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GOOD VIBRATIONS ~ The Students of Los Rios Rock School Re-create Pet Sounds

(HOLLYWOOD PRESS CORPS)  Los Angeles, CA —  “Ambitious” is the word most often used to describe the Beach Boys 1966 album Pet Sounds. So it was equally ambitious for a bunch of south Orange County musical teenagers to take to the studio at the Los Rios Rock School in San Juan Capistrano and attempt to recreate the emotional, many-layered brilliance of Pet Sounds.

The students of Los Rios Rock School. Photo by Alex Kluft

Established in 2010, Los Rios Rock School now has a faculty of 12 teachers and 190 families/students from all over Orange County. According to founder Tyler Marolf: “We have an 8000-square-foot performance-based lesson facility. Our school truly transforms young humans into unbelievable team mates, musicians and friends.”
Clinton Haycraft is the Director of Curriculum at Los Rios Rock School. When asked, “Why Pet Sounds?” Haycraft said: “Pet Sounds is not your typical Los Rios Rock School album. It doesn’t give the kids a whole lot of opportunity to show off as individuals. There are no shredding guitar solos, no belted high notes or raspy screams, no heavy drum fills. It demands another brand of musicianship – one that emphasizes dynamics, nuance, blending, and tone.”

The students of Los Rios Rock School. Photo by Alex Kluft

In 1966, Brian Wilson worked on Pet Sounds for many many months. It took a month just to lay down the background vocals for Wouldn’t It Be Nice. Los Rios Rock School did not have the time and money for that.

Los Rios ran rehearsals weekly for three months with Justin Norman rehearsing the band in one room while Erin Blagdon worked with the voices in the other – and Clinton Haycraft hovering between both rooms, “Eventually we brought the singers to the stage and everyone rehearsed together,” Haycraft said. “Having six instrumental players and 13 vocalists all amplified on stage together and trying to make sure they all heard themselves and each other was the most difficult logistical aspect of rehearsals.”

The students of Los Rios Rock School. Photo by Alex Kluft

All the rehearsal led to one long, productive day laying down all the tracks at Hybrid Studios in Santa Ana.

Anna Moellenhoff is an 18-year-old from San Juan Capistrano who first joined up with Los Rios Rock School in 2017. She sang lead on That’s Not Me. “My experience through this project was very exciting and sometimes difficult. During those times when it was difficult, I was learning how to control my voice and not overpower the rest of the track. It took time but I loved every step of the way because it made me into a better singer.”

The students of Los Rios Rock School. Photo by Alex Kluft

Lily Kelso is an 18-year-old aspiring musician from Laguna Beach who has been involved with Los Rios Rock School since 2018: “One of the things that stuck out to me most was how the group dynamic changed over time. We started out with a hodgepodge of kids and many of us either didn’t know each other or hadn’t spent much time together. This quickly changed. Over the course of many rehearsals and a lot of hard work, we all became really good friends. The coolest part about getting closer with everyone was to see it reflected in the music. Bit by bit songs started coming together as we learned more unified vowels, got used to “the beach boys sound,” and found our rhythm with the band. The process was slow but extremely rewarding.

After all that rehearsing and prep and concentrated studio time, how does Pet Sounds sound, as recorded by the students of Los Rios Rock School?

Here’s a link. What do you think?

LRRS Performs The Beach Boy’s “Pet Sounds”

Dustin Brown

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The New Experience in the Studio at Horse Latitudes

(HOLLYWOOD PRESS CORPS) — Los Angeles, CA — Saturday, May 16th, 2020 —The New Experience is back in the studio. Robby Krieger from the Doors, Brandino, Ed Roth and Franklin Vanderbilt are preparing to launch a live stream. In the studio with the band was Mike Dumas famous head engineer at Horse Latitudes Recording Studio.

Mike said, “You’ve got to check them out. They play fresh, they play great. Check it out. See them live or check out the live streaming show.”


The Hollywood Press Corps sent out a few questions and Brandino took some time to answer our questions. The Hollywood Press Corps (HPC): What’s a good way that can help people stay positive? Brandino: Be Nice Be strong Be Well. HPC: What’s the first thing you’re going to do when the Corona Virus is over?
Brandino: Play a big paying gig I got bills !!

The Hollywood Press Corps looks forward to next concert from the New Experience!

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WATCH TV ONE’S ACCLAIMED SERIES UNSUNG FOR A DANCE BREAK WITH SOUL MUSIC LEGEND BILLY PAUL THIS SUNDAY, MARCH 29 AT 10 P.M.

(HOLLYWOOD PRESS CORPS) — TV One’s award-winning documentary series UNSUNG gives viewers a soul music break from social-distancing with the story of Grammy Award-winning crooner, Billy Paul, this Sunday, March 29 at 10:00 p.m. Eastern Time and 7:00 p.m. on the West Coast.

Billy Paul

Born in North Philadelphia in the 1930s, Billy Paul grew up in a neighborhood that served as a hotbed for flourishing jazz artists. After a chance meeting with Kenny Gamble in the late 1960s, his mix of jazz and R&B helped define the emerging Philadelphia sound. Paul also served as a figure in the ‘60s Civil Rights movement. When “Me and Mrs. Jones” catapulted the crooner to international fame in 1972, the price tag of success came with a heavy cost. Paul struggled with substance abuse and had difficulty finding mainstream success throughout the rest of his career, despite releasing a string of solid chart singles throughout the 70’s. Paul passed away in 2016 and in this episode, his wife of 50 years, Gamble & Huff and others come together to pay tribute to one of the great ‘unsung’ singers of his time.

UNSUNG continues its storytelling of influential artists continue with upcoming episodes featuring vocal powerhouse Betty Wright, best known for the 70s hit single “Clean Up Woman;” multi-Grammy Award-winning musician Al Jarreau; and Atlanta hip hop quartet Goodie Mob. UNSUNG, winner of the 51st Annual NAACP Image Award for Outstanding News/Information- (Series or Special), celebrates the lives of trailblazing musicians whose full stories and journeys have yet to be explored. Through first-hand accounts, interviews with family and friends, and archival footage, each episode weaves a tale of the highs and lows of a life in the limelight.

UNSUNG is executive produced by A. Smith & Co. Productions’ Arthur Smith and Frank Sinton with Executive Producer Mark Rowland and Co-Executive Producer Kysha Mounia. For TV One, Jason Ryan is Executive Producer in Charge of Production, Donyell Kennedy-McCullough is Senior Director of Talent & Casting and Brigitte McCray is Senior Vice President of Original Programming and Production.

For more information on UNSUNG visit TV One’s YouTube Channel and check out exclusive, behind-the-scenes content on www.tvone.tv. Viewers can also join the conversation by connecting via social media on TV One’s Twitter, Instagram and Facebook (@tvonetv) and the UNSUNG Facebook (@tvoneunsung) using the hashtag #UNSUNG.

Dustin Brown

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The 2020 Project at the Seven Grand ~ March 19th

(HOLLYWOOD PRESS CORPS) — Los Angeles, CA — Brandino has put together a power trio that’s set to play the iconic Seven Grand nightclub in downtown Los Angeles on March 19th. Brandino, known for his career as Aretha Franklin’s bass player, will join jazz piano player Andy Langham and Oscar Seaton on drums. Andy is a member of Poncho Sanchez’s Latin Jazz Band and can been seen touring all over the world with Poncho. He has toured with Big Bad VooDoo Daddy, Natalie Cole, Christopher Cross, John Heard and many others. Oscar Seaton regularly appears on albums from best-selling artists like Lionel Richie and Lee Ritenhour.  He’s worked with award winners David Sanborn, Boz Scaggs and George Benson.

Brandino at the Seven Grand. Photo by Dustin Brown
Andy Langham on piano
Oscar Seaton on drums

Brandino is a 7 time Grammy awarded, Producer, Composer, Arranger, and Bassist. In addition to playing with Aretha Franklin and James Brown, Brandino has worked with Michael Jackson, Bootsy Collins, Justin Timberlake and Mary J Blige.
This will be an amazing night of jazz, funk and soul in one of Los Angeles’ hottest and coolest bars.

Brandino at the Seven Grand. Photo by Sanaz Danesh

Check out the Seven Grand here

Check out Brandino here

The Show starts at 10:00pm and the cats will be playing until 1:00am. Come hang out in downtown Los Angeles at the Seven Grand!

Dustin Brown

Dustin Brown

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Rock Against MS at the Palace Theater ~ March 21st, 2020

(HOLLYWOOD PRESS CORPS) —Hollywood, CA — Legendary Guitar Player’s Steve Stevens, Orianthi, Steve Lukather, Wayne Kramer and MORE – will rock the stage at the 8th Annual Rock Against MS Benefit Concert & Award Show on Saturday, March 21st, 2020.

Steve Stevens from Billy Idol and Michael Jackson’s band
Steve Lukather will dazzle on guitar at the 8th Annual Rock Against MS
The Queen of Sketch Comedy🎭 DEBRA WILSON (MADtv/Star Wars Jedi:Fallen Order) to Host the 8th Annual Rock Against MS🎗- Saturday, March 21st at The Palace Theatre! ~*~*~* TIX HERE: 🧡🧡#DebraWilson #MADtv #StarWarsJedi #RockAgainstMS #unselfish #HelpingPeopleNow #DTLA #DTLAnightlife #MultipleSclerosis #MS #palacetheatrela

Returning for hosting duties is MADtv alumni – impressionist and actress Debra Wilson. Wilson will be sharing the hosting duties with the rocker of all comedy, Joe Sib who is hot off the Metallica Tour – They will unfold an evening of comedy, music and art in benefit of the Rock Against MS Foundation – #HelpingPeopleNOW.

Wayne Kramer from MC5
Guitar 🎸Goddess ORIANTHI will ROCK AGAINST MS! Saturday, March 21st @ the Palace Theater in DTLA! ⚡️TIX HERE⚡️: Rock Against MS orianthi Orianthi’s fans Orianthi Panagaris Fanpage The Rock Against MS Annual Benefit Concert & Award Show #IamOrianthi #Orianthi #RockAgainstMS #DTLA #DTLAnightlife #PalaceTheatreLA
Bass playing legend JAMES LOMENZO will ROCK AGAINST MS – Saturday, March 21st at The Palace Theatre #JamesLomenzo #BassMonster #Megadeth #BLS #RockAgainstMS #HelpingPeopleNow #PalaceTheatreLA The Palace #DTLA #DTLAnightlife

Kicking off the night is the hottest Celebrity Orange Carpet featuring the biggest and brightest actors, TV Stars, Rockstars and Comedians – Including a star studded tribute to some of the artists that we lost in 2019 in a high-energy celebration of their most beloved songs.

This special night is to raise awareness and educate the public about multiple sclerosis, while raising money to build the first of many MS resource centers, aptly name The ROCK HOUSE. The ROCK HOUSE is a crucial component that will allow us to fulfill our mission and with your help we can build this much needed resource center,” explains Nancy B. Sayle, Founder. “The ROCK HOUSE will allow us to provide classes, community programs, basic care and expanded resources free of charge to those whose lives have been affected by MS.”

Artist Norton Wisdom

The evening will have famed performance artist Norton Wisdom performing his art live on stage during the music, capturing the inspiration he gets from the music notes.

LIVE COMEDY ALERT: Bringing his own brand of comedy…..Standup, impressionist, actor and total  freak” CRAIG GASS to ROCK AGAINST MS – Saturday, March 21st at The Palace Theatre in the DTLA! Craig Gass Rock Against MS 8th ANNUAL ROCK AGAINST MS BENEFIT CONERT The Rock Against MS Annual Benefit Concert & Award Show #CraigGass #Comedian #StandupComedian #DTLA #PalaceTheatreLA #DTLAnightlife

VENUE:
The Palace Theatre
630 S. Broadway @ 6th Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90014

PRE-SALE TIX:
General – $35
VIP w/M&G Package – $150
Day Of Show Add $10

SHOWTIMES:
Doors for All 6:00/ Celebrity Orange Carpet 6:30/ VIP Tix Holders Early Theatre Access M&G 6:00 / Public Theatre entry 7:00/ Show 8:00

BUY ONLINE NOW:
Purchase – http://rockagainstms2020.eventbrite.com
** Please email to reserve Wheelchair seating at info@rockagainstMS.org

SPONSORS:
Metal Blade Records, 95.5 KLOS, Earthly Body, Dulce Vida Tequila, American Born Whiskey, American Born Moonshine, Schecter Guitars, Evans, Promark, D’addario, SIR Studios, Stella Rosa Wine, Tour Bus Live, The Palace Theatre, Victorio’sRestaurant, Archie’s Vegan Ice Cream

For more show information go to: www.facebook.com/rockagainstMSfoundation, www.rockagainstms.org, www.richardpryor.com

Dustin Brown

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The New Experience at WEEDCon 2020

(HOLLYWOOD PRESS CORPS) — HOLLYWOOD — The Brandino and Momo Show rolled into WEEDCon 2020 with the New Experience. Featuring Robby Krieger from the Doors, Brandino on bass, Ed Roth on keyboard and Dale Alexander on drums. The band played to a crowd that learned about various weed products. WEEDCon Wonderland and the WEEDCon Buyers Cup is a weed industry event. It features distributors, brands, farms and dispensary buyers for two days. There was business to business networking and an education expo. Everyone was excited to see Robby Krieger and his band there. Check out the link of the Brandino and Mom Show here;


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The World’s Big Sleep Out Los Angeles

On a rainy night at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, caring citizens and organizations alike gathered for the “World’s Big Sleep Out” in an effort to raise funds and awareness to Los Angeles and the world’s homelessness crisis. Presented by “Charity On Top”, the event also took place in 50 locations around the world. The event promotes the fight against homelessness by inviting participants to sleep outdoors for the night to express their solidarity with those experiencing having nowhere indoors to rest their heads. 

Live musical performances, food and informational booths set up by local advocates offered resources and contact information for those in need and for those wishing to contribute and raise awareness to those affected.

                       

Opportunities to donate immediately were available throughout the night via text and phone as contact numbers were viewed on big screens around the stage.

”Charity On Top” is an innovative ecosystem for individuals and companies who wish to infuse charitable giving with their lives and work and supports charities worldwide as well as local charities and initiatives, including Downtown Womens Center, Youth Emerging Stronger, West Coast Care, New Directions for Veterans, Los Angeles Mission, Union Rescue Mission, The People Concern, San Fernando Valley Rescue Mission and Everybody In powered by United Way of Greater Los Angeles. All of these organizations can be found by typing in all lower case with no spaces, followed by .org (example) westcoastcare.org

MC for the night was Sean Kingston with musical performances by Rip Tide Blues Band, Meghan Trainor, Randy Jackson All Star Band (featuring) Orianthi), Ellie Goulding, Ziggy Marley and the evening’s festivities ended with a bedtime story from Seth Green to calm the participants who were committed to and passionate enough to brave the chilly, rainy night outdoors in only sleeping bags.

SUMMER CONCERT WITH BRANDINO AND THE NEW EXPERIENCE AT THE SEVEN GRAND IN DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES

(HOLLYWOOD PRESS CORPS) — LOS ANGELES — August 8th, 2019 — The New Experience recently played the exclusive Los Angeles Whiskey bar, the Seven Grand. Located in the heart of downtown Los Angeles the Seven Grand is Los Angeles’ hottest  venue for music  and top shelf whiskey.  The atmosphere was oozing with cool as the band arrived. Brandino arrived early and took up a spot in the VIP area that had been set aside for the band. The Seven Grand features a Whiskey bible and makes amazing top shelf cocktails. The management for Seven Grand are super nice and were so stoked to have Brandino, Robby Krieger, Ed Roth and Dale Alexander play music for the night.


The featured singer was Haley Reinhart. Haley is a singer and songwriter from Illinois who is a top winner from American Idol. She’s currently on Interscope records. She sings so well with the New Experience. Brandino and Robby are so supportive of other musicians which is really rare in the LA music scene. Haley has passion for singing and is so talented.

Robby Krieger with New Experience. Photo by Sanaz Danesh
The New Experience at the Seven Grand. Photo by Dustin Brown

The New Experience got started with Booker T and the MG’s iconic tune, Green Onions. The New Experience was in the groove on this Thursday night. Brandino’s bass line had a heavy, confident feel. This was the best performance of the Robby Krieger fronted band. Next up, The New Experience played Valdez. Robby played a cool solo on guitar and Ed Roth played a cool clavinet solo. Ed Roth is such an important member of the New Experience. He has the ability to lay down a steady groove, but he also has the most amazing jazz chops in the business. Ed has played with everyone. Ed is known as a session player and someone with a lot of feel. Ed has a real upbeat spirit and loves to play keyboard.

Brandino is back!!!! Photo by Dustin Brown

The band picked up the pace on Revelation and went into a cool groove on a song called Breezin. The New Experience went on to play Event Horizon which is the grammy winning tune that Brandino and Robby wrote together. Robby brought it back to their blues roots with Red Rooster. They also played the jazz standard, Favorite Things. One more blues tune was Albert King’s Born Under a Bad Sign. They took it back to the Doors with Riders on the Storm. This is such a cool song that everyone at Seven Grand instantly recognized.

Ed Roth (L) hanging out with Brian Auger (R). Photo by Sanaz Danesh
Legendary keyboard player Brian Auger sat in with the New Experience. Photo by Sanaz Danesh

One thing that a lot of people might not know is that the Doors didn’t originally have a bass player. Ray Manzerak played the bass lines on an organ using the pedals. Maybe for this reason, Robby has cool organs and great keyboard players that come and sit in. Legendary Hammond Organ player, Brian Auger stopped by to play with the New Experience on Light My Fire. Brian is known for playing with Sonny Boy Williamson and Jimi Hendrix in the 60s. He sounded great on Thursday at the Seven Grand.

Shana Adler (center) was the opening act
Shana Adler (L) with Robby Krieger (R). Photo by Dustin Brown
Brandino (L) with Robby Krieger (R) at the Seven Grand in Los Angeles. Photo by Sanaz Danesh

Dale Alexander on drums was a real treat. The stage at Seven Grand doesn’t look like much, but the sound was perfect. Dale plays so well with Brandino. He has a lot of feel and doesn’t play too loud.

Brandino at the Seven Grand on August 8, 2029. Photo by Sanaz Danesh
The New Experience. Photo by Paul Lester
Brandino on bass with the New Experience. Photo by Paul Lester
Brandino on bass with the New Experience. Photo by Paul Lester
Brandino (L) with Robby Krieger (R). Photo by Paul Lester

The young crowd at Seven Grand was really into the performance. Seven Grand is one of downtown LA’s hottest bars and the scene on Thursday was off the hook. We look forward to the next performance of the New Experience!

Dustin Brown

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Brandino is Back With The New Experience featuring Robby Krieger from the Doors

(HOLLYWOOD PRESS CORPS) — BURBANK — It was cool for a summer night on Thursday, June 27th when bass master Brandino debuted his new quartet at the legendary Viva Rancho Cantina in Burbank. Viva is one of LA’s best kept secrets. It features two stages and world class musicians. Thursday night was no exception. This event was a long time coming for Kevin “Brandino” Brandon. Known for being Aretha Franklin’s road bass player for more than a decade, Brandino is on a come back mission after a recent health scare. Thursday night was all about Brandino. He wouldn’t have it any other way.

Brandino on bass

On guitar for this supergroup, known as the New Experience, was Robby Krieger of the Doors. Robby is a founding member of the Doors and has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Dale Alexander plays drums for the New Experience. He has played with Prince and George Benson. Ed Roth plays keyboards and organ. Ed has a heavy jazz influence on the New Experience. Ed has played with many legends over the years.

Frsnklin Vanderbilt on drums with Brandino (R)
Dale Alexander (L) with Brandino (R)

The stage at Viva was set up with Brandino seated in the center of the stage. Robby was on Brandino’s left. Dale had his drum set near Brandino to his right and Ed Roth was on stage right. The glittering backdrop has a retro look. The band got right into it playing jazz and pop numbers. Each member took turns soloing. Brandino did a great bass solo that the crowd was really into. Robby soloed several times on guitar which was just fantastic. Ed Roth laid down a few of his epic keyboard solos and Dale had a solo as well. Dale’s real genius is his feel. He really holds down the rhythm without over doing it.

Robby Krieger with the New Experience. Photo by Dustin Brown

I was talking to a couple of Doors fans who had shown up in the hopes of hearing a few classics. They wouldn’t be disappointed. Several  notable guest musicians stopped by. Franklin Vanderbilt is Lenny Kravitz’ drummer and an amazing presence on drums. Franklin was really the standout guest of the night. I wanted to hear more from Franklin. Brandino paid his respects to the legendary Phil Chin who is Jeff Beck’s bass player. Phil played Brandino’s four string electric bass with actor Dennis Quaid singing on Riders of the Storm. Dennis did a soulful rendition of Riders with Robby playing his iconic guitar solo.

Phil Chen (L) with Robby Krieger (R)

Robby explained each song and its significance. The band kept get better as the night went on. Alternating between pop and jazz, it was a real treat to hear these legendary musicians playing together.

Dennis Quaid sang Riders on the Storm

This was the first show for the New Experience. It was a great night of music. Everyone who came out seemed to really enjoy the songs, the musicians and the whole night. We look forward to the next performance.

Dustin Brown

Dustin Brown

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SUPERSTAR DJ AFROJACK BRINGS HIP-HOP ARTIST RAE SREMMURD & POP SINGER STANAJ TO THE MAIN-STAGE OF ULTRA MUSIC FESTIVAL PERFORMING RECENTLY RELEASED SONG ’SOBER’

(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.

Afrojack encourages everybody that is excited and passionate about music production to enter the competition to demonstrate what they have learned and capture his attention. Afrojack is a Grammy- winning artist and major player in dance and pop music, having risen from humble DJ beginnings to become a multi-platinum, multi-award-winning producer. With two Grammy Awards under his belt (Best Remixer for Madonna’s Revolver and Best Rap/Hip Hop Track for Chris Brown’s Look At Me Now), Afrojack is one of the most sought-after producers in the world and has been featured by DJ Mag for more than eight years now as one of the top 10 DJ’s in the world.

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.

Dustin Brown

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