Some of the best restaurants in Long Beach, Orange County, and Los Angeles came together for the first ever Brunch Life Fest in Long Beach, CA. At the event, there were local brunch tastings, mimosas, and specialty drinks. Bottomless mimosas, beer, and brunch? What can be better than that?
This was a one-day outdoor food and entertainment festival that debuted at Long Beach’s Rainbow Lagoon Park at 400 E Shoreline Dr, Long Beach, CA. The parks turf recreational lawns, waterfront views and walkways are the draw at the traditional Japanese-style park. This event was exclusive to 21+ on August 4, 2018. with day drinking, samples, and tastings while supplies lasted.
At the event, full sized entrees and beverages were available through vendors. Agaves Kitchen, GD Bro Burger, Gourmet Blends, Padre, Drake’s Brewing, Essential Water, and Liberation Brewing were just some of the vendors at the event offering tastings and specialty drinks. Pearson Brother’s Winery provided a mimosa bar. Patrons were able to try the first grapeless wine made with wildflower honey, valencia orange, and indonesian vanilla.
Event goers enjoyed live music and entertainment from local bands, photo booths, lawn games, and other fun activities. VIP tickets were $90 and that included open mimosas bar, bloody marys, beer tastings, brunch food samples, access to the VIP section, and cocktail bar.
General Admission tickets were $75 and that included open mimosas bar, bloody marys, beer tastings, brunch food samples, and access to merchants and vendors.
A La Carte was offered to patrons and that paid entry to the festival, and access to food vendors and merchants.
If you’re a brunch enthusiast, you’ll want to head over to the Brunch Life Festival in Long Beach on August 4.
The event was packed by mid-morning and drew in so many people in Southern California. The Brunch Life crew worked around the clock pooling funds to pay for the event and sourcing local businesses to create this fun day for patrons. There first time doing this was a success and they hope to continue to do this annually.
Janet Jackson is back with new music! The global icon will release her highly anticipated new single and video for, “Made For Now” in collaboration with Reggaeton superstar Daddy Yankee this Friday, August 17.
Also on August 17, she will perform the song for the first time live with Daddy Yankee on The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:35 p.m. EST.
She set off social media frenzy among her fans when she posted the single’s artwork on her Instagram page late last night. This marks her first new music since her eleventh studio album and seventh #1 album, ‘Unbreakable,’ released in October 2015.
“Made For Now” is inspired by Janet’s personal love of music from around the globe and is produced by Harmony Samuels, who has crafted tracks for Ariana Grande, Mary J. Blige, Maroon 5, and Jennifer Lopez.
The song is meant to move people to enjoy their lives and seize opportunities today, not worry or wait until tomorrow. Shot in Brooklyn, New York, the music video was produced by her longtime collaborator; and Grammy-Award winning Director, Dave Myers and will transport fans to a neighborhood dance party filled with cameos from a contingent of international dancers from Ghana, Nigeria, Grenada, Trinidad and the U.S. who were hand selected by Janet and her longtime Creative Director Gil Duldulao.
“Made For Now” caps an incredible summer for Janet who headlined major festivals including Essence Festival in New Orleans, the largest crowd in its 24-year history. She had press and fans buzzing about her first ever New York festival performance at Panorama, where Billboard said, “Turning out flawlessly executed choreography for over an hour and a half… Jackson is an unstoppable dynamo on stage,” and Vibe said, “We were not only mystified by her presence, but also her dedication to her craft.” It was also recently announced that she would headline the Global Citizen Festival on Sept. 29 in Central Park.
Fans can visit JanetJackson.com for more updates information on upcoming events.
About Janet Jackson:Janet Jackson is one of the most influential entertainers of the modern era. Her music has won her 6 GRAMMY® Awards, 2 Emmy Nominations, a Golden Globe Award, a nomination for an Academy Award along with dozens of American Music Awards, MTV Video Music Awards and Billboard Music Awards. She has received accolades as an actress as well including the NAACP Best Supporting Actor award. Janet is a published author, dancer, businessperson, philanthropist and one of the biggest-selling artists in popular music history. With sales of over 160 million records worldwide, Janet Jackson stands as one of the best-selling artists of all time with a string of hits that have left an indelible impression on pop culture. Her music and artistry has opened doors through which other top artists have followed, many acknowledging her impact on their musical perceptions.
About Daddy Yankee: DADDY YANKEE remains one of the most recognized and influential names in urban music and Latin dance. He was named one of the most influential Hispanics in the world by both CNN and Time Magazine. He has sold over 17 million albums and over 60 million fans combined on his social networks. Daddy Yankee is considered the King of Reggaeton and continues to reign with the recent global success of “Despacito”, which was named the most streamed song and the most watched video of all time and most recently “Dura” the 2nd Most Watched Video in 2018. He was also named Billboard Magazine’s Top Latin Artist of 2017. Other global hits by Daddy Yankee are “Gasolina”, “Rompe”, “Limbo”, among others.
West Jeff To-Go is a to go spot for food lovers in LA. This neighborhood eatery offers healthy, substantial food to-go with a secluded outdoor garden option for patrons to eat in. On their menu they offer salads, bowls, sandwiches, and a refreshing variety of vegan and gluten free options. The restaurant is located at 5162 W. Jefferson Blvd at the intersection of Sycamore Avenue and Jefferson Boulevard.
West Jeff To-Go opened on April 21st 2018 and they are off to a promising start with plenty five-star reviews on Yelp. Menu items consist of healthy and delicious dishes. The new eatery is a collaboration between two long-time film & TV caterers, Chef Teri Portugal-Gooden & Colleen Stewart, cooking out of a 2,000 square foot kitchen located on-site where they have been for over a decade. The branding is sleek, with nods to its feminine roots by way of menu names. “When branding the restaurant, I wanted to celebrate our feminine roots without making things obviously pink, or soft. Incorporating women’s names that were significant to us, and relative to the food has shown to resonate with our patrons. Everyone knows a Maria!” says Bryant Moscote, the driving force behind the restaurant’s marketing and front of the house operations.
The Adriana (bowl) is sliced brisket, charred zucchini, and chimichurri vinaigrette. The Maria bowl consists of pulled pork, golden BBQ sauce, and green slaw. Colleen’s Chili was excellent with carrots, celery, onion, toasted garlic, triple bean, tomato, and served on Brown Rice topped with diced onion and cheese. All of their bowls are served with Brown Rice & Beans. There is also wide assortment of salads like the Charred Cauliflower, Quinoa Tabouli, and Roasted Potato!
The interior of the restaurant is cozy, making it easy to come in see, sample and order. West Jeff To-Go’s outdoor garden has a relaxing and inviting atmosphere with contemporary canopy lights. The garden is a favorite for guests to mingle with their friends and enjoy a nice meal, or book for a private party.
The staff delivers extraordinary service and will go through the entire menu with their guests. They are currently open from 11am to 5pm Monday through Friday and will eventually be open until 9pm. They are incorporating pop-up events on the weekend like movie nights in September, as well as breakfast!
You can check out their Instagram @westjefftogo for updates and also call West Jeff To-Go (323)935-5333 for their daily specials and catering. Share and Like West Jeff to Go on Facebook here.
Melbourne, Fla. – August 14, 2018 – The nonprofitTo Write Love on Her Armsjust launched its 7th annual campaign to honor World Suicide Prevention Day (September 10) and National Suicide Prevention Week (September 9 – September 15). This year’s campaign is called ” Tomorrow Needs You.”
According to the World Health Organization, 800,000 people die by suicide globally each year. That’s one person every 40 seconds. Additionally, the CDC recently reported that as of 2016, the suicide rate in the United States has risen 25% over the last 20 years.
TWLOHA Founder Jamie Tworkoswki shared: “World Suicide Prevention Day has become the most important day of the year for TWLOHA. This campaign is our biggest and best attempt not only to bring a message of hope and encouragement to folks all over, but also to raise money for people to get the help they need and deserve.”
Nancy Lublin, CEO of Crisis Text Line said: “This campaign is all about empowering people to reach out for help and share their experiences. It’s so reflective of who To Write Love on Her Arms is-warm and empathetic, focused on bringing out the best in people.”
People can participate in this year’s campaign by purchasing the organization’s World Suicide Prevention Day pack, joining the conversation on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook using #TomorrowNeedsYou, #WSPD18, and by donating to their fundraising campaign. TWLOHA has set a goal to raise $100,000 to provide counseling scholarships and to help connect thousands of people to local mental health resources.
To Write Love on Her Arms is a nonprofit dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury, and suicide. It exists to encourage, inform, inspire, and also to invest directly into treatment and recovery. Since its start in 2006, TWLOHA has donated over $2.1 million directly into treatment and recovery and answered over 210,000 messages from over 100 countries. For more information on To Write Love on Her Arms, please visit: www.twloha.com.
In addition to this year’s WSPD campaign, TWLOHA recently announced three dates of “An Evening With To Write Love on Her Arms.” The tour will run from September 18-20, hitting Tampa, FL, Gainesville, FL, and Atlanta, GA, respectively. The evening will consist of Tworkowski speaking, plus performances by two-time National Poetry Slam champion, Sierra DeMulder, and musician JP Saxe. Tickets for all three nights are on sale now. General admission tickets range from $13-$15, and VIP tickets are $40, which includes a pre-show Meet & Greet + Q&A. For more information, please visit: http://twloha.com/events/.
Melbourne, FL – August 6, 2018 –To Write Love on Her Arms (TWLOHA) is thrilled to announce three dates of “An Evening With To Write Love on Her Arms.” The tour will run from September 18-20, hitting Tampa, FL, Gainesville, FL, and Atlanta, GA, respectively. The evening will consist of TWLOHA founder Jamie Tworkowski speaking, plus performances by two-time National Poetry Slam champion, Sierra DeMulder and musician JP Saxe. For more information, please click here
“After mostly speaking at colleges in recent years, I’m so excited to get back into music venues. These will be small ticketed shows, which represent something new for TWLOHA and for me. If these go well, our goal is to add more dates so that we can bring these nights of hope to folks all over,” shares Tworkowski.
Tickets for all three nights are on sale now. General admission tickets range from $13-$15, and VIP tickets are $40, which includes a pre-show Meet & Greet + Q&A. Further event details are listed below
To Write Love on Her Arms is a nonprofit dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury, and suicide. It exists to encourage, inform, inspire, and also to invest directly into treatment and recovery. Since its start in 2006, TWLOHA has donated over $2.1 million directly into treatment and recovery and answered over 200,000 messages from over 100 countries.
This past September, TWLOHA wrapped its 6th annual campaign to honor National Suicide Prevention Week and World Suicide Prevention Day. The organization was overwhelmed by the amount of love and support shown during this year’s campaign, titled, “Stay. Find what you are made for,“during which over $103.5K was raised for treatment and counseling. The campaign was shared by supporters all over the world, including NBA player Kyle Korver, US Women’s National Soccer Team stars Alex Morgan, Christen Press, and Ashlyn Harris, actress Shantel VanSanten, Switchfoot‘s Jon Foreman, Dustin Kensrue of Thrice, actress and singer Debby Ryan, The Ready Set‘s Jordan Witzrigreuter, and Jess Bowen of The Summer Set, all of whom were featured in a special video message directed by Dustin Miller, a Florida-based filmmaker and longtime TWLOHA collaborator: http://youtu.be/37cB2CQt_YA.
Jordyn Jones is a singer, actress, dancer, model and social media influencer. Jordyn got her break as a dancer in “Abby’s Ultimate Dance Competition”, which led her to perform on the biggest stages including MTV Video Music Awards, Nickelodeon Kid’s Choice Awards, Dancing with the Stars, etc.
Her social media following started to skyrocket because of her newfound fame. As a digital influencer, Jordyn has secured deals with some of the most reputable brands such as Revlon, Sprint, MaybellineNY, and Warner Bros Studios, and modeled for brands such as Prada, MiuMiu, Guess, Mudd Jeans, Brandy Melville, and Skechers. Her infectious personality has also landed programming contracts with AwesomenessTV and Facebook.
Jordyn’s singing career is gaining momentum quickly as she garners attention from industry professionals. She continues to release music through Capitol Music Group, some of which has been licensed in film, television, and brand campaigns. Jordyn is currently in the studio recording new music and will be touring in Fall 2018.
Jordyn’s acting credits include a starring role in Brat’s digital series The Overnights, Disney Channel’s “Bizaardvark”, and YouTube Red’s “Dance Camp” (directed by John Chu).
Jordyn is an all-around force to be reckoned with and definitely one to watch this 2018!
Tonight,Alison Wonderland will launch her summer U.S. headline tour with a sold-out show at the Ogden Theatre in Denver, CO. A second Denver show has been added on August 4. The run includes concerts at Seattle’s WaMu Theatre (August 10) and Shrine Expo Hall in Los Angeles (August 17). See below for itinerary. Tickets are available at alisonwonderland.com.
The outing follows Wonderland’s performances at numerous festivals. Run The Trap hailed her set at Belgium’s Tomorrowland as “a work of art, unforgettable.” Dancing Astronaut named her as one of the “artists you can’t miss at Spring Awakening” and ran this Q&A with Wonderland. The Chicago Tribune said, “Alison Wonderland, the only woman appearing on a main stage this year, ushered in the evening with a buoyant set that featured her singles ‘Church’ and ‘Easy.’ Billboard ranked her performance among theTop 5 Dance Highlights at Coachella and noted, “Wonderland came to the table with nothing but a home run on the menu.”
Naming her as one of the “breakout musicians ready to rock your summer,” Elle observed, ‘Wonderland’ punctuates lyrics about self-worth and self-care with soul-thumping beats.” She is touring in support of her sophomore album, AWAKE (Astralwerks), which entered Billboard’s Top Dance/Electronic Albums chart at No. 1 a feat she also accomplished with her self-titled 2015 debut album, Run.
Wonderland brought her writing and producing skills to each of AWAKE’s 14 tracks and was joined in the studio by a red-hot roster of collaborators, including Joel Little (Lorde), Illangelo (The Weeknd), Party Favor (Mad Decent) and long-time friend Lido. Features include Chief Keef on “Dreamy Dragon” and Trippie Redd on “High.”
One of the latest remixes from AWAKE is from Valentino Khan. One of EDM’s biggest names, Khan has collaborated with the likes of Diplo, Skrillex and Steve Aoki and regularly flips the biggest tracks from the world’s biggest stars. His thunderous remix of “Good Enough” pushes up the BPM to fever pitch, combining his impeccable production chops with the ghosts of UK bassline and hardcore. Check out Khan’s up for it, rave-ready remix of “Good Enough” HERE.
EDM Tunes praised London-based duo Billion’s ‘dance ready remix’ of “Easy.” Billion comprising Ed Butler and Robbie Lamond are known for their eclectic blend of garage, house and techno and have earned support from the BBC’s Skream, Annie Mac and Mistajam. Download / stream “Easy” (Billion Remix)HERE.
Kaivon who found his audience with a striking series of singles based on the theme of rebirth has also remixed “Easy.” In a track premiere, YourEDM.com said, “Kaivon keeps the emotional tone while pumping up the energy just a bit, turning the more ballad-like original into a future bass climax. It’s not hard to imagine the pyrotechnics that might accompany this track in a set, or the reaction from the crowd when it’s dropped.” Download / stream “Easy” (Kaivon Remix)HERE.
NEW YORK, NY (August 3, 2018) — After making history as the very first winner of FOX’s The Four: Battle for Stardom, Evvie McKinney returned to the show’s season 2 finale last night to perform her debut single “How Do You Feel” for the very first time.
Executive produced by The Four judge Sean “Diddy” Combs, “How Do You Feel” is available via Republic RecordsHERE now.
“I knew Evvie was special from the moment she walked on that stage, she had that star quality and an incredible voice. I have a good intuition about talent and I got that feeling with her. This song is a smash and this the just the beginning of her journey,” said Combs.
In case you missed it, watch the show stopping performance again HERE! (Post & Share)
“How Do You Feel” illuminates both the power and nuances of Evvie’s voice. She delivers emotionally charged verses before a soaring and soulful hook confronting a cheating ex.
It’s the perfect introduction to her sound, and it heralds the release of more new music from the 20-year-old rising powerhouse very soon.
ABOUT EVVIE MCKINNEY:
With undeniable spirit, mile-high range, and earthquaking delivery, Evvie McKinney exudes her own sense of style, swagger, and soul that’s both classic and current.
Born and raised in the birthplace of Soul and Rock ‘n’ Roll Music Memphis, TN, the 20-year-old made history when she emerged as the first winner of FOX’s hit series The Four: Battle For Stardom. However, her journey began at five-years-old when she joined her first choir at the urging of her mother and musician father. One of seven kids, she faced hardship throughout childhood with dad passing in 2005 and mom struggling to support the family. Living in a home provided by Habitat for Humanity, Evvie pursued her dream relentlessly. She went from the Young Actors Guild Theatre and Dance Company to Stax Music Academy where she assumed the role of lead singer and actress. Along the way, she performed for everyone from David Porter to LaLa Hathaway and shared the stage with Sam of Sam and Dave and Larry Dodson of The Bar-Kays, to name a few. By 2015, she achieved a National YoungArts Foundation scholarship and would be recognized as its “Merit Winner” in Popular Voice.
2017 saw her audition for The Four. From the jump, she instantly captured the hearts of millions by belting out classics from Aretha Franklin and Tina Turner in addition to serving up a heart-wrenching rendition of the Academy® Award-winning “Glory” by Common and John Legend. Now, she stands poised to leave an indelible mark on soul with her debut single “How Do You Feel” and more music on the horizon.
New York – August 2, 2018 – Thomson Safaris and Thomson Family Adventures have appointed Geoffrey Weill Associates to handle their public relations needs in North America, it was announced today by company President Geoffrey Weill.
Created 38 years ago by the dynamic married duo of Rick Thomson and Judi Wineland, Thomson Safaris specializes in personally crafted trips to Tanzania. To this day, Thomson Safaris uses only local guides in its hand-picked itineraries, offering access to people and areas of the Serengeti that other outfitters can’t.
The company’s Kilimanjaro Treks are some of the most highly respected tours in the region,with the most qualified guides and a 98% summit success. Committed to quality and care, all of their guides are Wilderness Responder Certified. A founding member of the Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project – an NGO advocating for the rights of porters, Thomson has distinguished itself by upholding the highest standards for the treatment and compensation of porters, launching such initiatives as Porter Appreciation Week in 2018.
Thomson Safaris is the recipient of both a “Tanzania Conservation Award” and “Humanitarian of the Year Award” from The Tanzania Tourist Board. Thomson’s sister nonprofit, Focus on Tanzanian Communities (FoTZC), was started by Thomson Safaris co-founder Judi Wineland and a group of guests who wanted to bring educational resources to developing regions in Tanzania.
In 1998, with young children, Judi and Rick answered a need by creating Thomson Family Adventures, catering to families of all sizes and composition. Today, Thomson Family Adventures is still the only tour operator in the US exclusively dedicated to family travel. Pioneers in what is now a burgeoning niche market in the travel industry, Thomson Family Adventures now offers more than 90 itineraries and covers regions of North, South and Central America, Africa, Asia and Antarctica. The company also offers specialized tours specifically for teens and millennials, age groups often overlooked in the family market.
“We are thrilled to be adding Thomson Safaris and Thomson Family Adventures to our portfolio of unique travel products,” said Ann-Rebecca Laschever, Executive Vice President of WEILL. “Although they have been offering first-class safari and memorable travel experiences for several years, they are not as known in the industry as they deserve to be. We look forward to changing that.”