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Javon Jackson Starts Attucks Jazz Series on High Note

Javon Jackson Starts Attucks Jazz Series on High Note

By Jerome Langston It becomes quite clear early on in our recent phone conversation, that Tenor Saxophonist Javon Jackson, is passionate about a lot of different subjects. We’re both Geminis, so I can definitely relate—as we tend to be all over the place, but Javon also seems to have a remarkable sense of discipline, drive

Alabama Shakes and Rolls into Portsmouth

By Shannon Jay   Brittany Howard wanted to start a band ever since she witnessed former classmate and fellow bandmate Heath Fogg perform a concert in their middle school gym. Later, after meeting bassist Zac Cockrell in a psychology class, the peers joined forces after Howard taught herself guitar, bass, and drums. What started off

Culture Club Headlines American Music Festival

  By Jeff Maisey Few pop bands have made the dynamic one-two punch Culture Club did in the early ‘80s. The London-based group debuted in 1983 with the album “Kissing to be Clever,” which spawned three hit sings in “Do You Really Want to Hurt Me,” “Time (Clock of My Heart)” and “I’ll Tumble 4

Bruce Hornsby Unlocks the Funhouse

By Jim Newsom   Bruce Hornsby’s got a brand new album and there’s not a single note played on piano. Hornsby, who lights up the Virginia Arts Festival with a three-day “Funhouse Fest” in Williamsburg this month, has built a 30-year recording career around his remarkable keyboard stylings. But with Rehab Reunion, he’s sticking with

Gill Landry Plays Bayou Boogaloo

By Jim Morrison   Gill Landry. Roll that around. Pause, ponder. Yes, Gill Landry is a longtime member of Old Crow Medicine Show. But the New Orleans resident also has a jagged solo career, releasing three albums, including his latest meditation, “Gill Landry,” last year. And, according to his bio, he’s a fine roadside photographer,

Chris Botti on Impressions, Streaming and Live Music

By Jeff Maisey   If jazz trumpeter Chris Botti and his band seem to be on the road a lot, with seemingly annual stops in Hampton Roads, he is. With the recorded music industry in disarray because of streaming services such as Pandora, popular acts like Botti have found survival of the fittest to be

Rodeo Clown Saddles Up at Colley Cantina

By Jeff Maisey   As part of the Colley Cantina/Veer Magazine Saturday Night Live local music series, Norfolk-based alt-country band Rodeo Clown will perform Saturday, April 30. In addition to music, great Baja California style food and craft beer, there’ll be concert tick giveaways for summer shows at the Portsmouth Pavilion. As a preview for