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Doheny Blues Festival: Always A Good Day

By Gary Schwind, published on May 25, 2008

On 18 May, I attended the Doheny Blues Festival for what I think is the 8th consecutive year. Each year, Omega Events brings some of the biggest names in blues to perform at Doheny State Beach in Dana Point. The performers vary from one year to the next, but one thing is for sure: a day at Doheny Blues is always a good day.

Every year, there is at least one performer that I really want to see, and every year there is at least one act that ends up as the pleasant surprise of the day. This year was no exception.

We started our day at the Backporch Stage with guitarist Jimmy... (more)

Tags: los angeles, germany

Teaseum Bikini Photo Shoot: Business And Fun

By Gary Schwind, published on May 21, 2008

Recently, I had the opportunity to interview Heather and Paul Lucido, founders of TeaseUm Bikini. They were kind enough to invite me to check out a TeaseUm photo shoot.

The shoot was at a Beverly Hills estate with plenty of locations for great shots: a sand volleyball court, a pool, a grotto, etc. The abundance of good locations was a boon for the approximately dozen photographers and two dozen models that arrived.

The event began with a meeting. Paul explained that the models would be split into two groups. One group would shoot for thirty minutes while the other group... (more)

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Sammie Roberts: We Need More Music Development

By Gary Schwind, published on May 15, 2008

Sammie Roberts is an alto saxophone player in Orange County. He has studied with musicians such as Cecil Alston, and Brian Smith. He plays such venues as Bowers Museum, as well as Children's Hospital of Orange County and the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Via telephone, he discussed his musical background and influences as well as the importance of music education.

Have you always played jazz?I’ve always played jazz, a little bit of R and B, blues.That started from a young age?It started in junior high and high school. I started with trumpet, then I moved to saxophone and... (more)

Tags: jazz, music, education

Bastard Winos And Barrelhouse Live At Fitzgerald's

By Gary Schwind, published on May 14, 2008

Back in December, I had the opportunity to interview Bastard Winos. Recently, I caught up with the band and saw its performance at Fitzgerald's in Huntington Beach.

The band (well, three-fourths of it) kicked off its performance with a lowdown blues tune called "Orange Blossom." I don't know if it was the band's intention to begin with this song or if they chose to start with this one because the lead singer had not yet arrived. In any case, it was a tremendous way to begin the show, particularly with Harlis's guitar solo.

The band performed the first few tunes without Chile,... (more)

Tags: music, rock and roll, rock n roll, legendary rock and roll

The Mail Never Stops (but Maybe It Should)

By Gary Schwind, published on May 10, 2008

Every day, I open my mailbox, extract the contents, and have the same reaction: "Great googily moogily!" (I really make this exclamation. Ask my neighbors.) When did my mailbox become a trash depository? I have noticed that I receive three types of mail: bills, mail that I don't even take into the house (circulars, coupon books) and mail that I take into the house only to be shredded immediately (credit card applications and mortgage offers). Nothing can be done about the first type. Nobody wants bills, but they are a necessary evil. However, by now you know I am not one to mention a problem... (more)

Tags: seinfeld, environment

Slimtones, Meet The Slimtones

By Gary Schwind, published on May 9, 2008

Sometimes it takes some pursuit to find a band to profile here. Other times, like this one, features just fall into the lap of this fortunate writer. Even though I am a blues devotee, I wasn't seeking out The Slimtones. I met guitarist/singer Steven Webber purely by chance one night. My wife and I were eating at a local Italian restaurant and Steven and his wife were seated at the table next to us. We got to talking, swapped business cards, and then I arranged to come and check out the band. Due to some technical difficulties, my interview did not quite come out. However, that is not going... (more)

Tags: myspace, music, restaurant

Why The Hatred For Hockey?

By Gary Schwind, published on Apr 19, 2008

The Stanley Cup Playoffs have begun, and for me this is always one of the most exciting sporting events of the year. I grew up sixty miles from Detroit, so I remember watching Hockey Night in Canada and not just when the playoffs began. To me, very few sporting events can match the excitement of an overtime hockey playoff game. However, I realize I am in the minority with that opinion. Colin Cowherd of ESPN Radio basically says that he ignores hockey because everyone else does. In a way, I get that. He seems like a very mass appeal sort of guy. Listening to his show, he only seems to like something... (more)

Tags: baseball, basketball, football, hockey, nfl, nhl

A Heaping Helping Of Translucent Ham

By Gary Schwind, published on Apr 15, 2008

Translucent Ham Sandwich Band is a multifaceted group from Orange County. The band incorporates improvisational music, video, a juggler, a belly dancer, a magician, poets, and a mentalist in a show that can only be called a sensory smorgasbord. This feature is in two parts: an interview with the man behind THSB, and a review of the band's performance at Steamers in Fullerton on 10 April.

What is the story behind the name Translucent Ham Sandwich Band? That is the kind of question that you know you are always going to be asked and then regret coming up with a name that nobody can... (more)

Tags: baseball, los angeles, jazz, hip-hop, movie, music

Radioactive Chickenheads: The Best Music Mutants Can Play

By Gary Schwind, published on Apr 7, 2008

Radioactive Chickenheads is a band of genetically modified chickens and vegetables. At Memphis in Santa Ana, Carrot Topp and Cheri Tomato discussed their music, Bad Bunny, Mike the Headless Chicken, Chuck E. Cheese, and being hit with an entire trash can filled with empty Tecate cans.

For the uninitiated, how would you describe your music?(Carrot Topp) It’s the best kind of music that mutant chickens and vegetables can play. We aim to do the best music we can.(Cheri) It’s a little punk, a little rock and roll.(Carrot Topp) We try to write masterpieces but they don’t... (more)

Tags: soccer, hollywood, music, mexico

Christina Linhardt: Voodoo Princess

By Gary Schwind, published on Apr 2, 2008

Christina Linhardt is a singer who grew up in Switzerland amid playwrights, politicians and European royalty. Her style was influenced by the red light district in Zurich and in her music, she puts her own twist on classic arias.

What was it about Zurich’s red light district that influenced and inspired you?We would go to the red light district when I was a kid, and we would stay out quite late, walking about. It was a combination of things. First, there was a children’s circus in the red light district that really inspired me. Now looking back, it’s just such an... (more)

Tags: myspace, movie, music, germany

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