Category Archives: Music

This is Halloween 2021

Disneyland Photo Opp Photo by Elise Thompson Halloween is happening again this year, with some precautions in place. Here is a list of exciting events running throughout October to thrill, chill, enchant or scare the living crap out of you! … Continue reading

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Let’s Get Howie Pyro a New Liver!

Tonight! Hit the Zebulon in Frogtown for an epic fundraiser for the legendary and beloved Howie Pyro, who has more punk rock cred than anyone I’ve ever met. He is also an incredibly nice guy, and has personally helped me out … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: Little Stabs at Happiness

Quick boilerplate: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment provided with free copies of the Blu-rays I reviewed in this blog post. The opinions I share are my own. “Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid” (1982, Kino Lorber) Co-writer/director Carl Reiner and co-writer/star Steve … Continue reading

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Remembering Charlie Watts

For all the obits I’ve written over the years, this one eludes me, because it transcends the others by light years. My beat is erratic; my rhythm is off. My palpitating heart is broken. The kindly gentleman with the ferocious … Continue reading

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LA Through a Cracked Lens: Don McLean Gets a Star on the Walk of Fame

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Treefort Music Fest: Venture Up North To Boise For Over 400 Bands, Plus Storyfort, Foodfort And Many Other Forts Too

Treefort is Back! Boise’, and the Pacific North West’s most popular event has returned after the unplanned ‘hiatus’ that was called 2020. All the top ‘Forts’ will be there, including Foodfort, Alefort, Comedyfort, Kidfort, Hackfort, Filmfort, Dragfort, Yogafort and Storyfort. … Continue reading

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Todo Verde & Other New Food Options Coming to The Ford Amphitheater

Planning to see Patti Smith, Rodrigo y Gabriela, or another great show at The Ford this season? Aka The John Anson Ford Theatre, The Ford launches its 2021 season on July 30, as the Beat’s own Ted Kane wrote about … Continue reading

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Dusty Hill, Bass Player/Vocalist For ZZ Top, Dead at 72–A Driving Memory

Dusty Hill, the bass player as well as one of the vocalists for blues-rock giant ZZ Top, died today at his Houston home. This brought an interesting memory to me. Around 2005, I took a cross-country trip with a friend … Continue reading

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LA Beat Interview – Tony Levin and Pat Mastelotto of King Crimson

As Los Angeles rubs its collective eyes, crawls out into the sun and tries to put the prior era of unpleasantness into the rear view mirror, it feels like a particularly good time to scream. The last year has left … Continue reading

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Dio Cancer Fund To Celebrate Ronnie James Dio’s Birthday With Virtual Fundraiser

The Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund was established to honor one of the top heavy metal rock vocalists of all time. He tragically lost his fight with stomach cancer on May 16, 2010. On Saturday, July … Continue reading

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