Travis Barker To Host MusInk 2014

MusInk Tattoo Convention & Music Festival

Blink-182 drummer, mixtape maestro, and entrepreneur Travis Barker will host the seventh annual MusInk Tattoo Convention & Music Festival, a three-day weekend of classic punk and hip-hop acts, custom cars, and the handywork of world-renowned inkers. “You have the greatest tattoo artist of our time all under one roof,” Barker told us en route to rehearsal with Transplants, Barker’s other band which headlines on Saturday. “You might get work done that you normally would have to fly to Japan or Europe for.”

For someone who sports as many unique tatts as Barker, the opportunity to present MusInk 2014 was a no brainer. For Famous Stars And Straps, the apparel company he founded more than a decade ago and judge of the festival’s daily tattoo contests, the ink connection is more than skin deep. “The graphics on our first T-shirts 15 years ago we’re tattoo-inspired,” he says. “We’ve always been a lifestyle brand rooted in music and that includes everything from tattoos to skateboarding to cars — it’s all a part of it.”

MusInk 2014 takes place March 21-23 at the Orange County Fair & Event Center in Coast Mesa, California. Single day pass, $29.98; 3-day pass, $59.96. For more information visit

LACM Offers "Summer Xperience" Program

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The Los Angeles College of Music (LACM) announced that they will soon be offering the "Summer Xperience," a summer music program for music lovers of all ages.

The Summer Xperience will give students hands-on access from top industry leaders and talent associated with American Idol, Stevie Wonder, Madonna, The Grammy's, The Simpsons, Everclear, the Black Eyed Peas, Dancing With The Stars, and more.

Programs include Music Performance and Music Production (Session 1: June 23 - 27, 9 AM - 5 PM) as well as Songwriting and the 5th annual Drummer’s Reality Camp (Session 2: June 28 - July 2, 9 AM - 5 PM).

Students will participate in master classes, private lessons, student recitals, large ensembles and recording sessions. Summer Xperience helps students learn how to rock AND have a successful career, and gives unique one-on-one mentoring opportunities. To sign up, or for more information, click here.

Pat Gesualdo Gives Drum Therapy Course

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Celebrated drum virtuoso and therapy pioneer Pat Gesualdo will be giving a special lecture this month at The Collective. Pat will be discussing his groundbreaking organization, D.A.D. (Drums and Disabilities), drum therapy techniques, how to become a certified drum therapist, and much more.

“It is extremely exciting to work with Pat Gesualdo, and to help him further his mission to do what he does best, in our facility,” says The Collective. “This is one way the Collective is 'giving back' to the drum community, and to help people with disabilities enjoy the art of drumming.”

“Together we are assisting drummers to help the special needs population live happier, healthier lives with drumming,” Pat says.

The lecture will be given on March 25, 2014 at 7:00 PM at 541 Ave. of the Americas, NY, NY, 10011.

April 2014 Issue Playlist Rocks Eclectically

The April 2014 playlist features songs from the artists in that issue, including Cynic, 311 (Chad Sexton), Young the Giant (François Comtois), Big Head Todd and The Monsters (Brian Nevin), Red Hot Chili Peppers (Chad Smith), and The Beatles (Ringo Starr). Plus there is a Springsteen track featuring hand percussionist of the month Everett Bradley.

Give it a whirl.

Stooges Drummer Scott Asheton Dies At 64

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The Stooges drummer Scott Asheton passed away from a heart attack Saturday at the age of 64.

Asheton was a part of the punk rock band when they formed in 1967 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. His older brother, Ron Asheton, who was the group’s guitarist, died in 2009.

“He was like my brother,” Iggy Pop said about Scott in a recent statement. “He and Ron have left a huge legacy to the world. The Ashetons have always been and continue to be a second family to me. My thoughts are with his sister Kathy, his wife Liz and his daughter Leanna, who was the light of his life.”

“It warms my heart to read how much he has inspired and the love and respect so many have for him and his music,” Leanna Asheton said.

She remembered her father not only for his love of playing and listening to music, but for his humor and charm. She said they enjoyed going to gigs together in recent years, including Black Rebel Motorcycle Club in Detroit, which she said was his favorite and last show.

Along with his wife and daughter, Asheton is survived by his stepsons Simon and Aaron, whom “he loved as his own,” his daughter said.