October 14, 2014

Dreaming Sin Fronteras at USC

This week is Dreaming Sin Fronteras at USC in Los Angeles. The multi-media event features the band led by my good friends Shawn King (DeVotchka) and Raul Pacheco (Ozo Matli). I'll be playing keyboards for this amazing event, one of the LA Weekly top picks of the week!

Dreaming Sin Fronteras

Visions and Voices

Dreaming Sin Fronteras (Dreaming without Borders) tells the stories of undocumented youth through music, visual art and testimony. The multimedia event features “DREAMers” from across L.A.; musicians Shawn King (DeVotchKa), Raul Pacheco (Ozomatli), Ceci Bastida (Tijuana NO!) and Stephen Brackett (The Flobots); and art by Favianna Rodriguez.

Dreaming Sin Fronteras (Dreaming without Borders) will bring to Bovard Auditorium the honest and often heartbreaking stories of undocumented youth through live music, visual art and testimony. Adapted and directed by Antonio Mercado, this unique production will feature student actors from USC and Jose Julian (A Better Life) along with “DREAMers”—undocumented students who would benefit from a federal Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act—from across Los Angeles. With live music by Shawn King (DeVotchKa), Raul Pacheco (Ozomatli), Ceci Bastida(Tijuana NO!) and Stephen Brackett (The Flobots) along with visual designs by activist-artistFavianna Rodriguez, this multimedia event will powerfully communicate the narratives of young people whose lives are deeply and devastatingly defined by international borders and immigration laws. Audience members will have the chance to take commemorative photos in front of Rodriguez’s most circulated art piece, Migration Is Beautiful.
Additional links:
Ceci Bastida FacebookTwitter
Favianna Rodriguez FacebookTwitter

Organized by Josh Kun (Communication). Co-sponsored by USC Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration and El Centro Chicano.

Bovard Auditorium (ADM)
University Park Campus
Admission is free. Reservations required. RSVP at the links below beginning Thursday, September 18, at 9 a.m.

USC Students, Staff and Faculty: To RSVP, click here.
USC Alumni: To RSVP, click here.
General Public: To RSVP, click here.

October 3, 2014

Luca Song On The Vampire Diaries

The Luca song "Waiting For Lost Time" is the promo song for the TV show The Vampire Diaries, Season 6 ep 2. You can pick up "Waiting For Lost Time" on the album "You Win Again" by Luca at iTunes or on CD from Funzalo Records. Scary! Stop by Facebook and give the artist a like: Luca

iTunes - Luca - You Win Again

Video for full song here:

October 2, 2014

Jon Rauhouse Orchestra Live in AZ

I'm excited to be playing piano with pedal steel guru Jon Rauhouse and his orchestra for a pair of swingin' shows in The Copper State.  Classic Tunes, Hawaiian Music, Country Swing, TV Show Themes and original songs to make you smile!

Oct 10 - Tucson, AZ - Hotel Congress - 7PM - Free on the patio
Oct 11 - Phoenix, AZ - Tempe History Museum - 7PM - Free

From the Bloodshot Records website:

Hometown: Phoenix, AZ
Jon Rauhouse is a pedal steel/ hawaiian guitarist of the highest order. We first came across him playing with the Grievous Angels.

Since then he has released three solo records, which were all originally released on Bloodshot, and appeared on recordings by Neko Case, Sally Timms, Kelly Hogan, Jon Langford, John Doe, Jakob Dylan, Old 97s, Visqeen, Calexico, Giant Sand and many more.

He currently resides in Neko Case's band.

The album (Steel Guitar Heart Attack) is pure instrumental magic. Woozy, dreamy songs that’ll set your mind to sailing into the sunset, happy hour, or the arms of your Polynesian princess. Beguiling melodies that take us to “Idaho,” the “Hood Canal,” and the “Girls of Pajama Hill” (who hasn’t wanted to go there?) or provide the perfect wordless soundtrack when you want to wet your line or wet your whistle. Everything from country classics to the theme song from Mannix. That’s called versatility, my friends. There’s even a banjo number that shows Jon can play stuff standing up, too.

September 8, 2014

The Return Of... Coldfinger!!!


Yes indeed, it's closing in! Grab yer tix right here: www.andresinstitute.org

Doors are @7pm Come by and have a bite with us. Food by Kun Garden Chinese and the 3 Sister Snack Bar. See some old faces before the music starts and secure your place on the dance floor. Bring an I phone, shoot some video and join in the reunion project with us by contributing to our Kickstarter campaign! 

30 years ago a group of youngsters from Hollis N.H. met in a cold room above the garage at the flea market with one dream - to rock! 7 years later and dozens of shows that took them throughout New England into New York, Coldfinger had amassed a fiercely loyal following and a vast repertoire of classic rock hits, deep cuts and original jams. The final 6 members still make music to this day living in the various corners of the USA. They reunite for a one-off, one-time weekend of insanity! Remember when you used to say - "Are you going to Coldfingah?? I AMMM!"

August 27, 2014

Jacaranda Veranda August 23

A big thanks from myself and the band to John and Suzanne and everyone who came out to the Jacaranda Veranda concert on Aug 23. We sure had a great time and sure are happy you enjoyed the music! Click the picture to download your copy of Line Of Sight and name your price. All money paid goes straight to the artist. Hope you enjoy!

August 5, 2014

Mas Out There - Aug 9

I am thrilled to be joining these visionary artists in bringing you Mas Out There! Live music, video, dance, arts and design all co-mingle in a true collaboration. You can be normal, and you can be out there - but we invite you to be...  Mas Out There!

FREE summer concerts at California Plaza in DTLA

Raul Pacheco (Ozomatli) and Reyes Rodriguez (Tropico de Nopal)

These cultural raconteurs explore the sights, sounds, and cultural fringes of the universe.

Directions + parking: http://bit.ly/17oU9ol
More info: www.grandperformances.org


June 16, 2014

Live Performance Culver City Wed June 18 6-9PM

Nick Luca with his new band, featuring Joel Patterson (drums), Greg Cortez (guitar) and Jimi Hawes (bass), performing live! free! all ages!

Culver City, CA - Culver Hotel Outdoor Plaza  - Wed, June 18 - 6 to 9 PM

The band is firing up the ol' engines and gettin' ready to roar out on the streets of sunny Cal-i-for-ni-a. The city known as Culver has been putting on 3rd Wednesdays events each month to delighted crowds. This Wednesday, June 18 has been named a Top Pick of the week by the LA Weekly. They write:

Culver City Neighborhood Happy Hour Just in time for more hot weather, Culver City host its third neighborhood happy hour, featuring spiked lemonade. Check in at Melrose Mac or Lundeen's Gifts and pick up a "passport," with a list of participating restaurants, bars and retail shops. You then get this stamped each time with each sample of hard lemonade (non-alcoholic options available). There's a raffle at the Kirk Douglas Theatre and live music throughout downtown Culver City.
WHAT: Culver City Neighborhood Happy Hour
WHEN: Wednesday, June 18, 5-9 p.m.
WHERE: Downtown Culver City
COST: No entrance fee; discounts available at restaurants, bars and shops

See you there!