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Articles by Andy J. Gordon

About Andy J. Gordon (229 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.

Parties: Los Angeles Magazine’s 2011 Food Event a Big Success

Los Angeles is definitely a foodie town, and there are many events throughout the year that celebrate the diverse culinary skills available in the Southland. One such event is highly anticipated for its unique combination of great chefs, excellent wine, top shelf liquor and beautiful setting. It was a sunny day in the Malibu Hills where about 2500 guests enjoyed Los Angeles Magazine’s annual Food Event at Saddlerock Ranch. The October 23rd, 2011 event featured amazing food, great wine, and fine spirits that kept the crowds happy. The picturesque setting added a magical aura to the culinary extravaganza and made it an extremely enjoyable Sunday afternoon. [...]

Concert: Orgone Heats Up The Mint

Orgone, a Los Angeles based funk, rock and soul group, heated up The Mint in Los Angeles on November 23, 2011. This group of talented musicians tours extensively and their live shows have an energy that is greater than the music on their studio albums. The show featured nearly two hours of inspired instrumental tunes and sultry vocals that brought a dance happy crowd to a sweaty hysteria. [...]

Restaurants: Taberna Mexicana Brings Fine Regional Cuisine To Beverly Hills

It is a daunting task to launch a high-end restaurant in a difficult economy, not to mention having to deal with the sky-high rents of Beverly Hills. The people behind Taberna Mexicana must have been extremely confident when they opened their new Bedford Drive establishment in the midst of some of the most expensive real estate in the ritziest part of Los Angeles. Having recently experienced the elegant atmosphere, expert service and fine creative dishes of executive chef Alex Padilla, it is clear to us that Taberna Mexicana has the right stuff to compete in this challenging market. [...]

Concert: Zigaboo Modeliste and friends funk up The Mint

The Mint in Los Angeles was the place to be for classic funk delivered by the incomparable Joseph “Zigaboo” Modeliste and his all-star band. Modeliste was the original drummer of the Meters and his talent, warmth, and charm solidified the support of an already funk loving group of fans. The August 18, 2011 show was an exploration of Modeliste’s catalog of Meters classics, a few new funky gems, and some choice covers. [...]

Concert: Eric Lindell and his rootsy rock takes over Saint Rocke

A musician from the San Francisco Bay area who found success in New Orleans performed at Saint Rocke in Hermosa Beach, CA on August 17, 2011. Eric Lindell played a compilation of pleasant Americana, R&B, and bluesy rock that has made him a rising star in the independent music scene. [...]

Sports: Pro Beach Volleyball returns in style at the Manhattan Beach Open

For the first time in 2011, it felt like the glory days of professional beach volleyball. The Manhattan Beach Open, the sport’s most prominent event in the United States, and maybe the world, took place before enthusiastic crowds on a beautiful, late August weekend. The United States Volleyball Association, with expert production from IMG Action Sports, and flagship sponsorship from Jose Cuervo, put on a successful, fun, and exciting tournament. [...]

Sports: Gulbis Is Surprise Winner of 2011 Farmers Classic Tennis Event

The men’s professional tennis tournament hosted by UCLA each summer may not get the world’s greatest talent or the biggest crowds, but it is the only chance for fans to see world class tennis in the LA area. In spite of the less than stellar field, the fans that chose to check things out during the week of July 25-31, 2011 were rewarded with some great matches at the intimate venue. The good weather, beautiful setting, and fierce competition made the 2011 Farmers Classic Tennis Open a success. [...]

Concert: Tea Leaf Green and Matisyahu at Club Nokia

There was an eclectic mix of music fans at Club Nokia on August 3rd, 2011 for a show featuring San Francisco’s Tea Leaf Green and Brooklyn’s Matisyahu. The NoCal jamband rockers and NYC based rap/rock/reggae crooner made an odd pairing, but the boisterous crowd enjoyed a riveting show. [...]

Concert: Global Soul with Stevie Wonder at Hollywood Bowl

A sellout crowd came to the Hollywood Bowl on July 24, 2011 for a night of soul music. The program featured artists from around the world that all offer an interpretation of the type of music that seems to come from deep inside, and stirs emotional feelings. Each entertainer at the show has achieved a level of success, but there was little doubt that the night’s headliner, Stevie Wonder, was the big draw. [...]

Concert: Warren Haynes Band Makes Souls Shine at the El Rey Theatre

Warren Haynes has been omnipresent on the southern rock and jamband scene for the past twenty plus years, delivering searing guitar riffs and soulful vocals. As a prominent member of critically acclaimed bands like The Allman Brothers, Gov’t Mule, and The Dead, Haynes has a formidable musical repertoire at his disposal. Now, with his new solo project, The Warren Haynes Band, this guitar virtuoso has dedicated his time to reinvigorating the soul sounds that inspired him years ago. It seems only fitting, since Haynes may have taken over for James Brown as the hardest working man in show business. He seems to be everywhere – constant touring with the Allman Brothers and Gov’t Mule, hitting many festivals, sitting in with virtually everybody, and releasing new albums. [...]
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