Author Archives: Ed Simon

Ed Simon

About Ed Simon

Ed is a native of Los Angeles who loves food and food cultures. Whether he's looking for the best ceviche in Colombia, the best poke in Hawaii, the best tequila in Jalisco or the best Taiwanese Beef Roll in Los Angeles, it's all good food! He also loves a good drink. He's had Mai Tais in Hawaii, Bourbon in Kentucky, Tequila in Mexico and Rum in Jamaica. His wine escapades have taken him to Napa, Sonoma, the Willamette Valley and the Santa Ynez Valley. And he's had beer all over the world! Music is another of Ed's passion, writing and interviewing many classic rock, rock and blues musicians. Getting the great stories of road experiences from them is a particular delight. Traveling also fits in with Ed's writing, exploring all over to find the most interesting places to visit, even in out of the way areas.

Budd Friedman’s New Book ‘The Improv’ Chronicles Stand-up Comedy’s Greatest

The history of stand-up comedy in the US would be a lot different without Budd Friedman. In his new book, The Improv, Budd, along with co-author Tripp Whetsell, tells about the evolution of stand-up, from the days of the Catskills … Continue reading

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Tom Petty, Great Musician, Good Guy

In the mid to late 70’s I lived in an area called Encino Park, north of Ventura Blvd. At the time, the “real” part of Encino hated to even call us Encino, in fact some went as far as calling … Continue reading

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Jonathan Cilia-Faro: Opera, Jazz, Don Most, It’s All Good Music

Even to the most rock/pop centric music fan, there is something about an operatic tenor’s voice that moves the spirit. Jonathan Cilia-Faro knows this well, going from a rough childhood to becoming one of the top selling artists in Europe … Continue reading

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Diana Rein One-Woman Tour Shares a Lady’s Blues

Diana Rein, the Six String Siren, is bringing the Diana Rein One-Woman Tour to The Other Door in North Hollywood on Thursday, September 14. She’ll be following this up with a performance at the San Diego Veg Fest on October … Continue reading

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Lee Rocker Talks About The Stray Cats and Rockabilly’s History

Lee Rocker has had great success in music. Starting young, from his career with his breakthrough band the Stray Cats, who sold 10 million albums and earned 23 gold and platinum records, Lee has gone on to make great music … Continue reading

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Blues Legend Guitar Shorty is Coming to the Long Beach New Blues Festival Labor Day Weekend

The Long Beach New Blues Festival returns to Long Beach this Labor Day Weekend for the fourth time. This event, in conjunction with the Long Beach New Blues Society, will bring top performers such as Janiva Magness, whose critically-acclaimed album … Continue reading

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The Total Solar Eclipse 2017 Was Awesome in Sweet, Idaho

Taken by Ed Simon for the Los Angeles Beat around 11:25am in Sweet, Idaho. What an amazing experience!

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Eclipse Man Heralds in The Total Solar Eclipse Monday

The upcoming Solar Eclipse will be visible in Los Angeles on Monday, but the biggest buzz is along the path of totality, that area where it becomes a total solar eclipse and the sun disappears completely, only showing the faint … Continue reading

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Annette Conlon’s Folk U Series Brings Local Folk Music to the Vampire Lounge in Beverly Hills

Folk singer/songwriter and musician Annette Conlon is as principled about her music as she is about veganism and Americana. Now she is allowing others to experience her musical feelings as well as that of other folk artists at her new … Continue reading

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Los Angeles’ Poke Me to Open First Orange County Location

After their success with three Los Angeles locations in Westwood, the Miracle Mile and Palos Verdes, Poke Me is coming to Orange County. On Friday, August 18, they will hold a Grand Opening for their first Irvine location at Heritage … Continue reading

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