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Join the Red Hot Chili Peppers for the 4th Annual Benefit for Silverlake Conservatory of Music

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Silverlake Conservatory of Music announced today that its founder, Red Hot Chili Peppers’ bassist Flea and bandmate/front-man Anthony Kiedis will host a benefit for the Los Angeles based music school this Saturday, November 1st in Beverly Hills, CA.    

Now it its 13th year, Silverlake Conservatory of Music has approximately 700 students enrolled, 200 of whom attend for free. The Conservatory continues to grow and is now standing on the verge of moving into a larger building that will allow the organization to double its enrollment, add an in-house performance space, and provide numerous improvements that will help the school flourish for years to come. All funds raised from this year’s benefit will help to make the new facility a reality.

“This is our time, this is our children’s time,” said Founder Flea. “Come celebrate with us and help build great music education for all children in Los Angeles. The Silverlake Conservatory of Music is for all of us.”

The benefit will include a silent auction where attendees can bid on an extensive collection of works from renowned artists including: Damien Hirst, Raymond Pettibon, Cecily Brown, Ed Ruscha, Gus Van Sant, Richard Prince, Inez + Vinoodh, Thomas Houseago, Swoon, D*Face, Charming Baker, Dana Louise Kirkpatrick, Bernie Taupin, Tim Armstrong, Kim Gordon, Aida Ruilova, Stanley Donwood, Shepard Fairey, Wes Lang, REVOK, and boutique items from Gucci, Marc Jacobs, The Elder Statesman, Shinola, and more.

Additionally, the evening will feature live musical performances by Bruno Mars and Rufus Wainwright.

Sponsors for the evening include: Café Stella, Gagosian Gallery, KM Fine Arts, QPrime, and Evolution Capital.

For donations, ticket info, and further information please contact Jennifer Rey at 323-665-3363 or jrey.scm@icloud.com.

ABOUT SILVERLAKE CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC
The mission of Silverlake Conservatory of Music, a non-profit 501(c)3 organization, is to facilitate basic music education. Our primary focus is on the youth of the community but all are welcome and encouraged to participate. The Conservatory offers private music lessons at a reasonable cost and grants scholarships to children in need, providing free lessons and instruments. The study of music enriches not only the life of the student but the community and society as well.

Wake Up Clean with Will and the Wont’s

Will and the Won'ts

Today’s emerging band to watch is the Americana blues-rock trio 
Will and the Won’ts who just released their acoustic video for their single “Wake Up Clean.”
 

@Willandthewonts

www.WillandtheWonts.com

 “Wake Up Clean” is a relatively self-explanatory song. I’ve often felt haunted by a lot of things in my life; whether they are romantic partners, personal fears, long-lost friends or troubling thoughts of any kind, I often have a hard time letting go. This song tells the story of that idea through a desire for romantic detachment. A lot of it has to do with understanding the nature of who/whatever I’m trying to detach myself from. A lot of times, it’s difficult to move on from a situation until you truly understand the nature of why you were attached to it in the first place.”

Watch the purely awesome acoustic version on video here:

 “Will and the Won’ts combine a bit of baby-boomer era rock ‘n roll, folk and country with the deep roots of Americana. That isn’t to say it sounds dated, anything but. Their version has a modern edge which mainly comes through in the way they arrange their songs” (Write.Click.Cook.Listen). The three members managed to find each other amongst the traffic, beaches, mountains, and bustling music scene of Los Angeles and combine a mutual love of influences ranging from The Avett Brothers, Jack White to Creedence Clearwater Revival.  All students at the Musicians Institute, Will Risbourg (vocals/guitar), Andrew Bilotti (drums/vocals), and Gui Bodi (bass/vocals) found camaraderie beyond the classroom in 2010 and settled as a three-piece in January 2014, shortly thereafter, recording their first single “Wake Up Clean.”

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 The vinyl single w/CD included will be available for online ordering via the band’s bandcamp site on November 1st for $5 + $2 shipping. It is also available at all of their shows for $5.

Re-Animator The Musical at The Steve Allen Theater

by Tracey Paleo, Gia On The Move
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Jesse Merlin, Marlon Grace, Graham Skipper, Brian Gillespie. Photo Credit: Thomas Hargis

“I guess he just wasn’t fresh enough.”

This show should come with a warning label or at the very least its own wives tale…like something your mother would say to you…”You should never hang out with a mad scientist.  Hanging out with a mad scientist will make you mad! Mad I say! Absolutely mad!!!!  Now go to your room!”

What an incredible surprise.  I’m not saying I didn’t go into this with reservations.  I’m not a horror buff or die-hard fan.  And Re-Animator has done nothing to change my mind.  I say this with pure delight.  Here’s why:

Audience participation seems to be THE theme for the several freak shows I’ve seen so far this year. Local supermarkets must be making a fortune in trash bag sales.  Passing around entrails, squirts of blood, spitting at the first 5 rows, singling out theater goers for hemoglobin shock…up until now, there have been no clear winners in the contest for mash-up plasma moments. Most have been rather meek, humble and discretionary. Re-Animator The Musical, however, has taken gore to a level of excellence bar none literally hurling barely unidentifiable liquids into the audience throughout the performance. I started to wonder if I had suddenly stepped into an alternate “Wet & Wild” universe. It was total chaotic insanity … in operetta … with a love story!

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Ken Hudson Campbell, Jesse Merlin. Photo Credit: Thomas Hargis.

So..why …oh why…do guys never listen?  The eternal question that women seem to ask themselves especially when attempting to bail out the man they love from an obviously bad situation?

Herbert West, a brilliant young medical student, played [awesomely!] by a creepy and borderline nerdy Graham Skipper has created a glowing green serum that can bring the dead back to life. What should be a medical breakthrough results in hideous monstrosities and ghastly consequences.  It’s also terribly funny and just the thing for a messy Halloween, fright night, comical, cult experience.

Graham Skipper, who won a Best New Performer Award at the New York Musical Theater Festival, returns as the demented young genius.  Operatic Jesse Merlin, is back as Dr. Carl Hill who loses his head for Meg, the dean’s beautiful daughter, only to actually lose it at the hands of Herbert West. But thanks to the glowing re-agent, Dr. Hill is still able to take his curtain call with his head tucked underneath his arm.

Also returning from the original cast are Cynthia Carle, Brian Gillespie, Marlon Grace, and Liesel Hanson playing an assortment of doctors, nurses and rampaging zombies. And Ken Hudson Campbell, familiar to many for saving the world with Bruce Willis in “Armageddon,” plays the doomed Dean of the medical school whom West also transforms into a mindless zombie.

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Jessica Howell and Darren Ritchie. Photo Credit: Thomas Hargis

But it’s Darren Ritchie (veteran of five Broadway shows, including “Dracula” and “Little Shop of Horrors”) as Dan Cain, the handsome young medical student (and West’s hapless roommate) in love with the dean’s daughter, now played by the Jessica Howell, who bring the Ken and Barbie thriller-style love-story portion, going head to [severed] head with Jesse Merlin, to its re-mounted, maddening climax (ahem)…full throttle.

The effects were flawless, so was the timing throughout this entire production by the whole cast.  The music is hilarious, spunky and bourgeois silly. You’ll love the creepy sets, the moldering costumes and the cadaverous lighting. Everything about this show is a gushing, audience pleasing hit!  You’ll be sorry to miss this mayhem if you do!

“Re-Animator™ the Musical” was developed and premiered at the Steve Allen Theater under the artistic direction of Amit Itelman who also founded Trepany House.

Re-AnimatorRevival of the award-winning musical hit now playing  Fridays through Sundays at 8pm until November 23rd.

Steve Allen Theater
4773 Hollywood Blvd.
Hollywood, CA 90027

Parking lot behind building.

ADMISSION: $25.

RESERVATIONS: (800) 595-4849.

ONLINE TICKETING: www.trepanyhouse.org

Book by Dennis Paoli, Stuart Gordon and William J. Norris. Music and lyrics by Mark Nutter. Adapted from the story by H.P. Lovecraft. Based on the film “H.P. Lovecraft’s Re-Animator” produced by Brian Yuzna. Musical director: Peter Adams. Choreography by Cynthia Carle. Directed by Stuart Gordon. Produced by Dean Schramm and Stuart Gordon. Presented by The Schramm Group LLC and Red Hen Productions in association with Trepany House under the Artistic Direction of Amit Itelman.

Stop Drop Robot: Cerebral Eviction Notice

For today’s Music Monday feature we thought we needed to get your supremely hard core electronic rock band juices flowing!

Stop-Drop-Robot

 

Hailing all the way from the UK, Stop Drop Robot (SDR) is already set to release a second EP this coming November, for mere anniversary #2 as a band. With a blend of synthesized blues and rock these break outs from Sheffield are creating a unique sound that will grind you to a pulp.

There’s nothing tame about these boys.  What they’re producing is not for the timid.  Get ready for some aggressive visuals and an intensely addictive music explosion.

According to the band, Sam Christie on vocals, Nathan Bailey on bass, Matt Ross on guitar and Daniel Battye on drums, they use vocals as a tool to express conceptual ideas rather than narratives.  You can be sure, however, that SDR is an adventure no matter how you ride it.  The music just “cuts like a knife … so good!”

They are currently also working on some new videos.  For now you can check out the Official Stop Drop Robot Website, YouTube page and all their other channels listed below.  I’ve been told that if you really want to get their attention, they are regularly LIVE on Facebook.  Bonus:  you can also download some free tracks from their Soundcloud page.  Ahhhh…can anybody say “F*&%^ Yeah!”

@stopdroprobot

SDR BANDCAMP 

SDR GOOGLE

DAN (drummer) @StopDropDan

NATHAN (guitar) @nathbailey

SAM (frontman) @StopDropSam

The Behavior of Broadus: Jacob Sidney Takes The Lead

by Tracey Paleo, Gia On The Move
Photo from the @BurglarsofHamm

Photo from the @BurglarsofHamm Twitter feed

It was a one shot deal for actor Jacob Sidney stepping into the title role of The Behavior of Broadus at the Sacred Fools Theatre on Thursday evening (Oct. 16). And oh how he pulled it off!

Ok, I’ll confess, I seem to have a penchant these days for alternate casts and understudies.  But when every other critic in Los Angeles is jumping into the fray to be the “first man out”, it’s so much more interesting to take a step back and see how things actually progress – well after opening night.

Over the summer at the Hollywood Fringe Festival, I had the opportunity to review Mr. Sidney for his lead role in Hamlet Max, a rather amorphous yet off-handedly effective characterization of Shakespeare’s Hamlet.  So I was quite looking forward to seeing what he could do with an even more obsessive personality.

For his “singular” achievement, Mr. Sidney, who normally plays Dean Stevens, completely dove into the character with exceeding skill.  In comparing photographs of the real John Broadus Watson, it could even be said that Sidney is a bit of a ringer. Truth be told, I never once thought about the fact that he was a “step-in” for the evening. It was the most natural, spot-on, technically well-presented performance that could have been rendered, supported by a wonderfully quick-witted ensemble which, coincidentally also included three other cast members switching places that evening. Due to an injury by actress C.J. Merriman, shortly on her way to foot surgery, cast members took the following roles: Aviva Pressman as Whitey; Kurt Bonnem as Loeb US; Scott Golden as Dean.  Overall, it was a total success.

The Behavior of Broadus

As a musical play, The Behavior of Broadus is mostly hilarious, bright, sit-up-and-pay-attention material that captures the imagination with ridiculous and often profane humor mitigated by dark moments that either suddenly creep in or which are thrust into the forum of the doctor’s lab, his relationships and his own psyche, a place where he himself fears to tread and yet, in his late life, has no choice but to confront. It is a fictionally composed story of the real life of John Broadus Watson, the American psychologist who established the Psychological School of Behaviorism and modern Advertising.

Coming from humble beginnings, John Broadus Watson starts off as a farm boy growing up in rural South Carolina circa early 1900.  Coerced, by his mother, into the religious road of preacher-ism, he eventually makes his way to the savvy sin bearing streets of Chicago to find converts. There he quickly throws down his Bible and finds a path to science.

Little-albertAided by his will, his imagination and in this version, his very intriguing, anthropomorphic relationships with farm animals and other four-legged testing patients he begins a life-long study on fear and classical conditioning, i.e. how to manipulate the human brain into doing what it is told. In his lifetime, John Broadus Watson conducted research on animal behavior, child rearing and advertising.  His most famous, greatest and undoubtedly shocking experiment was on an 8 month old baby named (Little) Albert with whom he took dangerously extreme liberties in the dissecting and retraining of the baby’s behaviors.  But it was his love affair (as then a married man) with his graduate student assistant, Rosalie Rayner, that ultimately sends him spiraling out of control and summarily booted from John Hopkins University. This consequently also leaves a once emotionally stable baby Albert mentally skewed for life, having been conditioned into phobias he never had. Watson never reconditions the baby back to normal behaviors.

The Behavior of Broadus

This past season has seen several shows come out of the Sacred Fools Company in collaboration with other theaters and groups, which has upped the level of intensity, sophistication and high-end storytelling.  If nothing else to note, above all, storytelling IS what they do best.  Broadus, written by The Burglars of Hamm and presented in association with The Center Theatre Group, hits the mark. Even with a bit too much length and repetitive music score, especially in the second act, which drains a bit of its impact, it is a first-rate production that with a “dust-up” should enjoy a second life or more in a larger theatre house and with a broader audience.  Let’s hope.

What is stunning in the show is the lighting (by Brandon Baruch) which fully activates and heightens every action and emotion, accompanied by a live onstage orchestra — a distinctly gorgeous yet un-intrusive element in this production. But what I kept coming back to most, was the cleverly thought out movement and dance choreography  (by Ken Roht), impressive in how it often created bold formations, telling its own story, using the entire space and lines of the stage, something, as a dancer, I always look for, but I don’t often see in many theatrical productions.  The costuming matched the timeline.  The animal masks were thoroughly inventive.  And…there was an abundance of absolutely priceless lines, gags and moments from each actor/character in this script.

Broadus is “made-to-order” role for Mr. Sidney and it in he triumphs along with the cast for this piece, especially, the incredibly talented and entertaining Devon Sidell who gives a knockout performance as Rosalie Raynor.  The Behavior of Broadus is undeniably good.

The Behavior of Broadus

The Behavior of Broadus was to close last week but has been extended.  Performances run until October 25th.

For more information and Tickets visit: SacredFools.org

The Behavior of Broadus was commissioned by Center Theatre Group, Los Angeles, CA.  This production was developed with support from Andrew W. Mellon

Bill A. Jones (‘Rod Remington’ on “Glee”) Salutes the Great Gentlemen of Song October 29

UntitledHollywood is getting a rare treat this month.

Best known as ‘Rod Remington’ on “Glee,” Bill A. Jones will be joined by “Glee’s” Brad Ellis and a Surprise Guest at the Catalina show, “Frank, Bobby and Me.”

“The A Players,” a six piece ensemble led by Paul McDonald, will provide musical accompaniment.

Jones is also known to SoCal audiences as a singer from multiple appearances with big bands in the Los Angeles area.  He has opened for Tony Bennett, Steve Tyrell, & The Mills Brothers; and toured with The Glenn Miller Orchestra.

Some of the songs in the lineup include Where or When, Fly Me To The Moon, Clementine, I’ve Got You Under My Skin, Mack The Knife and more. Jones has released two CDs, “Frankly,” and “I’ve Heard That Song, Big Band Songbook,” available at www.CDBaby.com/Artist/BillAJones.

$15 Cover, plus dinner or two beverage minimum. Seating is on a first come first served basis. Parking is available directly behind Catalina’s.

Catalina Bar & Grill, 6725 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood CA 90028.

Wednesday, October 29th; Showtime – 8:30 PM.

CALL For Reservations at (323) 466-2210.

 

Music Monday: Free Spirit

“‘Free Spirit‘; a powerful three-minute joy-ride”… “A rollercoaster of emotions & electricity courses through KAV’s The Man With No Shadow, making this possibly one of the strongest album releases of 2014”. ~GIGSLUTZ

Free Spirit Front Cover

KAV’s first album single “Dance in A Panic” saw Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad) dancing to the track in a video teaser for his Movie “Decoding Annie Parker”.

KAV celebrates the release of “Free Spirit” on October 20 when he headlines The Hunnypot Radio’s Live party at The Mint, Hollywood, Los Angeles.

After several years recording between LA and London, KAV released his Debut Album “The Man With No Shadow” on August 26. A bold full-length, packed with anthemic uplifting singles and dirty, fuzz, bass-driven Rock ’n’ Roll. The album has been picking up significant radio support in the US & Canada, debuting at #20 in the top 200 ‘CMJ most added’ chart in its first week.

The single “Free Spirit” is an uplifting anthem about falling in love with a ‘Free Spirit’, the confident cool, intelligent & sexy girl, completely sure of herself, who loves good music. With soaring melodies & jagged catchy guitar riffs, combined with KAV’s attitude-riden vocal the track represents a softer side to his debut album.

Originally from Leicester UK, KAV is now based in Los Angeles. At the start of the year he signed to LA label Wild Echo Records & in May he played a headline show at The Viper Room, Los Angeles with friend & long-time supporter Oasis’s Bonehead guesting on guitar.

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