Monday, August 31, 2009
The LP title is very apt considering Hoge spent ten months throughout 2008-2009 recovering from a severe scooter accident in his hometown of Nashville, TN., which incidentally caused him to cancel his early 2009 appearance with alt-country group the Everybodyfields at The Barns. We're thrilled that he's made a full recovery and are gearing up for what is sure to be a killer performance at Wolf Trap in just a few short weeks.
Check out his appearance on "Second Cup Cafe" below.
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Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Wow, another station format bites the dust! This huge announcement from WJZW 105.9 follows in the wake of major format changes from WTGB 94.7, which went from pop-rock (The Globe) to classic rock, to FRESH FM in the span of two years, and a shift from 106.7 to strictly sports talk (THE FAN) with the Junkies continuing to broadcast their mishmash of content. AND, when I first started at Wolf Trap, 105.9 was smooth jazz. From a PR perspective, this is getting a little crazy as I am continually shifting around on-air interview ops for our artists.
This format looks decent...although I don't listen to much commercial radio. I'd love to see D.C.'s answer to Baltimore's WRNR and WTMD. That's where my loyalty lies.
See WJZW's press release below announcing the shift.
“105.9 THE EDGE” DEBUTS ON THE WASHINGTON DC RADIO DIAL
True Oldies 105.9 changes format and becomes 105.9 THE EDGE.
WASHINGTON, DC (August 26, 2009)--Today at 10 a.m. EST, WJZW-FM will become 105.9 THE EDGE. Replacing True Oldies, 105.9 THE EDGE will debut, giving listeners a new radio station that features one great rock song after another. Running commercial free through Labor Day, 105.9 THE EDGE is today’s “Classic Rock… That Rocks!”
Like the incredibly successful MIX 107.3, 105.9 THE EDGE is built on the same platform as a variety based station, but is specifically designed for men who love to rock. D.C.’s listeners will hear everything from Led Zeppelin, Aerosmith, Jimi Hendrix, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Rolling Stones and The Who to AC/DC, classic Van Halen, Alice In Chains and Guns N’ Roses. Plus, they’ll get a more modern feel from Pearl Jam, Nirvana, Stone Temple Pilots, Metallica, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and U2. This station has energy, attitude, and EDGE!
“Classic Hits stations play older and softer music from the 60s, 70s and early 80s, including artists like the Beach Boys, Billy Joel, Chicago, Elton John, Simon & Garfunkel and America. On the other side, Alternative stations tend to play music that is newer and less familiar. 105.9 THE EDGE is a station designed to fit between those two formats and will offer adult men a wide variety of familiar, up tempo Classic Rock along with a wide variety of music from the past twenty years,” said Kenny King, Operations Director of Citadel Broadcasting’s D.C. cluster.
New call letters are pending final approval by the FCC. Listeners can stream 105.9 THE EDGE at http://www.theedge1059.com/. WJZW HD2 will continue to carry Smooth Jazz and is available at http://www.smoothjazz1059.com/. True Oldies will soon be available on a third HD Channel.
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Thursday, August 20, 2009
Les Paul's relationship with the Miller family dates back more than half a century to the late 40s, during a chance meeting at Fazio's in Milwaukee where the elder Miller used to record Paul's gigs. Steve was only an infant at this point, but this occurrence would go on to shape his future in a profoundly influential way, as Miller cites Paul as his "musical guide, and main inspiration." Paul would become Miller's Godfather and encouraged his desire to become a professional musician by teaching Miller his first chords, and sharing signature Paul techniques that would help to define Miller's eventual style.
Wonder if Miller will share any anecdotes of past experiences with Les Paul during his gig tonight. I'd be interested to hear...
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Tomorrow's World Premiere Installment of Face of America is a Brilliant Integration of Exhilarating Dance, Spoken Word and Song. Don't Miss This...
McIntyre’s new dance, The Sun Road, commissioned by Wolf Trap specifically for Face of America: Glacier National Park, was created on-site in Glacier National Park and captured on high definition video. As is one of the defining concepts behind Face of America, the HD footage will be integrated with a live performance of The Sun Road on stage at Wolf Trap.
In telling the story of Glacier National Park, the event also features live performance by Montana artists including Blackfeet Indian singer-songwriter Jack Gladstone; cowboy singer Rob Quist; and Emmy Award-winning pianist Philip Aaberg. Poet Victor Charlo, great-great grandson of a chief of the Salish Tribe, and his daughter April Charlo will add the sounds of his original poetry in English and the ancient Salish language.
For a taste of what's to come, please take 30 seconds to watch this teaser trailer, produced by our friends at Blue Land Media. Plenty of tickets still available for this once in a lifetime experience...and I do mean once in a lifetime, as this evening of performance cannot be seen anywhere else, ever.
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
If you have 2 and a half minutes to spare, check out these two random dudes from Lollapalooza who successfully escaped to another reality during this hilariously frantic dance display on the outskirts of an electronica tent.
Not to worry after watching this...you will never in your life look quite this awkward.
Friday, August 7, 2009
If you find yourself without plans this evening, consider checking out the Wolf Trap Opera Company's urban hipster fueled performance of Puccini's La bohème, featuring the National Symphony Orchestra.
This staging of La bohéme has great production value because we are playing on our best assets all at once - those being the audio and visual elements of the WTOC cast members, the NSO, the lush choral accompaniment, AND the video design, which we hope will serve as a useful story telling aid.
The video element should theoretically reflect everything about the lives of these New York City based bohemian characters (director visualized a contemporary NYC setting rather than Paris), including their actual environment, their emotional states and their creative output. The images will fluctuate from atmospheric shots of a Brooklyn rooftop or the Williamsburg Bridge, to the surreal, like the transformation of Rodolfo’s poetry into the Christmas Eve snow. Even the projection screen itself has a hipster, minimalist feel to it, as though the characters made it themselves. This 2 minute video offers a glimpse of what to expect from this evening's performance.