Posts in category "music"

The History Lesson of the Pullman Porter Blues

The Pullman Porter Blues is a fascinating theatrical production.    It tells several stories.   The story is written by Cheryl West and directed by Chuck Smith and has just been extended to October 27 at The Goodman Theater.  The most important story for me was it is a play about how three generations of black males... Read more »

CeCe Penniston: Finally arrived and still moving forward!

By: George “Fable” Robinson    There are very few people that can attain this level of achievement in our entertainment industry but for a woman whose name is synonymous with topping the music charts of the 90’s dance era this should be somewhat easy.  Multi-talented and as equally interesting the powerhouse vocalist known as CeCe... Read more »

From the UK to the USA!

Nigel hails all the way from the UK . Nigel has been in the music business for a long time. I have had the pleasure of listening to Nigel’s new joint and thought you might enjoy it as well. This tune includes the sample of Nigel’s grandad’s tune called heaven. Nigel’s grandad is an afro... Read more »
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SMOKEY JOE IS A GREAT RETRO SHOW ON ROCK AND ROLL!

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SMOKEY JOE’s CAFÉ is playing at the Royal George Cabaret, 1641 North Halsted.  The show was  just  extended to June 30 by popular demand.  It is no wonder why.  They have also just received 5 Jeff Nominations.   Way to go. This is a musical featuring the songs of  Rock’N Roll pioneers  -  Jerry Leiber and... Read more »

Dr. Calvin Peters: American Idol's Next Best Thing!

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Next to the stethoscope around his neck, Dr. Calvin Peters keeps a song in his heart. He likes to sing whether there’s an audience or not. This week, he’ll have one – a big one. The third-year resident in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation is stepping on the national stage to appear on American Idol’sHollywood auditions,... Read more »

Harry Belafonte

Harry Belafonte won the NAACP Springarn Medal at the Image Awards.  His long time friend, Sidney Poitier, presented it to him.  It was a magical moment on  the stage to see the senior actors on stage together hugging and having the next generation witnessing greatest. Mr. Belafonte reminded us that he was not an actor... Read more »
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An Evening with Barry Gordy at History Makers

It was a historic evening with Barry Gordy at The Art Institute for the History Makers affair, Saturday, November 17.  Barry Gordy, the musical icon was on stage being interviewed about his  luxurious career by award winning journalist Gwen Ifill. Gordy the creator of Motown revealed that he was the accomplished song writer in adddition... Read more »

Chicago is where it's at.

I wrote a post earlier this year about their being a surge in Chicago underground Hip Hop. I’ve seen alot of growth take place since I wrote the post. We’ve had around 10 artist ink major deals. Whether you support some of these artist like Chief Keef or not its still great exposure for our city.... Read more »

THE NDIGO GALA WAS AWESOME WITH LEGENDS OF SOUL.

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It was an awesome evening.  Legends de Soul brought it.  The evening was hosted by Art Norman,  of NBC and me.  We showcased  students past and presented the NDIGO 2012 scholars.  They were bright, smart and beautiful. The baton was passed to yet another generation, making it 286 schoalrships awarded to Chicago youth. Rick Odell... Read more »
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WHERE ARE THE SINGING GROUPS?

What happened to the group singers?  As we celebrate Black Music Month, I must ask what happened to the soul groups?    Once upon a time there were trios and quartets. Remember The Four Tops, Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes, Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, The Spinners, The Temptations, Martha and the Vandellas, The... Read more »