Moroccan Lounge New L.A. Venue

moroccan loungeThe principal owners of Downtown-LA’s acclaimed music venue, the Teragram Ballroom, announce their latest addition to the LA live-music scene, The Moroccan Lounge. The new venue will open its doors in the LA Downtown Arts District in the fall of 2017.

The Moroccan Lounge is located at one of the oldest liquor-licensed sites in LA, which has housed many businesses over the years-including a well-known diner, Little Pedro’s, and according to popular rumor, a brothel. Now the storied location has been transformed into The Moroccan Lounge, an intimate live-music venue with unimpeded sight lines, exceptional acoustics and an environment that caters to both artists and audiences.

“It was important for me to open a little brother to the Teragram Ballroom – a fresh, sound-strong venue that supports bands, giving them that first step up to performing in a first rate, state-of-the-art venue,” says co-founder Michael Swier, likening this venue’s raison d’etre to that of his revered New York venue, the Mercury Lounge. “A venue the size and quality of The Moroccan Lounge develops bands with the kind of professional attention and treatment they will come to expect as their careers gain speed and they play the larger, more venerable venues.”

The Moroccan Lounge accommodates approximately 275 people, and offers a large, static stage in an acoustically conditioned music room with adjacent green room, a comfortable lounge with a large bar and a restaurant.

“I feel very fortunate to have found this gem, with its perfect bones for music, in the Arts District,” says Swier. “It’s a vibrant neighborhood, new and familiar at the same time, acreative sense of place.”

Co-founder Joe Baxley, who scouted the location, agrees. “The Downtown Arts District has become a real center of culture and entertainment, a place with a lot of activity. I can’t think of a better location for The Moroccan Lounge,” he says.
Located at 901 East 1th Street, The Moroccan Lounge is just off the 101. It is on the gold line near the Little Tokyo/Arts District Station.

“We were inspired by the building’s existing Moorish style, which kindled memories of Tangier, and the iconic Café Baba, notorious haunt of rock legends,” says project architect and co-founder, Brian Swier, who also designed the Teragram Ballroom, the Bowery Ballroom, the Mercury Lounge, among others. “While rock n’ roll was my primary design mode, visitors can expect unusual details here — some new, some vintage — like unique wall coverings, exposed masonry, and salvaged ephemera.”

Industry-veteran and LA resident, Duncan Smith, is The Moroccan Lounge’s talent buyer. Smith was most recently a talent buyer at LA’s The Resident and prior to that he worked at LA’s Spaceland Presents. Both Scott Simoneaux, talent buyer for the Teragram Ballroom, and Johnny Beach, long time talent buyer for the Bowery Ballroom and partner in the Teragram Ballroom, will assist in the launch and oversight of The Moroccan Lounge’s talent-buying department.

Acoustical Consultant: Jim Falconer
Sound System Designer: Jeff DelBello of db Sound Design
Lighting System Designer: Luciano Savedra

Royal Blood Kick Off U.S. Headlining Tour

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ROYAL BLOOD; press photo

British rock band Royal Blood will be touring throughout the summer in support of their recently announced and highly anticipated new album How Did We Get So Dark?, due out on June 16th on Warner Bros. Records.

After becoming the biggest breaking British rock band with their self-titled 2014 debut album, Royal Blood’s second album How Did We Get So Dark? is one of the most anticipated releases of the summer.

Royal Blood’s breakthrough was huge. Their debut album was the fastest-selling British rock debut in three years, hitting #1 in the UK, debuting in the Top 5 on the Billboard 200 Chart in the U.S. and going Top 20 in 12 countries. Before they knew it, they were performing for Howard Stern, touring with Foo Fighters, holding dressing room audiences with Jimmy Page in New York, and being presented with a BRIT for Best British Band in 2015 by the very same guitar god.

Royal Blood will also appear at festivals this summer including The Governors Ball in New York City, Glastonbury, Eden Sessions, and Japan’s Summer Sonic Festival.

Royal Blood U.S. Live Dates
2nd June – Paradise Rock Club, Boston, MA – SOLD OUT
3rd June – Warsaw, New York, NY – SOLD OUT
2nd June – 4th June – Governor’s Ball, New York, NY
6th June – 9:30 Club, Washington, DC – SOLD OUT
7th June – Union Transfer, Philadelphia, PA – SOLD OUT
9th June – St. Andrews Hall, Detroit, MI – SOLD OUT
10th June – Newport Music Hall, Columbus, OH
11th June – Bonnaroo Music Festival, Manchester, TN
29th July – Way Home Music & Arts Festival – Oro-Medonte, ON
31st July – Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park, NY
1st Aug – Town Ballroom, Buffalo, NY
3rd Aug – Bogart’s, Cincinnati, OH
5th Aug – Lollapalooza, Chicago, IL
8th Aug – Commodore Ballroom, Vancouver, BC – SOLD OUT
9th Aug – Showbox, Seattle, WA
10th Aug – Roseland Theater, Portland, OR
12th Aug – Outside Lands, San Francisco, CA
13th Aug – The Observatory, Santa Ana, CA
15th Aug – The Observatory North Park, San Diego, CA
16th Aug – The Wiltern, Los Angeles, CA

ROYAL BLOOD

Pete Tong Brings Ibiza Classics to Hollywood Bowl

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PETE TONG plays Hollywood Bowl Nov 9

Pete Tong Brings Ibiza Classics to Hollywood Bowl, November 9.

Tong + The Heritage Orchestra with Jules Buckley take UK #1 Album and Live Performance Stateside

Pete Tong turned heads last year with his Ibiza Classics live shows, performed with the Heritage Orchestra and conducted by Jules Buckley. The union of orchestral music and iconic dance tracks was another bold, brilliant move from one of the most influential figures in dance music, and it paid dividends for Tong and the dance community – the BBC Proms performance and subsequent sold out arena shows across England, all lead to an official album release that garnered the #1 spot on the UK’s globally recognized album chart.

Now, Tong is bringing the wildly popular live show to the states, where he will command the iconic Hollywood Bowl for an evening of beloved interpolations of classic dance tracks, performed alongside the Heritage Orchestra and Jules Buckley, as well as surprise special guest performances.

Bringing the spectacle to Los Angeles was an easy decision for Tong, as the city is widely regarded as one of the worldwide capitals of contemporary dance music. Last year, for the first time ever, Pete also brought his legendary Essential Mix show to the city as well, featuring a live recording of an Essential Mix from Richie Hawtin. Considering this, LA and the Bowl became a natural home for this forward-thinking project.

Pete Tong Ibiza Classics began a couple of years ago at the triumphant BBC late night Ibiza Prom, where Tong worked with Buckley and the innovative Heritage Orchestra and its artistic director Chris Wheeler to pioneer a show that melded the world of dance music with an orchestra. “It resonated with people in a magical way,” says Tong.

The Proms had approached Radio 1 a few times about doing something at the event, but when they asked in early 2015 just as the station was pondering how best to celebrate 20 years of Radio 1 being embedded in Ibiza’s dance culture, everything clicked into gear. The idea was simple: classic Ibiza dance tunes but performed by an orchestra. It made sense that the station’s dance music trailblazer Tong would team up with the most exciting talents in orchestral music Jules Buckley and The Heritage Orchestra to curate and present the Ibiza Prom.

Drum Legend Corky Laing Moves Mountain!

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CORKY LAING; photo Joachim Juttner

Spring & Summer 2017 World Tour!

Corky Laing, the powerhouse drummer of the legendary bands Mountain and West, Bruce & Laing is taking Mountain’s music back on the road. Since 2015 Corky has infrequently played in Europe and the US as Corky Laing plays Mountain. The audiences’ response to Corky’s passion, energy and respect for the music has been enthusiastic and a momentum has been building. Spring and summer of 2017 see Corky embark on a World tour.

Corky Laing Plays Mountain World Tour 2017
06/02 – Beverly (N. Boston), MA – 9 Wallis
06/03 – Philadelphia, PA – Kung Fu Necktie
06/05 – Raleigh, NC – Kings
06/06 – Wilmington, NC – Reggies
06/08 – Atlanta, GA – Southern Comfort
06/09 – Hattiesburgh, MS – Thirsty Hippo
06/10 – New Orleans, LA – Siberia
06/11 – Houston, TX – White Oak
06/13 – San Antonio, TX – Sam’s Burger Joint
06/14 – Austin, TX – Barracuda
06/16 – Denver, CO – Electric Funeral Fest
06/17 – Santa Fe, NM – Boxcar
06/18 – Phoenix, AZ – Club Red
06/20 – San Diego, CA – Brick By Brick
06/21 – Los Angeles, CA – Regent

06/23 – San Francisco, CA – Thee Parkside
06/24 – Sacramento, CA – Starlite
06/26 – Portland, OR – Dante’s
06/27 – Seattle, WA – El Corazon
07/01 – Calgary, AB – Palomino
07/04 – Madison, WI – High Noon
07/05 – Chicago, IL – Reggies
07/06 – Cleveland, OH – Grog Shop
07/07 – Detroit, MI – Token Lounge
07/08 – Toronto, ON – Garrison
07/09 – Pittsburgh, PA – Cattivo
(More dates to be announced.)

Local L.A. Band Some Type Of Stereo Hits The Road

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SOME TYPE OF STEREO hit the road

Local rockers Some Type of Stereo are heading out for their summer tour, hitting nine states that include Colorado, Kansas, Indiana, Ohio, New York, Pennsylvania, Washington D.C. and North Carolina, where they will reside to record an album for two weeks before heading back to play in California.

Some Type of Stereo is an L.A.-based band composed of John Garside (bass), Evan Matthews (guitar), Michael Szymczyk (drums) and Marco Toledo (vocals). The band plays a mixture of rock, funk, Latin and R&B with just enough flavor for everyone to enjoy. They track all their music live and on tape so they have to be well prepared before they head into the studio.

“We hope this tour gives us more experience and practice before we go to cut the full-length album,” Toledo said.

According to the band, they all play a role in the creation of the eclectic sound.

“The cool thing about this band is that we all take part in helping develop a song,” drummer Syzmczyk said. “A lot of us are multi-instrumentalists so we switch to different instruments sometimes.”

Some Type of Stereo seems to be keen on the fact that music is a universal language and can bring people together.

“We know we aren’t going to please everyone, but it’s about a common connection that people share with the music,” Garside said.

Aside from music, the band has different hobbies that they enjoy, such as sports, reading, being environmentalists and cooking Peruvian Dishes. Just ask Marco when he is available to make you dinner.

As for Matthews, he enjoys breaking couches — the quiet ones are usually the most trouble!

Be sure to catch Some Type of Stereo in a city near you. For a list of dates, music, videos and to connect with them on social media go to: www.sometypeofstereo.com.