January 11, 2000 |
Elvis couldn't have seen this coming. Strange enough that the King reached retirement age last weekend, but the dozens of musicians who gathered at the House of Blues for a Sunday celebration of Presley's birthday caressed and twisted his legacy into a variety of new shapes and sounds. "This gets more like 'The Ed Sullivan Show' every year," host Art Fein said early on, as a large group of fez-wearing players exited the stage.
January 10, 2004 |
Along with death and taxes, we can be certain Elvis Presley will always be with us. More than a quarter-century after his demise, Vegas Elvis joins crowds at televised pro football games, and Rockabilly Elvis cruises around Silver Lake. On Thursday, which would have been the King's 69th birthday, he was spotted on a rerun of "The Simpsons," shaking hands with evil billionaire Montgomery Burns in a photo on an office wall.
January 10, 1998 |
As a cultural icon, Elvis Presley is remarkably flexible. While some cling to the image of him as a sexually charged musical revolutionary, others have equal affection for the overweight Vegas-act persona. Which is what makes Art Fein and Ronnie Mack's annual Elvis birthday bash such a fascinating event.
January 10, 1995 |
The Elvis Presley Benefit Birthday Bash on Sunday had mostly the same people who play it every year, as well as the same format and the same organizers. But the ninth edition of the annual event had an entirely new atmosphere. By leaving its longtime home, the intimate, funky Club Lingerie, and setting up in the big, faux-funky House of Blues, organizers Ronnie Mack and Art Fein traded a loose, down-home environment for pro sound, slick lighting and a crowd three times the usual size.
January 17, 1986 |
The emotional center of Wednesday night's memorial show at the Lingerie came when James Intveld joined the Knitters in singing Merle Haggard's ballad of farewell "Silver Wings." The reflection on a loved one's departure by plane--"Silver wings, taking you away and leaving me lonely"--took on an extra, chilling dimension because the people being saluted were Patrick Woodward and Intveld's twin brother Rick, members of Rick Nelson's band who died in the singer's plane on New Year's Eve.
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January 23, 2003 |
Don't know if you've heard, but the L.A. County Arboretum & Botanic Garden has received permission from the Board of Supervisors to drop the term "arboretum" from its logos and advertising. "People can't say it (arboretum)," an official told the Pasadena Star News. "People don't understand what an arboretum is. They go 'arbo what?' or they call it an 'arboretorium.' " Of course, "botanic" is pretty tough too. I think I'd opt for something simpler. Perhaps, L.A. County Trees 'n' Stuff.
January 7, 2013 |
This post has been updated. See note below for details Elvis Presley would have turned 78 on Jan. 8, and even though he's been gone for 35 years, the birthday celebrations continue. Here in Los Angeles, a grand tradition returns Tuesday night at the Echo in Echo Park, where the annual Elvis Birthday Bash will play out, as usual, with “all fun, no impersonators,” promises longtime co-organizer Art Fein. This year's lineup includes rockabilly veterans Ray Campi, Jimmy Angel and Rip Masters, alt-rock singer-songwriter Syd Straw and next-generation roots rockers including singer Karling Abbeygate.