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Music We Missed in 2014: The Prettiots Boys (I Dated In High School)

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Los Angeles Travel Magazine Launches Spring 2015

Marc Wheelerby Marc Wheeler, Mover & Shaker Extraordinaire

 

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Last night the Los Angeles Travel Magazine celebrated their Spring Issue Launch with a swanky soirée at the “World Famous” Supperclub LA. Guests were treated to spectacular aerial work, freestyle dance and a must-be-seen balloon act by the talented performers of Zen Arts. An autograph signing/meet-and-greet featuring Katie Maloney and Tom Schwartz of Vanderpump Rules transpired early in the evening. Tito’s Handmade Vodka kept the drinks flowing and SuperCool Creamery delighted the palettes of many a sweet tooth as DJ D-Dub’s mixes filled the air.

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Celebrity Cruises offered travel tips and champagne toasts as red carpet photos featuring live snakes and supperclub showgirls brought out smiles and poses to flashing lights. Additional sponsors included Alcazark Photography, BNG, How 2 Travelers, Huey Bui Photography and Sterling Social.

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La Caberet a la Mode de Paris Kicks Up It’s Heels in Style at Sofitel

 by Tracey Paleo, Gia On The Move
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Continuing my new “Adventures in LIVE Streaming” (just in case you didn’t catch it on Twitter/Periscope) was a visit earlier this month to the Sofitel Los Angeles for a presentation of Les Demoiselles of Cabaret Versatile “Le Caberet a la Mode de Paris”.

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What really should be taking place on a larger stage a la Moulin Rouge, is a very up close and cinematic-like view for the audience of French Cancan, cheeky Burlesque, effervescent humor and le chant très sensuelle.

The premiere of “Femmes” at Riviera 31, is a dreamy, glamorous and immersive sampling of all things feminine and female. I’d also add definitively–all things French.  We especially loved being treated chez chic champagne and macaroons while sensually embraced by the ambiance and sensational elegance.

With the Hollywood Fringe Festival fast approaching it is interesting to note that these ladies actually received an award for Best Cabaret and Variety Show, and were nominated for Best International Show at Fringe back in 2012.  Their return is nothing short of breathtaking.

ParisChansons_WebOpening act, singers Julia and Jacob of Paris Chansons, immediately set a warm, nostalgic tone with favorite tunes and sing-a-longs in French and English most recognizable to the highly percentiled Français crowd in attendance. For the rest of us, it was a ticklish treat.

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Headlining the show was actress Mhairi Morrison appearing as her ever in-a-fuss character Talullah Grace who hilariously and quite decadantly clowned up what would have otherwise been moments of unfortunate trevas in between each number.

The intermission is overly long.  But you can square away the tedium quite nicely at the fully stocked, ready and delicious bar at Riviera 31. 

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Crobot at the Viper Room Tonight with “Someting Supernatural”

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“…the dirtiness of early Soundgarden, the groove of Rage Against The Machine. And the rock? Just watch their impressive live show to witness that in sweaty action.” – REVOLVER ​

Headlining tonight at the Viper Room, West Hollywood, breakout rock band Crobot is currenty touring with ANTHRAX and VOLBEAT this Spring, ready to Deluxe Release, “Something Supernatural” due April 21!

TicketsTicket are on sale now – visit www.crobotband.com for tickets and more information.

With a live show that Loudwire reports has “a groove that could be felt through the floorboards”, these headline dates are another notch in a huge touring season for the Pennsylvania rock act. Currently conquering Europe on tour with Black Label Society and Black Tusk, Crobot will also join Volbeat and Anthrax for a North American arena tour from April 24 – June 2.

Crobot’s debut album Something Supernatural released October 2014 via Wind-up Records to critical acclaim, with USA today naming it ‘a highlight of a debut album’ and Guitar World praising the band’s “riff-heavy groove and funk mixed with a modernized spin”.

This April, the band is releasing two deluxe components to the album: The Something Supernatural Full Moon Edition, a deluxe digital album featuring 4 new tracks, and the Full Moon Howl LP, a limited edition 10 inch picture disc featuring 4 new tracks plus a never before released live track.

Crobot is also making their return to active rock radio, following up their Top 14 first single “Nowhere to Hide” with the new single “Legend of the Spaceborne Killer”.

Crobot is Brandon Yeagley (lead vocals, harmonica), Chris Bishop (guitar, vocals), Jake Figueroa (bass), and Paul Figueroa (drums) and are known for their powerful live performances, intelligent and unique songwriting. Catch Crobot on the road in the following cities:

Headlining Dates:

4/20 – West Hollywood, CA – Viper Room
4/21 – Las Vegas, NV – LVCS

With Volbeat & Anthrax:
4/24 – Denver, CO – 1stBAND Center
4/25 – Rapid City, SD – Rushmore Plaza Civic Center
4/27 – Spokane, WA – Spokane Arena
4/28 – Missoula, MT – Adams Center
4/29 – Seattle, WA – WaMu Theater
5/1 – Grand Prairie, AB – Revolution Place
5/2 – Edmonton, AB – Rexall Place
5/3 – Calgary, AB – Calgary Stampede Central
5/4 – Saskatoon, SK – SaskTel Centre
5/6 – Regina, SK – Brandt Centre
5/7 – Grand Forks, ND – Ralph Englestad Arena
5/12 – Oshawa, ON – General Motors Centre
5/14 – Quebec City, QC – Quebec Colisee Pepsi
5/15 – Montreal, QC – CEPSUM Montreal
5/18 – Saginaw, MI – Dow Events Center
5/19 – Evansville, IN – Ford Center
5/20 – Chicago, IL – Aragon Ballroom
5/22 – Sioux City, IA – Tyson IBF Events Center
5/27 – Dallas, TX – Verizon Grand Prairie
5/28 – Houston, TX – Bayou Music Center
5/31 – St Louis, MO – Outdoors at Pop’s
6/2 – New York, NY – Hammerstein Ballroom

Festivals:
5/9-Somerse, WI – Float Rite Amphitheater – Northern Invasion
5/17-Columbus, OH – Columbus Crew Stadium – Rock on the Range
5/23 – Pryor, OK – Pryor Creek Music Festival – Rocklahoma
5/24 – San Antonio, TX – AT&T Center – River City Rockfest
5/30 – Kansas City, MO – Liberty Memorial Park – KC Rockfest

find crobot:
f a c e b o o k // o f f i c i a l // s o u n d c l o u d //

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Music We Missed in 2014: Chris Catalena Yesterday’s Today

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Recorded in Hollywood Hiccup — Hooray!

by Tracey Paleo, Gia On The Move

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Lights up. Lights down. That exactly describes the physical opening of Recorded in Hollywood last Friday evening at the Lillian Theatre, Hollywood, CA.

Notwithstanding a confluence of incidental events that transpired which nearly derailed the production – a pre-show audience member accident, a 30 minutes late curtain, a host of un-ending technical difficulties: actors singing and moving through stage direction (impressively without pause) in the dark at length, intermittent disappearing sound, and an overly long running time, Recorded in Hollywood, actually kept its musical momentum and pulled off a powerful “Hail Mary” for a truly celebratory opening night.

Recorded in Hollywood is not just another show.  It is a piece of true, iconic Los Angeles music history.

Although the actual script is not particularly dramatic, it nevertheless details the emphatic moments in the life of local legend John Dolphin who pulled African-American music up by its bootstraps and thrust it onto a white dominated music industry, promoting into dominance artists and sounds that we still know and love today. And according to his grandson Jamelle Dophin, the John Dolphin story gives long-overdue credit to the man he says influenced the likes of Sam Cooke, The Penguins and The Hollywood Flames.   All this by a man who was simply “a flashy music promoter” who started off as a used car salesman and who just loved music…long before Motown Records was a glint in Barry Gordy’s eye. 

Most impressive and equally fascinating is that during his run with his shop, Dolphin’s of Hollywood, with the help of famed DJ Dick “Huggy Boy” Hug and others, who spun records at one point, 24 hours a day inside the shop, he was able to grab the imagination of white and black teens alike, drawing them to a location on Central, to shop, dance, openly mingle (dangerous stuff during that generation) and love listening to Rhythm & Blues unabashedly together. As a black man he was not allowed to rent a retail space in the actual Hollywood area.  He went on to establish a chain of Dolphin’s of Hollywood shops and a recording/producing studio for up and coming talent.

Mr. Dolphin’s life, however was cut short, murdered by a singer in a disagreement over ownership of his songs. Eventually, although his wife and family took over the shop, Dolphin’s of Hollywood closed its doors, the first location in South L.A. being the last to shutter in 1989.

Recorded in Hollywood is a celebration of John Dophin’s legacy and the music he lived and breathed.  Despite the opening night hiccups it is only going to get tighter as a production.  This show is a must see for no less a reason of singing talent, music composition, choreography and every other outstanding element in this show, as it is an ode to John Dolphin’s vision of Black American music for his generation and beyond.

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The true story of black businessman, record label owner and music producer John Dolphin. In 1948, a decade before Motown, he opened his world-famous Dolphin’s of Hollywood record shop in South Los Angeles, but his contributions to music and the formative years of rock ’n’ roll have often been overlooked. Based on the book “Recorded In Hollywood: The John Dolphin Story,” this new musical features 16 original songs to match the musical era of the 1950s, as well as hit cover songs associated with the story.

Book by Matt Donnelly and Jamelle Dolphin
Music and Lyrics by Andy Cooper
Directed by Denise Dowse
Musical Direction by Stephan Terry
Choreography by Cassie Crump
Starring Eric B. Anthony, Brooke Brewer, Justin Cowden, John Devereaux, Richie Ferris, Jenna Gillespie, Franklin Grace, Nic Hodges, Stu James, Jade Johnson, Philip Dean Lightstone, Godfrey Moye, Jake Novak, Nic Olsen, Rahsaan Patterson, James Simenc, Matthew Sims, Jr., Sha’Leah Nikole Stubblefield, Katherine Washington
Produced by Racquel Lehrman, Theatre Planners


NOW PLAYING UNTIL MAY 17

Fridays at 8 p.m: April 24; May 1, 8, 15
Saturdays at 8 p.m: April 18, 25; May 2, 9, 16
Sundays at 3 p.m: April 19, 26; May 3, 10, 17

WHERE:
Lillian Theatre
1076 Lillian Way
Hollywood, CA 90038
(1½ blocks west of Vine at Santa Monica Blvd.)

HOW:
(323) 960-4443 or www.RecordedInHollywood.com

TICKET PRICE$30

Serious Talent We Missed in 2014: Syncopated Ladies

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The Syncopated Ladies dance crew was created by world-renowned tap dancer and choreographer Chloe Arnold who was discovered at an early age by legendary choreographer Debbie Allen.  Chloe has since gone on to perform on stages around the globe (in 21 countries and over 35 states), worked with celebrated artists including Beyonce, and appeared on national TV shows like “Dancing with the Stars” and “Boardwalk Empire.”  Chloe formed Syncopated Ladies, the first all-female tap band, to bring more appreciation for tap to modern audiences, and to create a platform for women to be at the forefront of this beloved art form.  The group has performed in Vancouver, Canada, at B.B. Kings in New York City, annually at their D.C. Tap Fest, at the Dancescape L.A.’s 10th Anniversary Showcase, and Nigel Lythgoe’s star-studded “Dizzy Feet” charity gala.  For more information, please visit www.syncladies.com