Jake Mitchell

June’s lineup of the “Free Fridays” concert series in Gainesville — which begins with a performance by Little Jake & The Soul Searchers and ends June 27 with a Tribute to Bo Diddley at the Bo Diddley Community Plaza.

Mitchell, whose first record was with Chess Records in 1957, also recorded with Impact Records in Detroit and has performed at New York’s Apollo Theater. On Friday, Mitchell and his band will make their fifth appearance opening June’s lineup of concerts celebrating the month, Ballard said. “We had an estimated 2,400 folks for his concert last year,” he said, adding that such a crowd makes it the largest-attended concert of the series for the past few years.


Dee Robb


Dee Robb being interviewed in the Cherokee studio by Gerrad Hall. 2013. MusicPlus TV | tc189

The recording “The Prom” (written by Del Shannon)/”Bye Bye Baby” by Dee Robb issued on Argo 5439 is actually by a band formed by brothers David Donaldson (Dee Robb), Robert Donaldson (Bruce Robb) and George Donaldson (Joe Robb). The band made a number of records under the names Dee Robb, Robby & the Robins, and Dee Robb & the Robins. After recording for Chess they recorded for Mercury and Atlantic but without huge success.

The Robb brothers are much better known for their work at their recording studio, which they set up originally in a Californian barn, and which attracted musicians and singers including Del Shannon; with success, they moved the studio to Los Angeles and named it Cherokee Studios, where artists of the calibre of Al Green and Steely Dan recorded; the Robb Brothers are thus associated with more than 200 gold or platinum records.

Lollapalooza 2013

Charles Bradley performs during Lollapalooza 2013 at Grant Park in Chicago

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The Guardian review Charles Bradley, pictured, appearing in Chicago at the Lollapalooza Festival. ” A former James Brown impersonator, his debut album might have only come out two years ago, but he already has the gravitas of the greats. Today his brass driven R’n’B sounds like it could have been crafted a mile and a half away, and 50 years ago, at the iconic Chess Records studio. He wears his bright blue jumpsuit and slip-on white snakeskin loafers like he was born in them and when he rousingly offers to take us to church, well, it’d be rude to say no, no matter what your religious persuasion might be.”

Muscle Shoals studios rescued

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The Muscle Shoals Music Foundation has acquired the home of the original Muscle Shoals Sound Studios at 3614 Jackson Highway in Sheffield, for an undisclosed sum.

The iconic structure, built in 1945 and which operated as a recording studio from April 1969-79, recorded during its reign hundreds of celebrated musical artists, including many Chess recording artists.