Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Happy Halloween to my readers!

Ding-dong! Here's a Halloween hello for my readers featuring photos from my dance performance on the 21st and a special Naughty Mickie comic strip from "Lord Byron." Enjoy and have a safe, happy and spooky night!

Luv to all,

As Tall As Lions to release digital EP

As Tall As Lions are set to release a new digital EP entitled Into The Flood November 29th on Triple Crown/East West. The band recorded the EP with Mike Watts over a six day period in October at Vudu Studios in Long Island and are excited for their fans to get a taste of something new before they hibernate in early 2008 to record the follow up to 2006's self titled LP.

"These new recordings are filled with life" says lead singer Daniel Nigro, "For the first time during the recording of Into The Flood we were able to let go of our perfectionist approach to recording and just play. We tried not to over-analyze the tones or the performances which led these songs to flow closer to what you see at our live show."

Into The Flood Track Listing:
1. 505
2. Into The Flood
3. We're The Ones That Keep You Warm At Nite
4. Breakers
5. Blacked Out

"So how did As Tall As Lions make out (At CMJ 2007)? In short, the band was a revelation...{ATAL} have been touring relentlessly since last summer's release of "As Tall As Lions" (East West), and on Friday they played with confidence and a dash of style, running through a dynamic, 50-minute set of ethereal melodies, quiet interludes and explosive crescendos." - Newsday

"Catchy tracks like 'Love, Love, Love (Love Love)' and 'Milk & Honey' show off vocalist Daniel Nigro's unbridled Jeff Buckley-esque range while 'Ghosts Of York' and 'Be Here Now' hit a more mainstream mark with conviction and clarity of an act twice their senior." - Alternative Press, 5 out of 5

"{On As Tall As Lions} the band sounds huge - loads of minute sonic detail and layers of overdubs creates a rich tapestry of sounds..." Pitchfork

"Ghost Of York" Live @ Highline Ballroom in NYC:

ATAL perform "Love Love Love" on Jimmy Kimmel Live:


Savannah Music Festival lineup announced

The Savannah Music Festival (SMF) unveiled its ambitious 2008 program, a 17-day musical arts marathon featuring nearly 100 events that comprise Georgia's largest music festival. The not-for-profit organization announced that between March 20 and April 5, 2008, its expansion will continue with an array of premieres, one-time-only productions, singular U.S. appearances by international artists and a wealth of educational initiatives. The 19th annual festival will be spread throughout theatres, auditoriums, clubs, open-air thoroughfares and historic places of worship in the old seaport city at the start of its 275th anniversary year.
The 2008 SMF includes extensive amounts of original programming, making it one of the nation's most distinctive musical arts events. SMF 2008 premieres commissioned works by drummer Stewart Copeland, just off of a world tour with The Police, and jazz trombone great Wycliffe Gordon. Inventive and singular productions such as The World of Slide Guitar features virtuosos Jerry Douglas, Derek Trucks, and Debashish Bhattacharya, while Piano Showdown showcases masters such as Hank Jones, Marcus Roberts & Eric Reed. An unprecedented array of classical music concerts spotlights Sensations, six originally conceived chamber music programs under the musical direction of Daniel Hope, and a rare performance by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra with Robert Spano conducting pianist Garrick Ohlsson playing the third piano concerto by Rachmaninoff.
"We relish producing this panoply of events in the backdrop of one of America's most beautiful and historic cities," said Rob Gibson, SMF Executive & Artistic Director. "Our primary objective continues to be introducing more people to engaging musical experiences because they provide us with meaning and with a distinctive type of pleasure and emotional stimulation. The musical arts help us to not only develop our own individual senses, but they provide a common bond that benefits the general populace."
SMF continues to combine a diverse array of regional and American musical genres – jazz, blues, Cajun, zydeco, country and bluegrass – with an amalgamation of acclaimed international styles performed by artists whose works are often unfamiliar to U.S. audiences. More than 50 artists from outside the country appear during the 2008 festival, including the brilliant Brazilian mandolin player Hamilton de Holanda, who leads his explosive quintet in its only U.S. engagement.
The 25-year old Spanish vocal prodigy Antonio Pitingo, in only his second U.S. appearance, displays his "flamenco soul" singing that has captured the imagination of his native country.
Contemporary West African music (Angelique Kidjo), modern Portuguese fado singing (Ana Moura), traditional Persian artistry (Ali Akbar Moradi) and acclaimed Indian dance (Nrityagram) are also showcased in special productions.
Educational initiatives also remain at the forefront of SMF's mission. The expanded SWING CENTRAL High School Jazz Band Competition and Workshop offers an opportunity for first-class instruction to some of America's finest young musicians over three days of workshops with jazz masters in a variety of clinics and master classes. Another SMF series affords more than 13,000 students from surrounding counties the opportunity to attend age-appropriate concerts featuring outstanding musicians in historic theaters.
Tickets and series passes are available at , by calling 912-525-5050 or at the box office at 216 E. Broughton Street in Savannah.

DEEP IN THE SOUTH sponsored by Kennickell Print and Communications
Blind Boys of Alabama with Adolphus Bell, Soul Gospel greats with one-man blues band opening
Marty Stuart, Further details TBA due to passing of Porter Wagoner (initially scheduled to appear) in late October
Carolina Chocolate Drops, Young African American Piedmont stringband
Red Stick Ramblers, Cajun, western swing and Gypsy jazz

SAVANNAH JAZZ PARTY sponsored by Critz, Inc. and Mercedes-Benz USA
Piano Showdown, Featuring Eric Reed, Carl "Sonny" Leyland, Hank Jones and Marcus Roberts
Swinging Around the World, Featuring Italian vocalist Roberta Gambarini, Swedish guitarist Andreas Oberg, NEA Jazz Master Hank Jones, tenor saxophonist Todd Williams and others
West Coast Jazz Meets Southern Swing, Featuring Eric Reed Trio with Jeff Clayton from the West, Marcus Roberts Trio with Marcus Printup from the South

GREAT PERFORMERS sponsored by Memorial Health
Daniel Hope and Sebastian Knauer, Long-time collaborators perform works by Schubert, de Falla and Mendelssohn Emerson String Quartet with special guest Wu Han, Han joins America's leading string quartet
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Conducted by Robert Spano, with Garrick Ohlsson, Special performance of Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 4 and Rachmaninoff's third piano concerto
Beaux Arts Trio, Menahem Pressler leads this 52 year-old piano trio on its final tour

ANY ERA MUSIC sponsored by VeriSign, Inc.
Blues in the Night, with Nappy Brown, Bob Margolin, Adophus Bell and others
Derek Trucks Band, Southern rock slide virtuoso and contemporary rock guitar god An Evening with Stewart Copeland

PREMIERE of original work
Screening of Everyone Stares: The Police Inside Out, followed by Q&A
The Sparrow Quartet, Abigail Washburn, Béla Fleck, Casey Driessen and Ben Sollee

PIANO PRODIGIESYundi Li, The youngest to ever win the International Chopin Competition at age 18 in 2000Yu Kosuge, Outstanding technique and beautiful touch distinguish this young master's playing
Jonathan Biss, At 27, Biss has already established a flourishing international career

CONNECT AMERICANA sponsored by Connect Savannah, Connect Statesboro, and Charles and Rosalie Morris
Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys, Cajun music greats
Ricky Skaggs & Bruce Hornsby, Bluegrass and mountain music with piano
Cherryholmes, Phenomenal bluegrass family band
Steep Canyon Rangers, Bluegrass powerhouse from North Carolina

Jennifer Larmore, One of the world's leading mezzo sopranos
Audra McDonald, Four-time Tony Award winner and astounding vocalist
Ana Moura, Rising star of Portuguese fado music

Hamilton de Holanda Quintet, Brazilian mandolin virtuoso leads a stellar group of musicians
Gabriel Grossi & Daniel Santiago, Brazilian guitar and harmonica duo
Pitingo, Sole practitioner of "flamenco soul," and one of the most entrancing vocalists alive
Angelique Kidjo, Ana Moura opens, the queen of Afropop with fado diva opening Tiempo Libre, The top timba group in the U.S. hosts a dance party

SENSATIONS sponsored by Mr. and Mrs. Robert L. Harrison
Six intimate concerts of original chamber productions in historic venues curated by Associate Artistic Director, Daniel Hope, featuring Zuill Bailey, Ivan Chan, Philip Dukes, Emerson String Quartet, Daniel Hope, Annika Hope, Benny Kim, Sebastian Knauer, Josephine Knight, Patrick Messina, CarlaMaria Rodrigues and Wu Han.

BIG WORLD OF MUSIC sponsored by National Office Systems
Nrityagram Dance Ensemble, Enchanting Odissi dance accompanied by Oriya music ensemble
Ali Akbar Moradi, Traditional Persian lute master and composer
The World of Slide Guitar, Featuring Derek Trucks, Jerry Douglas, Debashish Bhattacharya and Bob Brozman

JAZZ NOW & FOREVER sponsored by Robert and Jean Faircloth
Boogie Woogie Piano: Carl "Sonny" Leyland, British born boogie woogie scholar and performer
Andreas Oberg Quartet, young Swedish swing and Gypsy jazz guitarist
The One and Only Wycliffe Gordon, Premiere of original work by Wycliffe Gordon and Swing Central Finale

GEORGIA ON MY MIND sponsored by Georgia Music Hall of Fame and Georgia Department of Economic Development
Modern Skirts, Melodic piano-driven power pop from Athens
Sweet Singing Harmony Harmoneers, Jubilee gospel quartet from Atlanta Scrapomatic featuring Kristina Train, Acoustic blues-based group with Savannah native and recent Blue Note signee, Train
Fa So La Workshop, Sacred Harp Singing w/ Richard Delong
Sean Costello/Eric Culberson, Full-throttle electric blues from Atlanta and Savannah

SILENCE IS GOLDEN sponsored by Savannah Convention and Visitors Bureau
Silence Films with piano accompaniment by Rick Friend
Buster Keaton in The Scarecrow and Sherlock, Jr.
Alfred Hitchcock's Blackmail

Long before American Idol, there was the American Traditions Competition. Amateur vocalists sing from the American songbook and compete for over $30,000 during this 4-day event that attracts entrants from across the country. Esteemed 2008 judges include Kirby Shaw, Shirlee Emmons, Jacqueline Hairston, Sandra Walker and Gregory Broughton.

THE MUSIC EDUCATION SERIES sponsored by Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation
More than 13,000 students from Chatham County schools are bussed into downtown Savannah for age-appropriate concerts performed by world-class musicians in historic theaters. A total of 19,500 students are served by 2008 music education programs, free of charge.

About the 2008 SMF Poster Design
Each year, SMF engages students from Savannah College of Art & Design in a contest for the design of its poster. The 2008 poster winners are Margaret Poplin (first place) and Tom Schmuck (second place).

About the Savannah Music Festival
The Savannah Music Festival is Georgia's largest musical arts festival and one of the most distinctive cross-genre music festivals in the world. SMF is building a robust history on its devotion to living, vibrant musical traditions, regularly producing premieres, commissioned works and rare regional appearances by renowned artists in jazz, classical, blues, bluegrass, gospel and other styles of American and international roots music. Artists collaborate, students and master musicians intermingle, vocalists showcase their talents and communities uplift and celebrate over seventeen specially conceived days and nights.

John West to perform at Temple Bar

WHO: Recording artist JOHN WEST
and special guests...

WHAT: Live music performance

WHERE: Temple Bar, 1026 Wilshire Blvd,
Santa Monica, CA
WHEN: Friday, November 16th; Doors open at 8:30pm
DETAILS: DETAILS: Tickets can be reserved at:
$10 in advance; $12 at the door; Must be 21+

Underground Recording Artist, JOHN WEST, Makes His Highly Anticipated Return to L.A . Hotspot, Temple Bar, For An Unforgettable Live Performance!

Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter and Myspace music sensation, John West, is set to draw capacity crowds for his live performance at Santa Monica's Temple Bar. This upcoming show marks the 12 th time that he's graced Temple's legendary stage. Fans can not get enough of John's infectious set, and time after time they've packed the house to jam with their favorite new artist.
Friday's show also includes performances from HS Couture and Mulatto. Other notable artists that have performed at Temple include Stephen Marley, Ben Harper, Colbie Cailett, and Chrisette Michele. Channeling the soul of Marvin Gaye and the lyrical sweetness of Jack Johnson, John West croons with a tone all his own.
His set is unpredictable and sure to keep the crowd grooving. Audiences can expect to hear his hit single, "Loved You Tonight" and crowd favorite, "Keep It Together" along with other songs off his self-released album. Recent shows have left fans going wild for John's rendition of Bill Withers' "Ain't No Sunshine" and his popular cover of Rihanna's "Umbrella." A true artist and musician, John comes to the stage ready to create brand new songs on the spot, feeding off the energy and inspiration from the crowd.
"What I love about people's reaction to my music now is that people tell me it soothes and relaxes them" says John. "It helps them get through hard days easier. And the reason I wrote half of these songs was to get through my own hard days."
John was born and raised in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, amongst the crawfish and cane fields - a natural source to the bluesy undercurrent of his sound. John views his music career as a way to live a life of public service; that strong sense of community instilled in him by his mother. He has been donating part of his music earnings to charities, including Hurricane Katrina relief and art programs for displaced youth.
For venue & ticket information, visit or call 310.393.6611

State Radio readies release and begins tour

STATE RADIO are set to release their second studio album YEAR OF THE CROW--an amalgam of rock, punk and reggae that's as distinctive as it is sublime--February 5 on their own Ruff Shod Records.
Hailing from Boston, the musically inventive, socially and politically charged trio fronted by Dispatch member CHAD STOKES and rounded out by bassist CHUCK FAY and drummer MAD DOG are currently on a U.S. headlining tour with Australia's Beautiful Girls. Fans can expect the group to preview songs from YEAR OF THE CROW--the follow-up to 2006's Us Against The Crown--during the month-long trek.
Produced by Tchad Blake (Peter Gabriel, Pearl Jam, Soul Coughing), YEAR OF THE CROW was recorded at Peter Gabriel's Real World studios in Wiltshire, England. The eclectic 13-song disc features the furious blues-thumping anti-Halliburton missive "Gang of Thieves" and the uplifting, trombone-bolstered ska-touched "Barnstorming." Elsewhere, the frenetic, piercing, punkish, proclamation "Guantanamo" finds a seething STOKES, taking aim at the current administration while looking back on the Bush clan's sordid history.
YEAR OF THE CROW's aggressive and progressive musical brew is accompanied by lyrics that prompt listeners to dig deeper.
"The ultimate goal of State Radio is to have people consider what I'm saying as they enjoy the music," STOKES points out. "I'm not looking to alienate anyone, but I hope I can enlighten some people."
Fans have combed Wikipedia about song topics ("Unfortunates") to educate themselves about cases like the West Memphis Three where justice has clearly faltered. Whether it's the genocide in Darfur, which is told through the eyes of a young boy on the alluring, rhythmic "Sudan," or the explosive, edgy, reggae-laden "C.I.A." it is impossible not to be moved by the sounds emanating from STATE RADIO.
STOKES was first known as the voice behind agit-prop outfit Dispatch, a band that sold a massive 600,000 albums by word of mouth. The group reunited this summer for an epic three-night, sold-out stand at Madison Square Garden in NY, from which the group donated all profits for the plight in Zimbabwe. As background, when he was 18 years old, STOKES lived in Zimbabwe and the experience not only galvanized his songs, but it also shaped his life with a commitment to give back, raise issues and speak on the behalf of others that cannot.
STATE RADIO thrives by living and giving as charitable men who play outstanding live shows and have developed a following from the ground up. Unconcerned with major label deals and radio exposure, STOKES is a unique fixture who defies music industry traditions. He's also proof through his efforts with Dispatch, his forthcoming TV series "How's Your News?"--created with Matt Stone and Trey Parker of "South Park" fame--as well as STATE RADIO, that a loyal and engaged cult following is arguably the best of all business models.

Catch STATE RADIO on the road in the following U.S. cities:

Wed 10/31 Santa Cruz, CA The Attic
Thu 11/1 San Francisco, CA Slim's
Fri 11/2 West Hollywood, CA House of Blues
Sat 11/3 San Diego, CA Epicenter
Sun 11/4 Phoenix, AZ The Rhythm Room
Tue 11/6 Denver, CO Bluebird Theatre
Wed 11/7 Boulder, CO Fox Theatre & Café
Fri 11/9 Minneapolis, MN Varsity Theater
Sat 11/10 Chicago, IL House of Blues
Sun 11/11 Cleveland, OH Grog Shop
Mon 11/12 Pittsburgh, PA Mr. Small's
Tue 11/13 Philadelphia, PA First Unitarian Church
Thu 11/15 Philadelphia, PA Theater of Living Arts
Fri 11/16 Boston, MA Orpheum Theater
Sat 11/17 Portland, ME The Station
Fri 11/23 New York, NY Terminal 5

For more information and to listen to STATE RADIO visit:

Official Grammy book to be released by Borders

Fifty years of the GRAMMY® Awards and the artists who have made each year special, are celebrated in the book, And The GRAMMY Goes To… The Official Story of Music's Most Coveted Award, released today by Borders under the retailer's exclusive and proprietary publishing program. This commemorative volume, authored by noted Rolling Stone Magazine and Emmy®-nominated television writer David Wild, contains a special foreword by legendary, 27-time GRAMMY-winning music producer and GRAMMY 50th Celebration Ambassador, Quincy Jones. Also included is commentary from Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy®.
"We are extremely proud and fortunate to join with Borders to bring this first-ever official chronicle of GRAMMY moments from the past five decades," said Portnow. "The pages are filled with compelling stories and photos from Music's Biggest Night™ and it's truly a must-have for any music fan."
Along with this hardcover, commemorative book, Borders is offering two exclusive compilation CDs, the Ultimate GRAMMY Collection: Classic Pop and Classic R&B, released by Shout! Factory. Also hitting shelves today in Borders stores across the country is the official 50th GRAMMY Awards artwork poster.
And The GRAMMY Goes To… contains a half century of music history filled with seldom and never-before-seen photographs of past GRAMMY winners, GRAMMY nominees, and some of Hollywood's leading acting talents who appeared on the telecast. Each chapter chronicles an individual show in the 50-year history of the GRAMMY Awards with a year-by-year recap of the biggest songs, moments and events. Completing each chapter are "Winner Snapshots" listing the winning artists of such notable categories as Record Of The Year and Album Of The Year, along with a "Did You Know?" summary detailing little-known facts about the winners, nominees and the GRAMMY Awards.
According to George Jones, Borders Group chief executive officer and a newly elected director of the GRAMMY Foundation, the new book is destined to become a collector's item. "Music's highest accolade is the GRAMMY Award and its history is a fascinating walk through the history of modern music in America. We expect this book to be in high demand as a holiday gift, and are pleased to team exclusively with The Recording Academy to bring it to life especially for Borders customers. It is just a part of our ongoing efforts to provide our customers with compelling titles they cannot find anywhere else."
The two exclusive compilation CDs, the Ultimate GRAMMY Collection: Classic Pop and Classic R&B, features 32 original tracks of past GRAMMY-winning artists and songs ranging from Aretha Franklin's "Respect" and the Temptations' "Papa Was A Rollin' Stone" to Kenny Loggins' "This Is It" and Tina Turner's "What's Love Got To Do With It." The two Ultimate GRAMMY Collection CDs are available only in Borders stores nationwide.
David Wild, the author of And The GRAMMY Goes To…, is a bestselling writer, a contributing editor to Rolling Stone Magazine and was nominated for an Emmy as head writer for "America: A Tribute To Heroes." He also served as the host of Bravo's acclaimed interview and performance series "Musicians," and is the author of numerous of bestselling books including The Showrunners and Friends . . .'Til The End. Wild has also been a lead writer on the GRAMMY Awards telecast since 1999.
Borders' first exclusive and proprietary novel, Slip & Fall by Nick Santora, was highly successful and reached the bestseller lists of The Wall Street Journal and The Boston Globe. Future titles yet to be released under Borders' exclusive and proprietary publishing program include a John Legend tour book.

About The Recording Academy
Established in 1957, The Recording Academy is an organization of musicians, producers, engineers and recording professionals that is dedicated to improving the cultural condition and quality of life for music and its makers. Internationally known for the GRAMMY Awards — the preeminent peer-recognized award for musical excellence and the most credible brand in music — The Recording Academy is responsible for groundbreaking professional development, cultural enrichment, advocacy, education and human services programs. In its 50th year, The Academy continues to focus on its mission of recognizing musical excellence, advocating for the well-being of music makers and ensuring music remains an indelible part of our culture. For more information about The Academy, please visit

About Borders, Inc.
Borders Group, Inc. trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol BGP. Headquartered in Ann Arbor, Mich., the company is a $4.1 billion global retailer of books, music, movies, and gift and stationery items. Through its subsidiaries, Borders Group has more than 30,000 employees and operates over 1,100 stores worldwide. More information on Borders Group is available at

Total Pop Star contest launched

Ever dreamed of fame and fortune? Thought you had more than enough talent to land a record deal? Believed that given the chance you would take American Idol by storm? Then TOTAL POP STAR is for you! Become the next TOTAL POP STAR, win a record contract and secure prizes worth over $150,000! Let your voice, your music and your talent be seen and heard!

TOTAL POP STAR combines the best that American Idol has to offer with a world-wide, internet-based scope that is sure to unearth the world's next singing sensation. Created by Universal Music Composer/Producer Andrew Van Slee, the largest on-line singing competition in the world is open to anyone and everyone with a passion for singing and all things music! Unlike Idol, TOTAL POP STAR is easy to enter with no long lines, no missed opportunities and best of all, no Simon! Deborah Gibson and Joey Lawrence are confirmed as Celebrity Judges and they will judge alongside Van Slee. Co-producer Richard Wagner will host the series.

As a unique and creative web series with a global platform, TOTAL POP STAR is sure to become an instant phenomenon among all demographics. TOTAL POP STAR is a competition that performers the world over have been looking for-an outlet to showcase their talents to millions of viewers via the Internet. The growing trend in reality based talent competitions and the exploding craze of entertainment programming moving to the web is sure to make TOTOAL POP STAR the most viewed web series, as well as the number one fan destination site for all things music.

The TOTAL POP STAR requirements are simple. Contestants log-in and create a profile and start uploading their videos to begin gaining votes! Within the rules and regulations of TOTAL POP STAR, every contestant is required to get one thousand unique votes to move to the next level. The competition begins November 12th and one lucky winner will be named the next TOTAL POP STAR on January 27, 2008. For official rules and requirements visit

Quick Facts:
Contestants must be 13 years of age or older and may register from anywhere in the world by creating a profile and uploading a singing video to the TOTAL POP STAR site.
A Contestant’s fate is based on how well they can market themselves as each Contestant must earn 1,000 votes to become a Finalist.
The six finalists with the highest number of Internet and text votes will be named the TOP 6.
The TOP 6 will fly into Hollywood, CA for a week-long studio recording adventure and reality show.
. Working closely with the judges, the TOP 6 will prepare for their final performance. Each of the TOP 6 will also prepare a hit single - written by the celebrity judges- that they will perform if named the winner of TOTAL
Final performances will be streamed to the TOTAL POP STAR site where on-line fans will vote for their favorite.

Every listener can vote and their vote matters as the next TOTAL POP STAR will be determined by Internet users! With no restriction by age or genre and a format in which everyone's opinion matters, this is truly the best singing competition in the world!

So practice those scales, polish your songwriting, guitar picking and piano playing skills and shoot those videos! The TOTAL POP STAR countdown has officially begun and IFA DOT COM,LLC can't wait to explore and display all the talent. Are YOU the next TOTAL POP STAR?

IFA DOT COM, LLC is where entertainment meets technology! Matching cutting-edge Internet technology with the latest in entertainment, IFA DOT COM, LLC is launching TOTAL POP STAR.COM – the first ever hybrid singing competition – part Internet and part TV show. Also in the works is MyVizzer.Com – Access Hollywood meets Entertainment tonight, including a daily entertainment show, red carpet coverage, resources for filmmakers, and music for film composers. With these projects underway, IFA DOT COM, LLC is well positioned to take advantage of the Web 2.0 craze.


Toryn Green of Fuel to perform for NASCAR fans

On Sunday, Nov. 18, at Homestead-Miami Speedway, fuel will be propelling the cars of the world’s most elite NASCAR drivers during Ford Championship Weekend….But only after the lead singer of Fuel ignites the patriotism of a full house of NASCAR fans.

Homestead-Miami Speedway today announced that Toryn Green of rock band Fuel will perform the national anthem prior to Ford Championship Weekend’s Ford 400 race (Sunday, 3:30 p.m., ABC-TV)—the final race in the Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup.

“Toryn’s A-list performance talent goes hand-in-hand with NASCAR’s series-crowning event: Ford Championship Weekend,” said Homestead-Miami Speedway President Curtis Gray. “We’re honored to have him kick off the 2007 NEXTEL Cup finale.”

“I’m excited to not only be singing our national anthem in front of a full house of NASCAR fans, but to be there at Homestead-Miami for the Ford 400 to see who takes home the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Championship!” Green said. “It really is an honor.”

Since bursting on the scene with their full-length debut “Sunburn” (1998), Fuel has sold more than 3.5 million albums while touring worldwide—both headlining as well as opening for bands including Aerosmith, Kid Rock and Creed. The multi-platinum musicians have to their credit Top 5 singles “Shimmer,” “Innocent” and “Hemorrhage (In My Hands),” the latter of which sat No. 1 on the charts for 12 straight weeks. And with the Oct. 23 release of the new single “Gone”—off of Epic Records’ “Angels and Devils”— that trend is likely to continue. “Angels and Devils” represents Fuel’s first release featuring new frontman Green, selected from a pool of thousands who auditioned to replace the band’s former lead singer.

During the audition process, band members Carl Bell and Jeff Abercrombie were “floored” to hear Green’s multi-octave “epic voice” on modern-rock Fuel hits—a vocal impression Green looks forward to leaving on 70,000 fans filling the seats during Ford Championship Weekend.

TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE for Ford Championship Weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway's 1.5-mile oval Nov. 16-18, as the NEXTEL Cup, Busch and Craftsman Truck Series all crown champions under the lights. For NASCAR tickets, please call (866) 409-RACE or CLICK HERE.

Fuel supports the U.S. DOT-NHTSA-NASCAR traffic safety alliance and the “BUCKLE UP AMERICA” (BUA) campaign, which encourages race fans to take the same approach to auto safety that NASCAR drivers follow on the track: Buckle Up, Every Trip, Every Time. For more information on the band, please visit .

Rob Halford film to be screened around the world

Compelling, stark and aggressive 'War Of Words - The Film' Starring Rob Halford and his first solo band 'Fight' unleashes upon legions of Metal maniacs November 20th in North America, November 30th in the United Kingdom & Europe, December 3rd in Australia & New Zealand and December 19th in Japan.
After nineteen years, more than a dozen global concert tours and dozens of gold and platinum awards as the defining vocalist of Judas Priest; Rob Halford departed the band in 1992 to pursue a solo career immediately releasing 'Light Comes Out Of Black' supported by members of Pantera. The track rocketed to the top of radio playlists, and later that summer Rob would assemble his own band 'Fight,' and place most of its new tracks from 'War Of Words' in heavy-radio rotation while aggressively ushering in a new sound for the Metal communities.
Metal God Entertainment is proud to debut the Theatrical and DVD releases of 'Fight War Of Words - The Film,' a Documentary and 5.1 Concert featuring the songs and performances of Rob Halford's first solo band 'Fight.'

'Fight War Of Words - The Film' brilliantly documents a key moment in Heavy Metal history combining behind-the-scenes, hand-held and pro-shot footage of Fight's original 1992 K5 rehearsal and demonstration-recording sessions; 1993 Amsterdam recording sessions of the original War Of Words Epic / Sony audio release, and pre-tour interviews climaxing with a full-length 5.1 concert filmed at 22 venues in 20 select cities during Fight's first five months of its '1993 - 1994 Nailed To The Road / War Of Words World Tour.'
Rare audio and film footage of Fight's earliest concert performances in Europe, United Kingdom, USA, Mexico and Japan have been restored. Stereo and 5.1 Dolby surround mixes have been produced by Roy Z. 5.1 Dolby surround encoding and mastering for DVD and The Metal God's Theatrical Premiers handled by industry giant Technicolor.
The screams are more mesmerizing than you thought possible. Fight is un-mistakably Rob Halford at his finest. Power chords engulfed by ferocious vocals; exacting prose driven by an astonishing young group of musicians.5.1

'Fight War Of Words - The Film' will Theatrically Premier at 5.1 Dolby Surround Digital Cinemas in:
New York 11/14
Hollywood 11/20
San Francisco 11/28
Detroit 11/28
London 12/18
And Other Select Cities.
Tickets may be purchased at: on 11/2/07.

Rob Halford will attend select premiers for a 30 minute conversation on the assembling of Fight and songs written for 'War Of Words.' Tickets are limited for this rare opportunity to experience 'Fight War Of Words - The Film' in 5.1 Dolby Surround Digital Cinema and participate in a rare conversation with The Metal God, Rob Halford; as he relates his experiences of his first solo band.
Movie-sized posters of 'War Of Words - The Film' will be distributed to all in attendance after the performance.

Tracks performed live:
FightWar Of Words - The Film 5.1 Concert
1) Nailed To The Gun
2) Into The Pit
3) Little Crazy
4) Immortal Sin
5) War Of Words
6) Light Comes Out Of Black
7) Laid To Rest
8) For All Eternity
9) Contortion
10) Kill It
11) Vicious
12) Life In Black
13) Reality - A New Beginning

'War Of Words - The Film' debuts in a numbered edition, 6 panel custom-designed digipak with 20 Page booklet, original Rob Halford autograph and bonus audio CD 'War Of Words - Remixed & Remastered.'Bonus Footage and original Fight Promotional videos included on DVD.
NTSC Edition Limited to 5,000 pieces distributed by Super D USA - releasing 11/20. Pre-Orders available through the below online retailers.
Pal Edition Limited to 5,000 pieces distributed by Metal God Entertainment's new partners: ADA / Warner distributing Fight and Halford throughout The United Kingdom and Ireland, and Soulfood Distribution of Hamburg, Germany distributing Fight and Halford throughout the European Union on 11/30. Pre-Orders available through the below online retailers.

A companion release to Fight's new film is a rare audio recording from Rob Halford's library. 'Fight K5 - The War Of Words Demos' featuring original demonstration recordings of 'War Of Words' plus five (5) new Fight tracks. Releasing 11/13 at select Rob Halford scheduled in-stores in New York & New Jersey. Releasing 11/19 UK, Ireland, 11/20 North America, 11/23 European Union, 11/26 Australia & New Zealand and 12/19 in Japan.

FightK5 - The War Of Words Demos
1) Into The Pit
2) Nailed To The Gun
3) Now You Die (New)
4) Life In Black
5) Kill It
6) Contortion
7) Forbidden (New)
8) War Of Words
9) Psycho Suicide
10) Down (New)
11) Vicious
12) Beast Denies (New)
13) Laid To Rest
14) Jesus Saves
15) Dead Men Talk (New)
16) For All Eternity

Rob and Halford Guitarist Metal Mike Chlasciak will appear and sign 'new product only' at FYE in Manhattan on Thursday, November 15, 2007 12 PM.
Rob and Halford Guitarist Metal Mike Chlasciak will appear and sign 'new product only' at J&R Music World in Manhattan on Friday, November 16, 2007 5.30 PM.
Rob and Halford Guitarist Metal Mike Chlasciak will appear and sign 'new product only' at Vintage Vinyl in New Jersey on Saturday, November 17, 2007 5.30 PM.

Rob Halford is uniting the original members of Fight: Brian Tilse, Russ Parrish, Jay Jay and Scott Travis in Hollywood, California at 5:00 pm Tuesday, November 20, 2007 for an exclusive autograph session of 'new product only' at
Best Buy
1015 N LA Brea Avenue
West Hollywood, CA

Visit on 11/5 for more details.

Fight will also be in attendance for the Theatrical Premier of 'War Of Words - The Film' at Mann's Chinese Theater in Hollywood, CA 8:00 P.M on 11/20.
Tickets may be purchased at: on 11/2/07.

Rob Halford and members of Fight will participate in a world-wide chat December 2007. Details available 11/5 at:

Rob Halford will appear as guest on dozens of radio programs throughout the world. Visit for Rob's scheduled radio appearances and links to MP3 recordings of his interviews.Our Metal God is one of the most interviewed singer / songwriters in the industry. Enjoy Rob's global print interviews at:



Fight War Of Words - The Film is the first of three new documentary / 5.1 concert films releasing through Metal God Entertainment. Trailers available at:

USA - Super D Distribution
Canada - Fusion 3 Distribution
United Kingdom & Ireland - ADA / Warner
Europe - Soulfood Distribution
Japan - Sony Music Japan
Australia and New Zealand - Riot Distribution

Iron Maiden to take on the Forum in February

IRON MAIDEN announce a one off show at the Los Angeles Forum on Tuesday February 19th as part of the first leg of the ‘SOMEWHERE BACK IN TIME WORLD TOUR 2008’. The band will fly in especially for this one show from Tokyo two days before and depart for Mexico the day after on a specially commissioned and customized Boeing 757, flown by Astraeus Airline Captain and Maiden vocalist Bruce Dickinson. The 757, decked out in Maiden and Eddie artwork, will carry the band, road crew and other personnel of around 70 people plus over 12 tons of equipment.
This first leg of the ‘SOMEWHERE BACK IN TIME WORLD TOUR’ opens in Mumbai India on February 1st, and continues through Australia and Japan before arriving in LA. The entourage then fly to Mexico and into Latin America for the band’s first ever concerts in Costa Rica and Columbia, and on to Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Puerto Rica and New York, before finishing in Toronto, Canada, on March 16th. Over the 45 day period it is anticipated that Maiden will play to well over 400,000 fans in 21 cities in 10 countries, flying close to 50,000 miles in the specially refitted plane (full schedule below).
Comments Bruce Dickinson, “I have been flying commercial passenger jets for Astraeus Airlines for a few years now and we are commissioning an Astraeus Boeing 757. It will go in for overhaul, painting and conversion in November which will then give us time to ensure we have all the necessary safety documentation, especially with regard to fire safety. It also means it could possibly be flying commercial air routes decked out in Maiden colours for a couple of months before we start!
“Looking at the list of places we would like to play we have always had problems joining up the dots. With sea containers in various places it slows down the whole touring process, which is fine if you want a holiday but not if you want to play. It’s great to see places but we don’t want to sit around for a week waiting for gear to get from, say Australia to South America, so this way we can get to more fans in more places en route in the same time period”
To tie in with forthcoming 2008 releases on DVD of the classic ‘LIVE AFTER DEATH’ concert video this tour, aptly entitled ‘SOMEWHERE BACK IN TIME’, will revisit the band’s history by focusing almost entirely on the 80’s in both choice of songs played and the stage set, which will be based around the legendary Egyptian Production of the 1984-85 ‘Powerslave Tour’. This will arguably be the most elaborate and spectacular show the band have ever presented, and will include some key elements of their Somewhere In Time tour of 1986/7, such as the Cyborg Eddie.
Steve Harris comments; “The last time we played California was the Verizon last October and it was a fantastic gig, sold out well in advance so the fans were well up for it. It was as good a crowd reaction as we have ever had in LA. It was also our last show on that US Tour and really ended up a night to remember. It will certainly be the first time we have played LA by flying in, doing the show and flying straight out again – we usually like to hang around there for a few days!! We will have to make up for it next time!!
“l always loved the Powerslave show which I think was arguably our most spectacular ever, so bringing it back to LA – where we originally filmed the show at Long Beach Arena for our ‘Live After Death’ video - has got to be special and we are very much looking forward to it”.
The Iron Maiden fan club have arranged an exclusive first access pre-sale for members to buy Tickets to the show on Tuesday November 6th, before tickets go on sale to the public on 10th November. To allow fans to be right up close to the band, the fan club will also be running a special draw whereby 60 winners and friend at each show will be given first access to the venue enabling them to be first to the stage barrier.
Full details can be found on
To further the anticipation for the pending performance, please log on to, and tune into 95.5 KLOS and KCAL 96.7 for the rare opportunity to enter exclusive competitions for your once in a lifetime opportunity to sing along with Iron Maiden live on stage at the L.A Forum to the classic song ‘'Heaven Can Wait’'. The promotion is also open to all Iron Maiden fan club members !!!!
Live Nation,, 95.5 KLOS and KCAL 96.7 will all host their pre-sales from Thursday, November 8, 10 A.M. to Friday, November 9, 10 P.M.
General public on-sale is Saturday, November 10 at 10 A.M
Tickets will be available through Tickemaster outlets, and also
Full schedule for the first leg of SOMEWHERE BACK IN TIME World Tour
Fri 1st Mumbai, India Bandra Kurla Complex
Mon 4th Perth, Australia Burswood Dome
Wed 6th Melbourne, Australia Rod Laver Arena
Thu 7th Melbourne, Australia Rod Laver Arena
Sat 9th Sydney, Australia Acer Arena
Sun 10th Sydney, Australia Acer Arena
Tue 12th Brisbane, Australia Entertainment Centre
Fri 15th Yokohama, Japan Pacifico Yokohama
Sat 16th Tokyo, Japan Messe
Tue 19th Los Angeles, USA The Forum
Thu 21st Guadalajara, Mexico Auditoria Telmex
Fri 22nd Monterrey, Mexico Monterrey Arena
Sun 24th Mexico City, Mexico Sports Palace
Tue 26th San Jose, Costa Rica Saprisa Stadium
Thu 28th Bogota, Columbia Simon Bolivar Park
Sun 2nd Sao Paulo, Brazil Skol Arena Anhembi
Wed 5th Porto Allegre, Brazil Gigantinho
Fri 7th Buenos Aires, Argentina Ferrofcarril Oeste Stadium
Sun 9th Santiago, Chile Pista Atletica
Wed 12th Puerto Rico San Juan Coliseo
Fri 14th New Jersey, USA Izod Center (formerly Continental Airlines Arena)
Sun 16th Toronto, Canada Air Canada Centre

The second leg of the Tour will take place mid May to mid June with further concerts in North America, followed by the third leg European Tour, extensively covering most of Europe in Stadiums and major Festivals. In total the band are expected to play to well in excess of one and a half million fans during the entire tour.

Salyer offers fans Halloween treat

The live video clip for Slayer's 2007 Grammy-winning track, "Eyes Of The Insane," from the "Unholy Alliance Tour DVD," will be LIVE on MySpace TV beginning Wednesday, October 31 - HALLOWEEN - at 12MIDNIGHT PT/3:00AM ET.
You can watch it here:

The "Unholy Alliance Tour DVD" is in stores October 30. The 90-minute program features this year's Unholy Alliance Tour line up, which was hailed as "the heaviest, darkest metal tour of the summer, if not the year" - Slayer, the undisputed kings of speed metal/thrash, and the "future of heavy metal contenders" - Lamb of God, Mastodon, Children of Bodom and Thine Eyes Bleed.
The "Unholy Alliance Tour" DVD/CD was shot at Vancouver's General Motors Place on July 13, 2006, was directed by Adam Rothlein (Speedway Films), and boasts performance footage plus bonus material to include backstage, behind-the-scenes and one-on-one interviews, many of which were conducted by the Unholy Alliance artists themselves.
Slayer's "Eyes of the Insane," which took home a Grammy Award this year, is included on the DVD. Other selections on the DVD include Lamb of God's "Vigil," Mastodon's "Blood & Thunder," "Capillarian Crest," and "Crystal Skull," Children of Bodom's "Angels Don't Kill" and "In Your Face," and Slayer's "Angel of Death," "Dead Skin Mask," "South of Heaven," and "Antichrist," among many others.
The Unholy Alliance Tour: Preaching To The Perverted garnered terrific press last summer -
"It's so metal, it HURTS - KKKKK (Kerrang!), "Effin' brutal!" (OC Weekly), "...stomps, rages and screams..." (Los Angeles Times, "...a show no metalhead should miss..." (Harder Beat), and "...the alliance itself proved mighty" (Worcester Telegram & Gazette).

Joyce Pierce of The Fifth Dimension release solo effort

Nearly 20 years after her vocal debut with the multi-Grammy winning group The Fifth Dimension, Joyce Pierce brings her talents to the forefront with her debut solo release, 24/7 Intimate Praise. Joyce Pierce toured the world for 43 weeks a year as a vocalist with The Fifth Dimension.
The group's hits "Up, Up and Away" and "Age of Aquarius" earned them multiple Grammy awards while performing for the world's most prestigious audiences including President Ronald Reagan, The U.S. Press Corp and international audiences on The Johnny Carson Show, Merv Griffin and Solid Gold. The grueling schedule of the group had finally taken it's toll on Pierce as she turned to her faith for strength, it was then that she discovered her inner desires to help spread a positive message of hope and inspiration through her music.
Pierce recollects, "After a show at Trump Palace with The Fifth Dimension, I was watching Phil Driscoll and realized the power and anointing in what he was doing and how it helped other people."
It was that overwhelming combination of musical and inspirational power which eventually led her in the same direction. 2007 brings about a new phase in Pierce's already colorful life as she releases her debut Christian crossover CD - 24/7 Intimate Praise. Pierce teamed up with prominent Houston producer/engineer, Dan Workman (Beyonce, Destiny's Child, ZZ Top) to put together this collection of inspirational songs of worship.
"Joyce Pierce is one of the most generous artists that I have ever met. Each time we were together, the room was filled with her positive spirit. That energy, combined with a strong vision for her music, made my work effortless," says Workman upon completion of the project.
Already in heavy rotation at Austin's KAZI, DJ Curt Childers says "Joyce Pierce's new CD is a testimony of faith and a great display of her new level of confidence in her music. For all who listen, the album is as diverse and enlightening as the message that it sends - one of peace, hope, faith and love. Music fans of all styles will surely enjoy this seamless blend of Pop, R&B and Contemporary Gospel.
24/7 Intimate Praise is now available through CD and Outbound Music.

Charlotte Doreen Small to appear in New York

Special In-Store Performance:
8 pm Friday November 16th
Boarders Books
1642 Schlosser Street
Ft Lee, NJ

CD Release Party:
7:30 Tuesday December 4th
The Village Underground
130 W 3rd St
New York, NY

These are Charlotte Doreen Small's very first performances for her upcoming album More to be released on Midnite Enterprises on December 4th. She will be singing new hits like "More" and "Right Now" as well as some tried and true classics from her established repertoire.
More the title track of Charlotte Doreen Small's new CD, written by thirty-time gold record recipients V. Jeffery Smith and Peter Lord, produced and arranged by V Jeffery Smith, it is inspired by the events of September 11th 2001. More has a strong rock/gospel feel and speaks about life and the substance of love in a world of fleeting promises. Having written and produced hits for Darryl Hall, "Rush Rush," "Blowin' in the Wind" and "Promise of a New Day" for Paula Abdul, and most recently "He Is" for Heather Hedley, Smith and Lord feel the heartbeat of the industry.


"Only Charlotte Doreen Small could do justice to this song," Said Smith. "She has astonishing vocals whether performing Pop, Jazz, R&B or Gospel."

More is a positive, upbeat journey yet is emotional and sensitive. It includes the singles "Take My Hand," which takes a journey through the seasons of love, and "Goodbye," which explores of the pain and regret of unspoken love.

Flo Anthony, celebrity journalist and radio personality said, "A voice like this needs to be heard from rivers to mountains. Wow!"

"The Audience was left Breathless During Charlotte's recent performances in some of New York City's best known night spots." Air America Radio

"A beautiful and talented lady." Scott Clark WABC, TV "She mesmerized the crowd with the upbeat rhythm and had the room rocking."

New York trend "Charlotte has astonishing vocals, moving emotional spirits with the listeners"

AOL and Campbell Soup Company launch cool foodie site

AOL and Campbell Soup Company prove there’s more to food than just recipes and cooking with the launch of two new areas “Dinner Tonight” and “Play With Your Food” exclusively on AOL Food ( AOL is adding a new dimension to its Food channel today with the launch of “Dinner Tonight,” which makes dinner the centerpiece of the day. Featuring new daily recipes for successfully preparing great evening meals, the site will provide the ability to store, update and customize favorite recipes. With quick-and-easy, gourmet, home-style classics, shortcuts and healthy options, “Dinner Tonight” is intended to be an all-encompassing destination for cooking and entertaining.

As part of the partnership with Campbell, AOL will help make the lives of busy individuals simpler by adding the best recipes for putting dinner on the table in 30 minutes or less. Additionally, AOL will incorporate Campbell’s comprehensive database of more than 2,000 easy-to-make recipes that are kid-friendly and great for both everyday meals and special occasions.

“Every day, millions of users come to AOL searching for quick and easy techniques to revamp everyday meals and to keep cooking fresh and interesting,” said Bill Wilson, EVP of Programming for AOL. “We’re excited to partner with industry leader Campbell’s and present these new franchises to serve as the go-to site for all things related to food.”

“Campbell’s has been an innovator in communicating recipe ideas with our consumers for generations,” said Jennifer Brownrigg, brand manager. “Today, it’s clear that our busy consumer wants to receive new meal ideas on a daily basis and they want this information online and at their fingertips. Our partnership with AOL will expand our presence in this critical online communications space.”

After dinner, it’s time for dessert with “Play with Your Food,” the newly-created area that will launch next month whose overarching theme is that food equals entertainment. Bringing generations closer together through fun-filled activities in the kitchen, “Play with Your Food” includes articles, quizzes, food trivia, polls and user-generated photo galleries and videos.

The Campbell sponsorship will also include the integration of many of Campbell’s market-leading brands, including “Prego” pasta sauce, “Pace” Mexican sauce, “Swanson” broth and “Campbell's” condensed soup, throughout as part of banner and pre-roll ads.

AOL relaunched Food in May of this year with an expanded focus on food pop culture, blogs, recipes and a new array of content partners.

About Campbell Soup Company
Campbell Soup Company is a global manufacturer and marketer of high quality foods and simple meals, including soup, baked snacks, vegetable-based beverages, and premium chocolate products, with annual revenues in excess of $7.8 billion. Founded in 1869, the company has a portfolio of market-leading brands, including “Campbell’s,” “Pepperidge Farm,” “Arnott’s,” “V8,” and “Godiva.” For more information on the company, visit Campbell’s website at

About AOL
AOL® is a global Web services company that operates some of the most popular Web destinations, offers a comprehensive suite of free software and services, runs one of the country's largest Internet access businesses, and provides a full set of advertising solutions. A majority-owned subsidiary of Time Warner Inc., AOL LLC is based in Dulles, Virginia. AOL and its subsidiaries also have operations in Europe, Canada and Asia. Learn more at

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Pierce the Veil to tour with Chiodos and From First to Last

On the Road with Chiodos
Supporting Release of Debut A Flair for the Dramatic
Tour with From First to Last For Mid-November

Freshly back from a tour across the United Kingdom with The Blackout, Equal Vision recording artist Pierce The Veil are continuing their trek with labelmates (and fellow Reybee Production clients) Chiodos in support of their recently released debut A Flair for the Dramatic.

Having built a solid fan base in the underground SoCal music scene that birthed blink-182, Pinback, As I Lay Dying, and Thrice, among countless others, Pierce The Veil has been making waves into the mainstream with their unique brand of melody and artistic rhythm found on their debut album, A Flair For The Dramatic. With solid critical acclaim from Alternative Press ("Buoyed by shape-shifting, vicious rock underpinnings, Pierce the Veil effortlessly infuse everything from acoustics to electronics in the new assault") to Suburban Horror ("...what every fan wants to hear and what every band wishes they sounded like") to Metal Hammer ("... a well thought-out and effectively executed debut"), Pierce the Veil are prepared to launch their next strike on the road this Fall, constructing upwards from previous tour stints with peers such as Portugal the Man, Poison the Well, Alesana, and Fear Before The March of Flames among others.

Pierce The Veil’s unusual song structures provide the foundation for complex guitar lines and contrasting beautiful / abrasive vocals to mingle and form each and every memorable hook. The undeniable sonic connection between brothers Victor and Michael Fuentes (guitar/vocals and percussion, respectively) jumps out of the crisp-sounding album, which was produced by the up-and-coming producer Casey Bates (Chiodos,Fear Before The March of Flames, Portugal The Man) at his suburban Seattle studios.

With Chiodos
Nov 4 Marquee Theatre Tempe, Arizona
Nov 7 The Door Dallas, Texas
Nov 8 Meridian Houston, Texas
Nov 9 The Village Little Rock, Arkansas
Nov 10 The Masquerade Atlanta, Georgia
Nov 11 Jannus Landing St. Petersburg, Florida
Nov 12 House Of Blues-Orlando Orlando, Florida
Nov 13 Revolution Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
Nov 15 House Of Blues-Myrtle Beach Myrtle Beach, SC
Nov 16 Tremont Music Hall Charlotte, NC
Nov 17 The Norva Norfolk, Virginia
With From First to Last
Nov 19 The Mad Hatter Covington, Kentucky
Nov 20 Peabody’s Cleveland, Ohio
Nov 21 Mojoes Rock House Tinley Park, Illinois
Nov 23 The Door Dallas, Texas
Nov 24 Java Jazz Houston, Texas
Nov 25 White Rabbit San Antonio, Texas
Nov 27 Grand Emporium Kansas City, Missouri
Nov 28 Marquee Theatre Denver, Colorado
Nov 29 Avalon Theatre Salt Lake City, Utah
Nov 30 The Venue Boise, Idaho
Dec 1 The Hawthorne Theater Portland
Dec 2 El Corazon Seattle
Dec 4 The Exit Fresno
Dec 5 Glasshouse Pomona, California
Dec 7 Troubadour Los Angeles, California
Dec 8 Golden State Hall Bakersfield, California
Dec 9 Slim's San Francisco, California

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Here's the latest from Sierra Madre Sue:

Best wishes go out to my good friend JEFF STETSON and his new bride MARGARET, pictured here immediately after their wedding ceremony at Sierra Vista Park in Sierra Madre on Sunday, October 14th. Jeff is a talented guitar player, singer and songwriter, and also gives guitar lessons. You can see him with the B.O. TRIO at Zephyr Coffee House in Pasadena the first Saturday of every month; details below. Incidentally, he's the guy who named me Sierra Madre Sue many years ago! CONGRATULATIONS JEFF AND MARGARET!

TONITE!!! 10/30 - "TACO TUESDAY" @ MARY'S MARKET & CAFE IN SIERRA MADRE CANYON, 6 - 9:30pm. 561 Woodland Ave. Limited parking - consider walking or biking. "HALLOW'S SCARY EVE with WITCH JODI & HER MINIONS, Singing scary, creepy, devilish, devious, omnious, cryptic and bloody good songs!"

TONITE!!! TUES. 10/30 - HALLOWEEN PARTY/COSTUME CONTEST @ MR. T's BOWL IN HIGHLAND PARK, 9pm. 5621 1/2 N. Figueroa. 323-256-7561. 5 bands including THE MORMONS and THE JANITORS. No cover with costume. 21 & over/with I.D. Lady SHANNON behind the bar.


WED. 10/31 - THE SUPERSTITIONS @ CAFE 322 IN SIERRA MADRE. 322 W. Sierra Madre Blvd. Call for time: 626-836-5414. Full bar, great Italian food, no cover. Halloween Party and hot rod hang. Costume contest, hot rods, bikes, and swamp blues! Cash prize for best costume!!! Drink specials!!!

WED. 10/31 - TRICK OR TREAT @ THE BUCCANEER IN SIERRA MADRE - ENTER AT YOUR OWN RISK! I'm not sure what Tony's cookin' up! I'm scared.

11/1 - Every Thursday at the Skyebox in Montrose, Better Than Blue (Felicia, Danny, etc.) continues to host a weekly Jam Night. It runs from 8:30 PM until 12. 3710 N. Verdugo Rd. 818-249-3617. Above the Sun Palace Chinese Restaurant. This is a full-service bar and restaurant with great food & killer drinks! Rumor has it that business has been a bit slow - please get out and show your support before we lose another cool music venue! http://www.betterthanblue.c/openjampage.html

FRI. 11/2 - CHICO'S BAIL BONDS doing a semi-acoustic thing @ THE DOCKSIDE GRILL RESTAURANT IN WEST COVINA, 7:30 - 11:30pm. 3057 E. Garvey Ave. North. 626-915-3474. In the bar area, but you can order dinner there too. BLUES.

SAT. 11/3 - Open Mic Night @ the FRETHOUSE in Covina. 309 N. Citrus Ave. (626) 339-7020. Always on the first Saturday of the month, and just one dollar for performers or audience. Sign-up starts at 7:30. If there aren't enough slots for everybody they'll make a list for the next month, and call you. Each act gets two songs or ten minutes, whichever comes first. The show starts at 8:00. They'll have desserts and coffee ready. Bring your friends and family and join the show!

SAT. 11/3 - JEFF STETSON and THE B.O. TRIO PLAY A "MIXED BAG AND SOME BLUES" @ ZEPHYR COFFEE HOUSE IN PASADENA, 8:30 - 10pm. 2419 E. Colorado Blvd., just E. of Sierra Madre Blvd. 626-793-7330. Soups, sandwiches, coffee, tea, smoothies, etc. See the photo of Jeff and Margaret's wedding party! If you'd like to hire Jeff for a gig or guitar lessons, send me an e-mail to:

SAT. 11/3 - CHICO'S BAIL BONDS @ HOLLY STREET BAR & GRILL IN OLD TOWNE PASADENA, 8:30pm. Corner of Holly & Marengo. Full bar & "eclectic California cuisine." 626-440-1421 BLUES.
SAT. 11/3 - BETTER THAN BLUE @ THE SKYEBOX IN MONTROSE, 9pm. 3710 N. Verdugo. (818) 249-3674. (Above the Sun Palace Chinese Restaurant.) Rock/Soul/Blues. This is a full-service bar and restaurant with great food & killer drinks! Rumor has it that business has been a bit slow - please get out and show your support before we lose another cool music venue! No cover charge!

SAT. 11/3 - LIGHTNIN' WILLIE & THE POORBOYS AT THE BUCCANEER LOUNGE IN SIERRA MADRE, 9pm. 70 W. Sierra Madre Blvd. 626-355-9045. Full bar, no cover, free parking in back. Lightnin' fast BLUES.


SUN. 11/4 - have lunch with NEW ASTROTURF @ CAFE 322 IN SIERRA MADRE, 1:30 - 4:30pm. 322 W. Sierra Madre Blvd. 626-836-5414. Full bar and great Italian food in a comfy setting. Bring the family! Acoustic folk/rock.

SUN. 11/4 - "OPERA TO BROADWAY" VOCAL PERFORMANCES @ CAFE 322 IN SIERRA MADRE, 7pm. 322 W. Sierra Madre Blvd. 626-836-5414. Full bar and great Italian food. Every Sunday evening.

WED. 11/7 - MAX BUDA (formerly LOS CHUMPS featuring Chester on electric violin, Jerry on grand piano, Tedroy on bass and Sierra Madre's own Peter Burke on drums) @ CAFE 322 IN SIERRA MADRE, 8:00ish. 626-836-5414. Full bar, great Italian food. Sort of a unique jazzy-rock kinda thing - very entertaining stuff!

FRI. 11/9 & SAT. 11/10 - "THE SUBS" (Better Than Blue's acoustic alter ego) @ the DOCKSIDE in WEST COVINA, 7:30 - 11:30pm. 3057 E. Garvey Ave. North. Joe Velosa, Danny Hesse, Felicia Bright. Acoustic rock, soul & blues. 626-915-3474.


SAT. 11/10 - JAKE LaBOTZ @ THE FRET HOUSE IN COVINA, 8pm. 309 N. Citrus Ave. 626-339-7020. $15. A unique blend of acoustic Blues, Country, Rock & Gospel.

SAT. 11/10 - RICK SHEA & THE LOSIN' END @ THE BUCCANEER LOUNGE IN SIERRA MADRE, 9:30pm. 70 W. Sierra Madre Blvd. 626-355-9045. Full bar, no cover, pool table, plenty of free parking in back & on the street. HONKY TONKY COUNTRY/BLUES.

SUN. 11/11 - OCHO X @ CAFE 322 IN SIERRA MADRE, DOIN' A LUNCHTIME THING, 1:30 - 5pm. 322 W. Sierra Madre Blvd. 626-836-5414. Full bar and great Italian food, with a new lunch menu. LOTS OF JAMMIN' INSTRUMENTALS, LATIN INFLUENCED ROCK/JAZZ WITH A COOL VIBE. The Sotelo Brothers, Peter Burke on drums.

SUN. 11/11 - CHICO'S BAIL BONDS and many other bands IN A BLUES COMPETITION @ THE BLUE CAFE IN LONG BEACH, 210 Promendade. 562-983-7111. Times & details TBA.

SUN. 11/11 - WRECK 'N' SOW @ BARN BURNER IN PASADENA, 5:00 - 8:00pm. 1000 S. Fair Oaks Ave. 626-403-RIBS. BBQ, beer, wine. BLUEGRASS.

SUN. 11/11 - "OPERA TO BROADWAY" VOCAL PERFORMANCES @ CAFE 322 IN SIERRA MADRE, 7pm. 322 W. Sierra Madre Blvd. 626-836-5414. Full bar and great Italian food. Every Sunday evening.

TUES. 11/13 - WRECK 'N' SOW @ THE PIKE IN LONG BEACH , 8 - 11pm. 1836 E. 4th St. 562-437-4453 . Fun Bluegrass stuff w/great harmonies and snazzy overalls! And I was right - Huell Howser just LOVED them!

Please remember to call and verify all info. before making plans. Everything is subject to change. This is show biz, after all.

Hope to see you out & about,

http:// - new and improved, easy to read entertainment calendar!

Silverchair garners five ARIA Awards

Silverchair swept the 2007 ARIA Awards in Sydney last night. They won five ARIA's - more than any other artist this year. Most significantly the band took out the prestigious Album Of The Year award for their acclaimed Young Modern. While they've had five chart topping albums over their career this was actually the first time that any Silverchair release has received that honor.

They received the following awards:
Album Of The Year
Best Group
Single Of The Year
Best Rock Album
Highest Selling Single

This extraordinary achievement makes Silverchair the most successful artist in the entire history of the ARIA Awards. Last night's haul took the band's career tally to 19 eclipsing John Farnham's previous record of 18 career gongs. Silverchair opened the Awards telecast with a memorable performance of "Straight Lines" and set the tone for a very special night that cemented Silverchair in their rightful place as one of the most acclaimed and successful bands in Australian music history

The ARIA's capped the busiest few months of the band's entire career. They have toured non-stop over the last 16 weeks racking up nearly 60 shows around the world including international festival appearances and their hugely successful "Across The Great Divide" tour with co-headliners, Powderfinger. Those shows came to an end on Friday night in Silverchair's home town of Newcastle.

Upcoming US Tour Dates:
(additional dates to be announced soon)
11/14 - Anaheim, CA: House Of Blues (SOLD OUT)
11/15 - Las Vegas, NV: The Joint
11/16 - San Diego, CA: House Of Blues (SOLD OUT)
11/18 - San Francisco, CA: The Independent (SOLD OUT)
11/20 - Los Angeles, CA: The Wiltern
11/21 - Tempe, AZ: Marquee Theatre
11/23 - Salt Lake City, UT: The Venue
11/24 - Boulder, CO: Fox Theatre
11/26 - Oklahoma City, OK: Diamond Ballroom
11/27 - Austin, TX: La Zona Rosa
11/28 - Houston, TX: Meridian
11/29 - New Orleans, LA: House Of Blues
12/01 - Orlando, FL: House Of Blues
12/02 - North Myrtle Beach, SC: House Of Blues
12/04 - Norfolk, VA: ODU Constant Convocation Center
12/07 - Columbus, OH: Newport Music Hall
12/08 - Cleveland, OH: House Of Blues
12/11 - Indianapolis, IN: Music Mill

"After five years off, former teen rockers return with a strong, mature album."- Rolling Stone, 4 out of 5 stars

"[Young] Modern is a polished glam-rock suite, boasting more ecstatic melodies and colorful riffs than their four previous efforts combined...Here's hoping Silverchair's second act is just getting started."- Entertainment Weekly, A-

"'Young Modern' has reestablished Daniel Johns and crew as a commercial force, exhibiting a lush, mature sound ..."- Los Angeles Times

"{On Daniel Johns} Two scoops of yum with a meow on top!"- Perez Hilton

Sin City suggests AMA party

We’ got the rowdiest party of the AMA’s right here!

The team of folks who have hosted the most rockin’ “outlaw events” of the past 6 years at the AMA’s have joined forces to throw the biggest “official” party of this years conference. Come join Bryson Jones & The Sin City All Stars + special guests Jesse Dayton, Jim Lauderdale, Elizabeth Cook, Mike Farris, James Intveld, Aaron Beavers (Shurman), Chuck Mead, Randy Weeks, Sunny Sweeny, Mike Stinson, Anne McCue, Laura Cantrell, Dallas Wayne, Travis Howard, Ed Pettersen, members of Stonehoney and more SURPRISE guests as they celebrate Buck Owens, Gram Parsons and West Coast Country & Honky Tonk the only way they know how - raisin’ hell til the cops show up! Don’t worry, we’re still gonna send you home with a belly full of chicken & put on your party dress, your dancin’ shoes and – call the front desk for a late check out’re gonna need it!

For SIN CITY’S complete guide to recommended shows, panels parties etc. please click here'
or visit our website

Shilah Morrow
Sin City Social Club
7800 Indian Ridge Dr.
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Emery to perform at the Avalon with Chiodos

Seattle-based rock outfit EMERY will be in Los Angeles on Thursday, November 1 at Avalon with Chiodos. The band is touring in support of their third album I'M ONLY A MAN (Tooth & Nail Records)--produced by Ryan Boesch who has previously engineered discs by The Cure, Foo Fighters, Eels, Ozomatli and From First To Last. The album was released October 2 and debuted on the Billboard 200, selling over 11,600 copies in its first week.

I’M ONLY A MAN takes the band further into territory glimpsed at in their prior releases, expanding on their melodic side with catchy tracks that resonate long after the first listen, and their evolving lyrical prowess is especially on display throughout the album.

See Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood sold-out concert

On November 14th, fans of Garth Brooks will have the opportunity to see the legendary performer, with special guest Trisha Yearwood, from a venue just minutes from their homes.

This is the final concert in a sold-out series of nine originating from the brand new Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo. The concert will be simulcast live to more than 300 movie theatres nationwide in association with National CineMedia’s FATHOM.

All tickets will be priced at $10 (plus applicable online service charges) and go on sale Friday, October 19th at Noon in each local time zone at or via There is a limit of 10 tickets per person. An encore presentation of the concert will be rebroadcast in theatres on November 15th. Participating theatre locations and additional information is available at

This exclusive event will be presented in the following theatres in your area:

Alhambra Renaissance 14
One East Main Street
Alhambra, CA 91801

Antelope Valley Mall
1475 W. Avenue P
Palmdale, CA 93551

Burbank 16
125 East Palm Ave
Burbank, CA 91502

Cinemark 22
2600 West Avenue I
Lancaster, CA 93526

Huntington Beach 20
7777 Edinger Avenue
Huntington Beach, CA 92647

Irvine Spectrum 21
65 Fortune Drive
Irvine, CA 92618

Ontario Mills 30
4549 Mills Cir
Ontario, CA 91764

Orange Stadium Promenade 25
1701 W. Katella Avenue
Orange, CA 92868

Promenade 16
21801 Oxnard St
Woodland Hills, CA 91367

Rancho Mirage River 15
71800 Highway 111, Suite A-137
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270

The Block 30
20 City Blvd West
Orange, CA 92868

The Bridge
6081 Center Dr
Los Angeles, CA 90045

Valencia Stadium 12
24435 Town Center Drive
Santa Clarita, CA 91355-4591

Ventura Statium 16
2875 Elba Street
Ventura, CA 93001

Victor Valley Mall
14470 Bear Valley Road
Victorville, CA 92392

Petco launches effort to aid animals affected by California fires

Through the PETCO Foundation’s Emergency Round Up Fundraiser , pet lovers across the nation have donated nearly $140,000 to benefit the more than 19,000 animals affected by the California wildfires.

The 10-day program, effective Oct. 24 through Nov. 3, is a nationwide opportunity for PETCO customers to “round up” their purchases to the next highest dollar as a contribution to the Foundation. All donations will go toward the Foundation’s ongoing efforts to aid animals affected by the fires and other incidents.

PETCO and its vendors, along with the PETCO Foundation have provided products valued at more than $300,000 to evacuation centers and animal welfare groups throughout Southern California and continue to support relief efforts.

Stories of that support and a video highlighting PETCO’s and the Foundation’s efforts is now available on the company’s blog, , where animal lovers can get the latest news on anything and everything PETCO – from updates about the company to incredible acts of animal kindness.

To donate to the PETCO Foundation online or to locate a store near you, visit .

PETCO is a privately held specialty retailer that provides products, services and advice that make it easier for our customers to be great pet parents. We operate more than 850 stores in 49 states and the District of Columbia, as well as a leading pet products and information destination at Our nonprofit organization, The PETCO Foundation, has raised more than $37 million since its inception in 1999 to help promote and improve the welfare of companion animals. In conjunction with the foundation, we work with and support more than 4,600 local animal welfare groups across the country to help find homes for more than 200,000 adoptable animals every year.

Otep album released today

OTEP are currently gearing up for the October 30 release of their long-awaited new album, The_Ascension. The band enlisted producer Dave Fortman (Mudvayne, Evanescence) for The_Ascension, and also called on Grammy nominated guitarist Greg Tribbett (Mudvayne, HELLYEAH) to co-write three songs. OTEP are currently working on the videos for two songs from the album, “Confrontation” and “Breed,” to be directed by P.R. Brown (Smashing Pumpkins, James Blunt).

October 30 also marks the start of the BALLS VOLUME STRENGTH Tour. OTEP will be performing alongside HELLYEAH and bloodsimple to support The_Ascension. The tour kicks off in Detroit, MI at The Fillmore and wraps up on December 7 at The Palladium in Worcester, MA.

With the release of The_Ascension, their third full-length outing, OTEP challenged themselves to avoid clichés and classifications and find a new landscape of sound and vision. On The_Ascension Otep is both inciteful and insightful, with songs ranging from the aggro call to arms of “Confrontation” to the vulnerable ‘Perfectly Flawed.’ The_Ascension is infused with a meticulous care to detail, the CD’s 13 songs both free and freeing for the listener and the band. In their career, OTEP have sold over 400,000 units.

Here’s what the press has to say about The_Ascension:

“…Otep Shamaya is hot and her guttural scream rivals Slipknot’s Corey Taylor…[The rest of the band’s] pummeling power chords and break-neck speed-drumming are the icing on this pissed off cake.” – Penthouse

“[One of the] People You Should Know About” –

“When you’re mad at the world and need a soundtrack, Otep’s latest is here for the taking.” – Outburn

“…eloquent and necessary…” – Alternative Press

“…their most inspired effort to date…The_Ascension finds the band in top form and showing levels of musical growth…” – Metal Edge

The_Ascension is in stores October 30. The BALLS VOLUME STRENGTH Tour hits the US this November!!!

10/30 - Detroit, MI - Fillmore (formerly State Theatre)
10/31 - Indianapolis, IN - Egyptian Room
11/02 - Grand Rapids, MI - Orbit Room
11/03 - Minneapolis, MN - First Ave
11/04 - Chicago, IL - House of Blues
11/06 - Sauget, IL - Pop's
11/07 - Kansas City, MO - Uptown Theatre
11/09 - Denver, CO - Fillmore
11/10 - El Paso, TX - Cohen Coliseum (KLAQ show)
11/11 - Phoenix, AZ - Marquee Theatre
11/13 - Santa Ana, CA Galaxy
11/14 - Los Angeles, CA - Key Club
11/16 - Ventura, CA - Ventura Theatre
11/17 - Las Vegas, NV - House of Blues
11/23 - Oklahoma City, OK - Diamond Ballroom
11/27 - Memphis, TN - New Daisy Theater
11/28 - Atlanta, GA - Roxy Theater
11/30 - Ft Myers, FL - City of Palms Park (Radio show)
12/02 - Orlando, FL - Hard Rock
12/04 - Norfolk, VA - NorVa
12/05 - Baltimore, MD - Ram's Head
12/07 - Worcester, MA – The Palladium

"Live at the Masque" book release party

HEY, MORTALITY! Dead or Alive in ‘07?

Celebrate the release of “Live at the Masque: Nightmare in Punk Alley”, a 300+ page book painstakingly compiled and edited by Brendan Mullen and Roger Gastman.

Date: Sunday, November 11, 2007
Where: Echoplex + Echo Enter at 1154 Glendale Blvd., between Scott & Park avenues in Echo Park, CA 90026
Time: 3 p.m. onwards All ages
and a hell of a lot more...

About the book
The book includes previously unpublished photos, posters and flyers for bands that got their start there. X, Go Go’s, Dickies, Bags, Eyes, Black Randy & the Metro Squad, Plugz, Skulls, Controllers and the Deadbeats leap out of every page, many of them in full color. Also included are pre-Masque bands that played there to ever-expanding audiences, namely the Alleycats, Zeros, Dils, Screamers, Germs, Weirdos, Avengers, Mau Mau’s, and many more pioneers of early West Coast punk/hardcore. Photography by Alain Saint-Alix, Jill Ash, Jules Bates, Michelle Bell, Gabi Berlin, Eric Blum, Jim Carberry, Kerry Colonna, Chris D., Al Flipside, Frank Gargani, Dave Goldberg, Bonnie Gordon, Diane Grove, Bibbe Hansen, Jenny Lens, Scott Lindgren, Ladd McPartland, Tony Montesion, Melanie Nissen, Donna Santisi, Jules Shobert, Robert Steinberg, Ann Summa, Carol Torres, Jimmy Towns, Jill Von Hoffman, Philomena Winstanley, Dawn Wirth, Herb Wrede and Michael Yampolsky. Poster and flyer design by David Allen, Judith Bell, Bob Biggs, David Brown, Exene Cervenka, Chris D., Margaret Guzman, Larry “Dammit” Hammett, Havoc, Lux Interior, Tony Kinman, Paul Lesperance, Brendan Mullen, Paul Picasso, Tom Recchion and Cliff Roman. Foreword by curator and historian Kristine McKenna. Introduction by Brendan Mullen.
Amazon link to Live at the Masque: Nightmare in Punk Alley

More about the line-up:

Tito Larriva, Barry McBride & Charlie Quintana will reunite for the first time since 1982 to perform the Electrify Me album in its entirety. This classic recording was the first full-length studio album to be self-produced and self-released by any band from the local ’77 punk scene.

The Eyes (with Charlotte Caffey of the Go Go’s, DJ Bonebrake of X and The Knitters, and Joe Ramirez of Black Randy & the Metro Squad) are one of the original pop-punkers to play the Masque. The Eyes were an awesome “power trio” who beautifully belied the myth that punks down there didn’t know how to play their instruments.

Billy Bones and his new band of young 'uns convene an open jam for all living alumni from the beginning of the band [Fall of 1977] to the present. Expect all the early hits and a few deranged covers: Victims, Incomplete Suicide, Kill Me, Kill Me, Building Models, On Target, etc.

Scott Guerin founder of the Deadbeats, probably the world's first “jazz-punk” group and a Masque regular reforms the band for the first time since the early 80s. Known for elaborate stage outfits and theatrical props as much as dark, murderous lyrics, the Deadbeats boasted real musicians; cool guys with serious chops who never overplayed, the Deadbeats will pay tribute to Scott's late brother Shawn Guerin, the band's original astounding drummer. Best known for Kill the Hippies, Final Ride and Maria Maria (I Just Shot a Girl Named Maria). Hopefully, Geza X will also join in on guitar.

Along with the Skulls, the Michigan-transplanted Controllers played the Masque the most where they attracted the attention of NY-transplanted Fluxus artist Al Hansen who managed them from late '77 into 79. Stingray will hopefully throw in a few numbers by his other band Kaos. I begged him for Iron Dream, at least.

Reggae artist Barrington Levy to appear at Crash Mansion


“You come with the vibes, I’ll bring the vibes.” – Barrington Levy

Living legend and Jamaica’s #1 all time singer, Barrington Levy, will be blazing up the stage on Wednesday, November 7th at Crash Mansion LA. This special night showcases the magnificent vocal talents of the man behind such international hits as “Under Mi Sensi,” “Murderer” and “Sister Carol”.
Jamaica’s “Mellow Canary” is one of the first originators of dancehall reggae music; and his famous scatting and wailing has garnered him much deserved international praise, many critically acclaimed albums and a loyal following of devoted fans worldwide.
Arriving on the Jamaican dancehall scene at the tender age of 13, Barrington Levy is the true godfather of dancehall reggae music. Since the release of his debut, Englishman, in 1979, he has continuously produced chart topping singles in both the US and UK markets, breaking through with songs like “Ah Yah We Deh,” “Shine Eye Gal,” “Collie Weed” and 1996’s mega-hit, “Living Dangerously.” His songs have become celebrated anthems for dancehall DJs everywhere, and for over two and a half decades his sensational voice and impressive stage show have made Levy an inspiration to countless bands and musicians everywhere.
He been remixed by dancehall greats like Bounty Killer, Cutty Ranks and Lady Saw, has shared the stage with artists like U2, Gregory Issacs and Stevie Wonder, and appeared on albums lending his powerful voice alongside such varied artists as Shaggy, Long Beach Dub All-Stars, Shyne and Snoop Dog.
Later this year he will be releasing his newest effort entitled, It’s About Time. There is simply no stopping the influence of this reggae superstar.
For more info go to

WHAT: Barrington Levy (with Kontiki & J. Boog)
WHERE: Crash Mansion, 1024 Grand Ave., Downtown LA
WHEN: November 7th, 9PM-2AM
ADMISSION: $16.50 advance/$21.50 dos

Crash Mansion sits in a space that used to be Myron’s Ballroom, the famous 1940’s swing dancing club where Elvis once performed. Crash Mansion has hosted some amazing events so far like Nikki Sixx’s CD release party, Dave Navarro & DJ Skribble’s first ever performance, Wyclef Jean and a surprise set from Q-Tip from Tribe Called Quest. An 8,000 square-foot main stage accommodates headliners with lofted ceilings and a fully digital sound room, while two adjacent rooms--the Burn Lounge and the Foyer Gallery--cater more to low-key performers and the local artist scene. With five bars, three distinct atmospheres, and a fully operative kitchen, this industrial chic, 1200 person capacity club caters to the rich diversity of art and music lovers in Los Angeles. They are excited to be apart of LA’s downtown movement and are thrilled to be able to contribute nightlife, music and arts to the community.
For more information, go to or

Cinergy 2007 set for Saturday

WHAT: Endurance Productions presents, CINERGY 2007, a night of artistry complete with live music, inspirational speaker and film premiere.
WHEN: Saturday, November 3, 2007
WHERE: Little Tokyo at the Japan America Theatre 244 South San Pedro Street, Los Angeles, 90012
WHO: All are welcome. Admission is free.

CINERGY 2007 is a night of artistry complete with the gifted music of piano player Brandon Shimahara, a message from world-renowned Pastor and television host Bayless Conley and the premiere of the short film, "Good Soil,” featuring Shin Koyamada. Koyamada, the rising star who acted alongside Tom Cruise in "The Last Samurai,” will be present at the screening of the premiere.

Epitaph signs Story of the Year


Band Enters Studio with John Feldmann and Elvis Baskette, Epitaph Debut Scheduled for Spring 2008

St. Louis-bred five piece Story of the Year have signed with Los Angeles-based stalwart Epitaph in what is perhaps the perfect marriage of like-minded individuals. The deal partners one of the world’s largest independent record companies, which advocates creative freedom for its recording artists, with a band known, in spite of their superstar status, for a tireless do-it-yourself work ethic and willingness to take risks and push boundaries musically.

“From my first time seeing Story of the Year light up the stage of the tiny Troubadour club like a torch, to soon thereafter seeing them light up every TV screen across America, I always regretted that I hadn’t come across them just a little sooner and perhaps have had the chance to sign them,” says Epitaph owner Brett Gurewitz. “All I can say is I’m finally redeemed! This is a very big deal for Epitaph.”

Story of the Year have two previous studio releases, 2003’s Page Avenue produced by John Feldman (the Used, My Chemical Romance, Atreyu) and 2005’s In the Wake of Determination produced by Steve Evetts (Saves the Day, Senses Fail). Fueled in part by huge hit singles such as the enduringly infectious “Until the Day I Die,” combined sales of the two records number well into the millions worldwide, with gold and platinum records in the US, Japan, Canada and Australia.

"Brett Gurewitz and his team understand the music landscape in 2007,” says John Reese, the band’s manager. “While major labels are on the panic trail, Epitaph is coming up with great new ideas to help artists reach their fans and make new ones as well. We are excited to release Story of The Year's music with the support of Brett and his team."

Story of the Year’s Epitaph debut will be further highlighted by a reunion of sorts, as original partner-in-crime/producer John Feldmann returns to the helm on a number of songs. In addition, the band will spend time with Elvis Baskette (Chevelle, Escape the Fate), completing the record on the Virginian coast.

Known for their kinetic live shows and ridiculously catchy songs, Story of the Year have always been famously ballsy in their mixing of glossy production, big rock hooks and honeyed melodies with searing metal riffs and intense screaming. The band has garnered a passionate and loyal following, thanks in large part to lead singer Dan Marsala’s signature vocal style and heartfelt lyrics. Story of the Year have toured extensively, headlining massive festival tours such as the Vans Warped Tour and Taste of Chaos, and holding their own indoors with other rock heavyweights such as My Chemical Romance, the Used and Linkin Park.

The wait is over. Story of the Year’s highly anticipated Epitaph debut is scheduled for spring 2008. Expect exhaustive touring in support of their new record.

Story of the Year are:
Dan Marsala - vocals
Ryan Phillips – guitar
Philip Sneed – guitar
Adam Russell – bass
Josh Wills - drums

Belay My Last to hit the road in November


Check out Belay My Last on tour with As Blood Runs Black, Walls of Jericho, The Warriors, & Born of Osiris this winter in support of their recently released debut album, The Downfall. This album includes thirteen original tracks and over fifty minutes of some of the most adept metal tracks to decimate the scene today. The Downfall also includes a music video along with tour and studio footage as an added fringe benefit.

Belay My Last’s songs are an impeccable fusion of brutal and melodic harmonies that leave you invariably questioning what’s next to come. The musical content of this album is unparalleled and will entice any fan of amply composed music. The idea behind the creation of their music was to compose music that is very heavy but extremely interesting at the same time, pushing boundaries in every aspect.

Belay My Last are no rookies to the road, having toured with the likes of Necrophagist, Cattle Decapitation, and The Faceless, all prior to the release of their debut album. Their unhinged live shows match the album’s intensity flawlessly. Members have been hospitalized on many occasions due to the raucous stage antics. “We believe that when you go to a show, what you see is as important as what you hear”, explains bassist Garrett Harer. Belay My Last is no band you would want to miss out on.


Nov 23 2007 8:00P - Soma San Deigo, California
Nov 24 2007 8:00P - Alpine Ventura, California
Nov 25 2007 8:00P - The Whisky West Hollywood, California
Nov 26 2007 8:00P - Cedar Center Lancaster, California
Nov 28 2007 8:00P - The Exit Fresno, California
Nov 29 2007 8:00P - SJ Skate San Jose, California
Nov 30 2007 8:00P - The Boardwalk Sacramento, California
Dec 3 2007 8:00P - Hawthorne Theater Portland, Oregon
Dec 4 2007 8:00P - Studio Seven Seattle, Washington
Dec 5 2007 8:00P - The Blvd Spokane, Washington
Dec 6 2007 8:00P - The Venue Boise, Idaho
Dec 7 2007 8:00P - Club NVO Logan, Utah
Dec 8 2007 8:00P - Marquis Theatre Denver, California
Dec 9 2007 8:00P - Gator’s Farmington, New Mexico
Dec 10 2007 8:00P - The Cell Block Phoenix, Arizona
Dec 11 2007 8:00P - The Launchpad Albuquerque, New Mexico
Dec 12 2007 8:00P - Jakes Lubbock, Texas
Dec 13 2007 8:00P - Tulsa
Dec 14 2007 8:00P - Java Jazz Houston, Texas
Dec 15 2007 8:00P - The White Rabbit San Antonio, Texas
Dec 16 2007 8:00P - Fat Daddy’s Dallas, Texas
Dec 17 2007 8:00P - Chic’s El Paso, Texas