Bill Meredith

Utah 2007


Blues Radio International story - Sept. issue of Palm Beach Arts Paper
Blues music has a true ambassador in Jesse Finkelstein, who transmits it live three times a week around the country from his condo in Hillsboro Beach, FL via stream at -- and to locales like Syria, Cuba, Germany and Russia on 9955 kHz shortwave radio.

Smashing Pumpkins concert review - July issue of Palm Beach Arts Paper
Original singer, guitarist and band leader Billy Corgan, guitarist/vocalist James Iha, and drummer Jimmy Chamberlain reunited for the Smashing Pumpkins' 'Shiny and Oh So Bright' tour at American Airlines Arena in Miami on July 24. Along with guitarist Jeff Schroeder, keyboardist/guitarist/vocalist Katie Cole, and bassist Jack Bates, the band proved over three hours why the self-obsessed Corgan is its greatest studio asset yet its weakest live link.

Phoenix Charity Bar at the Bamboo Room story - July issue of Palm Beach Arts Paper
The Phoenix Charity Bar at the Bamboo Room, the Lake Worth, FL venue that's hosted acts like Bo Diddley, Elvin Bishop, Dan Hicks, and NRBQ since 1999, reopened on June 8. Proceeds benefit the Lake Worth-based Phoenix Mission, which collects clothing for the needy and otherwise-wasted food from grocery stores, restaurants and farms to deliver to food banks, pantries and homeless shelters.

Selected Works

A retired attorney and grandfather living in a condo on Hillsboro Beach, FL, Jesse Finkelstein doesn't seem like a blues man. Yet he delivers the authentic American style of music, played live, around the country on the Internet and around the world via shortwave radio.
Formed in Chicago in 1988, the Smashing Pumpkins became one of the memorable bands of the 1990s through singer, guitarist and band leader Billy Corgan's introspective lyrics, alternate guitar tunings, and a mix of metallic and alt-rock styles. On July 24 at American Airlines Arena in Miami, FL, it was largely Corgan who proved why the band's reach exceeded its '90s grasp.
The fourth iteration of the Bamboo Room -- the Phoenix Charity Bar at the Bamboo Room -- opened in Lake Worth, FL, on June 8. Proprietors Stephen Werkle, Dan Popejoy and Michael LaMorte presented a hodgepodge of local acts including the metallic Space Coast Ghosts, indie rockers Static Momentum, country act the Tom Blake Band, and different variations on pop in Lavola and Lindsey Mills.