Concerts

Blake Morgan’s tour with Tracy Bonham ends in  Hollywood, but the beat goes on. By Patrick O’Heffernan

April 19, 2018

  Patrick O’Heffernan   I could not think of a better pairing than Blake Morgan and Tracy Bonham.  That was evident last week at their final tour stop at Hollywood’s Hotel Café. The music was sublime, the stories were funny and the chemistry was perfect. It easy to see why the tour was sold out – twice.  So many Angelinos wanted tickets to see this New York combo that the original Second Stage on the Hotel Café was sold out so they were moved to a larger Main Stage venue which was then sold out. The minute Morgan hit the chords for “I Can Hear You Say” the audience knew it was on its way to musical heaven.  When Bonham joined Morgan on stage for “A Helping Hand” they knew they had arrived in musical heaven.  And it kept getting better as Blake moved from guitar to piano, giving the audience such favorites as “Haunt Me” and ‘My Love Is Waiting”. The diminutive Bonham took the stage as Morgan stepped down and wielded the violin, [Read More]

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The Golden Shore by We Are The West. Musical endorphins and a sonic refuge. By Patrick O’Heffernan

April 7, 2018

  Patrick O’Heffernan (Los Angeles) You can’t classify We Are The West, nor would you want to. The trio of Bret Hool (vocals, guitar), John Kibler (bass/vocals) and Elizabeth Goodfellow (percussion/vocals) started with the guys as a duo in a shipping container on a sheep farm in Holland.  They came to California via Brooklyn, recruited one LA’s city’s most innovative drummers, and developed a style and a body of work that defies definition but stimulates musical endorphins like no other. We Are The West specializes in creating and playing at out-of-the-box (or sometimes very much  in the box) venues that have really stunning acoustical properties like the Santa Monica underground parking garage that hosts their monthly concerts. They use these environments and their top-level music writing and playing skills to creates dreamy, stormy, urgent, galactic sonic environments using drums, chimes, guitar, bass, woodwinds, strings, pump organ, the audiences’ cellphones, accordion, and vocal harmonies unmatched in pop/jazz/rock/opera.   Followers of their live shows, especially their Saturday-before-the-full-moon parking garage concerts, are legion but the fan base for [Read More]

Music Friday Live

Kat McDowell’s new album Ten just makes people happy.

April 6, 2018

  Patrick O’Heffernan (Los Angeles) Kat McDowell’s music just makes people happy and her new album Ten absolutely does that – it makes you feel good all day, all over. As the title suggest, there are 10 songs on Ten – which also refers to “hanging ten” on a surfboard, which Kat does – each one offering a different approach to happiness but always with Kat’s trademark pop sound of ukulele, guitar, rhythmic melodies and upbeat tempo in the service of personal stories of love and joy (mostly). Produced by Adam Berg, “Ten”, Kat’s fifth full-length album, is enriched by contributions from  lyricist Richard Rudolph and Servt Fridan.  She kicks off the album in a collaborative tune with Monkey Majik in a bouncy paean to moving ahead with love.  Then she lets loose with her signature ukulele pop in “Language of My Heart”.  There is no stopping the head bobbing and even dancing to this one.   The tempo picks up even more and moves into more serious pop rock with “Photographs” and then brings us [Read More]

Interview

Interview with Dree Mon: sassy and ironic and hard to miss. By Patrick O’Heffernan

March 15, 2018

  Patrick O’Heffernan (Los Angeles) Dree Mon has a unique talent for making people feel good with her videos and her music. She is kinda’ funky, kinda’ rocky, kinda’ silly, and kinda’ really incisive – and always a lot of fun.  She has been called the sardonic valley-girl love-child of David Bowie and Wonder Woman, which does not mean that she isn’t a prolific talent. That she most certainly is. In addition to racking up a shelf full of awards,  her debut song Rebel Soul will be in the upcoming Netflix film  “High Strung: Free Dance”,  plus she also has songs in the TV shows Parenthood and White Collar, as well and films and web series. Her new single No Chill, was just released.  Not a bad record for a woman whose career in music was an accident – literally, in a car.  We were lucky enough to snag her for a quick interview as she dropped the new single.   Patrick: Dree Mon.  Is your name an intentional play on words – dream on, [Read More]

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]