It was a truly EPIC talent extravaganza at Cadillac Zack’s Monday Night Blues Party at the Maui Sugar Mill in Tarzana. There was so much talent all on stage at one time. It was a music lover’s dream come true, and the fans were pouring in the door as the night rolled on.
The opening band was The Bad Jones, formerly known as Soul Pie, from the San Francisco Bay Area. They were sporting Golden State Worriers paraphernalia as the SF basketball team clinched the playoffs on the bar’s TV’s in the background while the Bad Jones rocked their bluesy tunes.
Shortly after the opening band concluded, the small Sugar Mill stage came alive again with so many blues legends it was hard to stay focused. On the guitars: musical director of the Conan O’Brien Show, Jimmy Vivino and blues royalty Duane Betts. On drums: Michael Leasure of the Walter Trout Band. On bass: Michael Be Holden formerly of the Buddy Miles Band. On harp: Jimmy Powers who has played with nearly everyone imaginable.
Just as the party was in full swing, “The Voice” finalist Laaith Al Saadi joined in and showed us why he killed it on the popular television show. Backed up by Johnny Stachela and Duane Betts on guitars, Michael Leasure on drums and local favorite Michael Be Holden on bass.
This was an unbelievable night at the Maui Sugar Mill. Cadillac Zack has once again proven why he is the best blues promoter in the Los Angeles area.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
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 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 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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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