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Sunnie Paxson All Star Band Jazz La Femme Celebrates Women

  03/23/16 14:07, by , Categories: Dan Grigor, Featured Artist, Uncategorized , Tags: Cynthia Calhoun, E Spot Lounge, Jazz Le Femme, The Alley, Vitello's, Women's History Month, stanley clarke, sunnie paxson

By Dan Grigor

Last night I had the opportunity to spend a little time "backstage" with Sunnie Paxson's All-Star Band, Jazz La Femme, and it was wonderful

We gathered at a famous rehearsal studio in North Hollywood. Music studio to the stars since 1972, The Alley on Lankershim is Old Hollywood, in before "NoHo" was in. You could actually feel the music history in the room as they played. Steeped in LA's best music, the star-stained walls of The Alley are covered with handwritten scrawls from the literally thousands of musicians that have tightened up their chops under its roof.

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John Evans: An Evening with "The Beat Generation" and The Sunnie Paxson Quartet

  08/14/15 23:39, by , Categories: BFMN Exclusive, Artist Interview, Dan Grigor, Review , Tags: Beat, Ginsberg, Kerouac, WordJazz, doug webb, jazz, john evans, kulaks woodshed, sunnie paxson

When I was a kid I had the obligatory crazy uncle. As a matter of fact I had a wacky Aunt and Uncle. Aunt Edie and Uncle Hank. They were delightfully nuts. They were artists, he a sculptor, she painted in oils. He made vases and beautiful art pieces. She drew fences you could drag a stick along, they were so real. They were political activists and campaigned for McGovern. They flashed peace signs and wore fringe. Well not Hank. Every day he wore slacks, a short-sleeve button-down dress shirt and tie over his bit of a belly, to go with is black horn-framed glasses; of the first hipster generation he was. They were called beatniks then. Aunt Edie in her barrette and peasant skirts and campaign buttons he in his hornrims and big black shoes haunted local poetry bars and open mics where, often, their art was displayed. They were talented, outspoken and quite successful. Brooklyn, from their art studio, was beautiful then. Brownstones and falling leaves, little shops and gin joints and, to us from the suburbs down to visit for the weekend, it was magical.

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The King is dead. Long live the King.

  05/14/15 22:28, by , Categories: Music News, BFMN Exclusive, Dan Grigor, Featured Artist , Tags: _apollo theater_, _bb king_, _dan grigor_, _tree of hope_, apollo, harlem, nyc

By Dan Grigor

I grew up on the guitar. Got my first one, a toy, at 4 years old and my first real one a year later. It was a thing of beauty. My dad bought it for me. It was handmade in Spain and it came with free flamenco guitar lessons in the Bronx. That became our visitation outing. My Dad would come by and pick me up in the Cadillac and we’d ride downtown… walk up the creaky wooden stairs and learn music… some of my fondest memories. Thus began my addiction, obsession and passion for the guitar.

There are few guitar players who have been more influential in my life than B.B. King.

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School's Never Really Out for Alice Cooper

  04/15/13 05:26, by , Categories: Music News, BFMN Exclusive, Dan Grigor, Contest or Giveaway , Tags: alice cooper, dark matter, graphic novel, kickstarter, orianthi, todd moyer, tom sheppard, uncle alice presents

By Dan Grigor

When I first heard about this project I debated with myself for a while about running the press release or an article.

A) It is a Kickstarter project. I am inundated with folks who would like a little ink to help raise money.
B) It’s Alice friggin’ Cooper! Aside from just running the press release, could I come up with an angle no one else has done on Alice?

Since it is Alice Cooper I can get past A) because I think he’s doing it right. B) was a little more difficult…

I thought to myself… Oh! I know! I’ll start out with a catchy headline. Something like “School’s never really out for Alice Cooper.” Then I could rehash all the bizarre stage stuff and put in some pics of Alice in full makeup. Ok, let’s see what have other folks done… searching… reading… Damn. OK… What else could we do… Back to the basics I guess.

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A Quiet but Eternal Legacy

  03/24/13 20:26, by , Categories: Music News, Dan Grigor , Tags: ambassador of music, bulletin board, dan grigor, edward lawrence robinson, guitar lessons, larry robinson, les paul, music store, musical instrument, open mic, pete_s music

By Dan Grigor

I worked for a while in a little rustic music store in a tiny little town, selling high-school band instruments, guitars, strings and stuff. I also did minor repairs and gave guitar lessons. It was an altogether unforgettable experience with so many stories I really wouldn’t know where to begin.  Until now.

There is a horrible story playing out in a tiny little town near me. You see, the guy that worked there in the tiny little music store, Pete’s Music of Temecula, was beaten and robbed. Apparently, someone came in, tied him up, beat him within an inch of his life, took a guitar and left him for dead. He died. Aside from the obvious, his family and close friends, he leaves behind a quiet but eternal legacy. He was the local Music Store Guy. In case you are unaware of the huge responsibility that is, let me enlighten you.

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Painted Daizies - Sweet Country Harmonies and Heels

  11/20/12 20:57, by , Categories: Music News, BFMN Exclusive, Bands, Dan Grigor, Review, Featured Artist, Awesome Nobodies , Tags: dan grigor, kaitlyn weathers, lindsey carrier, painted daizies, trax equestrian center
By Dan Grigor

Let me introduce you to our latest find. Painted Daizies is a SoCal-based duo who are blending their voices and sharing their talents for great local causes. If you’re not from around here you may have never heard of them and that, my friends, is gonna change.  Today.

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Heavy Metal Heroes Hate Fest

  05/23/12 16:09, by , Categories: Music News, BFMN Exclusive, Take It From Me, Dan Grigor , Tags: bill ward, black sabbath, boycott, dan grigor, metaltalk_net, reunion

The net is abuzz with the Bill Ward and Black Sabbath debacle. I am absolutely flabbergasted that things have come to this. The principals in this story are acting like children and it really bothers me.  Emotionally invested Sabbath fans have taken a few hits. Band issues and the TV show and Tony Iommi and lymphoma and, of course, Dio’s death. For this to happen so near that anniversary, although it is likely a coincidence, makes it a little more bothersome.

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