Friday, December 12, 2014


I know it's been f-o-r-e-v-e-r since I posted, but I am stating my New Year's resolution now that I will begin posting regularly again on this blog beginning in 2015. It may only be once a week... still that's a good way to get back in the groove.

Until then, please
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Keep on Rockin'!

Monday, September 23, 2013

Dear readers,

Over the years I have enjoyed sharing the best of the music and entertainment events and news that have come across my desk, as well as my many adventures, and now I will be taking a hiatus from my blog. I will use the time to determine if I should refocus my blog or discontinue it entirely. I may still post occasionally during my break, but not in the manner I have been.

I encourage you to still read my stories on the San Gabriel Valley Newspaper Group websites.

You may also follow me on Facebook, Google+ and Twitter.
Please feel free to continue sending me press releases and announcements with music and entertainment events and news for story consideration in my papers’ print and web editions. You are also welcome to send me your comments, thoughts and suggestions regarding my blog:

Thank you for making me a part of your world.

Keep on rockin’

Monday, September 2, 2013

Smokey Joe's Cafe coming to Pasadena Playhouse Sept. 17

SMOKEY JOE’S CAFE – THE SONGS OF LEIBER AND STOLLER will play from September 17 – October 13, 2013 
The Pasadena Playhouse is located at 39 South El Molino Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91101. 

 The performance schedule is Tuesday through Friday at 8:00 p.m.; Saturday at 4:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.; and Sunday at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.

 Single show ticket prices for SMOKEY JOE’S CAFE range from $45.00 - $85.00, with Premium Seating available for $125.00.  Service and theatre restoration fees apply to all purchases.  Tickets are available by calling The Pasadena Playhouse at 626-356-7529 or by visiting The Pasadena Playhouse Box Office, Tuesday – Sunday from 12:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. during non-performance dates.  On performance dates the Box Office is open Tuesday – Saturday from 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. and 12:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. on Sunday.  

Tickets are available 24 hours online at  Group Sales (8 or more) are available by calling 626-921-1161. For additional information visit

KMFDM to tour

Oct 20 - Vancouver, BC - Venue 
Oct 21 - Boise, ID - Knitting Factory Concert House
Oct 22 - Park City, UT - Park City Live
Oct 23 - Denver, CO - The Summit Music Hall
Oct 24 - Omaha, NE - The Waiting Room 
Oct 25 - Chicago, IL - Bottom Lounge 
Oct 26 - Detroit, MI - The Magic Stick 
Oct 27 - Cleveland, OH - Peabody's Concert Club 
Oct 28 - Toronto, ON - Phoenix Concert Theatre 
Oct 29 - Rochester, NY - Water Street Music Hall 
Oct 30 - Boston, MA - Paradise Rock Club 
Oct 31 - Hartford, CT - The Webster 
Nov 01 - Lancaster, PA - Chameleon Club
Nov 02 - Baltimore, MD - Rams Head Live 
Nov 03 - Patchogue, NY - The Emporium 
Nov 05 - Atlanta, GA - Terminal West
Nov 06 - Tampa, FL - The Orpheum 
Nov 07 - New Orleans, LA - House of Blues 
Nov 08 - Houston, TX - Scout Bar 
Nov 09 - Austin, TX - Elysium 
Nov 11 - Albuquerque, NM - Sunshine Theater 
Nov 12 - Tucson, AZ - The Rialto Theatre 
Nov 13 - Pomona, CA - The Glass House 
Nov 14 - San Francisco, CA - The Independent 
Nov 15 - Portland, OR - Star Theater 
Nov 16 - Seattle, WA - Showbox at the Market

Miss Shevaugh & Yuma Wray to tour

Sep 12 - The Prospector, Long Beach, CA
Sep 13 - Press Restaurant, Claremont, CA
Sep 14 - Chopper John's, Phoenix, AZ
Sep 17 - Old Texas Brewing, Burleson, TX
Sep 18 - The Cavern, Russellville, AR
Sep 19 - TBA Nashville, TN
Sep 20 - Lab Listening Room, Asheville, NC
Sep 21 - Soundhole, Myrtle Beach, SC
Sep 22 - The Milestone, Charlotte, NC
Sep 23 - The Box, Charlottesville, VA
Sep 24 - Hill Country BBQ, Washington DC
Oct 5 - Art On The Avenue street festival, Alexandria, VA
Oct 9 - Grand Victory, Brooklyn, NY
Oct 10 - 193 Degrees Coffee, Kingston, RI
Oct 11 - Red Hook Bait N Tackle, Brooklyn, NY
Oct 12 - Bus Stop Music Cafe, Pittman, NJ
Oct 18 - The Sparrow, Charleston, SC
Oct 21 - Alleycat, Carrolton, GA
Oct 24 - Southgate House Revival, Newport, KY
Oct 25 - Mag Bar, Louisville, KY
Oct 31 - The Black Cat, Washington DC
Nov 2 - TBA Brooklyn, NY

Ramming Speed to tour

RAMMING SPEED will be out in support of their Prosthetic debut "Doomed To Destroy, Destined To Die"

9/6        Brooklyn, NY - Saint Vitus
9/7        Pittsburgh, PA - 31st St Pub ^
9/8       Colombia, MO - Mojo’s ^
9/9       Denver, CO - Marquis Theater #
9/10     Salt Lake City, UT - Burt’s Tiki Lounge #
9/11     Boise, ID - Neurolux #
9/13     Vancouver, BC - Rickshaw Theater #
9/14     Seattle, WA - Highline #
9/15     Portland, OR - Rotture  #
9/16     San Francisco, CA - Slim’s #
9/17     West Hollywood, CA - Roxy Theatre#
9/18     San Diego, CA - The Casbah #
9/19     Tempe, AZ - Club Red #
9/20     Santa Fe, NM - Warehouse 21 #
9/21     Fort Worth, TX - Lola’s Saloon #
9/22    Oklahoma City, OK - Blue Note #
9/23    Little Rock, AR - Downtown Music #
9/24    Nashville, TN - The End #
9/25    Johnson City, TN - The Hideaway #
9/26    Chattanooga, TN - JJ’s Bohemia #
9/27    Spartanburg, SC - Ground Zero #
9/28    Wilmington, NC @ Ziggy's BY The Sea ^ 
9/29    Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506 ^
^ with Valient Thorr 
# with Valient Thorr & Lord Dying

California Art Club mission exhibit opens Sept. 4

California Art Club to Unveil Along El Camino Real: The Missions of California
at its Gallery at The Old Mill on September 4

Exhibition Features Artwork Created as Part of the 'Paint the Missions' Project,
Commemorating the 300th Anniversary of Father Junipero Serra’s Birth

Exhibition Dates:  September 4 to January 12, 2014

Opening Reception:  Thursday, September 5, 2013, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Gallery: The California Art Club Gallery at The Old Mill
1120 Old Mill Road
San Marino, CA 91011
Telephone:  (626) 449-5458

Hours: Tuesday – Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m. (except holidays)

The Blind Boys of Alabama to tour

The Blind Boys of Alabama will be making the following appearances throughout 2013: 

09/13   Duke Performances, Hayti Heritage Center, Durham NC 
09/14   Duke Performances, Hayti Heritage Center, Durham NC 
09/19   Princess Theatre, Decatur AL 
09/20   Germantown Performing Arts Center, Germantown TN 
09/21   University of the South, Guerry Auditorium, Sewanee, TN    
09/23   UTC Fine Arts Center, Chattanooga TN 
09/25   War Memorial Auditorium, Nashville TN (w/ Mavis Staples, Jacob Jones)
09/26   Toy F. Reid Employee Center, Kingsport TN 
09/27   The Ned McWherter Cultural Arts Center, Jackson TN 
09/28   WorkPlay Theatre, Birmingham AL 
10/04   Austin City Limits Festival, Austin TX 
10/05   Stubb's BBQ, Austin TX 
10/07   Red River Revel, Shreveport LA 
10/09   Stubb's Ampitheater, Austin TX (w/ The Shouting Matches)
10/11   Austin City Limits Festival, Austin TX 
10/12   Stubb's BBQ, Austin TX 
10/19   Harrah's Tahoe, Stateline NV 
10/24   The Hamilton, Washington DC 
10/26   Terminal 5, New York NY (w/ The Black Crowes)
11/01   Seva Gala, Julia Morgan Ballroom, San Francisco CA 
11/02   Seva Benefit, The Fillmore, San Francisco CA (w/ Hot Tuna, Dumpstaphunk)
11/07   Cedar Cultural Center, Minneapolis MN 
11/09   Old Town School of Folk Music, Chicago IL 
11/14   Tarrytown Music Hall, Tarrytown NY (w/ Mavis Staples)
11/17   Back2Black Festival, Rio de Janiero, Brazil
11/20   Grand Theatre, Kingston ON Canada
11/21   Flato Markham Theatre for the Performing Arts, Markham ON Canada
11/22   The Rose Theatre, Brampton ON Canada
12/05   Boulder Theater, Boulder CO 
12/06   Higley Center for the Performing Arts, Gilbert AZ 
12/07   Poway Center for the Performing Arts, Poway CA 
12/10   Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles CA 
12/12   Montalvo Arts Center, Saratoga CA 
12/13   Mondavi Center, UC Davis, Davis CA 
12/14   The Uptown Theatre, Napa CA 
12/15   Humboldt State University, Arcata CA
12/17   Benaroya Hall, Seattle WA 
12/18   Seasons Performance Hall, Yakima WA

Korean festival in Pasadena Sept. 15

Pacific Asia Museum will hold a Free Family Festival celebrating the arts and culture of Korea on Sunday, September 15, 2013 from 12-4 p.m. Admission to the event and Pacific Asia Museum galleries is free and open to the public during that time.

The third Free Family Festival of the year, this event will showcase both traditional and contemporary Korean performing arts. Visitors can also enjoy a variety of crafts inspired by Korean art and culture. Admission to the Pacific Asia Museum galleries is also free throughout the Festival; current exhibitions on view include The Garden in Asia, The Art of Continuity: Revering our Elders, Focus on the Subject: The Art of the Harari Collection,and the newly-opened Constructed Visions: New Media from Korea.

Performance Schedule: 
1 p.m.        T4 Korean B-Boy Dance Team
1:30 p.m.   Korean Victory Tae Kwon Do 
2 p.m.        Jung Im Lee Korean Dance Academy
2:30 p.m.   K-Kpop Dance Team
3 p.m.        Korean Traditional Music Performance

Pacific Asia Museum's Free Family Festivals are made possible in part by The Green Foundation, Margaret Leong Checca and Michael Checca, the Lon V. Smith Foundation and the Pasadena Arts League.

About Pacific Asia Museum

Pacific Asia Museum is among the few institutions in the United States dedicated exclusively to the arts and culture of Asia and the Pacific Islands. The museum's mission is to further intercultural understanding through the arts of Asia and the Pacific Islands. Since 1971, Pacific Asia Museum has served a broad audience of students, families, adults, and scholars through its education and outreach programs.

Pacific Asia Museum is located at 46 North Los Robles Avenue, Pasadena, California 91101. The museum is open Wednesday through Sunday from 10 am to 6 pm. Admission is $10 general, $7 students/seniors, and free for museum members and children under 12. Admission is free every 4th Friday of the month. For more information visit or call (626) 449-2742.