The best destination for music lovers on a Monday night is the Maui Sugar Mill in Tarzana featuring blues presented by Cadillac Zack. The intimate venue is a perfect joint to relax, have a couple of cocktails, watch sports in the background and listen to some top notch blues musicians jamming their hearts out.
The music generally begins around 8:00 pm and continues through the night often until after 1:00am. There is an opening band, and then the headliner comes out some time after 10:00. When they finish up, several local musicians pick up their instruments and jam together all night long.
Last Monday was a great combination of amazing horn players. The opening band was the BNO Blues Band and they rocked the house with their fun, traditional bluesy style. Next the crowd was wowed by Saxophone legend Terry Hanck. He entertained us with his incredible horn playing, vocal talent and smooth guitar.
For a fabulous place to unwind after a crazy Monday at work, make sure to hit up the Maui Sugar Mill and Cadillac Zack’s best blues!
What’s your sign? Well, Angela Downey of Downey’s Desserts, www.downeysdesserts.com, Producer Jenna Urban of Urban Media Group, and Celebrity Photographer Bob Delgadillo have similar birthdays, so they are all Taurus or rather Taureans, so they celebrated their birthdays in style at the swanky W Hotel in Hollywood. Hollywood Press Corps was proud to be a media partner of this epic birthday party!
The beautiful red carpet hosts were Integrity Entertainment PR, fashion and entertainment specialist Kim Cox, Mrs. Latina Global of Columbia (Yanith Forero), and a couple of the Mrs. Asia USA ladies of the Philippines (Amelia Johnson and Pinay Ako).
Photos courtesy of Sheri Determan, Disco Stella, Mark Sevier, Namli Inc. Photos, Donna Dymally, and Liza Crilly-Tyner.
Venice, California – May 24, 2016 – Google became an art gallery this past Sunday, May 22nd for Venice Family Clinic’s Art Walk & Auctions. This annual event brings together Los Angeles’ hottest established and emerging contemporary artists in raising money to fund health care for the 24,000 low-income, uninsured and homeless patients of Venice Family Clinic. This year’s Venice Art Walk raised more than $700,000 for Venice Family Clinic, with more auction pieces sold than ever before (and art sales are still underway!) to benefit local families and individuals in need of health care.
This year’s event featured a 350-piece silent art auction, artist studio tours and community celebration. Attendees enjoyed access to meet and greets at artists’ studios, live art exhibitions, music, food and drinks.
Venice Family Clinic’s Studio Tours, which ran on the same day of Venice Art Walk, encompassed 50 local art studios, galleries and special exhibits within a 2-mile radius of Google headquarters. This year’s Studio Tour artists and galleries included CAVE Gallery, Corrine Chaix, Marian Crostic, Jean Edelstein, Peter Fetterman Gallery, Maria Greenshields-Ziman, Brad Miller, Elizabeth Orleans, Pamela Weir-Quiton, and Team Bungalow.
This year’s Signature Artists were Guy Dill and Analia Saban. The LIVE art installations were provided by Heather Hansen, Karolina Maszkiewicz, and Quentin “Shplinton” Thomas. Guests also enjoyed musical performances by The Raging Bulls, Darden, Shane Alexander, WaterDawgz, Carlos Calvo and Givers and Takers in the designated Beer Garden.
(Los Angeles, CA) – On Tuesday May 17th, 2016, the 1st Annual Johnny Guitar Watson Heart for Music Foundation Celebration took place in downtown Los Angeles in the historic Los Angeles Theatre Center. The star-studded celebration was co-hosted by Glynn Turman (Love That Girl) and Kiki Shepard (Live at the Apollo).
On May 17, 1996, Johnny Guitar Watson collapsed on stage in Yokohama, Japan. He was playing his hit song, “Superman Lover.” He died of a heart attack while his friend, Frank Zappa, was by his side. Twenty years later, friends, family and fans gathered to celebrate his life.
This event was a long time passion of Johnny Guitar Watson’s daughter, Virginia Watson. It was an amazing night of blues, funk and legendary performers directed by Iona Morris and Musical Direction by guitarist Gemi Taylor. The show was written by David Ritz, the famous biographer who wrote about Ray Charles, Etta James, Smokey Robinson and Buddy Guy. David was the last person to interview Johnny Guitar Watson (known as Johnny G to his friends) and had many stories to tell about that interview.
The red carpet for the event was held in the lobby of the historic Los Angeles Theatre Center. Located in the heart of downtown, this historic building is a great place for an event. Many of the evenings performers and presenters walked the red carpet including Barbara Morrison, Doyle Bramhall II, Lenny Williams, Larry B Scott and David Ritz. There was a full house with around 500 people in attendance.
The musical performance in the main theater began with a video of Johnny Guitar Watson. Due to some audio difficulties, the video portion of the show was screened with no audio. This didn’t dampen peoples spirits at all because seeing Johnny on the screen reminded everyone why we were all there. Dolye Bramhall II kicked off the music by playing, “Ganster Of Love”, a blues staple of Johnny Guitar Watson’s. Doyle and his band handled this blues classic with a rich, full sound. The sound all evening was quite remarkable. Virginia Watson brought together many musicians and they played an amazing selection of blues, funk and soul.
The house band was the Master Phonk Band and Gemi Taylor did an outstanding job as the Musical Director and guitarist. A lot of the House Band came from Johnny Guitar Watson’s band from his five decades in professional performing.
Barabara Morrison came out second and sang, “Ain’t Gonna Hush”, another Johnny G classic from his blues years. Johnny Guitar Watson originally recorded this song in 1956 on the “Three Hours Past Midnight” album. Barbara Morrison is a legend in the Los Angeles blues scene. She did such a great job singing this blues song and the Master Phonk band did an incredible job. The horn line for the night included Chazy Green on saxophone, Michael Harris on trumpet and Steve Baxter on trombone. This horn line added a brilliant element to the night’s music that can be heard in the recordings that Johnny Guitar Watson made over fifty years ago.
Leaving blues and heading into a 1960’s pop direction, Martin Kembers from the British band, “Color Me Bad” came out and sang , “Mercy, Mercy, Mercy” with his son Ashley. This was a 1966 song written for Cannonball Adderly. The song went on to become a surprise hit on the soul charts. Martin and Ashley sounded great with a wide vocal range and youthful enthusiasm.
Doyle Bramhall returned to the stage with his band and sang, “Loving You”, a song from JGW’s funk years. Recorded in 1973, it featured a sort of rap intro and is considered a classic funk song. Doyle Bramhall II played an amazing solo on this one.
Lead singer of the legendary 1970’s soul band Tower of Power, Lenny Williams, came out and sang, “Dont Change Horses in the Middle of a Stream.” His singing style is rich and from the heart. Lenny Williams’ style has influenced modern R&B and Hip Hop artists.
Next, Lamont Dozier sang “The Lone Ranger” with the Master Phonk House Band. Lamont is the songwriter and producer known for creating the Motown Sound. He wrote songs for and produced The Four Tops, The Supremes and The Isley Brothers. This was an amazing rendition and The Master Phonk Band along with Lamont provided a world class performance.
Crystal Penni sang,”I Wanna Ta-Ta Ya Baby” This was a great performance. Gemi Taylor, as Musical Director and guitar player did such a great job of laying back to let the singers perform and then playing amazing guitar solos that had a Johnny Guitar Watson feel.
Neo-soul songwriter, Mishell Ndegeocello, sang JGW’s, “Ain’t That a Bitch”, which was the highlight tune of Act 1. Her performance with the Master Phonk Band seemed to capture the humor, the expertise and soul of Johnny Guitar Watson. Hip Hop legend Yo Yo came out next to perform JGW’s song, “Telephone Bill”. Hip Hop and rap owe so much to Johnny Guitar Watson’s sound and beats. “Telephone Bill” is a spoken-word tune that is considered the beginning of rap. David Ritz says that JGW said that he had “Invented rap.” Drummer Emry Thomas is really not paid anything for the samples that modern rappers like Jay-Z and Kanye West use in 2016. Emery was Johnny Guitar Watson’s drummer in the 1970s for hits like “Superman Lover”, “Ain’t That A Bitch” and many other hits. When“Ain’t That a Bitch” went Gold, the second stage of Johnny Guitar Watson’s career began.
The Intermission provided a chance for musicians, celebrities and fans to mingle and discuss JGW’s music. While munching on fried chicken and pickled okra, I struck up a conversation with “Sticks”, the drummer for T-Bone Walker. It was such an honor to meet a Blues superstar like Sticks at the Johnny Guitar Watson event. There was an exhibit of artifacts from Johnny Guitar Watson’s collection including guitars, jumpsuits from the 1970s, his passports and many other items. It gave a glimpse into the life of John Watson.
Act Two of the Heart for Music Foundation Celebration was pure Jonny G funk. Lenny William’s from “Tower of Power” came out with singer Kim Yarbrough and sang “Love Jones.” The Master Phonk Band was well suited to play Johnny G’s funk tunes and the horn line was top notch. Rudy Copeland, who is the second voice on many Johnny Guitar Watson recordings, sang “Superman Lover.” Rudy told me later that this is his favorite Johnny Guitar Watson song.
Virginia Watson sang “A Real Mother For Ya.” Virginia did such an amazing job putting the night together. She took a moment to introduce Johnny’s grandchildren and spoke about Johnny and his life. Virginia said that Johnny G once said, “I’m not going to die and if I do, I’ll be on stage and it won’t matter.” Johnny G touched so many people’s lives. The Master Phonk Band and Virginia have such a treasure trove of stories and songs to share with the world.
Emry Thomas, known as ET, performed “Virginia’s Pretty Funky” and “Dejon’s Delight” with poet Azmera Hammouri. The Ben Allen Dance Crew danced and added a youthful element to the music. Writer David Ritz came out and spoke about his last interview with Johnny Guitar Watson in 1996. David has a unique view of blues musicians and his writing ability is just amazing. Larry B Scott, known for his acting in movies like “Revenge of The Nerds” and “Karate Kid” talked about Johhny G recording in his studio in the Valley. Johnny G had a connection with so many people.
At the end of Act Two, Angela Gibbs presented her mother, Marla Gibbs, with the first Johnny Guitar Watson Heart 4 Music Humanitarian Award. Marla has been an actress, comedian, entertainer and producer for over 50 years. She’s received seven NAACP Awards. Both Johnny G and Marla Gibbs have careers that span five decades. Marla was gracious as she received her award and many people wanted to speak to Marla after the show.
The First Annual Johnny Guitar Watson Heart 4 Music event produced by Virgina Watson, was an incredible night of music, stories and emotions from the people that knew and worked with Johnny Guitar Watson. This show would make a great Broadway musical or touring show. I’m looking forward to the Second Annual event.
The Lucky Strike Live, along with Soundcheck Live, have been knocking the rock-scene out of the park on Wednesday nights. This Wednesday evening was even more amazing than usual. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Legend, Jackson Browne, performed his top songs to a packed crowd of star-struck fans, including this writer/photographer herself!
The night started off with some fabulous musicians singing the classics. While the bands rocked on, Jackson Browne walked in and out of the crowd, mingled with fans, even shook hands and signed memorabilia. At 10:30pm, the crowd went wild when Jackson Browne performed his highly-anticipated guest curated set, which included 6 of his hit songs from “These Days” to “On The Boulevard” to “That Girl Could Sing” and “Somebody’s Baby“.
The set ended with a rousing encore of “Lawyers, Guns and Money” and Running on Empty”. The happy crowd praised Brownes performance and continued to sing and dance along with the resident house band as they played a live set of songs from Rufus’s “Tell Me Something Good” to perfectly ending the night with Traveling Wilbur’s “Handle With Care”.
Jackson Browne has always been an incredible musician and an iconic song writer and singer, but this mind blowing, free concert was beyond everyone’s hopes and expectations. This Soundcheck Live night will be a tough act to follow!
LOS ANGELES, CA, MAY 12, 2016 – What happens when a young Mexican arrives in America in pursuit of the American Dream of Life, Liberty, Happiness and a good man? Whatthehelldidshesay is excited to announce the presentation of Vanessa Lua’s journey ‘American Man Dream’ at the Hollywood Fringe Festival this June 2016.
The story follows a little girl who is growing up in Mexico whose only companion is her teddy bear, which is representative of the ideal man. He is a cuddly best friend who is always there to listen and love her unconditionally. As a grown woman, her story becomes bittersweet and she begins to think that true love is just a pipe dream. Throughout her journey, Vanessa eventually has to overcome language barriers, Catholic guilt, breakups, more Catholic guilt, bad sex, and even more Catholic guilt. She develops from her virginity in Mexico to chastity in the USA as she says ‘From red, white and “green” to red, white and “blue” and everything else in between her legs!’
The show, to be held throughout the month of June 2016, will be presented at the Studio C theatre located at 6448 Santa Monica Boulevard in Los Angeles, is listed as a dark, irreverent comedy that is both provocative and full of sex.
The actress is known for her high profile red carpet celebrity interviews, made using her now iconic pink iPhone. These candid interviews were the beginnings of her production company ‘Whatthehelldidshesay’ Productions. She has since gone on to star in comedy and dramatic projects The Last Ship, Conversation with La Catrina, Anchor Baby, Fatal Encounters, Comedy House and Stuck in a Fairy Tale.
The open and uncensored Hollywood Fringe Festival is an annual, open-access, community-derived event celebrating freedom of expression and collaboration in the performing arts community. Through its offerings, the festival exhibits diverse and cutting-edge points-of-view.
Another Tuesday night success at the Whisky A GoGo and the Ultimate Jam Night. The talent is always unbelievably awesome, but this time there were wild and crazy stunts in addition to some of the biggest names in rock and roll history – all under one incredible roof!
The night opened with Se7en Reasons Why Band, 2015’s “Best Multi-Genre Bands” winner. Lead singer and award winning front man, Mick Scott blew away the crowd with his insanely electric
energy, high kicks and death defying stunts. And he never stopped belting out his music, even when the microphone would break or come unplugged! Jason Stalk was fabulous on guitar, Hiro Goto was hypnotizing with his violin solos, and female drummer Anjilla Piazza rocked the house with her bad ass drumming skills.
As the crowd continued to fill up, the music really took off with Don Dokken performing his classics, Joe Retta blowing out the tunes and the incredible house band, Chuck Wright, Mitch Perry, Walter Ino and Front man Paulie Zablidowsky.
Eric Dover always pleases on vocals and lead guitar, and Sean McNabb, Jim Wheeler, and Nick Rossen brought the heat with each song getting better and better.
Of course the night is never complete without a cameo visit from Trippy the Clown, the most inappropriate puppet in the land. Trippy shared his stage with a disturbing looking, pin riddled dead buddy. The pair of them together made even the craziest fans in the crowd blush.
The work week is no longer a dreaded period of time thanks to the Ultimate Jam along with the Whisky A Go Go. People of all ages can leave their jobs, avoid their household chores, and rock until dawn on Tuesday night.
Cadillac Zack and the Maui Sugar Mill give blues lovers everywhere a place to wind down and rock out to some of the most spectacular blues musicians alive. Every Monday night starting at 8:00 pm the liquor flows as the the music begins. This Monday was no exception.
The night started with the incredible vocal talent of the Celso Salim Blues Band. They played old classics as well as some new and exciting renditions of blues favorites.
As the crowd warmed up and the night began to jam, the Delta Hurricane, Larry McCray took the stage and blew us all away. His insane guitar talent and smoky vocals brought the room to its feet. Dancing and singing and swaying along to one of the countries finest Blues artists.
Playing along side the Michigan Master were Rena Beavers on drums, Jeff Paris on keyboard and Michael B Holden on bass. And if that wasn’t a big enough treat, we were then blown away as guitar legend Joey Delgado jumped on stage and took on McCray in an incredible dueling guitar showcase that was out of this world.
Mondays have a bad wrap for being the most dreaded day of the week, but Cadillac Zack and the Maui Sugar Mill Saloon have changed the face of Monday. Blues lovers from all over southern California can’t wait to get through the weekend to enjoy the best night of the week – Monday Night Blues in Tarzana.
Noted entertainment attorney Nadia Davari has to walk a fine line in fashion. It’s a given that she has to look professional, but since she works in Entertainment Law, her style has to be more hip and on trend, than say, a tax attorney. Here’s her essay on the role wardrobe plays in her thriving career as an entertainment attorney.
There are many reasons for wanting to look good and dress nice. Growing up, I used to think that being worried about my appearance and how I look was being superficial. However, I have come to think differently as I started law school and then started practicing as an attorney.
How we dress affects how we feel and how others perceive us. While “You can’t judge a book by its cover” may be true, who was is that said “dress for success” or “dress for the part”? There is little doubt that how we dress has an affect on the way we feel. We communicate with more that the words that we speak. We also communicate with the way we dress. So, I have come to appreciate that how I dress not only affects me personally and how I feel but it also affects the audience and the people whom I meet in the way they perceive me.
As far as dressing for myself, when I “dress for the part”and feel good,it helps me in the visualization of what needs to get done, in turn, affectingmy ability to accomplish tasks and persuade others. I know that dressing well and looking good has a direct affect in my effectiveness inaccomplishing my work.
In dressing for myself to make me feel good, I have also come to realize that I must dress appropriately, meaning I must have respect for the place, situation and the audience. I want to make a good first impression. When I think of a lawyer, looking professional and dressing for the office are the first things that come to mind.Generally, when dressing as an attorney, I want to exude confidence or tell myclient that you can trust me. As such, choices may include pant suits, skirt suits and all around uptight goes hand in hand with dressing for the job. While this is true for almost all of the areas of law practice, entertainment attorneys are a bit unique in this respect.
In my opinion, dressing as an entertainment attorney is looking like a professional with a twist. As an entertainment attorney, I try to relate to my clients and to make them feel comfortable. This may lead to sartorial choices that are a little different than the typical attorney. It may be a little more edgy or casual than what one may think of how a typical attorney dresses. More info at http://www.nadiadavari.com/
The Cookie Kahuna and his new bride Carol are an inspiration to romantics everywhere. The Hollywood Press Corps was invited into their home to talk about love, life, and the resurgence of the perfect cookie.
You may remember Wally Amos from the 70’s when he became the “Famous Amos” cookie mogul. He was a warm, young, caring entrepreneur who conquered the world with his amazing little chocolate chip cookies. After taking a break from the world of baking, Wally Amos has decided to jump back into the kitchen with both feet and his original crunchy cookie recipe.
Amos prides himself with his all natural ingredients, including his high quality chocolate chips from Guittard Chocolates, and his vanilla bean extract. He proudly tells us that the very first ingredient in his chocolate chip cookies is “chocolate,” a statement very few cookie companies can make.
As we sat in his kitchen and got a first-hand lesson in “how to roll the perfect cookie”, we were entertained with the story of how the two love birds met and married. Carol recounted every detail down to a loving message left on her voicemail by Wally. He jokingly denied it ever happened so she grabbed her phone and played the message on speaker for all of us to hear. Wally’s eyes lit up and a giant smile grew on his face as he admitted he did, in fact, say those wonderful things.
They met in late January and were married by the end of February. When asked why they moved so quickly, their response was, “Why wait? We’re not getting any younger!” Wally will be 80 soon and Carol turned 70 this year. But when the two look into each other’s eyes, eternal youth seems from them.
As the cookies came out of the oven, Carol enticed us to enjoy at least 18, since she had already had that many before we arrived. She continued to eat them, and continued to up our target number as the meeting continued. Batch after batch came out of the oven and we each continued to toss dozens of the Cookie Kahuna’s masterpiece into our mouths.
We learned that Amos had been invited to go on “Shark Tank” to pitch his new cookie business to the team. He was going to pass on the idea but Carol convinced him that it was part of his destiny, so he decided to move forward.
After eating at least two or three dozen cookies a piece, and enjoying numerous stories of wedding bliss from our newlywed couple, it was time to go. The warmth of the Amos house didn’t come from the cookie oven, but from the cookie Kahuna and his new wife themselves. It was a true pleasure to meet them both and we can’t wait for the new brand of cookies to make their way to our grocery store shelves soon!