Music Archive

Va. Beach youth jumps on stage with jazz greats

By malcolm venableThe Virginian-Pilot
It has been a special week for Tyler Lindsay. His story in newspapers. Calls and e-mails from family and friends. All of it in celebration of his accidental musical debut on a national stage. The Virginia Beach 10-year-old made himself the darling of the jazz world after he climbed onto the stage at the Jazz Masters Awards Concert in New York. The event in the Grand Ballroom at the Hilton Hotel on Jan. 13 is the Grammys of jazz, sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts. Nancy Wilson . . .

Audio: Celebrate 250th anniversary of Mozart's birth

The Virginian-Pilot
As we near the 250th anniversary of his birth on Jan. 27, 1756, people may ask: What’s all the fuss about Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart?He has been called the Shakespeare of classical music. To Tchaikovsky, he was the musical Christ.Clearly, it’s all about the music, and we can direct you to samples of it on pilotonline.com, but here are some interesting facts about the man.1. His nickname was “Wolfgangerl.” 2. In his 35 years, he composed more than 600 works, including 21 stage and opera works, 15 Masses, . . .

Music notes: KISS DVD features local tribute band

By Jeff Maisey The Virginian-Pilot
HAMPTON ROADS members of the KISS Army fan club may recognize some faces in the latest KISS DVD, a two-disc set called "Rock the Nation Live!" About half of the live footage came from the band's July 25, 2004, concert in Virginia Beach, said Jeremiah Xenakis, marketing director at the Verizon Wireless Virginia Beach Amphitheater. Among the locals spotted in the audience are the members of Virginia Beach KISS tribute band Shock Me, who were clad in costumes just like those sported by the kabuki-makeup-wearing . . .

The maze of Mase: A journey of one of hip-hop's holy high rollers

By RYAN PEARSONAssociated Press (ASAP)
Let's follow along on modern hip-hop's most fascinating career trajectory. Mason Betha was:-- In 1997, a shiny suit-wearing sidekick to a pop icon (the man now known as Diddy, if you must know). And later that year, a multi-platinum-selling solo artist.-- In 1999, a born-again Christian who renounced his own second album.-- In 2001, a founder of his own church in Atlanta. The next year he was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Theology and started calling himself Dr. Betha.-- In 2004, still pastor . . .

Hear and Now: Celtic music, death metal and the Waxing Poetics

By BY JEFF MAISEYThe Virginian-Pilot
"ALL CRAIC'D UP" is the new studio disc of traditional, contemporary and original Celtic folk music recorded by James West, a Virginia Beach acoustic guitarist and singer. The tracks were produced at Midi Werks studio in Ghent and feature special guest performances by Martin Marron, a local Irish pub music multi-instrumentalist , and Tom Cassidy, a New Yorker who plays uillean, or Irish, bagpipes. West is a regular entertainer at Keagan's Irish Pub; he plays five nights a week between the restaurant's . . .

How can you land the perfect man?

By Megan Scott Associated Press (ASAP)
Winning the dating game takes more than knowing ''The Rules'' and whether ''He's Just Not that Into You.'' These days, it takes strategy, says professional dating coach Nancy Slotnick. ''You don't win the game by playing by 'The Rules,''' says Slotnick, referring to the 1995 bestseller that, among other things, instructed women not to make the first move and never to call a man -- and to return his calls only rarely. ''To be really good at the game, you have to have a strategy and be able to break . . .

Public radio disc jockey thinks outside the ''Box''

By jim washingtonThe Virginian-Pilot
NORFOLK — Paul Shugrue slips on a pair of headphones, clears his throat several times and pulls the microphone close. “Welcome new music adventurers, to two hours of the best in blues, rock and Americana,” he says to open “Out of the Box,” his public radio show. He then introduces the first song of the night, an acoustic tune by jam rocker Keller Williams. “This guy is really an amazing artist,” he tells listeners. “He’s a one-man band who combines music and technology – you’ve got to see it to . . .

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