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Posted on Mar 27, 2010
Posted in Concerts

Eight months prior to NOZZA Fest actually coming to a fruition, I had a crazy idea of planning a weekend long music festival.  I figured how hard can it possibly be, after all I plan weddings all year long.  Oh my friends, it is not as simple as a wedding.  The thing with weddings is that you always know exactly how many people are showing up.  My nerves almost got the best of me that night.    Although my initial destination had to be canceled due to some unforeseen issues, I manged to secure a venue locally in Long Beach.  The newly renovated Art Theatre of Long Beach was the perfect setting for an intimate evening of music.  Myself and about 150 other local music enthusiast had the pleasure of enjoying some unique and intimate performances.

I have to thank the amazing, talented, and patient artists who performed that evening.  Tadhg Cooke started out his three month long U.S west coast to east coast tour at NOZZA Fest.  I had the pleasure of having him as a guest in my home.  The perks were endless.  Morning walks to my favorite breakfast place,  conversations about everything and anything under the moon, he managed to fix my broken laptop *kuddos*, and as if that wasn’t enough he rehearsed in my studio while I worked.  Ah, I miss you Tadhg.  He safely made his way across the terrible storm the east coast had this winter and recently made his way back home in Ireland.
Jay Buchanan I don’t even know where to begin to thank you.  Your music speaks to my soul.  You write the most amazing lyrics and sing with a voice that just penetrates throughout.  I’m still getting calls, random people stopping by the studio and emails asking me where will you be performing next.  You definitely left an impression on all those who came out to see the show.  I had the pleasure of listening to Jay last week as he performed at The Hotel Cafe and just like before I was left speechless with his talent.  Thank you for not only performing at NOZZA Fest but for genuinely being one of the most kind people I’ve ever met.

Several years ago in a small little room known to many as Room 5, I discovered what is the sexiest artist I know, Shane Alexander.  There are very few artist that I can say after each album continues to pique my interest.  Shane is one of those artists that continues to evolve and always gives 110% of himself in every performance.  Whether it is performing solo in a small room or rocking out with his band he always gives all of him on stage.  Shane is currently finishing his fourth album “Mono Solo”, we’re all anxiously awaiting its release.  Thank you Shane for being a part of my little crazy idea.  This has definitely motivated me to continue following my bliss, hopefully there will be many more to come.

Last but not least my lovely friends Kevin and Mick, better known as The Guggenheim Grotto, closed the show.  I will never forget the first time I ever heard “Cold Truth” off their A Lifetime in Heat [EP] (you can download for free if you click on link). It is still one of my favorite songs of all the albums they have released.  It’s been an amazing friendship throughout the years.  Lots of traveling between Los Angeles and Ireland.  I’m truly one lucky girl.  The lads are currently in the east coast finishing up the first leg of their eight month long tour in the U.S.  If you haven’t had a chance to see them perform they will be back on the road in a month.  Thank you for traveling all the way from Ireland and starting off your tour with NOZZA Fest.  We anxiously await your return.

Photos Henry Chen Photography
Venue Art Theatre of Long Beach
Poster Design Monica Majors of Paper Cut Industries
Special thank to Rand Foster of Fingerprints for his mad skills in promoting local music. 

Thank you to everyone that came out to support local music.  I hope to continue the effort and am currently planning the next crazy NOZZA Fest concert.