Next month, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe will play a three-night stand at Brooklyn Bowl in NYC from February 5 – 7. When the shows were originally announced, there was word themes and guests would be revealed soon and “soon” is now.
On February 5, KDTU will present Run DMC Remixed featuring Vokab Kompany, Roosevelt Collier and Robert Randolph. Then, on February 6, KDTU will present a celebration of Bob Marley’s 70th birthday featuring Collier and more special guests to be announced. For the February 7 finale, Denson and his mates will be joined by legendary keyboardist Chuck Leavell, Collier and another special guest that will be announced soon. Leavell is the Musical Director for The Rolling Stones, a band which Denson toured with towards the end of 2015, and was also a member of The Allman Brothers Band in the ’70s. [...] Continue Reading…
But for a real trip in the wayback machine, check out both of those numbers and more performed in 1983 at the Coffee Pot, with a band that included Betts, Allmans’ drummer Butch Trucks and keyboardist Chuck Leavell, and Wet Willie frontman Jimmy Hall.
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On one hand, the vibe of A Band Of Roadies comes as no surprise: after all, the band comprised members of the Allman Brothers Band’s road crew circa ’73-’74, along with some other players from the Macon, GA music scene at the time. This mix of covers and originals – infused with bluesy, jazzy grooves and adventurous jams – is exactly what you might expect from offshoots of the ABBfamily.
What is a pleasant surprise, however, is the fact that this is a great album made by some solid players. After all, just because theylugged the Allmans’ gear, it doesn’t guarantee they could play it … but A Band Of Roadies stands on its own hind legs as a cool chunk of early 70s bluesrock recently rediscovered.
If you’re familiar at all with ABB history, you’ll recognize some of the band members: the late Twiggs Lyndon – the Allmans’ original road manager – plays guitar; longtime road crew member Joseph “Red Dog” Campbell (who passed away in 2011) mans the drums, along with soundman Michael Artz; Buddy Thornton (who handled front-of-house sound for the Allmans) plays bass. Virginia Speed’s talents on piano earned her a job as a keyboard tech for the ABB; her killer Steinway work and lead vocals on the classic “Fever” demonstrate just how good she was. And Dave “Trash” Cole was actually working on the farm that the Allmans owned in Juliette, GA when Lyndon discovered he was also a wicked guitar picker. Cole was hired on as an ABB guitar tech – and he was a natural for the Almost Brothers lineup. [...] Continue Reading…
Several years ago, Citron received an electronic keyboard from his wife for his 40th birthday. Citron had taken piano lessons a few times during his life, but as a lifelong rock ‘n’ roll fan, he had little desire to learn the compositions of Chopin or Liszt — or the contemporary music his teacher offered.
“My teacher sounded like Neil Sedaka, so I quit,” he said.
What Citron really wanted to do is to play like rock keyboardists such as Chuck Leavell, the legendary piano player for the Rolling Stones, the Allman Brothers Band and Eric Clapton, among others.
He and Leavell met each other at a seminar that Leavell and other musicians were giving for New York City schoolteachers, and the two hit it off.
Leavell said when Citron approached him about the idea of teaching rock and blues-style piano, the concept piqued his interest.
“I spoke with Howard. He was this really intelligent guy who was an entrepreneur,” Leavell said. “I thought at this juncture, it was worth investigating, so we embarked on it.
Sometimes my passions for music and the environment come together in strange and wonderful ways. The recent Stones tour of Australia played in Sydney in November. This happened to be the same day that the sixth World Parks Congress opened, with both events in Olympic Park, home of the 2000 Sydney Olympics.
The World Parks Congress only happens once a decade, bringing together thousands of park managers with policymakers and politicians, scientists, landowners, indigenous peoples and many others for a bewildering smorgasbord of workshops, demonstrations, multimedia installations, and general craziness, sprawling across multiple buildings and courtyards across from the arena where the Stones played. The Sydney Congress attracted more than 6,000 people from 170 countries. If you’re interested in protected parks and care about sustainably managing the natural heritage of our planet, it’s the place to be.
Attendance is down, but spectacular ticket sales by One Direction, The Rolling Stones and Justin Timberlake, plus a series of blockbuster stadium shows, propelled the North American concert industry to a record 2014.
Boy band One Direction and former boy band member Justin Timberlake dominated the box office in 2014. Combined, their global tours grossed close to $500 million and sold more than 5 million tickets in a year where a diverse collection of acts — including The Rolling Stones, Beyoncé and Jay Z, Michael Buble, Luke Bryan and Drake — finished among Billboard Boxscore’s top 25 tours of the year.
Although overall end-of-year results for the touring industry aren’t as overwhelmingly positive as they were in 2013, data reported to Boxscore indicates that it was another record year for live music in North America. Domestic grosses are up 3.4 percent — more than the 1.7 percent increase of 2012 but just a fraction of 2013′s 26 percent increase. Those gains are largely attributable to higher ticket prices, given that North American attendance is down 1.5 percent compared with an increase of 23 percent in 2013. Global Boxscore data paints a less positive picture: Grosses and box office are down 3.8 percent and 6.3 percent, respectively, compared with increases of 30 percent and 26 percent in 2013.
Meet two piano professors from the South with two differing styles. First up, from Macon, GA, Chuck Leavell has played in a few of Rock’s most iconic bands, from the Allman Brothers to the Rolling Stones. And while piano might be his day job, he’s also a keeper of a Georgia forest and an honorary forest ranger! We talk to Chuck about his love of the keys and the trees. Then, it’s a lesson in New Orleans funk a la keyboard with Jon Cleary, who breaks down the elements and reveals the Latin tinge to New Orleans piano favorites.
Bobby Keys was a jewel of a guy….pure Texas Soul with a sound the size of his home state. He made so many great contributions to so many artists on record and in concert. I was privileged to work with Bobby for 32 years in the Stones. He was my Southern Brother and one of my best friends. Thanks for the great playing all those years, and for being such a solid friend, Bobby….Rest easy. The band upstairs just got a Great One.
With love and respect, Chuck
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