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About Andy J. Gordon (236 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.

Music: Concert: Dumpstaphunk at The Mint

Dumpstaphunk, the New Orleans band that always delivers energetic live shows, played at The Mint in Los Angeles on March 1, 2012. The five piece group was back in town for another dose of nasty, bass heavy funk that kept the packed house of fans dancing late into the night. [...]

Parties: Mardi Gras at Glow in Marina Del Rey Marriott

Los Angeles party people celebrated Mardi Gras on Saturday February 18, 2012 at Glow, the nightclub in the Marina Del Rey Marriott. The club and hotel put together a classic New Orleans styled party with music, booze, food and a crowd of attractive attendees. Special menu items and cocktails were created for the evening. Glow was transformed with special lights, decorations and beads. [...]

Concert: Moksha and Special Guests at The Mint

Monday night is usually slow at live music venues. The work week has started and not many people have the energy to party late into the night with their alarm clocks set for an early wake up. That did not stop a large group of Phish/Trey fans and curiosity seekers from checking out a show by up and coming band Moksha, who were performing with some special guests. Jennifer Hartswick, Skerik, and Peter Apfelbaum brought their horns for a special night of well crafted music at The Mint. [...]

MUSIC: Concert: Legends Honored During Bass Player Live! Concert at Key Club

The Bass Player LIVE! concert at the Key Club in Hollywood on October 22, 2011 was a raucous stroll down memory lane. A packed house of industry pros, fans and bass guitar junkies were in the club to honor the legendary careers of Jack Casady, James Jamerson and Larry Graham. Casady and Graham were presented with lifetime achievement awards while James Jamerson Jr. accepted for his deceased father. The highlights of the evening were the live sets performed by the honored musicians and the sit ins by talented guests. [...]

MUSIC: Concerts: Dumpstaphunk at Saint Rocke

Hermosa Beach got a whole lot funkier when New Orleans’ Dumpstaphunk played at Saint Rocke on September 21, 2011. The five piece band has a reputation for delivering nasty, bass heavy funk to legions of fans. At Saint Rock the band brought a packed house to their feet for a long and sweaty show. [...]

MUSIC: Concert: Dragon Smoke Makes Rare Appearance at The Mint

It happens often in music. Artists from different groups get together for a side project. Sometimes they record an album, but usually it is for a live show where the members jam on some cover songs and try to create a unique musical experience. They each go back to their respective groups with memories of a special night – some fond, some mixed. The problem with these so called “superjams” is the lack of cohesion and big egos getting in the way of a magical music experience. That is not remotely the case with Dragon Smoke. This New Orleans based quartet of band leaders came to The Mint on December 7, 2011 during a brief California mini-tour. Although they have performed as a group only a handful of times, they played like a band that has been a successful unit for years. The savvy, NOLA music loving packed house was blown away by their awesome show. [...]

Restaurants: Yxta Cocina Mexicana Serves Fine Food at an East LA Oasis

Nestled in a mini-mall several blocks east of downtown Los Angeles is a classy and modern Mexican restaurant called Yxta. In a neighborhood that looks like it requires a Marine escort to navigate safely, this fine eatery serves some delicious, modern interpretations of Mexican cuisine. Owner Jesse Gomez and Chef Jose Acevedo are working on launching a new restaurant, Mercado, in downtown Santa Monica. They recently served a showcase four course dinner menu paired with Tequila Ocho cocktails and flights to preview the new restaurant. [...]

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. [...]
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