The 2013 Arizona State Fair Concert Series Has As Many Flavors As Food To Fry

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Some are refusing to take part because its being held at a Jewish center, organizers said. Others oppose it because the musician and some of the organizers oppose Syrian President Bashar Assad. Jandali and others helping to organize the concert said its unfortunate there is division over an event intended to help children. Jandali said the Jewish center was selected for the concert on purpose because he wants people to cross through social and political barriers so we can be human. Stop dividing our noble cause with silly things, he said. Dr. Yahya Basha of West Bloomfield , who is of Syrian descent and a longtime leader in the Arab-American and Muslim-American communities, supports the concert. He said it will highlight the magnitude of the tragedy of Syria. More than 6 million Syrians have been displaced because of the war, including about 2 million refugees who fled the country. There are about 10,000 Syrian Americans in Michigan. John Akouri, a Lebanese-American leader from Farmington Hills who will emcee the event, said: Shame on anyone who brings politics or religion into this concert. Everyone is welcome.

Concert review: Pearl Jam hits Pittsburgh like a lightning bolt

Eddie Vedder leads Pearl Jam at Consol Energy Center Friday night.

Veteran’s Memorial Coliseum was the perennial performance venue for decades in the Phoenix Metro area long before the Suns left the “Madhouse on McDowell” for their shinier new digs at America West Arena, eventually renamed US Airways Center. Long before places like Comerica Theater, Arena and various others popped up to compete for where big name artists would play in Arizona the Coliseum was the best and only destination with groups like LED ZEPPELIN and THE DOORS playing there when my father growing up across the street with my Yaya and Papa spent his nights cleaning floors before eventually working his way up to being head usher. To this day any performers who take the stage there sound fantastic in this medium size venue that will be hosting bands that are anything but over the next three weekends. There’s something for just about everyone from the classic rock stylings of ZZ TOP and CHEAP TRICK, local hero and former REFRESHMENTS frontman ROGER CLYNE AND THE PEACEMAKERS, THE WANTED and KIDZ BOP KIDZ are there to appeal to the younger crowd who are in many instances experiencing the State Fair for the first time, SNOOP DOGG/LION and the annual OLD SCHOOL JAM got your hip-hop/soul/reggae on lockdown, ALABAMA SHAKES bring some young bluesy blood to the festivities, and former Valley residents MEGADETH bring some face-melting metal after tearing up the Coliseum three years ago. Even JERRY LEWIS is doing a stand-up set that is sure to have funny bones breaking, rounding out a list of favorites that can be seen in it’s entirety on the AZ State Fair website here: ! As a child the State Fair is new and exciting! As an adult its a walk down memory lane even if those walks are never quite the same but its not a bad thing just differently approached is all. Back then the top priorities were probably rides which may lose their luster after a trip or two to Six Flags and carnival games where as now it’s the constantly killer concert series and discovering the most incredible fried food the various vendors in the crazy creativity have to offer. It still doesn’t make the Fair any less enjoyable, especially if you brings some little ones along with you, in the end it’s all about maintaining a terrific tradition. My Yaya and Papa have both been gone for over a decade now, and the home across from the fairgrounds that I eventually lived in myself during my 20’s, forging a whole different set of State Fair memories, is no longer there but as an adult I always feel like a kid again every October when I stroll through those red barns and the sights, sounds and smells of the Arizona State Fair hit me all at once and take me back to a place that really doesn’t seem that far back whenever I think upon it. As we grow older the more important reminiscing becomes otherwise those memories start to fade away. Whether continuing yours or just beginning, it’s a place filled fun you’ll never forget!

Piano concert: Emotional and dramatic, Wagner’s work gets rousing applause

English horn player Harold Smoliar gave sensuous and singing solos across dynamic ranges, and concertmaster Noah Bendix-Balgley delivered silky solos here and later in the Dvorak. The first half ended with Ms. Avdeeva’s performance of Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 21, the “Elvira Madigan” concerto included in that Swedish movie from 1967. Much like most of Mozart’s works, this piece benefits from increased clarity. Ms. Avdeeva’s playing, however, suffered from over-pedaling that muddied out individual phrases. This was particularly noticeable in the upbeat first movement. She fared better in the slow movement, although she brushed under the rug some of its more gorgeous moments by throwing away the low notes played with the right hand. The third movement was more precise. Ms. Avdeeva showed facility across fast passages, but her playing was sometimes harsh.

The band is obviously proud of this one, and with good reason. When they powered through the title track and the breakneck single “Mind Your Manners,” they already sounded like songs from a future “greatest hits” collection. They were paired with the furious “Animal” as an easy compare and contrast to older days. Of course, Pearl Jam is just as effective, or more so, in the mid-tempo zone, making songs like “Nothingman,” “Elderly Woman Behind the Counter in Small Town” and “Faithfull” sing-along celebrations. Add to that “Sirens,” a beauty from the new album about the fragility of life, with death right outside the door. “Unemployable” was delivered as “a fate I wish on everybody in Congress,” Mr. Vedder said. Something about “Daughter” made him think of Franco Harris because he inserted a breathy chant of “Let’s Go Franco” into the song, followed by a toast to the running back he said was the best when he was growing up. Pearl Jam, surrounded on all sides in the sold-out house, chose to forego the giant screen approach. There were hanging lantern globes, and a cluster of lights above that looked like a found object sculpture of a metal band’s unreadable logo. Later into the set, Pearl Jam — also Mike McCready, Stone Gossard, Jeff Ament and Matt Cameron — applied its full force to “Unthought Known” and “Rearview Mirror,” and the brooding power ballad “Yellow Moon,” with its David Gilmour-inspired solo. After the energy flagged on “Footsteps,” PJ brought up a special guest, a wound-up Jason Grilli, who delivered a rowdy pep talk for Pirates fans and stayed to stomp around the stage and play air guitar, in a matching Vedder plaid, for “Whipping.” The energy cooked on an extended “Better Man” and amped-up “Porch,” which had Eddie swinging around on one of the lanterns, and the songs that brought ’em to the dance 22 years ago — “Black” and “Alive.” The band wrapped up with a lights-up cover of Neil Young’s “Rockin’ in the Free World” and a quiet “Yellow Ledbetter.” If Pearl Jam was saving anything for show No.

Concert review: PSO and pianist run hot and cold

Meet and converse with the artist and enjoy music in a special setting. Baker’s newest album, “Waterfall,” is planned for release this fall. Her previous album “Field of Plenty” is a well-praised collection of guitar-driven folk-rock songs. The new album is described as more piano-oriented. Baker earned a music degree at Oakland’s Mills College. She lists the Indigo Girls, Tracy Chapman, and Melissa Etheridge as some of her influences. In addition to writing and performing music, Baker operates her own label, Earthwater Records and is in the process of establishing a charitable foundation. Bill Matte, owner of Shooting Star Bed and Breakfast , describes Sunday’s event as, “An opportunity to connect with your neighbors and strangers, make a new friend, and engage in your community. Music is the oil and you are the fuel. Shooting Star is the vehicle, with room for fellow travelers on this wide open journey of life.” Matte’s enthusiasm about the “uplifting” afternoon concert is very contagious. He says his intent in hosting such event is to help make the world a better place. While the concert is free, a suggested donation of $15 to $20 is welcomed. For more information see Shooting Star Sunday with Kim Baker Facebook page

The concert was held to commemorate Wagners 200th birth anniversary, which fell earlier this year. German pianist Stephan Rahn and mezzo-soprano Judith Mayer combined with Karachi-based Pakistani pianist Usman Anees to perform the openings of some of Wagners most popular operas. Wagner is famous for his operas, Rahn said. But because the musicians could not bring the whole orchestra required to play an opera, they decided to perform openings of two Wagner operas along with some other musical pieces. Rahn, a freelance musician, and Anees, who is currently studying Western classical composition at Londons Trinity College, started with the overture to Rienzi. With a four-hand piano arrangement, the two pianists synchronised perfectly to reproduce the intensity of the operas opening. Mayer then worked magic with her powerful voice, singing five songs by Wagner, including In the Greenhouse and Dreams. The range of her vocals and dramatic delivery of the lyrics mesmerised the audience, which was evident from the applause she got at the end of each of song. Sheikh Farooq, the general manager of a private shipping company, said the singing was heartfelt and moving, with an emotional pull. Wagners music is all about emotions and dramatic music, Rahn said, talking about the musical quality of the German composer, who was also famous for writing his own librettos. Its pure opera. Rahn, who, along with the Mayer and Anees, also performed at the Goethe Institute in Karachi on Wednesday, said Pakistani audience have been very welcoming to Wagners music, even though they are not accustomed to Western classical music. At the concert, Anees, 27, also gave a solo performance of the Isoldes Love-Death the final, dramatic climax of Wagners opera, Tristan and Isolde, which is based on a medieval European legend of unattainable love. After a brief interval, Rahn performed the Sonata for the album of Madame MW before combining again with Anees to play the prelude to The Master-Singers of Nuremburg. In between, Mayer sang five more songs composed by Franz Liszt, who was a friend and father-in-law of Wagner. Pakistani and foreign guests in the audience appeared united in their applause for the performances and Ambassador of Germany in Pakistan Dr Cyrill Nunn seemed to agree.