-I delivers a positive vibe that keeps the dancefloor packed and grooving all night with smiles on everyone’s faces.


Eames Brothers
The Eames Brothers Band will be playing at many great venues throughout Vermont this winter. If you get the chance to get out on the town, come on by and enjoy some sweet sounds. Night to night, room to room the music evolves…. “uplifting, soulful, mysterious.” “gravel and honey.” “stinging electric shuffles to sparse delta blues.” “a vibrant musical tapestry rich in flavor….”

Blues and Lasers
Burlington, Vermont’s formidable rock quintet Blues and Lasers formed in 2007. The band is the electric sonic brainchild of Scott Tournet, guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter. Tournet, currently one of Grace Potter’s Nocturnals, recruited four other players to complete the lineup and flesh out the band’s sound – forceful, swampy, blues, heavy on rhythm (courtesy of the two-drummer combo) and slide guitar. Mastering the elusive low end pulse is John Rogone, a finger bass guitarist and bac… (more)king vocalist. Driving and grounding the rhythm section are drummers Steve Sharon and fellow Grace Potter and the Nocturnals’ drummer, Matt Burr. Contributing songs, vocals, and guitar is Ben Yurco, a sorcerer of electric tree and dimed out fender amplifiers.

Tickets are on Sale NOW at: TicketFLY

Two Years Ago – Heath Ledger dies and mirrors death of mysterious musician…



2008 – Heath Ledger dies from suspected drug use.

Reported by MTV news.

Appearing at a news conference at the Venice Film Festival in September to promote the Bob Dylan biopic “I’m Not There,” Heath Ledger, who died on Tuesday, spoke of his “obsession with an artist by the name of Nick Drake,” an English-born singer/songwriter whom he characterized as a “very mysterious figure.”

“I was obsessed with his story and his music and I pursued it for a while and still have hopes to kind of tell his story one day,” a soft-spoken and fidgety Ledger told the assembled media, though he also said that any such aspirations had “faded away.”

But in an eerie postscript to the actor’s own death on Tuesday, MTV News has learned that Ledger recently shot and edited a music video for a Drake song called “Black Eyed Dog,” so titled because of a Winston Churchill quote describing depression as such. It is also reportedly the last song Drake recorded before overdosing on antidepression medication in 1974 at the age of 26.

A representative for Drake’s estate described the “gorgeous” and “extremely moving” clip as a stark black-and-white composition, consisting mainly of the director turning the camera on himself. In the end, Ledger is seen drowning himself in a bathtub.

The video, which has not been released commercially and has apparently not yet leaked to the Web, has been screened just twice, once last Labor Day weekend at the Bumbershoot festival in Seattle and a second time in October at “A Place to Be,” an event honoring Drake held in Los Angeles.

Ledger also directed Ben Harper’s video for “Morning Yearning” and announced plans to start a label with the singer called Masses Music Co. last year. The label’s first signing was a singer from Ledger’s hometown of Perth, Australia, named Grace Woodroofe; Ledger also directed a video for her cover of David Bowie’s “Quicksand.”

While Drake garnered just a cult following during his life, his music has enjoyed a renaissance in recent years. In 2000, Volkswagen scored a ubiquitous television ad with the title track from his 1972 album, Pink Moon, after which Drake’s albums reportedly sold more in one month than they had in the previous 30 years. This past November, fans were treated to a limited-edition box set that included not only the three albums Drake recorded in his short career, but also a book and a DVD documentary about his life.

This Day in Rock History

2008 – Heath Ledger dies from suspected drug use--read related article in next blog.

1953 – Steve Perry of Journey is born. His biggest solo hit is “Oh Sherry,” which reaches No. 3 in 1984.

1946 – Meat Loaf (Marvin Lee Aday) is born in Dallas. He receives what will be his professional name from his high school football coach.

1935 – Sam Cooke is born in Clarksdale, Miss., the son of a minister. His biggest hit is the No. 1 song “You Send Me.” He is posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Spectacle with...Part 2 BRUCE!!


Spectacle with Elvis Costello part 2 Bruce Springsteen is now available for Comcast.net on Demand customers.

Just click on On Demand, scroll down to TV Entertainment, Sundance, Spectacle 207.

The actual show will run next week, Wednesday, January 27 on Sundance Channel at 10 PM ET.

You can also watch Part 1 on Sundance.com now!!

Grace Potter and the Nocs ROCK Infinity Hall

Review by Kenny "The Curmudgeon"
Photos by Nanci

Setlist

Medicine
Joey
Goodbye Kiss
One Short Night
Things I Never Needed
Colors >
Mastermind
Money
Ah Mary
Nothing But The Water Part I
Nothing But The Water Part II
2:22 >
Oasis
Apologies
Low Road
Stop The Bus
If I was From Paris
Take My Breathe Away >
Big White Gate
Sweet Hands

White Rabbit

The band actually played two sets last night. The first set ended with “Nothing But The Water” and then they took about a 20 minute break before coming back out. I read this show as a little tired at the beginning. Maybe long travel? Four nights in Jamaica (I know that would kill me). The show didn’t really hit a good stride until the cool intro to Mastermind. The second set, however, was a different animal – typical GPN onstage energy. Stop The Bus was especially nice and has re-peaked after being a little off for awhile. Grace’s two big vocal performances were on Long Low Road and a nice Big White Gate. Thanks for the shout out from the stage by Grace at the end of Long Low Road for our raffle efforts.

Call me a curmudgeon but that damn delay on “White Rabbit” must be stopped. I get it, I get it. Moody, feedback, distortion etc. etc. but for me it just doesn’t work.

All in all though I count this as a great evening. Manageable drive , excellent dinner/drinks with my sweety (joined by Van at the end). Infinity Hall is a gorgeous facility and everyone on the staff was particularly nice. Some hang time post show with Jackie who needed a break from fighting the good fight.