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Northwest violinist Geoffrey Castle celebrates the season with spirited ‘Noel’

Posted December 17th, 2016 by genestout

By GENE STOUT
During the holidays, while I was growing up, my mom used to pull out her timeworn LP of Bach and Handel favorites by English-born concert organist E. Power Biggs, who helped revive the classic pipe organ while living in Cambridge, Mass. Along with “White Christmas,” “The Merriest,” “The Christmas Song,” “Winter Wonderland” and [...]

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Patsy Cline Museum to Open in Nashville

Posted April 8th, 2016 by genestout

Bill Miller, founder of the Johnny Cash Museum, and his wife, Shannon, have announced plans to open a museum honoring the country legend Patsy Cline, who died in 1963.
The museum will be funded entirely by the Miller family organization, with construction scheduled to begin in June.
“Of all the artists in the history of country music, [...]

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Dancing on the unfathomable fringe: my 1995 interview with David Bowie:

Posted January 11th, 2016 by genestout

By GENE STOUT
The news of David Bowie’s death brought an outpouring of reminiscences from fellow artists, fans and music writers.
Below is the complete text from my preview of his October 1995 concert with Nine Inch Nails at the Tacoma Dome. Bowie was engaging, good-humored and eager to talk about his 1995 album, “Outside,” which [...]

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KEXP receives hefty 4Culture grant

Posted November 30th, 2015 by genestout

Congratulations to Friends of KEXP, which has received an award of $1 million for a new facility at Seattle Center, thanks to King County and 4Culture’s Building for Culture funding program.
Friends of KEXP was among a group of 100 arts, culture and heritage projects throughout King County.
“The Building for Culture program will have a long-lasting [...]

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Legendary Seattle radio DJ Marco Collins hosts a MusicCares benefit

Posted November 24th, 2015 by genestout

By GENE STOUT
Seattle DJ Marco Collins, who was the subject of the SIFF film “The Glamour and the Squalor,” is putting his energy and passion into a benefit for MusicCares, a national organization that helps musicians in need.
The organization operated by The Recording Academy.
The event, dubbed “Every Little Counts (sic), is at 7 p.m. Dec. [...]

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