GigTown got featured the Go Ahead‘s track “It Is Written” on their Radio Roulette Spin. The reviewer noted that the track “demonstrates the group’s interest in playing with melodic choices that evoke the vibes of jazz and blues on the fronts of both instrumentals and vocals” and we honestly couldn’t have said it better if we tried.
“The uproar of power chords that almost seem to stomp through each chorus and an enjoyable, guitar driven instrumental bridge – complete with third and octave interval harmonizing – are the blending backbone that gives the song its opposing edge.”
Read the full review here and make sure to tune into GigTown Radio to catch the track on the airwaves!
Oakland’s very own Charise “Lake Lady” Sowells is featured in the current edition of SF Weekly newspaper! Bay Area residents can grab a print copy at their nearest newsstands and you can read the digital version of the article here.
Luke Maxim’s new album, “Stay,” recently received a positive review from Planet Stereo. Praising him for his well orchestrated jazz sound and excellent covers, Planet Stereo even compared his sound to the likes of Michael Bublé.
They describe his title track, “Stay,” as “A plea, an expression of restless fear, and the start of the madness love can cause.” This is an album you don’t want to miss.
Click here to read the whole review!
The New Orleans culture is filled with things that cannot be found anywhere else. The food is delectable, the people are friendly, and the music is full. If you ask people about what living in New Orleans is about, three common themes come up; food, art, and music. Walking down any chosen street it’s common to hear street performers playing, artists creating, and smell restaurants and cafes serving classic jambalaya or beignets. There is something about the energy in that city. It’s in the air, helping the culture thrive even after unthinkable devastation and destruction.
While talking to different street performers, there was a common theme. Everyone who I talked to agreed that music has helped the city become whole again. It was a distraction, a way to vent, a way to get their feelings out in a creative way after all that has happened in Louisiana. It’s a constant in New Orleans, always has been and always will be. Jazz was born there after all, and that is something that is celebrated every single day throughout the area.
The funny thing about music in New Orleans is that it is always being played. I don’t think that during the weeks I have spent there that there have been times when I am outside and do not hear a trumpet or a trombone singing around me. These people who are performing can be just some kids who have played for a few years, or there can be very accomplished musicians just wanting to casually jam on the streets. It doesn’t matter in New Orleans, any music is appreciated and noticed. The instruments are usually played in a classic jazz style, creating an atmosphere that embraces the unbreakable culture that New Orleans possesses.
One person I spoke to really made an impact. It was a man playing the trumpet on one of the main streets in the French Quarter. After asking to speak with him for a few minutes, he shooed us away but then had someone come and fetch us a few moments later. He said that he had to play a song but was ready to talk now. He told us stories of those he has connected with, including people affiliated with jazz legends such as Louis Armstrong. He just wanted to talk and talk, and when the conversation naturally concluded, he offered to play us a song. He sang “Summertime,” in between trumpet solos.
This trumpet player is a prime example of the southern hospitality habits. This man didn’t have to talk to us, and he sure as hell didn’t have to play for us. Music is meant to be shared, and that’s something that needs to be remembered by everyone. Music is a healing mechanism, an escape for many. It’s starting to become something else, more of a materialistic product. Everyone must take some time and think back. Think back about what Lennon wanted, what Sinatra wanted, what Beethoven wanted…They wanted the music to be heard, the messages to be sent out in a peaceful manner, they wanted to inspire the masses to do no wrong. Just like Ella and Louis said, “One of these mornin’s yo gonna rise up singin’, You gonna spread your little wings and you’ll take to the sky…”