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On a cool and slightly humid evening at Dallas’ historic Kessler Theatre in North Oak Cliff, music fans of all types crammed into the intimate venue like sardines to see Wanda Jackson, the proclaimed ‘Queen of Rockabilly’ give it all she literally had.

The show, which was expected to begin with her set around 9:00pm, didn’t start until well after 10:30pm, due to a recent case of mild laryngitis the legendary singer had  been battling. Most fans were certainly eager for the show to begin, however the crowd appeared to be quite patient and understanding with Jackson as she made her way through her setlist, something I haven’t seen much in Dallas concert-going crowds these last few years.

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Please welcome our newest writer to the Boomstick Staff, Jonathon Kimbrell.  Not only is Jon a writer, but he is also an amazing artist with his work shown around the world.  He is the next Warhol.  See his work HERE. His favorite films are that of the blaxploitation kind and his musical tastes fall in the Sheryl Crowish, Pre-LA Law, Post Partridge Family, Susan Day kinda thing.  He went to the Tom Petty show last night in Dallas and here is what he had to say about it.

“Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers Bring Their ‘Mojo’ to Dallas”

The first thing you may be asking yourself as you begin to read this review is “What in the heck does Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers have to do with comics?” The answer is absolutely nothing, but if you are a real comics fan, chances are you love music and entertainment just the same. However, I’m sure that little ol’ band from Los Angeles read a few comics in their day. So there…

After 30+ years of being in the music business it is still very apparent that Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers still have ‘Mojo’, as it’s well proven on their latest LP of the same name.

Tom Petty and the boys made their rescheduled stop in Dallas last night to a nearly packed house at the Superpages.com pavilion, and brought with them lovely weather, their classic tunes, and believe it or not, a full moon for their fans. Originally, this show was slated for May 2010 with supporting act, Joe Cocker, but was rescheduled due to previous scheduling conflicts. Since Joe Cocker couldn’t make the rescheduled tour stop, TP enlisted the services of Texas’ favorite sons, ZZ Top, to kick off a wonderful night of live music. Growing up as a child of the 1980s and the MTV generation, hearing ZZ Top perform radio gems like “Sharp Dressed Man”, “Tush”, and ” Legs”, I had the pleasure of reliving those moments of watching MTV 24/7, in hopes of catching another video featuring hot chicks in tight spandex. (Btw, what the hell ever happened to MTV?) In addition to ZZ Top classics and a few nuggets for the hard-core fans, the crowd was also treated to a special rendition of Jimi Hendrix’s cover of “Hey Joe”, celebrating the life Hendrix left 40 years ago (September 18th). I could see why, after hearing that performance, why Hendrix considered Billy Gibbons his favorite guitarist of all time.

Of course, The Heartbreakers would not be outdone. It’s always a great guessing game as to what song The Heartbreakers will open up with. Typically, the last few times I’ve seen them live it’s been a track off “Wildflowers”, but last night’s opener was a surprise with “Listen To Her Heart” in all of its Rickenbacker-toned glory. The show continued with Heartbreaker hits, like “Won’t Back Down”, “Mary Jane’s Last Dance”, “Refugee” and an all-time favorite of mine, “Learning To Fly” featuring Tom on a black acoustic that could have come from Johnny Cash’s personal collection. Fast forward to the real goods I was anxious to hear: live cuts from “Mojo”. They tore through a blistering mini set of “Jefferson Jericho Blues” (with Scott Thurston on harmonica that would make blues harmonica legend Little Walter sweat in excitement), “Running Man’s Bible” and album closer “Good Enough”, that showcased the absolute best guitar playing I’ve ever heard from lead guitarist (and credited co-captain of the band) Mike Campbell in the many years I’ve been listening to The Heartbreakers. That live performance alone could have been the show closer, but no Heartbreakers gig would be complete without encore performances of “Running Down A Dream” and “American Girl”, which was much more stripped down instrumentally that what you are used to hearing on the radio.

After two hours of performing just a sliver of their 30 some odd years worth of sing-a-long worthy hits, a show that was shorter than their usual live performances, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers gave Dallas another memorable evening of live grooves, proving once more they are America’s Greatest Rock n’ Roll Band, and that their ‘mojo’ is here to stay.

Jonathon Kimbrell,

Artist & Writer

22 September 2010

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Written By Bryan Kluger:

THE FILM

(This film review portion was written by Dan Moran.)

The fifth installment of Disney’s nearly $4 billion dollar franchise is a Pirates movie through and through. It is about 20 minutes too long, has a needlessly complex plot, fantastic action set pieces, and way too many characters. I found it to be a real roller coaster viewing experience, where some points I was loving every single second of what was on screen and others I wanted to check my phone to see how much longer was left. There were no scenes in this entire movie that I was just ‘Ok’ with. I was either loving it or tolerating it. When it was all over I was pleased with the ending and, more importantly, that it ended.

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Dan M., here….

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The fifth installment of Disney’s nearly $4 billion dollar franchise is a Pirates movie through and through. It is about 20 minutes too long, has a needlessly complex plot, fantastic action set pieces, and way too many characters. I found it to be a real roller coaster viewing experience, where some points I was loving every single second of what was on screen and others I wanted to check my phone to see how much longer was left. There were no scenes in this entire movie that I was just ‘Ok’ with. I was either loving it or tolerating it. When it was all over I was pleased with the ending and, more importantly, that it ended.

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Hi everyone, Bryan Here….

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The 9th annual Dallas International Film Festival is almost here, folks, and we have just received the entire list of all the films that will be playing at the festival. The fest will take place April 9-19, and you can start purchasing passes now with the links provided below. It looks like there will be some excellent filmmakers and actors in town for the festival as well as a treasure trove of awesome movies, which you can see listed out below with a little bit of information on each film. As usual, we will be at the festival, telling you about all the cool movies we’re seeing and posting some interviews with the talent. Stay tuned as  I’m sure more announcements will be made.

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Jana’s Best/Worst of 2014!!!

by Red Zeppelbon on Dec 15th, 2014

Hey guys, Jana here,

 

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It’s been a big year for the entertainment world. Netflix’s initial push to bring movie-theater worthy films straight to streaming customers and bypassing the big screen altogether set off a chain of deals that will take those fresh releases and push them directly into homes allowing us to bypass a $15.00 soda, but denying us the $20.00 popcorn you can only get at the theater.Then came the deluge of series and movies being made for exclusive run with everyone from Netflix, Amazon to Crackle and everything in between. Top that off with the huge breach of privacy Sony experienced. New releases were flooded onto P2P sharing sites and private emails from the film company’s big wigs that show us how the infrastructure of Sony really works, not to mention what those involved really think of some of their superstars.

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Disney Takes Flight With Dumbo as Live-Action Film!!!

by Red Zeppelbon on Jul 8th, 2014

Hi all, Jana here,

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I love a good Disney movie. I still watch Disney cartoons under the guise of “my kids want to watch it”, no one buys this anymore, it just makes me feel a little less like a 7 year old if I pass it off as the kids. Like anything,  there are favorites and then you have those not-so-favorites that you watch only if you have to and you’re going to stare at the top corner of the screen to try and keep from crying. ‘Dumbo‘ falls into that category for me. It has it’s good points, a drunk mouse is ALWAYS hysterical, but the whole separating Dumbo from his mom is just mean. I get it, there has to be an event that moves the story forward and apparently this heart-crushingly brutal scene is vital. I can’t listen to Alison Krauss sing ‘Baby Mine‘ as that is enough to send the water-works into a permanent and soul-crushing on position.

 

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Hi, Bryan Here….

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The Dallas International Film Festival for 2014 has just announced its full lineup of movies. Last week, we brought you the first ten films that were announced, and if that was any clue on how cool the movies will be this year, it only gets better. It looks like there are some amazing selections this year, films that I’ve been hearing about for quite some time, and am glad to have them in Dallas. Below you will find all the info you want to know about each movie, documentary, short, and cult film that will be showing. And don’t forget, you can purchase your tickets HERE for the festival!!

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ULTIMATE HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE 2010!!! “MUSIC”

by Gumbercules9000 on Nov 26th, 2010

Hi Bryan Here…

Hi folks.  Are you read for the ultimate Gift Guide?  Are you read to see what cool items you can purchase for that special someone, even if it is for yourself, that will just rock your world?  Well this is the ultimate gift guide for the holidays in the year 2010.

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