Live Music: The 2014 Opening Night at the Hollywood Bowl

By Don Heckman The Hollywood Bowl and the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, conducted by Thomas Wilkins, offered another Hall of Fame, season-opening program Saturday night. And once again did it with the class and creativity that have characterized these annual events. I’ve been covering the season-opening nights at the Hollywood Bowl for years now and each… Read More Live Music: The 2014 Opening Night at the Hollywood Bowl

Live Music; Natalie Cole and Chucho Valdes at the Hollywood Bowl

By Don Heckman It’s no mystery that singer Natalie Cole has followed in the musical footsteps of her extrordinary father, pianist/singer Nat “King” Cole. Along the way, she’s won nine Grammy Awards after 21 nominations. Her 1991 album Unforgettable, which included an interactive duet, with her late father, on the song “Unforgettable,” triggering the granting… Read More Live Music; Natalie Cole and Chucho Valdes at the Hollywood Bowl

Record Rack: Spin Doctors, Bracher Brown and Quattro

            Sometimes a Reviewer’s Just Lucky             Three Very Different Albums Connected Only by Their Excellence  By Brian Arsenault  Spin Doctors If the River Was Whiskey (Rufus Records) If you’re a ‘90’s kid, chances are you can still remember the words to Spin Doctors’ “Pocket Full of Kryptonite” and that favorite guy anthem to the… Read More Record Rack: Spin Doctors, Bracher Brown and Quattro

Live Music: The Brian Setzer Orchestra and the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra at the Hollywood Bowl

By Mike Finkelstein On a balmy Friday night still throbbing from a blazing L.A. heat-wave, The Brian Setzer Orchestra played the first of a three-night stand of shows at the packed Hollywood Bowl for the closing Fireworks Finale.  Very early in their set the band played “This Cat’s on a Hot Tin Roof,” and it… Read More Live Music: The Brian Setzer Orchestra and the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra at the Hollywood Bowl