Thursday, May 26, 2016

Summer Shape-Up Guide Busting the Gym Rut.

By Laura Medina

Yes, everybody has been in a panic because "Bikini Season" is right around the corner with Memorial Day igniting the madness.  What should be a year-around lifestyle is really seasonal for most folks because the sun is beckoning our sun-starved skin to soak up the Vitamin D with the UV rays.

This means fit body. 

Here's a Summer Shape-Up that will break up the staleness of the same ole gym routine.

Former educational video game founder, Ntiedo Etuk, got into fitness after a health warning from his doctor.  Once he set foot in the fitness, he discovered all these fitness instructors scattered all over the place in New York.  Would it be great if all these fitness talent are under one roof at a fair price to break out of the exercise monotony? 

This is where YG Studios,, comes in.

It's a program website that offers choices of locations, variety of fitness instructors, and fitness services that are available during that week.

It's not a gym or one particular studio that forces you trek across town or across the mountains or the freeway.  It's a fitness option site that shows what's available in your area during a time frame.

Since it's a site, you can specifically request a fitness specialist on your own term, from YG Studio's roster list.  Each fitness specialist comes a profile, a backstory on their specialty.

Https:// is a virtual fitness under one roof that tailor fit your needs on your time, schedule, and neighborhood.  It gives you options.

The simplest looking thing is actual the most difficult thing to do.

Thanks to textile technology making satin fabric way stronger (holding up to 250 lb.s), aerial trapeze then aerial fitness following it, is a pretty recent but very popular phenomena.

Yes, it looks sexy.  It looks glamorously artistic.  It appears fun...but ain't easy.

However, if you're stuck in a yoga/floor mat pilates rut  but you need the mediation and the movement flow but you're ready to fly up to the next level.  Then, aerial yoga at Air Fit is for you.

If you can get over your fear of heights and discover your center of gravity, then you'll be like Cirque du Soliel of Fitness, swinging through the air like a kid you used to be.

This "Cirque du Soliel" of yoga is nothing to be scoff at.  The instructors are super-friendly and empathetic because they were once like you.  However, you still have to respect the inner-ear balance and locating that gravity center as you spin into yoga poses 360 degrees mid-air.  This is what makes aerial fitness so carefree, flight.

For those discovered a new level of yoga in aerial yoga.  Well, good for you.  You discovered a new talent to be an aerialist acrobatic.  Mere landlubbers admire your courage to sail through the air with grace.

Aerial Fitness will have you flying into tree pose mid-air at 8474 West 3rd St., West Hollywood, CA

Speaking of landlubbers.  Have you always dreamt of surfing, stuck in the MidWest or can't swim yet yearning for that long, lean but muscular surfer body or just plain having fun slicing through the waves?

Sandbox Fitness isn't sure about slicing through 30-ft. waves off Hawaii, but they can give you that toned surfer body without you drowning.

A fitness studio filled with soft sandbox to absorb falls and trips, Sandbox Fitness has real surfboards with three fitness balls underneath to mimic wobbliness of bobbing water rolls and waves.

Shaking while sucking in the abdominals is all the rage in Los Angeles.  It's called "Core Strength."  The shock of instability shocks your body out of its center-of-gravity rut by removing it underneath your feet then forcing you to rely on your abs to give you that center of gravity.  Your limbs are doing all the work.

That's how those surfers got those ripped abs.

But, don't sloppy and don't disrespect the board.

As Sandbox Fitness instructors say, you own the board or the board owns you.

Once said, let's go rip.

At Sandbox Fitness, they do variations on the surf board.

Once wobbly, beginners gravitate to simple squat and yoga balances on the surfboard.  Squeezing that ab keeps you from falling down.  Simple as that.  Sandbox Fitness calls this, Surfset 101 and Surfset Balance, focusing on the basics of balance, core strength, and form. Working extra on your stability works up a sweat while improving your sense of balance.
challenges your balance and stabilizer muscles to create a lean and strong physique. - See more at:
SURFSET ® 101 - Intro to SURFSET ®

Once mastered, once plateau, they graduate to THX cables on the boards.  Again, you can't use gravity as crutch to cheat.  Wobbly exercises forces you to target the right muscles.

Sandbox Fitness is for all ages, from over-active tweens to aging Baby Boomers trying to hold onto their groove, aging gracefully.

Sure, Equinox is conquering Los Angeles like no other, catering to the more grown-up but no less fashionable segment of Los Angelenos, who grown out of Crunch's adolescent voyeurism.

For the truly weary seeking a recharge, trying to be healthy during an holiday, there is no better sanctuary than Equinox's biggest and most luxurious outpost, West Los Angeles Equinox.  What used to be Sports Club L.A.'s largest fitness club is now NY-headquartered Equinox's jewel in the crown.  Enough to give "The Donald" envy cramps.

Because privacy is a luxury in celeb-crazed LA, this scribe is only allowed to experience the wealth of fitness and the luxury of services and cuisine at West Los Angeles Equinox.

Equinox's largest outpost is a city unto itself, an Emerald City shielded from the public.

Once this city of a gym, it still retain what was and is great about Sports Club LA.  

Believe it or not, Equinox West Los Angeles has two eateries, a cafeteria offering wholesome, organic, hearty breakfast, lunch, and dinner for Hollywood Hunks busting their grooves to keep their grooves.  Across from the lobby is Oliver Lounge and Restaurant, a proper restaurant that kept it's Power Brokerage image and decor and it's filling yet light gourmet lunch and dinner.  This is where Hollywood Hunks' talent agents and managers break deals with producers to get these Hunks jobs.

Outlining the expansive lobby is an Equinox clothing boutique with sporty contempo that doubles as streetwear, athleisure; an hair salon, and full-service spa rings the lobby.

Yes, it has all the Equinox amenities of gym and work-out studios and a pilates studio.  But, 
this is the only location with a full-sized Olympic pool that for swimming lessons and classic and aqua fitness.  The pool deck is a secluded area where Baby Boomer clients cuddle up like sun-bathing babies, overlooking the traffic craziness.

This scribe has never really worked out at other smaller Equinoxes but this scribe was really impressed by the jacuzzis in the locker room and of course, the hearty, organic cafeteria and the spa chic cuisine at Oliver, that isn't Eighties stale.

If you want to get an hell away over this Memorial Day Weekend yet you really need to shape up for Summer, can't think of a more better location than Equinox West Los Angeles.

Think of the Equinox West Los Angeles as a sanctuary against the immature, anorexic, under-educated popularity contest.  It's an oasis of adult fitness with adult food, cushioned with mature pampering to soothe your weary soul.  The all-day pass is reasonable and far cheaper than any music festival and way more civilized.






Wednesday, May 25, 2016

The All-Natural Stand-Outs at Indie Beauty Expo Los Angeles.

By Laura Medina

The Indie Beauty Expo was smart in getting an head start in Los Angeles, natural beauty hot bed.  The leader in trendiness, innovation, and healthy living, all due to an enviable Mediterranean climate.

The expo was the newest and the best in all-natural under one roof, an ideal spot for natural beauty makers and natural beauty shoppers, like moi.

Pleasantly overwhelmed by the bounty of natural beauty, the following brands stood out because of quality-meets-price, innovative lifestyle items, and a lab that really makes your natural dream come true.  They lifted the veil and the curtain.

The Indie Beauty Expo was a smart place to shop for the educated beauty-ista.

Yes and thank god, that was a cornucopia of high-tech, natural, effective makeup brands that deliver the goods and bring quick results.  Unfortunately like most effective, all-natural brands, most were expensive that it prohibits the practice of using natural makeup on daily basis.  Their pricing is best reserved for one-off special occasions, hampering natural beauty as an healthy habit.

Not with HAN Skincare Cosmetics.

The young lady behind HAN Skincare Cosmetics, Susan Wong saw there was a gaping hole in the affordable natural makeup.

Her HAN Skincare Cosmetics proved that you can still practice healthy, natural makeup on a daily basis without busting your bank account.

At $14 for a Cheek & Lip Tint Stick, $15 for traditional Pressed Powdered Blush, $14 Moisturizing Lip Gloss, and $13 for a pot of Eyeshadow, HAN Cosmetics is at the same price point as major drugstore brands that target burgeoning tweens and teens and their thrifty moms but with way better quality ingredients.


It's no wonder HAN Cosmetics' number one seller is the gateway, convenient multi-use $14
Cheek & Lip Tint Stick.  

Susan knows that the same pigment that gives fruits their color are flavonoids packed with antioxidants.

All of the colors in their cosmetic products are derived from plant, vegetable and fruit pigments and natural minerals rather than synthetic colorants or undesirable natural sources, such as carmine, the beetle bug that is crushed for its red dye. Moreover, no lakes or FD&C is ever used. The plant and food pigments in HAN Skin Care Cosmetics products have beneficial antioxidant properties providing skin care treatment in addition to imparting beautiful colors.  

Moms will like that the pigments are healthy to digest while wearing it on their kids' lips.

Their $14 Cheek and Lip Tint are made of a base of: shea butter, coconut cream, argan and acai oil for nourishing radiance. These multitaskers are compact in size for portability and pack a punch with vibrant pigment from antioxidant colors.
A creamy hydrating formula infused with shea butter, cupuacu butter, argan and acai oil and vitamins and tea extracts to benefit the skin.

Nutrient rich formula that delivers a beautiful flush of color from natural sources including fruits, vegetables and plants.

Versatile and easy to use 2 in 1 application for cheeks and lips.

Safe enough for Vegetarians, healthy and all natural.  Not bad for $14.

Both their $13 Eyeshadow and $15 Pressed Blush have a oil-absorbing Rice Powder base with Argan Oil, Acai Oil, Shea Butter, Cupuacu Butter, Grapefruit Seed Extract with Extract Blend  of Acai, Pomegranate, Blueberry, Cranberry, Green Tea, Black Tea, and Sea Kelp Extract.

Their $15 Pressed Blush can also doubles as eyeshadow.  Another bonus for thrifty, health and budget-conscious moms and daughters.

The $13 Eyeshadow has Cucumber to depuff puffy lids and Caffeine, Vitamin C, with Vitamin E to soothe and perk up weary eye lids while making them beautiful.

Put together, the blush and eyeshadow is just touching $30, saving you enough dough to...

The lucky, organic but rich hippies who still have enough dough to go to Bottle Rock Napa Valley Music Festival, think "Sideways Meet Coachella" with rich hippies, "Bobos."

Not only can they darn well, pack their bedazzled satin hobos with HAN Cosmetics, they can save the environment and even more money with these water-saving brands.

Yuni's NO-RINSE BODY CLEANSING FOAM is a convenient and fast acting mousse that refreshes and purifies skin without water or a towel, and leaves no residue with 100% natural aromas.  

Use in place of a standard shower or bath. Pump foam directly onto skin and massage gently until absorbed. (if desired, towel off excess sweat before cleansing foam application).

Neem Leaf Extract calms skin and soothes inflammation while antioxidants protect cells and molecules from damage and signs of aging.

Aloe Vera cools and soothes dry and hot skin. Moisturizes and contains anti-inflammatory properties to heal wounds, calm skin irritation and reduce scarring.

For heavy workouts/camping/sailing, pair with instant shower sheets; this dynamic duo is all you need for water-free refreshing on-the-go!

Yuni's Shower Sheets are 20 Wipes, "Freshness On the Go."

Neem Leaf Extract calms skin and soothes inflammation while antioxidants protect cells and molecules from damage and signs of aging.

Peppermint Leaf Essential Oil acts as a mild antiseptic, reducing bacterial activity on the skin.

Between showers, whisk away dirt, sweat and odor with one luxuriously large, moist wipe. The thick sheet stays flat and doesn’t roll up, allowing larger coverage.

You heard of no-rinse cleansing conditioner for the hair.  Well, here's a no-rinse cleansing lotion for the body, Yuni's Concentrated Body Cleansing Creme.

Experience a pristine body with this rich crème cleanser combining fair trade turmeric and green tea extract. This rich formula contains less water than conventional body cleansers, for a more luxurious experience. A balancing aromatic blend of bergamot and patchouli essential oils enhances focus and equilibrium.

Gently lifts away impurities.Balances mental energy with 100% natural aromas. 

Fair trade Green Tea Extract reduces the formation of free radicals and also helps to reduce the activity of bacteria on the skin and prevent blemishes.
Fair trade Turmeric Root, when ground, cleanses, exfoliates, brightens dark spots, clears blemishes and stimulates skin elasticity.

To further dispel healthy, all-natural beauty-istas are dirty and smelly, in order to be "all-natural,"  "The Great Unwash" can get clean without destroying the water supply.

This anytime, de-grime, non-stripping BIO-CLEANSING CONDITIONER:  Replaces shampoo; Protects color-treated hair; Free of harsh sulfates & parabens; Moisturizing, non-strip cleanser; Ideal for color-treated hair; and for all hair types & textures.

Applying Emulsion Co-Wash Method™, this unique formula attracts and removes daily dirt and surface build-up without stripping hair of its healthy, natural oils. Essential moisture is locked in to restore balance and promote healthy, smooth hair. Nourishing oils and extracts leave hair softer, more manageable, free of frizz, and full of bounce, body and vibrant natural beauty.
The anytime, de-grime, non-strip cleansing conditioner, ANTI-RESIDUE RINSE, Gently removes build-up from styling aids & leave-ins; Free of harsh sulfates & parabens; and protects hair integrity.

Unwash Dry Cleanser is:
Lightweight formula leaves no residue on strands
Volcanic ash absorbs excess oil
Vitamin E and panthenol condition & strengthen strands
Natural extracts nurture hair
Leaves hair bouncy, shiny, and voluminous
Safe for color-treated hair
Ideal for all hair types & texture

How do you make your all-natural dreams come true? 

Grown beyond your kitchen and crafting table?

Give CoValence Labs a call and they can do it for you.

They lifted the curtain behind the green image and they're very nice and accommodating to all and every natural skincare and makeup.

They have the lab, the tools, the vials, the tubes, the centrifuges, and the jars.

For all you natural, high-end beauty boutique owners, it'll do you some good to shop Indie Beauty Expo to scoop the hottest all-natural beauty.

For those missed the LA edition, you'll have a Do-Over when they're in NY on August 24th to 25th,

All-Natural Beauty is here to stay and can and does coexist with conventional makeup, hopefully side-by-side in your neighborhood drugstore. 

Monday, May 23, 2016

"Pretty Little Lairs" Tammin Sursok's new mom blog, "Bottle & Heels" bangs with a bash by Pop Your Shop.

By Laura Medina

Forget brunch on Mother's Day.  Shoot!  Forget Mother's we know it.

The garden launch party for "Pretty Little Liar's" Tammin Sursok's new mommy blog, Bottles + Heels,, was the best Mother's Day party there was...thanks to Harmonie Krieger's Pop Your Shop event and party planning outfit,

That's what Tammin Sursok did.  She thanked Pop Your Shop for attracting then managing 52 different vendors to throw this awesome event.  Tammin informed the crowd it was an one-month long endeavor from idea to happening last Sunday afternoon in Bel Air.

It thanks that you're a television star in an hot tv series, "Pretty Little Liars," and have celebrity tv friends, such as Jaime King showing up then partying with their tots.  Yes, there were a lot of celebrity baby tots and toddlers running around.

Paleta's new gluten-free, organic food delivery plan catered the afternoon garden party for hot, young Hollywood moms to lose weight without going hungry.  Yes, the mini pizzas is gluten-free chickpea crust.

Gourmet CA Donuts spelling out, "Bottle and Heels," were displayed in tiers for the taking, especially by tiny and big tots.

 Blushington provided makeup pick-me-ups for weary moms.

Chivalrous gentlemen-for-hire, Man Servants,, were hired (fans to cool, umbrella to sun-shield and carry) to help properly-attired ladies in heels and Birkin Tote Bags, climb the precarious, pebble-laden steep steps up to the...

Hillside terrace second-half of Tammin's Bottle + Heels party where fruity-sweet California Fruit Wine provided yummy refreshers (these are the real wine coolers), The Golden Door massage tables, and tarot card reader awaits them.  Lovely vista view of the main pool garden party down below.

The real mission of the garden party waited at the last-minutes after the kids burn out their energy and ready for a nap.

That's when Tammin present her panel of Millennial Mommy Influencers and how different they're from their Baby Boom moms.

Gen-X moms can and did go with the flow of this Hollywood Glam Mom party.  We called it "Mother's Day Do-Over."

But boys, Tammin's savy, swanky mommy soiree can make Baby Boomer and Greatest Generation moms jealous...thanks with Pop Your Shop's help.

Jillian Rose Darlington of MomCo app and Rachel Pitzel's Club Momme (the coolest mom parties) talked how Millenial Moms are changing how today's young moms are changing the social landscape by taking technology by the horn and making it easier and fun for today's young moms to connect and support, much like Tammin's

If Bottle+Heels is a lifestyle blog with insider Hollywood Celebrity Mom angle, then Rachel is proud to say she simply used her event party skills to hook up much-needed baby vendors with real moms who still want to party but with their babies and tots.  Her Club Momme parties were such an hit, she made a big profit selling her mommy parties company to a bigger corporation.

Jillian Rose Darlington honestly talked about being feral kid being raised alone by a single parent.  Now that she's a mom, she wanted and knew something better.  She invented, where cool moms, like her, can hook up and socialize.

These cool Millennial moms may had started as "Sex and the City" single ladies.  But just because they're now moms, it never means they're gonna to abandon what they enjoy when single.  They're taking those hip, fun things then adding a mom twist to it, Sunday's Tammin's Bottle+Heels blog premiere party proved that.

Whether it's Blushington for makeup touch-ups and California Fruit Wine for weary moms to...

Hip, cool fun activities for the tiny tots, like Au Fudge's cookie decorating table, trampoline, and a rock band for babies, "Doing the Hokey Pokey."

Tammin's Millenial Moms are doing motherhood their way.  They're not gonna let society push them around, like it did to their moms.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Long, Hot, Sultry Summer with NARS.

By Laura Medina

For those who aren't too thrilled with aquamarine teal lipstick and blush, much less eye shadow, NARS' "Long, Hot, Summer" Collection has come to the rescue with primary, vivid shades that most will love and covet to its very last drop.

NARS Long Hot Summer Collection, with two limited edition palettes, three iconic lip glosses, and two cult blushes, this seven piece collection will give anyone a perfectly bronzed look this summer.

For Summer 2016, NARS Cosmetics introduces the limited edition Long Hot Summer Collection created exclusively for NARS boutiques. 

The collection features two limited edition palettes as well as three iconic lip glosses and two blushes to give you a perfectly bronzed look this summer.  

Complete the look with the satin black Audacious Mascara and Minorque Kohliner. Long Hot Summer Eyeshadow Palette, $65 Long Hot Summer I - Shimmering cream Long Hot Summer II - Bronze taupe Bellissima II - Matte grey brown Long Hot Summer III - Shimmering cooper Long Hot Summer IV -Shimmering warm brown Bengali - Rich chocolate brown Laguna/Casino Bronzer Duo, $42 (L) Diffused brown powder with golden shimmer (R) A diffused deep brown powder with golden shimmer  

NARS 413 BLKR Cheek & Lip Palette

Inspired by the François Nars' first flagship address in New York City's West Village neighborhood, the 413 BLKR Cheek & Lip Palette is the latest piece to join the NARS-exclusive 413 BLKR Collection. The new palette features a glowing gradient of three limited edition sheer, blendable blushes, iconic Laguna Bronzer paired with the essential fuchsia 413 BLKR Velvet Matte Lip Pencil.  

Both are available on available June 1, 2016 exclusively at NARS boutiques and


Thursday, May 19, 2016

Activewear Becomes Contemporary Wear, Kit & Ace and Lanston.

By Laura Medina

Kit and Ace Stardust Overall.

You need to break your confining attitude towards activewear.

The real activewear is when designers take activewear fabrics then re-tailoring and re-constructing them into very forward contemporary that today's young ladies want to wear.

Why incorporating activewear fabric into contemporary wear?

With sticky, stuffy Summer arriving soon, the breathability and the sweat-evaporating and the snap-back stretch makes it ideal for today's women's lifestyles.  With the draping ability of knitwear, it makes activewear more stylish as it molds and drapes a woman's curves that doesn't restrict her.

Kit and Ace's Stardust Overall, their sold-out hit, is easy, breezy halter top attached to tailored trousers for all-in-one complete look, a complete outfit.

Kit and Ace is known for their high-tech “technical cashmere.”  

Starting with performance fabrics, engineered from the fibre stage. Their proprietary fabric family, Qemir™ (pronounced “come ‘ere”), brings technical properties to noble fibres – Technical Cashmere™ you can throw in the wash, silk with dynamic stretch and bounce-back ponte that feels as good as your yoga pants.  They added functional details – shrink integrity, breathability, venting, wicking, stain shield technology, performance trims and meticulous Italian tailoring. Every piece is wear-tested for 288 hours. 

With the functionality of movement and lifestyle, contemporary design companies are, also incorporating activewear tailoring into contemporary clothes, Kit and Ace's Bartlett Trousers,

With adjustable ankle zippers, these shape-shifting trousers can be straight for the days you need some space or skinny when you are ready to commit, two trousers in one.

Another activewear company going contempo is Lanston.  It's fashionable enough to be sold on

Yes, they use the more traditional stretch knitwear but they do knitwear's draping to its best, in button-down blouses, forward open-shoulder and off-shoulder tops, jumpsuits, and dresses.

Kit and Ace, with Lanston, are the next generation of contemporary wear for today's women-on-the-go.  We're not sacrificing style for fitness nor are we sacrificing fitness for style.  We can have it all.



Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Ozzfest Meets Knotfest, when Ozzy Osbourne Passes on the Torch to Slipknot's Corey Taylor & Black Sabbath to Zakk Wylde's Zakk Sabbath.

By Laura Medina

Yep, it's true, sadly true.  In the great anticipation leading up to last Thursday's press conference, it was when Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne, with Black Sabbath, graciously passed on the torch onto Slipknot's Corey Taylor and Zakk Wylde, of Zakk Sabbath, the heavy metal/hard rock festival, Ozzfest into Knotfest, leaving the festival into Corey Taylor's and Slipknot's hands.

Penelope Spheeris' very rare yet in-depth rock documentary of Ozzfest, "We Sold Our Souls to Rock n' Roll," was a preclude to what is to come at the press conference.  An history of the festival and a time capsule of when Ozzfest was at it's peak, the hierarchy among fresh, horny opening acts (traveling with groupies) to the ultimate headliner, Ozzy Osbourne himself, having nothing to do with a twenty-something groupies (but that forty-something hair stylist is much closer to his age) and the accompany sideshow culture that trails the festival of yore.

While watching that rare documentary, the die-hard Oz fans (as they proudly call themselves, "Oz Freaks"), were entertained by a cordial troupe of a juggler and a pair of stunt performers.  MIND YOU, NEVER DO THESE YOURSELF!  They may be "sideshow freaks" but take it from this well-exposed scribe, these are trained stunt performers who had done this for years.  Don't get cocky!

The crowds cheers madly when the dignified Anthony Frank "Tony" Iommi, the legendary Ozzy Osbourne, the formidable and respectful Sharon Osbourne, lead an unified front followed by Slipknot's Corey Taylor and Clown (who also paid homage to Tony, Ozzy, and Sharon), the affable Ian Scott of Anthrax, former Black Sabbath guitarist and Black Label Society's Zakk Wylde, and the up & coming Huntress, and the rest of the upcoming Knotfest band line-up.

OZZFEST MEETS KNOTFEST...the ultimate meeting of metal minds...a double-header music and lifestyle weekend like no other on the planet.
This merger of two of the most well-known and established brands in rock--OZZFEST, celebrating its 20th anniversary, and KNOTFEST, which debuted in 2012--is set for Saturday, September 24 (OZZFEST) and Sunday, September 25 (KNOTFEST) at San Manuel Amphitheater and Festival Grounds in San Bernardino, CA. Tickets for the Live Nation-produced OZZFEST MEETS KNOTFEST--a multi-stage, two-day weekend camping event with more than 40 acts--go on sale Friday, May 20 at 10:00 AM (PT) at OZZFEST.COM and KNOTFEST.COM.  All the details and line-ups (below) were revealed at a major press conference today (Thursday, May 12) at the Palladium in Hollywood, CA.

This was more than next-generation rockers paying their respect to "The Oz."  This was a sad announcement of Black Sabbath doing their final American tour and their retirement.  They also used this historical moment in time to pass the torch to Slipknot and let them handle the selection of band line-up when they take over the festival for the next generation of metal heads.

"We are here to create havoc and history," says Ozzy Osbourne. "Let the madness begin..."

"We want it to be the loudest, biggest, dirtiest festival in California. We couldn't be happier," says Sharon Osbourne.

Saturday's OZZFEST will be headlined by Black Sabbath--marking their last Southern California performance as part of the band's final tour--and Sunday's KNOTFEST bill is topped by the festival's namesake, Slipknot. On hand at the press conference were OZZFEST founder Ozzy Osbourne and Slipknot's Corey Taylor and M. Shawn Crahan (aka Clown). The event began with a movie screening, followed by a Q&A session with artists from the OZZFEST MEETS KNOTFEST bill and concluded with a p
erformance from Zakk Sabbath, led by Zakk Wylde.
Corey Taylor paid respect when he said that it was Ozzfest that gave Slipknot their big break.  He's now honored to carry on the torch.

They and Black Sabbath have a longtime history between the two namesakes of the events, with Slipknot appearing at OZZFEST in 1999, 2001, 2004, 2005 and 2013 at the inaugural OZZFEST Japan.

"This could be the one of the coolest things I've ever been a part of," says Corey Taylor of Slipknot.  "Starting out as an Ozzfest band, coming into our own with Knotfest and now combining forces to make a little metal was meant to be and I'm proud to be a part of it."
"Playing with Black Sabbath is always an honor,"Shawn "Clown" Crahan of Slipknot exclaims.  "Merging both festivals will be a legendary experience that will be life-changing for all fans.  We are excited to bring all the families together again."

Zakk Wylde joked about the end, when he casually mentioned his next endeavor would be designing a line of male lingerie. 

His next real endeavor is when it will be he who will take over the Black Sabbath mantle from Tony Iommi and Ozzy, when Black Sabbath turns into Zakk Sabbath.  It only makes sense when your former guitarist takes on the duties and continues the legacy since Zakk knows it the best.

That was the "special treat," a free one and an half rocking concert, when Zakk debuts Zakk Sabbath.


The feeling that this scribe has received from the love of Ozzy Osbourne (and Sharon Osbourne) by their fans is that Ozzy and Sharon, not only did they save heavy metal and hard rock from the rubbish of Eighties "Hair Metal," their traveling music carnival was a refuge for die-hard metal heads; and their sub-culture where it's okay to be a "metal freak," and to be unapologetic metal chicks and groupies, in an age of hip-hop, plastic dance pop, and manufactured girl groups.  Ozzfest was also the last refuge of rock gods, like Zakk Wylde, who really know how to rip and shred their chords, much less know how to play and read their notes, even compose songs then actually sing them.

Yes, it is sad to witness an end of an era, when Black Sabbath said they have to pass it onto Slipknot because they're retiring.  But, knowing there will always be a place and a refuge for die-hard rockers to rock out for the next generation of rockers was a kind gesture to continue the legacy and the rocker culture.

"The impact of Ozzfest on heavy music and on Slipknot, cannot be underestimated," says Cory Brennan, President, 5B Artist Management.  "For 20 years Ozzfest has given fans their first glimpse at bands like Slipknot, Disturbed and countless others, but also bringing new fans and bands together every year.  Ozzfest inspired Slipknot to continue this vital tradition with Knotfest, and it's an honor to celebrate our genre alongside them in 2016."

To continue the legacy and making it rocker friendly, especially after you're broke from Coachella (Woodstock with Money), Ozzfest Meets Knotfest,, said for only $40, you can afford for both days during the September 24th to 25th.

In paying tribute to Ozzfest, it'll start when it began.  The San Manuel Amphitheater and Festival Grounds is where OZZFEST--the event that launched the U.S. hard rock festival market and went on to tour the world--began in 1996 and where KNOTFEST last year took over the San Bernardino, CA venue and expanded into a camping festival.

The OZZFEST MEETS KNOTFEST 2016 line-up is as follows, with both OZZFEST and KNOTFEST dedicating a stage in honor of their departed comrade Lemmy Kilmister of Motörhead.
Saturday, September 24
Black Sabbath
Black Label Society
Rival Sons
Children of Bodom
Dead Cross
Municipal Waste
The Shrine
Still Rebel
Sunday, September 25
Amon Amarth
Suicide Silence
Butcher Babies
Man with A Mission
Death Angel
Beyond the music, each day OZZFEST MEETS KNOTFEST festival-goers will encounter a wide variety of attractions throughout the expansive site.  Initial onsite daily activities include a Monster Truck Arena, Carnival Thrill Rides, Massive Fire Displays, Flaming Carnival Games, The Thunderdome Battle Arena, an 85 Person Traveling Troupe of Freaks, a Carnival Midway with Games of Chance, Vendor Village, Food Trucks and Craft Beer, with 50 Foot Tall x 75 Foot Wide Image-Mapped Video Walls flanking the Main Stage, with more exciting developments to be announced in the coming months.
A variety of OZZFEST MEETS KNOTFEST ticketing and camping packages are available. Single day tickets range from $25.00 for GA lawn to $39.50-$149.50 for reserved seats, with GA pit passes starting at $99.00 for Sunday and $149.00 Saturday. Weekend passes range from $40.00 for GA lawn to $69.00-$239.00 for reserved seats, and $239.00 for GA pit passes.  VIP packages start at $249.00 for VIP Lounge; options include the Ultimate Slipknot VIP Experience at $1,000.00, the Black Sabbath M&G Package at $1250 and the Ultimate Ozzy Osbourne Experience at $2500Camping selections include Tent Camping for $150.00 and RV Camping for $250.00.  Additional details on camping and ticketing options can be found at OZZFEST.COM and KNOTFEST.COM.