Without Shuggie Otis, there would be no Prince. Without Prince, there would be no D’Angelo, and so on… Shuggie Otis has been fusing jazz, R&B, blues, funk and gospel for over 40 years and he’s still going strong. Shuggie Otis performed in Central Park at Summerstage on August 11, 2013 and the crowd showed this underrated legend the love he deserves. Shuggie made sure to shine a spotlight on each member of his band as they took their time with sax, trumpet, organ and drum solos and Shuggie himself funked out on the guitar. One of the many highlights was the song “Strawberry Letter 23” which Shuggie penned.
I was fortunate enough to hang out with Shuggie backstage after the concert and we talked about music and life in LA (where he currently lives and where I’ve formerly lived). It was awesome to find that Shuggie Otis is extremely down to earth considering the impact he’s made on the music scene. Thanks again Shuggie!
On August 24, 2012, I saw The Wanted perform in Central Park as part of Good Morning America’s Summer Concert Series. Thanks to My Free Concert NYC for the hookup! If you want to see more pix, tell me your favorite member of The Wanted or just leave me some love in the comments section!
My 6th grade fantasy has come true! I got to see Salt-N-Pepa perform their classic song “Push It” as they performed as part of Summerstage’s free concert series in Central Park on August 12, 2012. Special thanks to Wil for the VIP backstage pass hookup! This video is shot from the side of the stage and lots of excited Salt-N-Pepa fans were up in my grill, but you’ll get the gist, methinks!
You can see photos of the lovely and extremely cool Salt-N-Pepa after the jump.
Posted by The G on August 5, 2012 under Encounters with G | Comments are off for this article
Photo courtesy of Amadou & Miriam’s translator.
Amadou and Miriam and Geoffrey Dicker
The blind duo from Mali, Amadou and Miriam were in New York to play to an extremely crowded free concert at Summer Stage in Central Park on August 4, 2012. I was fortunate to meet them backstage once the show was over. Although the band is huge all over the world, this experience was my first exposure to their music. Obviously I’ve been asleep as Amadou and Miriam have collaborated or toured with the likes of Blur, Coldplay, U2 and Scissor Sisters, who are some of my favorites. Well the situation is remedied now and if this your first exposure to Amadou and Miriam, you can check out their music on their official site! Thanks again Amadou and Miriam!