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Rap-Rock: A Fusion of Hip Hop and Rock Music

rap-rockRap-Rock music style is a special genre of music that combines both the instrumental as well as vocal constituents of hip hop blended the varied forms of Rock. The Rap metal and the rap core are the most famous sub-genres of Rap Rock which create a strong impact due to its orientation towards hard core punk blending heavy metallic stands. The Magnificent Seven was the first one that revolutionized this particular music form by combining the new wave of punk the hip-hop forms.

The description that was given about Rap Rock by the famous All Music was that this particular music genre included heavy riffs alongside huge beats that are lurching in style and is full of organic sound. The vocals in Rap Rock are more frequently rapped instead of being sung. The hip hop is the root of Rap Rock rhythms which incorporates a great deal of funk music making it more effective.

History and Growth

The Rap Rock music came to life in the early 1980. The earliest form of rap music had first appeared in the song “Year of the Guru” by Eric Burdon. In 1983, this form became famous in the song All Hell’s break in loose which was a part of the album named as “Lick it Up” released by the band known as “Kiss and Sung” by the famous Paul Stanley.

It was in the 1980’s this genre started to step into the mainstream. It was becoming a craze both in the British as well as the American world of music. The well-known Amer4ican rock bands that combined the rock and the hip-hop traditions were the Faith No More and 24-7 Spyz. The British bands that were popularizing the Rap-Rock band in Europe were “Senser” and “Pop Will Eat Itself”.

Popular albums

Some of the very well-known albums of this genre are the Rolling Stones and the Incubus. In almost all these albums there is a link between linkin parkfunk metal and the rap metal. A very well-known performer of this particular genre of music was Kottonmouth Kings who invented a style which popularized as the hip-hop punk rock.

The New York- based group the Beastie Boys are looked upon as the guru of the genre of Rap Rock. Among the other famous groups are the Kid Rock, Linkin Park Ever Last, Limp Bizkit and Senser.

This music genre has enthralled the music lovers with its extraordinary style and strong impact for many years now and expected to live in the hearts of the Rap-Rock fans for coming many years.

The Secrets of Joining New Orleans Second Line with Ease

new orleans second lineNew Orleans Second Line parade bubbles with tradition and apart from the usually funeral jazz and cemetery visit; you can learn the tradition behind it as they snake in the streets.

They are usually different second line put together during the march, but they all include a brass band, jubilant dancing in the streets, members checking out in brightly colored clothes, sashes, hats and mostly bonnets.

The parades are never tied to any function or event and they are held for their own goods; the sight of handkerchiefs and parasols waving in the air is something that will leave you breathless. This event is the cornerstone of locals and in particular the African- American community.

If you happen to be in New Orleans and you spot the parades marching in the streets, you can easily join in, but you will need to know a couple of things. It is good that you understand the importance of the second line on the march. In the march, the ones that are leading the parade are normally on the main line; the people that follow behind singing and dancing follow the second line.

The second lines were not planned in the past, but times have changed and people are notified for them to plan for the event. It is also good that you get to understand the background information of the parade and the history before the second line.

It is also crucial that you get to know when the second lines are formed and how you can get in the lines. In most cases the second lines are formed during weddings and other major celebrations around the city. The second lines are also open to all people regardless of race or color.second line

As a guest you will have to be respectful and understand as the band march down the street, there is an important event that is being attended. However, if you find a procession of a funeral, it is good that yu stand aside and watch. As you desire to see a parade or being in one, it is wise that you position yourself in a place that you can know when it happens.

You can get this information from local radios and you will get news on the second lines and all the stuff that you are to know. Lastly, safety is paramount; second lines are normally safe because they are accompanied by police. However, just like any other large party, there can be negative elements and it is up to you to be safe.

Free Performances 2015 of Glendale Community School

The Performing Arts Department students of the Glendale Community College launch free concerts which are open to the public. It will be at various times in the entire year. These are big opportunities to enjoy family-friendly cultural shows for free. Let your children be exposed to different kinds of music and enjoy joining live concerts. Not enough money on the scheduled date night? What about in Glendale’s concert?

Glendale ConcertThese performances are indoors, therefore, weather won’t be a huge concern and it’s not necessary to carry a blanket or portable chairs.

Here are the details if you’re interested in joining:

Where: Performing Arts Center of Glendale Community College, except any changes happened.

The vicinity address is 6000 W. Olive Ave but the Performing Arts Center is located in the building nearest the corner of 59th Ave. and Vogel. Vogel is located at the north of Olive. A computerized gate for deactivated entrance is found at the main entry on the south face of the building.

Parking Spaces: It’s Free. The nearest carpark to the Performing Arts Center is found at lot S3 in the northeast junction of the campus.

Tickets Requirement: No required tickets. Seating availability is first comes, first served. Lobby doors are open around one hour before the concert.

Admission Prices: General admission is totally free.

2015 Free Concert Performances Schedules

Thursday, October 15 at 7:30 PM
GCC Jazz Combos
(Music 2 Building, room MU2-151)

Monday, October 19 at 7:30 PM
Big Band Concert

Tuesday, October 20 at 7:30 PM
GCC Concert Bands and Symphonic Winds

Wednesday, October 21 at 7:30 PM
GCC Percussion Ensemble

Thursday, October 22 at 7:30 PM
The GCC Choirs

Friday, October 23 at 7:30 PM
GCC Guitar Orchestra
The Italian composer and guitarist, Vito Nicola Paradiso, performs together with the GCC Guitar Orchestra and featuring the world’s premiere – “Refractions in the Arizona desert”.

Saturday, October 24 from 8 AM to 7 PM
Choir Festival
High school choir outreach program
MU1-101, Performing Arts Center

Saturday, October 24 at 7:30 PM
GCC Student Piano Recital

Friday, December 4 at 7:30 PM

Saturday, December 5 at 7:30 PM

Sunday December 6 at 2 PM

Spark! -Verve Dance Co.

Monday, December 7 at 7:30 PM
Big Band Concert

Tuesday, December 8 at 7:30 PM
Concert Bands and Symphonic Winds Percussion Ensemble

Wednesday, December 9 at 7:30 PM (MA-142)
Free Association Open Mic Poetry

Wednesday, December 9 at 7:30 PM

Friday, December 11 at 7:30 PM
GCC Guitar: The Modern Guitar Ensemble

Saturday, December 12 at 7:30 PM (MU2-151)
Flute Studio Recital

Saturday, December 12 at 7:30 PM

Sunday, December 13 at 2 PM
Cocoa and Carols Choir Concert

Sunday, December 13 at 7:30 PM
Piano Concert

Other stuff you should know:

  1. Performances will basically last for about 1½ to 2 hours duration.
  1. There will be no enterprises will be opened.
  1. Doors are open about one hour prior to the beginning of the show’s schedule.
  1. The campus is smoke-free, therefore, smoking will not be allowed even outside the auditorium.

For more Information you need to know concerning performances and events open to the public, please visit Glendale Community College online.


About the City Guard Band

city guard band music notesThe City Guard Band was organized in 1980 by a group of former musicians from high school and college bands and Armed Forces bands. Their desire was to continue playing the old traditional band literature of Sousa, Fillmore, King and others.

To establish the band’s style, it was determined to take the name of the original City Guard Band, formed a hundred years earlier by Jack Dodge, and which was active until 1923.

Our particular niche in the world of community bands is to perform music from the historical period contemporary to John Philip Sousa’s band, roughly 1890 to 1935. Although we are known to stray from this goal on occasion, most of our repertoire is drawn from the band music library of our parent organization, The Heritage Band Society.


We are an all-volunteer community band, whose members meet in rehearsal once a week in a collegial environment. In addition to our primary objective of preserving the heritage of band music, our secondary objective is to provide an enhancing, amicable and supportive environment for members of our community to exercise their musical skills, at whatever that level might be.

Membership in the Band

As a rule, individuals who play woodwind, brass or percussion instruments are welcome to attend our weekly rehearsal. This is of course tempered within the limits of a need to maintain a balance between the instrumental sections of the band. No audition is required for membership; however, members must agree to subscribe to the above stated goals.

While the City Guard Band is an adult organization, membership is open to high school age students with the consent of their parents.

At present there are no dues or fees.


The band rehearses each Tuesday evening 7:00 to 9:00 PM at the Recital Hall in Balboa Park. Parking is free and an easy quick and level walk to the Recital Hall.


Our rehearsals are open to the public and visitors are welcome to come in and listen.