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Qello Concerts, The Doors & Me.

Ben Fong-Torres Posted to Center Stage on March 6, 2015

“The new generation of kids will come along in a few years, swarm together, and have a new name for (rock). It’ll be the kind of music that people like to go out and get it on to.” Jim Morrison told me that in 1971. Two years before, appearing on PBS with The Doors, he had been even more specific. “In four or five years,” he said, in April of 1969, “The new generation’s music, it’ll have a synthesis of (black and folk)… and some…

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Celebrating Black History Month

Nicole Zeitzer Johnson Posted to Center Stage on February 18, 2015

February is Black History Month and we are celebrating by honoring the icons of music history.  There's the prophesied poetry of Tupac Shakur: “Dear mama, don’t cry, your baby boy’s doin’ good. Tell the homies I’m in heaven and they ain’t got hoods. Seen a show with Marvin Gaye last night, it had me shook. Drinkin’ Peppermint Schnapps with Jackie Wilson and Sam Cooke.” There's the funk of James Brown, the jazz of Charles Mingus,…

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Super Bowl Fans Want Rock 'n' Roll

Nicole Zeitzer Johnson Posted to Center Stage on January 28, 2015

Guns ‘n Roses and Eric Clapton might not be performing at this year’s Super Bowl halftime show, but according to Qello Concerts users, it's exactly what the Super Bowl fans in Massachusetts, Washington, and host state Arizona want to watch. We looked at The top 5 songs streamed by users in the Super Bowl states and it is confirmed that rock ‘n’ roll is here to stay. Want to channel your inner Patriots or Seahawks fan? Or imagine what fans in sunny Arizon…

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Farm Aid 2003: Part 1

Ben Fong-Torres Posted to Center Stage on June 12, 2014

We’ve all heard of Farm Aid. Willie Nelson organized the first concert in 1985, to raise money for, and awareness of, the plights of the independent, American family farmers. But many of us haven’t seen or heard a Farm Aid concert. That changed when TNT recorded and broadcast the 2003 fundraiser, in Columbus, Ohio. Now, on Qello, we all get to see it. We start with the jingo jangle of Brooks and Dunn—here, it’s Ronnie Dunn up front on lead vocals, with Kix Br…

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Zac Brown Band - Pass the Jar

Ben Fong-Torres Posted to Artist Spotlight on January 6, 2014

The Zac Brown Band members must’ve laughed when they heard that they’d won a Grammy as Best New Artist for 2010.  “New”? Brown had been Zacking away, with different musicians, since 2002, and put out DIY albums in 2004 and 2005 before breaking through in 2008. By fall of ’09, when they performed the concert captured in Pass the Jar, they were big enough to headline a fundraiser at the Fox Theater in his home town of Atlanta, and to bring on a strea…

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