The Blockley

December 10, 2013

The Blockley to close its doors


For the last two or three years The Blockley in Philadelphia has been the place to see rock and jam bands with a list of shows from the Skatalites to JGB, Dark Star Orchestra, Start Making Sense, Bernie Worrell Orchestra, Splintered Sunlight, Re-Birth Brass band and many others on their schedule. In an announcement from ownership this morning, bands and friends of the club were informed by the music programmer Chris Perella, “The Blockley will be closing its doors after 2013….”


NE Hard Funk

December 1, 2013

Where’s the Funk At? A Study of the New England hard funk scene.


It’s Wednesday night and I’m sitting at home. I’m working on a project which must get done tonight (which is not this review) and that’s just fine, but at 10:22 I’m kind-of off in my head about a band that’s just right about now starting their first set. They’re warming up, but it’s about a 45 minute drive from my home on the outskirts of rural nowhere, over a mountain and down a stretch of highway and in to the middle of the funky town of Northampton, Mass.


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