Friday, April 24, 2015

“Recorded in Hollywood” Spotlights L.A. Music History by M.R. Hunter

In 1948, John Dolphin, a black businessman from Detroit, relocated to Los Angeles and made music history when he opened a record store on Vernon near Central Avenue called "Dolphin's of Hollywood." Unable to procure a space in Hollywood due to racism, Dolphin, also known by the nickname "Lovin' John," decided to bring Hollywood to South Los Angeles. What he accomplished before his murder in 1958 was more than just selling records, he became a major influence in the transitional period of rock n' roll and R & B, creating his own labels and introducing a hungry generation to artists like Sam Cooke, Billie Holiday, Little Richard, James Brown, B.B. King and Tina Turner among many others.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Neon Boneyard Museum, Las Vegas, NV by Charles Phoenix

The Neon Boneyard is the heart and soul of Las Vegas.
To stroll thru this time-travel treasure trove of over-the-top, mostly mid-century, vintage Vegas signage and other extraordinary Sin City artifacts is like being transported to some sort of parallel universe, where you are thrilled to feel about 3 feet tall. The signs are way, way bigger than you thought, when you are standing right next to them.
The fact that all of these sensational signs were saved is nothing short of a MIRACLE. 

Eyestrology: Happy Birthday Taurus by Cici Psy-Chic

For the month of 4/20/15-5/20/15

Happy birthday to these celebrity April Taurus: Shemar Moore (4/20), Queen Elizabeth II (4/21), Jack Nicholson (4/22), George Lopez (4/23), Kelly Clarkson (4/24), Al Pacino (4/25), Channing Tatum (4/26), Sheena Easton (4/27), Jessica Alba (4/28), Jerry Seinfeld (4/29), Kirsten Dunst (4/30

Celebrity May Taurus: Tim McGraw (5/1), Dwayne Johnson (5/2), Frankie Valli (5/3), Lance Bass (5/4), Adele (5/5), George Clooney (5/6), Traci Lords (5/7), Melissa Gilbert (5/8), Billy Joel (5/9), Bono (5/10), Mike Lupica (5/11), Tony Hawk (5/12), Robert Pattinson (5/13), Mark Zuckerberg (5/14), Emmitt Smith (5/15), Megan Fox (5/16), Bob Saget (5/17), Tina Fey (5/18), Grace Jones (5/19), Cher (5/20)

All signs should be focused on career and money matters this month. It's a good time to vault ahead or review your current situation. Focus on long term gains rather than immediate benefits, as these could actually cost more down the road. Concentrate by digging in, committing to your task fully without procrastination or avoidance. Be frugal right now. Free events can help cut down wasted entertainment expenses. Pay attention to areas of your life that seem stagnant. Change can be positive during this transitional window. Take advantage!

Friday, April 10, 2015

Music + Poetry + Art Tours @ Union Station

Metro Presents

Son Mayor

Friday, April 10
45-minute sets at 8:00pm & 9:00pm
Union Station Fred Harvey Room

One of the most sought-after Latin bands in Los Angeles, Son Mayor brings a captivating vintage and contemporary Cuban sound. Voted "Best Salsa Band" by the LA Weekly, the high-energy band formed nearly two decades ago, and has since performed alongside major artists such as Chucho Valdez at the Hollywood Bowl, Tito Puente, Celia Cruz, Los Van Van, Sonora Ponceña, Oscar D'León, El Canario, Ozomatli, and Los Muñequitos De Matanzas. Led by the Ortiz brothers–Eddie, Julian, Alfred "El Niño," and Georgie–the band features a danceable blend of horn, bass, and percussion.