Johnny Roggio: Renaissance Man!

See Johnny this Thursday with Beginnings as part of Broadway’s Town Hall presentation of CHICAGO MEETS MOTOWN Tell us about yourself as an artist. My name is Johnny Roggio. A Guitarist, Vocalist, Songwirter& Recording Artist. I have been doing what I do since I was a teenager & have never looked back. Played all sorts of venues around this country…

Music to our Ears: Michael D’Antoni discusses LARRY COSTA

  LARRY COSTA “TODAY’S GREAT AMERICAN CROONER” by Michael D’Antoni CROONING represents a singing style primarily identified with male performers that specifically enhance light voices. Stylistically crooning includes pitch slides and vibrato turns on accented notes grabbing short trills with the note immediately above. Also known as a “Shake” this particularly unique style of the…

#TenthPlanet: Happy If Happy When: A Family Musical

Happily Ever After? Happy If Happy When: A Family Musical Part of the 10th anniversary season of Planet Connections Theatre Festivity at the Theaters at the Clemente, 107 Suffolk Street, New York City, running Thursday 7/26 @5:30pm-7:00pm; Friday 7/27 @6:15pm-7:45pm; Saturday 7/28 @1:15pm-2:45pm This is the story of Kimerer LaMothe & Geoffrey Gee. A family of seven who moved to the…

Natasha McDuffie: Stirring words from a humble singer

THAT MOTOWN BAND: A national phenomenon for many years, brings to life – at each performance – the music of Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, the Temptations, the Supremes, the Four Tops, and so many others. The band features a Grammy-Award nominees Johnny Gale on lead guitar and Ryan Shaw as a guest vocalist. They are…

Chris Shaljian goes MOTOWN on us!

THAT MOTOWN BAND: A national phenomenon for many years, brings to life – at each performance – the music of Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, the Temptations, the Supremes, the Four Tops, and so many others. The band features a Grammy-Award nominees Johnny Gale on lead guitar and Ryan Shaw as a guest vocalist.  They are Act II…

LAFFAHOLICS leads the GOSPEL COMEDY SHOW

Review by Michael D’Antoni Spontaneity is an admirable trait as at times it simply is just meant to be just that, pure unhibitedness. Moreover, none of us can escape the overwhelming possibility that there is a higher power that nudges us in the right direction.  Saturday night was one of those “out of the blue” wondrous, nudged…

The Empress of the Torch-Song!

Review by Michael D’Antoni People have been singing ever since we discovered that we had voices. Of course, a lot about singing has changed since then. Through the centuries, as our series of musical sounds began to mature and become more sophisticated, different cultures around the world developed their own individual styles, rhythms, scales and…

Chris Milillo: To the beat of his own drum.

In 2002, a group of celebrated professional musicians – veterans of the New York music scene – came together to form Beginnings. While Beginnings was designed as a tribute to the 70s/80s classic band Chiacago, the musicians are certainly not mimics. These formidable players infuse the classic – and highly memorable tunes of Chacgo with their…

Dan Hendrix’ Trombone led the big parade!

In 2002, a group of celebrated professional musicians – veterans of the New York music scene – came together to form Beginnings. While Beginnings was designed as a tribute to the 70s/80s classic band Chiacago, the musicians are certainly not mimics. These formidable players infuse the classic – and highly memorable tunes of Chacgo with their…

Blues in Black

Rev. Mary and her all-man band appear at NYC’s premier cabaret theater for a special ONE-NIGHT-ONLY performance: Rev. Mary is The Lady in Black Singer and performance artist, Mary Elizabeth Micari sings from her soul with a group of vintage noir-in-style tunes woven together with a revealing tale of a woman’s journey to find herself. Some of these…