Patrick O’Heffernan

Musical Magic in a power plant with Nancy Sanchez for Valentine’s

(Los Angeles) The Edison is one of LA’s more upscale and quirky music venues.  Designed by DTLA urban renewal developer  Andrew Meieran and run by the entertainment entrepreneur Barbara Jacobs, it is situated inside LA’s first privately-owned power plant, underground in the sub-basement of the Higgins Building, constructed in 1910. It retains parts of the generators and other mechanical marvels of...

Halo Circus’ Robots and Wranglers. 2018 Album of the Year? It’s that good.

(Los Angeles) I think I just listened to next year’s Grammy Album of the Year. I know that’s a risky statement but Halo Circus’ Robots and Wranglers is a nuclear-powered musical missile aimed at the heart of our society and ourselves.  It is so far out of this world and so deep into our zeitgeist that is hard to see any one catching  up.  It simultaneously creates and pushes a revolutionary musica...

LA/LA Land : Brazil in Los Angeles – once you find it.

“You have arrived” the lady who lives inside Google Maps told me. No I haven’t I told her back, forgetting that she couldn’t hear me.  I hadn’t arrived.  The Seventy7 Lounge that I had asked to be directed to was nowhere in sight.  I had gotten tipped off by my friend Luis Polanco, the owner of the Sunset Ecelctico concert production company,  that a there was going to be a kickass Brazilian singe...

Sue Foley’s The Ice Queen is, like her, the essence of the blues.

(Los Angeles) With twelve tracks, many featuring guests like Charlie Sexton, Jimmie Vaughn or Billie F. Gibbons, Sue Foley’s forthcoming album, The Ice Queen, is an indulgent  treat for blues fans and jazz and rock lovers alike. Foley has stretched her familiar sexy, belt-it-out blues voice to reach emotional and tonal levels in this album we have never heard before, matched as always with her mig...

LA/LA Land: The She Rocks Awards through the eyes of a young woman musician.

NAMM has come and gone. There were guitars, keyboards, technology, panels, speeches, 110,000 people, probably as many gallons of beer and wine, and countless performances.  But one of the most exciting events at NAMM this year was actually down the street at the Anaheim House of Blues, the She Rocks Awards,  presented by the Women’s International Music Network.  I was isolated in the balcony shoot...

Happy Birthday – Writers Spotlight : Patrick O’Heffernan

Happy birthday Artistic Echoes.  I love what you do and I love being associated with you.  I host two radio hour-long radio shows in Los Angeles, Music Friday Live! and MusicaFusionLA.  Music  FridayLive! interviews 2 bands/artists a week live on the Blogtalkradio.com network. Fans can call in and talk with the guests or email questions. The show is syndicated on terrestrial radio stations in the ...

LA/LA Land: Music is the universal language – just ask these Korean Mexican jazz rockers.

The geomungo is 6 foot- long, 11-string zither instrument from Korea which is played by one or more people sitting on the floor striking the strings with a short stick.  It is often accompanied by a janggo, also called a “slim-waist drum”, an hourglass-shaped  horizontal drum with two heads made from animal skins tuned to produce sounds of different pitch and timbre believed to represent the harmo...

Time to Fly by Mare Wakefield & Nomad: tap your feet and think

(Los Angeles) Mare Wakefield and her husband Nomad have been a fixture on the folk and Americana music circuit for years, which is why it is no surprise that their latest album of 12 original songs is so damn good.  They capture the depth and authenticity of the genre but put a playful, unique stamp on it. I could listen to songs like “The Day We buried Moma (& cousin Bobby Joe get wed)” and “...

La/La Land: Stevie Wonder crashes a MLK party (cheers!)

When you fly over Inglewood CA on your approach to the runways at LAX, if you look down you will see a large round columned white building next to a half-mile wide hole in the ground.  The hole in the ground is the construction site of a new NFL stadium; the white building is the LA Forum, former home of NBA games and now a major LA music venue.  This was the site Monday of King Fest at the Forum,...

LA/LA Land: Fire burns more than buildings in California: lessons from two music stories

As my local news this week filled with video of mudslides damaging homes in the Montecito area of Santa Barbara – including Oprah’s and Ellen’s –  and taking lives, I was reminded personally of the damage the fires that paved the way for the mudslides did to music in California. The wildfires this fall and winter in both Northern and Southern California caused over a $1 billion in damages an...

The Dank: a potent margarita of TexMex music with a shot of LA blues.

(Los Angeles) What happens when two Texan musicians raised in classical music and school choirs find themselves in a punk venue in Guadalajara playing for tacos and tequila. They write a song, “Guadalajara”, part of The Dank, a potent margarita of  TexMex music served with a shot of blues in one of the best ALM debut albums this year. Actually, the Dank’s story started in 2014, when guitarist/sing...

LA/LA Land: Family values in the center of Hollywood.

The center of Hollywood is not the famous intersection of Hollywood Blvd and Vine Street, at least not for musicians.  It is actually a small alley off of Selma Ave between Sunset and Hollywood Blvds.  This is where you will find the entrance to the Hotel Café, which is neither a hotel nor a café.  It is the one venue in LA that every upcoming local and touring musician really, really wants to pla...

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