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Praise Meant for Smoky Bars PDF Print E-mail
Music - Feature Stories
Tuesday, 03 April 2001 18:00
New York City legends The Holmes Brothers bring a preacher’s fervor and faith to boogie blues, something apparent in the music and vocals as well as the lyrics. These guys believe, and you will, too, damn it. The tight trio – with Holmes brothers Wendell and Sherman along with drummer Willie “Popsy” Dixon – will be making a stop this week at CSPS in Cedar Rapids, but even if you can’t make it out Wednesday night, you shouldn’t miss an early candidate for the best album of 2001: Speaking in Tongues, on Alligator Records.

The Blue Band Finds Its Way — After 20 Years PDF Print E-mail
Music - Feature Stories
Tuesday, 20 March 2001 18:00
Bob Dorr has a self-effacing way, with something serious and true behind it. “I’m like all the dot-coms that are going under but on a much smaller scale,” he said. One of his favorite lines is that the genius of The Blue Band is its persistence.

Orchestra-Schmorchestra PDF Print E-mail
Music - Feature Stories
Tuesday, 06 March 2001 18:00
The goal was something young. Young performers. Young audience. Young composer. Those were the parameters the Quad City Youth Symphony Orchestra set two years ago when it asked for composers to apply for a commission, its first in more than a decade.

City Roots Don’t Keep Davis from Southern Blues PDF Print E-mail
Music - Feature Stories
Tuesday, 27 February 2001 18:00
Though Guy Davis was raised in New York City, the son of the well-known actors Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee, he grew up hearing accounts of life in the rural South from his parents and grandparents. He used those tales for his own songs and stories.

Rooted, but Light on Their Feet PDF Print E-mail
Music - Feature Stories
Tuesday, 20 February 2001 18:00
In the booklet for Shaffer Street’s debut album is a gauzy picture of the band’s leader, Chris Shaffer, that suggests Rob Zombie about to do some damage – long hair, beard, made-up eyes, and a sly look of malevolence.

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