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Known for his pyrotechnic technique with the pop metal band of yesterday Danger Danger, guitarist Andy Timmons has collaborated with guitar heroes and monsters like Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, Eric Johnson, and Steve Morse. His studio work is extremely broad, too, including work with artists from Paul Stanley to Olivia Newton-John and the Beach Boys.
Multiple Grammy Award-winners and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees Earth, Wind & Fire are credited with changing the face of Black Pop of the 60's and early 70's with its energetic blend of funk, soul, and R&B. The band has recorded a plethora of instantly recognizable hits over its nearly 50-year history, like "Boogie Wonderland," "September," and "Shining Star." Go and get your groove back.
The phrase "Casals playing Bach" is not just a shorthand phrase for transcendent music making; it's also a metaphor for profound artistic integrity. When the young Spanish cellist Pau (Pablo) Casals discovered the Bach suites for solo cello at the turn of the 20th century, they were virtually unknown; his recitals and recordings made them a cornerstone of the repertoire — especially his 1930's HMV reading of the suites, made in London while the Spanish Civil War raged.
If you haven't heard Tamela Mann as a gospel singer, you may have seen her as an actor in several Tyler Perry movies ("Diary of a Mad Black Woman," "Madea's Big Happy Family"), or on a number of TV shows, including the sitcom "Meet the Browns." But as her five albums, a long list of musical awards and nominations, and her status as 2014 Female Gospel Artist of the Year prove, Mann is definitely in her element singing the Word in church — or on stage, like when she headlines at the Auditorium Theatre this Saturday night.
"Tierra Mestiza" is the name of a beautiful traditional folk song, and the name of a wonderful duo featuring guitarist Omar Tamez and pianist Angelica Sanchez. Naming their instruments does not begin to do justice to Tamez — who also coaxes ethereal sounds from a nose flute, a mbira (thumb piano), and a host of other instruments — and Sanchez whose piano style ranges from powerfully percussive to gorgeously subtle.
The title of Boston-based rapper Michael Christmas' first mixtape, "Is This Art?," lends the impression that Christmas will be taking the listener on a journey of existential crises and spiritual dilemmas. It's true, but not in the way you expect.
In what promises to an impassioned, fun performance filled with poignancy, the stunning singer Ellis Hall will join the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and Principal Pops Conductor Jeff Tyzik in Kodak Hall for a set of classic tunes from some of the best singer-songwriters in 20th century popular music: David Bowie, Sam Cooke, George Harrison, Lerner and Loewe, Stevie Wonder, and Ray Charles (Hall's mentor, among them). A former front man for the soul and R&B band Tower of Power, Hall is a tremendously effusive and generous performer, with an infectious voice tailor-made for smooth melodies.
As the last few warm days come and go, and the autumn season settles in, local classical trio Gossamer Edge will bring the evocatively titled program "Garden of Delights" to the Lyric Theatre on Saturday. The instrumentation of the trio — with pianist Paula Rodney Bobb, flutist Rita George Simmons, and mezzo-soprano Allyn Van Dusen — is well-balanced and well-suited to the acoustic environs of the Lyric Theatre's mainstage.