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Phil Connelly

Los Angeles, California, United States | SELF

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"Rock'n Beach Cities - Phil Connelly"

Former El Segundo musician Phil Connelly returns to the South Bay Friday, Feb. 5, opening for 100 Monkeys at Saint Rocke. Connelly will be performing tracks from his forthcoming album, due out this spring.

Born in Massachusetts, Connelly spent his formative years in Pennsylvania. His parents were lovers of music and Connelly soaked up the sounds of the records his folks played around the house.

“Neither of my parents were musicians, but they loved good music,” Connelly recalled. “My mom was into Sting and Led Zeppelin. My dad liked the Grateful Dead and Pink Floyd.”

Eventually, Connelly found his way to the guitar by way of the Dave Matthews Band.
Musician Phil Connelly will be performing at Saint Rocke in Hermosa Beach Friday, Feb. 5

“I wish my parents had stuck a guitar in my hands when I was 3 or 4 years old … I would be so much better today,” Connelly said. “I first heard Dave Matthews when I was really into rap groups like Bone, Thugs n’ Harmony. After hearing Dave’s music, I knew that’s what I wanted to do. I figured out quickly that girls liked it when guys played Dave Matthews.”

For a brief period, Connelly attended college, studying marketing. While working in a restaurant in Pennsylvania, Connelly stumbled into a job offer that brought him out to California.

“I moved out here to work for an online company that was based in Westlake Village. Their headquarters was right across the street from Guitar Center headquarters … I used to look out my window everyday at Guitar Center, knowing that’s where I wanted to be,” said Connelly.

He then took another job in the South Bay and began to play solo acoustic gigs at local venues like the Purple Orchid.

“I just walked up to the bartender at the Orchid and asked if I could play,” he said. “She said she couldn’t pay me, but I just started playing anyway. The owner began to take notice and eventually started paying me to play there regularly. I loved living in El Segundo. Everyone there was so laid-back and I got to live really close to the beach.”

Currently, Connelly is working on his latest, yet-to-be-titled disc. “Things are so close to being done with the record,” said Connelly. “There is just a lot of mixing left to do and I hope to have it out this spring.”

Connelly said he had two venue goals for 2010 and has already accomplished them both. “I really wanted to play Saint Rocke and House of Blues this year. I’ll be at Saint Rocke Feb. 5 and at House of Blues’ Voodoo Lounge in Hollywood Feb. 20.” - The Beach Reporter - Shaun Hague


"Animalistic Benefit Concert at El Cid"



For Immediate Release
Tuesday March 4 2009

Playboy Model Yvette Lopez to Host a Benefit for Last Chance for Animals


(Los Angeles CA) Playboy Model Yvette Lopez will host an event to benefit the Last Chance for Animals foundation. The show, called Animalistic, will take place at El Cid (4212 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles CA 90029, elcidla.com, (323) 668-0318) on Friday March 27. Doors open at 9pm and the music starts at 10pm. Tickets are $10 at the door. The night will feature an eclectic mix of musical guests including Satine, The Phil Connely Project, Hard Fall Hearts and The Black Tales.




About Satine

Satine is virtuoso violinist Christine Wu and master percussionist Satnam Ramgotra, whose work appears on numerous soundtrack, television and album recordings.
Satine is a blend of electronica, lush strings and a unique synthesis of percussion elements from around the world. Satine's compositions tap the rich traditions of both Classical symphonic and Indian music, resulting in expansive, cinematic instrumentals framed by refined yet exotic percussion grooves. Satine will be performing with guest DJ Tej Gill, who is regarded as a pioneer for his combination of electronic dance music and South Asian Grooves.

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Satnam Ramgotra | Christine Wu | DJ Tej Gill



About The Phil Connelly Project

The Phil Connelly Project has been burning down packed houses with their gritty blues-pop inspired sound and amped up performances. From ballads, addictive hooks, blazing riffs and animated front man "The Phil Connelly Project" (or PCP for short), delivers an amazing show every time. Based out of the Southbay area, PCP draws inspiration from their hometown friends who more often than not are part of the stories being told in their songs.. Their message chronicles the journey from East Coast to West, keeping an active and up to date narrative going at all times through fresh material. PCP will get you on your feet and encourage you to shake what yo’ mama gave ya. To learn more and stay informed about upcoming events, new music, and performances, visit www.philconnellymusic.com.

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About The Black Tales
When these 5 flashy ladies take over the stage you can't look away. Formed on a sweaty summer night from the sidelines of the Los Angeles "I'm Gonna Make It Big" parade, The Black Tales have set themselves apart from the beginning. With no excuses for their 80's new wave approach to rock 'n' roll, they breathe new life into this style of music so you don't have to be 30 something to appreciate it. Bottom line, they will make you dance, they will make you clap.
www.myspace.com/theblacktales

The Black Tales are:
Lura Jones - Lead Vox
Woody Stevenson - Guitar/Vox
Sara Rivas - Bass
Michele Matheson - Keyboards
Christy Greenwood - Drums


- Amoeba Homegrown Featured artist, 2008
- Amoeba Local Artist Top Sellers for The Black Tales Self Titled CD
- Radio airplay on Indie 103.1 and 98.7





About Hard Fall Hearts

Hailing from San Diego County this Punk/Rockabilly outfit is here to stay through the blood, sweat, and tears! Hard Fall Hearts sound is both dark and distinct yet reverent to the roots of Rock-n-Roll.

Front man Bryan Kelly, formerly of The Handsome Devils writes from the heart while still maintaining a hard edge. His haunting melodies captured the attention of 'Rocket' and 'Baby Bats' formerly of Johnny and the Blades, Josie Kreuzer, and The Del Fi's. With the manic slapping style of Rocket uniquely complimenting the steady, hard driving back beats from b.b.bats, the rhythm section was complete.

Playing a show 24 hours after their first rehearsal in March of 2008 these boys knew they were firing on all cylinders. In fact, that in itself motivated the title 'last 24 hours' for their full length debut album released in October 2008.

As always pressing the pedal to the metal these boys have been playing great SoCal venues such as Belly Up Tavern, The Derby, Crash Mansion, Canes, and The Viper Room. Energetic and raw, their live show is guaranteed to make you wanna hang on for the ride. This being said, these boys are definitely a band you'll wanna keep your eye on. Making friends and fans one show at a time, Hard Fall Hearts are sure to turn any dull day into a wild night!! For more information, go to www.myspace.com/hardfallhearts.

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About Last Chance for Animals


The performance is a benefit for Last Chance For Animals, which was founded by Chris DeRose in 1984, and originally focused on ending pet theft through investigations, education, and outreach. Over the years, LCA has grown and broadened its focus to include all areas in which animals are abused.

Through the Special Investigations Unit (SIU), LCA works to obtain revealing video and photographic documentation of abuse against animals. We believe that the media, and most specifically television, represents the best tool for educating people about the issues that affect animals. - Yvette Lopez


Discography


"Always In Style" EP is currently being mixed and mastered by John Chapman (LMU). It will include 6 - 8 songs, including the title track, "Always In Style"

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Originally from Pennsylvania, this Los Angeles based singer/songwriter offers catchy pop hooks accompanied by a strong live showcase. Drawing on a broad spectrum of influences, Connelly’s tunes intimately tell stories of personal experience while remaining upbeat and fun to move to.

Beach Reporter Article by Shaun Hague:

http://www.tbrnews.com/articles/2010/02/04/stepping_out/step1.txt