Sunday, July 21, 2013

Inbox Update: RiotFest 2013, Latin Jazz & Blues Fest, Rock n Roll Autograph Show

This being the weekend, it seems like the perfect time to highlight a few upcoming weekend festivals and special events coming this summer...


Riot Fest 2013 just got more awesome, with Pixies, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, Suicidal Tendencies, Andrew W.K. and T.S.O.L. joining the action-packed three day weekend in Chicago, with the Replacements, Fall Out BoyBlink 182, Violent Femmes, Rancid, Blondie, Public Enemy, Rocket From The Crypt, The Dismemberment Plan and a slew of other killer bands. Further additions to Riot Fest Chicago include Hatebreed, Off With Their Heads, The Flatliners, Nativ, Hostage Calm, The Interrupters, New Beat Fund and Pet Symmetry.

Regrettably, several bands had to cancel their performances due to unforeseen circumstances, including Motörhead, Bad Brains and Attack Attack! Motörhead has postponed their 2013 touring till 2014, so look for them back and rocking Chicago then.

Look for the daily schedules for all Riot Fests to be announced and single-day tickets to go on sale Wednesday, July 24.

Armed with "Bagboy," the band's first new song in nine years, the Pixies are back to rock Riot Fest. Riot Fest is the first North American date that the band has announced as part of their extensive global tour. It will give them an opportunity to do something they haven't been able to do in two decades:  premiere brand new Pixies songs, the first collection of new material since 1991's Trompe le Monde.

For this tour, the Pixies - Black Francis - guitar/vocals, Joey Santiago - guitars/backing vocals, and David Lovering - drums/backing vocals - will be joined by bassist Kim Shattuck.  Shattuck played bass for the all-girl L.A. garage rock band The Pandoras, and then was the guitarist for the pop punk band The Muffs.  The four have been holed up in an L.A. rehearsal space getting ready to offer the most wide-ranging concert set-lists of Pixies music in the band's career.  

"Along with everyone's favorites, we'll be playing songs that we haven't played in ages or never played live before," said Black Francis.  "Songs like 'Brick is Red,' 'Havalina,' 'Tony's Theme.' and 'Sad Punk.'  We've probably rehearsed some 80 songs, so we'll be able to change up the set at the last minute if we feel like it.”

On a mission to create a punk rock state fair, this amazing 3-day festival takes place in historic Humboldt Park in Chicago, where a Ferris wheel, tilt-a-whirl, fire eaters, Lucha Libre and other attractions nestle in a gorgeous setting. Lagoons, shade trees and lovely fields yield to a stunning view of the Chicago skyline.

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  (LONG BEACH, Calif.) - Further cementing its place as the Epicenter of live music in Southern California, Long Beach is the site of the 2nd Annual Latin Jazz & Blues Fest, taking place Saturday, July 27 at Houghton Park, 6301 Myrtle Ave., in Long Beach. 12 noon-8 p.m. Free to the public; all ages. Kids Zone, food trucks and a Vendor Fair. Info: (562) 570-6137 or log onto 

Cutting-edge Long Beach band New Blues Revolution (pictured) are one of the headliners at the 2nd Annual Latin Jazz & Blues Fest at Houghton Park, next Saturday, July 27.

  Headlining a strong live music bill that includes area favorites Jazz Angels, Dat EZ Band, Box Car 7, DW3 and the Susie Hansen Latin Band, are New Blues Revolution.
  In a music world where seemingly every band tries to be trendy, New Blues Revolution are transcendent. Where other groups feel a huge sense of accomplishment for playing one show a week, NBR are the Ernie Banks of the Blues - they prefer to play two gigs (often in the same day!). Where most bands pick a sound and stick to it come hell or high water, NBR willingly criss-cross the boundaries of blues, rock, soul and jazz with their music. And don't even get me started on the colorful character who fronts New Blues Revolution, Bill Grisolia. When they made Bill, they truly broke the mold!
New Blues Revolution are leading the vanguard of the New Blues Movement in the U.S. (think: Black Keys, John Mayer, Mumford and Sons).  Similar to the explosion in the British Blues scene of the 1960's, NBR work to broaden, deepen and contemporize the Blues. New Blues Revolution have performed everywhere from the flagship Sunset Strip (L.A.) House of Blues to a myriad of high-profile concerts and festivals.  NBR have opened for a diverse range of music legends including Tab Benoit, Macy Gray, Leon Russell, Rick Derringer, David Lindley, and the late Michael Burks. Forging a unique, distinctive style, NBR brings exciting showmanship to a mix of high-energy New Blues songs - deep, modern, rock-y but also soulful. The New Blues Revolution has received rave reviews from national magazines including Music Connection, American Blues News, and Cashbox to name a few. Their song "Blue Revolution" was previously nominated for a Los Angeles Music Award, with the band receiving a "Best Musical Group" LAMA nod as well.

Angeles September 13-15, 2013

Headliners include artists from Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Cars, The Monkees, Black Oak
 Arkansas, Chicago, Three Dog Night and Special Guest David Ellefson of Megadeath!

The Rock n Roll Autograph Show is premiering in Los Angeles September 13-15. The Show promises an opportunity for fans to meet their Rock n Roll heroes in an intimate setting, while taking home their personalized pieces of rock music history.  All for a heartfelt cause, funds raised through The Rock n Roll Autograph Show will benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, helping to ensure that families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing, or food -- because all a family should worry about is helping their child live.

The show will be held Friday through Sunday, September 13-15, at The Westin Los Angeles Airport.  Attendees will hang out with some iconic musicians and performers, artists who made the soundtrack of our lives.  The selection of artists includes a sampling of Rock n Roll favorites throughout the generations from early years to today, including both soft and classic rock, doo-wop, 70’s rock and 80’s metal.  

Featured artists include: Rock n Roll Hall of Famers Artimus Pyle and Bob Burns of Lynyrd Skynyrd; Co-founder of Megadeth, David Ellefson; Black Oak Arkansas featuring Jim Dandy; Elliot Easton, guitarist from The Cars; Chuck Negron, formerly of Three Dog Night; Jennifer Batten, guitarist for Michael Jackson; Micky Dolenz, drummer for The Monkees; Lee Sklar, bass player for many including James Taylor; Danny Seraphine, drummer of Chicago; Bebe Buell; Jean Beauvoir of the Plasmatics; Ron Nevison, who was a producer for Led Zeppelin, The Who, Heart and more; Ross "The Boss" Freidman and David Shankle from Manowar; and Barry Bostwick of The Rocky Horror Picture Show.  Also represented are artists whose hits included “This Diamond Ring” (Gary Lewis and the Playboys), “Still the One” (Orleans), “Rhythm of the Rain” (John Claude Gummoe of Cascades), “My Boyfriend’s Back” (The Angels), “867-5309/Jenny” (Tommy Tutone), and Carlo Riley the top global Michael Jackson tribute artist.  Many more artists and celebrities are included.  For the most recent updated list please see:

Founder Corky Byer has been dreaming about creating a focused and upscale autograph show for Rock n Roll for more than 30 years.  He has been an avid autograph collector since he was a teenager, and has over 7,000 pieces of signed memorabilia in his collection.  “I want every fan, whether a veteran collector or first-time autograph seeker, to feel like I did when I got my first signature.  I still remember the thrill of meeting the artist, and how special I felt being a part of the rock music scene,” says Corky.  “Over the years, as an avid Rock n Roll fan, I have seen that there is a real absence of Rock n Roll autograph events and I wanted to change that.  I believe in paying it forward and wanted this event to support saving lives through the efforts at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.”
The show will open Friday night September 13, free and open to the public, with vendors and sponsors only from 5-10 pm (no artist will be on the floor signing autographs).  Friday night includes a Battle of the Bands and some celebrity teaser performances, including Artimus Pyle and Bob Burns playing Lynyrd Skynryd classics, as well as Jennifer Batten, famed guitarist for Michael Jackson, doing a tribute to the King of Pop.  Entry is limited to the first 1300 people to arrive.
Doors will be open Saturday and Sunday, September 14 and 15, from 9 am to 5 pm, with artists on the floor from 10 am to 5 pm.  One-day tickets, two-day passes and special VIP guest passes including a VIP private party are available.  Artists will sign personal photos, cd’s, rock memorabilia, collectible guitars, drumheads and other items while vendors, sponsors and partners will be on-hand, with lots of great media opportunities and star performances.
General admission tickets for Saturday or Sunday are $30 per person in advance online and $35 per person at the door.  A discounted two-day pass is available for $50 at the door or online.  VIP Passes are $350 per person. Individual autographs will be subject to additional charges per each artist’s discretion.
The VIP Party on Saturday night September 14th from 6 pm to midnight will feature full sets by The Artimus Pyle Band featuring Bob Burns, and other guests including Black Oak Arkansas, guitarists Micki Free and Jean Beauvoir, Michael Angelo Batio and Skynyrd Reloaded….plus some surprise guests!

The Rock n Roll Autograph Show is thrilled to support St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. St. Jude was founded by the late entertainer and visionary, Danny Thomas, on his belief that “No child should die in the dawn of life.” Treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20 percent to 80 percent since it opened 50 years ago.
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About The Rock n Roll Autograph Show
Founded in 2012, the mission of The Rock n Roll Autograph Show is to pay it forward while celebrating the music of our time.
About St. Jude Children’s Research Center
Treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20 percent to 80 percent since opening more than 50 years ago. St. Jude is working to drive the overall survival rate for childhood cancer to 90 percent by 2020. We won’t stop until no child dies from cancer.  Because the majority of St. Jude funding comes from individual contributors, St. Jude has the freedom to focus on what matters most – saving kids regardless of their financial situation. Through the generous support of donors, families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food, because all a family should worry about is helping their child live. St. Jude freely shares the discoveries we make so one child saved at St. Jude means thousands more saved worldwide. There is no place like St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.   

The Rock n Roll Autograph Show to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
Friday through Sunday, September 13-15
Friday September 13, 5-10 pm – FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC (vendors only, no autographs)
Saturday September 14, 9 am-5 pm – Artists On Floor 10 am – 5 pm
Saturday Night September 14, 6-Midnight – VIP Party (VIP Passes Only, Limited Number)
Sunday September 15, 9 am-5 pm – Artists On Floor 10 am – 5 pm
The Westin Los Angeles Airport
5400 West Century Blvd, Los Angeles California, 90045
Phone: 310-216-5858   Toll Free: 888-627-9085
General admission tickets for Saturday or Sunday are $30 per person in advance online and $35 per person at the door.  A discounted two-day pass is available for $50.  VIP Passes are $350 per person.  Individual autographs will be subject to additional charges per each artist’s discretion.
On-site self-parking $10 a day, at The Westin Self Park.  Valet $15 a day.
The full committed list to date for The Rock n Roll Autograph Show Los Angeles is:
Apollonia; Barry Bostwick; Bebe Beull; Black Oak Arkansas; Bo Donaldson – The Heywoods; Bob Burns – Lynyrd Skynyrd; Carlo Riley – Michael Jackson Tribute Artist; Chris Holmes – W.A.S.P; Chris Sanders – Knight Fury; Chuck Negron – Formerly of Three Dog Night; Dale Bozzio – Missing Persons (Saturday Only); Danny Seraphine – Chicago (Saturday Only); David Ellefson – Megadeth (Sunday Only); David Shankle – Manowar; Dee Dee Phelps and Deke Detanna – Dick and Dee Dee; Dick Wagner – Alice Cooper; Donna Loren; Elliot Easton – The Cars; Ex Wives of Rock – Sharise Neil,  Bobbie Brown,  Athena Kottak; Gary Lewis – Gary Lewis and the Playboys; Jean Beauvoir – Plasmatics; Jennifer Batten – Michael Jackson; John Claude Gummoe – The Cascades; Leland Sklar – James Taylor; London; Lonn Friend – Editor and Chief RIP Magazine; May Pang – John Lennon; Micki Free – Shalamar; Micky Dolenz – The Monkees; Orleans; P.F. Sloan – Singer/Songwriter; Pamela Moore – Queensryche; Peter Rivera – Rare Earth; Richie Onori – Sweet; Ron Nevison – Producer Led Zeppelin, The Who,  Heart; Ross Friedman “Ross the Boss” – Manowar; Sal Valentino – The Beau Brummels; Spencer Davis – The Spencer Davis Group; Steffi and Joey Scott – Lizzy Borden; The Angels – Jiggs,  Peggy and Barb; The Artimus Pyle Band – Lynyrd Skynyrd; The Bullet Boys (Saturday Only); Tommy Tutone; Trini Lopez; Women of Rock – Cathy St. George,  Ava Fabian,  Carrie Stevens,  Sandra Taylor

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