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Jass It Up!: Dan Levinson’s Roof Garden Jass Band at the Bix Beiderbecke Memorial Jazz Festival, August 2 and 3 PDF Print E-mail
Music - Feature Stories
Written by Mike Schulz   
Monday, 22 July 2013 06:00

Dan LevinsonHe’s performed alongside such talents as Wynton Marsalis and Mel Tormé, and worked as personal assistant to jazz great Dick Hyman. He’s toured nationally and internationally, landing everywhere from Paris’ Bilboquet Jazz Club to Los Angeles’ Playboy Mansion. He’s been featured on Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion, and the soundtracks for The Aviator, Ghost World, and Boardwalk Empire.

But in the early 1980s, says jazz aficionado Dan Levinson, he couldn’t even convince friends to listen to the music he loved.

“I was taking records out of a library in Santa Monica,” says the 48-year-old Levinson, “and landed on a record that RCA Victor had put out called The Best of Dixieland, and the last track on it was the Original Dixieland Jazz Band’s recording of ‘Livery Stable Blues.’ It was the first so-called ‘jazz record’ ever issued, in 1917, and I was absolutely blown away by it. I couldn’t get enough of it. And I just assumed that when I played it for all my friends, they would feel the same way I did.

“So I played it. I said, ‘Listen to them! Listen to that sound!’ And I remember them saying, ‘Oh, God, turn that off. What is that screeching noise?’ And I said, ‘That’s the clarinet ... .’

“These were the same people who went to rock concerts and had music blasting in their ears, but they couldn’t listen to 1917 jazz. They just looked at me. ‘What happened to Dan?’”

 
Photos from the Grace Potter & the Nocturnals Concert, July 13 at the Adler Theatre PDF Print E-mail
Music - Feature Stories
Written by Matt Erickson   
Monday, 15 July 2013 12:02

Photos from the Grace Potter & the Nocturnals concert, July 13 at the Adler Theatre. For more work by Matt Erickson, visit MRE-Photography.com.

Photo by Matt Erickson, MRE-Photography.com

 
Abby Normal: The Melvins, July 18 at RIBCO PDF Print E-mail
Music - Feature Stories
Written by Jeff Ignatius   
Wednesday, 10 July 2013 05:33

The Melvins

Buzz Osborne said that some concepts for the Melvins’ 30th-anniversary tour – which stops at RIBCO on July 18 – got nixed.

“My idea at first was 30 songs in 30 minutes for 30 bucks,” the guitarist/singer/bandleader said in a phone interview last month. “That didn’t fly. Or one 30-year-long set.”

Those sound like jokes, but if you’re at all familiar with the highly influential and forcefully odd band, you’ll recognize that Osborne might have at least entertained them as real possibilities. Because – major-label or car-company deals be damned – the Melvins have done things their way for three decades.

 
Photos from Rock the District, June 29 in the District of Rock Island PDF Print E-mail
Music - Feature Stories
Written by Matt Erickson   
Tuesday, 02 July 2013 14:47

Photos from the Rock the District concert in the District of Rock Island on June 29, 2013, headlined by Theory of a Deadman and also featuring 3 Pill Morning, Candlelight Red, and 3 Years Hollow. For more work by Matt Erickson, visit MRE-Photography.com.

Photo by Matt Erickson, MRE-Photography.com

 
Photos from the Goddamn Gallows Concert, June 20 at RIBCO PDF Print E-mail
Music - Feature Stories
Written by Matt Erickson   
Tuesday, 25 June 2013 09:15

Photos from the Goddamn Gallows concert at RIBCO on June 20, 2013, with opener Lou Shields. For more work by Matt Erickson, visit MRE-Photography.com.

The Goddamn Gallows:

Photo by Matt Erickson, MRE-Photography.com

 
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