Thursday, December 15, 2011

SAN ANTONIO, TX CHRISTMAS SHOW! 12/22/11

 Home for the Holidays!
December 22, 2011 / 8pm
This will be my 2nd Annual Christmas Show in my hometown of San Antonio. Last year was a blast and I'm planning a different show this year. I'll be doing a few Christmas songs from my recently added Christmas album to iTunes but I'll be doing a regular show including a new tribute to Amy Winehouse. Hope to see you there.

Monday, December 12, 2011

CHRISTMAS DREAMS COME TRUE

So Proud to Announce for the FIRST TIME EVER my
CHRISTMAS ALBUM IS NOW AVAILABLE ON iTUNES!
 I've wanted this to happen for so long but before uploading it, I wanted to include a bonus track of a song I wrote back in 1998 after my father passed away from Cancer.

I called up my friend / legendary music producer/arranger, Bob Esty here in Los Angeles who has worked with Cher, Barbra Streisand, Donna Summer and many more.... in fact every time you hear "Last Dance" or "Take Me Home" - it's Bob Esty's musical arrangement and production!

I called him up to ask if he could make my wish come true, and he said YES! Along with David Arana, Bob Esty and I went to work in the studio. My dream came true! The little song I wrote came to life with the magic of Bob Esty and David Arana.

I performed the song for the first time this past Dec. 9th at The Cavern Club Theater at Casita del Campo in Los Angeles for my Christmas show. Bob Esty was in the house. I introduced him and everyone cheered. I sang the song live and it got ovations. It was a super fun night with friends and fans and newcomers alike who just wanted to check out my show.

So look up my Christmas album in iTunes. Play it at your parties and don't tell them right away who it is. Just let them wonder. I hope you enjoy the bonus track "First Christmas Without U" dedicated to my Dad Jim Johnson, and to anyone who has had to face that First Christmas without a loved one being there. Peace.


FIRST CHRISTMAS WITHOUT U
Lyrics: JIMMY JAMES / Music produced & arranged: BOB ESTY, DAVID ARANA

IT'S COMIN' ON CHRISTMAS SOON
AND I'M SUPPOSED TO BE IN THE MOOD
GOT A LOT TO BE THANKFUL FOR
I GOT EVERYTHING I WANT AND SO MUCH MORE
BUT YOU'RE NOT HERE WITH ME
AND THOSE MEMORIES HANG ON THE TREE
BUT AS LONG AS YOU'RE MISSING
I'LL BE WISHING THAT YOU WERE HERE WITH ME

Chorus:
AND I KNOW THE SNOW'S ON THE WAY
BUT STILL IT WON'T BE THE SAME
WHAT AM I GONNA DO
ON THIS FIRST CHRISTMAS WITHOUT U

EVERYONE'S FEELING THE JOY
AND THE CHILDREN ARE WAITING FOR TOYS
I DON'T WANNA BE DOWN
NOT WHEN SANTA CLAUSE IS COMIN' TO TOWN
AND I KNOW I GOTTA BE STRONG
SOMEHOW LEARN TO MOVE ON
BUT AS LONG AS YOU'RE MISSING
I'LL BE WISHING THAT YOU WERE HERE WITH ME

Chorus
Chorus


















Tuesday, November 22, 2011

11/15 & MORE...WEEKEND SHOPPING SINGING & JUDGING

Nov. 15, 2011 Tuesday:
I did my show at Casita del Campo. I had a great audience. I was in excellent voice. I even sang "Evergreen" for the Streisand voice. I rarely ever do this number because it's toooo hard. I got 2 standing ovations. Sold a lot of merch. My longtime friend/designer Michael Schmidt showed up. with Moniker Mgmt's Diana Coney. Also the talented male actress Jackie Beat came with writer Muffy Bolding, actress Selene Luna, actor/club impresario Mario Diaz,  entertainer Calpernia, star trainer Craig Ramsay, legendary music producer Bob Esty and more people from music, television and film. Although I was kinda feeling a little low, the audience really picked me up and I had a great time.  November 15 holds memories that I try to ignore. But I won't go into it.
http://www.michaelschmidtstudios.com/
http://missjackiebeat.com/
http://seleneluna.com/site/
http://www.monikermgmt.com/mainmenu.html 
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0225019/   (Mario Diaz)
http://www.calpernia.com/
http://amprofile.blogspot.com/2011/02/bob-esty-has-worked-with-some-divas.html (Bob Esty)  
http://www.craigramsayfitness.com/     


Nov. 20, 2011 Saturday
Woke up at Billy's. We went shopping. He bought a BIG Karaoke Machine so that we can all sing at his Thanksgiving party. Only problem is...the neighbors! He also bought a big refrigerator for his back porch patio and a bunch of stuff at Bed Bath & Beyond.
Billy rolling out the Karaoke Machine to put in his car. That's the owner Faye (R) who sold the machine and lots of Karaoke CDs. She wants her dolly back. http://singingstore.com/
 Nov. 21, 2011 Sunday:
Sunday Morning I woke up in Sherman Oaks at my friend Billy's house. He has a room there for me to get away. I go up to the mountain, I hear Paula Abdul lives on his street, maybe I'll go Christmas caroling at her house.  It was pouring rain & cold this Morning! In L.A. most people don't know how to handle this weather but it was so refreshing and cool. The rain cleans the air. We need that.  I stumbled out of bed like Dolly Parton without her wig and went to the kitchen. I love using Keurig 1 cup-at-a-time coffee maker.  I discovered Emiril's Big Easy Intense coffee - so good.  Billy bought it yesterday at Bed Bath & Beyond. I like a good strong coffee. Even though it's bold and intense, it had a slight hickory smooth overtone - not bitter at all.
http://www.coffee.org/products/view.php?item=347

It was so hard for me to figure out how I would muster the energy to go out tonight but I had a commitment to judge a "Cabaret Idol" contest at The Hollywood Bar & Grill on Sunset and Gower. Even though I just wanted to date Emeril and kick it down a notch with some coffee and chill out. Billy brought KFC original recipe. OH LORD... I have not eaten this stuff in over a year. I've kinda been eating vegan lately - not 100% but leaning towards it somewhat. I had a small amount  of KFC and tried not to think about the investigative report by Brian Ross at ABC NEWS expose on the Sparboe facility in Vincent, Iowa. They showed the chickens are unsanitary and gross and McDonalds pulled out of their contract with the facility. The chicken wing I ate had broken bones. The chicken is not healthy. I'm grossing myself out...yuk. Whenever I eat vegan, I never feel tired or bloated. Eating vegan makes me feel nourished.
http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/mcdonalds-dumps-mcmuffin-egg-factory-health-concerns/story?id=14976054#.TsuEuPHFgvo

6:30pm I eventually took my flesh-eating body down to judge "Cabaret Idol" and I was so entertained with the  talent of the contestants. The contest is weekly every Sunday at 7pm but I only judged this one night. I sang "8 Divas" with a live piano player and drums. I think I did pretty good. I got a rousing ovation. Everybody was very nice to me.
https://www.facebook.com/cabaretidol

Late night snack: Ranch corn nuts and Good n Plenty licorice candy...Very VEGAN.



Sunday, November 20, 2011

CHRISTMAS SHOWS!

I am so excited to announce that I will be doing my Christmas show at Casita del Campo's CAVERN CLUB THEATER for the first time! December 8 & 9, 2011. The last of the jewel case Christmas CDs will be available at the show before it all goes digital on iTunes. The artwork on the CD (front & back is by Alvaro in New York City). http://cavernclubtheater.com/

I am also going to do my 2nd annual Christmas show in my own hometown of San Antonio, TX at The Bonham Exchange Dance club - December 22, 2011. Tickets available very soon at BROWNPAPERTICKETS.COM

I will sing some excerpts from my popular Christmas album as well of some, not so Christmas songs. In the past when I've tried to do a show with only Christmas songs, it felt too boring. So I will do a well rounded show with a sprinkling of Holiday Cheer.


Hope you can make it!

Front of my Christmas CD. Beautiful artwork by Alavaro NYC.
Back of my Christmas CD. Artwork by Alvaro. It's kind of a Marilyn Snow man...lol.


Thursday, November 10, 2011

 ONE NIGHT ONLY!
The last time I did my show it was sold-out. I'm coming back to do my AWARD WINNING New York Show! Lots of Voices, Comedy, a couple of my own songs and video presentations.

Hope you can make it.


Thursday, November 3, 2011

LETTER TO LISA. WORKS FOR MY BLOG TOO

Hey Lisa,
I'm frantically packing to go to Palm Springs tomorrow.
I'm judging a Drag contest called "Broadway In Drag" @ The Palm Canyon Theater. I'm doing 1 promo number Cher - "Memory"

Saturday, Nov. 5 I do a 2pm 30min show at the Pride outdoor festival.
8:00pm I do The Purple Room. I saw Ross' name in the ticket sales - Thanks :)

I got flyers to promote AND the cutest FASHIONISTA bracelets which act as the ticket to get into The Purple Room. I LOVE the bracelets. I'll have to mail you a couple.

Sunday, Nov. 6  I do an early Morning guest appearance with THE REAL Carol Channing for PBS "IN THE LIFE."

Monday Nov. 7  I go back to L.A.  whewwww.....

My networking in Los Angeles and the West Coast feels like it is finally starting to build like I had it built it up in NYC.

Oh, and just a few days ago I contacted Bob Esty (music producer for Cher "Take Me Home" and other songs... he's also produced Donna Summer "Last Dance" Striesand "Enough Is Enough" also Weather Girls "It's Raining Men." etc... he's great. I've known him for many years. I sent him my acappella vocals of a song I wrote called "First Christmas Without U." I want him to produce the music so when I upload my Christmas album early December, I can add it as a bonus track. I'm VERY excited. I'm a big fan of Bob Esty! He's big time and I'm lucky to know him. He's a great guy.
http://www.allmusic.com/artist/bob-esty-p74520/credits

Last Saturday, Oct. 29  (Halloween wkend) I performed as Ursula the Witch  with a black guy dressed as the Little Mermaid. It was so much fun! I sang "Poor Unfortunate Soul."
After I did the Ursula thing I went into FASHIONISTA in the Ursula drag...lol!
It was SUCH A FUN PARTY! My friend Billy Butler produced it and paid for it.
About 500 people were there. Everybody was in a great mood and just having fun!

I actually drank Jack Daniels on the rocks! Can you believe it? You know I never drink.
After the show that night I got to meet Tara - Pat Carol's daughter!
Pat Carol is the voice of Ursula in the Disney movie "Little Mermaid." That was so cool.
Ursula & Tara! Pat Carol's daughter after my performance. Her Mom Pat Carol did the original voice for Ursula. You gotta watch it on YouTube. It's the ONLY voice for Ursula. I was all too happy to use my lower register of my voice for the character. Jack Daniels is good for the low voice...lol. That white thing in my dress is a big fan that opens up.
I only know Billy in this picture (the pirate next to me). You can see what he really looks like on his Facebook. William Butler. I did not recognize him at first in his costume.
Me singing as Ursula the Witch "Poor Unfortunate Souls." Lower left corner The Little Mermaid Bruce Daniels...lol
This is only some of the stuff I've been up to lately...and btw, I'm soooo late in writing in my Blog, so if you don't mind I'm going to copy and paste this email into my Blog. I've been so busy lately -
15 hour days! That's Hollywood.

Love to U & Linda xoxo
JIMMY

P.S. You girls have been so good to me. Whenever you want me to do another party for you. Just ask. I would be happy to perform in your home again. Your Oct. 7 party was a blast! xo

P.S.S. The Kardashians are whores!

P.S.S. Ursula "Poor Unfortunate Souls: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VyFVG4VfPmg

Thursday, September 22, 2011

HOLLYWOOD ACADAMY AWARDS & TEXAS

Wed. September 14, 2011

On the 20th CENTURY FOX LOT inside the commissary. The Oscars are just as you enter. We ate inside. It was so good. I had grilled salmon, mashed potaoes & veggies. OINK!
I went with some friends to eat at the 20th Century commissary. This is my 2nd time to walk around the lot. The 1st time was written in my blog several months ago when I had an audition for MODERN FAMILY. 
I don't think I can describe how awesome it feels to walk around this lot. Shirley Temple was here and had her own little house built. I saw it. Lucille Ball worked on this lot and so did Bette Davis. And of course Marilyn Monroe was a 20th Century Fox girl. The place is magical for me. A little Texas boy born in Laredo raised in San Antonio... I could not have dreamed about this... it's so surreal.
Beautiful giant mural of MM from 'The Seven Year Itch'
These beautiful Tea Cups were hand delivered to me in LA by my friend Fran. She and her partner Lucy have been coming to see my shows in Provincetown for years. They are so sweet. One night I was a little too honest in my show and revealed that I have a Coffee Mug & Tea Cup obsession.  So these 2 ladies have been supplying me with mugs and tea cups ever since. Love you girls!
Friday / September 16, 2011
When in Texas, do what the Texans do. I woke up late Friday Morning in Houston. I had to return to the scene of the crime from last year. PAPPA'S Bar-B-Q Restaurant. I ordered a giant baked potato with turkey, chives, butter, cheddar cheese. A side of pickles, Mac & Cheese, Corn, BBQ sauce and Cantaloupe drink. I could not eat it all. But I tried.
 
Stafford, Texas is just on the edge of Houston. So basically you fly into Houston, stay in a Houston Hotel but you get driven to the Stafford Performing Arts Centre.  I was booked to open for ABBA 'The Concert' Tribute band (I did it last year too). So nice to be asked back again.

What a fun 2 days. I was feeling kinda nervous because as a warm up act you know people are not really there to see you. But judging the reaction, I think I did pretty good. Right after my segment there was a short intermission where I went out to the lobby to sell CDs and my new FASHIONISTA tshirts.

It was a great Friday & Saturday. The promoters took me and the ABBA members (17 of us) to the Aquarium restaurant on Saturday afternoon.
 
 
Blackened Talapia, Coconut shrimp, Mashed potatoes / gravy, Scallops & Veggies...OINK!

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Tshirt DESIGNS



Been working on Tshirt designs for my merchandise store. I think the first one we will be printing up is #3. I'm going to work on #5 later but maybe put the designer 'wrap' in the back.
But for now I'll keep it simple.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

CASITA del CAMPO - Jimmy James - Live! Sept. 10, 2011

SUPPORT THE ARTS!
Come see my show!
Saturday 9pm.
Casita del Campo's 
CAVERN CLUB THEATER
1920 Hyperion 
Los Angeles, CA (Silverlake)

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

SEPTEMBER 2 'FACES' SACRAMENTO, CA

I'm on my way to perform this Friday September 2 at a club called FACES in Sacramento, CA.

I'm in here somewhere...??? I think they listed me as "Jesse James???" Looks like they got a lot of stuff going on.
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/189425

BARBRA STREISAND CD RELEASE PARTY


I was not in good voice. Damn. My voice is always good these days but this particular night I didn't have the power or clarity I normally have.

This night was a record release party for Barbra Streisand's newest album. There were a lot of incredible singers there. Some of them visiting LA from NYC's Broadway. All of the singers were hitting it out of the ball park. 

Musical Mondays takes place every Monday in West Hollywood at Club 11. The guys there are great there. Ryan O'Conner & Scott Nevins run this night.

My friend Gary DeVaughn recorded this on my iPhone. My hair looks weird in this video like I'm bald or something...but I'm not.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

SUMMER SUN CONCERT SERIES...CANCELED!

CANCELED!
Sorry but I have decided to cancel the SUMMER SUN CONCERT SERIES due to scheduling problems. 

No hard feelings towards The Palms. I think the facility was very nice and has a great potential for something in the future. But we were unable to keep the show time consistent therefore making it too hard to promote it properly and it was too confusing to my fans.

My sincere apologies.

Coming soon CASITA del CAMPO date around September 9, 10 or 11.

JIMMY JAMES





Monday, August 15, 2011

SUMMER SUN CONCERT SERIES! They wanna extend me!

SUMMER SUN CONCERT SERIES! 
Every SATURDAY in August 2011, 9pm (sharp).
The PALMS BAR & SHOW LOUNGE

This past Saturday was fun. Legendary Warhol Superstar Holly Woodlawn stopped by unexpectedly. Also in the house was legendary music producer Bob Esty (Take Me Home, Last Dance, Enough Is Enough...). Also some television industry people came and my former publicist Scott Barton.
.................................................
Set List:
SUMMER SUN (Jimmy James original)
HISTORY REPEATING (Shirley Bassey)
3 SISTER DIVAS "GOD BLESS THE CHILD" (Billie Holiday, Eartha Kitt, Diana Ross)
SWEET DREAMS (Patsy Cline)
CHER MEDLEY
PRIVATE DANCER (Tina Turner)
LOVE IS A LOSING GAME (work-in-progress Amy Winehouse)
KISSING A FRAUD (Jimmy James original)
U DON'T BRING ME FLOWERS (Barbra Streisand & Neil Diamond)
8 DIVAS "I've Got It Bad" Dance Mix (8 voices in 1 song)
FASHIONISTA (Jimmy James original)
...........................................................

The club is set up very well for me. The sound is good, there's a follow spot, a cute stage, a video screen, a fan that blows on me during the show and the club is in my neighborhood...what else could I want? They actually want to extend me so I have a lot to think about. It would be quite a commitment.
It is luxurious to have a place to keep my timing and voice worked-out. I always need a work-shop to practice. I had a place like this for 5 years in NYC and it was very valuable to have a place to try out new material.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

MY OWN DAMN VOICE! MY OWN DAMN SONGS! JIM CARREY!

 SUMMER SUN CONCERT SERIES! EVERY SATURDAY IN AUGUST. Every show will be different...
This past August 6, 9pm, I kicked off my SUMMER SUN CONCERT SERIES at The Palms Bar / Show Lounge in West Hollywood, CA. I'm scheduled to do every Saturday in August. I always need a place to work out new material - practice.

I recently revisited some unreleased songs I wrote that I thought were pretty good. One of the songs, "Money Love & Pain" struck my fancy so I decided to do it in the show. It felt good to sing it that night. The sound is good in the club.

The show had several bumps in the road, that I guess, only I would notice but I started to be vocal about it trying to get a laugh. But, some of it fell flat. Sometimes in comedy when you think it's funny in your head you keep harping on it trying to get a laugh but it doesn't always work. Oh well...it didn't work.

But I feel I did an ok show. A lot of the show was original material. A stark difference from my usual expected impressions. It's really bizzare to me how some people have severe unfavorable reactions to this. BUT for people who had never seen my show...they seemed to really like the show!

Don't get me wrong...I love my Divas. I love doing the Voices. I love doing the Voice Impressions but I am a creative talent beyond just impressions. I NEVER in my life wanted to be a one-trick-pony. I will NEVER be a one-trick-pony. Even during my Marilyn Years, I did not ONLY do Marilyn. I did her for the first 15-20 minutes then I would go backstage to change and come out with an opening song as myself and start doing the Voice Impressions after that. That was my show, that's how I did it. It worked for many years.

I'm a songwriter now and a recording artist in my own right. I recorded a global hit and an original album, so if I choose to sing a couple of original songs that I WROTE, don't hate me so hard! Trust me they're good songs and my own damn voice is NOT bad either. I have a nice voice. I like it. It may not be Barbra or Judy or Cher or Billie Holiday or Patsy Cline or Eartha Kitt - but my voice is MINE!  Just enjoy the ride and don't get bitter if I don't do Barbra Streisand or Bette Davis. Open your mind and give me a chance to show you more talent than you ever thought possible. That being said, I do love my Divas. They are ALL extensions of me. They've inspired me as an artist. I grew up with them. I hung my dreams on them.

Playlist at The Palms Bar/ Show Lounge August 6, 2011:
1. SUMMER SUN
2. HISTORY REPEATING (Shirley Bassey)
3. MONEY LOVE & PAIN
http://soundcloud.com/jimmy-james-3/demo-money-love-pain-jimmy
4. DON'T LEAVE ME THIS WAY (Cher)
5. COME RAIN or COME SHINE acapella (Judy Garland)
6. MAYBE THIS TIME acapella (Liza Minnelli)
7. SECRET (Madonna)
8. LOVE IS A LOSING GAME (work-in-progress Amy Winehouse)
8. LIKE U DO (Duet Boy George & Jimmy James)
9. FASHIONISTA

Sammy Davis Jr. asked Frank Sinatra, "Frank how can I make it in show business like the big guys?" Frank Sinatra said to him, "You gotta do your own thing. Stop the impressions. Be Sammy Davis, Jr. Be the best you."

This brings to mind a famous quote from Judy Garland: "Why be a second rate version of someone else when you can be a first rate version of yourself."

Jim Carrey came to Hollywood and started out doing impressions. He was damn good and damn funny. But he knew he had to be original. He believed in himself and persevered with his own originality.  Where would Jim Carrey be if he just settled for being a Voice Impressionist? Maybe Vegas?...Ok...but probably not doing multi-Million Dollar Block Buster movies.

Jim Carrey doing impressions:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hsVHhBFGSps

I looked up some inspiring quotes from Jim Carrey. 

JIM CARREY QUOTES:
At the Comedy Store I started to get known doing impressions and stopped doing that because I saw where it was leading and so because I did that I was able to excel to another level without being known as the comic impressionist.
Quotation of Jim Carrey

Some nights it was a melee, literally, where I'd be standing trying to defend myself for what I was doing. People would be screaming at me to do my old act, and getting actually violent and angry at me.
Quotation of Jim Carrey

Desperation is a necessary ingredient to learning anything, or creating anything. Period. If you ain't desperate at some point, you ain't interesting.
Quotation of Jim Carrey

I've had incredible blessings, unbelievable fortitude and at the same time there's always a balancing factor to my life and generally what it is, you pick up the book on comedians and I'm not in it.
Quotation of Jim Carrey

I just want to be myself.
Quotation of Jim Carrey

I'm very serious about no alcohol, no drugs. Life is too beautiful.
Quotation of Jim Carrey

If you've got a talent, protect it.
Quotation of Jim Carrey

Originality is really important.
Quotation of Jim Carrey

Thursday, August 4, 2011

JULY: TEXAS, REHOBOTH, LA ... SUMMER SUN!

It was so nice to hang out with Mom in San Antonio. It was peaceful and I was able to think about a lot of things. She's getting on in years and she has always been there for me 100%. I don't know...maybe I should move home for a while. I want to spend more time with her and I don't want to have any regrets later.
I was also able to see some friends, go out to dinner, jog (even though it was so sweltering hot even in the evening). I used my iPhone to document the 3 and 4 miles.

By the end of July I took off to Rehoboth Beach, Delaware to do a show at the Blue Moon Cafe/Restaurant/Club. By all accounts it seems that I did a good show, everyone seemed to like it and I love the owners Tim & Randy. They spoil me with good food, good attention to detail and such kind generosity. It's always so much fun for me in Rehoboth.

Pamela Stanley who had a massive hit in the 80s with a song called "COMING OUT OF HIDING" performs at Blue Moon regularly in the early evenings and can really really belt out a song.  I over-heard her singing Rihanna's S&M song while I was in the dressing room. I could swear it was the original record except Pamela sings it better! I met her Son and his girlfriend. We all had a fantastic dinner together along with Tim & Randy. Miss Mona who is the entertainment director works there, had airport duty. He was so nice. I had to land in Philadelphia and be driven 2 hours in on Tuesday July 26, perform on the 27, leave July 28 with another 2hr drive back to Philadelphia but Miss Mona was nice to talk to. Thursday the 28th was a LONG 12hr day traveling enroute to LA. 
The wonderful Royal Rose Inn Guest house where I stayed. Rehoboth Beach, DE. Just steps away from the club.

 Dining room of Blue Moon. Fried green tomatoes appetizer. So good! Big compliments to Chef Lion Gardner. Everything is sooo exquisite.

 Daytime view of the performance room. At night they fill it with chairs to hold over 100 people. I did my full multi-media show. The sound was fantastic here. Tim & Randy KNOW how to pull it together. It was a joy to perform here.


A jog before the show. I jogged around a little lake. Maybe man-made.
The dressing room backstage at Blue Moon.
Sidewalk towards The Royal Rose Guest house.
Exterior of The Blue Moon Restaurant/Cabaret.

 
                                              Inside the Royal Rose Room. Video for Mom.

 
Boardwalk Rehoboth Beach. Wed. 7/27/11

After show with Phoenix who performs regularly at Blue Moon.
My Marquee! ...lol oh well.
Some fun audience members after the show.
Pamela Stanley's 80s hit "Coming Out of Hiding." The song still sounds good even today.
Back in LA:
My friend Billy picked me up from LAX on Thursday. I wound up going to his house up in Sherman Oaks. The next day Friday evening he had a get-together with some friends. Very nice California evenings. Paradise. Unlike the rest of the Country which is sweltering.
Brendon
Christian
Matt & Lilly
  My song "SUMMER SUN" I made them frolic.

Saturday afternoon July 30, was a full-blown pool party at Billy's house.
It finally occurred to me that when I decided to leave NY in Jan '09 I vowed if there was going to be a recession / depression, that I was going to spend it in beautiful Sunny Los Angeles, CA  by a pool. My dream came true.

By Monday August 1, I came back to reality and had some meetings. There's always a meeting to be had in LA. Showbiz.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

JULY 1: DENVER. JULY 2 - 25: VACATION! FASHIONISTA: in AFGHANISTAN!

View of the CLOCKTOWER from my Marriott window in Downtown Denver, Colorado.
DENVER, CO: Ready for my closeup Mr. Murdoch! For some reason I'm always booked on FOX for TV interviews.

For some reason, I'm always getting on FOX for early Morning interviews...Houston, San Antonio, now Denver.
Early Morning closeup. Denver TV station.
Friday - July 1, I performed at Lannie's Clocktower Cabaret (http://lannies.com/). Playing for Lannie & Jefferson always makes me feel like I'm living my dream of being a professional performer. The reason is because, I don't live in Denver and never have. It's not a vacation resort where tourists have to look for something to do. Lannie's is a cabaret underneath the Clock Tower landmark. Basically Denver people come to see me there and it feels good to have a full or sold-out room just because. Just because maybe they've heard about me or word-of-mouth.

Since it was close to July 4th, towards the end of the show I came out with my red white & blue shirt and feathered headdress. I would point to my headdress and say "Native" then point to my shirt and say "American." Just so people could make sense of "the look." Hahahaaa....
Basically all you need to know is that I love a headdress.

The day started with a 7am wake up to be on the local FOX affiliate show "EVERYDAY." I wanted to workout a little at the Marriott's gym downstairs to wakeup my voice but unfortunately, I was on for maybe 2 minutes. I went through a lot of trouble to pull the Morning look together just for 2 minutes but oh well. Then I went back to the hotel and did some laundry and did more treadmill. It's hard to breath in Denver because of the altitude. I never had time for a nap. Naps are not easy for me.
Marriott Downtown Denver:
http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/dencd-courtyard-denver-downtown/

By 3pm I went to the Clocktower (2 blocks away from the Marriott) to do sound check rehearsal. The sound guy was good but the sound check took 4 hours. Don't ask me why.... At 7pm I have to rush to the hotel to get ready and rush back to start the show at 8pm. I wound up being 20minutes late. Seems like everybody liked this show the best of any show I've ever done there. I was happy and beat at the same time.
Alas the people in Denver have always been so kind to me. DJ Rockstar Aarron was there, Lannie and Jefferson (owners), also in the room was local entertainment news caster Kirk Montgomery who has always been so kind to mention me on the news including this time as well. So I was on TV twice today. He told me he mentioned on the news that I was the best entertainer he's ever seen. THAT was REALLY NICE! I'm so grateful.
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SHOW LIST:
SUMMER SUN TV.............Jimmy James original song
HISTORY REPEATING......Shirley Bassey tribute
WHERE IS MY MAN..........Eartha Kitt
Leavin On Your Mind / Don't Tell Me....... Patsy Cline / Madonna
Walking In MEMPHIS.......HiNRG Cher vocal (track from 'Forever Cher' double disc cd).
What'll I Do (VAMP)..........Judy Garland speaks
What'll I Do (INSTR).........Judy Garland sings
Don't Be Cruel ...................Elvis
Gypsy ................................Stevie Nicks
KISSING A FRAUD.........Jimmy James original
Whatever Happened To Baby Jane..............Bette Davis
DVD PRESENTATION: 1988 Jimmy James as Marilyn Monroe on The Nancy Merrill Talk Show (Boston, MA).  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b-7u-QRnrn4
Encore:
Endless Love......Diana Ross / Lionel Richie
8 DIVAS ..... DVD PRESENTATION ....... Jimmy sings 8 voices in 1 song.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b-7u-QRnrn4
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By July 2nd  I was on a flight from Denver to San Antonio to visit my Mom and family for vacation.

July 26 I fly to Rehoboth Beach to play BLUE MOON (http://www.bluemoonrehoboth.com/).
July 27 I do the show.
July 28 I fly back to Los Angeles.

August 6, 13, 20, 27 I do shows at The Palms Bar/nightclub in West Hollywood, CA.
The SUMMER SUN CONCERT SERIES! Come by if you're in the area.

Below more pix from Denver. During & after the show: July 1, 2011.
After the show Rockstar Aarron & Kirk Montgomery (Channel 9 News).

Autographs for some girls after the show.

FULL HOUSE at LANNIE'S CLOCKTOWER CABARET


I should have gone to the hotel room after this very long day but instead I went to a couple low key bars to hang out. I was picked up by strangers and met strangers but it was ok. I probably seemed really out of it to folks but I was tired. Here's the last shot of me before I went back to the hotel to pack to leave the next day.
Good Night everybody. I'm ready for my July vacation. :)

P.S. On July 19,  I got an email from a guy who works for the US State Department in Afghanistan. He wanted me to call him, so I did. He told me the of while stationed in Afghanistan he went to the opening of a Dance Club. The owner instructed the DJ from Atlanta to play only American Dance Music. So after the owner welcomed everybody to the 1st night, the DJs FIRST SONG was 'FASHIONISTA!' Sweet!

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

RuPAUL CAME TO THE SHOW! AND I LOVE MY NEW WHITE iPHONE!

My claw hand! Hahahaaa...I'm hiding my silver sharpie...Autographs darling! Autographs! It would have been better to see the sharpie than a claw hand! (DJ, RuPaul, Lindon, Jimmy).
Last night was THE night!
I've heard that sometimes before a really good show, something tragic happens. On our way to Casita del Campo, we witnessed a COP car BASH into the passenger right side of a Mercedes driven by a little old lady. Ouch!  This happened on Fountain a few blocks before Sunset. But...

My show "DIVAS - DEAD or ALIVE!" really came together in a big fun way. I think the pacing and energy was fun and to top it off RuPaul was there to watch the show. My special guest 19 year old Lindon Warren (https://www.facebook.com/findingjudy) did a great job and of course was thrilled to meet RuPaul.

We all posed for pictures. Ru commented that he really liked my opening song "Summer Sun" (from my album JAMESTOWN) and was going to download it on iTunes. Very cool!
On the set of WEHO Sports public access to promote "Divas - Dead or Alive!" Raul & Brenda are the hosts. I wore my flag shirt just for fun, I had no idea I was going to match their set...lol.

RuPaul came to see my show 'Divas - Dead or Alive!' FUN! I featured 19 year old Lindon Warren in the show. This was an incredible night.

This is a mistake photo. The difference between my legs and RuPaul's legs...lol!

My new iPhone fits in perfectly into my lifestyle. Screen saver picture (me as Marilyn '83) by Jim Hamilton. No I don't usually have pix of myself on the computer, I just thought it would look good for this...really, I wouldn't lie to you...lol.
On the Morning of June 28, I woke up early for a 9am jog using my NIKE + app that reports to my Facebook how far I've gone. I'm in trouble now...uh I mean accountable. It recorded 1.8mi. It's kinda cool. It also keeps the tally on record.

Then at 10am I had a meeting with a producer who books shows in casinos and wants to work with me. Fingers crossed.