Evenings of Art, Summer of Music


Longtime readers of this blog will have read a previous post on Art After Dark in West Palm Beach. At the time, the after-hours event at the Norton Museum of Art was only held once a month; now AAD occurs every Thursday at 5:00 p.m., which is normally the museum’s closing hour. This weekly incarnation has been going on for well over a year now, but its profile was recently raised by an extended version of the event staged to mark the summer solstice. The regular AAD session ends at 9:00 p.m., but the Summer Soulstice edition ran until midnight, with live music in four different areas throughout the museum.

And that was just the beginning of a long hot summer for AAD. The following week’s event featured a performance by award-winning blues guitarist Albert Castiglia, fresh off the release of his latest CD. For Fourth of July week, AAD focused on music films such as Cameron Crowe’s semi-autobiographical movie Almost Famous, and The Last Waltz, Martin Scorsese’s documentary of The Band’s final concert. The July 12th event honoured Bastille Day with a French-themed evening, headlined by French cabaret singer Annie Royer.

For the July 19th event, the wheel has come full circle as far as this blog’s coverage of AAD is concerned. Once again reggae/rock band B-Liminal will be featured, in a performance from 7-9. But the moment will be somewhat bittersweet, since it will be one of the band’s final shows. Also performing is indie-rock band Franscene.

This blog will continue to publicize the highlights of upcoming sessions, but for a full listing of the AAD summer schedule, please visit the event’s page on the Norton’s website

Reflections on Sunfest, Part IV: Pitbull, Foreigner, Matisyahu

Pitbull performs on the final afternoon of Sunfest 2012

The final day of Sunfest was hot both onstage and off, as a massive crowd sweated through a sweltering afternoon while Miami’s hottest rapper Pitbull rocked it out onstage. Later that day, a touring lineup of classic-rock outfit Foreigner put on a high-energy show on the Tire Kingdom stage, whilst Hebrew-reggae artist Matisyahu brought a peaceful vibe to the FPL Stage at the southernmost end of the festival. Read the full report of these sets at the Reggae Reflection website.

Current Foreigner lead vocalist Kelly Hansen, shown here with current bassist Jeff Pilson