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Articles by Andy J. Gordon

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.

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 ( 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 ( 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, ( to the Wagatail Productions ( 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. ( came to Los Angeles for a Wagatail Productions ( show at the El Rey Theater. The music was infectious, the crowd mesmerized, and Shorty clearly loved every minute. [...]

Concert: Galactic Brings the Funk to the El Rey Theater

New Orleans has a diverse music scene, and a long history of bands playing jazz/funk fusion. Galactic ( carries on that tradition and recently, has added elements of hip hop into their mix. On their newly released album “Ya Ka May”, the group invited a varied list of New Orleans musical talent to help with the broadening of their sound. Artists as diverse as Big Freedia (, a “bounce” hip hop singer, and Cyril Neville, one of the legendary founders of the Neville Brothers ( offered their assistance with new songs. For their current tour, Galactic brought along Freedia, Neville, and Corey Henry, who is one of the talented trombonists from Rebirth Brass Band ( Their show at the El Rey consisted of new and old material. They pleased the loyal fans in attendance, and gained some new ones with the experimental diversion from their regular sound. [...]

Concert: moe. At Club Nokia

Celebrating their 20th anniversary with a national tour that stopped in L.A. February 26th, moe. ( really rocked the house. A large crowd was waiting in anticipation of a special night and the band did not disappoint. The improvisational and progressive rock band has been around since 1990, forming at the University of Buffalo. All band members (except Jim Loughlin,) were dressed in slickly styled suits, inspired by the Quentin Tarantino film, Reservoir Dogs. According to guitarist Al Schnier, it was done in honor of the anniversary. In addition to Schnier, the band members are Loughlin on percussion, Chuck Garvey on guitar and vocals, Rob Derhak on bass and vocals, and Vinnie Amico on drums. They combine to form an impressive group. [...]

Concert: Medeski Martin & Wood Come to LA’s EL Rey Theater

Medeski, Martin & Wood ( brought their unique blend of free jazz, soul, funk, and electonica to the El Rey Theater in Los Angeles ( on Thursday, February 18. The band is touring in celebration of the release of "Radiolarians: The Evolutionary Set," a box set from their label, Indirecto Records. MMW play music that is not what anyone would consider radio friendly. There are no vocals, and their style, although rooted in jazz, does not easily fit into a set category. Their knowledgeable and dedicated fans certainly don’t seem to mind. On this night, everyone in attendance enjoyed an improvisational exploration of music without boundaries. [...]
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