Concerts

Uniquely Reckless. Eric Zayne’s latest single and video. By Patrick O’Heffernan

October 7, 2017

  (Los Angeles) The word “unique” is thrown around a lot these days.  Every artist wants to be “unique”.  Every promoter gushes how “unique” a band is.  Every festival is creatively “unique”.   So before I sat down to write about Eric Zayne’s new single and video, Reckless, I took a look at the word “unique” because, as I have gotten to know him, that word keeps popping up. Eric was born in Montreal in a South Indian family.  They moved to the Indian community in Congo when he was very young and that was his world —  South Asians living and prospering in a former Belgium colony now an African nation, the Democratic Republic of the Congo. This was not unique; there were South Asian communities throughout Africa and still are. But it meant Eric was raised listening to the Indian music of his parents, the Bantu rhythms of the Congo, and western music on the BBC. A combination that can be legitimately called unique. What wasn’t unique was that Congo was unstable.  Congo (later [Read More]

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Latinas Out Loud at The Hammer. By Patrick O’Heffernan

October 7, 2017

  Patrick O’Heffernan (Westwood, CA) The Hammer Museum in Westwood Friday night opened is Pacific Standard Time:LA/LA  art exhibition,  Radical Women: Latin American art, 1960 -1985, with Latinas Out Loud”: ¡Párriba!  a wild concert led by Lido Pimienta and introduced by LA’s own joyful punk, funk Latin rock band, Sister Mantos.  It was the perfect combination of musical and plastic arts to showcase the power of Latinas in our culture.   The Hammer Museum –“The Hammer” — is a blocky edifice that could be an office building.  Other than the word “Hammer” on the side in large letters it is pretty much like the office towers around it. Opened free to the public in 1990,  The Hammer was founded by Dr. Armand Hammer, the late Chairman of Occidental Petroleum Corporation, for  his collections of old masters plus traveling exhibitions. Four years later everything changed.  UCLA took over The Hammer’s management and operations and launched programs that encompassed the entire Los Angeles Community with film, theater, music and dance as well as static art. Latinas Out [Read More]

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PHOTO GALLERY: Jason Aldean at Concord Pavilion, Sept. 28, 2017 by Sean Liming

September 29, 2017

Kane Brown open the night up at the Concord Pavilion for the fans with his deep Georgia southern voice. They young 23 year old country artist soothed the young fans with his looks and lyrics and while the older fans don’t mind it either. Dropping new songs that are going to be on his new album coming out in October. Next up was Chris Young who just flew in from Houston Texas this morning. Chris Young must really enjoy playing for all his fans or it must be a country thing. Chris was all smiles and getting the fans what they paid for tonight, great music and being friendly to all that came to watch not him but him and the other performers tonight. Fans were singing along lyric to lyric from the front of the stage to the back of the grass. Finally it was the headliner, Jason Aldean to end this perfect night in fall. The cool night of 65 degrees felt like nothing as Jason Alden sure rose the temperature at concord [Read More]

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Seaway brings their pop punk to Cornerstone in Berkeley. Contributed by Sean Liming

September 28, 2017

From the Canadian city of Oakville, Seaway made their way in a van stopping along the way to make their punk rock presence know where they go. Their energetic beats and rythmes remind you of the older bands of Weezer and Third Eye Blind but to your surprise they make it their own and own it. With their just release album, Vacation, out in stores they were sure to not disappoint. And being in Berkeley where everyone know of Green Day, Seaway wants to keep the Punk/Rock anthem doing strong. Their catchy tunes of “Something Wonderful and “Lula on the Beach” got the crowd singing and festive while being those songs that replay in your head. Check out photos from their set: Check out photos of the other bands as well: Like Pacific Grayscale Four Years Strong Seaway are currently out on tour in support of their new album Vacation. Check out their video for their track Apartment:   ~ Photography by: Sean Liming Photography Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SeanLimingPhotography/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/s.liming/

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PST LA/LA concert at the Hollywood Bowl – three headliners, one message: Latin pride.  

September 21, 2017

  Patrick O’Heffernan (Hollywood) Las familias lined up early at the entrance gates to the Hollywood Bowl Sunday night. Padres, madres, niños and niñas, abuellos and abuelas and many, many amigos and amigas.  Some carried picnic baskets and cold chests, some carried delicious smelling shopping bags, others were planning their orders of gourmet dinners and wine from the roving waiters inside. The air was filled with excitement in Spanish, English and Spanglish as people talked about how amazing it was that in one night they would experience three of the biggest names in Latino American Music – the fusion music birthed by Latino-Americans and their brothers and sisters throughout the world.   There were young men and women in Café Tacvba and Mon Laferte t-shirts, little girls in their La Santa Cecelia petticoats, and flowered crowns that lit up like halos on heads of all ages. They were ready for a concert the likes of which LA had never seen before, one with three Latino headliners at the city’s magical Hollywood Bowl. The 17,500 people [Read More]

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PHOTO GALLERY of Florida Georgia Line at Concord Pavilion by Sean Liming

September 19, 2017

  Nelly got the crowd going and sure made one little girl’s night. He pulled her on stage and sang to her. The cute girl was maybe in middle school with tears down her face with excitement. With the crowd peaking with excitement, Florida Georgia Line sent the crowd into a frenzy. They hit the crowd with a bang. The stage was built to go out into the pit in multiple directions. Florida Georgia Line stopped the concert and sure made one guys life by handing him an acoustic guitar they just played with their signatures. If he didn’t know how to play a guitar, he sure will now. This fun country band is all smiles and fun. It was just a job for them or just singing to get their message sent, they wanted to have just as much fun as the fans were. With a bottle of whiskey each, the cheers to fans at the Concord Pavilion.   Check out the photo gallery: ~ Photography by: Sean Liming Photography Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SeanLimingPhotography/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/s.liming/

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Vicious Rumors return to where it all started back in 1979… Santa Rosa, as they performed at House of Rock

September 11, 2017

Power metal band Vicious Rumors returned to where it all started back in 1979…   and this past weekend they returned to where it began. They performed on Saturday night in Santa Rosa at Rock Star University House of Rock.  They kicked off the night with a fierce set by Kill Ritual. Check out photos from their set: The metal intensified as Vicious Rumors hit the stage. Die hard longtime fans were in attendance and it was a great set filled with songs that spanned their long career.  Check out photos of their set by Rockin Ryan: Make sure to check out the upcoming shows at Rock Star University House of Rock, top notch premiere venue in the Bay Area. Upcoming shows include a weekend of benefit concerts for ANOVA Center for Education, a school for autism and learning differences.  The weekend of September 29th & 30th will have shows featuring tribute bands, The Atomic Punks  (Van Halen tribute) and Faithfully (Journey tribute) and other upcoming shows: Website: https://rockstaruniversity.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rockstaruniversityhouseofrock/