Jul 28,2016: Cowboy Mouth

Fred LeBlanc [drums/vocals]
Paul Sanchez [guitar/vocals]
John Thomas Griffith [guitar/vocals]
Sonia Tetlow [bass/vocals]

For more than 15 years, the members of the New Orleans-based band Cowboy Mouth have embraced, embodied, preached and shouted the joys of their hometown, sharing a slice of Mardi Gras heaven with fans around the world.

Their 11th recording, Voodoo Shoppe (Eleven Thirty Records), is their most critically acclaimed album to date. The Pittsburgh Tribune stated, Long known for live shows, the band has just released “Voodoo Shoppe,” an album which comes close to matching the group’s high-voltage performances. They go on to say, Every song seems to have one irresistible hook to draw in listeners. The Boston Phoenix called it, Inspiring stuff, and still a hell of a party record.

Voodoo Shoppe has been the focus of Cowboy Mouths 2006 tour, which has taken the band from coast to coast. Their legendary live shows, which to date have been witnessed by more than 8 million fans, were captured best by Cake magazine when it noted: “…on a bad night theyll tear the roof off the joint and on a good night theyll save your soul.”

The release of Voodoo Shoppe, like Mardi Gras itself, signified a revival of spirits for the band and their fans, as well as a resurrection of the free-spirited music that has always been intrinsic to both Cowboy Mouth and their city. The success of the album led to a performance of the Hurricane Katrina-inspired tune The Avenue on the Ellen Degeneres show, which in turn propelled the album to the top of Amazon.coms sales charts in the weeks which followed.

Recorded first in New Orleans and then completed in Atlanta with producers Mark Bryan (of Hootie and the Blowfish) and Russ T. Cobb (Avril Lavigne, Butch Walker) as Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast, including several band members homes, Voodoo Shoppe is without a doubt Cowboy Mouths most dynamic, hard-hitting and emotionally charged album to date. The lead track, Joe Strummer, has turned into a fan-favorite, with its fast fist-in-the-air punk flare and blistering dual guitar attack from John Thomas Griffith and Paul Sanchez, while the powerhouse vocals of Fred LeBlanc tell of a girlfriend who simply had to go cause she didnt know who Joe Strummer was. Meanwhile, the title track, Voodoo Shoppe, with its soul shuffling rhythms reminiscent of a parading band on a French Quarter avenue, is proof that Cowboy Mouth, as Peter Holsapple (dBs, The Continental Drifters) once said, never could be from anywhere else.

While the majority of the album was written prior to Katrina, songs such as the poignantly solemn The Avenue and the hauntingly soulful Home were written immediately in the wake of the storm that tore through band members homes and hearts. Both songs possess the raw emotion, in lyrics and music, one would expect as the band members contemplated lives lost and familiar streets that were all but washed away.

But just as Cowboy Mouth has always done in the face of adversity, they shine light on better days sure to come, with The Avenue optimistically and defiantly declaring that the parades will ride again, and Home, making it known that they will all go back to where the good times roll. And fittingly, the latter is followed by Glad to Be Alive, a mercilessly upbeat pop number that puts to song what has become a Cowboy Mouth mantra: Get your head out of your hands / Scream and shout like you were five / Are you glad to be alive?

And indeed, Cowboy Mouths Fred LeBlanc, Paul Sanchez, John Thomas Griffith and Sonia Tetlow are, as they’ve always said, glad to be alive, and glad to be in a band they call Cowboy Mouthperhaps now more than ever. Because despite enduring what was no doubt been the bands most trying yearand thats saying a lot for a group thats been going at it for more than a decade and a half nowthe four have not only managed to survive, but they have thrived, and have never been prouder of the music they’re making than they are now with their new album “Voodoo Shoppe.”



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Jul 28,2016: Senior Comedy Afternoons Present’s "HELLO RIO"

   HELLO RIO! A SHOW WITH HEART, RHYTHM, AND LAUGHS!

        JULY 28TH AT THE HERMOSA BEACH PLAYHOUSE

 

 

Redondo Beach, CA. –Bonnie Barchichat’s Senior Comedy Afternoons will be celebrating Rio the site of the Summer Olympics with a Brazilian beat and lots of laughs at the Hermosa Beach Playhouse on July 28th, 2016. 710 Pier Avenue, Hermosa Beach 90254

 

The afternoon will get underway with a Brazilian flavored conga concert in the lobby when doors open at 1 P.M. 2PM the show begins with our own Olympian Opening Ceremony followed by very rhythmic Samba dancers.  Magi Avila, star of The Carmen Miranda Show who has been in films and on TV both here and internationally. She will take the stage with her tutti-frutti hat to bring ole Carmen back to life!

Comedian Gilbert Esquivel who has won the first Latino Comedy Search and has performed on such stages as the Apollo Theatre and Caesar’s Palace will make you howl. He’s performed at the Ice House, BET’s Comic View, Laffapalooza and Que Locos. He’s got a keen sensibility for comedy found in cultural differences.

 

Our headliner is Monique Marvez, a radio and television personality, writer and comedian. Her mission is to make people laugh by going “A-ha! Ha-ha!”. She has also appeared on HBO, Comedy Central, and PBS. In addition she’s also been Nominated for an Alma Award for her Showtime Special “Latin Divas of Comedy”.  “Not Skinny, Not Blonde” is her soon to be released book.

 

Come dressed Patriotic or Brazilian Carnaval! Celebrating your birthday? Tell us! We love celebrating!  Seniors, you’re in for an afternoon you won’t forget! Hot, Spicy, Fun, and Funny!

Prizes and Surprises too! And…you just might meet a Former Olympian!

 

Advance Tickets Sales Online at $25 * Cash Sales Only At The Door

 

A portion of all ticket sales will be donated to the National Senior Games Association for the games in 2017 in Birmingham, Alabama!

 



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Jul 27,2016: Atomic Punks and Atomic Walrus

The Atomic Punks are a tribute to early Van Halen, the David Lee Roth era. Formed in 1994, the Atomic Punks have performed well over 300 shows in places like Hollywood, CA, San Diego, CA, Las Vegas, NV, Phoenix, AZ, Scottsdale, AZ, Seattle, WA, Denver, CO, Honolulu, HI, Andover, MN, St. Louis, MO, Pittsburgh, PA, most recently Salt Lake City, UT, and most importantly, Pasadena, CA, where Van Halen started their meteoric rise to stardom.

Voted “Best Tribute Band” by LA’s “Rock City News” three years in a row, the Atomic Punks have created a national following that continues to grow by leaps and bounds all the time. The band’s co-founder and lead singer, Ralph Saenz, has also been voted “Best Singer” four straight times by the magazine, and Van Halen themselves have endorsed the Atomic Punks!

In his 1997 auto-biography “Crazy from the Heat,” former Van Halen frontman David Lee Roth referred to the Atomic Punks as “The best tribute to Van Halen ever!” Dave cemented his admiration and appreciation for the Punks’ talents by hiring original axeman Bart Walsh to play guitar on his “DLR Band” tours from 1999-2001. Bart’s replacement, Brian Young, recreated Eddie Van Halen’s sound and furious guitar playing so precisely, that Dave again looked to the Punks, and took the guitarist out on the road in 2002 for his national tour with fellow ex-Van Halen frontman, Sammy Hagar.

Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony performed a set with the Atomic Punks in Pasadena, CA, and said “I feel like I am back in 1982 performing with the old band!” Anthony added, “The Atomic Punks rock!” Anthony recently joined the band again on stage, at the House of Blues in Anaheim, CA on January 31, 2003. He played nine Van Halen classics with the band including, “Runnin’ With The Devil,” “Hot For Teacher,” “Somebody Get Me A Doctor,” “Light Up The Sky,” “You Really Got Me,” “Panama,” “Bottoms Up!,” “Mean Street,” and “On Fire.”

Nationally syndicated radio host Howard Stern stated on his show, “The Atomic Punks become Van Halen. It’s the total experience, they do Van Halen better than Van Halen themselves!”

“Metal Edge” magazine boasts, “Ralph Saenz does David Lee Roth better than Dave himself!” Ralph’s recreation of David Lee Roth’s live persona is so uncanny, it must be witnessed to be believed. From Dave’s trademark costumes, to his signature scream and unique vocal delivery, Ralph does Dave proud as the ultimate tribute to one of rock’s greatest frontmen.

Current guitarist Russ Parrish, formerly of Rob Halford’s band Fight, recreates Eddie Van Halen’s classic guitar sound, playing every riff and solo with as much energy and technique as Edward himself, while capturing all of the enthusiasm and flash of Ed’s engaging live personality.

Original Punks members, Joe Lester (bass), and Scott Patterson (drums), make up a very formidable rhythm section, providing the same rock-solid foundation and pulse for Russ and Ralph as Van Halen’s own Michael Anthony and Alex Van Halen did for Eddie and Dave. Joe and Scott also help add all the signature backing vocals to the early Van Halen masterpieces they play.

The Atomic Punks Official Web Site at http://www.theatomicpunks.com continues to grow and gets hits from all over the world, and was recently completely redesigned and relaunched, under new management.

There is one important point the band always makes clear at their shows. The Atomic Punks don’t think they are Van Halen, they simply love to play old Van Halen and it shows in their amazingly realistic, power-packed stage show. No Van Halen tribute band captures the note for note performance and feel of an old show like the Atomic Punks. If you love vintage Van Halen, and wish you could experience and relive the energy the “Mighty” VH created with “Diamond” Dave behind the mic, you do not want to miss the Atomic Punks. They are the ultimate tribute to early Van Halen!



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Jul 26,2016: Manhattan Beach Farmers Market

Market Hours:

Memorial Day – Labor Day
Tuesday,11AM – 5PM

Location: Metlox Plaza behind Shade Hotel – 13th Street and Morningside Drive



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Jul 24,2016: Rum Runners

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Earth Talk: Lead Poisoning in U.S. Cities

Dear EarthTalk: I find it hard to believe that Flint, Michigan is the only city or town in the U.S. with lead contamination of its water system. Has anyone looked at where else this could be a problem?  — J.K. 

A new analysis of data from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) by the non-profit Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) found that 18 million Americans live in communities where water systems contain unsafe levels of lead. In “What’s In Your Water: Flint Beyond,” NRDC reports that 5,300 different water systems across the country either shirked responsibilities to treat their water supplies to reduce lead levels, failed to monitor water supplies for lead, or neglected to report unsafe lead levels to the public or regulators. “These violations were recorded because the systems were not doing everything that they are required to do to protect the public from lead issues,” added NRDC.

 

“Imagine a cop sitting, watching people run stop signs, and speed at 90 miles per hour in small communities and still doing absolutely nothing about it—knowing the people who are violating the law…” said Erik Olson, NRDC’s health program director. “That’s unfortunately what we have now.”

 

Even more surprising to NRDC is the fact that Flint didn’t even show up as having violations for lead in the EPA’s database, illustrating “the serious problem of underreporting and gaming of the system by some water supplies to avoid finding lead problems, suggesting that our lead crisis could be even bigger.”

 

Of course, Flint is far from the only metropolitan area with contaminated water supplies. Researchers believe thousands of water supplies across the country have been “gaming” the system for decades, with the EPA turning a blind eye to the situation.

 

“Cheating became something you didn’t even hide,” Marc Edwards, the Virginia Tech researcher credited with exposing water supply management issues in Washington DC and later Flint, recently told CNN. Some of the most common “bad practices” by water supply managers include testing only homes that are unlikely to have high levels of lead, asking residents to “pre-flush” their taps, and taking water samples slowly to reduce lead levels.

 

For its part, the EPA says that individual states are responsible for the majority of drinking water enforcement actions and should continue to be “the first line of oversight” of drinking water systems. The agency adds that “many of the drinking water systems that NRDC cites in its analysis are already working to resolve past violations and return to compliance with the Safe Drinking Water Act.”

 

So what’s to be done? According to NRDC, fixing Flint—with both emergency relief and long-term infrastructure and systemic improvements—should be priority #1. Beyond Flint, NRDC says that the EPA should be taking a hard look at the rest of the country’s water infrastructure, removing lead service lines and fixing other water problems, especially in underserved communities.

 

To find out if your community is affected, check out NRDC’s interactive map showing which communities’ water systems were in violation of the EPA’s “lead action level” of 15 parts per billion (ppb) and which have failed to monitor or report on lead levels.

 

CONTACTS: NRDC’s “What’s In Your Water: Flint Beyond,” www.nrdc.org/resources/whats-your-water-flint-and-beyond; EPA, www.epa.gov.

 

 

 

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Jul 23,2016: Vitalogy

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Jul 22,2016: House Of Shem, True Press and more

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Jul 21,2016: Dane Drewis


Dane Drewis’ love for music and passion for live performance came to fruition during his
six year stretch as the front-man for rock/funk band Cuesta Drive. While singing, composing,
and playing guitar for the band, Dane wrote and produced three records with Cuesta Drive.
In 2010, Dane released his solo debut “Rock Soul.” An album defined by crisp vocal
harmonies, precise guitar work, and a solid rhythm section. The distinct and versatile songs
take their cues from the rock, blues, and soul music of the 60’s and 70’s. Vocally, the album
showcases Beatle-esque harmonies and the melodic stylings of the Motown era. Other aspects
were largely influenced by the lead guitar work of prodigies like Santana, Stevie Ray Vaughan
and Jimmy Page.

Dane’s distinct sound encompasses the range of his influences, taking cues from pop,
jazz, rock, rb, reggae, folk, soul, and blues. “Rock Soul” calls upon all of his immediate
family members for their talent and support. Janel and Deena Drewis can be heard throughout
the album on vocals, guitars, keyboards and percussion, while his parents, Dale and Janet
Drewis, provide bass and vocal harmonies respectively. The Dane Drewis band is currently
touring to promote the new release with Dale Drewis (Father) on Bass/vocals and Jason Weed
on the drums.

The refreshing take on Classic Rock proves to be a formula for success as Dane was
recently featured on the Submerge Magazine cover, “Insights” on NPR, and several TV
appearances which have spurred a rabid fan base up and down the West Coast.
The live show combines sultry originals with an uncanny stage presence that critics are
calling “one of the best live bands I’ve ever seen…their live performances are even better than
the recordings.”

“Rock Soul” evolves with the help of accredited producers, and collaboration with
decorated songwriters and musicians. The album is being considered for placement in various
film and TV licensing opportunities. The production is cutting edge, while the music itself
remains timeless



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Jul 20,2016: Obsidian

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