Thursday, February 21, 2019

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Although far be it from me to be a concert snob, let me just tell you, you haven't been to the Hollywood Bowl until you've sat up close and personal. My first show at the "Bowl" was Dave Matthews a few months ago - and not even the contact high I got from the copious amounts of weed being smoked in my vicinity could salvage the fact that the seats at the back of the Bowl, if you'll excuse the term, suck. But Tuesday night, I was close enough to Aerosmith and Motley Crue to read their tattoos (see picture), and I have to say that it was one of the best concert experiences of my life. That... Read More

Ian Anderson, frontman of the legendary band Jethro Tull, was Sunday night at UCLA's Royce Hall for an amazing show. For almost three hours, the mad one-legged long-bearded flutist accompanied by his band and a dozen of violoncellists played a mix of classical music and old Jethro Tull hits. Ian's skills at the flute are still incredible and it's a real pleasure to see him jumping around on stage, dancing on one leg, joking with the other members of the band. He seemed to have a little more trouble staying on pitch than during his youth, but his overall performance was still outstanding. The... Read More

It was no longer than a year ago that the American Supreme Court ruled in favor of the entertainment industry in MGM v. Grokster, a public indictment showcasing the classic battle between capitalist fascists and a general public refusing to pay for a pricey, yet poorly organized, product. Can you blame them?

I will admit that I am guilty of illegal downloading, mostly as a result of the ridiculously high prices that the record labels force me, the consumer, to pay for an album that has twelve tracks from which I might enjoy listening to only one or two.

The music industry is facing... Read More

By Kim

Jazz in the Garden, is a musical journey that takes place during the summer months in the historical and cultural area of Leimert Park. It is hosted at the home of a most engaging Jazz Aficionada - Yvette Coleman.

This particular occasion was special for several reasons. One of the most crucial was that it was a benefit concert for the legendary "World Stage Gallery" in Leimert Park - Los Angeles, CA. The founders of this cultural oasis are the infamous Drummer, Billy Higgins and Poet and Community Arts Activist, Kamau Daaood. The mission and purpose of the World Stage to this remains... Read More

By Kim

A serene road leads to the oasis of Betty Hoover's venue filled with versatility, warm connection and pure charm on Sunday afternoon, July 18th in the backdrop of Hollywood Hills, CA.

The Bobby Floyd Quartet captivated the audience with a fulfilling selection of tunes that spoke eloquently in dimensions that were soulful, spiritual, sensitive, and composed.

A surpreme experience from Rickey Woodard on Saxophone, Graham Dechter on Guitar, Steve Barnes on Drums, and Bobby Floyd on Organ and Piano unfolded from the first tune performed.

Jack McDuff's "Rock Candy". A 12 Bar... Read More

Central Avenue Jazz Festival A Cultural Renaissance

Councilmember Jan Perry (9th District) welcomed thousands of constituents and visitors alike to 43rd and Central Avenue for the 15th Annual Central Avenue Jazz Festival, July 24 and 25, 2010. It is hard to believe that we were celebrating the 15th Anniversary of this popular festival. I had the pleasure of attending the last thirteen years of the festivals. Jose Rizo, James Janisse and Michael Dolphin served as Master of Ceremonies.

The weather Gods look down favorably upon this event. Festival goers were treated to a sunny weekend... Read More

When you get confined to dictates of monotonous state of life then you ask ourselves that now, what to do. You grapple with answers, you are restless. You certainly don’t wish to be confined. All that boring times, tells you to do something, to infuse thrill in your life. In a bloody boring time you wish to break out from the tyrannical monotony. And how you do that? The brush of gentle breeze, rustling leaves, thunderous clouds chirping birds creates an acoustic aura of dazzling sound. Magically within us in silence we create our own music and that’s how you unshackle your self from dreary... Read More

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