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PWF Update and Hot Music for Cold Nights

Hoodoo previously announced the Playing With Fire concert series is winding down, with only one concert planned for this summer. The show is set for Saturday, July 16, with a just-secured booking that should be a real crowd pleaser. Soulful Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings are set to headline. They will appeal to blues and soul fans as well as the younger crowd. The nine-piece Brooklyn band is rooted in the classic soul...


Sticks and ’Bones

Before you start questioning the source of the band name here, I offer one word to clarify: Trombone. The brass family instrument is usually found in Big Band Jazz, Dixieland Jazz, Ska and occasionally in other genres as a token or backing sound. But how often have you heard music where the trombone is the main instrument? This larger horn, usually characterized by a telescopic slide used to vary pitch, has long...


Pizza Shoppe Celebrates Sweet 16

Sixteen years ago when The Pizza Shoppe opened at 6056 Maple Street, Benson was a much different neighborhood. As music venues popped up, including one connected to The Pizza Shoppe called The P.S. (or Pizza Shoppe) Collective which opened around 2005 (Full Disclosure: I booked shows at the venue years ago), the area became a much more bohemian destination. It was a place to catch shows, chill at corner bars and...


Backyard Notions

These "predictions" have dragged on long enough. In my defense, other than complaints about live reviews, I get more feedback about my annual predictions column(s) than anything I write. People just love being told what's going to happen (or maybe they love being told what to do). Just to be clear: There is no "insider information" being let slip below; no rumor or innuendo being repeated. These visions are pure...


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