Frankie Pedano’s Night of Music

Venice experiened an explosion of music Saturday June 22nd. Despite half the town being in Vegas for the EDC Venice Music Crawl debuted at several music venues and the streets, specifically the street of Lincoln Blvd, were filled with music lovers. This, though exciting, made me wonder if my friend, Frankie Pedano, who was set to perform and host a night of music at O’Briens in Santa Monica would get a good crowd.

June 22nd

Having sadly missed the VMC debut I eagerly rallied to O’Briens to support my friends and get a music fix. I was pleasantly surprised to see an already packed pub before 10pm. Usually this bar draws a typical type of weekend crowd, one I tend to despise but with all the other happenings that weekend I felt that the majority of the people were there not only to catch a buzz but to actually enjoy the music. I caught the end of the fist solo act, Morgan Tobias who warmed up the room . Next up was a female duo, BAMBI & FELIX, made up of of a guitar and drums. This act filled the room with power like a full piece band. I was distracted in and out during their set but would definitely go see them again for a better review but now onto who I really went to see.

I was near the end of my second Tequila and Soda as two members of one of my favorite local acts, THE JANKS, took the stage as THE BROTHERS ZMED. If you haven’t yet heard them or heard me talk about them then get on it. These boys, that are real life brothers, Zach and Dylan Zmed, are not only adorable but extremely talented. When they perform stripped down as a duo songs like “Living In Denial” take on a different feel, mellowing out and highlighting their harmonies. Do check them out, you wont regret it.

Brothers Zmed
Brothers Zmed
Dylan Zmed
Dylan Zmed

PERCY & THE GUNSLINGERS take the stage soon after featuring Frankie Pedano, formally of Fat City Reprise, on keys and backing vocals. This is the first Im seeing them and it is well worth my now buzzed, faded and tired state.

I sit up front to regain some energy and to my surprise Fiona Apple takes a seat on the floor at my feet. I’m AWAKE now! Memories of an awkward teenage me singing “Shadow Boxer” in my bedroom come flooding back but I hold my glee inside. She came to see this band specifically and I don’t blame her. From the start the band is strong, fun and diverse with a country, meets classic rock meets indie-pop meets bad ass chick, Ali Mills, singing and playing guitar and a tom drum. It was a fun set and did I mention Fiona Apple was sitting next to me? Frankie sings a track, showcasing his bluesy vocals, there is some awesome slide guitar, which I love, and a fun cover of “Cecilia”. I would check these kids out again and maybe bring my copy of Tidal for Miss Apple to sign, I joke …(sigh)

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Frankie Pedano
Frankie Pedano

The Final act is TIMMY SEAN & THE CELEBRITIES featuring again, Frankie Pedano, and on the drums Lyle Riddle of TERRAPLANE SUN. These guys later told me they only had one full rehearsal together which was not obvious. They start off fun and upbeat right away like a mating call for the drunks to make there way to the front and start dancing. Their sound varies from Beatles meets Beach Boys vibe with a dash of Electric Light Orchestra. I sadly experienced the death of my phone at this point of the night so I have no pictures or sound bites but I highly recommend checking them out. Timmy is a sweet heart and the band over all has great energy and stage presence that will keep you smiling, foot tapping, dancing, singing along (even though you probably don’t know the words) or whatever it is you do when you hear good live music.

Yes folks it was a good night for music in our town. Let us all rejoice and meet again soon at the next awesome event. Go to my events page for video updates coming soon. Dawn Alexander Presents

Morgan Roen, Zach Zmed, Dawn Alexander, Lyle Riddle
Morgan Roen, Zach Zmed, Dawn Alexander, Lyle Riddle

Music brings out the love
Music brings out the love

My last night at Central sapc

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Dance Party!

Dance Party!

DJs ELEVATOR SEX, FRESH + SUNNY and FM ATTACK put on a great show last night at Central.

Central SAPC closes at the end of the month and all of us west siders who appreciate and  understand the lack of good venues in our town are truely bummed, but this was a nice send off.

 

Anna Rose

Generally I dont like top 40 club/house or pop/dance music. That’s a lot of Dont Likes for a blog about what I like, I know…  I mean Yes, I get down to a few of  Lady Gaga’s tunes and YES, I may know the words to some Timbaland hits. Im just saying I will leave the club or bar immediately before that so called bass drops and the glow sticks come out.

That being said I want to talk about ANNA ROSE formally known as Menega,Miss. She has changed up her style and sound a bit and is back in action performing her brand of pop/dance tunes with some dub step/ house flair. “But Dawn..You just said…” Yes I know I said I dont like that stuff but I like this girl.

Anna Rose puts on a great show and has an amazing voice that needs no auto-tune despite it peeking through in a song or two. Her new tracks are perfect for a DJ to spin at any weekend night club while her live shows are more stripped down but still in keeping with her upbeat, body moving vibe.

She’s a friend who I have gotten drunk with, danced with and shared  good times with. I also sang back ups for her  when she was known as Menega,Miss. Her genuine approach to her craft inspired me and her songs made me dance like a happy idiot. When performing with her I was always surrounded by a diverse crew from eclectic stylists to hilarious and fierce transvestites. It was always a god damn pleasure. I took note at how hard she works to brand herself and surround herself with committed talent. It gave me new insight on the “pop world” I usually dismiss. 62653_10102586107327003_732993820_n

Though her new shows may not be as theatrical as her former alter ego the quality of her performance will speak for itself. Check her out Sunday June 9th at The Basment Tavern in Santa Monica. You will have a blast! and go to http://www.facebook.com/realannarose like that sexy bitches’ page!6682_464874173582202_2132730945_n

Dancing in the streets

Dancing in the streets

The last Silent Frisco at Central

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