Friday, October 29, 2010

End o' Week Musings

2011 is inching closer as each week ends... I don't care much for the holidays, but I do like Halloween, so this week's been fun.

Last Friday I was invited to attend the opening soiree for the Tap Room at the Langham, Huntington Hotel & Spa in Pasadena. It was a wonderful event with bar bite and drink samples. I sipped and nibbled and networked. The lounge's decor is wonderful- it's been updated, yet it still retains a connection to the past. I especially liked the boomerang-ish shaped couches graced by rows of cushions- not only was it an inviting place to sit, it was a comfortable spot to watch all the action. The Tap Room is a great place to unwind after a hard day... a little bit of luxury with a nice view.

I was sooo busy Saturday! Early afternoon, my mother and I went to the Pasadena Museum of History's Victorian tea and fashion show at the Altadena Country Club. Although it wasn't required, we donned our Victorian-inspired garb for extra fun. We sat with a nice group of women and had an interesting conversation as we enjoyed our tea- finger sandwiches, scones, petit fours, hot and iced tea and fresh fruit.

The fashion show was really great. We learned about life and fashion from the late 1800s through the 1930s. The models wore different types of dresses- daytime, evening, etc. and one came out for each era in undergarments. What people wore under their clothes made all the difference, as they affect how the garments hang from and cling to the body. If you wore underthings from today with a real dress from the past, the outfit wouldn't look right. I learned this from a costumer from an Oscar-nominated period film. It seemed so obvious when she pointed out that the seams and lines of the outfits had to lay just so and that modern undies would change the fit of the design.

After the tea, my mother and I went home, changed and went to Covina's Thunderfest. My mom loves old cars, so we spent quite a bit of time walking up and down Citrus looking at the vehicles on display. We also checked out some of the bands. Despite the hint of rain in the air, the event was crowded- good for Covina! I hope the visitors spent some money in the shops along the street, goodness knows they need it.

The rest of my week has been spent dancing, playing music and writing. I interviewed Fred Mascherio of Terrible Things too. He was really interesting and just seemed like the kind of guy you could hang out with and chat about almost anything. I really like the Terrible Things album and hope I can catch them when they come to the Glass House in Pomona in November.

On Saturday I'll be performing with Danse Macabre in Riverside. Here's the flyer:

Sunday, I am planning to attend the opening of the mosaic show at Howeeduzzit Gallery in Alhambra. My friend Leigh Adams is co-curating the exhibit and also showing some of her work. I love her stuff!! I have several different options for Halloween night and haven't made up my mind yet...

In rotation this week: Terrible Things, "Scrambles of Earth," David Olney, Pete Francis, Israel Houghton, Amie Miriello, Upground and Frank Sinatra.

Photos we got 'em: Just some cute kitty photos from the Web.

Thought o' the week: Don't spoil the fun. On Facebook, I've been posting photos of Halloween's past and inviting my friends to share theirs. For me, Halloween is an opportunity to be creative. I like thinking about possible costumes and then making them with all the little details. Maybe I'm still a kid in some ways.

Some of my closest friends don't like Halloween. They don't care for scary or ghoulish stuff nor do they get into dressing up. I understand their point of view, but I also think it's healthy for people to let loose and be someone (or something else) for one day. And learning to laugh at fear is cathartic as well. Don't you laugh after being spooked in one of those haunted house mazes? I sure do.

I also think Halloween is a big day for kids. I don't really care for this movement to make it an adult holiday. I remember how much fun my dog Tramp and I had greeting children at the door. Tramp had to look in every goodie bag - he never touched anything, just looked - and kiss the kids as I passed out the candy. It was as if he thought the children were coming to visit him. Man, do I miss those days and that wonderful dog...

Before you pooh-pooh Halloween, think back to when you were a child and how excited you got deciding who or what you wanted to be. Perhaps your parents let you stay up extra late or maybe you liked being in a costume parade at your school. Whatever part of the day that made you happy, cherish it and, even better, share it with your friends. We could all use a little more tolerance and a lot more laughter.

Keep on rockin'

Glenn Miller Orchestra in Long Beach Dec. 18

Glenn Miller Orchestra Holiday Show

When: Saturday, December 18, 8:00pm

Where: Carpenter Performing Arts Center
6200 Atherton Street
Long Beach, CA 90815

Tickets: $38; $33 for seniors

Ticket Office: (562) 985-7000,
Box Office Hours are Monday- Friday, 11am-6pm; Saturday, noon-4pm.

In Brief: The Carpenter Center swings into the holiday season with the Glenn Miller Orchestra’s trademark big band style! Along with all of your Yuletime favorites, you’ll delight to classic 30s and 40s hits from “In the Mood,” and “Tuxedo Junction,” to “Chattanooga Choo Choo” and “Moonlight Serenade.”

Additional information and tickets available at the Carpenter Center’s website:

Allan Harris' Nat King Cole Christmas in Long Beach Dec. 15

Allan Harris’ A Nat King Cole Christmas

Wednesday, December 15
Thursday, December 16
Dinner 6 – 6:45PM Performance at 7PM

Where: Carpenter Performing Arts Center
6200 Atherton Street
Long Beach, CA 90815

$68; $63 for seniors with dinner
$45; $40 for seniors, performance only

Ticket Office: (562) 985-7000,

Box Office Hours are Monday- Friday, 11am-6pm; Saturday, noon-4pm.

In Brief: Back by popular demand, Allan Harris returns to put the cool in Yule—with his rich, sultry sound, rhythmic bite, and sly elegance as he croons the holiday jazz classics of Nat King Cole!

Additional information and tickets available at the Carpenter Center’s website:

Allan Harris' Nat King Cole Christmas in Long Beach Dec. 15

Allan Harris’ A Nat King Cole Christmas

Wednesday, December 15
Thursday, December 16
Dinner 6 – 6:45PM Performance at 7PM

Where: Carpenter Performing Arts Center
6200 Atherton Street
Long Beach, CA 90815

$68; $63 for seniors with dinner
$45; $40 for seniors, performance only

Ticket Office: (562) 985-7000,

Box Office Hours are Monday- Friday, 11am-6pm; Saturday, noon-4pm.

In Brief: Back by popular demand, Allan Harris returns to put the cool in Yule—with his rich, sultry sound, rhythmic bite, and sly elegance as he croons the holiday jazz classics of Nat King Cole!

Additional information and tickets available at the Carpenter Center’s website:

Mariachi Christmas in Cerritos Dec. 4

José Hernández*s Symphonic Mariachi Christmas

Theater: Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts
12700 Center Court Drive, Cerritos

Saturday, December 4, 2010, 8:00 PM
Sunday, December 5, 2010, 3:00 PM

Ticket Prices: $80/$68/$53/$40

Ticket Information: Tickets are available only at the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts* Ticket Office, at , or by calling (562) 467-8818.

Beats Antique in L.A. Saturday

Since the group’s inception from the eclectic underground of San Francsico’s performance art scene, Beats Antique has been notorious for making it nearly impossible to sit still. They meld their mediums as attentively as they fuse the cultures that inspire their sound. All self produced and composed, the trio creates a unique collage: an animalistic, raw musical event that blurs the lines between the provocative, the spiritual, and the artistic, while still maintaining an allegiance to the muses of class and beauty.

The journey that led to Beats Antique today was a winding and twisted path from the west coast to the ancient trade routes of the silk road. In this modern incarnation, the musical alliance of producers David Satori and Tommy Cappel is inspired and emphasized by their collaborative partnership with world-renowned belly dance performer and music producer Zoe Jakes.

David Satori and Tommy Cappel both trained classically before venturing to locations such as Bali, West Africa, Serbia and beyond. With extensive backgrounds in multicultural music production, and the passports to prove it, Satori and Cappel command the spectrum of live and digital instrumentation, born from Hip Hop and old school jazz.

Zoe Jakes adds a third dimension as the multi –cultural and –disciplinary dance counterpart to Beats Antique’s sound. Jakes has worked with 2 major dance troupes, Miles Copeland’s Bellydance Superstars and Rachel Brice’s Indigo Belly Dance Company, a student of ballet and contemporary techniques. Jake’s additional history with Cappel in the Extra Action Marching Band and the Yard Dogs Road Show grants some insight into the caliber of performance that is Beats Antique’s standard.

All of this sets the scene for Beats Antique’s overtly ambitious stage show, a sensory overload conquest of the festival circuit’s most riotous events, such as Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits festival, and Outside Lands, as well as a catalog of proper tours that include Bassnectar and a recent run with Les Claypool of PRIMUS in early 2010.

According to Satori, the trio is excited by their ability to create a huge sound from their relatively small setup. “It gives us this whole new world of musical opportunities that we’re just starting to scratch the surface of.”

In a prolific 3 years since Beats Antique emerged, the group has released 2 albums and a pair of EPs, with a third album, Blind Threshold, on the way. Notable features of the new release include vaporous violins and Danny Elfman-esque dementia; glitchy, laser-guided harmonica provided by Blues Traveler frontman John Popper; and 2 very different vocal tracks that range between restless pop hooks and vibrant Eastern European dance loops. All wrapped into an intricate collection of heavy beats and sub bass.

Beats Antique is best imagined as an innovative creature built from the cumulative heritage of the world’s music chasing its tail. However vivid that image, when a marching band groove crashes into bluesy folk chords only to be accompanied by electronic beats and Middle Eastern melodies, you’ll still be surprised

US Tour
Oct. 28 – The Underground – Reno, NV
Oct. 29 – Blu Nightclub – Stateline, NV
Oct. 30 – Music Box – Los Angeles, CA
Nov. 4 – Hat Factory – Richmond, VA (DJ Set) supporting Bassnectar
Nov. 5 – Electric Factory – Philadelphia, PA (DJ Set) supporting Bassnectar
Nov. 6 – Terminal 5 – New York, NY (DJ Set) supporting Bassnectar
Nov. 10 – Spirit Bar – Nelson, BC (DJ Set)
Nov. 11 – The Biltmore Cabaret – Vancouver, BC (DJ Set)
Nov. 12 – The Pawn Shop – Edmonton, AB (DJ Set)
Nov. 13 – Royal Canadian Legion – Calgary, AB (DJ Set)
Nov. 14 – The Pyramid Cabaret – Winnipeg, MB (DJ Set)

Planet Dog's wood chuck wins award

Planet Dog is proud to bark about the 2010 Editors' Choice Award it has received for its new ball-tossing device, the wood chuck®, from the editors of Dog Fancy Magazine, a leading pet consumer magazine. The annual Editors' Choice Awards, which recognize the most innovative new dog products of the year, are announced in Dog Fancy Magazine's December 2010 issue which hit newsstands this week.

Out of 100 new product submissions, the editors of Dog Fancy Magazine chose 16 winners for this year's awards. Each of the winning products earned their seal of approval by offering innovative solutions to everyday problems or giving new life to an old idea.

The wood chuck, which is made from 100% sustainable bamboo and reused cork scraps, offers consumers an eco-friendly way to enjoy playing fetch with their canine companions. The wood chuck is a beautiful, strong and sleek ball-tosser that provides maximum chuck-ability… naturally.

"When you're playing fetch, doesn't it always seem like you can never throw the ball as far as you want, and you end up tiring out before your dog does?" asks John Schwartze, Associate Editor of Dog Fancy Magazine. "Try the wood chuck! Made from bamboo and reused cork, the eco-friendly thrower is light, as is the ball, and you get some serious distance when you hurl this ball across the field," adds Schwartze.

The patent-pending wood chuck was ergonomically engineered with 100% sustainable bamboo and reused cork for comfort and grip-ability throw, after throw, after throw. The wood chuck’s 4-pronged claw coupled with the pliant nature of Planet Dog’s Orbee-Tuff® balls make it a cinch to grab and throw. Bamboo is the fastest growing woody plant and can grow up to 24 inches in just one day.

Planet Dog is proud to incorporate more eco-friendly materials into their award-winning collection of dog products. All leftover bamboo scraps and sawdust from the wood chuck are re-purposed into MDF (medium-density fibreboard) so there is no waste in the manufacturing process.

The handle of the sleek wood chuck is made from actual cork scraps - chopped up cork leftover from other projects. They are not synthetic and would otherwise be disposed of if not given new life in the innovative new ball-tosser.

The wood chuck was designed with Planet Dog's best-selling 2.5" Orbee-Tuff balls in mind. Because not all balls are created equally, in addition to the Orbee-Tuff 2.5” balls, some non-pressurized standard tennis balls also fit and can be used with the wood chuck. It is sold with and without Planet Dog's Orbee-Tuff RecycleBALL® for a wholesale price of $10.00 without a ball or $12.50 with one. The suggested retail price is $24.95 with a ball and $19.95 without one.

Like all of Planet Dog's products, the wood chuck features a 100% satisfaction guarantee. Retailers can place an order for the wood chuck online at or by calling Planet Dog toll-free at 800-381-1516. Consumers will be able to purchase it at pet stores and other retailers nationwide or online at

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The wood chuck is socially responsible, too. Planet Dog is proud to donate 2% of every product purchase to the Planet Dog Foundation (PDF) to support canine service nationwide. PDF provides cash grants to organizations throughout the country that train, place and support dogs helping people in need. Since January 2006, PDF has given away $750,000 in cash grants and in-kind product donations to exemplary programs. To see the 2% in action, please visit

"127 Hours" soundtrack to be released

The atmospheric and transcendent music score of Academy Award-winning composer A.R. Rahman is at the heart and soul of the inspiring new 127 HOURS (Fox Searchlight Pictures), the true story of Aron Ralston, a trapped mountain climber and his ordeal in the Utah wilderness, opening in the U.S. in limited release on November 5th in New York and Los Angeles.

On November 2nd, three days before the film’s opening, Interscope Records will release 127 HOURS: MUSIC FROM THE MOTION PICTURE, featuring the song “If I Rise,” the first collaboration between internationally renowned Grammy, Golden Globe and Oscar winner A.R. Rahman and Dido, the mega-platinum two-time Grammy Award-nominated and 4-time BRIT Award-winning British singer and songwriter.

In addition to “If I Rise,” the soundtrack for 127 HOURS will also feature several original score written for the movie by Rahman. Titles include “Canyon,” “Liberation Begins,” “Touch of Sun,” “Liberation In A Dream,” “R.I.P.,” “Acid Darbari,” and “Liberation.”

127 HOURS marks the second collaboration for A.R. Rahman and Danny Boyle. In a 180-degree turn, they went from capturing the sounds and propulsive rhythms of the “Maximum City” Mumbai, India in Slumdog Millionaire to shooting in a claustrophobic canyon in the middle of nowhere, barely large enough to squeeze in just one man.

Boyle needed the right music to capture the film’s exploration of one man’s extraordinary triumph over incomparable circumstances. For that, he turned to A.R. Rahman to inhabit the unique world of ‘127 Hours’ and to capture the transcendent beauty of Aron Ralston’s escape. Rahman’s superbly eclectic score succeeds by balancing ambient sound, silence and driving rhythms that deliver an emotionally powerful and uplifting score.

As Peter Travers notes in his review of the film for Rolling Stone “Like the A.R. Rahman score that drives the movie, the triumphant, enthralling 127 Hours pays fitting tribute to Aron by being thrillingly alive.”

The 127 HOURS soundtrack will also include a number of eclectic tracks ranging from soul-jazz singer Esther Phillips’ version of the Edith Piaf gem “If You Love Me” to Plastic Bertrand’s new wave anthem, “Ca Plane Pour Moi,” and Bill Withers’ “Lovely Day.” From Iceland’s Sigur Rós comes “Festival,” while Brooklyn dance-punk duo Free Blood contributes “Never Hear Surf Music Again.” The album is rounded out by Chopin’s Nocturnes – No. 2 in E flat.

127 HOURS reunites the Slumdog Millionaire team of Oscar winners A.R. Rahman (Best Original Score and Best Original Song), Danny Boyle (Best Director), producer Christian Colson (Best Picture), writer Simon Beaufoy (Best Adapted Screenplay), and Anthony Dod Mantle (Best Cinematography).

An official Selection at the London Film Festival, Toronto Film Festival, and Telluride Film Festival, the movie tells the remarkable adventure of mountain climber Aron Ralston (James Franco), who saves himself after a boulder falls on his arm and traps him in an isolated Utah canyon. For five days he examines his life, recalling friends, lovers (Clemence Poesy), family, and two hikers (Amber Tamblyn and Kate Mara), the last people he met before his accident. Ralston ultimately survives the elements, discovering he has the courage and wherewithal to extricate himself by any means necessary, overcoming obstacles until he is finally rescued.

1. Never Hear Surf Music Again – Free Blood
2. The Canyon – A.R. Rahman
3. Liberation Begins – A.R. Rahman
4. Touch of the Sun – A.R. Rahman
5. Lovely Day – Bill Withers
6. Chopin: Nocturne No. 2 in E flat, Op. 9 No. 2
7. Ca Plane Pour Moi – Plastic Bertrand
8. Liberation In A Dream – A.R. Rahman
9. If You Love Me (Really Love Me) – Esther Phillips
10. Acid Darbari – A.R. Rahman
11. R.I.P. – A.R. Rahman
12. Liberation – A.R. Rahman
13. Festival – Sigur Ros
14. If I Rise – Dido / A.R. Rahman


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Shadows Fall's Jason Bittner offers live onlinve drum lessons

SHADOWS FALL’s Jason Bittner is now offering live online drum lessons at! Now anyone can take a lesson with the Grammy-nominated, Berklee educated percussion phenom!

Studying musicians will learn multiple styles, including double-bass, multi-pedal patterns, odd-times, etc.! From rock and metal, to jazz fundamentals, to world fusion, Bittner’s lessons can help drummers take their skills to the next level.

The live sessions cost just $60 per 45-50 minute session. Head to this link at and click BOOK YOUR LESSON to see available times.

The only requirements needed are a strong internet connection (dial-up excluded), a Skype account with video capabilities, a webcam or built-in camera, a PayPal account for lesson payment, and a desktop/laptop positioned by your drumset to ensure proper student/teacher viewing and instruction! To watch Bittner in action, head to his official YouTube page at

SHADOWS FALL recently released a new CD/DVD set, entitled Madness in Manila! The set marks the impressive 15 year anniversary of SHADOWS FALL! You can purchase Madness in Manila at Amazon or iTunes today!

Yesterday, the band announced their upcoming headlining performance at WSOU’s Not So Silent Night showcase! Also performing are A LIFE ONCE LOST, WITH DAGGERS DRAWN, and more! The event takes place on Sunday, December 19th at Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, NJ. Tickets are just $10, and an exclusive SHADOWS FALL pre-sale for the show is available starting at 3pm EST today. The first 200 tickets purchased will come with a special VIP laminate, and the first 30 people in line (day of show) who purchased a pre-sale ticket through SHADOWS FALL and Artist Arena will have access to a special meet and greet with the band before the show! Purchase your tickets here, and use this information below.

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SHADOWS FALL will perform their first and only New York City performance this year, taking place at Santos Party House on December 18th, 2010, and sponsored by 1000KNIVES. Santos Party House is an intimate venue, so this particular show should not be missed by any metal fan! A limited amount of pre-sale tickets will be available to fans beginning today at 3pm ET. The pre-sale tickets include a special commemorative show laminate, and the first 30 people in line on the day of show that purchased tickets through the special pre-sale will be invited to a pre-show to hang out with the band! Act now and don’t miss this awesome opportunity! Purchase your tickets here!

For more information on SHADOWS FALL and JASON BITTNER, visit these sites:

The Shondes release new EP

The Shondes to release new EP featuring B-Sides from “My Dear One” sessions.

The Shondes
Lines & Hooks +3
(Fanatic Records, 11/16/10)
Track Listing:
01. Lines & Hooks
02. Mourning Doves
03. Over The Noise
04. Something To Sing About

Brooklyn-based band The Shondes will release the latest single from their My Dear One album on November 16th in the form of an EP. “Lines & Hooks +3” contains the title track culled from the band’s second album along with three previously unreleased tracks from the My Dear One sessions.

Having a song referred to as the “newest lonely hearts epic” by Chris Weingarten in the Village Voice and thought of as possibly “one of the real world's favorite bands of the next decade” by Chris Estey of popular culture website, Three Imaginary Girls, one thing is becoming clear – guys named Chris love The Shondes.

In fact, lots of people with lots of different names have been falling in love with this band recently thanks to consistent touring, a sincere relationship with fans, and an abiding commitment to its politics. In addition to making political art and melding influences as disparate as classical and traditional Jewish music and punk rock, The Shondes work for justice on many public levels, including in queer communities and as Jews fighting for a free Palestine.

The intersection of these influences coupled with the band’s uncanny ability to connect in a more personal way – The Shondes current album My Dear One is a break-up record that anyone could relate to – have helped the group accumulate a fervent following over the last few years.

As The Shondes have been holed up working on demos for a third album, tonight’s performance at Brooklyn’s House of Yes can be considered an anomaly of sorts for a group used to playing live all of the time. Expect for a few new tunes to be tested and be sure to listen for the new single “Lines & Hooks” as well.

The Shondes
My Dear One
(Fanatic Records, 5/4/10)
Track Listing:
01. My Dear One
02. Fire Again
03. Lines and Hooks
04. Nothing Glows
05. Get Out
06. The Coming Night
07. Miami
08. Gather Up Your Prayers
09. You Ought To Be Ashamed
10. All The Good Things
11. Make It Beautiful
12. Twilight

Anthrax to release picture disc with Joey Belladonna

The multi-Platinum rock band Anthrax will release its first recording in 20 years with Joey Belladonna on vocals. "Live at the Sonisphere" (Megaforce Records), a limited-edition, 10-inch picture disc single, will feature the tracks "Medusa" and "Only," both recorded this past June 22 in Sofia, Bulgaria, where Anthrax performed as part of The Big Four - Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth, and Anthrax.

"Live at the Sonisphere" will be released on "Black Friday," November 26, exclusively through Metal Club, the North American indie record store consortium that works to connect the metal community with their local "brick and mortar" record stores. Go to / to find a Metal Store record shop near you.

About the importance of independent record stores, Anthrax's Charlie Benante said, "Indie stores are our only hope! People should cherish these wonderful treasures. Go, get lost in an indie record store, you may discovery a band or record that could blow your mind."

"The Sonisphere concerts were some of the greatest shows for us," added Belladonna, "and to have shared it with Metallica, Slayer and Megadeth was just the best. It's an experience none of us will ever forget, and we're happy that our fans can share a little of that, and that Anthrax can be part of the Metal Club with this single."

Anthrax just wrapped up the 20-date North American Jagermeister Fall Music Tour with Slayer and Megadeth, and will head to South America in November for a handful of dates. They will then return to the U.S. to finish recording a new album - their first with Belladonna on vocals since 1990's "Persistence of Time" - set for a 2011 release.With worldwide sales in excess of 10-million, Anthrax is about to celebrate its 30th year as a band. Over its career, Anthrax has received multiple Gold and Platinum albums, multiple Grammy nominations, and a host of other accolades from the press, industry and fans.

Slayer to release limited 7-inch single

Wrapping up one of the most memorable years of the band's career, SLAYER will make available a previously unreleased track, "Atrocity Vendor," as part of a special limited-edition 7-inch single. Written by Kerry King, the track was recorded during the 2009 "World Painted Blood" sessions, and will be released on "Black Friday," November 26, exclusively through Metal Club, the North American indie store consortium that works to connect the metal community with their local "brick and mortar" record stores.

"Atrocity Vendor" will be paired with the Tom Araya/Jeff Hanneman-penned track "World Painted Blood," and released in a clear sleeve on a red vinyl disc. Go to to find a Metal Store record shop near you.

Slayer's Twenty-Ten has indeed, been quite a year for the band and its fans, beginning with Tom Araya's successful neck surgery that now has him pain-free, the group's fourth Grammy nomination, the band's co-headline "American Carnage" tour with Megadeth, the historical summer series of "Big Four" Sonisphere European concerts, and the recently completed "Jagermeister Fall Music Tour" that Slayer co-headlined with Megadeth and featured Anthrax, the first time in two decades that those three band shared an American stage.

Plans for the band's 2011 are currently being confirmed, but look for more touring, more music, and more S-L-A-A-A-Y-E-R!!!!!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Reigning Doo Dah Queen Erica Valentine to host Halloween party in Glendale

Hey I am back at Damons This sunday Night for the Big halloween party. If you have been to my halloween shows in the past you know you will want to plan on being sick the next day so plan ahead with your work . work saturday if you can and take monday off. or switch a shift with some one else , I am just looking out for your hangover. also be sure and take a cab ,walk, or use a drunk driver!!! dont want to see anyone get a D.U.I. I also am back doing Saturday night Karaoke at Damons as well but wont be there this (30th) saturday. Wear a Costume and let's party!!!

Miranda Cosgrove cancels concerts


Originally Scheduled for November 13th At The Wiltern
New Show Date Information Coming Soon

We are sorry to share that the Miranda Cosgrove performance at the Arizona State Fair is regrettably cancelled due to unavoidable scheduling conflicts. Refunds will be available at point of purchase.

Concerts scheduled for Seattle, Ventura, Los Angeles, Pomona, and San Diego are also postponed due to scheduling conflicts. New dates will be posted soon at

Bear in Heaven announce final US 2010 tour

Bear In Heaven are back on the road for their final US tour for 2010.

If you haven't seen them yet, this is a show that needs to be experienced.

Bear In Heaven will be joined along the way by some of the most exciting new bands to emerge this year, with Lower Dens, Twin Shadow, Sun Airway and Cloudland Canyon all playing dates.

Bear In Heaven's double LP Beast Rest Forth Mouth and special remix LP featuring The Field, Studio, High Places, Justin K. Broadrick (a.k.a. Jesu), & More is available now through Hometapes.The remix LP has already recieved RAVE reviews in the UK, with the BBC calling it an "absorbing reinvention". In a time where remixes are as common as singles themselves, this is a band who have crafted their already dynamic sound and taken it to an exciting new level.

US Fall Tour Dates
10/27 Detroit, MI – Magic Stick*%
10/28 Bloomington, IN – The Bishop*%
10/29 Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall*%
10/30 Grinnell, IA – Grinnell College*%
11/2 Seattle, WA – The Crocodile*%
11/3 Portland, OR – Doug Fir Lounge*%
11/5 San Francisco, CA – The Independent*%
11/7 Los Angeles, CA – Troubadour*%
11/9 San Diego, CA – Casbah*%
11/10 Tucson, AZ – Club Congress*%
11/13 Baton Rouge, LA – Spanish Moon*^
11/14 - Atlanta - The Earl*^
11/16 Charlottesville, VA – The Southern*#^
11/17 Philadelphia, PA – Johnny Brenda’s*#
11/18 Cambridge, MA – Middle East Downstairs*#
11/19 Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg*#
2/04 - Alexandria Street, Fortitude Valley - Brisbane, QLD
2/05 - Footscray Community Arts Centre - Melbourne, VIC
2/06 - Sydney College of the Arts - Sydney, NSW
2/11 - Fowler’s Live - Adelaide, SA
2/12 - Perth Cultural Centre, Urban Orchard, Northbridge - Perth, WA

% Lower Dens
*Sun Airway
#Twin Shadow
^Cloudland Canyon

Snotty Scotty & the Hankies and The Bloody Brains in Pasadena Sunday

This one deserves special attention... and not just because of the awesome Tedroy original flyer (attached)... it may very well be the only rockin' party actually happening on Halloween. It's free to get in and the drinks are cheap! and where else can you see Snotty Scotty and the Bloody Brains in the same room?

SUN. 10/31 - SUE & AL'S LUCKY 13th ANNIVERSARY & HALLOWEEN COSTUME PARTY with SNOTTY SCOTTY & THE HANKIES and THE BLOODY BRAINS @ the American Legion in East Pasadena, 3 - 10pm. Open to the public, no cover charge, scary food & drink specials. 179 N. Vinedo Ave. 626-792-9938. This is THE place to be on Halloween!

Who are Sue & Al, you ask? It's a mutiple choice question:
A) Snotty Scotty's Mom & Dad
B) Snotty Scotty's landlords
C) Snotty Scotty's babysitters
D) Snotty SCotty's parole officers
E) all of the above

A Charlie Brown Christmas in Cerritos Dec. 3

A Charlie Brown Christmas
Featuring the David Benoit Trio and the Asia America Youth Orchestra

Theater: Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts
12700 Center Court Drive, Cerritos

Date: Friday, December 3, 2010, 8:00 PM

Ticket Prices: $73/$58/$43/$28

Ticket Information: Tickets are available only atthe Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts* Ticket Office, at , or by calling (562) 467-8818.

"Blues at the Crossroads: The Robert Johnson Centennial Concerts" begin in January

There’s no denying anyone who digs the Blues will really dig the once-in-a-lifetime experience that is BLUES AT THE CROSSROADS: THE ROBERT JOHNSON CENTENNIAL CONCERTS. The very special tour (set to launch in San Francisco on Jan. 28, 2011) and accompanying studio recording (to be released early 2011) commemorates the 100th Anniversary of legendary bluesman Robert Johnson’s birth with exhilarating collaborations between Big Head Todd & The Monsters, living Bluesman legend David “Honeyboy” Edwards, Hubert Sumlin, and Cedric Burnside & Lightnin’ Malcolm. With Edwards on board, BLUES AT THE CROSSROADS has a direct connection back to the legend, as Edwards was in attendance for Johnson’s last live performance the night Johnson passed away.

“We both wanted to create a blues show that was not just another blues show, but a show that was truly unique,” said Blues at the Crossroads co-producer Ron Hausfeld, who is producing the tour with Ted Kurland Associates’ Jack Randall. “We want people to walk away saying, ‘Wow…that was cool…I’ve never seen anything like it.’”

Before the tour hits the road, BLUES AT THE CROSSROADS musicians meet this fall at Ardent Recording Studios in Memphis to put this epic collaboration to tape. The studio recordings will be released in early 2011 in conjunction with the tour.

BLUES AT THE CROSSROADS picks up the thread of Johnson’s legacy in Mississippi, at the junction of US Highways 61 & 49; the very crossroads where, as legend has it, Robert Johnson’s burning desire pushed him to make his deal with the devil – giving up his soul to write the baddest-ass blues the world had ever heard. One of the most famous Delta blues musicians, Johnson has influenced a broad range of musicians for generations with his songs, vocal phrasing and guitar style – in particular his landmark recordings from 1936-1937 that display a remarkable combination of singing, guitar skills, and songwriting talent.

Eric Clapton has called Johnson “the most important blues singer that ever lived” and described Johnson's emotive vocal delivery as "the most powerful cry that I think you can find in the human voice."

Johnson was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as an "Early Influence" in their first induction ceremony in 1986. Johnson's shadowy, poorly documented life and death at age 27 in 1938 have given rise to much legend.

Tour Dates (additional dates to be announced soon)
Jan. 28 San Francisco, CA Regency Ballroom
Jan. 29 Costa Mesa, CA Orange County Performing Arts Center
Jan. 30 San Diego, CA (2 shows) Anthology
Jan. 31 Santa Barbara, CA Campbell Hall / UCSB
Feb. 01 TBA
Feb. 10 Ann Arbor, MI Hill Auditorium / U of M
Feb. 11 Chicago, IL Orchestra Hall
Feb. 12 Kansas City, MO Uptown Theatre
Feb. 13 Meridian, MS Riley Center / MSU
Feb. 16 Chapel Hill, NC Memorial Hall / UNC Chapel Hill
Feb. 17 Washington, DC Strathmore Performing Arts Center
Feb. 18 Boston, MA Berklee School of Music
Feb. 24 Ridgefield, CT The Playhouse
Feb. 25 Princeton, NJ McCarter Theatre
Feb. 26 Blue Bell, PA Montgomery County Community College
Feb. 27 New Bedford, MA Zeiterion Theater
March 4 Milwaukee, WI Potowatomi Casino
March 5 Omaha, NE Holland Performing Arts Center
March 6 Minneapolis, MN Orchestra Hall
March 7 TBA TBA
March 8 Urbana, IL Krannert Center – Tyrone Festival Theatre

Additional dates to be announced.

Like Moths to Flames signs with Rise Records

Rise Records is proud to welcome Columbus, OH’s Like Moths To Flames to the Rise family. Look for their debut Rise Records digital release "Sweet Talker" available 12.14.10

Kings Go Forth atThe Mint Nov. 18

The American music underground is having what you might call a Kings Go Forth moment. Need proof? Over the past year, their seven inch singles set the soul blogs swooning and became instant collectors items. Legendary producer Tom Moulton called them to remix one of their songs. DJ Shadow’s playing them too. “Imaginary soul superstar” Mingering Mike is doing their album cover – the first time he has ever created art for a recording that actually exists! And the documentary ‘Super Noble Brothers’ about KGF founder Andy Noble and his brothers Davey and Tommy that was eight years in the making.

And yet….

Kings Go Forth are based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and until April 2010 hadn't played a gig further away than Indiana. Their Luaka Bop debut album The Outsiders Are Back changed some things for the band. Everyone's eyes opened a bit wider when Danger Mouse, The Black Keys, and James Mercer showed up for one of the band's gigs at SXSW. Glowing press piled in from all over the world. The record was listed on both NPR and Amazon's 'Best Records of the Year So Far' lists, and the band has seen features in the New Yorker, on All Things Considered, and on French television. They've been invited to play the Austin City Limits festival, London's Barbican, and in Australia. The few shows they've played in support of the record (Brooklyn, DC, Chicago, Minneapolis, Milwaukee) have been sweat-packed capacity affairs.

Who are these guys, anyway?

The story of Kings Go Forth starts with the afore mentioned Andy Noble. He was born, raised and still lives in Milwaukee, and probably knows more about classic soul, funk, and R&B than anyone you’ve ever met. He’s a dedicated record collector, an independent label entrepreneur, and the proprietor of the fabled Lotus Land record shop. If you’re looking for someone to provide discographical details of, say, the Magic Hat label or to sing the praises of some long-vanished vocalist from Memphis or Birmingham or Cleveland, then Andy’s your man. He’s that into it.

Andy co-founded KGF with Black Wolf, an immensely talented singer and writer who has performed around Milwaukee since the 1970s. The two met in Andy’s record shop circa 2004, and since then have assembled a powerhouse ten-piece soul unit consisting of seven players and three singers that is simply one of the most thrillingly creative new bands to be heard, in any genre, in the U.S.A. today.

Here at last is a band creating its own immediately identifiable sound from a broad palette of classic R&B (mid-Sixties Chicago, early-Seventies Philadelphia, and other sources far more obscure); setting that sound to Black Wolf’s timeless lyrics of love and loss, despair and hope, and delivering it all with fierce urgency and undeniable emotional commitment. There is power in KGF’s multi-ethnic makeup, in their 25 year age span, and in their unforced command of the soul music idiom. And to date, the soul revival has not produced another band with a vocal blend so rich in tone and feeling.

Andy Noble had decades of music under his belt when he formed Kings Go Forth in early 2007. “My parents were scenesters who both owned art galleries in Milwaukee,” he recalls. “They didn’t want to give up aspects of their life just because they had kids, so they were taking us to shows when we were five and six years old”

“My mom was pretty involved in the Black music scene here. When I was 12 or 13, I was getting into punk and metal pretty much what you’d expect of any white kid of that age in that time but I was also exposed to other sounds through my mom, like reggae and jazz.” Andy played bass and guitar in various Midwest rock and ska bands while his record habit eventually led to an increasing number of DJ gigs and the opening of Lotus Land.

Black Wolf aka Jesse Bilal was born in 1953 in Port Huron, Michigan. His earliest musical influences came from the Pentecostal Church and from the blues played at home by his singer/guitarist father.

“My grandmother was a full-blood Cherokee and my father was a dark-skinned 340-lb. dude. He was one angry Black Indian but he taught me a lot. It was my dad who encouraged the music part and my mom who kept me writing poems that later became song lyrics.”

Black Wolf was twelve when his family moved to Milwaukee, and within a few years he was singing and writing for the Essentials, a local group that later recorded a couple of (unreleased) tracks in Curtis Mayfield’s Curtom studio. “The Essentials could sound very much like the Stylistics, with that high tenor, or we could sing in a hard gospel style like the Mighty Clouds of Joy. We still sound like that whenever we get together,” says Wolf.

The KGF rhythm section is comprised of Andy Noble on bass, Dave Wake on keyboards, guitarist Dan Flynn, percussionist Cecilio Negron, Jr. (whose parents were high school classmates of Black Wolf), and the explosive drummer Jeremy Kuzniar (who also engineered the group’s first recordings). Also on the album are vocalist Dan Fernandez and rhythm guitarist/vocalist Matt Norberg. Trombonist Dave Cusma and trumpeter Jed Groser are the mainstays of the KGF horn section.

With their personnel in place, new songs came quickly for KGF. Noble found that his prolific partner didn’t need much more than the central idea to be inspired: “I had a few words and a bass line for ‘One Day’ when I brought it to Black Wolf and said, ‘This is a song about hope.’ And he wrote a lot of different verses that I could edit down to the ones on the record.”

“I may listen mostly to older music but I allow new sounds to come into my consciousness I don’t censor myself,” says Andy Noble. “Our idea was to be inspired by that music in order to create songs that sounded good to us, that were exciting to us, now. We had no idea if anyone else would like it or not.”

They do, and you will.

Upcoming US Tour Dates
11/18 - The Mint - Los Angeles, CA
11/19 - Elbo Room - San Francisco, CA
11/20 - The New Parish - Oakland, CA
1/14/11 - Double Door - Chicago, IL
1/15/11 - Cedar Cultural Center - Minneapolis, MN

The Blue Angel Lounge to release album

The Blue Angel Lounge (Hagen, Germany) are set to release their second studio album, 'Narcotica', this November 16th. The band and their previous self-titled debut has been something of a blogger's secret tip, but this may not be the case this time around, as they have taken a tremendous stride forward since their 2008 self-titled debut. The result being a more dynamic and atmospheric recording -- while staying true to their Velvet Underground inspired colors, the broader, timeless influences of New Wave, Post Punk and Shoegaze are accented throughout . There is a darker psychedelic vein as well as more uptempo tracks to keep a dynamic balance and one which embraces a variety of listeners.

The album was self-produced, with the assistance of Anton Newcombe (Brian Jonestown Massacre) at Studio East in the former Communist East German 'Funkhaus' sound complex in Berlin (which served as a Communist radio station prior to the fall of the Berlin Wall).

A Brief History:

Founded in 2006 by Nils Ottensmeyer and Dennis 'Mel' Melster, the band completed their self-titled debut in 2008, of which 500 vinyl copies were self-released. One of the copies made it into the hands of Will Carruthers of Spacemen 3, who subsequently passed it on to a friend at 8MM Musik. The band were signed shortly after.

An appearance at the UK's Dream Machine Festival in 2008 led to the track 'A God', from their debut, being included on the UK neo-psych compilation 'Open Your Mind', later pronounced DIY Compilation Of The Week by the BBC in 2009

Following their first ever show in Berlin in 2009, Anton Newcombe was so impressed, he offered to help with production, and, with his studio wizardry and the band's already stellar songwriting and musical talent, 'Narcotica' was recorded in under two weeks.

'Narcotica' will be released this November 16th in the US (distributed by Cargo/Red Eye).
Live shows in the US in early 2011.

Upcoming concerts at House of Blues L.A. and Anaheim


Can of Jam - November 8 & 30

Led Zepagain - Tribute to Led Zeppelin - January 8


Red Jumpsuit Apparatus - November 21

Atomic Punks: Tribute to Early Van Halen - January 1

Lit - January 29
(Part of the HOB Anaheim 10 Year Anniversary Series)

Reverend Horton Heat w/ Louis & the Wildfires - February 5

Reality Rocks Expo voting begines

In a digitally-democratic move to let viewers declare their loyalty, today Reality Rocks Expo™ launches online voting for the first ever fan-voted reality, factual and lifestyle television awards that will be announced during Reality Rocks Expo™ on April 9-10, 2011 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. From now through November 30th, 2010, fans can visit to vote for their favorite reality television shows that aired from September 2009 through September 2010.

Whether to delight in the drama of life as a Kardashian or awe at the dangers of confronting whalers, viewers tuned in to over 400 reality shows in the last year. Reality Rocks Expo™ now offers a forum for fans to deliver their fiercest devotion yet. This awards program is more than just a popularity contest. The fans themselves are encouraged to participate, too. Beginning today, by registering at, fans are able to:

Create their own, personally branded fan page
Vote for their favorite shows.
Converse with other reality television fans, show celebs, hosts and judges
Upload videos and photos

Fans will also have a shot at their own award and prizes. “The Fireball Fan Award” will be presented to the fan with the most active and dedicated fan page. The winner will receive two free coach class, round-trip tickets to Los Angeles for the Reality Rocks Expo™, two nights hotel and VIP All Access Pass. Five runners up “Fireball Fans“ will receive complimentary “All Access VIP Badges” to Reality Rocks Expo™. Everyone who registers to vote at will have a chance to win one of 100 free registration tickets to the event.

Once voting concludes on November 30th, 2010, the top 75 reality/factual and lifestyle television shows selected by the fans will move to a second round of voting by category and genre, including: Favorite Female Personality; Favorite Villain; Best Host of Science Reality; and Favorite Food Competition, to name a few. The second round of voting will begin in January 2011 and will run through March, with the final awards being presented at the on-site Reality Rocks Awards.

Combichrist in Hollywood Nov. 7

Atlanta-via-Norway industrial band COMBICHRIST is headlining the newly renovated Music Box Theater (formerly Henry Fonda Theater) on Nov 7th. In support of the band's fifth studio album, Making Monsters, Combichrist is headlining the three-week long Monster On Tour, with support from Aesthetic Perfection and iVandensphere.

11/7 - The Music Box Theater
6126 Hollywood Blvd
Hollywood, CA 90028

Combichrist close out their 2010 tour schedule with a massive show at NYC's Madison Square Garden, supporting legendary industrial band Rammstein for their first and only show on US soil in 10 years. No stranger to each other, both bands bonded when Rammstein brought out Combichrist on their European tour, which lasted over four months. It was during this time that Combichrist mastermind Andy LaPlegua wrote Making Monsters, marking the first Combichrist record to be written outside of the studio.

Fueled by expressions of lust, anger, pain and hate, Making Monsters is the sound of LaPlegua ripping out his heart and plugging its still-beating deathkicks into his music, rife with hook-heavy choruses, speaker-crushing beats, and dark aggressive vocals. LaPlegua, along with his live band (which includes Limp Bizkit guitarist Wes Borland at the MSG show), put on a live show that are critically lauded and respected, and as Crypt Magazine describes, "known for tons of energy, blood, and a rock n' roll attitude."BlogCritics also warns it's "not for the faint of heart - you wouldn't bring your grandmother to this show."

Better Than Blue shows Friday and Saturday

Hi there everyone!

This weekend Better Than Blue (aka the electrified SUBS) will be appearing at 2 Halloween parties!

Friday night:
The Derby in Arcadia
9 PM to 1AM. Check out their site: great food, good drinks
Full-on costume party- NO COVER CHARGE!!

Saturday Night:
T Boyle's in Pasadena. Some of you may remember this as the old Handlebars Saloon!
9PM to 1AM. Also costume party with contest at 10PM!


Double the female vocal power- double the guitars!! Yessss!
No cover charge as well!

So come on by one (or both!) nights and join us in the Halloween fun!!
Thanks again

Elizabeth & the Catapult on tour

Elizabeth & the Catapult Fall Tour Dates
Oct 28 - The Red Room @ Cafe 939 - Boston, MA
Nov 3 - Happy Ending @ Joe's Pub - NY, NY
Nov 4 - NightCat - Easton, MD
Nov 5 - Rumba Cafe - Columbus, OH
Nov 6 - Thunderbird Cafe - Pittsburgh, PA
Nov 15 - Mississippi Studios - Portland, OR *
Nov 16 - Tractor Tavern - Seattle, WA *
Nov 18 - Great American Music Hall - San Francisco, CA *
Nov 19 - The Troubadour - West Hollywood, CA *
Nov 20 - Anthology - San Diego, CA *
Jan 15 - Music Hall of Williamsburgh - Brooklyn, NY

* w/ Tift Merritt

SkallyWagz shows Friday and Saturday

Happy Halloween Everyone!

This Halloween weekend the SkallyWagz have got a double-header! Friday Night October 29th the band will be at the Fabulous Zenas Halloween Party!

4525 Calle Mayor, Torrance! 9:00pm til close..... this will be an AWESOME Halloween event, the people at Zinas are totally into Halloween!...... Aaaaaargh!

And, Saturday, October 30th, SkallyWagz Joe and Lisa will be sitting in with Danny and Felicia of "Better than Blue" for an All Star Halloween Jam! TWO, count 'em, TWO awesome Singers..... and TWO, count 'em, TWO smokin' Guitar Slingers! What more could you ask for. The show is at T Boyles Tavern in Pasadena located at the old Handlebars Saloon in the same Alley as the "Icehouse". For more details visit !

Hope to see you all there, have a frightfully good Halloween Weekend!
Joe and the SkallyWagz

for more info visit

Andre Rieu coming to Ontario for holiday concert

André Rieu, the world’s most popular classical musician who is known for his energetic and festive live concerts, is bringing the Musical Holidays leg of his “Celebration of Music” 2010 North American Tour to Ontario, California for a concert on Thursday, December 2 at the Citizens Business Bank Arena.

Tickets can be purchased through the Citizens Business Bank Arena Box Office,, via Ticketmaster charge-by-phone (800-745-3000) and at all Ticketmaster retail locations.

Musical Holidays with André Rieu will give fans what they’ve come to expect from Rieu’s performances - celebrations of music in all its wonderful and powerful aspects, featuring André Rieu accompanied by his 55-piece Johann Strauss Orchestra and six powerful soloists. Fans will hear favourites and selections from his latest release Forever Vienna, as well as holiday classics.
“Music is the most wonderful thing in the world – it triggers emotions,” says André Rieu. “I want to bring joy with an ode to waltzes, polkas, romantic ballads and many more beautiful melodies. It will be a very special night.”

“His fans in the USA will love this new show,” says Marthijn Graafland, Director North America at André Rieu Productions and the promoter for this tour. “Especially since this tour is in the midst of the holiday period, it is not to be missed. In Europe, his Christmas concerts attract over 20,000 fans a night. André is known for creating the perfect holiday show atmosphere.”

Rieu will perform selections from his latest release, Forever Vienna, which made music history earlier this year when it climbed to No. 2 on the British pop charts. Released June 29 in the U.S. through UMG, Forever Vienna is Rieu’s first album to appear on the American pop chart, the Billboard 200, and his fifth No. 1 on Billboard’s Traditional Classical chart.

An important part of André Rieu’s brilliance is his keen ability to discover and encourage the talents of other musicians, and the key members of his Johann Strauss Orchestra bring Rieu’s music to even greater heights:

Carmen Monarcha was hired by Rieu to tour with his Johann Strauss Orchestra in 2003 and has remained with the orchestra since. She has sung on several of Rieu's albums and has appeared in his PBS television broadcasts, receiving particular praise for her interpretation of “O mio babbino caro” from Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi. Monarcha is the daughter of a renowned Brazilian singer, and received critical acclaim as a winner at the Bidu Sayão Vocal Competition, a major annual international singing competition held in Brazil and named in honor of that country's most famous opera singer.

· Mirusia Louwerse was born in Brisbane, Australia and became the youngest-ever winner of the Dame Joan Sutherland Opera Award in 2006. Mirusia has been touring with Andre Rieu since 2007 as Soprano Soloist. She is of Dutch descent and can speak Dutch fluently. In May 2008, Rieu and Mirusia’s Waltzing Matilda album was released in Australia and was certified platinum within 10 days. Her new album, André Rieu Presents Mirusia Louwerse: Always and Forever, was just released in Australia through Universal Music and debuted at #1 on the ARIA Australian Classical chart. Her rendition of Schubert’s “Avé Maria” has been noted as one of the highlights of Rieu’s concerts.

· Kimmy Skota was recently discovered by Rieu on his first trip to South Africa. He was so impressed upon hearing this previously unknown talent that he hired her on the spot, leading to her debut performance with the Johann Strauss Orchestra immediately afterwards.
The Platin Tenors are Gary Bennett from Australia, Thomas Greuel from Germany, and & Béla Mavrák from Hungary. Formed in 2000, the Platin Tenors have traveled with André Rieu and the Johann Strauss Orchestra for the last five years, performing more than 100 concerts together. The unity and harmony of their powerful voices under Rieu’s direction have been pleasing crowds all over the world.

André Rieu is one of the best-selling live acts in the world. Billboard ranked Rieu’s 2009 tour as the sixth best seller of the year, with 835,000 tickets sold worldwide. In 2008 and 2009, he toured the globe with a replica of the Viennese Schonbrunn castle, to which he added fountains and two ice rinks to make it the biggest stage in the world. Rieu, who has sold more than 30 million albums worldwide, travels with his own Johann Strauss Orchestra, and an entourage of more than 100 people in total. His concerts are known for their festive atmosphere, where fans are encouraged to get out of their seats and waltz in the aisles. His latest album reached #2 on the UK pop charts, and he is been certified 100-times platinum in Australia, while he also has his own television series in the Netherlands.

For complete tour and ticket information, visit: www.andré

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Halloween fun in Riverside Saturday

The Big Draw in Pasadena Saturday

What’s “The Big Draw!”
Leave your ‘mark’ on Pasadena! Join us for a day of drawing to learn, see, think, express ideas and invent! Art-Music-Food-Fun!

WHO: You, Your family, Your friends, and All ages who want to be creative!

WHAT: For a few brief hours, you can do any of the following together with others…

· Make your own drawing or painting
· Draw a chalk mural on the pavement
· Attend a free workshop on printmaking
· graffiti art or
· mark making in clay or
· Life Drawing or
· Sumi-e painting or
· Body art or
· Create altar pieces for Dia De Los Muertos or
· Draw/Paint in and on our Room 13 building!
· Bring your pumpkin and draw on it and carve it with us!

WHEN: This Saturday!

TIME: 9:00am to 1:00pm

WHERE: John Muir High School, in Pasadena
(1905 Lincoln Ave. Pasadena, CA 91103)

PARKING: Is free, but the lot is being used for Drivers Ed.
Parking and entrance on Canada Ave.

· Canada is the street that runs parallel to the 210 freeway (north side) next to the south side of the school. Look for the herd of mustangs on the wall and follow them to the parking lot next to the football field.

BRING?: Chalk Artists!!!! Bring your chalk and pull up a cement and get inspired!
Bring your pumpkins, don’t make a mess at home, and carve them here with us! Or use the supplies generously donated by local arts providers.

Cynthia Lake, Coordinator and Veteran Pasadena Chalk Artist!!!
Art Teacher at John Muir High School, 626) 993 7222 cell

Hosted by the Arts, Entertainment and Media Academy
at John Muir High School and local arts providers

Harpist Martha Gallagher in Altadena Nov. 9

Make your way on Tues., Nov. 9 to the Coffee Gallery Backstage and you’ll find yourself in for a treat. Singer/Singwriter/Actress/Storyteller Martha Gallagher will be performing; her first appearance in the LA area. In addition to her enthralling music, which encompasses a huge spectrum of genres, her instrument of choice is, not a guitar; no, it’s the harp. Stereotypical ideas about harp music will be blown to smithereens by this woman from the Adirondack Mountain region of NYS.

“Where that stereotype of the harp as a snoozy, snooty instrument that can only play sedate music comes from no harp player will ever be able to figure out!” says Gallagher. “The harp has an amazingly diverse voice, from grand and exhilerating to magical and mezmerizing to bold and beautiful; it’s an incredible instrument!”

Gallagher goes a step furtherand lets her harp delve into the realm of down and dirty, playing the blues.

“The harp is the perfect instrument to complement a singer; it has a voice of it’s own, but can sing in unison or as a duet with the human voice in a way that’s down to earth, otherworldly and completely delightful,” explains Gallagher.

Where has this down-to-Earth-playing-diva been hiding, you might ask. Gallagher toured the US extensively for many years, with a number of her tours sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts. She’s performed with such luminaries at six time Grammy winners, The Chieftains and been featured on BBC television, a number of Public Radio stations and Good Morning Arizona. Twenty-four years ago, however, she chose to stay close to her northeastern NY home to raise a family. Playing the harp, she found a lot of work playing weddings, benefits and social events.

“It’s wonderful to be an integral part of someone’s special day or event, but honestly, those gigs don’t satisfy my artistic soul,” smiles Gallagher. “I just love performing; not just being window dressing or background music, giving my audience a show that makes them laugh, cry, laugh again, think, smile and maybe even leave with their heart singing.”

Gallagher draws on a lifetime of musical adventures, from blues/jazzc hanteuse to classical flautist, from folk singer to rock n’ roller to celtic harper. Her voice has been compared to a mix of Janis Joplin and Joan Baez. Her original songs are inspired by every aspect of life, woven into song. Whether a jazzy number that bemoans her dubious housekeeping skills, wicked blues that expose a raw core, a jaunty little ditty that gets your toes tapping, a heartachingly melancholy lament inspired by a headstone inscription or a stunningly beautiful song of a mother’s love, her music speaks to her audiences. Her songs have a mature beauty and honesty about them, while at the same time they sparkle with a delight for life.

The interplay between Gallagher and her harp is more a duo act than a solo performer with an instrument, as they seem to sing, laugh, cry, and wail together.

The Coffee Gallery Backstage show will feature music from her brand new release, Ebb & Flow, including Jazz, Blues, Scandinavian, Latin grooves, Classical and World-inspired music.

Gallagher’s performances go, however, as she says, “beyond concert” and orbit in the realm of a one-woman show. She is an imaginative poet, a mezmerizing storyteller and a versatile actress. Her theatre training includes intensive studies with Shakespeare & Co. in Lenox, MA and The Celebration Barn Theatre in S. Paris, ME. She interweaves her music with exciting, dramatic, humorous and reflective elements. From short sketches to creative movement moments to performance poetry, she strives to create an intriguing, intelligent and entertaining experience for her audiences.

Gallagher’s adventurous harp vision has also led her to delve into the world of the digital musician by exploring the new territories of the MIDI harp. In this capcity, Gallagher has presented clinics and workshops as a visiting artist at such prestigious institutions as the Berklee College of Music and The Boston Conservatory. She has been a featured performer and presenter at some of the largest harp conferences/festivals in the US, including The American Harp Society National Conference, The Somerset Harp Festival, The Big Sky Harp Festival and Harp Con. Several of her articles have been published in both The American Harp Journal and the Folk Harp Journal

“ What I truly love is sharing music, ideas and inspirations with the people who come to see a show. What the audience brings to the time and space influences what I end up performing at a show. I just love tha tvery “in-the-moment” aspect of it; that it is only now and may never be again, but we we there and lived it!”

Martha Gallagher will be at the Coffee Gallery Backstage on Tues., Nov. 9, 8:00PM.. The venue is located at 2029 N. Lake, Altadena. For reservations and more info, call (626) 794-2424 or visit

For more info on the artist, please visit

Upcoming LAVA events

Here are some brief highlights from LAVA's calendar – visit for full details and new additions. We hope you can join us for some of these Visionary-hosted events. If you can make just one each month, make it our Sunday Salon from noon to 2pm (next Salon: October 31). This is a regularly scheduled lunchtime gathering held on the last Sunday of each month at Clifton's Cafeteria, and it's where the LAVA will really start flowing, as we get to know each other better over confetti-flecked jello and other delights.

Event: LAVA's Sunday Salon
start time: Sun, 10/31/2010 - 12:00pm - 2:00pm
On the last Sunday of each month, LAVA welcomes interested individuals to gather on the third floor of the historic Clifton's Cafeteria in Downtown Los Angeles (noon-2pm), for a loosely structured conversational Salon featuring short presentations and opportunities to meet and connect with one another. If you're interested in joining LAVA as a creative contributor or an attendee, we recommend Salon attendance as an introduction to this growing community. We also recommend the shortbread.

Special program at the October 31 Salon: LAVA Visionaries will host curated conversations and presentations at tables around the room. More details will be posted closer to Salon-time.
Presentations include:

• A presentation of two recent publications from the ghoulish consortium The Ghost Hunters of Urban L.A. aka GHOULA (including LAVA Visionaries Richard Carradine and Lisa Mouse), Disneyland After Dark: A Haunted Guide to the Happiest Place on Earth and GHOULA Comix #1. Comic artists will be on hand to sign their work, and Lisa Mouse will be giving away free copies of her banned Death Duck drawing that was censored after the first printing of Disneyland After Dark.

• A table discussion hosted by Visionary Joe Oesterle, author of the just-released Weird Hollywood and the classic Weird California. The multi-talented Joe is a former Senior Editor of National Lampoon, a visual artist, musician and curator of the strange and marvelous. At the Sunday Salon, he'll be sharing some stories that were too peculiar to include in Weird Hollywood, reflecting on the nature of eccentricity as a way of life, and signing copies of his new book.

• Mesmerelda, the Skid Row misfortune teller, will musically recount the lurid highlights of an unforgettable and—to some— unbelievable life. Tales of malevolent candy-givers and La Llorona’s terrorizing walk down Winston Street will be punctuated with glimpses into a foreboding future. Mesmerelda will also tell us where that ghoulish guzzler goes after she plies for drinks at the King Edward Saloon! Mesmie will be accompanied by renegade ex-members of Clowns and Fetuses, an L.A. improvisational ensemble, including Visionary Fortunato du Cressy.

• And more Halloween goodness from GHOULA: Visionary Lisa Mouse and colleagues will present the group's first science project, a collaboration with filmmaker Anthony Deptula inspired by famed magician Harry Houdini's experiments in communication beyond the grave. With SEE YOU IN 100 YEARS, you can participate in an attempt to recreate the Houdini Experiment using an Internet Time Capsule. Is there an after life? Harry Houdini had the same question. He even had a secret pass code with his beloved wife. A message sent from beyond to say "I'm here." In the spirit of Houdini, GHOULA will pay homage to this experiment in a grand scale by creating a modern time capsule, documenting participants, digitally recording their secret pass codes, and then archiving the time capsule for one hundred years. Detailed instructions will be left in the hands of a respected institution. At the end of the hundred years a non-affiliated caretaker of the project will be selected to devise a team of mediums, psychics, and scientists to reach out to the time capsule participants (that's YOU!).

Clifton's Cafeteria is at 648 South Broadway, near the corner of 7th Street. There are numerous paid parking lots nearby, and the closest Metro station is Pershing Square. Clifton's is online at

Event: Esotouric's Raymond Chandler's Los Angeles: In A Lonely Place Bus Tour
start time: Sat, 11/06/2010 - 12:00pm - 4:00pm
Bungalows. Crime. Hollywood. Blondes. Vets. Smog. Death.
This was Raymond Chandler’s Los Angeles, which resonated from deft and melancholy fits of his writer’s bow.

Join us as we go down the mean streets that shaped his fiction, and that in turn shaped his hard-boiled times, in a four hour tour of downtown, Hollywood and surrounding environs: The Los Angeles Athletic Club, Musso & Frank, the Hotel Van Nuys, Paramount Studio’s gates, and much, much more, including a Chandler-themed gelato stop at East Hollywood cult favorite Scoops.

Through published work, private correspondence, screenplays and film adaptations, we trace Chandler’s search for meaning and his anti-hero Philip Marlowe’s struggle to not be pigeonholed or give anything less than all he has, which lead them both down the rabbit hole of isolation, depression, and drink.

Los Angeles Athletic Club
431 West 7th StreetLos Angeles 90014 Phone:
Event: The Science and Art of Forensic Investigations: Criminalistics from Test Tube to Testimony
start time: Sun, 11/07/2010 - 1:00pm - 4:00pm
This event has now sold out. If you'd like to be on the waiting list and be contacted when another crime lab tour and lecture are scheduled, email Kim through the contact link above. To get announcements of other interesting upcoming events from Visionary Angelenoes you can subscribe to the LAVA mailing list, or sign up for Esotouric's mailing list for offbeat Los Angeles tours.

Visionary Professor Donald Johnson, in association with LAVA and Esotouric, invites you to participate in a special three-hour event at LA’s regional crime laboratory, on the campus of Cal State LA. Space is very limited and pre-reservation required for this unprecedented opportunity to tour the crime lab, learn from working forensic investigators and educators, and discover the real art and science of crime scene investigation.

Cost: $35 per person. To reserve your spot, and for payment instructions, contact Kim through the contact link above. We will need your full name, email address and the name(s) of anyone whose ticket you wish to purchase. If your friends wish to buy their own tickets, they should reserve individually. Please note that space is extremely limited for this special event.

"The Science and Art of Forensic Investigations: Criminalistics from Test Tube to Testimony" provides an insider’s view of the scientific investigation of crime, as Criminalistics faculty and graduate students share their knowledge and insight on the theory and practice of forensic science in our criminal justice system. Attendees will also tour Cal State LA’s state-of the-art teaching and research facilities at the Hertzberg-Davis Forensic Science Center.

The afternoon begins with an introduction to the field of Criminalistics and the use of physical evidence in criminal investigations, hosted by Professors Donald Johnson and Katherine Roberts, followed by an overview of the academic and research programs in Criminalistics at Cal State LA.
Then, attendees will be provided with additional insight on forensic methods during breakout sessions on Crime Scene Investigation, Forensic Chemistry, and Forensic Biology. The CSI session, hosted by Donald Johnson and Katherine Scriven, highlights tools used by forensic specialists in the field and emerging technologies in CSI. The Forensic Chemistry session, hosted by Katherine Roberts and Isaac Cheney, surveys methods used for the analysis of trace evidence and controlled substances, and current research will be presented on the development of methods to detect narcotic-tampering by health professionals. The Forensic Biology session, hosted by Kristin Honig and Stacy Wilkinson, highlights body fluid and DNA analysis, with a presentation on current research on methods to improve the recovery of semen in rape cases.
The afternoon concludes with a true life investigation overview regarding the murder of a family in Los Angeles County and opportunities to ask questions. By the program's conclusion, attendees will have a basic understanding of the strengths and limitations of forensic methods used in criminal investigations, and a fresh perspective on the real art and science that takes place behind the scenes and the headlines.

A portion of the proceeds from this event supports the research of Criminalistics graduate students at Cal State Los Angeles.

The Hertzberg-Davis Forensic Science Center (Cal State L.A.)
1800 Paseo Rancho CastillaLos Angeles 90032 Phone:
Event: Esotouric's Haunts of a Dirty Old Man: Charles Bukowski's Los Angeles
start time: Sat, 11/13/2010 - 12:00pm - 4:00pm
This tour focuses on Bukowski’s great passions: writing, screwing and Los Angeles. We’ll take in the canonical locations of his life and myth: the Postal Annex Terminal where he gathered the material for “Post Office,” the De Longpre apartment where he briefly experimented with marriage and fatherhood, one of his favorite bars and liquor stores, and many other spots. Along the way, we’ll explore the people and ideas that made up the warp and weft of Buk’s rich inner life. This Esotouric bus adventure is hosted by Richard Schave, one of the organizers behind the successful campaign to name Charles Bukowski's East Hollywood bungalow a Cultural-Historic Landmark.

"Haunts of a Dirty Old Man: Charles Bukowski's LA" spans Bukowski's personal city, from Skid Row to once-genteel Crown Hill, to Bukowski's favorite East Hollywood liquor store, the Pink Elephant.

1001 N Alameda St.Los Angeles 90013

Event: Maja's Magic School: Eros & Magic; Sway & the Beloved
start time: Sun, 11/14/2010 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Maja D'Aoust, the White Witch of Los Angeles, hosts a new metaphysical lecture series held on the second Sunday of each month in the historic Annie Besant Lodge in Beachwood Canyon. Maja is the librarian at Manly P. Hall's Philosophical Research Society, where she lectured for four years, the co-author of "The Secret Source: The Law of Attraction is One Of Seven Hermetic Laws, Here are the Other Six" and hostess of the Maja's Mysteries series of Esotouric bus adventures. The theme of tonight's lecture is: Eros & Magic; Sway & the Beloved.

Annie Besant Lodge
2560 N. Beachwood Drive
Los Angeles 90068

Event: Esotouric's Blood & Dumplings crime bus tour
start time: Sat, 11/20/2010 - 12:00pm - 4:00pm
A criminal and gastronomical excursion into the San Gabriel Valley, Blood & Dumplings rolls through Alhambra, Temple City, Monterey Park, Rosemead and El Monte, revealing dozens of weird, forgotten crimes and oddities from the valley's past. Highlights include the mysterious Man from Mars Bandit, the lesbian couple whose bickering over spending cash resulted in one pumping the other full of downers until she died, the young bride who spent her wedding day buried under her parents' house, the battling neo-Nazis of El Monte, Phil Spector's spooky castle and the little bar where James Ellroy's murdered mother Jean had her last drink. The tour includes a selection of dumplings from one of the San Gabriel Valley's best Chinese restaurants.(Vegetarian passengers, please let us know your food preference several days before we depart.)

Lincoln Heights/Cypress Gold Line Station
370 West Avenue 26
Los Angeles 90031
Phone: 323-223-2767

Event: Maja's Magic School: The Magic of Numbers; Math of God
start time: Sun, 12/12/2010 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Maja D'Aoust, the White Witch of Los Angeles, hosts a new metaphysical lecture series held on the second Sunday of each month in the historic Annie Besant Lodge in Beachwood Canyon. Maja is the librarian at Manly P. Hall's Philosophical Research Society, where she lectured for four years, the co-author of "The Secret Source: The Law of Attraction is One Of Seven Hermetic Laws, Here are the Other Six" and hostess of the Maja's Mysteries series of Esotouric bus adventures. The theme of tonight's lecture is: The Magic of Numbers; Math of God.

Annie Besant Lodge
2560 N. Beachwood Drive
Los Angeles 90068 Phone:

Pasadena Museum of History offers holiday events and tours

Deck the Halls with Vintage Flair and Spectacular Style

Pasadena Museum of History presents
“Gilded Age Holiday” Decorating Salon and Tours this Fall

Discover a “new” technique that’s actually centuries old, enhance your own décor with period touches, and immerse yourself in the beauty and traditions of holiday decorating through the years at these special programs presented by Pasadena Museum of History this Fall.

Thursday, November 11, 12:30 pm at Altadena Town & Country Club (2290 Country Club Dr., Altadena 91001)

Artful Gifting – Festive Holiday Luncheon and Salon Workshop

Brown paper packages tied up with strings would not have been one of a Victorian lady’s favorite things! Ribbons, glitter, embossed paper images, borders, braid and edgings gave gifts, table favors and home decor of the era elegance and unique style. Enjoy a festive holiday Luncheon while creative gift stylist/decorator Cathy Vital of Ta-dah! presents holiday decorating tips with a nod to the Gilded Age. At the hands-on workshop following your meal, you’ll find out just how quick and easy it is to make vintage-style enhancements for your own gifts and décor.

Tickets (includes Luncheon and Program): $45 Museum & Country Club Members; $50 Non-Members. Reservations required; please call 626-577-1660, ext. 10 or reserve your seats online at

Thursdays, December 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30 at Pasadena Museum of History and The Raymond Restaurant (1250 S. Fair Oaks, Pasadena 91105)

Gilded Holidays – Exhibition Tour and Tea

Enjoy the beauty and history of Victorian/Edwardian-style holiday décor as trained docents tour you through the Pasadena Patron exhibition at Pasadena Museum of History, which will be gilded to the rafters for the holiday season. Stories of long-ago holiday celebrations – Pasadena-style – will share the spotlight with details of the decorating styles of the early 1900s that were the genesis of so many of today's cherished traditions.

Complete the festive afternoon with a special Holiday Tea at The Raymond Restaurant, originally the caretaker's cottage of the famed Raymond Hotel.

Tickets – Tour: $4 Museum Members; $8 Non-Members; Tea: $25 (payable at restaurant). Advance reservations required: please call 626-577-1660, ext. 15. Online information:

Donavon Frankenreiter to tour

Donavon Frankenreiter performed his single "Glow" on Jimmy Kimmel last night, and not only did Kimmel himself rock one of Donavon's signature mustaches, but the entire crowd was wearing them. Check it here:

On the side from my pr duties here at Warner, I run a dining website with a buddy of mine at Atlantic Records called Immaculate Infatuation that's started to gain some serious traction.

Music biz guys bringing the worlds of music and food together. This summer, we shot an episode of our Infatuation TV series with Donavon and Top Chef alum Sam Talbot. Donavon is quite the character and steals the show. We hit Ditch Plains in Montauk for a surfing lesson with Donavon (he's a professional surfer) and then Sam gave us all a fish taco demo back at his restaurant, Surf Lodge. Fact: mustaches will definitely help you get up on a surf board. Check it out and feel free to post.

YouTube Link:

Donavon's new album, Glow, is in stores now.

Upcoming Headlining Dates:
11/1/10 Solana Beach CA Belly Up
11/2/10 Santa Barbara CA Soho
11/3/10 Los Angeles CA The Roxy
11/4/10 San Francisco CA Independent
11/5/10 Crystal Bay NV The Crystal Bay Club
11/6/10 Portland OR Crystal Ballroom
11/7/10 Vancouver BC CANADA Commodore Ballroom
11/8/10 Seattle WA Crocodile Café
11/10/10 Salt Lake City UT The Depot
11/11/10 Boulder CO The Fox Theatre
11/12/10 Kansas City MO Crosstown Station
11/13/10 St. Louis MO Blueberry Hill
11/14/10 Indianapolis IN The Vogue
11/15/10 Madison WI The Majestic
11/16/10 Minneapolis MN Varsity Theatre
11/18/10 Columbus OH The Basement
11/19/10 Detroit MI Crofoot Ballroom
11/20/10 Cleveland OH Beachland Ballroom
11/21/10 Nashville TN 3rd & Lindsley
11/22/10 Knoxville TN Bijou Theatre
11/23/10 Asheville NC The Orange Peel
11/24/10 Atlanta GA Variety Playhouse
11/25/10 Washington DC 9:30 Club
11/26/10 Philadelphia PA World Café Live
11/27/10 Pittsburgh PA Mr. Smalls
12/3/10 Boston MA The Paradise
12/4/10 Burlington VT Higher Ground Ballroom

Halloween fun in Arcadia Friday

The City of Arcadia Recreation and Community Services Department is excited to announce the seventh annual Haunted Halloween event at the Arcadia Community Center, 365 Campus Drive, Arcadia, CA 91007!

On Friday, October 29th, elementary school students can roam the haunted hallways of the Community Center and enjoy activities like the Ewey Gewey Room and Scary Crafts. Come dressed in your best costume to enjoy Trick or Treating, Goblin Games and outdoor activities.

This event is free of charge and open to the public. The festivities run from 4:30-6:30pm. For more information please call 626.574.5113.

Upcoming concerts from Live Nation

On Sale Friday October 29 at 10 AM:
106.7 KROQ Presents --
With Special Guests:
Aggrolites – Chuck Ragan
Hollywood Palladium
January 27, 2011

On Sale Friday October 29 at 10 AM:
Giant New Year’s Eve 2011
GABRIEL & DRESDEN (The Exclusive Global Reunion)
Dresden & Johnston – Francis Preve
Hollywood Palladium
Friday - December 31 (Starting at 8 PM)

7th Night Just Added!
7th Show On Sale Friday October 29 at 1 PM:
With Special Guests
Gibson Amphitheatre
November 12
November 13
November 14
November 19
November 20
November 21
November 24 – Just Added!


On Sale Now:
With Special Guests:
Lou Reed – Just Added!
Miho Hatori – Just Added!
And More!
Gibson Amphitheatre
October 27

GO TO LIVENATION.COM for tickets, show information and more

Ceremony streams performance and coming to the Roxy

During their recent UK/European tour, Ceremony and did a 4-song performance and interview for BBC Radio 1's The Punk Show with Mike Davies. The show will be streaming online all this week at
- check it out now!

Also be sure to catch Ceremony at Scion's free concert series at The Roxy in West Hollywood alongside Integrity and Pulling Teeth on November 13th - tickets are available via RSVP only at

Ceremony's most recent release, Rohnert Park, has received immeasurable amounts of critical acclaim with AMP Magazine calling it "the number one contender for album of the year" and Fader calling it "an incredible record". If you haven't checked it out yet, head over to and pick up a copy now.

13 W. Hollywood, CA @ The Roxy
w/ Integrity, Pulling Teeth

Songsalive! showcase Nov. 5 in North Hollywood

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 at Hallenbecks

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, November 5th
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.

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 amazing 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.


Dean Dobbins
Dean Dobbins was the leader of the 1990 California Country Music Association Band of the Year the Dean Dobbins Band and won CCMA awards for Song of the Year, Songwriter of the Year and Male Vocalist of the Year. Dean performs only as a soloist these days. He has recorded 8 CDs of original songs. His latest CD "She's Hot" contains 24 fully produced songs, most recorded in Nashville, featuring Teresa James on one ballad and many Nashville singers including Buddy Jewell. His songs are pitched by a publisher in Dallas, Texas.

Roz Esposito
Award-winning songwriter Roz Esposito has been a soloist and background singer for national jingles including ‘I Love New York’, which she sang with the late Luther Vandross. Her songs have been featured on national TV, on the Lifetime channel, in daytime drama and in off-Broadway productions. She currently performs both solo and with her band, The Feminine Principle, on the east and west coasts. Awards include The John Lennon Songwriting Contest and The International Unisong Contest.

Jimi Yamagishi
Jimi Yamagishi is the current director of SongNet and has been playing the radio for many years. He has been known to take the stage because he had a truck, but now prefers changing strings on his email. Jimi was never a popular guy until he played with Gilli Moon in Morro Bay, where he hid under covers & played so low. Married with children, he's not a Bundy but has friends who live there. You can find his humor & harmony @ & on

Jessie Sparks
Melbourne Australia born and based singer/songwriter/musician Jessie Sparks’ career has been in serious overdrive since the release of her critically acclaimed self-produced indie debut Breathe Easy. The album John Carver of PBS Radio called "seductive, intelligent and engrossing"--and whose raw power has earned comparisons of Sparks to everyone from Janis Joplin to Norah Jones--received two nods at the Hollywood Music Awards in 2008. Late that year Sparks traveled solo from downunder to attend the HMAs as a dual nominee for “Best Adult Contemporary Artist“ and “Best Female Vocalist”. The first annual event held at the world-famous Kodak Theatre was TV broadcasted live to more than 120 million homes across Europe and millions more globally online with Sparks taking out the “Best Adult Contemporary Artist” award.

Details for the events are at:

Also check out our Meetup group listed on the website.

- Now booking artists for Dec./Jan./Feb.
* 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 third Sundays of the month. for details

Thanks for reading!
Dave Harvey
Songsalive! Executive Director
(also booking the LA Showcase at Hallenbecks)

KFC launches Halloween contest

Need a Halloween costume idea that’s “So Good?” KFC, the restaurant chain that launched the sweet and savory Doublicious sandwich earlier this year, has a recipe for a costume idea with a potential tasty prize. As part of its year-long campaign to celebrate founder Colonel Harland Sanders’ life and legacy, the chain is issuing a national challenge to dress as the Colonel’s Doublicious Double for Halloween. One of the lucky doubles will win the best treat of all – free KFC Doublicious sandwiches for life.

“Colonel Sanders in his iconic white suit is one of the most enduring images of American history,” said John Cywinski, Chief Marketing and Food Innovation Officer for KFC. “As we mark the 120th anniversary of the Colonel’s birth, we’re calling on KFC fans to help celebrate this American icon by donning ‘his suit’ this Halloween.”

KFC is asking wannabe Colonel doubles to upload a photo of themselves in their white suit, black string tie and goatee to, where they can find the official rules, or send them via e-mail to

The contest is open to adults, children of all ages, pets, and even national newscasters in the United States.

Entries will be judged on creativity, likeness to Colonel Sanders and relevancy to the brand.

One “Doublicious double” will win the treat of a lifetime – free KFC Doublicious sandwiches for life and the chance to be outfitted in a more official Colonel’s suit for next year’s Halloween celebration.