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Catch the First MADCatfish Blues Festival Labor Day at Santa Anita Park featuring All-Star Blues bands, a Tribute to BB King and a Juke Joint Comedy Night

  08/22/15 17:18, by , Categories: Music News, Festivals and Events , Tags: B.B. King Tribute, Barbara Morrison, Delgado Brothers, MADCatfish, Ray Bailey, Richard Cameron Lovely, Santa Anita Park, blues festival, comedy, labor day, sunnie paxson

MADCatfish Entertainment, LLC and legendary music and event producer La Quētta M. Shamblee will present the 1st Annual MADCatfish Blues Festival at Santa Anita Park on Labor Day Weekend, September 5 and 6, 2015. The two-day fun-filled, power packed, foot-stomping, all-star musical extravaganza will include a tribute to the late Blues great, B.B. King.

Executive Producer Shamblee said, “I am very excited to be starting a new tradition here in the Southland with the establishment of a regional music festival focused on showcasing the Blues.  This year’s festival represents the launch of a new three-year plan to establish the MADCatfish Blues Festival as the premiere annual Labor Day weekend destination Blues celebration in Southern California.  

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A Conversation With John Evans outside "The Beat Generation" Show in Los Angeles

  08/18/15 05:25, by DanG, Categories: Music News, Artist Interview

Publisher's Podcast:
A Conversation with the inimitable John Evans

After an amazing performance of The Beat Generation by John Evans and The Sunnie Paxson Quartet at Kulak's Woodshed in Los Angeles,  the exhausted and elated star of the show and I stepped outside and I got a chance to meet the man under the the multitude of characters he has portrayed.

From John Evans' point of view, Shakespeare to Kerouac is not as difficult a trip as you would think. If you listen to our conversation he explains: it's all about the timing.

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John Evans: An Evening with "The Beat Generation" and The Sunnie Paxson Quartet

  08/14/15 23:39, by , Categories: BFMN Exclusive, Artist Interview, Dan Grigor, Review , Tags: Beat, Ginsberg, Kerouac, WordJazz, doug webb, jazz, john evans, kulaks woodshed, sunnie paxson

When I was a kid I had the obligatory crazy uncle. As a matter of fact I had a wacky Aunt and Uncle. Aunt Edie and Uncle Hank. They were delightfully nuts. They were artists, he a sculptor, she painted in oils. He made vases and beautiful art pieces. She drew fences you could drag a stick along, they were so real. They were political activists and campaigned for McGovern. They flashed peace signs and wore fringe. Well not Hank. Every day he wore slacks, a short-sleeve button-down dress shirt and tie over his bit of a belly, to go with is black horn-framed glasses; of the first hipster generation he was. They were called beatniks then. Aunt Edie in her barrette and peasant skirts and campaign buttons he in his hornrims and big black shoes haunted local poetry bars and open mics where, often, their art was displayed. They were talented, outspoken and quite successful. Brooklyn, from their art studio, was beautiful then. Brownstones and falling leaves, little shops and gin joints and, to us from the suburbs down to visit for the weekend, it was magical.

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Disney Goes Diamond

  05/25/15 20:44, by , Categories: Music News, BFMN Exclusive, Jules E. Beuck , Tags: disneyland, magic kingdom, marvel, star wars
Story by Jules E. Beuck
Photos by Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland Resort

On July 17, 1955, Walt Disney opened Disneyland. Since that time it has grown, expanded to different states and countries and added a new park across from the original. Starting with a 24-hour opening of Disneyland on May 22, 2015, Disneyland Resorts started the Disneyland Diamond Celebration to celebrate the sixty years Disneyland has been around.

The celebration is not limited to Disneyland. World of Color in Disney California Adventure has been updated to celebrate the Diamond Anniversary. It celebrates the life of Walt Disney and his ideas that led to Disneyland. The presentation is hosted by Mickey Mouse and Neil Patrick Harris. Sayre Wiseman, an executive for parades and spectaculars, told us that when Harris was approached for the project he immediately responded “Absolutely, I’m there.”

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