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Concert Review: Route 91 Harvest Country Music Festival in Las Vegas, Oct. 3-5, 2014 (Starring Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert, and Jason Aldean)

Route 91 Harvest Country Music Festival

This festival didn't feel like a first year event. Everything ran smoothly, they never ran out of ice, beer or food, and I can still hear Miranda Lambert. See highlights in the embedded video. Read More »

Concert Review: David Lanz at The Everett Historic Theatre – Everett, WA 11/28/14

Photo: Bob Mueller

A captivating holiday-themed concert by the Grammy-nominated pianist-composer. Read More »

Theater Review (San Antonio): Ana Gasteyer and Seth Rudetsky at the Woodlawn

Ana Gasteyer I'm Hip

The historic theater debuts a new series that showcases top Broadway stars in an evening of music, humor and casual conversation. Read More »

Concert Review: Bassekou Kouyate at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (NYC, 10/30/14)

Bassekou Kouyate playing the ngoni

Kouyate is so heavily identified with the West African lute called the ngoni that the instrument's Wikipedia page features a photo of him. Read More »

Concert Review: John Adams with the Philharmonia Orchestra of Yale and the Brentano String Quartet at Avery Fisher Hall, NYC 10/19/2014

Composer John Adams, photo by Margaretta Mitchell

Composer John Adams led the musicians in Beethoven, Stravinsky, and his own "Absolute Jest," a wonderful new work by a composer at the top of his game. Read More »

Concert Review: Chiara String Quartet, All-Bartók Program at Bargemusic, Brooklyn, NY 10/17/2014

The Chiara Quartet, photo by Roger Ressmeyer

The composer integrated modern 20th century styles and folk music from North Africa and elsewhere in his six string quartets. Read More »

Concert Review: The Prodigal Sons Return – Sons of Freedom at the Imperial, Vancouver, BC, October 4, 2014

Sons of Freedom

To step back into time without a misstep like Sons of Freedom did on this night was a marvel and testament to the strength of both the songs and the players. Read More »

Concert Review: Chiara String Quartet, All-Bartók Program at Bargemusic, Brooklyn, NY 9/26/2014

The Chiara Quartet, photo by Roger Ressmeyer

The composer integrated modern 20th century styles and folk music from North Africa and elsewhere in his string quartets. Read More »

Concert Review: ‘Jamming for June’ Gilda’s Club Benefit at Musicquarium Lounge – Seattle, WA 8/24/2014

Sanjaya Malakar; Photo: Max Wang

A memorable fundraising concert that featured lively performances by Sanjaya Malakar, Kristin Allen-Zito, and Lisa Fox. Read More »

Concert Review: Thompson Square at Toby Keith’s, Rancho Cucamonga, CA 8/14/14

Thompson Square

Thompson Square's two big hits, “Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not” and “If I Didn't Have You”, set me up to expect an evening of melodic ballads and sweet romantic banter. Read More »