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SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA SLACK KEY FESTIVAL ~ 2023

(HOLLYWOOD PRESS COPRS) — The 16th Annual Slack Key fest was Sunday, January 15th, at the Redondo Beach Performance Art Center. The South Bay is lucky to have both the Performing Arts Center and The Slack Key Fest. It was such a great lineup. Fans of the soundtrack of the Decendants movie with George Clooney were in for a treat as this concert featured the top master players in Hawaiian music. This concert is the number one slack key guitar event outside of Hawaii.

Amazing line up at the Southern California Slack Key

From the smooth playing of Jeff Peterson to the harmonies of Makaha Sons, this was a great day for Hawaiian music. Slack Key guitar is named because the strings are tuned differently than standard running. Sonny Lim explained that he thought it would be easier to strum the guitar tuned open but soon found out that it’s actually much more complicated. Sonny went on to play in a style that sounded like four guitars playing at once while he sang in Hawaiian.

The Island Market Place was able to set up outside between the rain storms. Lots of cool mementos and aloha shirts, ukulele and tiki vendors. It’s been raining for the last couple of weeks. Like Kimo West said, “No rain, no rainbows” 

Bryan Tolentino (L) with George Kuo (R) Photo by Dustin Brown for thew Hollywood Press Corps 2023

The concert started with all the musicians on stage. So many legendary players on stage like a big Ohana (family) get together.  A professional set designer has fashioned an amazing set. With all the Grammy nominated and legendary players, there’s no way to rank them.

Kamuela bringing on Makaha Sons
Kamuela  Kimono at the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center for the 16th Annual Slack Key Festival. Photo by Dustin Brown for the Hollywood Press Corps 2023

The event was emceed by Kamuela  Kimono. He was accompanied by his son little Ka’ihi Kimono. Kamuela is from the Grammy nominated band Hoku. He sang a number at the festival that featured Hawaiian yodelling which is very rare and hard to do. It sounded amazing and was full of aloha spirit. Kampala is a teacher at Windward University on Oahu and teaches a variety of music classes there. He has a very fun, Hawaiian personality on stage.  He pulls off the sort of corny but the style the people love in Hawaiian music. His son Ka’ihi represents the future of Slack Key guitar and he is a fine player and singer.

From left to right, Sonny Lim, Kimo West, Bryan Tolentino and Jeff Peterson

 Kimo West is know as one of the all time greats of Slack Key. Also called Ki ho’alu in Hawaiian, Kimo has all kinds of stories and songs that make you feel the aloha. Sunny Lim was on the stage quite a bit playing electric bass, and of course guitar. Sonny is from the Big Island and is sort of a living legend.

Sonny’s dad was a Paniolo or cowboy back in the day and his dad was also a well known  musician. Sonny worked on Parker Ranch on the Big Island which was a cattle farm started by John Parker in 1788. I’ve seen Sonny play in Maui in Napilikai and he always plays soulful rich tones. He can really play guitar so masterfully. He also sings in Hawaiian which is like upper level slack key. 

George Kuo(L)

The amazing and extremely talented George Kuo played a real nice set with Sonny on bass and the legendary ukulele player Bryan Tolentino. George Kuo is considered one of Hawaii’s premier slack key players. He plays naheahe style which is sweet and soothing.

George has a real upbeat way of working with other musicians. It’s really amazing to watch him play his double neck guitar. He was so happy and carefree. Everyone was having such a good time. 

Kainani Kahaunaele is a mele or a Hawaiian song enthusiast. She is such a positive force for Hawaiian history and education. Her most recent recording is called “Waipunalei” won seven awards. Jeff Peterson gave an amazing performance. I was lucky enough to see Jeff play in Maui and I always play his music when Im driving around Maui so it always takes me back. Makaha Sons are such a strong musical force for Slack Key music and Hawaiian music. Their melodies come from an era and an ancient way that has existed on Hawaii for hundreds of years.

Mitch Chang from Kala Koa

Mitch Chang, the festival producer and and creator said a few words on stage. It’s just really so amazing to have a Slack Key festival right here in the South Bay of Los Angeles. Mitch also organises the Los Angeles Guitar festival and the Los Angeles International Ukulele Festival Visits www.kalakoa.com for upcoming event Information. The Hollywood Press Corps Looks forward to next years festival!

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The 16th Annual Southern California 
Slack Key Festival 

Sunday, January 15, 2023 at the
Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center

(HOLLYWOOD PRESS CORPS)  Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center — Friday, January 13th, 2023 — Kala Koa Entertainment celebrates 16 years of bringing the biggest and brightest names in Hawaiian music to the mainland with the 2023 Southern California Slack Key Festival returning to the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center on Sunday, January 15, 2023.

One of the most acclaimed Hawaiian concerts to ever leave the islands, the Southern California Slack Key Festival takes fans on a Hawaiian musical journey showcasing GRAMMY-winning slack key guitarists, the best hula dancers in the world, special guest performers and a free to the public Island Marketplace.

Since 2008, the Southern California Slack Key Festival has been the biggest Hawaiian music concert event in the mainland U.S. and features the most respected names in Hawaiian guitar music and hula today. Taking its name from a finger-picking style of guitar playing indigenous to Hawaii (as heard on the Grammy-nominated soundtrack for “The Descendants”), the Slack Key Festival brings the art of ki ho’alu guitar to Redondo Beach.

George Kuo

This year’s Southern California Slack Key Festival’s line-up includes George Kuo, one of Hawaii’s premier Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar artists; Makaha Sons, one of Hawaii’s leading Hawaiian musical groups; Sonny Lim, a member of Hawaii’s famous musical Lim family; Jeff Peterson, contributed to two Grammy Award-winning recordings and a winner of eight Na Hōkū Hanohano Awards; Jim “Kimo” West, 2021 Grammy Award-winner and multiple Na Hōkū Hanohano Awards; Kainani Kahaunaele, won seven Na Hōkū Hanohano Awards in 2021; Kamuela Kimokeo, a member of the Na Hōkū Hanohano award winning group Hi’ikua; Ka’ihi Kimokeo, and Bryan Tolentino, popular ukulele player who can be heard on scores of recordings for other artists as well as his own Grammy nominated CD’s.

What is Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Music?
Played from the heart and soul through the fingers and flowing with vivid tropical images, Hawaiian ki ho’alu (slack key) is truly one of the great acoustic guitar traditions of the world. In slack key, some of the strings are “slacked” from the standard guitar tuning, with the thumb playing the bass notes while the other fingers play the melody and improvise in a finger-picked style.

How does the distinctive sound of slack key music fit into the fabric of Hawaiian music and culture? Watch this video and learn more about this beautiful generations-old art form – https://vimeo.com/155399448.

About the Artists

George Kuo is known as one of Hawaii’s premier Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar artists playing in the traditional nahenahe (sweet, soothing) style, bridging today’s generation with the older generations. George has been twice recognized with excellence in recording achievement by the Hawaii Academy of Recording Arts, Na Hoku Hanohano Awards, for Instrumental Album of the year in 1995 for Hawaiian Touch and 1996 for “Aloha No Na Kupuna – Love for the Elders.” In 1986 Eddie Kamae asked George to join his group THE SONS OF HAWAII and in 2000 performed and recorded with Dennis & David Kamakahi & Martin Pahinui as the HUI ALOHA group. Highlights of George’s performing career are playing on the Garrison Keillor Prairie Home Companion Show with Chet Atkins and Johnny Gimble in 1993 and performing at the Hollywood Bowl with the Honolulu Symphony in 1997. 

For 40 years, the Makaha Sons have committed themselves to perpetuating traditional Hawaiian music throughout Hawaiʻi and around the globe, considered to be one of Hawai’i’s premiere Hawaiian musical groups. They continue to perpetuate that vibrant sound, full and rich, with harmonies that only they can create. Their incomparable vocal arrangements and delightful stage presence is filled with comical antics which have won the hearts of thousands of fans worldwide. Their performances have taken them to such prestigious places as Carnegie Hall in New York City, Washington, D.C., and have performed for both the President and Vice-President of the United States.

Makaha Sons

A member of Hawai`i’s famous musical Lim family, Sonny Lim was born and raised in the heart of Hawaiian cowboy country on Hawai`i Island. Sonny was introduced to ki ho`alu as a child watching Gabby Pahinui perform at a lu`au in Kohala, his professional career began as a teenager when he commuted to Oahu from Hawai`i Island to perform with the Makaha Sons of Ni`ihau. Sonny’s first solo album in 2006, Slack Key Guitar: The Artistry of Sonny Lim, was a 48th GRAMMY® nominee in the Hawaiian Music category. One year prior to this nomination, he performed with 6 other solo artists on Hawai`i’s first GRAMMY® award-winning CD, Slack Key Guitar Volume 2. Sonny helped accept this inaugural Hawaiian GRAMMY® award on stage and his speech marked the first time the Hawaiian language had ever been spoken on the GRAMMY® stage.

Jeff Peterson was born on the Island of Maui and grew up on the slopes of Haleakala where he was introduced to the rich heritage of Hawaiian music by his father, a “paniolo” (Hawaiian cowboy), on the Haleakala Ranch. Recognized as one of Hawaii’s most versatile musicians, Jeff Peterson is at the heart of the Hawaiian music scene today, having contributed to two Grammy Award-winning recordings and winner of eight Na Hōkū Hanohano Awards in Hawaii including Slack Key Album of the Year for “Maui on My Mind” in 2010, “Slack Key Travels” in 2014 and “O’ahu” in 2016 which also earned him Instrumental Song of the Year for the song “Old Pali”. His latest release “Wahi Pana” is a full-length performance and documentary film and CD soundtrack.

Dr. Kamuela Kimokeo is a member of the Nā Hōku Hanohano award winning group Hiʻikua and is the head of the Music Department at Windward Community College where he teaches a variety of classes from ‘ukulele to music theory and history. He is also the driving force behind the Hawaiian Music Certificate Kaohekani. He started playing music professionally with his Dad in Waikiki when he was 14 years old and has toured with the likes of Hawaiian music Hall-of-Famer, Jerry Santos, five time Grammy Nominee, Amy Hanaiali’i, and Raiatea Helm. As a recording artist, Kamuela was part of the Grammy Nominated and Hōkū award winning guitar album Slack Key Kings Vol. II where he played a solo original composition “Holumoana” and also recorded as part of the group Pilioha which was nominated for multiple awards. In addition, Dr. Kimokeo’s son Ka’ihi Kimokeo will make his Southern California Slack Key Festival debut.

Jim “Kimo” West is recognized as one of the world’s top “slack key” guitarists and brings his own unique musical perspective to this great acoustic guitar tradition. He is a 2021 Grammy® Award winner for his CD, “More Guitar Stories” and a 2019 Grammy® nominee for “Moku Maluhia-Peaceful Island”. He is also a winner of the 2008 Hawaii Music Awards, a three-time Na Hoku Hanohano (the Hawaiian “Grammy”) nominee and a two-time winner of the LA Treasures Award for his contributions toward the perpetuation of ki ho’alu. Kimo’s film and TV credits include work for 20th Century Fox, Nickelodeon, The Disney Channel and Marvel. 

Jim “Kimo” West

Kainani Kahaunaele is a mele (Hawaiian song) enthusiast, singer, songwriter, teacher, and musician. She was born and raised in Anahola, Kauaʻi and has lived in Hilo, Hawaiʻi for 27 years as an advocate for Hawaiian language revitalization and the perpetuation of Hawaiian music through education and performance. Her third and most recent recording, “Waipunalei,” won seven awards in six categories at the 2021 Na Hoku Hanohano Awards, including album of the year, female vocalist, Hawaiian music album, song of the year, haku mele and Hawaiian language performance. https://www.staradvertiser.com/2021/10/07/features/kainani-kahaunaele-wins-big-at-2021-na-hoku-hanohano-awards-view-the-list-of-winners/

Ukulele player Bryan Tolentino has been known for the past forty plus years as an accompanist for some of Hawaiʻi’s most well-known and accomplished Hawaiian music artists and hula hālau. Bryan’s unique “fairy dusting” (as he calls it) can be heard on scores of recordings for other artists as well as his own Nā Hōkū Hanohano and Grammy nominated CD’s.

In addition to the concert, an Island Marketplace – free and open to the public – takes place from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. outside of the venue. Browse a variety of island themed gifts, home décor, accessories, apparel, Hawaiian food, authentic island-style shave ice and outdoor entertainment.

When:  Sunday, January 15, 2023;
Concert 2:00 p.m.; Free Island Marketplace 11:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

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METAL HALL OF FAME INDUCTS TWISTED SISTER, LOU GRAMM, RAVEN & CHRIS IMPELLITTERI

(HOLLYWOOD PRESS CORPS) LOS ANGELES, C.A. ~ The Metal Hall of Fame today announced the induction of 4 Hard Rock and Heavy Metal legends into the Metal Hall of Fame: Twisted SisterLou GrammChris Impellitteri, and Raven. Celebrated guitarist Steve Vai (Whitesnake /David Lee Roth) and legendary drummer Mike Portnoy, (Winery Dogs) will induct Twisted Sister.

Steve Vai ~ Photo by Alex Kluft

The event will include numerous performancessurprise artist appearances, a Meet & Greet, and All Star Jams. It will be hosted by radio/television music Icon Eddie Trunk, with entertainment personality Cathy Rankin. The 6th Annual Metal Hall of Fame Gala, “The most important night in Hard Rock and Heavy Metal“will take place January 26, 2023, at the Canyon Club, Agoura Hills, C.A

Purchase tickets here: 

35.00 Advance / 45.00 At Door 

https://www.axs.com/events/461909/6th-annual-metal-hall-of-fame-gala-tickets

“The 6th Annual Metal Hall of Fame Charity Gala is going to be an amazing event as always,” says Metal Hall of Fame CEO Pat Gesualdo. “There will be numerous Legendary Hard Rock and Heavy Metal artist Inductions, and many exciting surprises and performances!!” 

Twisted Sister is honored to be recognized by the Metal Hall of Fame and have our names alongside many of our peers,” says Jay Jay French. The 6th Annual Metal Hall of Fame Gala is presented by ROCAVAKA – The Vaka That Rocks! 

The Metal Hall of Fame is a non-profit organization that enshrines forever, those Iconic musicians, artists, music industry executives who are responsible for making Hard Rock and Heavy Metal music what it is today. Their contribution to the genre is invaluable, and they keep inspiring fans throughout the world, from generation to generation. 

The Annual Metal Hall of Fame Charity Gala has included many historical hard rock and heavy metal moments. Like when Metallica inducted Megaforce Records founders Jon and Marsha Zazula. Inducting Judas Priest at Wacken Open Air. Inducting members of KISSIron Maiden, and Triumph among others for our 5 Year Anniversary Bash. Having Don Airey’s surprise Induction for Black Sabbath cofounding member Bill Ward, (especially after not seeing each other since  recording Black Sabbath’s 1978 “Never Say Day” album). Inducting Anthrax at Heavy Montreal. Having Kathy and KelleRhoads Induct their brother Randy Rhoads. HavingSlayer’s Kerri King’s surprise Induction for Brian Slagel and Metal Blade Record’s 35th Anniversary. Having Steve VaiJoe SatrianiGeoff TateChris Poland, and Bjorn Englen perform in the most historic metal performance of all time. Having Paul Stanley Induct Doc McGhee. Having Brian May of Queen Induct Joe Satriani. These are just some of the Legendary memories that we are honored to have shared with Rock and Heavy Metal fans throughout the world.

Sebastian Bach ~ Photo by Alex Kluft

100% of the proceeds from our events goes to helping preserve Hard Rock and Heavy Metal for future generations, and our events also bring free music programs to help special needs children in hospitals and community centers. For more information, please contact 973-263-0420. 

The event will be hosted will be radio/television music Icon Eddie Trunk and co-hosted by entertainment personality Cathy Rankin. Celebrated guitarist Steve Vai (Whitesnake /David Lee Roth) and legendary drummer Mike Portnoy, will induct Twisted Sister. 

Lou Gramm ~ Photo by Alex Kluft

Former Black Sabbath/Ronnie James Dio drummer Vinny Appice will also have the world debut of his new band “Scream Taker,” at the event, which features Jim Crean (Appice Brothers), and Tony Franklin (Jimmy Page, David Gilmour).

The Metal Hall of Fame is a non-profit organization that enshrines forever, those Iconic musicians, artists, music industry executives who are responsible for making Hard Rock and Heavy Metal music what it is today. 

The list of new inductees include:

Twisted Sister – Legendary band Twisted Sister have been at the forefront of Hard Rock and Heavy Metal for several decades. Both of their Albums “Under The Blade” and “You Can’t Kill Rock ‘n’ Roll” created huge underground attention, leading them to mainstream success. Over the last 30 years, their hit songs “We’re Not Gonna Take It” and “l Wanna Rock,” are considered to be two of the most influential videos in the history of Heavy Metal and MTV, and are the most licensed anthems in the history of Heavy Metal.

Twisted Sister

Lou Gramm –One of the biggest selling Hard Rock artists of all time. His hits with the band “Foreigner” include:”Feels Like The First Time” (Billboard #4, Hot 100) “Cold as Ice” (Billboard #6, Hot 100), “Double Vision” (Billboard #2, Hot 100),”Hot Blooded” (Billboard #3, Hot 100), “Urgent” (Billboard #1 Rock, #4 Hot 100), “Head Games” (Billboard #14, Hot 100), “Juke Box Hero” (Billboard #3, Mainstream, #26, Hot 100). 

Chris Impellitteri – Guitar World and Guitar One magazines officially named Renowned guitarist Chris Impellitteri one of the fastest guitarists of all time. The 1988 Impellitteri Album “Stand In Line” charted on Billboard’s Top 100 for over 5 months. The namesake video of the song was often played on MTV and VH-I. Chris won Burn! Magazine’s Readers Poll Award for “Best Rock Guitarist,” in 1996. He was also a member of “Animetal USA,” where their Album peaked at #18 on Japan’s Oricon weekly album chart, and remained there for nine weeks. Chris Impellitteri was also a host on MTV’S Headbangers Ball

RAVEN –  One of the seminal forces in the creation of speed/thrash metal. Many major artists such as Metallicaand Anthrax, launched their careers as their opening act. Raven had an MTV hit with “On and On.” They were recently Metallica’s special guests for their tribute concert for Late Megaforce Records founders and Metal Hall of Fame Inductees Jon and Marsha Zazula, at the Hard Rock, in Ft. Lauderdale. Raven still keep up a gruellingworldwide touring schedule. 

SEBASTIAN BACH – Sebastian Bach quickly became an Iconic Hard Rock / Heavy Metal vocalist with Skid Row. His first album titled ‘Skid Row’ was certified 5xPlatinum by the RIAA. His major hits include “l Remember You” (#6 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, #23 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock chart), “18 and Life” (#4 on the Billboard Hot chart, #1 on the Billboard Album Rock Tracks chart), and “Youth Gone Wild” (#27 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock chart). His second album “Slave to the Grind” is the first Heavy Metal album to hit #1 on the Billboard 200 chart in the Nielsen SoundScan era, and was certified 2X Platinum by the RIAA. The album featured the songs “Wasted Time,” “Slave to the Grind,” “In a Darkend Room,” and “Monkey Business. Sebastian also made his Broadway debut in the “Rocky Horror Show,” and “Jekyll & Hyde.”Additionally, he performed in the touring version of the hit show “Jesus Christ Superstar.” Sebastion starred in the VH-I series “Supergroup” with Ted Nugent, Metal Hall of Fame Inductee Scott Ian, Jason Bonham, and Evan Seinfeld, and was the winner of the CMT reality show “Gone Country.”

The Annual Metal Hall of Fame Gala has included some of the most important events in Hard Rock and Heavy Metal history. For example, having Metallica induct MegaforceRecords founders Jon and Marsha Zazula. Having Brian May of Queen induct Joe Satriani, Having Paul Stanleyof Kissinduct manager Doc McGhee. Inducting Judas Priest in front of 80,000 fans at Wacken Open Air. Inducting members of Iron Maiden, and Triumph. Inducting Black Sabbath co-founding drummer Bill Ward. Inducting Anthraxin front of 40,000 fans at Heavy Montreal. Inducting guitar Icon Randy Rhoads. Having Slayer’s Kerri King’s surprise Induction for Metal Blade Record’s 35th Anniversary. Having Steve Vai, (Whitesnake, David Lee Roth), Joe Satriani (Deep Purple), Geoff Tate (Formerly Queensryche) and Chris Poland (Formerly Megadeth) join in one of the most historic metal performance of all time. These are just some of the Legendary moments that the Metal Hall of Fame has shared with Hard Rock and Heavy Metal fans throughout the world.

Sponsors for the 6TH Annual Metal Hall of Fame Gale include Drums and Disabilities, andROCAVAKA – The VakaThat Rocks!

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THE VEZBI SUPER APP LAUNCH AND OPENING OF DOWNTOWN HOTSPOT KAVIAR

(HOLLYWOOD PRESS CORPS) Thursday, December 8th, 2022 ~ An amazing night at the opening of LA’s new hotspot KAVIAR. ! Los Angeles sorely needs late night five star dining and KAVIAR will fill this need.

The amazing bar at KAVIAR downtown Los Angeles. Photo by Dustin Brown

Kaviar is Japanese traditional fare with a modern, gourmet feel. Executive chef John Yeo and his team of chefs put out an opulent night of gourmet bites and offerings. The idea is that the tastes of Vezbi are America’s taste. It was an exclusive VIP crowd filled with everyone from Influencer super stars, real life scientists, celebrities and downtown residents. Downtown Los Angeles has become a destination to party. Influencers are on-line talking about how amazing downtown Los Angeles is. It’s becoming much more Instagram ready as new development changes the downtown area. 

From Big Brother it’s Corey Brooks @coreybrooks (left) and his wife viral Tik Tok star Sami Swanson @samiswanson (right) Photo by Dustin Brown for the Hollywood Press Corps
Actor Jeremy Miller from Growing Pains with his wife Joanie Miller. Photo by Dustin Brown

This event was also about the launch of the super app Vezbi. All of these amazing personalities came together for the launch of the app. Vezbi is an innovative way for people and businesses to expand their customer base. The red carpet was VIP only! There were so many amazing people. The big stars at the event were, no doubt, Tik Tok super stars, Sami Swanson and Corey Brooks. They both looked amazing together. They are so funny together on Instagram. In real life, they both look like movie stars! They are both tall and happy people. Having them downtown for the opening of KAVIAR will always make the memory special. 

Coco Vinny from Coco Taps
Ashley Younger from New Life Beginnings

Las Vegas entrepreneur and celebrity Coco Vinny was bringing the flashy Vegas vibe in his colourful suit. Coco Taps was founded by Coco Vinny when he wanted a good way to instal a tap in a coconut. Coco Vinny was on Shark Tank. He has a super positive vibe. I love Coco nuts! I can’t wait to try a Coco Tap. Ashley Younger from New Life Begins was with Coco Vinny. New Life Beginnings is a non profit from Long Beach that provides longterm shelter care for pregnant women.

Steven Cravotta, the creator of Wordle was on the red carpet and hanging out inside KAVIAR at the luxurious bar. I asked him, “What is Wordle?” He said, “Wordle is an app.” In the main dining room at KAVIAR, they have three Japanese suits of armour that will be a must see for Japanofiles worldwide.

Chef Sean on the red carpet

Rapper Chef Sean was on the red carpet in a fashionable sweater. Chef Sean is  a solo Empire Artist currently nominated for a 2023 Grammy and up for NAACP Award.

John Lee, banker, was looking fashionable and confident on the red carpet. 

The Basco family from the Fabulous Filipino Brothers movie was at the event and on the red carpet. The Fabulous Filipino Brothers is a movie about four brothers who come together for a wedding. 

Aida Bosco

Dr Vicky Yamamoto and Dr Babek Kateb from the World Brain Mapping Institute were at the launch party. They study neurosceinces, driving science ahead to better patient care through molding new technology and therapies into life-saving therapeutic procedures. 

Dr Babek Kateb(left) and Dr Vicky Yamamoto(right) from the World Brain Mapping Institute
Photo by Dustin Brown for the Hollywood Press Corps

Gilda Garza, Mexico’s most influential artist was on the red carpet. Photo by Dustin Brown

Dave Navarro Media Personality

NBA All-Star Baron Davis on the red carpet. On IG @iambarondavis

Steve Cederquist from HGTV Flip or Flop. Photo by Dustin Brown

Youtube singing sensation Carson Lueders was on the red carpet looking like a million bucks in his Blade Runneresque fashions and stark blonde hair. Carson is a child prodigy who learned to play the guitar when he was five years old. He’s an online sensation and influencer who has around a million YouTube Subscribers and over 100 million likes! That’s astronomical!

Social Media Sensation Carson Leuders. Photo by Dustin Brown
Drag Queen, TV personality and artist Sham Ibrahim on the red carpet. Photo by Dustin Brown

It was such a great red carpet and everyone had a lot of fun. The restaurant is so nice and will really help bring a cool restaurant vibe into the art District on Hewitt street right next to Urth Cafe. Stop by KAVIAR for amazing Japanese fare or a cocktail!

Musician K Venom. Photo by Dustin Brown for the Hollywood Press Corps
Publisher of the Experience Magazine Erwin Glaub
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MULTI-GRAMMY AWARD-WINNING ARTISTS, THE BLACK EYED PEAS PERFORM ICONIC WHERE IS THE LOVE LIVESTREAM CONCERT LIVE FROM THE PYRAMIDS IN EGYPT VIA LIVENOW

(HOLLYWOOD PRESS CORPS) — Worldwide — Saturday, October 2nd, 2021 — LIVENow and ROBOMAGIC LIVE hosted the WHERE IS THE LOVE livestream for global superstars, The Black Eyed Peas. The event, exclusively streamed by LIVENow was streamed live from the pyramids of Egypt with will.i.amapl.de.apTaboo and J. Rey Soul on the mic. Fans who attended the live stream experienced all-time classic hits from throughout their illustrious career. With over 35 million album sales, 9 international number one singles, 6 Grammy Award wins, and a catalogue of hits old and new, The Black Eyed Peas are undoubtedly one of the biggest acts of this era.

What a year it’s been, we’ve missed the stage and our fans. We’re incredibly proud to be able to perform from the Pyramids in Egypt, and also to be able to stream it live to our fans across the world. We know everyone has missed live music as much as we have, so we are looking forward to celebrating and dancing with you, wherever you are in the world.” – will.i.am

Grammy-award winning group the Black Eyed Peas (Taboo, J. Rey Soul, will.i.am and apl.de.ap – L to R) perform at the Egypt Pyramids on October 2 for a global audience, presented by LIVENow.
 

Viewers from across the globe were able to join the Black Eyed Peas on their journey to the iconic Egyptian pyramids, with exclusive never-before-seen footage to make for a perfect pre-show experience. For the first time ever, viewers were able to tune into a live feed from the Black Eyed Peas’ personal greenroom and get an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the band as they prepared for their biggest show yet.

Grammy-award winning group the Black Eyed Peas (J. Rey Soul, will.i.am, Taboo, and apl.de.ap – L to R) perform at the Egypt Pyramids on October 2 for a global audience, presented by LIVENow.

The CEO of LIVENow spoke about the livestream: “I am so excited to make history with this concert, live from the Pyramids in Egypt. This was a never-before-accomplished performance by any band or artist, and I am so happy to be a part of the first one ever. This was truly an event to remember.” 

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Celebrity Fashion Designer Sai Suman at the Acadamey of Motion Pictures Premiere Party

(HOLLYWOOD PRESS CORPS) — LOS ANGELES, CA — (September 30th, 2021) At the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures Premiere Party on Wednesday, Sept. 29 in Los Angeles, celebrities including top fashion designers showed up in person making a BIG statement!

Sai Suman poses with Rebel Wilson at the Premiere Party. Photo by Erwin Glaub

Celebrity fashion designer, Sai Suman sparkled on the red carpet at the star-studded gala party event.

The event brought out major superstars including Robert Pattinson, H.E.R, Rebel Wilson, Zooey Deschanel, Finn Wittrock and many more.

Sai on the Red Carpet

Robert Pattinson, star of ‘The Batman’ and Grammy award-winning singer H.E.R. hosted the glamourous event.

Sai dazzled in a stunning bejewelled dress turning heads in her beautiful sequin design at the event.

The respected fashion designer is known for not only her incredible designs but also her stand-out stylish creations for Hollywood A-listers.

This premiere party comes days after The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures’ glamorous opening gala, which featured celebrities like Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Olivia Rodrigo, Meg Ryan, Cher, and more.

The stars came out to celebrate the highly-anticipated museum, which will ‘celebrate the art and science of movies — past, present, and future.’ The museum will open to the public starting on September 30.

Checkout more photos of Sai Suman from the The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures premiere party on her Instagram page @saisumancouture

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Corey Feldman’s Controversial Documentary Premieres in West Hollywood

(HOLLYWOOD PRESS CORPS) — West Hollywood, CA — Monday, March 9th, 2020 — The Hollywood Press Corps dispatched top photographer, Ellen Zuckerman,  to cover the star studded red carpet for the Monday night premiere of Corey Feldman’s long-awaited documentary My Truth: The Rape of 2 Coreys. Corey Feldman is a sexual abuse survivor, activist and national ambassador for CHILD USA. Corey is also a member of SAG committees on sexual harassment, and he was instrumental in getting the Child Victim’s Act passed in California and New York last year. He brought his whole TRUTH to light, as promised. My Truth is helmed by award winning director Brian Herzlinger (My Date with Drew) and features interviews with many of The Two Coreys’ friends and co-stars including Keith Coogan (Adventures in Babysitting, The Fox & The Hound), Jamison Newlander (The Lost Boys) the late Kristoff St. John (Bad News Bears, The Young & The Restless) in his final interview. The documentary also includes an exclusive interview with Disney star and childhood sexual assault survivor Ricky Garcia, who recently came forward about his own abuse as a teen star in the industry. Corey hopes that this film will serve as a call to action so that justice can be served, and children can finally be protected.

Marci Hamilton (L), Corey Feldman (center) and Courtney Feldman (R) on the red carpet for My Truth. Photo by Ellen Zuckerman

Marci Hamilton (L) with Corey Feldman (R). Photo by Ellen Zuckerman

Jamie Kennedy. Photo by Ellen Zuckerman

Rosanna Arquette on the red carpet. Photo by Ellen Zuckerman

Actress Sanjini. Photo by Ellen Zuckerman

Philicia Saunders ~ Star Wars ~ The Rise of Skywalker. Photo by Ellen Zuckerman

David Zucker (Center) with guests. Photo by Ellen Zuckerman

A few of the people that the Hollywood Press Corps saw at the premiere were Corey Feldman, his wife Courtney Feldman, Playboy model Susannah Sprague, Rosanna Arquette, Patricia Richardson, Dave Navarro, Chris Kattan, Crystal Hefner and Jamie Kennedy (Scream, Malibu’s Most Wanted).

Chris Kataan (L) with guest. Photo by Ellen Zuckerman

Jon Mack. Photo by Ellen Zuckerman

Corey’s Angels guitar player Christine Carol. Photo by Ellen Zuckerman

Brenda Mejia. Photo by Ellen Zuckerman

Ricky Garcia. Photo by Ellen Zuckerman

James Pitt (Avatar). Photo by Ellen Zuckerman

Phil Donlon ~ High and Outside. Photo by Ellen Zuckerman

On the red carpet for My Truth. Photo by Ellen Zuckerman

On the red carpet for My Truth. Photo by Ellen Zuckerman

Guests on the red carpet for My Truth. Photo by Ellen Zuckerman

David Riffin Jr (L) with Thalia Da Costa, Omaira, and Michael DeBarge (R) on the red carpet for My Truth. Photo by Ellen Zuckerman

On the red carpet for My Truth. Photo by Ellen Zuckerman

On the red carpet for My Truth. Photo by Ellen Zuckerman

On the red carpet for My Truth. Photo by Ellen Zuckerman

On the red carpet for My Truth. Photo by Ellen Zuckerman

Guests on the red carpet for My Truth. Photo by Ellen Zuckerman

Guests on the red carpet for My Truth. Photo by Ellen Zuckerman

On the red carpet for My Truth. Photo by Ellen Zuckerman

Guests on the red carpet for My Truth. Photo by Ellen Zuckerman

Shauna Sands on the red carpet for My Truth. Photo by Ellen Zuckerman

Although there were some issues with the live streaming portion of the event, It was still a big success. Many celebrities came out to show support for Corey and this project. After the screening at the Directors Guild, the event moved to the legendary Rainbow club on Sunset, where, of course, Ron Jeremy was hanging out.

Guests on the red carpet for My Truth. Photo by Ellen Zuckerman

Keith Mitchell (L) and Melanie Marden (R). Photo by Ellen Zuckerman

On the red carpet for My Truth. Photo by Ellen Zuckerman

On the red carpet for My Truth. Photo by Ellen Zuckerman

Jonathan Lipnicki on the red carpet for My Truth. Photo by Ellen Zuckerman

On the red carpet for My Truth. Photo by Ellen Zuckerman

Writer and photographer Dustin Brown. Photo by Ellen Zuckerman

Guests on the red carpet for My Truth. Photo by Ellen Zuckerman

On the red carpet for My Truth. Photo by Ellen Zuckerman

On the red carpet for My Truth. Photo by Ellen Zuckerman

Eden Feldman. Photo by Ellen Zuckerman

On the red carpet for My Truth. Photo by Ellen Zuckerman

Producer D.J. Markuson. Photo by Ellen Zuckerman

Guests on the red carpet for My Truth. Photo by Ellen Zuckerman

Pamela Guest. Photo by Ellen Zuckerman

Brandon Troeller. Photo by Ellen Zuckerman

Brian Herzlinger (My Date with Drew) with guest. Photo by Ellen Zuckerman

Guests on the red carpet for My Truth. Photo by Ellen Zuckerman

Victoria Valentino on the red carpet for My Truth. Photo by Ellen Zuckerman

Guests on the red carpet for My Truth. Photo by Ellen Zuckerman

Guests on the red carpet. Photo by Ellen Zuckerman

Rafaela Salvadori (L) with San Blakkert (R)

Corey hopes to get My Truth: The Rape of 2 Coreys to everyone that ordered the Live Streaming portion of the event as soon as possible.

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Interview with Actress and Writer Vanessa Lua

LOS ANGELES, Calif. — (Feb. 27, 2020) — The Hollywood Press Corps got a chance to speak with actress Vanessa Lua. Vanessa can be seen on Season 10 of Shameless on Showtime. Vanessa is an actress, writer and host of WhatTheHellDidSheSay, a YouTube channel where she interviews celebrities.

Vanessa Luia at Yuko Kitchen in the Miracle Mile. Photo by Dustin Brown.

Hollywood Press Corps (HPC): We just saw you on Shameless as Aunt Telma! Please tell us about your experience in shooting this show.
It was an incredible opportunity. I got to work with an amazing cast and crew. They have been together for 10 years now so they are a big family and they were very welcoming to me, specially Ethan Cutcosky (Carl) who was very attentive with everyone, also, there is one scene where I get to sit on with the whole family on the couch and it was my first time meeting Shannola (V) and Steve (“Kevin”) and oh my god Shanola lights the room with her big smile. I love her and both received me with a big hug. I also had the opportunity to shoot in Chicago and it was my first time there. I got to meet John Wells and even share a Mexican candy with him.

Vanessa Lua with William H. Macy on Season 10 of Shameless on Showtime

HPC: What is William H. Macy really like?
Bill was very reserved but kind. He directed the second episode I was on and he did a great job. As an actor he was so good that I just have to react to his energy. I have to tell you I gave him some “chongos Zamoranos” , a Mexican candy handmade from my hometown Zamora. I was so nervous because I didn’t want to bother him and I knew it was my last chance to give it to him so when I got his attention I realized the container broke and it was a mess. I gave it to him, I told him to be careful when he open it and I ran away. We never spoke about it.

Vanessa Lua. Photo by Dustin Brown

HPC: Are you currently writing anything new?
Currently I’m promoting my short film LA DEGOLLADORA that is an official selection at the Pasadena International Film Festival. I wrote it, directed and acted so I am very excited to see it on the big screen. You can join me on Sunday, March 15 at 7:45 PM at Laemmle Playhouse 7. Get your passes at: https://www.pasadenafilmfestival.org

Vanessa Lua (center) in Season 10 of Shameless

HPC: You’re a model who has a connection with Texas. Could you tell us about that?
I’m one of the guest models for Fashion Cited, a charity event that benefits the Legal Hospice of Texas and features a stunning runway fashion presentation highlighting Dallas clothiers and designers.It is such an honor to walk in those beautiful outfits. Being a model was my childhood dream but unfortunately I don’t look like a model (I’m not even tall!) but that shows you that dreams come true. So keep dreaming and help people in need get legal help. You can get your tickets at https://legalhospice.org/events/

Vanessa Lua. Photo by Dustin Brown

HPC: What is your hometown? Could you tell us about it?
I am from Zamora, Michoacan, and you should add it to your next visit to Mexico. The food is amazing! Best tacos, pan dulce, papas cocidas, agues frescas! Zamora is know for the strawberries and “Los dulces del Portal” (that includes the chongos Zamoranos), and it has one of the most beautiful churches ” El Santuario de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe”. And if you drive 20 minutes north, you will find my favorite place on earth, El Lago de Camecuaro.

Vanessa Lua (R) as Aunt Telma in Shamless on Showtime

HPC: What’s it like to do celebrity interviews on the red carpet for whatthehelldidshesay?
I love my youtube channel WhatTheHellDidSheSay. It is a joy to talk to celebrities, find out how they overcome obstacles and ask them to say something in Spanish. I feel is a way to be a bridge between Hollywood Celebrities and the Latino audience.

Vanessa Lua during her interview with the Hollywood Press Corps

HPC: Do you have a favorite interview from whatthehelldidshesay?
It is so hard to pick a favorite interview, I love them all, they all are so special. Wait, I loved when I interviewed James Cameron and he directed me. I alsoI really enjoy talking to Topher Grace, specially because he retweeted the interview saying “Wait, is this my favorite interview ever?” And of course Josh Radnor who made me choose between a date or an interview. Check out my channel at www.whatthehelldidshesay.com

Vanessa Lua

HPC: What do you hope to achieve in 2020?

I’m currently performing improvised Comedy in Spanish with my troupe Impromundeando. I hope this year we get stronger as a team. All the members are very talented and hardworking and that is very inspiring. This year I want to focus more on my comedy writing, my stand up comedy and maybe a two person play. I also want to focus on my personal growth. I teach a recovery class at K2 CrossFit and that has taught me how important is to take care of your mind and body. I feel that this is a wish list so I am going to throw to win an Emmy out there.

Vanessa at Yuko Kitchen

HPC: What’s one thing that would surprise people to know about you?
I’m terrified of bicycles but I have done several triathlons. I still have my bike hanging on the wall of my studio apartment to remind me that fear might never disappear but that I have defeated it several times.

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Dita Von Teese Celebrates her Birthday at the Private Residence of Jonas Tahlin, CEO of Absolut Elyx

(HOLLYWOOD PRESS CORPS)  Los Angeles, CA — Saturday, September 29th, 2018 — Dita Von Teese celebrates her birthday with an intimate star studded themed birthday at the private residence of Jonas Tahlin, CEO of Absolut Elyx. Themed the “Fun’dos and Fondue”  birthday party, guests wore a stunning array of wigs, hairpieces and outfits for the glamorous party. Dita arrived in a Marie Antoinette inspired outfit with a towering white wig and jeweled bodice. Adding to the glamor was the Elyx Salon, with brightly colored wigs, glitter and make up for guests to get touch ups and extra glammed!

Lauren Parsekian (L), Aaron Paul (M) and Dita Von Teese (R) at Dita Von Teese Celebrates her Birthday at the at
the Private Residence of Jonas Tahlin, CEO of Absolut Elyx on September 29, 2018 in Los Angeles. Photo by Gabriel Olsen, Getty Images

Aaron Paul enjoyed the Elyx salon and playfully wore a white cropped wig and then kept it on for the rest of the night. He was there with his wife and had fun posing for photos with his close friend the birthday girl Dita. Close to midnight, a five-tiered birthday cake was delivered to the Gatsby Room of the Elyx house and guests gathered to sing happy birthday to Dita.

Aaron Paul (L), Dita Von Teese (M) and Lauren Parsekian (R) at Dita Von Teese Celebrates her Birthday at the
Private Residence of Jonas Tahlin, CEO of Absolut Elyx on September 29, 2018 in Los Angeles. Photo by Gabriel Olsen, Getty Images

Throughout the night, guests enjoyed specialty themed cocktails including the Filthy Dirty Martini, the Iced Jasmine Teese, the Tight Lacer and the Cherry on Top, all suitably inspired by Dita’s long running reign as the international Queen of Burlesque.

Dita Von Teese at Dita Von Teese Celebrates her Birthday at the Private Residence of Jonas Tahlin, CEO of
Absolut Elyx on September 29, 2018 in Los Angeles. Photo by  Gabriel Olsen, Getty Images

Earlier this year, Absolut Elyx announced a partnership with the fashion and burlesque icon for the ‘Dita Von Teese and the Copper Coupe’ show, her new national and international tour. The new show now features many glittering new copper elements throughout the all inspired by Absolut Elyx and the unique copper distilling process for the luxury vodka. New copper infused acts include the Dita appearing in a giant-sized copper seashell on stage with 1,200 pearl balloons that float from the sky and the grand finale featured the new ‘Copper Coupe,’ part of Dita’s stunning signature cocktail glass act.

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Celebration of Life: Haideh at Westwood Village Memorial Park & Mortuary

From left to right; Persian pop sensation Sattar, from West Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce Roozbeh Farahanipour, former Beverly Hills mayor Jimmy Delshad and LA City Councilman Paul Cortez. Photo by Sanaz Danesh

(Hollywood Press Corps) — Sunday, April 29, 2018 — The West Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce, Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Memorial Park & Mortuary, and KIRN 670 AM SoCalPersian.com held a  celebration of life for Persian singer Haideh. Haideh was an iconic Iranian singer of classical and pop music. She was an ambassador to Iran. To many people she is timeless. She is considered one of the most popular singers of the 20th century Iran. Haideh rose to fame and captured the hearts of her nation when she began to sing with dramatic flair and a huge dynamic range in the 1970s. Like many of her countrymen, the Iranian Revolution of 1979 forced her into exile and she moved to Los Angles. When Haideh was 48 years old, she passed away from a heart attack in January of 1990. This memorial was an event to celebrate her life. Haideh’s albums are still bestsellers and her songs are played on Iranain television stations. Her amazing talent continues to enchant generations of people all over the world.

Guests enjoying the grounds at Pierce Brothers Westwood Village. Photo by Dustin Brown

Haideh’s neice, Sahar (L) with Roozbeh (R)

Haidaeh’s birthday celebration at Pierce Brothers Westwood Village. Photo by Dustin Brown

Dustin Brown from the Hollywood Press Corps (L) with Stan Scott (R) from Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Memorial Park & Mortuary

Haidaeh’s birthday celebration at Pierce Brothers Westwood Village. Photo by Dustin Brown

Sahar speaking at the memorial. Sahar is Mahasti’s daughter. Mahasti was the younger sister of singer Haideh.

Legendary Persian violin player Siamak Pouan. Photo by Dustin Brown

Haideh’s son, Keyvan Nouri (L) with Roozbeh Farahanipour (R). Photo by Dustin Brown

 There were so many Iranian celebrities and politicians from all over Los Angeles in attendance. This event was hosted by Farangis MC & Gharib Afshar.  Farangis MC began with an introduction. Stan Scott from Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Memorial Park & Mortuary spoke about the Dignity Memorial. West Wood Village Memorial Park is such an amazing place. It’s the resting place of so many luminaries. People like Jack Lemmon, Hugh Hefner, Marylin Monroe, Don Knots, Bob Krane and many of Hollywood’s legends are interred here.

Roozbeh Farahanipour from the West LA Chamber of Commerce is the owner of the Delphi Greek, the only Hellenic, or Greek, restaurant in Westwood. Photo by Dustin Brown

Next to speak was Roozbeh Farahnipour from the West Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce. Roozbeh is such an amazing person. Known for being a leader in the movement for Iranian cultural resistance and the chairman of the Marz-e Por Gohar resistance movement which advocates the overfthrow of Iran’s Islamic government, Roozbeh connects so many Los Angeles business people. His position at the West Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce and running his restaurant, Delphi Greek, on Westwood boulevard, keeps Roozbeh very busy.

LA City Councilman Paul Coretz from Fifth District. Photo by Sanaz Danesh

Next up to speak was city councilman Paul Coretz from the City of Los Angeles’ Fifth District. Paul is such a great public speaker and always has something interesting and funny to say. Haidehs’s son, Keyvan Nouri, spoke about Haideh’s life. A few of the speakers spoke in Farasi, so was is difficlut to understand them, but I think most people were speaking on their connection to Haideh and how special she was. Parviz Garib Afshar spoke a lot in farsis but in the end he said a few words in english about Haideh.

Persian pop singing sensation Sattar. Photo by Dustin Brown

The next speaker was Hassan Sattar. Mr Sattar also sang two soulful songs. Sattar is known as an Iranian pop star who also sings classical. He became famous in Iran before the Iranian revolution of 1978. He had become a Phalavi Royal Family court singer up until the policitcal uprising in the 1970s. It was a real treat to hear Sattar perform. The crowd was trying to push into the tiny chapel to take a video on their iphones.

Former Beverly Hills mayor Jimmy Delshad. Photo by Dustin Brown

 Next to speak at the Memorial for Haideh was the former mayor of Beverly Hills, Jimmy Delshad. He spoke about his experience as an Iraninan in Los Angeles and how he wanted to become mayor to make a change. He also spoke about Haideh and how amazing she was in her singing. Next up was Westwood Communtity Council Chairman Steve Sann. Afghan songwiter, Farid Zoland, spoke about his colaboration with Hiadeh. Communtity College Representative Scott Svonlin spoke about his commitment to provide one free year of community college to Los Angeles resident high school students. Mr. Svonlin said that he supports former President Obama’s commitment to provide free communtiy college to anyone. He continued to say that Mayor Eric Garcetti and Govenor Jerry Brown were commited to a project that gives students one year of community college for free. So, together, students can have two years of free community college.

Roozbeh Farahanipour (L) from West LA Chamber of Commerce, LA City Councilman Paul Coretz (C), and Keyvan Nouri (R). Photo by Sanaz Danesh

Roozbeh said a few words in closing about Haideh and her amazing life. Haideh’s son, Keyvan Nouri, also said a few words in closing. Haideh’s music still inspires many Iranian and Farsis speaking people.
Dustin Brown

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