Hawkins is a nominee this year in the "Urban Artist" category, while Orlando will be the recipient of a "Lifetime Achievement, Percussionist"
The duo have a long and rooted history in the Funk, Soul, Blues, Jazz and Latin realms, and are a positive influence and inspiration to musicians young and old. Orlando, an artist in his own right, is known as the "percussionist to the stars". He has performed and recorded with, Lowrider Band (formerly War), Gap Band, Yarbrough & Peoples, L.L. Cool J, Chaka Khan, Billy Preston, Teena Marie, Bobby Womack, and many more. Orlando's film and television credits include Fresh Prince, Married With Children, 24, Martin, Black Dynamite, Deception, and In the House. His original composition "Argentina" appears in the motion picture "For The Love Of Money". Victor Orlando currently performs and records with his band "Victor Orlando & Fun-Ja-La".
A student of jazz drumming giant, Buddy Rich, and well-learned student of Funk, Soul, R&B, Blues, Rock and Jazz, Hawkins adds further chapters to the book of music as an artist, as well as by recording, sharing the big stage and performing with a variety of music legends such as, Albert King, John Lee Hooker, Rufus Thomas, Gregg Allman, Percy Sledge, Brook Benton, Chuck Berry, Johnny Winter, Leon Russell, Joe Cocker, Alice Cooper, Willie Hill, Sammy Blue, Harvey Scales, Johnny Rodrigeuz, Glen Campbell & Tanya Tucker, The Ink Spots, and many more. Hawkins also has a platinum record to his credit for his involvement in the multi-platinum album by Heart, "Dreamboat Annie".
"I am both honored and excited to have the opportunity to play some down-home Funk with Victor Orlando. He is undoubtedly one of the best percussionists and showmen in the music business. Both of us having relatively the same influences, and graduating from the same school that is termed the "old school", which in my opinion is "the school", the poly-rhythmic match will be perfect, the grooves infectious, and I can say with all Funkiness, the performance will be like a locomotive coming at you. Can't wait to share the stage with the man and bring this funky, percussive extravaganza to the audience at the Avalon. My sincere thanks goes out to LA Music Awards executive producers, Al Bowman and Susanna Grifie, for making this happen", said Hawkins.
The 23rd Annual Los Angeles Music Awards promises to be spectacular, showcasing some of the best talent from around the world. Over 100 members of the international press and media will cover the red carpet and interior events to include; Music Connection Magazine, E1News Daily, PR Newswire, Wire Image, Daily Celeb, and Los Angeles television news outlets who will converge on the event to catch a glimpse of many notable celebrities in attendance. Also, this years 7th Annual Hollywood F.A.M.E. Award presentations attached to the 23rd Annual Los Angeles Music Awards will honor some amazing luminaries from the fields of Film, Art, Music and Entertainment, to include Victor Orlando, Wink Martindale, Nathin Butler, Cass Warner, Leilani Sarelle, Meilani Paul, Steve Resnick, Guantanamo Circus, Ron Jeremy and Bill Blair.
Don't miss this "Funk-Tacular"
For information regarding Victor Orlando and his band Fun-Ja-La, please visit his website. www.victororlandomusic.com
For information regarding Stevie Hawkins, please visit his website. www.steviehawkins.com