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Introducing Jeff German and the Blankety Blanks

Introducing Jeff German and the Blankety Blanks

By Katie Cooper   Jeff German and the Blankety Blanks could be called the working man’s band.  Hailing from Columbus, OH, German balances a full time job, roles as dad, grandfather, and hockey coach with traveling musician hitting the road at least twice a month with his band the Blankety Blanks.  This self-described Blue Collar,

Mindset Reset: Hardedge rock group reunites for 20th anniversary show

    By Jeff Maisey The year was 1995. Hard-edged rock groups such as Helmet and Biohazard were all the rage. In Hampton Roads, Mindset was right on-par with these bands. Mindset released a self-titled album and a follow-up titled A Bullet for Cinderella. Both were on German-based indie label Noise Records.  The band experienced

Guitarist John Ashton Talks Furs, Satellite Paradiso

By Jeff Maisey Though John Ashton has decided not to hit the road this go-round with the Psychedelic Furs, I thought he’d be a great interview reflecting on the Furs big time success in the 1980s with such hits as “Pretty in Pink” and “Love My Way.” Ashton, after all, was key to the Furs’

Wynton Marsalis: The Jazz Messenger

By Tom Robotham As a longtime jazz fan, I feel blessed to have lived in New York City in the early 1980s. Many of America’s greatest jazz pioneers were still alive, and I was fortunate enough to catch them in concert: Ella Fitzgerald, Benny Goodman, Count Basie, Chet Baker, Bill Evans, Dizzy Gillespie, among others.

Sarah Jarosz Headlines Sea Level Festival

By Jim Morrison For Sarah Jarosz, heading off to the New England Conservatory of Music after signing a recording contract as a high school senior gave her a chance to expand her horizons. She studied improvisation, played in a world music ensemble and a Jewish music ensemble. That was the point. Then she decided to

Sarah McLachlan Shines On

By Jeff Maisey   Multi-platinum and Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter Sarah McLachlan returns to Hampton Roads with a St. Patrick’s Day concert at the Ferguson Center. McLachlan, best known for her emotional ballads such as “Angel,” “I Will Remember You,” “Adia,” and “Sweet Surrender,” is touring in support of her exception 2014 album Shine

Pixies to Play The NorVa

Having played more than 120 shows across four continents over an 18-month period, Pixies announce they will take to the road again this Spring, performing at select major U.S. music festivals as well as headlining shows at intimate theatres in many cities missed in 2013-2014.  They will perform May 13 at The NorVa in Norfolk.

CCR: The Travelin’ Band

By Jeff Maisey From 1968 to 1970, no band was as prolific as American rock ‘n’ roll act Creedence Clearwater Revival. In 1969 alone, the quartet released three full-length studio albums – “Bayou Country,” “Green River” and “Willy and the Poor Boys.” But all was not blissful peace, love and understanding in the utopian hippie

Fleming & Kern: World Class Recital

By Montague Gammon III Pianist Olga Kern loves to share what she loves, and what she loves is music.   The sheer unbridled joy she takes in making music and sharing it with her “friends and her fans,” comes through in the champagne-worthy effervescence with which she talks about playing the piano.   This Van

Music of the Rolling Stones is Satisfaction Guaranteed

By Jeff Maisey   To this day the best concert I’ve ever experienced remains The Rolling Stones’ December 18, 1981 date at the Hampton Coliseum. After George Thorogood & The Destroyers completed their so-so opening set, the musical equipment was removed from the stage. Those of us on the crowded floor in front of the

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