Apr 22,2015: Feed the Kitty

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Apr 20,2015: The B Foundation and Sessions

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Apr 18,2015: The Reflexx

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Apr 17,2015: Kyle Fletcher and Flowbis

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Apr 18,2015: Hermosa Beach Farmers Market

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AmericanTown’s Heroes: Jeff Cohen Makes It Fun To Raise Money

You may have heard the expression not to combine business with pleasure, but when the pleasure is an event that raises money for a local charity, how can you resist?

Jeff Cohen gets to mix business with pleasure all year long and do good at the same time. As the founder of the Jeff Cohen Charitable Foundation he is best known for organizing an annual Halloween party where the monies raised goes to help those in the local community. In 2012, more than $17,000…

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Apr 18,2015: Cubensis


Since 1987, Los Angeles-based band Cubensis has carried the torch in celebration of one of America’s most beloved touring bands, the Grateful Dead. Cubensis sets out to re-create the Grateful Dead experience by emulating the sounds of Jerry Garcia, Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, and the rest of the legendary San Francisco jam band. Cubensis plays completely spontaneous shows covering all eras of the Grateful Dead, and no night is ever the same. Cubensis is far more than just your standard cover band as they bring the magic and sounds to those longing for the live vibe that only the Grateful Dead was able to deliver. The group has been acclaimed for giving new life to the Grateful Dead’s material, bringing in new styles, new innovations, and new jam band fans, while at the same time remaining loyal to the original music and the original fans.

CUBENSIS brings the Grateful Dead concert experience back to life. Drawing from all eras of the Dead, the band performs a three-hour set of Grateful Dead and JGB classics that retains all the spontaneous exploratory jamming for which the bands were renown. However, the music produced is uniquely Cubensis.

Here, you won’t find the band wearing wigs and fake beards to re-create the Dead experience, unlike Beatlemania. “We don’t strive to play Dead tunes note-for-note,” explains Cubensis guitarist Craig Marshall. “We use the music as a skeleton, and then we flesh it out with our own improvisations. The Dead did that every time they played, and we find it to be a perfect model for our shows. The fans agree. They love hearing Cubensis-flavored Dead.”

The group is drawing national attention with their true-to-life performances. LA Weekly recently raved, “Cubensis plays with the same laid-back mastery as the real McCoy.” The LA Times declared “As the tribute to one of the ultimate jam bands, their set lists are as free and frollicky as the crowd.” Big Brother skateboard magazine says Cubensis is “the nation’s premiere Dead tribute” and the OC Weekly declared them “the hottest Grateful Dead tribute act going.” OC Register affirmed Cubensis was “the best place to channel Jerry Garcia” and AOL Citybeat stated, “Cubensis is renown for whipping its faithful crowd into a swirling, psychedelic mass for three hours straight.”

Cubensis has been pleased to find their most enthusiastic supporters are those who never got a chance to see the Grateful Dead in person, and wonder what they missed. Seasoned “Deadheads” come out to relive the great shows gone by, and as a result, the band is in great demand, performing over 150 shows a year throughout the Southwest. Cubensis was given specific permission by Jerry Garcia to perform the Dead’s music. Garcia’s only request was “do a good job of it.” Ever since, CUBENSIS has promised authenticity and delivers pure Grateful Dead-inspired music like it was meant to be heard, keeping the Dead alive and re-creating the magic one show at a time. Don’t miss it!



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Apr 17,2015: Kyle Fletcher

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Apr 16,2015: Lisa Loeb and Cindy Alexander


In 1994 when Lisa Loeb’s breakout song, “Stay (I Missed You),” landed at No. 1 on the charts it was a remarkable and unparalleled feat for an unsigned artist. Though perhaps not a surprising one for the recent Brown grad, the girl with the cat-eye glasses, who at the time was already making her mark in New York’s burgeoning singer-songwriter scene. For anyone who knew her back then, or who saw her perform at various clubs around town including the Cottonwood Café, The Bitter End, the Bottom Line and CB’s Gallery, it wasn’t a question of if, but when Loeb would hit it big.

Independent, determined and savvy, Loeb already had years of practical experience under her guitar strap, writing and performing solo acoustic, with her band Nine Stories, and as half of the duo Liz And Lisa, (with Brown pal Elizabeth Mitchell), when her friend and neighbor in New York, actor Ethan Hawke, starred in “Reality Bites,” and helped put “Stay” on the soundtrack to the now iconic film. That fortuitous placement and the much played, daring, one-take video that Hawke directed for the song catapulted Loeb from the heart of New York’s vibrant club scene into the national consciousness.

But, before the breakout success, the ensuing record deal, Grammy nominations, gold records and extended tours, there was the Purple Tape, the aptly titled cassette that Loeb used as a sonic calling card to industry gatekeepers and that fans could buy at her local gigs. The Purple Tape, produced by Juan Patiño and recorded at his apartment on 52nd Street, is a colorful snapshot of a gifted, emerging artist on the brink, of a time, a place, and a sense that these songs represented something enduring and special.

The Purple Tape, will be available on CD for the first time when it is released January 22, 2008 on Loeb’s own Furious Rose Productions, with national distribution through Redeye. The collection includes the earliest recordings of several Loeb favorites including “Do You Sleep,” “Snow Day,” “Train Songs,” and “It’s Over.” In addition to the original tracks from the Purple Tape, the CD version includes a full second disc with live, acoustic performances of “Snow Day,” and “Stay (I Missed You),” along with an in-depth interview with Lisa, where she ruminates on that heady time, talks about the songs and the songwriting process and offers up sage advice to the next generation of emerging artists. The package also includes rarely seen photos and extensive liner notes.

That “Stay” became a No. 1 single and still resonates with people today is a testament to Loeb’s gift as a songwriter and storyteller. “I think part of it is the style of the writing and the production, which is very intimate,” Loeb says.” I was in the middle of an argument with a boyfriend, it was a common situation told in a very direct way and because the song structure is really atypical—there’s no chorus—it holds your attention through the entire song to find out what happens. What people think is just guitar and a voice—is actually a whole band. But the way it was produced really focuses the listener on the story and I think that resonates with people. The timing and the story made an impression.”
A decade later, the story of Loeb’s early success is well known. What is less apparent though, except to those who watched it all unfold, is how involved, proactive and in control Loeb was in guiding her own career.

“In the public’s eye, Reality Bites was the first thing that happened in my career,” she explains. “For another songwriter to hear that story, they should know it was years of work leading up to that point, years of networking, learning about the business, going to new music festivals, opening for other bands, building a fan base. I had already been talking to record labels. There was a career in motion and things were going well. The film and the soundtrack just shot me into a whole other level of success. I understand more now that it was a very unique situation.”

Loeb deftly parlayed that early success into a multi-dimensional career encompassing music, film, television, voice-over work and children’s recordings. Her five acclaimed studio CDs, include her major label debut, the Gold-selling Tails (Geffen, 1995) and its follow-up, the Grammy-nominated, Gold-selling Firecracker (Geffen, 1997). In 2002, Loeb issued a pair of CDs, Cake And Pie and Hello Lisa. She released The Way It Really Is on Zoë/Rounder in 2004 and starred in the first of two television series, “Dweezil and Lisa,” a weekly culinary adventure for Food Network. Later that year Loeb reunited with her college music partner, Elizabeth Mitchell on the award-winning children’s CD and companion book Catch The Moon. The Very Best of Lisa Loeb was released through Universal in 2006, shortly before Loeb returned to television with an inspired look at finding love on her show No. 1 Single for E! Entertainment. While the series didn’t lead to a long-term romance, she did captivate the hearts of a younger audience with three stellar videos in heavy rotation on Noggin, “Catch The Moon” and “Stop and Go” from Catch The Moon, and the most recent clip, “Jenny Jenkins.”

Loeb’s other television and film credits include appearances on The Chris Isaak Show, and The Drew Carey Show. She starred in her first feature film role, opposite Oscar-winning actor Geoffrey Rush in the movie House On Haunted Hill in 1999. In 2003 Loeb gave voice to Spiderman’s gal pal Mary Jane in MTV’s animated series Spider-Man.

Loeb continues to grow as an artist and to push herself and her career forward with a creative zeal and an inner drive not often seen.

It all started in Dallas, where Loeb, one of four equally talented siblings, spent her childhood immersed in the arts. She studied piano and music theory, hitting her stride later on guitar. She had classical and jazz training, dance lessons, acting lessons and an appreciation for various forms of artistic expression as well as exploring new ways to express herself. While her parents thought their daughter might enter a more traditional profession, Loeb clearly had other aspirations.

“I think that’s one of the things that helped me live up to a certain level of professionalism,” Loeb comments. “Trying to show them that for me music was the real thing. It was a challenge to rise to the occasion to make it a real career.”

Loeb earned her degree in comparative literature from Brown University, where she experienced her first taste of real musical success with the duo, Liz and Lisa. The pair built a substantial following on campus and often booked shows in New York on the weekends. When Loeb moved to the City after graduation, she continued to develop her vision and hone her artistic talents while carefully managing the business side of her career. All the while, there was a palpable feeling among New York’s tight-knit creative community that something big was just on the horizon.

“That’s what it felt like as an audience member and that’s what it felt like on stage.” Loeb recalls of the time. “Something special was going on and we could see it in a small place. This was the real deal and it was exciting.”

And it proved the perfect environment for bringing the songs on the Purple Tape to life.

“I always think about this in retrospect,” Loeb says, “we recorded it in an apt on 52nd street with a band that I had put together, with a song I wrote the way I wanted to write it, it was a homegrown project that sounded professional, it gave us all the confidence to know we could do things the way we wanted. It reinforced the trust I had in my own creative process. I didn’t have to compromise to make a commercially successful song. Following that, I was fortunate that the record label gave me more leeway to work with people I wanted to work with and make the songs I wanted to make the way I wanted to make them, because that was the secret to the original success.”

And what’s next for the prolific, driven Loeb? Her second collection of children’s tunes, Camp Songs and her next studio CD are both expected in 2008. After that Loeb says, “I’d like to write for a voice other than my own. Maybe write a book, produce more tv shows, more acting, explore other ways of telling stories, family. It’s an ongoing process. Things are always changing.”



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Apr 15,2015: Pert Near Sandstone and Dead Winter Carpenters


Emerging from Northern California’s fertile music scene, Dead Winter Carpenters is a rollicking, high-energy, Americana/roots-infused five-piece band from North Lake Tahoe, CA.

Defying musical boundaries, DWC blends elements of rock’n’roll, folk, roots, country, ragtime, blues, and reggae music with choice influences ranging from throughout rock history and the traditional fiddle tunes of earlier times. This combination of authentic songwriting and dynamic musicianship gets the hips shakin’ and feet dancin’, epitomizing what a great live music experience is all about.



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