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About Andy J. Gordon (195 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: Voice of the Wetlands All Stars at the Mint

You can really feel good about yourself when you go to a concert that is a fund raiser and the amazing music leaves everyone invigorated. The Mint in Los Angeles continues to book great music, and on this occasion, helped raise awareness about a problem in Louisiana that is really a problem for the entire planet. The Voice of the Wetlands Allstars is a band of great musicians that care deeply about the erosion of the wetlands in southern Louisiana and throughout the Gulf Coast. By playing live shows around the country and drawing attention to the problem, they hope to inspire people to take action. Their show at the Mint on February 10, 2011 was a musical journey that was both informative and enjoyable. [...]

Concert: moe. Rocks the Music Box in Los Angeles

It seems like each moe. live performance is a demonstration of technical and musical excellence. The show at the Music Box on January 28, 2011 was a nearly three hour sonic and visual roller coaster that kept the audience riveted. With a set list that covered their 21 year career, a light show that matched the psychedelic mood, and a pumped up crowd in attendance, moe. rocked the house. [...]

Concert: Blues at the Crossroads Live

On January 29, 2011, Big Head Blues Club gave a stunning performance at Segerstrom Hall, in the Orange County Performing Arts Center. The band is an ad hoc ensemble that recorded an album, and is touring in honor of the 100th birthday of blues originator, Robert Johnson. The live show contained all the members of Big Head Todd & The Monsters with special guests David “Honeyboy” Edwards, Hubert Sumlin, Cedric Burnside & Lightnin’ Malcolm. In various incarnations, they gave brilliant performances that offered inspired rearrangements of Johnson’s best known songs. The breathtaking Segerstrom Hall gave an air of sophistication to the occasion. If anything, it restrained the attentive audience who might otherwise have been dancing with abandon in a more casual setting. [...]

Concert: The Meters Revisited at the Mint

Los Angeles clubs regularly book talent from New Orleans, but it was a rare treat to see two of the four original Meters performing within a week of each other at the Mint. Leo Nocentelli, the original Meters guitarist, brought together an all-star group to form a special version of his Meters Experience. Less than one week later the Mint hosted Joseph “Zigaboo” Modeliste and his band. Modeliste was the original drummer of the Meters and is considered by many to be the father of modern funk drumming. Both shows drew heavily from the Meters catalog, and fans appreciated the opportunity to hear the two legends perform their classic hits as well as other funky material. [...]

Concert: Trombone Shorty & Orleans Ave. and Los Amigos Invisibles Coming to The Conga Room

Two Grammy nominated bands are coming to The Conga Room at LA Live in downtown Los Angeles on February 12, 2011. Trombone Shorty and his band, Orleans Ave. play a unique style of music that they lovingly call Supafunkrock. Los Amigos Invisibles are a Latin dance band from Venezuela heavily indebted to funk and disco (with a dash of acid jazz.) The Conga Room show is sure to be an amazing night and tickets are going fast. Scroll down to see how you can purchase discounted tickets to the show. [...]

Concert: Soulive and Friends at the Roxy Theater

On December 16, 2010 Soulive (www.soulive.com) rocked the Roxy Theater with a little help from their talented friends, Nigel Hall, and Karl Denson. The band has been on a lengthy tour across the country. The LA show offered a mix of their old funk, jazz, and improvisation material, as well as highlights from their new tribute album, Rubber Soulive. That album reinterprets the Beatles classics. Nigel Hall, a brilliant vocalist and keyboard player is part of Soulive’s stable of talent at Royal Family Records, their own label. Karl Denson (www.karldenson.us,) who is a saxophone wizard, as well as accomplished flutist and vocalist, joined the band for a few of the tour stops including the one at the Roxy in LA. [...]

Concert: Leo Nocentelli and the Meters Experience at Harvelle’s

Legendary funk guitarist Leo Nocentelli (www.nocentelli.com/), a founding member of the Meters, and his band, the Meters Experience played a funk and blues infused show at Harvelle’s (www.harvelles.com) on Saturday, November 13, 2010. Although Nocentelli lives in Los Angeles, he rarely gets to play here because of his extensive touring, so this rare local show was a real treat. The band kept the packed house grooving to funky beats throughout the night. [...]

Parties: “In the Kitchen” with Jimmy Shaw in Santa Monica

Los Angeles Magazine hosted a fine culinary evening of wine tasting, tequila cocktails, and recipe demonstrations featuring Jimmy Shaw of Lotería Grill (www.loteriagrill.com). The event took place at the upscale home appliance store Snyder Diamond in Santa Monica, CA. Tasty appetizers were prepared by Brian Beaudry, chef for Sub Zero/Wolf appliances. Ian Blackburn, the founder of www.LearnAboutWine.com selected the wines. [...]

Parties: Great Chefs of LA 2010

Another culinary extravaganza took place on a glorious Sunday afternoon at CBS in Studio City. The 24th Annual Great Chefs of Los Angeles “Go Green, Go Organic,” event brought together some of L.A.’s top chefs and area foodies. There was an abundance of delicacies, wine, beer, music and auctions to benefit the National Kidney Foundation (www.kidney.org) serving Southern California and Southern Nevada. [...]

Concert: Gov’t Mule at the Music Box

Gov’t Mule (www.mule.net) concluded their 2010 tour of the west coast with an inspiring show at the Music Box (www.themusicbox.la,) a beautifully renovated theater in Hollywood, CA. Coming off a long country-wide tour, the band seemed energized and excited to be performing for the Los Angeles area audience. The band’s knowledgeable fan base seems to span generations, because the group at the Music box ranged from members of Gen Y to some grizzled Baby Boomers. [...]
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