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Rocktoberfest at L.A. LIVE Opening Day

Yesterday we headed over to the opening day at Rocktoberfest  at L.A. Live.  Opening night was a charity jam with Gene Simmons, Wolfgang Puck and friends to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project. Rocktoberfest will continue through October 21st which will be the closing day. The closing day will be Rock & Brews craft brew festival benefiting the Grammy Museum. Be sure to stop in at Rocktoberfest I am sure you will have a great time, we did! You can see all the high quality photos at Got Baddog’s website. Here are a few that I took with my iPhone, not able to carry my camera around that long yet so I have to stick with the iPhone for now, I was able to capture a few good pictures though :).

Bill Engvall being interviewed by Hollywood TV

Bill Engvall being interviewed by Hollywood TV at Rocktoberfest at L.A. Live

James Gandolfini with Wounded Warriors

James Gandolfini with Wounded Warriors at Rocktoberfest at L.A. Live.

Gene Simmons and Lloyd Brown aka

Gene Simmons and Lloyd Brown aka at Rocktoberfest at L.A. Live

The Band & Silent Auction

The band and the silent auction area at Rocktoberfest at L.A. Live.

I also was able to get some video while Gene Simmons was on stage with the band playing Superstition. Don’t miss out, be sure to get over to Rocktoberfest at L.A. Live by closing day which is October 21st, 2012.


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3rd Annual Beer Art & Music Festival

On Saturday, October 6, 2012 from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m the 3rd Annual BAM Fest  (Beer, Art and Music Festival) will be held in Santa Monica. Tickets are currently on sale for $40 and will be $45 at the door. All proceeds benefit 18th Street Arts Center, a 24-year old, influential non-profit arts organization in Santa Monica. This event will be held at 18th Street Arts Center  which is located at 1639 18th Street  Santa Monica, California. Come out to BAM Fest and enjoy the 34 craft breweries, 4 bands, 3 galleries, open artist studios, an artist market, and gourmet food trucks.

Participating craft breweries range from big to small, including the popular and larger Sierra Nevada Brewing and North Coast Brewing Company to the smaller but equally great Angel City, Monkish and Beachwood Brewing. BAM Fest is showcasing unique and unreleased beers on tap, including a rare Smog City barrel-aged beer, hoppy treats from Ballast Point Brewing Company, and unique and uncommon brews from the Brewery at Abigaile and Pizza Port, Carlsbad. Do not miss out on the Duvel-Moortgat Brewery tent featuring a number of the Flemish family’s Belgian-style beers. For those that aren’t as fond of beer there will also be an area to sample some of Southern California’s finest wines, home brewed sodas by Pacific Gravity Home Brewers Club, premium hand-crafted Julian Hard Cider, and all natural DRY Soda.

The music lined up for BAM Fest is just as diverse as the beer samples. From the addictive rock & roll sounds rooted in rural blues, early country, and Appalachian folk music of “The Americans,” to the sultry vocals, feminist chicana lyrics and powerful Japanese Taiko drums of “Lysa Flores and East L.A. Taiko” the featured music at 18th Street’s festival is sure to make attendees groove. The Los Angeles-based trio, “American Bloomers,” is founded on authentic pop music that is steeped in classic rock and folk harmonies, while “The Dustbowl Revival” mix a spicy roots cocktail with their dance-inducing live sets that merge old school bluegrass, swamp-gospel, jug-band, jump blues and the hot swing of the 1930’s. Between band sets, artist and DJ, “Freshair” will fuse an array of musical styles to keep the crowd jammin’.

BAM Fest attendees also get the special opportunity to explore a dynamic installation of new work incorporating sculpture, video, painting, music and performance by 18th Street’s Lab Artist, Eamon Ore-Giron. Themes of tourism, revolution, design, and public sculpture are at play in the works, while formal questions about the relationship between functional sculpture and introspective form are explored. Outside the gallery space, a streaming online radio station featuring a curated selection of some of LA’s hottest DJ’s will be hosted by Adrian Rivas, Director of Form Follows. Rivas will interview special guests such as Patrick Miller of Barcade, Mas Éxitos and Wombelton Records while the public is invited to flip through their exclusive record collections. Attendees also have the opportunity to experience a selection of different artist videos by 18th Street’s curator in residence, Bill Kelley Jr. In addition, artworks are available for purchase at an artist marketplace organized by past 18th Street Lab Artist, Ana Guajardo, and the resident artists who live, work and create daily at 18th Street open their studios for attendees to experience works in progress. Artists and art organizations whose studios will be open include Cheryl Walker, Karl Doerrer, Michelle Berne and Celebrations Arts, Highways Performance Space and Otis MFA Public Practice.

And naturally you can’t have a festival in Los Angeles without food trucks. Bold and flavorful authentic Mexican dishes by the Border Grill Truck, crispy Belgian treats by the Crispy Waffle & Frite Truck, “maneater” sized burgers from Baby’s Badass Burgers, family-farmed pork from Let’s Be Frank Dogs, gourmet organic food provided by the Green Truck, and warm flavorful pizza slices from Fresh Brothers Pizza will all be available for the hungry. This is one craft beer festival you won’t want to miss!

Watch for some photo coverage by Got Baddog.

Business & Beer at Strand Brewing Company

photo from Business & Beer at Strand Brewing Co.

Business & Beer at Strand Brewing Co in Torrance, California

Last week we visited Strand Brewing Company for a Business & Beer networking event which is a on Thursday evenings at different micro breweries and gastropubs in the Torrance, Redondo Beach, Hermosa Beach and El Segundo, California area. The beer in the photo to the left was the Black IPA which is always good. Strand Brewing Company is located 23520 Telo Ave # 2  Torrance, California. If you are looking for a few good beers then you should give Strand Brewing a try. You can see all the photos from that event at Got Baddog.

So far we have had a month of Business & Beer at several different locations, with 15 – 20 small business owners at each event. Not always the same people but many have enjoyed the night of networking and supporting other local small business that have american hand craft beers on draft.

photo from Business & Beer at Strand Brewing Company Torrance, California

Small business owners enjoying local hand craft beer at Strand Brewing Co.

Tomorrow we head to The Rockefeller located at 422 Pier Avenue in Hermosa Beach, California. We meet from 6 P.M. to 7 P.M., no dues, no requirements other than buy yourself a beer and lets talk. Be sure to bring your business cards. Check out Business & Beer and join our mailing list to keep updated on where we will meet! Like your updates through Facebook? You can check out and like our Facebook page.

I have had a long week and looking forward to Business & Beer at The Rockefeller! I hope to see you there!

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