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3 Fun Shows for your Broadway Hit List

June 29, 2015 by  

At any given moment, there’s a plethora of shows to see in New York City, fitting any personality. These three are shows I’ve seen recently, which I think would make for a great dinner-and-a-show date night.

It Shoulda Been You

The tag line to the show goes: “You’ll laugh.  You’ll cry.  You’ll be home by 10.”, so you bet this was a winner in getting the hubby to the theater!  Seriously–I’d say this has to legit be the funniest show on Broadway right now.  With a stage full of blushing brides, nervous grooms, overbearing moms, unexpected guests, and more twists than a bar full of martinis, It Shoulda Been You will make you fall in love with Broadway (and the bloke sitting next to you!) all over again. You’ll love this if: Modern day romantic comedies are your jam!  The songs are catchy, characters lovable and relatable (with their many flaws and all!), and it’s really a perfect show for your better half that may not be QUITE as in love with everything musical theater as yourself…it’s just so funny they’ll forget they’re on Broadway! nonono

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

One of Shakespeare’s more whimsical plays, A Midsummer Night’s Dream takes…

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Crosley Vintage Radios & Jukeboxes, a Fun & Creative Way to Listen to Music

June 25, 2015 by  

Impressive sound meets outstanding vintage design in Crosley’s tabletop radios. While they have an impressive collection of vintage radios, I was inspired by one of their simpler models, largely because red was such a retro color for kitchens way back when (and well I still have one) and because it is the closest design to the radio I grew up with in the 1970′s except for the vibrant red color of course.
What I love about Crosley is the fact that they embrace color and y’all know if you’re regular readers, that we love fun colors and designers and manufacturers who think outside-the-box. Crosley is definitely an outside-the-box kinda company and is based in of all places, Kentucky, which I “heart” because of my involvement in Louisville’s Idea Festival every year. Just like the radios of yesteryear, the on and off switch is a right/left turn dial, not a switch and the right dial controls the stations. If you care about speed to get to where you want to go, this probably isn’t for you, but if you love great design and are nostalgia in any way shape or form for old fashioned products that…

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Head to the Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion for Bluegrass, Country, Rock & Soul

June 18, 2015 by  

I had the chance to learn about the Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion when I drove from Virginia to Tennessee in January. It isn’t an ordinary music festival, but they tout themselves as an infectious, three-day music experience, bursting with creative passion, electricity, and soul. Every third weekend in September, State Street in Historic Downtown Bristol, Tennessee-Virginia, is amped to the beat of Appalachia’s past, present, and future. It digs down deep into the roots of traditional Appalachian sound and lifts its branches to new heights. It all happens in the heart of The Birthplace of Country Music, Bristol, the site of the Bristol Sessions. This year’s date is September 18-20, 2015, which marks its 15th anniversary and they expect more than 60,000 festivarians, artists, volunteers, and vendors, and well over 20 outdoor and indoor stages boasting more acts of live music that is sure to keep you dancing for three days. Known for booking “musician’s musicians,” the festival takes great care in selecting just the right combination of powerhouse headliners, emerging stars-on-the-rise, and the area’s elite regional and local talent. It isn’t uncommon to see artists among the crowds watching other bands alongside fans. The…

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Meet Clarksdale Mississippi, the Birthplace & Heart of the Delta Blues

June 8, 2015 by  

Travel the back roads between American Highways 49 and 61 in search of Lost Superstitions and the spirits of Sam Cooke, Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters, Robert Johnson, Charlie Patton, Son House and Elmore James. Head into Clarksdale Mississippi, the birthplace and heart of the Delta Blues and tour the Delta Blues Museum, Cat Head Delta Blues and Folk Art, The Ranchero, Rock “n Roll Blues Heritage Museum and Hambone Art Gallery. Below is a mural painted on the side of one of the older buildings in Clarksdale, a shot I took on our cross country journey earlier this year. We hadn’t planned on going to Mississippi so it ended up being a detour after I learned that it was the birthplace of the blues and we were bound to hear some great authentic music in town. Unfortunately although we his great weather most of the way, we crossed the state border in gray skies with lots of clouds – the air was damp and the trees were bare as we were smack in the middle of winter. Cooler than we anticipated, we headed straight for Clarksdale, which was less than a two hour drive from Memphis Tennessee,…

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Best of the Summer Music, Food & Cultural Events in California’s Sonoma County

June 4, 2015 by  

Known as one of America’s premier wine and culinary destinations, Sonoma County California is offering travelers and locals alike a variety of festivals, concerts, wine tastings and more this summer showcasing some of the leading offerings from the region. Below is a sampling of upcoming events taking place in Wine Country through September:

Broadway Under The Stars in Jack London State Park: June 19 – September 13, 2015

Transcendence Theatre Company’s Broadway Under the Stars is an award-winning series of Broadway-inspired concerts that feature talent from the New York and Hollywood stages and screen. Each evening begins with picnicking on the great lawn, alongside the park’s sprawling vineyards. The concert will also offer local pours from numerous Sonoma County wineries, food from local vendors and pre-show music. This year’s shows include Oh What a Night, Fantastical Family Night, Rhythm of Life, and Gala Celebration. For more information, visit www.transcendencetheatre.org.

25th Annual Sonoma County Hot Air Balloon Classic: June 20 – 21, 2015

Balloons of all shapes and colors will launch from Keiser Park in Windsor at this annual event, celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. The main launch will take place at 6:30 a.m. on June 20 and June 21…

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Authentic, Artsy & Urban on the Other Side of Memphis

May 10, 2015 by  

When you think of Memphis, what do you think of? Likely Elvis comes to mind, the birthplace of rock-and-roll according to most, and a sense of some things southern, especially given the fact that Memphis is only a stone’s throw from the Mississippi border.
History tells us a lot. Rewind the clock to the 1500′s when the Spanish first settled in the area and then visualize Confederacy supporters during the Civil War. It was considered a strategic location at the time because of its prime location along the Mississippi River, but its location also contributed to the city’s first failure.
The city didn’t enjoy the sanitary conditions that it does today and much of the area was prone to flooding, which led to the breeding of mosquitoes. Then, yellow fever. This was long long before a wealthy black businessman named Robert Church, Sr., began buying up land around town, primarily on Beale Street. For those not familiar with the Memphis Scene, it is where the blues, soul and rock music performed in its music heyday and still today.
He built Church Park and Auditorium as a place specifically for blacks and helped

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Jamming with Memphis Music Legend Barbara Blue at Lafayette’s Music Room

May 3, 2015 by  

Lafayette’s Music Room is a historical venue in Memphis Tennessee but apparently had gone “dark” for years. Today, it stands strong in Memphis Midtown’s revitalized Overton Square, a fun and funky area that boasts a number of great shops, restaurants and bars. It is also home to some of the best live music in town, seven nights a week. The original Lafayette’s was a small but influential venue rooted in in the most happening corridor of Memphis, and the venue played host to many stars before they were famous such as Billy Joel and KISS. This is where we were introduced to the ever so electric and intoxicating energy and sound of Barbara Blue, a bit of a music legend in Memphis. While she mostly plays at a regular venue on Beale Street, she managed to get everyone in Lafayette’s clicking their heals and clapping their hands all night long. Man, what a sound. Man, what an energy! Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Barbara has had the blues since the day she was born. She’s had her own band since 1989 and with them and solo, she is progressing right up blues alley.

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Unique and Experiential “Stays” in Clarksdale Mississippi

April 29, 2015 by  

Blues and jazz lovers will likely know about Clarksdale Mississippi, the home of the Delta Blues and where some of the best blues musicians started and have played over the years. It’s a funky little American town and if you are interested in American History, the South and southern culture and blues music, Clarksdale is a must for your Southern State list. There are two notable places I’d recommend for lodging and they couldn’t be different from each other. Right in the center of town, you’ll find Five and Dime Lofts on Yazoo Street, together with its sister restaurant next door on the ground floor – Yazoo Pass. The entire building is owned by a guy they refer to as Bubba in town.  You probably don’t expect a guy named Bubba to have an Irish surname, but Bubba O’Keefe is somewhat legendary in Clarksdale. You can learn more about the background of the Five and Dime Lofts in this short, but interesting video that will take you to the past when it was once an old Woolworth building in its heyday. Bubba has been referred to as a visionary homeboy and in one article on him, he…

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