video: Central MA Bluegrass and Ragtime Musician Zack Slik Performs
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Slik says he “had to discover new, old music,” and to teach himself the instruments he knows today, he listened to records and bought a lot of books.
Digging through old recordings and finding songs, is what Slik says he loves to do, along with studying the history of the adaptations of music and seeing how songs have changed throughout the years.
While Slik writes his own music, he says he continues learning traditional American music, old time, bluegrass, blues, ragtime and jugband songs, along with the stories behind the songs.
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John Mayer at TD Garden
Mayer will take a break from performing with the Grateful Dead to do a solo show at the TD Garden.
Mayer has sold more than 20 million albums all over the world. His biggest hits include “Your Body is a Wonderland,” “Real World,” and “Waiting on the World to Change.”
Def Leppard at Mohegan Sun Arena
Well known rock band Def Leppard will be at the Mohegan Sun arena playing their greatest hits as well as other classics.
Def Leppard is one of only five rock bands with two original studio albums selling more than 10 million copies in the U.S.
Overall, they have sold more than 100 million records all over the world.
They are best known for songs such as “Bringin’ on the Heartbreak,” “Photograph,” and “Pour Some Sugar Me.”
Alan Jackson at Dunkin' Donuts Center
Jackson is bringing his 2017 Honky Tonk Highway Tour to Dunkin’ Donuts Center on Saturday.
He will be joined by multi-platinum singer Lee Ann Womack.
Most recently, Jackson released the album “Angels and Alcohol and is the subject of a new box set titled “Genuine: The Alan Jackson Story”
In his career, Jackson has sold nearly 60-million albums worldwide and ranks as one of the 10 best-selling male vocalists of all-time.
Foreigner at Foxwoods
Foreigner will be rocking out at Foxwoods this Spring.
Originally formed in 1976, they are known for songs such as “I Want to Know What Love Is.”
In their career, Foreigner has sold more than 80 million albums worldwide and 37.5 million records in the U.S.
Jason Aldean at Dunkin' Donuts Center
Aldean is bringing his They Don’t Know Tour to the Dunkin’ Donuts Center where he will be joined by special guests Chris Young and Kane Brown.
Since making it to the big time in 2005, Aldean has released seven albums and 24 singles, 18 of which have reached number one on either the Hot Country Songs or Country Airplay charts.
In 2016, Aldean won an American Country Music award for top country song “Lights Come On” and was also nominated as the top country artist.
Metallica at Gillett Stadium
Formed in 1981, Metallica has released 10 studio albums, four live albums, five extended plays, 26 music videos and 37 singles.
For all of that, they have won eight Grammy Awards and landed six albums in the number one spot upon their debut.
Metallica has sold more than 110 million records worldwide. They were inducted into the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame in 2009.
Dierks Bentley at Xfinity Center
In his career, Bentley has released eight albums accounting for 25 singles on the Hot Country Songs charts. Of those singles, 15 have reached the number one spot.
His most notable songs include “What Was I Thinkin,” “Come a Little Closer,” and “Every Mile a Memory.”
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Dead & Company at Fenway Park
Dead and Company will perform at Fenway Park for two nights and of course feature the surviving members of the Grateful Dead.
The band consists of former Grateful Dead members Bob Weir, Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmannn and they team up with John Mayer, Oteil Burbridge and Jeff Chimenti.
Journey at DCU Center
Don't miss your chance to see legendary rockband Journey in Worcester.
Journey has sold over 80 million albums worldwide, earned 19 top 40 singles and 25 gold, platinum and multi-platinum albums, and has headlined multiple sold-out stadiums.
Journey is known for songs like “Don’t Sop Believin,” “Any Way You Want It,” “Faithfully,” “Wheel in the Sky,” “Separate Ways,” as well as many more.
Luke Bryan at Xfinity Center
Country music star Luke Bryan is coming to the Xfinity Center.
In the last year, Bryan won two Academy of Country Music Awards including artist of the year and male vocalist of the year. Most recently at the 2016 Billboard Music Awards, he was named Top Country Artist for the second time in his career.
To date, Bryan has sold more than 7 million albums and 27 million singles worldwide.
Bryan, who's career who began in 2000, is best known for his number on singles " I don't Want This Night to End," "Drunk on You," and "Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye."
U2 and The Lumineers at Gillette Stadium
Legendary rock band U2 returns to Gillette Stadium for the first time since 2009 for their Joshua Tree Tour.
Known for songs such as “With or Without You,” “One” and “Mysterious Ways,” U2 has released 13 studio albums and won 22 Grammy Awards.
The band has sold more than 170 million records world wide.
Florida Georgia Line at Fenway Park
Established in 2010, Florida Georgia Line is one of the rising music groups in the world.
Their 2012 single “Cruise” is the best selling digital country song of all-time in the U.S. selling over 10 million copies and receiving the Diamond Award.
In the concert at Fenway, Florida Georgia Line will be joined by Nelly, Chris Lane and the Backstreet Boys.
Nickelback & Daughtry at Xfinity Center
Nickelback will team with Daughtry will team up for a must see concert at the Xfinity Center this July.
Nickel back has sold more than 50 million albums all over the world, ranking as the 11th best selling music act of all-time.
They are known for songs such as “How You Remind Me,” and “I Wanna be a Rockstar.”
Daughtry has sold over 8 million albums and more than 22.6 million digital tracks in the U.S.
Boston at TD Garden
Boston’s own band “Boston” returns to TD Garden for their Hyper Space Tour.
Boston is best known for songs such as “More Than a Feeling,” “Peace of Mind,” and “Don’t Look Back.”
In their career, they have sold over 75 million records worldwide, including 31 million in the U.S.
Coldplay at Gillette Stadium
Coldplay returns to Gillette Stadium for the second straight year.
Coldplay was formed in 1996 by lead singer Chris Martin but did not get their name until 1998.
Two years later the group reached worldwide fame with the release of their single Yellow prior to their debut album Parachutes, which was released the following year.
Coldplay has sold over 80 million records worldwide and have won 62 awards out of 209 nominations. In 2009, Rolling Stone named the group the fourth best artist of the 2000s.
Newport Jazz Festival 2017
The 2017 festival is set to take place from Friday, August 4 to Sunday, August 6.
The festival will show off over 50 individual jazz ensembles on four stages including performances at the International Tennis Hall of Fame and Fort Adams State Park.
Featured artist include Leslie Odom Jr, Benny Golson, the Roots and more.
James Taylor at Fenway Park
For the second straight year, Boston's own James Taylor will take the Fenway Park stage.
Taylor is a five time Grammy Award winner from Boston, Massachusetts.
Taylor is known for songs such as "Carolina in My Mind," "Sweet Baby James" and 'You've Got a Friend."
Jimmy Buffett at Xfinity Center
Escape to Margaritaville with music legend Jimmy Buffett at the Xfinity Center.
In his career, Buffett has released 30 studio albums, eight of which are Gold Albums and nine are Platinum.
He won his first ever Country Music Award (CMA) for his song "It's 5 O'clock Somewhere."
Kenny Chesney at Gillette Stadium
Kenny Chesney has already performed at Gillette Stadium more times than any other artist and broke 9 attendance records during his 2015 Big Revival Tour.
Chesney has recorded 20 albums, 14 of which have been certified gold or higher by the RIAA, produced over 40 top 10 singles on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs and Country Ariplay Charts, 28 of which have reached #1.
Green Day at Xfinity Center
Green Day is considered one of the greatest punk rock bands of all-time.
Since forming in 1986, Green Day has sold more than 85 million records all over the world and has won five Grammy Awards.
They are known for songs such as “Boulevard of Broken Dreams,” “American Idiot,” and “Wake me up When September Ends.”
The band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2015.
Justin Bieber at Gillette Stadium
For the first time since 2010, pop music superstar Justin Bieber is playing at Gillette Stadium.
In his career, he has received three Grammy nominations, winning one for Best Dance Recording for the song “Where Are U Now” at the 2016 ceremony. He has been listed four times by Forbes magazine among the top ten most powerful celebrities in the world in 2011,2012, and 2013.
Bieber also became the first artist to surpass 10 billion total video views on Vevo.
Bieber launched his first studio album, My World 2.0, in 2010 including his most successful single to date, “Baby.”
Billy Joel at Fenway Park
For the fourth consecutive year, rock and roll legend Billy Joel will play Fenway Park.
Billy Joel released his first hit song, arguably still his biggest hit, Piano Man in 1973 an since has become the 6th best selling recording artist and the third best selling solo artist in the United States.
Joel was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1992 and then the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1999.
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