Music & Revolution


It’s been awhile since I’ve blogged about the entertainment I’ve been taking in, partially because I’ve been so busy enjoying it.  Some of the latest acts I’ve taken in from the Los Angeles cafe scene have reminded me of Bob Dylan’s Tangled up in Blue where he sings, “There was music in the cafes at night, And revolution in the air.”

Gaea Schell @ Sangria January 18, 2012

So, where to start?  For years my friend Michelle has been emailing me to go see her cousin, Gaea Schell and I finally got my chance when her jazz ensemble performed at Sangria in Hermosa Beach (right by the Lighthouse).   Really tremendous performance and I bought all of her CD’s on the spot.  Can’t wait to hear more of her and her band.

I’ve been a fan of Finn MacCool for years but until recently hadn’t seen them in awhile, so as luck had it, they had a gig recently at my favorite hang-out of late, the Talking Stick in Venice.

Marta Collier of Finn MacCool

My friend Marta and I used to be on the battlefront of the abortion and women’s healthcare wars against Operation Rescue, defending clinics from blockades, where frequently the O.R. psychos would blockade women’s health care centers that didn’t even perform abortions.  They’d harass women going in to get pap smears, mammograms, or even fertility care.  It was dangerous work as you could never tell when these nuts would lose all impulse control and physically assault the clinic defenders, and as we’ve seen time and time again assassinated doctors.  Marta is a very talented performer in Finn MacCool and I’m glad that Lauri Reimer of Music Magique Productions showed up so I could connect the Finn MacCool folks with her;  they really need to be in the lineup for a future World Music Night at the Talking Stick.  They’re playing at Ghengis Cohen in Hollywood on February 29.

Severin Browne @ Talking Stick February 18, 2012

Last Saturday was Severin Browne’s (Jackson Browne’s brother) main act at the Talking Stick, preceded by a couple of performers who in and of themselves were well worth seeing.

So tonight’s performance is Stefani Valadez and Steve Moos doing Folk Rock & Blues.  Stefani and Steve are one of the staples of the Talking Stick entertainment fair, and Stef also performs with a different ensemble on World Music Nights singing in Ladino, Turkish, English, Spanish and Portuguese.  So if you’re in the vicinity, come over to the Talking Stick (1411 Lincoln Blvd Venice) and get tangled up in the blues with folk rock thrown in!




About Jan Tucker

The Detectives Diary is an innovative tool combining Private Investigation and Journalism. In 1984, Steve Harvey's Los Angeles Times "Around the Southland" Column entitled Jan Tucker's program of providing low-cost "Opposition Research" services to indigent and working class candidates for public office, "Take Cover: Hired Mudslinger Rides into Town." A 1996 Los Angeles Times article by Henry Chu carried a sub-headline identifying Tucker as a "P.R. Guru." In November 2012, Tucker became Criminal Justice Columnist for Counter Punch Magazine and a commentator for Black Talk Radio. As a private investigator since 1979 and a former First Vice President of Newspaper Guild Local 69, Tucker takes these skills to a new level in the pages of the Detectives Diary with insightful and unique exposures and analysis of history and current events. State Director--California League of Latinos And Chicanos, Former seven term Chairman of the Board of the California Association of Licensed Investigators, Co-President San Fernando Valley/Northeast Los Angeles Chapter-National Organization for Women, former National Commissioner for Civil Rights-League of United Latin American Citizens, former Second Vice President-Inglewood-South Bay Branch-National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, former founding Vice President-Armenian American Action Committee, former First Vice President, Newspaper Guild Local 69 (AFL-CIO, CLC, CWA), Board member, Alameda Corridor Jobs Coalition, Community Advisory Board member--USC-Keck School of Medicine Alzheimer's Disease Research Project
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