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An Evening with Josh Ritter “A Book of Gold Thrown Open” Tour A note about this tour, from Josh:   "I was thinking back to some of my favorite concerts over the years, and I realized how many took place in spaces that were special in their own right. Cathedrals, synagogues, strange and storied theaters, each bring a special kind of glow to the performance.     I was also feeling the urge to play some of my quieter, more narrative songs that I may not always get the chance to perform during larger rock shows.     So I decided to put together a tour that would allow me to play these songs, and some new ones that I’ve been writing, in some of these beautiful spaces. I decided to call the tour “A Book of Gold Thrown Open."     I'll mainly be solo, but it’ll be a fun chance to have a few special guests and accompaniment.  And most of all, I’m looking forward to singing these songs.   I hope you can make it!  Rock on, and thank you.   - Josh”   First Congregational Church of Los Angeles is a stunning historical English-Gothic Revival Style Church and event venue located on the corner of S. Commonwealth Avenue and 6th Street in Korea Town. The impressive structure was completed in 1932, and it houses the world’s largest working church pipe organ. For more information on the First Congregational Church, please visit their website http://www.fccla.org/
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People are ready for real country music again, says Randy Houser, and there are few people in a better position to give it to them. Blessed with one of his generations great voices, he is also a world-class songwriter, penning hits for artists including Trace Adkins and Justin Moore, and a seasoned entertainer known for the passion and energy he brings to every performance. His debut album, Anything Goes, introduced him as an exceptional artist, someone with both a cutting-edge sound and a deep respect for classic country. Fans, media and peers alike recognized that he possesses an artistic vision equal to his formidable talent. The strong reaction to his music was evident when David Letterman heard the albums powerful first single, Anything Goes, and invited Randy to perform on the Late Show, introducing him to an even broader nationwide audience. A searing portrayal of emptiness and loss, Anything Goes rose quickly into the Top 20. Randy followed it with one of the rowdiest songs and coolest videos of recent years, Boots On, which rocketed to #2. Randy was named Country Airchecks No. 1 New Country Artist in terms of airplay for 2009, and was a presenter and a nominee at both the ACM Awards (Video of the Year for Boots On) and the CMA Awards (New Artist of the Year and Music Video of the Year), as well as garnering a nomination for the 2010 CMT Music Awards Nationwide Insurance On Your Side Award. At the awards show he helped host Kid Rock kick off the festivities with a surprise appearance on stage during a medley of "Cowboy," "Bawitdaba" and "Good Ol' Boys." With one of country musics most promising young careers, Randy is taking a major step forward with his sophomore album, They Call Me Cadillac. I wanted to make a record I wanted to hear, he explains. I put my heart into this, and the result is something Im really proud of. From the beginning, Randy and co-producers Cliff Audretch III and Mark Wright agreed on a straightforward approach that focused on the meaningful lyrics of the songs. I want to catch peoples ears not just with a guitar hook, but with the words. I didnt want too much going on around it. The result, recorded with Randys own band, rather than studio musicians, is a stark and straightforward effort that does full justice to an artist heavily influenced by the classic works of idols like Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard, George Jones and Waylon Jennings. The album covers a great deal of musical and thematic ground. Randy includes pure fun, rowdy, foot-stomping tracks like Out Here in the Country and Whistlin Dixie, but also manages to capture the ups and downs of love on other tracks, demonstrating his artistic range. The manic and mile-a-minute declaration of Im All About It contrasts sharply with the naked need of Addicted. The poignant look at love and longing that is Here With Me is a great compliment to the clever, rough-edged nod to loves losers in Lowdown and Lonesome. Man Like Me, with its straight-ahead country approach and lyrics steeped in love and gratitude, is heavily reminiscent of the best of Don Williams and Randy Travis. While these songs are a fantastic representation of Randys songwriting prowess, the remaining songs on the project complete this impressive collection and prove why Randy deserves to stand out among his peers. He excels on the blues-drenched Somewhere South Of Memphis and the pure gospel loveliness of Lead Me Home, a song that explores, with grace and wonder, the end of the human journey. Both songs let him stretch vocally, and together they offer a stunning example of the scope and quality of his work.Showcasing his classic country side, If I Could Buy Me Some Time responds to the roller coaster life of a touring musician, while, with its weepy steel resonance and its anguished introspection, Randy truly shines on Will I Always Be This Way. Overall, the mix of moods and topics is the projects appeal. I wanted the flow to carry you up for a bit so you could have fun, Randy adds, and then I wanted it to come back down to where you really had to listen. The albums title song is a nod to Randys nickname. My buddy Dallas Davidson is the one who came up with that, he says with a grin. Thats my identity to my friends around here. It has to do with being relaxed and laid back and comfortable. I guess Im comfortable in my own skin and when you think about Cadillacs, thats what they arebig and comfortable. They Call Me Cadillac is an album that proves why Randy is among the most talented of his generation and of crucial importance to the genre. With the help of his good friends and collaborators Jamey Johnson and Jerrod Niemann, he has brought a needed dose of rugged individualism to the airwaves. Together they form the core of a group of modern-day artists who live and breathe country music road warriors who lay aside formulaic notions of commercialism and appeal to audiences with respect to traditionalism and their individual passions. Were just doing what we do. We dont strive to be something were not. We would be unhappy just following the status quo. If you dont really dig into yourself you're never going to separate yourself from the pack, so why not do it how you want to? Were just people who do it our own way. Randy has been making music his own way since his earliest days in Lake, Mississippi. He was exposed to the best of the regions rich mix of music, including country, gospel, rock, and blues. He learned to love creating and playing music from his father, a professional musician.The funny thing is I've known this is what I wanted to do since I was five or six years old. I wanted to be an entertainer, a songwriter. I didnt know at that age I was going to have a talent for it. I didnt know about chasing girls or good times. It was pure and simple about something I really loved, which is music. For years Randy stayed closed to home, playing clubs all throughout Mississippi, but after his father died when he was 21, he decided to move to Nashville. His standout focal prowess voice impressed one person after another, and the connections kept multiplying. He earned a publishing deal and began turning out songs for Trace Adkins, Justin Moore, and Jessie James, among others. It wasnt long before he began his own ascent up the charts as a recording artist. I spent a lot of years working my ass off to get lucky, he says with a wry grin. His passion for his craft shows not only in every cut, but also in every performance. When I go out there and sing, I cannot half-ass it. That's just part of the way I grew up. You go at something, you want to sell it. When I've got something to say, especially in a song, I want you to get it, so Im not one of those quiet singers. I can't just lullaby you. I'm getting on it. The result is a mix of passion, talent, and showmanship that place him among this generations most compelling artists. Combine those with the integrity he brings to his music and his knowledge of and respect for country musics traditions, and it's clear that Randy is on his way to becoming one for the ages.
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Sturgill Simpson has emerged as one of music's most inspired and genre-bending artists. Each of Simpson's three universally acclaimed solo albums explore different elements of American music history (bluegrass, country, rock, R&B, soul) and continue to push his work beyond expectations and musical boundaries. His most recent album, 2016's self-produced A Sailor's Guide To Earth, was written—beginning to end—as a letter to his first child and has gone on to garner industry-wide adoration including nominations for both Album of the Year and Best Country Album at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards.  In the past year since the album's release, Simpson has played over 70 sold-out shows across 12 countries and has performed on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah,” “Conan,” “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” “Late Night with Seth Meyers,” “Charlie Rose” and, most recently, the 2017 debut episode of "Saturday Night Live." Simpson's 2017 tour will feature material from throughout his catalog and is his way of thanking fans—both old and new—for a series of unprecedented years. More information is available at: http://www.sturgillsimpson.com.
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Aaron Watson isn’t interested in what someone else thinks he should do. But instead of getting lonely as he sidesteps expectations, he’s gaining followers––hundreds of thousands of them. Delivered with a warm smile and fueled by a wild spirit, Watson’s rebellion echoes the land that helped make him. Watson remains strikingly similar to the people that still dot his native West Texas. They’re a rugged people, proud of home but humble and hardworking, the first to help a neighbor but also fiercely independent. And Watson is unquestionably one of them. “I’ve always considered myself an anti-rock star,” Watson says, his drawl cracking slightly as he grins. “People don’t like me because I’m a rock star. People like me because I’m just like them.” Throughout his 17-year career that spans a dozen albums and more than 2,500 shows throughout the U.S. and Europe, 39-year-old Watson has stubbornly and sincerely identified with the everyman––even as he’s proven to be the exception to the rule. The latest evidence of Watson’s homespun singularity is Vaquero, an ambitious 16-song set of character-driven storytelling, level-headed cultural commentary, and love songs for grownups that promise to further solidify his status as one of today’s finest torch-bearers of real country music. Vaquero is the follow-up to 2015’s The Underdog, an acclaimed collection that also made history. Watson was sitting at his kitchen table as his wife Kim scrambled eggs when he got the call: The Underdog had debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Country Albums Chart. It was the first time an independent, male country artist had ever outsold majors to premiere at the top spot. “We started jumping around and squealing like kids,” he says. “It was a beautiful moment because I got to share it with the girl who believed in me when I was broke and playing some pawnshop guitar. It is something I’ll never forget.” That momentous instant also arrived with a built-in challenge. “Once we dried the tears of joy, it hit me,” Watson says. “I had my work cut out for me for my next album.” Determined, Watson committed to waking up every morning before the sun rose to write songs on that same old pawnshop guitar he scored 20 years ago. “I bet you I couldn’t get $50 for that guitar,” he says. “But it means the world to me.” He penned songs in the back of a bus on the highway, too, as the band spent the last two years playing more than 35 states and six countries. The result is Vaquero, a bold album that confidently draws from Texas’ storied musical melting pot: dancehall shuffles, dustbowl narratives, Tejano, and more fill the record. In writing the new album, Watson felt especially drawn to the idea of the vaquero, the original Spanish horseman that set the foundation for the North American cowboy, a solitary figure with a legendary work ethic. Watson is a modern-day vaquero––he just gets up at 5 a.m. to wrangle songs instead of cattle. And while he won’t deny the pressure he felt following his last album’s success, outside barometers can’t compel him to change who he is or what he writes. Watson is Watson, chart-topping record or not. “This is the first album I’ve ever made where if it’s the last album I ever make, I could be content with that,” Watson says of Vaquero. One listen and it’s easy to understand why. Album opener “Texas Lullaby” pays lilting homage both to home and to the bravery of the young heroes fighting wars. Deep connections to place and family course throughout the record. Sing-along “These Old Boots Have Roots” celebrates new love by offering promises grounded in the honor and grace of past generations. A fiddle accents Watson’s lines playfully then escalates to a hopeful roar. Romance is a central theme of the album, but Watson isn’t interested in adding to the steady stream of hook-up anthems coming out of Music Row. Watson’s love songs are celebrations of monogamy and the bonds that only time, mutual respect, and persistence can build. The swinging, fiddle-soaked “Take You Home Tonight” anticipates a steamy night in, while “Run Wild Horses” is a passionate ode to lovemaking featuring a standout vocal performance from Watson, whose laid-back croon lets loose and soars. Infectious first single “Outta Style” and shuffling “Be My Girl Tonight” both praise staying power and explore how to protect it. Watson revels in another kind of love on the album closer, “Diamonds & Daughters.” Two years ago, his then four-year-old daughter asked him to write her a song for his next record. “I thought it sure would be special if I could write her a song right now that we could dance to at her wedding someday,” he says. That’s exactly what he did. A tender look at the past, present, and future, the song will undoubtedly touch every parent and daughter who hears it. The title track is an accordion-fueled joy, buoyed by Watson’s delivery of life lessons courtesy of an old vaquero sitting alone at a bar. “Mariano’s Dream” and “Clear Isabel” are companion pieces, placed back-to-back to stunning cinematic effect. Plaintive instrumental “Mariano’s Dream” kicks off the experience, haunting and sad as an acoustic guitar carries listeners through a lush Tex-Mex soundscape. The song then segues into “Clear Isabel,” and listeners soon discover the Mariano named in the previous track is father to Isabel. A story of sacrifice and heartbreak, “Clear Isabel” imbues the souls who choose to cross a river in search of safety with the dignity and beauty they deserve. “It’s one of my favorite moments on the record,” Watson says. “I feel like if I could play Guy Clark that song, he’d smile.” “They Don’t Make ‘Em Like They Used To” begins as warm nostalgia, and other comforts before intensifying into no mere stroll down memory lane, but an increasingly indignant rant, capturing the hurt and anger of a country that’s currently reeling politically and socially. “I think it might be the best song I’ve ever written,” Watson says. Refusing to worry about charts or current trends, Watson hopes the main thing Vaquero accomplishes is bringing his growing legion of fans joy. And no matter what happens next, he is anchored and ready. “It doesn’t really matter whether I’m playing a dancehall in Texas or a stadium tour around the world, I’m just me,” he says. “I won’t change. I’m just too rooted in what I believe in. When you’ve played for such a long time to nobody, now that there’s somebody, you really don’t take that for granted.”
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Blake Shelton may have chosen the amusing title "Pure BS" for his fourth album, but it's the "pure" part of the name that most aptly describes the music. To get that "pure" sound, Shelton pushed himself harder than ever before as a singer and as a writer and stepped out of his comfort zone in the studio to work with some first rate producers who pushed him even more. The end result, Shelton believes, is his best album to date, and one that has already spawned the hit single "Don't Make Me." As an artist, Shelton has shown steady growth and momentum since his impressive 2001 debut, which earned him the title of Radio & Records magazine's breakthrough country artist that year. His hits run the gamut from the sweet sentiments of "Austin," and "The Baby" through Shelton's powerful take on "Goodbye Time" and on to the hilarious "Some Beach" and the wildly original prison break story song, "Ol' Red." The collection of songs on "Pure BS" is equally diverse, ranging from "She Can't Get That" -- a cheating song with a twist -- to the funny "The More I Drink," in which alcohol turns the song's character into "the world's greatest lover and a dancing machine." Among the album's other standout tracks are a remake of the edgy Chris Knight/Craig Wiseman song "It Ain't Easy Being Me," and the sing-along anthem "The Last Country Song," which features guest vocals from two of Shelton's all-time heroes, John Anderson and George Jones. "I will never stop looking for that next level of my career and how to get there, but not for the reasons that a lot of people want to get there," he says. "I'm not chasing a dollar and I'm not trying to be the king of the mountain. I want to be that guy who, when some old guy is driving down a back road somewhere 20 years from now, he still has one of my old CDs that he's been listening to all that time. "I want to make those albums that [last] forever that people never throw away. When they break it they go buy another one because I sing songs that they really relate to and my music means something to them. That's what I'm chasing."
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Every pair of tickets purchased online comes with one (1) CD of Little Big Town’s upcoming album, NIGHTFALL. You will receive an additional email with instructions on how to redeem your CD from MusicBundles.com. Redemption emails will be sent within 10 days of your ticket purchase. US/Canadian residents only. One CD per pair of tickets purchased online. Not valid for Fan to Fan Resale. The NIGHTFALL album is set for release on January 17,2020.
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Every pair of tickets purchased online comes with one (1) CD of Little Big Town’s upcoming album, NIGHTFALL. You will receive an additional email with instructions on how to redeem your CD from MusicBundles.com. Redemption emails will be sent within 10 days of your ticket purchase. US/Canadian residents only. One CD per pair of tickets purchased online. Not valid for Fan to Fan Resale. The NIGHTFALL album is set for release on January 17,2020.
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Kane Brown’s concert scheduled for this Friday, October 18, 2019 at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles has been postponed.     Our heartfelt condolences go out to Kane, his entire team and to the family of his long-time drummer Kenny Dixon for their tragic loss this weekend.     The new rescheduled show date will be Thursday, January 9, 2020 and we look forward to having Kane be a part of our yearlong 20th Anniversary Celebration.     There is nothing you need to do as your tickets will be valid for that new date.   If you are unable to attend the rescheduled date, simply click on this link to request a refund. Once you have submitted your request, refunds will automatically be issued to the credit card you used to purchase within 7-10 business days.   **No refunds will be available for resale tickets, but you can always sell your tickets to another fan.     Multi-platinum selling breakout artist Kane Brown has been tapped to headline STAPLES Center’s 20th anniversary concert at the historic downtown Los Angeles arena on October 18, 2019. Announced today, the concert marks the first major milestone event in what will be a year long celebration of the arena’s memorable history since opening the doors on October 17, 1999 and being the driving force behind the revitalization and resurrection of downtown Los Angeles. STAPLES Center will celebrate their 20-year anniversary with a series of exciting events and special nights dedicated to highlighting significant moments that have taken place. A 3X AMA winner, “breakthrough entertainer” (Associated Press) Kane Brown continues to “defy-genres” and “break boundaries” (Billboard) in country music. Brown is the first artist in Billboard history to Top all 5 Billboard Country charts simultaneously and with the 4X Platinum certification of “Heaven,” he became one of only five country acts with multiple 4X Platinum hits joining Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, Sam Huntand Taylor Swift. His sophomore chart-topping album Experiment debuted #1 on both the Billboard 200 and Top Country Albums chart, becoming the only male country artist in more than 24 years to debut at the top of the Billboard 200, and only one of three country artists to top the Billboard 200 chart in all of 2018. To date, Experiment has produced back-to-back #1 hit singles-the Platinum-selling hit, “Lose It” and Platinum-selling hit, “Good As You,”-- and was ranked by The New York Times as one of the Top 10 Best Albums of the Year.   Children age 3 and older require a ticket. A child under the age of 3 is considered a lap child and does not require a ticket. Tickets will go on-sale through AXS.com or over the phone with AXS at (213) 457-1647 on the first day of the on-sale. The Box Office at STAPLES Center will sell starting the next business day. Will Call is available at our venue 2 hours before the start of the event on the day of the show only. VALID PHOTO ID AND THE CREDIT CARD USED TO PURCHASE ARE REQUIRED TO PICK UP ALL WILL CALL TICKETS. Visit www.staplescenter.com for more information.
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The Wayfarer Downtown LA

The Wayfarer Downtown LA

813 S Flower St.
Los Angeles, 90017 CA

More than a new hotel in downtown Los Angeles, The Wayfarer is a new way to experience the city. A place for the curious and courageous to dig deeper, finding

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Cafe Brass Monkey

Cafe Brass Monkey

659 S. Mariposa Ave.
Los Angeles, 90005 CA

Cafe Brass Monkey is located in the heart of Koreatown just 2.5 miles west of downtown Los Angeles. The Cafe Brass Monkey provides American style karaoke seven nights a week.
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