Under the apt moniker Billy Strings, 24-year-old William Apostol plays the kind of bluegrass you are meant to move to at music clubs. On his six-song EP from 2016, Strings gives listeners uptempo, locomotive rhythms and soulful country vocals that resonate with Southern flair and urgency.
If we lived in a perfect world, bands like Dangerbyrd would be the perfect bands. If we lived in an imperfect world, bands like Dangerbyrd would still be the perfect bands.
Vadim Neselovskyi "Get Up and Go"
Guatemalan singer-songwriter Mercedes Escobar is considered a "blues pilgrim" in her country, as well as one of its most promising talents. When Escobar was young, she was introduced to legends like Son House and Jimi Hendrix, and while exploring other facets of music with her guitar and voice, she has stayed true to the blues.
Ted Chubb "Gratified Never Satisfied"
I've been diggin' Nikki Hill since I first laid ears on her. With her blast furnace tirade full of ghosts, like Etta and Eartha and Tina, Nikki Hill embodies and defines vintage rock 'n' roll done right.
Tunes like "Barracuda" and "Magic Man" established Heart as one of the industry's biggest acts in the 1970's while simultaneously establishing Ann Wilson as one of its best singers. Wilson could go from a whisper to a scream and helped define what a rock vocalist should sound like.
In an attempt to distinguish between on-stage crazy and just plain, old, bat-shit nuts, Scott H. Biram has quoted me — me! — for years now. I once said, "We all wanna be entertained, but nobody wants to get stabbed in the head with a screwdriver."
I caught Santana in concert a couple of years ago, and the show was flawless. The crisp, clean sound, the lights, the backing band, and the man himself made me feel like I was at the Grammys.
On September 7, come down to Rochester's SOUTH WEDGE for a night of free music on the streets from great local musicians, plus ridiculous deals from neighborhood merchants. From 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., local shops will be offering special buys on food, drink, goods, and services.