Monday, March 30, 2009

Vinny Golia Sextet, Slumgum and Axis Trio shows

April 15th, 9pm
Vinny Golia Sextet, Slumgum, and Axis Trio
Mr T's Bowl
5621 1/2 Figueroa St., Highland Park

A triple bill featuring LA jazz legend, Vinny Golia! A virtuoso improviser on dozens of woodwind instruments, Vinny has been a featured performer with other avant-garde masters such as Anthony Braxton, Bobby Bradford, and John Zorn. At Mr. T’s he will perform with his electric sextet. Expect explosive solos driven by a psychedelic hurricane from the rhythm section!

Slumgum performs original music that is packed with unbridled imagination. A jazz quartet overflowing with spontaneity, their live shows are volatile and pumped with energy. With a rare band dynamic abounding in vitality, their joy on stage is contagious.

The Axis Trio is a drums/bass/rhodes ensemble with roots in Pakistan, Morocco, and Iran. In an intoxicating whirlwind, they consistently push the boundaries of a traditional piano trio. With compositions ranging from dreamlike dirge to blazing groove, their performances are kaleidoscopes of sonic color.

April 24th 8-10
Café Metropol
923 E. 3rd. Street, Los Angeles

Global Inheritance coming to a festival near you

2009 will see GLOBAL INHERITANCE (GI) expand its reach during a very busy spring, including stops at leading North American music and green festivals including the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival and Stagecoach: California’s Country Music Festival. GLOBAL INHERITANCE -- a 501c3 non-profit organization -- is working to empower individuals worldwide to think and act creatively in solving global imbalances by establishing unique initiatives pushing for progressive social change.

Through green technology, the arts and interactivity, GLOBAL INHERITANCE is reinventing activism to a new generation looking to make a difference in their communities and beyond. The organization has become a fixture among North America’s leading music festivals and events including the Virgin Festivals in Toronto, Calgary, Vancouver and Baltimore, SXSW and UMF, in addition to working with the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival and the ESPN Summer X Games for the past seven years.

Both the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival (America’s most critically acclaimed music festival taking place in Indio, CA on April 17, 18 & 19, with performances by Paul McCartney, The Killers, The Cure and Morrissey) and Stagecoach: California’s Country Music Festival (set for April 25 & 26, with performances by Brad Paisley, Kenny Chesney, Reba and Kid Rock) take place at the Empire Polo Field in Indio, CA and will feature several GLOBAL INHERITANCE exhibits.

In addition to the popular Carpoolchella and 10-for-1 bottle exchange programs, new exhibits include GI’s TRASHed:: Art Of Recycling bins. These are artistic designs of recycling bins that are then integrated into the festival grounds to encourage recycling and provide inspiring new ways to view artwork. An inspiring example of functional art, 30 of these bins will be on the festival grounds. Post show, the bins will be donated to the Los Angeles School District.

Also onsite will be Energy FACTory bikes: specially outfitted bikes that create energy as festival go-ers pedal. As part of the Energy FACTory bike display at Coachella, GI is hosting Tour De Caddy Shack, whereby attendees can ride the bikes to power TV’s showing the film Caddy Shack. The individual powering both films with the best time will win a Coachella gold cart.

Another highlight is 18 & Up, the first-ever renewable energy customized Golf Cart collection. These Golf Carts will not only operate on solar, biodiesel, switch grass-based ethanol and wind modes of energy, but each cart will be redesigned to represent different artists & genres performing at the Coachella/Stagecoach festivals. The goal of the 18 & Up project is to transform a staple mode of transportation in the Coachella Valley into a mobile alternative energy exhibit. Over the past two years, Global Inheritance has created the Energy FACTory to educate individuals onsite about the potential of alterative energy. This year, GLOBAL INHERITANCE will apply this technology and provide a fleet of Golf Carts never before seen in the western world.

GLOBAL INHERITANCE will be a part of several other Southern California events coming this spring, starting with various activities at the TRASHed @ The Camp space in Costa Mesa, CA throughout March (

On April 4, the organization will be featured at The Hive Gallery & Studios in Downtown Los Angeles for Think Big--A Traveling Exhibit of 40 Mini Recycling Bins by 40 of Los Angeles’ finest artists. An Energy FACTory bike and the wind-powered golf cart from the 18 & Up exhibit will also be showcased at the San Diego Science Festival on April 4.

Beginning June 7, GI will run their Tour Rider initiative for the Hollywood Bowl’s summer concert series for the fourth year in a row. The Tour Rider initiative addresses the chronic traffic problems and pollution from gridlock traffic at large venues for concerts and festivals. Tour Riders are attendees that carpool, use Park & Ride programs and/or take public transportation to a Tour Rider sponsored event. Tour Riders receive an array of perks ranging from access to VIP ticket lines, private music showcases, gift bags, tickets to museums and other local events.

For more info on the Tour Rider offerings, visit:

For additional information on GLOBAL INHERITANCE and their different programs, visit:

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Costa Mesa, CA
TRASHed @ The Camp/Saturday Recycling Drive

Costa Mesa, CA
TRASHed @ The Camp/Little Shop of Horrors + Live Carnivorous Plants

Costa Mesa, CA
TRASHed @ The Camp/Spin & Shake Cycling Class

Costa Mesa, CA
TRASHed @ The Camp/Saturday Recycling Drive

Miami, FL
Ultra Music Festival

Costa Mesa, CA
TRASHed @ The Camp/Saturday Recycling Drive

Miami, FL
Ultra Music Festival

Costa Mesa, CA
TRASHed @ The Camp/Black Body Radiator

Costa Mesa, CA
TRASHed @ The Camp/Wall-e + a talk on recycling locally and globally

Los Angeles, CA
Think Big @ The Hive

San Diego, CA
San Diego Science Festival

Indio, CA
Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival

Washington, DC
The Green Apple Festival

Indio, CA
Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival

Washington, DC
The Green Apple Festival

Indio, CA
Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival

Washington, DC
The Green Apple Festival

Toronto, ON
The Green Living Show

Indio, CA
Stagecoach: California’s Country Music Festival

Toronto, ON
The Green Living Show

Indio, CA
Stagecoach: California’s Country Music Festival

Toronto, ON
The Green Living Show

Monte Hale dead at 89

Popular Singing Cowboy and actor, Monte Hale, passed away on Sunday, March 29, 2009 in his home in Studio City, California after a lengthy illness. He was 89 years old. His career as an entertainer spanned over sixty years in the industry.

The Texas native bought his first guitar for $8.50 at the age of thirteen. He launched his musical career performing at various clubs around the state, quickly making a name for himself and expanding his performing venues. It was during his performance at a War Bond Rally that Phillip Isley discovered him and soon the handsome, talented young man was headed to Hollywood for a screen test. He hitchhiked all the way, stopping at a gasoline station around the corner from the studio, just long enough to wash his face and comb his hair before making his appearance.

Monte’s screen test was so impressive that he was immediately signed to star in “The Big Bonanza” with Richard Arlen. Shortly after he was signed to a seven year contact with Republic where he was groomed up with films starring Wild Bill Elliott, Sunset Carson, and such fare as “Steppin in Society”(1945) with Everett Horton.

Around this time the executives at Republic were looking for someone to test a new color film and they decided to team Monte with Adrian Booth in the Magnicolor “Home On The Range” (1946), thus making Monte Hale Republic’s first western star in a color series. His next seven films were made in Trucolor. Monte went on to star in 19 of his own films.

Monte was tall and handsome and possessed an excellent voice. With this in mind, Republic put his voice and his songwriting talents to work in the westerns. Not considered true musical westerns like those of Gene Autry and Roy Rogers, Monte’s films were mainly dramas in which he stopped to sing a song now and then. He became one of Republic’s most popular and respected singing cowboys.

Fawcett Publications sold over two million copies per month of Monte Hale comic books. Now considered collector’s items, the publications were sold in six series and published in twenty-seven different languages.

After his departure from Republic, Monte went on to do guest starring roles on such TV series as “Gunsmoke,” “Honey West,” “Tales of Wells Fargo,” “Wild Bill Hickock,” and “Circus Boy.” He was a member of the panel on “Juke Box Jury” and appeared on the “Western Star Theatre” radio program. In addition he continued his work in films, most notably as Rock Hudson’s attorney in “Giant” (1956) and the town drunk in “Chase” (1966) with Marlon Brando.

Monte and his wife Joanne were co-founders of the Gene Autry Western Heritage Museum and serve as members of the board of directors and have since the inception of the museum. The museum was later renamed the Autry Museum of Western Heritage and is now part of the Autry National Center as the Museum of the American West.

A permanent exhibit dedicated to Monte Hale’s career is located in the Autry’s Museum of the American West’s Spirit of Imagination Gallery.

In 2004 Monte was honored with a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Motion Pictures.

Monte is survived by his wife, Joanne Hale and a brother, Dick Hale. In lieu of flowers the family has requested donations be made to the Autry National Center. For additional information contact Maxine Hansen at (818) 752-7770.

U-2 360 degrees Tour selling out

It’s confirmed! U2 fans world-wide are ready to “get on their boots” as U2 360° Tour, presented by Blackberry®, announces multiple sell-outs in Amsterdam, Dublin, Gothenburg, and Paris as well as additional sell-outs in Milan, Nice, Chorzow, Zagreb and Sheffield.

Response has been overwhelming and records continue to shatter. In London, with over 6700 tickets sold in just 60 seconds, ticket sales for U2 360° Tour at Wembley Stadium resulted in the highest sales rate ever in the UK. At Dublin’s Croke Park, 160,000 tickets for U2 360° Tour performances in July 24th and 25th sold out in just 40 minutes, leading the announcement of a 3rd and final event in that city.

Response to U2’s Toronto performance has been so overwhelming that a second and final show was announced before the first date went on sale. Sales in Gothenburg and Amsterdam were so brisk that 2nd performances were added and sold out within hours of them going on sale.

Zagreb sales broke all sales records in that country and last week – U2’s tour opener in Barcelona sold out in 54 minutes becoming the fastest ever sold out show in the history of pop music in Spain.

U2 360° Tour, their first stadium outing since the Vertigo Tour of 05/06 follows the release of their 12th studio album No Line On The Horizon which debuted at #1 in over 30 territories.

Produced by Live Nation Global Touring, U2 360° begins June 30th in Barcelona and will visit 14 cities across Europe through August. The tour will then storm North America beginning at Chicago’s Soldier Field on September 12th, 2009 with concert dates confirmed through Vancouver on October 28th.

Long-time U2 Show Director Willie Williams has worked again with architect Mark Fisher (ZooTV, PopMart, Elevation and Vertigo), to create an innovative 360˚ design which affords an unobstructed view for the audience. U2 360° also marks the first time a band has toured in stadiums with such a unique and original structure (which can be viewed at

“U2 has always been at their best when surrounded by their audience, this staging takes a giant leap forward. With 85 percent of the tickets priced at less than $95.00, general admission floor tickets priced at $55.00 and at least 10,000 tickets at every venue priced at the $30.00 price range, we have worked very hard to ensure that U2 fans can purchase a great priced ticket with a guaranteed great view” says U2’s manager Paul McGuinness.

Arthur Fogel, CEO Global Touring/Chairman - Global Music Live Nation: "Following the overwhelming worldwide success of the Vertigo tour where every available ticket was sold, there is tremendous anticipation for this tour and to experience this revolutionary production. As usual fans will not be disappointed."

Commenting on the new relationship between U2 and BlackBerry-maker Research In Motion (RIM), Paul McGuinness added: "This tour announcement marks the first stage of a relationship and shared vision between RIM and U2 that we expect will lead to new and innovative ways to enhance the mobile music experience on the BlackBerry platform for U2 fans. We look forward to sharing more details as the relationship unfolds.”

In keeping with their long-standing tradition, U2 will welcome a number of different support acts to the tour, including: Snow Patrol, Muse, Glasvegas, Elbow, Kaiser Chiefs and Black Eyed Peas. **IN LOS ANGELES SPECIAL GUEST WILL BE THE BLACK EYED PEAS

Full details of all dates and on-sale information as well as a virtual model of the unique production and seating positions can be found on a dedicated microsite at As usual, existing subscribers to U2’s official website will have an opportunity to purchase tickets in advance of the public on sale date.

The U2 360° tour is sponsored by BlackBerry® and produced by Live Nation Global Touring.

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Tickets will be $251.50; $96.50: $56.50 and $31.50 each (Field GA is priced at $56.50)
Tickets will be available at and Tickets will also be available at all Ticketmaster retail outlets, including all Macy’s, F.Y.E., Wherehouse Music & Ritmo Latino locations, and via Charge by Phone-- (213) 480-3232 • (714) 740-2000 • (805) 583-8700.

Please note: Fans buying tickets through charge-by-phone or online will be able to print their tickets at home, with the exception of Field (GA) ticketholders. Those fans will have their tickets mailed to them.

Jeremy Jay tour begins Thursday

Jeremy Jay is a mixture of a storyteller, artist and singer. Following a series of 7" singles, he released his debut LP, A Place Where We Could Go on K in Spring 2008 to rave reviews.
Currently, he splits his time between living in Paris and Los Angeles, the dream cities of the French New Wave and Hollywood.

Similar to films, Jeremy identifies with the visual stories of life and love, and touches on everything human; he is always in the process of writing and recording, playing the guitar and taking long walks.

Jeremy is getting acquainted to living in Paris, but still draws much of his inspiration from the films of iconic American teen auteur John Hughes.

With his new single “Love Everlasting” and full-length Slow Dance (both released by K), Jeremy has created his own brand of urgent pop music that fits perfect in the house parties and punk rock clubs that he prefers to play. In 2009 Jeremy will be touring Europe, the USA, Australia, New Zealand and the UK.

US Tour Dates
4/2 – The Smell – Los Angeles, CA
4/3 – Café Du Nord – San Francisco, CA
4/4 – The Partisian - Merced, CA
4/5 – Luigi's Fun Garden – Sacramento, CA
4/7 – Sunset Tavern – Seattle, WA
4/8 – KPSU Presents @ Rotture – Portland, OR
4/9 – Cherry City Music Festival – Salem, OR
4/10 – Jewel Box Rendevous – Seattle, WA
4/11 – The Peanut Gallery – Vancouver, BC
4/12 – The Northern - "Slow Dance" Record Release Show – Olympia, WA
4/22 – Gooski's – Pittsburg, PA
4/23 – Talk Head Club – Baltimore, MD
4/24 – Union Hall – Brooklyn, NY
4/25 – The Silent Barn - New York, NY
4/26 – Velvet Lounge – Washington, DC
4/27 – Philadelphia – Philadelphia, PA
4/28 – T.T. The Bears – Boston, MA
4/29 – Zoo Bizarre – Montreal
4/30 – Bug Jar – Rochester,NY
5/1 - Beachland Ballroom – Cleveland, OH
5/2 – The Empty Bottle – Chicago, IL
5/4 The Treehouse - Columbus, OH
5/22 – The Smell – Los Angeles, CA
12/7 – The Hologram – Angel Town, CA

Motown celebrates 50th anniversary and life of Marvin Gaye with digital album

In the 50th anniversary year of Motown, April 2, 2009 will mark the 70th birthday of the late great Marvin Gaye. Sadly, April 1 will also mark the 25th anniversary of his tragic death the day before his 45th birthday. Motown's top solo male artist of the '60s, led by his "I Heard It Through The Grapevine"—at one time the biggest selling single in Motown history—Gaye became the label's most revolutionary artist in the '70s, breaking down barriers whether singing about the body or the soul, social consciousness or sexual politics. From his '60s classic "How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)," to his legendary rendition of "The Star-Spangled Banner" at the 1983 NBA All-Star Game, he defined the soul in "soul music."

Marvin Gaye's popularity and influence continues. His 1971 album What's Going On forever changed the subject matter of popular music; it's one of Rolling Stone magazine's top 10 albums of all time. In 1973, Let's Get It On became perhaps the most passionate and sexual album ever recorded, led by its title track, which remains one of the most popular songs of all time a certified Gold single back in the day, in the digital music era it's a Gold digital download and a Platinum-selling ringtone as well.

In 1987, three years after his death, Gaye was rightfully among only the second group of artists honored with induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. More recently, Marvin Gaye was No. 6 on Rolling Stone's list of the 100 Greatest Singers Of All Time.

Noting the milestones of his birth and passing, Motown/UMe will issue a special digital-only album on March 31, Marvin Gaye: Then & Now, a 14-track set of rarities highlighted by the previously unreleased "Soulie" (pronounced "sue-lee"), a 1966 recording recently unearthed by Motown's New York-based producer Mickey Gentile, and a hot funk 2009 remix of "I Want You," Marvin's No. 1 hit from 1976, by the renowned John Morales of M+M Productions. Other tracks making their online debut are: the deep vault track "It's Your Party," and his two super-rare late '50s Chess recordings with Harvey & The Moonglows ("Mama Loocie," "Twelve Months Of The Year"). Rounding out this special collection are Marvin's earliest, pre-hit Motown singles ("Witchcraft," "Let Your Conscience Be Your Guide" and more).

Motown/UMe is also issuing a vinyl-only edition of United (Motown/UMe), Gaye's classic duet album with Tammi Terrell, on April 14. The standard by which all R&B male-female duos are measured, Gaye and Terrell first teamed on the 1967 album that included "If I Could Build My World Around You," "Your Precious Love" and "Ain't No Mountain High Enough."

In addition, the ongoing, acclaimed "Motown 50" podcast series will feature special episodes on Marvin Gaye's life and music; Gaye is also well represented on the deluxe 10-CD box set Motown: The Complete No. 1's, which kicked off the year long celebration for Motown's 50th anniversary. Both The Real Thing, a DVD collection of his greatest television and concert appearances, and Gold, a 2-CD overview of his career, have recently been certified Gold. Gaye will also figure prominently in a two-hour documentary about Motown produced by the label's founder, Berry Gordy.

Story of the Year records new theme of ECW Superstar Christian

St. Louis-based alternative rock band Story of the Year, has just recorded the new entrance theme song "Just Close Your Eyes" for ECW Superstar Christian. The theme song was composed by WWE producer James A. Johnston, who is responsible for many of WWE's most famous entrance theme songs.

Days before The 25th Anniversary of WrestleMania, the band and Superstar will chat live with WWE Universe as part of Monday Night's RAW Live Blog on March 30th, 2009 at 7:30pm ET. Fans everywhere can log onto WWE Universe at to interact with Story of the Year and Christian.

ECW airs Tuesdays at 9pm/8pm ET on Sci Fi, and Saturdays at 9pm and 12am ET on Universal HD.

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Marvin Gaye and other R&B artists remembered at

April 1 marks the 25th anniversary of the death of R&B singer Marvin Gaye. In honor of Marvin, remembered for his talents in rhythm and blues, we’ve included a list from of many other R&B singers who have had a major influence on the genre and are still celebrated today.

Once termed “race music,” the R&B genre stems from African Americans in the late 1940s and early 1950s. Widely celebrated for their talents, the rhythm and blues of many late iconic singers greatly influenced the genre, now popular in the mainstream. These musicians continue to be remembered by their families, friends and devoted fans and are among the most visited Guest Books of R&B singers featured on, the Web’s dominant resource for obituary information and online memorials.

In your coverage of music, entertainment and pop culture, we thought you might find this list interesting. The talented Gerald Levert leads the pack with an impressive 20,533 posted Guest Book entries!

Other notables on the list of R&B singers include Luther Vandross, James Brown, Ray Charles and Aaliyah. The complete top 10 list is included below, along with a screen grab from the Gerald Levert Guest Book featuring entries from as recent as March 29, 2009.

Most Visited Guest Books: R&B Singers
· Gerald Levert
· Luther Vandross
· James Brown
· Isaac Hayes
· Ray Charles
· Sean Levert
· Lou Rawls
· Aaliyah
· Lisa Lopes
· June Pointer

Jason Lytle to release digital single April 7

On April 7th, Grandaddy singer and principle songwriter Jason Lytle will release a digital single for "Yours Truly, the Commuter" off his forthcoming solo debut full-length also titled Yours Truly, the Commuter, out May 19th on ANTI- Records.

On June 3rd, Lytle will meet up with labelmate Neko Case in Vancouver for a number of west coast shows. Neko is currently riding high on her new release Middle Cyclone which debuted at #3 on the Billboard charts.

Lytle is currently recuperating from almost a week of appearances, some of his first as a solo artist, at the 2009 South By Southwest music festival. By all accounts, his live performances of material from Yours Truly are upholding the torch lit by Grandaddy, understated but immensely moving and melodic.

Jason Lytle on tour with Neko Case:
6/3 VANCOUVER, BC The Vogue
6/4 SEATTLE, WA The Paramount
6/5 PORTLAND, OR Crystal Ballroom
6/7 EUGENE, OR MacDonald Theater
6/9 SAN FRANCISCO, CA The Warfield
6/12 LOS ANGELES, CA The Greek Theatre

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Bay City Rollers and Arista's legal battle continues

Two years ago, the Bay City Rollers filed a lawsuit against Arista Records, Inc., claiming that Arista had failed to pay them millions of dollars in royalties over an almost thirty-year period. The suit, filed on behalf of the Scottish band by Holland & Knight, alleges that Arista breached its contract with the Rollers and failed to account for or pay any royalties to the band for years, amounting to many millions of dollars in unpaid royalties.

In response to that lawsuit, Arista filed a motion to dismiss all of the Rollers' claims, asserting that the Rollers were barred from recovery for the millions of dollars that they had generated for the company. In its ruling, the Court expressly rejected Arista's main arguments, with the result that the lawsuit will now go forward without any meaningful impediment to the Rollers' claims.

"Although we are delighted, we are not surprised that the Court denied Arista’s efforts to dismiss the Rollers' claims," said Josh Krumholz of Holland & Knight, lead counsel for the Rollers. "This ruling is a highly significant victory for the Rollers and their efforts to recoup the millions owed to them by Arista Records in unpaid royalties. We now look forward to recovering in full the royalties that they have earned, but have been wrongly withheld from them, together with the interest that is due to them for the many years that their money has been wrongfully withheld."

To learn more about the original suit filed in 2007, please click here:

The Bay City Rollers, also known as the "Rollers," were the UK's biggest selling global act in the 1970s, gaining massive popularity around the world with their clean-cut image, distinctive plaid outfits and upbeat pop hits. For a period of time known as "Rollermania," they enjoyed sell-out tours, hit records and even had their own weekly television series in both the U.S. and UK. At the height of their fame, comparisons to the Beatles' earlier popularity were not uncommon.

In total, the Rollers released eight original albums and numerous greatest hits and compilations, including five straight gold records and six singles that made the Top 40 on the U.S. hit charts. Among their many hits were Saturday Night, I Only Want to Be With You and Bye Bye Baby. As proof of their ongoing popularity, Arista's most recent compilation, called Absolute Rollers -- the Very Best of, hit the Top 10 on the UK charts within the last year, and a new Collections CD is due to be released shortly.

About Holland & Knight LLP: Holland & Knight is a global law firm with more than 1,100 lawyers in 17 U.S. offices as well as Abu Dhabi, Beijing and Mexico City. Representative offices are located in Caracas and Tel Aviv. Holland & Knight is among the nation's largest law firms, providing representation in litigation, business, real estate and governmental law. Interdisciplinary practice groups and industry-based teams provide clients with access to attorneys throughout the firm, regardless of location.

Ramblin' Jack on tour

Ramblin' Jack Elliott is among dozens of musicians - including Bruce Springsteen, Eddie Vedder, John Mellencamp and more - who will gather at Madison Square Garden on May 3rd to celebrate American folk legend Pete Seeger's 90th birthday. Labelmates Billy Bragg and Michael Franti are also scheduled to appear.

Later that month, Ramblin' Jack will revisit neighborhoods he used to frequent with the likes of Jack Kerouac and Bob Dylan in the 1950s and ‘60s when he plays a special show at the Highline Ballroom in New York City on May 13th. Other east and west coast dates listed below.

The 77 year old Elliott is making a number of select appearances in support of his upcoming release A Stranger Here, available April 7th on ANTI- Records.

Produced by Joe Henry (Bettye LaVette, Solomon Burke, Elvis Costello/Allen Toussaint), A Stranger Here is a collection of carefully chosen pre-WWII blues songs, re-crafted with backing by legendary Los Angeles session musicians such as Van Dyke Parks and David Hidalgo and re-imagined with Elliott's world-scarred voice.

April 16 - Acoustic Music, San Diego CA
April 17 - McCabe's, Los Angeles CA
May 2 - Kent Stages, Kent OH
May 3 - Madison Square Garden, New York City NY
May 7 - Regatta Bar, Cambridge MA
May 13 - Highline Ballroom, New York City, NY
May 15 - The Turning Point, Piermont NY

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"Lifting the Veil of Eivl" soundtrack now available

How does it feel returning back to your country after 25 years in search for answers?

Ayesha Khan tells a story about a young man, Armaghan, who returns to Pakistan after 25 years to search out his Sufi master. The musical album is produced by Pakistan's finest nationally acclaimed artist and producer, Ali Sher. The CD soundtrack comes out on March 27, 2009 from 2 Republic Music Group.

During Armaghan's journey through the alluring yet dangerous city of Lahore, said to be guarded by Sufi Saints, the physical and material worlds uneasily blur, diverting him from his original quest. He pursues a mysterious woman through the streets of Lahore, but her changing forms make her impossible to possess. Will he find what he seeks or remain lost? His cousin, Ali, seeks his own calling in the sensual and violent world of Lollywood and becomes engulfed by fantastical musical hallucinations -- has he found peace or lost his hold on reality?

The soundtrack

consists of 14 mind-blowing tracks such as "Khayal," which has been played and raved about by critics on BBC Asia and MTV Iggy


The music video for Khayal was shot inco-sponsorship with Saadia Mirza, Pakistan's leading fashion designer.

The brains behind the soundtrack distribution and publicityis 20-year-old Raakin Iqbal

Iqbal is a 20-year-old enterpreneur who has been featured on numerous media outlets such as VOA and been called a "South Asian Music Mogul" by the Washington Post


He founded 2 Republic Music Group along with its parent company, Huqa Entertainment(

He started Huqa Entertainment as a part-time DJ company at the young tender age of 14. He produced his first nationwide Pakistani Rock tour by the age of 19 and an interfaith comedy show, which featured Muslim, Hindu, Christian, Jewish, and Sikh comedians, called Make Chai not War.

The soundtrack will be available on all major online stores such as iTunes (international), Amazon MP3, Rhapsody, Napster, eMusic, and many other stores as well. Listeners can go on the soundtrack web site to locate the album online.

2 Republic Music Group is the "22nd Century record label," working only with the digital media platform and not physical distribution unlike the traditional record label. Specializing with all world genre music, 2 Republic was the first music label to take up the first Pakistani artist on iTunes and took up the first Pakistani cinema motion picture soundtrack, Khuda Kay Liye.

"Grunge is Dead," a music history book, out Wednesday

Fifteen years after Kurt Cobain's suicide on April 5th, 1994, comes the authoritative story of grunge. 'Grunge is Dead: The Oral History of Seattle Rock Music' (released April 1, 2009, via ECW Press) by Greg Prato is the definitive story of the Pacific Northwest music scene of the late '80s and early '90s. Never before has a book attempted to examine the scene as a whole.

Pearl Jam bassist Jeff Ament says, "Finally, a book about the early years of our little scene in Seattle. I can't wait to hear all the different perspectives from the people that were actually there, not the so-called experts, who didn't show up until the '90s."

Prato will sign copies of his new book at The Book Revue in Huntington, NY on Wednesday, 8-April at 7pm (313 New York Ave), and also at Easy Street Records & Cafe in West Seattle on Saturday, 25-April at 6pm (4559 California Ave SW). These events are free and open to public (for more information, visit and ).

Taking the form of an oral history, Prato's tome contains over 130 original interviews conducted for the book over a three-year period. No outside interviews are included and most of the interviews are published here for the first time.

Some of the original interviews include:
Eddie Vedder, Pearl Jam singer
Jeff Ament, Pearl Jam/Mother Love Bone bassist
Kim Thayil, Soundgarden guitarist
Susan Silver, Soundgarden/Alice in Chains' manager, ex-wife of Chris Cornell
Duff McKagan, Guns N' Roses bassist
Jerry Cantrell and Sean Kinney, Alice in Chains guitarist and drummer
Nancy Layne McCallum, mother of late Alice in Chains singer Layne Staley
Mark Arm, Mudhoney singer
Chad Channing, Nirvana drummer
Jack Endino, producer Nirvana/Soundgarden/Mudhoney
Charles Peterson, photographer
Bruce Pavitt & Jonathan Poneman, founders Sub Pop Records

'Grunge is Dead' begins with a retrospective of the '60s and '70s that explains the rise of the Seattle music scene. Additionally, a large number of previously unpublished photographs appear in color and black and white throughout the book. The result is the complete first-hand history of grunge.

'Grunge is Dead' will allow rock fans to discover a unique chapter in music history, through the experiences of the people who were actually there.

Greg Prato is a Long Island, New York-based journalist whose writing has appeared in All Music Guide, Classic Rock Magazine, and Goldmine Magazine, and is the author of the books 'A Devil on One Shoulder and an Angel on the Other: The Story of Shannon Hoon and Blind Melon' and 'Touched by Magic: The Tommy Bolin Story.' He has interviewed many noted rock musicians over the years, including members of Rush, Kiss, Jane's Addiction, The Ramones, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, and others.

Title: Grunge Is Dead: The Oral History of Seattle Rock Music
Author: Greg Prato
Publisher: ECW Press
Distributor: Independent Publishers Group (IPG)
Publication: April 2009
Price: $19.95 US / $22.95 CDN
ISBN-13: 978-1-55022-877-9
Available from bookstores and online book retailers.

Bichon FurKids Rescue needs your help

Hi Everyone

Once again we are looking for foster homes for about 7 or so little furkids who are waiting for our help. One is a surrender by his owner.... she's moving and can't take him..... she's had him since he was 8 weeks old...... he's now 12 years old. Unbelievable. The 6 others are at the Orange County Shelter..... believe it or not, one of them is also 12 years old. How can someone have a dog for that many years and then just say oh well, we can't keep him or we're moving and can't take him. I don't get it.

If you can find it in your heart to open your home to one of them until we're able to find them forever homes, we'd be ever so grateful. As always, we provide everything you need to foster them, you just add the love and a little training. I've attached their photos to pull at your heartstrings.

Kindly forward this on to family and friends. Please help us help them.

Warm regards, Barb

Most sincerely,

Barbara Riggs,

Volunteer & Board Member

Bichon FurKids Rescue

714-642-1623 cell

Stop Puppy Mills, Adopt, Don't Shop

Unconditionally your friend, your child, your comforter,

....your defender, always your puppy....

You are their life, their love, their safe haven, their leader.

They will be yours, faithful and true, to the last beat of their heart.

You owe it to them to be worthy of such devotion.

Bamboozle Left auctioning stage time to benefit One Love for Chi

For the first time ever, THE BAMBOOZLE LEFT will auction off one of the festival’s most coveted spots: an appearance on the Main Stage. All proceeds from the auction will be donated to the One Love for Chi foundation to aid in the ongoing medical care of Deftones bass player, Chi Cheng.

The winning band will be awarded a 25 minute time slot on the Bamboozle Left Main Stage, Sunday April 5th from 2:00pm – 2:25pm at the Festival Grounds at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater. This is a tremendous opportunity to share the stage with Deftones, 50 Cent, Taking Back Sunday, Thrice, The Used, Shwayze, The Vandals, Saosin, Ignite, B.o.B., Emmure, The Bled, The Adolescents, and many, many more!

The auction begins today, Friday March 27th at 3pm PST and ends Wednesday, April 1st at 3pm PST. To participate in the auction, please go to:

The Bamboozle Left is the only place to watch over one hundred of the most talked about bands in pop, punk, mainstream, emo and more perform live on one massive bill. In addition to all of the great music that will take over the sprawling Festival Grounds of Verizon Wireless Amphitheater Saturday, April 4 and Sunday, April 5, The Bamboozle Left will also feature exciting carnival rides. Plus, the world famous vendor village returns, showcasing cutting edge clothing companies, band merch and tons of surprises.

For more info on One Love for Chi please visit:

For more information on the Bamboozle Left Festival please visit:

Drop Dead. Gorgeous on tour in support of new effort

DROP DEAD, GORGEOUS have returned with THE HOT N’ HEAVY an explosive thrill-ride of a record. Bolstered by the same crushing intensity that first earned the Denver-bred band a loyal global following, DDG’s electrifying and adventurous new studio disc-- appropriately dubbed THE HOT N’ HEAVY (Suretone) can’t but leave its metalcore peers in the dust.

Crafted with the guidance of Atlanta-based producer Matt Goldman (Underoath, The Chariot, Copeland), DROP DEAD, GORGEOUS -- DANNY STILLMAN (lead vocals), KYLE BROWNING (lead guitar, backing vocals), JAKE HANSEN (bass), DANNY COOPER (drums, percussion), DAN GUSTAVSON (rhythm guitar) -- ups its creative ante on the follow up to its 2007 breakthrough disc Worse Than A Fairy Tale. Drawing lyrically on real life experiences while fusing unexpected twists and turns to its forceful anthems, THE HOT N’ HEAVY is diverse and cohesive. To be blunt, it’s a song cycle that sucker punches listeners and then sucks them in like a Hoover.

Catch DROP DEAD, GORGEOUS on tour with Alesana and Fear Before:

Fri 3/27 San Diego, CA Soma
Sat 3/28 Los Angeles, CA El Rey Theatre
Sun 3/29 Anaheim, CA Chain Reaction
Wed 4/1 Victorville, CA Karma
Thu 4/2 Fresno, CA The Crest Theatre
Fri 4/3 Stockton, CA Empire Theatre
Sat 4/4 Orangevale, CA The Boardwalk
Sun 4/5 San Francisco, CA Slim’s
Tue 4/7 Portland, OR Hawthorne Theatre
Wed 4/8 Seattle, WA King Cobra
Thu 4/9 Spokane, WA The Big Dipper
Fri 4/10 Boise, ID The Venue
Sat 4/11 Salt Lake City, UT Avalon Theatre
Sun 4/12 Denver, CO Marquis Theatre
Tue 4/14 St. Paul, MN Station 4
Wed 4/15 Madison, WI Majestic Theatre
Thu 4/16 Milwaukee, WI The Rave
Fri 4/17 Chicago, IL Reggie’s Rock Club
Sat 4/18 Pontiac, MI The Eagle Theatre (at The Crowfoot)
Sun 4/19 Cleveland, OH Agora Ballroom
Mon 4/20 Millvale, PA Mr. Smalls Theatre
Tue 4/21 Buffalo, NY Xtreme Wheelz
Thu 4/23 Toronto, ON Opera House
Fri 4/24 Montreal, QUE Underworld
Sat 4/25 Portland, ME The Station
Sun 4/26 Providence, RI Club Hell
Tue 4/28 Virginia Beach, VA Peppermint Beach Club
Wed 4/29 Carrboro, NC Cat’s Cradle

Songalive! showcase Friday

Had a long week?

What can be better than to relax Friday night in a cool venue, great food, and great live music?

Songsalive! LA has reinvented TGIF!!

Songsalive! Los Angeles Showcase
Featuring talented songwriters from around the globe, the Songsalive! Showcases are the best industry secret, a great happening all around the world. Songsalive! Showcases are a very cozy, intimate and acoustic environment where media and music industry representatives often drop by to check out the latest talent. Showcase your music and support our Songsalive! national and international live events and showcases presenting songwriters and artists of original music. Showcases are conducted globally.

Friday, April 3
Show starts 7:30 pm

Hallenbeck's & Cahuenga General Store
5510 Cahuenga Blvd
North Hollywood, California 91601-2919
On Caheunga Blvd. 1/2 block north of Chandler on the right - next to The Actors Bootcamp
Light meals available

$8 donation at the door (cash).
Supports the venue and our non profit efforts.
As Songsalive! is a 501c)3) non profit charity, it is tax deductible. Ask for a receipt if necessary.

The Songsalive! Los Angeles Showcase features a new venue, a new date, and a new format! Songsalive returns to Hallenbeck's after a couple of years. Hallenbeck's is an well known venue for acoustic Los Angeles Songwriters and performers - they have a small stage with a great sound system, great food and drinks, it is family friendly too, with free parking on the street.

We have four performers who will be doing sets in two rounds - so nice you hear them all twice! And we'll have a short intermission in the middle for food, stretching, and conversation.


Paul Lawrence Moyer
Paul Lawrence Moyer is the drunk poet, the sawdust on a new porch, fire wood on a cold night, first day of spring, beef jerky, children playing in the park, a bent spoon, sunshine in your eyes, a broken Cadillac, space for rent, tired but willing, a warm shower, shaken not stirred, prisoner, yellow bird, church choir, casual encounter, blue jeans, scraped knee musician and songwriter. Hope you like what you hear.

Stephanie Erdel
Stephanie Erdel is a pop/rock singer songwriter filled with powerful energy that resonates through any room. Her style is a unique blend of diverse influences crossing a multitude of genres Ranging from the blues/rock of Led Zepplin to the deep soul of Bill Withers. During the course of her career, she has had the privilege of working with artists and producers such as the amazing Tracey Singleton from Fishbone, She is currently working on a third album with producer Peter DiStefano of Porno For Pyros.

Thomas Hornig
Thomas Hornig is a Singer/Songwriter/Producer based in Studio City, CA. His music encompasses a wide area of musical styles from Folk to Rock with the occasional Americana influences. He is the owner of Tomcat On The Prowl Productions a small production company focused on producing fellow singer/songwriters. Thomas is the recipient of the 2008 ASCAPlus Pop Award And we'll have a short intermission in the middle for food, stretching, and conversation. http://www.thomashorn...

Stefana's music - simple yet stirring - is created to inspire hope, love, purpose, inner strength and positive change. This socal based positive singer / songwriter's music has received licensing agreements and international attention for supporting other conscious media projects! Stefana invites her listeners to simply relax, enjoy, be energized, be inspired & pass it on!

Details for the events are at:

Also check out our Meetup group listed on the website.


- Now booking artists for July / August / Sept.

* You must be able to guarantee a min. of 5 guests.

* 6 song acoustic set

* You must be a Songsalive! member

* Showcase application at

NOTE: Please also come out and support our Los Angeles Songsalive Workshop held every month on the last Sundays of the month. for details

Thanks for reading!
Dave Harvey
Songsalive Communications Director
(also booking the LA Showcases)

About Songsalive!
Since 1997, Songsalive! is a non-profit membership organization dedicated to the nurturing, support, promotion and education of songwriters and composers worldwide. Songsalive! is run by volunteer songwriters for songwriters and has reached the far corners of the globe with chapters worldwide. Through our grassroots international efforts, we’ve put a stamp on what “global community” truly is. Join us today at

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Friday, March 27, 2009

End o' week musings

Spring has sprung and we're another week closer to my favorite season~ summer!

It was a good week, busy and fun. Beginning with a trip to Maggie's Pub in Santa Fe Springs last Friday with my friends Carin and Tom. I enjoyed a black and tan and a plate of corned beef and cabbage (piled so high that I had to take more than half of it home!). It was the last of the Friday night bands for a while and perhaps that's a good thing. The previous groups were good, but a little loud for a restaurant and this final offering, The Brats, was quieter, but a letdown.
The group is an older set of guys from the business world who are doing the band thing for "fun." Well, it isn't fun for us unless you leave your attitude at the door. They were not very friendly, they took a long time in between songs patting each other on the back for their perfomance and their fans were rude-- not tipping any of the waitstaff.

The Brats' music was mainly cover tunes from what I could tell. Mostly sleepy stuff and the kind of songs people sit around and get wasted to. This was not helping their cause, 'cuz at Maggie's the crowd wants to dance. Their musicianship was OK, but nothing to write home about. Like I said, at least they kept in turned down so we could still talk-- thank goodness or I might have been snoozing in my clam chowder!

I was up early on Saturday, heading out to the Association of Coaster Enthusiasts (ACE) event at Knott's Berry Farm in Buena Park. My friend Lynn belongs to the club and can't get enough of rollercoasters. She's super cool too because she likes to share her fun and in addition to carting her boyfriend Cliff, she invited me and Ben. If these characters sound familiar, they are-- this is the same gang I hang with at the Gallery at the End of the World in Pasadena and went to Disneyland with last year. We make a good team for these outings.

We got to the park before it opened and took a maintenance tour of Sidewinder and rode on Montezooma and Jaguar. We made it to first in line for the Silver Bullet as the doors opened. It really didn't seem that crowded that day, as we made swift work of riding everything that we wanted and more.

My favorite coaster proved to be my nemesis as well. Xcelerator is awesome, going straight up for more than 150 feet, giving a slight twist and then going straight down and on. I love the thrill of not seeing anything but sky and ground.. but the thrill didn't like me. As we hit the slight twist on the way up something pulled in my shoulder and my arm has been a little sore since... Oh well, it will heal and it was worth it.

The other coaster I'm not fond of is Ghostrider. I love the length of the ride, the ups and downs, the views, but I hate the way it rattles your brain. I went on it twice, while Lynn went on it several times. I'm not a whimp, but I know to stop before I get a headache.

My other favorite ride was Silver Bullet. For the unfamiliar, you sit in a seat that has a tad of swing to it because you are hanging from the track above your head--your feet dangle freely. It's a little weird, but it's sooo smooth and fast and it feels like you're flying.

The ACE event included a chicken lunch with boysenberry pie for dessert. You could have other things, but Knott's does these the best. I fed my roll to the big fish, ducks and turtles in the pond nearby-- they seemed to enjoy it quite a bit. We also received a t-shirt and had refreshments after the park closes, plus extra ride time on a few of the attractions. It was a terrific day! Thank you Lynn for thinking of me and thank you Ben and Cliff for being good company.

Sunday I went to the Langham, Huntington Hotel and Spa in Pasadena for the kick-off of its new Chocolate Tea. This is decadence at its finest. There is a hint of chocolate in the sandwiches, downright evil desserts and luscious liquid chocolate to drink. And the setting is beautiful. I recommend this tea for special occasions as it is awesome. My story on the tea should publish soon, watch for it.

I've been writing like mad this week, so before I forget, be sure to visit for my stories on New Found Glory, Celtic Squall and the Renaissance Pleasure Faire, "Maritius" at the Pasadena Playhouse and "Eye in the Sky" at the Pasadena Museum of California Art.

Tonight I'm going to see Atomic Bomb Comedy ( ) at their monthly show in Whittier. I am planning to do a story on them for next month. Saturday is the Pasadena bloggers picnic in Farnsdale Park in Altadena and later I'll be heading out to Mr. T's in Highland Park to catch cyberpunkers Rebel Rebel. I was a member of Rebel Rebel for three years and have been friends with them forever (it seems). I had to quit after I hurt my back in an unrelated event and due to their demanding stage show, I couldn't return.

Rebel Rebel ( ) is shock punk rock at its best. People leave their shows either disgusted or hankering for more. Yes, they're not for the squeamish, but they're lots of fun. Say hello if you drop in to see their show.

My other excitement coming up includes cleaning my house (yeah, I know, stop laughing), interviewing Marty Stuart, getting peek at the Pasadena Showcase House of Design in progress and hanging out with my special guy on my furlough day. Too much adventure?!? Never!

In rotation this week: Psychostick, Living Things, Lutah Fyah and 69 Eyes.

Photos we got 'em: Just my usual weird pet pics to bring some sunshine to your otherwise dull existence.

Thought o' the week: Find your motivation. I started doing the exercises recommended by my physical therapist and my knee began hurting worse. It was even uncomfortable when I was sitting still or laying down. I knew that would happen, as it takes a bit of pain to gain, but I was hoping it wouldn't be so bad. Still, I've kept at it all week and finally I'm feeling a bit better and the exercises are getting easier. Honestly, I would have preferred giving up and sitting on my tushie watching guilty-pleasure TV... but that wouldn't have gotten me anything but chunkier and more tired.

To keep myself going, I have devised a series of motivators. In the morning, I listen to the radio and do my early workout-- a little lighter set of moves, but they get me stretched, awake and ready to take on the world. Then, I keep my sneakers and workout clothes visible so when I get home, I change and get out the door for my walk, which leads to my evening exercise routine. I also keep a chart on the inside of my armoir where I note what exercise I got that day and if I ate well or poorly. Every Sunday I weigh and measure myself and chart it. This provides me with visible feedback on my progress to get back in shape and health.

Whatever you goal is, be creative and find ways to keep moving forward. Reward yourself when you are successful too. I treat myself to something new from the thrift store or a glass of wine and a bubble bath and other little things. By doing something good for yourself and making yourself better, you are a happier person and you can shine that happiness to make this world a better place too.

Keep on rockin'

Boston Court in Pasadena to offer jazz series, plus play "Courting Vampires"

Boston Court hosts some of the most celebrated Jazz performers in Southern California. Each artist is only here for one night so be sure to get your tickets now.

Larry Karush
Friday, May 8, 2009 @ 8:30pm
A riveting Jazz improviser and composer opens the Spring Jazz Series at Boston Court with his quartet.

Ernie Watts
Saturday, May 9, 2009 @ 8:00pm
Grammy Award-winning Jazz saxophonist is joined by his quartet for this one special night.

Lori Bell/David Mackay
Friday, May 15, 2009 @ 8:30pm
Lori and David present some of the best of Jazz with modest expertise.

Bill Cunliffe
Saturday, May 16, 2009 @ 8:00pm
Bill and his trio swing you fierce Jazz each and every time they sit down to play.

Joe LaBarbera
Friday, May 29, 2009 @ 8:30pm
Joe drives his Jazz quartet with authority, sensitivity and inspired musicianship.

Wilder Trio
Saturday, May 30, 2009, 8:00pm
The Wilder Trio swings with one foot in Jazz and one foot in Classical.

Friday, June 5, 2009 @ 8:30pm
American Street Doo-Wop at its a cappella best.

Rickey Woodard
Saturday, June 6, 2009 @ 8:00pm
With his quintet, Rickey Woodard plays a distinctive, soulful and seductive saxophone.

Iron Mountain String Band
Sunday, June 7, 2009 @ 7:00pm
Dedicated to preserving the roots of the music that never fails to have every toe tapping and hand clapping.

Go to for tickets and information or call 626.683.6883

Not too Late to Become a MemberBuy a membership and not only receive a discounted price to each Theatre @ Boston Court production, but also many other benefits.Call 626.683.6883 today and ask about our Three Show Membership for $75.

Coming SoonThe World Premiere
By Laura Schellhardt
Directed by Jessica Kubzansky
Previews April 30 through May 8; Performances through June 7
Go to for tickets and information.

The Music and Lyrics of Ryan Scott Oliver
This Friday, March 27, multi award-winning composer and lyricist Ryan Scott Oliver will bring sexy schoolteachers, Bostonian rent-boys, obsessive homicidal teenagers, and fairy dust to Boston Court Performing Arts Center, featuring a ridiculous talented cast from Broadway to LA, singing their faces off to his wide-ranging work.
Click here for tickets
For more information visit

Boston Court is supported in part by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors throughthe Los Angeles County Arts Commission.

Boston Court is located at 70 N. Mentor Ave., Pasadena, CA 91106
(626) 683-6883 Tel (626) 683-6886 Fax

Shimmy Showcase Sunday

Shimmyshowcase is thrilled and honored that the fantastic ensemble Baba Ku will be playing at Coffee Haven before their gig at the Renaissance Pleasure Faire. Dancing to their music will be coordinator Saviya with a dazzling array of the best of So Cal belly dancers in the form of Marlena, Taji, Kamar, Kashmir, and Akasha Starr. And (if that isn’t enough!) the multi-talented Richie will go from musician to dancer and join them on our magic carpet This will be a spectacular show you WON’T want to miss!


ATTENTION DANCERS: We have openings to dance to LIVE music April 26 and May 3, as well as openings for our annual “In Memoriam” showcase on May 24, , so PLEASE contact us at if you’d like to perform

Everyone is invited to this cozy haven for a relaxing evening among friends. Select your favorite beverage, hot or cold, from an assortment of coffees, teas, smoothies or juice; add to that a tasty sandwich or pastry; and then seat yourself alongside our magic carpet to enjoy some really great dancing at NO cover charge!

The SHIMMY SHOWCASE begins at 7 p.m. at the COFFEE HAVEN in Long Beach (1708 E. Broadway -- 562-437-3785).

Below is our upcoming schedule for the next several Sundays at the Coffee Haven in Long Beach. If you are a dancer interested in performing at an upcoming showcase, please check out the schedule below for open dates and then email us at
with the dates on which you'd like to perform.


April 5: Can we be so lucky—TWO weeks in a row of live music at Shimmyshowcase! Our fabulous band ANSUZ will be playing, and Xandra has Annakiya, Victoria, Samia, Kamila and Annalia all ready to perform for you. Please come down and support them and enjoy this show because next week there’s no Shimmyshowcase.

April 12—DARK (Happy Easter!)

April 19: Lights, Camera, ACTION! Shimmyshowcase goes to the movies as Saviya invites you to join her for an evening of film-inspired bellydancing. Richie, Reina, Meryem Vani, Devon and the Om Sisters will join Saviya in picking their inspiration—old, new, romantic, comedy, horror—from favorite movie musical scores or theme songs and setting it to bellydance. Something completely different and completely fun that is sure to delight! This show is so popular with dancers that it’s full already!

April 26: Alexiis welcomes Shimmyshowcase’s fabulous musicians of ANSUZ for another evening of belly dancing to LIVE music. Dancers are invited to email us at if you’d like to perform with them!

May 3: Once again Shimmyshowcase is very pleased and proud to present our favorite musicians of ANSUZ. Xandra has Sabrina lined up to perform and invites other dancers who like to do their shimmying to LIVE MUSIC to please contact us at

May 10: Dark – NO SHIMMYSHOWCASE (Mothers’ Day)

May 17: Dark -- NO SHIMMYSHOWCASE (Past experience has shown that parking on in Long Beach on Gay Pride Day is much worse than usual, so we take this night off)

May 24: In honor of the holiday, we present our third annual “In Memoriam” Shimmyshowcase. Coordinator Saviya and Kamar share their memories of individuals whom they have loved or honored through their own unique, personal dance interpretation. If you are a dancer who would like to memorialize someone who means or meant something to you, please contact us at

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Please allow time for parking to avoid missing any of the fun. Since street parking around Coffee Haven is scarce, we recommend you try the perimeter of the park located two blocks west of Coffee Haven at Broadway and Cherry. Please try to arrive before 7:00 PM (earlier if you’re a performer!) as we try not to start the show until everyone has settled with a tasty beverage.

for additional information, please visit our website at:

We look forward to seeing you soon at the Sunday Shimmyshowcase!

LACMA launches free chamber music series

LACMA Presents Sundays Live
FREE Chamber Music Concerts
Sundays at 6pm at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art
5905 Wilshire Blvd. Los Angeles CA 90036 for updated information.

Concerts streamed live on , and heard by delayed broadcast EACH WEDNESDAY at noon EXCLUSIVELY on KCSN, 88.5 FM.


Haydn Celebration Concert No. 4
Pianist Andrei Baumann performs Bach: Prelude and Fugue in B-flat minor, BWV 867, Haydn: Sonata in G major, Hob XVI: 40 Beethoven: Sonata in E-flat Major, Op. 27 No. 1 "Sonata quasi una fantasia," and Shostakovich: Prelude and Fugue No. 24 in D minor, Opus 87

This concert marks the fourth of our 10-part Haydn tribute series during this celebratory year. These concerts feature selected prize- winning New England Conservatory students, and are presented concurrently with NEC’s own Haydn retrospective, curated by piano chair Bruce Brubaker. These concerts are funded by a generous grant from the Ralph M. Parsons Foundation.

Members of the Capitol Ensemble: Phillip Levy (violin), Julie Gigante (violin), Roland Kato (viola), Victoria Miscolzcy (viola), David Low (cello) perform Haydn: String Quartet No. 32 in C major, Opus 33, No. 3, Hob.III:39, "The Bird,” and Mendelssohn: String Quintet No. 2 in B-flat major, Opus 87.

Pianist Caroline Oltmanns performs Bach/Myra Hess: Jesu, joy of man's Desiring from the cantata Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben, BWV 147, Beethoven: Sonata No.15 in D major, Opus 28 “Pastoral,” and 11 Bagatelles, Opus 119, James Wilding: Tears of Joy.

Chamber Ensembles from the Colburn School perform works to be announced.

Anarbor adds tour dates

Phoenix, AZ pop-rock band Anarbor ( has been canvassing the country with Cute Is What We Aim For, Breathe Carolina, Meg & Dia and Every Avenue, as part of the 2009 Sub City Take Action Tour, Presented by FYE, and as this year’s trek winds down April 1 in Cincinnati, OH the boys will begin readying themselves for a performance at Bamboozle Left in Anaheim, CA on April 4th. Starting on April 26, the band will play 4 east coast dates with label mates The Dangerous Summer, after which they will embark on a month long tour with Forgive Durden and You Me and Everyone We Know (see dates below).

Anarbor released their debut Hopeless Records EP, Free Your Mind on March 10. The EP was produced by Mike Green (Paramore, Good Charlotte) in Los Angeles, CA.

Anarbor Tour Dates *new date
Anarbor Tour Update
*New Date

[Take Action! Tour w/ Cute Is What We Aim For, Breathe Carolina, Meg & Dia, Every Avenue]
3/25/09 Englewood, CO – Gothic Theatre
3/26/09 Omaha, NE – Sokol Underground [NON-TAKE ACTION TOUR DATE w/ Breathe Carolina, Every Avenue ONLY]
3/27/09 St. Paul, MN – Station 4
3/28/09 Milwaukee, WI – The Eagles Club
3/30/09 Chicago, IL – House of Blues
3/31/09 Columbus, OH – Newport Music Hall
4/01/09 Cincinnati, OH – Bogart’s

[Bamboozle Left]
*4/04/09 Irvine, CA – Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre

[w/ The Dangerous Summer]
4/26/09 Newark, NJ – New Jersey Institute of Technology [w/ The Color Fred]
4/27/09 Rockville Center, NY – Vibe Lounge
4/28/09 New York, NY – NYUrocian
5/02/09 Sterling, VA – Sterling Community Center

[w/ Forgive Durden, You Me and Everyone We Know]
*5/05/09 Hartford, CT – Webster Underground
*5/06/09 Boston, MA – Café 939 at Berklee
*5/07/09 Philadelphia, PA – The Barbary
*5/08/09 Buffalo, NY – Xtreme Wheels
*5/09/09 Grand Rapids, MI – The Mixtape
*5/10/09 Madison, WI – The Loft
*5/12/09 Howell, MI – Howell Opera House
*5/13/09 Akron, OH – Musica
*5/14/09 Orland Park, IL – Mojoes
*5/15/09 Evansville, IN – Boney Junes
*5/16/09 St. Louis, MO – The Firebird
*5/17/09 Claremore, OK – King of Clubs
*5/19/09 Houston, TX – Java Jazz
*5/20/09 Austin, TX – Emo’s Alternative Lounge
*5/21/09 San Antonio, TX – Rock Bottom Bar
*5/22/09 Dallas, TX – The Max
*5/23/09 McAllen, TX – McAllen Creative Incubator
*5/24/09 Waco, TX – Art Ambush
*5/26/09 Tempe, AZ – Modified Arts
*5/28/09 Victorville, CA – Club Karma
*5/29/09 Anaheim, CA – Chain Reaction
*5/30/09 San Diego, CA – The Epicentre
*5/31/09 Los Angeles, CA – Knitting Factory (Front Bar)
*6/02/09 Orangevale, CA – The Boardwalk
*6/04/09 Portland, OR – Satryicon
*6/05/09 Seattle, WA – Chop Suey

Joe Walla Band at the X Spot April 11

Joe Walla Band 4-7 p.m.


easter weekend
April 11th
4Pm till 7.30
The X Spot California City

8209 California City Blvd.
California City, CA. 93505

Judas Priest announces tour dates with Whitesnake

For the past few years, Judas Priest has unquestionably ruled the U.S. summer concert scene, having been a part of both the top-grossing Ozzfest and Metal Masters tours. And this summer, Priest has done it again, by uniting with Whitesnake for a series of stateside shows.

Priest will be celebrating the '30th Anniversary' of the classic album 'British Steel' (it was originally issued in April 1980), by performing the album in its entirety for the very first time ever live on stage!!! In addition they will be playing some old favorites.

Along with 1982's 'Screaming for Vengeance' and 1990's 'Painkiller,' 'British Steel' has long been considered one of metal's all-time classics. It was with this release that Priest truly broke through to the masses, with a pair of tracks that have become fixtures on rock radio - the enduring anthems "Breaking the Law" and "Living After Midnight." But like all classic albums, there is not a single weak track detected on 'British Steel,' as evidenced by such standouts as the perennial concert highlight, "Metal Gods," as well as "Rapid Fire," "Grinder," "United," and "The Rage," among others.

Produced by Tom Allom, 'British Steel' was recorded at the Tittenhurst Park in England - which is a mansion owned at the time by former Beatle Ringo Starr, and previously owned by John Lennon and Yoko Ono. In 2001, the album was remastered and reissued with extra bonus tracks, and also, was the subject of an in-depth study as part of the popular 'Classic Albums' DVD series.

Judas Priest - singer Rob Halford, guitarists Glenn Tipton and K.K. Downing, bassist Ian Hill, and drummer Scott Travis - remain as popular as ever to this day, confirmed once and for all upon the release of 2008's 'Nostradamus,' which became their highest-ever charting album in the U.S. Two years earlier, the group was the inaugural inductees into the 'VH1 Rock Honors.'

The forthcoming summer dates with Whitesnake are surely not to be missed by metalheads from coast tocoast, especially now that fans will be reintroduced up close and personal to the mighty 'British Steel.' Along with Priest, Whitesnake is certainly one of the most instantly identifiable names in all of hard rock. Priest and Whitesnake toured together in 2005 (in Mexico and South America), resulting in such a well-received and great package that since then, both groups have been planning to work together again. This summer, U.S. fans will finally get their wish.

"The opportunity to perform live on stage in its entirety the whole of 'BRITISH STEEL' is a dream come true for all of us! We're really excited and looking forward to presenting the album live on stage - fans will be able to enjoy a taste of true heavy metal when it was in its early, raw state!" said the group in a statement. "Plus, we will of course be throwing in a few other Priest classics!"

2009 CONFIRMED TOUR DATES [more to be announced]:
July 1st The Family Arena St. Charles, MO
July 2nd Summerfest (Harley Davidson Stage) Milwaukee, WI
July 3rd Taste of Minnesota at Harriet Island * St. Paul, MN
July 7th Comcast Center * Mansfield, MA
July 8th CMAC * Canadaigua, NY
July 9th Molson Amphitheatre * Toronto, ONT
July 11th PNC Bank Arts Center * Holmdel, NJ
July 12th Nikon at Jones Beach * Wantagh, NY
July 14th Time Warner Cable Amphitheatre * Cleveland, OH
July 15th DTE Energy Music Theatre * Clarkston, MI
July 17th Moondance Jam * Walker, MN
July 18th Rockfest/Cheppewa Valley Music Cadott, WI
July 21st PNC Pavillion @ Riverbend Music * Cincinnati, OH
July 29th California Mid State Fair * Paso Robles, CA
July 31st Sleep Train Pavillion * Concord, CA
August 1st 98 Rock Jamboree @ Sleep Train Amp* Marysville, CA
August 2nd Gibson Amphitheatre * Universal City, CA
August 4th SDSU Open Air Theatre * San Diego, CA
August 5th Pacific Ampitheatre/OC Fair * Costa Mesa, CA
August 7th Dodge Theatre * Phoenix, AZ
August 8th Thomas & Mack Center * Las Vegas, NV
August 10th Sandia Casino Albuquerque, NM
August 11th Red Rocks Ampitheatre * Morrison, CO


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Recognizing Cruelty: How Can You Tell if an Animal Has Been Abused?

April kicks off Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month--but youcan't fight cruelty if you don't know what it looks like.ASPCA animal cops and behaviorists share insider tips on how to tellif a pet has been abused--and what you can do to get that animalthe help he needs.

ASPCA Happy Tails: Free Spirit

This wild horse was given a new name and a second chance at a goodhome, thanks to a determined Florida organization and the ASPCAEmergency Hay Fund Program.

Dog Walking 101: Tips to Make Your Outings Safe & Fun

It can be a job or a joy, pet parents, but we've all got to doit. The beginning of spring is a great time to reinvent this dailyritual.

Visit the Facebook Marketplace and Help Save Animals

Spring cleaning's never meant so much to homelesspets--here's your chance to clean out your closet for agood cause.

Next Thursday: Chat with Officer Annemarie Lucas!

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The 88 to tour with B-52s, 311 and Matt Costa

Los Angeles-based band The 88 ( announced today a spring tour which includes opening for the B-52s, 311 and Matt Costa in support of their most recent CD, Not Only… But Also, released last fall. Confirmed tour dates are:

4/14 @ UCSB, Santa Barbara, CA
4/15 @ Rialto Theatre, Tucson, AZ (w/311)
4/16 @ Sunshine Theater, Albuquerque, NM (w/311)
4/18 @ Salzer’s Records, Ventura, CA (National Record Store Day in-store)
4/25 @ House of Blues, Anaheim, CA (w/Matt Costa)
4/26 @ Martini Ranch, Scottsdale, AZ (w/Matt Costa)
4/27 @ Club Congress, Tucson, AZ (w/Matt Costa)
5/05 @ Paramount Center For The Arts, Peekskill, NY (w/the B-52s)
5/06 @ Bergen Performing Arts, Englewood, NJ (w/the B-52s)
5/07 @ St. George Theatre, Staten Island, NY (w/the B-52s)
5/09 @ House of Blues, Atlantic City, NJ (w/the B-52s)
5/10 @ Mayo Center for the Performing Arts, Morristown, NJ (w/the B-52s)
5/11 @ Pianos, New York, NY
5/13 @ Ram’s Head Live, Baltimore, MD (w/the B-52s)
5/14 @ Count Basie Theatre, Red Bank, NJ (w/the B-52s)
5/16 @ House of Blues, Boston, MA (w/the B-52s)
5/21 @ Key Club, West Hollywood, CA

Tracks from Not Only…But Also have made waves on television, video games and online, continuing a trend The 88 began on their prior releases. Lead track “Coming Home” was heard in the premiere episode of 90210, while Gossip Girl showcased the piano-driven rocker “It’s A Lot”. The super-charged “Sons And Daughters” is a challenge to Rock Band 2 gamers. And in keeping with their DIY roots, their unique video for “Coming Home”, in which they spent the bulk of the video’s budget on free fuel for passing motorists at a local gas station, was featured on and Yahoo’s “Who’s Next”.

Founded in Los Angeles in 2002, The 88 have released three albums – Kind of Light, Over and Over and Not Only… But Also. The band is perhaps best known for their staggering number of music placements in film (Failure to Launch, You Me and Dupree), television (ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy, CBS’ How I Met Your Mother) and advertising (Sears, Target, Microsoft Zune) among others. Aside from extensive touring in North America, they have appeared on numerous national talk shows including Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson, Jimmy Kimmel Live and Last Call With Carson Daly. The 88 are lead singer/guitarist Keith Slettedahl, pianist Adam Merrin and drummer Anthony Zimmitti.

City of Pasadena accepting applications for Annual Arts Grants Program

The city of Pasadena is seeking applications for the 2009-2010 Annual Arts Grants Program.

Grants are available for arts and culture programs, arts education partnerships, festivals and parades, and support to individual artists. Last year the Pasadena Arts & Culture Commission, through the Cultural Affairs Division, awarded $138,500 to 20 organizations, events and artists.
Submissions must be received no later than 5 p.m. Monday, June 8, for funding July 9, 2009, to June 30, 2010.

The grants program is designed to support the work of individual artists, expand opportunities for residents to engage in the creative process, fund Pasadena’s cultural institutions and encourage arts education partnerships. Funding for festivals and parades expands the impact of cultural tourism within the city.

Free primary grant writing workshops are required for all first-time applicants and those who have not applied since 2001. Workshops will be Monday, March 30, and Thursday, April 30.

Annual Grants Program categories are:

1. Art and Culture Grant I, II and III: For non-profit arts organizations and their social service partners that offer professional arts programming such as exhibitions, performance, education, strategic planning and audience development, including community outreach and marketing. Organizations may receive up to $10,000 in one of three categories: organizations with budgets of less than $200,000; $200,000 up to and including $500,000; and those over $500,000.

2. Arts Education Partnership Grant: Up to $10,000 is available for individual artists, artist teams and organizations that offer arts education opportunities to Pasadena Unified School District students on and off campus, after school or through summer programs. Programs featuring teacher training are also eligible.

3. Individual Artist Grant: For artists who work or live in Pasadena. Grants are for career development through support of public exhibitions, performances or special projects. Individual artists may be granted up to $5,000.

4. The Festival and Parade Grant Program supports production costs and artists’ fees to produce events that foster accessibility, cultural diversity and a celebration of culture. Examples include music and dance festivals, parades and cultural celebrations. A non-profit arts and culture organization or non-profit social service organization in partnership with an arts and culture organization is eligible for up to $10,000 in funding.

For more information visit or call (626) 744-7062.

Bar Celona to host "Foster Soles" benefit for Hillsides

With over 500,000 children in foster care nationwide, one Pasadena restaurant is stepping up to help those foster care children living in Los Angeles. Bar Celona, a modern Spanish tapas bar, restaurant and lounge, is hosting the launch of Hillsides “Foster Soles” on April 30.

Hillsides “Foster Soles,” an online auction of celebrity autographed shoes, will raise funds for the foster care children living at Hillsides, which creates safe places for children and families in Los Angeles County, including Pasadena. With the aim of also raising awareness of foster care issues, the online auction has already drawn the attention of many celebrities and their autographed shoes. Celebrities include Elton John and his band, Shia LeBeouf, cast of USA Television Network’s “Burn Notice” Jeffrey Donovan, Bruce Campbell, and Gabrielle Anwar, Jack Johnson, Dave Koz, Marlee Matlin’s “Dancing with the Stars” shoes as well as her dancing partner’s, Fabian Sanchez, Cheryl Farrell, among many more.

Celebrity chef Giada De Laurentiis has also donated shoes for the online auction. A world-renowned metal sculpture artist, Bruce Gray, has also donated a tabletop shoe sculpture which will be displayed.

At Bar Celona, celebrities will have entrance into the VIP lounge which includes complimentary Bar Celona signature sangria and Spanish champagne (cava). Additionally for their pleasure, Bar Celona will have an on-site sommelier to host a Spanish wine-tasting session in the VIP lounge with Spanish cheeses, meats and charcuterie and the chef’s selection of Spanish tapas. Guests will have an opportunity to bid on the celebrity autographed shoes, which will also be displayed at the venue, while sipping on signature sangria and savoring tapas. To add to the festivities, guests are encouraged to wear their funniest or wildest shoes for an additional evening contest.

Bar Celona and its sister restaurant, Villa SORRISO, are located in the historic Colorado Boulevard retail district of Old Pasadena, and are the creation of local restaurateurs Jack Huang and Karen Huang, who is also on the board of directors of the foster care charity. Set on a stage of rich crimson red and hues of mellow mustard, Bar Celona invokes the traditions of the traditional tapas bars of Spain, with handcrafted murals of ‘the running of the bulls,’ wine offerings geared toward those of the Spanish vineyards, house made sangrias, and the popular small plates that trigger a smiling sigh.

Guests who bid on April 30 will get a chance to vie for celebrity shoes with online visitors until the auction’s closing date, May 15.

Bar Celona, celebrities, and bidders of Hillsides “Foster Soles” can be assured that putting their best foot forward ensures a better pathway for foster care children.

To learn more about the foster care children’s charity or Hillsides “Foster Soles,” visit

About Hillsides: As a Pasadena foster care charity founded in 1913, Hillsides creates safe places for children at risk and their families by providing residential care, mental health services to break the cycle of domestic violence, special education, and advocacy. To learn more about Hillsides, visit