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Lynyrd Skynyrd Legendary Drummer and Artist
Michael Cartellone to Showcase Artwork
Wentworth Gallery to Present Special Back-to-Back Art Exhibits in New Jersey & Pennsylvania
Short Hills, NJ & King of Prussia, PA / February 3, 2010
Wentworth Gallery is pleased to present two art exhibitions by legendary drummer and artist Michael Cartellone. He will make two special back-to-back appearances at the Wentworth Galleries in Short Hills, NJ and King of Prussia, PA on June 5 & 6, 2010. The exhibitions will include acrylic paintings and drum-heads, along with limited edition artwork, all for purchase. Guests will have the opportunity to see Mr. Cartellone on both days.
Special Appearances by Michael Cartellone:
Saturday, June 5: 4 pm -7 pm
The Mall at Short Hills, 1200 Morris Turnpike, Short Hills, NJ
973-564-9776 or 1-800-732-6140
Sunday, June 6: 1 pm – 4 pm
The Court at King of Prussia, 690 West Dekalb Pike, King of Prussia, PA
610-337-8988 or 1-800-732-6140
Michael Cartellone attended the Cleveland Institute of Art at the age of four, with his focus set on the Visual Arts. Indeed, Michael intended a career in Visual Arts for the next five years, until that is he began drumming at the age of nine. He completely threw himself into drumming, playing his first professional gig at a bar at the age of eleven, although he never stopped painting. Cartellone continued studying both drumming and painting simultaneously, throughout his grade school and high school years. By the time he graduated high school, Cartellone was performing four nights a week, earning his living as a musician; yet at the same time, he had begun selling his paintings. As Cartellone explains it, "music and art have always been two halves of a whole."
At the age of twenty-two, Cartellone moved to New York City to further his career. He worked in the art department in the garment industry by day, and played the drums by night. It was during this time that he had his first gallery show, at King Street Gallery in the Washington D.C. area. His move to New York City was a true springboard for Cartellone's music career. Before long, he found himself in a new band called "Damn Yankees", which went on to multi-platinum status. Other recording and /or touring credits include: John Fogarty, Cher, Peter Frampton and Freddie Mercury. In 1998, Cartellone joined the legendary Southern Rock Band, Lynyrd Skynyrd, where he currently can be seen on tour throughout the world.
By Bill Dean
Entertainment editor for
The Gainsville Sun
Hailing from Jacksonville, Lynyrd Skynyrd's ties to Gainesville are surprising perhaps only in their depth and longevity. They go back to the late '60s and early '70s when the unsigned band performed shows in Gainesville, including several for Tom Petty's Mudcrutch.
Today they continue with the group helping to raise funds for Gainesville's Earl Gardner, who as a 7-year-old in 2007 received burns to 40 percent of his body at his home in northwest Gainesville.
The band recently sent Earl's family an Ibanez guitar autographed by singer Johnny Van Zant, guitarists Gary Rossington and Rickey Medlocke, and others associated with the group along with 38 Special singer Donnie Van Zant.
The guitar is being raffled off Saturday with proceeds from the $2 donations per chance going to defray Earl's continuing medical expenses. Chances are available at the Short Stop in Gainesville, Alachua Farm & Lumber Center in Alachua, the Spindrifter Lounge, Sonny's Pit Bar-B-Cue in Alachua, Hitchcock's grocery stores in Alachua, Trenton, Hawthorne, Newberry, Old Town, Jasper, East Palataka and Keystone Heights.
The drawing for the guitar will be held at noon Saturday at Alachua Farm & Lumber Center, at 14101 N.W. 145th Ave., Alachua, though participants don't need to be present to win. For more information, call the Alachua Farm & Lumber Center at (386) 462-3003.
Lynyrd Skynyrd will appear on the PBS Soundstage series on Feb 18th at 9:00 pm CST. The band will perform their classic songs Sweet Home Alabama, Gimme Three Steps, That Smell, and Simple Man. They will also perform songs from their new album, God & Guns. As we all know a Skynyrd show would not be complete without ending the event with Freebird.
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Michael Cartellone creates an amazing tribute to Ronnie Van Zant!!
Click on the portrait below for more details and to order your Limited Edition copy.
Michael says: "The long awaited Ronnie Van Zant portrait is now available - I worked on it all year while the band was on tour and I could not be more proud of this tribute to a great man. Please visit my web site and check out the slide show presentation which documents the progression of this artwork while out on the road."
Black Friday Special: Autographs From Lynyrd Skynyrd
Lynyrd Skynyrd's instant classic God & Guns 2 CD Special Edition or Standard Edition comes with an autographed booklet from the band. Don't forget, the double CD Special Edition contains 6 bonus tracks. GO HERE to order now.
Southern rock legends Lynyrd Skynyrd played in Montclair, NJ last night, filling the newly restored venue with hoards of fans both old and young.
The current incarnation of Skynyrd, with guitarist Gary Rossington as the only full-time original member, still boasts an impressive pedigree, including original singer Ronnie Van Zant’s younger brother Johnny on vocals, and original drummer Rickey Medlocke now on lead guitar. Check back with Examiner.com this weekend for a preshow interview with Rickey as he discusses his musical influences, modern politics, Skynyrd history, and more.
The band, playing their fourth New York metro area appearance since August, opened with new song Skynyrd Nation, one of four new tunes that would be played over the night. The Wellmont Theater’s stage was heavily packed, as the band now consists of a staggering nine musicians filling out the classic triple guitar sound. Flatscreen TVs flashed Skynyrd images as singer Johnny Van Zant belted out songs old and new, and the audience of long time fans sang along to classic tunes such as Gimme Back My Bullets, Tuesday's Gone, That Smell, and the always poignant Simple Man, which Van Zant dedicated to US troops both home and overseas.
Newer tunes off Skynyrd’s freshly released album, God & Guns, also featured prominently in the setlist, and were well received by the crowd, especially the hard-rocking radio hit Still Unbroken. In another merging of the old and new, a noticeable amount of children were present in the audience, cheering right next to their proud parents, especially during the bands’ best known material such as Sweet Home Alabama as a new generation was introduced to one of the best-known rock bands of all time.
Of course, no Lynyrd Skynyrd concert would be complete without an encore performance of Free Bird, arguably the most famous encore song of all time. The band played the classic ballad with the same tight perfection they demonstrated the entire night, keyboardist Peter Keys hammering away at his piano while Medlocke shredded through the solo regularly voted to the top five of virtually every list of all-time best guitar, solo, or rock songs. Flatscreen TVs displayed the names of Skynyrd members who have passed away over the years, as all of the musicians powered their way through the heavy metal guitar climax of the song, Van Zant hoisting an American flag tied to his microphone stand high above his head as the audience roared in appreciation.
As Rickey Medlocke said earlier in the day, “Lynyrd Skynyrd may be called Southern rock, but really it’s American rock. We’re as American as can be.” Truly, last night’s performance demonstrated one of the last classic rock bands still touring and making new music, with no sign of slowing down. From first song to last, Skynyrd delivered a hard rocking concert that satisfied everyone, and made it clear that they plan to be around for a long time yet. While last night night's show was the fourth and final local appearance for 2009, expect the Skynyrd family to roll around again soon.