THE MIDNIGHT SPECIAL COLLECTOR'S EDITION RELEASED!

LATE NIGHT'S ORIGINAL ROCK N' ROLL SHOW IS BACK!

THE MIDNIGHT SPECIAL COLLECTOR'S EDITION

Burt Sugarman's Groundbreaking Late Night Variety Show, Featuring Live Performances from the Biggest Stars of the Time Will Be Available from StarVista Entertainment/Time Life in Three Configurations: the 11-Disc COLLECTOR'S EDITION ($99.95), Containing Almost Ten Hours of Live Music -- Nearly Five Hours of Bonus Features and a 32-page Collector's Book, a 6-Disc Retail Set with 96 Complete Performances ($59.95 srp) and a single-DVD ($12.95srp)

Artists Featured include Aerosmith, Alice Cooper, Bee Gees, Earth, Wind & Fire, Electric Light Orchestra, Fleetwood Mac, Gordon Lightfoot, Heart, Helen Reddy, Jim Croce, John Denver, KC and the Sunshine Band, LaBelle, Linda Ronstadt, Marvin Gaye, Captain & Tennille, Peter Frampton, REO Speedwagon, Steely Dan, The Doobie Brothers, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Village People, and Many More

THE COLLECTOR'S EDITION WILL BE AVAILABLE EXCLUSIVELY ONLINE AT MIDNIGHTSPECIALDVDS.COM -- PRE-ORDER BEGINS AUGUST 12; RETAIL RELEASES start SEPTEMBER 9

Fairfax, VA -- In the period between American Bandstand and MTV, several shows tried to bring rock n' roll to televison. In the wake of Elvis Presley and the Beatles' debut on The Ed Sullivan Show, '60s series like Hullabaloo, Shindig and The Music Scene featured rock and pop performers. But it wasn't until The Midnight Special premiered on August 19, 1972, that rock n' roll found its own home on the air.

This September, the TV DVD archivists at StarVista Entertainment/Time Life will bring consumers back to the '70s for the seminal, groundbreaking live music TV show on DVD, featuring extensive bonus features! THE MIDNIGHT SPECIAL COLLECTOR'S EDITION, available exclusively online at MIDNIGHTSPECIALDVDS.COM beginning August 12, 2014 will be released in a beautifully-packaged 11-disc set, featuring nearly 5 hours of specially-produced bonus features and a 32-page collector's book. There will also be two retail configurations, available September 9: a 6-disc set and a single DVD.


"Every kid, every 20 year old and every 30 year old was watching" --Alice Cooper

"It was before MTV, it was before music video, so it gave us our first opportunity to play on TV, play live for our fans on television" --Kevin Cronin, REO Speedwagon

Let the Midnight Special shine her light on me, Let the Midnight Special shine her ever-loving light on me... --Traditional Lyric

It's one of the definitive documents of what was really going on in music then."
--Steve Miller

Back in the early '70s, the only ways for fans to see their favorite rock stars were in concert or in the pages of magazines like Rolling Stone or Creem. So the idea for The Midnight Special, which ran on NBC from 1972 to 1981, came to creator Burt Sugarman in a light-bulb moment. A veteran of producing Grammy Awards telecasts, Sugarman was frustrated by the network's lack of programming after The Tonight Show -- the screen reverting to test patterns at 1:00 a.m. A next-door neighbor to Johnny Carson, Sugarman recognized this TV wasteland for what it was: a place where he could cater to an audience that craved seeing its latest rock n' roll heroes brought into their livin rooms every Friday night. And, with the pilot, which premiered at 1:00 a.m. on August 19, 1972 with Johnny Rivers rendition of "The Midnight Special," Leadbelly's classic gospel song, he did just that.

"The Midnight Special was one of the greatest music television shows that was ever done."
--Barry White


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The Midnight Special's electric lineup reflected the show's commitment not only to rock, but also to mirroring the Top 40 melting pot of the 70s, including genres such as folk, blues, R&B, soul, country and pop. For much of the run, the show was presided over by the legendary, gravelly-voiced DJ Wolfman Jack (Brooklyn-born Bob Smith), who was recruited as a permanent announcer and made his debut in Episode 2; he would go on to become the living symbol of the show and a powerful draw for performers who were more than happy to share the stage with him. A variety of guest hosts appeared along with Wolfman Jack over the years including such '70s music icons as the Bee Gees, David Bowie, Alice Cooper, Loggins and Messina, Richard Pryor, The O'Jays, Electric Light Orchestra, KC & the Sunshine Band, plus frequent host Helen Reddy. Viewers and members of the studio audience were treated to one-of-a-kind concert events direct from The Midnight Special stages featuring anyone from Aerosmith, Alice Cooper, Bee Gees and Earth, Wind & Fire to Electric Light Orchestra, Fleetwood Mac, Heart, Jim Croce or John Denver, performing their biggest hits live. Additionally, The Midnight Special featured the day's top comedic talents, such as Richard Pryor, Bylly Crystal, George Carlin, Andy Kaufman, Steve Martin, and Freddie Prinze, among many others.

A "must-have" for fans of '70s music and '70s pop culture, THE MIDNIGHT SPECIAL COLLECTOR'S EDITION, priced to add every music lover's home entertainment collection at $99.95, features eight discs of 130 incredible live performances from the era's greatest stars (carefully selected from 423 complete shows), one disc of comedy performances and two discs of specially-produced, exclusive bonus programming, including interviews with Peter Frampton, Alice Cooper, Loggins & Messina, Eddie Money, George Benson, Charlie Daniels, Todd Rundgren, Helen Reddy, Neil Sedaka, creator Burt Sugarman and many more; as well as 12 featurettes, including "The History of The Midnight Special," "Wolfman at Midnight," "Star-Studded Stage Fashion," "No Safety Net: Live on TV," "I am Woman: Helen Reddy as Host," "Benson& Frampton Talk Shop," "The Making of The Midnight Speical," "The Legacy of The Midnight Special," a Burt Sugarman featurette and more. Additionally, the collector's set includes a 32-page, ful-color booklet with an intro from Burt Sugarman, artist photos, liner notes and more.


tompettymidnightspecialWith nearly 10 hours of live performances, THE COLLECTOR'S EDITION features a roster of "who's who" in '70s music, including:

· Aerosmith / "Dream On"

· Alice Cooper/Medley: "Eighteen/Only Women/Billion Dollar Babies"

· Bee Gees / "Nights on Broadway"

· Earth, Wind & Fire / "Shining Star"

· Electric Light Orchestra / "Evil Woman"

· Fleetwood Mac / "Over My Head"

· Gordon Lightfoot / "Sundown"

· Heart / "Crazy On You"

· Helen Reddy / "I Am Woman"

· Jim Croce / "Bad, Bad Leroy Brown"

· John Denver / "Take Me Home, Country Roads"

· KC and the Sunshine Band / "That's The Way (I Like It)"

· LaBelle / "Lady Marmalade"

· Linda Ronstadt / "When Will I Be Loved"

· Marvin Gaye / "Let's Get it On"

· Neil Sedaka / Captain & Tenille / "Love Will Keep Us Together"

· Peter Frampton / "Show Me The Way"

· REO Speedwagon / "Keep on Loving You"

· The Doobie Brothers / "Listen to the Music"

· Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers / "American Girl"

THE COLLECTOR'S EDITION also includes some unique collaborations that were a hallmark of The Midnight Special, such as:

· Aretha Franklin & Ray Charles / "Takes Two to Tango"

· Carlos Santana & George Benson / "Breezin'"

· Etta James & Dr. John / "I'd Rather Go Blind"

· Gladys Knight & B. B. King / "The Thrill is Gone"

· Helen Reddy & The Bee Gees / "To Love Somebody"

· John Denver & Cass Elliot / "Leaving on a Jet Plane"

· Neil Sedaka/Captain & Tenille / "Love Will Keep Us Together"

The 6-disc retail set ($59.95srp) and the single ($12.95srp), will include 96 and 16 live performances, respectively, and a host of bonus features.

"It was so electric in the studio. We knew we were blazing new trails."
--Creator Burt Sugarman

A musical microcosm of its era with highlights offering some of the most indelible moments of the '70s airwaves, The Midnight Special has, at long last, been preserved for music lovers everywhere. And with in-depth features and interviews, home audiences can truly visit the '70s any time, courtesy of StarVista Entertainment/Time Life.Online Exclusive Collection includes:

· 11 DVDs in deluxe collector's edition packaging

· 32-page collector's booklet with an intro by creator Burt Sugarman, liner notes from The Hollywood Reporter's Contributing Editor Roy Trakin and archival photos

· Almost 5 hours of specially-created featurettes, in-depth interviews and more.

· Twelve featurettes including: "Benson & Frampton Talk Shop," "Burt Sugarman," "George Benson: Early Influences," "I Am Woman: Hellen Reddy as Host," "No Safety Net: Live on TV," "Songwriting" Featurette, "Star-Studded Stage Fashion," "The Musical Diversity of The Midnight Special," "The History of The Midnight Special," and "Wolfman at Midnight"

· Interviews with: Alice Cooper, Burt Sugarman, Charlie Daniels, Christopher Cross, David Steinberg, Eddie Money, Frankie Valli, George Benson, Harry Wayne Casey, Helen Reddy, Kevin Cronin (REO Speedwagon), Loggins & Messina, Mark Goodman (MTV), Melissa Manchester, Neil Sedaka, O'Jays, Peter Frampton, Robert Bell, Thelma Houston, Todd Rundgren

THE MIDNIGHT SPECIAL COLLECTION (6 DISCS)
Street Date: September 9
Price: $59.95 srp
Run time: 8 hrs, 27 mins.

THE MIDNIGHT SPECIAL (SINGLE)
Street Date: September 9
Price: $12.95 srp

Something for Everyone at Boston Calling

The Boston Calling Music Festival.

Boston Calling is a relatively new festival, and turning out to be a great event. The range and quality of music spanned seconds to decades, with bands that are up to date, side by side with veteran rockers, groovy indies and blasts of all out pop. There is something for everyone. Delicious food, historic location, great sound and a fun festivius atmosphere, will make this event catch on quickly and bring New England many returns. You can view the full line-up here:

boston-calling-admat-fall-2014It was a stroke of genius for the promoters to have two full stages with no overlapping sets. On Saturday, The Hold Steady gave a nail on a head rockin' performance.theholdsteady121  Hold Steady photos are here.

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The REPLACEMENTS are CALLING! At Boston Calling Music Fest, 2014

THE MATS MEET AGAIN AT BOSTON CALLING MUSIC FEST!!!  

thereplacements48Boston Calling 2014 Photos of the Mats are HERE:

PRESS RELEASE: Boston Calling returns with a heavy hitting lineup this September 5, 6 and 7, 2014 at the city's historic City Hall Plaza [One City Hall Square, Boston, Massachusetts]. Produced by Crash Line Productions, Boston Calling will once again deliver 22 live performances this September. A limited number of tickets are still available for purchase at www.bostoncalling.com.

PERFORMANCE HIGHLIGHTS: As with the festival's three previous editions, September's lineup was co-curated by Aaron Dessner, the acclaimed songwriter and multi-instrumentalist of The National. After playing to a sold out crowd at the inaugural Boston Calling in May 2013, The National is back to headline and joining them at the top of the bill are 2014 Grammy winner and global vocal sensation, Lorde, The Replacements, back for their first Boston show since 1991, Nas, celebrating the 20th Anniversary of his debut album Illmatic and collaborating with The Roots, who will also perform their own set, and indie rock cult favorites Neutral Milk Hotel.

 

 The Replacements Review:

The Replacements at Boston Calling, 2014: Review, Photos, Set List

 

More to come !

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The Newport Jazz Festival Celebrates 60 Years!

Notes from the WeinSponsored by Natixis Wealth Management.

TICKETS ARE STILL ON SALE!

You can view the line-up and schedule here:

 
This year, the Fort Adams stage is now named the "Ertegun Fort Stage."
 
Headliners per day are:
 
Friday, Aug 1st, Amir ElSaffar Quintet, John Baptiste and Stay Human, Snarky Puppy. PM
 
Saturday, Aug 2nd, Newport NOW Band, Gregory Porter, Jazz at Lincoln Center and Wynton Marsalis, Trombone Shorty and Orleans Ave, Dave Holland Prism with Kevin Eubanks, Craig Taborn & Eric Harland.
 
Sunday, Aug 3rd, Bobby McFerrin, David Sanborn & Joey DeFrancesco with Billy Hart & Warren Wolf, Dr. John & The Nite Trippers, Django Festival All-Stars featuring Samson Schmitt, Ludovic Beier, Pierre Blanchard, DouDou Cuillerier, Peter Beets & Brian Torff.
 
It's always a great year for Jazz and the Newport Jazz Festival is a fantastic summer get away!!!
 

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The 13th Series 2014 Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival (XRIJF)

Written by: David N. Boyer l-r Chet Catallo, master guitarist, musician, composer, producer and teacher with David Boyer, photographer. Chet Catallo composed, produced and played with Spyro Gyra from Buffalo NY. He is a six time Grammy nominee. Now he is featuring,

Photography by: David Boyer Photography

(aka: "Bippy" Cartoonist / Caricaturist)

SPOILER ALERT! Yes, I'm going to be clever here and give you the ending first! If you really like Jazz, or enjoy seeing many venues with a very wide range of music, don't mind crowds over 185,000 plus, being swept in the undertow of a large mass of concert goers rain or shine, then plan on attending the 14th Series 2015 Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival (XRIJF) June 19-27, 2015. The concert producers realize they have the trust of many people to stage and schedule some of the best music genres and performers from all over the world. Many performers have Rochester and Western New York roots. Almost no concert goer walks away disappointed. Thousands are impressed with their spirits recharged to experience this internationally known jazz festival year after sell out year. Concert enthusiasts can order tickets or club passes early at the jazz festival website www.rochesterjazz.com.

An Interview with Chet Catallo of Spyro Gyra:

This year, everyone in jazz was celebrated at the XRIJF. From a student trumpeter, taught by Bob Sneider at the Eastman School of Music, to a major record album performer and composer, Chet Catallo of Spyro Gyra, the wide range of music presentations was exciting, and the talent was consistently excellent. 

Originally from Buffalo, New York and now with, Chet Catallo and the Cats, Chet was kind enough to give us a candid interview. We were very humbled and grateful to Mr. Catallo! You can follow his music on www.ChetCatallo.com. Watch the award winning Chet Catallo, of the well known jazz ensemble, Spyro Gyra, talk about his music writing, new projects, and the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival:

Read more: The 13th Series 2014 Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival (XRIJF)

Out On The Tiles

David Wax Museum at the Iron Horse Music Hall, Northampton, MA, December 1, 2011

Mexican Americana and the rise of the donkey jawbone.

David Wax Museum elevated a full house at the Iron Horse on December 1, 2011. The Boston based, folk ensemble lit the stage and achieved rock star status in the Americana field. Their Mexican influence, masterful harmonies,talented musicianship and the amazing donkey jawbone, peaked communal excitement.

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