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Concert: Dumpstaphunk Sets the Roxy Theater on Fire

It isn’t every night on the Sunset Strip that the fire department, several police cruisers, and a multitude of Hollywood hipsters are out in the street while the sign atop the famous Roxy Theatre is ablaze. It happened on March 25, 2011 and made the super funky set by New Orleans’ Dumpstaphunk even hotter than normal. [...]

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. [...]

Concert: Big Sam’s Funky Nation Brings the Party to Saint Rocke

On a cold, rainy night in Hermosa Beach, Big Sam Williams brought a New Orleans style party to a soggy, but lively crowd. Big Sam’s Funky Nation plays rock, dance, funk, and soul music. The focus of the show is on having fun - everything begins and ends with the boundless energy of Big Sam. When he isn’t playing the trombone or singing, he is dancing across the stage and imploring the audience to join in on the fun. His energy is infectious and the crowd at Saint Rocke seemed to be bouncing off the walls while they enjoyed the funky good time. [...]

Concert: Trombone Shorty & Orleans Ave. and Los Amigos Invisibles Coming to The Conga Room

Two Grammy nominated bands are coming to The Conga Room at LA Live in downtown Los Angeles on February 12, 2011. Trombone Shorty and his band, Orleans Ave. play a unique style of music that they lovingly call Supafunkrock. Los Amigos Invisibles are a Latin dance band from Venezuela heavily indebted to funk and disco (with a dash of acid jazz.) The Conga Room show is sure to be an amazing night and tickets are going fast. Scroll down to see how you can purchase discounted tickets to the show. [...]

Concert: Soulive and Friends at the Roxy Theater

On December 16, 2010 Soulive (www.soulive.com) rocked the Roxy Theater with a little help from their talented friends, Nigel Hall, and Karl Denson. The band has been on a lengthy tour across the country. The LA show offered a mix of their old funk, jazz, and improvisation material, as well as highlights from their new tribute album, Rubber Soulive. That album reinterprets the Beatles classics. Nigel Hall, a brilliant vocalist and keyboard player is part of Soulive’s stable of talent at Royal Family Records, their own label. Karl Denson (www.karldenson.us,) who is a saxophone wizard, as well as accomplished flutist and vocalist, joined the band for a few of the tour stops including the one at the Roxy in LA. [...]

Concert: Leo Nocentelli and the Meters Experience at Harvelle’s

Legendary funk guitarist Leo Nocentelli (www.nocentelli.com/), a founding member of the Meters, and his band, the Meters Experience played a funk and blues infused show at Harvelle’s (www.harvelles.com) on Saturday, November 13, 2010. Although Nocentelli lives in Los Angeles, he rarely gets to play here because of his extensive touring, so this rare local show was a real treat. The band kept the packed house grooving to funky beats throughout the night. [...]

Concert: Gov’t Mule at the Music Box

Gov’t Mule (www.mule.net) concluded their 2010 tour of the west coast with an inspiring show at the Music Box (www.themusicbox.la,) a beautifully renovated theater in Hollywood, CA. Coming off a long country-wide tour, the band seemed energized and excited to be performing for the Los Angeles area audience. The band’s knowledgeable fan base seems to span generations, because the group at the Music box ranged from members of Gen Y to some grizzled Baby Boomers. [...]

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. [...]
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