Playing for Change in NY

Bushman, John Rosenfelder, Mermans Kenkosenke and Mohammed Alidu backstage at Town Hall NY (Photo by Greg Johnson)

My first encounter with the Playing for Change tour was at Town Hall on October 25. For those in the house, it was a joyous evening of song and positivity. Joining the tour that night was Bushman, […]

Playing for Change: Ruben Rodriguez

Ruben Rodriguez was born in New York City and grew up in East Harlem and Puerto Rico. He has been recognized as one of the best and hardest-working Latin music bass players in the United States. Mr. Rodriguez, who’s father played classical guitar, taught himself the bass in junior high then spent some time under […]

Femi, Son of Fela

Femi Kuti and Positive Force on stage at The Fillmore of New York (Irving Plaza to you and me)

Fela Anikulapo Kuti may be one of the greatest musicians the world has ever known. He brought a James Brown influence to African music and sang songs for the people exposing oppression by corporations and […]

A Final Visit to Manny's Music on 48th St.

Ibanez and Dean guitars on display at Manny's

This weekend, I made a final pilgrimage to Manny’s Music on 48th St., one of the greatest places in New York City. It has been a mainstay of the City’s music street, where most of the stores sell instruments, dating back dozens of years. Times Square […]

Sunday Morning Gold: Blondie's "Heart of Glass" Video

Terrible video, incredible singer and song. Good shots of old New York too, including a green bus, The World Trade Center and The Bottom Line. BUT NOT CBGB’s. I wonder where it was filmed?