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A hundred shows a year around the world. Over thirty new songs written and produced annually. Multiple instruments and concepts galore. David Block, creator of The Human Experience project, is a performer, visual artist, music producer, photographer, public speaker, innovator and electronic composer. Yet, he stays grounded and co-creates with well-known
When you are off the grid, trying to hop back can be off-putting. Consider how my interview with Nazel Pickens (aka Robin Terranova Host of The Folk Show on Jefferson Public Radio) started out: “The phone lines are down,” he explained, “and I had to drive to a friend’s
Part cosmopolitan hipster, part grizzled hobo, and part wily storyteller, the band Blitzen Trapper has, as much as any Oregon band, captured the soul and sound for the state over the past decade. Their music is at times gritty and rocking, at other times easy-going folksy, and sometimes both
It is not his first time in Ashland, but it has been “many moons” since his last performance here and Julian Marley is ready to bring the love on August 24. Born in 1975 to Bob Marley and Lucy Pounder, the apple has not fallen far from the tree. Marley
Following His Own Footsteps: Heir To A Musical Legend, Pat Simmons Jr. Finds A Familiar Yet Unique Groove
Born in 1990, Pat Simmons, Jr. was a full decade past his dad’s heyday. That isn’t uncommon. Most children only learn about their parents’ antics—professional and otherwise—from hand-me-down stories and photographs from glory days. But when your dad’s profession and his work is nearly a household name, the impact is
“Folk is music for the people,” says Jacqui Aubert, one of the two founders of Ashland Folk Collective. She and her partner, Dan Sherrill, who also works for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, began the collective in 2017. The focus is on “progressive” folk defined as original music by singer/songwriters predominantly.
In this era of parroted programming and ad interruptions, community-powered KSKQ Radio (89.5 FM and 94.1 FM) is media for the people, by the people, giving listeners a breath of fresh airwaves. “The radio station is totally community run, and holds the same non-commercial educational (NCE) license as JPR (Jefferson
Thanks to the inauguration of Record Store Day in 2008, vinyl has enjoyed a renaissance in popularity and in sales around the world. Record sales have been up, consumers have a desire to listen to music on a record player again, and vinyl pressings are becoming more and more exciting.
“I always say, hearing a symphony is like reading a novel,” says Conductor and Music Director of Rogue Valley Symphony Martin Majkut. Following that line of logic, the 50-year-old symphony has produced and performed tomes of music. Born in Bratislava, Czechoslovakia, he says music was “sort of omnipresent.” He learned
How does a 22-year old who records his first album (Pangaea) in his basement and bedroom singing and playing acoustic guitar make it to the big time? Ask Jason McCue. He may not be at the “big time” yet, but he is on his way. This young man’s lyrics are