I'll be in Milwaukee (!) for my 1st wedding anniversary but my fellow NYers should check this out.
"After two sold out summer soul revue-style shows in 2007, Chicago-based southern music label The Rabbit Factory, Inc. returns with a bigger and better line-up. Not since Atlantic Records foray into the American south or the golden age of soul music at the Apollo Theatre and Chicago’s Regal Theatre has the gritty sound of southern soul appeared up north with such force as with the Rabbit Factory Soul Revue. The vintage “chitlin circuit”-styled bill features classic southern soul artists performing with an eight-piece dance band, Wiley & the Checkmates, from Oxford, MS."
"The July 6th show will feature the core Rabbit Factory Soul Revue of The Checkmates performing with Herbert Wiley, the legendary Roscoe Robinson (Blind Boys of Alabama), Ralph ‘Soul’ Jackson (Spooner Oldham/Muscle Shoals) and Hermon Hitson (Jimi Hendrix/Isley Brothers/Joe Tex). This line-up has been receiving rave reviews from its high profile performances at SXSW and the Ponderosa Stomp. The show itself is part of the popular JellyNYC McCarren Park Pool Party series, opening for Ronnie Spector." Sunday, July 6th... Doors at 2PM.
"Larry Levine, the recording engineer who helped create Phil Spector’s
groundbreaking “wall of sound” technique on hit records by the
Crystals, the Ronettes and the Righteous Brothers, died May 8 at his
home in Encino, Calif. He was 80.
Mr. Levine had been suffering from emphysema, said a cousin, Stan Ross.
Levine, a house engineer at Gold Star Recording Studios in Hollywood,
first collaborated with Mr. Spector in 1962 on the Crystals hit “He’s A
Rebel,” the first of many Spector-produced records featuring lush
instrumental backgrounds and heavy use of echo chamber. The wall of
sound technique, which Mr. Spector and Mr. Levine refined through a
process of trial and error, defined a string of hits, including “Be My
Baby” and “Walking in the Rain” by the Ronettes, “Da Doo Ron Ron” and
“Then He Kissed Me” by the Crystals, and “You’ve Lost That Lovin’
Feelin’” and “Unchained Melody” by the Righteous Brothers." Link. via Stupefaction who says "Thats Larry on the left in the picture, and of course, Phil Spector in the middle."