Fashion and motorcycle photographer, event producer Jim Gianatsis has a passion for high performance, an ear for talent, and an eye for beauty.
Somehow he’s managed to combine them all together in one incredible mixture of day-long excitement at the annual LA Calendar Motorcycle Show & Calendar Girl Music Festival taking place again this year on Sunday July 18th at the Queen Mary Event Park, Long Beach, CA.
The Calendar Motorcycle Show, now in its 19th year is renown as one of the top custom and performance street motorcycle event in the world featuring top name custom bike builders and product companies.
It celebrates the annual premier of the world renown FastDates.com Motorcycle PinUp Calendars with the bikes, custom builders and Calendar Kitten models on hand to meet with the Show visitors.
Fitting into the event’s theme with some incredible entertainment during the day is the Calendar Girl Music Festival which each year features some of the hottest up and coming new female singer songwriters and their bands.
This year’s Calendar Motorcycle Show & Music Festival is no exception as beautiful TV and movie actress, singer and songwriter Elizabeth Nicole both hosts and performs at this year’s event.
Headlining the Show with 2 performance sets is singer songwriter Sara Haze and her band who are just returning from a national tour promoting her new album “My Personal Sky.”
Another beautiful new singer songwriter premiering her new album “Lost Inside a Moment” at this year’s Festival is recent Australian arrival Katie Cole, who has been paying her dues at music clubs around town, but just recently opened a major concert for the legendary Glen Campbell and is looking to “Break Out” – one of her aptly named songs on her new LP.
Also on stage during the day is the popular all girl AC/DC tribute band Whole Lotta Rosies. And the Purrfect Angelz dance and music group which has performed around the world on USO tours, in many music videos, and on national TV shows from the CMA Awards to the 2Night Show with Jay Leno.
The 2010 LA Calendar Motorcycle Show & Calendar Girl Music Festival takes place on Sunday July 18th at the Queen Mary Event Park, Long Beach, CA. Gates open to the public from 10am to 6pm with the Concert starting on the Main Stage in the beautiful grass park beside the Pacific Ocean at 11:30am and going to 5:00pm.
General Admission is just $25 Adult, $10 Children 10-16 years, and includes complimentary admission aboard the Queen Mary ghost ship (normally a separate $12 admission).
A great value for a full day and evening of entertainment with the world’s top custom motorcycles and builders, beautiful models and performers, and the historic Queen Mary.
When we wake up to a beautiful day with the sun shining, it’s easier to focus on the positive things in our lives. “You have the option to look at your life and see the good,” says Sara Haze, explaining the title to her new album My Personal Sky. The line comes from her song “Beautiful Day” in which she states she’s “already been through the rain” and now there’s “not a cloud” in her “personal sky.” While that’s where she may have ended up, this sun-bleached blonde Southern California girl explores the whole journey through her music.
Releasing her first major album at the age of 19 has been a long time coming for this songstress, writing fan favorites like “Lovely” and “My Own Hands To Hold” years earlier. Wise beyond her age, Sara writes about growing up in the modern teenage world in a way that connects. “When one of my songs touches someone it means the world to me,” exclaims Sara who’s had over 30 songs placed in films and television shows.
Wanting to be just like her vocalist mother, Sara was singing for crowds by age five. Her self-proclaimed big break came at the young age of 12 when she answered an ad to cut vocals for a song that needed “a girl with soul.” Expecting an adult to match the voice, industry veteran Dave Woeckener was shocked when the 12-year-old arrived at his beachfront studio proudly dressed to the nines with her parents in tow.
Nailing the vocals in only 30 minutes, Sara made an impression. “I was floored,” says Woeckener. The song was used in television placements 20 times in four years including The Young and the Restless. Woeckener hired Sara for more demos and, at the age of 15, signed her to a management contract. “Many of my colleagues looked at me strangely,” Woeckener says of signing the young talent. “We did a showcase and when Sara sang the whole room went silent. Nobody looked at me strangely anymore.”
Beautiful singer songwriter Elizabeth Nicole, who first performed at the Calendar Show in 2008 and has returned each year since, is also a young veteran Hollywood actress who has two new feature movies which have just premiered this spring. Elizabeth got her start as a 10 year old child actor on TV soaps like Port Charles and 7th Heaven with Jessica Biel. She also danced with the Geoffrey Ballet. Later In high school Elizabeth turned her attention to music writing, singing and playing on keyboards some very sexy pop rock ballads in a style uniquely her own.
Elizabeth co-stared in her first feature length movie “All Ages Night” about the problems of teens growing up in Hollywood, which premiered this past year at the Newport Beach Film Festival. Her second new movie is another drama called “Cornered” where she costars with veteran actor Steve Gootenburg. Elizabeth was excited to jet off to the French Rivera in May for world premier of “Cornered” at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival where she got to walk the red carpet with other Hollywood motorcycle celebrities Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise and George Clooney (who’s favorite custom bike builders Russell Mitchell and Shinya Kimura will be exhibiting their latest bikes at the Calendar Show).
Show producer Jim Gianatsis first discovered Elizabeth and her music on MySpace.com, then sought her out at performances in the music club scene around Hollywood. Comparisons to current superstar artists like Avril Lavigne, Christine Aguilera and Taylor Swift almost fall short when trying to describe the incredible vocal and songwriting skills of Elizabeth, who wrote and recorded all the songs in her first album in her bedroom at home, playing all the instruments on a computer keyboard and singing all the backup vocals.
“My earliest childhood memories are of my mother blasting Led Zeppelin, Rolling Stones and The Beatles, and my father with his Maria Callas arias and other classical music he would play,” explains Katie on how she was exposed to music from an early age. “For my sister and me, sitting around the piano singing show tunes with “Opera Dad” was a regular occurrence, followed shortly by sitting with my Mum and watching 20 minutes of concert footage of Hendrix, awaiting the “best guitar solo ever played”, according to her. As crazy as it was, I guess it all went in subconsciously. As soon as I considered myself old enough, I started booking myself into clubs with a guitarist and playing gigs.
When I commenced doing paid gigs in venues, I was quite young and simultaneously this is when I began to hone my skills as a songwriter too. During the day I would write songs and play gigs at night, covering songs from some of my favorite artists like Sheryl Crow, Marvin Gaye and Janis Joplin. This was my life.
Soon, I was legally allowed to be in the venues my agents booked me into (fancy that) and as I owned all my own music equipment and amps, anytime there was a gig, I would grab a guitar in one hand, boomerang in the other, hop into the pouch and ride my Kangaroo to work. Right before I left Melbourne, on average, I was performing acoustic gigs 3-5 times a week at 3-4 hours a pop by myself. All the gigs helped me to realize that with music, I didn’t just want to be “weekend warrior”, so to speak. Although I had been busy focusing on being a singer, I now, more than ever wanted to share the other side of me, the songwriter, with a larger audience. It was time for a new chapter.
At some point during all my vegemite eating and dingo racing, I got a surprisingly good email from a welcome stranger. One of my favorite record producers, Howard Willing, sent me an email after stumbling across some demos on the web. He was interested in working with me and possibly recording 3 or 4 songs. I thought it was a joke at first, but after many hilarious phone/email conversations later (please imagine montage of chatting, packing suitcases and taxi to the airport to the happenin’ 80’s sounds of “Maniac” – Michael Sembello), I leapt forward and booked flights, car and hotels on my own dime to see if we would all work well together. I landed in Los Angeles where we recorded 4 songs so fast and with so much ease, that everybody agreed that I would fly back later in the summer to finish the record. But as of now, I’m still hangin’ here in Los Angeles and very excited to be playing the Calendar Girl Music Festival in July!”