the stories of a los angeles violinist

education is not a crime

Added on by Jordan Martone.

joe and i work events in addition to our music lives. joe works more than i do lately (cuz graduating and wedding planning and such) but we recently got to do a couple together, which is always a blast. the first one i can't talk about because it was super top secret. (*cough cough* the biggest oscar after-party in hollywood *cough cough*) but i can talk about our most recent event: education is not a crime

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held at the theatre at the ace hotel in downtown LA, our event company put on a huge event for awareness of education persecution in the bahai'i faith. joe ran music production and supervision while i ran around doing odds-and-ends jobs for our boss. I ran VIP check-in and escorted talent to and from the stage. joe handled only talent, making sure they had everything they needed music-wise on stage. 

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a huge perk of this job was actually working in the theatre itself. the ace hotel theatre took over the old united artists building. it has so much amazing history and it's easily one of the most gorgeous pieces of architecture and design that i've ever seen. it reminds me of the old theater we visited this summer in pennsylvania. (read about it here.) from the outside marquee, to the lobby and the stage, this place was dripping with glamour and LA style. 

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andy grammer was one of the many musical guests. joe knows his wife well (they did a "joy bomb" video together that you can see here.) and i got to meet her. one of the nicest and most beautiful people i've ever met!

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the fabulous tierney sutton performed as well. i got to meet her and talk a bit about when she came to CSUN to perform with our jazz 'a' band. she reminds me of my aunt thais...

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rainn wilson hosted this event. yep, dwight schrute. joe worked very closely with him all night, so they're like best friends now, right? i also got to meet him backstage. he was hilarious and kind and very proactive. my kind of emcee. 

also, i got to spend some time with eva la rue all throughout the night. i noticed her right away from my sophomore-year binge watching of csi: miami but i didn't expect her to be such a genuine person. she was incredibly kind and easy to work with and thanked joe and i profusely at the end of the night. it's such a relief to meet level-headed people in LA. 

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these bathrooms though...

 joe, rainn, danielle

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and that's a wrap! joe did such a great job music producing/supervising/whatever you call it. the show ran smoothly and the artists did a fantastic job, all for a good cause.

life is funny sometimes, isn't it?