Offbeat L.A.: Musicians – The Art of Ed Huerta & Joe Baiza

Music and art happily intertwine with the opening of a new Long Beach exhibit featuring about 30 paintings and drawings of two local players, drummer Ed Huerta (Rockford, Lazy Cowgirls, Jack Brewer Band, Lord Ransom’s Revenge) and guitarist Joe Baiza (Saccharine Trust, Universal Congress Of, The Mecolodiacs). Taking place on Saturday March 2nd at the Long Beach wine bar/cafe, 4th Street Vine, the art-filled opening night will be rounded off with live performances by the bands Lord Ransom’s Revenge (8pm), Rockford (9pm) and the Mecolodiacs (10pm). The exhibit will be on display until April 20th.

The work of Ed Huerta is emotionally saturated, both in paint colors and in inspiration. Heavily concentrated on jazz, blues and rock and roll musicians, he plays music as he paints, channelling the feelings each note brings. Ed began painting about 12 years ago after the death of his parents, at the suggestion of his wife, Misty, with the aim of fighting his depression and grief. When he tragically lost Misty several years later, his painting has accelerated, and serves not only as a means of expression, but as a lifeline to keep him going. He believes strongly in “the things we can’t see,” and opens himself up to spiritual guidance while paintbrush is in hand.

Joe Baiza, a punk rock and jazz guitarist who emerged from the Southern California music scene as a founding member of Saccharine Trust, is also known for performing on several Minutemen tracks and touring with Mike Watt. His realm of visual art crosses the mediums of sketches, drawings, paintings and photography, but he is probably best known for some of his black and white ink drawings. His most famous may have been that used on the album cover of the 1983 Minutemen album, Buzz or Howl Under the Influence of Heat. Baiza was also the focus of a 2013 San Pedro art exhibit by The Cornelius Project, The Mind of Joe Baiza – Paintings, Drawings, Photographs & Artifacts.


Musicians- The Art of Ed Huerta & Joe Baiza- 4th Street Vine, 2142 E 4th St, Long Beach, CA 90814. Opening: March 2, 2019, 6pm. Runs through April 20, 2019. Free.




Nikki Kreuzer

About Nikki Kreuzer

Nikki Kreuzer has been a Los Angeles resident for over 30 years. When not working her day job in the film & TV industry, she spends her time over many obsessions, mainly music, art and exploring & photographing the oddities of the city she adores. So far she has written 110 Offbeat L.A. articles, published at the Los Angeles Beat. As a journalist she contributes regularly to LA Weekly, Blurred Culture and has also been published by, Twist Magazine, Strobe and Not For Hire. Nikki is also a mosaic artist, radio DJ and published photographer. Her photography has been featured in exhibit at the Museum of Neon Art, in print at the LA Weekly and in exhibit at the Neutra Museum in Los Angeles. She has recorded with the band Nikki & Candy as bassist, vocalist and songwriter, directing and appearing in the 'Sunshine Sunshine Santa Claus' music video for the band. She co-hosted the monthly radio show Bubblegum & Other Delights on for over two years. Her acting credits include a recent role in the ABC-TV show 'For The People', 'Incident at Guilt Ridge', 'Two and a Half Men', the film 'Minority Report' and 'Offbeat L.A.', a web series, written and hosted by Nikki Kreuzer. Her writing, radio and video portfolio can be found at, her photography work @Lunabeat on Instagram and her music history posts @NikkiKreuzer on Twitter. Find Nikki & Candy music on iTunes or Amazon.
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One Response to Offbeat L.A.: Musicians – The Art of Ed Huerta & Joe Baiza

  1. Paul Sorene says:

    Dear Nikki, Please accept my apology re the twitter video. And can I speak to you about other things? Best wishes, Paul

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