As part of national festivities honoring the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, the Columbia Memorial Space Center in Downey is sponsoring Lunar Pub Night this Thursday, July 18. Former Apollo engineers will be at the Stardust Club and Stox Restaurant, which were frequented by them at the time and still exist today.
From the Space Center’s website:
Explore some of Downey’s historical watering holes that many of the Apollo engineers frequented after long days. At each stop, you’ll get to meet some of those former engineers and share a pint regaling what working on the Apollo program was really like.
Come hear stories about what it was like to work on the lunar module, which was built at North American Aviation, a long-gone aerospace manufacturer in Downey. The engineers will be at the Stardust Club from 5:30pm until 7:00pm and at Stox Restaurant from 7:30pm until 9:00pm.
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, live music and more. Other food choices run all the way from fish tacos to ice cream. Beer too! One of the best things also is the proximity of the event to the downtown Ventura Beach area, a nice walk and you are at the ocean.
Saturday will include sampling of top-shelf tequilas and craft beers. Corazon Tequila, Los Vecinos Mezcal and Cazacanes Tequila are just a few of the tequilas guests will taste. Firestone-Walker Brewery and Mike’s Hard Lemonade will also be there for more beverage fun. With the gourmet street tacos and other favorites, no one should leave thirsty or hungry. Entertainment Saturday and Sunday is headlined by Adelaide out of Los Angeles, whose band specializes in Afro-Latin music and will keep the party moving. Also providing music Saturday are DJ Cue, InStone and Sambada.
Finding out about the British trio This Heat back in the pre-internet era felt like a bit of unusually good luck. They were easy to overlook during their brief existence from 1976-82, even for who enjoys searing, wildly original musical expressions. Their albums were not particularly easy to find, certainly never the recipient of sustained airplay, press, touring or any American marketing effort to speak of. But with the passage of time, word of their abrasive excellence has been spread person to person, to the point that their touring incarnation in 2019 – officially known as This Is Not This Heat in deference to their departed bandmate Gareth Williams, who passed away in 2001 – can sell out good-sized venues in American cities.
The group’s appearance at Zebulon last March was one of the most jaw-dropping percussion exhibitions I have ever seen, courtesy of maestro Charles Hayward and newly-added second drummer Frank Byng, and overall one of the most totally satisfying band reunions. The music is rendered faithfully, not strictly in form but in intent, the new players in the expanded lineup given complete responsibility and freedom to make this sound today. No one is trying to recreate a recording, but instead to create a new moment, made possible through the compositions. Continue reading →
Last night I had the rare pleasure of sitting through what felt like the shortest concert in history, but in reality went far into the night. It felt much shorter than it was, primarily because that’s what a great concert feels like–over almost as quickly as it started. I could have been sitting in a bar hearing a five-piece quintet play softly, with precision. I don’t mean that there was an alternative to what I saw and I could have been at it instead, I mean it felt like I was sitting in a bar, a cool jazz bar.
Some concerts take you back, back to a time when you got up and crossed the room to change the dial on your hi-fi, going all the way down to the left side, where all the cool cats who sang jazz songs, American classic songs. The man who took us back to that place last night was none other than the venerable singer Tony Bennett.
“The Big Bad Fox and Other Tales” (2017, Shout! Factory/GKids) Three cracked fables, in which several animals – including a hapless fox and a very anxious pig – discover that their capabilities extend far beyond their respective breeds. Amusing and confectionery-sweet 2D animation from French filmmakers Benjamin Renner (on whose comics this film is based) and Patrick Imbert aims more for laughs than its predecessor, the wistfully sweet, Oscar-nominated “Ernest and Celestine“; as such, it’s less memorable, but the frantic action and English voice cast, which includes Adrian Edmonson, Matthew Goode and Celia Imrie, should please kids and grown-ups alike. The Shout! Factory/GKids Blu-ray/DVD set has both the English and French dialogue tracks as well as interviews with the filmmakers and a making-of featurette.
I love L.A. And so does Ringo Starr. Every year on July 7, Ringo, or Sir Richard Starkey as he is now properly known, celebrates his birthday in a different locale, such as Chicago, Hamburg or Nice, France. This year, he brought the celebration back home to Los Angeles, and the crowds gathered to celebrate the 11th annual Peace & Love party alongside the exclusive group of celebrity friends who joined him.
Nestled against the backdrop of the definitive Hollywood and Vine landmark, the towering Capitol Records building, I eagerly awaited the approach of Sir Richard and friends. Capitol Records has been host to many major recording artists, including Frank Sinatra, the Beach Boys, Ringo’s former band the Beatles and, of course, Ringo Starr. There was a presence in the air, a lingering touch of greatness past and present, and I knew I was fortunate to be a part of the grand parade. As a spectator, I was humbled before my idols and their entourage. Ringo had arrived.
Good Burger pop-up in WeHo. All photos by Heath Seifert
Pop-ups inspired by television shows are hot this year, and right on the heels of Stranger Things’ “Scoops Ahoy,” a “Good Burger” will be popping up on July 10, 2019, to celebrate the return of Nickelodeon’s popular sketch show, “All That.” Helming the grill Will be popular local chef Alvin Cailan of Eggslut in LA and The Usual in NYC.
At the opening event last night Kel Mitchell, who along with Keenan Thompson is an executive producer of the 2019 reboot, made an appearance along with original cast members like Lori Beth Denberg and new cast members, Reece Caddell, Lex Lumpkin, Kate Godfrey, Gabrielle Nevaeh Green, Ryan Alessi, and Chinguun Sergelen.
Although her new album of jazz-infused cover songs, Valve Bone Woe, won’t be released for another couple of months, a balmy summer night was the perfect opportunity for Chrissie Hynde to take the Hollywood Bowl stage, with the LA Phil serving as a complement to her electric band. The voice and personality remained familiar, despite the radical change in sound and repertoire.
From the time of the Pretenders’ first album, it was evident that Hynde had a voice that could stand up with any conceivable instrumentation that she might choose, and this latest step into overt jazz territory takes that premise to its most leisurely extremes. Continue reading →
This Wednesday Livation welcomes the band The Hajj. The band says it is “A journey through food, music and travel.”, but this band rocks way beyond the conventional description.
From Limassol, Cyprus, Freddie and Phillip Al-Hajj have blended gorgeous guitar instrumentals with good ol’, hard hitting punk stylings to satisfy many different tastes. And they bring the energy!
The Hajj goes on between 12:15-12:30 and a live interview follows. Livation is every Wednesday night at midnight PST and continues through Thursday’s wee hours. Listen live at 88.9fm, on the KXLU phone app or stream it live at kxlu.com