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Exclusive Interview: Jaxx Guitar Great Rodeney Jones

Rodney Jones has had a long and eclectic career as a guitarist, but it’s always been rooted in the soul and funk that he loves. He spent three years touring with Dizzy Gillespie before becoming the guitarist for the house band for the TV show Showtime at the Apollo. He also played guitar for James Brown’s legendary sax player Maceo Parker’s super-tight funk band.

 

 

Jones began playing at age six, and joined his first band at age fourteen, having… Read More

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NYC Venues: The Beacon Theater – Legendary Site for Music Lovers


 

The Beacon Theater is a gorgeous, fully restored landmark Art Deco theater that was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1979. A quick walk from the subway station at West 72nd Street, the Beacon has been a favorite New York City stop for top acts since the Roaring Twenties.

 

 

The theater was designed by Chicago architect Walter Ahlschlager in 1929 as a forum for vaudeville acts, musical productions, drama, opera, and movies and the original sound-system from… Read More

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Great Venues: BB King Blues Club – Memphis

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Guitar Shop TV travels to Memphis Tennessee for some great soul food and hot blues by the smokin’ house band at the original B.B. King’s Blues Club on fabled Beale Street. Legendary blues guitarist B.B. King was born Riley B. King, and got his start in Memphis in 1948, where he worked as a singer and DJ at… Read More

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The One and Only Prince – Guitar (Unaired Performance)

This video starts off with Prince having a moment all guitarists can relate to – stopping and re-starting a song because one’s tone ain’t quite right. It’s fun to see and doesn’t stop him from launching into a super-tight version of “Guitar,” from his 2007 album Planet Earth.

 

Shot on a small stage, this is a more intimate look than we usually get at Prince in performance, down to clear views of his pedal board, which is set up in a… Read More

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LA Venues: The Viper Room


By now, is there anyone alive who doesn’t know Johnny Depp is one of the original partners in what’s become a fast part of L.A. rock ‘n’ roll history? Right in the very heart of lively Sunset Strip, the Viper Room is a good ole fashioned rock ‘n’ roll club with metal or hard rock acts taking the stage, and name rockers sitting… Read More

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Ray-Ban Aviators: Prepare For Rock & Roll Lift Off

Ray-Ban has been making shades since 1937 when they were birthed as a company to fashion make glasses for the US Army Air Corps. Ray-Ban was literally born to make aviators: the ultimate sunglass style that still holds its place as the single-coolest shaded look around.

 

The glasses were initially manufactured by request of a pilot named Lt. John MacCready, who embarked on a hot air balloon flight that ended up doing permanent damage to his eyesight… Read More

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