Best Kept Secret Photography. Landon Michaelson's photo, Reaching Warmth, is the basis of the cover of october and this website. His photography varies from simple and down to earth to sophisticated and transcendent. In 2008, he posted a compelling photo each day of the year. I spent many a beautiful hour browsing his 2008!
Cascades Photography. Kristi is a great friend and great photographer. The shot on the bio page, and all my newest batch of hi-res shots were taken by her when the october program was just getting ripe. On a magical night with much laughter, I played the whole program for her and Gary, and then we took pictures. If you are a dog lover (as am I), don't miss this bit of puppy love!
CD Baby. These are the heroes of the independent music world. These folks are devoted to doing right by musicians, and are providing an incredible service against impossible odds. Go there, browse, and buy some albums- you will be supporting independent musicians and independent music.
Birdland Records. When I was a kid, I was lucky enough to have a family-owned neighborhood record store nearby. I think I first ventured into Birdland when I was twelve, some money from my paper route in hand. Barry knew all us kids from the neighborhood by name, which albums we liked, and which albums we needed next to continue our musical education. This one-of-a-kind place is still there, and Barry still knows all his customers by name. I don't visit Virginia Beach without stopping in- the musical education continues!
Philip Aaberg. If you like solo piano music and don't know his stuff, do yourself a favor and pick some up. Phil is my favorite pianist, period.
Crowfoot. Ridiculously beautiful Canadian style celtic music.
House Red. Their website says, "Energetic, driving dance music to make you wanna move." Live, these guys are the rock and roll freight train of the contradance world. Their recording, with the exact right amount of refinement, never fails to get my pulse up.
Garland of Hours. Amy Domingues' classical, medieval, and punk music sensibilities blend effortlessly on the soundest serum. Her cello and piano playing are more haunting than ever. Every time the album finishes, I just press play again.
Danny Phillips. Danny is an amazing artist. While I love his individual pieces, it takes becoming familiar with lots of his work to really appreciate his expression. A long browse through his gallery is like an Italo Calvino book come to life.
16 Blocks Magazine. For a town it's size, Blacksburg is lucky to have a great local arts magazine. Founder and publisher Hart Fowler is seriously dedicated to making Blacksburg a great place for creative and curious people to live.
3 Quarks Daily. Far and away my favorite regular reading. For the last couple of years, I have let precious few weeks pass without reading my quarks.
Artic Mist. My friend and fellow keyboardist Jorge Sergio listens to everything under the sun and plays some of the best of it for you here. If you are a Vangelis/Mike Oldfield fan, be sure to listen to Jorge's own stuff.