Confidential is a hard rock band straight out of Irvine. It was the brainchild of four friends with similar musical interests: Darren Wilsey (lead guitar and author of, "The Musician's Guide to Licensing Music: How to Get Your Music into Film, TV, Advertising, Digital Media & Beyond"), Jason Goldstein (bass guitar, shareholder at Buchalter), Abram Rodriguez (lead vocals , teacher, Mayfair High) and Matty West (rhythm guitar, teacher, coach, author). Add drummer Patricia Oceguera (professional interpreter) and guitarist Bob Dato (of counsel, Buchalter), and you have an eclectic combination of rock n' roll die hards that are looking to rock the Whisky-a-Go-Go on March 21, 2019.
The Confidential set list offers a broad range of appeal for rock music aficionados - from the novice to diehards like us. And remember, no matter what happens before, at or after a Confidential show: "Your Secret Is Safe With Us." TM pending.
Featuring legal talent from Glancy Prongay & Murray LLP; Hooper Lundy & Bookman PC Rocking for Kind, Inc. (Kids in Need of Defense). Kind helps ensure that no child appears in immigration court without high quality legal representation.
Lodestar is a hard rock band that recently took third place in the Banding Together to End Domestic Violence concert last July at the El Rey Theatre.
Marc Godino, guitarist for Lodestar, is a senior partner at Glancy Prongay & Murray, and along with bassist Daniel Cubert have been playing music together for over 40 years. Combined with drummer John Ferrigno from Hooper Lundy & Bookman, percussionist/attorney Melissa Wright, and vocalist/attorney Gary Yones, Lodestar promises to deliver a high energy, guitar driven rock experience.
Featuring legal talent from Faraday Future; Praedicat, Inc; Strumwasser & Woocher LLP Rocking for Family Violence Appellate Project
MauxFaux started at Morrison & Foerster as Band Morrison and has been a staple for several years in the gritty underground corporate-lawyer Los Angeles music scene. Now faux MoFos, the three existing members have moved on to Praedicat, Inc., Faraday Future, and Strumwasser & Woocher LLP. As a power pop trio, MauxFaux strives to bring garage-band, punk sensibilities to pop hits. It's like Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, but the brides are the Bangles and the brothers are the Ramones.
With talent from Spertus, Landes & Umhofer Rocking for ACLU of Southern California
Daughter: “Daddy, why do you do Law Rocks every year?” Me: “Because, sweetie, Daddy has unresolved insecurities from his childhood and expresses those through attention-seeking behaviors.”
Daughter: “Oh. That’s exactly what mommy says. You’re weird. And embarrassing.” Me: “Imagine how my law partners feel.”
Daughter: “Seems like you’ve been doing this since I was born—have you ever won Law Rocks?” Me: “No sweetie. But thanks for rubbing it in.”
Daughter: “What songs are you going to do?” Me: “I’m going to desecrate several classics from the 80s, 90s, and today. You know, the usual.”
Daughter: “Please don’t do like real music like Cardi B and Ariana Grande. It’s cringy and needy.” Me: “I know. But I think the audience appreciates the awkwardness of my musical stylings in ways that cause them to cheer sympathetically. Kinda like when a video of a puppy barking at himself in a mirror gets a billion likes.”
Daughter: “Who is your charity?” Me: “It’s the ACLU. They fight for people’s rights and make the president rage-tweet.”
Daughter: “Then I like them. Do they know you’re not very good at this?” Me: “Shhh, honey. Let’s keep that just between us.”
The MHAS Warriors
With legal talent from Mitchell, Silberberg & Knupp Rocking for Mental Health Advocacy Services (MHAS)
MSK’s band, the 2017 Judge’s Choice winner, will again be playing to support Mental Health Advocacy Services (MHAS), an organization dedicated to providing free legal services to those with mental health disabilities. They’re playing this year as The MHAS Warriors to honor Jim Preis, the long-time leader of MHAS who passed away last year. MHAS is a truly inspiring organization with a vibrant new Executive Director, Jenny Farrell, leading MHAS into an exciting new chapter. The MHAS Warriors, fresh off covering the back side of Abbey Road last year, are mixing it up this year with a mix of indie/alternative tunes from The Cure to The National to the Alabama Shakes.
Featuring legal talent from Day Pitney; Wolf Greenfield Rocking for Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
The NYC-area based Wolfpack is excited and honored to be joining the Law Rocks LA show this March as they continue to raise money for JDRF! The band has had the good fortune of playing the NYC show since 2014, raising nearly $30,000 for various charities in the process. Gabe, Greg, Brian, and Ted will be flying out to the Sunset Strip to rock the Whisky with a killer set of hard-hitting rock songs that will be sure to keep the crowd howlin’ all night! The band greatly appreciates your support in helping to raise funds for the LA Chapter of JDRF - the leading global organization funding type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. JDRF's goal is to progressively remove the impact of T1D until “type one” becomes “type none!
With legal talent from Allen Matkins and Buchalter Rocking for California Strong
Attractive Nuisance roared onto the Whisky stage in 2014 for its inaugural Law Rocks! set. The Nuisance won the Judges' Choice Award in 2016 and won both the Saturday night concert and the Judges' Choice Award in 2017. The Nuisance has played gigs all over Southern California, from Agoura Hills to Hermosa Beach. Law Rocks is thrilled that the Nuisance is bringing back its mosh-inspiring sound for 2019 in support of California Strong, which is raising money and awareness to support those affected by the Borderline Shooting in Thousand Oaks, the Camp Fire in Northern California and the Woolsey and Hill Fires in Southern California.
With legal talent from Doll Amir & Eley Rocking for TBD.
2015 champs and 2016/2018 Judges' Choice Award winners, BIG DICTA, are back and ready to rock! Doll Amir & Eley lawyers, Sunset Strip veterans -- the danger of rocking too hard is indeed present. This year, all amps will be set at 11.5 and more cowbell is guaranteed.
Featuring legal talent from Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman Rocking for In-N-Out Burger Foundation
Don’t let the name fool you. The Doughboys rock it hard. Mixing original lyrics to familiar beats and riffs, they are as deft with a mic as they are with a memo. The sextet from Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman will rock for The In-N-Out Burger Foundation this year, and they’re ready to prove that it’s all about that bassoon, ‘bout that bassoon, no treble.
Castle of Rock
Featuring legal talent from Cox Castle & Nicholson LLP Rocking for United Friends of the Children
Down By Law
With legal talent from Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete; Reed Smith Rocking for LACBA Counsel for Justice
As hard-core devotees of the Starland Vocal Band, we first met at the Annual SVB Convention in Dubuque in 2012. Upon realizing that we that we all worked for the same law firm, we spontaneously broke into a 4 and a half-part harmony of “Afternoon Delight.” After that, we knew that we had to form our own band to make awesome music together. Our motto: OBOS!
The Four Horsemen
With legal talent from Latham & Watkins Rocking for City of Hope
Representing Latham & Watkins with members from Diversion, a Latham band who performed at 3 prior LawRocks events, the Four Horsemen will pay homage to classic Sunset Strip Heavy Metal. Performing timeless face-melting classics from bands who performed at the world famous Whisky A Go Go throughout the 1980s. Get our fist in the air and relive the heyday of the Sunset Strip metal scene! The Four Horsemen will be raising money to support The City of Hope.
Ocean Park Sound System
Featuring talented legal professionals from Raines Feldman Rocking for White Heart Foundation
Ocean Park Sound System is a soul/funk reggae party. Featuring members of Raines Feldman LLP, Ocean Park Sound System came together out in the surf lineup and create a live groove mix of soul, reggae, funk, surf, and rock. The band plays around town and at fundraisers to keep the soul shakedown going!
Starring legal professionals from Perkins Coie Rocking for City of Hope
Three-time Law Rocks champion Privileged Communications formed in early 2013 to represent Perkins Coie in the Law Rocks competition in Hollywood, California against other firms such as Latham & Watkins and DLA Piper. Privileged Communications comprises partner Michael Wise on lead vocals, partner Joe Hamilton on guitar, partner Lara Dueppen and counsel Oliver Gold on keyboards and drums, respectively, and non-Perkins attorney Niall Fordyce on bass. While Privileged Communications does not have any available recordings currently, the group is in contract discussions with several large record labels and expects to perform at the Super Bowl Halftime Show within the next few years.
ACLU of Southern California
City of Hope
City of Hope is a leading nonprofit research and treatment center for cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases.
Los Angeles County Bar Association Counsel for Justice
Counsel for Justice brings together law firms, foundations, corporations, donors and volunteers in support of a more just Los Angeles. Together, we stand at the forefront of providing equal access to legal services in our community by raising funds and directly contributing at the frontlines of justice in five key areas: domestic violence, support of our veterans, immigration assistance, AIDS legal services and civic mediation.
Family Violence Appellate Project
In-n-Out Burger Foundation
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation NYC
Little Kids Rock
Mental Health Advocacy Services (MHAS)
Mental Health Advocacy Services, Inc. (MHAS) is a private, non-profit organization established in 1977 to provide free legal services to people with mental disabilities. MHAS assists both children and adults, with an emphasis on obtaining government benefits and services, protecting rights, and fighting discrimination.