Gig Review: Michael Leasure & Friends, Malainey’s Grill, Long Beach, CA

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By Martine Ehrenclou

Michael Leasure & Friends turned out to be the secret full length performance by the great blues rock guitarist, singer-songwriter, Walter Trout, at Malainey’s Grill in Long Beach, CA on September 22nd, put on by blues promoter Cadillac Zack.

Having never seen Walter Trout live, I was excited to experience one of the contemporary blues greats up close and personal in an intimate venue. You just don’t find that kind of experience very often in Los [Read More]

By |2019-09-26T21:47:59-08:00September 26th, 2019|Concert Reviews|3 Comments

Concert Review: Gov’t Mule at The Ford Theaters August 25, 2019

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By Martine Ehrenclou

To see the Southern rock jam band Gov’t Mule live in a small outdoor venue tucked in an enclave of the Hollywood Hills, CA, was a mind blowing experience. The backdrop to the stage was a steep mountain incline topped with palm trees, and a rustic stone wall lining the back of the hill. The Ford Theater was a bit magical, setting the stage for one of the best concerts I’d seen in a long time.

Opening [Read More]

By |2019-08-29T16:37:08-08:00August 27th, 2019|Concert Reviews|4 Comments

Review the 6 String Showdown Blues Guitar Competition

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By Martine Ehrenclou

Ever been to a blues guitar competition? Neither had I. And guess what, it’s a blast. What an evening of fun the 6 String Showdown Blues Guitar Competition (regionals) turned out to be on Sunday, May 26th at Joe’s Great American Bar & Grill, Burbank, CA.

Presented by The New Blues Festival and Grandstand Jam, the 6 String Showdown Blues Guitar Competition, Season 2, L.A. County Regionals, featured 16 guitar players who competed [Read More]

By |2019-05-31T10:32:27-08:00May 29th, 2019|Concert Reviews, Music News|0 Comments

Concert Review Keb’ Mo’ Fred Kavli Theater, Thousand Oaks, CA

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By Martine Ehrenclou

There’s nothing better to heal your soul than a Keb’ Mo’ concert. This blues roots master, multi Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter, guitarist, put on a solo acoustic show at the Fred Kavli Theater, Thousand Oaks, CA on May 19, 2019. And what a magical evening it was.

If you know Keb’ Mo’s music, you know his soulful blues. The unmistakable voice. The fingerpicking and slide guitar. From his Grammy-winning contemporary blues album, TajMo with Taj Mahal, [Read More]

By |2019-05-23T18:26:10-08:00May 21st, 2019|Concert Reviews|3 Comments

Gig Review: Albert Castiglia, Malainey’s Grill, Long Beach, CA

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By Martine Ehrenclou

As part of his “Titans Of Blues-Rock Series,” Blues promotor Cadillac Zack brought the phenomenal blues-rock guitarist, singer, Albert Castiglia to Malainey’s Grill in Long Beach, CA on February 24, 2019. And what a show it was.

Nestled in a beachy mall overlooking the ocean, this intimate venue doesn’t look like it would have some of the best blues around on Sunday nights, but it does [Read More]

By |2019-02-28T17:03:22-08:00February 26th, 2019|Concert Reviews|5 Comments

Gig Review: Philip Sayce, Maui Sugar Mill

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By Martine Ehrenclou

Many don’t like to brave the Los Angeles highways on New Year’s Eve, even for a concert. But we were going to see Philip Sayce at the Maui Sugar Mill in Tarzana, CA on December 31st and I wouldn’t have missed it for the world. That’s how good a guitar player, singer-songwriter Philip Sayce is, along with drummer Michael Leasure and Fred Mandel on keyboards.

This was music royalty.

Pulling into the mall parking lot of the [Read More]

By |2019-01-04T09:09:51-08:00January 3rd, 2019|Concert Reviews|7 Comments

Concert Review: Jonny Lang, Canyon Club

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By Martine Ehrenclou

After having seen Jonny Lang live only a few months before, I was ready to see him again. This Grammy Award-winning virtuoso guitarist, singer-songwriter is so riveting that his concert at the Canyon Club in Agoura Hills, CA on December 2nd will not be my last.

Known not just for his other-worldly guitar chops but for vocals that seem to open a vein to his soul, Lang’s music is blues-rock infused with gospel [Read More]

By |2019-04-20T12:44:05-08:00December 4th, 2018|Concert Reviews|8 Comments