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KeyArena renovation could include Pearl Jam partnership and residency

Posted April 13th, 2017 by genestout

The group working on a KeyArena renovation is considering a partnership with Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Pearl Jam, possibly allowing the Seattle band an extended residency similar to what Billy Joel has done at Madison Square Garden. What do you think of this idea? “The Oak View Group says its renovation proposal can proceed […]

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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” […]

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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 […]

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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,” […]

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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 […]

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