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Records, Ringo & rooftop tap

Updated: Dec 3, 2020

Jack White’s label & Ringo Starr share great music while tap dancers make their own on a famous roof.

The White Stripes front man Jack White's doing his part to share great streaming music. The record label he launched, Third Man Records, posts a range of bands with “Third Man Public Access,” (other episodes right of screen) including an archive gem: The White Stripes in a 2000 gig at a Montana bar (at 10:35). The A.V. Club captured an eye-popping tour of the label’s Nashville studios – cooler than many museums! Tourists can even print an LP of themselves singing. Bit of trivia: Jack White was born Jack Gillis. After marrying band mate Meg White, he took her last name.

View looking down on woman in headphones lying among vinyl records on floor.

Ringo Starr throws epic birthday parties and though his 80th was in a pandemic, that didn’t stop him! The world's youngest octogenarian threw a virtual birthday bash with music from Joe Walsh, Sheryl Crow, Sheila E., Dave Grohl and a killer rendition of “Come Together” by Gary Clark, Jr. (at 44:10). The show wraps with a great 2019 Beatles tribute, a clip of Ringo and Paul McCartney rocking out at a stadium (at 56:37) and Ringo’s timely “peace and love” sign off.

**UPDATE: Ringo must be planning his next birthday already because he took this link down! If you missed it, some highlights: Sheryl Crow with “All You Need is Love” playing all the instruments herself and Dave Grohl & Ben Harper jamming together while apart.

Few spots in Washington, D.C. are more stunning than the roof of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. So what better place for some improv tap dancing? The six premier dancers met while on Broadway’s “Bring in Da Noise, Bring in Da Funk” cast and stage a better dance circle than we’ll ever achieve at a wedding. With the Kennedy Center having canceled nearly all shows this year, these artists found a unique way to gracefully stomp out the challenges of a pandemic!

View from the waist down of a tap dancer up on the toes of their shoes.

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