JOAN OF ART: Pop Icons, Gay Pride, Playboy Jazz Festival and an Opera Great

One of my favorite places to go to hear music is THE ROSE in Pasadena. I've seen some amazing groups there and this Saturday, June 8th, Carnie and Wendy Wilson along with Chynna Phillips (Wilson Phillips) will be performing at The Rose and I can't wait. They have sold over 18 million copies worldwide and scored three number one singles on the Billboard Hot 100, making the trio the best selling female group of all time!

The group won the Billboard Music Award for Hot 100 Single of the Year for 'Hold On' and in addition was nominated for four Grammy Awards and two American Music Awards.

Other hits include 'Release Me,' 'You're in Love,' 'Impulsive' and The Dream is Still Alive.' Most recently the trio appeared in the hit comedy movie BRIDESMAIDS and also released the album DEDICATED, featuring cover versions of songs by The Beach Boys and The Mamas and Papas.

What makes this show even more exciting is the opening act Eileen Carey. She celebrates her recent hit single, 'Anything That Reminds Me of You,' which this February swept the #1 spot in the New Music Weekly charts, including Country, AC/Hot AC and the Top 40 charts. Eileen is an amazing singer, songwriter. She has all of her bases covered and now her new single 'Meet Me Halfway', is climbing up the music charts.

The Rose is located at 245 East Green Street, Pasadena CA. To purchase tickets and for more information go to WhereMusicMeetsTheSoul.com or call 1-888-645-5006.

Now if pop music isn't your thing, this Friday, June 7th Ron Howard's new documentary entitled PAVAROTTI is opening in select theatres.

Luciano Pavarotti was an Italian operatic tenor who also crossed over into popular music, eventually becoming one of the most commercially successful tenors of all time. He made numerous recordings of complete operas and individual arias, gaining worldwide fame for the quality of his tone and eventually established himself as one of the finest tenors of the 20th century.

To hear him sing the aria NESSUN DORMA, one of the most beautiful pieces of music ever written, is alone worth the price of admission.

Adding to the great music happening this weekend is the PLAYBOY JAZZ FESTIVAL at the Hollywood Bowl on June 8th and 9th. This year the performers are as great as ever.

They include Boz Scaggs, Angelique Kidjo, Kool and the Gang, Bela Fleck and The Flecktones, Sheila E., Benny Golson's 90th Birthday Quartet and more. George Lopez will be hosting.

This is such a beautiful outdoor venue to experience music. For more information and to purchase tickets go to HollywoodBowl.com. The Bowl is located at 2301 North Highland Avenue in Hollywood.

Lastly but definitely one of the most important events happening this weekend is the LA PRIDE FESTIVAL on June 8th and 9th.

It will be at the West Hollywood Park put on by Christopher Street West Association, a 501 non-profit who organized the world's first permitted parade advocating for gay rights on June 28, 1970 as a response to and in commemoration of the Stonewall Rebellion on Christopher Street in New York City, the year prior.

Since then they have built a rich history as an active voice for the LGBTQ+ community across the Great Los Angeles metropolitan area and today they continue to produce the LA PRIDE PARADE AND FESTIVAL every June in the City of West Hollywood.

This year the headliners will be Meghan Trainor and British electronic pop trio, Years & Years. They will be joined by Ashanti, Amara La Negra, De3Leaf, Greyson Chance, MNEK, Pabllo Vittar, Ah-Mer-Ah-Su and many more.

Hollywood Park is located at 647 North San Vicente Blvd. To purchase tickets and for more information go to LAPride.org.

Whatever you choose to do this weekend people, make it a super fun one.

Featured image: Carnie Wilson, Wendy Wilson, and Chynna Phillips of the vocal group Wilson Phillips, circa 1990. (Tim Roney/Getty Images)


JOAN OF ART: Big Band Music, Rock and Roll Memories, PhotoLA, and of Course the Super Bowl

I know most of America will be watching the Super Bowl. I have to admit I'm not into football but I do love the commercials. But Sunday makes up just one day of the weekend so here's some fun suggestions before the game of games starts...

One of my favorite swing bands, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy is coming to town on Saturday night.

2018 marks the 25th anniversary of Big Bad Voodoo Daddy's remarkable arrival onto the music scene. Since it's formation in the early nineties in Ventura, California, the band has toured virtually nonstop, performing on average over 150 shows a year, and has produced a sizable catalog of recorded music, with sales of over 2 million albums to date. Early on, during their legendary residency at the Derby nightclub in Los Angeles, they reminded the world, in the midst of the grunge era no less, that it was still cool to swing. The band, co-founded by singer Scotty Morris and drummer Kurt Sodergren, was at the forefront of the swing revival of that time, blending a vibrant fusion of the classic American sounds of Jazz, Swing, and Dixieland, with the energy and spirit of contemporary culture.

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy will be performing at The Rose in Pasadena. The all original core line-up includes Scotty Morris (lead vocals and guitar), Kurt Sodergren (drums), Dirk Shumaker (double bass and vocals), Andy Rowley (baritone saxophone and vocals), Glen “The Kid” Marhevka (trumpet), Karl Hunter (saxophones and clarinet) and Joshua Levy (piano and arranger).

After 25 years, 11 records, over 2800 live shows, and countless appearances in film and television, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy is showing no signs of slowing down, and is looking forward to celebrating it's 25th anniversary in 2018.

February 2, 2019 at The Rose in Pasadena
Doors 6pm. Music 7pm. Headliner 9:00pm.
Opening sets by Nick Marechal and Man on Fire
$38 / $48 / $58 / $68 + applicable fees

If you purchase a ticket at a table, you are required to purchase dinner. Minimum spend is $25.00 per person. You must arrive by 7pm. For tickets and more info visit WhereMusicMeetsTheSoul.com/events/big-bad-voodoo-daddy-pasadena

For the past ten years I've been going to PHOTOLA and this year is no exception. A collaborative platform that links the international photographers, galleries, dealers and publishers. That is PhotoLA. Located at the Historic Barker Hanger in Santa Monica the show runs January 31st to February 3rd, 2019.

You will see the works of the industry elite as well as up and coming talent alike. This is the longest running international art fair on the West Coast that has been in operation for nearly three decades. My favorite photography is black and white and they have plenty of amazing vintage works on hand.

The Barker Hanger is located at 3021 Airport Avenue, Santa Monica in the Santa Monica airport. To purchase tickets to to PhotoLA.com.

Now if you're a collector of Rock and Roll memorabilia you definitely do not want to miss L.A's Rock 'N' Roll Flea Market which people say is more like a party that happens to sell stuff. I've been there and I completely agree. This is a very cool place especially if you're into vinyl which I am. With vinyl vendors, vintage guitars and continuous cocktails, the Rock 'N' Roll Flea Market gives Los Angeles a hangover cure featuring both the 'hair of the dog' and shopping.

Jamming from 10am to 3pm on the first Sunday of every month at the Regent Theatre downtown, the RNR Flea Market can kickstart a Sunday with the same raucous fun that closed out Saturday night. The $2.00 cover charge is waived for those who eat at Prufrock before shopping which is a lovely pizzeria attached to the venue, offering a simple brunch with a complete section of cocktails.

This is a smaller version of massive outdoor venues like the Rose Bowl and in contrast it offers shoppers a fun social experience while they browse. Great way to spend Sunday morning before the Super Bowl.

And speaking of the Super Bowl if you're not into having a party at your house, there's some classic bars to watch the game. One is The Abbey, voted annually as one of the world's best gay bars.

They have four full bars and the drinks are strong. The place is Gothic meets the Mediterranean with indoor/outdoor spaces, plentiful cabanas and hunky bartenders. The Abbey is located at 692 North Robertson Blvd. West Hollywood CA. For more information go to TheAbbeyWeHo.com.

Now if you're into watching the game, L.A. icon Barney's Beanery is the place to be.

Located at 8447 Santa Monica Blvd in West Hollywood this is the original branch of a landmark local chain serving an eclectic mix of pub grub in kitschy digs. It opened in West Hollywood in 1920 and very quickly established itself as a fixture in L.A. with a history and a following that is unmatched.

Barney's is a fantastic place to watch your favorite sporting event, play pub style trivia with friends or sing some karaoke.. No reservations are needed. For more information or to check out the menu go to BarneysBeanery.com.

So folks whatever you choose to do this weekend, make it a fun one.