"Supports Green Initiatives" designates a hotel's participation in an optional environmental program that includes the use of energy-efficient lighting, guestroom towel/linen re-use, and on-premise recycling. "Supports Green Initiatives" does not represent an official certification of any kind.
Despite jazz being lauded as "musicians' music," there really hasn't been much innovation within the genre. The Bad Plus is an exception. The trio from Minneapolis, Minnesota has a unique approach to playing jazz and unlike other contemporary jazz acts, The Bad Plus isn't afraid to incorporate modern songwriting elements into its songs. The band has even played covers of songs from rock bands like Queen, The Pixies, Rush and Interpol.
While Hot Buttered Rum might be a bluegrass band, the five-piece fuses elements from folk, reggae and rock and roll into its music, setting it apart from the other bands in the genre. The result of this fusion is a progressive style of bluegrass that has won the band headlining spots at prominent venues and invitations to some of the country's most respected bluegrass festivals. Since forming in 2002, the San Francisco Bay Area band has shifted its lineup and developed its sound significantly, but continues to grow its bi-coastal fan base.
Garrick Ohlsson is a classical pianist from New York who stands as the first American pianist to win the world-renowned International Frédéric Chopin Piano Competition in 1970. Having followed up this substantial accomplishment with several more awards, such as taking first prize at the Busoni Competition and the Avery Fisher Prize, Ohlsson is now considered by many to be one of the greatest living concert pianists performing today. Although he is primarily known for his performances as a soloist, Garrick Ohlsson is also an avid and celebrated chamber musician, and often collaborates with some of the world's most renowned chamber ensembles.
With the Black Crowes on a hiatus, word of a lead singer Chris Robinson's new project began circulating in 2010 and was confirmed on the last night of the Crowes' Say Goodnight to the Bad Guys farewell tour. Dubbed the Chris Robinson Brotherhood, the band introduced itself to the music scene as a psychedelic folk/blues act on a tour of California in March of 2012 with Robinson on lead vocals, Neal Casal on guitar, Muddy Dutton on bass and George Sluppick on drums. After extending its tour across the US, the Chris Robinson Brotherhood released its debut album Big Moon Ritual, in the summer of 2012 followed by a companion album, The Magic Door in the fall.
Garrison Keillor is an American author, radio personality and humorist who is probably best known as host of the radio variety show A Prairie Home Companion. Born and raised in Minnesota, Keillor went to the University of Minnesota, where he began his broadcasting career at the university's student-run station, Radio K. In a ploy to create a program that would showcase an eclectic mix of rural music and humor, Keillor created the show A Prairie Home Companion in 1974 and though at first it struggled to find a listening base, the show has now grown into a mainstay of the American radio zeitgeist. With a strong knack for sharp wit, Keillor has evolved over the years to be an easily identifiable individual who's well-intentioned and affable personality have managed to resonate deeply with listeners of his show.