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 |2019-08-29T16:37:08-07:00August 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 |2019-05-31T10:32:27-07:00May 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 |2019-05-23T18:26:10-07:00May 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 |2019-02-28T17:03:22-07:00February 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 |2019-01-04T09:09:51-07:00January 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 |2019-04-20T12:44:05-07:00December 4th, 2018|Concert Reviews|8 Comments

Gig Review: Tab Benoit, Hermosa Beach, CA

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By Martine Ehrenclou

“Tab Benoit’s Whiskey Bayou Review” featured the beloved Cajun Bluesman, and two of his protégés, Eric Johanson and Jeff McCarty, at Saint Rocke, Hermosa Beach, CA, October 26, 2018.

With a capacity of 280, I considered myself lucky to see blues guitarist, singer-songwriter, Tab Benoit, in such an intimate setting. We’d reserved a table so we could see the stage. Little did I know that 2/3 of the venue was standing room only. Envision a mosh pit but reversed [Read More]

By |2018-11-01T11:30:41-07:00October 29th, 2018|Concert Reviews|18 Comments