August 24, 2014 – KKJZ Presents The World Stage 25th Anniversary Celebration: Honoring The Legacy of Billy Higgins – The Ford Theatre, Los Angeles, CA

Co-producing the 2nd annual concert benefitting the World Stage performance space in Leimert Park at The Ford Theatre on Sunday, August 24. This year’s concert is The World Stage 25th Anniversary Celebration: Honoring The Legacy of Billy Higgins and features performances by woodwind master Bennie Maupin, vocalist diva Carmen Lundy, pianist icon Patrice Rushen, the inimitable Dwight Trible, poet laureates Kamau Daaood and Jaha Zainabu, colossal saxophone talent Kamasi Washington and international recording artist and icon Hubert Laws. KKJZ is the official sponsor of the event.

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KKJZ Presents
The World Stage 25th Anniversary Celebration: Honoring The Legacy of Billy Higgins
Sunday, August 24, 2014
Bennie Maupin
Carmen Lundy
Dwight Trible
Hubert Laws
Kamau Daaood
Kamasi Washington
Jaha Zainabu
Patrice Rushen
Music Director: John Beasley
Host: LeRoy Downs
DJ Mark Maxwell

John Anson Ford Amphitheatre
2580 Cahuenga Blvd E,
Los Angeles, CA 90068

August 7, 2014 – dublab Presents Sound Share LA featuring Dexter Story and Wondem Live – Levitt MacArthur Park, Los Angeles, CA

Showcasing songs from the new album Wondem on Thursday, August 7 at dublab presents…SOUND SHARE LA Summer 2014 Concert Series at Levitt Pavilion MacArthur Park. Wondem band features Todd Simon, Randal Fisher, Patrick Bailey, Te’Amir Sweeney, Evan Greer, Mike McTaggart, Damon Aaron, Alan Lightner and other special guests.
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dublab presents…SOUND SHARE LA Summer 2014 Concert Series at Levitt Pavilion

7:30-8pm = dublab DJ Danny Holloway
8-8:45pm = Wondem Band
9-9:45pm = Myron & E

Free / All Ages
Levitt Pavilion MacArthur Park
2230 W 6th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90057

August 2, 2014 – People Get Ready: A Live Soundtrack of the Civil Rights Movement – Grand Performances, California Plaza, Downtown LA, CA

Music directing and co-producing People Get Ready: A Live Soundtrack of the Civil Rights Movement at Grand Performances on Saturday, August 2.
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FREE summer concerts in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles

Dexter Story & Jonathan Rudnick bring you


A vital, stirring and heartwarming Celebration of the Civil Rights Movement & 50 years of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 of Freedom and Equality with a powerful ensemble performing striking new renditions of the anthems that defiantly brought about change in the USA!


MAIYA SYKES vocals, choir director

ALBERTO LOPEZ percussion
DAMON AARON effects, voices
KENNETH CROUCH piano, keys


DEXTER STORY music director

+ Very Special Guests

Produced by Jonathan Rudnick and Dexter Story, the team that brought you the uplifting Celebrations of Peace Go With You Gil for GIL SCOTT-HERON and Young Gifted & Nina for NINA SIMONE.


Complimentary bike valet on the Upper Plaza 

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July 12, 2014 – The Music Center’s Active Arts Presents Drum Downtown: Explore Afro-Brazilian Beats – Fountain Overlook, Grand Park, Downtown LA, CA

Volunteer emceeing at the Music Center’s Active Arts Drum Downtown: Explore Afro-Brazilian Beats on Saturday, July 12. Start your weekend with a beat! Join the fun and make music in Grand Park, the heart of Downtown. Explore the rhythms of Afro-Brazilian drumming and be part of the thrilling power of percussion in this outdoor group drumming experience. Active Arts at the Music Center offers fun DIY (do-it-yourself) experiences to the public throughout the year.

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Drum Downtown: Explore Afro-Brazilian Beats
Saturday, July 12, 2014
10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Fountain Overlook in Grand Park
227 N Spring Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012

REMO is the promotional partner.

July 9, 2014 – Arts Brookfield Presents Ethio Cali featuring Angel City All-Star Brass Band Live – Wells Fargo Center Plaza, Los Angeles, CA

Playing drum set with Ethio Cali Ensemble featuring the Angel City All-Star Brass Band on Wednesday, July 9 at Arts Brookfield Wells Fargo Center Plaza. Ethio Cali is a Los Angeles-based Ethio-Jazz ensemble who’s sublime sound is inspired by the golden age of Ethiopian music of the 1960s and 70s, filtered through a lens that is uniquely Los Angeles. Acknowledging the diverse musical foundations of Ethio-Jazz, the ensemble also draws inspiration from the rhythmic and melodic textures of Sudan, Somalia, Ghana, and Colombia.
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Ethio Cali Live
Featuring Members of the Angel City All-Star Brass Band
Wednesday, July 9, 2014
12pm – 1:15pm
Wells Fargo Center
333 S. Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90071

Commentary: Oops. Apologies for sending this one out before completing the information on the header and in the body. The day is Wednesday, not Thursday, and Brooksfield is in Los Angeles at the Wells Fargo Center Plaza downtown.

July 5, 2014 – OTBMA Presents Soul Station Featuring Terron Brooks – Casa Del Mar Hotel, Santa Monica, CA

Playing drum set with actor/vocalist Terron Brooks in the lobby at Santa Monica’s Casa Del Mar Hotel on Saturday, July 5. The band features bassist Jon Flaugher and pianist Peter Smith.

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Terron Brooks Live
Casa Del Mar Hotel
1910 Ocean Way,
Santa Monica, CA 90405
Saturday, July 5, 2014

July 2, 2014 – Gun Hill: A BET Original Movie Debuts – Black Entertainment Television Networks

BET NETWORKS AND EXECUTIVE PRODUCER REGGIE ROCK BYTHEWOOD PUT A SPOTLIGHT ON NEW MUSIC WITH THE RELEASE OF GUN HILL, AN ORIGINAL MOVIE FEATURING LARENZ TATE. Veteran Music Supervisor Jabari Ali and Composer Terence Blanchard Heat Up the Movie Soundtrack with Original Music by Artists Including Antonique Smith, Shiré, Lonny Bereal and Rapper Maino. GUN HILL debuts Wednesday, July 2 on BET and also features one song cue by musician / composer Dexter Story.

GunHill_eblast_wednesday_LOS ANGELES, CA – June 30, 2014 – Black Entertainment Television Networks (BET) is gearing up to release its highly-anticipated original movie, Gun Hill featuring Larenz Tate, which has the potential to become a TV series.  Tate, who is known for his various roles (Love Jones, Dead Presidents, Menace II Society, Crash, etc.), will play a con turned cop in Bronx, NY.  Executive Producer Reggie Rock Bythewood (NY Undercover, Notorious) penned the two hour BET action-drama and will feature new music from Antonique Smith (Notorius), Lonny Bereal, Gene Noble and Yummy Bingham.  The musical landscape for Gun Hill was supervised by Jabari Ali (Biker Boyz, Waist Deep, Brooklyn Finest) and composed by Terence Blanchard, a five time Grammy-award winning jazz artist.  The sound track also features Shiré, Lina and rappers Maino and Jay Rock (TDE Recording Artist).  Gun Hill will make its worldwide debut on Wednesday, July 2nd at 9pm EST. Hear new music from BET’s Gun Hill and view the trailer now.

The Gun Hill soundtrack is laced with original, smooth R&B sounds. Platinum recording artist and Brooklyn rapper Maino collaborated with singer Shiré (Sha-Ray) for “Cold World”.  The mid-tempo mix of hip hop and R&B represents the grimy streets of New York and the struggle to make it through.  The Cold World” music video is directed and produced by Imani Shakur (Infinite Stories Entertainment Group).  Antonique Smith, who is best known in her role as Faith Evans in the movie Notorious, brings a soultry mix with “Hold On”.  The single is the leading music track for the Gun Hill movie trailer.  The song is a hopeful yet melancholy ballad, encouraging listeners to hold on for brighter days; and is produced by heavy hitting producers, 1500 or Nothin’.  Smith’s video is slated to be directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood (Love & Basketball, Secret Life of Bee’s).   Singer Gene Noble and Yummy Bingham released “Melody”, an upbeat head bopper describing the deep admiration of a young lady.  The “Melody” music video will be co-directed by Ryan Anthony (Doc Digital) and Danny Mason (44Dawgs).

Gun Hill Will Debut on BET on Wednesday, July 2nd at 9pm EST/8pm CST

Visit!bets-gun-hill-music/c1ys0 to hear snippets of the soundtrack for BET’s Gun Hill.

For more information, please contact Keisha Pickett – (323)977-9693 or