Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, first impressions.

The Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, FL is a Seminole-run property that has just opened to great fanfare in south Florida. The massive 400 foot tall Guitar-shaped hotel dominates the Skyline and landscape for miles. This is a 1.5 billion (yes, with a "B") project, and it shows. A friend of mine who [...]

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YES release box set: “From a Page”.

Progressive pioneers YES have just released their latest project, a box set entitled "From a Page -Studio tracks plus - In The Present: Live from Lyon". The welcome addition to their catalog includes all the prerequisites including new artwork from Roger Dean. The package consists of two parts, their live album "Live from Lyon" was [...]

10 ? with Barry Richman. A peek at an Atlanta legend.

Hailing originally from New York, guitarist Barry Richman moved at a fairly young age to Atlanta, GA. The son of renowned tenor saxophonist Abraham "Boomie" Richman, Barry was brought up exposed to both music and musicians. Gravitating to guitar after being enthralled by the British Invasion and captivated by Jimi Hendrix, Richman began a life [...]

Tony MacAlpine sweeps through Atlanta.

Having started at a very young age on piano, guitar and even violin, Tony MacAlpine developed into one of the most consummate virtuosos of our lifetimes. Since his debut album Edge of Insanity in 1986, Tony has continued to compose myriad songs. Songs that are complex, hard charging, and beautiful, often in the same piece. [...]

The Bijou Theater. 110 years of entertaining Knoxville.

The Lamar House was constructed in 1817 in Knoxville, TN. by Irish immigrant Thomas Humes as an upscale hotel. It was originally called the "Knoxville Hotel", and subsequently "City Hotel" for a time. Becoming a popular spot for the local well-to-do, President Andrew Jackson was just the first of a total of five U.S. Presidents [...]