Super Duper Alice Cooper is the twisted tale of a teenage Dr. Jekyll whose rock n' roll Mr. Hyde almost kills him. It is the story of Vincent Furnier, a preacher's son who struck fear into the hearts of parents as Alice Cooper, the ultimate rock star of the bizarre. From the advent of Alice as front man for a group of Phoenix freaks in the 60s, to the hazy decadence of celebrity in the 70s, to his triumphant comeback as 80s glam metal godfather, we will watch as Alice and Vincent battle for each other's' souls. Still touring the world, with over 100 concerts scheduled in 2014, and hosting his internationally syndicated Nights With Alice Cooper radio show five nights a week for over a decade, Alice shows no sign of slowing down. Premiering at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival April 16-27, Super Duper Alice Cooper is the creation of Scot McFadyen and Sam Dunn at Banger Films, producers of Iron Maiden: Flight 666 (2009 SXSW Audience Choice Winner) and Rush: Beyond The Lighted Stage (2010 GRAMMY-nominated and Tribeca Audience Choice Winner), and much-lauded filmmaker Reginald Harkema, winner of the TIFF Special Jury Prize for his film Monkey Warfare. Alice's story is told not only by the man himself, but through exclusive interviews with members of the original Alice Cooper band, Elton John, Iggy Pop, John Lydon, and Dee Snider. After screening the film, Alice will take the stage for a panel discussion.
As lead singer of '60s sensation the Box Tops and the groundbreaking band Big Star, musician Alex Chilton has a remarkable story that needs to be heard. Who better than long-time acquaintance and award-winning writer Holly George-Warren to do the honors? In the captivating biography, A Man Called Destruction, George-Warren tells the life tale of an artist who "left behind... many lifetimes of brilliant music, a legacy that will inspire generations to come." Chilton's story is rags to riches in reverse, beginning with teenage rock stardom and heading downward. The story of Chilton's life is also the story of the changes in Rock & Roll over the past forty years. The influence and mark he has left as a pioneer of the indie-rock genre is undeniable. Please join us as we welcome award-winning author Holly George-Warren alongside GRAMMY Museum director Bob Santelli, to the Clive Davis Theater to celebrate and discuss the life of the talented, influential, and underappreciated rock and roll genius, Alex Chilton, from start to finish. After the discussion, George-Warren will be available for a book signing.
It took a near-death experience to reunite Dave Alvin and Phil Alvin, the California brothers at the heart of roots heroes The Blasters. It only made sense that for their first record together in three decades, the Alvin brothers would go back to where it all started and pay tribute to one of their original shared musical heroes, Big Bill Broonzy. The brothers recall being absolutely overwhelmed with their first listen to Broonzy when they were just teenagers. Broonzy was the one thing the brothers never argued about, in fact, playing the album for the first time and listening together was a significant childhood memory. Like the Alvins’, Broonzy’s career lasted more than 30 years and spanned several stylistic incarnations, ranging from country blues, ragtime blues, Chicago blues and American folk, all of which the brothers sought to capture on Common Ground: Dave Alvin & Phil Alvin Play and Sing the Songs of Big Bill Broonzy.’ Rather than trying to recreate Broonzy’s exact guitar parts and vocals note for note, the record honors his innovative spirit and musical adventurousness, blending chords and melodies from different songs and incorporating stylistic nods to other guitarists – everyone from Magic Sam to Bo Diddley – whose work bears Big Bill’s unmistakable fingerprint. Dave and Phil may have set out to honor the legacy of Big Bill Broonzy with this record, but in the process, they solidified their own as one of roots music’s most exceptional duos. Catch them before they embark on an extensive tour and join us as we welcome the talented Alvin brothers to the Clive Davis Theater to celebrate the release of Common Ground: Dave Alvin & Phil Alvin Play and Sing the Songs of Big Bill Broonzy. Hosted by GRAMMY Museum Executive Director Bob Santelli, the evening will feature both an interview and performance.
5303 Lankershim Blvd., Los Angeles, CA
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Elixir – The Show, "LA’s Best Variety Show", returns to its NEW location, The Federal Bar in North Hollywood on Friday, April 25th, A Knitting Factory Property. Our last three events were completely sold out to capacity, and we expect an amazing experience for our upcoming March event. Seating will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis with reservations only. For reservations, please contact [email protected].
Elixir The Show represents a bygone era of class…when Mad Men met The Rat Pack at The Playboy Club for a martini or three. Hosted by LA’s favorite emcee, David M. Schmidt (KTLA Hyundai Host Winner) and featuring live music by the hottest funk band in the city Funky Munky, Elixir features burlesque, cabaret, rotating vocalists, comedy, magic, dance troupes, audience interactivity, shenanigans, games with prizes and more. You can see photos from our last event at https://www.facebook.com/elixir.show.1/media_set?set=a.1402109013375678.....
Elixir fans have longed for the ability to sit and dine while taking in the best FREE night of entertainment in all of Los Angeles. Elixir plus The Federal Bar equals a night where you can have it all. Kick the night off with a gourmet mixology cocktail. Next, nosh on the exquisite tapas and shared plates menu, enjoy a night of beauty and talent sure to entertain and captivate your imagination. After the show, stay for cocktails in our private Elixir afterparty bar, a great spot to top-up and continue the party with resident DJ Brutha Gimel.
Elixir will be kicking off the indulgence with dance performance by Cherry Poppins Caburlesque, Luminosity Dance Company, Bell-Esque, Polehibition, Shannon Storm, Vegan Pole Dancer, Kirby Harrell and Push The Girl. Vocals by Tyler Olshansky, Claude Racine (Pussycat Dolls), Jackie Rae and more. Comedy and whimsy provided by Lady Scoutington and The Yip-Yip Sisters (Upright Citizens Brigade). All guests will be entered in a free raffle to win gift certificates for Shampoo on 3rd, Westinghouse Digital and Black Hearts Clothing.
Whether you are out to celebrate, or trying to forget, wanting to connect with friends or just looking to be entertained, Elixir The Show has what you’re looking for. So think back to a time where men and women donned their best gear to go out for a show of this caliber. Suit up men, dress up ladies and come join us at Knitting Factory’s The Federal Bar in North Hollywood for what is sure to be an epic night of music, muses, mystery and more. Seating is for guests with RSVP's only, so please email [email protected], first come/first serve.
Doors open and dinner at 7:30 PM and the show is from 8:15 – 10:15 PM. Your attendance at the show also provides you with free admittance to stay and dance all night long with DJ Brutha Gimel.
The Federal Bar is located at 5303 Lankershim Blvd. North Hollywood, CA 91601. 21+ with valid ID. Stylish dress is highly encouraged.
In all of the years since The Beatles, there has never been an accurate undertaking to clearly document the details of Ringo's Beatles kits. In June of 2013, Gary Astridge had the distinct honor of handling and documenting two of Ringo's Beatles kits, and his Ludwig gold plated snare drum, for our popular exhibit, Ringo: Peace & Love. This included being the first person since Mal Evans, the Beatles road manager and trusted friend, to set up Ringo's The Ed Sullivan Show and Let It Be kits. Since that time, Astridge has been involved in other related projects and has now documented all of Ringo's Beatle kits. Currently, Astridge is involved in implementing a plan to organize, preserve and securely store each iconic kit for history and their future placement in a museums and other cultural institutions. Astridge has spent countless hours reading books and magazines, scrutinizing thousands of photos and has spoken to people who are knowledgeable in vintage drums, as well as people with a Beatles/Ringo connection. In addition to learning from vintage collectors and Ringo drum enthusiasts, his primary source of information has been photographs. Detailed forensic analysis of photos has played a key role in providing information that verifies specific drums and hardware and gives a timeline. Please join us, on the final day of the Ringo: Peace & Love exhibition run, for a member-exclusive event, featuring an audio/visual presentation with Astridge.
Hurray For The Riff Raff is Alynda Lee Segarra, but in many ways it’s much more than that: it’s a young woman leaving her indelible stamp on the American folk tradition. She first came to international attention in 2012 with Look Out Mama. The album earned her raves from NPR and The New York Times to Mojo and Paste, along with a breakout performance at the 2013 Newport Folk Festival. Segarra grew up in the Bronx, where she developed an early appreciation for doo-wop and Motown from the neighborhood’s longtime residents. It was downtown that she first felt like she found her people, traveling to the Lower East Side every Saturday for punk matinees at ABC No Rio. The Lower East Side also introduced her to travelers, and their stories of life on the road inspired her to strike out on her own at 17, first hitching her way to the west coast, then roaming the south before ultimately settling in New Orleans. Many of the songs on her new album, Small Town Heroes, reflect her special reverence for the city. The scope of the album is much grander than just New Orleans, though, as Segarra mines the deep legacies and contemporizes the rich variety of musical forms of the American South for the age of Trayvon Martin and Wendy Davis. She sings with resolute menace on “The Body Electric,” a feminist reimagining of the traditional murder ballad form that calls on everything from Stagger Lee to Walt Whitman. She juxtaposes pure country pop with the dreams and nightmares that come with settling down with just one person in “I Know It’s Wrong (But That’s Alright,)” while album opener “Blue Ridge Mountain” is an Appalachian nod to Maybelle Carter. Please join us for the second installment of our new Americana music program series as we welcome Hurray For The Riff Raff to the Clive Davis Theater for a discussion, moderated by Vice President of The GRAMMY Foundation and MusiCares Scott Goldman, and special musical performance.