Patrick O’Heffernan

Latinas Out Loud at The Hammer.

(Westwood, CA) The Hammer Museum in Westwood Friday night opened it’s Pacific Standard Time:LA/LA  art exhibition,  Radical Women: Latin American art, 1960 -1985, with Latinas Out Loud”: ¡Párriba!  a wild concert led by Lido Pimienta and introduced by LA’s own joyful punk, funk Latin rock band, Sister Mantos.  It was the perfect combination of musical and plastic arts to showcase the power o...

Q&A: Francisca Venezuela – Singer, songwriter, poet, designer, entrepreneur and unstoppable force of nature.

(Los Angeles, CA) Singer, songwriter, poet, designer, entrepreneur and unstoppable force of nature, Francisca Valenzuela is a phenomenal multifaceted artist who has commanded stages in Latin America, Europe and the US.  Born in San Francisco, USA, of Chilean parents, Francisca’s career includes platinum and gold albums, world tours, a Latin Grammy nomination, and founding a major music festival. S...

PST LA/LA concert at the Hollywood Bowl – three headliners, one message: Latin pride.

(Hollywood) Las familias lined up early at the entrance gates to the Hollywood Bowl Sunday night. Padres, madres, niños and niñas, abuellos and abuelas and many, many amigos and amigas.  Some carried picnic baskets and cold chests, some carried delicious smelling shopping bags, others were planning their orders of gourmet dinners and wine from the roving waiters inside. The air was filled with exc...

An incredible four day press junket for #PSTinLA

(Santa Monica) Have you ever been on a press junket?  Probably not unless you are a reporter or broadcaster or editor. As a writer I go on press junkets, which in the music biz are often fairly tame –  muffins and coffee in the morning, interviews and photo ops with a sleepy band, and distribution of press passes for an upcoming concert.  This Tuesday was not like that;  I was at the mother of all...

“A Sweetish Tune” by Noctambule: a must have for fans of Irish music – traditional and experimental.

(Chapala, Mexico) For fans of traditional Irish music, “A Sweetish Tune” by the duo Noctambule is a must have.  This long awaited second album by Marla Fibush and Bruce Victor, who produce and record under the nomme de music Noctambule,  builds on their previous releases, The Waking and Travel In Shadows,  but goes far beyond them with heavenly mandolin and mandola finger picking by Fi...

LA’s Latino Fusion Revolution is coming your way.

LA is is the second largest Spanish-speaking city in the world — Mexico City being the first. Not surprising, since Los Angeles used to be Mexico, as did Texas and much of the Southwest.  The Treaty of Gudalupe Hidalgo in 1848  ended the Mexican-American war and made Alta California just plain old California. While government and sovereignty changed, the Mexican families  living in Californi...

Chicano Batman in a legendary recording studio: a good sign and a good time.

(Santa Monica CA) The Village Studios in Santa Monica is one of the nation’s  most legendary, so it was with great anticipation that I accepted an invitation to attend a private concert by soon-to-be- legendary Chicano Batman in one of its world class recording rooms, produced by KCSN, a small listener-supported station based at California State University at Northridge. Finding The Village Studio...

Frutas: Sin Color’s debut album set to rocket to the top.

(Hollywood) You can always tell when an artist or band is going to rocket to the to the top. They collect an award or two before their first release, draw big crowds when they play locally, and have an overflow audience for the album release party.  Sin Color – the duo of Crisia Regalado and David Aquino – has done all of that and something else – their debut album, Frutas,  is more than debut – i...

Jackie Venson Live at Strange Brew hits you in the gut where real blues belong

(Los Angeles) Austin-born and still Texas-based Jackie Venson is a Berklee College of music trained-blues rock guitarist – not a common combination –   who blows the roof off every venue she plays in.  Trained in classical piano, Venson has multi-instrumental chops plus a voice that can drip with emotion or belt with blues.  She picked up the guitar shortly after graduating from Berklee and ...

No Small Children: mild-mannered teachers by day, tear-your-face-off alt. rockers by night.

(Los Angeles) No Small Children is a band like no other.  Born on an elementary school playground in the spring of 2012, the trio are school teachers by day and a phenomenally successful hard rock band by night.  And they move very fast.  Three months after deciding to use their recess breaks as band practice time they had an EP out, countless shows behind them and an East Coast tour booked.  Plus...

Mucho baile at Gran Performances with Buyepongo and Sidestepper leading the dance

(Los Angeles) It was dance, dance, dance with  LA-based polyrhythmic cumbia-rock-funk-merengue band Buyepongo and electroacústica Columbian music group Sidestepper. Both dance pavilions at the California Plaza were elbow to elbow with writhing crowds that spilled over into the VIP seats and the picnic areas, rocking out to music that just wouldn’t let you stay seated.  The hugely popular and resol...

Gabby Moreno and Caloncho create a magical night at Grand Performances 2017

LOS ANGELES. Gaby Moreno and Caloncho created a magical night Saturday at Grand Performances in California Plaza in downtown Los Angeles.  About 2000 people filled the two-level sunken plaza,  facing a sparkling pond in front of the expansive stage, backed by dancing water spouts and skyscrapers sporting the projected Grand Performances logo.  Lights twinkled all around, families opened picnic bas...

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