(HOLLYWOOD PRESS CORPS) — JANUARY 26TH, 2019 — The Hollywood Press Corps sent our top photographer, Marie Gregorio-Oviedo, to cover Ultimate Jam Night, the long-running celebrity jam in residency at the Whisky A Go Go. Ultimate NAMM presented its second annual show at NAMM entitled “Ultimate NAMM Night – The Power of Music” on Saturday January 26, 2018 at the Hilton Anaheim California Ballroom. The show was 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 featured performances by Steve Vai, Billy Sheehan, Tony Franklin, Doug Aldrich, Phil X, Stu Hamm, Charlie Benate, Rikki Rockett and many more. Also included was a full band performance by Flotsam & Jetsam, Sweet, and Marco Mendoza’s El Trio.
Over 80 performers presented a show that was dedicated to portraying the power of music and its diverse reach. The event showcased 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.
the Hollywood Press Corps looks forward to the next Ultimate Jam!
(HOLLYWOOD PRESS CORPS) — FEBRUARY 24TH, 2019 — The 2nd annual Griot Gala Toast to Diversity & Inclusion After Party took place at The District by Hannah An. Six hundred guests gathered to honor and celebrate the extraordinary accomplishments of today’s top entertainers, influencers and industry greats who represent today’s diversity, inclusion and the world becoming ONE. Los Angeles-based AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), a global nonprofit organization providing cutting-edge medicine, advocacy to over 1 million people in 43 countries and largest provider of HIV/AIDS medical care in the U.S, served as the charity partner onboard.
The Griot Gala celebrates diversity and inclusion while recognizing outstanding achievement in the Arts and Entertainment Industry. The Griot honors women and people of color who exude a Spirit of Excellent and who are trailblazers in the Arts and Entertainment Industry. The Griot recognizes the need for diversity, inclusion, and equality for ALL people regardless of race, gender or sexual orientation. We are GRIOT.
Highlights from the evening incorporated Griot Gala co-founders Dionne Miller and Reid Johnson honoring Tony Award-winning and acclaimed veteran of film and television, Sheryl Lee Ralph with The Trailblazer Award. “Sheryl Lee Ralph is a trailblazer in the worlds of entertainment and activism. She represents the foundation of what the Griot Gala stands for and to honor her was a dream come true for her organization,” stated Miller.
The VIP Lounge featured “Opulence Revealed,” a multi-sensory and interactive tasting experience for exclusive celebrities and industry members. Guests sampled Rémy Martin’s XOsophisticated flavors paired with fragrant fruits such as grapes, pear, dried apricots, and figs; spices like cinnamon, dried saffron, and stem ginger; or earthy characters like walnuts, hazelnuts, cheese, and chocolates — where taste buds hung upon every note. Premium producer of non-toxic, essential oils, Young Living created an aromatherapy oasis of diffused oils that streamed throughout the air of the VIP lounge as well. Full body massage chairs further heightened the senses to promote relaxation for those trying to unwind from the excitement of the 91st Academy Awards. Opulence Lounge furnishings were provided by Vitality Furniture, committed to traditional and contemporary values that create quality relationships and classic environments. Jamal Weathers, owner of Kush Boys, created the “Kush Boys LIT Lounge” with DAB bar and curated cannabis treats in the Oscars After Party Tent.
BEL AIR, California (JULY 17th, 2018) — The Hollywood Press Corps attended Regard Magazine’s Pre-ESPY Experience 2018, a celebrity filled party in Bel Air, California. Dimitry Loiseau’s Regard Magazine along with Grand Marnier, Lyft and Soul Restaurant sponsored a sun filled afternoon of luxury cars, sports stars and delicous handcrafted cocktails. This event was held in celebration of The ESPY’S hosted by CJ Lana Perry, the cover celebrity of this month’s annual sports edition of Regard Magazine. Event host CJ Lana Perry is a WWE Diva on E’s WWE Diva show. She walked the red carpet and posed for photos with guests and VIPs.
Pro Bowler and former Denver Bronco Byron Chamberlain looked stylish on the step and repeat. Byron is a former American football tight end in the NFL, who played with the Denver Broncos, the Minnesota Vikings, and the Washington Redskins. Byron won back-to-back Super Bowl Championships as a member of the Denver Broncos (Super Bowls XXXII & XXXIII). Byron and actor Steve Cederquist co-host a show for Rio Vista Universal called The Front Lines. We asked Steve Cederquist about the HGTV reality show “Flip or Flop”. He was happy to talk about his love for flipping properties and remodeling homes. Steve shared that he also just appeared in the short film “REASON”(2018) directed by Graeme Finlayson.
This event was at an incredible location at the top of Sepulveda Pass. The upscale home of Kimi Applegate, owner of Beverly Hills Magazine, featured a swimming pool and two separate putting greens. John Beskin of Mercedes Benz provided three luxury model Maybach’s on the front lawn. Actress Bai Ling posed for photos in front of the stunning cars with VIPs. Former pro basketball player turned designer and actor, Jason Faulknor, walked the red carpet. Dr. Sam Nguyen was on hand with her husband Chris Luong. Dr. Nguyen is a Ms National Woman of Achievement recipient. She was awarded a Lifetime Presidential Award from President Obama in 2015. Antoine and Spencer Holmes (Transformers) caused double vision in identical outfits and Justin Peck, Lucas Oil Off Road Champion graced us with his presence.
World Champion Boxer Mia Saint John was shadow boxing as she posed for photos on the red carpet. Mia has a foundation where she helps the homeless. She is currently working on a documentary film. Check out Mia’s Foundation website here: Mia Saint John Foundation. Rachel Lorin looked fabulous on the step and repeat. Rachel debuted on the Billboard ROCK charts and is working on a new album to be released next year. She was featured on Oxygen/E Networks show “Next Big Thing.” Follow Rachel Lorin on Instagram here.
The celebrities and VIPs moved from the red carpet to the back yard where guests were treated to gifts from the many sponsors. Rapper Too$hort and Boxer “Ice Man” Joey Davis were among the crowd. The gazebo by the pool was full of VIPs that were relaxing in the shade.
Bottled water from Sobaba was gifted to the thirsty party goers. Working together with local food banks, Sobaba’s mission is to make childhood hunger a thing of the past. When you buy a bottle, a meal is donated. Jen Oloo’s Yahooty Who? Puppets were at the party and posing for Insta photos. The Yahooty Who? project kickstarts an animated feature based on her Puppets.
By the end of the afternoon, guests that were leaving the event were treated to complimentary luxury level rides on Lyft and giftbags featuring puppets by Yahooty Who?, iPhone charging cables by Cords of Steel and other unique gifts, given out as thoughtful momentos of the afternoon.
(Los Angeles) – Saturday, July 14th 2018 – The Hollywood Press Corps attended the Concern Foundation’s 44th Annual Block Party on the backlot of Paramount Studios. This was in the heart of Hollywood on the foundation’s 50th anniversary. Themed this year as Cancer Crusaders, the highly anticipated and sold-out event hosted 4,000 guests, successfully raising $1.8 million for cancer research through ticket sales, donations and bids on auction items.
All guests had a chance to experience over 70 restaurants, caters, and beverage vendors including Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Fogo de Chao, Dulan’s Soul Food, Button Mash, Fresh Brother’s Pizza and Pink’s Famous Hot Dogs. The night was filled with interactive entertainment such as casino-style gaming, a celebrity bar hosting actors Lili Bourdán (BATTLESTAR GALACTICA, THE NUN), Gabe Jarret (REAL GENIUS) and Chad Johnson, the original TV Batmobile, and live and iconic Super Hero “streetmosphere”. For the 14th year in a row, The Best of LA® on Los Angeles Magazine’s street featured lounges, photo booths, food stations, beauty stations and gift bags sponsored by Infiniti.
As a focal point for the evening’s festivities, the live auction lead by lifestyle expert and entertainment reporter, Mar Yvette, presented guests with the option to bid on prizes including VIP tickets to a taping of “The Ellen DeGeneres Show”, VIP tickets to the 2018 American Music Awards, a six-night vacation in Maui, and Dodger Dugout seats. Following the auction, John Ferdenzi of Town and Country Event Rentals was honored with the Spirit of Concern award. Recognized for his dedication and commitment to Concern Foundation, John Ferdenzi has been a valued member of the extended Concern family for more than two and a half decades. He has given his time and creative talents to assist at various Concern Block Parties and annual holiday events.
This year, in connection to the theme, the foundation was happy to honor Dr. Jay & Kris Calvert and family as this year’s “Cancer Crusaders” for their participation in helping to conquer cancer through research. Honored on stage alongside his family, Dr. Jay & Kris Calvert openly shared their personal experience with cancer. The Calvert’s 10 year old son Ace was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia at age 4 and while today he has beaten his cancer, ALL (Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia) can always return and he is never truly cured. This is a major reason he and his family feels so strongly about raising money to help find a permanent cure. Jay himself was a young scientist who could not get funding early in his career as a molecular biologist and he personally knows how important our mission to supporting young investigators is to jump start researcher’s careers. Dr. Jay Calvert has been consecutively named one of Los Angeles Magazine’s “Super Doctors” in 2014, 2015, and 2016. He has appeared on multiple hit television programs including CBS’s “The Doctors” and OWN’s “Dr. Phil”.
Concern Foundation is proud to have these members of the community serve as this year’s honorees. Their personal connection to the fight against cancer and philanthropic actions alongside the non-profit organization is sure to help make this year’s Block Party a success.
Concluding the event, Derek Alpert stated, “Having the honor to be on stage to welcome and see nearly 4,000 of the true super heroes all gathered together helping us raise funds to conquer cancer is a very emotional thing for me. It’s such a blessing to be able to help orchestrate this event each year and to bring together four generations of donors, five decades of cancer researchers that Concern has funded all surrounded by a tremendous outpouring of love and support by our local business community that donate their time and talents so that we can give as much money as possible to support cancer research.”
Concern Foundation’s mission is to conquer cancer by providing essential funds to support the early, yet critical, stages of discovery. Since its inception in 1968, Concern has raised and awarded $63 million to 750 gifted cancer scientists around the world.
For 50 years, Concern has pioneered the advancement of cancer immunology—the study of the relationship between the immune system and cancer—a field that is now widely acknowledged to hold the most potential for discovering treatments and preventions for cancer.
The Tom Nolan Band entertained the crowd with the soulful sounds of Jazz, Blues, and R&B.