Mexicali Live, 7/25

I will be coming up north for two weeks this July and August and squeezing in ONE show, that’s ONE SHOW ONLY, at Mexicali Live in Teaneck, NJ, just 10 minutes from the George Washington Bridge, Saturday night, July 25 at about 9:00 pm. There will be two sets, lots of classic GSW tunes, a whole bunch of recent tunes, a bunch of cool covers, and I hopefully will be joined by some wonderful surprise guests. Tickets are $12, CLICK HERE to get yours.

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Robert Gordon, Respect Yourself

This history of Stax Records is simply a fantastic book by any standard. It’s compulsively readable, it’s painstakingly researched, and it is about a wonderful topic. It works very well on two levels: one, the personalities (on both sides of the art/business divide) that make timeless, deeply influential music at Stax from 1958 to 1975; and two, for more serious historians, the parallels between the Stax story in Memphis and the broader regional and national stories of racial oppression, unrest, and the golden years of the Civil Rights movement.

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Jazz fest

This is my third year attending the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. It really is enormous and a lot different from the “ordinary” festivals in other places: add in the second lines, the New Orleans food, the party atmosphere, and the simply staggering number of stages and artists. Also the prospect for extreme weather, either in terms of rainfall or scorching sunshine.

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