Perdomo Shines on ‘The Golden Hour’

Los Angeles-based session ace and producer Fernando Perdomo echoes the sound and sensitivity of classic ’70s singer-songwriter records with his latest solo album, “The Golden Hour.” The multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and singer is set to perform all the new songs from “The Golden Hour” during an album release party at The Hotel Cafe in Hollywood on Thursday Read More



Sgt. Pepper Spiced My Summer of Love 50 Years Ago

This is not a review of The Beatles’ “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” 50th-anniversary package, out May 25, a week shy of 50 years after its first release on June 1, 1967. You can check out the features and reviews by Mikal Gilmore, Chris Morris and Chris Willman for all the deets about the Read More



David Bowie Pianist Mike Garson Headlines Benefit for Kids’ Cancer Cures

LOS ANGELES — Mike Garson, longtime pianist and composer for David Bowie, will headline a concert and fundraiser for the Children’s Brain Tumor Tissue Consortium (CBTTC) at the Theatre at Ace Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles on Saturday night, May 20. “Cancer: The Urgency of Now – An Evening with Mike Garson” will raise funds Read More



Guitarist Jim Hagen Grooves with Rod Bennett’s Vibes on ‘Jazzical’

For veteran contemporary jazz guitarist Jim Hagen, “Jazzical” is more than the follow-up to his critically acclaimed 2012 eponymous debut. “Jazzical” is also a sublime tribute to and true celebration of the friendship and musical chemistry he shared for years with renowned vibes player Rod Bennett, an integral part of Hagen’s popular Southern California ensemble Read More



First Rod Bennett Scholarships Go to Saugus High Seniors

Bennett Scholarships update: Saugus High School graduating seniors James Klipfel and Diego Rumer (pictured at left) received the first two Rod Bennett Memorial Scholarship Trust Fund awards at the school’s 2017 senior honors ceremony on Tuesday night, May 16. Rumer and Klipfel each received a check for $2,000 to put toward their college studies from the Bennett trust fund, Read More



Obituary – Rodger Joseph Miceli, USS Midway Veteran, USPS Retiree

Rodger Joseph Miceli, U.S. Navy and USS Midway veteran, retired United States Postal Service letter carrier, cosmetologist, artist, and longtime resident of Carlsbad, California, died of congestive heart failure Thursday evening, May 4, 2017, with immediate family at his bedside. He was 86. He was the beloved patriarch of five extended families in Chicago, Los Read More



Ballad of Eternal Love Brings ‘Hope’ for Mother’s Day 2017

As we prepare to honor women everywhere on Mother’s Day 2017 Sunday, May 14, a beautiful new ballad of eternal love titled “Never Let Me Go” has been released as a single and video to benefit the Susan G. Komen Foundation of Greater Fort Worth. “Never Let Me Go” is the first single from “Hope,” Read More



Walk of Western Stars Honors Andre & Renaud Veluzat, Bo Hopkins

Capping the 2017 Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival, the city of Santa Clarita honored celebrated character actor Bo Hopkins and Melody Ranch Motion Picture Studios owners Andre and Renaud Veluzat with plaques on the Walk of Western Stars in Old Town Newhall, California, on Sunday, April 23, 2017. Santa Clarita Mayor Cameron Smyth emceed the unveiling Read More



Phantom Blues Band Toplines 2017 Ventura County Blues Fest

The 12th Annual Ventura County Blues Festival, headlined by the Grammy-winning Phantom Blues Band, throws down at Studio Channel Islands in Camarillo, California, on Saturday, April 29, 2017. The festival lineup also features performances by blues guitarist Debbie Davies; jazz-blues guitarist Chris Cain; harp ace RJ Mischo; local award-winners Crooked Eye Tommy; the duo of singer-guitarist Jim Read More



Wild Honey Orchestra All-Star Autism Benefit Rocks The Band

The Wild Honey Orchestra and an all-star lineup of guest performers including Jackson Browne, Peter Case and Victoria Williams are set to perform classic songs by legendary American rock group The Band live at the historic Alex Theatre in Glendale, California Saturday night, March 25. Billed as “The Wild Honey Orchestra & Garth Hudson Play The Read More