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.
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.
A photo from our very short set on the outdoor stage at LA JEMM’s festival in April … before we were SO RUDELY INTERRUPTED:
Gena Mason & the Noise
Saturday I posed for a fun and amazing photo shoot with Parisian photographer Lise Sarfati and her gracious assistant Francois. We tramped through the streets of Hollywood and Koreatown, got chased away by a psychotic motel manager, and generally had a rockin’ good time.
Sarfati’s work is in the permanent collections of New York’s
International Center of Photography (ICP), the Bibliotèque Nationale in Paris, the Museum of Modern Art of San Francisco, and many other museums worldwide. Check it out at lisesarfati.com.
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.
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.
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.