By Jenny Peters and Andy J. Gordon Two San Francisco Bay area bands brought their exciting style of soul music to the historic Troubadour in Los Angeles on November 24, 2017. [...]
By Andy J. Gordon and Jenny Peters Two bands based in the northeast and with a strong dance party vibe came to The Mint in Los Angeles on May 19, 2016 – and crushed it. The [...]
By Andy J. Gordon Two bands that provide high energy live shows are coming to The Mint in Los Angeles on Thursday May 19, 2016. Turkuaz is a 9-piece “Powerfunk” outfit [...]
By Andy J. Gordon Downtown Los Angeles is gradually becoming a go-to destination for cultural activities. One of the newer venues in town is a fine mid-sized theater for live [...]
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.
The 2013 Long Beach Funk Festival
took place in the heart of downtown on a beautiful July day. This is the first year that the festival has charged admission so expectations were high for an enhanced entertainment event. The festival ran all day and musical acts performed on two stages separated by The Promenade and Broadway. Throughout the venue, vendors were selling food, beverages and a variety of wares.
The Alan Evans Trio
(AE3) played a live show at The Mint
on August 21, 2012 and the show proved that Evans can jam without his brother Neal, his longtime band mate with Soulive
. The new trio recorded their debut studio album in 2012 called Drop Hop. They are touring the country and at The Mint
show they played most of the songs on the new album as well as some choice covers.
The Wednesday Jazz series at the Hollywood Bowl
features an eclectic array of artists that stretch the definition of Jazz. That is a big part of what makes the shows special. On August 1, 2012 a large crowd came out to say farewell to The Neville Brothers
who are legends of the New Orleans music scene and influenced many artists across musical genres, not just jazz. Playing a supporting role, but definitely not a subordinate one was Trombone Shorty & Orleans Ave
. The young bandleader and his supporting players are the embodiment of everything wonderful about the sounds of New Orleans. They were a fitting choice as The Neville Brothers pass the torch to a new generation of musicians.
Dumpstaphunk, the New Orleans band that always delivers energetic live shows, played at The Mint in Los Angeles on March 1, 2012. The five piece group was back in town for another dose of nasty, bass heavy funk that kept the packed house of fans dancing late into the night.
Hermosa Beach got a whole lot funkier when New Orleans’ Dumpstaphunk played at Saint Rocke on September 21, 2011. The five piece band has a reputation for delivering nasty, bass heavy funk to legions of fans. At Saint Rock the band brought a packed house to their feet for a long and sweaty show.