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LA BritWeek rocks with Steve Cooke at The Snug

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Renee Silverman

Saturday, May 3, 2014 - The Snug at Molly Malone’s Irish Pub, West Hollywood | Each Spring Los Angeles hosts BritWeek; a week devoted to creative fusion between the United Kingdom and Southern California founded in 2007 by Nigel Lythgoe and Consul General Bob Pierce. The week long celebration is filled with activities ranging from traditional high tea, art exhibits and the Pimm’s Hollywood celebrity ashes cricket match, but it’s the highly anticipated BritWeek Rock ‘n Roll night that gets everyone energized.

British rocker, Steve Cooke, quoted as having the “best hair in rock ‘n roll”, once again headlined BritWeek’s Rock ‘n Roll night at The Snug / Molly Malone’s in West Hollywood, performing his high-energy original rock and folk inspired music. Joining Steve on stage this year was Mike Hansen (Hurricane) on drums, Kevin Chown (Chad Smith) on bass and Jeffrey Marshall (seasoned player from Nashville) on guitar.

Dressed in a smart red with white striped suit, Steve Cooke, a cross between Roger Daltry and Robert Plant, came out playing his signature 12-string acoustic and Gibson Les Paul electric guitars to an eager crowd of friends and fans. Cooke’s tunes are infectious with memorable hooks and with the inclusion of Hansen, Chown and Marshall, his power pop/rock riffs took on a harder edge for the non-stop 2 hour show. With catchy tunes like “Change is Gonna Come” and “Working in the USA” it’s no wonder Steve won best song Americana at the Hollywood Music and Media awards.

The night was complete with bagpipe serenade, toasts to the United Kingdom, Guinness flowing and a rousing “God Save the Queen” on guitar to make you feel like you were in jolly old England herself.

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