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27 Jan  

Brian Waite Band at Main Library!

By Brian Waite

Photo Credit: Sky James

I love the weather and the Main Library!  My children’s music group is coming down from Seattle to perform there on Feb 8th.  Here’s the info:

Children’s Group, The Brian Waite Band, encourages kids to unplug and reconnect with Mother Nature with their new album and tour.

Seattle, WA:  Award-winning, children’s music group, The Brian Waite Band, will bring their tour, promoting their new album, “The Land That Rock Forgot – a rock n’ roll adventure”, to Santa Monica on February 8th, 2012.  The concert follows the band’s journey to Sillycon Valley in which their jet plane crashes on a jungle island, and they are forced to find
the island’s king who may have a way to the mainland.  Stripped of their technology, they rediscover the beauty of Mother Nature in songs like, “Hike With Me” and “It’s Raining”; and meet some zany natives like, “Sting the Bee” and “Pig Floyd”.  The story is set to rock and acoustic music, filled with hilarious antics and costumes, and designed for families with children 2-9 years old.  The show’s message is simple:  reconnect with Mother Nature.

“Spending time exploring and playing outside in nature is something the band and I believe to be very important,” said guitarist and singer, Brian Waite, “and we are excited about sharing this passion with children, especially in this age where they spend most of their time inside playing video games and looking at screens.”

Feb 8: Santa Monica Main Library at 11am
601 Santa Monica Boulevard, Santa Monica, CA

Band Biography

The Brian Waite Band was born from the idea of creating live rock shows that thrill both parents and children alike.  Founded in 2001 by Brian Waite (guitar), Todd Gray (drums) and Clif Swiggett (bass), the trio began touring the West Coast, and before they knew it, their music was being played all over the world.  Ten years and five critically acclaimed albums later, their interactive shows have evolved from children’s concerts into musical theater.  The Brian Waite Band’s live shows combine imaginative storytelling, zany characters, and lots of laughs with great original songs that take the whole family on a “Rock n’ Roll Adventure”.  For additional history and information about the band, please visit

Brian Waite

09 Jan  

2012 Martin Luther King, Jr. National Holiday Events

The Los Angeles Westside community will join together to celebrate the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Holiday with activities and events that will span an entire weekend, from January 13th-16th, leading up to and including the 2012 MLK National Holiday Celebration & Community Involvement Fair.

The 2012 MLK National Holiday “Weekend of Celebrations” is presented by the Martin Luther King, Jr. Westside Coalition, and is Sponsored by the City of Santa Monica, Rand Corporation, CityTV-Santa Monica, the Santa Monica College Associates, Soka Gakkai International (SGI-USA), Santa Monica College, and a variety of other individuals, organizations, and corporate contributors.

2012 MLK National Holiday “Weekend of Celebrations” events include:

Friday, January 13, 7:30 to 9am: Westside Interfaith MLK Prayer Breakfast”
Presented in Cooperation with the Westside Interfaith Council and the Santa Monica Bay Area Human Relations Council. An inspirational community gathering, featuring speakers, dialogue and prayer. Guest speaker Shakeel Syed, is the Executive Director of the Islamic Shura Council. At Calvary Baptist Church, Carter Center, 1502 20th Street, Santa Monica. Donation: $25/person, $200/table of 10.

Friday, January 13, 7pm to 9pm: MLK Education Awards “Jazz & Blues Dinner Show”
Featuring Jazz Pianist Ron Levy and Sharon Marie Cline “The Divine Miss Cline” plus Blues Singer, Sista Jean. Enjoy a complete gourmet dinner along with intimate musical performances. At Upper West, 3321 W. Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. Valet and limited street parking are available. Space is limited. Advance Tickets: $50/person donation. Proceeds to benefit the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Westside Coalition’s Education Awards for Westside high school and community college students.

Friday, January 13, 10pm to Midnight: MLK Education Awards “R&B Dance Party”
Featuring The Derek Bordeaux Group. One of Southern California’s hottest bands, for more than 25 years the Derek Bordeaux Group has performed throughout the Southland and in Las Vegas, becoming one of the most sought after artists for his sultry renditions of Motown classics, Jazz, R&B and Blues standards. At Upper West, 3321 W. Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. Valet parking. Advance: $25/person, Door: $30/person donation. Tickets are for admission only. Additional charge for food and beverages. Proceeds to benefit the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Westside Coalition’s Education Awards.

Saturday, January 14, 9am to Noon: “MLK Kidz Party”
A kid-friendly introduction to the life and teachings of MLK, featuring live music for kids by Michael Cladis; “We Shall Overcome,” by Creative PlayGround; Face Painting, Wet-On Tattoos & Stickers; Art Projects & Origami; Fabian’s Foto Booth, Refreshments & More! At Virginia Avenue Park’s Kidz Zone, 2200 Virginia Ave., Santa Monica. Free and Open to the Public. Space is limited.

Saturday, January 14, 1 to 6pm: MLK Westside Teen Unity “Peace In”
Featuring “Dreams of King” by Actor Gerald C. Rivers, DJ Noj & The Veniceville Players, The 440’s, Bermuda Squares, Zsoveonne, Rockstar Education, YoYo’s School of Hip Hop, YWCA S.M. Bay Area, Sessions LA, KnockStudy & More! At TheTalking Stick Coffee Lounge, 1411 Lincoln Blvd., Venice. Free and Open to the Public. Space limited. Additional parking is available behind building. Presented in Cooperation with the NAACP Santa Monica-Venice Branch, the Santa Monica Bay Area Human Relations Council and Enhanced Brilliance Productions.

Sunday, January 15, 3:30pm: Santa Monica Symphony Orchestra’s 6th Annual Commemorative “MLK Weekend Family Concert”. Featuring Adam Del Monte, Guitarist, and Allen Robert Gross, Conductor. Program: Dvorák: Three Slavonic Dances; Chen Yi: Duo Ye; Adam Del Monte: Paisajes, Concerto for Flamenco Guitar & Orchestra (premiere); and Bizet: Carmen Suite No. 2. At the SGI-USA Auditorium, 525 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica. Free and Open to the Public. Presented in Cooperation with SGI-USA.

Monday, January 16, 9am to Noon: 27th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. National Holiday Celebration & Community Involvement Fair, a Multi-ethnic Interfaith Program, Featured Speaker, Congresswoman Janice Hahn, U.S. House of Representatives; Music & Dance Performances; Education Awards Presentations; Inspirational Readings & More! At SGI-USA Auditorium, 525 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica. Free & Open to the Public. The celebration is followed by a Community Involvement Fair from 10:30am to Noon, across the street at 606 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica. Refreshments served and informational displays by a variety of community organizations. Free and Open to the Public.


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