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About Andy J. Gordon (223 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.

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. [...]

Concert: Stanton Moore Trio with Karl Denson at the Mint

Los Angeles area drummers, students, and funk music fans had an extraordinary opportunity to get an up close view of one of the world’s most prolific musicians from New Orleans. Stanton Moore, the brilliant master of the skins, and founding member of Galactic, brought his Stanton Moore Trio to the Mint for a Wednesday nights residency in July 2011. To add a cherry to the proverbial sundae, Moore gave free drum clinics before each of the Mint gigs. Twenty to forty aspiring drummers, and those just interested in seeing Moore’s incredible technique up close, attended each of the free sessions. Robert Walter, a wizard on the Hammond B3 organ, was a member for all of the Mint gigs, while a different guest joined the trio for each of the four shows. [...]

Events: Concern Foundation’s “Dancing in the Streets” Block Party

On a balmy summer evening in July, Paramount Studio’s “New York” back lot in Hollywood was the scene of the Concern Foundation’s Dancing in the Streets block party. The event was an over the top extravaganza with some of the best restaurants in the LA area serving samples, multiple stages of live entertainment, a casino area, and free flowing adult beverages. Nearly four thousand food, wine, and spirits enthusiasts enjoyed an evening of indulgence with an altruistic purpose. Over $1.5 mm dollars was raised for cancer research from ticket sales, silent, and live auctions. [...]

Events: The Island Style Cook-off at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel

In a creative flourish, the circular driveway of a Santa Monica hotel was transformed into a tropical island inspired site for a cook-off between local celebrity chefs on June 29, 2011. The theme was Hawaiian style pupu, and the island appetizers were interpreted by chefs Mark Gold and Neal Fraser. [...]

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. [...]
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