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Greenwich Town Party: A Wickedly Good Surprise

by Holley Dey, Louise Uznanski, Richard Uznanski

Greenwich Town Party organizer Mark Vallely was at the microphone and in mid sentence when he was abruptly interrupted.  Seems the Town Party was also a birthday party, and the crowd was encouraged to sing their congratulations.  We did, nearly in unison and almost in tune.  Mark was then informed that his birthday gift was ready.  When the deliveryman was called from the wings, there was a collective gasp from the crowd and a sudden surge to the front as singer/songwriter Dave Matthews took center stage for an unannounced and unexpected solo acoustic set. Read more

Appel Farm Arts & Music Festival Boasts Strong Lineup for June 2 Event

The Appel Farm Arts & Music Festival is considered one of New Jersey’s premier summer events.  Held each year on the first Saturday in June, the Festival celebrates the songwriter, specializing in folk, blues, alt-country, roots and acoustic rock music.  While the performance schedule includes some of the best known names in contemporary music, the event also promotes a sense of discovery by introducing emerging artists, many of whom have gone on to achieve long-term success. Read more

Keb’ Mo’ on Tour: Behind the Scenes with Musician Michael B. Hicks

by Holley Dey, audiovisual media courtesy of Michael B. Hicks

Newly arrived in Singapore, the band headed straight from the airport for the familiar Golden Arches and a welcome taste of home.   Half a world and half a day away, it can be a challenge to stay connected to everyday places and to the people that matter.  As tour dates have stretched across time and continents, the newest and youngest member of the Keb’ Mo’ band has placed a premium on learning how to maintain relationships complicated by distance.  It hasn’t been easy.  When the band opened for Earth Wind & Fire in New Zealand, Michael was so excited that he picked up the phone to share the joy with his father, only to remember that the senior Mr. Hicks was fast asleep in a different place, and on a different day. Read more

Connecticut Country Living with Taylor Hicks & the Jamie McLean Band

Blog and all photos/video by Louise Uznanski, Richard Uznanski and Holley Dey.

Taylor Hicks Jamie McLean Band Read more