Today in the Art&Seek Spotlight, we’re celebrating Independence Day.
Heads up everyone: Paul Slavens returns to blog live during his 5th Anniversary Show on Sunday. When we first tried this experiment two weeks ago, we had a huge response from 90.1 at Night listeners. Paul will be posting the set list for this Sunday’s show a little bit before it airs at 8 p.m. […]
One of the perks of this job is that you occasionally get to talk to people who you’ve long admired from afar. Wednesday morning was one of those times, when I spoke with Christina Marrs. She’s one of the founding members of the Austin-based Asylum Street Spankers, a band I listened to while attending UT […]
The owners over at indie clothing hot spot House of Dang on Bryan Street are continuing their weekly Summer Smackdown (last week’s free Sarah Jaffe performance had the backyard party space packed) with a Michael Jackson tribute party tonight. Coincidentally, the organizers had been planning this party weeks before MJ passed away, but wanted to continue on by […]
GETTING PLUCKY: There are some instruments that are relatively easy to play. With its 47 strings and seven pedals, the harp is not one of them. Could that be why we don’t hear from this ancient instrument all that often. Susan Dederich-Pejovich, principle harpist for the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, explores that topic and explains the […]
“Jazz has no promo, there’s plenty of good jazz out here, but no one promotes, starting with the record companies. But we cannot stop fighting status quo, keep playing, singing and improving. Jazz is Art for the Ear !!!” -Wendell Sneed’s Facebook status on Monday, June 29, 2009
PIECE BY PIECE: If you want to see how a piece of art literally comes together, stop by the Irving Arts Center today or Wednesday as a team will be assembling the Ten Thousand Spring Pavilion. Here’s the catch: it’s in 3,000 pieces and will be put together without using any nails. The work is […]
The extreme heat of the Granada Theater didn’t prevent a thick crowd from forming near the stage Friday night as Texas native Ben Kweller played the penultimate show of his yearlong tour. I was accompanied by a rather aggressive group of concertgoers, so I found myself in the front row with the perfect view of […]
ERYKAH REMEMBERS MICHAEL: We can probably expect a summer filled with Michael Jackson covers. So kudos to Erykah Badu and the Roots for taking the path less traveled in their cover of “I Wanna Be Where You Are” from 1972′s Got to Be There. The song was recorded when Badu was in New York to […]
Art & Seek spoke to Steve Wiest, the director of the One O’Clock Lab And, just as UNT’s leading jazz group is about to head to Thailand to perform as the featured big band at the World Saxophone Congress in Bangkok. We talked about the declining audience for jazz (is it entirely overseas now?), the place of the trombone in jazz (preferably in the back, near the drinks) and the future of jazz (soon to be traded as a commodity).