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Music Profiles

Mike Monosky

By Monk Turner — July 07, 2010

Mike Monosky's love of rock music brought him from the backwoods of Pennsylvania to the beaches of L.A. Tiring of his commute brought him Downtown.

Jimmy James

By Monk Turner — May 25, 2010 — 3 Comments

Jimmy James has been a staple in the Los Angeles music scene for longer than he'd care to admit. Now he's Downtown, bringing up and coming bands to La Cita every Tuesday.

Eric Byers

By Monk Turner — May 12, 2010

Those that call classical music boring or archaic clearly do not follow ensembles like the Calder Quartet.

Jonelle Vette

By Monk Turner — April 28, 2010

Singer-songwriter Jonelle Vette says she looks to the Downtown community for creative energy and collaboration.


By Monk Turner — April 13, 2010 — 2 Comments

Detroit-raised DJ Darren Revell came to L.A. for a gig at Indie 103.1, but post-FM he's most frequently found on Saturday nights at Tony's.

Desiree Garcia

By Monk Turner — March 31, 2010 — 4 Comments

Desiree Garcia may prefer to be behind the scenes, but she deserves notice for the solid lineups she's bringing to Bordello on Tuesday nights.

Russell Walters

By Monk Turner — March 16, 2010 — 2 Comments

If Stevie Wonder had a 'brother from another mother' living in Downtown L.A., it would be Russell Walters. Even though Russell is a white guy from the backwoods...


By Ed Fuentes — March 02, 2010 — 3 Comments

Every two weeks, Monk Turner interviews someone who is making music in the heart of the city. Today, we turn the tables on Monk and ask him about his own new album...

Mark Byers

By Monk Turner — February 16, 2010

Frank Zappa has an album called "Does Humor Belong in Music?" I've often pondered this question as humorous music rarely makes it to mainstream radio.

I can say...

Dave Freeman brings the rock to Caseys

By Monk Turner — February 02, 2010 — 5 Comments

Dave Freeman is not only a career music promoter, he is also a career Downtowner. A little less than a year ago he decided he wanted to work in the neighborhood...

Mr. Lurssen

By Monk Turner — January 19, 2010 — 2 Comments

Mastering engineers are a strange breed. They come in after a record has been finished and do some tricks to put on the final polish.

They are the unsung heros...

Anton Sanko and Joel Thompson

By Monk Turner — January 05, 2010 — 1 Comment

Nope. I'm not going to do it. Not going to make the comparison.

Why? Because I can't stand it when people compare Downtown L.A. to New York City.

Look, all I'll...