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Articles by Andy J. Gordon

About Andy J. Gordon (209 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: 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. [...]

CD: Grace Potter & The Nocturnals

Bands that get lumped into the “jamband” category play lots of different kinds of music. They can be rooted in jazz, rock, electronic, blues, and many other genres, but they all seem to have a much stronger following live than on mainstream radio. Grace Potter & The Nocturnals (http://www.gracepotter.com/) have been hitting the festival circuit and mixing it up with the jamband scene for a few years, but seem to be headed into the mainstream with their new self-titled release. Potter, who looks like a movie star and sings like a classic rocker (think Joplin or Plant), leads a group of talented musicians that can really rock out. [...]

Sports: Farmers Classic Tennis Stars Under the Stars

The 2010 LA Tennis Open at UCLA had a new title sponsor in Farmers Insurance and, in addition to some exciting tennis, brought fun back to the event. Last year, with some financial struggles, the event eliminated the celebrity and pro charity exhibition that usually opens the tournament. This year’s special evening, the Farmers Classic "Stars Under the Stars," saw the return of some legendary tennis talent and a couple of celebs who take their tennis quite seriously. The Andre Agassi Foundation for Education (www.agassifoundation.org/) was the beneficiary of the exhibition. [...]

Concert: Stanton Moore Trio with Anders Osborne at the Mint

Stanton Moore brought one of his many projects, The Stanton Moore Trio, (http://www.stantonmoore.com) to the Wagatail Productions (www.wagatailpresents.com/) show at the Mint in LA on Thursday, May 6, 2010. The concert kicked off their new tour after a hectic Jazzfest schedule in New Orleans. [...]

Concert: Trombone Shorty & Orleans Ave. at the El Rey

If he wants to, Troy Andrews can take over the universe. Ok, maybe that is an exaggeration, but with his talent and charisma, Trombone Shorty, as he is more commonly known, can, at least, rule the music world. His band, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Ave. (www.tromboneshorty.com) came to Los Angeles for a Wagatail Productions (www.wagatailpresents.com) show at the El Rey Theater. The music was infectious, the crowd mesmerized, and Shorty clearly loved every minute. [...]
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