Gino Vannelli 02.10.2017

I remember going with my parents in the 60s and early 70s to Las Vegas and seeing some of the great singers perform.  My parents had Frank Sinatra and later Tom Jones.  For us young adults in the 70s, we had Gino Vannelli.  Gino has it all, great looks, outstanding voice and great stage presence,…

Our Favorite Music Festivals

Our Favorite Music Festivals While Phoenix hosts a wide array of outdoor music festivals from February through May, for our money our two favorites are the McDowell Mountain Music Festival (M3F) and Pot of Gold Music Festival.  Both deliver national touring artists and M3F throws in a number of local artists as well.  If we…

Kenny Wayne Shepherd 02.04.2017

In the early days of Rock & Roll, a lot of the bands I listened to were blues rock oriented, The Rolling Stones, The Who, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton and Steven Stills.  Over the years Rock & Roll has matured, but some of its greatest guitarists still play a blues/rock flavor of music.  One of…

It’s Festival Season

  IT’S FESTIVAL SEASON It’s now February 1st and we’re a full month into 2017.  As the days get just a little longer and the temperature gets just a little warmer, we start thinking about coming out of hibernation and can’t help but begin to look forward to MUSIC FESTIVALS.  If you ask us, one…

Switchfoot 11.20.16

The crowd a band draws to a concert says a lot about their music. It can reveal their type of style, social media presence, and of course their genre. Switchfoot however had me stumped, as I had only listened to one of their songs prior to the concert. Before they stepped on stage I glanced…

Styx 01.15.2017

If this is how 2017 is starting out, then we are going to be very lucky and have a great year of music here in the valley.  On Sunday night, the 70s rock group Styx came back to the Talking Stick Resort Ballroom to play their greatest hits to a packed venue and they did…

Dave Mason’s Alone Together Again Tour 01.07.17

It’s been almost 40 years since I saw Dave Mason at a small bar in Tempe, Arizona.  Dave was one of the founding members of the 60s rock band Traffic.  After leaving Traffic in the late 60s, Dave released the classic rock album, Alone Together in 1970.  A friend challenged me to create a list…