ARTBREAK JAM is an ongoing music project at the Carlton Arms Hotel. We invite anyone to play original song in the hotel lobby. If you’re a guest who will stay at the Carlton Arms Hotel or you stayed here before and would like to be a part of Artbreak Jam please contact as at firstname.lastname@example.org (subject: Artbreak Jam).
October 19, 2011 – Michael Powers performing ‘Country Boy’ in hotel lobby as part of Artbreak Jam.
MICHAEL POWERS was born & raised in Bayonne, NJ and spent his Summers down South, where the evening entertainment were porch bluesman. He was taught the barre chording technique on guitar by the legendary Jimmy Reed. Michael Powers toured and recorded THE BOY FROM NEW YORK CITY with The AdLibs, a song repopularized by Manhattan Transfer.
During his high school summers he toured as part of James Cotton’s Band. He was part of the cult clubs Great Gildersleeves, Manny’s Car Wash, Maxx Kansas City, The Ritz, CBGB’s and now, Terra Blues. He has recorded or preformed with, or opened for Johnny Winter, Pinetop Perkins, Buddy Miles, Expensive Winos, Stanley Jordan, Tom Jones, Bruce Springsteen, Chambers Brothers, Canned Heat, Gunhild Carling, Jackie Flavelle, Hubert Sumlin, HoneyBoy Edwards, John Lee Hooker, Cherelles, The Holmes Brothers, Buckwheat Zydeco and even James Brown!
October 25, 2011 – Dan Bern.
American guitarist, singer, songwriter, novelist and painter. His music is often compared to that of Bob Dylan, Woody Guthrie, Bruce Springsteen, Phil Ochs and Elvis Costello.
He is a prolific composer, having written thousands of songs. He also wrote the novel Quitting Science (2004) under the pen name Cunliffe Merriwether and wrote the preface under his own name.
Bern’s songwriting skills were used in the biopic parody film Walk Hard where he helped write 16 songs for the movie. Many of these songs made the theatrical cut of the film including the Dylanesque “Royal Jelly”, and the melodic “(Have You Heard the News) Dewey Cox Died”. He continues to write songs for films, including Get Him to the Greek and Father’s Day.
Check Dan’s website for more information.