Thursday, October 18, 2012

Incredible allstar concert Nov 9 to honor David Amram & benefit Sloop Clearwater

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Clearwater to Honor David Amram with Power of Song Award
Special Concert and Film Event at Symphony Space November 9

Dear Clearwater Community,
Pete and David Amram_Econosmith
Photo by Econosmith.
On November 9, Clearwater will honor legendary musician and activist David Amram with the Power of Song Award at Symphony Space in NYC.
We're excited that singer-songwriter John Sebastian and jazz pianist George Wein, founder of the Newport Jazz and Folk Festivals (along with Pete Seeger), have been added to the all-star program. They join a all-star bill that already includes Pete Seeger, Cuban jazz saxophone great Paquito D'Rivera, folk stalwarts Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul & Mary, Tom Paxton, Josh White Jr, bluesman Guy Davis, New Orleans jazz and gospel pianist/singer Henry Butler, and Clearwater's own Power of Song youth apprentices, among others.    

The evening will begin at 6:30PM with the world premiere of the film "David Amram: The First 80 Years", directed by Lawrence Kraman.The musical performances start at 8:30PM. 

Tickets and info at or by calling the Symphony Space box office at 212-864-5400 Tuesday-Sunday 1pm-6pm. Symphony Space is located at 2537 Broadway @ 95th Street, New York, NY 10025.

Proceeds for the evening will benefit Clearwater's Environmental Education Programs.    

David Amram (born 1930) is an American composer, musician, conductor, and writer. As a classical composer and performer, his integration of jazz (including being one of the first noted as an improvising jazz French hornist), ethnic and folk music has led him to work with the likes of Charlie Parker, Thelonious Monk, Dizzy Gillespie, Lionel Hampton, Willie Nelson, Langston Hughes, Charles Mingus, Pepper Adams, Leonard Bernstein, Sir James Galway, Tito Puente, Mary Lou Williams, Joseph Papp, Arthur Miller, Miles Davis, Arturo Sandoval, Stan Getz, Pete Seeger, Elia Kazan, Odetta, Lord Buckley, Dustin Hoffman, Steve Allen, Machito, Earl "Fatha" Hines, Allen Ginsberg, Nina Simone, Gregory Corso, Bob Dylan, Steve Goodman, Hunter Thompson, Johnny Depp and Jack Kerouac throughout the course of his career.

  Tom Paxton Paquito D'RiveraJohn Sebastian
Geo Wein
Josh White Jr.Peter YarrowGuy Davis 2
Henry Butler

I look forward to seeing you at Symphony Space for this special evening.
All the best,
Steve Lurie
Clearwater Festival Director

Symphony Space 
2537 Broadway @ 95th Street 
New York, NY 10025

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Saturday, October 6, 2012

The Flanks in Brooklyn, Friday Oct 12 #music #roots

The Flanks
Country / Roots Music / Rock and Roll
Members: Tom Bouman, Nick Capodice, Tom Mayer, Margaret Mitchell, Danny Mulligan & Ayan Babi Pal


This coming Friday at 10 p.m. the Flanks will appear at the Jalopy Theatre for the 9th—the 9th—Annual Brooklyn Country Music Festival. It is a three-day event, with Friday night featuring:

8 p.m. The Buddy Hollers
9 p.m. Frankenpine
10 p.m. The Flanks
11 p.m. The Defibulators

It's a very good idea to buy your tickets in advance. Be sure to wear your faded brown T-shirt from the first annual festival if you wish to appear cool.

Friday, Oct. 12, 10 p.m.
315 Columbia Street
Brooklyn, NY 11231

The Flanks at Freddy's

Friday, October 5, 2012

Robert Ross in Clifton NJ tomorrow night; Manhattan & Atlantic City next week #music #blues

Two Time NY Music Award Winner
NY Blues Hall Of Fame Inductee
Quote: "A blues icon. One of the great blues spirits." Bob Fass (Radio Un-nameable, WBAI-FM Pacifica Network).

Robert Ross & The Blues-Manian Devils @ JOHNNY's
Saturday, October 6, 2012

Johnny's:  110 Ackerman Ave., Botany Village, Clifton, NJ
Featuring: Mal "The Malevolent One" Stein (drums), "The Star Of" David Hofstra (bass); and two time NY Music Award winner & NY Blues Hall of Fame inductee Robert "Bluesman" Ross (vocals, guitar, slide guitar, & harmonica). If you haven't heard this wild and whacky unit, you better check us out this weekend.
Admission: $10.00 ADVANCE / $15.00 NIGHT OF CRAWL
I have a limited number of tickets for those who want to purchase them directly from the band. Send me an email.

JOHNNY's - ROBERT ROSS BAND  Address: 110 Ackerman Ave, Clifton, NJ 07011  Phone: 973-546-9813
THE COOP - SON LEWIS BAND  (sorry, I couldn't find the address online)
EL DORADO's - CARLOS COLINA & STRAIGHT UP  Address: 255 Parker Avenue, Clifton NJ 07011  Phone: 973-246-1856
ROSSI's = VICTORIA WARNE BAND  Address: 254 Dayton Ave Clifton NJ, 07011  Phone: 973-546-9843
HISTORIC BOTANY SECTION OF CLIFTON, NJ - tickets and information
$10.00 ADVANCE / $15.00 NIGHT OF CRAWL
walk from venues to venue all within historic botany section of Clifton, NJ ... plenty of parking ..... restaurants ... easy access from parkway ... Route 3 ... Route 21 ... Route 46.... Route 80 and Route 287 .... see web site for more details
$10.00 ADVANCE / $15.00 NIGHT OF CRAWL

Thank you Joe Nikischer and the crew for all the wonderful events in Botany Village

Robert Ross Band @ Cupping Room
Thursday, October 11, 2012

8pm - 11pm
Cupping Room: 359 West Broadway, New York, NY 10013
Phone: 212-925-2898
Featuring: Mal "The Malevolent" Stein on drums, Mark "The Good Doctor" Dann on bass, & two time NY Music Award winner & NY Blues Hall of Fame inductee Robert "Bluesman" Ross on vocals, guitar, slide guitar, and harp from 8pm to 11pm. Wonderful food, great atmosphere, smoking band, AND FREE Admission??!! You gotta be kiddin'.
Robert Ross @ Atlantic Club Casino Hotel
Friday, October 12, 2012

9pm to 12:40am
Boston Ave & The Boardwalk, Atlantic City, NJ 08401
Phone: 609.347.7111
Featuring: Two time NY Music Award winner & NY Blues Hall of Fame inductee Robert "Bluesman" Ross on vocals, guitar, slide guitar, & harmonica. Thank you Kirk Yano!!

Robert Ross @ Atlantic Club Casino Hotel
Saturday, October 13, 2012

9pm to 12:40am
Boston Ave & The Boardwalk, Atlantic City, NJ 08401
Phone: 609.347.7111
Featuring: Two time NY Music Award winner & NY Blues Hall of Fame inductee Robert "Bluesman" Ross on vocals, guitar, slide guitar, & harmonica. Thank you Kirk Yano!!

Would you like to have entertainment for your private party or wedding? Robert "Bluesman" Ross is available as a solo or you can have The Robert "Bluesman" Ross Band or The Blues-Manian Devils perform at your party. Send us an email and put "PARTY" in the subject field. We'd be happy to talk.

There is still room for a couple more students. Music theory, blues, jazz, rock 'n' roll. Rates are $60 / hour. Lessons will be given weekdays in New Dorp, Staten Island.
If interested send an email to

    Robert Ross is an award winning singer, songwriter, guitarist, slide guitarist, and harmonica player who is known for soulful blues, hot jazz, burning rock 'n' roll, and other roots music.
    Robert Ross is a two time New York Music Award winner (1989 & 2011) who has been nominated a total of 7 times  alongside such stars as Johnny Copeland, Taj Mahal, John Hammond Jr., Roscoe Gordon, Cyndi Lauper and Mose Allison.  Robert is also a NY Blues Hall of Fame inductee who has garnered rave reviews on two continents for many
    Robert Ross worked and recorded with Big Joe Turner for Spivey Records & for Doc Pomus. He also worked with Lightnin' Hopkins, John Lee Hooker, Big Mama Thornton, Brownie McGhee, Memphis Slim, Sunnyland Slim, Otis Rush, Dr. John, J.B. Hutto, Victoria Spivey, Louisiana Red, Eddie Kirkland, Floyd Jones, Homesick James, Bobby Lewis, Pinetop Perkins, Charles & Cyrille Neville, David "Honey Boy" Edwards, Linda
Hopkins, Wilbert Harrison, & Champion Jack Dupree.
    One of Ross' songs was recorded and released twice by Johnny Winter. Two other originals appeared on ABC TV's daytime drama "All My Children".
    The Robert Ross Band has toured Europe and North America. Ross has performed at numerous festivals including the Chicago Blues Festival and the Montreal Jazz Festival, and is a perennial at the Riverhead Blues Festival on Long Island. The Robert Ross Band has released 7 internationally distributed cds. Ross performs as a solo (acoustic or electric), as a duo, and with The Robert Ross Band. What do people think of Robert Ross? Perhaps Bill Carlton (NY Daily News) said it best: "Robert Ross is a fine singer, a snappy lyricist, and an even better blues rock guitarist ... cut from the same cloth as B.B. King, Muddy Waters, and Johnny Winter … dazzling guitar …Time after time Ross delivers the goods." Bob Fass (Radio Un-nameable, WBAI-FM Pacifica Network) said: "(Robert Ross) is a blues icon. One of the great blues spirits."
Bob Fass (Radio Un-nameable, WBAI-FM Pacifica Network): "A blues icon. One of the great blues spirits."

Albert King (blues guitarist & vocalist): "He's so fast, lightning would have to get on roller skates to catch him." Reported by Hank Reineke (East Coast Rocker).

Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin guitarist): "HOT!!" Reported by Pablo Guzman (NY Daily News).

David Hinckley (NY Daily News): "Robert Ross is one of the most impressive young blues men around."

Rafael Alvarez (Guitar World, Baltimore Sun, HBO's The Wire): "Ross could make 'God Bless America' stand on its head and rock ... an imaginative writer with files of Twilight Zone tales ... soulful, vigorous guitar ... agile cat quick licks …the bluesman wailed, his
voice rough and pliant and booming … most wonderful."

Bill Carlton (NY Daily News): "Robert Ross is a fine singer, a snappy lyricist, and an even better blues rock guitarist ... cut from the same cloth as B.B. King, Muddy Waters, and Johnny Winter … dazzling guitar …Time after time Ross delivers the goods."

Jennifer Shields (Musicians' Exchange): "Okay, pay attention: Robert Ross is the real thing … powerful trio … some of the hottest blues you're likely to hear anywhere … perpetual groove … vital and vibrant … with a mark distinctly his own ...  a true showman who turns in a creative and entertaining show. He and his band (Charlie Torres & George Morales) throw themselves head first into their sets, taking risks, challenging each other, pushing the edge and ultimately emerging from the melee triumphant ... inventiveness … Ross' original material is outstanding, filled with truth and humor and an individuality that shines. Imagination, speed, dexterity and flash are all words that have been used before to describe Robert's guitar playing, but … that's only part of the picture. He also displays fine sensitivity, a fact that can sometimes be overlooked in the face of his more spectacular guitar work. Beautiful, ringing tones … expressive notes almost torn from his axe in his own 'White Boy Lost In The Blues' … And you can hear it in the unique, rough edged tones of his fluid voice as well. The Robert Ross Band … it won't be long before the pond they're swimming in becomes much larger. … catch them before some record company realizes just how much they've got to offer."