Category Archives: Music

Guitar hero: 1960s proto-punk rocker Wayne Kramer brings music workshops to prisons


“Let me tell you ‘bout Wayne and his deals of cocaine. A little more every day,” the Clash sang in 1978. “Holding for a friend till the band do well. Then the DEA locked him away.”

The song, “Jail Guitar Doors,” was about guitarist Wayne Kramer—who at the time was wrapping up a prison sentence in Lexington, Kentucky for selling cocaine to an undercover federal agent. Kramer played Sunday sets in chapel there with trumpeter Robert “Red Rodney” Chudnick, who was famous for being the only white member of Charlie Parker’s bebop quintet.

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Swiss Cheese Maker Believes Music Will Make His Cheese Taste Better

Food is a delicious, vital piece of existence from which we’ve conjured countless culinary concoctions. All in the name of nourishment, our relationship with food and drink is as complex and diverse as human beings are. We need it to live, so why not figure out all sorts of ways to make it more delicious? What lengths might you go to make food taste better?

It’s common in the world of wine for vintners to be rather particular about the winemaking process. Like, an old vine Carignan wine is 100% Carignan grapes from vines that were planted in 1900. Never mind farming style, grape pressing, and the like. That’s one of the innumerable wine varietals, but it’s fairly common knowledge that the particularities of the wine world are numerous. What we don’t hear enough about is the cheese world.

Emmental cheese is one of the most famous cheeses in Switzerland, a country that has lots of famed cheeses and a cheese named after it. Meet Beat Wampfler, a man who is very enthusiastic about his cheese. During the day, he’s a veterinarian, but when he leaves the office he switches from white coat to cheese apron. His cheese cellar is in Burgdorf, where he’s testing a theory that has had some people scratching their heads.

He’s testing whether playing different genres of music will make his cheese taste better. He has installed small speakers below several wheels of Emmental cheese, each playing music directly to the cheese as it ages. The project is called Sonic cheese: experience between sound and gastronomy and, though it sounds strange, it’s gaining research support from a Swiss University.

It’s not a very far stretch either. For instance, most plants will only flourish in soil with a pH level between 6.2 to 6.8, among countless other environmental factors. We readily accept much more complex things as facts, though we might not understand them. So, why is it so difficult to make a reasonable hypothesis that postulates that playing music for your cheese will make it taste better? Because it certainly can’t hurt it.

“Sounds, ultrasounds or music can also have physical effects,” Wampfler said.

The University of the Arts at Bern was agreed to help Wampfler with his research, aiming for some manner of measurable data.

“At first we were skeptical, then we discovered there is a field called sonochemistry that looks at the influences of sound waves, the effect of sound on solid bodies,” said Michael Harenburg, the university’s music director.

From A Tribe Called Quest to Led Zeppelin to Mozart, and whatever else is queued up, the game is afoot and as the cheese matures over the next several months, one can only hope that their hypothesis checks out. In the meantime, it’s playlist curation and a waiting game.

“Will the cheese taste better? It’s hard to say. I hope that the hip-hop cheese will be the best,” Wampfler says.

That’s a lot to invest in an experiment on cheese, but anything is possible in the name of food. If you’re part of the 73% of July 4th grillmasters or the 60% of Memorial Day BBQ afficiandos who think you know a thing or two about gastronomy, we’re willing to bet Wampfler has you beat. Take notes.

In the spring, Wampfler’s cheese will be tested and judged by a panel of expert cheese tasters, a job which sounds like a dream come true. We brie-live in you, Beat.

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Causes 4 Hospitalizations at Bonnaroo Festival

The Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Manchester, TN witnessed a striking scene on Monday, June 11: a nurse stumbling out of her RV in the wee hours of the morning, calling for help. Soon after, three of the nurses staying in the RV for the festival were airlifted to a nearby hospital under the threat of carbon monoxide poisoning. The fourth was driven to a Manchester hospital following the incident.
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Singers Wanted: Open Auditions for ‘The Voice’ Coming to Town this Summer!

THE VOICE ? Season: 14 ? Pictured: (l-r) Adam Levine, Kelly Clarkson, Blake Shelton, Alicia Keys ? (Photo by: Art Streiber/NBC)

*Honey chile listen up, this may be your time to shine! We just learned that NBC’s ‘The Voice — the hottest singing competition on TV — with four of the most successful recording artists (Alicia Keys, Adam Levine, Kelly Clarkson and Blake Shelton) serving as coaches, is hitting the road this summer and wants to audition bad-ass talent at their OPEN CALL AUDITIONS!

Does this sound like you?

If so, hurry and brush up on those vocal chords — after all, you don’t want to end up like Adele and Sza.


The show is searching for solo artists and duos that perform all types of music: pop, rock, R&B, hip-hop, alternative, Latin, country, blues, indie.

The requirements include being legally present in the U. S., must over the age of 13,  and meet all other eligibility requirements.

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Northern California 7-11 Finds Ingenious Way to Get Rid of Loiterers: Opera Music! (Watch)

*As someone who once worked for New York’s Metropolitan Opera, I wonder if I should be offended. But I’m not. I actually think its quite funny that a 7-11 franchise in Modesto California got so sick and tired of panhandlers and bored teens loitering outside their doors but still on their property, they came up with the idea to blast opera music…24-7.

Turns out I’m not the only one who finds this idea intriguing. A reporter at the Modesto Bee was so intrigued he dug deeper. He learned that it wasn’t because Franchise owner Sukhi Sandhu, who operates the store located at store at McHenry and Morris avenues near downtown, has love for opera music — quite the opposite. He knows he is not alone, and knows people won’t be hanging out listening to it. They will keep it moving.

?Our classical and opera music, the one that we’re hearing in the background, it gets played 24-seven,? Sandhu told the reporter, speaking loudly enough to project over some very boisterous singing. ?The whole idea behind this was to discourage people from loitering and panhandling, and most importantly to provide a better, positive environment for our customers to shop at our stores and obviously for them to feel safe.?

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Siedah Garrett & Valerie Ervin Among Honorees at Black Business Association?s ‘Salute to Black Music’

Los Angeles, CA ? The Black Business Association (BBA), the oldest ethnic business organization in the State of California, will host its Annual ?Salute to Black Music Awards Dinner? on Tuesday, June 19, 2018 at the California African American Museum, 600 State Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90037. Held in recognition of African American Music Appreciation Month, this years? theme is ?The Business Behind the Music.? 

The event takes place on Tuesday, June 19, 2018 @ California African American Museum.

African-American Music Appreciation Month is a commemoration that takes place annually in the United States, throughout the month of June. Originally proclaimed ?Black Music Month? by President Jimmy Carter on June 7, 1979, U.S. presidents have issued proclamations for the celebration under that name until President Barack Obama announced the observance under a new title, African-American Music Appreciation Month.

Special confirmed honorees are Siedah Garrett, a GRAMMY-winning and twice Academy Award nominated singer/songwriter whose contributions to popular culture are unparalleled and Valerie Ervin, President of the Ray Charles Foundation. Ms. Ervin is the guardian angel of the Ray Charles Legacy. Under her leadership, the Ray Charles foundation has donated millions of dollars in grants, making Valerie Ervin one of the most influential legacy estate guardians. She is committed to carrying forward the vision and philanthropic mission set forth by Ray Charles.

Other nominees include, Attorney Virgil Roberts of Bobbitt and Roberts, Debra Lee,Chairman and CEO of BET, Cathy Hughes, Chairperson TV One, and Steve Stoute, CEO and Founder Fast Company Magazine. Continue reading

Beyonc? Teams with Google to Announce Education Scholarships (to Benefit HBCU’s)

Photo credit: Raven Varona

*Beyonc? continues to prove she is not only fierce on the stage, but also behind the scenes. The megastar is using her platform to inspire young people to “BeyGood” following her positive examples in leadership. Once more she has put her money where her mouth is and awarded four HBCUs scholarships of $25,000 each.

Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia; Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee; Grambling State University in Grambling, Louisiana; and and Texas Southern University in Houston is in line to receive the monies.

Bey is definitely on a mission, and she is urging other businesses will step up and join her.

In an apparent say no more move, has stepped up to  match the star’s original $100,000 grant. Continue reading