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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, the best Bun bo Hue in Vietnam 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.

Duane Betts and Palmetto Motel Bring Classic and New Rock, Blues and Country to Southern CA with Their Upcoming Spring Vacancy Tour

Duane Betts and Palmetto Motel will be visiting Southern California, when they play several tour dates as part of their Spring Vacancy Tour. Duane brings a mix of music that he has written and performed on his own solo albums, … Continue reading

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The Canyon Club welcomes Sandy Haley For A Killer Night Of Blues In Agoura Hills

The Canyon Club welcomes Sandy Haley for her first gig in 2023 to the Canyon Club in Agoura Hills. Sandy, profiled before here in The Los Angeles Beat, shares the bill with Tommy Castro and the Painkillers, the premier West … Continue reading

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Jon Geiger Brings His Unique Blues Style to SoCal Clubs To Fire Up The Winter

Jon Geiger is certainly one of the most talented guitarists, writers and composers to come along in recent memory. Part of it comes from the mix of music genres in his background—he can incorporate jazz, classical, funk, rock and soul … Continue reading

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Melody Trucks Helps Keep The Spirit Of Allman Brothers Music Alive–And is Also Charting Her Way Through Her Own New Music

Melody Trucks was born into one of the “first families” of blues and Southern Rock. Her father was Butch Trucks, one of the two drummers for the Allman Brothers Band. Her cousin is Derek Trucks, of the Tedeschi-Trucks Band. Melody, … Continue reading

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Sandy Haley Brings Her Mix Of Blues, Gospel and Motown To The Ojai Blues Fest This Coming Weekend

Sandy Haley brings her mix of Motown and blues to scenic Ojai on Saturday, June 4. Her performance, part of the Ojai Blues Fest, brings a return of the Blues Fest to the stage which was on hiatus since 2019. … Continue reading

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Marlon Hoffman Interview: Le Happy, La Paix And LA, Rock N Roll Stories Won’t Fade Away

Marlon Hoffman has led a very interesting life, both in the music business as an artist and also as a fan. He’s presently recording a new album, with many friends of his that others would love to have on an … Continue reading

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Howard Hessman Dies AT 81: Some Friendly Memories With ‘Dr. Johnny Fever’

Howard Hesseman passed away Saturday, due to complications from a surgery. He was 81. His career spanned many decades, but he’s probably known vest for his role as Dr. Johnny Fever, the counter-culture DJ on WKRP in Cincinnati which ran from … Continue reading

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PTSD: The Next Pandemic; A New Story From Author Jason Lee Morrison

Ed note: Jason Lee Morrison released this short story in conjunction with the new release of his first book, The Perfect Fucking Life; now at Amazon Books; and this week at Barnes and Noble. A full interview with Jason is … Continue reading

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Woodystock Blues Festival With Headliner Jimmy Carpenter Coming to Laughlin: Blues, Casinos, Camping and Lots of Fun!

Woodystock Blues Festival is coming up again soon; and this one’s going to be a doozey of a weekend! This is the second year for the new location for Woodystock. This year, Woodystock takes place in the Laughlin, Nevada, Bullhead … Continue reading

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Tito Jackson Headlines Upcoming Long Beach New Blues Festival

Tito Jackson and his band are coming to Long Beach, to headline the Long Beach New Blues Festival on Saturday, November 13. The event will be held at a new location, the beautiful Shoreline Aquatic Park, on the water in … Continue reading

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