This week, Austin, Texas becomes the epicenter of the world's most innovative music culture as new and established bands descend on South By Southwest to perform. With only five nights and almost 2,000 acts, deciding who to hear seems like a daunting task.
"The Sound of Music" celebrates the 50th anniversary of its first appearance on Broadway. Music buff Jack Grace, the "Martini Cowboy," discusses raindrops on roses, the long musical legacy and his other 'favorite things' from the classic musical.
Mary Travers, better-known as "Mary" from the 60's folk trio Peter, Paul and Mary, has died of leukemia at the age of 72. Jack Grace, The Takeaway's music contributor, joins us with a look back at the life and legacy of one of America's most beloved folk heroes.
Here's Peter, Paul and Mary performing one of their most famous songs, "Puff the Magic Dragon":
The 2008 CMJ Music Marathon has attracted more than 1,000 artists. The annual New York music festival has a national reputation for showcasing new bands. Takeaway musician Jack Grace put his twenty years of experience of playing at CMJ to good use this week. After spending a few nights checking out the groups who are getting all the music industry buzz, he reports back on this year's "it" band.