(HOLLYWOOD PRESS CORPS) March 31st, 2019 — At 9:10PM Sunday night, festival goers from all over the world excitedly danced and raved to Superstar DJ and producer Afrojack’s Mainstage Ultra Music Festival set. The crowd was at fever pitch and it was set to be an incredible night.
But what is an Ultra set without a couple surprises? Emerging mid-set was surprise artistsRae Sremmurdand pop singer Stanaj walked onto the massive Ultra MainStage to perform their newest release with Afrojack, ’Sober’. Rae entered with undeniable swagger, and Stanaj belted out the chorus alongside a crowd of thousands.
This is the first-time the three artists were able to perform the song live together, and it is certain to be marked an unforgettable experience at this year’s Ultra Music Festival, which pulls crowds of over 160,000 each year.
Los Angeles based show producer/ entrepreneur Karen Michelle in association with LYB Events, Destiny Candle by Karen Michelle, Mickey Fine Pharmacy and Grill, Softweb, Coco Taps, Searchlight Insurance, FabUPlus Magazine, My/Mo Mochi Ice Cream, Annipuf and LRM Publicity present the “LYB Spring 2019 Fashion Show and Shopping Event,” this Sunday, March 31, 2019 at the Luxe Sunset Bl. Hotel at 11461 Sunset Bl. Los Angeles. The press arrival is 1:15pm, Red Carpet is 1:30pm and the Fashion Show is at 3:30pm.
Confirmed celebrities include: Gloria Garayua (How to Get Away With Murder), Jax Malcolm (Jingle Trails), Connor Dean (9-1-1), Stacia Gates (Cookin it Up), Patti Negri (Ghost Adventures), Jordyn Curet (Life Hacks for Kids DreamworksTV), Chloe Noelle (True Blood), Mark LaBella (Chicago Fire), Alyssa deBoisblanc (Modern Family), Vida Ghaffari (The Mindy Project), Laura T. Sharpe (CEO Artists For Trauma & AFT Models), Samantha Gangal (OMG!), Brooklyn Robinson (Pineapple), Isabella Leon (The Good Church), Ainsley Ross (Should I do it?), Kacey Fifield (Game Shakers), Neil D’monte (Batman v. Superman), Lou Pizarro, (Producer/ Star Operation Repo, Repo Radio), Akin Asalu, (Creative Director Let Me Fly), Saúl Mejía (President of Global Tech/ Panorama City Chamber of Commerce) Nadia Davari (Entertainment Attorney), Melody Trice (The Melody Trice Show), and many more!
The LYB 2019 Spring show will kick-off the Karen Michelle Heart Awards program. The first of its kind The Karen Michelle Heart Award is presented to a person or organization that exemplifies the true meaning of embracing everyone, while striving to make the community and world we live in a better place for all. Karen Michelle is proud to give inaugural Karen Michelle Heart Award to Laura T Sharpe the CEO of Artists for Trauma. Karen Michelle believes that all women are beautiful and has brought this event to life to give each and every one of them the confidence they need to achieve all that they dare to dream. #LYBevents Spring 2019 is a one-day beauty festival that includes: celebrity red carpet with full press line, fashion show, dessert party, raffle winners announced hourly, photo activations, hair bar with flower crowns, glitter lip bar, makeup makeovers, nail bar, cosmetic and beauty treatments offered on site. Featured designers include: Karen Michelle LA, More Rockin’, Modefywear, Shop Her Closet KM, Klara Designs, Elle n’ Dee, Forage Collection, Jinza Bridal, Dilee Inc, Moonlight Serenade and Designs by Lady Justice.
On Tuesday, April 2nd, 2019, The Panorama City Chamber of Commerce will be celebrating their 3rd Anniversary and the 1st Year of “The Panorama City Chamber of Commerce Business Day” at the Platinum Banquet Hall, 8704 Van Nuys Blvd., Panorama City CA. 91402. The red carpet will be from 5pm to 6pm with the awards ceremony and dinner from 6pm to 8pm.
This momentous date was declared by the California State Senate by a resolution granted by the Honorable CA. State Senator Bob Hertzberg on March 15th, 2018. The resolution was presented at the Grand Opening of the Panorama City Chamber of Commerce Business Center on April 2nd, 2018.
In addition to a red carpet chock full of celebrities and press interviews, this year’s celebration will feature the North Valley Military Institute’s Color Guard, the National Anthem by Grammy Award Nominee Songwriting Shane, live performances, the awards ceremony and a dinner. We will also be honoring the Officers, board members, and volunteers who made the Panorama City Chamber of Commerce such a rousing success during the past year. As a special recognition, we will be honoring local celebrities that have truly made a difference in the San Fernando Valley and in Panorama City.
The Offices of U.S. Congressman Tony Cardenas, CA. State Senator Bob Hertzberg, CA. State Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian, Los Angeles County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, Los Angeles City Mayor Eric Garcetti, and Los Angeles City Councilmember Nury Martinez are expected to attend.
Additional celebrities and VIPs in attendance are Saul Mejia (President of the Panorama City Chamber of Commerce and GlobalTech, Motivational Speaker & Book Author), Songwriting Shane (Grammy Nominee), Matias Meza (Grammy Winning Producer) Juan Ignacio (Pop Singer), Klaudia Lua (TV Host), Philanthropist Laura T. Sharpe (Founder and CEO, Artists For Trauma), TV Personality Suzi Khatami (“Our View” show on ATV), Filmmaker Dustin Ferguson (Nemesis 5: The New Model currently available on Redbox), Legendary Action Star Mel Novak (Quentin Tarantino favorite Game of Death), SAG/AFTRA Actress (Who’s Jenna?), Radio Personality, Rock’N’SeXXXyU show, LA Talk Radio, Red Carpet Correspondent, Walk Against MS, Amber Lynn, Actress Dawna Lee Heising (Robowoman) and Actress Vida Ghaffari (The Mindy Project), Vida Craddock (Designs by Vida Celebrity Designer), among others will be in attendance.
“As a lifelong resident of Panorama City, it is with great pride that I am president of our Chamber of Commerce and I get to interact and help businesses prosper in our fair city and acknowledge the many people out here for all they do for this great town, said Chamber President Mejia.
About the Panorama City Chamber of Commerce:
The Panorama City Chamber of Commerce, which was incorporated in 2016, is composed of business professionals who are civic-minded citizens. Because of the Chamber’s volunteer work and financial support, Chamber membership gives members a blanket policy of community insurance. The Chamber’s mission is a collective effort to promote the welfare of our community and make it the best community in Los Angeles to shop, live,and to make a living in. The Chamber’s main aim is to maintain a proper balance of growth, shopping convenience, work, and recreation within our community. In addition, the Chamber strives to make Panorama City the most attractive community in the area through cleanups and beautification efforts. The Chamber is proud of our civic and service groups and is confident that through our combined efforts, we shall achieve our aims and remain “The Heart Of The Valley”.
About Saul Mejia:
Saul Mejia is a seasoned TV and Radio Host, an Executive, Business Leader, International Entrepreneur, and Elected Official in Panorama City with over 20 years of experience in Leadership, Business administration, and Public Speaking.
He has vast experience in the entertainment industry, politics, and the business world. He has worked for several companies and is currently a TV and Radio Host for the Spanish TV Show “Sentido Comun” con Klaudia Lua, Additionally, he is the President of the Panorama City Chamber of Commerce, the President for Global Tech, a Board Member of the United Chambers of Commerce of the San Fernando Valley, Member of the Valley Industry & Commerce Association (VICA), Member of BizFed (Los Angeles County Business Federation), Member of the Hispanic Chamber of E-Commerce and a former Elected Business Representative of the Panorama City Neighborhood Council (City of L.A.) where he also served as the Commerce Committee Chair. He has received several awards including 2 Special Congressional Recognitions and the Prestigious AMVETS Medal (American Veterans of Foreign Wars).
About Platinum Banquet Hall:
Platinum Banquet Hall has years of experience planning and staging world-class events, from weddings and large corporate parties to quinceañeras. Our dedication to making every event a moment to remember is what makes them one of the top event venues in Los Angeles.
Platinum Banquet Hall employs only the absolute finest events staff. Their event planners are professionals in the industry of planning weddings, quinceañeras, engagement parties, large corporate events, and any other event you may want to host. Each and every one of their staff brings a passion and dedication to the job that shines in everything they do. Their mission is to keep our clients happy from beginning to end.
(HOLLYWOOD PRESS CORPS) — MARCH 25TH, 2019 — NY based Singer Rachel Lorin, known for her charting song “I Hate You”, today announced bi-coastal shows and a live stream event in support of her new full-length album “Worship The Unbroken” due to be released later in 2019. The first single, “Under My Skin” will soon debut with an accompanying video.
The LA show takes place Tuesday, April 3 at 8pm, PST at LA’s iconic club The Whisky A Go Go. The show will be Live-Streamed Worldwide via RYouLive (www.ryoulive.com). Rachel’s NYC show will be the following week on April 11, 7pm ET at Berlin Under A.
The live shows and streaming event will be offered free.RYouLive is also available via free download at iTunes or Google Play.
The upcoming album, produced by award-winning Producer Kane Churko of the Hideout Las Vegas (Ozzy Osbourne, Papa Roach, Modern Science, In This Moment, 5 Finger Death Punch) represents a musical departure, moving Lorin away from her Hard Rock past into a unique Rock/Alternative/Pop feel. All songs were written by Rachel Lorin, Rob Endling, Curtis Martin, and Kane Churko.
Drawing on influences as diverse as Muse and Panic! at the Disco. the 10-song album combines Rachel ’s multi-octave vocal power with complex musical layering for a sonic experience.
Rachel has toured extensively over the last few years and will be announcing new dates soon with the yearly Wisconsin Rock Fest already booked for Summer 2019. Rachel will share the festival stage with bands such as Evanescence, SKILLET, Marilyn Manson and others.
The much anticipated theatrical Premiere of the sci-fi revenge thriller “RoboWoman” from multi award-winning director Dustin Ferguson (“Nemesis 5: The New Model” which is currently available on Redbox) will take place at the Laemmle Glendale at 207 N Maryland Avenue on Thursday, April 11, 2019. The film will be presented as a late-night “Grindhouse Experience”, complete with actual Grindhouse movie trailers and bumpers from the 1970s and 80s. The red carpet will begin at 9:30pm, and the Premiere of “RoboWoman: The Grindhouse Experience” will start at 10pm. There will be a Q & A after the film with Ferguson, the stars of RoboWoman and the film’s crew.
“RoboWoman” follows Vivica Stevens (Dawna Lee Heising, “Blade Runner”, “Nemesis 5”, “Revenge of The Samurai Cop”) on her last night at a temp agency as she accepts a date with a persistent co-worker. Soon she finds herself cornered in a dark park at night and brutally attacked, raped and left for dead by her date and his deranged friends. She’s found barely alive by her roommate, played by Sue Price (Albert Pyun’s “Nemesis 2-5”) and undergoes illegal, experimental “cybernetic” surgery where she is given a replacement robotic arm and visor to correct her vision. However, the new implants don’t settle well because it isn’t long before she decides to seek revenge with the aid of her new attachments. One by bloody one she stalks and kills her attackers before the shocking and revealing conclusion!
The film features many notable celebrity appearances by Mel Novak (Quentin Tarantino favorite “Game of Death”, Steve McQueen: American Icon with Mel Gibson) as the deranged “Doctor Michaels”, Aki Aleong (“Missing In Action III”) as an innocent victim at the wrong place at the wrong time and Brinke Stevens (“Slumber Party Massacre”) as the evil Corporate Executive behind it all. Additionally, Vida Ghaffari (“The Mindy Project”), Jonathan Nation (“Elvis Lives”), Thom Mulligan (“FBI: The Untold Stories”),, Peter Stickles (“Showgirls 2”), Freddy James (“A Doggone Adventure”), Mark Popejoy (“The Amityville Legacy”), Clint Beaver (“Nemesis 5”), Zach Muhs (Albert Pyun’s “Bad Ass Angels And Demons”), Gregory Blair (“Garden Party Massacre”), Shaun Vetick (“Flyover Country”), Ken May (“House of Pain”) and newcomer Nathan Gershon (“Meathook Massacre 5”) appear in the film as well. It was written by Mike Reeb (“Nemesis 5”, “House of Pain”), produced by the late Randy Scornavacca and executive produced by Aki Aleong. The special effects were created by Joe Castro (“Wishmaster 3 & 4”, “Night of The Demons 3”).
Ferguson has announced that “RoboWoman” will become a trilogy. The action revenge thriller “RoboWoman”, the first film in the “RoboWoman” trilogy, will be released in early 2019 by Wild Eye Releasing. The second film will begin shooting in Fall 2019. Dawna Lee Heising is cast as the heroic Vivica Stevens (aka RoboWoman) in the trilogy.
About Dustin Ferguson
Dustin Ferguson is a very prolific and successful multi-award winning filmmaker. After a breakout editing gig in 2009 with “Sleepaway Camp IV: The Survivor”, he has gone on to direct over 50 of his own feature films and more than 70 music videos to date, most notably “Nemesis 5: The New Model” and two installments in the low-budget “Camp Blood” series. He’s collaborated with such award-winning music artists as “Egyptian Lover”, “Orgy” and “My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult”, while also previously owning and operating his own retro-themed video rental store called “Old Skool Video”. Dustin is also the editor for Aleong’s “Railroad to Hell: A Chinaman’s Chance”, and is the Director of Photography on the “What an Institution! The Story of Police Academy” documentary, and is the Co-director of the cult classic “Night of the Demons” documentary. Dustin also performs as rapper “Dirty D”, and his debut City Bros CD ‘Lit’ will release in April 2019.
(HOLLYWOOD PRESS CORPS) — MARCH 13TH, 2019 — Top jazz drummer and four time Grammy winner, Antonio Sanchez, performed at the Younes and Soraya Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts on CSUN Campus in Northridge. This space, known as the Soraya, is the crown jewel of performance spaces in the San Fernando Valley. It’s a rare treat to see jazz on this level, and to hear it at the Soraya makes it twice as special.
The Soraya Leadership Series With Antonio Sanchez was an on campus event that brings prominent artists and students together. This was a great chance for the students at CSUN to listen to and learn from a master level artist.
Antonio Sanchez is known as one of the top jazz musicians in the world. His all percussion sore from the movie “Birdman” also known by the title “The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance” was revolutionary and ground breaking. Antonio is an immigrant to America from Mexico. He know lives in New York City with his wife Thana Alexa, who is a jazz vocalist. Antonio has been performing his “Birdman” album to sold out crowds. On Wednesday at the Soraya, Antonio preformed with his band Migration. Migration had Chase Baird on saxophone and EWI. An EWI is an ElectronicWind Instrument or a “Wind Synth”. John Escreet on piano and organ, Matt Brewer on upright bass and five string electric bass and of course, the talented Antonio Sanchez on percussion.
The Soraya, is a Taj Majal of performance spaces for the Valley. Its on the CSUN campus. Parking can be tricky. The security is tight and plentiful. Once we figured out where to park and how to check in, we entered the stage area of the auditorium. A stage was on one end with tables and a riser at the other end. The sound and the lighting are just amazing. The dynamics of the sound system are just top of the line.
Antonio and the band got down to business with a couple of tunes off of the “Lines In The Sand” album. They played “Home” which is great tune. I really liked Chase Bairds upright bass playing on the first few tunes. He switched to electric bass later but I think I liked the upright more. They also played “Travesia” and “Long Road”.
Antonio took some time to talk about his experience as an immigrant. His love for news. He talked about being sworn in as an American citizen. He said now that he cant be deported, he has to be careful about getting in trouble because hell have to answer to the authorities in the states now. He said he’s in a sort of limbo where he no longer feels like a Mexican citizen but is still new to being an American.
I really enjoyed Migration’s performance. Antonio is such an amazing drummer. One can almost hear Antonio speaking words with each expressive beat and cymbal hit. A question here, a statement there. Antonio has a passion for music. He took some time between tunes to talk about the immigrant experience. He spoke about immigrants who aren’t so lucky. People who flee their homes out of fear, persecution, war and famine. He also talked about people who get detained by ICE, but they are American citizens. All of these things are what Antonio is putting in his music. His band Migration is the next level for this master level composer. Working with the best jazz musicians of New York City, Antonio has created a jazz band that is capable of expressing his feelings and questions.
The Hollywood Press Corps was honored to attend the Antonio Sanchez concert featuring Migration. We look forward to future events at the Soraya.
(HOLLYWOOD PRESS CORPS) — LOS ANGELES — The Beverly Hills Temple of the Arts at the Saban Theatre will hold a Rally To Condemn anti-Semitism & Racism. It will be led by Rabbi David Baron. Holocaust Survivor Bill Harvey, and Leon Bass Jr., son of WWII liberator of Buchenwald Concentration Camp, the late Leon Bass will join the Rabbi on this special night. The Shared Heritage of Freedom Shabbat Service will be held just before the Rabbi’s sermon, “Jew Hatred: It’s Back – But It Never Really Left – It Only Morphed Into Anti-Zionism.”
Rabbi David Baron said, “In light of the recent resurgence of deplorable acts of anti-Semitism, the Beverly Hills Temple of the Arts at the Saban Theatre will be holding a Rally To Condemn anti-Semitism & Racism. Newcomer Representative Ilham Omar of Minnesota, a Somali-American, sent a tweet last week implying Congressional support for Israel has been bought by money from the lobbying group, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. Meanwhile, teen students from Newport Harbor High School in Newport Beach, CA, with a Nazi salute, hailed Swastika shaped beer cups during a drinking game at a private home party; the video went viral. And in Belgium at the recent Aalst Carnaval, a float depicted two huge puppet caricatures of Orthodox Jews standing on bags of money, with a synagogue façade in the background; Pascal Soleme, who wrote the float’s theme song about ‘bulging coffers’ and who works for the Aalst Police Department, thought the float was funny. These outright anti-Semitic acts of racism have no rightful place in a world where tolerance and understanding of all humankind should prevail.”
The Rally To Condemn anti-Semitism and Shared Heritage of Freedom Shabbat Service, which begins at 8:00 p.m. on Friday, March 15, 2019 is FREE, and open to all members of the public to attend. Free Parking is available after 5:00 p.m. at La Cienega Tennis Center, 325 South La Cienga Boulevard, at Gregory Way, one block south of Wilshire Boulevard, Beverly Hills, CA 90211.
(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!