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'Ms. Arnellia,' beloved St. Paul club owner, dies at 79

Listen Story audio 1min 44secThe owner of what was once known as the "Apollo of St. Paul" has died. Arnellia Allen, 79, ran Arnellia's, a nightclub and restaurant on University Avenue for 25 years. She closed it earlier this year because of her declining health. Allen was called "Momma" or Ms. Arnellia by those who knew her well. Two years ago, her business won Tavern of the Year from the Minnesota Licensed Beverage Association. Plenty of famous musicians performed there, leading to the comparisons of the venue to Harlem's famed Apollo Theater. In an April interview as Arnellia's was preparing to close, Allen recalled one night when Prince, Minnesota's homegrown international superstar, stopped by. • April 28: After 25 years, closing time for Arnellia'sOwner Arnellia Allen, center, talks with longtime friend Tina Nunn, left, and niece Hazel Bowie at Arnellia's Bar and Restaurant in St. Paul April 27, 2017. Courtney Perry for MPR News"He came i..

Listening Post: BPO’s recording of Wagner leads off new releases

ClassicalWagner, Orchestral Music from "Der Ring des Nibelungen" performed by Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by JoAnn Falletta (Naxos). If you take an historical overview of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra you have to conclude that no BPO conductor has achieved anything close on record with the orchestra to the recording presence that Falletta has. Foss' avant-garde influence on the BPO was profound on the orchestra and the city, but the recordings he produced weren't. Michael Tilson Thomas' decision to use the BPO to record the complete music of Carl Ruggles was the BPO's most consequential recorded moment, along with its recording of Terry Rley's "In C." But you could argue that the BPO's records for Naxos have been the fulfillment of the orchestra conducted years ago by Steinberg and Krips. It's Naxos' marvelous insistence on using the BPO for "big" works with a "big" orchestral sound are making every new disc a potential wonderme..

Rock'n Docs want musicians to feel sound

As part of the Tune In & Tune Up program, an 11-piece band made up almost exclusively of practicing physicians performs at The Met to raise awareness for musicians. Patrick Anderson Journal Staff Writer patrickanderso_ PAWTUCKET, R.I. — Late nights, constant travel and hours of loud noise in an alcohol-soaked environment: Being a musician can be bad for your health. To make matters worse, gigs often don't pay that well and never come with health insurance benefits, so many musicians go years without a trip to the doctor. "I noticed a lot of guys out on the road didn't take care of themselves. As they got older it was taking its toll on them," said Don "DC" Culp, veteran session drummer and co-chair of Tune In & Tune Up, the Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame's musician health awareness program. Now Tune In & Tune Up's efforts to promote musician health have lead to the Rock'n Docs, an 11-piece band made up almost exclusively of practicing physicians. They ..

MICHAEL SCHENKER: 'I Became Famous Without Asking For It'

Michael Schenker says he "became famous without asking for it." The legendary German guitarist, who first appeared on SCORPIONS' 1972 "Lonesome Crow" debut, earned acclaim in the 1970s on classic UFO albums such as "Phenomenon" and "Lights Out" before rejoining SCORPIONS for 1979's "Lovedrive". He departed soon thereafter to launch MICHAEL SCHENKER GROUP. And while his sometimes-erratic behavior have derailed parts of his career, Schenker remains one of hard rock and metal's most influential axemen. In a recent interview with Alex Irons of Total Rock Radio (hear audio below), Schenker was asked what fans can expect from MICHAEL SCHENKER FEST's debut album, "Resurrection". "It's like, obviously, there's four singers on there," he said. "A couple of songs, I was hoping for three where everybody sings together, so I didn't want to make it three songs for each singer, but I wanted to make it colorful, combine it a bit. We combined some backing vocals. I ..

Mike Greensill plays for 'Laughter' at Society Cabaret

Photo: Courtesy Mike Greensill Mike Greensill plays piano this weekend for “Laughter From the Hip.” When he’s not playing piano, Mike Greensill tells stories — and he is almost as good a storyteller as he is a pianist. You can judge for yourself when Greensill teams up with the superb bassist John Wiitala for “Laughter From the Hip,” Friday and Saturday, Jan. 12 and 13. Greensill is well known for his work with many artists, including, of course, his wife, retired Wesla Whitfield. His resume is filled with famous and not-so-famous musicians and composers, and he’ll share stories about many of them, and sing songs by Dave Frishberg, Fats Waller, Mose Allison, Tom Lehrer and Bob Dorough. — David Wiegand “Laughter From the Hip”: 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Jan. 12-13. $35-$50. Society Cabaret, Hotel Rex, 562 Sutter St., S.F. (415) 857-1896. Let's block ads! (Why?)

Famous musicians visit with art students at Fort Lauderdale elementary school

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Art students in Fort Lauderdale got a special visit Monday from world renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma. The visit was part of the Kennedy Center's "Arts Across America" tour. Students at Walker Elementary School gave Yo-Yo Ma and bagpiper Cristina Pato a warm welcome. "It was the most amazing warm welcome, really seeing things that we didn't know was happening here and it's been really affirming," Kennedy Center President Deborah Rutter said. Students in Walker Elementary's arts programs entertained their guests in the school’s auditorium and then performed with the professionals. The time they spent with the children moved the artists. "The most fascinating thing for us was to watch them perform, to see the energy of the school, how much life and, especially, how much love," Pato said. "There is so much love in this school. The kindergarten class that I visited and the love from the teacher, from the children, and they're genuinely c..

30 Famous Actors You Forgot Were Also Musicians

1 of 30 Zosia Mamet The Girls star teamed up with her sister, Clara, to form the folky duo The Cabin Sisters. The name is a nod to a cabin their father, playwright David Mamet, built on their family property in Vermont. "...He's written most of his great works in that cabin," Zosia told Glamour. "It's a truly magical place." Advertisement - Continue Reading Below 2 of 30 Zooey Deschanel New Girl's Zooey Deschanel makes up one half of the folk-rock duo She & Him with M. Ward. The band, which features Zooey on vocals, piano, and ukulele, released their first album, Volume One, in 2008, with Pitchfork calling it "a remarkably self-assured first album." They've since released five studio albums. Advertisement - Continue Reading Below 3 of 30 Zoë Kravitz "With acting, I get employed. It's a job. I have to be places at certain times," the Big Little Lies and Mad Max star toldRolling Stone in 2014. "Lolawolf is w..

Stephen Colbert made a Christmas visit to Shem Creek Music in Mount Pleasant

Charleston celebrity and "The Late Show" host Stephen Colbert made two December visits to Shem Creek Music in Mount Pleasant. According to Shem Creek Music employee and local musician Scottie Frier, Colbert came in on Dec. 22 and then returned with some of his family members early Christmas Eve to pick out records. "Both times he came in, we chatted small talk," says Frier. "I didn't blow his cover; wanted him to come back. He came in and he knew I knew but I didn't say anything out loud. I wanted him to enjoy himself." Frier added in a Facebook post with a photo: "We've had a lot of famous musicians come into Shem Creek Music since I've been there the past few years, but my favorite celeb that's been there now might be The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Donnie Polk and I did a good job not blowing his cover and he seemed to enjoy our little shop." A commenter on the post, Patrick Able, adds, "He and I actually bumped into one another at Poe's on Sul..

Luxury Living: Homes of famous musicians

This secluded retreat on the slopes of Diamond Head, near Waikiki Beach, is the private residence of John McVie, the bassist of Fleetwood Mac. The luxurious 9,000-square-foot home offers five bedrooms, six bathrooms, and elegant living and entertaining spaces with views of the Pacific Ocean and the Honolulu skyline. The tropical grounds include a courtyard with a resort-style pool, a barbecue area, covered patios, and lush landscaping for added privacy. The Tuscan wine estate of Sting, the 16-time Grammy Award–winning musician, is situated just outside the historic town of Figline e Incisa Valdarno, between Florence and Arezzo. This idyllic property commands nearly 65 acres, composed of mature vineyards and olive groves, woodland, natural springs, a private lake, and beautiful formal gardens with a swimming pool. The three-story main residence has been fully restored and is complemented by two farmhouses, a barn, and several outbuildings. Villa Jasmine is the former home of Spanish re..

RIP 2017: Famous Lives & Deaths We'll Remember

2017 may not have felt like the constant barrage of surprising notable deaths we endured in 2016, but that doesn't mean we haven't lost many beloved stars this year. We were left mourning America's sweetheart when Mary Tyler Moore died in January, and one of the top teen idols of the 1970s, David Cassidy, took his final bow just last month. In between, we said goodbye to some of the architects of rock & roll, influential comedians, bestselling novelists, and more. Join us as we take a look back at the most notable deaths of 2017. MUSIC Musicians occupied the headlines in large numbers this year, including the tragic, too-young death of Chris Cornell, lead singer of iconic rock bands Soundgarden and Audioslave. His suicide was followed closely by that of his close friend Chester Bennington, front man for the influential rap-rock group Linkin Park. Tom Petty was one of the top-selling recording artists of all time, thanks to easygoing singles like "Free Fallin'" and "..

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