Recent articles written by Brian Hillsberg

Standing in the Shadows of Motown, Live! Show Time

Standing in the Shadows of Motown, Live! Show Time

Fresh off a raucous night at the Howard Theatre in DC, the Standing in the Shadows of Motown, Live! tour descended upon the town of Glenside, PA for a show at the intimate 1300 seat Keswick Theatre. The historic venue, placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1983,...

Review by Brian Hillsberg
Standing in the Shadows of Motown, Live! Q&A with James Jamerson Jr. and Allan Slutsky

Standing in the Shadows of Motown, Live! Q&A with James Jamerson Jr. and Allan Slutsky

Over the course of his career, James Jamerson, now regarded as one of the most influential bass players in modern music history, performed on nearly 70 hits that topped the R&B charts, including roughly 30 that topped the Billboard Hot 100. He is cited as a primary influence for everyone...

Review by Brian Hillsberg
Sonny Smith – 100 Records Vol. 3

Sonny Smith – 100 Records Vol. 3

In 2010, Bay area artist Sonny Smith, celebrating his love of both music and art, embarked on an incredible endeavor. He would create 100 fictional bands and meticulously mold tracks to fit with each of his imaginary artists. Additionally, Smith would have 100 visual artists create the cover artwork for...

Review by Brian Hillsberg
The Lumineers – Johnny Brenda’s – 1.31.13

The Lumineers – Johnny Brenda’s – 1.31.13

April 24th, 2012. The Lumineers are an up and coming band out of Denver touring relentlessly on the small concert circuit while steadily gaining a humble following through word of mouth. They come to Philadelphia and do a one off gig opening for the Kopecky Family Band at Johnny Brenda’s,...

Review by Brian Hillsberg