Vieux Farka Toure, Terminal West, Atlanta, GA, 22 April 2015

Vieux Farka Toure, the guitarist from Mali, in West Africa, played Terminal West in Atlanta on 22 April. I had the good fortune to see his father, Ali Farka Toure play at the Variety Playhouse in 1999 or 2000, so I was pleased to be able to see Vieux play this year. Like his father … Continue reading Vieux Farka Toure, Terminal West, Atlanta, GA, 22 April 2015

Alyse Black, Academy Theatre, Hapeville, GA, 14 April 2015

My friend, Alyse Black was in town Tuesday, 14 April and performed at the Academy Theatre in Hapeville, GA. I met Alyse in 2008 when she performed at the Five Spot in Little Five Points, and have been following her career ever since. She's a great singer and songwriter, and her live shows are always … Continue reading Alyse Black, Academy Theatre, Hapeville, GA, 14 April 2015

Sidney Cox, Main Street, Tucker, GA, 27 September 2009

Sidney Cox, playing his trumpet outside Rotagilla, a Cajun style restaurant, which used to be on Main Street in Tucker, GA, 27 September 2009. I met Sidney at the monthly brunch Rogagilla used to sponsor which featured my friend, Berne Poliakoff. Sidney frequently sat in with her and Dan Turner, along with other musicians. They … Continue reading Sidney Cox, Main Street, Tucker, GA, 27 September 2009

The Lupos and Shakespeare

Note: This article has been updated and expanded in my essay collection The Cheese Toast Project, available in print from online bookstores, and in print and Kindle at Amazon. My earliest known ancestor, Ambrose Lupo, was brought to England as part of an ensemble of string players around May of 1540 by Henry VIII. Some … Continue reading The Lupos and Shakespeare