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Track and Yield

The final portion of this week’s proGram had the test results we were waiting on:

On The Road- Futari
Human- Shai Maestro Ft. Ofri Nehemya, Jorge Roeder & Phillip Dizack

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Early Rites- Jane Ira Bloom & Mark Helias
**pre-recorded conversation with Jane Ira Bloom**
Traveling Deep- Jane Ira Bloom & Mark Helias
Roughing It- Jane Ira Bloom & Mark Helias

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Just Wrong- Pino Palladino & Blake Mills
Family Trees- Benoît Delbecq
Never Can Say Goodbye- Dezron Douglas & Brandee Younger

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Village Blues- The Generations Quartet
Dream On That- Joe Lovano
Sacred Chant- Joe Lovano

The Flipped Tracks

The sandwiched between set of this week’s proGram got the ecclectic tread applied:

The Clock Won’t Tick- Quantic & Eddie Roberts
Ride On Time- The Bamboos
Hole In One- Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio

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Meinfajria- Omar Sosa Ft. Dafaala Elhag Ali
Tsiaro Tsara- Omar Sosa Ft. Rajery
Freedom- Yoko Miwa Trio

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Pro Carnaval Voltar- Oran Etkin Ft. The Benjamin Taubkin Quartet
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You Taught My Heart How To Sing- Franco Ambrosetti w/Scofield, Rosnes, Colley
Silli In the Sky- Franco Ambrosetti w/Scofield, Rosnes, Colley

Tracked In

The first part of this week’s proGram had the tracks filled in some there’s no true evidence:

Across America- Todd Mosby
Revival- The Imaginaries
Reno- Janet Simpson

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634-5789- The Wildroots Ft. Victor Wainwright & Patricia Ann Dees
Something in the Water 2020- The Wildroots Ft. Billy Livesay
Where I Am- The Wildroots Ft. Anthony “Packrat” Thompson
My One and Only- Misty Blues
Days Gone By- Misty Blues
Come on Baby (Take Me Dancing)- Joyann Parker

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Tribute To SRV- Ally Venable
Reap What You Sow- Ghalia Volt
Last Minute Packer- Ghalia Volt
I’d Climb Mountains- Selwyn Birchwood

Some Kind Of Tomorrow With Jane Ira Bloom

Soprano saxophonist Jane Ira Bloom and bassist Mark Helias come together to create duets discovered in the moment in a way that is rarely heard today with “Some Kind of Tomorrow”. The long time bandmates, separated by space and time find a way to play in real time with one another and the results are magical. Two master improvisers and composers bring listeners up-close and personal to the first spark of their imaginations at work, recording eleven duet improvisations over the spring, summer, and fall of 2020. The music is raw, authentic, intimate, alive, and unapologetic in its passion. Their sound is deep wood and polished brass recorded with a depth that is hard to describe. They played the music, recorded it, mastered it firsthand and are now making it available to listeners for the first time as a digital download on Bandcamp. Don’t miss these fearless jazz explorers as they face the future.

I had the pleasure of chatting with Jane Ira Bloom about this project. We got into the creation of songs in a way, that up until now had probably not been considered as a way to go about one’s music…but…here we are. We talked about some challenges and the need to do this playing. Versatilityis one of those things I appreciate about Jane, so we touched briefly on the most recnt release she did with M’Lumbo on Ropeadope Records, released back at the end of October, 2020. And of course, as a true sound architect, Jane was able to point to the future a tad with what felt like assurance that there would be a volume 2 AND a new project on the winGs of exploration with a group of female improvisers called “Picturing The Invisible”…ahhh the future looks and sounds good…Listen in above to find out more.

New Strain Blue Strain

The final portion of this week’s proGram had the flow filtering around the globe:

Dupont- WÖR
D’Afnemen- WÖR
Climate March- WÖR

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Shrovetide-Vedan Kolod
Arrow- Vedan Kolod
Takhetle Konem- Juna
Yashel Kuzle- Juna

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Leil- Aziza Brahim
Hamala- The Garifuna Collective
Festa Do Tubarão- Dona Onete
Sam Cook Di- David Walters Ft. Vincent Ségal, Ballaké Sissoko & Roger Raspail

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We Are Strong-Made Kuti
As We Struggle Everyday-Femi Kuti
Hercules- Ghetto Priest

Kept For More

The middle portion of this week’s proGram had a way to escape but decided to go into your ears:

Running from Love (Version 2 With Strings)- Marvin Gaye
Of Things To Come- Tommy Guerrero
By The Sea At The End of the World- Tommy Guerrero
Evolution Revolution- Tommy Guerrero

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Where We Began- Har Mar Superstar
The Senate- Tombajazz Ft. Kokayi
Grandfather Clock- Mike Dillon

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Agua- Bomba Estéreo
You Sold Me a Dream- Jupiter & Okwess Ft. Ana Tijoux
Foxglove- TOR
No Further Than You- Izy
Good At Gettin’ By (Acoustic)- Kash’d Out

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Capuchin- Martin Gore
Sons Of Creation- Cameron Graves
Quantum Blues- Menagerie

Keeping The Goods In

The first portion of this week’s proGram knew how to strain the good stuff in:

The Delicate Balance of All Things (Rapid Reiteration Mix)- Beauty in Chaos Ft. Cinthya Hussey/Wayne Hussey
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The Kids- Palm Ghosts
Social Debris- Alice Cooper
Jericho- Jane Lee Hooker
Moonlight Reflection- Triptides

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Crash, Boom Bang- Sara Petite
Dirty Rotten Guy- Joyann Parker
It Ain’t Bad- Ghalia Volt
Hateful Blues- Ally Venable
Down In Lenox Town- Misty Blues

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Put A Little Love In Your Heart- Hurricane Ruth
I Grew up (Kate’s Place)- Allan Harris Ft. Grégoire Maret
Girly Face- Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio
How Much A Dollar Cost- R+R=NOW (live)

Okaidja Afroso Storytelling Plus

Okaidja Afroso is an Afropop singer-songwriter & multi-instrumentalist from Ghana, West Africa. His unique artistic vision has led him to combine his native rhythms with unforeseen pairings of musical flavors. His sound is a spicy fusion of Ghanaian music with diverse cross-cultural influences. Although most of Okaidja’s hypnotic arrangements are sung in his native language, the meaning shines through. His calling and life purpose is to bring us all together so that we can laugh and grieve and dance and forge forward together, in community. His uncle was the town’s notorious composer who spared no one with the songs he wrote about life in their small fishing village. Okaidja’s mother was a colorful lead singer in her spiritual church. Her powerful songs of praise earned her the name “the spiritual singer.” As a young boy Okaidja sang while he worked on fishing boats. The fishermen would sing a cappella songs as they worked, and Okaidja passed the long days learning the songs of the great sea. Born into a family of musicians and storytellers in the village of Kokrobite on the west coast of Ghana, at the age of 19, he was accepted as a professional dancer for the prestigious Ghana Dance Ensemble at the University of Ghana’s Institute of African Studies. He became well known for his energetic stage presence and excelled in his performances of the Ga fetish dances. The Ghana Dance Ensemble gave Okaidja the opportunity to study with the best teachers in the country. As he toured internationally, Okaidja expanded his artistic reach becoming a master multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter, and arranger.

I had the chance to checkout the virtual event put on by the Wisconsin Union Theater featuring the beautiful works of Mr. Okaidja Afroso. The stories around the musical tales where as informative as they were an easy way to slide into another person’s culture (and shoes). The different instruments used present the page turning of the book for the evening, with not only a new image and sound, but feeling. While it sure is strange not to be able to soak in those feelings in person, the virtual experience offered is still a great way to support the scene, the artist and the arts. If you get a chance to see Okaidja Afroso virtually or soon enough in a live setting, go get your spirits lifted, your minds enriched and your hearts filled.

Star Fire Travel

The final portion of the proGram this week took a h=journey thru and beyond to:

Thuon Mok Loga- Omar Sosa Ft. Olith Ratego
**pre-recorded conversation with Mr. Omar Sosa**
Elrababa- Omar Sosa Ft. Dafaalla Elhag Ali
Kwa Nyogokuru Revisited- Omar Sosa Ft. Steve Sogo

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Mutwashi- Kiazi Malonga
Can’t Control Me- Fimber Bravo
Tilman Baa Lagu Socdaa (Follow the Rules)- 4 Mars

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Manman Lavi- Lakou Mizik Ft. The Soul Rebels
Waydelel- Bab L’ Bluz
Pele- IKOQWE Ft. Batida & Ikonoklasta
Honey- Gentleman’s Dub Club Ft. Hollie Cook

Prayers Up

The middle portion of the proGram took the thoughts and prayers towards the universe:

What’s Going On (Original Unreleased Single Mix)- Marvin Gaye
Right On ( Detroit Mix)- Marvin Gaye

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So It Begins- DiCosimo & Pagán
Magic Carpet Ride- DiCosimo & Pagán
Cisco Kid- DiCosimo & Pagán

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Steady- Olivier St.Louis
Funky New Dorp- Santi Debriano

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The Creator Has a Master Plan- Dezron Douglas & Brandee Younger
Gospel Trane- Dezron Douglas & Brandee Younger
Danza de los Inocentes- Yamilé Cruz Montero
African Spirits- Nicola Conte & Gianluca Petrella

Winter Moos

The First part of this week’s proGram will help you with those deep Winter Moos:

Time Wounds All Heals- Royal Horses
Streets Of Calcutta- Kikagaku Moyo (live)
Tree Smoke- Kikagaku Moyo (live)
Face of the Screaming Werewolf- The Fleshtones
The Show Is Over- The Fleshtones

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Woman- Trevor B. Power
Gone So Long- Joyann Parker
Will I See You Again?- Thee Sacred Souls

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I Need You- Jon Batiste
Aces- Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio
Mysterious Frequencies- Tommy Guerrero
Rise Of The Earth People- Tommy Guerrero
Queens Highway- Menahan Street Band

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Suitcase Man- Mike Dillon & The Bad Decisions
Psilocybin Donut- Mike Dillon And Punkadelic
Super Spreader- Mike Dillon

An East African Journey with Omar Sosa

Omar Sosa has been passionately interested in exploring African musical cultures and their connections with his Afro-Cuban roots since early in his career – subtly blending traditional and contemporary sounds on many of his recordings. He has forged collaborations with Gnawa musicians in Morocco, and with musicians from Senegal, Mozambique, Mali, Ecuador, Venezuela, Brazil, and South Africa, et al. Highlights include his 2002 GRAMMY-nominated recording ‘Sentir’ featuring Moroccan singer and Guimbre player El Houssaine Kily, and his 2008 CD release ‘Afreecanos’, which served as a point of departure for his East Africa project. This new exquisite set of music featuring the 7-time GRAMMY-nominated Cuban composer and pianist Mr. Sosa showcases collaborations with 8 East African artists, fusing traditional sounds with jazz in a subtle, contemporary production. The folkloric music forming the basis of this project was recorded by Mr. Sosa while on tour in East Africa, including material from Madagascar (Rajery), Kenya (Olith Ratego), Sudan, Ethiopia (Seleshe Damessae), Burundi (Steven Sogo), Zambia and Mauritius (Menwar). With Mr. Sosa on pana and Paris-based producer, Steve Argüelles on drums and percussion and multi-instrumentalist Christophe ‘Disco’ Minck on double bass, synths and effects. These recordings will help expose some of the rich musical traditions of East Africa to new and wider audiences. Included in these recordings are some possibly unknown instruments that are the very keys to unlock the newness of sounds.

I had the honor of talking with Mr. Sosa about not only his personal journey on the creation of this magical album, but the journey of the music. We got into the times between the recording and the ability for me to be able to share and enrich others with the final product. We dive into the people, the cultures and the special instruments for the regions unfamiliar to many of us, but easily uniting those who open their ears and minds. I have to admit that Omar Sosa has long been one of those artists I have admired from a far, and I am so pleased we got a chance to talk abut this project…as it has taken me back while moving me forward. Hope you get that sense! An East African Journey will be released everywhere on March 5th. Check out more here.

Thin Place Up Sky

The final part of the proGram opened different doors that the ears were originally heading into and through:

A Hero’s Death (Soulwax Remix)- Fontaines D.C.
Tebamanyi- Ancient Astronauts
Wan Aken- Ancient Astronauts Ft. Brazen Rule
Social Distancing- Ancient Astronauts Ft. Ife Piankhi

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Yuce Dag Basinda- Altın Gün
Blue Monday (Gaudi Dub Mix)- Dub Pistols v Dubmatix
Good Love- WheelUP Ft. Afronaut, Brint Story & Destiny Will
Medium- Logic1000

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Sundial- Bicep
Fear Of A Blind Planet- Wax Tailor
On The Air- Wax Tailor
Breeze- Vanilla

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Mar Pretu- Caravela
Na m’bita- Dobet Gnahore
It’s Our Love- Thee Sacred Souls

Where Some Funk Hid

The middle portion of the proGram was the best spot to look for some funk-a-hiding:

Checking Out (Double Clutch)- Marvin Gaye
The Duke- Menahan Street Band
First Impression- The True Loves

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Deep State- On The Spot Trio
High 45- Alan Evans Trio
Future Deserts- Tommy Guerrero
Descendent of Memory- Tommy Guerrero
Ignite- Envy Alo

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F0- PLS.Trio
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On The Lamb- Mike Dillon & The Bad Decisions
**pre-recorded conversation with Mike Dillon**
Pinocchio- Mike Dillon
Apocalyptic Daydreams- Mike Dillon & Punkadelic

To Howl Over

The first piece of the proGram had all the makings of a sharp-toothed, strong clawed good time:

In The Middle- Andrew McConathy & The Drunken Hearts
Call Me A Fool- Valerie June Ft. Carla Thomas
greenarrowradio promo- Skylar Rogers
Work- Skylar Rogers
Back To Memphis- Skylar Rogers

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Scramblin’- Stratcat Willie & the Strays
Eat, Drink, Boogie, Repeat- Stratcat Willie & the Strays
I Like My Chicken Fried- Dave Thomas

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Magic Carpet Ride- The Chris White Experience Ft. Free Ferry
New Revolution- The Besnard Lakes
Shakin’- Black River Delta
Child Of The Moon- The Fleshtones
Manpower Debut- The Fleshtones

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Tell Me I’m Bad- Editrix
Resister/Resist- Bisbâyé

A Trilogy Of Albums And Mike Dillon

Mike Dillon has spent the last 3 decades playing well over 200 shows a year with both his own band, as well as a vibraphonist/percussionist with artists including Rickie Lee Jones, Les Claypool & Ani DiFranco. So when the pandemic hit in early 2020 forcing him off the road, he instinctively directed his perpetually restless creative energy to writing & recording. Recently relocating to Kansas City after spending 15 years in New Orleans, he and producer Chad Meise would track a trilogy of albums. In collaboration with his longtime record label Royal Potato Family, they would offer the records exclusively via Bandcamp just days after they were mixed and mastered. On March 12, 2021, those albums now receive the full vinyl treatment, as well as complete digital release across all streaming outlets.

The first of the 3 records, ‘Shoot The Moon,’ is a 10 track collection, which Mike describes as “Punkadelic-Funk-Psych,” focused heavily on the current political climate in the United States. Assembling an assortment of stylistically uncompromising musicians to contribute, its line-up features Matt Chamberlain, Steven Bernstein, Nicholas Payton, Robbie Seahag Mangano, Jean-Paul Gaster & Nick Bockrath among others. Highlights include the apocalyptic road warrior anthem “Drivin’ Down The Road,” a swirling New Orleans jazz-raga “Further Adventures in Misadventures” and the snarling punk rock diatribe “Quool Aid Man” with its indictment of the American right: “old men and their guns.”

The 2nd recording in the series, ‘Suitcase Man’ is a 9-song cycle through which Mike examine his life & choices made over the past 55 years. It’s a distinct entry in his extensive discography, notable for its strikingly honest lyricism & minimalist arrangements that incorporate sparse vibraphone & percussion with a handful of background vocals by Tiff Lamson of Givers and frequent collaborator JJ Jungle. Songs like “Empty Bones,” “Turkish Rose” & “Matthew” represent him at his most creatively daring, while confirming his ascent into the upper echelon of cult music outsiders in the lineage of artists like Tom Waits, Harry Partch & Captain Beefheart.

Mike completes the trilogy with ‘1918.’ The focal point here are his instrumentals: the dank and dark Moog/tabla/vibraphone psych vibe of “Pinocchio,” the electro analog trance of “Pelagic” and the jungle groove, space rock of the title track. Mike once again calls on friends like drummer Earl Harvin and guitarist Shane Theriot to assist. Thematically speaking, the material addresses the Covid-19 pandemic and recent social unrest.

I had the pleasure of catching up with friend of the proGram, Mike Dillon to discuss the creation and construction of these three different feelings and flavors of sound. We touch on the who and what, the how and the why and how a pirates’ voice for he comes into play.

All Them Tatses

The final portion of the proGram, combined a lot of flavors into that one that fit the hunger of the day:

Freedom- David Walters
Razlivishche- Staritsa
Razbeschastnyj Kazachok- Staritsa
Wheel- Vedan Kolod

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Equinox- Dezron Douglas & Brandee Younger
I Am Not Yours- Steve Yeager Ft. Katy Vernon

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Ballot Box Bounce- Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra w/Wynton Marsalis
Rakin’ and Scrapin’- Leon Lee Dorsey
Watermelon Man- Leon Lee Dorsey
I’m Walkin’- Leon Lee Dorsey
Red- Cameron Graves

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Green & Gold- Victor & Malachi DeLorenzo

Walking Into That Setting Sun

The middle portion of the proGram had a certain funk in its soul-filled steps:

Dripping Sun- Kikagaku Moyo (live at Levitation)
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No Crime- Michelle Sarah
Ally- Adryon De León
Hey!- The Natural Soul Ft. Matt Schofield/Alan Evans/Darby Wolf/Pete Aleksi
Careless Whisper- Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio
I Don’t Know- Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio
The Main Course- The Tibbs

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A Thousand Shapes Of Change- Tommy Guerrero
Quiet Heat- Tommy Guerrero
I Believe In Love- Polyrhythmics & Lucky Brown
Unity (It’s Up To You)- Badge Époque Ensemble Ft. James Baley

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Log Jammin’- The Le Coq All Stars

Fire Blurr

The first portion of the proGram was visible even through the fuzziness:

Sing About It- Moira Smiley
Refugee- Moira Smiley
That’s Life- Willie Nelson
Run It All Together- Andrew McConathy & The Drunken Hearts

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Big Easy Bound- Stratcat Willie & the Strays
Blues Coming Down- Cash McCall
greenarrowradio promo- Veronica Lewis
You Ain’t Unlucky- Veronica Lewis

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Wake Up, Brother- Andrew Gabbard
It Won’t Hurt You- Triptides
Love Me While You Can- The Handcuffs

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She Comes Now- Modern Stars
Never Gonna Wake (Up)- Nancy
Leave Your Cares Behind- Nancy

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**pre-recorded conversation with Concert Promoter Danny Zelisko**

All Exce$$ With Danny Zelisko

When concert promoter Danny Zelisko says, “I’ve got some stories to tell,” he isn’t kidding. His remarkable new book, ALL EXCE$$ Occupation: Concert Promoter, takes you both backstage & on stage with music’s top stars, recounting his incredible five-decade career in which he has produced over 10,000 concert events throughout the country. Along with his vivid, insightful and highly entertaining recollections, Danny shares an eye-popping array of never-before-seen photos from his personal archives that might have readers thinking he’s a rock ‘n’ roll Zelig: There’s stories & shots of him with Alice Cooper, Willie Nelson, Roger Waters, Aerosmith, the Grateful Dead, members of Led Zeppelin and The Doors, Herbie Hancock, Jeff Beck, Kris Kristofferson, Chuck Berry, Jon Bon Jovi, Tony Bennett, Muddy Waters, Genesis, Tina Turner, Billy Idol, Bruce Springsteen, U2, Billy Joel, Bob Seger, James Brown, John Prine – as they say, the list goes on and on.
In addition, Danny chronicles his lifelong love of sports, his passion for collecting memorabilia/autographs, and some of the incredible friendships he formed while in his pre-teens with giants such as Chicago Cubs shortstop/first baseman Ernie Banks and Chicago Bears stars Brian Piccolo & Gale Sayers. He also talks about his first impressions & situations that followed with concert business legends Bill Graham & Shep Gordon, who went on to be his close friends and mentors throughout his career. What message does he hope readers will take away from the book? “Anything & everything is possible,” he says. “I want to inspire people, whatever they want to do, they can do it. You see a picture of me with Robert Plant or Muhammad Ali, and you might think, how did this guy get there? That’s the story I tell. And it can happen to you, too. You just have to believe in yourself & never quit.”
How does a starry-eyed Midwestern kid go on to become one of the biggest concert promoters in history? Danny details his rise from scrappy beginnings to overseeing iconic stadium shows. “A lot of people have no idea what a concert promoter actually does, so that’s something else I hope people take away from the book,” he says. “There’s the great times – hanging out with the stars, the fun, the partying – but there’s awful times, too. And there’s the work. My team and I are responsible for every aspect of putting on a show. Without the great people who have supported these promotions, day in and out, I could never have done it. They are the stars behind the scenes”.
At its heart, ALL EXCE$$ Occupation: Concert Promoter is a tale of friendships. His longtime pal & baseball legend Kirk Gibson wrote the book’s Foreword in which he describes the author as “the straw that stirs the drink.” “I’m very fortunate to have made such incredible friends,” Zelisko says. “I think a big reason for that is because I’m always very honest with the people I deal with. I can admire them and worship what they do, but I deal with them straight and tell them the truth. I think that’s how you last in the business, and it’s how you maintain relationships.”

I had the chance to catch up with Danny about this book of tales, some you might expect, some you might not. But the journey feels maGical when I put myself in his shoes through the pages. Hear what he has to say about it here:

ALL EXCE$$ Occupation: Concert Promoter is available at dzplive.com, you can also get it from Kindle, Amazon and Amazon Print on Demand. Additionally, a limited number of first-edition signed copies are available to benefit NIVA’s Save Our Stages (to support music industry employees affected by COVID-19).