The Mighty Junebugg – a June of all Trades

RIP Nate Dogg, A major musical influence in my life
April 11, 2011, 10:53 pm
Filed under: Hip Hop, Life, Long Beach, Music, Nate Dogg, RIP, Signs


“It was a clear black night, a clear white moon…”

“So I hooks a left on the 21 and Lewis/ Some brothas shootin’ dice so I said ‘Let’s do this!'”

I freakin love this song! I always have. Its my anthem. When it first came out, I played it over and over and over again so I could learn every word. Nate Dogg has a way of getting into your brain like that. He sings shit with such conviction, gangsterism and enthusiasm that you cant help but sing along. Nate Dogg has the most city pride for Long Beach, he made Long Beach famous & really got us on the map. He and Snoop Dogg created that G-Funk sound that you just cant deny. Nate WAS Long Beach… born & raised. He was on so many classic tracks that as my friend Ani puts it, “were the soundtrack to my youth”.

I knew he had had a couple strokes & been in a coma like state for a few years but when I heard of his death it still came as a shock. I was on the Metro Blueline riding to Long Beach from LA when I first read it on twitter. I called a friend of his to confirm the news and sadly it was true. I didn’t expect my own reaction. My eyes got watery, I had a lump in my throat and a really strong desire to stand up on the train and let all the people headed to Long Beach know that we had just lost a legend. I always keep a bullhorn in my car and as soon as the train dropped me at my car, I drove thru the streets. I just felt like the city needed to know, so I rolled down my sun roof and stuck the bullhorn out the top driving past places with folks outside. “REST IN PEACE TO THE LEGEND NATE DOGG. REGULATORS MOUNT UP!”

I don’t know what came over me. It was midnight and I was alone in the car, I just had to let folks know. One of the places I drove past to make the announcement was the corner of 21 & Lewis on the Eastside. Nate sang about 21 & Lewis and made it a hood landmark of Long Beach. I knew that night that I needed to make a tribute for Nate. This is what I came up with. It is 11″ x 17″ and laminated. Notice the clear black night and the clear white moon in the background, eh, eh? Notice the dice?

It was a beautiful day when I hung the laminate. As I was putting it up somebody drove by & yelled out “NATE DOGG!”  I took a couple of pics and left… I had a cake to bake that day.

Thank You NATE DOGG for your contributions to musical history. You will not be forgotten.

Afrika Bambaataa Live In Long Beach!!!

Thats right folks AFRIKA BAMBAATAA The Amen-Ra of Universal Hip Hop Culture & The Father of the Electro-Funk Sounds will be performing LIVE IN LONG BEACH on Saturday, November 20th at the Rhythm Lounge. Go to to get discounted pre-sale tickets. Don’t miss this legendary night!

*Limited pre-sale tickets will also be available this Saturday at the Rapper’s Delight and Calafia Zulu booths at the One Nation Hip Hop Summit

Chittlins & Pepsi
August 4, 2010, 6:50 am
Filed under: Cooking, Events, Hip Hop, In Search of Stoney Jackson, Long Beach, Music

So we  went to go see Strong Arm Steady perform in Long Beach at the Rhythm Lounge. I was so excited when they performed my favorite song and dedicated it to me! Wanna hear about it? Here it go…

Thanks Krondon & Phil Da Agony, our Backwood Brothers

Random Pic of the Day
June 4, 2010, 2:31 am
Filed under: Life, Long Beach, Random Pic of the Day

Only in Long Beach…

A Walk on the Beach
June 4, 2010, 1:58 am
Filed under: Friends, Life, Long Beach, Love, Photography, Things that make me smile

Spring Has Sprung! My girlfriends and I took a wonderful walk on the beach the other day…

Spring in Long Beach
May 26, 2010, 9:33 pm
Filed under: gardening, Life, Long Beach, Photography, Spring

The sun was finally shining and it was a beautiful day in Long beach so I decided to take a walk…

This is how it all goes down in LONG BEACH

Long Beach constantly amazes me… God I love this city and the amazing people that live in it! Last night a friend invited me out to the Shore Ultra Lounge and I agreed but didn’t really feel like it. On a whim, I got ready and went. It wasn’t until Leslie picked me up that I found out the line up! Rickshaw was playing and all the fam was there. Judd Nester, Phil Marshall, Philieano, Mike Long, the list goes on and on. Here is the evening in a nutshell and Philieano was the Cherry On Top of this post with Run Come. Long Beach Rocks!

and Barikuda was there to film it all! It was good seeing all the Long Beach fam out enjoying music in the rough economy. Here are some videos of the night. I don’t know the first two bands but the last band is Rickshaw: Phil Marshall, Mike Long, Ed, John T. Jud Nester & Tim Wu. (Did I miss anyone?) On vocals were: Jud Nester, Philieano, Danger & Tim Wu a little.

In case you missed it, here is Run Come with the heckler knock out from Barikuda’s camera

Thanks Philieano for the entertainment and thank you Leslie for making me go out!

J Ross Parrelli album release party THIS SATURDAY
August 13, 2009, 6:03 pm
Filed under: DJing, Events, J Ross Parrelli, Long Beach, Music

featuring the Mighty Junebugg on the 1’s n 2’s… Come thru and support an amazing artist!

JRossWebMoveNewat the Rhythm Lounge: 245 Pine Ave, Long Beach, Ca

Warchurch – Another reason Long Beach rocks!
April 13, 2009, 4:13 pm
Filed under: DJing, Long Beach, Music, Warchurch

So every 1st & 3rd Monday in Long Beach, something special goes down at the Pike restaurant on 4th & Hermosa. A group of musicians get together and make music in a most interesting way. With Judd Nester (keys, guitar & vocals), Phil Marshall Goodman (drum machine), Mike Long (bass) and djs: Opie Ortiz, Truly Odd & Greyboy, an amazing jam session goes down. Its hard to explain but the dj’s drum the beat, a skill that takes amazing timing & precision, one on kick and the other on snare and the other on scratches, the rest of the band jumps in. It refreshing to see such creativity going on in the music world. The group is called Warchurch and its badass… see for yourself!


The Cali Fires Even Affected Long Beach!
April 1, 2009, 5:53 am
Filed under: Life, Long Beach, Photography, The Cali Fires in Long Beach

The sun was blocked out at times and its been raining ashes all weekend. So many families lost their homes, so sad! Here are some pics I took from atop Signal Hill and at Alamitos Beach on Saturday…