October 2011

Danielle LoPresti and The Masses

No Lack of Talent

 

Founder and producer of the San Diego Indiefest and Say it Records, Danielle doesn’t just slow down with that. She also fills the boots as lead singer and songwriter of The Masses.

Her sultry voice will turn you on but her lyrics will make you feel bad for feeling the way you do. The music is a mixture of jazz, funk, rock and alternative. A socially conscious theme resonates out of the speakers and into your hearts. They’re not afraid to sing about the controversial issues like: domestic abuse, homosexuality, racism, equal rights, and the roles of women.

The Stepkids

Guitarist Jeff Gitelman, bass player Dan Edinberg and drummer Tim Walsh

The Stepkids comprised of a three-man band starting with guitarist Jeff Gitelman, bass player Dan Edinberg and drummer Tim Walsh. All three-band members are bonafide singers and songwriters. Their music a fusion of punk, jazz, West African, 1960s folk, neo and classic soul, classic funk and 20th century classical. They produce, engineer and record their own albums.

No stranger to music the individual band members went on to share stages with 50 Cent, Alicia Keys, Jaheim, Lauryn Hill, and even toured internationally with indie punk band Zox. The Stepkids have also scored movies and commercials.

Unlike most commercial bands, these three Connecticut-based artists put together a set of songs with each member having equal say in the creative process. Band member Dan Edinberg expressed in an interview, "Every step of the way was completely collaborative. We worked completely together. We wrote all the music together, we wrote vocal melodies together. We even wrote the lyrics together."

After their domestic tour, they will head overseas. First leg of international tour starts at Japan first week of November and then to Europe the latter half of November. At the beginning of the New Year, the band will make their way down to Australia.

You can see the band perform on Saturday, October 29, 2011 at 8:30 PM Pacific Standard Time. The band will perform at "The Echo" club located at 1822 West Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA  90026. Ticket priced at $8 each but you must be 21 or over to attend.

The Sunset Strip: Halloween Haunts 2011

Event Venues in West Hollywood

SUNSET BLVD. After the "Day of the Dead Strip Crawl" on Sunset, what else are you going to do to celebrate All Hallows Eve? West Hollywood doesn't slow down just because Halloween falls on a Monday.

The Whisky a Go Go: Sunday October 30th, 2011 8pm $10 at the door.

  • Rosie and the Cobras: the punch of Joan Jett, lyrical prose of Chrissy Hinde, the voice of Pat Benetar.
  • The Icebreakers:
  • Endless Battle: Ecclectic blend of shock rock, burlesque and theatrical horror.
  • The Gutter Punks:

The Comedy Store: Every Friday in October in the Main Room at midnight. $15.00

  • Haunted Midnights: Take a flash light tour of what was once the building of mob-owned "Ciro's Nightclub" and dig up the ghosts of the past with mentalist Brett Webb, paranormal research team EXP, and video evidence of the hauntings of this notorious club.

The House of Blues: Sunday Oct. 30th, 2011. 8pm. $30.00 at the door.

  • The Damned:
  • Manic Hispanic:
  • The Cute Lepers:

The Key Club: The 6th Annual Monsters Ball. 9p $15-$25.

  • Techneic:
  • Joe Moses:
  • Topic:
  • Terry Kennedy:
  • Young Brown:
  • J Kung:
  • G Mack:
  • Trigger Nasty:
  • Dizzle:

The Standard: Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves Boho Halloween. Purple Lounge. Saturday Oct. 29th, 2011. $15-$20 at the door.

  • JJamz:
  • Allah-Las:
  • Mickey Madden:
  • Mark Shoenecker:
  • plus fortune tellers, schemers, wistful nomads, swindlers and magicians.

The Viper Room: Sunday, Oct. 30th, 2011 7.30p. $15 at the door.

  • The Body Rampant:
  • Wings Like Weapons:
  • Cromwell:
  • The Anix:
  • Fly Radio:
  • Space Funk Odyssey:

Or, you could stay at home with mom and dad. Gaining a facial twitch at the clown costumes they've worn every Halloween since 1984, listening to their grunting noises and mumbling about how "Halloween ain't like it used to be when they were young..."