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Eric Zayne’s new single release party road tests songs for 2017.

Patrick O’Heffernan (Beverly Hills) By his own count Eric Zayne wrote 150 songs last year, but released only one.  That is about  to  change.  This week he let loose the first new song of 2017,  “I Lost Your Fire”, at a single release party held in the Alchemy Castle artist’s residence in Beverly Hills.  Zayne, accompanied by guitarist/celloist Nick Rosen, drummer Sterling Laws and backup singer Dani Nicole, previewed songs to come [Read more]

February 7, 2017

Athena returns to her American beginning, Hotel Café, a star.

  Patrick O’Heffernan (Hollywood) Just about two and half years ago I wandered  into Hollywood’s Hotel Café and joined a sparse early audience.  A young woman in torn shorts, old t-shirt and flip flops came on stage, obviously nervous but occasionally able to flash an impressive high wattage smile as she introduced herself as part Greek, part British and newly arrived from London.  Then she sang, and I knew this was no ordinary [Read more]

February 6, 2017

A conversation with Natalie Gelman: picked up a guitar at 16 and never looked back.

  (Los Angeles)  Natalie Gelman is talented, courageous, beautiful, brainy, creative….and many more complementary adjectives.  But after listening to her music and following her career for the past three years, it is something she said at a Ted talk in 2014 in Seattle that will always stay with me.  “I live  in the question”.  Or, as she quoted Mike Tyson, “Everyone has a plan until they are punched in the face”.  Her [Read more]

January 10, 2017

Las Cafeteras at VPAC: a political movement disguised as a musical theater. By Patrick O’Heffernan

  (Northridge, CA) Don’t call Las Cafeteras a band.  Call them a constructive political movement disguised as a musical theater with a history lesson attached. That was very much evident in their spectacular performance Friday night at the beautiful Valley Performing Arts Center at California State University Northridge. The eight band members, guest singer Maria del Pilar, two dance groups, a choreographer, several costume changes a [Read more]

December 12, 2016

Gaby Moreno at the Roxy: love and joy with a guitar. By Patrick O’Heffernan

  (Hollywood)  Any concert with Grammy nominee and Latin Grammy winner Gaby Moreno is an inspiring experience, but to see her in an intimate setting with 400 of her closest friends makes it clear why people lover her so much.  She is stunning, inspiring and completely authentic.  With a voice that transcends octaves, a songwriting talent in English and Spanish that opens minds and hearts, and a sense of humor that is as engaging as it is [Read more]

December 12, 2016

Doña Oxford: Live…and Loud! album rocks and rolls. Her best ever.

  Patrick O’Heffernan (Los Angeles) Doña Oxford never gets older; she just gets better. Her new album, Live… and Loud is not only live and loud, it is her best album yet in a career full of passionate songs, great albums and stunning musical accomplishments. Live…and Loud!  is 5-star, platinum-level pure boogie woogie soul-drenched rock and roll.   Set for release November 30, the 13-song Live… And Loud! album was recorded [Read more]

November 29, 2016

John Mayall brings cool blues to The Rose. By Patrick O’Heffernan

  (Pasadena) Going to a John Mayall concert is like going to church – not to a religious ceremony, unless blues is your religion —  but being inside a cathedral experiencing something divine. With  61 albums and over a half century of music behind him, British bluesman John Mayall’s current USA tour is cool, reflective, gentle on the mind and the ears and absolutely divine. At 83 it is no surprise that Mayall’s energy level is [Read more]

November 21, 2016

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