Friday, December 6, 2013
Aimsel Ponti has been obsessed with - and inspired by- music since she listened to Monkees records borrowed from the town library when she was six years old. She's a huge fan of the local music scene and interviews an act every week for "Making Noise" which runs in the Press Herald GO section. You'll also find her out and about absorbing live music like a sponge and roaming around local record shops and flea markets.
When I think of Michelle Shocked, I think of the liberal, anti-establishment singer-songwriter who has penned many songs that are permanently tattoed in my musical DNA. Songs like "Anchorage," "When I Grow Up" and especially "Come A Long Way."
I think of the performer I've had the pleasure of interviewing and seeing live. Heck I even got an autograph on a promotional Michelle Shocked cereal box that I've had for years. So yeah, I'm a fan.
What I don't think of is a radical homophobe. So it came as a horrifyingly huge shock to the system when the news broke a few days ago that during a March 17 show in San Francisco, Shocked went on an anti-gay rant that left audience members stunned and heading for the door.
The news of this has since spread like wildfire all over the place including here: tinyurl.com/d4jpgn3
I just went outside to Monument Square just to check and see if this whole storm thing is as bad as it seems from my 5th floor window at One City Center. Yep. It is. Man alive I hate March.
But dear music fans, let us not despair. The first day of spring is tomorrow and maybe, just maybe, the weather will behave accordingly in the coming days. Or weeks? Or months? Aackkk!
Until then, here a few carefully chosen selections to remind us of sunny days, blue skies and all around springtime cheerfulness.
Hello Music Fans,
Today is no ordinary day. As far as I'm concerned it's a holiday - and a big one at that. And I got the video footage to prove it. More on that in a second.
Today, March 12, 2013, is the day that my favorite musician released his first studio album in TEN years.
Five magic words:
That's right, music fans, I'm GIVING AWAY a pair of tickets to the Sunday Night (March 10) JEWEL concert at Merrill Auditorium in Portland.
Want them? I thought so!
Email the sentence "Those tickets were meant for me" to email@example.com by 3:30 TODAY. I'll pick a winner at 3:45. BOOM!
I first got wind of singer-songwriter Mary Gauthier marygauthier.com when her 2005 album "Mercy Now" was released. Some pals and I caught her on that tour at Tupelo Music Hall in New Hampshire. Man alive, she was something else.
Gauthier, (prounounced GO-SHAY) is originally from New Orleans but, after a difficult childhood and young adulthood, she wound up in Boston where she ran The Dixie Chicken Cajun restaurant for several years.
She started writing songs in her mid 30s and since then has released six studio albums and a live one.
Believe me when I tell you Mary Gauthier is as real as they come. She hides behind nothing with her songs and isn't out to do anything but sing her truth, which she does so well.