NEWS: Wesfest 5 – February 28 at the Roxy

I hope he doesn’t mind, but I’m copying and pasting the following from Bryan Beller’s BellerBytes email update. (By the way, you should totally sign up for it at the recently redesigned

WesFest 5 Headlining Band: Tal Wilkenfeld, Vinnie Colaiuta, Oz Noy and John Beasley

Yes, that’s right. Tal’s band for WesFest 5, at The Roxy in L.A. on Sunday, 2/28, is as follows:

Oz Noy – guitar
John Beasley – keys
Tal Wilkenfeld – bass
Vinnie Colaiuta – drums

Getting an itchy trigger finger for tickets? Understandable. Go with it:


I’m also really pleased to announce this year’s WesFest sponsors. Their generous and gracious support is key to making this event a success:

Mike Lull Custom Basses
Fender Musical Instruments
D’addario Strings
Lurssen Mastering
DW Drums
EBS Professional Bass Systems

I appreciate, as always, your indulgence in reading about a cause that’s near and dear to my heart, the Wes Wehmiller Scholarship at Berklee College Of Music. This show raises money for that scholarship fund, which benefits some of the best bassists coming out of Berklee today.

And if you’re in L.A. or anywhere close, it’s going to be quite the scene. Check it:

WesFest 5: A Concert To Benefit The Wes Wehmiller Scholarship at Berklee College of Music

Sunday, February 28, 2010
The Roxy Theatre
9009 West Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069
Doors open at 7:00 PM

WesFest 5 Performing Artists

* Tal Wilkenfeld (HEADLINER)
* John Montagna
* Joe Brooks
* Danny Mo & the Exciters (featuring 2009 Wehmiller Scholarship Winner Justin Schornstein)
* The WesFest All-Stars (featuring Mike Keneally, I, Claudius, Tamara Silvera, Kira Small, and Ali Handal)

Ticket information

$35. per pair of tickets in advance (advance tickets are available through February 25, 2010)
$20. for single tickets in advance
$30. for single tickets at the door.
* All advance tickets will be held for pickup at the box office. Paper tickets will not be mailed.


REVIEW: Jeff Beck at the Palais, Melbourne

Last night (January 26, Australia Day, woohoo), I saw Jeff Beck at the Palais in Melbourne. I’ll write a full review for the next issue of Mixdown magazine, but in the meantime here are a few thoughts and observances for anyone who’s interested. Beck’s playing again at the Palais tonight, so CLICK HERE to see if there are still tickets available.

Okay, thoughts in dot-point form cos they’re fun.

· Beck appeared to have a pair of Marshall Plexis on stage, (although only one of them was turned on – I guess the other was a spare) and a Fender combo. My vision sucks at the best of times (but at least I have cool glasses), so I couldn’t quite tell what models they were.

· He played one of his signature Fender Stratocasters for the whole show, and only needed to retune once, about an hour into the gig, despite his frequent and mind-destroying whammy bar use.

· On drums, Mr Vinnie Colaiuta. Frank Zappa’s favourite improvisation buddy, and an important part of why Megadeth’s ‘The System Has Failed’ album is so friggin’ cool. Vinnie threw in lots of double-kick work, and stole the show several times.

· On bass, Tal Wilkenfeld. She’s only 22 and her playing is frighteningly good, especially her solo during ‘Cause We’ve Ended As Lovers.’

· Beck long ago chucked away guitar picks, and it’s inspiring if not a little intimidating to hear what he can do with just his fingers and a whammy bar. Surprisingly, most of his vibrato comes from rapidly pushing and releasing the guitar’s tremolo bridge with the side of his picking hand, instead of from his fretting hand.

I won’t spoil the setlist for those who are yet to see this tour, but Beck’s playing is as good as ever, and his band is amazing. If you’re in Melbourne and you haven’t already got a ticket for tonight, GO GO GO GO GO!!!

CLICK HERE to buy Jeff Beck’s ‘Performing This Week…Live At Ronnie Scotts’ from

CLICK HERE to buy the Fender Jeff Beck signature Stratocaster from Music123.

Remaining Jeff Beck Australian tour dates:

27 Jan Palais Theatre, VIC

29 Jan Brisbane Convention Centre, QLD

30 Jan Enmore Theatre, NSW

31 Jan Enmore Theatre, NSW