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L.A.'s Street Food Festival...Not Your Typical Street Food

By Michelle Merriwether (@merriwetherm), BER West Coast Rep 

Now that I have recovered from my food coma, I can tell you about our trip to the LA Street Food Festival this Saturday.

We attended this year hoping that they learned valuable lessons on timing, lines, food prep, and crowd control from last year.  With a few minor hiccups, we are happy to report, they did!

Hosted at “America’s Stadium” the Rose Bowl for the 2nd year in a row, the LA Street Food Festival brought together the best restaurants, chefs, beverages, street food vendors, and food trucks the great city of LA has to offer in one place for one fantastic price…and FREE PARKING!  Hey this is LA, we get excited about free parking!

We sprang for the VIP ticket, so we can get in a few hours early to take in all of the good eats at a reasonable pace.  The VIP doors opened at 3:00pm, the general admission opened at 5:00pm.  For the promoters, that meant 3:30-4:30 for VIP eats (allowing 30 minutes for the vendors to get prepared before the rush, and 30 minutes before general admission doors).  They were very clear about this on their website!  So were we!  However, when we arrived, we waited in the VIP line for what seemed a hot eternity.  They mentioned some issue with their scanners, and some other issue with wristbands, I don’t know.  I was HOT, and ready to EAT! So, by the time we got inside (roughly 3:45), it was GAME ON!  First up water, next a cocktail of some sort, then FOOD…lots and lots of FOOD!

The promoters said they only sold 1500 VIP tickets and were releasing 3500 general admission tickets…for some reason, I believe that was switched at “go”.  There seemed to be 3500 VIP tickets, and not much more of a crowd when the general admission doors opened. However, to their credit, the lines were manageable this year, and all of the vendors provided generous tastes, without a long wait.

Here is a list of ALL of the food and vendors


Some foodie highlights:

Thee Elbow Room Porchetta Bites (amazing…so much so at the end we walked away with an entire sandwich!)

The Church Key Pig Ear Cheetohs with Guacamole Espuma, $ Brown Better Glazed Donuts (wow!)

Scratch Bar where everything was so good, they were gone early!

Status Kuo Sticky Rice

Kneady Bakery Sea Salt Chocolate Chip Wookies

Dreamy Creations Crème Brulee Cupcake was so nice we had to do it twice!

Colorado Donuts made we want to hurt somebody over their Reese’s Croissant Donut!

Bachi Burger had by far the longest line, but well worth the wait!

Bling Bling Dumplings were delish!

And although I was stuffed, I had to have the Lobos Truck Cheesy Ranch Wachos (think seasoned waffle fries with cheese and BACON…yummy!!)

Spitz…we missed you.  I was looking forward to getting my “Spitz Fix”.

And special mention to all of the beverage and coffee vendors for keeping us “happy” and cool:  Press Brothers Juicery, Stella Rosa Wines, Singha Beer, Ludlow’s Cocktail, Midori Matcha, Hache LA and, Home Brewed Bar for the best Vanilla Iced Coffee I have ever had (sorry Starbucks)…I could go on, we drank just as much as we ate, trust me, it was ALL good, including the fabulous tequila tasting!

This year was equipped with a comfortable layout, plenty of boxed water, and an opportunity to take a break on the grass of the field of the Rose Bowl, a real treat!

Last year, I didn’t have much nice to say about the Fest, this year, with a rough start, they certainly finished strong!!!  It turned out to be a beautiful, yummy, delicious day in LA! Cheers!  Next up…Dine LA Week…someone get me my #stretchypants

#CuzEventsRock #LAFoodFest


Janet Jackson's Unbreakable Tour Dated Announced

If you are anything like us, when we got the word that Janet Jackson was FINALLY making her come back, we could not WAIT until she said she was going on tour. Well, when I woke up this morning and checked my emails like I usually do, I gasped when I saw Janet's tour announcement and immediately put it on my calendar! Well music lovers, look no further! Here are the North American tour dates for the Unbreakable World Tour (more dates to be added). Obviously this is a #BERApproved Event so you know we will be there, WILL YOU?! #CuzEventsRock


Aug. 31 Vancouver, BC  Rogers Arena
Sep. 2 Calgary, AB  Scotiabank Saddledome
Sep. 4 Edmonton, AB  Rexall Place
Sep. 8 Winnipeg, MB  MTS Centre
Sep. 11 Grand Rapids, MI  Van Andel Arena
Sep. 15 Toronto, ON  Air Canada Centre
Sep. 17 Raleigh, NC  Walnut Creek Amphitheater
Sep. 18 Charlotte, NC  PNC Music Pavilion
Sep. 20 Miami, FL  American Airlines Arena
Sep. 23 Orlando, FL  Amway Center
Sep. 24 Tampa, FL  Amalie Arena
Sep. 26 Atlanta, GA  Chastain Park Amphitheater
Sep. 27 Nashville, TN  Ascend Amphitheater
Sep. 29 Memphis, TN  Fedex Forum
Sep. 30 New Orleans, LA  Smoothie King Center
Oct. 9 Las Vegas, NV  AXS Planet Hollywood
Oct. 10 Las Vegas, NV  AXS Planet Hollywood
Oct. 16 Los Angeles, CA  The Forum
Oct. 17 San Diego, CA  Viejas Arena
Oct. 19 Phoenix, AZ  Comerica Theatre
Oct. 24 Salt Lake City, UT  Energy Solutions Arena
Oct. 25 Denver, CO  Pepsi Center
Oct. 27. Kansas City, MO  Sprint Center
Oct. 29 St Louis, MO  Chaifetz Arena
Oct 30. Omaha, NE  Centurylink Center
Nov. 1 Minneapolis, MN  Target Center
Nov. 12 Honolulu, HI  Neal S. Blaisdell Center
Nov. 13 Honolulu, HI  Neal S. Blaisdell Center






Tidal Launches and Give New Sound To Music

SOOO Big Buzz came out today about this new music streaming outlet called Tidal. What's Tidal? Well its not just your typical music streaming app...to us it seems like this is going to be a new movement from artists everywhere. While watching the live streaming launch of the new company and they announced the owners of the company, I said "Now that Jay-Z guy is smart as hell! What a dynamic collaboration of artists." Very strategic move on his part if you ask me. Check out the video on what and why Tidal is all about. Also check out www.Tidal.com now to learn more! #CuzEventsRock


Posted by Calvin Harris on Monday, March 30, 2015

Drake Drops New Album While You Were Sleeping

So #WhileYouWereSleeping my cousin Mr Drake (only because he's from my hometown, TDot represent! ;-) ) politely places his new album/mixtape (not sure what we are calling this yet) on iTunes entitled "If You're Reading This It's Too Late" and as soon as I woke up and checked my phone at 5:30 a.m., social media was going crazy. I was like "Wait...What new album?" With 17 hits including 6 God, Company ft Travi$ Scott, and 6PM in New York (BANGER!), this album is definitely one we are going to talk about for a while.

Have you downloaded it yet? Tweet us at @CuzEventsRock and let us know what you think!

#CuzEventsRock #NewMusic, #Drake, #IYRTITL #HipHop

BERGiveaway: Tickets to Jazz in the Gardens

Win a pair of weekend tickets to the 10th Anniversary of Jazz in the Gardens Music Festival. You & a guest will get a pair of general admission tickets for Saturday & Sunday shows. Co-hosted by D.L. Hughley & Rickey Smiley, this year’s artists include:

Toni Braxton


Erykah Badu


R Kelly

Sheila E

Brian Culbertson

Valerie Tyson

Men of Soul with Jeffrey Osborne, Peabo Bryson, & Freddie Jackson


How do you win?? Here’s How:

1)      Like BecauseEventsRock.com on Facebook

2)      Follow @CuzEventsRock on Instagram

3)      Tweet us @CuzEventsRock who you want to see and why


We will randomly select two (2) people on March 6th, 2015 to win these highly anticipated tickets. Good luck and we will see you there! #CuzEventsRock #JITG10 #BERGiveaway

Art Basel Arrives in Miami for 13th Edition

Art Basel announces strong selection of galleries and artists for its 2014 edition in Miami Beach Art Basel’s show in Miami Beach returns this December for its 13th edition with 267 leading international galleries, drawn from 31 countries across North and South America, Europe, Asia and Africa. 2014 will mark the debut of Survey, a new sector dedicated to precise art-historical projects. In addition to showing premier artworks ranging from Modern masters to the latest contemporary pieces across five gallery sectors, many galleries will present works in Art Basel's project-based sectors: Kabinett, Public and Film. The Art Basel show in Miami Beach, whose Lead Partner is UBS, will take place at the Miami Beach Convention Center from December 4 to December 7, 2014.


Florida Classic 2014 Event Guide Lineup

We are days away from the 2014 Florida Classic in Orlando, FL. We here at BecauseEventsRock.com have already selected our event destinations and now picking up our last minute outfits to set off the weekend! But just for you, we put the best events in one location so that you can join us at these events and see what’s going on in the city. S/O to all of the promoters and event producers for putting together a host of events this weekend but here are our picks for this weekend’s go to events.

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Thursday, November 20th

Cloud 9 Classic Kickoff @ One80 Grey Goose Lounge

Rhythm Method w/ DJ M-Squared @ Bar Louie


Friday, November 21st

I’m So FAMU Happy Hour @ ONO Nightclub (5-10pm)

The Mixer hosted by the Paul C Perkins Bar Association @ Aloft Hotel (5-9pm)

Crown Royal Black Affair hosted by Raheem Devaughn @ Tier Nightclub

Premium w/DJ M-Squared and DJ Mannie Fresh @ the Plaza Penthouse

The SET @Harry Buffalos

#Worst Behavior @ Vyce Lounge (10pm-2am)


Saturday, November 22nd

Ciroc Pineapple Party @ Ember

Black Power hosted by Omari Hardwick @ Majestic Orlando


Sunday, November 23rd

Aloft on Sunday @ Aloft Hotel