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LA/LA Land: Dive bars. You never know in LA

The land that is now Los Angeles County was originally claimed by Rodriquez Cabrillo in 1542, but it was not really settled until 11 Spanish families known as “Los Pobladores” arrived on Sept. 4, 1781 and began displacing the native Tongva and Chumaz peoples to build what they called “El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora la Reina de los Ángeles del Río Porciúncula”.  Mercifully, over the ...[Read More]

LA/LA Land : Fire and Music in California; status report

We learned the brutal lesson this week that fire has no respect for fame or talent.  The two fires ripping across Southern and Northern California have leveled the lives of the famous, the up and coming, and the heroic. With the Woolsey Fire only 47% contained as I write this and the Camp Fire gobbling up another 5000 acres last night, it is far too early to take account of the devastation.  But o...[Read More]

LA/LA Land : The Gibson Showroom is back! Buy more guitars.

Earlier this year I wrote about the malaise in the guitar industry and that one result was that Gibson Guitar Brands, maker of the iconic guitars like the Les Paul and Epiphone and Baldwin Pianos filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. An immediate local impact of that was the closure of the Gibson Guitar Showroom in Beverley Hills, which doubled as a private music space for invitation- only industry eve...[Read More]

LA/LA Land: The Rocky Horror Picture Show and Dia de Los Muertos: scary season in LA.

Today is Halloween and I have taken down my Day of the Dead calaveras skulls and put up my Halloween jack-o-lanterns and bought more candy than I can eat in a decade, knowing that in my kid-concentrated neighborhood it will be gone tomorrow.  I attended my first Halloween event last night, a Rocky Horror Picture Show Jam at the famous Whiskey A Go Go in Hollywood, featuring my friend Militia Vox (...[Read More]

LA/LA Land -The Day of the Dead continues and its Halloween!

This weekend huge Día de Los Muertos celebrations will take place  across Southern California, especially in Los Angeles, the second largest Spanish–speaking city in the world and a former Mexican pueblo.    I will be at the 40,000+ person Día de Los Muertos: Coatlicue (Aztec mother of gods) celebration at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery down the street from Paramount Studios, and will report on it...[Read More]

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