JMWest LIVE!

December 17th - JMWest LIVE!, On The Rox
REVIEW for JMWestLIVE.com

When music lovers hit the Sunset strip for a live show, they generally are provided with good music.  Saturday night’s JMWest LIVE! showcase provided once again a consistently top notch, high energy show.  Deemed “The Best of The Best” the showcase featured three crowd favorites from past showcases, as well as two special guest performances.

Mike Cionni kicked off the night with a packed crowd of supporters and fans.  Playing a set of new songs, as well as pulling songs from his recent year-long online music blog, Mike strapped on his electric guitar to accompany his drummer for 30 minutes of smooth, bluesy rock n’ roll.  With a set reminiscent of The Black Keys at times, the crowd demanded an encore at the end of his set; yet another reason why Mike earned his spot in the “Best of The Best” showcase.

Hitting the stage second, JMWest Entertainment signed artist, RuZANNA gave the audience a sneak peek of what is to come from her and her band.  Having not released any music yet, it is always a challenge for artists to play songs people don’t know, and keep their attention.  RuZANNA had no trouble with this, impressing the crowd with her beautiful voice and eloquent melodies. 

Keeping with the good vibes, Oceanside Sound System once again brought their unique style of music to West Hollywood.  No stage is ever safe when O.S.S steps to the front.  Reppin’ their city, songs such as “This Town” elicited dancing and raised drinks.  There was not a single foot tapping throughout the entirety of their set.

Hailing from the South, The Hannah Anders Band channeled their roots through their style of music.  Led by the beautiful Hannah Anders, her powerful voice and high notes demanded attention.  Rocking their ever popular tune, “Turn It Up” The Hannah Anders Band had the crowd yelling, “hell yah!”

Closing out the night, JMWest Entertainment signed artist, JUSTICE, had the crowd screaming for her before she even stepped on stage.  Her highly anticipated performance featured an a capella opening, followed by two songs with a full band.  After a short change, JUSTICE pumped out her debut single “Find A Way” in which she was accompanied by her team of dancers.  The set offered a glimpse into the versatility and power in her voice, as well as her abilities.  Be sure to stay on the lookout for much more from JUSTICE.

With the next JMWest LIVE! showcase scheduled for January 26th at On The Rox, stay tuned for more details about the lineup and artists.

JMWest LIVE! - RuZANNA performs at The BEST of The BEST

 

 

At first listen to her long, steady siren's call we expect you will know precisely why JMWest Entertainment signed recording artist RuZANNA is so clearly poised to entrance all in her path with her nouveau alternative pop sound. Bringing her music to the stage in the Roxy VIP Lounge, ON THE ROX, on December 17, 2011 - RuZANNA.

 

 

JMWest LIVE! - JUSTICE performs at The BEST of the BEST 

 

 

JUSTICE, the dynamic pop recording artist with vocal prowess likened to iconic soundstresses Adele and Amy Winehouse, recently joined the JMWest Entertainment record label. Justice, currently recording her first EP with record producer Jean Michel Soupraya will be releasing her debut single, “Find a Way”, in November, 2011. Catch her at the Roxy VIP Lounge, ON THE ROX on December 17th and see for yourself why this young lady, with her sexy, sassy spirited performance, is ready to take the whole world along on an epic adventure.

 

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JMWest LIVE! - Jean Michel Soupraya welcomes back The BEST of The BEST 

  In a special Saturday Night Showcase at the Roxy VIP Lounge (ON THE ROXY) - JMWest LIVE! welcomes back the talented artists who have played with us in the past, demonstrating the most fan support in the crowd, the highest praise and reviews, and the most ineterest among industry professionals for a special night of show stopping performances alongside JMWest Entertainment Signed Artists and Special Guests.

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Aug 12th - The Blink Campaign

CitLaLii takes the stage at The Blink Campaign event on Friday, August 12th.  

 

July 6th - JMWest LIVE!, Foundation Room           REVIEW by Alex Dominguez for JMWestLIVE.com

Last Wednesday, JMWest LIVE! kicked off the summer in fine fashion, as the exciting pack of unsigned talent took the stage for the latest showcase at the Parish Room in the House of Blues!

The night started not with a bang, but with a smooth, sultry crescendo as Jacnique took the stage to lead off the night. She was quick to grab the attention of the audience with a batch of soulful and mesmerizing songs, proving why she is on the rise and bringing revolution to a genre that is in need of it. Bringing dimension and meaning to the term “neo-soul”, she was nothing short of spectacular.

Next was Alex Nester, who was able to keep the vibes going with a set that provided equal parts of soul and rock and roll. Bringing in a style all her own, Alex evoked memories of Joss Stone and an earlier Aretha Franklin.  As far ranging as her set was, every song was performed with the same verve, heart, love, and light.

Bobby Dub was next, and he was certainly an intriguing addition to the JMWest lineup. He brought out a set list that demonstrated reggae-based pop songs, but also wasn’t too shy to bust out dance moves as well. A born performer, Bobby brought a new take to the stage that JMWest LIVE! hasn’t seen in a while.

Mike Cionni was the next performer. Always a JMWest LIVE! favorite that brings a faithful legion of followers wherever he goes (thanks in no small part to his project, Mikes Musical Oddysey), he traded in his usual band for an acoustic set this time. It certainly made for a nice transition, as he was nonetheless captivating with stripped down versions of favorites and new songs for the JMWest crowd.

Los Tumbados were another returning act for JMWest LIVE!. They wasted no time in making their presence felt in the Parish Room. With songs like “Homeless Cowboy”, “Ike Turner”, and their own anthem and ode to their hometown, “Ele Ah”. Bringing energy, personality, and authentic LA to the stage, Los Tumbados second go-round with JMWest LIVE! was every bit as memorable as the first.

Soul Wing took the stage, and introduced himself to the crowds of the Parish Room in the House of Blues with trippy, organic acoustic music. The pride of Orange County, he painted a vivid picture of Southern California with his acoustic-guitar driven setlist.

Finally, June Humor introduced their unorthodox stylings to the House of Blues. JMWest LIVE! hasn’t had too much artists like June Humor in it’s confines, and it was a vivid breath of fresh air to have a band that isn’t afraid to march to the beats of it’s own drums. Mixing influences from the unlikeliest of places, June Humor was a fresh addition to JMWest.

JMWest gave another unforgettable night at the Parish Room at the House of Blues. Stay with us, as we are currently working on a new exciting show, with new exciting bands and artists!

July 6th - JMWest LIVE! @ The Foundation Room in the House of Blues on Sunset

At long last, JMWest Live! is ready to kick off the summer! This time, the Parish Room inside the Foundation Room, will host an exciting summer night of some of Los Angeles' greatest talent set to take the stage. Be sure to stay with us, as we will release more details on the lineup and festivities very soon!

Soul Wing - July 6th @ The Foundation Room

 A veteran of the Southern California Music Scene for some time, Soul Wing comes from Anaheim, California looking to make waves with his own music. Breeding soulful, breezy, acoustic music in the vein of G. Love and Jack Johnson, Soul Wing definitely lives up to his moniker. He will be making an appearance at JMWest Live’s next showcase at the House of Blues on July 6, 2011.
 
 bio courtesy of Alex Dominguez for JMWestLIVE.com

Rowan - July 6th @ The Foundation Room

Rowan has always known music. Even as a baby strapped in her infant carrier, she was bouncing to the beat in restaurants, elevators and random ice-cream trucks. Since then, Rowan has broken free, performing lead vocals, starring in musicals and choirs, and along the way taught herself guitar.

As the story goes, Rowan's first session in a recording studio astonished a group of musicians and producers. They weren't sure if they believed what they just witnessed. No one knew she had written over 75 songs already.

Moreover, she could sing; really sing!

 Enchanted by Rowan's unique voice and songwriting talents, one song stood out. “Breathe.” So that’s what they recorded. In just two takes, it was a slam dunk.

 Rowan's talents have caught the attention of an extraordinary network of music professionals. Kara DioGuardi is a fan, and she’s not alone. Warner’s, Universal and other key industry members are bouncing right along to Rowan’s songs.

Rowan's voice has already taken rare shape; an unusual fact that many musicians usually don't develop this early. She’s taken inspiration from the blues of Billie Holiday, the folk of Joni Mitchell, and the rock of Led Zep, yet her lyrics are clearly her own. The maturity of her vocal abilities outdistances her youth.

Her emerging efforts as a unique singer/songwriter has caught more attention than anticipated. Now with Rowan’s music suddenly thrust in the world after one simple recording session, the future is bouncier than ever. 

Bobby Dub - July 6th @ The Foundation Room

Bobby Dub is an LA-based urban pop artist who offers a fresh new sound that combines infectious catchiness with unique quirk and sass that stands out from most other modern pop music. While he basically produces and writes all of his own stuff, Bobby was lucky enough to hook up with accomplished artists like Brian Malouf, Lee Miles and SleepDeez to help find this cutting edge sound.

The fruits of Bobby's labor are budding more and more everyday. His song "Hell Yeah" was licensed for an "Entourage" promo campaign last year and he recently signed on to a Hollywood summer tour through promoter- Creative Collision. His music is spreading and the responses are positive all across the board. It seems Bobby's got something in his music for everybody.

When not playing shows or writing songs, Bobby works for Telepictures Music Library. You can hear daily placements of Bobby's instrumental score on shows like TMZ, Extra, Ellen, Lopez Tonight and other Telepictures shows. You can also catch him downtown in front of the Ahmonson Theater singing with his doowop a capella group.

Alex Nester - July 6th @ The Foundation Room

In an industry saturated with fly-by-night singles, auto-tune madness, and packaged artist-development, Alex refuses to conform and instead brings back the musicians to the art of music-making with her highly anticipated 2nd album, BURN IT DOWN. This album can only be described as a Hell-hath-no-fury collection of original music chronicling her trials and letdowns with the state of music business today. But the industry is not the only factor surrounding the creation of this musical tour-de-force. 

Alex’s bout with cancer has helped shape her unique sound filled with messages of love, faith, positivity, and healing while channeling the retro soul artists of the 60’s and 70’s... Which only makes sense as she is currently touring as a backup singer for Tito Jackson (of Jackson 5 fame) and has opened as a solo artist for such acts as Earth Wind & Fire, Chicago, The Rascals, Evelyn “Champagne” King, The Stylistics, and Dave Mason. Her resume already includes 12 albums, countless jingles, and over 25 theatrical productions, as well as working with established musicians such as The Four Tops, The Fifth Dimension, Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, Desi Arnaz, Jr., Alphonse Mouzon, Brandon Fields, and Eric Marienthal. With her extensive resume and list of world-class musicians surrounding the making of her music, it’s no wonder Alex has been featured as an artist to look out for by The Los Angeles Music Awards, The Hollywood Music in Media Awards, CDBaby.com, Soultracks.com, TheUrbanMusicScene.com, and various publications and soul music radio stations from around the world. 

As the music industry settles for what's "safe", Alex will continue to push the boundaries of music making. #BURNITDOWN is a musical testament of loss and hope, failure and triumph. It is a promise to the listeners that her music will never be anything less than sincere and honest. And most importantly, it's 100% Alex Nester groov
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Jacnique - July 6th @ The Foundation Room


JACNIQUE...sensationally soulful, jazzy, sultry siren.  2011 winner of 2 Black Music Awards for "Best Neo-Soul Artist" and "Best Urban Soul Artist".  2011 Los Angeles Music Awards nominee for "Jazz Artist of The Year".

It was once said that, “only passions, great passions can elevate the soul to great things”.  The very essence of that statement is reflected in the mind, body, soul, and music of Jacnique Harris-Love.  Known to her fans simply as Jacnique (pronounced Zsa’nique).

This sensual, soulful songstress embodies all the qualities of a natural superstar.  She is an avid songwriter, pristine vocalist, sensational performer and a runway renaissance woman.  With graceful elegance, seductive sensuality, sassy sophistication, and a truly beautiful voice that seems to trace the very beat of your heart; she sends her audiences into a hypnotic frenzy.  Her sultry soul music represents a harmonic groove in a world full of ambient noise and sound.  Jacnique does not get by on an image or any gimmicks, she is exactly the person you see & hear on stage.  She eats, sleeps, and breathes the musical passion, vocal artistry, class, grace, beauty & essence of what it is to be Jacnique.    

June Humor - July 6th @ The Foundation Room

June Humor is a band from Fullerton, CA that has been raising eyebrows ever since their debut at the Commonwealth Lounge in Fullerton mere months ago. June Humor churns out intriguing melodies and lullabies that move the mind and soul in mysterious ways, songs like “Lethes Tide” and “Feline” combine some jazz-esque influences with haunting rock melodies that are nothing short of tantalizing and seductive to the human ear. Their star is fast rising, and they will make their presence felt at the House of Blues on Wednesday, July 6th.

 bio courtesy of Alex Dominguez for JMWestLIVE.com

Los Tumbados - July 6th @ The Foundation Room

Los Tumbados was born from the suburb of Los Angeles better known as Highland Park. A band with firm chicano roots, they always approach music with unabashed vision and zero prejudices. Influenced by everything from classic rock to hip hop, their take on music takes many shapes and sizes, and that has allowed them the privilege of opening for bands and artists such as Cypress Hill, Too Short, and Ludacris. Priding themselves on diversity, persistence, and appreciation, they have played over 100 shows as a group and still carry themselves with the same love and verve night after night

 

 bio courtesy of Alex Dominguez for JMWestLIVE.com

Mike Cionni - July 6th @ The Foundation Room

Back for another JMWest LIVE! showcase, a crowd favorite, Mike Cionni is a singer-songwriter who, last year, concocted an interesting experiment for his music. Enter www.mikesmusicaloddysey.com, a project in which Mike would post a song every day for 365 days. Mike's unorthodox ways of getting his name out there have done him justice, as his music has earned him a growing following. Bred from Cincinnati, Ohio, and influenced by singer-songwriters such as Ben Gibbard and Stephen Malkmus, Mike will bring his talents back to the Foundation Room at House of Blues on July 6th, 2011.

 

Links:

www.myspace.com/mikecionni

www.mikesmusicaloddysey.com 

 bio courtesy of Alex Dominguez for JMWestLIVE.com

Bill Bentz - Special Guest July 6th @ The Foundation Room

Mind Blowing Magic

Born and raised in Orange County, California, Bill was introduced to magic at an early age.  Bill’s parents joined the Magic Castle private club in Hollywood in 1965.  His parents were not magicians, they just loved to be entertained.  At a young age, Bill began to play classical piano and continues to explore all genres of classical music with the piano.  Bill studied architecture and environmental design at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo.  During his studies he consistently pushed the boundaries of what is possible.  With architecture there is a program that must be adhered to; walls, ceilings, shelter.  These constraints lead him to explore the limitless realm of abstract art.  Bill’s abstract art has been shown in galleries in California, New York, Spain, Germany, Switzerland and France.  Abstract art is a window that takes the viewer into an alternate reality.  It is this alternate reality that lead Bill to explore the limits of possibility with magic.  Bill performs close up and stand up magic for audiences from 1 to 100 people which combines art, music and magic.  Bill uses cards, coins, money, ropes, water, glass and art to make the impossible manifest. 

Bill is a Magic Castle magician member and also an International Brotherhood of Magicians member.  Bill has performed at the World Famous Magic Castle in Hollywood, California as well as private parties and corporate events.  Bill creates magical events and unforgettable memories.

Bill Bentz

billbentz@yahoo.com

May 18th - JMWest LIVE!, Foundation Room         REVIEW by Alex Dominguez for JMWestLIVE.com

Last Wednesday night, JMWest LIVE! rocked the House of Blues once again, with another night to remember, filled with great vibes and amazing energy.

First, David Maldonado took the stage. Performing solo, the Spanish guitar maestro set the night ablaze with his music, a beautiful palette of classical, jazz, and flamenco that struck powerful chords within the audience. The star and one of the architects of the production, “Noche de Pasion”, which has been staged in New York, Los Angeles, and many other major cities, David gave the audience a taste of the beauty and flair of Spanish culture and music.

Next was Emily Simonian. A product of Orange County, she provided vibes as cool and relaxing as her homeland. Providing plenty of catchy pop tunes to sooth the crowd, she put on a great show on her return engagement with JMWest Live.

Next was Tyler Barabas, an Austin-bred acoustic artist. Mixing percussive beats with deep guitar melodies, Tyler’s set was both engaging and entertaining, especially with songs like “The Facebook Song”, a breakup ballad that will surely amuse the listener in many ways.

Jim Lyfes set was next in the Parish room. Bringing a hip-hop tinged flavor of music much different than most people have come to expect, he was definitely one of the night’s more unique performers. His unorthodox background and influences did justice to the eclectic nature of JMWest Live. 

Next was a set of “Spanglish” from Gonzalo De La Torre in the Foundation Room. Gonzalo’s set was all energy, personality, and rock and roll. Playing a set of songs both in English and Spanish off of his album, “Borderless/Sin Fronteras”, Gonzalo’s songs were filled with enough soul and love to leave a lasting taste in the palettes of the audience long after his set was done. Definitely one of the most talked about artists of the night, Gonzalo’s performance was nothing short of memorable.

Following that up was The Bob Hill Band, who played a set in the Parish Room that was equally as memorable. A funk-rock tinged quartet out of the Bay Area of California, the Bob Hill Band plays with the verve of twice as many members. Guests in both rooms flocked as the Bob Hill Band rocked the night away. It may be safe to say that the Bob Hill Band will be back with JMWest Live hopefully sooner rather than later.

Last band of the night was FireSky, a dream creation by guitarist/songwriter Shae Padilla. With driving guitar melodies, pulsating rhythms, and fire on ice vocals, FireSky made for an amazing way to close out the show in style. The all girl quartet blew the audience away to ensure that even in what seems like a male-dominated world of rock, girls can rock the stage just the same.

With music being spun in between sets by Portland, Oregon’s own DJ Renz, who had a set of today’s hits and classics from the past, the energy kept rolling all night long. Be sure to join us for our next show, as JMWest Live prepares to kick off the summer in style!

May 18th - JMWest LIVE! @ The Foundation Room in the House of Blues on Sunset

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Gonzalo De La Torre - May 18th @ The Foundation Room

At age 7, Gonzalo performed his first professional recording in San Antonio, Texas.  His vocal instructor and legend Seth Riggs (teacher to Michael Jackson, Julio Iglesias and Lionel Richie) confirms his potential as a Latin Artist.  At the beginning of 2010 he recorded his debut album as a soloist titles "Borderless," a half English half Spanish compilation.  Gonzalo was awarded singer-songwriter of the year at the 2010 Los Angeles Music Awards as well as honorable mention in the 2009 Billboard World Song contest.

Emily Simonian & Special Guest Jimmy Lloyd - May 18th @ The Foundation Room

Making her second appearance at a JMWest LIVE! showcase, Emily Simonian hails from Orange County, CA, only a freeway’s drive away from Los Angeles, but her road was anything but a straight path. She left behind the balmy coast of Orange County in 2005 to move to Boston to study at the acclaimed Berklee College of Music. However, while her stint in Berklee proved to be a valuable experience, she optioned to finish her studies back on her side of the coast, at the Musicians Institute of Hollywood. Years of classical vocal and piano have made Emily a distinguished singer-songwriter, who always has a penchant for writing catchy hooks and pop melodies. Her music caught the attention of indie label Studio 770 Entertainment, who recently released her debut, “Pale Green”.

                                                       bio courtesy of Alex Dominguez for JMWestLIVE.com

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The Bob Hill Band - May 18th @ The Foundation Room

The Bob Hill band comes from the Bay Area of California, and their music is just as free-spirited and diverse as their neck of the woods would suggest. Compared to bands such as Sublime and the Red Hot Chili Peppers (most specifically, their sound before they dominated the airwaves of Southern California alternative rock radio), few bands can hold down a groove and a beat so well to leave audiences rocked to their core and still come back wanting more. Their funk-jam sound is something that has the ability to bring an audience on it’s feet just a few songs in. Still keeping it going in their early twenties, and earning heavy praise from fans and critics alike, The Bob Hill band future looks incredibly bright.

 bio courtesy of Alex Dominguez for JMWestLIVE.com

Rowan - May 18th @ The Foundation Room

Rowan has always known music. Even as a baby strapped in her infant carrier, she was bouncing to the beat in restaurants, elevators and random ice-cream trucks. Since then, Rowan has broken free, performing lead vocals, starring in musicals and choirs, and along the way taught herself guitar.

As the story goes, Rowan's first session in a recording studio astonished a group of musicians and producers. They weren't sure if they believed what they just witnessed. No one knew she had written over 75 songs already.

Moreover, she could sing; really sing!

 Enchanted by Rowan's unique voice and songwriting talents, one song stood out. “Breathe.” So that’s what they recorded. In just two takes, it was a slam dunk.

 Rowan's talents have caught the attention of an extraordinary network of music professionals. Kara DioGuardi is a fan, and she’s not alone. Warner’s, Universal and other key industry members are bouncing right along to Rowan’s songs.

Rowan's voice has already taken rare shape; an unusual fact that many musicians usually don't develop this early. She’s taken inspiration from the blues of Billie Holiday, the folk of Joni Mitchell, and the rock of Led Zep, yet her lyrics are clearly her own. The maturity of her vocal abilities outdistances her youth.

Her emerging efforts as a unique singer/songwriter has caught more attention than anticipated. Now with Rowan’s music suddenly thrust in the world after one simple recording session, the future is bouncier than ever. 

FireSky - May 18th @ The Foundation Room

FireSky was started by Shae Padilla, former lead guitar player of major label all-girl band KSM. It was always Shae's dream to have an alternative rock band made up of solid female musicians, a dream she can now call a reality.

The band is made up of four hard rocking women, from three different countries. Veteran drummer, Tokyo native, and Musician's Institute Alumnus, Kio K captivates audiences immediately with her hard-hitting beats and passion for music. Brenda Mejia, originally from Orange County California, rocks the bass and stage with an energetic performance that's undeniably contagious. FireSky is completed by Anni Sutinen, all the way from Helsinki, Finland. Anni was on Finland's X Factor, and has a voice that has been compared to Pink and Lizzy Hale. Her meaningful lyrics, and memorable melodies compliment the bands heavy riffs, and dynamic music perfectly.

With an average age of just 20, this 4-piece shows skeptics that their age and gender are nothing to be scoffed at. FireSky is not only ready to plug in and rock out, they're determined to change the way women in rock are viewed.

Tyler Barabas - May 18th @ The Foundation Room

Following up his performance at last month's JMWest LIVE! showcase, Tyler Barabas comes from another musical mecca from Austin, TX, to further his endeavors in the City of Angels. An alumni of the University of Texas-Austin, he has been making waves as of late with his song, “The Perfect Place”, a song with an excellent groove that utilize multiple percussive beats with minimalist guitar and soulful lyrics. He has recently been featured on KCSN 88.5 radio in Los Angeles, and will be featured on the bill for JMWest LIVE!'s next event on May 18th, 2011, at the House of Blues on Sunset.

                                                       bio courtesy of Alex Dominguez for JMWestLIVE.com

DJ RENZ - May 18th @ The Foundation Room

Trent Barry, AKA RENZ a native of Portland OR, now residing in Los Angeles CA, has made a name for himself as a choreographer, dancer, radio talent, and now a DJ. DJ RENZ, grew up with a diverse background of friends and family where he found himself exposed to all genres of music. DJ RENZ and fellow dancer DURANTE LAMBERT founded the hip hop performing company " Portland Dance Project", selling out shows for 3 years. A short time after the creation of The Portland Dance Project, RENZ landed a job as the WEEKEND MIX Show host on Jammin 95.5 (Portland Hip Hop/R&B Radio Station) through a recommendation by a Mix Show DJ. This is when he aspired to become a DJ. Working with the most talented DJs in the NW every weekend provided him an excellent start in learning the skills necessary to become an outstanding DJ. He developed and produced mix CDs that favored background exposure to 70's and 80's Hip Hop, R&B and funk, They became a hit on the streets and with dancers who loved the variety & the mix style. Soon to follow came gigs at parties, small bars, and eventually spinning at some of the HOTTEST clubs in Portland. Renz is known for his smooth transitions between the classics, current hits, and the songs you love but forgot about. Having such a wide variety of music DJ RENZ can make every generation dance.
 
Booking information: www.akadjrenz.com

Jym Lyfes - May 18th @ The Foundation Room

Jym Lyfes has been performing as early as he can remember.  His passion for singing and dancing came at an early age, he says, “I have always dreamed about performing in front of sold out crowds, like on the M.J. level.  I have a message, and through my music I will do so.”  He looks forward to any opportunity to perform on stage, and share his talents.  Originally from Spanaway, WA, that is where his love for hip hop grew and developed.  In Jr. High is where he and some close-knit friends started popping and MC-ing together.  Some of his hip hop musical influences consist of the Wu-tang Clan, Snoop, Biggie, Eminem, Busta, Nas, and other legends.  A few singers that have inspired him are Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, and Prince.  Always ready to put on a show, this is one artist we will definitely see great things to come from.

David Maldonado - May 18th @ The Foundation Room

Before he even touched a musical instrument, David Maldonado was immersed in music. Growing up in a family filled with artists, he received his first guitar lesson from his father at the age of 10. Since then, he was inspired to unlock his creativity by way of Spanish guitar. Influenced by classical movements as well as Spanish flamenco, David’s onstage performance is a myriad of class, technique, and bravado, all of which have led him to create “Noche de Pasion”, an onstage experience that displays the art of Latin Jazz, Classical, and Flamenco at it’s finest and most vibrant. The show has toured in cities such as New York, Las Vegas, and San Francisco, and a world tour is currently in the works.

bio courtesy of Alex Dominguez for JMWestLIVE.com

April 27th - JMWest LIVE!, Foundation Room                REVIEW for JMWestLIVE.com

Last Wednesday night the showcase inside the Foundation Room was the epitome of JMWest LIVE!: Great music, great company.   Although the majority of the artists that performed were acoustic, the night started off with a historic performance by a JMWest Entertainment signed artist.

Citlalii set the bar high, starting off the night with a high energy set filled with sweet tones of youth and beauty, meshed with maturity that flowed through her lyrics.  With all eyes on her, she wrapped up her set with a very unique performance involving a captivated crowd member.  Having this being her first public performance, for those who showed up on time, they unknowingly took part in history in the making.

Tyler Barabas was the first of the artists to strum the strings.  With soulful lyrics and several howls at the moon, Tyler proved to be one of a kind.  Performing several songs, including "The Perfect Place" which he has a music video for, the crowd took to his groove and especially liked a very comical song which lyrics related to the ever popular Facebook.

Kelissa brought some international energy to the airwaves.  Hailing from Jamaica, she encouraged the crowd to feel the music, and to open up their ears and hearts.  With lyrics that advocated social awareness, Kelissa performed, acapella, with her guitar, and with a few others as well. 

Sunday Lane returned for her second JMWest LIVE! showcase.  This time, joining forces with Tyler Barabas as her percussionist, she delighted the crowd with her smile, and her beautifully written songs.  Performing "Won't Go Back Again" her song with the music video seemed to be a crowd favorite.

Jonny Taylor kept the night going with his very clever style of music.  Another artist with international ties, Jonny mixed his set between original songs, and improvisation as well.  Ending with an unscripted flow of rhymes, he rapped with is guitar about the crowd and the event.

Emily Simonian was the second artist to grace the black and white keys.  Performing songs off of her debut album, "Pale Green," Her beautiful voice accompanied by guitar and percussion elicited a JMWest LIVE! first.  Upon the completion of her set, the crowd chanted for an encore, which was graciously accepted by Emily and did not disappoint.

Jon Magnificent brought some rock star swagger to the stage with his high voltage set.  Donned with a top hat, goggles, and a classy coat, Jon shredded his way into the night with songs off of his award winning album "You Won't Believe This."  A short mash up of a few classic rock songs had the crowd moving and cheering as well.

Inglorious wrapped up the night with their always pleasurable style.  The all girl band rocked until the wee hours of the night pumping up the crowd and encouraging them to dance.  Performing their amazing cover of "Heartbreaker" Inglorious ended the night on a great note, leaving the attendees wanting more.

Throughout the night, DJ WheelZ injected some beats into the speakers to keep the crowd up until the next performance.  With many more shows to come, the night was a great continuance to what has been an amazing 2011 for JMWest LIVE! and the artists involved.  The next showcase will be on May 18th, so be sure to get read up on the artists and get your tickets before they run out!

April 27th - JMWest LIVE! @ The Foundation Room in House of Blues on Sunset

JMWest LIVE! will make it's return this month to the Foundation Room in the House of Blues on Sunset. As the year heats up, so will the lineup, atmosphere, and festivities in what promises to be a "Night to Remember". JMWest Live will kick off Spring 2011 with what promises to be it's best lineup yet. Stay posted on www.jmwestlive.com for all of the exciting details, we hope to see you there!

 

 

Emily Simonian - April 27th @ The Foundation Room

Emily Simonian hails from Orange County, CA, only a freeway’s drive away from Los Angeles, but her road was anything but a straight path. She left behind the balmy coast of Orange County in 2005 to move to Boston to study at the acclaimed Berklee College of Music. However, while her stint in Berklee proved to be a valuable experience, she optioned to finish her studies back on her side of the coast, at the Musicians Institute of Hollywood. Years of classical vocal and piano have made Emily a distinguished singer-songwriter, who always has a penchant for writing catchy hooks and pop melodies. Her music caught the attention of indie label Studio 770 Entertainment, who recently released her debut, “Pale Green”.

                                                       bio courtesy of Alex Dominguez for JMWestLIVE.com 

Sunday Lane - April 27th @ The Foundation Room

Sunday Lane is an artist born and bred in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She had spent years honing her craft in classical piano, and eventually her skills have brought her to Los Angeles. Now, she has already created quite a following at the tender age of 20 and has recently released her debut EP, “Bring Me Sunshine”.  A current student of the acclaimed Musician’s Institute of Hollywood, Sunday Lane has played venues such as the House of Blues, Hotel Café, and the Viper Room, and is still just getting started. 

                                                       bio courtesy of Alex Dominguez for JMWestLIVE.com 

Jonny Taylor - April 27th @ The Foundation Room

Jonny Taylor hails all the way from London, UK, and currently divides his time between London and Los Angeles, constantly cultivating songs and ideas along the way. His unique style draws equal parts influence from both sides of the pond, eclectic enough for an Englishman, and zen enough for an Angeleno. His endeavors have taken him to great heights so far; he has been featured on BBC Music, and has even served as an opening act for Jason Mraz. He brings his style to the House of Blues this April 27, for JMWest Live’s next event.

                                                       bio courtesy of Alex Dominguez for JMWestLIVE.com 

Jon Magnificent - April 27th @ The Foundation Room

 

Jon Magnificent was made to be a rock star. Creating an aura that screams braggadocio and innovation, Jon has molded orchestral melodies with rock and roll rhythms to create something that he likes to call, “Steampunk”, something that has to be heard to be understood. His album, titled “You Won’t Belive This” (mastered by Andy Jackson of Pink Floyd fame), was released in 2010, and it garnered him almost instant praise and recognition, winning the 2010 Los Angeles Music Award for Rock Album of the Year. A fast rising star who has even received recognition from the Grammy organization as a balloteer, the best is still to come from Jon Magnificent.

 bio courtesy of Alex Dominguez for JMWestLIVE.com

Kelissa - April 27th @ The Foundation Room

Kelissa McDonald was born and raised in the hills of St. Andrew, Jamaica. At an early age, Kelissa developed an inclination to listening and making music, largely influenced by reggae and Rastafari. With her parents as the lead vocalists in the reggae band ‘Chakula,’ there was constantly music pulsating from her home. Her music has evolved into an expression of her background as well her stimulating living experiences in Tanzania, Ethiopia and Ghana. At the moment Kelissa resides in California and continues to make positive and conscious music, while completing her studies in the ‘Expressive Arts of Africa and the Diaspora.’ Kelissa uses her music as an avenue to express her diverse experiences and to inspire and uplift others.

Tyler Barabas - April 27th @ The Foundation Room


Tyler Barabas comes from another musical mecca from Austin, TX, to further his endeavors in the City of Angels. An alumni of the University of Texas-Austin, he has been making waves as of late with his song, “The Perfect Place”, a song with an excellent groove that utilize multiple percussive beats with minimalist guitar and soulful lyrics. He has recently been featured on KCSN 88.5 radio in Los Angeles, and will be featured on the bill for JMWest Live’s next event on April 27, 2011, at the House of Blues on Sunset.

                                                       bio courtesy of Alex Dominguez for JMWestLIVE.com 

Inglorious - April 27th @ The Foundation Room

Inglorious is an all-girl pop-rock quintet based out of the Musician’s Institute of Hollywood that has roots that span from all over the globe. Their influences are just as diverse, drawing inspiration from acts such as No Doubt, Prince, and Pat Benatar. They bring a fireball of energy and creativity wherever they play. Spots such as this have included House of Blues, the Cat Club, and the Roxy, all of which are very popular venues in the Hollywood area.  Always JMWest LIVE! favorites, they will grace the stage once again on April 27th at the House of Blues.

                                                       bio courtesy of Alex Dominguez for JMWestLIVE.com 

March 16th - JMWest LIVE! , Foundation Room         REVIEW by Alex Dominguez for JMWestLIVE.com

 

 

Last Wednesday brought a night full of great expectations, great music, and another successful JMWest LIVE! event. A shame for anyone who missed it, as it rocked the House of Blues and proved to be another exciting night of live music. 

 

Sunday Lane was first in the lineup, and she paved the way to start the night with a nice, mellow set of songs. Leading off with the ballad, "Won't Go Back Again" definitely set a tone for the night to follow. Sunday brought a touch of earnestness and tranquility to the evening. 

 

Nathalie Alice would follow that up with a set that was as diverse as the lineup itself. With a mix of Latin, French, and classical jazz, she brought a perfect compliment to the music of the other acoustic performers of the night.  Delivering her songs with equal personality and class, Nathalie showed that jazz is a beautiful language, whether it comes from the House of Blues or her native France. 

 

Cazz brought a soft acoustic touch to keep the evening going. With rootsy rock that brought back memories of Damien Rice and John Mayer, Cazz added an electric flavor to his set and helped keep the acoustic taste fresh in the audience's palettes.

 

The Hannah Anders Band kicked the evening into another gear with the electricity and energy that they are always counted on to bring. Last Wednesday was no different, as Hannah Anders notched another excellent performance that melds country music with southern rock. 2011 will be a promising year for the Hannah Anders Band, and with performances such as the one they gave, it's not hard to see why. With their usual trademarks such as "Turn It Up" and "Little Redneck Riding Hood", their popularity will definitely skyrocket.

 

Inglorious kept the energy going with their usual injection of high-octane music. Always bringing equal parts energy and musical prowess to the set as if any gig could be their last, they introduced a very eclectic sound to the masses at the House of Blues.

 

Angie Evans brought a soulful, sexy set list with her to the House of Blues. Always rocking the stage with no short supply of confidence, Angie put it down again at the House of Blues, this time with a full band in tow. Rocking the stage with songs like "Music Is Love" with a swagger that few could ever measure, Angie also payed a salute to her Long Beach roots by ending her set with a unique cover of Snoop Dogg's hit song, "Gin n Juice". 

 

Mike Cionni was given a very warm welcome back to the House of Blues after rocking the spot at the first JMWest LIVE! show of 2011. Once again, he came out in full force, and was able to reach captivated ears with music that vibed deeply within the confines of the House of Blues. A singer-songwriter with rhythm and melodies that move in many various moods, Mike also brings that idea to his latest venture: Mike's Musical Odyssey. In this, Mike created a website (www.mikesmusicalodyssey.com), in which he posts a song a day for 365 days.

 

Carbol Fusion also came to rock the stage, and had a great list of songs to lend to the ears of the audience. Although they didn't play their signature song, "Kid Robot", they were still able to rock the spot with a great set that showed that experimental alternative rock is still alive and well, and available for anyone who cares enough to take some time to immerse their ears in it. 

 

The Holy Child did an amazing job of closing the curtains on another amazing night of music. Combining live energy with gospel-tinged harmonies and psychedelic melodies, their sound was certainly anything but orthodox.They put a lovely ray of technicolor into the fabric of JMWest LIVE!, as nothing can help a band stand out more than creating a sound and image all their own. 

 

With music spun in between sets by DJ Goofee to keep the crowd amped, and with artists alternating between the Foundation Room and the Parish Room next door, it was an amazing follow up to what was an unforgettable inaugural show for JMWest LIVE!. Stay with us on jmwestlive.com for all the latest info on our next showcase; you do not want to miss it!

 


Nathalie Alice-March 16th @ The Foundation Room in House of Blues on Sunset

Nathalie Alice is a jazz guitarist who plays with a great passion for music of all genres. Orginally from Paris, France, Nathalie had learned guitar while working as a secretary for a popular cosmetic company, and was soon persuaded to greater pursue her musical endeavors. Upon being introduced to the works of George Benson by her friends, Alice knew that she had found her calling. She later bid adieu to France and set off for New York City, where she had taken part in many ensemble performances, even playing for the French Embassy. Now, she has brought her song collection to Los Angeles, where she continues to revolutionize people's ears with an eclectic repertoire of French songs, as well as American and Latin jazz standards.

 

Links:

www.nathaliealice.com 

bio courtesy of Alex Dominguez for JMWestLIVE.com

Inglourious-March 16th @ The Foundation Room in House of Blues on Sunset

 

Inglorious is an outfit that possesses a sound as diverse as their upbringing. Conceived through five students of Musician's Institute of Hollywood that came from different parts of the world, they were united through influences such as No Doubt, Blondie, and Prince. The combination of their talents has created a sound that breaks barriers, taking alternative pop rock to places that it's rarely been, combining it with funk and blues in the process. Aggressively playing the Los Angeles circuit for quite some time, they will be looking to rock the masses at the Foundation Room on March 16th.

 

Links:

www.myspace.com/inglouriousmusic

www.facebook.com/ingloriousLA 

 bio courtesy of Alex Dominguez for JMWestLIVE.com 

Sunday Lane-March 16th @ The Foundation Room in House of Blues on Sunset

Sunday Lane is a product of Tulsa, Oklahoma. Though only 20 years old, she possesses themes in her music that show that she's wise beyond her years. Currently a student at the acclaimed Musician's Institute of Hollywood, she has released her debut EP album, "Bring Me Sunshine" to plenty of fanfare. Once compared to "Tegan and Sara's little sister" in a review, Lane has played in venues such as Pi on Sunset, The Viper Room, and Cafe Was, and still has plenty more to offer to the business.

 

Links

www.sundaylane.com

www.myspace.com/sundaylane

www.twitter.com/sundaylanemusic

bio courtesy of Alex Dominguezfor JMWestLIVE.com 

Hannah Anders Band - March 16th @ The Foundation Room in House of Blues on Sunset

 The Hannah Anders Band is a southern-fried collection of artists which emit more swagger on stage in 5 minutes than music than most country outfits can do in an hour. Always JMWest Live favorites, they constantly churn out songs that leave the audience on it's feet. You would not expect anything less from a band that considers AC/DC and Rage Against The Machine as influences. 2011 promises to be a big year for The Hannah Anders Band, as they are preparing their debut LP album, and gearing up for a national tour. 

 

Links

www.thehannahandersband.com

www.facebook.com/thehannahandersband.com

 bio courtesy of Alex Dominguez for JMWestLIVE.com

Angie Evans - March 16th @ The Foundation Room in House of Blues on Sunset

 Angie Evans is a singer-songwriter out of Long Beach, California, a place that promotes diversity and champions an open mind in it's artist community. Angie Evans represents that philosophy very well with her music and personality. A proud feminist, Evans has performed in cities all across the Pacific Time Zone, from Hollywood to Salt Lake City, and commands attention, energy, and most importantly, respect wherever she plays. Her own music borders on authentic rootsy acoustic rock and incorporates some jazz/blues influences as well. Whether it be an acoustic performance by herself, or by way of her band, Angie Evans can make heads turn at will.

 

Links

www.angieevans.com

www.myspace.com/angieevans

www.sonicbids.com/angieevans 

bio courtesy of Alex Dominguez for JMWestLIVE.com 

Cazz - March 16th @ The Foundation Room in House of Blues on Sunset

 Cazz is a singer-songwriter who has been immersed in music his whole life, or, at least, very nearly so. After many years of studying music and playing in bands for most of his youth, Cazz started to sow the seeds of his solo project in 2006, when he had been living in Malibu to pursue a college degree in film and creative writing. Concocting most of his songs through his own home studio, Building a sound through soft melodies and well-thought out lyrics that had been incubating for years. He eventually released his debut EP, "Nights and Windows" in 2009. The release has earned him comparisons to popular artists such as Jason Mraz and John Mayer, as well as lots of critical acclaim. 

 

Links

www.cazz365.com

www.facebook.com/cazz

www.myspace.com/cazzmusic 

bio courtesy of Alex Dominguezfor JMWestLIVE.com 

Mike Cionni - March 16th @ The Foundation Room in House of Blues on Sunset

Mike Cionni is a singer-songwriter who, last year, concocted an interesting experiment for his music. Enter www.mikesmusicaloddysey.com, a project in which Mike would post a song every day for 365 days. Mike's unorthodox ways of getting his name out there have done him justice, as his music has earned him a growing following. Bred from Cincinnati, Ohio, and influenced by singer-songwriters such as Ben Gibbard and Stephen Malkmus, Mike will bring his talents to the Foundation Room at House of Blues on March 16, 2011.

 

Links:

www.myspace.com/mikecionni

www.mikesmusicaloddysey.com 

 bio courtesy of Alex Dominguez for JMWestLIVE.com

Carbol Fusion - March 16th @ The Foundation Room in House of Blues on Sunset

 Carbol Fusion is a project that was concocted by Los Angeles based singer-songwriter Alain Fig. Creating Carbol Fusion in 2007, Fig had been using guest musicians before deciding to enlist permanent musicians in 2009. Since then, Carbol Fusion has released two EPs, the latest being "Indestructible" in 2010. Carbol Fusion has steadily gained a legion of followers in the Los Angeles area. With a sound that is able to meld new wave rhythms akin to Depeche Mode, New Order, and The Cure with a twist of modern rock, it is not hard to see why. Having performing at venues such as the Viper Room, The Metropolitan Bar, and The Cat Club, they have clearly made their mark on the LA music universe.

 

Links

www.carbolfusion.com

www.facebook.com/carbolfusion

www.myspace.com/carbolfuschin 

 bio courtesy of Alex Dominguez for JMWestLIVE.com

The Holy Child - March 16th @ The Foundation Room in House of Blues on Sunset

The pride of Downey, California, The Holy Child is a band that provides a style all it's own. It is hard to characterize their sound in a few precious words, but it is certainly never boring or contrived. Mixing psychedelic, bluesy folk-rock rhythms amongst waves of gospel-influenced multi-part harmonies, they truly do carve a sound that goes much farther outside of the box that most bands are content to stay in. As a band with family ties as well, their messages of unity in their music are messages that reverberates through every spot they play. 

 

Links 

www.myspace.com/theholychild

www.reverbnation.com/theholychild 

bio courtesy of Alex Dominguez for JMWestLIVE.com 

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