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Alicia Blue

Southern California native, Alicia Blue, began her foray into music when she transitioned from writing poetry throughout college to setting her thoughts to song. Barely yet even able to play an instrument, she got her first guitar then and practiced from morning till night every day until the mechanics of playing and singing began to make sense to her. Alicia had been introduced to soul music early on, but found her heart in the songs of artists like Joni Mitchell, Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan and Neil Young. Through this lens she discovered the path to creating her own singular and modern sound, always using words and poetry as her driving force. In 2019 Alicia Blue released her first EP and was near-immediately contacted by Starbucks to have her song “Magma” featured in stores worldwide via their Starbucks Acoustic playlist on Spotify. Garnering immediate attention as a songwriter and singer, Alicia quickly became a pivotal figure on the LA songwriting circuit. She’s been featured in publications like Billboard and Atwood Magazine, as well as LA’s legendary KCRW. Alicia Blue’s first full-length album, Bravebird, was released April 2020 (yes, in the middle of a global pandemic), securing spots on Spotify’s influential Fresh Finds Pop and Fresh Finds Rock playlists and garnering a whole new round of buzz and attention. In January 2021, she was featured at the top of Atwood Magazine’s “2021 Artists to Watch.” Alicia’s new single, “Blackbird,” was out Feb 12, 2021.

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Los Angeles, CA
food
Benny’s Taocs
"Benny's Tacos on Wilshire Wins all. And how are they ALWAYS so kind?" - Alicia Blue
915 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401, USA
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bar
Cozy Inn
"Cozy Inn in Culver City can't be beat. Not only a dive but they let you bring your own food in. Can't really get any better. And it's actually directly across from Tito's Tacos. If you wanna go to the most non-LA bar then that's it, and you'll truly be where everybody knows your name. It's regulars-ville in there. Straight outta 1970. Plus the Juke Box always crushes." - Alicia Blue
11155 Washington Pl, Culver City, CA 90232, USA
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outdoors
Switzer Falls
"Switzer Falls blows minds. It's 20 min outside of eagle rock and you're in the woods with a waterfall. Los Liones in the Palisades is the ocean VIEW of ocean views. It feels personally carved out for you, especially during the week when it's not busy and pretty quiet." - Alicia Blue
701 Angeles Crest Hwy, Tujunga, CA 91042, USA
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museum
Private: The Getty
"The Getty is my favorite musuem. It's like entering heaven when you stroll up that white tile floor. Plus the tram ride in the fog is romantic. Once the post-Covid world opens up I'll be stoked to see what exhibits pop up." - Alicia Blue "My favorite museum is The Getty. I love the architecture and the way the sun light hits the whole building. There is a tram that takes you up to the museum. It almost feels like the museum is floating in the sky." - Kalenna Zanders
1200 Getty Center Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90049, USA
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shopping
Private: Buffalo Exchange Santa Monica
"Buffalo Excahnge is my favorite thrift shop. I've found endless jackets, coats and dresses there." - Alicia Blue
2449 Main St, Santa Monica, CA 90405, USA
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food
Sage Vegan Bistro
"Their mac n cheese cannot be ignored." - Alicia Blue “I love eating at Sage Vegan Bistro  all day every day.” - Lauren Ruth Ward Recommended in the San Francisco edition of the Waterloo Sparkling Sessions, presented by Waterloo Sparkling Water.
1700 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026, USA
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venue
Bootleg Theater
"I love the Bootleg. Every show I've seen there had great sound. Sound is important for me to open my heart up to a venue. When it's good, I'm sold." - Alicia Blue "The Bootleg rocks and that's really the only correct answer. A great view and sound experience no matter where you are. I once hit on what I thought was a gay couple at the bar and they were like 'what's up, bro,' so I think I misread that one, but other than that, always a lovely time. Also the booker has impeccable taste. LA slaps pretty hard when it comes to music venues, though. Moroccan Lounge is another great one." - Tolliver Popular venue which pays host to indie bands, as well as theater, spoken-word, and poetry events.
2220 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90057, USA
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shopping
Skylight Books
" The last book I probably bought there was my 2nd copy of Women Who Run With Wolves. My first copy was a gift that I left on a plane. My favorite book is anything by Kerouac or Rumi. Current fav is Slouching Towards Bethlehem by Joan Didion but I'm still reading it." - Alicia Blue "My favorite place to shop in Los Angeles is Skylight Books!" - Morgxn Recommended in the Los Angeles edition of the Waterloo Sparkling Sessions, presented by Waterloo Sparkling Water.
1818 N Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027, USA
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