Music Unites Event Goes Straight Into Compton

This Friday, April 29th from 3 to 3:30pm and Saturday, April 30th, from 9:30 to 2pm, Music Unites Academy will have a painting event at Kelly Elementary School at 2320 E. Alondra Boulevard in Compton. This event is a partnership with the Compton Unified School District.

Event Poster
Event Poster

Featured speakers include We Day’s  motivational speaker Tina Ingemi, Epic Records John Lindahl, Compton recording artist Buddy, composer Chloe Flower and singer Mali Nicole. Special thanks goes to Find Your Grind Foundation, Coupla Guys and Gals, We Day, Love Suja, and all the featured speakers.

 

From left to right: Manuel Castaneda music teacher at centennial High, musical artist John Lindhal, and Dr. Jacqueline Sanderlin, of the Community and Collaborative Partnerships of the Compton Unified School District.
From left to right: Manuel Castaneda, music teacher at centennial High, musical artist John Lindhal, and Dr. Jacqueline Sanderlin, of the Community and Collaborative Partnerships of the Compton Unified School District.
John and his agent Nikki Wheeler from ICM partners
John and his agent Nikki Wheeler from ICM partners
John and Dr. Jacqueline Sanderlin

 

None of this would be possible without the efforts of Michelle Edgar, the accomplished founder and CEO of Music Unites.

“This partnership with Music Unites has been a game changer for us in Compton! With Michelle Edgar on board, we have been able to enhance curriculum with the arts for every child. This partnership seeks to increase innovative opportunities and access for students of the Compton Unified School District,” said Dr. Jacqueline Sanderlin, of the Community and Collaborative Partnerships.

Executing game-changing entertainment partnerships, and withholding a track record for enhancing major brands, Edgar is a renowned entertainment executive who is recognized for orchestrating collaborations between music, entertainment and marketing. Edgar was the Strategic Business Development Director at Frukt, a creative agency where she creates strategic partnerships between Businesses and entertainment brands. Edgar came to the Frukt with a wide-range of experiences working at Quest Management, KIDinaKORNER, Redlight Management, Warner Bros. Records.

 

Michelle Edgar, Founder and CEO of Music Unites
Michelle Edgar, Founder and CEO of Music Unites

Michelle has made her mark in the music industry and is known for successfully creating innovative marketing platforms and campaigns for artists including, Alicia Keys, Mariah Carey, Dave Matthews, Lionel Richie, Imagine Dragons, Skylar Grey, X Ambassadors, Tiesto, Gary Clark Jr., Theophilus London, in addition to consulting on tour and festival sponsorships and activations, endorsements, licensing and new product development.

Michelle with actor David Arquette with Centennial High School in Compton's symphony orchestra at the one year anniversary of the Music Unites' program
Michelle with actor David Arquette and Centennial High School in Compton’s symphony orchestra at the one year anniversary of the Music Unites’ program

Her passion for music led her to further work with artists including, Swizz Beatz, Eve, Sting, Mark Ronson, Melanie Fiona, and Peter Bjorn & John to host events for her charity Music Unites, a non-profit organization that funds sustainable music education programs in underserved public schools nationwide. Edgar brought in corporate sponsorships to support the cause from brands like Rolling Stone, Pepsi, Axe, Garnier, Bebe and OK magazine. Music Unites’ programs are based in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago. Swizz Beatz and DJ Skee are Music Unites artist ambassadors.

In 2013, she also founded the XX Project, an invitation-only monthly speakers group for women who are leaders in their industries. Inspired by the TED talks and Northwestern’s Council of One Hundred, a mentoring group for female alumni, she hopes the XX Project will help professional women build business connections and share their experiences in male-dominated industries.

The multi-talented Edgar began her career in media as beauty director at OK magazine, where she developed revenue-producing strategic partnerships that align brands with music and film talent tied to major entertainment franchises from Oscar’s, Grammy’s and fashion week. Michelle is a renowned leader in bringing together different industries to take their platforms to another level.

Principal Ronald Keaton of Kelly Elementary had this to say, “Kelly Elementary School is delighted to have the privilege of partnering with Music Unites.  The resources Music Unites is bringing to our school will provide our students and the entire school community with the opportunity to experience music in new and exciting ways.  It is important that our students are given opportunities to explore the world of music and the arts.  Not only do the arts allow students to be creative, but through music and the arts, students develop skills and tools that can lead to higher achievement in reading, math, and science.  It is also through music that our students can learn to appreciate the uniqueness of the people around them and the beauty of living in such a diverse world.”

More info about Music Unites and all the great work they are doing at http://www.musicunites.org/

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The Inaugural Healthy Earth Music and Arts Fest

Transmedia 360 presents the Inaugural “Healthy Earth” Music & Arts Fest benefitting Cure 4 Hunger to be held on Earth Day weekend in Leimert Park on Saturday, April 23rd from 10 am – 6 pm. The festival will feature the unveiling of the humanitarian organization,Cure4Hunger’s (C4H) new agricultural technology, the “Gravity Gardens.”

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The event is free to the public and will also feature panel discussions, workshops and film screenings in addition to a mixed assemblage of celebrity talent, dance, music and art.  Hosted by actor-humanitarian, Darris Love (Nickelodeon’s “The Secret World of Alex Mack”), comedienne Ramona Stephens, and comedian David Raibon. World music treats include the jazz band, Connect featuring Barbara Morrison; West African dance troupe Le Ballet Dembaya; Ali Baba from Mali with Asha Baba; Native American and Asian performers; Melvin “MDK” Kelly, the young Jimi Hendrix; and DJ Zoon and the GoGo Hoop Dance Stars to name just a few. The youth area will be hosted by teen comedienne, Leroya Sanford (“The View”) and celebrity kids from Disney and Nickelodeon will join anti-bully rapper, Chris La Vrar (“America’s Got Talent”). Family fun includes talented performers, a youth circus provided by Le PeTIT CirQue, and more fun.

This event is the perfect opportunity to support a great cause to end global hunger while cross-marketing to a diverse audience and extended media reach. This festival’s mission is two-fold; to inspire and encourage greater Los Angeles residents to become proactive, solution-oriented citizens that regularly engage in activities leading to a healthy planet for us all. Also, as a cause-related event, they have selected, Cure 4 Hunger, (C4H), as their 2016 beneficiary organization.

About C4H: One in nine people suffer from hunger on earth so to put an end to starvation, co-founders and humanitarian filmmakers, Eric W. Williams & Cylk Cozart invented a new, cutting-edge, robotic gardening technology housed inside indestructible food domes nourished from pure water extracted from the atmosphere. This organization to date has garnered the support of high profile figures such as; Martin Luther King III, NBA player, A.C. Green as well as other global Ambassadors worldwide. Please feel free to visit http://www.cure4hunger.org for more information.

 

Dustin Brown

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The Lifies come to Life

The Lifies is a series of skits, much like selfies of life, showing the humorous side of everyday situations through the eyes of men, women, cats, dogs, fish… and other creatures. Every three episodes, there is a different world and new characters are discovered. Each trilogy has its own original theme song.

Still of the Lifies
Still of the Lifies

Valeria Zunzun (Faze, Promises) and Claire Dodin (Switched at Birth, Gods and Secrets)  the executive producers and writers of the series, met doing voice over work in LA. They ended up drinking coffee together regularly and realized that they laughed at the same jokes. While they were high on caffeine and oxygen deprived in the booth, the stories sprung out and The Lifies was born.

Still of the Lifies
Still of the Lifies

Since someone randomly gave them a GoPro camera, it became their destiny to self-produce their own project.

Still from the Lifies
Still from the Lifies
Pug life...still of the adorable Kimchi
Pug life…still of the adorable Kimchi

Before diving into the realistic contemplation of no budget guerilla film making, the GoPro dived into a fish tank and the first episode of the fish trilogy was shot. We follow the adventures of Sophie the clownfish, who feels like a fish out of water in her new aquarium.

Actress and voice over artist Claire Dodin
Actress and voice over artist Claire Dodin

In the first episode of the dog trilogy, they put a rescued dog in the spotlight. Kimchi, who plays Bernard, was a South Korean breeding dog whose offspring was sold for its meat. She was brought to the US by Pug Rescue of Korea (Facebook.com/pugrescueofkorea) and found happiness in the Hollywood home of actor Alex Hooper. Alex is a comedian and actor who has performed all over the country and has appeared in New Girl, Hot in Cleveland, Nickelodeon, and Jason Reitman’s Roast Battle.

Actress and voice over artist Valeria Zunzun
Actress and voice over artist Valeria Zunzun

Kimchi was a natural, she nailed her first performance with the challenge of playing a male dog and rocked the GoPro look.

Unlike her on screen character who rebels against humans, she was just delighted to be the star and knew how to charm the crew into giving her treats between takes.

More episodes are on the horizon. To learn more and find out when the episodes will come out, please check out their website www.thelifies.com and like their page http://facebook.com/thelifies and our twitter @thelifies.

Dustin Brown

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Stalking LeVar Season 2 Premiere Party

Stalking LeVar (a Dweeb Darlings Production) held their Season 2 premiere at the Other Door in North Hollywood. Sponsored by GeekChic Promotions with giveaways from Her Universe, Espionage Cosmetics, 1138 Clothing and more! Photo booth by The Photo Baker. Karaoke from Sign Me Up Karaoke. Treats provided by KneadyBakery.com & Chipotle.


About Stalking LeVar:
The Crown Jewel of Dweeb Darlings, Stalking LeVar is a comedic web series about life, love, liberty and the pursuit of the ultimate friendship with LeVar Burton. At the end of Season 1 Heidi (Heidi Cox) was abandoned by best friend Megan (Megan Green) as she left for walk-about in Australia to find herself. Heidi was forced to continue her search for LeVar, while journeying on a quest to her own enlightenment with the help of her misplaced sidekick Susan (Stephanie Pressman).

Season 2 was completely funded by IndieGoGo backers and included help from sponsors such as Espionage Cosmetics, Hint Water, Chipotle, Her Universe, Yoga Design Labs, Castle Corsetry, Black Dog Yoga, and Fonco.

Stalking LeVar’s Second Season also features the work of a very talented list of Guest Stars and Co-Stars including:
Cas Anvar (The Expanse / Room),  Margot Rose (Star Trek Next Generation), Jonathan Root (Brooklyn Nine-Nine / Call of Duty: Ghosts), Jenny Lorenzo (Geekgasm / Buzzfeed), Bonnie Gordon (The Quest / Library Bards), Jesse Heiman (Neighbors / Chuck),
David Blue (SGU Stargate Universe / Ugly Betty), A Russell Andrews (Straight Outta Compton), Kristen Nedopak (The Skyrim Parodies / The Geekie Awards) and many others.

About Dweeb Darlings:
Founded in 2013 Dweeb Darlings is a Production Company created by Heidi Cox & Megan Green and shortly after were joined by Stephanie Pressman. The Double D’s seek to give opportunities to female creators and female fronted story lines through original content and social outreach. Their mission is to empower women (of all ages) by showing them that being a dweeb, geek, and/or nerd is not only being intelligent but also being powerful, creative, sexy, funny and real!Part of the Dweeb Darlings outreach program includes a touring panel, “#SPARK Your Creativity: A Call to Action!” where an amazing group of female creators discuss how to find your voice and drive more female created content into the world. The women of the “#SPARK” panel have appeared at San Diego Comic Con, Stan Lee’s Comikaze, and Wondercon and continue to grow their list of panelists and events.The Dweeb Darlings are currently in pre-production on a few more projects that keep fostering these ideals. More details coming soon.
More info about this project at
Photos courtesy of Albert L. Ortega/GettyImages and Bob Delgadillo
Dustin Brown

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Ultimate Jam at the Whisky A Go-Go Hit Another Home Run!

The calendar says Tuesday but the Whisky A Go-Go was rocking like a Saturday night! Another incredible night of amazing talent and entertainment started with a mind-blowing performance by Heavy Mellow, an acoustic trio with the unusual ability to blend the strains of heavy metal music with the classic and traditional play of Flamenco guitars.

Luis Villegas, Grammy nominated Flamenco guitarist, Ben Woods, classical Spanish Flamenco guitarist, and Mike Bennett on cajon and percussion.
Luis Villegas, Grammy nominated Flamenco guitarist, Ben Woods, classical Spanish Flamenco guitarist, and Mike Bennett on cajon and percussion.

Opening the jam session for the evening was the house band with additional help from the Jason Aldean band – Rich Redmond. On guitar, from the Ultimate Jam Night house band,  the Edgar Winter Band and MSG – Mitch Perry. Helping on guitar,  he’s played with Johnny Depp and the Kids and from the band Little Caeser – Joey Malone. On keys, from Survivor and Denny Laine – Walter Ino. On bass , the creator of Ultimate Jam Night and The Captain, the Ultimate Jam Night house band,  Quiet Riot, Alice Cooper, Montrose, and many more…Chuck Wright. And singing the first two songs, Lights Out in London and Say What you Will, from Mr. Big and Ace Frehley and the house band – Matt Starr.

Ultimate Jam House Band Guitarist, Mitch Perry
Ultimate Jam House Band Guitarist, Mitch Perry

Shortly after, MC Extraordinaire, Paulie Z was joined by Xavier Muriel (drums) and Stevie D (guitar) from Buckcherry, Johnny Martin (bass) from Tracii Gun,  and Alex Kane (guitar) from Little Caesar, LSD, AntiProduct, and The Ramones. They blew us away with a heart-pounding, high energy rendition of Bulls on Parade and Bombtrack.

Paulie Z, Xavier Muriel, Stevie D, Johnny Martin and Alex Kane
Paulie Z, Xavier Muriel, Stevie D, Johnny Martin and Alex Kane

The night just kept rocking and rolling forward with more incredible artists and musicians, including Joe Retta (Dio’s Disciples, Heaven & Earth, Trans Siberian Orchestra, and The Sweet ), Sean McNab (Resurrection Kings and Lynch Mob), Mike Watt (Minute Men, Firehose, The Stooges), Shane Soloski (Five for Fighting and Brian Wilson) and Koko Powell (Edgar Winter Band).

Joe Retta from Dio’s Disciples, Heaven & Earth, Trans Siberian Orchestra, and The Sweet
Joe Retta from Dio’s Disciples, Heaven & Earth, Trans Siberian Orchestra, and The Sweet

Once again, the Whisky A Go-Go, together with the Ultimate Jam Night, created an unforgettable evening of rock and roll, punk and  heavy metal-Flamenco for music lovers of all ages and genres.


 

Judy Hansen Pullos

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SHAPE

SHAPE magazine has always brought us fabulous articles on ways to keep our bodies and our minds in tip top condition. They have provided us with inside information as to how those beautiful stars keep their shape. Even special tricks to continue to eat right during tough holiday seasons. Now SHAPE magazine is offering a fashionable and  sophisticated wardrobe to go along with the physicality of staying in SHAPE.

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Rock Steady, Inspired by rock climbing in the Grand Canyon

The new Fall season of activewear for 2016 is a brilliant combination of practical and pretty. Each design has a theme based pattern that creates a fun and free sense of style to help you feel beautiful, even when you’re hot and sweaty.  SHAPE knows that sweaty is sexy and this line of activewear is all the rage for cross trainers, runners and yoga enthusiasts. The materials are created to resemble things in nature and sport such as camouflage, cliffs and sunsets. The reflective materials keep you safer in the dark, and the spandex holds your muscles and massages them as you test the levels of your strength and endurance.

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Asphalt Legging in Static Print with Elevate Tank

SHAPE activewear is beautiful and affordable. Comfortable and ergonomically designed clothing help to keep your body going under the toughest conditions. With items ranging from shirts as low as $34 up to running jackets for $110, there are so many options to chose from.

Sport bras come in a variety of sizes, shapes and patterns. They are in the $44-60 range and provide support and comfort to any woman.

The pants come in shorts, cross trainers, yoga and running styles and have so many fabulous fall designs and material patterns that it is hard to chose just one. These items range from $54-$68 and offer warmth and support for any fall weather.

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Marathon Short and Define Bra

If the  season cools down, running shirts and jackets by SHAPE will complete any outfit and help to keep you warm and supported. These pieces start at $38 for a warmer weather, short-sleeved shirt and top off around $110 for full coverage jackets. Perfect for any fall climate.

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Glamper Vest in Camo Green

Exercise has become a fashion on its own, and now we have the option to incorporate fashion when we exercise thanks to SHAPE Activewear. Styles and statements for anyone who moves.

Judy Hansen Pullos

Judy Hansen Pullos

Judy is a journalist and photographer. She lives in Southern California.

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Soundcheck ROCKED the Lucky Strike in Hollywood on Wednesday Night

The second night of Soundcheck at the Lucky Strike in Hollywood rocked the audience with an eclectic group of musicians and vocalists from various bands such as P!nk, The Babys, Avril Lavigne, and many more!

Soundcheck at the Lucky Strike
Soundcheck at the Lucky Strike

The Lucky Strike is always a fun venue with plenty of room for rock patrons to enjoy a mash up of musicians playing old favorites from metal to pop and beyond. Drinks are reasonably priced and the food menu has so much to chose from. The large room allows the listeners to wonder around, go outside for fresh air, or sit comfortably at a table or on a couch to listen from a distance. Of course the die hard fans are right up front dancing and cheering on their favorite musicians. The night never disappoints as the rock legends keep on rocking.

 John Bisaha at the Lucky Strike in Hollywood
John Bisaha (lead singer of The Babys) at the Lucky Strike in Hollywood

Soundcheck is a fun, easy going event for anyone to enjoy on a Wednesday night in Hollywood. Music lovers from all over wonder in to take part of an incredible night of music and entertainment.

Harmonizing at the Soundcheck

 


Judy Hansen Pullos

Judy Hansen Pullos

Judy is a journalist and photographer. She lives in Southern California.

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Ultimate Jam at the Whisky A Go-Go Rocked West Hollywood

The Ultimate Jam has a new home and it’s in West Hollywood at the Whisky A Go-Go on Tuesday nights. The stage was set a blaze by so many  rock and roll luminaries it was tough to keep track. MC Extraordinaire, Paul (Paulie Z) Zablidowsky took control of the night and entertained the crowd right along with performers such as Daxx X Nielsen (Cheap Trick), Leif Garrett, Ira Black (Lizzy Borden), Alex Kane (Richie Ramone, Life, Sex & Death, LSD), and Dave Amato (REO Speedwagon) to name a few.

Leif Garrett singing Honky Tonk Woman at the Ultimate Jam
Leif Garrett singing Honky Tonk Woman at the Ultimate Jam

This legendary venue is very intimate and oozes style and history. The Whisky has been the host to some of rock ‘n’ roll’s most important bands, from the Doors andJanis Joplin to Led Zeppelin. It continues to bring amazing music to music lovers and offers a close up and personal view of the bands and musicians.

Ira Black and his fabulous hair
Ira Black and his fabulous hair

The Ultimate Jam continues to please everyone with it’s eclectic mix of rock and rollers from various bands all jamming together under one roof. On opening night many familiar covers such as Double Vision, Renegade, Honky Tonk Woman and Crazy on You were expertly played in the first set. In the second set we rocked out to Dance the Night Away, Losing You, Dream Police and Ramble On.

Alex Kane on lead guitar and vocals
Alex Kane on lead guitar and vocals

The night came to a glorious end with our incredibly talented MC, Paulie Z singing We Are The Champions with the Ultimate Jam house band (CHUCK WRIGHT, MITCH PERRY, PAULIE Z, MATT STARR,  ALEX KANE)

Eric Dover Dancing the Night Away

This phenomenal show can be seen every Tuesday night at the Whisky A Go Go for NO COVER charge! The drinks are reasonably priced and the experience is unforgettable. Every Angelino owes it to themselves to stop by the Whisky and lose themselves in an unbelievable night of rock and roll.


Judy Hansen Pullos

Judy Hansen Pullos

Judy is a journalist and photographer. She lives in Southern California.

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