It’s officially the holidays when the Rob Mathes Holiday Concert comes home to rock the season. An annual tradition for many years, the multi-talented musician, musical director, composer, and arranger Rob Mathes returns to the New York area for three Holiday Concerts December 15, 16 & 17. Mathes is an Emmy-winning and Grammy and Tony-nominated musician whose holiday songs and arrangements have been performed by just about every top musician.
Four Lost Souls was recorded over four days starting on November 8th – the day after the 2016 election – at the NuttHouse in Sheffield, AL. The album originated in 2015, though, 100 miles north in Nashville where Jon Langford produced artwork for Dylan, Cash, and the Nashville Cats: A New Music City, the long-running exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame.
String Cheese Incident have partnered with Suwannee Hulaween to help those affected by the recent hurricanes in Florida & Puerto Rico. Tune in for a live webcast of all three SCI sets this Saturday, including our ‘Night of the Loving Dead’ theme set, streaming in HD on nugs.tv!
Tabla maestro Zakir Hussain has done far more for the craft than any predecessor of the instrument. Hussain crossed over into experimental Western music with groups like Shakti (alongside John McLaughlin and L. Shankar) and with Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart in the classic World percussion releases Rolling Thunder, Diga and later Planet Drum. Still nothing has prepared followers of Hussain’s illustrious career for his marvelous group Cross Currents.
Like an invisible conductor, music can dictate the emotions and demeanor of a person or an entire stadium full of people. Some musicians are drawn to the dreamy, optimistic sounds of pop, while others choose a darker, more obscure musical path. There is no doubt which path Ben Lorentzen has taken. He artistically utilizes his gift of a great lyricist and his ability to let the melody lead the mood of his songs. Although the music is intimate and often personal, it demands the attention of a large stage.
Grammy-Nominated artist’s John Ondrasik aka Five For Fighting and Jim Brickman have announced a special collaboration to send a message of thanks, love, and support to the troops this holiday season with the song, “Christmas Where You Are.” Watch a snippet of the lyric video, featuring soldiers and their families, HERE.
Over the past eight years, Ikebe Shakedown has been breaking down the barriers of instrumental music one tune at a time, as sparkling '70s soul and raw funk sounds glide over cinematic westerns motifs and relentless grooves. It’s hard to pinpoint where exactly they land, but its definitely on their own feet, and those feet are cemented in a reputation as one of New York City’s boldest, most creative bands.