Concert Review: Ghost And Skeletonwitch Haunt The Newport Music Hall (photos)

Concert photos by the L.A. Times

But sheltered inside a seafood joint, Mitchell Frank and Martin Fleischmann didn’t seem concerned with the weather perhaps because they were busy describing winds of change. “What we’re trying to do is create a destination for locals on the pier,” said Fleischmann, a veteran Los Angeles concert promoter. “Tourists are here all day long, but otherwise it’s underutilized.” Added Frank, another promoter hired by the nonprofit group that oversees the pier, “The mandate was to bring content here.” PHOTOS: Concerts by The Times Content in the form of musical performances isn’t unheard of on the pier, which last month wrapped its 29th annual Twilight Concert series with a free show by the reggae star Jimmy Cliff. The gig drew 30,000 people, according to some estimates. But this year the promoters expanded the menu with a slate of ticketed festivals, including All Bands on Deck! (with indie acts such as Poolside and Yacht) and September’s Beach Ball (featuring Aloe Blacc and Sly & Robbie). This weekend the pier is to host Way Over Yonder, an inaugural two-day roots-music event connected to the venerable Newport Folk Festival with performances Saturday and Sunday by Neko Case, Conor Oberst and Calexico. And Oct. 19 will bring the comedy-based Festival Supreme, assembled by Jack Black and his mock-rock band Tenacious D. The shows are part of what pier official Jay Farrand called “a larger effort to get people to take a second look at the pier to think of it not just as somewhere you take Grandma from Kansas.” But for Frank and Fleischmann whose respective companies, Spaceland and Rum & Humble, put on concerts at the Echo and the Hollywood Bowl, among other spots the activity also reflects their desire to establish a new home for music on the Westside, where a dearth of large and mid-sized venues intensified with the closing this summer of the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium. PHOTOS: Unexpected musical collaborations “People here need a place where they can gather in large numbers for music,” said Fleischmann, who pointed to high rents and restrictive permitting as reasons the Westside generally lacks such spaces. The century-old Santa Monica Pier, an instantly identifiable but historically significant landmark, makes for a complex solution to that problem. Jay Sweet, who supervises the Newport Folk Festival, said the pier appealed to him for Way Over Yonder because it’s an “iconic place that’s not a traditional music venue” similar to Fort Adams State Park in Rhode Island, where Newport has taken place since 1959. “There’s an overall vibe there,” said Cliff’s manager, Ernie Gonzalez, who added that the pier attracts an audience more diverse than at other venues.

Our Weekly Concert Picks: October 9–October 15

R&B singer Janelle Monae performs for the audience during a campaign event for President Barack Obama, Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2012, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

The prime-time show to announce key categories airs Dec. 6 on CBS. Post to Facebook Macklemore, Thicke, Drake, Urban to play Grammy concert on USATODAY.com: http://usat.ly/1fZvHE6 Incorrect please try again A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. Sent! A link has been sent to your friend’s email address. Join the Nation’s Conversation To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs Macklemore, Thicke, Drake, Urban to play Grammy concert Korina Lopez, USA TODAY 10:20 a.m. EDT October 9, 2013 The prime-time show to announce key categories airs Dec. 6 on CBS. Macklemore performs during a concert at the Heineken Music Hall in Amsterdam. (Photo: Ferdy Dammian, AFP/Getty Images) SHARE 9 CONNECT 20 TWEET COMMENTEMAILMORE It’s the Grammys, so the lineup for The Grammy Nominations Concert Live!! Countdown to Music’s Biggest Night on Dec. 6 promises to be a good one.

8:30 at the First Unitarian Church, 2125 Chestnut St., $13$15. Tickets available here . Thursday, October 10: Buried Beds Phillys Buried Beds have been making music for nearly a decade now, and hit their sweet spot on new record In Spirit, which theyll celebrate this Thursday at Boot & Saddle. Core members Brandon Beaver and Eliza Jones grew up together, and formed Buried Beds after moving in together post-college. Since then, the pairtogether with violaist Hallie Sianni, plus a rotating cast of likeminded friendshas released three records of increasingly lush and dreamy indie pop, and has hit the road with Dr. Dog and mewithoutYOU. On In Spirit, they find inspiration in both fairy tales and fantastical real life stories, weaving images of giants and spells with lush orchestration and gorgeous, float-y vocals. Check out sparkling first single Stars via Pfork , then get ready to experience the magic live on Thursday. 9:00 at Boot & Saddle, 1131 S. Broad St., $10. Tickets available here . Sunday, October 13: Janelle Monae Janelle Monae is an extraordinary artist and performer, who somehow manages to be even more extraordinary live. In the past three years, the 27-year-old R&B wunderkind has released two critically-acclaimed records of funk- and doo-wop-influenced R&B, won one Grammy award (for her collaboration with rockers fun. ), and has performed for the President of the United States in addition to garnering praise from everyone from OutKast to George Lucas to Prince (who guests on her new record ). Live, she doesnt so much perform as she does amazeincorporating costume changes, dance routines, and oh yeah, powerhouse vocalsinto a formidable carnival of fun.

Analysis: Jackson case will change the tune for concert, artist insurance

Not bad for a band with only two albums and no radio airplay, not to mention they were just here a little over four and a half months ago at Rock On The Range 2013 (read my review of the concert here ). This band, however, is much more suited for the dark claustrophobic interior of the Newport Music Hall than the bright sunny outdoors. They still put on a hell of a show, albeit a very brief one, at Rock On The Range, but they were definitely out of their element there. Not last night though. When the lights went down and the ominously creepy Jocelyn Pook composition Masked Ball played over the PA, the five Nameless Ghouls walked on stage, each one clad in black robes that made them look very similar to the Nazgul from ‘The Lords of the Rings.’ After basking in applause for a minute, the ghouls started their set with a rendition of Infestissumam that was considerably heavier than the album version. During this song, frontman Papa Emeritus II made a grand entrance, resplendent in his pitch-black Pope garb and skull makeup. The audience ate it up, cheering wildly and even moshing to the keyboard-heavy music. With only two albums under their belt, and no hit singles, Ghost pretty much had the freedom to play whatever they wanted. By the time the show ended, they had played all but one song from their phenomenal debut album (read my review of ‘Opus Eponymous’ here ) and half of the brand new album ‘Infestissumam’ (read my review of that album here ). One of the tracks from the latter album was Jiggalo Har Meggido which, according to Papa Emeritus II, was the first time Ghost was ever performing it. The evil pope didnt say much else; the bands stage banter was kept to a bare minimum. Indeed, the Nameless Ghouls couldve been robots and no one would notice.

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“Is it the artist, the bodyguard, the promoter? I think promoters will require stars to indemnify their own staff,” said McNaught. “Even if AEG was not held responsible, I still think this case will make attorneys find ways to tighten contracts.” An attorney for Lloyds of London involved in the Michael Jackson case declined comment for this story. The price of premiums also may go up, according to one concert producer who did not want his name used. Currently, promoters pay 3 percent to 5 percent of the value of the policy, meaning that AEG paid between $530,000 and $875,000 for the $17.5 million policy it took out with Lloyds of London for Jackson’s “This is It” tour. AEG, which had initially sought to collect on the $17.5 million policy after Jackson’s death canceled the tour, dropped a claim against Lloyds amid revelations in leaked emails that show AEG executives were concerned about his stability ahead of his planned London comeback tour. Insurers routinely send doctors to do medical exams — and occasionally hire investigators for background checks– before placing multi-million dollar policies for the stars. After the Jackson trial, the reams of information they need will skyrocket, said Adam Steck, CEO of SPI Entertainment, who recently brokered a deal for an 18-show run by rocker Meatloaf at Planet Hollywood in Vegas, starting September 26. “We’re in a high risk business, said Steck. “The case will require artists to disclose medical conditions and the producer will need to insure and vet them properly, meaning more red tape. This could affect ticket pricing at the end of the day.” In its wrongful death suit against AEG, Jackson’s family claimed AEG negligently hired Murray as Jackson’s personal physician and ignored signs Jackson, who died in 2009 at 50 from an overdose of propofol, was in poor health. AEG Live argued Jackson’s prescription drug and addiction problems predated their deal and that it did not hire Murray or see he was a danger to the star.