Minnie Driver is our Special Guest Tonight on “Carolyn Fox’s Hollywood Spotlight”

Oscar nominated actress Minnie Driver is probably best known for her roles in the Screen shot 2014-10-17 at 9.47.17 AMmovies “Good Will Hunting,” “Grosse Point Blank,” “Circle of Friends,” and “Big Night,” or from the Emmy and Golden Globe nominated work on the TV shows “The Riches” and “About a Boy.” But our very special guest tonight on “Carolyn Fox’s Hollywood Spotlight” was a singer first, and just completed her new CD, “Ask Me to Dance.”

You hear some selections from the new CD, including Minnie’s haunting version of Elliot Smith’s “Waltz #2.”  She’ll also discuss the inspiration behind her album, and what’s next for her musical career.

Tonight tune your radio to 1580 AM at midnight if you’re in the Los Angeles or Orange County areas to hear new music from Minnie Driver.  If your in Baltimore/Annapolis tune in to 810 AM, WYRE at 6 PM tomorrow, Saturday, October 18, and wherever you are, you can check out the podcast of this episode of  “Carolyn Fox’s Hollywood Spotlight” on this blog starting Monday, October 20.

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Remembering Robin Williams, Live on the Sunset Strip

Robin WilliamsIt took me a couple of days to process the shocking news that Robin Williams had passed. Although I never met him, I saw Robin Williams live at the Comedy Store on the Sunset Strip.  We couldn’t get in to see the headliner, Richard Pryor, but were delighted to find Robin Williams, unbilled, performing with the improv group on the second stage. Having starred in several big Hollywood movies, Robin would have headlined another night.

The improv group solicited suggestions from the audience, and oddly, most of the shouts from the audience were pretty crude. When a Shakespearean reference came from a patron late in the show, Robin jumped all over it. I paraphrase, “Now we get the sophisticated references. Where the hell were you when we were getting suggestions for poop jokes. Just sitting back, thinking ‘Let them suffer–perhaps later I’ll chime in with something erudite’.” Proof of William’s comic wizardry is that he got a laugh with this.

Part of Robin William’s genius was his ability share his thoughts as they happened. Most of us have an inner editor that reviews our thoughts before we say them.  Williams could give his inner editor a break, trusting that whatever he said would not only be fit for public consumption, but make people laugh. He was also willing to tell people what he thought they needed to hear–like in this standup clip:

 

Robin Williams could be heart-wrenchingly poignant, like in the “Bop Gun” episode of “Homicide: Life on the Street,” playing a mourning husband of a murdered wife. No one plays that kind of agony without having their own pain. This clip displays his emotional power:

It’s tragic beyond words that he succumbed to his pain. There are so few people who have such a quicksilver wit, and fewer yet who can pair hair-trigger humor the discipline to play a role and carry a movie . Robin Williams was very special and will be missed.

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The Fabulous Frank Shiner–Hear the Podcast of the Radio Broadcast of “Carolyn Fox’s Hollywood Spotlight”

Frank Shiner

Frank Shiner

This weekend, Carolyn Fox was thrilled to have Frank Shiner as her special guest on her syndicated broadcast radio show, “Carolyn Fox’s Hollywood Spotlight.”

Frank is an amazing singer, who’s newly-released single, Feels Like Home is topping the charts, tied with Justin Timberlake for new radio adds. This track, written by Randy Newman, is from his upcoming album, “The Real Me.”

Having started as an actor, Frank Shiner really knows how to deliver a song.  In this interview, he discusses how he approaches a song, and reveals the inspiration for his music.

If you missed the broadcast of Franks Shiner‘s new music and interview on
“Carolyn Fox’s Hollywood Spotlight,” don’t worry.  Just click the link below to hear a podcast of the show.

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The Fabulous Frank Shiner on Los Angeles Radio Tonight

Frank ShinerTonight at midnight, singer Frank Shiner will be Carolyn Fox’s special guest on the syndicated broadcast radio show, “Carolyn Fox’s Hollywood Spotlight.”

Frank’s new single, “Feels Like Home” was just released this week, and is already topping charts for radio ads. This is the first release from Frank Shiner’s upcoming debut album, “The Real Me,” (June 24.)

Having started his career as an actor in the theater, Frank really knows how to capture an audience. In the interview, Frank discusses how he selected the songs for his new album “The Real Me,” and why they have such a personal meaning to him. “I approach the song from the lyric. And I approach they lyric from the heart. I try to bring that emotion through and tell a story.” No one sings a song from the heart like Frank!

Tonight tune your radio to 1580 AM at midnight if you’re in the Los Angeles or Orange County areas to hear new music from Frank Shiner.  If your in Baltimore/Annapolis tune in to 810 AM, WYRE at 6 PM tomorrow, Saturday, March 29, and wherever you are, you can check out the podcast of this episode of “Carolyn Fox’s Hollywood Spotlight” on this blog starting Monday, March 31.

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Hear a Podcast of Broadcast Featuring Singer-Songwriter Vince Gelonese (Every Dream)

Vince GeloneseThis week Australian singer, songwriter and guitarist Vince Gelonese was Carolyn’s special guest on the syndicated broadcast radio show, “Carolyn Fox’s Hollywood Spotlight.”

Vince’s hit single, “Every Dream” was in the Top 10 Billboard Hot Singles Sales chart for over 20 weeks this summer.  And at the end of the year, it returned to the charts at #24, just under Lady Gaga’s “Applause.”

If you didn’t hear the show when it aired, no worries.  Just click on the link below to hear a podcast of the show, featuring the interview with Vince Gelonese and his hit music.

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Vince Gelonese (“Every Dream”) tonight on “Carolyn Fox’ Hollywood Spotlight”

Vince Gelonese

Vince Gelonese

What’s hotter than a handsome Australian singer, songwriter, guitarist?  One with a hit single!

Vince Gelonese‘s single “Every Dream” was #4 the Billboard Hot Singles Sales chart for more than 20 weeks. And at the end of 2013, this track bounced back onto the chart at #24, just under Lady Gaga’s “Applause.”

And tonight, Vince will be the special guest on the syndicated broadcast radio show, “Carolyn Fox’s Hollywood Spotlight.” Vince will discuss how he wrote Every Dream,” the romantic ballad that could become the new wedding song, and how this independent artist’s tune climbed the charts. With a versatile musical background, from country to classical, Vince has a unique perspective on how to make a song work.

Tonight tune your radio to 1580 AM at midnight in Los Angeles and Orange County to hear this exclusive interview with Vince Gelonese and his music. And tomorrow, March 22 at 6 PM, in Annapolis/Baltimore tune into 810 AM (WYRE) to hear this special edition of “Carolyn Fox’s Hollywood Spotlight.”

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Mardi Gras! Carolyn Fox’s Guide to Where to Party in Los Angeles

Screen shot 2014-03-04 at 10.15.21 AMHappy Mardi Gras!  If you’re looking for ways to celebrate around Los Angeles, Carolyn Fox, host of  the syndicated broadcast radio show, Carolyn Fox’s Hollywood Spotlight, has some ideas for you:

Amoeba Music in Hollywood.  Starting at 3 PM this afternoon, Amoeba Music will host a Mardi Gras party, complete with live music from Orgone and a DJ.  Bring your own musical instrument and play along with the traditional parade (or just pick up a mask and join the party.)  Plus, a portion of today’s proceeds (from ALL 3 stores + amoeba.com!) will be donated to Tipitina’s Foundation and the New Orleans Musicians’ Clinic to support the great works they do with artists in and around New Orleans.  6400 Sunset Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90028 FREE

Olvera Street Children’s Workshops.  From 9 AM to 2 PM, the party for the kids is at Olvera Street.  Come here traditional Mexican and Caribbean music and see the crowning of Miss Olvera Street, the ambassador for Olvera Street.  Lots of family fun, including a prize for best costume.  125 Paseo De La Plaza, Los Angeles, CA 90012 FREE

Pearl’s Mardi Gras Masquerade Party.  It wouldn’t be Mardi Gras without a masquerade and Pearl’s Liquor Bar in West Hollywood is just the place.  They’ll even supply the masks, or you can bring your own. They be serving southern specialties like seafood broil and gumbo, in addition to the bar’s special drink of the evening, Pearl’s Hurricane. 8909 W. Sunset Blvd. in West Hollywood.

The Canyon Club.  The Canyon Club in Agoura is celebrating with a New Orleans-style festival, complete with Mardi Gras dancers, Cajun food and drink and featuring the New Orleans blues band Preston Smith. 28912 Roadside Drive Agoura Hills, CA 91301-3304 $19-$28

The Hotel Cafe.   If you’re looking for an intimate music venue to celebrate Fat Tuesday, check out the Hotel Cafe. in the Larchmont/Melrose area of Hollywood. The ROAMies, a husband and wife duo with an Americana sound, will perform a special Louisiana Mardi Gras-themed set. 1623 1 /2 North Cahuenga Blvd, Los Angeles. 21 and over. $10, no credit cards for entry at the door.

The Farmers Market.  From 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM, The Farmer’s Market will mark its 25th annual Mardi Gras celebration. New Orleans and Zydeco music, strolling parade bands, activities for kids, bead-throwing, and much more! Authentic gumbo, jambalaya and other southern favorites including Dixie beer will be on tap. 3rd and Fairfax in Los Angeles. Free.

Laissez les bon temps rouler!

 

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