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In the clubs this week, Bo Dollis, Jr. funks up the BMC, Alex McMurray serenades at d.b.a., Marc Broussard plays Harrah’s, Amanda Shaw is at Rock and Bowl and Wendell Brunious returns to New Orleans for an early set on Frenchmen Street.
On stage, Le Chat Noir closes its doors Saturday after highlighting its best and brightest performers and shows Thursday – Saturday.
Tuesday, July 5, 2011
Bo Dollis, Jr.
Saturday’s opening of the new Levitt Pavilion at SteelStacks must have been everything ArtsQuest imagined when they first dreamed of the entertainment complex on the former Bethlehem Steel property in south Bethlehem.
Saturdays crowd at Levitt PavilionPhotos by April Bartholomew/The Morning Call
There were perhaps 1,500 people on the lawn in front of the pavilion, listening to Texas boogie-woogie blues pianist/singer Marcia Ball. There were even more people on the Town Square plaza in front of the ArtsQuest Center listening to a drum band before the show. A
When saxophonist Clarence Clemons died earlier this month, fans of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band lost more than just a favorite musician. For many, it was like the passing of a loved one.
The Boss has always presented his group as a kind of rock ‘n’ roll brotherhood, and according to guitarist Nils Lofgren, who joined in 1984, that communal spirit is no act.
“It’s certainly a family,” Lofgren says by phone, days before launching a solo acoustic tour that stops twice this week in Connecticut. “Any great band benefits from any offstage camaraderie and I think ultimately suffers if there isn’t that kind of bond.”
“Obviously, I’m jaded, but in my opinion, there’s been no greater band in rock history,” he adds.
Homeless runaway? Backstage intruder? Daredevil gymnast? Rock guitar virtuoso, playing to tens of thousands of fans?
Nils Lofgren has been there, done that – and more.
Lofgren – who was struck by creative lightning at a Jimi Hendrix concert, plucked from relative obscurity as a tenacious teen by Neil Young, and went on to go guitar-to-guitar with Bruce Springsteen – shared some of his eye-popping past, and his heart-wrenching present, in a freewheeling interview with The Associated Press.
His new mission: Unleashing the “therapeutic” joy and energy of music as he soldiers through U.S. tour dates while gripped with grief.
Lofgren was performing in England when his dear friend and E Street Band mate Clarence Clemons suffered a stroke. He intended to fly to Florida and “sit with Clarence as he recovered.”
It was not to be. Read more…
The Black Eyed Peas Experience will feature a revolutionary avatar system, according to .
Speaking at the title’s unveiling in Paris last weekend, lead designer Jason Altman explained that the game will provide players with real-time feedback on their dancing.
“The game uses a revolutionary system where the player is actually going to be able to control an avatar and see their dance moves and get real-time feedback on how they are performing,” he said. “This really hasn’t been done before and we think it’s quite revolutionary.”
The Black Eyed Peas Experience is in development for Nintendo Wii and Xbox 360 with Kinect support. Read more…