Author Archives: David

BOTTLEROCK TURNING FIVE

BottleRock CEO Dave Graham, typically a practitioner of MBA-speak, was in his office last week waxing metaphorical about the 2013 inaugural festival under the previous founders. “I would liken it to a birth,” he said. “A birth is amazing, it’s … Continue reading

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A CONVERSATION WITH JAZZ GUITAR INNOVATOR STANLEY JORDAN

Since his 1985 breakout album, “Magic Touch,” Stanley Jordan has been regarded as one of the premier jazz guitarists in the world. Playing across multiple genres, the four-time Grammy nominee employs a unique approach to his instrument, a technique that … Continue reading

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REVIEW: BÉLA FLECK AND ABIGAIL WASHBURN AT BLUE NOTE NAPA

Folk music was the main course at Blue Note Napa last Saturday night. The headliners were 17-time Grammy winner Béla Fleck, widely considered the finest banjo player in the world, and his singing, clogging, banjo-picking wife, Abigail Washburn. Armed with … Continue reading

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THE 2017 BOTTLEROCK NAPA VALLEY LINEUP

Foo Fighters, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and Maroon 5 are headlining the fifth annual BottleRock Napa Valley festival, Latitude 38 Entertainment announced Tuesday. The deep, star-studded lineup continues with a powerful roster of major artists that includes Macklemore & … Continue reading

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REVIEW: “BORN TO RUN,” THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY

Bruce Springsteen’s long and lyrical autobiography, seven years in the writing, is unsurprisingly titled “Born to Run,” after his career-making 1975 album and perennial signature song. That makes sense, artistically and certainly commercially. Reading it, though, a different song kept … Continue reading

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A SHORT REMEMBRANCE OF ’50’S WRIGLEY AND THE CUBS

From my 2007 novel, “Standard of Care” – They parked near the Bryn Mawr station and took the el to Wrigley, the home of the Cubs. The Bears played there too, but they were more like guests. In Chicago, baseball … Continue reading

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BLUES MAN MICK FLEETWOOD

If you’ve seen Fleetwood Mac in any of its incarnations over the last five decades, the chatty, very tall and occasionally bug-eyed fellow permanently behind the drum kit has been Mick Fleetwood. These days, he is immersed in his first … Continue reading

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TALKING WITH ART GARFUNKEL

Art Garfunkel is among the legendary artists who gave us the soundtrack of the 1960s. His angelic tenor lead on “Bridge Over Troubled Water” is as iconic and indelible as Paul McCartney’s “Let It Be” or Bob Dylan’s “Like a … Continue reading

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JUDY COLLINS AND “THE GREAT FOLK SCARE” OF THE ’60’S

In her 2012 memoir, “Sweet Judy Blue Eyes: My Life in Music,” Judy Collins whimsically refers to the era of her emergence as “the great folk scare.” In the 1960s, on the heels of Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger and The … Continue reading

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BOTTLEROCK 2016 – A CONVERSATION WITH LATITUDE 38 CEO DAVE GRAHAM

BottleRock 2016, the fourth year of the festival, was its most successful. Sold out well in advance, 120,000 fans attended over three days on Memorial Day weekend. Over 70 bands performed, headlined by Stevie Wonder, Florence + the Machine and … Continue reading

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