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Michael Zampelli

  • Arts and Entertainment
    It was a roller derby battle of endurance at the Doll Factory, as our own LA Ri-ettes and the all-star Team Legit were knotted at 73-73 after exchanging leads for the first three quarters of the bout on Saturday night. Team Legit had plenty of gas still left in the tank though, to easily rack up some points in the final stanza and coast to a 125-96 victory....
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    Every year at Holiday time the LA Kings Ice Girls put on their shiny snow bunny outfits....
  • Arts and Entertainment
    The free Summer and Music concert series continued in Long Beach over the weekend with "Classical Beats"; a fusion of hip-hop and classical violin provided by Paul Dateh and DJ Inka One. If the name sounds familiar, it's probably from their wildly popular (over 4.5 million views) YouTube video. The Kogi Truck was there to accompany the music with great grub, and the line was an hour long from the time they pulled up until...
  • Arts and Entertainment
    The second annual Long Beach Funk Fest was held in the streets of the Queen City on Saturday and thousands of locals came out to celebrate and dance. The cornerstone of the Long Beach Summer and Music free community concert series, the Funk Fest spanned two solar-powered stages and showcased performances by Jimmy Castor and the Bunch, The Original Stone City Band (Rick James Band), The Big Ol' Nasty Getdown, Bloco Nove featuring Delta Nove,...
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    For the 3rd installment in Summer and Music concert series, locals were treated to "Roots and Blues" music on the streets of Long Beach on Saturday. Pocket harp prodigy James Harman represented the "Blues" genre with a scathing set reminiscent of the Paul Butterfield Blues Band. Legendary local showman King Cotton represented the "Roots" portion of the festivities with his own brand of throwback funk that had the entire street bopping to the infectious grooves....
  • Arts and Entertainment
    The Long Beach Summer and Music Concerts continued on Saturday with "Rockabilly on Pine" starring James Intveld and also featuring Miguel Garcia and the Vaquetones. The 13 free outdoor events are staged right in the streets amongst some of the cafe's and bars of Downtown Long Beach, making it easy to drink and dine while checking out the array of musical genres showcased in the summer-long festival.
  • Arts and Entertainment
    It was a smooth-groovin', fun-flowing day of live music on Saturday June 12 as the Summer and Music Festival kicked off it's 2010, 13-concert series. The first show of the summer was called Future Legends and featured local, up-and-coming acts such as Deep Sea Diver, Jay Buchanan and So Many Wizards (see video). Saturday's concert took place on a closed-off section of First Street between Elm and Linden in Downtown Long Beach. The sound and...
  • Arts and Entertainment
    There was a Thursday night kickoff party at Gladstone's in the Long Beach Marina for the return of Summer And Music (SAM) to the streets of Long Beach. SAM is "downtown Long Beach's homegrown, sustainable concert series providing an entire summer of free music to the public". Many of the events will take place in the actual streets of the Queen City that will be closed off and fitted with stages and sound equipment....
  • Arts and Entertainment
    In one of the most exciting finishes in LA Derby Dolls history, the up-and-coming Swarm stung the Fight Crew during the closing moments on Saturday night in front of a packed house at the Doll Factory. Fight Crew's Chargin' Tina was ejected from the game by the referees with just 9 seconds remaining and the score tied, leaving her team with no jammer. The Swarm took advantage of the opportunity with a 3-point jam to...
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    cEvin Key on electronics and Justin Bennett on drums pounded out a steady barrage of electro-goth beats as Ogre growled through some of their vast 25+ year catalog including old classics "Assimilate" and "Worlock". The band treated it's devoted dark throng to a lengthy encore before smashing up the elaborate stage props to celebrate the end of the tour.

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