Jul 12, 2013

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Thursday, July 11, 2013

Celebrating 300 years in Oxford

On July 13 and 14 the town of Oxford will have something very special to celebrate: its 300th anniversary. This two-day festival will close down Main Street and kick off with a 5k road race, while also featuring live music on two stages, an antique and classic car show, a BMX bike show, parade, civil war encampment and craft fair, among other activities like a sea of foam, rock climbing wall, and fire hose spray.

Sounds of the Delta

Deltabilly is the word that Jeremy Lyons has adopted to describe the sound of his music. It also seems to encompass the lifestyle that he has forged. Born and raised in Utica New York, Lyons moved to Massachusetts to attend Hampshire College, after which he felt the "urge for going." Drifting westward, he spent some time in Louisiana and New Mexico before settling in New Orleans in 1992. The sounds of the Delta immediately permeated Lyons' music.

Silent Nights

When theaters first started showing silent films at the turn of the century, few movies actually came with a score. Eventually, studios began delivering their prints with "cue sheets" that gave signals to a house pianist or organist on what to play when, but unless the score arrived with a big-budget film, they still provided many opportunities for the musician to improvise a score on the spot or use their instrument to create rudimentary sound effects.