Posts Tagged ‘Music’

The Sweet Sounds of Bluegrass

Saturday, June 27th, 2009

Music & Arts:Take A Listen at the Mayville Bluegrass Festival
By Nick Corsi

Sierra Hull

Sierra Hull at the Mayville Bluegrass Festival
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ITS THAT TIME OF YEAR

Nothing much in the world is more soothing then sitting in a field and listening to acoustic guitars, fiddles, mandolins, stand up basses, sweet vocals and all the other sounds come along with Bluegrass.

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First Summer Festival Done Right

Sunday, May 17th, 2009

Music & Arts: Edinboro takes us somewhere else…

Edinboro Art and Music Festival

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By Nick Corsi

DOWNTOWN EDINBORO ART AND MUSIC FESTIVAL

We kicked off the summer season at Raven with the Edinboro Art and Music Festival. This small but packed venue really gives us a chance to get back into the swing of things. I remember someone saying if you like what you do, then you never work a day in your life, when you are working at this festival…”work” is the last thing on your mind.

DONNA THE BUFFALO

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Great Works Require Rest

Sunday, April 12th, 2009

Music & Arts: A Time For Rest
By Nick Corsi

Try Resting

Sometimes it is the notes you don’t play.

SOME GREAT MUSICIANS WILL TELL YOU…

They will tell you this: A lot of times, it’s the notes that you DON’T play that truly make a composition what it is. An experienced musician knows when to hold back and let silence or resonance to fill the air. Sometimes we forget what “rest” can do for a piece of music, for a project, or for our work.

APPRECIATION AND ANTICIPATION


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“Act Locally” Benefits Pitt Habitat Chapter

Sunday, April 5th, 2009

Music & Arts: “Act Locally” Benefit Concert
By Nick Corsi

Erie Art Museums Blue and Jazz Festival

“Act Locally” Poster
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FINALLY – SOME OUTDOOR MUSIC!

This past Thursday at the University of Pittsburgh, our Habitat for Humanity Chapter put on a Benefit Concert. As a University chapter, we have a long term goal of eventually sponsoring the entire cost of a Habitat home. This goal will see its fruition in years to come, but the fund raising is ongoing and provides a slow but steady stream of income to the account. Each year our Benefit Concert provides for this goal and also acts as a capstone event for the year.

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Music Festivals: It’s All About … Planning

Sunday, March 22nd, 2009

music & arts: Entry 3 of 3 in Music Festival Event Planning

MUSICAL FESTIVAL PLANNING

Erie Art Museums Blue and Jazz Festival

One of Tammy’s Successful Events
Click to see the Erie Art Museums Event Page

This post is the third and final in a series of 3. I have been exploring the planning of music festivals through the insights of one of Erie PA’s best event planners, Tammy Roche. Check out the first article “Music Festival: It’s All About Creation” and the second “Music Festival: It’s All About the Music.”

TIME TO MAKE IT HAPPEN

So far we have talked about planning committees, music selections and event strategy…all that is left is to make it happen. The final installment of Music Festival planning focuses on some of the logistical issues that are faced when planning and implementing a music festival.

WHO IS GOING TO PAY FOR IT? (more…)

Music Festival: It’s All About The Music

Sunday, March 15th, 2009

music & arts:Entry 2 of 3 in Festival Event Planning

Erie Art Museums Blue and Jazz Festival

Drummer at the 2008 Erie Art Museum’s Blues and Jazz Festival

MUSIC FESTIVAL PLANNING

This blog post is the second in a series of 3. It is a look into musical festival planning through the insights of one of Erie PA’s best event planners, Tammy Roche. If you haven’t read the first article, “Event Planning: Its All About the Creation,” check it out here.

WHAT IS THE CORNERSTONE OF A MUSIC FESTIVAL? (more…)

Music Festival: It’s All About The Creation

Sunday, March 8th, 2009

music & arts: Entry 1 of 3 in Festival Event Planning

Erie Art Museums Blue and Jazz Festival

One of Tammy’s Successful Events
Click to see the Erie Art Museums Event Page

WITH WARM WEATHER COMES SWEET SOUNDS

Believe it or not, the summer is actually coming, and nice weather means one thing for music…outdoor concerts! But these concerts don’t just grow out of fields and shutdown streets, they grow from the fertile soils of hard work, teamwork and planning.

I recently had the pleasure of interviewing one of Erie, PA’s premiere event planners, Tammy Roche, Director of Marketing and Development at the Erie Art Museum. Each year the Art Museum puts on a fantastic Blues and Jazz Festival at Frontier Park in Erie, PA. Tammy plans the whole thing and has been nothing but successful. Here are her insights into outdoor festival event planning.

THE BASICS

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Tell Me Why

Friday, March 6th, 2009

Declan Galbraith
“Tell Me Why”
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Consciousness: inspiration

NOTHING MORE TO SAY

I can only wonder what it will take to melt our hearts…to make us realize our oneness…to make us want to participate in creating a world of love for all.

If the angelic voice of this messenger, and the words of his song do not do it…there seems to be little more to say.

Listen to the juvenile voice of Declan Galbraith from England, as he asks us all for answers to the most important question of all time…

Tell Me Why…click photo to hear his plea…

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Plan Something “Event”ful

Sunday, March 1st, 2009

music & arts: ode to event planners

The Beginnings of a Celebrate Erie Production

Even before this stage of production…A LOT needs to happen.
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CONCERTS: MORE THAN THE MUSIC

Have you ever gone to a concert or festival with ONLY music? You may think yes, but if music was all that you noticed, it is because some event coordinator really did his or her job. The performers on stage are not the only ones at work behind the success of an event, many more forces are at work.

WHAT KIND OF EVENT ARE YOU PLANNING?

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Real. Cool. Soul.

Saturday, February 21st, 2009


Joy Ike
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music & arts: inspiration of Joy Ike

DYNAMIC, DEEP, AND DIGGING IT

Attending a coffee shop gig a few weeks ago, I was told that Joy Ike was playing, and she would be a great artist to have on the bill for the Habitat For Humanity Benefit Concert I have been planning. I wasn’t disappointed, and I don’t think you will be either. If you are in Pittsburgh, check in to seeing her play and if you aren’t, check out Joy’s Myspace for a few tracks. Her sound is dynamic, thoughtful and fuses a brilliant spectrum of sound together, painting a beautiful picture.

THE LOW-DOWN

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Jubilee Message: GO CREATE!

Sunday, February 15th, 2009

Inspiration: Jubilee

INSPIRATIONAL CHRISTIAN CONFERENCE WITH A UNIVERSAL HUMAN MESSAGE

Jubilee Homepage

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I never thought attending a Christian conference would present me with such an abundance of culture and progressive thinking. This weekend started out with a talk by Gabe Lyons, co-author of the book “unChristian,” describing perception research into how the world views Christians. This research was conducted the same way a company conducts market research to understand brand perceptions, awareness, etc .

His research suggests, among other things, that people perceive Christians as having lost touch with culture and creativity – they are sheltered…out of touch with reality. These opening remarks began a weekend of inspiration, insight, and an exposure to some remarkable individuals who prove such an argument couldn’t be more wrong.

THE ULTIMATE FOCUS…THE HUMAN MESSAGE

How will you use your God-given talents, abilities and opportunities to cultivate learning, creating, building, and serving? And…how can you accomplish these goals in such a turbulent world?

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The Lion’s Still Sleeping

Friday, February 13th, 2009

Friday Funnies

Have you watched the hippo and dog singing and dancing to “The Lion Sleeps Tonight”? More from the grandkids. This one starts to please them from age 2 on, while the folks who grew up with the song start singing along too.

Can’t see it? Get FlashPlayer, or view at YouTube.

GOT ONE TO SHARE?

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And The History Will Rock…

Sunday, February 8th, 2009

Ongoing History of New Music with Alan Cross
Check out episode transcripts, schedules, and more!

music & arts: The Ongoing History
By Nick Corsi

What is alternative rock?

I have always been a big Alternative Rock fan. What is alternative rock? Well, you could categorize it using a number of sub-genres such as grunge, punk, indie, hardcore, metal, or any off-shoot that isn’t completely mainstream. The last 40 years have provided an explosion in the amount of genres rock n roll has to offer. Classifying, categorizing, and placing different artists in the proper labels is incredibly difficult. But I know a guy who can give you a little help if this is something you want to tackle…

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This Is Your Brain…On Music

Sunday, February 1st, 2009

music & arts: mind your music

This is Your Brain on Music Home

Neuroscience- music

A GREAT FIND

I had the pleasure of stumbling upon this book two years ago in my local Barnes & Noble. I wasn’t looking for anything in particular, but this just jumped out and said “pick me”. This book is for anyone who enjoys music, science, learning, great stories, and a pleasant change from everyday reading.

EVER WONDER WHY?…



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“Lost”? Try Slicing The Big Picture

Sunday, January 25th, 2009

Check out past episodes!
New fan? or Never seen an episode? Watch them for free at ABC.com’s Lost Page

music & arts: how entertainment can be a window to our lives

LOST RETURNS!

This week Lost, and all of its cryptic yet elegant glory, returned to ABC for a 3 hour Season Premiere. If you haven’t watched it before, Lost is a show about a group of people who have crash-landed on an Island in the Pacific Ocean. It doesn’t take long for the survivors to realize they are embarking on an endeavor that will provide them with a renewed sense of self. Over the course of the last 4 seasons, they experience times of happiness, hopelessness and utter confusion.

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Thinking About The Entertainment Industry?

Sunday, January 18th, 2009

music & arts: the realities of production

THINK ITS GLAMOROUS?

Think the entertainment industry is like the 3 hour awards shows we see four to five times a year on TV?  I sure hope not, because even though certain rockstars, moviestars, and broadway stars are constantly being taken care of, those who work in this industry are actually “working” and working, “a lot.”  And take it from me, it’s not always pretty.

WHAT IF ROADIES ACTUALLY DID RUN THE WORLD? THIS VIDEO COULDN’T BE CLOSER TO THE TRUTH.

Can’t see it? Get FlashPlayer, or view at YouTube.

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Alex Skolnick Trio Rocks The Jazz World

Sunday, January 11th, 2009

Alex Skolnick Trio
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music business: performance musicians

BUILD YOUR MUSIC CAREER ONE TOWN AT A TIME

The music industry has thrived as a model of mass marketing. But it’s the personal relationships that make it grow. And as the old industry falls apart, those personal relationships, aided by the small world of the Internet, take over.

So, how do performing musicians take control of their lives, in addition to learning their craft, woodshedding (sitting in your room and practicing (in the woodshed) until you master your instrument and your ability to play music, then go out and perform), and praying?

THE PATH TO SUCCESS

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“Tune” Up Your Passion With Crosstraining

Sunday, January 11th, 2009

Erie Philharmonic
Erie Philharmonic
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music & arts: understand what you are working with

WHAT ARE YOU HEARING THESE DAYS?
When you go to a concert whether it be jazz, acoustic, rock n roll, orchestral, Broadway, or whatever strikes your sonic fancy, what do you hear?

Do you hear the actual voices and instruments being played on stage? Think about it… In the instances of true musicians (no lip-syncers here), of course they are playing actual instruments and singing with natural voices. However it is up to the sound engineer(s) mixing the performance to make the musicians sound as good as possible.

WHAT IS GOOD?

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Dealing With Performers’ Egos … In A Professional Way

Sunday, January 4th, 2009

Looking out at the Crowd 1Backstage at Raven Gig
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Music & Arts: If you want the art, you have to stroke the ego…

PROFESSIONALS AND NOT-SO-PROFESSIONALS

The music industry is a crazy place. Its so dynamic that it contains some of the richest and some of the poorest people in the world. However, regardless of what level a musician stands on or climbs to, there is always one underlying nuance poised to raise its ugly head when the time is right – THE EGO…

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Follow Your Dreams To Create Your Business

Tuesday, December 30th, 2008

Pete Mills on Tenor Sax
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Business Opportunities: Sound Reinforcement

INTRODUCING MUSIC INDUSTRY ARTICLES BY NICK CORSI

Nick Corsi represents the new generation of sound reinforcement professionals and upcoming entrepreneurs, combining his love of marketing and music. He is also responsible for the RavenSound.com website. I’ve invited Nick to share some of his articles with our readers on our Sunday Music posts. Enjoy – David VanAmburg

WE WERE REALLY FEELIN’ THIS ONE

Jazz Erie brought tenor sax player Pete Mills to the Ambassador Conference Center this past Saturday for an incredible night of tenor sax jazz. A very simple system setup and some incredible musicians made the night enjoyable and easy-going for Raven engineers Nate “Slim” Harpst and Nick Corsi.

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