Husky Shows 2017 Concert Series

There are a few things that come to mind when you mention Sacramento. Let’s start here: It is the Capital of California. It is home to the Sacramento Kings Whether that is good or bad, you need to decide for yourself. There are also several museums to enjoy, as Sacramento has an interesting history and you can learn all about it. It is between the Bay Area and Reno, so I guess that is something.

It has also been the home of some really great jazz lineups over the years. Husky Shows was formed in 2001 by Tom Huiskens, and their mission is to bring top flight entertainment to the Sacramento area. Tom was involved with theKSSJ Smooth Jazz Summer Concert Series for nine years, and he also produced shows in the area for Christina Aguilera, P!nk, Journey, and many others.

Husky Shows 2017 Concert Series will bring some of the top jazz artists to the state capital for your listening pleasure.

July 8th the Rippingtons & Michael Lington

The season will kick off on July 8th with the Rippingtons and Michael Lington. I have been a fan of the Rippingtons for many years. They consistently have the best fusion sound, and many of their hits are uptempo. The group also experiments with many different sounds and genres. You can get latin flavor withMulata de Mi Amor, French stylings with Riviera Jam, and even some EDM flashes, courtesy of Wild Tales, the title track from their 2016 release.

Michael Lington is also on the bill. His style is old-school southern funk. Not bad from a musician who hails from Denmark.

He has worked with everyoneBarry Manilow to Kenny Latimore, and from Taylor Dayne to Ray Parker Jr.

August 12th Jazz Funk Soul & The Sax Pack

On August 12th, two of the jazz supergroups will hit the stage. Jazz Funk Soul features Jeff Lorber, Everette Harp, and Paul Jackson. Jr. he name pretty much says it all. You will get jazz with some funk and some soul.

Individually, these are three of the best in the business, but collectively, it is just another level.

The other group will be The Sax Pack. This Supergroup includes Jeff Kashiwa, Steve Cole and Jackiem Joyner. There have three album releases, and if you like the sax, then you must add these to your collection.

September 7th Jonathan Butler & Gerald Albright

September will kick off with a duo that has been touring together for the better part of a year, Jonathan Butler and Gerald Albright. I have written about these two at length on this site, so just enjoy these performances:

September 23rd Boney James

Boney James will appear on September 23rd. There’s nothing to say abut this artist, as he is one of the best artists out there. Just pick up any of his albums, and you will understand that James is a once in a lifetime talent.

All four shows should be amazing, so if you are in the Sacramento area, or even if you have to drive a little, do not miss these talented artists.


Husky Shows 2017 Concert Series

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Brian Owens New Single Ring Of Fire

New single forecasts Owens’ new SOUL OF CASHalbumhonoring the spirit and artof the Man In Black
NASHVILLE, TN (June 12, 2017) – What do country music icon Johnny Cashand sensational soul singerBrian Owens have in common?

Everything, according to Owens. He proves it on Ring Of Fire, the first single from his upcoming SOUL OF CASH album, available now from all major digital music vendors, including Spotify, iTunes, Amazon and Google Play.

Of all the singers and writers who have influenced me, the one who most helped me find my voice was Johnny Cash, says Owens, who has been lauded byRolling Stone as a vibrant soul singer who bridges a racial and generational divide.

Partly that’s because I could never sound like him, Owens continues. When I listen to Sam CookeandMarvin Gaye, they get inside of me. They infiltrated the fabric of my voice. But Johnny Cash was the switch that released so many other influences for me.

Brilliantly recast as a Memphis-flavored soulful strut, with Steve Cropper-style guitar playing Cash’s famous mariachi horn intro, Ring Of Fire has special meaning for Owens. Fire can cook your food or burn your house down, he observes. But fire in and of itself is not the issue of this song. It’s about respecting that fire, nurturing it, watching over it. Then, when it’s pure love that overtakes you, when it’s the love my wife gives to me, I fall into a burning ring of fire too – the fire of love burning in my heart.

Owens recently debuted Ring of Fire nationally with an exhilarating performance on Paste Sessions Live in New York that received more than 10,000 views during the live segment.Fans can watch the exclusive performance here:

Scheduled to release later this summer, SOUL OF CASH will also offer other Cash classics, including Folsom Prison Blues, Walk The Line, Man In Black and Sunday Morning Coming Down, each configured respectfully by Owens and his band, The Deacons Of Soul (Alvin Quinn, Shaun Robinson, Rob Woodie) to preserve the genius of the original versions while demonstrating their universal meaning and adaptability.
Brian Owens first attracted worldwide attention as lead singer with the U.S. Air Force bandSidewinder, whose videos drew more than 2.5 million hits on YouTube and led to appearances onEntertainment TonightandThe Ellen DeGeneres Show, at the White House, the World Series and many other major outlets. As founder and CEO of LIFE (Leadership, Innovation, Faith and Excellence) Arts Inc., he helps young people in his hometown community develop their leadership potential.As Artist in Residence with the E. Desmond Lee Fine Arts Collaborative at the University of Missouri St. Louis andmanager of the In Unison program in tandem with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, he helps connect young people with the city’s artistic institutions.

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KISS 104 Flashback Festival 2017

Music festivals are probably the single greatest invention in history. What, are you laughing? Usually they take place in the summer/early fall when the weather is nice, and the festivals always feature top flight artists, which makes it a non-stop party.

Back in the day, the Budweiser Superfest was the premium festival. Some of the names that come to mind are Jesse Johnson, Lakeside, Teena Marie, Frankie Beverly and Maze, Atlantic Starr, Rene & Angela. It was just insane.

Thankfully, the festivals are still happening, and there are still a few that have nice lineups.

Those of you in Atlanta will have theKISS 104 Flashback Festival 2017, and it will be happening on August 12. The Lakewood Amphitheatre will be the scene, and there will be a nice mix of acts for your musical pleasure.

Here is the lineup:

  • The Isley Brothers
  • Keith Sweat
  • Kid ‘N Play
  • Evelyn Champagne King

I don’t know about you, but I cannot believe that the Isley‘s are still out there doing it! They have been out there since 1959.

What about Keith Sweat? He and Teddy Riley started the New Jack Swing movement with the Make It Last Forever album.

Kid ‘N Play brought us comedy along with their music. In case you forgot, go back and check out the House Party films. They had a nice run with that franchise in the 1990’s

For those of you that are into DiscoFunk, Evelyn King is one of the originators. I dare you to play Love Come Down or I’m In Love. Those tracks will get you in the mood to party.

Showtime is 6pm, so get your tickets for this Old School event.

KISS 104 Flashback Festival 2017 tickets

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Jon B Concert Tickets 2017

I still remember the first time that I heard the song Someone To Love. It was from an unknown vocalist called Jon B., and it also featured Babyface. As I was listening, I said to myself, I thought this was a Jon B song, as quite frankly, it just sounded like Babyface.

I immediately listened to the song several times to figure out the skinny on this issue. I finally started to hear the differences in the two voices, but I was like, MAN! This is a singer!

The fact that he was endorsed by Babyface did not hurt either.

Since then, Jon has released several hits, including Are U Still Down, They Don’t Know, Don’t Talk, Don’t Say, and my favorite, Pretty Girl.

By the way, there’s a great remix for the track Don’t Say. It is the Love Hangover Remix, and it has that classic Diana Ross groove behind it. Check it out below and let me know what you think. I know it’s old, but it is still hot!

I know you still like those infectious grooves, and Jon will be performing spot dates in 2017, so be sure to go see him live if you get the chance.

One more thing, if you did not see the Unsung episode that premiered on January 19th, you can check it out here:

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Mattias Roos Movin’ Up Album Review

Swedish keyboardist Mattias Roos is set to release his full-length album, Movin’ Up on June 12. This is a ten track effort under the Skytown Records label. Roos takes care of the writing, arranging and production for the album. Special guests include Elan Trotman and U-Nam.

Mattias Roos Movin’ Up Album Review

The set opens with the title track, and Movin’ Up features the one of today’stop jazz guitarists, U-Nam. This is a great track to open the album. It is an uptempo song, and it shows off Roos’ piano chops. Take It Higher breaks it down a little, giving us a mid-tempo groove, and I nominate this track as the second single off the album.

Midnight Drive is up next. This is another uptempo song, and in addition to the fine piano lead, Roos gives us a synthesizer solo that adds some late ’80’s flavor to the track. If you want a nice, romantic track, then From Me To You is the one that you want. I especially like the sounds of the string parts. The mini guitar solo toward the end is not bad either.

This is one of those tracks where you can make up your own lyrics and sing along.

Go ahead, try that out. I know I am not the only one who does that!

The pace slows down a little with Just Between Us. Elan Trotman make a guest appearance on the track. Trotman’s saxophone plays nicely with Roos’ piano stylings. This is an R&B track that you will definitelyadd to your playlist.

You’re My Everything is another mid-tempo track, and it features trumpeter Markus Asplund. I have said this on many occasions, the music is always better with horns. Wind instruments just add a layer of goodness! Touch The Sky is a track that is all about the piano. This isthe song where you will appreciate Roos’ piano playing skills.

Sunset View brings up the tempo once again. Like the previous track, Sunset View also showcases Roos at his best. Stay For A Whileis an interesting track, as it has an airy sound. It is almost New Age in nature, but it still has a funk edge to it. I know that sounds counter intuitive, but once you hear the track, you will understand.

The set rounds out with City Nights, and ittakes us home with it’s infectious, uptempo groove. We definitely like the guitar solo. Overall, the guitar works really well with Roos’ piano style. We need more of that pairing on the next album.

Here is a quick video where you can sample a couple of tracks:

There aren’t a lot of good piano-based jazz albums right now. Movin’ Up is an album that fills that void. Look for it on your favorite listening program or radio station.

You can order Movin’ Up here:

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Blue Note At Sea 2018

We love to give you the skinny on the different entertainment options that are available. We especially like the cruises, because you can eat, drink, and be merryfor several days at a time.

Save the dates: January 27th February 3rd. This is whenBlue Note At Sea 2018 will take place. The Blue Notebrand is iconic, with it’s record label and the New York nightclub. It is only fitting that Blue Note is involved in one of the top music themed cruises.

There are several cruise types to choose from, so why not select one that involves some of the top artists in the genre?

Blue Note At Sea 2018

Here is the music lineup:

What are the ports of call for this trip?

The cruise sets sail from Ft. Lauderdale on January 27th. Here are the ports of call:

  • January 29th Labadee, Haiti
  • January 30th St. Thomas, U.S.V.I.
  • January 31st San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • February 2nd CocoCay, Bahamas
  • February 3rd Ft. Lauderdale, FL

There are currently eight different stateroom options available, and the price range is between $2350 and $4450.

There are payment plans available, so you can drop a deposit to secure your spot on the cruise.

Here are the amenities that are included in the price:

  • Round trip cruise from Ft. Lauderdale
  • Port Charges, Taxes, Onboard Gratuities, Fuel Surcharge Guaranty and Administrative Fees.
  • All performances, interviews, parties and events presented on the cruise
  • All meals (gourmet fare in the formal dining room, casual fare at multiple venues open for meals throughout the day).
  • 24 hour room service
  • Non-carbonated beverages (i.e. coffee, juices, tea)
  • Fitness center
  • Casino access
  • Pools
  • Hot tubs
  • Sauna
  • Basketball court
  • Jogging track
  • In room TV and movies
  • Full service room cleaning (twice a day)
  • Daily in room fruit presentation

Click here to startyour reservationforBlue Note At Sea 2018

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As with all cruise vacations, transportation to and from the cruise ship, gambling andthe adult beverages are not included in the price.

We have the hookup foryour airfare and hotel accommodations:

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