Monday, July 29, 2013

Monday Music: Verve Remixed - The First Ladies

Dear Friends,

We just love it that Marlena Shaw, born 1942, is considered one of the hottest singers by the ultra-cool hip hop producers and DJs in the country! Check out "Woman of The Ghetto" - remixed by Flume's
Jackin' House.



"Verve Remixed is a series of albums made of tracks of famous mainly Jazz singers of yesteryear that are remixed by many of today's popular electronic and DJ music producers and makers and that have met with great success for the past 11 years straight. You've probably heard many of these tunes whilst standing in line at a Starbucks and definitely at an event I've dj'd ! ; ) Their latest series, out this month, is entitled " The First Ladies" and it is dedicated solely to some of the greatest Jazz singer divas the World has ever known, and getting touched up , remixed and set ablaze! My favorite so far : Marlena Shaw "Woman of the Ghetto" getting the redux by hot new music makers "Flume". Enjoy!"
DJ Matt Cornwall

Marlena Shaw still performs live! Follow her on SongKick or MySpace to stay tuned.

Happy Monday!
Janet

Monday, July 22, 2013

Monday Music: There is A New Mayer in Town!

Dear Friends,

Hot Summer temperatures get DJ Matt Cornwall going! Since he was a 100% right predicting the success of Daft Punk and Icona Pop, listen up! Check out Matt's selection for today!
Mayer Hawthorne with "Her Favorite Song".


"With his latest album, "Where Does This Door Go" Mayer Hawthorne has officially moved beyond just being a sort of throwback soul singer and become a masterful genre-melting pop artist who seems to be coming into his own as a songwriter and arranger just in time to achieve major mainstream success… and he will.. This record has it all… think 70's style Steely Dan meets Marvin Gaye with hip hop and new R&B elements as the backbeat. Watch out Justin Timberlake, looks like there's a new Mayer in town ; ) " ~ DJ Matt Cornwall

Happy to notice that EventWorks is not the only dog loving company!
Wishing you a great week,
Janet

Monday, July 15, 2013

Monday Music with Guest April Gulley: The Bernie Project


Dear Friends,

The story we are sharing with you this Monday is very dear to me personally. Our friend and colleague April Gulley is about to make a very big change in her life - and the lives of 250 children in Uganda! It all happened because one photo, featuring two little Ugandan kids, touched April's heart.

April: "My friend Jen Gash returned from a Sweet Sleep mission to Uganda with a photo. We thought it was two little girls and my sister and I nicknamed them Bernie and Tasha. A few months later I had the chance to travel with Sweet Sleep to the Wakiso School of Hope and meet "Bernie. Bernie is a boy and his name is Mahadi."
The weeks spent in Uganda helping children changed April's life. Her dream to do more than just visit was born.

This summer, April launched a non-profit organization, The Bernie Project, she is moving to Uganda by the end of this year and she will dedicate her strength, energy and soul. The Bernie Project’s inaugural initiatives, are to raise funds to ensure that the 250 kids at the Wakiso School of Hope are provided a well-balanced meal three times a day, along with ensuring that all kids receive hygiene supplies appropriate for their age.  April heads to Uganda in August for 8 days to discuss indigenous ways to improve the nutritional quality of the feeding program, deliver hygiene kits to the students, and start conversations for a 2014 sustainable farming project. The Bernie Project currently has a fundraising goal of $10,000 before she departs on August 14th.

Janet: "I started my professional life as a teacher in the Inner City of Chicago. I consider myself so lucky to be able to support The Bernie Project at this point of my life. I know that April will make a true difference, directly in the children's lives at the Wakiso School of Hope."

April is choosing today's song, Awake My Soul by Mumford and Sons.

"I had the chance to see them in concert a few weeks ago in Berkeley and as they sang the lyrics

in these bodies we will live
in these bodies we will die
Where you invest your love
you invest your life

It brought me to tears. I've heard that song many times, but it wasn't until that moment that I actually heard what they were saying and they are so right. The Bernie Project and my future move to Uganda is exactly where I want to invest my love and my life.

DJ Matt Cornwall: "Inspiration, or to be inspired, is really the "secret sauce" to a rich, rewarding, exciting and fulfilling life. It's the basis for what drives us and fuels us to share our gifts and talents with others, and uplifts us to realize the world is always full of endless possibilities and combinations with which to reinvent that which no longer works, or simply put, to make the world a better place for future generations.
As I speak for myself, I know I'm speaking for many others of you out there as well, as evidenced by April and her deeply moving and incredibly vital mission, the sheer power and inspiration that music has in our lives. A song can literally change someone's life. They help shape our identities, they color the way we see our lives, they move our hearts, our minds and our bodies!  It's why countries have national anthems and why you might still have mix tapes or so many iTunes playlists ; )
I truly believe that everyone born into the world, comes with his or her own unique song, and collectively our songs are sung together to unite in one giant orchestral symphonic piece called Love, Life and the Pursuit of Happiness. I celebrate all those songwriters out there who inspire us, and those songs not yet written, but waiting to be released : )

April, we are so excited for you!

Thank you all for sharing the story about The Bernie Project!

Happy Monday!

Janet


Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Pleased to Present: Chris Gerstenblatt, New President of ISES Greater Los Angeles Chapter

Dear Friends,

We are very proud of our hard working event producer, Chris Gerstenblatt, who was just elected and inducted as President of ISES Greater Los Angeles Chapter. Chris will volunteer his work for the next two years to foster enlightened performance through education while promoting ethical conduct. (Mission Statement).

We asked a few questions!

What do you hope to achieve during your tenure?
Chris: I hope to  1.) Build upon the existing Membership of the organization. 2.)  Develop a strong “Student Membership” program to local college and university students in the Special Events Industry. 3.)  Continue current programs such as Cocktails & Conversations, Meet the Masters and Taste of ISES LA.and 4.)  Help implement the 2013 “ISES” Branding elements.

What do you most look forward to as President?
Chris: The thing I am most excited about during my tenure as President will be the interaction with all the existing members as well as new members within ISES. I also look forward to creating synergy between some of the other wonderful organizations,such as MPI and Site.

Whom do you wish to thank?
Chris: I would like to thank the outgoing board members of ISES LA, for paving the way for the 2013-2014 ISES L.A. Board. We have large shoes to fill, but looking forward to the challenge.
I would also like to thank my team at EventWorks for their support and motivation for pushing me professionally to be the best Producer I can be.

We know how dedicated, committed, hard working and nice Chris is and we know that he will do a great job!
Chris, Congratulations from all of us!

Very best,
Janet and the EventWorks Team

Monday, July 8, 2013

Monday Music: Celebrating Summer with A Chill Tune!

Dear Friends,

We asked DJ Matt to go seasonal. After all, every season has it's own food, fashion, activities and, of course, matching music. Let's hear it for Summer!

Matt: "So far, the beginning of Summer 2013 has been abuzz with great music from all fronts, with a notable trend towards what some refer to as "chill wave".



Gaining much acclaim and otherwise attention is the new release from this artist known as "Washed Out " (for those of you familiar with the comedy series "Portlandia", the dreamy, ethereal opening music is one of his songs.  "It all feels right" is the first single and already in heavy airwave rotation. I'll be putting together a list of my favorite "summertime music" and would love it if you do as well and share it with me! This one will be high on the list. Give it a listen and see if it feels like summer to you!"

Happy swaying ~ DJ Matt Cornwall

Please do send Matt your favorite Summer music song, it takes a second: post to his Facebook!
Keyword: EventWorks Summertime Music.

Wishing you a great Summer week!
Janet



Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Just in Time for the Holiday: A Happy End!

Everyone loves a Happy End and we have really happy news regarding our rescued stray dog Alice!

If you  "like" us on Facebook you have heard about the little terrier mix that had been roaming the streets around our offices. On June 9th, our floral team rescued the puppy – she is about 5 months old now-  off the streets. Florist Melissa Cowley promised to take her home to foster her, but she needed to be kept safe while everyone worked.The puppy napped inside an Alice in Wonderland prop hat for the day – until she went home with Melissa that night, thus earning the nickname "Alice". 
Melissa was her guardian angel, taking her to the vet, getting her cleaned up, vaccinated and treated for fleas and mites, and providing lots of love and puppy guidance. Melissa gave her a wonderful foster home as we searched for a new family, but convinced a couple in her extended family that Alice was meant for them – and she was right!

Melissa: "Thanks to Steve Hamler and Phyllis Hamler for adopting this sweet little girl, now know as Numi! So happy to have taken her in so that she could be placed in the right home! Numi is so happy at her new home in San Gabriel with her new canine pals Enzo and Maria. 
Thanks to Adam Young , Ella Mkhitarian, Luis Monge, Ariel Zazueta, Michael Alvarado, Cecilia Ramirez, Maria Ramirez, and Kristen Rensch for taking her off the streets! Thanks for all the donations and support, what an amazing feeling to help such a sweet little angel!"

Melissa, we all THANK YOU for your kindness, generosity and hard work to make this Happy End possible!

Wishing you all a very Happy Holiday Weekend!

Janet 


Monday, July 1, 2013

Ringing in Fourth of July with a Beautiful Star Spangled Banner

Dear Friends!

This Monday, as we all get ready to celebrate Fourth of July, we wanted to share a truly beautiful and moving version of the Star Spangled Banner with you.
The performers are our friends "Who's Your Daddy A Capella with ATTITUDE" .

"I defy you to watch this and not get chills… these guys are amazing! Go daddies go!! ; " 

DJ Matt Cornwall 



Wishing you a wonderful holiday weekend!
Janet