The Encarta World English Dictionary defines moxie as courage combined with inventiveness. That definition applies aptly to The Moxie Strings, the duo of fiddler Diana Ladio and cellist Alison Lynn.
I was 11 years old in 1966. It would be four more years before I appreciated what happened at the Monterey Jazz Festival that pivotal year. Charles Lloyd’s Atlantic Records release “Forest Flower” was the first jazz record I remember hearing.
Singer/songwriter Matthew Milia had no reservations making something epic, monumental, or even oceanic, in scope; an album from which “thoughtful and patient listeners” could “encounter a really rich experience” that they could return to “frequently and interact with in new ways each time.”
Bela Fleck brings a whole new meaning to the word virtuoso; no doubt he meets the qualifying factor with outstanding technical skill, but through a storied career, he has risen above being a raw talent, changing the rules of bluegrass — a couple of times, actually.
The next time I go to hear Heywood Banks do his standup comedy concert—which will be on April 28, when he comes to The Ark—I’m bringing along aspirin, or maybe even some stronger prescription strength pain-killer. The last time I saw him, when he served as MC for the Ann Arbor Folk Festival in January, I hurt myself doubling up and falling down laughing. This time I’m also going to pack a box of Kleenex.