June 25, 2024


Art Shines Through

Tuning up for BeachLife’s SpeakEasy

Taster’s treat: 5 varieties of Jack Daniel’s whiskey. Picture by Bondo Wyszpolski

BeachLife rolls out the barrel… and the lineup

Toasting BeachLife’s SpeakEasy

by Bondo Wyszpolski

BeachLife’s SpeakEasy preview was hosted by Jack Daniel’s. Image by Bondo Wyszpolski

The other night pals, influencers, and members of the press had been invited in excess of to the BeachLife Seaside Property in Redondo to elevate a glass to the new music (and art) lineup that will grace the SpeakEasy phase, a more intimate music location at the upcoming BeachLife Pageant, to be held from Could 13-15.

Whilst the key stage will spotlight well-known acts like Weezer, the Smashing Pumpkins, and the Steve Miller Band, the SpeakEasy musicians will reduce the volume a notch for our listening satisfaction. Jim Lindberg of Pennywise selected the artists, most of whom are living domestically, and they include Artwork Alexakis (Everclear), Joey Cape (Lagwagon), Lily Meola, Tomorrows Negative Seeds, Dan Kelly (Lucky Youth), Yotam Ben Horin (Useless ID), Charlotte Sabina, Way too Impolite, Jamisen Jarvis, Latch Crucial Child, and The Altons.

Emily Nielsen of Punk Rock & Paintbrushes was instrumental in lining up the concurrent artwork and pictures exhibit, which will element the operate of Jim Lindberg, Chali2na, Megzany, Brent Broza, Smelly, Steve Carranza, Kristin Koefoed, Brian Bent, Angola, Paul Kobriger, Bob Dob, and Libby Coy. Numerous items by a couple of of these artists were on look at at the occasion, and Emily was on hand to point out some of the really cool types.

Eric “ET” Tecosky rolls out a historical past of Jack Daniel’s whiskey. Carlos Calvo, behind him, performed guitar riffs to simulate the taste of just about every whiskey variant. Photograph by Bondo Wyszpolski

There were being also tasty morsels to sink our enamel into, catered by Chef Jean Cordero of Entertaining Friends (she’s the mom of ace photographer JP Cordero), and some great eats as effectively had been delivered by The Rockefeller. I ate like a prince.

And drank like one, far too, simply because BeachLife’s SpeakEasy is becoming introduced or sponsored by Jack Daniel’s and, what do you know, the company’s U.S. Brand Ambassador Eric “ET” Tecosky was on hand to lead the invitees on an journey with his a person-hour “interactive” whiskey tasting experience: 5 shot glasses, stuffed to varying degrees with Gentleman Jack, One Barrel Choose, Outdated No. 7, Jack Rye, and Sinatra Find.

ET and his pal, musician Carlos Calvo, teamed up and developed individual guitar riffs that would emulate or companion with each of the five whiskey sensations. They were typically blues riffs seemingly whiskey doesn’t pair very well with opera, bebop, people or bossa nova. That reported, we uncovered how all the superior things is distilled, with a small far more or fewer of this and that and how the cask or barrel performs into it (perhaps Carlos must have composed a piece for the barrel organ).

To wind up the night, which was as pleasurable as it was informative, attendees were taken care of to some reside music, an audio sensation to enhance the 1 lingering on our flavor palette.

As for the May celebration, go to beachlifefestival.com. ER