R.I.P. Allen Toussaint

Posted by Billy Gil, November 10, 2015 01:37pm | Post a Comment

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Legendary New Orleans pianist, songwriter and producer Allen Toussaint died today. He was 77.

Toussaint died this morning of a heart attack while in his hotel room in Madrid, The Associated Press reports. Toussaint had still been touring and performing at the time of his death.

Toussaint began performing in the 1950s and wrote hundreds of hits for other artists, such classics as “Working in a Coal Mine” for Lee Dorsey and “Lady Marmalade” as performed by LaBelle. His solo career blossomed in the 1970s with releases such as his 1971 self-titled album.

Toussaint was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998 and 2009, and was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 2011. He has performed with everyone from Paul McCartney to Elvis Costello. Toussaint is considered one of New Orleans’ most celebrated artists and often performed as a headliner at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.

Watch a performance of Toussaint in Madrid from from video taken yesterday below.

See Amy Helm at the Grammy Museum Sept. 29

Posted by Amoebite, September 22, 2015 05:10pm | Post a Comment

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The Grammy Museum presents The Drop: Amy Helm on Sept. 29, sponsored by Amoeba.

Helm will appear in downtown Los Angeles at the Clive Davis Theater for a performance and discussion, hosted by Scott Goldman, VP of the Grammy Foundation. Tickets are $20, and doors are at 7:30 p.m.

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The bluegrass-inspired singer/songwriter comes from an estimable pedigree as the daughter of The Band drummer Levon Helm and singer Libby Titus. She has played with her father in the Levon Helm Band and served as a co-producer on his Grammy-winning 2007 album, Dirt Farmer. Now, Levon Helm is a featured drummer on her debut album, Didn’t It Rain, which was released earlier this year. The album features 12 mostly original songs and includes a version of Sam Cooke’s “Good News.”

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The Rocking Freddie King

Posted by Joe Goldmark, September 15, 2015 06:30pm | Post a Comment

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Head to the Vinyl Beat website to check out extensive LP label guides and wild cover galleries!

You didn’t have to be named King to be a blues master…but it helped! The three kings of the blues were Freddie King, Bossa Nova BluesAlbert, B.B., and Freddie King. They were all great, but Freddie King rocked the hardest. He was also the only one to have instrumental hits. And, like the others he could also sing the heck out of the blues.

Freddie roughly had two stages to his career. While with King Records (of Freddie King, Let's Hide Awaycourse!) he started having instrumental hits in the early 1960s. Tunes like “Hideaway,” “The Stumble,” “San-Ho-Zay,” “Sen-Sa-Shun,” and “Side Tracked” put him on the map as a major guitar slinger. Then in 1967 he signed with the Atlantic subsidiary, Cotillion Records, and was able to break out of the chitlin’ circuit and into the rock world. He made a couple of interesting albums, then got his major break by signing with Shelter Records. He then made three wonderful albums, taking the blues to new and exciting places with tunes such as “Going Down,” “Palace of the King,” and “Livin’ on the Highway.”

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Robben Ford Comes to The GRAMMY Museum March 30

Posted by Amoebite, March 11, 2015 10:23am | Post a Comment

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Amoeba is proud to sponsor The Drop: Robben Ford on March 30 at The GRAMMY Museum.

The blues guitarist will appear for a discussion about his career and new album, Into the Sun, which is out March 31. Tickets are $20 and are on sale now. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. at The GRAMMY Museum's Clive Davis Theater.

Robben Ford has had an illustrious career in which he has collaborated with the likes of Miles Davis, Joni Mitchell, George Harrison and KISS. He's been nominated for five GRAMMYs and was named one of the "100 Greatest Guitarists of the 20th Century" by Musician magazine. His most recent solo albumm, 2014's A Day in Nashville, peaked at No. 2 on BIllboard's Top Blues Album chart. The upcoming Into the Sun features guest appearances by blues musician Keb' Mo', pedal steel guitarist Robert Randolph, singer/songwriter ZZ Ward, Warren Haynes of The Allman Brothers Band/Gov't Mule and many more into an album that fuses elements of jazz, pop, blues and rock.

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New Life for Oakland's Continental Club

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, January 5, 2015 06:03pm | Post a Comment

Continental Club, OaklandBy Brent James

Nestled inconspicuously on 12th Street in West Oakland in a neighborhood known as Prescott (or the “Lower Bottoms” to the longtime residents of the area) is a quaint little building that you will probably miss if you blink. A structure of brick and hardwood and matted red carpets that haven’t been touched since the 1960s, the building standing at 1658 12th Street is the Continental Club – a once a mighty Jazz and Blues supper joint that helped Oakland and the East Bay Area garner the reputation of being the “Motown of the West.” Along with Slim Jenkins’ Supper Club, Esther’s Orbit Room, and dozens of other nightclubs that sprawled along 7th Street, the stages in these rooms once hosted the likes of Jackie Wilson, Aretha Franklin, Lou Rawls, Etta James, Otis Redding, Marvin Gaye, Ike and Tina Turner, and even Jimi Hendrix. The list goes on and the stories are endless if you’re lucky enough to get some face time with the “old timers” of the area. In this neighborhood, people still say “good morning” and spend many a Summer night on their porches, so that’s pretty easy to do.

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