Does ‘Dreamgirls’ Offer Lowdown on Motown?

Does ‘Dreamgirls’ Offer Lowdown on Motown?
The movie Dreamgirls tells the story of the rise of a small black record label and the ups and downs of its star girl group. The plot draws quite a bit from the story of Motown Records, its founder Berry Gordy Jr., and the Supremes. But how much of the …
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Jimmy Ruffin, Motown Hitmaker, Dead at 78
Singer Jimmy Ruffin, who had hits with “What Becomes of the Brokenhearted” and “Hold On (To My Love),” died Monday in a Las Vegas hospital, according to The Associated Press. He was 78. No details were immediately available about the cause of death.
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Motown lives again with ‘Masters of Soul’
If you are able to take these selections and run with them (no judgment if you’re off-key), then you are heading in the right direction for Saturday night’s “Masters of Soul” concert at the Oxford Performing Arts Center. The ensemble music revue …
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Spin names the 100 greatest guitarists of all time

Spin names the 100 greatest guitarists of all time
(CBS News) Who are the greatest guitarists of all time? Eric Clapton? Slash? Jimi Hendrix, perhaps? Think again. Spin magazine came up with the top 100 guitarist of all time, and none of them made the cut. Neither did classic guitarists Keith Richards …
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10 Overlooked Japanese Metal Guitarists That Deserve Your Attention
At the very core of a good heavy metal band, especially in sub-genres such as power, speed or thrash metal, is a guitarist who can set the tone, leading the way for their respective bands with creative riffs and exciting solos. This holds true especially …
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Rolling Stone fucks up big-time with its 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time
The once-revered Rolling Stone magazine released its list of the “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time” on its website today, and man, does it suck. “We assembled a panel of top guitarists and other experts to rank their favorites and explain what separates …
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How bluegrass music blossomed in Brown County

How bluegrass music blossomed in Brown County
Bean Blossom in northern Brown County is home to one of the most important institutions in bluegrass music — the Bill Monroe Bean Blossom Bluegrass Festival. Every June, about 20,000 fans of the oldest continuously operating bluegrass festival in the …
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Bluegrass returns to Old Mobeetie
The annual Old Mobeetie Music Festival kicks off Friday with a lineup of seven featured bands. Festivities open at 6 p.m. Friday at the courthouse square in Old Mobeetie, located about 33 miles east of Pampa off of Texas Highway 152. The lineup includes …
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Kids on Bluegrass
Guestblogger Marina Gorbis is executive director at Institute for the Future. The title of this post is actually the name of the program started by the California Bluegrass Association, an organization that brings together young pickers, ages 3 to 18, to …
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Watch Wilco’s John Stirratt Talk Band Chemistry, Fave Bassists in New Video

Watch Wilco’s John Stirratt Talk Band Chemistry, Fave Bassists in New Video
Stirratt credits legendary session bassists such as Stax mainstay Donald “Duck” Dunn and country fixture Joe Osborn for helping him find his sound. He also discusses his reverence for classic Fender basses. “It really was the reason that rock & roll was …
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Early Buzz: Wealthy bassists, art vandals and more
Hey, everybody! I hope you’re having a happy and healthy week. Let’s kick off this Thursday with a few headlines: – First of all, check out my profile of Doctor Who’s Peter Capaldi. We hung out at the top of Rockefeller Center and even shot some video, in …
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List of 10 richest bassists in music revealed
The wealthiest bassists in music in 2014 have been revealed, featuring the less surprising likes of Paul McCartney, Roger Waters and Sting – but there are a few surprises in there. After the 12 highest paid DJs were revealed by Forbes earlier this week …
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Latest Music Festivals News

11 Awesome Asian Music Festivals to Attend in 2017
Until very recently there weren’t very many music festivals in the Far East beyond cultural events. However, over the last few years there has been a surge in large-scale music events – all with awe-inspiring production, international lineups and …
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2017 Country Music Festivals Guide
Country music festivals are as much a part of summer as the beach and baseball, but keeping track of them can be a chore. Taste of Country’s Country Music Festival guide actually begins in January with a fest that will remind you of summers past.
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Music Festivals: Peace, Love and a Business Battle
As music fans get ready to listen to Florence + the Machine, Paul McCartney and Alabama Shakes this weekend at Lollapalooza in Chicago, a turf war is heating up in the music-festival business. Lollapalooza, one of the oldest and most popular festivals, is …
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Latest Trombonists News

The 10 worst things about playing the trombone
Here are the 10 worst things that could only happen to you… Trombonists trump even the legendary ‘ba-dum tish’ sound when it comes to comedy. There’s the tragic wa-wa-wah, the pratfall waaaa-oooo-aaaap, and the Jonny Briggs theme tune for starters.
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On Key: An Accordion Player Fills an Orchestral Gap
Among its ranks, the New York Philharmonic counts 28 violinists, 11 cellists, four flutists, three trombonists and even one bass trombonist. But when the call came for an accordionist this past week, the orchestra had to go outside its circle. The ensemble …
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University of Redlands: Pokorny Low Brass Seminar slated July 5-9
July 7: Trombonists Timothy Higgins and Michael Mulcahy present a faculty recital at 4 p.m. in the Frederick Loewe Performance Hall in Watchorn Hall. • July 8: Sergio Carolino, tuba, presents a faculty recital at 4 p.m. in the University of Redlands …
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Latest Orchestras News

Oklahoma Youth Orchestras, OCU appoint Garcia to new conducting position
Oklahoma Youth Orchestras has partnered with the Wanda L. Bass School of Music at Oklahoma City Univeristy to appoint Eric Garcia to the new position of artistic director of the Oklahoma Youth Orchestras and associate professor and music director of the …
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Orchestras, Musicians, The Concert Experience, and Social Media
I’ve been at the League of American Orchestras Conference. Yesterday, I had the pleasure of co-facilitating a half-day “Digital Strategies” seminar with Vince Ford, Director of Digital Media from the New York Philharmonic and leading a peer session …
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Shift Festival unites North American orchestras
The Kennedy Center (2700 F St., N.W.) and Washington Performing Arts present “Shift: A Festival of American Orchestra” March 28-April 1. Orchestras collaborate to spotlight North American orchestras of all sizes. The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, the …
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Roja: The Top Mariachi Singers Of All Time

Roja: The Top Mariachi Singers Of All Time
Forget the Doritos adverts. Here’s the top acts you need to know if you ever want to move to Mexico… Forget the Doritos adverts. Here’s the top acts you need to know if you ever want to move to Mexico… Before you start reading this piece, some serious …
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Mariachi band makes 3-year-old boy with cancer an honorary mariachi
A Portland mariachi band presented a special gift on Sunday to one of its biggest little fans. Renvek Larson, a 3-year-old from Sutton, Alaska, regularly travels to Portland with his family for treatment of a rare form of cancer. On their last two visits …
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The Chicago Cubs celebrated Cinco de Mayo with a mariachi band in the clubhouse
The only thing that would’ve made this situation better was if bear cubs were brought in along with the mariachi band. Imagine that. Alysha Tsuji is a writer at FTW. She’s based in Los Angeles and enjoys writing about all sorts of sports.
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Bluegrass Festival

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Bluegrass Festival String instrumentalists play during The Fiddlers Roll Call at the Savannah Bluegrass Festival, Saturday, July 5. Check out this story on jacksonsun.com: http://www.jacksonsun.com/picture-gallery/entertainment/events/2014/07/07/bluegrass …
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Waste Services of the Bluegrass, LLC – Lexington
Waste Services of the Bluegrass (WSB), a family of seven companies that is locally owned and operated. We are an environmental company based in the heart of the Bluegrass region, in Lexington, Kentucky. Since our founding in 1997, our mission has remained …
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Bonnaroo: Bad Bluegrass Jokes
Two more stray thoughts from Friday: Someone explain to me the deep and abiding connection between bluegrass virtuosity and jokes that make you groan. Does staring at a fretboard cause hypertrophy of the bad-pun sector of the brain? I dropped by the …
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Gospel music legend Andrae Crouch dies

MusicGospel music legend Andrae Crouch dies
(CNN) — Andrae Crouch, a seven-time Grammy winner and gospel music legend, died Thursday at a Los Angeles-area hospital, his publicist said on his website. Crouch was 72 and had been hospitalized at Northridge Hospital Medical Center since Saturday.
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Gospel Music’s Revolutionary
The Love Center Choir will perform on Sunday, June 22 (6 p.m., $ 10). The Music & Arts Conference Mass Choir will perform on Friday, June 27 (7 p.m., free). At Love Center Ministries (10440 International Blvd., Oakland). HawkinsGospelConference.org Edwin …
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Gospel Machine bring ‘balls-out Jesus’ to gospel music
“A group of five people who write gospel music walk into a bar…” Minneapolis group Gospel Machine takes what sounds like the beginning of a joke, but turn it into neo-soul and gospel music that’s reworked into a whole new sound. The band — consisting …
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