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About Andy J. Gordon (206 Articles)
Andy J. Gordon, a Los Angeles-based marketing and strategy consultant, made his writing debut in “Brentwood” magazine in 2007. His interests include music, sports, consumer electronics, premium libations, fine dining, travel, fast cars, and enjoying life.

Concert: Dirty Dozen Brass Band bring the party to The Mint

New Orleans bands know that when they travel through Los Angeles, they have to hit The Mint for the best, most rabid fans. The Dirty Dozen Brass Band show on May 23, 2011 at the Mint brought out lots of New Orleans transplants and lovers of rousing brass band music. The opening act, a local band called Super Duper, contributed a wacky and exciting set that concluded with a pleasantly odd version of “Welcome to the Jungle,” with a tease of “The Lion Sleeps Tonight.” That warm up prepared the audience for some New Orleans party music. [...]

Concert: Greyboy Allstars Mix it Up at the Mint

The San Diego based funk and jazz group, Greyboy Allstars came to the Mint in Los Angeles on April 23, 2011. This group of talented musicians each has other successful musical projects, so a live Allstars show is relatively rare, and highly anticipated by fans. When these guys get together, anything is possible, and a long night of improvisational magic is usually the result. They introduced several new tunes along with many of their standards to a fired up audience. [...]

Concert: Band of Heathens at the Mint

A band out of Austin, Texas that blends elements of rock, country, blues, and soul came to LA to win over a new audience. The Band of Heathens includes three talented vocalists, who are also multi-instrumentalists that are the founding members of the band. They impressed an energized audience at The Mint on April 13, 2011. [...]

Concert: A Royal Family Affair at Club Nokia

On May 14, 2011 Soulive and their supporting cast of label mates brought their Royal Family Ball to Club Nokia in downtown LA. The show included almost all of the artists that record on the Royal Family label and the crowd was treated to a night of pulsating sounds from a variety of lineups. [...]

Concert: Galactic and Friends at the El Rey Theater

New Orleans bands often cross musical genres, and Galactic is no exception. In fact, they are at the forefront of being innovative while keeping their jazz and funk roots alive. They came to the El Rey Theater in Los Angeles on March 31, 2011 with a couple of special guests, Cyril Neville, and Corey Henry. Galactic’s recent recordings have added elements of hip hop to their usual funk and soul infused rock sound, so their live performance was sure to be interesting. [...]

Wine: The Naked Grape Wine Dinner at Rustic Canyon

A new winery, The Naked Grape in Modesto CA, recently hosted a special dinner that paired their wines with the fresh, sustainable foods of Rustic Canyon Wine Bar and Seasonal Kitchen in Santa Monica. The winemaker, Hillary J. Stevens, is a big supporter of locally grown, organic produce. Rustic Canyon's Executive Chef, Evan Funke, sources all of his food from farmers and ranchers that practice sustainable agriculture. It was a perfect marraige of flavors and philosophies. [...]

Concert: Dumpstaphunk Sets the Roxy Theater on Fire

It isn’t every night on the Sunset Strip that the fire department, several police cruisers, and a multitude of Hollywood hipsters are out in the street while the sign atop the famous Roxy Theatre is ablaze. It happened on March 25, 2011 and made the super funky set by New Orleans’ Dumpstaphunk even hotter than normal. [...]

Concert: Umphrey’s McGee at House of Blues Hollywood

Yes, another jamband review. Umphrey’s McGee, a band I had never seen before, gets lumped into this genre. There are many misconceptions that the name “jamband” produces. Many of the bands in this category are extremely talented, ranging from jazz to southern rock and bluegrass. The thing that they all share is a love for, and expertise in live improvisation. That certainly describes Umphrey’s McGee. As with most jambands, you don’t get their real vibe from their albums, but from seeing them live. So, it was with great anticipation that I hit the House of Blues on the Sunset Strip on March 17, 2011 to experience this Chicago based group that came out of the Midwest in the mid 90s. [...]

Concert: JJ Grey Brings His Guitar and Stories to Hotel Cafe

For JJ Grey, simply playing a song is not an option. Each selection is an opportunity to weave a tale, often about life in his beloved rural Florida. The founder and leader of the band Mofro, Grey is performing solo these days. On March 3, 2011, a raucous crowd at Hotel Café in Hollywood enjoyed his stories of love, lust, food, and his country home. [...]

Concert: Big Sam’s Funky Nation Brings the Party to Saint Rocke

On a cold, rainy night in Hermosa Beach, Big Sam Williams brought a New Orleans style party to a soggy, but lively crowd. Big Sam’s Funky Nation plays rock, dance, funk, and soul music. The focus of the show is on having fun - everything begins and ends with the boundless energy of Big Sam. When he isn’t playing the trombone or singing, he is dancing across the stage and imploring the audience to join in on the fun. His energy is infectious and the crowd at Saint Rocke seemed to be bouncing off the walls while they enjoyed the funky good time. [...]
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