A Word With: Danny Aiello – Emotional Guy, Speaking for Others

By FELICIA R.LEE Danny Aiello, a big guy with a big New Yawk accent, is best known for roles like Sal, the boisterous pizzeria owner in Spike Lee’s 1989 film, “Do the Right Thing,” which won him an Oscar nomination. In the play “The Shoemaker,” which is now in previews and opens on Sunday at […]

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy will swing into Meijer Gardens on Thursday

By Laura Michels | The Grand Rapids Press GRAND RAPIDS — Big Bad Voodoo Daddy thrives on the energy generated from playing in front of a live audience, said trumpeter Glen “The Kid” Marhevka. IF YOU GO Big Bad Voodoo Daddy When: 6:30 p.m. Thursday Where: Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, 1000 East Beltline […]

Blues you can use

What do you get when you cross some of the world’s great blues artists and a summer weekend in Maine? Why, the North Atlantic Blues Festival, of course. By Ray Routhier rrouthier@mainetoday.com Staff Writer Robert Cray likes blues festivals. As a guitarist and singer known mainly for the blues, he’ll readily admit that he doesn’t […]

René Marie – July 7-10 at the Jazz Standard

Written by Derek Harrison Colorado-based jazz singer René Marie credits music with giving her the confidence to leave an abusive marriage at the age of 40 and dive into a singing career. Now, 15 years later, she is an accomplished recording artist, performer and composer. Her latest album “Voice of my Beautiful Country” is a […]

Lift Every Voice and Sing/The Star Spangled Banner

In 2008, vocalist Rene Marie changed up “The Star-Spangled Banner” at a Denver City Hall performance by singing the song’s melody and interpolating James Weldon Johnson’s lyrics for “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” often dubbed “The Black National Anthem.” Marie had no idea that her interpretation would touch off a media firestorm that even compelled […]

Jazz singer Rene Marie talks about the past and her future

By Jon Solomon A few years ago, jazz singer René Marie was called an American during an interview in Russia. Marie, without even thinking, wanted to correct the journalist and say, “I’m not American,” since she didn’t feel like an American. Singer René Marie says her time in Denver has been life-changing. Details René Marie […]

Stephen Marley Talks New Album & Collabs With Buju Banton, Rakim And Dead Prez

Reggae isn’t all about winding and gun shots. VIBE caught up with Jamaica’s finest Stephen Marley to chat it up about his third album Revelation Part 1: The Root of Life, his reaction to longtime friend Buju Banton’s sentencing and he stays dedicated to humanity. VIBE: Just by the title alone, you can tell this […]

To Robert Cray, the music is a band effort no matter the label

By Mark Bialczak/The Post-Standard Sure thing, Robert Cray quickly says, it was quite wonderful to be inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame this spring. But that doesn’t mean it’s a breach of style for The Robert Cray Band to perform Friday at the M&T Jazz Fest at Onondaga Community College. “We’re blues. Rock. All […]

‘DMC’ Celebrate’s Black Music Month on Sirius XM

Rock Box with D.M.C. Tonight 7:00 pm ET The legendary D.M.C. stops by Backspin to talk about and play his favorite rock/hip-hop collaborations of all time. Find out why Run-D.M.C. were originally hesitant to record “Walk This Way” with Aerosmith. Hear Rage Against the Machine cover Afrika Bambaataa, Ice-T’s controversial “Cop Killer” and much more! […]