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California Rocker Wins Best Photo Essay, Best Action Photo at Prestigious LA Press Club Awards Gala

California Rocker Wins Three Awards at 2016 NAEJ


California Rocker, the online music magazine, won Best Photo Essay and Best Action Photo categories Sunday night at the National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards by the Los Angeles Press Club.

The awards were presented to California Rocker producer Donna Balancia at the annual awards gala that honors the best of entertainment journalism.  The event was held at the Millennium Biltmore in downtown Los Angeles.

California Rocker Wins Best Action Photo

Donna Balancia Cedric Bixler-Zavala of At The Drive-In - California Rocker Wins

Donna Balancia won Best Action Photo for this image of Cedric Bixler-Zavala of At The Drive-In – Photo © 2016 Donna Balancia

Best Action Photo was awarded to Donna Balancia for her image of Cedric Bixler-Zavala, the high-energy frontman for At The Drive-In, leaping into the air at the Hollywood Palladium.  California Rocker wins included third place in the same action photo category for a beautiful image of the legendary surf guitar master Dick Dale performing to an adoring crowd at The Whisky A Go-Go.

Best Photo Essay for Suzanne Allison Witkin

Suzanne Allison Witkin - Vampires California Rocker Wins

Suzanne Allison Witkin took first place for her photo essay “On Tour With The Hollywood Vampires – Photo © 2016 Suzanne Allison Witkin

Renowned rock photographer Suzanne Allison Witkin won Best Photo Essay for “On Tour With The Hollywood Vampires,” a photographic documentation of behind-the-scenes with the supergroup featuring Johnny Depp, Alice Cooper and Joe Perry.

The gala was attended by hundreds of writers, editors, producers and photographers and honored renowned songwriter Diane Warren, actress Angela Lansbury, and late-night talk show star Chelsea Handler.

‘Voices of Independent Artists Heard Tonight’

Dick Dale at the Whisky A Go-Go California Rocker Wins

The photo of Dick Dale taken at the Whisky A Go-Go was honored with a win in the action photo category – Photo © Donna Balancia

“I started California Rocker three years ago to give independent artists a voice,” Donna said. “Their voices were clearly heard tonight as our work was selected over that of the corporate media.  We will continue to work with up-and-coming and established musicians, writers and photographers so talent and truth can shine through.”

Previous wins include the work of Heather Harris in the LA Press Club’s first-ever Photo Essay category, for her images of musician James Williamson’s all-star concert at the Bootleg, and Donna’s image of Flyin’ Jay Armant, of the band Fishbone, launching into the crowd at the Roxy Theatre.

California Rocker has had several finalist designations and this year was no exception. California Rocker took three finalist designations among five in the action photo category and Suzanne’s Photo Essay was among three finalists.

Dandy Warhols, Jim James, Dragonette and Illenium Play Goldenvoice Venues During Month of December

Holiday cheer and great music are on the horizon for the month of December. The Dandy Warhols with Telegram and Warbly Jets will take the stage at The Fonda Theatre on Dec. 16 and Jim James will be at the Orpheum on Dec. 9.

Check out the other Goldenvoice shows coming up:

Dragonette brings Autumn to LA with her new Soundcloud playlist – don’t miss when she brings her show to the Roxy on 11/30.

Jim James just released a new video for his song, “Here In Spirit” – can’t wait to be there for real at his show 12/9 at the Orpheum.

Illenium put together a Spotify playlist of songs to know before his shows – tickets still available for 12/11 at the Novo.

The Dandy Warhols joined Moshcam for an intimate studio session and discussion of their new album – don’t miss them 12/16 at the Fonda.

AC Slater, Bixel Boys, Craze and more are putting a positive spin on the holidays by hosting a show at the Roxy on 12/18 and donating the proceeds to Inner City Arts.

After unbelievable circumstances, The Architects (3/18 at the Roxy) are still bringing a powerful emotional experience to every show.

On Sale Now 
12/15/2016 Lil Yachty @ Fox Theater Pomona

On Sale Friday
3/8/2017  Isaiah Rashad @ El Rey Theatre

Added Support 
11/29/2016  Young Thug with 21 Savage & Divine Council @ Shrine Expo Hall 12/10/2016; Louis the Child with Bearson & Elohim @ The Fonda Theatre 12/10  +12/11;  Illenium with Dabin and William Black @ The Novo 12/16/2016

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