| Jan 21, 2014
| 1:56 PM
You're going to be hearing a lot about 50th anniversaries this year.
PBS' "American Experience" has a two-hour program called "1964" that premiered this month. It included such milestones as Barry Goldwater's presidential campaign, which though...
| Aug 15, 2013
| 11:26 AM
You've got to hand it to him. Jon Bibbs is an ambitious guy. The gifted singer and former Hampton University student is launching a tour that salutes greats of soul music: Sam Cooke, James Brown, Ray Charles and Marvin Gaye.
“These men are larger...
| Aug 27, 2013
| 11:08 AM
In the spring of 1963, when I was a student at the U.S. Army's Judge Advocate General Corps School in Charlottesville, Va., the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. came to town to speak to the student body of the University of Virginia.
At the time, my brother,...
| Aug 31, 2013
| 7:00 AM
There's one second of sound on John Legend's new album, "Love in the Future," that sums up his current artistic mission. It's on the delicate, gloomy track "Asylum," and the sound is a snare drum. Or rather a blast of raw, percussive white noise that...
| Dec 1, 2013
| 12:42 PM
Sunday brings the brief fourth-season return of "Treme," David Simon and Eric Overmyer's story of life, death, music and food in the city of New Orleans. I had, for some reason, thought the show was canceled, even though a look back into the record...
| May 22, 2013
| 2:09 PM
In a way, Steven Van Zandt wishes he could be in two places.
Of course, the rock guitarist and actor (“The Sopranos”) would like to stay on the Wrecking Ball Tour in Europe with Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band. But he also wishes...
| Dec 3, 2013
After nearly being voted off the NBC-TV singing competition “The Voice” last week, Bucks County singer Matthew Schuler appears to be headed for the Top 5 after a rousing performance of a new song and an uneven version of an......
| May 1, 2011
The intersection of DeSoto and State streets here doesn't look like anything special.
On the southeast corner of the roads is H Town Custom Wheels. Across DeSoto to the west is Beer & Bud Mart, which faces a Church's Chicken stand. Immediately to the...
| May 3, 2011
Reality-show vocal competitions are thought to be designed for newcomers just starting their careers.
For West Hartford's Javier Colon, who wowed the judges on NBC's "The Voice" last week, it was a return to the arena for someone whose first job out of...
| Jan 8, 2012
| 6:46 AM
If the ghost of Clarence Clemons was hovering around Norfolk this weekend, it would have been grinning from ear to ear.
Many of the late musician's friends and relatives were in his hometown for a two-night party packed with heartfelt tributes,...
| Jan 20, 2012
| 9:01 AM
In 2007, legendary singer Etta James was booked for the PAETEC Jazz Festival in downtown Baltimore. I interviewed her a few weeks before the show -- but she later had to back out due to health problems. Here is part of the interview, which was never...