Backstage Los Angeles

Sandy Jacobson


Sandy created, produced and hosted her own music-interview television show for two years with guests such as Peter Tork, Brian Ray (Paul McCartney's Band), David Philp (The Automatics), We Five (You Were On My Mind), Laurence Juber (Paul McCartney & Wings), The Quarrymen, and many others before moving to L.A. TalkRadio.  She also appeared as a "Wench" in Pirates of The Caribbean II & III, and
has worked in other films and T.V. shows.
Sandy assisted Peter Tork at the 2010 NAMM Festival, where he publicly thanked her in front of industry peers for her work at the NAMM Festival AND The Monkees Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Petition.

Sandy Jacobson has been a Guest Speaker on panels for
● The TV/Film department at Loyola Marymount University,
    alongside representatives from  DreamWorks and Warner Brothers.
● The FAR-West Conference for The International Folk Alliance.
● The “Women In Business” Internet Radio show by Dr. Gayle Carson.

Sandy Jacobson’s life story has appeared in:
● (THE actor’s publication)
● XL-Magazine – An international publication for people living Extraordinary Lives
● Member Grammy Association – Work on her show earned her membership into the organization.

Show Description: 
Sandy Jacobson,  Creator & Producer of BackStage:Los Angeles, is passionate about music and is part of the Independent Music movement. Sandy has become part of a community of real musicians, some who have inspired her since childhood. These are the main ingredients that she brings to her show, which is designed to be a celebration of REAL music talent, an educational experience for up and coming artists, and an opportunity for fans and would-be fans to get to know the artist on a deeper level. "Talented" is the key word to describe her guests, whether they are famous or "almost" famous.  

Show Archives

May 2019


Remembering Peter Tork

Part 3


Remembering Peter Tork

Part 2


Remembering Peter Tork

Part 1 - His years w/ the Monkees

February 2019


Stephanie Bettman and Luke Halpin the "Bettman & Halpin" duo, talking about their upcoming album "1000 Miles".

December 2018


November 2018


Ken Dunn is a singer-songwriter who hails from Canada, and whom we met at the FAR-West conference a few weeks ago. His music beautifully crafted, with a dash of old country flair.


Strawberry Alarm Clock are best known for their hit single "Incense and Peppermints" in the 1967, the song was also placed in "Austin Powers - Man of Mystery."  The band has released a new CD "Wake Up Where You Are" and will be appearing at Bogey's in Westlake Village, CA early in the new year.


Bob Baker is the author of the highly acclaimed book "Guerilla Music Marketing."  He has also created an online course which ran for five years at the Berklee Online continuing Education Division of The Berklee College of Music, Boston, titled Music Marketing 101. In addition, Bob does personal coaching in the area of music marketing, and runs a podcast.

October 2018


September 2018


Since 2016, Robert Morgan Fisher has led an acclaimed twice-weekly writing workshop for veterans with PTSD in conjunction with UCLA, known as the UCLA Wordcommandos at the West LA VA. Robert’s fiction and essays have appeared in Teach. Write., The Wild Word, The Arkansas Review, Red Wheelbarrow, The Missouri Review Soundbooth Podcast, Dime Show Review, 0-Dark-Thirty, The Huffington Post and many other publications. He also holds an MFA in Creative Writing and teaches at Antioch University Santa Barbara. He often writes companion songs to his short stories, many of which can be found on his three critically acclaimed albums. The UCLA Wordcommandos will be honored on Veterans Day this year by the New Short Fiction Series, LA’s longest running spoken word show. Notable actors will be reading the work of six Wordcommandos. (


JAMES LEE STANLEY, the true renaissance man, was born in Philadelphia, PA, and has been recording and performing since he was fourteen. He has toured consistently since he returned from the USAF (as a Chinese linguist) and has performed up to three hundred dates a year since then, with such diverse acts as BONNIE RAITT, ROBIN WILLIAMS, NICOLETTE LARSON and even BILL COSBY. STEVEN WRIGHT chose James Lee as his opening act for three years in a row; a testament to his professionalism and talent.


Born in New York in 1970, violinist, mandolinist, and composer Ted Falcon grew up in a musical family listening to jazz and the Brazilian music of Villa-Lobos, Tom Jobim and Luiz Bonfá. Ted has lived and worked as a professional musician in New York City, Los Angeles, São Paulo and Brasilia. In August of 2016, he moved back to Los Angeles after living in Brazil for 8 years. He is recognized by his peers as a leader and catalyst of Brazilian choro music in the U.S.

August 2018


Paul Zollo is an American singer/songwriter, and author. He is also the Senior Editor for American Songwriter Magazine, and a contributing writer to Billboard, Rolling Stone, and Variety (to name a few.) Paul has written a book titled "Songwriters on Songwriting" and a new follow up book "More Songwriters on Songwriting."


In the 1960's and beyond, Bobby Hart was half of the dynamic songwriting duo Boyce & Hart, who wrote many of The Monkees hits, including their theme song. They went on to have a recording career of their own, and made guest appearances on such shows as Bewitched and I Dream of Jeannie. Bobby has written a book - "Psychedelic Bubblegum", and will be selling and signing copies of the book at the upcoming Bewitched Fan Fare on Saturday, August 28th in North Hollywood.



Jerry Burgan is a founding member of WE FIVE. The band is best known for their hit single "You Were On My Mind." Jerry has also written a book on the folk rock era titled "Wounds To Bind." Jerry will be teaming up with Debbie Burgan and Tholow Chan for an evening of Stories and Songs at The Coffee Gallery BackStage in Altadena on August 25th 2018. Guaranteed evening of great entertainment and good people!


Paul Petersen, best known for his role as "Jeff Stone" on The Donna Reed Show, from 1958-19966.  While on the show, he launched a singing career, and had a hit single with "She Can't Find Her Keys", "Amy", and "Lollipops and Roses."  In 1962 he performed the sentimental teen pop song
"My Dad" to his T.V. dad in an episode of the Donna Reed Show.  That song went to #6 on The Billboard Chart.  He later released a few albums with his co-costar Shelley Fabares and James Darren.  As an adult, he founded the non-profit A Minor Consideration to assist young performers in dealing with the unique issues that confront young people in the industry.  Paul began his acting career as a Mouseketeer at age ten, and appeared in the 1958 film "Houseboat" with Sophia Loren and Cary Grant.

July 2018


Celebrating Steve Goodman
Wednesday marks what would have been Steve Goodman's 70th birthday. Steve is best known for writing the song The City of New Orleans, which was first covered by Arlo Guthrie, and later John Denver. Steve wrote that song when he was only 19. He was diagnosed with Leukemia, in his 20's, and died at age 37. Steve kept his witty sense of humor to the end.
Wednesday's show (tomorrow) at 11:00am, will feature author Clay Eals who wrote Steve Goodman: Facing the Music, Paul Zollo singer, songwriter, author and photographer, who knew Steve Goodman, and Robert Morgan Fisher singer/songwriter, actor, and writer who has written a screenplay to celebrate Steve's life.


In-Studio Guest George Bunnell from The Strawberry Alarm Clock - best known for their 1968 iconic #1hit "Incense and Peppermints". The band is currently celebrating their 50th Anniversary, and is working on a new album. "Incense and Peppermints" reached an entirely new generation with it's placement in "Austin Powers: Man of Mystery".


June 2018


Tamer Ciray was born in Cologne, Germany where he began to take private piano and harmony lessons at the age of ten. In 1983, he moved to Turkey with his family and attended Mimar Sinan University Conservatory in Istanbul; from which he graduated with a Bachelor's Degree as a Performing Artist on his chosen instrument the double bass. He also holds a Diploma for Conducting Techniques. He worked with the Istanbul State Symphony Orchestra, and the Istanbul State Opera and Ballet Orchestra before choosing to work as a freelance film and television composer. He has earned awards for some of his music scores. He currently lives in Southern California, and is seeking to replicate the accomplishments that he earned in Turkey, in the Hollywood film industry.

March 2018


February 2018


January 2018


From the best of "Backstage: Los Angeles"

December 2017


Denny Tedesco orchestrated production of the award-winning documentary "The Wrecking Crew" which tells the story of 1960’s greatest musicians and artists. He oversaw all aspects of production including developing effective marketing strategies. The film has been recognized as number 45 in Top Grossing Theatrical Music Documentaries of all time; a top documentary on Netflix; winner of UK Music Award for Best Music Documentary (2015); winner of a dozen awards at 2008 film festivals, and winner of more than a dozen audience awards; listed as number 20 in top 50 of all time music Documentaries.
Key Contributions:
Overcame funding issues by raising necessary funds through creative fundraising initiatives including partnering with the International Documentary Association for $480,000 in sponsorship funds; cultivated sponsorship relationships with local charities and organizations that fit the film’s demographic; and coordinated the third most successful Kickstarter campaign
for documentaries raising $312,000.


Sandy Jacobson, the host of BackStage:Los Angeles will cover “best practices” for getting your indie music heard, getting booked for shows, and venues based on her ten plus years working with various artists and live venues.

November 2017


Nathan McEuen began his solo music career in 2005 with the release of his first full-length album Grand Design Since then, Nathan has continued performing, songwriting, as well as independently producing six full-length albums, selling over 60,000 copies. He plays live shows across the United States, Canada, and Europe, in places such as on American Idol (with Steve Martin), The Tonight Show, Music City RootsXM/Sirius Radio, The Stagecoach Festival, and The Grand Ole Opry (three times!) In 2016 Nathan composed and performed the score for USC's production of William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, and in 2017 is currently in production on his newest double album due in 2018.
He is currently out touring his most recent CD “Side by Side” which is endorsed by both Steve Martin and Jim Messina. Some of his upcoming Southern California tour dates include The Coffee Gallery Backstage near Pasadena on Saturday, December 2nd, Topa Mountain Winery in Ojai on Sunday, December 3rd, Boulevard Music in Culver City on December 9th, and Grapes and Hops in Ventura on Friday, December 15th. Nathan always produces a great, fun-filled show.


Thank you to our November 22nd guest Contemporary folk singer/songwriter Bob Cheevers was born and raised in Memphis; relocating to California after graduating college, he landed a solo deal with Dot Records, soon after resurfacing as the front man of the bubblegum group Peppermint Trolley Company. Though scoring a minor hit with "Baby You Come Rollin' Across My Mind" and issuing a self-titled LP on Acta in 1968, the band was perhaps best known for performing the theme songs for the hit television comedies Love, American Style and (during its first season) The Brady Bunch; after the Peppermint Trolley Company went bust, Cheevers worked as a staff songwriter with publishers including MCA Music and Cobra Music, continuing to perform at area showcases as well. In 1991 he moved to Nashville, three years later winning the Kerrville New Folk Competiton; in 1997 he issued his comeback LP Gettysburg to Graceland, followed in 1999 by The Stories I Write.
Bob is the 2011 Texas Music Awards "Singer/Songwriter of The Year", an Emmy winning songwriter, Kerrrville and Napa Valley Festival winner with eight commercial CD's, two of which were Euro top 10 and the most recent, 2010 release "Tall Texas Tales", was US Americana #28. Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings have recorded his songs. When he died, Elvis had a song of Bob's on his "to do" list. Having written over 3,000 songs with some of them on TV and in movies.
He is currently touring his new CD titled “Fifty Years.” Bob Cheevers can be found at