radio appearances from my artists!! woo hoo!

May 3 is PETE SEEGER'S 85TH BIRTHDAY:  Dan Bergreen has been inspired by his folk music, activism and spirit as a decent human being all these years.
 Dan produced a five minute has a five minute feature to broadcast on WAMC, North Country Public
Radio AND a Buffalo all-news station at 970AM, Buffalo.  Broadcast times are  at 7:30 & 9:30 AM; North Country Public Radio
during the 8 o'clock hour; and Northeast Public Radio during Roundtable, from
9 AM until Noon (also webcast at:  <www.wamc.org>).  I hope you get a chance
to listen.

DENNIS BROOKS is going to be talking about his film GOODNIGHT JOSEPH PARKER on WZLX-Boston, 6:30 east coast Friday morning, April 29.

IAN ANDERSON will be on CNN at 12:30 east coast time on May 14.

MELANIE will be on Kansas City radio on May 14.


Grand Funk's Don Brewer joins with Bob Seger, March 15

This Monday, March 15, Don Brewer will be joining one of his former band leaders in concert-- Bob Seger. Along with keyboardist Craig Frost (who was also in Grand Funk), plus saxophonist Alto Reed, bassist Chris Campbell and Matt Chatfield--the original guitarist of the Godz (a band Don produced in the late '70s)--this special band will be backing Bob Seger at the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame Induction at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City. Songs Bob Seger and band will be performing--"Turn The Page," and "Old Time Rock & Roll."

In light of that, here's a segment of a Q&A I did with Don.

Q: Would you tour with Bob Seger if he asked you?
DON BREWER: I don't think he's gonna tour. i couldn't go on the road with him because my first obligation is to Grand Funk. If Bob did tour over the winter when Grand Funk has a down period, maybe.

Q: Do you think your appearance at the Rock Hall will convince them to induct Grand Funk? Does it matter to you?
DON: When the original band went on the road from '96 to '98 (for the BOSNIA album), a lot of fans put as much pressure to try to get us inducted. For whatever reason we weren't. I don't feel one way or another they should have to induct Grand Funk Railroad. We have stood the test of time and are just as worth as a lot of other bands in there. We do know how it works--it's a political process.

Q: Have you attended any inductions? Who are you looking forward to seeing?
DON: I never attended one of these events. We know ZZ Top. They opened for Grand Funk in Texas in the early '70s over the years. In the early '80s, when Grand Funk was with Mark and me, we opened for them.

Q: Anyone you're looking forward to meeting at the Rock Hall?
DON: Prince. I've admired his songwriting and performing.

Q: Who should be in the Rock Hall that's not there?
DON: I don't keep track of the ceremonies, so I wouldn't know who's in there.

Q: Then, who is in your own personal Rock and Roll Hall of Fame--besides Grand Funk Railroad and ZZ Top?
DON: My Rock Hall-- Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin. Johnny and Edgar Winter--the Winter Brothers were major contributors to rock history as far back as I can remember. I think they oughta be in it.


Joe Deninzon & Stratospheerius update!

Joe Deninzon is my world class rock-funk-jazz violinist and he's releasing his third solo album, a live project called LIVE WIRES due May or June.

The album has mainly live "bootleg" tracks by Dave Koerner and Randy Hetherington. Both started out as fans and presented Joe with some amazing recordings. In fact Joe was so blown away by Dave's work that he hired him to tour with the band early on in the game.

There's one studio track--now with lyrics-- on the album "An Evening Nap in the Afternoon Sun" which was an instrumental on Joe's first disc. There are four brand new live songs including "The Simpsons Theme.' Alex Skolnick co-wrote "Heavy Shtettle" (Jewish metal) with Joe. Jake Ezra plays tons of guitar on this album, as well. Joe's album was mixed and mastered at Rave Studios, Ridgewood, NJ.

Joe also produced a classical album for his wife, Yulia, who plays with the New York Philharmonic. It was done at SUNY Purchase and features works by Henryk Wieniawsky, Paganini, Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Eugene Ysai. Yulia's album Recorded at SUNY Purchase for release in late spring/early summer. www.yuliaziskel.com

Also, Joe is hooking up with other innovative electric string players Aaron Von Cello (cellist) and Martha Mooke (violist) for tour dates. Find out more about their partnerships at http://www.wildstringz.com.

Thurs., March 18th, 8 pm: Joe Deninzon (jazz) Trio at America Cafe, Tenafly, NJ
Sat., March 20th, Keegan Ales, Kingston, NY.

April 8th-12th, midwest tour with German Jazz/pop singer Jann Klose

Thurs., April 8th 2:00 pm. WCBE-90.5 FM Columbus, OH-http://www.wcbe.org/
Thurs., April 8th Little Brothers, Columbus, OH)
Fri., April 9th 1:00 PM. Randy Allar Show. WCSB. 89.3-Cleveland, OH-http://www.wcsb.org
Fri., April 9th Old Miami, Detroit
Sat., April 10th-Private party in Youngstown, OH
Sun., April 11th-Wilbert's, Cleveland, OH)

Other shows:
Mon., April 12-Fox News-Cleveland, morning broadcast of the opening day of baseball season in Cleveland.
Thurs., April 15th, with Von Cello, Hogs & Heifers Uptown, New York, NY
Wed., April 21st, 8:00 pmThe Debut of WILDSTRINGSZ!!! (WWW.WILDSTRINGZ.COM) with Martha Mooke and Von Cello at the Cutting Room, New York, NY
Sat., April 24th--Nelson Ledges, near Cleveland-- opening for ekoostik hookah

Sun., April 25th, 11:30 AM-3:00 PM: Joe Deninzon (jazz) Trio at America Cafe, Tenafly, NJ.


my activities--book, IBS, GEMS seminar

My book, USING YOUR ART & THE MEDIA TO COMFORT PEOPLE is scheduled to be shipped to the printer after March 20th, which means I'll have galleys late April. The book will be in New York City libraries and stores on my birthday October 15. It is a gift to the City and published by Free to Run books out of California. It's 100 pages, 8 X 10 and will be available in paperback for about 12 dollars. I have very limited copies, so unless you're interested in writing about it, you're encouraged to order it from stores like East West, or by mail order and from websites like Amazon.com and hopefully via the Ethical Culture Society and a few media-oriented sites.

I'm making appearances this weekend, March 13 at the IBS (website: http://www.frontiernet.net/~ibs/2K04convosched.html) at the Hotel Pennsylvania in Manhattan. The panels I'm working are: The Local Music Scene and College Radio at noon with INSIDE CONNECTION'S Mike Ferrari, WUSB/LIE PAPER/and PAINTER Jill Morrison, KOCH RECORDS' Scott Kuchler and other folks I'll meet for the first time.

Then comes the panel ACADEMIC PLANNING AND MEDIA CAREER CHOICES, and I'm looking forward to meeting other folks there.

IBS will have an evening with Democracy Now's Amy Goodman and workshops with Mark Coppola, Valerie Geller and other media professionals who are legitimate household names. Go to their website and see if this is something you want to do.

April 3 and 4 is GLOBAL ENTERTAINMENT NETWORK'S summit with a lot of my friends, too. My panel is CREATING AN INDUSTRY OF INTEGRITY in which we'll discuss ways to be true to your own muse and still have a career. My panel includes www.mediachannel.org's Danny Schecther and filmmaker Robert Pappas (Orwell Rolls In His Grave) and my buddy publicist Carol Kaye.

It needs to be emphasized the the GEMS seminars (www.globalentertainmentnetwork.com) stresses the real way bands like Ani DiFranco, R.E.M. and the B-52s and filmmakers including Kevin Smith and Owen Wilson, Michael Moore developed their careers--INDEPENDENTLY through their own bootstrapping.

I'm now seeing established pros including my artists like Bruce Kulick, Melanie, Dennis Brooks and folks I admire such as Kevin Bacon following their passions and making money. They're not waiting till the big industry comes to them, instead they're creating their own works.

Tower of Power spring dates

Here are current tour dates for Tower of Power, who are supporting the album, OAKLAND ZONE on Or Music.

7 Buffalo, NY The Tralf
8 Verona, NY Turning Stone Casino
9 & 10 Uncasville, NY Mohegan Sun Casino

13 Pittsburgh, PA Rex Theater
14 & 15 Annapolis, MD Ram's Head
16 & 17 Glenside, PA Kezwick Theatre
19 Harrisburg, PA Whitacker Ctr
21 & 22 New York City BB King's
23 Huntington, Long Island Intermedia Ctr
24 New Haven, CT Toad's Place
25 Rutland, VT Paramount Theatre
27 & 28 30 Boston, MA Sculler's

1& 2 Boston, MA Sculler's
15 Santa Ynez, CA Gainey Vineyard
17 Redding, CA Win River Casino

21,22,23 Las Vegas, NV Orleans
28,29,30 Seattle, WA Jazz Alley

1,2,3 Seattle, WA Jazz Alley
5 Grant's Pass, OR Rogue Theatre
25 & 26 Red Wing, MN Treasure Island Casino

Grand Funk Railroad tourdates

GRAND FUNK RAILROAD are working on a new CD and DVD. Grand Funk are Max Carl (vox/guitar), Don Brewer (drums/vox), Mel Schacher (bass), Bruce Kulick (guitar/vox) and Tim Cashion (keyboards/vox).

Here are their tour dates
Mar. 27: Gulfstream Park, Hallandale, FL
May 1: Mayfest Ft. Worth Festival, Ft. Worth, TX
May 15-May 22: Ms. Zuiderdam Cruise for Hunger with Pat Benatar and other classic rockers.
June 4: Writ Summer Shindig, Waukesha, WI
June 6: DTE Energy Music Theatre, Clarkston, MI
June 12: Riverfest, Gadsden, AL
June 30: US N'tl Hot-Air Balloon Championship, Battle Creek, MI
July 2: The Queen Mary Amphitheatre, Long Beach, CA
July 3: Sunset Station Casino, Henderson, NV
July 24: Magic Springs Theme Park, Hot Springs, AR
Aug. 4: Caesars Indiana Casino Hotel, Elizabeth, IN
Aug. 7: Ohio State Fair, Columbus, OH
Aug. 21: Party in the Pasture, Beulah, ND
Sept. 12: Utah State Fair
Sept. 26 State Fair of OK-B-52 Theatre, Oklahoma City, OK

Music from Melanie (Safka)!!!!

Melanie is one of the most famous women in rock history--her hit songs include "Beautiful People," "Look What They've Done to my Song, Ma," "Lay Down Candles in the Rain," and "Brand New Key."

Nowadays her son Beau Jerrard is in her band, and he's an excellent guitarist, so I'm pushing for interviews with Beau and Melanie. CORRECTION: PALED BY DIMMER LIGHT will be out in May. I'll get you a date soon!

These are the confirmed dates I have for her.

March 19, 20, 21- Turning Point, Piermont, NY (ALL THESE DATES ARE SOLD OUT)
March 27 The Wave in Newburgh-Kingston in the Hudson Valley, NY --POSTPONED!!!
April 1: The Brokerage, Long Island, NY

Email me if you'd like to get a copy of Melanie's bio written by Robert Doerschuk!



Singer-songwriter Jann Klose will be playing THE CUTTING ROOM, 19 West 24th Street (between Broadway and 6th Avenue) on March 11. The venue’s phone number is 212-691-1900. Showtime is 7:30 PM.

In addition Jann is touring the Mid West this April. He has a few solo dates and will also be sharing some shows with jam band violinist Joe Deninzon.

Jann’s Mid West dates are:

Sat., April 3 Dixey City Limits,
Mansfield, OH

Sun., April 4: Heartland Cafe,
Chicago, IL

Thurs., April 8: Columbus, OH

Fri., April 9: Old Miami, Detroit, MI

Sat., April 10: Therese's,

Sun., April 11: Wilbert's, Cleveland, OH

Jann Klose (formerly of Ohio, Kenya, South Africa and, originally, Germany) relocated
to New York City, hoping to deliver his unique blend of jazz, pop, blues, rock, and
folk back to the world from which it came.

Since then he has appeared in theatre (The Who’s Tommy, the Jekyll & Hyde US national tour, and the Jesus Christ Superstar European tour), and developed a following for his original music.

His writing, performances, and love of creative experimentation has yielded his
new EP, BLACK BOX, released in 2003. Produced by Grammy award winner Marlon J. Graves (Herbie Hancock’s Gershwin's World), mixed by Nic Hard at RPM Studios and mastered by Vlado Meller at Sony Music Studios in New York City, this four-song EP is according to Kid Kelly, director of Pop Programming at Sirius Satellite Radio “by far the best unsigned record I have heard in a long time.”

The new material has received airplay on various stations in the U.S. and Europe, including XM Satellite Radio, Live365.com, various college radio stations, and Radio Fritz Berlin.

website: http://www.jannklose.com. Buy Jann’s music at www.cdbaby.com/jannklose.