Rhodes Summit Review returns for hot not of music – Verde Independent

Gabriel Rhodes presents the eighth Rhodes Summit Review Thursday, Dec. 30, at the Main Stage. Doors open at 5 p.m. Show starts at 6 p.m. There is a $5 cover.

The night of entertainment with some of the finest Arizona musicians is all in tribute and remembrance to guitarist, singer/songwriter and AZ Blues Hall Of Fame inductee Danny Rhodes.

Food will be provided by Wicked Good Food. During the Rhodes Summit, there has been an ongoing tradition; a group photo with all the attending patrons wearing the official Rhodes Summit t-shirt. Shirts will be available for purchase during the event. Get a shirt and become part of the history and story of the Danny Rhodes Summit.

Danny Rhodes became a fixture in the local Northern Arizona music scene from 1996 to 2007, as well as touring the United States and taking his music to all corners of the country. Danny is remembered for giving energetic live shows, displaying his virtuosic guitar playing, soulful voice, and his unique songwriting style, taking his inspiration from the blues, funk, New Orleans jazz, funk & blues, and 60’s-era rock music.

Danny played in all 50 states, Canada, Japan and Europe. He has also performed on Austin City Limits, the Grand Ole Opry, HBO and the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.

In the late ‘70s, Danny spent two years in Austin, Texas, and shared bills with Stevie Ray Vaughn and the Neville Brothers.

Later moving to Nashville, he had the opportunity to perform with Dicky Betts, Brenda Lee, Mel McDaniel, Eddie Rabbitt, Charlie Rich, Gregg Allman, Rodney Crowell, Gatemouth Brown and Dash Crofts, among others. He was a staff writer for Warner/Chappell (Warner Bros. publishing company). He wrote songs for several artists, including Etta James. Rhodes’s song, “Get Funky,” was the first single from Etta’s ‘Stickin’ to My Guns’ album released on Island Records.

In 1996, Danny moved to Arizona and formed Danny Rhodes and the Messengers. The band won the 1999 Arizona Battle of the Bands, went on to open for the Neville Brothers, the Radiators, Tab Benoit, and Sonny Landreth. and released 2 albums, ‘Home Cookin” in 1997, and ‘Welcome To The Night’ in 2002. In 2006, Danny released his first and only solo album, ‘Cairo to Cottonwood.’

For several years, Danny hosted a blues show at Cliff Castle Casino and has performed with many of the biggest names in Arizona blues, including Big Pete Pearson, Long John Hunter, Bob Blasi, JD Simo, Chuck Hall, Tommy Dukes, Maxine Johnson, Chico Chism, Chris Hiatt, and Hans Olson. In 2006, Danny was inducted in the Arizona Blues Hall of Fame.

Sadly, Rhodes passed away on May 23, 2008. Later that year, Danny’s fourth and final album was released, a self-titled double album, compiled of unreleased tracks recorded from 1995-2007, demos and live tracks.

This year’s Summit features three notable Arizona bands.


The Toucan Eddy Band formed in Flagstaff, AZ in the late 1970’s, founded by singer/songwriter/guitarist Bert Campbell, lead guitarist Dale Cadell, and singer/songwriter/guitarist Thomas Waterfield. The band soon gained a reputation for A …….


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Google AI Tool Creates Music from Written Descriptions – VOA Learning English

This week, Google researchers published a paper describing results from an artificial intelligence (AI) tool built to create music.

The tool, called MusicLM, is not the first AI music tool to launch. But the examples Google provides demonstrate musical creative ability based on a limited set of descriptive words.

AI shows how complex computer systems have been trained to behave in human-like ways.

Tools like ChatGPT can quickly produce, or generate, written documents that compare well with the work by humans. ChatGPT and similar systems require powerful computers to operate complex machine-learning models. The San Francisco-based company OpenAI launched ChatGPT late…….


Bringing music to the masses… on a tram – BBC

French pianists, Hervé Billaut and Guillaume Coppola, brought a piano on to a tram in Nantes, as part of the opening of the annual La Folle Journée classical music festival.

They played to passengers all afternoon on Wednesday.

Mr Billaut said that they wanted to bring music to places you don’t expect it: “Perhaps someone, a child, a young person or a pensioner will have a musical shock.”