Feb 28, 2015

Jocelyn Arndt: "Strangers In Fairyland" EP Review

Looking to listen to a new upcoming artist? Well look no further, Jocelyn Arndt is a 19 year old singer/songwriter from Boston who is already making a dent in the music industry. She alongside her 18 year old, guitar playing, co writer, brother Chris, managed to impact audiences everywhere they perform. Jocelyn’s distinctive vocal abilities have set her ablaze as she’s gotten the privilege of working with Grammy award winner Brad Blackwood throughout her musical career.

Jocelyn has recently teamed up with Popdust to release her new lyric video for her song “Lullaby”. It is the third song off her new EP album “Strangers in Fairyland” which was released October 27th. Jocelyn has also previously released her new song “Cinderella” and “Nevermind”. I got the chance to listen to her EP and I must say her vocals are breathtaking and filled with personal emotion even though the style of music isn’t typically what I listen to.

When discussing the video for “Lullaby”, Jocelyn has stated,
“It was a truly awesome experience to see the emotions in my lyrics for “Lullaby” actually come to life in the video. The whole feel is entirely stark, empty, and resigned which is great considering that we filmed our parts on green screen with the computer artwork added later. I think the emotion really comes through.”
Jocelyn has played the Big Apple Indie Music Series, Black Bear Music Festival, Move Music Fest, and the Utica Music & Arts Festival as well as appearing live on Fox Television's Good Day New York. In addition she's shared the stage with artists such as Magic Man, Ryan Montbleau, Shawn Rowe, and Shinobi Ninja, performing throughout New York, Massachusetts, Virginia, Michigan, Tennessee, and Georgia. 

"Strangers in Fairyland" can now be purchased on Amazon and iTunes.

Be sure to keep an eye out for Jocelyn and check out more of her music on her social media sites listed below. 

Upcoming Tour Dates:
Mar. 16                       Sidewalk Cafe                             New York, NY
Mar. 17                       Jergel's Rhythm Grille                Warrendale, PA
Mar. 19                       Scruffy City Hall                         Knoxville, TN
Mar. 20                       Sugar's Downtown                      Chattanooga, TN
Mar. 21                       Acme Feed & Seed                     Nashville, TN
Apr. 3                         The Bitter End                             New York, NY

For more information, please visit:

Feb 23, 2015

Marvel Universe LIVE! Show Info & Discount Offer

Marvel Universe LIVE! Debuts in greater Los Angeles for it's first ever action-packed arena tour March 26 - May3.

Marvel fans, assemble! 

Marvel Universe LIVE! is taking the live entertainment experience to a whole new groundbreaking level, with a mind-blowing stunt show unlike anything experienced before! Watch your favorite Marvel Super Heroes including Spider-Man and The Avengers (Iron Man, Black Widow, Hulk and more) plus menacing Villains come to life in an action-packed arena extravaganza debuting in Southern California for the first time ever starting March 26th – playing Honda Center/Anaheim, Citizens Business Bank Arena/Ontario and The Forum/Inglewood.

Marvel Universe LIVE! will captivate audiences with an authentic and original story that brings more than 25 Marvel icons together on one awesome quest. The Cosmic Cube, the source of ultimate power and one of the most feared and coveted treasures in the Marvel Universe, has been shattered into pieces by the Mighty Thor in order to prevent it from falling into the wrong hands. With the pieces scattered across the globe, Thor’s villainous brother Loki devises a scheme to clone its powers, inciting a threat that could not only decimate Earth but also obliterate the Universe.

Feel the energy and excitement with cutting-edge special effects, pyrotechnics, aerial stunts, martial arts, motorcycles and stunning video projections that completely immerse the audience into the epic action and story. Nearly two years in the making, Marvel Universe LIVE! is being hailed as the most technically advanced and innovative live touring shows ever (in the more than 40 year history of Feld Entertainment). Join Marvel fans of all ages for this once-in-a-lifetime, monumental performance…the fate of the Universe depends on it!

Ticket Information:

Honda Center – 2695 E. Katella Avenue, Anaheim, CA 92806
WHEN: Thursday, March 26 – Sunday, March 29
o Thursday, March 26 7:00 PM
o Friday, March 27 7:00 PM
o Saturday, March 28 11:00 AM, 3:00 PM & 7:00 PM
o Sunday, March 29 11:00 AM, 3:00 PM & 7:00 PM

TICKETS: Prices range from $20, $30, $45, $75 (VIP) and $135 (Gold Circle)
Kids (ages 2-12) tickets priced at $20 each*
Opening Night discount tickets available for $20 on select seating*
*not valid for VIP/Gold circle levels

Tickets available for purchase online at Ticketmaster.com, charge by phone at 800-745-3000 or in-person at the venue Box Office.
*Tickets may be subject to service charges, facility and handling fees.

Citizens Business Bank Arena – 4000 Ontario Center Parkway, Ontario, CA 91764
WHEN: Thursday, April 9 – Sunday, April 12
o Thursday, April 9 7:00 PM
o Friday, April 10 7:00 PM
o Saturday, April 11 11:00 AM, 3:00 PM & 7:00 PM
o Sunday, April 12 1:00 PM & 5:00 PM

TICKETS: Prices range from $20, $30, $45, $75 (VIP) and $135 (Gold Circle)
Kids (ages 2-12) tickets priced at $20 each*
Opening Night discount tickets available for $20 on select seating*
*not valid for VIP/Gold circle levels
Tickets available for purchase online at AXS.com, charge by phone at 888-9AXS-TIX or in-person at the venue Box Office. 
*Tickets may be subject to ticketing service charges and facility fees.

I N G L E W O O D / L O S A N G E L E S
The Forum – 3900 West Manchester Blvd. Inglewood, CA 90305
WHEN: Friday, May 1 – Sunday, May 3
o Friday, May 1 7:30 PM
o Saturday, May 2 11:00 AM, 3:00 PM & 7:00 PM
o Sunday, May 3 1:00 PM & 5:00 PM

TICKETS: Prices range from $20, $30, $45, $75 (VIP) and $135 (Gold Circle)
Kids (ages 2-12) tickets priced at $20 each*
Opening Night discount tickets available for $20 on select seating*
*not valid for VIP/Gold circle levels
Tickets available for purchase online at Ticketmaster.com, charge by phone at 800-745-3000 or in-person at the venue Box Office.
*Tickets may be subject to service charges, facility and handling fees.

Discount Offer:
Use the code MOM to save $5 on tickets in the $30-$45 price level. 
(limit 6 tickets)
Valid on select shows:
Honda Center - Friday 3/27 & Saturday 3/28 @7pm and Sunday 3/29 @11am
Citizens Business Bank Arena - Friday 4/10 @7pm, Saturday 4/11 @11am, Sunday 4/12 @5pm
The Forum -  Saturday 5/2 @7pm
*excludes front row & VIP seats

click here to buy tickets

Disclosure: SoCal Blog will be provided with tickets to view the show on opening night.

Feb 18, 2015

Night Riots: "Howl" EP Album Review

There’s no doubt that the Night Riots are on their way up to becoming the next “New Wave Sound”. An interesting band originally from San Luis Obispo, whom I recently had the privilege of reviewing the Night Riots newest EP and am pleased to say I took a shine to their style of music.

Their 80’s garage rock band sound is nothing short of “contagious” which is ironically the title to one of their songs on the album. Their infectious, vibrant melodies brought back memories as I recalled my high school obsessions with artists I discovered and conquered (meaning I replayed them over and over again). The album contains their songs “Contagious” which was released back in October of 2014 and is currently No.5 on SiriusXM , debuting at No.17 on the Billboard Heatseekers Chart is their EP "Howl" (released Jan. 20th via Sumerian Records)!

Night Riots have also released an eerie vignette for their new song, "Break" - today on BULLETT Magazine. Watch the vignette, here: http://bit.ly/BullettBreak. Night Riots’ vocalist Travis Hawley explains, 
"'Break' conjures images of timeless youthful love." He continues, "We represented this idea by using antique film cuts of lovers kissing. At one point these clips were considered risqué and audacious. But looking back on them from our modern perspective, they seem so romantic in their confident and daring innocence."
With praise pouring in from the likes of Billboard, Earmilk, MTV, FUSE, Huffington Post, KROQ, All Things Go, NYLON, AV Club and Filter, and sharing recent bills with bands including Cage The Elephant, Walk The Moon, Meg Myers, OK Go, and more, Night Riots is setting the alternative underworld ablaze with their melody rich songs that have already endeared them to critics. I am greatly looking forward to seeing them live in San Diego for that will be the determining of their overall talent and abilities as musicians as they continue on with their musical endeavors.

Upcoming Tour Dates (Additional Dates TBA):
02/15 - Fresno, CA @ Strummers
02/19 - San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop (Popscene)
02/20 - San Luis Obispo, CA @ Slo Brew
02/21 - Bakersfield, CA @ B-Ryders
02/26 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court
02/27 - Denver, CO @ Marquis Theater
02/28 - Colorado Springs, CO @ The Black Sheep
03/02 - Kansas City, MO @ recordBar
03/03 - St. Louis, MO @ The Demo*
03/05 - Chicago, IL @ Reggie's Rock Club*
03/06 - Covington, KY @ Madison Live*
03/08 - Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall*
03/09 - New York, NY @ The Studio at Webster Hall*
03/11 -Springfield, VA @ Empire*
03/16 - Fayetteville, AR @ George's Majestic Lounge**
03/22 - Albuquerque, NM @ Launchpad*
03/24 - Scottsdale, AZ @ Pub Rock
03/25 - San Diego, CA @ House of Blues (Voodoo Room)*
* w/ DRAEMINGS       ** w/ Pianos Become The Teeth

"HOWL" can be purchased on iTunes, here.

Be sure to keep up with the band on their social networks:
Instagram: instagram.com/nightriots

Disclosure: SoCal Blog was not monetarily compensated for this review; we  were provided with a link to the EP album in order to review. SoCal Blog will be provided with tickets to Night Riots San Diego show in order to review and cover the venue. All of the views/opinions in this post are those of our Music reviewer, Bianca. 

Feb 17, 2015

1st Annual Temecula Valley Family Fair

March 27-29, 2015
Lake Skinner Recreational Park
37701 Warren Rd., Winchester, CA
**Rain or Shine**
Temecula Valley Family Fair (TVFF) announces the launch of the 1st annual regional fair in South West Riverside County. Enjoy all the attractions of a county fair including, live entertainment, performances, carnival rides, games, food concessions and more. This community based event will be held to benefit local charities in the area. The fair will be held at Lake Skinner Recreational Park on March 27, 28 and 29 in 2015.

The Temecula Valley Family Fair invites you to come out and enjoy the Temecula Valley’s 1stannual regional fair. A place where people will come together, spend time with friends and family and create lifelong memories. Fairgoers will experience a traditional lineup of fair food, festivities, concerts, family fun and all things local to the Temecula Valley at the 2015 Temecula Fair. The fair uses physical tickets - the cost of rides varies. At each ride is a sign indicating how many "tickets" the ride costs (each "ticket" is $1); unlimited ride wristbands will be on sale for $30.

Fairgoers can look forward to the only funnest carnival rides:

Giant Wheel         Super Shot (drop tower)          Zipper         • Bumper Cars
Tilt-a-Whirl         Dizzy Dragon         Flying Cars          Carousel
Fun Slide         Swings

As part of the fairs mission to give back to the community, it will be donating all proceeds to local charities. To support the success of this ambitious event, the Temecula Valley Family Fair is currently in need of sponsors, vendors and volunteers. To help out in any way, click here.

Admission info:
Parking: Cars $5 / Buses, Limos, Rv's $10.00 (CASH ONLY)
General (13-59) $12.50
Military/Senior (60+) $10.00
Children (3-12) $6.00
2 and under FREE
*ticket can be purchased online or at box office.

For updates please follow TVFF on Facebook

Location Info:
Temecula Fair
Lake Skinner Recreational Park
37701 Warren Rd., Winchester, CA

Feb 13, 2015

Promenade Temecula: Sidewalk Street Painting Workshop (FREE)

Promenade Temecula is hosting a fantastic FREE event for everyone, small and big!
During the workshop, students will learn how to transfer a  2D picture to a large format on the asphalt. Students will learn sketching, blending, and detail tricks to producing a street painting mural. Students will utilize a palette of 24-48 colors depending on design, using chalk pastels.
Kids are welcome to bring their own supplies if desired.
For the most impact, students should choose one dominant subject matter for their first street painting. Abstracts and impressionist paintings do not usually translate well to asphalt unless extremely experienced. 
*Cartoons, Manga, superheroes are acceptable. Political statements, logos, and advertisements are not.
Workshop information:
Saturday, February 21
10am - 2pm
Plaza Street located in front of Edwards Theaters
Kids & adults welcome!

Promenade Temecula
40820 Winchester Road
Temecula, CA 92591

Feb 9, 2015

Discovery Cube: LEGO Travel Adventure Exhibit

Exhibit open from January 17 - May 10, 2015

Embark on a travel adventure with LEGO at the Discovery Cube Orange County!
You can go anywhere over land, sea, and air by creating extraordinary vehicles to take you where you want to go! To go on a travel adventure to exotic locations, you need to think creatively, plan, and build vehicles to move through all types of terrain, including mountains, oceans, jungles, deserts and more!
Join us to take part in the hands-on features of this exhibit:

  • Create vehicles of all shapes and sizes that will drive, fly or float through exotic terrains
  • Suit-up as a pilot, ship captain, or race car driver to find inspiration for your vehicle.
  • Check out a display of vehicles made from LEGO bricks, including a spaceship, boat, motorcycle, and more
  • Build a vehicle with pieces from popular LEGO sets
  • Take a photo with a kid-sized race car made from LEGO Duplo blocks
  • Take the "Travel Challenge" to build virtual LEGO vehicle that will travel through lava, swamps, rivers, and oceans
  • View creations by LEGO Master Builders, including recreations of the driving of the Gold Spike in the Transcontinental Railroad, the Building of the first Model T, and the Wright Brothers flight with Kitty Hawk.
The fun is endless so join the fun and visit the Discovery Cute in Orange County!

2500 N. Main Street
Santa Ana, CA 92705

General admission - $16.95 (adults) / $12.95 (kids 3-14 & senior 62+) / FREE (children 2 & under)
Memberships - $99 (12 month term: 1-2 adults w/up to 4 children under 17 yrs living in the same       household). $60 (12 month term: individual person only; for one adult or child.

Feb 8, 2015

69th Annual Riverside County Fair & National Date Festival: Giveaway

February 13 - 22, 2015
Riverside County Fairgrounds
82-503 Hwy 111, Indio, CA 92201

The 69th Annual Riverside County Fair& National Date Festival is right around the corner and you won’t want to miss all of the exciting entertainment and activities lined-up.  Running February 13-22, this Fair has concerts, an adult and kiddie carnival, and everything you can imagine in between.

Daily on the fairgrounds, entertainment is scheduled for maximum fun!  Live magic acts, hypnotist shows, comedians, performers, and interactive exhibits are available every day.  With Lanky the Clown, the Pollywood Bird Show, Karaoke with Freddie Prez, the Marvelous Mutts, and the Nightly Musical Pageant, there is something to enjoy throughout the whole day.  Let’s not forget about the ever-popular Camel & Ostrich races, you never know what will happen at this hilarious event!

There is an exciting addition to the food at the Fair!  Participating vendors are creating new Date dishes to incorporate into their menus that are sure to have you coming back for more!

Make sure to stop by and see the thousands of exhibits from rare gems and minerals to contest entries by the community.  Returning this year, the miniature train exhibit has expanded! Don’t miss the precision and skill involved in each exhibit. The kiddos are sure to love the fact they can swing by the petting zoo and visit the Livestock Barn Nursery so be sure to take them by.

Monster trucks are returning again this year!  Crowds are amazed at these trucks, Junior Outlaw Sprints, Mini Dwarf racing as well as Freestyle Motocross and the ever exciting Demolition on the last day of the Fair.  Be sure to come to the Grandstand Arena to see these shows on select dates.

See full calendar of events here.


Included with the price of Fair admission, is the headliner entertainment on the weekends at the Fantasy Springs Concert Pavilion!  Starting off the Fair, country up-and-comer and Country Music Award New Artist of the Year in 2014, Brett Eldredge, performs at 7:30 pm on Friday, February 14.  Norteno music super star Ramon Ayala takes the stage at 7:00 pm on Saturday, February 15.  Upbeat pop singer Andy Grammer performs at 7:30 pm on Friday, February 20.  Grammy Award Winning Commodores, will wow the crowds at 7:30 pm on Saturday, February 21.  We have the always popular Super Fiesta on Sunday, February 22, with artists such as Mariachi Sonidos De Mi Tierra, German Montero and Voces Del Rancho.  This year’s lineup is one you won’t want to miss!

The 69th Annual Riverside County Fair & National Date Festival is presented by Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, the desert’s leader in gaming and entertainment. 

FAIR OPEN: February 13-22, 2015

HOURS: 10 am - 10 pm

ADMISSION: $9 Adults / $8 Seniors / $7 Youth / $6 group bus tours / Kids 5 year & under are FREE. Advanced unlimited carnival ride tickets are available for $22. Advanced Family Fun Pack is also available for $66 and includes 2 adult admissions, 2 unlimited ride tickets, 1 youth admission, and 1 free youth admission.

Tickets can be purchased at the box office or online.



5 lucky people will win a family-4-pack of tickets to the Riverside County Fair & National Date Festival.

How to win:

Riverside County Fair & Date Fest Giveaway

Giveaway will end on Saturday, February 14 @11:59 pm (PST). 
Winners will be chosen at random and contacted via email. Winners have 48 hrs to respond and claim tickets or a new winner will be chosen. 

Disclosure: SoCal Blog was not compensated in any way (tickets or money) in exchange for posting event information & ticket giveaway. Giveaway tickets provided by the Riverside County Fair & National Date Festival. Tickets will be mailed to winner via USPS and SoCal Blog is not responsible for lost or stolen tickets.

Feb 3, 2015

Macy's Museum Month: Half Price Admission To San Diego Museums

This February, Macy's Museum Month gives San Diegans a chance to discover what's new at 45 area museums with incredible savings. Participants can pick up a free Macy's Museum Month Pass at any local Macy's store to enjoy half-off admission to all of the participating museums through the entire month of February. Brought to the region by San Diego Museum Council, this popular program applauds San Diego's rich arts, culture, science and nature destinations that put the city in the spotlight.

Macy's Museum Month is anticipating a banner year with more museums participating than ever before. The program was created in 1989 to promote awareness of the region's museums, historical sites, educational institutions, and cultural offerings. This month-long promotion has grown to become a cultural tradition unrivaled in the United States inspiring 30,000 visitors last year.

Museum Month passes may be picked up at any of Macy's 15 locations in the San Diego area, including Temecula and Imperial Valley.  Guests with a pass may bring up to three people to participating museums to receive half-off admission for the entire party. Additional fees may apply for special exhibitions at participating museums.  Each pass also features an exclusive $10 coupon off any purchase of $30 or more at Macy's.
Participating museum's include:
  • Adobe Chapel
  • Barona Cultural Center & Museum
  • Birch Aquarium at Scripps
  • Bonita Museum & Cultural Center
  • California Center for the Arts, Escondido Museum
  • California Surf Museum
  • Coronado Museum of History & Art
  • Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum
  • Gaslamp Museum at William Heath Davis House
  • Heritage of the Americas Museum
  • Japanese Friendship Garden
  • Junipero Serra Museum
  • La Jolla Historical Society
  • Living Coast Discovery Center
  • Lux Art Institute
  • Maritime Museum of San Diego
  • Marston House Museum & Gardens
  • Mingei International Museum
  • Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, Downtown
  • Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, La Jolla
  • Museum of Making Music
  • Museum of Photographic Arts
  • Oceanside Museum of Art
  • Reuben H. Fleet Science Center
  • San Diego Air & Space Museum
  • San Diego Archaeological Center
  • San Diego Automotive Museum
  • San Diego Botanic Garden
  • San Diego Children's Discovery Museum
  • San Diego Chinese Historical Museum
  • San Diego History Center
  • San Diego Model Railroad Museum
  • San Diego Natural History Museum
  • Santa Ysabel Store
  • The New Children's Museum
  • The San Diego Museum of Art
  • Tijuana Estuary Visitors Center
  • Timken Museum of Art
  • USS Midway Museum
  • Veterans  Museum & Memorial Center
  • Visions Art Museum
  • Warner-Carillo Ranch House & Museum
  • Water Conservation Garden
  • Whaley House Museum
  • Women's Museum of California

For more information visit sandiegomuseumcouncil.org