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SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA SLACK KEY FESTIVAL ~ 2023

(HOLLYWOOD PRESS COPRS) — The 16th Annual Slack Key fest was Sunday, January 15th, at the Redondo Beach Performance Art Center. The South Bay is lucky to have both the Performing Arts Center and The Slack Key Fest. It was such a great lineup. Fans of the soundtrack of the Decendants movie with George Clooney were in for a treat as this concert featured the top master players in Hawaiian music. This concert is the number one slack key guitar event outside of Hawaii.

Amazing line up at the Southern California Slack Key

From the smooth playing of Jeff Peterson to the harmonies of Makaha Sons, this was a great day for Hawaiian music. Slack Key guitar is named because the strings are tuned differently than standard running. Sonny Lim explained that he thought it would be easier to strum the guitar tuned open but soon found out that it’s actually much more complicated. Sonny went on to play in a style that sounded like four guitars playing at once while he sang in Hawaiian.

The Island Market Place was able to set up outside between the rain storms. Lots of cool mementos and aloha shirts, ukulele and tiki vendors. It’s been raining for the last couple of weeks. Like Kimo West said, “No rain, no rainbows” 

Bryan Tolentino (L) with George Kuo (R) Photo by Dustin Brown for thew Hollywood Press Corps 2023

The concert started with all the musicians on stage. So many legendary players on stage like a big Ohana (family) get together.  A professional set designer has fashioned an amazing set. With all the Grammy nominated and legendary players, there’s no way to rank them.

Kamuela bringing on Makaha Sons
Kamuela  Kimono at the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center for the 16th Annual Slack Key Festival. Photo by Dustin Brown for the Hollywood Press Corps 2023

The event was emceed by Kamuela  Kimono. He was accompanied by his son little Ka’ihi Kimono. Kamuela is from the Grammy nominated band Hoku. He sang a number at the festival that featured Hawaiian yodelling which is very rare and hard to do. It sounded amazing and was full of aloha spirit. Kampala is a teacher at Windward University on Oahu and teaches a variety of music classes there. He has a very fun, Hawaiian personality on stage.  He pulls off the sort of corny but the style the people love in Hawaiian music. His son Ka’ihi represents the future of Slack Key guitar and he is a fine player and singer.

From left to right, Sonny Lim, Kimo West, Bryan Tolentino and Jeff Peterson

 Kimo West is know as one of the all time greats of Slack Key. Also called Ki ho’alu in Hawaiian, Kimo has all kinds of stories and songs that make you feel the aloha. Sunny Lim was on the stage quite a bit playing electric bass, and of course guitar. Sonny is from the Big Island and is sort of a living legend.

Sonny’s dad was a Paniolo or cowboy back in the day and his dad was also a well known  musician. Sonny worked on Parker Ranch on the Big Island which was a cattle farm started by John Parker in 1788. I’ve seen Sonny play in Maui in Napilikai and he always plays soulful rich tones. He can really play guitar so masterfully. He also sings in Hawaiian which is like upper level slack key. 

George Kuo(L)

The amazing and extremely talented George Kuo played a real nice set with Sonny on bass and the legendary ukulele player Bryan Tolentino. George Kuo is considered one of Hawaii’s premier slack key players. He plays naheahe style which is sweet and soothing.

George has a real upbeat way of working with other musicians. It’s really amazing to watch him play his double neck guitar. He was so happy and carefree. Everyone was having such a good time. 

Kainani Kahaunaele is a mele or a Hawaiian song enthusiast. She is such a positive force for Hawaiian history and education. Her most recent recording is called “Waipunalei” won seven awards. Jeff Peterson gave an amazing performance. I was lucky enough to see Jeff play in Maui and I always play his music when Im driving around Maui so it always takes me back. Makaha Sons are such a strong musical force for Slack Key music and Hawaiian music. Their melodies come from an era and an ancient way that has existed on Hawaii for hundreds of years.

Mitch Chang from Kala Koa

Mitch Chang, the festival producer and and creator said a few words on stage. It’s just really so amazing to have a Slack Key festival right here in the South Bay of Los Angeles. Mitch also organises the Los Angeles Guitar festival and the Los Angeles International Ukulele Festival Visits www.kalakoa.com for upcoming event Information. The Hollywood Press Corps Looks forward to next years festival!

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Pasadena Comic Con 2023 LINEUP AND PANELS ANNOUNCED

(HOLLYWOOD PRESS CORPS) Pasadena Comic Con is the premier comic convention in Pasadena, featuring over 60 AMAZING guests and over 100 exhibitors offering a wide variety of vintage comic books, toys, memorabilia, and more!

When: Sunday, January 29th from 10am to 5pm (with early bird admission at 9am)

Where: Pasadena Convention Center, 300 Green Street, Pasadena CA 91101

Meet special guests including Barry Bostwick (Brad from Rocky Horror Picture Show), Nicole Kang (Poison Ivy from the Batwoman TV show), Jay Fotos (DC Comic Creator/Artist), Johnny Young Bosch (Power Rangers), Bonnie Gordon (Star Trek Prodigy), Kirk Thatcher (Muppets writer/director), the puppeteers who brought you Baby Yoda to life in The Mandalorian, Bob West (voice of Barney the Dinosaur), Scott Shaw! (Comic Creator and penciler), Gigi Edgley (Farscape) and many more! 

The event will feature a wide variety of comic book artists, voice actors, Disney actors, animators and more.

Admission: 

10 am General Admission $12.00 advance tickets $15.00 at the door 

9 am Early Bird $20.00 advance tickets $25.00 at the door

For more information, please visit the website at http://pasadenacomiccon.com/ or contact us at “thepasadenacomiccon@gmail.com”. We appreciate your help in spreading the word about the Pasadena Comic & Toy Show.

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Official Website: http://pasadenacomiccon.com/

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The 16th Annual Southern California 
Slack Key Festival 

Sunday, January 15, 2023 at the
Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center

(HOLLYWOOD PRESS CORPS)  Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center — Friday, January 13th, 2023 — Kala Koa Entertainment celebrates 16 years of bringing the biggest and brightest names in Hawaiian music to the mainland with the 2023 Southern California Slack Key Festival returning to the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center on Sunday, January 15, 2023.

One of the most acclaimed Hawaiian concerts to ever leave the islands, the Southern California Slack Key Festival takes fans on a Hawaiian musical journey showcasing GRAMMY-winning slack key guitarists, the best hula dancers in the world, special guest performers and a free to the public Island Marketplace.

Since 2008, the Southern California Slack Key Festival has been the biggest Hawaiian music concert event in the mainland U.S. and features the most respected names in Hawaiian guitar music and hula today. Taking its name from a finger-picking style of guitar playing indigenous to Hawaii (as heard on the Grammy-nominated soundtrack for “The Descendants”), the Slack Key Festival brings the art of ki ho’alu guitar to Redondo Beach.

George Kuo

This year’s Southern California Slack Key Festival’s line-up includes George Kuo, one of Hawaii’s premier Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar artists; Makaha Sons, one of Hawaii’s leading Hawaiian musical groups; Sonny Lim, a member of Hawaii’s famous musical Lim family; Jeff Peterson, contributed to two Grammy Award-winning recordings and a winner of eight Na Hōkū Hanohano Awards; Jim “Kimo” West, 2021 Grammy Award-winner and multiple Na Hōkū Hanohano Awards; Kainani Kahaunaele, won seven Na Hōkū Hanohano Awards in 2021; Kamuela Kimokeo, a member of the Na Hōkū Hanohano award winning group Hi’ikua; Ka’ihi Kimokeo, and Bryan Tolentino, popular ukulele player who can be heard on scores of recordings for other artists as well as his own Grammy nominated CD’s.

What is Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Music?
Played from the heart and soul through the fingers and flowing with vivid tropical images, Hawaiian ki ho’alu (slack key) is truly one of the great acoustic guitar traditions of the world. In slack key, some of the strings are “slacked” from the standard guitar tuning, with the thumb playing the bass notes while the other fingers play the melody and improvise in a finger-picked style.

How does the distinctive sound of slack key music fit into the fabric of Hawaiian music and culture? Watch this video and learn more about this beautiful generations-old art form – https://vimeo.com/155399448.

About the Artists

George Kuo is known as one of Hawaii’s premier Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar artists playing in the traditional nahenahe (sweet, soothing) style, bridging today’s generation with the older generations. George has been twice recognized with excellence in recording achievement by the Hawaii Academy of Recording Arts, Na Hoku Hanohano Awards, for Instrumental Album of the year in 1995 for Hawaiian Touch and 1996 for “Aloha No Na Kupuna – Love for the Elders.” In 1986 Eddie Kamae asked George to join his group THE SONS OF HAWAII and in 2000 performed and recorded with Dennis & David Kamakahi & Martin Pahinui as the HUI ALOHA group. Highlights of George’s performing career are playing on the Garrison Keillor Prairie Home Companion Show with Chet Atkins and Johnny Gimble in 1993 and performing at the Hollywood Bowl with the Honolulu Symphony in 1997. 

For 40 years, the Makaha Sons have committed themselves to perpetuating traditional Hawaiian music throughout Hawaiʻi and around the globe, considered to be one of Hawai’i’s premiere Hawaiian musical groups. They continue to perpetuate that vibrant sound, full and rich, with harmonies that only they can create. Their incomparable vocal arrangements and delightful stage presence is filled with comical antics which have won the hearts of thousands of fans worldwide. Their performances have taken them to such prestigious places as Carnegie Hall in New York City, Washington, D.C., and have performed for both the President and Vice-President of the United States.

Makaha Sons

A member of Hawai`i’s famous musical Lim family, Sonny Lim was born and raised in the heart of Hawaiian cowboy country on Hawai`i Island. Sonny was introduced to ki ho`alu as a child watching Gabby Pahinui perform at a lu`au in Kohala, his professional career began as a teenager when he commuted to Oahu from Hawai`i Island to perform with the Makaha Sons of Ni`ihau. Sonny’s first solo album in 2006, Slack Key Guitar: The Artistry of Sonny Lim, was a 48th GRAMMY® nominee in the Hawaiian Music category. One year prior to this nomination, he performed with 6 other solo artists on Hawai`i’s first GRAMMY® award-winning CD, Slack Key Guitar Volume 2. Sonny helped accept this inaugural Hawaiian GRAMMY® award on stage and his speech marked the first time the Hawaiian language had ever been spoken on the GRAMMY® stage.

Jeff Peterson was born on the Island of Maui and grew up on the slopes of Haleakala where he was introduced to the rich heritage of Hawaiian music by his father, a “paniolo” (Hawaiian cowboy), on the Haleakala Ranch. Recognized as one of Hawaii’s most versatile musicians, Jeff Peterson is at the heart of the Hawaiian music scene today, having contributed to two Grammy Award-winning recordings and winner of eight Na Hōkū Hanohano Awards in Hawaii including Slack Key Album of the Year for “Maui on My Mind” in 2010, “Slack Key Travels” in 2014 and “O’ahu” in 2016 which also earned him Instrumental Song of the Year for the song “Old Pali”. His latest release “Wahi Pana” is a full-length performance and documentary film and CD soundtrack.

Dr. Kamuela Kimokeo is a member of the Nā Hōku Hanohano award winning group Hiʻikua and is the head of the Music Department at Windward Community College where he teaches a variety of classes from ‘ukulele to music theory and history. He is also the driving force behind the Hawaiian Music Certificate Kaohekani. He started playing music professionally with his Dad in Waikiki when he was 14 years old and has toured with the likes of Hawaiian music Hall-of-Famer, Jerry Santos, five time Grammy Nominee, Amy Hanaiali’i, and Raiatea Helm. As a recording artist, Kamuela was part of the Grammy Nominated and Hōkū award winning guitar album Slack Key Kings Vol. II where he played a solo original composition “Holumoana” and also recorded as part of the group Pilioha which was nominated for multiple awards. In addition, Dr. Kimokeo’s son Ka’ihi Kimokeo will make his Southern California Slack Key Festival debut.

Jim “Kimo” West is recognized as one of the world’s top “slack key” guitarists and brings his own unique musical perspective to this great acoustic guitar tradition. He is a 2021 Grammy® Award winner for his CD, “More Guitar Stories” and a 2019 Grammy® nominee for “Moku Maluhia-Peaceful Island”. He is also a winner of the 2008 Hawaii Music Awards, a three-time Na Hoku Hanohano (the Hawaiian “Grammy”) nominee and a two-time winner of the LA Treasures Award for his contributions toward the perpetuation of ki ho’alu. Kimo’s film and TV credits include work for 20th Century Fox, Nickelodeon, The Disney Channel and Marvel. 

Jim “Kimo” West

Kainani Kahaunaele is a mele (Hawaiian song) enthusiast, singer, songwriter, teacher, and musician. She was born and raised in Anahola, Kauaʻi and has lived in Hilo, Hawaiʻi for 27 years as an advocate for Hawaiian language revitalization and the perpetuation of Hawaiian music through education and performance. Her third and most recent recording, “Waipunalei,” won seven awards in six categories at the 2021 Na Hoku Hanohano Awards, including album of the year, female vocalist, Hawaiian music album, song of the year, haku mele and Hawaiian language performance. https://www.staradvertiser.com/2021/10/07/features/kainani-kahaunaele-wins-big-at-2021-na-hoku-hanohano-awards-view-the-list-of-winners/

Ukulele player Bryan Tolentino has been known for the past forty plus years as an accompanist for some of Hawaiʻi’s most well-known and accomplished Hawaiian music artists and hula hālau. Bryan’s unique “fairy dusting” (as he calls it) can be heard on scores of recordings for other artists as well as his own Nā Hōkū Hanohano and Grammy nominated CD’s.

In addition to the concert, an Island Marketplace – free and open to the public – takes place from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. outside of the venue. Browse a variety of island themed gifts, home décor, accessories, apparel, Hawaiian food, authentic island-style shave ice and outdoor entertainment.

When:  Sunday, January 15, 2023;
Concert 2:00 p.m.; Free Island Marketplace 11:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

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METAL HALL OF FAME INDUCTS TWISTED SISTER, LOU GRAMM, RAVEN & CHRIS IMPELLITTERI

(HOLLYWOOD PRESS CORPS) LOS ANGELES, C.A. ~ The Metal Hall of Fame today announced the induction of 4 Hard Rock and Heavy Metal legends into the Metal Hall of Fame: Twisted SisterLou GrammChris Impellitteri, and Raven. Celebrated guitarist Steve Vai (Whitesnake /David Lee Roth) and legendary drummer Mike Portnoy, (Winery Dogs) will induct Twisted Sister.

Steve Vai ~ Photo by Alex Kluft

The event will include numerous performancessurprise artist appearances, a Meet & Greet, and All Star Jams. It will be hosted by radio/television music Icon Eddie Trunk, with entertainment personality Cathy Rankin. The 6th Annual Metal Hall of Fame Gala, “The most important night in Hard Rock and Heavy Metal“will take place January 26, 2023, at the Canyon Club, Agoura Hills, C.A

Purchase tickets here: 

35.00 Advance / 45.00 At Door 

https://www.axs.com/events/461909/6th-annual-metal-hall-of-fame-gala-tickets

“The 6th Annual Metal Hall of Fame Charity Gala is going to be an amazing event as always,” says Metal Hall of Fame CEO Pat Gesualdo. “There will be numerous Legendary Hard Rock and Heavy Metal artist Inductions, and many exciting surprises and performances!!” 

Twisted Sister is honored to be recognized by the Metal Hall of Fame and have our names alongside many of our peers,” says Jay Jay French. The 6th Annual Metal Hall of Fame Gala is presented by ROCAVAKA – The Vaka That Rocks! 

The Metal Hall of Fame is a non-profit organization that enshrines forever, those Iconic musicians, artists, music industry executives who are responsible for making Hard Rock and Heavy Metal music what it is today. Their contribution to the genre is invaluable, and they keep inspiring fans throughout the world, from generation to generation. 

The Annual Metal Hall of Fame Charity Gala has included many historical hard rock and heavy metal moments. Like when Metallica inducted Megaforce Records founders Jon and Marsha Zazula. Inducting Judas Priest at Wacken Open Air. Inducting members of KISSIron Maiden, and Triumph among others for our 5 Year Anniversary Bash. Having Don Airey’s surprise Induction for Black Sabbath cofounding member Bill Ward, (especially after not seeing each other since  recording Black Sabbath’s 1978 “Never Say Day” album). Inducting Anthrax at Heavy Montreal. Having Kathy and KelleRhoads Induct their brother Randy Rhoads. HavingSlayer’s Kerri King’s surprise Induction for Brian Slagel and Metal Blade Record’s 35th Anniversary. Having Steve VaiJoe SatrianiGeoff TateChris Poland, and Bjorn Englen perform in the most historic metal performance of all time. Having Paul Stanley Induct Doc McGhee. Having Brian May of Queen Induct Joe Satriani. These are just some of the Legendary memories that we are honored to have shared with Rock and Heavy Metal fans throughout the world.

Sebastian Bach ~ Photo by Alex Kluft

100% of the proceeds from our events goes to helping preserve Hard Rock and Heavy Metal for future generations, and our events also bring free music programs to help special needs children in hospitals and community centers. For more information, please contact 973-263-0420. 

The event will be hosted will be radio/television music Icon Eddie Trunk and co-hosted by entertainment personality Cathy Rankin. Celebrated guitarist Steve Vai (Whitesnake /David Lee Roth) and legendary drummer Mike Portnoy, will induct Twisted Sister. 

Lou Gramm ~ Photo by Alex Kluft

Former Black Sabbath/Ronnie James Dio drummer Vinny Appice will also have the world debut of his new band “Scream Taker,” at the event, which features Jim Crean (Appice Brothers), and Tony Franklin (Jimmy Page, David Gilmour).

The Metal Hall of Fame is a non-profit organization that enshrines forever, those Iconic musicians, artists, music industry executives who are responsible for making Hard Rock and Heavy Metal music what it is today. 

The list of new inductees include:

Twisted Sister – Legendary band Twisted Sister have been at the forefront of Hard Rock and Heavy Metal for several decades. Both of their Albums “Under The Blade” and “You Can’t Kill Rock ‘n’ Roll” created huge underground attention, leading them to mainstream success. Over the last 30 years, their hit songs “We’re Not Gonna Take It” and “l Wanna Rock,” are considered to be two of the most influential videos in the history of Heavy Metal and MTV, and are the most licensed anthems in the history of Heavy Metal.

Twisted Sister

Lou Gramm –One of the biggest selling Hard Rock artists of all time. His hits with the band “Foreigner” include:”Feels Like The First Time” (Billboard #4, Hot 100) “Cold as Ice” (Billboard #6, Hot 100), “Double Vision” (Billboard #2, Hot 100),”Hot Blooded” (Billboard #3, Hot 100), “Urgent” (Billboard #1 Rock, #4 Hot 100), “Head Games” (Billboard #14, Hot 100), “Juke Box Hero” (Billboard #3, Mainstream, #26, Hot 100). 

Chris Impellitteri – Guitar World and Guitar One magazines officially named Renowned guitarist Chris Impellitteri one of the fastest guitarists of all time. The 1988 Impellitteri Album “Stand In Line” charted on Billboard’s Top 100 for over 5 months. The namesake video of the song was often played on MTV and VH-I. Chris won Burn! Magazine’s Readers Poll Award for “Best Rock Guitarist,” in 1996. He was also a member of “Animetal USA,” where their Album peaked at #18 on Japan’s Oricon weekly album chart, and remained there for nine weeks. Chris Impellitteri was also a host on MTV’S Headbangers Ball

RAVEN –  One of the seminal forces in the creation of speed/thrash metal. Many major artists such as Metallicaand Anthrax, launched their careers as their opening act. Raven had an MTV hit with “On and On.” They were recently Metallica’s special guests for their tribute concert for Late Megaforce Records founders and Metal Hall of Fame Inductees Jon and Marsha Zazula, at the Hard Rock, in Ft. Lauderdale. Raven still keep up a gruellingworldwide touring schedule. 

SEBASTIAN BACH – Sebastian Bach quickly became an Iconic Hard Rock / Heavy Metal vocalist with Skid Row. His first album titled ‘Skid Row’ was certified 5xPlatinum by the RIAA. His major hits include “l Remember You” (#6 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, #23 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock chart), “18 and Life” (#4 on the Billboard Hot chart, #1 on the Billboard Album Rock Tracks chart), and “Youth Gone Wild” (#27 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock chart). His second album “Slave to the Grind” is the first Heavy Metal album to hit #1 on the Billboard 200 chart in the Nielsen SoundScan era, and was certified 2X Platinum by the RIAA. The album featured the songs “Wasted Time,” “Slave to the Grind,” “In a Darkend Room,” and “Monkey Business. Sebastian also made his Broadway debut in the “Rocky Horror Show,” and “Jekyll & Hyde.”Additionally, he performed in the touring version of the hit show “Jesus Christ Superstar.” Sebastion starred in the VH-I series “Supergroup” with Ted Nugent, Metal Hall of Fame Inductee Scott Ian, Jason Bonham, and Evan Seinfeld, and was the winner of the CMT reality show “Gone Country.”

The Annual Metal Hall of Fame Gala has included some of the most important events in Hard Rock and Heavy Metal history. For example, having Metallica induct MegaforceRecords founders Jon and Marsha Zazula. Having Brian May of Queen induct Joe Satriani, Having Paul Stanleyof Kissinduct manager Doc McGhee. Inducting Judas Priest in front of 80,000 fans at Wacken Open Air. Inducting members of Iron Maiden, and Triumph. Inducting Black Sabbath co-founding drummer Bill Ward. Inducting Anthraxin front of 40,000 fans at Heavy Montreal. Inducting guitar Icon Randy Rhoads. Having Slayer’s Kerri King’s surprise Induction for Metal Blade Record’s 35th Anniversary. Having Steve Vai, (Whitesnake, David Lee Roth), Joe Satriani (Deep Purple), Geoff Tate (Formerly Queensryche) and Chris Poland (Formerly Megadeth) join in one of the most historic metal performance of all time. These are just some of the Legendary moments that the Metal Hall of Fame has shared with Hard Rock and Heavy Metal fans throughout the world.

Sponsors for the 6TH Annual Metal Hall of Fame Gale include Drums and Disabilities, andROCAVAKA – The VakaThat Rocks!

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L.A. COMIC CON AFTER PARTY 2022

(HOLLYWOOD PRESS CORPS) — Los Angeles — Saturday, December 3rd, 2022 — Following the second day of LACC which took place at the L.A. Convention Center. Almost a mile down the road at the Mayan, an historic after party took place.

The after party titled Raiders of the Hidden Temple takes its name from the legendary Nickelodeon game show Legends of the Hidden Temple and the iconic first Indiana Jones film Raiders of the Lost Ark. The Mayan itself was already perfectly fit for this theme, but there was extra decor added in including an Indiana Jones idol replica. There were two featured acts with the first being the voice of everyone’s favorite character that “lives in a pineapple under the sea,” Spongebob Squarepants.

Tom Kenny & The Hi-Seas performs throughout L.A. and earlier in the day, Kenny was the second panelist on the main stage at the convention following the 20th anniversary reunion of Jimmy Neutron: Buy Genius.

Kenny and his band performs covers of Motown Classics and other great R&B/ Soul songs of the 60s. At one point Kenny was out singing in the audience. This performance wouldn’t be complete without “The Best Day Ever” and “Don’t Be a Jerk (It’s Christmas),” both coming from Spongebob Squarepants. Due to time constraints a few songs were cut from the performance. The Hi-Seas include are a 11-piece band with three backing vocalists, a guitarist, bassist, drummer, keyboards, and horns. 

Sarah Wayne Callies singing at the after party. Photo by Alex Kluft
Tom Kennny ~ Photo by Alex Kluft

The next performance came from supergroup The Action Figures made up of actors Scott Grimes (American Dad), Greg Grunberg (Star Wars), childhood actor Brad Savage, and Dynasty’s Jack Coleman, and artist Nick Marzock. Their guests included The Walking Dead’s Sarah Wayne Callies, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D’s, and everybody’s favorite Pink Ranger Amy Jo Johnson (Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers). The Action Figures played a number of incredible covers like Marc Cohn’s “Walking in Memphis,” Tom Petty & The Heartbreaker’s “American Girl,” Jim Croce’s “Bad, Bad Leroy Brown.” The Action figures have performed at not only various comic conventions but also American Idol, The Tonight Show, and Nascar.

Jack Coleman on guitar. Photo by Alex Kluft
Bassist Brad Savage ~ Photo by Alex Kluft
Tom Kenny ~ Photo by Alex Kluft
Tom Kenny from Spongebob Squarepants~ Photo by Alex Kluft

Greg Grunberg from Star Wars the Force Awakens. Photos by Alex Kluft

Actor Adrain Pasdar (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) on guitar at the After Party. Photo by Alex Kluft

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Gilda Garza Exhibition

Artist Gilda Garza displayed her “Kings and Queens” art collection at Winn Slavin Fine Art Gallery in Beverly Hills during the annual “Rodeo Drive Holiday Lighting Celebration” on November 17, 2022.

Born and raised in Mexico, Gilda is a self taught artist with displays in multiple galleries worldwide. A percentage of her art sales are gifted to the “World Woman Foundation” and to date she has donated $80,000 to this foundation in an effort to encourage and support female artists.

Gilda and former Mayor of LA, Antonio Villaraigosa

Gilda Garza’s art can be viewed at GildaGarza.com

Gilda, with one of her pieces of her Kings and Queens collection

Gilda’s work can be viewed at GildaGarza.com

Music, food and festivities were in full force on Rodeo Drive to celebrate the annual kickoff of the Holiday season. Adults and children were offered many options for entertainment and drew the expected large crowd. After surviving the difficult days of year’s past, it was a welcome and refreshing experience to put that in the rear view mirror and anticipate the blessed holiday season.

SURFACES CALIBU VINEYARD WINE AND DESIGN EXPERIENCE SAT SEPTEMBER 24TH AND SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 25TH ~ MALIBU, CALIFORNIA

(HOLLYWOOD PRESS CORPS) — Los Angeles, California — Monday, September 12th, 2022 —Interested in the latest in interior design? Do you love handcrafted wines? Then the Calibu Vineyard Show Home Wine & Design Experience is the exclusive event you’ve been waiting for.

On this multi-stop experience, featuring the ultimate in luxury design, inspiring destinations, and Malibu Coast wines, Lucid Motors, will tour you through the beautiful Malibu Hills in luxurious style.

First stop ~ the SURFACES Show Home: Calibu Vineyard. Created by celebrity designer Jennifer Farrell, Calibu Vineyard is a 7300 square foot, Montauk-inspired luxury retreat, nestled on a gated 3.5 acre estate in the stunning Malibu Hills. Take an exclusive tour inside this highly anticipated show home and surrounding vineyard, featuring the finest in bespoke design, surface materials, and trends. It’s your unforgettable opportunity to explore the show home design, meet designer and television host Jennifer Farrell in person, and get insider access to resources and materials. Finish your first destination with wine tasting where you’ll enjoy the inaugural vintage of Calibu Vineyard’s 2021 Reserve Grenache and 2021 Grenache Rose wines, crafted by award-winning winemaker B. Alan Geddes. The tasting tour at Calibu continues with more Malibu Coast wines, and delicious surprises in store. More about Calibu Vineyard is online.

Next up ~ Heaven’s Hill Estate. Nestled on an angelic hillside in the idyllic community of Old Agoura, Heaven’s Hill is a Spiritual Retreat Center and family-owned Vineyard, specializing in the production of Napa-quality wine. This spectacular outdoor oasis, with 360-degree views, is a magical setting to enjoy wine tastings as your experience continues. Heaven’s Hill Retreat Sanctuary provides a source of inspiration and rejuvenation; the serene setting is the perfect getaway for self-discovery, relaxation, and connecting with nature. For the Wine & Design Experience at Heaven’s Hill Estate, you will enjoy an Ojai-like experience of beautiful surroundings, relaxation, and exceptional wines. Your tasting tour will feature award-winning estate wines including the 2019 Boho Blend, 2019 Sinner Syrah, 2019 Goddess Grenache, and 2020 Rapture Rose

Whether you Uber or Lyft, or need a place to park your vehicle, the start of your journey will be King Gillette Ranch in Calabasas, one of the most stunning locales in the Santa Monica Mountains. This 588-acre ranch offers a rare unspoiled view of California’s rich archaeological, cultural, and historic resources, including a Chumash settlement, and nationally significant structures designed for razor magnate King C. Gillette in the 1920’s by Wallace Neff, architect of California’s Golden Age.

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King Gillette Ranch will serve as home base for the Calibu Vineyard Wine & Design Experience, with parking and shuttles running from this destination.

A portion of the proceeds from your registration go towards the conservation efforts of King Gillette Ranch.

Click the link for tickets; https://www.eventbrite.com/e/calibu-vineyard-celebrity-showhome-wine-design-experience-tickets-388099464947

Dustin Brown

Dustin Brown

I am the Senior Editor at HollywoodPressCorps.com.

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4th Annual Griot Gala Oscars After Party

The 4th Annual Griot Gala was held on March 27th at the famous BOA Steakhouse on the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood. Hosted by Cedric the Entertainer, many celebrities walked the red carpet while many more attended the after party inside.


Designed and produced by Dwight Eubanks and Annette Bibby Oliver of Dreamhouse MBG, beautiful design surrounded the red carpet as well as transformed the interior of BOA Steakhouse where the after party continued well into the evening.

Honorees for the evening’s event were Phylicia Rashad of “The Cosby Show”, Cheech Marin of “Cheech and Chong” and Renee Lawless of “The Haves and Have Nots”.

Walking the red carpet were Debbie Allen, William Stanford (Abbot Elementary), Taja V. Simpson (The Oval), CJ Franco (HBO MAX), Meosha Davis, Megan Pormer (FOX TV Host), Kizzo, Caitlin O’Connor (model and actress), Petri Hawkins-Byrd (Judge Judy), Daniele Lawson (King Richard) and many more. Griot Gala attracts more attention and grows by the year, promising a bigger and brighter next year on Oscar night.

MULTI-GRAMMY AWARD-WINNING ARTISTS, THE BLACK EYED PEAS PERFORM ICONIC WHERE IS THE LOVE LIVESTREAM CONCERT LIVE FROM THE PYRAMIDS IN EGYPT VIA LIVENOW

(HOLLYWOOD PRESS CORPS) — Worldwide — Saturday, October 2nd, 2021 — LIVENow and ROBOMAGIC LIVE hosted the WHERE IS THE LOVE livestream for global superstars, The Black Eyed Peas. The event, exclusively streamed by LIVENow was streamed live from the pyramids of Egypt with will.i.amapl.de.apTaboo and J. Rey Soul on the mic. Fans who attended the live stream experienced all-time classic hits from throughout their illustrious career. With over 35 million album sales, 9 international number one singles, 6 Grammy Award wins, and a catalogue of hits old and new, The Black Eyed Peas are undoubtedly one of the biggest acts of this era.

What a year it’s been, we’ve missed the stage and our fans. We’re incredibly proud to be able to perform from the Pyramids in Egypt, and also to be able to stream it live to our fans across the world. We know everyone has missed live music as much as we have, so we are looking forward to celebrating and dancing with you, wherever you are in the world.” – will.i.am

Grammy-award winning group the Black Eyed Peas (Taboo, J. Rey Soul, will.i.am and apl.de.ap – L to R) perform at the Egypt Pyramids on October 2 for a global audience, presented by LIVENow.
 

Viewers from across the globe were able to join the Black Eyed Peas on their journey to the iconic Egyptian pyramids, with exclusive never-before-seen footage to make for a perfect pre-show experience. For the first time ever, viewers were able to tune into a live feed from the Black Eyed Peas’ personal greenroom and get an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the band as they prepared for their biggest show yet.

Grammy-award winning group the Black Eyed Peas (J. Rey Soul, will.i.am, Taboo, and apl.de.ap – L to R) perform at the Egypt Pyramids on October 2 for a global audience, presented by LIVENow.

The CEO of LIVENow spoke about the livestream: “I am so excited to make history with this concert, live from the Pyramids in Egypt. This was a never-before-accomplished performance by any band or artist, and I am so happy to be a part of the first one ever. This was truly an event to remember.” 

Dustin Brown

Dustin Brown

I am the Senior Editor at HollywoodPressCorps.com.

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GUARDaHEART Foundation Presents Unmasked Heart Disease Featuring DIABETESpredict.

GUARDaHEART Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to fighting heart disease with the mission: “LEARN. DETECT. PREVENT.” GUARDaHEART works with strategic partners, healthcare providers, and other non-profit organizations to promote awareness through education and risk detection tools, to ultimately empower preventative action and reduce the risk of heart disease worldwide.

DIABETESPredict is an advanced genetic testing for the prevention of diabetes. DIABETESpredict is a laboratory test that provides a high-sensitivity and high-specificity evaluation of the genetic predisposition to develop diabetes.

PULS Cardiac Test is a simple, non-invasive blood test that predicts the likelihood of a patient having a heart attack within the next five years. It works by detecting the true leading cause of heart attacks: Unstable Cardiac Lesion Ruptures. PULS Cardiac Test Wins 2016 Diamond ABBY Award for Innovation in Healthcare.  Dr. Douglas H. Harrington is the inventor of the PULS Cardiac Test.  A complimentary PULS Cardiac Test was made available to any guest that wished to take the test at the event. 

Douglas S. Harrington, MD will speak about DIABETESpredict and PULS Cardiac Test. Dr. Harrington is the Chairman of the GUARDaHEART Foundation and a Fellow of the American Society of Preventive Cardiology and the American Society of Clinical Pathology. 

Estrella Harrington (Founder of GUARDaHEART Foundation), Dr. Douglas S. Harrington (Chairman of the GUARDaHEART Foundation, Fellow of the American Society of Preventive Cardiology), Braunwyn Windham-Burke (RHOC), Richard Nevels (Actor/ HBO’s Insecure), Jeremy Miller (Actor/ Growing Pains), Ryan James (Actor/ Amazon Prime’s The Underground Railroad), Deja Mattox, (Plays Savannah in Disney ‘Big Shot”), Dave Meadows (Military Navy SEAL, Producer), Simon Lunche (Music Artist), CC Perkinson (Lifetime actress, NBC reality star, Professional Jockey), Nimi Adokiye (Actress, Bob Hearts Abishola), Annie Nelson (Author & Founder of American Soldier Network), Dusty Lang (Six Gun Sal, Southern Rock Band -Rhythm Guitarist), Matt Geinitz, (six Gun Sal, Southern Rock Band-Bassplayer), Juliet Ramos (Model), Neil D’Monte (Actor Storyboard Artist), Michelle Ware, D.0. (Board Certified Physician, Owner of Los Feliz MedSpa), Tom Hallick (Young & Restless), Jane Galloway, (Dr Jane Galloway Founder of T.R.I.B.E.), Anthony Pazos (WE tv’s L.A. Hair,) attended or were expected to attend.

The event took place at a private residence in Newport Beach with drinks, heart healthy food and entertainment provided. Snacking and drinking libations while overlooking the bay filled with yachts, all while supporting good health is an ideal way to spend a Saturday in Southern California.