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Falling in Love with Music

Posted by on Sep 4, 2018 in Entertainment, Music | 1 comment

 Samples provided Going back to school means getting a bunch of cool new things like clothes, school supplies, maybe even a new instrument to play. If you love making music or just having fun, I have to tell you to get a Fender Ukulele. Ukulele is one of the most fun instruments to play in my opinion and what better time to learn then the beginning of a new school year. But you can’t buy just any ukulele. Many of the online companies that you purchase instruments from make it really hard to know what actually holding and playing the instrument is like. Fender ukuleles make it extremely easy to pick your favorite ukulele and even watch a demo video with the ukulele on their website. And you don’t have to stop at ukulele’s; Fender also sells acoustic guitars,...

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Musical Date Night: Keys On Main Piano Bar

Posted by on Jul 24, 2018 in Cool Places, Dining, Entertainment, Music | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue There is something that Orange County has been missing for many years, and that is a nice and clean piano bar. Couples love to go out to watch live music, and we were thrilled to learn that a new piano bar recently opened at The Triangle in Costa Mesa. Once learning about the new piano bar opening, we planned a night out to check out the new date night hot spot. The piano bar is located right on the corner of Th Triangle in Costa Mesa. They checked our ID at the door, and we entered the snazzy location. There is the main bar along one wall, multiple tables in the center of the piano bar and reserved group seating along the other wall. Since we were visiting with other couples,...

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Poison at the FivePoint Amphitheatre

Posted by on May 31, 2018 in Autos, Entertainment, Music | 0 comments

 Sponsored My daughter attends one of the most popular art school in Southern California and has a massive passion for the arts. She loves theatre, and especially music. I have taken her to the theatre many times in the past but had yet to take her to experience her first concert. Knowing that Poison was one of her favorite bands when I heard that they were coming to Irvine to perform at the FivePoint Amphitheatre, I couldn’t wait to get tickets to surprise her with a fun mother and daughter night out. The night of the concert, we got all dressed up and drove over to the concert venue for an unforgettable night full of fun and rockin’ music. One of the best things about seeing a concert at the FivePoint Amphitheatre is taking advantage of the Mercury Insurance...

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Segerstrom Free Summer Jazz Concerts

Posted by on May 16, 2018 in Entertainment, Events, Music | 0 comments

  Segerstrom Center for the Arts is set to kick off the Orange County summer music scene with a very cool Summer Jazz on the Argyros Plaza series outdoors on the new Julianne and George Argyros Plaza. The Center helped make Orange County a Southern California jazz mecca, presenting the world’s finest musicians and vocalists in its annual Jazz Series for more than 30 years. Now it takes the music outdoors starting Friday, June 1 for 11 consecutive weeks. Shows are from 7- 9 p.m. Bubba Jackson, KJAZZ DJ and jazz legend himself will be on-hand to host each evening. And all concerts are FREE. SUMMER JAZZ ON THE PLAZA Friday nights 7 – 9 p.m. On the Julianne and George Argyros Plaza The BBB featuring Bernie Dresel June 1, 2018 Eric Marienthal June 8, 2018 OCSA Ambassador Jazz...

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Mariachi Los Camperos to Headline Third Heartbeat of Mexico Festival

Posted by on May 7, 2018 in Entertainment, Events, Music | 0 comments

  Musco Center for the Arts at Chapman University is pleased to announce Mariachi Los Camperos will headline a night of traditional Mexican music with special guest Mariachi Mestizo at Heartbeat of Mexico Festival on Saturday, May 26, 2018 at 7:30 pm. Founded in 1961 by the famed late founder, Jose Natividad “Nati” Cano, Mariachi Los Camperos has been recognized with two GRAMMY awards for its role in popularizing mariachi in the United States. Known for world-class musicianship, artful interpretation of classic tunes, inventive arrangements, and tight vocal harmonies, the group has performed at prestigious concert halls, including Carnegie Hall and Washington D.C.’s Lincoln Theater. Mariachi Los Camperos continues to tour globally and perform at the popular Los Angeles landmark La Fonda de Los Camperos, the first-ever Mariachi Dine and Show founded by Nati Cano in 1969. Mariachi Mestizo,...

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Buddy Guy With Brandy Zdan to Perform at the Musco Center for the Arts

Posted by on Feb 27, 2018 in Entertainment, Music | 0 comments

  Musco Center for the Arts at Chapman University presents legendary blues icon, Buddy Guy with Brandy Zdan on March 14 at 7:30pm. Arguably the world’s leading Blues artist, Buddy Guy is a seven-time GRAMMY Award winner, Kennedy Center and National Medal of Arts honoree, inductee to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and icon of Chicago Blues. Born in Louisiana, he headed to Chicago in 1957 and was discovered by composer Willie Dixon while performing at 708 Club. Through Dixon, Guy landed a contract as a guitarist with Chess Records, and worked with legendary musicians including Howlin’ Wolf and Muddy Waters prior to recording his solo albums. His music influenced iconic artists, including Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, and John Mayer. According to the Chicago Tribune, “Guy was, and IS, the king. The hottest ticket in town, and...

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Eric Burdon and The Animals Concert + Giveaway

Posted by on Nov 26, 2017 in Entertainment, Events, Giveaways, Music | 11 comments

 Affiliate To kick off the holiday season, KX 93.5, a locally-focused, nonprofit FM radio station, is hosting KXmas featuring Eric Burdon and The Animals. All KXmas proceeds will benefit local nonprofits, such as: The Friendship Shelter, Laguna Beach Chamber and KX 93.5. Attendees will get to hear classics like “House of the Rising Sun” and “We Gotta Get Out of This Place,” at the only concert allowed at the Irvine Bowl. Guests can also enjoy Festival of Arts Winter Wonderland, which will feature themed holiday party tents, indie Christmas carolers, spiked punch and a “drunk” Santa. Also, in partnership with the Friendship Shelter, a year-round shelter and rehabilitation center to homeless adults, several homeless musicians will be opening for Eric Burdon and The Animals. When: Saturday, Dec. 2 Where: Irvine Bowl (Festival of Arts) 650 Laguna Canyon Rd. Laguna...

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KHS in IRL Epic Concert

Posted by on Nov 15, 2017 in Autos, Events, Kia, Music, Uncategorized | 0 comments

 We attended as a guest of Kia Anyone who watches YouTube and loves music knows who KHS (Kurt Hugo Schneider), Sam Tsui and Alyson Stoner are. They are three of the most talented young musicians who create beautiful melody together and recently starred in their first Kia Rio commercial combining music with autos. This past weekend, the rising stars hosted a free concert for their fans in Los Angles, and we were two of the lucky people to get tickets to their sold out private concert. When we arrived at the concert in our Kia Sorento, the valet took our keys, and we entered the hipster venue for a night that we would never forget. The night started on the outdoor patio where guests had t-shirts custom screen printed, played carnival games and enjoyed tasty bites from two food...

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Epic Family Night Out at the Hollywood Bowl

Posted by on Nov 14, 2017 in Cool Places, Entertainment, Family, Film, Music | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue One of my parent’s favorite things to do when I was a child was to have a date night at the Hollywood Bowl. I always thought that my husband and I would follow in their footsteps, but life gets busy when raising three children, and it finally worked out with our schedule to make our first visit to the Hollywood Bowl this past weekend. While I thought my first visit to the Hollywood Bowl would be a date night, we ended up bringing the kids for an unforgettable night under the stars for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. We got box tickets (which I highly recommend when coming with young children). We left early and planned to arrive right when the gates opened, which again, I recommend doing when bringing your...

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Win Tickets to see Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory in Concert at the Hollywood Bowl

Posted by on Oct 25, 2017 in Entertainment, Giveaways, Music, Theatre | 10 comments

  Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory in Concert at the Hollywood Bowl A Live-to-Film Celebration • Saturday, November 4th on National Candy Day This extraordinary event will feature spectacular animation created by acclaimed painter and illustrator SHAG. The Bowl will be projecting his Wonka-inspired art all around the stage during the film and performances. Led by an all-start cast including John Stamos, Elle King, Finn Wolfhard, and “Weird Al” Yankovic, and accompanied by multi-instrumental band DeVotchKa, this magical show will leave an everlasting impression! Doors will open at 6:30PM with costume contest to follow and the concert beginning at 8PM. Tickets are priced starting at $31 and are currently available online. GIVEAWAY!! Enter to win 4 Tickets to Willy Wonka at the Hollywood Bowl on November 4th by leaving a comment on our Facebook post or in the...

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Ultimate 80’s Road Trip Playlist

Posted by on Aug 21, 2017 in Autos, Kia, Music | 0 comments

 Vehicle provided by Kia Our summer has been full of epic road trips exploring the world in a beautiful Kia Sorento. One of my favorite features in the Sorento is the Infinity soundsystem that allows me to blast my favorite tunes as loud as I want without the fear of blowing out the speakers. While on our road trips, the radio in our Kia seemed to be always set on the 80’s on 8, and my kid’s and I sung along to countless awesome 80’s songs. The summer might be over for my two older kids, but my youngest still has a couple more weeks of summer to explore. That means another road trip! Since my older music loving son won’t be with me to share his Pandora playlist or sing together off tune to our favorite songs, he...

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The Lion King Sing Along at The Greek Theater

Posted by on Aug 11, 2017 in Disney, Entertainment, Film, Music | 1 comment

 We attended as guests Disney’s The Lion King Sing Along at The Greek Theater in Los Angeles, California. The Greek Theater is located in the beautiful Los Angeles hills of Griffith Park. Our family was so excited to see this Disney Classic and sing all of the songs you know and love from The Lion King as we watched the movie at The Greek Theater. As we entered the venue, we were greeted and took our photo with Rafiki in the Cubs’ Corner. Here the kids snacked on chicken skewers, fruit, popcorn, and water. You could also get your face painted like The Lion King himself. From there we headed over to the VIP Fandango Lounge for some food & drinks hosted by Fandango. The Fandango Lounge is a woodsy patio nestled in the trees where we could sit...

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Gospel Brunch at the House of Blues

Posted by on Jul 26, 2017 in Dining, Entertainment, Music | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue The Gospel Brunch at the House of Blues Anaheim is back! Yes, and it’s a toe tapping, let your spirit be free and enjoy the good vibes kind of Sunday morning Brunch! If you walk in feeling down, you’ll walk out feeling up! The show will bring warmth to your soul and a smile to your face. I had my sister join me in celebration of her recent birthday, and I certainly scored good sister points. Just seeing her dance, sing, clap, and smile during the show warmed my heart. The real fun came when the gospel singers invited those celebrating a birthday or an anniversary on to the stage. Everyone danced, the room was filled with enormous energy while the audience stood clapping, singing and capturing photos of friends and...

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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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Rockin’ Family Memories at the OC Fair with the Fresh Beat Band

Posted by on Aug 9, 2014 in Entertainment, Events, Featured, Music | 0 comments

 We attended as a guest of the fair The OC Fair is a 23-day annual fair held every summer at the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa.  For many families it has become an annual tradition to eat, play, ride and rock out. The fairgrounds’ 150 acres has been the home to the fair ever since 1949 and yields more than a million visitors each year.  Back in 2009, then Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger recommended the Orange County Fairgrounds be listed for sale.  A public auction was held, but before any sales agreements could be signed, two lawsuits were filed and the sale was stopped. The Preservation Society and Tel Phil Enterprises filed in the Court of Appeal and asked that the new governor Jerry Brown have the sale categorically dismissed which it was; thank goodness because where...

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The Jersey Boys Interview

Posted by on Jun 30, 2014 in Entertainment, Events, Music, Theatre | 0 comments

  I was given the opportunely to interview Production Stage Manager Matthew Leiner as well as cast members Hayden Milanes & Quinn VanAntwerp of Jersey Boys at the load-in. It was my first time interviewing anyone since my college days so I was a little rusty to say the least. I first sat back and watch the other press member as they interviewed the cast. Once I felt comfortable I sat down with Matthew, Hayden and Quinn and learned about their parts in making the magic happen. Before I start with the interview, let me just say that everyone was extremely kind and warm. I was blown away with the energy of the 3 interviewees even though they had just arrived from their last tour just the day before. The Jersey Boys production is a well-oiled machine. They travel...

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Celebrate Date Night Tonight in L.A. with OC Band Verdell

Posted by on Jun 20, 2014 in Entertainment, Events, Music | 0 comments

  It’s Friday! Time to cut loose! How about a fun evening out on the town in L.A.? If you’re a lover of live music, especially music reminiscent of the 80’s, make it date night or grab some friends and head on up to The Mint this evening in L.A. for a great time with Orange County band, Verdell. This up and coming band’s single Out of Your Mind  has been featured on Laguna’s KX93.5 FM and for the past 3 weeks running has been voted #1 on Tazy Phyllipz’s Ska Parade  and makes the rounds in venues such as The Coach House, The Constellation Room, The Roxy, The Troubadour, The House of Blues L.A. and Anaheim, The Key Club, and The Whisky a Go-Go. The Mint is an intimate venue with a retro-vibe and has hosted greats such...

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KSBR Birthday Bash: A Perfect Trio of Jazz, Great Food & Live Art

Posted by on Jun 8, 2014 in Entertainment, Events, Music | 0 comments

 We attended as a guest of KSBR Three of my favorite things in the world are jazz, great food and art. Last Sunday was filled with all three so it was pretty much the perfect day at KSBR’s 25th Annual Birthday Bash Jazz Festival & Taste of the Bash. The bash kicked off in the afternoon with some wonderful tastes from more than 20 local restaurants, breweries, and wineries. There was something for everyone and too much to taste for any one person, but I managed to sample my fair share including:      Ceviche on cucumber coins… perfect on a hot day and refreshing strawberry mint “bruschetta”, both from Bella Collina Towne and Gold Cub in San Clemente. A healthy and delicious chopped salad with organic baby greens, with pine nuts, dried cranberries, gorgonzola, golden beets, red onion, and...

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Guide to Summer Concerts in Orange County

Posted by on Jun 5, 2014 in Entertainment, Events, Featured, Music, Parks, Summer | 0 comments

  One of the best summer activities to do with your family is to attend a free local summer concert in the park. Pack a picnic dinner, and head to your local park for one of these free summer concerts in Orange County. Spending summer nights at our local park is one of our favorite summer family activities. Don’t miss seeing my husband’s band, The Fenian’s, playing in Brea and Laguna Beach! See you there! Check back often as I will be adding more dates as the different cities post them! Brea City Hall Park 401 S Brea Blvd Brea, CA 92821 Lively music of various genres will be presented. This is the perfect place to enjoy free entertainment and get to meet some new friends. Guests are encouraged to bring their folding chairs or blankets and get comfortable...

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The Hollywood Bowl Kicks Off its 2014 Summer Season

Posted by on May 23, 2014 in Dining, Entertainment, Events, Family, Featured, Music | 0 comments

 We attended as a guest of the Hollywood Bowl   Few experiences can compare to attending a concert at The Hollywood Bowl. Even fewer can compare to actually standing on the stage and seeing the theater from the perspective of its performers… the very stage where the LA Philharmonic performs each season. Where The Beatles, Pavarotti, Yo-Yo Ma, and so many other of the world’s most talented musicians have performed.    Nestled amongst the trees in the hills of Hollywood, this outdoor theater, is one of my favorite venues, so I was thrilled to be able to attend the launch of its 2014 Summer Season last Tuesday evening with my sister, Shan… on the stage!   The stage was stunning and provided the perfect surroundings for arts patrons and media to gather as LA Philharmonic’s CEO, Deborah Borda and...

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The Fresh Beat Band Comes to the OC Fair (Giveaway)

Posted by on May 13, 2014 in Entertainment, Family, Giveaways, Music | 18 comments

 Sponsored by the OC Fair Nickelodeon’s The Fresh Beat Band is coming to the OC Fair this summer! The popular children’s band will perform their only California performance at the Pacific Amphitheater on Friday, August 1st at 6:45pm. Plus, all guests of the show will get complimentary admission to the OC Fair on the day of the performance! Your family can get pumped-up before the exhilarating show by going on your favorite ride and eating your favorite treats at the OC Fair. Get your tickets now for your kids to see Twist, Kiki, Shout and Marina sing all their favorite songs during the energetic performance – be prepared for some confetti to be flying! We are thrilled to offer a set of (4) tickets to The Fresh Beat Band performance at the OC Fair on August 1st at 6:45pm!...

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