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ArtsBrookfield LIVE presents: Ethio-Cali 07’09’14

ArtsBrookfield is an initiative by Brookfield Properties to showcase free cultural experiences in public spaces throughout their properties.  In Los Angeles this effort has taken place in Wells Fargo Plaza with the downtown urban jungle as a background. It was a Wednesday at noon and Ethio Cali, an ethiopian jazz band with California soul, got to woo ArtsBrookfield the audience and people passing by with their authentic tunes.  I commuted to go, I live nearby but not close enough to walk and EthioCali was worth the lunch time session. Their original creations plus covers from Mulato Astake and other Ethiopian jazz masters make this band one of my top choices amongst those building greatness in Los Angeles.  ArtsBrookfield series happens in different locations, very worth checking out, free to attend and you can find their calendar HERE.

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


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Cali-Hustle! 07’08’14

Cali Hustle has been happening for a while, yet I made a stop until recently… tsk tsk tsk.

Hosted by the resident DJ Miss Sunny Z dropping the grown and sexy cuts and resident band QVLN performing live with full band, Cali Hustle can turn The Virgil into a hot California night any time of the year.   I am uncertain if it is due to the flattering looks of Quetzal Guerrero holding it down behind his blue violin, or is it because of Miss Sunny Z’s have body shaker tunes, OR is it thanks to the love that one to another shout out through out the night (damn lovely!) but the majority of the audience is formed by beautiful women dancing the night away… men, you are sleeping.


This party travels to the North and deep down in the South of the continent with sounds of Afrobeat, Samba, Soul, Cumbia, Salsa, Reggaeton, Rock, Hip Hop, Reggae, Funk. QVLN masterfully switches from folk and rock to heavy hip hop bangers with smooth transitions keeping you moving nonstop. This is an experience that needs to be felt live and the opportunity is every 2nd Tuesday of the month.

For even more photos visit FARAHSTOP the music photography archive.

See QVLN’s new video “Burning Fire” … it is sizzling.

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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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King King – DEEP Presents “Dance Ritual” feat Louie Vega, 06’21’14

DEEP-LA, where house music lives, brought another memorable night with a set filled of perfection by having Louie Vega for the first time at the King King in Hollywood. Deep’s Big Cee warmed up the night seasoning it with what was about to become an incredible main dish straight from the East coast.


Grammy award winner Louie Vega is the DJ of DJ’s.  He has influenced many DJs and producers for over 20 years bringing all forms of house / dance music from salsa to jazz, afrobeat and more.   The son of accomplished jazz and Latin saxophonist Luis Vega Sr. and the nephew of renowned salsa singer Hector Lavoe of Fania All Stars had to bring some of that latin influence to the house floor creating a collective frenzy while masterfully blending music styles. Hour after hour, Vega dropped heavy hitters with an authentic vibe including “Good Things (Cosa Buena)” his most recent production with Roberto Roena  (a personal favorite with his forever memorable Que Se Sepa!) also from Fania All Stars, enticing the dance ritual to continue. The night reached a peak when Louie Vega played DJ David Morales’ tribute to the late Frankie Knuckles, a mix of Michael Jackson’s posthumous single “Love Never Felt so Good” that had  the dance floor dripping in sweat and major love to the present moment. This photojournalist is eager to experiment a future filled with more DEEP and Vega Records shows.

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

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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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Barbara Morrison at Levitt Pavilion Pasadena 06’15’14

Summertime has officially started, and with it FREE summer concerts in Los Angeles.   Levitt Pavilion Pasadena, in addition to being one of the most beautiful spots to enjoy such treats, it also hosts some of the most amazing shows.

The first Levitt Pavilion Pasadena event brought all kinds of crowd who took over the lawn hours before the show even started, eager to see jazz and blues legend and also a favorite in this neighborhood, Barbara Morrison.  Accompanied by a big band, Ms Morrison conducted the evening with grace and wit making the audience dance and sway away with heavy swing and making everybody melt with classic songs like “At Last”.  The Levitts, both Pasadena and McArthur Park have a huge line up with 50 free concerts that have already started calling big crowds.  Check their respective calendars for more free shows ahead and please visit FARAHSTOP the music photography archive for more photos of this gorgeous night.



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Late Night Laggers presents: SUNSET CLUB LA ft Nola Darling, Kittens and Michele Maturo 06’08’14

Summer time is my favorite music season in Los Angeles. There are great music options for all kinds of flavors with music people making the effort to make outstanding days and nights.  The party crew Late Night Laggers are one of the worth checking out.  Although when summer has not officially started, LNL have initiated the season with their series of parties Sunset Club LA, a daytime rooftop affair connecting L.A.’s most talented, outgoing, and forward-thinking creatives and independent producers.

As an even greater treat, party #1 had an all female guest line up including DJ, producer, Cat Queen & Hip Hop aficionada, Kittens; Haiti & St. Lucia by way of New York and Los Angeles, their sound is a mix of new school fresh and old world cool Nola Darling (a must know about!)  and DJ and model, Michele Maturo.  Late Night Laggers brings a welcoming vibe to the underground independent music scene in the heart of Los Angeles and Sunset Club LA is an must experience affair this summer.

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

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Fais Do Do – Eleveters “Come Alive” Record Release Party, 06’07’14

It was my first time at Fais Do Do and between the music and crowd, this spot won my heart.  The band Elevaters chose this place to have the album release of their new production “Come Alive” turning the entire place into a dance party.  This Los Angeles-based independent hip-hop, dance and soul group is comprised of songwriters Sam Golzari and Benjamin Hall, producer/multi-instrumentalist David Noily and emcee Miles Gregley.

Along with special guests and their own infectious vibe plus a little bit of dub and traditional funk influences, they had the ability to engage the crowd into the music.  The Elevaters’ night was backed up with very energetic dance numbers that dazzled the crowd for moments with dance performances inspired by their music. DJs Glenn Red from Afro Funke’ and Adam Stern added special touches to the night to keep the crowd dancing til the very end. My personal highlight, walking in as they sang a cover of Fat Freddy’s Drop “Flashback”. The Elevaters album is now on iTunes and is worth checking out. 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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