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

January 23, 2023 38 min

Denny Laine  from The Moody Blues and Wings is ON the AIR for this incredible episode! We give it a go and talk about his Songs & Stories Tour, his Moody Blues days and how he formed Wings with Paul McCartney!

Denny Laine is an English musician, singer, and songwriter, known as a founder of two major rock bands: the Moody Blues, with whom he played from 1964 to 1966, and co founder of Wings with Paul McCartney, with whom he play...

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This week we check in with Rob Malave and Jeff Mott from the Zeppelin Tribute band called BLACK DOG! January 28th Black Dog plays College Street Music Hall in New Haven with Almost Queen! We catch up with the band and talk all things Zep...about some other tribute bands and the differences and more!

  Led Zeppelin shook the world of rock & roll for little more than a decade, but their legacy lives on stronger than ever. Masters ...

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We chat over seas with Dutch Soul Empowerment Coach Birgitta Visser! Birgitta has a book out called BE-Coming Authentically Me! Birgitta gives us tips on how to become a happier person within ourselves and manifest our dreams! How can we change our lives for the better and learn to love ourselves? Birgitta has some great insight on how we can all improve our individual lives!

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Comedian Johnny Rizzo is our first guest in 2023 in the backyard! We chat about the comedy scene, what we think the new year will bring and his upcoming gig in Newburgh, New York at Chilitos on Saturday night January 14th! It is comedy night and Johnny shares the stage with some other great comedians in the biz! Listen to the episode to find out! Doors Open at 6pm and Showtime is at 8pm!
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We're goin to California this episode with guitarist Billy Alexander from the band YYNOT who are touring in 2023!
Billy continues to tour and record for other artists including with Sony/Columbia recording artist Anna Nalick and playing lead guitar/vocals for John Waite (The Babys, Bad English, Alison Krauss). And in addition to lending his exceptional skills as a lead guitarist, he is establishing himself as a world class songw...

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Since Covid-19 hit the world, Corky has spent half of his time in Finland. He has worked with Finnish musicians on several projects for a decade, but the pandemic gave him an opportunity to fully concentrate on the tunes that had been brewing in his mind.  He has a small demo studio in Finland and together with his trusted studio engineer and multi-instrumentalist, Harri Väyrynen, he was able to give shape to the new material.

 The ...

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On this episode we welcome Armando Camina from San Antonio, Texas to New York City's backyard!  We chat about the Hope, Faith and Dreams Foundation he started many years ago after a successful career in media as a radio DJ on a 100 thousand watt powerhouse fm station!
Hope Faith and Dreams Foundation has a mentor program that  creates and motivates . . . as an everlasting bond between Mentee and Mentor. Their mission is to crea...

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Our special guest on this episode is longtime On Air Personality Claire Stevens from the original flame throwin worst to first Z100 in New York City ! She was on The Z100 Morning Zoo with Scott Shannon and now has a book out called Tales from Behind The Mic! Claire shares incredible stories of the music and experiences of superstars from her unique perspective-behind the mic! Claire wrote the book based on multiple interviews of he...

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With a collection of 21 albums it’s no wonder Gary Hoey is listed as one of the top 100 guitarists of all time.  The world renowned rock guitarist’s first break came in 1987 when Ozzy Osbourne liked Hoey’s tape enough to fly him to LA for an audition and encouraging him to move to the West Coast. In 1990 Hoey was signed to Reprise Records with a short lived band called Heavy Bones but followed up in 1993 with a solo album and Gary’...

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Tribute bands have exploded in the last few years! On this episode we check in with Rob Russell, a veteran of Pink Floyd Tributes since 1992.  He formed The
American Pink Floyd Show in 2013. Rob is the keyboard player and
musical director for the band and has also designed all of the lighting
and video projections for the show. The American Pink Floyd Show has
performed internationally to critical acclaim. The success of the band is
due...

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Sometimes working with what you have is better than moving  and starting all over! We are talking about the process of doing home additions and revovations on this episode with guest architect  Mark Alex Maidique from Brider AAD in Westport!

 When Mark  was 11, he disassembled his sister’s bicycle just to figure out how it worked. Granted, she was not amused to come home that day to find it in pieces, but eventually, he did get it b...

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If you have never seen MULLETT perform their fun show live for rock fans you do not know what you are missing out on! Dan Halen from the rock band Mullett drops by the backyard on this special bonus episode to talk about the future of Mullett, the loss of lead singer Ron Jovi, the music and bands they pay tribute to, the tour dates and a lot more!
For over a decade now, Mullett has proven themselves time and time again to be THE Pre...

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The real estate market has changed and we thought it would be a great time to talk with some experienced realtors from the backyard of the big apple and also Delaware! Our guests on this episode are Bill Davis from Active Adults Realty, Danielle Smith from William Raveis, and Julie Vanderblue and Brianna Dangelo from The Higgins Group! We chat about the current market conditions, the interest rates, the locations near the train to ...

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We always like inviting Joe Walsh drummer Joe Vitale to stop by The City's Backyard Podcast to chat about the latest rock news about him, Joe Walsh and what the fans can look forward to in the coming months! First off Joe Vitale and his son Joe Vitale Jr. have a new All Star Band out called The Vinyl Machine! Joe tells us all about the new supergroup and what to expect from them! He is also still playing with Joe Walsh on some ...

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Today, Actor, Comedian, Playwright Peter Fogel is one of those performers audiences have seen and enjoyed countless times on television, but you probably didn't know his name. Shows like "An Evening at The Improv," "Comedy Central," and "Comic Strip Live."

On a balmy Saturday night in a South Florida theatre, funny man Fogel presented his multi-media solo show "Til Death Do Us Part, You First!" to...

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Tribute bands have grown in popularity over the last few years especially and The Tom Petty Project is a Tom Petty Tribute band based out of Fairfield County, Connecticut! They are playing a show at The Warehouse at FTC on November 3rd! We chat with a couple of the members! Guitarist Phil Lo Presti who plays the part of Mike Campbell and Scott Persson who is the band's drummer! Scott plays the parts of Stan Lynch and Steve Ferr...

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In this week's episode we chat Coast to Coast with a  few members of Doctor WU! 
Doctor Wu has been at it since the year 2000. An 11-piece L.A.-based band comprised of 3 background vocalists, 4 rhythm and 4 horns fronted by lead singer Tony Egan.

Doctor Wu shows consist of fan-favorite Steely Dan blockbuster hits, their groovy lyric-driven songs as well as full album shows.  Every song is handled with wicked attention to detail -...

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Our guest this week is PETER D HARPER who is an Award-winning Australian singer/songwriter! 

Peter D. Harper - known in the music world, as "Harper". His latest release “RISE UP’ profoundly expresses Harper’s creative use of the harmonica and the haunting drone of the didgeridoo with underlying meaningful lyrics, which reflect the divisive times, we currently live in.

Harper is known for his powerful soulful voice and a deep,...

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We go the backyard of Stamford, CT and chat with Sal Marino the author of the funny short book called Marriage Myth about the trials and tribulations ...and pitfalls of marriage! Sal Marino is....
- Author, Artist, Photographer, Musician, Humorist, Retired Businessman,
- Single, Divorced, 21 year old son at University of Virginia
- Philosopher (Everyone has an opinion)
- Looking for my last love, hence the book.
- Amusing dating situati...

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The City's Backyard Podcast is thrilled to have producer and screenwriter  Emily Wachtel as our guest for this episode as we visit the backyard of Westport, Connecticut! Westport is where Joanne Woodward and Paul Newman lived and raised a family for many years together. It is also where transcripts of their lives for a period of time were discovered hidden away and forgotten about for many years....until finally they were found...

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