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Red Dragon Cartel Rears it's Head

BY BILL SMITH
MUSIC CRITIC

Red Dragon CartelEverything old, is eventually new again. Or as so the saying goes. Many of the trends of the 1980's are creeping their way back into popular culture. For better or for worse, there is a plethora of fashions, movies, and even music from this era long since past that has been steadily showing up in our everyday life. I suppose it begs to ask the question; did it ever really leave? With that being said, I am here to tell you about the latest release from one such iconic musician from the way gone era, Jake E. Lee and his new band Red Dragon Cartel. Some of you may remember his name, but for those that don't a brief refresher course. Jake E. Lee had the enormous challenge of replacing the late Randy Rhoads in 1982.  Click here for the whole story



Whoa Man! Chris Hatton & the Italian Sound Machine releases “Womown”

BY BILL SMITH
MUSIC CRITIC

Chris Hanton & Italian Sound MachineApparently people don't seem to realize the caliber of musicians that live in and around Cleveland. I suppose this is natural, considering Cleveland really isn't known as a town for its musical endeavors. Let's face it, we're no Nashville or Austin.  Sure we have the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but that doesn't really count now does it? I mean that is more for show and politics then actually promoting the music scene round about town. But if you dig just beneath the surface you will find that Cleveland not only has a great and diversified artist pool to glean from, but a stable of world class musicians to to boaster as well. One such musician is Chris Hatton and his band the Italian Sound Machine.  Click here for the whole story



Ballroom Dance with Andrew Calori Jr., 
Confidence in Ballroom Dancing

Ballroom Dancing It has been said that dancing is like water, gently flowing and resisting nothing.  It moves with grace and power.  Dancing like the water combines fluid motions yet fills you with tranquility.

Dancing is a profound yet practical exercise for people of all ages.  Dancing trains the body to be both alert yet calm while the body is in motion.  Makes the body strong and flexible and relaxed even in the mist of stress.

Dancing is the most artistic of social pastimes as well as the most social of artistic pastimes.  Dancing not only reflects life but a basic expression of life itself.  While the initial motivation to dance is often a social one, once past the initial hurdle of learning to dance, many find in the atmosphere, the music and the dance, the opportunity to take on a new persona.  In an instant a dancer can be emotionally and mentally transported to any scenario they choose – being in a New York night club doing the Hustle, in the streets of Brazil doing the Samba, being in Vienna, a Caribbean beach party, a carnival in Copacabana, a Parisian café or anywhere your mind takes you.  All it takes is feeling a little confident.  Click here for the whole story



“The Wait” is finally over for Runaway Dorothy

BY BILL SMITH
MUSIC CRITIC

Runaway DorothyAdam Duritz of Counting Crows, Rosanne Cash, Ryan Adams, and Rob Thomas of Matchbox Twenty, are all fans of Runaway Dorothy. For a band that is just releasing their major label debut, this is a pretty impressive fan base. Brooklyn based Runaway Dorothy has been making their unique blend of Americana and Alt- Country since 2008, and gaining fans the old fashioned way; touring and creating incredible music. The now five piece band that consists of brothers Dave and Brett Parnell, Warren Robbins, Even Mitchell, and the newest member Kenji Shinagawa, have been touring relentlessly with performances at SXSW, CMJ Showcase, The Outlaw Roadshow and many more high profile gigs that are grabbing the attention of music industry bigwigs. There certainly has been a wait for “The Wait.” The bands first independent release “The Arc,” has been critically acclaimed by many publications throughout America.  Click here for the whole story



ZZ Ward Droppin' Caskets and an Incredible Album

BY BILL SMITH
MUSIC CRITIC

ZZ WardIt seems like for the past several years certain areas of the Pop music market has been in the midst of a revival of sorts. Many of the up and coming artist are taking their ques from some of the Blue Eyed Soul Songstresses from the 1960's, most notably Dusty Springfield. Artist such as Adele, Joss Stone, Amy Winehouse, and Duffy have had success returning to a retro sound, that is refreshing in this modern age of over produced Pop mush. The common denominator to most of these artist is that they are British. Not to knock our neighbors from across the pond, but Soul music is something that Americans created, and forgotten.  Apparently the British have discovered and perfected it. Enter ZZ Ward. Ms. Ward is the American equivalent to the Adele's, and Amy Winehouse's. Of course with a distinctively American twist.  Click here for the whole story



Ballroom Dance with Andrew Calori Jr. 
Swinging into the 50's


Ballroom Dancing
Doing an east coast swing to Buddy Holly’s, ‘That’ll be the day’ or a rumba to the Drifter’s, ‘Under the boardwalk,’ ballroom dancing has taken off as a favorite past time of the over 50's generation.  This can be a great way to keep fit and also has many social benefits you may not of thought about... 

1. Just do it! Too many would-be dancers have belittled themselves, or let others tell them, that they 'just can't dance', so they never even attempt to learn. If you can walk, you can learn to dance. Ballroom dancing is composed of steps, forward, back, to the side, and in place. It's the meeting of these steps in different ways that creates the pattern of a dance. The steps are learned one at a time, just like when you were two and learning to walk.  Click here for the whole story

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