The Roxy: Jason Reeves & Joe Brooks

The intimacy of The Roxy Theatre makes it a great venue for live music. Located along the famous Sunset Strip of Hollywood, this theatre boasts an impressive lineup of artistic talent and has been family owned since 1973.

Recently I went to see one of my favorite singer/songwriters, Jason Reeves at The Roxy and ended up discovering another amazing artist, Joe Brooks! What an incredible show full of heart and raw talent… not to mention their incredible guitar-playing.

Jason Reeves, a self-taught guitarist, moved out west to California on a mission to pursue a career as a musician. He’s already made his mark in the industry with his “The Magnificent Adventures of Heartache (And other Fighting Tales)” album. He’s also collaborated with Colbie Caillat whom he wrote and recorded my personal favorite song, “Droplets” with. At The Roxy, Jason focused on performing some of his new songs in addition to some older ones like, “When Life Was Good.”  I was fortunate enough to have the chance to meet Jason after his show at the Hotel Cafe and get an autographed copy of his not-yet-completed, “Patience for the Waiting (Special Edition EP)” cd. Luckily for me, Jason plays a fair amount of shows in the L.A. area so I look forward to having the chance to see him play again.

Following Jason Reeves was a newly signed artist (originally from the UK), Joe Brooks! I was blown away by his talent and stage presence; he really knew exactly how to engage a crowd! Starting his set with his own rendition of the Black-Eyed Peas’ “What a Feeling,” he really captured the audience. My favorite songs from his set were his upcoming single, “Superman” and his other new song, “Feel the Sunshine.” With his charismatic personality and musical talent, he definitely impressed me and I look forward to following his music. Now that he’s an LA resident (Sherman Oaks to be specific) I hope to see a lot more of Joe Brooks and can’t wait for his new album to be released 🙂

Definitely check out both of their fan pages on Facebook!

Jason Reeves Fan Page

Joe Brooks Fan Page

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Find Out What’s ‘In Store’

So maybe you just moved into a new apartment or simply feel like re-decorating your living space. Forget Ikea. The trick is to find pieces that are truly one-of-a-kind and most importantly, express your own personal style. If  you’re not sure where to begin, then you will really love this Vlog! In Store Designer introduces you to all the great local shops and gives you a crash course on interior design.


Hosted by Eric Meeks, this original content web series brings you inside the showrooms of Los Angeles’ premiere interior design stores. Not only do you get an exclusive glimpse inside these amazing stores, Eric also gets the inside scoop and creative insights from the designers themselves. After watching these different webesodes, you’ll be inspired to find your own unique interior design style.

Some of the local shops that have been featured on In Store Designer so far have included:

Craig Olsen

Vioski

Landon Cole

A + R

Silica Three

Most recently, Eric reveals what’s in store at Rehab Vintage:

Definitely follow the In Store Designer vlog to be in-the-know about all of the hottest interior design shops in L.A. You can become a fan of In Store Designer on Facebook to get all the latest updates and/or you can also subscribe to the In Store Designer channel on YouTube!

EAST

A new Japanese/French fusion lounge and restaurant that’s located in the heart of Hollywood has become my new favorite spot! EAST is a new type of business for owner, David Judaken (who also owns several clubs in L.A.) … it’s a sophisticated, Asian-inspired bungalow.  EAST offers a chic retreat from the typical Hollywood scene.

An impressive fireplace traces the front window and warms the lounge area which is outfitted with black leather couches.  With fresh crafted Mojitos, Sake and an impressive wine list… oh and sushi I may have discovered a new go-to Hollywood hangout.

6611 Hollywood Blvd

http://east-hollywood.com/

Caillat & Reeves

A few weeks ago, I was in for a surprise! I was taken to the Hollywood Palladium around 6:30 with no idea what was in store. I saw nothing to indicate anything of interest…. the billboard read, “Buick Regal 2011.” No offense, but I’m definitely not a Buick type of girl. After a great catered dinner from Wolfgang Puck, an open bar and hearing the “big wigs” from Buick try to convince themselves that the new Buick is “cool,” they announced the musical guest, Colbie Caillat (@ColbieCaillat)!!

Despite the lackluster crowd consisting of grandmas and grandpas (Buick owners) Colbie really sang her heart out and stole the show. She played a long set and sang most of my favorites… Fearless, Fallin’ For You and Bubbly. Her music is inspirational and her talent is real.

After her performance we headed over to my favorite spot, The Hotel Cafe to see Jason Reeves(@JasonReeves)! He might just be my new favorite artist… incredibly real and humble and an amazing guitarist. Although, we missed part of his set, the four songs I heard really won me over and I was lucky enough to get an autographed copy of his cd!

Incredible night of great music… just wish they had performed together so I could’ve heard my absolute favorite song, Droplets that they co-wrote. Next time 🙂

CHoCoLaT

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If I were to open my own coffee shop, this would be it! Talk about location, this coffee shop, CHoCoLaT is in the heart of the beautiful Gaslamp district of San Diego. It’s a mere feet from the San Diego Convention center, great little shops and luxury hotels like the Hard Rock Hotel (where I stayed). Even more impressive, was the adorably chic interior design.

Not only did this little coffee house have incredibly delicious espresso, they also feature a drool-worthy selection of real Italian gelato and to-die-for crepes! All my favorite things in one place!

If you ever visit San Diego, make sure to stop by CHoCoLaT for a latte or espresso- I promise, it won’t disappoint!

Dueling Pianos & Good Times

Saint Rocke

This weekend, I discovered a new fun place out by Redondo/Hermosa Beach. Instead of the usual pier bars, my friend Melissa introduced me to this cool bar, Saint Rocke! Fright nights at Saint Rocke feature live music in the form of dueling pianos! With all the classic Billy Joel and Journey covers, they also took requests form the guests.

If you are ever in the area, I would definitely recommend checking this place out! Unlike most of the bars on Hermosa Pier, this bar has lots of tables and space to stand. Great drink selections, friendly staff,  and no cover.

Rain= Snow in the CA Mountains!

The one thing I miss about the east coast is waking up to snow in my own backyard… but who doesn’t love year-round sunshine? California’s got it all planned out nicely. It boasts beautiful, sunny, warm weather 99% of the time with an occasional “state-of-emergency rain storm” (aka light sprinkles) in the fall months. Call me crazy, but I am thrilled for some rain this time of year!! Why? Because rain in L.A. translates to snow accumulation in the amazing mountains that are only a short drive away.

With Mammoth Mountain (up north) scheduled to open this weekend (October 16th), I am eager to find out when Big Bear Mountain and Snow Summit open for the season. Snowboarding out west is incredible; you never have to worry about bitter cold days or frostbite. It’s like spring conditions all season!

For weather updates and other mountain news, follow @MammothMountain or @SoCalMtns. Also,