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DO YOU WANNA ROCK? The Sons of Saint Rocco-Music Interview -Phil Granito

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Debut CD from The Sons of Saint Rocco
is a roots of Rhythm & Blues explosion

http://sonsofsaintrocco.com

The River View Observer sat down with Phil Granito and talked about his debut album, The Sons of Saint Rocco, which “drops” this week, to talk about the tracks, life, and whatever comes up.

RVO : I have to say the record sounds like fun from beginning to end.

Phil: I was doing it for fun. I brought in a lot of friends to work with me. Bobby Jay and Angel Risoffs both came in and helped me out with the vocals. Bobby sang bass on all the tracks and Angel performed the background vocals on BOOT ‘EM UP. Just terrific, and very humbling, the caliber of players who came together for me. These guys have played with Chuck Berry, Darlene Love and Bo Diddely, just to name a very few. It’s not about name-dropping, you know, it’s about heritage. They’ve been at the center of the scene for the last quarter century and they feel the same way about this music as I do.

RVO: Yes, it’s obvious from listening to the performances that there’s a deep knowledge here, but also a very authentic passion. Continue reading DO YOU WANNA ROCK? The Sons of Saint Rocco-Music Interview -Phil Granito

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Michael Jackson; Pop Icon, dead at 50 years old in Los Angeles

 michael-jacksonMichael Jackson; Pop icon has died at a Los Angeles hospital at 2:26 pm after suffering cardiac arrest at his home in Los Angeles , according to media reports. The 50 year old musical superstar who ruled the pop charts since he was 5 years old was preparing for a new tour to begin on July 13th. Paramedics reportedly responded to Jackson’s house earlier and found that the singer was not breathing. Jackson was given CPR and rushed to UCLA Medical Center. At this writing a press conference had not been scheduled by either the family nor the hospital to officialy announce the death of the singer.

Jackson was the youngest child in a family that also rode pop stardom for over 40 years from when he and his brothers known as the Jackson 5  were first discoved by Diana Ross in Gary Indiana back in the 1960s.

Michael Jackson leaves behind his 3 children and millions of fans

Jackson’s death was the third such news in the entertainment industry this week. Charlie Angel star and movie star Farah Fawcett lost her valiant battle against cancer today and Legendary sidekick Ed McMahon who died yesterday in California.

 

Photo by Sony

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“Vessels & Profiles of the Quadricentennial” – a 10 week Thursday Night Speaker Series

River View Observer’s What’s Happening on the other side of the Hudson River-

A new and exciting 10-week speaker series aboard the Waterfront Museum docked at Pier 44 in Red Hook Brooklyn.

In June, July & August highlights ship preservation projects and waterfront profiles that offer a glimpse of the many organizations that today foster active community stewardship along our backyard shores and waterways. Celebrating the HUDSON/FULTON/CHAMPLAIN QUADRICENTENNIAL and the “WOW – Working on Water” traveling exhibition of historic vessels, the Waterfront Museum speaker series, as well as its “Tug & Barge” Fall Tour, upriver is designed to bring locals and tourists to waterfront towns to celebrate our predecessors: Henry Hudson, Samuel DeChamplain and Robert Fulton. Remembering our forefathers serves to bring interest and attention back to our waterways — 400 years after the great explorations and 200 years after the beginning of steam driven vessels. Continue reading “Vessels & Profiles of the Quadricentennial” – a 10 week Thursday Night Speaker Series

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Joe Pantoliano Fights His Demons On and Off the Screen

By Sally Deeringjoey-pants-no-kiddingJoey Pants’ award-winning documentary No Kidding, Me Too! sheds light on mental illnessWhen the cameras rolled, actor Joe Pantoliano dug deep into his dark side to portray characters whose personal demons drove them to commit violent, unthinkable acts. Pantoliano’s shocking performance as psychotic gangster Ralph Cifaretto on The Sopranos still resonates like a horrific dream, and his tour-de-force portrayal earned him a well-deserved Emmy Award.

On television and in films, Pantoliano never shied away from revealing his characters’ inner-demons, but when the cameras stopped rolling, the actor isolated himself, afraid that others might learn he was fighting a personal demon of his own – depression.

Continue reading Joe Pantoliano Fights His Demons On and Off the Screen

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Jersey City to Host 35th Annual Cultural Arts Festival

Mayor Jerramiah T. Healy, the Municipal Council and the Department of Health & Human Services/Division of Cultural Affairs will kick off the city’s summer cultural calendar with the 35th Annual Cultural Arts Festival on Sunday, June 7, 2009 from 1 to 7 p.m. in the Central Railroad Terminal at Liberty State Park. Continue reading Jersey City to Host 35th Annual Cultural Arts Festival

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The Honorable Jerramiah T Healy (left), Mayor of Jersey City, presents a Proclamation to Peter Kelly, President and CEO of Christ Hospital

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The Honorable Jerramiah T Healy (left), Mayor of Jersey City, presents a Proclamation to Peter Kelly, President and CEO of Christ Hospital, recognizing, acknowledging and thanking Christ Hospital and its School of Nursing for the outreach program, “Know Your Numbers.” On May 29, 2009, students from the hospital’s nursing school conducted blood pressure and glucose screenings throughout Jersey City to educate the community on hypertension and diabetes. Nearly 300 residents were screened in four sites which included City Hall, the Brennan Courthouse, the Newport Mall, and the Shop-Rite on Marin Boulevard.

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Street Corner Harmony Trailer-The Urban Sounds of the City

Back in the 60s before the tall buildings in Downtown Jersey City, the sidewalks echoed with the sound of Street Corner Harmony- Acappella Groups sang on every corner and under the trestles of the embankments
The trailer you are about to see is for a documentary being released next year and featuring groups from the 60s -Pioneer Acappella Groups
that paved the way for future performers and genres of music.

The Concepts- The Persuassions- - Joanne and the Heartaches -The Royal Counts- The Savoys and hundreds and hundred of street corner vocal groups that were formed in every major city and sang all up and down the Eastern Seaboard.

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