Watching the KONGOS ‘ set last night made NFTF feel as if the Maven was watching history being made for this progressive alternate band. The KONGOS ripped up the stage with a voraciousness that reminded one of King Kong defending his territory…masters of their genre.
This band exuded a tenacity that the Maven has not seen since the likes of an early Patti Smith and her breakthrough LP “Easter”. Every riff was an homage to their rock roots and the forging of a new type of world beat that will rock you up!
The band consists of 4 brothers that have been living in South Africa with their parents, their dad is also an accomplished musician and songwriter. Their mother Shelly is a wonderfully charming woman who told NFTF that the band has been at it for 16 years and that she is ready to #ridethewave.
During the set the lead singer/barefooted bass player informed KONGOS sold out show attendees that the last time they had played the Troubadour there were only a few attendees and he thought that perhaps they belonged to another band sharing the bill. WOW, who would have guessed that!
The KONGOS inserted a few Beatles’ songs that made NFTF’s ears perk up and take notice. NFTF is not a Beatles purist, but if you are going to play a Beatle tune you had better be doing it justice and that is just what they did. “Come Together” sets a new record for interpreting a Beatles’ song in a way that is an homage to the past, but is also a groundbreaking, edgy song with an eye on today’s styles.
Keep an eye on this band because they are going places…#ridethewave!
NFTF had the opportunity to celebrate John Lennon’s birthday a bit early by going to see Just Imagine’s interpretation of the famous Beatle’s larger than life story. NFTF has seen many an act claim that they can deliver the goods, but ultimately fall short of the mark. To be fair, it must be difficult to try and fill the shoes of such a legend as Lennon. Thanks to the fine efforts of Tim Piper and his band, Just Imagine was not only up to the task they surpassed anything that NFTF has seen to date. It’s important to remember that NFTF has a qualified point of reference having actually seen The Beatles and at least 10 tribute acts over the years as well as many a attempts to cover Beatle songs as well as Lennon songs.
For NFTF, Tim Piper is the thread and the band the device which wove quite a flawless and seamless tale of the enigma called John Lennon. Just Imagine presents a slamming reality of Lennon which delves into uncharted areas that NFTF has not seen before. With a background that is amazing flashing on screen, NFTF kept going back to Bob Dylan and his being the self admitted person that first turned on The Beatles. And when the guru flashed across the screen, Sexy Sadie and Mia Farrow’s sister came flooding to mind. No important aspect of Lennon’s life was left unexamined.
Key board player Morley Bartnof/Cosmo Topper has been a Facebook friend for a few years and is always promoting Just Imagine and NFTF has never quite made it. Just Imagine is 4-years-old and NFTF has been told they established their early origins in the NoHo Arts District. As a unit, Just Imagine works. Tim Piper IS John Lennon and coupled with the band they deliver a gut wrenching production. YES, NFTF said gut. NFTF felt Just Imagine in the gut and that is a tribute first and is why NFTF spent the whole show dancing in it’s seat.
Although NFTF’s Music Maven never had the opportunity to meet Lennon or have a photo opportunity with him, this certainly makes up for that as well as finding a place on the Maven’s bucket list.
For Just Imagine info their website is: www.justimaginetheshow.com and for a 50% discount the promo code is LOVE50 and the Hayworth Theater’s phone number is 323-960-4442 for reservations.
HAPPY BITHDAY JOHN 10/9/2013
The Hammer of the Gods struck on 9/23/2013 at The Roxy and from it’s smite sprang The Lady; and The Lady saw that all was gold and was pleased. And so it was at the Led Zepagain concert for AXS TV’s “World’s Greatest Tribute Bands” season finale featurning the legendary Led Zeppelin tribute band Led Zepagain.
Originally, NFTF was situated in the very front of the stage but began to have a Robert Plant Fresno concert de ja vu twinge and moved to the back of the venue as it was not NFTF’s desire to repeat that Fresno episode. NFTF situated itseld by Tom and Kat and had a lovely time exchanging sweat. The gig brought up a memory from the 60′s of a show from the then morphing New Yardbirds to Led Zeppelin on the island of Catalina. Hullabaloo friends Cole Kessler and Frank West had attended the show and related the unforgettable experience as being memorable because it shook the Avalon Ballroom to it’s foundation and that pieces of the ceiling began to rain upon the attending crowd.
For NFTF the Roxy show surely loomed large as a good reminder of how brilliant a band Led Zepagain is and how Led Zeppelin was as the Roxy shook and shuddered as the ceiling for cetrain lost it’s integrity on this unforgettable night. Kudos to host Kate Daryl for booking Led Zepagain as the show’s season finale as it made an indelible mark upon the fabric of tribute bands who aspire to wield the Hammer of the Gods.
Toward the closing of the show NFTF was inspired to move away from the heat and persperation of the mob and move toward an airy passage way when the Maven found herself being moved toward the left side of the front of the stage where NFTF was able to fully appreciate the full force of the exploding talent of the Led Zepagain members… High fives for all of the members as well as Kate Darly.
NFTF still finds itself scratching their head going “wow, and to think Swan used to do the sound in my nightclub.”
Yes fans, AXS TV has named Led Zepagain as the best Led Zeppelin tribute band in the world! That is saying a lot because there are hundreds if not thousands of Led Zeppelin tribute bands…brilliant! AXS TV is slated to film this fab group at The Roxy on September 23, 2013 at 8pm for it’s cable television station. Tickets to this awesome event are sold out. I’ll bet Adler is whistling while he works.
To think, NFTF knew Swam back in the day when the Maven had a nightclub called the “Cave” and Swan did the sound for the bands. He did an awesome job with their sounds and all were happy.
He would book gigs for his Led Zeppelin tribute band every so often at the Bourbon Square and rattle the rafters with the metal sounds of the legendary rock band Led Zeppelin. There were a few times back then that the Maven’s twenty-something son would ask me to dance with him and we would rock out to the sounds coming from his band which is now evolved to Led Zepagain.
It’s been a longtime since we rock n’ rolled, but the sound is still just as electrifying as back in the day.
They have a web site and are on Facebook under the Led Zepagain name as well as on NFTF’s Led Zeppelin Facebook fan page “Let’s Get The Led Out….again”
Congrats again to Led Zepagain for being honored with the title Best Tribute Band In the World for Led Zeppelin.
Last night Jan Edward Vogels’ art captured the imaginations’ of residents of the NoHo SAC and attendees of this brilliant collection’s opening. All of those in attendance agree that this is the most interesting show thus far at the NoHo SAC. NFTF overheard some pieces being dubbed “Purple Haze” and images of Jimi Hendrix being conjured up to “Orange Sunshine” with visions of rocker group “Cream” riffling through those gathered around the art minds’. The art is graphic in nature and produced by printer and is the culmination of work that was instigated originally by songwriter, singer and composer Graham Nash in the late 80′s. Nash had begun experimenting with digital images of his photography on his Mac and the quality was not what he wanted which began an odyssey to build a better printer. Today, Vogels’ art is the final word on this process and is absolutely brilliant! Visit Vogels’ site at http://www.caffinedoodles.com or contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org You’ll be glad that you did.
Here we go again NFTF thought as the news began to churn and swirl regarding 20-year-old Miley Cyrus’ latest foray into the world of the avant garde. This time the fury is over her rather clever and provocative performances on the MTV VMAs last night.
So what was the big deal! Strutting her fine self around in a teddy with a tongue tied teddy on the front singing “We Can’t Stop” with teddy bears all around her, Cyrus has managed to garner opinions from most media outlets expressing outrage.
Hold it folks….this is rock n’ roll isn’t it? Since when has REAL rock n’ roll become family bonding time all wrapped up in homogenized , socially acceptable ribbon? I don’t think so. Rock n’ roll is an adult genre pure and simple. That socially acceptable homogenized pablum is pop.
When that teddy bear stuff was over, Cyrus ripped off the teddy to reveal a nude colored bikini and on strolled Robin Thicke wearing his Beetlejuice suit ready to rock Cyrus’ world with his “Blurred Lines.” Thicke’s song is of a sexual nature and any attempt to feign otherwise is just wrongheaded and ignorant. To be honest, NFTF thinks that Cyrus might have rocked Thicke’s world just a bit…after all he is supposed to be a Christian.
NFTF was a bit put off by Cyrus’ tongue being out all of the time, it wasn’t sexy and looked odd. That is the extent of our complaint.
This whole episode took NFTF back to the time when Music Maven first started dancing. It was at a Teen Fair at the Palladium in Hollywood on Sunset Blvd and a band she knew was set to perform for the battle of the bands. For whatever the reason the Music Maven was asked to dance with them and a table was set out for her to jump up on and dance. A few minutes into it the crowd was growing and the fair police arrived saying that people had complained that her private parts were being exposed. Being that she was clad in jeans and a top and nothing was showing except good dancing skills, the show was allowed to move on.
This incident paved the way for future performances all over town and more action than could ever have been dreamed of. Hats off to Cyrus for having the vision to know that this is what would happen if she did what she planned to do.
It’s only rock n’ roll folks…get over it and go end world hunger or something.