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The 6th Annual Rock Against MS

(DOWNTOWN, LOS ANGELES) – March 31st, 2018 – The Hollywood Press Corps was at the historic Los Angeles Theater for the 6th Annual Rock Against MS event. Comedians Craig Gass and Hal Sparks co-hosted a night of music, fund raising and awards.

Legendary rocker Jack Russell from Great White at the 6th Annual Rock Against MS. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Jack Russell from Great White rocking the Los Angeles Theatre for Rock Against MS. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Jack Russell. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo

This special night was created to raise awareness and educate the public about multiple sclerosis, while raising money to build the first of many MS resource centers across the Nation. The goal is to build an outreach program service aptly name The ROCK HOUSE.

Juliette Lewis. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Juliette Lewis stole the show with her version of “Rolling on the River”. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Juliette Lewis rocking the Los Angeles Theater. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Craig Gass (L) and Hal Sparks (R) with Nancy B. Sayle, founder of Rock Against MS. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo

So many celebrities, actors and musicians came out to help raise funding and awareness for Multiple Sclerosis. Photographer Marie Gregorio-Oviedo was there to capture the celebrities as they walked the red carpet and rocked the iconic Los Angeles Theater.

Visit the website for Rock Against MS here

So many celebrities came out to this iconic event to support the cause. All photos here are from photographer Marie Gregorio-Oviedo.

Comedian Hal Sparks brought his witty comments to Rock Against MS. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Craig Gass from the Howard Stern Show and Sex In The City. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Drummer Jamie Hodes on the orange carpet. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Music director of Avril Lavigne, Steve Ferlazzo. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Marq Torien from Bullet Boys (L) with Tiny Biuso from TSOL and Bullet Boys (R) clowning around on the red carpet. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Keith England from the Allman Brothers Band came to Rock Against MS to bring a Southern Rock classic to the stage – Statesboro Blues. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Heavy metal legend Ira Black (R) with his fiancé, Jessica Chase (R) on the orange carpet for Rock Against MS. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Publicist Lisa Woodard on the orange carpet for Rock Against MS.  Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Jack Russell from Great White on the orange carpet for Rock Against MS. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo

 

Great White (from left to right) Dan Mcnay, Jack Russell, Dicky Fliser and Robby Lochner. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Special effects make up artist Greg Lightner on the orange carpet for Rock Against MS. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Actor Cooper Huckabee (R) with guest on the orange carpet. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Robert Sarzo AKA VuDu Man at the 6th Annual Rock Against MS. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Patrick Stone from Budderside on the orange carpet with Sunglasses Cat. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Actor Neko Sparks form “The X Species” and “The Woods”. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Nimi Adokiye from America’s Next Top Model is ready to rock against MS. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
August Zadra (R) with wife, Michelle on the orange carpet. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Producer and Actress Mandalynn Carlson. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Ruth Connell from NCIS. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo for the Hollywood Press Corps
Swiss actress Maya Stojan is ready to rock. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Gretchen Bonaduce came to perform “I Think I Love You” by the Partridge Family and raise awareness about Multiple Sclerosis. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Actor CJ Valleroy from the film Unbroken on the orange carpet. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Robert Sarzo rocking the voodoo hat. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
August Zadra, Dennis Deyoung Band. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Kiana Lye Riviera rocking her patched motorcycle jacket for Rock Against MS. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo

 

Actress Iris Almario from the TV series Code Black. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Walter Ino from Survivor and Ultimate Jam Night. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Actress Brooke Lewis, The “Scream Queen”. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Actress Celeste Thorson from How I Met Your Mother and Jimmy Kimmel Live! Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Bella ~ Wild Ride. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Musicians Institute Bass Master Derek Frank with his wife Annette. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Actress Patricia Isaac from Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Actor Garth McLean from the TV show Chicago Hope. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Lisa Linke from LOVE on Netflix. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Ace Von Johnson, lead guitarist from Faster Pussycat. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Lead singer of the heavy metal band Butcher Babies – Carla Harvey. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Lisa Margaroli from The Usual Suspects, Lou Gramm, Juliette Lewis. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Singer Lisa D. Foreman. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Katherine Castro (L) from Someday, and Caroline Williams (R). Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Marq Torien from Bullet Boys (R).Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Carla Harvey (L) with Ira Black (R). Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Erin Hawkins, “Cello”. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Phil Buckman from Fuel and Petty Cash. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Bumper from Zero 1.Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Gabe Maska from VonLust. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Howie Simon from Alcatrazz and Nelson. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Sam Daly (R) and wife.Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Marianna Palka from Good Dick, Bitch, and Glow. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Henrietta Meire from NCIS and Hello Ladies. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo

 

Jon Manness, Alexander Mathias, Richard Velzen from Red Line Horns. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
AP Gemini Syndrome. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Nicki Tedesco. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Alex Guadagnoli from Addiction Crew and Electrocution. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Clarissa Jacobson from Lunch Ladies. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Shawn Duncan from Odin. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Angela Jones from Pulp Fiction. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Publicist Lisa Woodard with Nancy B. Sayle, founder of Rock Against MS. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Videographer, Johnny Angel aka Brookeville Badboy, with Nancy B. Sayle, founder of Rock Against MS. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Jack Russell from Great White rocking the Los Angeles Theatre for Rock Against MS. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Jack Russell from Great White rocking the Los Angeles Theatre for Rock Against MS

Legendary rocker Jack Russell from Great White at the 6th Annual Rock Against MS

Jack Russell. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Juliette Lewis rocking the Los Angeles Theater. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Juliette Lewis rocking the Los Angeles Theater. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo

Juliette Lewis stole the show with her version of “Rolling on the River”. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo

 

Juliette Lewis rocking the Los Angeles Theater. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Juliette Lewis. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Craig Gass (L) and Hal Sparks (R) with Nancy B. Sayle, founder of Rock Against MS. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo

Dustin Brown

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ULTIMATE JAM NIGHT TO PRESENT SPECIAL EDITION HONORING SLAYER

(Hollywood Press Corps) — Ultimate Jam Night, the long-running weekly show in residency at the Whisky A Go Go, today announced a special-edition All Star event to honor the final tour of Slayer. The show will be held on Tuesday, March 13 with doors at 8 PM.  The event is free, first-come first-served, and will be broadcast worldwide on Heavy Metal Television.

Featured in performance will be a “who’s who” of the Heavy Metal scene including the entire band of Prong, current and former members of Danzig, Testament, Nevermore, I Am Morbid, Huntress, Trauma, Bad Wolves, Westfield Massacre, Nuclear Salvation and more.   A performers list will be found at Facebook.com/UltimateJamNight with additional players added right up until showtime.

Slayer, announced in January, plans for their final tour after nearly 40 years as a band. The creator of monster genre hits including “Raining Blood” – has a passionate and extremely loyal fan base. The night is slated to honor the band and its fans. As is its custom, Ultimate Jam Night will craft an evening of unrehearsed music with Heavy Metal stars heavily influenced by the band.  The evening will be hosted by former MTV personality and Metal musical artist Jesse Snider.

Chuck Wright at Ultimate Jam Night. Photo by Judy Pullos

Founded in 2015 by Quiet Riot’s Chuck Wright, Ultimate Jam Night is a community-oriented weekly show featuring a rotating cast of world-class artists in a completely unrehearsed format. The event covers multiple genres and is free. For more information visit

Heavy Metal Television is a streaming television network dedicated to Heavy Metal fans. Based in Arizona, the channel features a continuous stream of music content 24/7/365. Ultimate Jam  Night, the long-running weekly show in residency at the Whisky A Go Go, today announced a special-edition All Star event to honor the final tour of Slayer. The show will be held on Tuesday, March 13 with doors at 8 PM.  The event is free, first-come first-served, and will be broadcast worldwide on Heavy Metal Television.

Paulie Z
photo by Judy Pullos

Featured in performance will be a “who’s who” of the Heavy Metal scene including the entire band of Prong, current and former members of Danzig, Testament, Nevermore, I Am Morbid, Huntress, Trauma, Bad Wolves, Westfield Massacre, Nuclear Salvation and more.   A performers list will be found at Facebook.com/UltimateJamNight with additional players added right up until showtime.

Slayer, announced in January, plans for their final tour after nearly 40 years as a band. The creator of monster genre hits including “Raining Blood” – has a passionate and extremely loyal fan base. The night is slated to honor the band and its fans. As is its custom, Ultimate Jam Night will craft an evening of unrehearsed music with Heavy Metal stars heavily influenced by the band.  The evening will be hosted by former MTV personality and Metal musical artist Jesse Snider.

Founded in 2015 by Quiet Riot’s Chuck Wright, Ultimate Jam Night is a community-oriented weekly show featuring a rotating cast of world-class artists in a completely unrehearsed format. The event covers multiple genres and is free. For more information visit

Heavy Metal Television is a streaming television network dedicated to Heavy Metal fans. Based in Arizona, the channel features a continuous stream of music content 24/7/365. For more information and tune-in visit

Morris Mills’ Debut Protege Album Performance Date

(LOS ANGELES) — Thirty nine years ago Prince made his debut appearance in his hometown of Minneapolis, Minnesota at the legendary Capri Theatre.
People from all around the world will be making their pilgrimage to Minneapolis, Minnesota for Celebration week of April 19 – April 22 to celebrate the Life and Legacy of Prince Rogers Nelson.

Morris Mills

Morris Mills hails from Los Angeles, a Pied Piper of Funk & Roll and debuts his first Performance in Minneapolis promoting his New Album “Protégé.”
Embodying the breadth and depth of Prince’s inimitable sound: Morris’ live performance promises numerous funk-a-licious tracks of mos’ def’ danceable delirium! You’ll think you’ve gone to Purple Heaven with “Waste of Time”, a nod to Prince’s “When You Were Mine”, and the dysfunctional exploits of “Ghetto Black”! A supersonic distillation of crystalline bliss:
Morris Mills live in concert is not to be missed!
Where: The Capri Theatre Minneapolis , Minnesota When April 20th, 2018
Time 7:00pm
VIP Meet and Greet reception 6:00 pm
Website
Contact: 213-290-3805

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Interview with Pop Sensation Heather LaRose

LOS ANGELES, Calif. (Sept. 29, 2017) — The Hollywood Press Corps recently got a chance to speak to musical artist Heather LaRose. Earlier this month, Heather dropped a new track on  all platforms called Mixtape. Mixtape is pop music with a synth/electronic music backdrop. This is fun music that you might listen to at the gym or while driving your car. It’s been about two years since Heathers project “Beachside” came out. We wanted to ask her about her latest project called “Mixtape” and see what she’s been up to lately.

Heather LaRose. Photo by Martin Mendez

Hollywood Press Corps (HPC); Could you tell us a little about Mixtape? How did you select this song for your latest musical release?

(HLR); I wrote Mixtape after my ex liked a photo of mine on Facebook, and then obsessively played a mix CD he made me the summer before. I’ve been writing a lot of new material about so many different experiences and feelings, but Mixtape just felt like the song I wanted to listen to right now. It’s my summer jam: high-energy and optimistic, admittedly a little “extra,” but that’s just who I am!

(HPC); Could you tell us what genre of music Mixtape falls into, in your opinion.

I’d say it’s a modern “Top 40” style pop song, with a slight mix of tropical house. Mixtape differs from my previous record, Beachside in many ways. It still has those recognizable Heather LaRose pop melodies and singalong choruses, but now I know myself a lot better and am writing with a totally confident mentality, which I think really comes through in the music.

(HPC); What’s your songwriting process like? How do you come up with an idea and then record it in the studio?

(HLR); I always seem to get the best new song ideas while I’m driving… there’s something about driving that really frees up your mind – feeling that breeze rushing through your hair while the sun is shining? It’s definitely different every time though: with Mixtape it all started from the moment I got that notification on Facebook, and I just locked myself in my room all day until I finished it. Other times, the chorus or verse will pop into my head and the rest of the song will come to me later. I’m very inspiration driven, and I like to essentially allow the song to write itself.

(HPC); What was it like to work with MTV on your song “New Moon” which was featured on MTV’s show “Teen Wolf”?

(HLR); Pure Teen Wolf magic! I binge watched the third season, and then wrote “New Moon.” I was so honored to hear back from the Music Director and have New Moon featured in the fourth season! And then the Teen Wolf fans are so beautifully intense and interactive, and also gave me a huge boost. They have supported me so much in my career through listening to my music and coming to my shows. I love meeting them at my concerts – they always make really cool posters, it’s awesome!

Bi-coastal Heather LaRose glamming it up on the West Coast(Best Coast). Photo by Pearl and Ash

(HPC); You started in New York’s Westchester area, and now you’re in Los Angeles. What was the transition like?

(HLR); LA is the anti New York, so it’s really funny being out here. People’s personalities are a total 180 from the New York crowd, but I love the artistic community and support here. We all lift each other up and are each other’s friends and fans. It has made the transition much easier knowing I have families on both coasts!

(HPC); Do you have a favorite coast? West coast or East coast?

(HLR); West Coast is the best coast of course! But whenever I’m away from my NY homies I miss them like crazy, but we have these epic snap streaks that go on for months! However, my style of music is totally more West Coast, so it makes sense for me to be out here.

(HPC); Could you talk about your relationship with your mother? Did she help you get to where you are today?

(HLR); My mom is amazing! We are super close – she calls me at least once a day and we talk for hours. She and my father have been my biggest support system throughout my whole life. If I didn’t have their full support about my choices with my career, I would have nothing.

(HPC); It looks like you’ve become quite a social media influencer. How do you use your social media to promote your music?

(HLR); I started out my Instagram posting selfies and promoting shows, and it just expanded from there! My friends all say I talk too much, but I think that really helps with my Instagram account! I love meeting the people who reach out and like my posts. Just last week I met with a group of girls in Manhattan right before a fashion week event I was going to. We had plans to meet up for lunch but I got locked out of the apartment I was staying in so we met up at Union Square’s Forever 21 and they helped me pick out my Fashion Week outfit then grabbed some Chik-fil-A and ran over to the event. Over the years, I’ve become more deliberate about what I post and promote, but I will never stop talking to people who dig my music, fashion, and cool pictures!

Heather LaRose. Photo courtesy Fifth Member

(HPC); Is there any musician that you’ve worked with in the past that you learned a lot from?

(HLR); During High School and college at Lagond Music School, I studied with Darryl Tookes and Paul Maddison. They both helped mold and shape my career and taught me so much about performing and the music business.

(HPC); Is there a musician that you’re looking forward to working with in the future?

(HLR); I would love to produce a song with BloodPop – the remix they did for HAIM is amazing! I’m also super obsessed with Justin Beiber’s new tune “Friends.”

(HPC); You have so many interests and talents. You’re in music, and fashion. Any plans to start your own clothing line?

(HLR); Not just yet. But, I’m trying my hand in designing band merch, so I’m super excited to unveil new tees and maybe some more unexpected items…

(HPC); What’s one thing that would surprise people about you?

(HLR); Growing up I loved catching frogs in my backyard and use to pretend to be Steve Irwin (rip) so when I’m older and have a family I want to host a show on Animal Planet and travel the world teaching people about animals.

Thanks for taking your time to speak with us and our readers! Check out Mixtape on YouTube!

Dustin Brown

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Producer Ulrich Wild Partners with ProMix Academy and Releases Galaktikon Mixing Course

Promix Academy founder & producer/engineer Warren Huart (Ace Frehley, Korn, Aerosmith) has teamed up with esteemed producer Ulrich Wild (Brendon Small/ Dethklok, White Zombie, Deftones) to release a new Promix Academy mixing course detailing Wild’s recent work on Brendon Small’s Galaktikon. This video released on promixacademy.com takes you inside Wild’s studio where he gives an in-depth discussion of the Galaktikon track “Triton” breaking down the instruments while including anecdotes from the recording and production of the album. One quote from the course is “One of the most important things in mixing Is to keep the interest of the listener.. if the song doesn’t grab you in the beginning you’re kind of done with it. So it’s important to keep the interest.”

Photo courtesy Ulrich Wild

This educational mixing course is also chock full of insider stories and recording/production insights such as isolating the bass parts of Bryan Beller and drums of Gene Hoglan through Pro-Tools on “Triton.” Wild also explains how they achieved the sound on the track.

Photo courtesy Ulrich Wild

Wild and Brendon Small have been working together since Dethklok’s debut album The Dethalbum in 2007 and has worked on all of Small’s albums since. On working with Small, Wild said “Making records with Brendon Small is always entertaining, since he is not only an amazing musician, but also a comedian. He’s a extremely talented, and his approach to songwriting is very orchestral. With this many tracks it can get tedious to get everything sounding tight and precise, especially the brutally fast songs. But the main challenge is finding space in the mix for all the tracks. Making it all fit together like a puzzle is often challenging, but ultimately very satisfying.”
Wild stated the importance of the course as “Now more than ever it’s important to share our knowledge with each other. I started as a runner in a recording studio and worked my way up to engineering and producing. These opportunities a rare now, and learning on the job is much harder to do. Warren fills that void. With his Produce Like A Pro channel we can look over each other’s shoulders and gain valuable insight. That holds true not only for novices, but also old dogs like me. He visits a lot of top notch producers and engineers, and I’m honored he asked me to do this Galaktikon course for Pro Mix Academy.” View an excerpt from the video at Produce Like A Pro and find the purchase link to the full video course including access to the multitrack sessions from the album here: https://pmaproducts.net/mixing-metal-with-ulrich-wild/

Dustin Brown

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Cinzia Moniaci Debuts EP “Moon Wild”

Singer/Songwriter Cinzia Moniaci has dropped her first EP titled “Moon Child”. Her 2017 solo EP was recorded with renowned music producer Warren Huart (The Fray, Colbie Caillat). Music on the CD was performed by Cinzia Moniaci, with Huart playing all instruments along with legendary rock drummer Stephen Perkins (Janes Addiction) playing on the EP’s lead track “Do You Believe.”
 The Hollywood Press Corps got a chance to speak with Cinzia Moniaci about her latest project.

Cinzia Moniaci on the cover of her new album, “Moon Wild.”

Hollywood Press Corps (HPC): What was your inspiration for the E.P?
Cinzia Moniaci (Cinzia): I wanted to write a collection of songs full of hope, something a bit retro and indie and a bit anthemic at the same time.

HPC: How long was the recording process?
Cinzia: Recording the songs didn’t take long in terms of time, probably a couple of weeks but we started in the winter, then took a break and began mixing in the Spring.

HPC: How did you and Warren Huart end up working together?
Cinzia: We had some common connections on Linkedin and started chatting on it one night, I went to meet him at his studio and we immediately connected. We have a lot of the same ideas when it comes to music and art. We are both European and I think there is a common thread in our view of the world.

HPC: Was the album recorded at Spitfire Studios?
Cinzia: Yes, I loved working up in Laurel Canyon, I live by the beach so it quite a far drive each day but magical once up in the greenery of the canyon.

HPC: How did Stephen Perkins come to play on the E.P?
Cinzia: I have known him for a very long time, he used to be in a band with my husband and Dave Navarro, before Jane’s Addiction, he is an awesome guy, we have recorded several songs together over the years, I love the energy he brings to the tracks!

HPC: Do you have plans for a full album?
Cinzia: Yes! I have been working on the new songs and am excited to record them!

HPC: What artists inspired you become an artist?
Cinzia: So many of them, I have had a wide variety of influences from Blondie to Stevie Nicks and Chrissie Hynde, but also Suzanne Vega, Belinda Carlisle, Susanna Hoff.

HPC: What is one thing that would surprise our readers to know about you?
Cinzia: I speak four languages fluently and like to sing my songs in all of them, depending on the mood of the song.

Photo courtesy Sabrina Hill

HPC: What’s next for you?
Cinzia: I just launched a sunglass line, to complement my handbag line, I love to combine music and fashion in everything I do.

HPC: Do you love anything more than music?
Cinzia: My daughter.
Thank you to Cinzia Moniaci for taking time to answer our questions. We look forward to your next project!

Here’s “Moon Child” on iTunes;

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/moon-wild-ep/id1205472030

Dustin Brown

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MaMA Festival: The Music Marathon To Run To in Paris

 

It’s 3 days, 145 concerts, 15 venues and 81 conferences for professionals.

If you love music more than running a marathon, then you are probably like everyone else. And thanks to the MaMA Festival, you will be able to have your own marathon; that is to say dance the night away to diverse and incredible musical performances.


With 15 venues you won’t have to run a mile to get to (they are all located in the same area of the neighbourhood of Montmartre and everything is within a five minute walking distance), the MaMA offers a unique live music experience. Moreover, you get some fresh air between concerts, talk business or if your feet get tired dancing there’s also the Metro 2 you can ride and bars to keep you hydrated!

The best part of the MaMA festival is that there is always a concert scheduled somewhere. Conveniently, there is an app you can download on your smartphone. You will have all the information about the artists and the schedule. Picking a random venue and letting yourself be surprised by a new band or singer (you will now be obsessed with!) is exciting.

I had the chance to go to the Festival for The Experience Magazine. Here’s my experience:

Day 1: Jazz, electro, guitar acoustic, reggae… a night to remember

On the first day, Gaspard Royant showcased his smooth dance moves and jazzy tunes at the Cigale.
The Slow Show gave the crowd chills with heartfelt and emotion filled songs at the Divan du Monde.
Nouvelle Vague electrified the scene with passion and devilish lyrics.
In a softer atmosphere and more private venue, Siv Jacobsen at Au Petit Moulin and Charlie Cunningham at the Theatre de L’Atalante transported us, playing acoustic guitar and putting us in a mellow mood.
After that, the Legendary Tigerman’s mad rock and roll performance and Biga* Ranx’s fast pace rapping and reggae hip hop style turned our heads around, making it a night to remember.

Gaspard Royant
Gaspard Royant perfoming at La Cigale, Paris. Photo by Laurie Le Bomin.

Day 2: The marathon continues with rap music, electro, disco pop…

Youssoupha, a well-known French rap artist, performed in front of an admirative and playful crowd. He shared so much energy and emotion with the crowd in celebration of the record label BELIEVE’s ten year anniversary.
Then, a beer in hand and Shannon Wright on stage playing piano and singing enchanting melodies was the ideal setting to relax.
The duo Tambour Battant took everyone back in a party mood. Electronic sounds and drums shook the whole venue of La Boule Noire.
Kumisolo played with the Kung Fu Boys at Le Bus Palladium. She’s a lovely singer that blends disco pop and French songs beautifully and humorously. Her soft voice and upbeat songs were a splendid way to end the night.

Day 3: The grand finale: French and British gems

On the third day, jazz player Guillaume Perret fired up the stage with psychedelic saxophone harmonies and gave a powerful visual experience.

Guillaume Perret
Guillaume Perret on stage. Photo by Laurie Le Bomin.

Pogo Car Crash Control, a young energetic French rock band performed while flipping their hair to the beat of the drums and bass guitars.
Samba de la Muerte introduced fascinating experimental sounds at the Divan du Monde.
At the Cigale, the venue turned into a club thanks to the electronic mixes of La Fine Équipe. Then, French dandy singer Christophe enchanted the crowd with his velvety voice full of emotions.
Two Londoners performed at the Boule Noire. First, Jelani Blackman, a rapper and saxophonist. Then Jake Isaac, who recently signed a record deal. Both were immensely talented. Especially Isaac who took his acoustic guitar and sang among the crowd. His last song, performed a cappella, was poignant and heavenly. The perfect notes to end the marathon and head to bed.

Jake Isaac
Jake Isaac performing among the crowd. Photo by Laurie Le Bomin.

Of course there are so much more concerts I did not get to attend but my ears, eyes and heart are pleased with the ones I saw.
As the MaMA Festival is mainly a professional event, this is the business playground to go to for people working in the music industry. It is a great opportunity to network and discover new artists. But curious people and music enthusiasts are welcome too. It’s a breathtaking event everyone has to experience!

check out their link here;

http://www.mamafestival.com

 

Laurie Le Bomin

Writer and photographer based in Paris, France.

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SE7EN Reasons Why Opens for the Iconic 80’s Rock Band The Tubes on Friday Night at the Canyon Club

The energy level at the Canyon Club in Agora Hills on Friday night was high and the 80’s vibe was strong as the crowd anxiously anticipated the arrival of Fee Waybill and “The Tubes” to hit the stage. But before the hit band of 40 years of iconic music appeared, the opening band, “Se7en Reasons Why” with front man Mick Scott took the stage, and the floor, and the bar and the rafters!

Mick Scott with Se7en Reasons Why photo courtesy of Judy Hansen Pullos
Mick Scott with Se7en Reasons Why
photo courtesy of Judy Hansen Pullos

Se7en Reasons Why is a throw back band in hard-rock-80’s style that is known for heavy metal songs such as “Writing on the Wall”, “Living in the Now”, and the time appropriate song, “World Gone Mad”.  Scott is an amazing performer and acrobat who draws the audience in with his piercing expressions and spontaneous gymnastics.

Se7en Reasons Why photo courtesy of Judy Hansen Pullos
Se7en Reasons Why
photo courtesy of Judy Hansen Pullos

He is backed by a talented and eclectic group of musicians including Jason Stalk, the primary songwriter, lyricist and lead guitarist of “Se7en Reasons Why”. Hiro Goto, the band’s violin player, is a well-known composer for singer-songwriters and films. He also serves as a live sound engineer and audio technician. On the drums is the versatile performer, Michael Villiers, who is considered the backbone of the band. Break Twomey rounds out the sound with his melodic bass playing and dramatic style. Together, “Se7en Reasons Why” creates an unforgettable, unique experience for their fans and audience members.

Mick Scott photo courtesy of Judy Hansen Pullos
Mick Scott
photo courtesy of Judy Hansen Pullos

With just enough break time to get a new cold beverage, The Tubes began to set up their equipment for their tour-through-time-and-space, back to the punk rock era of the 1980’s. The Canyon Club quickly filled with patrons and the hundred degree heat from outside began to leak into the venue itself. That didn’t stop the band and fans from rocking until their hair dripped with sweat.

Fee Waybill of The Tubes photo courtesy of Judy Hansen Pullos
Fee Waybill of The Tubes
photo courtesy of Judy Hansen Pullos

The phenomenal journey through 40 years of The Tubes music began with an instrumental performance by Roger Steen on guitar, Prairie Prince at the drums, Rick Anderson on bass and David Medd on keyboard. The audience was swaying with the melody waiting patiently for the arrival of the star of the show, and master of disguises, Fee Waybill.

Fee Waybill photo courtesy of Judy Hansen Pullos
Fee Waybill
photo courtesy of Judy Hansen Pullos

The audience jumped to attention and the hoots and  howls began as Fee sauntered onto stage wearing a gorgeous, perfectly crafted Zoot Suit complete with hat and swagger. He opened the set with “You Never Can Tell”, followed by “Monkey Time”.

Another costume change for Fee photo courtesy of Judy Hansen Pullos
Another costume change for Fee
photo courtesy of Judy Hansen Pullos

His costume changes were almost as spectacular as the tunes he was belting out. He changed from his suit to a straight jacket, to a Quaalude shirt and pill box mask, to a ball gag with a bare chest and leather pants. After many other clothing changes, his fans were nearly brought to tears as he was escorted out onto the stage in a “Rocky Horror Picture Show” style drag queen outfit complete with 24 inch heals and sexy platinum wig.

White Punks on Dope photo courtesy of Judy Hansen Pullos
White Punks on Dope
photo courtesy of Judy Hansen Pullos

He belted out the cult classic “White Punks on Dope” and he truly mesmerized the audience. The band took over again as he once again changed his outfit.

She's a Beauty photo courtesy of Judy Hansen Pullos
She’s a Beauty
photo courtesy of Judy Hansen Pullos

This time he appeared in a turn-of-the-century, red and white striped, barbershop quartet-style jacket and pants and wowed the crowd with “She’s a Beauty”.

Straight Jacket on Crazy Fee photo courtesy of Judy Hansen Pullos
Straight Jacket on Crazy Fee
photo courtesy of Judy Hansen Pullos
Can't keep Fee tided up photo courtesy of Judy Hansen Pullos
Can’t keep Fee tided up
photo courtesy of Judy Hansen Pullos

The other songs that set the crowd on fire were “Life”, which he sang with passion and clarity, and he closed the show with two fan favorites, “Saw Her” and “Talk”. The night was magical, incredibly hot and excessively memorable. Two great front men from two different bands. The Tubes rocked the house like it was still the Reagan era. It was a great night of traditional, good old-fashioned rock and roll.


Judy Hansen Pullos

Judy Hansen Pullos

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

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Incredible Sights and Sounds at the Twilight Concert Series at the Santa Monica Pier

It was a hot Thursday evening, July 21 on the picturesque pier in Santa Monica, where thousands of locals and visitors took to the beach and the wooden planks of the pier to relax and enjoy the summer concert series created by RH&S Concerts Presents (Rum and Humble + Spaceland Presents).

Santa Monica Beach Twilight Concert Series photo courtesy of Judy Hansen Pullos
Santa Monica Beach Twilight Concert Series
photo courtesy of Judy Hansen Pullos

The stage is surrounded by colorful lights, giant glowing balloons, games, rides, food and beverages. It is a magnificent sight from just outside the stage as well as from the popular public beach. And the best part is, the concert is free!

Glowing multi-colored outdoor stage photo courtesy of Judy Hansen Pullos
Glowing multi-colored outdoor stage
photo courtesy of Judy Hansen Pullos

The opening musician was Jackson Phillips, also known by his moniker Day Wave, a 25-year-old buzzworthy and refreshing artist who has exploded onto the DIY scene. He began as one half of electro-pop duo Carousel, a synth-heavy style. As Day Wave, Phillips creates dreamy, lo-fi, guitar-driven indie-pop and has a modest but top-quality catalogue of a five-song EP and limited run 7”. Phillips writes, produces, and performs all of his songs, and tracks each instrument himself on an old reel-to-reel.

The Psychedelic Furs performing on state at the Twilight Concert Series photo Courtesy of Judy Hansen Pullos
The Psychedelic Furs performing on state at the Twilight Concert Series
photo Courtesy of Judy Hansen Pullos

The headliner was the post-punk UK band, The Psychedelic Furs, led by vocalist and songwriter Richard Butler and his bass playing brother Tim. They are considered one of the ground breaking alternative rock creators and have scored major hits such as “Love My Way”, “Pretty in Pink” and “Heaven”. In the early 80’s, with the advent of MTV, the band’s popularity caught the eyes and ears of movie mogul  John Hughes. Hugh approached the band with his film built around the Furs’ hit song, “Pretty In Pink” and the Psychedelic Furs’ legacy was cemented.

VIP lounge, backstage at the Twilight Concert Series photo courtesy of Judy Hansen Pullos
VIP lounge, backstage at the Twilight Concert Series
photo courtesy of Judy Hansen Pullos

The crowd was pleasantly pleased by the quirky music, the incredible weather, the spectacular visuals and the tasty food and drinks. The concert series takes place every Thursday evening of summer starting at 7:00, and is one of the best run large events in the Southern California area. Summer in Santa Monica and the Twilight Concert Series is a destination must for travelers and local music lovers alike.


Judy Hansen Pullos

Judy Hansen Pullos

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

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The 80’s are Alive and Well and Living at Ultimate Jam Night at the Whisky A Go-Go

The Ultimate Jam crew brought us back into the major era of rock and roll on Tuesday night at the Whisky. Singing songs from the 80’s and dressing in shimmering gold Lamé, each and every performer gave 110% and transported the audience back three decades, to a time that fashion forgot!

photo by Judy Hansen Pullos
Paulie Z and company leading the crowd. photo by Judy Hansen Pullos

Paulie Z did not disappoint with his ensemble of tacky 80’s garb. The only thing missing on him was a “business up front, party in the back” hair style. Even his glasses were perfectly chosen to match his technicolor wardrobe.

Singing Blondie
Singing Blondie, photo by Judy Hansen Pullos

This week the ladies came out in full force with their diva rock style and stage presence. Their energy and intensity was devoured by the crowd and the Whisky was rocking without stopping.

photo by Judy Hansen Pullos
The 80s look was alive and well at the Whisky on Tuesday night. photo by Judy Hansen Pullos

This Tuesday night at the Whisky A Go-Go in West Hollywood seemed more like a raging party of good friends and talented musicians than a spectator’s event. Everyone got involved, performers and audience alike. It was an Ultimate 80’s Jam to be remembered for another three decades!

Matt Starr
Matt Starr, photo by Judy Hansen Pullos

Judy Hansen Pullos

Judy Hansen Pullos

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

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