Category Archives: Events

Get ready for the Noise …

Mark your calendar: on Saturday, May 22, at 8:45 pm, Gena Mason & the Noise will perform at the world-famous Cat Club, on Hollywood’s legendary Sunset Strip. Hopefully, the LAPD and others will refrain from interfering this time.

The Cat Club is located at 8911 West Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA. Hope to see you there.

Show tomorrow at The Terrace

Gena Mason & the Noise will be playing Thursday, May 6, at Pasadena club/restaurant The Terrace. The Terrace is located at 443 E. Colorado Blvd Pasadena, Ca 91101.

It’s only our second show together, and our bass player can’t make the gig. But we’re just looking forward to having fun, making great music together, and sharing it with you.

Pics from LA JEMM festival

A photo from our very short set on the outdoor stage at LA JEMM’s festival in AprilĀ  … before we were SO RUDELY INTERRUPTED:

Gena Mason & the Noise

RahmWatch: Mayor Daley’s mystery tweet!

This popped up in my HuffPo news stream; it’s a tweet from Mayor Daley of Chicago:

OK, so Tuesday afternoon has come & gone, Daley, what gives? Does this mean what it seems to mean?

Update: alas, a false alarm. Follow-up revealed that the tweet refers only to a Global Cities Forum, held next Tuesday in Chicago, at which Emanuel will appear as a panelist. Interesting news, but not hype-worthy. Well, except to the participants and Chicago-area residents. I don’t think I’ll make it out to Chicago for this one. But if anyone else attends, please comment here with a report!

Pro-gun rallies in Washington

The Huffington Post has (rightfully) called today’s NRA gun rally a “PR FAIL,” considering that today is also the 15th anniversary of the Oklahoma City domestic terrorist bombing. So I suppose I’m completely un-PC by proudly posting my NRA certification in basic pistol training (below). But, hey, maybe this will convince the LAPD that I’m not a flaming, card-carrying, pinko-hippie-liberal-communist-terrorist, or something:

Seriously, though, I don’t want to be glib about any of our national tragedies. However, I agree with the Supreme Court’s recent decision affirming gun ownership as a constitutional right, as intended by our nation’s founders. Nonetheless, there need to be some limits. I remember one occasion when an ex-boyfriend took me to the house of married friends of his; the couple had a child — a toddler — and they also kept an AK-47 assault weapon by the front door (“just in case”??)! PARENTING FAIL.

I’ll stick to air guns.

Festival report: the LAPD shut us down!

Three songs into my new band’s first show together, the police shut us down … for being too loud!. Right after we wrapped up my tune “Jihad,” police officers parked in a squad car across the street barked through their bullhorn, letting us know that that Gena Mason & the Noise were making too much … well, noise! Then they shut us down! That, my friends, is what rock and roll is all about. Of course, some suggested that, had we not been playing for a marijuana festival, the cops wouldn’t have given us a problem. Whatevs. We played a pretty good short set, anyway, and are looking forward to our next show. I’ll post photos of our performance here soon.

Rock City news item

I made it into the latest issue of Rock City News magazine. Check out page 7 of the April issue, which is dedicated to previewing LA JEMM‘s Medical Marijuana Awareness Festival on April 18. I share a spread with the great Count Smokula from Smokesylvania. You can view the entire issue online, at the Rock City News website (click the flip-book beneath the image of the new magazine cover), or pick up a copy of the magazine at one of dozens of locations in the L.A. metro area.

1 week from today: LA JEMM’s pop/pot fest!

ONLY ONE WEEK LEFT until LA JEMM’s Medical Marijuana Awareness Expo — an all-day, indoor/outdoor festival featuring booths, vendors, and 2 stages with live bands and speakers! My new band, Gena Mason & the Noise, will perform at 12:30 pm. Other scheduled musical acts include headliner Anthony Aquarius Mystery, Paint It Black (a Rollilng Stones cover band), The Who Revue (a Who tribute band), and many more. Speakers include State Senate candidate Adrian Galysh and medical marijuana pioneers Dennis Peron and Richard Eastman.

The event takes place on Sunday, April 18 at Rock CIty Fairgrounds, 5552 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, CA 90028. Admission only $12! For more info and daily updates, visit

Int’l Pillow Fight Day: 10 minutes remaining!

Where baby pillows come from

Did you know that today was International Pillow Fight Day? This afternoon people all over the world participated in pillow fights in cities from Accra, Ghana, to Zurich, Switzerland. Los Angeles Pillow Fight Day was incited by a group or individual named “Santa,” and began at 3 pm, in various local bars in the L.A. metro area. The absurdist / anarchist / child in me likes this, as well as the fact that (according to Santa), no one was in charge of the event.

Most importantly: IT’S NOT TOO LATE! Grab a pillow and someone you love, and go for it!

Live interview tonight: Robert Hatfield show!

Catch my *live* interview tonight @ about 7 pm, on the Robert Hatfield show: streaming at!