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What it was like to see Andrew McMahon perform a concert to socially distanced fans at Drive-In OC

“So, is it weird, or is it cool out there?” singer-songwriter Andrew McMahon asked the sold-out crowd at the official kick-off of City National Grove of Anaheim’s Drive-In OC Series Friday night. It was a little of both. There hasn’t been a full-fledged live concert experience in the area due to the spread of novel coronavirus since March. It was weird to experience a concert, drive-in style, with fans parked within individual tape-marked squares, but as soon as the music began there was an obvi...
Tags: Music, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Jack, Black, Booker, Jones, Concerts, Anaheim, City National Grove, Grove, McMahon, Pala Casino Spa, City National Grove of Anaheim, Lindsey Stirling


Iconic musician Booker T. Jones launches online directory of black-owned businesses

Booker T. Jones has been a major force in American culture for nearly six decades. In the early 1960s, the organist and bandleader formed Booker T. & the M.G.s, one of the first prominent racially integrated groups. He wrote classic tunes like “Green Onions” and “Born Under a Bad Sign.” He played on countless Stax soul hits like “(Sittin On) The Dock of the Bay” and “Knock On Wood,” and performed with and produced artists ranging from Bill Withers to Stephen Stills to Rod Stewart. He also wr...
Tags: Music, Mississippi, California, Washington, America, Los Angeles, Sport, Netflix, Things To Do, Soccer, United States, Martin Luther King, Rod Stewart, Memphis, Los Angeles Dodgers, Booker


How Inglewood’s D Smoke went from teaching school to winning a Netflix hip-hop competition

On the title track of rapper D Smoke’s album “Black Habits,” the Inglewood native runs through tales of success and struggle, dropping references to Black icons and issues in a narrative that feels both timely and timeless. The track’s sincerity is typical of the entire album D Smoke released earlier this year. The inaugural winner of Netflix’s reality rap competition “Rhythm & Flow,” the performer credits his upbringing in gospel music and the church, as well as 10 years as a high school teache...
Tags: Music, TV, Los Angeles, Sport, Netflix, Things To Do, Soccer, Hawaii, Kendrick Lamar, Diana, Michael Jackson, Taylor, Hall of Fame, Snoop Dogg, Ucla, Ana


Why Iration’s new album, ‘Coastin” is just right for staying home during the coronavirus

As the coronavirus pandemic shut down live concert events and people began quarantining at home, the Santa Barbara-based reggae-rock band Iration contemplated whether or not to release its new music. The bulk of its seventh studio album, “Coastin’,” which was recorded at EastWest Studios in Los Angeles, was in the can by mid-spring. After a few weeks of serious deliberation, the band decided to go ahead with its July 10 release. “The first songs we put out were ‘Coastin” and ‘Right Here Right No...
Tags: Music, Los Angeles, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Long Beach, Orange County, Santa Barbara, Southern California, Concerts, Anaheim, Brown, City National Grove, Louise Goffin, Common Kings, Eli Mac


Los Lobos’ Fourth of July So Cal Drive In show postponed

The Fourth of July drive-in style concert featuring Los Lobos and Mariachi El Bronx at So Cal Drive In at Oak Canyon Park in Silverado has officially been postponed. Promoters said the decision was made out of an abundance of caution and the current COVID-19 climate. The number of positive cases continues to rise in Southern California and surrounding counties have received either direct shutdown orders or have been cautioned by Gov. Gavin Newsom this week. The show has been rescheduled for Aug....
Tags: Music, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Gavin Newsom, Southern California, Concerts, Los Lobos, Silverado, Mariachi El Bronx, Garden Grove, Oak Canyon Park, Top Stories OCR, Music + Concerts, Top Stories Breeze, Top Stories LBPT


When the coronavirus shut down live events, Insomniac took their festivals virtual

As the number of positive novel coronavirus cases rose in the U.S. in early March, there was confusion and hesitation by many large-scale event production companies over whether to cancel, postpone or reschedule their concerts and festivals. Insomniac, a Beverly Hills-based EDM live events company, was all set for its annual two-day Beyond Wonderland festival at the NOS Event Center in San Bernardino March 20-21. However, coronavirus was officially declared a global pandemic by the World Health ...
Tags: Music, New York, Texas, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, United States, Arizona, Beverly Hills, World Health Organization, Music Festivals, Las Vegas, Concerts, Edm, San Bernardino, Thon


5 powerful performances from the 20th annual BET Awards

For two decades, the BET Network has celebrated Black culture with its annual awards ceremony. While the event usually takes place inside Microsoft Theater at L.A. Live in Downtown Los Angeles, Sunday’s awards ceremony was carried out virtually due to the continued spread of coronavirus. Not only was BET commemorating the 20th anniversary of its awards show, but 2020 marks the 40th anniversary of the BET Network itself. Inglewood-born actress and comedian Amanda Seales hosted the broadcast from ...
Tags: Music, Texas, Microsoft, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Gigi, Alicia Keys, Nba, Lebron James, Ferguson Missouri, Lil Wayne, Public Enemy, Black Lives Matter, Richard, Bet


Call him ‘El Roth’: Van Halen legend David Lee Roth says he’s changed his name

David Lee Roth has changed his name. The former Van Halen front man now wants to be called “David L. Roth” or “El Roth.” The change was inspired by the current movement in the music industry to disown words having to do with the slavery that existed in the South — which comes in response to the Black Lives Matter protests that rose up after the death of George Floyd. Roth made the announcement via social media, posting a piece of artwork he’d created, showing a giant frog by a tiny human, with t...
Tags: Music, Hollywood, Celebrities, News, Cdc, La, Sport, Dave, David, Soccer, Donald Trump, Black Lives Matter, South, Bay Area, Van Halen, Ron Jeremy


The BET Awards celebrate 20th anniversary amid pandemic and protests against systemic racism

Back in April, BET Networks’ president Scott Mills and the producers of the annual BET Awards recognized they’d have to cancel its popular four-day BET Experience and free fan fest at L.A. Live due to the continued spread of coronavirus, but they were adamant that the actual awards ceremony would be presented in some capacity. The crew swiftly pivoted the BET Awards, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, to a virtual broadcast without a live audience. The show will be hosted by comedi...
Tags: Music, TV, Beyonce, Microsoft, NFL, Los Angeles, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Alicia Keys, Cbs, Jamie Foxx, Drake, Missy Elliot, Kansas City Chiefs, Angela Bassett


Def Leppard, Mötley Crüe, Poison announce new dates for The Stadium Tour

Less than a month after announcing the postponement of The Stadium Tour due to the ongoing spread of coronavirus Def Leppard, Mötley Crüe, Poison and Joan Jett and the Blackhearts have announced new dates for 2021. The tour kicks off on June 19 in Nashville, Tenn., and concludes on Sept. 12 at Petco Park in San Diego. The Stadium Tour will also stop at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood on Sept. 4. “All tickets will be honored for the new dates,” a statement posted to Mötley Crüe’s social media pages on ...
Tags: Music, Los Angeles, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Queens, San Diego, Concerts, Motley Crue, Tommy Lee, Inglewood, Joan Jett, Nashville Tenn, Kenny Chesney, Petco Park, Blackhearts


Kenny Chesney reschedules the Chillaxification Tour at SoFi Stadium

The all-new SoFi Stadium in Inglewood has announced a rescheduled date for country superstar Kenny Chensey’s Chillaxification Tour with Florida Georgia Line, Old Dominion and Michael Franti and Spearhead. The tour will now hit the venue on July 24, 2021. Though it was originally scheduled for Aug. 1, 2020, Chesney decided to postpone his entire tour out of an abundance of caution due to the continued spread of novel coronavirus. Previously purchased tickets will be valid for the new date, howev...
Tags: Music, Taylor Swift, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Tim McGraw, Ticketmaster, Concerts, Inglewood, Joan Jett, Kenny Chesney, Chesney, Michael Franti, Music + Concerts, Top Stories Breeze, Ingrid Andress


Tommy Lee talks Tik Tok fame, new music and Mötley Crüe’s postponed comeback

After Mötley Crüe agreed to permanently retire following a farewell tour in 2015, Tommy Lee promised himself he’d take a full year off. He’d spent more than three decades playing and partying hard on tour with bandmates bassist Nikki Sixx, vocalist Vince Neil and guitarist Mick Mars, so spending time at home with family and friends sounded like a good deal. He nearly made it, but his basement recording studio ultimately beckoned him and before he knew it he was deep into making an eclectic mix o...
Tags: Music, London, La, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, San Diego, John, Marilyn Manson, Bay Area, Southern California, Concerts, Trump, Motley Crue, Tommy Lee, Mick Mars


Miss concerts? Drive-in shows with major acts are coming to Southern California starting July 4th

Back in May, in an op-ed piece in The Atlantic by Dave Grohl, the Foo Fighters’ frontman said that although the coronavirus global pandemic had put the music industry and live events on pause, there would be a time when we all could rock again. “Because we have to,” he said. “It’s not a choice.” As the state begins to open back up, promoters and bands are coming up with clever ways to bring live music back to the masses. A trio of promoters including Jon Reiser of Garden Amp in Garden Grove, fes...
Tags: Music, US, Sport, Things To Do, Atlantic, Soccer, Willie Nelson, Dave Grohl, Southern California, Concerts, Los Lobos, Fontana, East Los Angeles, Silverado, Bonnie Pointer, Waylon Jennings


Henry Rollins talks KCRW radio show, playing bad guys, and his favorite vampire and Wolfman

Henry Rollins is one of the nicest guys ever to be typecast as the bad guy. And that’s just fine, says the punk rock renaissance man whose CV includes everything from fronting the Rollins Band — and before that, Black Flag — to author, spoken-word performer, radio show host and movie villain. “With full honestly, I’m just glad for the work,” says Rollins, whose new movie “Dreamland” arrived this week. “Because I’ve not been to acting class. I don’t have a natural thing with acting. Lion cu...
Tags: Europe, Music, Hollywood, London, Movies, Australia, Los Angeles, Sport, Juliette Lewis, Uganda, Things To Do, Soccer, Antarctica, Henry Rollins, Laurie Anderson, Gypsy


Author Jim Ruland’s ‘Do What You Want’ offers all-access look at punk band Bad Religion

Author Jim Ruland is fascinated by the history of punk rock in Southern California. The area is the birthplace of noteworthy acts including X, Minutemen, Descendents, Social Distortion, Adolescents, The Germs, The Vandals, Black Flag, Circle Jerks and Bad Religion. “The story of Southern California punk rock and the way that it took hold here in ways that it maybe didn’t in other places like New York or London that have more infamous scenes … it’s interesting,” Ruland said during a recent phone ...
Tags: Books, Music, New York, London, Navy, California, La, Virginia, Spain, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, San Diego, Bentley, Los Angeles Times, Southern California


Bad Religion’s Greg Graffin talks about the band’s 40 years of punk rock

This was set to be a big year for Bad Religion. The San Fernando Valley-based punk rock band had plans to commemorate its 40th anniversary, but the coronavirus global pandemic forced the cancellation of its 2020 global jaunt. As well, this year marks anniversaries for three of Bad Religion’s biggest albums: Its 1990 album “Against the Grain” turns 30, 2000’s “The New America” turns 20 and 2010’s “The Dissent of Man” celebrates its 10th anniversary. “We’ve always done something important in the y...
Tags: Music, La, Los Angeles, Sport, Neil Young, Things To Do, Soccer, Jesus, Elvis Costello, Cornell University, Ucla, Epitaph Records, Concerts, Todd Rundgren, Peter, Greg


The Greek Theatre cancels concert season for the first time in 90 years due to coronavirus

The Greek Theatre in Los Angeles announced this week that it has officially been forced by the uncertainty caused by the novel coronavirus pandemic to cancel the remainder of its 2020 concert season. “Although we had hoped to celebrate our 90th anniversary season of providing live entertainment for the citizens of Los Angeles we feel it is the right, responsible and safe thing for fans, artists, staff and our Griffith Park community to put a pause on live, large crowd events until 2021,” AP Diaz...
Tags: Music, Norah Jones, Los Angeles, Sport, Netflix, Things To Do, Soccer, Long Beach, Concerts, Gladys Knight, Deftones, Carson, Joe Bonamassa, Andrew McMahon, Maren Morris, Sammy Hagar


The Long Beach Dub Allstars talk new music, local politics and more

It’s been a long 19 years since the Long Beach Dub Allstars released their last record. But this month, fans of the reggae-rockers will finally get to hear new music when the band releases its new self-titled album on May 29. It’s a 10-track record described by band members as a more grown-up version of the famously party-loving band that formed in 1997 out of the demise of Sublime after the death of the band’s influential frontman Bradley Nowell. The original 10-piece Allstars lineup included f...
Tags: Music, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Long Beach, Jeremy, Orange County, Wilson, Marshall, Linda Perry, Bradley, Ortiz, Brad, Hollywood Park, Goodman, Nowell


Green Day reschedules its Hella Mega Tour to 2021 due to coronavirus

Although tours and festivals have been canceled left and right due to the continued global spread of novel coronavirus, rock fans were holding out hope that somehow, someway, Green Day would be able to pull off the U.S. dates of its Hella Mega Tour. Sadly, the East Bay trio officially pulled the plug on the summer 2020 trek, which was originally scheduled to play out in stadiums across the U.S. with Weezer, Fall Out Boy and The Interrupters including Petco Park in San Diego on July 24 and Dodger...
Tags: Music, Los Angeles, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Katy Perry, San Diego, East Bay, Concerts, Weezer, Billie Joe Armstrong, Hollywood Park, Petco Park, KROQ, Dodger Stadium, Tre Cool


‘American Idol’ crowns Just Sam the winner during finale

Just Sam (Samantha Diaz) is officially 2020’s “American Idol” winner. The 21-year-old Harlem native was crowned during the virtual season finale on ABC Sunday, May 17. Local favorite Jonny West from Murrieta, who was the last Southern California performer, made it to the Top 5. Due to the spread of novel coronavirus, “American Idol” fans were given a strange, shortened season. The show pivoted to remote performances from contestants and at-home judging from Katy Perry, Luke Bryan and Lionel Rich...
Tags: Music, Abc, California, Disney, Sport, Fox, Things To Do, West, Soccer, Bob Dylan, Nepal, Alaska, Hawaii, Long Beach, Mark Ronson, Kansas


What do the Houseparty app, Katy Perry and Buffy the Vampire Slayer have in common?

Houseparty, a face-to-face social networking app, is throwing a three-day In The House virtual event May 15-17 with a variety of video content coming from over 40 musicians, celebrities, chefs and pro athletes. Fans can download the Houseparty app for free to tune into the In The House videos, which include everything from cooking demos and workouts to musical performances and dance parties. Oh, and actress Sarah Michelle Gellar will reprise her role as Buffy the Vampire Slayer and share her #qu...
Tags: Music, Football, NFL, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Brooklyn, Katy Perry, House, Alicia Keys, Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Idina Menzel, Neil Patrick Harris, Terry Crews, Snoop Dogg, Concerts


Insomniac announces EDC Las Vegas Virtual Rave-A-Thon livestream

After postponing its annual Electric Daisy Carnival (EDC) Las Vegas to Oct. 2-4, event promoter Insomniac has announced it will host an EDC Virtual Rave-A-Thon on the originally scheduled concert dates, May 15-17. The livestream event will take place from 5 p.m.-2 a.m. each evening and include a massive line-up of EDM artists, several of which were scheduled to perform during the live event, including David Guetta, Duke Dumont, Kaskade, Zeds Dead, Zhu, K?D and many more. It will all be hosted by...
Tags: Music, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Richard, Edc, Concerts, Thon, Insomniac, Rotella, Pasquale Rotella, Top Stories LADN, Top Stories OCR, Top Stories PE, Top Stories IVDB, Top Stories Sun


These 3 Southern California performers made the ‘American Idol’ Top 11

“American Idol” revealed the results of its viewer votes on Sunday as the Top 20 was cut to just 11 singers – including three from Southern California. Sophia James — the recently adopted stage name of Sophia Wackerman, a 20-year-old from Long Beach — and Jonny West, 23, of Murrieta both earned enough votes after their performances on April 26 to advance to the Top 10. Three more Southern Californians — including Makayla Phillips, 17, of Temecula; Nick Merico, 24, of Woodland Hills; and Olivia X...
Tags: Music, TV, Abc, California, Disney, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Long Beach, American Idol, James, Southern California, Luke Bryan, Pomona, Miranda Lambert, Phillips


Bored, hankering for music? Online sessions bring guitar lessons home

There are plenty of things you can’t do during the coronavirus pandemic but taking guitar lessons isn’t one of them. Guitar Center and its sister brand Music & Arts pivoted early during the health crisis to offer live, online lessons for guitar, bass, drums, piano and voice. Using ZOOM technology via a secured link, the one-on-one sessions are conducted from teachers’ homes and don’t require students to download an app. “Many of our instructors have multi-camera home studios, while others employ...
Tags: Business, Music, News, California, US, Sport, Soccer, San Diego, Local News, Guitar Center, Bakersfield, Irvine, Top Stories LADN, Top Stories OCR, Top Stories PE, Top Stories IVDB


Coronavirus cut short his tour, but Manhattan Beach teen still sang on 7 continents

In June 2019, teen opera singer John Huebner left Manhattan Beach with his family and a dream. Over a year-long family trip, Huebner aspired to perform on all seven continents. He achieved his goal, only just barely, as the novel coronavirus’ deepening spread cut short his trip on its last leg. “These last nine months have been a whirlwind for me,” said Huebner, who will be a senior at Ambassador High School in Torrance in the fall. With three months to go on the trek, the Huebners arrived in Ca...
Tags: Music, Japan, New York, News, La, Los Angeles, Sport, Vienna, Soccer, Antarctica, North, Local News, Orange County, Skype, Cal State Fullerton, Columbia


And the bands played on: Musicians connect with fans in new ways

As music consumers gravitated toward listening to their favorite tunes via streaming services instead of buying CDs and albums, recording artists have increasingly relied more on touring income than ever before. But after non-essential businesses, including concert venues, were recently ordered to close due to the coronavirus pandemic, musicians had to suddenly find different ways to reach their fans. Social media already saw artists interacting with their followers to varying degrees. Now, musi...
Tags: Facebook, Music, Taylor Swift, Instagram, Ryan Seacrest, Spain, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Rick Springfield, Robbie Williams, Inglewood, House of Blues Anaheim, Andrew McMahon, Sammy Hagar, Redlands


Music industry, lawmakers, unions agree on revamp to AB5

California’s music industry has reached a hard-fought agreement with state lawmakers and unions on Assembly Bill 5 amendments that will again allow most professionals to operate as independent contractors. Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, D-San Diego, authored AB5 with the backing of union interests. The bill was designed to protect workers’ rights by changing their status from independent contractors to employees, which affords them benefits and protections they otherwise wouldn’t have. But the l...
Tags: Business, Music, News, California, Senate, Legislation, Sport, Soccer, Social Security, San Diego, Local News, Teamsters, Legislature, Assembly, Gonzalez, Whittier


Taylor Swift cancels tour dates and plans to open new SoFi Stadium in Inglewood

Taylor Swift was scheduled to be the first act ever to perform at the new SoFi Stadium in Inglewood with her Lover Fest West shows on July 25 and 26. However, due to the ongoing spread and concerns over coronavirus, Swift announced via Twitter on Friday that she’d be canceling her shows with hopes of rescheduling sometime in 2021. “I’m so sad I won’t be able to see you guys in concert this year,” she wrote on Twitter. “But I know this is the right decision. Please, please stay healthy and safe. ...
Tags: Twitter, Music, Taylor Swift, Los Angeles, Sport, Things To Do, West, Soccer, Brazil, Swift, Concerts, Inglewood, Gillette Stadium, Sammy Hagar, Top Stories LADN, Top Stories OCR


After losing wife in helicopter crash, Tijuana Dogs’ Matt Mauser celebrates her life with music

At a time when the world is sheltering at home and isolating from one another, Matt Mauser felt the need for connection now more than ever. In January, his wife Christina Mauser, a 38-year-old girl’s youth basketball assistant coach, died in the helicopter crash in Calabasas that also took the lives of eight others including former NBA star Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna. Now, like the rest of Southern California, Mauser finds himself social distancing and taking on the role of...
Tags: Facebook, Music, New York, Youtube, Boston, Los Angeles, Sport, Dave, Things To Do, West, Soccer, Nba, Dreamworks, Coachella, Kobe Bryant, Michael Jackson


Social Distortion releases ‘Social Distancing’ shirts for coronavirus relief, writes new music in quarantine

Since the state-mandated stay-at-home order issued a month ago to combat the spread of coronavirus, Social Distortion frontman Mike Ness starting seeing his band’s famous Skelly skeleton logo used along with the new, but often repeated term, “social distancing.” Skelly was depicted wearing a mask, holding a box of tissues and spraying a bottle of sanitizing solution instead of sporting his signature grin and martini glass. Though it was creative, bootleggers selling the image on merchandise were...
Tags: Europe, Music, California, Los Angeles, Sport, Netflix, Things To Do, West, Soccer, Italy, Coachella, Orange County, Concerts, Christine, United Way, Jonny



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