The Melvins were formed in Montessano, Washington in 1983 by Buzz Osborne, Matt Lukin and Mike Dillard. Lukin and Dillard left the band and drummer Dale Crover stepped in shortly thereafter. Osborne and Crover have been the Melvins' mainstays throughout their 29 year metamorphosis.
To date the band has released 27 original albums, numerous live full-lengths and far too many to count singles and rarities. They've partnered with Jello Biafra, Lustmord and Fantomas for individual releases and toured the world many times over (side note: the band was in both Christchurch and Tokyo for their 2011 earthquakes).
With the release of (A) Senile Animal in 2006, the Melvins became a four-piece, essentially annexing Jared Warren and Coady Willis of Big Business. The Melvins, already known for their shattering mix of punk-meets-metal (and often referred to by an assortment of tags including sludge and grunge), were now louder and more bombastic than ever leading to a resurgence in the band's popularity and a run of three original full-lengths. Never ones for complacency, Buzz and Dale have since created Melvins Lite, a line-up partnering the pair with Mr. Bungle's Trevor Dunn and most recently teamed with Butthole Surfers' JD Pinkus and Paul Leary for the 2014 release, Hold It In.
Garrison Keillor's "Prairie Home "Love and Comedy" Show"Garrison Keillor's charming, funny and entertaining yarns have captivated audiences for years, both on stage and on his hugely popular radio program, "A Prairie Home Companion". Now, the master storyteller comes to L.A. with his heartwarming "Prairie Home "Love and Comedy" Show". This Greek Theatre variety show features a handful of "Prairie" alums delivering love songs, romantic stories and all the same interludes, interjections and non sequiturs you'd expect from a Keillor production. He'll be joined by pianist Richard Dworsky and his Americana band The Road Hounds, plus voice actor Fred Newman and bluegrass singer-songwriter Aoife O'Donovan.
Hear the Queen of Rock n'Roll sing her best songs again in this Tony-nominated Broadway musical. Featuring Joplin's greatest hits, including, "Me and Bobby McGee," "Piece of My Heart," and "Mercedes Benz" along with other faves from Aretha Franklin, Etta James and more.
Pianist-singer-songwriter Judith Owen is known for her love of musical variety and melding it into a great stylistic gumbo all her own. ???Somebody???s Child??? is the culmination of this mix: voice and piano front and centre, songs that are vignettes of life crafted from the perspective that we ARE all ???somebody???s child??? - parental as well as planetary. An album about us.
???By nature, I am a diverse musician. It???s who I am because of all the music I grew up being exposed to, from opera to Sinatra, Joni to Stevie Wonder, and everything in between,??? says Judith.
Whereas 2014???s critically-acclaimed ???Ebb & Flow??? was personal and very much a love letter to Laurel Canyon, ???Somebody???s Child??? takes a leap from the confessional to the observational, whilst recruiting the same cr??me de la cr??me of Los Angeles session musicians - bassist Leland Sklar, guitarist Waddy Wachtel and drummer Russell Kunkel - and incorporating them with her British-based musicians - master percussionist Pedro Segundo and sublime cellist Gabriella Swallow - to create a fresh new dynamic.
???It's a very British thing where you love mixing all those styles. It's classical. It's pop. There's jazz. There's rhythm and blues. Then there's rock thrown in there too,??? Judith emphasizes, as evident in the jewel-like, pastoral and melancholic ???No More Goodbyes??? and the staccato, jazzy rocker ???We Give In???.
The opening song, and title track, is intimately framed with a string quartet and ???is the heart of the record. It sets the tone ??? a mission statement. I was in New York, in the middle of winter, and I saw this beautiful young woman, about nine months pregnant, barefoot in the snow, wearing a trash bag, that was all she had, stomach out and in a state. I was crossing the street, with everybody else, trying to avoid her, when I thought, ???That???s somebody???s child, and if my life had been different, that could have been me. Or any of us! We???re all so dehumanized, and this whole record is about reconnecting with our humanity, really seeing what???s around us, discarding, even if it is just for a moment, our constant state of denial.???
Until recently, her pinpoint sense of observation was often turned inwards as she concentrated on her own feelings. ???I made ???Ebb & Flow??? right after my father passed away,??? she explains, referring to her opera singer father who loomed large over her life. ???Much later I wrote ???No More Goodbyes??? about the hardest thing that any of us have to admit???that there???s a relief in letting go, that there???s a desire for pain to end.??? Even though that sounds serious, Judith emphasizes that ???this is a much more life-affirming, joyful record.???
??????Mystery??? is probably the most honest love song I've ever written. How any of us ever find love in the first place is hard enough; how any of us stay together is the true mystery??? she gleefully admits. ???There???s no planning to it. The last verse, which is the most important - 'It takes patience, it takes time, today we might quarrel, tomorrow we'll be fine' - is the point of it all. It's the rough with the smooth.???
???I???m with someone who doesn't go by the rules romantically,??? she says of partner Harry Shearer (Spinal Tap, the Simpsons) ???However, I'm with somebody who makes me laugh, who adores me, who I have the best time with???. Judith turns these personal observations into the universal truths of ???Mystery??? and ???That's Why I Love My Baby???. The latter features Harry on upright bass. ???I get it now. It's the things he doesn't do that make me love him. Not doing the expected stuff. These are bookends,??? she reflects about one of her favourite songwriting tricks, composing two sets of lyrics around the same topic.
Another pair of bookends ???Tell All Your Children??? - all retro R&B cool with just a touch of Gaye - and ???I Know Why The Sun Shines??? ??? which borrows from one of Sergei Rachmaninoff???s best-loved piano phrases - are both sending a message about what we???re doing to the planet (oil exploitation, fracking). ???Sometimes I just have to put on a big, floppy hat, put a candelabra on the piano, and vent!???
Developing first name character songs like the wonderfully-sketched ???Arianne??? (inspired by a trip to the Berlin Wall), ???Josephine??? and the ???buddy??? of first single ???Send Me A Line??????a social commentary on people, including herself, ???not being present but preoccupied by technology?????? came easy to her. ???They're like tiny soap operas,??? she says about the compositions that are adorned so sympathetically by the stellar musicians.
A Judith signature is also to turn the most unlikely song inside out. She's done it before with her tongue-in-cheek adaptation of the Deep Purple rock anthem ???Smoke On The Water??? and Mungo Jerry's irresistible, irresponsible and politically incorrect ???In The Summertime???. This time, it's her languid interpretation of Roxy Music's ???More Than This???, endorsed by none other than its creator Bryan Ferry whom she opened for last year, that lingers long in the memory. In fact it was recorded at Bryan???s London studio on his piano. Not to mention her playful adaptation of ???Aquarius??? from the rock musical ???Hair???. ???I love playing with overtly earnest lyrics like these, and putting them in a totally different musical context. I'm a serious person who likes to laugh a lot. I need to.???
The album ends on the beautifully uplifting orchestral ???The Rain Is Gonna Fall??? whose intentions are opposite to what one might think. Yes, it will rain but that is life and all will be ok. Let it rain.
???Ebb & Flow??? was when many discovered Judith's highly seductive sound and was hailed as one of the releases of 2014 by The Independent newspaper in the UK, receiving further praise from Le Figaro in France, La Repubblica in Italy, Rolling Stone in Germany and the Wall Street Journal in the US. It also enjoyed sterling support at British radio, particularly from Jamie Cullum, Bob Harris and the late Sir Terry Wogan, stalwarts and tastemakers of the BBC Radio 2 network. All three hosted sessions featuring the Welsh-born songstress and demonstrated her commercial potential and wide-ranging appeal. In addition, ???Ebb and Flow??? earned passionate support from Irish RTE Radio 1, Spanish RTNE Radio 3, German ARD Network, and Nordic National Radio and led to several key radio and television appearances on both sides of the Atlantic.
Recording with Kunkel, Sklar and Wachtel, studio stalwarts behind Carole King, Joni Mitchell, Jackson Browne, Laura Nyro among others, and touring with them ???served as this incredible calling card for me. I waited a long time to be able to work with some of my musical idols. I???m a late bloomer,??? she admits.
With ???Somebody's Child???, and its many moods and shades and a contemporary twist, Judith Owen seems well on her way into the Premier League of contemporary singer-songwriters and interpreters. Which is where she belongs . . .
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The Astonishing Show Show! An evening of magic, music, and puppetry on stage LIVE at El CID! Broadway and Sirius XM's Benjamin Schrader and "Magic Castle" magician Robert Ramirez host a show featuring astonishing magical acts from some of the best award-winning magicians in the country, as well as weird and wonderful performances from some of LA's finest professional puppeteers, all accompanied by the retro funky beats of DJ Victoria Rawlins. Performers include magicians from America's Got Talent and Penn & Teller's "Fool Us," and puppeteers from Broadway and The Jim Henson Company.
Dudamel Gets Cosmic With Holst's "The Planets"Let Gustav Holst's popular orchestral suite take you on a musical journey across the solar system when Gustavo Dudamel conducts the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl, where you'll hear Holst's take on the astrological symbolism behind each of our neighboring planets. A longtime favorite of prog rock bands and movie directors, "The Planets" has been heard in many video games, television shows and movies. Opening the concert, rising violin star Pekka Kuusisto soars during the world premiere of acclaimed Icelandic composer Daniel Bjarnason's violin concerto.
The Help Group’s summer camps provide a safe and enriching atmosphere for children, teens and young adults with autism spectrum disorder and other special needs. Our unique day camps create opportunities to engage, experience and explore. Each camp strives to developmentally and chronologically match each camper across the spectrum to ensure an appropriate peer group for learning and fun. Campers will participate in a variety of activities such as art projects, sensory play, special events, animal-assisted activities, field trips and much more! Camp will run on June 12-16, June 19-23, June 26-30, July 3-7 (no camp on July 4th), August 7-11, August 14-18, and August 21-23 (Sherman Oaks location only).
"Pageant of the Masters": Paintings Come AliveSee a work of art come to life at the "Pageant of the Masters". This one-of-a-kind production, an Orange County tradition, uses real people to recreate classical and contemporary paintings down to the finest detail. As you take in the visual marvel, a narrator guides you through the story behind each work while a live orchestra sets the tone. This year's presentation, "The Grand Tour", recreates the experience of a time when there were virtually no public museums and people would go on artistic pilgrimages, traveling around Europe to see great works of art. Highlighting masterpieces by Leonardo da Vinci, Tiepolo, Longhi, Watteau, Reynolds and Romney, as well as American artists like John Singer Sargent, "The Grand Tour" will take you on a whirlwind journey from Pompeii to a celebration of Carnival in Venice to the European tour of Buffalo Bill's "Wild West Show" to Paris in the Jazz Age.
Founded in 1994 by singer/guitarist/songwriter Patrick Walker, Warning recorded two demo tapes before releasing their cult debut album, The Strength to Dream in 1999.
Their second album, 2006's Watching from a Distance, has been heralded as one of the most influential doom metal albums of the past 25 years and one of the landmark metal albums of the last decade.
In 2008, after a scattering of live concerts, Patrick Walker decided to discontinue the band to pursue a new writing project, and Warning played their final show headlining the Metal Merchants Festival in Oslo in January 2009.
In April 2017, Warning will reassemble to perform Watching from a Distance, for the first time in its entirety, at the Roadburn festival, Tilburg, The Netherlands.
Rock Musical "A Night with Janis Joplin" Resurrects the Icon"A Night with Janis Joplin" is a blues-rock theatrical event that captures the legendary singer's life and legacy with all of the live intensity of an actual Joplin concert. Powered by showstopping hits like "Cry Baby," "Piece of My Heart," "Me and Bobby McGee," "Summertime" and "Mercedes Benz," as well as a song Joplin never formally recorded, the show brings Joplin's story to the stage while also saluting some of her famous musical influences, including Bessie Smith, Etta James, Aretha Franklin and Nina Simone. Catch this soulful, no-holds-barred tribute to one of rock music's greatest performers at the Laguna Playhouse.