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Nicks Taste of Texas closed it doors, but not without leaving an imprint our  community! Nick's Taste of Texas -- a gem in the San Gabriel Valley for decades closed its operation in Covina on Sunday Aug. 24, 2014. No details were provided, but Nick's requested that patrons stay connected to its Facebook page for information on a future reopening. The doors may be closed but Nick's has left a solid imprint on our community, where it has been a...
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Top Row: Willie Nelson, Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton    Middle Row Ryan Bingham, Jake Bugg, Dale Watson, Emi Sunshine   Bottom Row: Hank Williams Sr., Sturgill Simpson, Jackson Browne, Ray LaMontagne Songwriters: Trailblazers and New Trails  In the 1970’s singer-songwriters broke into the business through content, politics and record labels. Van Morrison, Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan were all picked up by labels through massive popularity, and their popularity was due to political stance, environmental movement with some poetic justice thrown...
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Los Angeles County to host 92nd annual Fair with Music and Fun  for the entire Family.  Check out thier posted Lineup: Zendaya with special guest Trevor Jackson August 29, 2014 Zendaya Multi-talented actress and Hollywood Records Platinum selling artist, Zendaya recently released her self-titled 2013 debut full-length album where she delivers pop with an urban edge. Her first single, “Replay,” included in the album was certified platinum for selling one million copies in the U.S. in January. Trevor Jackson Trevor...
WORLD PREMIERE of the Movie "INSIDE METAL" (with METALLICA, VAN HALEN, RANDY RHOADS, MOTLEY CRUE, QUIET RIOT, DOKKEN & more!)  will debut as part of the Indie Entertainment Summit on  Sunday August 10 at 11am at LAEMMLE THEATRE – 5240 Lankershim Bl., N.Hollywood 91601 (between Magnolia & Burbank Bl) – with Special GUEST STARS (open to public)".  The music summit is exclusive to conference attendees however they are hosting several eventsincluding this film open to the public. There will also...
  It was more than forty years ago that Bobby Zarate and Jimi Seville first met in East Los Angeles. Soon after the teens met, they solidified their friendship with the love and passion for music and songwriting. Both became well known in the local music scene in the '60s and '70s. This set the foundation for careers that would parallel each other for decades.   Bobby Zarate started as a drummer but moved to keyboards early in a multi-decade career...
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It's vacation season -- time for longer days, more sunshine, music festivals, road trips and, of course, great traveling music. It's a time to reacquaint ourselves with favorite albums or shuffle through our favorite musical eras, and an opportunity for you to showcase your great taste in music for your travel mates. SGV music has assembled a hand-picked selection of amazing California songwriters whose music is an ideal fit for your adventure in the open spaces. Pacific Coast Highway: Chris Ahlman...
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NAMM (National Assoc. of Music Merchants) never dissapoints when it comes to the new, unique, and unsual items of musicial interest..  The convention halls are filled with the smell of new guitar woods, shiny  gadgets and visions of success from new companies and products eagar to convinience you of thier necessity. Some are innovative, some good looking,  and some only time will tell.   Feast your eyes on the images and decide for yourself if they are hot or not. Okarina  Ceramic...
  The 2014 NAMM Show debuts the hottest in musical instruments, technology and sound.   Fender took a giant leap this year with their "no solder" modification chip that alters the tone.   According to product specialist Allen Abbassi, the  Stratocaster is the most modifiable of their guitars. This year they went high tech with a removable  no–battery-needed chip card. You won’t believe it till you hear it and see it up close. They deem the new instrument the American Stratocaster Deluxe Plus....
  The role of a record producer has changed vastly in the last few years. The style, approach and budgets of past Industry icons like Phil Ramone, Ahmet Ertegun and Jerry Wexler have nearly disappeared. The recording model for producers is quick to change and new approaches are a necessity if an artist is going to have success. Artists need more than a hit record to sustain a career -- they need a strong producer with a solid, current track record,...
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NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) is gearing up for their 2014 Winter Convention January 23 -26h in Anaheim. Most musicians know about the event and look forward to seeing new tools of the trade, innovative techniques in music, product deals and cutting edge sound & software. What they may not know is how important NAMM is for every music community including our own. I feel the need to remind everyone that music education has always fallen victim to a...
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