Live Music: Heart and Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience at the Greek Theatre

By Mike Finkelstein Los Angeles, CA.  Last Friday night at the Greek Theatre, Heart and Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience shared the bill and the stage with the looming presence of Led Zeppelin in absentia. There actually were more Led Zeppelin songs played this evening than those of anyone else.   Friday’s show saw Heart… Read More Live Music: Heart and Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience at the Greek Theatre

Live: Guitar Town’s 10 Latest Sculptures Unveiled In WeHo

By Mike Finkelstein Bruce Springsteen used to tell a story about how his father, tired of hearing him practicing electric guitar in the bedroom, never wanted to know if it was a Gibson guitar or a Fender guitar.  To him it was just a “God-damned” guitar. For budding guitar slingers like Bruce, Gibson and Fender… Read More Live: Guitar Town’s 10 Latest Sculptures Unveiled In WeHo

Live Music: Ian Anderson plays “Thick As A Brick” – both of them — at the Greek Theater

(Editor’s Note: Because of unforeseen internet problems, this review did not make it into print on its originally scheduled publication date earlier this week.  But here it is, a few days late, but a thoughtful review of an important performance, nonetheless.) By Mike Finkelstein On a gorgeous Saturday night at the Greek Theatre, Ian Anderson… Read More Live Music: Ian Anderson plays “Thick As A Brick” – both of them — at the Greek Theater

Live Jazz: The 35th Playboy Jazz Festival at the Hollywood Bowl, Day #1

Review by Michael Katz Photos by Bonnie Perkinson Hollywood CA. One happy problem with an eight hour music fest that runs uninterrupted through the shifting temperatures of a near-summer’s day at the Hollywood Bowl is a lineup so strong you don’t want to leave your seat. That was the occasion on Saturday, Day 1 of… Read More Live Jazz: The 35th Playboy Jazz Festival at the Hollywood Bowl, Day #1

Live Jazz: Lee Ritenour, Dave Grusin, Dianne Reeves, John Scofield, Keb’ Mo’ and Taj Mahal at the Hollywood Bowl

By Michael Katz There was a pleasing aura of comfort that emanated over the Hollywood Bowl Wednesday night, the result of a group of musicians closely associated with L.A. that turned the sometimes imposing amphitheatre into their own personal living room on a chilly mid-summer’s night. From former L.A. resident and recent director of the… Read More Live Jazz: Lee Ritenour, Dave Grusin, Dianne Reeves, John Scofield, Keb’ Mo’ and Taj Mahal at the Hollywood Bowl

Live Rock: The Steve Miller Band and Los Lobos at the Greek Theatre

By Mike Finkelstein On Sunday night, the Greek Theater presented an attractive double bill featuring the Steve Miller Band and Los Lobos to a near capacity audience. This was a show that targeted the legions of classic rock fans who have typically attended a lot of concerts and rock shows for most of their lives.… Read More Live Rock: The Steve Miller Band and Los Lobos at the Greek Theatre