| Mar 21, 2012
| 3:28 PM
Since she began singing more than 25 years ago, Lana "Shawty" Spence has gotten use to being compared to Janis Joplin — the rock icon who has gone to the big concert hall in the sky.
With vocals that are powerful and bluesy, Spence understands...
| Apr 1, 2012
| 4:26 PM
3.5 stars (out of 4)
Mac Rebennack has been making records since the ‘60s and has been a revered figure in New Orleans music for just as long. In reinventing himself as Dr. John, he took the city’s funk tradition deeper into the swamp of...
| Oct 5, 2012
| 1:04 AM
The Meters are local "funk" legends influencing musicians all over the world. Now they could be joining the ranks of The Beatles, The Who and The Rolling Stones. But it's not a done deal for The Meters. To be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame...
| Oct 29, 2012
| 6:10 AM
Mac Rebennac, a.k.a, Dr. John, is a New Orleans swamp blues, boogie woogie, voodoo icon. The gospel group the Blind Boys of Alabama, three of whom are actually blind, formed over 70 years ago and have finally been raking in the Grammys and formal...
| Jul 2, 2012
| 6:10 AM
Summer is when the area's performing arts centers announce their fall schedules. The Peninsula's two main centers -- The Ferguson Center for the Arts and The American Theatre in Hampton -- have plenty of interesting shows heading our way.
As my colleague...
| Jan 30, 2012
| 7:50 AM
Bonnie Raitt and Mavis Staples will join forces at a concert in Portsmouth scheduled for Wednesday, June 13, promoters announced Monday.
Tickets for the show at the nTelos amphitheate¿r at Harbor Center go on sale Wednesday, Feb. 8. They will be priced...
| Sep 27, 2012
| 10:32 AM
Norfolk's Discovery Music Series has announced a new set of shows starting Oct. 18 and stretching into the spring of 2013. Shying away from indie rock, the series has steered toward acoustic, folk and bluegrass.
An exception is the legendary punk-ska-...
| Jul 20, 2012
| 5:11 AM
LOS ANGELES -- Stop us if you've heard this one before: HBO dominated the Emmy nominations announced Thursday morning, picking up 81 nods for viewer favorites such as "Boardwalk Empire" and "Game of Thrones" as well as comedy newcomers "Girls" and "Veep."...
| Aug 5, 2012
| 11:18 AM
It's been 22 years since the National Folk Festival brought eclectic music to the streets of Cambria City.
Since that time, the festival has evolved dramatically, changing its name to the Johnstown Folk Fest in 1993 and moving to land across the river...
| Aug 6, 2012
| 11:22 AM
In New Orleans, funk is important. They pump it into the water supply like fluoride. It’s as vital as air or étouffée.
And when New Orleans funk is discussed, a few names spring to mind: the late boogie-woogie piano master Professor Longhair, the...
| Apr 19, 2012
| 12:39 PM
Levon Helm was the rarest of musical multi-taskers: an unflappable drummer and a singer who wrung soul out of every note. He also was a terrific team player and bandmate; he made the people around him sound good.
Helm was "the only drummer who could make...