Friday, January 16, 2015

Sights and Sounds: NAMM, Grateful Dead, Off Center Festival

Happy Friday everybody. With NAMM less than a week away, I'm already in overdrive preparing to cover the music industry event from every angle. Hope you'll be checking back here to see my posts and video reports with TJR as well...

Speaking of NAMM, Select A Head  will be giving away a logo drum display to one lucky winner during each day at the upcoming 2015 Winter NAMM Show. 

The winner can pick from the displays on-hand at their booth at NAMM (#2857) or via the website, Participants must enter the drawing at the NAMM show, but do not have to be present to win.

Select-a-Head® has developed logo drum displays for Beasto Blanco, Korn, Queensryche, Stryper, Within Reason, World Gone, Rockstar UPROAR, Gemini Syndrome, Iron Maiden plus radio stations including KISW Rock, University of Oregon Ducks, University of Washington and many more.  

Ray Luzier of Korn recently quoted Select a Head as "This is one of the ultimate souvenirs that you could own by your favorite band. It looks so bad ass hangin' in my studio, like a kick drum's literally busting out of the wall!! My friends all trip out when they come over & rant over it. Sticks, picks & photos are cool, but get yourself a Select A Head, truly a unique display & support of your fav band!!

Billboard exclusively reports that Phish guitarist Trey Anastasio will join the four living original members of The Grateful Dead for three 50th-anniversary shows July 3-5 at Soldier Field in Chicago. 

The Dead's last performance with Jerry Garcia, who died in August 1995, was at the same 55,000-seat capacity venue on July 9, 1995.

The sense of closure is no ­accident: These shows are likely to be the finale for the "core four," as the ­surviving members are now known: Bob Weir, 67; Phil Lesh, 74; Mickey Hart, 71; and Bill Kreutzmann, 68. 

"These will be the last shows with the four of us together," Weir tells Billboard.

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Segerstom Center For The Arts Presents The 4th Annual Off Center Festival

Incredible line up of musical performances, theater productions and events set to begin January 21

The Costa Mesa Conference and Visitor Bureau is proud to announce the return of the Segerstrom Center for the Arts’ Off Center Festival. The annual event, now in its fourth year, kicks off January 21 and will feature an array of musical and theatrical performances, as well as plenty of food, mixing and mingling.

This year, the festival will include two Parties-on-the-Plaza (POP) on Saturday, January 24 and Friday, January 30. Both are free and open to the public. Film crews and photographers are also invited to attend. The first POP will feature Orange County rocker Nick Waterhouse. The second POP will feature the funk fusion music of Jungle Fire and afro-disco sounds of Orgone. During the events, visitors will also have the opportunity to experience some of Costa Mesa’s premiere food truck companies such as Waff ‘N Roll, Mustache Mike’s, Adobo Express and The Burnt Truck.

Throughout the Off Center Festival, audiences will have the chance to experience a variety of performances. A selection of featured artists and companies include: Mehr Theater Group’s Timeloss, Agrupación Señor Serrano’s Brickman Brando Bubble Room, Marga Gomez performing Lovebirds and Amy O’Neal in her Opposing Forces. Following performances, audiences and actors will have the opportunity to socialize over cocktails and enjoy a number of casual dining offerings created just for the Off Center Festival.

Tickets for the Off Center Festival are $25, except for Scott Bradlee & Postmodern Jukebox in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, which are $25, $35 and $45. For more information on the Off Center Festival, a complete list of shows and locations please visit

Follow and join in on the conversation of all the latest happenings at the Off Center Festival on social media with the hashtag #OffCenterFest.

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