Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Jack Daniel's Presented "Amplify Your Life" Latin Vibes with Angelica Rahe

Photos by Karen Ostlund
Angelica Rahe at Mack Sennett Studios, August 23rd
Jack Daniel's AMPLIFY YOUR LIFE music series teamed up with Spanish-American singer/songwriter ANGÉLICA RAHE, last week, August 23rd at Los Angeles Mack Sennett studios. She recorded a new song with Mexico's Victoria La Malathe Dominican Republic's Sharlene Taule and NY singer/songwriter Queen Sessi.
Media and industry were invited to Mack Sennett Studios in LA's Silver Lake area for an intimate live performance that showcased Angélica Rahe's original material - including the song recorded earlier that day. Sharlene Taule, Victoria La Mala and Queen Sessi accompanied her on stage for the song. This female artistic collaboration--typically unusual for the Latin music community, especially when the artists' origins are from different counties--was captured for the AMPLIFY YOUR LIFE music series.
Angelica Rahe with Sharlene Taule, Victoria La Mala
and Queen Sessi
AMPLIFY YOUR LIFE launched earlier this year with as they teamed with to unveil a behind-the-scenes video for electronic music duo THE KNOCKS, directed by Chris Laughter.
The piece,also produced by 1215 creative and captured at Los Angeles' El Rey Theater, can be seen  here. The second installment of the series spotlighted Nashville's THE WILD FEATHERS (you can watch here).
Angelica Rahe with Sharlene Taule, Victoria La Mala
and Queen Sessi

About Jack Daniel's "Amplify Your Life": 
Jack Daniel's has teamed up with 1215 Creative and Mack Sennett Studios for the "Amplify Your Life" campaign--a seven month long campaign centered around giving up-and-coming artists sponsored production and creative resources to create content that supports a new album, tour, or campaign--allowing musicians and performing artists to continue to do what they do best.

Guests enjoyed Jack Daniel's Fire with apple juice,
Jack Honey with Ginger and regular Jack and Coke
 In celebration of its 150th anniversary, the Jack Daniel Distillery will release a limited-edition, Tennessee whiskey to commemorate the historic occasion. Jack Daniels was registered with the federal government in 1866.
The 150th anniversary whiskey will be available beginning of September with a suggested retail price of $99.99 for a 1L bottle.
The Distillery was founded in 1866 by young entrepreneur, Jasper Newton ‘Jack’ Daniel, whose name remains on every bottle still produced at the original distillery in Lynchburg, Tenn.
Master Distiller Jeff Arnett created a distinctive taste profile for this commemorative whiskey that combines the Distillery’s whiskey-making tradition with the artistry of modern-day craftsmanship.

“For this 150th anniversary whiskey, our coopers ‘slow-toasted’ the barrels to bring out the rich flavors and aromas of the wood, creating a contemporary expression of an 1866 barrel char,” explains Arnett. “We wanted to offer a unique whiskey that we think collectors and consumers alike will enjoy for their own celebrations and is as special as the anniversary that it celebrates.”

True to the process established by its founder, the grain bill for the anniversary whiskey is the same as the iconic Jack Daniel’s Old No. 7, consisting of 80 percent corn, 12 percent barley and 8 percent rye. Each drop was then mellowed through ten feet of sugar maple charcoal, before going into specially-crafted new American oak barrels, adhering to the guidelines required of a Tennessee whiskey.

Once filled, the barrels were placed in the “angel’s roost” of one of the oldest barrelhouses at the Distillery where whiskey has matured for generations at an elevation and with the exposure to sunlight that creates the perfect climate for the greatest interaction between the whiskey and barrel.

Barreled and bottled at 100 proof, the 150th Anniversary edition offers complex tasting notes of butterscotch and toffee upon first taste followed by a full, smooth and lingering finish with warm flavors of toasted oak.                     

Monday, August 29, 2016

Recap of 30th Annual "Honda Evening Under The Stars" with Kenny G.

Saturday August 27th at Honda Motor Company in Torrance, CA
Photos & story Karen Ostlund reporting for The Experience Mag.(

Saxophonist KENNY G was the evening's headliner and performed solo in front of 1100 guests. The event raised over $ 300.000 last Saturday night August 27th at Honda Motor Company in Torrance. (40 min. drive from Los Angeles)
The benefit competed for attention the same night with Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival ( in Santa Monica and downtown LA - but suceeded to get a full house.
 Proceeds benefitted Torrance Memorial Pediatrics, Providence TrinityKids Care, a program of Providence TrinityCare and Vistas for Children.
Saxophonist Kenny G. performed among guests

The "Honda Evening Under The Stars" attracted a mature crowd and couples in cocktail attire, more than other "Food & Wine Festivals". 
World-renowned jazz saxophonist Kenny G  serenaded guests with his greatest hits with his soulful instrumentals as “Honda Evening Under the Stars for Children’s Healthcare Gourmet Food and Wine Tasting Festival celebrates its 30th year.  Kenny G. released a tribute to bossa nova titled "Brazilian Nights" last year. In 2010 he was featured on the CD "Heart and Soul" with vocals from Robin Thicke and Babyface.
Seated guests in front of stage "Honda Evening Under The Stars"
2016 Honda combined the magic of this signature event with another 30-year South Bay tradition the “For Our Children” fundraiser into bring greater impact to local children’s healthcare, Torrance Memorial Pediatrics, Providence TrinityKids Care, a program of Providence TrinityCare, and Vistas for Children, Inc.
(Il Fornaio) Penne Pesto & Penne Marinara and Risotti Funghi
and panna cotta
“Honda believes that the health and comfort of our children is the bedrock of our community’s future,” said Steve Morikawa, vice president, Corporate Relations & Social Responsibility, American Honda Motor Co., Inc. “Combining these two events and focusing on children’s health and care allows local business to partner with community healthcare providers to address the needs of our community.”
Sushi Chef Institute
Through the years, Honda and the Festival’s restaurant and beverage partners have raised millions of dollars through these combined events and demonstrated its long-standing care and commitment to those providing healthcare and comfort to children in the South Bay. 
 Through its participation in Evening Under the Stars, For Our Children will support Providence TrinityKids Care, a program of Providence TrinityCare, and Vistas for Children. Trinity is the only dedicated pediatric hospice program in Los Angeles and Orange counties for infants, children and adolescents with life-limiting illnesses and provides in-home care and support for young patients and their families. Vistas for Children, Inc., is a respected philanthropic organization composed of women volunteers from the South Bay with a mission to raise funds for charities that help special needs children and to be a system of support for these children and their families. Vistas has donated more than $7 million to children in need in our community.
(DoubleTree by Hilton) Brûlée Cheesecake and
Strawberry tart,
Oreo Cheesecake

“We are honored to once again partner with Honda and look forward to working with For Our Children, Vistas and Trinity Hospice to make this an evening to remember,” said Laura Schenasi, executive vice president, Torrance Memorial Foundation. “Our donors always anticipate this exciting evening, as well as the opportunity to support Torrance Memorial. We know it will be another exceptional year.”
(Ortega 120) Ceviche and Margherita
"There is no greater expression of a community's generosity than the way it chooses to care for its children," said James Zapp, chair of the Providence TrinityCare Foundation Board of Trustees. "Honda's leadership in focusing the South Bay's attention on vitally important services that benefit our neediest children is an inspiring example for us all."
The one-evening festival, presented in partnership with the Torrance Area Chamber of Commerce, featured restaurants and beverage partners from Torrance, Redondo Beach, El Segundo, Rolling Hills Estate, Manhattan Beach and Los Angeles::
Restaurants and Beverage Partners:
  • 21 Square Bar + Kitchen
  • Addi’s Tandoor/Bollywood Zaika
  • Andres – Doubletree by Hilton Torrance – South Bay
  • Battaglini Estate Winery
  • Bettolino Kitchen
  • Boisset Wine Collection
  • Depot
  • Disneyland Resort (select wines poured by sommeliers)
  • Essentia Water
  • Gourmet Grindz
  • Grey Wolf
  • Honda Café
  • HT Grill
  • IL Fornaio
  • Inside the Scoops
  • ISE SHIMA at the Miyako
  • Island Eats Hale ‘Aina
  • Jackson’s Food + Drink
  • Justin
  • Kincaid’s
  • Lattes on Location
  • North Italia
  • Ortega 120
  • Paul Martin’s American Grill
  • Ramazzotti Vinyards
  • Real Soda in Real Bottles, Ltd.
  • Red Car Brewery & Restaurant
  • Rolling Hills Country Club
  • Rutherford Hills Vineyards
  • Sausal
  • Sushi Chef Institute
  • The Honda Café at Providence Little Company of Mary Hospital
  • The Honda Classic
  • The Strand House
  • Torrance Bakery
  • Truchard
 In addition to the very best in South Bay cuisine, over 80 varietals of wine were served, with help of professional sommeliers from The Disneyland Resort.
 The live and silent auction featured exclusive items and experiences, including entertainment packages, sporting events and memorabilia, dining, travel, local outings and specialty items as 5 nights cruise for 2 to Caribbean or Bahamas, vacations in Hawaii and San Francisco, and tickets for 10 to and Andrea Bocelli Concert.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Rainbow Bar and Grill unveiled the life size statue of the late Lemmy Kilmister

Pop-up art unveiling by artist Travis Moore, - a sculpture of the new Lemmy statue at the Rainbow's outdoor patio and proponent of Sharpie Art.

By Karen Ostlund in West Hollywood
Lemmy Statue at Rainbow's outdoor patio

August 24th 2016, Rainbow Bar and Grill unveiled the life size statue of the late Lemmy Kilmister by artist Travis Moore. The day after Travis Moore had his exhibit opening at Art on Scene at 8521 W. Sunset Blvd. with Lemmy Kilmister: A Tribute to the Master by Travis Moore. The artist was responsible for overseeing the creation of the statue and live art at the event. Guests could also view the mini-Lemmy museum, check out some Lemmy artifacts and view and purchase Moore’s Lemmy-related artwork.

Rainbow Bar and Grill is located at the heart of West Hollywood, 9015 W. Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles-based artist Travis Moore

Los Angeles-based artist Travis Moore was selected to create a realistic likeness of Lemmy for the life-size cast bronze statue, which stands at just over six feet tall and will be permanently housed in a special shrine that was constructed in the patio bar area at the Rainbow.
Travis is a native of Texas, and did his part for free, but there were considerable costs associated with the actual process that ultimately made the statute a reality. A funding campaign was launched by Katon De Pena from classic underground thrash-metal band Hirax, who raised about $23,000 to support the building of the statue.

Lemmy statue at the Rainbow and
proponent of Sharpie Art

 Lemmy's real name was Ian Fraser Kilmister,  an English musician, singer and songwriter who founded and fronted the rock band Motörhead. His music was one of the foundations of the heavy metal genre. He was known for his appearance, his distinctive gravelly voice and distinctive bass playing style. Alongside his music career, he also had many minor roles in film and television.

Mötoheard frontman Ian “Lemmy” Kilmister died of prostate cancer, December 28 2015 according to his official death certificate.
The art show consisted of over fifty pieces of original art
produced by Sharpie and artist Travis Moore.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016





Using State-Of-The-Art Technology, Game of Thrones® Composer Ramin Djawadi Will Take Fans Of The Acclaimed, Emmy® Award-Winning HBO® Show Through The Seven Kingdoms In
A New, Immersive Experience

Game Of Thrones orchestra arrive at Palladium Hollywood, Aug.8

Tour Featuring Orchestra, Choir and Musical Soloist Performances To Hit 28 Cities Throughout North America in 2017 Including Dates In New York City, Los Angeles, Montreal, Boston, Houston,
Las Vegas & More 

– Tickets On Sale Starting Saturday, August 13 at

'Game Of Thrones' Live Concert Experience Announcement Event
Preview concert at Palladium August 8 2016

 By Karen Ostlund at Palladium Hollywood Concert Hall preview concert August 8 

Enter the world of Westeros with the Game of Thrones® Live Concert Experience -- an immersive music and visual experience that will bring the Seven Kingdoms to life on a scale never seen before. 
(Right) Composer Ramin DjawadiOmar Al-Joulani from North American Touring at Live Nation (left),
and actor Isaac Hempstead Wright (center) 
Using state-of-the-art technology, Game of Thrones® composer Ramin Djawadi, along with a full orchestra and choir, will take fans on a musical journey through the realm - from King's Landing to Winterfell, along the northern stretches of the Kingsroad to The Wall and across the Narrow Sea to Braavos, Meereen and beyond.  
 Fans of the groundbreaking, critically-acclaimed and Emmy® Award-winning show will finally have an opportunity to immerse themselves in the Game of Thrones® universe through the breathtaking score created by Ramin Djawadi.
Games of Thrones Concept of the ready concert experience tour

As rich as the stories, intrigue and world of Game of Thrones®, Ramin's celebrated music for the show resonated immediately with fans as the meticulously constructed songs underscored the emotional weight of key moments between beloved characters, lent scale to massive battle sequences or brought to life songs referenced in the books.  Ramin's relentlessly popular title track alone has become instantly recognizable as a pop culture phenomenon in its own right.  Fan enthusiasm for the music from Game of Thrones® continues to grow with each season.
ARYA Game of Thrones
JAQEN Game of Thrones
The tour, produced and promoted exclusively by Live Nation in partnership with HBO Global Licensing, will use innovative music tour production and video technology that will recreate the various realms found throughout Westeros and Essos as well as showcase footage from the show in addition to all new imagery created exclusively for the tour.  Beginning its journey on Wednesday, February 15, 2017 in Kansas City, Mo., the highly-anticipated tour will visit 28 cities across North America with shows scheduled at famed live music venues including Madison Square Garden in New York City and the Forum in Los Angeles as well as arenas in Montreal, Boston, Houston, Las Vegas, Philadelphia, Washington DC and more. 

Tickets go on sale starting Saturday, August 13 at American Express® Card Members can purchase tickets before the general public beginning Wednesday, August 10 at 10:00 a.m. through Friday, August 12 at 10:00 p.m.   

Ramin Djawadi’s previous credits include the Grammy® nominated score for Marvel’s 2008 blockbuster, Iron Man.  Other film credits include Pacific Rim, Clash Of The Titans and Warcraft.  In addition to Game Of Thrones®, Ramin also garnered Emmy® Award nominations for other television projects including Flash Forward (ABC) and Prison Break (FOX).  Among Ramin’s upcoming projects is the highly anticipated HBO® series, Westworld.

Based on the bestselling fantasy book series by George R.R. Martin, Game of Thrones® is an epic story of treachery and nobility set on the continent of Westeros, where summers and winters can last years, and only the lust for power is eternal.  The Emmy®- and Golden Globe Award-winning series has captured the imagination of fans globally, making it one of the most popular shows on television.

“For the past six seasons of Game of Thrones, I have been tremendously inspired to compose music to David Benioff’s and D.B. Weiss’ extraordinary adaption of George R.R. Martin’s epic ‘A Song of Fire and Ice’ series,” said Ramin Djawadi.  "Now, by combining the music with state of the art technology, we are going to bring the astonishing world of Westeros to fans in a live and unique concert experience.”

WAIF Game of Thrones

“For seven years, Ramin has been blowing our mind with his music's force, subtlety, and endless inventiveness,” said Game of Thrones® creators/executive producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss.  “The GoT Concert Experience will be unique in the history of concert tours, an eye-popping, ear-splitting, phantasmagoric blend of the show's visuals and Ramin's powerful compositions.  We are more excited for it than anyone.”

Game of Thrones has one of the most engaged audiences in television,” said Josh Goodstadt, Vice President, HBO Global Licensing.  “We can’t wait to see fans and newcomers alike immerse themselves in Ramin’s incredible music and the world of Westeros through this epic concert experience.”
Myself in the Game of Thrones chair
(Photo Booth)

“Live Nation is honored to be partners with HBO and Ramin Djawadi in bringing fans of the hit series a spectacular live experience centered around the music of Game of Thrones and performed using cutting edge technology to create a show unlike anything seen before,” said Omar Al-Joulani, SVP, North American Touring at Live Nation. 

All dates, cities and venues below subject to change.
Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Kansas City, MO
Sprint Center
Friday, February 17, 2017
St. Paul, MN
Xcel Energy Center
Sunday, February 19, 2017
Chicago, IL
United Center
Monday, February 20, 2017
Detroit, MI
Palace of Auburn Hills
Wednesday, February 22, 2017
Columbus, OH
Nationwide Arena
Thursday, February 23, 2017
Buffalo, NY
First Niagara Center
Saturday, February 25, 2017
Uncasville, CT
Mohegan Sun
Sunday, February 26, 2017
Philadelphia, PA
Wells Fargo Center
Wednesday, March 1, 2017
Washington, DC
Verizon Center
Friday, March 3, 2017
Montreal, QC
Bell Centre
Saturday, March 4, 2017
Toronto, ON
Air Canada Centre
Monday, March 6, 2017
Boston, MA
TD Bank Garden
Tuesday, March 7, 2017
New York, NY
Madison Square Garden
Thursday, March 9, 2017
Charlotte, NC
Time Warner Cable Arena
Saturday, March 11, 2017
Ft. Lauderdale, FL
BB&T Center
Sunday, March 12, 2017
Tampa, FL
Amalie Arena
Tuesday, March 14, 2017
Atlanta, GA
Philips Arena
Thursday, March 16, 2017
San Antonio, TX
AT&T Center
Friday, March 17, 2017
Houston, TX
Toyota Center
Sunday, March 19, 2017
Denver, CO
Pepsi Center
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Salt Lake City, UT
Maverik Center
Thursday, March 23, 2017
Los Angeles, CA
The Forum
Saturday, March 25, 2017
Las Vegas, NV
MGM Grand Garden Arena
Sunday, March 26, 2017
Phoenix, AZ
TalkingStick Resort Arena
Wednesday, March 29, 2017
San Jose, CA
SAP Center
Friday, March 31, 2017
Seattle, WA
Key Arena
Saturday, April 1, 2017
Vancouver, BC
Rogers Arena
Sunday, April 2, 2017
Portland, OR
Moda Center

About HBO Global Licensing
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