DJ Dam-Funk Joins the Long Beach Funk Fest Lineup

LONG BEACH, Calif., (August 22, 2014) – The Queen Mary will celebrate Labor Day weekend with Shoreline Jam August 30 – 31 and the sixth annual Long Beach Funk Fest on September 1. The Long Beach Funk Fest is pleased to announce the addition of Los Angeles’ “Ambassador of Boogie Funk,” DJ Dam-Funk, to the main stage lineup among the likes of George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic and a full day of the best in groove-fueled funk.

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Dam-Funk represents the citizens of the Funkmosphere and has spent years cultivating a musical renaissance rooted in the early ‘80s styles known as Boogie, Modern Soul and Electro-Funk. Coined by SPIN Magazine as “Snoop Dogg’s favorite producer,” Dam-Funk has collaborated with the likes of Madlib, Kyle Hall, inc., Ras G. and other notables performing at the Ray-Ban x Boiler Room 003 Treasure Island Festival 2-Room Broadcast and his weekly boogie-centric Funkmosphere party in Los Angeles. DJ Dam-Funk will take the Long Beach Funk Fest main stage at 6 p.m. followed only by the icon of funk, George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic at 7:30 p.m.

The Long Beach Funk Fest will present the best funk artists known including Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, Katdelic, The Meters Experience featuring Leo Nocentelli, Brasil Baile Funk with Gisella, Funk Angels, Sea Funk Brass Band, Delta Nove and more performing day into night on three stages at the Queen Mary’s Waterfront Events Park. Featuring funky emcee Rickey Vincent, the celebration of funk will include live art, dance and the Kid’s Zone of Funkativity happening throughout the event.

Shoreline Jam will kick off the Labor Day weekend festivities Aug. 30 with rock, hip-hop, reggae sensation, The Dirty Heads, headlining and Aug. 31 featuring world-renowned reggae rockers, Pepper. The fourth annual festival will feature two days full of the best in world, reggae and acoustic rock artists including Collie Buddz, The Grouch & Eligh, J. Boog and The Aggrolites performing under the summer sky.

Shoreline Jam and Long Beach Funk Fest single-day tickets, two-day Shoreline Jam passes and full festival three-day passes are currently available online at http://queenmary.com/events/. VIP tickets for both Shoreline Jam and the Long Beach Funk Fest include VIP entrance, exclusive access to the VIP lounge, 2 drink tickets, and free Queen Mary ship access for the day. Festival parking is $15 per day.

The Attic on Broadway

Today I headed down to The Attic on Broadway to check it out. My friend told me about it a week or so ago and said it was worth a look. I headed down at about 1pm or so and I had just eaten lunch so this trip was only to check out a few drinks. I now know that I have to head back for breakfast and for one of their awesome bloody mary’s but we will talk about that later.

I was on my Harley and I use that more and more when I am traveling around in Long Beach. Parking is usually rough but they are lenient on two wheeled vehicles and provide random free spots there and there. I don’t think they had Electra Glides in mind but its still a motorcycle. I pulled up in front of the Attic on Broadway and scored a spot right in front which was awesome.

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Pear Martini

What makes the Attic on Broadway different is that it is an old house that was converted into a restaurant. I think it is an old 1920′s craftsman home. Anyway, there are two larger rooms inside which I think were like the living room and dining room and it has a good sized space out in front that was converted to tables with umbrellas which makes it a great outdoor spot. You can just tell that this place gets swamped on the weekends. Good restaurants that make good food usually do.

I was greated by the hostess and I told her that I wanted to head to the bar and try a cocktails. She told me that there is a bar but not one that I could sit at but she would be more than happy to seat me on the big patio outside or at a table inside which was two good size rooms. I scoped it out a bit and it was kind of a warm day so I opted for the indoor option.

I was sat and shortly after, Karen came up and told me that she would be taking care of me. I explained that I already had lunch and that I was just there to try out a few drinks. I asked what the special where, and she said they had $3 Mimosas and some of the Martini’s on the menu where only $5. Perfect! I started with a mimosa and that was perfect. I love to drink those on a hot day.

Next on the agenda was to try the Pear Martini. It has pear vodka, simple syrup, champagne and mint and it was delicous. I have never had pear vodka before so that was a treat and I always like drinks that have mint in them. Again perfect for a hot summer day.

While I was finishing up my Martini, I overheard Steve Massis who is the founder talking to another blogger sitting at the table right next to me. I figured I would take the opportunity to introduce myself and to get his email addy so I could show him the write up and pics when I was done. Steve was a very cool guy and he, like me, is also bald and I get along with all bald dudes. It must be a lack of hair thing lol.

Anyway the drinks where awesome and I look forward to coming back and trying one of their bloody marys and their mac n cheese.


Written by Louie Baur

Pacific Wellness Center

Today I met Dr. Harold Iseke D.C He takes Aetna insurance and I have not have very good experiences with previous chiropractors so I am looking for somebody that can really fix me.

We started off with a consultation and I went through what’s going on with my surgery and the muscles and all that kind of stuff then he noticed that I have bad posture and explained what happens when you have bad posture. After the consultation he told me what he was going to do and we got to it. He pulled out this electric massager thing that was awesome. It really dug into the muscles and felt like a massage. Then he followed that up with another one that I have felt before. It feels kind of a like a soft belt sander and really loosens you up.

Then we did the adjustment part. I laid on my back, side and stomach and got some adjustments that I am familiar with. After that he took the activator to my neck but this was not that cheap one, this one is powered and I could really feel it. He really stretched my neck out and got that thing in there. I was starting to feel pretty good.

After I was done seeing the doctor they took me over to the electronic muscle stimulator room and put eight of those things on me some on my neck and shoulders and some on my lower back. The gal laid a warm blanket over it all and I think I passed out for a few minutes. Pretty darn comfortable!

After that I went for a ultrasound on my shoulders. They take this stuff that’s like icy hot and rub it on you and then move the ultrasound wand thing around on your for 10 minutes or so. The heat from the ultrasound felt good and the icy hot stuff felt good as well. Overall I am feeling pretty good right now. I hope that Harold Iseke is going to be my guy because I like him and he is introducing me to a different kind of therapy that seems to be working.


Written by Louie Baur

Timmons VW Aerial Photos

Today I headed over to Timmons VW of Long Beach to take some aerial pictures. The sun hits the front of the building really good between 3:00pm and 5:00 PM so a late afternoon visit was very appropriate.

I met Enrique Gallardo and he’s the assistant sales manager at Timmons VW and he’s the one they gave me of the okay to put the quad copter up and take some pictures.

There are quite a few powerlines that run along Cherry Avenue right there in front of the dealership. In between Timmons Subaru and Timmons VW there are quite a few lines there as well so I had to pay attention to a few more things than normal. I am getting really good at this stuff so a wind and power lines are nothing to me now. I would have been pretty sketchy 4 weeks ago though!

I got some pretty good shots of the VW sign out in front along with the signs that are on the building. One says service and one says Timmons and then I backed up a little bit and got some overall shots of the parking lot. There is a blue mural on the back wall that says customer parking on it and I got a few shots of that as well.

As usual a few people came out to see what I was doing and after about 20 minutes I set it down for a landing, loaded everything back up on my Harley and drove home to process the images.


Written by Louie Baur

Queen Mary Aerial Photos

One of the first things that I did when I got my DJi phantom was to go down and shoot some aerial pictures at the Queen Mary.

One of the problems with the Queen Mary is that it costs a lot to park but if you can get in and out of there in a half hour it is free. It took me years to learn this little trick.

Obviously this is plenty of time to fly your phantom up and take some nice pictures of the Queen Mary which exactly what I did.

So I parked my car in the normal parking and then grabbed my rig and box and walked over to the front of the Queen Mary by where those yellow jet boat things are parked and I set up shop there.

I did not have my FPV monitor on yet so I stopped to taking pictures of the submarine and the front part of the Queen Mary I think the next time I’ll venture out there and take pictures of more the middle of the ship in the back of it because I feel a lot more comfortable shooting aerial pictures now.


Written by Louie Baur

Gatorland

When it comes to Florida the first think I think of, is alligators. Alligators are very common throughout Florida and instead of seeing them out in the wild I went to the local animal park, called Gatorland. Gatorland is located in Orlando and is an awesome place to check out some crazy animals. Ticket prices were very reasonable and the ticket attendant gave me a 20% off military discount.

Not only were there gators but they had a myriad of other animals as well. I saw birds, reptiles, and panthers as well. The overall vibe to the park is one for entertainment and a great place for families. We stopped and watched an alligator wrestling show which was super cool and looked really dangerous. As we kept touring the park the overwhelming amount of gators was astounding. Everywhere we turned there were piles of large gators! I highly recommend Gatorland to anyone coming to Orlando looking to see one of Florida’s most infamous local residents, the alligator!

Written by Louie Baur

Zoeter Field

Some friends and I were for looking for a fun softball field to rent out and play a game of slow-pitch softball with some of our college alumni buddies. I was in Seal Beach and ran across Zoeter Field off of Landing and 12th street. This softball only field is in the heart of Old Town Seal Beach and has a ton of character. It has bleachers and restroom facilities as well which is a big plus.

The field can be rented out by calling the Seal Beach Parks and Recreation Department. The field has a large scoreboard with the name Zoeter Field on it. The grass seems to be taken care of but the infield dirt looked a little unkempt. There is some street parking on the street but if you have multiple people coming to play it might be a little crowded. There are adult soft ball leagues that they offer at Zoeter field which for all you adult softball players is awesome and might be a good place to look into. Check out Zoeter Field for a great game of slow-pitch softball!

Tanaka Park

Not too many citizens of Long Beach know about the small and quaint, Tanaka Park. Tanaka Park is located off Santa Fe and Wardlow on the Westside of Long Beach. I decided to relax from work and de-stress with an afternoon nap on the grass. The park was not too busy and I pretty much had it all to myself.

The park has a basketball court, walking trail, and playground. The park was built by the city in 2004 and has been helping the citizens of Long Beach spend lazy afternoons in the park for almost ten years. I highly recommend checking out the park if you have time and even maybe having a picnic or nap on the grass!

US Bank

US Bank is located inside of Ralph’s on the corner of Long Beach Blvd and San Antonio.

I use the bank for bank wires outside of the country. It is interesting how much sending bank wires has changed over the years and for some reason it is more expensive to send them online vs going in and filling out the paper triplicate thing.

When I go up to one of the teller windows they ask me if I want to open an account and I explain to them that I am happy with my current bank with the exception of their wire transfer fees. Maybe they will get the message one day that I am not interested in opening up an account with them. Oh well such is the job of a teller I can’t fault them for trying to get more customers.

Parking is decent outside of the bank and I have done business with them over the past couple of years and it has been my experience that they keep the line moving pretty quickly which keeps the wait times down.