Northern California

Powerful quake strikes Northern California

Area of quake USGS

Area of quake

EUREKA, CA – A major earthquake rocked the Northern California coastline Sunday night just after 10, with people feeling it across the northern state.

The 6.9 magnitude quake was widely felt across Northern California and according to the U.S. Geological Survey, close to 4,000 people reported feeling the quake even though it was located 50 miles off the coast of California.

As of the early morning hours of Monday, there have been no reports of damage or injuries, just some rattled nerves.

The epicenter was located 50 miles west of Eureka at a depth of only four miles. A number of aftershocks continue to shake the area with at least four over 4.5 in magnitude.

People reported items falling off shelves and some people from Southern Oregon reported feeling the quake.

The National Tsunami Warning Center did not issue a tsunami warning.

Earthquakes are not uncommon for the Eureka area. The area was hit with a 5.6 magnitude quake back in February of 2012.

A 6.5 quake in 2010 caused some damage and injuries in the area.

2.9 tremor rattles Vallejo

Area of quake Google Maps

Area of quake
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VALLEJO, CA –  - A 2.9 magnitude earthquake struck just after 8 p.m. Monday night in the Vallejo area.

Nerves were rattled last night at 8:18 after a minor earthquake hit one mile southeast of Vallejo and five miles south of American Canyon, at a relatively shallow depth of 4.9 miles.

The tremor didn’t cause any damage and there were no reports of injuries. One person reporting thinking that someone had fallen in the house, while another reported feeling a “ripple” just before the rattling started.


Pair of quakes strike Gilroy area


Area of second quake
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GILROY, CA – A pair of earthquakes struck the Gilroy area early Monday morning.

According to the U.S. Geological Survey two separate quakes hit the area, one at 1:35 a.m. and the other at 2:05 a.m. on Monday morning in Santa Clara County. The initial quake registered a 2.5 magnitude, followed by a 3.7 tremblor.

The smaller quake struck about 4 miles south-southeast of Gilroy at a depth of 5.3 miles. The larger quake, where initial readings indicated it was a 3.9, but later downgraded to a 3.7, struck five miles south-southeast of Gilroy and 4.2 miles deep.

According to police there have been no reports of damage or injuries.

Earthquake strikes off coast of Eureka


EUREKA, CA – The USGS has confirmed a 4.9 earthquake has struck west of Eureka.

The quake struck 32 miles northwest of the coastal town at a depth of 6.8 miles.

There are no reports of damage and no tsunami warning has been issued.

Aftershock continues to rock Sacramento

Monster Energy's Aftershock Fest

Monster Energy’s Aftershock Fest

SACRAMENTO, CA – Monster Energy’s Aftershock Festival rocked Sacramento’s Discovery Park over the weekend with over 35 bands bringing fans a head banging good time.

Great time had by all!

Great time had by all!

Last year, Discovery Park came alive as the first annual Monster Energy’s Aftershock Festival roared into town with 13 hard/alternative rock bands playing to 12,000 screaming fans.

Alien invasion!

Alien invasion!

The second annual Monster Energy’s Aftershock Festival didn’t disappoint, with over 32,000 fans, three stages and 35 plus bands. The festival was out of this world, with crowd surfing aliens, a banana float, and bare naked ladies (not the band!).  The only thing missing from this surfin safari was The Beach Boys.

There were so many highlights over the weekend that we’ve decided to write this up in three parts, with this being out first.


A few of the highlights were:

Bare naked ladies!

Bare naked ladies!
To the finger guy – well played

A Day To Remember’s lead singer Jeremy McKinnon went crowd/body surfing out into the sea of humanity known as metal heads – because that’s how he rolls.

Another memorable moment, again from A Day To Remember, was when they cast out a man in a banana suit to crowd surf. At least they gave him a boat!

Because that's how he rolls

Because that’s how he rolls

Two bands from last year’s Aftershock Festival graduated from the proverbial kids table to the adult table as they took the main stage this year as others performed on the smaller stage. Gemini Syndrome and Hell or Highwater both made it to the big stage this year.

Banana float anyone?

Banana float anyone?

Read last years review: Aftershock hits Sacramento

An up and coming band, that played on the Ernie Ball stage (the smaller stage), graduated to the main stage after Airbourne, who was scheduled to play the main stage, had to cancel. The band, Nothing More, had played on Saturday and won over many fans with their instrumental prowess, so they were asked to return on Sunday to play on the main stage.


People were just dropping in!




The bands included (in no particular order):

Saturday, September 14:
Korn, Megadeth, Shinedown, Papa Roach, Skillet, Buckcherry, Testament, In This Moment, Steel Panther, P.O.D., Otherwise, Love And Death, We As Human, Heaven’s Basement, Girl On Fire, Nothing More, Eye Empire, Butcher Babies.

Awesome views!

Awesome views!


Sunday, September 15:
Avenged Sevenfold, Five Finger Death Punch, Volbeat, A Day To Remember, Asking Alexandria, Halestorm, HIM, Falling In Reverse, All That Remains, Miss May I, SOiL, Nothing More, Gemini Syndrome, Hell or Highwater, Pop Evil, Thousand Foot Krutch,

The festival was fueled by Monster Energy. Additional sponsors for the event included Coors Light, ZING Vodka, Ernie Ball Guitar Strings, Schecter Guitars, Hooters, Army, and The Crazy Dave’s Music Experience

Stay-tuned for review and more photos! We’ll have a gallery of crowd shots too!



Body discovered in Clover Fire

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Area of Clover fire
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IGO, CA – A man’s body has been discovered inside the perimeter of the Clover fire in Shasta County.

According to Cal Fire, the Shasta County Sheriff’s Department discovered the body of 56-year-old Brian Stanley Henry while checking a home in the small community of Igo.

The fast moving Clover fire broke out on Monday afternoon in Happy Valley, destroying 30 homes and forcing the evacuation of 300 others. Because of winds in the area, it is estimated the fire was consuming close to 500 acres per hour.

Residents were notified minutes before they were required to evacuate the area due to the fast moving flames. The fire was jumping roads and igniting homes as residents were scrambling to leave.

According to Cal Fire the blaze has consumed close to 11 square miles.

On Wednesday, cooler temperatures, higher humidity and no wind has help firefighters bring the containment of the fire to 40 percent.

Evacuation orders remain in place for the 300 homes, but officials are optimistic that they will be able to lift the order sometime Thursday morning.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

American Idol season 11 where are they now

American Idol contestants (LR) HeeJun Han, Elise Testone, Colton Dixon, Hollie Cavanagh

American Idol contestants (LR) HeeJun Han, Elise Testone, Colton Dixon, Hollie Cavanagh

American Idol’s season 12 is well underway, but what about the top 10 contestants from season 11?

As we all know, season 11 was to be the last season for American Idol judges Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez.

The first round of performances saw Jim Carrey’s daughter, Jane Carrey cut from the competition, as numerous contestants fell ill and collapsed in the auditorium. Contestant Symone Black actually collapsed while on stage and went on to make the cut.

Initially there were to be 12 males and 12 females, but the judges announced plans to add a 13th male semi-finalist between Jermaine Jones, Richie Law, Johnny Keyser and David Leathers Jr. The following week, after the male performances, Jermaine Jones was revealed to be the thirteenth performer, which set the stage for controversy and fueled speculation of a ratings grab.

On March 14, with only 11 contestants remaining, Jermaine Jones was disqualified for concealing arrests and outstanding warrants. Jones denied that he had concealed his previous arrests and says he disclosed them when signing up for Idol. Footage of executive producers Nigel Lythgoe and Ken Warwick confronting Jones was shown in what would have been his performance slot.

A police official in the New Jersey town where he had two arrest warrants said, “The case wasn’t big enough to merit going after him in California,” and a New Jersey legislator commented, for the show “to expose, embarrass and interrogate a young man without an attorney in front of 40 million viewers was an outrage.”

Critics accused the show of staging the disqualification in order to boost the already slumping ratings.

American Idol Live Tour 2012

Erika Van Pelt

 Erika Van Pelt

Erika Van Pelt made it into the No. 10 spot and made the requisite rounds on the various talk shows.Van Pelt currently runs her own DJ business (VP Entertainment) and performs part-time with “The Sultans of Swing”, and is a performing partner of “Fairhaven Entertainment” and “Boston Swing.”

In early 2014 Van Pelt will be hosting and performing on a Royal Caribbean cruise to Grand Cayman, Jamaica and Haiti. She’s also in the process of recording her debut album, according to her Facebook page.

In January Van Pelt wrote on Facebook, “Day 1 in the studio today tracking for the new album! I feel really blessed to be making an indie record, done my way. No label, and all the freedom in the world. I can’t wait for you all to hear it!”

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HeeJun Han

HeeJun Han

HeeJun Han

 Ninth place winner and jokester was Heejun Han who wooed the judges, and the audience, with his offbeat humor. He generally won the day with a joke, not a song.

Han made a number of appearances after the show, including The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Live! with Kelly and The Wendy Williams Show. He also performed “God Bless America” to open for the New York Mets.

He appeared as a judge in a K-Pop competition at the New York University’s Skirball Center for the Performing Arts in September, and currently has no plans for an album. Click for more images

DeAndre Brackensick

DeAndre Brackensick

DeAndre Brackensick

Eighth place winner DeAndre Brackensick hasn’t done much of anything.

The biggest news post-idol was him hooking up with runner-up Jessica Sanchez during the American Idol Live Tour. They could be seen walking hand in hand backstage, just prior to their performances.

He’s active on Facebook and has just recently started a Tumblr to show off some photos. Based on the photos it appears he’s listening to music more than he is singing.

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Colton Dixon

Colton Dixon

Colton Dixon

Colton Dixon is the contestant who didn’t even try out and ended up in seventh place. If you recall Dixon had tried out for season 10 but failed to make the cut. Season 11 tryouts found his sister trying out with him standing in the wings. The judges insisted that he come out and tryout with his sister standing by. She didn’t make the cut, but he did, and he’s been a busy little Christian ever since.

Following his elimination Dixon appeared on a number of shows including a visit to Access Hollywood where he performed a rendition of “Everything,” by Lifehouse. He was also invited to the White House Correspondents Dinner as a special guest of the Christian Broadcasting Network.

Dixon signed on to Sparrow Records, an imprint of the EMI Christian Music Group, releasing “Never Gone” and “You Are,” both hitting No. 1 on the Christian charts. On January 29 he released his debut album “A Messenger,” sending it to No. 1 on Top Christian Albums and Gospel Albums.

Dixon is currently gearing up to go on tour with Grammy winning Christian rockers Third Day.

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Elise Testone

Elise Testone

Elise Testone

Elise Testone landed in sixth place with her gravelly and soulful voice. During her time on Idol she couldn’t get a break, landing in the bottom three most weeks.

She may have had a difficult time winning over audiences, but she didn’t seem to have a problem winning over Idol guitarist Errol Cooney. Rumor has it the two may have hooked up during the American Idol Live Tour, resulting in Cooney’s wife filing for a divorce. Testone has denied doing the deed, but did admit to a close friendship with the guitarist.

Right after Idol, Testone made the rounds on all the talk shows including Good Day L.A.,The Today Show,  Anderson, and The Ellen DeGeneres Show. She also performed with fellow contestant Colton Dixon on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno

The voice coach still lives in Charleston, South Carolina and continues to actively perform in the area. She has no formal plans to release an album, but she’s been writing plenty of music.

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Skylar Laine

Skylar Laine


Skylar Laine

Fifth place Skylar Laine is another contestant that’s been idle since Idol, announced in November that she has signed with 19 Entertainment and has moved to Nashville, Tennessee to start work on her debut album.

She recently debut an original song called “Settle Down,” written by herself, Chris DeStefano and Anne Preven.

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Hollie Cavanagh

Hollie Cavanagh


Hollie Cavanagh

Fourth place Hollie Cavanagh has been pretty quiet since Idol, but has plans to begin recording her debut album early this year. Just recently she posted to her Facebook account, “Busy writing some music in the studio :) excited !!!”

She’s also started a YouTube channel for all her Holliepops, as she calls her fans, promising to “to keep everyone in the loop of whats going on and soon you’ll see some covers and original music!”

Fans can also keep updated on one of her fan pages.

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Joshua Ledet

Joshua Ledet

Joshua Ledet

In August third place Joshua Ledet appeared on iHeartRadio as he debut an original song “Sound of a Heart Breaking.” Since then the son of a preacher has been pretty idle.

There is a potential business arrangement that may be in the works for Ledet, who earned the nickname Mantasia, because he reminded Idol fans of past contestant Fantasia. It seems there is a strip club in New York City called Mantasia that is hoping to bring Ledet into the fold to help market their wares. Don’t hold your breath.

Ledet has also been seen at sporting events singing the national anthem.

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Jessica Sanchez

Jessica Sanchez

Jessica Sanchez

Jessica Sanchez was the runner up to Phillip Phillips and with the new Idol contract she was not guaranteed an album and a $175,000 advance. Instead she was only entitled to a “developmental” deal with 19 Recordings and no advance.

Sanchez has since signed with Interscope Records and has been performing at various events. She recently was featured on the cover of Mega Magazine, and plans on releasing her debut single this month, with an album later this year.

While visiting the Philippines for the American Idol Live Tour, Sanchez shot a music video for the song “Jump In” with The Black Eyed Peas members. She has also signed up to endorse Jollibee Foods Corporation and Bench, two popular brands in the Philippines.

Sanchez will be returning to television as she takes on a recurring role in the fourth season of Glee.

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Phil Phillips

Phil Phillips

Phillip Phillips

American Idol winner Phillip Phillips’ boyish charm, good looks and singing ability catapulted his American Idol coronation song, “Home,” to No. 10 on the Billboard Hot 100, the first time in four years a coronation single from an American Idol winner had reached the top 10.

“Home” went on to be used in the 2012 Summer Olympics, a Clint Eastwood trailer, and a number of commercials. The song has been bouncing in and out of the top 10 and most recently (January 2013) hit No. 6.

His album “The World From the Side of the Moon” debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard 200 charts in November 2012 and has already been certified gold.

Phillips’ will be joining Matchbox Twenty on their North American tour in 2012 and plans to do a solo tour later this summer.

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Rick Ross – Death Threats Cancel Tour?

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Several reasons have been cited over the last few days, including lack of organization on the part of the promoter, as well as rumors of death threats from Gangster Disciples, a street gang that originated from the Chicago area.

The MMG tour included Meek Mills, Wale, and more recently Machine Gun Kelly. The tour was originally scheduled for 23 days, but was extended to Dec. 16.

Representatives for the promoter, Live Nation, have not commented.

The cancelations started with two shows in North Carolina, where the death threats were rumored. Soon after that, the remainder of the shows were canceled.

The Gangster Disciples posted their threats on YouTube about a month ago, warning Ross and everyone who was signed with Mayback Music Group that they were coming after them. Since then a number of videos have surfaced on YouTube threatening the singer.

Their beef started back when Ross was better known as Teflon Don, when he released the single “B.M.F. (Blowin’ Money Fast), where he mentioned the gang’s imprisoned leader Larry Hoover.

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It doesn’t stop there! Gangster Disciples are also upset, or should I say pissed off, that Ross is using a design similar to their gang symbol on his Black Bar Mitzvah mix-tape.

Oh . . . one more thing. There’s also something about the pressure being on until the gang receives “the check”. Apparently the check is for providing protection for Ross in the way of security/body guards.

Do any of these people have anything better to do?

What’s the worst part about the cancelations?

Machine Gun Kelly is not going to be able to build up his fan base! As the opening act for the MMG Tour, he has stolen the show. Look for him headlining his own show next year, minus all the death threats and other crap that seems to follow Ross around wherever he goes.

Before the tour was canceled, Ross brought the MMG tour to the Sacramento area. You can read the review here.


Rick Ross brings his posse to Sleep Train Arena

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Rick Ross brought his MMG Tour to Sleep Train Arena on Saturday.

This is Rozay’s (Ross’s nickname) first headlining tour as he brought a supporting cast of characters including, Meek Mill (Robert Williams), Wale (Oluboware Victor Akintimehen), Omarion (Omari Ishmael Grandberry), and Machine Gun Kelly (Richard Colson Baker).

Opening the show was MGK storming the stage and daring the fans to have fun as he dove into the crowd on several occasions. Pro-skateboarder Ryan Sheckler was in attendance for MGK’s show and was invited backstage after his performance.

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While Rozay and crew put on a great show, MGK is the real story. Bringing his high energy and lightning fast rap, which earned him the nick name Machine Gun Kelly, this kid stole the show. If anyone in attendance didn’t know him before the show, they certainly knew who he was after the show.

Following MGK was Omarion. He was met with a lukewarm reception, which may have been because he was following a blistering performance by MGK. I don’t believe Omarion brought his A-game and luckily only played a brief set.

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I thought it was strange as each performer was represented by a cardboard cutout with their name displayed on it, which was being held by a couple of stage-hands. As if the audience needed to be reminded who was onstage. Not sure what that was about.

Wale followed Omarion and was met with cheers and screams. Wale won the crowd over and had fans on their feet. Wale also performed a pretty brief set, saving some time for the big man Rozay.

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Meek Mill followed Wale with “Racked Up Shawty” and “Young & Gettin’ It”  as the crowd started getting more intense and loud. Was it Wale’s performance, or the wildly good California weed?

When Rozay took the stage it could have been independence day as fireworks were going off all around. The ruler and king of MMG ripped through his hit’s including “Hustlin’ ” and “I’m Not A Star.”

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Following Rozay’s lengthy solo set, Wale and Mill joined Rozay onstage to perform a number of songs including “Bag Of Money” and “Tats On My Arm.”

Rozay has put together quite a line-up for his first headlining tour and made a brilliant decision to include Machine Gun Kelly. I’m looking forward to seeing bigger and better things from MGK, including his own headlining act. The kids got talent!



Thunder Valley gets Naughty


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Thunder Valley Casino Resort along with World One Presents, Maita Honda, and local radio station V101.1, brought Naughty by Nature, the Sugar Hill Gang, and Kool Moe Dee to Thunder Valley’s Pano Hall for a hip hopping Halloween Friday night. Emcee for the night was V101′s Big Al.

A number of fans dressed up for what turned out to be an awesome show as Bay Area artists Rory and Reed opened the show with a brief 10 minute set.

The crowd went crazy when Kool Moe Dee took the stage. Moe Dee brought along Special K and L.A. Sunshine as they sang hits like “They Want Money,” “Rise & Shine,” and of course “Wild, Wild, West.”

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By the time Sugar Hill Gang took the stage the crowd was in full party mode with most fans gathering around the catwalk and dance floors.

Sugar Hill Gang consisted of original band members Wonder Mike, Master Gee, and Big Bank Hank. Keeping the audience completely engaged with their past hits “Apache,” “Eighth Wonder,” and “Rapper Reprise,” they seemed to just be hitting their stride when they finished their set.

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As Naughty by Nature stormed the stage the crowd went wild as they all started bouncing up and down to the beat of the music. Original band members Treach, Vin Rock, and DJ Kay Gee, put on a great performance as they played “Everything’s Gonna be All Right,“ “O.P.P.,” and “Hip Hop Hooray.”

Checkout Thunder Valley Casino’s upcoming winter concert schedule!




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