Pathway to Paris - Patti Smith, Jim James , Karen O, Flea, Lucinda Williams, Dhani Harrison, Talib Kweli , Eric Burdon, Bill McKibben, Tony Hawk, Tenzin Choegyal, Imany, Steven Sebring, Rebecca Foon, Jesse Paris Smith


Sep 16, 2018 – 7:00 PM

929 South Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90015 Map

  • Patti Smith
  • Karen O
  • Tony Hawk
  • Imany
  • Lucinda Williams
  • Jim James
  • Talib Kweli

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Patti Smith: Part-Punk, Part-Folk, but 100% rockstar, Patti Smith has proven herself to be an enduring legend within Rock & Roll. For her work as an early pioneer of the punk movement, Patti Smith was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2007. Also an author and an activist, Patti Smith maintains a relatively low profile, but still performs and records. Patti Smith tour dates are currently scheduled nationally. Use Eventful as your Patti Smith concert calendar.

The Chicago native moved to New York City in 1967 with no money and survived through near impoverished conditions to become a rock icon. After cultivating her poetic craft on the streets of New York City and Paris, Smith began to perform rock music in 1974 and was signed by Clive Davis in 1975. She released her debut album, Horses, in 1975 and started a musical revolution. Smith was at the forefront of the punk movement and was a frequent performer at the legendary CBGB. Smith released her biggest commercial success, Easter, in 1978; the album included the massively successful single "Because of the Night", and Smith toured aggressively.

Smith remained largely out of the spotlight in the '80s, preferring to raise her kids outside of the limelight. She reemerged in the mid-90s with Peace in Noise (1997) and Gung Ho (2000), both of which earned her Grammy nominations for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance. In 2006, Smith returned to where it all began and performed a near four-hour concert at CBGB the night that the iconic club closed down. Smith has returned her attention to writing and won a National Book Award for her memoir, Just Kids, in 2010. Patti Smith is a rock legend whose music spans punk, folk, and politics. Don't miss a Patti Smith tour date when she visits a venue near you. Use Eventful for Patti Smith tour dates and concert schedule (2011) updates.

Tony Hawk: Birthdate: May 12, 1968 Birth place: San Diego, California Parent's names: Frank and Nancy Hawk Sibling's names: Lenore, Patricia & Steve Children's names: Riley, Spencer & Keegan

Tony Hawk was nine years old when his brother changed his life by giving him a blue fiberglass banana board.

Before skateboarding Hawk was a self-described nightmare. "Instead of the terrible twos, I was the terrible youth," he said. "I was a hyper, rail-thin geek on a sugar buzz. I think my mom summed it up best when she said, 'challenging.'"

He was also pathologically determined. When Tony was six his mom took him to an Olympic size pool. "He decided that he had to swim the length of it without a breath. And then he was so frustrated when he didn't do it," his mom, Nancy, remembers. "He was so hard on himself and expected himself to do so many things." Another time Tony struck out in baseball and was so distraught that he hid in a ravine and had to be "physically coaxed out" by his father.

His frustration with himself was so harsh that his parents had him psychologically evaluated at school. The results were that Tony was "gifted," and school advisors recommended placing him in advanced classes. The root of his frustrations was uncovered as well: "The psychologist said he had a 12-year old mind in an 8-year old body," his Mom recalls. "And his mind tells him he can do things his body can't do."

Luckily, for those around, Tony's brother, Steve, supplied the answer to his sibling's brain/body problem-he gave him a skateboard. Tony started goofing around on the thin Bahne board, and his body finally caught up with his brain. "When he started getting good at skating it changed his personality. Finally he was doing something that he was satisfied with," Steve said. "He became a different guy; he was calm, he started thinking about other people and became more generous. He wasn't so worried about losing at other things-he wasn't as competitive at Pac Man as he had been."

His mother agrees with a laugh, "I was just glad he was taking all his energy out on skateboarding and not on me."

But Tony was still beating himself up. If he didn't skate his best in a contest-even if he won-he would be silent, and when he arrived home he'd take his trusty cat Zorro up to his room to be by himself. "If I don't do my best it kills me," he lamented.

It's not entirely clear where all of this determination came from. At least some of it, no doubt, came from his father, Frank, who flew torpedo bombers off of aircraft carriers in World War II. More than providing the genes, however, Frank Hawk also played a major nurturing role as Tony progressed as a skater -- not by teaching or training, but by throwing his full support behind his son's athletic passion. Frank drove Tony up and down the coast of California for skate contests, built innumerable skate ramps over the years, and when he grew dissatisfied with the competitive organizations, founded both the California Amateur Skateboard League and the National Skateboard Association. The NSA's high-profile contests have been credited with helping the sport surge in popularity during the 1980s. Frank died in 1995.

By twelve, Tony was sponsored by Dogtown skateboards, by fourteen he was pro, and by age sixteen Tony Hawk was the best skateboarder in the world. In the ensuing 17 years, Hawk has entered an estimated 103 pro contests. He won 73 of them, and placed second in 19. By far the best record in skateboarding's history. (He even won a contest after a redeye flight and only three hours of sleep.)

Unfortunately, being the world champion of skateboarding doesn't necessarily translate into financial security. Skateboarding is notorious for its peaks and valleys in popularity. As a senior at Torrey Pines High School in Del Mar, Calif., he was able to buy his own house at age 17. Two years later he bought another house: a four-and-a-half-acre spread in nearby Fallbrook, where he built a monster skate ramp at the top of a hill. A smaller ramp was wedged between his house and his pool. Hawk was constantly traveling worldwide for demos and contests. He was making enough money to buy his friends trips to Hawaii so everyone could vacation together. He married Cindy Dunbar in April 1990 and they lived in Fallbrook. Always an electronics nut, Hawk constantly updated his computers, stereo systems, video cameras and cars. But, one day in 1991 this all came to an end. Tony felt the bump on his helmet and when he looked up, it was too late; the sky was already falling.

Skating died. Not a slow death where you could see it coming and plan ahead, this was a blood-hose-out-the-nose aneurysm at the breakfast table. Tony's income shrank drastically, and suddenly his wife, a manicurist, was the family breadwinner. The times were so lean that Tony was allotted a daily Taco Bell allowance of five bucks.

The next few years ripped by in a blur of financial uncertainty and personal eruptions. He sold the Fallbrook house and the Lexus and in 1992 Cindy gave birth to their son, Riley. Tony refinanced his first house and started a skateboard company, Birdhouse Projects, with former Powell pro, Per Welinder. Two years later, he and Cindy divorced. Birdhouse wasn't making money and Tony's future was sketchy. If he couldn't make a living skating he figured he could either edit video for other companies or get a job "sitting behind a computer doing some sort of programming or web design. I thought skating was over for me." (Hawk is a proud computer geek.)

But skateboarding went through its cycle and was deemed cool again. The Hawk became the Phoenix. In 1996 he married Erin Lee, and bought a new house with a new pool with a new waterfall. Birdhouse is now one of the largest skateboard companies in the world and he's signing six-figure endorsement deals with companies like Adio shoes, Jeep, and Sirius Satellite Radio. In 1998 he and his family started a kid's skate clothing company called, of course, Hawk Clothing, which was acquired by Quiksilver in early 2000 (and is now available exclusively at Kohl’s department stores). In 1999 Activision and Tony created Tony Hawk's Pro Skater video game for PlayStation. They expected decent sales, but the copies blew off the shelves and it quickly became a bestseller. The next year, Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2 was released and jumped to the number one position for over a month. Since then, the THPS series has become one of the best-selling video-game franchises of all time. Tony Hawk's Proving Ground just launched October 16, 2007 to excellent reviews and with no signs of slowing down.

Tony's success overflows into the non-electronic world as well. His autobiography, HAWK -- Occupation: skateboarder was a New York Times bestseller and is currently available in paperback. He created Tony Hawk's Gigantic Skatepark Tour for ESPN, which is second only to the X Games in viewership.

Today, Tony's days adhere to an outlandish dichotomy. Recently, after slicing his shins open while shooting a TV commercial (probably needed stitches but didn't go to the doctor) he had to rush back to pick Riley up from school. On March 26, 1999 Tony became the father of a second baby boy, Spencer, who already has a weird attraction to skateboards--he rides a mini-board around the kitchen. Tony's third son, Keegan, was born July 18, 2001, and he has proven to be even more of a lunatic daredevil than his father. Shortly after Keegan learned how to walk -- and climb -- Tony walked into the kitchen to find his youngest son standing on a chair with an ice pick in one hand, a knife in the other and a small lightbulb in his mouth. Though he and Erin divorced in 2004, Tony remains a proud and actively involved parent.

"It makes me proud that I can switch from being a skater to a responsible parent," he said. "But," he's quick to add, "I don't feel as old as other parents."

He may not feel as old as other parents, but he's old enough to have retired at age 31. It should be made clear, though, that in skateboarding the word "retire" doesn't mean you stop skating. It simply means he's stopped competitive skating. He still skates almost every day, still learns new tricks, and still does several public demos a year. He was recently voted the best vert skater by readers of Transworld Skateboarding magazine. One of the reasons Tony decided to stop competing at the end of 1999 was that he landed the first-ever 900 (two and a half mid-air spins) at the X Games. The 900 was the last on a wish list of tricks he'd written a decade earlier. The list included ollie 540, kickflip 540, varial 720 and the 900.

In 2002, Tony launched the Boom Boom HuckJam, a 30-city arena tour featuring the world's best skateboarders, BMX bike riders and Motocross lunatics performing choreographed routines on a million-dollar ramp system, while punk and hip hop music plays. The hugely successful (and massively publicized) HuckJam tour has sold out arenas across the country every year since its inception and even been featured as a Happy Meal at McDonalds. It can currently be found entertaining standing room only crowds at Six Flags parks across the country. And, speaking of Six Flags, two new Tony Hawk’s Big Spin roller coasters were recently unveiled in San Antonio and St. Louis with more on the way over the next few years. With a skateboard design theme and rolling, spinning moves around the track, the coaster takes on a Tony Hawk theme complete with a history of action sports and Tony Hawk’s life story. Coasters are planned for 2008 at Six Flags Over Texas and Six Flags Discovery Kingdom.

In January of 2006, Tony married Lhotse Merriam in a ceremony on the island of Tavarua. Tony and Lhotse continue to live in the San Diego area.

With the creation of the Tony Hawk Foundation, Hawk also has made an effort to give something back to the sport that has given him so much. Designed to promote and help finance public skateparks in low-income areas, the foundation has distributed more than $1,700,000 to non-profit groups building skateparks throughout the U.S.: from Homer, Alaska, to Needles, California, to Greencastle, Indiana, to Glenwood, Arkansas, to Livermore Falls, Maine. The Foundation has now been a part of 336 new skateparks around the country.

"I'm pretty happy with the way things turned out," Tony says. "I mean, I never thought that I could make a career out of skateboarding."

Imany: Imany en Swahili ça veut dire l'espoir, la foi, enfin un truc comme ça. Et l'espoir c'est justement, le fioul d'Imany. Elle avance dans la vie, en surfant sur ses rêves, car elle a foi en elle. Elle avait six ans, quand elle s'est mise dans la tête de chanter. À dix ans, ses parents l'envoient dans une école militaire. Entre discipline de fer et levée de drapeau, elle apprend les délices de la musique dans la chorale stricte de l'école.

À douze ans, elle rêve encore et toujours, mais cette fois elle rêve de vivre aux Etats-Unis. Bercée aux sons des voix de Tracy Chapman, Marvin Gaye, Tina Turner et de Billie Holiday, elle rêve de vivre à New York, là où tout est possible…Pas facile pour cette petite Française aux origines comoriennes. Mais pas impossible, car à 19 ans, le rêve se réalise. Elle part pour trois semaines, mais y reste six ans. Entre-temps, elle y fait du mannequinat, du stylisme, un peu tout et n'importe quoi. Elle se nourrit du »tout est possible » et elle y croit. Elle économise et écrit des chansons. Dans son temps libre, elle prend des cours de chant et elle monte un petit groupe qui a un grand talent. Entre les castings et les petits boulots, elle fait des gigs et chante dans des endroits mythiques comme le « Joe's Pub » ou encore le« Bitter End », là où les Bruce Springsteen et Elvis Costello ont joué une vingtaine d'années auparavant.

Elle se sent bien au milieu de toutes ces légendes et elle chante, chante, chante.

Après sept ans, la France lui manque. La grosse machine américaine est devenue un peu trop pour elle, même si elle les adore ces Américains. Ils sont pros, ils sont bien.

Elle rentre au Pays où elle rêve encore et toujours de scènes parisiennes. Elle décide de chanter en anglais et en français, après tout New York fait un peu partie d'elle-même.

Depuis son retour, Imany s'est produite dans des salles incontournables, telles que Le Sentier des Halles, Le Réservoir ou encore La cigale. Elle travaille désormais sur son album; un album qui parlera très bien d'elle, mieux qu'elle ne pourrait le faire elle-même. Ça parlera d'amour, de solitude, de regret et de joie.

Imany c'est une voix et même parfois une grande gueule. C'est un timbre boisé et tendre qui a lui seul raconte une histoire. Ses affinités avec le folk, le rock, la soul et la poésie aident à comprendre les couleurs qui se mélangent dans ses paroles.

Ça sonne mélancolique aux premiers abords, mais au fond c'est toujours plein d'espoir…

Lucinda Williams: Lucinda Williams's illustrious career is credited to the craftiness with which she nurtures her albums to fruition. The Grammy-Award winner hasn't had the commercial success of other famous country artists, however, she has received critical praise and her stage presences is unparalleled. Lucinda Williams tour dates are currently schedule nationally to cater to her adoring fans. In addition to touring, Lucinda Williams recently released her tenth studio album, Blessed, in 2011. Don't miss a date on the Lucinda Williams concert schedule (2011); Use Eventful as your source for Lucinda Williams tour dates and performance information.

The Louisiana native's creativity was fostered in an artful and intellectual home. Williams's father, Miller Williams, is an award-winning contemporary poet who brought his daughter along with him through his different visiting professorships around the American South and Mexico. Lucinda Williams' songwriting abilities were albeit aided by her poetic father who fostered her inclination towards writing and to playing the guitar. Lucinda Williams's first concert performance was in Mexico City when she was only 17-years-old. Lucinda Williams' concert performances were scheduled throughout the '70s where she played alt-country music in honky-tonks and local taverns throughout Texas before moving to Mississippi. She released her debut album, Ramblin', in 1978 and her sophomore album, Happy Woman Blues, in 1980; both of which went largely unnoticed.

Lucinda Williams recorded and toured throughout the '80s until she finally reached critical success with a Grammy Award in 1994. Her single "Passionate Kisses" from her 1988 self-titled album, was covered by Mary Chapin Carpenter in 1993 and earned Williams a Grammy for Best Country Song. Williams reached moderate commercial success with her fifth album, Car Wheels on a Gravel Road, which appeared on the Billboard 200 and earned Williams a second Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Folk Album. Williams earned a Gold plaque for the effort and Lucinda Williams tour dates were scheduled alongside folk-icon Bob Dylan to support the album. Williams followed up in 2001 with Essence, which earned her third Grammy-Award and solidified her as an anomaly in contemporary country music.

Lucinda Williams continued to tour and record viable albums throughout the decade. Her songwriting capabilities and her craftsmanship earned her the title of "America's Best Songwriter" by Time magazine in 2002. In 2007, Lucinda Williams tour dates were scheduled on two five-night concert events in New York and Los Angeles where Williams performed all of her songs on the consecutive tour dates. She released a Live album from her tour date at the famed Filmore in 2005 and she released her only top ten album to-date, Little Honey, in 2009. More recently, Williams released Blessed in 2011 and has been touring to promote the disc ever since. She is a storyteller above all-else, but also a gifted guitarist and singer. Don't miss a date on the Lucinda Williams concert schedule. Use Eventful as your source for Lucinda Williams tour dates and venue information.

Talib Kweli: the Brooklyn MC is largely responsible for bringing intellectualism and afro-centricsm to the underground hip-hop scene and is an independent rap music pioneer.

Talib Kweli was born in Brooklyn, New York to a well-to-do family of academics. His mother is an English professor at City University New York (CUNY) and his father works in administration at Adelphi University, while his younger brother is a law professor at Columbia. Talib's name, means "student" and "seeker" in Arabic and he himself was an avid student who attended New York's prestigious Brooklyn Technical High School and he studied theater at NYU.

Kweli started rapping in the underground scene in 1995 and began recording underground tracks with DJ Hi-Tek in 1997. In the following year he hooked up with Mos Def to form the rap-duo "Black Star". The duo made some noise with their one and only album to date, "Mos Def and Talib Kweli Are Black Star". The album was released in 1998 and featured the hit rap single, "Definition", which reached #3 on the Rap charts. The album was critically praised for bringing back social issues and politics back into the genre, during a time when hardcore rap reigned supreme. Kweli then released a collabo with Hi-Tek entitled "Reflection Eternal" which tackled and addressed issues within the African American community. The album was well-received and charted in the top 20 of the Billboard 200.

By 2002, Talib Kweli was newly solo and set out to take mainstream rap by storm with his socially conscientious rhymes. He released "Quality", in 2002 which featured production by DJ Quick and Kanye West and charted at #21 on the Billboard 200 charts with the lead-off West produced single "Get By". Talib Kweli concert dates were booked on the second stage at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in 2003. Kweli followed up with collaborations with some of hip-hop's biggest stars including a guest rap on Kanye West's debut album. Talib Kweli tour dates and performances were booked on the popular "Chapelle's Show" as well as the opening slot on the Beastie Boys' "Challah At Your Boy World Tour".

In 2004, Kweli released his sophomore set, "The Beautiful Struggle", which hit #14 on the Billboard 200. The album featured production again from Kanye West as well as from the Neptunes. In 2005, Kweli founded his own label, Blacksmith Records, and secured a major label distribution deal with Warner Bros. Records. After releasing a mixture in 2005, Kweli returned in 2007 with his highest charting album to date, "Eardrum", which hit #2 on the Billboard 200 in its first week of release. Talib Kweli tour dates were scheduled on a national Australian tour in October, 2007 to promote the album. In 2010, Kweli re-teamed with Hi-Tek to release a second album, "Revolutions Per Minute" which was hailed by critics and fans alike.

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