Reviews and Blog Posts: music

Guitarist Laurie Dameron

Guitarist Laurie Dameron will be performing at the Schlessman Family Branch Library on Sunday, February 6 at 2:00 p.m.

Laurie Dameron is a Billboard Magazine award recipient, and has been playing guitar for over 40 years. She has performed at hundreds of venues both in and outside of Colorado, and her versatile selections include folk, instrumental, country, blues, and jazz music.

Scotland Rocks!

When most people think of Scottish music, an image of a man in a plaid skirt comes to mind. But there's a lot more than bagpipes and fiddles going on north of Hadrian's Wall.

I'm the sort of person who really likes music, but who doesn't really care a lot about bands. My friends (who are in a very good band called My God Micah) must get exasperated with me because I never know who sings any song and am totally clueless about which bands play what shows where.

It Was 30 Years Ago Today

John: New York City

On December 8, 1980, John Lennon died in front of his Manhattan home.

It was the first "Kennedy moment" in my life, a memory that still seems fresh, almost like it happened yesterday. My ritual of falling asleep while listening to an old-school "digital" clock radio (the one with the rotating flat panels for each number), was jarringly interrupted by the breaking news that John Lennon had been shot in New York City. I leapt out of bed, ran downstairs, and stood motionless in front of the TV as Howard Cosell, on Monday Night Football, announced that John Lennon was dead. One of my heroes had been murdered, and it simply did not make any sense.

Sinner or Saint

I enjoy watching Ovation and was recently reminded of the amazing talent of Sarah Vaughan. Her vinyl album Sarah Vaughan in Hi-Fi, produced by Columbia, was a favorite at home.

I would duet with Sarah as a kid and while too young to understand the pathos of the lyrics, I was old enough to appreciate her incredible voice. If you're not familiar with Sarah Vaughan, treat yourself to 16 Most Requested Songs. I am fond of her ballads which are featured on After Hours.

Learn to Moonwalk at the Byers Branch Library

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Join resident dance instructor Isaiah Borum as he provides you with a free dance lesson to Michael Jackson's 25th Anniversary of Motown Billie Jean performance!

Where: Byers Branch Library

When: Friday, July 16, 3 p.m.

Class is limited to 12 participants, ages 13 and up. Please register at the Byers Branch Library circulation desk or by calling 720-865-0160. Refreshments will be served.

Want more Michael Jackson? Try one of these great items:

Movies:

Michael Jackson's This Is It

Number Ones

Moonwalking: The True Story of Michael Jackson

CDs:

The Essential Michael Jackson

My treadmill and BET

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I gained 60 lbs back this year after acquiring a DVR and serving on a book committee. One of my helpful siblings offered me a roll of duct tape or the loan of a treadmill. I chose the treadmill.

So I happily gave my treadmill a trial run while watching the previously recorded BET awards hosted by one of my favorite performers, Queen Latifah.  What a show!  The press mainly reported on Chris Brown's emotional performance but the highlight for me was the musical tribute by various artists (including

FREE MUSIC? ONLINE? AND LEGAL, TOO?

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Do you want to try some new music and not spend ANY money?  I'm talking free, folks!  Your tax dollars at work.

Yes, the Library has many CDs (22,085 titles today, to be exact) but that's not what I'm talking about right now.  Bet you didn't know we had streaming music that you can listen to day or night and never leave your home. All you need is a Denver Public Library card, an Internet connection, and Adobe Flash Player 9 or higher (free). 

Tunes and Tubes this Sunday

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This Sunday's gonna be a great one for Fresh City Life!  Outside we have the venerable Curt Wallach teaching you how to fix your own bike from 1-3, and inside we have the dazzling Esme Collins singing her heart out in the great hall from 2-3. These are two hip young movers and shakers in Denver-

Curt is the owner of The Track Shack and the head of Cheetah Courier- in other words, nothing happens with bikes in Denver that Curt doesn't know about. Covered in tattoos and often sporting a gnarly mullet, Curt is a new mold of Fresh City Life presenter. And Esme, well, Esme is a downright Denver celebrity, comprising one of the three angelic voices in the band Paper Bird- she's got class, she's got style, she's a lady.

"Just Kids" is Rock n' Roll Love

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"Just Kids" is Patti Smith's memoir of her relationship with New York City, art, music, and most of all, Robert Mapplethorpe. It chronicles Smith and Mapplethorpe's adventures as young, unknown artists in New York City, up until Mapplethorpe's death.

Patti Smith is known as an accomplished musician and poet. In her new book Just Kids Smith reflects on life before she and her friend Robert Mapplethorpe established themselves as professional artists.

We jam econo the story of the Minutemen

DPL Rating:
5

After seeing concert footage, new interviews with surviving members Mike Watt and George Hurley, and hearing amazing stories from people like John Doe (X), Thurston Moore (Sonic Youth) and even Mike Watt's mom, I dare you not to love this band. A must-see for any fan of punk/hardcore.

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