Born in Hawaiian Gardens and raised in Long Beach, Bad Azz has worked with names like Snoop Dogg, Tupac and Warren G.
On Thursday, the musical licensing organization the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) announced its filing of a copyright infringement lawsuit against Long Beach venue Gaslamp + Music + Bar + Kitchen, after years of fruitless negotiations regarding the cost of a license for the venue’s performances of cover songs written by songwriters within the organization.
Since Charles Wright wrote “Express Yourself” in 1970, and his 103rd St. Watts Rhythm Band made it originally famous, the song has been used in more than 30 movies and countless commercials. Starting this month, however, it will become the theme for the Long Beach City Clerk’s Office voter-awareness campaign— its first governmental use yet.
Initially, Kevin Wood had ventured from Wyoming to aim for what many outsiders aim for: entertainment success at the bottom of the hills in LaLaLand—but like many musicians, his life wasn’t perfect financially.
In Long Beach, music happens in the most unexpected places. In one week, three great bands will have played in three distinctive venues across the city, all of which were not originally created for music but have been successfully adapted for performances.
Amy Crosby and her band have played everywhere: for a handful at the Silver Fox, for some 40,000 Pride revelers in Iceland. But one would never guess that such an odd span of accomplishments belong to a band called Shitting Glitter.