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The El Rey is yet another great L.A. deco theater. Built in 1936, it’s got sweeping staircases, an outdoor patio, a cafe and a balcony lounge. And it’s located in the Miracle Mile area of L.A., a preserved art deco district. For 80 years it was a first-run movie theater, and didn’t become a live Read More
Robben Ford is a true guitarists’ guitarist. His abilities as a jazz, rock and blues player led to him being named one of the “100 Greatest Guitarists of the 20th Century” by Musician Magazine. The California native initially made his name in the ‘70s with Tom Scott and the LA Express. After leaving the Express, Ford enjoyed a successful solo career recording with his band the Yellowjackets… Read More
Make sure to motor a few miles outside of Nashville to the Loveless Barn and the Loveless Café. Back behind the long-standing and world-famous café (where the buttery biscuits, hams and jams are seriously the best of all time) is the Loveless Barn, a versatile music venue that’s home to special concerts by the likes of Montgomery Gentry and Rascal Flatts as well as… Read More
One of the smallest and grungiest spots for live music in Nashville, The Basement is situated beneath Grimey’s Record Shop (an independent record shop that’s time and again ranked one of the world’s best). Both establishments are owned by the affable Mike Grimes and both feature live music. During the day, you’ll definitely want to peruse Grimey’s.
Tascam has been making seriously great contributions to the world of guitar players since the early 1970s. They’re actually credited with the invention of the portastudio—a mobile recording studio of sorts, the first ones of which actually used cassettes as their recording media! Anybody remember cassettes?
Anyway, what’s probably most impressive about Tascam is the variety of the stuff they make— since they began as a… Read More
Bloomfield was an immensely talented white, Jewish blues guitarist who died in 1981. A teenage prodigy, Bloomfield discovered the allure of Chicago-style electric blues at a young age, and before long was visiting blues clubs on the South Side. In short order, he was sitting in with legends such as Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf. According to his bio “Bloomfield was quickly accepted on the South Side, as much for his ability as for the audiences’ appreciation of the novelty of seeing a young white… Read More