Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson – The Revolution Will Finally Be Televised
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Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson – The Revolution Will Finally Be Televised

Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson The Revolution Will Finally Be Televised By Jay S. Jacobs “The revolution will not be televised.” When recording artist and poet Gil Scott-Heron first wrote that line in 1970, he probably wasn’t thinking of the Harlem Cultural Festival, which had been run the summer before. Or perhaps he was, as he was … Continue reading

Summer of Soul (A PopEntertainment.com Movie Review)
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Summer of Soul (A PopEntertainment.com Movie Review)

SUMMER OF SOUL (…OR, WHEN THE REVOLUTION COULD NOT BE TELEVISED) (2021) Featuring Stevie Wonder, Gladys Knight, Marilyn McCoo, Billy Davis Jr., Mavis Staples, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Chris Rock, Sal Masakela, Sheila E., Charlayne Hunter-Gault, Denise Oliver-Velez and archival footage of Nina Simone, BB King, David Ruffin, The Fifth Dimension, Mahalia Jackson, Moms Mabley, Abbey Lincoln, … Continue reading

Sergio Mendes – More than Nothing
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Sergio Mendes – More than Nothing

Sergio Mendes More than Nothing By Jay S. Jacobs With a musical career spanning about 60 years now, Sergio Mendes is as responsible as just about anyone (with the possible exception of Antonio Carlos Jobim) for bringing Brazilian music to the world. Many of the highs of his fascinating career are explored in the new … Continue reading

Ken Sharp – Miniatures (A PopEntertainment.com Music Review)
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Ken Sharp – Miniatures (A PopEntertainment.com Music Review)

Ken Sharp – Miniatures (Jet Fighter) Miniatures couldn’t be a more apt title for the latest album by singer/songwriter power pop artist Ken Sharp. None of these 32 (count ‘em, 32!) songs clocks in at even two minutes long, and the shortest is the album-closing title track which clocks in at 37 seconds. However, just … Continue reading

Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis, Jr. – Not So Silly Love Songs
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Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis, Jr. – Not So Silly Love Songs

Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis, Jr. Not So Silly Love Songs – Taking ‘Blackbird’ to New Heights By Mark Mussari Fifty years ago, Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis, Jr. did something they’d never done before. As the de facto lead singers of the legendary 5th Dimension, the couple covered Paul McCartney’s “Every Night” on the … Continue reading

Donnie Kehr Brings “The Greatest Piano Men” to the Stage This August
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Donnie Kehr Brings “The Greatest Piano Men” to the Stage This August

Donnie Kehr Brings “The Greatest Piano Men” to the Stage This August by Brad Balfour Multi-talented musician Donnie Kehr has not only created and promoted “Rockers on Broadway” but has been a rocker on Broadway when he appeared in such musicals as “Billy Elliot,” The Who’s “Tommy,” Elton John and Tim Rice’s “Aida,” “The Human … Continue reading

Shannon McNally – Gets Her Irish Up
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Shannon McNally – Gets Her Irish Up

Shannon McNally Gets Her Irish Up by Jay S. Jacobs It’s hard to believe that Shannon McNally has been flying under the radar for about 20 years now. A strong-voiced songstress with a love of musical variety, she was signed up by Capitol Nashville in 1997 while still playing coffee houses and attending Franklin and Marshall … Continue reading

Stevie Wonder – Wells Fargo Center – Philadelphia, PA – October 7, 2015 (A PopEntertainment.com Concert Review)
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Stevie Wonder – Wells Fargo Center – Philadelphia, PA – October 7, 2015 (A PopEntertainment.com Concert Review)

Stevie Wonder – Wells Fargo Center – Philadelphia, PA – October 7, 2015 It has become a pretty common for legacy artists to do tours celebrating their most classic album, literally playing the record from start to finish and then throwing in some additional non-album hits in as the encore. Of course, in the case … Continue reading

20 Feet From Stardom (A PopEntertainment.com Movie Review)
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20 Feet From Stardom (A PopEntertainment.com Movie Review)

20 Feet From Stardom In almost every song, there is buried deep into the mix a strong, backing vocal which enhances the melody, sometimes single-handedly lifting the work into the stratosphere. Professional backing vocalists in general are a pretty unassuming lot, extremely talented artists who often lack the writing ability or the drive or the … Continue reading