Sunday, June 16, 2013

Carmen Souza @ The Regattabar, Saturday, June 15th

Carmen Souza and her band energized a full house at the first of two evening shows at The Regattabar in Cambridge, Mass.  Born in Portugal and infused with Cape Verdean and African rhythms, Carmen and her band delivered a strong set with plenty of space for band solos.

Carmen is touring behind her new CD, Kachupada.  Her band (drum, piano and bass) is strong on every instrument and showed a real zest for getting rhythms into the audience.  Catch her on tour and check out her music, too.

Cheers,

Greg

Monday, April 1, 2013

Paul Williams, R.I.P.

Paul Williams brought Crawdaddy to life, and Crawdaddy fueled my love of and interest in music.  Sadly, Paul passed away last week. I used to sit outside The Harvard Coop waiting for the delivery of new issues.  (How I knew the delivery schedule eludes me today.)

Crawdaddy was informed and exceptionally well written rock journalism.  Everything else followed it IMHO.  I was definitely impressionable at the time, but the impression stuck, and I'm still happy with it today.

Cheers,

Greg

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Zig Ziglar, R.I.P.

Zig Ziglar was a very prolific motivational speaker.  Everyone knows Dale Carnegie, but Zig was more accessible (at least for me.)  I used some of his cassettes to help orient myself to being more effective at my work (e.g., for my team members and customers) back in the 80's.  I wasn't alone.

Cheers,

Greg

Friday, November 9, 2012

The Travel Industry Takes On Human Trafficking

Human trafficking is growing.  Unwitting accomplices in the travel industry are focusing on the problem and trying to do something about it.  I support the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women.  You should, too. 

Cheers,

Greg

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Rockaway Beach Needs Your Help

Good friends of mine rent a house there each summer.  Their friends live their year around and saw their homes destroyed.  Watch This.  Make a difference and fulfill a need through Occupy Sandy's Registry on Amazon.com.  I did.  You can learn more about Occupy Sandy here.

Cheers,

Greg

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Trixie Whitley @ Cafe 939 in Boston

Trixie Whitley kicked off her solo tour in Boston last night in a small room on Boylston Street: The Red Room at Cafe 939.  She's a very emotive performer, and you need to experience her music live to really feel the impact of her work.  Her band (drums, bass guitar) was super, too.

She has a few releases available, and she's planning a major release for January.  Try to catch her on this tour.  It will be a memorable night.  This room is also a star of its own...capacity 200, open space with a few seats.  No alcohol (which makes it better IMHO as there's much less chatter.)

Cheers,

Greg

Sunday, October 21, 2012

RZA Hits The Big Screen

I've been a fan of RZA since I saw that he scored Ghost Dog, a movie I can't watch often enough.  Now he's directed a feature film being released November 2nd: The Man With The Iron Fists.  I'll definitely be there to see it that weekend.

His music has always engaged me, too.  I've listened to Wu Tang, but their writing (his, really) has always been more inspirational for me than their music, and I like their music.

Cheers,

Greg