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59th Annual GRAMMY Gift Lounge

Posted by on Feb 21, 2017 in Entertainment, Events, Music | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue Did you watch the GRAMMY’s this year? It was one of the best award shows of the year, and we were thrilled to have an inside looking into the 59th Annual GRAMMY Gift Lounge. The gift lounge was located in a series of white tents next to the Staples Center where the most influential stars in Hollywood gathered to be showered with lavish gifts. When we walked into the gift lounge, we were greeted with a glass of champagne filled with 24k gold flakes. As we sipped on our glass of champagne, we stopped to talk with the different vendors about the various products they were gifting the celebrities. We saw many singers walking around the lounge talking with the various companies about their products and collecting gift bags filled with...

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The House of Blues is Back

Posted by on Feb 7, 2017 in Entertainment, Music | 2 comments

 We attended the preview as a guest of the venue We have exciting news to share with all of you and especially the music lovers; House of Blues in Anaheim is opening at the end of this month! Yes, the legendary venue will be back on February 28, 2017, and who better to perform on opening night than Social Distortion! Did you know that Social Distortion holds the record for the longest sold out residency sales? Yes, at 30 days in a row. We were thrilled to attend the recent preview event and guided tour to get a sneak peek of the first House of Blues to be built in a decade and the only one of its kind on the west coast; it’s an incredible space! It’s twice the size of the former Anaheim location with 44,000 square...

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Rita Wilson is Coming to the Segerstrom Center

Posted by on Jan 31, 2017 in Entertainment, Music, Theatre | 0 comments

  Segerstrom Center for the Arts welcomes Rita Wilson, the talented actress, film producer and Broadway star, who brings her vocal and songwriting talents to Samueli Theater in her Center debut with Liner Notes: Songwriters, Stories and Music, on Friday, February 10, 2017. Special guests and notable songwriters Billy Steinberg, Holly Knight and Desmond Child join Wilson in this intimate evening performing songs and sharing stories behind their most memorable music. Tickets start at $59 and will go on sale Sunday, December 18 at 10 a.m. and be available online at www.SCFTA.org, at the Box Office at 600 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa or by calling (714) 556-2787. Rita Wilson is well-known as an actress (It’s Complicated, Sleepless in Seattle, a recurring role in CBS’s The Good Wife, HBO’s award-winning series, Girls, and most recently on Broadway in...

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Orange County School of the Arts Master Class with Wynton Marsalis

Posted by on Oct 17, 2016 in Education, Entertainment, Music | 0 comments

  It is not every day that high school students have the opportunity to work with legendary artists of our time. However, 21 students in the Orange County School of the Arts’ (OCSA) Ambassador Jazz Orchestra participated in the once-in-a-lifetime master class with the internationally renowned trumpeter and composer Wynton Marsalis on Friday, October 7, 2016. For those not familiar with the nine-time Grammy Award winner, Wynton Marsalis is the managing and artistic director of Jazz at Lincoln Center. In 1983 and 1984, he became the first, and only artist to win both classical and jazz Grammys in the same year. The master class is a part of the arts charter school’s Master Artist Series in celebration of its 30th anniversary. The sold-out crowd of more the 425 attendees bubbled with excitement in anticipation for the beginning of the...

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Hyatt Regency Summer Concert Date Night

Posted by on Sep 2, 2016 in Entertainment, Events, Music | 0 comments

 We attended as a guest of the venue We had the opportunity to see Grammy award winning artist Kenny Loggins at the Hyatt Regency Newport Beach Summer Concert Series on Friday evening. He performed inside the Hyatt’s Back Bay Amphitheater that overlooked Newport Beach’s Back Bay. The show started at 8 pm so we were able to watch the sun set behind the bluffs where it illuminated the water with a beautiful bright orange color. The temperature dropped to a comfortable 70 degrees so a light sweater was nice to have if you get cold. The venue was sold out and sat about 1,200 guests. The Back Bay Amphitheater was a very intimate venue where you feel like your having a one-on-one concert with the artist. This was our first time attending the Back Bay Amphitheater and seeing Kenny...

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Get Your Groove and Grub on at Pete’s Sunset Grille

Posted by on Jul 26, 2016 in Entertainment, Events, Music, Summer | 0 comments

  This summer, get your groove and your grub on at a Surf City hotspot Pete’s Sunset Grille at Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach, with and enticing selection of food and free live concerts every Friday and Saturday evening from 7:00 – 10:00pm. The beachy restaurant is bringing down the house with live rock, hip-hop and blues musicians, and serving up foodie fun with Friday night Taco Buffets and Saturday BBQ the whole family will enjoy, now through Labor Day weekend. Food Selections Include: Friday Night Taco Buffet $19.95 adults $9.95 kids (ages 5-12) Entrees Steak Picadillo con Papas Chili Relleno with Ranchera Sauce Chicken Asada Sides Arroz Verde Frijoles Charros Dessert Warm Churros with Cinnamon- Sugar Saturday Night BBQ $19.95 adults $9.95 kids (ages 5-12) Entrees Southern Fried Chicken Baby Back Dry Rubbed Ribs Whiskey Barrel BBQ Beef Sides...

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Complimentary House of Blues Concert Tickets for OC Moms

Posted by on May 12, 2016 in Entertainment, Events, Music | 0 comments

 Sponsored Do your kids love music? Have they shown an interest in learning to play a musical instrument? School of Rock is the premier place in Orange County for children to fall in love with learning how to play music. Not only do children learn how to play musical instruments at School of Rock, but they also have performances for friends, family, and the public to see. School of Rock in Huntington Beach is hosting two exhilarating performances at the House of Blues in Anaheim on May 21st, and they are offering complimentary tickets to all of our readers!! Show Details: The Music and Magic of The Beatles Saturday, May 21st Doors: 10am and Show: 10:30am...

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Best Night of My Life at the 102.7 KIIS-FM Jingle Ball

Posted by on Dec 8, 2015 in Entertainment, Events, Featured, Music, Theatre | 0 comments

 We attended as a guest of Verizon On Friday, I went to my official first concert, the iHeart Radio/KIIS-FM Jingle Ball! I still can’t believe it. Almost all my favorite singers and DJ’s were there. I went with my mom, and I have to say it was probably the best first concert ever! I had a blast singing and dancing along to all the songs I knew. The Staples Center was probably the most energetic place in the world throughout the entire evening. When we first got into the Staples Center, I was literally bursting with excitement. As we made our way over to our seats, I was already so overwhelmed with joy. Then I saw where we were sitting; I almost fell right down the steps as I said to my mom “These our seats!” I was so...

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Enter to Win Tickets to Austin Mahone / Kalin and Myles Concert at the 2015 OC Fair

Posted by on Jul 13, 2015 in Entertainment, Events, Giveaways, Music | 9 comments

 Do you have a teenager or tween in your house? If you do, then I’m sure you’re already aware that Austin Mahone and Kalin and Myles is playing at the OC Fair this year on Sunday, August 16th at 7:30 pm. Our tween daughter screamed when she heard that her tween heartthrob Austin Mahone was coming to Orange County, and couldn’t wait to go online to use her allowance to purchase tickets. The best part is that admission to the OC Fair is also included with the concert price giving parents more for their money. When: August 16th at 7:30pm (gates open approximately 60 minutes before showtime) Where: 2015 OC Fair/ Pacific Amphitheatre Admission: Tickets start at $32.50 and include free OC Fair Admission. Tickets are available online at all Ticketmaster outlets, online at ticketmaster.com, by phone toll-free at...

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Jake Shimabukuro Comes to the Renée & Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall

Posted by on Mar 17, 2015 in Entertainment, Events, Music, Theatre | 0 comments

 For one night only, one of the world’s most talented ukulele players, Jake Shimabukuro, is coming to the Renée & Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. On Sunday, March 22nd at 7pm, families are invited to explore jazz, blues, funk, classical, bluegrass, folk, flamenco and rock music all played on a ukulele by Jake Shimabukuro. Tickets are currently available starting at $20 and can be purchased online. This highly popular show is expected to sell-out quickly, so we highly encourage purchasing your tickets...

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Superheroes Magical Musical Performance at the Pacific Symphony

Posted by on Mar 12, 2015 in Entertainment, Music | 0 comments

  Get your kids dressed in their favorite superhero costumes and bring them for an unforgettable night at the Pacific Symphony on March 14th. The action-packed musical will teach children about the different instrument families, and how an orchestra comes together. The audience also has the opportunity to hear the talented musicians from Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra, who join the Symphony onstage for their annual side-by-side performance. The concert is designed for families with children ages 5-11, and takes place Saturday, March 14, at 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m., in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. Tickets are $19-39; for more information or to purchase tickets call (714) 755-5799 or visit www.PacificSymphony.org. Children are encouraged to come dressed as their favorite superhero—and this hero doesn’t have to wear a cape and fly, their costume can range from comic...

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OC Fair Summer Concerts and Action Sports Tickets On Sale February 14th

Posted by on Feb 10, 2015 in Entertainment, Events, Music, OC Fair | 0 comments

  It’s coming! The highlight of the summer..the 2015 OC Fair. The OC Fair is a hot spot for fantastic entertainment, tasty food and thrilling rides. OC Fair just announced the first dates for their summer concerts and action sports events. Start planning your summer now, and purchase your tickets for these shows starting on February 14th: Rumours – The Ultimate Tribute to Fleetwood Mac Saturday, February 14 10 a.m. Friday, July 17 8:30 p.m. Tickets start at $16.50 Dead Man’s Party – The Oingo Boingo Tribute On-Sale Date: Saturday, February 14 10 a.m. Show Date: Saturday, July 18 8:30 p.m. Tickets start at $16.50 Strangelove – The Ultimate Tribute to Depeche Mode On-Sale Date: Saturday, February 14 10 a.m. Show Date: Wednesday, July 22 8:30 p.m. Tickets start at $16.50 X-Treme Freestyle Moto-X On-Sale Date: Saturday, February 14...

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Dancing & Music Spectacular: Opposing Forces at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts

Posted by on Jan 31, 2015 in Entertainment, Music, Theatre | 0 comments

 We attended as a guest of the SCFTA When you reach the intersection of hip hop, modern and contemporary, you find the choreography of Amy O’ Neal. Opposing Forces, a performance exploring gender roles, is part of the Segerstrom Center for the Arts’ Off Center Festival. World class B-Boy dancers, Alfredo Vergara (aka “Free”), Brysen “Just Be” Angeles, “Fever One”, Michael O’Neal, Jr. and Mozes Lateef exuded athleticism and emotion. Always powerful, they knew when to push and when to hold back with each piece. The movement was strong and expressive, even when they were exploring the “soft” side of the hip-hop world. Ms. O’Neal’s choreography was a blend of styles, with each piece conveying a message about the masculine and feminine roles through the lens of hip hop. At times upbeat, and other times dark, the performance explored...

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Elijah Kelley on Music, Philanthropy and the Strange Magic of Love

Posted by on Jan 22, 2015 in Disney, Entertainment, Film, Music | 0 comments

 We attended the interview as a guest of Disney Elijah Kelley portrays the role of my favorite character, Sunny, in the upcoming film “Strange Magic.” I fell in love with heart and soul of the character and after sitting down to talk with Kelley, he played a huge part in bringing the character to life. It was the first time that Kelley had done a voiceover role, and it was a little bit of a challenge for him. “I thought it was going to be easy; I thought it was going to be a piece of cake. It was like doing P90X bringing to life and understanding the world that Sunny lives in,” said Kelley. In the film, Sunny is in love with the character Dawn and has trouble expressing his love for her. All of us can relate...

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Strange Magic Takes us Inside the Mind of George Lucas

Posted by on Jan 20, 2015 in Disney, Entertainment, Featured, Film, Music | 1 comment

 We attended the interview as a guest of Disney The film, Strange Magic, takes us inside the mind of the talented director and producer George Lucas. Earlier this month, we went to Skywalker Ranch where we talked with George Lucas about the film, fatherhood, and life. Lucas is newly married and the proud father of a 33-year-old, 26-year-old, 21-year-old and an 18-month-old baby. “I won’t call it a myth because I beat that one to death with Star Wars, but this is a fairytale. Same thing only sweeter.” George Lucas Strange Magic is very different from Star Wars, and Lucas started working on the film about 15 years ago. “I love doing musicals; it harkens back to my pre-Star Wars days. I thought it would be fun to make a film that was for tween girls than Star Wars...

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Behind the Scenes of the American Idol taping at The House of Blues

Posted by on Dec 18, 2014 in Entertainment, Featured, Music | 0 comments

 I attended as a guest of Ford It was the summer of 2002 and I was living the single life in New York City when American Idol made its debut on television. Who doesn’t remember Kelly Clarkson winning that very first season? Fast forward twelve years and I am living in SoCal, the mom of an almost seven year old, and American Idol is about to premiere its 14th season. Had you told me all those years ago that I would be attending a live taping of the show I would have never believed you. Well, here I was at The House of Blues in LA, enjoying an evening of talented entertainment and having a behind the scenes look. The House of Blues stage had been taken over by the iconic American Idol sign and the Ricky Minor band....

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School of Rock Opening in Huntington Beach

Posted by on Oct 27, 2014 in Education, Entertainment, Events, Featured, Music, Parenting | 2 comments

 Sponsored Do you have a music lover in your home? Then we’ve got some great news for you! School of Rock, the leader in performance-based music education inspiring the world to rock on stage and in life, will be opening a new location in Huntington Beach on November 1st. School of Rock is an ingenious concept that gets kids and adults rocking out to the classics and on stage performing with their peers. Music programs are designed to create a supportive environment where music students of all skill levels are comfortable yet challenged at every turn. In addition to individual private music instruction on guitar, bass, vocals, keyboards and/or drums, School of Rock combines weekly one-on-one lessons with structured group rehearsals and jam sessions, culminating in a live performance in front of real crowds at legendary rock venues. School...

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Disney Live! Mickey’s Music Festival

Posted by on Sep 22, 2014 in Disney, Entertainment, Events, Featured, Music | 0 comments

 We attended as a guest of Feld In the popular Disney Live! show, Micky’s Music Festival, Mickey and gang light up the stage and jam to classic Disney hits remixed with today’s record toppers in hip hop, pop, swing, reggae, rock, country and more. Featuring Disney’s Aladdin and Little Mermaid and Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story, audiences of all ages will be enraptured in the fun and action on stage. Afterall, no one does magic quite like Disney! My two girls, ages five and two, were thrilled to see the show at the Long Beach Performing Arts Center. One of our favorite numbers was when the daughters of Triton brought Beyonce to the stage with Put a Ring on It. Those mermaids can rock! Classic hits performed by Aladdin and Jasmin and Woody and Jesse were also great fun. For more information and tickets to Mickey’s...

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Disney Live! Presents Mickey’s Music Festival

Posted by on Aug 26, 2014 in Entertainment, Events, Featured, Music | 0 comments

  Mickey Mouse and the gang are going to be bringing music, fun and entertainment for families to Long Beach and Hollywood with Disney Live! presents Mickey’s Music Festival! Families will be entertained with music from your favorite Disney movies including Aladdin, The Little Mermaid and Disney*Pixar’s Toy Story! Long Beach Terrace Theater 300 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90802 Show Date & Time: Sat 09/13/2014 (1:00PM, 4:00PM), Sun 09/14/2014 (1:00PM, 4:00PM) Tickets Start at $25 To order tickets by phone (562) 436 – 3636 Online: www.ticketmaster.com Hollywood Dolby Theatre 6801 Hollywood Blvd. Hollywood, CA 90028 Show Date & Time: Fri 09/19/2014 (4:30PM), Sat 09/20/2014 (10:30AM, 1:30PM, 4:30PM), Sun 09/21/2014 (1:30PM, 4:30PM) Tickets Start at $25 To order tickets by phone (323) 308-6300 Online www.ticketmaster.com It is guaranteed to be the biggest family festival of the year, so...

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Award Winning Artist ‘Common’ to Perform at Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival

Posted by on Aug 18, 2014 in Dining, Events, Music | 0 comments

  Food lovers from all over the Southland will come together this weekend for the biggest food and wine event of the year, the fourth annual Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival. Guests attending the event are in for a treat with an amazing night of music from the Grammy-winning artist, Common on Saturday, August 23rd at 7pm. Opening for Common will be a performance from the African children’s ensemble amaWolseley Marimbas. The electrifying performance will take place on the festival’s main stage on Grand Avenue between 1st and 2nd Streets (in front of the Disney Concert Hall). The amaWolseley Marimbas were discovered in the rural townships surrounding Wolseley in South Africa’s Witzenberg Valley. None of the children had ever heard or seen a marimba prior to the auditions, but were selected based on rhythm and then taught to...

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