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Dia de Los Muertos

Dia de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is a  colorful festival celebrating the living. In the United States and in Mexico's larger cities, families build altars in their homes, dedicating them to the dead. They surround these altars with flowers, food and pictures of the deceased. They light candles and place them next to the altar. The Aztecs and other Meso-American civilizations kept skulls as trophies and displayed them during the ritual. The skulls were used to symbolize death and rebirth. The Aztecs and other Meso-American civilizations believed that the dead came back to visit during the month long ritual. The natives viewed it as the continuation of life. Instead of fearing death, they embraced it. To them, life was a dream and only in death did they become truly awake. The ritual has evolved to include other cultures like Native Americans and African Americans doing their own dances. This was my third year celebrating this event. Each year Hollywood Forever Cemetery comes al…

Indigo Lounge just....IS.

To those of you who came to Indigo Lounge on October 18th, thank you so much for your support (Ika you're the greatest)! It was one of those nights were everything flowed together in harmony. I set the tone with the first piece titled "Indigo." I must say, everyone seemed in tune with themselves and their fellow artist. Indigo Lounge is a melting pot of the L.A. art scene at its best. All I can say is, you should've been there! I would like to thank all of the artists who did their thang! A shout out to Blake and his crew from the C.S.U.N music program who jammed hard all night long. Folks are always so amazed on how young and talented these Katz really are. They did an awesome job! This time we really utilized other musicians and singers in addition to the house band and poets. Although an intimate crowd, the vibe was really powerful to say the least. It feels great to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, and come to a place surrounded by real talen…

Look Who's coming to Indigo Lounge!

October 18th is going to be a fabulous evening of live jazz and performance at Indigo Lounge. I thank all of you who connected with me and rsvp'd to perform at the open mic jam session. I can't wait for you to bless the stage! Here is just a sneak peek at some of our guests who rsvp'd...
Angela White is a multi-talented, multi-faceted poet. She sings, has arranged music, directed choral groups and is spiritually and socially motivating. The short list does not include her passion for photography, her willingness to assist and volunteer to benefit others, and her love for family. Angela's first book of poetry, Inspired & Wired, a mature composition of poetry and life contemplations, is proof that the intertwining of confidence and faith produces explosive, irrefutable results. The passion she displays for her work is contagious. Angela is currently working on her second book, Passionate Inspirations, from the heart of a poet, and continues to speak, sing, write, moti…