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The Orwells, The Walters and No Parents Take No Prisoners in Physical Sets at The Regent Theater LA

Three Strong Bands Prove Punk Still has Legs

By DONNA BALANCIA

When The Orwells play a show, it’s more like a PE party.

Friends, fans and strong opening bands are the name of the game here and there are no disappointments.  The songs are good, the show is physical and the fans have a great time. The Orwells are touring to support their new album, Terrible Human Beings.

No Parents - Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia

No Parents – Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia

The show at The Regent Theater last night was no different as punk performances were the order of the night and the fans loved every minute of three solid sets.

The Walters – Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia

You’ve got everything here — new punk music, fun performances and cute guys — and no shortage of girls on hand in the audience. After getting a load of the guys in the bands it was no suprise there were so many young women.  But The Orwells, The Walters and No Parents didn’t fool around and got straight to work.

 

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Going Abstract with Ty Segall: Southern California Rocker Rips in Three Sold Out Nights at Teragram LA

Josh Homme and Pals Support Segall’s Rockin Show

By DONNA BALANCIA

Night Three of Ty Segall at The Teragram Ballroom was even better than the rest as fans and friends crowded into the sold out house to see the master of the abstract do his rockin thing.

Promoting his new album, Drag City, Ty brought on some new tunes as well as some old favorites — he’s the only musician we can think of who puts his set list on tissue paper.

Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia

Photo of Ty Segall © 2017 Donna Balancia

Ty has only gotten better with age and cuts an impressive figure calling to mind all the greats — is there any genre of music this guy can’t play?  If Paul McCartney, Neil Young and The Stooges had a baby it would be Ty.

Ty’s new album Drag City is one for the collection. Check out the single”Break a Guitar.”

Ty Segall and the Signature Blend

His signature blend of avant garde that mixes with punk, garage and the blues — there are even times when Stevie Ray Vaughn comes to mind — blows the crowd away. Crowd surfing and moshing go hand in hand with Ty’s shows.  People even feel comfortable enough to jump on stage with him and announce their birthdays, as is what happened last night.

But there was no time for chit chatting and socializing, except maybe backstage where Josh Homme and his wife were among the music pals who made a visit to their longtime friend.

Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia

Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia

Ty Segall: ‘One of the Best’

“I’ve seen Ty a bunch of times and every time he’s great,” said a fan who drove up from whence Ty hails — the county of Orange. “He’s one of the best out there.”

The fans don’t overexaggerate.  It’s Ty’s sixth session at Teragram Ballroom since it opened, employees estimate, and he’s probably the closest thing to a house band the DTLA music staple has.

The toilet paper set list was punctuated with some standards as well as new tunes, all of which left the crowd of all ages stunned and stammering.

Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia

Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia

We particularly liked his style of dress — sort of a dark Mariachi style resplendent with red flowers adorning the arms, his flying blonde hair and moves like Elvis a stark contrast.   But isn’t the contrast that what it’s all about with Ty?

Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia

Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia

 

Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia

Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia

 

Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia

Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia

 

Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia

Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia

 

Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia

Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia

 

Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia

Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia

 

Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia

Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia

Ty Segall at Teragram Ballroom - Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia

Ty Segall at Teragram Ballroom – Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia

Ty Segall tuning - Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia

Ty Segall tuning – Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia

Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia

Ray Goren, Young Blues Guitar Phenom, Talks Technology and Fond Memories of Leon Russell

Goren takes Leon Russell’s Advice — And Their Music — Into the Future

By DONNA BALANCIA

Ray Goren is bringing the blues into the future.

The 16-year-old blues guitar phenom is using technology to deliver his remarkable blues message.

“I will never abandon the blues because it’s in my soul,” said Ray, who will bring his wailing blues guitar sound to Genghis Cohen Feb 18. “The blues is more than a style of music.”

Ray has a talent that few come by naturally. With the support of his family, at his young age he has become something of a blues legend in Southern California and beyond, playing with the best of them. Including the late Leon Russell.

Ray Goren is doing what mentor Leon Russell would want: He's making great music - Photo by Donna Balancia

Ray Goren is doing what mentor Leon Russell would want: He’s making great music – Photo by Donna Balancia

Leon Russell ‘Was Like Family’

Ray’s guitar work is so profound, he caught the ear of the late music legend Leon Russell and became Leon’s protege. Russell died last November at the age of 74.

“Leon became like our own family,” said Ray’s father, David. “Ray and Leon co-wrote and recorded songs and Leon invited Ray to Nashville. I asked him why he took my son under his wing and he said, ‘We have to pass on the traditions.'”

David said Leon and Ray spent a week in Nashville and met every morning in the studio. They would work and write all day. They wrote a few songs together, and they have not been released yet.

Leon started playing music with Ray and they shared emails back and forth. Leon would give his opinion.

Ray has taken his blues guitar work one step further. He’s using looper pedals, electronic keyboards and electronic drums to modernize his craft.

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Leon Russell passed away last November at the age of 74 – Photo © Donna Balancia

 

Ray Goren: Blues with Tech

Ray played a recent show at Genghis Cohen that showed his mastery of looper pedals as well as keyboards and his phenomenal blues guitar work.  He debuted some amazing new songs of love and life that are way beyond the mindset of his young years. He learned some of the tricks of the trade from Leon.

“Leon taught me how to write lyrics,” Ray said. “There’s a lot he taught me about songwriting. He taught me if the song doesn’t come to me, or if I take longer than 10 or 15 minutes, I should move on. Last year around this time we were writing together.”

Ray said he has been struggling without his mentor but he is doing what Leon would want him to do: He’s making great music.

Ray Goren and mentor Leon Russell - Photo Donna Balancia

Ray Goren and mentor Leon Russell – Photo Donna Balancia

‘The Blues Is More than Music’

“Leon was one of the greatest,” Ray said. “He was so humble and he was so giving. He was always working on something for other people. He was a great guy with a great sense of humor.”

But does Ray’s newly discovered love of electronic enhancement give him thoughts to abandon the blues?

“I will never abandon the blues,” he said. “The blues is the roots of rock and and a big part of rythm and blues. The blues is more than a type of music, it’s a feeling, it’s in your soul.”

‘Sons Of Anarchy’ Music Spins Off New Album: The Reluctant Apostles Record Nears its PledgeMusic Goal

Katey Sagal Band Holds Successful PledgeMusic Campaign

By DONNA BALANCIA

The tough Sons of Anarchy spinoff band, The Reluctant Apostles, has put together a heartwarming debut record that has reached 75 percent of its PledgeMusic goal.

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The Reluctant Apostles: Phil Shenale, Bob Thiele, Katey Sagal, Dave Faragher and Billy Harvey – Photo 2017 Donna Balancia

The Reluctant Apostles are Bob Thiele and with Davey Faragher on bass, Phil Shenale on keyboards, Billy Harvey on guitar, Michael Urbano on drums and Katey Sagal up front. The band is bringing audiences together all over Southern California.

The music can be described as Americana with an edge, as the band rips through some great classics and adds a modern twist. The guitar work, drums, keyboards and bass all work together, the harmonies are amazing and Katey’s voice is out of this world.

The Reluctant Apostles recently played sold out gigs at Don The Beachcomber and at their regular spot Molly Malone’s. See our continuous exclusive coverage of one of the best bands in LA here.

“We came all the way from Indiana to see them,” said Barbara Renfro who brought her whole family to a recent gig. “We love Katey and the band.”

Check out The Reluctant Apostles PLEDGEMUSIC campaign here.

 

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The Reluctant Apostles play a mix of famous as well as infamous covers and it’s done with style – Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia

The talented musicians have a history of dozens of collaborations, hundreds of albums and thousands of concerts together.

The musicians trace their roots back to Sons of Anarchy band The Forest Rangers. They began recording covers and original songs for the hit series not fully realizing it was the start of something special.

Katey Sagal: Beautiful, talented and makes a fun frontwoman - Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia

Katey Sagal: Beautiful, talented and makes a fun frontwoman – Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia

The Reluctant Apostles Perform

The Reluctant Apostles have a good time performing. Their music is upbeat and fun and the covers they perform include “Crystal Blue Persuasion,” “The Candyman,” by The Grateful Dead, “My Love Is Getting Stronger,” and their new one, “Never Ending Love for You.”

With The Reluctant Apostles show you not only get great music, but a lot of conversation that runs the gamut with a lot of joking around thrown in. It’s a good time with talented musicians having fun.

See the CaliforniaRocker.com YouTube Channel for more of The Reluctant Apostles.

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The Reluctant Apostles play a gig at Molly Malone’s on Fairfax – Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia

Talent Times Ten

It’s an impressive group. Faragher plays with Elvis Costello and Richard Thompson; Shenale works with Tori Amos and Jane’s Addiction; Harvey works with Patty Griffin and Charlie Mars, Michael Urbano has graced the stages abroad and in the U.S. with Cracker and Smash Mouth, and Thiele has worked with Bonnie Raitt and Mavis and Pop Staples. Katey has been singing all her life, with a range of musicians ranging from family members to superstars and she has built an incredible acting career.

Dave Way is the producer of The Reluctant Apostles debut album.

VIDEO: Tom Morello, Jack Black, Jackson Browne and Audioslave Play the ‘Anti-Inauguration’ Show

Prophets of Rage Perform on Inauguration Night at Teragram Ballroom

Tom Morello led his band Prophets of Rage, along with Jackson Browne, a reunited Audioslave and Jack Black in a night of surprises and protest at Teragram Ballroom.

Across the nation people expressed their opinions about Donald Trump taking the highest office in the land. But few gatherings were as entertaining and packed with talent as the group of musicians staging the “Anti-Inauguration” concert in downtown Los Angeles.

Check out the Instagram video images from Alyson Camus and Margarito Granados, at last night’s “Anti-Inaugural” Concert at Teragram Ballroom.

 

 

 

Seeing Tom Morrello pull off some #guitar wizardry felt like a religious experience. #audioslave #music #concert

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Chuck D of Prophets of Rage!!!! Take the power back ✊🏼🔥🎸✊🏾

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Trump made Audioslave reunite!! Tom Morello played all night long! 🎸🔥🤘🏼✊🏼⚡😍

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EXCLUSIVE: Reluctant Apostles With Katey Sagal Play Molly Malone’s

New Band By Bob Thiele and Pals Gets Attention

The Reluctant Apostles - Photo © 2016 Donna Balancia

The Reluctant Apostles – Photo © 2016 Donna Balancia

By DONNA BALANCIA – Living in Los Angeles the quality of cover bands is out of this world. A great example of that is the latest high-profile cover band in town, The Reluctant Apostles.

This band is comprised of Sons of Anarchy family and friends – series composer Bob Thiele, Katey Sagal, Davey Faragher, Billy Harvey, John Philip Shenale and drummer Michael Urbano.

These musicians are well-known aroud town as well as around the world.

**Support The Reluctant Apostles PLEDGEMUSIC campaign!**

The Reluctant Apostles are on the mark.  Katey is a compelling and fun front woman, playing bongos, guitar and even the ol’ drumstick on a music stand  — yes — but of course, it’s the way she smacks it.   And it’s clear with her Gibson guitar and nice ride that Sons of Anarchy and probably her extensive experience on the small screen has contributed greatly to her large life.

Bob is the leader of the band as the group continually pointed out good naturedly throughout their 11-song set — this band likes working together and feels very comfortable together.  The leader of the music department of Sons of Anarchy as well — he sports his iconic hat atop his mass of grey curls, cracking jokes and bringing out the best in his people.  He is really something special in music circles and has the lineage and genetics, as his dad was prolific jazz producer Bob Thiele of New York.

Keyboardist John is a true showman no matter what the tune; he gave us some insights into the possibility of more gigs, more original songs and some recordings up the Apostles’ collective sleeve. He is certainly one to know about talented music; as one of the most prolific producers and composers of our era he has contributed to at least 40 award winning records. Bass player Davey brings his own style to the stage, singing and providing the support while Billy jams on lead guitar like Eric Clapton.  Of course, drummer Michael has played with some of the best musicians the world over as well, including a stellar gig with James Williamson at the Bootleg last year called “Re-Licked.”

Check out more Reluctant Apostles on CaliforniaRocker.com

An impressive crew - Photo © 2016 Donna Balancia

An impressive crew – Photo © 2016 Donna Balancia

The Reluctant Apostles’ style is Americana with an edge.  Particularly outstanding songs were Crystal Blue Persuasion; Jealous Kind, Candyman and Temptation Took Control of Me (Video)

On April 9 The Reluctant Apostles will return to Molly Malone’s – Highly recommended.

Setlist: When I Paint My Masterpiece; Crystal Blue Persuasion; Where Was You At; Holy Cow; W.S. Walcott Medicine Show; Jealous Kind; Candyman; My Love is Getting Stronger; Magnolia Wind; Temptation Took Control of Me; Blow Your Mind.

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