Sarah Bennett Rocco DeLuca performing on night one of his house show residency
In Long Beach, there are two kinds of concerts: the ones you pay for and go to a music venue to see, and free ones that occur in non-traditional spaces, like houses and art galleries. Last Friday night, however, Long Beach native son Rocco DeLuca played the first of four residency shows that was an exciting blend of the two, performing an intimate hour-and-a-half-long set at a ticketed event, which occurred in the living room of a massive historic Craftsman.
I had no idea what to expect from a formally structured event taking place in someone's house, but after finding the address to the undisclosed location (which you receive only after ticket payment is secured), I was gracefully led into the backyard by hand-drawn arrows on the front door, a driveway lined by hurricane-swaddled candles and a red flood light that illuminated the end of the walk, where check-in occurred.
In the back, other attendees were milling around, sipping on craft beer and having hushed conversations in what could only be described as the most respectful house party in city history. The host had even graciously decorated the backyard with candles, tables, chairs and a comfy cabana where pre-show relaxation couldn't help but put you in the mood for the majesty that awaited inside the sprawling, historic home.More »
The Zombies are one of the most tragically underrated bands of the 60's. Fortunately, they are still kicking! Their originality earned them a mixed blessing. Whereas a few of their songs -- most notably "Tell Her No," "Time of the Season," and "She's Not There" -- performed well on the Billboard charts, their material did not typically cater to pop trends, and the original line-up disbanded in 1967; however, 50 years after they recorded their first record, their compositions are still appealing to new audiences and inspiring other musicians and filmmakers (such as Eminem and Quentin Tarantino). Keyboardist / founding member Rod Argent and singer Colin Blunstone have been performing as The Zombies, consistently, since 2001 and continue to record Argent's inspired works. On the occasion of their visit to Southern California (tomorrow at House of Blues in San Diego and Thursday at Santa Monica Pier), the Weekly caught up with Argent to talk about the unique musical life of The Zombies.
The Zombies at SXSW 2013 (photo credit Lavid Photos)
Rather than having some schlub (i.e., me) pontificate about how brilliant pop/punk/hardcore pioneers the Descendents are and why everyone should see them Friday as part of the MusInk Tattoo Convention & Music Festival, I thought I'd go to the source. And by "source," I mean Descendents guitarist Stephen Egerton.
Greg Jacobs Stephen Egerton
Egerton doesn't play on the group's first three full-length albums (1982's Milo Goes to College, 1985's I Don't Want To Grow Up and 1986's Enjoy! ) and one EP (1981's Fat). He joined the band during 1987's ALL, so I figured the Oklahoma resident would offer a unique viewpoint on the songs as someone who is a fan of the band and a member. The group has had one drummer (Bill Stevenson) and singer Milo Aukerman is on all releases except the first single (1979's Ride the Wild), so their opinions might be biased. And original bass player Tony Lombardo and his replacement Doug Carrion couldn't talk about the songs that followed their departures. Same with original guitarist Frank Navetta (who passed away in 2008) and his successor Ray Cooper. Yes, I could have included third bassist Karl Alvarez -- who joined with Egerton in 1986 -- but I don't have his number. I do, however, have Egerton's. Luckily, I was right as the guitarist spoke at length about the difficulty of honoring the legacy of Navetta and Cooper while maintaining his own musical voice.
Question: In the history of this blog, how many writers can say they got the headlining act to leave the venue, walk into the parking lot and get into a 1960 Ford Starliner on Cragars to take photographs?
Answer: One. Me.
The event in question happened with Big Freedia last night at The Constellation Room.
All week my friend Gabe had been telling me how he wanted Big Freedia (aka the Queen Diva, the Dick Eater, the Late Night Creeper -- ya besta buhleeva!) to take pictures in his car. I told him it wasn't happening. He showed up in the afternoon and was denied. At this point, I figured he'd drop it. He didn't.
|www.stephaniebettman.com|Drop The Lime, born Luca Venezia
Just when you thought festival season was over and the surge of electronic dance music events had come to a halt, 2013 has kicked off into high gear with sick shows every week. We already know holidays are big for EDM DJs to ensure a gig, but what about during off months like in January? Well let's just say that dance music fans love to party because the amount of shows in OC from now until Winter Music Conference is only growing right here in our own backyard. We broke down a list of the five best EDM shows this month to keep you up to date on all of the bacchanals worth buying tickets for.
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|Baby-making music, courtesy of Leo Dan|
Southern Californian baby boomers got a nostalgic musical fix earlier this month when The Beach Boys, cruised into the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater for their 50th Anniversary Tour. On Friday, June 15, their Spanish-speaking counterparts will get their own trip down memoria lane, when--in a rare appearance-- music legend Leo Dan, performs at Santa Ana's West Coast Theatre. If you were born in the '60s or '70s, and
your parents spoke Spanish, there's a possibility--nay, a likelihood-- that you were conceived while one of Mr. Dan's tunes played on the AM
In the English-speaking world, the '60s represented a time of social
unrest as the so-called innocence of the 50s was fading out. Although there
were plenty of tunes documenting these transitions, a lá Bob Dylan and Jim Hendrix, there was still room for the love-making ballads immortalized by the
likes of Marvin Gaye. Pop music at the time balanced between socially conscious protest anthems and the romantic
melodies that the carnal hormones commanded.