The guy playing guitar onstage has a Pulitzer somewhere back at home. That older man in the audience shimmying and spinning his wife to a Grateful Dead number? He’s the second-in-command at the Federal Reserve. Oh, and stick around for the next set — that’s when you’ll see a senator jamming to “Rock the Casbah.”
(The actors in this bizarre-o tableau: CNBC senior economics reporter Steve Liesman, Federal Reserve vice chairman Stanley Fischer, and Michigan Democrat Sen. Debbie Stabenow, respectively.)
Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), here at the cloture vote of Loretta Lynch, partied at the Friday night jam. (Joshua Roberts/Reuters)
The “White House Correspondents’ Jam,” a mini-concert thrown by Rolling Stones keyboardist Chuck Leavell and his enviro-news outfit, Mother Nature Network, turned out to be a welcome addition to the crammed lineup of pre-White House correspondents’ dinner parties. Featuring four bands with journalist members, the musical interlude gave just about every middle-aged dude in D.C. a chance to dust off his leather jacket and hop around to Beatles’ tunes.
Younger attendees seemed a little more starstruck by Lena Dunham, the politically minded creator of HBO’s “Girls,” who dropped by to introduce The Sequoias, a band whose lineup included the New Yorker’s David Remnick. “Like the trees they’re named for, they’re old, wooden and dead inside,” Dunham joked. [...] Continue Reading…
I am absolutely thrilled about our upcoming US “Zip Code” tour. The Rolling Stones have never sounded better, and all of us are anxious to bring this great music and production to the people yet again. Many of the cities we’re going to are ones we haven’t played in quite a while. I’m especially excited about our southern dates, and the opportunity to play in my “backyard” in Atlanta again, at Bobby Dodd Stadium….the last time we were in that venue was during the Steel Wheels tour of 1989. This tour will ROCK!
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BOBBY DODD STADIUM
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Let’s spare the clichés about not gathering any moss and the digs about rolling bones and get to the point: The Rolling Stones are coming to Atlanta.
Mick, Keith, Charlie, Ronnie and their supporting cast of stellar musicians will play June 9 at Bobby Dodd Stadium at Historic Grant Field on the campus of Georgia Tech.
Tickets will be sold starting at 10 a.m. April 13 through Georgia Tech partner Ticket Alternative at www.ticketalternative.com, all of their ticket outlets and charge-by-phone at 877-725-8849. Tickets will not be available through the Georgia Tech Ticket Office.
American Express cardholders will have pre-sale access beginning April 8. Ticket prices for the Atlanta date haven’t been announced yet, but range from $62-$395 in other markets.
The band played the 55,000-capacity “Ramblin’ Wreck” in 1989 during its “Steel Wheels” tour (the venue, which held about 46,000 at the time, played host to a disparate handful of acts in the ‘90s, including New Kids on the Block, Jimmy Buffett and Pink Floyd).
This summer concert marks the Stones’ first appearance in Atlanta since two performances at Philips Arena during its “A Bigger Bang” tour – in October 2005 and February 2006.
This is the classic rockers’ first time playing North American stadiums since 2005-2007’s “A Bigger Bang Tour.”
The band – which still includes Georgia mainstay Chuck Leavell on keyboards – has been on the road consistently the past few years; in 2012-13 with the anniversary run “50 & Counting” and last year with “14 on Fire.”
According to the release for this upcoming “Zip Code” outing, the stage design for the stadium shows “includes a thrust that extends deep into the audience allowing the Stones to interact directly with their fans.” High-end video screens and special effects are also expected.
A couple of weeks ago, the Stones teased fans with billboards and a social media campaign pointing to #SatisfactionThursday, but it turns out they picked a #RubyTuesday to announce their news instead. [...] Continue Reading…
Eric Clapton has been one of the most renowned guitarists of all time (ranked no. 2 all time by Rolling Stone, behind only Jimi Hendrix), spreading his six-string and vocal work across bands such as The Yardbirds, John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers, Cream, Derek and The Dominoes, and of course as a solo performer. Music Times is celebrating the 70th birthday of Slowhand by selecting his best piece from every decade of his performing career. It’s obviously a contentious contest, so feel free to chip in your personal favorites if we chose something else.
The ’60s: “Crossroads” by Cream
Clapton, despite being “God” according to London graffiti, rarely tackled songwriting by himself. Prior to joining Cream, the guitarist sat down with Elektra Records producer Joe Boyd to consider standards for Clapton’s Powerhouse project. Both agreed that he should include something from blues icon Robert Johnson, but the guitarist voted for “Traveling Riverside Blues” while the producer recommended “Cross Road Blues,” a reference to Johnson’s legendary meeting of the devil at the crossroads to gain his guitar-playing talent. Johnson’s original had been done with an acoustic guitar of course, so Clapton created a modern electric arrangement for Powerhouse. He brought the arrangement back with Cream, altering it to suit the band’s personality, featuring a more aggressive, galloping version of the classic riff. This is the rendition that you’ve most likely heard on classic rock radio, recorded live for inclusion on the album Wheels of Fire. Clapton must be thankful to Boyd for his opinion, as the rocker continues to close concerts with it to this day, and named his annual blues festival after the song. [...] Continue Reading…
The latest Lockn’ Festival lineup announcement reveals that Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe will team with legendary keyboardist Chuck Leavell at this year’s festival, which takes place at Oak Ridge Farm in Arrington, Virginia September 10 – 13.
Leavell and Karl Denson shared the stage last year as members of The Rolling Stones’ touring band for performances in Australia and New Zealand. Chuck, who’s also known for his work with The Allman Brothers Band and as an environmentalist, has played keyboards for The Rolling Stones since 1981.
Current Lockn’ Festival ’15 Lineup
Anders Osborne, Fishbone, Galactic, Hot Tuna Acoustic, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe with Chuck Leavell, Keller Williams’ Grateful Gospel, Little Feat, Phil Lesh & Friends, Robert Plant & The Sensational Space Shifters, Slightly Stoopid, St. Paul & The Broken Bones, Tedeschi Trucks Band, The Doobie Brothers, The Doobie Incident, The String Cheese Incident, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Umphrey’s McGee, Widespread Panic [...] Continue Reading…
Chuck Leavell, the keyboardist for The Rolling Stones, The Allman Brothers Band, Eric Clapton, and The Black Crowes, will be sharing his music at Eddie’s Attic to benefit Westchester Elementary School in Decatur.
Leavell’s two grandsons attend the newly reopened elementary school. His daughter, Amy Leavell Bransford, is chairing the fundraiser. Bransford also invited her friend, local radio and TV personality Mara Davis, to emcee the event.
Bransford said her family moved to Decatur from Inman Park last fall, and when she joined the PTA of Westchester Elementary, she was surprised to learn the new school needed lots of things. [...] Continue Reading…
Karl Denson is back on the road with his band Tiny Universe following filling playing gigs with the Rolling Stones (falling in for the departed Bobby Keys). He started his North American tour with the first of a 3-day run at the Brooklyn Bowl, Brooklyn, NY with special guests Roosevelt Collier (The Lee Boys) and Robert Randolph, that included a Run DMC tribute set with hip-hop group Vocab Kompany. Friday’s show (2/6) is billed as a Bob Marley birthday bash and Saturday’s set will feature special guest, and fellow Rolling Stones touring member Chuck Leavell. Photos by Vikas Nambiar! [...] Continue Reading…
Among the recently released albums, digital reissues, MP3 downloads and box sets: The 14-song, “You Gotta Love the Life,” the first new album from adult contemporary singer Melissa Manchester in a decade features duets with Dionne Warwick and Al Jarreau and some guest sax from Dave Koz; and the 15-tune “That Lovin’ Feeling” from 70-year-old jazz singer Steve Tyrell, who first began working with Burt Bacharach and Hal David when he was only 19, features guests that include saxman Koz, former Allman Brothers keyboardist Chuck Leavell, Righteous Brother Bill Medley, Neil Sedaka, B.J. Thomas and songwriting great Barry Mann. [...] Continue Reading…
There are those whose first exposure to Cowboy came from its pair of songs included on the 1974 Gregg Allman Tour double-album. Led by Scott Boyer and Tommy Talton, the core writing duo that had retained the name of the group following its dissolution in 1972, the revamped Cowboy opened for Allman on his solo run as well as acted as his backing band and featured an electrified style saturated in funky soul, gospel, and blues that typified the quintessential sound of the mid-‘70s, with grooving electric piano and a horn section overflowing from the Hi-Fi. 5’ll Getcha Ten is not that Cowboy.
Built on acoustic guitars, gentle harmonies, and lyrics of personal reflection, the original sextet out of north Florida had far more pronounced country leanings, and after being shepherded by Allman’s brother Duane to the attention of Capricorn Records, released in 1970 its debut album, Reach for the Sky. This 1971 follow-up, now reissued, continued in that same vein, with Boyer’s maturing songwriting peaking on the album’s most famous track, “Please Be With Me.” Covered by Eric Clapton three years later on his classic 461 Ocean Boulevard, this version is actually one of two that the band recorded with Duane Allman on dobro; the other appearing on Allman’s posthumous anthology. On 5’ll it’s a slower, and more plaintive offering, surely a high-water mark among these dozen songs, but hardly reduces the album to “Please Be With Me” and eleven others. Quite the opposite.
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