Boston Pops' Keith Lockhart: "A Conductor Is a Lot Like a Football Coach"

Photo by Stu Rosner
Boston Pops conductor Keith Lockhart, with his game face on.

"A conductor is a lot like a football coach," explains Keith Lockhart, conductor of the Boston Pops.

Football comes up a lot in the conversation, probably because his beloved New England Patriots are days away from playing in the Super Bowl but also because of what he sees as obvious similarities.

"I'm the person who calls the plays. I help keep a solid beat and get people 75 feet apart to be synchronized. You can say, 'Who needs a conductor?' But you can also say, 'Who needs a football coach?' until you see the players running in 11 different directions."

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Hypoluxo Returns From New York for Radio-Active Records Show

Categories: Interview

Benjamin Bockrath

Hypoluxo is a band on the move.

Born on the mean streets of Lake Worth and currently based in New York, the young indie rockers have already completed two excellent EPs -- It's a Beautiful Day to Leave and Feelings -- that they will promote with an East Coast tour beginning February 2 at Radio-Active Records in Fort Lauderdale.

Samuel Cogen, the band's singer and guitarist, explained Hypoluxo's origins to New Times. "I was playing bass with a few other local bands [Novajoven and Paleo Eskimo]. I started playing guitar on the side. Never performing in public or in a band. But I wanted to develop the songs."

Conveniently, he ran into an old drummer pal, Marco Ocampo, on a sojourn to Tennessee for Bonnaroo, where they quickly bonded and decided to make music together. Inconveniently, Ocampo was moving to New York.

But what's a thousand miles between friends and musical soulmates?

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Inner Circle on Culture Room Show: "Gonna Give Them That Jamaica Heat"

Categories: Concert Preview

Inner Circle and Chronixx

The late, great Jacob "Killer" Miller said, "Dreadlocks can't live in a tenement yard." He was sick of nosy neighbors messing with his vibe. Just as the world could relate to his words then, it still can today.

That's why Inner Circle has made the song "Tenement Yard" a hit once again, teaming up with Chronixx, the 22-year-old son of reggae singer Chronicle and recent Tonight Show musical guest.

Inner Circle is a group of reggae pioneers, going back to the original birth of the sound. By the time they made hits of "Bad Boys" and "Sweat (A La La La La Long)" they'd already been in the game 20 years. And now they're coming to a club near you, Culture Room, with Spred the Dub, Wraps N Kush, and Bushwood. Here's what founding bass player Ian Lewis said about how the band first met Jacob Miller, making music, and legalizing marijuana.

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Through Art Fuzz, Collective America Exposes South Florida to Bands, Art, and Museums

Categories: Concert Review

Taylor M. Cohen
Milk Spot

Musicians Pino and Taylor M. Cohen are a legitimately cool pair. Though each is separately involved in different sorts of musical endeavors, the two young women come together with other exciting musical acts to raise arts awareness in Fort Lauderdale. They're doing these good deeds through different projects that unite music, video, alternative art spaces, museums, local stores, and the visual arts.

The two "lady friends" met at drag rendition of the '80s sitcom about boarding school teens, The Facts of Life. The show took place in Fort Lauderdale at Empire Stage, a small place run by a few guys who play all the roles. Pino and Cohen joked that they also caught a version of Silence of the Clams there.

Pino plays bass for Fort Lauderdale-based band Milk Spot, but she's also attending FAU with plans of becoming a teacher. Cohen, originally from Colorado, is a singer, rapper, and songwriter. Though she went to hairstylist school, she's currently the lone female in African hip-hop coalition Space Boy. Her main focus right now, though, is her project with Pino: Collective America.

See also: Milk Spot's Rob Kingsley: "A Fun Band Made Up of Whimsical People"

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Stand for Your Glands: All-Ages Show to Raise Funds for Pancreatic Cancer Research

Categories: Concert Preview

The Thieving Hand

One year ago, 16-year-old dynamo Casey McBane's father passed away from complications related to pancreatic cancer. At 53 years old, James McBane died young, but he won't be forgotten. His son organized a tribute show and charity event planned for this Friday, titled Stand for Your Glands. The oddly titled party features seven stellar local and regional acts, and all proceeds will be donated to the Lustgarten Pancreatic Foundation. This nonprofit organization is the nation's largest private funder of pancreatic cancer research. The most lethal cancer, it's known as the silent killer. After a diagnosis, only 6 percent of these cancer patients survive longer than five years.

McBane tells us he's proud that all the money from his event is going directly to research. "This has been a difficult year for my family. I wouldn't want anyone to have to go through what we went through."

Months after his father's passing, McBane found solace in going to all-ages shows, particularly ones held at Anonymous Guitars. It is at this custom guitar shop and music venue where McBane became a regular. He started booking shows and met all the seven bands on this evening's bill. And it's where he planned this fundraiser. "I gathered the most talented bands I could find to perform. I'm so lucky they all agreed to participate," he said.

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Reel Big Fish: "We're a Little Ray of Sunshine on People's Lives"

Categories: Interview

Christina Mendenhall

Ska music is made for dancing and parties and fun, which often leads to fans' buying their favorite band drinks. Drinks they sometimes have to turn down if they're gonna make it to the next town alive -- because they're professionals who care about their craft.

Didn't expect to hear that about a ska band, right?

Reel Big Fish hits Revolution with Less Than Jake and Authority Zero on Wednesday, bringing with it the experience to know just how hard they can party in order to make sure the party is on-point for their fans.

"You learn how to do it after a while," says RBF trumpet player Johnny Christmas in a phone interview from the second stop of the tour, in Lawrenceville, Kansas.

Not that Christmas doesn't love beer and whiskey -- he does -- and he'll calmly enjoy a drink while talking to fans. Hell, the band brewed a Reel Big Fish beer while it was in Denver. The band just wants to make sure everybody gets the show he paid for.

"I'm old enough to know my limits. People think it's not rock 'n' roll, but you've got to take care of yourself. I'm here to do a job and play the best I possibly can... I'm not there to drink as much as possible and throw up in my shoes."

See also: Slideshow of Reel Big Fish at Revolution Live in 2012

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Galactic at Hollywood ArtsPark: "A New Orleans Throw Down"

Photo by Zack Smith

A group of college kids with a passion for jammin' and a desire to funk -- that's how NOLA's funkmeisters Galactic got their start in the music biz nearly two decades ago.

"We were all, myself, Rob [Mercurio, bassist], Jeff [Raines, guitarist], and Stanton [Moore, drummer], in school in New Orleans around the same time," recalls keyboardist Rich Vogel. (Harps and horns player Ben Ellman joined later.) "We were all kinda in the clubs checking out music and learning about the local music scene."

Originally from Omaha, Nebraska, "home of the funk," Vogel jokes, the keys player moved to the Big Easy to study history and music at Layola University. A "historically informed funk musician" at heart, he fell head over heels in love with the sounds of the city.

"I used to hear them [Rob, Jeff, and the rest of the jam crew] play at house parties and dirty little bar gigs. At one point, I struck up a conversation and said, 'Hey, I think you need a keyboard player,' and they said something like, 'Do you think it should be you?' I said, 'Yes, definitely!' They said, 'Come over.' 

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Revenge of the Tiki IV at Kreepy Tiki in Fort Lauderdale: 23 Bands, Pinup Girls, Vintage Cars, and More

Categories: Concert Review

Michele Eve Sandberg

By Erick Lappin

When you go to an event and the door guy takes a Sharpie and draws a happy face on your hand because they ran out of wristbands, then you know fun is on its way. And it's likely helped along by the free drink that comes with your parking ticket.

That's how things unfolded Saturday at tattoo, boutique, and bar Kreepy Tiki in Fort Lauderdale. It was the fourth edition of the Revenge of the Tiki festival, a full-day affair that stretched from noon to 3 a.m.

After a three-year gap, Monterey Club promoter Rob Stannard and Kreepy Tiki owner Jackson Valiente combined an exhibition of classic cars from the '40s, '50s, and '60s with live music and sexy pinup and burlesque shows -- in two different spots, both inside and outside at the big parking lot in rear.

"When we started the first time, my partner and I did everything ourselves," said Stannard. "Now, we have a full-scale stage. Besides growth, we have more vendors this year."

See also: Revenge of the Tiki IV at Kreepy Tiki in Fort Lauderdale (NSFW Photos)

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Boomers! Ran Out of Nacho Cheese and Closed Its Doors Forever to Become DaniaLive

Categories: Around Town

Flickr Creative Commons / Bob B. Brown
Did you take a final lap on the go-kart track? Play one last round of minigolf with friends? Win any souvenirs from the ticket counter?

If you didn't go yesterday, you'll never go again to Boomers! family-fun megaplex in Dania Beach. The old Broward staple, housing every childhood niche under the sun, is slated to be demolished this year, making way for retail space, hotels, condos, and more of the usual.

From all four corners of the tricounty area, fans young and old packed the place out to rehash old memories and wave one last goodbye.

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DJ Excel Answers Adam Foster's Eight Important Questions: "I Really Cherish My Friendships in This Business"

Categories: In the Booth

Courtesy of DJ Excel

Adam Foster is a South Florida-based DJ and producer, founder of, and entertainment director for the Restaurant People. He was named best DJ of 2014 by New Times Broward-Palm Beach.

In the Booth is his new column about electronic music, DJ culture, and South Florida nightlife. Visit his Facebook and Soundcloud.

For my first edition of In the Booth, I wanted to speak with L.A.-based DJ Excel, one of my favorite DJs to watch and hear. He and I are both from Philadelphia. And for years growing up, I saw his name posted around the city and listened to his old mixtapes. In Philly, he's a legend.

We didn't actually meet until years later, at Vibe in Fort Lauderdale one night, after I'd started DJ'ing myself. We became fast friends, like we'd grown up together, even though we had never met when we were young.

He's toured the world; founded one of the most-respected DJ crews in the country, Skratch Makaniks; been the official tour DJ and produced music for pop star Dev; and has been releasing new music under both his own name and as Alfa Paare with DJ Impulse. In anticipation of his January 31 gig at Vibe, I sat down to ask him some important DJ questions.

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