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GHS Artist Showcase to honor Mental Health Awareness



GHS Strings is set to honor National Mental Health Awareness Month with a Hard Rock benefit concert in downtown Los Angeles. It has been a rough go for the music industry of late – losing icons to preventable fates, and the company has aligned with TO WRITE LOVE ON HER ARMS to do their part in the fight against stigma and the effort to offer help to those in need.

The show, on Saturday May 19th at 5 Star Bar in DTLA, will also be sponsored by Metal Assault, Gruv Gear, Tsunami Cables, Wear Your Music and Right Angle PR. Performing will be the early Metallica Tribute band, CLIFF EM ALL, BATFARM, LOVE AND A .38, RONNY NORTH and DIANTHUS.

Tickets can be purchased for $7 in advance and $10 day of show via There will be swag-giveaways at the event and information on Mental Health Awareness for attendees.


Cliff Em All Paying tribute to the most celebrated era of one of the biggest Heavy Metal bands of all time, Cliff ‘Em All performs tracks from Metallica’s first three landmark albums, thought of by both young and experienced fans as the band’s ‘classic’ albums. Due to the level of 80s nostalgia in Los Angeles, drummer Dan Hegarty and bassist Menno Verbaten saw an opportunity to do something loud, fast and aggressive that EVERYONE in the LA music scene could appreciate. They recruited rhythm guitarist and vocalist John Hatfield (yes, that’s his real name) and lead guitarist Chris Buzea to complete the lineup of ambitious, young musicians who could deliver powerful renditions of Metallica’s classic catalog to live audiences. Beginning each set with “The Ecstasy Of Gold,” Cliff ‘Em All played everywhere from LA’s seediest bars and strip clubs up to some of the biggest venues in the city, including The Whisky A-Go-Go, The Viper Room and The House Of Blues. Greatest hits and deep Metallica album cuts pleased these crowds but in 2013, Cliff ‘Em All took it up a notch and began performing full-album shows. The road began to beckon and in early 2015, Cliff ‘Em All became a regional touring band on the West Coast of the US, bringing their brand of classic live Metallica to anywhere that longs to revisit the glory days of metal.

Love and a .38 is a Rock band… and they’re truly very sorry about that. But the thing is, they have no other choice. Four guys from different parts of the country, who’s varied and shared experiences, triumphs, and failures have brought them all to Los Angeles with that same conclusion. In their short existence they have been tirelessly D.I.Y. in all aspects of their career. Through social media, creativity, and lots of elbow grease they have amassed a worldwide following nearly unprecedented for an unsigned, unrepresented, independent band. Not concerned with hyphens and sub genres they have taken an “Its all rock and roll to me” approach to the writing of their debut full length album, and have stumbled upon a sound that is unmistakably their own, and undeniably Rock.

Batfarm incorporates elaborate choral harmonies with ominous soundscapes and deeply introspective lyrics that can only be describe as “darkedelic”. Batfarm is best enjoyed live however, and accentuated by singer/guitarist, Alexx Calise’s dynamic, soaring vocals and larger-than-life persona, and drummer, Dennis Morehouse’s tasteful, driving drumming. The band performs as a duo (though you’d never know it based on how big their sound truly is), and plays along with their completely self-produced tracks–no programming; just live instruments performed all by Calise and Morehouse.

Ronny North plays his own signature brand of instrumental rock guitar music.His music has been used on MTV’s reality shows and several others . He also gets press and plays all over the world. Ronny’s bassist Bryan Talbot is a long time GHS user and a proud new endorser.

Dianthus is a melodic metal act based out of Los Angeles, California. The band was formed by twin sisters, Jackie and Jessica Parry. Their music has intrigued listeners with their chaste, melodic vocal harmonies, increasingly ominous guitar tones, thunderous bass, and full-throttle attack on drums. Known for their goth-metal image, Dianthus evokes a sense of elegance and mystery to their live performance, as well as an acceleration of high-energy on stage. In March of 2016, Dianthus was selected to participate in the House of Blues’ Music Forward Foundation’s “Bringin’ Down the House” Showcase at the legendary Wiltern Theatre in Los Angeles, California. The band also released their debut single titled “Within Hazel Eyes” in February of 2017 (produced by Jeremy “JINXX” Ferguson of Black Veil Brides). The band is currently plotting the release of their debut full-length album (recorded at Matt Sorum’s eminent DRAC STUDIOS in Beverly Hills, produced by JINXX).

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New Gear: Tech 21 Introduces the SansAmp XB Driver Dual-Amp/Bi-Amp/DI Bass Preamp



New Gear - Tech 21 Introduces the SansAmp XB Driver Dual-Amp Bi-Amp DI Bass Preamp

Tech 21 Introduces the SansAmp XB Driver Dual-Amp/Bi-Amp/DI Bass Preamp…

The SansAmp XB Driver integrates key elements from Tech 21’s most popular bass products –the SansAmp Bass Driver DI, Para Driver DI, Q\Strip and the dUg Pinnick Ultra Bass 1000—and condenses them into a single sleek machine. And just like that, you can go from traditional to diabolical.

The 100% analog, dual-channel SansAmp XB Driver is a sophisticated dual-amp, bi-amp, DI toolbox with 15 knobs and 3 switches. Intuitively arranged, like familiar amplifier controls, you can easily craft a broad range of bass tones without a PhD. The Clean and Drive channels are full-frequency, independent channels that can be used individually or blended together via the Mix footswitch. In Mix mode, you can engage the Crossover switch to activate the sweepable LPF & HPF filters, which enables you to even further carve out your own tone footprint.

The dual Clean and Drive channels have individual 3-band active EQ with sweepable semi-parametric mid-range and Level controls. The Clean channel includes a compressor, while the Drive channel has its own overdrive control to emulate hard-pushed amps, a Bite switch to accentuate high-end harmonics, a Pre/Post SansAmp semi-parametric mid-range switch, and the above-mentioned Crossover switch to merge high-end distortion with clean low-end bass. A Master volume completes the package.

While inspired predominantly by dUg Pinnick, the SansAmp XB Driver also gives a nod to other bass tone innovators such as Geddy Lee, John Entwistle and Chris Squire. All were notorious for running entirely separate, complicated bass amp systems together in a way that defied common logic yet yielded magical results.  

As is the case with all Tech 21 SansAmps, the XB Driver offers tons of flexibility and versatility for many different styles. It runs on an included 18V DC universal auto-switching power supply with interchangeable international plugs for use anywhere in the world. Other features include 1/4-inch and XLR Outputs, Effects Loop, Tuner Out, rugged all-metal housing, metal knobs and custom footswitch actuators. Measures 7.5”l x 4.75”w x 2.0”h. 

Designed & Manufactured by Tech 21 USA, Inc.

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New Gear: EBS RUNSTEN, An Advanced Pedalboard Power Supply for Today’s Musicians



New Gear: EBS RUNSTEN, An Advanced Pedalboard Power Supply for Today's Musicians

EBS RUNSTEN Advanced Pedalboard Power Supply…

EBS is proud to announce the launch of RUNSTEN at the NAMM Show 2024, a groundbreaking DC power supply for pedalboards designed to meet the increasing demands of today’s musicians for power, flexibility, and portability. Get rid of using multiple power supplies and get ready for the RUNSTEN. It will handle all your DC power needs.

Ten powerful and isolated DC outputs

RUNSTEN provides ten isolated 9V DC outputs, eight readily switchable to 12V DC. Each output delivers up to 900 mA, nearly twice the capacity of most conventional multi-output power supplies. This increased power output allows musicians to power multiple pedals, even units usually requiring a dedicated power supply, from one RUNSTEN. It reduces the number of devices needed to power your pedals and minimizes the risk of noise issues related to power.

Up to 24V DC, or 1.8 A with included adaptors

The RUNSTEN features a cable kit that includes adaptors to use two outputs together in parallel or serial to increase the current up to 1800 mA or Voltage up to 24 V DC when required. DC distribution cables and adaptors to reverse polarity and convert the size of a connector from 2.1 to 2.5 mm are also part of the kit.

USB to charge and power devices

In addition to its powerful DC outputs, RUNSTEN features two 5V USB outputs. These provide convenient smartphone charging or power for a USB light during performances. 

Ready for international touring

Designed for global use, RUNSTEN operates with 120-230V AC, ensuring its readiness for your local performances and international tours.

Ultra-light and compact

Despite its powerful capabilities, RUNSTEN maintains a compact and lightweight design, weighing just 310 grams (0.68 lbs). It is an ideal solution for musicians seeking to reduce the weight and size of their pedalboard without compromising on power or flexibility.

With the RUNSTEN, EBS continues to empower musicians’ creativity by providing innovative, space-saving solutions for their pedalboard setups, such as the original flat patch cables. 

Estimated Price:  € 259.00 / $249.99 

For more information about RUNSTEN, please visit EBS at NAMM booth 5441, or go to

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DC Jazz Festival Announces Ron Carter and Corcoran Holt Artist Residencies



DC Jazz Festival Announces Ron Carter and Corcoran Holt Artist Residencies

The DC Jazz Festival® (DCJF) has announced that NEA Jazz Master Ron Carter, bandleader and maestro of the bass, and ace bassist Corcoran Holt will serve as the 2024 DC Jazz Festival’s Artists-In-Residence.

A 3-time Grammy winner and 5-time nominee, Ron Carter holds the Guinness Book of World Records distinction as the most recorded bassist in recorded music history.  Carter is universally recognized as our most prolific bassist.  As a leader, he has made over 60 recordings.  As an MVP contributor to more than 2,200 recordings, he has collaborated with a who’s who of American and global music, from Geri Allen, Miles Davis and Horace Silver to peers such as Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter to Aretha Franklin, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Paul Simon and Jefferson Airplane.  Additionally, Carter has passed along his universe of musical knowledge to succeeding generations as an educator.  He is a Distinguished Professor Emeritus at City College of New York, and a faculty member at the Juilliard School. 

“Serving as DC Jazz Festival Artist-In-Residence is a new affiliation that I greatly relish and look forward to,” said Maestro Ron Carter. 

Ron Carter will share this residency with next-generation bassist Corcoran Holt, whose career he inspired.  A native of Washington, DC, Holt is a graduate of the Duke Ellington School of the Arts and the DC Youth Orchestra Program.  He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Jazz Studies degree from Shenandoah Conservatory.  Holt holds an Assistant Professorship at Arizona State University.  “My upbringing in Washington DC prepared me for my journey in life as a musician and educator. This DC Jazz Festival residency exemplifies coming full circle to my DC roots,” said Corcoran Holt. “I am truly honored to take part.” 

The aim of the Artist-In-Residence program, part of DC Jazz Festival Education, is to foster deeper connections between artists, DC Jazz Festival and the jazz community.  During the residency, artists serve as guest curators, collaborate with other artists, participate in master classes and interviews, and support DC Jazz Festival Education community engagement activities.

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NAMM – First EBS NAMM 2024 Events Announced!



NAMM - First EBS NAMM 2024 Events Announced!

We are ready to rock the NAMM SHOW once again.

You will see new products released, and more artist events, but there is also plenty of time to check out gear and hang out with EBS staff, artists, and friends worldwide. Not to mention, a chance to win an EBS MultiComp Blue Label compressor pedal (more details at the EBS booth, 5441). Today we present the first two events…

Metalheads’ Bass Gear Hang with
Steve DiGiorgio & Bjorn Englen

We invite all metalheads and bass players to gather around the campfire at the EBS NAMM booth with seasoned bass players Steve DiGiorgio and Bjorn Englen to talk about bass gear in metal. 

Both are long-time EBS artists with experience from numerous tours and recording sessions with metal and hard rock royalties like TestamentMegadethDeathUli Jon RothYngwie MalmsteenQuiet Riot, and more.  

The event will happen at the EBS booth (5441) on Friday, January 26, from 1 PM to 2 PM.

Note: This is not a signing event but an invitation to gather insights and tips about gear and bass playing in metal and rock music from these two artists and staff from EBS. A separate signing with Steve, Bjorn, and Marten Andersson from Lita Ford’s band will happen on Saturday at 3 PM (see details below).

About the hosts:

Steve DiGiorgio, the current bass player for Testament, is an exceptional musician known for bringing the fretless bass into metal. Not only has he contributed his bass skills to the latest Testament and Megadeth albums, but left his mark on several recordings with the legendary Death too, keeping their legacy alive through touring with Death DTA. In addition to his main commitments, Steve collaborates and records with numerous other artists. His exceptional musicianship has led him to become an EBS amp & pedal artist and the release of his signature bass model by Ibanez.

Bjorn Englen, the Soul Sign and Dio Returns bass player is renowned for his musical prowess and versatility. He is not only a sought-after instructor at the esteemed Rock’n’Roll Fantasy Camp, but also a touring companion of guitar virtuosos Yngwie Malmsteen, Uli Jon Roth, and Tony MacAlpine, as well as the iconic metal group Quiet Riot, amongst others. Additionally, Bjorn imparts his knowledge through bass master classes/clinics at esteemed institutions like the Musicians Institute and Los Angeles College of Music. He is continuously engaged in numerous recording sessions and has performed on over 60 albums. Bjorn is a long-time EBS artist and ambassador. 

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The Rockers’ Signing at EBS

The annual Rocker’s Signing at EBS is a fine tradition that continues at NAMM 2024. This year’s lineup will be the Swedish LA residents Bjorn Englen (Dio Returns/Soul Sign) and Marten Andersson (Lita Ford), along with Testament’s Steve Di Giorgio.

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Bubba Bash 2024 in Celebration of Neil Peart Updated Guest Artists



Bubba Bash 2024 in Celebration of Neil Peart Updated Guest Artists

After raising over $100,000 for Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Neil Peart’s memory this past January, new artists are joining the cause. The complete list has been finalized for Bubba Bash 2024, being held January 6th at the Keswick Theatre in Glenside, PA.

Returning from Bubba Bash 2023 for encore performances: 

Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater, The Winery Dogs)
Frank Bello (Anthrax)
Jason Bittner (Shadows Fall, Overkill)
Jon Dinklage (Clockwork Angels string ensemble)
Joe Bergamini (drum instructor, author)
John Wesley (Vertical Horizon)
Seven Antonopoulos (Opiate for the Masses) 

Additional guest artists added for 2024:

  • Ed Toth, drummer with The Doobie Brothers since 2005.
  • Andrés Patrick Forero, TONY, GRAMMY and EMMY award-winning drummer/percussionist.
  • Rodney McG, bassist and founding member of progressive metal pioneers Iron Christ.
  • Allan Lobo, Brazilian keyboardist and sound designer with The VST Academy.
  • Dan Avidan, a.k.a. Danny Sexbang, vocalist for Ninja Sex Party.
  • Cathy Rankin, entertainment personality and journalist will be guest-hosting.

Anchored by YYNOT, with Billy Alexander on guitar, Mike Hetzel on drums, Adi Argelazi on vocals, Tim Starace on bass, Bubba Bash 2024 promises to once again be truly triumphant. 

For a sample of the dedication and professionalism YYNOT and the guest artists bring to the stage, check out “La Villa Strangiato,” featuring Mike Portnoy:

Tickets are in short supply as of this writing. If you can’t get to the show, you can still participate by donating directly to Cedars-Sinai through the link below.

Executive producers: Michael Mosbach and Tim Starace


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