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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

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

LA Venues: Amoeba Records

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

A Fond Look at The 1966 Gibson Catalogue


1966 was as special a year in American history as it was for Gibson guitars. It’s the birth year of a wide range of celebrities such as Cindy Crawford, Rob Zombie and John Cusack, The Sound of Music won an Oscar for best picture and classic rock ‘n’ roll was really starting to evolve and take shape—Bob Dylan’s Blonde on Blonde, the Rolling StonesAftermath and the Read More

Shop Spotlight: Rock n Roll Vintage Guitars – Chicago


Rock n Roll Vintage Guitars is a cool retail dealer is located in Chicago’s Lincoln Square area, and has over 35 years of experience buying and selling vintage guitars, amps and effects. According to their website, the company “strives for complete customer satisfaction,” and is “continuously searching the U.S. looking for great vintage Stratocasters, Telecasters, Gibson Les Pauls and Les Paul Juniors, vintage Epiphones plus Marshall, Fender, Vox and other great amps and accessories.”

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Chicago Venues: The Hideout


What can you say about “Chicago’s Most Loved Small Venue” The Hideout? Plenty. It’s a true shanty, and a true Chicago legend. It’s over 100 years old, sports the same name since prohibition ended and, probably, exactly the same look. There’s no sign out front, and nothing to suggest it’s a prime music venue, and it’s not necessary. It’s located in the middle of nowheresville, adjacent to an industrial truck park that is also host to The… Read More