Below the King Eddy Saloon: A peek into prohibition era L.A.

Living in Los Angeles, it sometimes hard to separate the truth and fiction of old and new.  Lots of places are crafted with throwback decor and old-timey reproductions.  The first time I stepped into the King Eddy Saloon, when Bill was still the manager, I knew this place was an authentic old bar.  It’s since changed ownership and has been spruced up with artwork honoring it’s literary history (Fante, Bukowski) and more libations including one of my favorites- Stone IPA on tap!  Recently, I was able to see what lies beneath the King Eddy, in all of it’s prohibition era glory…the former King Eddy speakeasy.  There are plans to refurbish the space in the future!



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Photo set: The Mowgli’s, 7/8/14 Troubadour in West Hollywood, CA

The Mowgli’s, 7/8/14 at the Troubadour in West Hollywood, CA

Setlist, The Mowgli's at the Troubadour 7/8/14 West Hollywood, CA

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Photo set: Peter Murphy, El Rey Theatre Los Angeles 7/3/14

Peter Murphy July 3, 2014 El Rey Theatre, Los Angeles, CA

The enormously  talented and always enigmatic Peter Murphy unleashed songs from Lion at the El Rey Theatre last Thursday (and again on Saturday).  The set featured new songs from his 10th solo album, beauties from previous solo records and also a few Bauhaus songs.  The setlist below is a bit different than what was actually played.  Things seems to get off to a late start, so the songs on the encore weren’t played perhaps due to a curfew?  His tour in support of Lion continues in the US into August, after which he’ll head to South America.  Updated tour information on

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Photo set: Returning to my roots, Worcester, MA

As anyone who knows me is well aware, I love Los Angeles and everything about it.  But, there is something very special about returning to your hometown.  Especially when it is for a happy occasion.  I grew up in Millbury, MA just adjacent to Worcester.  Since moving to CA last decade, I’ve only visited New England in times of sickness and death.  Last month, I returned to see my best friend of 25 years marry her soulmate!  It was a truly joyous occasion.  As she went off on her honeymoon, I stayed behind to house sit and was able to reconnect with family, old friends and the changed landscape of the heart of the Commonwealth.

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Helping to keep the arts in schools, Adopt the Arts, 7/2 The Mint LA

July 2, 2014 The Mint in Los Angeles, CA

Adopt The Arts & The Mint present: Fillmore Summer Celebration.  Music of Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young!

I attended the Adopt the Arts benefit at the Mint last night.  ATA is a non-profit charitable foundation dedicated to saving the arts in public schools.  ATA was founded by legendary drummer/artist/activist, Matt Sorum and activist Abby Berman, both of whom were in attendance last night.  Music memorabilia was auctioned off in between a fantastic set of the music of CSNY, performed by many talented musicians including surprise guests, Chris Stills and Billy Duffy.  Dallas Taylor was also in attendance and the recipient of an award for his involvement in the arts. 

If you missed last night’s event, check out part 2 tonight, July 3, 2014.  The “Fillmore Summer Celebration” at the Mint continues to benefit Adopt the Arts with the music of the Allman Brothers Band! $15!  Doors at 8PM, event starts at 9PM!

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