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‘Sunset Strip Godfather’ Mario Maglieri, Owner of Rainbow and The Whisky A Go-Go Passes Away at 93

Rockers and Rebels Alike Mourn ‘Father Figure’


Mario Maglieri, co-owner and founder of The Rainbow Bar and Grill, and co-owner of Whisky A Go-Go passed away from natural causes at 93, it was announced via the Rainbow Facebook page.

Maglieri opened the Rainbow Bar and Grill in 1972 with partners Lou Adler and Elmer Valentine. He was an early manager of the Whisky A Go-Go and parlayed his interest into co-ownership of the famous nightclub. He was also a co-owner at the Roxy Theatre next door to the Rainbow.

Since the early 1970s, the three venues were then — and remain still — the heart and soul of the rock music scene in LA and form the cornerstone of the famous Sunset Strip.

At the Rainbow, Maglieri hosted rockers from far and wide and many of the musicians hung out at the Rainbow including Alice Cooper, Guns N Roses, John Lennon and star patron, the late Lemmy of Motorhead.  Last August, a bronze statue was put on the Rainbow premises in Lemmy’s honor.

Maglieris photo courtesy of Venues Today

The Maglieri family – Photo courtesy of Venues Today

“Mario was the Godfather,” said rocker Willie Basse. “He was so good to me, he always respected me. We had things in common, like the heart surgeries and stuff. I am still in shock. He was like a father who encouraged me and reassured me. He always respected me.”

“Mario would want us to celebrate his life and not get hung up on his death,” Basse said. “I can’t tell you how many deals I cut at the front table, in the day, in the night, all the time. I’d been coming to The Rainbow since 1976.”

The Rainbow friends and family has had its share of grief in the last few years. In addition to Lemmy and Maglieri, Miguel Murillo, the Rainbow’s head chef, passed away a year ago last March.

The restaurant has been operated by Mikael Maglieri and his wife Nancy for several years.

Condolences came in on social media from many visitors, friends and rockers regarding Maglieri’s pasing.

Sean McNabb wrote on his Twitter page: “So sorry to hear of passing of Sunset strip Icon SR. Storyteller and friend! Godfather to a lot of the RandR community.

On the Rainbow’s Facebook page Thursday morning, was posted a simple note about Maglieri’s passing.

“It is with great sadness to announce the passing of our beloved Mario Maglieri. Owner and founder of The Rainbow Bar And Grill and The Whisky a Go Go. He passed this morning while surrounded by loved ones. We will announce services shortly. We ask that you please allow the family time to grieve. Thank you for your understanding.”

The Suffers Rock The Echo in LA With a Scorching Sound That Heralds An Era of New Soul Music

The Suffers Hit Like A 5-Alarm Plate of Shrimp and Grits

Kam Franklin and The Suffers triumph at The Echo LA - Photo © 2016 Donna Balancia

Kam Franklin and The Suffers triumph at The Echo LA – Photo © 2016 Donna Balancia


The Suffers put on a short show that packed a powerful punch the other night at The Echo.

The lively set by the 8-piece band led by dynamic front woman Kam Franklin grabbed the audience and never let go as The Suffers ripped through tunes some new and some known.

The band impressed the crowded house of fans who ranged in age from about 20 to 60 years old.

Kam’s presence is a commanding experience as she dominates the stage with kid gloves, showing the love and talking about how music can be a healing therapy and agent for change. She’s like an open book, inspiring others with her tales of woe and success.

From Banker to Rock Star

The Suffers

The Suffers say they’re grateful to be playing music in LA – or anywhere for that matter – Photo © 2016 Donna Balancia

Kam started as an investment banker and decided to follow her dream.  There were tough times, she said, recalling that she and her bandmates weren’t sure that when they played LA a while back that they would ever actually be able to return.  The Suffers high energy show is a celebration of accomplishments and Kam said the band is a living example that when you set your sites and harness determination, you can achieve your dreams.

Her theme is simple: Music Heals.

Kam encouraged the audience to keep listening to music, keep creating remarkable works and appreciate those closest to you.  The Suffers show was limited to one hour, but the band slayed in that short time, leaving the audience calling for more.

“No matter what goes on in the world outside, we’re all in here for one hour and we’re going to enjoy ourselves,” she told the audience. A tribute to Sharon Jones was to take place shortly after The Suffers set.  Kam paid homage to the musical foundation set down by Jones, the renowned soul singer who passed away last week from pancreatic cancer at the age of 60.

Kam Franklin of The Suffers was once an investment banker. Her talents are now put to better use - Photo © 2016 Donna Balancia

Kam Franklin was once an investment banker. Her talents are now put to better use – Photo © 2016 Donna Balancia

Kam said she has been compared to Jones on many occasions and we all owe a debt of gratitude to Jones who led a soul revival that started in New York City and continues today.

The musicians who comprise The Suffers are the dedicated and talented Pat Kelly, Adam Castaneda, Michael Razo, Kevin Bernier, Jon Durbin, Cory Wilson, Nick Zamora, Jose “Chapy” Luna, Alex Zamora.  The horn section brings a retro pizzazz that highlights the hard work of the bassist, drums, guitar and keyboards.

The Suffers Teach a New Lesson

It’s a cohesive group of Houston-based musicians who came together to teach us a new lesson. This is not your mom’s soul music.

The Suffers are a tight band of talented Houston musicians - Photo © 2016 Donna Balancia

The Suffers are a tight band of talented Houston musicians – Photo © 2016 Donna Balancia

The Suffers call their style of music “Gulf Coast Soul,” a fitting genre for this band. The Suffers make  you feel as if you’ve just been handed a plate of buttery shrimp and grits with an extra helping of five-alarm hot sauce on the side.  They’re cozy and spicy at the same time, unleashing the tunes of heartbreak and love with a unified sound that heralds an era of new soul music.

Kam bonds with the audience, talking to the crowd as comfortably as she would be talking to a well-loved friend.  Healing, helping and feeding were central to the performance as she continually reminded the crowd of the name of the band and had them repeat it back, along with the town the band is from, Houston.

But after all that, what probably will be long remembered was this special show by a lady with a devoted troupe of talented musicians and her heartfelt request for people to love each other.

The Suffers recently released the video “Midtown,” and you can check them out on Soundcloud.


The Suffers To Play Their Brand of ‘Gulf Coast Soul’ at The Echo Saturday Night, Release New Video

The Suffers: Get Ready for Soulful Rock N Roll


The Suffers, Houston’s answer to Rock N Roll Soul, led by powerhouse front woman Kam Franklin, will hit the stage at The Echo Saturday night.

If you’re a fan of revved up soul music and you haven’t been following the outrageously talented 10-piece Houston band, the show at The Echo provides an opportunity.

The Suffers on Soundcloud

The Suffers on Soundcloud

Kam and her troupe of talented musicians in The Suffers have been making the rounds in the media and at all the top clubs and it’s a rare treat to hear sounds like this. They say their unique retro rock-soul style is “Gulf Coast Soul” and it’s a catchy new moniker for their wildly reinvented genre.

Check out The Suffers on Soundcloud

The Suffers consider themselves to be a combination of soul, rythm and blues, hard rock and a little part romance.  They’ve just released a new video, which they say is their most “intense” yet, called “Midtown.”

While it may have a semi-remorseful tone in that it deals with a post-breakup situation, the sound is deceivingly upbeat and joyful.  So maybe when Kam asks the question, “Do you ever want to go back to you and me?” she most likely knows the answer.

The Suffers are Kam, Pat Kelly, Adam Castaneda, Michael Razo, Kevin Bernier, Jon Durbin, Cory Wilson, Nick Zamora, Jose “Chapy” Luna and Alex Zamora.  Their first full-length album, self-titled, is available at

Tickets are still available for The Suffers at The Echo, go to the Echo website for tickets, here.

Check out The Suffers video “Midtown” here:

David and The Curse Releases Single ‘She Loves The Night’ a Tribute to Antics of the Evening

David and The Curse Plays El Cid on Nov. 18

David and The Curse releases 'She Loves the Night,' to perform at El Cid

David and The Curse releases ‘She Loves the Night,’ to perform at El Cid


David and the Curse is putting out some major new sounds. The group just released  “She Loves the Night,” a raunchy tune that’s a tribute to true rock n roll.

It’s the lead single off the band’s debut album, An Epitaph For Love, which is due out from David and The Curse in early 2017. This is a rockin’ album and the influence is a combination of retro sounds and new-era psychedelic tech.  But it’s David’s performance and voice that put him up at the top.

David Stücken has a good deal of talent and he’s drawn upon his influences John Lennon and Mike Campbell in putting together his latest album. Born and raised in Los Angeles, he’s seen his share of great bands and has learned a lot over the years.


“Mike Campbell is a huge influence as a composer in general,” David said. “All the music he wrote with Don Henley is excellent, like ‘Boys of Summer’ and ‘New Kid in Town,’ I think he’s got the best tone.”

Sonically Spanning the Years

David said while his music is appropriate for listeners of today, he invokes some of the classics.

Retro sound and modern sensibilities for David and The Curse - Photo courtesy David Stucken for

Retro sound and modern sensibilities for David and The Curse – Photo courtesy David Stucken

“Sonically my music has a modern twist, with ‘She Loves The Night,’ in particular, at its base it’s a rock and roll song,” David said. “That’s the underlying tone of electronic and there are elements but underneath it’s classic rock.”

David wrote and produced the new album, An Epitaph for Love, which is autobiographical album of gritty rock tales told through the lens of an anti-hero. And while he is seeing some solid success, David lives by the rule of keeping his ego in check.

“I think the entertainment industry it’s easy to become a jerk,” he said. “You need balance. You’re nothing without the people who support you.

“If you truly want to be successful, resonating with the audience you have to have humility or you will fail. Mike Campbell is humble, that’s why he’s successful.”

Retro Sound

On his album, David uses a lot of sounds that are retro. That sound comes with the help of bandmates Gene Louis on drums, Chris Null on bass and Kyle Hamood on keyboards.

“The fuzz dates back to the 1960s, and the digital element is moog synthesizer,” he said. “I can’t tell you if the retro sounds were part of writing, but they were part of the recording process.”

David and The Curse - Rocker tough with tender songwriting - Photo courtesy David Stucken

David and The Curse – Rocker tough with tender songwriting – Photo courtesy David Stucken

“‘She Loves The Night’ is psychedelic disco rock and roll. It’s my Rolling Stones Miss You. The single captures the tone of the record. You can put it on on a Saturday night. It’s an empowering song. It takes on topics of excess and the sound is fun.”

The recording process is quick and with this album, the songs are being recorded quickly. I ddint’ want to get tunnel vision. Everything on the record is organic.

“It’s a struggle any way you look at it in the digital era,” he said. “The music business is very unstable. I think the music business reflects our times.

Are most of the bands created these days?

“There are bands that are made to sound like something else,” he said. “It’s as if they were manufactured. I hope when you hear us you realize we’re not like that.”

Check out David and The Curse on their Facebook Page


Cold War Kids, Kaleo, Empire of the Sun to Headline ‘Altimate December 2 Remember’ Concert Series

Popular Bands in Intimate LA Venues Dec. 5-12

Empire of the Sun - Photo by Julio Enriquez

Empire of the Sun – Photo by Julio Enriquez

Kaleo, Cold War Kids and The Lumineers are among alternative all-stars headlining Alt 98-7, L.A.’s Second Annual ALTIMATE December 2 Remember Holiday Concert Series.

The ALTIMATE December 2 Remember series features live performances at iconic, intimate Los Angeles venues, providing a unique experience for the lucky few fans who are able to get a ticket to one of the shows.

The ALTIMATE December 2 Remember Series 2016:

  • Kaleo at The Roxy on December 5
  • Miike Snow at El Rey Theatre on December 6
  • Cold War Kids at El Rey Theatre on December 7
  • The Lumineers at Fonda Theatre on December 7
  • Empire of the Sun at The Novo on December 8
  • Fitz and the Tantrums and Arkells at The Roxy on December 12
  • Glass Animals and Judah and the Lion at El Rey Theatre on December 12

Tickets to all the ALTIMATE December 2 Remember series shows go on sale to the public on Friday at 10 a.m. PT.  Tickets for The Roxy concerts are sold via  Tickets for The Novo, El Rey Theatre and Fonda Theatre concerts will be available via

Cold War Kids - Photo by Tammy Lo

Cold War Kids – Photo by Tammy Lo

Members of the ALT 98-7 “The List” Rewards Club will have a chance to purchase tickets during an exclusive pre-sale on Thursday, Nov. 3 at 10 a.m. PT.

The pre-sale link and password will be emailed to “The List” members on November 2.

To join the ALT 98.7 “The List” Rewards Club for the chance to participate in the exclusive pre-sale, log on

Alt 98-7 is a leading media outlet in the Los Angeles market and its programming and content are available across multiple platforms, including its broadcast stations; online via its branded digital sites; mobile; and social, with nationwide listening through iHeartRadio — with its more than 700 million downloads, more than 75 million social media followers and 87 million digital uniques across the Network.

Fans can also listen to Alt 98-7 via the station’s website, as well as on and the iHeartRadio mobile app, iHeartMedia’s all-in-one music streaming and digital radio service. iHeartRadio is available across web, mobile phones, tablets, automotive partners, smart TVs, gaming devices and more.

La Paloma Theatre Shines on Benefit Night as Jack Tempchin and Musicians Sing Her Praises

Concert to Raise Money for La Paloma Wildly Applauded

Jack Tempchin - Photo by Donna Balancia

Jack Tempchin – Photo by Donna Balancia


ENCINITAS, Calif. – Musicians Jack Tempchin, Cindy Lee Berryhill, Keith Harkin and Darius Degher electrified at Love The Dove, a benefit concert for La Paloma Theatre in Encinitas Saturday night.

Tempchin, the renowned songwriter who crafted tunes for the Eagles and others, headlined a night that mixed legacy with compelling new performances.

He introduced Keith Harkin, an outstanding Irish performer whose agressive guitar playing is unlike anything we’ve heard. He plucks the strings so hard they break — often he says — and from his work he elicits a great deal of emotion.  Harkin is a true music star and was an unexpected surprise in a night of beautiful work.

Strong Collaboration: Tempchin and Harkin

Jack Tempchin and Keith Harkin - Photo and video by Donna Balancia

Jack Tempchin and Keith Harkin – Photo and video by Donna Balancia

Tempchin on harmonica and Harkin on guitar performed songs they wrote together including the upbeat “Ring Tail Rat.”

Berryhill, the tall singer-songwriter veteran performed the Beatles cover, “Revolution,” which got rousing applause from the audience, which was comprised mainly of Encinitas locals who packed the room.

Berryhill has a new album coming out in March and her new songs including “Somebody’s Angel,” sent chills through the crowded room.

Love The Dove

La Paloma Theatre is a staple of San Diego County culture.  It has been around since the early 1900s and was a stop on the train by movie stars, celebs of the day, musicians and other notables.

Cindy Lee Berryhill - Photo by Donna Balancia

Cindy Lee Berryhill – Photo by Donna Balancia

Locals remember the days it had “couches” and was the gathering place for North County music lovers.

Emcee Danny Salzhandle recalled the theatre has hosted the best in the arts over the years. La Paloma is in need of repair and the tireless Alan Largent and his crew are thinking outside the box to get the funding to restore the jewel in the rough to its former grandeur.

The group is planning to have a fundraiser concert every quarter “or every three months,” if possible.

Musicians Giving Back to La Paloma Theatre

Degher led the night off with his folksy tunes that had people smiling and tapping right along.  He was a gracious leadoff artist joined by Micheal Packard and Ellen Maisen. His debut poetry collection was published in 2014; he has released five CDs and played on many stages.

Darius Degher opened the night at La Paloma Theatre - Photo by Donna Balancia

Darius Degher opened the night at La Paloma Theatre – Photo by Donna Balancia

Degher, Harkin and Berryhill joined Tempchin for a heartfelt finale that included “Already Gone,” and “Peaceful Easy Feeling.”

In a world of free downloads and where there’s an overabundance of worship of all things new, the historic La Paloma took the spotlight, hosting this unique night of touching performances.

The musicians reached receptive audience members who gladly paid $20 a head to enjoy rare performances.

Being able to repay La Paloma for all the joy she has brought Southern California was an honor for both performers and attendees.  The La Paloma which has stood so proudly for almost a century, will graciously continue on, through the generosity of the musicians and art lovers.  A night like this is what it’s all about.


Jack Tempchin leads 'Peaceful Easy Feeling' - Photo and video by Donna Balancia

Jack Tempchin leads ‘Peaceful Easy Feeling’ – Photo and video by Donna Balancia

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