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Tommy Taretta

Jen agrees to a set-up with Anthony, a friend of her sister’s in town on business. What she didn’t sign up for was the next 8 hours with “Tony Montana” or the closest thing like him.

Based on the diary by Jennifer Dawson, Guest Star Tommy Taretta, Director of Photography John Orphan, edited by Jason Pauley.

Featuring music by The Maheekats, Kevin MacLeod, Evita Freaks & Ambrose.

Posted by Party Girl On June - 16 - 2010 Episodes

Jen with Evita Freaks

Music is such an organic process. I’ve tried to force music into an episode and it always backfires. Actually anytime I try to force something, it usually kicks me back to where I started. However, I’ve also been as equally lucky with those magical moments when I hear a song and can see a scene play out in slo-motion.

Those are the best moments and that’s a pretty accurate recount of my experience hearing “Cara de Angelito” (click this title  Cara De Angelito to hear the full song) by Evita Freaks when I was selecting music for EP 7 “The World Is Mine” which features a Miami guy and a Tony Montana impression you don’t want to miss.

Searching for music on myspace, I came across this indie alternative rock band. Track by track, I liked what I was hearing and then I heard “Cara de Angelito” which literally stopped me in my slo-mo tracks. Where did this Latin beat and rhythm come from amidst this rock band whose influences are definitely Chet Atkins though Frank Zappa and everything in between.

Evita & Glenn Plumlee as kids

I contacted Evita Freaks right away and discovered this alternative rock band was actually a family affair made up of Oakland natives Evita on lead vocals and her brother Glenn Plumlee on electric and acoustic guitars. Evita and Glenn share their Latin roots now in downtown Hollywood and have been performing together since they were little tykes including over 185 shows in the bands 6 year existence. Completing the band is Jajuba on bass and Steve on drums and percussion. Evita Freaks have also had the pleasure to work with Todd Nichols of “Toad The Wet Sproket” and world class session drummer Walfredo Reyes Jr.

So I went down to Sonny McLeans in Santa Monica to watch to Evita Freaks perform live and meet the brother and sister act whose music I had become a fan.

And boy am I glad I did. I learned how important family and friends are to the ‘Freaks. I also learned “Cara de Angelito,” which means face of an angel in Spanish, is about Evita’s 11 year old son Tito, who has been diagnosed with autism.

“Our music is inspired by Evita’s kids and kids with multi disablities that we come across,” says Glenn Plumlee, Tito’s uncle who is active in Tito’s treatment including music therapy from Holding Hands, Inc. a pediatric diagnosis and therapy group located in Los Angeles. Tito’s condition has improved immensely utilizing music therapy which is on of the most effective ways to help children with autism learn basic living skills including how to communicate. Many of the larger non profit groups like Autism Speaks use Holding Hands information and data in their own studies.

Holding Hands recorded a CD in which Evita and Glenn recorded a song called “Tito I love U”. The sales of this CD will help keep the music therapy program alive for the special needs children of Los Angeles County. You can purchase a CD at www.holdinghandsinc.com or make a donation to help fund this program.

For more information on the charities that Evita Freaks are involved check out www.traponline.com,   www.holdinghandsinc.com and Tito’s school www.juniorblind.org. For more information on the band Evita Freaks and to hear the rest of the tracks off their album “Franklin and Cherokee volume 2”, click here.

Posted by Party Girl On June - 16 - 2010 Featured Artists

Tommy Teretta & Jen Dawson

Date 6: The World is Mine!

What does Jen do when she gets set up with a guy who wont cut the “Tony Montana” act? Watch and learn for yourself.

Episode #7, Date 6: “The World Is Mine” is coming real soon!  Based on the dating diary by Jennifer Dawson, guest starring Tommy Taretta and featuring music by The Maheekats, Evita Freaks, Ambrose and Kevin MacLeod.

Posted by Party Girl On May - 26 - 2010 Promote Your Gig Here

Miami is  a State of Mind

That been my thought process over the last two weeks:  Week 1: Shooting Episode 7 titled “The World Is Mine” (stay tuned for it’s post in about 2 weeks).  Week 2: Visit from the 305 area code with my sister Dawn and good friend Leah, bringing Miami old school to my new stomping grounds here in LA.

Here’s how it went down.

Tommy Teretta & Jen Dawson

Episode 7 “The World is Mine” wouldn’t be possible without Miami’s most notorious character “Anthony Monstanza” (aka an interpretation of Scarface’s Tony Montana made famous by Al Pacino) played by Tommy Taretta.  I originally spoke to my friend Steven Bauer, who played the character of Manny Ribera in the original Scarface, about playing the role of “Anthony”. After watching Episode 6 “The Big Squeeze”, Steven’s comment was, “When are we doing our thing?”  That was my question when we were trying to finalize the details.  Needless to say, Steven didn’t end up playing “Anthony” and all I can say is “everything happens for a reason.”

My amazing sound guru, Clay Turnage, and I were going over the script the Tuesday before shooting.  After reading it he asked why his friend Tommy wasn’t doing the role.  Since I didn’t know Tommy, that was a mere impossibility; but not for long.  Meeting Tommy that night, it was evident who was suppose to play “Anthony” all along. I won’t blow the story, but let me just say, you will not be disappointed.  Thank you Tommy for bringing your game to the party on such short notice, meng.

Leah & Dawn

Now the the 305 Shenanigans.  Virgins to LA, my sister Dawn and Leah were ready for the sites.  Dawn arrived on Wendsday night.  First stop, Velvet Margarita’s Annual Cinco de Mayo Celebrity Charity Poker Tournament and Celebration courtesy of my friend Rob Tencer.  I had to break Dawn into the LA life somehow.  Next morning, Lowes in Santa Monica for a quick peek into Digital Hollywood, then off to meet Jason Pauley, Party Girl Plus One’s editor at large, for a bike ride on the Venice boardwalk, drinks and pictures.

Thursday night, Leah arrived.  I had to leave these two to their own devices Friday morning, where I picked them up on Sunset Boulevard at Borracho’s (of course they would find this place), happily enjoying happy hour at 3pm. If you can believe it, they were still up for a quick 5:30pm normal person’s happy hour followed by a Tubefilter web series Screening at the Egyptian Theater.  Pizza on the Boulevard.

Jen & Dawn, Party Sisters

Saturday was all around town with a local’s fish stop in Malibu followed by a drive through Santa Monica and Westwood on the way to LACMA’s Renoir Exhibit. More drinks at The Grove and then a little R&R at the crib.  Peeling ourselves, okay, myself off the couch for a last night in LA (these girls wore me out!), we hit Bar Marmont as Zoe, Velma and Shine. We managed to get one pic in on Sunset Boulevard.  Guess who was who.

Thanks girls for visiting me.  It was a well needed home away from home and I love you both very much!


Posted by Party Girl On May - 16 - 2010 Promote Your Gig Here

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