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LINK: uniceftapproject.org

 

No money or time to see NOAH in theaters?

Screen Shot 2014-03-29 at 11.51.16 AMDon’t have the cash or time to see Russell Crowe as NOAH in theaters, well, here’s a chance to hear the story of “Shem and the Ingleberry Snarks,” for FREE on YouTube…

And the bonus is that you can listen to the story safely from your own home while you clean or Facebook, or listen while you drive, while you sip margaritas by a tropical pool, or even as you shovel snow from your driveway.

LINK: http://youtu.be/YHeuVOPf9xU

It’s a heart warming family story that’s family friendly…

Enjoy for FREE and pass along.

– Quiche Out

 

 

What A Fun Night (VIDEO LINKS)

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the Interview

Well, that was fun, guesting at Don’t Tell Mama (in Los Angeles) along with Irene Soderberg, Keri Kelsey, Robby Hart, Crow Garrett, and Debbie Lockhart. The “Boys of Happy Hour,” comedy duo Ben & Alexander brought their hit radio show “Happy Hour” to the stage at Don’t Tell Mama! Which they describe as… “Part Johnny Carson, part Chelsea Handler, part Judy Garland.”

Part one is the short interview, part two is the performance I gave that night. Posted for all of you who don’t live in Los Angeles, or weren’t able to make it there. Video links are below…

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the Performance

I look forward to the next time I guest with them, it was a complete blast. As a bonus for the night, I made it over to the last night of another piano bar open mic, and got to perform two songs there, and catch some of my friends as well…

– Quiche Out

 

 

 

The Interview (part 1) Link:  http://youtu.be/m2HXC_e3I_4

The Performance (part 2) Link: http://youtu.be/_ojzfYFgkTA

 

 

— More Info from YouTube Pages–

Happy Hour with Ben & Alexander at Don’t Tell Mama in West Hollywood, CA. March 26th, 2014.

Hosts: Alexander Rodriguez and Benjamin Viele
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Happy-Hour-with-Ben-Alexander/337097566385391
Radio Show: http://www.ubnradio.com/HappyHour
Webpage: http://sasaproductions.com/
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/BoysofHappyHour

Guest: Tom Kiesche
Webpage: http://www.TomKiesche.com
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/TomKiesche
Instagram: http://www.instagram/tomkiesche
Musical Director: Gregory Nabours
http://www.broadwayworld.com/people/Gregory-Nabours/

“Fasten your seatbelts! Bringing back the variety show, Happy Hour style! Singing, dancing, comedy and magic! Oh yes…and drinking! This week we have the Queen of Sass, Irene Soderberg! The Cabaret Maven, Keri Kelsey! “Closet Singer” Tom Kiesche! Songster Robby Hart! Illusions by Crow Garrett! The Duchess of Comedy Debbie Lockhart! …and of course, the Boys of Happy Hour! Soooo….pull up a chair, raise a glass and join in the chat!!!! Comedy duo Ben & Alexander bring their hit radio show “Happy Hour” to the stage at Don’t Tell Mama! Part Johnny Carson, part Chelsea Handler, part Judy Garland – this will be an evening of entertainment with music, dance, comedy and magic (and lots of drinks). Show begins at 8 pm with social hour prior.”

Video Killed the Piano Bar

1973298_10203497240220435_155993020_oSo, tonight yet another Piano Bar is closing in Los Angeles, and, well, honestly, this particular “piano bar,” wasn’t a full time piano bar, but twice a week, over the past year or two, the bar had pianists schlep their keyboards and mics in on certain nights and allowed them to play & invite guest singers to the microphone.

I haven’t been in the cabaret game or attending piano bar open mics very long, but in the three or so years since I was pulled, somewhat literally, from singing in my closet to singing on stage, by my friend Todd Sherry, I’ve seen several places close… The Vermont (Ron Snyder), Hollywood Studio Bar & Grill, The Other Side, MJ’s (Bryan Miller &Lori Donato), Holiday Inn Glendale (Tommy Dodson)… And I’m sure there’s been others…

To have a place to sing in public, to try out new material, to work songs out in front of an audience, to perform, to sharpen, to keep rust off, to test genres and styles I never thought I’d sing, and to see, hear, and learn from other singers (both to friends and pros… Has helped me immensely in my stage craft. I’ve also met so many talented pianists, musicians and singers… Too many to list.

Never, before entering the Other Side, two plus years ago, to sing with Greg Glienna (who I met at The Vermont), could I have imagined myself in a “gay” bar, but since, I don’t care what kind of bar is hosting a piano bar that will let me get up to the microphone and sing… I’ll go. Because on those nights, it’s about the love and passion for music.

So, what is killing off piano bars?

Some people feel it’s the competition for your eyes and ears… That people are staying home, or going to the movies, or watching Closet Singer videos on YouTube, maxresdefaultor singing contest shows on TV… While others feel it’s Karaoke clubs, where people who love to sing can stand in front of a 27″ TV monitor and read the lyrics off the screen as odd videos play underneath.  I’ve also heard that piano bars and the love of musical standards are a generational thing, and that generation is slowly disappearing… And then… It also could be that everyone is all so busy.

While I have enjoyed myself some Karaoke, I have to tell you, there’s nothing like singing with a live musician or band, making it happen LIVE… It’s so creative and such a ride. To give a pianist sheet music, and to describe how YOU want the music to sound, to express the feel, the tempo, the beat… To tell the story of the lyrics with your own pace, your own tone, in your own key… There’s an honesty to it all that you just won’t hear in a Karaoke bar where most people are doing their absolute best to mimic what we’ve all heard play on the radio, or see on TV where everything is filtered, or sung to impress, not to express.

Thankfully there are still a few venues I can sing at in Los Angeles (The Gardenia, Lyric Hyperion Theatre, Don’t Tell Mamas…), and hopefully a new one or two will pop up. If you’re interested in attending an open mic, or a piano bar, contact me, and I’ll let you know when the next one is, that I know of.

Truly, I have learned, that music isn’t about competition, as television would have us believe, and singing is just about sounding like a recording as Karaoke clubs have trained us. True music is about expression, and individuality… It’s not about sounding and being perfect (ask Bruce Springsteen, Tom Waits or Bob Dylan) And it is completely magical to hear the same song done completely differently by talented singers, who bring their own truth to the song.

– Quiche Out

 

The last song recorded at an open mic… (there’s a lot of them on YouTube)

A night “hosting” an open mic…

A few of the closet singer songs posted (there’s 70+ of them)…

Newest Commercial

DXL shootMonday shot a spot for DXL, or rather, Destination XL. 22 Years in the biz and this is my first “fashion” or clothing commercial or shoot. Great people, long day.

I’ve no idea if or when it will air, but if you do see it, always please let me know WHEN and WHAT CHANNEL you saw it on!

– Quiche Out

PS. If you didn’t see the short film I shot, wrote and edited on Sunday… While these things may not be as exciting to you, I pour a lot more of myself in them… Please check that out, and if you dig it, please pass it on… It’s TAX TIME and someone you might know might REALLY dig it. Link: http://youtu.be/SK38NgubkWs

 

“Ah… LA”

Screen Shot 2014-03-22 at 3.35.40 PM“Ah… LA” (10 seconds with Tom Kiesche)
Link: http://youtu.be/c9BH9rzNn9c

And for those that don’t know, you slice the stickers up here, so thieves can’t steal them off your plates. Which happened to me the first year I lived here, and then a cop graciously gave ME (the victim of a crime) a ticket for not having a registration sticker.

– Quiche Out