Orion Music + More Festival: Atlantic City, NJ Day One: 23 June 2012

Lucero was my original reason for going to Metallica’s first annual Orion Music + More Festival in Atlantic City, NJ this past weekend but Metallica really did their homework. During their set James Hetfield (lead vocal/guitar) kept telling us how this festival was a dream come true for them. They’ve played lots of festivals and […]

Cory Branan: Mercury Lounge 22 June 2012

This was going to be a music filled weekend. Before the Orion Music + More Festival on Saturday and Sunday, I was determined to get to the Mercury Lounge on Friday night to see Cory Branan. The last two times he had played solo in NYC I had tickets but missed the shows. I did […]

New York Philharmonic: Avery Fisher Hall 20 June 2012

Another night at the symphony – this time it was an all Mozart concert. There was a pre-concert talk by Joelle Wallach, which I missed most of. I’m sorry I did because she obviously loved the subject and was enjoying herself so much as she told stories about Mozart. She played a beautiful canon, written […]

New York Philharmonic: Avery Fisher Hall 14 June 2012

My friend Joe and I were back at Lincoln Center to see the New York Philharmonic and listen to Beethoven. We also heard pieces by Erich Korngold and Carl Nielsen. Before the show I attended a pre-concert talk given by violinist Dr. David Wallace in a small room in Avery Fisher Hall. Wallace said we […]

The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down: A Celebration of the Life and Music of Levon Helm: Brooklyn Bowl 4 June 2012

This was a show I was looking forward to. The concert was organized by Noah Chernin (Sam Champion) to help continue Levon Helm’s Midnight Rambles in his barn in Woodstock. The back-up band was Marco Benevento (keyboards), Dave Dreiwitz (bass) Scott Metzger (guitar), and Joe Russo (drums) from Led Zeppelin cover band Bustle in Your […]