The City's Backyard

The City's Backyard

The City's Backyard with Matt Zako. A Podcast For New York City's Backyard or any city's backyard across the nation! Covering Arts, Entertainment, music and the community!

Episodes


– ROGER EARL –

Celebrating 50 years of Foghat in 2021,  Roger Earl is still ferociously banging away!  Born in London, England (Hampton Court & raised in Hounslow) in 1946 to a musical family where his father played piano at home and local pubs and there was always music in the house.  Although he wanted to play piano, his older brother Colin Earl (keyboard player with the band Mungo Jerry of ‘In the Summertime’ fame) won t...

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The Petty/Drayton Episode on The City's Backyard Podcast talks about The Petty/Drayton music program and the importance of supporting the arts. We chat with Adria Petty the daughter of rock icon Tom Petty, and Adria's extended family, Charley Drayton and Bernard Drayton about mentors in art and how to make the world a better place.
Please join us at The Norwalk Art Space to help make the arts accessible to all! Arts ...

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Possessing a voice as cool and crystalline as an Alpine stream, Natalie Cressman draws inspiration from a vast array of musical currents. A prodigiously talented trombonist, she’s spent the last 14 years touring as a horn player and vocalist with Phish's Trey Anastasio, while also performing around NYC with jazz greats Wycliffe Gordon, Nicholas Payton, Anat Cohen, Dave Douglas, and Peter Apfelbaum.

 

Deeply versed in Latin jazz...

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Kevin Burt's soul-inspired performances are unique, which consistently gets him compared to a range of artists like Bill Withers and Aaron Neville, with the ability to build an audience rapport that has been compared to B.B. King. Burt is a musician (vocals, harmonica, and guitar) whose smooth, warm vocal presentation and humor audiences of all ages seem to enjoy. Two of Kevin’s primary influences are Bill Withers and Aar...

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Heavy Metal artist JANET RUTKOWSKI drops by The City's Backyard to chat about a great event happening called Behind The Mask in Long Island City, New York going on now until the end of April! Tune in to hear all about the works on display! 

 Janet Rutkowski is a NYC based artist (lives/works in a famed Williamsburg firehouse frequently by Rock Stars) who has worked in various styles
and mediums over a thirty five year caree...

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Studio D'Lux is a supergroup formed by Doug Kistner (The Lords of 52nd Street) who tells the story in this episode how this new project came about with top notch musicians in the industry!  Studio D'Lux features artists such as Bill Champlin (Chicago), Liberty DeVitto (Billy Joel), Glen Burtnik,  Jon Herington(Steely Dan), Elliott Randall and Joel Hoekstra!  If you are fans of Chicago, Doobie Brothers, Styx, Billy Joel, T...

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Cindy Smith Dunaway is the wife of bass player Dennis Dunaway...they both drop by the backyard of NYC  on this episode to chat about taking  part in VersoFest at The Westport Library at 1pm April 7th with "Glam To Punk" moderated by our friend Christine Olhman! Listen to the podcast episode to hear all about it!

Dennis Dunaway was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2011 as a founding member of the ba...

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Icarus Phoenix is Drew Danburry (gtr/vox), Eli Sims (drums), Leena Rhodes (gtr/vox/synth) and Brendan Russell (bass). The band originally formed in Missoula, Montana (2020) and has had 5 different lineups, one of them playing Treefort Music Fest in Boise, ID (2021). Currently based in Baltimore and formed by friendships and connections Drew made working at Old Bank Barbers. 

Having built a cult following from their 3 studio albums a...

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Music Theatre of Connecticut will welcome Norwalk, CT native & Tony nominee, Robin de Jesús in his cabaret show, Getting Started. Get to know how Robin’s childhood love for golden era Broadway shaped him and how he chooses sanity in today’s mad world. Packed with personal stories, Broadway AND pop music that’ll leave you thinking you just had a first date. Getting Started is a one night only event on Saturday, March 23rd, 2024 ...

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Kentucky born and bred, OTIS is a young, hard rocking quartet who performs and plays their exciting original music like they’ve been around for 40 years. 

Alongside Boone, John Seeley (bass), Alex Wells (guitar), and Dale Myers (drums), these tight-knit guys stay connected to their homegrown roots having been around traditional instruments from a young age in piano, fiddle, and guitar instilling in them an appreciation of country-ro...

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Rest in Peace Paul Nelson...we never imagined a couple of weeks ago this would be our last conversation together....thank you for your friendship and your good hearted soul! You are missed by many and thanks for touching all of us while you were here friend! You are a true rock star! Keep riffin in heaven! To help with Paul's wife and family that he left behind too soon and if you care in the position to help donate to the go ...

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This episode we go out to Nashville and talk with American Drummer Chad Cromwell!
In 1987, Cromwell began a collaboration with songwriter Neil Young. The initial sessions became Neil Young & The Bluenotes. Since then he has recorded and toured with Young on several occasions, and appears on albums such as Freedom (1989), Prairie Wind (2005) Living with War (2006) and Chrome Dreams II (2007). He has also appeared in Heart of...

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This episode is all about the  OZZY ANTHOLOGY WORLD CLASS TRIBUTE SHOW!

Are You An Ozzy Fan? Then Get Ready to Rock! 

The members of the band take great pride in creating the next best thing to a live Ozzy performance that transports you through time to experience the energy of Ozzy Osbourne capturing his solo career from Randy Rhoads to Zakk Wylde. As the song says, “You can’t kill rock-n-roll, it’s here to stay!” Ozzmosis...

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Born in Germany and raised in Canada and England, Alice Merton's absorption of different styles and sounds helped craft the worldly progressive pop leanings on her debut "No Roots," , which came out in 2016.
The last couple of years could fill an entire career: Playing Coachella, 8x Platinum, US-Gold, and the release of her album "MINT+4" in January 2019. All done independent, everything homemade!
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 Eliot Lewis checks into the backyard of New York City with his new album called Anything Is Possible, featuring  Love Is Alive and What We Make It! A singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Eliot Lewis has toured the world over as a member of the Daryl Hall & John Oates band, as well as a former member of The Average White Band. Eliot has also been the only musician to appear on every episode of Daryl Hall’s popular, &qu...

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Tramps Like Us....the #1 Springsteen Tribute Band in the Land drops by to talk about their tour dates in the tri state area for 2024...we chat with founder  and band leader/singer Mark Salore! 

In keeping with the tradition of a typical Springsteen concert, Tramps prides itself on long and intense concerts, often playing 3.5 to 4 hour shows and at times without a break. Tramps has been able to cover up to 36 songs on any g...

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The City's Backyard guest this week!
LISA LAMPANELLI
With a career that spanned more than 30 years, Lisa Lampanelli was a constant on the comedy scene. With numerous tours, Grammy nominations, and national TV guest appearances and specials under her belt, she was everywhere comedy was. After having hit every possible career high – including sold-out shows at Radio City Music Hall and Carnegie Hall -- she announced her...

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On this episode we check in with Rex Fowler from Aztec Two-Step! Since we It would have been Elvis'  89th birthday this month and Rex created the documentary called 200 Cadillacs about  his generosity! So we figured it was a great opportunity to have Rex as our guest in The City's Backyard to not only talk about The King Of Rock n Roll but also Rex's new memoir and his show coming to the Tarrytown Music Hall on Febru...

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The best of the The City's Backyard 2023! We had some great rock icons drop by in 2023 and we narrowed it down to the ones that have or had the most longevity playing for one artist/band! Dennis Dunaway original bass player of Alice Cooper, Joe Vitale from Joe Walsh, Denny Laine was in Wings longer than any other member, Liberty Devitto from Billy Joel (30 years) and Garry Peterson from The Guess Who!

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Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers music has become the soundtrack for the 20th century and beyond. The Heartbreakers have sold over 80 million records and four of his albums have gone 12X platinum. His songs are heard every day on a variety of radio formats including his own Sirius/XM channel. The Heartbreakers performed sold out shows for four decades.

Free Fallin has been performing Tom’s music internationally for more than 17 ...

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