Ben Harper, Jackson Browne, Joan Osborne and Tom Morello, at The Mint for Babette Ho Cancer Relief

September 19, 2011
The Mint, Los Angeles

Ben Harper & Friends Benefit For Babette Ho

Ben Harper played a special benefit show at The Mint in Los Angeles to raise cancer relief funds for Babette Ho, wife of legendary Dogtown and Z-Boys / Zephyr surfboard maker Jeff Ho.  Harper was joined by numerous special guests, including: Jackson Browne, Joan Osborne, Tom Morello, and Tal Wilkenfeld.

It was a brilliant night of music and community; an evening that cannot be summed up in words.  For now, here are some videos from the amazing benefit show last night.  I hope to add more insight later.  Then again, you kind of had to be there:

WATCH THIS:

Huge thanks to The Mint, Ben Harper, all the participating musicians, and the amazing community of fans who were there!

Feist “Secret Show” at Del Monte Townhouse in Venice

September 2, 2011
The Del Monte Townhouse
Venice, CA

Feist Secret Show

Feist Secret Show

“Welcome people of the Internet! This is what the inside of the Internet looks like. . . ” Feist said pointing at the stage and band surrounding her. Feist knows the truth: there are no secrets on the Internet. As tweets about last night’s “secret show” at The Del Monte Townhouse in Venice began to circulate in the late afternoon, Feist initiated her own tweet: “Anyone in Los Angeles will probably have a good time tonight if they can find this place by 10pm…”, along with a picture of the venue.

Feist debuted songs from her new album, Metals (available October 4, 2011) at the small venue which served as an illegal  speakeasy during the Prohibition. It doesn’t take long for word to get out on Twitter and by 9:45pm the room was packed, the venue and upstairs bar were at capacity, and a line of fans hoping to get in extended beyond sight.

When you see Feist, you know she’s doing exactly what she’s meant to be doing.  Everyone who was at this show (celebrities included) was a huge fan of Feist.  Many people inside the venue and even more people outside the venue were alerted about the show merely hours beforehand. They cancelled plans, they drove across town, they sat in traffic on a holiday weekend, waited for hours in line or at the bar.  Moreover, they’d waited years to see Feist play again. Inside the venue it was hot.  Not just temperature hot, stuffy hot.  If you were standing beyond 10 rows deep or were under 5’10”, chances are you couldn’t see.  The sound of the DJ upstairs interfered at times with the sound of Feist.  There were a lot of elements to overcome.  What impressed me the most, in addition to the music of course, was Feist’s ability to unify the audience.

Feist literally took the hot, uncomfortable audience on a journey to a place where they forgot about everything but the music. It was done with intention. You could feel it.  She kicked off the set with “A Commotion.”  It made a statement that imbibed: “Yes, it’s true. I’m here. You’re here. This is music. Let’s go.”  Upon bringing the audience to a place of complete presence,  she moved into some more “mellow” songs, joking, “It’s this new punk rock concept called a ballad.” People settled in, the talking in the back of the room began to fade away, we were on our way to another destination.   By the time Feist brought us to “Woe Be,” which offers words of wisdom and caution, with an edge of humor, about people who fall in love with songwriters, we arrived somewhere else.

“We’ve gone through the vortex and entered another dimension. You can feel it,” Feist exclaimed joyously.  The crowd cheered in unison and agreement.  “Sea Lion Woman” set off a dance party that carried us through the remainder of the set.

“We’re only going to play a couple more songs for you,” Feist said, managing the crowd’s expectations.   “You know what they say about staying in another dimension too long.  Your face may begin to fade from the pictures, like in Back To The Future,” she continued.  “I don’t want to be responsible for forever changing you,” she added, leading into “Comfort Me.”

Female folk trio, Mountain Man, harmonized and played a variety of instruments that added greater depth of atmosphere and playfulness to the set. They, along with Feist and the entire band, provided the fuel that carried us through the vortex and back.

By the time the show ended, “Feist” was a trending topic on Twitter in LA. Fitting, given her intro, and the fans’ entrance, to the show.

Video cannot replace the live show. It doesn’t replicate it. It simply serves as foreplay so you’re ready for Feist when she tours this fall:

Set list:

Feist set list

Win Tickets to Thievery Corporation and Fitz and The Tantrums at Greek Theatre LA

September 2, 2011

One lucky Rock Is A Girl’s Best Friend reader will win a pair of tickets to see Thievery Corporation and Fitz and The Tantrums at The Greek Theatre in Los Angeles on September 9, 2011. Here’s what you need to know to enter:

  • The contest begins now and ends at 11:59pm EST September 7, 2011
  • TO ENTER: Visit Rock Is A Girl’s Best Friend on Facebook
  • You will see there are several ways you can enter and you can get additional entries for each thing you choose to do. You can follow us, tweet about us, like us on Facebook, and more. ENTER NOW
  • Winner (1) will be selected by random.org and notified via email on the night of  September 7, 2011. Winner will have 12 hours to respond before a new winner is selected
  • Your tickets will be available for pick up at Will Call at The Greek Theatre on the evening of the show. Please bring photo ID.
  • Transportation and accommodations not included

About Thievery Corporation (for those who do not know):

Thievery Corporation

Thievery Corporation

With over 1.2 million albums sold in the U.S. across 15 years of making music, Thievery Corporation serves up their sixth studio album titled Culture of Fear. They continue to blend musical styles in their trademark fashion; space-rock jams lead to hip-hop inspired grooves, airy down-temp trances and dub-reggae infused vibes throughout the journey.

Tracks include “Web of Deception,” a 70’s space-rock-funk homage to bands like Mystic Moods Orchestra, “Take My Soul,” a rock/soul/electronic jam featuring longtime Thievery Corporation Persian singer LouLou, an epic instrumental titled “Fragments,” as well as collaborations with Bitter Sweet vocalist Shana Halligan on “Is It Over?” and Boston hip-hop artist Mr. Lif on the title track, “Culture of Fear.”

Over the years, Thievery Corporation has become known for the carnival-esque atmosphere of their live shows, during which they bring out a 15-member live band of musicians and vocalists. The group has sold out shows at such famed venues as the Hollywood Bowl, London’s 02 Shepherds Bush Empire, and the Theatro Vrahon Melina Merkouri in Athens, Greece, among many others.

About Fitz and The Tantrums:

Fitz and The Tantrums

Fitz and The Tantrums

In their sound and on the stage, Fitz and the Tantrums are nothing but professionals, and never less than classy. Enter the Tantrums, Fitz’s airtight ensemble keeping it real like it’s 1969. Funky drummer John Wicks is a Motown B-side aficionado and prolific session player, Jeremy Ruzumna manned the keyboards and was musical director for Macy Gray. James King backed De La Soul and bassist Joseph Karnes is a well sought after session player. Then there’s Noelle Scaggs, the powerful voice behind Fitz’s croons. Make no mistake, Scaggs is not just there for “doo-wops” and handclaps. She shimmies and flirts, she stokes the crowd and simmers them down, and she has no qualms about keeping Fitz in check. “She is not just a backup singer,” Fitz says, “We have repartee. Onstage, we’re Ike and Tina.”

There, on the stage, Fitz and the Tantrums are not just a band, they’re an explosion. Scaggs high steps it to the tight-as-hell rhythm section, while Fitz, cooler than cobalt, croons like the aforementioned Mr. Hall for a new generation. It’s obvious that this is no tryst for the band, this is a full-blown, head-over-heels love affair.

About The Greek Theatre:

Greek Theatre Los Angeles

For “official” information about The Greek Theatre, you can check out their website, but here’s my take: The Greek Theatre is one of my all-time favorite music venues. Start to finish, The Greek Theatre is an EXPERIENCE! You can get there early, picnic, and drink wine. If you don’t mind a walk, you can park on Vermont and enjoy the walk to and from the venue. If you’re reading Rock Is A Girl’s Best Friend, chances are you’re not the type to leave the show early, so you can take the easy route and commit to the stacked parking option. The venue is beautiful, outdoors, surrounded by trees. The sound is impeccable. I’ve seen some of my favorite shows at The Greek and I’m very excited to share these opportunities with you.

What Now?

Well, if you haven’t already done so, ENTER TO WIN TICKETS NOW.

For more info about this show or Greek Theatre, click here.

To buy tickets to this or any other show at The Greek Theatre, click here.

If you have questions or comments, please leave them for me below.

Thank you!

Colette

Butch Walker and The Black Widows: “If you have to work tomorrow. . . SORRY!”

August 22, 2011
Santa Monica, CA

Butch Walker

Words cannot describe the fun you’ll have at a Butch Walker and The Black Widows show, so consider these pictures and videos from their show Monday night an appetizer.

You can see Butch Walker and The Black Widows on tour beginning October 6th. Tour dates and info are posted on their Facebook page.

Butch Walker and The Black Widows’ new album, The Spade, comes out August 30, 2011. You’ll want to get it before you see them live so you can sing along with the rest of the crowd. http://butchwalker.com/

Motley Crue at Sunset Strip Music Festival

August 20, 2011
Sunset Strip Music Festival
West Hollywood, CA

Tommy Lee’s 360 degree drum roller coaster. Saw a lot of drummers (and women) drooling in the crowd.

Win Tickets to See Atmosphere at The Greek Theatre Los Angeles

August 19, 2011

Atmosphere

Atmosphere

Three lucky Rock Is A Girl’s Best Friend readers will each win a pair of tickets to see Atmosphere at The Greek Theatre in Los Angeles on August 26, 2011. Here’s what you need to know to enter:

  • The contest begins now and ends at 11:59pm EST August 23, 2011
  • TO ENTER: Visit Rock Is A Girl’s Best Friend on Facebook
  • You will see there are several ways you can enter and you can get additional entries for each thing you choose to do. You can follow us, tweet about us, like us on Facebook, and more. ENTER NOW
  • Winners (3) will be selected by random.org and notified via email on August 24th, 2011. Winners will have 12 hours to respond before a new winner is selected
  • Your tickets will be available for pick up at Will Call at The Greek Theatre on the evening of the show. Please bring photo ID.
  • Transportation and accommodations not included

About Atmosphere:  In the three years since Atmosphere’s dropped a full length record on the world, they’ve been far from stagnant, staying at the top of their game in every respect. For the better part of two years, Atmosphere toured the globe in support of their critically acclaimed – and #5 Billboard Top 200 charting – album, When LIfe Gives You Lemons, You Paint That Shit Gold. And in their “spare” time, the group returned home to Minneapolis in 2009 to record their 2010 double EP, To All My Friends, Blood Makes The Blade Holy, an homage to their friends.

In 2011, Atmosphere is taking that feeling one step farther with this long awaited LP, The Family Sign, a tribute to their true extended family: their fans, their loved ones, and each other.

http://rhymesayers.com/atmosphere
http://twitter.com/atmosphere
http://www.facebook.com/Atmosphere

About The Greek Theatre:

Greek Theatre Los Angeles

For “official” information about The Greek Theatre, you can check out their website, but here’s my take: The Greek Theatre is one of my all-time favorite music venues. Start to finish, The Greek Theatre is an EXPERIENCE! You can get there early, picnic, and drink wine. If you don’t mind a walk, you can park on Vermont and enjoy the walk to and from the venue. If you’re reading Rock Is A Girl’s Best Friend, chances are you’re not the type to leave the show early, so you can take the easy route and commit to the stacked parking option. The venue is beautiful, outdoors, surrounded by trees. The sound is impeccable. I’ve seen some of my favorite shows at The Greek and I’m very excited to share these opportunities with you.

What Now?

Well, if you haven’t already done so, ENTER TO WIN TICKETS NOW.

For more info about this show or Greek Theatre, click here.

To buy tickets to this or any other show at The Greek Theatre, click here.

If you have questions or comments, please leave them for me below.

Thank you!

Colette

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