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]

Concerts

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]

Interview

Interview with Francisca Valenzuela by Patrick O’Heffernan

September 30, 2017

  Patrick O’Heffernan (Los Angeles, CA) Singer, songwriter, poet, designer, entrepreneur and unstoppable force of nature, Francisca Valenzuela is a phenomenal multifaceted artist who has commanded stages in Latin America, Europe and the US.  Born in San Francisco, USA, of Chilean parents, Francisca’s career includes platinum and gold albums, world tours, a Latin Grammy nomination, and founding a major music festival. She  has shared stages with U2, Café Tacvba, Ximena Sariñana, and many others. She  received the 40 Principales América Award and  the  Best International Artist at the MIN 2015 Independent Music Awards in Madrid, Spain. She designed and launched two clothing lines with the Chilean retail brands: Work it! and Look Sharp! Currently, Francisca is an ambassador for the It Gets Better Foundation and has been selected as a Global Shaper by the World Economic Forum.  Last year  Valenzuela founded and organized the Ruidosa feminist festiva.  Her most recent album is Tajo Abierto.   I interviewed her 9/20/17 in Spanish and English with Dianna Carolina of Gypset Magazine.  This is the English interview. The [Read More]

Concerts

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]

Music Friday Live

Frutas: Sin Color’s debut album set to rocket to the top.

August 22, 2017

Patrick O’Heffernan (Hollywood) You can always tell when an artist or band is going to rocket to the to the top.  They collect an award or two before their first release, draw big crowds when they play locally, and have an overflow audience for the album release party.  Sin Color – the duo of Crisia Regalado and David Aquino – has done all of that and something else – their debut album, Frutas,  is more than debut – it is ready now for prime time.  Not bad for two kids who just turned 20. Frutas is a tour de force of musical craftsmanship and sheer talent.  Each of its ten songs is a gem – there is no filler here. Crisia’s opera-trained voice soars and swoops and soothes, supported by David’s superb guitar chops and the backing of Latin Grammy-nominated accordion mistress Gloria Estrada, the great border blues duo The Dank Band, and the percussion genius of Buyepongo, all guided by top producer Eugene Toale.  For artists so young to assemble such a highly regarded group of artists and [Read More]

Music Friday Live

Jackie Venson Live at Strange Brew hits you in the gut where real blues belong.

August 14, 2017

    Patrick O’Heffernan (Los Angeles) Austin-born and still Texas-based Jackie Venson is a Berklee College of music trained-blues rock guitarist – not a common combination –   who blows the roof off every venue she plays in.  Trained in classical piano, Venson has multi-instrumental chops plus a voice that can drip with emotion or belt with blues.  She picked up the guitar shortly after graduating from Berklee and made the giant leap from classical music to raw and gritty blues and the rest is history.   A new page in that history is the release of her latest album,  Jackie Venson Live at Strange Brew.  This is a knock out blues  triumph. Put on your headphones, clear your schedule because Jackie Venson Live at Strange Brew will hit you in the gut where real blues belongs.   Venson has always been a standout in the blues world, not only because she has a voice that goes from delicate and seductive to in-your-face-with-the-pain-of-the-blues, but because her guitar playing achieves a level of precision at the top [Read More]

Interview

Interview. No Small Children: mild-mannered teachers by day, tear-your-face-off alt. rockers by night.

August 7, 2017

  Patrick O’Heffernan (Los Angeles) No Small Children is a band like no other.  Born on an elementary school playground in the spring of 2012, the trio are school teachers by day and a phenomenally successful hard rock band by night.  And they move very fast.  Three months after deciding to use their recess breaks as band practice time they had an EP out, countless shows behind them and an East Coast tour booked.  Plus, their remake of the classic Ghostbusters theme song was released by RCA records and is featured in the new Ghostbusters movie. And the band’s original song, ‘Big Steps‘, is featured in the Netflix series, Santa Clarita Diet.  They  released their third album, Hold Tight, I’m Flying, in 2015 and singles have flowed steadily since then.  Their live shows are insanely animated and can exhaust both the audience and the band. Fortunately, they were not too exhausted to talk with me before heading off on a national tour.   Patrick.  When I saw you live  you were insanely fun and so wonderfully over the top.  How did that happen? Were you always this [Read More]