Many friends and colleagues have been asking me for more details about the Burger Records Festival at Los Globos in L.A. next month. I’ve been sleuthing, and here is some more info on this exciting event: I will be participating as a Blind Date, drumming for the one and only Gary Wilson. Besides the normal thrill of backing that legend up, I’m super excited to catch mo-fi pioneer (not lo-fi!) R. Stevie Moore’s performance. But the awesomeness doesn’t stop there! Burger Records is pulling out all the stops on this one, including Jacuzzi Boys (I’m including a video of one of my favorite songs by them here), the Garden, Cherry Glazerr, and so many more, as you can see on this poster. I can only imagine who the “special guest” is, but judging by the lineup, it’s going to be someone pretty amazing. The venue for this all ages BBQ extravaganza, Los Globos (http://www.clublosglobos.com), is located on L.A.’s fabled Sunset Blvd. This historic location has been around since the 1930s, and was originally the city’s first American Legion hall. The space’s credits include formerly hosting one of L.A.’s first openly gay clubs, as well as the country’s first legal rave. I can’t wait for this one, and I’m sure I’ll be posting more about tit as it nears. Thanks for staying tuned in!
Well, another great San Diego weekend in the books, with its usual mix of friends, music, and, um…light sabers. As many of you know, I play drums regularly with Lady Dottie and the Diamonds. It’s always a blast playing our weekly rock ‘n roll dance party at Café 21 every Saturday, but this weekend was especially fun, aided by the international phenomenon we know as Comic-Con. Before the show and between sets, it was a lot of fun to soak up the Comic-Con vibes. Though the official event really only takes place at the San Diego Convention Center, the festivities spill out into downtown at night. As I sat on my drum throne laying down party grooves for the San Diego Music Award-winning band, I thoroughly enjoyed watching a parade of Deadpools, Ninja Turtles, Jedis, and zombies informally parade and socialize down 5th Avenue in the Gaslamp. And then for some inexplicable reason there was that San Diego Police Department hooptie… More to come, and thanks for staying tuned in! Deadpool, Anders Larsson, and Deadpool, hanging outside Café 21 The force is strong with this one. Joe Guevara, keyboardist in Lady Dottie and the Diamonds, wielding his light saber. Joe has real Comic-Con street cred., having attended the old Comic-Con back in the day at San Diego’s Golden Hall Anders Larsson and Lady Dottie, pre-rock ‘n roll party on Comic-Con weekend at Café 21
San Diego folks that frequent establishments like the U.S. Grant Hotel, Riviera Supper Club, Kensington Club, and other spots are probably familiar with the city’s hardest working standards quartet, Westside Inflection. What they might not know is that the quartet was originally named Seabreeze, and was at one time the most in-demand ensemble in San Diego’s Navy Band Southwest. As the VIP ensemble for the prestigious band, the original lineup of Jason Hanna, Anders Larsson, Antar Martin, and Colin Greggs played for thousands of people, including notables like the Secretary of the Navy and former U.S. President Jimmy Carter (Mr. Carter was so moved by the groups performance of a Nat King Cole classic that he actually approached Hanna to tell him that the group reminded him of his time in the Navy). The original Westside Inflection, then named “Seabreeze”. From left to right: Jason Hanna, Anders Larsson, Antar Martin, and Colin Greggs. Photo by Bill Chizek. It wasn’t long before the quartet realized that when time allowed, and on “liberty,” they could bring the classic swinging standards of Frank Sinatra , Dean Martin, Bobby Darin, Nat King Cole, et al to the public in San Diego. Hanna and Larsson are now enjoying the lives of civilian, full-time musicians based in San Diego, while Colin Greggs continues to serve in uniform in Italy, and Pete Mattice (who replaced Martin on bass) is doing the same in Seattle. The quartet is busier than ever these days, with Jon Walters (Third Coast Jazz), Alex Ciavarelli, and Mark Dzula taking care of guitar duties, while Jason Littlefield (The Heavy Guilt, Archie Thompson) expertly fills the position of bassist. Besides special events, Westside Inflection plays every Wednesday evening at the Riviera Supper Club in La Mesa.
More San Diego shows announced for Javier Escovedo and the City Lights! I’m very excited to be playing more shows with this great band, and wanted to share the dates of the confirmed upcoming shows in America’s Finest City. It’s going to be a busy summer and fall for us, so buckle up! Javier Escovedo and the City Lights performing at Ray at Night. Pictured: Javier Escovedo and Anders Larsson. (Photo by my little sister, Catie) Confirmed shows include: August 30 - Tin Can Ale House September 5 - Lestat’s (all ages!) September - 11 Mary Jane’s Underground (Hard Rock Hotel) September 27 - Adams Avenue Street Fair (all ages) October 6 - the Casbah Rumor has it we will also be making an appearance on NBC7’s SoundDiego TV program, doing an interview with Tim Pyles, playing a show at my favorite La Mesa venue, the Riviera Supper Club, playing the Tower Bar’s epic monthly Punk Rock vs. Hip Hop event, and doing an in-store at San Diego’s coolest record store, M-Theory. I can’t say enough about how much fun I have playing with Javier, Xavier Roji Anaya, and Thomas Kitsos. It’s a real privilege to play with those guys, and I learn something new every show. I’m looking forward to what’s in store for us in the coming months. Thanks, as always, for staying tuned in!