Swoop’s World Spotlights Indie Music at Expo Art Center’s LoungEx

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Those that know have always looked to Long Beach for great music and emerging talent. Snoop Dogg and Warren G weren’t the only musical acts to take off from the streets of the LBC. Sublime, Melissa Etheridge, Nate Dogg and The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band all spent time playing Long Beach venues on their way to the top. This month, a new venue for exceptional musical talent will open its doors for a one-night only event and independent music seekers would do well to pay attention.

On Sunday Oct. 23, 2011 Swoop’s World radio teams up with the Expo Arts Center for “Expo Arts Center LoungEx Presents An Evening of Indie Artists With Swoop’s World.” This will be a wonderful night of great performances by three talented local indie singer/songwriters performing original music in the intimate setting of LoungEx at the Expo Arts Center in Long Beach.

The music event will feature Long Beach-based musicians Michelle Mangione and Cory Joseph Clark, as well as Los Angeles-based musician Raspin. All three of these outstanding performers have loyal followings throughout the Southland.

“We are really excited about this event. It encompasses what Swoop’s World has always been about. Supporting local artists, local business and our community,” said Swoop, host of Swoop’s World Radio. “We are hoping that this is only the beginning of recurring events that we sponsor featuring independent artists performing original material in small venues. Our goal through these events is to help these talented individuals get their music, songs, words and poetry, in front of a paying audience seeking to support and discover new talent.”

Michelle Mangione

Michelle Mangione is a songwriter/musician with a homebase in Long Beach and a fan base all over the world. Delivered with a powerful voice and bold lyrics, Mangione’s songs connect the dots between personal experience and the big picture. She then sets that picture into motion through hypnotic melodies. It’s little wonder that other musicians seek out Michelle for collaboration. She has played with such greats as saxophonist Buddy Collette, guitarist Robben Ford and co-written songs with the legendary Grace Slick.


An accomplished songwriter, vocalist and producer, Raspin claims an ecletic misx of musical influences that include Louis Armstrong, Joni Mitchell, Harry Chapin, Cat Stevens, Dan Fogelberg, Bruce Springsteen, Bette Midler, Patty La Belle and Beethoven. All of which can be heard in the soulful auditory experiences he creates for audiences. The self-taught guitartist is a true entertainer who brings the stage to life with his animated movements and emotion-driven rhymthms. Blues and soul with the finesse of a classic, part hometown Chicago and part Hollywood Hills, Raspin’s music successfully blends worlds that were never meant to collide.

Cory Joseph Clark

Cory Joseph Clark has played in bands his whole life. His career as a guitar/vocal sideman has taken him on tours that stretch across the U.S. and oversees. But, forever the dreamer, Clark doesn’t let being the sideman sidetrack his goals. As a songwriter, a performer, an artist and entrepreneur he always looks to his music as the roots of his expression. In 2011, after releasing his last EP, he started a weekly singer/songwriter showcase called THE HUM HOUSE where in addition to performing himself, he books two talented acts to share the spotlight.

“We’ve had the pleasure of having each of these musicians as guests on our show. We’ve seen them perform and they are all fantastic. This will be a great show that I’m sure everyone will enjoy,” added Peter Dopulos, co-host of Swoop’s World.

Music lovers will get to enjoy sets from each of these amazing musicians at this inaugural indie music show. (Or, for a sneak peak head over to SwoopsWorld.com/Indie-Showcase to listen to the interviews and check out their music!)

The Expo Arts Center’s LoungEx presents An Evening of Indie Artists with Swoop’s World on Sunday, Oct. 23, 2011 from 4:30pm-7:30 p.m. The Expo Arts Center is located at 4321 Atlantic Avenue, Long Beach, 90807.

As an added bonus, event attendees will also have free access to the Expo Art Center’s gallery exhibits. The doors open at 3:45 p.m. so that guest may enjoy the art exhibits prior to the show.

Tickets for the indie music event, $10 in advance or $12 at the door, are already on sale. Seating is limited so advance purchases are recommended. To buy tickets, visit http://swoopsworld.ticketbud.com/evening-of-indie-artists.

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