Isla Del Encanto Festival
Bell, CA.- Isla Del Encanto Festival is an annual gathering organized by The California Puerto Rican Parade and Festival. The festival celebrated and showcased the richness and vibrancy of Puerto Rican culture. This wonderful gathering of Boricuas as well as others who enjoy salsa, bachata, cumbia and merenque to celebrate the culture of Puerto Rico with music, food and family. The festival took place at Treder Park in the City of Bell. The park and surrounding area served as the perfect setting on this beautiful, Southern Californina afternoon with a slight... Read More
Babe's and Ricky's Inn
Santa Monica - It is not too often that you get to see a great movie with the blues as its soundtrack. To top it off, movie goers were treated to a live performance of the blues at the conclusion of the movie.
I'm referring to the movie Babe's and Ricky's Inn, directed by Ramin Niami. This movie was the Centerpiece during the 21st Annual Pan African Film and Arts Festival, where the film won the Festival Programming Award. I missed the showing of the movie and the blues jam that followed during its showing at the Pan African Film and Arts Festival ,... Read More
All of us enjoy music. We all have different kinds of genres that we enjoy and some that we don't. Music is an amazing and powerful medium that can bring out all kinds of emotions from us. Music can be used in a variety of ways and can affect every person differently. It can make people nostalgic, sad, happy, excited, or romantic...just to name a few. Some examples of the effects of music is how it can "soothe the soul” or “pump up” athletes when they are getting ready for a game. Some players like to listen to loud, upbeat music to "psyche themselves up" before a game while other people prefer... Read More
Upright sleeves of vinyl records – Mayall, Joplin and Bloomfield – sit above a dishevelled shelf of 70 assorted blues CDs, and these days an under-used turntable. I read the CD titles from left to right, tucking in a Broonzy and dusting off a Burnside.
I grab another, wrong way round, lifting it clear and prying it open until the printed jacket floats to the floor – the cover’s plastic nib broken – the artwork landing with track titles and credits up, along with the scrawl of Dom Turner’s initials in thick black text. Dom is the iconic blues guitarist of Australian group the Backsliders.... Read More
35th Annual Playboy Jazz Festival Line-Up Announced
Hollywood- The spotlight continues to shine brightly over Hollywood. This is due to the contigent of international media corp who gathered at the Playboy Mansion, Thursday, February 28, 2013 for the Playboy Jazz Festival Press Conference.
The Press Conference was held on a beautiful, picture perfect, sunny Southern California day. The talented Los Angeles High School for the Arts Jazz Combo under the direction of Dan Castro entertained the crowd arriving to mingle on the serene, well kept lawn of the Playboy Mansion. The... Read More
The NAMM Show 2013:All That Jazz and More
Anaheim-Tens of thousands of music aficionados and I braved rainy day weather to attend The NAMM Show 2013 in Anaheim, January 24-27, 2013. I had the pleasure of attending this massive event on Friday, January 25th. This event was produced by the National Association of Music Merchants-(NAMM)-the non-profit association.
The NAMM Show 2013 featured a plethora of guitars, amps, sheet music, music related apps, mandolins, accordians, memorabilia, sound gear etc. The NAMM Show also attracts many well known musicians from various genres... Read More
First Annual She Rocks Awards
Anaheim - A capacity crowd was in attendance for the First Annual Women's International Music Network Breakfast and She Rocks Awards Ceremony. The Women's International Music Network and New Bay Media bought together and celebrated women in the music industry, Friday, January 25, 2013 at the Anaheim Marriott.
This wonderful event was organized and hosted by Laura B. Whitmore, founder of the WiMN, producer of the Women's Music Summitt, and writer of Guitar World's Guitar Girl'd column. Ms Whitmore "thanked everyone for getting up early on this cool... Read More
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