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Music: Concert: Anders Osborne Sizzles While Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe Resurrect Ray Charles

It was not just a regular Thursday night in October in Los Angeles. Two great bands played at The El Rey Theatre. Anders Osborne, a prolific songwriter and guitarist based in New Orleans and his stellar band opened the show. Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, a funk, soul, rock and fusion band led by the multi-talented saxophonist followed with special guest Zach Deputy. The KDTU set ended up as a brilliant tribute to the music of Ray Charles. The night was epic and although the crowd was disappointingly small, everyone in attendance enjoyed an amazing show. [...]

Music: Anders Osborne Asks For Peace on New Album

Anders Osborne has been a prolific songwriter over the past few years. He opens his new album Peace with a song of the same title that contains a fuzzy riff very reminiscent of “Cortez the Killer,” a Neil Young classic that Osborne often tears up in his live shows. This new collection of eleven extremely listenable tunes follows up on the frequently brilliant singing and guitar playing Osborne demonstrated on 2011’s American Patchwork and 2012’s Black Eyed Galaxy, both on Alligator Records. With this new Alligator release, Osborne continues to grow as a musician and songwriter. [...]

Concert: Tab Benoit Delivers Bayou Blues to Saint Rocke

An excited, boisterous audience greeted Louisiana native Tab Benoit for his sold out show at Saint Rocke in Hermosa Beach on September 21, 2012. Benoit has been presenting his unique style of blues to a continually growing fan base and critical reviews for over twenty years. In 2012 he released a greatest hits album, Legacy, The Best of Tab Benoit. His show at Saint Rocke featured smooth vocals, electrifying guitar work and a diverse selection of songs from his extensive catalog. [...]

Concert: Eric Lindell Adds the Sweet Sounds of Anson Funderburgh to Live Show at Saint Rocke

Eric Lindell, a musical master of Americana, R&B and bluesy rock brought an excellent group of supporting players to his show at Saint Rocke in Hermosa Beach on September 20, 2012. The Northern California native who calls New Orleans home has built a strong following with excellent song writing, vocals and guitar slinging. The Saint Rocke crowd enjoyed an evening of fine tunes from Lindell’s catalog as well as a few covers and some great guitar solos from special guest Anson Funderburgh. [...]

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: JJ Grey Brings His Guitar and Stories to Hotel Cafe

For JJ Grey, simply playing a song is not an option. Each selection is an opportunity to weave a tale, often about life in his beloved rural Florida. The founder and leader of the band Mofro, Grey is performing solo these days. On March 3, 2011, a raucous crowd at Hotel Café in Hollywood enjoyed his stories of love, lust, food, and his country home. [...]
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