Tuned In – Jan. 2017

Not-to-be-missed music news

Firefly: Now A Fan-Curated Music Festival

Firefly Music Festival, the East Coast’s largest music and camping festival, has taken fan engagement and interaction to a new level. Through a variety of consumer-focused initiatives, including fan surveys, votes and contests, Firefly has become the first-ever fan-curated music festival.

Since the festival’s inception in 2012, the organization has embraced fan feedback regarding the acts they would most want to take stage at The Woodlands in Dover. This which has directly impacted the lineup each year. Moving forward, Firefly organizers will be incorporating fan feedback into additional major decisions and changes for the festival. Examples of fan voting options include the lineup, merchandise designs and products, attractions, cocktails and food, camping and festival amenities, and more.

This summer’s Firefly is June 15-18 at The Woodlands. Ticket sales and the lineup will be announced soon. Four-day general admission passes will go on sale at the initial price of $289 and VIP at $699. General tent camping will start at $169.

To create a profile and begin voting on a variety of attractions and topics for Firefly 2017, fans can head to FireflyFestival.com and view the Community Page.

A Neil Young Tribute

On Sunday, Jan. 15, at World Cafe Live at The Queen, tribute band Broken Arrow will play the music of Neil Young—both the electric guitar-driven favorites and the country flavored classics with pedal steel and acoustic guitar. Veteran Philadelphia rockers Joe Mass, Larry Freedman and Danny Gold promise “good old Neil with some improvisational interstellar jamming and a few very cool departures and side trips,” according to their website.

Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 8. Tickets are $12 in advance and $14 day of show. Visit worldcafelive.com for more information.

Donny McCaslin Comes to Town

Saxophonist Donny McCaslin and his band—the Donny McCaslin Group—are coming to Arden Gild Hall on Saturday, Jan. 14. The band is featured on the David Bowie album Blackstar, which has garnered significant worldwide acclaim since its release last January. A three-time Grammy nominee for Best Instrumental Jazz Solo, McCaslin was raised in Santa Cruz, Calif. After playing in his father’s band as a teenager, he attended Berklee College of Music and, in his senior year, joined the Gary Burton Quintet. From there he toured with various artists and received dozens of awards while recording 11 CDs.

The Jan. 14 show is at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 for members and $25 for general admission. The concert also features Tim Lefebvre, Mark Guiliana and Jason Lindner.

Pressing Strings at Grain

Pressing Strings, a trio based out of Annapolis, Md., blends American roots, blues, folk, rock and reggae. They’ll be at Grain Craft Bar + Kitchen in Newark on Saturday, Jan. 7. The music stems from lead singer Jordan Sokel’s bluesy and soulful songwriting and is firmly anchored by drummer Brandon Bartlett and bassist Nicholas Welker. The band released two recordings last year, Five from Three (March), a five-track EP done mostly live with minimal overdubbing, and Most Of Us (summer) on which the band teamed up with producer Scott Jacoby (John Legend, Jose James, Vampire Weekend) and engineer/producer Neil Dorfsman (Bruce Springsteen, Dire Straits, Bob Dylan).

For more information, visit pressingstrings.com. The show starts at 9 p.m.

Playing the Ace of Hearts

Local jazz, blues and funk quartet Ace of Hearts is performing Thursday, Jan. 19, at Gallucio’s Restaurant at 1709 Lovering Ave., Wilmington, from 8 to 11 p.m. The group melds guitars with electric bass and drums. Ron Sherr is on guitar and vocals, Dillingham McDaniel plays electric bass, Harry Spencer is saxophonist and Desmond Kahn plays drums. Check the band’s Facebook page—The Ace of Hearts Delaware—for more upcoming appearances.

The War on Words – Oct. 2016

A monthly column in which we attempt, however futilely, to defend the English language against misuse and abuse

Facebook Follies

Being on Facebook means never having to pay attention to spelling, punctuation, grammar, or, really, anything resembling proper English. In a feeble attempt to correct some of this errata, here are the (current) most misspelled words, as determined via scientific survey (my personal observations): • It’s cannot (one word), not can not. • Conversely, it’s all right (two words), not alright. • You lose something, you don’t loose it. You can, however, let loose on Facebook. • A female is a woman, not a women! • And (here we go again) you are an alumnus (male) or an alumna (female), not an alumni. (That’s plural.)

Movie Mix-Ups:

As a house party breaks up in Don’t Think Twice, one of the characters tells Keegan-Michael Key that a limousine is coming to pick him up and bring him to the airport. The action (and the limo ride) will be away from the speaker, therefore the proper word is take. As noted previously, the song is not “Bring Me Out to The Ball Game.”

Department of Redundancies Dept.

Shamed Olympian Ryan Lochte claimed that he “over-exaggerated” in describing his infamous incident in Rio de Janeiro. Similarly, Jenna Bush Hager, George W.’s daughter and sometime correspondent for Today, said that a colleague “over-exaggerated” when she praised Hager’s tennis skills after she hit a few with Venus Williams. Exaggerate means to overstate. From a press release for a new book: “Demia shares some of her own personal experiences.” The italicized words are redundant. And long-time reader Debbie Layton says she was watching synchronized swimming and heard the announcer say that one pair “had trouble seeing each other visually.”

Not So Fast . . .

Speaking of Debbie, she caught a glitch in the September column that resulted from a hasty correction on our part. We cited this sentence from the Pennsylvania Gazette—“The Pentagon people came to us instead of we going to them”—and claimed that “we” should be “us.” But, as Debbie points out, it properly should be our.

Media Watch

• “The Clinton’s are the real predators”— tweet from Donald Trump. Like all semi-literates, he gets apostrophes wrong. We’re betting the sign on his house reads “The Trump’s.” • Nick McCarvel in USA Today: “Work is something Nadal has never been adverse to.” The word Nick was looking for is averse, which means “opposed.” Adverse means “unfavorable,” as in “adverse weather.” • WIP’s Jody McDonald talked about a player being “over-evaluated.” This is a common error among sports talkers. A player can be over-evaluated, but they almost always mean overvalued or overestimated. • From The Washington Post: “They sunk into the white sandy beach that stretches along Disney’s luxe Grand Floridian Resort and Spa.” That’s sank. Another common error among both broadcast and print media. • Similarly, Liz Hernandez, host of Access Hollywood: “And now another lucky newcomer who has sang and danced but never acted.” Should be sung. Courtesy of reader Larry Kerchner. • From the News Journal: “Particularly for those that try to find that authenticity in their food, (the report) is not going to phase them.” That should be faze, of course. Phase is a distinct period or stage in a process of change, as in “the final phase of the war.” • From Humble Heroes, a book about the USS Nashville, a World War II Navy ship, the author writes of a cook who worked “in the boughs of the ship.” That would be bowels. • And finally, in the best-selling Everybody’s Fool, Richard Russo misuses disinterested several times to mean uninterested. Disinterested means “neutral” or “objective.” He also drops “of” from the expression “a couple of,” as in, “he moved a couple blocks away.” Surprisingly, this has become common among some of the best writers.

Word of the Month

vituperative Pronounced vy-TOO-puhr-uh-tiv, it’s an adjective meaning criticizing bitterly; scathing, abusive.