Author: rahnepistor

Sweet & Hot Music Festival spices up Labor Day weekend in Westchester

The ninth annual Sweet & Hot Music Festival, a tribute to the jazz sounds of the 1920s to the 1940s, is scheduled for Friday through Monday, September 3rd to 5th, at the Los Angeles Airport Marriott Hotel, 5855 Century Blvd., Westchester. Performance times are 10:30 a.m. to around midnight each day. Tickets are $30 Friday, $43 Saturday, $43 Sunday, and $20 Monday. A four-day festival pass is $80. The performances will take place in eight separate rooms in the hotel. Swing, big band, classic jazz, traditional blues and New Orleans- and Chicago-style jazz are the sounds that make up the Sweet & Hot Music Festival. The festival features tribute acts, modern acts influenced by the sound of the period and even a few old-timers from that era. This yearís event includes performances by Herb Jeffries, Jack Sheldon, Banu Gibson, Ernie Andrews, Rebecca Kilgore, Howard Alden, Hues Corporation, Pieces of Eight and Yoshio Toyama. In addition to the featured acts, there will be a “Friday Night Swing Dance/Battle of the Bands” competition, and a “Saturday Night Dance” featuring Johnny Vanaís Big Band Alumni and guest host Chuck Cecil. About 180 musicians, 20 bands and 40 guest artists will be featured at Sweet & Hot, promoters say. “The name Sweet & Hot is a salute to the bands of the í20s and í30s who played ësweetí dance music or ëhotí jazz-based...

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Ode to old school skateboarding in its Dogtown birthplace August 28th

Santa Monica Civic Auditorium gets transformed into Dogtown territory this Saturday, August 28th, for the DTnDT Fest, a modern tribute to the area’s pioneering influences on the skateboard world and the razor-edged rock music that came along with it. The festival includes a handful of legends of the skateboard world — old school skaters like Steve Olson, David Hackett and Ray Flores, who is now in his fifth decade of skating. “Pep” Williams will represent a later wave of skating that emerged in the 1990s. The untraditional hard rock and punk rock sounds that have traditionally orchestrated skate shredders throughout the years will be represented through performances by female-fronted raunch rockers of Texas Terri Bomb, along with The Hangmen, My Ruin, Adrenaline and Frontside Grind. Also, art, film and skateboard photography exhibits will make up a large element of the show. Rich Mann, Wynn Miller (photographer best known for his classic shots of Tony Alva), Eric Monson, Mark X Farina, Miles Thompson, Joe Orrantia and Craig Clark are among the artists planning to exhibit. Chris and Grant Rohloff’s vintage surf short films “Wet and Wild” and “Aloha Spirit” tie in surfing, the parent sport of skateboarding, to the festival. Show producer Craig Clark named the festival DTnDT Fest, short for Downtown in Dogtown, so as not to step on the toes of Dogtown Skateboards company owner and original Dogtown...

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