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Alice Cooper’s New Guitarist Bridges Generation Gap – Guardian Liberty Voice

Posted: Monday, August 04, 2014

For the new tour for legendary rocker Alice Cooper, his new guitarist Nita Strauss is being helpful in bridging the generation gap. The twenty-seven year old six-stringer is younger than most of the fans coming to Cooper’s highly theatrical shows. For the guitarist herself, it does not bother her since she enjoys performing the great hard rock music that came before she was born. Nita Strauss is probably better known…

Alice Cooper’s New Guitarist Bridges Generation Gap – Guardian Liberty Voice

Posted: Sunday, August 03, 2014

For the new tour for legendary rocker Alice Cooper, his new guitarist Nita Strauss is being helpful in bridging the generation gap. The twenty-seven year old six-stringer is younger than most of the fans coming to Cooper’s highly theatrical shows. For the guitarist herself, it does not bother her since she enjoys performing the great hard rock music that came before she was born. Nita Strauss is probably better known…

Idris Muhammad, legendary jazz drummer, RIP – Boing Boing

Posted: Sunday, August 03, 2014

The great jazz drummer Idris Muhammad has died at age 74. Above, “Peace,” from his 1971 album “Peace and Rhythm.” Below, the widely-sampled “Peace of Mind,” 1974. More of his work at Amazon, discogs.com, and here is his Wikipedia bio. Below, some of his best known work, and a few live clips. From the New Orleans Times-Picayune obituary: …

Sacramento Philharmonic and Opera scrap fall season because of financial … – Sacramento Bee

Posted: Sunday, August 03, 2014

For the first time in its 17-year history, the Sacramento Philharmonic will not present any concerts during the fall season, and it remains unclear whether its musicians will return to the stage in the spring of 2015. The Sacramento Opera has also decided not to stage performances in the fall. The decision follows months of financial uncertainty for the Sacramento Region Performing Arts Alliance, the organization formed last year when…

Albany Symphony Orchestra: Brave the Elements – The Albany Herald

Posted: Sunday, August 03, 2014

The Albany Symphony Orchestra will tackle the classical elements of fire, air, water and earth in its 2014-15 subscription series, “Brave the Elements.” All performances for the four-concert series will be at the Albany Municipal Auditorium. (Special photo) ALBANY — The changing seasons should be in view in Southwest Georgia when the Albany Symphony Orchestra launches its 2014-15 season in late October, and symphony officials are hoping patrons will “Brave…

Phillipsburg Middle School teacher’s orchestra dropped from upcoming … – The Express-Times

Posted: Sunday, August 03, 2014

In the wake of an invasion of privacy charge filed against a Phillipsburg Middle School band teacher, at least two organizations have pulled his orchestra’s scheduled appearances. The Vince Pettinelli Orchestra will no longer play Aug. 17 in Palmer Township as part of the Palmer Community Days celebration or Aug. 7 in Flemington during the Music Under the Stars series, organizers confirmed today. The orchestra’s leader and middle school band instructor, 41-year-old…

Phillipsburg Middle School teacher’s orchestra dropped from upcoming … – The Express-Times

Posted: Sunday, August 03, 2014

In the wake of an invasion of privacy charge filed against a Phillipsburg Middle School band teacher, at least two organizations have pulled his orchestra’s scheduled appearances. The Vince Pettinelli Orchestra will no longer play Aug. 17 in Palmer Township as part of the Palmer Community Days celebration or Aug. 7 in Flemington during the Music Under the Stars series, organizers confirmed today. The orchestra’s leader and middle school band instructor, 41-year-old…

Rock guitarist’s music lifts jailhouse blues – USA TODAY

Posted: Sunday, August 03, 2014

Wayne Kramer talks with inmates from Central Arizona Detention Center in Florence, Ariz.(Photo: Pedja Radenkovic) LOS ANGELES – Packed with inmates and beset by federal probes of prisoner abuse, the grim, concrete-gray Men’s Central Jail hardly seems a place for musical inspiration. But a rocker is showing them the way. “When you’re playing music in the prison environment, you’re not in prison anymore,” says Wayne Kramer, 66, a long-ago rock…

Phillipsburg Middle School teacher’s orchestra dropped from upcoming … – The Express-Times

Posted: Saturday, August 02, 2014

In the wake of an invasion of privacy charge filed against a Phillipsburg Middle School band teacher, at least two organizations have pulled his orchestra’s scheduled appearances. The Vince Pettinelli Orchestra will no longer play Aug. 17 in Palmer Township as part of the Palmer Community Days celebration or Aug. 7 in Flemington during the Music Under the Stars series, organizers confirmed today. The orchestra’s leader and middle school band instructor, 41-year-old…

Best Guitar Fails of 2014 – Metal Injection.net

Posted: Saturday, August 02, 2014

I guess there have been so many guitar fails this year that Uniform Media felt compelled to put ‘em all in a good old fashioned compilation. Most of the fails are of regular Joes, but it does include a Metallica & Opeth fail as well. Posted by Metal Injection on August 1, 2014 at 2:55 pm

Influential DC Drummer Woody Woodson Wants a New Leg for a Chance to Play … – NBC4 Washington

Posted: Saturday, August 02, 2014

A native Washingtonian who played drums for some of the greatest singers in history needs a prosthetic leg to play the way he used to play. Woody Woodson lives in the same Northeast home he’s been in for more than 50 years, most of which he spent playing for artists…

Phillipsburg Middle School teacher’s orchestra dropped from upcoming … – The Express-Times

Posted: Saturday, August 02, 2014

In the wake of an invasion of privacy charge filed against a Phillipsburg Middle School band teacher, at least two organizations have pulled his orchestra’s scheduled appearances. The Vince Pettinelli Orchestra will no longer play Aug. 17 in Palmer Township as part of the Palmer Community Days celebration or Aug. 7 in Flemington during the Music Under the Stars series, organizers confirmed today. The orchestra’s leader and middle school band instructor, 41-year-old…

Phillipsburg Middle School teacher’s orchestra dropped from upcoming … – The Express-Times

Posted: Saturday, August 02, 2014

In the wake of an invasion of privacy charge filed against a Phillipsburg Middle School band teacher, at least two organizations have pulled his orchestra’s scheduled appearances. The Vince Pettinelli Orchestra will no longer play Aug. 17 in Palmer Township as part of the Palmer Community Days celebration or Aug. 7 in Flemington during the Music Under the Stars series, organizers confirmed today. The orchestra’s leader and middle school band instructor, 41-year-old…

Phillipsburg Middle School teacher’s orchestra dropped from upcoming … – The Express-Times

Posted: Saturday, August 02, 2014

In the wake of an invasion of privacy charge filed against a Phillipsburg Middle School band teacher, at least two organizations have pulled his orchestra’s scheduled appearances. The Vince Pettinelli Orchestra will no longer play Aug. 17 in Palmer Township as part of the Palmer Community Days celebration or Aug. 7 in Flemington during the Music Under the Stars series, organizers confirmed today. The orchestra’s leader and middle school band instructor, 41-year-old…

Phillipsburg Middle School teacher’s orchestra dropped from upcoming … – The Express-Times

Posted: Saturday, August 02, 2014

In the wake of an invasion of privacy charge filed against a Phillipsburg Middle School band teacher, at least two organizations have pulled his orchestra’s scheduled appearances. The Vince Pettinelli Orchestra will no longer play Aug. 17 in Palmer Township as part of the Palmer Community Days celebration or Aug. 7 in Flemington during the Music Under the Stars series, organizers confirmed today. The orchestra’s leader and middle school band instructor, 41-year-old…

Guitarist, Songwriter for Alice Cooper Dies at 71 – ABC News

Posted: Friday, August 01, 2014

Dick Wagner, the skilled guitarist who worked with Alice Cooper, Lou Reed, Kiss and Aerosmith, and also co-wrote many of Cooper’s hits, died of respiratory failure Wednesday, his personal manager and business partner said Friday. He was 71. Susan Michelson, Wagner’s partner in Desert Dreams Productions, said the performer died at Scottsdale Healthcare Shea Medical Center in Arizona. He had been there for three weeks, Michelson said. Wagner was born…

Vegas native Frank Sidoris is living the dream—playing guitar on tour with Slash – Las Vegas Weekly (blog)

Posted: Friday, August 01, 2014

Frank Sidoris and I are talking at a small table inside the Beat coffeehouse, where he’s been detailing his life as Slash’s touring guitarist for the past hour. From his black boots and skinny jeans to his silver jewelry and long, flowing hair, he sticks out like a sore thumb among the rest of us non-rock stars inside the café. And finally I can’t resist asking: “So, what’s Slash like?”…

Elvis’ guitar donor says he is rightful owner – Sioux Falls Argus Leader

Posted: Friday, August 01, 2014

FILE – This April 22, 2013 file photo shows Memphis-based guitarist Robert Johnson standing by a display of guitars that belonged to Chet Atkins and Johnny Cash that he donated to the National Music Museum in Vermillion, S.D. Johnson also donated the guitar played by Elvis Presley during his final tour. Johnson says the deal to donate the Presley guitar to the museum was legitimate. A federal judge has been…

Former Alice Cooper Guitarist Dick Wagner Dies at 71 – Ultimate Classic Rock

Posted: Friday, August 01, 2014

wagnermusic.com One of rock’s most renowned guitarists, Dick Wagner, died this morning (July 30). He was 71. He is known for his work with Alice Cooper and Lou Reed. The news was announced via his website, which read, “It is with a heavy heart and great sorrow we have to let you know that Dick Wagner has left this world. Dick had a huge heart, which is perhaps why it…

Groundbreaking Guitarist Velma Smith Dies – Taste of Country

Posted: Friday, August 01, 2014

Royce DeGrie, Getty Images Pioneering guitar player Velma Smith has died. The 87-year-old Musicians Hall of Famer is best known for being one of the first women to work as a session player in Nashville. Hank Snow, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings and Eddy Arnold were among the legends the Kentucky native recorded with. It was Chet Atkins that discovered Smith, however. According to the Musicians Hall of Fame website, the…