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The 200 Women Who Rock - The List

Helping to make a difference for gender parity, the organizers of International Women's Day work with people, governments and organizations around the world to effect change. We at WEXT wanted to do our part to highlight the on-going efforts of IWD. To get your own copy of the list of the 200 Women Who Rock , click here for the PDF. Once we were inside the Top Ten of the 200 Women Who Rock countdown, some listeners remarked about the inspirational speeches from some of the world's leading...

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Al Jarreau, a versatile vocalist who defied categorization for decades, died Sunday morning at the age of 76. Earlier this week, Jarreau had been hospitalized in Los Angeles "due to exhaustion," according to his official Facebook page.

There's a vibrance to the current music of Esmé Patterson that I wasn't expecting, having listened to her previous band Paper Bird. Gone are the banjos and remnants of folk music, and in their place are electric guitars — sometimes fierce and, here at the Tiny Desk, somewhat understated. She's a relative newcomer to the guitar, making it part of her songwriting only since leaving Paper Bird. But all of this instrumentation is meant to be supportive, not center-stage. At the heart of these songs, from her album We Were Wild, is a reach for independence:

This year, "music's biggest night" will be missing more than a few of its biggest stars. Despite multiple nominations, Kanye West, Drake and Justin Bieber are reportedly skipping tomorrow evening's Grammy Awards.

Marcia Ball
Artist

Marcia Ball

February 16 - The Upper Room

Marcia Ball’s rollicking roadhouse rave-ups and soulful Gulf Coast R&B, her barrelhouse playing and her feel-good party tunes are iconic.
--USA Today

Visit The Upper Room's website. The contest has ended.

Melissa Greener

Feb 10, 2017
Melissa Greener
Artist

Melissa Greener started her trek into music by singing along with the jazz songs she heard on WDET in Detroit. Self-taught on the guitar, she got the idea that music should be her path while teaching in China. 

Melissa is playing at The Cock N Bull in Galway on Sunday, February 12th. 

Hear her conversation with Chris Wienk here, and below check out a video performance. 

Sean Rowe's voice, a room-rattling baritone, demands attention. The stories he tells with it are portraits that feel simple on the surface... they never are. Within "Gas Station Rose," Sean Rowe is on the road with a partner, they have each other, not much else. Even this little scene is filled with tension:

Ronnie Earl & the Broadcasters
Artist

Ronnie Earl and the Broadcasters

The Upper Room, Albany
February 11th

Hailed as one of the best blues guitarists of his generation, Ronnie Earl brings his distinctive sound to Albany's The Upper Room.  For more information on the show, visit their website.

To win tickets, enter by sending email with this link.

The Fireworks Ensemble
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Feb 11: Youth Orchestra and Fireworks EnsembleFebruary 11 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm Musical Fireworks: Region’s Premiere Youth Musicians Join Fireworks Ensemble for Unique Evening of Contemporary American Music Featuring World-Premiere Piece Empire State Youth Orchestra Joins World-Renowned Chamber Ensemble on Feb.

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