Monday, November 25, 2013

Following April Joy Gulley's COUNTDOWN TO UGANDA

Dear Friends,

We are much in awe of our friend April's courage, determination and resolve to truly make a difference in the life of Mahadi and his friends at the Wakiso School of Hope. She started her 501 (c) 3 earlier this year, The Bernie Project. Their vision starts with stabilizing the most essential basics—nutrition, hygiene, health and education for the children at the Wakiso School of Hope in Wakiso, Uganda.
It takes little to make a huge difference in Wakiso!

What can $32.00 do in Uganda? 
It can: Feed one child for 5.5 weeks
Provide Menstrual Kits for 2 girls for a year
Provide Hygiene Kits for 3 kids for a 3 months
Give Malaria Treatment for 4 kids

We are doing our teeny-tiny part to help by spreading the word. 
There are many ways you can support the children of Wakiso. 
  • Starting with as little as $10 a month you can become a "Bernie's Buddy".
  • Make a One Time Donation. $25 can feed a child three healthy meals a day for a month! More is welcome! :-)
  • Purchase children's books, holiday cards and jewelry from the STORE
  • Sign up with iGive and generate a corporate donation every time you shop online! It's FREE!!!

iGive can raise funds from online travel booking! As much as we all travel, we can become A+ philanthropists without spending a dime! 

April stopped by Janet's house in Pasadena this Saturday on her fundraising road trip. 
Thank you to our local friends for attending! We so appreciate it and we had fun! 

Her little black dresses and high heels are in storage, her airplane ticket is booked. After a quick holiday break in Illinois, April will fly off to Uganda on January 5th.
We will vicariously live through her adventures and "cyber stalk" her on Facebook and Twitter and share some of the adventures and successes on our blog and our Facebook page. 

DJ Matt, a true F-o-A (Friend of April) selected music to get you in the mood!

"In honor of the beautifully inspired and compassionate vision and mission of "The Bernie Project", I'm choosing a new African singer by the name of Rokia Traore. Africa is truly an exceptional continent, and I've always been deeply drawn to its music, whose lineage is some of the oldest on the planet, and whose voice speaks so sweetly, joyfully, and is so powerfully connected to the human spirit.
Rokia Traore is a young new singer / guitarist from the African country of Mali. She has been getting quite a bit of critical acclaim, and her music is a rich, perfect blend of traditional african music with American and European rock & roll. Enjoy! " DJ Matt Cornwall

Wishing you a wonderful Thanksgiving! We are thankful for you!

Monday, November 18, 2013

Countdown to Long Beach Arena Re-Opening: See You in 60 Hours!

Dear Friends,

As you read this, we are loading in and setting up, just hours to go until the doors open and the curtains go up on the brand new Pacific Ballroom. We will be posting to Instagram and Facebook so you can see what the new arena looks like.
Check it out: and

Our excitement is shared by the artists who will make the night sizzle! So much so, that they sent us 15-second-soundbites!
Our Creative Director, Greg Holford:

Archer and Hilton Farris, aka DJ and Drummer:

DJ Roonie G:

Check out the Arena: #SightSound LBC.

Break a leg!

Monday, November 11, 2013

Excited to Be First Production Company to Work in the new Pacific Ballroom at Long Beach Arena!

Dear Friends!

We have to admit: we are excited and grateful! We are fortunate to be the first to produce an exciting event at a new state-of-the-art location: the November 20th re-opening of the Long Beach Arena, introducing the Pacific Ballroom. The Long Beach Convention and Visitors Bureau has raised 10 million dollars to turn the legendary arena into a model of modern technology. An innovative curtain and suspension system, consisting of more than 8 miles of steel cable, creates the nation's largest "flying" suspended steel-tension grid.
What does this mean? The roof height can be as high as 75 feet and as low as 30 feet. The 46,000 square-foot arena can be shrunk to half its size with the movable curtain system. The grid system holds a $1.6 million LED lighting and sound system. No more need to truck all this in! Talk about cost cutting!

We love working in this new arena. The technology allows us to bring in an extremely varied program for the night. As you may imagine, our team is smiling at work these days.
Ted Bowers: "It's a dream come true for a Technical Director!"
We are so grateful, even Janet agreed to go in front of the camera to share her thoughts!
Janet Elkins comments on the Re-Opening of the Pacific Ballroom at the Long Beach Arena from EventWorks on Vimeo.

November 20th shapes up to be an amazing night, full of entertainment and excitement.
The stakes are high, as we are producing an event that is geared towards our event industry colleagues.
We are happy to share some elements before the big night.

One of the entertainers will be the amazing William Close and The Earth Harp Collective.
William Close and The Earth Harp Collective from William Close on Vimeo.

We hope to see you in Long Beach!


Monday, November 4, 2013

Monday Music Celebrates Janis Joplin

Dear Friends,

This morning at 11:30 am, Hollywood will honor 60ties legend Janis Joplin with a posthumous Star on the Walk of Fame. Clive Davis and Kris Kristofferson will join the late Janis' siblings to celebrate the occasion. Why such an honor for a singer who only recorded 4 studio albums in her short lifetime and who's only Number One hit was released after her death? Simply, because she broke the glass ceiling and became the very first Rock Mama ever. Her style is still relevant today and our current female rock stars still draw from Janis's heritage. We dedicate today's music blog to a woman who really gave everything in every show.

"Pink, Adele, Alanis Morrisette, Bonnie Raitt, Joss Stone… the list goes on and on for singers heavily influenced by the legendary Janis Joplin. Back in 1967, Janis and her band "Big Brother and the Holding Company" were chosen to perform in a new festival, based on the concept The Newport Jazz Festival, dedicated to the furtive Rock'n Roll of 60ties counter culture.  I am choosing her and the band's hyper iconic performance of the song "Ball & Chain" at the infamous "Monterey Pop Festival" (which I could literally watch over and over) simply because - and this is not hyperbole - the song and performance forever changed the way we hear music, and paved the way for many female artists to come." ~ DJ Matt Cornwall

Wishing you a groovy week!