Hush Concerts at Santa Monica Pier

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I have to tell you about a really interesting and super unique music event that is happening this Saturday. It’s name is Hush Concerts and it takes place at around 7pm on the Santa Monica Pier. Although, you may ask: why is this event any different than the other musical events/concerts you’ve mentioned in the past? And my answer to that would be: hush. No, but seriously, hush. Hush Concerts is a special series of silent concerts. I can only imagine what this looks like to outside observers, watching a crowd of people dance around to apparently no music. However, in reality, things are not always what they seem.

Instead of pumping up the music with high-tech speakers,  each audience member will be given a pair of headphones to listen to. And given the genre of music that is going to be played this Saturday, headphones are pretty appropriate. DJ Motion Potion will be gracing Hush Concerts with his presence and bringing his popular Radiohead set music with him. To make matters even more interesting he will be doing battle with DJ PZB and his Daft Punk set. Personally, I am a big fan of both both Radiohead and Daft Punk, so I can imagine how sick this will sound. I wish I was attending because this sounds like loads of fun. However, don’t worry you will hear about the event I DO attend this Saturday.

This is an opportunity to listen to two of Southern California’s hottest DJ’s at an unforgettable venue. And considering that the event takes place at 7pm, it’s perfect sunset time. You definitely want to go check out this last little bit of Summer goodness while you still can. This is the finale of the Hush Concerts series at Santa Monica for the season.Here is a link to the event website. Enjoy! 

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Paleyfest / Mainfest

Welcome to your post Labor Day Weekend…weekend. And while there is always a multitude of interesting things to do in the South land at any given time, I figured I’d point out a couple notables for this weekend in particular. This is the weekend of fests, evidently. I come bearing the tidings of both Paleyfest and Mainfest.

First up is Paleyfest. If you’re a consummate TV viewer then this event will definitely excite you. Brought to you by The Paley Center for Media, the festival focuses on connecting TV fans with the newest pilots for the upcoming network TV season. Not only do you get the opportunity to watch the pilots of these new shows, you get a chance to meet the stars too. You get a chance to watch the new show and then automatically interact with its creators. Network TV more than anything else is driven by the regularity and commitment of fan bases. Paleyfest thus gives new shows an opportunity to cultivate new fans. And it gives TV fanatics a chance to do what they–myself included– do best: watch TV.  The event runs from 9/8 to 9/15 (So…yeah it already started). It’s worth checking out though!

Paleyfest and Mainfest: One down, one to go. Now our focus turns towards Mainfest. Mainfest takes place in downtown Alhambra and features a day full of music. (It also starts today at 1pm.) The festival gives you the chance to walk around the downtown area and go from stage to stage. You can sample local band flavors and more exotic out-of-towners as well. The festival is headlined by the indie electro duo: Capital Cities. The total main stage lineup is as follows: Too Bad, Marc Baker, SWIMM, Three Commons, Dead Sara, Nite-Funk, !!!, Miami Horror, and then the aforementioned Capital Cities.

So if you either want to get your music or TV on today/over the next few days, you’re in luck! Paleyfest and Mainfest are here to satisfy your needs.

Here is a link to Paleyfest and Mainfest for more info!

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Me Gusta La Fiesta Hermosa

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If you are looking for a last minute Labor Day idea, then you’re in luck. Check out Fiesta Hermosa which concludes this evening in Hermosa Beach. There are plenty of things to do to fill up a few hours this afternoon. You can even go and still have time for a post-fiesta Labor Day BBQ at home. If you want to involve the whole family, the Fiesta Hermosa has carnival rides and a petting zoo for the kiddies. And if you’re a kiddie of a bigger sort, there’s some good times to be had at the beer and wine garden. Not to mention the fine selection of foods that will be on hand. We’re talking caramel apples, cotton candy, AND funnel cakes. I would say that Labor Day is as good a time as any to indulge ourselves, wouldn’t you? To be honest, they had me at funnel cakes.

There are musical guests in case you want your labor day to contain some fat beats and some smooth groove. Another major draw is just the fact that you’ll be in Hermosa Beach itself. The weather seems to be just right, not too hot or cold. Let the palm trees of the beach cool you as you make your way through the festival booths. Forecasts say that we’re looking at the mid 70s for the area today. Perfect weather to check out the over 300 artists– photographers, jewelers, and sculptors–that will be at the event.

Make your way to the beach, Hermosa Beach to be exact, and enjoy your Labor Day! Fiesta Hermosa runs until this evening. I hope everyone’s long weekend has served them well and look forward to seeing what the rest of the week has in store. Until next time.

Check out the event website here for more details. 

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The 141st Ventura County Fair

The 141st annual Ventura County Fair begins this Wednesday. If you live in Ventura County or happen to frequently visit within its borders, you have heard about this event. The Ventura County Fair is every bit as notable as its Los Angeles and Orange County contemporaries. Clearly, events typically don’t reach their 141st iteration unless they’re doing something right.

The Fair opens up at 11am everyday and runs till about 10pm at the fairgrounds in Ventura. Equally important to note is that tickets will run you about $12 for an adult ticket, $9 for children and seniors, and its free for kids under 5 years old.

The 12-day fair schedule is filled with planned entertainment, but also contains approximately 18,000 exhibits for visitors to peruse to their heart’s content. In addition, rows upon rows of baked goods and other foods run adjacent to interesting sights like giant zucchinis and rock collections. It’s safe to say that this is a great place to bring kids. I know my youthful yearning for interesting looking things is returning with vengeance thinking about the many sights. Not to mention an eclectic mix of photography, floriculture, and arts & crafts exhibits!

And of course, there is a rodeo too!

In terms of music, the Ventura County Fair also promises to bring in a great lineup of artists. Some notable participants include: Third Eye Blind, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Patti LaBelle, and Trace Adkins.

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And in case you’re interested, here is a link to the website for more information.

 

 

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Twilight Concerts | Santa Monica Pier

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Take a break from your Pokémon Go exploits and head out to Santa Monica on Thursday nights this summer! (Or use this event as an excuse to grab some water Pokémon by the pier…)

The Santa Monica pier hosts an eclectic mix of musicians for their Twilight Concerts series. Featured artists include: Mayer Hawthorne, Borns, The Psychedlic Furs, Natalia Lafourcade, and Rufus Du Sol. You can also listen to the talents of Mavis Stables, Save Ferris, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, and Ohio Players.  This Thursday’s performer is  Protoje & The Indiggnation. These different artists encompass a variety of different genres. Genres like Nu soul, Indie Rock, Rock, Reggae, Latin, Dance, Classic, 90s Alt, and Disco.

There’s a good chance that no matter what type of music you’re into, you’ll find a concert that works for you. Not to mention the price of admission—absolutely free—a price that works for everyone. And of course another reason to go is to explore the wonderful landmark that is the Santa Monica Pier. Spend some time on the beach and in the water, or walk along the pier and grab some food while you check out the pier’s many attractions.

As a matter of fact, the concert series could be a great opportunity to try some restaurants on the pier. Maybe you can try some Bubba Gump Shrimp Co., or Rusty’s Surf Ranch?

Also of note, the  Twilight Concerts typically run from 7 to 10pm, and the series itself runs from July 7th to September 8th.

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Here’s a Link to the website for more details.

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Tequila & Taco Music Festival July 23 & 24, 2016

 

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I don’t know about you, but all this heat makes me a little hungry and thirsty. Not only am I a fan of tacos, but some craft tequila samples sound delightful as well! And if you’re a fan and looking for some last minute weekend plans, then I got an event for you! This Saturday and Sunday, the 23rd and 24th, the Tequila & Taco Music Festival will be held at Plaza Park in Ventura! The excitement is palpable. Well, at least on my end.

Honestly though, what better way to beat the heat then with authentic street tacos and award-winning margaritas? Not to mention the live music! The music includes: Adelaide, SambaDá, Patron Latin Rhythms, Instone, and Metalachi Band. What an opportunity to experience different cultures with both food and dance!

And while this event already sounds plenty enticing to me, the proceeds benefit Food Share Ventura County’s Food Bank! It’s for a good cause! Sounds like a win-win to me.  Take a gander at this video and tell me it doesn’t excite you! Or at the very least, make you exceptionally hungry.

I see a lot of happy people. I know I’m ready to join, are you? Check out the Tequila & Taco Music Festival!

Here is a link to the Website for more information about the festival.

 

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After 5 at Hauser Wirth & Schimmel

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Hauser Wirth & Schimmel, is the Los Angeles location of Hauser & Wirth, and part of the burgeoning Arts district of Downtown LA. They are an international gallery which focuses on contemporary/modern art. And at the gallery’s very own bookstore “Artbook,” you can further explore the artists and movements that are featured. The store has a variety of different books, catalogs and prints. In addition, “Manuela,” a new restaurant which specializes in seasonal, soulful cuisine is coming to the gallery as well. It highlights ecological sustainability through its own onsite vegetable and herb garden. It also utilizes other locally-sourced ingredients too. The restaurant from the mind of Chef Wes Whitsell opens later this summer.

The gallery hosts a series of free live music performances every Thursday from 5pm to 9pm. It is appropriately called “After 5”. You can explore the current exhibition, and then stride through the gallery’s central courtyard for the weekly event. As a matter of fact, it currently features ‘Revolution in the Marking; Abstract Sculpture by Women, 1947 – 2016.’

Enjoy  live bands and DJ sets, while you sip on craft cocktails from one of the areas hottest bars—Spare Room Hollywood. And you can munch on some Russian hand-pies from Pirozhki LA as well. If you are looking to explore your artistic sensibility and refine your palate, this is a perfect night on the town.

This Thursday, July 21st, musician Jason Golday is set to perform at After 5. A native of the California Institute of the Arts, the composer writes, performs and records music for television and film. He uses guitar along with a variety of different other instruments to “incorporate the unique aural periphery of a given locale.” Sounds pretty interesting to me!

If you’re in the mood for music, some food and drink, and some Arts and Culture, check out After 5 this Thursday.

 

Here is a link to the page: After 5 – Jason Golday

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Surf Rodeo – Ride them waves..Cowboy?

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If you are looking for some fun in the sun this weekend, look no further than the Surf Rodeo. But what is a Surf Rodeo, you may ask? It is an opportunity for fun for the whole family. The event takes place at the Pierpont Beach in Ventura and takes advantage of the entire venue. What can you expect to find at the Surf Rodeo besides what is in the name? There will be music, food trucks, and beer gardens. So, while you’re listening to the over 25 bands that will be gracing the festival with their presence, you can grab a bite to eat and something to wash it down with. And you can also occupy your time with a bikini contest, a charity silent auction and a street fair! Oh, and in case you did not realize, you can also surf and hang out on the beach!

The festival runs from Saturday July 16th through Sunday the 17th. So basically your plans for the weekend are all set now. But lest I forget to mention the event’s most interesting and exciting details. If you arrive by 7am on both Saturday and Sunday, you can participate in the surf competition. This event gives the participants the opportunity to ride vintage surfboards. It seems like the deadline has already passed to participate in all of the surf events, but it will still be a sight worth seeing as an observer.

Finally, the rodeo aspect of “Surf Rodeo” entails basically what you would normally imagine. There will be mechanical bull riding, cornhole competitions, and even a greased pig contest. This event certainly contains a unique blend of both beach/surf and cowboy/rodeo qualities.

Here is Surf Rodeo’s promotional video from last year. And here is a Link to the Surf Rodeo site. Enjoy your waves, cowboys and cowgirls!

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Ventura Music Festival

anderson-roe_ss sergio-mendes_ss ute-lemper_ssIf you find yourself in the Ventura area this weekend and next, check out the Ventura Music Festival. The festival attracts a wide variety of talent, and subsequently caters to a wide assortment of musical tastes. From classical music to the classical beats of the great Sergio Mendes, your ears will appreciate you for attending. Some other artists who have attended the festival  in the past include: Herbie Hancock, The Romeros, and Judy Collins. Tickets are available for purchase for a majority of these acts. On the other hand, there will be a couple of free performances to signify the start of the festival.

These free performances are on July 15th and 16th. To start off the festivities at 6pm on the 15th at the mini-park at California and Santa Clara streets, The Festival Brass will be performing. And on the 16th at 10:30am in the Ventura College Performing Arts Center, you can listen to three promising young pianists perform in a Masterclass.

I am personally looking forward to the Composers & the Movies performance by Bruce Broughton and Larry Groupe. I admire the cinematic impact of film scores. Fortunately, this particular performance includes film clips and showcases how composers create the music that accompanies them. If you’re anything like me, maybe i’ll see you there!

This is the 22nd year of the musical festival which has become a source of pride and joy for the greater Ventura community. The festival runs from July 15th to the 24th (these next two weekends). The full line up and more details can be found here: Ventura Music Festival

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LA Food Fest 2016

 

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Looking for some fun plans for this upcoming weekend? Are you also a fan of fine dining? Do you have a stomach that has been yearning for a food binge? Are you a fan of good eats, beats, and brews? Well, if you answered yes to any of these questions, then I have a fantastic event for you to look into!

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You need to check out the LA Food Fest! The festival runs from July 8-10 at Exposition Park and features over 100 of LA’s best Chefs, Restaurants, carts and trucks. Returning Fan favorites from past years include: Ice Cream Social, Beverage Barn and Kombucha Bar. Which means that this food fest is a foodie’s dream come true! And if you just so happen to like a little beer or wine with your food, there are also multiple craft beer and wine gardens! Some especially noteworthy craft beer participants are Ballast Point, Firestone Walker and Laguanitas. There will also be live music and arts& crafts as well, so feel free to bring a date to the fest or the entire family!

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The LA Food Fest contains 3 events in one: tasting, a la carte, and a chef series. I’ll add the Eventbrite link below, make sure you double check and grab the appropriate ticket for your needs. Check out the official website for more details. I’ll toss some links below.

I’m getting hungry just thinking about this weekend. I hope to see you all there!

 

Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/la-food-fest-july-8910-tickets-25073388179?aff=fbevent

Website: https://lafoodfest.com/

 

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