In the 1960s and ’70s, San Francisco became popular for its unique combination of folk and rock ‘n’ roll music. While the city’s music scene isn’t quite as influential today, tourists can still visit some of the top San Francisco sights for music lovers.
Recycled Records – 1377 Haight St.
Recycled Records is a small, independent record store that has an unprecedented collection of vinyl recordings, tapes, and CDs. If you want to find a rare record, always start at Recycled Records. The store has recordings made by some of the city’s best musicians, including the Grateful Dead, Journey, Jefferson Airplane, and the Brian Jonestown Massacre.
Set a budget before you walk through the door. Music lovers who collect vinyl have a penchant for over-indulging when they find a treasure like Recycled Records.
Rolling Stone Office – 746 Brannan St.
Rolling Stone magazine played an instrumental role in exposing San Francisco’s music scene to the rest of the world. Jann Wenner and Ralph Gleason started the magazine in 1967 as an alternative to other Bay Area publications that often put counter-cultural ideals ahead of journalistic standards.
Wenner moved the magazine’s headquarters to New…
Over the course of five years, Miami Music Week has become a globally recognized electronic dance music event. Each year thousands of electronic dance music artists, DJs, performers and fans from across the globe flock to Miami to experience MMW. These EDM enthusiasts flood MMW-affliated venues, hotels, restaurants, businesses and tourist hot spots, creating a dance music theme throughout Miami.
The dates this year are March 24th to March 29th in Miami Florida. They also have an interesting news update on Un_Mute, which has established itself as one of the leading cultivators of underground music in Miami. Artists like Marco Carola, Lee Burridge, Josh Wink, Nina Kraviz, Marc Houle, Paco Osuna, Adam Beyer, Guy Gerber, Martin Buttrich, Misstress Barbara, Guti, John Tejada, Raresh, Barac, Praslea, Vera, Maayan Nidam, Rhadoo, Priku, Kanzyani, MARTINEZ, Mathew Jonson, Ben Klock, DVS1 and MANY more have performed at their events.
More on their site at miamimusicweek.com.
Over the years, Ibiza has earned a reputation as the clubbing capital of the world. During the busy summer months, the very best of Europe’s DJs congregate on this gloriously sun-kissed island in the Balearics, drawing revelers from around the world. The destination even attracts celebrities including the likes of P Diddy, Kate Moss and Dizzee Rascal.
The birth of a phenomenon
A premier spot for party holidays on the island is the town of San Antonio, or Sant Antoni de Portmany. It is home to the now world-renowned Café Del Mar, which gave birth to the genre of chill out tunes and set in motion the emergence of Ibizan clubbing. Situated in the beautiful Sant Antoni Bay, this formally quiet cafe quickly became known as the perfect place to listen to music while watching the sun go down. Now, hoards of visitors head to this part of Ibiza to mark the end of the day and the beginning of the night.
With its impressive new boardwalk terrace, Café del Mar is the ideal venue to go for a cocktail to get the evening’s entertainment underway.
The best clubs
I remember holding the big red hymnal as a child in church, trying to follow along with the somber song. I was horrible at singing and therefore mainly just murmured the words and followed along the best I could equivalent to shuffling my feet and letting my mother pull me along when I didn’t want to go to the Doctor. As a congregation, we’d stand, we’d sit. We’d repeat our ‘lines’ in the hymnals in a well-orchestrated mass. In fact, the word that best describes my memories of church is “follow” – Lutherans are good followers. Above, Legal double parking in Harlem – a special perk from God himself.
Have you ever been in church and had the urge to scream out, then I may have the place for you – Harlem. There seems to be a church on every corner in Harlem and on Sundays you are allowed to actually double park in the city due to the number of church services and lack of parking. I’m not sure what I’m more astonished about – the fact that God is calling the parking shots instead of NYC police or that people…
New Orleans continues to be a hub for artists, designers, and musicians. Perhaps best known for its annual Mardi Gras celebration, the city has plenty to offer in terms of culture and entertainment any time of year. From flavorful Creole cuisine and inventive cocktails to live jazz performances and local artisan markets, here’s a boho guide to NOLA for any savvy and stylish traveler.
Go Beyond Bourbon Street
Sure, Bourbon Street is certainly lively but don’t make sure to explore other side streets in the French Quarter. Due to how popular the area is, there’s a lot of foot traffic throughout the day and especially at night. That being said, some of the quirkiest shops, restaurants and bars aren’t actually on Bourbon Street. Channel your inner child with a carousel-themed bar that actually rotates just like the real thing. For a great view, head to Tableau for evening cocktails or dinner. The restaurant overlooks Jackson Square and is a great spot to listen to local jazz bands perform below. The Court of Two Sisters is a great spot for a boozy brunch and live jazz band.
My very first visit to NYC was at Christmastime when I was in high school when my mother brought me and my siblings into the city to see the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. For a dancer/theater lover like myself, it was truly the most magical experience, and it was then and there that I decided that someday, I too, was going to be a New Yorker.
Fast forward many, many years later to my grad school graduation and it ended up being held at Radio City! I practically skipped across the stage, making sure to pause right in the middle to blow mom a kiss (she was somewhere in that huge audience of 6,000 seats!) This classic venue holds quite a bit of sentiment to me.
So, when I heard about the Radio City Stage Door Tour, I was stoked. The tours leave every half hour, so we jumped on an afternoon tour (that coincided with the Christmas Spectacular, so extra festive excitement!) The tour lasts an hour, and takes you into the private Rockefeller viewing suite, through the back corridors of the theater, past the Rockettes’ warm-up and audition rooms, and it includes a meet and…
It was a shot sent around the world. At the 2014 Academy Awards, Ellen Degeneres took a selfie, surrounded by Hollywood’s elite. The photograph was retweeted was more than 3.4 million times, setting in all-time Twitter record. It was yet another powerful example of Celebrity Worship Syndrome, a growing American affliction.
How did America get so obsessed with all things celebrity? Here’s the timeline:
- The National Enquirer – In 1967, The National Enquirer refocused its editorial on celebrities, which many believe may well have been the inflection point.
- People Magazine – In 1974, People magazine debuted, accelerating the trend. People soon grew up to be Time Inc.’s most profitable property, with annual revenues of $1.5 billion at its peak.
- Entertainment Tonight – On September 14, 1981, Entertainment Tonight debuted its first broadcast, bringing daily tabloid-style reporting to television.
- TMZ – It was the celebrity news website TMZ, debuting on November 8, 2005, that became to symbolize the global institutionalization of celebrity watching. TMZ.com was created as joint venture between AOL, at the time owned by Time-Warner and Telepictures International, a division of Warner Bros. By September 2007, TMZ had already become the fifth most popular news site, with 10.5
You know you’re in Europe when a 12 year old boy is attending a Paris cabaret show. This is going to be a night he’ll remember for a while as he goes home slightly tipsy and dreaming of boobies. Somehow I have found myself in the odd situation of attending a dinner theater cabaret show solo. I have done a lot of things in my life solo and it normally doesn’t phase me – however I must admit I was slightly self conscience as I was seated at my table for one at the Paradis Latin theatre.
The good news was that I was going to get loaded – I had a bottle of champagne and a bottle of wine all for solo me. The bad news – I only had 3 hours to drink it and I knew I probably wouldn’t even be able to make a dent in it. I was at the show for two reasons – first because I am a Viator Ambassador and I was there to do a Paradis Latin review of the show, and second I am a dance voyeur. Yes, if you want to make me very happy, tell me there’s a…
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