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Ultimate Jam Night at the Whisky A Go Go is on FIRE!

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!

Ultimate Jam 62
Ultimate Jam 62 Photo courtesy of Judy Hansen Pullos

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

Mick Scott of Se7en Reasons Why
Mick Scott of Se7en Reasons Why Photo courtesy of Judy Hansen Pullos

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.

Don Dokken Photo courtesy of Judy Hansen Pullos
Don Dokken
Photo courtesy of Judy Hansen Pullos

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.

Sean McNabb tearing up the strings Photo courtesy of Judy Hansen Pullos
Sean McNabb tearing up the strings
Photo courtesy of Judy Hansen Pullos

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.

Eric Dover
Eric Dover Photo Courtesy of Judy Hansen Pullos

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.

Trippy the Clown and his even weirder buddy
Trippy the Clown and his even weirder buddy
Chuck Wright showing us how its done Photo courtesy of Judy Hansen Pullos
Chuck Wright showing us how its done
Photo courtesy of Judy Hansen Pullos

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.

 


Judy Hansen Pullos

Judy Hansen Pullos

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

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Cadillac Zack Presents The Best Blues

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.

Celso Selim Blues Band
Celso Salim Blues Band. Photo by Judy Hansen Pullos

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.

Incredible blues at the Maui Sugar Mill Saloon
Incredible blues at the Maui Sugar Mill Saloon with Michael B Holden on bass. Photo courtesy the Hollywood Press Corps 2016

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.

Larry McCray was captivating the room with his silky talent
Larry McCray was captivating the room with his silky talent. Photo by Judy Hansen Pullos

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.

Larry McCray and Joey Delgado on dueling guitars
Larry McCray (R) and Joey Delgado (L) on dueling guitars. Photo courtesy Judy Hansen Pullos

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.

Incredible blues talent all together at the Maui Sugar Mill Saloon
Incredible blues talent all together at the Maui Sugar Mill Saloon. From left to right; Chuck Kavooras, Kirk Fletcher, Lance Lopez and Larry McCray. Photo courtesy the Hollywood Press Corps
Judy Hansen Pullos

Judy Hansen Pullos

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

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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/

Vida G.

Vida G.

Vida is an actress and journalist who lives in Los Angeles, California. She is the co-founder of the Hollywood Press Corps.

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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

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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Cadillac Zack presents Lionel Young at the Maui Sugar Mill Saloon

The Maui Sugar Mill in Tarzana California, in association with Cadillac Zack, had the honor of presenting the amazing blues artist, Lionel Young this Monday night.

Lionel Young on electric violin. Photo courtesy the Hollywood Press Corps
Lionel Young on electric violin. Photo courtesy the Hollywood Press Corps

The crowd was especially enthusiastic when Young brought out his electric violin and began to woo the audience with his skill, technique, and personality.

Lionel Young at the Sugar Mill Saloon. Photo by Judy Hansen Pullos
Lionel Young at the Sugar Mill Saloon. Photo by Judy Hansen Pullos

Lionel Young is a classically trained musician with a high energy style and is known for his distinctive brand of blues on the electric violin. Born in Rochester, New York, Lionel Young began taking violin lessons at the age of six and  was a member of the Pittsburgh Opera-Ballet Orchestra and the National Repertory Orchestra which later commissioned him to play bluegrass and blues for their summer festival and on a tour of Japan.

Lionel Young at the Maui Sugar Mill Saloon in Tarzana, California. Photo courtesy Judy Hansen Pullos
Lionel Young at the Maui Sugar Mill Saloon in Tarzana, California. Photo courtesy Judy Hansen Pullos

Lionel has worked with show biz icons such as: Count Basie, Stevie Wonder, Jimmy Paige/Robert Plant, Doc Severenson, Linda Ronstadt, Living Color, Billy Taylor, Woodie Herman, Stanley Turrentine, Homesick James, Homer Brown, Hamlet Bluiett, Chief Bae, and Johnny Long.

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Young bringing down the house with his soulful blues on his electric violin. Photo by Judy Hansen Pullos

Fabulous blues bands and artists can be enjoyed every Monday night beginning at 8:00pm at the Maui Sugar Mill Saloon,18389 Ventura Blvd, Tarzana, CA 91356. For more information on these incredible blues and jazz concerts email Cadillac Zack at CadillacZack@socalblues.org.


Judy Hansen Pullos

Judy Hansen Pullos

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

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Interview with Dutch Jazz Musician Joris Posthumus

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From left to right. Satoshi Tokuda (bass), Yuichiro Tokudo (alto sax), Joris Posthumus (alto sax), Shunichi Yanagi (piano) and Gaku Hasagawa (drums). Photo courtesy Hanayo Airbara

 

The Hollywood Press Corps’ traveled to Tokyo, Japan and got a chance to meet up with jazz musician Joris Posthumus. He is Internationally known for his NU-bop composing and alto saxophone playing.  Joris was busy recording a new album but had time to do an interview.  The album, Joris Posthumus Group, Tokyo’s Badboys will be released by Challenge Records International, autumn 2016

Jazz musician and composer Joris Posthumus
Jazz musician and composer Joris Posthumus. Photo courtesy Hanayo Airbara

When did you start playing your instrument, and what or who were your early influences?

At the age of six I started playing the drums. After a couple of years I decided to change to the clarinet. My first teacher also played the tenor sax and I changed to alto, an old Bundy Selmer.

My early heroes were mostly tenor players like Ben Webster, Colman Hawkins and Sonny Rollins.
I got tapes from my teacher with a lot of different players on it, some I liked, and some I really did not understand yet. It’s funny how your ears develop in time and you appreciate more and more music and styles.

Joris on alto sax in the recording studio.  Photo courtesy Hanayo Airbara

 

What do you personally consider to be the defining moment in your work or career?

For me 2010 was a great year. I was selected for a Young VIPS tour, a prestigious price that gave me the opportunity to play many of the big venues in Holland. Also, I released my first album, The Abyss, had an aperients in a TV show and was invited to play at the North Sea Jazz festival.

What are currently your main artistic challenges?

I recorded an album in Tokyo, September 2015, release will be 2016 so I put a lot of effort in this at the moment and I’m planning a tour both in Japan in 2016 and a tour in Holland for this group in 2017.
Touring Holland and Belgium with a project called ‘De Zeeland Suite’.
I also joined a new group, Jacob Bedaux Quartet., album recording 2016

What do improvisation and composition mean to you and what, to you, are their respective merits?

I feel that melody and improvisation are connected. It’s a symbiosis. I always have the melody in mind when I am improvising and try to play as melodic as possible. I am also thinking about sound and what the song needs.

How important are practising and instrumental technique for achieving your musical goals?

Of course practicing is a vital part of your development as a musician, and I try to do this as often as I can. In the summer I usually go to a greenhouse nearby my garden and study there. Also I study piano. I feel that as a horn player this is a real asset and also provides a more visual way to write songs.

 

What do you try to capture when recording?

I think to get that live sound, and intention, is the biggest challenge when recording in the studio. First takes are always special, there is a freshness that is hard to capture for a second time. For me a ‘good’ take is when the whole band and song stands out.

Who is your favourite Japanese jazz musician? Could you describe the Japanese jazz scene?

At the moment this would be my pianist, Shunichi Yanagi. He is a big talent and I am happy he is in my group.
The Japanese jazz scene might not have the biggest stages and festivals in the world but it compensates for it by having a lot of small jazz venues. During my tour in 2014 I played many clubs and was amazed by the diversity of venues out there. Of course there are some bigger stages and festivals but I really dig the smaller clubs. I feel that jazz in general is really alive in Japan. Anywhere you go you can hear jazz around you, in restaurants, bars, on the street, anywhere.
The level of musicianship is high and there are many great players out there.

Joris in Tokyo, Japan
Joris in Tokyo, Japan. Photo courtesy Mr. Banno

Could you say a few words in Japanese?

My Japanese is really bad, so I will spare you this. I am starting Japanese lessons soon because I would really like to do enouncements in Japanese when I am there.

What are your future plans in Japan?

My future plans for Japan are to go there and promote the album with my Japanese band.
Together with Gaku Hasagawa(drums) Shunichi Yanagi(piano) Satoshi Tokuda(bass) Yuichiro Tokudo(alto sax) and Yuki Nakae (tenor sax) I want to show Japan and the world what a great group this is.

What are your goals for the future?

To write, play and record more. To visit more countries and connect with more musicians globally.

What is something that would surprise our readers to know about you?

I am a big gardening freak, love growing my own food for me, my wife and kids. We have a big garden where I grow lots of different vegetables. I find it very relaxing and it gives me time to think about music. There is no noise there.

Who is your favourite Dutch musician?

Jeroen van Vliet. He is a great piano player and composer. I did a project with him called De Zeeland Suite Revisited. A special project about a part of Holland at our coastline. Last year he won a big price in Holland, The Boy Edgar Price.

Is there anything you’d like to add?

I would like to end this with a quote from Eric Dolphy:

When you hear music, after it’s over, it’s gone in the air. You can never capture it again
Check out Joris’ website at;

http://www.jorisposthumus.com/

Dustin Brown

Dustin Brown

I am the Senior Editor at HollywoodPressCorps.com.

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Garage Punk Band Blankus Larry

The Blankus Larry Band
The Blankus Larry Band/Satellite Shrine

The Hollywood Press Corps’ new Music Department recently got a chance to interview the insanely talented Washington DC / Virginia Beach-based surf-rock garage band called Blankus Larry. They are currently set to release a new single, “Your Boy Is Bad Inside.” This will be a track from the band’s second album , “Problemo”,  set for a February 5th drop.

Hollywood Press Corps: Ok, without coming out and directly asking you how you got your band name, let me start by asking…who is Larry, and how many Larry’s are involved with this project?

DURDY: We are all Larries. And the number of Larry’s is growing! I suspect you’re now a Larry too.

BLOODY: Larry is a state of existing in our post-normal world. Larry is the tie that binds.

HPC: Do you recall the moment when Bloody Larry met Durdy Larry? Was it anything like when Paul Mccartney met John Lennon?

DURDY: I remember moving onto the same street as Bloody. I would go out on either the front or back porch to smoke cigarettes and would see him, three doors down — not the band — doing the same. We would always look over and nod at each other. After a couple months of this one day he asked if I played guitar while we passed on the sidewalk. I said yes, and he invited me over for a jam and beers ‘n stuff that night. The next time when we jammed we were pissed that we didn’t record it! Then the third time we played we recorded it on to a two track cassette player… and that was the Satellite Shrine EP, our first release in August of 2008.

Satellite Shrine EP link;

https://m.soundcloud.com/blankuslarry/satellite-shrine

Blankus Larry performing live
Blankus Larry performing live

BLOODY: Yeah, I was having some friends over for an acoustic jam in my living room, and I invited Durdy over to join us. He did things to a mandolin I’d never seen. I knew we needed to keep jamming together, and we just started spitting out these crazy DIY EPs. Is that like when Mick met Keith?

HPC: One of the burning questions I have is; who makes your cool music videos and how do you get away with using all of that copyrighted material?

DURDY: Our good friends Seana Carroll and Mathieu Ferguson have helped us with videos. With regards to copyrights, we go through painstaking efforts to recreate popular movie scenes. We go all the way in with it, with the best background and special effects artists that you can hire on a shoestring budget. We find the best body doubles. We spend one billionth of what Trump does for his campaign I might add.

Durdy Larry. Photo courtesy James Cullum
Durdy Larry. Photo courtesy James Cullum

HPC: I notice that you’re in the Washington DC area. Have you ever played at the White House? If you were invited to play in the East Room, who would you like to play with?

DURDY: It’s funny you ask, we declined an invitation to play at the Easter Egg Roll during the Bush years. We heard he was really bummed we didn’t make it, but I do like his paintings. With regards to the East Room… there is a Blue Room, and a Red Room, and a Green Room. We would like to play in the Green Room because it reminds us of Wizard of Oz and our complicated Oz set. As far as who we’d play with there, I guess a game of fetch with the presidential dogs, Bo and Sunny, would be appropriate.

HPC: Your track, “Scupper” might be described as a dark, garage, post punk anthem to …scuppers. I only know a scupper to be a hole that drains water in a boat. Your song seems to be about a girl. Do you care to elaborate?

DURDY: You are right! Scupper is about the water drain on a boat! And it’s about a girl! I’m not quite sure. Sometimes when I write a song I don’t yet know what it’s about. I think scupper is about four or five different things. I think it is about releasing things that you don’t need. It is about love, and it is about fire. Given the nature of fire, it is about the love of playing music and the love of the sunrise and the sunset as well.

BLOODY: Scupper is a beast of a song to perform live. Some of these songs we do are tough to reproduce considering the amount of rehearsal time needed and we’re all in different towns. I do look forward to playing that one again some day.

HPC: What makes you feel good?

DURDY: Rocking out makes us feel good! Playing and writing from our hearts and meeting great people who love music like you, that makes us feel good! Our loving supportive families and friends and Agents of Larry are amazing, and the tribe is always growing, that also makes us feel good and its keeps us going.

BLOODY: If the music stops feeling good, we’ll stop. Hard to imagine though.

HPC: Is there something that would surprise our readers to know about you?

DURDY: It might surprise folks to learn that Bloody is actually a very brilliant founder of a tech startup and has an MBA. Though I’m Blankus Larry’s frontman and songwriter, I am also the proud father of an unbelievably gifted teenage boy and a beautiful and creative young elementary school girl. While chipping away at my music dreams, I’m a stay at home dad while my lovely and brilliant wife manages a local retail vape shop and cranks out the daily grind until the world realizes daddy’s a rockstar… one Larry at a time.

BLOODY: Yeah, we’re both coming from very different places, different lives, different experiences. But we’re also brothers… aligned in our mission to rock out.

One thing that surprises even me is that we often finish production of a song without having been in the same room once. We live in different towns, so we have to do things differently than most bands. We just throw tracks back and forth until we have a song we’re happy with. Then we’ll get the full band together to rehearse it for live shows.

HPC: The new album, “Problemo”, were there any problems when recording it?

DURDY: Oh man, there sure were. Battles with the gas company, lotta drinking, lotta lost weed, tape machines breaking down so we tracked more digitally this time, girl stuff, money stuff, gluten problems, a squirrel invasion. Our infrastructures are improving though and notably there were less problemos then there were in Hell or High Larry times and tracking.

BLOODY: Oh yeah, the goddamn gas company. What horrible people! This band often feels like a rolling calamity. For Hell or High Larry we had ceilings caving in and home floods while tracking. Record a track, empty the buckets, repeat. We tracked one weekend on a single cake donut and some espresso. It was hell. When we name an album, we mean it. But Problemo was a better experience, gas company notwithstanding.

HPC: Could you describe your process for writing new songs?

DURDY: Usually it’s music first and then lyrics. Most the time I’ll get chord changes or a gibberish hook stuck in my head and start hammering those out. Then I’ll send a sketch to Bloody and he will make a rhythm guide bed. He sends back a beat, and I start laying out the guitars, basses, and then figuring out my vocal phrases and lyrics. I am usually more interested in plays on words or shapes of words than I am in a literal meaning of them or a story itself. Usually Bloody has a good helpful idea or two on an arrangement edit after I get an initial song crapped out and so we make a very good team creatively together keeping each other pushing forward without egos in the way. Marion Larry also helped me with a verse in “No Time No Money” and he is unbelievably gifted and a great addition to the live band! Sometimes, since I tend to mumble, the fellas will misunderstand a bit of my lyrics, but I will think that what they thought I said is cooler and will change the lyrics to that. And for this album San Pedro Larry has been recording us both… so he drives a lot.

SAN PEDRO LARRY: Yeah man (chuckles)

DURDY: Also many of our songs come from just straight jams or self-edited jams.

HPC: How do you prepare for a concert?

DURDY: Usually we do a few pushups together and then start drinking.

BLOODY: Yeah, we’ve gotten better about squeezing in some rehearsal time before shows, which is new for us. And the live band is really tight now, so things are going much smoother. I’m still getting used to all the pushups.

HPC: Have you ever been to Japan?

DURDY: Once again, it’s funny you ask. I kind of feel like you’re psychic or something. We have not been to Japan yet but I can’t eat American food and eat so much sushi that I am probably like 1/1000th parts Japanese fish at least.. we hope to bring our rock music there one day though!

BLOODY: Never been but a friend lives in Tokyo and says it’s the best city in the world. I look forward to going someday soon, hopefully to rock out.

HPC: How about Judy Garland?

DURDY: You must be referring to our Nassau music video. Once again, we go to great effort to find only the best body doubles and best artists for recreating famous movie scenes. We are glad you can recognize who we were going for!

BLOODY: Yeah, the Judy Garland body double was fun to work with… a real trooper. Her real name is Grace.

HPC: What is your definition of a Heatseeker?

BLOODY: When it comes to the music charts, I like to think all of our songs are heatseekers.

DURDY: When I think of a heat seeker, I think primal like a Cobra or a great white shark… Or like eating pussy and saying grace!

HPC: Is there anything you would like to add?

DURDY: Dustin, when we first met you asked us how many Larrys there were.. I feel like now we have one more Larry in the family. How have you learned so much Lore o’ Larry? We are very impressed with the homework you did before speaking with us. It’s like you already know us! Thanks so much for a great interview, we’ve had a lot of fun with you! Let us know what your Larry name is at your convenience.

BLOODY: When it comes to your Larry name, pick wisely. If the Board of Supervisors of Larry disapproves, they’re likely to give you a name you’re gonna hate. You have to live with it for the rest of your life!

Dustin Brown

Dustin Brown

I am the Senior Editor at HollywoodPressCorps.com.

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Face Forward Honors Survivors of Human Trafficking and Domestic Violence

 

Face Forward, a charity that provides pro-bono reconstructive surgery for victims of domestic violence, victims of violent crimes and whom recently added victims of human trafficking, held their 6th annual fundraising gala celebrating survivors which was attended by a star studded roster of celebrities on September 19th. This amazing charity works with organizations from all over the country and newly expanding around the world, to find patients that have overcome the horrific consequences of violent crimes such as domestic violence and human trafficking and would benefit from correcting the physical scars that are still left behind. Dr. David Alessi and his wife and organization founder Deborah Alessi, work tirelessly to identify and transform these victims so that they can leave behind the physical stars to face forward to a new life.

The one and only Chaka Khan...a true icon!
I feel for you! The one and only Chaka Khan…a true icon!

Celebrities that attended included Nelly, “Sugar” Shane Mosley, La Toya Jackson, Luis Guzman, Bonnie Somerville, Marcia Gay Harden, Jo Frost, Ben Hollingsworth, John Savage, Kevin Frazier, Lu Parker, Lana Parrilla, Shaun Toub, Shantel Jackson and performances by Macy Gray and Chaka Kahn lit up the evening and had the crowd up on their feet.

The beautiful LaToya Jackson
The beautiful LaToya Jackson

The most poignant part of the evening was a story featured by a young woman referenced as NJ who is a survivor of 15 years of sex trafficking, human slavery, drug addiction and violent physical abuse. There wasn’t a dry eye in the house listening to her firsthand account and even more impressive was her attitude of perseverance and optimism for the future magnified by her excitement to work with Face Forward.

 

Recognition was given to La Toya Jackson for so openly speaking about her personal experience with control and abuse and her inspiring woman of all ages and lifestyles to get out and start over.  LAPD human trafficking division who saved NJ, received recognition for their work in handling these atrocious crimes on humanity. Dr. Karen Kay Imagawa from CHLA, also received an award for the work she does with children who are victims as young as two.

Mega-talented singer Macy Gray sings for the crowd with her wonderful voice
Mega-talented singer Macy Gray sings for the crowd with her wonderful voice

The celebrities themselves were generous not only with their attendance and support but they all made generous donations and offered themselves for fundraising. I am touched that the talent that supported us by attending were so inspired to help that they continued their generosity throughout the night – I am truly grateful,” said founder Deborah Alessi “tonight was really about the survivors, the sponsors and the organizations that help us to do the incredible work we do to change the lives of these survivors” said Deborah Alessi.

Noted actors Luis Guzman and Oscar winner Marcia Gay Harden
Noted actors Luis Guzman and Oscar winner Marcia Gay Harden

 

Over $500,000 was raised which will make 2016 a great year for a lot of patients. Sponsors for this event were Etihad Airways, Turkish Airlines, Ebay Auction Cause, Casey Cunningham, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and Luna Gardens Events.

To join the fight against domestic violence, please visit:

http://www.faceforwardla.org

About Face Forward:

Face Forward founder and CEO Mrs. Deborah Alessi founded Face Forward in 2007. Mrs. Alessi is a survivor of domestic violence and as a  true advocate of this worthy cause was recently awarded a “Community Hero Award” from the Los Angeles Dodgers recognizing her for her efforts. To help other survivors get a second chance at life, Mrs. Alessi recruited her husband and renowned facial reconstructive surgeon Dr. David Alessi M.D. The couple work constantly to help victim ‘face forward’ to the rest of their lives. Face Forward is a 501© non-profit organization. Since its creation Face Forward has worked with other advocates around the nation to identify victims of domestic violence who are working towards recovery, yet carry the physical evidence of past abuse. Face Forward does more than just provide pro bono reconstructive surgery to adults and children who have suffered from traumatic and physical abuse; they also create a welcoming and safe environment for the victims to start a new life and reclaim their confidence. With domestic violence occurring every 15 seconds in the United States, Face Forward strives to alleviate the internal and external scars of victims and those affected. Ninety percent of all rape and abuse cases lead to physical disfigurement and Face Forward provides treatment to victims who are not able to afford medical assistance.

Photos courtesy of Faye Sadou

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vida G.

Vida G.

Vida is an actress and journalist who lives in Los Angeles, California. She is the co-founder of the Hollywood Press Corps.

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RAPPER AND POET LYSSEN TO PERFORM AT LA’S LAS PALMAS ON FRIDAY, AUGUST 7 WITH JOELL ORTIZ OF SLAUGHTERHOUSE

Los Angeles (August 5, 2015) –

Lyssen (pronounced listen) is a Chicago
rapper, but a poet at heart, who uses her music to influence change through self-awareness. On Friday, August 7, she will be performing her music at Las Palmas in Hollywood as a part of the Joell Ortiz tour. Ortiz is known for his role in the hip-hop group Slaughterhouse, organized by Eminem. The doors open at 7:00pm PT with performances beginning at 9:00pm PT. To buy tickets, visit her website or you can click the below flyer to order.

Lyssen
Lyssen
Lyssen with Joell Ortiz in Hollywood, California
Lyssen with Joell Ortiz in Hollywood, California

Inspired by the violent decay of her hometown Chicago, Lyssen breaks the common artist mold with various combinations of poetry and rap while motivating the lost souls to notice the world around them and consciously depict how they fit into it. “My goal is to allow people to not only enjoy my art, but also find the art within themselves and display it,” explains Lyssen. The delivery and wordplay of her lyrics keeps listeners engaged and stimulated, while the music entertains as a theatrical rendition of soul.

 

 

Dustin Brown

Dustin Brown

I am the Senior Editor at HollywoodPressCorps.com.

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