Thursday, May 31, 2012

55th Grammy Awards set for Feb. 10

Music's Biggest Night®, the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards®, returns to Los Angeles' STAPLES Center on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013, and will air live on the CBS Television Network from 8 – 11:30 p.m. (ET/PT). The eligibility year for the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards is Oct. 1, 2011, to Sept. 30, 2012. Additionally, "The GRAMMY® Nominations Concert Live!! — Countdown To Music's Biggest Night®" — which officially kicks off GRAMMY season by revealing nominations in several categories while featuring unique performances with past GRAMMY winners and/or nominees — will air live on CBS Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012. For GRAMMY coverage, updates and breaking news, please visit The Recording Academy's social networks on Twitter and Facebook: ,

GRAMMY Week — a weeklong series of cultural events culminating in Music's Biggest Night — will again feature celebrations of music, education and philanthropy, including GRAMMY Camp — Basic Training, the Entertainment Law Initiative® luncheon, the Producers & Engineers Wing® event, the GRAMMY Foundation®'s Music Preservation Event, the annual MusiCares® Person of the Year tribute, the Special Merit Awards Ceremony, and Clive Davis and The Recording Academy's Pre-GRAMMY Gala, among others.

The GRAMMY Awards telecast is one of television's major broadcast events, ranking as one of the highest-rated and most-watched specials. Ratings for the GRAMMY Awards have continued to soar over the last several years, with the 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards attracting 39.9 million viewers, the largest GRAMMY audience since 1984 and the second largest in history. The telecast was the highest-rated awards show of the season, and the biggest social event in the history of television. The awards drew 13 million social media comments with the conversation on Twitter reaching a record high at 160,341 tweets per minute during the live telecast.

Established in 1957, The Recording Academy is an organization of musicians, producers, engineers and recording professionals that is dedicated to improving the cultural condition and quality of life for music and its makers. Internationally known for the GRAMMY Awards — the preeminent peer-recognized award for musical excellence and the most credible brand in music — The Recording Academy is responsible for groundbreaking professional development, cultural enrichment, advocacy, education and human services programs. The Academy continues to focus on its mission of recognizing musical excellence, advocating for the well-being of music makers and ensuring music remains an indelible part of our culture. For more information about The Academy, please visit For breaking news and exclusive content, follow @TheGRAMMYs on Twitter, like "The GRAMMYs" on Facebook, and join The GRAMMYs' social communities on YouTube, Tumblr, Foursquare, GetGlue, and Instagram.

FuseTar Lucifer, new 16-string instrument, created

FuseTar "Lucifer" is a triple-necked, 16-stringed, extraordinary new hand-made music instrument, created by Iranian multi-instrumentalist Shahab Tolouie ( ) around an ambitiously broad concept that in enabling connections between world musicalities, encompasses both aural and cultural traditions.

Approximately two years ago, Shahab Tolouie began the realization of his long-term idea to gather the diverse strands of Persian, jazz and flamenco together in a manner that incorporates modern technologies in one instrument to attain the precise timbres that are optimal for live
performance of his original style - Persian-flamenco fusion.

The name is derived from "fuse" - English for "fusion" and "tar" - Farsi for "strings," hence "fusion of strings." The nickname Lucifer is that of the mythological morning star, the bearer of light.

It took a year and half for two luthiers, Mehr & Owrang (Crimson Oath), to build the FuseTar. It is made of thirteen different types of wood and weighs 2.1 kg. With an acoustic chamber approximately 2cm larger than that on a regular guitar, the FuseTar possesses three necks. The uppermost is a fretless neck, which makes possible to play the quarter-tones peculiar to eastern music. The middle neck is the "guitar neck," a combination flamenco/jazz guitar configured with the "true temperament" fretting technology, which produces more accurate intonations and longer sustain than a normal guitar and is used, for example, by John McLaughlin and Steve Vai. The third neck is a Persian "setar neck" with four strings fretted for quarter-tones, a traditional instrument whose roots stretch back 2,000 years. This is the first time a traditional Persian instrument has been modernized with the fixed, "true temperament" fretting system.

At the same time FuseTar is a unique work of art - carefully decorated by elements from three of the most significant historical periods of the Persian Empire (Achaemenid: the Lion-griffin - a protector from evil; Parthian & Sassanid: Derafsh Kaviani - symbol of independence and freedom; Lion and Sun - which have always been associated with Persian royalty) ... and Faravahar - the best-known symbol of Zoroastrianism.

'The Stars of Beatlemania!' in North Hollywood opens June 30

Billed as 'the #1 National Touring Show in America Celebrating the Music of the Beatles,' the theatrical production of 'The Stars of Beatlemania! ' will be presented at North Hollywood's historic El Portal Theatre for a one-week only limited engagement starting June 30.

The musical revival, starring members of the original Broadway production, is the story of the Beatlemania phenomenon as told through the music that influenced generations of music lovers and musicians.

"''The Stars of Beatlemania!' chronicles the musical history of the Beatles through live recreations of their electrifying stage shows,”relates Alan LeBouf, one of the original cast members who plays Paul McCartney in the revival tour.

"From their explosive debut on the Ed Sullivan Show and their meteoric ascent to the 'Top of the Pops' through the colorful Sergeant Pepper era and beyond - this is the dramatic story of how The Beatles transcended their own myth and crafted a musical legacy that continues to inspire and captivate the world's imagination," LeBouf says.

Theatrical presentations of Beatles shows shows have existed since 1969, but few have equaled the success of the 'Beatlemania!' Broadway musical. Originally conceived and produced by Steve Leber and David Krebs, 'Beatlemania' began previews on May 26, 1977 in Boston.

'Beatlemania!' premiered on Broadway at the Winter Garden Theatre on May 31, 1977, (after previewing from May 26) and ran until October 17, 1979, for a total of 1006 performances. During its New York run, the show moved to the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre and finally the Palace Theatre. The production was nominated for the 1978 Tony Award for Best Lighting Design by designer Jules Fisher.

"For this tour, we've updated the show and made it more appealing and relevant to today's modern audiences," reveals David Leon, who starred in the Broadway and motion picture production of 'Beatlemania' as John Lennon, "Through authentic costume changes and live musical performance and singing, plus powerful multimedia technology, we catapult the audience back into time to faithfully recapture the music and magic of the world's most influential pop music icons."

Leon, who has also starred in "Rain," has played keyboards for major acts Hermann's Hermits, Mitch Ryder, Badfinger, Dion, and Three Dog Night, is excited about the El Portal Theatre limited engagement.

"We're looking forward to returning to the Los Angeles market, where the Beatles once made their home, and played their legendary Hollywood Bowl concerts, " LeBouf says, "Theatre audiences there are very appreciative of Beatles music, and this presentation is top-notch."


The Stars of Beatlemania! Featuring the Original Cast members from the #1 National Touring Show in America Celebrating the Music of the Beatles

Fri June 29 - 8:00pm/Sat. June 30 - 8:00pm/Sun. July 1 - 3pm/7:30pm - El Portal Theatre - 5269 Lankershim Blvd. - North Hollywood, CA. 91601

TICKETS: 818-508-4200 Or Online At:

Lindy Groove dance Thursdays in Pasadena May 31

LindyGroove this Thursday May 31st 2012

Introducing... Learn Lindy Your Way.
For all dancers beginning to advanced
10 Minutes One on One with a LindyGroove instructor
- Tune-Up that Swing Out
- Fix that broken move
- Quick start for new dancers
- Or just dance with your instructor to get the Feel of Lindy. Feedback optional ;o)
Start for just $5 / session. Book your session now.
Free session for the first 3 people to email us with their desired instructor/ time.

Main Ballroom
Guest DJ Hilary Alexander (Los Angeles)
Guest DJ Liz Henkels (San Diego)
DJ Vicky Chan (Los Angeles)

2nd Ballroom (The Lab)
Experiment with a variety of music & dance styles which change weekly. 9:45pm to midnight.
This week Balboa with DJs Augie Freeman Mary Freitag (OC) & Sailor Mike (Los Angeles). Invite your friends

Lindy Hop Lessons:
Beginning Lindy with Jason Vaughan & Heather Martelle 7:30 to 8:30
Intermediate Lindy with Lisa Wade & Steve Sayer7:30 to 8:30
Lindy Techniques with Neil Figuracion 7:30 to 8:30
Advanced Intensive with Jacob Wigger (Audition required)
$5 10 minute private lessons. Book your session now.

LindyGroove Birthdays:
Glenna Lin
Patty Beemer
Paul Lord
Sarah Burch
Sarah Phillips

Welcome visiting dancers by including them in our Birthday/Visitor Jam (Email us names/cities or tell the DJ)

LindyGroove Details:
*Every Thursday dance to the best swingin Jazz and Blues DJ's from around the country.
*Grand Ballroom of the Historic Pasadena Masonic Lodge 200 S. Euclid Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91101
*5,400 sq. ft. floating wooden dance floor
*Complimentary Beginning and Intermediate Lindy Lesson 7:30-8:15
*Dancing until Midnight.
*Complimentary Parking until 12:45 AM (Lot is locked at 12:45 AM)
*All Ages
*Cover $8.00 (Except for special events)

The Henry Clay People to tour in support of upcoming album

With an enthralling live show that has won over countless fans and critics, Los Angeles quartet The Henry Clay People are thrilled to hit the road this summer in support of their upcoming album Twenty-Five for the Rest of Our Lives.

The five-week tour beginning June 14th will see the band share the stage with Motion City Soundtrack, These United States and Futurebirds, along with their own headlining dates.

Set for a June 26th release on TBD Records, Twenty-Five for the Rest of Our Lives is a thrilling and sweaty thirty minutes of teenage restlessness. Evident in new songs "Hide" and "Friends Are Forgiving" - two of the twelve songs that make Twenty-Five for the Rest of Our Lives the bands most urgent, bratty, and melancholic record to date.


Watch the band's montage video for "Friends Are Forgiving" here:

Spin Magazine raves "The Henry Clay People specialize in raggedy power chords and desperately boyish vocals - what Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers would sound like if they'd taken temp work and listened obsessively to Crazy Horse."

Check out the album's title track here:!/henryclaypeople

Tour Dates (more to be announced):

June 14 Casbah San Diego, CA *

June 15 Troubadour Los Angeles, CA *

June 16 Slim's San Francisco, CA *

June 18 Club Sound Salt Lake City, UT *

June 19 Bluebird Theater Denver, CO *

June 21 The Firebird St. Louis, MO *

June 22 Lincoln Hall Chicago, IL *

June 23 Cobra Lounge Chicago, IL **

June 25 Grog Shop Cleveland, OH *

June 26 Water Street Music Hall Rochester, NY *

June 27 Union Transfer Philadelphia, PA *

June 29 The Gramercy Theatre New York, NY *

June 30 Middle East Downstairs Boston, MA *

July 01 Ottobar Baltimore, MD *

July 02 Brooklyn Bowl Brooklyn, NY

July 05 Local 506 Raleigh, NC ***

July 06 The Southern Charlottesville, VA ***

July 07 Black Cat Washington, DC ***

July 08 Brillobox Pittsburgh, PA ****

July 09 Ninth Ward Buffalo, NY ****

July 10 Deluxe Indianapolis, IN ****

July 11 Magic Stick Detroit, MI ****

July 12 Rock Island Brew Co Rock Island, IL ****

July 13 Burnbury Festival - Sawyer Point Park Cincinnati, OH

July 14 High Watt (Mercy Lounge) Nashville, TN

July 16 Riot Room Kansas City, MO

July 17 The Conservatory Oklahoma City, OK

July 18 Launch Pad Albuquerque, NM

July 19 Crescent Ballroom Phoenix, AZ

July 20 Sound Waves Las Vegas, NV *****

* With Motion City Soundtrack

** The Riot Fest & Consequence Of Sound Present

*** With These United States

**** With Futurebirds

***** With Airborne Toxic Event

'Trio Los Machos' opens in Boyle Heights June 8

Casa 0101 Theater, Josefina López, Artistic Direcetor, will present the World Premiere of “Trío Los Machos,” with songs made famous by the singing group, Trío Los Panchos. Under the direction of Edward Padilla, the World Premiere cast will include: Miguel Santana, Roberto Garza, Henry Madrid, Gilbert Rodriguez, Josh Duron, Adrian Quiñonez, Claudia Duran, Rocio Mendoza, Roberto Carlos, Larry Costales, Jesus Martinez, Andrea Santana, Antonio Perez and and Estuardo Muñoz. Danny Weinstein will serve as Music Director and Composer and Josefina López and Claudia Duran will serve as Lyricists.

This production is sponsored in part by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, California Arts Council, (the official blog of the National Endowment for the Arts), California ART LVR, The Southern California Gas Company, Rose Hills Memorial Parks & Mortuaries, East LA Community Corporation, Metro, Emmanuel Deleage and Los Angeles County Supervisor Gloria Molina.

WHAT: “Trío Los Machos,” written by Josefina López, is a comedic Latino ‘Bromance’ with music. The play is a love letter to Latino men and an homage to Lopez’ father. The play explores the themes of music, aging and male camaraderie set against the backdrop of the Bracero guest worker program (1942 – 1964) between the United States and Mexico. The play tells the story of a Guitar Trio in the vein of Trío Los Panchos who met during the Bracero program. The play explores the 50-year friendship of its central characters, Lalo, Nacho and Paco.

A Free Art Exhibit in The Jean Deleage Gallery at Casa 0101 Theater entitled, “Recollections From Yesterday and Today of Ex-Braceros,” will be running in conjunction with the run of the play, “Trío Los Machos.” The photography exhibit will include work of former “guest workers” who participated in the United States/Mexican government program granting temporary work contracts to Mexican laborers from 1942 – 1964. The Art Exhibit is sponsored by the Binacional Union of Exbraceros, 1942 – 1967. An Opening Reception for the Art Exhibit will be held on the evening of Thursday, June 7, 2012 from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. Thereafter the Art Exhibit will be on display through the run of “Trío Los Machos,” through July 8, 2012.

WHERE: In the new Casa 0101 Theater, 2102 E. First Street (at Louis Street), Boyle Heights, CA 90033.

WHEN: The play will be presented on Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 p.m. and Sundays at 5:00 p.m., June 8 – July 8, 2012.

HOW: Tickets for the play are $20 for General Admission, $17 for Students, Seniors and Groups of 10 or more, and $15 for Boyle Heights residents with identification. For tickets, please call the Casa 0101 Theater Box Office at 323-263-7684, E-mail or buy online at Advance reservations are highly recommended. Theatre patrons can get a $2 discount by presenting their Metro Bus Cards at the Box Office when buying tickets. Metro bus stations are located on First Street in Boyle Heights at both Soto Street, and at Boyle Street (Mariachi Plaza), within a short walking distance to the theatre.

They Might Be Giants' 'No' to be re-issued

The career of Brooklyn’s beloved They Might Be Giants has been a series of unexpected turns, but the release of their first family album No! in 2002 might have been the most celebrated turn of all. Not only did it set in motion what would become hugely successful second career for the band, the band would become role models for other acts, ushering in a new creative era in kid’s music.

To celebrate the album’s 10 year anniversary, Idlewild Recordings is creating a special re-issue of the album with seven bonus tracks. New tracks include a new studio version of Alphabet of Nations and a mind-bending live version of Robot Parade. Check out the MP3 for “Clap Your Hands” where it premiered with AV Club.

Following the critical and audience raves for No!, They Might Be Giants joined forces with Disney Sound for their “Here Comes” CD and DVD series. 2005’s Here Come The ABCs was named “the year's best children's album” by, while the accompanying DVD was certified gold. Both sequels received GRAMMY nominations, with 2008’s Here Come The 123s earning the band their second GRAMMY award, for “Best Children’s Album.” With four home-run kid’s releases under their belt, They Might Be Giants special, and inevitably sold out, family shows have become extraordinary happenings; truly redefining the all-ages rock show at the most unlikely venues including The Museum of Natural History, the Hall of Science, The Kennedy Center and Royce Hall.

Be sure to grab the special No! re-issue, and stay tuned for more from TMBG coming soon!

Brendan Rivera to release album

On June 12 New York native and singer-songwriter BRENDAN RIVERA will release his latest LP No Ocean In Ireland via CT-based Veggie Co. Records.

The Brooklyn-based Rivera penned and recorded his first full album, The Musician with his longtime friend turned producer Mike Kalajian in 2008. The collective, Looking Glass Wars was formed, and they began playing The Musician at clubs throughout NYC. Looking Glass Wars would go on to play east coast shows and tours with the likes of Anthony Green, Silverstein, The Starting Line and more. The band collectively wrote and released an EP titled a Place in a Parlor before disbanding shortly after.

Not being able, or willing to slow his creative process, Rivera immediately continued writing songs for what would become his Veggie Co. Records debut, Body of Land. The album resonated with friend and vocalist Shane Told of Silverstein, and was released in Canada on Shane’s personal label, Verona Records. BRENDAN RIVERA armed with only his acoustic guitar embarked on a 2009 Fall Tour with Silverstein and A Day to Remember headlining the shows. Rivera was honored in 2008 with Looking Glass Wars and again in 2009 for Body of Land, as one of the artists featured on’s “Absolute 100” list of up and coming artists.

In late 2010, BRENDAN RIVERA entered the studio yet again with producers Mike Kalajian and Gregory Dunn of Moving Mountains to record No Ocean in Ireland. The album features 11 songs that Rivera describes as “Irish-Americana Indie Rock.” The album showcases Rivera’s ability to pull from all of his varied influences and still create a cohesive album that is steeped in originality.

No Ocean In Ireland kicks off in high gear with fast paced rock songs such as the title track and “Hole in the Curtain”. BRENDAN RIVERA slows things down a few times throughout the record with songs like “Strangers” and “New Tattoo” which highlight Rivera’s keen ability to tell a story using just his voice and acoustic guitar.

The LP truly reaches its pinnacle with the final two songs, “Kingdom” and “Sands of Ours” respectively. The latter closes the album and features piano parts from The Starting Line’s Brian Schmutz. You can hear the resolve in Rivera’s voice as he sings, “I’m not giving up, or giving in, because I’ve been waiting too long.”

No Ocean in Ireland will be released June 12, 2012 on Veggie Co. Records. The record will be available on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify and other digital retailers as well as for sale on vinyl format from the Brendan Rivera webstore.

Track Listing:

1. Introduction 01:44

2. No Ocean In Ireland 07:02

3. Hole In The Curtain 03:07

4. Carved House 04:52

5. Centerfold 04:59

6. Strangers 02:23

7. Sail Away 04:53

8. Silver Moon 06:34

9. New Tattoo 02:55

10. Kingdom 07:05

11. Sands of Ours 04:50

Release Date: June 12 2012

Label: Veggie Co. Records

Attika 7 on Discovery Channel June 5

Tune in to The Discovery Channel’s new hit motorcycle club series, ‘The Devil’s Ride’, next week for ATTIKA 7’s world premiere of select tracks appearing on the band’s upcoming full-length album, Blood Of My Enemies. The episode, featuring a previously recorded live performance with exclusive, never-before-heard tracks, will air on June 5, 2012 at 10pm ET/PT. The series often features ATTIKA 7 guitarist Rusty Coones and will include music from the band’s new album throughout the rest of the season.

ATTIKA 7 and recently revealed the brand new track, ‘Devil’s Daughter’. Fans can head to to listen to the track now at this location.

ATTIKA 7’s new album, Blood Of My Enemies, is set for a July 31, 2012 release and features ex-Biohazard vocalist Evan Seinfeld, lead guitarist, notable songwriter and famed (Sons of Anarchy) motorcycle builder Rusty Coones, and bassist Tony Campos, founding member of Static X, who also currently performs in Soulfly, Prong, Possessed, Asesino and Ministry. The band recorded Blood of My Enemies with legendary producer MUDROCK (Avenged Sevenfold, Godsmack).

Blood of My Enemies is a brutal slab of unrelenting hard rock, with the initial groundwork laid by Rusty Coones in the confines of a federal penitentiary. It was in this unforgiving environment that he penned the songs that would eventually become the band’s uncompromising debut.

For more information on ATTIKA 7, please visit these websites:

Emmanuelle De Hericourt to release new album

Emmanuelle De Héricourt to release latest album as EDH June 12th; North American dates upcoming.

“Ice” is the first single and video from the new EDH album Yaviz

Paris-based musician Emmanuelle De Héricourt, also known as the artist EDH will release her latest album Yaviz on June 12th via the French label Lentonia Records, distributed in America by Nail Distribution.

De Héricourt’s music is demanding and scholarly, synthetic and human, mechanic and sensual and all the while it is still accessible and catchy. Check out the evidence on “Ice”, the first single from Yaviz streaming now.

Writer David McKenna of The recently noted that the previous EDH album The Correct Use Of Pets (a collaboration with French artist Hypo) “has probably been one of my most replayed albums of the last decade.”

McKenna went on to say that “Its bricolage pop was undoubtedly post-modern but not merely as a smirking anti-statement; assembled from uncanny samples and analogue keyboards, it is re-imagined 80’s new wave electronic pop, lounge music and all manner of dance music styles.”

Yaviz will be released on June 12th to be followed by several EDH performances in North America with other Lentonia Records artists including Video Love and Phoebe Jean and The Air Force. See below for dates.

The vinyl edition of Yaviz will be accompanied by a CD of remixes by Subtitle, UNISON, Stereovoid, Nicolas Jorio, Elmapi, Ricky Hollywood, Hypo and more.

EDH Live

06/15 Washington, DC @ Comet Ping Pong w/ Phoebe Jean

06/16 Brooklyn, NY @ XPO929 w/ Video Love

06/19 Boston, MA @ Middle East Upstairs w/ Video Love

06/20 Montreal, PQ @ L’esco w/ Video Love

06/21 Toronto, ON @ The Embassy

06/23 New York, NY @ Pianos Lentonia Records Presents w/ Phoebe Jean, Video Love

06/25 New York, NY @ Standard Hotel w/ Phoebe Jean, Video Love



(Lentonia – June 12th, 2012)

Track Listing:

01. Ice

02. Looking

03. Failure

04. Hound

05. Greenless

06. Jingle War

07. Flying Bye

08. Sorrow

09. Species

10. Douze

11. Dosco

Warner Bros. to host Summer Sessions in Burbank

Warner Bros. Records is pleased to announce its second annual "Summer Sessions" Concert Series - a string of exclusive intimate live performances showcasing WBR artists and held outdoors on the patio at the label's iconic Burbank headquarters throughout the summer months. Sponsored by clothing retailer Express and Heineken, the series features some of WBR's most exciting newcomers, including Kimbra, and LP. Other confirmed performers include Delta Rae and Tegan and Sara.

Last year, Gary Clark Jr., Theophilus London, Jack's Mannequin, Neon Hitch, Wale and many others, entertained WBR staff and invited guests, creating a unique opportunity for WBR to show off its extraordinary roster of up-and-coming artists each week. Clothing retailer and Summer Sessions Sponsor Express will be interviewing the artists about music, style and inspiration, for their "Express Rocks" music blog (

"The Summer Sessions concerts have become a Friday afternoon staple during the summer in Burbank," says WBR Co-President Livia Tortella. "It's an amazing opportunity for the staff, select fans, and invited guests to hear new music, and actually spend time with the artists, in a relaxed setting."

"The Warner Bros. Records' flagship Burbank office has become a hive of cultural activity as of late, with quarterly art openings, the Summer Sessions, and the ever-changing installations in the lobby," says WBR's SVP of Creative Services Norman Wonderly. "It's an exciting place to be."

Be sure to watch for schedule updates from our artists, and "like" WBR on Facebook and Twitter for the chance to score tickets to these exclusive events. Those who can't join the party in Burbank will be able to watch from home, as each show will be live-streamed on The Warner Sound - - Warner Music Group's original YouTube channel, which offers an eclectic mix of specially produced programs, all with music at their core.

Warner Bros. Records is located at 3300 Warner Blvd., Burbank, CA 91510.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Support local music at Adam's Pack Station week of June 3

Thank you to Wumbloozo Acoustic Band, Jime Van Booven, John Zipperer, Jeannie Willets, and Sandy Ross for entertaining us May 20th.

What a great time everyone had!

This coming Sunday, June 3 we have another amazing line up

12:00-2:00 Home Grown / Brian Guthrie

2:00-4:00 Chico’s Bails Bonds (Blues at its Best)

4:00-5:30 Crown City Band (Ken Marcus)

Come for a hike and stay for the music.

Or, just come on up for the music.

If you come up for the music and cannot find parking, please check with us. We are making a point of trying to squeeze everyone in.

Remember to check out our website ( ) for a list of all our events.

Have a Great Day!

The Toxic Avenger releases album

French DJ and producer Simon Delacroix, better known as The Toxic Avenger, produces music that speaks to the darkest depths of the imagination, fusing a chilling mix of pulsing electronic music and crime scene noir. Following the release of two buzzed-about singles last year, The Toxic Avenger has unleashed his first full-length album, ANGST, today via Little Owl Recordings. Bursting with the sinister, genre-bending sound for which Delacroix is known, ANGST is now available on iTunes and all other digital retailers.

Album track “3,2,1” is a thumping, ghostly track that offers a glimpse into Toxic’s dark world with a shimmering ethereal breakdown.

ANGST opens with “Nu 1553,” an energetic track that takes listeners on a jolting ride with punctuating bursts of synth and an erratic beat. “Angst One” picks up right where the opening track leaves off before slowing into an eerie, unsettling swirl of strings that shriek with a sense of urgency and forewarning. “Alien Summer” is an electro-pop gem with airy guest vocals by Annie floating above a pulsating dance beat. Vocal melodies shine on “Never Stop,” with its infectious, anthem-like chorus hovering above layers of synth that cut through the silence like a knife. The North American version of ANGST also features special remixes of “3,2,1” by Beat Torrent and Equateur.

In addition to sharing stages with artists like Diplo, MSTRKRFT, Bloody Beetroots and Crystal Castles, The Toxic Avenger has made a name for himself remixing tracks by Ladytron, Benny Benasi, Chromeo and others. Stay tuned for more exciting news from The Toxic Avenger as he spreads his reign of terror across the US!

Argentine Tango night in LA June 1

Dance Downtown: Argentine Tango

Get ready for the beauty, passion, drama and excitement that is the Argentine Tango! On June 1, The Music Center Plaza will be alive with the sights and sounds of Argentina, featuring a live band with a bandoneón player and many dance instructors on hand to partner with and coach during lessons. Tango never looked so fun and easy to do! Celebrate the sheer joy of dancing at these FREE evenings that bring together live bands, DJs and you!

Spotlight Café, Pinot Grill and ‘Tinas Tacos will be open serving up delicious food and drinks. Make it a night out and join in on Downtown’s only open air dance floor. Every experience level is welcome!

Friday, June 1, 2012
6:30 – 10:00 p.m.

Coming up:
Friday, June 15, 2012 – Line Dance & Two Step
Friday, June 29, 2012 – Bollywood/Bhangra
Friday, July 13, 2012 - Cumbia
. . . and many more!

Active Arts® at The Music Center’s Dance Downtown is held on The Music Center Plaza.

The Music Center is located at 135 N. Grand Avenue in Downtown Los Angeles. Parking is available in the Music Center garage for $9 (evenings and weekends).

Get your weekend started off right and enjoy a night under the twinkling lights of The Music Center Plaza. Pinot Grill and Spotlight Café will be open and serving delicious food and drinks. Meet other Angelenos who love to dance and learn new dance moves.

Knott's to offer Latin Music Festival June 16

Knott’s Berry Farm will be combining thrilling attractions with sizzling hot entertainment at this year’s Latin Music Festival on Saturday, June 16. This annual event brings together some of the most exciting Latin performers for a day filled with great music and exciting rides for the whole family.

Headlining this year’s event will be Angel & Khriz, one of the most sought after Puerto Rican duos. Their song “Muevela” was featured in the “Fast and the Furious” sound track. They are currently working on their 4th album “Los Internacionales.”

Also making their Knott’s Latin Music Festival debut is Naima Adedapo. Adedapo is known the world over after her appearance on the tenth season of American Idol where she placed in the top 11. Jennifer Lopez liked her “Raggae swag” but she is just as comfortable performing R&B and pop. Adedepo has recently signed a recording contract with Peak Records and her debut album will be coming out in March 2013.

Rounding out the day will be a an appearance by Bianka Romero performing with her band Norteno. All performances will take place in Knott’s historic Wagon Camp.

Knott’s Latin Music Festival is sponsored by Kraft Foods and is inlucluded with Knott’s Berry Farm Park admission. Guests can take advantage of special discounted Knott’s pricing online at where they can purchase an all day regular Knotts admission for only $36.99 or a junior or senior admission (ages 3-11 and 62+) for only $26.99.

Upcoming concerts from Nederlander week of May 30


Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis, Jr.

ON SALE Fri., June 1 at Noon

SHOW DATE Sat., Sept. 22 at 8:30 PM

TICKET PRICES $49.50 / $39.50



Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience

ON SALE Sat. June 2 at 10:00 AM

SHOW DATE Oct. 11 at 8:00 PM

TICKET PRICES $150.00 / $65.00 / $55.00 / $40.00 / $30.00



SHOW DATE Aug. 4 at 8:00PM

TICKET PRICES $175.00 / $95.00 / $85.00 / $75.00 / $65.00 / $55.00 / $45.00 / $35.00 / $25.00



Plus special guest SOJA
ON SALE Sat., June 2 @ 11am
SHOW DATE Wed., August 29 at 5:30pm
TICKET PRICES $55.00 / $49.00 / $34.00

Alan Jackson

ON SALE Sat. June 2 at Noon

SHOW DATE Sat., July 28 at 7:00 PM

TICKET PRICES $89.00 / $79.00 / $63.00 / $49.00

Peter Gabriel (An Evening with)
ON SALE Sat. June 2 at 1:00 PM
SHOW DATE Tue., Oct. 9 at 7pm
TICKET PRICES $163.00 / $103.00 / $83.00 / $63.00

Vail Soul Music Fest August 17-19

Vail Soul Music Fest returns to Ford Amphitheater in the majestic mountains of Vail, Colorado on August 17-18-19, 2012. For the third installment of this intimate and unparalleled adventure in soul, Vail Soul Music Fest offers up another stellar, carefully curated lineup of international soul artists.

Performing Vail Soul Music Fest 2012 are the exuberant and masterful Sugarfoot’s OHIO PLAYERS, rising blue-eyed soul star Allen Stone, and Grammy nominated singer/songwriter Anthony David - who, returning for his second VSMF play, is this time joined by the melodic voice of Algebra. Also on this year’s bill: U.K. favorites The Brand New Heavies bring their internationally known soul/funk/jazz songs to the live stage, dynamic husband/wife duo Kindred, and Natalie Stewart & Julie Dexter in their first U.S. appearance together as the highly anticipated The Floetry Re:Birth.

Vail Soul Music Fest is more than just a music event - it’s the ultimate soul experience. An international destination all on its own, the Town of Vail offers all things good for the soul: exhilarating outdoor adventures, exquisite spa services, world class golf, fresh culinary options, and so much more. And as Colorado’s only soul music festival, Vail Soul Music Fest fills a unique niche in the state’s thriving festival scene.

In addition an unparalleled alchemy of mood and grooves with a breathtaking natural backdrop with wide-open skies, Vail Soul Music Fest 2012 again delivers their philanthropic Vail Soul Fest Youth Day Music and Mentoring Program, where more than 100 multi-cultural and under-served youth from Metro Denver and mountain communities are brought to the mountains of Vail to participate in a day of very special music and outdoor workshops and activities for aspiring music enthusiasts and performers.

New and unique fan engagement opportunities for Vail Soul Music Fest 2012 include a “Behind the Beats” Speaker Series featuring some of today’s top music executives discussing the business of music, the always festive “Backyard Boogie” BBQ, an uplifting and unforgettable Sunday morning Gospel Brunch, intimate parties and more. For ongoing updates on Vail Soul Music Fest’s many unique experiences and offerings visit

The artist line-up for Vail Soul Music Fest 2012 is as follows:

Friday, August 17
Natalie Stewart & Julie Dexter
Anthony David and Algebra
The Brand New Heavies

Saturday, August 18
Allen Stone
Sugarfoot’s Ohio Players

Sunday, August 19
Gospel Brunch
details to be announced

Tickets available at or at / 1-866-461-6556. Local Vail Residents can purchase through the Ford Amphitheater Box Office

Ticket Pricing:
Advance Tickets (through August 14th)
Advance Single Day Tickets - $30 General Admission, $45 Reserved Admission
$85 VIP Single Day Ticket
Advance Two Day Tickets are $55 General Admission, $85.00 Reserved,
$165.00 VIP 2-Day Soul Pass

Day of Show Tickets - Single Day Tickets are $35 General Admission, $55 Reserved Admission, and 90.00 VIP Single Day Ticket while supplies last.

Ticket and Lodging Packages: The host hotels for the Vail Soul Music Festival 2012 are The Lodge at Vail, Tivoli Lodge, and Simba Run. Special hotel rates available by mentioning Vail Soul. Visit for details.

For complete festival packages including airline tickets call Vail Soul Music Fest travel services at 800-984-8863.
Vail Soul Music Fest 2012 is proud to partner with Allstate, McDonald’s, Town of Vail, and Central City Productions.
Vail Soul Music Fest is produced by Legacy Entertainment and Central City Productions.

About Vail Soul Music Fest:
Anticipated by those in the know as the only-of-its-kind in the country, Vail Soul Music Fest is an authentic and stirring celebration of a rich and vibrant international music genre. Offering a hand-picked mix of emerging and established artists - from the greatest R&B legends to ballad hit-makers to conscious hip-hop to neo soul artists from around the world – Vail Soul Music Fest is the face of the modern, multicultural soul revival. Now in its third year - and having hosted such artists as Ledisi, Raphael Saadiq, Alex Cuba, Lalah Hathaway, Avery Sunshine and many others - Vail Soul Music Fest is bringing the story of soul music back to the people, and it feels oh so good.

Upcoming concerts from Goldenvoice week of May 30

On Sale Friday!

Aries Spears & Damon Wayans Jr. with Jay Phillips and Byron Bowers

August 4th / Club Nokia / Doors: 8pm / $35, $45 / on sale 6/1 @ 10 am

Beats Antique

September 7th / Club Nokia / Doors: 7:30pm / GA $25 adv / $30 dos, VIP $40 adv / $45 dos / on sale 6/1 @ 10 am

Los Temerarios

October 13 / Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE / Doors: 7pm / $39.50, $59.50, $79.50, $99.50, $199.50 / on sale 6/1 @ 10am

Shaquille O'Neal's All Star Comedy Jam

November 30th / Club Nokia / Doors: 6pm / $39.50, $49.50 / on sale 6/1 @ 10 am

On Sale Saturday!

Swans with Xiu Xiu

September 11th / Fonda Theatre / Doors: 8pm / $30, DOS $ 33 / on sale 6/2 @ 10 am

Justin Bieber with Carly Rae Jepsen

October 2 / STAPLES Center / Doors: 6pm / $39.50, $59.50, $79.50, $89.50 / on sale 6/2 @ 10 am

Justin Bieber with Carly Rae Jepsen

October 3 / STAPLES Center / Doors: 6pm / $39.50, $59.50, $79.50, $89.50 / on sale 6/2 @ 10 am

Added Support!

The Cribs with Lovely Bad Things and Devin

June 15th / El Rey Theatre / Doors: 8pm / $20 / on sale now

Blind Pilot with Laura Gibson

July 7th / Fonda Theatre / Doors: 8pm / $22.50 / on sale now

Ed Romanoff to release new album

Multi award winning Americana artist Ed Romanoff will release his self titled debut CD on June 26th. The accomplished and evocative album, already receiving much praise from press and industry insiders, was produced by Crit Harmon, esteemed for his work with Martin Sexton, Lori McKenna, and Mary Gauthier, and features vocals from Josh Ritter, Tift Merritt, Meg Hutchinson, and Mary Gauthier. The new record is being hailed as a gritty masterwork of atmospheric Americana.

The eleven-track debut cuts a wide emotional swath, from the good-natured sorry-I-messed-up sentimentality of "I Must Have Done Something Right" to the brave vulnerability of "St. Vincent De Paul." Ed wrote the latter after a personal pilgrimage with Gauthier to the orphanage where she had been left on the day she was born. The two became close friends, connecting over the clouds of their pasts.

Ed has also been selected as a finalist in the 2012 Telluride Troubadour competition, which brings together songwriters from around the world at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival (June 21-24) each summer solstice weekend in Telluride, CO. He will also be performing at the festival.

This skillful debut has a moony ambience with elegiac lap steel, saloon violins, and a gentle hum of Wurlitzer organs. Its smoky haze and rustic production are delicately grounded by the grit and earthiness of Ed's voice - gentle yet haunting - while his guitar playing is economic and steeped in all stripes of Americana, from boozy blues to brothel jazz.

"It took two generations and two years to write the record," Ed says. It was worth the wait.

Lucy Michelle & the Velvet Lapelles release new album

Minneapolis sextet Lucy Michelle And The Velvet Lapelles are pleased to release their newest full length album, HEAT, today. HEAT is the band's fourth full-length release and their first since 2010's Good of That. The album was recorded at Vacation Island Recording Studios in Brooklyn with acclaimed producer/engineer Matt Boynton (MGMT, Beirut, Bat for Lashes). HEAT spotlights the band's eclectic musical style, creating a brilliant wash of organic psych-folk from a blend of interweaving ukeleles, accordion, electric guitar, upright bass, cello, drums and (of course) Lucy Michelle's uniquely recognizable vocals. For complete track listing, please see below.

The band is also excited to announce that their recently released music video for HEAT's first single "Just A Kid" will have its MTV premiere on June 11 on their Freshman 5 program. The video was created by Picture Machine Productions, the same team who produced last year's music video for Bon Iver's "Calgary."

The band will be touring the US in support of HEAT in the coming weeks, playing a handful of shows throughout the Midwest and the West Coast this summer. More dates to be announced. For a full list of tour dates, please see below.

Lucy Michelle & The Velvet Lapelles Upcoming Tour Dates

June 9- St. Paul, MN @ Amsterdam Music Hall

June 12 - River Falls, WI @ University of Wisconsin

June 14- Chicago, IL @ Martyr's

June 16- Madison, WI @ UW- Madison Memorial Union- Terrace

June 23- Apple Valley, MN @ Minnesota Zoo Amphitheater

July 7- Minneapolis, MN @ Basilica Block Party

July 14- Rochester, MN @ St. John's Block Party

July 21 - Hutchinson, MN @ Riversong Music Festival

July 22 - Denver, CO @ Underground Music Showcase

July 24- Seattle, WA @ Tractor Tavern

July 25- Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios

July 26 - Boise, ID @ Neurolux

July 27 - Stanley, ID @ Sawtooth Music Festival

July 28- Stanley, ID @ Pioneer Park

July 30 - San Diego, CA @ The Casbah

July 31 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Bootleg Theater

August 1- San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill

August 18 - Minneapolis, MN @ Cabooze Outdoor Plaza

HEAT Track Listing

1. Just a Kid

2. West

3. Undone

4. Million Things

5. Catacombs

6. Summer Beach

7. Puget Sound

8. Wise Eyes

9. Oh Home

10. Strange Love

The Dig releases new album

New York's The Dig released their album Midnight Flowers on May 29th via Buffalo Jump Records. To celebrate, they made an inspiring YouTube Playlist. In July they will move to Los Angeles by popular demand and return for a residency at Silverlake Lounge after playing their successful shows with Ben Kweller last month. (see all dates below). The band is proud to lend their single to Turn the Tide: Songs for "Last Call at the Oasis" a companion chartity album to the new film Last Call at the Oasis in support of the global water crisis alongside 20 unreleased exclusive tracks from artists including Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds, Alabama Shakes, My Morning Jacket and more.

The Dig's sound has been developing ever since the band's two singers Emile Mosseri and David Baldwin started making music together when they were eleven years old. After meeting California native Erick Eiser, the three songwriters have been writing tunes and playing in different bands since they were 16 years old. Anchored by sharp guitars, a woozy synth backdrop and airtight vocal harmonies, the new album Midnight Flowers which is produced by Bryce Goggin (Pavement, The Apples In Stereo, Swans, Antony & The Johnsons) will come out on 5/29 on Buffalo Jump Records. It recalls styles ranging from T. Rex to Brian Eno to The Everly Brothers.

Leading up to the release of Midnight Flowers, The Dig have pressed a limited number of cassette tapes containing the album's first two singles, "Red Rose In The Cold Winter Ground" and "I Already Forgot Everything You Said." "Even though it takes us about 15 minutes to make each individual cassette, which is done using an old boom box in the back of our van between shows, we like the idea of having the songs that we recorded using analog tape machines available on cassette. For any of our fans that have moved on from 1995, each cassette comes with a digital download."

Following their acclaimed 2010 debut, Electric Toys, The Dig amassed a passionate national following with magnetic live performances touring with the likes of Portugal. The Man, The Antlers, and The Walkmen. The band began writing new songs on the road and back home in New York between tours. The new songs reflect a rich sense of lyricism in "Red Rose in the Cold Winter Ground" and "Glass Horse" while thrumming with a charged pop sensibility in "All Tied Up" and "Break the Silence." When we were writing "I Already Forgot Everything You Said," guitarist and vocalist David Baldwin recalls, "We had just gotten off the road with The Antlers and we were listening to a lot of Bob Dylan's Time Out of Mind. I think those influences found their way into that song particularly. But really the songs on this album are personal."

The Dig are:
David Baldwin (Guitar/Vocals)
Emile Mosseri (Bass/Vocals)
Erick Eiser (Keyboards/Guitar)
Mark Demiglio (Drums)

The Dig live:
5/31: Chicago, IL @ Schubas (TICKETS - include free copy of album)
6/16: Philadelphia, PA @ North Star Bar
7/04: Los Angeles, CA @ Silverlake Lounge (free)
7/11: Los Angeles, CA @ Silverlake Lounge (free)
7/18: Los Angeles, CA @ Silverlake Lounge (free)
7/25: Los Angeles, CA @ Silverlake Lounge (free)

The Dig – Midnight Flowers track listing:
01. Red Rose in the Cold Winter Ground
02. Black Water
03. I Already Forgot Everything You Said
04. All Tied Up
05. Hole In My Heart
06. Animal Screams
07. Break The Silence
08. Police Car
09. Clouds and The White Noise
10. Glass Horse

The Dig TopSpin store

Upcoming concerts from Live Nation week of May 30

On Sale Monday June 4 at 10 AM:

PETER GABRIEL = Back to Front

“So” Live – Performed by the Original 1987 Line-Up

Hollywood Bowl

Saturday – October 6

On Sale Friday June 1 at 10 AM:


Verizon Wireless Amphitheater

Friday – September 7

On Sale Friday June 1 at 10 AM:


Gibson Amphitheatre

October 2

On Sale Saturday June 2 at 10 AM:

Summer Music Festival starring:

MAZE featuring Frankie Beverly – PATTI LABELLE


Plus Special Guest: Tank

Gibson Amphitheatre

Saturday – August 11

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Lisa Marie Presley to tour in support of new album

Lisa Marie Presley will launch her first tour in more than five years on June 14 at Gramercy Theatre in New York City, NY. The headline outing will include performances at Chicago's Bottom Lounge (6/20) and The Roxy in West Hollywood, CA (6/26).

Presley celebrated the album's release with a CD signing at Sun Studios in her hometown of Memphis, TN, a special evening at the GRAMMY® Museum in Los Angeles and numerous television appearances. You can check out Presley performing the album's lead single, "You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet," on "American Idol" here.

"Storm and Grace is the album she was born to make," said Rolling Stone. "Lisa Marie Presley gets back to bluesy-country basics in 'Storm & Grace' and breaks free from outside expectations," observed the Los Angeles Times. USA Today praised its mix of "rootsy riffs and confessional lyrics" and NPR Music declared: "In her new album, Storm and Grace, she has found her voice." observed: "Presley has made the strongest album of her career...It's a moody masterpiece, exploring the demons and angels of her life" while Memphis' Commercial Appeal called Storm and Grace "a homecoming: a sumptuous album of country-soul, blues, and roots oriented songs that confirm her Southern lineage."Entertainment Weekly praised the "smoky, spooky" single "You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet." The accompanying video, directed by Dean Karr, is equally atmospheric and can be seen here.

Produced by 12-time GRAMMY® winner T Bone Burnett, Storm and Grace is Presley's Universal Republic/XIX Recordings debut and follows 2003's Gold-certified To Whom It May Concern and 2005's Now What, which both debuted in the Top 10 on The Billboard's 200.

Lisa Marie Presley - Upcoming Tour Dates

6/14 - New York, NY - Gramercy Theatre

6/15 - Baltimore, MD - Soundstage

6/16 - Boston, MA - Wilbur Theatre

6/18 - Des Moines, IA - Wooly's

6/19 - Minneapolis, MN - Fine Line Music Cafe

6/20 - Chicago, IL - Bottom Lounge

6/21 - Indianapolis, IN - Deluxe

6/25 - San Francisco, CA - Slim's

6/26 - Los Angeles, CA - The Roxy

6/27 - San Diego, CA - Belly Up

The Bottlecap Boys in Altadena June 7

The Bottlecap Boys
a four piece folk band from Portland, OR
will be performing at
The Coffee Gallery Backstage
on Thursday, June 7.

The Bottlecap Boys American West Summer Tour 2012

Tour Dates:
May 25 - July 8

Artist site:

Tour video:

The Bottlecap Boys’ music has been described as infectious,
boot-stompin’ folk. Their tagline says it all: challenge your face to
push the borders of its smile. Their performances are magnetic,
barrelling forwards with freight train vocal harmonies, cheeky lyrics
about ex- (and future!) lovers and rambunctious bouts of soloing by each
of the four musicians.

Building on their jazz and classical backgrounds and influenced by the
Americana sounds of The Avett Brothers and Old Crow Medicine Show, the
Bottlecap Boys typical lineup features songwriter Lukas Borsten on
guitar, Ross Becker on mandolin (the two carry most of the singing),
Adam Willumsen on violin and Mike Raley on bass. When the four meet,
their music captures all the timeless elements of great bluegrass
--heart, harmony-- and stir in their own brand of carefree exuberance
and joyful camaraderie.

Their summer tour started with a May 25 performance at Seattle’s NW
Folklife Festival on the Indie Roots Stage, and passes through
Washington, Oregon, California, New Mexico, Colorado, Nevada, Utah,
Wyoming, Montana and Idaho before wrapping up in early July with
performances in Seattle.

“The band members bill themselves as ‘pure, insatiable energy
guaranteed to lift your spirits,’ and they delivered.”
Conrad Wharton, The Puget Sound Trail (11/18/11)

Wed. June 06 - Basement Tavern at the Victorian - Santa Monica, CA
Thurs. June 07 - The Coffee Gallery Backstage - Altadena, CA
Fri. June 08 - The Press Restaurant - Claremont, CA
Full tour schedule:

Collective Soul concert to air on HDNet June 16

HDNet will broadcast “An Evening with Collective Soul: The Dosage 2012 Tour” LIVE on Saturday, June 16th at 11pmET/8pmPT. This exclusive concert event from the Roseland Ballroom in Portland, Oregon will feature 20 years of chart-topping music from the multi-platinum rockers.

“An Evening with Collective Soul” VIDEO teaser

This unforgettable concert with Collective Soul will not only feature their 1999 album Dosage in its entirety, but will include several of their #1 radio hits such as “Shine,” “December,” “World I Know,” “Where the River Flows,” and many others.

Perhaps most notably, the band will also premiere some new, never-heard-before songs that will be included in their forthcoming studio album, which they plan to release in the near future.

For channel information on HDNet:

Little Joe y La Familia in Covina June 8

Little Joe Y La Familia
Friday June 8th...
Tickets on sale now @ Taste of Texas $25 pre-sale and $30 @ the door.
Limited Seating ....
Guaranteed Dance Floor...

Be a part of History.... come join us at the unveiling of Little Joe's Legacy tile!!!

For more info on how you can get your tile email or check out the website@ ....See y'all there!

Taste of Texas
545 N Citrus
Covina Ca.91723

'Spaceland' opens at Bermudez Projects gallery in LA June 2

Bermudez Projects Celebrates 1-Year Anniversary with Six-Artist Group Show: “SPACELAND – Los Angeles Vast, Light, Modern”

It's probably safe to say that no start-up gallery in downtown LA has ever had a first year to match Bermudez Projects, which included not only packed openings and sold-out shows, but earned recognition from the Getty Foundation … all accomplished by someone the establishment would consider an outsider.

Bermudez Projects, celebrating its first birthday this month at 117 West 9th Street, in a blazing white, light-filled space up on the 8th floor, is owned and operated by Julian Bermudez. A new gallerist should keep his expectations manageable. But, “Wow,” Bermudez says, pausing with a hammer and level in his hands as he hangs pieces for yet another show, “It's been a tremendous year,” from the belly-to-belly crowd at the gallery's first show, photos by KPCC radio host John Rabe; to two sold-out shows by the Empress of Collage, Amanda Beckmann; to the weirdness of Gordon Henderson and the abstractions of Enrique Castrejon.

But the biggest feather in the brand new gallerist's cap was when the Bermudez Projects exhibit of works by LA printmaker David Weidman, “Modern Master: Prints, 1967-1974,” was accepted as a Pacific Standard Time exhibit in January. “For years,” Bermudez says, “David was categorized as a pop culture illustrator. Now, all of a sudden, he was rightly recognized as an artist who contributed to an era – Southern California's landmark post-War period. It was wonderful for David, and also reaffirmed what I’m trying to do at the gallery.”

Bermudez’s goal is simple. He says, “I want to find the next great American artist. I’m looking for art that I haven’t seen before. That’s all. Some galleries specialize in particular genres or won’t take artists who don’t have an MFA. I don’t care about their bona fides. I care about their art. If it makes me laugh or cry, it’s something I want in my gallery.”

Julian Bermudez wants to spread art. Good art. Art that stirs emotions. Art that's affordable. And he wants to provide a space for artists who share that vision.

Come to a Bermudez Projects opening and you never know what you'll find. Kids and adults were fighting to buy art at Beckmann's exhibits, “Failure is an Option” and “Hasten Slowly.” George Takei was posing for photos with shirtless waiters at Castrejon's “Waifs & Strays,” an examination of queer subculture. The LA Times’ Steve Lopez and photographer Gary Leonard were rubbing elbows at Rabe’s “Vast Wasteland,” a collection of Hipstamatic photos of discarded TV sets. “That's my business model,” Bermudez says. “Bring in exciting artists, bring in exciting, engaged people, and let the creative sparks fly!”

Thinking back over the year, Bermudez beams when he talks about his artists. “Enrique can measure anything, and I’m always amazed by the time he invests in each piece. Collectors always ask me, ‘Is he crazy?’” Gordon Henderson “could do ‘pretty’ if he wanted to. But he chooses to be very Outsider. His works draw me in, and when I’m in them, I feel odd.” Amanda Beckmann, he says, “Is one f---ing badass artist, with no official training in art!”

Bermudez earned a BA in art history from UCLA and worked at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Craft and Folk Art Museum, and Pacific Asia Museum. At the latter, in 2009, he co-curated one of the most popular exhibits in PAM’s history, “The Samurai Re-Imagined,” a groundbreaking examination of the parallels between ancient Japanese art and modern manga and anime. It was a show that drew multi-generational audiences and was emblematic of Bermudez’s passion.

Bermudez Projects is celebrating its first year with “SPACELAND,” a group show by all the artists who participated in his first year, plus new artists who will have full shows in coming months. “I wanted them to capture LA, so I simply gave them three key words that sum up LA for me: Vast, Light, and Modern.” Rabe and Henderson are supplying new works, Castrejon and Beckmann are constructing site-specific installations, and Johnny Taylor and Carlos Ulloa are showing large-scale paintings on vellum and mixed-media collages, respectively.

Before he went back to laying out the new show, Bermudez paused at his 8th floor window and looked out over the bustling Fashion District.

“Downtown LA is the perfect place for me. I have to hand it to visionaries like (architect) Wade Killefer who saw the potential here, and then worked to make it viable for people to live here and open businesses here.”

The public opening is Saturday, June 2 from 7-10PM. To attend, please contact Julian Bermudez at

Bermudez Projects is at 117 W. 9th Street, Space 810, Los Angeles, California 90015. By appointment only. For more information visit

The mission of Julian Bermudez is to discover and cultivate emerging artists, inspire creativity and imagination, and promote the appreciation of art by presenting art outside museums and galleries.

Local Craft Beer Festival in El Segundo June 17

Does Dad love to unwind with a craft beer in hand and rock music on the stereo? This Father’s Day, bring him to Gene Simmons’ Rock & Brews restaurant in El Segundo to enjoy the second annual Local Craft Beer Festival from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Southern California breweries will open their taps with a portion of proceeds to benefit City Year Los Angeles.

Fathers and beer lovers can raise their glasses to participating breweries that include The Bruery, El Segundo Brewing, Bootlegger’s Brewery, Strand Brewing, Cismontane Brewing, Eagle Rock Brewery, Smog City Brewery, Figueroa Mountain Brewing, Golden Road, Hangar 24, Monkish, Port Town, TAPS, and more. A brewer or senior representative will be on site for each participating brewery. Each brewery will bring a selection of their beers featuring limited, seasonal and special releases.

Rock & Brews’ favorite menu selections will also be available to guests as part of a buffet, including the gluten-free Rock & Brews special pizza with house made tomato sauce, mozzarella and parmesan cheeses, meatballs, spicy pepperoni, Italian sausage, mushrooms, onions and black olives; our hand pulled pork sandwich with slow roasted, spice rubbed pork simmered in house made barbeque sauce on a fresh baked sesame bun; authentic Bavarian pretzel served with spicy-sweet mustard; Al’s Asian spicy wings with sweet and tangy sauce, finished with chopped cilantro; and purple rain chocolate drops that include chocolate filled beignets drizzled with raspberry sauce and served with a side of whipped cream for dipping. For an additional cost, guests can order from the two taco carts that will be on site.

The event is limited to those ages 21 and over. Tickets are $50 per person and include 8 four-ounce pours, a lunch buffet ticket and a commemorative beer glass to take home. Guests can purchase additional pours at an extra cost. Tickets are limited, and are expected to sell out quickly. Designated driver tickets will be available for $25 and include unlimited buffet and non-alcoholic drinks.

Rock & Brews is owned by Gene Simmons, Michael Zislis and Dave Furano, who designed the dining destination to resemble a backstage rock concert. Rock & Brews is located at 143 Main Street in El Segundo. For tickets or updated announcements regarding the event, please call 310-615-9890 or visit , or

Fierce Reads Tour coming to La Verne June 5

Mrs. Nelson's Toy and Book Store is pleased to announce Macmillan's Fierce Reads Tour will be making it's first stop at the store on June 5. The tour features of panel of 4 debut authors: Anna Banks, Leigh Bardugo, Jennifer Bosworth and, Emmy Laybourne. The tour will also be joined by authors Marissa Meyer and Jessica Brody for the first leg, including Mrs. Nelson's!

Mrs. Nelson's Toy and Book Shop
(909) 599-4558

Barry Big B Brenner performances week of May 29

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PK release album and to tour

High-energy, scrappy indie-pop quintet, PK, have released their sophomore project, The Lost Boy Sessions, today. Sonically described as "The Killers meet Vampire Weekend," PK has been compared to such acts as The Cure, U2 and The Gaslight Anthem. ­­After the band's debut full-length, Into The Roaring, garnered attention from Rolling Stone, Nylon Guys, Alternative Press and Pac Sun Music, PK's highly anticipated second release, The Lost Boy Sessions is destined to be at the top of everyone's summer playlist. The band is currently touring the West coast in support of the EP's release. Purchase The Lost Boy Sessions on iTunes.

Hailing from San Luis Obispo, California, PK is made up of Travis Hawley (Vocals), Matt DePauw (Guitar), Mikel Van Kranenburg (Bass), Nick Fotinakes (Guitar) and Rico Rodriguez (Drums). While the members initially met in high school, vocalist Hawley was born in the United Arab Emirates and lived in England for five years before moving to the U.S. His brief stint in the UK deeply affected his vocal style and he has often been compared with emotive British artists such as Robert Smith, Bono, and Danny Elfman.

After releasing their first full length Into the Roaring, PK was immediately hand selected and published by Rolling Stone Magazine as 1 of 16 top unsigned artists in the United States. In the past year, the band has opened for such acts as Angels and Airwaves, Twin Atlantic, Aerosmith, Shiny Toy Guns and Youngblood Hawk. PK recorded their new EP 'The Lost Boys Sessions' at the famed Red Bull Studio in Los Angeles. Check out PK's cover of the Magnetic Fields' "I Think I Need A New Heart" on Watch the official music video for "Berelain" on

PK has released The Lost Boy Sessions on May 29th. For more information, catch up with PK here:

instagram: @wearepk

Tour Dates:

6/8 - Sacramento, CA @ Java Lounge

6/9 - San Jose, CA @ The Art Boutiki

6/12 - Anaheim, CA @ Chain Reaction

6/13 - Mesa, AZ @ The Nile Underground

6/14 - San Diego, CA @ The Irenic

6/15 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Roxy

6/16 - Camarillo, CA @ Rock City Studio

6/22 - Visalia, CA @ 210

6/23 - Fresno, CA @ Kuppajoe

Friday, May 25, 2012

End o' week musings

What a week it was!

Last weekend was the end of the Renaissance Pleasure Faire and I danced my tushie off. It's only today that I finally feel fully recovered, although I still am looking forward to sleeping in tomorrow (so take the hint and don't call, text or bug me in anyway til afternoon!). It was a lot of fun doing Faire and I really enjoy the company of my group, but it's a long commitment and gets tiring after so many "lost weekends." Plus you should see the pile of clothes in my dirty laundry basket and the dust on my TV! Yes, I've got a lot of chores waiting for me...

I had some good interviews this week, including talking with Joanna Santos, curator of "Hollow Thoughts: A Skull Exhibit" that is opening at Gallery Nucleus in Alhambra in June. Check it out and make plans It's on of my favorite art venues, plus it has a store with cool t-shirts, books and other finds.

My other neat chat was with Robert Bell of Kool & the Gang. He was cool-- and nice and interesting. The band is on tour with Van Halen and will be in Los Angeles and Anaheim over the next two weeks. In case you didn't hear, VH has canceled all its dates after the end of June. I'm not very surprised, but I feel bad for Kool & the Gang because they had to make time in their schedule for the shows. Kool has been doing its thing for four decades and is still touring globally to the delight of its still-growing fan base.

Wednesday night I went to the Key Club in Hollywood to see Sabaton ( ). Wow! I liked their albums and enjoyed my interview with lead vocalist Joakim (visit and search the archive to find my story online), but live they were amazing. Those boyz from Sweden know how to rock and love what they do, plus they're easy on the eyes. The crowd was totally into the show and kept chanting "Sabaton" in between each song. They also sang along with every tune, even the new ones. And this was the record release party!

I took my friend John with me and he's now a fan. He told me he has watched Sabaton's videos and has added their albums to his collection. I wonder if his band will cover some of the material?

Well, it's a three-day weekend for me, but I haven't filled it up with stuff to do because I really need to be a bit of a slug... ooo and that nasty housework needs doing... ugh! But I am thinking of going to see Civet at House of Blues in Hollywood tonight and I have plans to go to the Scottish Festival on Sunday. Maybe I'll get invited to a barbecue Monday... or I'll have a nice afternoon nap!

In rotation this week: Sabaton (too obvious?!), Black Sabbath, Terrible Things, Kirk Whalum, Kool & the Gang and Tom Petty.

Photos we got 'em: A couple of cute pet pix and photos of me and fellow blogger Gary ( ) from our visit at the Hard Rock in San Diego the other week.

Thought o' the week: Put it aside. I'll be honest, I'm not happy. In fact I'm on a FTW bent (for those of you who don't know what FTW means, it's not very nice). Things in my life are not going the way I expected and I'm beyond frustrated. I'm hurt and angry and more because I have invested a lot of time and passion into something that doesn't seem to be working out.

This morning I woke up with a different attitude. Instead of feeling down or mad, I have reached the "don't care" point. This is very rare for me. Today I have no patience for anything or anyone who doesn't meet my agenda and I just want to do what makes me feel good no matter how it affects said anything or anyone. Yeah, no more Ms. Nice Grrrl today...

But then, I remembered I have a day off on Monday and it's Memorial Day, a day to remember our military. My heart softened. I am not important right now. What I want or need is not important right now. What is important is showing our support and caring for the people who are willing to give or have given their lives for us. To keep me safe and maintain my freedom.

I plan to take some time on Monday to think about and appreciate our military. I hope I can find a way to show how much they mean to me. I will be pushing my agenda aside for the greater good. The way it should be. I encourage you to also put it aside, whatever it is, and honor our military with me.

Keep on rockin'


Pasadena Chalk Festival June 16 and 17

Over 600 dedicated chalk artists will converge on Paseo Colorado’s interconnected mix of retail, entertainment, and garden promenades as the annual Pasadena Chalk Festival continues the legacy of bringing this unique art form to Southern California. The festival offers visitors an opportunity to shop, dine or see a movie as they see the artworks created by the artists come to life before their very eyes during the two day festival. The Pasadena Chalk Festival returns to Paseo Colorado Father’s Day Weekend, June 16 - 17, 2012 from 10am – 7pm and is FREE and open to the public.

Now celebrating its 20th year, the Pasadena Chalk Festival places over 25,000 sticks of pastel chalks in the hands of hundreds of “Madonnari” (Italian for street painter) who come from all areas of Southern California and beyond to spend two days on their hands and knees creating spectacular murals on concrete areas throughout the shopping center. In every style imaginable, from classical to contemporary, whimsical and fantastic, to socially relevant, the murals are designed and created by independent artists as well as teams representing art schools, museums and cultural centers. The artists are an incredibly diverse group, representing many ethnicities and age ranges. Prestigious cultural festivals in Europe, North America and South America celebrate this traditional art form and are popular attractions for artists, art lovers and people from all walks of life.

In addition to the extraordinary opportunity to watch artists at work, guests can enjoy live music throughout the weekend and children can get creative in the KID’S CHALKLAND, a designated area just for children. There will also be a Pasadena Police Classic Car Show on Sunday from 11am to 4pm featuring classic and fun cars and the Pasadena Police Helicopter.

One of the highlights of the Pasadena Chalk Festival is “Animation Alley,” a specifically designed area spotlighting some of the top and upcoming animators and graphic designers from Southern California. The feature has proven to be a success as talented artists created masterful chalk renderings of their signature work, including classic characters, renowned personalities from film and television and the artist’s own original murals. “Animation Alley” is located in Lower Theatre Court at Paseo Colorado.

In 2010, the Pasadena Chalk Festival introduced a new addition for the artists. On Upper Theatre Court, the new “Chalk of Fame” sponsored by ArcLight Pasadena is designated for artists who will create chalk murals of famous movie posters with a special prize provided by ArcLight Pasadena awarded to the winning mural in this category.

Always a highlight of the Pasadena Chalk Festival is the Artist Gallery where people can bid on affordable, small painted canvases created by the participating artists and a variety of Festival merchandise that will be available for purchase with proceeds benefiting Light Bringer Project.

At the conclusion of the festival, participating artists will select the outstanding murals of the festival from amongst their peers. Awards include 1st, 2nd and 3rd Place Best of Show, Best Technique, Best Use of Color, Best Artist Original Design and more. Festival visitors will also have the opportunity to vote for their favorite mural, the “Paseo Colorado People’s Choice” award. Ballots will be available in the Shopping Center’s participating retail stores.

The Pasadena Chalk Festival benefits the community arts programs of the Light Bringer Project, a Pasadena-based, non-profit arts organization founded by local residents who were interested in the role the arts, architecture and design played in the growth and development of their community. For more information on Light Bringer Project programs and partnerships, visit

Paseo Colorado is located at 280 East Colorado Boulevard (between Marengo and Los Robles Avenues) in the heart of Pasadena’s historic downtown Civic Center. Plenty of convenient parking is available. For festival information call (626) 795-8891 or visit

Fret House concerts May 26-Aug 25

Upcoming Shows at The Fret House - May 26th - August 25th 2012

Sat May 26th - Jim "Kimo" West - "Slack Key Guitar" - Workshop 2 - 5pm

Sat June 9th - Jerry Burgan - "Songs & stories" $20

Sat June 16th - Michael O'Dorn - "Travis Fingerstyle"

Sat June 23rd - Peter Feldman, Blaine Sprouse & Rick Cunha
"Acoustic Bluegrass & Old Time"

Fri June 29th - Shana Morrison - "Van Morrisons daughter"

Sat July 14th - The Black Tongued Bells - "Acoustic Swamp Rock"

Sat Aug 25th - Roy Book Binder - "Acoustic Blues Master" $20 workshop
2 - 4pm

all shows $15.00 unless otherwise noted
showtime 8pm

The Fret House
309 N Citrus
Covina 91723

Sandy Ross in Encino June 2

Sandy Ross in Concert w/Jeff Gold on Guitar
Saturday, June 2nd
8 pm
California Traditional Music Society (CTMS)
16953 Ventura Blvd.
Encino, CA 91316
Tickets: $15 at the door or you can order them in advance from the website.

Los Angeles-based contemporary folk/acoustic blues artist Sandy Ross has
been entertaining audiences for more than four decades with her sometimes
poignant, sometimes comic, songs and story telling. During the ‘70s she
had songs recorded by Kim Carnes and Anne Murray; during the ‘90s she
toured the greater US doing syndicated radio shows, coffeehouses and
bookstores. Said Sheri Stanley in Folk Music magazine, “Sandy’s music
will move you, sometimes to anger, sometimes to tears and sometimes to
stomping your feet.” See for mp3s and video.

IK Multimedia launches redesigned website

IK Multimedia has unveiled a completely redesigned version 2.0 website to deliver additional information and broader functionality while creating a more user-friendly experience for its customers. The new site offers in-depth features on all IK products, on streamlined new product pages, along with enhanced interactive media-rich tools to assist in product selection. The new site, online now at , offers intuitive navigation to the entire family of products including mobile, computer software & plug-ins, guitar & bass, vocal, keyboard and DJ.

A new online web store is the centerpiece of the new website that provides a streamlined shopping experience. Users can quickly find what they need by searching for a specific application (guitar, vocals, DJ, etc.), device type (iOS, computer, etc.), price threshold or via the search bar. Dynamic content in the store and throughout the website is tailored to geographic locations. This way, regional variables such as pricing are presented in the local currency. This localization capability also extends to your personal profile including personal pricing with IK JamPoints reward program as well as news and special product offers.

Users are now fully empowered with an improved support interface to manage product authorizations, licenses and download product updates.
The site’s built-in social functions facilitate easy news sharing on IK’s forum and social channels such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, SoundCloud.
For those not fluent in the English language, the new website offers a solution. Japanese customers will be the first to take advantage of the new site’s multi-language capabilities, with a fully translated website in their native language, soon to be followed by a Chinese version and more languages to come.

Plus IK is also making both iRig STOMP, the first stompbox guitar interface for iPhone/iPad/iPod touch and iRig PRE, universal microphone interface for iPhone/iPad/iPod touch, available for pre-order sales to enhance your music-making capabilities while you are on the go.

For more information, please visit the IK Multimedia website:

'Love' exhibit in Pomona opening June 9

Exhibit Love: For Land…Form…and Humanity &
Robert Stillwell: Recent Works
June 09 through July 28, 2012
Collectors Reception: June 09, 2012, 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Opening Reception: June 09, 2012, 6:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Second Saturday Viewing: July 14, 2012, 3:00 pm – 10:00 pm

The dA Center for the Arts Announces Exhibit Love, the Works of Rick Caughman, Joella Jean Mahoney, and John Edward Svenson

The dA Center for the Arts is proud to present Exhibit Love: For Land…Form…and Humanity and Robert Stillwell: Recent Works on display June 9th through July 28, 2012. On display in the main gallery, Exhibit Love: For Land…Form…and Humanity collects the works of Rick Caughman, Joella Jean Mahoney, and John Edward Svenson. Robert Stillwell: Recent Works exhibits the artist’s recent venture into abstract paintings. The dA will be hosting a collector’s reception on June 09, 2012 from 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm, and an opening reception for the general public on June 09, 2012 from 6:30 pm – 10:00 pm. Additionally, the dA will be hosting a Second Saturday viewing in conjunction with the Pomona Arts Colony Second Saturday Art Walk on July 14, 2012 from 3:00 pm – 10:00 pm.

Exhibit Love: For Land…Form…and Humanity brings Rick Caughman, Joella Jean Mahoney, and John Edward Svenson together in one exhibition. Drawing from each artist’s extensive body of work, curator Rick Caughman selected pieces that examine the loss of loved ones and the inspiration that they continue to provide. This exhibition includes work representative of each artist’s prolific career, including landscapes, sculptural forms, and installations, all of which present a profound exploration of the influence of love on art, and art on love.

This exhibition coincides with Robert Stillwell: Recent Works, on display in the dA’s Joan Weldon Gallery. Stillwell has spent most of his eighty years as an artist establishing himself through his commercial work, while devoting his personal art to landscape paintings. In this exhibition he deviates from both forms and explores more abstract forms.

About Rick Caughman: Rick Caughman is best known for his illustrations, but has accumulated a diverse body of work during his career. He has accumulated thirty years of experience in advertising illustration and graphic design, which includes founding an advertising agency L.R. Caughman and Caughman, Inc with his brother. Additionally, he has twenty-five years of teaching experience from various higher education institutions including Chaffey College, Loma Linda University, and the University of California, Riverside. He received his Bachelors in Fine Arts in Advertising Illustration from the Art Center College of Design, Pasadena. This is his fourth exhibition at the dA Center for the Arts.

About Joella Jean Mahoney: Joella Jean Mahoney is best known for her dramatic large scale oil landscapes which bridge the gap between realisms and abstraction. Her love of the Arizona landscape is apparent in her body of work which frequently portrays its flowers, lakes and canyon walls. She received her Bachelors in Arts from Northern Arizona University and a Masters in Fine Arts in Painting from Claremont Graduate University. Mahoney has displaying twenty and thirty retrospective exhibitions at the Claremont Graduate University Art Department Gallery, the Northern Arizona University Art Museum, the University of La Verne, Harris Art Museum, and the West Valley Art Museum in Phoenix Arizona; as well as 50 year retrospectives exhibitions at the Kolb Museum, South Rim, Grand Canyon National Park, the Northern Arizona Museum, Flagstaff, Arizona. She is a professor emeritus at the University of La Verne where she began developing the art department in 1964.

About John Edward Svenson: John Edward Svenson is known for his architectural sculptures which range from small intimate wood carvings to publicly commissioned large scale installations located in numerous parks, hospitals, malls, hotels, airports, schools, museums, and churches. His work has shown in museums and galleries around the world including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, National Academy of Art, New York, and Pasadena Art Museum (now the Norton Simon). Svenson has received two American Institute of Architecture Awards for Excellence in Sculptures.

About Robert Stillwell: Robert Stillwell has spent most of his career working as a commercial artist including holding past positions of Art Director of Hallmark Cards in Kansas City and Director of Buzza-Cardozo Greeting Card Co. in Anaheim. In his personal artist endeavors he is know for his acrylic landscapes paintings, and more recently his venture into abstract paintings. Stillwell attended the University of Missouri, Kansas City and the Kansas City Art Institute. Additionally he studied at the Corcoran Art School in Washington DC, and the New York City Sculpture Center. He has been painting for eighty years.

About The dA Center for the Arts: The dA Center for the Arts is a non-profit arts organization operating in the Pomona Arts Colony since 1984. Dedicated to the community, the center serves to provide opportunities to experience, appreciate and support the arts through community art classes, events and exhibits.

For more information, call 909-397-9716 or e-mail:

Rick Shea in Altadena May 26

I have an acoustic show at The Coffee Gallery this Saturday with Goin South, a pretty outstanding group that features this time Myself, Fred Sokolow, Rick Cunha, John Zertzke and Vic Koler, usually I sing 5 or 6 songs. This show we're joined by Sugar in the Gourd who are worth the trip alone.

Rick Shea
Sat May 26th 7pm
The Coffee Gallery

2029 N Lake
Altadena 91001

w/Goin South

also Sugar in the Gourd

K-Mozart to present weekly opera broadcasts starting May 27

KMZT-AM 1260 “K-Mozart” will proudly present weekly opera broadcasts from three of our nation’s most illustrious opera companies. Beginning Sunday, May 27, the program will kick off with the Lyric Opera of Chicago production of Offenbach’s classic The Tales of Hoffman starring Matthew Polenzani in the title role and conducted by Emmanuel Villaume. The series will continue with the complete 2011/2012 Lyric Opera season followed by the recent productions of San Francisco Opera and the 2011/2012 Houston Grand Opera season, respectively.

Presented as ‘matinées,’ the morning broadcasts will air each Sunday starting at 9am, and running times will vary between three and four hours.

Program highlights will include the Lyric Opera productions of Mozart’s The Magic Flute starring Nicole Cabell and conducted by Sir Andrew Davis, and Verdi’s Aida starring Sondra Radvanovsky and conducted by Renato Palumbo; San Francisco Opera productions of Puccini’s Turandot starring Iréne Theorin and conducted by Nicola Luisotti, and the highly publicized new opera Nixon in China by John Adams; and the Houston Grand Opera productions of Rossini’s The Barber of Seville starring Nathan Gunn and conducted by Leonardo Vordoni, and Beethoven’s Fidelio starring Simon O’Neill and conducted by Michael Hofstetter.

A full program listing including airdates will be available at

Now in the second year of its return, “K-Mozart” provides classical programming over a variety of listening platforms: on-air in Southern California at 1260 AM and 105.1 FM HD2, online at , and mobile with free K-Mozart smartphone apps. With a continually increasing audience that now exceeds 100,000 weekly listeners, K-Mozart is Southern California’s ONLY commercial classical radio station.

Heidi Happy to tour in support of new album

Heidi Happy is coming stateside in early June in support of her full length, Hiding With The Wolves, coming out on 6/5/12. Already know as one of the most influential female voices in her home country of Switzerland, Heidi Happy has also perfected a stage show that is not to be missed. Don’t skip this rare opportunity to see her in the states.


JUNE 1 - VANCOUVER - FALCONETTI'S (with Timothy Jaromir)


JUNE 6 - PORTLAND - ALBERTA ROSE THEATRE (with Good Night Billygoat)

JUNE 8 - OAKLAND - THE UPTOWN (with Poor Bailey, Whiskerman)


JUNE 12 - LOS ANGELES - THE HOTEL CAFE (with Boys School)



Heidi Happy is a singer songwriter from Luzern, Switzerland. The three albums she has released since 2007 have established her as one of the country's greatest and most influential female voices. Her albums have progressed from the playful pop songs of "Back Together" (2007) to the more orchestrated sounds of "Flowers, Birds And Home" (2008) to the lush, emotional mini-symphonies of "Hiding With The Wolves" (which debuted at number 10 in her native Switzerland). Tonequake Records is proud to be able present "Hiding With The Wolves" to her fans in North America.

From her Swiss label : Retreating to the frozen Lake of Constance, Heidi Happy locked herself in her house and let go of an array of emotions that she had, as of yet, kept her songs protected from. Not unlike a youthful, female Ennio Morricone or an emotional early-sixties Frank Sinatra, she wrote, composed and arranged an album of sensual innocence, of immense purity, of sophisticated abandon.

Along with the stellar songwriting and that ever so beautiful voice, what makes this record so endearing is the understated use of the orchestra. Heidi Happy uses the classical instruments as they were meant to be, an elegant accompaniment of velvet strings and muffled brass, never overshadowing the band, always complementing the song.

From a house on the frozen shores of a small Swiss lake to a gigantic classical studio to the Los Angeles mixing desk of Andrew Scheps to the mastering rooms of Bernie Grundman, Heidi Happy has stayed true to the purity of her vision and has created a timeless album. Her songs of love, loss, ports and horse rides are as haunting as the nature that surrounded their birth, as precious and innocent as the voice that gave them life and as beautifully soothing as the spring that will see them released at last. // //

Reel Big Fish and Goldfinger headline Summer of Ska tour

Ah summer… a time for night swimming, belly flopping, sunstroke, beer bongs, tight thongs, burnt weenies and big ol’ package tours designed to make music fans squeal like pigs at the county fair.

Speaking of big packages, the dudes in Reel Big Fish and Goldfinger are teaming up for the co-headline Summer of Ska tour with support from Big D and the Kids Table, Suburban Legends (The Maxies will join the tour with RBF after Goldfinger drops off July 2nd.) Dates begin June 17 in Toronto and wind down with July 28th with a hometown show at OC’s The Grove of Anaheim.

The band will then launch a European Tour on August 2nd which includes several festival dates. Yeah, these guys get around internationally and stuff…

Reel Big Fish are in the process of recording their 8th full-length, titled, "Candy Coated Fury", featuring all new, original tunes and some fresh new covers. The plan is to have it out in time for the tour this summer, so stay tuned ‘Fish fanatics.

In other ‘Fish news, the band has partnered with the good folks at ASG (Artist Series Guitar) on a new RBF series guitar designed by RBF front man Aaron Barrett himself! See him playing it on the upcoming Summer of Ska tour! Aaron B says, “The new RBF ASG guitar sounds awesome for clean ska guitar and shredding metal riffs!” The guitar is now available for purchase here:

See dates below.

Reel Big Fish/Goldfinger Co-Headline Tour Dates (with Big D and the Kids Table & Suburban Legends) :


June 16th 2012 – Montebello Marina – Montebello Quebec

Direct ticketing link:


Summer of Ska tour 2012 (please note: Goldfinger will not be on all dates)

06/17/12 Sound Academy – Toronto , ON (w/ Goldfinger, Big D and the Kids Table, Suburban Legends)

06/19/12 Toad’s Place – New Haven , CT (w/ Goldfinger, Big D and the Kids Table, Suburban Legends)

06/20/12 House of Blues Boston – Boston , MA (w/ Goldfinger, Big D and the Kids Table, Suburban Legends)

06/21/12 the Lost Horizon – Syracuse, NY (w/ Goldfinger, Big D and the Kids Table, Suburban Legends)

06/22/12 Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel – Providence , RI (w/ Goldfinger, Big D and the Kids Table, Suburban Legends)

06/23/12 The Town Ballroom – Buffalo , NY (w/ Goldfinger, Big D and the Kids Table, Suburban Legends)

06/24/12 House Of Blues – Cleveland , OH (w/ Goldfinger, Big D and the Kids Table, Suburban Legends)

06/25/12 –Upstate Concert Hall (Formerly Northern Lights – Clifton Park, NY (w/ Big D and the Kids Table, Suburban Legends)

06/26/12 9:30 Club – Washington , DC (w/ Goldfinger, Big D and the Kids Table, Suburban Legends)

06/27/12 Best Buy Theater – NewYork , NY (w/ Goldfinger, Big D and the Kids Table, Suburban Legends)

06/28/12 The Chance – Poughkeepsie (w/Big D and the Kids Table, Suburban Legends)

06/29/12 Starland Ballroom – Sayreville , NJ (w/ Goldfinger, Big D and the Kids Table, Suburban Legends)

06/30/12 Crocodile Rock – Allentown , PA (w/ Goldfinger, Big D and the Kids Table, Suburban Legends)

07/01/12 The NorVa – Norfolk , VA (w/ Goldfinger, Big D and the Kids Table, Suburban Legends)

07/02/12 The Fillmore Charlotte – Charlotte , NC (w/ Goldfinger, Big D and the Kids Table, Suburban Legends)

07/04/12 Revolution – Fort Lauderdale, FL (w/Big D and the Kids Table, Suburban Legends, the Maxies)

07/05/12 House of Blues – Orlando, FL (w/Big D and the Kids Table, Suburban Legends, the Maxies)

07/06/12 Masquerade – Atlanta, GA (w/Big D and the Kids Table, Suburban Legends, the Maxies)

07/07/12 – Bogarts – Cincinnati, OH (w/Big D and the Kids Table, Suburban Legends, the Maxies)

07/08/12 – Newport Music Hall – Columbus, OH (w/Big D and the Kids Table, Suburban Legends, the Maxies)

07/9/12 – St. Andrew’s Hall – Pontiac (Detroit), MI (w/ Big D and the Kids Table)

07/10/12 – House of Blues – Chicago, IL (w/Big D and the Kids Table, Suburban Legends, the Maxies)

07/11/12 – First Avenue – Minneapolis, MN (w/Big D and the Kids Table, Suburban Legends, the Maxies)

07/12/12 – The Pageant – St. Louis, MO (w/Big D and the Kids Table, Suburban Legends, the Maxies)

07/13/12 – Wooly’s – Des Moines, IA ((w/Big D and the Kids Table, Suburban Legends, the Maxies)

07/14/12 – The Beaumont Club – Kansas City, MO (w/Big D and the Kids Table, Suburban Legends, the Maxies)

07/15/12 – House of Blues – Dallas, TX (w/Big D and the Kids Table, Suburban Legends, the Maxies)

07/16/12 – Backstage Live – San Antonio, TX (w/Big D and the Kids Table, Suburban Legends, the Maxies)

07/17/12 – House of Blues – Houston, TX (w/Big D and the Kids Table, Suburban Legends, the Maxies)

07/19/12 – Ogden Theatre – Denver, CO (w/Big D and the Kids Table, Suburban Legends, the Maxies)

07/20/12 – Belly Up – Aspen, CO (w/Big D and the Kids Table, Suburban Legends, the Maxies)

07/21/12 – In The Venue – Salt Lake City, UT (w/Big D and the Kids Table, Suburban Legends, the Maxies)

07/22/12 -the Knitting Factory – Reno, NV (w/Big D and the Kids Table, Suburban Legends, the Maxies)

07/23/12 – Regency Grand Ballroom – San Francisco, CA (w/Big D and the Kids Table, Suburban Legends, the Maxies)

7/24/12 – Fat Cat Music House – Modesto, CA ((w/Big D and the Kids Table, Suburban Legends, the Maxies)

07/25/12 – House of Blues – West Hollywood, CA (w/Big D and the Kids Table, Suburban Legends, the Maxies)/26/12 – House of Blues – San Diego, CA

07/26/12 -House of Blues – San Diego, CA (w/Big D and the Kids Table, Suburban Legends, the Maxies)

07/27/12 – House of Blues – Las Vegas, NV (w/Big D and the Kids Table, Suburban Legends, the Maxies)

7/28/12 – The Grove of Anaheim – Anaheim, CA (w/Big D and the Kids Table, Suburban Legends, the Maxies)

European Dates:

(Goldfinger, Big D and Suburban Legends are not on any Europe/UK dates)

August 2nd – Viviero, Spain – Ressurection Festival

August 4th – Yantar, Russia (near Anapa) – Kubana Festival

August 6th – Brighton, UK – Concorde 2

August 7th – Gloucester, UK – Guildhall

August 8th – Newquay, UK – Boardmasters Beach Sessions

August 9th – Poole, UK – Mr Kyps

August 10th – Coleford, UK – Boomtown Festival

August 11th – Varselder, Holland – Huntenpop

August 12th – Folkstone, UK – Quarterhouse-Folkstone Skabour Festival

August 13th – Southend, UK – Chinnerys

August 14th – Colchester, UK – Arts Centre

August 15th – Stoke, UK – Sugarmill

August 16th– Coventry, UK – Kasbah

August 17th – Milton Keynes, UK – @ The SnoZone

August 18th – Oxford, UK – Oxford O2 Academy2

August 19th – Ottery Devon, UK – Beautiful Days Festival

Additional Reel Big Fish dates:

08/04/12 Kubana Festival Krasnodar Russia