There is no denying it. Rock n Roll is alive and thriving, just ask last night’s sold out crowd at the Fox Theater in Oakland. Rockers Greta Van Fleet kicked off night 1 of 3 Bay Area shows that we have dubbed, “Rock n Roll Bay Area Takeover”. The young fast rising Michigan band has caught the attention of rock n roll fans of all ages, as the crowd was diverse and included a range of young fans on up to seasoned rockers. The band features, brothers Josh Kiszka, guitarist Jake Kiszka, bassist Sam Kiszka, and long time family friend Danny Wagner on drums. Their music is a resurrection of the classic 70’s riff-heavy rock dipped in soulful blues.

September 17, 2018 Fox Theatre Oakland, CA

September 18, 2018 City National Civic – San Jose, CA


September 19, 2018 The Masonic – San Francisco, CA


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A conversation with Nurit Siegel Smith, new Executive Director of the Music Forward Foundation of the House of Blues

October 18, 2018

  Patrick O’Heffernan (Los Angeles) Nurit Siegel Smith is the new Executive Director of the Music Forward Foundation of the House of Blues, which contributes over a million dollars year to music industry education.  Smith assumes leadership as Music Forward embarks on its 25th year. She is stepping into some pretty big shoes — over the past quarter century, Music Forward – formerly known as the House of Blues Foundation —  has impacted the lives of a million young people with hundreds of partners, thousands of mentors, tens of thousands of hours of volunteer time. She generously let us interrupt her very busy day to learn about her vision for the Foundation.   Patrick.  Congratulations. This has got to be the coolest job ever!   Nurit. It is exciting.  I am 6 months into it and I have been in awe of my staff here, the youth  I have been in contact with, all the support around the country and the engagement with our partners.  It is exciting. Patrick.  Tell us your vision- what do [Read More]


Lisa Sniderman, AKA Aoede the Muse, talks about her memoirs.

October 16, 2018

  (Los Angeles). One of the strongest women I know, and one who is renowned throughout the indie music community as “Aoede The Muse,”  is Lisa Sniderman.  She is an award-winning pop-folk singer, songwriter, artist, playwright, and author. Lisa has just released a memoir, A Light in the Darkness,  about a decade of creating music, plays, and performances in face of a debilitating disease. She calls her illness the “Gift in the Curse”;  the Curse is the disease  the Gift is her ability to share connect with others and inspire those with life challenges.  As long as I have known her she has been a source of joy, creativity, and strength, so I was very happy to get a few minutes with her this week.   Patrick. Aoede, you write, you sing, you produce incredible musical stories and albums like What Are Dreams Made Of,  you  do voices, you have won  tons of awards for your music and now you have released this book  A Light in the Darkness. Why did you decide to write a [Read More]


A conversation with Dream Pop star Whitney Tai. By Patrick O’Heffernan

October 16, 2018

  Patrick O’Heffernan (Los Angeles) Whitney Tai is a singer-songwriter who creates dream pop by walking on the razor edge of pop and indie, staying aloft with talent,  honesty and integrity.  She is otherworldly but also totally authentic – what you hear is what she is. Tai lost her mother to cancer when she was 10 years old, surfacing health issues including severe anxiety and depression. But her mother’s memory inspired her to channel her feelings into songs and poems and performances that helped lead her out of the darkness inside.  Singles led to albums like her debut Metamorphosis, then the EP Forever, followed by a series of singles after an extended trip to Europe, ranging from the jazz flavored ‘Good At Being Bad’, the emotionally devastating ”How Was I Supposed To Know” plus breathtaking videos.  I have been fortunate enough to see her live and caught up with her a day before her show at the Hudson Theater in Los Angles.   Patrick. You have been performing pretty relentlessly – Hotel Café, Bar20 in [Read More]