Kevin Wierzbicki Travel Editor, Senior Music Reviewer

A native of Flint, Michigan and longtime resident of Phoenix, Arizona, Kevin travels the world (and makes plenty of trips to his mailbox) in search of good music and exciting travel adventures and very often finds them both in one place. Below you'll find links to lots of his recently published pieces, including specialty columns On the Record (for vinyl fanatics), Passport (spotlight on international music), Root 66 (Americana and roots music) and Get the Blues (well, you know.) Kevin's Road Trip series, along with other travel pieces, finds him recounting his exploits in exotic places like Malaysia, Mexico, Greenland and French Polynesia but he also frequently reports from the U.S. where he's just as likely to pop up in Bloomington (that's Indiana...) as he is in Nashville. Kevin's work has also been published in USA Today Mexican/Caribbean edition, The Arizona Republic, The Desert Leaf (Tucson), Campus Circle (Los Angeles), Broughton Quarterly, and many other publications.
Go bananas at Rockford's Sock Monkey Madness Festival
February 18, 2014
Let's face it, many of us spend a great deal of time monkeying around. Why? Because it's fun! And in Rockford, Illinois they're about to really go ape at the annual Sock Monkey Madness Festival, set for March 1-2 at the Midway Village Museum.
Roots N Blues N BBQ
October 7, 2013
There's no stopping it; when the calendar says that fun-in-the-sun season is over, it's over. But in Columbia, Missouri there's no sadness as summertime slips into autumn; in fact there's a huge farewell party in the form of the city's annual Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival, a three-day event featuring tons of good food and musical performances by the likes of the Black Crowes, Steve Earle, Mavis Staples and Johnny Winter.
College town sounds: Bloomington, Indiana
September 18, 2013
Bloomington, Indiana is the home of the flagship campus of Indiana University and if there’s one thing the IU student body loves to do it is support their sports teams. And while it seems that everybody in "B-Town" adores their Hoosiers, there’s something else that makes Bloomington go nuts, and that is music. Lots of indie bands call Bloomington home and they keep the local clubs packed while promoters regularly bring bigger shows and festivals to town. B-Town is a hotbed for indie record labels too; Jagjaguwar, Dead Oceans, Secretly Canadian and Flannelgraph are just a few of the imprints based in town. With so much going on it doesn't hurt to have access to a crib sheet so here's a little info to help you get the Bloomington music scene sorted.
Five not-to-miss late summer music festivals
September 3, 2013
The summer isn't over yet and neither is the fun to be had at music festivals taking place throughout the country. Here are five picks to help you slide into autumn with a smile on your face and a song in your heart.
Celebrate Buddy Holly's 77th birthday in Lubbock, Texas September 6-8
September 3, 2013
Buddy Holly, one of the legendary fathers of rock'n'roll, would have been 77-years-old September 7, 2013 had he not died in a plane crash in 1959 at the tender age of 22. Holly and his band the Crickets left behind quite a legacy though, having had success with hit singles such as "Peggy Sue," "Not Fade Away" and the oft-covered "That'll Be the Day." Today, the life and accomplishments of Buddy Holly and the Crickets can be celebrated at the Buddy Holly Center in Lubbock, Texas, and there's no better time to do so than during Buddy Holly's 77th Birthday Bash taking place September 6-8.
Frankfort, IL: Chicagoland's surprising little town (Photos)
August 31, 2013
Ah, the good old days! Back when a person could sit outside the general store and sip on a soda pop without a worry as the world ambled by. It was a time when it was easy to make new friends of passers-by, and surely hear the juiciest gossip while you're at it. "Did you hear about the pastries they’re serving over at the tea shop? Why, they're so good they've got to be sinful!" The good old days of course are really just a state of mind, and one that can be readily obtained with a visit to Frankfort, Illinois.
Chicagoland gem: The Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art (Photos)
August 29, 2013
Lots of places like to say that they have an attraction that's really a gem but in the Chicagoland (greater Chicago vicinity) city of Elmhurst in DuPage County there's something to see that literally lives up to that sparkling description. Joseph F. Lizzadro, Sr. founded the Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art in the late 1930s after he acquired a Chinese jade carving and realized that he had a passion for things crafted out of gem material. His fondness for lapidary art is reflected in what the museum exhibits today; that first jade carving and hundreds of other dazzling pieces.
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