Author Archives: John Collins

Where can you attend the world’s largest music festival this weekend?


This weekend in Milwaukee, Wisconsin through July 5th, a great music festival, Summerfest, is happening and if you are in the area, have the time and money, it is definitely worth a visit.  They also claim to be the largest music festival in the world.  Having attended Summerfest and other big, music festivals in Chicago, New Orleans, etc., and having a solid basis for comparison, it seemed worth asking if this is Fact or Faked, in the tradition of Ben Hansen. On

Music for the Monday Blues


Some fun music was streaming across the screen today from the worlds of Steampunk and Blues Rock. Frenchy and the punk came out with another music video of one of their songs from their new album, “Bonjour Batfrog.” If you crossed Blue Oyster Cult’s “Don’t Fear the Reaper” with Urine Town’s “Don’t be the Bunny” well you probably wouldn’t get Frenchy and the Punk’s “Don’t Fear the Rabbit” even if you tossed in a Batfrog, but it would be fun

Bellingrath Gardens is tops in Christmas lights in the Mobile Bay


From the frozen north to the balmy south a favorite Christmas tradition is decorating trees, houses, and most anything that doesn’t move (and a few that do) with colored lights.  Some flash, change colors, and even play music. After the lights are up, families will pile in the car and ride around and look ast their neighbors homes, and if lucky, the city park and other public locations will have more elaborate ones for their viewing. On the Mobile Bay,

Meet the Musicians: Frenchy and the Punk


  Frenchy and the Punk can be seen at conventions and festivals across the US and in Europe.  Their music is a marvelous mélange of mellifluous melodies and deliciously diverse ditties, the best description comes from the source. John N Collins (JNC): How would you describe your band? Samantha Stephenson (SS): We call it Indie Folk Punk Cabaret. (JNC): Who are your band members? (SS): Samantha Stephenson – Vocals, Percussion, Drums Scott Helland – Guitar, Live Guitar Looping, Vocals, Drums (JNC): Can you

George Takei and ‘Allegiance’ go bass ackwards and bottoms up today on Youtube – Oh My!

Special Post Show Annoucement! Today only you can get the 6 song mini album for free!     In checking last nights email, as of 4:30 p.m. on 10/28/2014 there was an invitation from George Takei to attend a special, online event on Youtube today at 1 p.m. EST.  Once again, Mr. Takei is defying tradition and going bottoms up.  He is taking his new, not  yet on Broadway, musical “Allegiance a New American Musical” and showcasing an hour of its

Music for the medieval – Pirates and Wenches, now on CD


Renaissance Festivals are a great place to set the modern world to the side and escape to an otherwhen and see performances from jousting, sword fighting, jugglers, fire eaters and concerts with music of another time.  The band Pirates and Wenches have been offering up their music at the Olde World Village with their own, original music and traditional shanties. Jared Vaden plays his violin and other instruments for the band.  Ramberto Bastell is on the guitar and brings a strong Spanish influence to

Scales and Sounds at Summerfest


Friday evening on the 4th of July at Summerfest in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, an eager audience of all ages gathered in the BMO Harris Pavilion to hear the legendary performers, Harvey Scales and the Seven Sounds.  The evening was warm but comfortable and the smell of the food at the adjoining Barbecue was tempting but the audience was ready and waiting for the music as a huge saxophone playing puppet weaved through the crowded auditorium.  At times it seemed as though Harvey doubted that so many

The largest music festival in the world rocks Lake Michigan’s coast on the fourth of July


Milwaukee’s Summerfest is now in full throttle and running hot on the Fourth of July.  The music has been playing since June 25th and doesn’t stop until July 6th.  Herb Fellerer, one of the staff photographers for Mardi Gras Memories and The Weird Review, has been bragging about The Summerfest for a few years and claiming it to be the largest Music Festival in the world. As a veteran of event coverage including Mardi Gras, it was intriguing to hear about this event that even blew

Three entertaining events steaming onto the scene


Letting off steam at Her Royal Majesty’s Steampunk Symposium 2014 Over the next week three events of steamy significance will be happening in the steampunk community in Cincinati, Detroit, and on the aetherweb including the Steampunk Empire Symposium, the Midwest Media Expo, and the debut album release of a new band, Ague. Voltaire performing at the 2013 Up in the Aether convention The 2014 Steampunk Empire Symposium kicks off in Cincinati on Friday the 25th at 4 p.m. with their welcome Tea Stroll.  Friday

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