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Adriana Louise: A Dukette Finds “The Voice” Part 2

You might remember me posting not too long ago about a young lady that I met who worked as one of the wonderful waitresses at our stomping ground Duke’s. If you don’t, a quick recap for you is HERE. Her name is Adriana Louise and she is an aspiring singer and she is competing for the big prize on the current season of NBC’s “The Voice”. Generally I don’t keep up with stuff like this but when you know the person involved, you kind of want to pay more attention and cheer them on from the sidelines. Even though Metal music flows through my veins I will be the first to raise my glass up to anyone whom is talented and brave enough to be a part of a competition like that.

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Lights Out At Kenny’s Castaways (10/1/2012)

Another chapter in the NYC book of Rock and Roll has ended, as Kenny’s Castaways, a 45 year old club veteran of the West Village had its final night last night October 1st, 2012.

I’ll admit that this was seldom a venue that I went to for stuff as I usually leaned more towards the heavier side in terms of my music preferences but I did attend a fan meet with some guys in Marillion who were doing an album listening for “Somewhere Else” a few years back and numerous buddies of mine played their with their original bands and I could not miss those events. I never performed there myself during my Metal days but this was not the proper venue for that sound but it still was a landmark place that I hate to see shutting down. Located on 157 Bleecker Street, the venue was always a place that I popped into for a beer if I was hitting the long shuttered Rock and Roll Cafe. That’s a venue I still miss and smile when I think about my first seeing Power Windows, The Machine and numerous other Rock and Metal tribute acts inside its walls. Kenny’s Castaways used to always have The Smithereens playing there which was super cool and way back when even saw the guys in Aerosmith doing their thing on the stage. I could only imagine what it was like to see that band so early in their career.

I snagged the image above from the Lost New York City blog as I never shot one myself over the years and if the reports are correct, the club “might” reopen in Brooklyn at some time in the future. We saw this happening when The Knitting Factory closed up its Manhattan location and moved to Williamsburg. The decrease in business and overall revenue that was coming in less and less had made the upkeep of the existing location next to impossible and according to NY1 the building has already been sold. I guess we shall see yet another Starbuck’s or “Hipster Lounge” opening up here. Suddenly a cold chill just ran up my spine, but I digress. Part of me thinks that the decrease in attention here is based on all of the attention that the Lower East Side has been getting in terms of its music scene. I’ve had to laugh when out with Skeleton Pete as we pass rocking venue after rocking venue and see scores of bands performing on any given night on the cheap. You don’t see that as much on this side of the village anymore. Oh well. What did Bob Dylan say? The times they are a changing.

Good luck to the owners of the place, and a tip of the hat to you for your long time support of the scene. If this was your favorite place to hang and see bands then I offer you a shoulder as well but encourage you to further explore this great Metropolis and see what else is out there. Surely it will serve as a positive balm for your wounds because there are musical surprises on every single corner to experience (and a bunch of them are free as well… cannot beat that).

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Juking It In Bay Ridge Brooklyn

Observed this interesting visual while out catching some friends do their thing at a local neighborhood pub. The manner in which the selections were laid out just made me chuckle a little bit.

One of these things is not like the other eh? Can you tell which one I mean?

Keep on rocking my friends.

Adriana Louise: A Dukette Finds “The Voice”

I’m going to admit that I have never before watched an episode of the NBC talent competition “The Voice”. Over the years I have supported the audition shows for both “American Idol” and “So You Think You Can Dance” because so many of the people I encounter on a daily basis as a music journalist for my Metal site do that kind of thing, but “The Voice” always managed to elude me – until now. Let me explain why.

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Metal Madness: Machine Reunites for the A.T.III Benefit (11/12/2011)

Back in November 2011 I blogged about my hitting the studio to reunite with my former band mates in the band Machine as we prepared for a benefit function that was to honor our guitarist Anthony Trzesinski III who had sadly passed away at the beginning of 2011. The rehearsals for our part of the evening went pretty good for the most part and it would seem that we would be able to pull it off in his memory. If you somehow missed that posting, you can click HERE to read it and then return to this one for the second chapter. This blog post while coming a little after the first anniversary of Anthony’s passing, reflects upon the re-assembly of Machine that happened at the memorial event.

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