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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.

Ray Goren, 16-Year-Old Guitar Phenom, Rocks at Genghis Cohen, Talks about Leon Russell and More

Ray Goren is not your typical 16-year-old high school student. Not many guitarists his age—or any age—have shared the stage with Leon Russell and opened in Monterey for B.B. King. He’s also played with Buddy Guy, Bonnie Raitt, Robbie Kreiger … Continue reading

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Producer, Singer, Vocal Coach and Actress Pepper Jay Writes Dynamic Song Performance: The Singer’s Bible For Those Who Want To Better Their Craft

Pepper Jay has been involved in music and acting her whole life, from roles on TV’s ‘The Real McCoy‘ as a child through teaching performance in the LAUSD and ultimately, her own entertainment company where she has produced as well … Continue reading

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Diana Rein Talks About Her New Band the Papermoon Gypsys and the Upcoming Woodystock Rock ‘n’ Blues Festival

The 4th Annual Woodystock Festival returns to the high desert on Saturday, October 1 and Sunday, October 2. This promises to be a great weekend of fun, blues and rock music on the 10 acre Woodardville Ranch in Apple Valley. … Continue reading

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Lee Rocker Dishes About the Stray Cats, Rockabilly and the Upcoming New Blues Festival in Long Beach

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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Metalachi Dishes About the Upcoming Tequila and Tacos Festival in Ventura

The 4th Annual Tequila and Tacos Festival comes to Ventura on Saturday and Sunday, July 23 and 24. The event features many different street taco vendors, a day of tasting fine top-shelf tequilas and mezcals, and a day of sipping … Continue reading

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Blind Lemon Peel Talks About the Upcoming Pop-Up Blues Festivals

One of the most dynamic and exciting bands these days is the Blind Lemon Peel All Stars. On June 9th, they will be holding their first ‘Pop-Up Blues Festival’ at Harvelle’s in Long Beach. Blind Lemon Peel, their charismatic lead … Continue reading

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Joey D Talks About The Upcoming Ventura County Blues Festival, The Delgado Brothers, Growing Up in East L.A. and more

The 11th Annual Ventura County Blues Festival is coming up on April 30th. Riding high on their 1st Place win at the 2016 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, the Delgado Brothers are this year’s headliner. Joey D, who won the … Continue reading

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Chef Amar Santana’s Vaca in Costa Mesa Brings a Touch of Spain to Delight the Taste Buds

Chef Amar Santana is on a roll. This Thursday, he is in the finale of Bravo TV’s Top Chef, with an excellent chance of becoming the next “Top Chef”. Since opening his newest restaurant, Vaca, in early December, it has … Continue reading

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Photo Essay: Rockers Against Cancer Fill Cooks Corner with Lots of Music, Lots of Fun, Lots of Bikes and Good Food Too

Hundreds of people came by motorcycle  to the Cook’s Corner Bike Ride sponsored by Lifestyle Bikes. Live music, plenty of cool vendors, a raffle with awesome prizes, giveaways and fun contests ruled a perfect day at this classic biker bar/roadhouse … Continue reading

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Oozefest in Santa Ana Fed Everyone Cheesy Goodness for a Good Cause

Last Saturday, the cheesiest event around was held in Santa Ana. Oozefest presented over 20 top local restaurants providing guests with unique and delicious food creations. The event, sponsored by Foodbeast and with proceeds going to an excellent charitable organization, … Continue reading

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