Kelli Skye Fadroski

Author's posts

Feb 22

Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville at Universal CityWalk celebrates National Margarita Day with style

What better place to celebrate a holiday like National Margarita Day than singer-songwriter and island-lifestyle enthusiast Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville at Universal CityWalk?

The kick-back, tropical-themed restaurant and bar is celebrating its official one year anniversary on National Margarita Day and to mark the occasion, it’s rolling out the new margarita flights ($19). The flights include the more traditional Who’s to Blame Margarita, the sweeter Fins to the Left, which is made with Blue Curacao, the refreshing Watermelon Margarita with fresh watermelon wedge garnish and the Last Mango in Paris, a delish drink with a pop of Cointreau Orange Liqueur.

On Thursday, Liz Garriott, general manager of Margaritaville at  Universal CityWalk, said the staff is prepared to serve up a lot of margaritas in observance of this important national holiday.

  • Bartender Del Pedagat pours the new Margarita flights ($19), which are now available at Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville at Universal CityWalk. The flight currently includes (from left) the Who’s To Blame, Watermelon Margarita, Fins to the Left and Last Mango in Paris. (Photo by Kelli Skye Fadroski, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Bartender Del Pedagat pours the new Margarita flights ($19), which are now available at Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville at Universal CityWalk. The flight currently includes (from left) the Who’s To Blame, Watermelon Margarita, Fins to the Left and Last Mango in Paris. (Photo by Kelli Skye Fadroski, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • The secret, top shelf, not-on-the-menu Cadillac Margarita ($14) is the best of the best Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville at Universal CityWalk has to offer and perfect to celebrate National Margarita Day. (Photo by Kelli Skye Fadroski, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    The secret, top shelf, not-on-the-menu Cadillac Margarita ($14) is the best of the best Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville at Universal CityWalk has to offer and perfect to celebrate National Margarita Day. (Photo by Kelli Skye Fadroski, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • The Margarita flights ($19) are now available at Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville at Universal CityWalk. The flight currently includes the Who’s To Blame, Watermelon Margarita, Fins to the Left and Last Mango in Paris. The flight pairs well with the Volcano Nachos ($16.95). (Photo by Kelli Skye Fadroski; Orange County Register/SCNG)

    The Margarita flights ($19) are now available at Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville at Universal CityWalk. The flight currently includes the Who’s To Blame, Watermelon Margarita, Fins to the Left and Last Mango in Paris. The flight pairs well with the Volcano Nachos ($16.95). (Photo by Kelli Skye Fadroski; Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • The burger sliders and fries pair perfectly with the new margarita flights ($19) or the Who’s to Blame? Margarita at Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville at Universal CityWalk. (Photo by Kelli Skye Fadroski, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    The burger sliders and fries pair perfectly with the new margarita flights ($19) or the Who’s to Blame? Margarita at Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville at Universal CityWalk. (Photo by Kelli Skye Fadroski, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • The Margarita flights ($19) are now available at Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville at Universal CityWalk. The flight currently includes the Who’s To Blame, Watermelon Margarita, Fins to the Left and Last Mango in Paris. (Photo by Kelli Skye Fadroski; Orange County Register/SCNG)

    The Margarita flights ($19) are now available at Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville at Universal CityWalk. The flight currently includes the Who’s To Blame, Watermelon Margarita, Fins to the Left and Last Mango in Paris. (Photo by Kelli Skye Fadroski; Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • The a pair of chicken tinga tacos ($6 during happy hour) pair well with the Perfect Margarita ($11.75) from Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville at Universal CityWalk. (Photo by Kelli Skye Fadroski, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    The a pair of chicken tinga tacos ($6 during happy hour) pair well with the Perfect Margarita ($11.75) from Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville at Universal CityWalk. (Photo by Kelli Skye Fadroski, Orange County Register/SCNG)

of

Expand

One of her favorite drinks is the not-on-the-menu Cadillac Margarita ($14), which she said the staff just recently perfected.

The secret to the margaritas served up at Margaritaville is the housemade sour mix, Garriott said.

“Our sour mix is our pièce de résistance,” Garriott added. “We have worked very, very hard on this to make sure it’s absolutely perfect. I’ve spent a lot of time trying margaritas, doing what I’ve had to do to test them and make sure they’re perfect and this housemade sour mix, I can tell you the exact dimensions, but I’d have to kill you. However, it is fresh squeezed lime juice, fresh squeezed lemon juice, our house simple syrup and a splash of orange juice and it is made every day by our chef in-house and it makes all the difference.”

The most popular margarita sold at Margaritaville is the Who’s to Blame ($10.50), which was created by Buffett himself. The second most popular, Garriott said, is the Perfect Margarita ($11.75) which uses Margaritaville gold and silver tequilas, triple sec, Orange Curacao and lime juice.

“It’s really the margarita for the margarita aficionados,” Garriott said.

As far as food pairings, Garriott suggests the Perfect Margarita with the Lava Lava Shrimp ($13.25) or the Salmon Salad ($14.95). Grab a Cheeseburger in Paradise ($14.45) entree or share the Volcano Nachos ($16.95) when you pick up a Who’s To Blame Margarita.

Margaritaville is open until 11 p.m. on National Margarita Day and Happy Hour is from 3-6 p.m. and that includes the Who’s to Blame and Tropical Fruit Margaritas for $6.

 

Permanent link to this article: https://www.ocregister.com/2018/02/22/jimmy-buffetts-margaritaville-at-universal-citywalk-celebrates-national-margarita-day-with-style/

Feb 22

‘Stan Against Evil’ creator Dana Gould talks horror, comedy and podcasts before bringing new material to Irvine Improv

Writer, actor, voice over artist and stand-up comedian Dana Gould has had a lot on his mind lately, but right now, he’s thinking about how much “goo” he can incorporate into a new season of his IFC series, “Stan Against Evil.”

“We will have a lot of goo this season … we make good use of an air cannon, I’ll just leave it at that,” Gould said in a recent phone interview before he brings his latest stand-up material to Irvine Improv Thursday, March 1-Sunday, March 4.

“Stan Against Evil,” starring John C. McGinley and Janet Varney, was just renewed for a third season, which will air in the Fall and Gould is hard at work writing the script for the horror-comedy TV show.

“I grew up watching and loving horror movies,” he continued. “I’ve been a comedian and a comedy writer my whole life and it took my whole life to figure out how to combine them properly. Now that I have it figured out, I’m enjoying having a comedy show, but I also get to go to a special effects company and have them build monsters and we get to blow stuff up.”

  • Comedian Dana Gould (pictured alongside actress Janet Varney, left, on stage during a panel to discuss Gould’s TV series “Stan Against Evil” at Comic-Con International in 2017) will headline the Irvine Improv Thursday, March 1-Sunday, March 4. (Photo by Diane Bondareff, Associated Press)

    Comedian Dana Gould (pictured alongside actress Janet Varney, left, on stage during a panel to discuss Gould’s TV series “Stan Against Evil” at Comic-Con International in 2017) will headline the Irvine Improv Thursday, March 1-Sunday, March 4. (Photo by Diane Bondareff, Associated Press)

  • Actor, stand-up comedian and writer Dana Gould will headline the Irvine Improv Thursday, March 1-Sunday, March 4. (Photo by Mandee Johnson)

    Actor, stand-up comedian and writer Dana Gould will headline the Irvine Improv Thursday, March 1-Sunday, March 4. (Photo by Mandee Johnson)

  • Comedian Dana Gould (pictured alongside actor John C. McGinley and actress Janet Varney, left, on stage during a panel to discuss Gould’s TV series “Stan Against Evil” at Comic-Con International in 2017) will headline the Irvine Improv Thursday, March 1-Sunday, March 4. (Photo by Diane Bondareff, Associated Press)

    Comedian Dana Gould (pictured alongside actor John C. McGinley and actress Janet Varney, left, on stage during a panel to discuss Gould’s TV series “Stan Against Evil” at Comic-Con International in 2017) will headline the Irvine Improv Thursday, March 1-Sunday, March 4. (Photo by Diane Bondareff, Associated Press)

  • Actor, stand-up comedian and writer Dana Gould will headline the Irvine Improv Thursday, March 1-Sunday, March 4. (Photo by Mandee Johnson)

    Actor, stand-up comedian and writer Dana Gould will headline the Irvine Improv Thursday, March 1-Sunday, March 4. (Photo by Mandee Johnson)

  • Comedian Dana Gould (pictured posing for a portrait session to promote his TV series “Stan Against Evil” at Comic-Con International in 2017) will headline the Irvine Improv Thursday, March 1-Sunday, March 4. (Photo by Chris Pizzello, Associated Press)

    Comedian Dana Gould (pictured posing for a portrait session to promote his TV series “Stan Against Evil” at Comic-Con International in 2017) will headline the Irvine Improv Thursday, March 1-Sunday, March 4. (Photo by Chris Pizzello, Associated Press)

  • Actor, stand-up comedian and writer Dana Gould will headline the Irvine Improv Thursday, March 1-Sunday, March 4. (Photo by Mandee Johnson)

    Actor, stand-up comedian and writer Dana Gould will headline the Irvine Improv Thursday, March 1-Sunday, March 4. (Photo by Mandee Johnson)

of

Expand

Gould grew up in Hopedale, Massachusetts, less than an hour from Salem, he said, which was something that fed his love of horror flicks and inspired some of the script for “Stan Against Evil,” which centers on a small town that’s built on the site of 17th century witch-burnings.

“I lived on Cemetery Street, which led to the town cemetery and my last name was Gould, so I was kind of born for the job,” he said. He has even written himself into the show as Kevin, the gravedigger, which is based on a real man from his hometown.

“Kevin is named after my brother, but I’m an actor and I have an actor’s ego and I like to be involved,” Gould said of his reoccurring role. “My duties off camera are pretty extensive so I have to limit what I do on screen, but the character is based on a guy in my hometown. As I said, I lived on Cemetery Street and this guy, Harry Miller, who was the groundskeeper, would walk to work by our house and I’d see him twice a day growing up.”

Gould, who recalls the first horror movie he ever saw being the 1943 Universal horror film, “Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man,” said that the grave digger may have unwittingly made a profound impact on his life.

“Someone reminded me that when I was on ‘Seinfeld’ and played ‘Fragile’ Frankie Merman … I went into Central Park, dug a hole and hid in it,” he said with a laugh. “The first episode of ‘The Simpsons’ that I wrote, Bart is digging a hole in the backyard and is spotted by a Chinese spy satellite. Somehow digging a hole is the reoccurring theme in my career that I never really put a lot of thought into.”

Since he couldn’t live in outer space like he wanted to as a child, Gould, who is now 53, moved to California when he turned 18 to pursue a career in stand-up. He’s written for numerous TV shows and had specials air on Comedy Central, Showtime and HBO. Last year, he put out a new comedy album, “Mr. Funny Man,” which he recorded in front of a live audience in Seattle.

“I have a nice following up there, but I think it’s because of ‘The Adam Carolla Show’ because I get a lot of people shouting out ‘Huell Howser!’ at me when I’m there,” Gould said. “It’s probably where I’d live if I didn’t live in Los Angeles, but I actually really love living in Los Angeles. It’s also nice to get that audience that isn’t just other people in show business.”

Gould is super into Podcasts. He’s been a guest on “WTF with Marc Maron” and “The Adam Carolla Show,” where he would often do his impersonation of Howser, the late host of public TV’s “California’s Gold.” He also has his own monthly podcast, “The Dana Gould Hour.”

“I’m sort of a big fan of the D.I.Y. ethic and, you know, it’s a very kind of punk rock mentality that I like and when podcasting first took off, a lot of people said to me, ‘When will you start a podcast?'” he said. “I just didn’t have an idea that wasn’t just my crappy version of Marc Maron’s good podcast or my version of Chris Hardwick’s podcast.”

Inspired by KCRW radio personality Joe Frank, who passed away in January at 79, Gould just wanted to tell stories and intertwine them with music. As his podcast evolved, he would do two separate interviews and cut them into chunks, play music in between and mix them all together.

“Basically, it’s like you’re at a party and you’re auditing two very interesting conversations,” he explained. “It was just my attempt to be unique and not just do what everyone else was doing because there’d really be no point in that.”

In his spare time, Gould said he’s listening to the “You Must Remember This Podcast” with Karina Longworth about old, obscure Hollywood history, and the Slate podcast, “Slow Burn: A Podcast About Watergate” because it tickles his inner political podcast nerd. He’s also tuning into “Birth.Movies.Death,” a podcast that keeps him well-informed about movies and helps him decided what to go see in theaters.

“I really try not to overdose too much, though,” he added.

Having the podcast while simultaneously working on “Stan Against Evil” had given him several new bits for his stand-up. He’s also busy at home as he has three children of his own from a previous marriage and his girlfriend also has three kids.

“I’m basically living ‘The Brady Bunch’ and there’s a lot more in there than I thought there would be,” he said.

Aside from working on the “Stan Against Evil” scripts, Gould’s also writing a feature that’s “a pretty big deal,” but he can’t say more about it, and he’s adapting Rod Serling’s first draft of “Planet of the Apes” as a graphic novel.

“My motto about my career has always been that things lead to things,” he said. “As long as you’re doing things, stuff will happen. If you sit in your house and wait for something to show up, well, that’s death.”

He’s also currently getting a kick out of all of the Internet memes and videos that fans are posting that depict “The Simpsons” as foretelling the future in several instances including the episodes that aired in 2000 that featured Donald Trump as President of the United States.

“We always thought ‘What’s the worst thing that could possibly happen?’ and that, it turns out, is a good way to predict the future,” he said with a laugh. “We didn’t realize we were ahead of our time, but there ya go. We also said Schwarzenegger would be the president, so I guess we’ll see what happens.”

Dana Gould

When: 8 p.m. Thursday, March 1; 7:30 and 9:45 p.m. Friday, March 2; 7 and 9:30 p.m. Saturday, March 3; 7 p.m. Sunday, March 4.

Where: Irvine Improv, 527 Spectrum Center Drive, Irvine

Tickets: $20

Information: 949-854-5455 or Irvine.Improv.com

Permanent link to this article: https://www.ocregister.com/2018/02/22/stan-against-evil-creator-dana-gould-talks-horror-comedy-and-podcasts-before-bringing-new-material-to-irvine-improv/

Feb 21

311, Sublime with Rome, Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Fishbone and more will play the Back to the Beach Fest at Huntington State Beach

After playing alongside NOFX during its curated Punk In Drublic Festival tour, which was renamed Punk ‘N Brew for its stop at Bolsa Chica State Beach in Huntington Beach last year, Goldfinger frontman John “Feldy” Feldmann said he thought he’d like to take a stab at curating his own festival.

He partnered with Punk in Drublic festival promoter John Reese of Laguna Beach-based Synergy Global Entertainment and Feldmann recruited his L.A. neighbor and Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker to curate the line-up for the inaugural two-day Back to the Beach Festival, which will be held at Huntington State Beach on Saturday, April 28 and Sunday, April 29.

The festival features an array of ska, punk and reggae artists with 311 headlining on Saturday, April 28 along with sets by the Mighty Mighty Bosstones, the Aquabats, Hepcat, Less Than Jake, Mad Caddies, the Suicide Machines and Big D and the Kids Table.  Sunday, April 29 will be led by Sublime with Rome and sets by Goldfinger featuring Travis Barker on drums, the original line-up of Fishbone, Save Ferris, the Interrupters, Mustard Plug, the Aggrolites and the Untouchables.

“I remember playing this show at The Barn in Riverside and seeing Travis in his Aquabats costume and he was crowdsurfing and handing out flyers for the Aquabats show, which was the next week,” Feldmann said during a recent phone interview. “I knew he was a great drummer back then, but that was way before Blink-182 and I knew he’d be a perfect partner to help get a great line-up of ska bands that kind of spanned the generations.”

  • Blink-182’s Travis Barker and Goldfinger’s John “Feldy” Feldmann announced their very own curated two-day festival, Back to the Beach, which takes over Huntington State Beach on Saturday, April 28 and Sunday, April 29. (Flyer courtesy of the Back to the Beach Festival)

    Blink-182’s Travis Barker and Goldfinger’s John “Feldy” Feldmann announced their very own curated two-day festival, Back to the Beach, which takes over Huntington State Beach on Saturday, April 28 and Sunday, April 29. (Flyer courtesy of the Back to the Beach Festival)

  • The Aquabats will perform as part of the Back to the Beach Festival which was curated by Blink-182 anchor Travis Barker and Goldfinger frontman John “Feldy” Feldmann. The event will take place Saturday, April 28 and Sunday, April 29 at Huntington State Beach and also feature sets by 311, Sublime with Rome, the Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Fishbone and many more. (Photo by Ed Crisostomo, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    The Aquabats will perform as part of the Back to the Beach Festival which was curated by Blink-182 anchor Travis Barker and Goldfinger frontman John “Feldy” Feldmann. The event will take place Saturday, April 28 and Sunday, April 29 at Huntington State Beach and also feature sets by 311, Sublime with Rome, the Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Fishbone and many more. (Photo by Ed Crisostomo, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • 311 will perform as part of the Back to the Beach Festival which was curated by Blink-182 anchor Travis Barker and Goldfinger frontman John “Feldy” Feldmann. The event will take place Saturday, April 28 and Sunday, April 29 at Huntington State Beach and also feature sets by Sublime with Rome, the Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Fishbone and many more. (Photo by Kelly A. Swift, contributing photographer)

    311 will perform as part of the Back to the Beach Festival which was curated by Blink-182 anchor Travis Barker and Goldfinger frontman John “Feldy” Feldmann. The event will take place Saturday, April 28 and Sunday, April 29 at Huntington State Beach and also feature sets by Sublime with Rome, the Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Fishbone and many more. (Photo by Kelly A. Swift, contributing photographer)

  • Sublime with Rome will perform as part of the Back to the Beach Festival which was curated by Blink-182 anchor Travis Barker and Goldfinger frontman John “Feldy” Feldmann. The event will take place Saturday, April 28 and Sunday, April 29 at Huntington State Beach and also feature sets by 311, the Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Save Ferris, Fishbone and many more. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, contributing photographer)

    Sublime with Rome will perform as part of the Back to the Beach Festival which was curated by Blink-182 anchor Travis Barker and Goldfinger frontman John “Feldy” Feldmann. The event will take place Saturday, April 28 and Sunday, April 29 at Huntington State Beach and also feature sets by 311, the Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Save Ferris, Fishbone and many more. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, contributing photographer)

  • Blink-182 anchor Travis Barker (pictured) and Goldfinger frontman John “Feldy” Feldmann curated the Back to the Beach Festival which will take place Saturday, April 28 and Sunday, April 29 at Huntington State Beach. The two-day fest will include sets by 311, Sublime with Rome, the Mighty Mighty Bosstones, the Aquabats, Fishbone and many more. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Blink-182 anchor Travis Barker (pictured) and Goldfinger frontman John “Feldy” Feldmann curated the Back to the Beach Festival which will take place Saturday, April 28 and Sunday, April 29 at Huntington State Beach. The two-day fest will include sets by 311, Sublime with Rome, the Mighty Mighty Bosstones, the Aquabats, Fishbone and many more. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Goldfinger frontman John “Feldy” Feldmann (pictured) and Blink-182 anchor Travis Barker curated the Back to the Beach Festival which will take place Saturday, April 28 and Sunday, April 29 at Huntington State Beach. The two-day fest will include sets by 311, Sublime with Rome, the Mighty Mighty Bosstones, the Aquabats, Fishbone and many more. (Photo by Kelly A. Swift, contributing photographer)

    Goldfinger frontman John “Feldy” Feldmann (pictured) and Blink-182 anchor Travis Barker curated the Back to the Beach Festival which will take place Saturday, April 28 and Sunday, April 29 at Huntington State Beach. The two-day fest will include sets by 311, Sublime with Rome, the Mighty Mighty Bosstones, the Aquabats, Fishbone and many more. (Photo by Kelly A. Swift, contributing photographer)

  • Save Ferris will perform as part of the Back to the Beach Festival which was curated by Blink-182 anchor Travis Barker and Goldfinger frontman John “Feldy” Feldmann. The event will take place Saturday, April 28 and Sunday, April 29 at Huntington State Beach and also feature sets by 311, Sublime with Rome, the Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Fishbone and many more. (Photo by Kelly A. Swift, contributing photographer)

    Save Ferris will perform as part of the Back to the Beach Festival which was curated by Blink-182 anchor Travis Barker and Goldfinger frontman John “Feldy” Feldmann. The event will take place Saturday, April 28 and Sunday, April 29 at Huntington State Beach and also feature sets by 311, Sublime with Rome, the Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Fishbone and many more. (Photo by Kelly A. Swift, contributing photographer)

  • Less Than Jake will perform as part of the Back to the Beach Festival which was curated by Blink-182 anchor Travis Barker and Goldfinger frontman John “Feldy” Feldmann. The event will take place Saturday, April 28 and Sunday, April 29 at Huntington State Beach and also feature sets by 311, Sublime with Rome, the Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Fishbone and many more. (Photo by Terry Pierson, Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

    Less Than Jake will perform as part of the Back to the Beach Festival which was curated by Blink-182 anchor Travis Barker and Goldfinger frontman John “Feldy” Feldmann. The event will take place Saturday, April 28 and Sunday, April 29 at Huntington State Beach and also feature sets by 311, Sublime with Rome, the Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Fishbone and many more. (Photo by Terry Pierson, Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • Goldfinger frontman John “Feldy” Feldmann (second from left) and Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker (third from left) curated the two-day Back to the Beach Festival which will take over Huntington State Beach on Saturday, April 28 and Sunday, April 29. (Photo courtesy of Goldfinger)

    Goldfinger frontman John “Feldy” Feldmann (second from left) and Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker (third from left) curated the two-day Back to the Beach Festival which will take over Huntington State Beach on Saturday, April 28 and Sunday, April 29. (Photo courtesy of Goldfinger)

of

Expand

Barker, who also curates the annual Musink Tattoo Convention and Music Festival in Costa Mesa alongside Reese and his SGE crew, sat down with Feldmann to come up with sort of “the best of the best” and a mix of players that could perform two days worth of feel good music.

“The only way through dark times is to flip your attitude and how I change my attitude from thinking that things are never going to get better or that the government sucks or whatever negativity is out there on the internet — and there’s a tremendous amount of negativity online — is to listen to music,” Feldmann said. “I’ve got a number of things I do to stay positive in my life. I have two kids, I’m 50, I’m married and when you get older you need to be continually diligent about it but the catalyst is always music. Whenever I’m feeling like, ugh, this job didn’t work out, I’m fighting with the wife or the kids are being annoying, whatever it is, music can change the algorithm in my brain to be better. I work with a lot of different genres of music, but this line-up, it’s like the most happy and ‘Hey, let’s go have a good time’ and party kind of line-up that I’ve ever seen at any festival. This is straight-up positive, fun and danceable music.”

Another key element of Back to the Beach is the Little Punks Kids Area and that kids ages 10 and under are admitted for free with each paid adult ticket. Since Feldmann and Barker are both famous punk rock fathers, Feldmann said he felt it was important that parents have the ability to take their kids to the shows to hang out and expose them to different styles of music.

“I don’t know if my kids would agree, but I think I’m a pretty good dad,” Feldmann said with a laugh. “Travis is one of the best dads I know and John Reese, he’s a dad, too. We collectively decided that we wanted to make this thing for everybody. Most of the bands that are playing have been around long enough that their fans now have kids and we want to make sure we can pass this on to the next generation.”

Back to the Beach will also include numerous vegan food options since both Feldmann and Barker have dedicated themselves to the vegan lifestyle. Feldmann said the first discussion about the festival was about which bands would play and the second was about which vegan trucks and restaurants would be available to be on site. Feldmann became vegan two decades ago and has often had a difficult time finding food options that fit his dietary and lifestyle preferences on tour and at festivals.

“I once did a whole Japanese tour on just cashews and bananas,” he said. “It’s just different now and there are so many more options. People are really more aware of the health and environmental consequences of factory farming and everything so I feel like people are more aware than ever so it’s going to be an event for those conscientious people as well.”

Huntington State Beach is located at 21601 Pacific Coast Highway in Huntington Beach. Tickets for Back to the Beach start at $39 per day for general admission and go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 23 at backtothebeachfest.com.

Permanent link to this article: https://www.ocregister.com/2018/02/21/311-sublime-with-rome-mighty-mighty-bosstones-fishbone-and-more-will-play-the-back-to-the-beach-fest-at-huntington-state-beach/

Feb 20

The Human League, the Motels, Dramarama and more will hit Huntington State Beach for the Like Totally 80’s Festival

Like Totally 80’s Festival will return to Huntington State Beach, 21899 Coast Highway, for a third year on Saturday, May 12. The event will be headlined by the Human League along with sets by Martha Davis & the Motels, Dramarama, the Alarm, Tiffany, the Untouchables and Jay Aston’s Gene Loves Jezebel featuring James Stevenson, Pete Rizzo and Chris Bell.

There will also be an all-star jam with the Reflexx featuring Tim Polecat of the Polecats, Clive Farrington of When In Rome UK and Slim Jim Phantom of the Stray Cats.

It will all take place from noon-9 p.m. and include numerous on-site vendors for shopping, a variety of food trucks, full bars, ’80s celebrity impersonators, an ’80s themed costume contest and it will all be hosted by influential ’80s DJ, Richard Blade.

Tickets are $45 for general admission and $75 for VIP. There’s an add-on T-shirt package for an additional $20 and lockers for storing personal items can be rented for $20 for the day at Ticketfly.com. Various retail outlets are also selling hard tickets including Black Hole Records (108 N. Harbor Blvd.) in Fullerton; Gallagher’s Pub & Grill (300 Pacific Coast Highway) in Huntington Beach and Fingerprints Music (420 E. 4th Street) in Long Beach.

 

Permanent link to this article: https://www.ocregister.com/2018/02/20/the-human-league-the-motels-dramarama-and-more-will-hit-huntington-state-beach-for-the-like-totally-80s-festival/

Feb 20

‘Super Troopers 2’ stars to be Grand Marshals of NASCAR’s Auto Club 400 in Fontana

Stop what you’re doing right meow! The cast members of “Super Troopers 2,” including Mac (Steve Lemme), Foster (Paul Soter), Rabbit (Erik Stolhanske), Thorny (Jay Chandrasekhar) and Farva (Kevin Heffernan), have officially been named the Grand Marshals of the upcoming Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Auto Club 400 race in Fontana on Sunday, March 18.

Donning their uniforms from the 2001 comedy and its sequel, “Super Troopers 2,” which will hit theaters on Friday, April 20, the guys have been given the great task of commanding “Drivers, start your engines!” at Auto Club Speedway.

NASCAR fans who purchase pre-race pit passes will be able to get up-close-and-personal with the cast of “Super Troopers 2” as they take part in pre-race ceremony activities, including driver introductions. The race will be televised on Fox starting at 12:30 p.m. Tickets are $45-$151 for the NASCAR Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway, 9300 Cherry Ave., in Fontana and are available at 800-944-7223 or autoclubspeedway.com.

Permanent link to this article: https://www.ocregister.com/2018/02/20/super-troopers-2-stars-to-be-grand-marshals-of-nascars-auto-club-400-in-fontana/

Feb 18

Queens of the Stone Age rocks through new tracks and draws famous faces to the sold-out Forum Saturday night

Palm Desert rock band Queens of the Stone Age did it up big for its sold-out show at the Forum in Inglewood on Saturday night.

Driving up to the legendary and more recently renovated venue, Queens’ logos were cast around the arena with bright white light and there was a ginormous, red light-up Queens sign outside, straight out of the “The Way You Used To” music video that fans were posing in front of and the VIP Forum Club had been rebranded The Villains Club in recognition of the band’s most recent album, “Villains.”

The group has played this area three times in less than five months; first taking the main stage at the Foo Fighters’ curated Cal Jam ’17 in San Bernardino in October and then a bizarre turn at the Forum for KROQ 106.7/FM’s Almost Acoustic Christmas, during which frontman Josh Homme in a heavily inebriated state, cut his forehead open with a knife and kicked a photographer.

  • Queens of the Stone Age perform to a sold-out audience at the Forum in Inglewood on Saturday, February 17, 2018. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

    Queens of the Stone Age perform to a sold-out audience at the Forum in Inglewood on Saturday, February 17, 2018. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

  • Troy Van Leeuwen of Queens of the Stone Age performs to a sold-out audience at the Forum in Inglewood on Saturday, February 17, 2018. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

    Troy Van Leeuwen of Queens of the Stone Age performs to a sold-out audience at the Forum in Inglewood on Saturday, February 17, 2018. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

  • Josh Homme of Queens of the Stone Age performs to a sold-out audience at the Forum in Inglewood on Saturday, February 17, 2018. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

    Josh Homme of Queens of the Stone Age performs to a sold-out audience at the Forum in Inglewood on Saturday, February 17, 2018. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

  • Josh Homme of Queens of the Stone Age performs to a sold-out audience at the Forum in Inglewood on Saturday, February 17, 2018. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

    Josh Homme of Queens of the Stone Age performs to a sold-out audience at the Forum in Inglewood on Saturday, February 17, 2018. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

  • Josh Homme of Queens of the Stone Age performs to a sold-out audience at the Forum in Inglewood on Saturday, February 17, 2018. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

    Josh Homme of Queens of the Stone Age performs to a sold-out audience at the Forum in Inglewood on Saturday, February 17, 2018. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

  • Josh Homme of Queens of the Stone Age performs to a sold-out audience at the Forum in Inglewood on Saturday, February 17, 2018. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

    Josh Homme of Queens of the Stone Age performs to a sold-out audience at the Forum in Inglewood on Saturday, February 17, 2018. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

  • Ben Thatcher of the band Royal Blood perform at the Forum in Inglewood on Saturday, February 17, 2018. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

    Ben Thatcher of the band Royal Blood perform at the Forum in Inglewood on Saturday, February 17, 2018. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

  • From left, Mike Kerr and Ben Thatcher of the band Royal Blood perform at the Forum in Inglewood on Saturday, February 17, 2018. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

    From left, Mike Kerr and Ben Thatcher of the band Royal Blood perform at the Forum in Inglewood on Saturday, February 17, 2018. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

  • From left, Mike Kerr and Ben Thatcher of the band Royal Blood perform at the Forum in Inglewood on Saturday, February 17, 2018. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

    From left, Mike Kerr and Ben Thatcher of the band Royal Blood perform at the Forum in Inglewood on Saturday, February 17, 2018. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

  • From left, Mike Kerr and Ben Thatcher of the band Royal Blood perform at the Forum in Inglewood on Saturday, February 17, 2018. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

    From left, Mike Kerr and Ben Thatcher of the band Royal Blood perform at the Forum in Inglewood on Saturday, February 17, 2018. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

  • Josh Homme of Queens of the Stone Age performs to a sold-out audience at the Forum in Inglewood on Saturday, February 17, 2018. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

    Josh Homme of Queens of the Stone Age performs to a sold-out audience at the Forum in Inglewood on Saturday, February 17, 2018. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

of

Expand

Homme acknowledged the incident, which went viral and which he apologized to fans for, after blasting through “If I Had a Tail” and “Monsters in the Parasol.”

“It’s good to be back at the Forum,” he said. “Much better than last time I was there.”

Homme was in top form Saturday night. Living up to his nickname of “The Ginger Elvis” as he danced and shook his hips while playing guitar and singing a newer cut like “Feet Don’t Fail Me Now.” The band hit the crowd with two new tracks in a row, seamlessly rocking into the single, “The Way You Used to Do.” Midway through, Queens continued to impress and blast the audience with a ton of strobe lighting during fan-favorites like “No One Knows,” “Burn the Witch” and “I Sat by the Ocean.” Following a dizzy performance of the heavy new song “Domesticated Animals,” things slowed way, way down.

The section of the show started with “Make It Wit Chu,” a sexier, bouncier single off the band’s 2007 album “Era Vulgaris.” It was a treat for the ladies in the audience, who were outnumbered at an estimated 25 to 1 at the Forum. It was followed by “Smooth Sailing,” “I Appear Missing” and “Villains of Circumstance.” A lot of fans seemed to take the time to go grab another drink before last call and some, at least in the upper levels, left and never came back to their seats at all.

It all picked back up with “Little Sister” and the main set closer, “Go With the Flow.” Homme segued into that final song by introducing guitarist Troy Van Leeuwen, letting everyone know that he was from Cerritos.

“Very tough town, that Cerritos,” Homme quipped. “That auto square is very difficult.”

Of course, the band wasn’t finished there and made up for the latter oddly selected order of songs in the set list by straight rocking an encore. The guys came back out with singer-songwriter and producer Mark Ronson, who produced “Villains.” Ronson, who has collaborated with just about every major artist in the music industry, recently showed up at the Forum to perform with Lady Gaga, but this time played some throwback favorites with Queens and paid tribute to Elton John, who will bring his Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour to the venue on Monday, Feb. 1 and Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2019, with “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road.”

Ronson wasn’t the only famous face on hand, comedians Jeff Ross and Anthony Jeselnik were spotted in the crowd. Actor Colin Hanks was also hanging out alongside musicians such as Rage Against the Machine drummer Brad Wilk and Social Distortion anchor David Hidalgo Jr.

Opening act Royal Blood was equally as impressive. The duo from the U.K. also performed at Cal Jam ’17 and KROQ’s Almost Acoustic Christmas and drew its own enthusiastic early crowd to the Forum Saturday night. The band now has two albums of material to draw from and put on a powerful, loud and exciting set mixing early singles like “Come On Over,” “Out of the Black” and the sing-along “Figure it Out,” with fresh songs like the raging “I Only Lie When I Love You.”

Drummer Ben Thatcher is a beast on drums during that track and vocalist-bassist Mike Kerr displays his true talent as a multi-instrumentalist as he breaks out the keys for the brilliant song, “Hole in Your Heart.” For a two-piece, Royal Blood is so mighty and Kerr and Thatcher have such great chemistry on stage together, which is something these larger audiences are definitely responding to.

Queens of the Stone Age

When: Saturday, Feb. 17

Where: The Forum, Inglewood

Permanent link to this article: https://www.ocregister.com/2018/02/18/queens-of-the-stone-age-rocks-through-new-tracks-and-draws-famous-faces-to-the-sold-out-forum-saturday-night/

Feb 15

Kevin Hart adds a third Southern California date to his Irresponsible Comedy Tour

Comedian Kevin Hart has achieved superstar status. The 38-year-old stand-up comedian and actor is now performing his comedy in some of the biggest venues not only across the country, but around the world.

Hart, who recently extended his Irresponsible Comedy Tour to include stops at Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario on Sunday, May 13 and FivePoint Amphitheatre in Irvine on Saturday, June 23, has added a third stop to his jaunt and will come to the Hollywood Bowl (2301 N Highland Ave.) in Los Angeles on Thursday, June 7.

Tickets for the recently added date are $45-$250 and will go on sale at 9 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 16 at 800-745-3000 or Ticketmaster.com.

Hart was nominated for his first Grammy in the best comedy album category for his release, “What Now?,” however he lost out to comedian Dave Chappelle at the 60th Annual Grammy Awards last month. The four-time NBA All-Star Celebrity Game MVP will also serve as the special guest announcer at the NBA All-Star Game at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, Feb. 18.

 

Permanent link to this article: https://www.ocregister.com/2018/02/15/kevin-hart-adds-a-third-southern-california-date-to-his-irresponsible-comedy-tour/

Feb 15

Paul Simon adds a third and final show to his farewell tour at the Hollywood Bowl

Since tickets sold out at lightning speed for the first two nights (Tuesday, May 22, and Wednesday, May 23) of legendary singer-songwriter Paul Simon’s Homeward Bound – The Farewell Tour, the 76-year-old entertainer has announced an additional date on Monday, May 28, at the Hollywood Bowl (2301 N. Highland Ave.) in Los Angeles.

Tickets for the new date are $39.50-$250 and go on sale to the general public at 10 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 23 at 800-745-3000 or Ticketmaster.com.

Simon will be performing selections from his solo catalog as well as hits from his work in Simon & Garfunkel. “I’ve often wondered what it would feel like to reach the point where I’d consider bringing my performing career to a natural end,” Simon said in a press release announcing the tour. “Now I know: it feels a little unsettling, a touch exhilarating and something of a relief.”

Simon went on to say that after the tour, which wraps up in London in July, he anticipates still doing the occasional gig and would donate the proceeds from those performances to charity.

 

Permanent link to this article: https://www.ocregister.com/2018/02/15/paul-simon-adds-a-third-and-final-show-to-his-farewell-tour-at-the-hollywood-bowl/

Feb 14

Not going to Coachella? Goldenvoice announces its roster of local venue shows featuring festival acts in April

Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival promoter Goldenvoice has announced the extensive line-up for its April run of club and theater shows in venues like the Fox Theater and the Glass House in Pomona, the Observatory in Santa Ana, Pappy & Harriet’s in Pioneertown and popular concert hot spots like the Novo, the Theatre at Ace Hotel and the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles.

Since Coachella has gone to its two-weekend format all of those artists are kinda just hanging around Southern California in between the festival dates, which are Friday, April 13-Sunday, April 15 and Friday, April 20-Sunday, April 22. The fan-dubbed “Localchella” gives those artists something to do and the music lovers who either weren’t able to score tickets to the mega festival or who just want to see specific artists the chance to experience a little taste of the action in a much more intimate setting.

All of the shows go on sale over the course of three weeks, from Friday, Feb. 16, through Friday, March 2, and can be purchased at AXS.com.

The El Rey Theatre, 5515 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles

Wednesday, April 11: Chromeo with Phantoms; On sale at 10 a.m. Friday, March 2

Thursday, April 12: Carpenter Brut; On sale at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 16

Wednesday, April 16: Sigrid; On sale at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 23

Tuesday, April 17: Angel Olsen; On sale at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 16

Thursday, April 19: Moon Boots; On sale at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 16

The Roxy, 9009 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood

Tuesday, April 10: Devin Dawson; On sale at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 16

Thursday, April 12: PVRIS with Slenderbodies; On sale at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 23

Tuesday, April 17: Japanese Breakfast with Snail Mail; On sale at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 23

Wednesday, April 17: Jessie Ware; On sale at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 23

Theatre at Ace Hotel, 929 S. Broadway Street, Los Angeles

Thursday, April 12: Marian Hill with Michl; On sale at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 16

Tuesday, April 17: Kelela; On sale at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 16

The Novo, 800 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles

Tuesday, April 10: Kali Uchis with Cuco; On sale at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 23

Tuesday, April 17: Brockhampton; On sale at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 23

Wednesday, April 18: Jorja Smith and Tom Misch; On sale at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 16

Pappy & Harriet’s, 53688 Pioneertown Road, Pioneertown

Monday, April 16: The Drums & Alvvays with Fazerdaze; On sale at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 16

Wednesday, April 18: Angel Olsen with Priests; On sale at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 23

Thursday, April 19: Jungle; On sale at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 23

The Observatory, 3503 S. Harbor Blvd., Santa Ana

Thursday, April 12: Princess Nokia; On sale at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 23

Friday, April 16: Migos; On sale 10 a.m. Friday March 2

Tuesday, April 17: First Aid Kit; On sale at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 16

Wednesday, April 18: Miguel; On sale at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 23

Thursday, April 19: Ron Gallo (in the Constellation Room); On sale at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 16

Thursday, April 19: Tom Misch and Jorja Smith; On sale at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 23

Wednesday, April 25: Hayley Kiyoko; On sale at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 16

The Glass House, 200 W. 2nd Street, Pomona

Monday, April 16: The Bronx; On sale at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 23

Tuesday, April 17: Jessie Ware; On sale at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 16

Wednesday, April 18: MØ; On sale at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 23

Thursday, April 19: Petit Biscuit; On sale at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 16

Monday, April 23: The Drums; On sale at 10 a.m. Friday, March 2

Fox Theater, 301 Garey Ave., Pomona

Wednesday, April 11: Haim; On sale at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 16

Thursday, April 12: Portugal. The Man with Cherry Glazerr; On sale at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 16

Friday, April 16: Tash Sultana; On sale at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 16

Tuesday, April 17: Fleet Foxes; On sale at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 16

Wednesday, April 18: Odesza; On sale at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 23

0214_FEA_RPE-L-LOCALCHELLA2
The full line-up of Goldenvoice Presents April shows. (Graphic courtesy of Goldenvoice)

Other Goldenvoice Presents April shows

Wednesday, April 11: Tyler, The Creator with Taco at the Shrine Expo Hall in Los Angeles; On sale at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 16

Wednesday, April 11: St. Vincent at the Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles; On sale at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 23

Thursday, April 12: Perfume Genius with Big Thief at the Mayan in Los Angeles; On sale at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 16

Thursday, April 12: Fleet Foxes at Warner Grand Theater in San Pedro; On sale at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 23

Monday, April 16: Greta Van Fleet at the John Ansford Ford Amphitheatre in Los Angeles; On sale at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 16

Monday, April 16: Alt-J with Borns at Santa Barbara Bowl; On sale now

Tuesday, April 17: A Perfect Circle at the Arlington Theatre in Santa Barbara; On sale now

Tuesday, April 17: Buscabulla, Helado Negro DJ Set and the Marias at the Regent in Los Angeles; On sale at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 16

Tuesday, April 17: Rolling Blackout Coastal Fever at the Echo in Los Angeles; On sale at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 16

Tuesday, April 17: Yaeji at the Echoplex in Los Angeles; On sale at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 23

Wednesday, April 18: Boogarins, B Boys and Senor Kino at the Echo in Los Angeles; On sale at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 16

Thursday, April 19: Talaboman x Moto City Drum Ensemble Talaboman at Palm Springs Air Museum in Palm Springs; On sale at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 16

Thursday, April 19: Soulwax with Rory Phillips at Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles; On sale at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 16

Friday, April 27: Elohim at the Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles; On sale at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 16

Permanent link to this article: https://www.ocregister.com/2018/02/14/not-going-to-coachella-goldenvoice-announces-its-roster-of-local-venue-shows-featuring-festival-acts-in-april/

Feb 13

Bruno Mars will return to Southern California for his 24K Magic World Tour finale

After sweeping the 60th Grammy Awards at Madison Square Garden in New York City back in January, Bruno Mars announced the final leg of his sellout 24K Magic World Tour.

The jaunt, during which Mars will bring out his “Finesse” remix partner and rising hip hop star Cardi B, will play out over four nights at Staples Center (1111 S. Figueroa St.) in Los Angeles Tuesday, Oct. 23, Wednesday, Oct. 24, Friday, Oct. 26, and Saturday, Oct. 27. Tickets are $59.50-$185 and go on sale at noon on Friday, Feb. 16, at AXS.com.

Four dates may seem like a lot, however Mars managed to sell out the same amount of days in a row at the Forum in Inglewood in 2017. At the Grammys, Mars performed the “Finesse” remix live with Cardi B and dominated the top three categories, taking home trophies for song of the year for “That’s What I Like,” record of the year for the single “24K Magic” and album of the year for “24K Magic.”

Permanent link to this article: https://www.ocregister.com/2018/02/13/bruno-mars-will-return-to-southern-california-for-his-24k-magic-world-tour-finale/

Feb 09

Royal Blood talks chaos, cacti and fleshing out its set list before playing the Forum in Inglewood

The past four years have been a fantastically successful blur for bassist Mike Kerr and drummer Ben Thatcher of the English rock duo Royal Blood. The pair formed in 2013 and hit the ground running following the release of their self-titled major label debut in 2014. The record, featuring the singles “Figure It Out” and “Come On Over,” topped the rock charts in both the U.S. and the U.K. and helped get the band on board at several major music festivals.

Royal Blood’s first festival experience was the Glastonbury Festival in England in 2014. The iconic five-day cultural gathering currently draws up to 175,000 people and Kerr described the moment as being simply “terrifying.”

“Terrifying sums it up,” he said during a recent phone interview. “As time has gone on, we’ve just gotten way more arrogant, so now we’re fine. Now we’re like, ‘We’re the best!’ So, we’re fine.”

It helps that both Kerr and Thatcher have a good sense of humor and that they take the music – and not so much themselves – seriously. Despite the cockiness of his commentary, Kerr said that both he and Thatcher are grateful that rock bands and icons such as Foo Fighters, Arctic Monkeys, Iggy Pop and Queens of the Stone Age have taken notice of their music.

Royal Blood was selected to perform on the main stage of the Foo Fighters-curated Cal Jam ’17 at Glen Helen Amphitheatre in San Bernadrino back in October and opened KROQ 106.7/FM’s annual Almost Acoustic Christmas at the Forum in Inglewood in December. Now, they’ll return to the Forum as the opening act on the Queens of the Stone Age tour on Saturday, Feb. 17.

“I think before you go on tour with a band, even if you like each other’s music, that doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll get on very well,” Kerr said of getting paired up with QOTSA last year. “When we first met Queens, I don’t think we had even started the tour yet and we got on like a house on fire. They’re just a really nice group of people and they went above and beyond to make us feel very welcome on their stage. We also drank a crazy amount of tequila. Like, it was nuts.”

  • Royal Blood (Mike Kerr, left, and Ben Thatcher, pictured performing at Cal Jam ’17 at Glen Helen Amphitheatre in San Bernardino in 2017) will open for Palm Desert rock band Queens of the Stone Age at the Forum in Inglewood on Saturday, Feb. 17. (Photo by John Valenzuela, The Sun/SCNG)

    Royal Blood (Mike Kerr, left, and Ben Thatcher, pictured performing at Cal Jam ’17 at Glen Helen Amphitheatre in San Bernardino in 2017) will open for Palm Desert rock band Queens of the Stone Age at the Forum in Inglewood on Saturday, Feb. 17. (Photo by John Valenzuela, The Sun/SCNG)

  • English rock duo Royal Blood (drummer Ben Thatcher, left, and bassist Mike Kerr) will open for Palm Desert rock band Queens of the Stone Age on Saturday, Feb. 17 at the Forum in Inglewood. (Photo courtesy of Royal Blood)

    English rock duo Royal Blood (drummer Ben Thatcher, left, and bassist Mike Kerr) will open for Palm Desert rock band Queens of the Stone Age on Saturday, Feb. 17 at the Forum in Inglewood. (Photo courtesy of Royal Blood)

  • Royal Blood (Mike Kerr, left, and Ben Thatcher, pictured performing at the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival in Indio in 2015) will open for Palm Desert rock band Queens of the Stone Age on Saturday, Feb. 17 at the Forum in Inglewood. (Photo by David Brendan Hall, contributing photographer)

    Royal Blood (Mike Kerr, left, and Ben Thatcher, pictured performing at the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival in Indio in 2015) will open for Palm Desert rock band Queens of the Stone Age on Saturday, Feb. 17 at the Forum in Inglewood. (Photo by David Brendan Hall, contributing photographer)

  • English rock duo Royal Blood (bassist Mike Kerr, left and drummer Ben Thatcher) will open for Palm Desert rock band Queens of the Stone Age on Saturday, Feb. 17 at the Forum in Inglewood. (Photo courtesy of Royal Blood)

    English rock duo Royal Blood (bassist Mike Kerr, left and drummer Ben Thatcher) will open for Palm Desert rock band Queens of the Stone Age on Saturday, Feb. 17 at the Forum in Inglewood. (Photo courtesy of Royal Blood)

  • English rock duo Royal Blood (drummer Ben Thatcher, left, and bassist Mike Kerr) will open for Palm Desert rock band Queens of the Stone Age on Saturday, Feb. 17 at the Forum in Inglewood. (Photo courtesy of Royal Blood)

    English rock duo Royal Blood (drummer Ben Thatcher, left, and bassist Mike Kerr) will open for Palm Desert rock band Queens of the Stone Age on Saturday, Feb. 17 at the Forum in Inglewood. (Photo courtesy of Royal Blood)

of

Expand

In the past, Kerr had cited QOTSA, and specifically the Palm Desert-based band’s frontman, Josh Homme, as a big influence on his playing and singing. He’s also glad that the bands share a similar sense of humor and he gets a kick out of the slew of cactus plants – presumably “gifts” from QOTSA – that have suddenly appeared on their bus during this tour.

“They just keep popping up everywhere,” he noted.

Kerr said he also remains humbled by the fact that some of his heroes, like Homme and Foo frontman Dave Grohl, have taken Royal Blood under their wing.

“I would have the same amount of respect for them as musicians even if they didn’t like what we do,” he said. “It’s definitely a big deal to us that they support what we do and they’re encouraging of it as well. It’s pretty sweet and I’m not complaining.”

For a two-piece, Royal Blood makes a lot of noise. The gritty, bluesy, garage-rock style sounds ginormous, even in big venues and sprawling outdoor amphitheaters. Yet, with just the two of them on the stage, a feeling of intimacy remains intact. Its sound definitely draws people in, especially with the inclusion of cuts off of its sophomore release, “How Did We Get So Dark?,” which dropped back in June.

After experiencing a breakup, Kerr entered the studio with a lot of fresh feelings and he let them all bleed out via songs like “Lights Out,” “I Only Lie When I Love You” and “Hook, Line & Sinker.” Fans and critics picked up on and commented on some subtle additions to the music, including the cowbell in “I Only Lie When I Love You” and the keyboards in “Hole in Your Heart.”

“We’ve never made music based on customer feedback,” Kerr said, addressing specifically the fan comments and overall demand for “more cowbell” in “I Only Lie When I Love You,” referencing he old “Saturday Night Live” skit featuring Christopher Walken.

“This is one minor complaint – so they spoke and we listened,” he continued and joked that the next Royal Blood record may just be “all cowbell and keyboards.”

While out on tour with the new music, Kerr said fans have responded well to the fresh material and that once they finally added the album title track into the setlist, the shows felt more complete.

“We didn’t put it in until quite later on and when we started playing it, we immediately regretted not playing it straight away,” he said of the biting rock track, “How Did We Get So Dark?” “I don’t know why, it just feels really good.”

As the band continues to rack up the milestones – from playing major festivals such as the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio and the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival in Manchester, Tennessee to winning multiple NME, Kerrang! and Brit Awards trophies – Kerr said he’s happy to not have to experience all of the craziness and accolades solo. Kerr and Thatcher met when they were just 15-years-old and now that the duo are both 27, Kerr said despite the massive amount of time they’ve spent on the road, they’re not sick of each other, but rather “sick on each other.”

“When you experience something special or crazy, it’s always better when there’s someone to share it and you don’t feel alone,” he said. “I can’t imagine what it’s like being a pop star and having the world implode around you and there’s no one there to understand it. I definitely feel very lucky that I have a friend next to me who is going through the same chaos. I realize that makes it sound like it’s so difficult, but it’s not. It’s basically just one giant (good time).”

Queens of the Stone Age

With: Royal Blood

When: 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17

Where: The Forum, 3900 W. Manchester Blvd., Inglewood

Tickets: $34.50-$59.50 at 800-740-3000 or Ticketmaster.com

 

Permanent link to this article: https://www.ocregister.com/2018/02/09/royal-blood-talks-chaos-cacti-and-fleshing-out-its-set-list-before-playing-the-forum-in-inglewood/

Jan 31

Luke Bryan will be the first country music star to headline Dodger Stadium

In addition to his responsibilities as a judge on the ABC reboot of “American Idol,” country music star Luke Bryan announced on Tuesday that he will also be heading out on his What Makes You Country tour.

At the close of the season of the reality TV singing competition, which premieres Sunday, March 11, Bryan will launch a super-sized, 13-date version of the tour, dubbed What Makes You Country XL Stadium Sized, which will hit multiple stadiums both within the U.S. and Canada.

Bryan will be joined by the unstoppable Sam Hunt, California-native Jon Pardi, Morgan Wallen and Carly Pearce as he makes a stop in Los Angeles on Saturday, July 28, to become the first country artist ever to headline Dodger Stadium.

“My excitement to play these iconic sports stadiums is truly uncontainable,” Bryan said in a statement. “Playing my music live is the reason I do what I do and the energy of the fans is what pushes me year after year to deliver a bigger and better experience. I’m so thankful to be in these venues and cities with some of the brightest names in country music. This lineup fires me up and I can’t wait to get this tour started!”

Live Nation has yet to release ticket pricing or on-sale information.

Permanent link to this article: https://www.ocregister.com/2018/01/30/luke-bryan-will-be-the-first-country-music-star-to-headline-dodger-stadium/

Jan 29

Grammys 2018: Emotional tributes to musicians, others at 60th Annual Grammy Awards ceremony

Grammy Award-winning country stars Chris Stapleton and Emmylou Harris took the stage at the 60th Annual Grammy Awards ceremony at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Sunday night to pay tribute to the late Tom Petty.

The duo sang Petty’s “Wildflowers” as screens behind them began to show brief images of artists, producers, composers and behind-the-scenes music industry stars who passed away in 2017. As their rendition, which was played simply on two acoustic guitars, came to an end, the long list of tributes continued. There were snippets from Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell, rock ‘n’ roll legends Fats Domino and Chuck Berry, jazz singer Keely Smith and more performers flashed on the screen. The tribute ended with a remembrance of Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington, who took his own life on July 20, 2017.

As an image of Bennington faded, Grammy-nominated rapper Logic launched into his song “1-800-273-8255,” which also happens to be the number for the National Suicide Hotline. Backed by track contributors and Grammy-nominated artists Alessia Cara and Khalid, the performance was a powerful one. The trio of artists was joined by several people on stage wearing white T-shirts that read “You are not alone” and also included the hotline number.

Permanent link to this article: https://www.ocregister.com/2018/01/28/grammys-2018-emotional-tributes-to-musicians-others-at-60th-annual-grammy-awards-ceremony/

Jan 29

Grammys 2018: SZA steals the spotlight with ‘Broken Clocks’

Despite being snubbed for all five of her Grammy nominations, 27-year-old St. Louis, Missouri-native SZA still managed to give the Grammy audience a stunning performance of her song, “Broken Clocks.”

The Grammy best new artist nominee and Billboard chart-topper looked like a seasoned performer on stage.

She’s no overnight success, having collected songwriting credits for artists like Beyonce and Rihanna, and she has steadily built her army of over 3 million loyal Instagram followers.

Her Grammy-nominated debut album, “Ctrl,” spawned several singles including “Drew Barrymore,” “Love Galore” and “The Weekend.”

Permanent link to this article: https://www.ocregister.com/2018/01/28/grammys-2018-sza-steals-the-spotlight-with-broken-clocks/

Jan 29

Grammys 2018: DJ Khaled, Rihanna and Bryson Tiller blast through ‘Wild Thoughts’

During the opening of the track “Wild Thoughts,” DJ Khaled announced that he had been told he’d “never play the Grammys.”

Well, now he has (and brought his adorable son to the show). But based on his performance during the 60th Annual Awards Ceremony at Madison Square Garden on Sunday night, he was overshadowed by Rihanna, who was the real star of the performance. In a mix of scenes inspired by 1920s art deco and 1970s disco, she was captivating and looked stunning as she sang.

Props also go out to Bryson Tiller, a singer-songwriter and rapper, who adds some real finesse to the song. DJ Khaled, a much celebrated performer and powerhouse in the hip-hop, R&B and pop worlds, got a big boost from the stellar starpower of Rihanna and Tiller.

Permanent link to this article: https://www.ocregister.com/2018/01/28/grammys-2018-dj-khaled-rihanna-and-bryson-tiller-blast-through-wild-thoughts/

Jan 29

Grammys 2018: Ben Platt and Patti LuPone pay tribute to Broadway at the Grammys

Broadway stars and Grammy award-winners Ben Platt and Patti LuPone paid tribute to Broadway during the 60th Annual Grammy Awards ceremony at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Sunday night.

Platt, who scored a Grammy for best musical theater album for “Dear Evan Hansen,” sang the song “Somewhere” from “West Side Story.”

To honor legendary English composer Andrew Lloyd Webber, who was in the audience during the Grammys, two-time Grammy-winner Patti LuPone slayed “Don’t Cry for Me Argentina” from the Broadway musical, “Evita.”

While Platt’s performance was far more subdued, LuPone, a celebrated Broadway star, delivered a far more dramatic performance, in front of a full orchestra and within a stage set up fit for a Broadway stage.

Permanent link to this article: https://www.ocregister.com/2018/01/28/grammys-2018-ben-platt-and-patti-lupone-pay-tribute-to-broadway-at-the-grammys/

Jan 29

Grammys 2018: Sam Smith debuts his single ‘Pray’ … in a lab coat?

Sam Smith is no stranger to the Grammy stage. The English singer-songwriter received six nominations and a total of four Grammy awards for his 2014 debut, “In the Lonely Hour.”

During Sunday night’s 60th Annual Awards ceremony at Madison Square Garden in New York City, Smith debuted his new single, “Pray.” He’s charming and has a great voice, though his performance didn’t stand out on a night when there were some strong ones.

With an army of back-up singers that remained mostly shrouded in darkness behind him, Smith’s vocals were on point, but his overly long, lab coat-looking ensemble was distracting.

RELATEDGrammys 2018: See photos of the winners, awards show

There’s no doubt that Smith – whose sophomore album, “The Thrill of it All,” dropped on Nov. 3, 2017 – will be back at the Grammys in 2019 with a fistful of nominations.

Permanent link to this article: https://www.ocregister.com/2018/01/28/grammys-2018-sam-smith-debuts-his-single-pray-in-a-lab-coat/

Jan 29

Grammys 2018: Kendrick Lamar, U2 and Dave Chappelle kick off 60th annual ceremony

Kendrick Lamar had already won three Grammy awards before he kicked off the live broadcast of the 60th Annual Grammy Awards at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Sunday night.

He came out cool and confident as he delivered the cut “XXX.” He surrounded himself with back-up dancers clad in camouflage and masks that marched along to the politically charged track. Mixing in video of an American flag and a lot of well-timed pyrotechnics, the track got a boost of rock as Lamar was joined on stage by The Edge and Bono of U2, who both appear on the record.

RELATEDGrammys 2018 red carpet fashion: See photos of the stars’ best and worst looks

Lamar is known for explosive performances, and this one didn’t disappoint. Continuing through “XXX,” he held the stage while smoothly delivering his lyrics, making sure to put extra emphasis on the important content. Comedian Dave Chappelle chimed in with commentary, encouraging Lamar, “Rumble, young man, rumble.”

Lamar finished with his contributions to Jay Rock’s “King’s Dead” as pyro and simulated gunfire erupted and his dancers hit the floor one by one (before bouncing back up).

  • Kendrick Lamar performs at the 60th annual Grammy Awards at Madison Square Garden on Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018, in New York. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)

    Kendrick Lamar performs at the 60th annual Grammy Awards at Madison Square Garden on Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018, in New York. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)

  • The Edge, left, and Bono, right, of U2, perform with Kendrick Lamar, second left, at the 60th annual Grammy Awards at Madison Square Garden on Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018, in New York. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)

    The Edge, left, and Bono, right, of U2, perform with Kendrick Lamar, second left, at the 60th annual Grammy Awards at Madison Square Garden on Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018, in New York. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)

  • Kendrick Lamar performs at the 60th annual Grammy Awards at Madison Square Garden on Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018, in New York. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)

    Kendrick Lamar performs at the 60th annual Grammy Awards at Madison Square Garden on Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018, in New York. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)

  • Kendrick Lamar, right, performs at the 60th annual Grammy Awards at Madison Square Garden on Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018, in New York. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)

    Kendrick Lamar, right, performs at the 60th annual Grammy Awards at Madison Square Garden on Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018, in New York. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)

  • Kendrick Lamar, center, performs at the 60th annual Grammy Awards at Madison Square Garden on Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018, in New York. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)

    Kendrick Lamar, center, performs at the 60th annual Grammy Awards at Madison Square Garden on Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018, in New York. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)

  • Kendrick Lamar performs at the 60th annual Grammy Awards at Madison Square Garden on Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018, in New York. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)

    Kendrick Lamar performs at the 60th annual Grammy Awards at Madison Square Garden on Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018, in New York. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)

of

Expand

Permanent link to this article: https://www.ocregister.com/2018/01/28/grammys-2018-kendrick-lamar-u2-and-dave-chappelle-kick-off-60th-annual-ceremony/

Jan 27

Melissa Etheridge, the B-52’s, Exene Cervenka and more celebrate women in music at the She Rocks Awards in Anaheim

Just a week after the second nationwide Women’s March, which drew an estimated 500,000 out in Los Angeles and another 20,000 in Santa Ana, and with the surge of support that’s surrounding the #metoo and #timesup movements, the 6th Annual She Rocks Awards took over the new House of Blues at the Anaheim GardenWalk on Friday night.

The annual celebration that was created by Laura B. Whitmore, founder of the Women’s International Music Network (WiMN) to honor women who display leadership and stand out within the music industry during the NAMM Show, which takes over the Anaheim Convention Center every January.

This year’s event was hosted by Whitmore and KROQ 106.7/FM’s Kat Corbett and the honorees included famous faces such as Melissa Etheridge, Pat Benatar, the B-52’s members Kate Pierson and Cindy Wilson, Exene Cervenka of X and members of the all-female pioneering rock group, Fanny.

“It’s a great year to be a female,” Etheridge, who received the Icon Award, said on the red carpet. “I really think (the growth of She Rocks Awards) it’s reflective of our society and what’s going on. I really think that this sort of divide between female and male and the arts is now just like washing over like a big wave. It makes sense that we have so many artists that we just adore here – Pat Benatar and The B-52’s – we’re talking some serious music power there. It makes sense now because it doesn’t feel like we’re at the door trying like ‘Let me in! Let me in!’ We are here.”

  • From right, Melissa Etheridge and her wife Linda Wallem pose for photographs while walking the red carpet of the 6th Annual She Rocks Awards at the House of Blues Anaheim on Friday, January 26, 2018. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

    From right, Melissa Etheridge and her wife Linda Wallem pose for photographs while walking the red carpet of the 6th Annual She Rocks Awards at the House of Blues Anaheim on Friday, January 26, 2018. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

  • Divinity Roxx accepts an award during the 6th Annual She Rocks Awards at the House of Blues Anaheim on Friday, January 26, 2018. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

    Divinity Roxx accepts an award during the 6th Annual She Rocks Awards at the House of Blues Anaheim on Friday, January 26, 2018. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

  • Senior Director of Creative and Business Development at BMG Production Music, Amberly Crouse-Knox accepts an award during the 6th Annual She Rocks Awards at the House of Blues Anaheim on Friday, January 26, 2018. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

    Senior Director of Creative and Business Development at BMG Production Music, Amberly Crouse-Knox accepts an award during the 6th Annual She Rocks Awards at the House of Blues Anaheim on Friday, January 26, 2018. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

  • The Command Sisters perform during the 6th Annual She Rocks Awards at the House of Blues Anaheim on Friday, January 26, 2018. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

    The Command Sisters perform during the 6th Annual She Rocks Awards at the House of Blues Anaheim on Friday, January 26, 2018. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

  • From right, Kate Pierson and Cindy Wilson of the The B-52’s accept the Vanguard Award during the 6th Annual She Rocks Awards at the House of Blues Anaheim on Friday, January 26, 2018. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

    From right, Kate Pierson and Cindy Wilson of the The B-52’s accept the Vanguard Award during the 6th Annual She Rocks Awards at the House of Blues Anaheim on Friday, January 26, 2018. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

  • Alaska Reid performs during the 6th Annual She Rocks Awards at the House of Blues Anaheim on Friday, January 26, 2018. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

    Alaska Reid performs during the 6th Annual She Rocks Awards at the House of Blues Anaheim on Friday, January 26, 2018. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

  • Exene Cervenka of the band X accepts an award during the 6th Annual She Rocks Awards at the House of Blues Anaheim on Friday, January 26, 2018. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

    Exene Cervenka of the band X accepts an award during the 6th Annual She Rocks Awards at the House of Blues Anaheim on Friday, January 26, 2018. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

  • Shirley Manson of the band Garbage presents Exene Cervenka of the band X an award during the 6th Annual She Rocks Awards at the House of Blues Anaheim on Friday, January 26, 2018. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

    Shirley Manson of the band Garbage presents Exene Cervenka of the band X an award during the 6th Annual She Rocks Awards at the House of Blues Anaheim on Friday, January 26, 2018. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

  • Jenna Paone performs during the 6th Annual She Rocks Awards at the House of Blues Anaheim on Friday, January 26, 2018. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

    Jenna Paone performs during the 6th Annual She Rocks Awards at the House of Blues Anaheim on Friday, January 26, 2018. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

  • Founder and Editor of She Shreds Media, Fabi Reyna speaks during the 6th Annual She Rocks Awards at the House of Blues Anaheim on Friday, January 26, 2018. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

    Founder and Editor of She Shreds Media, Fabi Reyna speaks during the 6th Annual She Rocks Awards at the House of Blues Anaheim on Friday, January 26, 2018. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

  • The band Fanny accepts the Inspire Award during the 6th Annual She Rocks Awards at the House of Blues Anaheim on Friday, January 26, 2018. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

    The band Fanny accepts the Inspire Award during the 6th Annual She Rocks Awards at the House of Blues Anaheim on Friday, January 26, 2018. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

  • Skunk Baxter presents the Inspire Award to the band Fanny during the 6th Annual She Rocks Awards at the House of Blues Anaheim on Friday, January 26, 2018. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

    Skunk Baxter presents the Inspire Award to the band Fanny during the 6th Annual She Rocks Awards at the House of Blues Anaheim on Friday, January 26, 2018. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

  • Sarah Longfield performs during the 6th Annual She Rocks Awards at the House of Blues Anaheim on Friday, January 26, 2018. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

    Sarah Longfield performs during the 6th Annual She Rocks Awards at the House of Blues Anaheim on Friday, January 26, 2018. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

  • From right, Kate Pierson and Cindy Wilson of the The B-52’s pose for photographs while walking the red carpet of the 6th Annual She Rocks Awards at the House of Blues Anaheim on Friday, January 26, 2018. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

    From right, Kate Pierson and Cindy Wilson of the The B-52’s pose for photographs while walking the red carpet of the 6th Annual She Rocks Awards at the House of Blues Anaheim on Friday, January 26, 2018. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

  • Shirley Manson of Garbage, right, walks the red carpet of the 6th Annual She Rocks Awards at the House of Blues Anaheim on Friday, January 26, 2018. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

    Shirley Manson of Garbage, right, walks the red carpet of the 6th Annual She Rocks Awards at the House of Blues Anaheim on Friday, January 26, 2018. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

  • Shirley Manson of Garbage, right, walks the red carpet of the 6th Annual She Rocks Awards at the House of Blues Anaheim on Friday, January 26, 2018. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

    Shirley Manson of Garbage, right, walks the red carpet of the 6th Annual She Rocks Awards at the House of Blues Anaheim on Friday, January 26, 2018. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

  • Sarah Jaffe poses for photographs while walking the red carpet of the 6th Annual She Rocks Awards at the House of Blues Anaheim on Friday, January 26, 2018. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

    Sarah Jaffe poses for photographs while walking the red carpet of the 6th Annual She Rocks Awards at the House of Blues Anaheim on Friday, January 26, 2018. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

  • Fabi Reyna poses for photographs while walking the red carpet of the 6th Annual She Rocks Awards at the House of Blues Anaheim on Friday, January 26, 2018. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

    Fabi Reyna poses for photographs while walking the red carpet of the 6th Annual She Rocks Awards at the House of Blues Anaheim on Friday, January 26, 2018. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

  • The red carpet of the 6th Annual She Rocks Awards at the House of Blues Anaheim on Friday, January 26, 2018. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

    The red carpet of the 6th Annual She Rocks Awards at the House of Blues Anaheim on Friday, January 26, 2018. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

  • Tish Ciravolo poses for photographs while walking the red carpet of the 6th Annual She Rocks Awards at the House of Blues Anaheim on Friday, January 26, 2018. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

    Tish Ciravolo poses for photographs while walking the red carpet of the 6th Annual She Rocks Awards at the House of Blues Anaheim on Friday, January 26, 2018. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

  • Exene Cervenka of the band X poses for photographs while walking the red carpet of the 6th Annual She Rocks Awards at the House of Blues Anaheim on Friday, January 26, 2018. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

    Exene Cervenka of the band X poses for photographs while walking the red carpet of the 6th Annual She Rocks Awards at the House of Blues Anaheim on Friday, January 26, 2018. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

  • Jenna Paone poses for photographs while walking the red carpet of the 6th Annual She Rocks Awards at the House of Blues Anaheim on Friday, January 26, 2018. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

    Jenna Paone poses for photographs while walking the red carpet of the 6th Annual She Rocks Awards at the House of Blues Anaheim on Friday, January 26, 2018. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

  • Laura Whitmore poses for photographs while walking the red carpet of the 6th Annual She Rocks Awards at the House of Blues Anaheim on Friday, January 26, 2018. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

    Laura Whitmore poses for photographs while walking the red carpet of the 6th Annual She Rocks Awards at the House of Blues Anaheim on Friday, January 26, 2018. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

  • The Command Sisters pose for photographs while walking the red carpet of the 6th Annual She Rocks Awards at the House of Blues Anaheim on Friday, January 26, 2018. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

    The Command Sisters pose for photographs while walking the red carpet of the 6th Annual She Rocks Awards at the House of Blues Anaheim on Friday, January 26, 2018. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

  • Karla Redding-Andrews poses for photographs while walking the red carpet of the 6th Annual She Rocks Awards at the House of Blues Anaheim on Friday, January 26, 2018. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

    Karla Redding-Andrews poses for photographs while walking the red carpet of the 6th Annual She Rocks Awards at the House of Blues Anaheim on Friday, January 26, 2018. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

  • Sabrina Lentini poses for photographs while walking the red carpet of the 6th Annual She Rocks Awards at the House of Blues Anaheim on Friday, January 26, 2018. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

    Sabrina Lentini poses for photographs while walking the red carpet of the 6th Annual She Rocks Awards at the House of Blues Anaheim on Friday, January 26, 2018. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

  • Vanessa Mering poses for photographs while walking the red carpet of the 6th Annual She Rocks Awards at the House of Blues Anaheim on Friday, January 26, 2018. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

    Vanessa Mering poses for photographs while walking the red carpet of the 6th Annual She Rocks Awards at the House of Blues Anaheim on Friday, January 26, 2018. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

  • Amberly Crouse-Knox poses for photographs while walking the red carpet of the 6th Annual She Rocks Awards at the House of Blues Anaheim on Friday, January 26, 2018. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

    Amberly Crouse-Knox poses for photographs while walking the red carpet of the 6th Annual She Rocks Awards at the House of Blues Anaheim on Friday, January 26, 2018. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

  • The band Fanny sing while walking the red carpet of the 6th Annual She Rocks Awards at the House of Blues Anaheim on Friday, January 26, 2018. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

    The band Fanny sing while walking the red carpet of the 6th Annual She Rocks Awards at the House of Blues Anaheim on Friday, January 26, 2018. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

of

Expand

Jeffrey Allen “Skunk” Baxter, a former guitar player with both Steely Dan and the Doobie Brothers, was all too proud to walk the red carpet and support the evening’s Inspire Award winners, Fanny. The band is credited with being the first all-female rock group to be signed and to release a full album on a major label back in 1970. Baxter’s first run-in with the group was when Fanny opened for Steely Dan at Under the Ice House in Glendale in 1971.

“I am chromosomally agnostic,” he said on the red carpet. “When I heard Fanny playing during their soundcheck, it stopped me. I went, I sat down and I watched the soundcheck. That was the first time I had ever heard or seen Fanny. To me, it didn’t matter if they were men, women … it wouldn’t have mattered if they were alpacas. The music they were playing … it was rockin’.”

She Rocks Awards also recognized women working hard behind the scenes within the industry and honored Karla Redding-Andrews from The Otis Redding Foundation , Amberly Crouse-Knox of BMG, Candace Stewart of EastWest Studios, She Shreds Media founder and editor-in-chief Fabi Reyna, Guitar Center’s Kristy Porter, Vanessa Mering of HARMAN Professional and Dawn Birr of Sennheiser Business Solutions.

“It was so phenomenal that I found out about the nomination,” Crouse-Knox, who is originally from Laguna Niguel, said on the red carpet. She is responsible for placing the music of hundreds of songwriters and composers into commercials, TV shows, feature films and trailers.

“When you’re just going through every day in the music world, doing what you do and you’re always behind the scenes, being spotlighted is overwhelming, especially in your hometown, but its also been really fantastic.”

Inside the event, artists like Jenna Paone, Larua Clapp, Sarah Longfield, Sabrina Lentini, Olivia Rox, the Command Sisters, and Alyeska, along with the phenomenal house band Rock Sugah, paid tribute to the honorees by performing some of their biggest songs.

Shirley Manson of Garbage, who was an honoree at last year’s event, presented Cervenka, of the pioneering punk rock band X, with the Dreaming Out Loud Award. Cervenka and the rest of the band are currently celebrating their 40-year milestone. Last year X was given its own exhibition at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles and Cervenka got to fulfill her lifelong dream of throwing out the first pitch at a major league baseball game as she hurled the ball towards home plate back in August at Dodger Stadium.

“My first dream was to be the first female baseball player for the Chicago White Sox,” she told the crowd while accepting her award. When that didn’t work out, she met John Doe in 1976, started X and the rest his history. She did, however, indicate that her next big goal is to throw out a pitch at an Angels game since the stadium is near her longtime home in Orange County.

The women from the iconic B-52’s were all too happy to receive their Vanguard Award. During their quirky speech, Wilson confided that most of their lyrics “might have been conjured up from outer space.” They talked about being in a band that just wanted to create unusual, eclectic and danceable songs. There was never a leader in their mixed-gender ensemble and they thought of themselves as a “more or less queer band, where all of us were queens.”

In the end it was revealed that Benatar was unable to actually attend the awards ceremony to collect her Legend Award due to a battle with the flu and bronchitis. She did, however, send along a quick note, which Whitmore read to the crowd.

“The past 38 years have been an incredible adventure and thank you for coming along for the ride,” she read from Benatar.

The evening wrapped up with most of the honorees coming out on stage to sing the song “Respect.” The track that made Aretha Franklin a star was actually penned by Otis Redding and his daughter and 2018 She Rocks honoree, Karla, was up there singing along as the group of women carried on her father’s legacy.

Permanent link to this article: https://www.ocregister.com/2018/01/27/melissa-etheridge-the-b-52s-exene-cervenka-and-more-celebrated-women-in-music-at-the-she-rocks-awards-in-anaheim/

Jan 26

Warped Tour’s Kevin Lyman talks about the fragmentation of music festivals during NAMM 2018

After 24 years, the Vans Warped Tour, the longest-running festival concert tour in North America, will call it quits following a run of dates this summer with a line-up that has yet to be announced. During a panel discussion on festivals at the NAMM Show in Anaheim on Thursday, Warped Tour producer and founder Kevin Lyman didn’t offer any clues as to who would perform during the final jaunt, which officially kicks off at the Pomona Fairplex on Thursday, June 21.

Lyman did everything from band management to stage production, putting together as many as 320 shows a year via his 4Fini, Inc. live event production company, before he started Warped Tour in 1995. He joked that it was mostly because “my children were growing out of diapers and my artists were becoming more dependent on them.”

One of the biggest reasons he’s pulling the plug on Warped Tour after 24 years is that he began to notice some obvious pitfalls within the live music industry as he saw a decline in kids ages 14-17 coming out to experience live music.

“We have a big problem,” he said. “There’s a disconnect with technology and people aren’t going out to live events. Last summer, I saw this real change where 14-17-year-olds stopped really coming to live shows and if we don’t get those kids out of their houses and to live shows, they become 18-21-year- olds that don’t go to shows and then it’s embedded into their DNA and they won’t go to live music.”

Unlike at European festivals, where artists such as metal God Ozzy Osbourne and bouncy ska-punk band Less Than Jake can co-exist on the same bill without fans batting an eye, American festivals are becoming more fragmentated, Lyman said.

“The programming of a festival is becoming narrower and narrower,” he continued. “In some ways, that’s good because then you have this nice niche festival, but you’re also not exposing people to as much music.”

He has to roll his eyes when tenacious entrepreneurs approach him with grand dreams of recreating a Coachella-like festival.

“Do not bring up Coachella,” he said with a laugh, adding that he meant no disrespect to Paul Tollett and the Goldenvoice crew who create the popular three-day, two-weekend fest in Indio. “Don’t even think about starting a Coachella because it’s an anomaly. Coachella works because of that beautiful location, that beautiful Ferris wheel, that great sunset and that Kylie Jenner goes there every year and takes selfies. Paul does a wonderful job with Coachella and it’s a cultural event.”

Instead of talking at his audience, Lyman, who admitted he was running on half a sandwich and three Red Bulls, turned the discussion over to the crowd, letting them pick his brain about whatever they wanted. It was a refreshing twist and numerous patrons took him up on the opportunity. One of the key topics was how social media has changed the relationships between artists that have been coming to perform at his festivals.

“Back in 1997 or 1998 I had Eminem and Blink-182 (on Warped Tour) and they didn’t know each other until they got to the parking lot, but they showed up and played,” he said. “Now, it’s 2018, and I look and I see things online and I talk to managers and it bums me out because I know there’s good music out there and I want those bands to play on Warped Tour, but we used to be a community. Bad Religion, Pennwyise … we all knew we had to tour together to keep the scene strong, but now we just see bands bad mouthing each other online before they even met face to face.”

The hesitation or unwillingness of certain younger bands refusing to play with certain other bands is what has destroyed that sense of community, Lyman continued.

“The smart band is Anti-Flag because they’ll play with anyone because they’re hoping they can pull those fans over to them and their beliefs,” he cited as an example. “That’s what’s really frustrating to me, because this all used to be one community.”

 

Permanent link to this article: https://www.ocregister.com/2018/01/25/warped-tours-kevin-lyman-talks-about-the-fragmentation-of-music-festivals-during-namm-2018/