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In the Spirit Of Brendan Mullen

Posted by Gomez Comes Alive!, October 13, 2009 01:47am | Post a Comment

It’s been a while since I’ve written about the city I love, even though the name of this blog is called Los Angeles Me. Originally, I wanted to write about Los Angeles and the music and cultural scene of the city that you don’t hear about in most Los Angeles publications. Los Angeles has been my home for forty years now and I love it now as much as I ever have. I have been blessed to live and be a part of many communities, geographically and culturally. I’ve met some great people in L.A.; some are still here, some have moved to other cities and some have unfortunately passed on too soon.

The sudden passing of Brendan Mullen over the weekend has much of L.A.’s music community in shock. Brendan, who started The Masque in the late 70’s, was, as Paul Tollett of Goldenvoice said, "The first promoter of punk rock in this town, everything started with him." I couldn’t even begin to imagine a Los Angeles without bands such as X, The Germs, The Go-Go’s, The Weirdos and The Plugz, just to name a few that played at The Masque. The bands that played there influenced many others to not only play music, but to create art and expand their horizons. It could be said that Brendan wasn’t just valuable as far as helping music in Los Angeles grow, but that he helped the entire city grow as well. 

I met Brendan while performing at the L.A. Weekly Music Awards back in 2001. I remember he said some very complimentary things about the band I had at the time and how honored I was that he did. This was a man who not only championed the punk scene, but also all music that had the same rebellious spirit. He had a way of making you feel good about yourself, which is probably why he was such a great promoter of music.

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Soul In The Park Turns One

Posted by Gomez Comes Alive!, July 6, 2009 09:52am | Post a Comment
One of my favorite deejay nights happens every other Wednesday at Footsie's in Highland Park. Rani D's Soul In The Park turns one on Wednesday, July 8th. Rani is the resident deejay for the night, which includes special guest spots from deejays from thoughout the city. Every night is special. It feels more like a curated art show than a club. It could be Jazz one night, Hip-Hop the next, Cumbia, Brazilian; you name it, he has had it there. Soul In The Park is a music lover's dream. For this special event, Rani's guest will be Buyepongo, a live Cumbia group. They don't have many bands at Footsie's, so this should be a night to remember.
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seven. eight. nine.
next wednesday marks one year of growth nurtured by beautiful people, beautiful music, and beautiful connections. what better way to celebrate then spending an easy wednesday night affirming friendship and growth while grooving to some of the best live roots music in los angeles... in the intimate setting that is Footsie's. love and festivity will be in the air, along with other things that blow in the wind... so please allow us to engage your senses as we celebrate this moment to the fullest! if you are free to join us for this truly special occasion, your presence would bring us that much closer...

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- SOUL IN THE PARK turns ONE - 
Wednesday 07.08.09 with special friends:

BUYEPONGO (live cumbia rhythms)

BUYEdrum

Another Soul In The Park

Posted by Gomez Comes Alive!, January 26, 2009 12:55am | Post a Comment
This Wednesday Los Angeles,
don't miss this unique occasion as we welcome a warm change of pace
with the Brazilian stylings of the Funky President.


If you haven't caught on to SOUL IN THE PARK at Footsie's yet,
imagine a small local dive bar with a reputable sound system.


A room full of open-minded music lovers,
J.
Rocc sharing yet another side of his repertoire,
worldly sounds in this intimate setting --
something to be a part of.


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SOUL IN THE PARK 13

- WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 28 -

a special Brazilian set by

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J. ROCC of THE BEAT JUNKIES

resident selector

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RANI D.