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About Andy J. Gordon (186 Articles)
<p>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.</p>

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. [...]

Concert: Bass Player Live Concert at Key Club

The annual Bass Player LIVE! weekend on October 23-24, 2010 was capped off with an incredible two-hour concert at the Key Club (www.keyclub.com) in Hollywood on Saturday night. Talk about a collection of great talent in the house – the place was packed with a lineup of bassists from all corners of the rock, jazz, and funk worlds. The jams were amazing and the discerning crowd of industry pros and fans could not have had a better time. [...]

Concert: 7 Walkers at Saint Rocke

There was a strong Grateful Dead vibe at Saint Rocke (www.saintrocke.com) in Hermosa Beach on October 25, 2010. Moonalice (www.moonalice.com) the first band on stage, is a group with obvious love and respect for the Dead. The second band, 7 Walkers (http://7walkers.com) has a real Dead connection with founding drummer, Bill Kreutzmann, putting together this new group with Papa Mali, George Porter, Jr., and Matt Hubbard. The Saint Rocke show was filled with jam-loving fans, including members of the Dead cover band Cubensis, who grooved to the music late into the night. [...]

Parties: The LA Magazine Food Event 2010 From the Vine

The magnificent Saddlerock Ranch was the site of Los Angeles Magazine’s fifth annual culinary extravaganza on Sunday October 24, 2010. The ranch, located in the Malibu Hills, is the vineyard home of Malibu Family Wines, the producers of Saddlerock and Semler wines. The event featured celebrity chefs, several California wineries, cooking demonstrations, and educational discussions about wine pairings. Proceeds benefited the Kids Courage Foundation (www.kidscourage.org). [...]

Concert: Threadhead Records Musicians at the Mint

The music of New Orleans is distinct from anywhere else in the world. Like the food, the music is a hodgepodge of influences that has evolved over many years. Whenever musicians from that town perform in LA, I make every effort to catch the shows. If a roster of diversely talented artists from New Orleans come for a one time, unique show like what happened on October 9, 2010 at the Mint (www.themintla.com), missing it would be unthinkable. [...]

Concert: The Lee Boys at the Mint

The concert at the Mint (www.themintla.com/) on October 7, 2010, was almost a religious experience. Not just because the musicians were so good, but because the style they played was a unique form of gospel infused with rhythm and blues, jazz, rock, funk, and country. “Sacred Steel” is a musical style, and an African-American gospel tradition that developed in House of God churches in the 1930's. The Lee Boys (www.leeboys.com) brought their version of the music to Los Angeles for the first time. They should come back often because the show was inspirational, extremely danceable, and a load of fun. [...]

Parties: “In the Kitchen” with Neal Fraser in Santa Monica

Los Angeles magazine recently hosted an intimate wine tasting and recipe demonstration featuring renowned chef Neal Fraser, who is known for his work with Thomas Keller, Wolfgang Puck, and Joachim Splichal, and is now the executive chef and co-owner of Grace and BLD. Also contributing to the special evening were Brian Beaudry, the chef for Sub Zero/Wolf appliances, and Ian Blackburn, the founder of Learn About Wine (www.LearnAboutWine.com.). The event took place at Santa Monica's upscale home appliance and plumbing store called Snyder Diamond (www.snyderdiamond.com). [...]

Parties: Taste of Beverly Hills – An Orgy Of Food And Wine

The “Taste of Beverly Hills,” presented by FOOD & WINE magazine, took place on the top of the parking structure across from the Beverly Hilton Hotel on September 2-5, 2010. If that does not sound glamorous, it should, because this event was an absurd collection of amazing restaurants, wineries, liquor, beer, and beautiful people. Celebrities, Beverly Hills residents, and foodies from all over LA attended to sample fabulous food and drinks in a luxurious outdoor setting. [...]

Concert: Bonerama at the Mint

Another great New Orleans based band, Bonerama (www.boneramamusic.com) tore it up at the Mint (www.themintla.com/) on September 10, 2010. The band is a unique blend of traditional New Orleans horns, old school funk, and a wicked love for classic rock. They play out their head banger fantasies by mixing original songs with amazing covers of rock standards. Their Mint show was an example of how to keep a crowd whipped up into a frenzy. [...]

Concert: Classic New Orleans Bands At Hollywood Bowl

The Wednesday Jazz series at the Hollywood Bowl (www.hollywoodbowl.com) always features a wide range of eclectic artists. On August 18, 2010, fans had the pleasure of seeing a trio of New Orleans’ finest musical groups at the Bowl. Dirty Dozen Brass Band www.dirtydozenbrass.com, Preservation Hall Jazz Band (www.preservationhall.com/band/index.aspx,) accompanied by the Trey McIntyre Dance Project (www.treymcintyre.com/,) and the Neville Brothers (www.nevilles.com/) presented their uniquely New Orleans sensibilities to Los Angeles. It was a beautiful night of mild weather and energetic music. [...]
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