A visit to O’ahu is a chance to experience an amazing musical culture and learn techniques unique to Hawaiian styles of music. Live performances abound on the island, from strummers hanging out on Waikiki beach, to performances in a wide variety of venues featuring Hawaii’s best talents. Music makers are friendly and always willing to talk and answer questions about their music.
Michael Barrett and Leslie Tomkins readily admit there was a somewhat selfish reason for founding a music festival in Moab, Utah, 22 years ago. For about six months prior to their visit to Moab, the couple had already been discussing the possibility of starting another music festival. Barrett, a classical pianist from New York City, had founded the New York Festival of Song about two years prior.
On my latest trip to Nashville I decided that, after visiting the staples and several brand new Nashville points of interest, I would focus on some live music spots south of Nashville. Here’s what I discovered less than one hour’s drive outside the hustle and bustle of Music City.
Today, cumbia is one of the most popular and widespread genres in Latin America. Its roots are in Colombia, but cumbia is a blend of music and cultural traditions from indigenous Colombians, Africans, and Europeans, particularly the Spanish. It first began near the ports and coastal settlements where Spanish traders and descendents of African slaves settled.
At the Delta Cultural Center in Helena, Arkansas, music lovers can discover how blues and gospel music grew along the Arkansas Delta. The Center comprises a Visitor’s Center on Cherry Street in Helena, Arkansas, and The Depot, a former train depot located on Missouri Street.
Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, is home to a very special motel for music enthusiasts. The Holiday Music Motel, an ideal accommodation for traveling musicians, hosts weekly jam sessions, open mic nights, songwriting retreats, and other music events year-round. It has two recording studios and is run by musicians melaniejane, and pat mAcdonald (formerly of Timbuk3), who also perform together as Purgatory Hill.
Visitors to the Museum of Making Music in Carlsbad, California, can now experience its newly renovated galleries, featuring interactive displays and new exhibits that incorporate the latest instrument innovations. The museum documents the evolution of musical instruments from the late 19th century to the present day, and future visitors can enjoy hands-on experiences with instruments at the museum’s five galleries.