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Miles Tackett’s The Fool Who Wonders

If you have gone to Funky Sole, LA’s finest weekly raw funky soul party, you have seen Music Man Miles providing killer funk sounds every Saturday at The Echo.  Miles Tackett is also distinguished as a  member of  the funk band Breakestra with his characteristic vocals and guitar skills. For over a decade in the Los Angeles underground funk scene it is no surprise that Miles would come up with a solo production influenced by the many paths of his life.

Last week, the Bootleg Theatre hosted a night for all to witness Tackett’s new material “The Fool Who Wonders” a soulful funk soul production with dashes of psychedelia, just like this night.  Between Miles voice, guitar and visuals accompanied by high caliber musicians, the audience was astound and thoroughly attentive to the performance taking place.  Highlight of the night:  Miles young family member cheering him “you can do this!” (way cute) which was enhanced by the presence of the afrobeat band Mexico68 providing additional dancing vibes. The hours of rehearsal and meticulous production was certainly noticed one song after the other with fresh sounds that will undoubtedly reach different corners of Los Angeles and beyond.

Below, check Miles recently released video of his song “Just What I Need” to get a little taste of The Fool Who Wonders and for even more photos of the night please visit FARAHSTOP, the music photography archive.

 

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Devo at The Wiltern – 06’29’14

At the end of June I went to check out Devo at The Wiltern. I wasn’t sure what to expect since the last time I saw them 4 of their original band members were still alive.  Now, only 3 remain after the sudden death of founding member Bob Casale back in February.  Members of the press were invited to be present only for the first 3 songs.  After that we were politely escorted out. During those 3 songs Devo sat on stools which was certainly odd in comparison to the electrifying vibe that the audience is used to getting from them. They wore HARDCORE tees created after this tour, they were nice and all but they were not the industrial, futuristic suits we have been spoiled to see.  Although the band sounded great, the vibe was unusual. Objectively, I can’t say much about their performance as in the time press was in, there was not much action happening. However the fans are loyal and the Devo energy dome hats were  certainly present.  For a few more photos please visit FARAHSTOP, the music photography archive.

 

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Playing for Change in Los Angeles

The Levitt Pavilions are bringing once again a numerous amount of free concerts with stellar performers all over the country. As a special treat, they had the band Playing for Change on tour on all of their locations over a three week period. Southern California got to have them in their Pasadena and McArthur Park locations.   Playing for Change has become an organization building music and art schools for children around the world.

From the Playing for Change website this is how it all started:

In 2005, Mark Johnson was walking in Santa Monica, California, when he heard the voice of Roger Ridley (now deceased) singing “Stand By Me.”  Roger had so much soul and conviction in his voice, and Mark approached him about performing “Stand By Me” as a Song Around The World. Roger agreed, and when Mark returned with recording equipment and cameras he asked Roger, “With a voice like yours, why are you singing on the streets?” Roger replied, “Man I’m in the Joy business, I come out to be with the people.” Ever since that day, the Playing For Change crew has traveled the world recording and filming musicians, creating Songs Around The World, and building a global family.

The evenings began warming up with drum circles for an all ages crowd.  With master drummer guiding the beginning of each evening, adults and children got to drum to the Levitt beat and those who participated even received their own hand drum courtesy of Remo (I got one too and love it!). Band members of Playing for change also joined the drum circles and all engaged in the same beat.  When the time of the performance came, the audience was still vibing with the beat of the drums.

Playing for Change at Levitt Pavilion Pasadena

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More photos of Levitt Pavilion Pasadena show at FARAHSTOP, the music photography archive.

The difference between both shows, to me, was mainly the setlist.  Levitt LA got to extend themselves a little bit more providing additional music treats with original adaptations AND also got to invite LA’s favorite Ghanaian Mr. Rocky Dawuni to perform with them on stage sweet reggae music.  Songs like Makumba  and Don’t Worry Be Happy had everyone  dancing, while their cover of Etta James I’d Rather Go Blind had the audience inevitably emotional.  Highlight of the night:  their performance of Stand by Me, in English and Spanish (Quedate conmigo).

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More photos of Levitt Pavilion McArthur Park show at FARAHSTOP, the music photography archive.

The Playing for Change Levitt tour is over.  It was a great gift to those who got to witness it and I am beyond happy to have documented it. But their labor does not end her. To learn even more about their music and organization you can visit their website and social media outlets and if moved by their cause to build bridges and educate through music, you can even participate to fulfill their mission.

 

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Yann Tiersen at The Fonda, 06’20’14

Reminiscing on the last Yann Tiersen show in Los Angeles is like walking into a sweet dream filled with music boxes.  His minimalist compositions became some of my favorites since I first heard them on his award winning score for Jean-Pierre Juenet’s movie“Amelié” (2001). The multi-instrumentalist composer had an outstanding performance at The Fonda Theatre for the last stop on his U.S. tour promoting his latest album, Infinity.  The main track of this album “A Midsummer Evening” was released a few months back and it was one of the highlights of the night.  He is currently being accompanied by a team of equally skillful multi-instrumentalists and vocalists that make the live performance even more outstanding than the recording.

Throughout the night, Tiersen teased the audience by doodling on the piano tunes of the known track “La Dispute” gaining awes from the crowd until finally surrendering to please us all with it… and it was beautiful.  The night continued with him shifting from bells to toy piano and xylophone while allowing his musicians to shine in their own skills.

For even more photos of the night please visit FARAHSTOP, the music photography archive.

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KELIS + Son Little at El Rey Theatre, 06’04’14

Last week, GrimyGoods sent me to photograph R&B singer, producer, songwriter Kelis at El Rey Theatre.  To my surprise, her musicians entourage was integrated by some of Los Angeles bestest Nia AndrewsGee Gee GallegosDexter StoryTodd SimonPatrick Bailey to name a few backing up her amazing show.  She did make the crowd wait a longer than desired but all in the audience kept their cool and were excited when she came out rocking a golden dress showing off her beautiful woman in the Go curves.  I wrote a review for GG and I’d encourage you to read it HERE.

Kelis did a wonderful opening with the intro of Nina Simone’s “Feeling Good”. She sang many of everybody’s favorites such as “Milk Shake” and introduced us to the songs in her new album Food which integrates very mature content as she moves forward from her past relationships as a strong, single mother and professional.   Major props to Anti’s freshest member Aaron Livingston aka Son Little who with his delightfully nostalgic voice and lyrics opened the night with a charming one man show giving the night a nice touch since the beginning.

For even more photos please visit FARAHSTOP, the music photography archive.

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TheLift presents: Electric Wire Hustle 6’03’14

New Zealand’s Electric Wire Hustle has been hitting Los Angeles stages this week.  I went to see them at the Bootleg Theatre thanks to a lovely night hosted by one of my favorite underground party theLift.  The band’s fresh psychedelic soul and cutting edge sounds are worth sharing with the world, no doubt why their hosts decided to come to the light and spread their music.

EWH soulfully layers percussion, bass, string guitar and vocals with a very unique form to transport you to feel good spot with mellow yet powerful tunes.  R&B, soul, electronica are only  a few of the tags given to their dynamic sound.  Their song “Hype Machine”, has had wonderful reviews and their music has caught the attention of BBC’s Gilles Peterson and Benji B.  Not only did EWH put a hypnotic show but they also invited fellow New Zealand singer songwriter Kimbra to jam with them on stage.  Kimbra’s modern soul pop matched EWH’s style giving Los Angeles an honest treat by having them all together in an intimate (packed) night and we’ll be looking forward to their future productions.

For even more  photos please visit FARAHSTOP, the music photography archive.

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The Soul Rebels at The Mint – 05’30’14

Los Angeles is not exactly know for its brass movement, however when sound waves from New Orleans hit LA’s stages, they do it powerful like a storm.  Almost a week ago, The Mint hosted a very packed night were The Soul Rebels brought the fundamentals of New Orleans brass with a repertoire far from traditional. The band first caught my ear when hearing them do a cover of Eurythmics’ “Sweet Dreams” in the mix tape Let’s Go Get Em, a collaboration between producer Derrick Ah Sam and DJ Frank Foreal which is a mosaic of today’s sounds of New Orleans.  After hearing this compilation, exploring them live became a must.

 

Throughout the night while keeping the traditional sounds The Soul Rebels made nothing but brass magic when transforming songs such as Michael Jackson’s “I Wanna Rock with You” and even Reel 2 Real’s “I Like to Move it Move it” into wild yet respectful brass getting the crowd rowdy. They also performed original songs that include vocals which is not usually found in your traditional brass band, however they blended their contemporary flavor masterfully.  With their mighty drums and horns, the Soul Rebels brought a raw performance keeping the energy in the room constantly elevated and wanting for more.

For even more photos of the night, please visit FARAHSTOP, the music photography archive.

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Rodrigo y Gabriela, 05’07’14

There was a big fuzz about Rodrigo and Gabriela touring promoting their new album  9 Dead Alive which was just released on April 28th via Ato Redords.  I couldn’t make it to The Belasco the previous day but fortunately got to shoot for Grimy Goods at the Hollywood Palladium on 05’07. I will not share the personal ordeal that it was to get there however know that the effort was worth it. When reaching this venue the line went all the way around the block and I was glad to have taken a long minute to find parking and reached the entrance right away.  

Since Rodrigo y Gabriela set a foot on stage they went wild with those accosting guitars.  The pit did not have as many photographers but all were fierce trying to get their shots.  After being smacked in the face by one of the warriors (photographers) and having received a sympathetic smirk by Rodrigo who witnessed the scene from stage, I felt that the pain was worth it.  Rod y Gab how some like to call them, have been together for over 15 years.  They met in Mexico and went to test their luck in Europe playing guitar in the streets… the rest is history and it manifests in sold out shows, album releases and excellent performances. They play extremely fast and intricate pieces that range from rumbas to heavy metal classics such as  Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven”, “Plush” by Stone Temple Pilots and they even got the crowd to sing-along to Radiohead’s “Creep”.  This show was perfection beginning til end and photos can barely show its energy.  For even more photos please visit FARAHSTOP, the music photography archive.   

 

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DUB CLUB meets Blue Beat Lounge, 04’30’14

Dub Club was one of the first parties I ever hit when moving to SoCal.  Back then Dub Club happened at The Echo, before the Echoplex extension happened.  The night has grown so much that each now and then both spaces are used to feature special nights such as Dub Club meets Blue Beat Lounge.  This night hosted bands with heavy ska and rock steady And even cumbia-dub. East LA’s Pachamama Estela had this dubby flavor while Quinto Sol was holding it down with reggae-dub.  The Delirians very short appearance left the crowd wanting more ska and The Steady 45s where there to quench that thirst.  Overall, it was a sweet irie 2 floor night at Dub Club and stay tuned because there are heavy nights like this coming up.  For the entire photos of the night please visit FARAHSTOP, the music photography archive.

 

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TINARIWEN + The Growlers, 04’17’14 – Review

Since I knew that Tinariwen was coming back to Los Angeles, I was determined to shoot this show.   I’ve been following this Sahara desert rock band since a while ago.  I am dazzled by their strings skills and their Tuareg voices that together feel like nostalgia for far lands with a special vibrancy that can be understood best when you experience them live. The Belasco Theater hosted a wonderful sold out night inviting a multi everything crowd that were there for both The Growlers and Tinariwen.

It was my first time checking out opening band The Growlers and their psychedelic vintage garage surf rock and their audience were pretty knowledgeable of their music.  They even covered a Tinariwen song with a Cali feel and had some brief moments of crowd surfers quickly ended by security.  Even when there are political conflicts in Mali restraining the freedom of manifesting musically, Tinariwen keeps performing outside their homeland  spreding their music coming from the Sahara. They recently recorded in a different desert, Joshua Tree, due to the lack of stability in Mali and are currently promoting their album (in CD and Vinyl), Emmaar produced by the record label Anti.  They even had a show a few days after in Pioneer Town, Joshua Tree… I had to miss it but fear not, we can relive those moments today, thanks to social media.   For even more photos of this fantastic night at The Belasco, please visit FARAHSTOP the music photography archive.

The Growlers

Tinariwen

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