Category: Performing Arts

A Visionary Voyage

Rocker Jim James teams up with Louisville Orchestra’s Teddy Abrams to create a “large-scale symphonic suite” and an album called “The Order of Nature.” Music’s ability to transcend the basic human sensory experience is important...

Squeeze at Kennedy Center: Squeezing Out Sparks

By Steve Houk   livingonmusic.com If I…if I…if I…didn’t know any better, I would have thought that the Squeeze concert held at the elegant Kennedy Center Concert Hall recently was taking place in 1981 or ’82, at...

Marc Cohn: It’s Called Respect

By Steve Houk   livingonmusic.com Respect. It’s not automatic, it’s not a given and it’s not just handed to you, especially in the music business. You have to earn it, often with a lot of...

Gary Puckett’s Will Power

By Steve Houk   livingonmusic.com For Gary Puckett, once he found the band he wanted, rock and roll success came at a fast and furious clip. After only a year of being together, he and the...

REO Speedwagon’s Still-Incredible Journey

By Steve Houk  livingonmusic.com Their music was everywhere over a ten year stretch in the 70’s to mid 80’s. You really couldn’t flip on your favorite FM radio station and not hear something from...

Rick Wakeman’s Wonderful Life

  By Steve Houk   livingonmusic.com Just mentioning his name exudes the stuff of legend, often eliciting a subtle gasp of awe at the stunning spectrum of his almost 60 year musical career, and the...

Jake Shimabukuro’s Humble Rise To The Mahina

By Steve Houk   livingonmusic.com You’d think that the man who basically reinvented both the playing of and worldwide appreciation for the ukelele in the late 20th/early 21st century would be at least a little...

Triple Threat

The electro-pop trio SHAED is giving listeners ear candy.  When Apple Music picked up SHAED’s single “Trampoline” for its MacBook Air commercial lat year, the ripple effect was real. The ethereal song shot up...

Rufus Wainwright: Blessed By Life

by Steve Houk   livingonmusic.com “I just stepped out of the ocean to talk to you. I live…a blessed existence.” In many ways, Rufus Wainwright does live a blessed existence. He is a highly regarded and thoughtfully...