Category Archives: music

Ruaile Buaile Live at Next Generation Theatre (there’s a new style in town)

  Celtic roots have long since held a most traditional foothold in the known world as a mythical and ancestral style of music. It leaned heavily upon its Irish lore for stories of old and family customs. These ideas have most certainly been upheld through the years and have shaped what we’ve come to know as Celtic music. That is until four young lads known as Ruaile Buaile (rhymes with Julia Julia) came onto the scene and have changed all that. Their perspective with regard and respect for the style, which shines through, has been altered to fit everyone’s need for a most diversified musical style. Incorporating rock, folk, traditional, in heavier and lighter numbers have opened up the world to a whole new technique with a Celtic flair. With this new concept, many more can enjoy this wave of music reaching an even wider audience hitting on contemporary as well as classics. They are definitely a live band that perform with precision, playing with all they’ve got to give. Their personal influences shine through their songs with a healthy dose of improvisation and jamming. Their new album “Commotion” is a grand example of how these personal influences have driven the band to incorporate a live energy within their studio recordings. The Celtic rules have now been broken with due honor and vivacious power. 

Written by John D’Alessandro

Photos by Susan D’Alessandro

The Glenn Miller Orchestra Live at the Gracie Theatre (get “In The Mood”)

   In remembrance of days past, our nostalgic memories are forever stirred by times, moments, and places that send us reeling back to days of youth, happiness, and wonder. That day is once again upon us. On August 1st at the Gracie Theater in Bangor Maine at 7 P.M., you can hear the very sounds of one of the most legendary bands in the history of music perform their unique one of a kind jazz experience with you live onstage with the Glenn Miller Orchestra. These never forgotten tunes will remind you of how the nights were danced away in concert waiting for you to enjoy. Hear the great classics and vocal accompaniment on the unforgettable “Moonlight Serenade, Little Brown Jug, A String of Pearls, Chattanooga Choo Choo, Pennsylvania 6-5000, In the Mood, At Last” and more. An evening that will send your spirit soaring as it did before.

Tickets available through Brown Paper Tickets, http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event2959200 or call 1-800-838-3006. Reserved seating starting at only $25.00. See you AUGUST 1ST, 7P.M.

Written by John D’Alessandro

Photos by Susan D’Alessandro

Glenn Miller Photo Courtesy of The Glenn Miller Orchestra Management

Ozere Live at Next Generation Theater (finding anyplace at home)

 On this enchanted evening the stage was illuminated by much more than a few dim lights, but by a band of merry storytellers who through a whimsical mastery filled the atmosphere with a Celtic flair not regularly found within the confines of the genre. A pleasant mix of Celtic overtones combined with delicate sounds blending middle eastern interpretations alongside some wonderfully melodic resonances shows what a daring band can accomplish with musicians who have a multi-varied background flexing their musical muscles. Some of the autobiographical tales speak gently of experiences not soon forgotten and some are skillfully improvised melodies rooted firmly in the imaginations of the mind. Songwriting can be a tricky thing, but Ozere has accomplished it to a Celtic science. Band leader Jessica Deutach conveyed to me that her classical background has given her the freedom to experiment with instrumentation leaning towards a folkish sound, yet incorporating other flavors together for a most unique experience. Her honesty exposes her spirit within her songs and the instrumentals are fresh and lively including an array of instruments taking the spotlight. Their latest CD, “Finding Anyplace” explores these characteristics and has indeed found itself anyplace it may be. 

Written by John D’Alessandro

Photos by Susan D’Alessandro

The Gracie Theatre Presents “Coig” (in a celtic Christmas celebration)

coig   Thursday, December 8th, at seven p.m., a five piece east coast band of musical instrument slingers will take the stage at the beloved Gracie Theatre. Coig which means “five” in Gaelic has already taken on tradition within the name they don themselves with. Their Celtic folkloristic minstrels in the gallery ancient style comes shining through as they travel through time in a musical venture that incorporates sounds of generations past and their more recent audience shaking ones as well. A vast musical calliope of varied instruments from the stringed to the woodwind encircles the atmosphere and creates the very sound that is Coig. From the delicate ballads to the foot stomping super audience participation numbers, the Celtic theme will reign supreme and bring us together to enjoy the sounds of their heartland. Come join us as this celebration invites us one and all from the haunting and heartwarming relics to the contemporary to open the the season for us all.

Written by John D’Alessandro

Photo by Susan D’Alessandro

The Gracie Theater Presents Aztec Two Step Live (in their 45th year anniversary)

azrec-interviewLiving on the edge of nostalgia is a world untouched by mainstream flashes of fame and flash. Many of our memories remain just memories. However, in a place just for us and others who discover the majesty of such a genre, enters those such as Aztec Two Step, a group unhampered by theatrics and depending heavily on the spirit in which their music rests upon. Rex Fowler and Neil Shulman have intercepted a wondrous combination of lyrical sincerity and fret board dancing as one of their trademarks. Fine acoustic lead guitar encompasses and engages together with heartfelt songs reaching those sublime areas of our being together with an almost alchemic formula of two part harmonies into the outer atmosphere. The tour will consist of their original songs along with some Everly Brothers and Simon and Garfunkel classics as well. We may even hear the return of “Velvet Elvis”, a whimsical little number about the great singer. So join us in an acoustical journey with Aztec Two Step at the great Gracie Theater on November nineteenth at seven thirty P.M.

Written by John D’Alessandro

Photo by Susan D’Alessandro

King Llama/Return to Ox

king llama  At long last, a band who has emerged from the modern day ash heap to boldly and fearlessly put together a plethora of sound that engages all of the dimensions into one general theory of relativity. This band has the courage to approach such a project in an instrumental fashion without a net of saving grace. They have interpolated the best portions of rock that are the more than essential to the lost art that has long been forgotten. There are heavy lines of progressive rock ala Yes, King Crimson, and dare I say beyond original conceptual thought. Feelings of jazz, both experimental and even in the style of Pat Metheny with Ryan Tanner and his six string razor at the helm touching both the melodic as well as the bombastic. A most interesting note is that Nico Staub plays some of most intricate and tasteful bass lines ever to come along in recent music. Instead of surpressing the bass he unleashes it to its full potential. Drummer Luis Briones designates his percussive devices in seven ten time along with the styles of Bill Bruford and the like but simulates his own mixture of the aforementioned musical styles. A refreshing burst of musical flavor makes them kings of the wild frontier.

Jethro Tull/ Too Old to Rock and Roll, Too Young to Die (the tv special edition)

tull too old These assorted compilations that find their way through the stones of years are some of the most wonderful collections ever assembled. How else would we truly delve headlong into the inside world of a band that has been more than a multiple milestone in the realm of music (especially if that band were your favorite). For example, the short career of one John Glasscock and his ever ready bass guitar, the countless recordings and outtakes of certain songs popular or reclusive. I always wanted to hear an instrumental version of Salamander, thinking the rapid acoustic duel between Ian Anderson and Martin Barre (which incidentally Martin won) is a hidden jewel. The photographs included in the eighty page book are warm and telling of the company Tull has had walk through their door. Strange how certain songs can connect to others and yet have separate albums assembled. Strip cartoon is pretty much a lost soul of a tune but found its way onto this set. An early version of One Brown Mouse, originally found on Heavy Horses gives way to an incomplete sound as well. The video aspects are on the DVD’s with TV specials, surround sound capability, and remasters. This collection is a most interesting assortment of Jethro Tull at a time when they weren’t too old then and certainly the music is not prepared to die.