Griffith Park Observatory.
It’s taken a few days to decompress from the great weekend in LA and I’m gonna have to make this a two parter due to sheer volume. First thing is the weather. At no time did I see any Ice or Snow and the last day it was nearly 70 and had my feet in the ocean! I was contemplating how to get my family to where I was but that wasn’t really a choice. Secondly I was in good company. I was traveling with Mr. Jeff Bogle and we hung with lots of great people.
Gotta get the tickets!
Famous LA traffic!
I arrived on Friday so I could check into the hotel, pick up Grammy tickets and have a drink with a friend in downtown LA. I have a penchant for fine whisky and we went to Seven Grand on his suggestion. It didn’t disappoint. It was an early night thankfully because Saturday started early and ended earlier… so to speak. I awoke at 5:30 am (not by choice) having slept 8 hours and decided to go for a walk. Afterward I made breakfast, showered and we (Jeff and I) were off and running. Later that morning was the Grammy Nominee kids concert followed by an Industry Luncheon at the Mint in LA. The show was really good as you would expect from 5 Grammy nominated bands.
The Okee Dokees, Elizabeth Mitchell, The Pop Ups, Bill Harley and the JumpinJazz Kids were all excellent.
Okee Dokees at Grammy Nominee Show
Pop-Ups taking the stage
The sound for the acts was excellent. No small feat for the changing bands and styles. A shout out to the sound guy at The Mint. A job well done indeed. So after the show there was the luncheon. So everyone filed out onto the sidewalk while they set up tables and chairs for 100. With the weather being beautiful it wasn’t a problem. Artists signed autographs for kids and Industry folks mingled. There I got introduced to Todd McHatton who’s “I think I’m a Bunny” took the kids music world by storm two years ago. It’s a really smart, funny, Henson-esque song with Todd’s daughter performing on it as well. Go check it out cause it’s a lot of fun! Then it was time for the luncheon and I got to renew friendships, start new relationships and hand out the new 4 song CD sampler to as many people as possible. I had a short conversation in the back with Joe of the Okee Dokees, helped the Pop-Ups look for a lost item (they found it in the car) and then heard Bill Harley give a heck of a keynote speech about Sandy Hook. It was honest and sincere and my thanks to Bill for being poignant without preachy. Thanks Bill.
Then as it wound down and the nominees ran off to their Grammy Nominee dinner many collected outside and talked for another hour or so. I handed out a few more CD’s. Then there was more talking and more laughing (my feet started to hurt) with Randy Kaplan, David Tobocman, Norm and Heather from Rythym Child and Mr Cookie Jar and whoever else I may be forgetting. Then some people were hungry and it was time for some supper.
Post Luncheon with Todd, Norm, Mista Cookie Jar and Jeff.
So following the after luncheon gathering we headed off to a really great restaurant called the Mohawk Bend. The place catered to vegetarians(a few in the group) and had a fine representation of nearly every California Brewery! The food and beer were excellent. I had a Deliverance Strong Ale which is barrel aged awesomeness from Lost Abbey Brewery. I highly recommend it. I also had a chance to talk to David Tobocman (check his music here) and his lovely wife KC, Gina McHatton, the McHatton kids and Rebecca who writes the Kids Can Grove blog (go check it out!) and of course my partner in crime for the weekend Jeff Bogle (OWTK). Dinner and company proved to be excellent as did the desserts. (I had a home made salted caramel Ice Cream) Lots of sharing makes a happy table.
So the Tobocmans had to leave (time to relieve the babysitter) and I thought we may head to the hotel. Not when your rolling with the Bogle. We then headed off to Griffith Park Observatory. I had never been there and what a cool place it is. They have a giant telescope (skipped it due to long lines), all kinds of cool science exhibits, a Tesla coil (check out the electricity) and it overlooks Los Angeles. This was one of the highlights of my weekend.
What a view!
What a totally cool place to visit. One day I shall take my whole family out to LA and we shall stop at the Griffith Observatory. Places like that make learning fun and inspire kids to inquire more about science. I’m ready to go take a science class myself!
I think I forgot to mention that Todd gave us all a sneak peek at a new CD coming out. He’s been collaborating with Morgan Taylor (Gustafer Yellowgold) and that stuff we heard was really amazing. Look for it in the next year you won’t be disappointed. Anyway after hanging with the McHattons I figured we’d be headed back to the Hotel and drop Rebecca at hers… Wrong again!
Mels on Sunset.
When your rolling with the Bogle you roll all night. So off to Mels where we met up with Mindy Thomas, Kenny Curtis and crew from KPL (Kids Place Live) and our friends the Okee Dokee Brothers. Mindy and the Brothers were all dressed up having just come from the Grammy Nominee Dinner. Kenny Curtis and his crew had been editing the Kids concert from the afternoon and broadcast it the same day…Phew! That’s a job well done! Anyway after a full day there was a lot of laughing, a couple beers, a milkshake on the table and more laughing.
KPL crew and Joe.
Okees Dokees and Rebecca
So Kenny and the KPL producers headed home. The rest of us stayed a bit longer laughing and talking about things I have been forever sworn to secrecy! Well we did talk about…. Nyet! So finally we paid the bill and headed back to the hotel… No really! We dropped Rebecca off as she had an early flight and we went right back to the…
And then we headed off to bed… To Be Continued.