(HOLLYWOOD PRESS CORPS) — Los Angeles, CA — Wednesday, July 7th, 2021 — The New Experience made an appearance at the downtown LA hotspot ~ Seven Grand this last Thursday night on July 1st. The New Experience is a crowd pleaser at the Seven Grand and Thursday night was no exception.
Franklin Vanderbilt III plays drums for the New Experience. Frankie was on fire laying down the beat of downtown LA. 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.
The band was tight and the crowd was digging the music. Brandino played an amazing evening of blues, rock and jazz on the bass. On guitar for the New Experience is the amazing Robby Krieger from the Doors. Robby seemed relaxed and played a great two sets of music.
The New Experience really seems to be gaining from their time together as a band. It was a great night of music. The Hollywood Press Corps had Ellen Zuckerman and Jay Ross shooting photos at the event. All photos are by Ellen Zuckerman unless indicated.
Photos by Jay Ross
Downtown Los Angeles residents couldn’t wait to get out and see live music after being locked down for 16 months due to the pandemic. Seven Grand is a super cool whiskey bar in downtown LA that has a space for shooting pool and live music. The NEW experience got in a few of the classics like Booker T and the MG’s Green Onions and the jazz standard ~ Valdez.
Frankie and Brandino layed down a nice groove and Robby Krieger was playing so nice. The late night downtown crowd had a great time and really enjoyed the band. We really look forward to the next concert from the new Experience. Stayed tuned to the Hollywood Press Corps for future concerts!
(HOLLYWOOD PRESS CORPS) — Los Angeles, CA — Monday, June 14th, 2021 — The Hollywood Press Corps recently caught up with Brandino. Brandino has been working on various projects for TV during the pandemic. Now that things are opening back up again, Brandino has several projects and concert dates that he’s ready to announce. The first big announcement is that the New Experience will be performing at the Seven Grand on July 1st. Brandino, Ed Roth, Franklin Vanderbilt and Robby Krieger are raring to go. This will be a fun show. We had a few questions for Brandino as he gets ready for the new gigs.
Hollywood Press Corps (HPC): July 1st at the Seven Grand 2021! The New Experience is back! Hello Brandino! What have you been up to for the last 16 month?
Brandino: The New Experience is back baby! The last time we played together was March 13th, 2020 at the Baked Potato. The amazing Ed Roth on keyboards, Franklin Vanderbilt on drums, Robby Krieger on guitar and of course Brandino on bass! I’ve been busy writing music for TV. I was in the music studio with Tyrone Griffin Sr., Ty Dolla Sign’s father, recording a new jazz track with a bebop feel.
HPC: How has life been during the pandemic?
Brandino: Life is good, but it’s like being in jail. I recently got a new puppy, Roscoe. He is enormous. Like a tree trunk. Me and Billie are getting used to him.
HPC: What have you done during the pandemic to improve yourself?
Brandino: I am always playing and studying music. I bought a dobro at the start of the pandemic. That’s a lap steel guitar that you play with a steel slide. I play dobro, lap steel, 6 string acoustic guitar, electric bass and seven string bass. I also play 5 string concert bass, and 5 string cello.
Here’s a link to Brandino Sound Box. This Grammy awarded project has been remastered.
Personnel on Sound Box is as follows: Andy Laham piano, Oscar Seaton drums, Brandino upright bass, Michael O’neill guitar, Mike Thompson guitar, Keith Fiddmont saxophone, Kamasi Washington tenor sax, Rodney Taylor on sax.
The Hollywood Press Corps looks forward to the next update from the New Experience and Brandino.
(HOLLYWOOD PRESS CORPS) — Los Angeles, CA — Friday, October 9th, 2020 —Since Pet Sounds was released in 1966, this sophisticated album by the Beach Boys has evolved into what many consider to be one of the most influential albums in rock and roll history.
In 1967, the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences were struggling to figure out what to do with this rock and roll deal, so the nominees for Album of the Year included were Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass, Maurice Jarre for Dr. Zhivago and The Beatles for Revolver.
Pet Sounds was not included in the Grammys, but in the fullness of time the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences inducted Pet Sounds into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1998. And many music historians place Pet Sounds at or near the top of the most influential rock and roll albums of all time.
There’s a long Wikipedia listing for Pet Soundsdetailing the influence of the album over the decades, genres and eras but this is one of the best bits: “Paul McCartney later credited Pet Sounds as an influence on his increasingly melodic bass-playing style and cited “God Only Knows” as ‘the greatest song ever written.’”
Pet Sounds has resonated from 1966 across the decades and into the 21stCentury – all the way to Los Rios Rock School in San Juan Capistrano – where a team of talented teens – and their mature mentors – challenged their talents to re-create Pet Sounds.
In May of 2019 student-musicians from Los Rios went into the studio to re-create Pet Sounds in a single day of recording – an ambitious project to re-create a famously complicated project that took months of recording and engineering by Brian Wilson and his Merry Men.
The session was filmed by Alejandro Herrera and that can be seen here:
When the contenders for Grammy Award Nominations for 2020 were announced they included:
Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album
Los Rios Rock School – ‘Pet Sounds’
Producers: Clint Haycraft, Phil Allen, Erin Blagdon,
Spencer Askin, Tyler Marolf, and Chris Bates
Best Music Film
Los Rios Rock School – ‘Pet Sounds’
Director: Alejandro Herrera
Producers: Clint Haycraft, Phil Allen, Erin Blagdon,
Spencer Askin, Tyler Marolf, Chris Bates, and Justin Norman
And there was much rejoicing. Here is a Zoom of the reaction:
Mark Linett is a record producer and audio engineer who has worked with BrianWilson, Rickie Lee Jones, Los Lobos, Jane’s Addiction, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Randy Newman and has won three Grammy Awards.
“As the guy who has worked with Pet Sounds and the Beach Boys’ recordings more than anyone, I wanted to congratulate everyone involved in the Pet Sounds recordings by the school’s students. the renditions are all great and several reminded both myself and my partner Alan Boyd of the excitement we felt when hearing the Pet Sounds album for the first time.”
The final nominees for The Grammy Awards will be announced Wednesday, Nov. 20 by 15-time GRAMMY-winning Alicia Keys and Chair of the Board of Trustees Harvey Mason Jr. in a nominations press conference.
And then the envelopes. According to Grammy.com: “On Jan. 31, 2021, the 63rd GRAMMY Awards will be happening, rain or shine, COVID-19 vaccine or not. Because the show is still months away, whether or not there will be a live audience or red carpet will be determined and revealed closer to the big day, as the health and safety of artists, guests, crew and staff is always front of mind during every GRAMMYs.”
A bunch of kids could win a Grammy or two for re-creating music made when their parents were teenagers. It’s a quick train ride and an Uber – or maybe a limo? – from San Juan Capistrano to the Staples Center in Los Angeles and maybe some of the talented teens and mature mentors from Los Rios Rock School will take that ride – and maybe come away with some metal.
(HOLLYWOOD PRESS CORPS) — Los Angeles, CA — Tuesday, September 29th, 2020 — Surf Rocker Dylan Garcia will release his new single I Wont Back Down on Friday, October 9, 2020, 11 years to the day Garcia was released from a mental institution. The track is a cover of Tom Petty’s hit song released in April 1989 as the lead single from his first solo album, Full Moon Fever. The song was co-written by Petty and Jeff Lynne, also his writing partner for the album.
I Wont Back Down was at the center of a legal controversy last year when the family of the late Tom Petty filed a legal notice against the Trump campaign for the illegal use of the song at a Tulsa, Oklahoma rally.
“I’ve made no secret of my past mental heath struggles and will continue to use my platform to raise awareness. This release was also inspired to put a spotlight on those who, like me, never backed down. October 9th is an important day for me. The timing of this song is incredible and speaks redemption of coming back from one of my darkest times. From all the battles in my life, this song always gave me hope” said Garcia from his recording studio in Oxnard, California.
The surf rock version of I Wont Back Down was produced by Garcia and Jayden Secor, featuring an original hip hop drum beat and surf rock reggae flow. The track will drop October 9th on all digital platforms including Spotify & Apple Music.
Dylan Garcia was born and raised in Oxnard California. He is the oldest in a family of five. His father Abel Garcia Jr. is a major inspiration as well as his late grandfather, Abel Garcia Sr. a decorated Korean War Hero. In 2012 the family discovered by DNA tests that he was 98.9% Ojibwe Native.
Garcia started his artistic journey by writing poetry at age 12. While in high school, his friends were in rock bands. They were doing what he really wanted to do: play music. However, he was pushed into playing baseball and football. He soon began bodyboarding. Little did he know surfing culture was going to be a major influence in his music career. By the age of 19, he purchased his first guitar while at the University. Songwriting came organically as the next step.
He received nominations to attend West Point and The Air Force Academy, but life had other plans. Garcia played baseball at Ventura College until he received a shoulder injury and had reconstructive surgery.
Garcia transferred to UC Irvine as a sophomore, lived in Newport Beach and surfed every day. Getting his heart broken was a great motivation to play guitar and write music. His life consisted of going to school, working two jobs, surfing and teaching himself how to play the guitar. Being from a Native American and Latino family and being the first one to graduate from college was a very big deal.
In 2009, Garcia began his professional music career working with legendary Grammy winning producer Ronnie King (Pepper, Steel Pulse, Tupac, Mariah Carey, Snoop Dog, Pennywise, Rancid.) He has also worked with David Elecciri Jr., lead guitarist of Grammy Nominated reggae band Steel Pulse as well as with five time Latin Grammy Producer Kenny O’Brien. Incidentally, it was Kenny O’Brien who compared his style with Bob Dylan and the name stuck.
Also, in 2009, Garcia was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder. This crisis sent him into a mental institution only to emerge and give his most iconic performance to date at the House of Blues in Anaheim, California. This is one of the reasons Dylan wants to give a voice to Mental Health awareness and help erase the stigma associated with it.
Dylan Garcia’s discography includes: Just Another Day, Unpredictable, and Game of Life as well as their music videos. His record It’s All Good is licensed in Australia.
Dylan Garcia supports N.A.M.I. (National Alliance on Mental Health) for their efforts to help not only those with mental illness, but to educate families.
(HOLLYWOOD PRESS CORPS) — Los Angeles, CA —Wednesday, September 23rd, 2020 —The New Experience got together for a rehearsal and to celebrate Brandino’s birthday. Robby Krieger, Brandino, Ed Roth and Franklin Vanderbilt were all ready to kick out the jams after being in self-isolation for the last six months. In the studio with the band was Mike Dumas famous head engineer at Horse Latitudes Recording Studio. Mike had the band sounding like a million bucks.
The most iconic jam of the night was when Robby launched into the Donnie Hathaway song, “Valdez in the Country”. Such a cool tune. You know the New Experience is fired up when you hear them play “Valdez.”
Robby brought some spirits to celebrate Brandino’s birthday. Robby, Franklin and Ed all raised a glass to Brandino. Robby doesn’t drink alcohol, but everyone else really enjoyed the celebration. It was all about Brandino on Wednesday night. A lot of fun. Everyone washed their hands.
(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.
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.”
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.”
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.”
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?
(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!
(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.
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.
(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 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.
(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.
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.
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.”
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.
The Palace Theatre
630 S. Broadway @ 6th Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90014
General – $35
VIP w/M&G Package – $150
Day Of Show Add $10
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
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