AP NEWS: Birthdays in History - Rock Musician Lee Oskar & Fashion Designer Tommy Hilfiger
Today’s Birthdays: Poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti is 99. Actor William Smith is 85. Fashion and costume designer Bob Mackie is 79. Actor R. Lee Ermey is 74. Former Washington Gov. Christine Gregoire is 71. Rock musician Lee Oskar is 70. Singer Nick Lowe is 69. Rock musician Dougie Thomson (Supertramp) is 67. Fashion designer Tommy Hilfiger is 67. Comedian Louie Anderson is 65. Actress Donna Pescow is 64. Actor Robert Carradine is 64. Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is 62. Actress Kelly LeBrock is 58. Rhythm-and-blues DJ Rodney “Kool Kollie” Terry (Ghostown DJs) is 57. TV personality Star Jones is 56. Country-rock musician Patterson Hood (Drive-By Truckers) is 54. Actor Peter Jacobson is 53. Rock singer-musician Sharon Corr (The Corrs) is 48. Actress Lauren Bowles is 48. Actress Lara Flynn Boyle is 48. Rapper Maceo (AKA P.A. Pasemaster Mase) is 48. Actress Megyn Price is 47. Actor Jim Parsons is 45. Christian rock musician Chad Butler (Switchfoot) is 44. Actress Alyson Hannigan is 44. NFL quarterback Peyton Manning is 42. Actress Amanda Brugel (TV: “The Handmaid’s Tale”) is 41. Actress Olivia Burnette is 41. Actress Jessica Chastain is 41. Actor Amir Arison is 40. Actress Lake Bell is 39. Rock musician Benj Gershman (O.A.R.) is 38. Neo-soul musician Jesse Phillips (St. Paul & the Broken Bones) is 38. Actor Philip Winchester (TV: “Strike Back”) is 37. Actress Keisha Castle-Hughes is 28.
AP NEWS: Celebrity Birthdays Today: Billy Corgan (Smashing Pumpkins), Actors Rob Lowe, Kurt Russell, John Boyega & Harold Brown (Drummer)
March 17: Singer-songwriter John Sebastian of the Lovin’ Spoonful is 74. Drummer Harold Brown. Actor Patrick Duffy is 69. Actor Kurt Russell is 67. Country singer Susie Allanson is 66. Actress Lesley-Anne Down is 64. Actor Mark Boone Jr. (”Sons of Anarchy”) is 63. Country singer Paul Overstreet is 63. Actor Gary Sinise is 63. Actor Christian Clemenson (”CSI: Miami”) is 60. Actress Vicki Lewis (”NewsRadio”) is 58. Actor Casey Siemaszko (”NYPD Blue”) is 57. Actor Rob Lowe is 54. Singer Billy Corgan of Smashing Pumpkins is 51. Bassist Van Conner of Screaming Trees is 51. Bassist Melissa Auf der Maur (Smashing Pumpkins, Hole) is 46. Drummer Caroline Corr of The Corrs is 45. Singer Keifer Thompson of Thompson Square is 45. Actress Marisa Coughlan (”Boston Legal,” `’Freddy Got Fingered”) is 44. Rapper Swifty of D12 is 43. Actress Brittany Daniel (”It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”) is 42. Bassist Geoff Sprung of Old Dominion is 40. TV personality Rob Kardashian is 31. Singer Hozier is 28. Actress Eliza Hope Bennett (”Nanny McPhee”) is 26. Actor John Boyega (”Star Wars: The Force Awakens”) is 26.
“The World Is A Ghetto (Jazz Version)” by Ciré the Maestro
Seasoned to perfection with Ciré the Maestro’s rhythmic piano and marinated in his own unique musical style, Ciré the Maestro’s classic arrangement of “The World is a Ghetto (Jazz Version)” is sure to satisfy the Jazz lover’s musical palette.
About Ciré the Maestro
The best musicians are the ones who are successful at creating their own original world of music. Born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana, the Mecca of style, culture, and vibrant nightlife, Eric Nicholas, also known in the Music Industry as “Ciré the Maestro,” developed into the ultimate Renaissance artist.
Birthdays in History: Rock Singer-Musician's Sly Stone & Howard Scott.
In 1985, the first internet domain name, symbolics.com, was registered by the Symbolics Computer Corp. of Massachusetts.
Today’s Birthdays: Musician DJ Fontana is 87. Former astronaut Alan L. Bean is 86. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is 85. Actor Judd Hirsch is 83. Jazz musician Charles Lloyd is 80. Rock musician Phil Lesh is 78. Singer Mike Love (The Beach Boys) is 77. Rock singer-musician Sly Stone is 75. Rock singer-musician Howard Scott (***; Lowrider Band) is 72. Rock singer Ry Cooder is 71. Actor Craig Wasson is 64. Rock singer Dee Snider (Twisted Sister) is 63. Actor Joaquim de Almeida is 61. Actress Park Overall is 61. Movie director Renny Harlin is 59. Model Fabio is 57. Singer Terence Trent D’Arby (AKA Sananda Maitreya) is 56. Rock singer Bret Michaels (Poison) is 55. Rhythm-and-blues singer Rockwell is 54. Actor Chris Bruno is 52. Rock singer Mark McGrath (Sugar Ray) is 50. Actress Kim Raver is 49. Rock musician Mark Hoppus is 46. Country singer-musician Matt Thomas (Parmalee) is 44. Actress Eva Longoria is 43. Rapper-musician will.i.am (Black Eyed Peas) is 43. Rock DJ Joseph Hahn (Linkin Park) is 41. Rapper Young Buck is 37. Actor Sean Biggerstaff is 35. Rock musician Ethan Mentzer is 35. Actor Kellan Lutz is 33. Actress Caitlin Wachs is 29.
Rolling Stone Magazine's "Best Bet"!
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana September 20, 2016 – Rolling Stone Magazine’s “Best Bet” the Lowrider Band™ and it’s Members: Harold Brown, Howard Scott, Lee Oskar, B.B. Dickerson, Pete Cole, Lance Ellis and Chuk Barber announce their ‘PEACE IN THE STREETS’ Tour is coming to the Island View Casino Resort in Gulfport, Mississippi on October 7, 2016.
When served an eclectic brew of Latin, R&B, rock and funk on a saucy platter of contemporary jazz and hot Jamaican reggae, what do you get? You get a motley spread of the hottest musical omnibus to morph from recording studios in over a decade: You get the fabulous Lowrider Band™.
Since 1962, members of Lowrider Band™ have compiled a tapestry of quintessential songs and live performances so musically infectious that its moniker traces from Los Angeles to Mexico City and from London to Copenhagen. And the genius of these musicians is captured in the musical medley of Hispanic, African-American, Asian and mainstream cultures, resulting in monster compositions such as “Slippin into Darkness,” “Low Rider,” “9 to 5 (Ordinary Man),” “All Day Music” and many other chart-toppers.
Comprised of four prolific, multi-platinum Iconic Legacy Singer Songwriters, Howard Scott (lead vocals and guitar), Harold Brown (drums), Lee Oskar (harmonica) and B.B. Dickerson (bass), this dynamic team of accomplished musicians is guilty of dishing up many of the greatest tunes to permeate airwaves since the dawn of radio: “The Cisco Kid,” “Why Can’t We Be Friends,” “Spill the Wine” and “The World is a Gheto” are a few more mega-hits they composed and performed over the years. A plethora of these hits have been sampled and recorded by major artists, including the smash single “You” by singer Janet Jackson.
Completing the seven-member posse and lending harmonious support to their distinctive sound are Lance Ellis on saxophone and flute, Pete Cole on keyboards, and Chuk Barber on percussion. Their latest self-tiled disc, Lowrider Band, features eight superbly orchestrated songs, including a riveting live version of “Why Can’t We Be Friends.” It’ll conjure reminisces of back in the day when the members of Lowrider began their collaborative composing odyssey.
Lowrider Band’s picturesque web-site is a window into the bands exciting future, including upcoming projects, concerts and more! Lowrider Band’s “PEACE IN THE STREETS TOUR” is a movement led by the bands 3+ Million Loyal Soldiers of Peace around the world that continue to fight for Peace. Lowrider Band™ is currently playing for their fans at Casino’s, Festivals, and Legendary Clubs. Book Lowrider Band™ today! Lowrider Band and staff are thrilled to announce that band members Howard Scott, Harold Brown, Lee Oskar and B.B. Dickerson were Awarded the Prestigious ASCAP POP Music Award in 2016 and have also been nominated three times for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the legendary song “Low Rider”, composed by them in the 1970s, with others, was recently inducted in the 2014 Grammy Hall of Fame!
“Lowrider Band™ is clearly more legit.” Rolling Stone Magazine
Back Talk: Harold Brown
by: GERALDINE WYCKOFF
It’s been a long time since the very funky Lowrider Band, which takes the stage at the Mid-City Bayou Boogaloo at 7:45 pm on Saturday, May 22, performed in New Orleans. The last occasion was a 2009 benefit concert held at the Howlin’ Wolf for the Save Charity Hospital organization, which included Dr. John. “I was flabbergasted that they weren’t going to open the building,” drummer Harold Brown, who at one time was treated at Big Charity but wasn’t born there remembered. “The hospital was built on the concept of helping the poor and sick.” Prior to that, in 2005, the group funked up the former Ray’s Boom Boom Room, then housed at the present-day Maison on Frenchmen Street. Read More…
Still Riding After All These Years!
You may not be familiar with the Lowrider Band, but when they hit the Starlight Bowl bandstand on Saturday, you’ll know their music. The group’s core — guitarist Howard Scott, bassist BB Dickerson, drummer Harold Brown and harmonica shaman Lee Oskar — were all, respectively, the songwriters, lead vocalists and founding members of triple-platinum selling 1970s funk paragons ***, a band whose singular, smoldering jams have yet to be equaled.
Having lost all rights to the band name in a 1997 lawsuit (when a judge swallowed manager Jerry Goldstein’s lawyers’ insulting assertion that “It’s like the Glenn Miller band — it doesn’t matter who the musicians are”), these men refuse to squander what is inarguably one of the richest legacies in American pop music history. Despite the fact that they live in different states, the Lowrider Band will not be denied.
Lowrider Band Drummer Harold Brown: "Houston Has a Special Soul"
Last summer, the Miller Outdoor Theatre presented a multi-racial ’70s band who performed such recognizable FM radio classics as “Spill the Wine,” “Why Can’t We Be Friends?” “The Cisco Kid,” “All Day Music,” and — of course — “Low Rider.”
This summer, Miller presents another multi-racial ’70s band who will perform all those same hits. But with a different name, though this group has four times as many members who actually played on those records.
Confused? Welcome to the 2014 strange saga of two groups: *** and the Lowrider Band.
“You can take away our name, but you can’t take away our music!” says Lowrider drummer Harold Brown, who was…also the drummer for ***, invoking the title of one of their earliest songs.
In a nutshell, after they split with English singer and ex-Animal Eric Burdon, *** went on to a hugely successful career of their own.
An opportunity missed for Eric Burdon at the 2014 Rhythm and Blues Cruise
by Charlie Bermant
Aside from his time onstage, the music cruise experience didn’t appear to be Eric Burdon’s thing. He ignored expectations on the recent Legendary Rhythm and Blues Cruise by not mixing with the passengers or participating in any musical collaborations — including an especially obvious one with the Lowrider Band, members of which backed Burdon under the name *** on hits like “Spill the Wine.”
Burdon served as a headliner for the 23rd semi-annual Legendary Rhythm and Blues Cruise, held from Oct. 4-10, 2014, along the Mexican Riviera. Since its founding in 2002, the Blues Cruise has boasted the most unfettered connections between the performers and participants — even as choices have grown exponentially for affluent music fans. Of course, the fragile egosystem under which performers have operated for years can thwart this effort. Read More…