By: Dee Miyamura
Media Critic and Reviewer

For almost a year, Santa Monica’s once premiere rock venue, 14Below, has been closed. The new owners have been busy gutting parts of it, changed the ambiance, until it all stopped. Now, the former owner, Todd Christiansen, has reclaimed it!

14Below had been a regular hang-out for my friends and me. We first discovered it several years ago, when Celtic Rock band, Young Dubliners performed there! Three months later, it was a regular spot at least two nights a week for me, my friend and cohort in crime, photo-artist Mary L. Hines.

On March 12, 2010, Todd officially re-opened the club. Hollywood’s hard-rocking Warner Drive and Super Black Market were the first bands to hit the stage in over a year! An enthusiastic crowd filled the showroom and everyone had a wonderful time!

Super Black Market started off the night. The band was energetic and turned out a nice selection of songs. The bass player and lead singer, Sonny, has good presence and command of the stage. I always love having a good bassist to watch, and Sonny did not disappoint me!

What can I say about Warner Drive, that hasn’t already been said?? Jonny “Law” hits the stage and unleashed unbridled energy! Albert riffs it up, and the down-low thump of Elvis’ bass filled the room. Jonny U, the wild “animal” drummer, slammed into his drum kit with fierce determination. He does remind me of “Animal” the drummer in the Muppet band! Not to be left out, is Candice, the only girl amongst these rocker boys. Candice is unafraid to show what she’s got! The men in the crowd I know find her sexy and the women know her as a brilliant guitarist and a wonderful person. She is awesome.

The night ended all too soon. Welcome back, 14Below! Thank you, Todd!


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