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Bob Marley Exhibit in Miami For Limited Engagement //

      This weekend the Bob Marley, Messenger exhibit begins its transient stop at HistoryMiami before it settles at the Bob Marley Museum in the artist’s homeland Jamaica. The exhibit debuted at The Grammy Museum in Los Angeles on May 11, 2011, the 30th anniversary of the reggae ambassador’s untimely death from cancer at the age of 36.

The display includes rare on and offstage photographs, Marley’s famous Gibson Les Paul guitar, his bible, concert posters, backstage passes, tour books, an interactive drumming station and more. There is also a South Florida video supplement that includes local reggae band Jahfe, Miami artist TREK6, who created a Bob Marley mural, former Coral Springs Mayor Roy Gold, author and playwright Geoffrey Philp, and Lorna Owens, the Registered Nurse who cared for Bob Marley while he was at Cedars of Lebanon (now University of Miami Hospital).

“The exhibit came about because Ziggy did a children’s program for us and when it was done, he said he had photos that no one had seen of his dad and wondered if we would consider doing a photo exhibit,” said Kait Stuebner, The Grammy Museum’s Co-Curator of the Bob Marley, Messenger exhibit. “We decided to do a full exhibit, working closely with the family who were the other curation team on the project.”

HistoryMiami’s Chief Curator Dr. Joanne Hyppolite heard about the exhibit during an unrelated meeting with The Grammy Museum’s Executive Director Bob Santelli.

“As soon as I heard they were developing the Marley exhibit I started lobbying for it,” emailed Hyppolite. “I also went to the L.A. opening to see it for myself and knew then that we had to have it. We decided we wanted to make a South Florida connection to Marley in the exhibition and that’s how we came up with the idea of adding a video testimony.”

Bob Marley’s story mirrors the lives of many South Florida immigrants whose homelands are ravaged by poverty and political oppression. He spent part of his life creating music in Jamaica’s Trench Town, a Kingston enclave where squalor and social resistance birthed a musical genre for ghetto people worldwide (reggae).

“When I went to Bob’s rehearsals in North Miami, the man was all business,” said Earl Marks Sr. also known as Burning Spear, a deejay from Hanover, Jamaica, who spun throughout South Florida between 1975 and 1985. “Not even his wife Rita could make a joke when he was ready to work.”

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The Breeders: 10/9/2013 Grand Central Miami //

Twenty years ago, when alternative music was  breaking into wider public awareness thanks in most part to the success of Nirvana’s Nevermind, The Breeders broke through on their own with Last Splash.   Kim Deal, Kelley Deal, Josephine Wiggs, and Jim Macpherson played their first show together on Friday June 19, 1992, in a snooker hall behind Warrington Rugby Club in the north of England, near Manchester. Just days later they supported Nirvana in Dublin and Belfast, and then played at Glastonbury. Back in the US, after playing 27 sold-out shows that fall, they made their way to San Francisco to record the epic Last Splash.

Released August 30, 1993, on 4AD, reviewers described Last Splash as “effervescent,” “blistering,” and “incoherent.” At its center is the infectiously appealing, instantly recognizable “Cannonball.” Propelled in part by the video directed by Kim Gordon and Spike Jonze, the song was voted Single of the Year by the NME. After more than two years of touring, they played their last show on September 5th, 1994, at Lollapalooza in Los Angeles.

On Wednesday October 9th, the Bredders graced the stage at Grand Central in downtown Miami.  The minute Kim and Co. took the stage they had us in the palm of their hand and would not let go. Kim and Kelley’s power chords and distorted dissonance shot the crowed into romper room like frenzy.  The  band did a brilliant job recreating the seminal album on stage in what was an intimate show, which was well-suited to the material.

I have been to many anniversary-style shows over the years, but this could have possibly been the most literal, with quite an attention to detail, history, and nuance.  Bassist Josephine Wiggs took over on drums for one of the songs, and snapped a photo of the crowd, which would later be posted on their Twitter account.

Set list:

-”When I Was a Painter”

Last Splash
-”New Years”
-”Invisible Man”
-”No Aloha”
-”Do You Love Me Now”
-”Mad Lucas”
-”Divine Hammer”
-”Driven On 9″
-”Roi” Reprise

First Encore
-”Fortunately Gone”

Second Encore
-”Shocker in Gloomtown”
-”Lime House”


Sigur Ros 10/9/2013 Klipsch Ampitheater Miami, FL //

Sigur Ros makes absolutely brilliant noise coupled
with dazzling visuals.  Since the ’90s, Sigur Ros has built a reputation for being one of the most unique bands around, especially with lead singer Jonsi, with meznerizing vocals sings  in a made-up language called Hopelandic. The band has consistently sold albums in the US, despite the fact that their music is rarely  sung in English and its songs have unpronounceable song titles.

You’d think having such exotic textures and song structures was enough to distinguish them from other bands, but they went on to construct a live show that borders on amazing performance art.  There were upwards of  50 incandescent bulbs on poles, attached to microphone stands scattered throughout the stage — glowing, flickering, pulsing along to the music. A giant LED screen played montages of images familiar to those who have seen Sigur Ros music videos.  Three violinists and horn players in the background and two percussionists on both of the stage, the band on this night was 11 members strong. The musicians remained shadowy, dimly figures for the majority of  the show, with an occasional burst of floating,  lights illuminating them.  Each band member solidly and brilliantly in complete control of his instrument.

There were several standing ovations from the energetic crowd and well deserved for an amazingly beautiful theatrical and musical experience.

The Black Crowes Continue to Bring the Soul to Rock //

Twenty fours years into a stellar musical career that has included collaborations with Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page, the Grateful Dead’s Phil Lesh, and countless others, The Black Crowes continue to wow audiences with their distinctive blend of high energy soul rock n’ roll.

Although the band has continued to put itself in an “on again and off again” status, having announced two separate hiatuses over the last decade, they always come back for more. If there is any existing tension remaining between brothers Chris Robinson (vocals), and Rich Robinson (guitar), it was not at all evident at this show. The group appeared tight, loose and in great form throughout the two hour and 15 minute set.

Touring for the first time since 2011, the Crowes current lineup consists of three original members- both Robinson brothers, Steve Gorman (drums), longtime bassist Sven Pipien and newcomers Adam MacDougal (keyboards) and Jackie Green (guitar). Greene takes over for Luther Dickinson of the North Mississippi All Stars who was unable to join the band on this tour.

After nine studio albums, the Crowes have a wealth of material to pull out at each show. The band opened with the rousing “Twice As Hard” and “Sting Me.” Once the juices were flowing, the interplay among the band was at full throttle. The classic “Wiser Time” stood out as the band took this one on a dynamic instrumental jam which saw each band member take a lead solo.

As a drummer, I always pay a little extra attention to the rhythm section. Gorman is known for his powerful pocketed grooves and back beat, which bring out his inner John Bonham and swing influences. He expertly lead the band in and out of each section with ease; turning up the intensity when needed, and providing the subtle feel when necessary.

After a two song acoustic set that began with “She Talks to Angels,” it was Chris Robinson’s turn to showcase his renowned vocal chops and roots harmonica playing with the Arabian influenced, “Whoah Mule.” Robinson retains the presence that front men of lore used to have, standing alone at the mic and the leader who is hell bent on having a good time.

The band finished off with rousing finale’s of “Thorn in my Pride, a very extended “Soul Singing,” and “Remedy. The dueling guitars of Robinson and Greene during the long solo sections made for prime listening.

Smiles were abound as the band came back out for an encore with “Hard to Handle.” Originally an Otis Redding song, the Crowes covered this on their 1990 album “Shake Your Money Maker,” which catapulted them onto the national scene. The band included Deep Purple’s “Hush” in the middle of the jam section and swiftly returned back into the song for one more chorus.

With a a great collections of songs and jams, there was never a dull moment throughout the night. If the Black Crowes are coming to your city on their current tour, it is definitely recommended to check them out.

The Black Crowes
May 1st, 2013
House of Blues
Orlando, FL

Set list

Twice as Hard
Sting Me
Good Morning Captain
Hotel Illness
Medicated Goo
Ballad in Urgency
Wiser Time
She Talks to Angels
Whoa Mule
By Your Side
Thorn in My Pride
Soul Singing
Jealous Again
Sometimes Salvation


Hard to Handle/Hush


Written by Joe Lederman of The Dropa Stone for Music Binds Us All.


8th Annual Spring Jambando In Orlando //

Celebrating its 10th year of existence, Jambando has announced plans for its next Spring Festival Jam on Saturday April 27th. It will be the 8th Annual Spring Jambando and will be held at one of Orlando’s premier live music venues, the Plaza LIVE.

Organized by founder Dave Mann and in close cooperation with the participating bands and ever-growing Jambando community, the festival’s have evolved into Central Florida’s strongest purveyor of live music, arts and culture. Each festival showcases some of the best and most versatile local and regional artists; from jam, funk, reggae and rock bands. Fans have flocked to experience its authentic community atmosphere which feature multiple stages of music combined with local art and food vendors.

This year lineup includes funkUs, The Hindu Cowboys, Savi Fernandez Band, The Dropa Stone, Sonar, Brian Chodorcoff, Ancient Sun, Legacy, Vova Zen and many more. An epic three hour super jam will be taking place so expect many surprise guests.

Jambando at the Plaza Live: Saturday April 27th, 2013: Featuring 18+ Bands on 4 stages of continuous music and lights with visual F/X imagery. Food Trucks, Arts and Crafts vendors & much more! $10 at the gate; All Ages; Re-entry Okay.


Written by Joe Lederman of The Dropa Stone for Music Binds Us All.

Review and First Listen: Jimi Hendrix ‘People, Hell and Angels’ //

Recorded between 1968 and 1969 with primarily Billy Cox and Buddy Miles, who would make up Hendrix’s post-Experience trio Band of Gypsys, the cuts on ‘People, Hell & Angels,’ like many of the albums that have been released since his death in 1970, are more skeletal frames of songs than complete songs. That said, there’s plenty of fancy guitar work and creative ideas planted here, but few tracks boast the mind-bending studio tricks Hendrix experimented so wildly with on ‘Axis: Bold As Love’ and ‘Electric Ladyland.’

Any Hendrix fan will dig some of the album’s offerings. The stripped-down ‘Earth Blues’ reflects its title. ‘Let Me Love’ features a saxophonist. A cover of Elmore James’ ‘Bleeding Heart’ comes from Hendrix’s first session with Cox and Miles. And ‘Izabella’ was recorded with the band Hendrix played with at Woodstock.

But ‘People, Hell & Angels’ isn’t revealing like ‘First Rays of the New Rising Sun,’ ‘South Saturn Delta’ and ‘Valleys of Neptune,’ the best posthumous Hendrix albums. Hendrix is basically being Hendrix on the 12 tracks, effortlessly tearing through guitar solos and working up bluesy shuffles that most likely would have been discarded or altered by the time he was finished with them. This is mostly the guitar legend finding his post-Experience footing.

Thanks to NPR, have yourself a first listen of ‘People, Hell and Angels’  Have A Listen

From NPR Music: 50 Great Jazz Vocals //

50 Great Jazz Vocals is a crowdsourced list of the 50 most popular jazz vocal recordings of all time, as determined by the listeners of NPR Music, Jazz24.org and KPLU in Seattle. We asked jazz lovers all over the world to vote for their favorites. When the results were in, the thousands of votes were tabulated, and this list is the result. You can take a look at the list below or, better yet, dive into the webstream, kick back and listen to all 50 Great Jazz Vocals. According to our listeners, it doesn’t get any better than this.  Click on the image below to read entire article and listen in.

GALACTIC Turns New Orleans Funk Inside Out at Orlando’s Plaza Theater //

Galactic with Corey GloverKnown for their eclectically infused funk and jazz sound, Galactic has been a touring and musical force for 18 years. The quintet has built a strong catalog featuring ten studio and live albums to date; but are also driven by a dedicated work ethic built on the strength of their high caliber musicianship and evolving live shows.

On January 16th, 2013, Galactic performed at the Plaza Theater in Orlando, FL. This venue has become one of Orlando’s premier spots for live music and its newly redesigned main theater stage is a perfect setting for concerts. It is easy to see why they continue to bring in top notch national touring bands with a great atmosphere and amazing sound. The night was started by ”Art Official,” a Miami based trip-hop band and Orlando natives, “funkUs,” who delivered a spirited performance that saw local guest musicians joining them onstage, showing a strong community bond.

This was to be my 4th time seeing the band perform and each experience has been uniquely different. From the more jam and funk laden festival shows, to guest rappers and classic rock covers, each Galactic concert has proved to showcase the bands willingness to move in different directions musically. Although their epic and lengthy instrumentals receive the biggest ovations by long time fans, the band has been able to include elements of world music, electronic, hip hop and blues in their arsenal.

Galactic FunkMade up of long standing members, drummer Stanton Moore, guitarist Jeff Raines, Hammond organist Rich Vogel, bassist Robert Mercurio and saxophonist Ben Ellman, Galactic was joined by guest vocalist Corey Glover, from the popular late 80′s and 90′s Rock band, “Living Colour.” Glover has been the group’s go to vocalist for the past year, performing on much of the 2012 tour into the New Year.

Touring in support of their latest 2012 studio release, ‘Carnivale Electricos,’ the show opened with a vintage and groove oriented Stanton Moore drum solo. Moore was ahead of steam and swiftly transitioned the band into the opening song. His righteous pocket filled grooves are always the backbone of the music; carrying the band in and out of each passage with ease. Ellman’s saxophone and Vogel’s organ jams provide most of the lead solos for the band, while Mercurio and Raine’s bass and guitar riffs provide whatever textures and undertones may be needed.

The first three songs of the set were classic Galactic instrumentals. The band then quickly introduced Corey Glover onto the stage. Known for his high octane vocals, Glover melded perfectly with the band, showing versatility and deep range in his voice. His stage presence and energy was a hit with the crowd, especially during covers of The Beatles “I am the Walrus,” Living Colour’s own hit, “Cult of Personality” and the encore of the set, the Rolling Stone’s “Sympathy for the Devil.”

Once again Galactic delivered a high energy, dance till you drop live show punctuated by high energy, virtuoso playing and guest vocalist Corey Glover delivering a passionate performance. If you have not been able to catch this band live, they are a must-see for not only fans of funk and jam bands, but for all music lovers.  Music Binds Us All.

For a complete listing of Galactic’s tour schedule, check out: www.GalacticFunk.com.

Written by Joe Lederman of The Dropa Stone
*Please note, this article will be updated with a full set list as soon as it becomes available.*

Music Is Medicine, Music Is Sanity //

Robert Gupta, violinist with the LA Philharmonic, talks about a violin lesson he once gave to a brilliant, schizophrenic musician — and what he learned. Called back onstage later, Gupta plays his own transcription of the prelude from Bach’s Cello Suite No. 1.  Another extraordinary example is how Music Binds Us All.

Landfill Harmonic – A Film About Inspiring Dreams One Note at a Time //

Landfill Harmonic is a beautifully made feature-length documentary about a extraordinary orchestra from a remote village in Paraguay, where its young musicians play with instruments made from trash found in a landfill.  A beautiful reminder of just one of the many amazing ways that Music Binds Us all.

For more information about the film, please visit facebook.com/landfillharmonicmovie.