Robby Krieger and Orianthi Guest at ‘Rami Fest’ by Foo Fighters Keyboardist




Robby Krieger of The Doors guests at Rami Jaffee's party at Fonogenic Studios - Photo © 2018 Donna Balancia
Robby Krieger of The Doors guests at Rami Jaffee's party at Fonogenic Studios - Photo © 2018 Donna Balancia

By DONNA BALANCIA

Yes the Foo Fighters are in the news. By all accounts CalJam 2018 appears to have been a great success, drawing acts like Joan Jett, Tenacious D and Iggy Pop.

But there’s a more intimate Foo Fighters-based event that’s equally anticipated:  Rami Jaffee’s party and showcase in the valley. Rami’s the keyboardist for the Foo Fighters who apparently enjoys hanging around diverse bandmates in his down time. The party he had at his Fonogenic Studios in the valley last week brought out the A-list in the music business.

Rami and Ran’s Recording Studio

Orianthi, Ivan Neville and Robby Krieger were the special guests. But that’s not to say Tom Freund, Kid Bloom, Jessy Greene, Jonny Kaplan and the other great musicians weren’t the featured acts, as they got star billing. Freund, Kid Bloom band, Greene and Kaplan are each talented in their own arenas.

But the every-so-often party is more of a fall celebration in a holiday spirit than it is a straightforward concert. It’s a gathering of the creatives, and those who appreciate the creative people of LA.

Ran and Rami at their Fonogenic Studios. They want to get people out to have conversations, Rami says - Photo © 2018 Donna Balancia
Ran and Rami at their Fonogenic Studios. They want to get people out to have conversations, Rami says – Photo © 2018 Donna Balancia

‘Artists and Poets Creating a Better Place’

“I just want to get the best people of LA together performing music, drinking and eating stuff, and really just to have conversations in person,” Rami told CaliforniaRocker.com. “Before the computer age, artists and poets were side by side out on the town creating a better place and LA people did great things. We are in need of great things now and this is the only way we can do it.”

There was great food and drink too, the menu was delectable with both BBQ brisket and ribs carefully cooked all day by guest chef Dave Grohl. Also served were Health-Ade Kombucha, Peroni Beer, SolarRain Nano Water, Sailor Jerry Rum, Rekorderlig Cider and Mexican Moonshine Tequila

An intimate gathering of a few hundred came out for Rami's party at Fonogenic Studios - Photo © 2018 Donna Balancia
An intimate gathering of a few hundred came out for Rami’s party at Fonogenic Studios – Photo © 2018 Donna Balancia

Fonogenic Mission: Serving the Musicians

Fonogenic co-owners Rami and Ran give the musicians a good spotlight on their in-house studio stage, which is fully equipped with a state of the art KV2 sound system.

Eclectic yes, but that’s the way it is at Fonogenic studios, a staple in the LA recording scene for a range of well-known and “soon-to-be well-known” musicians.

Check out the photo gallery:

Rami Jaffee - Photo © 2018 Donna Balancia
Rami Jaffee – Photo © 2018 Donna Balancia

 

Jessy Greene - Photo © 2018 Donna Balancia
Jessy Greene – Photo © 2018 Donna Balancia

 

Jessamy - Photo © 2018 Donna Balancia
Jessamyn Violet behind the kit – Photo © 2018 Donna Balancia

 

Gold records adorn the walls of Fonogenic Studios - Photo © 2018 Donna Balancia
Gold records adorn the walls of Fonogenic Studios – Photo © 2018 Donna Balancia

 

Friends, fans and guests enjoy BBQ, drinks, music and conversation - Photo © 2018 Donna Balancia
Friends, fans and guests enjoy BBQ, drinks, music and conversation – Photo © 2018 Donna Balancia

 

Kid Bloom - Photo © 2018 Donna Balancia
Kid Bloom – Photo © 2018 Donna Balancia

 

David Goodstein keeps the beat - Photo © 2018 Donna Balancia
David Goodstein keeps the beat – Photo © 2018 Donna Balancia

 

Robby Krieger jams with Rami Jaffee - Photo © 2018 Donna Balancia
Robby Krieger jams with Rami Jaffee – Photo © 2018 Donna Balancia

 

Rami Jaffee and Ivan Neville on the keys - Photo © 2018 Donna Balancia
Rami Jaffee and Ivan Neville on the keys – Photo © 2018 Donna Balancia

 

Jonny Kaplan and the Lazy Stars - Photo © 2018 Donna Balancia
Jonny Kaplan and the Lazy Stars – Photo © 2018 Donna Balancia

 

Tom Freund played songs off the new album East of Lincoln - Photo © 2018 Donna Balancia
Tom Freund played songs off the new album East of Lincoln – Photo © 2018 Donna Balancia

 

Dan Rothchild and Robby Krieger. Rothchild's father produced The Doors - Photo © 2018 Donna Balancia
Dan Rothchild and Robby Krieger. Rothchild’s father produced The Doors – Photo © 2018 Donna Balancia

 

The prolific Orianthi, beautiful and talented - Photo © 2018 Donna Balancia
The prolific Orianthi, beautiful and talented – Photo © 2018 Donna Balancia

 

Orianthi chats with Dan Rothchild, Ivan Neville shakes hands with Jonny Kaplan - Photo © 2018 Donna Balancia
Orianthi chats with Dan Rothchild, Ivan Neville shakes hands with Jonny Kaplan – Photo © 2018 Donna Balancia

 

Kid Bloom's Lennon Kloser - Photo © 2018 Donna Balancia
Kid Bloom’s Lennon Kloser – Photo © 2018 Donna Balancia

 

Kid Bloom - Photo © 2018 Donna Balancia
Kid Bloom – Photo © 2018 Donna Balancia

 

Brett Scallions of the band Fuel - Photo © 2018 Donna Balancia
Brett Scallions of the band Fuel – Photo © 2018 Donna Balancia