Sonny Knight Celebration of Life Planned for 6/27

Sonny Knight Celebration of Life Planned for Tuesday 6/27.

Anyone feeling compelled to honor our dear friend, Sonny Knight, is welcome to attend the celebration of his life scheduled for Tuesday. Details below.
Sonny Knight Celebration of Life
Tuesday, June 27, 2017
Visitation: 1pm
Service: 2pm
Hennepin Ave United Methodist Church
511 Groveland Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55403

Over these past few years of getting to know Sonny through phone conversations and backstage hangs was always enlightening, stories told and new memories shared were always started and ended with a smile. The humble and true gentle soul of Sonny always left me feeling warm and the appreciation of our shared time always went both ways. We spoke of the wild life journey to get his names in lights, the feeling he had about giving us everything he had and how it was all of us: the listeners, the attendees and the friends, that sparked and energized his giant soul.
Sonny and the Lakers thankfully came to Madison a bunch and based on the crowd support at the shows, Madison loved the show, the songs and the man. He had a way of fitting right into the scene here and when he sweat for us, we shared in the heat of the event completely.

Since the band’s 2013 introduction to the Minnesota scene, and soon after the world at large, Sonny gave his best to his band members and to the music-loving crowds who attended their shows across the globe. After a short stint in the mid-‘60s recording singles as Little Sonny Knight and then as a member of funk group Haze in the ‘70s, Sonny traded in his microphone for a stick shift and a breeze as a full-time truck driver who traveled the United States. Much of this was after an honorable few years in the US Army serving the country he loved.
Educated by those experiences, he entered back into the music business in 2014 as a solo artist with a renewed vigor in the studio and on stage. From heartfelt ballads to upbeat dance numbers, Sonny captivated audiences the world over with his backing band, The Lakers.

Sonny leaves a legacy of entertainment and a joy for life that won’t soon be forgotten by his family, friends, band, and fans. Upon the release of I’m Still Here, his debut album with the Lakers, Sonny opined, “Sometimes I wonder, why me? Why are all these great things happening now? All I can say is thanks. These are dreams that I had forgotten. Only now that they are starting to come true do I remember that I had them at all.”

Thank you, Sonny.

Peacefully Be, Sonny.

Buh Bye 2010, here’s a Tops Of list

Each year it gets more difficult to compile a list of “Top” albums, more music is being listened to by my thirsty ear-holes, more styles and regions covered, so this list is just a list that I try to cover some of it all in while being honest to me and the show…..I am sure I left out plenty that you like, and even some that I like but this is the way the list came out when all was said and done…It was a difficult one to put together. Hope there’s something(s) here you’ll end up checking out for the first time and maybe even adding it to your collections:

122. “Gun Shy of a Kiss”-Miss Meaghan Owens
121. “Provenance”- Maya Beiser
120. “VOCAbuLaries”- Bobby McFerrin
119. “Soulsville”-Huey Lewis & the News
118. “A Little Messed Up” the Dollyrots
117. “Eyelid Movies”- Phantogram
116. “New World Flamenco”-Tierra Negra & Muriel Anderson
115. “Twelve Mile High”- Thunderball
114. “Push”- Jacky Terrasson
113. “Miho: Journey to the Mountain”-Paul Winter Consort
112. “Happy Talk”- Kermit Ruffins
111. “Gold Tone”- Beyondo
110. “Willdstyle EP”- Bassnectar
109.”That Man Eats Morning for Breakfast”-Surprise Me Mr Davis
108. “Ocotea”- Jyoti / “Push”- Bop Skizzum
107. “Keepin’ on”- Albert Castigila
106. “Yesterday you said Tomorrow”-Christian Scott
105. “Chamber Music”- Ballaké Sissoko & Vincent Ségal
104. “Namaskar”- Sameer Gupta
103. “Putumayo’s Latin Party”- Various Artists
102. “Soul Call”-Chandrika Krishnamurthy Tandon
101. “Rhythm of the Road”-the String Cheese Incident
100. “Hands”- Dave Holland & Pepe Habichuela
099. “Radioclit Presents:The Sound Of Club Secousse Vol 1”
098. “Dream” -123 min / “Phosphene Dream”-the Black Angels
097. “Live at the Roadhouse”- Fat Freddy’s Drop
096. “Pure”-Tomo Fujita / “Stay Gold”- JFJO
095. “Chicago’s Avant Today:Delmark 50th Anniversary Collection”
094. “Inner Dance”-Fabrizio Sotti / “Thief”-Keller & the Keels
093. “Ten Shades of Blue”- Joe Pitts
092. “Amor, Cambio y La Verdad”-Cuchata
091. “Las Venus Resort Palace Hotel”- Cibelle
090. “Jahbulon” Method of Defiance
089. “Getting Organized”- Ed Alstrom
088. “Tree of Mystery”- Kabanjak
087. “Live at Triple Door”-Skerik’s Syncopated Septet
086. “Ancestors Call” Huun Huur Tu
085. “My Gift to the World”-Kenautis Smith / “the ArchAndroid”-Janelle Monáe
084. “Boggy Creek Bop”- Snap
083. “American Patchwork”-Anders Osborne / “National Ransom”-Elvis Costello
082. “Bourbon Street Breakdown”- Chainsaw Dupont
081. “Jukebox Classic”-Davis Coen / “Truth & Salvage”-Truth & Salvage Co.
080. “Louisiana Swamp Stomp”-Various Artists
079. “Memoirs of Niwa”- GrooveSession
078. “The Gig is On”- Lubriphonic
077. “Y La Misteriosa (Live at FiP)”- Lila Downs
076. “Atlantis Massif”- Velella Velella
075. “Between Motion & Rest”- Eric Lindell
074. “Puppet Michief”- John Ellis & Double Wide
073. “Jerry Jams for the Rex Foundation”-Various Artists
072. “Atlantis”- Leroy Powell & the Messengers
071. “Beautiful” the Electric FT. Yarah Bravo
070. “Between the Needles & Nightfall”-Marco Benevento
069. ” Wingless Angles II”- Wingless Angels
068. “Woodbox Beats & Balladry”-Daniel Bernard Roumain
067. “Looking Through Leaves”- Carmen Rizzo
066. “Baba Mo Tunde”- King Sunny Adé
065. “Jeskyne”- Už Jsme Doma
064. “Putumayo’s Tribute to a Reggae Legend”-Various Artists
063. “Groove Alchemy”- Stanton Moore
062. “Timbuktu Traab”- Khaira Arby
061. “On a Day Like This”- Meklit Hadero
060. “NDR Jazz Workshop”- Soft Machine
059. “TK2”- Toubab Krewe
058. “Aguilas and Cobras: Remixed and Regrooved”-Brownout
057. “5 Star Cave”- TriBeCaStan
056. “Bewilderness”-Mamarazzi
055. “Grinderman 2”-Grinderman
054. “Mojo Mancini”-Mojo Mancini
053. “Tradi-Mods Vs. Rockers:Alt Takes on Congotronics”-Various Artists
052. “Georgia Warhorse”- JJ Grey & Mofro
051. “Bonjour”-Rachid Taha / “Oyo”-Angelique Kidjo
050. “Inside this Heart of Mine”-Catherine Russell
049. “Everything in Time”- DJ Center
048. “The Mosier Brothers”-The Mosier Brother
047. “Tin Can Trust”-Los Lobos
046. “Jammin’ in the Attic”-Randall Bramblett,Geoff Achison & Friends
045. “Backatown”- Trombone Shorty
044. “The Imagine Project”-Herbie Hancock
043. “Live”- Vieux Farka Toure
042. “Petals on the Path”-Ottmar Liebert & Luna Negra
041. “Crazy for Christmas”-Dan Hicks & the Hot Licks
040. “Tributary”- Cameron Mizell
039. “Putumayo’s Rhythm & Blues”-Various Artists
038. “Blue Eyed Black Boy- Balkan Beat Box
037. “Secretly Famous”- the Spy from Cairo
036. “Fela!:the Original Broadway Cast Recording”
035. “Black Sands”- Bonobo
034. “Power Patriot”- Garage a Trois
033. “Eye to Eye”- Bandallamas
032. “This That & the Other Thing”-Skeebo Knight
031. “Carnival of Soul” Mike Clark
030. “Ceremony”- Omar Sosa & NDR Big Band
029. “Analog Drift”- Chico Mann
028. “7 Walkers”- 7 Walkers
027. “the Colossus-RJD2
026. “Ritornano Quelli Della- Calibro 35
025. “El Exitential”- Grupo Fantasma
024. “I Learned the Hard Way”-Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings
023. “Nine Decades Vol. 1 1967-68”- Ravi Shankar
022. “Charlie Wooton Project”-Charlie Wooton Project
021. “A Water Logged Soul Kitchen-Taj Weekes & Adowa
020. “Space Age Blues”-Devon Allman’s Honeytribe
019. “Monomaniacs”- Chris Joss
018. “Journey Through Sounds”-Q Orchestra
017. “As you Were”- Lyrics Born
016. “Kings”-the Apples Ft Fred Wesley
015. “Black Dub”- Black Dub
014. “Project Trio”- Project Trio
013. “Bread & Butter”- the Jive Turkeys
012. “Mizik Pou Dwa Moun”-the Burnt Sugar Collective
011. “III” -the Budos Band
010. “Revalation”- Lee SCRATCH” Perry
009. “Babylon Central SNDTRK”- Various Artists
008. “No Time for Dreaming”-Charles Bradley
007. “Self Decapitation”- Delaney Davidson
006. “Chaal Baby”- Red Baraat
005. “Friday the 13th:the Micros Play Monk”-the Microscopic Septet
004. “Complete Mythology”- Syl Johnson
003. “Rubber Soulive”- Soulive
002. “Todd Clouser’s A love Electric”
001. “the Electric Sound of Johhny Arrow”-Cochemea Gastelum

Remembering Ellas Otha Bates

Known by so many as Bo was an honor for me to be able to get a chance to meet/interview and become friendly with him a few years before his passing. Here is the audio recording of our chat back inn the day. it is one of the most memorable interviews I have ever done. Today would have been another birthday to celebrate with him…so this reflection time is a chance to do that.

SUM thank you(s)

I want to thank the artists that took the time to be on air guests in 2010. I appreciate their art and time and am glad they are friends of greenarrowradio. Here’s a list:

Jacques Schwarz Bart/J.T. Lewis/Josh Charles/Seth Walker/Carmen Rizzo/Peter Seymour/Melissa O’Malley/Taj Weekes/Charlie Wooton/Tommy Benedetti/Anoushka Shankar/Bill “Smitty” Smith/pat mAcdonald & melaniejane/ Terry Reeves/Jared Tanner/D.H. Skogen/Geri X/Kim Manning/Ray Maher/Jamie McLean/Tallan Latz/Adrian Quesada/Marcus Henderson/DJ Rekha/Donnie Sundal/Miss Meghan Owens/Pauli Ryan/Chris Aaron/Kim Stone/Michael Reese/Catherine Russell/Phanie Diaz/Manny Sanchez/Yonrico Scott/Sam Robinson/Giles Corey/Henry Butler/Lex Sadler/Ottmar Liebert/Tim Cook/David Levy/James McMurtry/Nicole Barille/Jeff Moiser/Roger McNamee/Mauro Refosco/Eric Krasno/J.C. Brooks/Todd Clouser

Chicago Bluegrass & Blues Fest

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Chicago Bluegrass & Blues Fest Schedule Released. Edward Sharpe, Grace Potter, Honeyboy Edwards, Cory Chisel, Skatalites Headline Nights

The Chicago Bluegrass & Blues fest arrives this weekend, now 3 days at 3 venues featuring 35 bands. Check out more about the fest and grab tickets at The Chicago Bluegrass & Blues Festival will be held December 3- 5th, 2010, and will offer a musical reprieve from the merciless Chicago Winter by adapting elements of a summer music festival to the historic and intimate indoor setting. In addition to nearly 30 hours and 5 stages worth of nonstop music, the weekends activities will be open to all ages, and includes a pickin’ circle, a live-art exhibition and indoor gallery, charitable raffles, film screenings, and impromptu marching band performances. Bring your instruments, lawn chairs, hoola hoops, and your children – there is no charge for kids under 12.

Location: Double Door, Congress Theater, Lincoln Hall, Chicago, IL 60607
Dates: Friday December 3rd | Saturday December 4th | Sunday, December 5th (Admission: $35 for single-day passes, $50 for 3-day passes

Youth Concert Program

Had the pleasure of bringing a group of students to the Overture Hall for the Madison Symphony Orchestra’s “Getting Motif-ated” with Classical Music’s Greatest Hits. It was a lovely performance with different members of the orchestra discussing and showing examples of the different kinds of instruments. The house was almost filled to its 2200 person capacity with three different shows for the school districts. We were honored to see 11 year old Miss Isabella Wu play the Symphony’s show grand piano during the Mendelssohn piece. Here is the list of hits:

Brandenburg Concerto No.3 in G Major, BWV 1048–I. Allegro by J.S. Bach
Symphony No. 40 in G minor, KV 550–I. Molto allegro by W.A. Mozart
Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67–I. Allegro con brio by Beethoven
Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 25–III. Allegro con brio by Mendelssohn
Rakoczy March from Damnation of Faust, Op. 24 by Berlioz
Shaker Melody from Appalachian Spring by Copeland
William Tell: Overture by Rossini

Autographed TIN PAN CD.

I have recently been spinning some of the new album “If the Sea was Whiskey” from TIN PAN on the show, and it seems to be a big hit with the regular listeners. Tin Pan conjures the world of the speak-easy: Jazz, Blues and the history of American song mix in a sultry, candlelit bordello. Think Ray Charles and Tom Waits hanging out on Bourbon Street.
Hey, wanna win an Autographed CD from Tin Pan? Here is how you can enter:
Go to and sign up to receive “If the Sea was Whiskey” from their free download widget on their homepage and you have been entered!

Contest starts Thursday Sept 30th and will run until Friday at Oct 1st at 10pm EST.

Winner will be emailed and announced on Tin Pans Facebook and Twitter Page

Follow Tin Pan to find out the winner!

Good luck and tell them MisterG and greenarrowradio sent ya along.

Freestyle Records

I am pleased to introduce you to Freestyle Records. It is a place where I hope to keep getting all kinds of fresh funk -N- soul tunes to spin for you. They have quite the list of music that is funky ear friendly & foot groovin’ slide steppin’ get down to the other side of town move your ass to or you must ain’t got no ass to move…….This one is soemthign fresh I will be sharing this week coming, hope you can listen live as I make it part of a set. But here is a look at the Apples featuring Fred Wesley ~~~ “KINGS” off of Freestyle and happily shared by greenarrowradio on air Saturdays 9am-High Noon CST on WSUM.
THE APPLES present: KINGS. The brand new release from the nine piece instrumental Juggernaut. In a musical first for the band, they wrote, arranged and recorded music with specific collaborators in mind. Fred Wesley – ex James Brown, The JBs, Parliament-Funkadelic and The Horny Horns and, SHLOMO BAR – Vocalist, Percussionist, Godfather of Israeli world music.

Dub Gabriel~Restless Youth EP

Check out friend of the proGram Dub Gabriel’s newest eFFort…..

Dub Gabriel continues to push the musical envelope with his Restless Youth EP, delivering a deep and heavy dancehall-meets-dubstep scorcher. For the lead track, ‘No Lies’, Dub Gabriel has paired up with none other than MC Zulu (Poirier/Soulico), one of the most sought-after ragga vocalists in electronic music today – his newest track with Dub Gabriel is set to be one of this year’s hottest dance floor bangers! Engineered by Mark Pistel (Meat Beat Manifesto/Hercules and The Love Affair), Restless Youth features 4 tracks, including the incendiary “No Lies”, the post-apocalyptic ‘Babylon Shall Fall’, the riddim treatment of ‘Set the Lazers to Destroy the Sun’ and, the dance floor crushing ‘Tactile Evasion’ – a remix of ‘No Lies’ from one of our favorite producers, Liquid Stranger. Once again mastered by Taylor Dupree of 12k, Restless Youth is definitely not for the faint of heart!

dTb to take year(s) off

See this article from Friend of the program Derek Trucks to be very busy but the back that holds his namesake will be on a hiatus perhpas for years. Personally, I am psyched to see what comes of it all, as I will certainly miss seeing the dTb live, but with his work with Susan and now some of the masters in jazz….I am only picturing more eye and ear opening art from one of my favorites. Do your Thing Brother Derek.

Isthmus Jazz Fest

Now in its 22nd year, the Isthmus Jazz Festival is a two-day celebration of America’s homegrown art form. The free festival kicks off the summer season in one of Madison’s most beautiful outdoor settings, the Memorial Union Terrace, with Lake Mendota as a glittering backdrop. A diverse crowd of students, jazz aficionados and casual fans fill the tables to hear a lineup that reflects a century’s worth of jazz styles. Dixieland, big-band swing, bebop, Latin jazz and free jazz are all part of the mix, along with contemporary derivations like funk and hip-hop. The festival is committed to honoring jazz’s glorious tradition while keeping one eye fixed on the future.

2010 Jazz Festival Schedule
Times subject to change. Rain location is the Memorial Union Rathskellar

Friday, June 4
4:30 – 5:30 PM: Caravan Gypsy Swing Ensemble
6:00 – 7:30 PM: Gerri DiMaggio and Friends
8:00 – 9:30 PM: Frank Catalano
10:00 – Close: Tony Castaneda Latin Jazz Super Group

Saturday, June 5
2:00 – 3:00 PM: High School Jazz All-Stars
3:15 – 4:00 PM: Jeff Peronto Group
4:30 – 5:30 PM: Francesca Esme Quintet
6:00 – 7:30 PM: Madison Jazz Orchestra
8:00 – 9:30 PM: Tierney Sutton (ticketed headliner)
10:00 – Close: Madisalsa


Los Lobos Cancel AZ gig

Grammy Award winning roots-rock band Los Lobos has decided to cancel their scheduled performance at The Talking Stick Resort on June 10th, 2010. The band has made this decision based on the current call to boycott Arizona in response to SB 1070. Through their management, Los Lobos issued the following statement: “We support the boycott of Arizona. The new law will inevitably lead to unfair racial profiling and possible abuse of people who just happen to look Latino. As a result, in good conscience, we could not see ourselves performing in Arizona. We regret the inconvenience this may have caused the Salt River Pima Maricopa Indian Community, Casino Arizona, Talking Stick Resort and our fans, but we feel strongly that it is the right thing to do.”

The current members of Los Lobos are Steve Berlin, David Hidalgo, Conrad Lozano, Cesar Rosas and Louie Perez.


R.I.P. Jim Marshall

Jim Marshall, one of the best known and perhaps the most legendary rock photographers ever, has died at the age of 74. Rolling Stone reports he died in his sleep in New York. Marshall was to have been a part of an event at New York’s Morrison Hotel Gallery tonight, but the event has been changed to a memorial of Marshall’s work, according to Entertainment Weekly. His photography was indeed legendary. He took a famous shot of Johnny Cash flipping his middle finger. He photographed the Beatles as they headed for the stage at Candlestick Park for their final concert. He took many album cover photos, including “The Allman Brothers Live at Fillmore East”.
You can see more of his photos on his website.

He will surely be missed and I send my condolences to his family and friends.


R.I.P Alex Chilton

Born December 28, 1950, in Memphis, William Alexander Chilton was only 16 when he rose to the top of the American singles chart as lead singer of the Box Tops. Their hit “The Letter”—one of the shortest number one records ever at under two minutes—featured Chilton’s gruff vocal performance; it remained at the top for four weeks in the early fall of 1967. The Box Tops scored a second major hit early the following year with “Cry Like a Baby,” which peaked at number two, and also made the top 25 with their singles “Neon Rainbow” & “Soul Deep.” After the Box Tops fizzled out in 1970, he embarked on a solo career in New York but it was the following year he began the second major phase of his career by joining the Memphis pop-rock band Big Star, whose other members were songwriter/guitarist Chris Bell, bassist Andy Hummel and drummer Jody Stephens. Although Big Star never enjoyed the commercial success the Box Tops did, they became the quintessential cult band postmortem, supremely influential long after their demise as the power pop movement, a melodic offshoot of punk and new wave—took hold…and his music and the influence he had on so many others will not be let go of.

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