Category: "Featured Artist"
If you know me at all, you know I have been whining about the fact that there are no supper clubs anymore. You know, the kind of place where there is a two-drink minimum and great jazz and good food at a table with tablecloths and fresh, hot bread. Where your top-shelf scotch comes in a glass and the box that holds the wine holds 12 bottles from Napa or a town in Italy you pronounce all wrong, much to the delight of the waiter. You dress up a little to go there and you bring your best gal. She puts on a dress and heels and she feels like a lady on the arm of your pretentious leather jacket as you whip out a pocket square and tip the valet.
By Dan Grigor
Last night I had the opportunity to spend a little time "backstage" with Sunnie Paxson's All-Star Band, Jazz La Femme, and it was wonderful
We gathered at a famous rehearsal studio in North Hollywood. Music studio to the stars since 1972, The Alley on Lankershim is Old Hollywood, in before "NoHo" was in. You could actually feel the music history in the room as they played. Steeped in LA's best music, the star-stained walls of The Alley are covered with handwritten scrawls from the literally thousands of musicians that have tightened up their chops under its roof.
By Dan Grigor
I grew up on the guitar. Got my first one, a toy, at 4 years old and my first real one a year later. It was a thing of beauty. My dad bought it for me. It was handmade in Spain and it came with free flamenco guitar lessons in the Bronx. That became our visitation outing. My Dad would come by and pick me up in the Cadillac and we’d ride downtown… walk up the creaky wooden stairs and learn music… some of my fondest memories. Thus began my addiction, obsession and passion for the guitar.
There are few guitar players who have been more influential in my life than B.B. King.
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Let me introduce you to our latest find. Painted Daizies is a SoCal-based duo who are blending their voices and sharing their talents for great local causes. If you’re not from around here you may have never heard of them and that, my friends, is gonna change. Today.
Photos and Review by Carox
I was told that I might not get home from the Steel Panther gig if they abducted me on their tour bus or nabbed me backstage. I was told to “watch for the part when they pull you up on stage” and desperately hoped I would be pulled up on stage. Dressed in appropriate spandex, I arrived to get into the pit at House of Blues in Houston just a few minutes before they came out.
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By Dan Grigor
A severely under-featured feature of our site is “Awesome Nobodies.” I would like to take this opportunity to revive it with the wonderful surprise that is the Slow Moving Lions of the Vegetable World. What a treat. Picture this: 4-part harmony, a cello, a guitar, a mandolin and a saw. Yup, you read the right, a saw. What a lovely sound, the cello and the saw, but there are so many wonderful combinations: the pretty voice of Liz Reid and the mandolin, two male voices and Liz, the guitar and the cello, the saw and the mandolin… Ahhh I’m losing track. It’s awesome. Liz sings, plays the guitar and is the principle songwriter; Kevin Skalba has been playing the cello since he was a child; Aaron Burke plays the saw with a subtle, tasty flair; Jacob Stahl is a mandolin maniac! They opened for me at a show recently at Kimo’s in San Francisco and I was so pleased they agreed to play. Delightful they are!
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Review by Andy Rawll
Photos by Moonshayde
Standby for action…anything could happen in the next two hours. Troy Tempest’s rocker son and his band of Swedish rock’n'roll gypsies roll back into London for the fourth time in 12 months as part of their seemingly never-ending tour promoting their fine Last Look at Eden album. Europe’s third and strongest release since reuniting in 2003 after a 10-year hiatus is helping to propel their resurgent popularity to new levels.
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