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I am doing some promo for my friend Cecil here…… he is running a sound production live music in vancouvercompany and they are are looking for some places to install their sound systems and also video production equipment.

Galleries, bars, night clubs, halls for rent, Legions, warehouse spaces, underground clubs, any kind of place that wants to do a good job of presenting live music.

They would prefer venues that can hold over 100 people, and can do rooms up to around 500 capacity.

Contact Cecil below if you are either a venue looking to present live music, or if you are a promoter looking for places to put on shows.

cecilenglish@gmail.com

604-202-9084

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Could the Loog be the best guitar for kids and beginners?

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Three-string guitar maker Loog has unveiled its newest line of electric guitar models for kids and beginners, featuring built-in amps and speakers as well as flashcards and apps to teach players how to form chords and play songs.

The new models are the ukulele-sized Loog Mini, designed for players ages three and up; the Loog Pro, for ages eight and up and the Loog Pro VI, for ages 12 and up.

The Loog Mini and Pro are three-string models that use the first three strings and tuning of a regular guitar in order to help kids with finger placement and standard guitar applications, while the Pro VI is the company’s first six-string instrument.

In addition to the built-in amp and speaker, all three models boast a distortion switch above the volume and tone knobs.

The app, meanwhile, features a tuner, games, a play-along songbook with mute, slow-down and record functions and an augmented reality feature that allows users to learn to play via a selfie camera.

And if you already know how to play? The six-string Loog Pro VI doubles as a great all-in-one travel electric guitar as well.

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Loog currently has a Kickstarter campaign in place for the new models, with the Mini available for a pledge of $99, the Pro for $149 and the Pro VI for $199.

For more information, head to Loog’s official Kickstarter page.

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TOO AFRAID TO TAKE THE STAGE

HOW TO STOP STAGE FRIGHT FROM HOLDING YOU BACK

We’ve all had that dream: it’s the night of the big presentation, you walk on stage and the audience immediately starts laughing. You drop your cue cards. You open your mouth, but you can’t speak. Somehow, you’re naked. As  far fetched as these dreams can be, it doesn’t stop that feeling of dread creeping in when you’re about to perform. So what should you do if stage fright is starting to get you down?

TALK

While it’s the most vital step in resolving any issue, talking is often the hardest thing to do. As the saying goes ‘a problem shared is a problem halved’, so try to talk about your stage fright with your bandmates, management team or friends and family. The more you talk, the more you’ll discover how common an issue it is. It’ll also allow other people to help you. For example, your manager could speak to production staff at a big gig and advise them to give you a bit of undisturbed personal time.

BE PREPARED

Sometimes nerves can be eased by something as simple as having a plan. The more variables you can prepare for, the less ‘unknown’ there is to fear. Make sure you get as much information about the gig as possible, rehearse your material thoroughly and pack any spare accessories you might need. You might also benefit from getting a feel of the stage before you go on. If you don’t have a soundcheck to take advantage of, you could ask to see the stage when the venue is empty.

BUILD CONFIDENCE OFF STAGE

For some people, a general lack of confidence lies at the heart of their performance problems. Taking up martial arts, dance, or improv classes might help you to find extra confidence. If you’re not ready to commit to a new hobby you can push yourself in other ways, like talking to a stranger on the bus or ordering something different at a restaurant.

PUT THINGS IN PERSPECTIVE

When you find yourself beginning to panic, it might help you to rationalise some of your fears.

Ask yourself, is anyone really going to remember if you stumble over a couple of words? Is anyone paying that much attention to your specifically, or are they just enjoying a drink at the bar?

Audiences can be remarkably unobservant. They’re unlikely to notice your nerves unless you make it a big deal.

If things don’t go as planned, remember that this is just one show and it doesn’t have to define your music career.

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This seems like a very innovative idea……Pay What it is Worth https://www.livemusicinvancouver.info/2019/09/04/this-seems-like-a-very-innovative-idea-pay-what-it-is-worth/ https://www.livemusicinvancouver.info/2019/09/04/this-seems-like-a-very-innovative-idea-pay-what-it-is-worth/#respond Wed, 04 Sep 2019 21:01:41 +0000 https://www.livemusicinvancouver.info/?p=24565 The post This seems like a very innovative idea……Pay What it is Worth appeared first on Live Music in Vancouver.

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Pay What it is Worth…..a very innovative idea……

“There has to be a new approach to attracting new audiences in this age of digital distraction, and we share their mission to connect as many people as possible with quality arts experiences in an inclusive way.” Kahlil Ashanti, founder and CEO of weshowup.io

I have never heard of such a ticketing policy being applied to live music but the Vancouver New Music, who are known for taking artistic risks in their bold concert programming, is now it’s applying the same daring strategy to its ticket pricing.

It’s part of an exclusive two-year audience-development partnership with weshowup.io, a new, Vancouver-based digital pay what its worthplatform.

Under the system, audiences pay a fee of $3.50 to reserve a ticket in advance of the show, and will be contacted after the event to pay whatever they think the experience was worth. Audience members will also be able to pay directly at the theatre on the night of the show.

VNM artistic director Giorgio Magnanensi stated the initiative is based on the belief that by “simply giving people the opportunity to contribute more, they will. That’s the idea that this year’s VNM festival and series wishes to experiment with. This is also what creativity and imagination has always been about: helping people create and support positive change in their lives, and fostering imagination and vision to direct our own creative energies and dreams.”

The idea is that audiences might be more willing to take a chance on something new and unknown if they can pay what they think it’s worth after the fact.

Ticket reservations for the 2019-20 season are now open and can be booked in advance through weshowup.io here or at VNM’s own site.

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Vancouver New Music’s Upcoming Season

VNM’s upcoming season includes New York-based cellist and improviser Okkyung Lee collaborating with local electronic musicians in a show called Parallel 02 on November 16; Winnipeg’s crys cole and Australia’s Oren Ambarchi conjuring pay what its worthsound worlds on February 15; and a collaboration between virtuosic Italian violinist Silvia Mandolini and Vancouver’s new project magik (with Kenton Loewen on drums, Marina Hasselberg on cello, and Magnanensi handling diffusion and live electronics).

Only one show this season is excluded from the new pricing initiative: Bill Coleman and Gordon Monahan’s Dollhouse, co-presented with the Dance Centre from March 12 to 14, 2020, and selling tickets through Tickets Tonight.

Speaking on the new partnership with Vancouver New Music, Kahlil Ashanti, founder and CEO of weshowup.io noted in the announcement today: “There has to be a new approach to attracting new audiences in this age of digital distraction, and we share their mission to connect as many people as possible with quality arts experiences in an inclusive way.”

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Women on the Road in Unusual Professions….. https://www.livemusicinvancouver.info/2019/08/14/women-on-the-road-in-unusual-professions/ https://www.livemusicinvancouver.info/2019/08/14/women-on-the-road-in-unusual-professions/#respond Wed, 14 Aug 2019 18:57:47 +0000 https://www.livemusicinvancouver.info/?p=22664 Women on the Road in Unusual Professions….. Kim Chakanetsa speaks to two women, Tana Douglas and Becky Pell, about living on the road with music royalty, and making them look and sound amazing – https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/w3csynjk

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Women on the Road in Unusual Professions…..

Kim Chakanetsa speaks to two women, Tana Douglas and Becky Pell, women on the roadabout living on the road with music royalty, and making them look and sound amazing –

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https://www.livemusicinvancouver.info/2019/08/13/chuck-berry-blues-album/ https://www.livemusicinvancouver.info/2019/08/13/chuck-berry-blues-album/#respond Tue, 13 Aug 2019 20:59:14 +0000 https://www.livemusicinvancouver.info/?p=22654 Behind Chuck Berry’s Idiosyncratic Take On The Blues Though a groundbreaking songwriter, when the idiosyncratic Chuck Berry took on the blues, he did it his own way – as an intriguing 1983 compilation proves. Published on August 13, 2019 By Martin Chilton  With Chuck Berry, what comes straight to mind are the pulsating rock’n’roll hits … Continue reading

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Behind Chuck Berry’s Idiosyncratic Take On The Blues

Though a groundbreaking songwriter, when the idiosyncratic Chuck Berry took on the blues, he did it his own way – as an intriguing 1983 compilation proves.

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With Chuck Berry, what comes straight to mind are the pulsating rock’n’roll hits of the 50s, such as ‘Roll Over Beethoven’, ‘Johnny B Goode’ and ‘Maybellene’. However, Berry’s prodigious output for Chess Records also gave the revered songwriter the chance to explore his considerable talents as a guitar player and vocalist interpreting the songs of other composers. A host of these covers, along with six of his own originals, were gathered together and released on 13 August 1983 for the intriguing compilation album called Blues.

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The collection opens with ‘House Of Blue Lights’, a fast-tempo song from the 40s associated with Texan singer Ella Mae Morse. Many of the songs on Blues, recorded by Chess for various single and album releases from 1958 to 1964, feature the music that St Louis-born Berry enjoyed as a teenager. ‘Driftin’ Blues’, for example, was a song he knew from Johnny Moore’s Three Blazers’ club repertoire.

‘Down The Road Apiece’ was a boogie-woogie song from 1940, and Berry particularly enjoyed the version by Amos Milburn. Berry’s update breathed new life into the song and it was revived again in the 60s by The Rolling Stones. The song was written by Don Raye, who also co-composed ‘House Of Blue Lights’. Raye, incidentally, made a lasting contribution to American songwriting with his work for The Andrews Sisters, especially the American favourite ‘Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy’.

One of the delights of Blues is the stunning piano playing of Johnnie Johnson, a highly decorated ex-marine, who features on 14 of the 16 songs, with Bob Scrivens and Lafayette Leake playing keyboard on the remaining two songs. Johnson’s fluent playing and swirling notes are the perfect foil to Berry’s singing and relentless rhythm. The pianist excels on ‘Wee Wee Hours’, a song that had long been one of his staples when playing as a solo instrumentalist.

It may have seemed counterintuitive to get someone as good a songwriter as Berry to cover songs by other writers, but he was steered towards lyrics by other extremely talented writers. The compositions of Willie Dixon have graced numerous Chess albums, and though Berry’s version of ‘I Just Want to Make Love To You’ lacks the force and potency of Muddy Waters’ versions, Berry’s one is helped by some sweet backing vocals from The Ecuadors, the assumed name of a group of Chess singers that included Etta James and Harvey Fuqua of The Moonglows fame.

Berry does a decent job of covering standards by WC Handy (‘St Louis Blues’), Jay McShann (‘Confessin’ The Blues’) and Big Maceo Merriweather (‘Worried Life Blues’), yet one of the surprise highlights of the album is his own instrumental composition ‘Deep Feeling’. Berry borrowed from the melody of a 1939 instrumental by Andy Kirk And His Clouds Of Joy called ‘Floyd’s Guitar Blues’ but turned it into his own with some adroit steel guitar. The track influenced guitarist Mike Bloomfield, who praised Berry’s “spidery guitar licks”. The instrumental is helped by the musical skills of other regular Chess musicians Dixon (who plays bass on 11 of the albums tracks), guitarist Hubert Sumlin and Fred Below on drums.

‘Sweet Sixteen’ – not to be confused with the famous Berry rocker ‘Sweet Little Sixteen’ – is a blues song by Ahmet Ertegun that had been a minor hit for Joe Turner in 1952. Ertegun’s varied career included establishing Atlantic Records and co-founding The New York Cosmos football team. He believed that Berry was good at singing the blues and was happy with the result. Berry described his blues songs as “playing for the neighbourhood”, while adding that rock’n’roll was “shooting for the whole population”. But he showed his own innate understanding of the blues genre with his song ‘Still Got The Blues’.

No Berry album would be complete without songs about cars and travel, and Berry puts his own stamp on the musical song journey about America’s most iconic highway, ‘Route 66’, written by Julie London’s husband Bobby Troup. Berry’s version remained a favourite of Mick Jagger.

Berry branched out in travel songs with the little-known train song ‘All Aboard’, which had previously been issued on the album Chuck Berry On Stage. In that incarnation it included slightly jarring fake audience effects, but it appeared on Blues in the original studio form. The light-hearted song, which features LC Davis on tenor saxophone, even has imitation locomotive noises from Berry, who lists a series of railroad destinations, including Utica, Syracuse, Buffalo and Topeka.

Blues is a portrait of a talented idiosyncratic musician. As Leonard Chess said: “Chuck Berry does things his way and doesn’t care what other people think. That’s why his music is so original.”

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The “Last Pogo” Vancouver Punk Rock Photograph Collection

Vancouver Punk Rock Photograph Collection

Six weeks after moving to Vancouver in 1979, I went down to the Smilin’ Buddha with a couple of women I had just met knowing nothing at all about the CBGB’s of Canada, nor did I know anything about the headliners that night (July 13th), the Dead Kennedys, the seminal San Francisco punk band whose lead singer, Jello Biafra, later achieved some notoriety by polling fourth in a mayoral race in the City by the Bay.  I never shot any photos of the DK’s, nor of the opening acts but I did snap a few of some of the people outside the club, on the hard part of East Hastings Street. A few of those people, notably Paul McKenzie and Brian “Wimpy” Goble, went on to become prominent figures in the local scene.

I certainly didn’t know that I was embarking on a bit of a project to document something of the thriving alt/punk scene in Vancouver over about the next three years. The majority of these photos were shot at the height of it, some in the Buddha but many more in some of the rented halls around town, the scene being very DIY, by its many talented, creative participants.

I usually attended the gigs by myself because my friends refused to come with me. It was obvious to me that something was happening that I wanted to document. I usually felt that I was the oldest guy in the room, being at least 10 years older than most of the people in the scene. I didn’t know anybody so I was very much the detached observer. Mainly I liked the fierce, white hot creativity of the bands I was seeing and was fascinated by the dissolution of barriers between the band and the crowd, particularly with the bands D.O.A. and the Subhumans. You could feel the crackle of electricity in the air when they were on stage.

My modus operandi was to wriggle my way into the very edge of the mosh pit to get as close as I could, because for better than 90% of the photos I was using a Minox 35 EL (later a GT), which is about the size of a pack of Marlboros. It was the smallest full-frame 35mm camera you could get. The beauty of it was that it was very unobtrusive.

I narrowed the take down to these 42, all were printed 16″ x 20″ on fiber-based paper and archivally-processed in 1988. There were a few all night printing sessions and pains were taken to get them right. I exhibited them as Last Pogo at the Pitt International Galleries, 36 Powell Street, January 9-29, 1989.

And it all started with a few pix out front of the Buddha…–Gord McCaw

License and Usage Permissions

Copyright for these images is owned by Gordon E. McCaw. Images from the “Last Pogo” Vancouver Punk Rock Photograph Collection have been made available by Simon Fraser University Library under a Creative Commons attribution, non-commercial license. A full legal outline of the license can be viewed at:http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/legalcode. We encourage the appropriate open use of images from this collection for educational and other not-for-profit purposes. Attribution/citation should be provided as follows: Image [insert image number here, eg. MSC166-003] by Gordon E. McCaw courtesy of the “Last Pogo” Vancouver Punk Rock Photograph Collection, a digital initiative of Simon Fraser University Library. [Please include the website url when images are used in an offline or print-based context].

Parties interested in using images from the “Last Pogo” Vancouver Punk Rock Photograph Collection for commercial purposes should contact Special Collections and Rare Books, SFU Library.

Contributed by Special Collections and Rare Books, Simon Fraser University Library.

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BBC Sound Effects free for Download https://www.livemusicinvancouver.info/2019/06/26/bbc-sound-effects/ https://www.livemusicinvancouver.info/2019/06/26/bbc-sound-effects/#respond Thu, 27 Jun 2019 06:32:04 +0000 https://www.livemusicinvancouver.info/?p=20993 BBC Sound Effects free for Download From the unusual to the downright bizarre. The BBC has opened up its vast sound archive to the public. Thanks to the new BBC Sound Effects website, you can freely download over 16,000 sound effects in WAV format for “personal, educational or research purposes”. The database is tagged and searchable, … Continue reading BBC Sound Effects free for Download

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BBC Sound Effects free for Download

From the unusual to the downright bizarre.

The BBC has opened up its vast sound archive to the public.

Thanks to the new BBC Sound Effects website, you can freely download over 16,000 sound effects in WAV format for “personal, educational or research purposes”.

The database is tagged and searchable, so you can easily find everything from animal sounds and talking dolls to the sound of furnace glass burners and rattling window frames. It appears to cover most of the BBC’s lifespan, with effects from the 1920s onwards.

If you need more unusual sound samples, check out NASA’s SoundCloud or a drum kit made from space testing facility sounds.

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Our own Harpdog Brown made this prodigious list!    (reposted with kind permission from Blues Junction)

Posted with permission from Blues Junction Productions.

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412 Olive Ave
Suite 235
Huntington BeachCA 92648

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