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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.

Concert: The Black Crowes at Club Nokia

The Black Crowes (www.blackcrowes.com) were on fire at Club Nokia on Saturday November 28, 2009. They took an already excited crowd to near hysteria with their brand of raucous, blues inspired rock. The show’s opener, Truth & Salvage Co., a band that has the honor of being the first signed to the Black Crowes new record label Silver Arrow Records, warmed up the audience. With a style that follows the Crowes’ blues roots, while injecting some country, soul, and roots rock, Truth & Salvage Co. wowed the crowd (www.truthandsalvageco.com). [...]

Concert: Ray Manzarek and Robby Krieger of the Doors at Club Nokia

I was able to cross off one of my bucket list items on Tuesday, October 6, 2009, at Club Nokia. Ray Manzarek and Robby Krieger, with a strong supporting band, played the music of the Doors. The band was one of my earliest musical influences, and is still near the top of my list of favorites. Seeing them live became impossible long ago with the premature death of lead singer Jim Morrison, in 1971. The surviving members could have continued to play together with a new singer, but chose not to. [...]

Restaurant: Mr. Cecil’s California Ribs in Manhattan Beach

When a movie producer leaves the business and opens a rib joint, it seems like a crazy gamble. But Chef Jonathan Burrows beat the odds with his Mr. Cecil’s California Ribs restaurants, SoCal hotspots for delicious down-home staples like ribs, chicken, and hot links. His original West Los Angeles and Sherman Oaks locations have been extremely successful, so when he found a piece of prime real estate in downtown Manhattan Beach, a new Mr. Cecil’s was born. [...]

Parties: The Imbiber’s Ultimate Playmate Wine Tasting at Pourtal

When someone mentions Playboy Playmates, what is the first thing that comes to mind? If you thought of a selection of delicious wines, most people would think you were crazy. Not Dan Dunn, the country’s preeminent booze writer, who selected a flight of eight wines inspired by some of history’s most iconic Playmates. Pourtal Wine Tasting Bar (www.pourtal.com) in Santa Monica hosted a launch party to kick off the Playmate-inspired tasting tour on October 6, 2009. [...]

Concert: Soulive at the El Rey Theater

On Thursday, September 17, Soulive (www.soulive.com) shook the El Rey Theater with their unique blend of soul, funk, jazz, and improvisation. The band celebrated both their tenth album, and their ten-year anniversary. The New York-based band released “Up Here” on their brand new label, Royal Family Records, earlier this year. Some talented friends that performed on the new release were on stage to support the band. [...]

Parties: CHOCTOBERFEST at the Grove

It was a night of decadent indulgence at the Grove on Wednesday, October 7, 2009. CHOCTOBERFEST was a unique event that offered the opportunity to try multiple wines, beers, and gourmet chocolate treats. [...]

Concerts: The Long Beach Blues Festival

The Long Beach Blues Festival took place at the beautiful Rainbow Lagoon Park over Labor Day weekend. The weather was hot, and so was the music. The festival was a major fund-raiser for publicly supported radio station KKJZ, located at California State University in Long Beach and known as "America's Jazz and Blues Station." Celebrating their 30th anniversary, the festival had a world-class lineup of artists on September 5 and 6. [...]

Sports: The LA Tennis Open

“I went to the ATP tennis event and nobody showed up.” That could have been what people said upon leaving the disappointing LA Tennis Open Presented by Farmers Insurance Group at UCLA (www.LATennisOpen.com) in late July. No top 10 players. Sparse crowds. Player defaults. Not exactly the showcase hoped for by the Southern California Tennis Association (http://www.scta.usta.com) and the Association of Tennis Professionals (http://www.atpworldtour.com), the organizers of the event. However, there was good news amid the bad. The setting was beautiful, the weather was great, and it was a rare opportunity to see some local, and not so local, pros compete in southern California. [...]

Restaurants: Joe’s Pizza

Finding a good slice of pizza in Los Angeles is a difficult challenge. What makes a good slice? From the perspective of a native New Yorker, a thin crispy crust, sweet tangy sauce, and gooey, rich mozzarella cheese are the essentials. Joe’s Pizza really nails it. With New York City locations on Bleecker Street in Greenwich Village, and Kings Highway in Brooklyn operating since 1975, Joe Vitale has ventured west to show Los Angeles how to do pizza right. [...]
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