City of Hermosa Beach Requests Proposals for Beach Summer Concerts

The City of Hermosa Beach today announced it has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) from concert/special event producers or other qualified professionals to produce the popular Hermosa Beach Summer Concerts, an annual series of musical performances that attract up to 10,000 to the sand south of the Hermosa Pier in August.

The RFP seeks producers who have experience in organizing, producing and executing a series of live-music events held outdoors for the enjoyment of a broad audience. Proposals are due Feb. 25, and the City expects to make a decision in March. The RFP states that the City’s desire is for the concerts to “remain free to the public, feature a quality mix of high-caliber local, regional and/or domestic artists that will enrich the local community and continue to build upon the suc- cess of these annual events which have become beloved by the entire South Bay community.”

“For the community, Hermosa Beach Summer Concerts offer a great opportunity to bring family, friends and visitors here to enjoy our beautiful beach and great musical performances,” said Her- mosa Beach Mayor Stacey Armato. “Issuing an RFP represents a new chapter for Hermosa Beach Summer Concerts. Through this process, we are launching a competition for the best proposal for continuing the tradition of live music at the beach in August.”

Hermosa Beach City Manager Suja Lowenthal said she’s already received multiple inquiries from concert producers, talent curators and others who are interested in submitting a proposal.

“Ever since we announced we would issue an RFP for Hermosa Beach Summer Concerts, we have been hearing from people interested in participating in the process,” Lowenthal said. “Hermosa Beach Summer Concerts are well-known within the music industry, and we look forward to find- ing a great partner to work with the City to produce events that appeal to a wide spectrum of people.”

Which Wireless Firms Are Doing Well?

The study is out for the J.D. Power 2019 U.S. Wireless Network Quality Performance Study—Vol. 1.

As the release linked above describes, this study measures network quality experienced by customers with wireless phones and network performance of tablets and mobile broadband devices. It’s based on responses from 32,159 wireless customers and was fielded from July through December 2018. Carrier performance is examined in six regions: Mid-Atlantic, North Central, Northeast, Southeast, Southwest and West.

The metric used is quality problems per 100 connections (PP100) in call quality, messaging quality, and data quality in each region. Simply put, the lower the number, the fewer problems customers experienced by customers and the better the overall experience is.

The release notes that wireless network problems are rising among customers in the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, and North Central regions, but that problems have decreased in the Southeast region.

As for what carrier is doing the best overall, Verizon is the clear leader. It ranks highest in all six regions covered in the study, achieving the lowest network quality problems per 100 connections (PP100) in call quality, messaging quality and data quality in each region. T-Mobile ties Verizon in data quality in the Northeast region.

You can find specific charts for each region in the study.

Here’s the link to last year’s release if you’d like to compare.

Boogie Releases Debut Album

Boogie’s debut album, Everything’s For Sale, is due out on January 25th.

For more info on Boogie and his new album, check out his pages:

https://twitter.com/ws_boogie

https://www.instagram.com/ws_boogie

http://www.westsideboogie.com/

Mighty Mystic Announces New Album Enter the Mystic

Mighty Mystic is a musician to look out for in 2019. Kevin Mark Holness, better known as reggae star Mighty Mystic is the younger brother of Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness. Mighty Mystic is a soulful singer, has a magnificent musical range, and exudes strong vocal chops throughout his music. He is set to release his fourth album Enter the Mystic on February 1, 2019. He has achieved international and national stardom with his third album The Art of Balance and the preceding album Concrete World that debuted the Billboard Reggae Chart at number six and his breakout album Wake Up World with “Revolution,” to “Riding on the Clouds” and “Original Love” and “Slipped Away” with appearances from Shaggy and roots rocker Lutan Fyah. All three albums reached the Billboard Top 10 Reggae Chart. Mighty Mystic’s 2016 release of The Art of Balance album garnered international and national success. He is already having a fantastic year in 2019 with his new music. Mighty Mystic announces his new album Enter the Mystic. Listen here. The new album Enter the Mystic is set to be released on February 1, 2019 and is available for pre-order here. Enter the Mystic is an extraordinary album filled with captivating songs made by one of the most talented artists around.

Mighty Mystic releases his new music video for his single “Salt” from his new album Enter the Mystic. The “Salt” music video is directed by Francisco Santiago and animation by Stephen Thunder. It is produced by Mighty Mystic. Check out the video here.

To kick off his new album release, Mighty Mystic has upcoming shows at the following venues:

Aura in Portland, ME on Friday, February 1, 2019

Brighton Music Hall in Allston, MA on Saturday, February 2, 2019

Sportsmen’s Tavern in Buffalo, NY on Sunday, February 3, 2019

Tickets for new show dates and locations are available at here.

*Visit Mighty Mystic at www.mightymystic.com and follow @MightyMystic on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Josie Ho x Annual Critics’ Choice Awards

This past Sunday, January 13th, the 24th Annual Critics’ Choice Awards was hosted by acclaimed film, television and stage star Taye Diggs. The ceremony took place at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, California.

In attendance for the first time was Josie Ho a very famous actor from Hong Kong. This was on the heels of Josie winning Sitges Film Festival’s “Time Machine” award at the end of 2018.

Josie Ho was at the Critics’ Choice Awards to present the “Best Foreign Language Film” award to the major award-winner of the night, Alfonso Cuarón, for his work as director of the film “Roma.”

Reflecting on the night, Josie Ho said: “This is so exciting, I have so much respect for Alfonso Cuarón and really wanted him to win big today. I love that I got to present one of my artistic heroes with the Best Foreign Language Film Award.”

After witnessing “Crazy Rich Asians” win the award for “Best Comedy,” Josie felt “amazing,” “It’s just time to see a more diverse faceinfilm than what we’ve seen in the past shown to audiences in North America,” she said.

Logic Announces Publication of SUPERMARKET

Last week Simon & Schuster announced the publication of SUPERMARKET by Bobby Hall—a.k.a. Logic, the Grammy-nominated , platinum-selling Def Jam Recording artist—on March 26, 2019. Logic formally announced the book’s publication on Instagram and Twitter to his millions of followers, and the response has been explosive. SUPERMARKET is Bobby’s debut novel, and proves that he has outsized creative talents beyond the confines of a recording studio. It’s a deftly written, darkly funny, dazzling novel.

TRIBUTE DEFENDER 110

New TRIBUTE Defender 110: Making a Splash

This newly restored station wagon is a pure and sincere TRIBUTE to the Land Rover marque. The clean silhouette and Willow Green bodywork make this D110 instantly recognisable as an iconic Defender. The renowned, practical interior has been redefined with luxurious accents, including sumptuous chocolate brown leather upholstery, brushed alloy door furniture and a wood-rimmed steering wheel.

 

1) Exterior: Willow Green body Twin-Cat LED headlights with metal light guards Java Black KBX® Signature grille Java Black KAHN® Defend 194816″ alloys BFGoodrich® AT KO2 tyres WARN® Zeon 12-S winch Ebony Fire & Ice side steps Raptor-coated steering & front differential guardRear LED work lamp | NAS rear step 

 

2) Interior: Ruskin Inside™ Chocolate Brown and Vintage Thatch leather trim Modular heated front seats 2 Premium high back centre row seats Lock boxes in front & centre rows Matching leather door cards 4 Tip-up seats in load area Black suede headlining Evander 15″ wood-rimmed steering wheel Brushed alloy gear knobs & door furniture Ice white LED lighting package Alpine® sound system with Bluetooth & 4 speakers Sunroof Air conditioning

Sweden Turns Into World’s Largest Gourmet Restaurant

To highlight healthy and natural food available in nature, Sweden, together with four Swedish Michelin-starred chefs, is launching The Edible Country – a 100-million-acre-DIY gourmet restaurant. The restaurant, with a menu created from ingredients found in Swedish nature, is free of charge and open for reservations.

In this new global initiative, Sweden is showing the world how easy and accessible healthy food can be. The Edible Country consists of a nine-course menu that visitors can prepare and cook themselves – in the wild. It is co-created by Swedish Michelin-starred chefs Titti Qvarnström, Niklas Ekstedt, Jacob Holmström and Anton Bjuhr.

As part of the initiative, seven handmade wooden tables have been placed across the country with ready-to-use kitchen kits and cooking tools. The tables are bookable between May and September through visitsweden.com/ediblecountry or bookatable.co.uk/theediblecountry. And if they are fully booked, it is still possible to visit The Edible Country and prepare the dishes at any other preferred location in Swedish nature.

“Sweden is 96 percent uninhabited and yet easily accessible for everyone. Our nature is filled with edible ingredients and we want to invite the world to enjoy them, and at the same time wind down in nature like us Swedes do. By using our star chefs’ menu, this new and innovative DIY culinary experience makes it possible for visitors to explore and transform nature into gourmet food themselves,” says Jennie Skogsborn Missuna, Chief Experience Officer at Visit Sweden.

Highly processed foods have become everyday food for people all over the world, with healthy alternatives often perceived as complicated and inaccessible. With The Edible Country, Sweden proves how natural and healthy food can be just as tasty and easy to make as anything else, with ingredients available in nature.

“For me, Swedish nature has always been my biggest source of inspiration when cooking. The hours I have spent in the forest have turned into the realization that cooking outdoors, with the ingredients right in front of me, is the core of Swedish cuisine. The Edible Country is a symbol of how easy, close and uncomplicated food can and should be,” says Niklas Ekstedt.

The dishes on the menu vary depending on the season, so the ingredients can be found in nature almost all year round. Among the dishes is forest broth with poached perch and broiled herb butter, and freshly smoked char with chanterelles and wood sorrel. This and much more is found in The Edible Country, which is now open for reservations.

“At Bookatable we help diners find great restaurants to create memorable dining experiences, so we are absolutely delighted to help with this innovative idea. Discovering a new restaurant is always exciting, but getting to forage for food in Sweden’s beautiful countryside and then cook a dish created by a Michelin-starred chef is an opportunity not to be missed. My only advice would be to book up quickly!” says Michel Cassius, CEO Bookatable by Michelin.

> More information about the restaurant: visitsweden.com/ediblecountry

> Make your reservation at visitsweden.com/ediblecountry or bookatable.co.uk/theediblecountry

Ella Mai Releases New Video

Coming off of a stellar 2018, Ella Mai (10 Summers/Interscope Records) has continued her reign into the New Year. Having recently embarked on The Debut Tour in support of her self-titled album, the singer has now blessed fans with a brand-new video for “Shot Clock.” Directed by Colin Tilley, the visual showcases the starlet’s style and personality as she serves a lyrical ultimatum to her beau. Check out the video HERE.  

“Shot Clock” marks the third official single from her album, Ella Mai. The breakout 4X Platinum single, “Boo’d Up” has earned her nominations for Song of the Year and Best R&B Song at the 61st GRAMMY Awards which airs live on February 10th. She has been nominated under the category of British Breakthrough Act at next month’s The BRIT Awards and will have the chance to take home three iHeartRadio Music Awards this March. Ella Mai will also vie for Best Rnb, Hip-Hop & Grime and Rising Star at the 2019 Global Awards. The impressive vocalist has yielded much warranted success, entering 2019 atop numerous charts with her Platinum hit song, “Trip.” The single remains #1 on: Billboard’s Hot R&B Songs Chart (14 weeks), Adult R&B Songs, R&B/Hop-Hop Airplay and Urban AC Radio. In addition to her tour which runs through March, fans will have the chance to catch Ella Mai performing live at Coachella this April. 

James Blake Debuts Track

Ahead of the release of his eagerly-awaited fourth album Assume Form tomorrow via Republic Records, James Blake debuts brand-new track “Mile High (ft. Travis Scott & Metro Boomin)” on Beats1 as Zane Lowe’s World Record. Combining Blake’s ethereal cals and Scott’s lyrical prowess, the track offers a refreshing take on love, masking its underlying vulnerability with Metro Boomin’s pulsing beats. Zane Lowe played the song three times back-to-back, raving “James Blake, you’ve done it again,” and assuring his listeners that Assume Form is “going to connect to you, it’s going to touch you no matter where you are and what you’re doing.”  Listen to “Mile High” here, and pre-order Assume Form here.
 
Following the announcement of its release last week,
 Assume Form trended worldwide on Twitter, with Blake experiencing a massive 33% uplift in streaming of his catalogue.   Over the past few years, Blake has become one of the most sought-after producers, singers, and songwriters in the music industry, working with top talent including Beyoncé, Frank Ocean, andJay-Z, co-writing and touring with Kendrick Lamar, performing with Travis Scott on the MTV Video Music Awards, and collaborating on the record-shattering Black Panther soundtrack. It is no surprise, then, that Assume Form features an all-star roster that reflects Blake’s continual sonic evolution and blurring of genre boundaries: André 3000, Moses Sumney, Travis Scott, Metro Boomin, and ROSALÍA. Throughout Assume Form, Blake proves himself yet again as one of our generation’s most gifted and influential artists, both as an essential collaborator and as a solo artist at the height of his career.
 
Blake will tour in support of
 Assume Form on his recently announced headlining North American tour, kicking off in Atlanta on February 18. The 17-date tour will make stops in major cities across the U.S. and Canada including Washington, DC, Philadelphia, Montreal, and 2 nights in New York City, before wrapping in Los Angeles on March 16 (see full list of dates below). Tickets are available for purchase now via http://www.jamesblakemusic.com/.