Reel Big Fish's recent return to the metro on Nov. 13 was another show for the books. The fun started at Sokol Auditorium with the quirky duo Koo Koo Kangaroo. Suburban Legends were up next, with an almost-boyband approach to ska music. These California boys had their horn section dancing most of the show, and closed out their set with the whole band doing a synchronized finale, reminiscent of N*SYNC.
Bruno Mars has said in interviews that from a young age he was exposed to a variety of music including reggae, rock, hip hop, and R&B. He began impersonating and performing songs by Michael Jackson, Elvis and The Temptations. It's these artists' influence that listeners can hear the most of in Mars' debut fulllength album "Doo-Wops & Hooligans.'
The Sokol Auditorium was packed to the max on Friday night as a sold-out crowd jumped, bumped and cheered to the mashup magic of Girl Talk, aka Gregg Gillis, during the first stop of his fresh 40-city North American tour.
Here We Go Magic bloomed from the heart of singer/songwriter Luke Temple, and over the past year and a half, it has evolved into an ensemble, working together and inspiring each other to play and create great music. After pulling together a group of musicians to record songs which Temper wrote, the band released a self-titled album as Here We Go Magic in March 2009.
It takes just the right combination to appeal to people with both eclectic and particular tastes. Such people are regulars at the shops and restaurants in historic Dundee, enjoying both the delightful atmosphere of the area and the abundance of locally owned businesses. The newest kid on this historic block is Pitch Coal-Fire Pizzeria.
Music theory professor Ken Bales is currently over 6,000 miles away on a trip to China with the UNO Jazz Ensemble. On the trip, Bales is discussing and discovering with students the concepts of art and music.
Though he's visiting a country with a very different culture, Bales is content. After all, there he can find music and his students, the two most meaningful things in his life.
COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa - For a holiday as over-commercialized and drawn out as Christmas, people can grow tired easily, bored and cynical about the annual celebration. Green and red become cliché. Aside from the true meaning of the holidays, the spirit of celebration can become stale, old and predictable for those who crave variety and unorthodox stimulation.
WATFORD, England - There was a break in the action - the cast and crew of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" were milling about waiting for the next set-up on a summer day here in 2009 - and Daniel Radcliffe sat back in his seat and admired the life of a fugitive.