Amidst cheers and applause, British R&B singer, Seal strolled confidently on stage and, right off the bat, began charming the audience with his soulful rendition of “Luck be a Lady”. Welcome to a new side of Seal and his tenth studio album “Standards”. This is an album that Seal has always wanted to make because he grew up listening to music from the rat pack era, and for him, recording these classic tunes has been a lifelong dream. Seal said “It was a true honor to collaborate with the same musicians who performed with Frank Sinatra and so many of my favorite artists, in the very same studios where the magic was first made – it was one of the greatest days of my recording career.”
Who knew that Seal was a crooner? Well, he is, and a mighty fine one at that. His voice is rich, velvety and flawless, his style is sassy, his look debonair, and this man can handle a room – or should I say a bowl? Bending down to sing to the ladies in the front and shaking people’s hands, Seal utilized the entire stage, the catwalk strip, and even ventured off stage altogether to further flirt with the audience.
Between songs, his laid back banter made him even cooler. Listening to him, one gets the feeling that this is a man who is sincere and has a gentle, generous spirit. He jokingly told the audience, “Hello Los Angeles, well I know most of the people here, yeah, you guys all hit me up for tickets.”
Things got a little more serious when Seal talked about a recent bout of depression and recanted a day when he listened to “That’s Life” at full volume. “It helped” he quipped, and proceeded to perform the song with the magic of the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra behind him, conducted by Thomas Wilkins. Seal likened playing with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra to driving a Rolls Royce. He clearly loved the material he was performing and who he was performing it with.
Halfway through the show, Seal announced that a very special guest was in the house; someone who had, in part, been responsible for him being a musician. It turned out to be none other than Joni Mitchell, and as the cameras swung around to find the icon seated in the audience, Seal got everyone to sing the line: “paved paradise, put up a parking lot.”
Towards the end of his show, Seal broke out his hit songs “Kiss from a Rose”, and “Crazy”, and last but not least, invited his 8-year-old daughter up on stage to play piano for a short performance of “Superstition”. For an encore, it was “Rebel Rebel” to honor the late David Bowie. No matter what style: classics, pop, rock, ballads, covers – Seal handles them all with vibrant, powerful vocals and ebullient showmanship. Seal is the real deal.
Antonio “KANIN” White has released his newest single, “All Hail (Freestyle)”, a track specifically created to deliver Kanin’s message of solidarity with true hip-hop. Kanin says, “This is a proclamation of me arriving into the rap game, ready for war and battle with any artist or rapper who uses today’s lame gimmicks and so called rap styles. I come from an era and background where we take pride in our words and lyrics and so ‘All Hail’ is a representation of this. It’s to saying, ‘I’m not your new age mumble rapper, I am a writer and a poet with a message and that message is Real is Back’.“
This will be Kanin’s first release since his previous hit record, “All Eyes On Me”. Kanin originally came to notoriety after collaborating with Grammy Award winning superstar, Kendrick Lamar, for his track “Winner Circle” from Kanin’s Old School New Sense EP.
As for the “All Hail (Freestyle)” video concept, it’s a nod to an old YouTube parody by a digital personality named “Supa Hot Fire”. The setting of Supa Hot Fire’s videos revolved around “pretend rap battles” with a staged crowd that supported any verse he would say, even if it was absolutely horrible. The idea is to compare this parody to today’s “modern” rappers that are trending from gimmicks. Video Producer, Saul Luzeus of Good Vibe Crew, felt like it would be the perfect visual concept to match the message in the song, “All Hail, Kanin is here.”
“All Hail (Freestyle)” is available on all musical platforms including, Spotify, Apple Music, SoundCloud, and Google Play. The video is available on Kanin’s official YouTube channel.
SHARE Inc. has announced that their annual Boomtown Gala will be headlined by The Righteous Brothers with additional performances by Martha and the Vandellas, Louis Van Amstel of “Dancing with the Stars” and the SHARE ladies. This year’s honoree is Loreen Arbus, President of The Loreen Arbus Foundation and disability rights activist, philanthropist, producer, writer and author. The event’s MC, a SHARE legacy, will be Natalie Lander (ABC’s The Middle) – the daughter of famed actors David Lander and Kathy Fields and granddaughter of Hollywood agent Freddie Fields and actress Polly Bergen. The event will be held on May 20th 2018 at The Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California.
“Boomtown is celebrating 65 years of phenomenal work on behalf of our community and we could not be more proud. This year’s event will invoke old Hollywood glamour as we remember our founding members and the hardworking women who have helped make SHARE the organization it is today,” said Corinna Fields, President of SHARE, Inc.
Loreen Arbus will be receiving the Shining Spirit Award for her tireless work to help those marginalized in our community, specifically through The Loreen Arbus Foundation, which provides scientific and medical research for those with disabilities, supports racial and gender minorities, and is active in environmental causes. Arbus is an industry trailblazer who earned the distinction of being the first woman to head programming for a U.S. network – a feat she accomplished twice– both at Showtime and Lifetime networks.
“I am honored to be recognized by the amazing women of SHARE Inc.,” said honoree Loreen Arbus. “Their mission is in very close alignment with my own in terms of helping children who are marginalized as is their long support of children with developmental disabilities and other special challenges.“
This year’s star-studded event will include a red carpet, dressy Western attire, dinner, a live and silent auction, performances and more. The production team behind Boomtown includes Anita Mann of Anita Mann Productions, a five-time Emmy Award Winning Choreographer; Christine Wallace, Producer/First Vice President of SHARE’s Boomtown show and former professional dancer/choreographer of stage and screen; and Executive Producer, Gary Smith, former producer of The Tony Awards and “The Judy Garland Show.”
Rugby Wild of the independent record label, Good Vibe Crew, is releasing his newest single, “Avenue”, as a nod to hip-hop in the Spring. This mellow, head-nodding track serves as the perfect tune for vibing out no matter what coast you’re on. Rugby Wild says, “Avenue is my idea of a perfect day where it seems like nothing matters.” Coming off the success of his earlier releases like “Scuffs”, “Chevy”, and “Topanga”, Rugby Wild wanted to release a track that would seamlessly carry through the Spring season and have his followers ready for a Summer anthem.
Along with the single’s release is a music video that helps capture the essence of “Avenue” and showcase Rugby Wild’s personal energy through a city backdrop with his friends. Filmed in Newark, NJ, the visual offers a glimpse into Rugby’s life and how he and his friends would typically hang out in the streets of the East Coast.
“Avenue” releases on Tuesday, April 17, 2018 and can be streamed on all musical platforms including, Spotify, Apple Music, Tidal, and Google Play. The video will be available on Rugby Wild’s official VEVO channel on May 1st.
Nigerian-American International Pop, RnB & Afro Beats artist Meaku recently released a music video for his smash hit “Banana” in downtown LA at the hip Blue Moon Hookah Lounge. The single “Banana” written and performed by Meaku and produced by JB Minor, has reached impressive streaming numbers on the underground online music circuit. The video’s visuals capture the tune’s essence by including an ode to the iconic Josephine Baker, along with imagery of African culture, dance and a taste of humor.
An open bar provided by Star Tender and complimentary Nigerian Jollof and plantain added to the festive spirit of the party as did a photo booth area provided by Opulen Photobooth. As the video premiered the crowd cheered Meaku and his production team on a job well done. There was even an emotional surprise birthday video and cake presented to the man of the hour that brought the rising start to tears and showed of a side of him not often shared with mainstream media.
The yellow fruit themed event was produced by LaMay Day Productions and Events with Edna.
If you’re a small business in Southern California, it’s crunch time, and not just because the holidays are right around the corner— but because Small Business Saturday is also soon! Platform LA has launched its Small Business Saturday Competition in a search for the most notable designers and businesses around SoCal. The winning small businesses will be selected by Platform’s community of stores and restaurants and will be announced on November 15. The 10 winning small businesses will be able to showcase their goods and services in Platform’s first Small Business Saturday, on November 25. Platform will also provide each winner with a vendor station consisting of a table and chair, a complimentary parking space, and wifi to showcase their goods and services.
How to Participate
If you have a creative product or brand, or know someone who does, and think that either should be at Platform, here’s your chance! To nominate yourself or your favorite small business for the market, go to Instagram and comment on any photo from the account you’d like to see win with the hashtag #SBSPlatform and tag @platform_la.
About Platform LA
Platform LA – the remarkable retail project by David Fishbein and Joseph Miller of Runyon Group is Culver City’s prized shopping destination. Part of the Hayden Tract, the most dynamic neighborhood in Los Angeles, the versatile center offers a collection of 120K square feet of curated merchants, chefs, and creative companies from around the world. Platform was created to showcase independent small businesses and is excited to welcome the community to join in celebration of these types of businesses on Saturday, November 25th.
Miller states, “Our entire business is finding, nurturing and encouraging new independent businesses. We already have a great community of merchants and chefs and working with them to source the next great talent is something that is very exciting for us.” As the world of retail continues to rapidly transform, Platform knows that the future is in small entrepreneurial businesses, and has made this a huge focus for their merchandising efforts. Since opening Platform a year and a half ago, they have embraced any opportunity to celebrate the creativity and entrepreneurial spirit of those merchants and chefs. Now is the time to enter the competition, and it couldn’t be simpler— and it couldn’t have come at a better time.
An appearance at the Small Business Saturday Market should be the icing on the cake for any business, considering the additional exposure just before the holidays and impending sales. Make sure to use the hashtag #SBSPlatform and tag @platform_la in any post on the account of the business you want to see win a spot at Platform’s Small Business Saturday Market.