Category Archives: Offbeat L.A. Music

Los Angeles Band X is Honored With a Grammy Museum Exhibit

by Nikki Kreuzer Four decades ago, Los Angeles, like many other cities in the United States, was going through an identity crisis. The late 1970s was a time when the decaying bones of a once sparkling golden era was turning … Continue reading

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Offbeat L.A.: The King & I- The Annual Elvis Festival in Garden Grove and a Visit to Azteca Elvis-themed Mexican Restaurant

  Elvis has not yet left the building. In fact, his iconic mythology echoes far greater and far louder than it even did during his lifetime. The cult of Elvis is very real, cutting through place and time, uniting those … Continue reading

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Offbeat L.A.: Roll Out the Barrel – Polka at the Slovene Hall in Fontana

“In Heaven there is no beer, That’s why we drink it here. And when we’re gone from here, Our friends will be drinking all the beer…” – Traditional Polka Those who have spent quality time in East Coast steel-belt towns … Continue reading

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Offbeat L.A.: Straight Out of David Lynch- The Surreal Lounge Act of Jimmy Angel

Originally published December 6, 2014 at The Los Angeles Beat In our city fact and fiction blend seamlessly. Really what is the difference between legend, myth and the hard facts of reality? Like beauty, it is often in the eye … Continue reading

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Offbeat L.A.: It’s A New Orleans Thing- Allen Toussaint Gives Goosebumps at Voila!’s Lyric Theatre

Originally published May 22, 2014 at The Los Angeles Beat It was a magical night for the first ever Voila! Session, a newly created concert series taking place at The Lyric Theatre in West Hollywood. New Orleans legendary music man … Continue reading

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Offbeat L.A.: Harry Perry- The Guitar Playing, Rollerskating, Turban Wearing Kosmic Krusader of Venice Beach

Originally published May 8, 2014 at The Los Angeles Beat This April marked the 40th anniversary that Harry Perry, the legendary Kama Kosmic Krusader has been performing his lovingly bizarre feedback-filled songs to tourists and locals alike on the Venice … Continue reading

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Offbeat L.A.: Upcoming Event- Groupies Galore! Meet Pamela Des Barres, Miss Mercy & Catherine James

Originally published February 24, 2014 at The Los Angeles Beat Here in Los Angeles, although we are known for our earthquakes, we are lucky to be the main epicenter of something else. We are known worldwide for being the center … Continue reading

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Offbeat L.A.: Miley Cyrus as Surrealist Muse- Bangerz 2014 Tour

Originally published February 21, 2014 at The Los Angeles Beat I have to admit, the last thing I thought I’d be writing about for this Offbeat L.A. column was good girl gone so very, very wrong, pop icon Miley Cyrus. … Continue reading

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Offbeat L.A.: Meet Marty & Elayne! A Video Trip to the Dresden Room in Los Feliz

Originally published November 21, 2013 at The Los Angeles Beat Sometimes in Los Angeles the Santa Ana winds of change blow warm and caressing, taking one’s soul down a haunted memory lane in which the past comes softly knocking. At … Continue reading

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Offbeat L.A.: Rock & Brews- Burgers and Beer with KISS

Originally published October 12, 2013 at The Los Angeles Beat I am a rock-n-roll girl. I had no choice in this matter- it was bestowed upon me in utero by my music obsessed parents. My mother says I danced before … Continue reading

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