Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Bonnaroo - I visited this site

Radiohead and Tom Petty will headline the 2006 Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival this summer.

When visiting family in Tennessee this summer, my sister and I stopped by a winery in Manchester for a tasting. The offered a "Bonnaroo Red" bottling, and I found out that the site of this festival was just down the road. After the tasting, we drove down this tiny country road and saw this huge open field where you could tell the concert was held. Pretty cool.

Official Bonnaroo Site
Radiohead, Petty to headline Bonnaroo - MUSIC - MSNBC.com

Rolling with Robert Randolph & the Family

Due out in May, the Robert Randolph CD looks to be pretty cool.

Randolph's Family rolling with Matthews, Clapton - Yahoo! News

Monday, January 30, 2006

Listen to the new Train CD

Train has a new CD out, For Me It's You, and VH1.com is streaming the whole thing for a little while. Take a listen.

VH1.com : Train : Hear Music First

Friday, January 27, 2006

Gonna party like it's my birthday

Happy 250th, Wolfie. Without you, Falco wouldn't have been possible.

Music Article | Reuters.com

Thursday, January 26, 2006

Alternative to what?

Death Cab for Cutie is nominated for a Grammy for best alternative album. But what are they alternative to? The whole categorization and labeling of music is just a real mess.

Alternative to what? - 2006 GRAMMY AWARDS - MSNBC.com

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Kanye just can't stay out of trouble

And this Rolling Stone cover will only add to his fame. The man is a PR genius.

Kanye West plays Jesus on Rolling Stone - MUSIC - MSNBC.com

Good old Shifty's

The PostStandard interviews the long-time (and now former) owner of Syracuse landmark bar Shifty's.

Shifty's owner looks back on past 20 years

Monday, January 23, 2006

Is the Top40 chart obsolete?

This guy makes an argument that with such a wide variety of music and tastes, the chart doesn't mean much anymore. And this gives me an excuse to post a picture of the Pussycat Dolls, so that's good.

Whatever happened to mainstream pop? - MUSIC - MSNBC.com

Saturday, January 21, 2006

Mad cash for the kids

How come we aren't the parents of any of these kids?

The world's best-paid young celebrities - Forbes.com - MSNBC.com

Thursday, January 19, 2006

Wilson hits the Midnight Hour

Wilson Pickett has died at age 64. Ride, Wilson, Ride.

Wilson Pickett dies at age 64 - MUSIC - MSNBC.com

It's baaaaaack!

Rock Star has been greenlit for another season. Woo-hoo!

Variety.com - Encore for 'Rock Star'

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Back in the High Life Again

This Friday, Jan 20, we return to action at Wacky Wyatt's on Genesee St in Baldwinsville NY. This is an early show, we start at 7:00pm. Wyatt's has the perfect cure for cabin fever; great food and drinks served with a generous portion of MEB. Come on out!

For all the latest MEB news, visit our main page at www.mikeestepband.com.

A big thanks to all who responded to our request for an email update. The winner of the MEB gift pack is...... Fred S. of Fulton NY. Fred will drive away in a new SUV with MEB CDs loaded in the killer sound system.
*note: SUV and killer sound system to be supplied by prize winner.

We hope to see you!
Mike, Jeff, Steve and Paul

Aaron Neville sings at Super Bowl

Aaron Neville to sing anthem at Super Bowl - Super Bowl - MSNBC.com

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Buffalo in the music news?

Ah, it's Ani DiFranco. That explains it. I think we gotta go check this out.

USATODAY.com - DiFranco gives peek into performing space

Monday, January 16, 2006

Which was Elton's best album?

Follow the link below to see one man's opinion and vote yourself.

Elton John - Great Disc Debate - MSNBC.com

Friday, January 13, 2006

Top 10 music videos of 2005

From Entertainment Weekly.

Entertainment Weekly's EW.com | Feature: The 10 best music videos of 2005: Watch 'em

Thursday, January 12, 2006

And Mike, too, right?!?

Bowie, Cream, Johnson get special Grammys - MUSIC - MSNBC.com

Wednesday, January 11, 2006

10 Questions with Ray Manzarek

The former Doors keyboardist is interviewed in this interactive article.

MSNBC.com: Take 3 - Our generation, our life

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Remembering Lou

USATODAY.com - Lou Rawls: 50 years of class, soul

Monday, January 09, 2006

The Phantom just keeps rolling on

Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Phantom of the Opera" will hit Broadway performance number 7486 tonight, passing "Cats" as the longest running show of all time. Really impressive.

And the cash raked in by this show is also amazing.
The money made by "Phantom" has been staggering. Its worldwide box-office gross -- the show is still running in London, too -- has gone past $3.2 billion. More than 80 million people around the world have seen the musical, which has been presented in two dozen countries.

CNN.com - Years, billions, falling chandeliers - Jan 9, 2006

Sunday, January 08, 2006

Road trip to Detroit?

Looks like there will be parties and concerts galore around the Super Bowl. We really should take a road trip. Or sit home and party from afar. That's a good choice, too.

Shady Records to host Super Bowl party at State Theatre

Friday, January 06, 2006

Um, OK, so that's very strange

That wacky "composer" John Cage is at it again. Now it's the world's slowest concert, scheduled to last 639 years. WTF?!?!?

Organ grinds on to 2640 in a concert sure to stand test of time - World - Times Online

The web is changing things for indie record stores

It'd be harsh exaggeration to say independent record stores are going the way of typewriter repair shops, but in Southern California it's been painfully evident of late that grand, eccentric music merchants are wheezing badly in the modern marketplace.

calendarlive.com: Indie record stores doing slow fade out

Thursday, January 05, 2006

Turn down that darn iPod

Pete says you'll go deaf if you don't start turning it down.

Wired News: Listen (If You Can) to Pete

Wednesday, January 04, 2006

10 rising stars for 2006

Shannon Brown

From the folks at Billboard, here are 10 folks we should be on the lookout for in 2006.

Hear us now: 10 rising music stars for 2006 - Entertainment - MSNBC.com

Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Farewell from Asbury Park, N.J.

The story of a club called The Upstage in Asbury Park, and the efforts to save it from the wrecking ball. It was home to Bruce Springsteen (pictured above) and many other musicians for a few years late in the 60's.

Salon.com Life | Farewell from Asbury Park, N.J.
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Sunday, January 01, 2006

A little late now

I wish I had read this article yesterday afternoon. It's just a little too much water under the bridge at this point. Man, I'm going back to bed ...

Avoid that hangover!