Blake Colie is an experienced, in-demand drummer, percussionist, and producer, whose stage and session work have brought him from national tours to television appearances to some of the most legendary studios in Los Angeles. Originally coming to LA in 1996 to attend California Institute of the Arts for music, Blake received his Bachelor of Fine Arts (’98) and Master of Fine Arts (’00) degrees in Musical Performance and has remained active in the Los Angeles music scene ever since. His current music projects feature a wide array of styles, sounds, and genres. This includes the Reggae/Rare Groove/Soul group The Lions, vocalist/keyboard extraordinaire Salvador Santana (son of 8-time Grammy winner Carlos Santana), and the R&B/Reggae project The Decoders. As composer/producer, Blake’s solo material and works with his production group, Next Level Productions, have recently been featured in the movies “Sunken City”, “This Means War”, “Ruby Sparks”, “Young Adult”, and “Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World”, and on TV shows on AMC, Style, Bravo, MTV, VH1, Oxygen, Showtime, Logo, USA, Spike, and BBC networks.
The Universal Bar and Grill is a well-known, family owned business established over twenty years ago in North Hollywood. It has a reputation as a wonderful place to relax, enjoy good food, a full bar and great service.
While rifling through a box of music publications from the 60’s recently, I struck gold! The “gold” in question is a bunch of “Rhythm ’N’ News” issues stamped Ernie’s Record Shop, 5314 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood. This find transported me back to the time when Ernie’s Record Shop was the hip hub in NoHo.
I first heard The Chimpz at a house party in LA and was hooked! Their mixture of intense energy and catchy lyrics never fail to put a smile on my face and get me grooving to the beat.
The Door’s have a line in a song that states “When the music’s over turn out the lights” which is what Oscar winning director John Ridley should have done with his “All Is Right By My Side.” This Jimi Hendrix inspired film hints at Hendrix being a musician, but never delivers a whole song except for The Jimi Hendrix Experience’s version of The Beatles’ “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.”