Wednesday, August 10, 2005

This and That...

This weeks issue of Rolling Stone reports that concert ticket prices, in the first half of 2005 have decreased for the first time since 1996. Before you start calling ticketron, however, you should know that the average ticket price for the top-grossing U2 concert is a whopping $96.94. OK, Bono and the boys are probably worth it - but can you believe an average ticket to Celine Dion was $136.70????

Also in this weeks RS, Steve Knopper talks about Jack, a new radio format that is gaining popularity around the country. In New York, Jack replaced the all oldies format at WCBS FM to the protests of loyal fans. To its credit, the new format offers a more varied selection and a much larger rotation. On the downside (maybe) most DJs have been replaced by recorded voices. An interesting local tidbit is that the format's founder is Bob Perry, a DJ from Island Park who uses the "on air" name - Cadillac Jack Garrett.

Fans of Buena Vista Social Club were saddened by the passing of Ibrahim Ferrer on Monday. Ferrer and a number of other Cuban musicians were experiencing a resurgence of popularity because of the movie and sound recording inspired by Ry Cooder's musical visit to Cuba. Ferrer had just finished working on a studio album that will be released in September.
You can find a number of CDs that feature Ferrer in the International Folk (Q) collection.
Buenos Hermanos Q FERR BH N02
Ibrahim Ferrer QFERR IF F22
Viva Cuba Libre Q CUBA VCL A00 (new)
Buena Vista Social Club Q BUEN BVS N82

Jazz is in the air! The banner is up and the 3rd Annual Long Beach Jazz Festival is right around the corner. A partial list of scheduled artists is available at the library. If you weren't able to make any of the shows in the past - you should make it a priority to attend this year. Some terrific Jazz and Blues performers will once again grace the library's stage. Returning acts include: The Mike Barnett Band, Ben Lacy, Steve Adelson, John Favicchia's Dharma All Stars, Afrodysia, and The Kerry Kearney Band. The Festival kicks off on Thursday, Sept. 8 and runs through Sunday Sept. 11. All performances at the library are free of charge - so plan on getting there early.


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