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Friday, November 24, 2006
 
Today, RRC (Rock n Roll Confidential) heard from Darrell Jonsson of the Prague Post in the Czech Republic. When we asked him what was going on there musically, this was his response....

The Prague music scene is near hyperactive, every genre
imaginable has found increasing representation here in
the last 7 years, as you can see by the following
list of articles, that I've writen about the local
scene during that time below.

Part of what keeps things hopping around his is emigre's
not only from American but also from the U.K., and increasingly
from Asia, African, South America and else where,
Each community is emerging economically and culturally
so music rides along with all of it. With the city linked
by an impressive tram and metro system its easy to get
to concerts and people here live in small apartments
and houses and love to get out and support music.

Music as well is part of validating the local music
and the Czech language which has been historically
challenged. And of course there is the local beer
which is said to be the best on earth and is price
controlled.

The festival previews below give some insight in
the present climate and its legacy. other wise some artists
I've interviewed who have passed through Prague, or
that Prague their home also may give some insight into
your questions.


Tiger Lillies; Garden of angst
http://www.praguepost.com/P02/pp.php/?id=32569&a=3

John Cale; Return of the Velvet Wizard
http://www.praguepost.com/P03/2003/Art/1120/calen1.php

Young Gods and Anthropologist J. Narby
http://www.praguepost.com/P03/2004/Art/1104/featu1.php

Daevid Allen : University of Errors
http://www.praguepost.com/P03/2003/Art/0508/featum.php
http://www.planetgong.co.uk/octave/archive/interview_daevid_3.shtml#toc

Paco Pena ; Requiem
http://www.praguepost.com/P03/2004/Art/0923/calen2.php

Bnet Marrakesh - The Mothers of Rock.
http://www.praguepost.com/P03/2004/Art/0429/calen3.php

Majid Bekkas - Gnawa blues master
http://www.praguepost.com/P03/2005/Art/0224/calen3.php

Meredith Monk : Revelation in Sound.
http://www.praguepost.com/P03/2005/Art/0310/calen1.php

Robert Plant ; Flying high; Plant soars beyond Led Zeppelin
http://www.praguepost.com/P03/2005/Art/0407/calen1.php

Alternativa ; In the spirit
http://www.praguepost.com/P03/2004/Art/1125/calen2.php

Susheela Raman / Australian/Asian/UK urban sounds.
http://prague.tv/around-town/art-and-culture/article.php?name=susheela-raman-interview

Respect Festival / Showing Respect
http://www.praguepost.com/P03/2005/Art/0609/tempo1.php

Traband - Pirates of the Vlatava
http://www.praguepost.com/P03/2005/Art/0804/calen2.php

United Flavour / Reggae influenced World City urban music
http://www.praguepost.com/P03/2005/Art/0811/calen2.php

Here Comes The Sun : Slunovrat 2005
http://cbw.cz/phprs/view.php?cisloclanku=2005062030

Iva Bittova w/ Bang on a Can ; A new musical vocabulary
http://www.praguepost.com/P03/2005/Art/0908/calen2.php

Musafir ; Acrobats and Snake Charmers
http://www.praguepost.com/P03/2005/Art/0908/calen3.php


Sophisticated Beatles Studies - International
Association for the Study of Popular Music.
Review in RPM#27/28 (Winter/Spring 1998/1999)
http://www.iaspm.net/rpm/Bks_Engl.html#Beatles%20Studies

Move Festival : Prague Intl. and CZ Bands.
http://www.praguepost.com/P03/2005/Art/0915/calen1.php

In the pocket : Eddie Floyd joins the Rhythm Kings' all-star lineup
http://www.praguepost.com/P03/2005/Art/0929/calen2.php

Young Gods : Swiss Proto-industrial Rock
http://www.prague.tv/articles/art-and-culture/franz-treichler-young-gods-interview

Uz jsme doma : Celebrates 20 years of groundbreaking music
http://www.praguepost.com/P03/2005/Art/1013/calen1.php

Vertigo Quintet : Tapping diverse sources for a fresh sound
http://www.praguepost.com/P03/2005/Art/1020/calen3.php

Head Fake : Raw and Futuristic
http://www.praguepost.com/P03/2005/Art/1117/calen2.php

Skatalites : Music heard 'round the world
http://www.praguepost.com/P03/2005/Art/1117/calen3.php

Alternativa 2005 - Pioneers deliver new and historic work.
http://www.praguepost.com/P03/2005/Art/1124/calen3.php

Magma : Interview with Darrell Jónsson
http://www.prague.tv/articles/art-and-culture/magma-interview

Gipsy: Promoting justice and racial tolerance through music
http://www.praguepost.com/P03/2005/Art/1201/tempo2.php

Autopilote: Pavel Fajt's latest project goes into the bush
http://www.praguepost.com/P03/2005/Art/1215/calen3.php

GAMe is the latest evidence of Alex Svamberk and company's genius.
http://www.praguepost.com/P03/2006/Art/0105/calen2.php

Dhoad Gypsies, La Cor de la Plana and others take the National Theatre.
http://www.praguepost.com/P03/2006/Art/0202/calen2.php

Atlantic Cable: Down on the farm, songs about cosmic subjects.
http://www.praguepost.com/P03/2006/Art/0209/calen3.php

Behind the masks :Vernon Reid cures any notion of jazz guitar sounding lame:
http://www.praguepost.com/P03/2006/Art/0216/calen1.php

John Cale : Returns for 5th performance at Prague's Archa Theatre
http://www.praguepost.com/P03/2006/Art/0302/calen1.php

Al-Yaman - Dance against Terrorism.
http://www.praguepost.com/P03/2006/Art/0302/tempo2.php

Fernhill ; More than a folk revival
http://www.praguepost.com/P03/2006/Art/0309/calen2.php

John Cale : Sweet Inspiration
http://www.praguepost.com/P03/2006/Art/0316/tempo1.php

Czech Puppet theatre takes on Rocky IX
http://www.praguepost.com/P03/2006/Art/0316/calen3.php

Ba Cissoko / Said Tachiti : Fresh sounds from Africa come to Prague
http://www.praguepost.com/P03/2006/Art/0323/tempo1.php

Interview: Florian Zimmer of Jersey
http://www.prague.tv/articles/nightlife/florian-zimmer-jersey-interview

Magnetaphone : An electric reaction to Birmingham boredom.
http://www.praguepost.com/P03/2006/Art/0406/calen3.php

Sonic Boom : Spaceman 3's sonic adventurer
http://www.prague.tv/articles/nightlife/sonic-boom-interview

NI and Cherry Hill: Hip-hop coup
http://www.praguepost.com/P03/2006/Art/0413/tempo2.php

The Art of Noise - Christian Fennesz, Philip Jeck...
http://www.praguepost.com/P03/2006/Art/0413/calen2.php

Plastic People of the Universe:
http://www.praguepost.com/P03/2006/Art/0427/print_template.php

Balkan Brass : One step beyond the Waltz
http://www.praguepost.com/P03/2006/Art/0504/calen2.php

Khamoro; All that Gypsy Jazz
http://www.praguepost.com/P03/2006/Art/0518/calen3.php

Sound Effects : Skupina C and Rataj's Mozart Deconstructed.
http://www.praguepost.com/P03/2006/Art/0615/tempo1.php

Respect Festival : RIP Desmond Dekker
http://www.praguepost.com/P03/2006/Art/0601/calen3.php

Tinariwen : Hard Times and Electric Saharan Blues
http://prague.tv/articles/nightlife/tinariwen

Son Caliente : Hot sounds from Havana
http://www.praguepost.com/P03/2006/Art/0608/calen1.php

The Swell Season : Hansard & Irglova's Irish Czech adventure.
http://www.praguepost.com/P03/2006/Art/0608/tempo1.php

An underground classic: Pavel Zajícek is still making his own kind of music
http://www.praguepost.com/P03/2006/Art/0622/calen3.php

Motor City mellow ;Mudhoney finds inspiration in the oddest places
http://www.praguepost.com/P03/2006/Art/0713/calen2.php

Salif Keita ; Article/Interview
http://www.praguepost.com/P03/2006/Art/0720/calen1.php

Burnin' boogie blues ; Canned Heat headlines a hot time on the island
http://www.praguepost.com/P03/2006/Art/0727/calen1.php

All you need is love ; Great bands highlight
Prague's biggest summer rock festival
http://www.praguepost.com/P03/2006/Art/0810/calen1.php

Talkin' blues ; Stan the Man gets almost respectable
http://www.praguepost.com/P03/2006/Art/0810/calen2.php

Andalusian Ace; Gerardo Núnez brings a new style to flamenco
http://www.praguepost.com/P03/2006/Art/0824/calen3.php

Hot new sounds in Malá Strana : Popular
PopoCafePetl reopens as a small music venue with big plans
Note: Erszi Kiss, XXL, Two Dollar Bash
http://www.praguepost.com/P03/2006/Art/0831/tempo2.php

Following his dreams; Štepán Smetá?ek brews a hot mix of rock and jazz
http://www.praguepost.com/P03/2006/Art/0907/calen3.php

Between East and West
Dancer Berrak Yedek fuses folk with the futuristic
http://www.praguepost.com/articles/2006/09/13/between-east-and-west.php

Brazil's Cabruera blends old and new for a fresh, lively sound
http://www.praguepost.com/articles/2006/09/27/rockin-brazilian-rhythms.php

Susheela Raman
http://www.praguepost.com/articles/2006/10/04/making-sense-of-it-all.php

Feng jun Song
http://www.praguepost.com/articles/2006/10/04/east-meets-west.php

Other writings by D.L. Jonsson
http://www.well.com/user/jonsson/DarrellJonsson.html

(via RRC)
 
Wednesday, November 22, 2006
 
Benefit Concert for Sugar Pie DeSanto
This Saturday in San Francisco


San Francisco R&B queen Sugar Pie DeSanto lost everything when her Oakland apartment burned down last month. Her husband died trying to fight the blaze. The 71-year-old singer will be the beneficiary of a concert Saturday at Biscuits and Blues.

Along with her fellow Oakland blues scene veteran Jimmy McCracklin, guests will include Maria Muldaur, Angela Strehli and Annie Sampson.

Her record "I Want to Know" was a hit in 1960 and she toured for two years as opening act of the James Brown revue. She had other R&B hits and did a couple of noteworthy duets with Etta James, but since the '70s she has been recording and performing almost exclusively in the Bay Area. Several veteran Bay Area R&B groups -- including the Dynamic Four and Johnny Talbot and De Thangs -- played a benefit for her last weekend at a Daly City nightclub.

Donations to the Sugar Pie DeSanto fund can be made at any Wells Fargo bank.

c2006 San Francisco Chronicle

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