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The Classic East and The Classic West Music Festivals Set the Dates, Tickets Go On Sale April 7

By JOHN DALY

The Classic East and Classic West music festivals finally have a presence on the world wide web and tickets for the July concerts go on sale April 7.

The hotly anticipated classic music festivals feature Fleetwood Mac, The Eagles, The Doobie Brothers, Steely Dan, Journey and Earth Wind and Fire.  On the East Coast, the event will be held at Citi Field in NYC on July 29-30, and on the West Coast the event will be held at Dodger Stadium on July 15-16.

 

 

For more information go to CaliforniaRocker.com and  The Classic.

James Vincent McMorrow Serenades Sold-Out Webster Hall With His Soulful Irish Sounds

New Album for McMorrow is ‘We Move’

Photos and Review By BAILEY MULLINS

Irish singer-songwriter James Vincent McMorrow brought his soulful falsetto and strong vocals to a sold-out show at Webster Hall. Fresh off the release of his third studio album, We Move, released Sept. 2, McMorrow treated fans to a healthy mix of old hits and new favorites.

McMorrow kicked off the night by announcing that it was the largest New York show he’s played so far. His gratitude resonated throughout the show as he continually thanked the audience for their support. McMorrow began — accompanied by an ensemble band — with “Red Dust” and “I Lie Awake Every Night.”

The band exited the stage and he moved into a solo acoustic set featuring vocals accompanied by an electric keyboard, which included “Lost Angeles” and his popular cover of Steve Winwood’s “Higher Love.”

James Vincent McMorrow performs at Webster Hall - Photo by BAILEY MULLINS for EastCoastRocker.com

James Vincent McMorrow performs at Webster Hall – Photos by BAILEY MULLINS for EastCoastRocker.com

Although his first two albums, Early in the Morning and Post Tropical, are acoustic, quite slow and melancholic, his latest release, We Move, represents a shift towards alternative R and B that suits McMorrow’s wide vocal range and widens his appeal to a new set of listeners.

Halfway through the set, McMorrow announced that the dancing portion of the show had begun. He brought the band back onstage and launched into elevated, bass-infused versions of his songs “We Don’t Eat” and “Evil.” The second half of his show exhibited the shift in musical style we see on his newest album.

His easy rapport with the audience made the 1,500-person show feel more a small coffee shop. McMorrow joked about the upcoming election and forgot to introduce one of his band members, eliciting laughter from the crowd.

Webster Hall was McMorrow’s first US stop on his tour. He’ll be traveling the US and Canada through December. You can find tickets here. McMorrow’s music is available on Spotify, Soundcloud and iTunes.

Richard Hell Spends Last ‘Night Out’ with Hennessy Youngman Friday

Hennessy Youngman Richard Hell East Coast Rocker

Artist Hennessy Youngman guests with Richard Hell for Night Out

For his final session of his Night Out series at Symphony Space in NYC, Richard Hell will host Jason Musson, AKA “Hennessy Youngman,” comedian and artist on Friday.

Musson produces Art Thoutz, a YouTube channel, where he discusses art and its relation to life today.

Hell said he was looking to book a comedian and found that Musson was a good guest whose outlook on life covers a range of experiences.

“When I agreed to do these evenings, I felt a little regret that I couldn’t see how to book a painter,” Hell said. “We’ve presented two musicians, a poet, and a filmmaker, but what is a painter going to do solo on stage?

“My next best idea was to find a comic,” Hell said. “Comedy is the best art when you get down to it. I couldn’t find what I was looking for though. Then Bob Rubin told me about ‘Hennessy Youngman.’ Bingo!”

Jayson shows at Salon 94 and Hell said his paintings and sculptures are as good as his videos.

“His career began in music, actually, and he has good hair too,” Hell said. “We will convo and flash his works, multimedia, for the length of the night.”

For more information go to Symphony Space.

2014 Glastonbury Fest Live Updates

An eclectic mix of performers hit the stage at the 2014 Glastonbury Festival and check here for live updates.

Blondie, Arcade Fire, Dolly Parton and Robert Plant are among the performers at the annual event.

For more information go to the Glastonbury website.

Moog Synthesizer Genome Project Complete

Moog Synthesizer painstakingly recreated East Coast Rocker

The Moog Synthesizer. It no longer shoots rockets.

ASHEVILLE, NC – It has taken three years, but Moog Music engineering team has reverse-engineered and built a 1:1 re-creation of one of the world’s most famous keyboards: Keith Emerson’s Moog Modular, using original processes and components.

Moog Synthesizer

Known as “The Synthesizer Genome Project,” the revitalization of the keyboard was painstakingly undertaken by engineers at Moog Music’s Asheville, N.C. headquarters.

When it was created in 1970, the original Emerson Modular included the following:

·       81 total modules / custom panels

·       12 unique, custom built modules including: sample and hold, preset programmer, custom LFO’s and DRONE VCO Control

·       903 Noise Source and 905 Reverb

·       First synthesizer with performance presets

·       Shoots rockets

The Emerson System, by Moog Custom Engineering, is to be released later this month and is based on the original Emerson Modular. The Emerson System will include the following:

·       Every standard module printed from original circuit board films

·       Original/vintage and new old stock components sourced from around the world

·       All face places are reproduced using original transparencies and techniques

·       Each module is hand build and soldered with original schematics and service manuals as guides

·       No longer shoots rockets

Bob Moog East Coast Rocker

Bob Moog

More information is to come.  The Moog Music 500 series modules and electronic musical instruments are designed and lovingly handcrafted at the Moog factory in downtown Asheville, N.C. Moog Music and its customers carry on the legacy of Dr. Robert Moog, inventor of the Moog synthesizer and Founder of Moog Music Inc.

The company puts on the annual Moogfest in Asheville.  This year the lineup features Kraftwerk 3D and Pet Shop Boys.

For more information, go to Moog Music and Moogfest websites.

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AEG’s digital ticketing division acquires Examiner.com

 

By DONNA BALANCIA

AEG’s digital ticketing platform AXS, has acquired Examiner.com, a well-known information and content distribution website, it was announced.

The acquisition gives AEG a more fully rounded platform that can attract readers, who can be converted to buy tickets to events.

Examiner.com is a content creation network, and gets 45.5 million unique visitors globally every month, according to Quantcast, the advertising tracker.

The acquisition gives AEG ammunition against rival Live Nation, which uses a range of ticket distribution, including the powerful mobile app BandsInTown, that reaches millions of ticket buyers.