Eric Johnson Web Wed, 28 Sep 2022 02:22:14 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Eric Johnson Web 32 32 ‘Monarque’ Ep. 3 Continues To Rewrite Country Music History Wed, 28 Sep 2022 02:22:14 +0000

Episode 3 of Monarch proved that there is no drama too big to slip from the collective back of the Roman family. The show also delivered its most music-centric hour to date.

Last week, viewers were treated to a cover of Shania Twain’s “Man! I Feel Like a Woman,” which in the Monarch The universe is a Dottie Roman Cantrell hit (played by Susan Sarandon), not a Twain staple. The real-life singer even makes an appearance to hit that spot at home (the “B” word is used, it’s sassy) before singing a fictional song called “Dixie Kitten” to pay tribute to the country family matriarch.

Here’s the part where we yell “SPOILER ALERT!” Don’t say we didn’t warn you.

Also in ep. 2, viewers also see Nicky Roman (Anna Friel) sing “The Card You Gamble”, the show’s theme song, performed in real life by Caitlyn Smith. Live music was not the focus of these introductory episodes as Dottie’s death and scandalous funeral took center stage. This changes at the start of the Ep. 3 (September 27), when Gigi Roman (Beth Ditto) is seen in the studio rehearsing a country version of Lizzoit’s “Juice”. Everyone is gearing up for the Queens of Country concert, which will pit sisters Gigi and Nicky against each other for the title of “Queen.” Shout out to Earl (Kevin Cahoon), who keeps stealing every scene he’s in. This time he recognizes how much everyone loves a little game of thrones with their country music, and he’s not wrong.

The next musical performance is Nicky rehearsing Faith Hill’s “Breathe,” and subsequent covers include her performance of Miranda Lambert’s “Kerosene” and Albie and Gigi’s (Trace Adkins, featuring Ditto) version of “Always on My Mind.” by Willie Nelson. Tanya Tucker makes an appearance and sings her own “Delta Dawn” after a scene in a shop that ends with Gigi storming out, boots in hand.

It is unclear whether these covers are presented as originals in this fiction Monarch world or as tributes to Hill, Lambert, Nelson, etc. After Twain’s twist a week ago — and without additional context — a viewer is led to believe that “Breathe” and “Kerosene” are hits for Nicky Roman and Albie Roman recorded for the first time in “Always on My Mind.” Gigi’s cover of Lizzo is easier to believe as a cover because she’s at the point in her career where a cover would make the most sense, unlike Nicky and Albie, who are years or decades into a career. to success.

Not only does Nicky sing Lambert’s song, but she invokes the 2005 CMA Awards winner’s famous performance in which she flips to close the fiery song. The original artists are never named, making each unique performance a challenge to compartmentalize. More time may be needed for full immersion in reality.

An original song titled “God Knows” and a Spanish-language cover of another titled “The Brambles” also dot Ep. 3, “Show ’em who you are baby.” Sometimes Cliff Notes is needed to Monarch, because it is edited at the speed of a Dude Perfect video. However, no one will ever complain that the show is boring. Here’s a short and probably incomplete recap of the action that filled the hour on Fox:

  • Viewers learn that Nicky and Albie are definitely working together to hide the body that Albie has buried since the premiere.
  • Gigi hates the way a sibling rivalry plays out, but his wife and Earl clearly appreciate it.
  • Nicky confesses to her brother Luke (Joshua Sasse) that she wrote the letters each child supposedly received from Dottie during Ep. 2.
  • Luke says he’ll stop digging to find out how his mother died (Nicky helped), then calls the coroner before leaving Nicky’s house (the coroner suspects assisted suicide).
  • Rochelle Aytes, who plays Nichelle on CBS TO CRUSH. (Hondo’s girlfriend), appears as a live music promoter.
  • Nicky’s husband is caught cheating again.
  • A rural newcomer meets Albie at lunch and sings a verse and chorus to him and his son. This leads to a record deal with no further meeting. The son seems to have pulled some strings even though he’s still in high school.
  • Nicky lets Gigi’s wife, Kayla, know that she knows she’s cheating on Gigi with Luke. Then she discovers that Kayla is pregnant with Luke’s child. She asks Kayla to let her deal with it, which is worrying to say the least.
  • Viewers learn that Albie and Dottie were hiding things in their boots. Gigi finds a thumb drive with a song meant for Albie in a pair of Dottie’s old boots.
  • Nicky brings her husband’s lover with her to the Queens of Country concert. There she announces to the world that her husband is cheating on her and shows that she does not want to shame the mistress.
  • At this gig, Nicky crushes her performance and almost lands a headlining tour of Hondo’s girlfriend (from TO CRUSH)

The time lag between the past (where most Monarch lives) and today, three months later, does not advance the story of the corpse very far. Someone dug up the body, however, leaving a very large hole to explain to the cops later.

Top 20 Adkins Songs: Love Songs, Military Tributes + Songs to Shake Your Country

Trace Adkins is one of the most versatile country music singers of the last generation, and this list of his top 20 songs proves it. Emotional ballads, breathtaking flashbacks, painful heartbreakers and meaningful songs of faith are scattered throughout his nearly 30-year-old catalog. Then there are a whole bunch of songs that make you want to shake your ass.
Scroll to find 20 great Trace Adkins songs, ranked. You can almost divide his career into three acts: the tender beginning, his more boisterous commercial peak and his pensive last years. Although he only has three No. 1 hits, Adkins’ wide range of subject matter and his ability to use his voice in so many fascinating ways make him an essential artist of the 21st century.
SHEIN FOR ALL”, HIS FW22 SHOW Sun, 25 Sep 2022 22:30:00 +0000

The show featured a special collaboration collection with Christian Siriano and musical performances by artists including Avril Lavigne, Shenseea and Ylona Garcia

LOS ANGELES, September 25, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Global online fashion, beauty and lifestyle retailer SHEIN today presented Rock The Runway: SHEIN for All, a fashion show featuring musical artists and professional dancers, for present the fall-winter 2022 collections of its SHEIN, SHEIN brands X and SHEIN; Frenchy, SXY, Modely and MOD, as well as its sub-brands; ROMWE, DAZY and a special collaboration for its high-end brand MOTF with an award-winning fashion designer Christian Siriano.

SHEIN’s second annual fashion show, Rock The Runway: SHEIN for All, presented its Fall-Winter 2022 collections in the most entertaining way by featuring musical artists and professional dancers wearing outfits from SHEIN and its brands. This year’s headliners include the pop-punk icon April Lavigne (for ROMWE), Jamaican dancehall sensation Shenseea (for SHEINlisten)) and Filipino-Australian singer-songwriter Ylona Garcia from 88 up (for DAZY). The fashion show also launched a collaboration, the After Work collection, with the award-winning fashion designer Christian Siriano for MOTF. In the same SHEIN spirit of promoting emerging trends, the show featured upcoming musical acts Brooke Eden (for SHEINMod), Alexander John (for SHEIN SXY), Victoria Kimani (for SHEIN BAE), Owenn (for SHEIN Modely), The future X (for SHEIN X), and Haley Reinhart (for SHEIN Frenchy).

“The SHEIN Rock The Runway Fashion Show is a unique event that fuses music and fashion,” said the musical guest. April Lavigne who is currently on tour in support of her latest album Love Sux (Elektra/DTA Recordings). “We filmed ‘Bite Me’ music video style during the fashion show. I had a great time filming and wearing their clothes.”

SHEIN plans to continue Rock The Runway every year to offer customers and fans an innovative and exciting way to experience the brand’s fall/winter collections. Fans can look forward to more celebrity collaborations and surprise musical guests next year. Fall-Winter 2022 collections of all SHEIN brands are currently available on

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A jazz keyboardist without borders arrives in Maine Sun, 25 Sep 2022 08:00:09 +0000

Jamie Saft, acclaimed jazz pianist and composer, at home in Alna. Ben McCanna / Personal Photographer

Shortly after moving to Maine last year, jazz keyboardist Jamie Saft called up the Casco Bay Tummlers, a Portland band that plays Jewish klezmer music.

Over the past 30 years, Saft has established a reputation as one of the most versatile and skilled keyboardists in jazz and avant-garde music, playing with the best musicians in these genres and teaming up with rockers Iggy Pop, Bad Brains and the B-52s, among many others. He has lived most of that time in New York or a few hours from New York and usually plays in Europe several times a year.

But since making his home in the rural Lincoln County town of Alna, Saft has sought to play with local musicians and at local venues whenever he can. He will perform with the Casco Bay Tummlers on October 28 at Mayo Street Arts in Portland, and in November he will release a new album called “Jamie Saft Trio Plays Bill Evans”, featuring musicians from Maine. He played a benefit at the Hidden Valley Nature Center in Jefferson in late August, and in early September he played Space on Congress Street, opening for jazz guitarist Joe Morris and saxophonist Ken Vandermark.

“It’s incredibly inspiring to see a musician of Jamie Saft’s stature and experience move to Maine and immediately want to connect with the music community in a very real way,” said Peter McLaughlin, who plays drums in the Casco Bay Tummlers and also organizes concerts for Espace. “I wouldn’t blame him one bit if he just set up his studio in the sticks and worked from there, traveling back and forth to Europe. But it was clear from the first conversation we had that he wanted to be here. He wants to work with and hire local musicians.

Jamie Saft, who has earned a reputation as one of the most talented and versatile keyboardists in jazz and avant-garde music, calls Alna home. He moved to the rural town, where his wife grew up, last year. Ben McCanna / Personal Photographer


Saft, 51, moved with his wife and three teenagers to Alna, near Wiscasset, a year and a half ago. For years they had talked about moving to Alna, where his wife grew up, and often wondered “remind me again why we don’t live in Maine?” whenever they were stuck in traffic or faced with other hectic aspects of city life. When the pandemic canceled all of her concerts in New York and abroad, Saft saw no reason to stay in the New York area.

At this point in his career, he doesn’t need to be near a major city. His European commitments have resumed and he is adjusting to leaving Portland and changing flights at other airports. In October, he played in half a dozen European countries with acclaimed drummer Hamid Drake. He records in his home studio in Alna.

“I can’t fly to too many parts of the world from here without changing planes, but it’s a great compromise,” Saft said. “I’m thrilled to be here in Maine where there are so many super strong and talented musicians interested in discovering new music. It’s a very open scene.

Saft has recorded around forty albums, either with his own bands or as a sideman for others. Early in his career he worked with John Zorn, a composer and saxophonist who, like Saft, defies categorization and genre. In recent years he has recorded with well-known jazzmen like Morris, saxophonist Dave Liebman, bassist Steve Swallow and drummer Bobby Previte, as well as the late drummer Jerry Granelli, best known for playing on the soundtrack of “A Charlie Brown Christmas” with the Vince Guaraldi Trio.

Along with being known for his musical chops, Saft stands out for his versatility and eclectic selection of genres, said Dave Cantor, editor for jazz magazine DownBeat. In addition to playing jazz, reggae, rock and mid-20th century experimental music, he composed film scores, including for the 2005 documentary “Murderball,” about athletes competing in wheelchair rugby. .

“Saft is as likely to rehash an Ellington-Strayhorn composition as it is to play with avant-garde luminaries,” Cantor said. “He plays with a very light, flowing touch on the acoustic piano and can translate that to the keyboard, but still gets a little rowdy when needed.”

Cantor said Saft seems like a musician who chooses his tracks on the “whims of his own desire” but is such a smart and strong musician that “it almost always works”.


Saft grew up in and around New York in a conservative Jewish family and started playing the piano at the age of 3. His parents were not musicians – his father was a lawyer and his mother a writer – but encouraged his talent. He gave his first concert, in front of a large crowd in Bridgeport, Connecticut, when he was 4 years old. He studied for years with a Connecticut piano teacher named Burton Hatheway, whom he considers a mentor and who opened his eyes to the importance of physics in playing the piano.

“His ideas about technique were about physics, harnessing gravity to do all the work,” Saft said.

Although his early piano studies were largely centered on the interpretation of classical pieces, Saft grew up as a fan of all kinds of music. He said Hatheway encouraged his interest in pop music and he was soon playing The Beatles, Bob Marley, Bob Dylan and Stevie Wonder. He was also a fan of bands like Black Sabbath, ZZ Top and AC/DC and played his favorite rock songs by ear.

As a teenager, the father of a friend offered him in 1963 the album “Monk’s Dream” by jazz pianist Thelonious Monk. He says the album “changed the way I understood what you could do with improvised music” and led him to study jazz intensely. As a 16-year-old college student in New Haven, Connecticut, he regularly played gigs with professional jazz musicians.

He decided to study jazz at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, with its impressive jazz faculty, including bassist Cecil McBee, among others. At the same time, he enrolled at nearby Tufts University and earned a degree in English while earning his jazz performance degree from the New England Conservatory, both in 1993.

He got his first paid gig at Portland’s Cafe No, on Danforth Street on the edge of the Old Port, replacing one of his teachers who had been booked to play there but was unable to attend. After that he played several times at the club – which has long since closed – and was grateful for the way owner Paul Lichter treated him and the other young musicians.

“He paid us well and treated us with respect and let us develop our music,” Saft said. “You don’t see that anymore.”

In the mid-1990s, Saft was living in New York, where he met his wife Vanessa, an early childhood therapist and teacher as well as a musician, who grew up in Alna. They lived in the town for 14 years before moving to the Woodstock area, about two hours away. He got to play with “a lot of my heroes” in New York and started touring Europe, where he says there’s a bigger demand for live jazz.

Jamie Saft performs at Space in Portland in early September. Brianna Soukup/staff photographer


A fan of all kinds of music, he says he probably saw Bob Dylan play 100 times and ZZ Top 30 to 40 times. In 2006, he released an album of Bob Dylan covers and a few years later he formed the New Zion Trio, a group that mixes reggae, dub, improvisation and classic jazz. He played on the 2007 album “Build a Nation” by hardcore punk pioneers Bad Brains.

In 2017, he released “Loneliness Road”, which featured Swallow, Previte and legendary rocker Iggy Pop, known as “the godfather of punk”, on vocals. His upcoming album “Jamie Saft Trio Plays Bill Evans” features the music of the famed jazz pianist and composer.

At Space in September, Saft performed solo for about an hour on a 1970s Fender Rhodes electric piano. He performed the 1948 piece “Dream” by avant-garde music icon John Cage, but then mixed his own improvisations with parts of other tracks by some artists who worked in the mid-20th century, including Monk’s “Ruby, My Dear”. , “After the Rain” by saxophone legend John Coltrane and “The Sun” by pianist and harpist Alice Coltrane (wife of John Coltrane).

Sometimes Saft’s improvisations were quiet and brooding. At other times, his notes exploded and clashed, hinting at his penchant for heavy metal and punk. He says his improvisation is based on “the structure, the architecture” of the pieces he uses and is aided by his years of playing with great musicians.

“I’m not interested in borders or limits or ways of playing,” Saft said. “I want the concert experience to be transcendent, to take me somewhere when I’m listening and when I’m playing.”

In October and November, he will be on tour with Hamid Drake as part of Drake’s “Turiya: Honoring Alice Coltrane” project. They have concerts scheduled in Germany, Macedonia, Finland, Poland, Italy, Portugal and Lithuania, as well as in US cities starting in April. He is also working on several new albums planned over the next year, including a solo piano recording with music by John Cage, Arnold Schoenberg, Charles Ives, Thelonious Monk and Billy Strayhorn, mixing classical and jazz compositions.

For his album Bill Evans, due out in November, he formed a trio with Maine musicians Jim Lyden on acoustic bass and Gary Gemmiti on drums. Gemmiti, who plays drums in rock band Rustic Overtones as well as roots reggae band Royal Hammer, met Saft last year when Saft invited him and other local musicians to play at him.

Gemmiti said he felt connected to Saft after “just a few bars” of playing together. He was impressed by Saft’s openness, both in the way it welcomes new collaborators and different types of music.

“He’s a guy who plays so many different styles and enjoys each one, tries to be authentic in all of them, and I feel the same,” said Gemmiti, who lives in Limerick. “He’s so open to what different players bring to the table.”

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Logan Brown’s late goal gives Blues 5-4 win Sun, 25 Sep 2022 02:00:00 +0000

WICHITA, Kan. – Blues hockey is back, in south-central Kansas of all people.

With a very young team on the ice, the Blues defeated the Arizona Coyotes 5-4 Saturday at INTRUST Arena.

Thirteen of the Blues‘ 20 players in their preseason opener were in minor or junior hockey at the end of last season. But with eight exhibition games this year more than usual, Saturday night was a time to watch prospects and veterans trying to squeeze their way onto a roster that’s pretty well primed to enter camp.

Two players who appear to be vying for third-row spots up front, Jake Neighbors and Logan Brown, scored two goals apiece, with Brown scoring the winner with 4:10 left in the game.

Look who’s back

For the first time since Nazem Kadri crashed into Jordan Binnington in Game 3 of the Western Conference Semifinals last May, resulting in a series-ending knee injury, the Blues goaltender was back in the game. the game. Binnington took the start on Saturday, much to the delight of the crowd at INTRUST.

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He only played in the first period, stopping seven of the Coyotes’ eight shots. Arizona’s goal came on the power play, with Blues prospect Landon Sim missing for hanging. Nick Ritchie scored a backdoor for the Coyotes on a pass from Barrett Hayton with 4:51 left in the period.

Joel Hofer took over in the second period and finished the game; he is expected to be the No. 1 goaltender this season for the Springfield Thunderbirds of the American Hockey League.

Getting the start for Arizona in goal was a (somewhat) familiar name to Blues fans – Jon Gillies. With Binnington sidelined with COVID and Ville Husso injured, Gillies started a game Dec. 12 against Anaheim last season. The Blues lost 3-2 in overtime, but Gillies at least earned the Blues a point.

Three days later, Binnington returned from the COVID roster and Gillies was traded to New Jersey for “future considerations.” He’s now with Arizona on a two-way deal.

Fastest shot in Wichita (or anywhere)

The Blues signed striker Martin Frk on July 15 to add organizational depth and compete for a place at the ‘big club’. A native of the Czech Republic, Frk was a second-round draft pick from Detroit in 2012, which never really made its way to the NHL.

He played 124 games for Carolina, Detroit and Los Angeles over the years, scoring a career-high 11 goals for the Red Wings in 2017-18. But all told, he only has 20 career NHL goals. After scoring 40 goals last season for Ontario’s AHL reign, the Blues thought they’d give him a chance.

And it’s a hit – by Frk, that is. At the 2020 AHL All-Star Classic, Frk won the toughest shooting contest with a slap shot at 109.2 miles per hour — the fastest ever in hockey.

Frk threw a few rockets in the second period on Saturday, which caused oohs and ahs from the crowd at INTRUST.

The first of the two was tipped by Neighbors on the power play early in the period. The Blues signed Frk to a two-way deal, but he gets $500,000 if he ends up in the minors, which is a ton for an AHL player.

Big Events in Wichita

Wichita pulled out all the stops — or at least most of them — for what was not just Wichita’s first NHL game, but Kansas State’s first. Already.

And it was a festive atmosphere. A good crowd, with fans wearing NHL jerseys from the Boston Bruins, Chicago Blackhawks, Colorado Avalanche, Dallas Stars, Detroit Red Wings and Pittsburgh Penguins. … And of course, all kinds of Les Bleus jerseys.

Arizona, unable to play preseason games at home while its new building in Tempe is under construction, was technically the home team on Saturday. But that was just the name. As former “The Voice” runner-up Chris Mann finished the national anthem, it was the “Land of the Free and Home of the Bluuues!”

When the starting lineups were presented before the game, the loudest cheers were heard – of course – when Binnington was announced as the starting goaltender.

And it wasn’t too long into the opening period before the first chants of “Let’s go Blues!” have been heard.

The signs along the ice level were filled with advertisements purchased just for this game. Ads for the two Zambonis were also purchased for Saturday’s game only.

Things we noticed

The pace was fast, too fast for some players – Blues and Coyotes alike – who skated the puck too much or made hasty passes.

Blues prospect Keean Washkurak is small but fast and fiery.

Zachary Bolduc, who scored 63 goals last year among juniors, was relatively calm during the first two periods but perked up in the third.

Win tickets to the Smuttynose Country Music Festival in NH Sat, 24 Sep 2022 12:00:00 +0000

We’ve had an amazing summer filled with concerts and music festivals galore, and now here’s your chance to win tickets to Smuttynose Brewing Company’s Full Strum Country Music Festival in Hampton Beach, NH, taking place on August 8th. and October 9.

Festival attendees will be able to enjoy “concerts featuring local and national country artists, access to cocktail and beer bars, access to a row of food trucks and lawn games” , according to the program of the event. website. Off-site parking is available, and round-trip shuttle service is also offered.

Saturday’s headliner will be Jordan Davis, while LoCash with special guest Nate Smith will take the stage on Sunday.

Sounds like an absolute blast, and now here’s your chance to win a pair of tickets to one of the two nights of the Festival.

So how do you enter the contest? Well, if you’re reading this on our app, all you have to do is fill out the form below! Pretty simple, huh?

If not, you should make sure to download our app, as this is the only place you can enter the contest. Once you’ve downloaded it, be sure to find the button in the black bar in the center of the main page labeled “Smuttynose Tix”. This will take you to this page, where you can then access the form.

The competition runs until Sunday October 2 and the winner will be notified shortly after.

For more information on the party, Click here.

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Maine has more breweries than people. It’s probably not a real statistic, but it sure looks like it. Here are the 20 best breweries according to Trip Advisor

Quick note: Hidden Cove Brewing is ranked 11th. However, this brewery has been sold, so it is not represented on the list.

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How male rock hyraxes woo potential mates Fri, 23 Sep 2022 13:35:28 +0000

Mammals bellow, roar, screech, sniff and bark, but few can be said to sing. With a few exceptions – gibbons, indri lemurs, whales and hyraxes – singing is reserved for birds. New research shows that, in the case of male song hyraxes, they also have rhythm. And the more rhythmically accurate their singing, the more offspring they produce.

Rock hyraxes are not nightingales. The vocalizations they put out during the mating season – a harsh combination of growls, barks and squeaks – are classified as songs because of their complexity, not their beauty.

“The song is quite unique for a mammal,” says Vlad Demartsev, lead author of the new study published in the Journal of Animal Ecology. “It’s very long and structured in fights. They play a sequence of sounds, then stop for a second and start again – pause, start, pause, start and so on for five or six minutes.

Working on rock hyraxes in the deserts of eastern Israel, Demartsev and his colleagues analyzed the time intervals between neighboring notes within each bout. “They’re almost identical – very accurate,” he says. “If they start slow, they stay slow for the rest of the fight. And if they start fast, they stay fast, until they finally reach a complex and climactic end.

And the degree of rhythmic consistency seems to indicate a male’s attractiveness to females, because the males that kept the rhythm most precisely sired the most offspring.

“Rhythmic display could be a reflection of a man’s quality as it requires precise muscle control and coordination,” says Demartsev, who is based at the German University of Konstanz.

The findings may also have implications for the origins of human music. One theory is that the rhythmic components of songs evolve to allow synchronization between individuals singing together in chorus – in gibbon duets, for example. But hyrax work suggests it can also arise in solo performers who advertise their quality to potential partners.

Main image: Rock Hyrax in Israel. © Dimitri Feldman/EyeEm/Getty


Student musicians kick off the 65th Monterey Jazz Festival

For the first time, the Monterey Jazz Festival kicked off the weekend celebration with a student showcase. “Jazz, to me, is life. Jazz is the way we walk down the street. Jazz is the way we live our lives…the way we eat. And so music is exactly who we are and allows us to connect with each other,” Tarik McKeython, musician and student at Morgan State University, said. Traditionally, on the Thursday before the festival, the MJF organizes a black tie gala. But this year, to expand its educational initiatives, four student music groups were invited to showcase their talent on the campus of California State University, Monterey Bay. “We’ve been really focused on education from the very beginning. We were established as 5013c, a non-profit organization, in 1958, and we’ve been providing educational programs for 65 years,” Colleen Bailey, executive director of the festival, said. Thursday night’s lineup included an array of talented student musicians, including Morgan State ensembles from HBCU and Texas Southern University, who were flown in on an all-expenses-paid trip from Alaska Airlines. “I think music has really been central to my life. Without it, I wouldn’t have survived the pandemic because it was such a difficult time,” said Sydney Daniel, singer and student at Texas Southern University. . “The big dream is to reach the top.” Many performers are versatile and have been playing music for several years. “I started in school playing the saxophone. I now play bass guitar, piano and flute. I produce, I’m an artist, I write, compose, engineer. I have a house records. I’ve been making music pretty much my whole life,” McKeython said. “I can pretty much anything and play it. Also on stage was the Morgan State University Choir, a group of internationally traveling singers who have performed for former President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama and Aretha Franklin. Grammy-nominated composer Gerald Clayton conducted MJF’s Next Generation Jazz Orchestra, a group of 20 accomplished musicians from across the country. a very, very bright future.” Bailey says MJF plans to continue the Thursday student showcase next year.

For the first time, the Monterey Jazz Festival kicked off the weekend celebration with a student showcase.

“Jazz, to me, is life. Jazz is the way we walk down the street. Jazz is the way we live our lives…the way we eat. And so music is exactly who we are and allows us to connect with each other,” Tarik McKeython, musician and student at Morgan State University, said.

Traditionally, on the Thursday before the festival, the MJF organizes a black tie gala. But this year, to expand its educational initiatives, four student music groups were invited to showcase their talent on the campus of California State University, Monterey Bay.

“We’ve been really focused on education from the very beginning. We were established as 5013c, a non-profit organization, in 1958, and we’ve been providing educational programs for 65 years,” Colleen Bailey, executive director of the festival, said.

Thursday night’s lineup included an array of talented student musicians, including Morgan State ensembles from HBCU and Texas Southern University, who were flown in on an all-expenses-paid trip from Alaska Airlines.

“I think music has really been central to my life. Without it, I wouldn’t have survived the pandemic because it was such a difficult time,” said Sydney Daniel, singer and student at Texas Southern University. . “The big dream is to reach the top.”

Many performers are versatile and have been playing music for several years.

“I started in school playing the saxophone. I now play bass guitar, piano and flute. I produce, I’m an artist, I write, compose, engineer. I have a house of records. I’ve been making music pretty much my whole life,” McKeython said. “I can pretty much pick up anything and play it.

Also on stage was the Morgan State University Choir, a world-traveling group of singers who performed for former President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama and supported Aretha Franklin.

Grammy-nominated composer Gerald Clayton conducted MJF’s Next Generation Jazz Orchestra, a group of 20 accomplished musicians from across the country.

“I just count the tunes, wave my hands and really let them go,” Clayton said. “They have a very, very bright future.”

Bailey says the MJF plans to continue the Thursday student showcase next year.

Tax Fraud Blotter: The Jail Blues Thu, 22 Sep 2022 21:25:00 +0000

Business rehearsal; without exception ; installment plan; and other highlights of recent tax cases.

Plover, Wisconsin: Tax preparer James Canfield, 74, was sentenced to eight months in prison for helping prepare false federal returns.

Canfield owned and operated Advanced Accounting Concepts. Between 2013 and 2018, he electronically prepared and submitted federal returns for clients with overstated and, in some cases, fabricated business expenses, resulting in unwarranted deductions for the business use of clients’ homes. Although clients told him they primarily used their home as a personal residence, Canfield often allocated 100% of their home for business purposes and then considered ordinary household expenses to be deductible business expenses.

The judge noted that while Canfield did not directly benefit financially from fraudulent refunds or tax reductions paid by customers, he engaged in preparing the misrepresentations to generate repeat business from customers. and expand its customer base through referrals.

Canfield had previously been fined twice by the Internal Revenue Service for preparing returns with improper business expenses and claiming personal living expenses as business deductions. After the second time Canfield was fined, in 2012, IRS agents met with him and explained in detail how the deductions he was submitting were illegal under the regulations. He continued to prepare returns using the same false deductions for the next six years.

Canfield, who pleaded guilty earlier this year, will also be permanently banned from preparing or filing statements for third parties.

Statesboro, Georgia: Former Councilman William Britt, now of Bluffton, South Carolina, was sentenced to 33 months in prison for tax evasion on income from bars he co-owned.

Under the program, each facility was nominally owned by an individual; in reality, a group of business partners, including Britt, owned the bars in varying ownership percentages. Britt and the other real owners took money from the establishments and disbursed it among themselves according to their ownership percentages without reporting that income to the IRS.

Britt personally ensured that some of the nominal owners of the bars made false statements and provided false information to an accountant who prepared statements related to some of these businesses. Britt misrepresented the companies’ true ownership, underreported their revenues and omitted cash distributions to owners.

As part of her guilty plea, Britt admitted to underreporting her income in her 2014 individual return.

He was also ordered to serve three years of probation and paid $352,404.54 in restitution to the United States.

Shelbyville, Kentucky: Office manager Kimberly F. Jones was sentenced to 30 months in prison and ordered to pay $260,034 in restitution for misrepresenting her employer and including false information in her statements.

Jones was employed at Guardian Retention Systems, where as office manager she handled accounts payable and receivable, petty cash, payroll and taxes. She also had electronic access to bank accounts to pay bills.

She took several steps to misappropriate funds from her employer, using company credit cards in her name and the names of other employees to make unauthorized personal purchases; direct unauthorized transfers from the Company’s bank account; and divert customer revenue received through the company’s electronic payment account. Jones also set up a company called KAB Enterprises to issue false invoices to Guardian; she used the company’s credit cards and bank account to pay KAB’s fraudulent bills.

Jones also failed to report his embezzled funds as income on his returns from 2016 to 2018.

College town, Missouri: Company owner Jonathan Michaelson was sentenced to five years probation and ordered to pay more than $700,000 in restitution for withholding employee paychecks but failing to return the money.

Michaelson of software company Blue 2.0 LLC withheld $767,367 in income, Social Security, and Medicare taxes from employees’ paychecks from 2014 through 2017, but did not remit it. money to the IRS.

Michaelson, who pleaded guilty earlier this year, will have to pay $1,000 a month, or 10% of his monthly income, until the theft is paid for.

Chino Hills, CA: Former licensed stockbroker Robert Louis Cirillo was sentenced to 78 months in prison for committing several crimes, including filing a false statement and carrying out a securities fraud targeting low-income victims to obtain over $3.2 million.

From 2014 to 2021, Cirillo tricked over 100 victims into telling them he would invest their money in short-term construction loans that would pay returns of 15% to 30% for up to 90 days. In fact, he never invested the money and instead used it for his own personal expenses, including credit card payments, a trip to Las Vegas and two automobiles.

Cirillo targeted members of the Hispanic community, many of whom had limited means, for his fraud. A victim invested his savings of $20,000. Cirillo admitted to threatening his victims once they began to realize he had defrauded them.

In a separate scheme in 2021, Cirillo also participated in a “grandparent scam” in which a senior citizen was tricked into believing her grandson had been arrested for possession of illegal narcotics. Cirillo’s conspirators convinced the 82-year-old victim to send $400,000 for his grandson’s “bail” to a bank account that Cirillo had opened and controlled.

Cirillo filed false tax returns for 2015 to 2017 by failing to report more than $3 million in income. For example, in his 2017 federal tax return, he reported total income of $30,985, which did not include more than $1.9 million from his investment plan.

The investment fraud resulted in a total loss of $3,237,262; his plot to defraud the senior resulted in a total loss of $400,000; and the total tax loss was $675,898.

Cirillo, who had previously pleaded guilty, was also ordered to pay $3,948,835 in restitution.

Liverpool, New York: Glen Zinszer was sentenced to 51 months in prison for wire fraud and making false statements.

Zinszer began operating the company Brazzlebox in 2012, which he represented to investors would be like Facebook to businesses. From April 2013 until around summer 2016, he made false claims to investors about how Brazzlebox was doing to get them to invest more money and stay invested. He used a substantial portion of the invested money to fund his lifestyle, including paying mortgages on his homes and buying concert tickets and jewelry.

He also filed returns underreporting his income in the 2013 to 2016 tax years.

He was also ordered to serve three years of probation after his release from prison and to pay $3,049,933 in restitution to his victims (including the government), as well as forfeit $2,763,811.

Houston: David Felt, who evaded paying his income taxes, was sentenced to 18 months in prison and ordered to pay $250,000 in restitution to the IRS.

Felt, who pleaded guilty in May, admitted that he deliberately evaded payment of income taxes he owed for 1986 and 1987 and 1994 to 1998. He further admitted to having received more than $4 million of income between 2004 and 2014, none of which was paid to the taxes due.

He falsely stated that he had no significant assets or income and that he did not own any business and admitted that he had acted as a disbursement agent for a debtor in a bankruptcy case. He testified in 2017 that he would not pay insiders of the debtor’s estate while the debtor was paying creditors. He admitted to filing accounting reports for the debtor in 2019 containing payments to insiders, including himself, from the debtor’s estate.

‘Monarch’ producer calls similarities to Naomi Judd ‘most tragic and bizarre coincidences’ Thu, 22 Sep 2022 14:14:00 +0000

Talk about uncanny similarities.

We all now know of the tragic passing of country music star Naomi Judd of country band The Judds, and how she deceased due to suicide after a long struggle with mental health.

Well, the new country music TV series Monarch, starring Susan Sarandon and Trace Adkins, seems to have escaped Naomi’s death in the first two episodes.

One of the scenes in the second episode shows Dottie Cantrell Roman (Sarandon) planning her own suicide, and even featured her own funeral which she had planned by Dottie before making the move.

Of course, aside from the suicide, Sarandon’s character has auburn hair, a similar shade to Naomi, her character is from a country music family, her daughter is also a country music singer.

But perhaps the weirdest part?

The show’s funeral scene even featured the Judds’ song “Love Can Build a Bridge”, which was performed by Wynonna Judd at Naomi’s funeral.

However according to Deadline, Executive producer Jon Feldman, who replaced Michael Rauch during filming last November, says it was all a strange coincidence and that the series was filmed long before the tragic death of Naomi Judd.

“From what I knew of the show, it was inspired by the lives of many country artists. It tapped into that world. One of the producers is Jason Owen, who is one of Nashville’s top musical directors.

Until Naomi’s death, which was truly the most tragic and disturbing of coincidences, there was no [similarities] between the Romans and the Judds. The Romans are a fictional first country family.

But really, the turn of events of Naomi’s death was something no one could have predicted.

Feldman also weighed in on the coincidence of playing the Judds’ song “Love Can Build a Bridge”:

“It was another weird coincidence. As I said, Jason Owen, who was a producer on our show and was heavily involved in the production and the music, was also very close to the Judds and was involved in the production of his actual funeral.

Nobody knew that Naomi had made the decision to have this song. We had already finished our production when she passed away. Our cast had scattered around the world and production was complete. So we didn’t have the opportunity to redo anything.

Although it was just a strange coincidence, it definitely caught the attention of viewers who were shocked by the parallels:

Here is the trailer:

Legacy Diamond has a long love affair with SA rock fans Wed, 21 Sep 2022 15:08:33 +0000 Legacy Diamond is forever etched in San Antonio hard rock history, but the origins of the band’s name may not be as well known.

“We were big fans of ‘The Untouchables’ TV show, so we were into the gangster stuff,” drummer Jeff Poole said in an interview via Zoom. “One day we were debating band names trying to come up with a gangster name. Our original bassist, Michael Diamond, started the Purple Gang, and I started Legs Diamond.

“I said, ‘And Legacy Diamond? A diamond is the hardest rock in the world, so we can play around with that name with all sorts of catchy album titles and stuff. He fell in love with it and that’s where the name was born.

Soon after, another love was born between the Los Angeles band and San Antonio hard rock faithfuls, who couldn’t get enough of Legs Diamond’s 1977 self-titled debut album and fan-favorite follow-up “Firepower “, “A Diamond is a Hard Rock” and “Out on Bail”.

“The first show we played in San Antonio was on April 8, 1977 at the Municipal Auditorium,” Poole said. “We booked with Bob Seger and Starz. It was a killer show. We were brought back within seven months to headline the exact same place. So yeah, we’ve been in love with San Antonio for a while.

“That was 45 years ago,” he added, “and today we are thrilled to be back playing for our favorite audience in the world.”

This audience will share their longtime mutual love with star Legs Diamond on Saturday at the Tech Port Arena as part of Tierra Sagrada Rockfest. Fellow classic rockers Moxy, Lita Ford, Jack Russell’s Great White and Kingdom Come are also playing Local favorites Jessikill are open.

While every band on the bill can trace their enduring popularity in San Antonio back to legendary 99.5 KISS FM DJ Joe “The Godfather” Anthony, perhaps none are more indebted than Legacy Diamond, who today includes original members Poole, guitarist/keyboardist Michael Prince and guitarist Roger Roméo. Newcomers Adam Kury and Keith England round out the lineup on bass and vocals.

“We owe it all to Joe Anthony and the power of radio,” Prince said on the same Zoom call. “He started playing our records very early and people started hearing our songs over and over again. Lou Roney and Tom ‘T-Bone’ Scheppke also played our records and helped us a lot. The power of radio was a beautiful thing for us in San Antonio.

Anthony, who died in 1992, helped turn Legacy Diamond songs like “Woman,” “Stage Fright,” “Fugitive” and “Rat Race” into radio staples for generations of San Antonio rock fans.

Legacy Diamond, pictured in a promotional photo for the 1979 “Fire Power” album with original singer Rick Sanford, was an instant hit with San Antonio rock fans.

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“Our management said we were getting a lot of radio broadcasts on KISS FM in San Antonio, and that’s when they set up our first in-studio radio interview in time for our 1977 gig,” Poole said. “That’s where we first met (Anthony). I remember the yard in front of the radio station filling up with people while we were on the air. When we finished the interview, we walked out and there was a crowd of people. It was absolutely fantastic.

On the bill: Diamond Legs, Moxy, Jack Russell’s Great White, Lita Ford, Kingdom Come, Jessikill

When: Doors open at 4:30 p.m.

Where: Tech Port Arena, 3331 General Hudnell Drive

Details: $35 to $65,

Meet the band

Legacy Diamond will meet fans, sign autographs and sell merchandise at Fitzgerald’s Bar & Live Music Venue, 437 McCarty Road, from 6-8 p.m. Friday. All ages; under 21s must be accompanied by a parent.

Fast forward to the present and Legacy Diamond is less active than in decades past when the band toured with Kiss, Ted Nugent and Styx. Leave it to San Antonio, however, to call on the group nearly every year to brush the gems.

“We know people want to hear ‘Woman’, ‘Stage Fright’ and ‘Out on Bail’,” Prince said. “We play these songs every time we play in San Antonio because we know they’ve been on the radio and everyone wants to hear them. These songs are always exciting to us and we’re happy to play them. .

“We’re also trying to find a song or two that we haven’t played in millions of years, so (this year) we’ve added one from the first album and one from the third.”

While Legacy Diamond’s catalog is rock-hard, it’s the mournful ballad “Woman” that always sends the crowd into chanting mode.

“I think it’s because it’s more than a song,” Prince said of the song’s enduring popularity. “It’s very well constructed and very well written. It has different movements. He builds. If you listen to Led Zeppelin’s ‘Stairway to Heaven’ or Grand Funk Railroad (starts singing ‘I’m Your Captain’), those songs build up and turn into something else by the end.

Poole added another theory behind the song’s timeless appeal.

“I think that song resonates, because the lyrics really resonate with a lot of people,” he said. “It’s a deep and emotional song that deals with the human element and relationships. It speaks to the heart and I think everyone relates to it.

The voice behind “Woman” and the other classic Legs Diamond songs belongs to Rick Sanford, who left the band in 2005 and moved to (surprise!) near San Antonio after growing tired of the music industry. music and the consequences it had on his voice.

“Rick is one of the nicest people you’ll ever meet,” Prince said. “He would come and help you change your tire at 3 a.m. if you called him, but he wants to make sure the songs are done vocally and you need to be able to hit the high notes. I know the fans would still be happy if he sang in a lower register, but Rick doesn’t want to come out that way.

Enter Keith England, former Montrose singer and former Allman Brothers backing vocalist.

“He’s a real professional and a super nice guy, so he fits right in,” Poole said. “It’s one thing to try to step into another man’s shoes, but when you’re playing Legs Diamond material and trying to sing like Rick Sanford, let’s face it – Rick used to sing some of those songs when he was 22 and could really hit the high notes. Some of those songs are a real stretch! I think Keith really stood out and did a wonderful job.

True to the tradition of periodically releasing new albums since the heyday of the 1970s and 1980s, Legs Diamond is hard at work on new material. When can fans expect a new album?

“To be sure, I’m going to say it will be next year,” Prince said. “We could probably do it this year, but we don’t want to rush it. I think we want to write three or four more songs and then we’ll be ready to go into the studio.

David Glessner is a freelance writer in Austin.