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Concert: Vans Warped Tour

The Vans Warped Tour, now in its 16th year, is North America’s longest-running touring festival and 2010 is by far the most memorable jaunt yet for the annual punk rock extravaganza. The tour has its finger on the pulse of the hottest acts in diverse genres from punk and metal to rock, pop and hip-hop. [...]

Concert: KROQ Weenie Roast

The sweltering heat did not deter the thousands of enthusiastic fans that turned up to enjoy the music at the always sold-out, annual KROQ Weenie Roast, held on June 5th at the Verizon Wireless Ampitheatre in Irvine, Calif. [...]

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. [...]

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 (www.galacticfunk.com) 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 (www.myspace.com/bigfreedia), a “bounce” hip hop singer, and Cyril Neville, one of the legendary founders of the Neville Brothers (www.nevilles.com/) 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 (http://rebirthbrassband.wetpaint.com/.) 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. (www.moe.org/) 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 (www.mmw.net/) brought their unique blend of free jazz, soul, funk, and electonica to the El Rey Theater in Los Angeles (www.theelrey.com/) 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. [...]

Concert: Dirty Dozen Brass Band at the Mint

Just one week after the New Orleans Saints' fairy-tale Super Bowl victory, another New Orleans institution landed in Los Angeles. The Dirty Dozen Brass Band came to town to regale displaced New Orleans natives and L. A. fans with their unique blend of jazz, soul, funk, and improvisation. A delayed arrival was cause for concern by the Mint (www.themintla.com/) staff and a throng of restless fans. Their scheduled start time of 10 p.m. came and went as word trickled down through the crowd that their flight from Atlanta hit a snag due to snowy weather in Dallas. Not hitting the stage until 12:35 a.m. meant for a significantly shorter set than anticipated. However, they made up for it by stringing together an energetic set of songs that brought them right to the edge of the 2 a.m. curfew. [...]

Concerts: New Orleans Musicians Take Over LA

Los Angeles was ground central for an invasion of talented New Orleans musicians during the middle weekend of January 2010. On consecutive nights, two of the city's best music venues, the Roxy Theatre (www.theroxyonsunset.com/) and the Mint (www.themintla.com/), hosted some of the greatest brass band, funk, and rock legends to come out of the Crescent City in the last 40 years. Friday night’s crowd at the Roxy on Sunset Boulevard was pumped up for Rebirth Brass Band (www.myspace.com/rebirthbrassband) and Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk (www.dumpstaphunk.com/). On Saturday, an industry-heavy crowd witnessed an all-star jam at the Mint led by Leo Nocentelli (www.nocentelli.com/) of the legendary Meters, and Stanton Moore (www.stantonmoore.com/) of Galactic. [...]

Concert: Tower of Power At Club Nokia

Tower of Power (www.tofp.com) is a soul band from San Francisco that has been performing for 41 years. Their concert on December 11, 2009 at Club Nokia left no doubt that they still deliver a dynamic brand of soul, funk, and incredibly tight horn arrangements. Prior to the Tower of Power show, Average White Band opened with some fine soul and funk of their own. Tom Politzer, Tower of Power's lead tenor sax player, sat in for the encore, "Pick Up The Pieces". While both bands fall into the same genre, AWB's sound is more subtle. The crowd enjoyed the set, but clearly the highlight of the evening was yet to come. [...]
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