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WOULDN’T IT BE NICE? Los Rios Rock School’s Recreation of the Beach Boy’s Pet Sounds

(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. 

All photos by Alex Kluft

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 Sounds detailing 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 21st Century – 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

And

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 Brian Wilson, 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.

Wouldn’t that be nice?

You can read the whole story and hear some of the songs here: https://www.losriosrockschool.com/good-vibrations-working-together-in-harmony/

                                                                   

Dustin Brown

Dustin Brown

I am the Senior Editor at HollywoodPressCorps.com.

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The New Experience Celebrates Brandino’s Birthday at Horse Latitudes Music Studio

(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.

Birthday boy Brandino turned 66! But he looks 46! OK?! All photos by Dustin Brown

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.

The New Experience is looking forward to a time when the bars and music venues open back up. It looks like 2021 is going to be a busy year for the New Experience.

 

Dustin Brown

Dustin Brown

I am the Senior Editor at HollywoodPressCorps.com.

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Roozbeh Farahanipour’s Mary and Robbs Westwood Cafe

(HOLLYWOOD PRESS CORPS) — Los Angeles, CA — Tuesday, September 22nd, 2020 — Mary and Robbs is a neighbourhood coffee shop in Westwood. The new owner, Roozbeh Faranipour, just opened the cafe for sidewalk dining. Mary and Robbs has a reputation for serving gourmet American bistro fare. Mary and Robbs has the best breakfast in Westwood Village. Roozbeh is well known in the Westwood community. He is the owner of the Delphi Greek restaurant which is a few doors down from Mary and Robbs. Roozbeh is the president of the West Lost Angeles Chamber of Commerce and president of the L.A. chapter of the California Restaurant Association. 

I stopped by Mary and Robbs for breakfast this last Tuesday. It was standing room only in the outdoor dining area. Roozbeh was very busy making sure everything was just right. I got a chance to speak to David Hekmat.David has owned Mary and Robbs for 41 years. He bought the restaurant from the previous owner in 1979! David picked Roozbeh to run Mary and Robbs and keep all the traditions, the staff and the same menu. Roozbeh told me that the Pulled Pork Sandwich is is his favourite item on the menu and that I’ll have to come back sometime and try it. For vegetarian options, Mary and Robbs offers the Beyond Burger. I can wait to try both of them!

The Eggs Benedict is a specialty here. Mary and Robbs uses a family recipe. I saw some the diners eating the Eggs Benedict and the Omelette s. They looked so good. Mary and Robbs is now offering delivery. You can call the restaurant at (310) 478-3822. They are also using Uber Eats, Postmates, GrubHub, and Doordash. 

I stopped by Mary and Robbs early. I wanted to try the basic breakfast with eggs, hash browns, bacon and toast. It was so good. I would describe the food as gourmet diner food. The staff here is very consistent and they use the very best ingredients. The bacon was crispy, the eggs were cooked perfectly. I’m so excited to have a destination breakfast spot. It’s great that a community leader like Roozbeh has taken over Mary and Robbs traditions. The staff is enthusiastic and ready to get back to work. Once the pandemic ends, we’ll all be able to sit in the comfy booths and dine at the lunch counter. 

The Hollywood Press Corps highly recommends Mary and Robbs. Stop by when you’re on the Westside of Los Angeles.

Dustin Brown

Dustin Brown

I am the Senior Editor at HollywoodPressCorps.com.

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Brandino’s Birthday at BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse

(HOLLYWOOD PRESS CORPS) — Burbank, CA — Wednesday, September 16, 2020 — We had an outdoor patio party for Brandino’s birthday on Wednesday, September, 16th. Brandino turned 66! He looks good for 66! The year 2020 has had many challenges but Brandino has been maintaining his physical therapy schedule and is in top physical shape. Brandino is a nine time Grammy winning Producer, Composer, Arranger and bassist. Brandino recorded the song “Singularity” with Robby Krieger in 2010. Brandino worked on Michael Jackson’s album entitled, “Michael”. He played bass on the song “War Toads” by the Doors. Brandino was Aretha Franklin’s road bass player for 22 years. He’s played with so many legends on stage and in the studio. He’s worked with James Brown, Ty Dolla Sign, Beyonce, Mary J. Blige and Stevie Wonder. Too many to mention. Brandino recently started playing the square neck dobro and is in the studio working on a new project. 

The roll call for the celebs that showed up was short this year but we had a few legends in attendance. Founding member of N.W.A., Kim Nazel, stopped by. He goes by the name Arabian Prince. Kim is a rapper, producer, singer, songwriter and DJ. He chatted with Kelly Keys. Kelly is a hip hop video and video game music producer. Ed Roth, keyboard player for the Robby Krieger band and the New Experience came through and said a socially distanced, “Happy Birthday!” Eduardo has a new album out called, “Cant Find My Way Home” featuring Robby Krieger. Check it out on Spotify.

Longtime Brandino friend and fellow Local 47 member, Jay Leach, stopped by and said Happy Birthday. Michael O’Neill is the guitarist for Barbara Streisand and an amazing jazz guitar player. Musician, Wayne Lindsey, was chatting with Brandino. Wayne is a musician, producer, arranger and  songwriter. Wayne has worked in the studio and on the stage with Miles Davis, Aretha Franklin and Stevie Wonder. Mike Albert is an American guitarist. Mike stopped by, stayed six feet away from everyone on the patio and paid his respects. Mike has played with Frank Zappa, Don Felder from the Eagles and he toured with Megadeth. 

The manager of the Seven Grand, Rick Taub, stopped by. Rick is  a big fan of Brandino’s. He was saying the Seven Grand is looking at January to reopen if things with the pandemic keep improving. 

Events photographer, Sanaz Danesh, stopped by and said happy birthday to Brandino and took some photos.

Brandino’s sister, Cheryl, made everyone feel welcome and brought out the beautiful birthday cake. Celebrity guitar tech, Sammy Sanchez, said happy birthday to Brandino. Music Publisher, Adrian Noriega, had dinner on the patio and chatted with people while trying to remain six feet away. Brandino’s neighbour’s, Boyd and Mary LaCrosse stopped by. Brandino says that Boyd saved his life.

Boyd and Mary LaCosse

We didn’t sing Happy Birthday this year or take a big group photo. We all had a lot of fun. This was the first event I’ve been to in six months. I was really nervous but had a great time and felt like I was still in my pandemic safety bubble. 

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;

Dustin Brown

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The Holidays can be Such a Drag — A Festive Celebration with B. Åkerlund, Miranda Dickson & Absolut Elyx

(HOLLYWOOD PRESS CORPS) — HOLLYWOOD, CA —The Hollywood Press Corps has exlusive photos from the Christmas party at the private home of Jonas Tahlin. Jonas is the CEO of Absolut Elyx. His home was transformed into an elaborate festive wonderland scene to celebrate the start of the holiday season. This event was hosted by B. Åkerlund and Miranda Dickson. The party was to celebrate the holiday in the most extravagant setting with guests including A-list celebrities and well-known drag queens wearing the most elaborate costumes.

Party goers enjoying Absolut Elyx beverages. All photos Laurence Hudghton Photography LTD

The table was set near the chimney with care

The Hollywood Hills mansion pulled out all the stops with a number of eccentric decorations, inducing a welcome from Santa and his reindeers, Christmas carolers and real snow! Upon arrival, guests were welcomed by the Elyx Elf and offered a traditional Swedish Glögg made with Elyx and took photos in the snow on Santa’s sleigh.

 

B. Åkerlund, an esteemed stylist and costume designer, arrived wearing a spectacular red Christmas dress. She was soon joined by Fergie and Marilyn Manson, who wore a chic red trouser suit decorated in jewels.

As guests made their way inside, they were wowed by the festive feast which filled the length of the room and included cheeses, festive sweets and delicious sizzling sausages. Absolut Elyx, created a number of bespoke festival cocktails for the evening, including ‘Felix Navidad’, ‘Julemus Spritz’ and ‘Jingle Bell’, all made with Absolut Elyx and festive flavors.

Fergie and Marilyn Manson sat together in the ‘Gatsby Room’ where they were spotted chatting the night away with friends as they sipped on Elyx cocktails.

Absolut Elyx is the new definition of luxury vodka, built on the principles of quality, integrity and true craftsmanship. Every drop is made with soft winter wheat from a single estate, in Åhus, Sweden. Absolut Elyx is manually distilled in a 1921 copper rectification column, removing all impurities and resulting in the silky smooth Elyx Vodka. Jonas Tahlin, CEO of Absolut Elyx, and his team are knowledgeable to oversee the century-old distillation process that has been passed down through generations of Swedish vodka-makers. Absolut Elyx has join forces with Water For People to drive awareness and support for long-term solutions to the global water crisis. Through their partnership, Water For People will provide one week of safe water to more than 100,000 people worldwide for every copper purchase in the Elyx Boutique. In just one year, Elyx has already provided approximately 20,000 people with access to safe water for generations to come. Discover more at ElyxBoutique.com and on Instagram @AbsolutElyx.

The Hollywood Press Corps looks forward to the next exclusive party at Jonas’ house!

Dustin Brown

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Legacy Charitable Foundation

 

The “Legacy Charitable Foundation” held its fifth annual Holiday Masquerade Ball on December 8 at The Majestic Downtown in Los Angeles.

In an effort to support “Echoes of Hope” which serves communities by helping children, youth and young adults in need by eliminating barriers and assisting them to reach their full potential, the Holiday Ball encouraged giving with this event which included, open bar, full sushi bar and catered dinner. Aside from creating awareness, the organization raises funds to bridge the gap between those in need and support the programs that help them strive.

The Legacy Charitable Foundation assists our community by promoting social welfare and supporting other non profit organizations with an emphasis on improving health research such as Alzheimer’s and cancer, homeless assistance organizations, disabled or sick youth, foster youth, education, financial literacy, low income family residences and overall well being of all people that are in need of hope. The evening climaxed with an electrifying performance by CeCe Peniston, (Best known for her hit single “Finally”) and other number one hits.

 

Attendees walking the red carpet included, CeCe Peniston who also performed later in the evening, actress Paloma Movales, actress Chanel Minnifield, Dr. Lisa Masterson of “The Doctors”, comedian Patrick Neal, Pol Atteu and Patrick Simpson of “Gown and Out in Beverly Hills” with their lovable dog “Snow White”, Celeste Thorson of “The Have and Have Nots”, Zack Levy of Legacy Foundation, Abraham Mehrian Chairman of The Legacy Foundation, Giovanna Healy Founder of “Sisters of Strength”, Jennifer Brown Legacy President, Bill Mena board member of Legacy Foundation, Gonzalo Cruz Schiavone board member and Sylvia Valdiva of The Legacy Foundation. Holiday season is a time for reflection and giving and giving they did.

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.

“Eastsiders” Premiere

Cast members and producers of the Netflix series “Eastsiders” gathered at the Downtown Independent to premiere the fourth and final season on December 1, 2019.

Kit William’s Emmy nominated and LGBTQ series has been nominated for eight Daytime Emmy Awards and only reinforces the desire for more diversity in the world of entertainment.

“Eastsiders” won Best Ensemble at Indie Series Awards as well as 10 other Indie Series Awards in 2016.