music en Juanito Pascual <p>Jonathan "Juanito" Pascual is acclaimed as one of the top young flamenco guitarists on the international music scene. Born in Minneapolis, MN on July 26, 1973, Juanito has won praise around the globe as a respected new voice in this most Spanish of musical genres. He is recognized in Spain as a unique and creative voice with mesmerizing virtuosity, warm and evocative playing, and original compositional style. He has been a featured artist in some of the best-known fine arts centers, clubs, and festivals in the United States, including the renowned Tanglewood Jazz Festival, New York's 92nd St. Y, Blue Note Jazz Club, Boston's Jordan Hall and Regattabar, and countless colleges and performing arts centers. He has also been featured on National Public Radio's "The World" program, as well as countless television and radio programs.</p><p>Juanito holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Contemporary Improvisation from New England Conservatory and was Second Prize winner of the 1996 New England Classical Guitar Competition. He has studied with Adam del Monte, Parilla de Jerez, Manolo Sanlucar, El Entri, classical guitarists David Leisner and Eliot Fisk, jazz guitarist Gene Bertoncini, and Boston-based maestro Dimitri Goryachev.</p><p>Since 2005, Juanito has been the director of the annual summer Flamenco Institute at the prestigious New England Conservatory in Boston. He made his on-screen debut with an appearance alongside Steve Martin and Andy Garcia in the 2009 Pink Panther 2 film. His latest album release, Language of the Heart, is the next step in his driving passion to share the beauty and soul-stirring power of this ancient yet most vibrant musical style.</p><p> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 21:28:00 +0000 Daniel Shaw 17394 at Juanito Pascual Los Lobos <p>Forty years ago, Louie Perez and David Hidalgo, friends at East LA’s Garfield High School, hooked up with two other musicians, bassist Conrad Lozano and singer/guitar player Cesar Rosas, and Los Lobos came to be. Sax player Steve Berlin came over from legendary rockabilly band The Blasters a few years later, and the band has never stopped making incredibly original, timeless, irresistible music and has never stopped touring. Hard-hitting young drummer Enrique “Bugs” Gonzalez joined the band a few years back and gave them a new jolt of energy. Their recording debut all those years ago may have been called “Just Another Band from East LA,” but they still prove night in and night out that they’re not just another band—from anywhere.</p><p>Louie Perez has been the band’s chief lyricist over the years and was the drummer for a long spell before returning to guitar duties (though he still gets behind the kit for a few songs each night). He’s found time over the years to work on several side projects, including The Latin Playboys, and has carved out another career as a painter. He’s also written a play recently based on the band’s song “Evangeline,” that had several runs in California.</p><p>For more about Los Lobos: <a href=""></a></p><p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 21:28:00 +0000 Daniel Shaw 16374 at Los Lobos Jon Anderson <p>When Jon Anderson and some of his fellow Brits formed Yes some 45 years ago, they helped launch the genre of music that would become known as progressive rock. King Crimson, Genesis, Emerson, Lake and Palmer, Rush, and others would soon follow, and all of these bands helped raise the level of musicianship in rock across the board. Yes went on to sell tens of millions of records—elaborate works filled with Anderson’s epic lyrical tales of mysterious worlds and forces, all backed by complex yet often melodic arrangements that the rock world had never before experienced. From 1969 to 1979 Yes released an incredible string of 11 albums, and Anderson fronted the band until 2008.</p><p>As a solo artist, Anderson has found the time and energy to release 13 albums over the years. Jon’s solo music is quieter and more spiritual than his work with Yes but no less powerful in its own way. He’ll be playing plenty of both at the Wheeler Opera House on Friday night.</p><p>More info on the show: <a href=""></a></p><p>More info on Jon Anderson: <a href=""></a></p><p> Thu, 13 Mar 2014 20:28:00 +0000 Daniel Shaw 15483 at Jon Anderson Jerry Jeff Walker & Jimmy Ibbotson <p>Legendary singer/songwriter Jerry Jeff Walker and Jimmy Ibbotson, formerly of The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, join host Daniel Shaw on “Check 1, 2”. This live one-hour special is just ahead of Jerry Jeff Walker’s performance at the Wheeler Opera House on Saturday evening.</p><p>For more on the show at the Wheeler Opera House: <a href=""></a></p><p> Tue, 04 Mar 2014 21:58:00 +0000 Daniel Shaw 14191 at Jerry Jeff Walker & Jimmy Ibbotson Karl Denson's Tiny Universe <p>For nearly three decades, legendary saxophonist <strong>Karl Denson</strong>&nbsp;has been getting crowds around the world out on the dance floor.&nbsp; Approaching iconic status, Denson has moved bodies and minds dating back to his earliest years with&nbsp;<strong>Lenny Kravitz</strong>‘s band through his ongoing tenure as a founding member of seminal boogaloo revivalists <strong>The Greyboy Allstars</strong>&nbsp;and his current roll as a member of San Diego dub rockers&nbsp;<strong>Slightly Stoopid</strong>.&nbsp; Nowhere, however, is this more apparent than with his band,&nbsp;<strong>Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe</strong>.&nbsp; Touring relentlessly for the past 15 years and leaving a massive audience in his wake, fans know that when KDTU is in town a dance party will ensue.</p><p>In Winter 2014, Karl and his band are back on the road for a 20-date plus tour that hits both coasts, highlighted by a three-night stand at&nbsp;<strong>Brooklyn Bowl</strong>, the Jungle Jam festival in Costa Rica and a co-bill with&nbsp;<strong>moe.</strong>&nbsp;in York, PA. The run is in support of a brand latest studio album,&nbsp;<strong><em>New Ammo.</em></strong>&nbsp;A relentless 13-track collection, it’s Denson’s debut release on Slightly Stoopid’s record label,&nbsp;<strong>Stoopid Records</strong>. Alongside Denson originals like the title track and “Everybody Knows That,” which have become fan favorites from his live sets, KDTU offers up searing versions of “Seven Nation Army” by&nbsp;<strong>The White Stripes</strong>, “Hang Me Up To Dry” by&nbsp;<strong>Cold War Kids</strong>&nbsp;and “Sure Shot” by&nbsp;<strong>The Beastie Boys</strong>. The first single “My Baby,” features&nbsp;<strong>Nicki Bluhm</strong>&nbsp;on vocals.</p><p>In Denson’s own words: “We’ve finally figured out how to capture in the studio what the Tiny Universe does live. We move around a lot musically, but this record reflects who we are as a band and where we’re headed with our music.”</p><p>For more about Karl Denson's Tiny Universe: <a href=""></a></p><p>For more about Belly Up Aspen: <a href=""></a></p><p> Tue, 25 Feb 2014 22:28:00 +0000 Daniel Shaw 14764 at Karl Denson's Tiny Universe