Westfield Santa Anita Unveils Piggy Bank Sculpture in Honor of Lunar New Year

(HOLLYWOOD PRESS CORPS) — JANUARY 29, 2019 — Westfield Santa Anita brought in the Year of the Pig with its seventh annual Lunar New Year celebration. On Tuesday, Jan. 29, Westfield kicked off celebrations with a preview of activities surrounding Westfield Santa Anita’s Lunar New Year festival.

Ian Carter, General Manager of Westfield Santa Anita General Manager (second from left), Chun-Yen Chen (fourth from left), Mayor Sho Tay (center),Executive Director of Asian Pacific Community Fund Hoi Luk (right), COO of First General Bank Retailers

Westfield Santa Anita unveiled a larger than life Lunar New Year “flying piggy bank” statue in honor of the Year of the Pig. There was a blessing ceremony for the installation. Artist, David Flores was on to speak to the press.

Ms. Chun Yen Chen of APCF giving the first donation to the piggy bank sculpture
Mayor Sho Tay (Center), Ms. Chun Yen Chen (left) of APCF, and Ms. Nicholle Brang (right)of Nordstrom’s giving the first donation to the piggy bank statue

This year, Westfield Santa Anita’s Lunar New Year celebrations hope to bring a modern fusion to the Center’s annual traditional event. On Feb. 2, the shopping center will host a live concert series of Asian contemporary musical and dance performances, Lion Dances, “red envelope” decorating, Lunar New Year themed artwork, as well as promotions and treats from Santa Anita’s shops and restaurants.

City of Arcadia Mayor ~ Mr. Sho Tay making the first donation  to  the flying piggy bank sculpture at Westfield Santa Anita
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Brandino is Back! ~ NAMM 2019

(HOLLYWOOD PRESS CORPS) — JANUARY 24, 2019 — Brandino was out and about on day one of NAMM. The 2019 NAMM Show was packed! Many people from around the world came to the Anaheim Convention Center to experience one of the largest events in the music business.

IK Multimedia’s CEO Enrico Iori (left)  and Gary Kerzner (right) with Brandino at NAMM 2019

The gigantic Convention Center is turned into a huge music store for one week. Electric guitars makers like Ibanez, Warwick, Taylor and Fender were all presenting new guitars to Music Merchants from around the world.

Brandino (left) with Seymour Duncan (right) at NAMM 2019

You can find brands big and small all around the show room. Other parts of the Convention Center had displays for drums and DJ equipment. Every kind of instrument that you can think of is at NAMM and some things you cant think of.

Brandino (left) with bass player Chris Dekker (right)

Brandino is a seven time Grammy Award winning, Producer, Composer, Arranger, and Bassist. Brandino created a tune called “Singularity,” which was nominated for Best Pop Instrumental Album of the Year in 2011.

 

GK artists Brandino & Carlito hitting the floor at Namm 2019

Brandino recorded this with Robby Krieger of the Doors. Brandino is currently developing a project with Robby Kreiger. Brandino’s trip to NAMM is part of his “Brandino is Back!” recovery project. Stay tuned for more info on upcoming projects.

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Ultimate Jam at NAMM ~ 2019 Presented by RCF

(HOLLYWOOD PRESS CORPS) — JANUARY 21, 2019 — Ultimate Jam Night will present its second annual show at NAMM entitled “Ultimate NAMM Night – The Power of Music” presenter by RCF on Saturday January 26, 2018 at the Hilton Anaheim California Ballroom. The show is sponsored by DW drums, Ampeg, Mezzabara, Morley, Axis, Wedgie, Gear Secure, Coffin Case, CAD, Rock N Roll Industries, Al Bane for Leather, D’Addario, Fender, and Royal Entertainment.

The show will feature performances by an All-Star artist list that includes Steve Vai, Billy Sheehan, Tony Franklin, Doug Aldrich, Phil X, Stu Hamm, Charlie Benate, Rikki Rockett and many more. Also included in will be full band performances by Flotsam & Jetsam, Sweet, and Marco Mendoza’s El Trio. Additional performers will be added right up until showtime.

Over 80 performers will present a show that is dedicated to portraying the power of music and its diverse reach. The event will showcase many different genres of music including Latin, Funk, Rock, and Metal and portray the mission of Ultimate Jam Night – bringing people together through the power of music.

As is its custom the show is offered free-of-charge with tickets available at select times during the NAMM convention, details of which can be found on facebook.com/ultimatejamnight.

Founded in 2015 by Quiet Riot’s Chuck Wright, Ultimate Jam Night is community-oriented event that features live unrehearsed performances by some of music’s greatest talent, charitable-giving, comedic interludes, walk-around characters, and other entertainers. It is presented each week free-of-charge at the famed Whisky A Go Go in Hollywood, California. For more information please visit facebook.com/ultimatejamnight or ultimatejamnight.com.

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BRANDINO IS BACK ~ 2019

(HOLLYWOOD PRESS CORPS) — JANUARY 3,  2019 — Kevin “Brandino” Brandon is back! After his near death experience where he says he, “saw the light,” Brandino has been working hard in physical therapy at Kaiser Permenanente. He is currently working on getting out of his wheel chair and using two canes. He’s up to one thousand steps and pushing to get stronger everyday.

Kevin “Brandino” Brandon in his home office in Burbank, California. Photo by Dustin Brown

Brandino is working on so many projects. Its’s hard to go into detail on each one. Kevin will be attending NAMMM this year. This is the annual National Association of Music Merchants event held at the Anaheim Convention Center. This event is the worlds largest trade show for music products and pro audio. If Brandino is attending NAMM 2019, it means that he has a project to promote. Stay tuned for details.

 

Brandino. Photo by Dustin Brown

Brandino is a Grammy winning producer, composer, arranger, and bassist. He also plays jazz flute. Brandino has created music for many TV shows. Brandino created a tune called “Singularity,” which was nominated for Best Pop Instrumental Album of the Year in 2011. Brandino recorded this with Robby Krieger of the Doors. Brandino has worked with Aretha Franklin, Ty Dolla $ign, James Brown, Michael Jackson, Bootsy Collins, Justin Timberlake and Mary J Blige. Brandino is known as a hard worker, a teacher and a living legend. Check out the link to Brandino’s website to read his incredible story;

 IT’S ALL ABOUT BRANDINO

 

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MEMBERS OF CHRIS CORNELL AND STEVE VAI BAND JOIN PAN ROCKS TRIBUTE TO RUSH

(HOLLYWOOD PRESS CORPS)  — NOVEMBER 27, 2018 — Steel Drum Orchestra, Pan Rocks” is headed to the studio the end of November to record its tribute to RUSH. Modern Prog-Rock drum legend Mike Portnoy (Sons Of ApolloWinery Dogs) will handle the drumming duties. Guitarist Pete Thorn (Chris Cornell) and Bassist Phillip Bynoe (Steve Vai)will round out the band.

Mike Portnoy

“We’ve got an amazing band lined up”, says producer Matt Starr, “this is the perfect lineup to pay tribute to the mighty RUSH.”

Pan Rocks is a 50 to 100 plus piece steel drum orchestra,founded by rock steelpannist Tracy Thornton. The RUSH recording is a follow up to the 2017 Pan Rocks Project, LAwhich featured the music of Led Zeppelin, KISS, and Jane’s Addiction, all performed by the steel drum orchestra and a band consisting of Billy Sheehan (Mr. Big, Sons Of Apollo),Stephen Perkins (Jane’s Addiction, Porno for Pyros), TraciiGuns (L.A. Guns), and Bruce Kulick (KISS, Grand Funk Railroad). 

Thornton has once again called on Matt Starr (Mr. Big, Ace Frehleyto produce the new project. “I’m grateful to have the opportunity to help Tracy realize his vision for this amazing project,” says Starr. “Hearing 50 steel pan drummers play RUSH is just mind blowing. I can’t wait for everyone else experience it.” 

Pan Rocks has partnered with Pledge Music for itscrowdfunding campaign. For more information, and to helpsupport the projectvisit www.pledgemusic.com/projects/panrocksrush

The Pan Rocks Orchestra is made up of steel pannists from around the world. “I’excited to have the opportunity to celebrate the music of RUSH, the band that inspired me to become a musician in the first place,” said Tracy Thornton. “Our crowdfunding campaign will give the fans an opportunity to get involved. Plus, we have some very cool, interactive, and exclusive rewards planned.” 

Regarding the future of the project, Thornton says, “My goal is to keep pushing the boundaries and highlighting the capabilities of steelpan instrument in the rock and roll genre, and reach more music enthusiasts. Ultimately, we are working towards a touring show with both Western and traditional Trinidadian Carnival elements.” 

The recording will take place at El Dorado Studios in Los Angeles. The project will be mixed by Smiley Sean (APC,Mötley Crüe), and mastered by Grammy Award Winning Mastering Engineer Dave Collins (Metallica, The Police)

For updatesvisit www.facebook.com/panrocksshow and www.panrocksrush.com.

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ULTIMATE JAM NIGHT CELEBRATES “GLAM-A-RAMA” THEMED CONCERT EVENT

(Hollywood, California)  Ultimate Jam Night, the long-running free weekly show presents a unique concert event called “Glam-A-Rama” this coming Tuesday, November 27, 2018 at The Whisky A Go Go. The show is free to anyone 21 and over.

Designed to recall the height of 1970’s Glam Rock period and will feature songs, bands, and artists with an entwined connection to the period.

Featured performers include The Sweet. Led by Steve Priest, the band created worldwide hits such as “Ballroom Blitz”, “Fox on the Run” and “Love is Like Oxygen” that became anthems of the era. Also participating will be Don Bolles from 70’s era band The Germs who will act as the evening’s DJ spinning songs between live music segments.

The night will feature artists from numerous bands including modern glam-influenced artist Beck Black of the Linda Perryproduced band JYNX; premiere tribute artists RG Stewart who portrays Rod Stewart, Julian Shah-Tayler who portrays David Bowie, and Kenny Metcalf who portrays Elton John.

With a goal of literally re-creating a 70’s era theme club, the night will be presented as a total concert experience giving the audience the feeling that they’ve stepped completely back-in-time.

Attendees are encouraged to dress in Glam era clothing and makeup, and various prizes will be awarded to those who do.

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Tis the Season of Gratitude & Giving!

(HOLLYWOOD PRESS CORPS)  — NOVEMBER 26, 2018 — Two members of our musical family: Robbie Gennet & Heather Lounsbury have been victims of the Woolsley Fire. Both have lost everything that they own! We’d like to help them to to rebuild their lives. We’re setting up donation boxes for them.
 
Wednesday November 28th, 2018 at our Soundcheck Live Show located at Lucky Strike Live. We’re asking for donations in the form of cash or gift cards. Both Heather & Robbie are very kind and wonderful people who have given their time to entertain us on countless occasions. Robbie & Heather both will be performing at our Soundcheck Live show this coming week.
 
Below are their Go Fund me links in case you can’t make it to the show.
No amount is too small. THANK YOU!
Heather Lou (R)

Heather Lounsbury (aka Heather Lou) had literally just moved into her dream home just a few days before the fire broke out she lost everything in the fire! Heather is the lead vocalist for Blonde Day & No Duh is an incredible performer! She doesn’t just sing, she  

gives all of herself to her audience. She’s one of the sweetest people your ever know! She is both beautiful, smart and so giving as an artist. Thru all of this she is been keeping her amazing spirit on a high note.
 
Heather shops at: Bed, Bath & Beyond, Macy’s, Target, Guitar Center, Amazon, Bloomingdales & Sephora. She likes to shop at local stores too: Rachel Ashwell’s Shabby Chic, The Room at the Beach shop in Malibu Country Mart, Bu Beach House at Trancas
Vintage Mart. 
 
Heather Lou’s Go Fund Me Link:  .https://www.gofundme.com/maswkw-15000..
 
Robbie Gennet

Robbie Gennet has performed with Everclear & Lisa Marie Presley. He is a multi-instrumentalist who’s is also an accomplished solo artist. Robbie is a family man with two young sons ages 2 and 7 along with his very sweet girlfriend, Liz who were all living together before they lost everything. Robbie is a fun loving great guy and has been extremely positive given his situation.

 
 
Robbie’s shops at: Target, Bed, Bath & Beyond, Guitar Center, Trader Joes, Amazon, Amoeba.
 
Robbie Gennet’s Go Fund Me Link: https://www.gofundme.com/lets-donate-to-help-r-gennet
           
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MC Dirty D Debuts California Bitches

(HOLLYWOOD PRESS CORPS) — NOVEMBER 26, 2018 — California Bitches is the latest rap project from up and coming indie horror movie director, Dustin Ferguson. A quick check of his IMDb shows that’s he’s known for producing, directing, and editing sequels and remakes of old horror films like “Sleepaway Camp”. Dirty D is Dustin’s MC persona.  Dustin says that although California Bitches may sound misogynist,  the lyrics are a metaphor.

MC Dirty D

The title track comes right out and calls  California Bitches “witches”. If one is to not take the lyrics seriously, it seems that Dirty D is using exaggeration for effect.  This is a rap song with  “Old Skool Beats, New Skool Beats, What’s the difference? Same to me” in sotto voce playing in the background.  This track really comes to life in the remix.  Track 10 reassembles California Bitches with a funky bass and guitar intro. Dirty D’s raps are tight! Track 11 remixes California Bitches into a trippy remix that is almost unrecognizable.

The track called, “Can’t Stop Me Now” is fun! I can hear Dirty D in the mix rapping about his successes. The layered synthesizers are backed by the drum machines and the vocal samples.

Track 6 is “Nasty”. Dirty D is smoking blunts, and rapping to the people who have pissed him off. This is ghetto rap for the Indie Horror set! It’s meant to be fun while going dangerously close to sounding misogynist. If you’ve ever had a chance to watch a slasher film, you’ll see a similar air of disregard for politcal correctness. Dirty D fits in with the Post Malone era of rapping to a subset who are in on the joke. While some may see the lyrics as derogatory, Dirty D produces this music to express his sardonic view on California.

Here’s a recent video from Dirty D

You can buy your physical copy of the CD by sending $10 (+$5 U.S. S/H or $10 Non-U.S.) PayPal to: RetroHorrorRemix@gmail.com

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6th Annual Love Your Body Fashion Show

Los Angeles based designer and boutique owner Karen Michelle in association with LYB Events, Destiny Candle, Madam Norma Jean, Mickey Fine Pharmacy and Grill, Softweb America, Cali Distillery, Jackels Collection Beverly Hills, Aleksandra Kulmaticki JP Morgan, Coco Taps, Annipuf, and LRM Publicity present the “6th Annual Love Your Body Fashion Show and Shopping Event.” This much anticipated event is the event of the season and has over a thousand RSVPs!

Love Your Body red carpet

Press check-in is 3:00pm, the Red Carpet starts right on the dot 3:05pm and the Fashion Show starts at 4:00 pm. Confirmed celebrity runway models include: Chloe Noelle (True Blood, & New Girl), Jordyn Curet (Bizaardvark, Child Support ABC), Calah Lane (Kidding), Somali Rose (Raven’s Home), Emmy Perry (Mermaids are Real), Kiana Lyz River (Miss SD Plus America), Kennedy Madison (Seize the Moment), Zaria Kelley (Mirrors), Stacia Gates (Artquench), Samantha Gangal (OMG!), Brooklyn Robinson (Pineapple), Isabella Leon (The Good Church), Ainsley Ross (Should I do it?), Kacey Fifield (Game Shakers), Mahkenna Tyson (A Father’s Journey), ELS (Second Chance at Faith), Natasha Blasick (Jean Claude Van Johnson), Terri McDonald (KTLA 5 Morning News), Tara Cardinal (Spreading Darkness), Nataliyajoy Prieto (Spreading Darkness) among others. Confirmed celebrity guests for the red carpet include: Marcus LaVoi (Den of Thieves), Laura & Sarah Bellini (Trust), Jax Malcolm (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend), Connor Dean (9-1-1), Alyssa De Boisblanc (Modern Family),Vida Ghaffari (The Mindy Project), Neil D’Monte (Batman v Superman), Laura Sharpe (Founder and President of Artists For Trauma), Stephanie Rachel (Director of Social Media, Artists for Trauma), actress/models Vanessa Osman, Janelle Hinshaw, Cassandra Tang, Lilian Raven (Founder of Lilian Raven clothing), Kiaundra Jackson, Monica Zaragoza (Ms. California Elite World), Dr. Dawn Mooney (Miss California Alta Dena 2019), Kendal Brenneman (Model/Actress), Matt & Mark Harris (Storage Wars), and many more.

Karen Michelle
Young models at the event. Photo courtesy of SHX photo
Laura Sharpe, Photo courtesy of Michael Bezjian/Gettyimages
Model Vanessa Osman. Photo courtesy of Kevin Boot Photography
Model Janelle Hinshaw. Photo courtesy of Kevin Boot photography

About Love Your Body:

#LYBevents is a beauty festival designed to empower all women and girls of all shapes, sizes, ages, and ethnicities. This one-day event will host celebrities, social media influencers, fans, and brands to celebrate, “All Things Beauty Inside and Out!” The full event runs from 10:30am- 6:00pm includes shopping, celebrity fashion show, and dessert party. The celebrity host(s) for #LYBevents are Vida Ghaffari (The Mindy Project), Kiana Lyz Rivera 2019 Miss San Diego Plus America, Melody Trice (The Melody Trice Show). Featured Designers include: Karen Michelle, Jinza Bridal, Klara Designs, Orange Creek, Melanie Henderson, Stella & Dot, Papillon, Idyllwild Arts Academy, Graffiti Gloss, Sophii Michii, Pinky Rose, Madam Norma Jean, More Rockin, and Bubblegum Shoes. Honorary charities include: Artists for Trauma, Safe Passage, Jewish Queer International and Sharsheret. #LYBevents

More info here:

https://loveyourbodyevents.com/

About Karen Michelle:

Karen Michelle is a noted fashion designer and retailer on fashionable Robertson Boulevard in Los Angeles that caters to women and girls of all sizes and shapes. She felt the desire to enable women and girls of all sizes and shapes to feel beautiful inside and out and decided what better way than to let them all walk a runway. She came up with the concept of her “Love Your Body” event 6 years ago and went out on a mission to make her dream event and fashion show into a reality.Over the years, Karen has grown her “LYB” event from 100 attendees to well over 600 with countless celebrities in attendance walking her red carpet and even making appearances in her runway shows. Karen chooses a very special charity to involve for each and every event. Karen takes great pride in being able to give back to the community and continues to do so in her own whimsical and eclectic fashion creations catering to modern, modest women and girls around the world. She also has a popular line called Destiny Candle by Karen Michelle that she created that has been featured on the Ellen Show, The Hallmark Channel and many other media outlets. 

More info here:

https://www.karenmichelle.com/

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LOS ANGELES COMIC CON ~ 2018

(HOLLYWOOD PRESS CORPS) — The Hollywood Press Corps got a chance to cover the 2018 Los Angeles Comic Con! We assigned our two top photographers to look for the best costumes and get a few photos of each genre. With so many subjects to cover, we decided to look out for comics, gaming, horror, anime, film and television! Long time Los Angeles photographers Alex Kluft and Ellen Zuckerman were shooting photos and meeting all of the attendees at LA Comic Con 2018!


More than 100,000 people joined Los Angeles Comic Con at the Los Angeles Convention Center. There were so many artists, vendors, people selling comics and collectibles, art, toys, apparel, and everything in-between. There were also events, and meet n’greets throughout the day.


Los Angeles Comic Con is for the fans! There are opportunities to see celebrities, meet other fans and see some of the most amazing cosplay costumes ever assembled in one location. The Hollywood Press Corps was honored to cover this amazing event. We look forward to Los Angeles Comic Con 2019!

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