Love, Loss, and Live Music: A Conversation with Cindy Ciullo

(Photo by Cindy Ciullo) Tucked away in the infamous New Jersey music town of Asbury Park is vintage clothing store Backward Glances, owned by live music aficionado Cindy Ciullo. In a typical year, the store would see it’s fair share of musicians and fashion connoisseurs, each of whom would peruse her store in search ofContinue reading “Love, Loss, and Live Music: A Conversation with Cindy Ciullo”

A Summer of Safe Shows: A Conversation with Bill Brandenburg

Richard Thompson and Bill Brandenburg, left to right (Photo by Rob Wasilewski) For Bill Brandenburg, his love of music began in the early 1960s when he saw The Beatles perform on The Ed Sullivan Show. Immediately infatuated, Bill was inspired to partake on a journey of musical discovery, always looking for the next thing thatContinue reading “A Summer of Safe Shows: A Conversation with Bill Brandenburg”

The Happy Medium: A Conversation with Al Schaefer

(Photo by Al Schaefer) Before March of 2020, there were two typical days for Al Schaefer, Director of Operations and Production Manager for Performing Arts at William Paterson University.  First, there were the pre-production days, filled to the brim with booking acts, scheduling student events, attending meetings, and sending emails. Then, there were the showContinue reading “The Happy Medium: A Conversation with Al Schaefer”

An Overview: The Music Industry & Live Events

(Photo by Diana Lambert) As an avid lover of music and live shows – this one hurts to write.  Live music has been absolutely decimated by the pandemic. Tours have been halted with no start date in sight. Crews have been put out of work indefinitely, robbed of their revenue stream. Small businesses, who areContinue reading “An Overview: The Music Industry & Live Events”