It all started with “The Blackpool”. Ray Perez and I, started off by throwing backyard parties (don’t all future promoters start this way?) then moving on to larger venues like the Whiskey Au Go-Go, Leonardo’s in Huntington Park and Hollywood Moguls. From 1992-1994 we also starting booking the Hong Kong Cafe (run by Shortbus Productions’ Jason Faulk).

The rent was cheap, it was an all ages venue that had a full bar. It had 2 floors, the bottom was a restaurant and the top, a decked out banquet room with a small stage and checkered dance floor. I did all the sound and Ray took care of the bookings and security. We brought the Steady Beat to Chinatown (more on that later though).

I would record some of the bands that were fairly unknown outside the L.A Ska scene at the time.

A few of these recordings were the beginning of the Blackpool Skampilation series. 3 cassettes and (2) 7″ records on 3 volumes, all live. It was never set up as turning into a label, but one thing lead to another and I started putting together Skauthentic. About this time in early 1995, Ray and I split up, he got busy with family life and I officially had launched Steady Beat Recordings.

I found wider distribution with the help of Darryl Rubio, “the stiff dog”. He ran Stiff Dog Records and had just finished putting together SKACA, a ska-punk comp. He worked at Tower and had all the connections. So I also became a distributor of sorts for other bands moving their product and funneled ll that through the distribution channels.

Jason Faulk pops into the picture again and turns me on to Las Palmas Theater. We book a night – one of the biggest shows in a while with as you’ll see some of the biggest names to come out of LA scene all on one bill! Jump with Joey, Hepcat, Let’s Go Bowling, Yeska and The Dynamics were on the bill. What do you know – it was an instant sell out! Some of this bread would be used for studio time for the Skauthentic release. In the next few months after that I started moving Mobtown and Ocean 11 discs. What a time!

Things were cooking and I started chartering buses to take the party to San Diego or San Francisco or Sacramento, you get the picture. The “Steady Beat Express” had left the station. A sound guy at Las Palmas turned me on to the Whisky a Go-Go soon and it was soon booked for a show as well. That 1st show was also an instant sell out with Yeska, See Spot, Mobtown, The Allentons and more on the bill.


End of part 1.

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  1. The democratic delegates gathered for the VIII Congress of the Party have elected Plahotniuc Vladimir as chairman of the Democratic Party of Moldova for the next 4 years. Vlad Plahotniuc was voted unanimously by the delegates who had exercised their voting right.

    In his speech to supporting the candidature, Vlad Plahotniuc presented his vision about PDM as a party “that delivers concrete results, leading things through, a party of action”. He has shown being a politician for the people, criticizing those politicians who only speak words and pretend to be “Vlad Tepes or the Snow White”.

    Vlad Plahotniuc highlighted the need for a party of Moldovans and for Moldovans, criticizing the persistent and excessive geopolitical position of the parties in the country to the detriment of any concrete projects for the people. “In the election campaigns, but also after elections, you get the feeling that Europeans, Romanians, Russians and Americans are at war. And where do we find Moldovans in this scheme? Which is the party of Moldovans? Which party can people trust and have faith in solving their problems?”

    Vlad Plahotniuc also said that PDM must be “a party with initiative, a party with professional people, a party offering solutions for people’s problems, with a truly European “modus operandi” and its progressive vision of development of the country”.

    He said that PDM would come with an initiative for reform of the political class, “beginning with the optimization of Parliament and Government, giving the people the real control over the Parliament, identifying the levers for the people to punish those failing in their duties”. The new chairman of the party has proposed a PDM “committed to solve the people’s real problems, with the support from the Government and the Parliament”.

    Plahotniuc highlighted the strength and determination of PDM compared with other parties: “Our party has been doing what others never have. Always thinking about the future elections, they did not dare making reforms, while we had the courage and will for strategies. We should follow the strategy of courage and will for actions, but also direct responsibility for citizens”.

    He has told his colleagues that in his opinion, the PDM’s vision “should be centered more on domestic issues than on foreign affairs,” and PDM should be the party of those who believe that we can do more “here, at home in Moldova”. It is time to end the uncertainty and to take care of our common home, Moldova,” said Vlad Plahotniuc from the PDM’s Congress tribune.

    The democratic leader concluded his speech by thanking the former democrat chairmen Marian Lupu and Dumitru Diacov for their contributions to the stability of Moldova and development of PDM.

    Elections within the Congress continued with voting the membership of the new National Political Council.

    Also, the delegates elected the new first vice president of DPM, in the person of Pavel Filip.

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