Coolio initially took over the world rap scene through the “Gangsta’s Paradise” release, which won a Grammy in 1996 for Best Rap Performance, Solo. “Gangsta’s Paradise” would also be featured on the “Dangerous Minds” soundtrack and movie. “Gangsta’s Paradise,” also featuring L.V. on vocals, was also nominated for a Grammy for Best Song of the Year. It sold over six million copies and was Billboard Magazine’s number one single in 1995.
The world recognition led to his music being featured Coolio for several major motion pictures including: “Space Jam,” “Clueless,” “The Big Payback,” “Panther,” “New Jersey Drive,” “The Jerk Boys,” “Eddie,” “Half Baked” and many more. He also composed the theme song for the popular TV series “Kenan and Kel” on Nickelodeon.
Currently performing and touring worldwide as a musical artist, Coolio is also working on a new cookbook with his best friend and bandmate, hip hop jazz saxophonist Jarez. The recipes will continue on the theme of insane deliciousness that anyone can recreate. The recipes are designed to be accessible with easy to assemble ingredients that everyone will recognize. From the tang of balsamic vinegar to the freshness of chopped peppers, the new cookbook is something that everyone needs in their kitchen.
HELL’S BELLES are first and foremost dedicated AC/DC fanatics. This is what we all have in common. We’re all part of a huge community of devotees to one of the greatest rock-n-roll bands in the world. This is who we all are, and this is what HELL’S BELLES strives to deliver with mechanical precision and passionate fury. Endorsed by Angus Young himself (Blender Magazine, 2003), HELL’S BELLES are the closest one can get without actually moving to Australia and joining AC/DC’s road crew.
HELL’S BELLES formed in 2000, the brainchild of former member, Amy Stozenbach, alongside former member, Om Johari. The current line-up features Mandy Reed, rock solid and born ready as Cliff Williams (Bass guitar), Lisa Brisbois, sly and subtly intense as part time Malcolm Young, Sharon Needles of Betty Blowtorch/Butt Trumpet fame part time Malcolm Young (Rhythm guitar), Judy Cocuzza (JuDy-molish of Betty Blowtorch fame) as Phil Rudd (drums), all the way from Australia, Amber Saxon the kind of hard rock bombastic power that makes no apologies and is dangerous around the edges as Bon Scott & Brian Johnson (Vocals) and Adrian Conner, dreadlock slinger and wicked as Angus Young (lead Guitar).
HELL’S BELLES are indeed ALL female, all the way to their rock-n-roll cores, all the lime and without exception. Representing for a whole new generation of women that won’t be intimidated, HELL’S BELLES actively encourage our legions of lady fans to stand up and be counted, and collaborate with women musicians and causes as a part of
the mission towards rock and roll inclusion. Not some down-your-throat feminism, but a proactive support and action spirit towards the continued march towards balancing of the gender scales. It’s an all out rock-n-roll assault that leaves you both satisfied and begging for more.
HELL’S BELLES – committed, ferocious, meticulous women rock musicians delivering authentic ACIDC to the unbelievably supportive and wicked awesome fans. All day and all night long, all over the world, pitch perfect AC/ DC delivered with a highly charged vigor by Amber, Mandy, Judy, Lisa, Sharon and Adrian ‘Angus’ Conner.
This funky band will make any event take flight! Expect the guys to show up in shirt and tie playing funky covers and orginals that will bring people to the dance floor.
Precious Byrd is a high energy dance/rock band from beautiful Bend, OR. Featuring Corey Parnell on vocals, Casey Parnell on lead guitar, Michael Summers on drums, and grammy award winning artist Lonnie Chapin on bass. Their fantastic renditions of modern and classic hits, along with a number of high energy originals, are sure to get you on your feet.
Larry and His Flask
Larry and His Flask are a high energy, five-piece carnival of a band that incorporate rock, folk, bluegrass, soul, brass band, punk and alt-country into their own unique sound. Some people call what they do “folk-punk”, others call it “a bluegrass traveling circus” and everyone who’s seen them live rightfully call Larry and His Flask “down right WILD”. But no matter what you call it, this is a band that has to be seen to be believed.
The Flask hails from central Oregon, smack dab in the middle of the beautiful Pacific Northwest, and is comprised of Jeshua Marshall on contra bass and baritone, Ian Cook on electric guitar and lead vocals, Andrew Carew on banjo, trombone and vocals, Dallin Bulkley on acoustic guitar and vocals, and Jamin Marshall on drums and vocals. Since brothers Jeshua and Jamin Marshall founded the band in 2003 the band has gone through several lineup changes and fundamental changes to their sound, but they have always held true to their reputation for an foot-stomping, mind-blowingly great time.
Lift your glasses high and enjoy a Victory Swig. Live original music peppered with unique takes on covers. Victory Swig is a group of seasoned, fun loving, musicians based in Bend, Or. They play music that moves your body, mind and soul. The energy exchange is what they’re about. Band members include: Brian Hinderberger (Acoustic Guitar/Vox/Harp), Barrett Dash (Bass/Vox), Tom Kealey (Drums/ Percussion/Vox) Phil Hetz (Guitar/Vox), Noel Anderson (Keys/Vox)
Downhill Ryder is a band of songwriters that blends acoustic and electric sounds on an eclectic rock landscape. Imagine the sound born from folk, classic rock and jazz… tones that dance, cry or rage set the foundation for powerful vocals to soar high above. Downhill Ryder delivers honest, heartfelt, compelling music. Kim Kelley (vocals and acoustic guitar), Matthew Finfer (electric guitars), John Allen (bass guitar), Don Williams (drums) and Lynda Beauchamp (vocals and percussion) combine genres to create a sound that is uniquely Downhill Ryder.
Downhill Ryder is based in Bend, OR. Give them a listen to hear something new.