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A legendary Chicago venue with a colorful history, The Green Mill Jazz Club has hosted the famous and infamous, from Frank Sinatra to Al Capone. As one fan described it: “It is such an institution…with an interior from a bygone era…the lighting is very art deco and those murals are just ridiculous… a HUGE wraparound bar, intimate tables up front, and plenty of booths, including the one used by Al Capone himself which faced the door, not the stage. He needed to see who was… Read More
Blues legends and old friends Buddy Guy and B.B. King play “I Can’t Quit You Baby” at King’s nightclub, with Guy singing and King throwing it down on “Lucille,” his black Gibson guitar. Lucille is based on the Gibson ES-355 but has certain modifications requested by King—most noticeably the Lucille script on the headstock, a maple neck, and the signature absence of F-holes at the top of the guitar, which King requested to reduce feedback.
“I Can’t Quit You Baby” is an… Read More
Warren Haynes is the acclaimed guitarist for both Government Mule and the Allman Brothers, yet the Southern Rock guitar king lives in New York City! Haynes has also recorded and toured extensively with the Grateful Dead, stepping into Jerry Garcia’s big shoes, and with the Dave Matthews Band.
Growing up in Asheville, North Carolina, Haynes heard gospel on the radio and was raised by a father who loved Merle Haggard and Bill Monroe, but he also had two… Read More
Jeff Beck, Carlos Santana and Steve Lukather attempt to out-jam each other on an old Santana tune at a live show in Japan. Adding to the monster-jamness are Toto (and Jeff Beck) drummer Simon Phillips and Jan Hammer of Read More
The first Amoeba Records opened on Telegraph Avenue in Berkeley back in the 1990s. Another store across the Bay on Haight Street soon followed and then in 2001 the independent record store chain expanded southwards, opening their massive Hollywood store. Stepping into Amoeba Hollywood is like entering a temple for music fans. The store is the size of a small airplane hangar and is covered from floor to ceiling in rock posters and other paraphernalia.
With record store… Read More
Sharon Isbin has been hailed as “the reigning diva of the classical guitar” and “the pre-eminent guitarist of our time.” She is also the winner of Guitar Player magazine‘s “Best Classical Guitarist” award, the Madrid Queen Sofia and Toronto Competitions, and was the first guitarist ever to win the Munich Competition.
An NYC resident, Isbin is also the director of the guitar department at The Jullliard School, which she created in… Read More