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  • What/where to eat during Oktoberfest in Los Angeles

    What/where to eat during Oktoberfest in Los Angeles

    It’s Oktoberfest season and while everyone is on a beer kick, you’re just wondering where you can grab some amazing German fare, of course, with a side of beer. Los Angeles has some great restaurants ranging from the traditional, to the strange, to gourmet German grub. Here is a list of the best...
  • Trumpeter Gabriel Johnson coming to Alva's Showroom, Sept. 27

    Trumpeter Gabriel Johnson coming to Alva's Showroom, Sept. 27

    Gabriel Johnson will perform at Alva's Showroom on September 27, 2014 at 8:00 p.m. with Josh Nelson on piano, and Lyman Medeiros on acoustic bass and Aaron McLendon drums . The band will perform songs from Gabriel Johnson’s most recent recording titled Alone Together and his debut release...
  • Less is more with Thirty Dollar Stella

    Less is more with Thirty Dollar Stella

    Recently, Gene Simmons declared that rock is dead. That is a debate that could rage on for hours, but basically Simmons is declaring that he knows all the rock bands out there and that none of them are as good as KISS. It is pretty presumptuous - not to mention self-aggrandizing - to say something...
  • LA Galaxy come from behind to tie Montreal Impact

    LA Galaxy come from behind to tie Montreal Impact

    The LA Galaxy came from behind on a 2-0 deficit against the Montreal Impact on Wednesday’s match played at the Saputo Stadium in Montreal. After being scored on twice in the first half of the match, the Los Angeles Galaxy ended up fighting in the second half to tie the game 2-2. As reported in the...
  • Tavis Smiley touring for book ‘Death of A King’ revealing MLK's last year

    Tavis Smiley touring for book ‘Death of A King’ revealing MLK's last year

    The accurate story of Doctor Martin Luther King Jr.’s final year before his death has been revealed in an uncut story carefully assembled by activist and PBS journalist Tavis Smiley. All great men and women, who influenced significant contributions to the world, often are misunderstood by the...
  • Jazz conguero Poncho Sanchez coming to Upstairs at Vitello’s Jazz Club, Sept. 19

    Jazz conguero Poncho Sanchez coming to Upstairs at Vitello’s Jazz Club, Sept. 19

    Grammy and Billboard Latin Music Award-winning jazz conguero Poncho Sanchez and his band will perform two shows at Upstairs at Vitello’s Jazz Club in Studio City, CA on September 19, 2014. Show times are 7:30 and 10:00 p.m. Reservations are suggested. The beloved conga player grew up in a suburb of...
  • Best bars for Oktoberfest in Los Angeles

    Best bars for Oktoberfest in Los Angeles

    Fall in right around the corner, and although the weather is indicative of summer, the Oktoberfest celebrations brewing around Los Angeles say otherwise. The City of Angels will be featuring many Oktoberfest events throughout the months of September and October. With so much to do, it makes it easy...
  • Contemporary jazz guitarist Peter White has many reasons to ‘Smile’

    Contemporary jazz guitarist Peter White has many reasons to ‘Smile’

    Smiling faces in the crowd and lovable fans who come to his live shows keep Peter White’s musical experiences interesting and fun. So it’s no wonder why the final CD in his trilogy of albums is called Smile (Heads Up, 2014) since he has many reasons to do so. As his third release for the Los Angeles...
  • Kershaw's Challenge event a grand slam success

    Kershaw's Challenge event a grand slam success

    Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw was ready for battle not on the mound, but for his 2nd annual Ping Pong 4 Purpose event benefiting Kershaw's Challenge at Dodger Stadium. Kershaw is a competitive ping pong player and just as much as when he's on the mound facing opponents. Armed with a paddle...
  • Robbie Keane is back with LA Galaxy to face Montreal Impact

    Robbie Keane is back with LA Galaxy to face Montreal Impact

    Irish forward Robbie Keane is back with the LA Galaxy to play against the Montreal Impact after serving international duty with the Boys in Green. Keane was off playing with Ireland against Georgia in Tbilisi last Sunday for their first game of Group D for the 2016 Euro Cup qualifiers. As reported...
  • Sturgill Simpson plays The Troubadour

    Sturgill Simpson plays The Troubadour

    The weekend is almost upon us again and whether you like your job or not, you're probably ready for a little break - yes, even if it is only Thursday night. After all, no one says that you can only go out on Friday and Saturday nights. Of course you don't have to go out every Thursday night, but...
  • Julie Kelly is 'Happy To Be' among the West Coast’s best jazz singers

    Julie Kelly is 'Happy To Be' among the West Coast’s best jazz singers

    Los Angeles-based jazz vocalist Julie Kelly is among the most respected jazz vocalists on the West Coast and attaining that distinction has been no easy feat. But her eighth offering as a leader and debut for the Jazzed Media recording label, Happy To Be (Jazzed Media, 1067) will assure her fans...
  • Guide to Saint Rocke

    Guide to Saint Rocke

    Saint Rocke opened in the sleepy coastal town of Hermosa Beach in 2007 in an old bank building that had once been the home of The Pitcher House, a dive bar that catered to the working class and former surfers. It was a place where you could listen to the surf music of Dick Dale, and share a beer...
  • Los Angeles theatre preview: fall 2014 season

    Los Angeles theatre preview: fall 2014 season

    As the fall weather eventually starts to turn cooler in SoCal, Los Angeles residents start to look for their entertainment indoors. Luckily L.A. has one of the best Theatre scenes around, so there’s plenty to choose from in the upcoming season. With so many options being added to the various...
  • How Big Back Forty changed my life

    How Big Back Forty changed my life

    Once upon a time, loyal reader, it wasn't cool to listen to country - at least among my friends - which is surprising considering that I grew up in Ohio. Although to be fair, country probably does better in the southern half of the state than it does in the northwest part of the state where I grew...
  • Guide to the Satellite Silver Lake

    Guide to the Satellite Silver Lake

    The Satellite is a concert venue and bar located in the artistic community of Silver Lake, not far from the bustling community of Los Feliz. Originally known as Spaceland, the venue was opened in 1993 by Mitchell Frank. The first artists that performed in the venue were Beck and the Foo Fighters...
  • One Direction Fall through Spring tour schedule & Los Angeles performances

    One Direction Fall through Spring tour schedule & Los Angeles performances

    The popular teen British boy band One Direction, are so popular they have sold out all their tours since 2012. With the announcement of their new album FOUR on Monday, the tour gives fans another excuse to watchthe group perform their new material live. FOUR will drop on November 17, 2014 at all...
  • Joyce Manor makes heartfelt punk rock

    Joyce Manor makes heartfelt punk rock

    Emo rock tried to bring heartfelt sounds to punk rock, but mostly only ended up sounding like a bunch of whiners. The Torrance, California punk band Joyce Manor is fronted by vocalist Barry Johnson, who – quite frankly – has a bit of an emo whine in his voice. However, this annoying vocal nuance...
  • Elvis Costello with strings

    Elvis Costello with strings

    The prospect of singing rock songs while fronting the Los Angeles Philharmonic might be nerve wracking for most, but for Elvis Costello, who came onstage dressed in a spiffy red hat and suit, this night expressed just another arrow in his deep quiver of musical skills. For longtime Costello fans, it...
  • Colt Ford gives us good reason to listen

    Colt Ford gives us good reason to listen

    It is a little ironic the way Colt Ford follows up “Workin’ On,” a song that speaks about seemingly sincerely trying to give up bad personal habits, with “Crank It Up,” which celebrates drinking, smoking and partying. But then again, that’s always been the case with country music: Saturday night, it...
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