• Best of 2013 and Beyond

    Posted in Blog by Brooke Trout

    Come on out this Friday and join in one of Brooke’s favorite annual traditions at The Talking Stick, 1411 Lincoln Blvd Venice, CA 90291. Nette Radio’s Fifth Annual Nette Radio’s Toys For Tots Toy Drive is happening this Friday, December 13th from 5:48 to 11 p.m.

    Brought to you by NetteRadio 2nd Fridays “Affect the Effect.” Celebrate the Holidays with NetteRadio and help the children of Southern California by bringing a new, unwrapped toy. If you don’t have a toy pay a $5.00 cover until 8:00pm. After 8:00pm the cover is $8.00. Of course, if you bring a new, unwrapped toy the cover is FREE! All toys and monies donated are to be donated to Toys For Tots. Featuring performances by Briane Bogle, The Conlons, Stacy Robin, Carrie Wade, Brill, and Jeannie Willets!Special Performances by the students of the Bogle Academy of Music beginning at 6:30pm. This annual event includes live music, an opportunity drawing, great food, beverages, and fun! Feel free to bring a bottle of wine ($8 cork fee payable to The Talking Stick) to enjoy while you dine on The Talking Stick’s all vegetarian light fare or enjoy coffee/tea, lattes, smoothies, juices, and other tasty snacks! Members of the US Marine Corps will be on hand to answer any questions and will personally collect the Toy Boxes from The Talking Stick and make sure that your toy donation reaches a Southern California child in need just in time to celebrate the Holidays!

    All ages show. Official Web Site for more details: www.netteradio.com. Please note: This event is broadcast live on UStream.TV at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/netteradio. Archives will be available after the event. You can buy advance tickets and donate online at: http://netteradiotoysfortots-5th.eventbrite.com/ 

    Last month’s “A Very Artful Holiday Faire” presented by the San Fernando Valley Arts Council at El Rancho Cordillera del Norte was a success and good warm up for Brill’s Toys For Tots Show at The Talking Stick this week. Due to an illness Brooke was unable to attend the post-Thanksgiving Day show at The Talking Stick with Ramekega. As the expression goes, the show must go on and Dave Strauss held down the fort to celebrate the season with our musical family. Brooke is since in full recovery and looking forward to this Friday’s showcase in support of Toys for Tots.

    Trout’s current music project Brill is an acoustic alternative harmonizing duo with former Anchorman and Flat Cat Radio host, singer/songwriter Dave Strauss. The group will be on hiatus from live performances for the next three months in order to commence the preproduction phase of their debut album “Fish Out Of Water” to be released in the Spring of 2015. Brill has been performing in support of nonprofits including Foodshare and the San Fernando Valley Arts Council since their formation in Spring of 2013.

    Check out Brooke Trout’s latest live review of The Lower 48 in the December edition of Music Connection (p. 64!): http://musicconnection.com/magazine/current-digital/ A shout out goes to Brooke’s nominations for this year’s Hot 100: http://musicconnection.com/2013s-hot-100-live-unsigned-artists-bands/4/

    Brooke’s Favorite Acts In 2013:

    1.    Name of Artist/Band: Mark Arthur Miller 

    Web site http://www.markarthurmiller.com/

     Style of music: Soul

     City they’re located in: Los Angeles 


    2 Name of Artist/Band: The Walcotts

    Web site http://thewalcottsmusic.com/

    Style of music: Americana

    City they’re located in: Los Angeles 


    3 Name of Artist/Band: Noble Creatures

    Web site: http://www.luisnarino.com/

    Style of music: Trop Rock/World Fusion

    City they’re located in:  Los Angeles


    4 Name of Artist/Band: Ted Russell Kamp

    Web site:  http://www.tedrussellkamp.com/

    Style of music: Americana


    City they’re located in:  Los Angeles

    5 Name of Artist/Band: Nataly Dawn*

    Web site: http://natalydawn.tumblr.com/

    Style of music: Folk

    City they’re located in:  San Francisco

    *Nataly’s web site was under construction when Brooke discovered her at Hotel Café opening up for Shannon Labrie. It turns out she had very literally just been signed on to Nonesuch Records. This label supports an incredible array of thought provoking and extraordinarily intelligent singer/songwriters such as Joni Mitchell, Randy Newman, Ben Folds and Brian Wilson among others: http://www.nonesuch.com/

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