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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.

Make The Blues Clubs Rounds In Long Beach (Virtually) On NYE

Spend your NYE in Long Beach making the rounds of all the blues clubs, hearing all the hot local bands and with no need for Uber/Lyft or a limo as the Long Beach Blues Society presents a lockdown streamed concert … Continue reading

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New Blues Revolution Brings Live Show To Harvelles In Santa Monica Plus Livestreaming

New Blues Revolution and Bill Grisolia are no strangers to the LA Beat. Bill is not only known as the singer/pianist/frontman of the powerful New Blues Revolution, the blues based group that’s been a fixture in Southern California for years, … Continue reading

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Eddie Van Halen, Guitarist Par Excellence–1955-2020, Good Memories

In the early 1980s I was was managing a new store in Sherman Oaks, CA for the Al ‘n Ed’s Auto Sound Stores. In that area, we had a lot of show business people and as manager I was the … Continue reading

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A Day Of Blues To Be Livestreamed On Can’t Stop The Blues–10+Hours Of Free Music To Help Local Charities

A Day of Blues is the Long Beach Blues Society’s answer to keeping the music, events and important charitable donations going during the COVID-19 crisis. Featured artists will include Robert Cray, Keb’ Mo’, Tommy Castro, Diana Rein, Sugarray Rayford, Blind … Continue reading

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Coronavirus Pandemic Affects Musicians In Many Ways: Interviews

The Coronavirus pandemic affects musicians in a lot of ways, and certainly more than many other careers. Major festivals, such as Coachella in Southern California, Treefort in Boise, Ultra in Miami and SXSW in Austin have been postponed. These have … Continue reading

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Boys of Summer Will Bring the Music of the Eagles to Alva’s in San Pedro

The Boys of Summer have been a Southern California fixture for many years. Exclusively playing the tunes of the Eagles, the Boys bring their show to Alva’s Showroom in San Pedro on Saturday, October 5. Growing up with the music of … Continue reading

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Diana Rein Brings Blues Rock Guitar To House of Blues Anaheim On Queen Of My Castle Tour

Blues guitarist/singer Diana Rein comes to the House of Blues in Anaheim as part of her Queen of My Castle Tour. The new album, which dropped April 30, was produced for Gulf Coast Records by Michael Leasure, who also plays … Continue reading

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Upcoming 6 String Showdown 21 and Under Cavalcade Showcases Finest Young SoCal Blues Guitarists

Last year, the 6-String Showdown showcased many great up-and-coming blues guitarists from Southern California and even out of state. This year, the special 6 String Showdown 21 and Under Cavalcade on August 3 highlights nine young guitarists. With an age range that … Continue reading

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7th Annual Tequila And Taco Music Festival Brings Fun And Drink To Ventura

The 7th Annual Tequila and Taco Music Festival makes its appearance in Ventura next weekend. This annual event, benefitting Food Share, has become a great reason to head up the coast a big to Ventura for an awesome weekend. Tequila, tacos, … Continue reading

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Gary Tackett’s ‘Blue Eyed Sole’ Album Combines Gritty Blues, Country And Funk In An Irresistible Package

Gary Tackett ‘s Blue Eyed Sole is his just-released debut album. Although this is the first album under his own name, Gary has been on the music scene both locally and nationally for many years, playing guitar on Merle Haggard’s Blue … Continue reading

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